September/October 2014

What do you think about Ensign so far?

By Mia Bagatourian and Leah Freeman

            “Ensign has been awesome!  I really enjoy the way Ensign is set up so that there are only seventh and eighth grade students, instead of sixth graders. I feel that students at Ensign are very mature.”

How is Ensign different from the other schools you have taught at?

            “Ensign is different from the other schools I have taught at because of the age group that only consists of seventh and eighth graders.   I also believe that this school has very well behaved students and friendly staff members who have made me feel very welcome.”

  • Ms. Yeh, Seventh Grade English and P.E Teacher

     

What was your reaction when you found out that you got the teaching job here?

            “I was super excited!  Since I was a student teacher here, this school was definitely my top choice to teach at.”

What do you think of the staff and students here at Ensign?

            “The staff here at Ensign has been very supportive and encouraging.  There is also a good mix of students and they seem to connect well with each other.”

  • Ms. Prober, Eighth Grade Math and Tutor Corps Teacher

AMUSING WAYS TO STUDY

By Ayla Evans

Are you suffering from studying? There are tons of ways to be liberated of you study complications. The first thing you need to consider is what’s fun to you is and what helps your memory. These are key things to keep in mind when you are trying to prepare for an approaching quiz/test.

IDEAS

Song(s)

Songs are very catchy and an extremely fun way to study.  Take your favorite song, the genre does not matter, and change the lyrics to the song. What if your song doesn’t have any lyrics? Then, you get to be even more creative and make your own lyrics. Here is an example:

“Chorus
Photosynthesis, let’s get into this
Discussion of sunlight, and transfer of energy.
Photosynthesis, let’s get into this
Process of chemical reactions and synergy.

Verse I
Plants take water, sun, and CO2,
to make glucose: the sugar that they use for food
They also put oxygen into the air
So we can share, because oxygen is everywhere
The energy transforms from solar to chemical
All the time, everywhere, the process is identical
In every plant, and every tree
Enabling all living things to be

Chorus

Verse II
Let’s take a look at the light reaction
Making chemical energy when light is captured
electrons flow through the photo systems
Flowing so fast you might have missed ‘em
Within the chloroplast lies the action
The thylakoid membrane is where it happens
ATP and NADPH
Are products of light, water, air, and space

Chorus

Verse III
The Calvin cycle, or dark reaction
Doesn’t need direct sunlight for it to run right.
CO2 from the air enters the chloroplast
Mixing with organic molecules for the last time
With the help of the enzyme Rubisco
Carbon Fixation—I thought you knew this yo!
It forms a carbohydrate known as G3P
It’s created, recreated, and recycled you see

Chorus

Bridge
Leaves on trees and even weeds meet needs
Making oxygen we need to breathe
You want to learn it with ease? You want to master the keys?
It’s photosynthesis, listen to this please

Chorus”


Game/Game Show

If you watch/play game shows/games then you know they are very interesting. Think of the best game or game show and change the meaning in to your study subject. This is an entertaining way to stay caught up with your studies. Here is an example you can use:

“Bingo

Create your own bingo game by illustrating bingo boards on paper and using small pieces of paper to cover the squares, suggests Adoption.com. Make a list of questions: see vocabulary words, addition and subtraction problems, or even historical facts. Place the answers to the questions randomly on the bingo boards. To play, ask the questions on your list. If your child has the answer to the question on his bingo board, he will cover it.”


Trick or Treat

If your favorite holiday is Halloween, then this studying idea it the one for you. Create a board/power point that has difficult questions for your study subject. If you get it correct, you can treat yourself with your favorite candy. If you get it wrong, choose a fun punishment like: dipping your head in an ice cold bucket, eat a nasty candy, or post an embarrassing picture on Instagram for thirty seconds. Trick or treat is a great family-and-friend type of game.

 


Movies

At times, reading can be a little annoying, but internet geniuses have created a complicated concept… YouTube! If you’re having trouble trying to understand a subject and need a fun, cartoony point of view then YouTube is the place to go. You will probably remember pictures and diagrams more than words and problems. If you don’t like cartoons, there are plenty of choices like reality & anime. Here are some pictures:

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  Cartoon Math Video            Reality Teacher Video                            Anime Cartoon


 

Change the Scene

Sometimes starring at a paper in the same room can be a bit boring. Try to study in a different place. If you like going to bright yet simple places, the park is an excellent place for you. If you’re the small-space-dark-room type of person, grab a flashlight and your utensils and head for the closet. If you are colorful and need a little noise, going to the beach would be an excellent place to go. All of these places are wonderful, but if these choices aren’t for you just think of your favorite place to be and go.

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Cornell Notes

Maybe you just want a more organized and summarized way to study your notes. Well if you are in A.V.I.D., you probably already know what a Cornell Note is. For those of you who don’t, a Cornell Note is a piece of lined paper with five sections. These five sections include the topic objective, essential question, questions, notes/answers, and your summary.

