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Grit- Team- Passion - Valor - Respect
Once a Greenback ~ Always a Greenback
"Yes, because it is boring. Reading in our classrooms is more enjoyable." - Ryann Eastes
Should the school have the right to ask to look at my phone? If they ask should I allow them to?
Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico's Independence Day. Mexico's Independence Day is on September 16. Cinco de Mayo is a holiday used to celebrate Mexico's victory against France during the battle of Puebla. That victory accrued on May 5, 1862. What do we do to celebrate and what is some of the history?
The United States celebrates Cinco de Mayo more than Mexico does. In Mexico it is mostly celebrated in the state of Puebla. Some of the celebrations include military parades, recreations of the battle of Puebla, and festivals. This holiday is not a federal holiday meaning that all stores and banks remain open. In the United States Cinco de May is a holiday to celebrate culture and heritage. Different forms of celebration for the United States are parades, mariachi music, Mexican folk dancing, and parties. The United States also celebrates by eat tradition Mexican food such as tacos and mole poblano. Some of the largest festivals held are in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Houston.
The battle of Puebla took place in Mexico. It was on May 5, 1862. The battle started at day break and ended early evening. France's general was Charles Latrille de Lorencez, and Mexico’s was Ignacio Zaragoza. Charles rounded up 6,000 French troops to attack on Puebla. While on his newest headquarters in north Juárez he managed to get 2,000 loyal men to also attack on Puebla. The General Ignacio decided to make a force that was supported by heavy artillery. Mexico won with only one hundred or fewer killed. While France had at least five hundred.
Now we know that Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day or El dia de independencia as they say it. Cinco de mayo is where we celebrate Mexico’s victory. The victory over France's attack on the state of Puebla. The battle that took place on May 5, 1862.
"No, because I don't want to be waking up at 6:00 every day." - Sebastian Polen
By: Airam Fernandez
My Thoughts about the Year-Round School
Year round schooling is a modified schedule for teachers and students. This involves frequent three to four week breaks throughout the year. At the end of each school year is a five week summer break. Most people think that year-round schooling consists of a whole year of school. There is a debate whether or not schools should be year round. Many people agree that if schools were year round it would conflict with their family life, or anything outside of school. There are many reasons why school should be year round.
Students would get more education, because teacher review less information. Students do not forget as much over the breaks. Fewer people are in the classes, so therefore there will be less distractions. The average of year round school in math and reading is higher than the average of a traditional school. Year-round schools help students prepare for the future when they get a job. They will be used to working year-round because they have done the same with school.
In addition to getting more education, students also get more breaks. Schools that follow the year-round schedule usually have breaks every season plus a Thanksgiving break. They also still take 30 days off in the summer. This shorter break in the summer allows the other breaks to be longer. Students are able to retain information during these shorter, more frequent breaks, but it also allows children to get additional academic help if needed. The shorter summer break also helps kids get back to school before boredom sets in on a longer break.
There are also cons to having a year-round school schedule. Most families plan vacation when their children are out of school. The 30 day summer break would limit the flexibility of scheduling those vacations. There are many who also think that the kids need the extended summer break in order to recharge their batteries and prepare for the next school year. Summer camps may also suffer because of the lack of time during the break. Teachers also take the longer break to spend time with their families and prepare for the next year. Many agree that kids need time to relax and just be kids, and a short summer break wouldn't allow for that.
Currently 3,181 schools offer year-round education, which is about 10% of U.S. public school students. The dropout rate for year round student is about 2% compared to 5% for traditional schools. At this time, 46 states have schools that offer a year-round curriculum. There has been evidence that some schools implement the year-round school then after a few years, revert back to the traditional plan. Schools also need to plan for extra transportation and utility costs with the year-round schedule. There are pros and cons with both school schedules, and there will always be people for or against one or the other. Research is mixed and validity of the findings is questioned, but the research hasn’t shown that the year round schooling is beneficial to students.
Dear SnapChat Addict,
The high school had some issues going on which made them have the need to look through the students phones, and now they are doing it to the middle school. I personally think just because the high school had problems doesn’t mean the middle school students have the same problems.
Always think of this, if you wouldn’t want your mom, dad, or guardian to see what you’re texting or Snapchatting, then you shouldn’t be doing it. You should always tell your parents what you are doing and not hide things from them.
~ Your Friend R.J.
"Yes I would like year round school." - Antonio Adame
"I think it help you retain your memory from school better." - Mrs. Dixon
"No, I don't like school I don't like math." -
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Cinco de Mayo....
by: Riley Prosser
Track season has just started and the first track meat was at Larned April 5th. You put all your bags at the camp, you can carry around your spikes or maybe a few snacks. Students normally have around 30 to 55 minutes to get to their first event and wait until they call their grade to start. Then after your event you can go eat your food, cheer on some of your friends and teammates, or get ready for your next event. Like start stretching and if they’re to call for that event then go check in. Mostly you have more than one event so you will not be done after your first event.
The second track meet was April 12th, held at Nickerson. The sand pit and the track was far away from each other. Since they were so far apart if you were doing one event at the sand pits and you’re in a field event and that event gets called then you have to tell them you have to go do a field event because you can’t miss a field event. Field events don’t wait on you, if you miss it then you don’t get to do it.
The 3rd track meet was at Medicine Lodge April 17th, with some of the smaller schools. They left at 12:15pm because since there were so many tiny schools they had to leave early. The track team had some real computation in Medicine Lodge. There was some PRs (personal records) beat by a lot. Eighth-grade girls received first place. Eighth-grade boys received second place. Seventh-grade girls received first place. Seventh-grade boys received first place.
