Christopher Columbus Middle School
Dear CCMS Community 1
What’s Up, CCMS? 2
CCMS Happenings 3
CCMS Interests 4
CCMS Fiction 5
CCMS Reviews 6
CCMS Opinions 7
Volume 8, Issue 2
Ms. Lalama - Co-Advisor
Mr. Giblin - Co-Advisor
Dear CCMS Community,
Spring has sprung! April and May is a
great time to be a CCMS student. Students
had a nice spring break to recharge and
now we are back in action for the rest of
the school year. The Columbus Columns is
here to inform all of our community about
the cool things that happen here, and the
wild stuff our students are interested in.
This edition is a great reminder of all
the fun things our reporters have gotten
into these past few months. They were
excited to show our community how much
hard work went into this issue.
We would like to thank all of the
teachers, administration, parents, and
the Clifton community for supporting our
students as they work hard to create this
This issue and past issues of the
Columbus Columns can be found online at
the CCMS web site. Please visit the link
to download your copy. Please share with
families and friends, too!
create your own
-Ms. Lalama & Mr. Giblin
What’s up, CCMS? Page 2 of 7CCMS Columns
Students in Mr. Giblin’s 7th grade Technology Education
class use Photoshop to make their own movies. Well... not
really, but they did make a poster! Students were able to
come up with an idea for a “flick” and use Photoshop to
create a Movie Poster advertisement for the idea.
In order to make the poster, students had to find images on
the internet that would fit their movie. They had to decide on
a setting for the background, an actor for the main role, and
had to add some “flavor” so you could tell what type of movie
CCMS “Goes to the Movies”
Mr. Giblin’s 7th Grade
Sixth Grade students at CCMS had a great
time doing some very interesting projects.
Using candy the students in Ms. Paul’s class
created some very cool STEM projects, like
cars and bridges.
STEM stands for Science, Technology,
Engineering and Math... and these students
sure had to use all of them in order to make a
bridge. They only used candy jellies and tooth
picks in order to make a bridge that could
stand between two binders.
They also had to create an assembly line in
order to make a few cars out of candies. It’s
amazing how tasty a little engineering can be!
STEM at CCMS
it is just from looking at the poster. Some kids had UFOs,
others had cars, or some even had vampires and ghosts! Once
the images were done, students had to make a title and a tag
line. See you at the theater, CCMS!
CCMS Columns CCMS Happenings Page 3 of 7
Mr. Emmanuel, Macy’s Engineer and 3D Projects
It all started on a beautiful CCMS day when Mrs.
Nicolette received a package containing our school’s first
ever 3D printer. I happily unpacked it and set it up. Since
then, I have made many plastic models, and keychains
with this amazing device. Every day I am learning
On Saturdays, I go to CCMS’ Saturday Academy and help
Mrs. Nicolette and Mrs. Kershaw by printing 3D models for
their STEM activities, and to perform any software updates
on the printer. During the month of March, Mr. Emmanuel
came to our school, thanks to the wonderful Mr. Labriola.
Mr. Emmanuel is an engineer who designs floats for the
Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade and uses 3D printing every day
to make small models of real-life floats.
He talked to the class about many engineering
equations and talked especially to me about our 3D
printer. Through this special visit and our conversation, I
learned how 3D printing projects can turn into real life-
sized objects. I am currently working on a presentation
for the teachers and staff, that will show them how to
use and maintain the 3D printer, so that they may be able
to use it on their own when I move on to high school this
I hope that the entire CCMS school body will appreciate
this great learning tool and use it to incorporate its
possible applications into the STEM program that the
school is implementing. Thanks to all of the wonderful
CCMS staff, I was encouraged to do more with 3D
printing and shape the foundations for new technological
advancements with the faculty.
The accelerated field trip, courtesy of
the TAG program, was full of activities and
adventure! After weeks of preparation, the
trip felt earned and deserved. Every student
was required to go to 4 meetings during
lunch or after school to learn about the
Temptations. In addition, each student only
had to pay $20 and that money went towards
their lunch at Olive Garden. Overall, Mrs.
