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Above, PLUS Advisor, Mr. Ricchiuti, with arms wide in the air leads students in a celebration of the International Day of Peace. Below, Mr. Resendiz encourages students to join classmates on the field during the celebration. ers Uniting Students) and in partnership with Education Compact, AVID, ASB, Spirit of the Dragon, Promoting Positive Change, and DDTV, peer leaders helped stuPhoto by Jan. van Drie Zestien, Spirit Contributor dents at each For the second year in a row, students lunch period gather on the football at Del Dios Middle School united to form a symbol of peace in honor of field to form the well-known peace the International Day of Peace which symbol while Mr. Ricchiuti helped to is celebrated each September on the direct the creation of the circle. Guest 21st. Organized by PLUS (Peer Lead- Speaker, Annaly Gonzalez, shared

The Hottest Day of the Year

By: David Kinder, Staff Writer

On 9/27, Escondido was hit by a heat wave that engulfed the town to a scorching 100111 Fahrenheit. Due to the heat wave, students had to stay under the lunch pavilion. Periods 1-6 PE couldn’t go outside, so they had to watch a movie for the 55 minutes. After first period, everyone got a blast of heat in their face. Since the whole week was in the high 90’s P. E. teachers continued with the videos until it finally cooled down.

inspirational words with the students during the celebration. The International Day of Peace, also known as World Peace Day, is dedicated to peace, or specifically the absence of war. It is observed by many nations, political groups, military groups, and peoples. The first year this holiday was celebrated was 1981. To inaugurate the day, the “Peace Bell” is rung at UN Headquarters. The bell is cast from coins donated by children from all continents. It was given as a gift by the Diet of Japan, and is referred to as “a reminder of the human cost of war.” The inscription on its side reads: “Long live absolute world peace.” The PLUS theme for this year is: What do you choose? Del Dios students are working to promote peace!

Chorus Sings National Anthem By: David Kinder, Staff Writer

On September 14, Musical Director, David Gibney, led the Del Dios Music Academy as they performed the Star Spangled Banner. The fiveminute song was performed perfectly. As the whole school came to watch it, it was great. They rehearsed last week for the 14th and had their hard work paid off. Del Dios Musical Academy deserves a round of applause for their effort. Mr. Gibney did a great job teaching the kids that song so well and they did an awesome job playing the song. Since it’s National Anthem Day sing it at home, during lunch, and after school. As already said, give Mr. Gibney and his band a high-five or a pat on the back.

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October is Q+AOn Staff Mr. Baldwin By Tino Quiñonez, Kayla Douglas, Jeredith Peña, and Marlen Amador, Staff Writers

Del Dios Middle School welcomed a new lead custodian this school year. We interviewed him to learn more! Dragon: Welcome to Del Dios, Mr. Baldwin! We’d like to learn more about you! What’s your full name, where’s your hometown and where did you go to high school? baldwin: Thanks for the welcome! I’m Daniel Baldwin, born in Newport Beach and I went to Santa Ana High School.

(World) Blindness Awareness Month Celebrating the Bilingual Child Month Dyslexia Awareness Month Eat Better, Eat Together Month Emotional Intelligence Month Emotional Wellness Month Emergency Care Month Family History Month Global Diversity Awareness Month Hunger Awareness Month National AIDS Awareness Month National Book Fair Month National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, see below National Cholesterol Awareness Month National Courtesy Month National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Month National Cookie Month National Cosmetology Month National Country Ham Month National Cyber Security Awareness Month National Depression Education and Awareness Month

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Dragon: Do you have a family?

Mr. Danny Baldwin Del Dios Lead Custodian

baldwin: Yep, my wife and I have six boys ranging in ages between 15 and 27. Dragon: Have you had any other kinds of jobs? baldwin: Yes, I’ve worked in construction, but I got older and I enjoy working with kids so I decided to change careers. Dragon: What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? baldwin: Going to church with my family, watching sports, especially football, and I really enjoy surfing. Dragon: Do you think being a parent has helped to prepare you for this job; and what’s the grossest thing you’ve had to do? baldwin: Absolutely! No contest, the grossest thing to do is clean up vomit! Dragon: Do you like Del Dios? baldwin: Yes! So far, so good! I’m really enjoying it here. Thanks very much, Mr. Baldwin, for letting the Del Dios community get to know you a little better. Welcome to the family! Okay, readers, check back for the next Q&A on campus: it could be YOU!

Universal Children’s Week: 1-7 Great Books Week: 2-8 National Newspaper Week: 2-8 Nuclear Medicine Week: 2-8 World Space Week: 4-10 Once-A-Thousand Years Date: 10-10-10 Fire Prevention Week: 9-15 National School Lunch Week: 9-15

Kids’ Goal Setting Week: 10-14 World Rainforest Week: 10-16 Teen Read Week: 16-22 National Character Counts Week: 16-22 National Food Bank Week: 16-22 Freedom From Bullies Week: 16-22, see page 7 Red Ribbon Week: 25-29 @ Del Dios MS Peace, Friendship & Good Will Week: 24-30


IN THE FIGHT AGAINST BREAST CANCER Official Press Release contributed by Jamie Benton and John Hammarley Media Relations, Susan G. Komen Foundation World’s Largest Breast Cancer Organization Promises to Fight for Access, Cures

