Friday, December 21, 2012

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
                1st Lunch…………….11:15 – 11:45

               1st Lunch Exam.....11:50 – 1:10

                2nd 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, December 20, 2012

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

5th Period:  11:32-12:48

    1st Lunch:  11:32-11:57

    2nd Lunch:  12:23-12:48

Period 6 Exam 12:53 - 2:34

It's Ugly Sweater Day MHS! Faculty Photo

Friday, December 14, 2012

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


§  1 cup of Milk

§  3 tbsp. of Nutella

§  Whip Cream


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


§  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

§  Betty Crocker® Rich & Creamy vanilla or chocolate ready-to-spread frosting (from 16-ounce tub), if desired

§  Assorted candy sprinkles or colored sugars


First, mix powdered sugar, butter, soft drink mix, vanilla and egg in large bowl with spoon. Stir in flour and cream of tartar. Cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes.

Second, heat oven to 375ºF. Divide dough into 20 pieces. Roll each piece into 6-inch log, using lightly floured hands. Place about 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.

Third, bake 8 to 9 minutes or until firm. Cool 2 minutes; remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.

Fourth, spread tips of cookies with frosting and sprinkle with candies.


Ginger-Brown Sugar Cookies


§  1 cup packed brown sugar

§  3/4 cup butter or margarine, softened

§  1 teaspoon vanilla

§  1 egg

§  2 cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour

§  1/2 teaspoon baking soda

§  1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

§  1/2 cup finely chopped crystallized ginger

§  2 tablespoons granulated sugar


First, heat oven to 375°F. In large bowl, beat brown sugar, butter, vanilla and egg with electric mixer on medium speed, or mix with spoon. Stir in flour, baking soda and gingers.

Second, shape dough by rounded teaspoonfuls into 1-inch balls. Place about 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten to 1/2-inch thickness with greased bottom of glass dipped in granulated sugar.

Third, bake cookies 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are set. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack; cool.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

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’s really great that this group was looking up to me and the others on the team.  It made me feel so proud and honored to represent Mooresville basketball,” Earls said.
After half time all of the boys were led in a big dance by the junior cheerleaders followed by “the wave.” With the game being close towards the end, they were on their feet yelling and cheering almost the whole time.
According to Andy Ellinghausen, president of the MBJBL, they are very pleased with the opportunity to connect the youth of our community with our school programs.
 “Our kids were met by the 8th grade team collecting our donations, and then by our JV and Varsity teams on the court.  It was a message to our kids that hard work and character can result in a leadership role in their community. It was a pretty fun night out, too!” Ellinghausen said.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

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 place for an all-day marathon because of all the restaurants in Metropolis. Although my group left The Rave twice for food, I stayed in the theater for the majority of the marathon. I was going to take advantage of this experience.
   The first movie began to play and halfway through it I realized just how far the saga had come. Anyone who has watched as far as the second movie can see the difference in quality. The first movie seems honestly laughable in comparison to the others. It lacks in quality acting, special effects, storyline and action. The saga has evolved from just a love story to an action packed romance that has a great sense of both.
   Throughout the second, third and fourth movies, I began to analyze everything about this whole Twilight commotion. I couldn’t personally understand why this was so important to some people; how this could possibly be a massive group of peoples Harry Potter. The fandom of the saga has grown a great bit along with the maturation of the films. It has grown from overly obsessive preteens to people of all ages.
   The saga has a storyline that cannot be emulated because it would be ridiculous if it actually happened. Viewers are able to enjoy it on the surface without having to analyze, because it breaks the boundaries of reality. To this community of people called a fandom, the series represents reaching out of their ordinary lives to dive into a world where unrealistic things materialize. And you don’t have to actually believe in supernatural things to enjoy it. The characters are also relatable, on one level or another. The series holds onto stereotypes within the characters, but throughout the saga they seem to become more personable.
   As part one of Breaking Dawn ended, I began wondering whether the marathon had been actually worth it, I could borrow the DVD’s from a friend. But as my friends as I left the theater for the intermission before the premier of the fifth movie, we saw the line that made us understand why this had been a good idea. These people had over an hours wait outside in the cold, and we already had our seats all cozy in our own theater. Not to mention the free refills on popcorn and soda only marathon goers had.
   Those who only watch the films for comedy will be surprised by the intensity by the last and final film. Throughout the series, each of the conflicts was not easily predicted. The saga does a superb job of keeping the audience unknowing and awaiting more. Breaking Dawn Part Two has an amazing climax, as anyone who has seen the movie should tell you. It built up to it extremely well. In the final movie, all teams have been eliminated, there’s solely one common goal. I have never been in a theater where the audience actually screamed during the movie that wasn’t of the horror genre. These weren’t only gasps, but full-out screams from the truly dedicated fans.
   Throughout the entire marathon, the audience clapped whenever Jacob or Edward would make their first entrance into each movie. It made the movies sort of interactive. But all the silliness ended as soon at the lighted dimmed for Breaking Dawn Part Two. Get ready for the end of forever.


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. 

Monday, December 10, 2012


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
1st Lunch… 11:30 – 11:55
2nd 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.

Friday, December 7, 2012

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:

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Wednesday, December 5, 2012


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.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

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.

Monday, December 3, 2012

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.