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Mrs. Burright
Mrs. Burright passes out certificates to students who earned the awards.

Student of the month

by Michelle Iftekhar, Devon Schmelter, and Ethan Hufnagel

Student of the Month is a monthly event that celebrates the students who have shown excellence in one of their classes. Student of the Month is hosted in the MPR by Mrs. Burright, a school counselor and Mrs. Marquez, the volunteer coordinator. Teachers can choose up to 3 students to attend Student of the Month, and the students who attend are served a special treat, like Chick-Fil-A or Yogurtland. "I generally choose someone who stood out in participation, had exemplary work, or just someone who stood out in class," said Ms. Devore, a language arts teacher. "I think it's important for Student Of the Month to be hosted because it's an opportunity to recognize students for going above and beyond in class and showing participation."  Veronica Bishay, a seventh-grader, shared about how being chosen for Student of the Month made her feel. "Being chosen for Student Of the Month makes me feel like I've been rewarded for the hard work I've put it into my assignments." The Student Of the Month event rewarded scholars that have shown outstanding effort and participation in their classes.

mix it up

Mix it up

by  Izaiah Zambrano, Miray Hanna, and Isabella Cucinella

      Mix It Up was a an event meant to bring students together and to have fun meeting new friends. This event helped our school community and students because it took students out of their comfort zone. Students do not really talk to other peers unless they know them, so they were motivated by prizes, candies, and raffle tickets for a special prize. "It teaches students to be tolerant and helped them to meet new people," said Mrs. Burright, the sixth and seventh-grade guidance counselor. "I think it encourages students to make new friends. Which can increase their motivation," said Mr. Valtier, the fifth and eighth-grade guidance counselor.  Students have the opportunity to make new friends.  Peer Leaders walked around, during lunch, looking for students that were socializing with new students and then asked them a few questions. If they answered all the questions, the Peer Leader gave them one candy each. There were other activities that happened, during the week, in homeroom classes. These activities included anti-bullying and empathy. The Mix it Up event had many inspiring activities and it showed students that it's okay to go out and meet new friends.

November Pawtastic News

report card

REport Cards

by Aly McShane, Kylie Jimenez, Everly Alvarado

     The purpose of a report card is to inform the guardians of the students how well their students are doing in school. Parents could also log onto Aries to check their child's grades online anytime throughout the year. Ruth Musser Middle School's principal, Mr. Clobes said, "Grades  are important because of the work it takes will benefit kids into adulthood." Our school has Honor Roll, at least a 3.0 GPA, and Principal's Honor Roll, a 3.5 GPA or higher. GPA means Grade Point Average and it's the measure of achievement. Students get progress reports during the middle of the trimester, which show the progress they have made at that time. Then at the end of the trimester, the report cards come out. The students' parents or guardians are asked to sign a paper which says they have seen the report card, and they can ask questions or make comments. Mrs. Burright, the schools' sixth-grade and seventh-grade counselor said, "Report cards are a representation of our schools' progress."

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

ko   by Shaena Brew, Toby Gallegos, and Cooper May      

        Thanksgiving is a national holiday in the United States celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. This year, Ruth Musser Middle School celebrates Thanksgiving by having a can food drive that ended November 8th. Our school also gets a week off for Thanksgiving. "I enjoy Thanksgiving because it's when all my family comes together to eat and bond," explains sixth- grader, Salvatore Jackson. " Thanksgiving allows me to hang out with all my cousins and eat very good food," said eighth- grader, Aiden Salinas.

        The first Thanksgiving was celebrated by the Pilgrims after their first harvest in the New World in October 1621. People celebrate Thanksgiving by giving thanks, prayer, and feasting. Specific foods people usually eat are, turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing, cranberry sauce, corn, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin pies, apple pies, and sweet potato pie.  Feasts differ depending on families and cultures. Thanksgiving is celebrated by many students at Ruth Musser Middle School. Have a great Thanksgiving everyone!

halloween

halloween and its history

by Nicholas Sanchez, Citlalli Alvarez, and Audric Ramero

     Halloween was on October 31. At Ruth Musser Middle School we had a spirit day where students and teachers wore Halloween colors. There was also a pep rally the following day where the theme was Black-Out, and students were asked to wear black because black lights were being used. With all this surrounding Halloween, you might wonder where Halloween started.

