Scoop Issue WINTER 2019 - Stratford School District
Scoop Issue WINTER 2019 - Stratford School District
Winter Edition 2019 Stratford Schools By Vera Caruso and Brianna Blanchard Yellin’s robotics team, the Squirebots, is a group of academically skilled individuals who use their abilities to program robots and compete. On January 19th, they competed against numerous other teams from Southern New Jersey. This year’s theme is Into Orbit and they have been practicing for the past few months. The team is led by Mrs. Taylor and Mr. Tomkinson with assistance from Mrs. Korn, staff members at Samuel S. Yellin. As a result of all of their preparation, the team’s high hopes for this competition paid off.
They won first place for Project Innovation and second place for the Robot Challenge.
According to Mrs. Taylor, the team has been preparing for this competition since August. They created and solved problems regarding space travel and living outside of earth’s atmosphere. For this competition, Mrs. Taylor stated that, the Squirebots worked their hardest to design and program a robot that was capable of completing challenges such as rescuing astronauts, sending satellites into orbit, and deflecting meteors. Each team’s goal at this competition was to collect points from every challenge they take part in, create a new product to enhance space travel, and to work well as a team.
The Squirebots worked non-stop to produce a functional product to compete with at this qualifying com- petition. All of their hard work has paid off as they are moving on to the Championship at Rowan University on March 2, 2019.
At Qualifying competitions, robotics teams present their research projects regarding whatever the topic of the competition may be. On the day of the competition, teams use what they have prepared and present it to the judges. In the presentations, there are no limits; the teams can include poems, songs, plays, and whatever else they can come up with, but their project must be new and innovative. Teams must score in the top four spots in all four areas of the competition in order to move up to the championship. The four areas are Core Values, Robot Design, Project Innovation and Robot Challenge.
At the competition, twelve or more teams will compete for a spot in the Championship Tournament, which could potentially result in a spot at the International Competition. Ultimately, these competitions are something that the Squirebots, along with many other teams, look forward to every season.
In conclusion, with all of the Squirebots hard work and preparation, they won a spot in the Championship. The Yellin Qualifier was a huge success and it is always a free event to the public viewers. Please feel free to drop in next year and see what the future holds for our engineers in training.
2 Samuel S. Yellin School 1st Marking Period 2018 Superintendent’s List GRADE 4 TAYLOR BAKER OLIVA GALLUCCI BRIANNA GILLIGAN L’LAYNA GORDON CONNOR MAENNER DESIRRE MANGUM CARL McDOWELL MILEIGH McFALLS ELIZABETH MOORE KYRA PALMA RILEY RECH LAUREN RICE MIA RUEBLINGER DANIEL SEARS BRODY SINON GRADE 5 SAMUEL BREGAUDIT NATHANIEL GARCIA MIA JIANG BRIANNA LANGELLO KACEY LEWIS LOGAN NELSON MELISSA NGUYEN REAGAN SHEEHAN DLYAN WISEMAN GRADE 6 YASSER ELBAZ IRELAND KAY DAMARIES LOPEZ PAIGE ROMANOWSKI ELYSE SIMPSON MICHAEL TULLY GRADE 7 JORDAN BAKER LAUREL CONWAY SOPHIA DiGIACOMO NICOLE JIANG PAIGE LEWIS NICOLE LIN DEVON SZAFRANSKI MICHAEL TOMKINSON PAIGE WHITE GRADE 8 DYRA AGUINALDO BRIANNA BLANCHARD VERA CARUSO ELAHNI GREEN VICTOR JOHN