Monthly Archives: May 2013

Disney Princess Makeovers

By, Poohbear

Disney Princesses are a classic. They are role models for little girls everywhere, and they have been given a makeover. Do these beautiful girls really need to change? They weren’t meant to send the message to look more beautiful or seductive! They were supposed to teach little girls to follow their dreams, fight for what’s right, and to find true love for being just who they are. These new “makeovers” that Disney has given them are wrong because they now have a scandalous, sexy, and skinny look, that give little girls the intension that they have to look like that. What will that do to little girl’s self-esteem? These fine princesses that didn’t care about dresses and looks, but character and love, have been transformed into a bad self-esteem role model for little girls everywhere. Girls will think that they have to look like that, being skinny and sexy. However those princesses message is not to like that, girls already have trouble with self-esteem and these modern Disney princesses are not the answer! Will these new looks effect the self-esteem issues of girls negatively, or will they just stay a another picture?

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Chocolate Cookie Cheesecake


By Haeli J.

Recipe found from:

• 2 cups chocolate sandwich cookie crumble
• 2 tablespoons butter, melted
• ¼ cup packed brown sugar
• 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 2 pounds cream cheese, softened
• 1 ¼ cups white sugar
• 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
• 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 4 eggs
• 1 ½ cups chocolate sandwich cookie crumbs
• 16 ounces sour cream
• ¼ cup white sugar
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 1 cup heavy whipping cream
• 1 ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Combine 2 cups cookie crumbs, melted butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a medium bowl; firmly press mixture evenly onto bottom and 1 inch up sides of a 10-inch springform pan. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 5 minutes; set aside.
2. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Gradually mix in 1 1/4 cups sugar, 1/3 cup whipping cream, flour, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat in eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Pour 1/3 of batter into prepared pan. Top with 1 1/2 cups cookie pieces; pour in remaining batter.
3. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 45 minutes. Remove cake from oven. Combine sour cream, 1/4 cup sugar, and 1 teaspoon vanilla; spread evenly on cheesecake. Continue baking for 7 minutes. Turn oven off and leave in oven 30 minutes. Remove cheesecake, and let cool completely on a wire rack.
4. Combine 1 cup whipping cream and chocolate chips in a saucepan; stir over low heat until chocolate melts, and then stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla. Pour mixture over cheesecake while still warm. Refrigerate until serving time. Should be at least 8 hours for refrigerator time, remove about 1/2 hour to 1 hour before serving, remove ring from springform pan, decorate to choice and get out your fork!

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The Outsiders: Movie Review


By, Sarah JB

This article is for all you advanced English seventh-graders in HSJH. As you might already know, we are reading The Outsiders. In my opinion, it’s a great book with realistic and complex characters. Although most students might be blinded by the fact that we have a decent sized packet that goes along with the book, I think the packet helps me understand the book better and understand certain situations more clearly. I can’t wait to see how The Outsiders ends!


What the Heck Movie Review: The Amazing Spiderman (2012) Part 2


By, 9.11

He realizes he has the powers of a spider. This is where I like the original three movies because in them, Peter’s webs shot out of his arms on command and it was accurate. In this movie, Peter invents weapons that shoot some kind of sticky rope. This isn’t accurate with the comics. Plus, Peter doesn’t look smart at all. The old Peter Parker looked smarter than this new one.

First Peter starts looking for the man who killed his uncle. He isn’t successful but then a scientist Peter met at the lab turns into a giant lizard that isn’t the Green Goblin, Spiderman’s #1 enemy who they used to kick off the original three movies. They should use the arch nemesis in the original movies because they are the arch nemesis.

Spiderman saves these cars on a bridge after the Lizard throws them off. This is when he becomes known. This is also when the female character, Gwen Stacy, starts becoming Peter’s girlfriend and finds out he is Spiderman. This is wrong! Peter’s first girlfriend is Mary Jane Watson, who doesn’t make an appearance in the movie (which is stupid).

Near the end he finds out the Lizard’s plan and he tries to stop it. He does stop him, cures the scientist but Gwen’s dad dies in the process. Peter reveals himself to Gwen’s dad and he makes him promise not to involve Gwen in his life. He promises. Gwen finds out. Then Gwen gets mad at Peter. Peter is late to his class that Gwen happens to be in. He comes in, sits down behind her, he promises not to be late again. Then the teacher says not to make promises he can’t keep. Then Peter tells Gwen that those are the best kind.
WORST SAYING EVER! If that was true, anyone could get away with anything. So, the lesson is to think your sayings through before you say them.


Galaxy Shirt How-To

galaxy shirt

By, Sarah JB

So, some of you students may have seen me wearing my home-made galaxy shirt, headband, and/or shoes. Here are the instructions for making galaxy shirts! It’s super easy and inexpensive.

