Mansfield Times

Issue #1: October 6, 2017

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(Left to Right)

Grade 6: Katie Graff

Grade 6: Gabriella McKeon

Grade 6: Janine DiGerolamo (seated)

Grade 6: Ryan Horn

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By Matthew Lutzker

Did you know:


  • The tallest mountain in the USA is Mt McKinley, located in the state of Alaska. It reaches 20,320 ft (6,194 m) above sea level.

  • As of February 25, 2013, the estimated population of the US was 315,568,000.

  • The most populated city in the USA is New York City, followed by Los Angeles and Chicago.

  • The most popular team sports in the USA are American football, baseball, basketball and ice hockey.

  • Australia is the world's 6th largest country by area.

  • As of 2012, Australia had an estimated population of over 22 million people.

  • There are also a range of dangerous snakes in Australia, such as the Brown Snake, Tiger Snake and Taipan.

  • Italy is officially known as the Italian Republic.

  • Over 61 million people lived in Italy (61,261,254) as of 2012.

  • Italian is the main language in Italy. German, French and Slovene are also spoken in certain areas.

  • The population of England in 2011 was around 53 million.

By Ryan Horn

Did You Know?

Video Games!

Did you know that the first video game was created way back in 1958 and was a tennis simulator called Pong.

The largest video game console company is Microsoft with their Xbox at a net worth of 402.06 billion dollars!

The very first home video game console debuted as a big wood box nicknamed uncreatively “Brown Box” in 1967.

The top three most popular consoles ever sold to date are the Sony PlayStation 2, the Nintendo DS/3DS, and the Nintendo Game Boy.

The most popular game ever sold is EA’s Tetris, the classic tile matching puzzle game that I stink at.

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By: Jessica Colletti

Ms. Cuccia Interview ( Library and Computer teacher)

Ms. Cuccia has been doing a phenomenal job at taking over Mrs. Symanski's work as the library and computer teacher! She is doing a fantastic job at learning how to use the library system and the technology in the computer lab. Besides all the hard work she puts in at work, she also has an interesting life at home too!

Q= Why did you choose this job?

A= I like to teach and watch the students grow from year to year.

Q= What is your favorite part of your job?

A= Getting to see the students everyday.

Q= Do you have any pets?

A= A parrot, some fish, a bunny, a turtle, and a hamster.

Q= How many family members do you have?

A= Three- a mom, a dad, and a brother.

Q= What is your favorite sport?

A= Volleyball

Q= What do you do in your free time?

A= Run (work out), shop, and read.

Q= What is your favorite color?

A= Purple.

Q= What is your favorite animal?

A= Panda

Q= Where is your favorite place to visit?

A= Florida

Q= What are things you dislike?

A= Spiders, vegetables, clowns, and scary things.

Q= What are things you like?

A= Animals, gym, cotton candy, Chipotle, sports, shopping, and teaching.

All in all, she puts 110% at school, she is athletic and is fun to be around. We don't know what we would do with out Ms. Cuccia!

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By Scarlett Lynch

I asked Mrs. Stacy Cullari who is the principal of John Hydok Elementary School a few questions that many people were wondering about her.

1. When did you decide you wanted to be a principle? While I was teaching Kindergarten in New Egypt Primary I was inspired by my principal. I knew I wanted to be an administrator for certain then.

2. What was your major in college? Early Childhood Education

3. What college did you go to? University of Delaware- Go Blue Hens!

4. Who was one teacher that inspired you the most? I had so many fantastic teachers in elementary school. I don’t think I had just one who inspired me. All of my K-5 teachers influenced my decision to be a teacher.

5. Do you have kids? Yes. Maxwell who is in 2nd grade and Grace who is in 5th grade

6. How old were you when you began as principal? I was 36 years old.

7. What year did you become principal? 2014

8. What's your favorite color? Blue

9. What's your favorite animal? Sloths and I love giraffes (But my two favorite animals are my cat Trouble and my dog Harley Quinn!)

10. What's your favorite word? Inspire

11. Do you like crafts? Yes. I love Pinterest

12. Do you like to dance? Of course!

In conclusion, Mrs. Cullari is an amazing principal, but also has a life of her own!

