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Everything You Need To Know from the Community and Beyond


Ockley Green students’ family and friends can come to Portable 153 between four and six pm to get free fruit, vegetables, bread, and/or dairy that can be canned or in a box (your choice).

End of First Semester:

The semester ends on January twenty-fourth. All students’ non-mandatory classes will change (most likely, some won't, for example Dance), and all grades will reset.

Ockley Green Winter One-Stop Shop:

On January twenty-fifth between 9:30 am and 2:30 pm you can come here to Ockley to get a lesson on how to give your bike a five-minute tune-up. You can also get reflective stickers to put on something like a backpack or jacket.

Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/winter-travel-one-stop-shop-at-ockley-green-middle-school-tickets-76957003469?aff=ebdssbdestsearch to register for this free event and get additional information.

There is no school on January 27 (Teacher Planning Day) or February 17 (President’s Day)

OG Chess Team Qualifies for States!

Ockley’s chess team qualified for the State Tournament! Riley Kim, Kaleb Scott, and Maxwell Peterson all tied for 2nd place for the 8th grade bracket and Cherish Mercado got 1st place for the 6th grade bracket! Come see her trophy in the office window!

Wednesday Morning Study Group

Ms. Kate is hosting a Wednesday morning study group from 7am-9am. ALL student are welcome! It is a place to make up late work, complete homework, and get some extra help. She will be serving some snacks if you are hungry! Come drop by!

Australia bush fires: Fight the flames

BY: Amelia Jost, Jack Craig, Cam Downs, Mico O’Brien,

Currently in Australia, tons of wildfires are spreading all over the continent. It is the worst blaze of the past two decades. Over 24 Australians have been arrested and charged with arson for starting fires. Thousands of people have been evacuated from an approximately 350 mile area. Around 30 people have died and over 2000 homes have been destroyed. Over 12 million acres of the country have burned. The University of Sydney estimated 480 million animals have perished because of the fires. Firefighters are currently combating the blaze all around the country.

Celebrities such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Chris Hemsworth, Elton John, Kyle Jenner, Shawn Mendes and others are donating money to support the fires. Helicopters have been dropping thousands of veggies for starving animals escaping the fires. Nearly half a billion animals have been impacted by the fires in NSW alone, with millions potentially dead. American firefighters are helping Australia to help battle the flames. If you're feeling up for it, donate to Australia's Red Cross foundation (https://www.redcross.org.au/), a registered charity trying to stop the bushfires.

Oregon has started charging 5 cents for plastic bags

By Amal Singh

In Oregon there is a new law that you have to pay five cents for a bag. The five cents bag thing started on the January 1, 2020. Why it started was to reduce litter, to protect animals, and to make a cleaner environment. The plastic bags that are allowed are bags with no handles.

Comedy Corner

A section dedicated to laughter and good vibes. Got jokes? Submit them to the Comedy Crew

Q: Why did the picture go to jail?

A: Because it was framed

Q: Why was the broom late?
A: It over swept!

Q: Why was the belt arrested?
A: Because it held up some pants!

Q: Why can't your nose be 12 inches long?

A: Because then it would be a foot!

Q: Why did Mickey Mouse take a trip into space?
A: He wanted to find Pluto!



A section dedicated to all things entertaining.

You are Obliged to Enlist

If you have a TikTok account and you haven’t changed your PFP (profile picture) to a Lego Star Wars character, do so immediately. You musn’t play with the power of having a custom PFP, thus you should revert to the Light Side and join our rebellion to convert all to our hand. Take this photo, and apply your own icon to coalesce with us. The Dark Side is strong but we are stronger. We appreciate your cooperation. -Luke

Some Favored Celebrities that we Lost this Decade

By: Haily Ortiz

Paul Walker

Paul Walker was an American actor, and he starred in the Fast and the Furious films and Varsity Blues. Paul Walker was born in Glendale, CA, on September 12, 1973. At the age of 40, on November 30, 2013 in Santa Clarita, he died in a traffic collision. He had a wife named Rebecca Soteros born in 1974 with 46 years of age. He had a daughter as well, Meadow Rain Walker, born November 4, 1998, Northern California, CA, age 21. Cody, Amie, Caleb, and Ashlie Walker were his siblings with his parents being Cheryl Crabtree Walker and Paul Walker III.

