Chess Club

By Seanchess

DW students, make sure to check out the Chess Club! I joined the chess club in 6th grade and it was one of my favorite clubs of the school because I made some new acquaintances and found the game quite entertaining. Chess is one of the most intricate games that is very entertaining and interesting. You get to play against you fellow classmates and learn different tricks and tips to win. One strategy I learned is to advance only one or two pawns in the chess opening, just enough to stake out the center and develop the pieces quickly. Mr. Steffens the teacher of chess club is funny and intellectual. All grades are allowed to do chess club. If you are interested, you better hurry up because only the first 30 people are allowed! It doesn’t matter if you are a national champ, or just a fellow that wants to learn the game, join chess club! There are no tryouts to join and you meet on every Thursday starting on November 29. Admission fee is $25 per student. Tell your parents about chess club, and have them sign you up!


Custodian Appreciation Day

By:Yusuf, Vishal, Autumn, Dhruv


You probably know the custodians by now and all that they’ve done for our school. The two of many custodians names are Eddy and Brett. You might be thinking, what do the custodians even do in this school? When we talked with Brett, we first asked Brett what he enjoyed most about being a custodian. He said “I’ve always got something to do, there’s always work, the day goes by fast”. When Eddy was questioned of what he disliked liked the most about being a custodian, he exclaimed, “I prefer not to clean up vomit and coffee. Sometimes the bathrooms get messy, and we have to clean them up.” Finally, they have been fixing lockers from the beginning of school till now, which probably feels like ages for them. Their arms ache in pain everyday, but they are so strong to deal with it. Together they believe it is hard work, but Eddy and Brett said they would do anything to help our precious school.

If you ever see one of Daniel Wright’s custodians in the hallway, you should say “hi!”, smile, or complement them. The next time you see a piece of paper on the floor, pick it up and think/know that the custodians work hard every day to clean up our school so we can have a good learning experience.These are just two of the amazing custodians in our school, so you can ask them questions yourself.  As you can see we have lots to appreciate for our custodians. They also appreciate us and our jobs too. So please, next time you go to an academic class and leave a paper behind, remember that, the custodians have to clean it up, and they stay late everyday just to clean up the whole entire school and its parts like the gym, CAPE hallways, 6th grade hallway, and many more parts. We should acknowledge and give credit to what our custodians do. Happy Custodian Day everyone, and stay clean Daniel Wright.


Student Council

By: Autumn, Yusuf, Dhruv, and Vishal


  The Student council is a great club to meet other friendly kids in our school! The teacher in charge of this club is Ms. Buffa. Our interview with her was all about the interesting and fun activities that YOU can do if you join. As Ms. Buffa stated, “We do a lot of charity events with Feed My Starving Children and Bernie’s Book Bank.”

  Also, she said, “We also raise money for families that can’t afford to buy presents during the holiday times of the year, so the participants of the students council go on a shopping spree for gifts that we give to the families that need them.” Student council also holds many fun celebrations and festivals. An event by student council is the “empty bowls” project. Student council will paint decorative pottery bowls, and then, they will fill them up with many different types of candy, and sell them for one dollar, or so, each at parent teacher conferences throughout the school year. All of the money that the pottery bowls of candy have raised will go to charity, such as, again, Feed My Starving Children and Bernie’s Book Bank. Mrs. Buffa said that, “Because I teach orchestra, I can’t always interact with the other students of Daniel Wright.” Also, Mrs. Buffa stated, “You can make more friends, and can be a leader of the school.” Student council is a great way of meeting others from this school, and you can be a leader. According to Mrs. Buffa, she says that in about two weeks, there is a celebration called lighted schoolhouse. This takes place twice a school year, once on November 2nd and another in April. This takes place because student council wants to raise money for the poorer families. At the Lighted Schoolhouse festival, there is also a DJ, games in the gym, candy, dancing, pizza, pop, and many more fun activities to play and enjoy! Sixth through eighth grade students are all allowed to participate in the lighted schoolhouse event. Make sure to sign up on Revtrak by October twenty-ninth at eleven pm. Keep in mind, late registrations will not be accepted, so sign up soon!


By Dhruv, Autumn, Vishal, and Yusuf


    Recently in Daniel Wright, we have participated in ALICE training, which is an acronym for alert, lockdown, inform, counter, and evacuate. Even though some aspects can be more needed than others, they are all very important and should be taken care of immediately after we find out that there is a dangerous person in our school. The whole population Daniel Wright did a great job, but we could improve on being more aware of our surroundings and ways of how to get in and out of school without making lots of loud noises. When we interviewed Mr. Herion, he said,  “I think that we did an amazing job on the training, and every class that could leave left the school.” Even the classrooms that couldn’t get out did a great job barricading the doors and windows. If the classroom you’re in leaves no alternative choice to get out, then barricade and get ready to counter. The goal of this is to stay safe, evacuate if possible, and prepare for the worst. Stay safe Daniel Wright!

Background Info

A.L.I.C.E, created by Greg Crane (a safety and active shooter specialist in the nation), was inspired by the Columbine high school shooting. Even though this is new to us, this amazing organization has been around for a couple years. Just like our school, many other schools are incorporating this acronym to ensure safety in their schools. You might be wondering, why do we have to do all of this? Well, think about some schools in our nation. They struggle with shootings every day, so we should always be prepared and ready. If you have any trouble with talking about this sensitive subject, just talk with a trusted adult, (Social worker, principals, office staff, any science, math, social studies, or ELA teachers, etc). Also, the “Need an Ally” program by our own Daniel Wright can help you in tough situations. Remember, you are lucky to have this wonderful safety plan, so use it to your advantage when we are in troubling school situations.