NICHOLAS MACK SAMANTHA McNALLY BRIA MILES GRACE MILLER FORAM PANCHAL CHLOE RAROHA MARISSA STRADER KATIE TULLY Principal’s List GRADE 4 EZEQUIAL AVALOS-ANALCO KAHLIL BROWN JEREMY CLARK MICHAEL COLLINS ERIC CARL CORONEL MAJORIE CRUZADO SAMANTHA CULLINAN ISABELLA DeVALERIO ALSTON FRISBEY GRACE GARLAND JACK GIANNINI KYLE GONZALEZ EMILY GRADY KEVIN HENRY JACKSON HORAN BRADY KAY ALLISON KNOPKA ELIJAH LEWIS TIFFANY MAI JAMES MARTIN RILEY McLAUGHLIN PATRICK McVEIGH ALEXANDER MEXICA LEAH PEIFFER LEILA REBECCA COLIN RUPP KATELYN STEVENSON ANGELINA VERGARA DOMINIC WALTERS MAL ZELI PAIGE ZITTO GRADE 5 AUSTIN ACKLEY EMILY BLANCHARD TYLER BURGER LEILA CLARK LUCY CONWAY DANIELLA CORDON EMILY CURTISS KYLIE D’ASCENZO JAYDEN DALLAS KENNEDY DAVIS AIDAN GATES TIMOTHY GONZALES PHILLIP HATFIELD NATHAN HOCKSTEIN-ARMATO ALEXIS KUHN MELODY LOFGREN GAVIN McCORMICK CAPRI McKEE RYLAN OCHMANSKI ADDISON OLIPHANT DANIEL PREVIGLIAN JOHN RALSTON ANTHONY REYES PETER SHAPLEY MADISON SIMS HAYDEN SORIANO GRACIE WEST SARA WESTON EMILY WRIGHT MAXIMUS ZUBAK GRADE 6 JOHN BEASLEY STEPHEN BRACH JASON CAMARDO PATRICK CARROLL KERRI CAVANAUGH CARA CHESTNUT JACK CIANO KHALIAH DUCKETT MADDISON HERRERA JOSHUA HOFFMAN JEREMY HYCZKA NICHOLAS MARSHALL VAUGHN McVEIGH EVAN MILLER MEGAN MOYERS AUTUMN OHLINGER ANTHONY ORTIZ-TORRECILLA ISABELLA PALESE KAYLA PERTSCHI RYAN REID CAMILLA REVAITIS MICHAEL RICHWAY QUENTIN ROSSANO SOPHIA SAGGIO OLIVA SINON ELIZABETH STEVENSON AMBER WISELY GRADE 7 GENESIS AGUILAR LILIAN BALOG CHLOE CHESTNUT JACOB CLARK ERIC PAUL CORONEL ANDREW CURTISS JAYLA DAVIS MICHAEL DiGIACOMO MEREDITH GARDINER DOMINIC GORDON DONNA GRAY BRIAN HEALEY CAITLIN HOFACKER HOPE LASH KATIE MANGOLD JULIA MARINUCCI TALYOR MARTIN MACKENZIE McDONALD EMMA McLAUGHLIN SEAN McLAUGHLIN GRACE MORGANDALE ANNA NOCITO GABRIELLE OSCIAK ABBIE REID MACKENZIE REVAITIS JACK SHEEHAN ANIYA SMITH MARLENE SMITH MAXIMILIAN STAFF ALYSSA STAHL JENNIFER TISERA GRADE 8 ARIEL AVALOS-ANALCO GARY BAINES ALYSSA BROWN DAMON COLLINS BRAD COIGNE DAVID COREA ALICIA DELGADO CAMBRIANNA DiPATRI TIMOTHY HALL ADDISON HOLLAWAY C HMING LIANA BREANNA LOPER HALEY LUCIER KEVIN MARTINEZ KATE McVEIGH ASHLEY MEDINA ALINA PAGLIONE GIANNA PAPA MARGARET RALSTON CHARLES RICE MICHAEL ANNE ROSSANO ALLYSON SMITH MAGGIE TAYLOR ANTHONY THATCHER MATTHEW WRIGHT Honor Roll GRADE 4 ALLISON BROWN JOSHUA DeCHRISTIE ROBERT HAMMOND GENEVIE HOLLOWAY MAYTE MENDEZ-REYES WILLIAM MOOS GAVIN MURPHY WILL NICHOLAS ALEXIS PIERRE-LOUIS JAYDEN WILLIAMS GRADE 5 DAVID DELGADO EMILY LUONG DARRAH MURRAY JADA NEWTON DAYLE NULUD NICHOLAS PLEIS NATASHA RANGEL ANTHONY RODRIGUEZ JORDYN SPEARMAN WILLAIM STUBBS GRADE 6 PRIYA ABRAMS JESUS BLANCO SAMANTHA BUDDEN DEAN COLLINS JOSEPHINE DiCICCO KELSEY ENSIGN SEBASTIAN GIRALDO CASEY KOZENIEWSKI ANGELINA KUHN DELILAH MARTIN MATTHEW McFALLS LOGAN MURPHY JONATHAN NELSON RYAN ROMANO DLYAN RUPP DESTINY SHARPER JOSEPH THATCHER GRADE 7 MARC DiBARTOLOMEO VINCENT CAPOZZOLI SHAUN KILPATRICK ANTHONY MUDREY BENJAMIN NICHOLAS JANNICE RADLINGER SIMEON RANDOLPH-SAFFOLD BRANDON REBECCA ISABELLA ROSE NATHANIEL TAYLOR ISABELLA VILAUBI MATTHEW WHITE EMMA WHITTAKER JADEN WILSON CONNOR WOOD GRADE 8 RYAN CARNEY BRAD CARLIN JAKE CAMARDO ZAH’KYE COPLING JACQUELINE HUESKEN QUINN HUGHES JANICE IGLESIAS de los SANTOS AMANDA KINGETT MARK LOCKETT AVA LOMAX KASSIDY MAENNER BRENNA McCORMICK NATHAN RIVERA LOGAN SAGGIO BRADEN SHEEHAN KENNETH STEVENS ZACHARY THOMPSON NICOLETTA TROILO RYAN TROILO MERCEDES VUKICEVICH
