Sure, we all go to the same school, eat in the same cafeteria, and walk the same halls. But despite our similar daily routine, we all hold a different view on our experiences. Read below for stories of student life, events, and perspectives.
“It’s a mistake to think that once you’re done with school you need never learn anything new.” ~Sophia Loren
Can Ash Wednesday be Overshadowed by Valentine’s Day?
By: Danielle Tucci
This year, Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day both fall on February 14th. This causes us to think to ourselves, “How do we celebrate each occasion, without overshadowing the other?”, and “Could there be a new significance in having these days collide?”
Personally, I think it is easy for the hustle and bustle of Valentine’s Day to overshadow the importance of Ash Wednesday, considering the commercialization of the holiday. However, it does not have to be this way. Instead, we should take a moment to realize just how alike these two celebrations really are.
Ash Wednesday is one of the most solemn days in the liturgical year. It is also a day of reflection and a day to remember the sacrifice Jesus made by going into the desert for forty days and forty nights. In reflecting on this event, we not only remember Jesus’ sacrifice for us, but also his love; a common theme with Valentine’s Day.
Much like on Valentine’s Day, we too show our love and appreciation for Jesus, as we choose to give up something that we really enjoy. Whether we stop eating chips or chocolate, or simply try to be better people, our little sacrifices are big signs of our love.
So this year, let’s not moan and groan when going to mass, and don’t let Ash Wednesday be overshadowed. Instead, let it remind us of Jesus’ love, and how to practice it every day of the year.
Valentine’s Day Celebrations
By: Julia Passarelli
Valentine’s Day is a day to show love to your friends, family, or romantic partner. But do you ever wonder where to go, or how to celebrate the day of love? Luckily, there are many ways to celebrate this holiday in both St. Michael and around town!
At school, students can participate in cookie grams. Get in the spirit of Valentine’s Day by sending a cookie to friends just in time for Valentine’s Day! Stay tuned to the morning announcements for more information about this sweet event!
There are also many lovable places in town, perfect to celebrate Valentine’s Day. With various restaurants in town, you can spend quality time with your loved one, and share a meal you both will enjoy. Next, add a movie or some bowling to the itinerary! Regardless of where you go, it is the quality time spent together that will make Valentine’s Day the most special.
Like any other holiday, many commemorate the occasion with a gift for their loved one, whether it be chocolates, flowers or stuffed animals. However, Valentine’s Day is not about where you go or what you buy; it is about spending time in the company of those you cherish and care for. Most importantly, we celebrate Valentine’s Day because it is a day to recognize and express the love you have for others.
Valentine’s Day has been celebrated for many years in the past, and with these local plans and activities, it will continue to be loved and celebrated in the future!
Read Below for Content from Past Issues
Photo By: Mario Russo
By: Julia Passarelli
On December 1, 2017, our school participated in an event called Colour Wars, hosted by student council. Colour Wars is when each grade wears a designated colour, and the grade with the most points wins. The points are determined by the homeroom teacher based on the number of items of that colour each student wears.
This year, the grade 9’s wore white (a change from the usual yellow), the grade 10’s wore green, the grade 11’s wore red and the grade 12’s wore blue. This year also saw a huge success for our grade 9’s, having won the competition, and also for our grade 12’s, coming in second place. When asked about how they felt about this year’s win, grade 9, Sierra S. responded by saying, “My grade showed school spirit on Colour Wars by dressing up in our colour, and coming together as a team to accomplish our goal. I felt proud of my grade for working together and achieving a positive outcome”. The grade 9’s will also receive a breakfast cooked by the hospitality class.
To add to the friendly competition, our school also participated in a toy drive where all donations go to Sick Kids Hospital. Donations also earned students points, contributing to the Colour War points.
This year, close to double of last year’s donations were made, with a total of almost 50 boxes of toys gathered! These boxes were then brought down to the hospital by student council on December 7. Great job to everyone who participated in Colour Wars and who donated to the toy drive!
Another Successful Year: St. Michael’s 2017 Christmas Show is a Hit!
