Friday, January 20, 2017

Poster Survey Results

by Brooke A.

Have you ever noticed how teachers put up cool posters around their room? Well, it’s become a habit of mine to look around at all the funny posters on the first day of school! I think it’s cool and inspirational to look at them, and if I’m having an awful day, I can always count on looking up and laughing at my favorite poster.
I interviewed Mrs. Anderson about her posters, “I use posters to mainly decorate my room, but I typically buy them if they make the kids interested in learning or show inspiration to the kids.” It takes Mrs. Anderson about four hours to decorate her room, with the help of her kids, of course! All of the teachers purchase their posters at a teacher’s store or in catalogs.

6th grade:
First place is… (drum roll please!)
Mrs. Garvey’s Poster!

Second place is…
Mrs. Broscha’s Poster!!!!


And lastly, third place is…
Mrs. Kaltsulas’ Poster!!!

7th Grade:
First place is…
Mrs. Ryken’s Poster!!!

Second place is…
Mrs. Dooley’s Poster!!!

And third place is…
Mrs. Ryken’s Poster!!!

Also, a huge thank you to all eight of the seventh graders who took my poll! I seriously couldn’t have done it without you!!!

Eighth Grade:
First place is…
Ms. Howell’s Poster!!!

Second place is…
Mrs. Andrews’ Poster!!!

Third place is…
Mrs. Klimisch’s Poster!!!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Opinions from Danielle

by Danielle P.

Living in the U.S., we live as very opinionated people. This isn´t a bad thing, of course, but this leads us to create opinions on little information because we feel left out without having opinions of our own. Even though the majority of people don't actively think about how those uneducated views could be harmful, they can be.

Openly expressing these uneducated opinions make other people consider them. More than likely, they assume you know what you are talking about. This could lead others to your misguided opinion, without reason. You could be wrongly educating that person and spreading misguided notions.
Your opinion can also hurt someone. You might misinterpret an action, and this might cause you to think lowly of that person. If you repeat that view, a rumor could be started. But uneducated opinions can hurt you, too. If your idea is disproved in some way, that can reflect poorly on you. People may think you're trying to start trouble and may dislike you.
As Americans, we are very opinionated, but sometimes we don´t think carefully or collect more information before spreading those ideas. I believe everyone should do their best to self-educate before asserting an opinion.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

January Secret Staff member!

Read the clues below and click on the image to submit a guess for January's secret staff member! On January 25, a winner will be chosen from among the correct responses. That person will earn suckers for his/her SRB!

  • He/she went to both USD and SDSU.

  • He/she has a secret talent of making brownies.

  • His/her favorite book is Momma, Will you ? .

  • His/her favorite school lunch is Spaghetti.

  • His/her favorite music is Christmas music.

  • What he/she does in their spare is swim, hang out with family, and read.

  • Something that few people know about that is I broke my foot in the pool.

  • I also was the first chair in band for trombone.

  • I have also ran 10 5k’s.

  • I don’t like Chinese food or suckers at all.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Mr. Dvoracek: Beyond the Basics

by Maggie S.

Top 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Mr. D

#5- Mr. D’s favorite cookie is chocolate chip.
“There is no other way to go” ~quoted by Mr. D.

#4- Mr. D’s favorite book is called Good To Great, by Jim Collins.
He said that it is a book about leadership.

#3- Mr. D became a teacher because he loved to work with kids.
He always loved to coach and work with kids, so teaching just seem to fit those traits.

Fun Fact: Mr. D was going to become a farmer or a teacher in college, and decided to become a teacher.

#2- If Mr. D could meet ANYONE it would be his middle schooler self.

#1- Mr. D’s favorite animal is a COW! With living on a farm, and always being around farm animals, it fits that his favorite animal would be a cow.

Monday, January 16, 2017


by Brooke A.

We’ve all had those days when you’ve gotten absolutely no sleep and feel like a zombie walking around the Middle School. I’m sure we’ve also had those days when you wake up totally refreshed after getting a ton of sleep and end up taking three naps during the day and feeling generally well-rested. I decided to let my body and brain go to science and try both methods (which meant staying up really late or going to bed really early on some occasions).
The first week of December, I got maybe six hours of sleep each night. To me, tired was an understatement. That week at school, I took a Science test and passed. My source of studying is typically listening in class and studying for five to fifteen minutes the night before (I do not suggest trying it, whereas it doesn’t always work). I got about the same grade as normal, if even a little more. I was very relaxed during the test and I didn’t stress out about it the night before, although I could hardly stay awake long enough to put in my answers. At one point, I realized I had been staring at a question for at least five minutes, and had no idea of how to answer said question. My grades kept up, I stayed off google docs, and I was staying up extremely late and waking up earlier than normal to get my homework done along with practicing my other activities.
The second week of December I got 8 to 10 hours of sleep each night. I was really tired when I didn’t get ten hours, ended up not getting all of my homework done, stressed out about it, and then slept over my alarm by an hour and a half…. Yeah, that wasn’t the best week for me. At one point I was so stressed I ended up asking my friends not to talk to me, for they were a big distraction in trying to get my stuff done and to stress in silence. I know, I was extremely rude that day.
I also looked up why it’s important for teens to get sleep and this is what told me, “Teens are at an important stage of their growth and development. Because of this, they need more sleep than adults. The average teen needs about nine hours of sleep each night to feel alert and well rested. There are many factors that keep teens from getting enough sleep.” I can agree with that! I typically like to get eight to nine hours of sleep, a happy medium, if you will. The same site also said that we have an internal clock that tells us when we need to sleep. This rotates based on the time of day, morning, afternoon, and night. If we don’t get enough sleep, we can fall asleep in class, driving, or at work. I’d also like to point out that although we’re supposed to be getting nine hours of sleep, the average teen is getting around seven each night!
I hope this’ll teach you to get more sleep, even if you feel more awake when you don’t get a ton. Try adjusting your sleeping schedule, this’ll help you get used to the fact that you’re getting more sleep. (Go to bed about fifteen minutes earlier each week until you get where you need to be!) Have fun sleeping!!!

Friday, January 13, 2017

School Projects

by Danielle P.

The majority of the teachers I asked about their favorite projects came up with similar concepts of their favorite projects. Freedom seemed to be a driving theme, without having set-in-stone directions or a specific lesson plan to use. All of them gave students ´wiggle room,´ because they had the opportunity to customize or add their own unique touch on things. Choices also seemed to be a popular theme. The teachers I asked came up with projects that gave students choices, in some way.

Another thing that the projects gave students opportunities to explore was acting. The majority of projects had some acting or skits involved, such as having a small play or a newscast. In the end, the teachers liked projects that gave students freedom, options, and opportunities to use creativity and acting skills. I think that having the options gives students to really get involved with a project, and these skills and choices bring a better connection between the student and the material learned.