Anthony Guerrise, Investigative Reporter
Unity School’s theater production is a very exciting event! Many people look forward to attending the performances. In fact, the actors and actresses look forward to performing just as much as the audience looks forward to watching.
This year’s production is You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.* With practice and hard work, it won’t be one to disappoint. Ms. Roxanne has her own expectations in making her final decisions about the cast. Right before auditions, Ms. Roxanne said, “Students preparing and listening to the material shows passion, commitment, and work ethic.” Ms. Roxanne chose You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown because she feels connected with the Peanuts characters. She also loves the music and the characters are iconic, as she describes. You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, and many other productions, require an ample amount of hard work, determination, and dedication for professionalism. It’s a full school year project that demands many months of preparation and planning. Ms. Roxanne was very excited to see the students who were auditioning, but she felt a different sense of excitement about the new 5th graders. She says that 5th graders bring a lot of fresh energy that is valuable in perfecting a production.
I talked to some students about how they felt prior to auditions. Bella, from 7th grade, said she was excited and nervous about the auditions. She really wanted the part of Lucy because of the high energy that Lucy brings onto the stage, which Bella relates to. Ludwig, also from 7th grade, said he felt very good and confident about the auditions, but he was a little nervous. Furthermore, Jacqueline from 6th grade was very confident about the auditions. She was not nervous at all. There were no roles she specifically wanted and added, “Just being in the play is going to be another great experience!” Many other students feel this way too.
Attending rehearsals, one can feel the excitement in the air from the cast members. Many cast members find it fun and intriguing to learn more about their characters as they become familiar with the show. It is really an amazing experience from the time you start developing your character’s personality to when you virtually become your character. Another aspect about group theater is teamwork. In order for there to be success, everyone needs to work together. Your fellow cast mates should always be cheering you on. Jacqueline said about her experience, in Beauty and the Beast, “The experience was awesome because you become a play family!” All in all, Unity School’s production is a fun experience for all!
*You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown will be performed on April 27th-29th, 2018. Times are posted on the Unity website under the Theater Arts tab on the Drama calendar
One School, One Culture
Jumping Up & Down for Charlie Brown!
Play Production Begins
Ella Robbins, Student Photographer
Monday, January 29th, 2018
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Robotics Team Advances to Next Level of Competition
Ready for Regionals
Anthony Guerrise, Elizabeth Lott
Unity School’s LEGO League participated in a big competition revolving around hydrodynamics. Students from 88 different countries in the world battled in the annual competition to win and solve a world problem about hydrodynamics, the science centering around water. Most of the entries’ robots revolve around water conservation, similar to Unity’s.
I spoke to many students and faculty about what Unity School’s LEGO League is up to. This project is actually very helpful for others. Mrs. Hassan said, “Anytime you analyze a procedure and get a better solution, it helps people in so many ways that you may not even be aware of.” Although the competition may be over, Mrs. Hassan said the total movement will never end. Mrs. Hassan says the best part is that everyone learns together.
The project that LEGO League was working on was calculating how much water we waste during lunch time. The first week was a normal week at lunch. The second week, only small water bottles were distributed to the students. There was huge decrease in extra water after the second week. On the bright side, the wasted water was actually not being wasted. Students were giving the extra water to the star fruit tree outside the cafeteria. The star fruit tree is producing more fruit, which means more star fruit is being served to the students along with their lunches.
Ms. Niederkofler said that there were four different types of hydrodynamics based categories that the competition revolved around: how water is disposed, how water is obtained, how water is used, and how water is moved. Ms. Niederkofler loves LEGO League because she is working with motivated students. She added, “I like that it brings out their design ideas for robots and their creativity came out of them when they worked as a team.”
I also spoke with a few students who participated in LEGO League. Aidan Smith, from 5th grade, said the best part of LEGO League is working with his friends. Aiden Velez, also from 5th grade, said the best part of LEGO League is building robots. Aiden Velez also added that he enjoys League and he is sad that it might be over after the competition. Both of them came to the shocking conclusion that their worst part of LEGO League is waking up early in the morning. Ha ha!
I also talked to Mr. Saint about what has been happening. Mr. Saint had some interesting opinions about the LEGO League Project. He said, “It surprised me that even middle schoolers didn’t drink a 12 ounce water bottle.” There were many promising ideas that were being thrown out during the meeting, such as allowing middle schoolers to refill their smaller water bottles if necessary and putting water refilling stations in the cafeteria. Some of the ideas didn’t seem too practical to him though, but overall he is very happy about what LEGO League is doing.
