The Atholton Standard N ovem ber,2006 D iving Into the W ord By Addi Hudgins,StaffW riter “R uach. Ru-ach. It sounds like you’ re coughing som ething up at the end. ” Ruach is Hebrew for “spirit” or “air” and is one of the m any things Pastor Benjie M axson taughtstudents during Atholton’ s W eek ofPrayer from October10-13. Pastor Benjie’ s style keeps one on their toes.“I didn’ t fall asleep, ” says Jessica W ickline, ninth grade,with a grin.Pastor Benjie had a differentstory for the school every day— one that was always told with plenty of energy and accom panied by lots ofgrins.His high energy level was greatly appreciated by students,as well as was his ability W hat’s Inside • “Bless Those Iowas” • ParentPartnership • Jeans Fighting Cancer • Farm yard Adventures • Family Standards • Faculty Bios • Top 10 Volum e 1,Issue 2 to relate som ething to all ages. The them e for the week was the arm or ofGod,found in Ephesians 6: 1017. On Tuesday, Pastor Benjie talked aboutthe breastplate of righte ousne s s and the belt of truth. To illustrate his point, he brought in Pastor Benjie Maxon captivated students a BC, or buoyduring Atholton’ s W eek ofPrayer. ancy com pensator,which he uses Pastor Benjie generated when he dives.He likes to think m any laughs on Thursday as ofthe BC as his breastplate and he told his story ofplaying exEHOW³LWNHHSVKLPDÁRDW2I trem e-follow-the-leader. He course,Pastor Benjie kept the talked aboutthe shield offaith school laughingthatm orningas and brought in a diving m ask. he told a story about breaking The m ask only aids Pastor his toe on an ottom an.M atthew Benjie’ s sightwhen his eyes are *DOJRQRIÀIWKJUDGHXQGHU - open; the shield of faith only stood Pastor Benjie’ s point:one helps us when we don’ t take it has to stay close to God because forgranted. “the devil is putting things in Pastor Benjie sum m arized yourway— so you’ d betterwatch the week’ s key concepts on Friwhere you’ re going. ” day. He used his passion for W ednesday, Pastor Benjie football,which didn’ tabate even introduced the words “ruach” in the face ofa broken nose,to and broughtanotherdiving de- illustrate how our passion for vice,an air regulator,to illus- God should prevail even when trate the sword ofthe Spirit.He we fall down spiritually. God created a spiritual connection always gives us the strength by suggesting that the Bible is to stand back up.PastorBenjie our air— a vital com ponent of brought in golf clubs to illuslife that cannot be replaced by trate his point— we must put any otherelem ent. 1 on the full armor of God. A golf of Educational Development). game cannot properly be played The ITBS tests measure with just one golf club, and the skills in reading, math, language battle for God cannot be prop- arts and the usage of maps, erly fought with only one piece graphs and reference materials. of His armor. The ITED covers reading, math, Of course, the week couldn’t grammar and usage, social studend without some sort of treat. ies, natural sciences and the use Pastor Benjie gave a lollipop of literacy materials. Both are to each student. Many of the VWDQGDUGL]HGWLPHGÀOOLQWKH younger children and even some circle tests accompanied by the teacher’s spoken instructions. of the older ones were excited. Pastor Benjie’s attitude and Mr. DeWitt, eighth-grade teacher style as well as what he had to jokes about the tests. “Bless those say left Atholton students with Iowas,” he says. “I like circles!” “I like that we don’t have many things to mull over and with a positive image of what it as much homework to do,” says means to walk with God. “Even sixth grader Chance McMurdy, if bad things do happen to good “But I don’t like the fact that we only have a limited amount of SHRSOHµVD\V-RQ%XWWHUÀHOG ninth grade, “if you trust in time” for each test. Noelle Ferris in third grade says, “I like how *RG\RX·OOEHÀQHµ they do it. I like how they do the math and the maps, but I don’t “B less Those Iow as” like the social studies.” Most stuBy Beilin Zia, Staff Writer dents enjoyed the “time off” from regularly scheduled classes and rom September 25 the lightened homework that the through 29, Atholton ad- testing allowed. ministered Iowa testing to measure the academic skill of the stu- Parent Partnership dents. Students in grades 3-8took By Ben Herzel, Student Editor the ITBS (Iowa Tests of Basic KHÀIWKDQGVL[WKJUDGH Skills)and students in grades 9 classes