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Grit- Team- Passion - Valor - Respect
Once a Greenback ~ Always a Greenback
"loved them, but did not watch them much. She did keep up with placements." Mrs. Schartz
I am so nervous about attending the Italian dinner. What should I wear? Do I need a date? Where will it be? Does it cost?
"I am happy with some people getting first snowboarding."
St. Patrick’s day is celebrated every year on March 17th. Many cities have their way of celebrating, such as Chicago and New York. It also brought new hopes for Irish community's when it first began. St. Patrick's day began as a religious holiday for over 1,000 years. It is a holiday that falls during the time of Lent, for Christians. How did this holiday actual begin?
St. Patrick was born in Roman Britain. Then at the age of sixteen, he was kidnapped, and brought to Ireland as a slave. He then escaped, but returned and was given credit for bringing Christianity to his people. He later passed away on March 17, 461, during the 15th century. He died being the patron saint of Ireland. Maewyn Succat being his real name was know for a particular legend he taught. The legend which explained the holy trinity. He used three leaves from the native Irish clover, the shamrock.
Parades are the most seen way to celebrate on St. Patrick's day. The first parade held in the U.S.A was in New York City. It was held March 17, 1762. Irish soldiers serving in the English military as they marched. Even Irish Aid Society, such as Friendly Sons of St Patrick and Hibernian Society would hold annual parades. Their parades would showcase drums and bagpipes. Even if bagpipes became popular in Scottish and Britain armies. Later on, Irish Aid groups United to make the official New York St. Patrick's day parade. Being the largest parade that has over 150,000 participants. Over 3 million people line the streets for the 1.5-mile parade that last about 5 hours. Other cities such as Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Savannah also celebrate with parades. The parades averaged 10,000 - 20,000 participants.
When Irish immigrants started to come to the US during the 19th century, they were part of the middle class. In 1845 the had shortage of potatoes. Over one million of uneducated Irish Catholics came to the US so that they could escape starvation. They had lots of trouble trying to find jobs. When Irish people would go to parades, they were treated poorly. Newspapers would be portrayed them in cartoon characters as drunk, aggressive monkeys. As they were growing the Irish culture realized they had political power. Soon enough parades for their culture was seen as a form of power.
Another tradition that the United States has is dying the Chicago River green. Every year they Chicago river is dyed green. The tradition first began in 1962. That first year they poured at least 100 pounds of dye. Which lasted them a whole. Now they only pour 40 pounds because of environmental issues. Forty pounds of dye only last than a few hours.
St. Patrick's day is full of so much history. There are also so many different ways that people celebrate this holiday. Such as parades, concerts, outdoor theater productions, and firework shows. We also wear green because it makes us invisible to leprechauns and fairies.
My Thoughts about the Year of the Dog?
By: Riley Prosser
The Olympics was first held in Olympia, Greece. The event originally started in 776 BC to 393 AD, but the Greeks stopped doing it. Suddenly, 1,503 years later a Frenchman, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, helped the Olympics return. The first modern day Olympics was held April 6, 1896, in Athens, Greece with 14 countries participating. The original Olympics were held every four years. Since 1994, the Summer and Winter Olympic games have been held separately, and alternate every two years. Original games in the Olympics consisted of running, long jump, shot put, javelin, boxing, Equestrian, and Pankration.
Pankration was an ancient martial art, that which mixed wrestling and boxing. The sport is much like MMA today but was more violent with little or no rules. Not at all like today, if you won an event you were the only person that got something. They had not silver or bronze if you won you would not get a gold medal. Instead you would be rewarded with an olive wreath. Today if you win the Olympics you not only receive a gold medal, but also a cash prize. If you win first, then you get $37,500, if you win second, you get $22,500, and lastly, if you get third, you win $15,000. If you acquire more than one win that is a third place or above, then your cash keeps adding up.
The first Winter Olympics was held on January 25, 1924, in the French Alps. The Olympics had 14 total events including bobsled and ski jump. 1928 was the second official Winter Games, it was held in St. Moritz, Switzerland. During the revolution of the Olympics, Sweden decided they wanted their own games, Sweden called it the Nordic Games. Only Scandinavian countries got to compete in their own little “mini Olympics.” There were nearly 300 athletes in that first official Winter Olympics, but only 13 of those were women. The women were only allowed to compete in figure skating.
