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

     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

     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 

      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 

     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.
Avengers: Infinity War

      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 

Solo: A Star Wars story 

      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.


     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.
Oceans 8

     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.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

     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. 

     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!

     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.
Ant-Man and the Wasp

     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

     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 

      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.