Friday, February 17, 2017

All-State Band

by Brooke A.

Picture the band room, filled with tension. Everyone is on the edge of their seats. No one whispers a word as Mrs.Wenisch stands up to say those words you so desperately want to hear: your name. She opens her mouth to speak and those few seconds feel like centuries. They drag on and on. She says a name. Then another. Then yours. You can hardly hear her finish as your heart is beating wildly with excitement, almost jumping out of your chest. Everyone congratulates you throughout the day, but you’ll be too joyous to hear many of them. You made it.
This is how three students felt as their names were called upon to be part of the All State Band. Jonathan Wenisch(8th, third year), Samuel Kampshoff(7th, first year), and Damien Magnuson(6th, first year) were all accepted this year, through lots of practice and hard work with the aid of Mrs.Wenisch. I interviewed all of them to see exactly what it took for them to achieve this amazing goal.
All State Band is a gathering of the best people throughout the state, bandwise, getting together to play at a concert. It will be held in the Huron High School, and the concert will be at their theater (dates are not yet secured). To be able to participate in All State, you have to audition, which takes a ton of hard work, stress, and LOTS OF PRACTICING!
Damien, Jon, and Sam
“One day in band… we were handed a clipboard to sign our name on,” Samuel says, when asked how he signed up.
“Mrs.Wenisch asked one day if I wanted to try out and I said ok. I had to practice a lot and I gave it all I had. It was a great experience and I hope I get to do it again,” says Damien.
“Anyone could do it, if they had the guts to,” Jonathan recalled, “It took hard work and we auditioned to some really weird and random songs. Practicing was very hard [with my schedule] and I practiced at least 150 minutes a week, and about forty-five a day!”
“It was really hard and stressful. I practiced easily over 100 minutes a week, twenty to thirty a day,” Samuel said, “Last year [6th grade] I participated for a few weeks and I was behind. I ended up being way too busy, and ended up dropping out. It can happen to anyone so don’t feel bad if you did.”
“When she said my name I was very happy and excited. It was very difficult. I think whoever practices and tries their hardest can make it,” Damien said.
Having been in All State for three years is a huge accomplishment, and Jonathan did just that this year. “I’m glad I got in and I’m really happy the stress is over. There were a lot of sleepless nights [where I sat and worried],” Jonathan said.
“The main purpose is to take the kids who “qualify/earn the right” to build on musical experiences to be better leaders,” Mrs.Wenisch says, “They didn’t procrastinate and did tons of hours of practice. I just want everyone who tried to keep in mind where they started and to look back to see how far they’ve come and look at the learning process. They learned to believe in themselves. We had eight others who put in time and effort. They may not have been selected, but they’re still stars in my mind! Take small steps and keep progressing.”
Everyone is encouraged to try out next year, and keep working until you get there. Every person there learned a ton, weather it was through the many scales, or just learning to not stop when you play. Keep trying, and eventually you’ll end up where you want to be!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

February Secret Staff member!

Read the clues below and click on the image to submit a guess for February's secret staff member! On February 27, 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.

Friday, February 10, 2017


by Danielle P.

Is middle school too early to be thinking about college? This question seems to be very popular on the internet on education forums and sites. It has many varying answers, but the general consensus is yes. says “It’s never too early to start thinking about college, because the earlier you do, the more options you’re likely to have.”

I think this quote is great to express what most experts say; it’s best to start thinking early so that you can make the best out of your options. How early you begin preparing for college is up to you in the long run, depending on your thoughts on your future career choices and the requirements for those. For example, if you have your heart set on becoming a shop owner, your middle school and high school choices may not be essential for getting to where you need to be. If you want to be a Foreign Service Officer, for example, then you’ll definitely want to choose your class wisely because it’s a job with many requirements. In the end, it’s entirely up to where you want to go and what you want to do, but either way, starting early can save you trouble down the road.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Study Hall & Library

by Jayda T.

This room is used for study hall, the library, and sometimes math tutoring.  Most teachers use this room to check out book for their students to help them out, or to get fun facts to read, to get books from the library for the whole class to read, and for teachers to have meetings.  Normally the system does it but if you have the book once and you want to renew it you can only renew the once, because you should have enough time to read that book.  Most of the fun things to do in the library is fun websites with games on it, IXL, Moby Max, Fun books, and if you get math tutored it sound real fun so if you need help there might be a math tutor in the library/ studyhall.  Some things you should not do in the library is not  push the books to the back of the shelf and do not act badly with your behavior.  The best part of study hall/ library to Mrs. Armstrong is helping kids to find a good book for them to read.  Things that Mrs Armstrong says that can be fixed here is that there was more published books to read and to work harder with teaches to know what resources the teachers can use.  Most people know that you should not go to ISS and that is what the worst part about the library/ studdyhall.

Monday, February 6, 2017

YMS Yearbook

by Oliver D.

Yearbook is an activity here at YMS that is a pretty big part of a end of the year tradition. You’ve probably heard about yearbook in the announcements or during the beginning of the school year when you could buy one. It is an important part of the school because it holds all the students, teachers, and activities here at YMS. When you get older you can look back at the yearbook and say, “Why am I wearing that horrible shirt?”  

The yearbook is designed by the yearbook staff and Mrs. Andrews. Mrs. Andrews is the mentor for the yearbook and she’s pretty awesome. The yearbook isn’t designed much in the first semester. The yearbook is mostly designed during January and February, the finished yearbook comes out around May. The group generally meets in Mrs. Andrews's room or the 8th grade computer lab. The easiest way to get involved is to sign up during the first announcement says so. You can also learn more from asking staff members or Mrs. Andrews.

This year there is a pretty large staff and that’s good because the yearbook could be done faster. This is a really important activity because it is the only activity at school that teaches design and the all that work is turned into a product that almost the whole school uses. I would strongly recommend joining next year.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Peace Poster Winners

Peace Poster Winners: Hope, Keagan, and Alana
by Kiarra P.

My topic is the Peace Poster Contest the requirements are: it has to be a certain size, the theme is “Celebration of Peace”, you have to do the project in crayons or colored pencils, you can’t have no words on the poster. They did the poster in October and the assembly was on January 3rd. The assembly was in the theatre, at the assembly Hope, Keagan, and Alana was the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. The posters theme was “Celebration of Peace”, and the poster has to be a certain size. The reason why they are doing this in math class because they don’t always have to do numbers and formulas in math class. The purpose of doing this is to promote peace and to understand other cultures.

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!!!