Stan Lee

Stan Lee is the founder of Marvel, an 82.5 million dollar company. He was born on December 28, 1922, in Manhattan, New York. Some of the movies you may not know that he had made are Big Hero 6 in 2014, The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement in 2004, and Mallrats in 1995. At age 95 on November 12, 2018, Stan Lee died of congestive heart failure. His wife, Joan Boocock Lee, born February 5, 1922, in Gosforth, Newcastle died on July 6, 2017, in Los Angeles from stroke-related complications. His daughter, Joan Celia Lee, born in 1950 New York, and is now 70 years old.

Neil Armstrong

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong made history by becoming the first man to walk on the moon at age 39. On August 5, 1930, in Wapakoneta, OH, he was born. Some of the space missions that he went on were Apollo 11 and Gemini 8. A couple famous quotes he had said that you may have heard before are, "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind", "Houston, Tranquillity Base here", "The Eagle has landed", "Research is creating new knowledge", and/or, "Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man's desire to understand".

On August 25, 2012, Cincinnati, OH, Neil died from complications from cardiac surgery. He had had two wives, Janet Shearon from 1956-1994 and Carol Held Knight from 1994-2012 after Janet had died from lung cancer. He had three kids, Mark, Karen, and Eric Armstrong, who have all unfortunately passed away as well.

What is graffiti and what is the point of it?

By: Linda Morodai

Graffiti means different things to people, to some it’s vandalism and to others it art with meaning. Graffiti can be dated back to 10,000- 35,000 years ago with carvings in walls which were done by hand. Those carvings were used to tell stories to people and still are today, but back then they used that method because they didn’t have materials like we do now and days. Today's graffiti is used as art to entertain, explain, and or express. Sometimes people may do it to mark territory to show who’s turf is whose which is called 'tagging'. There are people who have resentment towards graffiti because it can be a way of destroying and ruining buildings, explaining why it’s illegal. Graffiti becomes a problem when people are ruining other people's property and causing them to have to repair it which can be costly. I set up an anonymous chat where people expressed how they felt towards graffiti:

"It’s cool if its art, if someone does it on top of a mural then it’s not cool and it depends where the location is of the graffiti it’s immature when people draw unnecessary or inappropriate stuff then it’s just considered disrespectful" -A kid from a grade

"It should be legal because it’s cool I don't really care about property being destroyed" -Some 7th grader

"Graffiti is cool, I like the vibes. Art is cool word for picture, I like graffiti I'm naming my kid graffiti put that in the article" -Charli, an 8th grader

All these answers are pretty similar. To sum it up, graffiti is cool, but it shouldn’t be tolerated if used in a bad way. We could make a space where people would be allowed to do their art. Hopefully someday it’ll be easier for both property owners and graffiti artists to comprise their opinions on street art.


By Mia Burch

There 4 brothers called the Dobre there names are Cyrus, Darius, Lucas and Marcus. They are famous youtubers. Cyrus is 25, Darius is 24, Lucas and Marcus are 20. Cyrus is the oldest brother. Here some of there songs :You know you lit, Stop that, Whoa, No fakes, On the real tho, The walk, Bumping, Feeling alright.


By Mia Burch

Bruno Mars was born on October 8, 1985 and is is 34 years old. Bruno Mars' real name is Peter Gene Hernandez. Bruno Mars' favorite color is maroon. Bruno Mars is 5’5. Some songs that he has wrote are The Lazy Song, When I Was Your Man, and Lighters.

Health and Wellness

A section dedicated to the well-being of everyone and everything.

