Monthly Archives: December 2012

The End of The World?!

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By, Pooh Bear

Oh no! Hurry and get with your family because the world is going to end… or not! There are so many silly theories that people are taking seriously. I will tell about some interesting theories about the end of the world, for a good laugh, or a serious consideration!

One theory was about the Mayan calendar. It was dated for December 21, 2012 for a new cycle to begin. Another theory is a pole shift. This is where the crust and mantel will suddenly shift. It resembles the peel of an orange spinning around the fruit of that orange.

Another theory is a galactic alignment. This is where the sun appears to cross through the Milky Way, exposing Earth to powerful galactic forces that will hasten its doom. This could possibly happen through a pole shift.

There is also a theory where planet X will collide with Earth, therefore destroying Earth altogether. There is another theory about the solar flares from the sun. Some believe that the sun will give off extremely high solar flares causing the earth to heat up like an oven.

I personally don’t believe in those silly theories. I plan to wake up Christmas morning and be with my family.

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Planning Ahead

By, Kyle H.

Open a savings account early in life so you get into the habit of saving. Later, you may choose to invest in stocks and bonds. Opening a savings account is a critical first step to a secure future.

A good financial plan will make you feel good now thinking about what you will be able to do with your savings in the future. One of the best ways to save is to deposit money from your allowances or earnings as soon as you receive them. The idea behind this is that this makes saving when you set financial goals. The goals may relate to a major purchase. The idea behind this is that this makes saving a top priority.

You will be more successful at saving when you set financial goals. The goals may relate to a major purchase. Your goals might be to buy a musical instrument, sports equipment, or a computer

Besides helping you reach goals for the future, saving also helps the economy. Your savings are returned to the economy to increase the flow of money. Thus, your savings might be used to help build a school, home, or highway that, in turn, helps many other industries.

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The Value of work Experience

By, Kyle H.

A summer or part-tome job pays more than money. Even though the money earned is important, the work experience gained gas a greater long-term value when one applies for a full-tome job after school. Job application documents (the blank application and the personal data sheet) ask you to list jobs you have held and to list as reference the names of individuals who supervised your work.

As once young person was heard to remark, “You can’t get a job without experience, and you can’t get experience without a job.” That dilemma can be overcome, however, by starting work early in life and by accepting simpler jobs that have no minimum age limit and do not require experience.

Begin early at jobs that may not pay especially well but to establish a working track record: delivering newspapers, babysitting, mowing lawns, assisting with gardening, and the like. Use these work experience as spring boards for later jobs as sales clerk, gas station attendant, fast-food worker, lifeguard, playground supervisor assistant, and office staff assistant( after you have developed basic office skills). As you progress through these work exploration experiences, try increasingly to get jobs that have some relationship to your career plans. If, for example, you want a career involving frequent with people, as in sales, seek part-time and summer work that gives you experience in dealing with people.

Whatever the job you are able to get, there are several items that will help you succeed I getting a good recommendation for the next job you seek. You should always be punctual. Get to work on time and return from lunch and other breaks promptly. It is also important to get along well with others. Do your job well and offer to assist others who may need help. Take directions with a smile instead of a frown. Good employees speak proper English. Teenage jargon is often lost on the adults who are likely to be your supervisors. Lastly, dress the part. Observe the unwritten dress code; dress as others on the job. Always be neat and clean.

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“The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies”

By, Aimee S.

From this site!

1 1/2 cups butter, softened
2 cups white sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoonsalt

Directions

1.In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).
2.Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
3.Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely.

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Christmas Concert Time is Here

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By, 9.11

This Christmas season, spend time enjoying music. The winter band concert is on December 12th. Be there as the beginners’ band performs in concert for the first time. There will also be amazing performances from the symphonic, varsity, and concert bands. Make sure you don’t miss the woodwind quintet performing before and after the concert. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear some Christmas classics (and a few that might be new for some) on December 12th.

**The winter concert was a huge success and everyone did an outstanding job at the performance! Way to go Panthers! Happy Holidays! **

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“Nog-aholic”

By, Sarah J.B.

Do you know what a “nogaholic” is? Well, let me tell you! My cousin LOVES eggnog. And when I say love, I mean LOVE. He calls himself the “Nogaholic”. He’d drink it for every meal if he could. I doubt that the eggnog will last over a day after Christmas!

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Movie Review: Elf

Elf

By, Princess Ariel

Christmas is right around the corner. Children will soon be setting out cookies and milk for Ol’ Saint Nicholas. It’s also the time for relaxing on the couch with family, and watching Christmas movies. Probably the best Christmas movie ever made is Elf, starring Will Ferrell. Elf is about a grown man named Buddy (Ferrell) who has grown up in the North Pole thinking that he is an elf. Finally, when Santa tells Buddy that his father lives in NYC, and that he is on the naughty list. Now its Buddy’s quest to meet his father and change him from a nasty Old Scrooge to a peachy and jolly man.

