WE ARE BF
This is where you can meet the staff of Ben Franklin Middle School and learn more about them!
An Interview With Mrs. Sienkowski
Question: Do you miss Central and how do you like BF?
I really miss Central a lot, but it’s wonderful to be here at BF with all of our amazing students and staff. I’m having a blast!
Question: What do you want learn about middle schools and their students?
I would like to learn about each of our students and what they are interested in.
Question: How many years have you been a principal?
I have been a principal for 3 years now.
Question: Who inspired you as a child in middle school?
I have had a lot of teachers who were caring and kind, but too many to list! I also really liked my middle school principals.
Question: When did you realize that you wanted to be a principal?
I realized I wanted to be a principal when Mr Sergant told me I should go for it.
Question: What was your favorite sport growing up?
Basketball and Cross Country
Question: What was your favorite subject in middle school?
My favorite subject in middle school was language arts.
Question: If you were a superhero what powers would you have, and what would your name be?
Great question! I would like to have the superpower of healing. I’d take away all sickness, hurt, and pain. My name would be Super Sienk!
Question: If you could choose another job what would it be?
There is no job I’d rather have than the one I do right now. I love my job and feel fortunate to be doing what I love.
Question: Who’s your favorite superhero and why?
My favorite superhero is Wonder Woman. She has strength and wisdom and promotes justice.
Question: What are your favorite things to do outside of school?
Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, reading, and running.
Question: Do you like to go outside and go camping?
I love being outdoors and camping! I find it so relaxing and I love spending this time with my family and friends.
Question: What’s your favorite food, and why?
My favorite food is popcorn because it is a tasty snack.
When you were growing up what was your favorite sport to play?
I loved playing basketball, football, and baseball with my friends when I was growing up.
What’s the most beautiful spot you have ever been to?
The most beautiful spot I’ve been to is Colorado. The mountains and rivers are so amazing to see.
How many states have you been to and which one was your favorite?
I’ve been to a lot of states, but my favorite is Florida. I have been going for vacations since I was little.
What have been the best moments in your life?
The best moments of my life were when my kids were born.
What was the scariest moment of your life?
The scariest moment of my life was when I was on a huge roller coaster at Cedar Point.
When have you felt the most pride?
I have felt the most pride when I hear about something nice my kids and students have done.
An Interview With Mr. Slater
Ava C. and Abbi G.
So the other day I sat down with Mr. Slater for an interview, and asked him a couple of questions. Did you know that he’d rather be a human than an alien? Or that if he was a superhero, he’d be able to freeze time? Some of the answers I got were not what you’d think they’d be.
I asked him a couple questions about work, and a couple questions about himself. I asked him what he started out as in his career. He responded with, “I started out as a teacher at the high school in 2009 teaching social studies.” He also had that moment of “I know what I want to do with my life” in middle school. He said it was because he had good teachers, and it was a lot of fun. He’s actually still close to some of his teachers today.
Since Mr. Slater has been our assistant principal, he’s learned about how social lunch actually is. He’s also learned about “how cool middle school kids are.”, his words, not mine. When he was a kid like us, he wanted to be a baseball player or a race car driver. He’d also be a race car driver if he absolutely had to choose a different job. I guess some dreams just never die.
The last question I asked him about him being a kid was one of the things he remembers doing as a kid. He said it was was that he’d play with the kids he grew up with in his neighborhood. He’d also play sports outside. He carried some of those things to his adult life with his kids. When he’s not doing anything related to work, he’s hanging out or playing sports with his kids. He’ll also go on vacations with his family. But if he were the last living person on Earth, he’d be relaxing.
That was my interview with Mr. Slater! I hope you’ve learned something new about our new assistant principal while reading this article. I seriously appreciate you reading this article if you’ve read until the end. Have a great day!
An Interview With Mrs. Jones
Today I sat down with Mrs. Jones a 7th grade teacher and asked her some questions. Did you know that she has worked at BFMS for 4 years. WOW! She also likes reading, cooking, and walking her dog. I wonder what kind of dog she has. Mrs. Jones is always willing to change th grade she teaches. She also taught at the high school and 8th grade, now she teaches 7th grade. Her most greatest adventure was when she went to South America. She also wants to go to Hawaii because she had never been there and likes warm weather.
Mrs. Jones teaches 2 types of language arts. One is the types is your regular L.A. and the other one is if you don’t take a language class, she teaches you how to communicate better and to be better at reading.
Interview with Mrs.Price
By Elizabeth VK
Q: Why did you decide to become a teacher?
A: To make a difference.
Q: If you had any superpower what would it be?
A: I would like to fly.
Q: If you could be in any club at BF what club would you be in?
A: I would be in a sports club.
Q: What is your favorite restaurant?
A: My favorite restaurant is Olive Garden.
Q: If you could teach anywhere in the world where would you teach?
A: I would teach right here.
Q: If you had a locker at Bf where would it be?
A: With my friends.
Q: Which do you prefer a sunset or a cute animal?
A: A sunset at the beach.
Q: Which do you prefer a movie or a book?
A: I prefer a book.
Q: What is your favorite book?
A: My favorite is Wonder
Q: What is your favorite state?
