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High School Class Sees Right Through Teacher’s ‘Work Period’

MOOSONEE: A grade 12 class at the local Moosonee high school finally figured out what it really meant when their teacher announced a “work period.”

“At first I just thought he was being nice and letting us have some extra time to work on our projects,” said grade 12 student Richard Hunter. “It wasn’t until he announced a work period when we didn't even have a project to work on that I got suspicious.” Hunter then conferred with his fellow classmates.
“Looking back at the calendar we were able to recall the work period days throughout the past semester,” said Troy Gray pointing out circled Mondays on a calendar. “Or, most especially, Tuesdays after long weekends!”

“It was then that we realized that [the teacher] just didn’t have anything prepared! He had nothin’ to teach!”

“Still, it’s fine by us and we’re happy to keep his secret. I know I won’t tell anyone.”

Some students pondered whether or not this discovery is connected to ‘play time’ they experienced in their primary grade…

Area Students Unimpressed with Comic Sans Font in Teacher Slideshow

MOOSONEE: In a surprising turn of events last Thursday, students at the local high school were not impressed with their English teacher’s use of the iconic font Comic Sans in a PowerPoint presentation.

Trying to increase her use of modern educational technology in the classroom, Mrs. Tod attempted to be cutting-edge and relevant by setting all the text in her slideshow to Comic Sans.

“When I finally got the projector working with the help of a student, I was really excited to show the students the new font,” said the veteran English teacher. Feeling puzzled by their lack of a reaction, she pointed out the change to her class. “Look, I even used that cool font to make it more fun.” She paused, smiled, blinked a few times, and watched for the students’ reaction.

Rather than the elation that Tod expected, many of the students audibly sighed, rolled their eyes, or smacked their palms against their faces.

“I don’t understand,” she later said in an exclusive interview with ‘High School B…

Student Keeps Hand Raised for Three Minutes

MOOSONEE: Last week in a local civics high school class, Erin Wabano accomplished an astounding feat as she kept her hand raised for the full three minutes of another student’s directionless anecdote about the election system in Canada.

During a class discussion about voting systems, Wabano wished to express her opinion with a comment she felt was insightful and was eager to share it. Despite furiously waving her arm back and forth to get her teacher’s attention, another student was selected to speak before her.

“I had a choice to make,” the grade ten student explained, “I could put my hand back down and risk the teacher selecting someone else before me again, or I could just keep it up.”

Her efforts did not go unnoticed. “I nodded to her to indicate that she could speak next,” reported her teacher, “but she still kept her hand up anyway. She’s just like that. It’s kind of an impressive feat when you think about it. You try holding your hand up that long. It was completely unnecess…

Area High School Student Drops Half of Sandwich

MOOSONEE: A corner in a hallway at Northern Lights Secondary School in Moosonee became the scene of a horrific disaster last Thursday afternoon. As Paul Whiskeychan navigated the turn, the top piece of bread from the sandwich he was carrying on a paper plate, fell to the floor making a faint splat noise.

Stunned, Whiskeychan looked down at the slice of whole-wheat bread laying mayonnaise-side down on the floor with a piece of lettuce protruding out the side. As he examined the site of the accident with disbelief, he held in his left hand the remains of his ham sandwich.

“Oh no,” said the grade 12 student who seemed to be considering his next step. Standing motionless for a moment with a bottle of water in his other hand, he said, “that’s terrible.”

Whiskeychan did his best to put a positive spin on a sad situation. “Oh well, I’ll just fold over the other piece of bread and eat it that way.”

The otherwise busy hallway was mostly empty at the time of the incident leaving few eyewitness…

Tie-Dye Lab Coat Fails to Motivate Students

MOOSONEE: Students at small high school in Northern Ontario are learning about the latest in science, participating in dynamic, hands-on labs, and are generally enjoying their science class with Mr. Marson. They are not, however, particularly motivated by his rainbow tie-dye coloured labcoat.

“I don’t really get it,” said one student as he gathered up his books from the lab counter at the end of class. “He’s a super-smart teacher, but that lab coat makes him look, kinda, I don’t know, not smart.”

Some have expressed concerns about the possible safety problems. “What if students are doing an experiment which involves open flames on a bunsen burner and then become hypnotized by the swirling rainbow colours of teacher’s lab coat?” asked one teacher who preferred to remain anonymous.

The heavily bearded science teacher explained that the tie dye lab coat was a gift from his science department head. “I think it was expensive, so I sort of feel an obligation to wear it once in awhile.”

When…

Student Fakes Locker Check

MOOSONEE: A local grade nine student accidentally walked past her classroom door last Thursday afternoon and then pretended to look for something in her locker to avoid the embarrassment of turning around on the spot and heading back.

High School students open and close their lockers countless times throughout the school day, but this student found a more creative use of the iconic storage space - it smoothed over a potentially awkward moment.

“I don’t normally forget where my classes are,” said the grade nine student who prefers to remain anonymous, “but this time my mind was elsewhere and I completely missed it. I walked straight past it!”

“There were a bunch of people still in the hall and I didn’t want to look like I forgot or was lost or something.” Looking down at the binder she was holding against her chest she admitted, “I just didn’t want to look dumb to the older kids.”

The false locker-checking consisted of a strong gaze inside the locker, the poking and adjusting of some it…

Student Solves Rocking Desk Problem with Sheet of Paper

MOOSONEE: A grade 10 student at a high school in Moosonee solved the age-old problem of an unbalanced school desk last Wednesday by using only a single sheet of lined paper.

Feeling irritated by the slight rocking back and forth of the desk he was working on, Andrew Hunter decided to take matters into his own hands and solve this school furniture malfunction once and for all. The root of the irritating problem was that one metal leg of the classic high school desk, with a slightly beige top, was shorter than the other three.

“I have no idea how they get that way,” said Andrew, “but it sure is annoying. Any little movement causes the desk to rock from one side to the other. It makes me want to lose it!”

He speculated that the problem could be solved by using some form of a wedge to fill in the gap between the floor and the short leg. Unfortunately, no suitable wedges were available to the student while in class.

The real insight came when Andrew realized that he could fashion an approp…