The Paw Print

Novi Middle School's Student Newspaper

Volume 21 Issue 7 / March 15, 2021

NMS IN THE NEWS

A pear writing at a desk

Peardecks provoke contrasting opinions at NMS

By: Alexander Dyga


Over the last year NMS teachers, both hybrid and virtual, have employed various online learning tools to help their students succeed while learning from a distance. The most prevalent of these tools is an extension of Google Slides known as Peardeck.


Peardeck allows students and teachers to connect to an interactive slideshow by using a six letter code or link. Once on this slideshow the teacher can progress the slides at an appropriate rate and ask students to respond to questions by drawing or typing on the slides. As soon as a student draws or types on a Peardeck slide their work instantly becomes available for teacher review. This allows them to provide real time feedback to struggling students.


Additionally, a teacher can set a Peardeck to “student paced.” This mode allows students to flip through the slides at will. Student paced is typically enabled after a lesson is complete or when teachers wish for students to complete a Peardeck as homework.


Overall, the student reception of Peardeck use in the classroom has been positive. However, some students have issues with the system.


When asked about his stance on the widespread use of Peardecks, virtual student Nolan Mckone stated, “I like Peardecks because they make it easier for teachers to engage students virtually. However, I do not like it when teachers assign Peardecks to complete without any additional instruction.”


Eighth grade virtual student Ethan Roller expressed similar views, “Peardeck is a good way to give a Google Slides presentation, it makes sure everyone participates in class. However, a drawback to Peardecks is, on question slides you have to write answers quickly so that the teacher can progress the slideshow. You can feel a lot of pressure, especially if you don’t know the correct answer to a question.”


Ethan was then asked if he thinks this pressure on students is a problem that needs to be addressed if Peardecks are going to become a long term method of learning at NMS. “Absolutely,” he stated. “Peardecks can cause slow working students to feel pressured because if the majority of the students are going at a fast pace the teacher will also go at a fast pace. This could cause these slower students to rush through the work on each slide. They may not grasp the material as well if this becomes a habit.”


Jachin Chung, a firm supporter of Peardeck, agrees with Ethan that peardecks can pressure students, and even cause fast workers to become distracted, but does not feel it's a problem that needs to be addressed. “Peardecks definitely can cause pressure to slow working students, since they need to keep pace with the teacher, and they can cause faster working students to become distracted once they finish working on the current slide. However, there isn’t much a teacher can do to stop a faster paced student from doing something else once their work is done. The same goes with slow working students. A teacher cannot make a student work faster than their maximum pace.”


It’s certain that Peardecks have been a boon to students and teachers alike during this last year, but it has yet to be seen if they will be a prominent method of education at NMS after the pandemic’s conclusion. The potential they have to both pressure and distract students may prevent them from making the post-pandemic transition, while their relative ease of use may make them a mainstay in our classrooms long after these difficult times.

Is it safe for students to return to school full time?

By: Lorelai Raudszus


On February 4th, 2021, the Novi Community School District Board of Education approved the metrics established to guide administrators in the decision to send what are now former hybrid students and teachers to in-person school full time.


Why are students and teachers returning full time?

Anyone who has experienced learning as a hybrid student is well aware of “the disrupted nature of the week...” as Dr. Steve Matthews, superintendent of NCSD, puts it. Hybrid A students attend school in-person Mondays and Thursdays while Hybrid B students are in-person Tuesdays and Fridays. The other half of the week hybrid students work on virtual lessons during their “off days” from in-person classes. Wednesdays everyone is at-home ‘zooming’, including most teachers.


But not only is the hybrid modality challenging for students, it is also difficult for teachers. Teachers struggle with planning for hybrid A as well as hybrid B students; and some still need to instruct virtual classes on top of it all. Because of this rigorous schedule, there can be much chaos amongst students and teachers when learning or teaching hybrid.


