Rams Record Staff

Rams Record Staff

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

        It’s time again
now that it’s June
To play that
sentimental tune.
To don our gowns
and doff our caps
And give each other
high-five slaps.
Its time again
to bid farewell
To lives we know
all too well.
To shake the hands
of teachers who
Helped shape the future
we aspire to.
Its time again
and it did fly
We must never let minutes
pass us by.
Without enjoying
each fleeting one
For they seem to be over
just as they’ve begun.
Its time again
farewell, adieu
We will miss
everyone of you…
 Congrats to our grads, one and all
   To all the rest, See y’all
         next Fall!
     - resa audet
Dear MIchael,                                                                                   
  We love you. We are looking forward to having a great summer with you.
  With Lots of Love,
Mommy, Daddy & Ansley

Dear Ansley,
We love you. We are looking forward to having a great summer with you.
With lots of Love,
Mommy, Daddy and Michael
Dear Mrs. Sanborn,
  You are the best teacher in the world. I am so sad you are leaving. You have helped me so much.                                                               

Dear Mrs. Sanborn,
  You are the best teacher I’ve met. I am sad you are leaving us at the end of the week. I will miss you.

Dear Mrs. Sanborn,
  I will miss you. I had a good time with you. Thank you, Mrs. Sanborn.

Dear Kindergarten Children,
  Hooray for the kindergarten kids! You all did great! You can read and write and do math. You can solve problems. You can be clever and kind. You can build and make things. You can paint and sing. You can make pancakes and sew pillows and grow plants. You can hike in the woods and climb over rocks. It’s been wonderful to have you in kindergarten. I am so proud of you! Have fun on your vacation.
                    Mrs. Molleur

Dear Mrs. Sanborn,
  You are the best teacher EVER! I will miss you a lot. You help me when I need some help. I love you so much.
Dear Jo,
  Faith and begorrah, the day that i fear
Jo Sanborn’s retirement is finally here.
From one Lass to another, I’ll miss you a ton.
Enjoy your retirement, don’t act like a nun! :)
                     Kate Mara
  We are so happy for you and sad for us. Thanks for adding a spark to our day and a laugh to our building. It was a privilege and an honor to have worked with you. And a blessing to have had you as my friend.
For all my Reading Kiddos!
You’ve done your best to Be the best! Now it’s summer, so get some rest! Before you can blink, it will be fall. So enjoy your vacation and have a Ball!
              Mrs. Audet

Dear 3B,
   Have a terrific summer boys! You kept me on my toes!
                                     Mrs. Binder
P.S. I will miss my trio at RTI! Have a great summer, fellas...
                            Mrs. Audet


Dear Mrs. Sanborn & Mrs. Mara,
   Thank you for everyone’s help in school, reading, especially lots of fun.

Dear Mrs. Douglas,
 I had an incredible year with you this year in 2014. I hope you have an amazing time with your class next year.
Mrs. Sanborn,
    I am sad that you are retiring from CCS in 2014. I had the best time with you last year!

   We are so proud of everything you have accomplished this year. We love that you have such a kind and generous heart. Hard to believe you are already going to 3rd grade. We love you buddy!
             Mom & Dad

Dear Mrs. Sanborn,
  I will totally miss you when you are gone. You were so sweet to me in 2014.

Dear Mrs. Sanborn,
  I will miss you. You are the best teacher anyone could ever have. I will miss you so, so, so much.

Dear Mrs. Murray,
  You have been good at helping people when they need help. Thank you for helping everyone in Mrs. Binder’s classroom. Have a nice summer.
Dear 8th Grade,
  Best Wishes to you all! Test your wings and fly! You can do it!
                Mrs. Molleur

Dear Mrs. Sanborn,
  I love you because you make me do lots of work!

  It will be difficult to replace
  your sweet, smiling face.
  Your funny jokes and tales,
  your Lia Sophia sales!
  The way that you inspire.
  Energy that just won’t tire.
  The teacher kids adore.
  The way you never bore.
   Your handling of the bus.
   The friend you are to us!
   But of you I am so proud
   and want to shout out loud,
“Goodbye and Goodluck to YOU
You will be GREAT at ALL you DO!“

