Friday, October 28, 2016

Eagle Talk for October 28

Hosts Ciara Arbeau and Nicole Nicole share news from Blackville School for the week of October 28, 2016. The "Eagle Talk" podcast can be heard on Life Radio on Friday evenings.

Halloween Colouring Contest

Thursday, October 27, 2016

People's Picks (October 24-28)

The high school teacher of the week is Ms. C. Underhill. Ms. Underhill's favourite thing about being a teacher at Blackville School is that she loves working with all the students every day. We asked Ms. Underhill what her favourite movie was, and she chose the movie Couples Retreat. We also asked her what she enjoys doing in her spare time, and she said that she likes to relax and watch TV. Ms. C. Underhill was very excited to receive teacher of the week.

High school student of the week is Chloe Donovan. Mr. Carter chose Chloe to be student of the week. Chloe is always friendly and positive, and she works well with all of the other students. Chloe is a hard worker and always has a smile on her face. We asked Chloe if she is going to the Halloween dance this Thursday and she said she was going and could not wait. Chloe said that she is dressing up as a Care Bear for the dance. Chloe's favourite movie is The Amazing Spider Man. Chloe also prefers candy apples over caramel apples. 

The staff member of the week is Lisa Sturgeon. She was very surprised to win staff member of the week. Lisa's favourite thing about working at the school is all of the kids. She loves to work with them and see them learn new things. In her pastime, Lisa likes to relax and watch some of her favourite TV shows.

Photos and article by Sarah Jardine and Laura Sturgeon

Halloween...Age Limit?

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Halloween has always been one of my favourite yearly events, and it still continues to be despite the fact I am now older. It's a fun time to dress differently than you normally do, and have a great time with friends. Each year, my sister and I go trick or treating together, and it is something I really look forward to. On top of all the free candy, for me it's also a great opportunity to have a quick visit with some of the people in the community who I know well, but usually do not get a chance to see very often.

Halloween is an event that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, and deep down I think we all feel like children at heart, no matter how old we may be. I can't imagine not going trick or treating on Halloween night, and would be very upset if that privilege was taken away.

In Bathurst, New Brunswick, a recent bylaw was renewed that prohibits teens older than 14 from trick or treating. This can result in up to a $200 fine if not obeyed. I am unsure of what to think of this.  "Older than 14" certainly covers a wide range of ages, which may bring about further conflict.

I feel that if teenagers can be mature, and behave in an appropriate manner, there should not be any major issues. However, I realize that this is not always the case, and some people may use Halloween as a time to be destructive and careless.

I think there is a lot of stereotyping when it comes to all teenagers misbehaving on Halloween, and this idea is certainly not true for everyone.

Bathurst also has a 7 p.m. curfew. The curfew here in the Village of Blackville is 8 p.m. As far as the curfew goes, for older kids, I agree that sometimes it can be hard to be inside by this time, but it is possible. I think complaints about the curfew should be the least of our worries, and we should be grateful our village has not introduced an age limit.

On another note, I can understand how some elderly people may feel uncomfortable or even frightened by older kids entering their homes. This becomes a problem when people refuse to dress up in a costume, and only use Halloween as a way to get free candy.

I believe everyone should have the opportunity to participate in Halloween. Whether they plan on staying at home to give out treats to younger kids, or actually trick or treat themselves, everyone should be allowed this choice, while keeping in mind to be safe and respectful.

For more information on the Village of Blackville's curfew along with some great tips and advice, click here and Happy Halloween!

By Jensen Urquhart

The Coding Quest (Video)

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Top Ten Halloween Movies to Watch This Year

With Halloween coming shortly, there's no better way than to celebrate with some spooky movies. Below is a list of bone-chilling movies that everyone will enjoy.

10. Girl vs. Monster - In this adventurous, spooky Disney movie, Skylar discovers that her parents are monster hunters when she lets monsters out of a secret chamber in her house. Along with her friends, she must go on an adventure to capture the revenge-seeking monsters.

