The Wilson Area Intermediate School Student Newspaper
CLUBS AND EXTRACURRICULARS OFF TO A GREAT START IN 2018
The enthusiastic Scribbler staff can't wait to interview you for our next articles!
September 21, 2018
By The Scribbler Staff
The fifth through eighth grade students at Wilson Area Intermediate School are excited about joining extra curricular activities for the 2018-2019 school year. The school has a wide variety of available activities for students, including yearbook, chorus, band, newspaper, science and drama.
The yearbook club started off the year by holding a meeting to choose the new yearbook cover. They chose the theme "True Blue, Bold Gold." A member of the yearbook staff, Christopher G. says, “I joined this club because I want to be part of designing the new yearbook." Yearbook meets on Thursdays, and yearbooks are on sale for only $27 right now.
In drama club, seventh and eighth grade students tried out for the fall play, "The Snow White Variety Show." Kailee J., one of the lucky actors chosen for a part, confessed, “I joined drama club because my friends are in it.” Drama isn't just for people with acting dreams, though - you can also join as part of the backstage crew. Drama club meets on Monday and Wednesday. Their first play (for 7th and 8th graders) will be in December. The 5th and 6th grade play will hold auditions and sign-ups in January.
A new club this year is Science Club. Students interested in this club will be doing hands-on activities, conducting experiments, and going on field trips. The first meeting is on Monday, September 24. Kathy C., who is planning to attend the first meeting wants to join "because you can learn new things.”
Band and chorus are off to a good start, too. The band has elected four new officers. Amanda K. is the president, Claire A. is the vice president, and Maura C. and Angela C. will be librarians. The fifth grade band meets Tuesday and Thursday after school, and the 6th-8th grade bands meet during the school day. Akim G. is already planning on getting ready for the first concert in December by "turning [his] saxophone and dressing properly for the concert."
In chorus, students attended the first meeting on Thursday, September 20th, and are already starting to prepare for the holiday concert in December. Isabella R. says, “I like chorus because everyone works together to sing.”
Of course, if you are reading this, The Scribbler, our school newspaper club, has also started for the year! In Scribbler, we produce two great publications, Scribbler Weekly and Scribbler Magazine. Scribbler Weekly is all about the news, and will arrive in your inbox every Monday morning to let you know what is going on at the school. Scribbler Magazine is published four times a year, and showcases creative writing. New member Lacey S. says, “I wanted to try it because I've never been in a newspaper before.” The Scribbler meets on Fridays until 3:30.
So, what are you doing after school? Why not get involved in one of these great extra curricular activities? Contact the teachers listed below for more information about each club:
Band - Mr. Alercia
Chorus - Mrs. Moninghoff
Science Club - Mrs. Partridge
Yearbook - Mrs. Silfies
Drama and The Scribbler - Mrs. Korin
SCRIBBLER MAGAZINE ISSUE FOUR
MOVING UP (WITH MANY MEMORIES)
May 2, 2018
By Dylan P.
The eighth grade students are getting ready to move up to the high school in just over a month. Although most students are excited to choose their classes and start working toward their high school graduation, they are a bit sad to leave the familiar and friendly environment of the intermediate school behind. Scribbler Weekly talked to some of our eighth graders about their favorite middle school memories.
While the eighth graders agreed that all of the other teachers were outstanding, a few teachers have a special place in student memories. Mrs. Cunningham was praised for making learning fun, and for appreciating hard working students. Her students felt she really prepared them for the difficulty of eighth grade. Several students also mentioned Mr.Brady's sense of humor, and his ability to make social studies fun. One student said, "Mr.Brady reminds me of the 7th grade version of Mr. Fenton, so Mr. Fenton was one of my favorite teachers as well." Other students agreed that Mr. Fenton was an awesome, but tough teacher. However, most of the students didn't seem to mind when teachers were tough. Mrs. Ulrich, Mrs. Zane, and Mrs. Seiple were praised by students for giving them a challenge.
When talking about Mrs. Seiple, one student said, "She has pushed me to be the person I am now. She is so much fun to have and I will miss her when I leave." Students also praised the kindness and skill of Mrs. Garner and Miss Fuehrer. It's safe to say that the intermediate school teachers will definitely be missed by the graduating eighth graders!
The eighth graders have many positive memories of the subjects here at the intermediate school, too. Science and social studies were the most popular classes, but many students have positive memories of the Encore classes as well, especially art and wood shop. One eighth grader said, "The fact that I was able to express my creativity through art truly inspires me to continue at the High School. Mrs. Moyer also made Art my favorite class due to her being so much fun to be with."
Students had fun in extracurricular activities here at the middle school, too. Drama Club was a clear favorite, with many students stating that they made awesome memories and friendships during the productions. "It was fun to be apart of something with new people. I was also able to make myself less afraid of being on stage. I also had fun year after year getting candy grams and dressing up in my amazing costumes," one student reminisces. Other popular clubs and sports included Chorus, Manufacturing Team, National Junior Honor Society, Band, and Track.