These five sections are what make your Cornell Note, a Cornell Note. The topic objective is the main thing in your subject you would like to learn or understand. This goes in the title area of your Cornell Note. Your essential question is your big, main idea question about your subject. This also goes into the title area of your lined paper. Next you have your questions and your notes. (Save the last ten lines of your paper for the summary). On the right side of your paper you will write the questions that are more about the details. The left side of your paper will need to be a little bit bigger than the right. The right will consist of your notes and answers to your smaller questions. On the bottom is your summary. Your summary is the answer to your essential question and what you understand about your essential question. Here is a picture:

             CORNELL NOTES

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These 6 study ideas can really help you to get the best out of your school education in an entertaining way!

Cold Call

By Helen Coyne and Brooke Banta

 

          Cold calling is a common fear of among many students at Ensign. Cold calling is a process in which a teacher calls on a student randomly to answer a question. At Ensign Intermediate School teachers believe cold calling is a productive to enforce students paying close attention in class. When teachers use cold calling in class, some students become nervous, frightened, and insecure about their mistake. If the student is called on and answers the question wrong they begin to, doubt themselves, become embarrassed, and feel as though they are not smart. We interviewed teachers to find out if they believe in cold calling and choose to use it in their class.

          We interviewed Dr. Duncan, our principal, to hear if she believed in the cold call method. Dr. Duncan does believe in cold calling and thinks that calling randomly helps to keep students engaged in learning and increases their level of participation. She places confidence in the phrase, “every student, every day, engaged in learning” and enforces this rule in every classroom. She believes this motto will increase overall student performance. Dr. Duncan insists that teachers are respectful with the way that they call on people. If the student is terrified and do not understand the material, the teacher will try to not call on them. She believes cold calling is a great way for students to pay attention and stay engaged in class.

          We interviewed Mrs. Tolles, a seventh grade honors and regular English teacher, to hear what she thinks about cold calling. Mrs. Tolles uses cold call in her class occasionally, but for the majority of the time, she uses sticks to call on kids randomly.  When she uses cold call, she does not try to pick on kids, but uses cold call to make sure students are aware that they will be called on. If she relies on students raising their hands, she thinks she would be getting the same five confident students wanting to answer every time. Mrs. Tolles uses this tool carefully and sometimes makes students talk in small groups before asking them to share their answers with the rest of the class. Mrs. Tolles cold calls kids using popsicle sticks or choosing someone randomly in order to keep everyone engaged and participating in class.

We also interviewed Mrs. Tupa, a seventh grade science teacher, and she believes cold calling is a wonderful strategy for teachers to use in class if they are respectful and use it carefully and fairly.  Students should think about the answer quietly, pair up with someone sitting next to them, and share their answers with the rest of the class.  Although teachers at Ensign encourage cold calling, teachers at other schools do not believe cold calling is a positive tool to use in class.  For instance, if a student answers the question wrong, their self-esteem is lowered and they feel badly about themselves.  Mrs. Tupa uses cold calling to support the student, not to scare them and give them anxiety which would cause embarrassment.

          Cold calling is supposed to be used as a helpful and successful way to help students succeed in class. Although students are very scared of cold calling, this learning tool helps them succeed in learning environments of all kinds. We believe teachers should use cold calling in their class, but should be fair and respectful in doing so.

Tyler Derman

By Oliver R. Teitscheid

 

On September 9, 2014, the seventh and eighth graders at Ensign had an assembly with Tyler Derman. Tyler mainly talked about a boy that he had met at another assembly at another school.

 

To Tyler it seemed like this boy was very happy and everybody liked him but 6 months later Tyler got a call from the boy or Jo. Jo said that he was about to kill himself because four years earlier Jo’s best friend died, his mom. He said he didn’t cry at the funeral or when she died but four years later he wanted to let it all out.

 

He ruined his own life because of his sadness and he now wanted to let it all out. So Tyler called his best friend and they talked about it and soon Jo was okay and he ready to his life get back on track. Tyler used this story to tell us to let out our sadness, to tell someone before it gets too big.

Club Fair

By Kili Skibby 

 

The club fair was a complete success! We had many seventh and eighth grade students attend. Clubs like Gardening Club, Fishing Club Robotics, W.E.B., and more were available to join.

 

Not only clubs were there to sign up for, but the TK Burger and Drive Me Cookie trucks came so students could refresh themselves on burgers and ice cream... D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S. 

 

Thank you to everyone who decided to become a part of one of the fantastic clubs here at Ensign! Whatever club you signed up for, we hope that you enjoy your amazing and new experience. Have fun!

Current Events for September!

By Mia Matsunami and Sara Robinson

  • The Anaheim Angels and the Los Angeles Dodgers who play in the MLB just qualified for the playoffs, starting on October 2nd!

  • Club Fair is the 24th of September! Right after school in the Gym!

  • Ray Rice, a former Ravens running back is appealing his indefinite suspension.

  • Autumn begins on September 23rd!

  • September 21st is international Peace day!

