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Halloween Tricky Treats

By Destinee Roberts

Halloween is the time for treats and spooky stories. Mostly for the treats, though. Want to be the hit of your Halloween party, and you aren’t much into cooking? I can help with that. I have decided to make three delicious treats. 

The first one that didn’t turn out quite like I wanted them to, but they are very simple to make. These are great for the kiddos to enjoy, and the clean up is not bad at all. 

Sweetest Spider Cupcakes (featured picture)

Things you need:

  • You favorite chocolate cake mix
  • One can of white frosting (You may add food coloring for a desired color)
  • A piping bag with a narrow piping tip.
  • Small malted chocolate (Whoppers) to use for the head.
  • Lindt Lindor truffles (just pick your favorite one).
  • Any sprinkles you want.
  • Cupcake holders to go into the cupcake tin.

Directions:

  • Bake the cupcakes according to how the box says
  • Put the frosting into the piping bag, and twist the top
  • Make any design desired onto the cupcake
  • Add the malt ball and the chocolate onto the cupcake like a spider.
  • Take a ziplock bag and cut a tiny hole into the corner and pipe out little spider legs.
  • Use anything for the eyes or any additional details you would like to add.

   

    If your family likes Reese’s, boy do I have the perfect dessert for you. This dessert was a hit. I doubled the recipe because I wanted to make sure I had enough for a birthday party. I decided to go with small cups to make more as well. I ended up making 15, and there were only two left. Now I have to make them for Christmas. I left out the cookie on the top, because I didn’t like it. There was a little bit of a bigger mess with this one, because of the mousse, but it is worth it. Hopefully you can surprise your family with this delicious treat as I did.

 

Peanut Mutter Mousse Graveyard Cups

(Makes about 6 cups depending on the size of cup)

Things you’ll need:

  • One cup of Peter Pan Simply Ground Peanut butter.
  • One cup of heavy whipping cream
  • Two heaping tablespoons of cream cheese 
  • Two TBS of powdered sugar
  • One TSP of vanilla 
  • Pinch of salt
  • Chocolate chip cookies (Can be rebought)
  • Chocolate fudge sauce
  • White cookies and black icing for gravestones.

Directions:

  • To start out, you’re going to need to grab a medium sized bowl.
  • Next, mix your peanut butter, ½ cup heaving whipping cream, cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla, and salt together. 
  • Once all of that is mixed up, add the other half of the heavy whipping cream.
  • In a second bowl break up the cookies – two cookies per cup
  • Smash cookies into the cup.
  • Then add the mousse, next chocolate syrup.
  • Repeat the last two steps one more time.
  • Grab any kind of cookie and write RIP.
  • Stick it into the mousse.

 

 

If you are running short on time, this is the recipe for you. This recipe took me about 30 minutes, and that’s with prep and everything. I had only made eight hotdogs, because we only bought one package. This was almost a no mess recipe, the only thing I had to wash was my hands, the pan, and the pizza cutter. These were adorable. 

Mummy Hot Dogs

(Makes about 16 hot dogs)

What you’ll need:

  • Two packages of any hotdogs
  • 1 can of crescent rolls
  • Ketchup or mustard

Directions:

  • Unpackage all of the rolls.
  • Cut them in two triangles.
  • Now with the pizza cutter cut strips horizontally from longest to shortest.
  • Make sure the bottom pieces are flat.
  • Start wrapping the hot dogs with the rolls. (Keep room for the eyes)
  • Bake for about 15-18 minutes

 

These recipes are some of the cutest and easiest I found. I hope you and your family enjoys these treats.

 

Websites used:

http://little-white-whale.com/2014/10/creeptastic-spider-cupcakes/

https://www.tonyastaab.com/peanut-butter-mousse-graveyard-cups/

https://www.saltysidedish.com/mummy-hot-dogs/

 

Get Creative with Halloween

By Emersyn Fugate

Halloween is one of the best times of year! You get to dress up, watch scary movies, eat sweet treats, and decorate! Decorations are always super fun to see and set up. Well, at least when you understand how to set them up. Some can’t afford Halloween decorations or can’t find the ones that they aspire to have in stores. That’s why making your own Halloween decorations is a great alternative.

