The Jag News

FM9 Student Led News Source - September 13th, 2016

Celebrate Freedom Week

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Bill of Rights

What is the big deal about the “Bill of Rights?” How does it affect your life? If you don’t know, ask a person who was involved in the Civil Rights movement; or a person who was allowed to participate in any religion they wanted; or a person who was arrested and got their “due process”.

According to the “Bill of Rights” these people were guaranteed the right to protest, to participate in any religion they wanted and to have a right to defend themselves if arrested. Fearing that the central government was given too much power by the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights was added to “spell out the immunities [or freedoms] of individual citizens.“

The intent of the first ten amendments was to protect the rights of citizens from their government and guarantee us our “unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.” Since then, it has protected the rights of citizens from housing soldiers during war time; it has allowed you and others to speak, write, and protest about things the government has done that you do not agree with; and if arrested, you will not receive cruel and unusual punishment. So what is the big deal about the “Bill of Rights?” Read the Bill of Rights and see how it affects your everyday life to see what the big deal is about. Celebrate Freedom Week!


Dealing with Stress

Are you dealing with stress? Stress is a state of mental or emotional tension resulting from very demanding circumstanses. Does this sound like what you're dealing with? Here are some healthy ways to help you deal with stress.

One Day At A Time

The first tip is to take deep breaths and take it one day at a time. If you keep planning for future days and worrying about what may happen in the future, then you will end up stressing yourself out. If you wake up and take it day by day, you only have to worry about the day ahead of you. By the end of the day, you can tell yourself, "I made it today, I can make it another." Remember, take a deep breath and only worry about today.

Get Your Work Done

Are you the person that puts all their work off until the last minute? If so, that may be the reason you are stressing out. Yes, school work is not fun, but it is there to help you. If you get your work done on time, it will feel as if a weight has been lifted from your shoulders. If you feel like you are swimming in homework, take a break, drink some water, or even take a small walk to clear your head, but don't keep putting it off. When you're dealing with too much work and physically cannot get it done within the deadline, then talk to your teacher, tell them what's going on, and make a plan to help get everything done. They may not extend the deadline for you, but having open communication helps.

Stay Organized

Is your backpack a disater? Papers and notebooks just thrown in there? That can be a problem that causes stress. Try organizing your bag depending on the order of your classes. Put your first class's belongings in the back of your bag, then your second class's things until you have all four classes neatly organized in the right order. It will help you grab your things faster, and it will give you a sense of entiltlement having a clean and organized bag.

Stretch It Off

Research, from the Anxiety and Depression Assosiation of America, shows that stretching your muscles relives a great amount of stress. Doing simple yoga will help clear your mind and release stress from your muscles. Stretch out your arms and legs the best you can and watch the stress disipate. Another thing that could reduce stress is exercising. Simple exercises like shoulder shrugs and head rolls help by getting your blood pumping causing endorphins to be released which improves your mood greatly.

Talk To Your Counselor

If the steps above have left you with just as much stress as you started with, talk to your counselor. Mr. Gifford and Ms. Roach will be more than happy that you are reaching out to them. They will be able to give you even more advice and ways to cope with your stress. They are here for you to talk about what is bothering you or stressing you out, so use them to your advantage.
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Written by Luke Rister and Farin Oldnettle