The Life Ahead: College By: Karmin Love and Anna Sivilay
College is an important part of life because it helps you figure out what you want to be and what you want to do with your life to help you succeed. If you go to college, you can find your interests, have pre-experience, have a better job, and even more. In college, there are many fun and exciting things to look forward to. Some of these fun activities are graduation, meeting new people, getting involved in the campus life, and having fantastic classes. With many good things to do, comes along many difficult things too. Some of these things are writing papers, dorm food, learning to have self-control, having large classes, and not getting the opportunity to meet your professors. The reason why people go to college is because you can get a better job and learn more with the experience you get. Choosing a good college can be hard, so here is some advice to help you make that important decision. Find programs for your major and research colleges that have your major to find a college that fits you the best.
ELT By: Jordan Serca, Emma Robson, and Sophie Burke
ELT is a program when students go to Bon Lin Elementary school to help the teachers and students. ELT stands for Educational Leaders of Tomorrow. You can join if your parent works at the elementary school, if your sibling goes to there, or you can go to the office to get a form to sign up. In order to go you must be responsible and have good behavior. The most common job is walking the kids to their car in the car rider line and helping the teachers with their students. There are many benefits of being an ELT, like getting service hours for Beta Club or National Junior Honors Society, helping the students, getting to hang out with your friends after school, and seeing your former teacher. In your free time when you’re not helping the teachers and students, you can do your homework. Mrs. Bellanti, a kindergarten teacher, organized the ELT program. Many of the ELTs create a relationship with the students and teachers while helping out at Bon Lin Elementary. If you would like to participate ELT, but have a busy schedule, you pick the days you want to do ELT it is very Flexible. If you would like to participate and take part in the ELT programs so that you can earn service hours you can you can go to the Bon Lin Elementary office to pick up a form and sign up.
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 said it in unison. Many people do not like the idea of saying the pledge 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. 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.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.” 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.
Behavior By: Reagan Johnson and Emma Beach
At Bon Lin we have the school wide 3 R rule. These are to be Respectful, Responsible, and Ready, these rules keep the school in order. We surveyed students from every grade to find out how the behavior really is at Bon Lin. The results we received were actually surprising. We asked the students what the overall behavior of each grade was, we received 3 different responses. 8th grade believes that many students' behavior is immature, most 7th graders say the students’ behavior is “petty”, and lastly 6th graders surprisingly believe most people are pretty mature. Both 7th and 8th graders also believe the teachers’ behavior also affects the behavior of themselves, however some 6th graders believe the teachers do not because they mostly do the right things. Mostly all grades can agree on the fact that most students can't control their actions, words, and hands. Also, both 8th and 6th grade think that it is wrong for people to verbally attack others by “checking” others and the fact that most people get in trouble for things they didn't do. Despite the bad side of the behavior at Bon Lin there is the good behavior. These good behaviors consist of the people that can actually keep their hands, feet, and objects to themselves. These behaviors are rewarded by peace days. Once a grade gets a certain amount of peace days they are rewarded with fun activities, such as popcorn and a movie. All grades believe that the peace day rewards should be more age appropriate, such as going outside. In all, Bon Lin has their bad behavior sometimes, but has the amazing behavior most of the time.
Mrs. Duffy By: Haley Alexander, Madison Stout, and Anna Wright
Mrs. Duffy is so excited to be back after her long maternity leave. She missed school a lot. She came back in the middle of the year because she missed her students a lot and she couldn’t wait. She moved to sixth grade because she wanted to become a positive influence to students moving into middle school. She likes sixth grade the best, because it is that stage of life where you’re that weird place between children and young adults. She loves the students she has because they seem very happy at school, and they are willing to learn. She says that sixth graders are very friendly to their peers, and for the most part, respectful to their teachers. She enjoys the fun projects that sixth graders get to do as well. Her favorite thing about being a teacher is seeing students that are excited about learning new things. Her favorite thing about the school is the good students and support of staff. She says that the eighth grade didn’t do so well on Peace Days last year, but this year they are starting to pick it up. Mrs. Duffy has taught for eighteen years in all, but only two of them have been at Bon Lin. She chose to stay at Bon Lin because she thinks that students really want to achieve their goals here. Before she was at Bon Lin, Mrs. Duffy taught at Brownsville Road Elementary and Ohio State University.
Mrs. English By: Reagan Johnson and Emma Beach
Mrs. English has been a substitute here at Bon Lin since 2015. She has established great relationships with both administrators and students during her time here. Many people have had Mrs.English as a substitute, have grown to love her, and always want her to be their sub. Many students even give Mrs.English hugs and seem to find her everyday, no matter where she is in the building, just because she is such a well loved substitute here. Mrs. English says, “I love the relationships I’ve made with the teachers and office staff here”. Due to the welcoming environment here at Bon Lin, Mrs.English choose to only answer calls to substitute at Bon Lin since 2015. Ever since then she has worked about everyday here and has become part of the Bon Lin family.
As many know, Mrs.English is part of a military family. Her husband has been in the Navy for 24 years, this requires her to move every three years. Sadly, this year happens to be her 3rd year in Memphis. Since it is, she is being relocated to Sigonella, Italy located in Sicily. This will be an extreme change from Memphis, but she says she seems to be used to moving and is excited about the experiences she will receive. Mrs. English isn't sure what she will do once she moves. She intends to travel a lot, but if that doesn't happen, she says she may try to substitute at the schools there.
In the end, even though Mrs.English is just a substitute teacher, she is much more than that to many people at Bon Lin. The relationships she has made with the students and staff here will certainly be missed by many. Especially the 8th graders at Bon Lin, because we all came in with Mrs.English and now we are leaving with her.
The Art Club By: Chloe Stone and Emily Wood
This year we decided to interview Mrs.Leggett about the art club. The art club has been here from the beginning of BLMS. We have the art club so people who enjoy art can have an extra art experience. We also do this so they can chill out with art. Here’s what we got. The main project the art club is doing is acrylic paintings, abstract, and mixing colors to create new ones. The projects that they will do this year are options of drawings, surprise drawings, making collages, and making jewelry. Mrs.Leggett thinks that the students in art club enjoy it a little to much sometimes. She also thinks that finding a new place in art is changing her students lives. When they are done with the art, Mrs.Leggett plans to put them in the library, then the kids can take them home. They use drawing tools, such as, paint, pencil, and soon, most likely, wires. Mrs.Leggett enjoys teaching the art club just as much as the students enjoy going to it and doing it. She also thinks that the students learn and get inspired when they learn from other artists art. There are at least twelve students who go to art club each week. Mrs.Leggett loves painting and that’s one of the reasons that she’s in charge of it.
Spring Band Trip By: Spencer Cook and Joshua Tubach
This spring, the Bon Lin Middle 7th and 8th grade band are going on a trip to King’s Island. They’re taking a charter bus for an 8 hour drive for $350! There will be about 6-8 of each instrument, depending on the instrument. They will take a tour of Mammoth Cave, have a festival concert, and have a full day of fun on King’s Island amusement park. They will play a special song from, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," and "As Winds Dance."
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.Grades and behavior allow you to be in Beta Club, and you have to have a overall grade average of 95.