By: Veronica Venditti
Every year, our St. Michael Arts and Technology programs come together to produce “A Creative Christmas”; a show where art students ring in the Christmas season by showcasing their talents and performing for the school community. This year was no exception, and with even more Arts and Technology programs participating, along with a record turnout, this show is said to be the best one yet!
As always, the Music program is the biggest draw, with more than five different groups in the show. Anthony Hendriks, a senior Music student, had a lot to say about the showcase: “The Christmas show was such an amazing way to celebrate this Christmas season. The Music students had some beautiful performances… from the bands to the choirs. As a performer, it was so nice to see all of the art programs come together as one for such a spectacular show! The support from our community was so heartwarming and special for us Music students.”
St. Michael Drama students also made a huge contribution to the 2017 Christmas Show. “I think everything went really well”, said Madison Rossi, a grade eleven Drama student. “My class was involved in two different performances. From the feedback I got from viewers, everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.”
As amazing as the Music and Drama programs are separately, combined they produced an unforgettable finale! Along with sets created by the Visual Arts classes, the Music and Drama students performed ’Twas the Night Before Christmas, a dramatic presentation by the grade ten and eleven Drama class, with the addition of a matching soundtrack performed by the grade eleven and twelve Music class. This collaboration between art students was the perfect way to end the night!
With Comm Tech taking Santa pictures, Hospitality producing treats, Visual Arts creating a beautiful gallery, and the variety of performing arts showcased, this year’s “Creative Christmas” has been the best one yet! With a show this spectacular, who can wait until next year?
Photo by: Jackson Corzato
Should there be an age limit for trick-or-treating? : A “Niner’s” Perspective
By: Danielle Tucci
“Trick-or-Treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat!”
It’s Halloween time again and we all know that means it’s almost time to go trick-or-treating. A question that seems to be popping up a lot lately is: “How old is too old for trick-or-treating?”
The answer varies based on who you ask. My 8 year old sister thinks that you should stop trick-or-treating after grade 9. Whereas my 12 year old sister thinks that you should be able to go trick-or-treating until you are 15 or 16.
The first question I asked my parents and a few of their friends was: “At what age should kids stop trick-or-treating?” The majority thought that grade 8 should be the last year someone goes trick-or-treating. A few said grade 9 should be the last year someone goes trick-or-treating, as long as they are in a costume and follow proper Halloween etiquette—meaning they say “trick-or-treat” when the person opens the door, instead of just standing there with their bag open. Another parent said 16 years old, given they are respectful and are in some sort of costume.
The second question I asked was “why do teenagers still go trick-or-treating?” For this one I got lots of different answers. Things like “their parents don’t want them at home,” or “to terrorize younger children.” Other responses included: “teenagers just want free candy” and “they go out to act silly and dress up for the night.” My dad thinks that parents still send out their teenagers so that they can eat their kids’ candy themselves. Another point that was put out there was that teenagers just want to feel like kids again and they want to have a good night getting free candy. I’m sure these are all reasons to why teenagers still go out.
Personally, I think after grade 8, a kid should stop trick-or-treating. I mean come on, grow up. Halloween should be for little kids. For them it’s an adventure, they get to go out for a night and be courageous. They may work up the courage to go up to the house with the scary decorations and ring the doorbell. For them it’s a big deal. I think the main reason teenagers still go trick-or-treating is because they are bored at home and would rather be out doing something than sitting at home. That… and they want the free candy.
Everyone is going to have their own idea of when it’s okay or not to go trick-or-treating, but what do you think?
The First Month of High School: A “Niner’s” Perspective
By: Danielle Tucci
Everybody dreads back to school, especially when you are moving to a new school and new environment. This is the first month of school from a “niner’s” perspective.
To be honest, I was a little nervous the first day of school, but the teachers were so welcoming and they really wanted to make you feel like this place was your second home. When I walked into those doors the first morning, I was ready to start a new chapter and I’m sure many of my fellow “niners” were too. So many thoughts were running through our heads and we didn’t know where to start (I’m sure first period was the right call though). As the day progressed, some of us may have still felt nervous and others may have started to adjust and feel more comfortable with our new school environment.
