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App Unwrap: MyHomework

Everybody knows how hard keeping track of your homework assignments can be. While we do have Haiku, from my experience, Haiku is clunky, inconsistent, and hard to use. MyHomework, on the other hand, is an excellent app for keeping those homework assignments written down and ready to see as soon as you walk in the door of your house. What does it do? The MyHomework app allows you to record all your daily homework assignments, and then be able to see them when you need to do them. The app allows you to chronicle homework assignments, and set the due date, due time, subject, and even the priority. But all of this is optional, so you can leave the assignment blank except for a short description. Like Haiku, MyHomework has a calendar. Unlike Haiku, this calendar is for all subjects, not for one subject at a time. And, the calendar is…


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Top 5 Video Games of 2014

I’m a gamer. I love the style, story, gameplay, and overall charm they bring. Now that there are only two more months left of this year, I’d like to introduce my Top 5 Favorite Games of the Year. The rules I have set for this list are only one per video game franchise or series, and it has to be released in 2014. Also, each game will have its own disclaimer, sharing its genre, just in case it’s one of those violent games. I don’t want any of you buying a game that you’re unhappy with. Also, some of the honorable mentions are violent, so that’s why. Now let’s get on with it, shall we? Genre: ACTION PLATFORMER (i.e. Super Mario Bros. & Sonic the Hedgehog) Sometimes, there’s that one thing that brings back your nostalgia. In the case of video games, there’s Shovel Knight. As far as the story…


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Behind the Scenes

There are many community members at the Friends’ Central School who do amazing things but go unnoticed. There is trash often found outside of the Blackburn Library at the picnic tables, which is both disrespectful to our community members and disgusting. We, as a community, should clean up after ourselves and keep our campus beautiful.


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“Will Grayson, Will Grayson,” “Daylight Saving,” and “Beautiful Creatures”

  “Catherine and Claudia’s Top Spring Reads” will be a recurring feature in the final months of the 2013-2014 school year. If you’re looking for your next independent reading book for Language Arts or are in need of a good read for summer, look no further! Summaries and ratings of three books will be published every two weeks. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan is about two boys named Will Grayson. Will Grayson 1 is trying to go through life unnoticed. Will Grayson 2 goes through life without anything to hold on to except an online relationship with a boy named Isaac. Both characters go on a trip and find out that neither of them are the only Will Grayson in their city.  Stars: 8/10 Rating: PG-13 Daylight Saving by Edward Hogan is about a boy named Daniel. Daniel’s dad takes him on a vacation to a sports complex, where Daniel meets Lexi,…


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Summer Blockbusters: 5 Action Thrillers Reviewed and Previewed

This summer, there are a variety of major action thrillers coming to theaters and we have decided to preview and review this summer’s box-office biggies. Some of the movies we decided to review are The Amazing Spider Man 2, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Godzilla, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. We believed The Amazing Spider Man 2 was an action-filled movie. There were also some jaw-dropping special effects in this thriller. However, we thought it had a little too much action and the plot was predictable. We give this movie a 7.5/10 rating. Captain America: The Winter Soldier had a very predictable plot, but we also thought there were a lot of interesting fight scenes and special effects. We give Captain America: The Winter Soldier a 6.5/10 rating.


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An Open Letter to the FCS Middle School

Editor’s Note: The following letter was written by a student of Friends’ Central Middle School who has chosen to remain anonymous. As always, please maintain respectful conversations, in person and online, in response to this piece.  Dear FCS Middle School, I was a new student this year. I was so excited to make new goals and new friends that would carry on throughout my life. Now when I think about how much progress I made through this year, I am really surprised. Being a middle schooler, it was hard for me in the beginning to make friends. I was basically deciding if I should be myself or someone else. I was always afraid that I was going to fail and get kicked out of the school. My parents would warn me that this school is more serious and that I need to focus on my studies. It built up stress and anxiety…


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Reflections on Service

As the end of the academic year draws nearer, we find ourselves both looking into the future and reflecting on the past.  In the following collection of quotations, the staff of The Phoenix Inquirer reflects on their experience in the Newspaper service group.   “I felt needed and I felt like I served a purpose.  It was definitely a different experience.  I really liked how we could all work together, but individually at the same time.” -Lisa Green, staff writer.  Joined Newspaper in the second trimester. “I made new friends.“ -Claudia McLendon, full-year staff writer. “I learned how it feels to be on a deadline, how not to procrastinate.” -Catherine Cianfrani, staff writer.  Joined Newspaper in the second trimester. “I helped the community a lot by entertaining with comics and informing them with a few articles. I did a lot to contribute to Newspaper and met a lot of new…


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“Hate List,” “It’s Kind of a Funny Story,” and “Paper Towns”

“Catherine and Claudia’s Top Spring Reads” will be a recurring feature in the final months of the 2013-2014 school year. If you’re looking for your next independent reading book for Language Arts or are in need of a good read for summer, look no further! Summaries and ratings of three books will be published every two weeks. Hate List by Jennifer Brown is about a high school junior named Valerie Leftman. On May 2nd, 2009, Valerie’s boyfriend, Nick Levil, open fires on their high school because of a “hate list” they made containing kids from school. Valerie spends the rest of the book  trying to convince herself, and everyone else, that what happened was not her fault. She also tries to find ways to make amends with the families of the victims. Stars: 9.2/10 Rating: R It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini is about a 15-year-old named…


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“Okay? Okay.”

Book Review by Claudia McLendon The Fault in Our Stars is about a girl named Hazel Grace, 16, who has been battling thyroid cancer since age 13. Only through the use of  experimental medicine is she still alive. Hazel meets a guy named Augustus at a cancer support group, and Hazel and Augustus continue to see each other at the support group. Brought together by his reckless driving and her love for books, the two become good friends. When they go to Amsterdam to meet the author of Hazel’s favorite book, An Imperial Affliction, they have some difficulties. However, once the plots start to get better, the story takes an unexpected turn. This fast-paced, heart-wrenching, tear-producing, laughter-inducing book was one of the funniest and most real love stories I have ever read. It is filled with suspense and excitement. YOU NEED TO READ IT! Okay? Okay. Trailer Review by Catherine…


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Console Wars

PS4 vs. Xbox One: The Introduction Sony and Microsoft released their new systems, PlayStation4 and Xbox One, at around the same time in November. Sony and Microsoft are trying to outsell each other by making better games, better softwares and better designs. The Xbox One starts at $500 including Kinect whereas the PS4 starts at $400. Xbox One and PS4 are still gaming consoles but Xbox took a turn to multimedia capabilities, while PS4 still focuses only on gaming. Both consoles are extraordinary, so choosing the one that is right for you just depends on what you value. PS4 vs. Xbox One: The Console The PS4 has a nice, sleek black design which can be propped vertically or horizontally. The PS4 also comes with a Blu-ray player so the owner can watch Blu-ray discs. Additionally, it has two USB ports in the front for headphones or charging stations. The PS4…


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