The Spirit of Halloween

  jackson3Photo by: Jackson Corzato

Can you hear that? It’s the sound of leaves crunching, candy wrappers opening, sweaters zipping, and pumpkin-spice-everything machines running on full blast. That’s right, what you are hearing are the sounds of fall.

Autumn is finally here, and while some may be complaining about the shorter days and cold weather, this season is especially celebrated here at The Storm. In our 2017 Halloween issue, we have the pleasure of sharing with everyone the best the season has to offer, from yummy recipes by Isabella De Bartolo, Spooky Poems by Samantha Riga, some insight into your costume ideas by Veronica Venditti, and more!

Aside from the staple features associated with the season mentioned above, there is something I forgot to mention that is crucial to the identity of Halloween. Those are the costumes of course! From witches to wizards, princes to princesses, all these characters come out to play on Halloween night. However, to say Halloween consists of silly costumes and childish traditions is truly doing the day an injustice.

Halloween is a day we can be anyone we want to be, and live out our boldest versions of ourselves without a second glance. Not only that, but we get the chance to live as somebody else for a day, and possibly see the world in a different way. That is the true spirit of Halloween; the spirit of acceptance, vibrancy, individuality, and creativity. So take that with you as you go door to door, and if you will, take the spirit of Halloween with you all year long.

Finally, before you run off to finish your costume at the last minute, pick up some more candy for the trick-or-treaters, or reach for yet another chocolate from the candy box (we all do it) , take a stroll through our Halloween issue of The Storm to get you even more in the spirit of the season. Sit back, relax, drink some cider, and enjoy!

Melissa Gatti

Editor of The Storm

Read below for content from previous issues


New Beginnings

Welcome back! We’ve missed you here at The Storm. From growing our writing team and getting a new editor, to celebrating the very first “Thunder Pride” day and welcoming our new chaplain, a lot has happened in the past month. We are so eager to finally share these milestones with you in our first issue of the year – each milestone and article signifying fresh starts and new beginnings!

As students, teachers, or parents, we have all experienced the feeling of butterflies the night before school – We can’t sleep, our minds wander, and our hearts race. Yes, you may simply call this nerves and fear, but what we are truly feeling is excitement for the unknown and wonder about what is to come. Throughout this issue and this year, we will together celebrate these new beginnings and embrace change.

Throughout this issue, you can read all about the exciting new beginnings in our community in and out of school, from Hannah Thomas’ interview with our new Chaplain, Danielle Tucci’s discussion on life as a “Niner”, Mario Russo’s sports piece on the Maple Leafs, and more! Aside from the major milestones and events celebrated here, there was one event that truly embodied the essence of this issue.: The grade 12 Sunrise Breakfast.

On Friday September 8 , 2017, grade 12 students gathered at school at the early hour of 6:30am to watch the sun rise, kicking off their last year together. Now, there is something to be said about a group of tired students willingly rising before the sun. Why would they do it? Could it have been simply for the delicious breakfast after? Maybe. But, no doubt, as they watched the sun rise, they saw the reason they all came together. That the sun was not just there to start their day and make a great Instagram picture, but instead to remind them, and all of us, that there is always a new day, the sun will always rise, and no matter where we may roam in the future, the same sun will always shine upon us, keeping us connected. So, as the sun shines on you today, let it remind and inspire you to conquer new challenges and face new frontiers. From all of us at The Storm, we wish you a great and successful new school year!


Melissa Gatti

– Editor of The Storm