The Faces Behind the Paper…

Below is a photo of the
Herber Pride Newspaper Club.
These are the faces of the students who
have worked tirelessly throughout the 2018-2019 school year to deliver you timely news, reviews, updates, advice and recipes!



Herber Poetry Contest Winners

The Poetry Club of HTH organized a school wide poetry contest in honor of National Poetry Month. During the month of April, our club members diligently worked to advertise for this event. After an overwhelming response, the Poetry Club Members then read and carefully analyzed each poem. After several meetings and hard work, the members finally selected the  4 winning entries.


First Place Winner:

No one cares unless you’re pretty or dying 

You read once that no one dies until their name is said for the very last time

Thus meaning, those ancient tragedies weren’t all that tragic, really

Because Icarus and Achilles, they didn’t formally die

Their names still screamed 3000 years later


But you think you may be a tragedy because

You’re falling

You’re falling

You’re falling

But you don’t think anyone will ever remember your name


Disconnected from this world

I   f l o a t   a w a y

We are all suckers for love


The loneliest thing in the world is a crowd, you’re a zero with thousands

The sun still shines, but we don’t feel it

And if you hit the water and no one cares enough to hear it

Will you make a sound?


We buy things we don’t want with money we don’t have to impress those we don’t like


When a child is punished for their honesty they begin to lie

Do you ever think you’re in control of anything?

The ones who are dead Inside, are the ones who feel alive

Children so traumatized in the first years of life, they do not bond

We’re just kids, we aren’t supposed to be heroes


Family doesn’t always love you, and whomever told you that is a fabricator

You want someone to admire you because you can’t yourself

Earth is made up of too many girls, wondering if they’re pretty enough, and many boys, too shy to say so


Oh, I see, all I’ve done goes to vain in the end, all remaining to watch me hopelessly fade away

Everything that is beautiful, everything that is ugly, will one day crumble under the weight of time

But, what are we going to do with all this future?


He told you no one dies until their name is said for the very last time

You may have been dead for awhile now, my darling

By Jane Skuggevig (8th grade)  


Second Place Winner

Sadness, Anger, and Happiness

Sadness, Anger, and Happiness are 3 important feelings

If we didn’t have Happiness we would be looking at our graves

If we didn’t have Sadness we wouldn’t learn how to be so brave

Anger is like a mess

But if we didn’t have Anger we would have more stress


When you are Sad is when you are are feeling down

Instead of a big bright smile

We have a fearful frown


Anger is described as a negative feeling

A time you were frustrated

Maybe a time you lost a game

Or if your friends called you lame


Happiness is like a wonderland you are in

Wether it be passing a test

Or a day you or not feeling stressed

Happiness is the most important feeling to feel

If we didn’t, than half of us wouldn’t be here

The other half would be shedding a tear


Happiness, Anger, and Sadness are the three feelings we feel

By Andrew Li -6th grade


Third Place Winner:

Moments of Silence 


Underrated moments of peace where the world is quiet…as if it’s holding its breath.

Only the sound of the wind blowing the waves that crash into the shore.

Methodically, like steady breaths.


Inhale. Exhale.

There’s something about the silence, though, that leaves a chilly, uncomfortable feeling.

A feeling of emptiness, loneliness.

A hollow shell, like a hole in a tree.


The pitter-patter of small children’s feet echo through the grey skies.

The clouds watch over peacefully as if this is their last second of serenity. Like, in a trice, contentment will be replaced with agony.

It’s the calm before the storm, and the storm is not far out of reach.



Underrated moments of peace where the world is quiet…as if it’s sleeping soundly.

Only the sound of the wind blowing the waves that crash into the shore.

Methodically, like steady breaths.


Inhale. Exhale.

There’s something about the silence, that leaves a warm, comfy feeling.

A feeling of contentment, happiness.

Like a bright fire that illuminates your heart.

A night full a humid air, blankets, and hot cocoa.


The pitter-patter of small children’s feet echo through the purple skies.

The twinkling stars watch over peacefully as if this is their sanctuary of serenity.

Like, this moment will be there forever, the sweet memories will never fade.

It’s the calm after the storm, and all that’s left is an everlasting rainbow.

Kazuri Harris – 7th Grade


Fourth Place Winner: 

Sounds Of Nature

The sounds of nature run through my ears,

The land of serenity, to forget all your fears.

The breeze blows through my loose hair,

The weather is warm and sunny and fair.

The music of the meadow,

Is so peaceful, so calm.

Is this what it feels like,

To be surrounded by the sounds of nature?

Birds are chirping in the trees,

Grass is blowing at my knees.

Water is trickling in the brook,

Nature is like an open book.

Feel the golden sun on your face,

I Wonder if there is a better place-

To be in the spring time,

surrounded by the sounds of nature.

By Brianna Leale-6th grade


Wrestlemania…What’s the Big Idea? By Jordon Blue

This past month, I was lucky enough to go to Wrestlemania and it was awesome! So many people were there. It was held at the MetLife Stadium.

The stadium was HUGE…a perfect venue for this event. We sat in the center of the two rows. We had access to food and the bathroom. It may not sound like much, but it was! We also met nice people during the show.