The 2018 Winter Olympics were held in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Pyeongchang is a county in the province of Gangwon-do and is located in the Taebaek Mountains region. It was selected as the host city after losing the bid twice before. The stadium is the central location, and all the events were able to be held within a 30-minute drive from the stadium. A village was created to house up to 3,894 athletes and team officials during the games. A second village was built to house another 2,900 Personnel. There were 102 events held in 15 different sports disciplines. Those sports
included bobsledding, curling, figure skating, luge, snowboard, and ski jumping. Several new events were added for this year's competition such as big air snowboarding, freestyle skiing, mass start speed skating, and mixed doubles curling. The Pyeongchang games were tallied as the longest in history, featuring eighteen days of curling and twelve days of speed-skating
The United States had a total of 241 athletes competing at this year’s games, 134 men, and 107 women. Team USA was highly disappointed in their Performance. Although they sent their biggest delegation of athletes to date, the US won 23 total medals, but only nine of those were gold. This was their lowest medal count since the 1998 games in Nagano, Japan. This placed them fourth overall, out of the top three in gold and overall medal count. The US team fell short of their goal of 37 Medals. The United States Olympic Committee is going to take a hard look at the reasoning for the mediocre showing.
Historically, the United States has performed well in the previous Winter Olympic games. The team has won 305 medals total since the modern Winter Olympics started. They have topped the gold medal count once during the winter games and currently are second, next to Norway, in the total medal count. The most successful sport, by far, for the US team has been speed-skating. They have won 29 medals in the discipline. Several other sports have been successful in the US as well, including Alpine Skiing, figure skating, and snowboarding. This year, Shaun White won the 100th all-time gold medal for Team USA.
US Olympic team member flying high in snowboarding competition.
Dear Tuo Amico,
A lot of people get nervous for the Italian dinner it's normal. Just don’t stress about it. It is semi formal, wear a dress or a romper as long as it looks nice if you're a female and if you're male wear a nice shirt with khakis or dress pants. No spaghetti straps and also you won’t be allowed to show up in jeans or shorts. You don’t need a date but if you want one you can have one. You could also go with some friends. It doesn’t cost anything but you do need to make reservations so then you can have a table to sit at. If you don’t make reservations then you can’t go.
"We should have gotten a better score. Instead of forth ."
"I didn't really watch them I though it was really cool to see all the tricks." Serria Fox
"I didn't watched them really."
Photos by: Airam Fernandez
The History of St. Patty's Day...
by: Airam Fernandez
The Greenback wrestling team wrapped up their season at the league tournament in Lyons on March 3. Several athletes that received a medal helped to win the team title. This was great way to end Mr. Pixar's last season as the coach. Five girls wrestled for the team this, which is the most girls that wrestled for the team at one time. Daisy Herrman, Lilly Herrman, Livia Swift, Stephanie Solis, and Jadyn Thompson all had a very successful season. Livia was named honorary captain for the team. She has wrestled all two seasons, and showed the coaches perseverance. Livia went 19-5 for the season, and finished as a league champ. When she was asked about why she started she explained that it runs and the family, and it is all around just a fun sport. Livia’s favorite moves are the peterson and the crossface cradle. No one made her start wrestling, but her dad guided her.
Jadyn Thompson first started getting into wrestling when Hogan her older brother started doing pratt weaseling club (PWC) and when they got up early in the morning every Saturday around 5:00 a.m. She started liking getting up early in the mornings to go to the wrestling tournaments and the atmosphere of wrestling. Then she joined PWC , began wrestling, and going to all of the tournaments. After that she wanted to go with her dad to his practices and saw how the high school wrestling and how their practices differ from how she practice. Sometimes she would play around with her older brother and wrestler when she got older. Then she became a manager for her dads team and wheat to all they tournament and practices. Now he learning more thing so she will become a great wrestler over time.
How do you prepare for the Track Season:
Track season is about to start and the LMS newspaper staff wanted to know how students prepared. Some kids run after school to start preparing for the track season. Some run, to practice on what they are doing for the season like sprint or long distance running. When they run in a computation most of them are thinking am I done jet or stay on track or get to the finish line. When they stretch they mostly do leg stretches and arm stretches. Some people watch what they are eating so they can not have cramps or something going
Italian Dinner Etiquette...
