Solar Eclipse By: Joesph Dawson A solar eclipse is when the moon passes between the Earth and Sun. The Solar Eclipse will be on August 21, 2017. It is the first recorded Solar Eclipse that Tennessee will be able to view. This is also the first total Solar Eclipse in the U.S. since 1979. If you go to Nashville you will be able to see the total Solar Eclipse. Memphis however, will not be able to see the total Solar Eclipse. Many states will see the eclipse including Missouri, Kentucky, Arkansas and others. People will come from everywhere to see this eclipse and there are expected to be over 2 million people in the Middle Tennessee area. If you are lucky enough to travel to see this(which if you are at school you will) remember that this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. You probably will not get this chance again. Most places will not see the Solar Eclipse, but most of Tennessee will be able to see it. The ideal place to be is on a balcony with low buildings surrounding it or an open field or area. Another thing to know that to see the solar eclipse you need special glasses or you might suffer from severe sight loss or you might even go blind! Remember to not take them off. Overall, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity and to not take this for granted.
BLMS Cheer Squad Sa'maira Serca and Keegan Pilant Cheer requires you to have a good spirit, good behavior, good grades, and much more. There are 14 cheerleaders this season and it is a mixture of a few new 6th graders, 7th graders, and 8th graders. The first game they cheered at was the first JV football game at the Bartlett High football field. The cheerleaders might not seem like they do the most work athletically, but they work really hard during school, to get good grades and conduct, and also at practices and games. The cheerleader’s cheers aren't always easy, which means they might take almost half of their practice, actually practicing that cheer. Cheerleaders also lift girls into the air that weigh a lot more than a basketball, or a football. In a class of 30 students, 7 of them said that cheer is an actual sport. In my opinion, cheer is a sport because the cheerleaders work HARD. This opinion might be a little bias since I have cheered before, but I honestly think that cheerleaders are hard workers. I mean, they cheer almost the whole basketball games and they even cheer in the hot weather at football games. We asked a couple of cheerleaders what their favorite part about it was, and some of them said, “My favorite part about cheer is showing school spirit.” Also “My favorite part about cheerleading is getting to go to all of the games.” Showing school spirit is what cheer is all about.
BLMS Volleyball By Ayanna Tuggle and Gabby Huntley When thinking of the Bon Lin Middle School Volleyball team, you would think it would be easy. When we asked Coach Craig, Jakaria Brown, and Kendal Mills they said otherwise. In this article we will be giving you an overview of the volleyball team. The Bon Lin Middle School volleyball team has been around for 9 years, and was started by Coach Craig. The team consists of 20 girls on the whole team. The team is separated between 2 teams, the A team and the B team. The girls run at least 10 drills, and the teams are separated by their skill level. Most girls on the team have played for at least 1 to 2 years. Jakaria and Kendal said that they prepare for the season by practicing really hard. The girls’ favorite drills are dead fish and the butterfly drill. Both girls believe that the season will have some wins and some loses. The girls on the team have great connections with each other.
Mrs. Bruce By: Valeria Ruiz, Gabrielle Head, Hannah Lirette, and Micah Owens
Mrs. Bruce is a new 6th grade social studies teacher here at Bon Lin Middle School. We went out to see how the new school year is going and even asked her a few questions. One question was, “If you hadn’t become a teacher, what would you be?” Her response was, an actress, singer, or dancer. Her favorite sport is baseball, and her favorite music artist is Marei John. We also asked, “what is your favorite Disney movie?” She really enjoys the Lion King. Hungry? Mrs. Bruce loves all types of food, but surprised us with her favorite being Mexican. She also enjoys playing with her son and reading. Mrs. Bruce also told us why she started teaching in the first place. She felt like it was really important for students to learn. The final question we asked her was about her favorite book series. Her three favorite series are Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, and The Matched Series. Well, we have uncovered a lot about Mrs. Bruce. Do you have anything in common with her?
10th Anniversary Article by Shaun Benson and Annalea Irving
Most people don’t know this, but the 10th anniversary of Bon Lin Middle School is coming in 2018. There have been many changes to Bon Lin over the 10 years. Technology is one of the greatest of these changes. According to Mrs. Murin students that were here 5 years ago can’t believe that we have our own laptops now. Even the Lynx Loot system is done over technology now. Another thing that has changed the most is the Academic Exploration classes. Students could not have taken classes like newspaper, S.T.E.M./S.T.E.A.M., or drama. We even have new classes this year such as, public speaking and debate. Even mythology and personal finances. Those are only a few of the ways Bon Lin has changed in the past 10 years. Bon Lin has always been a great school. Mrs. Green says “I like the organization, I like the structure, and I like the area.” Bon Lin has always been a great community. Mrs. Murin stated “I remember coming here when it was still just a construction site. It was so empty, but we have all just become one big, happy, family.” Seeing how all the students get along is just great. Can we expect anything to change in the following years? Mrs. Green, Mrs. Jerden, and Mrs. Murin all said that they expect Bon Lin to become a S.T.E.M./S.T.E.A.M. school. Out of all Bartlett City School Mrs. Murin thinks we will become known as the S.T.E.M. school. We can also expect the technology to change. Mrs. Jerden said kids in the next ten years might be wondering around asking why we had to carry around our laptops. That is some of the things that have changed over the past 10 years. As you can tell Bon Lin Middle School has gone through a lot of changes, and we can expect more to come. Happy 10 years Bon Lin!
Mrs. Winter By: McKenzie Matheny and Emily Shaw Mrs. Winter is one of the 7th grade science teachers here at Bon Lin Middle. She has been teaching for 25 years and teaching here since the school opened. She has also taught a lot of schools out of state. She was inspired to become a teacher by her teachers in school. Mrs. Winter teaches 7th grade science and S.T.E.M. For 6th period. Her favorite thing to teach is rocks and minerals and she hates loud students. Mrs. Winter loves teaching science and her favorite part about teaching is the students. Mrs. Winter loves working at Bon Lin Middle, and her favorite part is the students. If she could change one thing about the school she would have the school start at 7 end at 2 like the high school. She said she likes teaching science because it is fun. Mrs. Winter likes the new lynx loot rewards system because it gives the children a chance to get more rewards. Also, because it easier to give out lynx loots. Overall, Mrs. Winter is a wonderful and fun teacher.