• The Panther Podium

    School Year 2019–20

    Serving North Street School • 10th Edition

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    By Tyler Coles

    Staff Reporter


    Sometimes when the weather is bad in the morning but expected to clear up, we have a delayed opening. Principal Vaillancourt said, “What happens when we have a delay is principals get a message from Superintendent Newton.” He said breakfast and Morning Program are canceled, and the school has to find out when the kids are coming because they don’t want children waiting outside in the cold for the doors to open. “And we have to make sure people run the day like normal after the change of time,” he said.

    Sometimes there are days that are too snowy for the buses to pick children up, so students don’t have school. Then we have a snow day.

    Ms. Newton said, “There’s a whole process I use to decide whether we’ll have a snow day. I go on the NOAA website.” NOAA (The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) gives very good weather forecasts. “I start watching NOAA,” she said. “I’m checking the temperature, the wind chill and the precipitation, and if it’s really going to be cold, I have a chart and I have to make a decision of if it’s going to be a snow day.”

    Ms. Newton gets up early and has to tell the bus station to not let the buses out. “I let my cat outside and if he stays outside it’s not a snow day; if he comes back in, it’s gonna be a snow day,” she said, joking. “If we take too many snow days, we have to make up for the work that we couldn’t do because of the snow days we had.”

    Nayeli Adorno-Gonzalez, a 4th grade student, said, “I like snow days because I can have fun with my family on snow days, and I can have snowball fights with my friends. I think we have snow days so we can have fun with our families and so when it gets close to Christmas, we can get ready.”

    Amelia Williams and Sofia Monahan, both 4th graders, said they like snow days. Sofia said, “I play board games on a snow day.” Amelia said, “I sleep during snow days.”

  • Halloween Costumes Banned Despite Protests

    By Hannah Norcott and Mia Bendzlowicz

    Staff Reporters


    Fall is a season and in fall is  Halloween. The Panther Podium wanted to know how teachers felt about Halloween and whether there should be parties in school and whether students should wear costumes in school.

    Students are not allowed to wear costumes for Halloween at North Street. Miss Strassner, who teaches 5th grade, said, “I think we can’t wear costumes because some students might be tempted to bring in props that are not school appropriate. Also, it could be distracting.” To celebrate Halloween, Miss Strassner said, “I pass out candy.” The Panther Podium asked her how she feels about parties in the classroom. She said, “I enjoy parties because I think they could help build a classroom community, but not everyone celebrates Halloween”. She said she likes Halloween: “I think it’s a fun time of year.”

    Mrs. Young, a 4th grade teacher, said some people don’t celebrate Halloween. “I hand out treats.” She said it is better to celebrate fall because everyone can be included. “I think it can be a fun activity.”

    Mrs. Eddington, who teaches 3rd grade, said she thinks students can’t wear costumes in school because it could be distracting. “I celebrate Halloween by handing out candy,” she said. She said that she loves parties in the classroom. Mrs. Eddington does centers instead of parties. “Every year, I have harvest parties,” she said. “It’s not my favorite holiday.”

    Mrs. Lapp, who teaches 3rd grade, said she thinks students cannot wear costumes because of the safety of students. She says it is not her favorite holiday.

    Principal Vaillancourt said classes can have parties as long as it doesn’t take more than an hour of the day.

  • Paws Nights Offer Activities

    By Athena Tumbelekis and Aubrey Kendall

    Staff Reporters


    Paws Nights have many different themes and activities. They are held once a month, usually on a Thursday, at North Street School. Some recent ones include a holiday breakfast, STEAM Night and a community night. The Panther Podium got some answers from students and teachers about some of these new Paws Nights .

    Mrs. Barry, a 5th grade teacher, said the holiday breakfast included a movie. The food there was pancakes and sausage.

    On STEAM Night, there were many creative activities. Mrs. Barry said there was pasta for STEAM Night.

    Picnics are also a fun way to hang out and eat delicious food. Mrs. Barry said, “There will be a picnic at the end of the year and we will be serving hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, water, cookies, fruit, and more.” Mrs. Barry says that the most popular Paws Nights, she thinks, were STEAM Night and Chinese New Year. Mrs. Barry hopes that there will be at least 150 kids at each Paws Night.

    Madeline Browne, a 4th grade student, said, “I like Paws Nights and I go to most of them.” Madeline thinks they are really fun and she would recommend Paws Nights for kids who love to craft and run around; they also have a lot of fun activities. Stella Petrucci, a 4th grader, said, “When there is food, there’s good food.”

    Ms. Eddington, who teaches 3rd grade, said, “Paws Nights are fun and there are a lot of fun activities.”

