The Geisler Chronicles
Geisler Middle School Student Newspaper | Volume 3, Issue 5
WELCOME TO THE 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR!
***To read our PRINT EDITION, along with articles from the last school year, click on "Past Issues" at the top of the page.***
An Experience in Giving Back
by: Delaney Bowen
Check out our cover story from our past issues from the 2020-2021 school year below!
All the Happenings in 2020
by: Artyom Yevtushenko
A Fresh Start
By: Noah Kanner
Crossing the Finish Line
By: Delaney Bowen
A friend of mine had told me back in September about the middle school virtual running club and said it was going to be so much fun, we can run together, enjoy being active and being outside, and that I should join her. “Ok,” I said, not knowing much about it.
Our technology resource teacher, Mrs. Amy Stasak started the club and sent an invite to me. I read the goals of the club, which was to have staff and students to run (or walk) 50 miles in 50 days. I was thinking, “OMG!” Could I really do 50 miles in 50 days? I can't even walk down to my mailbox, but I told my friend that we were doing it with her and I couldn't let her down. So we started recording our miles on Saturday, September 26, with it ending on Saturday, November 14. All the runners had a running log that we entered our miles each time we ran and it automatically added them up for us.
Mrs. Stasak, who organized the club for Geisler, updated our miles on the club spreadsheet every week to see how great everyone's progress was as we encouraged each other to continue on and shared tips on running to motivate us more. She was actually challenged by the Walnut Creek coach to challenge us to see if we could do it and see who would have the most students completing 50 miles. At the end of it, Geisler had 33 student runners and 10 staff runners who participated, with 38 of us reaching our goal of 50 miles in 50 days!
I asked some of the runners in the club on how they stayed motivated when they didn't want to run that day.
Mrs. Stasak said that it was already a routine to her so she’d normally do it even when she didn’t want to run.
Mr. Hudson's dog always wanted to be outside since we are in quarantine. He said that “she would whine and growl at the door. I also wanted our school to be a top competitor. I didn't want to let them down.”
Annette Rounke said “ice Cream inspired me to run because she would get ice cream at the end of running.”
Katelyn Landale said it was a commitment of hers to continue running.
With Mrs. Stasak running the virtual running club, I wanted to get to know her a little better. She started running when in college she even ran in the winter. Also, she has also run a half marathon before and her favorite one is the annual marathon in Detroit. To train for these marathons, Mrs. Stasak had to run every day. In particular, she likes running early in the morning where she would run around Walled Lake and the nearby neighborhoods.
“I'm so happy that Geisler had a fall sport this year and I am even more proud of who joined the club,” Mrs. Stasak added. Personally, I finished and reached my goals with 60 miles. What motivated me to run was my dog Marley and everyone at Geisler. I can't wait to see everyone running again in the club.
Welcome to the Wolf Pack!
We have some new faces joining the Wolf Pack staff this year. Those staff members include Mr. Carter (PE student teacher), Mr. Danner (vocal music), Mrs. Dudzinski (band), Mx. McClure (English student teacher), Mrs. Nelson (Spanish), and Mrs. Wozny (art student teacher). GMS is also welcoming back Mr. Rickens (science). In this issue, we learn a little bit more about Mr. Carter, Mr. Danner, and Mrs. Dudzinski.
Meet the Dynamic Mr. Danner!
By: Mayuri Rahulan
Mr. Danner is one of our new vocal music teachers here at GMS! Besides working at Geisler, he also teaches vocal music at Sarah Banks Middle School. He is a husband, father, son, believer, musician, and coach. He grew up in Livonia and graduated from Churchill High School and then went on to Grand Valley State University where he was a swimmer for four years. He also earned his Masters in Music Education at Eastern Michigan University. This is his 22nd year of teaching in Walled Lake. Outside of school, Mr. Danner likes to hike, go to the beach, go on adventures, play the piano, guitar and bass guitar, and he leads worship at his church where he and his wife teach Sunday School. On top of that, Mr. Danner has also coached track at Banks for 10 years and co-directs the talent show and the musical. Mr. Danner is married and has two daughters: Paige who is 14, and Grace who is 9.
Mr. Danner has really enjoyed getting to know the GMS staff and students. He says that Ms. Lown, Mr. Pipkin, and the entire GMS community have been very welcoming and helpful. He feels like he is doing the best that he can given the circumstances. While Mr. Danner misses the in-person connection with students, he is making the most of virtual learning!
Hello Mr. Carter!
By: Shohjahon Mardonkulov
Mr. Carter is joining the Wolf Pack this year as Ms. Greaves’ student teacher in P.E. Some of his favorite hobbies include camping, hunting, fishing, gaming on his Xbox, going to the gym, and grilling. Another thing is that Mr. Carter enjoys cooking with his mom. He has three brothers and a dog named Chloe. Mr. Carter likes to stay active. He enjoys playing rugby, and is even the vice president of his team, ran a field day for autistic kids, coached wrestling for six years, and also ran a youth club. He decided to become a teacher because he was a coach and he liked teaching and helping kids. Some of his favorite shows are Death Note Chuck and Scrubs the Boys. Some of his favorite games he plays on the Xbox are RUGBY 20, NHL, and UFC.
Meet Mrs. Dudzinski
Interview conducted by Allyson Adams, Shea Golden, & Leah Randell
Mrs. Dudzinski is joining the Geisler staff this year as one of our new band teachers. We did this interview so that we can all learn a little more about her!
Why did you come to Geisler Middle School? I teach at Geisler and Banks Middle Schools.
What is your favorite food? Nachos
What are your favorite sports? Cycling and football
What is your favorite drink? Coke from McDonald’s
What is your favorite clothing brand? Athleta
What is your favorite ice cream flavor? Mackinac Island fudge
What are your favorite Instruments? Trumpet and piano
What is your favorite color? Green, because I like MSU!
What is your favorite childhood memory? When I moved to Walled Lake.
What is your favorite show? Modern Family
What is your favorite thing to do at home? To see my niece and nephew when they come for a visit.
What is your favorite book? National Geographic Travel
What is your favorite candy? Dark chocolate
What is your favorite thing to do outside? Go on hikes and walk trails
Why did you choose to be a middle school band teacher? I had a good opportunity to play the trumpet and I had so much fun so I became a teacher.
What are your favorite subjects in school? Band and science
What is your least favorite subject in school? Math