September Student of the Month 2

Avalyn Walton

The first student of the month for this year has come and gone, and many students have been recognized for their achievements in school. These students worked hard to prove themselves as the fabulous scholars that they are.

Teachers can only award one student per month so not many students will receive an award. Those who do receive an award should be proud of their diligent work.

If a student did not receive an award this month there are many more months to come, and there will be more opportunities to be awarded a student of the month. If any students are disappointed because they haven’t received an award, they should know that it is still a possibility.

It may be difficult, but there’s still plenty of time in the year to prove your work ethic to your teacher. Winning an award takes a lot of persistent effort. Just work hard, and remember that it’s not easy to win student of the month.

About this time next month, there will be a new group of proud students of the months, happy with their hard work and efforts. That is something we can look forward to in the future.

Mexico’s Been Shaken Up 3

Avalyn Walton and Maddie Fracassa

Disaster struck in central Mexico, an earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 7.1. People were shaken and tossed around for a good twenty seconds without stop on September 19, 2017. Between the earthquake and the related building damages, there were over 350 fatalities. However, the people of Mexico were not free from destruction yet. There was still much more in store.

Only twelve days later another earthquake struck, just off the coast of Chiapas. Surely giving the residents in Mexico quite a scare. Though, the more damaging of the two was certainly the first. More…

Taking A Knee 4

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For weeks now, you’ve likely been hearing about the tension between Trump and several American football teams due to their “disrespect” for the national anthem. But what our president finds to be contemptuous, others find heroic. Here’s everything you need to know about taking a knee:

This whole protest started on Aug. 14, 2016, when Colin Kaepernick first took a stand (no pun intended) and decided to stay seated during the national anthem. It wasn’t until about a month later that he created his iconic pose of taking a knee. He later said he chose this position because he felt it showed more respect for military veterans while still making his point. More…

Ask Sam: What’s so honorary about it? 4

Dear Sam,

I have been placed in an Honors Language Arts and Reading class this year. I was elated at the start, but soon after I fell into horrendous overwhelming stress! Although I’m in honors this year, last year I hadn’t been placed in it, so I feel like the teacher expects us all to have this set of critical thinking skills. I’ll tell you one thing; dropouts lately don’t have those skills! I am always confused and stressed. I’m not sure if I was meant to be in the class or not. I don’t want to leave now because there has been a massacre of dropouts lately, I don’t want to be a quitter. Get me out of this jelly jam, Sam.


Sorrowful student More…

What’s Going on in Band? 3


Gwyndalynn Kent

Have you heard loud noises coming from the band room? Well, that makes sense because this year’s band students have gotten their instruments and are ready to play. Actually, you would only be hearing the advanced band students playing right now. All the beginning band students are learning posture, classroom etiquette, and how to hold their instruments.

The reason beginning band students aren’t learning how to play their instruments yet is because as Mr. Woodruff says, “It is difficult teaching the beginning band students because they come into this classroom with no knowledge about it.” But, throughout the year the advanced band students get to go to elementary schools and perform for the students who are going to come to Stacey next year. More…

What are Solar Ovens? Reply

Screenshot 2017-10-12 at 8.49.58 AM.pngBrian Lam

Mr. Dandridge, Mrs. Dandridge, and Mrs. Winemiller’s sixth-grade students will be undertaking another experiment: the solar oven experiment.

“For students who haven’t done this yet, this experiment will sure be fun. It’ll seem more like entertainment than a boring school project,” says Mr. Dandridge.

Unlike projects that provide instructions on the necessities after the objective is learned, this experiment uses the students’ already-known knowledge about the factors of heat. The students objective is to burn/melt something using a contraption made from a cardboard box, construction paper, wax paper, and tin foil made which needs to attain its source of heat from the sun. How the sixth graders will attain the heat relies on their knowledge of what they learned in previous years. More…

Doomsday for Puerto Rico in 2017 5

Kevin Luu

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Hurricane Irma and Harvey were bad enough, right? Well, Hurricane Maria was a Category 5 hurricane that destroyed the British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, and Montserrat. Who is going to help? 

There was lots of flooding causing incredible damage. According to CNN “Puerto Rico suffering a humanitarian crisis.” The hurricane even destroyed Puerto Rico’s buildings such as their radio tower. The Washington Post states, “Hurricane Maria destroyed Puerto Rico’s radar, a critical tool for forecasting.” In CNNMoney, it states, “Hurricane Maria is a nightmare for Puerto Rico’s economy.” More…

StudySync Helps Many With Online Education 1

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Gavin Mercado

Chromebooks are used for education purposes, right? Usually for math quizzes, AR, or even reading logs. There has never really been any major sites for language arts. Well, the Westminster Scool District has introduced a new Language Arts program called StudySync.

Ms. Walters states, “StudySync is our new curriculum for Language Arts and will often be used.”

When you first log into StudySync, there will be four dots. You must click them to get into your assignments and activities for that day. Many assignments include audio books, online worksheets, and perhaps even a Blast! More…

Huntington Beach Airshow 3

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Gwyn Kent and Ashley Wolf

It’s a bird; it’s a plane; it’s the HB Airshow! Saturday, October 29th, and Sunday, October 1st  Huntington Beach held the Breitling Air Show. This was the second time Huntington Beach has hosted the airshow. This year blew last year’s show out of the water. There were 13 performers. Here is some information about our favorites.

This Airshow, as you know, only happens twice a year. During the show, there are many planes, but there are also people who jump out of those planes. The Black Daggers are a crew of parachute jumpers. At the airshow, they are normally one of the first acts to perform, and when they do perform they jump over the crowd. In order to see them, you have to look right above you. The parachute team of the US Army Special Operations Command also perform two jumps. One is the show opening flag jump and the other is their unique combat gear jump. More…