ID card app trial period begins

After several discussions with administrators and Flik personnel, Community Council members have reached a compromise with the administration regarding the use of an ID card app to pay for food in the cafeteria. 

Although the CC had planned to kick off this initiative a month ago, the administration prohibited use of the app for a few weeks. 

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Robotics wins award

The Basement Lions, the school’s robotics team, advanced to the New Jersey state championship competition in robotics and won the Connect award for their outreach to the engineering community at the Robo CatAstrophe, the New Jersey State Qualifier Tournament for robotics this past Sunday. The team placed 34th out of 36 teams in the competition. 

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Middle Division

MD celebrates culture with food festival

Sampling dozens of dishes from around the world, students experienced food as a means to cross-cultural understanding. Yesterday, the Parents Association hosted the annual Middle Division International Food Festival. 

Tables were set up by region in the Rose Hall Atrium. The Festival showcased foods from an array of cultures, from Jamaican beef patties to chicken tikka to matzoh ... Continue Reading

Students showcase talents on stage

Arms were bent and piano notes echoed through the Recital Hall during the 6th grade talent show this past Tuesday. The show featured many unique and intriguing acts ranging from contortion to vocal duos. 

The show began with music teacher Nathan Hetherington’s and music teacher Alan Bates’ steel drum classes and closed with theater department Chair ... Continue Reading

Opinions & Editorials

It’s not easy being green

    Anyone who knows me well can tell you I love the environment. I encourage (and sometimes yell at) my friends to put their trash in the right bins. I carry around my reusable water bottle almost every day. I’ve even convinced my mother, after a series of long lectures at the supermarket, to use reusable bags instead ... Continue Reading

Individuals and the community working together

    Out of all the things to find fault in at our school, the core values are probably pretty low on your list.  But I’ve always found the words “A Balance between Individual Achievement and a Caring Community” to be somewhat problematic. 

    If we are indeed balancing individual achievement with a caring community, we ... Continue Reading

Lion's Den

Winter Season Team Preview: Fencing

Led by captains Kundan Guha (12) and Karen Shim (12), the fencing team is looking to improve on last season’s mixed bag of results, including two wins to Hackley, but three consecutive losses at the end of the season.

Last season, the fencing team posted winning records with two weapons. The team was 10-4 in the ... Continue Reading

Winter Season Team Preview: Swimming

The Horace Mann Sea Lions, coached by Mackenzie Mone and Michael Duffy, will enter the season with a mindset of both building on success and rebuilding for the future.

The Girls’ team expects to match their nearly flawless record from last year. “I’m really confident about our team going into this swim season,” Ailee Mendoza (10) ... Continue Reading

HMFL at-a-glance: Captains reflect on their seasons

Schiller's Killers

An Open Letter To Other HMFL Teams: It was a pleasure to beat you all this past season. Though we would like to say it was a challenge and the competition was tough, it simply was not the case. Our team was a perfect combination of offensive firepower, defensive prowess, and pure unfiltered leadership and ... Continue Reading

Arts & Entertainment

Beaglehole (12) to sing with National Honor Choir

This Sunday Daniel Beaglehole (12) gained acceptance into the prestigious American Choral Directors’ Association (ACDA) National Honor Choir. After studying the songs for the choir, he will travel to Salt Lake City, Utah in February to perform alongside the 300 other high school students selected from across the country.

The ACDA is a national organization for ... Continue Reading


Finstas: a new way to use Instagram to connect with friends

Posting anything from videos of cats to selfies taken at unflattering angles to pictures of striped socks, students find new and unique ways to use Instagram with the creation of a new trend called a finsta.

A finsta, an abbreviation for a fake Instagram account, is used mainly by girls to post funny or embarrassing pictures ... Continue Reading

Student by day - black belt by night

Over the past ten years, Eden David (11) has come from practicing Taekwondo recreationally as a child to having a third-degree black belt. She started Taekwondo when she was five years old, and became a third-degree black belt this summer. 

She began Taekwondo as an after-school activity. She was the only girl but was at the ... Continue Reading