Looking Back at BRMS
2020's Last Year Here
Hershey Park Review
I can honestly say that I have looked forward to Hershey the entire year. From winter break, from the beginning of eighth grade, even from the end of seventh grade. The end of year trip has always been something just over horizon; always there but just out of reach. Now that it's gone by, I'm positive the experience was something I'll never forget.
I know Hershey really started after school, but the whole experience felt surreal. The day seemed to fly by after the bag check in the morning, because the next thing I can remember is discussing how unreal it felt that Hershey was finally here with another classmate. Then we had to go to our homerooms, and then our buses. After that, we were on our way.
The bus ride passed fairly uneventfully, with the exception of small pranks and conversations. Many of us were on our devices for the most part, and I will admit that I was one of them. Some people managed to get sleep on the bus ride, but I was one of the ones who couldn't. When we finally reached the lodge, we were given about half an hour to get ready, but my room ended up getting ready for the dance about ten minutes before we had to leave.
The dance itself was an event to admire; three hours of nonstop talk and music filled the air. We got food and finished it at our table, and spent the rest of the night dancing or talking. The DJ, Mr. King, did a phenomenal job of keeping the energy up; many times, I tried leaving the dance floor only to find a catchy tune pulling me back. I ran into many friends I hadn't met for a while, and had a great time catching up with them. The night did not stop with the dance, however; people from rooms texted each other or were awake doing things with their own room and frankly, I thought I was up doing things after the dance longer than the actual dance. Overall, it was a great night, and an experience I'll never forget.
The next day, however, was really the icing on the cake. We went to Hershey Park right after a filling breakfast. The weather forecast for the day called for thunderstorms, but we received showers around noon and nothing else. The entire day was spent going from ride to ride with our group. My two regrets for the day were not meeting up with too many people for rides, and not going on too many of the largest rides. By the end of the day, we were all exhausted, and while some of us didn't want to leave, we were all glad to get on an air conditioned bus.
All in all, the experience is one I will treasure and remember for the rest of my life.
Latin Students Debate Innocence of Ancient Leaders
Celtic vs. Roman: Who Will Triumph
Please keep in mind that this article was written by a dutiful Latin student who kept up with his work and performed to his fullest in the class. The staff here at Sid's Superpaper understands this article possesses opinions contrary to that of some, and would like you to know they fully support the opinions within this article. Thank you for your time.
In a project given to all eighth grade Latin students, classes are divided into five groups of about five students each to debate the innocence of their historic leader and the wrongs done by the other leaders. Before the actual debate, students were given time to research their "client" and learn about their deeds. They were also expected to form arguments in defense of any misdeeds their client committed, while creating accusations against other clients based on facts. As their knowledge of their leader increased, they were also asked to create an educated drawing of their client and put ten good facts on this poster. Once they had gathered their facts and created an argument, it was time for the debate.
As predicted, the debates raged on for the course of three days in which alliances were broken and friend was pitted against each other. The five groups each debated and debated until every fact our research had covered had been mentioned and defended, once, twice, three times. Outside the classroom, everyone acted friendly. The second they entered the room, however, the only allies they had were the people in their group. In the end, some groups received phenomenal grades, others satisfactory, and some were left feeling they should have put in more work. At the end of the day, however, only the strong were left standing.
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Dear Board of Education
There are, however, some things I would like to change about this school. For one, I'd rather spend time in gym playing games and enjoying myself than sitting for entire periods to learn the directions. In some cases, it makes sense; we haven't done some sports before, or need to relearn some of the rules. In other cases, however, such as kickball and basketball, extra instruction is not exactly required. After seven years of learning and playing these sports, I'm pretty sure that we, the intelligent eighth graders at BRMS, can handle it. We don't need to waste entire class periods learning how to play sports, because we play those sports to unwind from our other classes.
Another issue our school needs to deal with is the air conditioning situation. Yes, some of our classes are air conditioned, making both the September and summer sun bearable. But we do have other classes that are not air conditioned, and this can be quite the problem. From a student's point of view, it becomes a matter of comfort. I mean, let's face it: roughly twenty five bodies sitting in proximity to each other in an already warm environment is an equation that adds up to an extremely hot classroom. But not only do we need air conditioning to keep students and teachers comfortable; we need it to keep them focused. In the week before Hershey, the days became so hot that at one point, one of our classrooms was warmer than the outdoors. It's definitely a bad sign when you stand near an open window in a classroom and feel a cool breeze blowing on a day that is nearly 90 degrees. On these days, another classmate and I lost the incentive to work. It was as if the heat added weight to our eyelids, to our hands, to our heads, making them harder to move and work with. Students cannot learn efficiently in this kind of environment, and by not having air conditioning in classrooms, the district is undermining the very purpose it is supposed to serve.
In conclusion, our school needs to make some adjustments in the way it functions. Our school could become much more enjoyable if these changes were instituted. After all, it's not a matter of comfort, or preference, but one of necessity and common sense.