Lost Mountain Local
March 2018 Issue
Happy March! The newspaper club has been hard at work to bring you this month's news. Thank you for taking the time to read our articles and if you have a nose for news, feel free to submit articles to Mrs. Thrash at firstname.lastname@example.org. We always welcome guest writers!
Last Issue: December 2017
What Are Your Family’s Thanksgiving Traditions?
By: Marleigh Belinfanti
Thanksgiving is a very popular holiday celebrated around the world. According to travelchannel.com at least 10 other countries celebrate Thanksgiving. They only difference is that they are merely called different things. For example, India calls it "Pongal". While Germany calls it "Erntedankfest", which actually, translates to Thanksgiving. Everyone knows that the first Thanksgiving was held in 1621, when the Pilgrims prepared a meal to eat with the Native Americans. At some point all countries give thanks in some ways and become a tradition. Let's see some family traditions from students and teachers right here at LMMS!
"We go to my Grandmother’s house in West Tennessee, and hang out with my family."-Ainsley Collier
"I go up to my grandparents' house and eat and play croquet."-Emily Darnell
"We watch the Turkey Bowl or football game."-Emma Bayer
"I am going to Michigan, to spend it with my stepdads' family."-Tatum Opel
"My mom will make sweet potato casserole, with marshmallows baked in."-Ansley Reeves
"We have turkey but we also have Italian food because that is my mom's heritage."-Charlie Conti
"All the girls have this big sleepover the night of Thanksgiving."-Leighanne Bryant
"Family comes over, and we have a giant football game."-Abby Cavanaugh
"We go to the beach to celebrate with my husband's side of the family. This year there will be 38 of us!" -Ms. Thrash
"We go to a family friend’s house to have a gluten-free thanksgiving lunch, and then to a relative’s house for a big Thanksgiving dinner!"-Aamani Kamarajugadda
"My family runs a 5k race called the Gobble Jog, on Thanksgiving Day."-Kate Kunst
Thank you to all who participated in sharing their traditions. Have a Happy Thanksgiving, Pongal, Erntedankfest, and many more!
From Lost Mountain Local, this is Marleigh Belinfanti, signing off. Have a great day folks!
Canned Food Drive
Fall Musical is a Hit!
by Ainsley Collier
The LMMS drama club recently showed of their skills with the production of Legally Blonde the Musical Jr. The show took place in the Lost Mountain theater on November 3rd and 4th. The director of the show was Mrs. Bishop, the chorus and drama teacher here at LMMS. After 11 weeks of rigorous practice, the cast was ready for the curtain to rise. Sarah Ngugi, a 7th grader said “ I was scared(mostly), nervous and excited to show off what we had worked on for so long!” Lindsay Hoenig in 8th grade played Elle Woods in the show and Evan Janiga played her love interest, Emmet Forest. When asked if others should audition for the next play, Ava Albachiaro said “Auditioning gives you that rush or butterflies in your stomach that you might not be used to but it’s all so exciting and fun.” In conclusion, the LMMS production was a big success and you should definitely audition for the next show.
7th Grade Frog Dissection
The Truth Behind The Cones
By: Octavia Strunk
The cones. We see them in the hallways. We walk past them without thinking “why are they here? What purpose do they serve?” Here to answer these questions, I, Octavia Strunk have interviewed the creator of these mysterious cones…Officer Jones.
In my interview I had asked three questions regarding the cones. The first question I had asked was, “why did you decide to make these cones?” His response: “we have traffic problems at the intersection”. I highly agree with this. If you have ever seen the intersections, (which you have.) you can see how crowded they get and how fast this can happen. The next question I asked was, “what inspired you to create these cones?” His response: “roundabouts.” Sine officer jones spezalizes in traffic control he understands the efficiency of roundabouts. Here is a visual image of a roundabout.
The final question I asked was, “How well do you think they are working?” his response: “they seem to be working pretty well in intersections, not in long hallways though.”
After the interview I decided to ask local LMMS students and teachers and students on what they think about all this. I asked three teachers the following questions. “What is your opinion on the efficiency of the cones?” and, “what are some ways you think we could improve the cone system?” the following text is the response of these questions toward a local 6th grade teacher. “They would work a lot better if students would walk around them correctly.to improve them I think we should show kids a traffic video.” When I asked a student they said, “I mean I think they get in the way sometimes…but they have diminished some of the traffic.” A different 7th grader said, “To improve them we should put a light source on them to make them easier to see.”
In conclusion, these cones came from roundabouts. They seem to be working quiet well, but aren’t easy to see, (according to the students). So what do you all think about these cones? Should they stay? Or should they go?