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Grit- Team- Passion
Valor - Respect
For Your Tomorrow, They Gave Their Today
Get Into the Zone
Once a Greenback ~ Always a Greenback
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Honoring all who served for our US Military
"Thanking our veterans for their service and remembering them and everything they have done."
Thanksgiving is almost here and there is one thing in particular I am looking forward too. That one thing is Pumpkin pie. To most people, pumpkin pie is just a normal food that tastes good, but to me it is a tradition that tastes amazing. It might be hard , but I will try to explain why pumpkin pie is so special to me.
My first remembered Thanksgiving is when I first had the life changing Pumpkin pie. At the beginning of the day my dad wanted to carve a pumpkin, At first it didn't smell to bad, but then it hit me. The smell was so horrible I no longer wanted to be near anything that had the word pumpkin in it. Later that day my mom had made pumpkin pie and I wanted nothing to do with it , but reluctantly i tried it. The smoothness of the pumpkin and the crunchiness of the crust were one of the greatest sensations I have ever tasted. After that I gobbled down the rest of the piece and wanted another. Now, every Thanksgiving I just can't wait for the creamy pumpkin pie. Pumpkin pie originate from when the Plymouth pilgrims made a pumpkin pie for their first Thanksgiving. From 1621 to 1692 pilgrims treated pumpkin pie as a special treat for it was also one of their favorite dishes so they decided to put the dish into the important feast called Thanksgiving and from then on it has been a tradition.
If I learned to love pumpkin pie I bet you can try the deliciousness at your next Thanksgiving feast.
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The Boston Massacre took place during the American Revolution. Five Colonists were Found shot and killed, while many were found injured.
Monster House was released in 2006, on July 21. When I was around the age of four, I got the ability to see this movie on Cartoon Network around Halloween, and it scared me so bad that any old or creepy house made me feel very scared, just by looking at it. This intriguing movie was directed by Gil Kenan, and produced by Jack Rapke, and Steve Starkey. The reason I am doing a review on this movie is because about a week ago I got my hands on a copy of this nostalgia filled movie. I know it’s going to be hard to write a review for a movie I already have a slight bias for, though I will try to give my honest and unbiased opinion in this review.
Let’s start with a short synopsis of the movie, it all starts with the main character D.J, played by Mitchel Musso, meeting his new babysitter after his parents leave for a trip. The baby sitter, Zee (played by Maggie Gyllenhaal.), is not what she had originally seemed, very stereotypically, she was a punk teen just looking for a little extra cash, not caring too much about the well being of D.J. Then you are introduced to D.J’s best friend Chowder, played by Sam Lerner. As they play a short game of basketball, the ball rolls into a creepy old house, introduced in the opening credits, which is owned by Nebbercracker, played by Steve Buscemi. Eventually D.J makes his way over the yard grabs the ball but before he can run Nebbercracker runs out and tries to chase him off the lawn but before he can he has a heart attack and dies. (Escalated very quickly I know), then the house becomes agitated as D.J killed its owner. The house then is out to kill D.J and anyone else it can to grieve for the loss of its owner. As the movie continues you meet a new character named Jenny, played by Spencer Locke, who is trying to sell cookies to the house but before she can be eaten alive, by the house, the two boys stop her and bring her back to D.J’s home. Then this trio decide that they are going to try and conquer the house and take it down for good allowing no one else to be eaten and used for the mysterious needs of the home.
With that, the movie probably seems incredibly boring and overused, with simple tropes and stereotypes. Even with that I think this movie is decent and I would recommend it for people who just want to watch cheesy old cartoon scary movies. This movie didn’t scare me as much as it did when I was younger, now it just makes me laugh. I’ll probably end up seeing the movie again, and enjoying every minute of it. This movie has its parts that just make you go what, and burst into laughter at how silly some of the “twists” are. Then again, this movie has heavy nostalgia for me, so this is probably all very biased. Nonetheless, you should see this movie. It’s iconic and if you haven’t seen it you need to. I guess you probably want to hear about my history with this movie.
Since we just talked about my current opinion of this movie let me tell you the history I have with this weird, and cheesy film. I remember it was late, and I wasn’t supposed to be out of bed. I was in our living room hiding under the covers and watching cartoon network, when all of a sudden it started playing this movie. The only huge thing I remember clearly about his movie was the part where it ate one of the main characters. It scared me more than anything in this world has leaving me not being able to sleep well for days. Even with all the young kid terror. This movie is something I will always treasure and I hope that I will be able to see this movie again.
"Serving in the army makes a soldier a veteran to me."
