Monday, November 5, 2018

Lyman Elementary's Annual Halloween Stroll



article by Caitlynn McAllister




Basic Information (Date & Activities)


Every year Lyman Elementary hosts a spooky and fun filled Halloween stroll. This year it was on Friday the 19th, and they requested that families be there for 6:45 pm. The stroll is mainly run by the PTC who takes the donations of candy, plan the stroll, and put it together. This fun night consists of watching a play put on by the drama club, walking through the “haunted” hallway, going into the cafe where you can enjoy snacks (donuts and cider), and sitting down to make some halloween crafts!

What Was It like?

When I first arrived at the stroll the principle of the school directed me and my family to the gym where the drama club soon put on a play called, “The Big Pumpkin.” Overall the play was very well put on they had costumes, props, and you could hear everything they said clearly. Once the play was over the principle directed families (starting with kindergarten-fifth) to the actual stroll. At the start of the stroll a volunteer would mark your hand so that they know you already went through. Then you walk to the stroll where more volunteers are there handing out candy to the kids. The hallway that you walk through was somewhat dark with halloween decorations like pumpkins, webs, lights, spiders (fake), and a little fog (also fake). Once you made your way through the hallway more staff and volunteers were there to direct you to the cafe. When you made it to the cafe there were tables set up with lots of craft materials for you to use, to create spooky decorations for your home or to just have. Lastly there was apple cider and four different donut options, and other little snacks to munch on… for free!





What Goes Into The Planning?

This wonderful night is planned by the PTC of Lyman Elementary. This group is made up of some teachers and parents who volunteer their time to create fun events like this one. When I asked a member of the PTC when they start planning it she said, “We usually start discussing it at the beginning of the school year at the first PTC meeting.” Then I asked what they discussed at this meeting and she explained, “We talk about different ideas we may have to change it up a bit from the previous year, we talk about what went well and what didn’t go so well and then make the appropriate changes.” This shows that each year the PTC works hard to improve the stroll to make it better for everyone. She also told me that once they are done discussing that they work on making the notices that go home to parents, in which they ask for donations and volunteers to help run the event. I then asked how long it takes to plan everything out and she told me, “About a month and a half start to finish.” So planning this is not easy work, neither is the setup. She also told me that, “The day before the stroll the PTC members go to the school decorate the doors, separate the candy and prepare the crafts for the kids to do… that’s about 2 hours of work.” She further explained other stuff that they do on the night of the stroll which takes up too much time; 3 hours in fact. So in total they spend 5 hours setting up and a month and a half planning. That is a lot of their time spent on this! No wonder why it’s so well put together.

Halloween in the Community

article by Brianna Stephenson

What makes RSU 57 unique is its sense of community. As people stock up on candy and decorate their houses and yards for Halloween, children pick out silly and scary costumes to wear trick-or-treating. On October 31st, the community of RSU 57 came together to make the best experience possible for young kids.

While many can argue that getting candy is the highlight of Halloween, others can say that they love being around friends and their community in the spirit of the holiday. Chris, a resident of Lake Arrowhead, said he looks forward to Halloween more than any other day of the year. He spends hundreds of hours building and designing a haunted house in his front yard for the neighborhood kids to walk through.





There are also many great places to go trick or treating in our district. “My friends and family go trick or treating near Friendship Park in Waterboro. We have been going there ever since I was a little kid, and I still enjoy going. It is a very popular place and the streets are always filled up with trick or treaters… my bucket is always full with candy by the time I get home,” said Paige, a fifth-grader at Waterboro Elementary.

Kids, teenagers, and even adults relish the spirit of Halloween in the RSU 57 district. This, however, is not possible without the wonderful volunteers of the people in the community that make it enjoyable.

Hurricane Michael and the destruction of the Southeast U.S.

article by Lyndsey Kamszik and Alexis Marsh
edited by Ryleigh Baker

Devastation and destruction in the US southeast area from category 4 hurricane. Category 4 hurricane, hurricane Michael, brings 100-140 mph winds and at least 35 inches of rain to Florida. Causing mass destruction over many parts of the Florida panhandle. Though this immense storm didn’t just leave Florida alone devastated, other places from Georgia to Virginia also felt the wrath of this storm. This Hurricane arrived in Florida on October 10, 2018 as a category 4 storm and left Virginia’s coast as a tropical storm. It left many homes, agricultural areas, and even businesses completely destroyed. Nothing was left unaffected by this horrible storm.





https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1029940/Hurricane-Michael-damage-pictures-homes-Florida-Panhandle


Spanning over 200 miles Hurricane Michael ripped through several states in the southeast. It destroyed many places one of them being Mexico Beach, Florida. As quoted from CBS News, “ The head of FEMA said Mexico Beach was ‘probably ground zero’ for the category 4 storm.” Mexico Beach took a big lashing from this storm. It is even said that the Beach will take at least 12 to 18 months before it is up and running again. In their article about the hurricane CNN even said that, “One death was reported in Mexico Beach -- that of an elderly man found alone, Mayor Al Cathey said.” This is just one of the 36 deaths reported so far. Though there are probably more deceased that will be found as search and rescue teams scour the area.


Hurricane Michael caused so much damage to all the places it hit. The damage cost is $6.1 billion in total. At least 1.15 million homes were left without power, and over a million homes were destroyed. The storm left 5 states without power, Alabama has 22,463 people without power. As well as Florida with 271,998 citizens in the dark, along with 32,338 from Georgia, 7,364 in South Carolina, 312,558 in Virginia, and lastly 323,735 in North Carolina. The storm caused 1,200 roads to close and at least 75 areas were left flooded. Even though all the broken homes, hearts, and powerlines, Hurricane Michael survivors still fought to live. People continued to search for food and water where they could possibly look. The community grew stronger by working together and sharing what little they had left with their neighbors in need.

Though homes businesses and other things were completely destroyed people are not just sitting around doing nothing. On October 11 the day after the storm hit repair and rescue teams were sent out to assess the damage that had been done. Plus people are already being sent out to help. About 1,000 plus volunteers are helping to provide food, shelters, and even health services. In his article volunteers rush to aid survivors after Hurricane Michael, Brian Snyder wrote, “The groups served some 4,500 meals to survivors during the past weekend alone, he said.” The Red Cross even has their volunteers in Alabama, Georgia, and Florida helping the tens of thousands of people who have been affected. Volunteers, search teams, and just helpers in general from all over are aiding those who were affected by Hurricane Michael.




Culture Club

article by Mary Duffy
edited by Peyton Smith



Are you looking to spice up your life? If you want to be part of a club that travels and helps out the community, then Culture Club is the place to go.


