NHMS Student of the Month-January 2017
New Haven Middle School has named Chris Wilson the January Student of the Month. Chris is the son of Dennis and Sharon Wilson. Outside of school, Chris is involved with football, baseball, and PSR Religion classes. His hobbies include reading, building things (construction), and he enjoys playing pickup basketball games. After attending high school, Chris hopes to go to college, study medicine, and become a doctor.
NHHS Student of the Month-January 2017
New Haven High School has named Colter Wilson the January Student of the Month. Colter is the son of Dennis and Sharon Wilson. At NHHS, Colter manages volleyball, girls basketball and track. In his spare time he enjoys to do woodworking along with piddling around at the farm. Colter also serves as a volunteer firefighter for the New Haven-Berger Volunteer Fire Protection District. After high school, Colter plans to attend East Central College in Union, Mo. to get an associates degree in fire science and paramedic technology.
By: New Haven Middle School Journalism Staff
The New Haven Middle School Student Council is planning to raise money this month by selling "Sham-grams". Student council member Matthew Otten, who helped plan the project, commented that "it was pretty fun when we did it in elementary school." They will be selling Sham-grams on Friday, Feb. 10 and Monday, Feb. 13 in the cafeteria for 25 cents each. STUCO has chosen to donate their earnings to the New Haven and Arizona Care Centers.
Each Sham-gram will have a positive message and candy for the students. They will be delivered during lunch on Feb. 14th. STUCO hopes the fundraiser will help let its students at school and at the care centers know that others care about them!
6th Grade girls basketball team finished their season on a high note medaling in their last two tournaments at Owensville and Hermann. On January 28th, the 6th grade girls won Consolation at the Owensville Tournament. The team lost their opening round game to Steelville where they were down by 10 points in the 4th quarter and made a run at the end but came up short 22 to 25. In their second game they beat Owensville 41 to 14 to advance to the Consolation game where New Haven beat St. Clair 27 to 25.
On February 4th, the 6th Grade girls basketball team played Cuba in their opening round game at the Hermann tournament and came away with a 25 to 22 win. In their semifinal game they faced a very good Washington team and lost by a score of 35 to 15 sending New Haven to the 3rdplace game where they faced Montgomery County. Montgomery County beat New Haven earlier in December in the New Haven 6th Grade tournament. This time the New Haven girls were ready for Montgomery’s aggressive style and New Haven came out on top 33 to 25 taking home 3rd Place.
By: Lexie Nixon
This year NHHS has something new to offer students, which would be the pep squad. New Haven High School’s pep squad are the people who have attended every game to support our Shamrock teams.
The pep squad is something that anyone in our high school can join. It's also a great way to show support to NHHS sports teams.
Head of the pep squad, Emma Engelbrecht, was asked how effective she thinks the pep squad is, she responded, “ I always just wanted the fan sections to be louder and participate. We were always able to get lots of students at the games, but it was hard to get them to actually cheer. So I figured by making an organized group that is required to cheer, it brings more energy to the games and helps the cheerleaders a lot! I think it is very effective because if the fans are yelling and get into the game, the players do as well and there have already been several players who have said how much more fun it was to play with the student section behind you! I owe a lot of thanks to Mrs. Laune for helping me get it all organized and being such a great help with it all!”
Not only do these students show up to cheer on our NHHS Shamrocks, they also went the extra mile and made shirts. These shirts were available to everyone who joined the squad. The shirts are white, black, and green and have the quote “Love us or fear us, either way you're gonna hear us.”
Member of the pep squad, Liz Hughes, said, “Being a part of such a high-spirited group really makes me proud to call myself a Shamrock!”
Brooklyn Covington, player on the girls varsity team, always makes sure to be at the boys’ games to cheer New Haven’s teams on. She said, “I’m so glad we brought back the pep squad. I think it's a great way to support our NHHS Shamrocks!”