9. Spooky Buddies - The movie features the adorable, well-known puppies and their adventures in a haunted mansion!

8. Casper - This genuine, comical movie includes the adventures of four ghosts; one is friendly and lovable and three that are a bit on the mischievous side.

7. Double, Double, Toil and Trouble - The Olsen twins star in this lovable movie. Their family is having money troubles and and are on the verge of losing their house. Shortly after the news of this, the twins discover that their Aunt Agatha is a witch and is the source for all of their problems, including losing the house. The girls set out on a quest to take the magic moon stone (the source of her powers) from their evil aunt.

6. Scared Shrekless - This movie, as you can tell by its title, features the lovable and well-known Shrek and his pals! They get themselves into trouble when they try to put on a scary story contest, but soon find out that they will have to stay the night in Lord Farquad's haunted mansion.

5. Twitches - This Disney movie follows two tween witches that were separated after they were born and adopted by two different families. The girls finally end up meeting on their 21st birthdays, and find out that their birth mother needs them to use their powers to save the spooky world where they were born.

4. Return to Halloweentown - Following the many movies of Halloweentown, this movie follows the main characters Marnie and Dylan, who decide to go to college at Halloweentown University. The college is also known as Witch University, where they find themselves into a bit of trouble because of the magical powers.

3. Halloweentown High - In this drama-filled Halloween movie, the gang wish to attend their local high school. The only downside? If they do attend they have to do so under certain circumstances. If they cause trouble at the school, they will end up losing all of their powers! Unsurprisingly, they do bring trouble to the school, but not the kind that they would expect. The Knight of the Iron Dagger comes to the mortal world to bring down Marnie and her friends!

2. Halloweentown II: Kalabars Revenge - The Cromwell family respectfully divides their time between "Halloweentown" (a world in which the magical monsters can escape and be themselves) and the real world. A son of their old rival threatens to reveal the monsters' world, and Marnie is the only one who can save things!

1. Halloweentown - These well-known spooky movies features the world of the monsters in Halloweentown.  When a teenage girl named Marnie learns that she is a witch, she is given a responsibility to take care of a whole other world with supernatural monsters. This one is a family favourite!

by Samantha Arsenault and Rayna MacVicar

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Senior Boys Soccer Team Headed to Regionals; Girls Season is Over

The Blackville School Boys Senior Soccer team defeated Baie Ste. Anne with a score of 3 -2 on Thursday, October 20.  Scoring for the Blackville Eagles was Avery Brennan, Daniel Moody, and Peyton Gillespie.

With this guaranteeing win, the team is headed to regionals with the first place position giving them an ultimate chance of moving on to the provincials for the second year in a row.  The players are hoping to have a repeat, or what is called a "double decker."

The boys have been working hard all season with their coach Mr. Rodney Buggie. The team has the true heart to move on and the school community is hoping the players do well in the future games. The team will be playing two exhibition games against Jame M. Hill. The first game is Wednesday, October 25.

The season for the Blackville School Girls Senior Soccer team has sadly come to an end. Their last game was in Baie Ste. Anne where they suffered a close defeat. The girls had a good season overall.

By Riley Keenan and Aaron Dunn

Sunday, October 23, 2016

We Need a Balance When it Comes to Food Choices

For many students, a vending machine full of junk food might seem like the best thing the school has done yet!

After the recent introduction of pre-stocked vending machines here at Blackville School, I was honestly quite disappointed in the selection that was offered. There should be a greater variety of "healthier" foods.

The idea that our school was focused around healthy meal choices has been talked about quite often. I think it is safe to say, based on what is consumed by students, that our school hasn't exactly lived up to those expectations.  

According to the nutrition policy from Anglophone North School District:
"Schools will offer healthy food choices to students. The school district will reduce foods high in fat and sugar, and will educate students so they may make healthy lunch and snack choices."
Speaking as a high school student, I think that as a group, we are at the age where we should be mature enough to choose the type of food we want to consume.

No matter where you go, the option to eat processed food will be available, and school is no exception to that. We all know processed foods, whether it be regular chips versus oven-baked chips, are not the healthiest options.