For many students, their favorite memory of the Intermediate School is the Disney YES trip. Other field trips also made the list, especially the 6th grade trip. Other students remembered every day events like classmates who would ask funny questions, a teacher who used funny accents to read the PSSA directions, and that time when the lead of the play caught 'romeo disease'. They recalled the humor in going to the wrong classes, almost decapitating a friend with a paper airplane, or spilling something on a teacher. One student expressed it best, saying, "Meeting my friends is my best memory, because I learned so much from them. If I hadn't met them I probably would be miserable because they make my day all the time. "
As they leave the intermediate school, our eighth graders have lots of advice for their younger classmates. Here are some of their best tips:
- To any younger students, I would say that you have to try and get all of your homework done. It just gets worse as you go along, and it’s easier if you just get into the habit of doing it. Procrastination isn’t going to help your grade.
- I would say to always keep going. If something is in a rough spot, it will get better. Also, remember to complete your assignments. It will help your grade average lots if you at least complete homework and projects at home.
- If you want to be successful, you have to do things you don’t want to, like Study Island and the PSSA’s. Care about what you’re doing and try your best.
- Always try your best do not let anyone get to you. When you know you can do something do it. Put your heart into the stuff you love. Always be yourself you will have great years at this school.
- Do not get caught up in drama: focus on the school work. Also, find true friends and get rid of the fake ones.
- Some advice I would give to younger students is try hard at all times, make as many friends as possible, and make everyday memorable.
- Always ask questions if you don't understand things. Have fun because you only live once.
- Do your best throughout middle school. Trust me, it pays off in 8th grade. 7th grade is one of the easiest years of middle school and 8th grade is by far the hardest grade of middle school. In 8th grade, there's one teacher who is challenging. My best advice for you for that class is don't cheat, study beforehand, and pay attention. It's hard to fail their class. Just because something might not go your way doesn't mean you have to give up. You can going forward not matter what and you will succeed. Good Luck!
The faculty, staff, and students of Wilson Area Intermediate School will be sorry to see the eighth graders go, but proud to see them taking one more step toward their dreams. Congratulations, eighth graders!
BASKETBALL GAME RAISES MONEY FOR AUTISM CHARITY
A teacher is pied in the face during last year's charity basketball game. You won't want to miss it this year!
May 2, 2018
By Kailee J.
Calling all basketball fans! On May 3, at 7 PM, the Student Council and National Junior Honor Society are sponsoring their second annual charity basketball game.
The game will be between members of the Honor Society and Student Council. The money raised from tickets, raffles, and games will be donated to the charity "Autism Speaks."
According to their website, "Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions. " Whether you are rooting for the Student Council or the National Junior Honor Society, it's clear that the real winner will be this worthy charity.
There will be food, drinks, and a pie in the face raffle. Be sure to get your ticket early for your chance to see a great game, and maybe even hit one of your teachers with a pie!
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT
Members of the band devote part of a sunny spring afternoon to practice.
May 2, 2018
By Samantha M. and Brielle H.
The Wilson Area Intermediate students have a lot of instrumental and vocal musical talent. Many students have been working hard to prepare for their spring concerts.
The chorus is singing 5 songs. They include "How Far I’ll Go", "We Know The Way", "Soulfege Symphony", "Always Sing Your Song", and "Wabash Cannonball". Their concert is April 26, 2018. Next Generation is also singing a couple of songs at that concert, and the jazz band will be playing as well.
The 5th and 6th grade band is playing 3 songs for their concert on May 10, 2018. They are playing "NorthRidge Overture", "Aruba Tuba", and "Adamant". Their concert is May 10th, 2018.
Members of the 7th and 8th grade band are preparing for an adjudicated competition at Hershey Park on Friday, May 4th. Good luck to them!
Every student is working hard to prepare for these concerts, so you should go to all of the concerts to support them.
FIFTH AND SIXTH GRADE DRAMA CLUB TEACH AN EVIL MAD SCIENTIST TO LOVE
The "Council of Evil" strikes a pose before the 5th and 6th grade production.
The "Were" family of werehyenas spent approximately 15 minutes each getting hyena makeup applied before each performance. (It took longer to remove!)
April 24, 2018
By Sabrena E. and Savannah P.
On April 20 and 21, WAIS drama club presented the play ‘Dr. Evil and the Basket of Kittens.’ The directors were Mrs. Korin and Mrs. Boucher. There were about 40 students who worked very hard for this play.
Lillian W. is one of the students in the play. Lillian was playing the werehyena Sylva Were in the play. She had 17 lines to memorize for the big day. We asked her what her favorite scene was, and she said, “I like the second scene in act two because I like the part when the child throws a temper tantrum about his kittens.” She laughed and said it was the best part for her. She was a little nervous to be on stage. After the play, though Lilli W. was so thrilled to be part of such an amazing production. She felt so much better and was less nervous and more confident. She also made many new friends. She did such an amazing job and remembered all of her lines. She was an amazing werehyena.
Kylie L. was doing backstage crew. She was doing sound for the play. She likes doing hands on activities, which are her favorite part of doing backstage crew. The crew has painted the scene of the play, helped find costumes for the characters, and lighting . Her favorite part of being backstage was painting the scene. On the night of the play, Kylie L. operated all of the sound effects. She did an amazing job. Her feelings changed from scared to confident. She made new friends and had a ton of fun along the way.