My brother bet on who would win a match and he won five dollars! Again, I know that doesn’t sound like much, but it was cool! The introductions of the fighters were great. There were fireworks and flashing lights. The music was loud and it only improved the experience and got the audience even more excited for the upcoming events. The food… don’t even get me started. They had bacon, candy, burgers, sushi, hotdogs, and so much more. No matter what your food preference is, there was something for everyone. Yes, a bit expensive, but that’s all part of the experience, right? Overall, it was a great time and if I had the chance, I would go again!


Five Feet Apart: A Movie Review by Farah Sadik

A brief movie review about the film we’ve all been wondering about…
Five Feet Apart

Five Feet Apart is one of the newest chick-flicks to hit the theaters. It has Hayley Lu Richardson playing Stella, Cole Sprouse playing Will, her love interest, and Matteo Arias as Poe, her best friend with Bronchitis. This film explores new territories of love, heartbreak, drama, and important life lessons. For example the movie showed me to not take  things for granted, things could be worse for everyone, you would risk it all for love, and hope is the only thing in this world that we have  when we, or someone we love, are on the brink of death.  It shows something unusual, a hospital romance. The romance comes about unexpectedly, and may not work out.

It shows the story of a boy and a girl who share the same disease (cystic fibrosis), but are still very different at first. Stella, the girl, is being driven crazy by the boy, Will. Will refuses to take his medications when he is up for a new set of lungs. Poe, her best friend at the hospital, has bronchitis. Stella begins to spend time with Will and make sure he takes his medication because she finds him to be lucky, because he gets to possibly live another 5 years. They go on a journey together. Falling for each other even though they may not live to see another day. Finding themselves with each other, with conflicting obstacles in the way that will test their relationship.

This movie will make you shed tears… a lot of tears! It will leave you feeling emotional during many parts of the movie, and after the movie. It makes you feel like there’s more to life than what we thought before. Exploring all aspects of life, learning that love is messy and can end in heartbreak. But that’s one of the curveballs life throws at you. This movie I would rate a 9 out of 10. It is a must-watch movie.  If you decide to see it, I hope you enjoy it. Warning: bring tissues!

five feet apart
Check it out!

State Tests…Good or Bad? By Farah Sadik

State Tests are coming up. They are used to test how you have progressed throughout the school year. They are optional. The exams get sent to the state to grade. There is a Science, Math, and ELA state test. If you don’t want to take them you would, of course, talk to your parents or guardians. If they agree you can have your parent/guardian fill out an opt-out letter in which you can take to school before state testing. However, if you do end up taking the exam, make sure you study lots and have the all the tools you will need.

            Tips for taking the test (prior):

  1. Bring 2 number 2 pencils

  2. Bring a book for when you are finished with your exam

  3. DO NOT bring electronics of any kind

  4. Get a good nights sleep (8-9 hours recommended)

  5. Eat a nutritious and healthy meal before you take the exam so you can get your brain working!

Taking the state tests can be both good and bad in certain aspects. There are also three views on this topic – A teacher’s, a student’s, and a parent’s. All of those views have pro’s which have been incorporated in this section. Here are some pros to taking the state test.


  1. Get the experience – you may be able to opt out of this exam, but will you be able to do the same, in the future? NO!
  2. Teaches you that you that this is a minimal exam compared to ones we will have in the future.
  3. Tests tell you whether you know that topic well
  4. What subjects you need to improve on
  5. Tests your smarts
  6. Instills a value of hard work – in life, we will struggle through A LOT! That doesn’t mean we should “opt out” of anything that is difficult for us.
  7. Finally, helps determine whether you know you are trying your absolute hardest

Since you have gone over the pros, now onto the cons.


  1. Stress from preparing
  2. Low self-esteem (feeling like you’re not smart enough)
  3. Sleep deprivation from studying
  4. They “know” they are going to fail
  5. The students may know the topic well but forget it because they know it will be graded and it determines their smarts.

Those are the Pros and Cons of the State Assessments. I hope that those were very useful in your decision to whether or not take it!


Spring Fashion! By Ava Karpowitz

What’s better than spring and fashion? SPRING FASHION of course! If you do then you better keep reading! The latest trends for spring 2019 are stripes and more stripes! I know, I know, I couldn’t believe it either, but it’s true! The spring color is coral, the animated shade of orange – one of my personal favorites! As for boys, skate-wear clothing is REALLY trendy right now.

Spring is a great time to look your best! Especially as the weather starts to warm up, it’s important to dress cool, so that you’re not super, hot sitting in your classroom! I can’t wait to see what’s in the hallways during these next few months!

Check out this casual, fun look!

Tips on Transitioning from Middle to High School by Dylan Gaffey

If you’re an 8th Grader who’s nervous about going to the high school in just a few short months, don’t worry here are some tips that
might make you feel better!

  1. Speak to others: If you have any concerns or questions about what high school life is really like, ask a sibling who’s in or went high school, a parent or a friend. And of course, talk to your teachers! Not only have THEY been to high school, they most likely know the teachers across the street, too! Don’t be afraid to ask anyone.
  1. Join a Club: Joining a club in high school will help you make new friends that have very similar interests to you. It is also a good way to make good use of your time instead of you lying on the couch and playing video games all afternoon. Who knows – you may even find your passion!
  1. Get an agenda book: You can use an agenda book for just about anything. You can write down your new schedule, homework, reminders and important dates! Staying organized is a huge key to success and time management!
  1. Set Goals: Think about what you’re having trouble with and how can you improve it before you go to the high school. If you work on what you’re having trouble with now, you can be a master at it one day! Hard work ALWAYS pays off!