3 Yellin Parkview Grade 4 Grade 4 Jack Giannini Ezequiel Avalos-Analco Angelina Vergara Mia Rueblinger Grade K Grade K Carly Houliaras Emma Burke Esmeralda Landon Dira Queschol-Lorenzo Grade 5 Grade 5 Emily Wright Emily Curtiss Timothy Gonzales Anthony Reyes Grade 1 Grade 1 Lilly Weston Laiya Cassell Reagen Woeller Emily Sandoval Grade 6 Grade 6 Paige Romanowski Sophia Saggio John Beasley Jeremy Hyczka Grade 2 Grade 2 Jack Jordan Anna Myers Sofia Martinez Alexis Forde Grade 7 Grade 7 Nicole Lin Gabby Osciak Max Staff Maynor Reyes Grade 3 Grade 3 Nicole Lin Craig Johnson Max Staff Jocelyn Guadulupe Castillo Luna Grade 8 Grade 8 Maggie Taylor Matthew Wright Kevin Martinez Gianna Papa Student of the Month Citizen of the Month 2018 2019
4 By Brenna McCormick and Maggie Taylor Mr. Conn has been teaching choir to many students from fourth to eighth grade since he started his job at Yellin School. However, this year the Yellin School Choir had an amazing win. The school entered a Christmas choir competition and ended up winning the whole thing! To find out more about how choir has been going this year, we interviewed Mr. Conn. To begin, Mr. Conn believes winning the competition was an amazing experience. Since the win, more students have been showing up to rehearsals constantly. This makes it a little easier for Mr. Conn because now he doesn’t need to reteach things as much as he used to when members of choir would skip rehearsal.
He believes, “The importance of full attendance can’t be overstated.” So, he greatly appreciates all his students trying to make it to rehearsal more. Furthermore, not only did the choir live an amazing experience by just winning, they also received a prize. The choir got to perform at the Verizon Hall, as well as live on the radio. Verizon Hall also happens to be where the Philadelphia Orchestra performs. Because of this, Mr. Conn and many of his students view performing at Verizon Hall as a “once in a lifetime experience.” The Yellin Choir also performed at the B101.1 studio. The choir also received a trophy which you can view by the front desk in Yellin School.
Lastly, they were given a check for a whapping $5,000! The whole choir, including Mr. Conn were together when finding out they won first prize. Seeing one another’s faces when finding out this amazing news must’ve been priceless!
Mr. Conn would also like to note that the choir still won the Christmas Choir Competition even with a small disadvantage. The disadvantage being that many of the semi-finalists in the k-8 competition had professional recording. While they had professional recording, Yellin school didn’t. The Yellin Choir performed in the school gymnasium using only Mr. Conn’s school laptop. The excitement doesn’t stop there. The choir will continue to perform throughout the year. Mr. Conn will bring his choir to six flags at the end of the year to sing at a music competition. This competition is titled ‘The Trills and Thrills Music festival.’ In all, Mr.
Conn is very excited to be teaching such a wonderful and talented group of students. He would also like to note that his choir, in the past four years, has grown in numbers. His future goal is to have two separate choirs. One being fourth and fifth grade, while the other being sixth through eighth grade. To make this a happen, he hopes that more seventh and eighth graders join choir.
Mr. Conn stated, “Join Choir! If you like to sing in the shower, or with your headphones on, or in the musical, then join choir. I think if you ask any of the kids involved, this was an experience they'll never forget and they are learning a lifelong skill.”
