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  • Many of you may be wondering who Alice Walker is. Alice Walker is a Pulitzer prize-winning, African-American novelist and poet most famous for authoring “The Color Purple.”She was the first African American to ever win a Pulitzer Prize.

Alice Walker was born to sharecropper parents in Eatonton, Georgia, in 1944. Alice Malsenior Walker was born on February 9, 1944, in Eatonton, Georgia. The youngest daughter of sharecroppers, she grew up poor, with her mother working as a maid to help support the family's eight children.When Alice walker was eight years old, she was shot in the right eye with a BB pellet while playing with two of her brothers.There was a whitish scar tissue formed in her damaged eye, and she became self-conscious and blind on her right eye. But this didn’t slow her down; living in the racially divided South, Walker showcased a bright mind at her segregated schools, graduating from high school as class valedictorian. She continued her education at Wellesley College and went on to work as a social worker, teacher and lecturer, and took part in the 1960s Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi for equality for African Americans. She also won an American Book Award. She and her husband, Melvyn Leventhal, were the first legally interracial married couple in Mississippi.The two had one daughter, Rebecca, before divorcing in 1976.

Alice Walker is one of the most admired African-American writers working today.  Alice Walker has influenced Jean Toomer, (a black poet from Chicago) Bessie Head, (writer from South Africa) and Flannery O'Connor (a white writer from Georgia. 

In 1985, Walker's story made it to the big screen: Steven Spielberg directed The Color Purple, which starred Whoopi Goldberg as Celie, as well as Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover. The following year, she delivered her first children's book, Langston Hughes: American Poet. Walker also emerged as a prominent voice in the black feminist movement. According to Walker's website, her books have been translated into more than two dozen languages and sold more than 15 million copies. Walker has been honored with the O. Henry Award and the Mahmoud Darwish Literary Prize for Fiction. Additionally, she was inducted into the California Hall of Fame in 2006 and received the Lennon Ono Peace Award in 2010.Alice Walker is a Great African American.

  • The literary magazine Out of the Blue will meet immediately after school today in room 312 in the Garnet hallway" again, the literary magazine will meet this afternoon.
  • We have our TEMS shirts, caps and winter hats.  To make the look complete we need TEMS Socks!  Yes, that's right SOCKS!!  Order your TEMS socks today.  You can order grey and purple or white and purple.  Socks are of great quality and complete with our cougar emblem.  Socks are $12.00 a pair, order forms are in the main office. 
  • Today for lunch... In the Create line you can have Sweet and Sour Chicken. In the Grill line you can have Crispy Chicken Nuggets and in the On the Go line you can have your choice of deli sandwiches. Have a great day, do your best, and remember to always strive for 5!

 

Posted by dmatchett  On Feb 05, 2018 at 9:22 AM
  
  • Joke of the Week - Hello TE, Its that time again!!! Why do Bad Geography kids drown? There below C-Level!!!!!!!
  • Good morning. I am Lindsey Alemany. And I am Alex Suchecka. And we are students from the Sage Team. As you know it is Black History Month, so we decided to choose Oprah Winfrey as our honorary pick.  We selected Oprah Winfrey because she is an amazing woman and she inspires people all around the world.

Oprah Winfrey is an American media owner, talk show host, actress, producer, and contributor. She was born in Mississippi on January 29th, 1954. 

Winfrey said her father saved her life. He was very strict and provided her with guidance, structure, rules, and books. He required his daughter to complete weekly book reports, and she went without dinner until she learned five new vocabulary words each day.

Winfrey became an excellent student, participating as well in the drama club, debate club, and student council. In an Elks Club speaking contest, she won a full scholarship to Tennessee State University. The following year she was invited to a White House Conference on Youth. 

Oprah also became the world's first female black billionaire and the richest self-made American woman. Did you know that Oprah had a net worth over $2 billion in 2013! She was crowned Miss Black Tennessee while in college and began co-anchoring the evening news when she was nineteen. Oprah has always struggled with her weight, so in 2015 she made $300 million on her Weight Watchers investment. Oprah launched “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in 1986 as a nationally controlled program. The show grossed $125 million in the first year. In 2009, she announced that she would be ending her program when her contract with ABC ended, in 2011.  In January of 2018, she became the first African-American woman to be honored with the Golden Globes' Cecil B. DeMille award. Oprah states “So I want all the girls watching here and now to know that a new day is on the horizon”,. Oprah Winfrey is such an inspiring, kind-hearted woman and we would love to recognize her today

  • Break out your neon and join your friends tonight at the Neon Dance. Tickets will be on sale for $7.00 dollars today and 10 dollars at the door. So get on all your safety orange vests, your neon yellow jumpsuits, and your ridiculously pink skirts and come on out to support a great cause and have a great time tonight.

