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...Just Think, I Might Get My Free Dress Pass!


Whew! CSTs are over. But 8th graders are still testing. They are busy studying, studying, studying!!


CST stands for the “California Standards Test.”  Taking the test is a state mandate. It takes two weeks and about 2 periods each day, so approximately 2 hours a day.


Sixth graders take the English Language Arts and Mathematics as well as 7th graders. 8th graders take all of the above, but they also take History and Science. The test covers standards that we need to know.


The only good thing about taking the CSTs, other than having the teacher torture you, is that we could earn a free dress pass!  "Woohoo!!” Also, if we do poorly on the CST, our grades won't go down because we get the results next year!  That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try, though!


Some tips that can help you get to proficient or advanced are to eat a good breakfast and STUDY!  Now, that goes for everyone, including me.  Study, people, I want my free dress pass!!!


By: Elizabeth Teran

Food to Spare, Food to Go

One day, at Jaime Escalante Elementary in Cudahy, students Lesly Heredia and Paulina Sanchez came up with a great idea to help the needy. The two fourth grade, nine-year old girls, thought of a great idea. Their plan was to give unwanted leftover food from schools to needy families in the areas.


As reported in the L.A Times, Paulina said, “We thought about all the kids who didn’t have food. It makes me feel proud that we came up with and idea.”


The students talked to many teachers and discussed their idea. They never gave up or backed out. Until one day, they were successful and were able to proceed with their ideas. They composed a letter to Dennis Barret, the Los Angeles Unified school Districts Food Services Director. They didn’t get a response until the end of September, but they never lost hope and they waited patiently.


In his response, Dennis explained that the Board of Education had passed a resolution in April that laid out a food donation policy, allowing nonprofit agencies to collect and distribute unopened lunch items. He suggested that the girls set a “common table where students could leave unwanted food for seconds or for kids who wanted to try something new.”


The girls thought this was perfect and counted every trash at lunch, and made graphs to display their work. The girls calculated and identified that their classmates discarded more than 500 items a week.


 “Currently, 71 schools in the district donate unopened food to 21 agencies across the country,” Barret said.


How great is it to know that anybody can make a difference by working hard and never giving up!


Milena Medal


More than Just Name Calling


            Bullies are all over the place. They are people that threaten other people, hurt them, and make their lives miserable.

            Even though I have not experienced bullying, I believe bullying should be prevented because it is not right for people to treat each other like they do, like hit each other fight or make fun of each other.                       

            Sometime, bullies think of their behavior as a joke and the victim might laugh, but in reality what bullies don’t know is that bullying hurts others. That is why some people even turn suicidal or cut themselves.

            That’s why you should always think before you act or speak!!!  

 Jacqueline Atilano

Bullying is not ok

            If you’ve been bullied, it’s important to remember that you’re not alone. Bullying happens to all kinds of people, including adults, not just kids in school. Boys and girls can be bullies and both boys and girls can be targets of bullying.

            No one knows exactly how much bullying goes on because a lot of peopple never tell anyone. But some statistics say that over 30% of teens are regularly involved in bullying.

            There are lots of different kinds of bullying, but all of them are meant to put another person down and make him or her feel small.  Unfortunately, because its so common, a lot of people shrug this stuff off as "no big deal." But bullying is no joke. And it’s not just a normal part of growing up, or it shouldn’t be, anyway.

            Bullying happens every day in schools all over the world, in school hallways and bathrooms, in the schoolyard, on the school bus, outside of school and online.

            You might be surprised to hear that bullying is not good for the bullies either. Teens who bully are more likely to drop out of school and get into trouble when they get older.  Some even end up in jail.

            Bystanders are witness -- people who see bullying happen -- and they are hurt by bullying, too. They might feel sad, afraid, helpless, or ashamed for not doing anything to stop the bullying, or they might feel pressured to join in.

            No one deserves to be bullied, and it's never the fault of the person who’s being picked on.  It’s the bully’s fault. Bullying can affect a person in all kinds of ways, headaches or stomachaches, can’t concentrate in class, can’t sleep, low self-esteem, skipping school, depression, and thinking about hurting themselves or others.

            Bullying is a tough issue to solve because it’s often hidden from adult eyes. But you can help stop bullying. You can tell an adult or you can tell your parents.


Evelin Ibanez-Aguilar


Locked out from getting a PE locker

 This is Israel Martinez Rojo and Aaron Montoya. We are concerned about why sixth graders don’t get P.E lockers. We did some research to figure out the problem of lockers and students, but we have more questions than answers.                                         


             First, we went to talk to Mr. Turner. He is the assistant principal for P.E.. We talked to him because he knows about P.E.. We asked him if he knew how many lockers there were and he said, “My prediction is there are about 2,000 lockers, that’s my prediction’’.


            We asked if he could refer us to somebody who might know for sure and he said, “Talk to Mr. Santos, Mr. Avalos, and Mrs. Aller."


             We talked to Mrs. Aller and asked her if she knew how many lockers did the girls have in P.E and She said, “The amount of working lockers is 1,849 working lockers” (she did not give us a number of broken lockers.)


             We asked Mr. Santos if he knew the number of boys’ lockers and he said, “The total number of boy lockers is 1,500 and only about 1,000 work.


            Then we went to the computer room, and talked to Ms. Ana Garcia, who is the program specialist. She told us there are 222 6th grade C track students, 142 6th grade B track students, 320 7thgrade C track students, 181 7thgrade B track students, and 355 8th grade C track, Overall all A track “prediction” is 1,166 students.


            We added all the tracks (1,120 plus A track’s ”prediction” which is 1,166 and equals 2,286) Mr. Turner had said his prediction was 2,000 lockers. Then we asked Ms. Aller and she said there were 1,849 lockers that work and Mr. Avalos said 1,000 lockers worked. It adds up to 2,849 working lockers, so why don’t sixth grade students get lockers?

Israel Martinez Rojo & Aaron Montoya


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