According to the students, it’s not just something the players look forward to. Taylor Oetterer, senior at NHHS, comments, “The pep squad is a great way to spread school spirit through the entire high school!”
Mr. Hoener, superintendent of New Haven High School, was asked what his views on the pep squad were, and he replied, “I am for any activity that increases student involvement in our school. I am excited that students took the initiative to create a new club and look forward to seeing it grow.”
The high school’s pep squad is something that has become a tradition and is sure to last. This is why New Haven High School is known for its “Tradition of Excellence”.
By: Mackenzie Wilson
The New Haven High School dodgeball tournament resumes this Friday, February 10th, at 2:25. It is for high school students and teachers. The dodgeball tournament is to donate money to Special Olympics. It is at the New Haven High School gymnasium. It costs $2 per person and you enter with a team. The dodgeball tournament will be a very fun and entertaining game to watch. Teachers will also be included in the fun and games.
Quilt Care and Repair Luncheon with Quilt Expert Hallye Bone at Ebenezer Stone Church Saturday, March 25 10am.
By:Cody Lamke and Middle School Journalism staff
On Monday, January 23, 2017 the New Haven Shamrocks played Union at the Union 8th grade tournament. The game ended in a 40-10 score with the win going to the Wildcats. David Miller and Logan Williams scored 4 points. Jacob Engelbrecht was the top scorer with 5 points.
On Wednesday, January 25, 2017 the New Haven Shamrocks played the Sullivan Eagles. The game ended in a score of 31-15 in favor of the Eagles. That game ended the Shamrocks’ season. Jacob Engelbrecht scored 5 points. Logan Williams and Andrew Lamke also scored 5 points each.
Spirit week wraps up at NHHS and students raise over $200 for Special Olympics of Missouri through annual dodgeball tournament.
By: Isaac Vedder and William Hellmann
New Haven 7th grade boys finished their season with a record of four wins and six losses with wins against South Callaway, St. Clair, Bland, and Hermann. They lost to Owensville, Montgomery, Pacific, Sullivan, Washington and Union. Players this season were William Hellman, Cody Lamke, Mitchell Meyer, Charlie Roth, Colin Steinbeck, Isaac Vedder, and Logan Williams.
To start the season they played Bland and won 36-14. With Isaac Vedder having 9 points, Charlie Roth with 8, Logan WIlliams with 6, Cody Lamke with 5, and William Hellmann and Mitchell Meyer both having 4 points. Isaac Vedder having his season high in points in this game.
Their next game was against South Callaway which they won 36-20, with Charlie Roth leading in scoring with 14 points, Logan Williams with 12, Isaac Vedder and Cody Lamke with 4, and Mitchell Meyer with 2.
For the third game of the season the Shamrocks played Owensville and lost 44-11. With Logan Williams scoring 6 and Charlie Roth scoring 5.
For the fourth home game in a row the Shamrocks played St. Clair and won 48-31. Logan Williams caught fire in this game with a whopping 28 of New Haven’s points, with Charlie Roth having 10, Mitchell Meyer with 4, and William Hellmann, Colin Steinback, and Isaac Vedder having 2 each.
For their first away game of the season the Shamrocks lost a heartbreaker against Montgomery 33-25. Logan Williams led in scoring with 12 points, Charlie Roth with 6, and Isaac Vedder with 5.
For their second away game of the season New Haven Shamrocks played Washington and lost 51-18, with Charlie Roth scoring 7, Logan WIlliams scoring 6, Mitchell Meyer and Cody Lamke with 2, and Isaac Vedder with 1.
The New Haven Shamrocks then played Sullivan and lost 37-14. Mitchell Meyer had 5 points, Logan William with 4 points, William Hellmann and Charlie Roth with 2 and Isaac Vedder with 1.
New Haven’s final home game against Pacific was lost in a close game that went down to the wire with a score of 25-22. Logan Williams had 13, Mitchell Meyer had 5, and William Hellmann had 4.
