CSA Welcomes New Teachers
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Cornerstone Academy has two new teachers this year,
Linda Bimler and Stacy Decker.
Back Row: Kimberly Morales, Nathan Seelig
Front Row: Zachary Haine, Lief Brechter,
Mrs. Bimler is a 7th grade language arts teacher who started at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), but ultimately got her bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She later got her master’s degree from the University of Incarnate Word.
Mrs. Bimler has be teaching in public schools for 23 years. Her favorite subject to teach is all of them! Mrs. Bimler became a teacher because she likes to be with kids, helping them, and taking care of them.
Mrs. Bimler has two kids of her own, a 27-year-old daughter named Lynn and a 24-year-old son named Charles.
Her favorite way to get some exercise is Pilates. Other things she loves include spending time with her family and travelling whenever and wherever she can. Mrs. Bimler’s favorite book is “The Giver” and she used to read it to her classes. Mrs. Bimler has two dogs, Apollo and Trixie. One of her dogs had puppies and her son and daughter each took two. Mrs.Bimler is originally from El Paso Texas and got married in San Antonio.
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Mrs. Decker is a 6th grade math teacher who attended Texas A&M University and has been teaching for six years. Her favorite subjects to teach are math and science “because they go so well together and it’s always fun to do experiments.” Mrs. Decker became a teacher “because school was not always easy for me and [I want] to help students feel successful and confident each day."
The schools where she previously taught did not move as quickly as Cornerstone so she has had to make adjustments in how she teaches. According to her, middle schoolers are very different in their personalities, humor, and abilities. Mrs. Decker has one little boy named Ethan, who is 10 months old, and she is expecting a new baby in January.
One of her favorite hobbies is to repurpose old furniture to make it new and add it to her house.
She also has two pets, one is a crazy, fluffy dog named Stoney and a beautiful white cat named Marley.
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The C.S.A. Roar is introducing a new section of the newspaper called Cornerstone Speaks where students’ responses to polls created by The Roar will be shown and analyzed. This issue’s poll was taken by 155 students throughout the school. The poll included questions about what students think about the school overall, the C.E.S.I.T. program, the lunches here, Power Down Thursday, the library, and students’ opinions about their teachers. Many of the polling results are shown below. Since there is not any information with which to compare the data, we are unable to provide much analysis, but we will be able to in future issues.
In an interview, Mr. Burger gave his opinion about the some of the results from the questions in the survey. “I’m quite happy with many of the results, especially with the question about students’ first impressions.” With regards to the questions about C.E.S.I.T.s, he said “That’s not too bad, especially considering that it is the first six weeks and most kids have limited options.” When questioned about whether he felt obligated to fight for a larger library, he responded that he felt “obligated to honor what was decided,” referring to a vote in Spring Branch that shrunk our library and created the Spring Branch High School Museum.
What the Students Think
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1 cup brown sugar
1\ 2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup flour
1 tsp salt
1\ 2 tsp baking soda
1\ 2 cup melted butter
1 tsp vanilla
2 ounces dark chocolate chips
1 ounce of milk chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit/ 180 degrees celcius
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Bake 13 - 15 minutes (or until brown)
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Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Battle for the Supreme Court
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On July 9, 2018, President Trump nominated Brett M. Kavanaugh, a judge on the United States Court of Appeals, to fill retiring 30 year justice, Anthony Kennedy’s seat. Though it is quite likely the United States Senate will vote in favor of confirming him to the Supreme Court, Kavanagh has faced immense, and arguably partisan criticism. Many Democrats in the U.S. Senate have expressed concern about Kavanagh, and worry that he would make the court too conservative. Brett Kavanagh has a conservative voting record, and would arguably be one of the most conservative justices on the court, if confirmed by the Senate. People worry that Kavanagh would vote to overturn several landmark decisions made by the Supreme Court, specifically Roe V. Wade, the case which legalized abortion. Critics of Kavanagh point out that he has been unwilling to give other answers or elaborate further on his views about abortion rights. California Democrat Kamala Harris, questioned him about whether he had spoken to anyone at Kasowitz, Benson & Torres, the law firm run by President Trump’s personal lawyer, about the investigation led by Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. Kavanagh claimed not to know, or remember, leading to a back-and-forth exchange between both of them that lasted several minutes. Some people, mostly Democrats, assert that this showed that Kavanagh was trying to hide something. Specifically, they thought that this indicated that he believed that a sitting president shouldn’t be indicted. Other people, mostly Republicans, defended Kavanagh, saying that no one could be expected to remember small details like that, and that the question was unfair.
When Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died in 2016, it was then up to Barack Obama to appoint a replacement, and he chose Merrick Garland, a moderate judge. Republicans in the Senate blocked the process of confirmation to the Supreme Court by refusing to hold hearings for him, or even hold a vote. Mitch Mcconnell, the Republican Senate leader, declared that whoever was elected the next president would appoint the next person to the Supreme Court. This angered many people, especially Democrats because nothing like this had ever been done. The Constitution states that the sitting president should get to appoint the next justice to the Supreme Court, and that had always been the precedent until Obama. When Trump was elected president, he appointed, and the Senate confirmed, Neil Gorsuch to fill that seat. Many experts interpret Democrats’ actions to mean that they want revenge for how the Republicans acted to block their nominee.
To make this nomination even more complicated, two women have come out with allegations of sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanagh. Though, it is unlikely this will affect the final outcome
Alex Borg, an eighth grader is all for confirming Kavanagh. “He has been a phenomenal judge and he’s extremely qualified,” he says. When asked about whether he thinks the judge would vote to overturn key Supreme Court decisions such as Roe V. Wade, he replied, “Look, I think he will do what he believes is constitutionally right, and if he makes bad decisions, we can take the steps to remove him.” Though, a judge must actually commit a crime to be removed. Evara Ripple, another eighth grader, disagrees. “I’m concerned of (with) his anti abortion record,” she says. “Getting rid of those rights is absurd.” Right now, a vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled for September 27. Though he is still likely to be confirmed to the court, it is clear that the confirmation process has arguably changed for worse.
Catholic Church Reeling from Recent Reports of Sexual Abuse
In August 2018, a Pennsylvania grand jury made public a report about decades of sexual abuse by priests, as well as an active cover up of the abuse by Church leadership. This 500,000 page report detailed over 1,000 credible allegations of sexual assault, rape, child molestation, and other inappropriate acts made against people, especially children, by more than 300 priests. The report stated that these cases of sexual abuse had been going on for about 70 years, and included cases about priests and bishops all across Pennsylvania. With the report came horrifying stories of abuse. One case included a teenage girl that a priest had raped and impregnated. The priest then arranged for the girl to have an abortion, something that the Catholic Church has been very outspoken against. Another case talked about five sisters from the same family who were also abused by a priest. The priest even took samples of certain natural chemicals and compounds that their bodies produced. One priest even raped a seven-year-old girl just after she had her tonsils removed. Throughout Pennsylvania, these acts of sexual misconduct happened for decades. How could this have remained a secret for so long? Many people in Church leadership worked hard to cover up these acts by priests. They were able to persuade victims not to report the abuse, and law enforcement to not investigate any of the claims. Six days after the report was released, Pope Francis, the head of the Catholic Church, issued a letter where he admitted “with shame and repentance” that the Catholic Church had failed to act, saying “we showed no care for the little ones; we abandoned them.” Pope Francis has generally been more open about this issue than previous popes. In 2013 when he became Pope, he called for “decisive action” to be taken immediately to ensure that these cases of abuse stopped happening while popes in the past have been criticized for trying to halt the investigation process. Pope Francis even set up a panel to deal with issues like this. Though these events were a huge shock to many, this was not the first time for this to happen within the Catholic Church. Accusations of sexual misconduct by priests first surfaced in 1950s, but it was not until the 1980s when the stories got media attention in the United States and Canada. More and more cases of sexual misconduct came out within the Catholic Church. Accounts of priests’ sexual misconduct also came to light in 1998 in Austria. In 2002, a released report revealed that a priest in Boston, Massachusetts abused around 130 people. In 2004, also in America, more than 4000 priests were accused of child molestation. Since than, many other reports of similar instances have come from all throughout the world, such as Ireland, Chile, The Netherlands, the Dominican Republic, Australia, and many other countries. Seventh grade teacher, Amanda Leger, who is Catholic, is dismayed by these reports. “I think in any situation whenever someone does something that hurts someone else, and they purposely try to cover it up, that is wrong.” With regards to how Pope Francis has handled this, she said she generally thinks he has been effective, saying “From what I’ve heard him say and the things that I’ve read, he has condemned what has happened and I think that’s the right approach.” Though this has been an awful turn of events for the Catholic Church, most Catholics remain faithful that the Church will get through this.
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John McCain, An American Hero, 1936-2018
Democrat Beto O’Rourke and incumbent Senator Republican Ted Cruz will be battling it out for the U.S Senate seat in Texas on November 6, 2018. Since 2013, Ted Cruz has represented Texas in the U.S Senate, but now, for the first time in 40 years, a Democratic candidate is closing the gap in this Senate election.
Congressman Beto O’Rourke is a native Texan, born and raised in El Paso, TX. In 2005, O'Rourke ran for the El Paso City Council and won, serving until 2011. In 2012, he ran for U.S Congress in the 16th Congressional District and won, defeating an eight-term incumbent.
Senator Ted Cruz was raised in Houston and later attended Princeton University and Harvard Law School. Beginning in 1999, Cruz served in various posts at both the state and federal level. He ran for the Senate in 2012 and won, replacing long-time Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison.
