Milan Middle School Times

By: Potts' Peeps

February Editors

This month's editors are Caiden Yorn, Cole Knecht, and Max Hartman. They have spent the month editing and creating this masterpiece just for you!! Enjoy!
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Presidents Day By: Deric Porter, Dakota Bradley, and Ashton Lukens

President's day is a holiday where we celebrate the presidents. President's day is celebrated on Monday, February 15, 2016. We honor the great presidents that have been the leaders of our country.

President's day was originally George Washington's birthday celebration. The date also celebrates Abraham’s birthday.

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Teacher Of The Month Mr. Beeler By: Isabel Kroner, Jessica Money, and Bayley Johnson

Teacher Of The Month


For February’s Teacher Feature we chose Mr. Beeler.

This will be Mr.Beeler’s 13th year of teaching! We asked Mr.Beeler what his most embarrassing moment, he said he did not have any. Although he did have a few very scary moments. He used to teach at an inner city school and have been bitten 3 times, been punched by a student.

Mr.Beeler went to Indiana University. We asked if he wanted to be a teacher when he was little. He said, " When I was little I did want to be a teacher.” He will not be retiring for a while.

When Mr.Beeler was in seventh grade, his favorite teacher was Mr.Deckard, his health and PE teacher. His favorite subject in school was Earth Science. He was an undergrad for six years and one year for his masters. Before he was a teacher, his dream job was coaching college football. He is an assistant coach for our varsity football team. He also coaches 8th grade girls basketball.

Middle School Spelling Bee By: Charlie Jackson, Adam Volz, and Bailey Herrick

The spelling bee was a great success thanks to Mrs. Potts. The spelling bee was on 1/15/16. The spellers were (6th) Charlie Jackson, Jessica Money, Elizabeth Dundes, Quenten Strassell, (7th) Jazmine Lutz , Cheyenne McMullin, Kali Wickersham,(8th) Jordan Dell, Dani Storm, Tristan Calvert, Savannah Muschong, Natalie Williams, and Molly Simmons. The speaker was Mr.Prosser.

The winner was Savannah Muschong. The runner up/ alternate was Cheyenne McMullin.

Congratulations to all students who qualified as a top speller for their grade level.

Pack the House Night By: Ashton Myers, Landon Morgan, and Melissa Frankenberry

Pack the house night was Thursday, January 14, 2016. The dance started at 3:15 and ended 4:45. The game started at 5:30.

Here are the combos you could choose from if you went to the dance:

dance $2

dance and pizza $3

dance and game only $4

dance game and pizza $5

Pack the house night was very successful. The HS cheerleaders held a dance with concessions after school. Many who attended stayed for the dance and the game. The HS cheerleaders would like to thank those who attended and helped raise around $400 the last MS boys basketball game.

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March Madness By: Cole Knecht, Max Hartman, Caiden Yorn

Selection Sunday will take place on March 15.

The 2016 NCAA Tournament tips off March 17-18 with the first 4 games taking place at UD Arena in Dayton, Ohio.

Last year, The Duke Blue Devils won the NCAA March Madness tournament. The NCAA Tournament was finished in Indianapolis,IN. There are 68 teams in the tournament.

The 1939 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament involved 8 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the NCAA Division 1 Championship. It was the first NCAA basketball National Championship Tournament, although it was operated by the NABC at the time. The first tournament took place at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.
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Milan Girls Basketball By: Karley Bushhorn, Mary Kate Ketcham, and Riley Clark

The middle school has started a girls basketball team. There are 10 girls on the team. The girls on the team are the following: Kacey Pindell, Avery Getz, Davia Sweat, Karly Sargent, Angela King, Morgan Harris, Lauren Roell, Olivia Davis, Abbey Ferreira, and Maggie Schmidt.

Their first was Thursday, January 21st at Milan Middle School Gym, versus St. Mary’s. They used the strategies Man-to-Man and Zone. The positions the girls play are point guard, shooting guard, forward, and center. Milan lost 33-22. They lost by 11 points.

In practice, they do all kinds of stretches. There are too many to list! The drills the girls use in practice are the following: two line shooting, passing, dribbling, and many more.

We wish the girls luck to all the games that come along. Their next game will be at South Dearborn. They will play South Dearborn at 5:30. Good Luck!

Groundhog Day By: Sky Winchester, Lydia Clark, Gabryele Rowan

Groundhog Day

By: Sky Winchester, Lydia Clark, Gabryele Rowan

Here's a look at what you need to know about Groundhog Day, an American tradition that is meant to predict when spring will arrive. It’s Groundhogs Day! Today, the groundhog wakes up! Let’s hope that it doesn’t see its shadow! If it does, then there will be six more weeks of winter! If it doesn’t, then spring is coming!

On every February 2nd,The groundhog wakes up from hibernation.If the groundhog sees its shadow when it emerges from its burrow, there Groundhog Day celebration.Phil has correctly predicted the beginning of spring 100% of the time, according to his owners.