DALLAS – Oct. 1, 2010 – Energized by its new Breast Cancer Bill of Rights and evidence of the grassroots power of the breast cancer movement, Susan G. Komen for the Cure enters its 26th Breast Cancer Awareness Month asking “What Will You Promise?” in the global fight to end suffering from breast cancer. “Susan G. Komen for the Cure is promising to fight for access to quality care and ensure that a breast cancer diagnosis doesn’t mean economic ruin for a woman’s family,” said Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker, founder and CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. “We are putting the world on notice that we will fight for women everywhere for screening, education, social support and quality healthcare that will save their lives. And we are asking everyone to promise to join us in our mission to end breast cancer, forever.” Komen’s Advocacy Alliance unveiled its Breast Cancer Bill of Rights on Sept. 29 with 10 tenets that Komen will fight for at local and national levels in the United States. Internationally, Komen this summer established the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Global Health Alliance to address a growing global breast cancer crisis, especially in developing countries. Globally, 1.3 million women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year; 465,000 will die of the disease. On Sept. 30, to increase awareness and education of the grave statistic that somewhere in the world a woman dies of breast cancer every 69 seconds, the organization hosted a global social media event, gathering online supporters on all seven continents to take 69 seconds and promise to take action against the disease. Thousands of individuals from all continents took action to spread awareness and support. “We need the collective strength of all women and men who want to see this disease relegated to the history books,” story continues on page 4


he staff of the Spirit of the Dragon news staff is very excited to publish it’s first paper of the 2010-2011 season. The Del Dios newspaper has been in existence since the 1962-1963 opening of the school. New this year, is the printing on actual newsprint in the traditional tabloid size.

Spirit of the Dragon Editors Kayla Douglas Tino Quiñonez Photographers Kayla Douglas Anthony Garcia David Kinder Contributing Photographers Yearbook Staff Foreign Correspondent Zeke Lopez, 8th Grade, Italy

Staff Writers Marlen Amador Consuelo Araujo Erin Brandt Danny Butout Canaan DellaVecchia Kayla Douglas Isaiah Gadsden Medina Anthony Garcia David Kinder Arturo Osorio Jeredith Peña Beltran Miguel Perez Tino Quiñonez

Contributing Educator Writers Fran Flaherty, Del Dios MS Kathy Schrock, Nauset PublicSchools, MA Ken Shelton, Walter Reed MS Terry Shay, North Tama School Kelly Sollie Johnson, Rincon MS

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ASB President focuses on Dragon SPIRIT

By Ivan Silva, Contributing Writer

ASB President, Ivan Silva, encourages students to do well in school and make an effort to boost school SPIRIT! Photo by David Kinder

I’d just like to welcome our new 6th graders to Del Dios. It’s important that you start to feel like a DRAGON! Don’t worry about the little stuff, focus your attention on doing good in your classes because it really matters and that’s what’s going to count later on. To all you 7th graders out there, keep it together! You’re in the middle and it’s not always easy to fit in and stand out at the same time. But people do notice you and you should be focused on doing your best this year so that as 8th graders next year, you can be recognized school-wide or even districtwide! 8th graders: this is OUR YEAR! It’s

up to us to make things fun! Show up for dances, events, support your sports teams by cheering them on at the games. If you’ve got ideas for anything, let us know. ASB is for you guys! It’s also your year to really focus and improve as much as you can in your classes. This year sets up everything for high school. School spirit takes all of us! Take pride in being a DRAGON! I’d also like to give a huge shout-out to Mrs. Pluzdrak for believing in me! Thanks! I wasn’t sure about making it into ASB, and now I’m the President! It feels great!

2010-2011 yearbooks on sale NOW $30 until October 29! hardcover! for more information see mr. de neve & yearbook staff in room 37


Got a question? Asking for help isn’t stupid - it’s smart. You’re taking responsibility for what you learn. It’s no secret that the students who get good grades are often the ones who ask the most questions. By Marlen Amador, Consuelo Araujo, and Jeredith Peña Beltran Your teachers are here to help you, and not just during class. In fact, any of the teachers offering their time below don’t mind if you’re their student or not! They just want to help you be the best student you can. So take them up on their offer and stop by for some before or after school help! Teachers are a great first line of assistance for help, but they’re not the only resource you have. Lots of people and even places can help you: try friends, the librarian, school counselors, older siblings, classmates, a tutor, a relative, and even help sites on the internet. Check out EUSD’s kids’ resources at: com/a/ When you ask for help, the best thing you can do is to explain exactly what you need. Saying, “I don’t get it,” won’t help the person you ask understand what you need. Do your best to ask for specific help with something like, “Can you help me work a few problems on integers?” or “I need help understanding the difference between using colons and semi-colons.” Your helper will be focused on what you need and you’ll understand it faster since you could get right to the problem! Who: Mrs. Belfast Where: Room: 25 Day: Every day except Thursdays Time: 2:35 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Help with: Science Who: Mrs. Belfast Where: Room: 25 Day: Every day Time: 8th Grade Lunch Optional Activity: Science Fair Who: Mrs. Troyer Where: Room: 72 Day: Every day except Thursdays Time: 2:35 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Who: Mrs. Wontorsky Where: Room: 39 Day: Every day except Thursdays Time: 2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Help with: Grade 7 Reading and Language Arts. Assistance provided for all Reading/Language Arts assignments, including homework) Who: Mrs. Middleton Where: Room: 53 Day: Mondays and Wednesdays Help with: Help with Social Studies Who: Mr. Wagner Where: Room: 60 Day: Every day Time: 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Help with: Math Who: Ms. Thornton Where: Room: 26 Day: Every day Time: During Nutrition and after school Help with: Science Who: Mr. Jaquess Where: Room: 80 Day: Every day Time: Before school/Some days after school Help with: Math

Make the most of the help you get! 1. Listen! Don’t interrupt the explanation. Let your helper talk you through the answer. 2. Take notes. 3. Repeat back to your helper what he said to make sure you got it right. 4. Ask if you can work through another problem or topic together. 5. Don’t be afraid to tell your helper that you still don’t understand. 6. Try it on your own.


