Behind the Scenes of the Wolf Press
May 25, 2018 by Sylvie Weeks and Lulu McDonald
The Wolf Press is our school newspaper, and it is run almost entirely by students. The first thing to know is that every time the Wolf Press publishes in print (hopefully three times next year) we will have a publishing party with food, a special event of some kind, or a visit to a local establishment, all starting next year.
We normally publish on our website, wolfpress.weebly.com, but this year we published in print for the very first time! Each section has at least one editor and a few writers that can switch in between sections. Within the newspaper, we have six different sections: News and Community, Arts/Entertainment, Editorial/Opinion, Sports, and Just for Fun. All the sections share two copy editors that proofread the article for grammar and such. Editors can, if they want, write stories in addition to editing, and that includes the copy editors.
When writing, the Wolf Press covers stories about all topics. There are school-related stories such as the MS 447 mural on the ramp, or events happening at 447. They also write about things that are not related to MS 447 such as current world events or recent movies. Aside from all this, the Wolf Press conducts interviews to share different points of view for an article.
Charlotte Gerloff, 6th grade, she said she likes being in the Wolf Press “...because you have a lot of freedom to do what you want, while still contributing to a community” The feeling at all of the Wolf Press meetings are very relaxed but focused. The editors help the writers make changes to their articles and make them stronger. When the process is over, the article is published to the Wolf Press website for anyone to see.
The Wolf Press is happy to take any newcomers who would like to join. If you would like to join, please ask Ms. Shedwell about getting an application to sign up.
Beauty and the Beast Review
May 11, 2018 by Madeline Lyon
This year’s school play was definitely one to remember. Beauty and the Beast, a play about a girl named Belle who falls in love with a prince disguised as a beast, has a very complicated story line that makes it almost impossible to trim down into an hour long play. Despite this, the cast of Beauty and the Beast did an amazing job. They managed to include everything, even the tiniest details, into the play. Not only was the plot complex, but the acting, singing and dancing itself were all stunning. Overall, Beauty and the Beast was a huge hit.
One of the things that made this year’s play so impressive was the cast. However, the audition process wasn’t so easy. It required you to stand up and sing, alone, while teachers watched. “It was pretty nerve wracking,” recalled Jaiden Cavallo, who played the teacup named Chip. “The teachers were just staring at us.” On the other hand, Kayden Merritt disagreed. He played Gaston’s sidekick LeFou. He stated that, “There’s a difference between scared and excited.”
Putting the play together was no small task. The cast worked hard for seven months. When asked what the hardest part was, Jaiden replied that working on the choreography was challenging and time-consuming. Kayden agreed that the first song of the play, “Belle,” had a lot of components that had to be perfect.
In the end, all this hard work paid off for the cast. Leila Macpherson, who was a villager and the understudy for Cogsworth, said, “I actually made friends during the play.” Evidently, it took a lot of teamwork to put together such an amazing production.
Congratulations to the cast of Beauty and the Beast for putting on an amazing show this year!
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Building School Spirit One Day at a Time
February 28, 2018 by Sylvie Weeks and Arjun Agostinho
Every Friday our school has a spirit day where we wear clothes that show school spirit. School spirit days were started by the Events committee in the Student Council. Isabella Fusco, a seventh grader in the student council, says they started when the student council wanted other students to have the chance to be connected to the school.
Our school’s mascot is the wolf pack, and that is one of the most popular logos to see on shirts and sweaters on Fridays. The wolf pack represents our school working together.
Some spirit days are themed. One of the most recent spirit days was Decade Day. Sixth grader Maribel Ocampo, who dressed up wearing a denim jacket filled with tons of pins, explained, “I wanted to wear a denim jacket because I know it was a big thing in the 80s.”
A few additional examples of school spirit days other than the ones every Friday, are Ugly Sweater Day, Pajama Day, and Sports Day. On Pajama Day, students are able to come into school in their pajamas and be comfortable all day. On Ugly Sweater Day, kids can compete to see who can wear the ugliest sweater.
School spirit days boost school morale because not only do students get to have fun, but the teachers can enjoy the silly days just as much. They can also foster friendship towards other classmates, and help boost confidence, because there is less of a chance of feeling self conscious about yourself when everyone looks just as silly, or sillier, than you. This makes school spirit days helpful, fun, and important to our school.
Resource Room Recommendations
February 28, 2018 by Lulu McDonald
In my first few weeks at 447, I realized that during lunch, I was bored. I had been to the Resource Room, also known as the Quiet Room, but never went in it at lunch. So finally, one day, when I had finished eating, I walked nervously up to the door and peeked inside. Seeing many students, I walked in and sat down at one of the tables to read. I came back the next day. And the day after that. Now I come every day, and I am also a librarian.
