Monthly Archives: March 2017

Extension of the School Year

By Briana Snyder

So far this year, many students, teachers, and staff have thought that this year of the winter was going to be a breeze. They thought that they wouldn’t have to worry about extending the school year with no snow days expect 1. Right when we thought we were clear for snow, we soon found out that we definitely were not. On March 21st 2017, winter storm Stella moved in fast and heavy, totaling about an inch or more per hour from the first 5 hours of the starting of the storm. Some places in the Lehigh Valley reached from 10 inches to 14 inches of snow.

This resulted in a total of 3 days off of school, March 21st, 22nd, and 23rd. The aftermath of the storm made the roads troubling not only just for buses to drive and get around corners but for cars driving on the roads also, to and from places. This then made the date last day for all Salisbury Township School students, except seniors to Monday June 12th, 2017. Seniors’ last day is still as scheduled for Thursday, June 1st, 2017.

Honors Chemistry II Field trip

By Nathan Rolls

On Tuesday, March 21, the Honors Chemistry II classes took a trip to DeSales University to watch multiple demonstrations, and understand how certain chemical reactions occur. There were multiple students from DeSales University that performed these experiments. The experiments included determining acid bases, experimenting with smell and how it affects taste, and how certain smells differ from person to person. Many other schools attended these demonstrations. So many schools came, in fact, that there were some teachers and students standing in the back.

DeSales students opened up the demonstration with a pH indication lab using red cabbage. The students chopped red cabbage and added it to water, because cabbage is a natural pH indicator, meaning when it is combined with water, it can determine the pH, or how acidic another liquid is. Liquids with a low pH turned the solution a reddish color, because these liquids were highly acidic. Liquids with a high pH, meaning they weren’t high in acidity, turned the solution yellow or green. Another experiment performed was with pheromones. The experiment essentially highlighted the fact that due to everyone’s unique gene sequence, smells can come off differently to different people.

Lastly, an experiment to highlight the importance of smell to taste was performed. A DeSales student gave 3 jelly beans: coffee, banana, and black licorice flavored. Then, the audience was instructed to pinch their noses and try tasting a jelly bean. People in the audience were pleasantly confused when they couldn’t taste anything. That’s because without your sense of smell, around 80% of taste disappears.

Honors Chemistry II students enjoyed these experiments very much, and expressed interest in more field trips for the science department, as many of them want to pursue a career in science.

This Old Dog Song Review

By Jonathan Ionescu

On January 31st, Mac DeMarco released a single from his upcoming LP titled “This Old Dog”. The album also follows that name. As a matter of fact, this year on May 5th, I will receive a limited edition copy of the vinyl format of the album. I ordered immediately when it was available for pre-order. There was only 4,000 in stock and once they are gone, they will never come back.

As you can tell, I am quite the fan of him. He also has another single titled, “My Old Man” However, I prefer his other song. To describe the tone of his new song, I’d like to say it has a folkish romanticism to it. Mac DeMarco does not have too many songs with just acoustic guitar and minimalistic percussion. This is one he brought back.

The verses are simple. No secrets behind them, very straight forward. Keeping it short and sweet. DeMarco has been low key about the album and not much has been said about it. One thing I believe is that the song regards to him aging, and his music style is maturing a lot. The chorus of the song has a flanger synth that rings and has a reverb tone to it. I like the way it sounds. It’s kind of a sad synth, implying some tone of negativity.

The acoustic guitar however, is my favorite part of the song. I love when DeMarco plays just acoustic. It is so soothing to the ear. If you have ever heard his song, “Still Together”, that song is purely just acoustic. No bass, drums, or any other instrument. Just a guitar.