“Finally, we worry about the social and emotional health of students in such a disrupted environment.” Dr. Matthews said in an email statement. Dr. Matthews also reveals the Board of Education began to worry about the effects of “...such a disrupted environment,” on the social and emotional health of hybrid students. Of course, administrators are also concerned with the health of virtual students learning in such an isolated environment, but at the moment they have no control over the consequences of this modality.


Consequently, the NCSD Board of Education decided it was time to alter the hybrid modality into full time in-person school as soon as they agreed it was safe to do so.


Is our safety guaranteed?

Novi community’s school district has remained safe and experienced a dwindling number of COVID-19 cases over the past few months. But some still worry whether or not it is wise to send students and teachers to school full time.


When asked, “How do you know students and staff members will continue to stay safe (attending school full time),” Dr. Matthews admitted, “The honest answer is we don't know. But the truth is we didn't know with the hybrid approach either.” Creating the hybrid modality and sending students to school in-person half of the week was a risk, but the hope was that cases would stay at a constant rate, and not spike up alarmingly with students and staff members in the school buildings. Sending children to school as hybrid students was also a ‘must-have’ option because some parents needed to go to work during the day, and could not leave their kid at home unattended.


Now that the hybrid modality has been tested out and given encouraging results, it was time for the next big risk- which had to arise at some point. In order for students and staff members to remain safe when returning to school full time, in-person, everyone must follow the proper safety practices with great care. To elaborate, there are certain guidelines put in place to ensure the safety of our students and staff members. But what really matters are whether or not those guidelines are followed. It is critical that these guidelines and safety precautions are acknowledged and followed so we may remain safe as our schools transition into full time hybrid students' attendance.


Necessary Safety Precautions In Schools:

  • Continue to have masks

  • Disinfectant wipes

  • Hand sanitizer

  • Increased ventilation in rooms

  • Deep disinfecting of high touch points; as instructed by Dr. Matthews and the school board


Necessary Safety Practices For students/staff members:

  • Wear a proper mask

  • Wash your hands

  • Clean surfaces as often as deemed necessary

  • Distance yourselves and stay six feet apart as much as possible

  • Stay home if showing signs of illness


“We will try and create space as much as we can, recognizing that we will not have as much as we had with our hybrid approach.” assures Dr. Matthews.


Mr. Baker states, “We are all working hard to create safe learning environments for our students. We expect our students and staff to follow guidelines, wear masks properly, and maintain as much space from one another as possible. It is also important that people stay home if they are exhibiting any of the symptoms in the health screener - out of precaution.”


Metrics & Criteria

The metrics by which the NCSD Board of Education make decisions relating to the health of students, teachers, and other staff members of the district’s schools come from the Oakland County Health Division website: oakgov.com


The Board of Education observes the K-6 Hybrid Return Metric and the 7-12 Hybrid Return Metric separately, tracking the following: Case counts per 10,000 residents in the Novi Community School District, Case count average of the three Novi zip codes – 48374, 48375, 48377, and finally 14 day average case counts in Oakland County.


The Board measured who was targeted in each age group (at or below) and collected reports and quantities on the 5, 12, 19, and 25, of February, 2021. All this allowed The Board to stay updated on the health of everyone in the school district and determine whether or not it was safe to move forward into sending students and teachers to school full time. See the full table of this criteria here: NCSD Board of Education Guidelines


In the end, as Mr.Baker points out, “We are in this together and we know our Wildcats will rise to the occasion to help make the rest of the year a safe and beneficial one.”

Reducing stress is key in difficult times

By: Aditi Jethri Kompally


Since online and hybrid school has started, everyone has been getting more work, been expected to be more responsible for their own learning, and deal with the pressures of the overall pandemic. Below are some ideas of ways to deal with stress or to solve them.


Some healthy ways to deal with stress are:

  • Take of yourself

    • Ex: Eat healthy, get a good amount of sleep and even exercise, etc...

  • Meditate

    • Do yoga to calm yourself or even just breathe in and out.

