Ask Sam: Valentine Crisis 2

Dear Sam,

The Valentine’s Day dance is coming up… and still, NOBODY has asked me! I know that I shouldn’t be worried about superficial things like getting asked to a middle school dance but, I AM!!!! All I want is someone to ask me to the dance. I like to know that people like me. Is that a crime???? Anyways I have a crush on this boy and I am positive he likes me, but I don’t want to ask him out because it just doesn’t feel right. Isn’t the boy supposed to ask the girl? What am I supposed to do? I’m kind of in a crisis!


Valentine’s Day Crisis

Dear Valentine’s Day Crisis,

You’re right, you shouldn’t be worrying about superficial things like dances, but it’s ok to have a crush, and it’s ok to want someone to ask you to the dance. You shouldn’t have to wait for this guy to ask you, you should ask him. Who cares if “traditionally” according to “so and so” the boy is “supposed” to ask the girl. Change the rules!!



The Un-Perfect Body 4

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Juneau Resnick

Girls, have you ever been really insecure about your body and felt worthless? If you didn’t say yes, you’re probably lying to yourself… Not that I blame you, but every girl has been there, and some still are– especially teenagers, like myself. It’s high time we address this issue head-on. We need to feel comfortable and proud of who we are!

I know it’s hard looking at other pretty, thin, stylish girls and being envious of them. Here’s a little secret, though: She feels the same way you do.

According to, “Over 50% of 9 and 10-year-old girls feel better about themselves if they are on a diet.” I’ll bet that some of those girls are starving themselves to get thinner, which is decreasing their nutrient intake. See what I’m saying, being insecure can be fatal! Even in my favorite TV show, Glee, we see a girl in glee club faint during a performance because she was starving herself. More…

Procrastination is Present 3

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Kevin Luu

Procrastination is the act of avoiding a task, though surely you all knew that, seeing as everybody seems to do it. Sometimes, people procrastinate until the last minute before a deadline. Procrastination can take hold of any aspect of life. Procrastination can make you feel guilty, depressed, anxious, and doubtful of yourself.

In a study performed on university students, procrastination was shown to be greater on tasks that were perceived as unpleasant or as impositions than on tasks for which the student believed he or she lacked the required skills for accomplishing the task. So, how do people cope with procrastination?

People need to figure out why they are procrastinating. If the task is boring or unpleasant, they should take steps to get the task out of the way so they can focus on other tasks. Poor organization can lead to procrastination. Organized people successfully overcome procrastination because they use prioritized to-do lists and create effective schedules. These tools help people organize tasks by priority and deadline. More…

Ask Sam: Four for you Glen Coco! You go Glen Coco! 4

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 6


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…