60 Caledon Avenue
Principal: W. Shelswell
Vice-Principal: B. Wallace
Pulse Page coordinator: C. Skilnyk
Cosmetology designs include braiding by Rachel Clark, grade 12 and an evening up-do, right, by Alice Selig, grade 12.
Asking the Tough Question
Ashley Warwick and Lacey Simpson, Grade 11
When we thought of making this video
We thought about writing a song
To get our friends’ attention
To help them distinguish between right and wrong
Then we realized something important
Something that changed the way we thought
Most of us don’t even listen
Definitely don’t always do what we’re taught
So we thought we would do something different
Something you definitely wouldn’t expect
We thought that we’d ask you a question
Why should we treat people with respect?
You might say because it’s nice
Or because we’re supposed to act a certain way
You might have said that it’s the loving thing to do
Or that it helps to make people’s day
But is that the aim of this video?
The thing we didn’t want to show
Is when we asked people that question
Most of them didn’t even know
So the answer to the question
Whether it’s tomorrow or today
If we want others to treat us with respect
We’d better treat them the exact same way.
My Ruby Shoes
My friend Becky Granados is sewing the dress that I will be wearing as Dorothy. We will have to save a few strips of fabric to wrap around some hair extensions for myself, as my hair has been cut short. We’ll prepare two pigtails from an old wig.
I have never been the nervous type, as I have played several lead roles in my Exploring the Arts class. It was fun to be the screaming girl in Thriller, and the nervous mom-to-be in a short video. Of course, The Wizard of Oz was always one of my favourite movies so I made sure I chose the lead. Our class is photographing scenes so no one has to listen to me sing, although I have a good voice and would be willing to. Even so, I keep hearing the Wizard of Oz songs in my head all day.Teamwork can be tough on a long project; however, Becky makes things easier by making me laugh. She is playing the Wicked Witch so we have a few photos taken together. We also danced our own moves in the Thriller production. Becky has had a lot of coloured makeup added both on the set and in Photoshop and lately she has been quite green, due to her character.
I am the class motivator and everyone is impressed with my memory of the sequence of scenes. We are just about to paint a backdrop onto our tables so I had better find the scenery on the DVD. I enjoy seeing the magic of what costumes, sets, and lighting can add to a production. I should consider theatre; I am sure that I would enjoy it.
Cast: Collene Wu, grade 12, Dan Brady, grade12,Josh Ernest, grade11, Jeffrey Crawford, grade12,Becky Granados, grade12, Dimitri Rogers, grade10, Dan Brady, grade12,Aaron Churchill, grade12,Cory Parsons, grade12
Renzo Eduardo moves quickly to steal the ball, “Basketball makes you think and move quickly. You have to have good reflexes.” He breaks the defence and sets up a play for Dan Ribson, who is wide open.
Dan, assistant captain and power forward is the team motivator, although he admits that he loves when the attention turns to him. He goes under the net and does a reverse layup. The crowd feeds him the applause that he wants. “I’ve practised shooting the ball for hours at home, and I practise dribbling techniques in my basement. Basketball is a disciplined sport that requires hard work.”
We drop back to our bubble zone to psyche out the other team. Andrew, nicknamed AD4, throws the ball inbounds. Renzo “Calderon” dribbles and scans the court, “I have a two-handed chest shot that often goes in the net regardless of the fact that the team makes fun of my wide-elbowed technique. This time I decided to chest pass the ball to Joey rather than shoot at the net.”
Joey “Rush” Markiw, our small forward, is at the three-point line. Joey has great hand-eye co-ordination. He leaves his follow-through hand, high in the air as he watches his wide-arc shot sink into the net. He raises his arm in a victory pose as he gets admiration from both teams for his skill. When we ask him what sets him apart on the team he says, “I am the only guy with a beard.” A sense of humour always helps the team.
The other team sets up an offensive stack play. The team splits and Edwin “Tief” Ticas steals the ball by palm-slapping it to Dan. Edwin, our point guard, never complains about anything. The team comments on a player’s ability to have restraint in a game; to disregard the heckling of an audience and the occasional bad calls by the ref. “I play for something to do and to have fun,” says Edwin.
“I play to get better,” says Andrew, “and to support the school.” His strongest position is under the net, but one day he’ll make a great coach.
“I’d rather play than watch,” adds Renzo, “and besides, we get a team jersey.” “Your confidence grows as other people notice you. You get noticed by other schools, coaches, team players, and girls!” Dan beams as the team agrees that he is their best player. “I love getting noticed!”
Always Fun, Win or Lose