Knightly Chronicles 2019-2020

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Zen Classroom by Emily Choi Who doesn’t love a little classroom where you can just sit and relax? The Zen Classroom, located in the Conference Room, is perfect for those who need a moment for themselves and take a break. Many students experience an enormous amount of stress and we believe one of the best ways to cope with it is by relaxing and having a period to yourself during a school day. It is open to all eighth graders during CE and lunch. In the Zen Classroom, you can either meditate with, draw, color, plant, or do whatever that makes you relax. Its only limits are that one person can use it up to twice a month, with five people per session. First come first serve. We hope the Zen Classroom allows you to get disconnected with the outer world so you can have a moment of peace for yourself!

Mr. Capilli taught Social Studies at Charles DeWolf Middle School for many years.  He had a huge impact on the students that were in his classes, and they will not forget the time they had together.  This video is a compilation made by his current 7th grade students saying goodbye.  We wish you the best of luck in everything going forward, Mr. Capilli!

The Old Tappan Podcast Network! By Arav and Samuel Have you ever wondered what our 8th Graders do in Broadcasting Class? They work on the OTPN (aka The Old Tappan Podcast Network). They make podcasts about topics that they are concerned about. For example, one episode is titled “Will kids born today ever learn how to drive?.” We interviewed Mr. Johnson, Maxwell, and Christopher about what they do in OTPN. Sometimes they will record and another day, they will edit their recordings. Their topics are very interesting and they happen in the real world. Have you looked at the podcasts yet? View them on You can also look for the podcast in any podcast app on a phone or tablet, and search for “Old Tappan.” Even though these podcasts have no visual part to them, you will very much enjoy listening to what the 8th graders have to say!
Loaner Laptops in the Classrooms By Olivia and Charlotte Has your chromebook ever broke down during class or just suddenly stopped working? Well you should thank the Tech Team for delivering the two loner laptops to each classroom just in case this happened. We interviewed three students on what they think about the two loner laptops. Each of the students told us one reason why they think the two loner laptops are useful to students. Then, we showed Mrs. Suriano’s set of rules as an example. Most teachers’ sets of rules goes along the same lines as Mrs. Suriano’s. Let’s all give a big thanks to the Tech team for helping deliver the two loaner laptops!

OTBN Spotlight Part 2

By Adam and Adam

Have you ever wondered how OTBN is made? Just to be safe, I am going to tell you anyway. OTBN is not made by only one person. Many people work together to make OTBN. A few of the jobs that you may not see in every OTBN video are the sound engineer and the tricaster operator. The sound engineer is in charge of making sure the sound in the video is working properly and so people’s ears don’t bleed. The tricaster operator is in charge of changing the camera view, and what is displayed on the TV screens. Although none of these jobs show up on video, they are both extremely important jobs in the production of OTBN.

OTBN Spotlight Part 1

By Adam and Adam

Have you ever wondered how OTBN is made? Sure you have! OTBN is not made by only one person. Many people work together to make OTBN. A few of the jobs that you can see in every single OTBN video is the anchor, the weather, and the pledge. The anchor is in charge of reading important topics that have to do with the school and other important announcements. The person in charge of the weather reads the weather at the end of the video, while the pledge reads the Pledge of Allegiance at the end of the video. The anchor reads off of a monitor behind the camera which displays the entire script. The weather and pledge read off of a whiteboard that has everything written on it. Although it appears that there are only three people working at OTBN, there is a whole crew of people who work behind the scenes. Those jobs deserve an entire story on their own!

New Books in CDW

By Isaiah, Ryan, and Harold

There are new books in CDW that you can check out in the library. There are many options like Harbor Me and Storm Runners. If you have time to go to the library and check it out. Make sure to ask Miss DiPisa or your fellow classmates for some more recommendations!  There are so many great books to read that are in our library, that sometimes a recommendation can really help pick the best one for you.

Valentine’s Day Gifts by Luke and Jonah Valentine's Day is coming up and we hope you have a lovely one. This holiday occurs on February 14 every year. We interviewed some students and teachers on good ideas to give someone on Valentine’s day. Some of the ideas were to buy a teddy bear, a card, a box of chocolates, to say thank you, flowers, a cute gift of some sort, and candy. Make sure you treat your special someone extra special!

Cambodia Club Presents… Paint Night!

By Nina and Sienna

Do you want to help schools in Cambodia?  Many schools in Cambodia do not have walls, or roofs, or bulletin boards. Some of them do not have the same quality education like we do. To help those schools you can come to Paint Night! It will be held on Thursday, February 6th in the Lynch Gym at 7:00 p.m. It is $25 per person to paint an awesome picture. Bring your friends and have fun! We hope to see you there!

