In this edition:
Schedules & Summer
Wolves' Kitchen: Ultimate Bars
Science Night Wows
A Girl Like Her
Review and Advice
Solo and Ensemble:
Building confidence in young musicians
Does True Love Exist?
The last day of the 2016-2017
school year is May 26th.
Dr. Gottinger explains why LGMS
gets a few extra days of summer.
Schedules: Days into Minutes
By: Esther Coltman & Ava Ocker
March 27th - 31st
No School :
Blue Man Group Music Trip:
8th Grade Promotion:
2017 at a Glance
Lake Geneva Schools end this year on May 26th, while other schools in Wisconsin end in June. The Wolf Gazette recently had a chance to interview Lake Geneva Schools" Superintendent Dr. Gottinger about our unique schedule.
It might surprise student to know that school schedules are not up to our principals. Laws in Wisconsin sharing buses with other schools really control a lot about when we go to school and have breaks.
In the past, we had to be in school 180 days each year, but according to the Department of Public Instruction, Wisconsin now requires students go to school for at least 1,137 hours every year. The solution to the changing law was to add 15 minutes to the school day.
“It was thought by a number of people that it would be advantageous for families to have a longer vacation so fifteen minutes were added onto the school day, so we could have fewer days,” states Dr. Gottinger.
Some students wonder why schools can’t have longer Christmas break. Dr. Gottinger reminds us that breaks are mostly scheduled because of holidays like Christmas or Easter, not just for fun.
In the winter, snow can be a big problem for our schedule. When we have snow days, we have to make up hours that we miss at school, like a few years ago when there were several days of cold weather, and schools in Lake Geneva had to add on 3 or 4 days in June.
This year, LGMS ended up only having one bad weather day, so we don’t have to make anything up!
This may surprise you, but Lake Geneva Schools used to start early in August. Dr. Gottinger says “I think it would be good to have kids start school a little earlier.” For now, our schools have to start in September, but either way we get about the same amount of time in school.
Our recipe is a delicious "cookie-brownie combo" treat!
Even a week later, we could still smell the heavenly scent in the kitchen!
Recipe From "Baker's Corner"
½ Sick of Butter (Melted)
2 Tablespoons Water
1 Whole Egg
½ Stick of Butter (Softened)
1 Tablespoon Water
Step 1: Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Step 2: Combine the brownie mix with 2 tablespoons of water, 1 whole egg, and ½ stick of melted butter. Stir until well blended, Spread evenly into pan.
Step 3: Combine Cookie mix with 1 tablespoon of water and the ½ stick of softened butter. Round dough into teaspoons and place evenly onto brownie batter.
Step 4: Bake for 45 minutes and allow to cool.
Photos by Caleb Monge
February 28th - March 3rd
Wednesday, Mar 1
Meet our goal of raising $1,000, and students will participate in a TEACHER SWITCH DAY - 8th grade students go back to 6th, 6th to 7th, and 7th to 8th!
Friday, Mar 3
Tuesday, Feb 28
Raise $300 as a school, and all students may wear HOODIES UP or HATS on Wednesday.
Thursday, Mar 2
Raise $300 as a school, and all students may wear HAWAIIAN CLOTHES on Friday.
Raise $300 as a school, and all students may wear PAJAMAS on Thursday.
All money will be donated to an LGMS family
that lost their belongings in a house fire
LGMS Forensics Wins Over Judges
The 2016-2017 LGMS forensics team was amazing! At a recent meet Brookwood Middle School, many of the team members placed and came home with 4 ribbons.
Forensics is coached by Mrs. Ward and Mrs. Janisin who are both 6th grade Language Arts Teachers. The team consists of 19 students in all, a good mix of sixth, seventh, and eighth graders. The coaches were happy with the great improvement. “Our team has consistently improved their scores and earned superior blue ribbons or excellent red ribbons.” Says Mrs. Ward.
To compete, the students have to work on a piece and eventually memorize it, and then make the presentation better by practicing and receiving constructive criticism from Mrs. Ward and Mrs. Janisin. Bella Prichard, 7th grade student in forensics states “Forensics helps with public speaking and it prepares you for bigger speeches in your future.”
Pieces this year included the story of a girl running for class president, a demonstration speech about Martial Arts, and a performance based on the musical Hamilton.
Great job this year, Forensics. If you have a talent for speaking out, join forensics next winter.
Jenny Castaneda practicing
in front of peers.
Left: Desirae Lopez, Olivia May, Zarin Prizada, and Rebecca Clevenger performing parts of Hamilton.
By: Ava Ocker
Teacher Shoutout: Library Media Specialist Mrs. Machan is the assistant forensics coach for Badger High School. 8th graders, be sure to reach out to her next year for membership requirements and practice times.
2016-2017 At a Glace
Total Wins: 68
Total Losses: 50
First Place at Conference: Will Mangold , Andrew Olson, Ryan Kormanak , Jason Toflinski , Deven Schnering
Second Place at Conference: Santino Butitta , Charlie Gallo , Logan Meinel
Third Place at Conference: Madison Ceshker, Even Phillips, Rowdy Chupich
LGMS Wrestling: In it to win it
By: Callie Ceshker
they can't stop roughing around.
they are proud of new injuries or bruises.
their headgear and singlet fall out of their backpack.
they always win arguments, because they're stubborn and determined.
You know you're
talking to a wrestler when...
LGMS Wrestling Team had a great season; they ended with several wrestlers placing in first at a conference meet!