were delighted to and 10 took the ITED (Iowa Test receive the hands-on tutoring of Stan Horner during their P.E. period from September 11-21. Stan Horner, father of Monte Horner (sixth grade) and former football and wrestling champ, donated his time each day to coach Mrs. Bates’ and Ms. Di Biase’s students in the skills needed to play football and to Signs reminded students to stay quiet dur- work together as a team. Stan Horner was born ing the week of ITBS and ITED testing. F T 2 and raised in Columbus, Ohio, where he entered the world of sports as a high school football star. Later, while attending Iowa State University for a degree in criminology, Mr. Horner was active on both the university’s football team, playing tight end and tackle, and the wrestling team. After serving in the military during the Vietnam War from 1965-1967, Mr. Horner was involved in a short trial with the Dallas Cowboys in 1968. He then worked for the Department of Health until retiring in 2003. When he’s not participating in some form of athletics, Mr. Horner enjoys photography and working out. We thank him for donating his time to add excitement, inspiration, and diversity to Atholton School. On the Calendar Nov. 17: Staff Development (12:30 Dismissal) Nov. 17: Thanksgiving Banquet Nov. 20: Thanksgiving Vacation Dec. 16: AAS Christmas Program Dec. 20: Christmas Vacation Jeans Fighting Cancer By Alcira Groomes, Staff Writer O nce a year for the past three years, Atholton school has been involved in a very important program: Lee National Denim Day. On National Denim Day, students naWLRQZLGHPD\EULQJDÀYHGROODU donation to school in exchange for the privilege of wearing jeans instead of their usual uniforms. The money raised this year will be split 50-50 with the Women’s Cancer Programs of the Entertainment Industry Foundation and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Students from all grades participated, and each participant received a pink ribbon for Breast Cancer awareness. When asked why she feels it important for us to participate in Denim Day, Mrs. Peeke responded, “Anytime we can get involved in something outside ourselves and help the community, I feel we should participate.” Atholton UDLVHGÀYHKXQGUHGGROODUVWKLV year—even more than the past years. Hopefully, next year we can do even better! Farmyard Adventures By Addi Hudgins, Staff Writer O n Thursday, September 28, the kindergarten through second grade students went on an adventure to Sharp’s Farm. Going through a corn maze, feeding goats, going on a hayride, and picking pumpkins were common favorite activities enjoyed by the children. JaDa Woodley in second grade mentioned that the students had an opportunity to see a beaver dam. She also talked about Twinkie the goat. According to JaDa, Twinkie is “very big, very hairy, and has very big horns.” She explained that one has to stay out of his way, or else “he might hit you with his horns when he turns his head.” Family Standards by Joylyn Crews and Beilin Zia 3 Also among the animals with amusing names was Winky WKHEXOOZKRZDVÀUVWJUDGHU Ian Chandler’s favorite. Madison Gustafson in kindergarten was delighted that her class had an opportunity to ride on a tractor with real hay in it. The farm did have its downside, however. According to kindergartener John Michael Sharps, “It smelled very bad.” In spite of this, the Sharp’s farm trip is a tradition at Atholton that the students look forward to every year with anticipation. Our Faculty M eredith H erzel, M usic Teacher paring her for this job her entire life—through her own growth as a musician, her experience By Ben Herzel, Student Editor teaching in Sabbath School, her years spent as a home educator, rs. Meredith Herand her involvement in music zel is a familiar face ministry. at Atholton School. Her music In her free time Mrs. Herzel and youth ministry at Atholton enjoys traveling, hiking, campchurch and her involvement in ing, canoeing, reading, photogthe school throughout the years raphy, and planning new things have allowed her to develop a for the Atholton worship service strong relationship with every and youth department. (things to do part of Atholton’s ministry. This Her goals for this year inwhen you forget year her ministry has expanded clude getting to know all 120 of your essay) to include teaching music classher students’ names and instilles for grades 1-6. In addition, ing in her students a love for 1. Go into bathroom and write she continues to direct the semusic and a passion for using it essay. lect choir and offer private voice to praise God. We hope she will lessons. 