Category Archives: Advice

Larry Fitzgerald


By, The Wasp

Mr.Fitzgerald is the Wide Receiver for the Arizona Cardinals. I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Fitzgerald during this winter break in Tempe, Arizona. Aside from his overall football player appearance, Mr. Fitzgerald is…how to put this…VERY INTIMIDATING. So this interview was nerve-wracking. Unfortunately I only had time to ask a few questions, but hey whatever works!

Question 1.) Mr. Fitzgerald, what things that you did in middle school had an effect on your current standing career?

Answer: Teachers. Definitely the teachers. I remember having a teacher that would help me with homework after school.

Question 2.) What advice would you give to a middle school student today?

Answer: Listen to your parents. Because even though they don’t know what they’re talkin’ about, they do know what they’re talking about.

Once again I was only able to ask him these two questions. But this interview was one of my favorites.

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If you have a metal water bottle, you may want to think about getting rid of it!

Metal Water Bottle Safety

This was sent out to the teachers at school….you may want to reconsider those metal water bottles!
~Ms. Vandor

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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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Career Planning

career planning

By, Haley S. and Kyle H.
Career Planning

Career Planning is an important, ongoing process. You can never begin planning too early for your career. The career you eventually choose will affect the quality of your life. One important step in career planning is to learn about various jobs. You can learn about jobs from many sources.

One very good resource for you to learn about jobs is the Occupational Outlook Handbook. This United States Department of Labor publication is “a nationally recognized source of career information, designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives. “ Revised every two years, the Handbook describes what workers do on the job, working conditions, the training and education needed, earnings, and expected job prospects in a wide range of occupations.

This resource will tell you about thousands of jobs. Some of the jobs described include rock star, athlete, zookeeper, police officer, and reporter. In addition, the Handbook will tell you where to look to get more information about a career.

Another useful step in career planning is to complete a self-assessment. This process will reveal you values and interests. Making the right plans for your future during these changing times can be difficult. The self-assessment process will give you more choices and broaden you options. Then you can feel sure that you are on the right career path (

Your values help you set your priorities in life. Values affect the importance you place on family, security, and wealth (Fulton-Calkins and Hanks 2000). You should identify your values early in life. Then you can consider those values when you choose a career.

Interests are best described as activities you like or subjects that appeal to you. By listing and analyzing our interests, you should be able to identify a desirable work setting. For example, your list may reveal that you like to work with things more than with people. Perhaps you like to work alone most of the time and work with others only once in a while. You may like to work outdoors rather than indoors.



Winter Fashions Look Alike Options

By, Piglet

Everyone wants that warm, fuzzy North Face jacket and the cozy Ugg boots.  But not everyone can afford it. Brand name North Face jackets can price up to $180 dollars. Popular Ugg boots can go up to $300 dollars.  Many people cannot afford brand name items at such high prices.  But you can buy cheap look alike items for almost twenty times less than what brand name items sell for.  Columbia jackets, look alike items for North Face jackets, sell for as little as fifteen dollars at  Ugg boots look alike by the brand AIRWALK can sell for about eighteen dollars at Payless Shoes.  So if you want the latest items for less, you know where to look!

Boots Fleece

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Uh….I forgot…

By, Sarah J.B.

Have you ever gotten that aggravating feeling that you’re forgetting something? Here are some things that kids forget or do daily:

  • Return phone calls
  • Reply to emails
  • People’s names
  • Passwords
  • Homework, tests, quizzes
  • Birthdays
  • Important events

If you are one of the countless people who forget these things, don’t worry! Unless it’s a serious habit, it’s okay to forget things once in a while!

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Pumpkin Carving!

By, Kairi Honda

There are so many different ways to carve a pumpkin. You can go for the scary approach, or the artistic. You could make a character from a show or movie, like Yoda, or make it look like an inanimate object, like the wood pattern you see on a table. Maybe even carve a cat or a totem pole. All are really cool, so you don’t have to stick with the pointy teeth and triangle eyes you have probably used for years. You don’t have to stick to the same old same old. Get creative! Why not carve Carl Azuz, from CNN Student News?! The possibilities are endless! So go out there and be inventive!

Check out these websites for some pumpkin carving pattern ideas:

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People who care

By, Mrs. Seitz

The following is the philosophy of Charles Schultz, the creator of the “Peanutscomic strip.  You don’t have to actually answer the questions.  Just read the philosophy straight through and you’ll get the point.

1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.

2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.

3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America contest.

4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.

5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award Winners for Best Actor and Actress.

6. Name the last decade’s worth of World Series Winners.


How did you do?

The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday.  These are no second – rate achievers.   They are the best in their fields.  But the applause dies.   Awards tarnish.  Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.  Students may try looking up the answers.


Here’s another quiz.  See how you do on this one.

1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.

2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.

3. Name five people who taught you something worthwhile.

4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.

5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.

6. Name half a dozen heroes whose stories have inspired you.



The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards.

They are the ones who care.

But what can you do to show caring on those days when nothing goes right?  I sometimes look up the phone numbers of good students and phone the parent with a “happy call” including some words of appreciation.  It’s an example of “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”

Spoken or written words of appreciation, random acts of kindness, go a long way to acknowledge a good deed and the worth of a person.

The ones who make a difference in the lives of students are the ones like you who care.

 ‘Talk to each other, support each other, take care of each other.’

Thank you Mrs. Seitz for sharing!


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Text or talk?

By, Sarah J.B.

Question: Does this generation spend too much time on their electronics?

Opinion: I believe that this generation spends too much time on their phones, watching television, playing video games, etc. It’s absolutely ridiculous! I’ve seen people at restaurants that hop out to text or call someone else instead of talking to whomever they’re with! I’ve also seen a family at home at their dinner table on their cell phones, not even saying a word to each other. In my opinion, electronics are making it harder for people to develop better social skills. I honestly believe that kids need to turn off their electronics and start a conversation with someone new.


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