The Rocket

MHS Student News November 2020

Naming the new baby.....

Why the Rocket? We decided to pay homage to our original team name back before there was a Zenith or Panda. Way back then our basketball team was the Rockets. Ask your grandparents, maybe even your great grandparents for some of you youngsters. The Rocket is a cool name that we can play off of for many different columns and stories as well. You will see the Rocket Launch Scoreboard for how our teams did over the past month. A horoscope that's out of this world. Who is doing this? Our high school journalism class. Mr. Strate has created a journalism program and decades ago we used to have a school newspaper. This class has decided they want to do a monthly student newsletter. Mr. Sabey has signed off on it and away we go.

This is our first edition, so we're going to have some kinks to still work out, but we will improve each month as the students learn more and we find more fun things to include. Each month there will be a scoreboard, a Dear Georgina advice column, horoscopes, profiles of teachers and students, a movie review, calendar items, surveys, pictures of activities and anything else we think you might find useful. These will all be written by our journalism class. We're not finding items off the internet and sticking them in, they are all from your fellow schoolmates. Even the artwork was done by the class. Geran Bennett has created "our Rocket" and did a great job. He is joined by Alenna Coleman, Ryan Richards, Ellarose Smith and Devon Ellis on the creation and future of The Rocket. Hope you enjoy it. If you have anything cool you think should be in our publication, let one of them know.

Mr. Strate

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Welcoming the new old teacher

MHS has welcomed a new teacher into the school with open arms. I had the opportunity to sit down and visit with Mrs. Steed.

by Alenna Coleman

1. What inspired you to become a teacher?

I always wanted to become a teacher, but it took me a few years to get here! I pursued a few different careers before getting my teaching degree, including floral design and later, becoming a paralegal--I could never quite satisfy my need for creativity and order. I think teaching melds those two things perfectly. I had many great teachers growing up that also made teaching look fun and rewarding--some of whom I get to now work with at Magrath High School!

2. What was one of the hardest choices you made while in your teaching years?

I think the hardest choice I’ve had to make when it comes to teaching has been which age group to stick with. I love working with elementary age kids, but I also love teaching specific core subjects. You get to delve deeper into different high school topics, but I’ve ultimately stuck with jr. high (so far!) because it gives me a good mix of the two. It can get a bit crazy, but I love the excitement and creative ways you can tackle subjects in jr. high.

3. What was your favourite subject while you were a student in school?

English was definitely my favourite subject when I was a student. I love reading, writing, and talking about reading and writing! I also love learning about history, and English classes often touch on historical aspects as well. I majored in English Lit. at University, and I loved reading and studying different literature based on the historical context and modern theory.

Even as an elementary student, writing workshops, book reports, and silent reading time were my favourite. As a teacher, I sometimes have to remember that I was maybe a little weird, and not all kids love those things!

4. Where else have you taught?

This is my fourth year of teaching. Before coming to MHS, I’ve primarily taught at the Jr. High in Cardston, with a brief assignment at Wilson Middle School in Lethbridge. I’ve mostly taught Language Arts and Social Studies.

5. What are you teaching here? What grades?

This year I’m teaching Grade 9 Social Studies, Grade 7 LA and Social Studies, and option classes for grades 8 and 9.

6.When did you graduate from high school? Where?

I graduated from Magrath High School in 2006! It’s exciting to be back. It also makes me feel old. :)

Where did you graduate from college?

I went to Brigham Young University--Idaho after high school and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature in 2010. I then completed a paralegal certificate and worked as a paralegal for about three years before going back to school at the University of Lethbridge to get my Bachelor of Education.

7. If you didn't become a teacher, what do you think you'd have been instead?

I love interior design and anything creative, really. I’d love to pursue my floral design background again someday and open a flower shop/ home decorating business!

Welcome back to MHS Mrs. Steed to your old stompin' grounds!

Dear Georgina.

Dear Georgina,

How do I make the boy I like notice me? I've liked him for like three years and he still doesnt know I exist. I want to know what love is …...

Lovesick and Unnoticed at MHS

Dear lovestruck,

Back when I was in high school we did many things to make the stud go gaga to notice us. We would have passed notes to each other, we didn't have any of this technology stuff you guys have these days. Make sure you are talking to him. And don't be afraid to share your interests and maybe you could leave him his favorite candy, by slipping it into his locker. If he is a sports player you can always make sure that you watch his games. Or if he is in a band you could watch his concerts. But don't forget social distance. Remember Romeo and Juliet? Window to lawn, singing? That worked when I was a teen. Good social distancing. Love, music, the 1880s wasn’t that long ago…….