Germans who settled in Pennsylvania in the 1700s brought the custom to America. Pennsylvania's Punxsutawney Phil is the most well-known, but more than a dozen states celebrate with their own groundhogs, such as Georgia's Gen. Beauregard Lee and Buckeye Chuck in Ohio. Punxsutawney Phil - in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania His full name is "Punxsutawney Phil, Seer of Seers, Sage of Sages, Prognosticator of Prognosticators, and Weather Prophet Extraordinary.''

February 2, 1886 - The Punxsutawney Spirit newspaper proclaims this date as Pennsylvania's first official Day!

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Compliment Box By: Karley Bushhorn, Riley Clark, and Mary Kate Ketcham

Milan Middle School is trying something new. We have put a box outside the office. It is called a compliment box. You can take a piece of paper and write down any compliment that you would like, followed by that person’s name. It is optional to write your name on the bottom of the paper. Drop the paper in the box, and the office will let you know if you got a compliment. We started this on Monday, January 25th. We hope this is something that works out and will brighten someones day!

Hershey's Day Recipes By: Jordan Pigmon, Trey Mattl, and Josiah Combs

After completing an apprenticeship to a confectioner in 1873, Milton Hershey founded a candy shop in Philadelphia, which failed six years later.After trying unsuccessfully to manufacture candy in New York, Hershey returned to Pennsylvania, where he founded The Lancaster Caramel Company, whose use of fresh milk in caramels proved successful.In 1900, after seeing chocolate-making machines for the first time, Hershey sold his caramel company for $1,000,000 (equal to $28,444,000 today) and began to concentrate on chocolate manufacturing. He stated to people who questioned him, "Caramels are just a fad, but chocolate is a permanent thing."Milton built a milk-processing plant in the year 1896, so he could create and refine a recipe for milk chocolate candies. In 1899, three years later, he developed the Hershey process which is less sensitive to milk quality than traditional methods.Shortly before World War II, Bruce Murrie, son of long-term president of Hershey's, William F.R. Murrie, struck a deal with Forrest Mars to create a hard sugar-coated chocolate that would be called M&M's (for Mars and Murrie). Murrie had 20 percent interest in the confection. The new confection would use Hershey chocolate during the rationing era during World War II. In 1948 Mars bought out Murrie's interest and would become one of Hershey's primary competitors.In 1963 Hershey bought the company that made Reese Cups for 23.3 million dollars.Later on the company came to build a high school and many other things.

Eating Disorders By: Caleb Prozanski and Brody Lack

SADD is doing a project during January 22-28 about where we learn about eating disorders. Here are some facts about eating disorders.

What is an eating disorder?

An eating disorder is an illness that causes serious disruption to your everyday diet, such as eating extremely small amounts of food or severely overeating. A person with an eating disorder may have started out just eating smaller or larger amounts of food, but at some point, the desire to eat less or more spiraled out of control. Common eating disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder.


Adequate nutrition, reducing excessive exercise, and stopping purging behaviors are the foundations of treatment. Specific forms of psychotherapy, or talk therapy, and medication are effective for many eating disorders. However, in more chronic cases, specific treatments have not yet been identified. Treatment plans often are tailored to individual needs and may include one or more of the following:

  • Individual, group, and/or family psychotherapy

  • Medical care and monitoring

  • Nutritional counseling

  • Medications.

Some patients may also need to be hospitalized to treat problems caused by malnutrition or to ensure they eat enough if they are very underweight.

Anorexia Nervosa

Many people with anorexia nervosa see themselves as overweight, even when they are clearly underweight. Eating, food, and weight control become obsessions. People with anorexia nervosa typically weigh themselves repeatedly, portion food carefully, and eat very small portion of only certain foods. Some people with anorexia nervosa may also engage in binge-eating followed by extreme dieting, excessive exercise, self-induced vomiting, and/or misuse of laxatives, diuretics, or enemas.

Some who have anorexia nervosa recover with treatment after only one episode. Others get well but have relapses. Still others have a more chronic, or long-lasting, form of anorexia nervosa, in which their health declines as they battle the illness.

Anorexia nervosa displays the following symptoms:

  • Extreme thinness (emaciation)

  • A relentless pursuit of thinness and unwillingness to maintain a normal or healthy weight

  • Intense fear of gaining weight

  • Distorted body image, a self-esteem that is heavily influenced by perceptions of body weight and shape, or a denial of the seriousness of low body weight

  • Lack of menstruation among girls and women

  • Extremely restricted eating.

Other symptoms may develop over time, including:

  • Thinning of the bones (osteopenia or osteoporosis)

  • Brittle hair and nails

  • Dry and yellowish skin

  • Growth of fine hair all over the body (lanugo)

  • Mild anemia and muscle wasting and weakness

  • Severe constipation

  • Low blood pressure, slowed breathing and pulse

  • Damage to the structure and function of the heart

  • Brain damage

  • Multiorgan failure

  • Drop in internal body temperature, causing a person to feel cold all the time

  • Lethargy, sluggishness, or feeling tired all the time

  • Infertility.

