Talk of the Trail

Summer 2017

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It Is Time to Graduate

By Briana Dincher

Another journey ended

A new one will begin

A special thank you to everyone

Who touched it in some way

All of the moments these four years

The good times and the hard ones

Have all come together to mark this very day

When I can finally say

That it is the time now


Concluding one educational journey

And moving on to the next one

Graduation is never a time of sorrow

Rather a time of praise and happiness

Of thankfulness to everyone who surrounded me

The teachers, the staff, the students, the clubs

The National Honor Society

The Talk of the Trails

Will all forever remain in my heart

As the journey of high school

The journey I began four years ago

In 2013 and ended... in 2017.



Thank you to Mrs. Sperry's art students for sharing some of their work!

Summer Crafts by Mrs. Briley

Pet Rocks

Pet rocks are awesome! They are as fun to make as they are to collect.

· Supplies:

· Rocks

· Paint (Acrylic paint for poster paint works best)

· Paint brushes

· Magic Marker

· Googly Eyes

· Glue

1. To begin, go outside into the sunshine, ride your bike, take a walk, and look for the perfect size and shape rock. They can be found on a walk, on vacation, while camping or on the beach, and even in your own backyard. Take them home and wash and dry before painting.

2. Choose your paints. Acrylic paint or poster paint from the craft store works best. Don’t forget paint brushes too!

3. Next, paint your rocks any way you want! When done, let them dry for as long as needed before moving onto the next step. Depending on the type of paint used, this could take anywhere from ten minutes to an hour.

4. Once dry, add a face to the rock. You can paint on eyes, nose, and mouth or use a magic marker. You can also glue on googly eyes (that can also be purchased at the craft store). Make each different!

The possibilities are endless! You can create people and animals. You can also make theme rocks (for example, characters from your favorite television shows, rock star rocks, characters from books, etc…) and write a creative story to go along with your collection!

Thank you for the great idea!

Washer Necklaces

A fun and colorful way to dress up your summer outfit is with washer necklaces! Most supplies can be recycled from around the house or found at crafting stores, Wal-Mart, Target, or hardware stores.


· Washers ranging in size 1.5” to 2” diameter

· Yarn, baker’s twine or silk/suede rope

· Beads

· Sewing needles with large eyes

· Nail polish

1. Start by painting both sides of the washers with nail polish. Paint one side, let dry, then flip over and paint the other side. Most will dry in a matter of minutes.

2. After the washers are dry, it’s time to put the washers on a string and add beads. This is where you can get really creative! Create a knot around the washer to keep it in place.

Then, thread the open end with the needle and add beads. The more unique, the better!

This is an excellent summer craft to do with your older kids. And they also make lovely gifts for parents, teachers, and special friends!

Thank you Small For for this great idea!

Forest Trail Academy

Talk of the Trail is written by students at Forest Trail Academy.