Love Georgina


Remembrance Day (virtual ceremony)

Tuesday, Nov. 10th, 11am

This is an online event.

Each classroom will be showing a video. There will not be a regular assembly due to COVID.

Movie reveiw Spiderman Into The Spider-Verse

I have been watching Spiderman into the Spiderverse a lot recently so I have chosen to do a movie review on it. I have seen all the older Spiderman movies if that helps my case at all.

I really enjoyed and appreciated this movie as a whole due to my liking and appreciation for the other installments to the Spiderman cinema universe.

I enjoyed how thought out the characters were and why they do the things they do. For example.

Jefferson Davis since he is Myles’s father, and Rio Morales’s husband, we see throughout the movie how they all build a stronger bond with each other.

The imagery within the movie was spectacular. In each scene you felt that there was never anything that looked bland or even boring. Everything in this movie has a nice contrast of cool and warm colors. It was amazingly visually appealing.

The story was astoundingly well put together there was no moment where they were doing something for no reason and every character had a role and kept to that role throughout the whole movie. For example when Myles is going to school and he comes in late for class and makes light of the teacher getting on his case about being late and he makes a joke and Gwen laughs and he is told to sit down and he sits next to Gwen and she says she enjoyed his joke. This shows that they will have more interactions in the future and she will play a role in the story later in the film.

The plot to this movie was a lot like the other Spiderman movies but with a twist instead of one spider man there were more and they needed to take down Kingpin.

Spiderman-Into The Spiderverse is PG 13 and has a run time of 1 hour 46 minutes.

I really enjoyed this film. It was fantastic all round the board. I would give it a 8.5/10.

The reason I give it a 8.5/10 is due to everything was in place and felt that everything was intended to be in that place even if you look at it over ten times you won’t see major bad parts and that is why I give it a 8.5/10

By Geran Bennett

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Scan this QR Code for a school survey!

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A huge CONGRATULATIONS to MHS's very own Paxton Maxwell who placed 7th at the National Golf Championship October 9-12 in Surrey, BC! It is an accomplishment in itself to just get to attend this National Championship let alone to place Top 10 in the Junior Boys category. Over 100 golfer were in the tourney with Paxton.

Week off

Wednesday, Nov. 11th, 8:30am to Friday, Nov. 13th, 1pm

South Centre Street

Magrath, AB

No school the rest of this week after Remembrance Day.

The Rocket Launch Scoreboard

Volleyball Action

High School

Zeniths Varsity beat Cardston

25-17, 25-20, 17-25, 25-14

Zeniths JV lost to Cardston

15-25, 18-25

Pandas Varsity beat Cardston

25-12, 25-15, 25-17

Pandas JV beat Cardston

15-25, 25-18, 25-17, 22-25, 15-7

Junior High

Grade 9 Girls beat Cardston

25-15, 25-15

Grade 9 Boys beat Raymond

25-23, 25-17

Grade 8 Girls beat Raymond

25-13, 13-25, 25-17

Grade 8 Boys lost to Mt. View

23-25, 18-25

Grade 7 Girls lost to Raymond

12-25, 25-22, 20-25

Grade 7 Boys lost to Raymond

14-25, 25-18, 25-21

Winner winner chicken dinner

Mr. Gregg Hansen fluked out and won the World Series baseball pool this year. He picked both teams that made the finals and the winners, the LA Dodgers to take the title. The top student was Hunter Cook, in 4th place.

These Pandas played their last home game ever!

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Rocket Horoscope

by Ryan Richards

A Horoscope is a forecast of a person's future, typically including a delineation of character and circumstances, based on the relative positions of the stars and planets at the time of that person's birth.

SCORPIO- They are most likely to be secretive, self reliant, powerful, wise, dominant and extremity moody. Their favourite things to do are make people laugh and keep them happy, Scorpios are very helpful and try to make the best of certain situations. Their lucky numbers are two and four and they gravitate towards colours more on the warmer side. Their future will be bright and they will live in a huge city with their rich spouse and their 4 lovely children.

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