STMS Yearbooks Are On Sale!


Get your copy of the 2014-15 Yearbook - The Roar- before they're gone. The cost is just $35 for a year full of memories.

Get your copy of the 2014-15 Yearbook – The Roar- before they’re gone. The cost is just $35 for a year full of memories.

Have you purchased your yearbook yet? If you haven’t it’s not too late. But hurry up, they are only a few copies left so you want to get them before they’re gone. The Roar is now on sale for $35. Students can see Mrs. Dantzler in Lab to purchase one. Cash, checks or money order is accepted. You may also order online. Checks must include a valid  driver’s license number and a phone number.

Tyler Eastwood, and 8th grader who is on the yearbook staff, said everyone should purchase a yearbook.  Mrs. Dantzler agrees. “A yearbook is a wonderful way to hold on to memories from throughout the school year. The yearbook staff worked very hard to put out an outstanding publication this year.” Eastwood said  he enjoyed being able to help publish this year’s yearbook. He said his favorite part of being  a part of the yearbook staff was “seeing everyone having fun while taking pictures.”





Second Photography Showcase Was A Success

Yasmine Jones, an 8th grade photography student, looks over images that she has displayed in the Snaptastic Wildcat Exposure photography exhibit.

Yasmine Jones, an 8th grade photography student, looks over images that she has displayed in the Snaptastic Wildcat Exposure photography exhibit.

Fifteen students in Mrs. Dantzler’s 2nd semester 8th grade photography class  recently showcased their work through a photography exhibition.  The exhibition  – Snaptastic Wildcat Exposure –  was held Tuesday, May 26th,  from 5:30pm-7:00pm in the gallery. This was the second photography exhibit to be ever held at the school. The showcase featured more than 80 images and will be displayed through the last day of school.

Yasmine Jones, one of the photographers who had worked featured, said she has enjoyed digital photography this year. “I got to experience a lot about taking pictures,” said Jones who added that she chose her best work for the show.

Kyiandrea Jones, another 8th grade photographer who had work featured, said it was a good show and she has really enjoyed the class. “It was a good class,” she said. “We got to experience a lot of different stuff.” Jones said she was proud of the work that she had displayed. “They were my best ones,” she added.

Mrs. Dantzler said the show was made possible through support the class received from the Arts Council of York County Small Grants Program, the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Costal Community Foundation, and the SC Arts Commission, which received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. “We also received additional support from Bill Blackston, our Lifetouch School Studios representative and Wal-Mart Dave Lyle location,” said Mrs. Dantzler.

The other featured photographers were: Jackson Chappell, Jordynn Dodson, Javon Feaster, Selena Hope, Dorian Jamison, Jadarius Kirkpatrick, Donovan McClinton, Jordan Peek, Ashton Price, Rodolfo Quintana, Jamaiya Roach, Tasjanay Roberts, and Dominique Robinson-Simuel.

Hottest Place in Town

It’s getting close to summer and temperatures are rising! Students are getting ready to be out and about in the world and their going to be looking for things to do. Maybe some will be at Carowinds all summer. Maybe some will stay inside with social media. Others will find themselves on Main Street.

“I’ll be where the magic happens. Downtown Rock Hill has the newest hotspot for the summer,” said Kimberly Adams, a 7th grade student. “The new fountain they built has brought a whole new feel to our community,” she continued.

The fountain is located between Main and White streets. The project was worked on for more than a year before construction began. The foutain opened in October of 2014. Comporium invested 9 million dollars in the 48,000-square-foot Fountain Park Place office building. The project included a 194-space parking deck which the city built for about $3.4 million dollars. Warren Norman, of the Warren Norman Co., said Fountain Park Place is about 60 percent leased.

Students have taken a liking the new attraction. Rock Hill citizens also seem to like the new fountain and the effects it’s had on our community. “Sense it’s been built I’ve already been about five times,” said Kimberly Adams. Visiting the fountain has also been enjoyable for Rock Hill citizens.  “I love that they finally did something with that old parking lot,” said Debra Robinson a Rock Hill resident. “There really wasn’t a reason for it to be there anymore,” Robinson added.  Sha’Keena Nelson agrees with Robinson. “The idea of building a fountain was a great idea because I like to take my boys out there to play,” Neslon, another Rock Hill resident, said. “It’s also an amazing background for taking photos of them,” she added.