  • Spend time with friends and family

    • Share out feelings or even get distracted by them

  • Have some “Me time”

    • Get a quiet peaceful time to just relax and forget about the stress from the cause

  • Listen to music. This can help to feel calm and relaxed

  • Playing with your pet. I guess that’s why they call dogs, “Man’s best friend.”


Some unhealthy ways that are bad to deal with stress are:

  • Sleeping late

  • Avoiding friends and family- You will have no one to talk to and you will isolate yourself and feel completely alone.

  • Having a bad and unhealthy diet.

  • Yelling at people. That will be bad for your well-being and the people who care for you.

  • Talking negative things about yourself. It will never work! You will just have more stress coming to you.

  • Ignoring the stress,

    • If you ignore the stress, you won’t gain anything from it, it will still come to because it will just be blinded from other things the brain but it will always be there.


These have been and continue to be difficult times. People need to make sure they are dealing with their stress in a healthy way. It will benefit them, as well as the people around them.

BEYOND THE BLUE ROOF

Where Did the Name “Novi” Come From?

By: Fiona Fortin


Novi is a somewhat small community, so who would have imagined there would be a mystery behind it? With that being said, have you ever questioned where the name “Novi” originated? Well, actually that’s still a mystery to this day.


Let’s begin with what we know. In 1827, Novi’s first post office was established, or back then known as the West Farmington post office. Novi was a booming community and the establishment of the office was the first big step in separating from Farmington’s authority. “Herein lies the greatest controversy concerning the City of Novi: it is definitely known that the community was once called West Farmington, and that the name was changed in 1830 to Novi. But there the facts end.” (cityofnovi.org).


Now there are multiple theories on how the name came about, however, when it comes to factual and accurate information about the name, there is no evidence to be found. Some say that Novi or No.VI (in which the VI means number six in roman numerals) was the sixth township in the Southwest part of Oakland County and that the name came from solely writing it out. According to cityofnovi.org, “In the meeting to discuss the choice of names in 1830, Mrs. Emery, wife of Dr. John C. Emery brought up the name "Novi'' as a short, easily written and unusual alternative to other suggestions as "Republic" or "Beulah". Where she came up with the name is not documented.” To add on, supposedly, the meeting to discuss West Farmington’s name was on November 1st, or Nov.1, so that might be an alternative idea why Novi has the name it does.


These are the main speculations about where the title arose, but in the end, the city's name remains a mystery.

Into space with Perseverance

By: Lakshmi Bijukumar


NASA’s space rover, Perseverance, landed in Mars’ Jezero Crater on February 18, 2021. This was a great achievement that chronicled major milestones of space travel.


Perseverance, nicknamed “Percy”, is the size of a car weighing approximately 1.13 tons [1,025 kg. or 2,260 lbs.]. This rover started its mission on July 30, 2020, at 11:50 am [UTC]. It took Perseverance about seven months to reach Mars from its launch site at the CCAFS Space Launch Complex 41 in Florida.


Perseverance has a similar design to another rover sent to explore Mars, Curiosity. It has seven main instruments, 19 cameras, and two microphones. The Rover was also carrying the mini helicopter Ingenuity, nicknamed “Ginny”. Ginny is an experimental aircraft and technology showcase that will attempt the first powered flight on another planet.


As I mentioned earlier, It took Perseverance about seven months to get to Mars. In these seven months, the Earth and Mars completed a half orbit. As of March 15, 2021, Perseverance has been on Mars for 24 sols (25 earth days). It is looking for signs of life on the Red Planet, Mars.


To find out more about Perseverance landing on Mars visit these websites: NASA: Perseverance lands on Mars and National Geographic.

How effective are vaccines?

By: Raima Saha


Vaccines were invented in 1796 by Edward Jenner and Luis Pasteur added to his work in 1881. The vaccines these two men created were smallpox and the bacillus (found in sheep).