By Ryan Horn


I went around the 6th grade, asking kids the simple question: red or blue. The results I got are astounding. Here’s what I found.

A whopping percent of you liked blue over red. I guess I shouldn't be surprised, considering blue is the world’s overall most popular color. Out of the 50 kids surveyed, 41 of the kids liked blue & 9 of them liked red. Pretty cool. At least now we know what color Christmas card to get!

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By Leo Grisham

Short story:

The case of the missing chips!!!

Joey loved barbecue potato chips more than any other snack. One day Joey went to the supermarket with his mom to buy some. She told him “You can have them tomorrow at school.” Joey put them in the pantry for the next day.

The following morning, he checked the pantry - no chips. He was angry! After school he bought some more, and put those in the pantry. The next day, no chips again! Once more, he bought some then put them in his pantry. Once again, the chips were gone the next day.

“Oh come on! What is happening around here?!?” said Joey angrily. “I haven’t been able to have my chips for a snack all week.”

Joey had an idea. He was going to hide under a blanket, and when the chip thief came, he’d catch him red-handed! Joey set a barbecue potato chip on the table then went to his hiding place. Twenty minutes later he heard someone eating!

“A-HA!!!” Joey saw it was his dad!

“Dad?” Joey said. “You stole the potato chips!”

His Dad looked at him sheepishly. “OK, I did. Sorry!”

Joey stopped being mad. “Next time, you should by your own chips, Dad!”

Janine DiGerolimo


The most recent book I’ve read is Holes, by Louis Sachar. It was a book about a boy named Stanley Yelnats who was accused of stealing a famous baseball player’s shoes. It wasn’t him though, it was his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great- grandfather. He’s always at the wrong place at the wrong time. The pair of shoes fell from the highway intersection above him and before he knew it he was deciding between jail or Camp Green Lake! Well, what would you choose? Exactly! The camp, right?! Because aren’t camps supposed to be fun? Actually at Camp Green Lake, the boys there wake up at 4:30 in the morning, dig five-foot wide and five-foot deep holes every day, and they have to do it in the blazing, hot, sun. And on top of that, they have to keep their eye out for creatures living in the holes. Even through all that mess, Stanley is still making a lot of friends. But these boys aren’t just digging holes to make bathrooms for themselves. The warden is looking for something. I don’t mean just any old fossil, she's looking for treasure! All in all, I thought this book was very surprising and always had you on your toes to see what was going to happen next. Plus, there is so much suspense in this book, you would do anything to read one more page. Now did you really think I was going to tell what that treasure was? You’ll just have to read to find out!

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By Scarlett Lynch

Do you know how to make an invisible ink pen and black light? Don't worry, I'll teach you. You'll need a highlighter, pliers, and a bowl of water. Use the pliers to open the highlighter from the top stub. Dump the remaining tip and the rest of the ink cartridge into the bowl of water. Squeezw all excess ink out of the cartridge and into the bowl of water. Let it soak for about five minutes. Repeat the squeezing and soaking until the cartridge and into the bowl of water. Let it soak for about five minutes. Repeat the squeezing and soaking until the cartridge is a light color and the water is dark. Put the highlighter back together. To test it our you will need a flashlight of any kind, clear tape, a blue marker, and a purple marker. Put a piece of tape over the light. Color it blue. Put another piece of tape over it. Color this one blue again. Repeat this step one more time but color it purple. Now you can test it out with your pen. Simple. right? What are you waiting for? Go ahead and make it!

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By Matthew Lutzker

One place to visit is Hershey Park. Hershey is located in Pennsylvania. It’s about a two hour drive from Mansfield. You can swim in the hotel’s big pool and go to their big amusement park. There are a lot of places to eat in the hotel and even near the hotel, such as the Harvest. There is also the hershey gardens that have a butterfly area inside of the main building.
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On Thursday, October 19th, a raffle will be held to pick a possible 5 additional newspaper committee members. An announcement will be made on October 19th regarding who was selected.

If interested, no later than, 4pm on October 18th, please email a letter of interest to