Tiger Talk

Volume LVI Issue 1 October 29, 2021

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Goodbye Mrs. Riley

By Lauren Colatarci and Emily Wood

At the end of June, Mrs. Riley, the former 7th grade reading teacher of 20 years, retired. We say goodbye to her after she taught 22 years at Central Middle School. In total, she taught for 32 years, which shows how dedicated she was to her job. Mrs. Riley stated how she will miss the students most of all. She will also miss teaching about the Victorian Era and research projects. She loved encouraging and getting to know her students “as individuals,” not as a group. She always took pleasure in seeing her students' interests and watching them all grow academically and physically. Even though Mrs. Riley is leaving CMS, she will always stay in touch with her friends who are still teaching here.

Mrs. Riley enjoyed seeing every student's different strongsuits and personalities. She gave her advice for all students, “Always remember to be kind and true to yourself.” One lesson that students taught her is to always have a sense of humor. One of the things that made her such a memorable teacher was that she emphasized the positive students and did not reward negative behavior with attention. She would also encourage students to follow their dreams. Mrs. Riley always felt that teaching was fun. Everything that she has learned from her students, will carry on with her throughout the rest of her life.

Mrs. Riley was a teacher beloved by all. Her plans for retirement are to spend more time with friends and family. She remarked, “It is time to move on and see my loved ones more.” She has a young granddaughter who she looks forward to seeing more often. She will also be taking care of her elderly mother. She asserted that even though teaching is challenging, it is rewarding in the long run. She believes that to have a fulfilling life, you have to “live in the moment and enjoy life.” Even though Mrs. Riley is leaving, she is not someone who will be forgotten. No one will ever be able to replace the pure radiation of positivity that she gave us. Below is her photo.

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Bonjour Mr. Goldman

By Keira Gualtieri and Philip Levonian

Bienvenue à cette école, Monsieur Goldman!* One year ago, Central Middle School welcomed our wonderful new French teacher, Mr. Goldman. He grew up in Berkeley Heights, lived in Paris for two years, and he now lives in New Jersey again. A Dickinson College graduate, he attended Governor Livingston High School and played football against Watchung Hills. Mr. Goldman is very passionate about music, especially jazz. He played the trumpet in a jazz quintet and the UNESCO symphony orchestra in Paris. He even co-founded the New Jersey Youth Symphony and used to sing in a barber shop quartet! He currently teaches all three grades here. Although he never taught before, Mr. Goldman enjoys his job. Every day, he looks forward to interacting with students and faculty, and he likes that his students have various backgrounds. His students feel the same towards Mr. Goldman— they love him and look forward to his class every day. We are all very lucky to have such an amazing teacher. His photo is below.

*Welcome to our school, Mr. Goldman.

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Welcome Another Mrs. Reilly

By Kiara Perez-Wolters

Central's "new" Mrs. Reilly transferred from Millington to Central Middle School, but she still teaches at Millington School, too. She currently teaches 5th and 6th grade language arts and serves as a co-teacher in 6th grade social studies. Mrs. Reilly studied at Kean University, successfully graduated, and became a wonderful teacher. Before she came to Central, she taught at St. Vincent’s School and in Manville. When asked what she likes about working at Central so far, she replied, "My 5th grade students progressing into 6th graders." She has hobbies outside of school. For example, she likes to read and spend time with her family, which she feels is very important. Finally, I asked her if there's anything else that she would like to add, and she said, “I love teaching in Long Hill.” We are all very lucky to have her here at Central.

Her photo is below.

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Welcome Ms. Loughman

By Cole Lesser and Lupe Jimenez

This year, Central Middle School is welcoming Ms. Loughman! Ms. Loughman is teaching 6th grade math, a subject that she has loved her entire life. Ms. Loughman grew up in Lebanon, New Jersey with a family full of teachers. With such as household, it is no wonder that she teaches math today. Growing up in a middle school similar to ours, Ms. Loughman liked music, art, social studies, and of course, math. Her hobbies include music, baking, and hiking. She plays four instruments! She also worked at a bakery before working at Central. Although, she went back to her family's profession when she became a teacher. Central Middle School is a great choice, especially for the grade she wants to teach. “I don’t want to teach the younger kids, or the high school teenagers, so middle school is the right fit for me,” said Ms. Loughman. Having gone to the University of Delaware, Thomas Edison State University, and Seton Hall, she is more than qualified to teach the youth of Long Hill Township! Her photo is below.

