Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The Simpsons - Author: Brandi

The Simpsons have been on for television for over 25 years. It is the kind of show our parents grew up with and now even we are watching it. For those of you who don’t know, the Simpsons is an animated comedy. The show features a set of unique characters which includes Homer Simpson who is a father and husband who works lazily at work and at home eats himself sick. Marge Simpson is a hard working mother who enjoys baking and nags her children excessively, but often is the voice of reason. Bart Simpson is a rebel in the fourth grade who can’t get into enough trouble. Lisa Simpson is a smart and witty girl who is in the second grade and plays the tuba. Maggie Simpson is a baby in the show and her only role is to suck her pacifier. The show features many other characters that make the show absolutely hilarious!
It is interesting to watch the episodes throughout the years and see how times have changed. In the older episodes, you will see telephones and now you will see smart phones. The show has changed with the times, but the characters have not. The characters do act and the time is set in today’s time, but Lisa Simpson was eight twenty-five years ago and now she is still eight. The characters age has never changed!

You can watch the show five nights a week on FXX or new episodes every Sunday night air on Fox.

Craft Ideas for the Fall - Author: Brandi

Craft Ideas For The Fall

The leaves are many colors, the air is crisp, and Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Spice up your home with many decorative creative crafts that you can do with your family! I am here to share with you three crafts to do in the fall time:

  1. Painting Acorns: First, you simply collect acorns. Next, you go and collect some paint colors you would like to paint acorns with. Then, you need to lay down some newspaper and paint the acorns. The best way to do this is to paint the tops different colors, then the bottoms. Finally, allow them to dry before placing them in a mason jar and displaying them decoratively.
  2. Mason Jar with leaves:  First, collect leaves and purchase a mason jar. Then, put down some newspaper. Next, glue the leaves to the outside of the mason jar. Finally, allow to dry and display decoratively.
  3. Painting Pine-Cones: First, all you have to do is collect pinecones. Then, pick out paint that you think you would like to use (red, yellow, blue, gold, and silver work great). Next, paint your pine cones. The most important thing is that you get inside all of the crevices of the pinecones. I would suggest only using one color unless you're really artistic. Finally, allow them to dry and make sure they don’t smudge. Display them decoratively.

Thanksgiving Desserts - Author: Brandi

Good afternoon Byram schools! My name is Brandi, and I will be sharing with you a little information considering the fact that Halloween is over. Now we need to start getting into Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a beautiful time of year for your family to get together and enjoy a delicious feast of food. After a delicious feast, we will go and sit together and tell each other what we are thankful for.  Then, you will need time for dessert. My favorite part of Thanksgiving is the desert, but what should we make for it?  I am here to tell you all of the great desserts that are available to make. First off you need to start with apple pie.



1 box Pillsbury™ refrigerated pie crusts, softened as directed on box


6 cups thinly sliced, peeled apples (6 medium)
¾ cup sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon salt
⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon lemon juice


  • 1 Heat oven to 425°F. Place 1 pie crust in ungreased 9-inch glass pie plate. Press firmly against side and bottom.
  • 2 In large bowl, gently mix filling ingredients; spoon into crust-lined pie plate. Top with second crust. Wrap excess top crust under bottom crust edge, pressing edges together to seal; flute. Cut slits or shapes in several places in top crust.
  • 3 Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until apples are tender and crust is golden brown. Cover edge of crust with 2- to 3-inch wide strips of foil after first 15 to 20 minutes of baking to prevent excessive browning. Cool on cooling rack at least 2 hours before serving.

To make Pumpkin Pie:


MIX sugar, cinnamon, salt, ginger and cloves in small bowl. Beat eggs in large bowl. Stir in pumpkin and sugar-spice mixture. Gradually stir in evaporated milk.

POUR into pie shell.

BAKE in preheated 425° F oven for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350° F; bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 2 hours. Serve immediately or refrigerate. Top with whipped cream before serving.

The last recipe I would like to share with you today is a Thanksgiving Cake: Ingredients
For the Caramel and Apples:
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for the pan
3 cups sugar
5 tablespoons light corn syrup
1 cup heavy cream
4 large Golden Delicious apples (1 3/4 to 2 pounds)
For the Batter:
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup sour cream
1/3 cup fresh orange juice
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 large eggs

Butter a 9-by-3-inch round cake pan. Make the caramel: Cook the sugar and corn syrup in a large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is dark amber, 7 to 10 minutes.

Reduce the heat to medium. Carefully add the cream and 4 tablespoons butter (it will splatter) and cook, stirring, until combined, about 3 minutes.

Remove the skillet from the heat and let sit 1 minute. Pour 1 1/2 cups caramel into a glass measuring cup and set aside. Pour the remaining caramel into the prepared pan and set aside until set, about 30 minutes.

Cut 3 apples into quarters and cut out the cores with a paring knife. Arrange the pieces skin-side down in the pan (overlapping them slightly) to form a ring about 1/2 inch from the edge. Save any pieces that do not fit for later.

Halve the remaining whole apple crosswise. Scoop out the seeds with a melon baller or measuring spoon, leaving the stem on the top half. Chop the bottom and any of the leftover quartered apples into pieces; set aside.

