Monday, June 19, 2017

Advice With Bryce- Eighth Grader Edition

For our final edition, we are giving advice to the eighth graders coming from the middle school.

Talk to your teacher if you need help, they are there for you, especially math. Just because they may not particularly like you, it's their job to help you, also don't type ANYTHING in comic sans. -Bryce

Take your work seriously, you are not treated like a child. Fooling around won't get you anywhere in high school, yes it's good to have fun, but there is a line between having fun and excessively fooling around in class. Teachers don't put up with it and they may kick you out of class. So just pay attention and do your work. -Demi

Don't be an idiot, don't pull stupid stunts that you know will get you in trouble. Do your work and behave, it's what everyone else is here to do. -Mia

NEVER wait until the last minute to do stuff. You'll end up very stressed and you'll lose sleep and it's just a bad time for everyone. -Bekah

Stay on top of your work and you will be okay. -Jake

Don't be scared going to a new school. High school can actually be fun if you have a positive mindset and work hard to stay on pace in all your classes. You can make a lot of new friends, so don't be shy or nervous even if you're the youngest group there. -Guinevere Cote

Try not to be lazy at the end of a semester, because you will be stuck doing the work in summer school or something like that. Just get your work done and you won't have to worry about it. -Zach (French is the best)

All that glitters is gold; only shooting stars break the mold. (Also do your homework and remember that friendships aren't always as strong as they seem.) -Allison


Dear Incoming Freshmen,
After finishing up a very busy and at times stressful Freshmen year, my words of wisdom for your transition from middle school to the high school would be to: do homework, ask questions, being popular isn’t everything, and have fun.
  1. It's ok to ask questions, if you don't know something right off the bat. Like if you don't understand the criteria/expectations, that your teacher is giving, rise your hand and ask for some help. The teacher's job is to help you learn things and if you don't understand they are there to help and support you.  If it gets to the point where you still don't understand, you can ask to come in for advisory or a study hall and you can get the additional help that you will need to be successful. Remember, most often the questions you have, another classmate could have too, so you could be helping others out as well as yourself.
  2. Every person out there has probably seen or heard of those typical “high school” stereotypes. Not everything you see in movies and read about in books is true. If you're worried that you won't be popular, like the girls/boys are in the movies, don't be because in real life nobody really cares. Most likely people are more worried about themselves, their classes, and school activities to worry about being popular or a big jock that everyone wants to date. If you do ever come across people who do care about being the most popular,  just walk the other way, you don't need them. Try and be yourself because that's more important.
  3. Homework is the word everyone hates to hear, but it's a reality, and it is really beneficial to helping you become academically successful. If you do your homework you're more likely to pass your tests and to get better guiding principle grades. Additionally, in the long run, it helps you see what you're capable of.  Your relationship with your teacher will grow stronger because they see that you're really trying your best and they are more apt to want to help you, if they see you have done the leg work.
  4. The final piece of wisdom that want to give you is have fun. Not everything has to be work, put some time into your work and then give yourself a break.  It is all about balance.  If you feel that you don't want to do the work at home make sure to have a study hall, so you can do it then.  The days that you are all caught-up and you don't have any work, just relax.
Transitioning to a new school is tough, but in the long run it's a blast. Here’s to a successful, and enjoyable first year of high school, Welcome Class of 2021!
  • Maija Jaakkola
The most helpful pieces of advice I can share is 1. Push yourself to do the best in all your classes. Ask for extra credit when you can, and be sure to finish all your work. Summer school is no fun. 2. Get involved! Try a new sport or club and don't be afraid to embarrass yourself. Most people will welcome you and encourage you to do your best. You don't want to look back and regret not trying anything new in high school. 3. Find who your real friends are and stick with them. The people you start the year with and the people you end it with can change, but sometimes it's a good change. Good luck class of 2021! -Alyssa

Child Bitten by Black Widow Spider

By Breanna Melanson

    On June 12, in Mendon, Massachusetts, 5 year old Kailyn Donovan was bitten by a black widow spider. A doctor prescribed her antibiotics, because, at the time, it only appeared to be a regular bug bite. However, when Kailyn developed a fever and unusual black bruising around the bite, her parents took her to the doctors again; this time, to an infectious disease doctor at Mass General.

Source: Boston Globe

    Although black widow spiders are rare in the northeast, this is not a lone occurrence. In 2015, a woman in Vermont was bitten by a black widow that she had apparently brought home in a bag of grapes, and, in 2016, the same happened to a New Hampshire woman.
Source: ABC news

    The spiders are usually not deadly to humans, and the young girl is expected to make a full recovery. However, this can serve as a warning to others. Black widows are more common in the south and west, but every so often, they can make their way to New England. If you think an insect bite is bad, make sure to check with your doctor.

