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Weekly News Quiz, March 2

§ February 27th, 2015 § Filed under Weekly News Quiz § No Comments

Teachers, try our Weekly News Quiz for a fun current events activity for the whole class. Access a game show style interactive quiz board of our Weekly News Quiz here. A text only version of the questions can be found below, as well as the answers to last week's quiz. Enjoy!


1. Which movie won the award for Best Picture at the Oscars?

2. Last week, this television show starring Amy Poehler aired its final episode.

3. The world’s largest plane landed at Logan last week and hails from what country?

4. A police officer from this Massachusetts town was injured in a shootout in early February and is bouncing back and recovering quickly.

5. With the blizzards and snow days over the past month, usage of Smart Phone apps increased by how much?

  • A. 10 percent.
  • B. 30 percent.
  • C. 75 percent.
  • D. Usage didn't increase.

6. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to keep these rules that would keep internet speeds equal for companies large and small.

Answers to last week's quiz

1. Fort Myers, Florida.

2. New York Fashion Week.

3. 30.

4. Roof collapse.

5. $15,000.

6. Revere.

7. Beef.

8. Walmart.


Student Voices responses: January

§ February 23rd, 2015 § Filed under Student Voices § No Comments

Congratulations to our latest Student Voices writer, Monica Stack from the Montrose School in Medfield, found on here.

Check out what students had to say when given the chance to choose their own topic in the January round of Student Voices:

At this time of year, high school seniors face the expected “which college” question that unfailingly pops up at family gatherings. My standard response remains, “well my top choice is ____, but we’ll see.” With the nation’s college students battling $1.2 trillion in debt, the choice of “which college” increasingly hinges on costs. So when President Obama announced his initiative to make community college “as free and universal in America as high school is today,” students should have thrown away their financial woes, right? Not so fast. A sampling of college and high school students in the Boston area remains unconvinced that free community college will solve college financing strains. One source of skepticism involves the one-size-fits-all concept of federalizing community colleges. Julia Lay, a senior at the Boston College Lynch School of Education, said that funding for education “should be local because the states are so diverse. We need agriculture schools out west but not in the Bronx.” The federal mandate seems out of sync with varied state needs. Brenna Mitchell, a senior at the Montrose School voiced concern that the attention paid to community college misses the mark for most college-bound students. “A better option, at least in Massachusetts, is to make state schools cheaper or to make government-funded scholarships and grants more accessible. An associate’s degree is a foundation, but that shouldn’t be the limit.” Mitchell’s concerns reflect the pattern among Massachusetts students. Of the 75.6% of high students in Massachusetts who attend college, only 28.3% choose community college, according to a 2012 Massachusetts Department of Education study. While free community college may work in some states, Obama’s plan seems off the mark for the needs of college students in Massachusetts. Consistently, students voice that more effective and wide-reaching solutions should focus on lowering the cost of four-year degree programs.

Monica Stack, Montrose School in Medfield

As the Patriots settle into practice sessions in Arizona, Patriot fans at home are digging out from the confusing media coverage surrounding “Deflategate.” What do high school students have to say about this history-making scandal which calls the Patriot’s reputation for fair play into question? Recent polls show that 68% of Americans hold the Patriots accountable. Eleven out of twelve footballs used to play in the Patriots vs. Colts AFC Championship on January 18th were under-inflated, with the Patriot balls two pounds less than regulation. While national polls cast doubt on the Patriot’s, high school Pats fans in the Boston area remain skeptical about the inflated media coverage. A high school junior from Wrentham, Marie Lacke dismissed the scandal: “The only reason this has spiraled into this enormous of a problem is because the press needs a story to make money.” Lacke added, “Even if the balls were deflated, Tom Brady shouldn't be taking all the heat. He isn't the only player on the team. The entire team had an amazing game. and that skill level at which the Patriots were playing is what led the team to victory. The deflated footballs had nothing to do with it.” An avid football fan from Westwood,  Laura Bergemann put the current scandal in historical perspective: “Deflating the footballs has gone on for over 40 years, with the first recorded incident between the Oakland Raiders and Green Bay Packers. This is not a new problem. If you look at the extreme difference in scores from the most recent game, it is clear that the deflated footballs were not a deciding factor in the winner of the game.” High schoolers in Patriot nation question the media’s motives and fair minded coverage of “Deflategate” more than they doubt the Patriots earned AFC championship.

Margaret Sparicio, Montrose School in Medfield

The desire to be perfect has become an epidemic in today’s society, especially among teenage girls. This struggle with perfection is found in every environment -- from school to sports and extracurricular activities to physical appearances. Perfectionists believe that their accomplishments are failures if they fall short in any perceived way. What advice do teenage girls have for fellow perfectionists? Focus on your own girls and be yourself. Arlene Perez, a 17 year old from Roslindale said, “Focus on your goals and don’t let anything distract you from accomplishing them.” 16-year old Rachel Solomon of Newton added, “What they take into account is what they think other people think of them when in reality, we should only be concerned with our untainted opinion of ourselves.” While seeking perfection seems benign, there are dangerous consequences and side effects. Perfectionists take the desire to be perfect from the realm of external challenges to their internal self-concept. Perfectionism is recognized as a form of fear. Society instills this fear of not being good enough into girls’ minds through magazines filled with underweight models and tips on how to get that “perfect” body or how to find the “perfect” guy. Girls are led to believe that if they don’t follow the steps outlined in the article and mirror the models presented, then they won’t be considered beautiful or be able to find love. Socially-prescribed perfectionists strive to be perfect because they are influenced by others. Depression, eating disorders, anxiety, and low self esteem are common results of perfectionist thinking. While society does place too much pressure on girls to be perfect, staying true to yourself will allow you to accomplish anything.