Photo by: Mr. Helfriich
by: Ke'Rel Allen & Riley Prosser
by: Madison Hunt
by: Ke'Rel Allen
The school is closely coming to an end. I think everyone can agree that they are excited for summer of 2018. There are some events coming up in the school year. The Italian dinner is almost here! Everyone who will be attending the Italian Dinner had to do the SLAB Conference which wasn’t that hard was it? If this is your first year going to a school dance/supper I am going to give you some tips. Guys need to wear nice slacks or khakis with a button up shirt. Girls should wear a nice dress/romper and nice sandals. When you get there make sure to compliment your piers on how they look to boost their confidence. Everyone's a little nervous to attend these events. Be polite to your piers and make sure to include everyone. When you are getting seated you can sit with your friends. I know when people get around their friends some people like to get a little rowdy.
You need to be sophisticated at this event. Act like an adult. Know the right time and the right place as Mr.Helfrich would say. When you sit down, you will be served by the teachers. Make sure you say yes ma’am and yes sir. You need to make sure you reply with no thank you and yes please. The teachers don’t have to serve us, they choose to for a reward of our SLAB Conference. When you are eating you need to make sure that you chew with your mouth closed and keep your elbows off the table. Keep your voice at a low volume so that everyone can’t hear your conversation.
Don’t mess around with your food. We are all at the age where we should know how to act at certain events. If you are eating certain foods, like bread, you need to break it with your hands. You need to be patient with your surroundings. After you are one eating you need to sit patiently and wait to be excused to go to the dance part. Be curious of your peers when you are dancing. Most of all you just need to have fun! There is absolutely nothing to worry about!
A Winning Season...
by: Dani Farr
Liberty Middle School gets prepared for SLAB Folder Conferences in the end of third quarter. However the reward is in the fourth quarter. SLAB Folder Conferences are student led conferences where the student leads and talks about their goals, best grades, worst grades, favorite class, or favorite subject. SLAB stands for Student Lead Advisor Base Conference. SLAB Conferences is one of the reasons for why we had ten weeks in third quarter instead of nine weeks. However in the fourth quarter will have eight weeks. Another factor for why we had ten weeks is that other schools are having spring break on the third week of March.
Tips to help you have an excellent conference. Introduce yourself and teacher with a confident voice. Don’t stutter or mumble also be able to pronounce your words. You should know the meaning of the words too because it will be helpful when you present because you will have a less chance to forget the word and it sounds better when you know what you’re talking about. You should practice what you're going to say with a friend or while doing something because it is helpful because you can think back to what you were doing and it will be very helpful. Also if your parental guardian can't make it family or a close friend may feel in the spot or they can reschedule the meeting with the teacher and find out a good time for them. You can schedule a meeting before school, after school, or whenever the teacher and parent and student are free.
The reward is a dance that alternates every year for three years. The themes are what alternates, the themes are Hawaiian Luau, Cowboy Cookout, and the Italian Dinner. However you have to be eligible to go to this dance. Although everybody has to do a SLAB conference even if you’re ineligible you just can’t go to the dance.
by: Dani Farr & Riley Prosser
Our first flight out of Wichita was at 6:45 am. Our first layover was in Dallas, Texas(which was an hour long). Once we got to DC went got on a transportation bus and went to the Smithsonian Museum. We saw a bunch of sculptures or representations of different things, like the first sewing machine. We ate at the Smithsonian then went to a gift shop. After the gift shop we checked into our hotel. We had to have our lights turned off by 9:30, Mrs. Norman taped our doors so she would know if any of the kids tried to sneak out. There was a security guard in our hallway too.
On the second day, once everybody woke up and ate breakfast you had to be at the bus at 7:50. As soon as everybody was on the bus we went to the Arlington Museum. The Arlington Museum is where army, navy, air force, or any Presidents that wanted to be buried there. Then we went to Washington’s House and ate then walked around his farm and got a tour of his house. Also, we got to see some important things like Washington’s teeth. After that we went to a burger place and celebrated Marleigh Bates birthday. Then we went on Alexandria Ghost Tour. Afterward we went back to the hotel and the guard came and Shari Norman tapped our doors.
