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Electronic Newspaper! 

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Please contact Ms. Futoma through e-mail: efutoma@cheshire.k12.ct.us 

or stop by room 200 before/after school.

Dodd Middle School happenings and information are located below.  Enjoy!

Dodd gas leak

Published on 2/24/21

Cheshire, a Great Place to Call Home

Published on 10/20/20

Happy New Years!

Published on 1/8/20

Dodd Chorus Sings National Anthem At Yale vs Quinnipiac Womens Basketball Game.

Dodd Staff vs. Staff Volleyball Game

Published on 11/13/19

Welcome to Dodd

Published on 10/10/19

MathCounts Article

Published on 2/20/19

Life's Sucesses and failures

Published on 5/10/18

School Walkout: March 14th, 2018


Published on 3/14/18

      Welcome Back to Dodd NJHS!

                By: Utsav Subramani

    As many already know, the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) Induction Ceremony for the class of 2022 was yesterday afternoon (Tuesday, November 14th). It was an impressive sight to behold, with so many in attendance including parents, grandparents, siblings, teachers, etc. In addition, the speeches for the 5 pillars of excellence (scholarship, service, leadership, citizenship, and character), who were chosen by a panel of teachers here at Dodd, were truly unbelievable and seemed to light up the room. A special congrats to those whose speeches were selected!

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A former NJHS member now in 9th grade at the high school was invited to come to the ceremony and give a few words of advice to the soon to be NJHS members of the 2017-18 Dodd school year as well. On the other hand, the NJHS already has many upcoming plans for this school which they encourage you to partake in. Through Operation Gratitude, Dodd donated over 300 pounds of candy to U.S. troops around the globe as a small token of our appreciation for their service and NJHS had a major role to play in that service project. In upcoming January, NJHS is planning to found a “Peer Tutoring club,” which would allow kids to fill out a Google Form on the Peer Tutoring Website (located in the DMS Student Portal) and describe what subject they might be struggling in and then the NJHS will pair you up with a tutor with expertise in that area to assist you. This also covers Unified Arts Classes and is completely confidential.  Moreover, there will be an option to receive 1-on-1 tutoring or tutoring in a small group if that works better for you and you can come for tutoring after school, before school, and/or during lunch. As long as you put in the time and effort, the NJHS will be there to help! Remember, “nothing worth learning, ever comes easy… at first!”

Published on 12/143/17

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National Junior Honor Society

By: Sagarika Srinivasan

You may or may not have heard of National Junior Honor Society. Whether you’ve donated candy for Operation Gratitude or whether you’ve heard desperate students who want to get in because they want to avoid incurring their parents’ wrath, you need to know that the NJHS (National Junior Honor Society) is a group of elite students who show academic excellence and you might me one of them. But on a more serious note, if you get into this club, your dream job is in a closer proximity range because if you include the fact you were in this club in your resume for college or your job, you are more likely to get hired or accepted for what you applied for. Today, I am not only going to speak about NJHS and how it works, but also tell you my experience of playing in the orchestra ensemble for their ceremony.

First, the part I’m sure you, as the reader, would like to know.To get into NJHS, a student must get a grade point average of a 4 or above. That means that the student’s overall grade must be an A or an A+. To calculate your overall grade or GPA, you add up the averages for each class you took in that given quarter. After adding those numbers, divide by how many classes you took (don't count in classes in which you didn't receive a grade; ex: I-Blocks or Advisory). If you want to get in distinguished honors, your GPA had to be over a 97 (A+) If you have a 93 or above, you also made the cut with high honors (A).

After hearing this, you might be interesting in knowing the ceremony in which they participate in.

