2014 Archive

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As the month of March drew to a close, many teachers and students at CKSS celebrated the change of seasons by devising evil pranks to play on their unsuspecting friends. In fact, many regard April Fools as a sacred holiday that must be celebrated with a flurry of plastic-wrapped toilet seats, permanent marker on sleeping faces, and other miscellaneous schemes. However, while some enjoy this day of pranking immensely, others might argue that April Fools is a petty excuse for immaturity. Those who often find themselves victim to pranks often have a much lower appreciation for the occasion. In the spirit of April Fools, we decided to ask the students at CKSS: Are you usually the prankster, or the victim, and how do you feel about that?

 

73% said: “Prankster!”

“It’s all in good fun. I love April Fools.”

“It’s the perfect time to get back at the people I’ve been pretending to like all year! Best part is: there’s no consequences.”

“I’m definitely the pranker… ‘Cause I’m awesome…”

27% said: “Victim!”

“I’m really gullible so my friends like to screw with me. But like… whatever, I guess.”

“K, getting your face Sharpied is not fun. I hate April Fools.”

“Everyone tries to prank me but their pranks always suck.”

 

As it turns out, the majority of students at CKSS enjoy playing pranks on their friends, but (we hope) it’s all in good fun. It looks like this year we can expect to see plenty of toilet paper-wrapped cars and short-sheeted beds. Have a happy April Fools, and prank safely!

 

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Dear Chatty Kathy,

My boyfriend and I keep breaking up and getting back together. I really do like being with him but we fight all the time and break up and then we make up and get back together. I really don’t know what to do because I want to stay with him but I don’t know how much longer I can last if we keep breaking up. What should I do?

Sincerely, Love Me

 

Dear Love Me,

I’m really sorry to hear that you and your boyfriend are super on-and-off. It seems like you have a huge decision to make. You have to remember that at the end of the day, you are your own person, and you have to live with every decision you make. If you keep fighting with him, that doesn’t sound like a fun relationship. It seems like you’re just getting back together because it’s convenient, but it’s taking an emotional toll on you. You’ve gotta take care of yourself! If you think this boy is worth it then you’ve made up your mind. There are ups and downs in every relationship, but you have to decide whether those rough patches are really worth the good moments – the few good moments.


XOXO, Chatty Kathy

 

Dear Chatty Kathy,

My parents say I should get a job so I can start saving up money for university and other things I want. I would love to have my own money so I can stop asking for it, but I don’t think I will be able to handle it with my school work. What do you think?

Sincerely, Cashless Cory
Dear Cashless Cory,

I think it’s important to start honestly; it’s not your schoolwork that you’re worried about, it’s your free time. Between school, homework, and a part-time job, it may seem like you’ll be left with anytime to hang our with your friends or enjoy any time to yourself. However, unless you’re working over 30 hours a week, I can assure you that this is not true. You’ll have plenty of time to enjoy yourself as well as fulfilling your commitments, and a steady flow of cash on top of that!

If you plan on going to university, I would absolutely encourage you to apply for a part-time job and work as hard and as much as you can! Even if it does limit your free time (which it won’t unless you allow it to), then that’s still less for you later in life. It’s important to think about more than what’s best now, and to consider what effect getting a job would have on you when you finally go to university. For every hour you work, that’s less money you’ll have to worry about paying back later!

Overall, I would definitely say to go for it!

XOXO, Chatty Kathy

 

Dear Chatty Kathy,

I’m in grade 12 and midterms are coming out soon. I don’t think my marks are good enough to get into the university that I want but I am trying so hard, I don’t know what else to do. I need high marks to get into my program and I don’t know what I would do if I don’t get in. Help?


Sincerely, Scared Senior

 

Dear Scared Senior,

To put it bluntly, perhaps you need to consider reevaluating your goals and your decisions for next year. If you’re struggling with university-level courses, then how do you expect to complete university courses next year?

Sadly, deadlines for university and college applications have ended. However, there’s nothing stopping you from returning next year, working even harder, and applying to a program which is better suited for you. If you really want to take this program, you could always try reapplying next year after attempting to boost your mark.

Then again, who knows? Maybe you’re simply being too hard on yourself, and when midterms come around you’ll be happy with the marks that you received!

XOXO Chatty Kathy

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The Spartan boys wrestling team had an amazing season this year that showed dedication from all of their members. With the boys practicing after school almost every day, the team had many successes and made the Spartan name proud! They came second in GHAC against Bishop Ryan, but when OFSAA came around they managed to beat Bishop Ryan for the first place title!

The Spartans also brought home four medals from this year’s OFSAA tournament: Cole Michaelis with gold, Jake Michaelis and Colin Moffat with silver, and Cody Franke with bronze! Cole was able to beat his opponent with a score of 11-0, both Jake and Colin lost by only one point, and Cody was able to win against his opponent with a score of 9-4. Other CKSS wrestlers in the OFSAA contingent include Arthur Mrozek, Zahid Nemmuchwala, Suneel Rambharose, and Adam Rochon.