The play was about a very sinister man named Dr. Evil. He was planning on destroying the world with a death ray, but the Council of Evil would have to help pay for it. If the ray works, then the money will be given to make more death rays. When he found a basket of kittens on his doorstep, it threatened to ruin all his plans. Would he get rid of them in time? The play ended with the maniacal and sinister Dr. Evil learning to love. The kittens didn't get destroyed, and helped Dr. Evil learn his true feelings. He may be evil like his name, but deep down, there is love and appreciation.
The play was a great and amazing success. Many people enjoyed the play. They all laughed a had a great time. The cast remembered all of their lines and did awesome. The crew did all of the right sounds and lighting effects at the right time.
Many people worked very hard to make the play a success, and it was. Thank-you to everyone who came to play and cheered on their friends. Another big thank you to all of the cast members for all of their hard work and remembering many lines. ALso, thank you to all of the crew members who made the play come alive. Thank you to senior helpers for helping everyone to learn to do sound and lighting. Finally, a big thank you and shout out to Mrs. Korin and Mrs. Boucher for helping us and making this play happen.
Celebrating CITIZENSHIP ON THE SEVENTH GRADE FIELD TRIP
April 24, 2018
By Kenneth S. and Austin M.
On May 3, the seventh grade will be heading to Philadelphia for the yearly school trip. The buses will not allow you on if you arrive later than 7:15 am, so don’t be late! Every student will have a Wilson shirt to wear while on the trip so that the group is easy to spot.
Before you leave your house you will need to make sure to do a couple of things. Please put on your field trip shirt before you leave as you will have no time to put on the shirt at school. Make sure to bring a small bag, NO BOOK BAGS, as they will be searched before you enter the museum itself. Make sure you are comfortable in the shoes you will be wearing, because you will be walking a lot throughout the trip. Also leave early enough to arrive at 7:00.
Once you arrive, check in with your chaperone, and if you brought one, put your lunch in the box with your bus number. Once the buses get ready to leave, sit with your partner in your bus.
In Philadelphia, the seventh grade will be visiting the National Constitution Center. According to the Center, their mission statement is, “The National Constitution Center inspires active citizenship as the only place where people across America and around the world can come together to learn about, debate, and celebrate the greatest vision of human freedom in history.” When we are there, we will be doing different things at different times. At 9:30 am we will take lunches into the cafeteria to be checked, at this time also silence your phone. At 10:00 am, we will be viewing a 360-degree live production that tells the history of the US Constitution, but no cameras are allowed. The next thing we will be doing from 10:30 to 11:00 am is to visit the We the People exhibit and SIgner’s Hall where we will get to sign the constitution next to 42 life sized bronze Founding Fathers statues. You can take pictures here. At 11:00 am, we will be viewing the Bill of Rights Show, but again you may not use cameras. At 11:30 am, we will be eating lunch, and afterwards at 12:00 pm, we will be continuing the museum exploration. We will sadly be leaving at 1:15 pm. We will arrive back at WAIS at 3:00 pm.
The seventh graders are excited to go on the trip. Hayden C., a seventh grader who is going on the trip, said, “I am looking forward to seeing the museum and Philadelphia.” Nick K. is excited for the whole adventure. Other seventh graders have been excited for things to do on the trip like eating and learning at the museum, sitting next to their friends, and being in the museum in general.
Morgen T. has a favorite founding father. She is looking forward to "learning about Alexander Hamilton because [I] love the musical." She is also looking forward to sitting on the bus with her best friend, an opinion which is shared by Autume A. and Mariah M.
The trip should be a fun and educational day for all of the seventh graders.
WARRIORS OF THE MONTH CHOSEN
April 10, 2018
By Cruz S. and the Warrior Wake-up News Crew
Each month, WAIS honors four students as the Warrior of the Month. There is one student from each grade chosen to be the Warrior of the Month. To become Warrior of the Month you will need to do one or more of the warrior traits. The word warrior stands for Welcoming, Aspiring, Respectful, Responsible, Inspiring, Open-minded, and Reliable. So far this school year, 75 students were nominated for Warrior of the Month.
Savannah P. is your 5th grade Warrior of the Month. She was nominated by Mrs. Reider, who says, “Savannah is an inspiration for others. She completes all class and homework assignments. She always puts her best effort forward. She will gladly help others if they need it. She comes in at lunch just to study key words and terms for the upcoming PSSAs, which was her idea! Savannah demonstrates all the traits of a warrior.”
In 6th grade, our Warrior of the Month is Alexia L. Alexia was nominated by Mrs. Curato and Mrs. Fogel, who write, “Alexia consistently demonstrates the qualities of warrior by helping others, aspiring to do better, always being friendly, completing her homework, and focusing in class. She's a joy to have in class and inspires her peers to work hard.’’
The 7th grade Warrior of the Month for March is Brooklyn C. She was nominated by Mrs. Lewis, Mr. Brady, and Mrs. Cunningham. Earlier in the year, Brooklyn invited a very shy student to join her at her table for lunch. Brooklyn initiated a conversation and convinced her to join a table of girls. She watched for her over several days and repeatedly invited her. It is so nice to see this shy student smile and laugh at lunch. Overall, Brooklyn is a great girl and student.
