Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Summer 2022 Playlist - Songs about Summer!

Well, summer is just about here. How about some songs that celebrate summer?  Take a listen to our Summer 2022 playlist. Perhaps you'll be sitting on a beach somewhere, reading your summer reading book --- what better soundtrack than songs that feature "summer " or "summertime" in the title?

Enjoy your summer!

Monday, May 9, 2022

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Ducks Hatching Soon!

 We have duck eggs in the library!  As part of an SOS fundraiser, raffle tickets are being sold. Which eggs will hatch first?

Watch the live stream below! The eggs should be hatching sometime between April 29 and May 6. 

Monday, April 11, 2022

New Announcement Crew Needed!


Lizzie and Bill will be graduating next month, so we are looking for a whole new crew that can come in and do the announcements on a daily basis! If you would like to join the announcement team, please fill out the application form.  

In the next weeks, we will be having guest announcers to try out the system. Lizzie and Bill will walk you through the process and teach you the announcing ropes. 

Announcements are recorded Zero hour for the audio announcements. The video announcements are done on Thursdays after school. If you have any questions, see Mr. Janu in the ARC.

Friday, March 18, 2022

The 2022 Shelfies V Selfies Winners!

The 2022 Shelfies v. Selfies Competition is a wrap!  This was difficult. Yet, 3 students pulled it off.  In fact, there was a tie for 1st place. The top winner was chosen randomly from the tie. Here are the winners:

3. Ally Ohr 18/26

2. Hannah Gelinas  24/26

1. Sommer D’Anna 24/26

These students have won gift cards to Barnes and Noble!

If you would like to see the correct answers, click here.

Have a great Spring Break!

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

March Madness: The 2022 Shelfie v Selfie Contest!

 It is March Madness and time to put your sleuthing skills into action! The 2022 Shelfies v. Selfies is here!

Match the “Selfie” with the correct “Shelfie” – students with the MOST correct answers can win a $50 gift card to Barnes and Noble to buy books. Prizes for 2nd and 3rd place entries as well (In case of a tie, winners will be selected by a random draw). Only one entry per student. 


***** Click HERE for Hints *****

  1. Download an ORGANIZER to help you out. Use your sleuthing skills to narrow down the possibilities.
  2. You can also view the pictures on your electronic device. Download the 2022 PICTURE PACKET
  3. When you are ready, submit your entry using the 2022 ENTRY FORM
Good luck! If you have any questions, see Mr. Janu in the ARC!

Wednesday, February 9, 2022

New Episode of Music Matters: Anna's Personal Time Capsule

Last weekend, senior Anna Marlin of Hersey's Speech Team was a tournament champion for her event at Regionals, and is now the DJ of the month! On the new episode of Music Matters, she takes us back through the music that shaped her life. Listen as she spins tracks from The Clash, The Smiths, Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, Greta Van Fleet and many, many more (including Juice Newton! What!?). 

This is a truly an eclectic mix that spans decades.  Enjoy!

Listen below, at Mixcloud or download the Mixcloud app for iOS or Android  and listen on the go.

Thursday, February 3, 2022

Artists of the Month: Jerry Butler and Betty Everett

My first exposure to Jerry "The Iceman" Butler came from a K-Tel commercial for an album called Superbad  in 1973 that I saw when I was a kid. I didn't know much about him at the time.  It wasn't until I was much older that I became a fan.

Although Jerry Butler was born in Mississippi, he moved with his family to Chicago in 1941, and grew up in the  Cabrini Green housing projects. It was in church where he met Curtis Mayfield. Together, in 1958, they joined with three other singers to form "Jerry Butler and the Impressions." After leaving the group a couple of years later, Jerry Butler went solo and received the moniker "The Iceman" from a Philadelphia DJ, to highlight his cool, baritone voice. The name stuck.

Betty Everett, too, was born in Mississippi. At the age of 18, she moved to Chicago in 1957 to pursue a music career. In 1964, she produced a hit single. You probably know it, because it has been covered by many people including Linda Ronstadt and Cher.  Throughout the 60s, she and Jerry Butler recorded several duets, and had a hit single "Let It Be Me" in 1964.

Betty Everett continued recording through the 70s, and made several appearances in the 80s and 90s. She died in 2001 at the age of 61 in her home in Beloit, Wisconsin.  Jerry Butler continued recording for the next several decades, but in the mid-80s made a leap into Chicago politics. He recently retired as a Cook County Board Commissioner. He resides in Chicago to this day.

Both Jerry Butler and Betty Everett were at the top of their games in the 60s, and often appeared with the other greats in Soul Music. Whereas Curtis Mayfield, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Sam Cooke and others still get radio play on oldies stations, Jerry Butler and Betty Everett have been left out. They remain perhaps the greatest underrated artists of their generation and deserve much more recognition.

This month, we are featuring the music of both Betty Everett and Jerry Butler. During the second week of February, we will be playing tracks live in the Retro Music Station during passing periods in the ARC. Come down and take a listen.

Also, click on our Spotify playlist to immerse yourself in some seriously good Soul music of the 60s.


My Top Songs from Jerry Butler and Betty Everett:

5. "He Will Break Your Heart" by Jerry Butler. Although the first version I heard was by Tony Orlando in Dawn, Jerry Butler's version is the first, and best. 

4. "The Shoop Shoop Song [It's in His Kiss]" by Betty Everett. How can anyone not like this song? This is Everett's signature song.

3. "Let it Be Me" by Jerry Butler and Betty Everett. This was the first duet from Butler and Everett, and the best. Although this song has been covered many, many times, I really love this version.

2. "Make It Easy on Yourself" by Jerry Butler. This is my favorite---hands down---Jerry Butler tune. This song truly highlights his voice.

1. "Until You Were Gone" by Betty Everett. This song should have been more popular. It is a heartbreaking song, made more heartbreaking by Betty Everett's amazing vocals. Simply the best.

Friday, January 21, 2022

Wanna Be a DJ?

We have a music show called, Music Matters. This is your chance to produce and host an episode. We are looking for students and staff who want to produce a show of Music Matters.  The show can be about anything -- a Billboard top 10 countdown for the week, an episode about Country music, or punk. Goth. Showtunes. Movie music.  The possibilities are endless.

This is the first step in creating an actual internet radio station that runs out of the ARC, 24/7. More information coming soon!

Join us for a quick meeting on Monday, January 24 during lunch periods and after school in the ARC, room 125D for some information, and some forms to fill out if you would like to host.  This is a great opportunity to learn equipment and Adobe Audition as well -- a great step if you are wanting to get into the audio production business.

More information, see Mr. Janu in the ARC.

In the meantime, here are some documents to get you started:

Music Matters Informational Packet

Music Matters Script Example

Music Matters Script Worksheet

Music Matters Idea Form

Missed the presentation? No worries. Click here to view the presentation or scroll through it below. Questions?  Come to the ARC and talk with Mr. Janu.

Our latest episode of Music Matters was produced by senior, Bill Waltz. Take a listen:

Friday, January 14, 2022

Music Matters: 2021, In Memoriam

On this episode of Music Matters, senior Bill Waltz takes us through the artists and musicians we lost in 2021. He plays the hits of many, including The Monkees, Kansas, DMX, BJ Thomas, Lloyd Price and many, many more.

Nearly 1000 notable artists in the music world passed away in 2021,, and by no means do we cover them all. For a complete list visit We Heart Music.

Listen below, or on the MixCloud app.