Halloween Tips and Tricks
Autumn Decor Ideas
School, Sports, & COVID 19
Middle and High School Art
The Tiny House
A Sale Creek Middle High School Publication
Letter from the editor
I am positively thrilled to bring you our first ever issue of the Panther Press. The Press is a slight spin off of Panther News, but I assure you, we've brought all of the quirkiness of the News to the Press!
On a personal note, after four plus years of working in Sale Creek, this is the first year that all of my students were in middle school or younger, when I started. I have known many of our journalists since they were on the other side of the building, coming to me to check out books and (most likely) chill out in the library.
I am so proud of the talented group of young men and women they have become. And, I hope you enjoy the magazine!
Panther Press Team
"In band ... you learn that you are one big family"
- Gabe Hubbard
For a full interview w/ Gabe and Jack Crider, turn to page 22.
Ways to take on the Fall Theme
Have you ever struggled with how to decorate your home during the changing season?
Have you ever had a problem with getting supplies during a time when you needed it the most during the fall?
Do you wanna out due your neighbors for the outdoor blow ups?
Theme - think of how fall makes you feel and draw out of what you see how fall or Halloween might look like
Perspective - Move around and see the bigger picture. Take a picture of the room or analyze it. Pick a color
Decor - Go all out and have fun with it
Aesha and Mary went to different locations in Dayton,TN that had Halloween or fall decoration out right now.
Aesha Preston, Mary Mears, and Josh Epling.
For this fall theme we had to go to someone that truly loves the holiday. Her decoration has made many students want to go home and do the same. We interviewed Ms. Collins because her room is always so well decorated. We asked how you go about decorating your classroom? What decorations do you have? “Ummmm, my room IS Halloween. Halloween is all year, you guys. My house is decorated Halloween. I love the idea of a thin wall that allows you to go back and forth between the land of the living and the land of the dead. That is what Halloween is.It should be celebrated everyday...wreaths and birds and bones and bats; these are the things that remind us there are other parts of the world we don’t think about enough!”
As summer air blows colder and leaves are painted in colors, the annual Halloween festivities commence. Trick or treating, the most notable of these traditions begins on the evening of Halloween, commencing as the sun falls and the moon begins her silvery reign. Children of all ages take to the streets in strange and amusing attire, their goal: candy. Specifically, they seek high amounts of these treats in both quantity and quality. To assist these wayward youths in their endeavor, a myriad of highly experienced trick-or-treaters weigh in.
- Mia and Haylee Speller
Tips and Tricks for Halloween
The inquiries began with our very own art teacher, the concise yet creative, Mr.Smith. We asked what he enjoyed most of the Halloween productivities. “Costumes,” he began, not missing a beat, “... I like the artistic expression. I do enjoy decorating, I love a good pumpkin carving. Who doesn’t like free candy” As can likely be deduced from his origins in the teaching of art, he preferred the more crafty and expressive aspects of Halloween.
As a man with children though, he was able to provide insider advice on what to do when asking for candy. “Be polite and respectful. For sure.”
Mr. Smith concluded his portion with this, “Just have fun and be creative.”
Thank you Mr. Smith for your artistically inspired advice.
Next, we were joined with our very own Panther Press Executive Editor, Ms. Ziemann herself to elaborate her personal experience with Trick or Treating and Halloween in general. “Ms. Ziemann,” we asked, “do you currently trick or treat?”
“Yes, I dress up with my kids and husband. We have a reputation in our neighborhood for our creative group costumes. Last year specifically My daughters were Flounder and Ariel and my husband and I were Ursula and King Triton, respectively.” With Ms. Z’s zest for Halloween, we felt that asking her more regarding the holiday was only fitting. So, what would Ms. Ziemann advise when one comes to an unattended bowl of candy?
“I personally only take one or two pieces of candy, I don’t even go for the handful.” Well, how very admirable of you Ms. Ziemann, though us editors may disagree.
