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Celebrating Pi Day at GMS

By: Hannah Hocher

Pi day is a day that many schools draw special attention to. But what exactly is Pi Day? Pi day is where we celebrate the never ending number 3.14…… on March 14th (get it?). The decimal pi consists of 2.7 trillion digits. Many schools and businesses celebrate pi, and our school also celebrates Pi Day where we hold a contest to by see how many digits of pi can students remember in the never ending decimal. There are prizes involved for knowing a lot of digits, with every 10 digits you remember getting you 1 ticket, 20 digits can earn you a ticket and a homework pass, 30 digits gives you a 5% bump in a quiz, and 40 digit can earn you a free quiz grade. Every ticket you get is a better chance you will get to win a 6 inch, deep dish chocolate chip cookie. All the tickets you get go into a bucket that your teacher pulls a name out of. Pi day is a greatly celebrated day at schools and is definitely look forward to every year by GMS students and staff.

This year, our school-wide winners were Erin Yokomae, Sean Gretzinger, and Vidya Vuyyuru. Erin was able to recite 400 digits of pi, Sean could say 380 digits, and and Vidya recited 180.

See our school leader board to the right. Please note that the leader board has not been updated to reflect this year's winners.

Coronavirus Outbreak

By: Axel Romano

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. A novel coronavirus is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.

Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people. Detailed investigations found that SARS (Severe acute respiratory syndrome) was transmitted from civet cats to humans and MERS (Middle East respiratory syndrome) from dromedary camels to humans. Several known coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans.

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the coronavirus as a pandemic after it has reached 156 countries (as this article was published), including here in the United States. Michigan also has over 30 cases that have come back as positive, which prompted Governor Whitmer to declare a state of emergency that closed all schools across the state until April 5th.

Protect Yourself from the Coronavirus

Stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on the WHO website and through your national and local public health authority.

Basic protective measures against the new corona-virus

  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Maintain social distancing
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
  • If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early
  • Stay informed and follow advice given by your healthcare provider

These are some of the basic procedures to protect yourself from the Coronavirus.

St. Patrick's Day

By: Kennady Gilbert

St. Patrick’s Day is a day where you are encouraged to wear green, and if you don’t, you will get pinched. Well...that’s a game that happens across America. It is a cultural holiday from Ireland, celebrated on March 17th every year. St. Patrick’s Day was also a death date for someone named Saint Patrick who lived in Ireland. Saint Patrick could be compared to the likes of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as we in America celebrate his birthday every year. March 17th is also the date that Saint Patrick died. So Ireland celebrates that day because Saint Patrick was born an Roman British Christian and was a well-known bishop in Ireland.

Who Was Mr. Peanut?

By: Phoebe Tacker

If you were not already aware of who Mr. Peanut was, also known as Bartholomew Richard Fitzgerald-Smythe, you likely were introduced to him during the Super Bowl as he was featured in a commercial for Planters. Mr. Peanut was born in 1916 and died in the Super Bowl commercial at the age of 104 on February 9, 2020. Mr. Peanut was the advertising mascot for Planters. Bartholomew Richard ran for the Mayor of Vancouver, Canada on the “Peanut Party”. He showed up in many of the company’s commercials. The original plan was to have Mr. Peanut get killed in a helicopter crash but that was around the same time Kobe Bryant died. Instead, Planters changed the commercial so Mr. Peanut died when he sacrificed his life to save his human friends as they were hanging on a branch following an accident involving their van.

Mr. Peanut was the world's most famous legume until he died. The jaunty and jovial pitchman and he was recognized around the globe for his top hat, trusty cane, and eccentric monocl. Bartholomew endured five wars, a Depression, and two recessions.

A separate commercial aired during the game showed his funeral, with guests including the Kool-Aid man and Mr. Clean, it showed Mr. Peanut coming back to life as a baby nut.

Welcome to GMS, Ms. Reinel!

By: Mayuri Rahulan

If you ever pass by room 227, make sure to introduce yourself to Mrs. Reinel, our new World Language and Spanish teacher! Mrs. Reinel started teaching here at GMS at the start of the second semester, after teaching for many years in Detroit Public Schools and the Los Angeles Unified School District. So far Mrs. Reinel loves the school and the teachers as they have been super friendly, helpful, and kind. She says that the school is so clean and that she loves the students.

Mrs. Reinel loves to stay active. In fact, some of her hobbies include hiking year-round, whether it be in the rain, snow or sunshine. Besides hiking, Mrs. Reinel likes to kayak, play pickleball, mountain biking, and playing soccer. She doesn't like cooking, but does say that she has a sweet tooth with her love of desserts, along with Indian food like naan and curry. And lastly, Mrs. Reinel’s other interest is reading, especially romance and mystery novels. Harlan Coben is one of her favorite mystery authors.

Next time you see Mrs. Reinel around GMS, be sure to say “bienvenidos,” which means welcome!

