2018/ Volume 1
Springfield Township High School
1. 'Round the World and Back Again
2. Save the Dates
3. Voice at STHS
4. Voice at STHS (Continued)
5. Halloween Highlights
6. Homecoming 2018
7. Thanksgiving Recipe
8. Fall Recipe
9. Athletic Round Up
10. Spartan on the Corner
Table of Contents
'round the World and back again
Images of students practicing their roles in the play pictured above.
By Kira W.
On November 8, 9, 10, and 11, Springfield students will be performing the play ‘Round the World and Back Again. It’s an “inaccurate history of the world” (think The Entire History of the World I Guess, but less factual and focusing on a few topics) starring everybody. There’s an ensemble cast, which means that no matter who you came out to support, you’ll see them in a big role, not just ensemble. When I asked Mrs. Thornton, the director, what her favorite part of directing this show was she said “being able to work with so many students in a way that I can really concentrate on their acting, not just a few leads and a great big chorus.”
Why should you come see ‘Round the World and Back Again? If cheering on your friends in cast and crew isn’t a good enough reason, the show is also funny and enjoyable. “Although it is considered a childrens' show, the humor is appropriate for adults as well,” says Mrs. Thornton. You “will be laughing along with [your] friends in the show.”
The performance times are 7:30 PM on November 8, 9, and 10, and 2:00 PM on November 11.
Tickets are $10 and sold at the door.
Support your local high school students in their fall production!
Save the Date!
November 9th: End of Marking Period 1
Nov 8th-11th: Fall Production- 'Round the World and Back Again
Nov 15th: Report Cards issued
Nov 19th-20th: No School for Students, Parent-Teacher Conferences
Nov 21: No School for Students
Nov 22nd-23rd: Schools Closed- Thanksgiving!
December 14th: Midpoint of Marking Period 2
Dec 21st: Early Dismissal
Dec 24th-31st: School Closed- Holiday Break
January 1st: All Schools Closed- Holiday
Jan 8th-14th: Keystone Testing
Jan 11th: High School Hall of Fame Induction
Jan 21: All Schools Closed-Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Jan 24th: Marking Period 2 Ends
Jan 25th: No School for Students
SAVE THE DATES
For much of the institution of high school, the 4 year period has been considered a time of self discovery, and has garnered many discussions of identity (which is the concept of being who one is and the characteristics that make up that being) interpreted a number of different ways whether one asks teachers, administration, or students. Many of us are fortunate to live in a day and age where we can attend school and, largely, feel that being who we are is a safe and uninhibited experience. However, there are still students who don’t have this luxury, and there is still the need to recognize pieces of identity that have been, historically or continuously, under attack.
The secretary of V.O.E., Trevaughn C, and the secretary of S.E.A., Laurence J, were kind enough to contribute their thoughts on what identity means to them, and the role identity plays at STHS. “...Identity [is] two things for me. You have the outside identity that you show, that for some people they keep up. . . how others perceive you and how you put yourself forward. Then there’s a second identity. . .it’s more [of] an internal identity, how you truly feel about yourself, how you reflect, and take different things in. How you [live] your life and what you do,” Trevaughn shared. Laurence related, “Identity means expressing me, being me, and living as my most genuine, authentic self. ”
V.O.E. and S.E.A. play major roles in giving students venues for expression and an environment of acceptance. On Voices of Excellence, Trevaughn explained, “...[It’s] a group that’s centered around helping community, but also around...supporting minorities, [Mr. T] wants us to be leaders, and put our best foot forward.” V.O.E. is often considered a ‘minority only’ club, invoking a hesitance in interested members, but Trevaughn emphasized, though the majority of members are minorities, “...this could not be further from the truth.” He testified to the warm nature of V.O.E. in saying, “...within the school, V.O.E. has given primarily the minority students a much stronger presence; I feel, it’s a community. The best way to say that is, if you’re part of V.O.E., it’s like saying, you’re part of a family…it gives a lot of students not only a reason to try to work harder at something and benefit from it-from helping communities, and getting a sense of fulfillment-it also gives them a place...where if they have any problems, or they feel like they’re not comfortable...they can...talk to students about it or talk to Mr. T;Mr. T is a wonderful person to talk to with any problem, honestly, cause he’s dealt with so much, he’s really wise.”
When asked to define S.E.A., Laurence offered, “[It’s] a place for people in the LGBTQ+ community and their allies to gather and make a difference in the school.” On the subject of S.E.A. and identity, he elaborated,
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By Maya J.
An editorial about finding your identity in high school.
VOICE at sths
voice at sths
“I think it really allows them to open up more more than they would in a school setting...we’re a non-judgement zone….we help them express themselves and they do it really well,”. Laurence shares that S.E.A. holds personal significance as well; “It means a lot to me, I have a history with it, that’s how I came out last year, they helped me come out in the school...I wanna make a difference, and it also helps do that for me,” he contemplated.
As for what you can expect from these groups in the coming months, Laurence enlightens, S.E.A. aims to “...bring speakers in to talk about their experiences, we want to do visits to LGBTQ+ centers and help out..our goal is to be seen by the school a little bit more than we already are...we want to be known.”
V.O.E. is still in its primary phases, but has already organized the relief drive for Hurricane Florence, and is now managing the coat drive. You can also expect the annual V.O.E. Showcase; all proceeds generated from attendance goes towards scholarships.
