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November 2016

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Welcome Back Mrs. Laux!

By: Mariela Arellano and Alejandro Vega

 

          Many of the 8th graders were wondering where Mrs. Laux went. Did she move? Did she leave? Nope! She’s happily at home with her new son Ryan and her 2 year old son, Jack. She took a couple of months off to take a break from teaching and spend some time with her family. Mrs. Laux was a Language Arts teacher and also the teacher for Publications. But don’t worry she’ll be back on December 12th, 2016. We asked an 8th grade student that had Mrs. Laux last year to see what they think on Mrs. Laux’s return.

 

Adlai Silva

Q: How did you feel when you found out that Mrs. Luax was going to be leaving for a couple of months?

A: I felt pretty sad and shocked because she's really cool and one on the nicest teachers I know.

Q:What made her a special teacher for you?

A: She had a certain way of teaching that I liked and it was fun when she did many activities in both language and publications.

Q:Are you excited to have her come back?

A: Yeah, I missed her but it’s also going to be pretty sad having Ms. Delgado leave.

 

    Yes, it was very nice to have such a wonderful teacher like Ms. Delgado, and we all wish her luck. We are looking forward to having Mrs. Laux come back and it will be great to have all the 7th graders finally meet her.

Goodbye Ms. Delgado

By: Olivia Shallahamer

 

    As some you may know Ms. Delgado is leaving TeWinkle Middle School on December 10th. Ms. Delgado is a long term substitute for 7th grade Language Arts and Publications. She, is currently going to Vanguard University for her Masters of Education. She really loves teaching Language Arts and Publications. Ms. Delgado is very sad about leaving. Ms. Delgado leaves, she plans on having a career as an English teacher, and she is also interested in teaching other electives. When Ms. Delgado leaves, she plans on substituting and finishing her Masters in Education.

    Many students are very sad to see her to leave; students think she is very good at teaching and is very helpful. In Language Arts students think she’s fun, but helps them learn important things. I’ve interviewed three people, Ms. Delgado, a student in Publications, and a student in Language Arts.  

    All in all, everyone is very sad to see Ms. Delgado leave. She has been a great substitute and we will miss her very much. Bye Ms. Delgado!

 

Alex Vega:

Q:What is your favorite thing you’ve done with Ms. Delgado?

A:Play Kahoot with the class.

Q:What do you like most about her?

A:She’s a good substitute.

 

Alyssa Garrett:

Q: What do you think about Ms. Delgado?

A:She’s nice, helpful, and a great teacher.

Q:What do you like most about Ms. Delgado?

A: She wears cute clothes, and she’s really good at teaching Publications.

 

Ms. Delgado:

Q:How do you feel about leaving TeWinkle?

A: I feel extremely sad, because I know that I will miss all my students, the amazing staff, and the wonderful teachers here at TeWinkle.

Q: What was your favorite part about teaching here?

A: I loved every part of teaching! I definitely gain first hand experience, and developed as a professional. My favorite part of teaching at TeWinkle was knowing that I helped my students grow academically and learn something new everyday. Nevertheless, I have to say that watching the students’ faces light up when they arrived at the “aha moment” and understood the learning target of that day was the best part.  

Q: Do you plan on pursuing a teaching career?

A: Absolutely. I am currently working on my MA in Education at Vanguard University, so that I can continue to grow and better prepare myself as an educator. I hope to continue teaching.

Q: Did you like teaching Publications and Language Arts, or do you want to teach a different subject?

A: I would like to continue teaching English, but I am also open minded when it comes to teaching elective classes.

Q: Do you already have a job lined up for when you leave, if so what is it?

A: I plan to continue working as a substitute teacher and finish my MA program, but I am keeping my fingers crossed in hopes that I can begin working as an English teacher by the upcoming school year.

 

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Pass, Set, Hit!

By: Madison Schetselaar

    

   Now that the first quarter came to an end, the new sports are coming out soon. Boys’ volleyball and girls’ basketball just came to an end, which means girls’ volleyball is starting. The start of the new sports are sure to bring excitement to the students who wish to tryout for the teams. The students who are going to try out for either volleyball or basketball, will represent our school with Trojan Pride. I interviewed Sydney Birza, Sofia Johnson, and Alana Afoa to see how they feel about the start of girls’ volleyball.

 

Sydney Birza:

Q: How do you feel about the start of girls’ volleyball?

A: I’m excited and I hope I get accepted.

Q: What are you most excited about? Why?

