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Day of Silence

Day of Silence was a project created by Cultural Diversity and GAS to raise awareness about bulling in schools.   Over 30 students and some teachers participated in Day of Silence this year for all different reasons.  Mrs. Baker said she took  “part in the Day of Silence to  bring attention to all those who feel silenced in our society with hopes that they will soon have a voice.”  Everyone wanted to help support the cause by becoming silent for one day.


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The New Calliope Is Out!

Make sure you pick up our own copy of the Calliope next week!  Calliope is the school’s literary magazine made up of artwork, poems, short stories and other types of writing from the students of BHS.  This is a sneak peak of the new magazine coming out; the cover was created by BHS student Ziqi Wang.  You can get your own copy of the magazine from the school store for $1.00.  If you are interested in submitting artwork or creative writing for the spring edition of the Calliope, just e-mail Mr.  Matthiessen at or ask your English teacher for more information.  

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Twelfth Night at BHS

by Meglin Bodner

It is that time again – when the cast for an unknown play assembles and rehearsals are attended up until opening day. This year, the fall play is a Shakespearean comedy called Twelfth Night. The main character Viola, played by Katrice Kemble, gets shipwrecked on the Illyrian shore.  Assuming that her twin brother Sebastian (Dan Lalor) is dead, Viola disguises herself as a servant using the name Cesario and serves Duke Orsino (Sam Brookman) with the help of a captain (Griffin Sandler) who saved her. Orsino is in love with Lady Olivia (Molly Hughes) and uses Cesario to tell Olivia about his love for her. Lady Olivia believes Viola is a man and falls in love with “him”.

Life gets complicated when Viola falls in love with the Duke who has no idea that Cesario is actually a woman. Later on, numerous characters work together to make Olivia’s head steward, Malvolio (Chris Marsala), believe that Lady Olivia wants to marry him. Malvolio receives the falsified letter that says just that and does what it says in order to have her hand in marriage. Olivia is shocked by what she sees and leaves the scene. Those who wrote the letter send Malvolio to a dark cellar, claiming that he had gone mad.

Will Malvolio be released from the dark cellar and discover the fake letter? Is Viola’s twin brother really dead? Does Viola’s identity become known? What happens next will be shown at the auditorium on December 8, 9, and 10th at 7:30 pm. All tickets are $5.00. Bring your friends and family along for a memorable play that will leave you laughing.

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Branford Tree Lighting 2011

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Photo Credit: Emily McColl ’13

The Tree Lighting has been a Branford tradition for many years and it would not be as great as it is without the participation from the students at BHS.  The Interact Club was featured in the parade with with their Harry Potter themed float; complete with Hogwarts castle and all!  The woodtect classes even constructed one of the floats used in the parade, and the BHS choir provided the music to lead the Christmas sing-a-longs.  The Branford Tree Lighting wass a great way to start the Holiday seasons!

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Creative Minds Needed!

by Meglin Bodner

 This just in! The members of Calliope, the school’s literary magazine, are asking for more original artwork, poems and stories! They can be about anything and will be shared in the magazine coming out on Halloween. The booklet allows people to see what other classmates are thinking and how they feel. Everyone thinks and sees events, or even objects, differently, so it is a great way to get a glimpse into other minds. FREE COPIES of the magazine will be given to those who are WEARING COMPLETE HALLOWEEN COSTUMES, so be sure to wear one!

Calliope meets after school on Thursdays in F11. The club is led by the advisor, Mr. Matthiessen, and editor in chief, Ziqui Wang. Mr. Matthiessen said, “People go to various clubs which creates less members for Calliope, but our club invites the BHS community to send in their art and writings.” Submit all pictures of your art and writing to! The club is now going to have more than one issue per year, as suggested by Ziqui Wang, so be sure to pick up some copies. Be creative and start painting, drawing, writing or crafting!