Unfortunately, however, it is very unlikely that celery sticks will sell over chips or fresh fruits over a chocolate bar. Schools struggle to offer healthier food choices while at the same time make a profit or at least cover costs. 

In a recent Blackville Talon Viewpoint, Grade ten student Kel Vickers gave his opinion on the issue:
"I think it should be pretty even down the middle, because some people prefer healthy snacks, and some people would rather have, let's say chips. I think it should just be a healthy mix." 
School is a place we should come each day to learn. In order to be at our best, we must be fuelling ourselves with food that will enhance our ability to learn rather than hinder it. However, this is a personal choice that we must make for ourselves.  

I think that a better approach needs to be made for an issue as pressing as the food we eat on a daily basis, although I won't argue that the chips and chocolate are sure to be a best seller. There is nothing wrong with indulging in a treat every once and a while, and having a balanced diet.

By Jensen Urquhart 

Viewpoint: Vending Machine and Food Options

Friday, October 21, 2016

From Vampires to Witches - They Will be at Blackville School

Blackville School has many activities planned next week to celebrate Halloween.

The grade 12 students are organizing Halloween Parties on Wednesday, October 26 for the children from kindergarten to grade five to fundraise for the class of 2017.

The school is inviting the kindergarten to grade two students to come at 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm and the grade three to grade five students at 5:45 pm to 6:45 pm to celebrate this scary holiday with this year's graduates. The fee for the party is $4 per student, but many sweet treats and drinks will also be available.

The Blackville School is also organizing a Middle School Halloween Dance that same night at 7:00 pm till 8:30 pm, and the fee will be $5 per student. They are expected to come dressed in the scariest or cutest costume they own.

The High School Halloween Dance is scheduled to be on Thursday, October 27 at 8:30 pm till 10:45  pm, but the doors close at 9:00 pm. Don't miss it. There will also be Humans Vs. Zombies on Friday, October 28 at 7:00 pm till 9:00 pm. Students will have to pay $2 at the door to participate.

Next week will be filled with scary but fun activities. Don't miss out on them!

Article by Samantha Stockless
Illustration by Cassidy Brennan

People's Picks (October 17-21)

The elementary student of the week is Tally Luce in grade 4M. Mrs. McLean chose Tally to be the student of the week because she helps other people without being asked. Tally loves to watch Sponge Bob. This year Tally is going to be a Zombie for Halloween. Tally was very excited to be this week's student of the week. 

The elementary teacher of the week is Mrs. Norton. Mrs Norton's favourite part about being a teacher is getting to spend lots of time with all of the little boys and girls. Mrs. Norton's favourite TV show is This Is Us. Mrs. Norton's favourite thing about the fall season is watching all of the trees turn pretty colours. Mrs. Norton was very excited to be the elementary teacher of the week. 

The Blackville School staff member of the week is Brent Wilson. Brent's favourite thing about working at this school is that he gets to torment all of the student and staff members. Brent loves to watch the TV show American Pickers. On his spare time Brent loves to sleep, and he also loves to spend time with his grandson, Tristen. Brent was very proud to be the staff member of the week.

Articles and photos by Laura Sturgeon and Sarah Jardine

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Eagle Talk for October 21

Hosts Ciara Arbeau and Nicole Nicole share news from Blackville School for the week of October 21, 2016. The "Eagle Talk" podcast can be heard on Life Radio on Friday evenings.

Camouflage Day (Video)

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Viewpoint: Reflections on Thanksgiving

Elementary Students Blend in on Camouflage Day

Blackville School elementary students recently participated in Camouflage Day. Students from kindergarten to grade five dressed in camouflage, hunting gear or orange coloured clothing.

This is a new activity for the elementary students. Mrs. Jennifer Hallihan, a grade five teacher, explained that the students will have the opportunity to dress up for a theme day based on a significant event each month.

The theme day will be the last Friday of each month. Any guesses for what the theme day will be for October?

For more photos from the theme day, click here.

By Cassidy Brennan 
Photos by Jules Keenan

Grade 4 Students are on a Quest

Mrs. McLean with grade four student Madison Vickers
Grade four students are on a quest at Blackville School. To be more specific, they're on a "Coding Quest".

