In early December, the temperature is starting to drop, the wind gusts up to 20 mph, and also we’ve seen the first of the season’s snow. For many people, winter is the worst time of the year. It’s cold and bitter and you have to deal with the snow. But for others, the best time of the year is January, with freezing temperatures, and at least a foot of snow.
Snowmobiling has become less existent in Hadley over the years. The Hadley Snowmobile Club is one of the smallest clubs in the whole Snowmobile Association of Massachusetts (SAM) and there hasn’t been an annual club ride for years.
A few years ago, we had a whole winter without any snow and a lot of people lost interest in snowmobiling. Last year, we got a good amount and had over 22in. from just one storm alone. The good conditions got a lot people out of the house and on to the trails. Still, our snowmobile club lacks people. The Snowmobile Association of Massachusetts represents the people of Massachusetts who are lawful riders and respect the land. The Association and its 9,000 members is broken up into clubs for each town. The Hadley Snowmobile Club holds meetings every first Wednesday of the month from October to March. At the meetings, the club makes decision on policy, bylaws, and budgets. Also you can find information on trail conditions and club announcements at the Hadley Snowmobile Club’s Page on the SAM website.
Snowmobiling is a great outdoor winter activity. It gets people outside to enjoy the snow. The snowmobile trails, when packed down, are used by all kinds of wildlife. They use the trails to travel from place to place because it is easier to walk on a packed trail than 14 inches of fresh powder. Also the snow covers the ground very well, so when snowmobile riders rip through the fields, they don’t tear up the farmers’ fields or people’s properties. Hopefully we get a lot of snow here in Western Mass and we encourage anyone with a snowmobile or anyone with interest in buying a snowmobile to get out on the trails and enjoy nature.
Are you in need of a new and fashionable way to transport your coffee to school? Well you are in luck! The class of 2017 is doing a mason jar fundraiser. If you are not familiar with mason jars, they are clear jars that are microwave and dishwasher safe. Not to mention they are a great way carry the beverage of your choice to and from school. The styles include…
Large (32 oz.)- $4
Small (16 0z.)- $3
Large with handle (32 oz.)- $5
Small with handle (16 oz.)- $4
To make the jars even more appealing and fashionable we are offering decorations for an additional cost. The options are as followed…
2$- Blackboard- We will stencil on a shape with chalkboard paint. You can then write directly onto the jar, reminding you what you are drinking.
$.25 a Word- Name/Personalized Message- You can personalize your cup with your name, a favorite quote, or initials. This is a great idea if you are running behind on your holiday gifts.
Free- Hopkins ‘H’- Last but not least you can get the famous Hopkins ‘H’ etched onto the glass or in white.
If you have any questions or are interested in purchasing one, please feel free to ask one of the 9th graders. This fundraiser is going on all year so they are perfect for any holiday or birthday in 2014!
After every quarter, Hopkins Academy has an honor roll breakfast. The idea being that if a student made honor roll, which is getting all B-’s or higher, then they get called down to the cafeteria in the middle of class. Then they get a muffin and beverage of their choice. Then they are usually treated to a speech by the principal. After about ten minutes or so they all return to class.
Now that synopsis sounds perfectly harmless. But there are many who argue that the way it’s being done leaves bad feelings among the student body. During the morning of honor roll breakfast, every single student is called down who made honor roll. Making it blatantly obvious the state of people’s grades. Those whose name had been called head down to the cafe. While the rest of students stay in their classrooms and wait for the return of their peers.
Since honor roll breakfast isolates students that hadn’t made honor roll it could easily be argued that it’s not a very supportive way of getting kids to improve their schoolwork. Honor roll breakfast was meant to just be a reward for those who made good grades. But, once you factor in the isolation of those who didn’t make honor roll and the comments sometimes made by teachers for those students left behind in classroom it’s a less than supportive, even embarrassing.
Perhaps a different system could be put in place. One that motivates the entire student body without leaving such bad feelings among other students. There must be a way to show appreciation to students who have managed to do well in the quarter, while still encouraging the rest of the student body to make honor roll. The goal of rewarding those who achieve honor roll should be to motivate students to strive for it. If that isn’t being accomplished then why do it at all?