It’s Time for STAR Testing by Lela Regan
What is the first thing that comes to your mind when a teacher says, “STAR test?” Are you suddenly very worried, or do you feel like it’ll be just another day of tests? Maren Callaway says, “STAR tests are boring, but I still think we should have them, even though they aren’t the best, because it sorts us into classes that will be just right the next year.”
Who wants to be in a class that’s too hard or too easy? Because of the STAR test, students are placed into a class that will be right for them, such as math. Some people are in advanced, proficient, or basic. Everyone is different and the STAR tests help so school won’t be a horrible place for the students.
Testing starts April 30 for ELA (English language arts) and continues on May 1st. Then, eighth graders only will take their tests for science and history until the 4th of May. After the weekend, the math portion starts and testing finally ends on Tuesday, May 8th.
Many students agree that it’ll be a breeze though. Sydney Quilalang says, “I’m not too worried because we’ve learned this stuff and it won’t count for our official grade.” Don’t let that fool you though! Try your best and testing should go by without too much difficulty. There may be a couple questions that will stump you, but push through and you’ll do well!
Do what your teachers have always told you: Get a good sleep and eat breakfast! A mind that’s awake is much better than one that is still in dreamland. So, good luck!
One Direction is the Way to Go by Savannah Garcia
The new hit band, One Direction, is making the girls go mad. The five singers are a group of British-Irish boys who are certainly quite attractive. The singers of One Direction: Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, and Liam Payne, are becoming more popular than Justin Bieber! Mercedes Phothisene excitedly tells, “I LOVE One Direction!! My favorite is Liam Payne. He is SO hot! I want to marry him! I have What Makes You Beautiful as my ringtone, and I am going to their concert this summer! I am so excited!”
One Direction has been so popular; they have lots of fan pages and have been topping the newspapers. Their Twitter pages are full of comments and have lots of new details of what’s going on. Did you know that Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan were not known before they got on The X Factor in 2010? Have you heard of their “Up All Night” album? Well, it’s amazing. Many at Pine Valley have been recently singing, “What Makes You Beautiful”. Some people laugh and sing-a-long, while others may cover their ears, but One Direction is here to stay.
Chorus and Band Visit Disneyland by Sophie Cipolla
The chance to visit one of America’s best vacation spots became a reality for Band and Chorus last March. The annual trip to Disneyland is one of the highlights of the year for its members: via tour bus, both groups traveled to the park where they stayed for a weekend.
Each group participated in a workshop and performed for friends and family. The reward? Visiting the park! Says Brittanie Kimlinger, “It was a lot of fun.”
Whether enjoying themselves on rides like Splash Mountain or just hanging out, Band and Chorus had their well-deserved relaxation after weeks of preparation for their concerts.
Who is Kony? by Kaitlin Groleau
In 2003 many kids in Uganda, Africa were running for their lives one night. A man named Joseph Kony abducted children while they were sleeping inside their houses. Once Kony took the children, he made the kids into slaves and sometimes forced them to go back into their house and kill their parents! The children that he arrested are known as the Invisible Children. But, it isn’t just a few kids, it is about 30,000 kids!
They have known that this was going on for nine years and will be ended on December 31, 2012, when the campaign (to stop Kony) expires and hopefully have Kony arrested. Luckily, people who are trying to stop Kony have a plan to stop the L.R.A (Lord’s Resistance Army) which is lead by Joseph Kony. The idea is to let people know about Kony and make him “famous”. It’s to, “shine a light” on him, so that people know and care about this issue. April 20, 2012 is the night when people plaster posters everywhere so people are reminded of what they are doing and to put a stop to it by again, making him “famous”. Kony doesn’t want to be seen or be known because that is how his tactics of abducting children work. After 20 years of killing, no one has tried to stop it, so here is the chance. By arresting Kony, the world can be changed by what they do, when they will stop at nothing!
Cinco De Mayo by Noah Gonzales
Cinco de Mayo (which means fifth of May) is a holiday in Mexico, but it’s not what most people think it is. Most people think it’s “Mexican Independence day” but that’s not true. Cinco de Mayo is actually “The battle of San Pueblo” or El Dia de la Batalla de Puebla. Mexican Independence Day is on September 16th.The great battle took place in 1861, when France invaded Mexico with an army of 8,000, against the Mexican militia of a measly 4,000. But less than a year later, the Mexicans claimed victory. But a year later, the French came back with an army of 30,000, and defeated Mexico. But three years later, and with the civil war over, America assisted Mexico and drove the French out for good. The Mexicans captured the French leader and executed him.
This was important because before this, the French army hadn’t been defeated for 50 years, also,. “This was the last time any army from another continent invaded the Americas.” Says The Bulletin. This war also helped America form a better army to defeat the Confederate army in the civil war, which was happening at the time. This also affected America, too. France’s real goal was to break up the American Union. But when America won the war because of the Mexican’s defeat of the French, Napoleon (the French Ruler at the time) was powerless for a year! So the next time you think Cinco De Mayo is just another holiday, think again.
May Day by Emma Kroger
A celebration called May Day is coming up soon on May 1st! May Day is a celebration of spring. It’s also a day of political protests, a saint’s feast day, and a day for organized labor. In many countries, it is a national holiday. It’s been cold for a long time, so surely nearly everyone has to be excited for the warm breeze, beachy days, and outside fun. Many different places and cultures celebrate it in different ways.
