Bulldog Barker https://bulldogbarker.com The Student News Site of Freedom Area Middle School Wed, 05 Jun 2019 16:43:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.3 Sixth Graders Present Their Long Terms Projects at the High School Science Conference https://bulldogbarker.com/1058/news/sixth-graders-present-their-long-terms-projects-at-the-high-school-science-conference/ Wed, 05 Jun 2019 16:43:15 +0000 https://bulldogbarker.com/?p=1058 Every year, the sixth grade teachers, as well as Dr. Wargo, host a science conference at the high school. The premise of this activity is to experiment with something that you can’t just look up the solution of. The idea has to be original, and you have to show each step of your experiments, even if they fail. The goal is to come up with something innovative, whether it’s helpful or not.

In the beginning ceremony, Dr. Wargo talked about the importance of labs and physical class work. Also saying that, despite seeing science as the pinnacle, he believes that any and all types of hands on research is worthy. There were many alumni that returned from previous years. There were even some past seniors with advice on how to deal with stress from projects and teachers. Each 6th grade presenter had to present their long term project at least once, and they were instructed to rotate around to different classrooms. Some presentations, mostly by alumni, were just made to instruct other students. Most alumni were aiming to give students some insight on possible career options. All the presenters seemed to have put copious amounts of work and effort into their projects. The students certainly nailed the guidelines with their unique long terms.

CSI week informs students about law enforcement https://bulldogbarker.com/1054/news/csi-week-informs-students-about-law-enforcement/ Wed, 05 Jun 2019 16:39:39 +0000 https://bulldogbarker.com/?p=1054 On May 20-24, 2019,the sixth annual sixth grade CSI week took place. Over five days, the sixth grade students learn about crime investigation, the consequences  of committing a crime, and how to find hidden evidence. For the first three days of the week the students listened to presentations about crime scene investigation from police officers, parole officers, judges, and students. On the fourth day students learn how to interview suspects,  find and pick up fingerprints, find blood, and cast footprints. On the last day of the week the students had to solve a murder planned out by Ms. Jeanine Ging and Ms. Lisa Moore, sixth grade science teachers.

To solve the mystery, students had to collect evidence, lift fingerprints, compare footprints, interview suspects, and use other skills. At the end of the day each investigation group had to create their own PowerPoint presentation explaining who they they thought committed the murder, based on the evidence they collected and analyzed. After the presentations the murderer was revealed, handcuffed and escorted out of the auditorium by School Resource Officer Liberty.

This year the murder victim was an electrician killed in the fitness room. The suspects were Mr. Matsook, Ms. Smithmyer, Ms. Baker, Mr. Gregg, and Ms. Piehler. After the presentations it was revealed that Mr. Matsook was the murderer! Overall, CSI week is one of the most interesting experiences of sixth grade.  

Seventh grade students take trip to Chincoteague Bay Field Station https://bulldogbarker.com/1036/features/seventh-grade-students-take-trip-to-chincoteague-bay-field-station/ Wed, 05 Jun 2019 16:38:47 +0000 https://bulldogbarker.com/?p=1036 Every year, seventh grade science teacher, Ms. Dawn Patosky, offers her students the opportunity to go to Chincoteague Bay Field Station on an overnight field trip. The Chincoteague Bay Field Station has been open for 51 years and was originally called The Marine Science Consortium. This field station was founded by Kutztown University, Millersville University, and East Stroudsburg University in 1968. Patosky has been taking her students on this field trip for the past 26 years. On this field trip, students do various labs and discover how coastal ecology plays a part in the world.

The field trip lasts four days. This year 20 students went on the trip, plus two chaperones and  Patosky, totalling to 23 people. These students and adults were on the trip from Wednesday, May 22 to Saturday May 26, 2019.

Wednesday, May 22

On Wednesday, May 22 the people participating on this trip left for the nine hour trip to Chincoteague Bay. Later that night when they were there, they had a lesson on what coastal ecology really is and the rules about being on the boat they would go on the next morning.

seventh grader Logan Bickerstaff says, “I enjoyed taking notes every morning for four mornings in a row.”


Thursday, May 23

The next morning the students went to the intertidal zone of Chincoteague Bay and collected species that they would later observe. Later that day, they went on a boat trip and did tests on the water, such as checking the density and salinity of the water and how much dissolved oxygen was in the water. Also, they used a trawl to catch animals they would observe later that night.

Friday, May 24

On Friday morning, the students went to the salt marsh. At the marsh, if the students wanted, they could swim in the mud. In the afternoon, they went to the sand dunes and collected seashells and observed all the different types of shells that had discovered. After the sand dunes, they went to “Famous Pizza,” which is a restaurant on Chincoteague Island. After dinner, they went to the beach and swam.