Finally, we looked to our peers, the truly intended audience, for their tips into the tricks. Aesha Preston and Brenna Nyman, both Sale Creek seniors, weigh in on the tips for tricks.
Tips and Tricks cont on page 23
The Inside Scoop on Student Life during COVID - Ansley White and Hope Ayres
There have been a lot of differences of opinions regarding going back to school at our original school starting date of Aug. 12. This is because of the COVID pandemic, some are scared of it continuing to spread, while others are not worried. In order to figure out what our peers thought, we asked the Sale Creek student population on their views of the topic. In order to do this we did a poll of whether or not we went back to school early, and to get in deeper with our students' feelings we interviewed a couple high school students to get in touch with what they really think.
School during COVID
Taking a peek into Sale Creek’s teacher’s perspectives and the learning challenges presented during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this article, we explore a tenth-grade geometry teacher’s insights and get the perspectives of various teachers around the school.
Rachel Hutchings, Carly Wetherill, Brooke Williford
When asked how she felt about returning to school she responded, “if you’re truly a teacher at heart and you can’t practice your crafts, a part of you is hurting.” Mrs. Langley helped us understand that teaching has become many of these educator’s identities, and they’re genuinely missing a part of themselves when they can’t do what they love.
“COVID made you jump feet first into the deep end, and it was like sink or swim.”
This is a quote from geometry teacher Mrs. Langley when describing how COVID has affected her teaching style. We interviewed her with questions regarding the worldwide pandemic and got her thoughts. Her interview provides a good insight into the lives of teachers both personally and professionally. Mrs. Langley is just one of the many teachers that have been forced to adapt to the changing circumstances caused by the Coronavirus.
Teachers vs. COVID-19
We asked all Sale Creek Teachers show they felt about teaching school during COVID.
Did we come back too soon?
by Luke Kelley and Ridge Morgan
Lunch Table Poll
Should sale creek students be able
to use both sides of the lunch table?
Currently we are seated just on one side of the table in every other seat, which can be very limiting. We think that we should also be allowed to use the other side of the table in the same way. According to the Wisconsin Cafeteria and Food Service guidelines, students should be seated in a zig-zag pattern where no one is facing each other, BUT they would still be utilizing both sides of the table. This would be helpful because it would allow more people to talk to each other, and more people could fit in a lunch period. The risk increase for this change is minimal because the distance between every other seat is actually shorter than the diagonal distance between seats. The distance paw to paw right now is 45 inches while the distance diagonally across the table is 47 inches so if we sat diagonally across from each other the distance would be more than what it is right now. So with this seating arrangement would add next to no risk.
The current restrictions on seating, while used to slow the spread of coronavirus, could be expanded to allow students to sit diagonally across from each other: which would allow more people back into the lunchroom at the same time. Also, students are allowed to sit directly across from each other in the outside seating, so why aren’t students allowed to sit diagonally across inside? So how do you feel about our seating arrangement? Do you think we should use it or keep it the same? Give us your answer in the poll below.
So how do you feel about our seating arrangement? Do you think we should use it or keep it the same? Give us your answer in the poll below.
How do I stay on task?
There are many ways I stay on task.One of the ways I stay on task is I go to a quiet room and clean a spot off so I’ll have room for the stuff I need. My mom takes my phone until the end of the day and I keep myself away from loud noises. The third way I stay on task is make sure everyone around me is being quiet and not making any noise. Finally, I concentrate on what the teacher is doing or what the teacher is talking about. There are many ways I stay on task, but some days it’s hard to do while being at home and trying to get school work done.
by Takiyah Brown, Caitlyn Lewis, Maliah Miller, and Harleigh Jones
A students' perspective:
2020 has been an interesting year, to say the least. The COVID pandemic has been more a less of a challenge for all of us. Some Sale Creek students that are facing a unique situation are those that have chosen the HCS@Home option. This option allows students to "go to school" via the internet, logging in to class each day though video conferencing and otherwise doing most work via the LMS, Canvas. Many of us that are in school wonder how the HCS@home students are managing these unusual circumstances. So we asked them.
