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    Raynham Middle School Newspaper Fall 2017

    By Olivia Pray

    Spirit Day: It was a day of a little competition and a lot of fun. The first

    RMS Spirit Day – there will be three more held this year – was meant to help

    students and teachers come together to create interesting, colorful designs and

    decorations to show a love of school spirit and the Patriots.

    The goal, according to Principal Charlene Charrette, was to have an event

    where staff and students build camaraderie while expressing their creativity

    through slideshows, streamers, music, etc. The idea was brought up when the

    staff was talking about having an exciting event where the students could be

    more involved, Mrs. Charrette said. It ended up being a very enjoyable event and

    great decision on everyone’s part.

    It was different than anything this school has done because of the

    competition aspect. Each pod was given a rubric in which they would be graded

    on criteria like visual representation, decorations, and content connections. Also,

    who could forget team spirit?

    Continued on page 3

    At top, members of the Odyssey

    team pose on Spirit Day.

    Above, Mrs. Charrette and Mr.

    McKnight join in on the fun.

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    Patriots Spirit Day…………………. 1, 3

    Climate Club……………………… 2

    Hot Topics…………...……………... 2

    More From Pats Spirit Day………… 3

    Spotlight Group of the Quarter…… 4

    Mr. McKnight……………………… 4, 6

    Gilrein Gallop…………………….. 5

    Food for Thought…………………... 6

    Submitted by Climate Club members

    The RMS Climate Club is off to a successful

    start this year! The club, which focuses on anti-

    bullying initiatives and building an inclusive school

    community, started its year by attending a field trip

    in Boston called the Online4GoodAcademy. The

    “Academy” was held late September at the WGBH

    news station in Boston.

    Who went: Mrs.Flannery, Maggie Day,

    Madison Ingargiola, Hailey Banville, and Ashtyn


    What is Online4GoodAcademy: A conference

    for how to use social media for good. We devel-

    oped our own campaign of #CliqueDelete where

    we will be raising awareness online for tolerance

    and inclusivity.

    Why: To find ways to use social media for good

    things rather that bad, and to raise awareness for

    positive social change.

    #CliqueDelete Action Plan: We plan to do

    weekly podcasts and are making an Instagram with

    our hashtag. We want to make a web site featuring

    all of the activities we have going on. These tools

    will be utilized to promote our campaign of social

    awareness of the need for tolerance and inclusivity. From left, Maddison Ingargiola, Ashtyn Bringardener, Mrs.

    Flannery, Haley Bainville, and Maggie Day.

    by Marina Lavelle

    Question: What symbol repre- sents fall to you?

    12% of people voted a scarecrow 30% of people voted a pumpkin 44% of people voted a leaf 14% of people voted a football

    Scarecrow Pumpkin Leaf Football

    12% 30% 44% 14%

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    Every pod

    ended up

    doing an

    amazing job,

    but there had

    to be one


    which was

    the 6th grade Stars Team.

    We are all excited for the next event

    like this. It will be a holiday/winter-themed

    door decorating contest to be judged next

    month, and all are going to make it a tough

    choice for Mrs. Charrette and Mr. McKnight.

    This was an amazing experience for all of us.

    We can’t wait to show our creativity and abil-

    ities in the next event!

    Every team, including the preschool, joined in and

    dressed up. (Photos by Olivia Pray)


    from page 1

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    By Olivia Pray

    Mr. Paul McKnight, who joined us this school

    year, is Raynham Middle School’s newest vice prin-

    cipal. He has already participated in a multitude of

    school activities like the annual coat drive and our

    first RMS Spirit Day.

    We see Mr. McKnight almost every day dur-

    ing lunch because he said he enjoys being able to in-

    teract with the student body. He said his favorite part

    of the job is walking around the school and visiting

    the students in the classrooms. He said he likes to see

    Photo by Christian Badavas

    Spotlight On:

    By Marina Lavelle

    “Building Our Kids Success” (BOKS) is a fun

    before-school activity offered during various sessions

    throughout the school year. It a club sponsored by or

    “energized” by Reebok. It was held on Wednesday and

    Friday mornings in the RMS gym before school.

    The physical activity program had 50 members

    and six BOKS trainers: Miss Allen, Miss Canastra, Miss

    Driscoll, Mrs. Lally, Mrs. Vassor, and Ms. Leary. In

    BOKS, members started out with a warm-up, quick

    stretch, a game, and then a cool down.

    The session always ended with the presentation

    of “The BOKS kid”, someone who tried, worked hard,

    and was also encouraging, positive, and determined.

    Most of the things done in gym actually come from


    Want to sign up? You’re in luck! The next

    BOKS program isn’t too far away. Sign up by asking

    Miss Driscoll for the registration form or emailing her at

    mdriscoll@bridge-rayn.org. BOKS is completely free!

    So, hurry up and sign up because it fills up fast! I’ll see

    you at BOKS!

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    The most recent session of BOKS participants and instructors gather in the gym.


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    The Gilrein Gallop, an annual one-mile run named in honor of retired physical edu-

    cation teacher Mr. James Gilrein, was held Nov. 3. The top three male finishers

    were: Aidan Sullivan, grade 7, with a time of 5:57; George Besarick, grade 6, 6:00;

    and Quinlan Keefe, grade 5, 6:03. The top female finishers were: Kelsee Wozniak,

    grade 8, with a time of 6:15; Riain Keefe, grade 8, 6:20; and Jennah Quill, grade 8,

    who fell at the start and lost her shoe, finishing impressively with a time of 6:21.

    Way to go to all who participated! Photos by Olivia Pray

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    how the students are working, how the teacher

    is teaching the subjects, and most importantly,

    making sure the students are learning useful


    Students and staff alike really hope that

    Mr. McKnight enjoys his job working with

    grades five through eight. But, who could for-

    get the preschoolers waddling around the

    school with their teachers? We really appreci-

    ate the ability that Mr. McKnight has, along

    with Mrs. Charrette, to keep so many children

    under control.

    Thank you Mr. McKnight and we

    warmly welcome you!

    RMS Welcomes Mr. McKnight

    Continued from page 4

    By Maia Savas

    Glazed carrots

    Every holiday dinner plate will benefit from this healthy

    side dish. Enjoy!


     2 pounds carrots, peeled and cut into sticks

     1/4 cup butter

     1/4 cup packed brown sugar

     1/4 teaspoon salt

    1/8 teaspoon ground white pepper


    1. Place carrots into a large saucepan, pour in enough

    water to reach depth of 1 inch, and bring to a boil. Re-

    duce heat to low, cover, and simmer carrots until ten-

    der, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain and transfer to a bowl.

    Melt butter in the same saucepan; stir brown sugar, salt,

    and white pepper into butter until brown sugar and salt

    have dissolved. Transfer carrots into brown sugar sauce;

    cook and stir until carrots are glazed with sauce, about 5

    more minutes.

    Compiled by Maia Savas

    Credit: www.funology.com/riddles

    Q: How can a pants pocket be empty and still have

    something in it?

    A: It can have a hole in it.

    Q: What is the longest word in the dictionary?

    A: Smiles, because there is a mile between each ‘s’

    Q: What has 4 eyes but can’t see?

    A: Mississippi

    Q: You walk into a room with a match, a kerosene

    lamp, a candle, and a fireplace. Which do you light


    A: The match.

    Q: How do you

    make the number

    one disappear?

    A: Add the letter G

    and it’s “GONE”

    Right: RMS band

    performs at annual

    Veteran's Day as-

    sembly. The event

    featured teacher

    Mr. Eric Cedrone,

    who we recently

    welcomed home

    from another tour

    of duty. Thank you

    for your service!