The Jag News

FM9 Student-Led News Source - September 12, 2016

Celebrate Freedom Week

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Yes, the Declaration of Independence is Important!

What will be your greatest achievement? Thomas Jefferson considered the writing of the Declaration of Independence his greatest achievement. It marked the beginning of self-government in America.

He stated near the end of his life that his goal in writing the Declaration of Independence was “not to find out new principles, or new arguments, never before thought of, not merely to say things which has never been said before; but to place before mankind the common sense of the subject, in terms so plain and firm as to command their assent…it was intended to be an expression of the American mind, and to give to that expression the proper tone and spirit called for by the occasion.”

Thomas Jefferson didn’t just say who we are as Americans but what we can be. As Americans, what will you contribute? What will the words of the Declaration of Independence mean to you and how will you use them for the good of all? Celebrate Freedom Week!


Future Medical Leaders

Interested in the medical field or pursuing a career in the medical field? Come join Future Medical Leaders! We are learning how to take blood pressure at our next meeting, this Wednesday after school, September 14. We will be in Ms. Jeter’s room 9126 in the freshman campus. Join the fun!

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Open House Wednesday!

Students, want to see if Mom and Dad can navigate the halls of FM9/FMHS and make it to your classes on time?? Make plans to attend Open House Wednesday. Please provide your parents with a copy of your schedule so they can follow our short bell schedule, meet your teachers, and find out more about what classes you are taking this semester. You don’t have to send your parents to school alone, students are welcome to accompany their parents throughout the evening.

Bell Schedule:

  • 1st Period, 7:00 – 7:10

  • 2nd Period, 7:15 – 7:25

  • 3rd Period, 7:30 – 7:40

  • 4th Period, 7:45 – 7:55
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Jaguar Calendar

September 12

7:00pm - 8:15pm -Destination Imagination Awareness Night

September 13

5:30 & 6:30pm - FA, FB, JV1, Varsity Volleyball vs. LD Bell @ LD Bell HS

5:30pm - JV 2 Volleyball vs. Plano Vines @ Plano Vines HS

September 14

7:00pm - 8:00pm -FM9 Fall Open House Night

September 15

4pm - FM9 White Football vs. Hebron @ FMHS

September 16

5pm-6:30 - Volleyball vs. Lewisville @ FMHS Arena & Navy Gym

September 17

8:00am -12:00pm -Cross Country - Flower Mound Invitational

How To Tell If Your Friends Are Good Influences.

The importance of friends is something that impacts your life not only in school, but in the world itself. You need to look at how they make you feel and how they treat not only you, but the people around you. So that brings us to the first step in figuring out if your friends are good influences.

Look at how they treat others, both your peers and your superiors.

If your friends treat others like dirt, then you probably don't want to be associated with those people. You also need to see how they treat figures of authority. When your friends mouth off to teachers or to their parents, then that reflects negatively on you. People will see you as an extension of your friends, so you need to consider that. Good friends show respect for all people including teacher, parents, students, rude people and even people they dislike. Showing respect for all people shows a level of maturity and helps kids prepare for jobs, so that makes it very important.

How do your friends view school? Do they encourage you in your school career?

Are your friends serious about school? Some things that show if they're serious about school include: getting their homework done on time, being involved in clubs, and being on time to class. When it comes to homework and you are stuck and want to give up, do they help you in ways where you can figure it out yourself instead of giving you their answers? When your friends struggle with grades or homework, do they try to improve and learn how to understand it better? Don't just look at their grades, someone could have bad grades and still be really dedicated to their work.

Is it invite only or is it the more the merrier?

Its lunch time and let's say the new kid wants to sit with you. What is it that you would do? Think about that for a second. Some students make new friends and some don't. Most students like their group of friends and they don't want change. The phrase, “first impressions matter,” is actually really important. You should want people to see you and know you differently than the rumors say. Not only in school but outside of it too. So, when it comes to lunch, are you an invite only person? OR … are you the more the merrier person? Meeting new people is an exciting experience because you now get the chance to learn about them. Everyone should sit with everyone. There shouldn't be the need of different groups.

What are their friends like?

When it comes to school friends, we all want to be apart of something that makes us feel like we belong. Your friend’s friends are a key part of how people look at you. If your friends act like bad people, then others will see you as a bad person. It's easy to forget about how people will think of you when you are trying to make new friends and by the time most kids realize who their friends are, it's too late or they are afraid of what might happen if they say something. We want to feel happy and enjoy the time we spend with our friends.

Why are you friends with them?

Your friends are important to you and a should be people who want you to succeed. Most of us think that if we have the right friends, then nobody will bother us. Yet, you have to ask yourself, are you a good person who wants everyone to like you? If that's your goal then you need to look at your friends. What is it about them that made you friends in the first place? Is it something that you still like enough about them to stay friends? What if it's not there at all? If that is the case, then why are you still friends? What keeps you by their side? Take a moment to think about these things, these topics. You all have something in common that brings you together, just make sure it isn't something that'll get you in trouble.

At the end of the day, no one controls who you're friends with, that's your decision. Sometimes it's good and sometimes it's bad. It's up to you to decide what kind of people you want to be friends with. Personally, I think it's good to keep an open mind and not to close yourself off to the idea of new friendships. If your friends don't like it, don't let them control you. Be yourself and go out and have fun with people who don't try to choose your friends.

Written By: Christine Fields and Annabelle Scott