Culture Club is a club opened to all grades and anyone can join. This club is about learning about new cultures and comparing them to Massabesic culture. They also volunteer and help out the community in any way they can. One of the exciting perks of being apart of Culture Club is that you get to travel. This year the club is going to Boston, New York, and their big trip to Costa Rica in April. Maddy Pomerleau, a senior at Massabesic High School, has been in Culture Club all four years of high school. She became one of the officers during her sophomore year. When asked about what inspired her to join and why other students should join, Maddy said, “My advisory teacher was the leader of the Culture Club my freshman year, so that pushed me a lot to join, but also seeing all the different aspects you are shown while you’re in this group was so exciting to me. I would totally recommend this to any kid from any grade, boy or girl. Everyone is so welcoming and every time we meet we talk about a new topic or visit a new place. Going on these trips outside of the state are memories you remember forever.”


All in all Culture Club is a fun way to make memories for a lifetime. Who wouldn’t want to observe different cultures and travel places with your friends? Culture Club is something everyone should try. Have fun traveling!






This a picture of Maddy Pomerleau and Paige Hulk in New York having a great time and making amazing memories

Massabesic Theatre Program

article by Charlee Tucker
edited by Peyton Smith 

At Massabesic High School, classes have just begun and with that comes the start of fall sports and activities. This includes the start of the school’s theatre program. The theatre program splits the group of students that are involved into two groups: the cast and the crew. The crew is the people who help to get everything prepared for the cast. The cast is the people who perform the plays and musicals for their community. For about a month, the theatre program has been getting together three days a week and have been tirelessly practicing their roles for their first performance of the play, “Hide and Seek”, planned to be performed on the 7th, 8th, and 9th of December. Now some of you may be wondering, what exactly happens in the theatre program? I asked crew member Avery Haskell and cast member Grace Fleming to answer this question.





When asked this question Haskell stated, “In the crew, we all get together and plan out what we are gonna do for the play so we are ready for the performance. For example, I do hair and makeup so right now we are deciding how we should do the characters’ makeup, making sure the makeup matches the costume. While I am doing this, others are making props and costumes for the show.” On the other hand, when Fleming was asked the very same question, her response was simply “We get together and practice our roles until we have everything down to exactly how it should be.” After hearing this I became curious about whether there had been any major setbacks so far, so I went to senior Maddison Phillips with this question. After much thought, Phillips responded, "This year we have so many more freshman and it has been really hard getting them accustomed to high school theater. This has resulted in it being a really bumpy start, but now things have begun running much smoother.”

The theater program will accept anyone and are still looking for new members to help the crew. If you have any questions please contact the director of this program Catherine Leavitt on her email: catherineleavitt@rsu57.org.

Girl's Fall Sports

article by Shea Lane
edited by Peyton Smith



Fall sports are very important to the kids at Massabesic. The girl athletes have worked really hard this season, and always put in the effort, practicing almost every day to get better. Although these girls weren’t always successful, they made sure to have fun while playing.


This year the field hockey team made it into the playoffs once again. As well, the girls cross country team made it to regionals. Cheering and soccer had fantastic seasons, too! The girl's varsity soccer team who were coached by Jaime Alonso, Meagan Collupy, and Rusty Blackington went 0-14. Even though the team didn’t win any games, they had some real close ones. The girls always chose to keep their heads held high. Cheering this year did amazing in all their routines. Coach Tanguay taught the cheerleaders some pretty intricate choreography. They never failed to blow away the fans during halftime at the football games. Overall, the girls fall sports went pretty well this year.


This season, girls cross country was very triumphant. The coach this year was Mrs. Blair who is a teacher at Massabesic High School. One of the juniors on the team, Carrie Phinney, states that overall the season was pretty great. They even got to hold one of the meets. The results from that meet were pretty good and they ended up taking 2nd. This year, the team’s downside was they didn’t have many girls. Carrie Phinney claimed, “[W]ith such a small team this year we didn’t have enough depth.” With the team being small they didn’t have many different paced people. That affected the team because most of them would end up placing at around the same place and a few placing in the top. On the bright side, they had some great success. Carrie also mentioned, “Our biggest achievement this year was definitely taking home the trophy at the Stinky Shoe race for the 12th year in a row!” Throughout the years, the girl's team has brought home a trophy from the race. They certainly earned it. Another great achievement for the girls this season was they went to regionals. They worked really hard for the race, but sadly did not come out on top. Carrie said they girls this year got 14th place. They were hoping to go to states, but it seems as though it won’t be this year. These girls are keeping their heads high, though, and can’t wait to be reunited as a team next year. 
A few of the girls on cross country





Another sport that had a rewarding season is the field hockey team. Coach Martin-Moore who was assisted by coach Fournier really trained these girls and shaped them up for their season. The roster was filled with many talented and experienced players this year. The girls welcomed many new people to the team. Maddy Pomerleau who was the goalie stated, “The team’s biggest achievement this season was honestly coming together as a family, we had so many new girls enter this team. We had a lot of getting to know each other and we did an amazing job.” She explains that they all got along and acted as though they were more than just a team. With everyone being close it makes for more of a well-composed team. The season was a little bumpy for field hockey. Their record caused some ups and downs. Maddy told me, “[W]e worked so so hard day and night and every game we were right there with that other team, just we couldn’t finish all the way sometimes which was hard for us.” The team had a record of 5 wins and 9 losses. It’s clear to see that there were some successes and some failures, but it kept them motivated. A very exciting up was that they made it into the playoffs! They played Cheverus whom they had won against in the regular season. According to Maddy “For the playoff game with them, we had a tough fight. We lost 5-4 but we went into overtime. Both teams played well.” This game was neck and neck but, unfortunately, Massabesic couldn’t come out with a win. After that, the season came to end, and the girls feel as though it was an awesome time. There will always be a bond there as a family and they feel as though future seasons will be great.




The girls at the playoff game during national anthem Lacey Bean, a senior during playoff game

Boy's Fall Sports

article by John Lessard
edited by Peyton Smith

  

Boys fall sports include cross country, soccer, and football. The boys fall sports program has had a decent year as the cross country team made it to states.


The cross country boys team has had a very successful season as they continue on to states after they placed 4th in regionals. They also competed in the Festival of Champions which is the biggest cross country meet in Maine. “Cross country has had a great season. I’m excited for next year,” says Jesse Cadigan, a freshman who was a part of the cross country team.

The boy’s varsity football team had a losing record this year as they won one game and lost six during the season. The game they won was against Bangor and the final score was 34-6. They plan to improve and win more games next year.