I was seated down in our orchestra ensemble and we waited patiently as the crowd of parents slowly trickled into the building. Then Ms. Peters gave us all a smile as Mrs.Smith (leader of NJHS)  wrapped up her welcome speech. She rose her hands and our instruments rose too.We began to play “Changing of the Guards” and the room’s atmosphere quickly changed to something with pride and honor. After the final note, the rustle of 5 kids walking up to the stage began. Each student spoke about the 5 characteristics needed to be a member of NJHS. They were scholarship, leadership, service, character, and citizenship and after each speaker concludes their speech they light their respective candle to show the flame of each attribute is shining brightly in the members of NJHS. The speeches were heartwarming and the audience roared after each one. Mr. Woods then handed out all the certificates saying that so-and-so has reached academic excellence. This goes on until everyone has received their certificate. Before Mrs.Smith wrapped things up, a previous National Junior Honor student came to speak about how great a club this was to her and experiences of each pillar being shown due to this club. Then Mrs. Smith dismissed all of the kids and the orchestra ensemble played once more as delighted kids celebrated with their family.

NJHS and NHS are prestigious groups to get into and if you’re one of the hardworking few who got in, then congratulations!

Published on 12/4/17

The Travel Times

Fall Edition  (Howl-O-Ween)

By: Sagarika Srinivasan

    Thinking of going somewhere haunted during Hallow’s Eve but not sure on where that bloodcurdling nightmare might be? Don’t worry, I gotcha covered. Here’s the scoop: The Legends of Fear haystack ride in Shelton is said to give you the hair-raising experience you’re looking for. The reviews according to visitors are really good. The park is rated 4.4 out of 5 stars! According to visitor Andrew Aulenti, the park had some updates and his 2017 experience was paranormal. And you get to choose your scare! There's the Melon Head Revenge Trail, Hemlock Manor Monterey, Pine Hills Parish, and the Dark Harvest. In the Melon Head Revenge Trail, you place your life in danger for a traumatic experience. In the dense woods of the homeland of these monsters, you will be caught in the frenzy of creepy clowns and zombies who rose from the dead. Enter at your own risk (remember: only 12-yr-olds and above can walk through this trail)  Hemlock Manor Mortuary is the home of a sadistic being who would love to make you another among the dead.  This place is seriously packed and is definitely a hot spot for the spooky, candy-filled night of the year. Whether you decide to take your Halloween experience to the next level or you want to hang around in your neighborhood,Hope you experience the horrendous, eerie, and spine-chilling thrill you’re looking for.

Have a haunted Halloween!

Published on 11/9/17

Why Join Newspaper Club?

By Evan Levine

Newspaper club is one of the best clubs in the history of Dodd Middle School. The Newspaper club is the Dodd Middle School electronic newspaper called The Spartan Scroll. In 2017, the Newspaper club had a record high of 23 students and we had a lot of published pieces. The Newspaper club can publish anything you want to, including recipes, comics, Fact Friday, etc. Every two years, the Newspaper Club goes on a very fun field trip at the end of the year to a newspaper facility to learn more about the publishing process. And best of all, it is run by the Aqua L.A. teacher, Ms. Futoma. All in all, the Newspaper club would be very lucky to have new members like you reading this. Have Fun!

Published on 4/26/17


 Look for The Good is Back

    By: Utsav Subramani    

And we’re back! Dodd’s Look for The Good program will hit the ground running this year as a mix of newcomers and returning student leaders from the 8th grade will be taking part in a Halloween event in the weeks leading up to October 31st. The program will involve selling Halloween- themed cards along with special treats during the lunch waves for 7th and 8th graders. Students in both grades can purchase these cards (prices have yet to be determined) and can be given to both friends and family. Plans are already underway as to the organization and execution of this movement. Each card bought will go towards a large donation from Dodd to a charity organization that will be chosen in the coming weeks. A reminder to all students; it’s not too late to join this fabulous program! Meetings are, as of now, on Tuesdays after school until 3:30 PM in Mrs. Margary's room 203 and everyone is welcome to attend. After all, there is so much to plan and do for this year’s program launch, and we’ll take all the help we can get. If you’re interested, please email or talk to Mrs. Margary at imagary@cheshire.k12.ct.us so that you can join the classroom and get involved! In addition, more information on this program can be found on the student portal. To conclude, always remember to CHOOSE KIND!

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               Upcoming Pajama Day!