The Resource Room is a great place for reading and doing work without disturbance. A recent survey by the Wolf Press found that 12.3% of students who responded use the Resource Room every day during lunch.
The librarians are in the middle of a big project reorganizing the books in the library. This includes moving the non-fiction books to fill up the shelves, creating brand new non-fiction labels, putting all the fiction books into baskets, and overall making the library much more user-friendly.
The librarians have many other duties they need to do every day. We patrol the computers to make sure students are staying quiet and following the rules. The librarians also help students with checking out books. To check out a book, simply ask a librarian. A recent Wolf Press survey found that only 10.7% of people who took the survey have actually checked out a book.
If you are interested in becoming a librarian, or are just interested in learning more about all the resource room has to offer, see a librarian during lunch.
Student Council Corner
By Amelia Jackson
Our Student Council is made up of student body members from all grades, and there are three committees:
The Events committee works to plan and execute school events. They made our Winter Dance possible by organizing the food, the music, the decorations, and the cost of everything! Without them, we couldn’t have our monthly spirit days, like Decade Day, or Twin Day. They also run our annual carnival. They organize all of the games, the tickets, the music, and the food. This year, the carnival is on June 8th, so save the date!
As for the Service committee, they are the ones that help our school give back to the community. They set up food, jackets, toys, and lego drives to donate to those in need. They also organized the Sean Casey activity where 447 students got to walk dogs!
And last, but not least, is the No Place for Hate (NPFH) committee. It partners with the Anti-Defamation League’s NPFH initiative. They organize whole school initiatives to fight against racism, sexism, ableism, homophobia, and more. For example, the Humansof447 interviews and the most recent project, the mural on the ramp, are run by the NPFH.
But, after listing all of these amazing things that our 447 Student Council does, we can’t forget to thank Ms. Russo and Ms. Zaretsky for the amount of stress and hard work they put themselves through to make Student Council even possible. After all, MS 447 would not be the same if it weren’t for our amazing Student Council.
Want to join Student Council? You can apply in the Fall!
#I Too Am 447 Breaks the Glass Ceiling
April 25, 2017 by Laila Azmy
Classic stereotypes are broken with the new #I Too Am 447 campaign. On the third floor of our own MS 447, lit with bright fluorescent lighting, and filled with the low buzz of students’ chatter is a hallway that houses social change. Many photographs of students, in all grades, have been put up as a reminder that we should never succumb to stereotypes and always be ourselves. Some of them have children smiling and holding up whiteboards that say things like, “Yes, I’m a girl, but that doesn’t mean I have to get married,” or “What does it matter if we are gay, straight, or lesbian? We are all the same.” The fact that ordinary students are able to rise up against stereotypes and proudly show their differences and uniqueness shows incredible strength, especially in our current political climate. The Wolf Press celebrates our community members for being true to themselves and possibly helping others realize that they matter, and that they should be free to do what they want to do.
The Buzz about SONYC
April 25, 2017 by Wahaj Almashraqi
SONYC stands for School's Out New York City, and here at MS 447 our SONYC program is through Big Brothers, Big Sisters. The Wolf Press wanted to know what students think about our SONYC afterschool program. Here are what are few sixth graders think!
Fatma Barakat says she likes that it, "has many choices of enrichment for all different types of people." Fatma participates in girls' basketball, mixed sports, and cooking, but her favorite activity is basketball.
Sachin Hyjek says, "I like that I can do my homework with my friends." He participates in homework help, cooking, handball, robotics, and mixed sports. "I like team handball because i can play a fun sport," says Sachin.
Daniel Tyler Zimmerman reports, "I like how they have all these interesting activities you can do. I participate in SONYC challenge, snack, homework help, gym office hours, reel review, team talk, game factory, cooking, robotics, film, and mixed sports." Daniel's favorite activity is game factory.
SONYC is a lot of fun, and if you aren't already involved you should consider joining. How much does it cost? It is free! Want to know more about joining SONYC? Grab an application or speak with Maryann, the SONYC director, in room 305 any day after school.
Immigration Through the Eyes of our 447 community
April 25, 2017 by Nora Loftus
MS 447’s community is no stranger to diversity, with some even having the experience of migrating to the United States from another country. The Wolf Press talked to a number of students and faculty who made the big move to learn more about their exciting, sometimes scary experience of moving to the U.S. and how it helped shape their outlook on life.
How old were you when you when you came to the states?
Ela Peleg, 601, from Israel: “I was 9 years old when we moved to America”
Roos VanBommel, 603, from the Netherlands: “I came this summer to the states and I was 11”
Mr. Loize, Tech teacher, from France: “I was 15 when I moved to the United States. At that time I was living in the Netherlands (my family had moved there from France 10 years prior).”
Why did your family decide to come to America?
