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Masks


“Villainy wears many masks, none so dangerous as the mask of virtue.”

-Ichabod Crane-Sleepy Hollow (1992)


Virture, most often defined as having high moral standards, is not usually associated with villainy. The intent of this quote from the 1992 movie based on Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is not meant to imply that those who display virtue are villainous. It is rather a warning against the masks that are worn, both literal on days like Halloween, and figuratively on all the other days of the year. According to the quote and its context in the film, those who seem to be too good or seem to be walking too much on a higher moral ground than everyone else may not be all that they appear to be. In reality, they may simply be wearing a mask, not to blend on All Hallows' Eve with the ghouls and goblins rumored to walk about, but to deceive us as to their true intentions. That is yet another reason why our business, the business of education, is the greatest business of all. The kids that we have the privilege of working with everyday have no need for these masks of deceit. They are innocent and unassuming. If they do make a mistake, their intent is not nefarious nor villainous. It is simply a mistake. It is our job to correct, help them to see the error of their ways, and help them to make a more 'virtuous' decision the next go round. Maybe that is why these young people get so excited to dress up this time of year and wear masks, because they have no need for them the rest of the year...or maybe it's because of all of the candy that they are going to get!

Upcoming Events

October Calender Link Herel

  • Wednesday (10/31) Halloween Parade 2:45 PM
  • Thursday (11/1) JHGBB @ Guernsy 4PM
  • Friday (11/2) No School
  • Tuesday (11/6) No School Students
  • Wednesday (11/7) JHGBB @ RR vs. UW Lab 4 PM
  • Thursday (11/8) JHGBB @ HEM 5 PM
  • Friday (11/9) School for Students
  • JHGBB @ Saratoga 4 PM

Lonhorn Nation - 5/6 Math

5th and 6th graders in Ms. Vallier's class worked on the Math Standard of converting like measurement units within a given measurement system by creating a model of the solar system and then using our main hallway to convert the distance of the planets to that scale.

10 Fun Facts about Halloween:

  1. Because the movie Halloween (1978) was on such a tight budget, they had to use the cheapest mask they could find for the character Michael Meyers, which turned out to be a William Shatner Star Trek mask. Shatner initially didn’t know the mask was in his likeness, but when he found out years later, he said he was honored.

  2. The first Jack O’Lanterns were actually made from turnips.

  3. Halloween is the second highest grossing commercial holiday after Christmas.

  4. The word “witch” comes from the Old English wicce, meaning “wise woman.” In fact, wiccanwere highly respected people at one time. According to popular belief, witches held one of their two main meetings, or sabbats, on Halloween

  5. Samhainophobia is the fear of Halloween.

  6. Fifty percent of kids prefer to receive chocolate candy for Halloween, compared with 24% who prefer non-chocolate candy and 10% who preferred gum.[

  7. The owl is a popular Halloween image. In Medieval Europe, owls were thought to be witches, and to hear an owl's call meant someone was about to die.

  8. According to Irish legend, Jack O’Lanterns are named after a stingy man named Jack who, because he tricked the devil several times, was forbidden entrance into both heaven and hell. He was condemned to wander the Earth, waving his lantern to lead people away from their paths.

  9. The largest pumpkin ever measured was grown by Norm Craven, who broke the world record in 1993 with a 836 lb. pumpkin.

  10. Stephen Clarke holds the record for the world’s fastest pumpkin carving time: 24.03 seconds, smashing his previous record of 54.72 seconds. The rules of the competition state that the pumpkin must weigh less than 24 pounds and be carved in a traditional way, which requires at least eyes, nose, ears, and a mouth.

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