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Chemistry Club

by Pooja Ali

Recently, a new club began on February 15, 2011, called the Chemistry Club. The advisors are Amy Okamoto and Tommy Chen. In this club, students are given the opportunity to perform experiments that they don’t have time to do in class. The secretary is Abbas Zaidi, and president is Anne Liu. This club is open for all students interested in doing chemistry experiments, competing in local science competitions and learns a little more of what chemistry has to offer. Don’t be shy, come and join! Club meetings are held in room F20 every Tuesday afterschool. Here is what Mrs. Okamoto says about the club, “Chem Club provides the time to do all of the fun and crazy things we don’t have time to do during the school day, as we socialize, do demos and experiments, prepare for local competitions, etc.  Dr. Chen and I will teach club members about specific chemistry concepts that interest them.”

In the past few meetings the club has made ice cream, dealt with invisible ink and made rock candy.  They are doing a lot of interesting experiments by incorporating chemistry that’s learned in the classroom.  They made the ice cream by filling a small plastic bag with cream, vanilla, and sugar.  Then the small bag is placed in a bigger bag filled with ice and salt and shake it until the ice cream forms.  This experiment taught the students about the transfer of energy while they got to enjoy they’re homemade treat.  They have a lot more experiments and activities planned for the rest of the year and all the members are excited to learn more.

The chemistry club will be a place not only for kids to learn more about a subject that interests them, but also about future job idea.  “If a student is interested in going into the chemistry field as a possible career, then the chemistry club is a good place to explore all your options,” says Dr. Chen, co-advisor of the club.

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The Ways of the Paddle

 by Vincent Roca

In Japan, students go to private tutors to learn about it. In India, it is referred to as an art. In American, it’s a favorite, close to heart sport, most recognizably known as Ping Pong.

Ping Pong is cherished at BHS. The ping pong club is a major after school activity that entertains students every Tuesday after school. The members of the club range from amateurs to masters. Often times you see the masters of ping pong providing insight to the younger players. “The variety in skill levels allows for some pretty entertaining games.” says Jayrd Hobbs a member of the pig pong club.

The clubs “anyone can join” policy has led to many students finding a new interest in the sport. This policy allow for people who just love playing ping pong to come together and challenge each other in amazing games. The best games are when two experienced players go head to head in what seems like an endless rally. One member, Alex Muniz, describes the rallies when he told The Buzz, “Exciting, the epic rallies between man and man are enthralling.”

Many rallies can last for a back forth for 20 amazing hits. A variety of hits are used during these rallies, including topspin, backspin, slices and cuts. However, sadly, one player must always lose. After the score reaches 11, the clock strikes midnight on that player’s dreams, but only to have them come back again at the chance for redemption at another table.

The players, however, aren’t the only people who make up the club. Co-advisors, Mr. Miller and Mr. Lyons, are the original Ping Pong masters. Both talented ping pong players themselves, they guide new and old players in the ways of the paddle. They are also very dedicated to furthering the club. They both have hopes and dreams for the club, and wish to see them come into place. “The current plans,” says Mr. Miller, “are to buy new nets and new paddles.” “Over time,” he explained, “the nets and the paddles become worn down to the point where they are unusable.”

To raise funds, the club currently sells Gatorade to its members. However, the dream fundraiser is to have a ping pong tournament. “It would raise money, but also crown the ultimate pin pong champion of BHS.” Mr. Miller said.  Nevertheless, the dreams of Mr. Lyons and Mr. Miller don’t end there. “Our ultimate goal” Mr. Miller, “said is to have a tournament with another school.” He believes that this year might be the year. When asked how this year compares to other years, he said, “There is definitely a lot of enthusiasm from the younger group, but also a lot of insight from the older returning members of the club.” “This year,” he said, “looks promising.”

Luckily, it is never too late to join. Ping Pong club meets every Tuesday after school in the gym lobby. If you have your own paddle bring it, if not, there are ones provided by the school, coming to the club will show off your, skill, dedication, and love for the game.

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