Arrange the apple top, stem-side down, in the center of the pan. If the quartered apples shift, just push them back into place.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Make the batter: Whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a medium bowl. In a small bowl, whisk the sour cream, orange juice and vanilla.

Using a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.

Crack the eggs into a small bowl. Slip them into the mixer bowl, one at a time, and beat until the mixture is pale and creamy, about 5 more minutes. Scrape down the bowl and beater with a rubber spatula.

With the mixer on low speed, add half of the sour cream mixture, then half of the flour mixture. Repeat. Turn off the mixer and scrape down the bowl with a rubber spatula; finish combining the batter by hand.

Spread the batter over the apples in the pan. Top with the chopped apple. Bake on the middle oven rack until the cake is brown on top and springs back when pressed, 1 hour to 1 hour 20 minutes (don't worry if the top is dark). Cool in the pan on a rack.

Bring 1 inch of water to a simmer in a skillet wide enough to hold the cake pan. Carefully run a sharp knife around the inside of the pan several times, then rest the pan in the water to soften the caramel, about 8 minutes. Remove the pan from the water and dry.

Invert a plate on top of the cake, then flip over the cake and plate. Using pot holders or a towel, wriggle the pan off. Soften the reserved 1 1/2 cups caramel in the microwave, about 2 minutes. Drizzle the cake with some of the caramel. Slice and serve with the rest.

There you have it all your great recipes for Thanksgiving dessert!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

PlayStation 4 v. XBOX One - Author: Andrew

I know a lot of people are Xbox fans rather than PlayStation fans.  In fact, so am I, but there are some things better on PlayStation than XBox.  For example, the Playstation Network is free while XBox Live is not.  Also, PlayStation has better exclusive games, which include Last Of Us, Little Big Planet, and Uncharted.  I like the XBox controller better, though.  Overall, I think the graphics are a tiny bit better, as well.  XBox is better in terms of multiplayer.  In conclusion, XBox may be better, but PlayStation is good too.

The New York Mets: Trading Time - Author: Kayla

The New York Mets have had rumors of many trades. I have heard about them trading Daniel Murphy, Yoenis Cespedes, and Zach Wheeler. As you may already know, they were going to trade Zach Wheeler and Lagares for Carlos Gomez, but that never happened. There now are rumors of him being traded for Jay Bruce, a right fielder for the Reds. He has been hitting very well, which is something that the Mets need. The only issue is that he only plays right field, which is where Curtis Granderson plays.  Due to this, they would have to move him to either left or center field. Then, another issue comes in because Conforto plays there and Cespedes also plays outfield, so they would have more outfielders than they need. I do think that the Mets could use some more offense, but he is not the person.  They have good outfield and they don’t need another outfielder.

Pirate101 v. Wizard101 - Author: Gwen

I’m sure that many of you know about Kingsisle and their games, Wizard101 and Pirate101. But compared to each other, how are they alike and different? Let’s find out!

Let’s start with the classic, Wizard101. In this fantasy MMO-RPG, players assume the role of powerful mages, sorcerers, sorceresses, wizards, warlocks, witches, and so on. They have a goal, and the ultimate goal is to defeat the evil warlock Malistaire before he destroys Wizard City! The players aren’t alone, however. They have fellow wizards (other players from around the world) and Ambrose to help them along the way! Features include:
  1. Practice a specific school of combat magic based on a personality test.
  2. Collect cards to build a spell deck.
  3. Defeat monsters to level up.
  4. Buy pets and grow them to aid your wizard in battle.
  5. Spend crowns on awesome items.
  6. Buy a PERMANENT house and decorate it with furniture.

Now we go on to my favorite, Pirate101. In Pirate101 you are rescued by Boochbeard from the Armada in the Spiral. After you help the pirate captain in Skull Island retrieve his amulet, he provides you with a rickety-ship. Although you will get a decent ship in the future, for now this is what you have.
Features include:
  1. Choose a class and work your way to be a legendary Swashbuckler, Buccaneer, Privateer, Musketeer, or Witchdoctor.
  2. Buy a ship and blast frigates out of the sky, or board and plunder them for items and gold.
  3. Have a legendary weapon your foes will know you by.
  4. Adventure on uncharted islands.
  5. Have the ultimate pet that aids you in combat (i.e my Black Tiger, Shadow).

The combat systems in each game are totally unique, although I prefer P101, with which you move around and not stand there and get hit 24/7.  Which world to play in: wizards or pirates?  You decide!

Cinderella - Author: Kailey

Disney has come out with a new movie. It is a new tale of an old classic, Cinderella.  Lily James is Cinderella. Everything is the same as the old animated Cinderella, except for some new scenes. While you watch it, you feel like you have never seen it before.  It is a nice new spin on an old tale. Walt Disney would be proud of somebody modernizing his second film ever produced. It is already out on DVD. What will be the next modernized Disney movie? Will it be Up, The Incredibles, or even Brave? Stay tuned to find out soon.