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Meet Mrs. Ramos

By Maya Omkar and Emma Pham

Another one of Central Middle School newest faculty additions is Mrs. Ramos. She is a teacher in the Special Education department. Before teaching at Central, she taught 11th grade at Moonachie High School. She has two children, CJ and Ryan, who are two-and-a-half and one. Mrs. Ramos enjoys reading suspense novels and spending time with her two young boys. Mrs. Ramos completed her undergraduate degree at St. John's University in Queens. Her Master’s degree is from The College of New Jersey in Ewing. She loves teaching Special Education and is very enthusiastic about teaching at Central Middle School this year. Welcome Mrs. Ramos! We hope you continue enjoying your time here!

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Meet Mr. Helfrich

By Lauren Colatarci

This year we have many new teachers at Central school. One of these new teachers is Mr. Helfrich. Mr. Helfrich teaches 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade math as well as 6th-grade science and 8th-grade English. He graduated from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania. He last taught at South Orange/Maplewood schools for 3 years. Before that, he taught at a school for the deaf and hard of hearing.

Outside of school, Mr. Helfrich likes to play soccer and spend time with his family and friends. Recently, he has developed a hobby of woodworking. Mr. Helfrich enjoys working at Central so far because everybody is very friendly and helpful. He also enjoys the students at Central because he says teaching them is “awesome and fun." “I love the fact that I get to help kids and make their lives better,” remarked Mr. Helfrich when asked what he loves most about teaching.

Mr. Helfrich sees himself living in a mansion on a remote island with a private jet in ten years, he joked, but first, he wants to become a part of the CMS community. I’m sure that Mr. Helfrich will be loved by students and teachers alike.

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Central Girls' Soccer Team

By Bella Harrington

The Central girls' soccer team completed a successful 2021 season with a winning record consisting of 5 wins, 4 losses, and 1 tie. The team was captained by 8th graders Chloe Paris and Elena Horvhat. Central players also included Sophia Acevedo, Lacey Anastario, Victoria Drouin, Aspen Elsaesser, Bella Harrington, Jacklyn Hart, Camila Rodriguez, Serena Sabetella, Amanda Shatz, Lilliane Tracy, Deirdre Vanderstreet, and Anya Wills. Coach Hockmeyer said he saw "improvement from every player throughout the season." He added, "the team played a really tough schedule and was able to overcome some injuries to have a really fun and successful season." The team will look to build on its success and improve next year.

Central Boys' Soccer Team

Coach Lisbona is proud of the boys' soccer team. As of October 18th, the team was undefeated with a record of 6-0. The Captains are Owen Miller and Cody Pritzlaff. The Co-Captains are Dillon Nunes, Antonio Pennetti, Lucas Ferreira, Alexi Scott, and Landon Pudlak The leading goal scorers are Lucas Ferreira with 15 goals, Antonio Pennetti with 12 goals, and Owen Miller with 10 goals and 7 assists. Coach Lisbona said the defensive leader of the team has been Dillon Nunes. Other players on the team include: Aidan Abere, Cole Abere, Simon Anderson, Edwin Britez, Jake Campos, Jeaustin Campos, Cristian Horvaht, Jacob Jaconski, Allesandro Lesende, Nolin Linskey, Tim Robertson, Alexi Scott, Jacob Shtivelman, Marc Smargiassi, and Collin Wills. The season will be wrapping up soon, so wish the Central boys good luck!

