Bulldog Barker https://bulldogbarker.com The Student News Site of Freedom Area Middle School Fri, 28 Feb 2020 14:44:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 Students switching Rec Time classes causes problems https://bulldogbarker.com/1481/news/students-switching-rec-time-classes-causes-problems/ https://bulldogbarker.com/1481/news/students-switching-rec-time-classes-causes-problems/#respond Fri, 28 Feb 2020 14:44:36 +0000 https://bulldogbarker.com/?p=1481 At the start of the second nine weeks, kids in fifth and sixth grade switched their fourth-period teacher, for a period known as Rec Time. Rec Time is a period where kids can get their extra work done, or have recess. In this period the things you can do can vary from class to class. One of the similarities is that when it is above thirty-five degrees Fahrenheit, the class has the option to go outside. This lowers the chances of getting work done during Rec Time fourth period, but you could just get that work done ninth period during academic support. But for example, in Ms. Heiman’s class, kids have the option to play on computers or build with K’nex, where in Mr. Matsook’s class, you can play gym games.

“We knew there would be some problems, but we are trying to solve them. But we cannot do anything about the kids who want to switch because we need to always know where they are,” said 

Mr. Smith, middle school principal. “We looked at our previous schedule and wondered how we could improve. So we added the extra period to maximize productivity.”

There is a lot of variety when it comes to stuff to do during Rec Time. This is why some kids wanted to switch their Rec Time teacher, either to be with their friends or to do something they don’t have in their current Rec Time. This switching took place at the end of the second nine weeks when all the fifth and sixth graders choose who they want to switch to. However, a lot of kids switched their Rec Time teacher and ended up not liking who they chose, and wanted to switch back. This is a problem because some people have been wanting to switch back to a Rec Time with too many people in it already.

The teachers that have Rec Time are Ms. Heiman, Mr. Matsook, Mrs. Smithmyer, Mrs. Malarik and Mr. Gregg.  Mrs. Newman also teaches fifth and sixth grade chorus during this period.

“I like being able to get to know the students on another level, but with thirty kids in a room, it gets hard to get library stuff done,” said Heiman, librarian and one of the Rec Time teachers. Heiman said that she thinks Rec Time is good because it allows kids to let off some steam, but when everyone is outside, kids get fired up and cause problems. 

This problem can happen inside too, mainly in Matsook’s class. Kids are allowed to run and play gym games in Matsook’s fourth period. Because of this, some kids who got randomly selected into this class (who do not like this type of energy) would like to switch. But, on the other hand, kids who got into other classes may have thought a class was one way but ended up not being how they thought. Which causes a cycle of kids who want to switch bigger and bigger.A solution to this problem could possibly be having an option to switch again at the end of this nine weeks. Let’s just hope that this problem gets solved sooner or later.

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School dances are loosing popularity https://bulldogbarker.com/1482/editorial/school-dances-are-loosing-popularity/ https://bulldogbarker.com/1482/editorial/school-dances-are-loosing-popularity/#respond Fri, 28 Feb 2020 14:42:00 +0000 https://bulldogbarker.com/?p=1482 School dances have been occurring for a long time, and aren’t that popular, judging from the number of students that go to dances and how many students we have in our middle school. Social media has been affecting the popularity of school dances for the last few years.  

            “School dances need more incentives for students to go to them,” commented Mr. Smith, middle school principal. “Most times our school dances don’t receive much advertisement except for a few posters in the hallways. If they had more advertisements, especially on social media, school dances would have a chance to be revived.”

             Another problem with school dances is the expectations of how to dress. Those less fortunate may not be able to show up in a suit and tie or a formal dress. This caused the expectations to lower, and those wanting a formal dance stopped showing up. Anyone else who didn’t care as much about the more casual dances felt less inclined to go to them because of how many people stopped going, and that dwindled the popularity of dances even more.

“I usually have hockey, so I don’t go to dances. If they had a better music system, and if the dances were better advertised more students would show up. I’ve seen students show what they’re doing at school dances on TikTok, and it’s mostly socializing.” Chloe Lundy, fifth grade, states.

Another fifth grade student, Elizabeth Harmon, adds “I think how much students enjoy the school dances depends on how they act. I believe students who act inappropriately in school should not be allowed to school dances. More rules and supervision would make the school dances better, even though I think a decent amount of people show up to them already.”

Some students believe that the school dances are okay as it is and others believe there is a lot of room to improve. Hopefully one day school dances will be popular once again, and every student enjoys them!

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Why Valentine’s Day is an Unnecessary Holiday https://bulldogbarker.com/1478/uncategorized/why-valentines-day-is-an-unnecessary-holiday/ https://bulldogbarker.com/1478/uncategorized/why-valentines-day-is-an-unnecessary-holiday/#respond Fri, 28 Feb 2020 14:39:31 +0000 https://bulldogbarker.com/?p=1478  

Valentine’s Day is the least important holiday on the calendar. Yes, it is sweet to buy chocolates and stuffed animals for your significant other, but you also have an anniversary which is much more special to you and your partner. Valentine’s Day is a day of pressure for young or new couples, and that does not need to be a holiday. If you really love someone, you don’t need one specific day to celebrate them, you should celebrate them every day of the year.