On the third day we went to memorials and monuments. The first place we went to was the Jefferson Memorial. After that we walked to the Franklin D. Roosevelt, or FDR Memorial, we got to walk through different rooms. One of the rooms was of his first presidency, the next was him a wheelchair, then after that room was his wife and dog. Next, we went to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. We went to the National Archives Museum, and we got to see the original bill of rights. When we got done we got on our bus and went to the capitol building. We ate lunch there then went on a tour of the capitol. After our tour we went to the Library of congress, then we went to the Supreme Courts and took a picture. We got to walk by the White House while we were going to dinner. After dinner we went to the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, and the Vietnam Memorial.
On the fourth day you had to have everything packed and had to be at the bus at 8:30 once you were done with breakfast. We headed to the Zoo and ate lunch there too. You were able to go in groups of three or more instead of having to be with a teacher. We left the Zoo at 12:45 and headed to the airport but, it was a different airport then what we arrived on because on the way back we flew United. We got to Chicago at 5pm and we had a two hour layover. During the layover you could go get something to eat or take a nap in the airport. We got to Wichita at 9:50 and some parents came to get there children or you rode the bus. The students and teachers got to Pratt around 11pm.
1. By using a ruler!
2.Not enough, I have to go back tomorrow
3. Stop going in circles and get to the point!
4. It always went back four seconds.!
5. Because it had too many problems.
6. Nice belt.
DC Trip of 2018....
SLAB Conferences ...
Q: How do you get straight A's?
Q : What did you learn in school today?
Q: What did the pencil sharpener say to the pencil?
Q: Why did the clock in the cafeteria run slow?
Q: Why was the math book sad?
Q: What did zero say to the number eight
Spring is the season where the sun comes out, and the flowers begin to bloom. Kids look forward to this mid-March time during their school year to get a little bit of a break. Spring, the season, originates all the way back to the Romans. They were also known as the “Greek Gods of wine.” There was a pool made for the world's most competitive swimmers. There were more than 1,500 student-athletes flocking to the pool to practice in the late 30’s. So, as the years went on and on more and more people came to this pool around the same time each year. During one of these times it became mainstream, everyone was talking about this chill pool area to be around your friends. In 1959, it became known as Beer & the Beach.
A year later, a film was released that showed young women at this pool living the life. It was called “ Where The Boys Are.” It gave a good visual of girls on their spring vacation and having a lot of fun. After this film “spring break”, it became a very widespread event for any female or male who wanted to escape for some sunshine and fun. Later on, MTV showed a movie in Florida about spring vacation, and it went wild very quickly. It was also known as the “summer-get-away.” By the 80’s over 350,000 students went on these Spring Break trips to get away from their school lives and just lay back and have some fun! There was a lot of drinking on this Spring Break event that they passed a law saying you couldn’t drink in public.
Later on, more and more cities started celebrating Spring Break and had their own parties. Spring break is normally held during the middle of March a few days before the first day of Spring. Everyone would like a break from school. It’s not just the students, it’s the teachers as well. We are all in school for many, many days and we really never have a nice long break where it’s nice outside, and you can go chill with your friends. Spring Break is a great time to take some time with your friends outside in the nice weather.
Most of the people that were interviewed like Daisy Herrman, Shayla Nguyen, Allie Hunt, Monica Sanchez and J’Air Johnson stayed and chilled with their friends over break. Other have traveled out of town to see their loved ones. Kelsey Miller worked as a waitress to make some money on the side over break. She also traveled to Wichita to watch March madness and got to see Kansas University play. Gerardo Martinez went out of town to watch baseball and also, traveled to St.John to ride his four-wheeler. Everyone the world spend their Spring Breaks in many different and some of the same ways. I spent time with my family and close friends. I got to spend time with many of my friends at one time and a watch movie. Spending quality with my friends and family really made me happy. Most schools in the United States have spring break. In Brazil, they have to have at least two hundred school days each year, so they do not celebrate Spring Break. They do celebrate Easter though. The breaks can normally last at least a week to ten days. Spring Break is a fun opportunity for kids to get out of the house and have some fun with their friends outside.
The Froggy Funnies
First Signs of Spring
SAINT PATRICKS DAY
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