    These Panther Podium reporters agrees. If you like to do activities or just hang out, then you should come to Paws Night. If you liked the information from teachers and students about Paws Nights, then you will love Paws Nights.

  • Pokemon Cards Make Comeback at NSS

    By Nidhi Patel and Maggie Mayer

    Staff Reporters


    Everyone knows that Pokemon cards are popular. They have made a comeback and are a big hit with kids today. The Panther Podium asked teachers and students for their opinions.

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    Ms. Blackmer, a 3rd grade teacher, says she doesn’t allow Pokemon cards unless it is time for recess. She does not allow them at quiet time. Ms. Blackmer does not allow Pokemon cards because she is following the directions set by Principal Vaillancourt. She also thinks students got out of hand with trading them, which caused students to get into trouble.

    Next, reporters interviewed Mrs. Spina, a 5th grade teacher, and her two sons, Connor and Brayden, who are in 5th grade. Mrs. Spina says that she does not allow Pokemon cards during class time. She only allows them during quiet time and recess. She doesn’t allow them because she thinks they are a distraction, and she doesn’t like them out with kids playing with them during learning time. Brayden Spina says that they should be allowed during quiet time. He likes to sell and trade Pokemon cards. He enjoys it. Connor Spina thinks they should be allowed during the morning and during quiet time. He likes to use them because he likes trading Pokemon cards, and if they have good Pokemon cards, he likes to give the other person better cards.

    Ms. Eddington, a 3rd grade teacher, says that she doesn’t allow them at all now, but she used to allow them. The reason why she doesn’t allow them is that people were trading and wanting them back, and people were stealing cards and not giving them back, and lastly, they were getting the cards out at the wrong time. She doesn’t allow them during quiet time or recess.

    Ms. Case, a very experienced 5th grade teacher, does not allow Pokemon cards because they cause a lot of problems and trouble, such as arguing. She does not allow them during quiet time or recess because of the new rule in the cafeteria, but she used to allow them.

    Dominic Robb, a 5th grade student, says that he likes Pokemon cards. He thinks that they should be allowed during recess and dismissal, but not during quiet time. He likes to use them because one day, he wants a super rare Pokemon card that is worth a lot of money. Though he thinks that there should be times to use Pokemon cards, in general, he thinks that there shouldn’t be a certain time to use them.

    Ms. Deane and Mrs. Knifley, both 2nd grade teachers, don’t allow Pokemon cards because the kids are trading and giving them away. Another reason they aren’t allowing Pokemon cards is because they become a distraction, and their families get mad because of this. They do not allow them during recess and quiet time, but they have a solution — they have Pokemon coloring sheets!

    Mrs. Barry, a 5th grade teacher, says that she does not allow Pokemon cards during learning time, but she does allow them during any type of recess (indoor recess and outdoor recess). She allows them during recess because she thinks that the kids should be allowed to use them during their own time. She thinks there shouldn’t be a certain time (besides recess) to use them unless it is educational, such as a project, and if there is some type of fun activity that involves Pokemon cards during learning time, then she allows them during that time, too. She thinks that would work.

    Ms. DeHart, a 4th grade teacher, does not allow them. She doesn’t allow them because she thinks that they’re a distraction during learning time, and if she sees them out during learning time, she takes them away. She allows them during recess. She encourages her students to not bring Pokemon cards to school, and if they do, she would recommend them keeping them in their lockers. She used to allow them during quiet time, but they got out of hand, she said.

    The Panther Podium also interviewed Principal Vaillancourt. He says that he does not allow the cards in the cafeteria because of trading, kids stealing cards, and kids also making bad decisions. He allows them anywhere else in the school, but it is the teacher’s decision when to let the students use them. He says, “Like any rules, some kids are sneaking cards into the cafeteria.” He thinks that having an after-school program dedicated to Pokemon cards would be a good idea. The principal thinks that kids shouldn’t use them during most of the day, like during learning time, but they are allowed during the morning and quiet time, but that is up to the teacher.


  • Martin Luther King, Jr a Popular Figure

    By Athena Tumbelekis and Aubrey Kendall


    Martin Luther King, Jr. was an American Christian minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the Civil Rights Movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968. Martin Luther King, Jr. was also the youngest person to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.MLK statue

    The Panther Podium interviewed many students and teachers to find out some opinions and to learn about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Reporters quizzed the students and teachers by asking, “Do you know whose birthday we have off in January?” First interviewed was Carmella Bostwick, who is in 5th grade. Carmella said, “Martin Luther King Jr. was a guy who stood up for equal rights. I agree with him because you shouldn’t judge someone because of their skin color.” 

