In This Edition:
Marry Poppins Returns
History of Resolutions
Skiing/Snowboarding Point Counterpoint
Skiing has been around for many years, and I think we can all agree that it will last for many more. Skiing is a great opportunity to challenge yourself both physically and mentally in a fun sport. Skiing also makes a great method of transportation through snow and ice. In addition, skiing is just a fun time for you to jump, twist, and flip through the air. In conclusion, skiing is and will always be here for people to enjoy for many generations to come.
In my opinion snowboarding is much better than skiing. One reason I think this is true is because when you ski you have a chance of tripping over your poles. One other reason snowboarding is better than skiing is you really don't need any really expensive equipment (snowboarding's average price being $930 and skiing's average price being $1500) to get down the hill. The last reason I think snowboarding is better than skiing is because with snowboards you can customize the snowboard a lot more. For example, on the front of my board I have a couple stickers where the tape has come off. You only need a snowboard while with skiing you need both skis and poles.This why I think snowboarding is better than skiing.
What do you think? Is skiing or snowboarding better? Answer our poll here!
Marry Poppins Returns is "Practically Perfect!"
Mary Poppins Returns was in theaters December 19, 2018 all over the US. The movie was perfect for kids of all ages, making it a great family movie. Isaac Solverson, a 7th grader says, “It was to me a tear jerking performance by amazing actors and the magic of Disney studios portrayed immensely in the making and finishing of the film.”
Some of the best music numbers include “A Cover is not the Book”, “Trip a Little Light Fantastic” and “Can you Imagine That”. Kaylyn Fleck, an 8th grader says, “The songs were very pleasant and catchy.” The movie was all about the Banks children, Jane and Michael, when they are grown up and taking care of Michael’s children. Mary Poppins comes back, or returns to help them raise their children. “My favorite part was when Dick Van DIke started singing and dancing,” says Dominic Maniscalco. Over all, this contemporary remake of a timeless classic is “practically perfect in every way!”
BY: AVA OCKER
Q: How do I bring my grade up in Spanish?
A: I would suggest using flashcards or making up mnemonic devices., which is a sentence or phrase that you can link back to the word you are trying to remember. Also, I would ask your teacher if there is any extra credit assignments you can do.
Q: How do you not be friends with somebody who is toxic?
A: If your friend is being “toxic,” I would let them know calmly in a private conversation, and let them know how you truly feel. If they are really your friend, they would act more cautiously and think before they do something. If they still act rude, make new friends! Clubs are usually welcoming to new students, and you can find people with similar interests, such as Games Club.
Q: How do you get caught up if you are sick?
A: When you are sick, check your email to see if teachers told you if you had any homework assignments. Most send out one, but if they don’t you can ask them. Also, message a friend if you have trouble understanding work that you missed. Most teachers usually give an extra day to work if you’re sick, so use that wisely. Staying in for lunch or taking a volunteered prime time also helps.
When people say “new year, new me,” they want to improve themselves for the New Year by making a “New Year’s resolution.” People’s resolutions have changed drastically throughout the decades. It all started around 4,000 years ago with the Babylonians. First of all, the new year was in the month of March, when crops began to grow. Instead of New Year’s being two days long, (New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day) it was a 12 day religious festival called Akitu. The Babylonians' resolutions were not for themselves, but for their gods, such as things they borrowed, or their debts to their god. There has been similar practices throughout the years. The Romans also usually prayed about their resolutions for the upcoming years. Lately, people make resolutions mainly for themselves, based on self-improvement, such as, being a better person, serving the community, or setting another goal for themselves.
If you want more information, check out this article!
the History of New Year's Resolutions
BY: Kaylyn Fleck
The Math Meet is a math competition that happens every year between students from grades 5-8. The people are chosen by their math teacher and have to take a test to see who will qualify for district. The competition is written on paper and held at UW Whitewater. The results will decide if the (grade or person) goes to state or not. 33 Districts competed this year in the math meet. The Lake Geneva Middle School qualifiers did very well.
The Geography Bee is a geography competition between students in grades 6-8. The competition qualifiers are chosen by a test taken in their social studies class. Those qualifiers will then go to district to be tested if they pass to the next round or not. Aden Konecny, an eighth grade student, placed first in the school geography bee and Oliver Nafziger, a sixth grader, placed second.
BY: Dominic Maniscalco
By: Amelia Furlo
No snow on Christmas? A two day school week due to extreme weather? Could this be a first for our beloved town of Lake Geneva? According to weatherspark.com, the lowest temperature ever recorded for Lake Geneva in the past 20 years on Christmas was -5 degrees and the highest temperature ever recorded was 40 degrees about three years ago. This shows how much our weather is fluctuating in this small town of Lake Geneva and some people may be wondering, “why is the weather doing this?”
But you may have an idea.
Climate Change-the process that causes the Earth's temperature to rise and makes the Earth warmer. Sounds familiar to you? Climate.NASA.gov states that “most climate scientists agree the main cause of the current global warming trend is the human expansion of the "greenhouse effect"- the trapping of the sun's warmth in a planet's lower atmosphere."
The average temperature of the earth has gone up 1.6 degrees (0.9 degrees Celsius) even more in polar sensitive regions. Some effects of Climate change and temperatures that are rising are beginning to affect wildlife and their habitats. Vanishing ice has caused many challenges to species such as the Adelie penguin in Antarctica. Also, all the melting ice contributes to sea-level rise. Sea levels around the world have been rising .13 inches or 3.2 millimeters a year and are rapidly getting faster.
What can we do to help stop global warming?
1. Speak Up!- Tell your classmates and family.
2. Power your home with renewable energy. Ex: Solar power.
3. Reduce Water waste
4. Eat the food you buy
5. Pull the plugs
Another effect of global warming is drastic temperature changes. As you may have noticed, the temperatures last week reached a jaw-dropping wind chill of -50 degrees! And today Monday, February 4th the weather is a nice spring temperature of 40 degrees! Except it's not the middle of spring. It's the beginning of February!
Now that you have read this informative article about global warming I hope this gives you the spark to help stop it!
Starving Polar Bear- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiC_HG3u-nk
Polar Bear documentary- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAN4RCOaqeE
By: Lucy Pether
No Snow On Christmas?
You do something with this item. It has four legs but never walks or slides. What is it? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you think you know the answer! The person(s) who get the correct answer will get a shout out in the next newspaper.
Upcoming Music Events:
Mid Winter Orchestra Concert: Feb. 26
District Solo and Ensemble: March 2
Mid Winter Band Concert: March 5
7th Grade Lyric Opera: March 7
GSA and SOUL Clubs:
For more information on GSA (Gay Straight Alliance) and SOUL (Service and Outreach Uniting Leaders), please see Ms. Kinney. New members are welcome to join any time!
Clubs and Upcoming Events