Hawk News

December 2015

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Mrs. Hale

This year UMS has many new teachers but only one new Assistant Principal, and her name is Mrs. Hale. She has a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education and a Masters Degree in Pre-K - 12 for Reading and Administration. Mrs. Hale says she came to UMS to gain more experience and that enjoyed her first term here because kids always come ready to learn, but she dislike the traffic in the morning. During her spare time, she loves to do cross-fit, bow hunting, and scubadiving. She says some of the difficulties of being an AP is make sure everything is equal so everyone has a voice. Every week Mrs. Hales spends twenty hours doing paperwork related jobs, but she does it all because she wants to make a change in children. I believe it's safe to say the UMS got pretty lucky with our new Assistant Principal.

Ms. Hellmuth

This year we have a new Language Arts teacher and her name is Ms. Hellmuth. She loves teaching children about laungage arts so, she came to UMS. She says her first term was great and the kids work really hard. Ms. Hellmuth also loves to read and it takes her five hours a week to grade papers, but she says it's all worth it. She also says that she loves being able to interact with her students because she finds them very fun and outgoing. Ms. Hellmuth loves UMS so far and she can't wait to to see what the rest of the year is going to be like.

Mrs. Banovic

There are many new teachers at UMS this year. Mrs. Banovic teaches 6th grade History of the Ancient World. Her education background is a Bachelor's Degree in Political Education. Also she has a Masters Degree in Education. Being excited to teach Social Studies brought her to UMS. Her first term has been great and the teachers and community are woderful and welcoming. She also sees the potential and smartness in every student. Some things she does outside of UMS are care for her children, running, and reading. Her greatest challenge is wishing there was more time with students, also she wanted longer classes. She spends about four hours per week grading papers. Three adjectives she would use to describe her self are enthusiastic, fair, and inquisitive. She chose to be a teacher because she likes working with kids. Mrs. Banovic loves teaching and is enjoying UMS so far. By: Sri Nalluru

Mrs. Barnes

Mrs. Barnes has an A. A. in General Studies and has a BFA in Dance Performance & Education (K-12) in Curriculum and Instruction, and has and Administrative I Certificate. She feels "luck" brought her to UMS.

Mrs. Barnes loves her students and feels happy to come here in the morning. Also, she likes the friendly staff and the structure proved by the administration.

In her spare time she likes to hang out with her three children and husband, she loves to cook, bake, scrapbook, and roller blade. She has many hobbies like dance, sculpting and painting.

Her greatest challenge is make time to grade papers and making sure that the students and understanding each other and time management. She spends zero hours on grading papers outside of the regular school day. When Mrs. Barnes is off work she dedicates all of her to to her family.

She chose to be a teacher to make a difference and she appreciates seeing student progress.

By: Maddi Dukes

Students Texting in Class

Studies show that 90% of students use their phone for non-educational purposes during class. Texting is the top distraction in classrooms for both students and adults. Many teachers have considered banning technology from their classrooms, but the problem is that educators may need students to complete an assignment online. If technology is banned, there will be no way for the student to complete the assignment in school.

This problem persists, and yet, goes unsolved. We polled a few people, most said that they have been on their phone for non-educational uses on school grounds. Others say that they keep their phone in their locker, or don't use it at all during the school day.

However, few students do not even own a cell phone. This may be because of many reasons, many including parents do not want their children to be on the Internet all the time.

Studies have shown that 92% of teens check their phone many times, each day. 34.72% of teens say that they check their phone one to three times. By: Sarah Warden

Tech Tips

10 Tech Tips:

1. Don’t search off Google for project research. Use UMS media center databases.

2. Improve your keyboarding. Take online lessons so that you can type faster for Google Classroom assignments.

3. Do not use Wikipedia, because anyone can edit it. Only use it for background information.

4. Try using Voice Typing. (sort of like Siri on your iPhone) in Google Docs.

5. Bookmark your frequent websites. Tired of typing drive.fcps.org into the address bar? Bookmark it!

6. Try using “ctrl”. Instead of highlighting and then clicking bold, try highlighting and using Ctrl B or for printing, Ctrl P.

7. Connect a mouse to your laptop, they are easier than the click pads on laptops.

8. Use the “Fn” button on your keyboard (Chromebooks may not have it). It can help you adjust brightness and volume on your computer. Or you can make your computer sleep or pause. Use it! It is efficient.

