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 13

**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…

Ask Sam: Awkward #2 The Awkward Attacks 1

Dear Sam,

I’m in a really awkward situation. I have a slight crush on this guy. The only problem is he is my best friend’s boyfriend. My crush/her boyfriend is really cute, really nice, and just amazing. I’ve liked him since the 3rd grade. Everybody says that they are ”relationship goals” and ”the perfect couple.” Every time I hear it, I cringe a little inside and come to the understanding that there is no hope in life – make that no hope in my life. I don’t know if it’s all right to have a crush on him. I don’t know if it’s considered being a bad friend. I’m really not sure how I’m supposed to act. Please help me in this awkward situation.


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Ask Sam: Held Back Reply

Dear Sam,

I am currently in a swim program, and I have many friends. As time goes on all of my friends and I will soon be in teen years, and it has caught my attention that everyone is getting faster, and I am still the same speed. I feel as though my coach does not notice me because a new coach is helping out. What should I do? What if everyone leaves me because they are so fast?

From: swimmer_held_back

Dear swimmer_held_back,

It’s ok if you feel as though you’re falling short of your speed. Just try your best and stick with your friends. Push yourself and don’t be afraid of telling your coach how you feel. It’s your coach’s job to listen to your problems and help support you as you find ways to solve them.  

From, Sam

Ask Sam: Fighting Parents Reply

Dear Sam,

My Parents have been arguing and I’m stuck in the middle. What do I do?



Dear Stuck-in-the-Middle,

It can be awkward, and make you feel lonely when parents argue, but it’s a part of any relationship. Whether its two best friends, a couple, a mother and daughter, or father and son. It’s natural. You can help by cooperating with simple tasks, such as doing the dishes or helping make dinner, just something to lighten the situation. The one thing that you don’t want to do is pick sides because then the other might feel disrespected or that you favor one of your parents more that the other. You can try to talk to both of them separately and let them know how it affects you. Hopefully, at least one of them will apologize and help mend the arguing.  




Ask Sam: F.O.M.O. Reply

Dear Sam,

I went on a family vacation over break. I thought it was so much fun, but the only downside was that I didn’t get to hang with any of my friends. I thought that it would be super chill when I got back to school on Tuesday, that people would just be talking about how either they did absolutely nothing or went on an incredibly expensive vacation, but when I arrived on Tuesday, I saw my group of friends all laughing in a circle. I walked up, and they started saying a bunch of things that I didn’t understand, but then laughing, when I asked why it was so funny, they said that it was an inside joke. I have never felt so unincluded. Their nails were all painted super pretty, they said they all went to get them done over the break.  I thought MY vacation was fun. Clearly, it wasn’t as fun as theirs.



Dear Coolcookie49,

First off, don’t let your friends deprive you of your wonderful break. If you really felt like you had a good time without them, that’s totally fine. You shouldn’t feel like you have to have had a horrible time just because you didn’t understand a few jokes. Also, about the inside jokes, if you want to be able to be a part of the inside jokes too, then make some of your own, hang out with your friends, make some memories too! Give it a week, after that, they will be talking about a whole different thing, with different jokes.