Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Photo Memories - 8th Grade

Photos and Captions by Emerson M.
Paige Hoesing and Ivy Mines smiling for a picture!

The 8th-grade main entrance.

Mrs. Howell’s SRB working hard on their homework.

Abby Tally and Da’Sha Roubideaux posing in the8th-gradee hallway.

The 8th-grade lockers.

The students enjoy socializing during their lunch period.

The algebra students used their skills (and creativity) to build ice cream cones!

Down the stairs to the main 8th-grade hallway.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Science Olympiad Gets out of Town!

by Kylie B.

The Yankton Middle School team has been preparing to go to the Science Olympiad National Tournament in Wisconsin! The team has won state and gone to Nationals for 32 straight years(there has only been 32 years of Science Olympiad). The Yankton team is the only team to be able to say this. We placed in the top 3 for every event at state. We know though a 1st at state is like a 30th at Nationals. We hope to do very well in our events and we aim to place. The very dedicated coaches of this team are Tom Merrill, Cheryl Scheffer, and Brooks Schild.

The team practices from 7-8:30 every Monday and Thursday at the Yankton Middle School. This is 3 hours a week that is required, this isn’t counting the time the studiers have to study, or the amount our amazing builders have to build at home. Being on this team connects you to people you would’ve never talked to before, and their fun! Science Olympiad is one of the best team I have ever been on, don’t be afraid to try it next year!

May Secret Staff Member

Click on the red question mark to submit a 
guess for this month's secret staff member.
You have until 4:00 Tuesday, May 17 to guess.  
Hey YMS can you guess this month’s secret staff member? Here are some clues to who this person is. He/she took history Education in College. This person went to the University of South Dakota for college and his/her favorite book is a tie between “The Reverent” and “Unbroken”. In the summer, this person does almost anything you can think of hunting, swimming, kayaking, fishing, and camping. Their favorite school lunch is chili and cinnamon roll. The music this person likes to listen to is Country and Christian. And finally the last hint/clue is their secret talent, and their secret talent is that this person has been known to sing a little.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Teacher of the Year: Mrs. Larrington

photo and story by Lexi R.

Mrs. Carol Larrington, a well-known, 20-year resident of the YMS teaching staff, was honored as the “2016 Teacher of the Year”. She, “had great teachers growing up,” and worked with youth in the community, as well as helped in elementary classrooms through a high school opportunity. She “liked the idea of helping students and making an impact on their futures both personally and intellectually.”
After finishing her degree in 1996 at the University of South Dakota (USD), Mrs. Larrington applied for a job opening as a YMS sixth grade teacher; the Yankton School District informed her she would be moving to YMS after one year. Mrs. Larrington “thought that sounded like a good challenge and really wanted the job to get her teaching career started,” so she signed her contract.
Mrs. Larrington is currently an eighth grade science teacher who “enjoys the staff and students at YMS.” She feels “the teachers and administrators all have high expectations for the students and the students usually work hard to deliver.”

The Teacher of the Year Award nomination process begins with a teacher being nominated and filling out the required paperwork.  It is then voted on by all district staff, from which they will then be considered by the district’s selection committee. Applicants have to fill out an application and write two essays to be evaluated and scored by the committee through the same process used at the regional and state levels. Qualities considered when choosing the Teacher of the Year include “a real love and desire to learn and continue learning.” “I am still learning how to be a great teacher and I’m lucky to learn from some of the best teachers here at YMS!” replied Mrs. Larrington.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Kelsie's Thesaurus - Lazy

by Kelsie F.

Well, this is my final word I will be criticizing you for overusing. It’s not because I don’t enjoy it, or because I’ve ran out of words I feel are worn out, (believe me there are copious heaps and lumps of them) and definitely not because I’m lazy. It is because, dismally,  I will be going to high school next year. But let’s not focus on the lugubrious things in life, let’s talk about words! Specifically, lazy. People are always talking about how lazy they feel or how lazy someone else is or is acting. So, “How else could I express this feeling/way of life?” you’re probably wondering. Well, here are a few synonyms presenting the idea on hand, which is averse or disinclined to work, activity, or exertion:
  • Inactive; sluggish-- weary, careless, dull, lethargic, passive, sleepy, apathetic, inattentive, tired, indifferent, lackadaisical(my favorite for the month), comatose, lifeless, drowsy, indolent, languid, inert, idle, torpid, snoozy, somnolent, slack, remiss, dallying, trifling, industrious, slothful, sopine, and unenergetic.