Wildfires Strikes Alaska

By: Axel Romano

There have been more than 50 large wildfires going on in Alaska and the Alaska Public Land Information Centers (APLIC) has been hard at work fighting the fires with multiple other fire departments. As we sit here, all we can do is ask ourselves, what happened? What caused these fires in Alaska?

Usually, wildfires in Alaska wind down by late July, but the state Department of Natural Resources extended the official fire season to September 30. Governor Mike Dunleavy declared state of emergencies for fires burning north and south of Anchorage.

Billowing smoke from the Swan Lake Fire has sent particulate pollution levels in the Kenai Peninsula to some of the worst measured anywhere else in the world. The fire has snarled traffic and nearly shut down tourism in an area famous for its outdoor recreation.

Lightning sparks the majority of fires in Alaska. It caused about 361 of a total of 663 fires this year (about 291 of the rest are believed to have been caused by humans), according to Ipsen. A report by CNN also found that almost 50 large wildfires are burning in a dozen US states, from Texas to Alaska. The McKinley Fire, which has now spread to more than 4,300 acres in Alaska, has destroyed at least 80 structures so far, the Alaska Division of Forestry reported.

Great Job GMS Reflections Participants!

By: Mayuri Rahulan

The judging process for the PTSA Reflections program is currently underway. There were many entries submitted this year in visual arts, literature, photography, dance choreography, music composition, and film production with the theme “Look Within.”

On Thursday, January 30, the reflections participants got to have a party for their fabulous creations! The students were treated to pizza, chips, cupcakes, and juice. They were also given goody bags. And then all of our school winners were honored at the Recognition Assembly on Friday, January 31.


These are the reflections entry students:

  • Kelsey O’ Conner
  • Mayuri Rahulan
  • Riko Kurato
  • Meera Dani
  • Dallin Ormond
  • Sushmita Kirupashankar
  • Aarush Deka
  • Cayden Brown
  • Olivia Moyer
  • Ava Samona
  • Simona Gashaj
  • Sarah Palushi
  • Alyssa Vidershain
  • Seth Weston

*names in bold show school winners

Check out our other news stories from our past issues from the 2019-2020 school year below!

Welcome to Geisler, Mrs. Tran!

By: Sarah Palushi

Geisler has a new addition to the wolf pack!

Please welcome to the Geisler community, Mrs. Tran, who is our new Media Center paraprofessional. Mrs. Tran replaces Mrs. McGann who resigned last month who moved back to South Carolina.

One of Mrs. Tran’s favorite things to do is read, and her favorite book is Memoirs of A Geisha by Arthur Golden. Before coming to Geisler, Mrs. Tran worked as a para at Commerce Elementary where she worked with younger kids (5th graders), but she made the switch as she also enjoys working with the older kids. She has three children of her own, one of which is a 7th grader at Clifford Smart, while her other kids attend Commerce Elementary. Her favorite colors are Navy Blue and Purple, while her favorite holiday is Christmas. When asked what she would be if she could have any other job, she said she’d find it cool to be a celebrity reporter. Mrs. Tran says she loves it here, and the kids and staff are friendly and nice. Stop by the media center sometime and introduce yourself!

The Faces of GMS Teen Club

By: Kennady Gilbert

Teen Club is a club where you can stay after school to do fun activities. Some of those activities include holiday projects, playing outside, and trying different games, and we have two fun teachers that are very creative who make Teen Club fun.

One of the teachers is Mrs. Cagigas. Before working for Teen Club, Mrs. Cagigas was a working nanny. She is now a mother of two children, Charlie and Mikey, who are both freshmen. Charlie goes to Saginaw Valley State University and Mikey goes to Walled Lake Western. They both attended Hickory Woods Elementary and here at Geisler. Her husband's name is Steve, and he has been married to Mrs. Cagigas for 22 years.

The other teacher is Ms. Jasmine. She has three kids: Jayden, Jace, and Journey. You could describe Ms. Jasmine as sweet, kind and helpful. Her favorite thing to do in Teen Club is to help students with their homework. Besides working here in Teen Club, Ms. Jasmine works as a substitute teacher and a Prime Time Care Aide. Her two boys are in elementary school at Wixom, while her daughter goes to daycare. Her son Jayden will be coming to Geisler next year, while her middle son Jayce is currently in kindergarten. The youngest is Journey who’s 3 years old and will be in kindergarten next year.

When it comes to what the students think about Teen Club, 6th grader Imani McMichael says “Teen Club is fun because you get ice cream and popsicles...and the teachers are very nice.” Jason Hall, 6th grader, agrees that Teen Club is awesome. Lucas DeMont, an 8th grader, used to go to Teen Club and enjoyed spending additional time with his friends at school. Teen Club is a great opportunity to have fun with friends in the school. It’s everyday after school (except on half days), until 6:00, so come stop by to have some fun!

Canned Food Drive was a Success!

By: Bryce Zachariah

The annual canned food drive happened this past November from the 18th through the 22nd, and it was outstandingly successful! These canned foods will go to local families that are in need, along with area homeless shelters to support those who are less fortunate than us. The GMS community was able to gather a total of 700 cans, and $140 to donate - Great Job, Wolf Pack!