Holy Cow!

By Ilyarah Motley and Dahlia Williams
Meat eating has become embedded in the american society. For this reason, we are not blaming you if you do eat meat. It is not a bad thing when it has been made very hard to not eat it. Although you should consider a couple of things first.

About 40.8% of land in the US is considered farmland. That evens out to be about 915 million acres. Out of that, 746.3 million acres are used to grow to feed livestock. That is more than a third of the total farmland. This is bad because it is wasting land that could be used to grow food for us or build houses or just for animals to live on.

The first thing that pops up when you search for “chicken” and go to images is not the animal, but the food. You have to scroll eleven lines before finding a single live chicken, and twenty-three more before finding another.


By Iris

With the end of the semester bearing down on us, lots of students are feeling stressed about final grades. In most of the core classes, we are receiving a lot of large bundles of work, and it can sometimes seem like too much to handle. In this time, it’s important to remember to take breathers. You will get through this, and it’ll all be over in a few weeks. Never be afraid to ask for help, whether it’s for school work, or if you just need to talk it out with someone. You are more than your grade, and no matter what you are worthy.


A section dedicated to highlighting our fabulous student body and teachers! The Spotlight Crew picks a new student or teacher every issue. Maybe you'll be next?!

the story of a young legend

By: Daniel Hunt, Jason Ferguson, Theo Vohs

Elliott Rouser is a 7th grader at Ockley Green Middle School, he is 12 years old.

Elliott plays soccer and likes to play basketball with his brother. Elliott has 2 dogs and a cat. Elliott listens to hip hop/rap, some of the rappers he listens to are Roddy Ricch, Juice WRLD, YBN Cordae, Lil tjay, and Tyler, the Creator and 6ix9nine. Elliott's favorite thing about school is his friends. His least favorite thing about school is the people he doesn't like. Elliott is looking forward to getting new classes with his friends next semester.he hopes to become the most famous rapper.

Interview On Fiona

By Sadie Dearborn

Fiona is a 7th grader her at OGMS. She is 12 years old and loves spending time with her friends. She is an amazing singer and actor. Right now she is in an advanced academy at NWCT. She has an older brother named Seamus who is freshman at Roosevelt High School. Fiona has eight pets including 4 chickens named Mr. Fluffy, Spok, Yoda, and Darth Vader, she has a dog named Meatball who is a frenchie pug mix and a dog named Fergus who is a German Shepherd and finally she has gecko named Olive and the sweetest bearded dragon on the planet, Gobi. Her favorite play she has done was Mulan when she played Mulan. Fiona went to Beach Elementary School and has lived in Portland all her life. Her favorite movies/ books are Hunger Games, To All the Boys I've Loved Before, Mean Girls, and Legally Blond. After middle school she wants to go to Roosevelt High School. Her favorite subject is recess and this year she is most excited for Christmas and weekends. Her favorite types of food are mango and sushi. When she is older she wants to be a hairdresser or a Broadway star and she wants to go to Greece. One thing she wanted to tell everyone is that her best friends are awesome. Fiona has a huge celebrity crush on Cole Sprouse and Joshua Basset.

Super Crazy Interview

Interviewing Mr. Wes and Mr. Toole by Terrence, Jayvaughn, D´Ryus

Q1: What colleges did you guys go to and why did you guys pick them?

Mr.Wes: Portland State because I got a scholarship.

Mr. Toole: Portland state.

Q2: What was your favorite subject and why?

Mr.Wes: Creative Writing because I got to write poetry and music

Mr Toole: Constitutional Law because his professor was amazing and the hardest class he had and the other class he had with him was his math class

Q3: Why did you pick ockley green to come too?

Mr.Wes: Because I live in this neighborhood and I feel like I could relate to the student population here and a lot of people in my family went to Ockley Green.

Mr. Toole: He didn”t get to choose,but it was fun to come here.

Q4: How many kids do you guys have?

Mr.Wes: One kid and I have a daughter.

