Column: Fostering A Positive Body Image

By: Havah Bernstein

During gym class, I walked out of the girls’ locker room with a friend who started insulting her body and commenting on how she looked in her outfit. Then, later that period, I listened closely while all of the girls changed out of their gym uniforms and into their regular outfits, and I noticed the negative comments filling the air: “I gained so much weight!” “I need to get fit!” Continue reading “Column: Fostering A Positive Body Image”

English State Exams: Spotlight on Sofia Frugiuele (6th Grade) and Ms. Langbein (6th Grade English Teacher)!

Sofia Frugiuele

Q: What do you think about the state test?
A: It is a test, which is annoying. It’s not really even about us, it is mostly about the city seeing how well the teachers are doing. All tests are annoying because when I’m under pressure, it’s hard for me to think. If I have the right amount of time and I’m in a normal classroom, I can actually think, like, “oh wait what did we just do?”

Q: What do you do to get ready for the state test?
A: I usually don’t study too hard because the Continue reading “English State Exams: Spotlight on Sofia Frugiuele (6th Grade) and Ms. Langbein (6th Grade English Teacher)!”

Math State Exams: Spotlight on Grace Abshire (7th Grade) and Ms. Scheide (6th Grade Math Teacher)!

Ms. Scheide:

Q: What should students do to get ready for the state test?
A: We’ve been preparing all year, so we don’t really put focus on the test, but the day of, and the day before, rest, good breakfast, and just a review of your sixth grade skills. I don’t think anybody’s going to have a problem.

Q: Do the tests really affect the students?
A: the seventh grade test scores are used sometimes to evaluate for high school acceptance. sixth grade test scores are sometimes Continue reading “Math State Exams: Spotlight on Grace Abshire (7th Grade) and Ms. Scheide (6th Grade Math Teacher)!”

Winning Isn’t Everything: MS JV Girls’ Basketball Season Ends

After every season, basketball players reflect on their accomplishment and struggles. This includes Clinton’s JV girls’ team. After a painful loss in the first playoff game against The Computer School, their season came to a disappointing end.

The team started off the season against Wagner Middle School. It didn’t end in their favor with a 32-4 loss. Even after this loss. The JV girls team didn’t give up. Continue reading “Winning Isn’t Everything: MS JV Girls’ Basketball Season Ends”

Upper Grades Students Danced the Night Away At Annual Dance

The first upper grades dance of the season was the theme “masquerade/under the stars.” On Friday, March 31st, soaking wet students made their way out of the pouring rain to get their tickets and masks and make their way into the gym. To prepare, a group of students on the dance committee decorated masks to give out at the door and hung festive lights and streamers in the downstairs gym. The gym was transformed into a dimly lit dance floor complete with an expansive snack table, photo booth, black and white balloons filled with LED lights, and a designated section near the stage for chilling. The only things missing were a DJ, a light fuse, and a working photo printer.

Many Clintonians have beentalking about how the closest thing to a Continue reading “Upper Grades Students Danced the Night Away At Annual Dance”

Women’s Month and the Feminism Club


Clinton’s feminism club dove into Women’s Month this March. The new club, organized by ninth grader Julia Turano, hosted an open mic during lunch in late March to get students to share poetry and stories by and for women.

William Rozario, a student in 10B, commented, “It was nice and also empowering to hear all of these positive things about women.”

A majority of the speakers were members of the feminism club. However, anyone was welcomed to speak.

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Clinton Students Attend Islanders Hockey Game

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On Thursday, December 16, some Clinton students and their families attended a hockey game at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the home of the New York Islanders. Organized by Mr. Levin, the event intended to bring Clinton families together in an environment outside of school.

The New York Islanders played a close game against the Chicago Blackhawks. Both teams fought hard until the final seconds of the 3rd period when the Islanders pulled their goalie, Jaroslav Halak, for a chance at one final scoring opportunity. The Blackhawks played strong defense in the game’s closing seconds and won with a score of 5-4, pushing the Islanders into a 4 game losing streak.

Roughly 20 students came to the game. Principal Levin and Carlos De Jesus, a Clinton faculty member, chaperoned the event. The final buzzer sounded signaling the end of the game at around 9:30pm.

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