Boston Herald Smart Camp: Week One

§ July 6th, 2015 § Filed under Smart Camp § No Comments


Welcome to Boston Herald Smart Camp! We hope you are ready to have fun learning how to use the Smart Edition this summer.

We will post a new activity on the NIE Blog on every Monday morning in July. You can participate in the weekly Smart Edition activity on the blog, as well as ask questions and share ideas with other teachers in the comments section. (Although students can participate in Smart Camp, the NIE Blog is just for teachers.) You can follow along with Smart Camp each week in July or participate at your own pace anytime throughout the summer.

*Note: Please email if you will be primarily using an iPad or tablet to access the Smart Edition. We have special activities and instruction guides that differ from the general Smart Edition guides.

Week One: Introducing the Smart Edition

This week we will become familiar with key tools in the Smart Edition and learn how to navigate the online newspaper.

1. Download and review the Smart Edition Teacher Guide here. The teacher guide also contains all of the activities we will be covering during Smart Camp.

2. Watch the short Smart Edition video on the Smart Edition page here. You’ll see real teachers and students using the online newspaper.

3. Log-on to the Smart Edition with your username and password. (Still need access to the Smart Edition? Order here.) Read the newspaper using key features of the Smart Edition such as the calendar tool to read back issues, the search tool to find specific information, and the print tool. If you are participating with students, ask each student to read an article that interests them. Then ask students to share a summary of what they read with the rest of the class.

4. Test what you have learned by completing the following activity.

Smart Edition Scavenger Hunt

Search for these tools in the Smart Edition. Once you find them, use the directions below to label them on the picture below.


1. Draw a triangle over the buttons that turn the page.

2. Draw a rectangle around the search box.

3. Draw a star over the zoom tools.

4. Draw a heart over the button that will always take you back to the homepage.

5. Circle the print button.

6. Draw a smiley face on the calendar button that will let you read other issues of the newspaper.

7. Draw a diamond over the Table of Contents.

8. Draw a square over the Sign In/ Sign Out button.

After you complete the activities above, share your thoughts right here on the NIE Blog. Post a comment below about your Smart Camp experience.

Check back next Monday for Week Two’s activities!

§ June 22nd, 2015 § Filed under Uncategorized § No Comments

Find an interactive game show style quiz board with questions based on the week’s top stories in the Boston Herald, here.  There is a text only version of the questions below, as well as the answers to last week’s questions.


1. What happened in a local church in Charleston, South Carolina?

2. Why did Rachel Dolezal resign from her position as president of the NAACP?

3. What healthy food item is McDonalds now testing on it's menu?

4. CVS Health Corp. is buying and running the in-store pharmacy for what major retail company/store?

5. A new iPad add-on kit, Osmo, changes how kids interact and play games on an iPad by doing what?

6. What is sailing back into Boston Harbor?

7. Last week, two men were recognized as the first what to graduate from the Boston Police Academy?

8. A documentary is being made about the major business battle surrounding what supermarket?


Answers to last week's questions:

1. Welfare/food stamp fraud

2. Innovator of the Year award

3. Handing over the company to his two sons

4. A maximum security prison in NY

5. He was charged in a Foxborough car crash and abandoning the scene

6. Super Bowl XLIX ring ceremony

7. Golden State Warriors lead Cleveland Cavaliers 3-2

8. Streaming music

9. Competitiveness


Weekly News Quiz, June 15

§ June 15th, 2015 § Filed under Uncategorized § No Comments

Find an interactive game show style quiz board with questions based on the week’s top stories in the Boston Herald, here.  There is a text only version of the questions below, as well as the answers to last week’s questions.


1. Six men were arrested in Lawrence after a three year investigation into what?

2. The Boston Herald and Boston Herald Radio is one of three finalists for what national award given by the Associated Press?

