Eighth Grade Electives
By Megan Carey
Are you a 7th grader and don’t know what elective to do for next year? Read to learn about different electives for your eighth grade year!
Teacher: Madame Maille
Class description: Spanish class is a class for first-time Spanish speakers. You learn a variety of vocabulary words and how to use it in a sentence. You learn how to talk in Spanish, listen and understand Spanish, and read and write Spanish. You also learn a lot of culture from Spanish-speaking countries. Madame Maille goes depth in teaching you how to conjugate words, and towards the end of the year, she introduces past-tense words. This class does require homework and has weekly quizzes and monthly chapter tests. If you obtain good grades over the course of the year and score well on the final, you may continue onto Spanish 2 for High School, and your middle school Spanish class will count towards your high school foreign language credits. If you are not interested in taking Spanish this year but want to test out the summer before high school, you may do so. Overall, this is an interesting class and you learn a lot!
“Spanish Class is really fun! Madame Maille is really helpful and tries to make learning fun and easy. My favorite part of Spanish class is watching videos in Spanish and playing Kush Ball (Spanish vocab game with a ball). To be honest, in the beginning, many things are confusing, but as the year goes along, it gets a lot easier. For the most part, the quizzes and test are super easy (as long as you study). It’s super cool that I can now have a conversation with Spanish speakers. I’m also glad I did it because now I have a year done for Spanish class that count towards the 2-year (3 recommended) for the foreign language requirement at Newport Harbor.”
-Megan Carey (8th Grader)
Teacher: Madame Maille
Class Description: French class is the same as Spanish class, except you learn French (speaking, listening, writing, reading, spelling)! You also learn a lot of culture too! The high school availabilities are the same as Spanish class.
“I like that Madame Maille is very hands on and teaches us the culture of France. Madame Maille is understanding and helpful.”
-Jordan Golden (8th Grader)
Teacher: Mr. Ehrlinger
Class Description: Art class introduces you to different techniques
and mediums of art such as watercolor, clay sculpting, metal working, and drawing.
“Art class was a good way to practice my art skills more frequently and learn different ways of doing art unlike anything that I had ever done before. Mr. Ehrlinger is very funny and creative.”
Teacher: Mrs. Grenier
Class Description: This class helps you improve your music skills by practicing with other musicians. There are a variety of instruments available including drums, saxophone, trombone, and so much more! Band performs at school assemblies and plays occasionally at Harbor and other musical events. If you want to perfect your musical skills, this is the class for you.
“I was in band last year but not this year. I played the flute. I learned to be patience. I enjoyed being able to improve my music and I made new friends.”
-Katie Clark (8th Grader)
Teacher: Mrs. Grenier
Class Description: You learn how to sing in different languages and how to read and write music. You also learn how to sing in different part songs (rounds). Most of your performances are at Harbor.
“I did choir last year but not this year. Singing in choir was an enjoyable experience because all of us were able to explore various types of music; whether it’s pop or Russian.”
-Andy Myers (8th Grader)
Teacher: Mrs. Levy
Class Description: This is a college preparatory class. You make tutorials, do WICOR projects (Writing Inquiry Collaboration Organization & Reflection), and go on fieldtrips to colleges and businesses that offer internships.
“Avid is really fun. I have made a lot of good friends there. My favorite part is doing tutorials.”
-Amanda Klarin (8th grader)
TA (Teacher’s Assistant)
Teacher: Any (your choice)
You can TA for almost any teacher here at Ensign. You can also be an Office TA and help the office deliver call slips and other things to classrooms. Here are some things you do as a TA:
- Grade papers
- Helps students with work
- Clean classroom
- Hole-punch papers
- Check teacher’s mailbox
- Deliver things to other classrooms
- Input grade
“I TA for Mrs. Blankenship. She’s really sweet and always gives me candy and treats for helping. I enjoy roaming around the school and helping organize.”
-Bella Crafton (8th Grade)
“I TA for Mrs. Cross. It is difficult trying to connect with the students, but I like being in Mrs. Cross’s room.”
-Erica Rogers (8th Grader)
Ensign's Cheer team Victory
By Jillian Birt - Russell
We are the Seabees and we’re here to say that our cheer leaders were victorious yesterday! Hey Ensign! Great news! Our cheer squad won at their big SHARP cheer competition last weekend! They came in first place in the Junior Division and also had the highest score of the entire day! They couldn’t have done it without their positivity, commitment, and guidance from their coaches, Mrs. Higman and Mrs. Halperin! Congratulations Ensign for so many big wins and achievements this year! Keep it up Seabees! Stay CHEERFUL!
By Bella Crafton, Adena Rothbard, and Delaney Decinces
For a Renaissance award, Tiffany Houghton, a young upcoming artist, came to perform some of her favorite hit singles. These included "Love Like That," "High," and her cover of "Wrecking Ball" and "I Knew You Were Trouble." A few of our journalism members went to interview her. Here are her responses.
- Why did you want to make music?
- “I was influenced by many of my idols growing up, and I love to share my thoughts with my fans. I also wanted to show women’s true power, and to set an example of never giving up.”
- Who inspires you?
- She said that Sanaya Twain and Taylor Swift are really big in her music career. “I love how they are powerful women and never gave up on what they wanted.”
- What is your favorite song you wrote?
- Her favorite song that she has out right now is "High," but she has two new hits coming out soon, "Glitter " and "Twirling."