2. Tell mom you’re sick and accomplish both! 0UV+HU]HOKDVEHHQDIÀOLwrite essay at home. ated with the music department 3. Say aliens took it. at Atholton for three years in dif- Cherie Collett, 6D\\RXGURSSHG\RXUÁDVK - ferent capacities. Before joining Teacher’s Aide By Dana Straub, Staff Writer the Atholton drive in water. she 5. Use the classic, “My dog ate staff, rs. Cherie Collett, worked for my homework.” teacher’s aide for the Columbia 6. Call mom to bring essay. kindergarten through second Union as the grade, loves to see kids under7. Do essay in another period Art Director stand and accomplish somefor their pubbefore the due class. WKLQJWKDWLVGLIÀFXOWIRUWKHP 8. Beg your teacher for a second lication, the The most rewarding part of her Visitor, and chance. job is reading with children and then spent 9. Start discussion in class so t h i r t e e n Meredith Herzel helping them teacher forgets. develop their years as a 'XULQJ\RXUÀUVWFODVVÀQG home educator for her children. skills. Her preMrs. Herzel says she wants a way to build a time machine. vious jobs inThen during PE, build it, go to be a teacher because Jesus back in time, and erase your was a teacher. She thinks “it’s clude working teacher’s memory of the essay. imperative that one generation at the General Then go back to the present pass on to the next their values, Conference of where the teacher doesn’t have skills, and knowledge.” She be- S eventh- d ay lieves that God has been pre- A d v e n t i s t s , Cherie Collett any recollection of the essay. helping in her 4 M 10 Top M husband’s construction business, serving as an aide at Crossroads Adventist School, and staying at home mothering and home educating her children. Some of her favorite hobbies are boating, biking, hiking, outdoor activities, family activities, playing games, and gardening, so it is no surprise when Mrs. Collett says she would enjoy working in a nursery if she was not a teacher’s aide. Cherie Collett was born in Columbus, Ohio, where she attended a private Catholic school for twelve years. In high 6WXGHQW6XEPLVVLRQE\0DUN&RPEHULDWHWDNHQRQODVW\HDU·V'&ÀHOGWULS school she had the joy of teaching. This year will be her her bachelor’s degree in Fambecoming a Seventh-day Adventist. She was married to ÀIWK\HDUDVDWHDFKHU·VDLGHDW ily Studies and has partly completed the requirements for Mark Collett in 1979 and has Atholton Adventist School. Mrs. Straub was born in an associate’s degree in Early two sons, Matthew and ZachGrindsted, Denmark. She miss- Childhood Development. In the ary. While her son Matthew attended Atholton, she began her es the windy weather, having future she hopes to travel to teaching career by volunteer- the grocery store within walk- New England and Canada with ing in various capacities. This ing distance, and the old brick her husband and to have close buildings. Her dream of travel- interaction with her family here \HDUZLOOEHKHUÀIWK\HDUDW ing led her to America, where as well as in Denmark throughAtholton. she met her husband, Steven out her retirement. She has two girls of her Straub, in Orlando, Florida. E lsebeth Straub, Mrs. Straub attended the own: Julia and Dana. Julia is Teacher’s Aide University of Maryland for completing her freshmen year By Dana Straub, Staff Writer E lsebeth Straub, teacher’s aide for the kindergarten class, loves to see the kids’ bright smiles in the morning. “I enjoyed homeschooling my own children in the early grades. When they went to VFKRRO,ZDVKDSS\WRÀQGDMRE where I could continue being with kids in an educational setting,” Mrs. Straub responded after being asked why she enjoyed Want a Voice? The Atholton Standard is looking for student artwork, SKRWRJUDSK\SRHWU\ÁDVKÀFWLRQRURSLQLRQDUWLFOHV7R submit, contact Mrs. Peeke or Ben Herzel and the staff will be happy to review your work. Here’s the deal: By submitting to The Atholton Standard, you may get your name put into a drawing to win a cool prize, besides getting your work published. Start getting creative! 