Did you ever wonder where the best place to go in a zombie apocalypse is?
Using the five themes of geography, location, place, human-environment interaction, movement, and region, Mr Patrick Anderson's sixth grade social studies students have found the best places to survive.
A common place for survival that students discovered was Niagara Falls.
Many other students such as Derek Yang agreed with this statement. He said that people could use the Maid of the Mist (which is a tour boat on) to escape the zombies.
"Niagara Falls is the best place because of all the natural resources," Owen Morton, sixth grade, said.
Story by Olivia Jones
What do you get when you mix food, sun, cardboard, plastic, and foil: a solar oven. The seventh grade science classes started this year off with the solar oven project.
During class, students took time to understand energy by learning about engineering, design and solar energy, which was all entailed in the solar oven project.
How did they get started? Research. They looked online at many other solar ovens to get an idea of how theirs should be created. They used sources that they found and that the teachers gave to them.
Students had to come up with a final design and sketch it out to show to the teachers.
After the teachers approved the design, the students got right to work with many materials, like cardboard, plastic, tin foil, and black paper that they had brought themselves, or had used from the teachers.
Finally, once they were done building, they went through a lot of trial and error to get it right by testing it, then going back to see what they did wrong so they could fix it up for it to work fully.
Yasir Al Rammahi, seventh grade, said, "It taught us a lot about how powerful and strong the sun is, and how we can use it in different ways." Grant Koeneman, seventh grade, Rammahi's teammate agreed.
Rammahi, when asked about how they set themselves up for success, he said they brought in the household supplies needed for the project to set them up for the final test, baking the food.
While Jason Lam, seventh grade, said, "We had to find the perfect food to cook with."
Mrs. Katie Russo, the seventh grade science teacher for Team Apollo, said instead of just taking notes and studying the information, students were able to live the experience. She also said that most of her students exceeded the project, but some did fail to get their food cooked.
She also mentioned that many of the students cooked basic items like s'mores, but one of her groups used peaches to cook an unexpected peach crumble pie.
Despite some failures, it was still a successful, sun-filled project that showed the students the real meaning of the energy of the sun.
Story by Ava Carter
Girls basketball tryouts started on November 26, 2018 and continued through November 29 at Clay Middle School. There were 21 girls trying out for the 7th grade team. The 7th grade coaches are Jeff Carter, Clay Spanish teacher and Stephanie Stacy, CHS Spanish teacher.
There is a variety of people trying out with many different backgrounds in basketball. Jamie Elliott, 7th grader, is trying out for the basketball team. "I have been playing basketball for around seven or eight years," said Elliott. Julia Click, however, has only been playing basketball for 3 years.
With so many people trying out, there is close competition to see who will make the team.
Also, many of the girls have some reasons why they like to play basketball. "Getting to meet new people and see how others play the game that I like," said Keaton Gatlin. Many other girls would also like to meet new people and like to play basketball in general.
Many of the girls were nervous going into tryouts, but everyone said they were just going to do their best. "I will be nervous but I think the excitement will overcome the nerves. When I get a ball in my hands on Monday they will go away," said Click.
Girls also had many ways to prepare for tryouts. While some girls just did the practices for other teams that they do, some didn't do anything to prepare. Most girls prepared by coming to the 2 open gyms that occurred before tryouts and others practiced basic skills like shooting and dribbling.
Girls who tried out, also said they would have tried out as a 6th grader if they had the opportunity. They also said if they didn't make the team, they would keep working and tryout in 8th grade. "Yes, I would tryout again next year because it is another opportunity to play at a middle school level." said Keaton Gatlin, 7th grader, who is trying out.
Some leagues that girls trying out had played in the past were: Carmel Pups, Carmel Dads Club, Primetime, First Baptist Church Leagues and many others. The girls were encouraged by their parents, coaches and friends to try out for the team. Coach Carter was looking forward to seeing all the talent of the 7th graders.
The girls will find out if they made the team on November 29, 2018 at 8:00pm through a number system. Each girl got a number and if their number appeared on the text, they made the team. Good luck to all the girls trying out.
Story By Siri Surapaneni
Orchestra students from Clay Middle School and conductor Mr. Jeff Frizzi will compete in ISSMA on March 16th, 2018.
ISSMA is a competition for students to show their talent on their instruments. Students will perform for a panel of judges who will rank them in 4 categories. There are going to be opportunities for students to compete playing solo or in ensembles.
Clay Middle School orchestra students put in a lot of hard work and determination to prepare for ISSMA. Even with all the practice, once competition day arrives students have many intense feelings.
“I feel that performing in a big competition like ISSMA is nerve-wracking at the beginning but when you start playing you get in the rhythm and get relaxed,” said 7th grader, Arriya Arif.
" I feel that performing in a big competition like ISSMA is exciting because of the crowd and judges,” said 7th grader, Nora Perkins.
“When I am performing in a big competition like ISSMA, I feel nervous before I start performing, but after a while into the music, I feel more confident,” said 7th grader Christine Kim. Kim is a member of both Orchestra and Advanced String Ensemble.
Clay Middle School has been performing in ISSMA for many years and has ranked many times. When the seventh grade students participated in ISSMA last year they got gold with distinction. As you can see, Clay Middle School has a legacy and the orchestra students this year are destined to do great. Students practice for hours to master Blue Mountain and other songs. Students also have opportunities to perform in solos and place.