Boys and Girls Basketball Teams

By Zack, Devyn, and Luke

The school’s boys and girls basketball teams are looking to make a splash this season. We interviewed players on what they thought about their team, teammates, and how they think the season will go. We interviewed both the boys and girls on the teams.  We also got some footage from the boys and girls practices. There we saw scrimmages, strategies from the coaches, and inbound plays. Some of the players thought that their teammates were nice, and some other teammates said that they thought that they were going to have to work to have a successful season.  Overall, both teams tried their hardest this season, and the players had a fun time.

Family STEAM Night by Aliya, Alice, and Lauren Are you interested in Family Steam Night? We interviewed Ms.Mueller and some students in CDW and we asked them if they wanted to go to Family Steam Night or not. Also, we interviewed Ms. Mueller to ask her for the Steam Night. What time is it start? Where is it? Do you have to sign up? Do the kids have to be from CDW? The students from CDW gave us their opinion and why they want to go to the Steam Night or not. We have also added some Family Steam Night information for you. We hope you enjoyed this video and we hope this video is useful to you. Please come to Family Steam Night with your family and experience sort of science activities on January 13.
Goodbye to Jake Jake is a student at CDW that made a difference in the lives of a lot of students and teachers! This video was created by Matthew Morin to say goodbye to a friend of our school as he moves away. Goodbye Jake, we will miss you.

How to See if CDW Has a Particular Book in Stock Using Destiny Discover
Charles DeWolf Middle School has so many great books for you to check out, but how can you know exactly which books are in stock, and which ones are actually in our library? Watch this video, as our Library Media Specialist Miss DiPisa explains exactly what you should do!

MLK Day!

By Max

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Monday, January 20th. These are 5 fun facts about Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  For a long time, Martin Luther King Jr. was the youngest person to ever receive the Nobel Peace Prize. Since he was a famous civil rights leader, he was arrested 29 times.  He is the only non-president to have a national holiday. There are 90 city streets named after him. Martin Luther King Jr. traveled 2 million miles for civil rights. This Monday, think about what Martin Luther King did for our country.

New Year Predictions

by Sue, Ashley, Sophia, and Olivia

The Year 2020 is finally here. We interviewed different students and teacher in CDW and asked them about new year predictions. Some students said Donald Trump will not be the president in 2020 and also students said there will be developed technologies or more pollution. We interviewed teacher Ms. Brock. She said there will be less violence and more kindness. Lots of students enjoyed thinking about what 2020 is like. We hope you enjoyed this fun and futuristic video!

Old Tappan 125th Anniversary by Jonah and Luke Old Tappan turned 125 years old on October 19, 2019. It was a big day in Old Tappan history, and we hope everyone had fun if you went. It was at Stone Point Park, from 12:00 P.M to 4:00 P.M. Afterwards, there were fireworks at the Old Tappan Golf Course from 6:00 P.M to 9:00 P.M. We interviewed Mr. Johnson about how he helped create interviews with some Old Tappan residents. These residents talked about the history of Old Tappan, and played at the Town Day celebration. Hope you enjoyed the celebration, and maybe we’ll see you at the 150th celebration in 2044!

Information You Need to Know About the School Musical! by: Samantha Read the script and practice the songs because the musical is coming to town! Charles DeWolf Middle School will be putting on a musical this year called.. Disney’s Beauty & The Beast Jr. Are you interested in auditioning? The first auditions will be held on January 7th, 2020. That will be a Tuesday. There will also be dance auditions on January 8th, which will be the following day after the actual auditions. Callbacks will take place after all auditions are done. Further information about the musical will be released later. In the meantime, good luck to everyone who will audition!

What to Get Your Parents For the Holidays!

By: Nina and Sienna

Do you need some idea about what to get your parents for Christmas? We have some ideas. We gathered ideas from several students and teachers in CDW. Some ideas suggested were homemade gifts, jewelry, and tools. Mrs. Flannery mentioned a great idea that her family does every year. They do an act of kindness, gather together, and write down the acts of kindness they all did in a book on Christmas Eve. Ms. DiPisa also said that kids should do a favor for their parents. Hope this gives you some ideas about what to give your parents for Christmas!

Student Showcase: Rosie Im Rosie Im came to CDW a few years ago, and made a big impact! Her solo performance at the Winter Holiday Concert mesmerized students, staff, and parents. Perhaps even more impressive was her kindness and compassion that she showed to everyone. Rosie made her mark on our school, and this video is here to showcase her talent, and to say goodbye as she leaves our school. Best of luck with everything Rosie!

Holiday Spirit Week!

