Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Extracurricular Activities Why They are Good for Us

By Oliver D.

Extracurricular activities are outside of school activities pursued in addition to the normal course of study. Sports and other outside of school activities can also be involved in the category. Recently, however, researchers are finding out some pretty great stuff on if you participate in these activities. These activities have some major positive outcomes on participating. They also have found out, that kids our age who don’t participate in these activities often get into more trouble, or even have poorer grades than kids who do take extracurricular activities.

YMS offers many fun and interesting extracurricular activities. Here are a few examples: book club, chess club, oral interpretation, and newspaper. These are great extracurricular activities that help us with so much more than just having something fun to do. These extracurricular activities are very beneficial to us in many ways.

One reason that the extracurricular activities help us is that it helps prioritize learning. These activities help us learn new, interesting things, like if you participate in yearbook here at YMS, you are learning how to use computer design software that you never knew how to use! It could help you become a better computer software handler, or you can even think about designing a website with activities like this!

Another reason extracurricular activities are so beneficial that it has been proven that it helps kids mentally and physically. Mentally of course, by learning new things. Physically, you can get into better shape by participating in a sport. These sports can help us stay healthy and forever impact our lives staying by prioritizing better lifestyles.

Finally, the last reason for extracurricular activities is that it minimizes trouble. Kids who often get into some trouble cause problems in a community. Having them involved in extracurricular activities can keep them busy and even bring their grades up. They can even change their ways. They might go from troublesome, to a great person with this activity. They might find something they really like and they would do it more often, minimizing trouble.

As you can see, being involved in school activities or sports have many benefits involved. I believe that if we have everyone involved in at least one activity here at our school, it would offer many benefits. Are you involved in an extracurricular activity here at YMS?

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Upcoming Orchestra Concert

by Elise H.

          YMS 6th-8th grade Orchestra students are having an Winter Orchestra Concert on Dec. 12, 2017.  The Concert will be held at the Yankton High School theater at 7:00 pm.  Grade 5 and 9-12 will also be in the concert.  Christmas songs will be played along with other songs.  For an evening of musical enjoyment, come to the concert.  See you there!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Gender Stereotyping in School Sports: Opinion

by Olivia H.

“Hey, do you want to do something after school?”
“Sorry, I can’t. I have volleyball practice.”
“Volleyball? I hate volleyball.”
“Why? What did volleyball ever do to you?”
“I mean, nothing I guess. I just don’t like that guys can’t play it. I probably would if I could.”
This is a legitimate conversation that I have had with a MALE friend of mine. And that conversation got me thinking about something. Why can’t guys play volleyball, or girls play football? In my opinion that’s just a bit stereotypical. I mean, it’s definitely not because guys would be bad at volleyball. Some of the best people in P.E. during the volleyball unit are the guys. And they enjoy it too!
Gender stereotypes like this, especially in a public place like school, can be damaging on a teenage mind. This boxed in feeling can create anxiety in kids to fit in, and can have much more major effects later in life. Plus, if a kid likes to do something then you should let them do that, even despite their gender.

Although a topic like like this might not be a big deal to some, other people understand the feeling of being restrained from doing something you love. Maybe we should be thinking less about gender roles and more about having all inclusive sports, no matter if you’re a girl or a boy.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Book Club

by Elise H. 

At the Yankton Middle School we have a lot of activities.  One of them is Book Club.  In Book Club you get a certain book.  Then you have to read it.  When there is a meeting everyone tells something about the book.  The first book was called The Westing Game, a mystery novel written by Ellen Raskin.  The second book is called The Watsons Go To Birmingham -1963 with Connections, a historical-fiction novel written by Christopher Paul Curtis.  I am looking forward to reading the next book.  

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Science Olympiad Overview

by Nick T.

Science Olympiad is one of the middle school electives and it provides students with a broad range of science subjects from anatomy to tower building. The students in class are required to do 23 subjects/tests. These subjects may change any year and that means students will master the skills required to complete the task. There are also two different times Science Olympiad goes on in school and after school.

Students are supposed to research, study, and practice their executive skills (like in building robots). Their robotics (for the class) are needed to make their machine to the national Science Olympiad standards. Science Olympiad students (out of class) are supposed to conduct their experiment, and if they win their first competitions (in their subject) they move through competitions going to higher levels. In Science Olympiad the highest level you can go is the nationals. This year’s nationals are going to be held at Fort Collins, Colorado. Even though Yankton isn’t the largest town, the school has gone to the national competition for 33 years it has participated in Science Olympiad.

Science Olympiad (the class) is taught by Mr. Schild and he has students learn each event by studying the event. Mr. Schild explains the event and gives background information. After having them research and explain the event they have a mock competition for fun. Science Olympiad was started in Yankton by Mr. Merrill and Mr. Medeck in 1984. Science Olympiad is based in room 107, otherwise known as Mr. Schild’s room in the eighth grade hallway.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Cross Country Laser Tag

by Elliot D. 
The 7th and 8th grade Yankton Cross Country runners had an opportunity to go to the Laser Barn. The Laser Barn is located near the lake, and the activity was on Friday, November 10th at 6:30 P.M.
7th and 8th grade Cross Country runners had the opportunity to go to the Laser Barn to finish the season with each other! Coach Haar and the Laser Barn employees were very generous to give the Cross Country runners an opportunity to have fun!
In order to get involved, you would have to be A 7th or 8th grade Cross Country runner to have the chance to go to the Laser Barn.  While they were at the Laser Barn they got to eat pizza!

The Laser Tag was really fun! Many cross country runners got to have fun and finish the season with each other. What a great season!

Monday, November 27, 2017

Maggie's Gymnastics Corner

Each month I will showcase and explain a different skill in gymnastics. This month, November, I have chosen the Arabian.
First things first, you may be wondering what an Arabian is. Well, I have an answer!  The Arabian is a flipping move in which the gymnast starts backward, jumps and does a half turn in the air, and then completes a front flip.The Arabian may compete on either the floor exercise and the balance beam. Arabians are typically competed in a tumbling pass, standing, or as a dismount off the beam. Fun Fact: if you compete a double Arabian off the beam (a double Arabian is an Arabian expect with two front flips instead of one), it is called the Patterson, named after Carly Patterson.

Gymnastics is a sort that you learn numerous life lessons. An Arabian can relate to life. As an example, in life, many unexpected things happen to us, but we still carry on. That's kind of what an Arabian is like. The half twist to a front tuck is unexpected and strange, but in the end the gymnasts lands and carries on, just like life!