Ela: “My family came here because of work”
Roos: “Because my father has better work here”
Mr. Loize: “I was born in France and my father is French, but my mother is originally from the U.S. A few years after my parents divorced, she realized that she wanted to return to her home country. So my younger brother and I tagged along while my older brother remained in France (he eventually joined us in the U.S. as well).”
Do you remember some experiences/feelings as a result of coming to America?
Ela: “I think I was pretty amazed when I came to America because it’s so different”
Roos:“It was really exciting to come to the states”
Mr.Loize: “Moving to the United States was a major culture shock for me. I grew up in Paris and Amsterdam and now we had moved to a very rural area in Upstate New York. At first I felt very lost and very different from my American classmates. Everyone dressed differently and it didn't seem like any of the young people my age liked my kind of music. In addition, there was no way to take public transportation to get around in my rural town and I lost the sense of freedom and the excitement of living in a major urban area. It took a little while, but eventually I made a number of friendships at my school and I learned to be less judgmental of people who dressed differently from me and listened to different music. I think it forced me to be more open-minded in some ways. I also struggled with my writing in English (I could speak it fairly fluently), and I think I got something like a 38% on my first English quiz. I was really embarrassed but at the same time it motivated me to study harder and to make sure that I did everything I could to get myself close to grade - level (it took me a few years before I could actually write a good essay).“
What do you miss most about your old home?
Ela: “What I missed the most about Israel is probably speaking Hebrew to friends in school, my actual friends, and my family”
Roos: “My friends”
Mr. Loize: “What I missed most was the food, not just the food itself, but the importance of mealtime in France. With my family, we used to set up a long table outside in the Summer and we'd spend hours for both lunch and dinner around the table, eating, laughing and just enjoying life.”
How do you think that being an immigrant has shaped you as a person?
Ela: “I think that immigrating to America made me realize how diverse and different the rest of the world is, and that Israel isn’t the only place”
Roos: “I know that my friends are really important and that you can miss them a lot”
Mr. Loize: “I became a teacher about 10 years ago. I grew up having no idea what I wanted to do but in high school and especially in college I started having a lot of respect for my teachers and the teaching profession. I didn't love all my teachers, but I'd had quite a few to whom I had been grateful for their wisdom, their humor and I admired them. So 10 years ago I moved to NYC and joined the NYC Teaching Fellows. It was one of the most challenging experiences of my life but I've never regretted it.”
“I think that in general, being someone who grew up in several countries and in several different environments (urban, suburban and rural), has helped me to be a more open-minded person and to be (hopefully) less judgmental of those around me. I think that especially as a teacher, it is important to be open-minded towards your students and to focus on their efforts and actions and intentions.“
What do you admire most about MS 447’s student and teacher population?
Ela: “What I think I admire most the most about MS 447’s diverse community and how everyone tries as hard as they possibly can to make others feel welcomed and at home”
Roos: “That MS 447 is bigger than my school and there are many people here”
Mr. Loize: “One of my favorite things about teaching in a NYC public school is looking at a class of diverse students and seeing the commonalities - that despite all the outward differences, everyone wants to experience success to some degree or other. ”
About the interviewees:
Ela Peleg, 601:
Ela migrated from Israel with her family 3 years ago. Outside of school she enjoys to do gymnastics and modern dance. Some of her favorite subjects in school are science, computer apps, and arts talent. She appreciates that our school creates a very caring community so that everyone feels welcome and safe.
Roos Vanbommel, 603:
Roos’ home country is the Netherlands located in Europe. She came to America this year. Roos’ hobbies include field hockey, tennis, and baking. Her favorite subject in school is Science. Roos recently moved to America but knows that it is a new, exciting, and rewarding milestone in her life.
Mr. Loize, Technology Teacher:
Mr. Loize was born and raised in France and the Netherlands. He has taught at different schools and this year was his first year teaching at MS 447. He teaches students the importance of technology including lessons on computer science , coding and programming. He often bikes in the park and even enters marathons and races. He supports the English soccer team, Tottenham Hotspur.
Student Council Corner
January 15, 2017 by Maira Mendez
What's in store for Student Council in 2017? How are things going to take place throughout the school year? We spoke with Student Council Representatives to find out more.
Q: Are there any new events planned for this year?
A: There will be a couple of new spirit days coming up. For example, we have added cancer awareness day as well as others. For big events we just have the carnival and the school dance. However, we are adding new aspects and games to them so it will be a bit different than other years!
Q: Will there be multiple events (Ex. more than one pajama day?)?
A: There will not be multiple events
Q: How will you keep the school in a safe and positive environment all year round?
A: We're doing work with Humans of 447 to promote a level of understanding and acceptance of everyone as a human at this school. Especially with so much hatred in the world right now, it is so important for each of us to understand each other and see one another as equal. We are also planning an advisory curriculum made by students as well as events by the Feminism Club so that everyone can be aware and educated.