The EMS Grapevine

Fall 2015 Edition

Welcome to the EMS Grapevine!

The EMS Grapevine is a newsletter created by middle schoolers for middle schoolers. Our team consists of writers, editors, photographers, and layout designers. As we meet every other Tuesday, we discuss story ideas to capture a quick peek into life at EMS. Contributions are always welcomed by emailing us at TheEMSGrapevine Share the news and tell others that you heard about it...through the Grapevine!

Upcoming Events


Spirit Day - November 20th - Blue & Gold

Thanksgiving Break - November 26th & 27th

Small Business Saturday - November 28th

Shop Small on November 28 and help support our local business by shopping merchants from our membership directory as well as the many others based in the Township of Roxbury. For more information about Small business Saturday or to have your business listed please visit or

November is Alzheimer's and Diabetes Awareness Month

November is the time to bring awareness to Alzheimer's and Diabetes. Alzheimer's is progressive mental deterioration that can occur in middle or old age, due to generalized degeneration of the brain. It is the most common cause of premature senility. Diabetes is a metabolic disease in which the body’s inability to produce any or enough insulin cause elevated levels of glucose of blood.


2015 Home for the Holiday Event - December 5th

Annual Home for the Holiday event taking place on Saturday December 5, 2015; a fun-filled, family event with caroling and entertainment groups as well as crafters, food trucks and Santa Land all concluding with the Annual Roxbury Township Tree Lighting.

Spirit Days

December 4, 2015 - Twin Day

December 11, 2015 - Blue & Gold

December 18, 2015 - Ugly Sweater Day

December 23, 2015 - Holiday/Winter Spirit Day

Meet the New Staff Members at EMS

By Viviana P

We'd like to welcome the new staff members to EMS and share some info from those we had a chance to interview.

Mr. Reilly - Social Studies

Mr. Babetski - Science

Mr. Capra - Social Studies

Mr. Pojedinec (aka Mr. Poje) - Special Education

Ms. Bowne - Science

What made you want to teach?

~ In college, I used to help my roommate in anatomy because she had trouble.

When did you start teaching?

~ This is my first year teaching.

Why did you pick this grade to teach?

~ 7th graders are really funny, and I like to laugh!

Ms. Nunes - ELA

How do you like teaching so far?

~ I really like teaching ELA so far.

What made you want to teach?

~ When I was little I always wanted to wanted to be a teacher.

Why did you pick this grade to teach?

~ This is a grade where you find a lot of confidence, and I wanted to be a part of that.

Food Review - Around Town

by Gabi M.

Ever curious about where some of the best places to grab a bite in Roxbury are? Well, here are some places that I consider to be the best places in Roxbury to go and eat!

  • Roxbury Diner

  • Hands down, this has to be my favorite restaurant in Roxbury. My favorite things to get here for breakfast are pancakes and belgian waffles. For lunch and dinner I like to get a burger.

  • Panera Bread

  • Want to go to a place with some of the best hot food in Roxbury? That’s where Panera Bread comes in handy! I love Panera’s soups, I especially recommend them in a bread bowl. Also, their Mac N’ Cheese is the most amazing thing ever.

  • Fuddruckers

  • One of the best places I like to go to with my friends. You can get a really good burger or salad here. They also have an arcade that is really fun!

  • Roxbury Bagels

  • My favorite place to get bagels for breakfast in this town! I love their flagels, which is a flat bagel, and their cream cheese is amazing!

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DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte

by Gabi M.

To every person that is looking forward to having a sip of a pumpkin spice latte this fall, don’t worry about going to Starbucks. You can just make one at home following these steps!


  • 2 tablespoons canned pumpkin

  • ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (you’ll need some more in the end to top your latte with)

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 tablespoons sugar

  • 2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract

  • 2 cups whole milk

  • 1-2 shots of espresso, (around ¼ cup)

  • ¼ cup heavy cream, whipped until firm peaks point


  • Mixer, whisk, or hand blender (to whip cream)

  • Saucepan

  • Wooden spoon

  • Whisk

  • Blender

  • Espresso or coffee maker


  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, cook the canned pumpkin with the pumpkin pie spice and a generous amount of black pepper for 2 minutes, or until this is hot and smells cooked. Stir constantly.

  2. Add the sugar and stir until the mixture looks like a bubbly, thick syrup.

  3. Whisk in the milk and the vanilla extract. Warm gently over medium heat, watching carefully to make sure it doesn’t boil over.

  4. Carefully process the milk mixture with a hand blender or in a traditional blender (hold the lid down tightly with a thick wad of towels) until frothy and blended.

  5. Make the espresso or coffee and divide between two mugs and add the frothed milk. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and nutmeg if you want.

People Poll - What are you Thankful For?

by Gabi M

EMS is thankful for...

  • “I’m thankful for my family.” - Joey S.

  • “I’m thankful for my friends.” - Alexandra S.