                 By: Utsav Subramani

On Friday, February 17th, students all over Dodd Middle School will be participating in a worthy cause; provide new clothes and/or new books for underprivileged kids in Connecticut.  So if you have any unwanted or new books and/or pajamas lying around at home, bring them to your homeroom teacher this Friday in order to help a child in severe need. However, there is a big twist to this Pajama Day. Dodd students and faculty can wear their pajamas to school! There is no doubt that this twist will make this spirit day a most interesting affair. But overall, the real goal of this day is to raise awareness of the fact that there are kids just like us who may not have the same privileges and opportunities that we do and to bring us closer together as a school community. It is our duty as students of Dodd to be thankful for the things that we take for granted in our daily lives and give back to those less fortunate than us.  All in all, spirit days are always a big occasion at Dodd Middle School and this Friday’s Pajama Day will certainly not disappoint!!!

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Published on 2/15/17

Spark Club Bowling

By Callie Godfrey and Jenna Smith

    April 21, 2015 the Spark Club members took a field trip to Highland Bowl.  The trip was meant for the members to get to know each other better and some quality bonding time.  To understand why this outing was so special, one has to understand what Spark Club is all about.  Spark Club is an organization that pairs kids to kids with disabilities. Together they all bowled and had pizza and became better friends!

    At promptly 2:30 all of the Spark Club members went down to bowl.  After getting their shoes, the fun began.  Student Sophia’s Arcesi said “we all had such a great time.” The students paired up with their buddies and all you could hear was balls skidding down the lane and pins toppling to the ground. After one round, everyone turned around hungrily to face the pizza and drinks. They all gathered around and gobbled down the cheese pizza and soda. Afterward, the Spark Club members played one more round of bowling. Then they all glumly took off their shoes and headed to their cars.

    Spark Club affects many children's lives and bowling was just one of the many adventures.  Anna Daniels, a Spark Club member spoke very fondly of spark club.  She says to any people hoping to join, “if you want a good excuse for a break, join Spark Club!”  Spark Club is a club that everyone should appreciate and enjoy.

Published on 6/3/15

“The Veteran’s Visit”

November 10, 2014 was a special day for the Aqua team. Mrs. Shanley’s nephew, Captain Petersen, came to our school and he talked to the Aqua team about Veterans’ Day. Since the Aqua team is doing a community service project for Veterans Day, the veteran talked about some ideas we could use for our project.

Captain Petersen told us some stories about when he was deployed off to Iraq. “My mother sent me a letter saying that she sent me a bottle of Robitussin, yet I never received it. Later that day, I had to go to my officers’ cabin, and there I saw a bottle of Robitussin, the one my mother sent. I had to hear a strong lecture about why I should not bring these types of medicine. After this event, my mother wasn’t able to send me anymore items,” Captain Petersen explained to us. There are some limitations on what can be sent and what cannot. Also, one can only send so many items. He told us how most of the time he was fighting overseas, all he wanted was Goldfish. “My favorite snack is Goldfish and it was so hard to get it.” He explained how sometimes soldiers can get strange cravings and how it would be helpful to bring in food and recounted some other funny stories to us.

Captain Petersen’s visit was very nice for the Aqua team. We all learned a lot of new things we never knew before. For example, they are not allowed to put their hands into their pockets, and they are only allowed to wear black or green socks. Having people come and talk to us is a different way of learning, and that’s what we were doing with Mrs. Shanley’s nephew: learning.

The Aqua team has a community project to do and it ties along with Veteran’s Day. We have the opportunity to bring in some items and a dollar for SSgt David (Staff Sergeant David), who is a soldier deployed in South Korea that the Aqua team has adopted to send care packages to. On November 26-27, Mrs. Margary, the Aqua team leader, will send all the items collected. So far, we have collected over 300 items. This is a very exciting project for the Aqua team, and we are all ecstatic to help. In total count, we have collected 662 items and 83 dollars.