O’Rourke won his congressional campaign by going door-to-door and speaking to the voters of El Paso and is running his Senate campaign in similar fashion. For example, he has been the first candidate to travel to all 254 counties in Texas. Senator Cruz has accepted money in three forms, one of which is Political Action Committees (PACs), which are organizations that raise money to support politicians who support their beliefs, while Congressman O’Rourke has accepted no money from PACs. All the money raised by O’Rourke has been from individual donors. Even with no PAC money, Beto O'Rourke has raised about the same amount of funds as Cruz. As of August, both had raised about 23 million dollars each for their campaigns.
One big issue in this election is border security. O’Rourke thinks we should not build a wall on the Mexican border because it will make mobility for animals and trade harder. He also wants to pass the DREAM Act which allows children that were brought here at a young age to have full citizenship. Ted Cruz thinks we should build a wall, as well as triple border security and cut off funding for cities that do not follow immigration laws.
Another issue is NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem. In 2016, Colin Kaepernick, the 49ers quarterback, kneeled during the National Anthem in protest of racial injustice. Beto O'Rourke thinks it is okay for football players to kneel during the National Anthem because it is a peaceful non-violent protest that is raising awareness for racial injustice. Ted Cruz, on the other hand, does not support football players kneeling because he thinks it is disrespectful to the veterans that served the country and to the American flag.
When it comes to education, O’Rourke thinks that teachers should get a better salary and no private schools should get public tax dollars. He also believes in increasing funding for low-income schools. Cruz believes vouchers are the best idea for education because it will increase school choice options for parents. Vouchers are checks that are given to parents to send their kids to the school of their choice, including private or religious schools.
At this point in the campaign, both candidates are super close to each other in the polls. Ted Cruz is still winning the polls, but only by 4.5 points as of September 24. The CSA Roar polled Cornerstone students about Cruz and Beto and Cruz won with 27.7 percent of the votes, with Beto getting 18.7 percent and 45.2 percent of Cornerstone students are undecided. Undecided voters will have the opportunity to listen to two debates on September 30th in Houston and October 16th in San Antonio.
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On August 25, 2018, John Sidney McCain III, a six-term senator from Arizona, passed away from Glioblastoma brain cancer. McCain was known for many things such as his time in the Navy, serving in the Vietnam War where he endured five-and-a-half years of captivity and torture, serving in the House of Representatives, 31 years in the United States Senate, and his two failed runs for the presidency. He was born on August 29, 1936 at Coco Solo Naval Air Station in Panama. In 1958, he joined the U.S. Navy with the goal of becoming a naval aviator. He was assigned to fight in the Vietnam War, and on October 26, 1967 his plane was shot down. Badly injured, McCain was captured by North Vietnamese troops. Despite all his injuries, his captors did not provide him medical treatment. Instead, they beat and tortured him for information. After years of torture and strife, McCain was eventually released from captivity on March 14, 1973. He returned home, physically injured, and had five children through the course of two marriages. In 1983, McCain ran as a Republican for the House of Representatives and won. In 1987, he was elected to represent Arizona in the U.S. Senate. He ran unsuccessfully for president in 2000, losing the Republican nomination to George W. Bush. He ran again for president in 2008, securing the Republican nomination, but lost in the general election to Barack Obama. He became known as a moderate in the Senate because he was willing to vote against his own party, referring to himself as a “maverick.” To the anger of many people in his party, he voted against repealing Obamacare. It is clear that John McCain has left a legacy of leadership and service to his country.
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Ted Cruz vs Beto O’Rourke
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: With 77 revealed fighters and over 300 stages at the time of writing this, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is going to be the biggest and maybe best Smash Bros. by far. It includes everyone who has ever been in Smash as well as 9 newcomers. With new mechanics focused on the competitive scene, including even a tourney mode. This entry will definitely have a much bigger emphasis on competitiveness. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will be coming out on December 7, 2018, rated E10+.
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Mega Man 11: Mega Man is back and is celebrating 30 years of games! Dr. Wily is at it again! Turning once-peaceful robots into destructive henchmen. However this time, he has something up his sleeve. He has finished research on the Double Gear System, which is used to push robots past their limitations. Good thing Dr. Light was able to find the prototype for the system. Due to the device being installed into Mega Man’s circuits, he can now use Double Gear! Allowing him to speed up so fast, time slows down around him and being able to overcharge his Mega Buster. Also when health is low, he can activate both at once for a devastating last chance effort. With this new power, Dr, Wily will have no chance! Mega Man 11 will be released on October 2, 2018, rated E for everyone.
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Since September of 2017, people around the world have been playing the highly-addictive, third-person battle royale video game, Fortnite, in greater and greater numbers. But why is it so popular? How did it become a worldwide phenomenon? Maybe because it’s free, or it might be because it is easy to pick up. Nobody has a definite answer.