For New Haven's second to last game they beat Hermann 36-20 on Hermanns Pack the Gym night. Logan Williams scored 20 points, Mitchell Meyer had his season high of 12 points, and Isaac Vedder scored 2.
In their final game New Haven lost to Union 33-17 with Logan Williams scoring 8, Charlie Roth scoring 6, Mitchell scoring 2, and Isaac Vedder having 1.
In conclusion the New Haven 7th grade boys had a pretty good season. But next year they will be coming back firing on all cylinders.
To view a slideshow of players, visit: http://newhavenhigh.zenfolio.com/p814331486
By: Carter Moeckli and Colin Steinbeck
Last week and the week before students in NHMS and NHHS had a chance to join National Junior Honor Society or National Honor Society. Students are able to see if they qualify and are then given a chance to apply, sharing their interests and accomplishments on their applications. Teachers and staff members provide input on students who have shown the following:
From when National Honor Society started in 1929 and just 8 years later under the leadership of a principal called Dr. Edward Rynearson, the alpha chapter of his fifth avenue school grew to 1,000 chapters by 1930. The organization developed into one of the country’s leading educational groups. To go and make an account, or just to contact them for questions, go to their website called www.NJHS.com. This website works in all 50 states, and is not just all about honor roll, but is also about your involvement in school activities and community services.
(We got our information from the website above.)
By: Diana Ribera
Mrs. Schlafer is the American Government, Current Events, Health, and Geography teacher. She’s been teaching for forty-four years.
Mrs. Schlafer graduated from Southeast Missouri State in 1973. Her degree is a Bachelor of Science degree with a double major in history and sociology. She says she has always been fortunate enough to teach social studies and to be a secondary social studies teacher.
For fun, Mrs. Schlafer likes to read, garden, bake, go bowling with her husband, and bike. Her favorite movie is the Harry Potter movie series. She likes to watch The Big Bang Theory as well. One of her pet peeves is when a student borrows something but doesn't put it back in the right place when they return it.
When asked what inspired her to become a teacher, she responded, “I always enjoyed school, and my World History teacher was very interesting.”
Mrs. Schlafer next commented on why she wanted to work in New Haven and what her favorite thing about it is: “My husband was the elementary principal and we wanted to work in the same school district. The size of the school allows the teachers and students to interact on a one to one basis when they need help. I also am inspired by how the students strive to achieve good grades and to do the best in competitions.”
Mrs. Schlafer was questioned what she is passionate about, and she replied with, “I suppose teaching is my passion. I am in my 44th year of teaching, and I still enjoy every day because everyday is unique.”
“It has been amazing to see the changes in education through the years,” Mrs. Schlafer commented. “Technology has definitely made teaching different.”
Thank you, Mrs. Schlafer, for being a part of the Tradition of Excellence. We are proud to call you a Shamrock.
By: Celesse Smedley
With almost four months of high school left for the 2017 senior class, some classmates will choose the college life and some will choose the workforce. The following students were asked the same questions: Are you going to college? What college? Why did you chose it? And what advice would you give to younger classes?
Emma Eichelberger stated, “Yes, I will be attending ECC. I will be able to keep my job at Citizens Bank while using my A+ money for schooling.” As far as advice, Emma asserted, “I would say just know your likes and dislikes and go from there.”
Kim Hoffmann expressed, “I am going to college, to East Central College and then to Central Methodist University. I chose college because in order to be successful in my career I have to go to college.” Kim gave some advice also: “If college is going to help you with your career, then go to college! Don't waste your money just because you feel like you have to go. Only go if it will benefit you. Which for the most part, it will. Don't be afraid of the future. Embrace it and move on! While you may miss the past, you are about to start the next chapter in your life.”