I believe that the teachers would help by explaining the assignments very well and showing some examples.
Do you think you are getting as good of an education?
I do not think we are getting a better education because some of the students do not understand the assignments.They are also distracted easily so it makes it harder for
them to focus on what the teacher is saying.Sometimes the students may just have trouble hearing the teacher or they just lost the internet connection.The students also have trouble with assignments not working or showing up.Overall I think it is just difficult to understand what the teacher is explaining.
Is it easier or more difficult to get work done from home?
I like being home but it is a lot harder to do school work. Without having more help like in a classroom where you can have more hands on. This might just be me but I am better at getting paper homework done and turned in rather than doing everything online. There can be many problems with the internet as well. I know many people rather do school from home but we are not learning as much from home.
What can teacher’s do to help you out?There’s a lot of ways that teachers can help us HCS @home students. For example they could schedule private zoom meetings with current students that are struggling in their class. “It would help if the teachers would answer their email”, said Maliah Miller an HCS @home student. For me personally I believe that the teachers would help by explaining the assignments very well and showing some examples.
Zach Howard & Garrett Pickett
being allowed to participate. High School basketball coach, David Helton, says they will follow all precautions that have been put in place. The Hamilton County administration has stated, “All persons in Hamilton County shall wear a facial covering or mask which covers the mouth and nose at all times when indoors in all public and private buildings and when outdoors.”
“Running itself is a fantastic precaution. Health and fitness boost the immune system, and being outside in the sun is good for you, since Vitamin D deficiency was found to be a common factor among people who catch and do not fare well with the disease.” said Whetestone when asked about percautions the team was taking. Coach Helton, added, “We are trying to get parents to help us monitor themselves and their children during the season and maybe restrict some large gatherings. gatherings.”
Sports During COVID
Sale Creek coaches have to make decisions based on COVID during fall sports. From parents who have to put food on the table losing their jobs, kids not gaining intelligence because of online learning, families losing loved ones, and kids potentially developing bad habits has messed with lives. Some kids’ only interest in school is sports, meaning their only motivation to do good in school is to participate in their extra-curricular activities. We wanted to explore what sports are like during this time, and what preventions are being made to keep everyone safe. We interviewed Sale Creek Middle High School’s coaches about practicing healthy and safe conditions.
When student-athletes get sick, coaches need to have a game plan for what they are going to do. Cross Country Coach, Paul Whetstone, said that they do have a plan for when runners get sick. Students will have to sit out for 2 weeks before
Overall, sports can be a very dangerous thing in this pandemic, but, on the bright side, sports help kids to stay on track in school and keep good behavior. Some kids die to be on the courts or the fields. This, overall, is still good for student-athletes because, according to these interviews, they are most likely doing what they are supposed to be doing and putting health first.
We will follow all protocols that have been put in place,”
Both coaches had a similar response when asked how they plan on following county mandates, “We will follow all protocols that have been put in place,” Helton said. “We do not distribute or share water bottles, and we try to stay at least 6 feet apart.” Whetstone had a similar response, “ All the normal things we have to do at school,” he said, referencing the already in place county mandates. The county mandate says to keep your distance at least 6 feet apart. If you're not this distance you need to have a mask on. TSSAA says that in practice not to be near each other and to remain at 6 feet distance. So, all coaches are taking the precautions they need to keep all student-athletes safe.
When you go camping, make sure to stay safe and enjoy your time. To keep some physical memories, take some pictures. Going camping is a great chance to escape into nature during all of these crazy and busy times. In the end, camping is a great mini vacation and there are many things to do and bring when you go
- You will need tennis shoes /hiking shoes to walk around.
- Spare cash for emergencies.
