Pink Out Day
By: Sydnie Smith and Poetri Az-Ibo
On October 20th the students and faculty of Rotella School wore pink to support finding a cure for breast cancer. All the money that we raised will be donated to help with the fight against breast cancer.It was so beautiful to see all the pink shirts that students were wearing. When we donated the money we cut out a pink ribbon to put our name on to show we donated. When the sun went through the window the ribbons started to glow. It was awesome to see them glow like that. In the end the whole school raised over $800 including the teachers.We put all the money towards Saint Marys Hospital to help with finding a cure for breast cancer. We are so proud that Rotella could be a part of the fight against breast cancer!
By Gianna Silas
Sun shining brightly
Petunias, daisies, and sunflowers too
Roses popping from the ground a new
I see flowers everywhere I go
Nice, colorful flowers
Going to the park to watch them grow!
Litter Bug Club!
By: Lucia Lapham
Did you know that Rotella School has a Litter Bug Club?
No, well I am Lucia Lapham and I started an outside cleaning club at recess. Almost every day, when the club meets, I give a grabber to a different STAR student. I hold the bag open so they can put the trash in. One day we found baby birds alive! Every day a new person gets to clean up.When all of the trash is cleaned up for the day,we play. Litter Bug Club is on a roll.
By Alexa Kinion
Did you know that Rotella School has star expectations to help boys and girls behave better? Everyone follows these expectations so they can earn star tickets. If you earn a star ticket you put it in the bucket and then on Friday Ms. Henry picks out of the bucket. If your name gets picked, you go down to the office and get your picture taken. These are our star expectations:
S stands for safe
T stands for team player
A stands for achiever
R stands for respectful.
We have to follow these guidelines so that we can get picked out the bucket on Friday and win a prize!
By: Jenaya Bracey
Warm hot chocolate, cold snow
Icy sidewalks wherever you go
Nice white snow covers the ground
Too cold to make a sound
Enter your house to feel cozy and warm
Run inside and stay safe from the storm
Rotella Gets Certified
By Sydnie Smith, Daylen Roscoe, Poetri Az-Ibo, and McKenzie Grenier
Did you know that Rotella is now a nationally certified magnet school? It was a long hard process but we did it. The newspaper staff had the opportunity to interview our principal, vice principal and drama teacher to find out what certification means.
Being a nationally certified school means you’re one of the best schools. There were only two schools in Connecticut that got certified and we were one of them. There were one hundred schools that applied and only 55 schools got certified. Less than half did not make it. Now you can see why it is such a big honor to get certified.
This was a lengthy process. One hundred and fifty pages made up the full report. It contained answers, evidence and charts to support our findings. We are one of the best schools in the nation and it took a great effort to get there.
Starting in September of 2016, a committee was formed to attack this task. The committee included Ms. Henry, Mrs. Wallace, Mrs. Parker, Mrs. Dionne, Mrs. Dane, Mrs. Romano, Mrs. Monroe, Mrs. Gravel and Ms Hakim. It was a very rigorous process and it took all year to finish. I might even say it took the committee before and after school to finish the process. These teachers dedicated their time to show the greatness of our school. I guess all that hard work paid off for Rotella.
To show that we achieved our goal we were given an award. We got a picture seal and we are getting a beautiful banner. At the National Magnet Schools of America Conference, we will be awarded a special gift for this achievement.
Now you can see how hard it is to get certified. This might have been the greatest thing to happen to our school and you can see why we are so proud of Rotella Magnet School.