3. Rupert Murdoch, owner of 21st Century Fox, Inc. announced that he will be doing what?

4. The northeast, including BPD, are on high alert because two men escaped from where?

5. Why was Brandon Spikes, former New England Patriots linebacker, released from the team?

6. What ceremony did the Patriots attend Sunday evening at Robert Kraft's house?

7. What team is leading in the NBA finals?

8. Apple recently announced their new service for doing what?

9. A new study, by the Beacon Hill Institute, ranked Massachusetts number 1 (for the eighth time in nine years) in what?


Answers to last week's questions: 

1. $400 million

2. serious injury to a fan hit by a broken bat

3. 6 years in prison

4. Patriot Act and Freedom Act

5. The celebrity, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, who recently underwent a sex change

6. Entourage

7. Celine Dion

8. Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning

9. American Pharoah

Weekly News Quiz, June 8

§ June 8th, 2015 § Filed under Uncategorized § No Comments

Find an interactive game show style quiz board with questions based on the week’s top stories in the Boston Herald, here.  There is a text only version of the questions below, as well as the answers to last week’s questions.


1. What was the record breaking donation that Harvard University recently received?

2. What injury happened at Fenway Park during Friday night's game?

3. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's friend, Dias Kadyrbayev, who was charged with obstructing justice, was sentenced to what?

4. What law/act expired on June 1st? What law/act did Congress pass on June 2nd?

5. Who is Caitlyn Jenner?

6. What HBO series, that ended in 2011, released their first big-screen movie last week?

7. What Grammy winning artist will be staying in Boston while her husband gets treated for throat cancer at Mass General?

8. What two teams are playing in the Stanley Cup Finals?

9. What American racehorse won the first Triple Crown since 1978?


Answers to last week's quiz:

1. IndyCar race, Grand Prix of Boston

2. Blue Angels

3. Bernie Sanders

4. Amnesty plan, a plan to protect children brought into the country illegally and protect some parents

5. Brain cancer


7. a "Free Tom Brady" rally

8. A "throw-and-shoot" drone camera, that captures pictures and videos while flying in the air within 100 feet of you

Student published in the Boston Herald! May Student Voices Responses

§ June 3rd, 2015 § Filed under Uncategorized § No Comments


Congratulations to May's Student Voices writer, Rylee Booth, a student at the Montrose School in Medfield.  You can check out Rylee's article published on here.

Read what students had to say when given the chance to write about a topic of their choice for May's Student Voices prompt:


College Bound Athletes Feel High School Stress, by Rylee Booth of the Montrose School in Medfield

While seniors applying to college face strains, college-bound athletes face multi-year strains.

College coaches begin recruiting when talented high school athletes are in 10th grade, and student athletes are under pressure to begin researching and visiting colleges earlier than their peers.

During the spring season for club sports, players are expected to email coaches and go to ID camps. At ID camps, student athletes hope to get noticed by coaches. Scouts also show up at high school and club team games, which adds to the pressures student-athletes face. They want to contribute to 
their team, but they also have extra eyes examining their moves.

Not only are athletes scrutinized, but so are their grades. Worst of all is the fear of injury, which can dampen college playing opportunities. Many student-athletes run the risk of having their offers withdrawn, which adds another level of stress to the process. Once someone makes a verbal commitment to a school, they are not allowed to talk to any other schools. That means that if the player does not get accepted, they must start over from square one looking to find somewhere to play, or must accept going to a school without playing a collegiate-level sport.

Division 1 college athlete Olivia Aha, a Montrose School graduate who has played as a starter since freshman year at the University of Richmond in Virginia, said the payoff is worth the stress. She said, “If you are thinking about becoming a student-athlete in college, think about if the choice is what you want. But, if you know that you love your sport, it will be the most amazing experience to get to that next level in college.”


Can Boston Go Green in a White Winter? by Katrin O’Grady of the Montrose School in Medfield

It’s everywhere -- on our floors, on our walkways, even on our cars: road salt,  the savior of the morning commuters and the bane of environmentalists. In and around Boston, it is hard to imagine coping with Nor'easters without salting roads and sidewalks.

Most drivers agree that salt is a life-saver. Montrose School high school senior Sarah Morrill of Southborough said that salt “is a great innovation for keeping the roads safe. When I drive on roads that are not salted, I feel very unsafe.” Maddie Crump, a Montrose student from Norfolk, disagreed: “Salt endangers our waterways through gradual runoff. We need to find another, more eco-friendly way to melt dangerous road ice.”

According to a January 2014 article on, roadways in American dump on average 137 pounds of salt on roadways for each person who lives in the US. Imagine the pounds of sodium dumped in the region this winter.

Excess salt on Boston roadways leads to runoff into surrounding bodies of water, including ground water. Many of today’s urban waterways have salt levels above the safe guidelines. Can Bostonians avoid this health hazard? There needs to be a balance between keeping the roads and the environment safe.