      There are so many great ideas on different websites on “DIY” Halloween decorations. Most of the supplies you need are super cheap and super easy to find. I found tons on Pinterest and other blogs. There were ideas of skeletons made out of grocery bags, trash bag spider webs, and many many more. So, I decided to pick a couple and try them out for myself.

     The first one i chose to do was a ghost made out of a white trash bag. It just took five minutes to make. All you needed was black paper, a white trash bag, a bowl, tape, scissors, and a table to put it on. The first step was to cut the black paper into the shape of a ghost’s eyes and mouth. Next, you tape those onto the head of the ghost, which would be the bowl inside the trash bag. Once you’re done with those two simple steps, you put it into the table and boom, you’re done. 

  The last one I chose was a monster box. All you needed was a shoe box, white paper, tape, scissors, and black paper. The first step is to cut a mouth whole out of the shoe box. Next, you take your white paper and make monster teeth. Then, you tape the teeth onto the mouth of the box. Next, you take your white paper and crumple it into balls, and tape black circles onto the middle. Finally, tape the eyes onto the top of your box. That’s all it took to make a cute Halloween decorations!

           Making your own decorations is super easy, cheap, and it feels good to know you made them. It’s a fun activity to do at parties, get-togethers, and sleepovers. I would for sure consider making your own Halloween decorations this spooky season.

Profile: Mrs. Laura Mann

Trinity Fields/Staff Writer

       Laura Mann is an algebra and geometry teacher. She also is an assistant coach for the girl’s soccer team. Her home life includes her son, daughter, and husband. As you can tell, Mrs. Mann has a very busy life. She has many things she has to do throughout the day. However, she finds a way to balance her teaching, family, and soccer life. 

        Mrs. Mann has a supportive husband that takes care of their kids, and she likes to plan. Mrs. Mann said, “ I plan out my schedule and I make sure I have time for everything. I would say I am organized.” 

    So why did Mrs. Mann become a math teacher? The answer is simple. She loves math. She has loved math all of her life. Mrs. Mann said, “My favorite thing  about being a teacher is getting to know the students.” She teaches geometry and algebra. She said, “I enjoy teaching algebra over geometry.”

    What inspired Mrs. Mann to teach? She went to college to study engineering. In her senior year of college, one of the soccer head coaches asked her to help him coach the girl’s varsity soccer team. After coaching the team, she realized she wanted to teach. So she finished her senior year, then she got into teaching. Now she is a high school math teacher.

    Mrs. Mann has two kids. She said they are amazing. Mrs. Mann said the best part about teaching them is, “I like to help them develop their problem-solving skills. I like to teach them, and watch them learn. For example, I taught my son, Brody, how to share with others.” Mrs. Mann said the hardest part about raising her kids is, “Letting my kids make mistakes so they can learn from them.” 

    Mrs. Mann has two kids. Does she want to have anymore kids? Mrs. Mann has had two miscarriages. So she doesn’t think emotionally that is her path to take; however she said she would like to adopt. She said, “My husband and I have been thinking about adopting a baby in the future. I wouldn’t want to adopt now, but possibly in the future.” She continued, “Someone asked me what I would do if I had all of the money in the world, and I said I would adopt all of the babies in the world.” Mrs. Mann loves babies.

    Mrs. Mann likes soccer, and we know this because she is an assistant coach. She played soccer from the ages of three to 18. Her son plays soccer, and her daughter will play soccer when she turns eighteen months. As you can tell, Mrs. Mann is definitely a soccer mom.

    Emma Denny, 9, is a current student in Mrs. Mann’s class. Denny said, “My favorite thing about Mrs. Mann’s class is how Mrs. Mann helps us one on one if we need it.” Denny added, “She is a good teacher because she makes sure the class fully understand something and she is very involved.” 

