## Features

**Pi Day**

*Written by Samantha Wu*

Blackberry. Blueberry. Pumpkin. Key Lime. Apple. Mmmm... pie.

3.14159265358979323846264338.... Hooray, numbers.

What do these two things have in common? Pi.

Pi day is celebrated on March 14th every year. The most important moment of is at 1:59, and 26 seconds. Why this date? Because of pi. The number pi is and important number used in geometry to find areas and circumferences of circles. Why this number? Good question. Pi is a special ratio. It is the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter. Its value is approximately 3.14, but it is actually a much longer number. In fact, it is an irrational number. What is an irrational number? Another great question. An irrational number is a number with a decimal point that goes on forever without repeat or terminating. When a decimals' digits repeat themselves, they can be expressed as a fraction, and are no longer irrational. If the digits terminate, or end, they also can be expressed as a fraction. The digits of pi keep on going infinitely, without any repeat or pattern. People are constantly calculating more and more digits of pi. There have been currently more than 22 trillion digits calculated. The beginning values are 3.141592653, explaining 3/14, 1:59:26.

This holiday is typically celebrated with mass consumption of delicious pastries- yes, pie. Mmmmm.... Pie.

Leap Day 2016Written by Maria Bond-LambertyJust last Monday, our school celebrated this year’s Leap Day! Leap Day is a day that comes, because of our calendar system, only once every four years. Leap Day adds an extra day to the month of February - February 29th. So for those who are born on Leap Day, they technically celebrate their real birthday once every 4 years! These people are known as “Leap Year Babies”. On Leap Day, a 100-year old woman celebrated her 25th birthday (in leap years). Our school was proud to celebrate with Mr. Halpren, as he (in leap years) turned 6 this Monday. The next leap year will come in 2020. Happy Leap Day, and in some cases, Happy Birthday! |

**December Shelter-Lockdown**

*Interviewed by Lydia Wei*

Lydia: What was your initial reaction to the second shelter we had this school year?

Sarah: I feel frustrated. I can’t believe such incidents keep happening in this community.

Lydia: What should happen to prevent these shelters from occurring?

Sarah: I honestly don’t know. This should not be something that I should have to worry about as a student.

Lydia: Do you feel that an incident like this may happen again in the future?

Sarah: Hopefully not.

We’re barely at winter break in the school year, and yet again we have experienced another shelter due to threats from the nearby community involving the students and staff of Eastern Middle School. There is very little information given to the public about the incident but students peering out of windows have seen policemen with dogs sniffing several of the vehicles in the school parking lot. This could only lead one to infer that there was some potential threat inside one of the vehicles and in one instance, students from the second story of the building saw the police pop open the trunk of a suspicious car, believed to have contained some weapon or harmful device. This was later confirmed to be a bomb threat that had been called in. Eastern students were dismissed by grade and form of transportation 20 minutes after the 2:40 bell that usually dismissed kids from their 7th period class. The students of Eastern reacted to this situation bitterly, because this has not been the first time such an incident has happened in the community and has been the cause of an end of day shelter. On the the other hand, the situation was handled well by all school staff, who ensured the safety of the students was the number-one priority.