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.

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:

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.