Yearbook Sales

     Yearbooks are still available for sale online. Just follow the link on the school website. This is a beautiful, hard cover, award winning yearbook. The cost of the book is $35.00 and for only $6.00 more you can get your name engraved on the cover. There is also an opportunity for eighth grade students to purchase a dedication ad. This can also be done online. The deadline for the eighth grade dedication ad is December 31 or until we sell out. Name engraving can also be purchased until December 31. Hurry and buy one before we are sold out!

Egypt Museum

by Margaux Jenelle Marquez and Jennea Bloomfield 

     Every year the sixth graders participate in the Egypt Museum. The students would choose a topic about Egypt to present and talk about. Angelina Ashley, a sixth grade student, said, "I thought it would be important to learn about Egypt and that it would be interesting." This event took place in the MPR. Jade Garcia, another sixth grader said, "I like learning about my interests because it makes me want to learn more." They had many topics to choose from including pharaohs, gods and goddesses, jewelry, toys and games, and more. They had the option to be with a partner or work alone. Students from other classes and grades and parents came to visit and see the work the students completed. Some students had activities for the people to do. In conclusion, the Egypt Museum gave the students important knowledge.  

Family Night


by Hannah Reisner, Danica Ballejo, and Taylor Sanfilippo 

     On November 1, 2017, Café Rio hosted our Family Night Fundraiser. Twenty percent of all the proceeds were donated to our school. Both Ms. Marquez, the school's volunteer coordinator, and Mrs. Western, F.O.R.M. president, worked hard to make sure everything went smoothly. Mrs. Western explained how the process goes to pick a location for these events. "First we have to call many restaurants and see if they will donate money to the school after the event. Then, we pick the restaurant that will donate the most money; and in this scenario, that restaurant was Café Rio."  A seventh grade student, Jacob Whiteman said, "I had a fun time, and the food was very good. I saw a couple of my friends and we had a great time." Altogether the family night was a successful event and the school managed to raise $100. 

Pawtastic News November 2017

Sleepy Hollow Day

     Our fourteenth annual eighth grade Sleepy Hollow Day was a “spook-tacular” event on Friday, October 27th.  Students participated in an interactive Common Core activity by visiting a “real” crime scene in order to solve the disappearance of Ichabod Crane, the larger-than-life main character of Washington Irving’s class story, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”.  As true detectives, students sketched the crime scene, interviewed witnesses, and took key notes in order to solve the case.  After much discussion about what really happened to Ichabod, students read the classic tale, focusing on setting and mood, and found out whether their detective skills were accurate in solving the case of the missing schoolmaster.  By finding examples of setting and mood throughout the story, students concluded the activity by making a “Sleepy Hollow” pop-up.  Want to know more? Ask your little ghoul or goblin to share his or her favorite part of this memorable event.

Pep Rally

The Leadership Class rests between rally performances.

by Kayla Perez and Alyssa Santos 

     Our first rally was a big hit with the well set up decorations and the creative Pixar theme. Thanks to our leadership committee, run by Mrs. Elias, our rally was very welcoming to our new bulldogs. The Pep Band performed, which got students ready for the rally. There was also sixth grade guest speaker, Christian Rizo, who spoke about his inspiring decision to join the Jr. Military. Another sixth grade student, Jayden McNealy, said, "My favorite part of the rally was the dancing." The activities were entertaining and fit the Pixar theme. Students at the rally were chosen to participate in the different activities. The leadership team was in charge of everything about the rally such as the activities, set up, theme, etc. We can't wait for our next rally. 


by Lundon Dotson, Acelyn Waldman, and Samantha Hoffman  

     Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful and spend time with family and friends. People have similar traditions and some different ones, as well. Mr. Valtier, a school counselor, said, "I spend time with family, eating turkey, ham, stuffing, creamed corn, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, and catching up on sleep." The school has vacation for a week for students and staff to travel or just stay home. Mrs. Burright, another school counselor, said ,"I use this time to be with family."  

     Thanksgiving was first created in 1621 when the Pilgrims celebrated it as part of their religion. The holiday the US celebrates is when the Pilgrims had their first successful harvest to celebrate the peace with the Indians. This is how we get our holiday from 396 years ago! So celebrate your week off and remember to be thankful for everyone you have. 

Red Ribbon Week


by Donovan Meyer and Presley Tamillo

Red Ribbon Week was to encourage kids not to do drugs. The week of Red Ribbon Week was October 30th through November 3rd. Everyday students wore different things to represent staying away from drugs. Monday was backwards clothes to show turning our backs on drugs. Tuesdays was crazy socks for "Sock it to drugs", Wednesday was to wear neon clothes because we are too bright to do drugs, Thursday was crazy hair because we were wild about being drug free, and finally character day on Friday to show that your character count .The Leadership  class ran the events for Red Ribbon Week. Kayla Perez, a seventh grade student, said, "I think Red Ribbon Week was a success because it was a creative way to show kids that drugs are bad." Trinity Hunt, a sixth grade student, said, "We could express our feelings especially on crazy hair day and crazy sock day." Overall, Red Ribbon Week was a great success. 

Step It Up Fundraiser

by Connor Favero, Braelyn Matthews, and Kaila Grant

     In October, the Step-It-Up event occurred. The Step-it-Up event was a fundraiser where students had time to collect money through donations. Once they raised at least $60, they qualified to attend the event. The more money students earned the more prizes they received. This event consisted of variations of obstacle courses, a game truck, and free Kona Ice for all the attendants. Bryan Lee, a Step-It-Up participant, said, "All of the activities were enjoyable and my favorite part was being with my friends." Braxton Lyon, another participant, said, "I enjoyed playing in the game truck." The Step-It-Up event allowed students to have plenty of fun while raising money for their school. 

Student of the Month

Kate Dunning and Kylie Herzer show off their certificates

by Nancy Keeley and Kelsey Cooke

     Student of the month is a monthly celebration for students. These students were chosen by their teachers because they stood out to teachers in some way, for that month, in the classroom. ''The best part was when Mr. Valtier, a school counselor, called out the names because he was making jokes,'' said Joshua Almeda, a sixth grade student. Once a month there is a party that kids would go to during their lunch. Lunch or other snacks were provided by different vendors in the community. Kylene Torrez said, "It was fun because I got to eat and hang out with friends." Student of the month is one way our school celebrates academic achievements. 


Kylene Torrez fights for the ball against a C.M.S. opponent.
by Madison Robinson, Shyenne McGowan, and Jazmyn Martinez  

Soccer is one of the sports at this school where seventh and eighth grade students can participate. Our soccer teams played against R.C.M.S. and C.M.S. There were four games total, but one was canceled due to the heat. The soccer season started in the month of October, and practices were on Mondays and Wednesdays after school. The boys' team was undefeated and the girls' team had a record 2 and 1. Mr. Hallback, the boys' coach, said, "I chose to coach soccer because I get to give the boys an opportunity to represent the school." Andrew Newman, an eighth grade player, said, "I played club soccer and I want to play high school soccer." Soccer is played at our school because people in the community wanted the sport at the school.