Monthly Archives: October 2014

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SPARTANS HAVE SPIRIT – Celebrating the FIRST Annual CKSS Spirit Week!

Sarah Mohiuddin
Staff Writer

Last week, from October 6th to October 10th, spirited students at Craig Kielburger participated in our first annual Spirit Week! The Spirit Days were as follows:

October 6th – Spartan Spirit Wear Day

October 7th – Jersey Day

October 8th – Classy Day

Octobeer 9th – Neon Day

Out of the entire week, “Classy Day” had the largest number of participants – everyone loves an excuse to dress up, there’s no arguing that! As well, the incentive for participation throughout the week was FREE CANDY, and who doesn’t want free candy?! These days were designed for students to collectively participate in a low-pressure, supportive activity to unite our population… and I think it was a huge success! Keep your eyes peeled for another Spirit Week Semester Two!

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Halloween Costume Do’s and Don’ts

Spartan Spectator Staff


Do dress appropriately

Do be creative

Do have fun

Do be comfortable

Do put in effort

Do make memories


Don’t dress up as another race

Don’t be offensive

Don’t use real weapons

Don’t dress up as your classmates or teachers

Don’t spend too much money

Hotte’s Halloween Hits

Michaela Hotte
Staff Writer

Halloween is just around the corner, and that means you can (and should!) watch all the horror movies your heart desires!  There are so many options though – where should you begin? Don’t you worry – Hotte’s Halloween Hits will help you to scare yourself silly! Here are five of my favourite movies – scary and not-so-scary – to watch this Halloween!

Buffy The Vampire Slayer (1992)

Directed by: Fran Rubel Kuzui

Written by: Joss Whedon

No Halloween movie list would be complete without a vampire film.  Most people know Buffy Summers as Sarah Michelle Gellar, but the movie version actually inspired the TV show. Buffy (Kristy Swanson) starts out as your average snobby cheerleader, but with the help of her trainer Merrick (Donald Sutherland), she becomes a vampire slaying machine.  It’s old, it’s cheesy, and it’s got a KILLER soundtrack!

The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

Directed by: Drew Goddard

Written by: Joss Whedon, Drew Goddard

Now, many of you may have written this movie off as “stupid,” but hear me out! The Cabin in the Woods has a plotline unlike any other horror movie – after all, sacrificing a group of youths to keep some ancient evil Gods from destroying the world is pretty original! The monsters are genuinely terrifying and include zombie rednecks, killer clowns, a kraken, and hundreds more!  It is guaranteed to make you want to sleep with the lights on! The main characters embody your basic horror movie stereotypes, too!  There’s the “jock,” the “scholar,” the “fool,” the “cheerleader,” and the “innocent,” and at least one of them knows that sticking together is key for survival in… THE CABIN IN THE WOODS!

Scream (1996)

Directed by: Wes Craven

Written by: Kevin Williamson

Scream is a classic horror movie. I mean, the mere thought of someone being a homicidal maniac who wants to kill you and blame your father is pretty terrifying in and of itself. As a kind of “twist,” the characters in this film are aware of the “rules” of being in a scary movie – which they end up breaking, anyway.  Sidney Prescott, played by Guelph’s own Neve Campbell, is the rule-breaking protagonist of this series, who also throws a mean right hook! If you haven’t already seen Scream, and don’t mind a lot of cheesy movie moments, then I suggest you marathon them all!

Halloweentown (1998)

Directed by: Duwayne Dunham

Written by: Paul BernBaum

Halloweentown has everything anyone could ever want: flying broomsticks, potion-making microwaves, and a town that celebrates Halloween every single day! Thirteen year-old Marnie Cromwell learns that she’s a witch, and follows her grandmother to Halloweentown so that she doesn’t lose her powers forever. Chaos ensues, but the Cromwell witches save the day, as always. Halloweentown is the first of an amazing trilogy, (if you don’t count the fourth, which features a new cast). If you haven’t seen them, you must have been living under a rock, and I suggest you go make some popcorn and watch them right now! Trust me, you won’t regret it. These movies are CLASSIC.