A: I’m excited about starting volleyball because I can meet new friends.

Q: How do you plan to put in your best effort when joining the team?

A: I plan to go to all the practices and be supportive of my team.

Q: Is there anything specific that everyone should know when trying out for sports?

A: Try your hardest and don’t mess around.

 

Sofia Johnson:

Q: How do you feel about the start of girls’ volleyball?

A: I feel excited because I love playing volleyball.

Q: What are you most excited about? Why?

A: I’m excited about playing volleyball and hopefully getting on the team.

Q: How do you plan to put in your best effort when joining the team?

A: Practicing hard during practices and over the weekends.

 

Alana Afoa:

Q: How do you feel about the start of girls’ volleyball?

A: I like it and I’m excited.

Q: What are you most excited about? Why?
A: Joining the team because I really want to play a sport.
Q: How do you plan to put in your best effort when joining the team?
A: To work hard and try my best.

  

   Overall, the start of girls’ volleyball is sure to bring fun and excitement to the students who tried out for the new sports. They’ll show they’re Trojan Pride through teamwork and their spirit to have fun!

 

Helping Local Needy Families of Costa Mesa

By: Lily Shandalove and Kaya Pagard

 

    During the year tons of people become homeless in our own back yard, a good and easy way to help is to participate in the food drive. As you know, the food drive started on Monday, November 7, and ended Friday, November 18. Starting November 7, each 3rd period class had a box that you could have dropped your food off in. Types of food that you could have donated would consist of canned foods like canned corn, peanut butter, or canned soup. We interviewed some staff and students to find out more on the food drive.

 

Mrs.Benson:

Q: Why did you choose this fundraiser?

A: Actually, it is a TeWinkle tradition created by Ms. Millam and Ms. Woods.

 

Q: Who exactly will the food go to?
A: The food will go to the program Someone Cares, in Costa Mesa.

Q:What kind of prize did the winning class received?
A: They will receive Krispy Kreme donuts.
 

Rachel Rucknagel:

Q: Did you donate food, if so what?
A: Yes, I donated beans, corn, peas, and other canned goods.

Q: Did you participate in the food drive?
A: Yes, I did.

Q: What period/class did you predict will win the food drive?

A: I predicted that 3rd period Ms.Benson’s class would win because we are dedicated to helping our community.

 

Harrison Jones:

Q: Did you donate food, if so what?

A: I donated canned corn.

Q: Did you participate in the food drive?
A: Yes, I did.

Q: What period/class did you predict would win the food drive?
A: I thought 3rd period, Aceves, will win.

 

   Although these students and teachers helped with their community this time around, you can still help too! By, participating in the food drive you helped out the community. But do not worry, there will be many more chances to make the community a better place.

 

USA Presidential Election 2016

By: Marycarmen Perez and Mariah Rosales

 

       The Presidential debate took place on November 8th 2016. It was a very stressing election, some people were excited and worried at the same time. Finally after waiting for hours they finally announced our new president, Donald Trump. This might be a good or a bad thing for some of us Americans but we have to at become one united nation.  

 

      We interviewed people before the election so let's hear what they have to say about the the presidential election.

 

Noemi Magana:

Q: How do you feel about the election?

A: Not good, because there's a possibility of Trump is winning.
Q: Do you think it will affect your family or you?
A: No, because it’s worldwide and they're not going to focus on one.
Q: Who’s speech did you like?
A: Hillary, because she was more informative of what she had to say.
Q: What’s your fav candidate?
A: Hilary!


Hillary Duran:

Q: Who are you voting for?  If so why?

A: Hillary because she's a good roll model.

Q: How do you feel about the election?
A: I don't really care because it won't impact me a lot.

Q: Do you think it will affect you?

A: Probably not, because they can't really change in 4 years.

Q: Whose speech did you like?

A: I liked Hillary's, because she was more prepared about what she was going to say.

JuJu on the Beat

By: Monik Rodriguez

 

    We recently had our first JuJu on the Beat challenge. I got the privilege to go behind the scenes with ASB and see what they had to say. I got to interview Rachel Rucknagel and Alyssa Brich. Let’s see what they had to say.  

 

Alyssa Brich

Q: Why do you want to join the contest?

A: I want to join the contest because I think that it will be a good experience and I think that it will be fun.

Q: What do you think about the contest?

A: It is going to be weird and awkward but maybe fun.

Q: Why is it important for students to be aware about fitness?

A: I think it is important for students to be aware about fitness because I think that being healthy and exercising is good for you.