Photo taken by: Jason Gendron


Boys varsity soccer also had a rough year as they won two games, lost eleven and tied one. They worked hard this season and hope for the best next year as they continue to work hard.





Photo taken by: Jason Gendron





Massabesic's Major Principal

article by Brendan Banks
edited by Emily S. Ireland

    
 

A school is only as good as the principal who is running it. Principals have to be able to not only run a school and make it run well, but also make sure that the social structure of it works well. The principal of Massabesic High School, Mr. James Hand, makes sure to adhere to all of these expectations, while also getting involved with some of the clubs, and teacher and student personalities. Many wonder, why did Mr. Hand decide to become a principal? What are his motivations for getting involved in the school as a whole? Does he ever get made fun of by disrespectful students because of his last name? Well, it is time that everyone knows these things and things like them.


In an interview with Mr. Hand, we asked him what made him want to become a principal in the first place. He responded with the answer; “I really enjoyed teaching and I wanted to see if I could have a large positive impact on many people. I had some good leaders who said I would be good at it.” it was after he had decided to try out this idea that he realized that he was good at it, and from that day onward he pursued this dream and eventually worked his way up to becoming a principal. We had also asked him how he was able to incorporate his last name into his work to create a more positive and humorous atmosphere in the school, to which he responded: “That started as a teacher. I was writing passes and I always just drew a hand. And people would bring gifts in the shapes of hands. Then my wife began to buy things at yard sales that were in the shape of hands and then students began to make hand-shaped things.”


Now, a lot of students at the school have their own opinions on Mr. Hand, but we wanted to ask him how he believed most of the perceived him (whether they thought he was a good principal or not). His answer to this was not too surprising, and he stated, “I would hope that they think I am out for their best interests. I hope they feel like I want to make this place a warm and interesting place and that I am in everybody's corner.” This is basically ensuring that he has all of the student’s best interests at heart. Finally, we asked him what he believes is the most important thing that the students should know about him as a person, that way the students don’t feel scared or even intimidated by him. His response to the final question was, “My first love is to make sure that I am there to make sure kids can figure out themselves and to make kids know where they want to go,”. He is also there to make conditions for teacher better so that they can teach better and help their students.


As you can see, principals that care as much as Mr. Hand are quite hard to come by nowadays, but he makes sure to do his best to keep the school running well socially and financially. While many may believe that Massabesic is a terrible school, those people are unaware of the effort that gets put into the school, and the lead cause of those efforts make the school what it is today, all thanks to Mr. Hand.










The Vending Machines

article by Jada-Leigh Poisson
edited by Emily S. Ireland



During the school day, everyone gets hungry during classes. Some like to go to the vending machines and get a snack or drink. Sometimes, you don't have time to grab snacks for throughout the day so vending machines help you have access to snacks. The MHS vending machines have different rules and options for their vending machines than the middle school.


At the middle school, you’re not allowed to access them until after school is out, but at MHS, you can access them whenever as long as you have a teacher's approval. The main reason you're not allowed to access vending machines during school hours at MMS are because you are absolutely not allowed to eat in class at all. As you go into highschool, most of the teachers allow eating in class, as long as you're aware of your surroundings and respectful of others. So, it's a bonus that you can eat in class and have better snack options!

The vending machines have so many great options, they contain snacks and some to go breakfast and lunch snacks. If you’re having a rough morning and forgot to eat breakfast you can eat the to go peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. There are also great drink options to choose from. A school favorite are Sparkling Ice’s (a good flavor to try is strawberry kiwi). Another great benefit is that the food and drinks are priced very reasonably so everyone has access to them.

According to MHS student Lauren Pelletier, “I love having vending machines in school because I always get hungry in class.” This being said, the vending machines are very valuable to the students of MHS.

A Library Full of Support

article by Juliette Beaubien
edited by Emily S. Ireland

*quotes are approximations based on interview questions and may not be word for word


The library has always been the home of literature both big and small, holding books that have seen the smiles of millions. Whether you're looking for an adventure to an alternate universe, a glimpse into the future, or the story of someone who lived a life before even your parents, the library has something for you. For many students of the past the library was their source for information, allowing them to complete their classwork before the time of google. Though, this building does not only host books but also a rare species called “librarians.” These creatures are just like you or I but hold the power of knowledge. They are truly magnificent specimens.
Moving on from the jokes, librarians are truly wonderful people that don’t always get enough credit and are commonly represented in media in some more negative of lights. This being said, I feel more students should know how devoted their librarian is. Suzanne O’Hara is the librarian here at MHS and is quite passionate about what she does. “My greatest wish is for our students to use the library.” She states. “For my students to use the library, to feel welcomed here, that the library is a safe, welcoming, stimulating environment.” This is your librarian, a woman who wants to help students strive and learn.
To give a bit more background, Ms. O’Hara, shockingly, is a lover of books. When asked about her favorite book series she could not pick one and even admitted to reading encyclopedias for fun. Her great passion is what brought her to this job as well as what drives her to do her best for her students, though it seems she wishes for more. “I would like to offer our students a better library.” Her devotion does not simply lie with the books but rather the whole atmosphere of the library. As some may notice, the way a room looks can affect your attitude towards it. With this in mind, the librarian wishes the library “needs a facelift” and I can't say I disagree. If you get the chance, ask her for her thoughts, I can not be the only one fascinated by her idea.
Now, if you thought all I had for this article was a library in need of a makeover and a librarian who likes to read, you’d be wrong. Regardless of her opinion on how the students use the library, O’Hara wants the library to be better in more than just general design. “I want the best computers, the best sound systems, I want state of the art 3D printers. If that happens this place would be filled.” For our librarian, helping the students is the big picture. For a teacher without a proper class, she knows a lot about the students. “I see the stress,” Says Ms. O’Hara, and I believe every word of it. It wouldn't be hard for a teacher to notice the stress among students, but Ms. O’Hara doesn't just notice, she acts. “I spend a lot of my time during my interactions encouraging my students.” Our library along with our librarian are here for the students, ready to help students out through every twist and turn of their school years. This is a fact that I feel should be brought up more, for the sake of Ms. O’Hara and any other librarian out there.
As students we all know what goes on in the library, we all understand how many students have felt about this room, but I wish for this to change that. I want student’s attitudes towards the library to change and for more of us to use it, and I’m sure our librarian would love it as well.

Heating Issues at Massabesic

article by Haden Buzzell
edited by Emily S. Ireland




The campus of Massabesic High has been plagued by a plethora of issues relating to the central heating system installed around the school. Year-round, children complain of it being far too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter. Some rooms are chilly, while others seem to be boiling. The changes in heating might potentially even cause a drop in performance as it makes it much more difficult to work and gives children yet another distraction. One student says, speaking of a room in the East Building, “it’s always freezing,” showing that the issue is not limited to just one section or area of the school.