5 of college at Andrews University, while Dana is a tenth grader at Atholton. Favor ite pastimes of Mrs. Straub’s Elsebeth Straub include reading, walking outside in nature, playing the piano, decorating, playing with the dog, and spending time with her family. Donna Hayden, Third G rade By Alcira Groomes, Staff Writer M rs. Donna Hayden is one of the newest teachers at Atholton this year. She is not only new to Atholton but also new to teaching. She is originally from New York, but she has lived on and off in the D.C. metropolitan area for quite some time. M r s . Donna Hayden Hayden is a former counselor. As a counselor, she did some substitute teaching and realized that she was interested in becoming a teacher and working with kids. When asked why she came to Atholton, she simply said, “Mrs. Peeke called me. She knew I was looking for a teaching position.” Besides teaching at Atholton, Mrs. Hayden likes to go shopping, read, and take time 6 for herself. Mrs. Hayden is not only a teacher here at Atholton; she is also an adjunct professor at Columbia Union College in the psychology department and the mother of four children. Mrs. Hayden has a master’s degree in Educational Psychology from Andrews University and a bachelor’s degree in Science in Psychology from Columbia Union College. Mrs. Hayden is not the only teacher in the family. Her husband is a Bible teacher at Takoma Academy and the youth pastor at the Community Praise Center. When asked how her experience has been at Atholton, she said, “So far it’s been a great learning experience.” We look forward to getting to know Mrs. Hayden more as the school year goes on. Mary Lynne Shaw, Teacher’s Aide By Joylyn Crews, Staff Writer “G ood morning,” Mrs. Shaw greets us at the door to the gym. Those of us who get dropped off at school early every day know that Mrs. Shaw is always there with a smile. Mrs. Shaw has been at Atholton for four years. This year she is working part time as a teacher’s aide in Mrs. BurJHVV·ÀUVWJUDGHFODVV6KHJHWV to school before any of the students and most of the staff to watch students before school begins, and she occasionally stays an hour after school to help with after school care when Mrs. Peeke is unavailable. Mrs. Shaw is a retired nurse. She was born in Michigan and moved to California to attend college. When she was 30 years old, she went to Brazil, where she operated Mary Lynne Shaw a clinic. She decided to work with kids “for a change of pace.” Her teaching philosophy is for all kids to realize their potential. In her free time she likes to knit, crochet, and read. She also loves being with her kitten. One of her main goals for this \HDULVWRKHOSWKHÀUVWJUDGHUV be more attentive. She loves the HQGOHVVHQHUJ\WKDWÀUVWJUDG ers have. Mrs. Shaw comments, “I wish I could have some of their energy!” Barbara Battle, Spanish I and II By Kathy Bearce, Staff Writer “M e encanta enseñar mis estudiantes!” In English that means, “I love to teach my students!” This is very true for Barbara Battle. Mrs. Battle, known as Señora B to her students, teaches Spanish I and II to grades 9 and 10 at Atholton. 0UV%DWWOHÀUVWVWDUWHGKHU teaching career at Gurrattsville Public School in Clinton, Maryland, where she taught Home Economics. She always wanted to travel to Spain, and she got her chance in conjunction with becoming a Spanish teacher. What she loves about teaching Spanish is that it not only What brand of pizza do you prefer in your hot lunches? Poll language with all who love Je- personal life from the example sus and want to “hablar Espa- Jesus gave. He says “teaching is all about connecting with ñol.” people” and he works to do just that. R andy Nomura Domino’s When he’s not teaching, Mr. By Ben Herzel, Student Editor (37%) Nomura enjoys graphic design, andy Nomura is a new desktop publishing, and any addition to our teaching sports, especially golf. staff this year. He is instructing This year Mr. Nomura P.E. for grades K-6 and 9-10, wants to learn the names of all as well as teaching Health 10, the students at Atholton, and Computers 10, and pre-algebra. he also has goals to help the Mr. Nomura has come to students improve their physiPizza Hut Atholton from Highland View cal skills and abilities. We can (63%) Academy, where he served as look forward to the experience Represents students in grades 7-10 the principal. He’s been teach- Randy Nomura will add to the ing in some capacity for 18 Atholton faculty as this year teaches a language but also in- years, which includes serving progresses. corporates life skills. It is now as principal at Turlock Advenher thirteenth year of