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Middle School Worries
By Skylar Smith
A lot of people worry about middle school, and they worry about a lot of different things, but also some similar things. I asked a couple of 6th graders some worries they had coming to middle school and a fifth grader about things they are worried about. I got three responses from three sixth graders. The first person wanted to stay anonymous, so here are the worries this person had: not getting to the bus in time, not being able to open her locker, getting all the problems wrong, not asking questions, teachers posting assignments and homework without her knowing, sitting at lunch, an overdue book, getting an F in math and science, not getting work and homework done in time, drama, getting detention and power hour, getting in trouble, getting 3 tardies, losing friends, and she was worried about getting sick because she was so anxious. She worried about her anxiety, missing a choir lesson, singing out loud and by herself, presenting in front of the class, and getting panic attacks because of her anxiety.
The next person is a girl in sixth grade also wanted to stay anonymous. She worried about getting her locker open, getting to class on time, missing school, balancing school life and personal life, not being able to make up lessons, getting up on time to be able to get to school, wearing the right clothes, getting good grades, being well respected, gaining friends, losings friends, having friends, people in general, overdue library books, drama, finding time to do homework, doing homework, finishing homework on time, tests, and fitting into the stereotype. Another person I interviewed is a boy named Jackson Andersen. He was worried about getting lost the first week.
Next, I interviewed a fifth grader named Charley Smith.
Skylar: so Charley you’re going into sixth grade next year how do you feel about that?
Charley: Kind of scared.
Skylar: And why would that be?
Charley: Because I might forget my locker combination.
Skylar: And is that the only reason?
Charley: I might get pushed around by seventh and eighth graders because I am tiny, in fact, I am the smallest kid in my class.
Skylar: Why do you think they would push you around?
Charley: Because I am tiny and there is a lot of them.
Skylar: What are some other things you worry about?
Charley: I worry about not getting to class on time.
Skylar: Anything else?
Charley: I might get stuck in my locker for some reason.
Skylar: Why would you get stuck in your locker?
Charley: Because I might get pushed around by seventh and eighth I might be putting my stuff in my locker and they might shut the door.
Skylar: What are some positive things you are excited for?
Charley: I want to do writer’s club, cooking club, we care, the battle of the books club, art club, and chess club.
Skylar: Well thank you for letting me interview you.
Charley: Thank you for interviewing me.
Middle schoolers this article shows that fifth graders are scared to come here, I was too. We need to help them feel less scared. Please help me stop the fear.
8th Graders Sparking Up Questions in Social Studies Debates
By Devin Rinehart
Debates are one of the best ways to spark up conversations and meaningful arguments. Bondurant eighth graders are wrapping up their interesting social studies debates this week that contain some interesting topics. These ranged from the FCC and FTC in movies to topics about gay marriage. They debates started Friday, April 13, and ended Thursday, April 19. These debates were used to help students get the feel of what they were like and how to present one.
“I feel that these debates taught how to work together to present one idea and they taught us how to improvise under pressure if we didn't have a proper rebuttal already planned,” said eighth-grader Ethan Osborn.These debates started multiple weeks before they were actually presented though. Students had to come up with ideas in Social Studies class and transfer those to Language Arts where they started to write them. Most people had partners to work with on it which made it easier.
Ethan said the research was hard to complete between the March 7 assignment date and the April 3 due date. “For me, it was a bit of a stretch just because I was by myself, but if I had a partner, it would have been a lot easier.”
The research was lengthy and took multiple different websites to visit in order to get all the information needed. Eighth-grader, Sam McClintock said, “Researching was a waste of my time because the subject I chose got changed anyway.”
Some students debated for the affirmative side and others for the negative/arguing side. Working with others was easy for some and hard for others based on whether their partners worked. Whatever the partner/s did could help make or break a student’s grade for social studies and language arts. Eighth-grader Carter Engelbrecht said the most frustrating thing about working with other people was, “Someone didn’t pull their weight and didn’t do their work.”
There were many varieties of topics spoken about during social studies. Some notable ones were things like abortion, gay marriage, and if the bombing of Hiroshima was justified. There were also ones like whether the Emoji Movie was illegal and if the drinking age should be lowered. Ethan said, “I enjoyed the debate about minimum wage.” Sam said the best debate topic talked about in his class period was, “armed teachers.”