  I’ve owed you my life quite a bit...well, at least 6 dollars and 25 cents of it! :0 ) I will sooo miss the grin that is a permanent fixture above your chin! You certainly deserve a life of ease, away from meatloaf, ravioli and peas. Come back and see us cuz we’ll miss you a bunch. And if it’s not a Monday, I’ll charge YOU a lunch!!! :) LOL!!!!    Resa ;)
For Mrs. Stiles, as You Journey Forth…
 You have led us all through 16 years,
as we say goodbye through salty tears
we also celebrate with you
as you challenge yourself with something new.
The wishes of every girl and boy
is that your adventure brings you joy
equal to that you brought to us all
Your footsteps will echo through every hall…
Resa & all of Your CCS Family!                                                                                                              

By Luke

WMUR is one of the biggest television news stations in New Hampshire. I recently visited there, along with the rest of the Rams Record newsclub. Here is what I found out. WMUR was founded in 1954 by a man named Francis Murphy, hence the MUR in the station’s call sign letters. WMUR started off as a radio station, and became a TV station in about the early 60’s, when most Americans had at least one TV in their home.
WMUR is an ABC affiliate, which means they sometimes air shows from the ABC TV network, such as The Middle. Some of you may be wondering if WMUR was affiliated with other major networks, such as NBC, at one point. The station has been affiliated with ABC for a long time. WMUR is owned by a company called Hearst. Hearst owns about 25 other stations, one of them being WESH, out of Orlando, Florida. Because they’re all owned by the same company, doesn’t really mean that they’re all ABC affiliated. WESH is affiliated with NBC.
WMUR still keeps past broadcasts on DVtapes and Betacam tapes(like a VHS, but bigger). However, in this day and age, you can buy a 2 terabyte(equal to 2,048 gigabytes) hard drive. I would expect them to upgrade to hard drive based storage, or at least a little more modern media, such as DVD. I am unsure when they plan to do this. Even though I say this, WMUR still has servers that help deliver content to their website. and upcoming weather, almost as if you were watching it on television. To access it, open your favorite web browser, then go to the WMUR website. Then hover over weather, then click on videocast. Likewise, they do a similar thing with the news.
To know some behind-the-scenes things about WMUR, or ways that their content is stored and delivered, now you know. For those of you who aren’t aware, like I wrote above, WMUR has a website. It allows you to catch up on the latest news, weather, and sports. They even post a videocast where a meteorologist will show you a radar map, and current weather conditions.

P.S.  Note the BRAND NEW WMUR 9 LOGO!!!! In keeping with our pledge to have a “Hard Head for News”, we promised to keep you apprised of the rumor that WMUR would be adopting a new logo, and keep you apprised we have!!! :)

Monday, June 16, 2014

On the Road...
to  WMUR News 9!
Well, it’s been a newsworthy month here at Chichester Central School. Just a couple of weeks ago, WMUR’s Kevin Skarupa visited our school (scroll for story). This week, the Rams Record staff, along with Mrs. Duval and her daughter, Juliet, at age 1 our youngest honorary staff member, visited him on his home turf. Allison and Sarah’s mom and Levi’s mom also served as chaperones.
We were superbly hosted by Jacqueline, who took us on a tour of the facilities, which are currently under construction, hence no photographs were permitted. During the tour we got to speak with Meteorologist Kevin Skarupa and K.C. Downey, Digital Media Manager. We also caught a glimpse of News Anchor Erin Fehlau working diligently at her computer ahead of the noon broadcast. The Rams editors asked great questions and discovered some little known facts, most of which will be shared in this article.
There was ONE rumour that our staff tried to pin down for our curious readers:
“We hear there will be a new logo. Is this true?”
WMUR would neither confirm nor deny this rumour. However, the emblems, new or not, were emblazoned upon the staff jackets, one of which was hurriedly removed and folded before our perceptive staff could search for solid evidence.
Being the professional amateurs that we are, we will reserve comment until such time as we can, without a doubt, inform you, esteemed readers, of the veracity of this rampant rumour. Suffice to say, “Where there’s smoke….”  ; )
Enjoy learning some facts about WMUR through this Q & A compilation by all our staff editors. (Note: in order to establish an interview style tone, the answers are written to sound as if one person is answering each question. The answers are, instead, compilations of multiple answers and some added research as needed.)

Q: How should a kid prepare for a  job working at WMUR?
A: It’s important to have a college degree in fields like writing, communications, technology, history &/or politics. You might look into internships because that is where you can get lots of experience that will help you learn about the job you want to have. Also, DUNKIN DONUTS gives scholarships to students who are majoring in communications. Spread the word to High School students!

