Friday, December 2, 2016

Posters Abound!

Hello Students and Staff:

The teachers and staff here at YMS take pride in creating inviting environments for students to learn. Before school starts, we can be found toiling away preparing the fall's lessons and also decorating our classrooms. 

Recently, intrepid 8th-grade-reporter, Brooke A. was curious about these inspiring, funny, beautiful, quirky posters. She traveled to rooms around the building and asked each teacher or staff member which poster from their own room/office they liked the best and took a snapshot. She asks that you now weigh in. Click on your grade level below and vote for your favorite posters! The polls will close Wednesday December 7, at which time, she will compile the results to share with you all!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Expectations vs. Reality

by Maggie S.

We all know that teachers have expectations: but how high are they? I have asked eight of the seventh-grade teachers their opinion on a number of seventh graders that should be failing tests, on google docs, and have late homework.

The first matter I dug into is how many students should be on google docs. The majority of teachers believe that fewer than five students should be on google docs. Two teachers believe that zero students should be on google docs! Out of the eight teachers surveyed, none of them thought that thirty or more students should be on google docs.
The next topic, failing test scores. There are many mixed opinions on this matter. Most teachers said that three or fewer students should be failing tests! Seven out of eight teachers thought that if you put forth effort on assignments, you should be getting decent grades. In conclusion, this means if you give effort on a test your grade should be good.

The final matter is late homework. Three-fourths of teachers said that late homework is a big deal. Quoted by Mr. Schild, "The community has an expectation for schools to help teach young men and women the importance of completing work on time. This carries over into employment."

I hope that you learned something about the expectations of your teachers. Most have high expectations. After reading this, I hope you try harder to do better in school from now on!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

6th Boys Basketball

by Kiara P.

Coach Muth is one of the coaches on the basketball team there are two coaches, and they do not travel. Coach Muth started coaching in 2005. The most boys he had in one season was 55 boys! Coach Muth said the reason why he started coaching boys basketball was because he likes seeing them succeed another reason is because it is a competitive sport and he loves coaching.

Cole is on the boys basketball team. He signed up because it is fun and easy to play for him. The reason why Cole signed up for boys basketball because it’s his second favorite sport. Cole also said that in boys basketball they learn and practice different plays, passes, and layups he also said that dribbling, shooting and defense are all important when you play boys basketball.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Honor Band

by Kinzie D.

You may have noticed some kids missing on Monday, November 14. These kids have been chosen to be a part of Honor Band. To understand what Honor Band is about I went to Mrs. Wenisch, the YMS band teacher, who was present at the event. 

“[Honor Band is there] To give kids a chance to play with each other, work with a different director, and play with a larger group [that is for the people from smaller bands]. To learn something new for your group [ /band] and to be leaders.” was her response to the question,”Why does the Honor Band exist?” 

“It’s [Honor Band has] been around as long as I’ve been teaching…….” Mrs. Wenisch began teaching around the 2000s.

We practiced from 8:30-4:15 on Monday, November 14; with a break in the morning, around noon, and later in the afternoon. I then questioned Chloe Becker, a clarinet player in 8th grade, what her favorite part Honor Band was and; if she could change anything would she. Chloe then responded with, "Meeting new people and improving our music [was my favorite part]” and “I would make the amount of break time longer- I got jaw fatigue from playing all day! ” 

Renita Dose was Middle school Honor Band director. She is a retired music educator and was last year’s All State Band director. The performance was at 7:00 Monday, November 14, in the auditorium at the Yankton High School. Middle school and High school band kids from the southeastern South Dakota region both performed in the concert.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Review: The Fault in Our Stars

by Olivia H.

Hello! Today I will be giving a review of the book The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. This is an amazing, and well-known book, which can dedicate some of it’s fame to the 2014 movie remake. The book, however, was released on January 10, 2012. May I just say, I wish I had read it sooner. Although almost everyone has heard of the book, or seen the movie, not many of my peers can actually say they have read it, so I hope this review inspires them to do so.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Veterans Day Program

by Aminah W.

The Veterans Day Program was amazing way to show the Middle School students and guests why veterans are so important.The program took place in the YMS old gym at 9:00am on Thursday, November 10th.I just would like to thank all the Veterans who came to the program, also the Veterans that couldn’t make it. If we didn’t have those who fought or fight for our country we wouldn’t be here today. The Veterans Day Program was very memorable. It was my first time being able to see the program. The special guest who came to the program was a Veteran he talked about his experience and how he felt about it.

I would like to thank the student council member, staffs,chorus students and teachers, Mr. D, and of course the Veterans for making this program possible.The student council gave out pamphlets. Staff and student council decorated.Chorus students sang about the Veterans. So I hope everyone loved the Program as much as I did . Thank you, Veterans!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Book Review - The Red Queen

by Kinzie D.

The Red Queen is an amazing book! It’s a fantasy young adult novel by, Victoria Aveyard, and the first book in it’s series. Red Queen came out February 10, 2015;and  Glass Sword the second book in the series came out February 9, 2016. Books 3 releasing Feb 7, 2017 and Book 4 will be coming afterwards. You can find the Red Queen and Glass Sword at the public library and most book stores. Aveyard does a wonderful job building the tension, and at adding some mystery and action to this fantasy book. Mare (the main character and narrator)  is almost 17 almost 18 when the story begins. In the world they live in everyone and everything is divided by their blood. The Slivers ,ones with sliver blood, are like royalty. They also have special abilities of their own, some can read minds, control fire, or metal. The Reds on the other hand, have red blood, and have no powers….. At least that’s what Mare thought. Mare grows up in a Red village called the Stilts, with her three brothers, a sister, her mom and dad. When an unexpected turn hits her friend, she gets herself sucked into a wild adventure that will turn her world upside down. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes Fantasy, Mystery, Action, and/or Sci-Fi this book will have you on the edge of your seat!