What Even Is Cinco de Mayo? Reply

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Mariah Escatel

Cinco De Mayo is a holiday celebrated on the fifth of May across the US and some parts of Mexico. But many students, even of a Latino or Hispanic lineage, don’t really understand the holiday.

What does it celebrate?

Not to be confused with Dia de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, The holiday celebrates failed French invasion after a fledgling Mexican state fell behind on debt payments to European governments. The battle represented more of a symbolic victory for Mexican forces.

Why is it celebrated in the US?

It is widely a US celebration of Mexican cultural heritage for America’s Hispanic population. Latino and Hispanic activists raise awareness for the holiday. It is also recognized as the day we defended our freedom from France. More…

May the Fourth be With You 3

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Mia Grasse

May 4th will be an exciting day here at Stacey Middle School. Come dressed up in your Star Wars attire. There are so many Star Wars movies, it will be hard to pick a character from just one of them.

You could dress up as:

  • Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader
  • Luke Skywalker
  • Yoda
  • Han Solo
  • Leia Organa
  • Boba Fett
  • Obi-Wan Kenobi
  • Sheev Palpatine
  • Chewbacca
  • Lando Calrissian
  • C-3PO
  • R2-D2

More…

Find the Flavor in Food, Not Vapor 1

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Juneau Resnick

Last week on April 27th, during Friday’s adjusted schedule, Dr. Victor DeNoble came and talked to grades six through eight about the dangers of smoking and vaping. He helped us realize how these addictions affect our bodies and what can happen if we keep up the behavior.

Sure, we’ve all been warned about smoking and vaping. Our parents and teachers all tell us not to do it, but up until now, we didn’t know why. DeNoble was able to explain what happens to the body when the brain gets addicted to a certain substance like nicotine. Now, if given the opportunity, we will know what will happen. More…

AVID’s Angel Scholarship 2

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Stacey’s very own Lauren Duong took home the title of Stacey’s AVID standout. Lauren, an eighth-grade student at Stacey Middle School, was chosen out of all of the AVID students to represent Stacey for the AVID Angel scholarship.

The AVID Angel scholarship is a college scholarship awarded to a deserving AVID contestant. Each contestant must submit an essay as to why he or she should receive the award. If the essay is chosen in the second round, they become a runner-up for the big prize that will be awarded during a ceremony at Angel’s Stadium on May 7th. Lauren’s essay was chosen to make her a runner-up for the big award.

Each middle school with an AVID program picks one student to represent their school. The candidate is entered into a competition between numerous other students in hopes of receiving the scholarship. Scholarship awards range from five thousand to eight thousand dollars. More…

The Newspaper Project Reply

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Mariah Escatel

It has already come to many eighth graders’ attention that the year is ending. Along with this comes many assignments due for eighth-graders, such as the history project, math placement tests, CAASPP testing, science finals, book reports, portfolios, resume, and by far the worst– the dreaded newspaper project.

The newspaper project is a massive book report created to “challenge your mind.” The project is done in Mrs. Ortega’s eighth-grade language arts and reading honors classes. It is a detailed book report that is in the form of a newspaper. Students are challenged to act as if they are living in the book they are reporting about. The report consists of multiple articles including a summary, book review, conflicts, and many more. Students describe it as intimidating, and astonishing. More…

What is a Resume? Why is it in Our Exit Portfolio? Reply

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Juneau Resnick

The exit portfolio for eighth graders has started to creep up to the top of our to-do list. One common question being murmured: What is a resume? Why do we need it for our interview? This piece of information will be your ticket to the job world in the future. Practice putting one together now.

First off, the question everyone is asking, what is a resume? A resume is a document of your information, qualifications, education, and experience. Your future employers will take a look at this information as well as interview you to see if you are qualified for a job. This is an important piece of your life as an adult, which will arrive faster than you know. More…

Stacey Students Fighting?!? 2

Kevin Luu

Wait, what? Stacey students are fighting?  Why are students fighting? There could be lots of reasons such as revenge, or just a simple argument gone wrong. According to the National Education Association, “Occasionally, arguments between students escalate and erupt into fights.”

According to Business Insider, there are many psychological reasons people fight. One reason that people fight is “You’re rational — to a fault,” Business Insider says. “Research suggests that humans are actually at their most reasonable when they’re arguing, picking positions that are easier to defend from criticism and thinking over each choice and word more carefully.”

Another reason is self-involvement. We know that is hard to avoid for teenagers, but “Being self-involved improves the odds that after a conflict and its compromise, you find yourself feeling terrible. “ More…

The Right-Wing View on Feminism 6

imageKayla Chung

Kayla is a guest writer for The Cougar Chronicle. All opinions expressed in this editorial are hers. 

Feminism is mostly known as an act to support women’s rights, but it seems like this group, made to make women feel proud and equal, has twisted into attacking all conservative men and women and anyone with opposing opinions. First wave feminism helped women gain the rights to vote. Second wave feminism helped women get the chance to get the same jobs as men. But third wave feminism? This is the very bad apple out of the bunch. They ignore the more important things, such as women rights in countries like Iraq and Syria, make false accusations, use their gender as an excuse, and are hypocrites. Anyone who stands in their way gets labeled either “sexist,” “racist,” or “fascist,” for not thinking the same way as they do. More…

Dress Code Debacle 7

Madelyn Fracassa

Are you stressed about finding outfits that follow dress code on scorching hot days or about buying a shirt that expresses yourself, but doesn’t follow the dress code? You are not alone. In fact, a girl from Opelika, Alabama was turned away from her first homecoming dance for a dress that barely hit above the knee.

The dress code was originally just to determine rank or wealth back in the eighteen-hundreds but is so much more complex now. “Strict dress codes affect 57% of public schools in America,” according to USA Today. All in all, dress codes target females, limit individuality, and create stress for people looking for “dress code appropriate” clothing,

To start off, imagine being at school with the torrid heat of the afternoon and not being able to wear a tank top or shorts because they do not follow your school’s dress code. Does that sound like a very enjoyable day to you? More…

Memely: Dabbing 8

 

Kevin Luu

Hello, Stacey students! This is a new series called Memely or Meme of the Week. The first part of this series is dabbing. How did dabbing start? The dab has its origins in the Atlanta hip-hop scene in the 2010s, but there was initial disagreement about who originated the dance.

The dab gained popularity in American sports following an eight-second celebratory dab by Cam Newton, football quarterback for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League, during a game against the Tennessee Titans on November 15, 2015. Afterward, lots of people started to dab live on TV and it went viral. More…