Book to Movie: Be on the Lookout

This Spring, movies from several popular teen novels are being released. Don’t be left behind! Pick up one of the books before the movie and let your imagination create the movie, first!

Divergent (March 21st) "Young woman in weird future leaves her family for exciting life, learns it's hard, and ruins villain's plan to destroy government." Huzzah.

The Maze Runner (Feb 14) Ever had a really rough morning where you wake up in a dingy elevator and can't remember how you got there, or anything else? And then you find yourself in a fight for your life during a dystopian, post-apocalyptic future? No? Well, that's what happens to our protagonist Thomas in The Maze Runner

Vampire Academy (Feb 14) Seventeen-year-old Rose, learns a lot about life (and herself) while at school. Oh, and did we mention that she's a kick-butt dhampir who guards her Moroi princess BFF, Lissa, from super-strong, immortal vampires called Strigoi? Because she is and she does, which is pretty standard fare at Vampire Academy. Rose certainly has her work cut out for her, but don't think the book is all about teaching her a lesson—she's also got a whirlwind forbidden romance and some pretty deep, dark secrets to keep about her friend's magical talents. It's a pretty exciting mix of teenage drama and adventures, with vampire action to boot.

The Giver

The Giver tells the story of a young boy named Jonas living in a highly controlled community some time in the future. The novel fits into a larger genre of cautionary tales called "dystopian literature." A utopia is a society in which everything is perfect, so a dystopia is the opposite: everything has gone wrong. The novel explores Jonas's encounter with memories of "the past," a time much like ours, in which people still had the freedom of choice.

Basketball Highlights

Read this interview with Coach Thorton to find out a little bit more about the boys basketball season.

Q: What was your season’s record for the A and B teams?

A: For the A team it was 9/0 and B team was 5/4.

Q: What was your most exciting moment this season for A team and B team?

A: For A team it was beating Walsh in the 5th game of the season, and for B team it was beating Hopewell.

Q: What was the biggest challenge the team(s) faced this season?

A: The hardest thing for both teams were keeping the kids head in the game and keeping them focused because they thought all the games were going to be easy to win.

Q: Did placing the “shave your head” bet with your students encourage them to try harder?

A: Yes, I think they were looking forward for me to it and I personally enjoyed the free feeling of shaving me head.

Q: Do you give any motivational words or speeches before the games?

A: Yes, I always do before, during half time, and after the games. My speeches usually depend on how well the game goes and what’s going on.

Q: Do you have any advice for future players?

A: Find a basketball court anywhere and play as much as possible. Like they say, Practice makes perfect.

CTMS has talent!!!!!

Through the Eyes of Fire by: Gabriella Moyer

A story excerpt


I've always asked myself; if I didn't sit outside that day would I still be in the same place I am right now? Maybe, but I doubt it. That's why I have to do what I have to do. If I don't,the world would end as we know it. Babies not born, memories lost, history forgotten, and the innocent cries of men, women, and children would ring through my ears, forever.

CH 1—The Beginning…..

My sisters and I have to do this; Harness our powers and use it against him. If we don't, everything everywhere will die.

I was unconscious. But I could still hear the noises around me. Doors crashing open, panicked voices, a heart monitor? I was dreaming as well. I was on a grassy green hill, the sky was dark a seemed to swirl above me. I was scared. A clap of thunder rang out. A bolt of lightning came out, right on top of me.

I sluggishly opened my eyes to a room I would rather die than be in, a hospital room. The room was so white it was almost blinding. About three IV's were attached to my arms, and a gentle beeping came from the heart monitor to my right. I felt really hot, and a drop of sweat ran down my forehead. I lifted my hands. in my mind I flexed them as fast as I could, but in reality they moved very slowly. My stomach hurt. I lifted the hospital blanket and the hospital gown and around my stomach were bandages covered in blood.

Marcela Torres

Brandon Countryman

Everybody’s Flapping Crazy

Flappy Bird is a viral game phenomenom. Flappy Bird is a relatively simple game in concept. Players tap the screen to make chubby little birds go through pipes that resemble those from Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. That’s Flappy Bird, in a nutshell.

While it seems like a simple concept, it’s actually a difficult game. This may be the reason for it’s sudden fame. Just getting past the first few pipes is hard, but obtaining a high score is twice as hard. Many people get very frustrated with the game, but they continue to play because it is addicting,. The desire to obtain higher and higher scores ensures that people stick with it.

The next time you have some time to kill, try Flappy Birds!

Top Teen Best-Sellers at Barnes and Nobles

1. The One, Cressby Kiera Cass

2. The Fault in our Stars, John Green

3. Allegiant, Veronica Roth

4. Insurgent, Veronica Roth

5. Divergent, Veronica Roth

6. Cress, Melissa Meyer

7. Ignite Me, Tahereh Mafi

8. Hollow City, Ranson Riggs

9. The Book Theif, Markus Zusak

Top Ten songs according to iTunes:

1. Dark Horse, Katy Perry

2. Dirty Talk, Jason Derulo

3. Happy, Pharrell Williams

4. The Man, Aloe Blacc

5. Timber, Pitbull

6. Say Something, Christina Aguilera

7. Pompeii, Bastille

8. Team, Lorde

9. Counting Starts, One Republic

10. Let It Go, Idina Menzel

Catch Night

Tuesday, March 25th, 6:30pm

500 Oakridge Dr

Round Rock, Texas

This event promises to be fun , informative, and family friendly.There will be information on health and wellness services available in your own community as well as opportunities to win prizes and show off your athleticism. Come out and join the fun!

Check out these fun, free events at the Round Rock Public Library

Teen Book Club

Tuesday, March 18th, 7pm

216 E Main Ave

Round Rock, TX

Meet in the Teen Room to discuss the book Divergent! Hurry, before you see the movie! Faction quizzes will be taken, as well!

Anime Club

Sunday, March 29th 201 at 4:30pm to Saturday, March 29th, 6:30pm

216 E Main Ave

Round Rock, TX

Come discuss your favorite anime books and movies with those who share your passion!

Get Crafty

Wednesday, March 19th, 4:30-6pm

Meeting Room A

Feeling crafty? Join us for a fun craft making session! Pizza and drinks will be served.

Way to go orchestra!

Congratulations to the CTMS Orchestra for receiving sweepstakes at UIL Competition. That's the highest award you can get! Way to go!!!!!