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Update: Do You Think You Know Your Teachers?

Voice 1: “Hey! Watch out for turtle crossings and being tackled by tilapia!” Is it Mr. Chagan, Dr. Z, or Mr. Tozer? Voice 2: “Do you have gum in your mouth?!” Is it Mrs. Guenther, Mr. Barry, or Ms. Kenealy? Voice 3: “The rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain.” Is it Mr. Fifer, Mr. Terrell, or Mr. Barry? Voice 4: “Beau is wearing a Penn State sweatshirt?” Is it Mrs. Crowley, Mr. Tozer, or Mrs. Quinn?   UPDATE: ANSWERS Voice 1: Dr. Z Yep, folks, that was Dr. Z. If you got that right, kudos to you! That one was all about what she said, not what she sounded like! Voice 2: Mrs. Guenther Yep, Mrs. Guenther. Also about what she said! Voice 3: Mr. Barry Did you hear the accent? Voice 4: Mr. Tozer Did you get it? If you would like, share your scores in the comments…


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Book Fair 2015: Ms. Schwoebel, Mrs. Guenther, and Mrs. Gordon Recommend…

If I Stay by Gayle Forman Recommended by: Ms. Schwoebel Ms. Schwoebel, reviewing If I Stay, said that it was a very well-written book. It is about a decision that a young adult girl faces that will impact her life’s path completely. Ms. Schwoebel stated that it was very sad and emotional, and “you had to be prepared, but it was totally worth it!” She told me that she couldn’t put it down until the end. Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson Recommended by: Mrs. Guenther


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Is Your Locker Messier than Your Bedroom? If So…

Hey guys, it’s me, Julian! If you don’t already know some people call me “The Locker King”! I realize that it can be hard to keep your locker organized with all of the materials that are required for school while simultaneously making it a cool sight to see. So, “The Locker King” is here to help! It is not only really, really convenient to have your locker clean, but it has been proven that keeping your space clean can INCREASE PRODUCTIVITY! As it says on noobpreneur’s website, “A clean and tidy workplace not only ensures better productivity but can also keep us healthier.” So, if you want to do better in your studies, check out the link below to get started on making YOUR locker that much more exciting and organized today! A link to a helpful video to help you organize your locker


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Book Fair 2015 Preview

Many students have been asking the newspaper crew about the “deets” for the upcoming Book Fair, so we connected with the Book Fair Committee! Their responses are below: Who is hosting and planning this event? Some middle school guardians, in the form of the Book Fair Committee, have been kind enough to put lots of hard work into this year’s Book Fair. What is the theme of the Fair this year? The theme is “The Book Fair Goes to the Movies.” This will focus the student body’s view of books that have been made into films, books that should be made into films, and books that create similar feelings in their readers to popular and beloved films. When is this fabulous event? The Book Fair will take place from February 9-11, 2015. During these days, you will be able to stop by from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (as long as…


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App Unwrap: Homework App Roundup

This “App Unwrap” features homework apps that can be used to increase your daily productivity. For each of these recommended apps we include the price and some features of the app. We also rate each app from -5 stars to 5 stars. We hope all of these apps will help you keep track of your homework. Enjoy the list! (One note: Avoid costly apps because you can get great apps without spending any money! All of the apps below are free.) Recommended Apps Homework List (Free) Features: Notifications when homework is due Date changes color as due date comes near App Store rating:  ⭐️⭐️ Hugh’s rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Mekkhi’s rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️   Calendar (Free; pre-installed on your iPad) Features: Syncs with haiku Has a calendar view Reminders can be enabled for certain times Hugh’s rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Mekkhi’s rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️


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Echo Hill Poll Results

We know that you all have been taking the Echo Hill Poll, and the results are finally here! We received many different types of responses, and we learned a lot from your feedback. Before we get to the results, I want to thank all of you who participated for taking some of your time to give us your feedback, and for putting up with my emails about the poll! ;-) Now for the results… For the first question on the poll, about how excited about Echo Hill you were before the trip, the average was 3.8 out of 5. The most frequent response was 4 out of 5, with eight people responding. Next was 5 out of 5, with six people. 3, 2, and 1 came in third, fourth, and fifth respectively. So, there was a lot of positive feedback for that question. For the next question, about how many…


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Dwight Dunston

Name: Dwight Dunston Occupation: Assistant Admissions Director Where He Works: Admissions Office Reason profiled: Mr. Dunston believes that everyone should be able to be interviewed. He feels very grateful to be interviewed and believes that the people he interviews feel the same way. Mr. Dunston’s message to the community: “I would describe my role as an exciting one because I get to be the Assistant Admissions Director. It brings me great joy to talk to the people of Friends’ Central and meet new people. I have an important role in that I get to be a part of the creation of this communtity. As we look to build a welcoming communtity, I am welcoming to visitors and accurately portray the members of this community. I also coach track and field and am a member of the diversity board.”


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Vicki Schwoebel

Name: Vicki Schwoebel Occupation: Academic Technology Coordinator/Librarian Where she works: The Blackburn Library and in classrooms for instruction Reason profiled: Ms. Schwoebel is the MS technology point person for teachers and students, the book cheerleader, an SSR enthusiast, and a bibliography helper. Ms. Schwoebel’s message for the community: “Keep calm and love Spongebob.”


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Christina Barnum

Name: Christina Barnum Occupation: Custodial staff Where (and when) she works: In the Middle School building after school Reason profiled: The staff of The Phoenix Inquirer chose to profile Ms. Barnum as a follow-up to our “Behind the Scenes” article, which discussed members of our community who help us without receiving much recognition. Because Ms. Barnum works after school, students do not often get to thank her for the effort and energy she puts into keeping our building clean and tidy. Ms. Barnum’s message for the community: “Everyone should take pride in their community for a better upliftment of the entire city.”


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