    Azahliyah Brinson, who is in 5th grade, said, “We have Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday off in January, and he stood up for peace. I agree with Martin Luther King, Jr., because he gave black people rights and stopped racism.” Tyler Coles, who is in 4th grade, said, “We have Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday off in January. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a person who made fair laws, and stood for freedom, liberty and equal rights. I agree with Martin Luther King, Jr., because I stand for liberty and justice.”

    Sra. Tuttle said “We have Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday off in January. Martin Luther King, Jr. was someone who talked about equality for everyone. Martin Luther King, Jr. thought everybody matters and has a voice. I agree with him because I believe in equality for all people and everyone has a voice.”

    Mrs. Hull said “Martin Luther King, Jr. was the person who spoke about African American rights. Martin Luther King, Jr. stood for equal rights, and I agree with him because I think that everyone should be treated fairly.”

    Mrs. Williams, who teaches chorus, said, “We have Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday off in January. He was a minister and a gifted speaker and a very important leader in the Civil Rights Movement. He stood for equal rights for everyone and an end to discrimination. I think everyone should be treated equally no matter what your skin color, religion or gender is.”

    Ms. Blackmer said, “We have Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday off in January. Martin Luther King, Jr., was a famous African American man who gave a famous speech titled,‘I Have Dream’ that showed he was an activist. He stood for equality and fairness. I agree with him because I believe that everyone should have a chance to be successful no matter what color your skin is.”


  • North St. Launches STEAM Class

    By Tyler Coles

    Staff Reporter


    STEAM is a new class offered to 4th and 5th grade students at North Street School. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, art and math. It helps children be creative and also learn about new things. The first project students completed this year was the shoe project. The shoe project is where you get cardboard, tape, and newspaper and then you use your materials and make shoes or sandals.

    Isael Rodriguez, a 4th grader, said “STEAM is kind of cool and I made slides for the shoe project. I liked that we got to design our shoes”.

    Our temporary assistant principal, Mrs. Hargis, said “It was funny to watch kids walk in the halls with cardboard shoes, but it was great for children to learn.”

    Then students did a project with keva planks. Keva planks are tiny long blocks of wood that you can build things with.  Mrs. McDermott, an English language teacher, said, “STEAM is great for hands-on learning and I’ve  heard positive reports about it. Mrs. Blackmer, a 3rd grade teacher, said “I think STEAM is awesome.”  Mr. Barry, who is the STEAM teacher, said “STEAM is about engineering by design template”.

    Neila Devaney, a 4th grade student, said, “I think STEAM is a fun break for the class.” Logan Osborne, a 4th grade student, said, “Engineering has always been my hobby and when my class did the shoe project it was really fun.”


    Many New Clubs Open at School

    By Madeline Browne and Stella Petrucci

    Staff Reporters


    Many new clubs opened at North Street this year. Below is a summary of a few.

    FITNESS CLUB — In Fitness Club, they do healthy exercises and talk about healthy lifestyles. So far it is going great, members say. They even do yoga and make healthy snacks once a month. There are 14 students in this club.

    FULL STEAM AHEAD — So far Full Steam Ahead is going great. In it they are engineers, they do science, they make things with blocks and they do art. So far this year, they have created many things, including slides but for plastic balls out of wooden planks. Mr. Barry runs it.

    NSS NEWS TEAM — In the NSS News Team, they use a green screen to record announcements, and so far kids and teachers are liking it and doing fine, and  it is doing great, they say. They have turned morning announcements into videos! They also have made it so the morning videos look just like the real news. It’s run by Mr. Barry.

    LATINO LEADERS — In Latino Leaders, students learn what it means to be a Latino(a) and share different cultures. They are leaders and do all sorts of fun activities. So far they have made several things, including making a cookbook full of their favorite recipes in Spanish and English. They even cooked some of their recipes. They have researched different Spanish-speaking countries and done many art projects. Last year they went to a Latino comedy show and even got to meet the comedian. “So far everything is going awesome and we have many student leaders from 2nd through 5th grade,” said Ms. Tuttle.

    KINDNESS CLUB — Miss Strassner runs Kindness Club. Kindness Club is for 3rd–5th grade and is on Thursdays. Kindness Club is focused on spreading kindness at North Street School.

    They also started this year working on some challenging things. They started brainstorming some actions and behaviors that they currently see in North Street School and then about what they wish they saw more of.

    NOT SO BORED BOARD CLUB — Mrs. Reale runs the Not So Bored board club.

    ARTS AND CRAFTS — No information available at press time.

    CODING CLUB — In Coding Club, they work on computer coding, such as activities with 0’s and 1’s.

    It is run by Mr. Barry.