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An Interview with Brooksie!

An Interview with Brooksie!
Photo courtesy of Spencer Brooks

Mr. Spencer Brooks (warning: don’t call him Spencer) is an extraordinary teacher at Colonia Middle School. Mr. Brooks is the band director, conductor, and overseer of the valiant CMS Band.

What got you into band?

“When I was in Middle School, I had an amazing band director named Tom Sicola. He was one of the best teachers and one of the best people I ever met. He made everyone feel important … and needed. He’s the reason why I’m teaching”

What was your first instrument?

“I started on trumpet, and with some encouragement from Mr. Sicola I moved on to Baritone Horn, and followed through with that through high school.”

What are your experiences in CMS?

“This is an incredible building… so many great teachers… and so many great students who wanna work, and play, and listen to my bad puns.”

What made you love the New York Jets?

“My elementary school teacher was a fan of the Dallas Cowboys and then my father said ‘No,’ since he was a Giants fan.  So I became a Jets fan.”

Did you have other opportunities to teach, other than in CMS?

“I was already teaching in Woodbridge township, and I was one of a few people who wanted this job.  I just got lucky.”

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Jack Cowen
Jack Cowen, Newspaper Staff Reporter
Jack Cowen is a 12 year old, 7th grade student athlete who is in love with football and is very enthusiastic. His favorite sports teams are the New York Giants, the Texas Longhorns, the New York Yankees, and the New Jersey Devils. Jack’s favorite subjects are Gym, Math, and Instrumental Music. He enjoys running, video games, and after-school activities. Jack is very excited for this school year.
Rafaella Sarmiento
Rafaella Sarmiento, Newspaper Staff Reporter
Rafaella Sarmiento is an outgoing 6th-grade student. She loves to play sports, play with her dog, and hang out with her friends. Her favorite movie is "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3". Her favorite song is "This is What Autumn Feels Like" and "Forever and Again" and she is the youngest out of 4. Some of her hobbies are drawing, playing soccer, and playing the snare drum. She is excited to spend the year writing for the Patriot Post.

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