5 By Alyssa Brown The spirit of giving flowed through the Samuel S. Yellin hallways as the sixth grade started back up their annual Toys for Tots drive. Toys for Tots is an organization created by the United States Marine Corps Reserve in 1947. In total, Toys for Tots receives around eight million toys each year.
Before the drive started, students in sixth grade made colorful posters to advertise the drive around school. Toy collections at Yellin began on November 26th and ran until December 7th of 2018. Every morning, sixth grade students would come around to the homerooms of every grade level to collect the donated toys. After about two weeks of collecting, the sixth graders wrapped all the toys received on Wednesday, December 12th. The next day, the entire grade took the time out of their day to place all the presents onto a school bus that would later transport the presents to children in need.
When the students were done, the back of the bus was entirely filled with presents. Without the hard-work and dedication coming from the sixth grade students and teachers, Samuel S. Yellin’s Toys for Tots drive wouldn’t be such a success! On Thursday, January 24, 2019, Parkview Principal, Mr. Blumenstein and his wife, Sabrina, welcomed their baby daughter, Avery, to the world. Avery is their first child and was born at 1:45pm, weighing 7lbs 1oz and measuring 21 inches long. Back in December, Mrs. Schafer, Mrs. Hall, Mrs. Cane and the rest of the Parkview staff, held a shower for Mr. and Mrs.
Blumenstein, where we all found out that the couple affectionately refers to their baby as, “Baby Blume”, short for Blumenstein. The Parkview Family is overjoyed to welcome our beautiful newest addition, Avery. Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. B!
6 By Brenna McCormick & Maggie Taylor Recently, Ms. Scheurenbrand has started a ‘Pennies for Patients’ drive hosted by the Leo Club with some help from NJHS members. Pennies for Patients is a drive collecting money for children with Leukemia and other cancers. The money goes to these children around our area. The reason the Leo Club does this drive is because the previous Leo Club advisor did it, so Mrs. Scheurenbrand decided to continue it. The Leo Club’s goal was to raise at least $400. Each morning students were asked to come in and donate. Home rooms were given cardboard boxes, and students could even donate online.
This year the Leo Club raised $488.82, surpassing their goal. Mrs. DeBlakers class contributed the most. Great Job!
“The Leo Club is sponsored by the Laurel Springs Lions club. We are a ser- vice based club that chooses various causes to support. For example, in ad- dition to Pennies for Patients, we collect donations for the animal shelters in our area, we collect donations for Camp Abilities which is a camp for kids who are blind or visually impaired, we collect donations for Camp Dream- catcher which is a camp for kids who have been affected by HIV/Aids, we make care blankets for kids who have had a severe trauma occur in their life, we read to the 4th graders on Read Across America Day, and we wear silly hats and donate the money collected to the Ronald McDonald House in Camden, NJ,” stated Ms.
In conclusion, the Leo club supports many different causes, and helps with fundraisers all around us. The next fundraiser they will be collecting for the Voorhees animal shelter. Make sure to contribute!
7 At Parkview School, the guidance counselor, Mrs. Knipfer, often has a Lunch Bunch with some of the students, but she doesn’t often make slime during her Lunch Bunch! This month, Mrs. Knipfer’s 3rd Grade Lunch Bunch got to work together as a team to follow her perfect recipe for slime. Lunch Bunch allows students to use their positive social skills while interacting with other students they may not usually get to hang out with.
Obviously, they get to have lots of fun together. In case you want to have some fun too, and try to make slime at home, here is Mrs. Knipfer’s simple slime recipe: 1. Add 1 cup of white school glue to a mixing bowl.
2. Pour in 1 tablespoon of baking soda and blend it with the glue. 3. Add about 8 drops of food coloring. Mix well with the glue and baking soda until the color is uniform and there are no white streaks in the mixture. 4. Add two squirts of contact lens solution. 5. Stir, stir, stir! You should immediately see the effects of the contact lens solution, which will make your mixture stick to itself rather than to the sides of the mixing bowl. 6. Stick your hands in and test the texture. If it's still too sticky, add another squirt of contact lens solution. Keep kneading and adding more solution as required, until it has the consistency you want.