One of the new heating vents installed in an MHS classroom

So what is to be done? A few years ago, RSU57 voters were presented with a motion that would have given even more taxpayer money to our sports infrastructure.
While it didn't pass, it shows that the there are limitations in the budget regarding what the school is able to spend money on, and how much is needed to make a difference. While the room temperatures are better than they were last year, the reality is the temperature is hard to regulate consistently. Hopefully, district support will allow the school to put more money into heating or whatever else the school desperately needs to improve.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Cham OUT

      This year has been a dream with this class. I will always  remember Block 2 Green (that turned into White) for their professionalism and willingness to learn what it takes to publish a high quality publication while slaving away on all of the rest of the targets required of freshmen students. Special shout out to Rachael Bonia who taught an old dog many new tricks. I will miss you all terribly and await news of the greatness yet to come from the best block 2 class ever.                
          Cham out (mic drop!)

Kenya's Killings

Kenya’s Killings
Article by Cassidy Morrell
Edited by Angelli Bishop
Global/National

     One of Kenya’s Dams burst onto a flower farm Thursday, May 10th, after weeks and weeks of torrential downpour. The heavy rains created a sea of water, which swiftly flowed down their hillside, killing 47. However, the local police chief said they have not pulled all the missing bodies out of the mud, potentially making the death number rise.
     Additionally, Kenya is known as one of the largest cut-flower suppliers to Europe, and their roses grow on a whopping 3,500 acres of farmland, that are often shipped to the Netherlands and Germany. But Kenya’s flower businesses are quickly swept to an end, after the aggressive flood carved out a deep pit that took out the power lines, homes, buildings and even schools. If it wasn’t for the rescue workers, the survivors plucked from the damp rubble would not be alive. 
A woman carries her child as she walks near houses destroyed by flooding water after a dam burst, in Solio town near Nakuru, Kenya. Photograph: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters

     Moreover, the country of East Africa experienced a severe drought last year, which is why the excessive amount of rain over the last two months needed to make up for their lack of water. 
     Not only homes, but roads and bridges have crumbled into the mud rivers as well. Veronica Wanjiku (67) of Solai said, “It was a sea of water. My neighbor was killed when the water smashed through the wall of his house. He was blind so he could not run. They found his body in the morning, My other neighbours also died. All our houses have been ruined.”
     Even before the dam burst, the hard rain caused chaos in Kenya, killing 132 people and leaving 222,000 homeless. The United Nations disaster emergency agency said the flooding is soon to grow worse over the next few weeks.
Heavy rains have been witnessed in several parts of Northern Kenya in the last few days. A truck is stuck sideways in the mud as a group of people attempt to pry it out.

   

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Hawaii’s Current Volcanic Disaster

Hawaii’s Current Volcanic Disaster
By Katelyn Dearborn
Edited By Camryn Champlin
(National/Global)

     On Thursday, May 3, at around 5:30 p.m. local time, Hawaii’s volcano, Kilauea, dramatically erupted, only a few hours after one of Hawaii’s strongest earthquakes in more than a decade had struck the Big Island. Its jets of lava can be seen spraying over 150 feet (45 meters) up in the air, as well as steam-driven explosions that have sent “ballistic projectiles” like ash clouds and rocks into the sky. The eruption has spewed lava through into over tens of thousands of square feet of what used to be lush forests, bustling towns, and residents’ homes all across the southeast side of the island Hawaii, prompting many mandatory evacuations. The volcano has also opened up many other dangers, such as fissures (picture to the right) and more noticeable earthquakes, across other parts of the island. Nearly dozens of people were left stranded in the areas cut off by lava, Hawaii authorities announced last Sunday. Hawaii Civil Defense Service officials said that they went through the neighborhood to warn residents of their last chance to evacuate before the lava steamrolled through the neighborhood.
     Hawaii officials say some people choose to stay in the area, which now has no power, cell reception, landlines or county water, mostly because these people have nowhere else to go. At least 87 homes have been destroyed by the Kilauea volcano eruption in the four weeks since lava first began flowing, making this eruption one of the longest in history. It’s estimated that the lava has covered an area of 5.5 square miles -- four times as big as New York's Central Park -- according to USGS (United States Geological Survey). No one is too sure when this disaster will end, or even slow down for that matter, but Hawaii is and has been preparing for the worst.
     The USGS warns that, “this eruption is still evolving and additional outbreaks of lava are possible” and that, “at any time, activity may again become more explosive, increasing the intensity of ash production and producing ballistic projectiles very near the vent”. Only time will tell whether this disaster will ever calm down in time before the whole island of Hawaii is swallowed up.

Safety Is Relative

Safety Is Relative 
Written by: Adelaide Brandt 
Edited by: Bailey Baldwin 
(National/Global)

      Every day, the so called dangers of the world are thrown into our faces through the constant stream of news leaking into our lives. Citizens of the United States hear constant news about the terrible things occuring in other places, and the dangers of leaving our “safe country”. However, in actuality, how safe are the United States of America? We as a nation have become so xenophobic, and our political leaders do no part in curing this xenophobia as many encourage the ideas that this is the only safe place in order to remain in power. So what really lies outside the confines of our borders? Terrorists, people that hate the US, pickpockets and thieves, expenses? As far fetched as it may seem, this isn’t the case. 
     First off, the world is not as scary a place as the news makes it out to be. Generally people are quite welcoming, and most do not discriminate against you for being an American, so long as you are respectful of them and their culture. Unfortunately, the media makes it seem as though you’ll be killed if you go to another country, with the exception of a few. The extensive number of travel advisories for all other countries are bound to be off putting. However, in many of the countries we have travel advisories for, you are less likely to be killed than in America.
     In our society today, one is more likely to be shot in school in America than in another country. Countries such as Britain, France, Egypt, Mexico, and many others have put out advisories for their tourists warning them of the gun violence in America. Tourists from Muslim and African countries have even more warnings, as much of the violence in the United States is against their religion and race. 
     It is an interesting dynamic that is held by many American people. In a recent poll by the New York Post, as many as 85% of the people questioned would love to leave the country, yet always come up with excuses as to why they cannot. Another 60% stated that they have a list of places that they would love to go, but won’t. Perhaps one of the largest flaws of American Society is that we look online at pictures of amazing places, and sigh about the fact that we are not there. However, when it comes down to actually traveling, Americans will not actually get on a plane and leave the country.
     In order to become better as a society on a whole, citizens of America must become more worldly and involved in events outside of our own country. 

