Do Cats Really Deserve To Die? 11

Kelsey Bisetti

There is no way to make death okay. That seems to be a generally accepted belief, right? Then, why are we killing millions upon millions of animals each year for classroom experiments and dissections? How can we excuse that as education when there are so many humane options to consider as replacements?

Alright, since you’ll probably just mock any moral argument I make, I’ll start with some facts. Almost nobody remembers what they learned during dissections. I, for example, don’t remember a single idea I learned during the squid dissection I was forced into during sixth grade. More…

Is AR Really Necessary? 6

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Oanh Tran

For all reading classes, AR has been a contributing factor to grades, but is it really necessary?  In order to pass a reading class, Accelerated Reader, or AR, is a requirement that needs to be accomplished.  Every Language Arts/Reading teacher sets a minimum point goal for each student depending on their Star Reading score.

Goals over the trimester can lead up to over 150 points per trimester (if in 8th-grade honors) which is tedious to most students and sometimes makes it difficult for students keep up in class.  

“Usually at the end of the trimester, I pay attention to AR making me not pay attention to most assignments due in class. And when I am too busy paying attention to AR my effort is not used for my assignments, and my grade goes down.”, says 7th grade Hailey Penn. More…

Paper and Pencil 10

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With the increasing amount of technology, it not only affects our homes but our school environments.

Technology rules several areas of the world today. Actually, it is safe to say our lives technically (pun?) revolve around it. Let’s face it. We use technology for entertainment, communicating, building, and creating. As if we could not have made it worse, we are now working towards incorporating it within our school education. So how does this harm our school, you ask? More…

Three Reasons Why “13 Reasons Why” is Harmful to You 9

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Mariah Escatel

Are you or someone you love at risk of suicide? Call 1-800-273-TALK for the national suicide prevention lifeline. If you attend Stacey Middle School, please report anyone who is at risk of suicide on the anonymous school hotline.

If you haven’t been living underneath a rock for the past month or two, you know what 13 Reasons Why is. Even if you haven’t read the book or watched the TV series, most people have heard of it.

13 Reasons Why is a book about a girl, named Hannah Baker, who commits suicide. She leaves behind a box of cassette tapes, each side of the tape being a reason why she killed herself.

It has been argued many times if the TV show is appropriate for younger teens. More…

Run by Two? Reply

Katelyn Hooker and Denise Mena

The announcements run by only two students? An unlikely event, but true. Every morning, two announcers, Denise Mena and Katelyn Hooker, head up to the office to begin the morning announcements. But after every day, it gets more and more repetitive. Should only two students, (apart from Videography), be running the morning announcements? In the announcer’s eyes, of course not.

Denise Mena:

We feel as though every student in Journalism or Videography should at least try to once to do the morning announcements to at least see what’s it’s like because you never know what it’s like until you try. More…

Extra Credit Brings Down Grades? 8

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Evelyn Huynh

Students know that doing extra credit work is a great way to boost up grades, however after awhile, they start to bring down grades.

When a student does extra credit work, it puts more points into that specific category in Jupiter grades. However, once that category has over 100% and he or she does more work in that category, it starts to bring down the grades in both the category and overall grade because the average goes down. More…

Four Reasons The Border Wall Would Be Devastating To The Environment 10

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Kelsey Bisetti

Ah, yes, the infamous wall. There’s been plenty of debate over the economic effects of its construction, as well as the political impact, but one commonly overlooked disadvantage is to the land and wildlife surrounding the construction site.

1.) Carbon Emissions

Building a massive wall down a two thousand mile path would clearly require the use of a lot of heavy machinery, which, of course, releases unbelievable amounts of fossil fuels into the air. Not to mention, hundreds of new roads would be needed to transport materials and workers to the site, which would decrease the air quality of less polluted areas. But the most significant release of carbon would be from the steel needed to support the wall. Over twenty-four million tons of carbon would be released into the atmosphere via the construction for every foot the wall is thick. To put that in perspective, you would be required to drive along the U.S.-Mexico border nearly fourteen million times to reach that level of carbon emission! More…

Cyberbullying Reply

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Leandra Gimenez

Bullying has always been a serious issue.  Teasing, making  threatening comments towards someone, spreading rumors, and leaving people out on purpose are just some ways that people get bullied. Unfortunately, it is too difficult to monitor every bully and punish them for it. Now, because of modern, advanced technology, authorities now face another issue, cyberbullying. More…

Stress: The Side Effects and the Solutions Reply

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Jennifer Ly

Stress is something most people deal with, especially students. Some stress is good, as it helps people prepare for the future. However, adverse and excessive stress can destroy a person’s well-being, mentally and physically.

According to Mayo Clinic, side effects of stress include headaches, muscle tension, fatigue, and sleep problems. Stress also causes anxiety, lack of motivation or focus, frustration, and depression, while also causing people to overeat/undereat, grow isolated, and exercise less. More…

The Fault in Our Generation 2

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Quang Truong

Dear children born after 2000,

Please get your act together. Our generation is by far the worst generation of them all in many ways. Constantly, we get bashed and criticized for our bizarre behavior. Many worry about their eyebrows more than grades. The abundance of technology can help us make amazing advances, but yet many decide it is more important to see what Kim Kardashian wore to the Met Gala. Superficial.

Currently, our generation has not been named, but some names in speculation are the iGeneration or Generation Z. Some even call this generation the “Snowflake Generation” due to its sensitivity. More…