Wrestling is all about students' confidence and strength, which this year's team had a lot of! 8th graders Andrew Olson, William Mangold, Jason Toflinski, and Ryan Kormanak did a fantastic job at local and conference meets, and 7th grader Deven Schnering also placed first in his weight class!
Wrestling is an individual and team sport. You compete individually and score points for your team. It's one-on-one event, where two people at the same weight use technical moves to take each other down to the mat. Wrestling is a tough and serious sport that builds character, self-confidence, and strength.
Science Night Was a Blast
“We get to make slime! It was the best! This is so much fun!”
-Katie ~ Central Denison Kindergartener
Bustling crowds, kids running everywhere, big, booming explosions - the Family Science Night was a hit! There were 25 hands-on science experiments, so families could have fun while learning a little bit about science. Many of the students took projects home for further experiment. Annette Fernandez, a member of the LGMS custodial staff shares,"This event is so much fun, and it looked like there were more people than ever!”
As a grand finale, there is always a crazy science show with lots of explosions! The eager audience covered their ears as balloons popped, flames shot up, and liquid nitrogen destroyed several props. Young kids were inspired to pursue science in a different way.
One event was popular with the 2-5 year olds, the Sink or Float table. “You have to make a prediction if these objects are going to sink or float.” Mrs. Gutjahr, an elementary teacher shares while explaining her experiment. Her and many teachers agree that everyone enjoyed experimenting and learning at the fun family night!
Thank you science students, all teachers, and custodial staff for making this incredible night possible!
Written By Caleb Monge
Photos by Susan Lei
A Girl Like Her:
Interesting movie, important message
By Samantha Millard
By Susan Lei
A Girl Like Her is a serious movie about bullying and depression.
A girl named Jessica Burns is bullied by another student named Avery Keller. Her best friend, Brian is the only person who knows what’s happening. Brian gives Jessica a dragonfly pin with a secret camera in it to record anything and everything that happens to her.
Jessica’s bullying is worse than Brian could have thought. Because the bullying was so severe, she even becomes depressed and suicidal.
There are always two sides to a story, so near the end of the movie viewers see the bully’s perspective of things. It’s a movie about drama, bullying, and the hard parts of being a teenager.
Mrs. Milligan gave advice about how friends can talk to someone they are worried is thinking about suicide. “ Being a supportive friend is a very important thing, but being afraid to talk about it is also one of the problems dealing with self harm. It is a scary topic, but when we don’t talk about it, that is when things start to happen,” Mrs. Milligan said. Make sure that you are open to listening to your friend, take the issue seriously, and talk to an adult.
If you ever have feelings of suicide, find a safe adult like a teacher, school counselor, or family member. Things can’t get better if you don’t talk to someone about what you are going through.
Schedule to meet with a guidance counselor here.
The Wolf Gazette Staff thought this was an interesting movie that made us more aware of bullying and suicide prevention, but please talk to a parent before watching.
LGMS's DISTRICT SOLO AND ENSEMBLE
IS IN Eight days!
By: Caleb Monge
Solo and Ensemble is approaching fast! Many students and staff agree that the hard work that is put in is worth the incredible experience. Every music student should cherish this unforgettable moment to perform.
Mrs. Klement, LGMS orchestra conductor, shares "Solo and Ensemble is important because every music student should stand on their own two feet and play a piece that they've been working hard on in front of an adjudicator."
What's unique about the experience is that students learn to play in an ensemble with other musicians. There is nothing that can compare to working with other talented musicians to create a symphony of music.
Mrs. Krause, the band director at the Lake Geneva Middle School, comments on the benefits of performing, “Students grow from the time they learn their basic scales to playing a piece of music that they've created in their own style, and creation and performance are life skills.”
Students were given their Solo And Ensemble pieces near Thanksgiving, and are still practicing to perform their music properly in front of the judges on Saturday, March 4th, 2017.
The Wolf Gazette would like to wish everyone who is participating in the festival good luck. Break a Leg!
Be confident in how much you've prepared.
Continue to practice!
Before you perform, take some deep breaths.
Eat a good breakfast.
Start with a great warm up
Stay calm in front of the judge
Bring yourself and all of your materials to your site ahead of time!
Tips for an awesome Solo
Photo by: Violet Sully
By: Violet Sulli
True Love is FAKE
Real Life Fairy Tale
Many people think that love is something that people can acquire over time from another person, but really it's all one big lie!
Love is not real at all. It is just a figment of our imagination made to make you feel better about yourself. I bet that if someone said they loved you, they are not telling the truth.
You can never truly love someone with all your heart;.most people say “I love you” without a care in the world because everyone says it. They don't fully mean it.
Love used to be something that took time to get, but now people in middle school are saying it to each other!
Let's be honest in middle school there aren't any relationships that last long, so "love" shouldn't be something that is just tossed around.
By: Anthony Mannion
Butterflies in your stomach, heart racing, clammy hands, and stuttering over your words-it all comes from love.
True love” is real, but it is rare. Most people believe that true love is only in story books or in the stories parents tell children about their relationships, but there is a lot more to love than the story.
True love is all about being there for the person you are with, feeling comfortable talking to them about everything, allowing some breathing room for your significant other, and actually showing that you love them from day to day.
Abraham Lincoln once said, “Actions speak louder than words.” When it comes to true love, this couldn’t be more true.
Keep your eyes open and you might just find it someday.
Kaaden krafts up a mosaic clover locker decoration.