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FRIDAY 12/21: Adjusted Final Exam Schedule

FRIDAY 12/21: Adjusted Final Exam Schedule Period 2 Exam -- 9:50 – 11:15 (Announcements will be shown at 11:10)                 Passing Period……11:15 – 11:20 Period 5 Exam --11:20 – 1:10                 1 st Lunch…………….11:15 – 11:45                1 st Lunch Exam.....11:50 – 1:10                 2 nd Lunch Exam…………….11:20 – 12:40    2nd Lunch………….12:40 – 1:10                 Passing Period……1:10 – 1:15 Period 4 Exam -- 1:15 – 2:34

Thursday Adjusted Final Exam Schedule

Period 1 Exam:  7:50-9:41 Passing Period: 9:41-9:46 Period 3 Exam: 9:46-11:27 5 th Period:  11:32-12:48     1 st Lunch:  11:32-11:57     2 nd Lunch:  12:23-12:48 Period 6 Exam 12:53 - 2:34

It's Ugly Sweater Day MHS! Faculty Photo


Fighting the Chills in Style: Holiday Recipes

by Whitney Smither   Settling down for the night and want to make something warm up with? Craving cookies with a lot of sugar? Wanting to cook something creative that one can eat? If one said yes to any of the questions above here are some great recipes to try out!   Nutella Hot Chocolate Ingredients §   1 cup of Milk §   3 tbsp. of Nutella §   Whip Cream Instructions First, over medium-low heat to warm up the milk in a saucepan on the oven. Second, once the milk in the saucepan is warm, take it off the heat. Third, drop in 3 tbsp. of Nutella scoops and whisk. Lastly, put on whip cream, serve in a mug and enjoy!     Christmas Cookie Sticks Ingredients §   1 ½ cups powdered sugar §   1 cup butter or margarine, softened §   1 envelope (0.14 ounce) strawberry- or lime-flavored unsweetened soft drink mix §   1 teaspoon vanilla §   1 egg §   2 2/3 cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour §   1 teaspoon cream of tartar

Happy Holidays from the Pulse Staff!


MBJBL Gives Back at League Night

by Abby Ellinghausen             Last Saturday, Dec. 8, was the annual league night at the Boy’s JV and Varsity Basketball games for the Mooresville Boys Junior Basketball League. Players and cheerleaders grades one through eight attended along with their coaches. The boys and cheerleaders from the league brought in over 400 cans of food to donate to the Churches in Mission for free admission to the games. The gym looked like a sea of Mooresville gold with all of the MBJBL players and cheerleaders in gold shirts as well as the MHS Varsity and JV teams. As the Varsity ran through a tunnel of the kids before the game, it was evident by the smiles on everyone’s face that this was a special event for all. “It was great seeing all of the little kids smiles and seeing how big their eyes got,” sophomore Lane Weaver said.   Freshman KC Earls remembered looking up to the Varsity players when he was part of the tunnel years ago.   “I looked to them as role models and now I think it’

I'm No Twihard: Breaking Dawn Part II Review

by Taylor Childs    Thirty minutes early and there’s still a line. Middle-aged and older women crowd the entrance to The Rave anticipating the next twelve hours that they’ll spend here. The younger fan base will come out later that night for the 10 p.m. premiere.    Some movie goers had already picked up their tickets; the ones who didn’t were directed to the cashiers at the window or the machine. Once we received our tickets, we were ushered to one theater that we would keep for the entirety of the marathon. On the way in, we were all handed candy, a raffle ticket and a lanyard that would be our pass in and out of the theater. People settled in their seats with their food and blankets while the movie attendants came in. They explained to us that we were a “special group of dedicated fans,”except I’m not. I’m no “twihard.” I’m just here for the experience.    They told us the schedule. There was going to be an intermission between each of the movies. The Rave is the perfect plac

College Fair This Thursday

   The Morgan County College Fair will be this Thursday, Dec. 13 in the Mooresville High School cafeteria from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.    The fair gives the opportunity to meet with the people giving the scholarship; there will be no filling out forms.    Meeting the representatives at the fair could be a big part in being granted the scholarship. Many scholarship donors take attendance of the fair into great importance during their decision. Remember to look at the scholarships on the schools website (link provided below, beforehand.    The fair will also have door prizes and food. Remember to dress appropriately, the more formal the better. Do not wear jeans, as it is important to make a good first impression.


Wednesday, December 19, 2012 Period 1… 7:50 – 8:38 Period 2… 8:43 – 9:31 Period 3… 9:36 – 10:24 Period 4 (announcements for the day) … 10:29 – 11:25 Period 5… 11:30 – 12:48 1 st Lunch… 11:30 – 11:55 2 nd Lunch… 12:23 – 12:48 Period 7 Exam… 12:53 – 2:34

The Season of Scholarships

   As acceptance letters begin to come in the mail, the next step on the college trail is scholarships. There’s tons of free money out there, it just needs to be approached.    On the MHS website in the guidance department section, there is a list of college scholarships. This is an amazing resource for seniors to take advantage of right away.    The list is updated frequently as more scholarships are received by the guidance department. It is also easy to navigate as there are sections for the amount of money rewarded, deadline for application and qualifications.    Why turn down free money when the link is right here?