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Published By: Jenna Smith, Lara Bloschichak, and Archisha Murthy

Published on 12/3/14

 Neal Shusterman’s Visit

By: Archisha Murthy

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    On October 16, 2014, the author of the Unwind Dystology and the Everlost Series, Neal Shusterman, came to Dodd Middle School. The seventh graders saw him at 1:30 in the school cafeteria. Students were able to purchase books in the Unwind Dystology.

When this famous author came, he let us, the students, ask him questions. Some of the questions asked to him were:

  • “What inspired you to write the Unwind Dystology?”

  • “What do you do before and after you write/finish a book?”

  • “How did you come up with the idea of The Schwa Was Here?”

    Neal Shusterman told us how he got the inspiration to write his book, The Schwa Was Here. He was at a school giving a presentation and answering questions the students asked. Then he saw a teacher raising her hand, so he called on her. This teacher said, “Excuse me, Mr. Shusterman. This boy has been raising his hand for the whole time and you haven’t called on him yet.” So Mr. Shusterman looked where the teacher pointed. The problem was there was no one sitting in the chair where she (the teacher) was pointing. Shusterman was confused, and he looked away. And then he saw the teacher pointing again, so he looked again, and there was the boy in the chair.

“Huh?” he told us. “He wasn’t there a minute ago, and now he was? And then I saw what he was wearing. His shirt was the same color as the chair he was in, so he was blending into the chair. Even though it was a T-shirt, his skin color was the same as the pole right behind him. His arm was raised right in front of the pole, so he blended in with the pole too. At that moment, I realized that this boy was invisible. His school pictures would probably be forgotten, he probably would get left out of his school yearbooks. That’s when I thought, wouldn’t this be a great book to write? And I was still stuck on that thought while I was trying to answer kids questions.” He calls those his “refrigerator moments.”  Shusterman called them his “refrigerator moments” because when he was at home, he would end up staring at the refrigerator and not remembering why he was there.

Neal Shusterman’s visit was very exciting for the seventh graders. He would make us laugh, and at some points we were waiting to hear what he was going to say next. It was very nice of Mr. Shusterman to come and visit.

Published on 11/5/14


A Forgotten Hope, Destiny of Dreams

                A place of hope. The garden of immortal dream. Rising from the embers of despair is a hope that flutters in many hearts, colorful and wise, like a phoenix. The hope for equality, achieved. Many people do not know the true struggle of living or the meaning to either of those two words. One person knew them, his name; Martin Luther King Jr. What have we dedicated to this noble and strong man as thanks for his everlasting achievements? A rock. From the Mountain of Despair comes forth the Stone of Hope, whose white rock face bears the character of our peaceful and inspirational dreamer. This monument honors the three theme found in King’s lifespan: democracy, hope, and justice. It also shows we must enjoy a life of freedom, opportunity, and justice by contributing to his selfless vision born of love, not hate.  “Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope.” On the other side are inscribed these words: ‘I was a drum major for justice, peace and righteousness,’ [1]

                Located on the north corner of The Tidal Basin by the Jefferson and FDR Memorials, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial that was purposely constructed in one of the most prestigious sites remaining, is sandwiched in between the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials and adjacent to the FDR Memorial. It was the first national mall memorial dedicated to an African American, even if the stone it’s carved from is white, and non-president. Congress passed Joint Resolution 1996 to allow it to be built and the “Build the Dream” foundation raised $120 million in order to construct the 30 foot Martin Luther King Jr. who looks into the horizon watching the future for its hope for humanity.[2] Opened on August 22, 2011, 159 granite blocks were assembled seamlessly to make the monument we see today, accompanied by  a 450ft inscribed wall containing 14 excerpts of sermons and public addresses living testaments of his vision of America.

While a carved  rock sporting inspirational text may be the main attraction, the landscape was also artfully picked out to reflect this man’s messages. American Elm trees,Yoshino Cherry trees, Liriope plants, English yew, Jasmine, and Sumac all live and cleanse the air of the foulness we let into our world. All of them have a hidden meaning behind them, and are not just picked  out for their alluring colors. The "Arbitrator that listens without judgement" is a symbol of communication and friendship, and is also known under the name of American Elm.

