By Maddie B.
Hey CYMS: Don’t forget the Panther Pantry Food Drive that is happening in the month of December. Your SSR must have 12 items in by the 10th of December, and then have 3 more items every 2 days. You can bring in non-perishable foods, toiletries, and cleaning items. The winner of the food drive will be announced on December 21. Of course, participating is a win-win for everyone! The first place winner will get a reward during Flex. Check out the flyer posted in all classrooms.
By Blaze F.
This year, CYMS Marching Band was a BLAST! The CYMS Marching Band took part in three parades including the CYHS Homecoming, Dillsburg Halloween Parade, and Manchester Halloween Parade. They even got a clip in the news! The interworkings of a marching band are very complex. Having one type of instrument play the same part is one thing, but having a multitude of different instruments playing different parts to make a beautiful piece, is another. That is exactly what the band director, Richard Worley, is having learners from CYMS do. Marching Band participants report that they have lots of fun and get a great sense of community. The marching band season has concluded for 2018, but it will make a return in the 2019 school year.
By Natalie B.
Raise Your Voice is a singing group that you can audition for at the beginning of the school year. It consists of about 30 students, all of whom love to sing! The group incorporates choreography into their performances, and we sing around the community. The songs we are singing this year are Candy Cane Lane and Believe from "The Polar Express." We also have an assortment of Christmas carols for when we
go caroling at Autumn House on December 2nd. Miss Perko, the choir director, leads the group and helps us sing to the best of our ability. We practice every Tuesday from 3-4. Occasionally, we practice on day 1’s during FLEX. Our rehearsals start with warmups, such as our solfege exercise. We then practice whatever we need to on our main songs, and we sometimes split up into groups based on our voice part (altos, sopranos, and baritones). At this time, we may also practice choreography. Ciera is our choreographer, and she comes in on Mondays during 1st period to teach and help us with the choreography. At the end, if we have time, we will practice our carols. Raise Your Voice is a lot of fun, and you can find us at our first performance, which is the Tree Lighting Ceremony at Springettsbury Township. The event is going to be held on Friday, November 16, at 6pm.
I recently had the privilege of participating in Central York Middle School’s Ski and Snow board Club. It was a unique experience, to say the least. I found that many people I knew who had decided not to do it, didn’t because they did not know what to expect. I didn’t do it last year as I knew few people and again, didn’t know what I would be getting myself into. This year I decided to participate and write a summary of what you do and my personal opinion on the club.
The first the thing you do is drop your gear off in the auditorium before 7:45. Mrs. Pierce or Mrs. Nelson will be there. Once the day has passed, you go to room 04 (Mrs. Pierce) immediately after flex. On the first meeting you may be divided into skiers and snowboarders and will most likely have to converse with each other. You are then allowed two (sometimes three) slices of pizza along with several types of soda. You eat and drink your food and then prepare for departure. You pick up your gear, change if you want to, and hop on the bus. The bus ride is approximately 40-45 minutes, depending on traffic and road conditions. Once you arrive, things start to pick up a bit.
If you need to get your ticket, rent equipment, or both, you will go to the ticket booth area near where you are dropped off. There are bathrooms to change into your clothes. After everything has been collected and you’re ready to go, you can go wherever on the mountain you want to go. If you are an amateur, you should go to the beginner slopes and take lessons if necessary. You can talk to Ms. Nelson or Mrs. Pierce if you’d like to take lessons. More experienced skiers and boarders should head over to the intermediate and expert trails. It is recommended that you ski with a friend or two, but it is not absolutely required.
After an hour or two, you will have to drop into the lodge for your halfway check in between 6:30 and 7:00. You do not have to be out on the slopes the whole time. If you’d like, you can relax in the lodge the whole time and work on homework, or just talk with friends. You have roughly another hour and a half after the check in to ski/board. You will need to be prepared to go by 8:30. The bus leaves between 8:30 and 8:45. If you are getting picked up by a parent then they will need to sign you out. Once everyone is on the bus, you head back to the school where everybody is then picked up by their parent or whomever it may be. The whole trip is around 6 hours total.
Should you try it?
It depends on who you are. If you know people who enjoy skiing/boarding and decide to go with you, you will probably have a fun time. If you are new, you might get a bit frustrated to say the least, but you’ll be having fun before you know it. If you are an experienced skier/boarder, but have nobody to go with, you can go with one of the teachers or just go by yourself. I would not recommend it however, if you are new to skiing/snowboarding and don’t know anyone. It’s not that you won’t make friends, but some people will have a hard time and have nobody to learn with. Although, it really depends on the type of person you are. You could be a friendly, outgoing person and make many new friends. Overall my experience with it was a positive one and I would have to recommend it as it is a good place to learn and make new acquaintances. I would give the Central York Middle School Ski and Snowboard Club a solid 7/10. I hope this was informative and will persuade you to join the club next year!
