Pine Valley Community Experiences Soul Shoppe by: Sarah Chi
Ever since February 13th and rolling on to the 14th and 21st, there has been a slight buzz in the air about the Soul Shoppe assembly where sixth, seventh, and eighth graders would get to enhance their character education.
To kick off the first Soul Shoppe at Pine Valley, Soul Shoppe instructor Daniel Bruno began with an open discussion with his talk of, ‘Don’t make assumptions.’ When you hear that phrase, what does it mean to you? Assumptions are self-made thoughts that we think are true even though we have no proof. As Daniel Bruno said, “Assumptions sometimes protect us. They let us decide what we think about a person.”
The main topic of the Soul Shoppe assembly was that assumptions come in many different forms. Soul Shoppe is a program designed to enhance character education about various life challenges and to help us be a better person through discussions and activities. Mr. Bruno interacts with students and teachers to strengthen the characters of Pine Valley students.
Sydney Louie said, “The Soul Shoppe was a good experience, I was expecting it to be cheesy but it was nice and was meaningful.” The Soul Shoppe has begun its journey to associate itself with everyday students as well as making an effect on peoples’ daily lives.
Youth to Youth Benefit Concert by: Sydney Quilalang
The Youth to Youth benefit concert was on February 17 at Iron Horse Middle School. Youth to Youth is an organization devoted to preventing teens from taking drugs, tobacco, alcohol, etc. Their message is to not get negative peer pressure which causes you to make stupid choices.
A few local high school bands performed such as: the Aperture, MDK, Minute2Midnight, Chance Slavens, and Brandon Herring. There were a lot of great performances, but some Pine Valley students had their own favorite. Olivia Duba said, “My favorite band was MDK.”
With a different opinion, Haley Ramsey said, “I think Minute2Midnight was the best! I liked how the bands did a benefit concert for the Youth to Youth program. It was very fun and entertaining. I had a great time!” All in all, the bands performed for a great cause benefitting the Youth to Youth organization!
The Electronic Era by: Shaelah Burke
iPods, iPhones, iPads, what more do we need? There have been many electronic devices that have come out this past year. We want every new device or the latest upgrade that comes out. We ask our parents, they say no, then we’re sad, we still don’t get it and now we’re stuck. We really don’t need more devices but we want them. If there were no more new electronic things, our world would go crazy. Like for instance when the iPhone 4S came out, millions of people had to get their hands on it. They lined up overnight to be among the first people to get it. Some even had to back order it. Now that the iPhone 4S has been out for awhile, it seems like the excitement has wore off and now people want the next generation… the iPhone 5! We become addicted; always wanting the next big thing. When will we be satisfied?
Electronic devices are changing the way we communicate with each other. Think about how our parents would talk to friends when they were in middle school. They ONLY had a home phone! No texting, no emails, no Facebook, no ooVoo. Can you imagine? If they were at the mall with friends, they would have to use a pay phone (with money) to call home or call other friends. If they were at school and wanted to go home with a friend they couldn’t call or text their parents. On one hand, these electronic devices make life more convenient. But are we being sucked in to this electronic era and losing our social skills?
Yes, the devices are cool and awesome but do we really need to speed up our lives even more? These devices give us quick and easy access to so many things; apps for Spanish, apps for math help, apps for games. How often do you leave your iPod or iPhone at home and go outside and kick the ball around? We are getting sucked into the electronic era whether we want to or not!
Gum Shouldn’t be Allowed at PV by: Tracey Counts
The gum chewing rule should stay the same at Pine Valley. “Gum chewing shouldn’t be allowed at Pine Valley because it distracts students when they are trying to learn and trying to pay attention to the teacher,” says Melissa Mathison.
Yes! That is one very important reason why students shouldn’t be allowed to chew gum because it distracts the students and even the teacher.
Another very important reason is that the students will damage the desks when they are done chewing their gum, and the school has paid so much money to get the school redone, and some could consider this a form of vandalism.