2018 Retirees

2018 Massabesic Retirees
Author(s): Allison Gerry, Ryan Topham
Editor: Camryn Champlin & Rachael Bonia
(School Life)

Madam Littlefield-Baas


Madam Littlefield-Baas is a french teacher. She has been teaching french for 28 years. 10 of those were at Islesboro Central School, and 18 at Massabesic. She has touched the lives of many students and could never be replaced.

Q: Why did you decide to teach? 

A: “I love kids. I love French. I have never had any of my own children but I do say that I HAVE MANY!!! I want to make the world a better place. Students keep me young!! I wanted more time for me with summers off but that was not the case in teaching as it is all-consuming. I was always thinking of ways to better my teaching or seeing something that I could use in my classroom - YEAR ROUND!!!”

Q: What are your favorite thing(s) about teaching? 

A: “Students. Sharing my love for French and the culture around the world. Helping make a difference one student at a time. I hope that I teach more than French and that I set an example every single day on how to be a good person.”

Q: What are some hobbies of yours outside of teaching? 

A: “Reading. My husband and I are in two book groups. Church - is really not a hobby but we do many activities with fellow Christians. Organizing, cleaning, gardening and enjoying our home on the Suncook River in NH. Listening to bluegrass music and going to festivals.”

Q: What are your plans after you retire? 

A: “NOT driving 2 + hours to work and back every day!!!! Travel to France with my husband (as he has never been there). Seeing the US by car. Volunteering and helping others, the gym, walking and keeping myself cancer free.”

Q: What do you think you will be remembered as? 

A: “Madame L-B, that crazy French teacher that was always telling students what to do. Someone that cared for everyone, someone that worked really hard and was fair even when she was frustrated, not knowing enough about technology and always saying, ‘Put your phone away!’" 

Q: What would you like to be remembered as? 

A: “A fun and caring person that was doing the best she could with her God-given talents. I hope that students will think of me when they are ‘walking down the street in Paris or Québec’ and as someone who lived by this motto ‘SAY WHAT YOU MEAN, MEAN WHAT YOU SAY and DON'T BE MEAN WHEN YOU SAY IT.’"

Mrs. Marianne Tozier


Marianne Tozier is a guidance counselor for high school underclassmen. She has been a guidance counselor for 30 years. 26 were at Line, Shapleigh, and Lyman elementary schools, and 4 at Massabesic. As a guidance counselor, she has helped so many students and she will definitely be missed. 

Q: Why did you decide to start teaching?

A: “I've always loved helping people and hoped I could make a difference.”

Q: What's your favorite thing(s) about what you do?

A: “When I've been able to support students when they need it the most. I'm going to miss all the students I've worked with. Over the years I've been lucky enough to see some of them graduate that I've known since they were in kindergarten. They were on my caseload in elementary school and again in high school. That's been very special!”

Q: What are some hobbies of yours outside of teaching?

A: “I love spending time at the beach and visiting with my sons and good friends. I also belong to a book club.”

Q: What are your plans after you retire?

A: “I hope to do a lot of traveling. I have a special trip to Tuscany planned with my youngest son for September. I probably will also continue to volunteer in some capacity. I've done some work for the women's shelter in Portland and will probably continue to help out there or the Preble Street Resource Center.”

Q: What do you think you will be remembered as? 

A: “This is a difficult one. I only hope that the students I have worked with over the past thirty years have always felt supported and cared for. I've always tried to be a strong advocate for students to be able to be safe and accomplish all they can be.”

Q: What would you like to be remembered as? 

A: “I hope my legacy will be the students that go on to be happy and productive individuals.”



Mr. Jeffrey Lyons

Mr. Lyons has been a great English teacher for all of MHS, and the students here are going to remember him, for both what he taught them in life, and the person he was in their lives. In all of our opinions, all of the teachers and educational staff have a place in our heart, appearing as superheros, and that is no understatement for Mr. Lyons, who has been teaching for 32 years, all within the English department.

Q: How did you start to teach/Start your path on an educational career? What was your interest that made you want to go into teaching or an educational career?

A: “I come from a family of educators and book lovers. I majored in English because I love to read. I became an English teacher because I wanted to nurture enthusiasm for reading.”

Q: What would be some of your favorite things about your job?

A: “I enjoy seeing kids grow and gain understanding.”

Q: How long have you been teaching/administrator? What have you been working with during your time at MHS?

A: “I taught for 32 years, all of them at Massabesic High School, and all in the ELA department.”

Q: What do you enjoy outside of teaching? Do you have any plans after retiring?

A: “I enjoy reading, music playing and singing and listening, art, history, walking and hiking and bike riding, basketball playing and watching and coaching, and writing. I plan to do more of all of them.”

Q: What would you say you will be remembered as? What would you like to be remembered as?

A: “I hope to be remembered as a good teacher, a good colleague, and a good person.”

Q: Do you have any advice for any incoming people? 

A: “My advice to anyone would be from Miguel Ruiz, by way of our former colleague Marcia Pitcher: 

‘The Four Agreements

1. Be impeccable with your word.

2. Don’t take anything personally.

3. Don’t make assumptions.

4. Always do your best. ‘“

A big thank you goes to Mr. Lyons from all of his students, colleagues and peers from MHS. 


Mr. John Morin

Mr. Morin has been a great leader, coach, teacher, and principal over the last years he has been with us. When we think about teachers in general, the thing that comes to mind may not be the truth, and this is especially the truth with Mr. Morin, as he is so much more than just a teacher. 

Q: How did you start to teach/Start your path on an educational career? What was your interest that made you want to go into teaching or an educational career?

A: “I began as an Ed tech II in a 4-6 grade behavioral classroom, from there I became a Physical Education/Health/Wellness teacher, and then an Assistant Principal. My teachers and coaches were tremendous role models and mentors for me, and I felt the need to provide the same opportunity for others.”

Q: What would be some of your favorite things about your job?

A: “The interactions with colleagues and students, watching students evolve and mature from their freshman to senior year. Having former students and players tell you they get the lessons you were trying to instill in them and are using those those skills in their adult life.”

Q: How long have you been teaching/administrator? What have you been working with during your time at MHS(e.x., English, Math, Assistant Principal, Guidance, etc.)

A: “I was an ed tech for 1 year, a teacher for 19 years, and an assistant principal for 18 years. I have been at Massabesic for a total of 21 years, 3 part time and 18 full time. I also coached for 35 years, football, basketball, indoor and outdoor track, 16 of those were as the head football coach here at Massabesic.”

Q: What do you enjoy outside of teaching? Do you have any plans after retiring?