How vaccines work: The vaccines help us become immune to infections. They work by imitating an infection. It causes the body to produce T-lymphocytes and antibodies. These are white blood cells and blood proteins. As the body is fighting off the new infection, you can develop symptoms such as a slight fever. When you recover, these T-lymphocytes will still be there and will have a memory of how to fight that disease or infection. It can take a few weeks to develop these memories so it’s possible that you can still get the disease.


Types of vaccines: Live attenuated vaccines are vaccines that fight viruses and bacteria. They contain a weakened version of the infection so your body learns how to fight it. Inactivated vaccines prevent diseases. Inactivated vaccines are made by inactivating the germs. Toxic vaccines prevent diseases caused by bacteria that produce toxins in the body. When they make these vaccines the toxins are weakened so they can’t cause harm. Subunit vaccines are vaccines that only include parts of the virus of bacteria or subunits. This vaccine only has antigens that your body needs to fight the infection.


Some vaccines require more than one dose. Sometimes it takes more than one dose because the first dose may not provide as much protection as possible. Another reason some vaccines require two or more doses is that after a while the immunity starts to wear off so people need a booster dose. For some vaccines, it has been proven that more than one dose is needed to develop the best immune response.


Benefits of getting vaccinated: There are numerous benefits to getting vaccinated. Vaccine-preventable diseases haven’t been cured yet and vaccines can keep you healthy from infections and diseases. Vaccines are one of the safest and convenient ways to prevent infections and diseases. Additionally, vaccines are beneficial because they can save your life. Every year around 50,000 Americans die from vaccine-preventable diseases. In the U.S, it’s extremely safe to get a vaccine and vaccines won’t give you the disease they are designed to protect you from. Vaccine-preventable diseases are expensive and can cost you if you catch them. Finally, it is beneficial to get vaccinated so that a disease or infection can’t spread to your loved ones, putting them at risk.


How effective are vaccines?

Eradicated Diseases: Many diseases have been completely eradicated due to vaccines in the U.S; eradicated meaning the elimination of a disease or infection. Smallpox has been eradicated since 1979 and Polio has been eradicated since 2015. Yellow fever has been completely eradicated in the US. From 2001-2008 there were only 231 tetanus infections since more people were getting vaccinated with the tetanus shot. In the U.S, rabies has been nearly eradicated in humans and domestic animals due to regular shots. Hepatitis B has been nearly eradicated due to children getting vaccinated. Measles and Mumps have been completely eradicated due to nearly every child in the U.S getting the vaccine.


Flu Vaccine Effectiveness: The flu vaccine reduces the risk of the flu by 40-60%. Even if you were to catch the flu after getting the vaccination to protect you against it, you are more likely to get a weaker version of the flu.


Shingles Vaccine Effectiveness: Adults ages 50-69 who received two doses were 97% effective and prevented it in 70-year-olds which was 91% effective.


HPV Vaccine Effectiveness: HPV vaccines have decreased HPV by 86% in teens ages 14-19 and 71% in women in their early 20’s.


COVID-19 Effectiveness: Israel recently announced that the Pfizer vaccine is 97% effective for preventing severe cases resulting in hospitalization and death.


Why some people do not get vaccinated: As of 2018, 1.3% of children were not vaccinated. People can possess incorrect information about vaccines making them believe vaccines aren’t beneficial. Other people can’t get vaccinated due to financial issues or having an unstable home situation (moving a lot). Additionally, many parents worry about how vaccines can negatively affect their children.

Plastic bags threatening marine life

By: Abhiram Gadde and Srijan Agarwal


Plastic bags thrown into the ocean kill more than 100, 000 sea creatures every year. Therefore, plastic bags should be banned because they are harmful for the environment, it doesn’t biodegrade, and too often people don’t reuse them.