The fourth track meet was held in Hoisington. A lot of personal records were beat. For example Olivia Muntz got her 100 dash down to 17 seconds. Eighth-grade girls got second. Eighth-grade boys got first. Seventh-grade boys received their place. Seventh-grade girls received first place. They had some changes because people could not keep their grades up or get in trouble in classes. Keishaun Thompson received fourth place in the 2 mile, Antonio Adame received second in the mile, Matthew Hook received fourth in the 200 meter dash. Matthew Hook ran out of his shoes literally.
Sports in 5th Grade...
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by: Ke'Rel Allen & Dani Farr
May day around the world is a celebration where many people have colored ribbon and a lot of celebrating. Some is filled with riots and protests about work labor and their rights. Every single year May Day is celebrated on May 1st, easy to remember right? How MD started was a original pag an holiday in the summer. They called it “Beltaine”. As it went on different cultures started celebrating MD in different ways based on their beliefs, or culture.
Americans celebrate in a specific manner with decoration and events. We wear flower crowns and have festivals and lots of brightly colored decorations. MD has shared a date with “International Workers’ Day” since the 1880’s. The reason sometimes this day is filled with riots and protest is because, workers want eight hour shifts with good pay. Although, the moral of this day is to celebrate the new coming of summer and the joy that winter is gone!
The whole point of May Day is to celebrate the return of the new warm weather, where flowers start to bloom, and the grass turns green! When the Romans and the Greeks used to celebrate this, they would call it “The Festival for Agriculture”. They would gather flowers, grass, tree branches and even more to make a crown for the May king and queen. They even have things called maypoles that we still use to celebrate to this day.
During the festival the kind of music you would be listening to would be folk music. Fiddles and accordions play all kinds of pitches to make a beautiful song. There are certain songs that are tradition and they also play background music. When the kids are playing with the maypoles they also play music during that. Foods they would normally eat would be very sweet foods. A popular Irish dish would be the creamy pudding. People wear very colorful clothing and there is always tons of flowers! The highlight of every MD is crowning the new May Day Queen!
by: Abby Melson
by: Madison Hunt
In the fifth-grade students in the Pratt area have several opportunities to play sports such as soccer, wrestling, volleyball, football, baseball, softball, tennis, and swimming. The Pratt Recreation department offer several of these opportunities throughout the year.
By the time students enter the seventh or eighth grade they have the opportunity to participate in wrestling, track, football, and basketball, volleyball, cross country, and cheer. Participating in the sports in middle school help students build skill and prepare them for high school sports. Being prepared win sports prior to high school might even allow us to win a STATE CHAMPIONSHIP.
We recently sat down with Jade Baker and asked her a few questions about fifth-graders participating in sports. Which traveling or recreational team do you play for? “I play for South West Eliot, it is a traveling/competition team.” What is the sport you participate in? “I participate in Gymnastics.” How often do you practice with your team? “ We practice every Thursday evening starting in June.” Are these teams you pay for, if so do you participate in fundraisers. What kind of fundraisers? “Yes, you pay and, they do offer fundraisers. We mostly have bake sales.” How long have played? “I’ve have played since I was four.” Do you participate for multiple teams? “No.” Do you plan on sticking with this sport till 7th Grade? “Definitely.” If the school doesn’t offer gymnastics what other sport would you like to participate in? “I would do volleyball or cheerleading.” Would you try to make a gymnastics as a team in 7th grade? “I would try.”
Running the Distance...
1. She was following her seeing-eye chicken.
2..Because it was stuck to the button of his foot.
3. Because he wasn't chicken.
by: Dani Farr
Q: Why did the blind blonde cross the road?
Q: Why did the gum cross the road?
Q: Why did the turkey cross the road?
When you're in eighth grade you get the opportunity to Job shadowing. In semester you do nine weeks of Careers and nine weeks of Tech class. Before you go Job Shadowing you study about what you want to do in the future and how you plan your life. You do presentations on what you want in the future and how much school you plan on doing and where you´re going to live. Also if youŕe going to be married, what type of house, and how many kids you plan on having. To be able to Job Shadow you have to pick a job and bring a paper signed by your parents. Either the school or your parents can take you to where you are going or if it's close to the school you can walk. You Job Shadow for two hours, but sometimes it depends where you’re going. Mrs. Donnenwerth will print off a paper with questions on them and if you get time while you are Job Shadowing you can go over some of the questions. For example what is your actual job title? What is the main purpose of your position in your business? Did you have to interview, take any tests, complete an internship or apprenticeship for this position?
Depending where you’re going is how you are supposed to dress. If you don’t want to dress nice you can wear LMS dress. The school prefers you to not wear jeans at least not ripped ones because it makes you look sophisticated and makes it seem like you don’t care. When you Job Shadow it gets you ready and shows you what you could be doing in the future. This is also getting you ready for going to a interview and how you're supposed to act and you should never show up late and how to properly shake someone's hand. Job Shadowing is
Mrs Donnenwerth was asked why it's important to go Job Shadowing at this age and she said “its important because a lot a of eighth graders have never had an experience where they go on there own to a business so for many it's their first time introducing themselves and caring on a conversations with an adult they don't know well it also allows the students to learn more about a career then just doing research on the computer”.
The Froggy Funnies
Job Shadowing ...
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