Mrs. Dantzler, STMS photography teacher, and her husband pose for a photo at Fountain Park. She said they enjoy the new hot spot.

Mrs. Dantzler, STMS photography teacher, and her husband pose for a photo at Fountain Park. She said they enjoy the new hot spot.

Cheer Tryouts Are On The Way

Do you have what it takes to be a Wildcat Cheerleader? If so, the STMS cheer coaches want you to ‘BRING IT!’

A mandatory parent meeting for rising 7th and 8th graders interested in cheerleading will be Thursday, April 23rd at 5:30pm in the auditorium. Tryouts will be held: May 12th, 13th , and 14th from 4-5:30pm in the gym. All girls must have a physical dated after April 1st, 2015 to participate in tryouts.

Students are preparing themselves for the tryouts with high hopes of making the team.“I’ve been waiting all year for theses tryouts! I just know I’m going to make the team,” said Mckenzie McCorey.


Even former Lady Wildcats are prepping to earn their position back on the squad.

“Although I made the team once, it’s nothing for me to get cut from the squad next year,” said Alaysha Fewell, a 7th grader who was on this year’s squad. “I’ve been working real hard on my cheers and my attitude so that won’t happen to me.”

The girls from 8th grade that use to cheer seem to be pretty upset about leaving their middle school squad. “I’m going to miss these ladies,” said Carly Spikes, one of this year’s 8th grade cheer captains. “We’ve been through so much together and I just hate that I won’t be able to cheer with them again next year. I wish you girls the best of luck,” Spikes added.
Previous Lady Wildcats offered the following 5 tips that could help candidates during the days leading up to tryouts.

Grin and Bear It
A good cheerleader never stops smiling. She always has a great attitude no matter what. Coaches love to see a girl with a great attitude; this will give them a reason to want to put you on the team.

Blow Those Pipes
You absolutely cannot be a good cheerleader if you aren’t loud. A cheerleader’s greatest weapon is her voice.

• Be Confident
If you’re not going to show up with confidence, then you probably shouldn’t bother showing up at all. Cheerleaders are some of the most confident people in the school.

• Be Prepared
Know what you have to do and do it well.

• Practice, Practice, Practice!
Practice the routine you will have to perform for your tryout. Be sure to keep your movements stiff and your jumps and or flips flexible.

For more info regarding STMS cheer tryouts, contact Coach White at or Coach Dantzler at

The Flu Bug Is Still Hanging Around

flu bug3Even though spring has sprung, the flu is hanging around. Don’t think you’re off the hook yet, because the flu is still going around. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the timing of flu is very unpredictable and can vary in different parts of the country and from season to season. Flu activity can begin as early as October and continue to occur as late as May. “The flu is still going on and allergies are also a big problem now,” said Saluda Trail Middle School Nurse Bailey. “The flu is a bad virus, with two types, A type and B type,” she added. According to the South Carolina DHEC, some of the symptoms of the flu include a high fever (usually over 100 degrees), a cough or sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, headaches and body aches, chills, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Nurse Bailey says there are many ways to prevent the flu and Wildcats should continue to do so. One way is washing your hands. When you wash your hands, the water and soap will kill bacteria that could cause the flu. Another way is covering your mouth and nose. When you cover your mouth, it will keep the virus from going airborne. A third way is to get the flu vaccine. The flu can take a week or two to go away. Those contracting the flu, including Saluda Trail’s Home Arts teacher, said they felt horrible. “[The Symptoms] came on very fast,” said Mrs. East. “It [the flu] was bad; it was very painful,” she added.

Music & Art Departments present “Inscription of Hope”

emily elkins

This year’s concert is dedicated to Emily Elkins, a former Wildcat who died March 11th after a long battle with cancer.

The music and art departments at STMS will present “Inscription of Hope,” this year’s spring concert and art show on Thursday, April 30th at 7:30 p.m.