Mr toole: No kids

Q5: What room do ghosts avoid?

Mr.Wes: Basement

Mr.Toole:The living room

Q6: Say silk 2 times, Say silk 3 times, What does a cow drink?

Mr.Wes: Milk

Mr.Toole :Milk

Q7: What is your favorite sport and why?

Mr.Wes: Football because I enjoy being able to utilize my energy to make contact.

Mr. Toole: Basketball because he loves to watch it and his dad played basketball

Q8: There are 3 states Chicago,LA,Miami what state has the biggest population?

Mr.Wes: None of those are states they are all cities

Mr Toole: They are all cities

Q9:You are in a race and you pass the person in 2nd place what place are you in?

Mr.Wes: 1st Place

Mr. Toole: 1st

Q10: If a soccer player kicks a ball 10 feet and it comes back to them,how did it come back?

Mr.Wes: Somebody kicked it back to them

Mr Toole: It bounces off something


By Mia Burch

Today I interviewed Katana . One fun facts about her is she likes to draw her favorite thing to draw are animals and trees. She also likes to read but not books about art. She does not want to be a art teacher. She likes art from the old times. She likes to draw with all of the colors.


Mia Burch Interview Kaitlynn

Today I interview Kaitlynn. I asked her what type of music does she like she said country and electric. I asked her can you play an instruments she said yes banjo,recorder and guitar. I asked how long has she play those instruments she said for 2 year banjo and 1 year recorder and ½ year guitar. I asked her what her favorite songs are she said one of them are story of my life and other is haven. I asked her what is favorite asters she said Taylor swift and nightcore. I asked her does she like to sing she yes and she like sing story of my life and fight song and sracer till you are beautiful and unforgettable.


By: Mia Burch

Today I interview Pangea and asked her a few questions. Pangea is learning a song in music class called If You Are Out There. Pangea enjoys all different types of music but her favorite song is Hello by Adele.


By: Mia Burch

Quentin enjoys listening to rock and roll music and plays the buffoon and the recorder. He has been playing the recorder for 4 years and he buffoon for 1 year. He plays instruments because he finds it fun. Quentin enjoys art and thinks it a fun class. Quentin started doing art in his childhood and does it because of his mom. I asked him how old was he when start like that artes he said childhood. I asked him why does he like artes he said because his of his mom. I asked him what song got him into that artes he said the song got me into that artes was carry on. I asked him does he like amie songs he said not really. I asked him what is his favorite quote from artes he said my favorite quote is when you feel like falling down i’ll carry you home tonight.

Ms. Sackrider Interview

What college did you go to?
- University of the Pacific,grad school George Washington.
When you went to college, how many years did you go for?
- Undergrad,4 years. Masters 2 years.
What was the best part of your college experience
- She liked being with others who was curious and excited to learn.Also being challenged.
What was the worst college experience
- Getting up at 7am for class.
What do you like about working with kids in school?
- She learns a lot,Students teaches me everyday
What do you do for fun?
- She likes to sing also reading,hike,spend time with family,and photography.
What's your favorite restaurant
- Her favorite is Toro Bravo.
What's your favorite food?

- She likes Margarita pizza

The Best Principal's Secretary Ever!

Ms. Shakyla is a 25 year old woman that works at the main office at Ockley Green middle school (OGMS) Ms. Shakyla’s dream was to be a principal, she has always loved the students. Ms Shakyla is a music jammer. She likes to listen to music depending on what mood she's in. Also, her favorite activities are to watch Grey's Anatomy and play with her daughter. Ms. Shakyla’s dream car is a Mercedes G wagon 6 by 6. Ms. Shakyla’s first job was at Portland park and rec. No ivy league for her. Ms.Shakyla is excited about her job and her favorite color is purple.

