Homework Advice Micah Owens, Hannah Lirette, Keegan Pilant, Valeria Ruiz, and Gabby Head
Having trouble with homework? Somedays you just want to jump in a pool of no homework. You just want to give up. Well, don’t stress because BLMS students got your back. We have tips and tricks for you with your homework. Don’t fret and don’t sweat, and just be as cool as a cucumber. Some kids said you should make flash card to study vocabulary, some said if you have weekly homework, that’s due Friday, you should part of it every day. Remember, NEVER ask at the last minute how to do something, try to ask a bit earlier in the week. Another method is to take notes in class, so that you know the main steps on how to do your homework. Lastly would be for you to write down your homework. Good places to write your homework would be your journal, math book, or somewhere that you’ll look at throughout the day. This will help you to remember to do your homework! Thanks students at BLMS for helping other kids with their homework. This is great advice for everyone to use when doing homework. We hope this advice was helpful!
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.
Mrs. Smith is a new art teacher here at Bon Lin Middle. She has been associated with art since she was little, drawing cartoons and things like that. She got serious about art in college. She attended Austin Peay to study art. Mrs. Smith’s favorite type of art is impressionism. She has been recognized for her art in a few shows in college. We asked was what is your favorite type of music. She said she really likes Hardcore and Indie type music. One thing that really surprised us was, she got married and went to Paris and Spain over the summer. She has done a lot of things. Aside from art, Mrs. Smith has a lot of favorite desserts, but her favorite is ice-cream. She says “I could eat it everyday.” She also changes her flavors of ice cream everyday. McKenzey Mason said,“ I love Mrs. Smith because she is sweet and artistic.” Sydeny McMakin said,“I love Mrs. smith because she is kind and creative.” Erica Knight says, “I love Mrs. Smith because she is relaxed, carefree, and very fun.” Rebekah Davasher says,“I love Mrs Smith because she’s kind and good at teaching art.” Manal Binini said, “ I like Mrs. Smith because she’s sweet and kind and in inspiration to me.’’ In conclusion, Mrs.Smith is a really extraordinary teacher. She’s fun, sweet, interesting, and funny.
Lynx Loot Syrah Johnson For the 2017-2018 school year Bon Lin Middle has stepped up, and changed their reward system.We now have digital lynx loots. A lynx loot is when students are recognized for their good and positive behavior. You can receive one by following Bon Lin’s three important rules. Be respectful, Be responsible, and Be ready. In the past a lynx loot was sheet of paper that you would receive from your teacher, principal, or any other adult around the school. Once you have received one you drop it off in a box that you could’ve found one of these boxes in each hallway with your grade on the side of it. There used to be a big drawing every 2 semesters. Although they aren’t doing paper slips drawings anymore students still have lots of chances of using their loot as well as gaining them. Students have a better chance of getting rewards for their good behavior. Unlike last year students don’t have to wait until Friday to here the intercom to see if they won or not. Students now have an online store to purchase things with their digital points for getting loot. The store has all types of fun prizes. Some of these prizes are homework passes, candy, gym time, but into semester parties passes as well. There will be a teacher store as well. Bon Lin students aren't the only the only ones getting loot.The teachers are receiving them as well. They get these from their bosses. As you can see Bon Lin has made a major leap from where they were last year. They have improved an important system to the students. Not only that but they have included teachers in the action as well! They even have their own store.This hopefully helps in making Bon Lin not just a good school, but a great school.