Discovering an Ideal Government

by Whitney Smither    Eight weeks into the grading period and 32 groups of sophomores from Mr. Burgess’s World History Honors classes are prepared to give their presentations about their ideal government on Tuesday, Dec. 11.

Fancy Physics: Rube Goldberg projects

   In Physics, students have been working on Rube Goldberg projects for about three weeks. The project consists of using several machines to accomplish a specific task. The point of the project was to tie in concepts from past chapters.    Here are some pictures of the finished projects. (photos by Bailey Pryor)

OrthoIndy’s Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis

      For the 24th time in Indianapolis, tiny bells will resonate through the city’s downtown streets as thousands of people gather to help counteract arthritis.    The Annual Indianapolis Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis will take place this Saturday at 9 a.m. at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Presented by OrthoIndy, the event helps fund the Arthritis Foundation in its mission to take steps in preventing and curing arthritis.    The event is projected to gather around 3,500 people this weekend. There will be a 5K, a 10K and a Children’s Santa Sprint. Holiday costumes are encouraged and tiny bells are given to each participant. Online registration is closed, but late registration is available the morning of the event for $35 per person. For more information visit:

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Today MHS honored Principal Chuck Muston through a convocation. Muston will leave MHS at the end of the first semester to take on a new position at the Church of Mt. Gillead.


   This year has marked several changes to MHS and the way things are taught.      Math teacher Nikki Manion and history teacher Jesse Burgess have jumped on board a new trend that is sweeping through the education system. Known as flipped classrooms, teachers give the notes at home through video tutorials and spend class time helping students with their homework.

Puppy Chow on Sale

by Veronica Smith       In the mood for a holiday treat? December 3 through the 7 the Best Buddies is selling puppy chow during lunch and passing period for $1. All the money is getting fundraised to Best Buddies. It’s also to raise money to be able to send a student to Leadership Conference.    All it takes to make this delicious holiday snack is Chex cereal, peanut butter, butter, chocolate chips, vanilla and powder sugar. “You know it’s Christmas time when the Best Buddies are selling Puppy Chow,” Mrs. Amy Selby said.   

Teachers Try Strategy: Flipped Classes

by Daniel Skora             Flipped classes have been implemented into multiple classrooms for the first time at Mooresville High School. Some students dislike the way the classes are run, but others enjoy the new project based learning.

Mooresville Boys’ Junior Basketball League Night at MHS

by Abby Ellinghausen             The Mooresville Boys’ Junior Basketball League will be having its league night at this Saturday’s JV and Varsity Boys’ Basketball games. The boys, along with the Junior League cheerleaders, will be collecting cans for the Churches in Mission that night also. The grade level that collects the most cans will receive a pizza party at the end of the season. If you would like to bring cans also, they will be collecting them at door 8 before the games. For more information visit .

Champions of Character Winners: November

   The Mooresville High School Athletic Department announced their November Champions of Character award winners. The Champions of Character program inspires character qualities being implemented through life experiences gained from the educational and/or athletic experiences at Mooresville.

Candy Cane Grams

by Daniel Skora             Candy Cane Grams will be on sale at lunch from Dec. 3 to Dec. 14. The cost is $1 for one or $5 for 10. One needs his or her MHS student identification in order to buy them.             One can attach a cheerful message or Christmas saying attached to a Candy Cane and send it through Candy Cane Grams to his or her friends. They will be delivered to classes during the week of finals. All proceeds go to Junior State of America.

No Shave November Final Photo

The MHS Men of November proudly show off their beards.   Thirteen men participated in No Shave November this year. Front Row: Mr. Clint Swalls, Mr. Adam Allen, Mr. Brian Stayte, Mr. Arthur Brown, and Mr. Andy Marine. Back Row: Mr. Roger Thomas, Mr. Wesley Neese, Mr. Jim Lindsey, Mr. Tim VanWanzeele, Mr. Oggy Brewer, Mr. Jason Zollman, Mr. Brinton Farrand, and Mr. Joe Johnson

MHS Girls’ Basketball to Play at Bankers Life

by Abby Ellinghausen             It was just announced that over Christmas Break on Thursday, January 3, 2013 the Mooresville High School Girls’ Varsity basketball team will have the chance to play at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The girls will take on Franklin Community at 4 p.m. The lineup of girls’ games that day includes Western Boone and Mt. Vernon at 2 p.m. followed by Mooresville and Franklin Community at 4 pm. The girls will then be followed by the Martinsville and Decatur Central boys at 5:45 p.m. and Fishers and Lebanon boys at 7:30 p.m.