And finally, in 8th grade, our Warrior of the Month is Mya M. Ms. Dungan nominated her, explaining that, Mya currently has made it a personal goal to improve her reading fluency. She has already grown by two full grade levels. She takes time outside of school to practice reading passages every day in order to improve. Her perseverance has made her successful in showing great improvements toward this personal goal. I'm very proud of her! Mya always has a smile on her face, greets teachers, and is friendly toward peers. Mya is also always respectful in and outside of the classroom. She works quietly, raises her hand, and is respectful toward teachers and peers 100% of the time. Mya is extremely responsible by completing her homework consistently, being prepared for all assessments, and trying her best as an 8th grade student. She is also very reliable. All teachers trust her to run errands and help other students.
Congratulations to all of the Warriors. Keep showing those WARRIOR traits.
A Trip to the PAst
April 10, 2018
By Amanda F. and Marissa S.
The sixth grade class will be going to Medieval Times on May 12th. The students will be watching jousting, seeing amazing interactive events, and eating a huge feast at the end.
The sixth graders said that they are looking forward to the field trip. They wanted to see the jousting and the other events that will occur during this super fun trip. Most of all, the students said that they were most looking forward to the huge feast that they are able to enjoy. All of the sixth graders were super excited and can’t wait to go!
Kailee J., a seventh grader who went on the trip last year warns our sixth graders that the food is good, but eating with your fingers is a little weird. Patty S. adds that the food takes second place to the horses, which were so cute. Cruz S., a sixth grader, says, “I’m looking forward to it.” Aiden H. says that the trip doesn’t appeal to him, but he is going anyway, since he might change his mind.
Medieval Times has six knights competing with real swords and, amazing horses. This field trip has everything from medieval jousting to an 11th century castle, and so many educational opportunities to learn and have fun! Finally, having a hearty feast is probably the best way to end your day. At the feast will be a four-course meal full of oven-roasted chicken, roasted potatoes, garlic bread, corn on the cob, chocolate chip cookies, and filtered water or pepsi. This sounds like a terrific and tasty adventure. Enjoy your trip, sixth graders!
PSSA TESTING STARTS SOON
A bulletin board created by the sixth grade teachers shares some test taking tips.
March 27, 2018
By Jacob P.
The PSSA will be held at WAIS during the weeks of April 9-27. First, fifth through eighth grade students to will take the English Language Arts assessment. Then, the same students will take the Math assessment. Finally, the eighth grade will take the Science assessment.
But what IS the PSSA? WAIS students aren’t quite sure! In a survey, only one third of students could correctly identify that PSSA stands for “Pennsylvania System of School Assessment.” Many students thought it meant “Pennsylvania State Standardized Assessment.” A few students were doing a bit of wishful thinking. One student guessed it meant “Party Saturday, So Attend.” Austin M. was hoping the state had made some changes, and it was now the “Play Station Standard Assessment.” According to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the PSSA is an “assessment which provides students, parents, educators and citizens with an understanding of student and school performance related to the attainment of proficiency of the academic standards.”
Students did understand some of the reasons that we take the assessment, though. Sofia H., a sixth grader, said that the assessment helps to know if you are ready for the next grade. Dylan P., a fifth grader, thinks that doing well on the PSSA means you will get into good classes at the high school. Sabrena E. summed it up best when she said, “The PSSA is to see what we have learned.”
WAIS students also shared their best test-taking tips with us. Kenneth S., a seventh grader, said “Take your time, and go slow. Read carefully, and read questions twice.” Patty S. reminded students to check their questions over when done. Noah Perez said it's not as important as you may think, so don’t get stressed out while you are taking the test.
Here are a few other good test taking tips from kidshealth.org:
- Get enough sleep the night before the test.
- Listen closely to any instructions.
- Read the test through first.
- Focus on addressing each question individually.
WAIS students have learned so much this year. Now it is time for us to show off our learning - do your best on the PSSA!
SCIENCE FUN ON THE HORIZON FOR THE FIFTH GRADE
Students from another school explore the exhibits at the Franklin Institute. WAIS fifth graders will be visiting the museum in June.
March 27, 2018
by Emily M. and Lilli W.
WAIS fifth graders will be going on a field trip this year during the month of June. The date has not yet been finalized, but the teachers would like it to be June 1, 2018. The 5th-grade students will be going to The Franklin Institute, a science museum.
The museum is in Philadelphia, PA. On Fridays, the museum is open at 9:30 am and closes at 5:00 pm. Various activities at the museum are building a Mars rover with K’Nex, calculating your carbon footprint, and crawling through magma. Those are just some of the activities: there are many more to experience! The Franklin Institute was established in 1824, and its architectural styles are Neoclassical architectural and Greek revival architectural, which means the building looks like a Greek temple with lots of columns and stone carvings.
Sabrena E., a fifth grade student, is excited to go on the field trip. She can’t wait to learn everything the field trip has in store for her. If we have movies on the bus this year, she is excited to see what movies they are. Another fifth grader, Dylan P., is also excited to go on this field trip because he would like to learn a lot of science. He is excited to know if they have movies on the bus and to visit the museum.
The sixth grade students experienced this trip last year, and they have some positive memories. Austin M. says, “It was fun and amusing.” Jacob P. also enjoyed the trip, but warns the fifth graders that the trip involves an long drive of more than an hour. Plan on taking a nap or hanging out with your friends.