     Halloween may just seem like a holiday where people dress up in cosplay, eat candy, and watch horror movies, but there is so much more to Halloween than that. It is a holiday full of tradition and has a history that dates back more than 2,000 years ago. Halloween started more than 2,000 years ago, in ancient Britain and Ireland. November 1st was an important holiday for the Celts, people that lived in Britain and Ireland, because it marked the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter. The Celts celebrated by having a feast on October 31st, known as "Samhain." During this feast, the Celts would sacrifice crops and livestock to their gods by throwing them into bonfires. People would also dress up in animal skins. They believed that the ghosts of the dead, along with fairies, goblins, and other supernatural beings, roamed the earth during Samhain. The Celts believed that these beings caused mischief on Samhain, so they put out food to keep them away. During the first century, the Romans conquered Britain, over the next few years, two Roman holidays combined with Samhain. First there was Feralia, which honored the dead, and then the feast of Pomona, which honored the goddess of fruit, orchards, and the harvest. Pomona's symbol was an apple so that’s where the tradition of bobbing apples came from.

     In the 4th and 5th century, Christianity reached the British Isles; the Celts and the other people that lived there all converted, but in many places, the old holidays were still celebrated. To get them to stop, the Pope replaced Samhain with Christian holidays. November 2nd became "All Souls" day, a day to remember the dead, while November 1st became "All Saints Day" a day honoring Christian Martyrs. October 31st, was All Hallows' Eve, which was shortened to Halloween. Hallows, in old English means saints, and "een" means evening. If you put it together you get the Evening before All Saints Day.

     Eventually, people brought their traditions to America. The traditions evolved over the centuries and led up to the Halloween tradition we now know. Very soon, kids across the country were making mischief and trick-or-treating on Halloween night. Most Halloween traditions have some sort of history.  An example of this is trick-or-treating. Trick-or-treating dates back to All Souls day, because people would give pastries called soul cakes to poor citizens and in return they would promise to pray for their dead relatives. This tradition was encouraged by the church to replace the tradition of leaving out food and wine for roaming spirits. Soon children adopted this tradition and would go to houses asking for money and food. Another Halloween tradition with lots of history is dressing up in costumes. During Samhain, people would wear animal costumes to try to hide from the spirits and try to read each other's future.

     All this history and tradition has made a holiday that people love. "I like Halloween because I get free candy," said Daniel Miranda, a seventh grader at Ruth Musser Middle School. Godfrey, another seventh grader at Ruth Musser stated, "I like to watch scary movies on Halloween." Halloween's history and traditions have made it to a fun holiday that many people enjoy.

yearbook sale

Yearbooks on sale

     Yearbooks are currently available for sale online. This is a hard cover, all color, award winning yearbook. The yearbook staff works to take all the photos, interview teachers, staff, and students, and puts the whole book together. The cost for the yearbook is $40.00. Names can be engraved, if you order by January, for only $6.00 more. As an added bonus, eighth-grade students and/or parents can purchase an eighth-grade dedication, in the back of the book, for only $30.00. The eighth-grade dedications are only available on a first-come, first-served basis and sales for the dedications will close as soon as we sell out or in January. Don't miss this opportunity, to purchase a memory that will last your child for the rest of their life. To purchase a yearbook online follow the link from the Ruth Musser Middle School Homepage.

Coding Club
Keagan Lee codes his own story using Scratch.

Coding Club

by Veronica Bishay and Arsany Bishay

     The Bulldog Coding Club introduces students to coding so that they can be creators. "Coding teaches students problem solving," said Ms. Padilla, the teacher hosting coding club. "I feel it is important for our students to have a positive coding experience." Using the CSFirst program, students are taught block coding through Scratch. The goal of the program is to give students experience with coding. "Just being able to create your own games and see what you make is fun," said Alexis Logarde, a sixth grade Coding Club member. At the end of the year, students will build their creations and animate them. This club was held by Ms. Padilla every Tuesday and Thursday afterschool.  The club's last day was 11/12/2019.

Book fair
Barns and Noble Book Store located at 11090 Foothill Boulevard, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730.

Holiday Book Fair

by Ben Truong, Jaron Widney, and Peyton O'Steen

     The Holiday Book Fair is being held at the Barnes and Noble Book Store located at 11090 Foothill Boulevard, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730, on December 4 from 3:00 pm-8:00 pm. Mrs. Santos, the school librarian, is in charge of the event. She said, "Twenty percent of all sales will go on a gift card to the staff." The theme, this year is Polar Express.  There will also be the 501st Legion, a charity group who dresses up as Star Wars characters, to mingle with the customers. There will also be a performances by the Drama Club and the Pep Band, and an art show of Ruth Musser students' art work. Free gift wrapping will be done by the Leadership class.  Audric Romero, a seventh grade Ruth Musser student, said, "I think the Holiday Book Fair will be exciting and fun for my whole family."