Kate Weiser voiced, “Yes, Missouri State University. I would like to get away from New Haven and learn as much as I can independently.” Her advice to younger classes is, “Make a schedule of college visits and ask questions while you're there. If you don't have time for that, just do what you would do with anyone you want to know more about-- stalk them online. College social media sites are run by kids just a few years older than you and provide all the info you need to know. Also you do not need to go into college knowing exactly what you want from it. Freshman year of college you can pick classes you truly enjoy and maybe declare your path by the end of the year. About 20-50% of students now are undecided. So just breathe, and chase what your heart desires.”
By: LeeAnna Linton
This year’s homecoming candidates are Brooklyn Covington, Taylor Oetterer, Kate Ruediger, Kenzie Bauer, Olivia Williams, Julia McIntyre, Lauren Hoerstkamp and Morgan Branson.
The homecoming game will be Friday, February 3, against the Union Wildcats. The coronation will be in between the junior varsity and varsity games.
Brooklyn and Taylor are the senior homecoming candidates.
Brooklyn Covington is the daughter of John and Amy Covington. She will be escorted by senior Zachary Vedder. Brooklyn is involved in FBLA, FCA, Pep Squad, basketball, volleyball, and the St. Peter’s UCC youth group. Her hobbies include fishing, watching Netflix, and going on road trips with friends. Her future plan is to go to East Central College in the fall. According to Brooklyn, if she could be on any show, Brooklyn would be on “The Magic School Bus”, because Brooklyn and Ms. Frizzle both have frizzy hair.
Taylor Oetterer is the daughter of Mike and Jean Oetterer. She will be escorted by senior Mark Senecal. Taylor is involved in FBLA, FCCLA, FCA, NHS, band, volleyball, and St. Peter’s UCC youth group. Taylor also works at Save-A-Lot and is a coach for fifth grade volleyball. Her hobbies include volleyball, archery, and spending money on unnecessary things with her friends. Her future plan is to go to Missouri State University in the fall and major in psychology. According to Taylor, if she could travel anywhere in the world, she would go to Iceland to see the Northern Lights.
When asked if she wanted to be nominated, Taylor said, “I wasn’t excited at first, because I don’t do well in front of big crowds. Later on when I started planning to walk down on homecoming night, I got more excited. All the little details like makeup, shoes, and my dress made me less nervous.”
Kate and Kenzie are the junior candidates.
Kate Ruediger is the daughter of Rick and Pam Ruediger. She will be escorted by senior Justin Shockley. Kate is involved in volleyball, basketball, track, FBLA, NHS, FCA, STUCO, marching band auxiliary, and Pep Squad. Her hobbies include binge-watching Friday Night Lights, playing sports, and going on road trips. Her future plan is to attend college and major in accounting. According to Kate, the song that best describes Kate is “May We All” by Florida Georgia Line.
Kenzie Bauer is the daughter of Pat and Leanne Bauer. She will be escorted by junior Abe Madden. Kenzie is involved in the junior class as the class secretary, NHS secretary, FCCLA treasurer, and FCA treasurer. She is also involved in FBLA, STUCO, marching band auxiliary, volleyball, basketball, and track. Her hobbies include fishing, going on long road trips with her friends, and eating ice cream. Her future plan is to go to University of Alabama to double major in education and business. According to Kenzie, if she could travel anywhere in the world, she would go to Bora Bora for the gorgeous beaches, warm weather, and 24/7 ice cream bar.
Olivia and Julia are the sophomore candidates.
Olivia is the daughter of Kyle and Tiffany Williams. She will be escorted by sophomore Martin Lewis. Olivia is involved in basketball, softball, FCCLA, FBLA, FCA, Pep Squad, and St. Peter’s UCC youth group. Her hobbies include listening to music (mostly Rascal Flatts), watching The Office on Netflix, and driving around with her friends. Her future plans are to go to Mississippi State University for a vet tech degree, then come back to Mizzou for a veterinarian degree, then travel the world. According to Olivia, if she could be in any show, she would be in Friends because it is her favorite show and would be fun to have Phoebe as a best friend.