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Brinker said. “In our three decades at Komen, we’ve made tremendous strides against breast cancer, funding research that has led to vastly improved survival rates for many early stage cancers, and more personalized treatments for advanced and aggressive disease. Over the next 10 years, Komen will invest $1 billion more to research, and millions more to educate women about their risks. “Despite those who claim that there is too much awareness, we know that there is not enough awareness and education – we still find women who don’t understand their risks, believe old and outdated myths, or are simply too frightened to seek information,” said Brinker. “We know that early detection saves lives, and we will fight to keep screening programs available to underserved women, because education and early detection are often a woman’s first and best line of defense against this disease.” She urged supporters to redouble their efforts to end the disease. “Visit our website. Get educated. Talk to your doctor. Learn about your treatment options. Join our advocacy efforts. We need everyone to promise to take an action to end breast cancer.”

Thirty years ago, Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, Brinker founded Susan G. Komen for the Cure in her sister’s memory and launched the global breast cancer movement. That story is documented in Brinker’s bestselling memoir, Promise Me. Here are just a few of Komen’s accomplishments since that promise: Science: Komen’s $550 million investment in research over 30 years has helped cut breast cancer death rates dramatically. Today, the survival rate for breast cancer in the U.S. when caught early before it spreads beyond the breast is 98 percent compared to 74 percent in 1982 when Komen was founded. Community: Komen’s global network of community Affiliates have provided more than $1 billion since 1982 for education, screening and treatment programs, especially for underserved women. In 2009 alone, Komen and its Affiliates paid for nearly half a million breast screenings, reached 4 million women with education messages and provided 100,000 women with financial help through treatment. Advocacy: Komen Advocacy Alliance (KAA) and Komen Affiliates have helped increase fed-

Teen Read Week: Books with Beat!

Thousands of libraries, schools and bookstore across the country will celebrate Teen Read Week™ 2010, Oct. 17-23. This year’s theme is: Books with Beat @ your library®, which encourages teens to read a variety of materials, including poetry, audiobooks, books about music, and more. Teen Read Week(TM) is the national adolescent literacy initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the fastest-growing division of the American Library Association. “Teens have more activities to fill their free time than ever — web videos, social networking sites, video games, afterschool activities, athletics —and increasingly high expectations in the classroom,” said YALSA. “It’s important that we show them that reading is something that’s fun and relaxing that they can do for free. And that reading for fun can translate into better performance at school.” Parents of teens are encouraged to celebrate Teen Read Week(TM) at home, as well. YALSA offers these ideas: • Visit the public or school library with your teen to attend a program or to check out books. • Set aside time each night for the family to read. • Give books or magazine subscriptions to your teen as a gift or reward. • Share your favorite book with your teen. • Go online with your teen to learn about new books or authors. A good place to start is YALSA’s Booklists and Book Awards page, booklists. • Join a book discussion group at the school or public library. • Teen Read Week(TM) is held annually during the third week of October. An updated sponsors and supporting organizations list can be found at the Web site: teenread.

eral breast cancer research funding from $30 million in 1980 to $900 million today and ensured consistent standards for mammography and access to treatment for poor and uninsured women. Today, the KAA is leading the fight to save screening and treatment programs across the country. International: Komen’s network of global partnerships now stretches to more than 50 countries, with Brinker leading the way as the World Health Organization’s Goodwill Ambassador for Cancer Control to find innovative and cost-effective screening and education programs in developing countries. Komen has invested more than $40 million in research and outreach programs, training 25,000 women and men to become breast cancer advocates through Komen’s Course for the Cure program, with an emphasis on low- and middle-resource countries. Komen currently is funding 759 research grants around the world, exploring scientifically sound prevention strategies, more sensitive and accurate screening and more effective treatments for advanced and aggressive forms of breast cancer. “We’re proud of our accomplishments but unwilling to sit still,” Brinker said. “The next

10 years will be critical in our efforts to find treatments and cures for breast cancer. We ask our vast pink army of supporters to continue to promise to help end suffering from this disease once and for all.” To make a promise to end breast cancer, visit About Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure and launched the global breast cancer movement. Today, Komen for the Cure is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Komen Race for the Cure®, we have invested more than $1.5 billion to fulfill our promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world. For more information about Susan G. Komen for the Cure, breast health or breast cancer, visit or call 1-877 GO KOMEN.

New ‘Leso Obstacle Course’ Honors Designer: Mr. Henry Leso Photos By Kayla Douglas and Anthony Garcia Staff Writers

Photos By Kayla Douglas

On September 10, 2010, our Assistant Principal Mr. Leso was honored at Felicita Elementary School with an assembly and ribbon cutting ceremony for the new ‘Henry Leso Obstacle Course. Mr.Leso designed the fitness area, which focuses on upper body strength, for the students who attend Felicita grade school. “The children are going to see a difference in upper body strength which is important because fifth grade students have to take the California fitness test. They have to do pushups, sit ups, pull ups, and trunk lifts,” Mr. Leso told us. The students at Felicita were thrilled to see the new fitness area. “I think that this might be the biggest fitness center for the students in the district, but I’m not sure,” Mr.Leso exclaimed, pride ringing loud and clear in his voice. “Oh yes, I’m very happy that Mr. Leso came to our school today! I’m happy that I might get to see him next year in middle school,” said fifth grade student, Andres Tolbart. The field was a dream of Mr. Leso’s and although many supporters thought it was a great idea and a necessary one, it was many years before the dream received grant money so that the design could be moved to construction phase. And now, after a long process, the fitness obstacle course is a reality! We hope that Felicita Elementary has fun working out on their new fitness field! Get fit, ready for middle school and keep on roaring, strong and proud, Felicita Bobcats! We’ll see you next year!