  • Fiesta Hermosa is going on until the end of September! This is a festival to show fantastic art, culture, music, and new foods! Located in Hermosa Beach, it is only a short hour away from Newport Beach!

  • The US Sumo Open is starting on September 20th! Make sure to watch it on television, but you can also buy tickets online, and it is located in various locations in Los Angeles!

  • The LA County Fair is ending on September 28th! Make sure you go to have fair festives before it ends!

  • Serena Williams and Marin Cilic Win the U.S. Open (Sept. 7-8): Serena Williams beats close friend Caroline Wozniacki, 6–3, 6–3, to win her sixth U.S. Open women's title. The win ties her with tennis legends Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova for 18 Grand Slam titles. The following day, Marin Cilic easily defeats Kei Nishikori in straight sets, 6–3, 6–3, 6–3, to win his first Grand Slam event.

  • Go bananas at the Banana Festival! banana foods, bands, farmers market, arts and crafts marketplace, activities for kids and a recipe contest (you can even win a banana trophy and impress all your friends) at this free event. You'll also learn about the journey our little yellow friend takes to get all the way to the Port of Hueneme.

  • The 26th annual Beach and Surf Festival begins on September 26th through the 28th! All ages are welcome! Come out to join the fun under the sun!

  • On October 5, the 53rd annual sandcastle contest begins in Corona del Mar!

  • This week is kindness week, so make sure to be kind to everyone!

  • The first renaissance Friday is October 3rd, so wear your shirt to school!

  • Picture make-up day is next Monday, September 29th.

  • College and career night at the OC fairgrounds is October 8th.

  • Name Your Car Day--October 2

  • Chocolate Covered Insects Day - October 14

Who We Are...

Writers: Alina Aguirre, Emma Andranian, Mia Bagatourian, Brooke Banta, Helen Coyne, Ayla Evans, Leah Freeman, Mia Matsunami, Amy Sabourin, Oliver Teitscheid

Editors: Hallie Peplow and Sara Robinson

Webmaster: Halyard Freyder

Advisor: Kristine Cross

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Survival Guide: Studying

By Sara Robinson and Hallie Peplow

People Their Advice to You
Mia Matsunami, 8th Grader Don’t wait until the last minute. If you know there is an upcoming test, start preparing early to ensure you understand the topic!
Helen Coyne, 8th Grader Study a little bit every day!
Kili Skibby, 8th Grader Find a study buddy! She finds it easiest when your study buddy quizzes her and then she quizzes them! Also ask teachers before the test if you are confused!

Brooke Banta, 8th Grader

Study alone so you can concentrate, and do not wait until the last night to study for a test!

Alina Aguirre, 8th Grader

Use flashcards and review old notes!

 

     Are you one to stress out over upcoming tests? We have some solutions for you!

     Everyone knows that studying can be a boring and tiresome activity, but we have some suggestions for you to help ease the pain.  Four successful 8th graders have shared some of their most valuable study skills with us.  They find these studying tactics helpful when preparing for a test. 

     We also have some advice for you!

  1. Get all of your homework BEFORE you start to study for tests.

  2. Try using Quizlet, a website (or app) that allows you to create your own flashcards.  The website then quizzes you on the terms in various, creative ways.  This studying website is also helpful, because it is portable!  You can use it anywhere!

  3. Make your own color- coded flashcards.  The colors on the flashcards may help trigger memorization when trying to learn terms and definitions.

  4. Take study breaks! With multiple tests, make sure to take breaks to not overwhelm yourself while studying.

  5. Find a study buddy!  Studying is more fun, productive, and pleasurable when you are with your friends!

 

Teacher of the Month for September

By: Brooke Banta, Hallie Peplow, and Sara Robinson       

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            This month, Ms. Rain has been selected as “Teacher of the Month,” a prestigious award given to those who have displayed exceptional teaching skills.  Ms. Rain has an abundance of knowledge and experience in the field of teaching.  She has been a teacher for fourteen years total and began her teaching career at Newport Harbor High School in 2000.  She taught mathematics for four years there.  In 2004, she left Newport Harbor High school and began teaching mathematics at Ensign Intermediate School.  This year, she teaches seventh and eighth grade math.  

What makes Ms. Rain such a special teacher?  A whole culmination of things makes her an amazing teacher, but her teaching style plays a major role.  Ms. Rain describes her style of teaching as a combination of traditional lecturing, whiteboard use, and student participation.  She also believes in partner work and group work.  The most important tactic in Ms. Rain’s teaching style is having a structured environment where students know at all times what is expected of them.  Because all of her goals for her class are clear, she has high expectations for every one of her students. 

What does Ms. Rain expect in her students?  Perfect students in Ms. Rains’ eyes are students who have clear goals for themselves and are willing to put in the work in order to accomplish them.   Most importantly, though, the student must have a drive to work and be successful.

Why does Ms. Rain love teaching?  Ms. Rain loves math and loves sharing her knowledge.  Her favorite part about teaching is seeing student growth throughout the course of the year.  Overall, Ms. Rain loves math and loves to share knowledge and see growth of students throughout the year.   