All three grade level choruses are set to perform. The Eighth Grade Singing Lady Wildcats will perform the three songs which recently earned them their superior rating at concert festival.

Mrs. Johnson said this year’s concert is dedicated to Emily Elkins, a former Wildcat who died March 11th after a long battle with cancer.

“Our concert is dedicated to Emily because of her connection to STMS, her love of music and singing, our love for her,” Johnson said. “Even though Emily was sick, she offered hope to others.”

Johnson said they will  be taking donations at the door for Emily’s House, and all money received will go to the building of the house in Emily’s memory.

This year’s art show, Art Attack, will also feature works from all three grade levels. The categories are  6th grade art, 7th grade art, and 8th grade art. There will also be a special category – A tribute to Emily Elkins.  For students who would like to enter the art show, there is a maximum of 2 entries per person and all entries are due April 28.  Winners will be announced at the chorus concert.  Students do not have to be in an art class to enter and prizes will be awarded, said Mrs. Copley the art teacher.

Mrs. Johnson said Emily served as a wonderful example to all.  “She brought so much hope to people,” Johnson said.








Wildcats Learn To Talk With Their Hands

TyKierra Montgomery, a 6th grade member of the club, signs the word mother.

TyKierra Montgomery, a 6th grade member of the club, signs the word mother.

Have you ever wanted to learn a new language? Ever thought about using your hands to talk instead of your mouth? Well here is your chance! Why not sign up for one of Saluda Trails’ newest clubs – The Sign Language Club?

All students and teachers are invited to come out on Wednesday mornings at 7:55 to learn American Sign Language or ASL. The club meets until 8:25 a.m. in room B110 on the 6th grade hall.

ASL is a way for Americans who are deaf to communicate with one another using their hands. Even people who are not deaf enjoy learning it.

Mrs. Macaulay, a district interpreter who works at Saluda Trail, started the club.

“I came up with the idea of starting the club because kids were watching me interpret for one of my students,” said Macaulay. “Teaching sign language is my passion, when I see kids on the hallways signing or talking to me in sign language I feel good, knowing that they are learning it and actually using it.”

Macaulay said she has had both teachers and students to show up for meetings and they are always eager to learn more.

The interpreter said while kids are waiting for the meetings to start, she asks them to go up the board and write words they would like to learn. One Wednesday they could be learning how to sign foods such as hamburgers or cheeseburgers, the next it could be learning how to sign simple phrases such as “How are you?” or “My name is ____, it’s nice to meet you.”

Macaulay said members have even signed the Pledge of Allegiance at the Student/Faculty basketball game. Each meeting holds something different.

“I enjoy learning sign language because it is like learning a new culture like Spanish,” said

. Montgomery said she didn’t know any sign language before she began coming to the meetings. “I heard about it, and I wanted to check it out,” Montgomery said.

Although Lucas McConnell, a 7th grader, isn’t part of the sign language club, he said he recognizes the importance of students learning the language.

McConnell, who is 13 years old, began signing when he was just 3 years old.  “I learned sign language involuntarily,” McConnell said.  “I had to learn it because my mom and dad are both deaf.”

Macaulay said the club is always opened to new members.

“We’re hoping that this will become an elective for students,” Macaulay added.


Sabrina Wilson, a 6th grader, signs I love you.

Sabrina Wilson, a 6th grader, signs I love you.

Faculty/Staff Earn Bragging Rights For 1 More Year

The streak remains unbroken. The faculty/staff once again were the victors in the annual Student Faculty Charity Basketball game. The record is now faculty 16, students 0.

The men versus the boys game was a blow out with 50-24 being the final score. The girl’s game, however, was a true nail bitter, as the faculty/staff won by just one point – 15-14.

The girls came in strong at the end of the game, but their efforts fell short when Coach Clark sank the game winning shot.

“It was unbelievable,” said Coach Clark. “I didn’t think it would be me, who took the game winning shot, but hey, I’m 52 and I’ve still got it.”

Coach Clark said she was so excited that she called her kids right after the game and proudly explained to them how she made the game winning shot.