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The Articulate Public Speaker


Based on The Articulate Executive: Learn to Look, Sound and Act Like a Leader, by Granville N. Toogood Paraphrased and summarized by Atturo Osorio and Tino Quiñonez

their thoughts and make them want to hear what you have to say. O means One Theme. Don’t go off topic. Talk about your topic only. People will get confused and lose interest in your presentation if you change topics too much. You’ll appear “... makes the capable

business person more

capable, more successful, and definitely more selfconfident...”

– Martha Stewart “... a must-read for anyone

interested in public speaking. Toogood’s tips on how to

communicate more effectively are terrific and they work.

Don’t say no! There have been people so scared of talking in front of a live audience that one has even had a heart attack. Don’t think that just because they are humans they will look for a chance to humiliate you. Speaking in front of a big audience or even a small group of people isn’t that bad. It can even be fun or exciting. Speaking in public (or for small groups) can be a chance to gain opportunities and all you have to do is open your mouth and talk. The three most common reasons why most people don’t like to talk in public (or small groups) are: 1) They don’t like presenting, 2) People don’t know how to say what they’re thinking, and, 3) People think that if they just do their job well, everything will be O.K. , they don’t really need to know how to talk to other people. However, bosses in the ‘80’s and 90’s proved them wrong. They found that people who succeed are the ones who know how to communicate. If you want to look like you know what you’re doing, you should sound like you know what you’re doing. Before giving a presentation, go over your notes. Also, go over any possible flaws that there might be in your speech. To get your audiences’ attention, get to the point quickly and say what you mean in plain English; in other words, don’t try to sound smart. There’s no point in saying, “We estimate the company financial budget to not be able to meet our employees’ expectations due to commercial backfire and insufficient growth in the market.” If no one understands what it means, you’re wasting your time. Instead, you should say, “Our company is running out of money so you might not get what you want.” See what we mean? Another way to get your audiences’ attention is to use the P.O.W.E.R. Formula. P stands for Punch. Have a good attention grabber. Use humor, a personal experience, a heart-wrenching story - something to capture

– Jack Llewelyn, CEO Ocean Spray Cranberries

unrehearsed and really unorganized. W stands for Windows. Give your audience examples of what you are talking about. That way your audience will be able to understand better and relate to what you’re talking about. E stand for Ear. Talk with your audience as if you were talking to your best friend. That way they will feel more connected with you and want to ask questions during the Q&A session. R represents Retention. This is the most important part of your presentation. The point to talking to people is to have them remember what you said, so finish with a strong ending. There is no point in having a presentation if

you end weakly. A lot of people also take the ending of a presentation into account when they make decisions about your topic. Think about designing a rocket when you talk: keep it catchy, fast, with good aim, and with a lot of meaning. Here’s some technical advice. If you’re going to read from a script, make sure that it isn’t written out word-for-word. Use a bulleted list or cue cards. You have to practice. Also don’t use the same tone of voice, it bores people and it’s really hard to listen to. Keep your sentences short. Pick familiar, everyday words, on’t use really big words that will confuse your audience. Be specific. Use strong verbs. On average, most people only pay attention for 18 minutes straight, so be sure to captivate your audience with interesting information on the subject right away. Dress for success! Have you heard the term, “Fake it until you make it”? The way you dress sends a message even before you speak. If you look the part, people will decide they can trust what you say, even before you start talking. This inlcudes being nervous and using too many gestures. If you get nervous when talking, stand behind or beside a podium and use a hand to hold on. This will help keep you from wandering and using too many hand movements. Don’t say, “um”! A Question & Answer session is very important so remember to have one at the end of your presentation. Letting people ask you questions will help you prepare your next presentation and show you what was confusing or what you should include next time. Using our advice will help, but be sure to read the book, The Articulate Executive, by Granville Toogood, for the real step-by-step advice on how to be a better public speaker!

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Photos by Yearbook Staff

Trevor MacDonald works with student on crafting a Preview Statement from the Social Studies text.

In our new PowerReading courses, students are working very hard each day to learn the skills they need for success in middle school, high school, college and life beyond. Students are working to demonstrate the personal and academic skills and dispositions needed to be successful in school through the development of reflective, metacognitive, and self-monitoring skills.

Principal cheers reading efforts By Spirit Staff Writer Principal Nuthall made a point to congratulate students that compared to last year, they checked out nearly 1,000 more books during the first 4 weeks of school. This is an amazing fact especially we have 50 – 60 less students this year! Silent Sustained Reading (SSR) is helping students strengthen their reading stamina. It’s important that we maintain the spirit of Dragon time because it’s helping students read, write, and think more. Nuthall also praised the teachers letting them know that their work with the students is making a difference! Go DRAGONS!