Wishing For A White Christmas?

by Taylor Childs    For many students and teachers alike, snow is what makes Christmas Christmas. And for those who are anticipating a white Christmas this year, the forecast is looking bright.

Spanish III Honors: Presentation Pictures

For the past month, students in Mrs. Tamara Skaggs Spanish III Honors classes have been researching and creating pieces of art to critique and display in Spanish. Check out some pictures below of their final products. *photos by Brett Hoffman

Food Drive Exceeds Expectations

MHS Food Drive by Cassidy Kelley    For many years MHS Student Council has hosted the annual food drive for needing families. Hosted by sponsors Mrs. Goddard and Mrs. Owens, MHS seeks to exceed the number of goods raised in the past.    Student Body President Mandy Carroll and Chair of the Food Drive Brett Green have worked together to make this year’s food drive a very successful one indeed. In an overall community total, which includes the elementary schools, over 11,000 canned and nonperishable goods were collected for Churches in Mission.    “Our total this year is much higher than the 938 we had last year,” Carroll said.

Victorian Christmas Schedule

   December is almost here! Which means Mooresville’s Annual Victorian Christmas is coming. This Saturday on Dec. 1, students from the high school will be performing for the town of Mooresville. Click on the link below to see the full schedule.

Novembeard: Things are Getting Hairy at MHS

by Brett Hoffman       As the weather gets colder and the days get shorter, the faces of students and teachers start to get a little fuzzy.    “I was going to do it, but my face gets too scratchy,” sophomore Peyton Baker said.

MHS to Participate in RTV6 Toy Drive

   The MHS and PHMS Athletic Departments and MHS Honor Society are working together to create a toy drive for Churches in Mission and local children. Unwrapped toys can be dropped off at any Mooresville school until Friday, November 30. A commercial for the toy drive will be featured on RTV6 at the Pioneer Girls’ Basketball game at 6 p.m. the same evening of the deadline.    Needed items include: ·          board games ·          Hot Wheels sets ·          Legos ·          building kits ·          art & craft kits ·          gifts for older children    Help others by making this our biggest toy drive ever!

Swalls Wins Food Drive

by Cassidy Kelley      Food drive donations from MHS reached an all-time high with a total of 4,749 canned and boxed goods; a significant rise from the 938 that were collected last year. Mr. Clint Swalls’ class brought in an average of 42 items per student, thus winning them the free breakfast. Mr. Matt Bosworth’s class came in a close second with an average of 34 cans per student. Great job Pioneers! 

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Christmas Play News

   Christmas plays performed by the theatre arts classes will be on Tuesday, Dec. 4 and Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 6 p.m.   The admission is $3 for students and adults, and kids younger than 5 are free.   Ticket sales begin at 5:15 p.m.   the nights of the plays.   The plays are written by students in the advanced theatre class from the year before.

Thinking About College? Find Out What It's Like at Library College Night

   The Mooresville Public Library is holding a College Night on Wednesday, Dec. 19 from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. Current college students will be there to discuss their experiences and information about local colleges will be available to take home. Registration is required and refreshments will be served. To register, go online to =

2013 Yearbooks On Sale Now!

Yearbooks will be on sale for $45 until Nov. 18. On Nov. 19, the price of the 2013 Wagon Trails Yearbook will increase to $55. The final deadline to order is March 22. Nameplates will also be available with information on the form.   Students who wish to order a yearbook may follow one of the two ways: 1. Use a credit card and order online at or call 1-866-287-3096. Use the order number 40256. -OR- 2. Use a check or money order, and make checks payable to Herff jones Yearbooks. Include the order number 40256 on check or money order.   Return the completed order form to Herff Jones Yearbook Order Center, PO Box 29, Edwardsville, KS, 66113-9029. See Mrs. Ada Clark in Room 121 for a form.

Two Hr. Delay Schedule

MOORESVILLE HIGH SCHOOL 2 - HOUR DELAY SCHEDULE   1st Period: 9:50-10:21 2nd Period: 10:26-10:57 3rd Period: 11:02-11:33 5th Period: 11:38-12:43      (1st Lunch: 11:38 - 12:08)      (2nd Lunch: 12:13 - 12:43) 4th Period: 12:48 - 1:18 6th Period: 1:23 - 1:54 7th Period: 1:59 - 2:34