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New York Giants - Author: Andrew

In 2013 and 2014, my favorite football team, the New York Giants, did not do very well.  As a matter of fact, they never even made it into the playoffs.  However, it looks like the 2015-2016 season will be very good for my favorite team!  For example, on October 13th, they won 30-27 against the 49ers. I’m so excited that they are back and let’s hope they make it to the Superbowl!

One Piece - Author: Gwen

One Piece is quite popular worldwide, yet it isn’t so well known in this school. It is both an anime and manga, and it’s action-packed to the fullest! Also, it is pirate themed!
One Piece begins with a barrel. A barrel is floating in the ocean, alone and with no evidence of a shipwreck. Soon, it is picked up by a curious passenger ship, a galleon transporting rich nobles. The crewmen that salvage this barrel remark on its weight. They dump it in the food stores, which is NOT such a good idea.
Almost immediately, cannon fire rings in the air and a caravel appears with nasty intentions. On its mast flies a black flag. The helm is taken by a rather obese female captain. On its mainsail is the pirate mark of Alvida, “the most beautiful woman to sail the seas.”
The galleon is grappled by the pirate caravel. Almost immediately, the crew is demoralized. The pirates search the stowage areas and find a remarkably heavy barrel in the food stores.  When they pick up the barrel, they find a wacky surprise inside. It causes one of the pirates to faint, startled.
The lid pops open, and out comes a boy with a straw hat and a scar under his left eye. The pirates flee, but more from shock than fear.  Then the chore boy, Coby, rounds the corner and enters the room. He is shocked by the sudden stranger in there. He asks, “Who ARE you??”
The straw-hat boy turns around and grins. “I’m Luffy! The man who’s going to be the King of the Pirates! Gosh, I sure am hungry!”
So, that is how One Piece starts. With over 700 episodes, an amazing and ridiculously funny story, characters with such vivid personalities they almost come alive, and billions of fans, there is someone in every country it shows in who would recommend it!

“Hero? No! We’re pirates! I love heroes but I don’t want to be one! Do you know what heroes are? Say there is a chunk of meat. Pirates will have a banquet and eat it, but heroes will share it with other people. I want all the meat!”- Luffy

Platform Shoes - Author: Kelly

Many people don't know what platform shoes are or at least they don't know what they look like.

So, what do they look like? Obviously, platform shoes are shoes, as it says in the name. They are any type of shoe, sneaker, heel, boot, etc., except they have a platform, which is a raised level surface on which people or things can stand.

Personally I do wear platform shoes. I have been asked on multiple occasions, “How do you walk in those?” It’s quite simple. You walk like you would in any other shoe. It’s much easier to walk in platform sneakers or boots than it is platform heels. If you have ever walked in heels, you know that you walk the same as you normally would, just with more balance. The same goes for platform heels. Others have asked, “What is the point in the platform?” Some people wear shoes with platforms for fashion, others for height (to look taller), or just simply because they want to.

Cool facts you probably didn't know about platform shoes:

  • Platform shoes were first worn by Greek actors
  • Men were the first people to wear heels
  • Platform shoes were first worn for fashion in the 14th century
  • Wearing platform shoes used to be a way to show status
  • Some platform shoes in the past had a sole of 30 inches  
  • Platform shoes were popular amongst teens in the 1970s

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Thanksgiving Fun Facts - Author: Kailey

Many people think that Thanksgiving is about the food or watching the football game.  Thanksgiving is about the pilgrim and Native Americans coming together to celebrate the end of harvest time. Some weird facts you may not know are…..

  1. Thanksgiving didn’t become a holiday until 200 years later. It officially became a holiday in 1863.
  2. The first Thanksgiving was a three day feast.
  3. They threw the first Thanksgiving in honor of the pilgrims first successful harvest.
  4. Turkey was not on the first Thanksgiving menu.
  5. Pumpkin pie and potatoes were also not included.
  6. In 1939 Thanksgiving was rescheduled to the week before.
  7. The average weight of a Thanksgiving turkey is around 15 pounds.
  8. The major pumpkin growing states are New York, California, Pennsylvania, and Illinois.
  9. The largest pumpkin pie weighed 2,020 pounds.
  10. The Snoopy balloon has been in the Macy’s Day Parade more than any other character.

Byram's Big Event - Author: Brandi

Recently the school advertised a Big Event for our school. Last week it was scheduled for Tuesday, but unfortunately it had to be rescheduled to Thursday due to the weather. After the wait all of the students were very excited to see what was going to happen on this day. At orientation, Mr. Fritzky explained that we would be doing a new program to promote anti-bullying. This program will be worked into the school schedule and will be held once a week.  For this program students will be split into small groups. To kick off the start of this new program, the big event happened on Thursday. When you went outside you were able to play games and there was music. There are many games that are fun such as the one where you try to hit a marshmallow with a broom into your partner's cup. There were many other fun mini games that students played. Then we got to have lunch outside. After this we were able to make posters and take a nice walk around the school field. The posters that we made or to promote anti-bullying. Before we were dismissed to homeroom we were able to talk about bullying and have ice pops.The Big Event was a fun filled day to help promote the four rules of Byram schools. I hope everyone enjoyed the big event and had fun!