teaching, tist School and HVA. Generally, and she still feels the same way. he teaches math, but he’s had This philosophy shows in one of the opportunity to teach every Sponsor her goals for this year. Her de- subject throughout his career. Beth Reynolds sire is to “instill a love for forBefore Mr. Nomura decided eign language and diversity.” to be a teacher, he worked in a Student Editor Mrs. Battle’s favorite thing variety of jobs, including secuBen Herzel about teaching is “watching rity, construction, and working kids grow intellectually, social- in a restaurant. He went back Staff Writers ly and spirito school while working in conKathy Bearce tually.” She struction and his adviser sugJoylyn Crews wants all her gested that he teach math. At Alcira Groomes kids to look at ÀUVWKHODXJKHGEXWKHVRRQ Addi Hudgins learning as “a warmed up to the idea, which Dana Straub life long chalturned into a lengthy career. Beilin Zia lenge.” Mrs. Mr. Nomura gained his bacheBattle offers a lor’s degree in math from CaliPhotography few words of fornia State University, and Ce’Mone Priestley advice for anyhe’s currently working toward one consider- Barbara Battle a master’s deSpecial R eporting ing teaching. gree in educaDavey Elliott She says that would-be teacher tion. must have a burden in his or her Mr. NoLayout and Design heart for others to grow. Caring mura says Ben Herzel is a big part of teaching. that “the best Who knows what language teacher was JeComic will be spoken in heaven?While sus.” He tries Joylyn Crews (Art) on Earth, Barbara Battle looks to model his Beilin Zia (Concept) forward to sharing her gift of Randy Nomura teaching and 7 R The Staff Editorial What It All Boils Down To is the reminder that the journey is just as im- By Beth Reynolds, Tenth Grade Homeroom Teacher portant as the destination. Ah, what a remind- The winter I was in third grade, my parents er for the middle of a school year! First quarter tapped our two big maple trees, and we made our grades may have been impressive or depressing, own maple syrup. My brother, David, and I had but either way they’re just checkpoints along a great dreams of the luxurious syrup we would en- far more important journey. Though they may MR\RQRXUPRUQLQJSDQFDNHV$VWKHÀUVWGURSV serve as more than mile markers—maybe turnof sap squeezed their way out of the trees, our ea- ing points, caution signs, or green lights—they JHUÀQJHUVZDLWHGWRFDWFKWKHOHDNV/LFNLQJRXU can’t tell the whole story. ÀQJHUVKRZHYHUZHZHUHVRUHO\GLVDSSRLQWHG Raw tree sap is nothing like maple syrup. They do not recount the navigational challenges overcome: the twists and turns, unmarked The funny thing is we should have known crossroads, smudged maps. They cannot describe that, since we had researched the entire syrup- the awesome scenery passed: the inviting mead- making process as part of an American history ows, grand mountain ranges, stunning hori- unit in our little home school. We had learned zon. They fail to differentiate between stops for about tapping the trees and collecting the sap, needed repairs and detours to amusement parks. ERLOLQJLWGRZQWRHYDSRUDWHWKHZDWHUDQGÀQDO - This is why the journey is just as important as ly enjoying the condensed syrup left over. But in the destination. Traveling companions pass the our studies, we had paid more attention to the same sights, but they don’t all experience the syrup than to the syrup-making process, and we same insights. They may get to the same place, KDGPLVVHGLWVVLJQLÀFDQFH but they each have different journeys. But, really, was the tree-tapping assignment Here at Atholton, the teachers and staff are all about getting maple syrup? We could have striving to help students gain as much as possible gotten that at the Apple Valley Market down the from their educational experiences. They know road. No, the store did not offer the most impor- that the best maple syrup is not always gotten tant items. Going to the store wouldn’t have dem- at the grocery store. Students should remember onstrated my parents’ willingness to spend time WKDWWKHMRXUQH\·VIDUIURPRYHUWKHÀUVWPLOH and effort on a project we would enjoy. Going to markers are passed, and the horizon stretches the store would not have made warm memories. out ahead. Students, don’t close your eyes; you What the assignment all boils down to today 8 don’t want to miss the maple syrup.
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