Finally, we asked Ms. Rain what her positive characteristics were.  She said that she would like her students to decide.  Ms. Rain has an infinite amount of positive qualities, but here are just a few of them: hard-working, intelligent, passionate, helpful, wise, caring, and impactful. 

          Thank you for your outstanding service to this school, Ms. Rain!

Student of the Month

By Amy Sabourin and Kili Skibby

Mrs. Charron

Q. What do you look for in your student of the month? A.” I look for students who show creativity.”

Q. Why do you award it? A. “I award it to recognize those who don’t always get rewarded, and I enjoy recognizing the students.”

Ms. Brundage

Q. What do you look for in your student of the month? A.” I look for students who are kind, caring, working hard, and who show character.”

Q. Why do you award it? A. “I award it to recognize the student’s hard work.”

Ms. Herdandez

Q. What do you look for in your student of the month? A.” I look for students who volunteer and help out without being asked.”

Q. Why do you award it? A. “I award it to recognize and point out how much a single student tries to do well.”

Mrs. Dorian

Q. What do you look for in your student of the month? A.” I look for enthusiasm as well as students who work hard and stand out among other students.”

Q. Why do you award it? A. “I award it to recognize good behavior and reward students for it.”

Mrs. Cross

Q. What do you look for in your student of the month? A.” I look for a student who naturally exhibits a character trait, as well as works hard.”

Q. Why do you award it? A. “It’s not only important to do well academically, but also to show character.”

Mrs. Brandes

Q. What do you look for in your student of the month? A.” I look for respect and for creativity.”

Q. Why do you award it? A. “I award it to those with new ideas and to acknowledge those who deserve it.”

College and Career Night

By Alina Aguirre

            Two hundred and eighteen booths all lined up in neat rows from all across the country, just to help students decide where they wanted to go to college and what they wanted to do when they get older. Local kids mill around, stopping at colleges that catch their eye, chatting with representatives, and learning all about what their college or university has to offer and what specialties they provided. From floral arrangement college to all the U.C school, college and career night had a huge variety of different colleges and majors to for students with all different kinds of interests.

Farewell, Rafa!

By Helen Coyne

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Tomorrow, Friday October 3, 2014, our beloved security guard who patrols our campus, Rafa, is leaving.

 

Rafa was a balloon boy at Disneyland, a security guard at Ensign Intermediate School, and now will be a Probations Corrections Officer in San Bernardino. 

 

He says he will miss the kids most at Ensign. We will miss you, Rafa, and wish you the best!

W.E.B., Where Everyone Belongs

By Alina Aguirre

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          Among the many clubs at Ensign Intermediate School, W.EB. stands out as a promoter of the community of kindness. Headed by science teacher Kari Rush, students work to make Ensign a positive environment so all kids can experience success. Ms. Rush says that students should be a part of W.E.B. “because being kind to others not only makes other people feel better, but it helps builds positive relationships. It also maintains student health and positive attitudes, plus it’s fun!”

W.E.B. strives to make our campus a better, cleaner, and kinder environment to learn and grow. On the first day of school, W.E.B. leaders could be seen in their bright blue shirts, ready and glad to help any seventh grader who was lost or confused. From directing students to giving advice, W.E.B. leaders were doing all they could to make the school as easy as possible.

W.E.B. member, Hannah Hiromoto, says that “we try to make the school a nicer place so everyone feels welcome.” Overall, W.E.B.  is an amazing program that truly makes Ensign a Community of Kindness.

Would you prefer having early out on Wednesday or late start?

By Mia Bagatourian and Leah Freeman

 

EARLY OUT

LATE START

“Early out because you get a longer time after school to hang out with friends.”

 –Olivia Morris and

   Rama Thioub

 

“Late start because I don’t want to wake up early every day.”

-Serendei Alarcon

 

“Early out because I can do things with my friends after school.”

-Jackie Minken

 

“Late start because I love to sleep in.”

-Clay Rollins

 

“Early out because we can do things afterschool and wake up at our normal time.”

-Natalie Palmer

  Mathew Eimers

  Josh Steele

 

“Late start because I have a hard time getting up in the morning for school.”

-Daphne Torrey

“Early out because I don’t want to get off my daily routine of when I wake up.”

-Jack Kiesecker

“Late start because I can sleep in and I don’t have to wake up early in the morning.”

-Daphne Chong

 

 

“Late start because we get to sleep in and we could go get breakfast before school starts.”

-Alison Corr

  Eden Funk

 

 

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Best places Chosen by Students to go to for Lunch

Article by Amy Sabourin and Mia Matsunami

Out of several eighth graders, these were the top 10 lunch spots chosen for seventh graders to try out.  All of these places are fairly close to Ensign, and are reasonably priced for students.