 

Rachel Rucknagel

Q: Why did you guys make this challenge?

A: We made this challenge because we want the students to have fun.

Q: What do you think got the students more pumped about the contest?

A: I think that the students got more pumped up because there are a lot of people that go to watch the contests that we make.

 

The End of Quarter 1

By: Sydney Bantel & Griffin Meyer

 

      After two successful months at TeWinkle, the first quarter came to an end. We decided to go out and interview 3 students to see what their final thoughts were about the first quarter. We first interviewed Kevin Tornez. Then, we then interview Colleen McNamara and lastly, Sydney Birza.

 

Kevin Tornez:

Q: How do you feel about the quarter ending?

A: I feel nervous, but I made new friends and had fun.

Q: Do you have any specific thoughts about the quarter ending?

A: I am scared to see what my grades will be in the next quarter.

Q : Do you feel confident about the way your grades look? Why or why not?

A: I feel good about my grades.

Q: What do you feel you did the best on during tests?

A: I think I did the best in math.

Q: Do you feel that you could have improved on any certain subject?

A:I would say biology.

 

Colleen McNamara:

Q: How do you feel about the quarter ending?

A: I feel good about it because I did well.

Q: Do you have any specific thoughts on the quarter ending?

A: I do not.

Q: Do you feel confident about the way your grades look? Why?

A: Yes, because I worked my hardest.

Q: What do you feel you did the best on during tests?

A: I feel I did well on math.

Q: Do you feel you could have improved on any certain subject?

A: I think I could have done better in Language Arts.

 

Sydney Birza:

Q: How do you feel about the quarter ending?

A: I am excited to receive my report card.

Q: Do you have any specific thoughts about the quarter ending?

A: No.

Q: Do you feel confident about the way your grades look? Why?

A: Yes, because I made up my zeros.

Q: What do you feel you did the on during tests?

A: I think History.

Q: Do you feel you could have improved on any certain subject?

A: No, I should have studied more.

 

Say NO to Vaping

By : Mayreli Abundis and Ingrid Benitez

 

   Tewinkle Middle School had an  assembly recent about vaping during 3rd period.This assembly taught us why vaping is harmful to everyone, especially for middle school students. What does vaping do to our body? Well, vaping has the same short-term effects on the lungs as smoking. Both smoking and vaping cause damage to our body and to our lung. People believe that vaping is less harmful than regular cigars,  but research has shown that vaping can lead to similar health risk; such as lung cancer, addictions, and hairy tongue. We interviewed the Assistant Principal at                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           TeWinkle, Mrs.Millam, and we also interviewed one of our 7th grader that wasn't in the assembly and an 8th grader that was in the assembly.

 

Mrs. Millam (Assistant Principal):

Q:What do you think you can do to help prevent kids at TMS from vape?

A:Educate students on why vaping is so horrible, provide facts and evidence of how vaping affects you.

Q:Why do you think it’s important that students should know about vaping?

A:So that students take control of their actions and their health.

Q:What tips do you have for students who are faced with prepressure?

A:Lie! Tell them you’re mom is waiting for you, or Mrs.Millam is monitoring your every move! OR-be brave, stand tall,and say NO!

Q:Why do you think students get interested in vaping?

A:Because they are curious and no one tells them how harmful vaping and smoking can be.

 

Yvette Hernandez  (was at the assembly):

Q:What do you think about vaping?

A:It’s bad for you.

Q:Why do you think it’s important that students know about vaping?

A:So they can be aware about what’s dangers or what’s not, and also not to vape because it affects you later on.

Q:Why do you think students give attention to vaping?

A:They think it’s cool.

 

Matthew Bousman (wasn’t at the assembly)

Q:What do you think you can do to help prevent students at TMS to not vape?

A:Don’t give into pressure just because kids think it’s cool.

Q:Why do you think it’s important that students know about vaping?

A:Because it can destroy your lungs.

 

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Fitness Awareness

By: Alyssa Garrett

 

   Fitness is a big part of our daily health and life. Each and everyday you should exercise at least 30 minutes a day and eat 8 or more fruit and vegetables in your daily diet. At our school we have P.E. to keep us in shape and healthy. But TeWinkle Middle School decided that they should promote fitness awareness around school. ASB also created poster and posted them around our school campus to promote fitness awareness. The message is clear, it is important to eat healthy and find ways to exercise. Below I have interviewed Griffin Meyer and Kaya Pagard in Publications, and Nicole Jewett in ASB, to see what they know about Fitness Awareness.  