“Firstly, plastic bags are quite commonly mistaken for food by animals, especially when the bags carry food. Residues are brightly colored or are animated by the movement of water (ntepa.nt.gov.au).” This shows that when the animals eat the plastic bags, they think of it as food. These innocent animals don’t know that they are putting poison in their body. They die of slow starvation due to plastic in their stomach, which does not let them digest any food.


According to Waste Management, “Only one percent of plastic is returned for recycling, the rest end up in landfills or as litter (biologicaldiversity.org).” This shows that there is so much plastic out there that is being polluted.


Also, there is 99% of plastics that go into the ocean just lie there in the landfill. Plastic also releases toxic chemicals into the ocean which pollutes the water.


“Marine animals get tangled up in plastic bags and drown (dpw.lacounty.gov).” This shows that because people are throwing plastic near water bodies instead of recycling them, animals are suffering death. Recycling plastic is a way better option because it helps make other materials.


Plastic that is made by humans doesn’t biodegrade. Plastic bags that we use in our everyday life takes 10-20 years to biodegrade, while plastic bottles take about 500 years (storage.neic.org).” This shows that recycling is a better option rather than leaving it to biodegrade.


Plus, 18-billion pounds of plastic pollutes the water each year. Therefore, to prevent the health of any other organism, plastic should be banned. People don’t reuse plastic materials.


According to pupilvoicewales.org.uk, “Plastic, being a non-biodegradable material takes several decades to degrade enough to be reused again.” We can use plastic bags like 4 times in a week, but if that ends up in landfills, it takes years to be used again. That’s why you should not throw plastic in landfills or oceans.


In 2014, Americans discarded about 30 million tons of plastic, but only 9.5 percent of it was recycled and 15 percent was combusted to create electricity or heat(blog.ei.colombia). This shows that, till now, people have made a little progress about recycling and reusing plastic. If we keep this up, one time in the world, there would be no plastic wastage. In conclusion, people should try to use plastic again to save the environment.


An estimated 13 billion plastic bottles are disposed of each year. This proves that plastic should be banned because it is deadly to marine animals, they don’t get recycled, and people don’t reuse them.

Meet the Artemis 1 mission

By: Hitesh Tirumalasetti


Many people have heard of the Apollo missions, but have you heard about the Artemis 1 mission before? It’s one you may not know about, but it's really cool! “Artemis is an ongoing space mission run by NASA with the goal of landing the first female astronaut and next male astronaut on the Moon's South Pole by 2024. It is the US space agency's first crewed Moon mission since Apollo 17 in 1972.” (google.com)


According to directory.eoportal.org, “Artemis I will be the first integrated test of NASA’s deep space exploration systems: the Orion spacecraft, Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and the ground systems at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.” This mission is significant because, “The first in a series of increasingly complex missions, Artemis I will be an uncrewed flight test that will provide a foundation for human deep space exploration, and demonstrate our commitment and capability to extend human existence to the Moon and beyond."


Artemis 1's primary operations goal of the mission is to assure a safe crew module entry, descent, splashdown, and recovery. In addition to sending Orion on its journey around the Moon, SLS will carry 13 small satellites that will perform their own science and technology investigations. (NASA)


According to earthsky.org, “The Artemis 1 mission will be scheduled to launch in November 2021.” For more details and information, visit Nasa.gov.

ENTERTAINMENT & OPINIONS

Fun desserts make for a sweeter quarantine

By: Sanvi Rao and Hasini Teegala


Has there ever been a time where you crave desserts but you don’t know what to make? Well, you have come to the right place. Right now, we are going to make your craving disappear as we are going to guide you through a few easy recipes that you can make any time of your day! Some desserts that are easy to make and fun are:


Deep-Fried Candy Bars on a Stick

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups of all-purpose flour

  • 4 ½ teaspoons baking powder

  • 1 tablespoon sugar

  • ⅛ teaspoon salt

  • ⅛ ground cinnamon

  • 1 large egg

  • ½ cup water

  • ½ cup 2% Milk

  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • Oil for deep-fat frying

  • 24 fun-size Snickers and/or Milk way Candy bars

  • Confectioner’s sugar, (optional)


Directions:

  1. Whisk together the first 6 ingredients. In another bowl, whisk together egg, water, milk, and vanilla; add to dry ingredients, stirring just until moistened.