 

Ce’st Si Bon: 149 Riverside Ave, Newport Beach

Ce’st Si Bon is a superior sandwich shop just down the hill from Ensign.  You have the choice to build your own sandwich and pick any toppings you would like.  It is just a short walk of about 10 minutes, and an even shorter bike ride of only 5 minutes. 

http://www.urbanspoon.com/cities/20-orange-county/restaurants/762514-c-est-si-bon/menu

Chronic Tacos: 1120 Irvine Ave, Newport Beach

Chronic Tacos has the best tacos in Newport Beach.  Chronic also has awesome burritos, and everything is reasonably priced.  Chronic Tacos never has an unreasonably long line and food service is very fast.  Since Chronic is located in Westcliff, it’s only a short walk from Ensign. 

http://eatchronictacos.com/index.php/menu      

Z pizza: 1124 Irvine Ave, Newport Beach

Zpizza has great pizza that you can order by the slice, which is great for a Wednesday lunch.  Zpizza is also located in Westcliff, so you don’t have to worry about walking to far!  It is most definitely the least crowded lunch spot in Westcliff, but the Pizza is still great!

http://zpizza.com/

 

 

Pick Up Sticks: 1112 Irvine Ave, Newport Beach

If you’re looking for some quick Chinese takeout, Pick Up Sticks is the spot for you!  Also located in Westcliff, Pick Up Sticks provides quality Chinese food for a reasonable price.  Although service is a little slower than other places located in Westcliff, their food is of great quality. 

http://www.pickupstix.com/menu.php

 

Banzai Bowls: 488 E 17th St, Costa Mesa

Banzai Bowls is located just on the other side of Westcliff across Irvine.  The food served there is truly great and makes for a great lunch spot.  Even though it is fairly close to Ensign, the service is very slow, unless you call in your order when you get out of school. 

http://banzaibowls.com/html/menu.html

Pizza Bakery: 1741 Westcliff Dr. Newport Beach

The Pizza Bakery is a great pizzeria for a quick lunch, and for a great price.  The pizza bakery is close to Ensign and it provides great service.  It is never crowded in this pizza parlor and the  have delicious garlic knots!

http://thepizzabakery.com/

Subway: 488 E 17th St Ste. A-105 Costa Mesa

Subway is a franchised sandwich shop that can be found many places, and it is a popular place to go for lunch on Wednesdays.  You can customize your sandwich in any ways you would like.  Subway is a short 10 minute bike ride from Ensign and a 20-30 minute walk.

http://www.subway.com/menu/default.aspx

Bomburger: 488 E 17th St Costa Mesa          

Bomburger is a great spot for you if you need a quick bite to eat after school.  They have affordable menu options and the food comes out very quickly.  Bomburger is a 10 minute bike ride and a 20-30 minute walk.

http://www.bomburger.com/menu/index.html

Ruby’s Diner: 428 E 17th St Costa Mesa

Ruby’s diner is a sit down restaurant that has recently been remodeled.  They serve traditional American food as well as a long list of shakes.  Ruby’s is about a 12 minute bike ride and a 25-35 minute walk from Ensign. http://rubys.com/1-menu/menu.aspx

Bruxie: 279 E 17th St Costa Mesa

Bruxie is a waffle house that serves many lunch choices.  It is satisfactory, but it is fairly expensive for a Wednesday lunch.  It is a 15-20 minute bike ride and a 30-45 minute walk, so it is a little farther away.

http://bruxie.com/menu/

All of these places were picked out by students, and this coming Wednesday you should give one a try!

50 Colleges and Their Attendance Cost

By Ayla Evans

 

Colleges are very important to think about. Your middle and high school education all lead up to college. The school you choose for your career pathway effects what you would like to do in life. Here, is a list of Forbes’s top colleges and their attendance cost. Then below that you will see a list of career choices that they have in each college. If you would like to learn more go to  http://www.forbes.com/top-colleges/list/ and you will find an even longer list of great colleges.

 

