The Start of F.O.L 

By Chabeli Wells


March 19, 2012 - The Festival of Learning is here and everyone is ready and in the "Spirit."  In fact, this year, the F.O.L will also be Spirit Week" (see article below).  The first day of Spirit Week is Jersey Day, so everyone wore their favorite teams’ jerseys.  The day went regularly for everyone except the 8th grade.  The 8th grade worked on The Bobcat Globe (the Endangered Species newspaper), placemats for the Festival of Learning dinner on Thursday, and a feature-length movie that will cover the events of this week as well as activities involving this year's topic - Endangered Species.  This year's topic year is great, but the sentiment of Festival of Learning stays the same:  the students and teachers explore a “single topic that celebrates our world, its cultures, diversity, and rich legacies.”  Previous Festivals of Learning have been very entertaining and the whole school has learned about new things about the world in which we live in.  Mrs. Lockwood, librarian and F.O.L coordinator, was excited about this year’s topic choice and about the potential for learning.    
                            (Colorful 8th Grade Triplets on Twin Day) 
Spirit Week at ACDS

By Katherine Kromer


For a dollar per day (or five dollars for the entire week)students and faculty were allowed to dress in free dress and participate in spirit week dress.  The week started off with jersey day.  Many students wore jerseys and t-shirts from their favorite teams while others wore jerseys from our very own ACDS teams.  A large number of eighth graders wore t-shirts from the high schools they plan to attend next year!

Tuesday, decades day saw a colorful array of clothing representing mainly the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and today!  When asked what she liked most about decades day, 8th Grader Josie Brocato said, “It’s just fun.  You get to dress up like people from a different era and you’re doing a good thing [by donating money].”

The idea for spirit week was raised by the administrative team and student council.  All the proceeds from the fundraising will go to the World Wildlife Fund and thanks to our fundraising we have been able to adopt an endangered animal with our buddy groups. 

Wednesday is pajama day, Thursday is twin day, and Friday is green and white day!  Get your outfits ready and be ready to show your spirit!
Endangered “Teachers”

By Robert Ayres

March 19, 2012 - On the first day of the Festival of Learning, the fourth grade presented their projects on “Endangered Species around the World.”

Harry Brown kicked off the presentations with a bang.  Harry began his oration on Florida panthers and “how their habitat was being destroyed.”  Harry continued to explain that the Florida panther, which once lived throughout all of Florida, lives primarily in southern Florida.  Brown explained that Florida panthers are the top predators in their regions, but not for long, as there are only 80 panthers left in the wild and only a few shelters through the state.

Second to present was Emma Gilman discussing the Pink Dolphin.  Emma explained that the Pink Dolphin lives in the Amazon and Asia and is disappearing because of “consumption of trash and other toxins.”  She noted that scientists and biologists do not know why the Pink Dolphin is pink.   

John Bucholz talked to the class about the Dumerili Boa.  He stated that this boa lives in Madagascar and is becoming extinct because of “development and habitat destruction.”  The Dumerili Boa, unlike some of its family, is not venomous and extremely bendable.

Last but not least, Morgan Murphy took the stage and taught her class about the Atlantic Whitefish. She noted that the Atlantic Whitefish is dying out because of overfishing and how the migratory rivers of the Whitefish are being dammed.  Morgan also noted that the Whitefish look somewhat like a Salmon, and that they live in Canada. Morgan closed her presentation by stressing the class to “prevent pollution so that the Atlantic Whitefish may live.”

These presentations show us the need to be aware of our surroundings, and that if we inform others of the troubles, things might get better for the future.  If the future is anything like these fourth graders, then the future is bright!