LGMS highlights according to one tiny magical elf
Kaaden's Krafty Korner
Turn old water balloons and glue into adorable ornaments
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The first day back to school is January 3rd!
The Wolves' Kitchen is back for month two.
Watch Caleb Monge and Katie Harrist make a mess and a whole lot of fun with Ho Ho Krispies!
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Wisconsin is WAY warmer than the NP
More fouls = fewer presents
Tuesday is Arm Day
The original "Little Drummer Boy"
7th Graders were the nicest this year!
Waiting for Santa to pick me up
Sparkles the Scout Elf spent a week at LGMS to see if students were good this year.
Phtotos by: Kiera Bays, Katie Harrist, Chloe Parisi
Being bullied? You're not alone.
Mr. Ocker, a school guidance counselor, says: “Bullying is a problem, however, understanding the true causes of bullying helps students find the problem.”
“By being kind to others, you choose not to be a bully, but help build a kind, peaceful school.” Mr. Ocker comments.
To spread kindness at LGMS, students will participate in The Great Kindness Challenge, from January 23rd the 27th.
The author and subject of the autobiography, Paige Pawl, was found positive for HIV, and was bullied for it. Students who do not know what HIV is can find a quick summary on KidsHealth. She got HIV, which is an incurable virus, when she was born. Once other students found out she had HIV, she was called names and made fun of all throughout her middle school years.
Paige’s school didn’t help her with the bullying; they looked at confidential files and dismissed mean comments as nothing.
Paige’s story is inspirational, especially for middle schoolers who understand what it is like to be bullied.
Even though this is a memoir, there are many page turners and twists that make it as interesting as any fiction book!
This month’s book review topic is memoir or biography.
Next month, writers will give a recommendation for a great poetry book to help you finish up your 40 Book Challenge.
Do you have a great poetry book recommendation? Email us at email@example.com
Talk to an adult, like a teacher or school guidance counselors Mr. Ocker and Mrs. Milligan, for help.
Request a meeting with a counselor by clicking here.
Positive: Surviving My Bullies, Finding Hope, and Living to Change The World
By Paige Rawl
Reviewed by Emma Czyznik
Photo via http://www.paigerawl.com
One paper plate
Tired of old glass ornaments? Spice it up with yarn balloon ornaments!
Easy to make and beautiful when done.
Once they’re dry, hang them on the Christmas tree! Having these pretty ornaments gets you out of the sticky situation of having no decorations.
Mix water and glue in plastic container.
Blow up small balloon to the size of your palm.
Cut a string of yarn about as long as double your wingspan (As far as both of your arms can stretch but doubled!)
Mix the yarn into the glue thoroughly.
Take the yarn out of glue, and tie it around the the tied part of the balloon. Make sure to leave excess string when you tie so you can hang it later!
Wrap the yarn around the balloon until you run out of yarn.
Take the excess string and tape to a surface the balloon can hang to dry. ( Make sure to put a paper plate underneath!)
Leave to dry for 1-2 days.
Several members of the Wolf Gazette Staff share the tradition of making ornaments with family and friends each year. Library Media Specialist, Mrs. Machan, recently shared her interesting Christmas tradition with reporter Esther Coltman.
Through all the holiday bustle traditions can get pretty wacky! Mrs. Machan shared “A tradition of mine is coming home from church around 11:00pm and eating hotdogs!” So what traditions are you going to try? Hopefully, the madness of the season doesn’t get you all wrapped up!
By Kaaden Dull
Photos by: Katie Harrist
Mrs. Reynolds is a outgoing Freshman honors English teacher at Badger High School. She is also the head of the girls Cross Country Team and a coach for track and field.
Outside of school, she enjoys scrap booking, running, being outdoors, and relaxing with her family.
She has been a teacher at Badger for 11 years, and since 2014 she has been teaching Freshman English.
She shared that some of her role models when she was in high school were her dad, her high school English teacher, Mr. Vick, and her track coach. She's loved running then and now, and explained that her favorite quote "To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift" is by famous long-distance runner Peter Prefontaine.
Mrs. Reynolds gave the incoming 8th graders some words of wisdom: "stay organized and write stuff down!" Freshmen sometimes don't know how to take good notes.
It's just as important to get involved. At BHS, there is always something to do, and if it happens to be Cross Country, keep Mrs. Reynolds in mind.
By: Kiera Bays
Adam Pezewski, Mr. Pez, is an 8th grade Language Arts teacher who has been teaching for 10 years.
When Mr. Pez was in college he wanted to be a journalist and majored in theatre.
Pez jokes that he teaches because “It's the closest thing I could get to having my own talk show.” He loves when students have discussions. Mr. Pez feels like he has an “audience” to talk to everyday.
Surprisingly, Mr. Pez’s favorite subject was actually Social Studies. He added, “I find history fascinating." He got to visit the historical site of Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, which he called “really freaky" because the sunken ships can still be seen.
