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

New to Walled Lake and coming from another school in South Lyon. I was wondering what I can do for our community, how can ALL of us give back and get involved in our community with how the last year has been hard for all of us? Then, Counselor Ann Marie Rutherford posted Youth Action Board (YAB) fliers to everyone’s class in February.

The Youth Leadership Program meets every third Sunday from 3pm-4:30pm at Viewpoint Psychology and Wellness. Every student is invited to get involved. I wanted to get involved and I brought a friend along with me to their February 21st meeting. We shared ideas on how to help kids thrive and avoid problems with drugs and alcohol and making positive changes in our community, to make our community better.We serve as leaders in each of our schools.

At the meeting, we introduced ourselves and learned what the YAB mission is to the new students that joined our meeting this month. We assigned YAB social media posting for February and March with the focus being prevention, addiction and mental health awareness. The YAB discussed wellness wednesday, they explored ideas for future challenges for families. We created greeting cards for seniors at a local nursing facility and we had a surprise from Monica House and the therapy dog program in the district. If you want to be a leader and get involved join us at our next meeting on March 14 at 3pm at Viewpoint or if you have questions text Nikki O’Donnell @248-330-8104.


WLCSD Therapy Dog Program

When I went to the last YAB meeting, Monica House was one of the presenters at the meeting, who is from the WLCSD Therapy Dog program and she brought a furry friend with her named Champ. I was so excited to meet Champ and know everything about her because I have a brother who has special needs, and learning about a program for kids to help him, and others, provides comfort at the school. Therapy dogs decrease anxiety and enable students to work through issues, improves reading and help social emotional support for students. WLCSD is the first Oakland County school district to have a therapy dog program when it launched two years ago with Champ at Guest Elementary and Dakoda from Western High School. The dogs were introduced to their students who needed support. Thanks to two more donations of over $10,000 dollars, we will soon have three more dogs joining the program: Romeo at Glengary, Brook at Meadowbrook and Wallee at Walled Lake Elementary. The schools own the dogs and they wear a vest which displays local vets, pet food stores, and groomers who help the dog as the dogs are working at the schools.

Check out our cover story from our past issues from the 2020-2021 school year below!

All the Happenings in 2020

by: Artyom Yevtushenko

2020 was… an extraordinary year. From a deadly pandemic to a global movement for racial justice, the year 2020 certainly experienced its fair share of world-shifting events. Here is a list of the biggest events that happened last year:

  • Australian bushfires: The country faced one of its most devastating wildfire seasons. The blazes continued from December 2019 into the new year, burned a record 47 million acres, displaced thousands of people, and killed at least 34 people.

  • COVID-19 pandemic: The World Health Organization announced on Jan. 9 that a deadly coronavirus had emerged in Wuhan, China. In a matter of months, the virus has spread across the globe to more than 20 million people, resulting in at least 751,000 deaths.

  • Impeachment of Donald Trump: In January, Donald Trump faced an impeachment trial on charges that he asked Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter. The Senate ultimately acquitted him on Feb. 5.

  • Stock market crash of 2020: The coronavirus pandemic triggered a global recession as numerous countries went into lockdown. The Dow Jones industrial average suffered its worst single-day point drop ever on March 9.

  • BLM protests: The police-involved killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor this year sparked a wave of peaceful, and sometimes violent, demonstrations and riots across the world to demand an end to police brutality and racial injustice.

  • Biden becomes Democratic presidential nominee: The former VP clinched the party’s nomination in June despite a crowded primary field consisting of Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg who were among the more than two dozen Democratic hopefuls in the race.

  • "Murder hornets" arrive in US: The invasive insect, known as the Asian giant hornet, was spotted for the first time stateside when they invaded Washington state. Measuring up to two inches, the hornets can wipe out entire bee colonies within hours.

  • Beirut explosion: A massive explosion at a Beirut port, sparked Aug. 4 by the accidental detonation of 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate, killed at least 190 people and injured thousands of others.

  • West Coast wildfires: Deadly wildfires erupted from California to Washington state, burning millions of acres and displacing hundreds of thousands of people since mid-August.

  • Joe Biden becomes president-elect: Joe Biden became the 46th president of the United States on Nov. 7, defeating President Trump with a critical assist from his birth state, Pennsylvania, which delivered the votes to propel him to victory and end one of the most contentious elections in recent memory.

  • COVID-19 vaccine rollout: The first Americans were vaccinated against the coronavirus on Dec. 14 after the US Food and Drug Administration approved the emergency use of Pfizer’s COVID-19 shot on Dec. 11. The country’s second vaccination, developed by Moderna, was then given FDA approval a week later on Dec. 18 — with states receiving the jab on Dec. 21. The arrival of the two vaccines, developed in less than a year, was touted as one of US history's most significant scientific accomplishments.


Editor’s Note: Information included was adapted from The New York Post

A Fresh Start

By: Noah Kanner

With a new semester, a new year, and a new form of school upon us, you may not know what comes next. To answer many important questions about this transition and how the rest of this school year will look, I had the pleasure of speaking to our Wolf Pack Principal, Ms. Lown.

“The first thing we had to do was think about all the things we had to prepare.” said Ms. Lown, when asked about the transition back.

Lown continued by explaining that she and Mr. Pipkin met with our Oakland County nurses to discuss the many preparations being made to make this a safe and orderly transition, such as having social distancing stickers on the floor for the hot lunch line, a special room in the school for a student to go if they’re experiencing any COVID symptoms, and spreading out the lunch tables in the cafeteria.

There are also new protocols for everything from arrival and dismissal, parents dropping things off at the school, and for teachers to follow during class. A more in-depth handbook explaining all of these changes will be passed out to parents in January for those of you who want to know more.

Ms. Lown also found a solution to a problem that I and many of you must be thinking about; How can students attending school virtually, engage with, and learn with students in person?

“What we’re envisioning, is that all of the kids attending on Zoom will be projected onto the whiteboard and that they can talk to the class through microphones and speakers in the classroom,” she said. “By projecting the students on the board, it will really feel like everyone is in the same classroom and bring a sense of togetherness, that wouldn’t be there if the virtual students and in person students were completely separate.”

Lown continued to say that “no matter how you're going to school in the second semester, I don’t want anybody to feel like they’re not a part of the school community. I want everyone to know that they’re a part of our Geisler Wolf Pack.”

And that is very true. No matter how you’re attending next semester, everyone is in this Wolf Pack together. Go Wolves!

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!

  1. Why did you come to Geisler Middle School? I teach at Geisler and Banks Middle Schools.

  2. What is your favorite food? Nachos

  3. What are your favorite sports? Cycling and football

  4. What is your favorite drink? Coke from McDonald’s

  5. What is your favorite clothing brand? Athleta

  6. What is your favorite ice cream flavor? Mackinac Island fudge

  7. What are your favorite Instruments? Trumpet and piano

  8. What is your favorite color? Green, because I like MSU!

  9. What is your favorite childhood memory? When I moved to Walled Lake.

  10. What is your favorite show? Modern Family

  11. What is your favorite thing to do at home? To see my niece and nephew when they come for a visit.

  12. What is your favorite book? National Geographic Travel

  13. What is your favorite candy? Dark chocolate

  14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Go on hikes and walk trails

  15. 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.

  16. What are your favorite subjects in school? Band and science

  17. What is your least favorite subject in school? Math