    Mya Wilcher, 9, is a former student of Mrs. Mann. Wilcher considers this the most memorable part of Mrs. Mann’s class, ”All of the jokes everyone made that would make everyone, including Mrs. Mann, laugh.” Wilcher continued, “I enjoyed Mrs. Mann’s class very much. Mrs. Mann is a good teacher because she taught efficiently and was able to connect with the students.” 

The Scoop on Principal Cary: How he’s adjusting, what faculty think, his goals

by Megan Schoonover/Staff Writer

Photo courtesy of Connie Entrekin: Principal Jason Cary works in his office in his first year at GC. 

“They didn’t hire Steve Bryant Jr., they hired you.” This was a piece of advice given to our new principal from our previous principal, Steve Bryant. Principal Jason Cary has had a smooth transition into our new school.  

“The kids have been great, the teachers have been great, and everybody has been really nice. This has made my transition a lot easier,” he said.

At first Cary was worried that not everyone would get his personality. “ I like to laugh and have a good time.”

Mr. Tim Horsman, counseling department, said he likes Cary’s funny side.  “He’s always making a joke, which is great because I function that way too. It’s not fun to work with someone who is always serious. His Twitter is almost always funny, too and I think it’s a great way to communicate with the students especially.”

Mrs. Connie Entrekin, administrative secretary for Mr. Cary, has also noticed his light-hearted side. “Yes, he does funny things…stay tuned…you never know what to expect.”

Aubree Cole, president of student council, explained, “I really like Mr. Cary’s Twitter. Not only is it very informative, but it also gives me a good laugh sometimes.”

Cary said he doesn’t expect very many changes. “If we get any input from the students or staff then we may look at things and ask how we can make this better.”

Entrekin said, “He is always positive and wanting to make GCHS the best school we can be.” However, Principal Cary does have one major goal for GCHS. “My big goal is getting our graduation rate higher,” Cary said.  “If kids leave here with a diploma, they leave here with an opportunity.”

This is his big goal and is hoping to get the graduation rate from 91% to 95%. After that he said, “Then we can move onto something else.”

Before his year started here he hoped to go to sporting events. He has definitely fulfilled that hope. He has been to “almost every sport more than once. It’s been nice seeing the kids and hanging out,” Cary said. The most exciting game he’s been to was the volleyball game against West Point. “That was a really competitive game and I got to ring the siren at the end, so I may be a bit biased on that. There’s always something exciting about all of them, though,” Cary said.

Cole stated that she liked Mr. Cary’s involvement in school activities. “My favorite thing about Mr. Cary is his school spirit. He is at almost every school event, and is constantly supporting all groups and teams.”

Cary so far has been “a great principal who cares about the students and the teachers,” said Entrekin.

Horsman stated,“He’s very focused on making things better for the students and everything I have seen has been really positive. You can tell he’s got a heart for kids…He’s focused on the business of the school and the academics but really it comes down to is what’s in the best interest for the students.”

Cary will provide ‘fresh eyes’ as top admin at GC

by Grace Gray/Staff Writer

After almost two decades at Greenfield Central, principal Steve Bryant will be retiring this year. After a successful run from Bryant, the search was on for a candidate who could fill Bryant’s shoes, the replacement being Jason Cary.

Cary has spent the past seven years at Peru High School, four as principal and three as assistant principal. Coming from Peru, a school of about 660 students, he will now be overseeing a school of around 1,500 students, the largest high school in the county. “My initial thoughts on GC are how nice everyone is and what a great community it is” said Cary. “I can’t wait to move my family down here. It seems like a great place to have a family.”

Assistant principal Susie Coleman said Cary should be a great fit for the administrative team. “I think we are ready for a fresh pair of eyes here.”

As for athletics, all are hoping for a smooth transition. Freshman dancer Kaelie Kinder said, “I hope we get someone in here that cares about sports like Mr. Bryant does. If that happens I don’t think we will have any problems.”