If you want to visit with your own family, the prices for children are $19 and adult pricing is $23. The fifth graders have paid $30 for the trip, but this includes buses and t-shirts. It should be a great day for everyone. If you would like to know more about the museum before the trip, visit the website https://www.fi.edu.
WAIS STUDENTS ADOPT ELEPHANT
March 20, 2018
By Aiden H. and Patty S.
This March, the WAIS 5th grade students are helping to adopt a young baby elephant calf. They made money to sponsor the elephant by selling green beads. Then, on Friday the 16th, students showed off their green beads on St. Paddy’s Day.
WAIS fifth graders have read The One and Only Ivan by the visionary author K.A. Applegate. This book features an elephant, and while they read, students learned that baby elephants are in need of help. This activity allowed the 5th grade to support organizations trying to assist the elephants.
In Africa, wild forests are being destroyed. Adopting an elephant allows conservationists to protect their beloved habitat. Without the appropriate habitat, the elephants would not have any place to live, making this program a significant part of the school’s environmental programs. Approximately 55 elephants are murdered in ONE DAY, supporting the significance of this cause.
The fifth graders say, “Thank you so much to those who bought a green bead necklace and helped support our cause to adopt an elephant! We sold out of green beads in just 4 days and also accepted many donations.”
WARRIOR OF THE MONTH AWARDED
March 13, 2018
By The Scribbler Staff and the Warrior Wake-Up News Staff
So far this school year, 68 students were nominated for Warrior of the month. We are extremely proud of each nominee and grateful for their positive contributions to the building.
Bladen Aadsen is your 5th grade Warrior of the Month. He was nominated by Mrs. Housel, who says, “Bladen is polite and kind to everyone around him. He is also a member of Buddy Up Club, and has been especially helpful with certain students in the class. He accepts everyone as they are! ”
In 6th grade, our Warrior of the Month is Chase Eller. Chase was a Warrior of the month winner last year too! He was nominated by Mrs. Fenton and Mrs. Tereska, who write, “Chase consistently demonstrates all of the qualities of a Warrior. He continually strives to perform at his highest level and has a true passion for learning. He is a student who can always be relied upon for his honesty, responsibility, and kindness to others. Chase is genuinely a person of good character and is a role model for everyone around him.”
The 7th grade Warrior of the Month for February is Braelynn Roth. She was nominated by Mrs. David. Braelynn selflessly and generously donated to our Warrior Bag program. Rather than receiving birthday gifts this year, she asked friends who attended her party to bring food donations. Braelynn then wrote a personalized message to the Warrior bag recipients and helped to package the items for distribution.
And finally, in 8th grade, our Warrior of the Month is Emma Brown. Mrs. Kesselring nominated her, explaining that, Emma demonstrates responsibility through contacting her teachers when she is absent to find out what work she is missing and having all the work completed when she returns to school. She demonstrates the WARRIOR trait of inspiring through her quiet but continued commitment to ensuring the classroom is cleaned up at the end of the day and all Chromebooks are correctly put away and plugged in. Emma demonstrates respectfulness and welcoming through her demonstration of kindness to anyone she comes into contact with throughout the day, both in the classroom and in the hallway. Overall, Emma is a caring and conscientious student who works hard to do her best in school and create a positive environment for everyone around her.
Keep demonstrating those Warrior traits, WAIS students - maybe you will be featured in next month's article!
Scribbler Magazine Issue Three
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Manufacturing team declared "MOST SPIRITED" At Valley-Wide Awards Ceremony
The WAIS manufacturing team learns about the manufacturing process at a local company, Victaulic.
March 6, 2018
By Marissa S.
On Tuesday, February 27, What’s So Cool About Manufacturing award ceremony was held at Steelstacks in Bethlehem. The WAIS team earned the Most Spirited award for their teamwork and positive interactions.
The WAIS team included Marissa S., Emma M., Logan W., Katelyn K., Jessica K., and Harrison B. The team put many hours of hard work into their video. Their video was about a local pipe company, Victaulic.
It wasn’t all hard work, though. During the project, the team had plenty of fun with each other. Some of their favorite moments was when they had water squirted on them not once but two times. Another moment that the team loved was their visit to Victaulic. They ate trail mix and got plenty of goofy footage such as doing the wave, jumping onto things, and wearing Super Mario and Luigi hats.
During the award ceremony, the manufacturing crew enjoyed their time with their families and friends. Even though the award ceremony was a special moment, the whole team wishes their experience didn't have to end.
The team works to film their video with help from their faculty advisor, Mr. Everett.
Goodbye to winter?
Spring-like temperatures mean WAIS students will probably not be out sledding for the rest of the school year.
February 27, 2018
By Brielle H. and Samantha M.
Although spring is approaching, students at Wilson Area Intermediate School have enjoyed winter sports for the past few months. Many students have participated in winter sports such as sledding, ice skating, and downhill skiing.
How did WAIS students get involved in these sports? Some wanted to try a sport because family and friends told them it was cool and they should try it out. Halle W. says, “I tried snowboarding with my friends. I liked it because of the speed. The day you get the full way down the hill, you feel so proud. It’s awesome to feel the rush.”
Not every student has gotten to try all of the winter sports. Sabrena E. loves sledding with her family, but wants to try hockey and ice skating. She says, “I would want to try hockey because I think it would be fun to be skating on ice while hitting a puck in the goal. Ice skating is similar to hockey, but you are very graceful and elegant.” John D. has not played any sports, but he said that downhill skiing is fast and he loves to watch it.
