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May 2012

prom pics pg. 4

to tan or not to tan? pg. 10

roommates 101 pg. 8

r-word pg. 12

Don’t F orge t About School

(A few things to keep in mind before you “lose it” to the never-ending summer heat. (

15% of the grade? STA A R/ E O C English I, II, and * The III writing test will be administered over two days for better assessment, as well as to allow for the inclusion of embedded fieldtest items. will be more open * There ended questions in the math

First time 9th grade students scores from STAAR EOC assessments will be reflected on their transcript and will count towards their cumulative score as a graduation requirement. Scores will NOT factor as 15 percent of their course grade this year.

TA K S The revised math TAKS for high school will be implemented when new textbooks/ teaching materials become available for use.

and science tests (gridable). is designed to * Test determine college readiness.

All students attending any college next year must have proof of a meningitis shot prior to attending school.

Remember: these are tests you’ve been prepared for so don’t stress yourself out.

Summer Reading English I Pre-AP A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah

English II Pre-AP The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

English III AP Language and Composition Slouching Toward Bethlehem by Joan Didion

English IV AP Literature and Composition/Dual Credit The Road by Cormac McCarthy

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Page by: Emily Cornell

College Trends! Sleep

with a nt! r o l o fc pri Pop o nd white a black

Don’t forget the sheets!


A must have for the shower!

Easy to use laundry bag!

Show your school spirit!


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Fashionable and cozy towel wrap!


Never m with th iss an assig n is dry erase ment board !

Get organized with baskets!

Remember the good times!

Page by: Rachael Chandler

College Survival


iHOME lamp! Nuff said.

Cute USB hub!

You have to have hangers!

Scentsy is a must have!

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PROM 2012

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Get Ready For


Get your announcements in the mail, you want to let all of your family and friends know about the big day.

Tie up any lose ends. Pay off any library fines, class dues, and return all text books. Keep your grades up! Your ranking freezes, NOT your actual grades!

You might want to start a scrapbook of all the fun senior-only activities that take place at the end of the year.

Invest in a box of tissues for both you and your parents. Graduation Day is going to be emotional. 6 pause

Dress appropriately. Don’t wear jeans. Guys should wear slacks and a white button down collared shirt. Girls should wear a dress or skirt that won’t show below your gown.

Time to Party!

Graduation Day isn’t complete without a party, and a party is not complete without great snacks. Look at these recipies for some ideas.

recipie from Betty Crocker

Diploma Cookies 1/3 cup butter or margarine,

softened 1/3 cup shortening 3/4 cup packed brown sugar 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon vanilla 1 egg 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1/4 cup whole wheat flour 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips, melted

1. Beat butter, shortening and brown sugar until creamy. Beat in baking powder, salt, vanilla and egg. Stir in flour. Divide dough in half. Cover and refrigerate about 2 hours. 2. Heat oven to 375°F. Roll each half of dough into 15x6-inch rectangle on floured surface. Cut lengthwise into three 15x2-inch strips, then cut crosswise into two 7 1/2x2-inch strips. Working quickly, spread about 1 teaspoon melted chocolate over one strip to within 1/4 inch of one long side. Gently roll up, starting at long side with chocolate. Repeat with remaining cookie strips and chocolate. Cut each roll into 2 pieces; roll each cookie slightly to shape. On ungreased cookie sheet, place cookies about 1 inch apart. 3. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are firm. Cool 1 minute; remove to cooling rack. Cool completely. Place remaining chocolate in plastic bag. Cut hole in corner and squeeze out chocolate to look like ties.

recipie from

Pepperoni Pizza Monkey Bread

2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced 4 Tbsp butter 2 lbs pizza dough 48 slices of Turkey pepperoni (from 1 package)

pages by: Hannah Divine

2-3 cups marinara sauce, warmed, for serving 6 oz mozzarella cheese, cut into small cubes ( 48 pieces)

1.Heat garlic and butter over medium heat just until the garlic begins to brown. Remove from heat and let sit. 2.Lightly brush the inside of a bunt pan (or other oven-safe dish) with garlic butter. 3.Pull off large marble-sized balls of dough and flatten (~2/3 of an ounce, a kitchen scale makes this very easy). Top with a slice of pepperoni and a cube of mozzarella. 4.Wrap the dough around the pepperoni and cheese, pinching well to seal. 5.Very lightly brush the pizza ball with garlic butter and place into the bundt pan (I dabbed the pizza balls on a butter-dipped silicon brush to keep butter use low - there will be 1+ Tbsp leftover - and my hands butter free. Buttery hands make it hard to get the pizza balls to seal). 6.Repeat until all of the dough is used. 7.Cover and let sit for 30 minutes, while preheating the oven to 400. 8.Bake for 35 minutes, until the top is very brown. 9.Remove from the oven and let sit for 10 minutes. 10.Turn out onto a platter and serve with warmed marinara sauce for dipping.