“I love going to sporting events, so I can’t wait to put on my blue and gold and cheer on the kids.” said Cary.

Junior football player Zack Kennedy said, “I’m excited to see what a new pair of eyes will do for GC athletics this year.”

“I think this is what GC needs, some new insight and new eyes, and we are hoping for a smooth transition,” said Coleman. “He fits with this staff very well, and we are hoping for the best.”

As for changes next year, “There is nothing broken here at GCHS. There are no major issues. We just need to approve upon what is already great,” said Cary.

 

Photo courtesy of Peru High School website

https://www.peru.k12.in.us/

 

Flex Day presents benefits, drawbacks

by Eric Morales/Staff Writer

How efficient are Flex Days?

The answer lies within teacher and student feedback. Do people just like you believe that Flex Day is efficient?

First of all, what is Flex Day? “Flex Day is a day when students are allowed time to work on assignments from the comfort of their own home,” said Ben Grimes, 9.

Flex Day is when you stay home and do most of your work from home,” said Estelle Smith, 9.

Flex Days give students an opportunity to work at their own pace independently. For some it’s good, but for others it might be a struggle.

Based on questions to students and staff comments, whether or not many students completed their Flex Day assignment during that day seemed to be in question. On the previous Flex Day some students did their work on the weekend. Some teachers don’t even like to make their Flex Day assignments public until it is officially Flex Day.

Mr. Gary Cerqua, business teacher and technology specialist, collected data to show how the efficiency in Flex Day compares to a normal classroom setting. “The vast majority of high school and junior high teachers said that the work completion percentage was very similar to that of a typical class day,” he says. “The vast majority of high school and junior high teachers also said that the quality of work very closely mirrored that of a typical class day.”

Mr. John Rihm, a science teacher at GC, talked about whether students should do their work on that day, or if it mattered. He said that he doesn’t care if students do their work before, just not after. “What difference does it make,” Rihm stated. “The work is getting done, right?”

This may be somewhat inefficient, but that doesn’t mean that Flex Day is ineffective. It just means people procrastinate. Many teachers did have students who didn’t do their work until the last minute. This fact helps present some of the hiccups of Flex Day.

Jayden Cave, 11, said he didn’t do the Flex Day work on the actual day. “It’s like a President’s Day, really. I don’t do any of my work.”

Bailie Puckett, 11, had a different perspective. “I do all of my work. I definitely like to be home, though,” she said.

Although Flex Days can have inconveniences, it is believed to be necessary. “I think Flex Days are necessary once in a while because it shows if kids can do work without the help or supervision of a teacher,” said Smith.

Some said it gives the student more independence and shows his or her dedication and independence.

Maddy McDaniel, 11, said she knew what to do during Flex Day for her assignments. “I understood the assignments because the teacher explained it the day before,” she said.

Charles Thomas, 11, says, “Flex days do have their inconveniences, but it’s great to relax at home and do your work there.”

Some students think the reason students might procrastinate is the amount of work given.

Makayla Sexton, 11, said, “I think teachers assign too much Flex Day work. It’s long assignments, not short.”

Cave agreed. “There is a lot of work. I had an hour and a half of work per class. Sometimes I feel like teachers don’t know we have another life outside of school.”

Cave said another drawback was that you can’t ask questions, although he said you could email or call your teacher.

Sexton said, “If you have computer problems at home, no one can fix it, unless you are a tech cadet.”

A simple solution to ensure students do the work suggested by Smith was a way for teachers to check student progress. “Maybe one suggestion to improve Flex Day is maybe the teachers can monitor whether or not the students do their work,” Smith said.

Flex Day currently is experimental. There are ways to fix and make Flex Day more efficient, so fewer people are pushing their assignment to the last minute. 

The benefits and drawbacks of Flex Day depend on the person’s perspective. “I think Flex Days are efficient depending on the person and if they use their time wisely,” Smith says.