  2. In a deep cast-iron or electric skillet, heat oil to 375 degrees. Dip candy bars, a few at a time, into batter; fry until golden brown, about 30 seconds per side. Drain in paper towels.


Nutella Mug Cake

Ingredients:

  • 1 big spoon of nutella

  • 1 egg (along with the yolk)

  • 1 cup of flour


Directions:

  1. First, add one spoon of Nutella to a medium-sized mug.

  2. Next, Mix one egg thoroughly and add it to the mug.

  3. Then, add 1 cup of flour and mix until you get a thick consistency.

  4. Microwave for 1 minute and your mug cake is ready!

  5. Add whipped cream to make your cake more delicious!


Tim-Tamington Slice

Ingredients:

  • 2x200g packets Tim Tams

  • 400g packet chocolate cake mix with icing

  • 395g can sweetened condensed milk

  • 1 egg

  • 1 ½ cups Coles Shredded Coconut


Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 180/160C fan-forced

  2. Grease 20cm X 30cm lamington pan

  3. Line base sides with baking paper, extending paper 2cm above edges on all sides

  4. Using a food processor, process the biscuits until finely chopped and mixture almost forms a paste.

  5. Press mixture over base for prepared pan

  6. Refrigerate for 10 minutes

  7. Bake for 10 minutes or until just firm to touch.

The Rise of South Korean Pop

By: DaYou Choi


What is K-Pop?

If you have been keeping up in the news of the entertainment world, specifically music, the names like “BlackPink” or “BTS” might be familiar . You might even remember the song Gangnam Style from several years ago. If you're a real k-pop guru, “Girls’ Generation” and “Super Junior” won’t be anything new. South Korean pop, otherwise more commonly known as k-pop, has grown in popularity over the last few years. This kind of music has already circulated in South Korea and other East Asian countries for quite awhile, but is now hitting other countries hard with their admired singers and dancers.


K-pop by definition in the Merriam Webster dictionary is, “popular music originating in South Korea and encompassing a variety of styles”. Most k-pop songs today are a mix of English, Japanese, Chinese, and of course, Korean lyrics. The singers and dancers are known for their bold sense of hair color and clothing choice. Their music videos often have eye-catching animation and are nothing short of complex choreography. Most k-pop groups are formed under entertainment companies such as BigHit, SM Entertainment, JYP Entertainment, or YG Entertainment, to name a few. Singers and dancers are often recruited through auditions. Then, the teenage girls and boys sign under entertainment companies in pursuit to become the next hit idol artist. They spend hours singing and dancing - all in preparation for the promised life of glamour in the entertainment world.


K-pop: The past and present

According to cnbc.com, one of the earliest k-pop groups experimenting with modern music style was Seo Taiji and Boys, debuting with their signature song, I Know in 1992 under the record label Bando Eumban Yedang Company. Their music incorporated Western style with English lyrics, hip-hop, and R&B. However, H.O.T, the South Korean boy band, is credited to the first modern idol group. They were formed under SM Entertainment and debuted in 1996.

There are also a number of girl groups, with one of the earliest modern ones being the S.E.S, debuting in 1997 with their album I’m Your Girl. Girl groups of more recent times include BLACKPINK, Red Velvet and TWICE.


Rising from this, just last year, BTS’s hit song Dynamite was nominated for a Grammy. Pretty fast, huh? Well, it doesn’t stop there. According to Forbes.com, k-pop groups such as TXT, EXO, Stray Kids, and Ateez are predicted to “break out in America in 2021”. Another big event destined to shape the future of k-pop is the new partnership Big Hit Entertainment announced with Universal Music Group, the world's biggest music label. Much is to come with their partnership, including boy bands and technology such as the Weverse platform. Artists such as Yungblud, New Hope Club, Gracie Abrams, and Alexander 23 have already accepted the app, hinting that many future acts are to be featured on the platform.