Central Cross Country

By Lila Murphy

Led by Ms. Aimette, the 6th grade ELA teacher, the 2021-2022 Central School cross country team is already placing very well in the meets so far. This team includes the following runners: Emma Alansky, Brigid Belfield, Dylan Braverman, Carmella Davies, Anna Bockelman, Drew Campbell, Aza Chang, John Connell, Caroline Connell, Christopher Dorsi, Joel Force, Harrison Graves, Leah Hansen, Mae Higgins, Kelly Keller, John Koller, Daniel Koller, Brett Lakefield, Gavin Lawrence, Chris Mata, Rosemary Mehler, Lila Murphy, Fiona Murphy, Dev Patel, Micah Pritzlaff, Jin Quon, Claire Roberts, Katie Robertson, Jennifer Ross, Julia Stine, Avery Stine, Jake Sutphin, Jessica Szekeres, Gabby Tarquinio, and Madeline Dodd. In the first meet, with a 1.5 mile course located in Middlesex, Caleb Apuzzio finished first in the boys' category for Central with a time of 10:31. In close second was Christopher Dorsi with a time of 10:34. In third place was Jacob Sutphin with a time of 10:50. For the girls, Madeline Dodd finished first with a time of 10:23. Brigid Belfield finished in second with a time of 12:18, and Fiona Murphy came in third with a time of 12:42. Our main meet of the season, the Summit Fun Run was on Thursday, October 14. Our top female runner once again was Carmella Davies, who was 14th out of 83 girls and finished at 13.12. Brigid Belfield arrived in 19th place with a time of 13.54. She was also our 2nd place winner. In third place was Fiona Murphy with a time of 14:31. Julia Stine also made major improvements in this meet achieving a 7:30 mile time. As for boys, Caleb Apuzzo was first place, with a time of 10.56. That's about a five and a half minute mile. Christopher Dorsi was 11 mins and 9 seconds, and Jacob Sutphin was our third top runner averaging a six-minute 45-second mile. Congratulations to the cross country runners for the vast improvements already being made this season.

Halloween: Pumpkins and Pandemic

By: Isabella Mele

Halloween, a classic and very spooky holiday, has many traditions. Have those traditions changed because of modern times? Last year, due to the pandemic, Halloween was cancelled altogether in many places. Halloween was first created by the Celtics. The Celtics were tribes of Central Europe that shared a similar language, religious beliefs, traditions, and cultures. The Celtics had the tradition to build bonfires and wear masks to ward off evil spirits. Later, these traditions were incorporated into All Saints Day, and the night before was called All Hallows’ Eve or Halloween. Again, this year might be different from all the rest, because of COVID-19. We still have to social distance and wear masks. Some students are wondering if we are just going to cancel Halloween at CMS. Mr. Viterello, the principal, said, “ Students can dress up if they like.” Even though Halloween is on a Sunday, the principal is letting us dress up on Friday, but, there are some restrictions to costumes. For example, you can’t dress up in a costume with a full mask. You are also not allowed to wear inappropriate or violence promoting costumes. After school, students may still go trick or treating. Regardless of the changes or circumstances, you have to admit, it sure beats nothing.

This Month in History: October

By Phillip Levonian

When Famous People Were Born

October 1, 1904 - Vladimir Horowitz, Jewish (born Russia) virtuoso pianist

October 1, 1935 - Julie Andrews, British movie star who played in films like Sound of Music and Mary Poppins

October 2, 1869 - Mahatma Gandhi, Indian civil rights leader and fighter for independence against the UK.

October 9, 1940 - John Lennon, British singer and songwriter of the Beatles

October 25, 1881 - Pablo Picasso, modern Spanish painter who pioneered the style of Cubism with George Braque

Famous Events

October 1, 1949— Chairman Mao Zedong declared the People’s Republic of China

October 2, 1967— Thurgood Marshall was sworn in as the first African-American Supreme Court Associate Justice, known for his opposition of death penalty, discrimination, championing of civil liberty and freedom of speech.

October 3, 1990— East and West Germany were reunited and formed the Federal Republic of Germany

October 4, 1993— Ruth Bader Ginsburg became the second woman Supreme Court Justice.

October 6, 1973— Yom Kippur War begins after Egyptian and Syrian attacks on Israel. Israel maintained its independence.

More New Teacher Interviews in the Next Issue!

Tiger Talk Staff

Vanessa Berezanski, Anna Bockelman, Aisling Butler, Lauren Colatarci, Keira Gualtieri, Bella Harrington, Guadalupe Jimenez, Cole Lesser, Philip Levonian, Aiden McLeod, Bella Mele, Maya Omkar, Abby O'Mullan, Lila Murphy, Kiara Perez-Wolters, Emma Pham, Kathryn Wanamaker, and Emily Wood

Advisor - Mr. Gillespie