Authors Posts by Sam Hacking

Sam Hacking


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On Thursday May 21 2015, the annual coffee house graced the stage of CKSS’ cafetorium once again. Students, parents, and teachers showed up to watch amazing acts perform their hearts out in acts ranging from singing, dancing, story-telling, and more.

The show started at 6:30pm and kept everyone entertained with over two hours of talent. Throughout the night there was a variety of acts that expressed everything from heart wrenching emotional content, to silly jokes that kept everyone laughing. The two teacher MC’s, Ms. Burnett and Mrs. Bullard, kept everyone entertained with fun fill in the blank games as well as lots of jokes.

The musical acts of the night had a wide variety to impress with. People were singing, dancing, playing saminstruments, and even rapping that night. The talent was incredible with some people performing original pieces or taking an old song and making it unique to them.

On the other side of the creative spectrum the reading pieces were incredibly done this year. From poetry to prose, every single reader touched the hearts of those in the audience. The night featured pieces of all kinds. There were school projects touching on issues around the world, original creative writing pieces including new and old characters, as well as beautiful spoken word pieces.

At the intermission the group of bewildered audience members gathered in the school hallway to discuss the amazing performers they had already seen, and were still yet to be seen. Everyone sipped coffee and munched on delicious cookies and sandwiches provided by the generous food school here at CKSS. The delicious refreshments helped tie together an amazing night for everyone.

With full bellies and happy hearts everyone left the school with nothing but good things to say. It was an incredible turn out, both in audience and performers. The bravery of all the performers was outstanding as they shared their heart and soul on stage. Thank you to everyone who helped make the night so great including the staff members involved as well as the tech crew for making everyone bright and loud.

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Step right up ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls! Come on down to see R. P. McMurphy and the gang cause some mayhem in the ol’ asylum and ruffle a few of Nurse Ratched’s feathers. Thursday May 7th, Friday May 8th, and Saturday May 9th is the senior show! “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” will be flying across the stage at 7 PM, making you laugh, cry, and wonder. If you can’t make it, the buy-in will feature the first act of the play and is happening Wednesday May 6th. Come on down, grab a seat, and enjoy the show!

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This year’s March 14 marked another much anticipated Pi Day!

When kids are still in their early teenage years, struggling through middle school math classes, they are introduced to the idea of pi. Everyone learns the formula π=C/d, which means pi is equal to a circles circumference divided by its diameter. This is why pi is known as the circle constant. However, what if there is a better way? What if everyone has been deceived?

In 2010, Michael Hartl started Tau day to promote the idea of using Tau as the new circle constant. Essentially, Tau is just double pi, or 6.283. So, the question arises; what’s the point? Many mathematicians agree that Tau is actually much more useful when looking at its application in math due to the fact that typically we do not examine circles diameter but instead we look at their radius. When Tau is used in a circle equation it is represented as t=C/r which is a much more natural constant to work with. The point has also been brought up that many mathematical equations use 2π, also referred to as “double pi”, or Tau. Some equations that hold this mysterious “double pi” include the normal distribution, fourier transform, Cauchy’s integral formula, gauss-bonnet formula, and nth roots of unity. It isn’t necessary that you understand or even recognize all of these equations; the important part is that they all include 2π, which could easily be replaced with Tau.
In the words of Vi Hart, “You can have your Pi and eat it , […] but I’ll be making Tau and eating two.”

On Friday the 13th of February, thirty students and four teachers from CKSS risked the superstition and flew six hours all the way to the sunny city of Los Angeles. This group of cosmetology, comm. tech, and theatre students met up with their tour guide, a ‘surfer dude’ named Chris, and began a fun filled six days in California.

This trip included many exciting studio tours where the group got to see famous sets and buildings used in many movies and TV shows. Some of the highlights include seeing where they film The Big Bang Theory, Ellen, and Pretty Little Liars. Students and teachers alike were also thrilled to get a chance to explore the set used to film the “Central Perk” scenes from the famous television show Friends, and even get a chance to pose on the famous couch.

Other highlights from the trip include getting to see many famous landmarks. The group went on tours of locations such as the TCL Chinese Theatre where they took many photos of famous people’s stars and hand prints. On the second last day of the adventure everyone got to spend a full day at universal studios where they bought souvenirs, went on rides, and even danced in order to skip the line. Every day was ended off with a great dinner at some iconic restaurants such as the Hard Rock Café and El Coyote Café.

