Eagle's Eye

December 2016

A Note from the Staff

We have been working hard putting together the online editions of the Eagle's Eye. The staff is learning how important it is to edit as well as working on their questioning techniques. As always, please feel free to email us with story ideas at eagleseye@eastwoodschools.org


This is just a friendly reminder that yearbook orders are due by December 30, 2016. This year's theme is A Walk to Remember with a surprise cover.

Senior Executive Council

All senior students need to drop off baby pictures in either the office or Mrs. Pioterek's classroom by December 20. Please make sure your name is on the back so we can get the picture back to you.

2016 Semester Exam Schedule

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NHS Inducts New Members

Reid Zura

On Tuesday November 15, the National Honors Society inducted 26 new members into the club.

In the beginning, JaeEun Schermerhorn played an elegant prelude to set the night off.

Mrs. Stephanie Schneider Sims opened the night by explaining the purpose of NHS and what it stands for. Mr. Riley and Mr. Welker each said their own piece of inspiring remarks. Mr. Riley shared what NHS does, and Mr. Welker shared an uplifting story of his own to the new inductees.

Leah Tressel introduced the guest speaker for that night, Deputy Brian Ruckstuhl. Deputy Ruckstuhl told the audience about his life, and the journey he went through to become a Wood County Sheriff deputy.

The officers- Lucas Jackson, Leah Tressel, Macey Fix, and Marisa Launstein- lit the candles representing character, scholarship, leadership, and service.

The new inductees were introduced and congratulated by the administration. They were each given pins that were pinned on by the current members to welcome them into the club.

The new inductees included: Talia Barker, Jacob Booms, Maddie Booms, Michael Burket, Mary Cathers, Jordan Davidson, Nickole Degoluski, Jordon Egbert, MacKinley Fix, Mason Frantz, Alec Graber, Ashley Heskett, Grant Hirzel, Makalan Hiser, Tori Martin- Crosby, Meghan Melcher, Katelyn Meyer, Natalie Nieschwitz, Morgan Rost, Amber Rudd, Jordan, Slaughterbeck, Leigh Snyder, Catherine Wasylyshyn, James Wasylyshyn, Lauren Welker, and Reid Zura

They joined the past member of NHS: Kara Ameling, Logan Baugher, Josh Bierley, Kelsie Cancelliere, Macey Fix, Lucas Jackson, Marisa Launstein, Alicyn McClish, Tyler Ruck, Hannah Sponaugle, Cassidy Schling, Leah Tressel, and Landon Zura.
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Question on the Street

"What do you want for Christmas?"

"Tennis shoes" Taylor Downey

Eastwood Gladly Welcomes Exchange Student at the High School

Reid Zura

Eastwood High School is lucky to host another student taking part in the exchange program.

Lianne Van Dijk is now attending Eastwood to learn all about the American Culture.

Lianne is originally from the Netherlands but came to America as an exchange student. She says that she wanted to have an experience, meet new people, step out of her comfort zone and learn many new things.

She also says that, so far, one of her favorite things in America is the people. She tells us that Americans are welcoming and polite. She likes how we are eager to hear from her and help her with anything she needs.

One of the biggest differences here in America is the school system. The students in America are more centralized and together, whereas in the Netherlands the students are spread apart based on their education levels.

Lianne is still adjusting to things in America. She says that she misses her normal routine back home the most.

She said that she most definitely plans on coming back to America in the future to visit all of her new friends. She also would like to come back to study abroad in her future education. And that she isn’t fully sure on what she wants to do in her future, but she is leaning towards law or something international.

We welcome Lianne to the Eastwood family, and are excited to share memories with her in the upcoming school year!

The Littlest Christmas Tree

Amy Peterson

The littlest Christmas tree

lived in a meadow of green
among a family
of tall evergreens.
He learned how to whisper
the evergreen song
with the slightest of wind
that came gently along.

He watched as the birds
made a home out of twigs,
and couldn't wait till
he, too, was big.
For all of the trees
offered a home,
the maple, the pine, and the oak,
who's so strong.

"I hate being little,"
the little tree said,
"I can't even turn colors
like the maple turns red.
I can't help the animals
like the mighty old oak.
He shelters them all
in his wide mighty cloak."

The older tree said,
"Why, little tree, you don't know?
The story of a mighty king
from the land with no snow?"
Little tree questioned,
"A land with no snow?"
"Yes!" said old tree,
"A very old story,
from so long ago."

"A star appeared,
giving great light
over a manger,
on long winter's night.
A baby was born,
a king of all kings,
and with him comes love
over all things."

"He lived in a country
all covered in sand,
and laid down his life
to save all of man."

Little tree thought of the gift
given by him,
then the big tree said with the
happiest grin,
"We're not just trees,
but a reminder of that day
There's a much bigger part
of a role that we play!"

"For on Christmas eve,
my life I'll lay down,
in exchange for a happier,
loving ground.
And as I stand dying,
they'll adorn me in trim.
This all will be done
in memory of him."

"Among a warm fire,
with family and friends,
in the sweet songs of Christmas,
I'll find my great end.
Then ever so gently,
He'll come down to see
and take me to heaven,
Jesus and me."

"So you see, little tree,
we are not like the oak
who shelters all things
beneath his great cloak.
Nor are we like the maple
in fall,
whose colors leave many
standing in awe."

"The gift that we give
is ourselves, limb for limb,
the greatest of honor,
in memory of him."

The little tree bowed
his head down and cried
and thought of the king
who willingly died.
For what kind of gift
can anyone give
than to lay down your life
when you wanted to live?

A swelling of pride
came over the tree.
Can all of this happen
Because of just me?
Can I really bring honor?
By adorning a home?
By reminding mankind
that he's never alone?

With this thought, little tree
began singing with glee.
Happy and proud
to be a true Christmas tree.

You can still hear them singing
even the smallest in height,
singing of Christmas
and that one holy night.

Source: http://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/the-littlest-christmas-tree