7. Enjoy your slime! If things get messy, vinegar can help with cleanup.
8 By Alyssa Brown and Kate McVeigh Last year’s performance of Oliver Twist was a huge success; however, this year’s show, Beauty and the Beast is already guaranteed to blow the audience away. Advisors Mrs. McTague, Mrs. Kozieja, and Mrs. Taylor held after school auditions for the show on November 27th and 28, 2018 in the art room. After a tough selection process, the cast list was posted on December 1st, 2018. The leading roles of Belle and Beast where given to two 8th grade students. Maggie Taylor will be playing Belle, and Nate Rivera will be playing Beast. Both students were very enthusiastic about receiving their parts.
“I was really shocked, but then I started to cry,” said an emotional Maggie Taylor. Two more very important roles are being played by eighth graders Damon Collins and Ava Lomax. The two students were also very enthusiastic about their roles this year. Both Ava Lomax and Damon Collins state that they were excited about the roles they received. Ava Lomax will be playing Babette, while Damon Collins will be playing Lumiere. Furthermore, Maggie Taylor, Nate Rivera, and Ryan Scully, an eighth grade student playing Lefou, have stated that their favorite part of the drama program is watching everyone improve from week to week.
Ava Lomax and Damon Collins also said how working and creating memories with their friends is their favorite part of drama. Samuel S. Yellin’s production of Beauty and the Beast will take place on April 11th and 12th of 2019 in the Yellin gym at 7pm. The entire cast is very excited to put on this phenomenal performance for the entire community!
The amazing cast of Yellin School’s 2018-2019 production of Beauty and the Beast.
9 By Elahni Green The Lady Squires have not failed to impress this year as the girls have done fantastic in the current season. Their current record is an astonishing 11-3 in league play! The girls are currently on track for the playoffs. Most recently, the Lady Squires defeated Gibbsboro in a route 40-21. There is a new addition to the team this year, Coach McDonald! The Lady Squires welcomes her with open arms and she has proved to be a great addition to the team. Captains Kate McVeigh, Alyssa Brown, and Ilayda Sivri also seem to think so.
Alyssa Brown stated, “The team is young, but with the coaching staff of Coach McDonald and Coach White the girls have proven that we are a strong team.” Alyssa also added, “The girls work together well and we also have a strong bond. This has been my favorite season by far!” Please come and support the Lady Squires Basketball Team during their playoff run. Go Squires!
SQUIRES BASKETBALL LADY SQUIRES BASKETBALL By Maggie Ralston The 2018-2019 season has worked out well for the Squires Basketball Team. The boys, led by captains, Jaydis McFadden and Timmy Hall have had an amazing season so far. The 6th, 7th, and 8th grade boys have worked extremely hard to win an astonishing 19 out of 20 games and are undefeated in league play. “The guys have done great this year, especially the eighth graders,” stated Anthony Mudrey, a 7th grade forward. The boys have put forth a hardworking effort and attitude in past seasons and continue to work hard every day in order to maintain their tremendous play.
In the Annual Christmas Tournament the team defeated Gloucester Catholic to win the championship. “The team has shown composure in several tight games and sportsmanship in each outing,” stated assistant head coach Mr. Jeff Filipkowski.
Most recently, the Squires have clinched the Suburban Division title and are preparing for the league playoffs scheduled to start February 19th . The last regular season home game is sched- uled for Friday, February 15th against Our Lady of Mount Carmel at 4:00. Come out and sup- port the team!
10 School Scoop Staff 2017-18 Editors: Mrs. Fusco Mrs. Richards Mr. Conover Student Staff: Erin Carroll Vivian Cesarano Emily Nguyen Kailey Sheehan Stratford School District Board of Education SUMMER READING AND MATH PACKETS DUE IN SEPTEMBER!!! Dates to Remember… June 19th, 20th, 21st: Early Dismissal June 21st: LAST DAY OF SCHOOL Stratford School District Board of Education School Scoop Staff 2018-19 Editors Student Staff: Mr.
Conover Brianna Blanchard Ms. Paoli Alyssa Brown Vera Caruso Elahni Green Brenna McCormick Kate McVeigh Maggie Ralston Maggie Taylor Special contributors: Mrs. Ramstead Stratford School District Board of Education PARKVIEW’S MATH-A-THON STARTS MARCH 12TH GO TO… mathathon.stjude.org to donate online Dates to Remember… February 18th: SCHOOL CLOSED March 15th: SCHOOL CLOSED April 16th, 17th, & 18th: Spring Conferences Michael Redfearn … … Board President Dawn Martin . Board Vice President Sue Bove Mandy Conway Lori Jones Harry Moffet Nancy Scully Kim Sims Jeffrey Ziegler Thomas Attanasi … . Superintendent Sarah Bell .
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