The Siren

Half woman, half bird, the Sirens of Greek mythology
were said to have had voices powerful enough
to charm wayward sailors out of this world.

Second Edition -- February 2002


Meet the Maintenance Crew
We see them practically every day. They are hard at work--opening reluctant lockers, tidying the dining room, clearing last evening's debris from the Grand Salle; in short, maintaining the level of order and comfort Sionians demand while scarcely giving it a second thought. The Siren Features writers recently discovered that Sion's maintenance men are more than just that. Angel Olivas founded the church where he preaches every Sunday. Tony Brown has a degree in aerospace engineering, which he began at MIT and finished in Okinawa, Japan. Want to know more about these guys? Check out this special section.

Angel, right, and Barry, left, arrive at Sion every day about two hours before most of us get up. After leaving Sion at about 1:30, Barry goes to his job at St. Joseph Health Center. "I spend a lot of time with my family on the weekends," says Barry, "because they're usually asleep when I leave and when I come home every day."

Nuns and Bloomers
Sion is having its 90th anniversary this year, and The Siren decided to find out what the school was like back in those early years. Mrs. Gertrude Koehler graduated from Sion in 1919, when it was still a boarding school in Marshall, Missouri. She is now one hundred years old, and she has nearly a hundred grandchildren. Siren editor Robin Kilmer visited her at her home, where she is still able to live on her own.


Life at the Sion boarding school in Marshall, Missouri, was organized around nearly monastic-level discipline and quiet reflection. Though Mrs. Koehler (pictured here in her graduation picture, back row, center) felt she received a top-notch education at Sion, she laments that "there just weren't the same opportunities for us."

A Cold Turnout
This month's ice storm brought us three snow days and, in many cases, took away the heated living room (and dvd player, surround sound, espresso maker...) with which we might have chosen to enjoy them. Did we learn anything from all this? Sarah Lyon's piece offers some amusing reflection on the situation.


Rafe's Diary
Elizabeth Braud returns with the continued misadventures of Rafe McCloud.

Life at Sion
Sion girls play it cool when boys visit, and we're ALWAYS at our best in the mornings. Maggie Haden, comic artist, is back to tell you how it is-- accompanied by a new column on life at sion. This month's installement brought to you by ChiChi Ekekezie, sophomore.

Our Weird City
Now that Zaria Molini has a driver's license, she no longer has to ride the bus. Ah, how quickly nostalgia sets in...

A & E

Pop Culture

Film Buff Speaks
Film buff Caroline Eppright on "In the Bedroom."

Turn it Up
Katie Schaag returns with a review of Jimmy Eats World's Bleed America.


The Bien Report
Junior Kelly Bienhoff reviews a nonfiction title: Take the Cannoli, a collection of autobiographical essays by Sarah Vowell, editor for and producer for Public Radio International.

Student Gallery

Hands On
Teresa Kerbawy, The Siren's new photographer, took some time this month to shoot those ever-important appendages--our hands. Accompanied by an original poem.

"And underneath this smooth terrain, Four bloody rivers..."
--Teresa Kerbawy, "Iceberg"

Cyber Classroom

Merry Potters
Mrs. Blasdel joined the faculty this year as art instructor. Among her students' productions so far is quite an impressive collection of ceramics.


This specimen, made by Marisa Butler, shows some pretty appetizing detail work.

Reflections on War
As an assignment for a unit on American war literature, several of Miss Hodge's English II students recently interviewed veterens in their families. Betsy Cray's grandfather, Tom Finholm, served in the Pacific theatre in WWII. She wrote this article based on what she learned.


"My Poppop [second from right] served in the army air-corps as the number one bombardier along with his crew of ten other men--five officers and six enlisted men. He had moved up the ladder from a private to an officer and was highly trained for his task." --Betsy Cray


The Siren is the first web magazine of the Notre Dame de Sion School of Kansas City, Missouri. Miss Hodge, faculty sponsor, and Robin Kilmer, junior, are currently serving as editors.

Thanks to all those who have provided support and encouragement as we get the project off the ground. We would appreciate any comments you'd like to send our way. Send us an email at

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