- Tents, blankets, pillows , a sleeping bag, and an air mattress (optional). To sleep comfortably.
- Bring extra clothes just in case.
- Headlight, lantern, or flashlight. For when it's dark.
- First aid supplies for safety.
- Bring camp chairs for sitting around the fire or in general.
- Bring anything to store water into keep hydrated.
- Bug spray
- Swimsuit for swimming.
- Personal items. Credit card, cellphone,id,ect...
- Bring a cooler to store food & drinks.
Trinity Holt, Alexis Rosa, & Krista Shirley
Safe plants to look at:
Plants to watch out for:
All photos were taken by Trinity Holt
-Swing in a hammock
-Watch the trees blowing in the breeze
-Listen to the sounds around you
-Daydream and let your mind wander
-Swimming in the lake (If allowed)
-Go out on a boat (If you have one)
-Fishing (If allowed)
Poison Ivy -Poison Oak
-Poison Sumac -Pokeweed
*If you touched a poisonous plant, wash the area with soapy water as soon as possible. Remember to clean your clothes , tools, & anything else that could have come in contact with the plant. You can soothe the symptoms with medication, creams, and possibly home remedies.
Sale Creek has had big wins in the district against sweet Sweetwater and Bledsoe, 6-0 and 5-3 respectively.
Sale Creek Girls Soccer starting strong with a 4-4 record!
Schedule--- Red Bank, Home game on September 17th @ 5 pm
Polk County, Home game on September 21st @ 6 pm
Greenback, Home game on September 29th @ 6 pm
Sale Creek Sr., Maddox Beason, on the football season so far:
Q. How has the football season been different with COVID-19?
Answer: COVID has had an impact on a lot of football teams. We are lucky enough that nobody on our team has gotten (sic) it.
Q: Is it affecting you at all?
Answer: It hasn’t affected me at all. I doubt it will honestly.
Q: Do you think the team is doing their best?
Answer: I feel like the team is giving their all and that's all we can ask for now.
Q: Do you think that covid will end the season?
Answer: No I don’t think COVID will end our season, but if it does, we have to make the games we still get to play count.
Q: What do you think the rest of the year is going to look like?
Answer: I feel like we have a good chance to win most of the games we have left if we work hard enough.
8-21-20 Score: SC 12, ER 46
8-28-20 Score: SC 26, JC 44
9-4-20 Score: SC 0, CB 47
9-11-20 Score: SC 42, ZC 48
Alexis Raines & Addie Cobb
The girls had a hard fight throughout the season, ending with a record of 1-5. Last night The Lady Panthers took on Hunter Middle at home. A highlight of last nights game was that Cassie Wilson had 3 strikeouts on her 8th grade night. However, The Lady Panthers lost 0-3. When asked how she feels about this season, Kenzie Baker said, “we had a hard fight this season, and overall I think we did good.”
We also asked the coach Nikki Robbs how she felt about the mask mandate and keeping her payers safe? “I personally am not a fan of the mask because I feel that the players are going to be in contact with one another either way."
Overall, The Lady Panthers ended the season with hard fought game.
Helton, Sale Creek teacher, demonstrating push ups
Helton, Sale Creek teacher, demonstrating squats
Working Out In October
Exercising helps lower the risk of disease. It can also help you sleep and lose weight. It can even help you age well and increase our chance of living longer. It helps you stay in shape and can help with mental health too according to
Why is it important to workout?
Push-ups help strengthen your triceps, shoulders, pectoral muscles and lower back. It's mostly for your upper body.
Chin-ups help strengthen your biceps, brachii, brachialis, brachioradialis, latissimus dorsi, and teres major. It works in your center.
Crunches help strengthen abs, back, obliques, umbilicus, and serratus anterior. It's mostly for your center body.