Future Inventor? Or Just the Best Science Teacher

By:Jhamir Lambert

Mr. Mohler is a 7th and 8th grade Science teacher at Ockley Green. This is his second year at Ockley and he likes it. He grew up in Akron, Ohio where he liked to do science. He hasn’t invented anything yet. His favorite part of college is academics and being social. He got into a fight with his brothers and he has 2 brothers there the same age as him. And he likes sports.

the life of Henrietta lacks

Lacks grew up in rural Virginia. After giving birth to two of their children, she married her cousin David "Day" Lacks. In 1941 the young family moved to Turner Station, near Dundalk, Maryland in Baltimore county so Day could work in Bethlehem steal at sparrows point. After Lacks had given birth to their fifth child, she was diagnosed with cancer. Tissue samples from her tumors were taken without consent during treatment and these samples were then subsequently cultured into the HeLa cell line.

Even though some information about the origins of HeLa's immortalized cell lines were known to researchers after 1970, the Lacks family was not made aware of the line's existence until 1975. With knowledge of the cell line's genetic provenance becoming public, its use for medical research and for commercial purposes continues to raise concerns about privacy and patients' rights.

JR interview

By Landon D.

JR's favorite video game Roblox and his favorite class is science.

His least favorite class he has Medieval world studies, three things he would say he's good at are yelling, video games, and cooking. His favorite music artist is Lil Uzi vert. His favorite clothing brand is Nike. If he could change one thing in this school is it would be getting us better food. His favorite video game character is Ash from Rainbow Six Siege, his favorite teacher is Ms.Stone. And he thinks dabbing's worst than Fortnite.


A section dedicated to airing student concerns, praises, and ideas for the future. This section empowers student voices, so they may become vehicles for change. Anyone is welcome to submit their opinion for publication in future issues. Contact Ms. Kate, or write a note to our Opinion Crew and leave it in the box by room 213.

How to stop climate change

By Alona, Camrynn , Brandon and Shaheeda

  1. Stop throwing your trash outside

2. Stop cutting trees down

3. Use energy wisely

4. Plant more trees

5. Eat healthier

6. Add solar panels to your home

7. Change light bulbs to LEDs

8. Wash clothes in cold water

9. Don ́t waste water or food

10. Unplug charger from outlet

11. Wash cars in self serve carwash

12. Carpool

13. Bring your own shopping bag

14. Pick up trash from ground

15. Ride a bike if the place your going to is not to far

16. Shop local

17. Enjoy the outdoors

18. Do weekly clean up with your neighbors

19. Come together more as a community

20. Start more Climate Change walk outs

Concentration camps in China

By:Hanifa Ibrahim

In china they are holding Muslims in concentration camps. The Muslims have to take a class that tells them Islam is bad. If they break the rules the are taken to the black room and they get tortured. They’re rules are never allow escapes, Increase discipline and punishment of behavioral violations, Promote repentance and confession, Make remedial Mandarin studies the top priority, Encourage students to truly transform, Ensure full video surveillance coverage of dormitories and classrooms free of blind spots. Muslims haven't done anything wrong its the fact that they are Muslims that people are having a problem with.

New Tardy Policy Needs to Change

By Tee Jeske

The new tardy policy is a struggle for most of the school because some students classes are across the school and can’t walk fast. The day it started, I got swept up. It was not fun at all. I just want to say it is not fair for the whole school to be punished for something only a small group of people participate in. Most students do nothing to deserve a punishment so I think if the whole school fixed some stuff, this second part of the school year would have been better than it is right now. I have talked to some people about this big change and they think this is really stupid and it is really harmful to most of the student body this year. Most of my friends last year thought this year would be better, but it’s not that different and yes, we have improved a little bit, but there is more to be done.

No Snow!

By Mercy Permor

I don't think it should not snow because I don't wanna stay home. I know it sounds weird, but I really don't because when I am at home I have to wash dishes, sweep, take out the trash, and mop. At school, all we have to do is do our work. Another reason I don't want it to snow is because if it snows, we have to make up for all the school days we missed and we can't get out of school early.