By: Zachary Vandervoort:
My Thoughts about Veteran's Day.....
by: Dyllan Lunsford
Veterans Day originated on November 11th, 1919, the first anniversary of WWI. At the time it was known as Armistice Day; Armistice means “an agreement made by opposing sides in a war to give up for a certain time, or a truce.” The USA served armistice against Germany in the 11th month, 11th day, and 11th hour of 1918. Congress passed a resolution around 1926 for an annual observance. Finally, in 1938, Veterans Day became a national holiday. Sixteen years later, in 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower successfully changed the name to Veterans Day.
The reason we celebrate Veterans day is to thank all U.S. Military personnel, especially veterans. The only countries that celebrate veterans day are the United States, Canada, and Britain.
Some people get Veterans Day and Memorial Day switched around, which is understandable considering they both deal with US history. However, Memorial Day is intended to honor veterans that died fighting for our country, while Veterans Day is meant to honor veterans; dead, alive, or actively serving. There is also a holiday known as Armed Forces Day, which honors actively fighting veterans.
You may not realize it, but Veterans are one of the many American Heroes, and one of the few reasons we are a part of the land of the free and the home of the brave.
A veteran is someone who served our country in time of war. Veterans are people who are or were serving in the military. All military personnel lives discipline lives so that we do not have to. They battle to protect our rights, our ways of life, and our freedom.
The first war the United States fought in was the Revolutionary War. The war took place from 1775-1783. The idea of a Revolutionary War came about after the American Colonists came to America for a better life. However, Britain continued to overtax the Americans. After Thomas Payne’s article,Common Sense, the colonists decided to revolt against the King. The Revolutionary War was back and forth, starting with the “Shot heard around the world” at the Battles of Lexington and Concord, and ending with the Surrendering of General Cornwallis and his British army at the Battle of Yorktown. The Americans defeated British on September 3rd, 1783, and claimed themselves a part of a free country. Just think, what would've happened if those brave souls never entered the battlefield, or decided to give up. We could still be being controlled by Great Britain. Let that sink in.
According to a 2014 census, there are a total of 21.8 million veterans of the US armed forces. To give you a better understanding, there are 319.2 million Americans. That would mean about 7 of 100 people serve in our military. From 1776 to September 2012, a total of 40 million people have served in our US military. The United States Armed Forces is second in size, trailing only China, the leading country in general population.
Veterans play a big role in what America has become today. Without veterans, America would be a pile of rubble. Generation after generation, we need to respect veterans, no matter what. If anyone in your family was, or is currently serving in the military, give them a call today, thank them for their service, and catch up with them a little bit. I am sure they would love your company and would love to hear about stuff going on in your life!
Pumpkin Pie Review
"Veterans Day is when soldiers fought for us."
"Veterans are hard fighters and a person who is or was in a war."
They Gave Their Today
"A chance to celebrate the people who fought for the things in our life."
Photos by: Caycee Bass
by: Emaline Cline
For Your Tomorrow,
Peyton Koehler and Harold Voss stand by Harlod's board during the Veterans Day luncheon.
Dear RJ -
I stink at fantasy football. How do I win games??
LMS boys basketball started practice on October 16th, 2017. The change in staff brought us a new coach, Coach Ford. Coach Ford would be coaching the Gold JV team. The head coach and eighth grade A team coach of the basketball team is Coach Ricke. The 7a team is coached by Coach Sharp, and the Green JV team is coached by Coach Landry.
The teams kicked off their season by playing the Haven Wildcats. Using their athleticism to their advantage, the 7th grade got off to a great start and never looked back, winning game 1 with a great team effort.
The eighth grade would follow the seventh grade game. LMS had a tough first quarter, as they are known to be slow starters. However, they picked it up for the rest of the game. The 8th grade would go on to win the game with a slim margin.
Due to a lot of players, the boys have two JV teams. The green team is made up of 8th grade JV players and the gold team is made up of a mixture of 7th and 8th JV players. The first game in Haven was played by the Green team. The green team out-hustled the Wildcats for the win, completing the clean sweep.
The following week, LMS would play against a struggling Hoisington team. This week, the gold team would be playing.
7a tipped off at the Blythe at 4:30 vs the Hoisington Cardinals. While they were outsized, the seventh graders hung in there the whole game. However, despite the great effort, LMS falls just short with a loss.
For the eighth grade on the other hand, it wasn’t much of a game, as they stomped on the Cardinals, advancing to 2-0.
The gold team would play their first game against Hoisington. Resembling the seventh grade game, the Gold team falls just short, losing by 2 buckets.
The greenbacks’ week 3 match-up was versus the Sterling Bears.
The 7th grade, coming off a tough loss, was back and ready to dominate. Sure enough the seventh grade beat Sterling in every aspect of the game, tallying up a huge win, moving their record to 2-1.