What needs to change moving forward? Laurence suggests, “People can be... more open to identity when they...hear it and not just pass it off.” Trevaughn feels, “...the school does a good job [with] identity...anything has room for improvement,”, and in terms of advice says sagely, “It’s ok, sometimes, to hide a part of your identity, since the world isn’t always entirely accepting..but still, try to be who you are, don’t change yourself...”. Laurence encourages, “...identity is something that’s special to us, and should be celebrated, not hidden and put down, just because someone thinks differently, we all need to be authentic and true to ourselves.” It is important that we as students, as well as staff and teachers, consider how we can better understand the things that make each student unique. Can curriculum be made more historically accurate and inclusive, or tailored to a more global perspective? Can it address privilege and erasure? Can we adopt more representative health classes? How can we make sure students can see themselves in the content they’re learning? If you find an opportunity to do this, make it happen! Your Voice , and our Voices, are valuable; deserving of an audience, deserving of protection, and deserving of celebration.
Pictured Above: All of our participating students in their costumes this year. What a great turn out!
The winners of our high school halloween contest! The Joker, Robin and a Dinosaur with Dr. Rittenhouse.
Our administrators as the Four Seasons! Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall.
This year's Homecoming theme was Back to the Future. During Spirit Week, students dressed up in different styles from every decade including the 60's, 70's, 80's and the 90's!
Congratulations to Annie and Scott on winning Homecoming King and Queen.
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon good olive oil
2 cups chopped yellow onions (2 onions)
1 (15 - ounce) can pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
1 1/2 pounds butternut squash, peeled and cut in chunks
3 cups homemade chicken stock or canned broth
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 cup half - and - half
Creme fraiche, grated Gruyere, or croutons (see Note), for serving (optional)
Heat the butter and oil in a heavy - bottomed stockpot, add the onions, and cook over medium - low heat for 10 minutes, or until translucent. Add the pumpkin puree, butternut squash, chicken stock, salt, and pepper. Cover and simmer over medium - low heat for about 20 minutes, until the butternut squash is very tender. Process the mixture through the medium blade of a food mill. Return to the pot, add the half - and - half, and heat slowly. If the soup needs more flavor, add another teaspoon of salt. Serve hot with garnishes, if desired.
Cook's Note: To serve with croutons, remove the crusts from 2 slices of white bread, cut them in 1/2-inch cubes, and saute them in 1 tablespoon of butter until browned. Season with salt and pepper.
Winter Squash Soup
Recipe from the Food Network
3 large eggs
1/2 cup half-and-half cream
1/4 cup canned pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
8 slices day-old bread
Heat a lightly oiled skillet over medium heat.
Whisk eggs, half and half, pumpkin, cinnamon, vanilla extract, pumpkin pie spice, and walnuts together in a bowl. Soak one slice of bread at a time in the pumpkin mixture, then place in the prepared skilled. Repeat with the remaining slices of bread. Stir the pumpkin mixture between dips to keep the walnuts from settling. Cook the bread until golden brown, about 3 minutes on each side.
Pumpkin Spice French Toast
Below: Our tennis team enjoying the day!
Below: Our cheerleaders cheering on the football team
Athletic Round Up
Left: Our girls' water polo team
Above: Our cross country team for the fall.
Above: Our football team playing hard even in the rain!.
"My favorite app is Apple Music, I like raking leaves and I always thought high school was going to be LOTS OF WORK!"
"My favorite app is Youtube. I enjoy being outside in the fall. I always thought high school would be scary and full of bullies."
"My favorite app on my phone is Snapchat. My favorite fall activity is carving pumpkins. I thought high school would be a lot of fun that comes along with a lot of responsibilities."
"My favorite app is Instagram. My favorite fall activity is water polo. I thought hgih school would be like movies with cliques, like jocks."
"My favorite app on my phone is probably Instagram or iMessage. My favorite fall activity is going pumpkin picking. I thought high school was just like the movies, but I was dead wrong. Why do you think they never showed high schoolers doing work on TV shows or movies?"
"My favorite app is Snapchat. My favorite fall activity is Thanksgiving. I thought high school would be like thousands of people in the school and classes of like 50 people."
"My favorite app is Instagram. My favorite fall activity is lifting weights. I thought high school was going to be a breeze, and it is not a breeze."
"My favorite app on my phone is Snapchat. My favorite fall activity is playing water polo. I thought high school was going to be 'scary', because of all the big kids. Really I am one of those kids (compared to freshmen at least)."
"My favorite app is Snapchat. I like playing sports outside in the fall. I always thought high school was going to be big new projects every day."
"I love listening to music on my phone so my favorite app is Apple Music. My favorite fall activity is going to Friday Night Football games and watching my friends play. I had pictured high school being something like the Breakfast Club."
"My favorite app on my phone is the ESPN app. My favorite fall activity is Friday Night Lights! I always thought high school was just like it is in movies, with everyone seeming older than they actually are."
"My favorite app is Instagram. I like playing soccer the most. I always thought of the high school as intimidating and that classes would be extremely difficult."
Spartan On the corner
We interviewed a few students about their favorite app on their phone, their favorite fall activity and how they thought high school was going to be when they were a kid.
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