[1] "Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial | washington.org." 2012. 20 Apr. 2013 <http://washington.org/article/martin-luther-king-jr-memorial>

[2] "Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial in Washington, DC." 2005. 21 Apr. 2013 <http://dc.about.com/od/monuments/a/KingMemorial.htm>

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St. Jude’s Math-a-thon

By: Roger Chen


            This year the National Junior Honor Society is conducting its first school wide Math-a-thon. The Math-a-thon is an event where students do math and get paid. First, students find sponsors who pledge a certain amount of money based on the amount of questions they get right. After the student completes the math booklet, he or she should give it to an adult to check the problems. The students then return to their sponsors for their pledges.

The Math-a-thon is a fundraiser for St. Jude’s Children Hospital. St. Jude’s is the only hospital in the world dedicated specifically for pediatric cancer research. Families who go the St. Jude’s never pay for their treatment because people like you help them by donating money. It costs 1.8 million dollars to run the hospital each day. St. Jude’s primarily gets its funding from people who participate in the Math-a-thon. When the hospital first opened, the survival rate for acute lymphoblastic leukemia was four percent. Now the survival rate for that type of cancer at St. Jude’s if ninety-four percent. The hospital has helped save many lives.

How can you get involved with this special fundraiser? First, return the permission slip to participate in the Math-a-thon to your National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) homeroom liaison. It is never too late to hand in you permission slips. After collecting pledges, do the math. You will be given one day in your math class to do the math booklet. When you are finished with the math, ask you math teacher for an answer key to correct your booklet. After, go to your sponsors and collect their pledges. Hand this money to your NJHS homeroom liaison between March 28 and April 3. There are prizes for participating in Math-a-thon. If you raise thirty-five dollars, you get a t-shirt from St. Judes, and if you raise seventy-five dollars, you get a backpack. Everyone gets a certificate for participating in the Math-a-thon.

Prizes will arrive and be distributed in May. Math teachers may also be offering an incentive for participating such as bonus points or a free night of homework. The most important prize is that you are helping children overcome cancer.

Pennies for Patients

By: Roger Chen


The Dodd Middle School Student Council has recently started is annually Pennies for Patients fundraiser. The fundraiser started on March 26 and will run until April 12. Pennies for Patients is a fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The organization helps fund people who have leukemia. Many Americans are diagnosed with leukemia each year and do not have the money to pay for treatment. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society help these people pay for their treatment and overcome cancer. It is not just pennies they are collecting, they want all your spare change. All students should have received a small box. This box is for you to take home and collect spare change. When the box is full, you can dump it into your classroom’s box. The money will then be collected by your student council representative and donated to Pennies for Patients.

A Seventh Grade Orchestra Concert   

By Jessica Tan

On December 12, 2012 the seventh grade orchestra performed in the Dodd Middle School gym. The orchestra performed four pieces including the Star Spangled Banner, the Polar Express, Sakura, and Luminescence. The performers worked hard on practicing for this performance.

            The Star Spangled Banner, our national anthem, was played well. The students mastered the dotted rhythm and the higher notes. The audience was asked to stand during this song. The Polar Express was a calm, tranquilizing song. The pianist, Sophia Cheng, made this song even more magical. Sakura is the “song of the cherry blossoms” and it is known as the song of Japan. The students worked on balance in this song. In the beginning, the melody was in the violas, moving to the cellos, and then the violins. The song had a tremendous effect on the audience since we were in the gym. Luminescence, the exciting piece, showed off the players' abilities to change the style from a solemn song, Sakura, to a bright and cheerful piece.

Students were well prepared for this concert. As weeks of rehearsals went on, the students learned about balance, style, articulation, and other important elements of music. During a rehearsal, a teacher heard the orchestra playing; of course, thinking it was a CD. When she discovered it was  the 7th graders, she was shocked. Everyone improved a lot before and after the orchestra concert. This concert was an incredible learning experience. Not only did they learn how to play differently than they were used to, but they also wrote a written portion for their concert. They listened to recordings of the concert and wrote an article critiquing it using musical vocabulary. The articles were used as a performance standard.