The 8th grade would follow. Coming in, they knew it would be a tough match-up. Sterling was LMS’ closest victory last year, only beating them by 5. Coming off the bench, Matt Shanline had a great first quarter. However, the Greenbacks were down 9-13 at the end of the first. After a hustle play by Blake Coss shifted the momentum, the Greenbacks only gave up two points in the quarter. LMS ended up on top at the end of the half. In the third quarter, LMS outplayed their eighth grade, but in the fourth, things started to heat up as Sterling was on the verge of a comeback. The 8th grade Greenbacks stuck with it though, playing ‘til the end, taking the W.
After the 8th grade, the Green team faced off against Sterling. The game was a walk in the park for a Green team, pushing the pedal and never looking back, moving to 2-0.
The next week, the boys would play against the Lyons Lions. Both 7th grade teams came into the game 2-1. The 7th graders outmatched Lyons, but the Lions were pestering the Greenbacks with great D. Despite the difference, The 7a greenbacks come out on top.
The 8th grade would also be playing a really good Lyons team. Tipping every pass, it was hard for LMS to make a pass anywhere without a turnover. After turning the game over to their sharpshooters, Aiden Crow and Matthew Shanline, the 8a team started making stuff happen. The game was a brawl, and with ten seconds left in the game, Lyons was losing by two. However, they had one of their best shooters at the free throw line, shooting two. The first one of his free throws rimmed out, and the second one went in, making it a 30-31 game. With 10 seconds left, Lions had to press. All LMS had to do was work the ball around, which they did, and they won the game, making their record 4-0.
It was the Gold team’s turn to play, and it was going to be tough, for Lyons JV team was pretty good. Despite our Gold team’s great effort, they came up just short.
Bridgett Combs is receiving the Valor Quilt for her actions in the military.
Photo by: Emaline Cline
Photo by: Mr. Helfriich
The Green team prepares for a walk in the park versus Sterling.
Photo by: Alexa Roberts
by: Dyllan Lunsford & Karter Hoeme
Andrew Vanslyke and his veteran are seen staning by the board created for him.
Joel Fox is seen standing next to his veterans board created by Kari Fox.
“My favorite part of basketball is getting to play with my friends” - Blake Coss
The eighth grade is in a dog fight with the Sterling Black Bears.
Photo by: Alexa Roberts
You should start by viewing the free agency market. There is a good chance you will be able to cop a few decent players from there. Occasionally, you may get away with a steal when trading with your opponents. When putting together your Fantasy Football roster for the week, make sure you read reports on the players. Most apps provide a Projected Point Range and a summary of how they think each player is going to do. And always remember, keep your head up! Best of luck my friend!
by: Emaline Cline & Jakeb Nelson
Bridgett Combs, Jaylen Craft, and Beau Bolen are seen looking at the Veterans Day boards.
Pratt @ Haven
Pratt vs. Hoisington
Pratt vs. Sterling
Pratt @ Lyons
On Friday November 10th, the day before Veterans Day, Mrs. Dixon, Mrs Stelzer, Mrs. Norman, Mrs. Younie, and Mrs. Thompson set up for the luncheon for local veterans. The luncheon was a formal lunch, where soups and desserts were served to the 8th graders and their veterans. The event was centered around the Veteran’s Day boards that the eighth grade class did for a veteran of their choice. Some students wrote an essay if they could not find a veteran. For five years we have hosted this event for local veterans and their respective students. Mrs. Foster started honoring the veterans with this event five years ago, and Mrs. Dixon continues this event.
The Veteran’s Day luncheon started around 11:00 a.m. and ended at about 1:00 p.m. This year, the Builders Club, Mrs. Younie, and Mrs. Norman presented Valor Quilts to Bridgett Combs, and Krista Wilson. Both quilts were hand crafted by Mylee Gerber, Jacob Muntz, and Airam Fernadez. The designs of the quilts were chosen by the Builders Club members. The event was considered a success due to the veterans and the participants leaving with smiles on their faces. Some veterans mentioned that there should be more fun events throughout the community for veterans.
The Veterans Day luncheon is an important event for the students and staff at Liberty Middle School. The event brings the community together and allows students to be a part of real world situations. Students had to invite their veterans to the luncheon and write thank you cards to all of those that contributed to the luncheon. During the luncheon, the students participated in small talk with the veterans and showed them the various boards students created. The conversations that people have with their veterans may convince students to become more interested in joining the military.
The Valor Quilts allow the community to show veterans that they are honored, and remind them that their work will not be forgotten. The 8th grade Veterans boards allow the students to get closer to the people around them that have fought for their country. Thank you to all the veterans who served for our country, and our freedom. Thank you for the teachers and students who allowed these events to happen. Thank you to all the teachers that provided food for the luncheon, and the boards. Now, what can you do to support the veterans in your community?