Even before the game, Mr. Moton the 6th administrator and former coach bragged about the faculty/staff winning.

“There isn’t a chance that the student team will win this year,” Mr. Moton said a few days prior to the game. “We’re ready to add another win that would be 16-0.”

Thirty-two students got a chance to compete in the games in hopes of ending the faculty/staff’s unbroken winning streak. That, however, didn’t happen this year.

Even so, most were happy that they got a chance to show off their skills in front to the entire student body.

Raseac Myles, a 7th grader who was selected to play in the game, said he was “shaking and excited” when he learned he would get to play. “I felt lucky to be picked,” said Myles. “It was a good experience.”

Marquez Cherry, another 7th grader who played in the game said he felt “scared and nervous” before he stepped on the court.

“I kinda felt like we were going to lose,” Cherry said.

He felt that the boys might have a slight chance of winning since the girls only lost by one point.

The boys however we’re demolished by the men’s team.

Cherry said he took six shots, but only made one. “The first time I scored was my favorite part of the game,” he said.

For Gabriel Brakefield, playing was even more special. Proceeds from the faculty/student game will go towards “Emily’s House” – the future homeless shelter being built in memory of Brickfield’s sister Emily Elkins who died March 11, 2015 after a long battle with Cancer.

“I was honored to play for her,” Brakefield said.

STMS Artists

If you rode down the streets of Downtown Rock Hill, you might have seen some of the banners drawn by four Wildcats.  Joshua McClure, Cooper Lane, Raseac Myles, and Ally Ferguson, all 7th graders, entered designs for the Arts Council of York County Banner Project. According to the Arts Council, this project creates colorful lamppost banners, designed and painted by York County students, highlighting the imaginations and creativity of the youth across York County.

This was the 8th year of the project, and the theme was The Civil Rights Movement. All schools were open to enter this competition. Mrs. Copley, Saluda Trail’s art teacher, said all of the students in her art classes were eligible to enter this contest. “The judges looked for the idea behind the art and also how the art piece related to the theme,” said Copley.

Cooper Lane is a 7th grader whose art work was selected. “It feels good knowing that I did just enough to be one of the winners,” said Cooper. The young artist said the inspiration behind his work was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Joshua McClure was another 7th grade student whose art was chosen. His drawing was of Malcolm X, a social leader of the Civil Rights Movement. “I figured everyone would do somebody like Martin Luther King, Jr. or Rosa Parks so that’s why I decided to do Malcolm X,” McClure said.  “The hardest part about his drawing was drawing the face of Malcolm X.”

Raseac Myles was also proud to have his work selected. Myles’ art was a tribute to  The Friendship Nine.The Friendship Nine was a group of African American men who went to jail after staging a sit-in at a segregated McCrory’s lunch counter in Rock Hill, South Carolina in 1961. Myles said he loves drawing in his free time. “I started drawing from watching the cartoon Dora,” he said. “Drawing runs in the family.”

Ally Ferguson took a totally different approach to her project.  Instead of images, her entire project was full of words. Ferguson included words that are associated with Civil Rights. The banners were hung in Clover, Fort Mill, Tega Cay, Rock Hill, and York from February 20 – March 15, 2015.


Joshua McClure shows off his banner depicting Malcolm X.


Wildcats Gang Up For Good

IMG_0082Students and staff recently gathered near the cafeteria during their lunches to get their nails painted. It wasn’t like a full manicure or anything; it was just their pinkies being painted blue.

The nail painting was a part of Secret Deodorant’s anti-bullying campaign called Mean Stinks which encourages students worldwide to take a stand against bullying.

“I think it’s a very good thing that Saluda Trail is getting involved in something that can help us in such positive ways,” said Tia George, a 6th grader.

Others students said the Mean Stinks campaign has been beneficial to our school’s community.

“I’ve noticed people have changed their attitudes and become friendlier towards people they normally wouldn’t talk to,” said Ava Robinson who is in the 8th grade.

Although the Mean Stinks Campaign primarily targets girls, several boys and male staff also joined in on the action.