When asked how she felt about being nominated, Olivia pronounced, “I am excited and nervous! I am feeling some mixed emotions, but happy to be representing my sophomore class.”
Julia is the daughter of Dan and Jenny McIntyre. She will be escorted by sophomore Ethan Groner. Julia is involved in cross country, track, scholar bowl, FBLA, FCA, and the St. Peter’s UCC youth group. Her hobbies include running, reading, and ping pong. Her future pan is to attend college and become a physicist. According to Julia, if she could travel anywhere in the world, she would go the Great Barrier Reef to go scuba diving.
Lauren and Morgan are the freshmen candidates.
Lauren is the daughter of Jeff and Elisha Hoerstkamp. She is involved in FBLA, FCCLA, FCA, STUCO, volleyball, track, and and the Trinity Lutheran youth group. Her hobbies include volleyball and hanging out with friends. Her future plan is to go to college, but she is undecided where to go and what to major in. According to Lauren, the song that best describes Lauren is “Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison.
Morgan is the daughter of Gerald and Jackie Branson. Morgan is involved in track, volleyball, STUCO, FBLA, FCCLA, FCA, and the St. Peter’s UCC youth group. Her hobbies include hanging out with friends, volleyball, and playing 8 Ball Pool. Her future plan is to go to college, but she is undecided right now on where to go. According to Morgan, if she could travel anywhere in the world, she would go to China.
When asked about what she was most excited for on homecoming night, Morgan stated, “I am excited to watch the boys in their basketball game, and to hang out with my friends at the dance.”
Good luck, ladies!
By: Abbey Grater
At 11:30 A.M. on January 20th, 2017, Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th president in Washington D.C. He then attended a parade and three inaugural balls. Both the Liberty and Freedom balls took place at the Washington Convention Center. The third ball was held at the National Building Museum, called the “Salute To Our Armed Services” Ball.
Here are some of our fellow citizens' thoughts on how they think the inauguration went on January 20th.
Emily Lewis said, “I think the inauguration is a great tradition that is being upheld. Every four years, the same ceremony is performed no matter who the president is. It`s a great way to establish a peaceful transfer of power. My favorite part is the newly elected president's inauguration speech.”
Mr. Tucker commented, “I think it demonstrates how deeply divided the nation is at this time.”
Senior Celesse Smedley commented, “All the candidates for this time around, I didn't personally like and would have rather moved into a different country.”
Slightly more positive were Ms. McCroskey’s thoughts on the inauguration: “Though there are some real divisions in the country right now, I thought the presence of many of Trump's opponents at the inauguration was a step in the right direction. Whether we like him or not, it's important to support our new leader, so I appreciated the support these few showed Trump that day.”
Mrs. Schlafer’s thoughts were similar to Ms. McCroskey’s: “Every American should be excited about Inauguration Day. It is part of the democratic process that has made the United States unique. When the U.S. chose to be a democracy, we were an ‘experiment’ because no other country had tried it for an entire country. The world expected us to fail. Could a country really switch from one leader to the other without a civil war?”
She continued by saying, “No matter what candidate a person voted for in the November election, they should be proud of our country`s ability to accept the idea of ‘majority rule with minority rights. Inauguration Day is so special because it is a rare occasion when past leaders and present leaders from both political parties come to celebrate our democracy. It is a day of hope that our country will be united for the good of all.”
By: Lucy Roth
Austin Moeckli, a junior at New Haven High School, has recently been named the Missouri River Relief Student of the Year for 2016.
Austin describes, “In order to be named this award, I had to get involved with their activities, and show my hard work, passion, character, interest, and learning ability in these activities.”
Missouri River Relief, or MRR, is a non-for-profit organization that hosts river clean-ups for all Missouri rivers, river education events, and stewardship activities. Their administration is primarily made up of volunteers committed to protecting and preserving the state’s rivers. MRR hosted a Missouri River clean-up in New Haven in April 2016, where a total of 7.2 tons of trash were removed from the floodplain.
