Top 5 Movies of the Year

2015 was filled with heart-wrenching, action-filled, keep-you-on-the-edge-of-your-seat movies. While there was plenty of competition for the best film, these five flicks ranked as my favorites of the year. 1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In this action-packed movie set after the original films directed by George Lucas, JJ Abrams captures the return of many original characters, as well as the rise of two new heroes. Grossing over $1 billion in the first two weeks of the film being in theaters, Star Wars: The Force Awakens was a clear choice for number one. 2. The Martian. In the out of this world drama, Matt Damon … Continue reading Top 5 Movies of the Year

Festival enlightens

On Monday, November 23, Shorewood Intermediate School seventh graders traveled around the world during the World Festival of Cultures, a project that they had spent over a month preparing for – researching food, art, demographics and social issues in their chosen countries and showcasing their work through a wide array of mediums. “I think they gain their first exposure to a research project that is much more in-depth,” said Sarah Kopplin, SIS social studies teacher and World Festival of Cultures coordinator. “I think … they really get excited about having personal control over their work. They get to choose their … Continue reading Festival enlightens

The Martian sets prescedent for future outer space movies

When you think of movies about space travel, you probably would think of Ron Howard’s Apollo 13, starring Tom Hanks. I guarantee that will change with the release of Ridley Scott’s The Martian, starring Matt Damon. In this high-intensity movie, Mark Watney, played by Matt Damon, is part of the ARES missions to Mars and is left behind on the planet during a massive sand storm under the assumption that he is dead. He somehow manages to stay alive, but cannot contact NASA, so the rest of the world thinks he is dead. Watney immediately starts growing food and making … Continue reading The Martian sets prescedent for future outer space movies

Board member resigns

Rob Reinhoffer, president of the school board, will be resigning on October 1. “I’m thankful I had this opportunity and I’m honored to have served Shorewood and I’m really proud of the results we’ve had,” Reinhoffer said. Reinhoffer has been both a school member since 2010 and spent some time as the president. “I think everyone appreciates the time that he put in,” said Carolyn Curran, district parent and substitute teacher, “He’s been a dedicated public servant and done a lot for our community.” According to Shorewood’s new superintendent Bryan Davis, Reinhoffer does nothing but impressive work. “It’s really been … Continue reading Board member resigns