“No, Flex Day is inefficient because doesn’t give students access to teachers directly and it just slows learning,” Grimes said.

Others like the pace of Flex Day.

“I like that you can do it on your own time,” Sexton said.

“You do your work on your own time at your own speed,” Puckett said.

ISTEP replaces ECA

by Mariam Elassal / Staff Writer

Photo Caption : Students review key concepts prior to ISTEP test in Mr. Smith’s College Entrance Prep class.

 

Sophomores in Indiana will have to take the ISTEP+ this year as a replacement of the ECA.

Some people support the change, but others say the test is more difficult than the ECA was last year. After gathering and comparing some opinions from not only teachers, but students as well, opinions are very mixed.

Aaron Smith, math teacher at GC, doesn’t see it as a stressful test, but rather that it is a test to show what students know. He tells his students to relax, and if they don’t know the answer, to just make an educated guess. Smith also said that if students pay attention in class and listen to their teachers, they will be fine during this test as it is just a review of what they learned before. Nothing new or unseen will show up.

“Looking at last year’s test, the ISTEP+ did seem more rigorous than the ECA. It covers a more broad range of question, it has both Algebra and Geometry whereas the ECA only had Algebra, and the questions go more in depth. Again, if students are listening to their teachers, and putting forth the effort to understand the concepts, they will be fine no matter what test they are taking,” Smith said.

Krysha Voelz, English teacher at GC, stated, “ISTEP+ differs from ECA in format, subjects tested, and in the nature of its questions. Therefore it may be perceived by some to be more difficult. However, both tests require students to read critically and write fluently. As long as students stay engaged, read actively, and write with supporting details, they should perform well.” Voelz also encourages her students to get a good night’s rest along with a proper breakfast. While taking the test, Voelz recommends that students “pace themselves, check their responses, and use all their allotted time on the test.”

GC cheerleaders take state, focus on future

by Sam Kihega/Staff Writer

Picture: Varsity cheerleaders Maci Montgomery, 11, Khloe Shockley, 10, and Marissa Gallo, 11,  lead the Cougars in a cheer during football season.

Greenfield-Central Cheer has had a year that was worth watching. They won state with all their hard work from not only the cheerleaders, but also from their coach, Ms. Laken Peal.

“Winning state gives us a chance to not only celebrate our accomplishments but also to set a standard for our program. It acknowledges the hard work and athleticism that is required to be successful in cheer, and it helps to reaffirm our program’s ability and potential. More specifically, now, we work on skills we want to accomplish for next year’s competition season.” said Coach Peal.

Ava Dickmann, 12, said she was proud of the cheerleaders’ accomplishments as well.

With this being my last year, winning state is bittersweet. I could not have asked for a better end to this season because we accomplished what we aspired to,” she said. Dickmann followed that statement saying after every practice the team would break on the word  “rings” because when you win state, you get rewarded with rings.

Coach Peal spoke about the future after winning state. “With basketball, we are looking forward to working in tandem with our Pep Band. They are they best supporters we have at basketball games, and we love hearing them play as well as chanting with them. They truly get in the Cougar spirit, even when others have a hard time doing so,” she said.  

Another varsity cheerleader, Paige Towle, 9, talked about how different this year was from last year. “It is very different. At junior high practices it was a lot more laid back. This year I felt more pressure, since I was a freshman. The actual routine itself was so much harder this year.”

Towle added that the atmosphere at games and competitions was also a change from the past. “Last year, you were lucky if the football players at least looked near you while you were cheering. This year we have students in the stands to cheer with us. It is more fun to make faces at your friends while you do the motions to a cheer than staring at an empty section in the bleachers,” she said.

Towle also pointed out what she would like to see happen in the future for the cheerleaders. “I think that throughout the years, I would like to see us work on being cleaner and making everything perfect. Even when we hit everything in the competition, we weren’t as tight as we know we can be. I think when we learn to be tighter and make everything hit, people will think very highly of our team.”