Austin comments about MRR with, “I first heard about Missouri River Relief a couple of years ago, but it was just this last summer that I participated in their events. I’ve participated with them in Missouri River clean-ups, the Missouri River Academy, canoe trips, and a few of their education programs. I do plan to participate in more MRR events. What I like most about the organization is that we are always outside exploring new things and trying to keep our planet and everything in it at its best.”
Moeckli is involved in basketball, track & field, cross country, NRCE at Earth’s Classroom, his church youth group, and a few more environmental groups. He enjoys hunting, fishing, exploring, and watching movies. He has one older sister, Julie, along with a few half siblings. He likes to read books by Mark Twain, and his favorite movie is Bambi. His favorite subject is science, and his least favorite is math. Austin has won perfect attendance and sports awards. He works for Gleeson’s Landscaping where he mows lawns, shovels snow, and does other handyman jobs. His biggest goals are to complete high school, be as involved as he can, go to college, earn money, beat the Discus record, and get his name out to people.
“After high school, I want to be a wildlife biologist. This job would let me explore the world, examine and help plants and animals, conserve the Earth, and learn even more about the world around me. All of these things I love and am interested in,” Austin comments. “I’m most proud of how I’ve built myself up into the person I want to be. I’m also proud that so many people tell me how unique and awesome I am. People usually describe me as hard-working, mature, and intelligent.”
“I may seem like a rock, but once you really get to know me, you will see how caring, passionate, and funny I can be. I’m like an onion. There are many layers to who I am.”
Congratulations, Austin, on the award! New Haven High is very proud of you.
By: Mackenzie Wilson and Emma Brez
The New Haven Middle School December student of the month is Madison Langenberg. Madison is the daughter of Tracy and Sandra Langenberg. She has two sisters, Brenna and Avery. Madison performs in the Shamrock Marching band and belongs to the National Junior Honor Society. She enjoys playing softball, basketball, and participating in track.
When she is not in school, Madison enjoys riding horses, fishing, hunting, running, reading, baking, and photography. In school Madison enjoys math. Madison has 3 pets: 2 dogs, and 1 cat. Her favorite color is teal and her favorite food is chocolate. After high school, Madison plans to attend the University of Missouri and major in Veterinary Medicine.
By: Jake Wilson
Wellsville just could not stop Lauren Gerlemann as she led New Haven to a 49-27 home victory last Friday, January 20th. Gerlemann has had a good season thus far, averaging 14.8 points per game and 6.8 rebounds per game.
Gerlemann led the way in scoring with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Fellow junior Emily Scheer followed with 15 points, and Emma Engelbrecht with 11.
Commenting on the game, Coach Doug Peirick stated, “We were not very focused to start off. As the game got going we finally settled in, got a little better at what we needed to do, and we were able to pull it out.”
Gerlemann also commented, “I felt we played pretty good considering that we had already played 3 games that week. We were all pretty tired, but we still had things going for us and we were able to pull it off.”
The Shamrocks’ record currently stands at 13 wins and 5 losses. After the conclusion of the Hermann tournament this week, they will play Monday at home against Chamois.
By: Ethan Groner
Last Friday, January 20th, the New Haven Shamrocks played the Wellsville Tigers at home and lost 71-54. The Rocks made a late comeback at the end of the 2nd and beginning of the 3rd quarter, but foul trouble and free throws kept the Tigers at an edge. However, New Haven outscored them in the 2nd-- 23-22.
Senior Justin Shockley and junior John Fleer led the Shamrocks in scoring with 15 points a piece. Shockley also had an assist, a steal, and 9 rebounds-- a game-high. Sophomore Ethan Groner came off the bench for 9 points and 2 assists, while hitting the Rocks’ only three-pointer of the night.
Sophomore Martin Lewis led in assists with 7, while also scoring 4 points. Junior Abe Madden also contributed with 4 points, 2 assists, 2 rebounds, and 1 steal.
