The EMS Grapevine

Spring 2016 Edition

Enjoy the Spring 2016 Edition of the EMS Grapevine

The EMS Grapevine is a newsletter created by middle schoolers for middle schoolers. Our team consists of writers, editors, photographers, and layout designers. As we meet every other Tuesday, we discuss story ideas to capture a quick peek into life at EMS. Contributions are always welcomed by emailing us at TheEMSGrapevine @gmail.com. Share the news and tell others that you heard about it...through the Grapevine!

EMS Spirit Days

April 8, 2016 - Blue and Gold Day

April 15, 2016 - Blue and Gold Day

April 22, 2016 - Mismatch Day

April 29, 2016 - Blue and Gold Day

Shrek Jr Set for April 21 - 23rd

It’s Never Ogre! Come to our swamp to see our school musical, Shrek Jr.!

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Origin Story of "Kiss Me, I'm Irish!"

by Julianne M.

As we get closer to St. Patrick’s Day, many people can be heard saying, “Kiss me, I’m Irish!” This saying has an interesting origin story that dates back to the 1440s…


If you ever find yourself in Ireland, you probably heard of the Blarney Stone set on the wall of Blarney Castle Tower in Blarney. (Say that five times fast!) According to legend, if you kiss the stone, you will have immensely good luck. However, to get to the stone you have to lay on your back and lean backwards. And as if that wasn’t already a hassle, you need to hold onto the iron bars so you don’t fall back.

Many people don’t have the opportunity to go to Ireland, so the next best thing to find is an Irish person. The magic might not be transferred through kissing a person of Irish descent, but it’s worth a try! Just don’t get yourself into any trouble...

People Poll: Who's Your Favorite March Madness Player?

SPOTLIGHT ON NEW TEACHERS AT EMS

Mr. Reilly - 8th Grade Social Studies

1.) How do you like teaching so far?

I like it a lot. I have a unique student teaching experience. I taught all year round instead of the normal half year. That helped me prepare for EMS. I am enjoying my time here.


2.) What made you want to teach?

I started thinking about becoming a teacher in high school, I was impacted by past teachers, who would support me throughout the school year. I wanted to become someone who students look up to. I want to support my students inside and outside the classroom.


3.) Why did you pick this grade to teach?

Middle school in generally a very unique age. It is the time of adolescence, going through emotional and physical changes. Around this time, you can still be creative with students who are passionate about learning.

Mr. "Poje" Pojedinec - Special Education Teacher

1.) What made you want to teach at Roxbury?

Before I began teaching here, I taught in Allamuchy Elementary School. At the time, they had about 35 students per grade level. I was looking for a big school district to work in, and I was lucky enough to be hired in Roxbury.


2.) When did you start teaching?

I started teaching in Roxbury in September 1999. I was hired to provide in class support in 1st grade at Jefferson School. Six years later I moved to Lincoln Roosevelt, providing in class and out of class resource centers. Ten years later, here I am working with the special education and math teachers.


3.) How is this different from your last job?

The students are bigger and no stairs!! Just kidding. It is almost the same job. I am providing in class support and working with math teachers. I love it here.

DIY Spring Treats

DIY Pizza Balls

By Gabi M


I have made these before and they are delicious! These are great to serve at parties or as an appetizer before dinner.


Ingredients:

  • 1 can of Pillsbury Biscuit Grands Flaky Layers Original Dough (8 biscuits)

  • 32 pieces of pepperoni

  • 16 pieces of mozzarella cheese or string cheese

  • Shredded mozzarella cheese


Instructions:

  1. Take 1 biscuit dough and slice it in half

  2. Flatten half of biscuit into a circle

  3. Fill with a slice of pepperoni, a cube of cheese, and then add another slice of pepperoni on top

  4. Roll into a ball and repeat with other dough

  5. Fill a cast iron skillet with the balls

  6. Top with more pepperoni and shredded mozzarella

  7. Bake at 350 F for 30 minutes


Credits to @BuzzFeedFood on Instagram

Layered Peeps Krispie Treats

by Gabi M.


This looks so colorful and yummy! The example shows spring pastel colors, but any color will work.


Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons butter or margarine (divided by 4)

  • 3-4 oz. packages Marshmallow Peeps (in 4 different colors)

  • 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal (divided by 4)


Instructions

  1. Prepare an 8-9” loaf pan by lining with foil and spraying lightly with cooking spray.

  2. Divide the Peeps by 10s of the same color - 10 pink, 10 yellow, etc. (use any colors you like!

  3. In a microwave safe dish with high sides, microwave 10 of the same color peeps for a few seconds. Because microwaves vary, watch closely so the Peeps don’t flow over the sides of the bowl.

  4. Stir butter and Peeps together until fully melted and incorporated.

  5. Stir in 1 ½ cups of cereal until fully coated. Press firmly into the loaf pan.

  6. Repeat steps 3-5 with the other Peeps colors.

  7. Allow to cool completely (1-2 hours) before slicing.


Credits to “Yellow Bliss Road” on Pinterest

Easy Bunny Popcorn Bars

by Gabi M.


I love almost anything with popcorn in it! This looks great to have as a snack at a party or just to have at home.


Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 20 marshmallows

  • 4 cups popcorn

  • 1 cup bunny-shaped graham crackers

  • ¼ Cadbury Mini Eggs

  • 2 tablespoons sprinkles


Instructions:

  1. Prepare an 8”x8” baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.

  2. In a large bowl melt the butter in the microwave for 45 seconds. Add the marshmallows, stirring to coat evenly and microwave for 1 minute. Stir the mixture until smooth and then add the popcorn and bunny-shaped graham crackers.

  3. Transfer the popcorn mixture to the baking pan and press the Cadbury eggs randomly into the surface of the bars, add sprinkles.

  4. Let cool for about 10 minutes, slice and serve.

  5. Store remaining bars in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.


Credits to “ Something Swanky “ on Pinterest

Laughing Corner

For spring fever, laughter is the best medicine!

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By Julianne M.



Q: How excited was the gardener about spring?

A: So excited, he wet his plants!


Q: Does February like March?

A: No, but April May!


Q: When do monkeys fall from the sky?

A: During APE-ril showers!


Q: What season is it best to go on a trampoline?

A: Spring time


Q: What do you call a rabbit with fleas?

A: Bugs Bunny


Q: What goes up when the rain goes down?

A: Umbrellas


Q: What do you call a fake rock in Ireland?

A: A sham-rock!


Q: What type of bow cannot be tied?

A: A rain-bow!


Knock-knock

- Who’s there?

Irish!

- Irish who?

Irish you a happy St. Patrick’s Day!


Q: Where can you always find gold?

A: In the dictionary


Q: What do you call a leprechaun who goes to jail?

A: A lepre-con!

The EMS Grapevine

The EMS Grapevine is a newsletter created by middle schoolers for middle schoolers. Our team consists of writers, editors, photographers, and layout designers. As we meet every other Tuesday, we discuss story ideas to capture a quick peek into life at EMS. Contributions are always welcomed by emailing us at TheEMSGrapevine @gmail.com. Share the news and tell others that you heard about it...through the Grapevine!