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Volume 1, Issue 1

September 26, 2011

The Talon: Nagel’s student News

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Incidents, Accidents, and Injuries, oh my! Victoria Helton, Garrett Krause, McKenna Zink, & Jacob Mayhall

In school, injuries happen all the time. There are different kinds of injuries that happen every day. At Nagel, if you participate in How to Audition: Tips chorus, you know that kids faint all and Tricks the time. Students faint because they What do the lock their knees when they are singchanges in the cafeing. Locking your knees cuts off teria mean? your circulation and causes you to Survey Says… How pass out. Passing out in chorus is old is too old for one of the worst injuries that the Halloween? school nurse deals with. On student The Wonderful World who fainted because of this fell and of Nagel Athletics knocked out a tooth. Fainting can also be caused by a student not eatTeacher Feature: Facts you may not ing breakfast or lunch. The most know common injury that the school nurse, Mrs. Sonon, deals with is twisted or sprained ankles. She says to wear supportive shoes, like tennis Locker Injuries: Just how serious are they?

shoes, to keep the injury from happening again. There is no way to tell how long an injury will last; they are all different. Due to all the different types of injuries that occur each day, there are too many too count throughout the year. Lockers can cause an injury too. Students who have a bottom locker are more likely to be injured by a locker. Be careful when you stand up if you have a bottom locker because you can hit your head on an open top locker. An eighth grade teacher, Mrs. Comarata, had a student with a bottom locker who hit his head on the corner of an open top locker. He had to get three stitches in his head because of it. If you have a top locker, make sure you are con-

Food for Thought Due to health concerns, schools

Inside this Issue Nagel Illustrated: Sports


Bippity, Boppity, Boo: The Spring Musical


Survey Says...


Teacher Features: Mrs. Hall & Mr. Taylor


How to Tell if you Have a 4 Concussion To Audition or Not to Audition?


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are replacing some of the less healthy foods with healthier food options. One reason Due to health concerns schools across the nation are replacing some of the less healthy foods with healthier food options. One reason for this is our First Lady, Michelle Obama, and her campaign for a healthier country called Let’s Move: America’s Move to Raise a Healthier Generation of Kids. This campaign focuses on educating young people about nutrition and on getting rid of child obesity. She says, “In the end, as First Lady, this isn’t just a policy issue for me. This is a passion. This is my mission. I am determined to work with folks across this country to change the way a generation of kids

A broken arm can be very painful.

siderate of the person with the locker under yours. Some other injuries that are caused by lockers are getting a scratch or cut on your arm and shutting their fingers in the locker. A scratch from a locker isn’t usually a serious injury, but

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Eddie Pursinger, Chris Anderson, & Austin White

thinks about food and nutrition.”

physical activity

According to the Let’s Move website, “At the launch of the initiative, President Barack Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum creating the first-ever Task Force on Childhood Obesity to conduct a review of every single programs and policies relating to child nutrition and physical activity and develop a national action plan to maximize federal resources and set concrete benchmarks toward the First Lady’s national goal.” The Task Force recommendations focus on the five pillars of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative: Creating a healthy start for children, Empowering parents and caregivers, Providing healthy food in schools, Improving access to healthy, affordable foods, Increasing

Some of the changes that Nagel has made are that cookies were replaced with sugar free cookies, slushies were removed from the snack line and flavored water and Gatorade were also removed. The reasoning for the cookies is because that they were one of the most, if not THE most popular item for the snack line, also being one of the least healthy. The slushies weren’t as popular as the cookies but still had a very large numbers of sugars and fat. The flavored water and Gatorade was a mystery according to the head lunch lady. The only fried food that Nagel serves are the waffle fries and they only appear every couple of weeks and cost is $1.25 more than a regular lunch.