A: Michigan, because I grew up there.
Q: If you could be any fruit what fruit would you be?
A: A cherry.
Q: What is your favorite subject not to teach?
1.Why did you start teaching?
“I don't remember a time I didn't want to teach. I always wanted to teach. I would ‘‘teach’’ with my stuffed animals when I was little.”says Mrs.Case.
2.What is your favorite book and author?
“Probably Karen Kingsbury.’’ says Mrs.Case.
3.Why did you decide to teach here?
‘’I taught first grade and third grade and when I got the opportunity I wanted to teach with more kids?’ says Mrs.Case.
4.What do you think is the hardest subject to teach?
“I think grammar because it's kind of dry and not fun to talk about,and it’s hard to make it fun.” says Mrs.Case.
Interview With Mr.Treptow
Today I interviewed Mr. Treptow, a 7th grade teacher who teaches science, and did you know he has been working at BF for 21 years. WOW! That’s a lot of years. Did you also know that he wanted to be 4 other jobs besides a teacher. The jobs are computer eneerier, pilot, astronaut, and a volcanologists. Aren’t those some amazing jobs! Mr. Treptow has always wanted to go visit hawaii, alaska, and Yosemiti. Those are nice places. If Mr. Treptow had the chance he would visit the moon. He would like to explore and learn about new things outside of Earth. Did you know that Mr. Treptow does not believe in ghosts. That is interesting. You want to know something else cool about Mr. Treptow, if he had to eat one food for the rest of his life, it would be steak burritos. Those sound delicious.
If you already didn’t know, Mr. Treptow’s daughter is starting to head off to college. HE is feeling very nervous about sending her off. I would feel nervous if I had to let my kid go to college and grow up too. Eventually you have to send them let them go and explore the world on their own. Now enough about college, lets talk about why Mr. Treptow became a teacher in the first place. Mr. Treptow used to work on the homework hotline. That is where you tutor kids on the phone. Anyway, he enjoyed helping kids, so that is why he became a teacher. He wants to continue helping kids. Last but not least, if Mr. Treptow could teach any other subject, it would be ethier computer science, or math. Well, that’s all for this interview. Hope you liked learning about the wonder teacher Mr. Treptow as much as I did.
My Top Role Models of 2017
“What is a role model?” Well, you can answer that question in many ways. You could say it’s someone you look up to, someone who helps you make changes in your life. Or it can be someone you look up to without even realizing it. It’s still there, just in the back of your head. So today I decided to share two of my top role models this year, who inspire me to keep going and be my best person.
Amber Liu is my top role model. No doubt about it. She is a singer/songwriter in Korea. Yes, she writes Kpop. She’s the rapper for the group f(x), and works with S.M. Entertainment. She’s fluent in Korean and English. She wrote a song called Borders. When I first listened to it, I didn’t think much on it. But then I went back and listened to it maybe five more times. I really focused on the lyrics and what it was talking about. This song talks about crossing borders, which means breaking through people’s expectations. It means doing things your way, no matter what people say. It means not worrying about what people will say about you, and this song inspired me to write my own song. It’s not much, but I did it. I did it after hearing her sing, and her song inspired me so much I felt the need to do something I’ve never done. She doesn’t fool around when she needs to be serious, she gets to work. She pushes herself to the brink of breaking under exhaustion, and it’s amazing. I don’t know how she does it, but it makes me want to be as amazing as her someday. I want to be able to inspire people as much as she inspires me. So thank you Amber, even though I know you won’t see this. But I’m not done yet.
My final role model isn’t just one person, it’s a group. The group that writes more Kpop called BTS (Beyond The Scene). I heard BTS for the first time in fourth grade. I only found their music again early this year, and it’s stuck with me. I can’t make myself stop listening, even if I want to. Which, I do not. If I’m sad, or just not having a good day mentally, I can just turn on some BTS and I cheer up almost immediately. Most mornings, I don’t want to wake up. I want to stay in bed, and never leave. See, because my room is like my own little world. It’s my safe place where no one can harm me with words or actions. It’s where I can be myself without anyone judging me. I can alter it to my liking if something’s bothering me. Or I can go there and just forget all the bad things that have happened in my day. I can go there and act like nothing’s wrong and that I had a really good day. But BTS’s music pushes me out of that little world. It makes me want to wake up and go out. It makes me want to try to socialize no matter how much I don’t want to. It makes me create music and art, and try to have a positive outlook when I know there’ll be a bad outcome. It pushes me to work hard, study hard, take care of myself, take care of others, be a good friend, and so much more. Their music makes me who I am, and I am thankful for that. So again, even though I know they won’t see this, thank you for everything you’ve done for me.
Now I want to ask you who your role model is. You don’t have to tell me, just answer the questions for yourself. Think to yourself who that person is, and what they do for you. How do they change your life, for good or bad? What is the impact they have on you? How are you a better person by doing what you’ve learned from this person? I do hope you figure it out, if you’re having trouble. And if not, stick to those role models. They really do help with a lot even if it doesn’t seem like it.
Thank you for reading my article, I really do appreciate it. Have a merry Christmas and a happy new year everyone!