Written by Students for Students
Odyssey of the Mind is an academic and imaginative activity that involves creativity and intelligence. Johnathan, a member of the team, states that Odyssey of the Mind doesn’t have an easily definable point, but it is really fun. There are seven members that work together on projects that will be shown at a competition performance skit against other schools. Each member gets a certain part of the play depending on their skills, desires, and their experiences.
This year, our school's Odyssey of the Mind team is creating a structure made of light balsa wood built to hold as much weight as possible without breaking. The members Andrew, Kaydee, Kierra, and Tristan have the skills to act out the play, while Johnathan and Chase have the weights and the structure. When they are finished, they go will against other schools in the region, then the state, and finally, the world. They have eight minutes to present and preform the skit, and it will be scored by how creative and effective they are. The more props (decorations) they use; the more points they will earn.
When building a project, the team has specific supplies they can only use that are listed on a sheet. They find the supplies. start building, experimenting, and practicing. Odyssey of the Mind can make students get more social with others, and can increase partnership, but is mostly aimed at being fun and creative.
Odyssey of the Mind = It’s Not What You Think
WMS Soccer Interview
Ms. Sassafras and Firecracker M, from The WMS Newspaper, interviewed two soccer players, Riley Davis from the girls’ soccer team and Mason Odom from the boys’ soccer team. Here is what Riley had to say, “I love soccer-- on a scale of 1-10 it would be a 10 because my family plays with me. We love to have big tournaments where the whole family plays on the holidays.”
Riley says that her teammates are very nice and work hard to help the team win, they have good sportsmanship and are fun to hang around. While she really hates the sand gnats her favorite part is being a team member and the bus rides. Riley said she was excited to play because she is a 6th grader and would love to do this again.
This is the first article of a series of articles about our teachers and administrators.
An Interview with Mr. Griffin
By Sam B.
Recently I was joined by Mr. Griffin to ask him questions about himself so that the students at Wakulla Middle School (WMS) could get to know him better.
Wakulla News (WN): What is it like being the principal of WMS?
Mr. Griffin: It is great, I love being principal of Wakulla Middle School. It was always a dream job. This is the best school I have ever worked in and I have always wanted to be principal, but to be principal of Wakulla Middle School was icing on the cake. This is the best job anyone could have!
WN: So far, how many changes have you made? Like the new selection of lunch, was that you?
Mr. Griffin: No, I didn't make the lunch changes that is a district decision. Probably the biggest change that I made that affect students right now is bringing water bottles to class. It is something they are going to get to do in high school. So I started it early so students are staying safe and hydrated. Beyond that I have not made a lot of changes because I think the school was in a great spot when I got here.
WN: How can you compare being a principal to being a teacher?
Mr. Griffin: it's been so long since I've been a teacher; seven years. I then became an administrator and assistant principal which I've been doing for the last ten years. It’s a lot different than being a teacher. I taught my lessons and went on with my day. Now as a principal I make decisions that impact the entire 620 students at WMS instead of those in only a couple of classes.
WN: how do you deal with the stress that comes with your job?
Mr. Griffin: Well, my stress levels aren't too high, because I have a great team of administrators with me, they do a great job everyday. The way I handle most of my stress is pretty much by going for a three mile run. By the time I'm done I don't think about anything else.
WN: For fun, what is your favorite sports and team?
Mr. Griffin: my favorite sport is football, I'm a big FSU fan, but for professionals, the New York Giants. I enjoying watching and playing golf as well.
The immediate reply from both 8th graders was…Adrenaline, the Adrenaline rush, right before the shot. They enjoy being able to totally focus on the excitement of hunting on a clear, crisp Wakulla morning. Ricky spoke of a South Georgia buck called “One Ear” that he hopes to find this season and take down like a RMS running back. The giant 10-point, “One Ear”, doesn’t stand a chance against this Coach Metcaff defender. Meanwhile Austin is working to protect his backyard against a forest buck that has been teasing him for a couple years. Perhaps Austin broke his leg on purpose to lure the 12-point buck in close for an easy shot from his patio chair. Needless to say the forest buck has likely met his match.
Follow the continuing adventures of these two Wakulla Boys in future links…Until next time, happy hunting.