December 2018

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Thank you to everyone who participated in the toy drive sponsored by HUDDLE Jr. partnered with Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital. It was a huge success with BBHMS donating just over 200 toys! A special congratulation goes out to Mrs. Discenza's homeroom for donating 34 toys! They won a special lunch!

The holiday season can be the most exciting time of the year, especially for children. Sadly, many families will be gathering for the holidays in a strangely quiet fashion without all of the family, food, gifts and space to gather together. Unwrapping a new toy allows children to enjoy a happy distraction during their stay at RB&C. Our generous donations provide a scared child waiting for treatment, surgery or who is recovering to experience happiness and play during challenging times.

Staff Spotlight: Mrs. Soeder

Q: In your opinion, what is the coolest experiment a student has done in your classes?

A: I had 2 students that made a solar-powered phone charger that actually worked.

Q: If you didn’t teach Science, what subject would you teach?

A: I have also taught 6, 7, and 8th grade social studies.

Q: What is your favorite unit to teach?

A: Cells! Cells! They are made of organelles.

Q: What is your favorite movie?

A: The Sandlot

Q:What is your favorite book series?

A: Harry Potter

Q: What is your favorite kind of music?

A: Pop

Q: What is, in your opinion, the best kind of Halloween candy?

A: Reese Pieces

By Jack Foley

Advice from 8th Graders

We asked several 8th graders for some advice about the middle school and here is what we found out.

Kitty Still's advice to 6th grader is ....."Strive for good grades. Be a friends to everyone one but don't be everyone's friend. Give back to others and make someone's day everyday." Kitty gave this advice because she learned from her own experience that it’s good to have good grades and get your assignments done on time. It’s also good to make someone else feel good and to give back to others.

Leah Spacek said ....“Try not to procrastinate. Its ok to be yourself. Join band and other fun clubs and activities. If your voice cracks in class its okay it's actually funny, so don’t get embarrassed. Also, if you like something, do it.”

Rachel Rosselot suggested...." Don't go on your computer in the hallway, don't run in the hallways. Get good study habits."

Adam Berchtold told us.....“Make friends that will treat you nicely, don't be in the popular groups wait till you get to 8th grade to choose something you love. Don't let people tell you how to be.”

Tyler Hulteen said.... “It's harder than Central and study for tests!”

Andrew Szopo's advice is "You always have to pay attention but if you don't pay attention you fall behind."

By Erika Banks and Jared Stanley

Winter Fun

Do you have spare time this winter, but don’t want to go too far? Here are some fun things to do in December and January that will fill your weekends but not your mileage.


  • Learn Cartoon Animation

    • When: December 29

    • Where: Brecksville Center for the Arts (BCA)

    • For more specific information, go to this link.


  • See “An Iliad”

    • When: January 12-February 10

    • Where: Outcalt Theatre

    • For more specific information & tickets, go to this link.

  • See Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella”

    • When: January 15-20

    • Where: Connor Palace Theatre

    • For more information, go to this link.

      • I saw it last time it came─such a great show!!

  • Go to the North Coast Harbor Ice Fest

    • When: January 21

    • Where: North Coast Harbor (Between Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Great Lakes Science Center)

    • ALSO: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Great Lakes Science Center will have free admission for the day

    • For more information, go to this link.

  • Panic! At The Disco Concert

    • When: January 30

    • Where: Quicken Loans Arena

    • For more information and ticket sales, go to this link.

Both Months & Winter in General:

  • See “Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience”

    • When: December 15-31 & January 4-6

    • Where: Market Square at Crocker Park

    • For more information, go to this link.

  • Hayrides and Tobogganing

    • Where: The Chalet, Strongsville

    • For More information, go to this link.

  • Snowshoeing & Cross-Country Skiing

    • When: Shoes available for rental with at least 4 in. of snow

    • Where: Cleveland Metroparks

    • For more information, go to this link.

By Izzy Brashear

Book Corner

For this month, I’m reviewing a book called Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. This is a very intense book taking place in a fantasy world called the Grishaverse. I read this last year and it has quickly become one of my favorite books and I’m sure any fantasy lovers out there will love it as well!!

To start with, this book had a very interesting plot. It’s about a ruthless and apathetic criminal named Kaz Brekker who is given the opportunity to get rich if he successfully captures the creator of this insane drug with the potential to wipe out everyone. The book follows the characters Kaz, Inej, Nina, Jesper, and Wylan on their journey as they attempt to find this mysterious person and have to face struggles, mentally and physically along the way. This is a really deep book with incredibly eloquent writing and an intriguing, complete storyline. It is currently a part of a duology (two books), followed by it’s sequel, Crooked Kingdom and the potential of even getting a third book. It is the second book in Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse, with the Shadow and Bone trilogy occuring before it.

This book is slightly long, making it the perfect thing to keep you busy during winter break. It also will keep you invested and constantly wondering what may happen next with cliffhangers and interesting characters. There is also incredible world-building, which paints a picture of a beautiful world you’ll want to enter yourself. Overall, the book Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo is incredible and something that I feel people would like.

By Ashlyn Audino

Winter World Records

Many of us dream to someday break a state, national, or even world record. Here is a list of the top five records set in winter:

  • World’s Largest Snowman- Bethel, Maine

Quite the sight for tourists, Olympia the snowwoman stood just over 122 feet tall. Townspeople used real trees for arms, car tires for buttons, and skis for eyelashes.

  • Oldest Skier- Lou Batori, age 107

Lou Batori had learned to ski at the age of 10. Though he passed away in early months of 2018, the 107 year old left behind a legacy for many to follow.

  • Lowest temperature recorded on Earth- Soviet Vostok Station in Antarctica

Since 1983, this record for the lowest temperature ever recorded, -128.6°F, has stood unbroken.

  • Longest wishlist to Santa- Lapland, Finland

The longest wishlist to Santa was almost 4,000 meters long, and contained the wishes of 25,318 people; 75,954 in total.

  • Largest outdoor snowball fight- Saskatoon, Canada

It was quite the racket in 2016 when 7,681 people participated in a snowball fight. This was, strangely enough, to send off team Canada in a professional snowball fighting competition.

By Hana Mazak

Creativity Central

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Happy Holidays from the Honeycomb Staff!