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Retiring teachers reflect on their experiences at RCMS

At the end of the 2018-19 school year, several teachers at Rachel Carson Middle School will retire. These teachers are Mr. Alan Anderson, Mrs. Patricia Silverthorn, Mrs. Sheri Wallenstein, and Ms. Karen Bryant. “I enjoy working with the kids,” says Mr. Anderson, the Tech Ed teacher. He holds an engineering and business degree and worked…

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Tucker the therapy dog coming to RCMS in the new coming school year

Students will be getting a new addition next year when a therapy dog named Tucker will come to RCMS to help all.  Tucker is a 5-year-old golden retriever who will be here every once in a while to visit the students. He will help them relax and manage their emotions. “It’s really designed to help…

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Students and faculty look forward to summer movies

Many new movies are scheduled to release this summer, and Carson students and staff can’t wait to head to the theaters. The movie that students are looking forward to the most is “Spider-Man: Far From Home.” This summer, several movies are scheduled to release this summer, including recognizable titles such as “Toy Story 4,” “Godzilla,”…

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Students relieved to finish SOLs

Students feel a weight of pressure lifted off their shoulders after finishing the SOLs. “At first, it feels like you’re really pressured and scary, but after the first 30 minutes you kinda just forget that you’re taking the SOLs,” said seventh-grader Sara Posz. “And you know you’re just taking it for yourself not anybody else.”…

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Justice for all or for none?

Students on the Explorers team in Mrs. Roberta Washington’s eighth-grade English class determined in April whether or not justice was really served in prior cases in a Justice for All project based off the book “To Kill A Mockingbird.” Students think justice was not served and presented evidence that supported their opinion. They presented the…

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The mind of a teenager through social media

What is the actual point of social media, and how do teens use it at Rachel Carson Middle School? Kevin Systrom, co-founder of Instagram, says the main purpose for this app was to create a friendly platform where people can share pictures and videos with friends, families and the world. The main motive of this…

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YouTubers and Twitch streamers at RCMS

As entertainment platforms grow in popularity, some students from Rachel Carson Middle School have started to make videos or streams to post for others to watch. Twitch.tv and YouTube.com are social media platforms that allow you to share your own content live or from a recording to show to the entire internet. “Streaming is fun…

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 A look inside: RCMS’s ESOL students

RCMS twins Jerry Dunn and Kemberline Dunn came from Africa to learn, get a better education, and be with their parents. They came at different times; Jerry came in 2015 and Kemberline came in 2017. For both, communicating is not a difficult thing, and ESOL classes at Carson have helped. “Our common language is English,…

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Career day: in progress

On May 31, seventh-grade students will explore their interests and passions through Career Day at Rachel Carson Middle School.  Career Day is made to give students an outlook about jobs for their future, or as Mrs. Rhonda Jones Howard, Science teacher at RCMS, says, “For example, if you want to be a doctor and you’re…

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RCMS appreciates veterans

“The smoke covered the sky and our plane caught on fire,” Commander David Brown, a Navy serviceman told students in November at RCMS’s Veterans Day event. Brown graduated from the U.S. Naval academy, and served  for 22 years. He was one of the veterans who visited RCMS. On Nov. 12, Rachel Carson Middle School had the…

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From near and far

When she first arrived at Carson, now eighth-grader Wintana Tsegaye was nervous and scared, as most students were. However, the Dolphins student couldn’t read, write or speak English, so she became a part of the RCMS ESOL program. “I just wanted to learn English,” she said. Her journey has been long, and not necessarily easy,…

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Out in the trailers

The trailers are an outdoor addition to the school, allowing room for more classes for students to learn and broaden their mind. But every once and while, the location isn’t the most convenient. The trailers are located outside the main building near to the seventh-grade Champions pod, by the soccer fields. They are home to…

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