Mooresville Schools Madison Township Board Election

   Today, the presidential election has front and center; however, another election will be hitting closer to home. MCSC has a race for the Madison Township Board Member. But what does this mean to MHS?    Mark Meadows and David Reddick both care about the school system. They seem to agree that they disagree on one major point.    “Our area of disagreement is in the tool of a school voucher program,” candidate Mark Meadows said.    School vouchers allow people to send money to private schools that would otherwise go into a public school system. The money, given by the state government, follows the student.   Candidate David Reddick said, “I don’t believe someone who is running for a public school board should favor vouchers because, under present law, granting a voucher takes funds away from a public school district and makes it harder for a public school district to succeed.”    However, Meadows believes they can be beneficial.    “Parents and families should be able to voi

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

by Shyla Harless    Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012 at 9 a.m., the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will begin on NBC.    “I never watch the parade because I am the chef on Thanksgiving dinner for my family,” English teacher Jason Zollman said.    The parade is in its eighty sixth year with 3 million people in New York and 50 million watching from their homes. The parade started in 1924, and has only not happened from 1940 to 1945 because of the war in Europe. The route of the parade has only changed once and that was in 2009.    “It is part of our family tradition, and it brings back happy memories from years past,” chemistry teacher Anne Brewer said.      The oldest balloon in the parade is the Snoopy balloon. The parade lineup is balloons, floats, balloonicles, clowns, novelty balloons, performance groups and marching bands.   “My favorite part of the parade is the marching bands because I am in color guard here at the school,” junior Mackensie Letourneau.        Don’t forget t

Editorial: Student Halloween Costumes

   Halloween costumes could be beneficial to the school. If a contest was set up where the best costumes under certain themes could win, it would provide an opportunity to spread school spirit and get the students more willing to participate in school activities. Even MHS’s morale could be boosted as a result.    On October 31, students at MHS were confused as to why they weren’t allowed to wear Halloween costumes.   In the past, students were allowed to wear costumes to celebrate the official holiday while staying within a loose dress code policy.    “In the ‘80s, students and faculty members participated more in Spirit Week themes and dressed up for Halloween,” art teacher Mr. Brinton Farrand said. “They used to decorate the rooms for Christmas.”    During Spirit Week, MHS put aside the dress code policy in order to encourage students to have fun dressing up for the themes, creating a positive atmosphere in the school. Some students were even sporting costumes that had blue an


by Whitney Smither   It’s halfway through the NFL 2012-2013 season, and the Indianapolis Colts’ fans are eager to see what is in store for their team for the remainder of the season.    “I am very impressed that we have won as many games as we have,” Spanish teacher Mrs. Richhart said. “I see a great future ahead.”

NEWS RELEASE: Champions of Character Winners

Mooresville High School Athletic Department For Immediate Release 11/1/12 Mooresville High School Athletic Department Announces Champions of Character Award Winners for October Mooresville, IN – The Mooresville High School Athletic Department is pleased to announce the Champions of Character award winners from all Mooresville Schools for the month of October. The Champions of Character program specific inspires character qualities being implemented through life experiences gained from the educational and/or athletic experiences at Mooresville.   The program recognizes one male & female student from each elementary school, the middle school and high school for the month of September.   The students each month are nominated by their teachers and chosen by their Principal for demonstrating the following three main core values through the Mooresville Champions of Character program: Character, Unity and Servant Leadership.   October Award Winners:

MHS Gets an ‘A’

   Through the IDOE, a grading system put in place in 2011, Mooresville High School has learned that it is an A-Rated school. The grades for 2012 assigned by the IDOE are based on the Spring 2012 State Assessment.   For more information, view the Mooresville Schools News Release here:

Reminder: Time Change Saturday

"Fall Back" in the Fall: MHS: Don't forget to move your clocks back one hour before you go to sleep on Saturday night.

Urgent Parent Message

From Mooresville Schools Facebook Page We have learned from the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department that amongst a child’s Halloween candy a Kit Kat bar was found with a needle inside. Parents discovered the needle before the candy was eaten. The child had been trick or treating in the Commons area of Heartland Crossing. Parents are urged to look through their children’s candy before letting the child have it. Anything suspicious should be reported to the sheriff’s department at 765-342-5544 or the Mooresville Police Department at 317-831-3434.

Passmore Passes More

by Brett Hoffman             This past Saturday, senior Michael Passmore ran in the Indiana State Championship in Terre Haute. He was the only Mooresville cross country runner to advance to state.             “I took it easy the week before the race and got mentally prepared,” Passmore said. “I also ate a ton of carbs.” This was Passmore’s second time running at state for cross country, and he was ready to show his competitors how much he had improved. Passmore was in between the fortieth and fiftieth at the 4k mark, and finished in seventeenth place, passing nearly half of his fellow runners in 1000 meters. Passmore also finished as the eleventh fastest senior in the race, which gave him a spot on the Indiana All Star Cross Country team. He will be running in Kettering Ohio with the other All Stars from Ohio, Michigan and Illinois on Nov. 17.             “I got a PR (personal record) at the most important race of the season,” Passmore said. “I am very happy.”             Th