Junior Abe Madden quoted a famous Will Ferrell comedy by commenting, “If you ain’t first, you're last. Right now we’re not playing like we’re first.”
Senior Zack Vedder also stated, “We played a hard-fought game. However, they got too many open looks at the three-point line and in the end, it killed us. We’re better than this.”
Team manager Andrew Rolfing also quoted, “I’ve seen our boys pick up really good wins. We just need to get into our head that we can do so every night and we’ll be just fine.”
The Shamrocks began tournament play at the Hermann Middle School on Tuesday, January 24th. They had a rematch against the Montgomery County Wildcats and lost 82-56. In the next round, they lost a heartbreaker to the Wright City Wildcats 47-44. It was a one-point game, but the Wildcats hit a shot at the buzzer. The Rocks will now play Saturday against the St. Louis Blue Knights for 7th Place.
By: Diana Ribera
Katie Ann Borcherding teaches many classes in the New Haven High School, such as 7-12 Art, Graphic Design, Multimedia, Intro to Art, Middle School Art, TV/ Studio, Communication Arts, Drawing/ Painting, Yearbook, and Sculpture/Pottery. She’s the adviser for Student Council and manages the Shamrock Garden.
This year, Mrs. Borcherding has worked with her students and the community to create Santa at the Caboose and a new mural for the Visitor’s Center. She also chairs in Prom and the Balloon Race parade.
Mrs. Borcherding is one out of four children. She has two sisters-- Amy, who is five years older than her, and Emily, who is one year younger than her-- and her brother John is three years younger.
Mrs. Borcherding explained her college and studies by saying, “I graduated from Stephens College in Columbia, MO, in May 2004 with a BFA in Fashion Design and Product Development. I studied abroad two semesters during college. Once in London at London College of Fashion (I studied Millinery, Corsetry, and frames, meaning bustles). I studied abroad the second time in Paris and studied Millinery and Art History. I earned my Masters in Administration from Lindenwood in 2010. I do not have a traditional education degree. Instead, I went through ABCTE to receive my education certification. I am also certified to teach high school history.”
Mrs. Borcherding has two children, Josephine, who is 3 years and two months old, and Frederick, who is 16 months. She loves spending every minute with them by cooking or playing. She mostly listens to Caspar Babypants with her children.
She was asked what inspired her to become a teacher, and she replied with, “I started out working in Fashion Design in St. Louis for a company that created clothing for large department stores. I found it to be unfulfilling. I wanted to do something that was truly creative and to make a difference in people’s lives.”
When asked why she wanted to work in New Haven, she stated, “I grew up in Stony Hill and attended New Haven from grades 4-12. I have traveled a lot and decided that the New Haven area was where I wanted to be. I like that it’s small. I like to know people everywhere I go whether that be the bank, the grocery, school, store, or the park.”
In 2008, Mrs. Borcherding was selected to travel to China for three weeks with a group of twenty teachers from the St. Louis area. The trip was funded by the Horace Mann foundation.
Thank you, Mrs. Borcherding, for being a creative teacher and being part of our Tradition of Excellence.
By: Abbey Grater
On January 6th, Friday afternoon, Mrs. Beers of New Haven Elementary school started a program in which she took her students to the gym to walk/jog a mile a day. Mrs. Beers is doing this because she wants to get her students more active, healthier, and happier.
Mrs. Beers got this idea from a woman named Elaine Wyllie who started this free program called the “Daily Mile” in Scotland. She was also a teacher just like Mrs. Beers.
Some of Mrs. Beers’ thoughts on this “Daily Mile” are, “I believe the students are trying so far. We've only done it twice. We go to the gym when it isn't being used by another class and when we have a few spare minutes in our class schedule. We don't always walk the whole mile at one time. I hope it will help the students work on being healthy by exercising and eating healthy. I also hope students will be able to focus better in class."