Hocus Pocus (1993)

Directed by: Kenny Ortega

Written by: David Kirschner, Mick Garris

Hocus Pocus is by far the best Halloween movie of all time, and I will stand by that statement until the very end. When Halloween-skeptic Matt Dennison moves to Salem, he unleashes the evil Sanderson sisters from their slumber, only to have them plan to take the lives of all the children in the town so they can stay young and beautiful forever. However, the spell that brought them back only keeps them alive until sunrise. The Sanderson sisters (Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler, and Kathy Najimy) are the funniest villains, and they even sing a mean musical number!  I have watched this movie over and over, and it is by far my favourite on the list. If you could only watch one of these movies, I seriously recommend Hocus Pocus! It’s a Disney movie – so you know it’s quality.

Enjoy! Just don’t blame me if you have nightmares…

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Donuts and Hollywood

Sam Hacking
Staff Writer

On February 2015 Arts and Comm. Tech students will be attending a trip to Los Angeles, California. The students partaking in the trip will be fundraising in the upcoming months in order to offset some of the cost of the trip. The first fundraiser will be this upcoming Thursday the 9th and they will be selling Krispy Crème donuts in the front hallway. The donuts will be $1 for one or $8 for a dozen. If you want to buy a donut for a good price stop by the L.A Krispy Crème table on Thursday!

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The Misadventures of the Dennings Campaign

A Creative Piece - By Matthew Taylor

George Dennings was running for Town Council in Ward 1, and he was – how should I put this – getting crucified. His opponent, Elizabeth Hernandez, had a lead of 21% in the last poll. George, of course, believed that he still had a chance to win, but with only two weeks left before the election, the chances were getting slimmer. In a last minute attempt to gain the lead, George fired his fourth campaign manager and brought in Paul Ramirez.

Paul was an inexperienced campaign manager at best, and an incompetent one at worst. In Paul’s opinion, the only way to get votes was through a debate, and so he scheduled one between Dennings and Hernandez on the fourteenth of October at a small community center.

The problem with Paul’s “genius” strategy of debating Hernandez was that Hernandez was a lawyer who was extremely eloquent in her speech. George was not either of those things.

The first question went to Hernandez, “What do you intend to do about improving community services?”

Hernandez answered in the allotted two minutes, and she impressed everyone in the room with her response. It was at this point that Paul began to think that the debate strategy might not have been the best one to choose. Paul was going to try to get George out of the debate somehow, when George was asked the same question. His response was as follows:

“Uh… I would do everything that my opponent said and more.”

Everything went downhill from there.

“What do you intend to do about curtailing crime in this town?” He was asked.

“Uh… a lot of things.” He replied, a bead of sweat travelling down his back.

“Care to mention any of them?” The moderator asked him, clearly frustrated.

“Not at the moment.” He answered.

Paul left the room to write his resignation letter when George replied, “Yes.” to the question, “Why do you want to be a town councilor?”

In the papers the next day, the debate was on the front page with the headline: “HERNANDEZ EVISCERATES DENNINGS.” And so, George hired his sixth campaign manager as he went down another four points in the polls. Whether George wins or loses, he’s still proving that anyone can run for office in a democratic society.

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Dear Chatty Kathy,

I’m a freshman and I’m really worried that I’m not going to make any new friends this year. I want to meet new people, do you have any tips?
– Friendly Freshman

Hi there FF,

Don’t worry about being concerned with making friends. A lot of your peers are going to be going through the exact thing right now. It’s scary starting at a new school, but things will be much easier for you if you just put yourself out there. You could join a club or a sports team! It’s much easier to make friends when you surround yourself with people of similar interests to you. CKSS has tons of extra-curricular activities available. Whether you’re artistic, athletic, academic, or anything in-between, you’ll be able to find something you’re interested in! Best of luck in your search for other friendly people like yourself!

XOXO, Chatty Kathy


Dear Chatty Kathy,

I’m only in the first month of my senior year and I’m already feeling too stressed to function. School itself isn’t overwhelming, it’s just that I have no idea what to do with my life. Seeing reminders about post-secondary is straight up nerve-wracking, Will I ever figure it out?

– Stressed Senior.

Dear Stressed,

To answer your question: YES, you WILL figure it out. Do you need to have it all figured out right now? NO! Most students in university don’t even know what they want to do. Is that cause for stress? Absolutely not. If you’re feeling stressed out – don’t worry, it happens to the best of us – just take a deep breath and remember to take each day as it comes. Focus on the present day and the current situation. For some practical advice, make sure you’re getting enough sleep at night and eating a balanced diet; it makes a WORLD of difference. Lastly, surround yourself with supportive people whom you can reach out to when you’re feeling overwhelmed. I can guarantee that it will all work out eventually.

