Mrs. Jones is our new Special Ed/English teacher. She has been a teacher for less than a year. She has always loved reading and analyzing novels. She loves reading “famous people” books, like Seriously I’m Kidding by Ellen Degeneres and Bossypants by Tina Fey. Before becoming a teacher at Herkimer, Mrs. Jones went to HCCC for two years and went to Utica College for two and a half years. She says her college experience was different because she was a commuter. Mrs. Jones loves being back at Herkimer High School; she went here as a student herself. Mrs. Jones says she loves Herkimer and she “bleeds green.” When asked what her teaching has been like she said it is a learning curve and can be stressful. Mrs. Jones says she likes teaching high school kids because they are funny and she loves to laugh, and “little kids are gross.” On her free time Mrs. Jones likes to stay busy writing for the newspaper, waitressing at Salvatore’s and she recently got into the retail business. She also got married in May of 2016 and she has a four year old stepdaughter named Aubree.
Welcome, Mr. Sheldon!
One of our many new teachers this year is Mr. Sheldon. Mr. Sheldon is the ninth grade Social Studies teacher. He has been a teacher for fifteen years. Before working here at Herkimer High School he was a teacher at Notre Dame. He has always had a clear interest in history, since he was a child. Mr. Sheldon is not your typical ninth grade teacher. Before ever becoming a teacher, Mr. Sheldon was in the military. He was a tank officer. A tank officer is the guy in the top of the tank that commands a group of tanks. He started with commanding four tanks and ended with commanding sixteen tanks. He was a tank officer for sixteen years. He was in Iraq for one year. At the end of the day Mr. Sheldon has a wonderful family to go home to; a wife of fourteen years and two sons. He has a five year old named Brendan and a seven year old named Michael. On his free time Mr. Sheldon likes to exercise, read and watch Nascar. Mr. Sheldon says his time here at Herkimer has been very pleasing. The teachers and students are all very kind. When asked how he would describe his time at Herkimer so far he said, “I am very pleased and it is going great so far.”
By Emily Jackson
Ms. Richter is our new English 8 teacher here at Herkimer High School. On February 8th, I had a chance to interview her!
Carney: First off, welcome to Herkimer High school! Is this your first teaching job?
Richter: Thank you! Well, technically yes, but I have subbed at 3 different districts.
Carney: What schools were they?
Richter: Vestal, Union Endicott, and Lansing. They aren’t from around here but they are all in New York.
Carney: What differs from Herkimer and other schools so far?
Richter: It’s not that different honestly, a lot of kids move in and out of the building throughout the day and that’s something different.
Carney: Is this your first time teaching 8th grade?
Richter: No, I student taught with 8th graders and 9th graders, although 8th and 9th graders aren’t that much different from each other.
Carney: What inspired you to teach?
Richter: I like books, I like to read, and I love that I get to do that all day long. I always enjoyed English class throughout my years of school.
Carney: Did you always want to teach or were you passionate about another career path?
Richter: I always liked English and when I got to college, it was the only thing that stuck with me. It just made sense to me.
Carney: Where did you earn your degree?
Richter: Suny Oneonta, here in New York.
Carney: What’s your favorite thing about teaching?
Richter: Every day is different. You never know what is going to happen. Any student could surprise you at any time.
Carney: Was college the first time you thought about teaching?
Richter: Yes honestly. The first time was when I was a sophomore year in college. I didn’t take any of the classes until then and I liked it, so I stuck with it.
Carney: Lastly, what’s your opinion on the subject of English?
Richter: Well, obviously I like it! I wish everyone could spend more days reading. Just SSR day after day.
Welcome to Herkimer High School Ms. Richter!
By: Cassie Pontius
On Thursday, February 2nd Herkimer High School’s National Honor Society and Outdoors Club banded together to host a Red Cross Blood Drive. There was so much overwhelming support from students, faculty, and the community as a whole that some walk-in donors had to be turned away because there wasn’t enough Red Cross Staff and equipment to process all of them.
However, there is still a local blood shortage. If you wish to donate blood, then remember to sign up well in advance, bring a valid photo ID that includes a date of birth, and arrive on time fully hydrated with something packed with sugar to snack on afterwards. Also consider giving a double red blood cell donation instead of a normal whole blood donation. It takes almost twice as long, but double red blood cell donations are very useful and are in short supply.
Help save some lives by signing up at a Red Cross Blood Drive near you.
Monday, February 6th will be the first day of Spirit Week. The theme of the day is “ ‘Murica Monday”, so come decked out in red, white, and blue in full patriotic regalia. The wearer of the best outfit will receive a $5 Dunkin Donuts Gift Card. So go all out and have some fun!
By: Cassie Pontius
By: Cassie Pontius
From Monday, February 6th to Friday, February 10th spirit week will be in full swing at HHS. Each day has a different theme, so check the flier below to stay on top of which day is what. The best outfits for each theme will receive a $5 Dunkin Donuts gift card, so be sure to dress appropriately. We’ll keep you updated on who wins everyday with a reminder of the theme for tomorrow just in case. Also keep in mind that Friday is a half day. As a result, students will begin to be called down to the gym around 10 am for the pep rally and we will all be going home early. Except Student Council members who are setting up decorations. Get ready everybody, this is going to be a busy week!