Three Secrets to Success

By Sally Ride, Astronaut

1. Be willing to learn new things. 2. Be able to assimilate new information quickly. 3. Be able to get along with and work with other people.


is a fourththrough twelfthgrade system to prepare students in the academic middle for fouryear college eligibility. It has a proven track record in bringing out the best in students, and in closing the achievement gap. AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Deter“I’m not the perfect mination. The AVID curstudent but I try hard, and riculum, based on rigorous standards, was developed that’s what helps me get by middle and senior high through,” said Jarvis, 16. school teachers in collaboration with college professors. It is driven by “I don’t feel like I’m the the WICR method, which role model or the star. stands for writing, inquiry, I’m just showing that it’s collaboration, and reading. AVID curriculum is possible.” used in AVID elective – Jarvis Cole, classes and in content-area Lake Highlands classes in AVID schools.

Freshman Center, Richardson ISD, Texas


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You are “Voices of Youth” By Marlen Amador, Consuelo Araujo, Danny Butout, and Jeredith Peña Beltran, Staff Writers Mr. Ricchiuti, PLUS Advisor, Be the Change Network, Site Co-Coordinator; Mrs. Murphy, Be the Change Network, Site Co-coordinator

Del Dios has a new outlet for YOUR VOICE! Are you artistic? Poetic? Creative? Inspirational? We want to celebrate your ideas, your voice, your artwork, poetry, short story, song - anything! Send your creation to or bring your artwork to Room 32 and we’ll scan it for you! Speak up and be heard! HUGE SHOUT-OUT to Mr. Ricchiuti for envisioning this section of the paper and coming up with the idea of “Voices of Youth” last year!

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WHO’s pict is this?? Guess online at


Voices of Youth

WHO’s pict is this?? Guess online at

WHO’s pict is this?? Guess online at

I want to be far away somewhere where no one knows my name; somewhere... where I can exist without judgement, without expectations; somewhere... where people will learn to love me for me.

Teen Truth

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I want to make a difference; a small wave of impact. Isabel Talavera, 8th Grade


From the Counseling Department: Contributed by Ms. Ayles and Mr. Williams

“ TEEN TRUTH & TEEN LINE have teamed up and WANT TO HELP

Stop Bullying NOW! Be The DIFFERENCE! Tell Your TRUTH! Stop Bullying NOW!

YOU! ”

—Teen Truth & Teen Line

Join The MOVEMENT! Submit a personal question to us at info@teentruthlive. com and we will ask the TEEN LINE experts how you should handle it!

I want to live simply, yet extravagantly . I want to be someone’s everything but most people’s nothing. I want to learn to love and to hate more perfectly . I want to break barriers and put some up. I want to construct and destruct. I want to discover something uncorrupt.


All-Middle School Peace Pole Planting @ Grape Day Park on Wed., 10/27

Contributed by Mr. Ricchiuti, PLUS

PLUS asks, “What do you choose?” On Wednesday, October 27, 2010, PLUS and ClubLive groups from all middle schools in Escondido will gather at Grape Day Park from 3:30 until 5:00pm to plant a Peace Pole with the Mayor and other city officials in honor of this year’s Red Ribbon Week theme: “Choose Peace not Drugs”. All Escondido community members are invited to participate and support their school’s leadership students in this symbolic ceremony.

Students pledge against gun violence By Miguel Perez and David Kinder Staff Writers The Student Pledge Against Gun Violence calls for a national observance on October 20, 2010, that will give students throughout the country the chance to sign a voluntary promise that they will never carry a gun to school, will never resolve a personal problem or dispute with a gun, and will use their influence with their friends to keep them from resolving disputes with guns. The Day of Concern will empower young people to see themselves as part of a large national initiative and to realize that they really can reverse the tide of violence. If they sign the Pledge – and mean it – oth-

ers will too. Since the first day of National Concern in 1996, more than 10 million young people have participated in the National Youth Anti-Gun Violence campaign. The signing of the pledge is the cornerstone of the message. At Del Dios Middle School the PLUS class is hosting lunch-time activities on October 20, 2010 from 11:30 am until 12:50 pm. During this activity, students will be invited to make a pledge against gun violence, sign a banner stating their support of the pledge and hear from student speakers.

The Pledge is a national observance giving students throughout the country the chance to sign a voluntary promise that they will: • never carry a gun to school • never resolve a dispute with a gun • use their influence with their friends to keep them from resolving disputes with guns The Pledge will be followed by an acknowledgment of the importance of individual decisions, multiplied. For more information, please visit www.

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Sports & Shout-Outs


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D R A G O N S 21

GAME 1: FAST FACTS #12, Charly Castillo, intercepts and returns for TD #85, Gilbert Gallegos, returns from the 5 yard line for a TD

Opening GAME


Winning score againt Rincon’s 7 points. Dragons set the dogs aflame!


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Dragons win first game! By Anthony Garcia and Arturo Osorio, Sports Writers

Team Quick Stats Hector Mendez #6 Quarterback

Gilbert Gallegos #85 Running back

Charly Castillo #12 Wide Receiver

Jonathan Cope #35 Defensive Tackle

Michael Paredes #3 Wide Receiver


Coach pleased with season opening

Coach Wagner stated he is very optimistic about the 8th Grade team and says there’s a lot of talent on the team. When we asked Coach how the plays are coming along he definitely had a preference, but of course we’re not going to tell you what that is! What, give up our strongest secrets and plays to the opponents? Not likely!

Photo by Mr. De Neve, Yearbook Advisor

Quarterback Hector Mendez, #6

said of his team, “we worked really hard to win the game. After that first win, we felt great and we’re ready to bring it to the next game. It’d be good to see more kids at the game to support our team and keep the school spirit up.” Go Dragons!