Grade four teacher Kendra McLean started a coding program to help students improve on writing step by step instructions, computer literacy and navigation, as well as developing higher thinking skills that involve creativity.

The program is based on the New Brunswick curriculum and teaches students in grade four to six how to do basic coding skills and create a computer game.

The users will spend time both in class and in the computer lab learning how to navigate websites like Scratch. According to the Scratch website, Scratch is a free programming language and online community where you can create your own interactive stories, games, and animations.

Grade four student Jordyn Curtis
McLean spent time this summer at a professional development workshop learning how Scratch works and how
to integrate the program in her classroom lessons.

"In July, I attended a Learning Partnership professional development under "Coding Quest" offered by the province of New Brunswick," McLean explained.

McLean plans on using this aid throughout the year as there are endless possibilities of new technical skills for the students to learn.

"I saw the benefits of the program to enrich students' language, especially the mathematical vocabulary involved, as well as give students an opportunity be creative at the same time," she added.

This program is just in its infant stage. McLean sees it evolving as more technical resources and equipment become available. She also hopes, in the near future, it will be available for other grades too.

Grade four student Brandon Hernandez
Grade four student Brandon Hernandez is very enthusiastic about the program. "You can make games, animation and anything if you put your head to it," he said. "It is a lot of fun, and I can make my own games. I never thought this existed," he added.

Other students agree with Brandon. Jordyn Curtis finds the program a lot of fun. She and fellow student Curtis Duffy explained how the students have to give directions to their animations so the animation can move and make sounds.

"I enjoy going to the lab and learning new skills," said Travis Manderville.

by Samantha Stockless
Photos by Cassidy Brennan 

Friday, October 14, 2016

People's Picks (October 11-14)

This week's middle school student of the week is Abigail McEvoy. Abigail is in grade 6. She received middle school student of the week because she is a very co operative and attentive student in class. She is always prepared for class and is always wearing a smile on her face. She is kind to the other students.

The students have voted and this week's middle school teacher is Mrs. P. Duffy. Mrs. P. Duffy said that her favourite thing about teaching is that she has a chance to interact with all of the student and she loves to see them learn new things. She finds it very enjoyable. Mrs. P. Duffy's favourite thing about the fall of the year is that she gets to spend quality time with her family outdoors.

This week's staff member is Mrs. P. Underhill. Mrs. P. Underhill said that her favourite thing about being the Vice Principal is that she can still teach a class,  as well as getting to know and communicate with the students of all ages. Mrs. P. Underhill said that her favourite thing about the fall is that all the trees are pretty colours and that it is so close to Christmas. Mrs. P. Underhill was so honoured to receive staff member of the week.

Articles and photos by Laura Sturgeon and Sarah Jardine

2016 Walk-A-Thon (Video)

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Save on Your 2017 Yearbook

If you plan on purchasing a 2017 Blackville School yearbook, now is the time to preorder.

If you are ordering before October 28, you will only have to pay $40, which saves $5.00 off of the regular price of $45.00.

Another great deal being offered for those ordering before October 28 is four free icons with a $5 personalization purchase.

But do not delay, these great savings are only available until October 28. They will not be around for much longer.

Preorder paper forms for the 2017 Blackville School Yearbook are now available at the school office or you can order online by clicking here.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

People's Pick (Oct 3-7)

The student of the week is grade 11 Jared Keenan. Jared was nominated for student of the week by Mr. T. Grattan. Jared got student of the week because he is a hard worker in class, and he is a very co-operative student. Jared is friendly and polite to other students and is always smiling.

This week we asked the high school students to vote for their favourite teacher. When we tallied the votes, Mr. Johnston got the majority! Mr. A. Johnston is one of the student's favourite teachers because he is very funny. He is also fun to learn from in class. He always keeps things interesting and class is never boring with him. He is kind and loves to help.

Loretta loves working at the school because she loves all the kids. She was very surprised to receive staff member of the week. When she was told that she got the staff member of the week she said that she was "jumping with joy." Loretta is a person that always can put a smile on people's face and the students love her. She is very much appreciated in our school, and she is a welcoming face to see everyday.

