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The Great California Shake-Out


by Juliet Calderon, Denise Galvan,
and Rayna Wells

     DUCK, COVER, HOLD! The words boomed over the announcements on October 18th at 9:00 am. When students and staff heard the alarm, they immediately took cover under the tables. Then they safely evacuated to the field. Most schools, businesses, and other establishments, also participated in The Great California Shake-Out drill. This annual event started in 2008. As a school we do this drill to prepare, not only the students, but everyone on campus, in case of an emergency. Scientist say that in the next 30 years, California could have a 6.7 earthquake, which is why we need to be prepared. "The drills helps us prepare and find a route to where we need to be if the actual disaster happens," said seventh grader, Jasmine Montgomery.

     "Staff have to know the procedures in order to have students follow them safely and enforce them," said, seventh grade math teacher, Mrs. Fierro. Some may see is as just a drill, but the more we practice the better we do. Preparation is key in an event like this. All drills, big or small, are important, which is why our staff tries their best to frequently have them.  Earthquakes are a serious topic and it is important to know how to face one head-on. Stay safe bulldogs!

Mrs. Nelson's Book Fair

by Isabella Avila, Emily Calvillo,
and Cade Shipman

The book fair was a great resource to obtain new books for an affordable price. Mrs. Nelson's Book Store first brought the book fair to our school. "Mrs. Nelson was actually the owner of a book store," said Mrs. Santos, the school's librarian, "and then that store grew into a bigger store, then into a company, and now the book fair is all around Orange County." The book fair was a big hit in all grade levels.

     This year's book fair has been very successful," said Mrs. Santos, "and raised over $1,200, which is the most raised since 2014." Some of the proceeds of the fair go to the teachers, who in turn, use the money to buy new supplies for their classrooms.  As it rolls around every year, excitement can be seen on the faces of the many book lovers at school.  "I can get books without having to wait for shipping," said Sofia Duarte, a seventh grade student, "asn as soon as I buy the books, I can dive into a new adventure."

Pawtastic News October 2018

      Successful Soccer

     by Alonzo Browning, Ethan Vazquez, and Zaid Musa 

     Soccer was an after school activity for eligible seventh, and eighth grade students. Mr. Poortman, a P.E. teacher, coached the boys team, and Mr. Hallback, another P.E. teacher, coached the girls team. Over 21 students had tried out for the boys team, and 18 students tried out for the girls team. The teams ended up with 15 boys, and 18 girls. Both teams played four games, two home games, and two away. They both played against Cucamonga Middle School, and Rancho Cucamonga Middle School. Both teams had practice every school day in October, except Fridays. 

       Strategies for the boys team, and the girls team were very similar; pass more, instead of taking the ball up the field by yourself. The strategy fluctuated based on how the game was going. "I joined the soccer team because I love soccer and it's fun to play," said seventh grader, Damian Aceves, "I want to get as much playing time as I can."  "This has been a great season," Mr. Poortman said, "this was a nice group with hard working, team players." Both the boys team, and girls team ended the season with winning records.


Red Ribbon Week


by  Arianna Bennett, Kayla Smith, and Lana Wong        

     Red Ribbon Week is an important aspect of our school. It will occur during the last week of October. Events will be happening throughout the week for students to participate. "Red Ribbon Week will inspire me because it will be drug free and we will spread awareness around the school," said a sixth grade student, Marissa Mattes. Red Ribbon Week is a National Campaign that encourages student to be drug and alcohol free. "What you do now will effect you in the future," said seventh grader, Abigail Gonzalez. Mrs. Elias, the leadership teacher, will be planning the events for our bulldogs. We participate in Red Ribbon Week for the safety of our students. Mrs. Leach, the assistant principal, said, "The health and safety of our students is the main priority of our school." Red Ribbon Week will focus on the good and inspire students to be the best version of themselves.

     The schedule for the week is, on Monday, students will wear sweats, "To 'sweat' out all the negativity. Tuesday, students will wear pink for breast cancer awareness. Wednesday, students will wear black to beware of the witches in the air. Thursday, students will wear their favorite band tee-shirt to "Rock on." Friday students will wear college gear.



Yearbooks for Sale

     The school's first yearbook sale of the year was very successful. In the two week period of September 4 through September 18 the yearbook class sold over 25 percent of the books purchased for the school. Yearbooks are still available for purchase online; just follow the link on the school's homepage.

     Yearbook eighth grade dedication ads are also available to purchase by parents and other family members of our eighth grade students. You can purchase a 1/9 page ad for $35. The directions are simple, and you can even download photographs that you already have. These can also be purchased by following the yearbook link on the school's homepage.

Lunch Activities


by Camryn Wener, Olivia El Bard,
and Aviesha Sibarani  

     Lunch activities celebrate a variety of things such as birthdays, games, polls, and events. They are hosted by our leadership students at least once a month. Leadership student, Amy Yoon, said, "Lunch activities require team building, and challenge students' minds." So far, at lunch activities there was a survey between Xbox and PS4, which made $130 for charity, a game of cup stacking, and July to September birthday celebrations. Not only are these challenges fun, students can also win prizes. Sixth grader, Victoria Lane, said, "These activities are very fun, inspirational, and help myself and others be more positive." This can lead to making new friends and feeling included, to have an easier time learning. Lunch activities also get students collaborating to win games. "During these activities, students get to know each other more and more," said fifth grader, Kai Wener. Lunch activities help students feel welcome at our school.

Making Progress

Progress Reports

by Trisha Salvador, Abigail Grunden,
and Violet Roque

      "Yes!" "No!" "Oh come on!"  These were some of the words that students said on September 21st when students of all grades at Ruth Musser Middle School got their progress reports. Some were glad, some were mad, and others were satisfied. The progress reports gave students a chance to improve their grades before they received their final grades at the end of the semester. Mrs. Perez, the principal, confirmed that the final grades will be given to students on November 2.

     Some students are having trouble with raising their grades. "Students need to ask questions and  go to tutoring," said Mrs. Perez. There are several ways that a student can improve their grades; by parents checking homework daily and the Aeries grade program, tutoring, open computer lab after school, and getting help from teacher. "I plan to get all my work done and try my hardest," said Abygail Gonzalez, a seventh grader. At the end of the trimester, teachers and students hope for a big improvement on grades.