2017 Graduation and Achievements

By Julia Gregoire
Edited by Trie Yale
(School life)

    This year Massabesic said a final goodbye to the class of 2017 as they move on to many more exciting things. This year was special as we had three foreign exchange students.
As many students are sad their four years of high school have gone by so fast. They will miss friends and teachers left behind. Although there are many more wonderful opportunities to look forward to in the future. Whether that's college, work, or just experiencing new things and opening up to adulthood, Massabesic and the community congratulates you. “Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.”- Og Mandino. I feel like this quote summarizes senior year saying that all that hard work you've put in for 13 years will bring you something better than any achievement you may have ever received. These seniors have worked very hard this year along with the past three years of high school, which is sometimes underestimated. There has been some amazing accomplishes by the seniors this year. Like top ten percent and class achievements.
Valedictorian: Leah Ryan.
Salutatorian: Hope Saucier
Honor Essayist: Emma Desrochers.
Top ten percent: Kyra-Mei Cartwright, Grady Connolly, Abigail Darling, Grace Gile, Zachariah Harding, Kathleen Harper, Devyn Heathcote, Morgan Houk, Sarah Howe, Emily Kelley, Joanna LaFrance, Anna Lane, Gabrielle Langlois, Emily Levesque, Lydia Marcotte,  Lindsey Marquis, Michelle Radley, Aspen Reinauer, Elizabeth Schepis, Natalie Thayer, Jessica Toome, Thyme Whitten, Colby Williams.
Congrats class of 2017!!!!

Filly Lacrosse

By Trie Yale
Edited by Julia Gregoire
School Life

         Filly lacrosse is a program for young girls grades 2-6, but they might have grades kindergarten and 1st join next season. The Massabesic High School girls lacrosse teams are the coaches. The program is put on by Denise Benton and Coach Bowen. The Filly lacrosse program was started in the 6 year period between 2006 and 2012. Every Monday and Wednesday night from 5:30 to 7:30 at the high school; everyone meets and then separates into their teams. Basic stick skills are taught, such as: throwing, catching, cradling, and scooping. Teamwork and good sportsmanship are also things learned by the girls participating in this amazing program. The purpose of Filly lacrosse is to give girls the necessary skills and to prepare them for the middle school level.


Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

By Arie Moore
Edited By Allison Blair

As summer draws closer some amazing and hilarious movies have come out, and this movie is definitely on both of those spectrums. With amazing humor and fantastic acting this sequel definitely blew everyone away. Baby Groot was definitely a favorite with his adorable and ridiculous shenanigans. The whole movie was absolutely amazing.
Peter Quill and his fellow Guardians are hired by a powerful alien race, the Sovereign, to protect their precious batteries from invaders. When it is discovered that Rocket has stolen the items they were sent to guard, the Sovereign dispatch their armada to search for vengeance. As the Guardians try to escape, the mystery of Peter's parentage is revealed. [IMDb summary]

How To Survive Freshman Year

Written & Edited by Bri Bernier

Freshman year is one most dread about, but you'd be happy to hear it's not as bad as you might think it is. The biggest thing I worried about was getting my schedule and finding my classes. If you have that concern, don't worry, you get a map of both buildings which helps a lot! Also, other students are traveling to classes as well so if you ask for help they can direct you to your class. Even though they don't want to admit it, some people also might be nervous that they'd get picked on since they're the “newbies” in the school. But not everything is like the movies, you're mostly around people in your grade and even if you aren't, everyone's nice and upperclassmen don't bite! It's perfectly fine to be nervous going into highschool, everyone is, but just know everything's gonna be fine and it's not as hard as you think!

How Was Your First Year At MHS?

By Trie Yale
Edited By Trie Yale
(School Life)

As 8th graders, we came into the high school not really knowing what it was really like. We had theories about how the year was going to go, and how we were going to be treated by the upper class men.  The high school hadn't been seen by many of us 8th graders, so it seemed like just a huge maze! Below will be interviews with three of our freshmen this year. I asked them how they thought their first year of high school was going to go, versus how their year actually went.

Interview with Emily Morin:

How did you think your first year of high school was going to go?- “Lost and bullied. I thought there was also going to be more freedom. I had a lot of worry coming into the high school, but it ended up not being as bad as I thought.”

How did your first year of high school actually go?- “Stress. Meltdowns; mental meltdowns two to three times a week.  Not a lot of social time out of school because I had so much homework over the weekends. Other than some of the stressful things, my first year at MHS was absolutely awesome. We went to states for field hockey which was an amazing experience. Overall my first year here was great!”

Interview with Julia Gregoire:

How did you think your first year of high school was going to go?- “I thought I was going to get lost daily, and struggle in my classes because people told me they were difficult. I was pretty worried about my first year, but I came in everyday and got lost a few times on the way.”

How did your first year of high school actually go?- “My weekends were basically just homework, so I didn't really have a lot of time to do the things I wanted to do. I thought I would be able to hang out with friends and go places, but most of the time I was stuck at home working. Overall, my first year was something I wouldn't take back because it was amazing experience.”

Interview with Maija Jaakkola:

How did you think your first year of high school was going to go?- “I thought there weren't going to be many rules, like in the movies. I thought we were going to be able to do most anything we wanted to do. When we got here though, it was like we were piled with a bunch of work; all just thrown at us at once.”

How did your first year of high school actually go?- “A lot of stress and work, and I didn't have much down time. In the beginning of the year I had a lot of stuff like sports and it was a lot to handle at once. Once sports ended it got a little better, but then I just had more work. But that is what high school is all about. Being independent and having enough grit to get through the year.”