Keeping the Park Clean 10

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Oanh Tran

Trash has been a problem at the park this school year, as many food wrappers are littered daily.  Every weekday, many students from Clegg and Stacey go to the park after school to hang out while waiting to be picked up. Although some are elementary school students, most area6th, 7th and 8th graders.

After school, many students walk to the ice cream truck to get candy, chips, and ice cream.  By the end of the day, trash is thrown onto the playground and grass.  The trash is not picked up by Stacey’s custodians, as the park is not part of the school’s property.

“I see trash in the park every day, and I realize how much students litter every school day,” says Justin Pham. More…

Our First Trip to the Sun 8

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NASA has plans to launch its very first mission to the sun. An announcement regarding this will be released on May 31 at 8 AM PST. The mission is named Solar Probe Plus.

Solar Probe Plus will travel into the range of 3.9 million miles towards the Sun’s surface, which is within Mercury’s orbit and the closest any spacecraft has ever been to the sun before. In this range, the mission will endure excruciating temperatures that are estimated to be roughly about 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit, hotter than any other historic spacecraft.

This launch will provide several data that will be helpful for future research, such as potentially harmful objects that may collide with Earth in the future. The information will be necessary to protect Earth in harm’s way. More…

8th Grade Honors Next Year Reply

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Mika Mendoza

Will you be joining Mrs. Ortega in 8th-grade honors?

Mrs.Ortega who is happy to be running 8th-grade honors will only have ONE class of honors next year. The class requirements will be more difficult, as many students are in 7th-grade honors.

The first requirement is student must exceed normal reading standards for 8th grade and be reading at a 10th-grade level.

The second stipulation is the student must show initiative and participate regularly in class.

The third condition is that the applicant must be able to think outside the box, be creative.

“Students must be able to take risks when it comes to assigned tasks.” Mrs. Ortega would also like it if the students had a teacher recommendation.

Girl Power Luncheon 6

Katelyn Hooker and Oanh Tran

Students who enrolled in Girl Power recently attended the end of the trimester luncheon. The luncheon, on May 18th, was for committed members who attended a majority of the meetings. 

Each girl was allowed to invite an important female in their life, including family members and teachers.  The girl power group designed flyers for the luncheon used as an invitation.   

Tables were set up and each girl has brought a small dish.  There were cookies, chips, pizza, etc.  During the luncheon, each girl had a chance to share about what they learned during their time at Girl Power. More…

United States Upsets Two Allies 7

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Kenny Tran

With the United States leaking intelligence, the United States has managed to upset one of our closest allies. This raises concerns about ruining the trust of informational partners. Just days after President Donald Trump was reported to have revealed highly sensitive, likely Israeli-shared intelligence to Russian officials in the Oval Office, the United Kingdom is voicing its frustration over leaked information coming from US sources.

With the President repeatedly sharing sensitive information with another country, the UK is now very upset with the US. UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd slammed US leaks on the investigation into the attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, as “irritating” on Wednesday after a string of details emerged from US law enforcement sources before they were released by British police or officials. “The British police have been very clear that they want to control the flow of information in order to protect toperational integrity, the element of surprise,” Rudd told BBC Radio 4’s “Today” program. “So it is irritating if it gets released from other sources, and I have been very clear with our friends that that should not happen again.” And when asked if the leaks from US officials had compromised the ongoing investigation, Rudd said she “wouldn’t go that far.” More…

Henderson’s Island Trash 2

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Oanh Tran

On a small uninhabited island, researchers have discovered it has been harboring 38 million pieces of trash.

Henderson Island is a designated world heritage site because of bird life and is a part of the U.K Pitcairn island territory. It is located in the middle of the South Pacific Gyre ocean current making it a bullseye for debris carried in the ocean current.

The island has the highest density of plastic debris than anywhere reported on earth. According to Proceedings of Nationals Academic of Science, a study has estimated, 17 tons of plastic debris washed up on Henderson Island, with more than 3,570 new pieces of litter arriving every day on the one beach alone. More…

Are Ukuleles the Best Instrument? 2

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Katelyn Hooker

From flutes to trombones, to trumpets, Stacey has them all. But, aside from all the classical music, there is a group with an instrument that might be the best instrument for the beach. Ukulele Club!

The seven club members meet every Thursday from 3:00-4:00 pm in H1 to learn and practice with their Ukuleles to sound very professional. Here’s the history behind it all:

Mr. Thorsen, the instructor of the club, said that quite a few students start out in Ukulele Club, but eventually leave. This is due to their interest in other clubs. He said the group usually starts out with around 25 to 30 students. The ones that remain truly love their instrument. More…

A Chorus Line! Reply

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Mariah Escatel

West Arts Productions main stage show, A Chorus Line, is approaching rather quickly. The musical will be May 26th, at 7:00 pm, and Saturday, May 27th at 1:00 pm, and 7:00 pm.

Many students or teachers are unaware of what “mainstage show” means. West Arts mainstage show is a musical that consists of 6th grade through college actors.

This year they are putting on A Chorus Line. Although, this adaptation is slightly modified to be more family friendly.

Ticket prices will be $10 for an adult and $8 for a student or senior. Come and see this amazing musical filled with talented actors here at Stacey Middle School!

Journalism, Yea! 15

IMG_3174Mika Mendoza

Stacey Middle School 2016-17 Journalism class is full of interesting kids. Sadly, some of our writers are going away for high school next year. So, this little write up is to inform new students about the reasons why they should join journalism next year.

“Journalism is fun,” says eighth-grader Justin Pham.

Another eighth-grade journalism staff member, Delaney Powell says, “I think journalism is pretty darn cool.” More…

Don’t Stick It In Your Ear! 4

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Evelyn Huynh

Cotton swabs have been known as a hazardous thing to put into the ear for a long time, yet people still do it. They should not be stuck into the ear! It even has a precaution sign on the box labeled “Do not insert swab into ear canal.” Over a 21 year study, the most common diagnoses were the presence of a foreign body in the ear and eardrum perforation.

The ear canal has specialized cells that produce cerumen also known as earwax. When people feel the need to get rid of the earwax, they use a cotton swab or something small to get rid of it. Don’t! The eardrum is easily reached with a swab. Because the eardrum is so delicate, it can be easily ruptured by using even the gentlest pressure. It cuts ear canals and can even dislocate the hearing bones. Some of these things can lead to hearing loss, dizziness, ringing, or other symptoms of ear injury. The pain is severe and the ear may also leak a clear liquid. More…