Schwarz was very fair in the requirements to
go on the field trip. She even allowed kids
from other teams to come along.
On Wednesday morning, everyone was
dressed up in fancy clothes and waited in
the auditorium. Our first stop was Olive
Garden, after the bus ride of excitement
and anticipation. Everyone got to choose
their own order, making it more work for the
waiters, but more enjoyable for the picky
eaters. After that, we got to walk through
New York City on a beautiful day. Then we
arrived at the M&M's store. There were three
levels filled with souvenirs, photo booths, and
M&M’s, of course!
When we finally arrived at The Imperial
Theater, where we were directed up a few
flights of stairs and escorted to our seats.
The theater was astonishing with beautiful
details around every corner. I especially
appreciated it because I learned its history
during our meetings with Mrs. Schwarz. The
show itself was full of talented singers, great
choreography, storyline, and coordination. The
plot was easy to follow for someone who didn’t
know much about the Temptations. It’s also
cool that it was the original cast. If I had the
chance, I would even see it again! Overall, the
day was a great experience that I was lucky to
Ain’t Too Proud - A Trip to Remember
CCMS InterestsCCMS Columns Page 4 of 7
Have you heard about the new Warrior series by Erin Hunter?
This is a great series, which involves cats, but they could be
symbols for humans too. The best part about this series is that it
doesn’t focus on just one cat, it focuses on four clans filled with
cats. This review will be about the first book in the first arc,
“Warriors-The Prophecies Begin: Into the Wild”.
This book is the best book I’ve read
so far in the series, but this is just the
first book I’m writing about! The book
has a good introduction and you get
to meet new characters throughout
the book. There is good balance of
good and evil, and perfect amount of
suspense just to keep you wondering
what’s going to happen next?
The main character, Rusty is invited
to join the clans but he still has his
doubts, but in the end Rusty obviously
chooses the clan over his comfortable
house. Rusty is now known as Firepaw.
He is settling into clan-life, but
something sinister lurks in the shadows,
someone is not who they seem to be.
As Firepaw goes along in his adventure,
he makes friends and enemies, and
uncovers the dark history of one of his
Warriors into the Wild - Review
On February 27, 2019, we learned about the upcoming
Pokemon game for the Nintendo Switch. They will be called
Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield. Your adventure will be
taking place in the Galar region. Just like every Pokemon game,
we have three starters. First is our grass type Grookey. This guy
will be a monkey. Our fire type is Scorbunny. Obviously by the
name, it is a bunny. Finally, our water type is Sobble. This little
guy is a lizard.
The style for the game looks different from the old games.
Our last couple of main Pokemon games were on the Nintendo
Ds, so let’s hope it will work out on the Switch. For now, this is
all we know. Hopefully we will get more news when E3 comes
out in June. This will be a lot of fun and you can challenge your
Pokemon Generation 8
fellow clan mates. As the story unfolds you can just tell what an
amazing story it will be, and it keeps you wondering will justice
prevail or will evil win in the end.
While Firepaw meets new
friends, makes enemies, and
goes along in his adventure,
so much of it focuses around
the story of Firepaw and his
adopted clan as the book goes
on. He uncovers clan secrets,
betrayal, and hidden evil and in
the end, there is always hope
for Firepaw and his clan.
At the end of each chapter,
this book hooks its readers
on every word. It is up to the
reader to figure out whether
this is the best book they’ve
ever read or whether it’s the
worst book they have ever
wasted their time on. Everyone
has their preferences. My heart
will always lie with the Warriors series, where does yours lie?
CCMS FictionCCMS Columns Page 5 of 7
It was a beautiful day out; the sun was shining, and the birds
were singing. I decided to go for a hike. On my hike up the
mountain, I collected berries and apples. After the hike I was
planning to make mixed berry and apple pies. I saw stunning
birds with beautifully colored feathers, and a herd of deer. I was
so happy picking apples and berries, and looking at the animals,
that I didn’t notice that time went by so fa