Thanksgiving Colouring Contest

The Importance of School Spirit and Having Fun

Photo by Jules Keenan
On Friday, September 30, 2016, students from kindergarten through grade 12, along with staff, participated  in a Walk-a-Thon to help fund the repairs to the school elementary soccer field. For many this was a new experience, as it has been several years since this tradition has been at BHS.

With classes starting up for another long year, it is still important to have fun while promoting school spirit. What better way to do this than a walk together in our community, with a bonus of getting out of classes for the afternoon. This event was very successful with many participants of all ages. It was very nice to see everyone coming together for support of our young athletes. After just two short hours, close to half of the anticipated goal was raised.

I was very proud to be a part of my very first Walk-a-Thon here at our school, especially to help out such a great cause. Of course, I didn't mind the exercise and fresh air, after spending the day in school. Speaking as someone who enjoys sports, I can only imagine not having the use of our soccer field. Here' s hoping for more fundraisers in the near future. Let's give our elementary students back a safe environment to play the sport they love.

By Jensen Urquhart  

Student Walk-A-Thon Raises Over $7000

Grade 6 students Lydia Sullivan, Tara Martin and
Amber Hambrook
Blackville School students raised just over $7000.00 during a Walk-A-Thon last Friday, September 30.

The Walk-A-Thon was held to raise funds to build a fence around the elementary soccer field.

The field requires a fence so unwanted traffic, such as ATVs, won't be able to damage the field.

Presently,  the field cannot be used by the elementary soccer teams because it is deemed unsafe due to the damage.

Principal Rodney Buggie explained that the fence will a create safer practice and play area for the elementary soccer team.

Participating middle and high students and staff walked from the school to the Old Bartholomew Road and back again on Friday afternoon. It is a 8 kilometre walk. The elementary students and staff walked in the morning.

The school raised $7160.00, but the fence will cost approximately $20, 000.00. The school plans to organize more fundraisers for this cause.

To see more photos from this event, click here.

Written by Samantha Stockless
Photos by Jules Keenan

Monday, October 3, 2016

10 Top Movies to Watch Over Thanksgiving Weekend!

10. Rocky - If you're looking for a comical, dramatic movie to sit with the family and watch, Rocky is the best choice! Rocky Balboa is a struggling boxer trying to make it to the big time and while watching this you and your family will too experience and share the struggles and success that Rocky has!

9. Home For The Holidays - This movie is great for the family to watch together, considering its humour and drama. Plus, this movie reflects many other dramatic and comically dysfunctional families!

8. The Blind Side - This movie tells of an emotional and inspiring life of a foster child. It reveals what being kind and thankful for what you have is extremely rewarding, which is perfect for Thanksgiving!

7. Holidays - This is an unusual holiday movie because it falls within the horror and comedy genre. The movie features comedic horror stories that revolve around all of the holidays, not just Thanksgiving. If your family likes horror movies that aren't too scary then this is a great choice!

6. Pieces of April - Unlike many of these movies, Pieces of April shows that not all Thanksgivings are joyous, and family will always matter whether you want it to or not. This movie is good to watch with the family because it explores the reality of dealing with relationships.

5. The Incredibles - In this action packed movie, the main focus is family which is definitely appropriate for thanksgiving.

4. Jack and Jill - This movie is great for the family because of its humour and family related setting. It proves that mostly all siblings do not get along most of the time, but they always come together in the end.

3. Son-in-Law -
If you and your family adore sitting back and laughing at movies, then this is the perfect film for you and
your family! The movie tells of an out of place girl who returns home from college for Thanksgiving and happens to fall for somebody who is the complete opposite of herself.

2. Free Birds - If you have younger siblings or children then this movie is a great choice for you. The comical movie tells the tale of a determined turkey that tries to prove everybody wrong, and succeeds.

1. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving - You can never go wrong with Charlie Brown, especially when it's for a family event!

Written by Samantha Arseneault and Rayna MacVicar