It’s Free: Most of the reason everyone plays it is that it’s free and accessible on most devices. But, just because lots of people play it doesn't make it a global phenomenon. Why is it so memorable and engraved in people’s minds?
Iconic Style: Videogames are changing, and as consoles and PCs become more powerful, game developers strive to make games more and more realistic, making the older attempts at realism forgotten. When developers make a prominent and cartoony art style, it makes it timeless. Enter Fortnite, oozing with delightfully vibrant pastels.
Social and Shareable: At the beginning of every match, 100 stories unfold. Some are as simple as walking into a house and getting shotgunned in the face. But since there is always a victor or one team of victors, there is always some story to tell at the end of a match.
Changing World: The game’s location, (as most people call it, B.R. Island) is a constantly evolving map that gives players new areas to go. It changes every few months on a system known as Seasons. With every season comes a Battle Pass, which keeps players busy doing challenges. Players have an incentive to do these challenges by giving out exclusive items that become unavailable after the season. The game is currently at the beginning of Season 6. Giving players all-new Points of Interests and cool skins.
Overall with all of these factors and more, it makes sense why Fortnite is so popular.
Social Media Dangers
Today’s teenagers are utilizing social media in huge numbers, which can present many dangers, including cyberbullying, online predators, and posting things that can harm their reputation.
Cyberbullying is the use of electronic communication to bully a person. The National Crime Prevention Council reports that 43% of teens have experienced cyberbullying. Amanda Michelle Todd was a 15- year-old Canadian student and victim of cyberbullying who commited suicide by hanging herself. On September 7, 2012, she posted a 9-minute YouTube video titled, My Story: Struggling, Bullying, Suicide and Self Harm, which showed a series of flash cards to tell of her experiences of being bullied. The video post went viral after her death on October 10, 2012.
There are many online predators in this world that harass young teens. A 12 year old girl met a man online. The strange man chatted with the girl through “Kik”. On November 10, 2007, the 12- year-old girl left her home in the Baltimore suburb of Nottingham, heading to her middle school and she never returned home. When her mother called the school later, she discovered that her daughter had not even attended school. The mother called the FBI to report a missing person. According to police an “unfamiliar blue pickup truck with North Carolina license plates” was next to the family’s house that morning because The girl gave the guy her address. The strange man told the girl he was going to kidnap her. She tried to walk away, but the predator grabbed her and put her in his truck. Once they got to the predators house, he harassed her. The girl is now back with her family.
Many teens don’t think of the consequences of posting. If a friend is trying to post inappropriate pictures, these are questions to ask them before they post. “Would you want your grandma to see that?” “What if your principal sees that?” “Would you want your future boss to see that?” Social media has changed our lives in many ways and teens need to learn how to navigate the social media landscape in a safe and healthy way.
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By: Ann Onymous
Q: Why is Bill Nye so awesome?
A: A raging question that hasn't been answered for centuries
Q: Would something be considered a lie if you tried to lie to someone, but accidentally told them the truth? ~help me
A: No, personally I think that if in the end you did tell the truth, then you technically didn't lie.
Q: I spent all of my money on V-Bucks, What do I do? ~Sad Gamer XD
A: First start a small hometown business, then get offered a contract to become a huge multi-millionaire company. Then, decide to spend none of your money. Just kidding, if you want to spend your money on Fortnite go ahead, but sooner or later people will get sick of the game and stop playing. I hope I answered your question though.
A: How do I become friends with an ex without being awkward? ~A
Q: Try to be friendly and engage in simple conversations. It doesn't have to be small talk, but talking is one of the best ways to get to know someone in my opinion.
Q: How do I make friends!? ~A
A: Basically what I said it that last one! Talk to people and be yourself! If they don't like you, then don't be friends with them. Simple as that.
Q: What is the most dead meme?
A: In my opinion, it’s a tie between Dat Boi and Harambe.
Q: Why do you bully me!? :( ~That Guy
A: no u.
Q: I like hedgehog.
A: So do I.
Q: So there’s this one girl that is mean to me and we’re just friends because her friends all left last year. I don’t know what to do.~A
A: If he/she is a rude person just leave that relationship. There's no use being in a bad relationship with someone.
Q: My ex said “ew” to me in the hallway. I thought we were friends but I guess not. ~A/B
A: Maybe ask them why they said “ew” because it might have been said as a joke but you perceived it the wrong way. Just talk to him/her and see why they said that.
Q: How do I get them to stop? I have an obsession… KPOP! Kpop helps me through my problems but, my friends HATE KPOP, and they make me feel bad when they make fun of it because it means a lot to me. ~Min Anonymous
A:If your friends don’t like the same music as you just tell them that’s their opinion and there’s no need to make fun of something just because it’s different.
Need advice? Write down your question and turn it into the bright yellow jar on the library!
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