Treating anorexia nervosa

Treating anorexia nervosa involves three components:

  • Restoring the person to a healthy weight

  • Treating the psychological issues related to the eating disorder

  • Reducing or eliminating behaviors or thoughts that lead to insufficient eating and preventing relapse.

Some research suggests that the use of medications, such as antidepressants, antipsychotics, or mood stabilizers, may be modestly effective in treating patients with anorexia nervosa. These medications may help resolve mood and anxiety symptoms that often occur along with anorexia nervosa. It is not clear whether antidepressants can prevent some weight-restored patients with anorexia nervosa from relapsing. Although research is still ongoing, no medication yet has shown to be effective in helping someone gain weight to reach a normal level.

Different forms of psychotherapy, including individual, group, and family-based, can help address the psychological reasons for the illness. In a therapy called the Maudsley approach, parents of adolescents with anorexia nervosa assume responsibility for feeding their child. This approach appears to be very effective in helping people gain weight and improve eating habits and moods. Shown to be effective in case studies and clinical trials, the Maudsley approach is discussed in some guidelines and studies for treating eating disorders in younger, nonchronic patients.

Other research has found that a combined approach of medical attention and supportive psychotherapy designed specifically for anorexia nervosa patients is more effective than psychotherapy alone. The effectiveness of a treatment depends on the person involved and his or her situation. Unfortunately, no specific psychotherapy appears to be consistently effective for treating adults with anorexia nervosa. However, research into new treatment and prevention approaches is showing some promise. One study suggests that an online intervention program may prevent some at-risk women from developing an eating disorder. Also, specialized treatment of anorexia nervosa may help reduce the risk of death.

Bulimia Nervosa

Patients with bulimia nervosa have recurrent and frequent episodes of eating unusually large amounts of food and feeling a lack of control over these episodes. This binge-eating is followed by behavior that compensates for the overeating such as forced vomiting, excessive use of laxatives or diuretics, fasting, excessive exercise, or a combination of these behaviors.

Unlike anorexia nervosa, people with bulimia nervosa usually maintain what is considered a healthy or normal weight, while some are slightly overweight. But like people with anorexia nervosa, they often fear gaining weight, want desperately to lose weight, and are intensely unhappy with their body size and shape. Usually, bulimic behavior is done secretly because it is often accompanied by feelings of disgust or shame. The binge-eating and purging cycle happens anywhere from several times a week to many times a day.

Other symptoms include:

  • Chronically inflamed and sore throat

  • Swollen salivary glands in the neck and jaw area

  • Worn tooth enamel, increasingly sensitive and decaying teeth as a result of exposure to stomach acid

  • Acid reflux disorder and other gastrointestinal problems

  • Intestinal distress and irritation from laxative abuse

  • Severe dehydration from purging of fluids

  • Electrolyte imbalance (too low or too high levels of sodium, calcium, potassium and other minerals) which can lead to heart attack.

Treating Bulimia Nervosa

As with anorexia nervosa, treatment for bulimia nervosa often involves a combination of options and depends upon the needs of the individual. To reduce or eliminate binge-eating and purging behaviors, a patient may undergo nutritional counseling and psychotherapy, especially cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), or be prescribed medication. CBT helps a person focus on his or her current problems and how to solve them. The therapist helps the patient learn how to identify distorted or unhelpful thinking patterns, recognize, and change inaccurate beliefs, relate to others in more positive ways, and change behaviors accordingly.

CBT that is tailored to treat bulimia nervosa is effective in changing binge-eating and purging behaviors and eating attitudes. Therapy may be individual or group-based.

Some antidepressants, such as fluoxetine (Prozac), which is the only medication approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treating bulimia nervosa, may help patients who also have depression or anxiety. Fluoxetine also appears to help reduce binge-eating and purging behaviors, reduce the chance of relapse, and improve eating attitudes.

Binge-Eating Disorder

With binge-eating disorder a person loses control over his or her eating. Unlike bulimia nervosa, periods of binge-eating are not followed by purging, excessive exercise, or fasting. As a result, people with binge-eating disorder often are over-weight or obese. People with binge-eating disorder who are obese are at higher risk for developing cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure. They also experience guilt, shame, and distress about their binge-eating, which can lead to more binge-eating.

Treating binge-eating disorder

Treatment options for binge-eating disorder are similar to those used to treat bulimia nervosa. Psychotherapy, especially CBT that is tailored to the individual, has been shown to be effective. Again, this type of therapy can be offered in an individual or group environment.

Fluoxetine and other antidepressants may reduce binge-eating episodes and help lessen depression in some patients.