Some of these topics may have been controversial, but that is what happens with debates and like TED talker Margaret Heffernan once said, “For good ideas and true innovation, you need human interaction, conflict, argument, debate.” Every student also got to vote on each topic and say who they thought won the debate, but the winning wasn’t what the whole thing was about, rather to teach about how to write and present one. Like a British author, David Gemmell said, “The purpose of debates is to explore issues, not end them.” These debates overall were a success and have shown students how to present arguments properly and work with others on it.
Curse of the Goat
Did you know that the Chicago Cubs used to be cursed:, a curse that lasted almost 71 years. The Cubs, Murphy the goat, and William Sianis the goat's owner were all involved the curse. William Sianis said that they wouldn’t win any more World Series’ after what happened. It happened in game 4 of the 1945 World Series at Wrigley Field. The Cubs were cursed for several decades because William couldn’t bring Murphy, his Goat into Wrigley Field.
“Them Cubs, they ain’t gonna win no more.” - William Sianis says after being removed from Wrigley Field
Mr. Wrigley wouldn’t let the goat in because “He stinks.” The Cubs received a telegram from William Sianis after the cubs lost the World Series saying, “Who stinks now.” The Cubs, after that day, didn’t to win or make any more World Series’. The curse was broken in the 2016 World Series against the Cleveland Indians .
The Problem With Student Council Elections
Student Council Elections have a huge gaping problem. There is practically no use for Student Council, all the use for it is for party planning in Junior High. I can see the argument for kids party planning but adults have been party planning longer so they are usually better.
Also, Student Council is a terrible way to introduce kids to democracy. Giving kids the right to vote is also a problem. They only vote for the loudest and popular one. You have to bank on something to win that you can not get done. Who would also trust students with power.
Another reason is, the only people who run for Student Council Elections are people who get Advanced Placement classes or the popular kids. That's the problem with real life politics. I could probably guess five people and three of them would be running.
This does not mean I will not run for student council. Quite the opposite I am. I just want to notify you about the Student Council Election problem!
Interview with Mrs.Murley by Kylie Wissler
Why did you choose to teach reading?
I really enjoy reading and discussing different types of writing.
What's your educational background?
I have a Bachelor's of Arts: Education with a minor in Special Education, a reading endorsement, and a Masters in Education
Where do you see yourself in five years?
In five years I see myself still teaching middle school, but maybe teaching in college as well.
What are your strengths as a teacher?
I feel that my love of reading is my biggest strength and being creative with how to teach.
What's your biggest weakness as a teacher?
My biggest weakness is that I am easily distracted, so my to-do list can get quite big.
How much do you want to know about your students in order to be most helpful to them?
I want to know most about how they learn. This is the most helpful.
What do you find most frustrating about teaching?
Lots of talking when students should be listening.
How do you manage your time to get all your teaching duties done within schedule?
Lots of lists and just time management.
What’s the biggest challenge?
Balancing my school with things outside of school
Describe your worst day in class.
I am not really sure...I try not to focus on the negative, so I don’t think I have a worst day.
How do you motivate students to learn?
Learning about them, letting them know that I am enjoying what we are doing too, and candy!
What did you want to be as a child?
An athletic trainer or a teacher
What in your life brought you to teach?
I have always wanted to teach and I had one really amazing teacher in high school that really lead me into teaching.
The new big thing is Fidget Spinners. They were created for people with ADHD. Now everyone is using them for fun. People say that it helps them pay attention. They became popular around April 21,2017. Everyone is using them all around the world. People thought that it would be fun to try.
People say that they help them pay attention. However, teachers are fed up with Fidget Spinners because they say that it is too distracting for kids when they are teaching. The reason people like Fidget Spinners is because they are fun to spin, and they are fun to balance on one finger, and many other things.
Mrs. Wilson says, “Fidget spinners are frustrating to teachers because it is taking their attention from learning to Fidget Spinners.”
Being a Cheerleader at BFMS
By Emma Bruce
My name is Emma Bruce. I interviewed Kelsey Krueder, a high school cheerleader. Kelsey thinks cheerleading is fun and loves to cheer. Most of the time, the girls on the squad are friends. There are a lot of options for cheering. She cheers for football and basketball. Remembering cheer routines is hard, so she puts in a lot of practice. Kelsey loves learning new routines, though! Also, she says practices are time-consuming, and they have to go over and over routines. Practices can be tiring, but it is worth showing off at the games! Kelsey has a lot of favorites, but the Go Big Blue chant is at the top. The crowd gets really excited and cheers with them, and she loves that. Kelsey plans on cheering next year, and doing all of the great things that cheerleading has to offer!