by Justin C.
NHD… the three first letters of the hardest project in the world… at least of the projects I have come across. NHD, National History Day is a project that all Jericho students in 7th grade participate in. It is a positive experience that takes a lot of work.
Just when you are settling into school in the beginning of the year, you get hit by the straight, flat fact that you have to do the NHD, a project that you feel only the smartest, most creative and hard-working students can get a good grade on. But there are some good things. The beginning part when choosing a topic, getting your sources and citing them to noodletools, is pretty easy and fun. (Some can even say RELAXING.) I made a website and I felt the website creator was super confusing but my brother was able to help me. When I finally got the layout, I started collecting quotes and pictures from my noodletools citations. I just kept typing and hoping I would do well. A few days before NHD, I worked almost 4 hours a day, varying how much time I had that day. Finally, I finished my NHD project. What a great feeling!
After reflecting on the time and energy this project took, I feel it was all worth it when I realized how much work I have done over the last 2 months, how much I have learned, and how good my website looked when it was finished.
by Alexa T.
Jericho Middle School, also known as JMS, is a very nice and organized school to be in. The moment I learned about this school, I thought that this would be a great school to go to. From my experience, there are many factors that make me love this school. The teachers are great, and the building is organized and easy to follow. I would rate this school 5 whole stars.
Clubs are a huge factor for many people, including me. After school, a club is held. For example, Art Club, Newspaper Club, Geography Bee Club, and Language clubs like French, Italian, and Spanish! You can do projects, experiments, and don’t worry, there are snacks! Different clubs are held on different days, and some of them are on the same day!
TECH IN THE SCHOOL
A modern, electronic device is mainly (and should be) used for learning, projects, and fun learning games like Kahoot, Gimkit, and Quizlet! Chromebooks are a great way to teach students, whether it is by watching a science video or playing a game to review for an ELA test!
This device is mainly used by teachers while teaching a class. It is connected to their computer, and instead of the screechy chalkboard, a gentle lighted smart board is used to transmit information! Instead of old school chalk, an electronic pen with many different colors is used by the teacher! This big screen device would allow every student to be able to see the board! (Of course, unless another person is blocking their head!)
Based on all of the above, it is easy to see why JMS is rated one of the top schools on Long Island!
by Jordan P.
I am excited to announce that I am launching a charity drive on behalf of Love Together Brasil. Love Together Brasil was co-founded in 2014 by my family friend, Geralda Sarraf. Love Together Brasil is a charity dedicated to helping the families of Northeastern Brazil. The Sertão region is plagued with dry lands and droughts which leads to hunger, thirst, lack of hygiene, illiteracy and various diseases. By drilling wells in towns and providing equipment and funding to leisure centers and school, Love Together Brasil has tremendously impacted the lives of over 200,000 people.
For the last four years, I have led many drives that impacted the Sertão region including the drive last year at school for socks, underwear and pajamas, as well as other out of school collection drives. Also, during the 2017-2018 school year I ran a pen pal letter writing event where the 6th grade students wrote letters to kids in northeastern Brazil. This year, the organization has embarked on a project to build a brand new sports facility. We need your help in providing the kids with the equipment they need to enjoy the facility. From now until Winter break, you can drop off new or gently used sports equipment (ie: balls, cleats, bats and padding) at a bin right outside the Middle School attendance office. Thank you in advance for all of your support.
by Jonathan B.
I interviewed Mrs. Breland, our new social worker. Here is what she had to say.
Q: What do think about the school so far?
A: I love it! Everyone is super nice and really helpful. I like how my role allows me the opportunity to interact with so many people. I also like the cool events the school has, such as the Olweus kickoff. I heard really good things about future events and can’t wait to experience them with everyone.
Q: What do you think about the trash in the ocean?
A: I don’t like it. It’s not safe for the ocean life or our drinking water quality. It’s also not a fun beach experience when you see trash floating around in the water. If we make sure to put our trash in a garbage bin, it will help reduce littering and encourage others to do the same.
Q: Do you think that kids should have homework?
A: Homework helps students continue to learn the material. I definitely believe that students should receive work, but in moderation. There are also opportunities to complete homework before you even get home, like during lunch or extra help.
Q: Do you think we should not have school on Halloween?
A: School should be on Halloween. If it wasn’t on Halloween, I wouldn’t get an opportunity to see everyone’s fun costumes! I also think school being on Halloween allows for some fun activities to occur while learning.
Q: Do you think we should start school later or earlier?
A: I like the current school schedule. It is an early start but it also means that the day ends early. You have the rest of the day to do other activities.
Thank you for your time, Mrs. Breland! I really enjoyed interviewing you!
by Jia C. and Erika K.
The JMS Book Fair took place on Wednesday, October 23rd and Thursday, October 24th from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm in the middle school library. The book fair was also opened on October 23rd at 6:30 pm. There were new books to buy and look at, including “Guts” by Raina Telgemier. We had a fun time at this event! Happy reading!
by Erika K., Jia C., & Cherry L.
Jericho Middle School had a school-wide bully prevention walk (Olweus Kickoff) on the track followed by an assembly. This event was on Friday, October 18. Everyone wore their neon yellow t-shirts displaying our motto, “We don’t stand by… we stand up”. The kick-off encouraged students to help those who are bullied.
For every mile the students ran/walked, they received a colorful, plastic foot to attach to their necklace. The feet represented being in somebody else’s shoes. For example, the phrase, “You may not know what someone else is going through unless you walk a mile in their shoes,” explains that you may not know what both a bully or a victim might have gone through.
Sometimes a student may not know that he/she is being bullied, but they may realize what is actually happening after this event. Bystanders who watched the student being bullied may learn to stand up instead.
The Olweus kickoff is named after Dr. Dan Olweus. He is a research professor of psychology in Norway. He spent years researching the issue of bullying to help keep students safe in school and other places.
Another highlight of the event was when the students watched an assembly given by Rohan Murphy. He is an inspirational speaker who is interesting, funny, and has lived through a lot of hardship. He has no legs but he told us an inspirational story about his younger life until now. The story involved his interest in wrestling and how one coach helped him achieve his goal. Instead of using a wheelchair, Rohan moved about the stage using his muscular arms. He even invited a student on stage for a quick wrestling match. Even without legs, he was able to beat the student! Everyone enjoyed his talk and the message.