  1. Williams College$61,850

  2. Stanford University $60,749

  3. Princeton University$55,832

  4. Yale University$61,620

  5. Harvard University …………………………………………………. .$59,950

  6. Swarthmore College ………………………………………………….$60,671

  7. Brown University………………………………………………………$60,460

  8. Duke University………………………………………………………..$61,748

  9. Tufts University…………………………………………………………$61,000

  10. Haverford College...…………………………………………………..$59,950

  11. Pomona College………………………………………………………..$59,730

  12. Massachusetts Institute of Technology…………………………$59,020

  13. United States Military Academy………………………………….N/A

  14. Amherst College………………………………………………………..$61,544

  15. Haverford College…………………………………………………….. $61,898

  16. University of Pennsylvania…………………………………………. $61,800

  17. Brown University………………………………………………………. $60,460

  18. Bowdoin College ……………………………………………………… $59,900

  19. Wesleyan University………………………………………………….. $62,849

  20. Carleton College……………………………………………………….. $60,425

  21. University of Notre Dame………………………………………….. $60,117

  22. Dartmouth College……………………………………………………. $63,279

  23. Northwestern University……………………………………………. $63,193

  24. Columbia University…………………………………………………. $64,144

  25. California Institute of Technology………………………………. $58,755

  26. Davidson College……………………………………………………… $57,458

  27. Duke University……………………………………………………….. $61,748

  28. University of Chicago……………………………………………….. $64,988

  29. Wellesley College……………………………………………………… $59,092

  30. Middlebury College………………………………………………….. $59,470

  31. Rice University………………………………………………………… $54,291

  32. Washington & Lee University…………………………………... $58,575

  33. United States Air Force Academy………………………………. $ N/A

  34. Barnard College………………………………………………………. $61,512

  35. Boston College………………………………………………………… $60,706

  36. University of California, Berkeley……………………………… $56,197

  37. Colgate University…………………………………………………… $60,050

  38. Colby College……………………………………………………. $59,110

  39. University of Virginia…………………………………………. $53,461

  40. College of William & Mary………………………………… $51,306

  41. Kenyon College ………………………………………………… $50,070

  42. Oberlin college………………………………………………….. $62,132

  43. University of California, Los Angeles…………………… $55,294

  44. University of Michigan, Anne Arbor……………………. $53,490

  45. Reed College……………………………………………………… $59,630

  46. Whitman College………………………………………………. $56,600

  47. Lafayette College………………………………………………... $59,750

  48. Smith College……………………………………………………. $60,167

  49. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill…………….. $45,806

  50. Colorado College……………………………………………….. $57,400

     

    Subjects You Can Major In At These Colleges

  51. Biological & Biomedical Sciences

  52. Communication Technologies

  53. Computer and Information Sciences & Support Services

  54. Construction Trades

  55. Engineering Technologies & Engineering-Related Fields

  56. English Language & Literature/Letters

  57. Family & Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

  58. Foreign Languages, Literatures, & Linguistics

  59. Health Professions & Related Programs

  60. Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting

  61. Human Services

  62. Legal Professions & Studies

  63. Liberal Arts & Science Studies & Humanities

  64. Library Science

  65. Mathematics & Statistics

  66. Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians

  67. Military Technologies & Applied Sciences

  68. Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  69. Natural Resources & Conservation

  70. Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies

  71. Personal & Culinary Services

  72. Philosophy & Religious Studies

  73. Physical Sciences

  74. Precision Production

  75. Science Technologies/Technicians

  76. Social Sciences

  77. Theology & Religious Vocations

  78. Transportation and Materials Moving

  79. Visual & Performing Arts

Survival Guide: Studying

People Their Advice to You

Mia Matsunami, 8th Grader

Don’t wait until the last minute. If you know there is an upcoming test, start preparing early to ensure you understand the topic!
Helen Coyne, 8th Grader Study a little bit every day!
Kili Skibby, 8th Grader Find a study buddy! She finds it easiest when your study buddy quizzes her and then she quizzes them! Also ask teachers before the test if you are confused!

Brooke Banta, 8th Grader

Study alone so you can concentrate, and do not wait until the last night to study for a test!
Alina Aguirre, 8th Grader Use flashcards and review old notes!

Are you one to stress out over upcoming tests? We have some solutions for you!

     Everyone knows that studying can be a boring and tiresome activity, but we have some suggestions for you to help ease the pain.  Four successful 8th graders have shared some of their most valuable study skills with us.  They find these studying tactics helpful when preparing for a test. 

     We also have some advice for you!

  1. Get all of your homework BEFORE you start to study for tests.

  2. Try using Quizlet, a website (or app) that allows you to create your own flashcards.  The website then quizzes you on the terms in various, creative ways.  This studying website is also helpful, because it is portable!  You can use it anywhere!

  3. Make your own color- coded flashcards.  The colors on the flashcards may help trigger memorization when trying to learn terms and definitions.

  4. Take study breaks! With multiple tests, make sure to take breaks to not overwhelm yourself while studying.

  5. Find a study buddy!  Studying is more fun, productive, and pleasurable when you are with your friends!

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Spirit Week

By Alina Aguirre

            Spirit week starts next week and extends from Monday the 27 to Friday the 31. Remember, this is a contest between the seventh and eighth graders, so dress up to support your grade and show school pride!

            Monday: Around the World Day - dress up like you are from a different place around the world (ex. If you are dressing up like you’re from Hawaii, wear a grass skirt and lea)

            Tuesday: Fan Day - wear clothes or accessories from your favorite movie, show, band, book etc. (ex. If you are a fan of The Percy Jackson series, wear a Camp Half-Blood shirt)

            Wednesday: Ensign Day - wear something to support Ensign (ex.  Wear your renaissance shirt, or if you don’t have any Ensign merchandise, just wear the school colors, navy blue, yellow and white)

            Thursday: P.J. Day - wear your pajamas

            Friday: Costume Day - wear your Halloween costume (ex. Dress up as spider-man)

            Please keep in mind that you are at school, so dress up in school appropriate clothes. No masks, spaghetti straps, shorts, or anything that may distract your fellow students from learning while in school.