The key is not being wasteful. There are plenty of roads and sidewalks that workers could treat with sand, which adds grip but does not melt the ice. Salt should still be used for dangerous areas such as major roads or sharp corners, and other treatments such as sand can be used for less perilous areas. Innovative mixtures include beet juice and other natural products that reduce sodium content. Safety concerns include waterways as well as human concerns. If sand can be used without compromising safety, than it is the better option for the city as a whole.     


Media Magnifies College Drinking and Rape Culture, by Monica Stack of the Montrose School in Medfield

It seems that every news cycle includes another horror story of rape at one of our nation’s 4,000 plus institutions of higher learning.

Among my college and college-bound friends, many avoid colleges with “party school” reputations. Regardless of academics, college cultures centered on partying add risk, especially for girls. College parties can turn from fun to frightening in seconds and attending a school whose culture revolves around such a volatile environment invokes fear.

Girls must confront the statistic that 20% of female college students will be the victim of rape or attempted rape. This 20% statistic includes both drunken sex and violent sexual assault. In turn, standard advice for rising college freshman has changed from “stay in school” to “don’t let your drink out of your sight.”

Increasingly, the media presents substance abuse and rape as norms on campus; this is not helping the cause. Rather, it’s conditioning a new generation of college students to expect such an environment. Hannah O’Day, a senior at Boston College, said, “As for that statistic, rape is defined as non-consensual sex; and, with drinking in the mix, that can happen easily.”

O’Day added that colleges are working hard to combat the unsavory college culture: “There are so many resources - bystander intervention week, as well as the force of the anti-rape and anti-sexual assault initiatives.” These saving resources should be the focus of every news story.

Our culture needs to shift its mentality from magnifying the problem to supporting solutions. As has been the mantra of the anti-rape campaign, every rape should be reported and every perpetrator should be punished. Further, we should treat every rape not as simply disheartening proof of some statistic but an individual event involving a perpetrator who deserves retribution and a victim who deserves support, compassion and protection.


SAT’s: Do the Ends Justify the Means? by Margaret Sparicio of the Montrose School in Medfield

By now, juniors and seniors across the United States have either experienced or are experiencing the stress of preparing for the College Board Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT). As universities become increasingly selective, competition and stress mounts for students. Some parents pay thousands of dollars for private tutors, in the hope of boosting their children’s scores.

This begs the question: How much is too much? The average cost for private SAT tutoring can easily cost $125 dollars per hour and private tutoring has been considered the best method to get prep support. Classes with Princeton Review and Kaplan usually cost $800 to $1500 for 18 hours of tutoring. With private tutoring, 18 hours of instruction would cost $2250.

An Ohio State University study reported that student score increases average 30 to 80 points higher after private tutoring. That means each additional point costs you between $28 and $75.

Montrose School senior Madeline Reilly of Medfield signed up for an SAT course between registering to take two SAT tests. She reported:  “Personally, I don’t think my course was worth its cost. Although the course did help me to understand the format of the test so that I knew what to expect, it didn't necessarily improve my scores.”

With studies establishing a low return for investment on SAT prep, reason should make parents skeptical. However, the test prep marketers capitalize on fears and aspirations. Parents and students want a “best” college placement and all test takers fear low results.

How can students resist the racket? The College Board has provided free online tutoring with the help of Khan Academy. That seems to be the best return for investment when it comes to SAT prep.


Teens Need to Take Charge of Stress Before Adulthood, by Marie Lacke of the Montrose School in Medfield

The 2014 American Psychology Association “Stress in America” report reveals that 27% of teens report feeling extreme stress. The study highlights how teens mirror adult stress, with serious implications for health and wellness. Teens need to learn that stress can be controlled and they should learn how to manage stress earlier rather than later.

Rylee Booth, a 16-year old Montrose School student from Millis, MA pinpoints procrastination as the problem she needs to control to manage stress. She said:  “I had a French paper due, and I had over a week to complete it. But, instead of staying focused throughout the week to consistently work on it, I saved the majority of it for the night before. I got really stressed so I procrastinated and put it off until 10:00pm. I didn’t get much sleep that night and regretted not finishing the paper earlier.”  Procrastination is also a problem teens share with adults.