Q: How many days a week do you come to work? And what is it that you do?
A: Some jobs are Monday through Friday, but news happens on the weekends too.  There are different shifts in the 24-hour news day. Some start at 3 a.m. til noon while others come in from about 3 to midnight. While no reporter has to work from 3 a.m. all the way through midnight, they do keep reporters on staff during those hours to cover news nearly 24 hours in a day. Kevin Skarupa comes in about 2 a.m. and leaves late!

Q: Do you wonder, like we do, how everyone can have so much energy all around the clock?
A: As we were leaving the building, we sharpened our keen observation skills and noted that there is a WELL-STOCKED breakroom with LOTS of COFFEE and HOT CHOCOLATE!

Q: Is the blog expensive to run?
A:  Yes, there are enormous servers that cost a lot of money.
Q: How long has WMUR been around?
A: Well, WMUR started out on the radio in 1954. It became a television program about 8-10 years later.

Q: What does W.M.U.R. stand for?
A: The “MUR” stands for “MUR”phy, as in Governor Francis P. Murphy who was the founder of WMUR, first on radio, then on t.v. Mr. Murphy also created one of the first aerial tramways in New Hampshire at Cannon Mountain. There is a Murphy Dam at Lake Francis on the Connecticut River that is also named for him.

Q: How does WMUR get ideas for news stories?
A: The station has a police and fire scanner. They also follow leads that just regular people call in.

Q: What is the length of each news story?
A: The average segment is edited from 1 to 1 ½ hours down to 1 ½ minutes.

Q: How long does it take to get ready for a show?
A: The producer may work all day long to get ready for the 11:00 p.m. broadcast.

Q: How many people are involved in putting on one broadcast?
A: There are 3 cameramen, 2 anchors, 1 weatherman, 1 audio control person, 1 director and 1 producer.

Q: What happens when something really big occurs, like a tornado or a big fire?
A: The station will break into regular programming, even commercials, to cover it for as long as it takes while it is unfolding.

Q: Are you all on the web now?
A: Absolutely! Viewers can watch us on television, the computer and portable devices. There are WMUR apps that you can dowload.

Q: Which is the most popular way for folks to watch your show?
A: We have actually been monitoring that. The website used to be the most popular but now more people are checking in with their mobile devices...smart phones and ipads.

Q:You must have a lot of people staffing the digital section of the news then, right?
A: Actually, until a few years ago, there was one person who was in charge of all the technology end of it. His name is Kirk Enstrom. He is now the Digital Managing Editor. Now, there are three people working the digital department.

Q: What is one of the best things going on right now?
A: WMUR has started streaming live so you can see us on your computer or digital device right as the news is happening!

Q: What is one difference you can think of in the way news happens on t.v. and in print?
A: If you read an article in the paper, it will be written in the past tense, whereas on t.v. it will be spoken as if in the present tense.

Q: You said WMUR is under construction. Why?
A: It’s customary for news stations to update their set look and their graphics about every few years. (and logos????)

Q: You showed us the green screen where the weather man stands when he gives the forecast. Why is it green?
A: The screen doesn’t have to be green, but can be any solid color. The purpose is to provide a solid background on which the computer-generated images can be displayed. When Kevin Skarupa is looking at the weather map, it is on a computer screen beside the screen. It only looks to the viewer as if the map is behind him. We chose a shade of green that is opposite fuschia on the color spectrum. That is because it helps bring out a more natural skin tone so everyone looks more natural. If an anchor were to wear clothes that matched the color of the screen their bodies would disappear. They might have floating heads!

Q: Our Teacher, Mrs. Audet, wants to know if that is the same reason the Green Room, or waiting room for guests,  is called that.
A: Actually, back before television, when live plays were presented onstage, there used to be a special kind of lighting made from lime bulbs. It was called “limelight.” It could be very harsh on the eyes of the actors. To get the actors eyes used to it, they painted the walls of the waiting rooms lime green. This helped their eyes adjust better.

Well….we hope you have learned a lot about WMUR. We sure did! If you’d like to know who has been producing this blog all year, take a look at our Rams Record Staff photo, taken at WMUR studios on June 11. We will be on summer hiatus, or vacation (Mrs. Audet likes to throw those big words out there with context clues!) but will be back in business next September.

Here is a link to watch the WMUR story about Kevin Skarupa’s visit to CCS: http://www.wmur.com/weather/School-Visit-Chichester-Central-School/26222842