Mr. Vanellis and Mr. Crowe are very proud of the team and the hard work they put in this season. Check out the OFSAA banner and plaque in its display case and don’t forget to congratulate the boys on all that they accomplished. You did Craig Kielburger proud!

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Valentine’s Day: a time when couples compete for the title of “who-can-go-the-brokest-to-prove-their-love”, and a time where single people just can’t wait for their discounted chocolate the day after and roll around in all the money that they saved.

At CKSS, however, we offer a highly cost effective alternative. What is it, you may ask? Well, you probably experienced many students and teachers getting utterly embarrassed by them: the singing telegrams! On February 12th, thanks to some hard working, musically talented students, you could prove your love (or just your love of embarrassment) with a singing telegram, which were offered at a price of $2.50 for one or $4.00 for two. The songs that were sung to perfection were, “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran, and “More Than Words” by Extreme.

This was surely a worthwhile event, as $211 was profited and will now benefit our school’s music program. If you missed out this amazing Valentine’s Day opportunity, hopefully next year our talented musical students, conducted by Ms. Chow, will give us the pleasure of offering their services up once again!

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Dear Chatty Kathy,

I’m in the 9th grade and since I can’t get a job I don’t have a lot of money. I really want to do something special for my significant other since we’ve been dating for a while now. I still want to do something really memorable, do you have any advice?

-Romantic (Not) Rich

Hey RR,

I know it can be hard when you want to do something nice for your significant other but don’t have a lot of money, especially around the Valentines Day season. But that’s not to say you can’t do something really nice and memorable anyways! There are so many nice gifts that you can make that can be sweet or funny without spending a lot of money. You could try making a nice card with an inside joke in it, or make a photo collage of memories that you guys have together. You could plan a date night, and try making your partners favorite meal from scratch, or if the weather gets warmer you could have a picnic together. Don’t get too down on yourself about not having money, especially when you’re so young. You don’t need expensive gifts to woo someone, just try making something cute with meaning behind it and I’m they should love it!

XOXO

Chatty Kathy

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Grade 10s,

The writers on Spartan Spectator have all gone through the scary standardized test that is the literacy test. So we thought to ease your nerves and worries we would compile a list of tips to help you through it:

  • Don’t overwrite. If you spend too much time on one question you won’t have time for the rest.
  • If you’re stuck on something, move on and come back.
  • Pay attention throughout all of the prep sessions.
  • Don’t leave anything blank; try for everything!
  • Go over the reading twice to make sure you didn’t miss anything.
  • Pace yourself, don’t spend too much time on one section.
  • Don’t stress yourself out too much. It’s not that hard as long as you do what it tells you to do. 

We got through it and so will you. Don’t worry about it, it’s a piece of cake!

Sincerely,

Spartan Spectator Staff

 

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The Spartan Hockey team did amazingly well this year competing in two competitive tournaments: The 20th Annual London CCH Cup, where they made the finals but unfortunately lost 5-1 to St. Basil’s Saints from Sault St. Marie, and the 31st Invitational Burbear Tournament, where they overthrown in the semifinals by Philip Pocock Pirates from Mississauga. For the last five years, Spartan Hockey was in the Tier Two division but after the amazing games this year, they were able to make the prestigious Tier One Division. This awarded them an extended schedule of two games a week where they faced off against past winners of GHAC and OFSSA! In the end, they placed 11th out of 19 teams which deserves a round of applause.

The hockey team requires a lot of dedication from its players, as it runs from October to March. As well, the members were required to go off-site for games and practices which were quite a distance from the school.

There were still some rewards for all of this hard work and dedication that the team put in. When the team traveled to London for the CCH Cup they saw the London Knights compete against the Sault St. Marie Greyhounds at the OHL’s premier arena, The Budweiser Gardens. As well, in theOctober preseason, Spartan hockey players volunteered alongside NHL players Curtis Joseph, Martin Biron, and Marcel Dionne at the Hershey Center in Mississauga. The players helped the ‘big shots’ run a one day “skills camp” for the United Way and Boys and Girls clubs!hockeyy

It goes to show that the hockey team’s reputation preceded them at the tournaments, as they were recognised by players and spectators from the Kielburger name. Next year, the Spartan hockey team hopes to be involved with more fundraisers; possibly a teacher-student game or a high school invitational tournament to benefit Free the Children.

The team bonded and developed during the year and thrived in their games. They will miss their departing players off to college and university next year who led in scoring: the “Triple M” line of Ryan Murphy, Trevor Murphy, and Scott Meech. They had a mind-blowing, on-ice chemistry, where they would know where each other were on the ice at any given time. Additionally, there will be empty spots left by stalwart defenseman Dalton Sherman, who was a solid fixture on their blue line, and high-energy Chad Fugere, who could excel in any situation. Special honours go out to Josh McMillan and Gabe Baud, the two goalies, who showed their athleticism, poise under fire, and perseverance. The coaches have nothing but good things to report about the players in the program, and congratulate them on a great season!