This concert was great for both the audience and the performers. The audience enjoyed the concert and the performers got to show off their skills. There is another concert this spring, and it will be even better than this winter's! If you want to see for yourself just how good they are, come to the concert and prepare to be amazed!


By:Shivani Padhi


Moscow, 1941: Moscow, 1941 is a very telling piece that describes the time during the war when the Nazis invaded Moscow in the year of 1941. The dynamics of this song slowly become slow and fast based on the times of the war. The instruments such as clarinets make high pitched sounds to tell the sadness, the percussion makes a big cannon sound imitating the bombs, and the saxophone, flutes, and the trumpets create the dramatic scene also mixed with a slow, somber tubas, and baritone horns.


Rage:        Rage is a fast fierce and angry song with a guttural “Raaaaaaaa” sound. This piece had emotions, and feisty adventure. The dynamics and tempo changes also sometimes change the adventure. This song is highly motive, and teaches kids the “term” motive.


Shipwrecked:   Shipwrecked is a story telling piece about a ship sinking to the bottom of the ocean due to a chaotic storm. The song starts out slow and calm as if the ship traveling smoothly on water. As the middle approaches the song gets a little loud and crazy like the ship is shaking and getting hit by humongous crashy waves. The piece ends with the flutes and lows playing softly as if the ship and sunk slowly and slowly because of the storm.


Friends of freedom:  Friends of freedom is a light and happy song like a marching song. It is more like a patriotic song all smooth comfy to hear. Some parts are soft, and others are like strong and like the base of the song. This song contains bright melodies, and syncopated rhythms that give of a calm feeling.


Anchors Aweigh:       Anchors aweigh is also a patriotic song with a happy feeling. This song will also be played in the marching band on May, 25th Memorial day. This song contains easy notes but with a great sound and rhythm. This song will sound great with uniforms and a marching style.



While Dodd Middle School had a few days off, its students and teachers quickly understood how lucky we were in not being hit as badly by Hurricane Sandy as was expected.  However the Dodd community had many relatives and friends who were impacted by this Super Storm. We wanted to help. Students and teachers researched the available groups helping with disaster relief efforts and they came upon Team Rubicon.

The entire Dodd community: teachers, students, parents and relatives, wanted to help Hurricane Sandy victims in Connecticut and neighboring states. It was our hope that Team Rubicon would use our money to its fullest to help restore these victims to the life they once had. So many were still without power and furnishings; and we wanted to help in rebuilding their lives. We believe that this organization helped to focus its efforts on that goal.

During the week before Thanksgiving, the Dodd students and faculty pitched in efforts, led by the Grade 8 Green Team. On Friday, the teachers had “Dress-Down Day” meaning they could dress just as casual as the students, as long as they donated to Team Rubicon. All of the students wore a hat for the duration of the school day and proudly displayed stickers proclaiming: “I Donated to Green Team for Hurricane Sandy Relief.” Our staff and students at Dodd Middle School enjoyed donating and became very involved in helping support the people impacted by the hurricane. Many people at Dodd felt a personal connection to the cause and realized how fortunate we were to have been spared.

The Dodd community hopes that our small part has helped change the lives of some of the victims of Hurricane Sandy. We also hope that we have made our world a better place because we made a difference.


Musically Amazing!
    By: Sahal Nasim

            Something musically amazing just happened! The 7th grade band performed in an amazing concert on December 12. The concert was at 6:45 on a Wednesday.  I know because I was there playing percussion. The band students were really excited and pumped up and so was the greatest band teacher, Mrs. LeClare. We all were extremely nervous because there were more than one hundred people in the audience.