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Roommates 101 Do’s:

Speak up! If you have an issue to discuss, talk to your roommate(s) about it!

Clean up after yourself! No one likes a messy roommate! Let the small things go! If it’s not that important, let it go!

Don’t Judge! You never know a person until you get to know them!


Sharing is not caring! Sharing small things can be good but little things become big things and result in a huge argument!

Don’t gossip about your roommate! Words spread fast and it will eventually start unwanted drama!

Don’t expect to be BFF’s! If you do become best friends, thats great, but don’t get your hopes up!

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Page by: Rachael Chandler

Getting Involed Just because high school is ending, doesn’t mean your life as a social butterfly has to! Here are some great ways to stay involved in college

Join a fraternity or sorority: Joining a sorority/fraternity is a big way to get involved in school. Also, joining one could make you a lot of friends! Some sororities help you through school with study groups and mandatory homework time. Some focus on service like APO and give you the opportunity to help those in your community.

Intramural sports: You don’t necessarily have to be on the basketball team to play in college. Most colleges offer intramural sports. Intramural sports are like a club sport. You meet up with people that like the same sport as you and you just play! No competitions and no district meets. Just you and your buddies playing for fun!

Page By: Shalini Maharaj

Go to campas events: Many colleges host campus events during the school year. Many of the events hosted are based around a certain interest that you may like or want to know more about. You don’t necessarily have to be in a club or organization to go to these events because they are open for the student body. At Lone Star during finals week, they host a campus rally to get you prepared for your finals.

Join a club: Just like in high school. A lot of clubs are in college! If you have an interest in something, you can find a club that has that same interest. But what if your school doesn’t have a club for it? Ask an advisor to be a sponsor for your club idea and get a group of people together to make it into a club!

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To Tan The sun is your friend right? If you wear sun screen it is, but if you go out in its rays without the proper protection it could be giving you more than your daily source of vitamin D. A lot of young teens aren’t paying attention to the damage of the sun beating down on them all day and avoid the sunscreen. Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer and is spreading worldwide. Melanoma usually appears as a mole that changes color, texture, grows, or becomes irregular in shape. In men, melanoma most commonly appears on the upper body between the shoulders, hips, head and neck. In women, it is usually on the lower legs. The chance of getting Melanoma increases as you get older, but you can get it at any age. Like many cancers, if it is found early, you can treat it and increase your chance of recovery but, if it is caught in it’s later stages it may become untreatable. Melanoma is caused by exposure to large amounts of UV rays. UV radiation comes from the sun and indoor tanning beds. Artificial tanning lights are NOT safe! Their strong and harmful rays penetrate deep into your skin, speeding up aging, causing wrinkles early, and damaging the skin cells resulting in tumors and skin cancer. Recent studies prove the risk of melanoma is increased by 300% for people who use tanning beds occasionally and 800% for people who use tanning beds more than 10 times a year (NCI). A contributor to this growing problem is that tanning salons are currently not required to warn people about the known health risks that the tanning beds hold. People who burn easily or never tan in the sun should not use tanning beds. Using the right sunscreen for your skin type can lower your risk of getting skin cancer, however sunscreen will not fix any already done damage to your skin. One way to do a check for cancer are the ABCD’s of detection. So ask yourself these questions; Asymmetrical one half of the mole’s appearance match the other half? Border-Are the edges rigid, blurry, or jagged? Color-Is the color unusual and does it have different shades of brown,tan,or black? Diameter-How big is the mole? Is it about 6mm(The size of a pencil eraser)?

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month! May 27th is Sunscreen Day!

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n or not to Tan? The bottom line is, people love to be tan and as long as there are people on earth, they will be tanning, outdoors and indoors. With all types of tanning, knowing your facts and taking special precautions can prevent burning.

Make sure your aware of your altitude. Ultraviolet exposure increases with altitude.