The planks, a basic, well-known workout, helps strengthen the erector spinae, abs, and transverse abdominis muscles. Both squats and lunges help your glutes, hamstring, and calves, which is your lower body according to https://www.healthline.com/health
Michelle Rose & Diamond Smith
Aubrey Oktar, a Sale Creek 6th grader, demonstrating the plank
On Tuesday, 09/15/2020, we interviewed Football Coach Ron Cox about the tiny house program details and the future of it.
For some context, the tiny house is a project Coach Cox is doing with his Structural Systems classes. The tiny house has been in construction for a bit now and will resume construction in two weeks with his 3rd year students and one month with his 1st year students. We wanted to know about all of the modifications made with a tiny house compared to a normal house. However, not much of the inside has been completed and it's quite barren so we weren’t able to get the answers we were looking for. Fortunately, the tiny house will be close to completion around Christmas time 2020 though which is when we’ll do our follow up story.
The tiny house hasn’t been much of a problem for Cox. “The principles are all the same, just scaled down to size,” Cox said. It’s been a trial and error process for them. Testing out different ideas and seeing what works and what doesn’t. Plus how they’ll be tweaked to make them work in the tiny house environment. A tiny house will have approximately 100 square feet to 400 square feet of space, while a small home has approximately 400 square feet to 1,000 square feet of space.
The project is going well so far, the outside of the house is almost complete, but the inside still has a lot to get done.The inside has only been given trimming, heating and air, and plumbing. They have actually been working on it for about a year now, so they will be making the final preparations before long. The goal was to scale down some of the things that are usually added in houses because of the tiny house’s certain size and reliability.
The plan is to sell the tiny house to make a profit for construction classes to continue this project. Cox Coach has mentioned that he really likes this project and its been an experience finding what works along with what doesn’t. The construction of these houses will continue through the school years if it goes as planned with the profit being made. The future seems very bright for the project altogether.
Lucas Bell, Payton Scott,
& Carson Thomas
ART & Culture
Introducing our new Podcast
by Brenna Nyman
Art 2- Kensley McCarter:
To me art is a very calming hobby that I do to help with anxiety, so the fact that I am able to take a break at some point throughout my day and take that time to calm down and take my mind off of everything with some art. I also like the fact that you can pour your heart and soul into your art and use it as an outlet. Mr.smith is a great art teacher as well. He is always helping me with my art and never saying that it's bad but instead helping me get better.
Band is the hidden gem in high school. Not many people are in it, but it is filled with fantastic opportunities and benefits. We asked Jack Crider, a Sale Creek senior and percussionist of - years, and Gabe Hubbard, a Sale Creek graduate and current member of the UTC Marching Mocs, some questions to help persuade you into joining the school band.
-What are some of the pros and cons of being in band?
Hubbard," The pros definitely outweigh the cons. The pros are:... you get to meet a ton of new people that have similar interests as you do, you get treated more like a colleague then a student....The only con that I really have is the rehearsals in 90 degree heat.
What is it like to be in a college or high school band?
Hubbard "Being in a college band is much more than being in a high school band. You are expected to be professional and put more work and time into it. It's also loads of fun. You get to meet new people that have similar interests as you do. It's just a great place to be."
What traits have you picked up from being in band over the years, do they help you in your everyday life?
Crider "Confidence and yes"
Hubbard "There are two traits that you can really pick up on being in band. The first, is that you can become a leader, that the directors trust, and will put more jobs on you to do. The second, you learn how to become a team player. In band, it's not a if I want something done right I'll do it myself kind of attitude. You learn that you are one big family, and if one person messes up, then everyone else will probably mess up with them."
What is the most memorable experience that you have acquired of the years?
Crider "When Brandon Nessle fell over in his chair"
Hubbard "Definitely the football games. When you march into finley stadium with 6000+ fans there, it's such a surreal moment, that it almost doesn't seem real at first."
Would you say that anyone can join a band and be good at it if they try?
Hubbard "Absolutely. Just like everything else, you get the same amount of something, depending on the effort you put forth. If someone truly put time in to band, everyone could do it.