Saturday,  May 24

Saturday was the final day of the trip. In the morning, the students went to the Maritime Forests. Along the trail, there was a lighthouse which the students went up to the top on and took pictures. After the walk in the forest, the students went back to the camp and had one last lunch there. After lunch, the students rode back home after a great trip.

Arrow of Light Scouts crossover to Boy Scouts at Blue and Gold Banquet https://bulldogbarker.com/1048/features/arrow-of-light-scouts-crossover-to-boy-scouts-at-blue-and-gold-banquet/ Wed, 05 Jun 2019 16:30:05 +0000 https://bulldogbarker.com/?p=1048 The New Sewickley Pack 444 Arrow of Light Cub Scouts became Boy Scouts at the crossover ceremony on Saturday, May 4 at Freedom Area Middle School.  Ten fifth graders including Charles Brenckle, Jonathan Bruce, Bryson Deal, Artie Evans, Cory Heckman, Richie Kirk, Jack Lehocky, Alex Micon, Jarred Neely, and Dalton Zupanek crossed over. Each of these ten boys were members of Pack 444. They will be continuing their Scout journey into Troop 444 as Boy Scouts.

The ceremony took place at the Freedom Area Middle School in the auditorium during the Blue and Gold Banquet. The Blue and Gold Banquet is when Cub Scouts move up to the next rank.  For Arrow of Light Scouts, they cross over to the Boy Scout Troop from the Cub Scout Pack.

There was a Star Wars theme at the school. There were characters that you could take pictures with.  A variety of space activities were enjoyed, like a planetarium you could watch a space movie in. The evening concluded with Troop 444 leaders welcoming the new Scouts.

“I thought that this Blue and Gold was different than the others in a good way. Our Troop grew, so there were more people involved. It was a great time and it was organized really well.’’ said Charlie Brenkle about the Blue and Gold Banquet. If you are interested in outdoor adventures and skill building then visit the Scout table at Open House in the fall.

Fifth grade students adventure to strip district for field trip https://bulldogbarker.com/1042/news/fifth-grade-students-adventure-to-strip-district-for-field-trip/ Wed, 05 Jun 2019 16:26:24 +0000 https://bulldogbarker.com/?p=1042 The Fifth grade classes went to on a field trip to the Strip District, and most enjoyed visiting some old buildings that could’ve been open to the public and running for many years. Some students have comments about the historical Strip District.

The Strip District has been accessible for many years, even during the Great Depression. The Strip District has been around since 1837. Though it has aged through the years, it still has neighborhoods and homes, including multiple family owned stores. The Strip District had trains running through it until 1906. The Strip District became a place for immigrants such as Italians, Polish, and Slavic ethnicity. They became competitors, and competed with each other, mainly with businesses.

Calla Reynolds commented that she enjoyed the trip, and that she thinks it was a good experience for fifth grade. She believes that it was very educational, and that it was necessary to go on the trip so that the fifth grade could experience something new.
The packet that the fifth graders this year had to fill out with information on the Strip District was actually less than what the other years of fifth grade students had to fill out. Many students are tickled pink that they could enjoy going around the Strip instead of focusing on filling out a large packet.
In conclusion, the Strip District field trip was fun for most of the fifth grade students. I’m sure all of them adored the ice cream at Klavon’s!

Sixth graders share their children’s books to parents during Authors Tea https://bulldogbarker.com/1040/features/1040/ Wed, 05 Jun 2019 16:25:37 +0000 https://bulldogbarker.com/?p=1040 On Friday, May 3, the sixth grade students hosted an Author’s Tea. Family and friends of many students loved watching their little ones grow up and learning about public speaking and publishing. The parents of  Payton Bickerstaff enjoyed watching her read about gymnastics and her experience about starting gym. Each room had snacks, such as cookies and water, to make it a proper Author’s Tea. The whole sixth grade participated and some seventh graders helped out by handing out programs, leading parents to their kid’s room, and signing adults into the front desk. Many stories were based off Dr. Seuss books and other childhood stories. These books are a good way for students to express themselves about things such as growing up, hobbies, and even about riding a bike for the first time.

“Each year, these stories get better and better,” says sixth grade teacher Ms. Ging.

“This year was better than ours,” said numerous seventh graders, who presented their books last year. This year’s Authors Tea was a success and we can only hope for another great turn out.

Four students represent Freedom at national academic games tournament https://bulldogbarker.com/1037/news/four-students-represent-freedom-at-national-academic-games-tournament/ Wed, 05 Jun 2019 16:22:02 +0000 https://bulldogbarker.com/?p=1037 On Friday, April 26 through Monday, April 29, 2019, Freedom Middle School’s Academic Games team competed at the Academic Games League of America (AGLOA) National Tournament. The 2019 tournament was held in Orlando, Florida at the Wyndham Orlando Resort. It was the fifty-third annual National Tournament. Four students from Freedom Middle School qualified to advance to nationals, by scoring in the top fifteen percent in two or more games at the local level. These students were Luke Snavely, eighth grader, Alexa Davis, seventh grader, and Alexa Hudak and Joanna Odebode, sixth graders.

