Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Back to School - Again

Welcome back students! I hope you all had a terrific winter break. I know it’s hard to get back in the school routine after a long break, but don’t forget that the end of this first semester ends in 3 weeks. Do your best to get your work done as soon as you can so you won’t have a stressful finals week!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Bees?

Yes, bees. Listen, I’m not going to beat around the bush here, you know the drill well by now: The bees are dying. You’ve heard it over and over again, the various ways our fuzzy fairy friends are being killed off-- it’s gotten boring by now, right? Right. Well, even if it is boring, you should care. The human race is wiping out an entire species, one that provides us with much of the food that we consume on the daily. Honestly, it’s pretty preventable, too.
Of course, unpreventable things will happen and species populations will naturally fluctuate throughout the years and everything and everyone’s dying anyways-- but besides this, the drastic nearing to bee extinction is our fault. I’m talking pesticides, insecticides, CCD, radiation, habitat destruction, and the irrational fear of fuzzy, wuzzy, sweet-toothed bugs.
Is this still not a good enough reason for you to take action? Do you still not really care? Here, let me appeal to your narcissistic human qualities: Without bees, the human race would have an estimated four years to live before our own mass extinction. Yes, that’s right. In four years, YOU would die. Do you care now? If not, you should probably see someone about that will to live of yours-- it's dwindling. If you do care about the mass extinction of bees and humans, here are some things you can do:

Go local: Buy raw honey, fruits and veggies from within your community - it’ll help those yellow fuzzy farmers!

Plant things: Plant flowers and sweet smelling flora that you know those little flying lint balls will enjoy. If you're looking for some bee building blossom species, you can find some ideas here!

Don’t use pesticides- or at least pesticides that hurt bees. (Hint: Most pesticides are awful for the environment and for you!) Instead, you can even try introducing some beneficial insect species into your growing garden for a natural pesticide alternative!

Set out some water: A little, shallow bowl of some quality H20 outside your of house will do. Our yellow buzzy buddies get thirsty from all that hard work, you know!

Realize that bees aren’t out to get you and that accidents happen: If you squish a bumble’s home, step on, or scare one by freaking out, you might get a sting- but beyond that, our little fluffers just want to sniff the flowers and see what’s going on. BEES ARE YOUR FRIENDS and it’ll do you some good to remember that.

Speak up!: Sign a petition, yell at your neighbors, do something! Your voice matters and you can do so much with it. Hey, I’ll even get you started- there’s a petition going on and you can sign it here to join the wave of voices attempting to ban bee harming pesticides!



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Monday, December 12, 2016

Winter Spirit Week

Winter Spirit Week
Monday = Winter Morning: Wear your pajamas
Wake up get around and head to school. No need to get dressed because it’s a winter Monday morning and everyone will be sporting their comfy pajamas.
Tuesday = Jingling bell: Wear/have jingling bells to jingle
The more the merrier, right? Wear as many jingle bells you can because Tuesday is the day where you can annoy all your teachers and friends.
Wednesday = Festivus for the the rest of us: Wear just everyday clothes.
Christmas not really your thing? Think you’re strong and nobody will believe you? Well you’re in luck because Wednesday is the celebration of Festivus for the rest of us. There will a feat of strength, so you can show you’re stronger than everyone. No need to wear anything different from your everyday clothes.
Thursday = Elves Among us + Santa: Dress up as Elf or wear a Santa hat. Santa will show up during lunch.
It’s said that elves live among us. They can’t usually be seen, but on the on the 15th of December 2016, the elves that hide among us will be seen by everyone.
Friday = Ugly Sweaters: Wear your ugliest sweater because there will be a ugly sweater contest.
Get into the winter spirit before break and wear the ugliest sweater. Think your sweater is uglier than everyone else? There is only one way to find out and that’s through the ugly sweater contest that held on Friday.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Hey, students! Ready to get your dance on? Well you can on Friday, December 9th because Springwater Trail is hosting a “Polar Express” themed dance! It's from 6pm-9pm. If you’re going solo, it’s $15 and if you’re going with someone it’s $25. You should come because it’s going to be lots of fun and you'll get hot chocolate and a bell!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

It Took The United States 50 Years to Kill Fidel Castro and He Just Died

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Fidel Castro, 1959
The United States has tried to kill Fidel Castro for 50 odd some years in hundreds of outrageous ways, like an exploding cigar, poisoned wet suit, and other stupidly genius ways. And recently he died from a long illness, whoopee.
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Batista Fulgencio, 1952
 Castro was the Prime Minister of Cuba twice. He was put into office after a revolution run by him to take out the right-winged Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista.
Castro preferred communist-socialist ideals and got support from the USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republic). "Castro’s Cuba was the first communist state in the Western Hemisphere.." According to History.com. Thus making the United States freak out.
 The United States was not fond on Cuba's relationship withe the USSR. That being, Cuba had nuclear missiles and the United States wasn't having any of it.
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Raúl Castro second from the left blind folding a man and Fidel Castro
tying the mans hands. Havana, Cuba, 1959
 The United States basically cut the wire to Cuba in 1961. Cutting off imports and trade. Since 1963 United States citizens weren't allowed into Cuba. But Castro was not happy lovely dictator. He killed many people. According to The Babalú Blog, "Fidel Castro’s Cuban revolution has documented 3,615 firing squad executions conducted by the Cuban state since Castro took over on January 1, 1959." Castro also had camps called UMAPs (Units of Aid of Production) which forced people such as "Cubans who could not serve in the military due to being, conscientious objectors, homosexuals, or political enemies of the revolution." according to Wikipedia. These people where put into harsh environments and forced to work. The year 1991 was a darker year for Cuba.
 The Soviet Union had just fallen which cut off aid and trades.
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Cuban Missile Crisis Photo 
 Years later Fidel Castro resigned from Prime Minister because of a long illness in 2008. Castro has had multiple surgeries for his condition, and fainted during a speech in 2001. It was obvious that Castro was not well. Leaving Fidel's brother Raúl Castro in charge of the country.
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Raúl Castro, 2008
 On March 20th, 2015, President Obama made history being the first president to visit Cuba since 1928. Wanting to restore relations between the U.S. and Cuba. Castro died on November 25th, 2016, at the age of 90. Cuba was under rule by him for 49 years and the Cuban people lived under a communist-socialist society. Will the old be thrown out and the new come in? Only time will tell. Cuba's history has been one hell of a ride and it's not over. But it looks like it's going to be a brighter future for the Cuban people.

Monday, November 28, 2016

For Time Eternal the debate has raged on. Which is the better grunge band? Alice in Chains or Nirvana? Find out in this thrilling second episode of Shut Up It's My Turn!