“Gum chewing shouldn’t be allowed at Pine Valley because it annoys students around them when they are trying to pay attention,” says Meagan Prasad.
You want to keep YOUR school clean don’t you??? The answer is YES because you are at school for seven hours a day and you don’t want to have to walk around school in a trash can, and be stepping on gum and getting stuck to the floor.
Also, if you step in gum it sometimes bugs people because if you walk into a friends house and other classrooms it can spread onto the floor. Gum chewing should not be allowed at school.
Sleep is Important by: Sophie Cipolla
As awesome as watching late-night TV is, we all need our sleep. Sadly, though, a lot of us don’t get that much of it. Sleep deprivation, or lack of sleep, is now an everyday occurrence for most kids.
“I barely get any rest because I’m up late studying most of the time,” says Blain Henok. Luckily, it’s easy to prevent sleep deprivation. Cutting your late-night TV marathons and web surfing is a start. Trying to keep it fairly low-key a couple of hours before bed will make a big difference in how quickly and easily you sleep.
It should also go without saying that unless you want to be tossing and turning all night, avoiding Coke and Starbucks is key, no matter how tempting it may be.
Try to keep the caffeine at a minimum unless it’s absolutely necessary for a test, which is easy to understand. Besides, all-night study sessions often do the opposite of what you intend--students often remember detailed test materials better if they have plenty of rest beforehand.
Basically, your sleep is important. If you’re truly committed to doing well in school or in life, then sleep.
Truth and Falsehood by: Akarsh Rao
Does eating ice cream give you a cold? If software is complicated is it sophisticated? In this article you could just find out what myths are false. Now, most of us have eaten ice cream and it is almost impossible to have caught a cold by eating it. So that’s busted, but what about other myths? We all know the Mythbusters have solved a lot of these mysterious mysteries.
But there are a few that even they couldn’t solve. The biggest unsolved mystery is about the Bermuda Triangle. How is it possible that the radars on planes and boats go haywire? How do planes disappear out of thin air? There is no scientific explanation for these events. Supposedly, it could be just bad weather. Or it could be an alien abduction (which is highly unlikely).
“I think that the Bermuda Triangle is cool, with all the disappearing planes and stuff” said Eyan Garcia. “I think that it is weird and cool on how people travel into the Bermuda triangle and not come out of there at all,” said Robert Li.
Now there are some legends that are true. Here are a few. Some people can write but they are also illiterate. If a blind person uses one finger to read Braille, the brain area dedicated to the finger expands. And in order to get rid of a whale carcass you blow it up. And there are more of these myths out in the world, either waiting to be solved or wanting to keep people wondering forever.
Source: http://listverse.com/2007/07/20/top-10-unsolved-mysteries/ answers.yahoo.com
SJ Sharks All-Star Extravaganza by: Nicole Baer
The SJ Sharks do more than just skate around. They compete in All-Star games! The All-Star games were held at Ottawa during January 26-29 Tim Horton picked the captains for the teams, Zdeno Chara from Boston and Daniel Alfredsson from Ottawa. So the teams were Chara and Alfredsson. No one on the Sharks played on team Chara but Logan Couture played on team Alfredsson as a forward. Though Couture got picked last he doesn’t take it personally. “I had fun with it. You can’t take it personally.” he said. The game was played from 4 pm until 9 pm local time ending with a score of 9-12 leading with team Chara.
The first period led with team Chara who scored three goals, two by Gaborik and one by Malkin. Then team Alfredsson scored three times, first Spezza, then H. Sedin, and lastly Tavares.
The second period started out with a goal by team Chara’s Gaborik and then another goal by Chara’s Lupul. Then three more goals by Alfredsson and one more by Chara.
On the last quarter Alfredsson scored three more, which gave them nine goals. And Chara scored six more giving them a score of twelve goals.
“I like the Sharks because they play fantastic and I love the color blue. Plus I liked watching a Shark’s player play on an All-Star team.” said Raquel Hendrickson. The All-Star game went great! If you didn’t watch it this year you should definitely make it a priority to watch it next year.
Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2012_NHL_All-Star_Game; http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/01/26/SP4D1MV1JD.DTL
Guess the Teacher ????? by: Lela Reagan
- Has been teaching for six years
- Loves to be around her friends
- Lived in Paris
- Enjoys shredding the slopes while skiing and snowboarding
- Was a blackjack dealer before becoming a teacher
Answer: Ms. Krummes
Should Middle Schools Have Lockers?
We Should Have Lockers at Pine Valley by: Kaitlin Groleau
Lockers should be at Pine Valley because of the basic reasons that everyone thinks of. Elementary schools have desks and high schools has lockers, so why do middle schoolers have to put the books on their backs? Some kids have backpacks that weigh half as much as they do.
The web site, kidshealth.org states, “As practical as backpacks are, though, they can strain muscles and joints and may cause back pain if they’re too heavy or are used incorrectly.”
So why do we make kids in middle school have back pains, when we should get lockers? Lockers can reduce the amount of books in your backpack at a time which leads to a lighter, more comfortable backpack. Also electronics can be stored in the locker to keep safe. Plus, remembering to bring things from home isn’t a problem. All your needs are in the spin of a locker combo.
Kids could store their sport related activity gear in their lockers instead of carrying another load of things in your backpack for the whole day. Supposedly you would only need to stop at your locker at least three times a day. You could visit your locker before school, at lunch, and after school. When you would start the day, you would carry your morning class books and at lunch exchange them for your afternoon classes. Then, you would only be carrying fifty percent of your load.
Also, kids love to accessorize and personalize their lockers. It’s one of the great ways to express yourself. Whether you add mirrors, stickers, or pictures you can be creative in your own way. You can also store jackets inside your locker when it becomes hot and an umbrella to use when a rain storm happens.
Bottom line is, lockers are a great storage area and reduces your backpack weight by a lot.
Read a Good Book Lately? Book Reviews by: Alisa Horiike
The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
The Lost Hero is the first book of the The Hero of Olympus series by Rick Riordan, about Greek and Roman mythology. The book is reviewed as “good” by many all around, from reviewers from magazines and newspapers, regular readers, and die-hard Percy Jackson fans. Almost all of them thought it was satisfactory, just not excellent, especially in comparison to the books The Lost Hero follows, Percy Jackson & The Olympians. Though it may be a bit harsh, it’s a little true; the book lacked action in some places, there was awkward and unneeded dialog, and three major and half a dozen new minor characters in one book was a little much.
The book has its perks too, of course. We get to meet new, interesting characters and the writing in some areas are excellent, with fast-paced moments and thrilling, action-packed fights that made you turn the page constantly. There’s an educational value to the book, too. It talks about Greek gods, goddesses, and titans, and some Roman gods are in there too. All in all, the book is worth a read.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Book Thief is a sad, yet compelling, book about a girl named Liesel, who lives in Nazi Germany. It is narrated by Death, and you get to see through its eyes what it’s like to pluck up life after life during the horrific World War II. Contrary to what you might be thinking, it’s not like “I kill you, and you, and you”. Death actually has somewhat of a personality in this book, and it’s interesting to see what it’s like to see through the point of view of Death, since it always foreshadows in war.
This book is described as “life-changing” by many, and it’s no surprise either. This book has won a dozen awards throughout the years and has been praised for originality and just overall goodness. The way the book is written takes time, though. But don’t fret, you have 500-plus pages to get used to it.
Upcoming Events at Pine Valley by: Brandon Graham
March 23rd - 25th: Band & Chorus trip to Disneyland
Monday, March 26th: PTA meeting 6:30 pm.
Friday, March 30th: End of 3rd quarter, students of the month honored at lunch
April 9th - 13th: Spring Break
April 23rd - 27th: Spring Book Fair in the Library
April 30th: PTA meeting 6:30 pm
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