Nationals took place on Friday, April 26 through Monday, April 29, 2019. The participants from Freedom took a flight on April 25 to the Orlando International Airport. Competitions started on Friday evening, although no one from Freedom participated that day. Students from Freedom competed in five games: Current Events, Equations, Presidents, Propaganda, and Theme. Davis and Snavely’s team took third in Theme and Davis’s team took fifth in Current Events. They both received a trophy for their achievement and Davis received a medal, also.

Luke Snavely, eighth grader and a four time Nationals qualifier, says he likes going to Nationals because there’s new places to travel and different things to do. Snavely’s favorite game is Propaganda because he likes learning the marketing schemes and it’s fun to play. His memories were going to escape rooms with the rest of his teammates and winning an award in Orlando.

Eighth graders participate in trip to the Gettysburg battlefield https://bulldogbarker.com/1038/news/eighth-graders-participate-in-trip-to-the-gettysburg-battlefield/ Wed, 05 Jun 2019 16:20:01 +0000 https://bulldogbarker.com/?p=1038 The year is 1863, it’s July 1st at the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The more northern Union troops are defending the town from the attacking southern Confederates. The battle lasted 3 days and many soldiers died. The Confederates were the states trying to preserve slavery in the United States, where as the northern states wanted to stop slavery from spreading. This conflict led to the division of the southern states from the North eventually leading to the Civil War.

On May 9th and 10th the eighth grade took a trip to Gettysburg to learn about the battlefield and what  happened there. They toured the battlefield and learned about the conflict and how the fighting worked. For example, Eighth Grader David Denkovich said, “I learned that it was a dangerous place to be during the war .” They visited landmarks all around the battlefield with their tour guides giving them information about the war and the battlegrounds. Later that day, the students did a ghost tour around the city of Gettysburg. They heard stories about the people of Gettysburg and their ghost sightings. Finally, at the end of the day, the students checked into their hotel rooms.

The next day the students woke up early, ate breakfast then went to Hershey Park and rode the various rides around the park, although the day was practically ruined by rain. Overall, it was an informative and fun field trip.

Principal 100 students celebrate with party https://bulldogbarker.com/1033/news/principal-100-students-celebrate-with-party/ Wed, 29 May 2019 16:57:27 +0000 https://bulldogbarker.com/?p=1033 On Wednesday, May 8, the 100 students who earned Principal 100 cards celebrated their actions by having a party in the auditorium. Students, when first arriving, voted on the movie to watch. The choices were “Goosebumps 2” or “The Incredibles 2” and the winner was “The Incredibles 2.”  After the vote the students were served Fox’s Pizza and then the movie began.

While students were watching, they were accommodated by the staff at the party and Ms. Heiman, school librarian, served the students ice cream. When the movie was over, all the students got together and took a group photo and then were dismissed. Overall students enjoyed the party but some thought improvement would be beneficial.

“Higher quality prizes would be a great addition,” says Jeramiah Byrd, seventh grader.

“The Principal 100 should have an alternative of board games instead of just a movie,” says Hayden Bender, seventh grader.

Although the Principal 100 party is over, those who received a Principal 100 card can still win prizes such as a television, headphones, and a waterproof camera during Olympic Day on Monday June 3.tudent

Earth Day; a time to celebrate our planet https://bulldogbarker.com/1029/news/earth-day-a-time-to-celebrate-our-planet/ Fri, 26 Apr 2019 16:59:44 +0000 https://bulldogbarker.com/?p=1029 Earth Day was celebrated on Monday, April 22, 2019. Another name for Earth Day is Eco Day, which probably originated from the word “ecology”. The first Earth Day was in 1970, the same day celebrated as it is modern. Senator Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day, he was from Wisconsin.

There are multiple ways to celebrate Earth Day. You can build a bug hotel with your mother, (or father). You can even make paper, though you have to use tree bark. Others prefer to take one step at a time to help the Earth, by maybe not using plastic bags or bottles, or even just recycling. At younger ages, multiple teachers give their kids fun projects to do for Earth Day, such as cutting out a paper earth, planting a tree as a class, or picking up litter around the school. On Earth Day in 2012, about 100,000 people rode bikes in China to reduce the use of fuel. In some communities, Earth Day is celebrated for a week, and that’s called Earth Week.
Some people believe that Earth Day shouldn’t be too different from everyday, and that our society should act like it’s Earth Day everyday, and we should try to recycle, plant trees, and much more everyday. In all, Earth Day is celebrated in many different ways, and maybe you should try some of the actions listed above!