McDonald’s Shamrock Shake is Shaking its Way Back into the Menu! 1

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Caitlyn Timmons

Just as Starbucks’ pumpkin spice latte signals the beginning of fall, McDonald’s Shamrock Shake gives us the certainty that spring is on its way!

What is a Shamrock Shake, you may ask? The Shamrock Shake is a seasonal green-dyed mint-flavored milkshake dessert sold at McDonald’s during March to celebrate the Irish holiday, St. Patrick’s Day.

“It tasted minty but less like a candy type of mint and more like straight mint-leaf. It was really thick and that was probably my favorite part. The consistency was just thick enough to make my taste buds happy,”  says Avalyn Walton, a seventh grader, after trying her first shake. More…

Smile! 48

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Mariah Escatel

Meet Zoe king. She claims to have never taken a perfect photo, although her friends disagree. She dreads the semiannual picture days.

“”I always look bad,” says Zoe King.

Though, she’s not the only one. Many of the Stacey Middle School students believe that their picture always seems to come out awkward.

Speaking of pictures, Spring picture day is here. Tuesday, Feb. 27th.

This year students are in for quite the treat. More…

What’s Going On In Staconia? (Feb. 26 – Mar. 2) 2

Kelsey Bisetti

Hello, my lovely little cubs! How are you on this fine morning?

This week is fairly relaxed, but there’s something very exciting on Wednesday: Our second ever GSA meeting! I’m so excited to finally meet all our members. Whether you’re gay, straight, bisexual, asexual, transgender, or genderqueer, we’d love for you to come enjoy some lovely snacks and conversation.

Builders Club meets Tuesday at 2:45 in B3.

Gaming Club is meeting this Wednesday, too. Have fun slaying dragons (or whatever it is you do there)!

Thursday is the first day to apply for the Girls Only Math Competition at Warner Middle School. Good luck!

This Friday, Anime Club has a meeting.

Well, that’s all for now, Cougars! Have an awesome week!

P.S. This Wednesday is also National Rare Disease Awareness Day, so keep an eye out for a touching article on one of our own: The lovely Juneau Resnick.

Mrs. Valverde, Multicultural Night and its New Features Reply

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Juneau Resnick and Alyssa Manson

Multicultural Night is on the horizon. It will be on Friday, March 2nd. As usual, Mrs. Valverde is working tirelessly to make this an event where everyone can be themselves and feel at home. We sat down with Mrs. Valverde to ask about how much this school event has evolved and changed over the years. 

Before we get into the interview, though, we want to give you an idea as to how much goes into an event like this. There are dozens of booths at this activity, which means a lot of research on different cultures and a lot of planning and organizing. Mrs. Valverde also has to monitor how the students are doing along the way. She has to double check everything.

Imagine being a teacher, having to plan lessons, grade all of her students’ assignments, having to manage your life, pay your own bills, and then having to plan a school event! I’m having trouble just being a teenager, let alone an adult.
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#EndItMovement Reply

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END IT is a Coalition of the leading organizations in the world in the fight for FREEDOM. Each of our amazing 16 Coalition Partners is doing work, on the ground, every day, to bring AWARENESS, PREVENTION, RESCUE, and RESTORATION.

CALL TO ACTION:

Join us and other Freedom Fighters from around the world this THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22ND, as we SHINE A LIGHT ON SLAVERY together! Draw a RED X on your hand, take a selfie and post it on social media using #enditmovement. This simple action opens the door to conversations and allows us to tell more people that slavery still exists.

KEY POINTS:

  • END IT is an awareness campaign that launched in 2013.
  • Our goal is to SHINE A LIGHT ON SLAVERY by letting the world know that slavery still exists. With an estimated 20 – 45.8” million men, women and children trapped in various forms of slavery around the world, including the U.S. (bonded labor, forced labor, and sex trafficking), there is more slave in the world today than at any other time in history.
  • To us, awareness is doing the work, but awareness is only the beginning. Awareness must lead to ACTION. Once you’re aware, you can’t not do something.
  • We want to encourage people to get involved in this fight for freedom in whatever way they can, be it donation money changing purchasing habits, helping raise awareness, getting companies to change policies or deciding to go work in this field. We all have a voice and we all have influence, so we can a;; do something. In order to tell the world, we need everyone to tell their world.

