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Basketball - Feb. 16 - March 11

Track starting 3/2 after school 3:40 to about 5:00.

Spiritline camp from 3/22 to 4/15 after school until about 5:00 in the gym.

Baseball and softball tryouts 3/22 and 3/23.

1/2 day - March 12th

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Spring Break, Don't Be Bored! By Sahej B.

It’s crazy how March is in a few days and you know what that means…… Spring Break!! Spring break is a week long and sometimes that gets a bit boring just sitting around doing nothing, so lets talk about what we can do when we get bored. The first thing you can do is bake! If you like to cook and bake you can make so many things, just look them up, get the ingredients and start! The next thing you can do is go outside with friends, but obviously there is Covid, so wear a mask and go to the park maybe have a picnic, ride a bike or just run around. Another thing you can do is look up crafts and decorate your room or even redo your room to make it better. You can also have a movie marathon and to make it exciting build a little movie theater with a few blankets just like a fort! I hope this helps. I for sure, will be doing a few of these and I hope you do too!

Disconnecting From The Internet By Alexa C.

The internet is something almost everyone uses. Humans constantly are using technology, whether it comes to watching tv, scrolling on social media platforms, or playing games on your Xbox or Ps4. Sure it's fun, but it is not healthy to constantly be online. The human body needs time to disconnect from technology. Getting exercise is a healthy part of life. Go play sports outside, go for a run, do some yoga or weight lifting. Or instead, do something to relax your mind. Read a book, do some arts and crafts, cook something, or pick up an instrument and learn to play. Whatever it may be, find some hobbies that you enjoy. Put down technology for a little while and do something productive.

The New March Shows by Rebeka P.

March 2021 is going to be full of new television series and movies. Whether you love watching T.V. or if you love to see movies, March is the time for you. We will look through some of the shows coming to Netflix and Disney plus.


  • City of ghosts (March 5)

  • Carmen Sandiego (streaming seasons 1-4)

  • Henry Danger (streaming seasons 1-3)

  • ICarly (streaming seasons 1-2)

Disney +

  • Raya and the Last Dragon (March 5)

  • WandaVision: Season Finale (March 5)

  • Disney Secrets of Sulphur Springs: Time Warped (March 5)

  • Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties (March 5)

  • Heartland Docs, DVM, Season 2 (March 5)

  • Own the Room (March 12)

  • Disney Secrets of Sulphur Springs: Long Time Gone (March 12)

  • Disney Junior Doc McStuffins: The Doc Is In (March 12)

  • Disney My Music Story: Perfume (March 12)

  • Dr. K's Exotic Animal ER, Season 1-8 (March 12)

  • Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet, Season 7 (March 12)

  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (March 12)

  • Marvel Studios: Legends (March 12)

  • Assembled: The Making of WandaVision (March 12)

  • The Falcon and the Winter Soldier: Episode 1 (March 19)

  • Disney Big Hero 6 The Series, Season 3 (March 19)

  • Disney Secrets of Sulphur Springs: If I Could Turn Back Time (March 19)

  • Mexico Untamed, Season 1 (March 19)

  • The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers: Episode 1 (March 26)

  • Disney Secrets of Sulphur Springs: As Time Goes By (March 26)

  • Disney Pickle and Peanut, Season 1 and 2 (March 26)

  • Gnomeo & Juliet (March 26)

  • The Falcon and the Winter Soldier: Episode 2 (March 26)

Energy Storage: By Carter R.

Concrete trains are one way to store gravitational potential energy (gpe). I researched this method and thought it was very innovative. The train cars have a generator, wheels, and a concrete block. The trains are sent down a slope and the heavy block adds to the weight going down. But then, I had an idea to gather more electricity while it is being stored. Imagine a railroad track that curves down and back up, like a bowl. Maybe a hundred fifty or so feet long. Because generators and motors work the same way, just reversed, we could send the train down the track, gathering energy along the whole way. And then the combined force of the inertia and a little bit of the energy gathered carried the train back to the top. Next, it would stop at the top and go backwards. Once set in motion, the car would only have to dip into about 25% (estimated) of its own energy each time up the track. There would most likely be a third rail to send the electricity to capacitors. This entire unit would be in a closed environment so as to not be destroyed by storms, people, or animals.

Who are the Warner Brothers? By Makenna

Many people know the Warner Brothers from seeing their intro in movies, shows, cartoons and other films. The Warner Brothers Co. was founded in 1923 by 4 brothers who were named Harry, Sam, Albert, and Jack Warner. The company started during the great depression, there were many other television companies that needed help for production so Warner Brothers stepped up and took over the company giving them part of production money. Around this time their name got around. They agreed to keep the company going to produce a few films a year. They began to become more popular, and more people watched films produced by them. The company began making millions of dollars during the 1940’s. By 1958 the studio launched Warner Bros. Records, they made records based on movie soundtracks. In 1961 Jack recovered from a car crash and began not caring about the company and wanted to quit, because of this, the company agreed to sell it to Kinney National Company with an all cash-and-stock offer. The company established themselves as the leader in american film industry because of all their success. Today the company is still going producing thousands of films and making millions of dollars.

Pandemic Problem

You measure my life in hours and I serve you by expiring. I’m quick when I’m thin and slow when I’m fat. The wind is my enemy.

Silver Apple Award

Do you have an amazing teacher? Do you want to get them a gift but you don’t know what to get them? Well, you should nominate them for the Silver Apple Award! The nomination forms will be in the front office! All nominations are due March 12, 2021. Happy holidays!

Knives Out Reveiw By Kateie C.