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Nagel Illustrated Kylyn Peveler & Tyler Mallott

Are you ready to rumble? Nagel Football, Cheerleading, and Volleyball have kicked off the Nagel school year. The silver scrimmage against New Richmond went great with the defensive line of Ben Rackley, Shane Gardella, Will Sprunk, and Alex Watts. This allowed the linebackers Dalton Hertel, Justin Dornbach, Jack Mangan, and Chris Bercz to finish

up tackles and stop the running game. After the impressive strength of the Nagel defense came the equally strong Offense which crushed the New Richmond line. Blue played Wyoming for their first scrimmage against Wyoming. It was a tough loss but they played a good game. Stay tuned for more updates in our next issue.

Bippity Boppity Boo! Hanna Donaldson, Isabella Benitendi, Brook Loewenstine, & Maddie Moll

NT: Nagel Today

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Auditions will be held at Nagel for the upcoming musical, Cinderella! Both boys and girls, 7th and 8th graders can audition. Auditions will be held for the parts of Cinderella, Prince Charming, the Fairy God Mother, Evil step mother, two step Sisters, and more. To audition prepare a song of at least 16 bars, perform a monologue, and dance a routine that Ms. Heimbrock teaches students auditioning. A monologue is a short script that a solo performer acts out. One website where you can find monologues: http:// / . There are no cuts and everyone makes it, so don’t hesitate to come and audition for the upcoming musical, this December. The roles will be announced before Winter break. So, if you have talent, or you’re a hard worker, no

matter if you’re a prince or a princess this is your time to shine! For more information contact Ms. Heimbrock at: . There also is the option of controlling lights and sound with Mr. Varner! There is no need to know much, because Mr. Varner will teach you everything. Lights and sound are very important, because then the performance is more exciting, and it adds many effects to the story and to the performance. Mr. Varner would like at least 20 people. Having experience with electronics would be helpful. For more information contact Mr. Varner at: . There are no cuts and everyone is invited to come. Practice is pretty much all of April, after school. So come ready to work hard!

About the production Roger and Hammerstein The upcoming musical Cinderella is a Roger and Hammerstein production. They co -wrote Cinderella around March 31, 1957.They’ve written some other amazing Broadway productions such as Oklahoma, Carousel, State Fair, Allegro, South Pacific, The King and I, The Sound of Music, and many more!

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Teacher Features Hassler Carroll, Josh Davis, Rachel Allgeier, & Ali Roberts Mr. Taylor is a geometry and algebra 1 teacher on team 8-5, and has been teaching for 19 years at both Nagel and Anderson. He enjoys 8th grade because students are the perfect age. To become a math teacher Mr. Taylor went to Cincinnati Bible School earning a BA degree in the Christian education with a secondary education emphasis. In his past he has been a lifeguard, umpire and a valet. Mr. Taylor also enjoys his life at home with his family. His family consists of a wife and four children, Austin, 16, Alison, 11, Jenna is 9 and Brandon is 4. In Mr. Taylor’s free time he enjoys doing anything with his family. Mr. Taylor was once where we were at middle school and what he enjoyed the most about that is when the teachers did goofy things at prep rallies. Mr. Taylor is a great teacher and a great man. Mrs. Hall is the science teacher on team 7-4. She is in her fourteenth year of teaching, she taught language arts for 11 years, science for 5 years, and social studies for year. Nagel is actually Mrs. Hall’s second school she has taught at, she taught at White Oak Middle School by Colerain High School. She received her undergraduate degree from Kent State University and went on to get her Masters at Miami University. But before Mrs. Hall became a teacher she had many different jobs, one of her jobs was the tour guide at Kent State. Mrs. Halls other jobs were at McDonalds where she was the host for Kids Night and she did Children’s Theater at the Museum of Natural History. At the Children’s Theater she played a bat, triceratops, lollipop, and she also taught piano. Mrs. Hall decided to become a teacher because she loves young people and she wants to teach her students so they can change the world for the better. She loves 7th grade because her students make her laugh and she learns from them. She completely loves her team this year because people in every class make her smile, she also loves when her students are working to the best of their ability. Some things you might not know about Mrs. Hall are that she has kids, a 8 year old named Evan, a 7 year old named Zachary, and a 2 year old named Jonathan. She loves spending time with her kids and watching movies with her husband. She also enjoys reading, quilting, and she has played in the handbell choir. Mrs. Halls favorite color is purple and she loves night time because everything is clean and taken care of. One of Mrs. Hall’s favorite memories from middle school was when she was eating lunch outside with the middle school and high school students. Unfortunately, it started raining so the tile was very slick, and she had slipped. Then she fell in to a huge puddle in front of everybody. But just to make matters worse, her crush walked into the cafeteria and saw her wet pants. Which was very embarrassing but now Mrs. Hall thinks it’s very funny. She loves teaching 7th grade and you’re lucky to have her as a teacher. She’s not only a great teacher she’s a great person as well. Thanks for meeting the 7th grade teacher, Mrs. Hall.