By: Auden, Amanda, and Sadie

CDW Holiday Spirit Week! Spirit week starts December 16th. Monday is pajama day. Roll out of bed and come to school. Lots of kids participate in this one! Tuesday is snow day! Dress up in all your snow gear. Such as, gloves, hats, and etc. Wednesday is school spirit day, Wear your school merchandise. You can wear choir shirts/sweatshirts, band sweatshirts/t-shirts, or just school colors. Thursday is holiday flair day. Most dressed up for Christmas/Hanukkah will win a prize. Make sure you dress up fully! Lastly Friday is ugly sweater day. Wear your ugly sweater if you have one! We hope lots of kids participate in this years Holiday Spirit Week! 

Holiday Concert
By Sophia and Madison

On December 13, all band and choir students had a daytime concert during periods 2 and 3. On December 18, 5th and 6th grade band students will have a night time concert at 7:30. The band and choir students had a great performance! All the band and choir students worked very hard every week. Great job to all band and choir students and both Ms. Osbahr and Mr. Rosalanko for putting on such a fantastic show!


By: Aliya, Alice, and Lauren

Have you ever wondered why people liked band so much or why they play the instrument that they do? Band students at CDW, along with Mr. Ro, were  interviewed about the instrument that they play and why band is so fun for them. What instrument do you play? Why do you like band? Which part do you like best? There was a lot of different instruments that people played, and a lot of reasons why people like band so much. Watch this video to see what people had to say about this. We hope you enjoy this video and we hope you get a lot of information about the band.

CDW Volleyball Team 2019

by Sophia and Madison

Have you ever wondered how good the CDW volleyball team did this year? We interviewed fans and players on the volleyball team asking them about the season and games.  The volleyball team's record was 1-12. They came in 6th and made it to the first round of the playoffs. Overall, they had a great season and worked very hard.

Favorite Thanksgiving Food

by: Sue, Sophia, Ashley, Olivia

Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated on various dates in the United States, Canada, and some of the Caribbean islands. In all of these places, everyone has their own traditional food they eat on Thanksgiving. What’s yours? In this video we interviewed some teachers and students on what their fav
orite Thanksgiving food is. Most people said their favorite food is turkey, but some people had many different types of food that they enjoy.  When you sit down for your Thanksgiving feast, take some time to think about your culture influences your meal. Happy Thanksgiving!

Cambodia Club

By Eesha, Keira, and Michela

In Cambodia Club, we help our partner school in Cambodia, a country in Asia, by raising money. This money is used to renovate their school, train their teachers, and supply them with desks, chairs, etc. We are doing this to help them recover from the Cambodia Genocide, which wiped out most of their country. Our efforts help improve the students’ and teachers’ learning environment, so they can come to school, happy to be able to learn. We raise the money that we donate to our partner school by organizing fundraisers. You probably heard of our fundraiser last year, Canvases for Cambodia. In that fundraiser, we raised about twelve hundred dollars! This year, we are planning another paint night, hoping to raise even more money. Later in the year, we will have another fundraiser that YOU can help us plan. Join the Cambodia Club to help others!

What's in the Teacher's Lounge?
By: Max, Arav, Luke, and Kenji

Have you ever wondered what mysteries lie in the teacher’s lounge? We interviewed many students and Mr. Westervelt on their thoughts and guesses on what is in the teacher’s lounge. We interviewed several students about their thoughts. Some students thought it was pretty basic in there, and like a couch and coffee machine. Some students however, are more creative in their thinking. They think that there are vending machines, video games, T.Vs, and more. Many teachers did not want to reveal the teacher’s lounge so they made many false claims. Even though at first we don’t actually know what’s in there, at the end of our video, we reveal the teacher's lounge.Watch our video to find out more... Although we learned a bit about what’s inside the teachers lounge, some mysteries still remain!

kindercare Kindercare

By Zoe Geallat

Have you ever seen a daycare that has kids from age 2 learning their abc’s in less than a week? Well I have! Old Tappan KinderCare has everything including entertainment for kids to knowing how to care for others and understanding as well as to express emotions. This daycare doesn’t only do the things named but teaches important life lessons for the future that is important to be taught. On the website there is comfy KinderCare merchandise for the ones who wish to have school spirit. The merchandise contains the following good quality heavyweight cotton, %100 real cotton, polyester, and a blend of cotton and polyester. Sometimes this product can hold many sizes for both kids and adults for the different genres. With this day care, any kids dream would come true by just paying attention to the right things that need to be taught!