Coach Wagner

SCHEDULE Opponent Rincon


Bear Valley

Hidden Valley

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Shout ! ! s t u o Joshua M., 6th Grade

Thanks for saying hello, how are you? before I said it to you! YOU are a GREAT spirit! To: Sophia

You are the BEST From: Amy

Wide Receiver, Castillo, #12, celebrates after intercepting and running a Dragon TD. Jose Gallegos, #45, and Frankie Avila, #23, share the moment.

Bulldogs and Dragons face off in the first game of the season. Defensive linemen, Jonathan Cope #35, and Frankie Avila #23, proved valuable players as they rushed the Bulldog’s offensive line in hopes of a QB “sack”.

To: Counseling Thank you for bringing TeenTruth to our campus! - DDMS Kids

jspri nt rock ing s we To: Stephanie M. love !! Hey, BFF! You’re a really great you! friend! Thanks for always be-

To: Cierra Thank you for believing in the “Fill A Bucket” idea! You’re helping to build our school spirit! Love, Mrs. Murphy!

ing there! Love ya! 4.0 STUDENTS & JORGE... From: Vanessa G.

Former Runningback, Zack Nopens, #1, runs the ball for a TD after a hand-off from QB, Charly Castillo, #12.

AHTZIRI! Hello! Always & 4ever! Jazzie & Brii

Kelly S. Hey, Freckles! Thanks for the brownies! They were sooooo good! Can you make some more? Samantha

Keep getting those A’s! We’re proud of you!!! To Monica R & Reana P Thanks for always being there! To: Mrs. A C You guys know I’ll always be there A BIG thank you for always having something nice to for you! Reana, I’m sorry for say to me, saying hi and smiling to all the kids, and for your loss. Valeria being a good teacher! From: Brenda G.

Shou t outs !!

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In the Real World

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Dragon staff writers asked people of various ages around the planet and in different occupations to think about tolerance in their lives. We asked them to reflect on a time they had shown tolerance to someone else or had been shown tolerance by others. As we started getting responses in, we noticed that tolerance wasn’t something that you talk about in middle school and leave it; it’s something that you have to deal with outside of school, and pretty much for the rest of your life. From around the globe, this is what we heard: pirit of the

“Good question! There are so many things I can think of! I guess the main thing is that in my travels, because of others’ willingness to learn about me and me about them, [being tolerant] has opened my eyes to many experiences and a knowledge that otherwise would have never happened.” Ken Shelton Middle School Computer Teacher Walter Reed Middle School “In the course of my career in education I have seen hundreds of times where one student shows tolerance towards another student that it enriches the lives of both students so much. The one instance I can recall is when one of my students went out of her way to include another student, who was in a wheel chair into their peer group. The student in the wheel chair had a new group of friends and you could see her smile... she had a much better and enriching high school experience.” - Anonymous “Little People of America (LPA) is an organization dedicated to the well being of people with short stature. Years ago, while attending an LPA convention, I approached a woman who was standing alone. She had a different type of dwarfism than my own and was much shorter than me. While I chatted with her, she confessed that she came to the convention to make friends, but she’s not having any luck. She said that there are cliques within the LP community, as well, and some dwarfs are standoffish to other types. I discovered, as I chatted with this new friend, that if we are to expect others to show us tolerance, we have to show it to others.” Fran Flaherty Language Arts Teacher Del Dios Middle School

“There is an old saying that you should never judge a person until you have walked a mile in their shoes. I teach music and computers with kids from grade 4-12, and I also teach a college class at night. During the last college class, I was rather angry with a woman in my class who did not have her work done and seemed to be staring off into space most of the class. After the class was over, the woman came up to me and apologized. There was a long list of struggles the woman was having that week, including a dead

Tolerance is the key to fostering personal growth and a better understanding of not only yourself, but of others. – Ken Shelton

computer and broken down car. If I had yelled at her during class, I would have made the problems worse. Tolerance is a very important thing to be concerned with. Sometimes, the key to being tolerant is to find out a person’s story and try to find ways to make things better. Finding out a person’s story can help you deal with all sorts of people in life. Terry Shay North Tama School and FableVision Learning

“I know it’s a language thing, but it might also be the economic state of things. But as far as communicating, I think they are just as frustrated with me as I am when trying to talk with them. But I haven’t really asked anyone. “As far as economics go, take the bus situation. The drivers are Italian and the schedules are very unrealiable because even though they’re required to work a minimum of three days in the week, they don’t.

Illustration by Peter H. Reynolds


is a very important thing to be concer ned with.” - Terry Shay

“I don’t like it when someone is making fun of you when you’re trying to be yourself. I don’t think that’s showing tolerance of people who are different from you.” Xyra Billones, ‘11 Student Del Dios Middle School “‘You can’t think your way into right livin’. You have to live your way into right thinkin’.’ A friend of mine, Gene C., used to say that. Hitler used to think a lot. Despite all his big thinking, he didn’t live right. Ultimately, his thinking destroyed him. I see a similar mentality in the gangs around town. They think big, but their big thoughts and the actions associated with those thoughts are destructive, hurtful and from darkness rather than filled with light and hope and a desire to better humanity. Maybe not now, and maybe not in my lifetime, but someday that mindset will destroy them just like it did Hitler and his regime. Concerned Escondido Resident “Wouldn’t it be such a wonderful world if we could respect each other for who we are? Humans. We all bleed the same color.” Kelly Solie Johnson Rincon Middle School

“I moved to Italy this summer, for my 8th grade year. I haven’t seen much in the way of outright tolerance or intolerance, but I can say that it’s difficult when trying to communicate with the Italians. I think it’s more a matter of tolerating the communication diffuilcties instead of the people.