Because Valentine’s Day is in winter, we cannot grow flowers in many places in America. This means that we import them from South America. The number of cargo jets coming to Miami from Colombia and Ecuador in the month before Valentine’s Day keeps rising until there are hundreds of flights weekly. Because of the abundance of cargo flights, Valentine’s Day leaves a huge carbon footprint on the U.S. The amount of plastic used for wrapping candies and bouquets also adds on top of that footprint. 

Valentine’s Day is killing the earth and it is useless.

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Girls Volleyball starts new season https://bulldogbarker.com/1471/sports/girls-volleyball-starts-new-season/ https://bulldogbarker.com/1471/sports/girls-volleyball-starts-new-season/#respond Fri, 28 Feb 2020 14:39:30 +0000 https://bulldogbarker.com/?p=1471 The seventh and eighth grade girls’ volleyball season started on Jan. 27 with their first practice, and the first match was on Feb. 3. This year the eighth grade team has a new coach, Mr. George Bellinger. He is also the high school volleyball team’s coach. The seventh grade coach is Ms. Dawn Patosky, the ninth and tenth-grade biology teacher. 

Patosky has been coaching for a total of five years and hopes for the team to “come together as  a cohesive force to work together against the opponent, and expects everyone to work together, be a positive influence, and improve.” 

Bellinger has been coaching for 30 years and says, “What I want is for players to learn the skills they need to be successful as a high schooler.” When asked why he started coaching volleyball, Bellinger said, “ I played volleyball and walleyball in college and really enjoyed it, I thought it would be fun to coach.

Gianna Guandolo and Sarah Lisanti, both seventh grade, are new to the volleyball team. Guandolo says she was most excited to play Keystone Oaks.

“It is a good change of pace from my usual sports,” said Guandolo, which are soccer, basketball, and track. 

“Get better at it, and chant on bus rides to away games.” Lisanti said when asked what she is excited for, she also said she wants to play because “My sister plays and it looks like fun.”

Morgan Keller and Jenna Haskey are both playing for their second year and are in eighth grade. Keller is excited for, “ Playing with the seventh graders and getting to be the big kids now.” She decided to start playing because, “I thought it would be fun, I had never played before, and I really liked it.”

Haskey says, “ I am excited for winning more.”, and, “My sister played and I really liked watching her so I thought it would be fun to play.”

So far the season is going OK, the junior varsity’s record is  3-6, and the varsity’s record is 1-6.

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Why we should keep Valentine’s day. https://bulldogbarker.com/1475/uncategorized/why-we-should-keep-valentines-day/ https://bulldogbarker.com/1475/uncategorized/why-we-should-keep-valentines-day/#respond Fri, 28 Feb 2020 14:38:08 +0000 https://bulldogbarker.com/?p=1475  

Valentine’s Day is by far one of the most important days on the calendar. Valentine’s Day is a great way for couples new and old to share their appreciation of one another. On Valentine’s Day it is customary to buy your significant other a gift such as a stuffed animal, flowers, or chocolates but sometimes making a gift can be just as or more special than a store-bought gift. Valentine’s Day is a special day because it is one day a year that is specifically devoted to showing how much you care about your partner.

Valentines Day was originally called the Lupercalia festival, The festival was celebrated in the middle of February. During the festival, they would have a lottery pulled at random that decides who they would get the right to marry. At the end of the 5th century, Pope Gelasius I replaced Lupercalia with St. Valentine’s Day. St. Valentine was a Roman priest and physician who was killed for announcing his religious beliefs during the persecution of Christians by the emperor Claudius II Gothicus.  Valentine’s Day has been important to society since the 14th century and is a holiday we will celebrate for centuries to come.

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Is Valentines Day necessary? https://bulldogbarker.com/1473/editorial/is-valentines-day-necessary/ https://bulldogbarker.com/1473/editorial/is-valentines-day-necessary/#respond Fri, 28 Feb 2020 14:36:33 +0000 https://bulldogbarker.com/?p=1473 https://bulldogbarker.com/1473/editorial/is-valentines-day-necessary/feed/ 0 Facebook has most users of social media https://bulldogbarker.com/1466/features/facebook-has-most-users-of-social-media/ https://bulldogbarker.com/1466/features/facebook-has-most-users-of-social-media/#respond Fri, 28 Feb 2020 14:34:30 +0000 https://bulldogbarker.com/?p=1466 This is a chart explaining how many users each social media app has currently. These are the top seven most used social media apps in the world. Facebook is the most popular social media app. They own most of the apps in the social world. WhatsApp has almost as many users as Facebook, but is still not as popular. QQ is kind of like omegle time, but it is more like messaging not video chats. The app Omegle time takes random people and puts them on one on one video chats to meet new people. QQ is a messaging app not a video chat app. Each app is different which makes them unique. 