The song doesn’t make me feel happy however. It’s kind of a weird feeling I get from it. I like songs that reflect my mood, but I don’t get a musical feel from it. I guess it could imply i’m growing older, but I don’t feel that way. It’s just a kind of a song that doesn’t pertain to me. The only result I get is a sad man talking about how he is growing older. To be honest, twenty-six is not old man. To conclude, this song scores four 💯💯💯💯 emojis out of five 💯💯💯💯💯 emojis.
Ionescu out 😈

Horoscopes

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By Felicity Koch

Capricorn (Jan. 20 – Feb. 15) – Few things in life are more exciting than gossip, and you are going to get some of the juiciest news! The information you get could be more horrible than you know, so be sure you don’t share it quickly. Spreading this kind of dirt fast could put you in trouble. You need to be careful. Wait until you know it’s clear before you start telling people. If not, you could get a rep as someone who can’t a secret.

Aquarius (Feb. 16 – March 10) – Every now and then, events really hit home and cause you to examine your place in the world. Perhaps it is time for you to take a more active role in the community. If you make commitments, you must be determined to follow through with them. While your talents can be put to very good use, empty promises cannot.

Pisces (March 11 – April 17) – Pushy people may be annoying you beyond your endurance. Remember that no one can take advantage of you unless you let them. If you find that everyone is taking you for granted and wanting more, it could be time to go on strike. You don’t have to be rude to make them listen. An ending of all non-needed activities, and a strong declaration of your boundaries, will have an amazing effect.

Aries (April 18 – May 12) – If you’re as if your mind is a big fog bank and your emotions are hail, you might not be quite ready to face any extra responsibilities. Remember that ‘no’ is a complete sentence. As soon as you can, try to escape to a silent place and lose yourself in a book. The diversion will take your mind off what’s troubling you

Taurus (May 13 – June 20) – Now that you’ve got your outbursts in control, you can find the cause. You are obviously feeling sensitive, but what caused this reaction? Perhaps a combination of small events built up before you could deal with them and the pressure broke your self-control. Look to your self for the calming you need. Validation does not come from others.

Gemini (June 21 – July 19) – There’s nothing reckless in your method today. You’re all business and have both the concentration and the mentality to develop a full understanding of your task. Not afraid to ask questions and dig beyond fake answers, your probing puts you far ahead. If only you could bring this same kind of focus to bear every single day. Enjoy this time and take advantage of it while you can.

Cancer (July 20 – Aug. 19) – If it seems that everyone knows something you don’t, perhaps you need to probe the reasons why that is to be. Burying your head in the sand keeps you out of the loop. It might not be easy to find out what’s swirling around, but an innocent-sounding question posed to a good source could clear things up. The information may distress you, but keep the peace for now.

Leo (Aug. 10 – Sept. 15) – Today is all about taking time to establish things. You can’t be in a hurry if you want to get anywhere. So go slow and take your time to explore what other people are looking for in life. Ask questions about your friend’s and you just might be able to help them out. That sense of satisfaction is just what you need right now. You have a lot to share, a lot to teach and a lot to learn from others.

Virgo (Sept. 16 – Oct. 29) – Wise words sometimes come from unexpected sources. Listening to someone who has already found their way could help you find yours. Keep your ears open so that you can add these jewels to your treasure box. Strive each day to add at least one new insight to your growing collection. You can take them out one by one and examine them at your leisure.

Libra (Oct. 30 – Nov. 22) – You’ll be very entertained when a voice of authority in your life reveals that they don’t know everything. In one particular area, you will be the expert while they will be the learner. Try not to hold this over them or make them feel silly. You want them on your side! Show them how smart you are, and how valuable you are to them! This is your chance to prove your worth in a big way.

Scorpio (Nov. 23 – Dec. 6) – Vast reserves of strength keep you going, and minor setbacks don’t have a chance of changing your heart. It helps that the positive moves outnumber the few negative barbs. But even downers are captivated by your optimism and begin to drift to your way of thinking. Treat newcomers with the same open hand friendship you give all.
Sagittarius (Dec. 7 – Jan. 19) – You may not want to answer the phone, and that’s fine as long as you check your messages and return any important calls. Caught up completely in the mental exercise of spinning outlandish scenarios, you could imagine yourself in all sorts of situations. The key to your dreams could lie in some of these projections. Begin thinking about what it would take to turn your fantasies into reality.

Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather?

By CJ Wittman

Two of fighting’s biggest names in the United States, Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor, may be closer to fighting than we thought. UFC’s president, Dana White, who doubted the idea previously, is now convinced it will happen. White knows the money that will be involved in this fight will be record breaking. Both McGregor and Mayweather have been battling on social media and trying to progress closer towards a fight, but will likely be delayed due to the birth of McGregor’s first child in late April or early May.  Agreeing on the fight and numbers has proven difficult for the two in the past, given they have such big egos to back up.

McGregor would easily be named the underdog in the fight. Mayweather stands at 49-0 after retiring, and ranks as one of the best boxers in his generation. For Conor McGregor to get his boxing license and take on Mayweather, it would be a tough first fight.  

On the upside, Mcgregor is also in his prime in the UFC and only 26; Floyd Mayweather is 40.  Dana White claims Mayweather is small in size compared to McGregor. McGregor can hit hard, and brings a lot of talent from the UFC to translate into boxing, so the fight could easily go either way. Boxing or UFC, if this fight happens it will surely be a big one.

Salisbury Swimmers Place at States

By Alex Glenn

On March 16th and 17th, our Salisbury swimmers competed to earn the title of PIAA state champion. The swimmers involved included Sarah Bobeck, Mahlon Reihman, and Daniel Bonge. Reihman competed in the boys 100yd freestyle, Bonge competed in the boys 100yd backstroke, and Bobeck competed in the girls 200yd freestyle.

Out of all the competitors only Mahlon and Bonge placed. Reihman came in second with a final time of 45.29 seconds. Although this is a school record, it wasn’t quite good enough to beat Central Catholic’s Gabe Castano with a time of 44.78. Bonge came in 7th for the 100yd Backstroke and would set another school record for Salisbury.

Although she didn’t place, Sarah Bobeck ended up coming in 25th which is really good considering the fact that she is only a sophomore. This means that she will have two more chances to get the gold.

As for the boys 400yd freestyle relay Salisbury not only came in second, but they set a school record as well. The four swimmers involved included Daniel Bonge, AJ Oliver, Ben Wiener, and Mahlon Reihman.
It’s pretty safe to say that our falcons, or should I say fish, kicked some real butt at states. This is why it’s always a great day to be a falcon.

Salisbury Named One of Lehigh Valley’s Top Workplaces For The Second Year

By Alex & Lindsey Diamond

The Salisbury Township School District was named as one of the best places to work for in the Lehigh Valley. The school district made it on the list as one of 15 mid-size employers in the area and 40 in total that received positive feedback and consistent indicators of organizational health. The businesses in the Lehigh Valley that received this honor were published on Thursday, March 16th in the Morning Call’s Top Workplaces of 2017 special feature article.

The school librarian, Mrs. Burns, was interviewed on this achievement. She explained that a survey is sent out by all staff to complete, then the information given is used to figure out what it is like to be a faculty member at Salisbury school district. Even though Mrs. Burns worked at several school districts, she believes Salisbury really is the best because of other faculty members, students, and just the community overall. A contributing factor to why Salisbury is so close is size. Everyone feels a sense of community due to the small school. Mrs. Burns also included a personal story as to why she believes Salisbury is so special. At many schools, she explains, it is mandatory for teachers to attend graduation. At Salisbury, it is not mandatory, yet 87% of the staff attended out of sheer joy for the graduates. Even the elementary and middle school teachers attend the high school graduation. Mrs. Burns explained that occurrence spoke volumes about what Salisbury really is all about.

The administration of the Salisbury Township school district believes that they achieved the honor because of the staff members that perform their work in a way that is committed to the district. They said that winning the award is proof that Salisbury is a wonderful place to live, work, and learn.

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