May Day goes way back in time to the pre-Christian times. The day was a traditional summer holiday. While February 1st was the first day of Spring, May 1st was the first day of summer In the Roman Catholic tradition, May is observed as Mary’s month, and in these circles, May Day is usually a celebration of the Blessed Virgin Mary in this connection, in works of art, school skits, and so forth, Mary’s head will often be decorated with flowers in a May crowning. Fading in popularity since the late 20th century is the giving of May baskets, small baskets of sweets and flowers, usually left by random people on neighbors’ doorsteps.
May Day continues to be celebrated and or known in Europe and America. In those countries, May Day may be best known for its tradition of dancing the maypole dance and crowning of the Queen of May.
So get ready for warm weather coming our way, and keep the jackets at home!
The Donkey vs. The Elephant by Sarah Chi
Everywhere in the US, people will gather excitedly among election booths to vote for their next president on Tuesday, November 6, 2012. Almost all the grownups will be walking around wearing stickers that say, “I Voted!” But wait, what do all those stickers mean? Did I miss something? All over the news, books, the radio, people have been talking for over a year about the 2012 elections.
Today, the candidates of the Republican house are Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, and Rick Santorum. So far, Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney have been in the lead with the others trailing behind. Mitt Romney was the 70th governor of Massachusetts and a successful businessman who has been leading all polls. Rick Santorum on the other hand is the former US senator from Pennsylvania.
Santorum strives to be the underdog, trying to win over Romney and saying, “We are going to be in this race, and we’re in it to win.”. Ron Paul, the former medical doctor and 11 term Texas congressman is also in the race to presidency. And last but not least we have the former speaker of the house, Newt Gingrich. When a Republican candidate is chosen to battle against the Democratic candidate, they will try to win as many votes as possible. Who do you want for president?
Guess the Teacher ????? by Tracey Counts
- She ballroom dances, swims and acts in her free time.
- She is a director at the Great Charles Dickens’ Fair.
- She has been teaching at PV for nine years.
- Mrs. Mottaz (the Chorus teacher) was her teacher in high school.
Answer: Mrs. Schluntz
Mac vs. PC: Which Computer Dominates?
Macs Are Easier to Use by Kieran O’Connor
With a Mac you can have fun applications like Photo Booth and Big Bang Games. You also could get previews of new movies,save full movies,or watch videos of moments you would like to remember with Front Row. You can also make music with Garageband or play a game of chess. Another thing that you can get with a Mac is Face Time.
Macs have better security and has yet to be given a major security breach or a virus. Macs are more stable because that separates most programs from each other as well as the operating system. Macs always update shortcuts and can move a file from the hard drive without it crashing. The Macs already comes with applications already, like music/photos,and editing. Macs are more compatible because they also can run Windows OS. Macs have better typing fonts, and color matching.
The final fact is that Macs are faster, with a startup of 28.7 seconds and a shutdown of 4.0 seconds it proves that Mac is faster.
Is It Summer Yet? by Allison Schiffman
Now that spring break is over, students have mixed feelings. Some are sad because there aren’t any more long breaks from school. Some are excited because summer is almost here! Others just don’t care either way. One thing’s for sure - with spring break over, it’s time to face the rest of the fourth quarter.
For eighth graders, this is (hopefully) their last quarter of middle school. What sort of hopes or fears do they have for the remaining two months? “I‘m a little worried about STAR testing because it’s coming up so quickly,” said Aileen Villalpando. “I’m worried about all the hard work and tests that come along with fourth quarter, but they don’t worry me too much because it’s basically what I’ve given in third quarter plus a little bit more.” At the same time, she hopes that the rest of the school year goes along smoothly and that this last quarter is the most memorable for its awesome events and occasions.
A lot of people want the rest of the year to be easy, and some are already stressed out about high school. While it may not be their top priority, many people are worried about their grades. Of course, the sixth and seventh graders have worries and hopes, too. At least most of them will be at the same school next year!
Dear Puma... by Jamie Quilalang
I know this girl and everything she does is starting to annoy me. Sometimes I can’t help lashing out at her. What can I do to help her to not annoy me? Help!
If everything she does annoys you, try your best to ignore her. Lashing out doesn’t make you the bigger person, it’s just another way to start drama. If she can’t stop talking to you, then try telling her what she’s doing wrong.
I’ve been having a really bad week. My parents just got a divorce, I got a horrible hair cut, I sprained my ankle in soccer and my hamster died. Any advice to get rid of some bad luck?
Dear Bad Juju,
I’m sorry that nothing is going your way. Some things are just meant to be. If you need someone to talk to, talk to Ms. Damgen or even a close friend you can rely on. Sometimes, it’s best to keep optimistic and look at everything on the bright side.
So I had my friend ask out a guy for me and she messes with him a lot. I think he thinks she was playing around and he yelled, “No!” I’m thinking about asking him myself but I’m scared and a chicken. He is looking for a girlfriend. What should I do?
Trying to get a Boyfriend
Dear Trying to get a Boyfriend,
If you like this guy, you shouldn’t be scared to ask him out. If you guys start going out, you’ll eventually have to talk to him. Just be yourself and ask him; don’t ask somebody else to do it. If he says no, at least you tried. You won’t go far in life if you don’t take chances. Good luck!