After seeing Elf, I thought I had just witnessed a comedy show topped with dozens of hilariousness. It seemed like Ferrell’s character was so dumb and stupid that it would make you laugh so hard. In my opinion, I could have watched this movie all day if time allowed it. I would recommend this movie to anyone, because it’s a movie that I know everyone would enjoy.

“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is by singing loud for all to hear.” – Buddy

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Anime Review: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

FMA

By, Kairi Honda

R: Hi everyone!
K: Yo.
E: HIIIIIIIII!!!!!!!!!!!!
K: …You gave her sugar, didn’t you?
R: N-nooo…
K: You are a terrible liar.
R: She got into my secret stash of Pixie Sticks!
K: -looks at Emillia- Filthy, little, stealing, miniature child!
E: I’M NOT SHORT! I’M JUST FUN SIZED! LIKE THOSE LITTLE M&M PACKETS! I LOVE M&M’S!!!!
R: What have I done…? Wait a minute, I didn’t do anything, she did!!
K: You provoked her outburst! Anyways, to this week’s review.
R: This week it is…
-drumroll-
E: FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST!!!!
K and R: Brotherhood.
K: Never forget the brotherhood.
R: Ever. There is a huge difference between normal FMA (Fullmetal Alchemist abbreviated)
K: And FMA: Brotherhood.
R: For one, Brotherhood follows the manga.
K: And FMA has only 51 episodes and Brotherhood has 64.
E: OH MY GOSH YOU GUYS ARE AGREEING ON SOMETHING!
R: We’re agreeing? Oh no!! WE MUST BALANCE THE UNIVERSE!!! KAIRI YOU’RE SUCH A LOSER!!!
K: -stares- Anyways, this show is about two brothers: Edward and Alphonse Elric, otherwise known as Ed and Al. While they are growing up, they show an amazing talent for alchemy.
R: Alchemy is like a mystical yet scientific art of changing matter using energy. Later in the anime is explains that the sequence to alchemy is this: Comprehension (Understanding the matter and the energy that flows through it), Deconstruction (breaking down the matter into a flexible state so it can be shaped into any form), and Reconstruction (Continuing to flow of energy to reform the material into the new shape).
K: Right. Eventually, the boys’ mother dies. They decide that they will try to bring her back using alchemy. First you should know that human transmutation is forbidden. Anyways, it goes horribly wrong, and Ed loses his leg and Al his whole body. You should also know that the main law of alchemy is the Law of Equivalent Exchange, which basically says that you can’t make something from nothing.
R: But the boys did manage to create something with a body that could move, but it was not their mother and didn’t live for over a couple hours.
K: Not wanting to lose his brother as well as his mother, Ed puts a seal on one of the suits of armor in the shed they transmuted in. Ed succeeds in bonding his brother’s soul to the armor, but Al can’t eat or sleep, and Ed also loses his arm.
R: Ed and Al’s childhood friend, Winry, fixes Ed up with automail, which is basically a metal prosthetic. Set on getting their bodies back, Ed joins the State Alchemists, that are basically talented alchemists that work for the state and do whatever the leader tells them to do, even fight in wars.
K: Ed plans on uncovering the secrets of a Philosopher’s Stone, a powerful stone that is believed to raise an alchemist’s powers greatly, to get their original bodies back. Little did they know that it would escalate into something much bigger and significant…
E: Well, that wasn’t ominous at all.
K: Well, if I said more, it would give away the ending, now wouldn’t it!?
E: Well you can tell me!
R: Once again, Emily knows nothing of the anime we review. I’m beginning to believe she’s just kinda…here.
K: We should get rid of her again. She’s like a puppy, bright and full of energy and a pain in the butt. Sometimes, you just gotta throw the puppy on the streets.
E: That’s so mean!
K: Just an analogy! I’d never do that! To a puppy, anyway…
E: What’s that supposed to mean?!
R: -cuts in- Be sure to comment if you have a suggestion for us!
K: And don’t kill anyone! Including puppies! But little girls that SHALL NOT BE NAMED are perfectly fine. BYEEEE!!!! [^_^]

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Divergent (the book I couldn’t stop reading)

divergent

By, Sarah J.B.

I was hooked to Divergent after I read the first page. The life-like characters, intense plot, and creative chapters made it hard for me to put the book down. I read Divergent for five hours strait last night; it’s seriously that good! I recommend Divergent to anyone who likes to read.

Divergent by Victoria Roth

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WOW: Euphoria

By, Hotdog

Euphoria, what does that mean?

Hey guys! I decided to do a word of the week series! This week, I decided to do the word euphoria. Euphoria, according to the dictionary, means intense happiness and self-confidence. But to Mr.Libey, (the 7th grade composition teacher) said this is how to spell euphoria, L-O-T-T-E-R-Y. Well, now you guys know how the definition of euphoria. See you guys later! Read the post next week!

Thanks to: Google images, Mr.Libey, and Dictionary.com

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