On the last day, when everyone was bummed out waiting for the airplane home, they ironically met one last famous person. A couple of the teachers on the trip spotted Craig Kielburger himself in the airport and they quickly realized he was going on the same plane back to Toronto as they were. Everyone gathered together for one last group picture with the schools namesake before boarding the plane and making the long journey back to the cold winter weather.

On Friday, December the 12th CKSS students of all ages set to the stage to participate in the “Starving Actors: Student Directed One Acts.”

Every year at the school students perform a few short one act plays for a night of theatrical entertainment. These plays are short – running about 10-20 minutes each, and feature many amazing student actors. The interesting thing about the one acts is that they are all directed by grade 12 students who have a passion for all things theatrical.

This year there were five plays each with cast sizes ranging from 3 to 8 people. The plays were directed by students Matthew Taylor, Jacqueline Stienstra, Sam Hacking, Sarah Mackay, Andrew Annis, Anastacia Pollack, Michaela Hotte, Kris G-M, and Savannah Meisenheimer, with help from Victoria Aramini. Most of the plays were found by the directors and adapted to be unique. However, directors Taylor and Hacking both chose to write their own plays to be performed.

Although these directors and their cast only had three and half weeks to block, memorize, practice, and perform their plays, the show went off without a hitch. All five plays were incredibly well done; the actors involved really pushed themselves and gave it their all in order to put on a great show.

Marsdin Davidson, a grade 12 student as CKSS, attended the One Act performances and thought they were very well done. “The show was really worth the money,” he said “They were like professional grade theatre performances done by our local students here at CKSS. Basically, they were really good and original; I would go see them again.” After the show, there was an overwhelming amount of praise from the audience towards the directors and actors.

Overall, the One Act performances were extremely well done. They left many people in the audience laughing and thinking about the witty one liners for a long time afterwards. The directors, actors, and all people involved with tech should be proud of the amazing show they put on, as they made it a great night.

On November 12th, students from both the grade 12 drama class and grade 10-12 musical theatre class went on a field trip to see the production of “Colours in the Storm” at Oakville Players Theatre. This musical tells the story of Tom Thomson, one of Canada’s most loved painters. Set in Algonquin Park, it discusses everything from his first years in the park, to the mystery of his sudden death.

The students were extremely excited to cheer on one of their favourite teachers, Mr. Turnbull, in his role of Mark Robinson; a park ranger who becomes one of Thomson’s few friends. They all agreed that both his acting and singing skills stole the show, making him one of the most memorable characters.

They were also amazed at the incredible sets they saw on stage. One scene in particular featured a moving canoe in which Tom Thomson and Mark Robinson (Mr. Turnbull’s character) sing a comedic song about the one (fish) that got away. The set also featured projections of the real Tom Thomson’s artwork, used to set the scene and create a backdrop to the play.

“Colours in the Storm” was a very interesting musical. It was unlike anything the students had seen, with very mature and important themes about Canadian history. It was a joy to see Mr. Turnbull perform in a setting outside of school and the students who were in the audience were proud of all the work that he and the rest of the cast put in.

Fright Night

Sam Hacking
Staff Writer

On Thursday, October the 30th, as the school bell rang and the school emptied, a change occurred at CKSS. The halls became a haunted Halloween wonderland; perfect for the dance that would be starting in just a few short hours.

The hallways and gym were given a very scary treatment by the decorating committee, led by Aneel Jagdeo and Jenna Dempster. With ghoulish ghosts and spooky skeleton lights setting the mood, all of the students who attended the dance felt an immediate Halloween spirit growing inside them. Many students were even heard saying that the decorations were their favourite part of the night.

The DJs Mark Stanley and Dale James had everyone dancing all night long to many hit songs. There were tons of top 40 dance mixes played as well as classic Halloween songs such as Thriller, Time Warp, and the Ghostbusters Theme. It was obvious that everyone had been dancing the night away, as most people were leaving the gym looking tired, but with smiles on their faces.

About halfway through the night the traditional Halloween costume contest took place with three categories. Jonathan Kirkwood won “Best Male Costume” with his incredible Jack Skellington costume complete with bat bowtie and skeleton face paint.  Mayuraah Rajasi stole the show with her incredible Princess Jasmine costume, which won her the title of “Best Female Costume” of the night. Finally, the “Best Couple Costume” went to Cathleen McRitchie and Blake Smith with their amazing Cosmo and Wanda costumes from the cartoon “Fairly Odd Parents”.

The Halloween dance was a fun night full of incredible costumes, great dancing, and lots of laughs. It was the perfect way to get into the Halloween spirit and an even better way to end the month of October.

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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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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.