Even your lips can get sunburned, be sure to wear medicated lip balm such as Blistex.

Put sunscreen on 15-30 minutes before you go outside.

Between the times of 11am and 3pm the suns rays are the strongest.

Even on cloudy days, your skin is still exposed to harmful rays.

Always check for family history of skin cancer.

Put sunscreen on every 2 to 3 hours and after sweating and swimming.

People who always burn before tanning are more likely to get melanoma.

Staying the shade can reduce your risk of skin cancer.

People who have fairskin, blonde, or light brown hair, blue and green eyes burn easily.

Use sunscreen every day, at least SPF 15 and that protects against both types of rays.

15 minutes in a tanning bed is equal to a whole day’s exposure at the beach

Spray tans and sunless tanning lotions are safer alternatives than tanning beds.

Wearing sunglasses can prevent too much sun exposure to your eyes.

Skin cancer will never be 100% preventable.

Pages By: Annie Shewmake

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In 2008, the Special Olympics athletes decided for a change, inspiring the launch of the website, which protests the inappropriate use of the R-word in common usage. Multiple credible newspapers, like the Columbia Tribune and Denver Post, have recently had articles on stopping the trend of using the “R” word. It is becoming a trend that is slowly taking over, gaining followers as it expands. has, among its articles, a few blogs, which have reformed and are now advocating Spread the Word to End the Word. “I was wrong,” Molly said. “But I am reformed.” Molly is a blogger that reaches a large

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audience on her blog Mollywood. Her post, “Confessions of a former ‘R’ word user”, has been seen by her multitude of loyal readers. Like Molly, many people are using all different edges of mass media to reach out. From blogs to Professional writers, people are helping awareness go to the population. Writer Jenny Wade, from the Columbia Tribune and mother of a intellectually disabled boy, invites the reader to listen to what she--and many others--believe. “It is amazing what can be accomplished when people come together,” Wade said. And the truth of this statement is being seen everywhere, including here at Kingwood Park.

Different people from all walks of life are coming together to stand for something they believe in. We have a signed banner promising to defunct the “R” word to attest to that. But, by far, the most impressive accomplish for the movement is President Barrack Obama’s 2010 Rosa’s Law, which replaced the words “mentally retarded” with “intellectual disability” in federal policies. Now, all that is left to be done is to put the right words to our actions.

By: Emily Cornell

KPHS InA c t i o n

Despite the fact that others may see them as disabled, Carly, Ethan, Jake and Corey have the ability to be whatever they wish.

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Summer Jobs Want to make money during the summer? Check out these awesome jobs to help keep you cool! Become a lifeguard! You can apply at your local pool to be lifeguard. You get to have a fun job and get a tan at the same time! Don’t forget the sunscreen!

Apply to a fast food restaurant! It may not be the most glamorized job, but you can gain some real-world experience from it, and make bank along the way!

Be a babysitter! Parents will be looking for some time alone after taking care of their kids during summer, so put up some flyers or an ad on Kingwood Underground and let the offers roll in!

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Work in an ice cream shop! Want a job and a way to escape the heat? Work in an ice cream shop! It’s a great way to earn money and stay cool at the same time.

Work in retail! Not only will you get to stay out of the heat, but you can get a discount on cute summer clothes!

Work at the zoo! If you’re an animal person, working at the zoo is a great job for you! You can learn how to take care of animals, and earn money while doing something easy and fun!

Money Matters Don’t blow all of the money you earned this summer on silly things! We’ll teach you how to to carefully save and spend your money. Start a savings account


Go to your local bank and ask for more information about creating a savings and checking account. You may want to take a parent with you if you are under 18.

Set a long-term goal

Make it direct Set up a direct deposit so the money you earn from work goes straight into your checking account.

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Make a plan After each paycheck, choose a certain percentage of the money to go into your savings account, and the rest will go into your checking account.

Maybe you’re saving early for college, or you’re in need of a new car. Remember your goal that you’re saving for and don’t touch your savings account!

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Be a saver When the end of summer comes near, check to see how much you have saved. You’ll be surprised what a little planning and saving can do! Pages by: Britta Erickson


Keep saving If this system works for you, don’t just use it during the summer! Use it during the school year as well. You’ll be rolling in money in no time!

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Cinco deM a y o Baked Chicken and Spinach Flautas Yields 10 Flautas Prep Time: 15 min; Total Time: 45 min. To shred poached chicken easily, put it into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and mix on medium for 45 seconds. Store-bought rotisserie chicken can be substituted for the poached chicken to save time.