“My friends and I were excited to be able to get our nails painted to support anti-bullying,” said Ahmad Hall, a 7th grader. “After a while I noticed that we weren’t the only boys, other people including our male faculty had gotten theirs done too.”

Bullying doesn’t only affect the students who are being bullied; it can also affect the entire school community.

Ms. McAndrews, a 7th grade math teacher, said she doesn’t see lots of bullying at The Trail.

“I wouldn’t call what I see bullying, but I think that what I see could easily progress to a form of bullying if it happens more than it should,” McAndrews said.

Students were also encouraged to write positive words on a “Wall of Nice.”

Nice messages written on small cut out hearts now cover a bulletin board in the gallery near the teacher’s workroom. “You are amazing.” “You mean something to someone.” “You’re pretty.” “You are one of a kind.” “Be a leader, not a bystander.” These are just a few of the positive messages that were shared.

Saluda Trail guidance counselors hope to continue the movement.

“We are hoping to become more involved with Mean Stinks in the near future,” said Ms. Johnson, a 7th grade counselor. “We are also planning on having some up and coming activities related to the mean stinks campaign as soon as possible,” she said.


All About Solving The Cube

On Friday mornings a dozen kids can be found  hard at work  in Mrs. Graves’ IT Lab trying to solve  a twisty puzzle. The kids, a part of a fairly new club called the Rubik’s Cube Club, seem to be captivated by the colorful cube.

The Rubik’s cube was invented in the late 1974 and early 1975. It was invented by a Hungarian professor of Architecture Erno Rubik. The first world championship for the cube was on June 5th of 1982.  Now kids all over the world are now trying to solve this puzzle.

The Saluda Trail Middle School Rubik’s Cube Club meets on Friday mornings at 8:00am in Mrs. Graves IT Lab. She said  about 10-12 kids come on Fridays to solve the cube.

The cube solvers have also found a way to integrate art into this riveting activity. They have created at least two murals – one of a Christmas Tree that was on display in the community at Rock Hill’s  CristmasVille. Another was in honor of STMS Principal Brenda Campbell who is the SC Middle School Principal of the Year.

“I started the club because I felt it would be fun, educational, and challenging,” said Mrs. Graves who admits that she hasn’t quite solved the cube herself. She does, however, always enjoys introducing new kids to the Rubik’s Cube.

“I enjoy seeing the kids working together and learning without even knowing it,” Mrs. Graves added.

The technology teacher said is hoping to host a competition between schools to see who can solve the cube fastest. Mrs. Graves wants to see more kids trying to solve the cube. The club,

she said, is opened to students in all grades, whether you’ve never solved a cube before or not.

Mary Jane Myers, a 7th grader, said she enjoys the club.“It challenges me to solve the cube faster,” Myers said. Elizabeth “Liz” Howard, another 7th grader, said she also enjoys participating in the club. “I learned how to solve the cube from being in this club.”

Interested in learning more about how to solve the cube? Check out the site below.

‘Hairspray Jr.’ Musical Promises to Offer Big Hair and Big Fun

The fifties are out and the sixties are in!

Saluda Trail Middle School will be present its version of Hairspray Jr. this week.

Hairspray Jr., Saluda Trail’s 7th musical, will kick off with a district performance on March 24th and a school performance on March 25th. General public show times will be the evenings of March 26th -27th.  Tickets are $5.00 and can be purchased at the main office or at the door. All shows will be held in the auditorium of Saluda Trail Middle School.

“It is a lot of hard work, but it’s going to pay off and become an awesome play for others to enjoy,” said Zarionna Robinson, who plays one of the Citizens of Baltimore in the musical.

Mrs. Pam Johnson, co-director of the musical, agrees.

“We are excited about the show and look forward to our seventh musical,” Johnson said. “We have 33 students from all three grade levels in the cast.”

The actors and directors promise that this show will be one that will leave you in amazement! So, don’t delay, make plans today. Get ready to jump out of your seats and clap till your hands fall off for Hairspray Jr.

