Thursday, April 20, 2017

Drawing on Skin

by Olivia H.

Hello! It’s Olivia here, with an article on what writing or drawing on your skin can do to you! So, I feel like everybody has written on their skin before, whether they grabbed a pen to jot down a note or maybe drew a pretty little doodle on their arm in marker. But for some reason, we always get told not to do it. I for one, have never really questioned this command, and ignored it without thought. However, one day I started wondering what happens when you draw on your skin.

After extensive research, I have come to my conclusion. It is pretty much harmless to draw on yourself in pen. But, you should be careful with Sharpie. The actual Sharpie company has said before that the markers are not for drawing on skin because of certain chemicals in the marker that are not good for skin. This does not mean you cannot ever draw on yourself with Sharpie, but you should keep it to a minimum. Pen, however, has different chemicals and will not do much to you. It obviously wouldn't be the greatest thing you could do for your skin, but it will be better than Sharpie would be.

Just to clarify, drawing on yourself CANNOT give you ink poisoning. Well, as long as you're careful where you draw, and have a pretty good amount of common sense. One way to get ink poisoning is by swallowing the ink. Don't ask me why you would do that, and just don't do it. Okay? Okay. You would also have to ingest a very large amount of ink for it to do anything to you, which would probably be, at most, a stomach ache. DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT draw on an open wound. That can give you a more serious case of ink poisoning, plus it would hurt like crazy.

I hope this article answered some questions of yours, or maybe taught you something new! Plus, now you can tell your parent that it's harmless to draw on yourself!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Lunchroom Cookies Opinion

by Joey A. all like the school cookies right? So when out of nowhere the cookies are suddenly 50 cents apiece I think that my table was more than just confused. Personally I think that the cookies should not be 50 cents now but the lunch ladies said that it was all something to do with having to add up all the food items and see what it was. If it didn’t meet a goal they had to add a price onto something to make it even out. I asked my friend Trace about this great ordeal and he said that he strongly believed that the cookies should not have been jacked up from free to 50 cents, but maybe that’s just because he is a cookie fanatic.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Disney Princess Personality Quiz

By Cora J

The Results are in!!!! First off thank you everyone who took the quiz, I hope you all enjoyed it. In all 354 people respond and there were 400 views. Now for the results: Ariel, 94 people or 27%, Snow White, 68 people or 19%, Cinderella, 53 or 15%, same for Sleeping Beauty/Aurora, Belle, 49 or 14%, Tiana, 37 or 10%.  We had the most at Ariel and the least at Tiana. So if you were honest, which I know from other sources that some people just tried to get all the princesses, then most of you were carefree adventurers. Thanks for taking my quiz hope you enjoyed.Screenshot 2017-03-21 at 3.52.25 PM.png

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Jazz Band Tours Elementaries

by Kinzie K.

Photo submitted by Lacey Kindle
Remember when we were all little Elementary kids, and the Middle School Jazz Band came to play for us? Well, on March 10th and 13th the Yankton Middle School Jazz Band went on tour to the four public Elementary schools. All 7th and 8th grade Jazz Band Members, and Mrs. Wenisch (The band’s director) got to go on these tours visiting Beadle and Lincoln on the 10th of March. Then on the 13th of March they visited Stewart and Webster Elementary School. The Jazz Band played 5 songs while on tour and at the Spaghetti feed, three of these songs were featured at the Band Concert. The reason for going was to encourage to kids to join Band and when they’re in 7th or 8th grade to join Jazz Band. It also was to encourage the kids who are already in Band to stay in it and to keep practicing, and just like everything else they will get better.

Monday, April 3, 2017

6th Grade Track

by Aminah W.

This report is on YMS 6th grade track. It is for everyone who goes to the Middle School .But this report is mainly on 6th grade track. Track is a sport that includes athletic contest established on the skills of running, jumping, and throwing. Track can help you get better at other sports.Track is also all about exercise if you enjoy running you should join track.

The coaches for track is Mrs.Tramp and Mrs.Heinz.The start date is March 27. For student with the last name A-M you practice on Mondays, Wednesday and alternating on Fridays.The first practice was on on Friday, March 31st. Students with the last name N-Z practice on Tuesday, Thursday and alternating on Fridays.Their first Friday practice is on April 7th.The practice for all the student go from 3:45-5:00PM. You meet in the new gym.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Homeward Bound Pet Rescue

by Danielle P.

Homeward Bound Pet Rescue is a nonprofit organization ran by the owner of Fish ‘N Stuff, Jan Strenger. It officially was formed in 2011, even though many animals had been rescued previously by Strenger through Fish ‘N Stuff. Homeward Bound Pet Rescue has saved many animals, including cats and kittens, puppies and dogs and birds.

Strenger stated that her reason for forming the rescue was to provide a safe place for unwanted and abused animals. When asked about her personal goals in running the Rescue, Strenger said, “Just to save as many animals as I can.” She also believes that most of the animals that end up in rescues for a period of time in their lives are due to irresponsible owners that fail to spay or neuter their pets. High maintenance pets, such as large parrots and other birds, can end up in a shelter for the lack of education on just how difficult they can be.

Strenger says when considering adopting from a rescue, make sure you have the financial and time reserves for doing so. Adopting a pet is the least of the cost of owning one; with food, toys, and veterinary expenses to think about. When considering buying rather than adopting, she says to carefully exam why you are doing so. To anyone wishing to follow a similar path, she says that there are always animals in need of help, and there’s immense sadness and joy in doing so. Sadness for all of the unwanted pets, but joy for when they finally receive their forever homes.

Before you purchase a pet, please remember that there are many sweet, loving animals waiting for their forever homes in shelter and rescues like Homeward Bound!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

8th Grade ELA Studies the Holocaust

by Alyssa A. 

Kids in eighth grade have been doing a project about the Holocaust. We are studying it to show students that this was a somber topic to learn about and the effects it had on Jewish people, and it isn't a joking matter.

And the eighth-grade students were doing a project about Anne Frank. For the people who don't know who she is, she was a girl who went into hiding with her family and another family, and Anne kept a diary telling about what she went through. Everyone in eighth grade has been doing a project about Anne Frank, and we got to choose what we wanted to do for the project. Students have reacted differently to the unit of study. Some students feel sad about it and don’t like to talk about it, but on the other hand, some students like to mess around and hail Hitler because they think it is funny, but in my opinion, nothing about the Holocaust was funny.

I interviewed Mrs. Andrews, one of the 8th grade ELA teachers at YMS, and these are some of the questions that I asked her.

The first question I asked was what do you think had the most impact on eighth-grade students while they were studying the Holocaust she responded with “ The violence of the Holocaust had the most impact on the eighth-grade students.” And I agree with her because when I was learning it I thought that the violence of the Holocaust was shocking.

The second question I asked was: Do you think that it is disrespectful to have people mess around about the Holocaust and she said, “ yes. I usually teach this unit later in the school year because more of the students are more mature than they were at the beginning of the year.”

The third question was: Do you think it was necessary for eighth-grade students to learn about Anne Frank and she responded with, “ Yes, because everyone should know about Anne Frank and the Jewish people.”

The fourth question was: What do you think the student's attitude was learning about the Holocaust? She said, “ Almost all my students were respectful.”

The final question was: "If someone sees someone hailing Hitler what should that person do? She answered, “ If you feel safe to tell them to stop and then say why it is inappropriate. If you don't feel safe, then get help."