Next year the team plans on at least three tournaments. As a bonus, the team is looking to see the Montreal Canadiens compete at the Bell Center while in Quebec, and they expect to enter the OTHS Invitational, Burlington Burbear, and possibly the Cabernet Cup tournaments in Toronto.

 

CCH Cup results:                                                                       31st Annual Burlington Burbear results:

GAME 1:  T  2-2  vs JP II                                                            GAME 1: L 3-2 vs West Ferris Trojans

GAME 2:  L  5-2   vs St. Basil’s                                                  GAME 2: W 5-3 vs St. Thomas Acquinas Saints

GAME 3:  W  7-1  vs Bissette                                                    GAME 3: W 6-3 vs Notre Dame Shamrocks

GAME 4:  W 7-4  vs Blyth                                                         GAME 4: L 6-3 vs Pocock

GAME 5:  L 5-1 vs St. Basil’s

 

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.

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Dear Chatty Kathy,

I’m so confused. I have this friend that I really like and I’ve been so nice to her for forever. I have been doing so much for her; like complimenting her even when she had a zit on her face and how I buy her lunch all the time. But then one time I tried to kiss her, and she turned me down. It’s so unfair! I always get friendzoned. Could you maybe give me some advice on how to break out of the friendzone?

Thanks,
Friendly Fedora

Hi FF!
I think you’re definitely correct when you say that you’re confused. So I’m going to try to clarify some things for you. Now I know this may come as a shock to you, but the “friendzone” does not exist. Being nice to a girl does not mean that she should, or will want to, date you. This girl does not owe you anything. The thing about the friendzone is that it would require you to be a friend, but if you’re going to be annoyed at this girl just because she won’t kiss/date you, then you’re not being a very good friend.

I want you to imagine something for me: imagine you are a girl who has just met this nice guy at school, he always makes you feel pretty, and buys you lunch sometimes. You really starts to trust this guy and consider him a good friend. Then all of a sudden he tries to kiss you when you have shown no signs that you are romantically interested in him. When you refuse he starts being rude to you and says that you friendzoned him, and doesn’t understand why won’t you date him when he’s such a good guy. You must feel pretty distraught to learn that your new friend wasn’t actually a friend at all, but was simply being nice to you because he wanted a kiss. Wouldn’t you feel pretty hurt?

My advice for you is pretty simple, decide where your priorities lie. If you really think that you can’t be friends with this girl without being romantically involved then I think it’s time to move on and not waste any more of her time. But if you actually do like this girl and value her as a person and a friend, then I would suggest trying to make the friendship work without expecting any romance to come from it.

XOXO
Chatty Kathy

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Like any newspaper, the Spartan Spectator cannot be expected to hit every news story, and in fact we focus solely on school related stories more than real world news. However, I found that many news stories were missed this February.

During the month of February, President Barack Obama requested that the Republican controlled Congress grant him the authorization to send American soldiers to confront ISIL. German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited both Canada and the United States to discuss the ongoing situation in Ukraine. Prime Minister Harper continued his push to pass anti-terror bill C-51 which has been described as creating a “secret police force,” by Minister of Parliament Elizabeth May. The Keystone XL pipeline was passed by Congress in the United States.

The question you may be asking is, “what do all these topics have to do with each other and why should I care?” All these stories are related in some way to Canada, all of them happened in February, all of them are incredibly important to this country, if not the world, and all of them were practically ignored by us, the people. On Google, not one of these stories was ever a search trend.

When Elizabeth May stood up in Parliament on February 2, and denounced a bill that infringes on all of our freedoms, what we cared about most were CP24 weather updates. In point of fact we cared more about the left shark from the Superbowl then we did about an elected representative defending us. When the leader of the German people was talking to our Prime Minister on February 9 about the future of the G-7, Ukraine, and Canada-Europe trade, we were more worried about Kickass Torrents being removed from the internet. On February 11, when Congress passed Keystone XL, House of Cards, a show about politics, was trending number six, but Keystone XL didn’t even trend according to Google.

I find myself reminded of Captain Ahab, “He piled upon the whale’s white hump, the sum of all the general rage and hate felt by his whole race.” I find myself facing off against the massive white whale that is modern day society. We used to care about the important things; we used to let ourselves do great things. Humanity used to at least try to do things because they were the right things to do; now we do it if it will give us the most up-votes on the internet or gain us the most celebrity status.

Fifty years ago on Parliament hill, Canada revealed the flag that would be our signature to the world: the red maple leaf which has gone on flying for fifty years. If we can’t find it in ourselves to care about the real issues that matter, then maybe that flag which represents the ideals of a country that was full of hope and ideas doesn’t deserve to fly anymore.

As said by television writer Aaron Sorkin, “The first step in solving any problem is recognizing there is one.” It’s time to start caring again.