By Adam Buczkowski
The crowd roars with excitement as the ball flies through the net. The Clay basketball team is ahead. Then the last buzzer sounds and Clay wins the first game of the season. This is a big moment for the team because it is their first game together.
The Clay basketball team is very important to the students of Clay and the players. “Playing with my friends and having fun” is the favorite part for Drew Seelig, point guard and shooting guard for the seventh grade basketball team.
Three weeks in and the team’s record is 1-5, but they know that they could bounce back.
Andrew Jones, point guard, said that they have to fix the small things in order to win more, but Seelig said, “I think I need to shoot better and as a team we need to play better defense.”
The team thinks that if they are able to limit the points that the other team can score then they will win more. They also believe that they will end up with a record above .500 (.500 means to win just as much as you lose). If they can get above .500 after a rough start after losing 5 games in a row it would change their season.
Quinn Murphy is a center on the team and is 5’9”. He and Andrew Jones claim to be the dynamic duo. With Murphy getting many assists in the first game and Jones scoring 12 points and leading the team to their first win. When asked about the experience Murphy answered, “It is a lot different because of the environment that we play in.”
Jones and Seelig both played for pups, a travel basketball team for Carmel, before Clay. The differences Andrew said, “The team and game environment is different and the competition is harder.” Then Seelig said, “A little more nerve wracking because there are more people coming to our games.”
Seelig said there is nothing he doesn’t like about basketball at Clay, but Quinn has one major issue. The home games are at 5:00 or 5:30. Students and Staff should come out and support your Clay Trojans.
Story by Emmaline Colvin
Mrs. Susie tries to weave her way through a sea of cast and crew members on a busy stage. It’s the week of the musical, and she is getting ready to talk with Mr. Snyder and Mr. Lowe to finalize the last few details.
There are three teachers involved in Clay’s musical- Mrs. Susie, Mr. Snyder and Mr. Lowe. Mrs. Susie is like a superhero. She directs and musical directs the musical, oversees the whole show, is a choir teacher, and is a mom to a young boy! She put over a hundred hours into this year’s musical, Willy Wonka Jr.
“I love musicals and I wanted to share that love by giving the students at Clay the opportunity to be involved in a musical,” said Mrs. Susie.
Mrs. Susie has been in several musicals, on stage and off. She was Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz at Glendale High School, Little Red Riding Hood in Little Red Riding Hood at Springfield Regional Opera in Missouri, and Thumbelina in Tiny Thumbelina, at MSU Opera Workshop. She also music directed A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at Glendale High School, and was Stage Manager for a play called The Nerd.
Mr. Snyder, the Auditorium Director of this year’s musical has also had prior experience. This was his 5th year helping out with musicals at Clay.
“I have played clarinet in the pit orchestra in my high school musical - we had live music during the show and it was an excellent experience. I forget the show, unfortunately,” Mr. Snyder said.
As far as Mr. Lowe goes with theatre experience, he definitely has some. He was Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in high school, and directed a play when he taught in high school. He even helped with elementary musicals when he was a media specialist. In the musicals at Clay, he assistant directs.
It takes a lot of time to pull off a school musical. Each teacher puts in countless hours, especially during tech week, the week of the musical.
“Tech week is very long but productive!” Mr. Lowe said. Mr. Snyder said it is simply stressful, and Mrs. Susie said it was fun, exciting, and exhausting.
The teachers involved in the musical also meet all throughout the process.
“Mr. Lowe and I meet a couple times during the summer to plan the sets. Then, we also meet throughout the musical process as needed. Mr. Snyder and I meet the week before tech week to go through the cues,” Mrs. Susie said.
Though the musical is a lot of work, all the teachers agree that it is rewarding. They also agree that the school musical is both exciting and exhausting!
“There is a lot of moving parts that go on with the musical. Coordinating set and scene changes with music, lights, and mics is always difficult to do, but we get always get it done with the hard work of students participating on and off stage,” Mr. Snyder said.
Story by Arjun Purohit
Students love DECA JR because they can collaborate on projects with their friends, and they can talk with each other. Another reason students love DECA JR is that it has a creative aspect when students are coming up with their ideas.
“I think that students should join DECA, Jr. to learn about themselves, to learn about how a business works, how to work with others, and how to help the community around them,” Michelle Janson, Clay Middle School Counselor and DECA JR sponsor, said. DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) JR Business Club is an after-school club where students learn the basics of business and entrepreneurship. DECA is held in room 115 at Clay Middle School. It started at the end of September and is held every two or three weeks.
Srikrishna Ganeshan, seventh grade, said DECA helps students succeed in the future. “It helps students improve their public speaking skills which can benefit things such as presentational skills,” he said.
In DECA, students need a business idea (similar to the high school version of DECA). This business idea is a product or idea that is supposed to help the community.
An example might be a portable phone charging cart. Students present their idea to judges who pick the best idea and give the students money to make the product. On an average day in DECA, students have the day’s lesson about business, marketing, or entrepreneurship. These lessons are usually taught by high school DECA students or occasionally by guest speakers.
Then students split into groups to work on their business idea presentations. Finally the club ends and students either take the late bus home or get picked up.
See Janson in Student Services if you have any questions.
All stories, photos and video footage by the seventh and eighth grade newspaper students.