Ask Sam: Four for you Glen Coco! You go Glen Coco! 2

Dear Sam,

I feel like everyone hates me for no apparent reason. I try my best at being friendly and happy towards everyone, but I never get anything in return. For example, I always send grams to my friends, whether it is Christmas, Halloween, or Valentine’s Day, and I never get ANYTHING in return. It’s so depressing! Like, the teachers will be handing them out and the people at my table will have gotten two or three while I get none. I feel like my friends don’t appreciate me enough and I always end up getting walked all over. Also, whenever a friend asks me for money or a favor, I always say yes. I just don’t know how to say no, and I never get paid back for it or get a favor in return. Please help me, Sam!


The Doormat


Weekly Support Guide #2 5


Alyssa Manson

Hello, Staconians! Happy Thanksgiving! Next week we will fill your stomachs with some of our favorite foods. We will see family and enjoy a needed break from school. Ahh, what could be better? Well, not everyone experiences life the same way.

Life can be complicated, especially for teenagers. A common problem experienced by most middle school students are a variety of mixed emotions:

  • Anger
  • Sadness
  • Happiness
  • Confusion
  • Puppy Love
  • Guilt
  • Jealousy

Now the struggle isn’t feeling the emotion itself, because it’s okay to feel those emotions. It is normal. Many of your peers also feel these emotions, even if they act like they don’t. More…

But The School Year Just Started? 4

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Averi Farren

Attention Stacey Middle School students. The end of the first trimester is quickly approaching, and trimester two will be here in a flash. In the upcoming week, trimester one will be officially gone.

To ensure that students will get good grades on their report cards, they should check Jupiter Ed frequently, turn in all missing assignments if still possible, and ask teachers for extra credit assignments if possible to add points to your grades.

Most teachers offer special assignments students can complete to earn extra credit points which are then added to their final grade. In the end, it ends up making a great impact, especially for the students in eighth grade. More…

Weekly Support Guide #1 2


Alyssa Manson

Whether it’s your parents pushing you to boost your GPA, teachers criticizing you for not so good test scores, peers pressuring you to do something, or classmates picking on you, stress is a common feeling most students feel especially during middle school.

Middle school can be a tough and challenging time. Remember- stress is okay to feel. Don’t punish yourself for feeling stress. You aren’t alone- A majority of the students in middle school feel stress at some point.

Sometimes, students don’t know how to handle stress, and it can become overwhelming. This is especially true when it comes to bullying. There are, though, some strategies to help you get through the stress and pressure of bullying. More…

Ask Sam: Too much Pressure!!! 2

Dear Sam,

So last year I had a 3.2 GPA. For some reason this year, it is way easier for me to get better grades. I have cumulative GPA of 4.0. My parents were so happy for me, the only problem is that now they are expecting this from me. I got a 4.0 in the first trimester and a 4.0 in the second. Now, this trimester they are obviously expecting me to get a 4.0! Right now I have a 3.7. When I told them, they said, “Get those grades up!” They expect too much from me! I can’t handle all this weight on me!!! What am I supposed to do, I don’t want to disappoint them!


Stressed Pickle

Dear Stressed Pickle,

First off, you need to stay calm. Everything will be alright. Now let’s get to it. It’s understandable that your parents are putting lots of pressure on you. They just want you to do your best. But it’s also understandable that you are just a kid. You shouldn’t be stressed like this. If you really feel like you can’t handle it, it’s best to just talk to your parents. Taking helps way more than you just crumbling under pressure. Tell them how you feel and how a 3.7 is the best you can do. But please remember, your parents just want what’s best for you. If a 3.7 is your best, then that is great. If you know that there is a way for you to get another 4.0, then go for it. Nobody should be over-stressing right now.


Ask Sam: Two – Timing 15

**Disclaimer: the following Ask Sam originally contained names of students, (Which are now blurred out with asterisks). For future Ask Sams, please use pseudonyms.

Dear Sam,

I like this girl named ********. I also like her friend, *******, a little bit. How can I make this, so it’s not awkward?


Cool Nerdy person


Dear Cool Nerdy Person,

It’s tough to have a crush on two at the same time. To start off, here is a quick tip. These girls are people too! You need to remember that the two girls that you have a crush on experience real emotions as well. They may not be okay with the fact that you are choosing between the two like an ice cream flavor. Now since that is out of the way, Ask yourself, “Do I like both of them equally?” If you like one more than the other, then you are set. Another question to ask yourself is, “Does this girl treat me kindly?” If one of them treats you rudely, or “shoos” you away, she may not be a girl to have a crush on. If you are still stuck on which one of them to pick, try asking one of them how they feel towards you. If she isn’t necessarily interested in a relationship, then move on and try the next. Once again, these girls are entitled to their own opinion and choice as well. If they both aren’t interested, don’t take it the wrong way.



What Even is Ask Sam? 6

Mariah Escatel and Averi Farren

What even is Ask Sam?

Ask Sam is an anonymous advice column that is a new addition to the Cougar Chronicle. It was recently added this year. The genius who came up with the idea was none other than one of the brilliant staff members of the Cougar Chronicle. The Cougar Chronicle team plans to continue it through the entire year and possibly next year.  

Who is Sam?

He/She is an anonymous staff member of the Cougar Chronicle newspaper team. His/Her real name is not Sam. Sam is just an anonymous gender neutral name chosen to keep things gender equal and uncomplicated. More…

Ask Sam: Unfortunate B-day 7

Dear Sam,

I’m really sad because my parents and my whole family forgot my birthday. What do I do?

-Saddy Birthday Sasha

Dear Sad Birthday Sasha,

I’m going to start off by saying, “Happy Belated Birthday!” I hope that helped a bit. I understand why you are so sad. Anyone would be sad if the people that they love and care about forgot their birthday. It’s natural to forget someone’s birthday once in a while. I bet even you can’t remember every single one of your family members’ birthdays. The truth is I wouldn’t be able to either. Regardless if your birthday is remembered or forgotten, you need to keep in mind that you are still a special person. You still are important. Know that just because they forgot your birthday doesn’t mean that they don’t love you. Maybe next year, throw out some reminders just in case. 



How To Get Good Grades in Only Ten Steps! 7

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Katelyn Hooker

Some students at Stacey might not have the greatest grades, some might even be on the verge of not passing 8th grade. If you are one of those students or just want to improve your grades, then here are ten easy steps on how to do it.

Step number one: Believe in yourself! For you to succeed, you need to make sure you believe in yourself. You need to recognize your abilities and talents so you can succeed!   More…

GPA and the Third Trimester 2

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Delaney Powell

A lot of students get extra stressed about the time report cards come out.  There are ways to lessen the stress, though. Here are some tips and tricks to boost your GPA!

If you are struggling in reading, try to meet you AR goal a few weeks before the end of the trimester. Don’t wait until the last week. For ELA classes, it is a big part of the grade, so don’t waste time on books with no tests. Always make sure to check to see if the book is AR before you buy it or check it out. Save the other reading for summer. More…