A: “I enjoy anything with the outdoors and all 4 seasons; fishing, hunting, hiking, biking, and growing vegetables in our garden. I'm also still a sports enthusiast. My wife and I have recently purchased a camper and plan to be hitting the road visiting places from here in Maine to Alaska. I have recently become active in the Southern Maine and New Hampshire Chapters of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. I am also in the process of developing a consulting program to build leadership and character in today's youth. Though I'm retiring, I do not feel that my time of working with kids is over yet.”

Q: What do you think you will be remembered as? What would you like to be remembered as?

A: “My hope is to be remembered as consistent and fair, although fair isn't always consistent and consistent isn't always fair. But if you take the time to know who you're dealing with and treat them the way you want to be treated, you can't go wrong. Getting a thank you from a former student or player means more than any other type of recognition.”

Q: Do you have any advice for any incoming people?

A: “Be yourself, be a server, if you see something that needs to be done - do it - don't wait to be be asked, and at the end of the day be able to look at yourself in the mirror and be happy and content with the person looking back knowing you had a positive effect on someone or something."

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Summer Movies - The Good, Bad, and the Ugly


Summer Movies - The Good the Bad and the Ugly 
By Jacob Beaulieu
Edited by Trevor Beals 
(National/Global)

     It’s summer, Hollywood’s second favorite movie season! This year Hollywood has pumped out a boat load of movies some are quality, others are crap, and some your just going to need to decide for yourself. In this article we will be taking a look at the movies that started coming out april and will continue to keep coming out throughout the 3 summer months. I will be giving each movie a grade: Good, Bad, or Ugly and I will give a short explanation why it got this grade. So get ready to hear my reviews and speculations of the summer 2018 movies.


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Avengers: Infinity War
Good

      This was a great film with one major clause. That is that in order to fully enjoy this movie you need to see the 18 movies before it which even for a movie nerd like me can feel like a chore at times. I was lucky enough to have seen this film (and the 18 before it) and I really enjoyed it. This movie was able to balance about 70 characters in one film without it seeming rushed unlike films before it. It also had a compelling story and kept me engaged the whole time. My one criticism is that (minor spoiler warning!) This film can’t be enjoyed on its own due to it ending on a massive cliffhanger so it will never feel fully complete without its sequel that is coming in 


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Solo: A Star Wars story 
Ugly

      I really want to like this film but there are a few things that make it very hard for me to do that. Solo a Star Wars story is a Star Wars anthology film about a young version of the fan favorite character han solo. The film is fun and usually more lighthearted than the other modern Star Wars films, which I really liked. However the film was very conservative in the sense that it didn’t do anything different. With so many other Star Wars films, there is nothing priticualty special with this one. I didn’t mind the recasting of major star wars characters and actually really loved Donald Glover’s version of the character Lando. While this wasn’t a bad film, it did feel like we needed a young han story that explains every little detail about him in one small period.

Speculations:

     These next movies are all ones that I haven’t watched yet or just aren’t out. I will be judging these by the concept, trailer, and any other information we know about these movies.


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Oceans 8
Good

     This movie looks promising. It’s a heist film that follows the oceans 11 story. However there are a couple large changes that make this film interesting. First of all it will be more cut off from the regular ocean films and can be watched by anyone. Secondly the film has an all female cast and the film is going to be lighter and more comedic. This more fun take on an ocean film should make for a very solid movie.

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Bad

     When I go to watch a new movie, I like to see something new and exiting because if you just see the same old things in every movie than you might as well only own one movie. This movie is the prime example of a movie that just recycles the same ideas and makes films with them because they know they will make money. When I saw the trailer for this film I knew that I had seen it before. This was because it just wasn’t original.


http://www.impawards.com 
Tag
Good

     This movie is the first movie on this list to not be somehow connected to another popular movie as a sequel or prequel so kudos to you Tag! This movie looks super hilarious. It’s about a group of childhood friends who have a very intense tag game that involves traveling all over the world to avoid being tagged by someone. The best part about this film is that it is based on a true story which is just crazy to think about!


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Skyscraper
Bad

     This movie is very formulaic. The rock is stuck in a disaster an he needs to save the day by doing something that is physically impossible. This movie feels like it is being made just for money and no real effort was put into the story. I could be wrong but Skyscraper seems a bit to comom for me.


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Ant-Man and the Wasp
Ugly

     This movie has the potential to be good and might still be good but from the trailer footage that we are getting, nothing seems super special about this film. We have already seen a hero who can shrink down to a small size so doing it again makes it boring. However the heros in this film seem to be using their powers in very creative ways this time which is a plus. My hope for this film is that it goes out of the ordinary by introducing the more comic based elements of ant man or the wasp. Each of these heroes are both very interesting so I hope they are used well.

Comic Book Triumph



Comic Book Triumph
By Xander Morley 
Edited by: Giavanna Cardona-Simmons
(National/Global)

     You may have heard about a little movie called Avengers: Infinity War. It’s popular and has been destroying all of records. This movie was the fastest movie to ever pass 1 Billion at the box office and it was in only 11 days! Superhero movies are the hot topic in hollywood right now, they have been since Iron Man came out in 2008 and they show no signs of slowing down. With dozens of movies being made about superheroes, Marvel and DC alike, it’s not a surprise that they’re winning at the box office. Since these movies started becoming hits, comic sales have increased too. In 2014, two years after the first Avengers movie, comic sales were up to 870 Million a year, 600 million dollars up from the year 2000! 
     These movies have made comic heroes a big deal, and to think that in the 90’s, Marvel was going broke (hence why we don’t see the X-Men with the Avengers, due to selling rights to make money). Disney bought Marvel in 2009 for 4.24 billion dollars. Disney then bought Star Wars and most recently, 21st Century Fox as a whole. Mickey Mouse and Co are the reason most of these movies are blowing up, due to its availability and likeness towards children, so just about anybody can watch these movies. If Infinity War has shown anything, it’s shown that nerds and geeks alike are getting the recognition of these heroes like they’ve been trying for almost a century. 
     Everyone is lined up to see these movies, money is being spent, these things are successful. It’s not gonna slow down for a long time and many people probably don’t mind that, especially Disney and Marvel, because they’re making money!