To Audition or Not to Audition? Hanna Donaldson, Isabella Benitendi, Brook Loewenstine, & Maddie Moll

What’s it like to audition for a part in the Spring Musical? Eighth grader Sally Modzelewski had a lead in last year’s musical Seussical and shared her experience with us. Sally said that she really enjoyed participating in the musical. We asked her how auditioning was and she said that both seventh and eighth graders could get lead roles and that everyone was included in the production. So seventh graders don’t be afraid to try out! She said they had the perfect amount of practice and they got to know their parts very well. Practice was two to three times a week but after Spring break it was every day after school. When she auditioned she said they were looking for vocal ability, dancing skills, and acting skills. She got the role of a bird girl. Everyone normally gets their costumes at Costume Castle which Mrs. Hiembrock will arrange. Sally really enjoyed the musical and she said, “ I loved last year’s musical and I’m definitely doing it again”. Nagel Drama Club is open to all students. In the fall and winter, there is a dinner theatre. The spring musical is Cinderella. Page 3

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Injuries For other updates, go to:

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Survey Says... Diana Currier, Maria Henriquez, Elizabeth Thornberry, & Austin Guenther It’s a kid’s favorite holiday: Halloween. In less than two months, it’ll be candy and costumes galore. However, some people have made a case for not letting certain age groups Trick-or-Treat. This is mostly due to behavioral issues with a small percentage of teenagers. What’s your take? Here’s what our survey said: How old is too old for Trick-

occasionally, someone might need stitches. Getting your fingers shut in a locker is very painful and can happen if someone bumps into your locker door while your fingers are on it or in your locker. If you or someone you know is injured, report the injury to a teacher immediately. Also, be considerate and supportive. Don’t say that someone is faking an injury, things that insult people who are injured and never hurt them in the first place or more if you think they are faking it.

Age 10 Age 13 Age 15 Age 18 Age 21 Never too old

How to Tell if you have a Concussion Victoria Helton, Garrett Krause, McKenna Zink, & Jacob Mayhall What is a concussion? A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that is caused by a blow to the head or body, a fall, or any other incident that jars or shakes the brain within the skull. Although there may be cuts or bruises on the head or face, there may be no other visible signs of brain injury. Symptoms of a concussion fit into four main categories. You don’t have to pass out to have a concussion. Thinking and remembering Some people will have obvious symptoms, such as Not thinking clearly passing out or forgetting what happened before or Feeling slowed down during the injury. With rest, most people should fully Unable to concentrate recover from a concussion. Some people recover Can’t remember new information within a few hours. Others can take weeks to recover. Physical Mrs. Sonon says that it depends on the severity of the Headache concussion. She says the minimum recovery time is Fuzzy or blurry vision two weeks and the worst is six Nausea & vomiting months. If you are feeling any of Dizziness these symptoms when after hitting Sensitivity to light or noise your head, it would be a good idea Balance problems to see the school nurse or a doctor. Feeling tired or having no energy A concussion can cause serious brain damage.

Emotional Easily upset or angered Sad Nervous or anxious Moody Sleep Sleeping more than usual Sleeping less than usual Difficulty falling asleep

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