K-pop fans have much to look forward to this year, from new groups to a fusion of their favorite k-pop artists working with a variety of international artists.

Dear Wildcat

By: Nishka Agrawal


Dear Wildcat: There are times when I fall behind on my homework, and it's frustrating. My life is just so busy, sometimes my homework doesn't get turned in on time or is forgotten. My parents are getting more and more frustrated that I am not getting things done. Obviously, my teachers keep asking me about it too. Do you have any advice on how I can keep track of it all?

--A Forgetful Student


Dear Forgetful Student: Do you have a Planner? A Calendar? A To-Do List? If not, those tools are really helpful resources. Try checking the daily agendas before classes. You can jot down all the assignments, subjects they belong to, and their due dates. Whether it’s a missing assignment, needing help with, or even an assignment that is due shortly. It will help you keep track of them and remind you what you need to finish on that certain day.

__________


Dear Wildcat: For a long time, I have had a huge frustration about virtual school. It's so hard sitting in one place all day. It is also very unhealthy. Any tips?

--Frustrated Virtual Student


Dear Frustrated Virtual Student: Virtual Learning is definitely a challenge for all of us. For eye strain, try the 20-20-20 strategy. For every 20 minutes, you focus your eyes on something 20 feet away (like on the other side of a room, or looking out a window), for 20 seconds. As for physical exercise, I just recommend standing up and walking around your room or house at least between every class. Doing some stretches for a minute during that time as well. Finally, maybe you could stack some books or something else under your computer (just make sure it's stable) and see if you can make it tall enough so that you can stand up at your desk.

__________


Dear Wildcat: Virtual learning is hard, and the amount of homework we get doesn’t help in my opinion. It’s challenging to deal with them both and stresses me a lot. Do u have any suggestions?

--Homework Overloader


Dear Homework Overloader: Like I said above, try using a Planner/Calendar/To-Do list if you haven’t already. It will help you reduce the stress of remembering your homework and notes from your classes. Also, try asking for help. Letting teachers know that you stressing about something, will help you more than you think it will. Lastly, try asking to extend due dates for an assignment you need help/struggling with. I hope the tips help!

Pokemon shines a new light on the Sinnoh Region

By: Shashank Madhu


Pokemon is the most popular media franchise in the world, complete with video games, a TV series, trading cards, manga, and even a Super Bowl commercial. But a couple of weeks ago, on February 27th, Pokemon celebrated its 25th anniversary. Along with giving details on the New Pokemon Snap and collaborating with Post Malone to make a virtual concert, Game Freak had brought up some announcements about the new releases to the popular franchise.


Sinnoh Stans Unite: Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl Announced

The first games announced were heavily awaited by fans ever since the last remakes released. Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are described as “faithful remakes to the original games on the DS”. Coincidentally, this year was also the 15th anniversary of the original Diamond and Pearl games. Despite this, numerous complaints were drawn at the “chibi” art style, and concerns were held that these games would be “too” faithful to the originals. The Sinnoh remakes are developed by ILCA Inc.(the creators of Pokemon Home), instead of Game Freak who has developed all of the main series games thus far. Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are set to be released for the Nintendo Switch in late 2021.


Pokemon Legends: Arceus- Breath of the Wild-style Pokemon

After the mixed reactions from the previous announcement, Game Freak then announced a totally new game, set in the “Sinnoh of old”. Pokemon Legends is what many have been dreaming about- a Breath-of-the-Wild style Pokemon game, with a completely 3D open world. Unlike previous games where the player aspires to be champion of the Pokemon League, the player character in Legends sets out to complete the Pokedex in a time before Gyms and Champions were created. Pokemon Legends: Arceus is developed by Game Freak and is set to be released for the Nintendo Switch in early 2022.