– XOXO, Chatty Kathy

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Quidditch at CKSS?

Sam Hacking
Staff Writer

No, this isn’t some sort of practical joke being pulled by the senior class; there is in fact a Muggle Quidditch team starting at the school.

The first meeting was held Monday, September 18th on the side field. Here, students came out to learn about the sport and pick up permission forms. The team didn’t receive the turnout they were expecting, but due to the nature of the sport, the organizers weren’t that surprised!

The sport, which comes from the fictional book series “Harry Potter,” originally involved the players flying around on brooms and chasing bewitched balls. However, the sport has been adapted so that it can be played in real life. Many universities across Canada play this game, and it is now considered to be a real sport.

“I think people originally thought that the Quidditch team was a joke, and that’s why we didn’t have the turnout we expected,” said one of the students leading the team, “But I’m sure we will have a lot more people join the team once word gets around the school.”

If you are interested in joining the first ever CKSS Quidditch team, pick up a permission slip outside of the languages office. If you have any questions about the team, please contact Sarah Mackay, Sam Hacking, or Mme. Scott.

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A Dance to Remember

Sarah Mohiuddin
Staff Writer

On September 5th, 2014 at around 6:45 PM, a group of senior students donned their bright orange Link Crew shirts and gathered around the front parking lot of Craig Kielburger Secondary School. Why? To welcome CK’s grade nine students to their first high school dance, of course!

Preparations for the dance began hours before the doors actually opened. Several Link Crew Leaders decided to stay after school to help decorate the gymnasium in streamers, balloons, and posters, as well as to set up refreshment tables. Link Crew members wanted to do their best to make sure that the dance was a positive experience for everyone involved.

For most studsarah_linkcrew_I1_E2_P2ents, the transition to high school is an overwhelming one. Link Crew helps to minimize the stress and tension, easing the journey for most new students. With the first dance of the school year being solely for grade nines, as well as shorter than normal school dances –  the dance was from 7 to 9 PM – students were able to familiarize themselves with their peers within the first week of school. “The energy at the dance was electrifying,” says Rubani Gill, a member of Link Crew, “the atmosphere was just incredible. Everyone was having a good time – the grade nines, the Leaders, and even the teachers!”

To put it simply, many students did not want the night to end. Long after the lights turned on, a group of ninth grade students were reportedly seen dancing in the middle of the gym, reluctant to leave.

Overall, the Link Crew Dance was a fun filled night for everyone, and the goal of helping the ninth grade students acclimatize to the high school environment was well beyond achieved.

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Guidance News:

ATTENTION GRADE 12’s: Guidance has representatives from all of the Universities and Colleges in Ontario coming throughout September and October. Make sure you do not miss out! Guidance has posted the dates right outside the Student Services Office for your convenience. The time to think about next year is NOW. You can also always make an appointment with a Guidance Counselor to get more information and advice!


Business News:

The business students at Craig Kielburger Secondary School are involved in a massive group known all over North America, called “DECA.” These motivated students compete in their selected categories across the continent. Recently DECA held its own elections at CKSS, where students ran for the positions of President, Vice President, Accountant and Fundraiser.

Michaela Hotte
Staff Writer

On the 9th and 10th of September, Mrs. Cates and Ms. Burnett held auditions for this year’s comedic Junior Show, Get Smart. Usually students who audition for shows have to memorize and perform a monologue, but this time around the audition process was slightly more complicated. Some helpful seniors coached the juniors in warm-up activities and improv games, and they were even asked to perform a small snippet from the show. It proved to be a very effective way of changing things up, as rehearsals have already started and excitement is building!

Get Smart is a play adapted by Christopher Sergel from the hit 1960’s television series, which was originally created by Mel Brooks and Buck Henry. The plot centers around Maxwell Smart, the top analyst of a secret intelligence agency called ‘CONTROL’. Smart talks himself into handling two big cases: Guarding Professor Dante’s invention that would spell disaster if found in the wrong hands, and protecting Princess Ingrid from being the next victim in a series of kidnappings. It’s a full-length play, and full of slapstick comedy! Students in Grades 9 and 10 occupy most of the roles – it is the Junior Show, after all – but there are also students in Grade 11 and 12 who make appearances too!

If you’re looking for lots of laughs, then come and see Get Smart, right here in the CKSS Auditorium, on Friday, November 7th, and Saturday, November 8th!