Earlier in the year, when Mr. Heisey (the CYMS Science Department Leader) introduced the Frog Dissection Intramural, I was intrigued. Now, usually when you hear the word dissection you immediately think ‘gross’ or ‘ew’, but have you ever actually dissected anything before? You can easily learn a lot from the process. Or, at the very least, at the end you can proudly say “I dissected a frog!” The after school intramural, held in November, was organized by CYMS science colleagues, Mr. Santoro and Mr. Heisey. Once we all gathered in Mr. Heisey’s room, we were given the instructions and our materials. We waited anxiously for our frogs to be delivered to us. And once we got them, the dissecting could begin! We learned how to use the tools, and we learned about the different parts of a frog. We took out the stomach, heart, liver, and some students even managed to get out the eye! The intramural was a fun learning experience, and I recommend to the students to sign up the next time it is available. You never know how things will turn out if you don’t try them.
~Rachel (Team N)
Monday, December 18th was the annual Central York Middle School Orchestra and Band Concert. The music was an incredible mix of songs. It was so good that it left me speechless. I could do nothing but stand and listen to the beautiful sound of our music. The Orchestra was amazing, and the Band stunned me with their performance (like they always do). The combined orchestra performance was also a wonderful blend of music, with a unique contrast of sound and a variety of songs. It is amazing how they can go from one very slow song to a very fast one without missing a beat. It was great to see all our hard work pay off. Being a member of the Select Strings section, I personally know how much time and effort it takes to prepare. Both the Band and Orchestra had many hours of committed practice every week. Mr. Curry (the orchestra teacher) is always helping and pushing both ensembles to do their very best. When it came time for the Select Strings piece, our timing was extraordinary. My favorite was “A La Media Noche.” It is a Puerto Rican song and a very interesting piece. In it you can really hear the Puerto Rican influences and the pulse of the music. As the holidays draw closer, Mr. Curry was planning on another performance that would include the Select Strings, CYMS Band, and the CYMS Chorus. I would be thrilled to once again play any of those songs. I also look forward to another occasion when I can hear the Band and Chorus perform.
-Marc (Team P) #happyholidays
S.T.E.A.M - Trash or Treasure?
One man’s trash is another man's treasure they say, but for us it was only glory. How, you ask? Well, let’s go to back to the start of October. Mr. Heisey, the infamous science teacher known for his outlandish and unique yet educational experiments, appeared on the announcements to what you probably just looked at as meaningless nonsense, but he had a goal. That goal was to assemble a team of innovative and tech-savvy middle schoolers to form S.T.E.A.M, a program that focuses on science, math, and other curriculum items that require you to think outside of the box. These combined skills will help us in the mission to help York County Solid Waste Authority on their fundamental journey to educate children on what they do, and to help adults erase the stigma surrounding the actual environmentally helpful business. We embarked on the first leg of our adventure today as we went on a scaled-down field trip to the York County Solid Waste Authority. We were the first large group to get a look at the behind the scenes action of what really goes on there. We got to see everything from the Waste Storage Pit to the Ash Management Center. We listened to a very informative session about the deep roots and processes of the authority. Overall, our trip was scholastic and academically-detailed. This outing will assist us with our project aimed at helping kids get an education of how the York County Solid Waste Authority affects the health of the environment in a positive way.
The Annual CYMS Spelling Bee
Each year the Central York Middle School has a Spelling Bee showcasing thirty talented students who excel at spelling. It is held right before our Thanksgiving break, and almost everyone will stop to watch. After the grueling competition is over, the spellers spend the day together. Once the hard work is over, they take a break to spend time together outside and then relax by watching a movie. Mrs. Grolemund is in charge of the main part of the Bee, and in making sure everything is organized and runs smoothly. The judges of the Spelling Bee are Mr. Miller, Mrs. Stine, and Mrs. Allen. The winner of the Bee advances and will go to the State Spelling Bee, and then (if successful) onto Nationals. The winner of the National Spelling Bee receives a scholarship as their reward. We are so incredibly proud of all of our hardworking spellers that participated in this annual event!
7th Graders say Y.E.S with JA
By: Hannah (Team N)
All the students at Central York Middle School were visited by York’s Junior Achievement Y.E.S program on December 1st. The Y.E.S stands for Your Economic Success. The 7th grade content discussed college degrees, job applications, communications, job interests and business roles. With six 40 minute rotations each session was filled with Kahoots, scavenger hunts, yarn webs, and team building activities. These valuable lessons were taught by volunteers from parents of students, to workers of local businesses. One 7th grade activity had students rating various items needed for survival on a sinking ship. After first rating the items individually, students discussed and collaborated to make a final list. This activity utilized communication skills, as group members had to hear all of the different perspectives and then make critical decisions.
The whole school participated in activities that are similar to the one mentioned above. Throughout the day, students learned new information from the activities. The event is scheduled to return to CYMS around the same time next year. Your Economic Success brought visuals, knowledge, and the power of new learning to Central's students!
8th Grade Finds Success with JA Day!
By: Nate (Team H)
J.A. Day was a very interesting day. Eighth graders learned a lot and received advice about the future. The volunteers were very kind, talking about where they worked, and what they did at their jobs. They made learning new things fun by doing various games and activities. They taught me a lot about S.T.E.M. and all the different jobs revolving around it and how it is important in life. I learned some life lessons too, like when to use a credit or debit card and when not to use them. I worked with my friends at all the different stations and had fun collaborating. At the end of the day, there was a game show where we could earn prizes for being a good student all day. Overall, J.A. Day was a successful and fun day.