I hope you weren’t too tired to finish reading all of those, or too indolent to smile, or too lackadaisical to do a jumping jack, because that would make me feel as if I bored you, and not to mention, a little unhelpful. If you’re going to suspire when you don’t get to read my rant about one specific word every month, I’m sorry for your loss (I may have apologized but I’m not actually sorry), though there’s nothing I can do about it. Maybe, someone will take over this column for me:). Anyways, have a delightful day, wonderful week, marvelous month, and a  spectacular summer. Don’t forget any of the words I’ve complained about!:)

Thursday, May 12, 2016

It's History - the 1930s

by Bailey N. 

The 1930s are one of the hardest times ever in American history. They are also one of America’s greatest times because all Americans worked together to achieve one goal: to restore economic stability. First, let’s learn a couple of terms relating to the 1930s.

Recession: A time were more people want to sell stocks and less people want to buy stocks.
Business Cycle: The up and down pattern of the economy.
Depression: Severe and long lasting recession.
You now might ask: What caused the Great Depression? There really is no clear answer because so many things supposedly caused the Great Depression. One of the most believable reasons that I have found is that too many people were buying-on-margin. Buying-on-margin is purchasing stocks on borrowed money.When too many people bought on margin, the United States’ economy could only go downhill. On Thursday, October 24th, the stock prices began to fall and people hurried to sell their stocks. Tuesday, October 29th, 1929 became known as Black Tuesday because that was the day the stock market crashed. The stock market crash caused banks to close down and several Americans were losing their jobs. As Americans, we have to blame someone for the mess we were in. That unlucky man was President Herbert Hoover. This unpopularity caused him to lose re-election in 1932 to Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt (also known as FDR) came up with a program to help America come out of the Great Depression. His program was called the New Deal. The goal of the the New Deal was to give Americans hope, relief, and recovery.The New Deal created several new government programs to give Americans jobs and to help them come out of the Great Depression. Many of the programs that were created by the New Deal are still used today. Many people thought that the New Deal either gave President Roosevelt too much power or the New Deal didn’t do enough to pull America out of the Great Depression. The government kept going with the New Deal, starting the Second New Deal which, once again, created jobs for many unemployed Americans. The New Deal wasn’t going exactly how FDR wanted it to go. The Supreme Court was declaring many New Deal programs unconstitutional. FDR passed a bill stating that FDR could appoint a new justice to those who were 70 years or older. After several heated debates in Congress, they rejected the bill. The Supreme Court no longer rejected any New Deal programs anyway.
To make matters even worse, the 1930s were known as “the Dirty Thirties” because of the excessive amount of dust storms in the Mid-West. The Dust Bowl was an area in the Mid-West with the greatest amount of dust storms. These dust storms were probably caused by the over-planting of the farmland. The topsoil was destroyed which caused the wind to pick up the loose soil and cause dust storms. Many people migrated west towards California because of the farmland there. These people were known as “Okies” because most of them came from Oklahoma and they took away jobs from the Californians. Even during these hard-times, people still tried to enjoy themselves. The most famous thing to do was to attend movies. Two movies costed around 5 cents for children and 25 cents for adults. In 1941, the United States was able to pull out of the Great Depression. The New Deal had helped keep America stable throughout the Depression, but America’s entry into World War II is what really ended the Depression in America. The 1930s were both a prosperous time and a depressing time in United States history.

Yearbook Time!

by Maggie S.

Did you order a yearbook? If you did, you may have wondered the process it took to get to you. Even if you didn’t I’m going to tell you anyway :). I interviewed Mrs.Andrews to figure out what she does to give you your yearbook.

I took around seven months to put together, considering that there were about thirty-five people working on it! If you thought that the yearbook was cool this year, you should consider joining the yearbook club next year. There is an informational meeting at the beginning of the year that everyone can go to.

The yearbook staff started working on it right away. As soon as it was done, and ordered, Mrs.Andrews started the hard work that was ahead. She started by labeling every yearbook with the names of the people that had ordered one. Next she organized the yearbooks by SRBs (there are around thirty SRBs). Finally, she figures out who is going to be gone on the last day of school (that ordered a yearbook), and if they have filled out a permission slip by 3:30 on May 3, she reorganizes those yearbooks so that a friend can carry the yearbook for signatures.

The last question that you may be asking (if you’re asking any) why there are extra yearbooks. Well, it’s because Mrs.Andrews must order them by the twenties. That’s why there were announcements about extra yearbooks.

I hope you now respect your yearbook, a lot more than you did before, now knowing the process it went through to get to you!