1. Lay out a bin bag or some old newspaper to protect the surface you’ve chosen to work on.
2. Lay the shirt out on your flat surface, and ensure the seams are matching and that it is straight.
3. Pour a little bit of each paint out onto a flat surface (I used an old magazine).
4. Using a kitchen sponge, dab the area you wish to turn into a galaxy with the white fabric paint.
5. Using the purple and blue fabric paints, continue to smudge all over the area with the sponge, until you’ve got this galaxy-looking print.
6. Next, using a piece of sponge cut into a thin strip, dip into the white paint and using your finger, pull it back and let go to splatter the paint across the pattern and give a starry effect.

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HSJH Sweeps the HEPL Poetry Contest!

By, Ms. Vandor

For the third year in a row, HSJH 7th and 8th graders swept the Hamilton East Public Library’s annual poetry contest! Below is the flyer for the invitation to the reception being held this Sunday. Stay tuned for pictures of the winners, along with their poems!

2013 Email Invitation

May Multicultural Dates

Thank you Mrs. Gammons!

Major Holidays: World Religions & Cultures: MAY 2013

MAY IS… Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, Jewish/American Heritage Month, National Better Hearing & Speech Month, National Mental Health Month, Women’s Health Care Month, Older Americans Month.

May 1: Beltane (Northern Hemisphere Wiccan) Pagans celebrate the unison of the god and goddess which is believed to be the basis of all creation. This festival is celebrated with maypole dances.

May 1: School Principal’s Day (USA)

May 2: National Day of Prayer USA (Multi-faith) It was created as a floating holiday in 1952 and fixed on the first Thursday in May by Ronald Reagan.

May 3: World Press Freedom Day (International) Serves as an occasion to inform the public of violations of the right to freedom of expression and as a reminder that many journalists brave death or jail to bring people their daily news.

May 3: Orthodox Good Friday (Orthodox Christian)

May 5: Cinco de Mayo (Secular) Means the “The fifth of May” in Spanish.. This day commemorates a battle that was won on this day in 1862 during the years that the Mexicans were struggling to drive foreign armies from the country and became an independent nation. In the USA this day is celebrated in a zesty spirit with parades, food, musical events and dances.

May 5: Orthodox Easter (Orthodox Christian)

May 6-10: Teacher Appreciation week (USA; National Teacher Day May 7)

May 8: National School Nurse Day (USA)

May 12: Mother’s Day (Secular) In 1872, Julia Ward Howe (author of the Battle Hymn of the Republic) suggested this day be dedicated to peace. Mother’s Day meetings were held yearly in Boston Massachusetts on this day. In 1907 Ana Jarvis began a campaign to establish a National Mother’s Day on the second Sunday of May. It took four years and in 1911 it was proclaimed a national holiday. Countries celebrating Mother’s Day are the USA, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Turkey, Australia and Belgium.

May 15: Shavuot (Jewish) Observance to celebrate the giving of the Torah, God’s gift to the Jewish people, which is a guide for how to live in this world. It occurs seven weeks after Passover.

May 17: Ascension Day (Christian) Forty days after Easter, commemorating the final earthly appearance of Jesus after his resurrection. The Christians believe that Jesus ascended into heaven.

May 18: Armed Forces Day (USA) Many Americans celebrate Armed Forces Day annually on the third Saturday of May. It is a day to pay tribute to men and women who serve the United States’ armed forces. Armed Forces Day is also part of Armed Forces Week, which begins on the second Saturday of May.

May 19: Pentecost (Christian) Celebrated by the Christians to commemorate the descent of the Holy Spirit on the disciples in the form of tongues of fire and rushing wind. A traditional day for baptism and confirmation of new Christians.

May 21: World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development (Secular) Recognizes cultural diversity as a source of innovation, exchange and creativity, as well as the obligation to create a more peaceful and equitable
society based on mutual respect.

May 23: Declaration Of The Bab; Siyid’ (Baha’i) This date marks the beginning of the Baha’i faith, the Baha’i Era (B.E.) and the Baha’i calendar. School and work are suspended on this day.

May 25: Visakah Puja (Buddha Day– Buddhist) The holiest day of the Buddhist calendar, this day marks the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha on the day of the full moon in May.

May 27: Memorial Day (USA) Originally initiated in 1868 to honor the dead of the Civil War, it has come to include lives lost in all the wars.

May 29: Ascension of Baha’u’llah (Baha’i) Observance of death anniversary of Baha’u’llah. School and work are suspended.

It’s May already! Final Stretch!

check out the links below for the May Newsletter and Activities Calendar!


may calendar

library books due!

MAY 13th


(not May 23rd)


Carolyn Gundrum, B.Ed., M.A.
Certified Teacher-Librarian
Chair, YHBA (Middle School)
Academic Advisor