 

Griffin Meyer

Q: What do you know about Fitness Awareness?

A: What I know about Fitness Awareness is that you must eat healthy foods everyday, as a balanced diet, and to stay fit.

Q: Do you use any applications for fitness, if not then do you do any sports?

A: I do not use any apps for fitness, but I do a sport, which is swimming.

 

Kaya Pagard

Q: How do you feel about fitness?

A: I feel about fitness that it is very important in your daily life.

Q: What is your favorite thing to do in P.E.?

A: My favorite thing to do in P.E. is play volleyball also do push ups and sit ups.

 

Nicole Jewett

Q: Do you have any weekly exercises you do or sports?

A: Yes, I do soccer every week and I'm starting volleyball.

Q: Do you prefer any fitness applications, such as the Nike+ app or Swork it?

A: I prefer the Fitbit app and the Nike+ app.

 

   Some students at TeWinkle use technology in their daily life; many use Fitness apps that show you a variety of fun exercises. An electronic application that I have found very helpful and high rated is called the Sworkit Application. Sworkit is is a workout application that takes you through a 5-60 min strength, yoga, Pilates, and stretching workout without any equipment. You can find this application on the App Store for people with IOS, and on Google Play for people with Androids. This application was created by Benjamin Young, Gregory Coleman, and Ryan Hanna. The app is good to use, because you get your own personal trainer, and even doctors, and the best part is that you have over 170 options to choose from.

 

 

The Friday of Sales!

By: Adali Silva

And Jack Nash

 

     Welcome back Trojans to another TMS Times article. This is Adlai Silva and Jack Nash and today we will be talking about the holiday of sales, Black Friday. Black Friday usually happens in many of stores but not all of stores celebrate on the 25th of November. The holiday usually is celebrated the day after Thanksgiving! Many people go to Black Friday to buy expensive things for a cheap price and we thought to interview some of our wonderful Trojans and wanted to see how popular Black Friday really is. These were our awesome and funny responses that we received!

 

David Caldelas:

Q: What are you planning on getting?

A: Probably nothing.

Q: How much money are you planning spending?

A: No money.

Q: Where are you going?

A: Target probably.

Q: When do you think you’ll go? (Time and Line Position)

A: On Black Friday.

Q: Who will you go with?

A: My mom.

Q: Why are you going?

A: To watch people murder each other over the stuff.

 

Grace Mits

Q: What are you planning on getting?

A: Apple watches, TV, like all the things there are to get!

Q: How much money are you planning spending?

A: A lot of money!

Q: Where are you going?

A: Target.

Q: When do you think you’ll go? (Time and Line Position)

A: 5:30 in the morning,

Q: Who will you go with?

A: I will go with my dad and my older brother.

Q: Why are you going?

A: To get things, and the Apple watch.

 

Noe Morales:

Q: What are you planning on getting?

A: I’m going to get a PS4 controller and maybe a headset and some other stuff.

Q: How much money are you planning spending?

A: Probably $150 since that's all I have.

Q: Where are you going?

A: Target.

Q: When do you think you’ll go? (Time and Line Position)

A: Maybe in the front

Q: Who will you go with?

A: By myself or with my brother

Q: Why are you going?

A: I’m going because there's cheap stuff.

 

Jeanette Galvan Ulloa:

Q: What are you planning on getting?

A: I don’t know.

Q: How much money are you planning spending?

A: Like $20.

Q: Where are you going?

A: Kohl's.

Q: When do you think you’ll go? (Time and Line Position)

A: An hour after it starts.

Q: Who will you go with?

A: My sister.

Q: Why are you going?

A: CHEAP STUFF!!!

 

    Theses were the great responses we got from our Trojans. As you can see, a lot of people are excited for Black Friday and will spend some money on that day. It looks like the workers will get a lot of customers this year. All in all, we’re all going to Black Friday and this is Adlai Silva and Jack Nash and we hope to see you there, too!

 

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Sports Ending

By:Tara Schroeder and Destiny Radillo

 

     As you know the girls basketball and boys volleyball season has ended. The girls basketball and boys volleyball both had a great season with great games. We are very upset that the season is over and we won’t be able to watch anymore of the games.The games were very intense and we wanted to know more of the teammates and how they felt about the team and couch and lots more, so we went ahead and interviewed Maria Ceja, Luis Camarena, Jack Nash, and Jeanette Galvan.

