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The Dodgeball Tournament

The word of Tohickon’s dodgeball tournament has been buzzing around school while kids scramble to put together competitive teams to go all the way in the tournament. Even the teachers are getting involved, Mrs. Fufari made headbands for the competition and even some teachers are putting together their own teams to challenge the students. The cost of admission to the tournament is 5 dollars and t-shirts are on sale for 10 dollars. a practice for the event. However, others are just going for a fun time and to play some Spectators are welcome and there will be food sold at the event. Some teams are taking this tournament seriously, such as Michael Cuozzo’s team, who were considering to have practices. A six student team is required to play dodgeball. All of this is for money to use for Tohickon’s yearly play, this year being Once upon a Mattress and for student council to use for some future plans. The school hopes to see anyone that can attend.

Third Marking Period

As kids ease back into their day to day life after winter break, many do not realize the third marking period is among them. With this comes new specials and teachers for the kids of CBSD. Everyone will be switching a special, regardless what they currently have. These new schedules may take kids by surprise, as they are only about 2 weeks back into school. This, plus the spotty schedule of days off of school may cause quite some confusion to the masses. This is especially true for the 7th graders, as this is there first time having the experience in middle school. Some are looking forward to the change “I look forward to taking family consumer science and learning actual life skills, ” says student Amy Wang. Yet, some students have had some sadness that some of their favorite subjects and teachers will be taken away from their schedules until the following year. Needless to say, students will soon be getting a shock, good or bad.

Boys Basketball Tryouts

Tohickon Boys Basketball held tryouts last week and there was a great turn out. around 40 kids tried out. there was a total of three tryouts held to evaluate the students that tried out. the boys basketball head coach is Gary Elias. He ran a series of ball handling, shooting, and running drills. Ryan Mckenna says, "The drills were very annoying but helpful." The third tryout was strictly scrimmaging testing the students to see how the handled game situations. Coach Elias said after the game that everyone did really well and it would be a tuff decision to only choose 12. he also said that the people that don’t make it should still work on their game and come back next year and prove that he mad a bad decision not picking them. During the conclusion of the final tryout he said everyone did a great job during tryouts!

Aut Viam Inveniam Aut Faciam (Will this phenomenon occur?)

We’ve all faced difficult decisions in the past, but the one that weighs what is potentially your future against the price of your sanity can be particularly daunting. Just now, the cry of a million hypothetical students are resounding throughout Tohickon’s distinguished halls, the raison d’etre being that the time for student placement into classes in the next grade level looms. As the second marking period draws to a close, seventh grade students may be feeling a colloquially and ubiquitously unfamiliar type of stress, relating to the choice between academic and advanced classes in Science in Social Studies in the eighth grade, as far away as it seems. Advanced classes will, in accordance to their repute, provide more projects and assignments at a higher level – no doubt tearing asunder the stress thresholds of those with more erratic nerves. However, they will definitely add a hitherto unseen prestigious incandescence to your college application form, the chance for which is as indubitably tempting as it is tenuous.

“I would go with advanced,” said Mathew Beatty when he was interviewed, from Mr. Eakins’ homeroom, “Since a challenge is much more important than an easy grade.” So would John Cuozzo, it seems, for very nearly the same reasons, mentioning the challenge as well as the academic benefits. Miss Kendra Wentzel, on the other hand, disagrees, preferring to focus more on mathematics.

Incidentally, there is also a subjectively less taxing choice to be made, between the two language classes that will be introduced next year, French and Spanish. Out of ten people who participated in a survey conducted in Ms. Levesque’s fourth period class, 60% have preemptively chosen Spanish, while 40% have chosen French, in preparation for the decision they will have to make on the following Tuesday. (And predictably, 100% of these people will feel brief nuances of rue while reading Robert Frost poetry about paths and things. And then forget it all.)

“I feel that [Spanish] will be more useful in life and that it will be easier,” responded Luke Zosulis to the question of why he chose Spanish, a language known to be the third most common language in the world, after English and Mandarin Chinese. In favor of the official language of the European Union, on the other hand, Gabriella Lee has stated, “French is more challenging of a language.”

Regardless of your decision, one thing is certain:

Tohickon is a school of varying viewpoints.

News by Luke Zosulis, Peyton Pflug, Amy Wang, and Matt Beatty
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