9. Try saving your username and passwords for some sites so it is easier to login.

10. Make sure you don’t post anything you’re not supposed to on social media. Anyone out there can track you. Once it is posted, no going back.

By: Ranvi Bolarum, Reshma Ramesh, Eesha Reddy

Mrs. Domboski's Library Update

I was given the chance to ask our school librarian some question, mostly asking questions about book recommendations and the process of how she selects books for our amazing media center.

Mrs. Domboski gets ideas for what books to purchase from students, staff, and her reading circles. Also from library magazines dedicated to reviewing books. Then she looks up "professional reviews of the book" to see if the book has at least two positive reviews and is rated for a middle school student.

Mrs. Domboski orders book throughout the year, typically large orders. She orders at the beginning of the year and second semester, and occasional at the end of the year.

Book Recommendations Based on Genre Interest:

Historical Fiction: Historical fiction is not common in a series, but Mrs. Domboski has recommended the You wouldn't want to be...series. She has suggest some authors for History lovers. Laurie Halse Anderson, Ann Rinaldi, Carolyn Meyer, Joseph Bruchac, and Avi are some of Mrs. Domboski favorite Historical fiction authors.

Science-Fiction: The Viral series written by Kathy Reichs, the Cinder series by Marissa Meyer and Delirium series by Lauren Oliver and all exceptional series to get into besides the popular series Hunger Games and Divergent.

Mystery: The Mickey Bolitar seres by Harlan Coben is is a personal favorite of Mrs. Domboski is Mary Downing Hahn, The I.Q. series by Roland Smith, Alex Rider by Anthony Horowitz are other great spy mysteries.

Thriller: Thirteen days to midnights was a book that kept her on the edge of her seat. If you prefer adventure thrilling over scary thrilling, the SYLO chronicles would be more ideal.

By Amelia Shaw

Movie Review

The Peanuts Movie - Movie Review

Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the beloved “Peanuts” gang made their big-screen debut like no has seen before. Charlie Brown, the world’s most beloved underdog, embarks upon an epic and heroic quest, while his best pal, the lovable beagle Snoopy, takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis, the Red Baron. Life always seems complicated for good old Charlie Brown, the boy who always tries his best against seemingly impossible odds. When the Little Red-Haired Girl moves into his neighborhood, Charlie Brown develops a crush on her. Meanwhile, his best friend Snoopy embarks on an epic adventure in a fantasy world. As a World War I flying ace, the lovable beagle pursues his nemesis, the Red Baron, while also trying to win the heart of a beautiful poodle named Fifi. In the end everything turns out alright, well as "alright" as Charlie Brown's life gets.

"Google." The Peanuts Movie. Google, n.d. Web. 17 Nov. 2015.

"About the Film | The Peanuts Movie | NOW PLAYING." Peanuts Movie. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Nov. 2015.

By Sri Nalluru

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Editorial by Anjuna Ohlke

Hi, I'm Anjuna Ohlke, I’m the Editor-in-Chief for the Urbana Newspaper and this is an editorial for our very first edition of the Urbana Newspaper. The Urbana Newspaper was started by me with a lot of help from Ms. Clark. If it wasn’t for her, this would still be an idea in my head. I personally am very excited that something we worked on so hard is finally out in the world for people to read. First of all, the newspaper is made up of a group of extraordinary people who worked very hard to get this out and into the public. They didn’t give up and they stayed with us throughout those meetings where there was no plan at all and everyone just sat around staring at each other. Second of all I want to send a big thank you to Ms. Concepcion, the assistant principals, and the whole UMS office because they were so supportive and helpful with ideas and websites. Finally, I would like to say a thank you to the wonderful people reading this. If it wasn’t for you, there would be no reason to make a newspaper. I really hope you all enjoy the first edition of the Urbana Newspaper because we made it with love, and I know that sounds cheesy, but we worked very hard on getting this off the ground and soaring. Thanks again!

Ms. Clark

Ms. Clark is the name and The Hawk Newspaper is my game. I offered to help in this project but then ended up running this student-led club. This club takes a lot of time but deep down I love working with this group of students. They are energetic and enthusiastic. I look forward to more 8th graders participating next year. Anyone that knows me, I am dedicated to anything I do 110%. I look forward to the next issue with more interesting articles and amazing comics.

Anjuna Ohlke, Editor-in-Chief

In my free time I like to spend time with friends and family, paint, and read. The Urbana Newspaper has taught me things like cooperation with other people and writing skills. It’s also a great way to interact with people. Hope you join next year!
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