Memorial Day Parades

The Memorial Day Parades
Written by Luc Beaulieu and Emma Sweeney
Edited by Emily Baker 
(Community)

      On May 28th the Massabesic NJROTC and Massabesic high school band participated in parades across the school district. Parades took place in Waterboro, Limerick, and Lyman, although, the concert band did not participate in the parade in Lyman. After the Limerick parade, one of Maine’s former senators, Angus King, was a guest speaker at the Memorial day ceremony. 
     The Massabesic high school concert band, led by director Adam Goad, marched in both the Waterboro parade and the Limerick parade. They played “My Country, Tis of Thee” arranged by Dallas C. Burke, “Armed Forces” arranged by M. Doiron and “You’re A Grand Old Flag” arranged by Paul Jennings. After the parades, several band members joined the NJROTC for a barbecue in Lyman before the NJROTC marched in the last parade.
     The NJROTC participated in the Memorial Day Parades in Waterboro, Limerick, and Lyman. They had all of the cadets participate in marching, and they also had a Color Guard. In the Color Guard, it was commanded by the unit’s Company Commander Ivalani Callahan. Carrying the Navy flag was the previous Company Commander Zoé Petit. The Guards were Maxwell Sweeney, and the Company’s Executive Officer Marcus Ratz. In the Limerick parade, two cadets, Rachael Bonia and Emma Sweeney were selected to do a flag folding ceremony in front of the Maine State Senator, Angus King. After the parades, the cadets all had a barbecue together.



Friday, May 11, 2018

Society's Influence on Self-Esteem

article by Gabriella Aubut
edited by Elizabeth Marston





screenshots taken from author's laptop

As you roll over in you bed, your eyes catch the sight of a new notification lighting up the room. You know that you have to get up early the next morning and get ready for school, but you can’t fight the urge that’s telling to pick up your phone. As you read your latest Instagram notification, it informs you about a very popular, new style of eye shadow. You click the home button, punch in your four digit code, and Instagram opens itself up. You view this new post, but can’t help thinking, “I wish I could look like that.” These thoughts run through the minds of most social media users who have seen a model or celebrity looking their best.

Social media has that sort of affect on its users. It helps spread around what society thinks is perfection. We constantly see celebrity photo shoot images, but they aren’t natural. Before those images are released, they undergo a process called photoshop, where they are edited and altered to make sure that they fit society’s mold of perfect. Large hips, flat stomach, and a thigh gap. Society also expects men to look their best. Skinny, but muscular, perfectly tan, and relatively tall.

Over the years, we have been expected to fulfill impossible standards. “Social media has been linked to higher levels of loneliness, envy, anxiety, depression, narcissism and decreased social skills,” (thehuffingtonpost.com). Most people know that the stuff on social media is glamorized and made to look flawless in the people’s eyes. Social media has negative effects on self-esteem and relationships. “80% reported that is easier to be deceived by others through their sharing on social media,” (thehuffingtonpost.com). Social media helps to hide the “imperfections” that occur in life behind a screen. It helps to create a masked persona of perfection for all of its users.

Society only wants perfection. The next time you post a photo or a comment on your social media, I want you to think about what you’re doing. Is it one side to your life? Are you only posting the good side of your life? What about the bad? Don’t use social media as a way of hiding behind a screen, use it as a way of empowering you and others. Encouraging them to be the best that they can be, not what society wants them to be. Don’t enforce society’s rule of beauty, enforce your own.

CITATIONS:

Silva, Clarissa. “Social Media's Impact On Self-Esteem.” TheHuffingtonPost.com, Oath, Inc., 22 Feb. 2017, www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/social-medias-impact-on-self esteem_us_58ade038e4b0d818c4f0a4e4.

This website is pretty much about the “paradox effect” that social media gives off and how it affects people's relationships, and in a way creates a barrier of communication. It talks about how real life has been put into the form of social media and people forget how to interact in real life. We used the statistics to get a better understanding of how it really affects people.

Coronado, Orfelinda. “Anxiety and Low Self-Esteem in Teens Linked toSocial Media.” MyAccessHealth.org, Access Health, 1 Sept. 2016, www.myaccesshealth.org/news/anxiety-and-low-self-esteem-in-teens.

This website informs us about how online communities may have a direct impact on its user’s mental health. It tells us how teens are exposed to easy forms of attack. We used this website to inform us about how social media uses anonymity to attack self-esteem. It informs us that, even though social media can be a really a really good form of connection, it is also is a very easy way to target self-esteem in anyone while hiding behind a screen.

Jacobson, Rae, and Child Mind Institute. “Social Media and Self-Esteem| Impact of Social Media on   Youth.” ChildMind.org, Child Mind Institute, Inc., 2018, http://childmind.org/article/social-media-and-self-doubt/.

This website pretty much sums up how social media affects teens self esteem and makes them feel bad about themselves because they feel as though their peers are doing much better and more successful in life than them. We used this mainly to get an idea of how much damage this actually does on at teenage brain.

Ehmke, Rachel, and Child Mind Institute. “How Using Social Media Affects Teenagers.” ChildMind.org, Child Mind Institute, Inc., 2018, http://childmind.org/article/how-using-social-media-affects-teenagers/.

This website targets technology and the way, not only teens, but kids use it and how their development is affected by it. It informs us about how social media is promoting anxiety and lowering self-esteem. We used this website to show how social media impacts the well-being of all of its users and everyone around it.


Kanouzi, Jack. “Self Esteem in the Hands of Society.”Bioethics.Yale.edu, Yale University. https://bioethics.yale.edu/sites/default/files/files/SELF%20ESTEEM%20IN%20THE%20HANDS%20OF%20SOCIETY-1.pdf

This website tells us about how self-esteem can cause problems when it comes to building a strong, healthy relationships. It informs us about how these self-esteem issues can be the cause of serious diseases, such as anxiety, depression, and eating disorders. We used this as a source to show how society’s hands are the controller of self-esteem.

Ability Grouping in School

article by Lauren Weko and Zoe Seward
edited by Elizabeth Marston

So? What is ability grouping? Ability grouping should involve the student's needs, and what is needed for the student to pass. This way of teaching keeps students who learn in the same way or at the same pace together, so they don't feel left out or different from others in their class. This way of learning is directed toward elementary level students. When in a classroom that is not grouped by ability, students can go home to their parents and complain about feeling stupid or different, or be on the other side and say the work is really easy and it is really slow.



School comes easier to some people and those are the people who are able to not work as hard and still pass and get good grades, students like that would be grouped together with a teacher who moves faster due to her/his students understanding. But school is also harder to others in these cases these students would have more time to get things done and more help with work. The teacher would take more time making sure that the students understand every step of the way.

But this way of learning also has some disadvantages, when grouping like this, the students in the lower level may get anxious, of feel less smart due to being put in a certain group. But if student are in the higher level it may make the student feel really pressured to do everything perfect, which may make them feel overwhelmed.



But this way of learning does excel from other learning types because the higher level students are not forced to be slower than average, and the lower level students have more help in understanding and not getting irritated at their work.