  • “I’m thankful for who I am.” - Hannah A.

  • “I’m thankful for my pets.” - Hayley M.

  • “I'm thankful for my family, my house, and the friends that I have.” - Melina M.

  • “I'm thankful for my family, food, and friends.” - Morgan J.

  • “I'm thankful for my friends and family.” - Dan N.

  • “I'm thankful for the fact that I'm not a caveman.” - Brendan S.

  • “I am thankful for my colorful eyes.” - Richie M.

  • “I'm thankful for hockey.” - Randy D.

  • “I'm thankful for my family, friends, and dance.” - Jagara B.

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Football Interview with Lucas S.

By Viviana P.

Q1. How long have you been playing football?

A1. This year is my first year playing football.

Q2. What is your favorite thing about football?

A2. Being on a team

Q3. What should your team improve on?

A3. Trouble containing outside on defense

Q4. Why did you choose football?

A4. Moved from soccer from football, dad played football

Q5. Who’s your role model in football?

A5. My dad

Q6. What do you think you could improve on?

A6. Throwing the ball

Q7. What position do you play?

A7. Quarterback

Q8. Who’s your favorite football team?

A8. Rutgers football

Q9. Use one word to describe the feeling when you step onto the field.

A9. Intensity

EMS Field Hockey Team 2015

A little fun competition of PacMan vs Ghosts during the Halloween themed practice.
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Movie Reviews

by Faith D.

The Martian

This movie was released on October 2, 2015. It is rated PG-13. It’s about a man named Mark Watney who gets stuck on Mars and has to figure out a way to live.

Ridley Scott is a brilliant assembler of casts, and he knows how to organize groups so they seem to naturally fit” -New York Times


This movie was released on October 16, 2015. It is rated PG. This movie is about a boy named Zach Cooper who unleashes a whole bunch of monsters from the goosebumps series.

Maybe the makers of the new feature film based on the books by R.L. Stine were thinking along the same lines, because ‘Goosebumps’ the movie takes quite literally the notion of the power of fiction to come alive” -New York Times

The Peanuts Movie

This movie was released on November 6, 2015. It is rated G. This movie is about a boy named Charlie Brown and his best friend snoopy and all of their adventures together.

An entertaining combination of humor and tenderness, ‘The Peanuts Movie’ isn’t just an all-ages crowd-pleaser. It’s the perfect first feature film for a preschooler” -Washington Post

Hotel Transylvania 2

This movie was released September 25, 2015. It is rated PG. This movie is about Mavis’s son Dennis and if he becomes a vampire or not. I personally saw this and I thought that this was a great movie.

Just enough for a Halloween treat” -Washington Post


Free Birds- Starring Owen Wilson, Amy Poehler, and Woody Harrelson.

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving- Starring Christopher DeFaria, Bill Melendez, and Todd Barbee.

It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown- Starring Bill Melendez, Peter Robbins, Sally Dryer, and many more.


The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2

The Good Dinosaur

Star Wars: Episode VII

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip

Juliannes's Lauging Corner :D

It's a very CORNY month!

Q. Who’s not hungry on Thanksgiving?

A. The turkey because he’s already stuffed!
submitted by John D.

Q. What sound does a limping turkey make?

A. Wobble! Wobble!
submitted by Robert K.

Q. What should you wear for Thanksgiving?

A. A har-vest!

Q. What always comes at the end of Thanksgiving?

A. The letter “g!”

Q. What’s the most musical part of a turkey?

A. The drumstick!
Submitted by Viviana P.

Q. What would you get if you crossed a turkey with a baked fruit dessert?

A. A peach gobbler!

Q. Which side of the turkey has the most feathers?

A. The outside!

Q. What key won’t open a door?

A. A tur-key!

Q. Why did the cranberries turn red?

A. Because they saw the turkey dressing!

Q. Why do pilgrims’ pants always fall down?

A. Because they wear their buckles on their head!

Q. What do you get when you combine a UFO and a Thanksgiving fruit?

A. Cranberry saucer!

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Top 15 Songs

By Serena V.

  1. Turn the Music Louder (rumble) by KDA ft. Tinie Tempah and Katy B

  2. Perfect by One Direction

  3. The Hills by The Weekend

  4. Hotline Bling by Drake

  5. What Do You Mean by Justin Bieber

  6. Runnin’ (Lose it All) by Naughty Boy/Beyonce/A Benjamin

  7. Wasn’t Expecting That by Jamie Lawson

  8. Be Right There by Sleeping Tom and Diplo

  9. Locked Away by R City ft. Adam Levine

  10. On My Mind by Ellie Goulding

  11. Writing’s on the Wall by Sam Smith

  12. Do It Again by Pia Mia ft. Chris Brown and Tyga

  13. Lay It All On Me by Rudimental ft. Ed Sheeran

  14. How Deep is Your Love by Calvin Harris & Disciples

  15. Never Forget You Mnek and Zara Larrson