As for which 1st hour class collected the most cans, Mr. Hudson was in 1st place with 167 cans, Mr. Weddell was in 2nd place with 118 and Ms.Kasparian finished with 97 cans in 3rd place. Counting these cans was a tedious task, but our STAND and National Junior Honors Society teamed up and took time out of their school day to organize and count them. Thank you to everybody who donated cans or dollars, and also to the NJHS and STAND groups for organizing this canned food drive.

Saving for the Future

By: Isabella Brandon

During Parent-Teacher Conferences on November 4th, parents had a chance to sign up their students to take part in the S.I.M.P.L.E. program. The S.I.M.P.L.E. program is a way to save money for things you want, such as the 8th Grade Washington, D.C. trip.

S.I.M.P.L.E stands for:

  • S-Start with a goal
  • I-Invest when you can
  • M-money management
  • P-plan ahead
  • L-limit spending
  • E-earn interest

All 4 of the middle schools in the district, along with the WLSEFCU, Walled Lake School Employees Federal Credit Union, partnered to make this program possible. The vision for this new program is to engage student-members in real-world financial experiences, such as opening a savings account, depositing money, and understanding the value of saving for their future.

If anyone wants to open an account, parents just need to bring their students to school when the branch opens with their valid driver's license and social security number. The bank branch will be open at Geisler in the commons area on select Thursday mornings from 7:30am-8:00am to deposit money in accounts. Upcoming dates are January 16 and 30th. Here at Geisler, Colin Smith and Mahliyo Mardonkulova are our bank tellers and will be on hand to assist you with the process.

Cinderella Strikes the WLW Stage

By: Mayuri Rahulan

This year’s Walled Lake Western High School musical is based on the classic Rodger and Hammerstein's Cinderella. The musical is made possible by the producer Ms. Helm, acting and staging director Ms. Paullin, pit orchestra director Mr. Dudzinski, vocal director Ms. Stockton, choreographer Ms. Molly, director of theater operations Mr. Weber, and Ms. Frane. It was also made possible by our costume coordinator Mrs. Sheidler, business ads coordinator Mrs. Frazier, and many more. Also, thank you to all the parents who adjusted their schedule for this musical to work out.

Although this is Rodger and Hammerstein’s version, it is still as magical and amazing as the original one. You can buy tickets at wlcstickets.com. Tickets are on sale now and you can order tickets by calling 248-956-4625 or by stopping in to the Box Office at Western. The ticket prices range from $16-$22. If you have a group of 20 people or more, please call 248-956-4625. Student and senior discounts are available!

There will also be a chance for families and little girls to join the Fairy Godmother and Cinderella just prior to the Sunday, November 17th matinee show. This event includes snacks, activities, and a gift for all the children. You can also get a photo with Cinderella! This show is favorable for ages 3 and up! The theater has a limited number of children’s booster seats. Also, the show is about 2 hours and 15 minutes long (including a 15 minute intermission). For more information, go to www.wlwmusical.com.

Welcome to Geisler, Ms. Kasparian!

By: Manjari Bhat

¡Hola! There’s a new face down C Hall! Let’s welcome Ms. Kasparian, our Spanish and World Language Teacher for now!

After a tough time finding the right Spanish teacher for Geisler, the district decided to hire a long term sub: Ms. Kasparian. Ironically. Ms. Kasparian has had previous Walled Lake experience where she attended Walnut Creek Middle School and Northern High School before going on to the University of Michigan; which she said were the best four years of her life. Go Blue! There she majored in Political Science and Spanish. After saving enough money from teaching, her goal is to go to law or public policy school.

Originally, Ms. Kasparian had not intended on being a teacher, but a guest teacher. But when Geisler offered the job of being a long term teacher, she decided she would take it in order to share her knowledge of Spanish. In an interview with a student she stated she loved getting to know the kids and thought that it was important to teach about Hispanic cultures and traditions. In ten years she sees herself working with the law or for the government and maybe having young kids.

Overall, Mrs. Kasparian adores the Geisler community, the teachers, and the students. She loves the way we say the Geisler Pledge every morning! Next time you walk by C Hall make sure you stop by Room 227 and say hello. ¡Adios!

Greg Jones Teaches Us About Leadership

By: Isabella Brandon

Former Michigan State University football player Greg Jones visited Geisler to teach us about being what it takes to become a leader during our September 27th assembly. Outside of playing for State, Jones also played for the New York Giants, Las Vegas Locomotives, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Toronto Argonauts, and the Saskatchewan Roughriders, in addition to making it to the 2012 Super Bowl. While it was great to have a former NFL player in the house, his main message was to teach us what it takes to become a leader:

  • L is for Leadership
  • E for Encouragement
  • A is for Adversity,
  • D for Discipline
  • E for Earning
  • R for Respect

Greg graduated with a bachelor's degree in Media Arts and Technology. He talked about how if you work hard and give it all you got then you can succeed. Greg Jones also talked about his personal struggles as a kid. and how he dealt with it. I think Greg Jones is a great role model for everyone!