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.
Stem Club By: Logan Kelley
A club from Bon Lin Middle School is going to be on Television. Can you guess which one? You can probably guess which one by the title of the article. You probably guessed which club it was. The BLMS (Bon Lin Middle School) Stem Club will be on TV. Stay tuned for more information on this project and everything you need to know. We recently interviewed Mrs. Farrell the head of Stem. Our interview was very interesting. I learned a lot of things that I didn’t know about stem. I thought stem was just science, but its more than that. In stem students learn how to solve problems. Which can also help with their normal school work. Want to know more about Stem being on TV? Well you’re going to have to wait on that. Ms. Farrell doesn’t know when or where this club will be on. They are working on an architectural design project. I think it will be a very interesting project. I think all of this is interesting. I don’t know about you but I will be searching everything until I find it.
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.
Coach Craig By: Sarah Johnson, Joshua Tubach, and Emma Beach
Mark Craig has been the gym coach for 9 years. He loves Bon Lin, one of the reasons he loves Bon Lin is because the students are good kids. Even though he misses Coach McCrary and their close relationship, he also likes Coach Dowtin. Coach likes all grades, but 8th is his favorite since he has known them longer. Coach Craig seems to have his favorites but is still equal to all students. He prepares his workouts for the classes over the weekend. He takes the workouts that he does and modifies it for the students. He believes that his workouts are challenging and everyone should be pushing themselves. He told us his favorite skill to teach was inch worms. His least favorite skill to teach is squats due, to the complexity of the skill.
Mrs. Norment By: Sarah Johnson, Emma Beach, and Joshua Tubach
Mrs. Norment is one of the most valuable assets we have here in Bon Lin Middle. She has worked in the library as the librarian for 7 years! She has worked at other schools and jobs. For example, she worked at Raleigh Egypt Middle School and Presbyterian Day School. She also worked in sales, selling and processing payroll service. She lives a pretty busy life and has 3 kids. She even runs the battle of the books, which is a competition of who knows the book better. Battle of the books is very interesting and competitive, to even become a member you must read at least 10 books! All of the battle of the books students are very academic and bright. She loves the relationship between her and her students because it is humorous. Mrs. Norment started off when she got her masters at Lipscomb University of Tennessee, that is 5 to 7 years in college. She worked a few different schools like Raleigh Egypt and Presbyterian day school, but thankfully she is now at Bon Lin. Ever since she has grown to love the staff here and consider Bon Lin as her second home. Overall Mrs. Normet is more important to Bon Lin than many see her as. Without her, students at Bon Lin wouldn't be able to have such a well organized library to pick from. Everyone at Bon Lin should appreciate and notice Mrs.Norment more!
Mrs. English By: Sarah 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 3 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.
Library By: Anna Wright and Sophie Burke The school library is a fun place. You can go there to get a book, study, or just have a good time. You can check computers in and out if your laptop is broken. Sometimes, she has classes in the library. Some clubs meet in there too. Mrs. Norment is the school librarian. She enjoys working in the library. She thinks that it is great fun, and loves being able to work with students. She says that at least 100 people come in each day, and about 80 books are checked out each day. The library’s most popular time is the morning, and usually, 40 books are returned each day. There are classes in the library every day. Mrs. Norment’s AE reads novels, discusses them, and learns referencing. The most popular book series at the library is The Selection, but Mrs. Norment’s favorite book series is Pretty Little Liars. As you can see, Mrs Norment has a very important job that helps many others. Books of all kinds are there to help you through school. Sometime, make sure to check out the library!
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 wear the uniforms they wear at normal concerts. At this time Mr. Tucker is unsure of the kind of music of the kind of music that will be played at the concert.
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.