In the past, WAIS has sponsored a ski club. In fact, Mrs. Silfies was the ski club advisor, but surprisingly, she was still not a good skier after she took ski lessons for 3 years. She said that she was better at sitting in the Lodge eating pizza and chicken noodle soup.
Of course, a lot of the WAIS students have watched the Winter Olympics. According to a survey, 81 percent of WAIS students have watched it. Interestingly, the survey also revealed that 81 percent of students have sledded. Sounds like 19% of WAIS students need to find a way to enjoy winter… next year!
THE DRAMA BEGINS
The crew has been working to build the dungeon scenery and Dr. Evil's thermal ray for the spring drama production.
February 27, 2018
By The Scribbler Staff
The fifth and sixth grade drama club has begun rehearsals for the spring drama production, Dr. Evil and the Basket of Kittens. The play tells the story of an evil supergenius who is trying to impress the Council of Evil... but three adorable little kittens keep getting in the way of his plans. Along the way, we meet several vampires, a witch or two, Frankenstein's creature, a mummy, a hunchback, and even a few werehyenas.
The actors auditioned for parts in January, and Ian F. won the title role of Dr. Evil with his expressive and loud audition. Sydney P., who plays one of the werehyenas, is rehearsing her lines, but is excited for her costume and make-up. She joined drama club because she was "looking for something really fun to do, and it gave [her] a chance to meet new people." Rehearsals started at the beginning of February. The directors, Mrs. Korin and Mrs. Boucher, are assisted by a group of talented 7th and 8th grade students known as "senior helpers". Senior helpers are intended to be kind, welcoming role models for the younger drama students. They help practice lines, create scenery, and build friendships.
The crew has made quite a bit of progress too. So far, they have painted Dr. Evil's thermal ray, which was built from recycled materials. While most of the crew enjoyed the painting, they didn't enjoy the smell of the spray paint! They also built a bookcase with a special interactive feature - but you'll have to see the play to learn more about that.
Dr. Evil and the Basket of Kittens will be performed on April 20 and 21 in the multi-purpose room. Tickets will go on sale after spring break, and will cost $4.
VOTE FOR WILSON AREA INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL MANUFACTURING VIDEO!
Jessica K., Katelyn K., Marissa S., Emma M., Harrison B. and Logan W. pose during their visit to the Victaulic company.
The Wilson Manufacturing Club has been working very hard to produce a great video for the "What's So Cool About Manufacturing?" contest! We want to get as many votes as possible to win the viewer's choice award.
Please go and vote at…..
GO VOTE NOW!!!
(And look for a feature article about the manufacturing club, along with results of the competition, here on Scribbler Weekly on Tuesday, March 6.)
BE A HEART HEALTHY HOOP HERO
February 20, 2018
By Patty S. and Kailee J.
Hoops for Heart is an event that occurs once a year in WAIS. Some might wonder why this experience was created. “It is to promote heart awareness,” says former coach, Anne Skutches, “and physical activity.” The benefits of participating in this program are that you will apply your basketball skill and get a nice challenging workout.
The Hoops for Heart was originally invented as a Jump Rope-a-Thon, which was created by Jean Barkow in Milwaukee in 1978. Mrs. Barkow was a PE teacher, and a friend had suggested for her to do an event that assists the community for the National Physical Education and Sports Week activities. Barkow decided to create a Jump-a-Thon. “I think it is fun,” gym teacher Micheal Falcone says, “because anytime we can help kids in need, that is a good thing. Also, it is a fun way to help all of our students stay active, and it is structured differently than our normal PE classes, so it is something unique to look forward to!”
Hoops for Heart will take place from February 26 to March 5 in the gym and the cafeteria. A new addition to Hoops for Heart was added this year: you may now swim if you don’t want to play basketball! All of the money raised from this event will benefit the American Heart Association.
Hooray for Hollywood (and the WAIS Yearbook Staff!)
WAIS students show off their fabulous fashions on the red carpet.
February 20, 2018
By Cruz S., Savannah P., and Abymarie C.
February 14 was the "Hooray for Hollywood" theme dress day at WAIS. The WAIS yearbook staff held this day for everyone in the school to dress up as Hollywood stars. Everyone who dressed up went to the library for a picture on the “red carpet. “It was a fun event,” said Cruz S. in 6 grade. This was the first time this event was held at WAIS and it was a success. The yearbook staff decided to sponsor this day to promote the theme of the yearbook, “That’s a Wrap.”
The yearbook staff has been working hard all year to get good photos because the yearbook needs to be finished soon. Right now, each homeroom is having their picture taken as a class. Once all of the pictures are taken, students edit each page to include pictures and information about what is happening in the school during the 2017-2018 school year.
Yearbook meets every Thursday in the library. Students got involved in yearbook in many different ways. Cruz S. said, “My mom read an email about a club called the yearbook club, so I decided to join.” Aiden H. joined because he enjoys clubs and wanted to be involved.
Has your picture been featured on a page in the yearbook? You'll have to check your yearbook at the end of the year to find out! If you haven't ordered your yearbook yet, be sure to pick up an order form from the spinny rack in the library.
