Berry students show school spirit during Spirit Week

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

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…