But more unique to high school students is the epidemic of self-harm behavior, such as cutting, to “cope” with emotions surrounding stress. A recent study notes that as many as 2 in 10 girls practice cutting behavior when under stress.

To resist stress requires a counter-cultural mindset. Rather than harm yourself, punch a pillow. Rather than surge with anxiety, jog for 15 minutes, take a nap or practice deep breathing. Ultimately, America’s culture of stress can only be resolved by each person learning how to cope. Everyone knows healthy vs. unhealthy coping strategies. Make the healthy choice and improve your present life as a teen as well as your adult future.


Counting Down, by Madeline Reilly of the Montrose School in Medfield

The countdown to spring has come and gone and by all accounts it’s still winter. I glanced at my friend’s computer, which features more than five clocks counting down: 52 days until Mother’s Day, 67 days until Memorial Day, 95 days until June 21st and summer. What is our obsession with counting all about?

“Make it count!” This term can be substituted for “make it worth it.” Counting then is synonymous with worth, ability, and success.

Recently, my classmate and I stuck the “34th" day sign on the wall leading to our lockers. It’s a tradition each year for the seniors to put colorful number signs around the school to mark their days until they finish high school.

Re-evaluating what and why we are counting will help us understand that we should not fall into the risk of wishing our lives away. Counting down often implies that the seemingly uneventful passing days are not worth it, do not “count” or are not beneficial to us.  This negative use of the term should be eradicated from our vocabularies to allow a shift in our mindsets.

There is beauty in the present moment, and while the many feet of snow covered in salt and dirt, and yards ripped up by plows would have us think otherwise,  there are benefits of living in the moment and not dwelling on the future.

For one, we are able to experience our lives to the fullest, accepting each day as a gift. After all, it is the present. 

Weekly News Quiz, June 1

§ June 1st, 2015 § Filed under Uncategorized § No Comments

Find an interactive game show style quiz board with questions based on the week’s top stories in the Boston Herald, here.  There is a text only version of the questions below, as well as the answers to last week’s questions.


1. What will be taking place in Boston's Seaport District over Labor Day Weekend of 2016?

2. What is the name of the Navy's flight demonstration squadron that flew over Boston last week?

3. Who is the Vermont Senator campaigning against Hillary Clinton for the democratic spot in the Presidential election?

4. A federal appeals court blocked President Obama's executive order, which was a plan that did what?

5. The Vice President's son, Joseph "Beau" Biden, passed away this weekend after a long battle with what?

6. What international sports association has been charged with corruption and bribery?

7. What was the cause for the two-hour rally held at Gillette Stadium last Monday?

8. A new type of camera, the first of it's kind, has been created that does what?

Answers to last week's quiz:

1. Two works of art, totaling over $600,000, are missing/stolen

2. Charging annual fees to outdoors street performers

3. For Memorial Day, to honor all the fallen soldiers from Massachusetts

4. Sofia Vergara

5. David Letterman

6. Ben and Casey Affleck

7. He is accepting the penalties and not appealing

8. Regina Pizzeria

Weekly News Quiz, May 26

§ May 26th, 2015 § Filed under Uncategorized § No Comments

Find an interactive game show style quiz board with questions based on the week’s top stories in the Boston Herald, here.  There is a text only version of the questions below, as well as the answers to last week’s questions.


1. The Boston Public Library is under scrutiny after they reported what to police?

2. Faneuil Hall street performers are very happy because Fanueil Hall management backed down from doing what?

3. What "Modern Family" celebrity had a son who graduated from Emerson College last weekend?

4. What beloved late-night TV host aired his final show last week?

5. What two Hollywood brothers, and Cambridge natives, have movies releasing on the same day next January?

6. How did Robert Kraft decide to handle the penalties given to the Patriots?

7. What Famous pizza chain, that began in the North End almost 90 years ago, filed bankruptcy and closed four locations?

8. Why were there 37,000 flags on the Boston Common this past weekend?

Answers to last week's quiz:

1. Death penalty

2. The train derailed and killed seven passengers

3. Fenway Park to NYC

4. Stop & Shop and Hannaford

5. Suspend Tom Brady four games, fined $1 million, and lost two draft picks

6. Tweeting racists/inappropriate remarks about whites, specifically white males

7. Big Bird

8. For the retracted story in Rolling Stone about a rape on the UVA campus

9. AOL

Weekly News Quiz, May 18

§ May 18th, 2015 § Filed under Uncategorized § No Comments

Find an interactive game show style quiz board with questions based on the week’s top stories in the Boston Herald, here.  There is a text only version of the questions below, as well as the answers to last week’s questions.