Any future 8th grader who gets Mr. Pez will most likely enjoy his class because he keeps his students entertained and engaged during the school day.
By: Ava Rawlings
We are halfway through the school year, so now is the time to start thinking about next year's class choices!
8th graders will be moving over to Badger High School, 7th graders will revisit exploratories they haven't had this year, and 6th graders will soon choose the language they will learn through 8th grade.
To help get to know your new teachers, we'll be featuring a Badger high school and core teacher each month.
Exploratory teachers many more interests than just the subject they teach! This month, we'll get to know creative and dog-crazy Mrs. Capes.
Do you have suggestions for next month's exploratories teacher? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org
Exploratories Teacher of the Month
Mrs. Capes has been teaching art at LGMS for twelve years, and loves seeing her students' creativity. She is proud of her job, saying "I liked creating things as a kid, and I wanted to be a part of that process of learning as an adult.”
Mrs. Capes especially likes to teach students how to make functional art with ceramic clay. “I really like the idea of kids being able to create something that they’ll actually be able to use in their daily life.” Mrs. Capes commented.
Students, cross country team members, and other teachers definitely know about Mrs. Capes' love of animals. Mrs. Capes and her husband rescued their first chihuahua about four years ago, and they have been passionate about animal rescue ever since. They started out fostering, but ended up adopting three other chihuahuas. Over the summer, when Mrs. Capes has a break from school, she also fosters kittens.
A friend recently mentioned starting a business to promote rescuing farm animals, such as horses or goats. Mrs. Capes even found a place that has many goats to rescue, so she's almost ready to start her own farm! There is one small problem: she’s not sure if her husband will be okay with having a farm in their backyard.
Thank you Mrs. Capes! Students, share with us what other teachers you’d like to see in the Wolf Gazette by emailing email@example.com!
By: Caleb Monge
The Amazing Mrs. Capes
Ms. Markuson's 6th grade class (2015) has a great time dancing along to "Solve on it"
Ms. Markuson - 6th Grade Math
LGMS Tech Role Models
At Lake Geneva Middle School, devices are everywhere. Every student has a Chromebook, most have phones, and a lot have computers, iPads, or iPods at home. What is all of this technology being used for?
We all know that social media is a good way to communicate with friends and sometimes teachers and parents, but there is a lot of drama when students don't use social media appropriately. Spreading rumors or talking behind someone's back is what a lot of middle schoolers do with Snapchat and Instagram, so make sure you're being truthful and kind.
Sometimes, it can be hard to make sure you’re saying what’s true, so put down your phone and really think before you post! Follow the saying and “treat others the way you want to be treated. ” Mrs. Kunkel, a 7th and 8th grade Spanish teacher, had a reminder for students, "be careful what you post," she said "because once it's our there, it will never go away."
Social Media can also be good, like LGMS 6th grade math teachers, Mrs. Wade, Mrs. Markuson, and Mr. Turk. Mrs. Markuson uses a twitter page to “post photos of kids' accomplishments!" Check out her hilarious YouTube video below, which features current 7th graders dancing to "Solve On It."
Students,help reduce the social media drama at LGMS and remember the rules with the “THINK” acronym above.
Can social media be used for good?
By: Ava Ocker
Lets parents know about news and performances via Facebook.
Shares how awesome our school is on Twitter.
The Wolf Gazette Staff hopes that all of you get your perfect gifts for the holidays.
By: Emma Czyznik
Do you ever wonder what you should get people for Christmas or their birthday?
In my opinion, getting gift cards are the right choice. If you get someone a gift card, the person who is receiving the gift has the chance to get what they want at the store.
Also if you don't know what to get the person or you're running out of time, a gift card is a very good idea because it’s a very simple and doesn't take much thought or time.
Mrs. Clemen, Attendance Secretary and Study Hall Supervisor likes getting gift cards because "shopping for myself is fun!" She has great advice for awkward times when you get a gift card for a store you don't like: trade with someone else so you can buy from a store you like.
Paige Linneman thinks that gift cards are good ideas because instead of worrying about whether someone will like a gift, they will definitely like whatever they choose!
Gift cards are great presents to get and give, especially if you are out of time or ideas!
Less Effort and More Fun!
Boring Christmas Mornings
By: Callie Ceshker
I think gifts are better and mean more to the person recieving the gift than a gift card.
A gift is more meaningful. With actual gifts, then the gift giver has to think about whether the gift is appropriate, which shows that they care.
Gifts are a part of the Christmas tradition. They take up more space and make the spot under the Christmas tree seem packed with presents, just like in the perfect Christmas everyone imagines.
Then there is the best part of getting a gift: ripping open the wrapping paper while thinking about what could be inside. Most times, it's exactly what you wanted, and 7th grader Savannah Wheaton points out, "Gifts are better because you can take back. With a gift card you are stuck."
In conclusion, real gifts are better than cards.