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?
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At top, members of the Odyssey
team pose on Spirit Day.
Above, Mrs. Charrette and Mr.
McKnight join in on the fun.
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
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%
but there had
to be one
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)
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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
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
email@example.com. 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.
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
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
Thank you Mr. McKnight and we
warmly welcome you!
RMS Welcomes Mr. McKnight
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By Maia Savas
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
Compiled by Maia Savas
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?
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
A: Add the letter G
and it’s “GONE”
Right: RMS band
performs at annual
Veteran's Day as-
sembly. The event
Mr. Eric Cedrone,
who we recently
from another tour
of duty. Thank you
for your service!