Krista Wilson is seen with her Valor Quilt wrapped around her as Mrs. Younie and Mrs. Norman presented her the quilt. Photo by: Emaline Cline
Get in the Zone
Photos by: Mr. Helfrich
Not everyone could do the veterans board, so students that were not able to created veterans day essays that are shown above. Photo by: Mrs. Wilson.
“Basketball drives me to get good grades” - Carson Hoeme
by Autumn Kuemin
The Leadership team met during AB to help decide the new name for the library. They went back to their ABs to get name suggestions. Each leadership member returned with at least one name suggestion. The Leadership team consists of one member from each AB.
At their next meeting, the members made signs that listed the name their AB chose. Each member had to explain why their AB selected that name. Then, each person in the leadership team was given three sticky notes. They had to stick the sticky notes under the names that they wanted to vote for. The top three signs that had the most sticky notes made it into the final selection. The Leadership team separated into groups and discussed the names from the top three. After the discussion in the small groups the team come together and shared their thoughts from their group. The Leadership team went back to their AB and voted on the name for the library. The team had felt that there were people not spoken for, such as the fifth graders. The team went to the fifth grade classroom and shared their process in deciding how to name the library.
The Leadership team decided the name by doing a secret ballot. A secret ballot is when people vote and do not share what they voted for. The name with the most votes was LMS Lagoon. LMS Lagoon will be the permanent name for the Liberty Middle School library. Ms Stelzer will be placing the name above the library doors.
"Over the season , our team has gotten closer than ever."
The Liberty cheerleaders have been cheering at all of the games that have been in the swamp. The other teams have been helping them cheer along.
He got the stuffing knocked out of him!
If your father could see you now, he’d turn over in his gravy!
by: Zach Vandervoot and Jenna Haas
"To get better we all need to communicate as a team."
by: 7th Grade Keyboarding Classes
by: Caycee Bass
What would you get if you crossed a turkey with an ghost?
What happened when the turkey got into a fight?
What key won’t open any door?
What did the mother turkey say to her disobedient children?
Our JV Lady Greenbacks playing their 3rd home game, against Larned. Their practice is paying off in the win against Larned.
Photo Credit by: Alexa Roberts
Fall sports is now over and Winter sports is here. Girls basketball started with a bang. Both the 8th and 7th grade girls were ecstatic for the brand new start to the season.
Practice started October 18, 2017, and the girls were excited for the basketball season. They looked forward to getting better and making some baskets. The first week was full of conditioning for the full speed games that would come later in the season. Once the first week was over the girls were happy to finally get some action.
The 8A girls first game was at Haven for our Lady Greenbacks’ first road game. The Lady Greenbacks came out to a fiery start in the first half, and seemed to keep on the train in the second half, outscoring Haven, for a 1-0 start, 30-18 . Next was their first home game at the Liberty Middle School, and many greenbacks were there to support. It was a hard fought game, but Hoisington caught on fire and the Greenbacks could not keep up, losing 12-26.
For their back-to-back home games, 8a faced the Sterling Bears, wanting to come back from their previous loss. The Greenbacks started slow and could not keep the pace of the Bears. The Bears seemed to score basket after basket while we lagged behind, losing 4-40.
After fixing their mistakes in the practices before the game on Thursday, the lady Greenbacks went to face Lyons hoping to come back from their previous loss. They came out strong, but then slowing down as the game went on, they ended the game losing 22-30. This loss made them fall to a 1-3 record.
The B team is combined of 7th and 8th graders. All of their games have been very close, but every time we have came out with the W. The B team has proven to be clutch, winning all four games with a 4-0 record.
The seventh grade A team might have lost their first game, but it definitely set some expectations. Their first game was at Haven and it was a pretty close game. The second game they won though, and it was here in the swamp. With the other two teams cheering them on, the Seventh grade was able to beat Hoisington. They had gotten their first win of the season.
The next team they went against was the Sterling Bears. They lost pretty bad. They put up a pretty good fight though against the bears. They played against the bears in the Blythe. The final game they played was against Lyons Lions. They won that game, too. That game made their season record 2-2 thus far.
Winter sports, as you can see, is here and the Greenbacks are proud of our hard fought performances. Hopefully we can keep the pace going, getting better every day, and giving the best effort we possibly can.
The Froggy Funnies
Do you have what it takes to Breakout? Get together with a group of friends and try to solve the clues. You will know if you solved the clues if the RED goes away. Show Mrs. Wilson that you solved the clues for a PRIZE!
Take a screen shot of this page then use tools on your iPad or computer to help solve the puzzle. The first person to solve the puzzle correctly & show Mrs. Wilson will get a prize.
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