- Do you have any advice for young artists hoping to pursue their dreams?
- Make sure that you have a strong vision of how you want to be seen as an artist and person.
- She also says to remember that it is about service and influence, and not getting caught up in all the fame.
- You should also not put too much pressure on yourself.
Be sure to check out the amazing Tiffany Houghton at @tiffanyhoughton on Instagram.
Pop Star Tiffany Houghton Comes to Ensign
By Jordan Golden
On Tuesday, April 29, 2014, a singer named Tiffany Houghton came to our school. At just seventeen years old, she left home. When asked when she got into music, she replied that she “started with writing in her journal, then started playing piano at around eight years old and got into music while she was a freshman.”
She has been featured in the magazines, JustJared Junior and J-14.
While she was at Ensign, she sang, “Hi,” “Wrecking Ball,” and “Never Been Better,” and "Love Like That." We would like to thank her for visiting our school and are very grateful to the ASB for getting the next Taylor Swift, according to Teen.com, to visit our school.
By Megan Carey
As you may already know, class finals are coming up very quickly! Just next week, 8th grade science CSTs and several class finals are taking place. To perform your very best, you need the most specific preparations.
Here are 27 tips for the finals (before, during, and after):
- DON’T STRESS! This test will not determine your future life. Studies show, stressing makes one do significantly worse on tests. However, always do your best. Don’t be late to class though.
- Get enough sleep! A typical teen needs more sleep than babies, so get a good 8-12 hours.
- Eat healthy! Eating healthy will provide more energy and alertness in testing.
- Always eat breakfast! You need a good start to your day.
- Complete any prepare packets given and study with any other materials given!
- Review! Many things you probably forgot from the beginning of the year so read any notes or review any homework from past studies.
- Ask questions! If you are confused with anything, ask your teacher, parents, peers, friends, siblings, tutor, or research it on the web.
- If you are allowed, put any main ideas/information/formulas onto a sheet that can be quickly reviewed many times! This makes it easier to retain the key concepts that will be on the test.
- Go to the bathroom! Nothing is more distracting than holding your bladder while trying to focus. Try going to the bathroom even if you don’t need to.
- Bring supplies! Bring at least three pencils, an eraser, and any other supplies you are instructed or want to bring.
- Stay relaxed! If you start to feel nervous take a few deep breaths to relax.
- Keep your eyes on your own paper! You don't want to appear to be cheating and cause unnecessary trouble for yourself.
- Process of elimination! If you don’t know the answer to a question, eliminate the answers you know are wrong.
- Stick with your gut! Your first answer is usually the right one.
- Pace yourself, don't rush! Read the entire question and pay attention to the details.
- Ask the instructor for clarification if you don't understand what they are asking for on the test!
- Write legibly! If the grader can't read what you wrote, they'll most likely mark it wrong.
- Always read the whole question carefully! Don't make assumptions about what the question might be.
- If you don't know an answer, skip it! Go on with the rest of the test and come back to it later. Other parts of the test may have some information that will help you out with that question.
- Don't worry if others finish before you! Focus on the test in front of you.
- If you have time left when you are finished, look over your test! Make sure that you have answered all the questions. Only change an answer if you misread or misinterpreted the question because the first answer that you put is usually the correct one. Watch out for careless mistakes and proofread your essay and/or short answer questions.
- Double check! Make sure that you put your first and last name on the test and any other necessary information.
- When you get your test back look it over and make sure that there are no grading mistakes!
- Look over the test and make sure that you understand your mistakes! If you don't know the answer to a question, look it up, ask a classmate or ask the teacher.
- If the teacher reviews the test in class, be sure to take notes on what the teacher wanted for an answer on the questions/problems that you got wrong!
- If you aren't satisfied with your grade, go to your instructor and see if there's a make-up exam or any extra credit you can do!
- If you are allowed, save the test as study material for future tests!
By Emma Kennedy
All throughout the school year (and some of last summer!), students have been working behind the scenes to produce the best yearbook ever. These self-proclaimed “yearbooklings” have put their heart and soul into their work, and Journalism interviewed some of them!
What Your Favorite Part of Yearbook?
Libby Larner: “… just getting to know that we can create this book for everyone to see.”
Jaelyn Cooper: “… going around taking pictures.”
Kevin Castaneda: “… meeting new people and being [involved in creating] the yearbook.”
Tatum Raush: “… taking the photos, picking the photos, and deciding where they go.”
Carly Robinson: “…hanging out with my friends and having fun.”
Natalie Hernandez: “… taking photos.”
Nadya Novella: “…when I know I can do something different on my page, and I don’t have to be in [SSR].”
Valeska Consoli: “… probably making new friends and you are always busy so you are never bored.”
By Betsy Calder
On May 16, Ensign had their last Renaissance assembly for the year. The theme was Harry Potter and it was a "spelltacular" time! At the assembly students participated in games such as obstacle courses and a version of Quidditch created by the ASB students. Then, our Ensign pep-squad performed their award winning routine and they did an amazing job!
In between games students were announced into what section of Renaissance they made it into. There are four sections: blue, bronze, silver, and gold. The only way for students to qualify for these sections was to have a 2.5 to a 4.0 GPA and no Us or Ns on their report cards. After the students were announced, the ASB students presented the boys’ soccer team and the girls’ soccer team, introducing each and every player. Finally the inspirational student of the quarter, athletic scholar of the quarter, and teachers of the quarter were announced.