Chewing gum in class

By Halyard Freyder

            Is chewing gum during tests and assignments a good or bad idea?  Many people have different outlooks and opinions on this topic, and it can be viewed to be both good and bad.  Studies show that if you chew one flavor of gum while studying, then the same one during the test, your memory of the assignment or test you studied the night before increases.  This can help on a problem or question you may have trouble with, as the flavor stimulates your memory. Also, a slight release of sugar stimulates the brain.  While taking a test, some teachers give out small candies for students to suck on, so the sugar can help students think.  Gum can act in the same way, as the slight sugar increase helps students.  On the downside however, chewing gum can end up as an issue for some teachers. 

I have interviewed Mrs. Cross, an honors English teacher at Ensign, who says that chewing gum in class is disrupting, and clutters the bottom of desks.  “It’s disgusting to find gum under the desks, and how some people chew with their mouths open” she says.  Some students, in order to conceal, or are too lazy to throw it away, stick it under desks. This gum then clusters, and becomes a major problem.  Also, popping bubbles can disrupt other students, is loud and can interrupt the teacher during a test.  In addition, gum can cause issues with a student’s concentration, and draw not only the focus of the student chewing the gum, but the attention of other students near him or her.  If a student pops a bubble or chews loudly and obnoxiously, it can draw the attention of other students. Also, if some people can’t blow a bubble, they may stare at a person who can.

I believe that with these downsides, however, there are solutions.  If a student designates a pack specifically for school, they can befit better from it.  Also, if the pack is specifically chewing gum, they can’t blow bubbles.  Finally, if chewing gum is allowed, I believe it would drastically lower the amount of gum beneath a desk.  Finally, if a teacher notices that a student is being abusive of the privlage and obnoxious, they can make them spit it out and not be able to use it for the week.

While chewing gum can help a student, some teachers think it is a tool used for disruption.  Gum can help stimulate and improve the memory of a student, and, if properly used, benefit students.

Rumor Has It…

By Hallie Peplow and Sara Robinson 

        Making the transition from elementary school to junior high can be stressful…especially when rumors are circulating through the school.  When a sixth grader is becoming a seventh grader at Ensign Intermediate School, they may hear common rumors being spread through the air about the school. 

 

            Rumor #1: There is not enough time in the passing periods to get to the next class.

            Truth #1: There are five minutes in a passing and although five minutes does not seem like enough time for students to get to class, do not worry! Five minutes is more than enough time. According to http://www.humantransit.com, the average person can walk about a quarter of a mile in five minutes. On average, students’ classes are only going to be a few feet apart.  In the rare occasion of students having classes more than a few feet away, they should remember: the students of CDM only get three minutes. So, do not fret; everyone will make it to their classes with time to spare!

 

           Rumor #2: Because, there are so many students in each classroom the teacher will not learn all of the students’ names.

           Truth #2: The average class size at Ensign Intermediate School is thirty six students.  If a student is concerned that the teacher will not learn their name, it is important to try to participate as much as possible.  A student who stays engaged and actively participates becomes memorable to the teacher, making it hard to forget that student’s name.  Even if there are students who do not get involved with the lessons, the teacher will undoubtedly learn every students name by, at most, the end of the first quarter. 

 

           Rumor #3: Eighth graders seem intimidating. 

           Truth #3: They may seem scary because they are a whole grade older, or because of their size, but remember, they have all been in seventh grade!  Almost all of the eighth graders will be happy to help the seventh graders with whatever problems they may be facing.  Remember, Ensign is promoting a community of kindness!

 

          Rumor #4: There is too much homework, and not enough time to complete all given assignments. 

          Truth #4: Although there may be the occasional overload of homework, overall, there is more than enough time at night to complete all assignments.  Getting homework done in time should not be a worry; finishing homework with pride should be.

 

            Moving on from sixth grade to seventh grade is definitely a difficult transition. Although rumors that are said about Ensign can be intimidating, remember that they are just rumors. More importantly, keep in mind that friends and teachers are always there to help make Ensign feel like a comfortable environment.

Zodiac Signs – Which One Are You?

By Emma Andranian

    Many people believe that zodiac signs are a primary reason for you to be who you are and tell who you will eventually be.  It can determine one’s actions and even tell a person the way that they think. 

    This is because when you are born, the sun is in a specific place, that categorizes a person in one of the twelve signs- Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces.  The sun will be in an alignment with any of these astrological stars. This determines what zodiac sign you are.

    Find your birthdate below in the list of all of the zodiac signs.  Which one are you?  Do you really have the same personality as your sign?

Aries

March 21- April 19

Personality traits: Direct, energetic, independent, assertive, athletic, self-assured, restless, brave, enterprising, creative, competitive, fearless. 
Can also be: Impatient, aggressive, temperamental, arrogant, extreme. 
Likes: Being active, being adventuresome, new ideas, being first, excitement, 

competition, being appreciated, being noticed, winning, achieving. 
Dislikes: Boredom, routines, criticism, feeling repressed, feeling ignored, losing, restrictions.

