Monday, October 1, 2012

Fall 2012 Soccer Team News

Garrison Forest Middle School just got our new teams and we already feel like a family!  A and B team are both already working hard to win their first games of the season, which has just begun.  Coach Lahat is already pushing A Team to be the best they can be, while Coach Cline is trying to review the technical things through the game of World Cup, Knockout, and other drills!

Perspectives from A Team:

A team is kicking along very fast.  We are having so much fun getting to know each other and all of us are quickly getting better.  Everybody is striving to be the best they can be. Coach Lahat and Coach Rommel are making A Team possible and making practice super fun. We are all coming together to be the best A team Garrison Forest soccer will ever have.  By our first game on September 27th, A team is playing Bryn Mawr and we are going to be ready to WIN!

A Team got ahead of the game and chose their captains, Kayla B., Mia M., and Nina K. Middle School Soccer captains make announcements at Morning Meetings, take care of secret “supporters”, and do the coin flip at games.  Being a captain is a big responsibility, but it is really fun!

Perspectives from B Team

B Team is a great opportunity for students that want to learn how to play soccer or are returning to the sport after a long break.  The first week has passed and we already are scrimmaging, playing games, and learning new ways to have fun while playing soccer!  B Team coaches, Coaches Burns and Cline, make scrimmaging an enriching and fun experience for all of us.  Our team members love being here and are very helpful and we are already becoming friends outside of soccer. On B Team, it is fun to meet students from all grade levels and learn more of the great game of soccer.  B Team learns new skills through games and other interesting ways that keep soccer fun. GO B TEAM!
B Team has chosen their captains, Paloma and Alexa C.  With their first game on Thursday, September 27th, B Team is working harder than ever to finish reviewing important skills that are both basic and advanced.  The Thursday game is at 3:45 and is home, a little after A Team’s game, and B Team is playing against McDonough School.

If you want to see our upcoming games go to

Written by Eve A. & Ashley W.

October Student Profiles

We decided to interview a student from 7th & 8th grade and ask them questions about their daily life at Garrison Forest. We did this because some people like to look through the eyes of another student so they can also get a feel for how their day is as a Garrison girl. We hope you enjoy reading what the students had to say!

7th grade: Chelsea K.
Who is your favorite teacher, why? Mr. Berdan because he is hilarious and a great teacher.
What is your most embarrassing moment that has happened in the middle school? Gillian M. and I made a robot for the musical, Honk. We tried to show the robot and how it worked. When we were presenting in Morning Meeting, our robot broke and everybody started laughing at us!                                                                                                                         Do you like Garrison Forest, why? Yes, because I like my grade. They were welcoming to me when I first started here.
What class do you most enjoy, why? Latin, because I love learning a new language, and I love the teacher Mrs. Mac. 

How many years have you been at Garrison Forest? This is my second year at GFS.

8th grade: Mia M.
Who is your favorite teacher, why? My favorite teacher is Mr. Darrell because he is funny and a great teacher, and I love his teaching style.
How many years have you been here at Garrison? 8 years
Since this is your 3rd year in the middle school, explain your favorite memory so far. Mystery Night because it is a great time to bond with my classmates. Mystery Night is one night each year where your grade goes somewhere that is a surprise. The class parents organize it and take us.
What is your favorite class this year and why? Latin, because I like to learn new languages.                                                                                                                         

What was your most enjoyable year and why? 6th grade because I was just entering Middle School, and I was very excited for the new experience. 
Do you feel you have made any new friends this year? Yes, they are really nice and I love all the new people in our grade.
Do you plan to attend Garrison Forest for Upper School? Why or why not? Yes, because I love GFS and I always will.

Interviewed by Lila Y. & Bridget G.

Kicking off Donald Bentley

The Donald Bentley Food Pantry’s goal is to provide food for families in need. They are located in downtown Baltimore, Maryland. Donald Bentley has been helping families for over 22 years. Garrison Forest has been working with Donald Bentley for many years. We have been holding fun challenges to raise money and visiting the food pantry . This year we will be coordinating Stuff the Bus, the Change Challenge, and other new, fun challenges in the school. For the Change Challenge, students should bring in coins to earn your light and dark points. We will have buckets set up in the lobby and you will put the change into your designated box. We will count it up at the end of the year and whichever side wins will receive a prize! Stuff the Bus is a  challenge that we do to collect cans. It gets lights and darks involved and is really fun! We are going to have a booth at Fall Fest so get excited to help Donald Bentley! You will have opportunities to go to the food pantry so go if you can! Contact Olivia, Raquel, and Gillian if you have any questions!  We are so excited for this year! Are you?

Some things we are going to be doing!

  • Have a booth at Fall Fest
  • Stuff the Bus
  • Change Challenge
  • Advisory challenges
  • Light and Dark 
  • Posting pictures  and videos
  • Reminders for bringing in cans of food
  • Updates on Middle School Donald Bentley contributions
  • Fundraisers


    Here is a video to learn more about Donald Bentley!

    Last year's stats...

    Donald Bentley
    L=160, D=185. TOTAL=345
    MS Forum
    Fall Fest
    Donald Bentley
    $39.68 + $100 donations
    Donald Bentley
    Donald Bentley
    Stuff the Bus Can Drive
    L=1067, D=1067. TOTAL=2134
    MS Forum
    Donald Bentley
    Pasta, Mac-N-Cheese
    L=132, D=59. TOTAL=191
    MS Forum
    Donald Bentley
    Stuff the Lockers Can Drive
    MS Form
    Donald Bentley
    Change Challenge
    Brooke F.

    Last year was really great! Let’s see if we can top it!

    Our first drive is coming up in mid-October. We are starting stuff the bus early this year so don’t forget it’s coming up and bring in cans! Everybody get excited! We will keep posting when we have definite dates for this drive and other drives!

    Written by: Raquel H. & Olivia H.