“It’s not easy to be patient or tolerant of the situation. We have to wait at the bus stops for hours for another driver to come. Sometimes, the scheduled driver is just taking a really long break. “Some people are pretty mad and say stuff when the driver finally gets there, but some just get on because if a driver feels fit he can just decide that you can’t get on the bus. I don’t say anything. “All government workers have the authority to make those decisions; technically anyone who suspects you of somthing can detain you for 24 hours. I’ll have to check the details on that, but I’m pretty sure that’s it.

“TolerancE is a choice of action.” - Zeke Lopez

As far as whether or not I think my not saying anything is tolerant, I’d have to say no. I don’t think tolerance happens when you’re forced into a decision. Tolerance is a choice of action.” Zeke Lopez, ‘11 Former DDMS Student Currently Contributing from Italy

“To me, being tolerant has always caused me to think about my actions towards others. The first thing I always try to do is treat everyone in the same way. I do this by being supportive, open, caring, and a good listener. The second way thinking about tolerance has changed my actions is that I “pay it forward” and encourage others to do the same. If someone does something nice for me, I do something nice for someone else. If someone helps me out in a time of need, I help someone else in a time of need. When you make “pay it forward” the way you do things, you do wind up treating everyone equally!” Kathy Schrock, Director of Technology Nauset Public Schools, Cape Cod, MA Creator of Kathy Schrock’s Guide for Educators Educational Technology and Gadget Geek

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after public book burning, 15-yr old girl steals book from mayors private stash and hides jew

By Sara J. Bloomfield

Permission to reprint article granted by Andrew Hollinger, Director, Media Relations, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Sept. 27, 2010

September 9, 2010 As we witnessed with grave alarm the recent threat by a Florida pastor to burn the Koran, we were reminded that book burnings are not new as potent ideological expression and an effective political tool. From the destruction of the Alexandrian Library in ancient times to the burnings of Harry Potter in our own day, they reflect an understanding of the immense power of ideas and their free expression—a concept fundamental to our democratic enterprise. Certainly, one could even argue that it is precisely that freedom of expression that permits the right to burn books. And it’s important to recognize that a tiny congregation in Gainesville is hardly the same as a mass movement that obtains political power. And yet with today’s technology, the power of individuals can be dangerously amplified. This is a moment for some historical reflection. In the spring of 1933, the Nazi regime was still in its infancy, working hard to solidify its power with the elites and other key segments of German society. This required the newly-created Ministry for Popular Enlightenment and Propaganda to bring German arts and culture in line with Nazi ideology. Removing Jews and other “undesirables” from cultural organizations and banning artists who created “degenerate” works of art were the first steps. Then on April 6, 1933, with the regime less than three months old, the German Student Association’s Main Office for Press and Propaganda proclaimed a nationwide “Action Against the Un-German Spirit” that would culminate in a literary “cleansing” by fire. It was an impressive grass roots effort. Local chapters of the student association were to prepare press releases and articles, provide blacklists of “un-German” authors, sponsor prominent Nazis to speak at public gatherings, and negotiate for radio time. They also drafted twelve “theses”— a deliberate evocation of Martin Luther’s theses—which exalted the importance of a “pure” national language and culture. The students described the effort as a response to a worldwide Jewish “smear campaign” against Germany and a reaffirmation of German values.

rituals called for Nazi officials, professors, university rectors and student leaders to address the crowd. Then, as bands played, students threw truckloads of books that had been confiscated from libraries and bookstores onto bonfires with great ceremony, shouting “fire oaths.” In the center of Berlin, 40,000 witnessed Joseph Goebbels proclaim, “No to decadence and moral corruption! Yes to decency and morality in family and state.” In all about 25,000 volumes were burned across the country. Some were books by Jewish authors but most were not. The works of writers such as Upton Sinclair, H.G. Wells, Jack London, Ernest Hemingway, Sinclair Lewis, and Helen Keller were consumed in the fires of hate. Keller defiantly responded with an open letter to the German students: “History has taught you nothing if you think you can kill ideas. Tyrants have tried to do that often before and the ideas have risen up in their might and destroyed them.” Undeterred by the almost universal condemnation, the Nazis began to assume ever greater control of German intellectual, political, and cultural life. Within twelve years of the book burnings, they would murder six million Jews and millions of other innocent civilians across the European continent. We can only speculate on the motives of the Florida pastor, and individual actions are surely not state power. But history teaches us the consequences of action—and inaction. Although the Nazi book burnings caused immediate outrage in Europe and the United States, it did not last long. Perhaps for us today the most important aspect of the Nazi book burnings is not what the Germans did, but what others failed to do. Sara J. Bloomfield, Director

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Contact: Andrew Hollinger Director, Media Relations (202) 488-6133

A month later, on May 10, 1933, in most university towns, right-wing students marched in torchlight parades to protest the “un-German spirit.” The highly scripted

Students visit Museum of Tolerance Spirit of the Dragon Staff Writer 8th Grade AVID students toured the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles on Wednesday, October 5. During the visit, students engage in state-of-the-art, interactive exhibits that expose the dynamics of prejudice and discrimination historically and today. As visitors enter the museum, they begin an historical journey through the Holocaust exhibit and receive a photo passport card of a child whose life was changed by the Holocaust. The visit is a powerful one for many students.