The show features this talented cast-

Tracy Turnblad– Gracen Mercer

Corny Collins– Riley Duran

Edna Turnblad– Deyman Mullis

Penny Pingleton– Emma Cavin

Velma Von Tussle– Sophie DiFrancesco

Amber Von Tussle– Sydney Westphal

Link Larkin– Joey Ehrenberg

Seaweed J. Stubbs– Ahmad Hall

Little Inez Stubbs– Katia George

Motormouth Maybelle– Jamaria Culp

Prudy Pingleton– Grace Caroline Bell

Wilbur Turnblad– Gavin Bennett

Council Member Brad and Male Guard– Steve Allen

Council Member Fender– Chris Wilkins Council Member Sketch– Alex Hayes

Council Member IQ– Colin Karhu

Council Member Tammy– Sarah Madden

Council Member Shelley– MacKenzie Campbell

Council Member Brenda– Mary Jane Myers

Council Member Lou Ann– Emily Rivera

Judine-Kyla Eloi (Dynamite) Kamilah– Gabby Heyward (Dynamite)

Shayna– Cadence Moore (Dynamite)

Principal, Gym Teacher, Matron– Maggie Hyatt

Lorraine– Morgan Canty

Gilbert– Jalon Mickle

Mr. Pinky– Arlo Wilks Cindy Watkins– Kyndall Cureton Beatnik Chick– Emma Westmoreland

Citizens of Baltimore- Morgan Canty, Zarionna Robinson, Zy’Asia Graham, Khynnedi Starnes and Jada Howze




We’ve Got Spirit!

This week STMS students get to have some added fun while showing their Wildcat Pride!

Sponsored by Student Council, there are some amazing fun-filled Spirit Week activities planned which will have the entire school roaring with pride.

“I like that fact that we get to dress down,” said Cesar Robles, a 7th grader.

Spirit week is a fun time when students and teachers get to show their school spirit by dressing down and participating in each day’s activities or theme.

On Monday, Robles and many other students and staff showed their school spirit by wearing crazy socks and hats.

“I really like the crazy hat and socks day because I have a lot of crazy socks,” said Robles.

The rest of this week’s activities consist of:
Tuesday- March 24th Wii Tournament

Although it is not a dress down day, students will be able to play video games in the gallery during their lunch times.

Wednesday- March 25th Twin Day Twin Day

This is a full dress down day where students can come dressed alike with two or more people. There will also be a three legged race outside during lunch.

Thursday- March 26th Throwback Thursday

This is not a dress down day, but during lunch students will be able to listen to old school music and learn old school dances.

Friday- March 27th Wildcat Pride Day

Students can wear any dress down shirt that represents STMS. You can also get your face painted for 50 cents during lunch. On Friday, STMS will host a school-wide pride rally with a Student vs. Faculty Game for entertainment.



Get Ready To Party

Get ready to hit that Whip and that NaeNae this Friday when Saluda Trail hosts its first dance of the school year from 4 to 6 p.m. in the gym. Sponsored by the Student Council, this year’s dance will be Mardi Gras themed!

“This year, we wanted to do something different,” said Mrs. White, advisor to the council. Over the last few years, the council would sponsor a Valentine’s themed dance. “We had several events going on in February and wanted to push the dance back to March,” Mrs. White added.

Tickets cost $4 and can be purchased before school or during each lunch. Students who purchase tickets will be allowed to wear a green or purple dress down shirt to school that day.

Keeping in tradition with this festive celebration, Mrs. White said beads will be given out upon arrival, and there will also some decorative masks at the dance. Students will also receive tickets to the photo booth, and there will be free refreshments such as cookies, cupcakes, chips, drinks, and candy. Students who would like to purchase pizza would need to bring $2.

DJ WildStylez will DJ the dance. A popular middle and high school DJ, some of the 8th graders might recall when he DJ at SaludaTrail’s Valentine’s Dance two years ago.

Sebeion Williams, a 7th grader, said he is looking forward to the dance. “I hope people will really dance this year,” he said. Sebeion, who also attended last year’s dance, said he enjoys going to the school dance. “I like hanging out with my friends, listening to music and taking pictures.”



A Show to Watch

This show is full of action, blood and gore, leaving viewers each week hungry for more.  AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” now in its 5th season, has become very popular with many Wildcats.