#SWEeTTWEETS #FUN @WAIS
WAIS students send encouraging messages to classmates, faculty, and staff during the No Place For Hate Sweet Tweets activity.
February 13, 2018
By Samantha M. and Teagan W.
Would you like it if you got complimented on social media? Well, WAIS students are making Sweet Tweets to compliment other students, teachers, or staff to let them know that they are doing a great job here at WAIS.
According to Mrs.David, the 5th grade guidance counselor, the people that run ‘Sweet Tweets’ are Mrs. Pietrouchie, Mrs. David, Mrs. Harron, Mrs. Riehl, No Place for Hate, and Aevidum.
WAIS students of ALL grades filled out the “Sweet Tweet” on February 9th, 12th, and 13th. Students received pretty paper hearts in class and a worksheet to develop their tweet. (Like tweets online, students had a limited number of characters to write their message.) Once the draft looked good, they wrote their message in the heart. On February 14th (Valentine’s Day), students will deliver their Sweet Tweet to the recipient.
It is important for everyone to do kind things. Mrs. David says, "Kindness is contagious.” She wants everybody to feel cared for, acknowledged, appreciated, and accepted. In that spirit, the Scribbler staff would like to add:
@MrsDavid Always lets us interview her for Scribbler! #biggestfan #alwaysmakestimeforstudents #thanks
@NoPlaceForHate @Aevidum @MrsRiehl @MrsPietrouchie @MrsDavid Creating a positive place to learn! #yougotourback #welcoming #openminded #warriorwords
Happy Smalentine's Day!
From the looks of the two busy Smalentine stands, many WAIS students will be receiving sweet (smelling) treats on Wednesday!
February 13, 2018
By Sabrena E. and Lillian W.
Smalentines are now for sale in both lobbies in the morning for $1.00 each to support student council activities.
What are smalentines? Koda B., a student council member, says, “Smalentines are pencils that smell like a food. They make festive ones for the holidays.” These pencils are normally called Smencils, but when you send one to a friend for Valentine's day, they become Smalentines.
Students buy Smalentines so they have a good smelling pencil to use in class, or to give to a friend. Smalentines come in a clear tube with a picture of the scent or a festive picture for the holiday.
Abymarie C. bought a smalentine to make her friend happy. She bought a blueberry pencil for Kaiden S., which she picked out herself. Brielle H. bought her smencils because she likes to buy them and she likes the smell. She bought 2 pencils for herself: a chocolate smencil and a root beer one. Teagan W. bought a very berry smencil for her friend, Keira W. Finally, Samantha M. bought her smencils for her best friend, but she didn't stop there! She bought 15 total smencils for friends and for herself.
Join in on the fragrant fun and support your student council by purchasing a smencil in the lobby. Happy Smalentine's Day to all!
THE SHOW MUST GO ON!
The cast of The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet performs on Friday, January 12.
February 6, 2018
By Kenny S.
The Wilson Area Intermediate School Drama club performed The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet in January. The performance was the result of four months of practice, learning lines, building scenery, and practicing lighting and sound cues. My personal review of the play is positive but the actors may need to have more time to practice.
The play was about two people from different families, the Monotones and Capitulates, who wanted nothing to do with each other. They fell in love, and had to hide it from their families. So far, this just sounds like Romeo and Juliet, but the drama club's play was a bit different, since all the lines rhymed like Dr. Seuss.
All of the seats were filled for the play, but some did have personal items on their seats. The play was delayed a short bit due to the actor playing Romeo, who got sick while he was in school, but the play itself was still amazing.
As for the actors, most of them did quite well but there were some pauses from time to time since the actors did forget some of the lines, but I couldn’t name them specifically.
All of the crew did well, but the lighting made it so it was hard to see what was going on. This was partially due to some of the props being shiny and the light was very bright.
The play over all was amazing and the Romeo backup was very well played off with no indication that the main actor was missing, except for the well hidden script book.
The next drama production will be on April 20-21. It will feature the fifth and sixth grade cast and crew performing the play Dr. Evil and the Basket of Kittens. Tickets will go on sale for this production in April.
THEME DRESS DAYS MAKE GETTING READY FOR SCHOOL MORE FUN
WAIS students show off their festive apparel on Holiday Hat and Headband Day on December 20.
February 6, 2018
By Sabrena E. and Lillian W.
In addition to Warrior Spirit Day on the first Friday of every month, the Student Council sponsors 1-2 theme dress days each month. These theme dress days are a chance for students to show their school spirit, have fun, and express their unique style.
In December, many students and staff participated in Holiday Hat and Headband Day. Holiday Hat and Headband Day, on Wednesday, December 20, allowed students to wear festive Christmas hats in school. Students showed their Christmas spirit, and enjoyed wearing Christmas-y outfits and getting their picture taken. The day also coordinated with the 5th and 6th grade sing-along Holiday concert, so the atmosphere that day was definitely jolly!
In January, the Philadelphia Eagles earned a spot in the Super Bowl. To honor this accomplishment, the Student Council added a theme dress day called "Team Jersey Day." While students could wear a jersey for any favorite team, many chose to dress in Eagles gear. However, it seemed like even more students wore Eagles gear on Monday, the day after the team won Super Bowl 52. One seventh grade student, Casey B. (who usually roots for the Cowboys) was wearing an Eagles shirt, although he insisted, "It's just for ONE day!"