KEY STATS:

  • There are an estimated 27 million people trapped in slavery around the world today.
  • Slavery generates an estimated $150.2 billion per year in profits. That’s more than Google + Amazon + eBay combined.
  • Slavery is illegal in every country in the world, yet still exists in 167 countries, accounting for 87% of nations across the globe.
  • The average cost of a slave today is $90. The average cost of a slave in 1850, in the American South, is equivalent to $40,000 today.
  • 55% of forced labor victims are women and girls.
  • Nearly 1 in 5 victims of slavery is a child The average age a teen enters the sex trade in the U.S. is 12 – 14 years old.
  • 29,868 human trafficking cases in the U.S. identified on the National Human Trafficking Hotline.

G to the #ENDITMOVEMENT site for more information.

Story Contest 18

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Mia Grasse

Stacey’s Broadcast Journalism team wants to see how good of a writer you are. Starting Wednesday, January 31, enter Journalism’s writing contest for a chance to get published in the Cougar Chronicle and get an award on stage at one of our Cougar Pride assemblies. Stacey’s Broadcast Journalism team will be picking a winner from each grade.

What will we be writing about?

Well, the journalism crew voted, and the genre of the stories will be action and adventure. Create your own characters, character struggles, and plots. The journalism students want to be able to read a fun and creative story made by some of the best writers at Stacey.

Here are the criteria for your story:

  • Heading must have your full name (Last, First) and grade level
  • Must be written by only one person
  • Must have a genre of action and adventure
  • Minimum of 500 words and maximum of 1000 words
  • Must be turned in to B-3 by February 14th

Remember to be creative. More…

8th Grade Parent & Student Night at WHS 1

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Katie Mills

If you are going to Westminster High School this one is for you!

Please join the informational meeting regarding Westminster High School (WHS) Registration for incoming freshmen students.

This meeting will focus specifically on the high school curriculum and the registration process. There will be information about WHS’s many outstanding programs designed to help students prepare for college with be presented at this event – M.E.R.I.T.S., AVID, Health Academy, and more. More…

The Grit 100 Reply

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Madelyn Fracassa

Have you heard of the ultimate challenge that if completed, you can win $100.00? This challenge is called “The Grit 100” and was created by Mr.Yohn.

To complete the challenge and get $100.00 you must run one mile every day for one-hundred days. If you are sick or it’s raining it does not matter because if you skip a day, you lose the challenge.

If not one person completes the challenge then the person that did the challenge for ninety-nine days will get $99.00. Or if the highest is seventy-five days then they will get $75.00.

The Grit 100 is every school day at 7:20 a.m. on the field where you would normally run the mile during physical education (P.E.). More…

Hip Hip Hooray For Saturday Academy Reply

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Mariah Escatel

Students with one or many absences are strongly encouraged to come to Saturday Academy on January 27th at Stacey Middle School.

Students come to school on Saturday at 8 am and are offered various options to choose from. These including Garden Club, study skills, a sports clinic, music workshop or a movie script analysis.

Students who attend one Saturday Academy session will be relieved one absence from that the current trimester.

The session is from 8 am to 12 pm, only four hours to relieve a full day absence.

So what do you have to lose? Come over to Saturday Academy.

Construction Crazy Stacey!: Winter Edition Reply

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Madelyn Fracassa

During winter of 2017, construction really has gotten crazy. Good and bad things have both happened.

Around the middle of October, it was really windy, so the construction workers were supposed to water the dirt down. That did not happen, so it became a major health concern for all the kids in Physical Education class, especially the kids with asthma. Dirt should definitely not be blowing in the air as Stacey students run the mile, play volleyball, throw footballs, and so much more.

According to Mrs. DeBritton, “Even though there are some safety concerns, they [the construction team] are starting to work on weekends.” More…