“The show is really cool and adventurous and teaches you how to survive the zombie apocalypse,” said Jordan Worthy, a 7th grader who is hooked on the series.

The show is based off of a comic book series also named “The Walking Dead.” Set in an environment where a deadly virus attacked the majority of the residents who are turned into “walkers,” the story follows a man named Rick Grimes and his very small group of survivors.

While viewers shouldn’t become too attached to a character because they never know when they might be zombified, Worthy said his favorite character is Daryl Dixon, a cross-bow wielding beast. “Daryl’s my favorite because he is tough and always knows what to do,” said Worthy.

Chris Caldwell , a fan who has watched the show since season one, said Daryl is also his favorite character.  “I like when he shoots those zombies in the head,” the 7th grader said.

Mr. Nesbit, a 7th grade social studies teacher, said he enjoys watching it because of the survival aspect, and not the zombies.

“I’m over the zombies,” said Mr. Nesbit. “If there really was a zombie apocalypse, the show deals with what you would have to deal with like who could you trust and how humans are dealing with humans.”

The Walking Dead’s fifth season kicked off in October. The final eight episodes will begin airing when it returns Feb. 8th.



Photography Students Excited About First Exhibition

“Oh Snap,” an exhibition of photography showcasing a collection of stunning images from Mrs.Dantzler’s 8th grade photography class, will be held Tuesday, January 13th, 2015  from 5:30pm-7:00pm in the STMS gallery. A reception will begin at 5:15pm.

“My students and I are extremely excited about our upcoming exhibition,” said Mrs.Dantzler. “These continuing digital photography students have been working hard this semester honing their skills, and this is a wonderful opportunity for them to showcase their talents.”

The exhibition will feature works by Christian Benson, Becca Craig, Isabella Dunn, Tyler Eastwood, Tanner Garris, Isaac Harvell, Jasmine Hicks, Peyton Massey, Mya McKinney, Khailiah Morrison, Cheyenne Nivens, Karian Petrovich, Sean Pratt, and Joseph Schram. Mrs. Dantzler said support for this project is being provided by the Arts Council of York County small grants program, the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of SC, and the SC Arts Commission, which received funding from National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support, she said, is being provided by Lifetouch school studios and their local representative, Bill Blackston. “None of this would ever be possible had it not been for the support we have received from them and our principal,” said Mrs. Dantzler.

Dantzler said her students have been working on various angles and techniques. Some of the things that they have focused this semester include still life, nature, forced perspective, lines and curves, portrait and monochrome. Some of the students have even modeled their images after many famous photographers including Aaron Siskind.

“I think it’s a good thing we’re doing because our parents and other people in our school don’t get to see the work we’re doing,” said Jasmine Hicks who enjoys taking nature photographs.

Christian Benson agreed. “I think it’s good  that we get to show off what we’ve been doing,” he said. “We’ve never had this before.”

Khailiah Morrison added, “I like that we get to show off our talents.”

Students in Mrs. Dantzler's Digital Photography Class are preparing for their upcoming Photography Exhibition.

Students in Mrs. Dantzler’s Digital Photography Class are preparing for their upcoming photography exhibition.



STMS 7th Grader Wins Bills Gear


And the winner is… Max Reid.

Reid, a 7th grade student, recently won  an authentic Buffalo Bills helmet autographed by former Clemson Wide-receiver Sammie Watkins, and Saluda Trail’s own Stephon Gilmore, who was a corner back for USC. During December, Saluda Trail Middle School sold tickets for $4 each for a chance to win the helmet and support a great cause.

Reid said he felt “awesome” when he won the helmet. “I bought three tickets,” he said.

Reid, who plays football for STMS,  said he doesn’t know what he is going to do with it.

All of the proceeds  from the ticket sales went to Dr. Marshall to help with her medical expenses.  Dr. Marshall is a 7th grade ELA teacher who teaches on Team 7-3 . She had a double organ transplant at the start of the school year. Dr. Marshall, who received a new kidney and pancreas at the Medical University of  South Carolina in Charleston, was out of the classroom for 9 weeks.  She had suffered from diabetes for 22 years.