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VSCO: overload or awesome? https://bulldogbarker.com/1463/editorial/vsco-overload-or-awesome/ https://bulldogbarker.com/1463/editorial/vsco-overload-or-awesome/#respond Fri, 28 Feb 2020 14:34:24 +0000 https://bulldogbarker.com/?p=1463 Have you heard of a VSCO Girl? Chances are you probably have. VSCOs are taking over! You can’t walk down the hallways anymore without someone dropping a hydro flask or saying “sksksksksks”. You love them, hate them, or are somewhere in the middle. 

VSCO started on the popular app TikTok and then went viral. A VSCO is someone who enjoys conserving the Earth by using metal water bottles and straws. They are also known for wearing scrunchies, a type of hair tie. VSCO is a very large trend that has been going on for quite a while. 

“The hate can be too much and it gets annoying,” stated Ariella Hayden. “ I consider myself a VSCO because I have 50 scrunchies,17 metal straws, a variety of hydro flasks, and many oversize shirts,” exclaimed Hayden. 

On the other hand, some people hate VSCO. “ I think it’s ridiculous because if you try to help the ocean or believe in climate change everyone thinks that you are a VSCO. They need to stop categorizing!” exclaimed Helena Buli. Some people also are somewhere in the middle. They neither hate it or enjoy it. 

“I am not a VSCO! Sometimes they are enthusiastic to the point where it’s annoying, but sometimes it’s alright. I am more of a sportsperson and not as girly.” said Brianne Casto.

There are many different opinions about VSCO at our school. So what is your opinion?


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Fitness Room benefits students, but is ready for an update https://bulldogbarker.com/1462/news/fitness-room-benefits-students-but-is-ready-for-an-update/ https://bulldogbarker.com/1462/news/fitness-room-benefits-students-but-is-ready-for-an-update/#respond Fri, 28 Feb 2020 14:31:30 +0000 https://bulldogbarker.com/?p=1462 The fitness room is located near the gym. It has exercise equipment in it but is it too dangerous  because it seems the treadmills are attacking people. What this means is that people are falling on the treadmills and they will rip skin and could be much worse if kids set speeds higher than what they are used to. Some things in the fitness room are treadmills, Wii, elliptical, total gym pullup, body rowers, dumbbells, and medicine balls. 

The fitness room has been open for ten years and moved from different rooms in the past, according to Mr. Matsook, physical education teacher. The equipment is about ten years old, but there are plans to replace it within the next five years. The fitness room benefits all students by helping them be physical and active, but can be dangerous if the students use it improperly, such as setting the treadmill at high speeds or fooling around.

This is what happened with Devlin Burkett, fifth grader, when using the treadmill.  He was going at a speed that he wasn’t used to on the treadmill and fell. He then used the cord to make his way back up to his feet.

“I would still use all of the equipment in the fitness room except the treadmill.” said Burkett.

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Macbeth scene earns honorable mention in Shakespeare contest https://bulldogbarker.com/1457/news/macbeth-scene-earns-honorable-mention-in-shakespeare-contest/ https://bulldogbarker.com/1457/news/macbeth-scene-earns-honorable-mention-in-shakespeare-contest/#respond Fri, 28 Feb 2020 14:28:53 +0000 https://bulldogbarker.com/?p=1457  

The Shakespeare Monologue and Scene Contest is held every year at the O’ReillyTheater, which is in Pittsburgh. This year it’s the 25th anniversary. Since 110 (Which is over 1,000 kids.) schools participate, it lasts for two weeks, and our school went on Monday for the second week.  The contest is for fourth to 12th graders. Students can either perform a scene from one of Shakespeares’s plays, or a monologue from one of his plays. One of the popular ones are scenes from Romeo and Juliet, which is about two people who fall in love but can’t be together.

No middle schooler from Freedom has ever made it to the Showcase of Finalists, though one group from middle school made Honorable Mention this year.  The group that made it for Honorable Mention performed the scene of The Three Witches of Macbeth, Act 4, Scene 1, and the kids were Audrey Mooney, Elizabeth Mooney, and Lorenzo Guandolo, all fifth graders. Guandolo was witch 1, Audrey was witch 2, and Elizabeth was witch 3. 

“I had lots of fun, and I thought it was a cool experience to do a play and hang out with your friends.” says Guandolo. Audrey Mooney states, “ I thought that everyone was focused and Mrs. Miller did a very good job helping us practise our parts. Overall it was a really fun experience and it was as fun as a field trip!” I also enjoyed the trip, and I got to hang out with my friends, so basically all of us agreed. I especially liked the fact that we were doing scenes or monologues that were from Shakespeare, considering some people don’t even know who he is.”

Everyone seemed to have fun, and I am looking forward to next year, and I am excited to meet  new people, as were Audrey and Lorenzo.


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