Depression in Teens

article by Lili Cammett and Destiny Doucette
edited by Elizabeth Marston 

Have you ever had a friend or family member that you think could be depressed or thinking about suicide? If you think so, read below.

Depression in teens is a very serious issue and should not be fooled around with. According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, approximately one out of five adolescents has a diagnosable mental health disorder, and nearly one-third show symptoms of depression. Depression is identified as a “serious mental health problem that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest in activities,” according to mayoclinic.org. A teen will not just stick out to you or to anyone also it isn’t easy to notice if a teen is depressed. The hardest part about noticing depression in adolescent teens is that many of the symptoms are recognized as normal teen behavior. This mental disorder affects how a teen will think, act, and feel on a daily basis. Even though it is normal for teenagers for occasionally be down in the dumps or upset, depression is a completely different story.

To be clear, there is no one cause for why people develop depression. There can be may factors to why it happens though. A variety of issues may be involved in the process of adolescent depression. Some of the causes that your teen may be depressed is that is he or she: biological chemistry, hormones, inherited traits, early childhood trauma and learning patterns of negative thinking. Also some symptoms that your child could be depressed are: irritability, poor performance in school, feelings of sadness that can lead to crying spells for no reason, social withdrawal or anger. As you can tell, these symptoms can be an emotional or behavioral change. However, just because someone displays these symptoms does not mean they are depressed. You should only be concerned if these occur over several weeks. According to mentalhealthamerica.net, depression in teens is increasing at an alarming rate. Not only is it hard for adults to recognize depression in teenagers, it may also be hard for a teen themselves to recognize their own symptoms because they don’t tend to express or understand their feelings very well.

A very important aspect to be familiar with and understand before or after a teen is diagnosed with depression are the suicide warning signs. First of all, if you or anyone you know, teenager or not, are thinking about hurting yourself or attempting suicide call 911 or your local emergency number right away. There is also a national suicide hotline (1-800-273-8255) if you need someone to talk to during hard times. The possibility of wanting to commit suicide is a serious issue no matter how severe a person’s depression is. Also, if you think your teen or anyone is thinking about suicide these are the signs yo watch out for: Talking about suicide, writing about suicide, giving away a lot of personal stuff, starting to do reckless stuff, romanticizing death, saying goodbye to family or friends(in person or online) and posting stuff on social media about wanted to commit suicide or death. There are many ways to help treat teen depression. “If depression symptoms continue or begin to interfere in your teens life, talk to a doctor or mental health professional trained to work with adolescents. Your teens family doctor or pediatrician is a good place to start. Or your teens school may recommend someone.” (mayoclinic.org). It’s likely that depression symptoms won’t just get better on their own. That is why seeking help is so important.

What are some treatments for depression?

Psychotherapy, this is a talk therapy which is a good initial treatment choice, it helps determine what kind of things you need to focus on to get better.

Group Therapy, for some teens group therapy works out better because they connect with others and learn they aren’t alone.

Medication, antidepressant drugs are typically just for major cases of depression, in order to be prescribed these drugs you need to be examined by a doctor to make sure they are necessary and beneficial for you.

Concluding that suicide and depression is nothing to mess around with, if you think a friend or not even a friend even someone you just know is thinking about suicide or is very depressed don’t just watch them fall down the hole get them help.

Are Dogs Genetically or Environmentally Aggressive?

article by Izabella Caruolo
edited by Emma Snyder









There have been multiple arguments between scientists about if dog aggression is genetic or environmental. Some believe it's genetic, some believe it's environmental and some even think it's both. As a human we can control when we want to be aggressive (most of the time). We believe we know that dogs can control their aggression too. If they smell something that they associate with danger then they may start to bark at you in a aggressive tone. Sometimes a dog will bark at you or someone who tries to get close to them, this is because they may feel threatened by you. Hence the reason why they may snap, growl, bark, or attack you. This is just basic behavior we all know and is something many dogs do, but do certain dog breeds show this more than others?


If you asked me if the aggression was from genes or the environment I would say both. According to WholeDogJournal Jessica Hekman wrote an article, “Is Our Dog's Behaviour Genetic?” she wrote, “Just as we don’t have complete control over the genetic contributions to a dog’s personality, we lack complete control over the puppy’s environment. By the time the breeder and then the owner are formally socializing a puppy, the little canine brain has already gone through massive amounts of development.” As a person we can’t completely control a dog's genes and a dog’s environment. Breeding two dogs that aren’t aggressive doesn’t mean their offspring won’t be aggressive, sometimes it's just where the puppy was brought up. If they had a family who was aggressive towards the dog and abused it, then it’s most likely that they will be aggressive towards others, because they are scared. Being aggressive towards others is the only thing they know to survive.


It is also possible that the dog will end up having genes that are like their parent’s personalities. Also according to Whole Dog Journal's, “Is Our Dogs Behaviour Genetic?” Jessica had wrote, “It turns out that personality is influenced by many, many genes, and if you breed for any other traits in addition to temperament, like looks or performance, then your ability to guarantee particular results in the puppy goes out the window.” A dog has both of their parent’s genes and they may get some of their personality from those genes. There is a 50/50 chance that the offspring will have the mother’s or father’s personality with their own personality. Their aggression can be one of their parent’s traits and/or their own just from their environment.


German Shepherd and Golden Retriever Behaviour Comparison





A German Shepherd is known to be one of the most aggressive dog breeds, because of their history and most common job as a police dog. You can always find a German Shepherd next to a police officer in airports or highly populated train stations or in populated cities. They are mostly used for drug busts, are trained to smell illegal drugs such as medical marijuana, cocaine, and heroin, and used for search and rescue. A German Shepherd is a pet that is very protective, loyal, alert and very intelligent. Unfortunately, they are stereotyped as the most aggressive dog next to pitbulls, which makes it hard for people to have them as pets or to see them as pets. It takes patience and dedication to train a German Shepherd. German Shepherds will have tempers and they will be aggressive if they feel threatened, which is why most people who do own this beautiful dog have spent time training them to be obedient and kind.








On the other hand, a Golden Retriever isn’t known to be aggressive. They are very popular family dogs. Goldens are obedient, playful, intelligent, well-mannered, are kind especially to strangers, and very good with kids. These beloved dogs are great for being watchdogs, but don’t make great guard dogs due to their social butterfly-like personality. These dogs love to be around people and die for attention. If they are left alone for too long they will develop separation anxiety, which may lead to bad behavior like chewing objects that aren’t made to be chewed on, like your favorite pair of shoes. Goldens thrive on companionship. Unlike German Shepherds they don’t get stereotyped as the most aggressive dog breed and are viewed as one of the sweetest and happiest dog today.