A celebration of Mexican culture and heritage on May fifth.


Commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867).


Traditions include parades, mariachi performances, and festivals. A big festival takes place in San Marcos, Texas, home to the statewide Menudo cook-off.


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1. Preheat the oven to 450*F. 2. Put the chicken in a deep sided saute pan and cover with the water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer for 10 minutes. Remove the chicken from the liquid and shred it. Mix together the chicken and seasonings. 3. Pour out all but 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid. Add the jalapeno and spinach and cook over low heat until for 2-3 minutes, or until the spinach is wilted. 4. Cut the tortillas in half. Spoon 1/10th of the chicken (about 1 tablespoon) along the long edge of a tortilla. Repeat with the spinach and cheese. Roll the tortilla up, starting with the straight edge. Place seam-side down on an oiled baking sheet. Repeat with remaining tortillas. 5. Brush the flautas with olive oil or spray with cooking spray. Bake for 10 minutes, then turn them over and bake for until 10 minutes, or until crispy. Serve with salsa. Each flauta has approx. 180 calories, 9 grams fat, 6 grams carbs, 1 gram fiber, 18 grams protein

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1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 4) 2 cups Water 1 teaspoon Paprika 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder 1 teaspoon ground Cumin 1 teaspoon Chili Powder 1 Jalapeno Pepper, minced 3 cups Baby Spinach, chopped 5 burrito-size Flour Tortillas (9 inches) 6 ounces melting cheese, shredded 1 tablespoon Olive Oil, or cooking spray Salsa, for serving Page by: Emily Cornell

Memorial Day Memorial Day Facts Memorial Day became a federal holiday in 1971. Memorial Day is usually celebrated on the last Monday of May. Waterloo, N.Y. is considered the birthplace of this holiday because the people of Waterloo were the first people to proclaim a day on May 5, 1866 to honor the soldiers who died in the Civil War. The Southern States of Alabama and Mississippi observe the last Monday in April as Confederate Memorial Day. Georgia observes April 26th, North and South Carolina observe May 10th, Virginia observes the last day of May. Louisiana and Tennessee observe June 3 and Texas celebrates Confederate Heroes Day, January 19th.

Memorial Day Observance Wear red poppies on Memorial day to honor those who died serving the United States during war. At 3 p.m. local time, Americans should pause for a moment of silence or listen to “Taps”. Decorate your house with flags and flowers in rememberance of the soldiers who fought for us.

Page by: Britta Erickson

FAQ Why is Memorial Day celebrated on May 30? Three years after the Civil

War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30. This date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country.

Who started the custom of wearing red poppies? In 1915, inspired by the

poem “In Flanders Fields,” Moina Michael replied with her own poem: “We cherish too, the Poppy red That grows on fields where valor led, It seems to signal to the skies That blood of heroes never dies.”

She then came up with an idea of wearing red poppies on Memorial day in honor of those who died serving the nation during war. She was the first to wear one, and sold poppies to her friends and co-workers with the money going to benefit servicemen in need. What is the National Moment of Remembrance Resolution? In the year 2000, the National Moment of Remembrance Resolution passed. At 3pm on Memorial Day all Americans are asked to voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a moment of remembrance and respect by pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to “Taps”.

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The events

to look forward to in: The Month of May

National Photograph Month


May Day

2nd Florence + the Machine @ Version Wireless theatre 4th Senior Picnic 5th 8th 13


Ch an dle Rac hae l

Eat What You Want Day

r’s Bir thd ay

National Teachers Day


Love a Tree day

Drake @ the Toyota Center


Pick Strawberries day

23rd Lucky Penny Day 26th 28th 20 pause



Mothers Day

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Cinco De Mayo

Graduation @ Reliant Stadium

27th National Sunscreen Awareness day Memorial day

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Summer on! June

National Accordion Awareness Month Monday










National Yo-Yo Day



Fathers Day

One Direction @ the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion

Hug Your Cat day




LMFAO @ the Toyota Center

18 Smashing 19 Pumpkins: Oceania released


Pages By: Shalini Maharaj



Last Day of School

2 Nickleback @ the House of Blues








Best Friend day

Flag Day




9 Donald Duck Day

‘Let it go’ Day



Sunglasses day



Waffle Iron day


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