International Club By: Aidan Hackett, Lance Droke, Jayse Nadal
We have recently interviewed Ms. Lee about International Club. I have to say it was very interesting. I learned a lot of things about it that I didn’t know. Hopefully after you have read this article you will have learned a lot of things as well. The 2016-2017 International Club is the first one for Bartlett City Schools and Bon Lin Middle School. So far it has been amazing. In this club you learn about different countries, preferably one that a student is from. They usually meet once a month on every third Friday. If you still want to join, you can, but you will have to do more than the other students who joined already. There are about forty-three people in international club. Ms. Lee plans on keeping the International club open for next year. She really likes that there are forty to fifty students learning about more than the United States, but she also wishes they could meet more than they do.
The Cookie Express By: Reagan Johnson
The special ed class is doing a fundraiser to help raise money for their field trips, including the circus, PetSmart, Subway etc. They are doing what they call the “Cookie Express”. The Cookie Express is where the kids bake their cookies and sell them for a dollar. In this package you can get two cookies for only one dollar! The kids bake the cookies, package, and sell them. The kids say their favorite part about The Cookie Express is the smell of the cookies. They raised $90 the first sell they had, they have a great success so far. Not only are they busy with the cookie express they also deliver coffee every day. They offer any types of coffee and they accept tips. The women in charge of this is Mrs. Muston and Mrs. Lowe. We had a chance to interview Mrs. Muston. Mrs. Muston transferred from Appling because most of her old students transferred here. She decided to become a special ed teacher because she loves teaching and loves helping students with disabilities. She thinks her bond with her kids very strong. They cover many important skills in their class including money, decimals, science, Awesome America, spelling, cooking, good salesmanship, and responsibility.
901 Rocks By: Abby Temple
901 ROCKS is a group on social media where people hide painted rocks all around the 901 area. 901 ROCKS has been a great, encouraging way to make people put a smile on their face when they are not having a great day. 901 ROCKS works like this; people will paint rocks with anything they want. Then they will hide them where ever they want in the 901 area and they post pictures on social media in the group page. After that, another person will find that rock and they can either re-hide it or keep it. When they find it, they will post a picture of the rock they found and the person who painted that rock can see that someone found their rock. The cycle goes on. Kayley Perkins who is a 6th grader at Bon Lin says “I love to find rocks and see the different designs and I love painting them so I can make someone else smile like I do." 901 ROCKS is spreading and people are starting to use their area code. It is pretty obvious that 901 ROCKS has been a great way to encourage people around Memphis.
Beta Club By: Kendall Barnes & Emily Wood
This 2016-2017 school year we interviewed one of the Beta teachers, Mrs. McClain. Her main goal for Beta club students is to promote the ideals of academic achievements, character, service, and leadership of middle school students. This is her fourteenth year being a Beta Club sponsor. The activities that they do include service hours each semester, fundraisers, and the state Beta Club convention in Nashville. Mrs. McClain also works with another sponsor, Mrs. Baum. The coming up activity is at the Beta Convention on November 20th through the 22nd. Grades and behavior allow you to be in Beta Club, and you have to have a overall grade average of 95.
Making New Friends By: Anna Wright
Making new friends can be tough, and sometimes people are mean to others, and then it turns out that they are just lonely. You should be nice to everyone. Even bullies want friends, and this might surprise you. Being nice to everyone can be hard, but it really pays off. There are lots of ways to help others. You could invite someone to a party, or even just a smile can help. You can help others by helping them carry their books, or helping friends study. Everyone knows that it’s hard to be the new kid. So if there is someone new in your school or in your class, be especially nice to them. Offer to sit by them at lunch, or invite them to hang out with you and your friends. If they join in, it will make them feel more welcome. Invite them to an out of school event, or a sports game. All of these things can make a new kid feel welcome at their new school. You should never be mean to anyone. Even if it doesn’t look like someone’s feelings are hurt, they might be. A mean word can really hurt someone’s feelings. Even bullies can have their feelings hurt. So, you should never, ever be mean to anyone, no matter how they treat you. Treat others the way you want to be treated. If it’s too bad, ask a teacher to help. Making new friends is a fun way to spend your time, so go and make a friend today!
Why Is the Pledge of Allegiance Important? By: Alexa Brunner and Sophie Burke
Why do we say the Pledge of Allegiance? This is a common question many people ask. The first thing that it does is allows us to think and honor all the men and women who died and fought in the Revolutionary War. Another reason that we say the Pledge of Allegiance is to inspire some patriotism among the students. Since 1892 public-school children have daily or weekly stood on their feet, facing the flag, and say it in unison. Many people do not like the idea of saying it every morning why is that you ask? Well, some people don't like to because in the pledge it says, “under God” some people don't like this part because they might not believe in God. Some people simply just don't want to. The whole Pledge of Allegiance is “I pledge Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.” It may be said safely that at least in every elementary and middle school grade where the teacher feels it a duty to teach patriotism, or where the Board of Education has authorized patriotic training. There are so many people that have fought and are still fighting for the freedom and opportunities we have. So saying the pledge of allegiance in schools is a way of honoring these people. Overall, many people believe that in the moments when we are saying the pledge we’re united side by side.
Mascot By: Emma Beach and Reagan Johnson This year Bon Lin has decided to have a mascot. Our mascot this year is Abbi Hammonds, she is in 8th grade. She said the whole reason she became mascot was because her friends told her that she would be great at it. When Abbi tried out she said it was kinda hard, because she didn't really know what do to with that specific song but she still tried her best. She was super thrilled, but yet nervous when she found out she had won mascot. At first she said it felt awkward, because she wasn't used to it but it got better since she is able to hang out with the cheerleaders. By far though her favorite part about being a mascot is that she gets to be herself and make people laugh. Knowing that our mascot loves doing what she does is great.
The SGA President By: Reagan Johnson and Jordan Serca
The SGA president for this year is Jared Pearson. You may know Jared from the announcements every morning or from the football team. Jared wanted to become president because he wanted to help the student body. Jared stated that being president to him meant helping almost anyone with their problems. Not only has being president helped him feel like he could help people, it also helps him with his self-esteem. He wants to help make better changes to the school, some of those changes include, making the teachers see us differently and noticing that we are good, try to bring Chick-Fil-A back, and try to get us more dances. Jared states he is going to try to make these changes with consulting more with Mr. Duncan. Jared hopes to be the best president Bon Lin has had yet.