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Museums in Motion Brings African American History to Berry

by Cecilia P., Jag Rag staff writer
One day you and your family decide to visit a museum, hunting for some educational fun. You begin to remember the last time you went to the museum on a school field trip. You remember being squished as you and hundreds of other students cram the halls of the museum and having to push through masses of people just to get a glimpse of the items on display. Instead of suffering all the troubles that can come with traveling to a museum, whether it’s near or far, why not bring the museum to you?
That’s the concept behind Museums in Motion, a traveling museum exhibit that is making its home at Berry Middle School this week. In honor of Black History month, the exhibit focuses on African American firsts. The exhibit opened Monday in the media center and will run through Friday.
According Berry principal Dr. Robbins, the purpose of Museums in Motion, which is based in New Jersey, is “to take museums or a specific museum and bring that museum into the schools.”…

Berry Bowling Team Bowls Down the Competition in Its First Year

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by Jesse W., Jag Rag staff member

The Berry bowling team’s inaugural season may not have been a perfect strike, but there was plenty to spare in terms of success.

Both the boys’ and girls’ bowling teams placed in the Metro South Championship Bowling Tournament, which took place on Jan. 5, at the Vestavia Bowl bowling alley. The girls’ team placed second overall in the tournament, and the boys’ team placed third.

Head bowling coach Mr. Peterson, who also teaches science on Team 6-1, was proud of the team’s accomplishment, especially considering that it was the first year Berry has competed in bowling.

“I was very happy with their performance in the tournament and thought they bowled as well as they could bowl,” he said.

Coach Peterson said eighth-grader Savannah M. stood out on the girls’ team. Savannah had the second-highest individual score of any female player in the Metro South. Eighth graders Bradley J. and Wilson R. were constantly among the highest scorers for the boys’ team.

Coach…

Table tennis champs -- again!

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Berry students show school spirit during Spirit Week

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By Cecilia Pagan, Sarah Yi, and Lydia Faris, Jag Rag staff reporters
Energy bounces around the Berry Middle School gym. Feet stomp and hands clap in rhythm and chants and cheers erupt from the bleachers. Music blares from the instruments of the band, and noise reaches a deafening level as Berry sports teams run triumphantly across the gym floor. This enthusiastic show of school spirit can only mean one thing -- it’s pep rally time!
Berry recently held its first Spirit Week and pep rally of the school year, using the occasion to raise awareness for the Hope for Autumn Foundation, which assists families battling childhood cancer and supports research for innovative cancer treatments. As with all spirit weeks, each day of the week was dedicated to a different dress-up day. Monday was fittingly Go for Gold Day since gold is the color used to promote awareness of pediatric cancer. Tuesday had students decked out in togas. Wednesday saw students dressed as their favorite Disney characters. On…

Taking the Learning Outside: Berry gets a new outdoor classroom thanks to former student

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by the Jag Rag staff writers
What was once a bare, rocky patch of ground outside the east wing of the school has now been transformed into a learning oasis, thanks to the efforts of a Boy Scout and the fellow members of his troop.

For his Eagle Scout project, Grady Freeman, a Boy Scout with Troop 69 and a former Berry Middle School student, designed and built the newest addition to the school, an outdoor classroom on the east side near the carpool area. The construction began over Labor Day weekend and was finished the following Saturday. Freeman’s fellow scouts as well as their parents pitched in to help Freeman with the project, digging holes, mixing and pouring concrete, and constructing the benches on site.

“I hope that students and teachers will enjoy the classroom for many years to come,” said Freeman, who said that sixth-grade science teachers Mr. Hodge and Mrs. Howard initially came up with the idea for the outdoor classroom.

Freeman said that the process of conceptualizing and pl…