Mr. Hamm said the idea for the drawing came from Gilmore’s youngest sister, Savannah who is also a  7th grader here at STMS. Mr. Hamm said they were able to get the helmet signed through Gilmore’s public relations person.


Hate Doing Math Homework? This App Could Save Your Life!

Is your math homework killing you? Well here’s the newest math app that could save your life!! Have you heard of the amazing new PhotoMath app? Pull out your smart phone; face your camera to your troubling math problem and bam… problem solved!

PhotoMath, also called a “smart camera calculator,” uses smartphone cameras to scan a photo of a math equation in a textbook and instantly displays the answer.

It is very similar to apps that scan barcodes and can help you solve arithmetic expressions, fractions and decimals, powers and roots, and even simple linear equations.

“It’s pretty cool,” said Mr. Denio, a 6th grade math teacher. “It could help solve easier equations.” Denio added, “It will get some of that simple stuff out of the way for teachers to have to reteach over and over again.”

Tydayla Miller, a 7th grade student said she likes the app. “It could help me with my math and classwork,” Miller said. Mallerie Huckeba agrees. “I would like to use this app in class because it’s cool,” she said. “There isn’t another math app I know of that helps me this much with math problems.”

So what are you waiting for? No need to stress out over math problems anymore. Go download this free app from the Apple or Windows Store. It should be available for Android devices later this year.



Hour of Code

What started out as a simple hobby has now become a main source of income and creative outlet for Daniel Strokis.

Strokis, who works at a Coca-Cola Bottling in Charlotte as an application developer, recently spoke to Saluda Trail students during the Hour of Code.

“Code has been hugely influential in my life,” said Strokis. “It’s what I use to solve problems every day, whether it’s automating some small process on my home computer or using it to architect an application to help keep track of thousands of customers.”

Strokis, who spoke about his job and what an application developer at Coke does, said he enjoyed talking the Wildcats. “I also talked about why I believe learning coding is important and how I got interested in coding,” he said.

Strokis said he actually didn’t get interested in coding until he was about 19 or 20 years old.“I was studying music at college and took an electronic music class,” he said. “We studied how to create simple computer programs to make music, and that was where my interest in coding really began.”

During Saluda Trail’s hour of code, students not only heard from Strokis and other professionals who code, but from fellow students as well.

“What I think is so great about the Hour of Code and other programs at STMS is that they expose students to code and computer science,” said Strokis who visited Mrs. Graves’ classes. “I think it’s very important that students get exposed to many different disciplines, whether it’s computer science, robotics, mathematics, history, etc. because you never know what might capture a student’s attention or imagination.”

Strokis said he doesn’t expect every student who participates in Hour of Code will write code every day, or go on to become the next Dennis Ritchie, a famous computer scientist who created the C programming language. “There’s definitely going to be someone who does participate in it and does get interested in code who might not have been shown how awesome coding is otherwise,” the app developer said. “I don’t mind if a student isn’t interested in coding, but I do think it’s important that they’re at least shown what coding is and what you can do with it.”



Lengel Lavishes New Assignment

teacher spotlight pngFrom Troops to Teaching. That’s just what Mrs. Lengel, one of the newest teachers at The Trail did. Lengel, is the science teacher on Team 7-3. Before moving into the classroom, she served in the Air Force. “I was on active duty for 5 years and in the active Reserve for 10 more years,”Lengel said. “When I separated from the military I was a Lieutenant Colonel.”

Lengel said she is relishing her new job assignment. “The transition into the classroom has been great and I am thoroughly enjoying it,” she said.

Lengel added that what she enjoys most about teaching is sharing her excitement for teaching with her students. Her advice to her students is, “Do your best every day.” Her motto is, “Attitude is everything.”

When Miss Lengel is not busy with school work, she enjoys reading and watching her girls, Madi and Lizi, dance in competitions.

Like the military, Lengel found that teaching takes hard work and dedication.

“The greatest misconception about teachers is that they work from 8:30 to 3:45,” Lengel said.


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