1. What was the sentencing verdict for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev?

2. What happened last week to the Amtrak train that was traveling at 106 mph, which is more than double the speed limit?

3. Starting yesterday, "Today" show host Matt Lauer will be raising money for "Red Nose Day" by biking 225 miles, beginning and ending in what places?

4. Which two major supermarkets are in the early stages of discussing a merger?

5. The NFL gave what penalty to the Patriots for Deflategate?

6. A new Boston University professor is receiving much criticism and is now infamous for doing what?

7. A new documentary opened last week at the Brattle Theater, detailing the life of the man who played what famous yellow bird?

8. Why is the University of Virginia suing Rolling Stone magazine?

9. Verizon bought what mass media corporation for 4.4 billion dollars?

Answers to last week's quiz:

1. Boston Police Department

2. $154 million

3. provides professional attire to disadvantaged women

4. Deflategate - deflated footballs in the AFC Championship Game

5. shoulder injury

6. Pedro Martinez

7. Mobile devices

8. Uber

9. The Institute of Contemporary Art

Weekly News Quiz, May 11

§ May 11th, 2015 § Filed under Weekly News Quiz § No Comments

Find an interactive game show style quiz board with questions based on the week’s top stories in the Boston Herald, here.  There is a text only version of the questions below, as well as the answers to last week’s questions.


1. Mayor Marty Walsh is getting slammed for the lack of diversity in what Boston department?

2. How much money did Boston spend on snow removal costs this winter?

3. Boston Herald columnist and radio host, Adriana Cohen, will be donating each of her outfits from last week to the charity "Dress for Success" - what does this charity do?

4. The NFL made a statement saying, "it is more probable than not" that the Patriots and Tom Brady were aware of what?

5. Manny Pacquiao is being sued for not disclosing what information before his fight against Floyd Mayweather?

6. An autobiography was released last week, written by what former Red Sox player and Baseball Hall of Famer?

7. Google announced last week that the majority of their search requests are now being made on what device?

8. The NAACP is creating jobs by pushing what cab service into black neighborhoods?

9. What Boston art museum is expanding 23,000 square feet for more gallery space?

Answers to last week’s quiz:

1. The Olympics

2. She is a Boston Marathon Bombings survivor, who lost a third of her left leg in the accident, and she is returning to dance

3. Earthquake in Nepal

4. Unveiling of permanent memorial for Sean Collier

5. Same-sex marriage

6. Donald Trump

7. the intense rioting in Baltimore

8. Weight Watchers


Weekly News Quiz, May 4th

§ May 4th, 2015 § Filed under Uncategorized § No Comments

Find an interactive game show style quiz board with questions based on the week’s top stories in the Boston Herald, here.  There is a text only version of the questions below, as well as the answers to last week’s questions.


1. Tax payers are nervous about the cost of what event that Boston could potentially be hosting in 2024?

2. Why did a woman, Adrianne Haslet-Davis, stop traffic and dance a foxtrot on the Boston Marathon finish line?

3. Mayor Marty Walsh told the Nepali community "You don't stand alone," at a large prayer service held in Copley Square in support what devastating event?

4. On Wednesday, April 29th, hundreds of people gathered at MIT to be present for this event, which will honor fallen campus police officer Sean Collier, killed in the Boston Marathon Bombings.

5. Justice Anthony Kennedy will most likely play a major role as the "swing voter" in what highly anticipated case currently in front of the Supreme Court?

6. What famous business man, investor and TV personality, who resides in New York, is seriously considering running for president?

7. The baseball game held on Wednesday, April 29th, when the Chicago White Sox played the Orioles at Camden Yards, marked the very first game in baseball history to be played where no fans were allowed to attend.  Why did this happen?

8. Jean Nidetch, founder of what major weight loss company, died last week at age 91.


Answers to last week's quiz:

1. Maura Healey

2. Parkinson's Disease

3. Dirty Dancing

4. Overtime

5. High absenteeism

6. Lelisa Desisa

7. "Making contact" or bumping into an umpire

8. FitBark and Whistle

9. Mobile-friendly web pages

10. Twitter

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