One thing I noticed right off the bat was that the teachers didn’t treat us like little kids anymore; they expected us to know boundaries and to show a certain level of maturity. As the week continued, we started to get ourselves into a routine and started to figure out which staircases would take us from our lockers to third period the fastest. High school is different than elementary school; there are a lot more students walking in the hallway at once and you have to manage your time wisely, even if that means bringing your first and second period things from your locker with you in the morning.
Last year, the grade eight teachers would tell us how bad high school really was and that nothing could prepare us for it. Guess what? They lied. Aside from having to wake up early to catch the bus, high school is really not that bad. The older kids don’t really invest much into us, they are already so busy with their own stuff that they don’t have the time.
I was curious to know what my fellow classmates think of high school so far, so I asked a few of them what the first couple of weeks of school had been like for them. “School is going well so far. It’s not as bad as I thought it would be, but it’s only been two weeks. My teachers are very nice. They try to be as helpful as they can because they know we are entering a new school environment and some kids may feel nervous still,” said Julia Suppa. Caterina Suppa added: “It’s going better than I thought. The school is less confusing to get around once you’re actually there. The teachers are all so nice and want us to succeed. The work we are doing isn’t much, but I’m sure that will change in a few weeks. The school puts on a lot of extracurricular activities and they are a great way to get involved and they help make the transition smoother.” I asked this question to one more person and their answer was a little different. “For me it’s as if I’ve finally begun to get used to high school at this point. It seems more normal or more like school than it had when I first started. I enjoy my classes and my teachers. I enjoy learning, but I’m exhausted every day and still feel kind of intimidated when walking through the halls. I guess I can say I just feel small, but once I get to my classes, I enjoy myself and feel better,” admitted Mattie Kerrigan.
I feel as if most of the grade nines are on the same page. We are all enjoying our new school but still feel small sometimes. I thought I was the only one who liked coming to school and felt like I was just at school and not like I was going to a new school with so many people I didn’t know.
It feels as if I’ve always been a student at St. Michael, and I am happy that I am not the only one who thinks that. To be honest, I was nervous at the beginning of the month but those feelings quickly settled. It’s been a great month and I can’t wait to see what the next few months will be like; I mean, come on, we are in high school now, anything is possible!
Grade 11 Through the Eyes of a Grade 11 Student
By: Julia Passarelli
More books, 3C lunch, semi-formal and the worst hallway in the school are four things that make up grade 11. It’s four weeks into my grade 11 year and it is no joke.
First, let me tell you about my locker. With four binders, three textbooks and a novel – it’s already full. One can’t forget carrying those books from class to class as well. Make sure to bring them to class though, because even though they are heavy, they will be needed for the more dense material being covered in grade 11.
Next, we have lunch 3C. That means period 1 (no food), period 2 (no food), period 3A (no food), period 3B (no food) and finally… lunch! Some grade 11 students may have 3A but the majority will have 3C. While you may feel yourself become hungrier throughout the day, I personally find the day goes by faster with this lunch because after lunch you only have to attend period 4.
Now we get to talk about…not the most talked about dance in the school, (that’s prom) but the most talked about dance between grade 11s: Semi-Formal! If you do not know, Semi-formal is a dance almost like prom but is meant for grade 11 students. The girls buy fancy dresses and the boys a suit, and you dance, eat food and enjoy. Currently, Semi is planned for November 24th. This date is 2 months earlier than the usual February date and it has grade 11s rushing to find an outfit!
Last, but certainly not least, we have the grade 11 hallway aka the English, Social Sciences, French, Business hallway, AKA, the worst hallway, AKA, if-you-can-avoid-it- avoid-it -hallway. This is where the grade 11 student lockers are located. It’s busy, and it is where most of the class rooms in the school are located. It replicates a highway with oncoming traffic on one side, outgoing traffic on the other and the few who have to cross to either side to get to their hallway or locker hoping to cross before they are bumped into. On the bright side, where my locker is located I don’t need to walk too far to get to any of my classes.
This is grade 11 and despite the heavy books, the late lunch, the stress of finding a dress and having my locker in the busiest hallway in the school, I am excited to continue this year and make it worth remembering.