 

Taurus

April 20- May 20

Personality traits: Stable, patient, watchful, reliable, affectionate, persistent, down-to-earth, focused, dedicated, money conscious. 
Can also be: Stubborn, self-indulgent, materialistic, possessive, rigid. 
Likes: Feeling secure, material comforts, traditions, nature and beauty, operating at own pace, feeling appreciated, gifts. 
Dislikes: Feeling rushed or pushed, aggression, changes in plans, forgetfulness, feeling insecure, being told what to do.

 

Gemini

May 21- June 20                                                                                                        

Personality traits: Friendly, talkative, active, intelligent, adaptable, versatile, curious and inquisitive, creative, charming. 
Can also be: Restless, easily bored, changeable, nervous, highly strung,
superficial.                                                                                           
Likes: Talking, thinking, exploring ideas, technology, making friends, learning, exploring, personal freedom. 
Dislikes: Demands, routines, apathy, being restricted or confined, slowness.

Cancer

June 21- July 22

Personality traits: Sensitive, emotional, self-protective, caring, humorous, reactive, responsive, sentimental, home-loving, traditional. 
Can also be: Possessive, moody, clinging, demanding, melodramatic. 
Likes: Comfort, security, feeling needed, family and friends, home, emotional honesty, stability, commitment. 
Dislikes: Unpredictable change, insincerity, being ignored, dishonesty, impulsiveness.

 

 

Leo

July 23- August 22

Personality traits: Ambitious, proud, risk-taking, affectionate, passionate, gregarious, strong minded, powerful, dramatic. 
Can also be: Egotistical, opinionated, bossy, demanding, possessive, impulsive, melodramatic. 
Likes: Being noticed, being appreciated, leading, passion, drama, receiving gifts, family and friends. 
Dislikes: Feeling unnoticed, excessive demands, criticism, nagging, deceit, apathy, boredom.

 

 

Virgo

August 23- September 22

Personality traits: Efficient, practical, hard-working, diligent, focused, compassionate, health conscious, intelligent, thorough, shy. 
Can also be: Hypercritical, demanding, nervous, fussy, hard to please, self-conscious, reclusive. 
Likes: Routines, order, feeling needed, logic/common sense, feeling secure, loyalty, honesty. 
Dislikes: Hypocrisy, disruptions, dishonesty, feeling unappreciated, crassness, tardiness, laziness.

 

 

Libra

September 23- October 22

Personality traits: Sociable, friendly, fair, open-minded, creative, peaceful, charming, balanced, idealistic, refined. 
Can also be: Indecisive, self-centered, detached, lazy, easily-deterred. 
Likes: Good friends, harmonious surroundings, attention, intelligence, being creative/expressive, beautiful things, security. 
Dislikes: Criticism, coarseness, disruptive environments, arguments, being pushed into decisions.

 

 

Scorpio

October 23- November 21

Personality traits: Intense, penetrating, quiet, private, passionate, secretive, perceptive, deep, complex, determined. 
Can also be: Jealous, suspicious, controlling, aggressive, obsessive. 
Likes: Honesty, commitment, being in control, a mystery to uncover, passion, privacy, strength. 
Dislikes: Dishonesty, surprises, being analyzed, insincerity, apathy, insecurity, being controlled.

 

 

Sagittarius

November 22- December 21

Personality traits: Gregarious, intelligent, extroverted, philosophical, witty, fun-loving, competitive, fair minded, optimistic. 
Can also be: Tactless, unreliable, sarcastic, careless, exaggerative, self-indulgent. 
Likes: Adventures, freedom, intellectual peers, risk taking, socializing, competition, socializing. 
Dislikes: Possessiveness, jealousy, routines, apathy/laziness, demands, feeling controlled.

 

 

Capricorn

December 22- January 19

Personality traits: Responsible, patient, self-disciplined, focused, practical, reserved, conventional, self-competent. 
Can also be: Controlling, cold, rigid, suspicious, demanding, insensitive. 
Likes: Loyalty, honesty, financial security, maturity, reliability, ambitious goals, hard-work. 
Dislikes: Impulsiveness, demands, game playing, unreliability, insecurity, lying.

 

 

Aquarius

January 20- February 18

Personality traits: Unconventional, impulsive, friendly, gregarious, inventive, future-minded, inquisitive, objective, spontaneous. 
Can also be: Unpredictable, unreliable, aloof, self-centered, judgmental, dogmatic. 
Likes: Friends, personal freedom, surprises, ideas, the future, diversity, intellectual stimulation. 
Dislikes: Possessiveness, jealousy, ego displays, narrow mindedness, arguments, control.

 

 

Pisces

February 19- March 20

Personality traits: Imaginative, sensitive, idealistic, friendly, spiritual, inspirational, accepting, open-minded, sensual. 
Can also be: Unreliable, distracted, neglectful, unrealistic, gullible. 
Likes: Romance, mystical ideals, feeling appreciated/loved, sharing thoughts, ideas, friends, self-exploration. 
Dislikes: Feeling insecure, being ignored, vulnerability, being uncertain, being alone.