Rylee Booth, Montrose School in Medfield

Thank you to all of the students who submitted articles to Student Voices. Students can get published in the Boston Herald each month by writing an article in 300 words or less. Find our submission details here, due on Thursday, March 26.

Weekly News Quiz, February 23

§ February 23rd, 2015 § Filed under Weekly News Quiz § No Comments

Welcome back to school! We hope you had a safe and relaxing February vacation. Access a game show-style quiz board of our latest weekly news quiz here. A text version of the questions is below, as well as the answers to the previous news quiz.


1. What sunny town did the Red Sox begin Spring Training last week?

2. This New York City event garners world attention and showcases elite clothing designers.

3. Because of the snow, Boston’s MBTA system announced that it could be how many days before it returns to normal service?

4. Due to the heavy weight of the snow, homes and businesses around the state are experiencing what kind of damage?

5. A Massachusetts police officer found a rare pearl found in his soup worth how much money?

6. Two dogs were rescued from an icy marsh on Friday in what Massachusetts town?

7. A new government report declares consumption of what food bad for the environment?

8. What major retailer announced it would raise the minimum wage for half a million of its hourly workers?

Answers to the previous quiz

1. Duck boats.

2. Malcolm Butler.

3. Measles.

4. Staples and OfficeDepot.

5. The MBTA.

6. Snow.

Student Voices March Prompt

§ February 19th, 2015 § Filed under Student Voices § No Comments

Student Voices is a unique writing opportunity for students. Each month, students write about a newsworthy and relevant topic of their choice and have a chance to get published in the newspaper and online. To participate, respond to any Boston Herald article from the past two weeks in 300 words or less.

Tips for students:

  • Make sure your article is an opinion piece, not a factual article. We want to hear your opinions!
  • The articles are usually published  at the end of the next month, so think about the news timeline of your subject. For example, if you write about the Super Bowl in January, the articles won’t run until the end of February, so it won’t be chosen as it is old news.


Responses must be no more than 300 words and sent in by the student’s teacher. We will not accept submissions directly from students. Please email responses to by Thursday, March 26.

You may include a photo of each writer with a copy of our media release form signed by a parent or guardian.

One response will be chosen to be published in the Boston Herald newspaper. All students who participate will have their work published on the NIE Blog.

Because students can write about any topic, it’s easy to integrate this activity into your curriculum for any subject! Teaching journalism? This activity can be integrated into journalism lesson plans while learning about the Op-Ed and Letters to the Editor sections of the newspaper. Refer to the Op-Ed section of the daily Boston Herald as a guide. Read the Smart Edition here.

Find examples of past Student Voices responses here.

Questions? Contact or call 617-619-6223.

Weekly News Quiz, February 9

§ February 11th, 2015 § Filed under Weekly News Quiz § No Comments

Find an interactive, game show-style version of our Weekly News Quiz here. Questions are based on last week's top stories in the Boston Herald. A text-only version of the questions is below, as well as the answers to last week's quiz.


1. The New England Patriot’s celebrated their victory riding what bird-themed vehicles for Wednesday’s parade?

2. The MVP of the Super Bowl, Tom Brady, plans to give the truck he won to which other star of the game?

3. The controversy over vaccinating children has erupted across the country after an outbreak of what infectious disease?

4. Which two office supply chains will merge if a deal is approved?

5. Frigid temperatures and snow caused major delays and cancellations for Boston’s public transportation system, called what?

6. Boston broke a winter record this week because of the amount of what?

Answers to last week's quiz

1. Juno, Linus

2. John Kerry

3. The HoloLens

4. 30 seconds

5. Arizona

6. The Seattle Seahawks


Black History Month Resources

§ February 5th, 2015 § Filed under Elementary School, High School, History, Middle School, Teacher resources § No Comments

During February we celebrate Black History Month. The resources below will help you bring exciting learning opportunities about African American activists, artists, and innovators into the classroom.

  • EDSITEment’s Guide to Black History Month Teaching Resources curates the best of curriculum guides, interactive websites, videos and more, all available for free to teachers. The resources span the K-12 level and follow Black History fromAfricaand Colonial America to Slavery, the Civil Rights Movement, and the present day.

Access the bank of free resources here.

  • Celebrate Black History: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is a curriculum guide available as a PDF download to NIE teachers through our curriculum page. You must be subscribed to the Boston Herald in Education program to access the guide.

Find the curriculum page here. 

  • American Masters – August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand premieres Friday, February 20 at 9 p.m. on PBS. The documentary film will commemorate the award winning playwright’s birth, death, and Black History Month as it looks at his work’s approach to the African American experience.

Find more information and access your local PBS station here.

Weekly News Quiz, February 2

§ February 3rd, 2015 § Filed under Weekly News Quiz § No Comments

Find an interactive, game show-style quiz board here, featuring questions based on last week's top stories in the Boston Herald. Find a text only version of the questions below, as well as the answers to last week's questions.


1. Name one of the two winter storms that dumped feet of snow onto much of the state over the past week.

2. This local politician was fined when he didn’t shovel his sidewalk after Winter Storm Juno.

3. Microsoft’s version of the Google Glass, announced last week, is called what?

4. The average commercial in this year’s Super Bowl cost 4.5 million dollars and lasted how long?

5. The New England Patriots played Super Bowl XLIX in what state?

6. The Patriots won Super Bowl XLIX against which team on Sunday?

Answers to last week's quiz

1. Deflategate.

2. Vince Wilfork.

3. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

4. State of the Union Address.

5. Garth Brooks.

6. American Sniper.