 

Maria Ceja

Q: What was your favorite part of the game?

A: To win and compete with other schools.

Q: Why did you decide to try out for the team?

A: I love basketball!

Q: What did you think of your teammates and your couch?

A: My teammates are nice and my couch is wonderful!

 

Luis Camarena

Q: What was your favorite part of the game?

A: Practice was fun because it wasn’t boring.

Q: Why did you decide to try out for the team?

A: I wanted to be better at volleyball. I thought it would be fun.

Q: What did you think of your teammates and your couch?

A: My teammates played very well. The couch is nice but yells a lot.

 

Jack Nash

Q: What was your favorite part of the game?

A: Playing the game.

Q: Why did you decide to try out for the team?

A: I like sports and my friends were trying out.

Q: What did you think of your teammates and your couch?

A: My coach was very nice and a good coach. My teammates were good and worked hard.

 

Jeanette Galvan

Q: What was your favorite part of the game?

A: Experence with friends.

Q: Why did you decide to try out for the team?

A: Lots of friends recommended me to try out.

Q:What did you think of your teammates and your couch?

A: I think they are really great.

 

     In conclusion, the girls basketball team and boys volleyball team were outstanding. Now it’s time for the new season of boys basketball and girls volleyball, and we can’t wait for the new season!

 

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Thanksgiving

       As you know Thanksgiving was on November 24 and it was awesome! Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated in Canada and the United States. It was originally celebrated as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday of October in Canada and on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States. Several other places around the world observe similar celebrations. Although Thanksgiving has historical roots in religious and cultural traditions, it has long been celebrated in a secular manner as well. Now that you know a little about Thanksgiving Day, I’m going to ask some questions to some 7th TeWinkle Middle School students. The students I interviewed are Alex Vega, Blake Peck, and Kevin Tornez.

 

Alex Vega:

Q: What is Thanksgiving to you?

A: Thanksgiving to me is a family gathering and eating Turkey.

Q: What did you do? A: Stay at home and play my PS4.

 

Blake Peck:

Q: What is Thanksgiving to you?

A: Turkey and sleeping.

Q: What did you do?

A: I went with my family to Lake Tahoe. Jose Garcia

Q: What is Thanksgiving to you?

A: Stay home and play video games.

Q: What did you do?

A: Go to my cousin’s house in Riverside.

 

Jose Garcia: 

Q: What is Thanksgiving to you?

A: Stay home and play video games.

Q: What did you do?

A: Go to my cousin’s house in Riverside.

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A Bunch of Turkeys

By: Thu Nguyen and Michael Mgerian

 

    Thanksgiving is a time for food and family, but mostly a time for giving thanks. Many families like to travel far for Thanksgiving to visit family that live in different states. Thanksgiving is mostly celebrated in the United States and Canada. This holiday is a special holiday because it helps us recognize, and be grateful for what we receive. This year Thanksgiving was on Thursday, November 24th. Here in Orange County there were many Thanksgiving festivities that took place. Such as the Dana Point and Anaheim Hills fitness and run event. Many students and adults looked forward to Thanksgiving for the long weekend, days off of work and school, and eating delicious food.

 

     We interviewed these students and staff for their thoughts on Thanksgiving: Denny Newcomer (8th grade ELA teacher), Ethan Kennedy (7th grade) Lena De La O (8th grade).

 

 

Denny Newcomer:

Q. Are you excited for Thanksgiving break?

A. Of course I am! I am very excited!

 

Q. Are you doing anything big for Thanksgiving?

A. Lots of food and lots of family.

 

Q. Are you going to travel far?

A. No, everyone is coming here.

 

Q. Do you do school related things during Thanksgiving break?

A. No, I do family related thing for Thanksgiving.

 

 

Ethan Kennedy:

Q. Do you have any special traditions for Thanksgiving?

A. No, no I don’t think so.

 

Q. Are you going to spend time with family or friends.

A. With family because holidays are meant to be spent with family, not friends.
 

 

Lena De La O:

Q. Are you expecting homework and how much?

A. Yes, a lot. Mostly from Denny Newcomer.

 

Q. Are you traveling far?

A. No, my family lives in Huntington Beach, California.

 

Q. What is you favorite part of Thanksgiving? Why?

A. Talking  I am laughing with my family because we are all crazy and we enjoy each other's presence.

 

    Overall, Thanksgiving seems to be a major thing for students and staff at TeWinkle Middle School; students and staff prepared for their favorite holiday, Thanksgiving.