I also asked him about the Green Team and what they were doing. As Ms. Niederkofler said before, they were using the extra water to give to the plants, such as the star fruit tree, rather than dumping it down the drain. He said, “The Green Team looks at how everything functions, such as conserving energy, waste, and equipment. Our job is to make the school greener.”
There was actually an unexpected surprise that happened after the tournament. The Unity School LEGO League students thought they had left the competition without advancing, but were shocked on Monday morning to receive an email saying they had actually won a spot in the Regionals! It was a very exciting and surprising moment for many. South Florida LEGO League Regionals will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at Boynton Beach High School. The students in Unity School’s LEGO League are having such a great time and we wish them the best at Regionals!
Matt Blunt, Investigative Reporter
On the 16th of January, everyone at Unity school, except for middle school, stepped up a grade to get a glance at what the next year would be like for them. This day is called Step-Up Day. Although, 8th grade didn’t step-up, because they didn’t have anywhere to step-up to, they stayed in Ms. Araña’s classroom and learned about leadership and important virtues from Mr. Saint, Mrs. Lang, and some parents, that used to be Unity parents before their child or children graduated. The former Unity parents taught the 8th graders how they got where they were using leadership skills.
For the 5th graders, though, it will be an enormous change next year as they step up into middle school. Since it will be the biggest change for the 5th graders, moving up into middle school, I spoke to some of them to get their thoughts and opinions. Every 5th grader I spoke to, said that they all enjoyed the fact that they get more freedom and don’t have to walk down the hallway in lines. Instead of walking in lines, the 5th graders will be able to walk down the hallways freely from class to class. Half of the 5th graders I spoke to said that they liked recess before lunch, and almost all of them said that they liked that they could sit anywhere during lunch time. One of the 5th graders said that he didn’t like having to carry his backpack from class to class. Whereas, now, in 5th grade, he could just keep his backpack in his homeroom.
Step up day is such a great day at Unity School that gives the students a glimpse of the next year and what to expect. Overall, I think that the 5th graders will have an amazing time in middle school next year.
Bea Byers, Unity School Photographer
Students put their LEGO robots to the test
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is the Mission!
Matt Blunt, Investigative Reporter
Have you ever wondered about the Unity School garden and the nutrition that comes from it? Unity School is committed to providing an environment in which students can make healthy food choices that support academic success and lifelong health. I spoke to Ms. Robbins to get some information on the garden and the food here at Unity School. I also spoke to some of the students here at Unity School to get their opinion on the vending machine.
Do you know how many different vegetables there are in the Unity School garden? There are a dozen different vegetables in the garden! The variety is endless. There is romaine lettuce, kale, green peppers, sugar snap peas, pole beans, radishes, parsley, oregano, basil, cilantro, fennel, Swiss chard, and spinach. We also have a star fruit tree, which is used for producing star fruit and is offered to the students in their lunch meal. Sloane, one of the 7th graders and her grade helped out with gardening. Sloane and her grade planted all the lettuces in the garden. She thought it was an extraordinary experience and wanted to plant and learn more about the garden itself and gardening.
An amazing and extremely helpful program is the Tree to Tray Program. The Tree to Tray Program is a program at Unity School when parents bring in different fruits such as, avocados, lemons, limes, oranges, and bananas, and any other fruit that is locally and organically grown. All of the food that is donated will be used for lunch. For example, the bananas will be served to the student as a dessert. The donation really helps benefit the students by providing them with good nutrition. Help us get your extra fruit off your trees and onto our children’s trays! Unfortunately, many fruit trees were knocked down during the hurricane. As a result, barely any food was donated to the tree to tray program this year.
Unity School also offers a vending machine. All of the snacks in the vending machine are nutritional, although,Tiger and Sloane both said that they don’t really use the vending machine because they usually pack a snack. Tiger did say that he liked the options in the vending machine, but he thought there could be more variety, such as different types of dried fruit. Sloane said that she also wanted more variety of snacks and mentioned that she would like to see different kind of beverages, in the vending machine, and not just water. She said, “I wish there could be sports drinks”.
Overall, the garden provides a huge amount of vegetables, the Tree to Tray Program is a success, the vending machine is a nutritional food source, and Unity School has healthy food. After all, good nutrition is the mission!
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Bea Byers, Unity School Photographer
Students harvest food from the schools gardens
Matt Blunt, Student Photographer
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