The New Art Teacher
By: Adam and Adam

Today is Mrs. Twomey’s last day at CDW. We had a chance to interview her before she left. We asked her why did she want to be a teacher? It turns out that she really likes working with kids and she loves art. She did teach before she worked here, one year in 8th grade, but mostly high school. After CDW, Mrs. Twomey will be going to a high school, and she’ll teach there until June. And then, she wants to keep teaching but she doesn’t know where it’s going to be next. We asked Students what they thought about Mrs. Twomey. The responses of the students were that she is a nice and fun teacher and she is very helpful. Mrs. Stein will take over Mrs. Twomey’s place until Mrs. Watters comes back. We wish you all the best, Mrs. Twomey, and we welcome Mrs. Stein to CDW in her place.

Color Run Recap
By Auden and Amanda

The CDW Color Run was a big success! After the parents set up all of the supplies, the students lined up ready to go while wearing their white shirts. After hearing the directions from Ms. Brock, the students took off running. Kids were getting sprayed by parents and teachers. Eventually most kids got dirty. Some students only had a little bit of powder on them, but others got really messy. All that walking and running can make you thirst, so students stopped for water breaks. Afterwards, kids enjoyed their time outside playing games. Thank you to the students who donated and participated in the color run. We hope you all enjoyed!

CDW School Merch
By Matteo and Devyn

Do you like to support our school? If so, then you should watch this video. After watching it, you can find where you can get merchandise that represents our school. We asked Mrs Richardson when the online shop closes and will open back up. She gave us information on how to buy merch online. We also asked a few 6th graders and they thought the merch was cool but wanted to add some nice designs and some other objects like backpacks, and hats. Mr. Ro told us about the band merchandise and how to buy it. Consider buying some merch of our school to show off your school spirit.

New Additions to CDW
By: Bryan, Luke, and Jett

Notice anything different about the school? We want to show you some of the new additions to CDW. First is the new fifth grade bathrooms. We interviewed Joey about the new bathrooms and he gave an opinion a lot of students have. We also talked about the new floors. We interviewed Arav, and he gave us his opinion. We also interviewed Luke Behrens about the brand new outdoor classroom. There are a lot of things to enjoy about the new additions to CDW, and we wonder what else will be added in the future.

Get Ready for the Color Run
By Ava and Nicoletta

Are you excited for the color run? We went around the school asking students if they were excited. They all mostly answered with yes, and explained the fun of getting powder poured on you and being able to spend time and enjoy time with friends. The people we asked were Isaiah, Ryan, Jason, Lili, and Sofia. We had the most fun doing our part filming, but we also really enjoyed filming it to. We also included some information about the color run. We explained that it will be held on October 25. If you would like a shirt and to participate also sunglasses it will cost $25 to have it. It will be a very fun and special experience, and it will be an amazing time to enjoy and spend time with your friends and teachers. You even got to spray Mr. Lauriello and Mr. O’Neill with color, including all the other teachers too! We really hope you enjoy the Color Run!

Favorite Things About Fall
by: Sue, Ashley, Sophia, and Olivia

Have you ever wondered what your friends’ favorite things about fall was? We interviewed some students and teachers about what their favorite things about fall are. We interviewed teachers such as Mrs. Suriano and Ms. Dipisa, and students such as Nicole, Joey, Anthony, etc. Teachers and students from CDW gave us their opinions on fall. Some teachers said their favorite things about fall were the beautiful trees and some students said things such as Halloween, free candy, and more. We hope you enjoyed this video and enjoy this year’s fall.

Fright Night
by: Nina Caunedo, Sadie Murphy, and Sienna Drullinsky

Are you excited for Fright Night this year! We interviewed some students from different grades and asked them questions about Fright Night. The students were Chase, Alivia, Zack, Luke, Jeremiah, and Jamie. We asked them what are most looking forward to at Fright Night? We also wanted to ask some older students what was their favorite part about Fright Night last year? This year there will be food, a magic mirror, bingo, a DJ, and more. If you come to Fright Night, you will also get a homework pass to use in any class! Fright Night is not something you are not going to want to miss. It is a great opportunity to hang out with friends and have fun. Don’t miss out on this and we hope you have a great time at Fright Night.

Teen Night
by: Auden Cho and Amanda Reilly

Are you ready for teen night? Well CDW was! We interviewed multiple students and asked them if they were excited for teen night. We interviewed the following students, Lili Setrakian, Ava Hull, Jake Behrens, Harold Kang, and Isaiah Alvarez who were asked if they were going to come to teen night, and if they were excited. Most of the students we interviewed were attending the event, and were excited for it, but one student wasn’t. We also interviewed two teachers who were the hosts of teen night, Mr. Capilli and Mr. Westervelt. They were excited to dance and have fun! There was music and food and a DJ. Also, if you participated you received a homework pass! Teen night was going to be a blast and it officially was a blast! We hope that everyone who went had a great night.

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