            Students performed the following selections:  “Asian Folk Rhapsody”, “As Twilight Falls” and “When Summer Takes Flight.” They all were fun to play! The band started the concert with “Asian Folk Rhapsody”. It got everybody pumped up. But there was a slow part in the middle of the piece where it got everybody calmed down. Boom! Then the music got faster and exciting. The next piece was the slowest piece in the concert. The piece was “As Twilight Falls”. It was very slow and gentle. The piece didn’t have that much percussion. The only percussion it had was a bass drum, two triangles, a tambourine, a shaker, a suspended cymbal, a bell, a xylophone and a marimba. Finally the band ended the spectacular concert with “When Summer Takes Flight”. As the melody came in the middle the bell and xylophone blended with the melody perfectly.

            The band students were awesome and well balanced. They practiced really hard on the three selections and played them perfectly in the concert. I hope their next concert is going to be as awesome as this one!




Recently, Dodd Middle School seventh graders went to see the classic play “A Christmas Carol”, adapted from the book written by Charles Dickens, at the Hartford Stage. This play depicts a story about an old, rotten man who changes and embraces the true meaning of Christmas.

This play was entertaining and funny, leaving the audience want more. Bill Raymond, playing Scrooge, was funny and added a little extra to his character. Also, his castmate, Noble Shropshire, did an excellent job not only playing the ghost of Jacob Marley but playing the part of Scrooge’s female servant. These two interacted hilariously and really made the play. During this play, many great parts stood out to me as well. At the beginning, ghostly apparitions come out and do a macabre style dance. They are creepy in the dark but add a little darkness to the play, because it’s assumed to be a light, cheerful play. They join us throughout the play, always at odd moments. Also, the ghosts of Christmas that visit Scrooge did an excellent job of portraying them. The crew also did a great job with the lighting and transferring through scenes


Overall, this play was a big success. The cast and crew outdid themselves when reenacting one of the most famous plays of all time..............by Elizabeth Boyer

Going to Camp Sloper

By Jordan Nann

             Camp Sloper is a YMCA  camp in Southington, Connecticut where all Dodd Middle Schoolers go for their beginning of the year team building. When students arrive at camp, they unload the buses into a traditional camp setting including a pavilion, a volleyball pit, a lake, and basketball courts.

            Starting off on a high note,  the activity, “Trust Falls” was probably the most fun. Students really experienced an adrenaline rush as they put their trust into a group of students who had to catch you falling so as to not hit the ground. The hardest and most rewarding of all was catching people when they are falling off a higher place such as a picnic table and completely relying on the group at hand to keep one from breaking an arm or leg or neck. One particular game was very hard, “Car and Driver” where one person is a car with their arms out and eyes closed. The other person is the driver where they tell the car where to go by lightly prodding them in different parts of the back. This proved tougher than we realized since you continually bump into people. Overall the game was fun and challenging.

            Although parts of this trip were fun the other parts were less so. Such as having to go over again the reasons you were here and what this and that means and basic rules. It would have been fine if your teachers had not  already gone over that with us at least three times. The schedule was a bit difficult because some team were able to go in early September, but others went in mid-October. The impact and value was not the same for the later groups. Overall the Camp Sloper trip met the objectives of team building, especially  having students develop trust amongst each other.

            Starting off on a high note,  the activity, “Trust Falls” was probably the most fun. Students really experienced an adrenaline rush as they put their trust into a group of students who had to catch you falling so as to not hit the ground. The hardest and most rewarding of all was catching people when they are falling off a higher place such as a picnic table and completely relying on the group at hand to keep one from breaking an arm or leg or neck. One particular game was very hard, “Car and Driver” where one person is a car with their arms out and eyes closed. The other person is the driver where they tell the car where to go by lightly prodding them in different parts of the back. This proved tougher than we realized since you continually bump into people. Overall the game was fun and challenging.

            Although parts of this trip were fun the other parts were less so. Such as having to go over again the reasons you were here and what this and that means and basic rules. It would have been fine if your teachers had not  already gone over that with us at least three times. The schedule was a bit difficult because some team were able to go in early September, but others went in mid-October. The impact and value was not the same for the later groups. Overall the Camp Sloper trip met the objectives of team building, especially  having students develop trust amongst each other.