Theme dress days definitely add fun and spirit to a regular school day. The next theme dress day will be on Wednesday, February 14. The WAIS Yearbook staff is sponsoring a "Hooray for Hollywood" theme Dress Day. They are encouraging students and staff to dress their best and be red-carpet ready with a stylish Hollywood ensemble! Your glamorous outfit will help the yearbook staff take some great pictures for this year's Hollywood-themed yearbook.
WAIS students cheer on their favorite teams right before the Superbowl with a Team Jersey Day .
DECEMBER AND JANUARY WARRIORS OF THE MONTH HONORED
The January WARRIORS of the month pose are presented with certificates by members of district and school administration.
February 6, 2018
By the Scribbler Staff and the Warrior Wake-Up News Crew
Two more groups of students have been honored for displaying the WARRIOR traits. These students set a great example for the rest of the school by being welcoming, aspiring, responsible, respectful, inspiring, open-minded, and reliable.
In January, Caron F. Cruz S.-R., Conner A. and Eric S. were selected as WARRIOR of the month. The fifth grade Warrior was Caron F. He was nominated several times this year. Mrs. Sneeringer says, “Caron is respectful every day. He always says please and thank you and will help his fellow classmates without being asked. He is responsible and reliable because he is always doing the right thing and listens, pays attention, and participates daily. He is an excellent role model to his peers.”
In sixth grade, Cruz Santos-Rodriguez was nominated by Mrs. Corriere, who writes, “Cruz is new to our school this year, but has not wasted any time taking on our WARRIOR values. We can always count on a friendly hello with a smile each day from Cruz. He is responsible and reliable with his school work, and is always willing to lend a helping hand to his peers and teachers.”
In seventh grade, Conner A. was nominated by Mrs. Thomas and Mrs. Cunningham. Since the first day of school, Conner has been a consistently strong and motivated young man. He is always respectful to both peers and staff and demonstrates total commitment to his academics. Conner is driven to achieve and help others. He is truly a model student here at WAIS!
Eric S. was nominated for the eighth grade by Mrs. Wohlbach. Eric is truly an all around model student! His display of character is not only a great benefit to him, but to our school environment as well. Eric is a hard working student who is committed to his endeavors and will persevere with all he encounters. He is helpful to others and serves as a wonderful role model for his peers. Eric is loyal and participates in many school sports, activities and clubs. He is a very conscientious, empathetic, selfless student who consistently works to bring out not only the best in himself, but the best in all those around him!
Earlier, in December, Jayla B., Hailey B., Josiah H. and Brett T. were honored.. Jayla B. was nominated by Mrs. Housel for the fifth grade. Mrs. Housel says, “Jayla is a polite and friendly student and peer. She asks questions and is willing to help whenever she can. She always has a smile that welcomes anyone in! Jayla consistently demonstrates the qualities of a Warrior.”
In 6th grade, Hailey B. was nominated by Mrs. Partridge, who writes, “Hailey demonstrates many of the characteristics of a warrior. She is a dedicated student who puts attention and focus into each assignment. She is able to balance staying academically focused with also being kind, friendly, and respectful to both her classmates and staff. She is just an overall great student and role model in our class.”
The 7th grade honored Josiah H. He was nominated by Mrs. Allen. Josiah was new to WAIS this year. His pleasant personality is contagious. He constantly shows a positive attitude. Josiah always shares a "Good Morning" or a "Have a good evening". He is on time and comes to class prepared. Josiah shows respect towards teachers and other peers. He offers help and encouragement to other students. Although, he is new to Wilson, we believe is a true Warrior!
And finally, in 8th grade, Mrs. Merida nominated Brett T., explaining how teachers have noticed Brett helping a new student open his locker every day. The other student's English is improving, and Brett has consistently taken time each day to talk to the student and assist him with his locker. He demonstrates multiple qualities of a Wilson Warrior each day!
Over sixty students have now been nominated as the WARRIOR of the month. WAIS students clearly demonstrate the WARRIOR values consistently.
THERE'S SNOW TIME LIKE WINTER!
WAIS students celebrate the snowy season.
February 6, 2018
By the Scribbler Staff
WAIS students and staff stayed home for three days so far this winter because of snow. We have also had several late starts and early dismissals.
Andrew J., an eighth grade student, says, "I do not like snow days because they are cold, but I like them because they are fun and we don't have school." Most of the students the Scribbler staff interviewed agreed with Andrew.
Dylan P. likes to sled and have snowball fights on snow days, but sometimes he just plays video games. Other students, like Austin M., will stay inside or go outside depending on the weather. Teachers like snow days, too. Mrs. Wells likes to watch movies, but she points out that snow days would be more fun if they didn't have to be made up. That's why she prefers delays or early dismissals.
Mrs. Wells' comments point out the negative side of snow days. When snow days happen, it takes away our summer break. Instead of getting out on May 31st, students' last day is now June 5, assuming we don't have any more snow days after today, February 6. If we do have more snow days, we get out even later, and might even lose spring break! Still, it is important to have snow days when the weather is bad. We need to keep students and staff safe and off the dangerous roads when the weather conditions are poor.
As our superintendent, Mr. Wagner says, "Please stay warm and safe."
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