  • "The literary magazine Out of the Blue will meet in Ms. Olsen's room, 312, in the Garnet hallway, on Monday February 5.  Club members - Please see Ms. Olsen before Monday if you cannot attend.  And to all TE staff and students, please pay attention next week to hear about how you can submit!"
  • Good morning TEMS We have our TEMS shirts, caps and winter hats.  To make the look complete we need TEMS Socks!  Yes, that's right SOCKS!!  Order your TEMS socks today.  You can order grey and purple or white and purple.  Socks are of great quality and complete with our cougar emblem.  Socks are $12.00 a pair, order forms are in the main office. 
  • Today for lunch... In the Create line you can have Buffalo Popcorn Chicken. In the Grill line you can have Crispy Chicken Club and in the On the Go line you can have your choice of deli sandwiches. Have a great day, do your best, and remember to always strive for 5!

 

 

Posted by dmatchett  On Feb 02, 2018 at 11:35 AM
  
  • Hi, I am India Patel and I am a student from the Sage Team. My honorary pick for Black History Month is Louis Armstrong.

I selected him because he is so inspiring. Despite his difficult childhood, he used his talents to make something of himself. Louis Armstrong was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on August 4, 1901. As a youngster, he did not have an easy life. His parents separated when he was five and he lived with his sister, mother, and grandmother in a rundown area of New Orleans known as "the Battlefield" because of the gambling, drunkenness, fighting, and shooting that frequently occurred there.

In his later teens and early twenties, Armstrong organized a band in Chicago and began to record one of the greatest series in the history of jazz. These Hot Five  and Hot Seven  recordings show his skill and experimentation with the trumpet. During these years, Armstrong was working with big bands in Chicago clubs and theaters. His vocals, featured on most records after 1925, are an extension of his trumpet playing and are delivered in a unique throaty style. He was also the inventor of scat singing (the random use of nonsense syllables), which originated after he dropped his sheet music while recording a song and could not remember the lyrics!

By 1929, Armstrong was in New York City leading a nightclub band. Appearing in the theatrical revue Hot Chocolates, he sang "Ain't Misbehavin'," his first popular song hit. The public had come to think of Louis Armstrong as a light, often comic performer in his later years. But there were still occasions when he produced well-crafted, brilliant music. He died in New York City on July 6, 1971, at the age of 70.

Louis Armstrong is still remembered today for his talents as a trumpet player, singer, and his Number 1 hits:  Hello Dolly & What A Wonderful  World.  Please join me today in keeping his memory alive.

  • Break out your neon and join your friends this Friday at the Neon Dance. Tickets will be on sale for $7.00 in the front lobby before school this week. Don’t miss it- dancing, snacks, and time with your friends!
  • This is a reminder that there will not be a regular meeting for MathCounts tomorrow. Only the 8 students going to the Chapter competition on Saturday will meet tomorrow.  We will meet at 7:15 in Mrs. Goldman's room, room 354.  Our next regular MathCounts meeting will be a week from Friday, February 9th.  The New England math league competition will be Friday, February, 26th.  
  • There will be a very brief Yearbook meeting on today right after school to take our Yearbook picture. 

  • "The literary magazine Out of the Blue will meet in Ms. Olsen's room, 312, in the Garnet hallway, on Monday February 5.  Club members - Please see Ms. Olsen before Monday if you cannot attend.  And to all TE staff and students, please pay attention next week to hear about how you can submit!"

  • Good morning TEMS We have our TEMS shirts, caps and winter hats.  To make the look complete we need TEMS Socks!  Yes, that’s right SOCKS!!  Order your TEMS socks today.  You can order grey and purple or white and purple.  Socks are of great quality and complete with our cougar emblem.  Socks are $12.00 a pair, order forms are in the main office. 

  • Any 7th graders who are interested in participating in a group to learn more about Cheney Tech and Technical High Schools must fill out a permission slip and return it to guidance this week.

  • Today for lunch... In the Create line you can have Chicken Fajitas. In the Grill line you can have Philly Cheese Steak and in the On the Go line you can have your choice of deli sandwiches. Have a great day, do your best, and remember to always strive for 5!
Posted by dmatchett  On Feb 01, 2018 at 10:17 AM
  
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