What events do the band participate in outside of the classroom?
Crider "9/11 ceremony, football games, basketball games, arm forces parade"
Hubbard “All the football games. There is also a terrific event that we do, where we go to Siskin Children's Hospital, and we play for them. The glow on their faces is just a great thing.
Why do you think people should join the band?
Crider" To have a good time"
Hubbard " It's just a great atmosphere, and the new people you meet are just great people. They will be there with you through the good and the bad. It's a lot of fun, plus you get into all the home games for free."
Story cont. from page 7
Beginning, we ask them, “Where is the most recommended place for trick or treating when it comes to getting the most candy?”
“Churches, trunk-or-treats,” responded Preston. Nyman took a more specific approach with,
“Stone Wall in Hixson, Tennessee.”
“Well,” we ask our fellows, “when doing so, how do you maximize the amount of candy that you receive?”
Both answers revolve around the trickster’s costume. Preston says, “I would recommend going around once more with a different mask in order to get more candy.”
An addition to this advice comes from Natalie Brock, a Sale Creek sophomore, says “When going around again, make sure to grab a different bag or empty your prior one so that it does not look like you have been around before.”
Nyman says, “Definitely wear a show-stopping costume. The more interesting the costume the more likely people will stop and stare or stop and talk with you.”
Finally, we ask them their overall advice to a better and much more rewarding trick or treating experience.
Preston says, “Go to the nicer neighborhoods-- they have it all. Also, bring children with you because they give extra to the kid.”
Nyman says, “Always say thank you.”
Fantastic advice, if you ask us.
In essence, Halloween, a holiday treasured and loved by many has a few workarounds. There are tricks to get the most treats. Either by way of recommended neighborhood haunts, giving out king-sized chocolate bars, or wearing a costume that will surely cause all local grandmothers to pour candy bowls into the awaiting bags of many a child, shortcuts to ensure maximum treat quality and quantity is attainable. On the offbeat chance, none of these methods seem to yield candy you can always do the tried and true method of shouting “boo!” at your younger siblings, scaring them so much they drop their bags, then swooping in for the kill.
College and Career Days
2020 Homecoming Court
Freshmen: Chloe Hillian and Chase Parr
Sophomores: Hope Ayres, Dacia Oldham, Chase Curvin ( Jacob Sullivan not pictured)
Juniors: Hunter King, Karli James, Tori Mallone, Peyton Adkins
Seniors: Sam McQuig, Seth Hodge, Taylor Emmerson, Korbyn Brown, Mia Speller (, Braden Penney, Alison Smith not pictured.
1. -HS Soccer -HS Volleyball
5. -HS Picture Day -HS Volleyball -HS Soccer -HOCO Preppy Day
6. -HOCO Teen Beach Movie
7. -HOCO Squad Day
8. -HS Soccer -HOCO Spirit Day
12. -Fall Break Begins -HS Volleyball
15. -HS Volleyball
20. -HS Volleyball
23. -HS Football
29. -Rifle Team
30. -HS Football
2. -HS Football
9. -HS Football
16. -HS Football -Fall Break Ends
HS Soccer @Bledsoe County 6pm / HS Volleyball @Whitwell 5pm
HS Football v Whitwell 8pm~Location TBD
HS Picture Day / HS Volleyball @South Pittsburg High School 5pm / HS Soccer @home 6pm
HS Soccer @Central 6pm
HS Football vs North Georgia Falcons @home 8pm
HS Volleyball 5pm~ Location TBD / Fall Break Begins
HS Volleyball 5pm ~ location TBD
HS Football @Lookout Valley 7:30pm ~ location TBD / Fall Break Ends
HS Volleyball State Tournament @5-6 ~ Murfreesboro, TN
HS Football @South Pittsburg 8pm
Rifle Team @Bradley County 3pm
HS Football @Fayetteville 8pm