Students, staff weigh in on Flex Day

by Matt Haggard and Rayne Guyer/Staff Writers

Picture by Matt Haggard/ Bailey Lyle, 11, works on her schoolwork for Flex Day, a technology e-learning day at GC.

 

The Flex Pilot Day on Wed. Nov. 16 was a test day for future e-learning days.   Students did not have to attend school. Instead, they accessed their classes from an online learning management system (LMS) like Google Classroom or Moodle. There were then assignments, readings, or video lessons the students were to complete during the day.

As this is the first flex day at Greenfield Central High School, many teachers were curious how students would handle the day. Mr. Paul Grizzard, the choir teacher, said, “I think that that administration has prepared the teachers well and from what I’ve seen is teachers have prepared the students well.”

Mr. Todd Degler, a math teacher, said, “I thought students and staff handled the flex day well.  Students were able to receive their assignments from their teachers through Google Classroom or Moodle.”

In choir, the regular day consists of singing, sight reading and more. Since many kids had choir on the flex day, what would the choir kids do? In Mr. Grizzard’s class, students were assigned a Google Form that consisted of music theory, musical terms, and general music knowledge questions. The students were also given videos and lyrics to the “Madrigal Dinner” songs to memorize for a test.

Mrs. Rebekah Cerqua, science department, said that she runs her classes on “the flipped model,” which means that the students already watch lectures at home. The only problem that she had was trying to rework her schedule to find an activity that would fit on Flex Day.

For Mr. Degler’s class, “Students needed to view notes and examples I had posted on Moodle as well as doing the assignment on Big Ideas Math.  Since it was not a review assignment students had to take a more active part in learning the material for themselves.”

         One concern was that teachers would need to have resources for students who might have technology issues or lack of access to technology.

Mr. Degler said students would be mostly familiar with the technology. “I already use Moodle as a regular part of delivering resources and assignments to students.  I was able to respond by email to a few students’ questions.”

Another concern was about the student work getting completed.

Mr. Grizzard said, “I would be curious to see how students handle it in terms of being self motivated because it’s sometimes hard to motivate yourself to do something at home while you have many more distractions.”

Mrs. Cerqua said, “I think the biggest concern is if the work is going to be done,” and Mr. Degler stated, “I was concerned more students would not do the assignment or not try to learn the new material and then expect me to take an extra day to get them caught up.”

Mr. Grizzard spoke about the benefits of Flex Day. “I think that this Flex Day will prepare students for (future) opportunities.”

Mrs. Cerqua agreed.“One of the biggest benefits for students is that this kind of mimics online learning course,” Mrs. Cerqua said.

Mr. Degler said, “It allowed us to count the school day as well as give time for teachers to collaborate in professional development.”

Students weighed in on their thoughts for Flex Day as well.

Before Flex Day, Gabriel Barnes, 11, said, “I don’t think it will be effective. Most students will most likely forget to do their work during the day. They will just go on like it was a day without school. Even so, some students don’t have internet access at home. Sure, it’s effective to have (Flex) days in the school year, but I don’t think the students will follow through with it very well.’’

After Flex Day, Barnes commented, ‘’(Flex Day) was good. I did the work that was due at the end of the day. I did not do the work that is due tomorrow, though. I want more of those days so I can sleep in and be able to do more work at my own pace.’’

Ethan Nicholas, 10, said he wasn’t sure about having more Flex Days because “if we have too many Flex Days, I feel like kids won’t do their work and will just sit at home doing nothing.”

Jolie Smith, 10, said, “Flex Day would be more beneficial on like snow days instead of how we had it. I thought it was a great way to be able to take your time and not be rushed.’’ Both Barnes and Smith think the idea of more Flex Days would be a good idea just because most students used it to make up some of their work and to do the work that is due.

Nicholas agreed with Barnes and Smith on liking Flex Day. “I like it because you can do your stuff at home and not worry about how long you take on an assignments.’’