“You’re connected to another human being by carrying their card, and as you travel though the different areas in the museum you really begin to understand what horrible things happened to so many people,” one student reflected. “It was really hard to see.” Not just about the Holocaust, the museum evokes strong feelings from people through its exhibits on Prejudice, Respect, and Social Justice. The Museum of Tolerance has a very interactive website you can visit at: you can view for mformation at

By E. Brandt, Book Reviewer Jacket Photograph by Colin Anderson

Set in World War II, Germany, this is a story of a young girl, told by Death - an interesting point of view. Liesel Meminger is taken, at age nine, to live in Moching, Germany with a foster family in a workingclass neighboorhood of tough kids. She arrives having just stolen her first book, The Gravedigger’s Handbook (even though she doesn’t know how to read). Her foster father, a gentle hard-working painter, reads to her from The Gravedigger’s Handbook each night when she wakes from her nightmares and eventually Liesel learns to read. Over the next few years, Liesel collects more stolen books, the first from the bonfire of a book burning in the public square of the town. She also steals from the Mayor’s wife’s personal library, though the woman knows she’s doing this. There are so many things that make this story really good to read. It’s narrated by Death which makes it different from anything I’ve ever read before. It’s horribly sad at the end and along the way, Liesel experiences so many tough situations that I had to keep reading to find out what would happen. I can’t imagine hiding a person in the basement and fearing that every time a neighbor walks by my family and I could be turned in to the authorities and put in prison. Reading the back cover of the book got me really interested in reading it. It reads, “By her brother’s graveside, Liesel Meminger’s life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Gravedigger’s Handbook left there by accident, and it is her first act of thievery. So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help

of her accordian playing foster-father, learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor’s wife’s library, wherever there are books to be found. But these are dangerous times. When Liesel’s foster family hides a Jew in their basement, Liese’s world is both opened up and closed down.” One of the book reviews Markus Zusak that helped me decide to read this Max paints over pages of “Mein Kampf” book is included and draws a comic book below. Beware, for Liesel. the story is a little THE BOOK THIEF By Markus Zusak. hard to get into it, because of the Alfred A. Knopf. 552 pp. $16.95. (Ages 12 and up) way it’s narrated, but once you get used to the style and let yourself get into it - you will be changed! I hope you enjoy The Book Thief! “Although I was skeptical at first, I quickly grew to love the book and could not wait to pick it up every night to see what trouble Rudy and Liesel would find themselves in next. The book is not a happy, feel good book, although it does have its moments, but I don’t think you can expect that from a book set in WWII. It is a book that makes you think about life and how precious every life is, no matter the color or creed. This book stole my heart!” from Lisa Bryant, an book reviewer.


The Back Page

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Principal swallows nail and lives By Canaan Wolf and David Kinder Staff Writers Mr. Nuthall, new principal of Del Dios, joined the community early this calendar year, but didn’t open the school under his leadership until this 2010-2011 school year. With so many different directions he could have taken our campus, he decided to narrow it down to a few really important things: create a safe and caring learning environment, focus on reading and writing more, and think about thinking more so that students achieve more. “Spirit of the Dragon” staff writers had the opportunity to chat with Principal Nuthall for a few minutes, which isn’t hard because he’s al-

ways walking around campus when all the students are out. Here’s what we learned: Spirit: So, Mr. Nuthall, what is your big vision for this school year ? Nuthall: I believe that the students at Del Dios are capable of amazing results! With excellent instruction and just right support they will succeed! Spirit: What was your favorite subject in school? Nuthall: In high school, my favorite subject was Social Science but my favorite subject to teach is physics. Spirit: What college did you go to?

“When I was 12, I swallowed a nail!”

what do you say? “I use the recycling container on my porch and I say, ‘Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle!’”

PN: Cal Poly San Luis Obisbo Spirit: Do you like vegetables? Nuthall: Yes. Spirit: Which is your favorite? Nuthall: Hmm... Asparagus! CD: What are three words that pop into your head when I say Del Dios? Nuthall: Hmm... Dragons... great kids... and committed to success! Spirit: Are you enjoying your job here? Nuthall: Yes! I like being with the kids and I like the energy here! Spirit: Got an interesting piece of info to

add? Nuthall: When I was 12, I swallowed a nail. Spirit: Wow! That’s crazy! Details! Nuthall: Well, my father was a plumber and I used to help him sometimes. One day, when I was about 12, my father and I were fixing pipes; we were under the house. He was welding the pipes and I was nailing them in place. I tapped the nail in place, but it slipped and I failed to move my head in time. The nail just fell into my mouth. It fell in sideways and I swallowed it! It slowly worked its way down. I had nightmares about it for years!

ddms students talk about recycling...

“I put bottles in the recycling can and go to the recycling place, yeah!”

“I smash cans. I don’t recy- “I toss bottles and pacle too much. I smash them pers in the recycling bins.” and give them to people who do recycle.”

Dear Abby, Sometimes, I can’t do my homework because my sister cries a lot! What should I do? Sincerely,Homework Girl

Dear Homework Girl, If you have too many distractions, pack up and head somewhere else; somewhere where you CAN focus. Try the backyard, library, or even Grandma's house! If you do have to stay around the house, choose the quietest room to do the work, and let others know that you need to be left alone. Call it being in your "homework zone!" If YOU have a question and want some advice, write to me at!



interested in creating comics for the newspaper? send a sample of your work to or bring a sample to room 32!

The Hunger Games

is a violent, jarring, speed-warp of a novel that generates nearly constant suspense which makes you never want to put the book down.

I just love the way that Collins wrote this book, The Hunger Games definitely caught my attention. I was very obsessed over this book; I never wanted to put it down! I hear that the second book, Catching Fire, is really intense. Both books one and two of the Hunger Games are in Del Dios Library. - Erin Brandt Spirit of the Dragon Book Reviews

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