Knives Out is a PG-13 comedy/crime/drama that came out in 2019, being directed by Rian Johnson and staring Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, and many more. The movie was nominted for an Oscar as "Best Original Screenplay" and won "Movie of the Year" at the AFI Awards, along with many others. It is an amazing movie and was expressed so by one of HLSTODAY's own Scott Addams as he stated, "It was a very good movie and it had some twists and some turns and kept me on my toes the entire time." Lionsgate spoke on the IMDb website, "When renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) is mysteriously enlisted to investigate. From Harlan's disfunctional family to his devoted staff, Blanc sifts through a web of red herrings and self-serving lies to uncover the truth behind Harlan's untimely death." Rottem Tomatos rated the movie 97% on the Tomatometer making it certified fresh and a 92% on audience score. It checks out with being an amazing movie, I'm thinking about watching right now to be honest! Give it a watch on Amazon PrimeVideo.

My Opinion By Guest Writer

Every kid knows the feeling of having to get up in the morning for school and not wanting to go, and there's a reason people don't want to go. The truth is that school has so many problems with it that I don't see being solved anytime soon. First of all, useless information, why is it that I had to sit in a classroom for an hour and a half a day learning about ancient religions that I couldn't care less about. Or in math, there is literally no point in learning anything about it, we carry around machines in our pockets that are powerful enough to do any equation we want in seconds, so why waste time learning how to do it. I understand that it wasn't always like that, but it's 2021, phones aren't going away. On the topic of electronics, why is it considered cheating to look things up, especially in a subject like social studies, why should I have to memorize the date that the 19th amendment was ratified when I can look it up in 2 seconds. Or, when learning a language, if I don't know something, shouldn't I be able to use google translate so I can learn it? If I'm in another country speaking a language and I don't remember a word I'm gonna use google translate, not take 10 years trying to find it in my notes. If anything teachers should encourage looking things up so we learn how to google things better. On the topic of teachers, it would be really nice if teachers would actually teach. The fact that I've learned more about math this year from watching a video about a Minecraft speedrun than my math teacher has taught me is really sad. And don't even get me started on lunch, no offense to the people making the food but there's a reason a lot of it gets thrown away. The pizza is soggy, the burritos fall apart, the sliders are always overcooked, the beans are watery, the frozen fruit cups are always melted, the serving sizes are tiny, I could go on. Some people might say just bring a lunch but not everybody has the time in the morning to make one, and even if I did have time, carrying it around all day is more annoying than just suffering from the school lunch. Another issue is teachers being extremely boring. I don't even need to explain this one, if you're in school you know what I'm talking about. Another issue is homework. We are already in school for 6 hours a day and you want me to do more!?! I have things to do and I couldn't be bothered to do boring schoolwork that I've already been doing all day. Another issue is lack of motivation, its really hard to do my work when I realize that school is basically slavery and that grades don't matter until high school and even then they still don't matter as much as you might think. If teachers would give us an actual incentive to work then maybe I would turn things in. This next issue is not necessarily the schools' fault but it still has to do with them. The PowerSchool app stinks, Checking grades on my phone is so annoying that I don't even bother doing it anymore, I can tell why the app is only rated 2.8 stars. I have also heard of teachers having issues putting in grades but I can't say for sure. Obviously, there are still more issues but I think you get the point of why school stinks, even while writing this last sentence I have thought of 10 more problems but I think that's something for another time.

Video Game Of The Year By Noah K.

With us two months into 2021, some games have come out and some have skyrocketed in popularity. Let us find out what game is the top of the leaderboard of popularity. My guess is that the game will be a call of duty game but with research, the top game this year is Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare. I’m guessing this because of its battle royal addon called Warzone. Since Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War came out with the addon and added more things to the game, it has been a major factor in the rise of Warzone and Modern Warfare. The multiplayer is a fun add to the game too, as it lets you have infinite lives, and weapons you want, and any gamemode you want. It even lets you grind to get gold camo. That's it, the top rated game of 2021.

South American Soccer By Isabel R.

Instead of European soccer, let's talk about South American soccer. Specifically Brazilian soccer. The Brazil soccer team name is, Brazil National Football team. There team has been doing really good these past 2 years. I'm assuming they stopped playing for awhile because of covid-19. But in 2020 they won all 4 games they played. Brazil 5-0 Bolivia, Peru 0-4 Brazil, Brazil 1-0 Venezuela, Uruguay 0-2 Brazil. There past games were in 2019 where they tied about half the games and won/lost the other half. One of the best players is Pelé. He started playing when he was only 16 and retired when he was about 37. The Brazil National Football team has been around since 1916.

Hair By Arthur F.

Have you ever wanted to make your hair look fun? Well, there are so many different types of hair styles! Like, curly hair, flat hair, frizzy hair, etc. Also there are very many different ways to style your hair. For example, girls can put their hair in a bun or even braid it. For boys, they can make it puffy and or flat. There are many different hair styles for everyone and you can get very creative with your hair. By that I mean you can color your hair with dye to be fun. Dye is a natural or synthetic substance used to add a color to or change the color of something. Dye can be used in some different things, such as hair and food. You can dye your hair any way you want it to be. Such as, pink, purple, green, yellow, blue, black, brown and tons more.

The Suns are Shinning By Max W.

The Phoenix Suns are off to a pretty good start. They are 20-11 as of now and they are fourth in the Western Conference. If they just keep on the pace they are on right now they will surely make the playoffs this year. Deandre Ayton is finally starting to heat up and getting multiple dunks a game and being really aggressive in the paint. Devin Booker has also been going crazy lately and scoring at least 20 points a game the past 10 games or so. Chris Paul has been one of the best assist players in the game right now. He gets 10 assists a game a almost getting 20 points a game as well. But overall the Suns are doing crazy good this season compared to the past seasons and we finally might see them in the playoffs this year.

Answer to Pandemic Problem

A candle

Bear Den Editor(s)

Chris T. (8th grade)

Rebeka P. (7th grade)