ERIE VOL. XXXII NO. 2 DEC 2019
The Aerie is a publication by and for the students of Templeton High School, Templeton, CA, 93465
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Terror in the toilets: bathrooms suffer from vandalism at THS by Kyleigh Austin and Vivienne Giroux, staff writers The recent string of bathroom vandalism has become a growing concern to the Templeton High School staff and students. The B-Wing, locker pod, and STEM building bathrooms have all been vandalized repeatedly over the past year. The defacements range from minimal to costly damage: wet toilet paper on the walls, urine on the toilet paper dispensers, broken soap dispensers emptied around the room, and objects shoved into the toilet. The damage affects a lot of the staffs’ jobs. When asked how long it took to clean up, THS custodian, Rich, stated it’s “time consuming for the overworked custodial crew that’s already pressed for time to get things cleaned.” It’s not just our THS staff who have had to work on fixing our bathrooms. Our THS vice principal, Nancy Needham, says “it’s a snowball effect…. when there’s things shoved in a toilet and we can’t fix it. . . you’ve got to get a plumbing company out here and it shuts down those bathrooms. It goes beyond what [the custodial staff] are capable of doing.” These bathroom damages not only cause an inconvenience for the staff but
to the students as well. When several bathrooms are closed down, students don’t have a place to go to the bathrooms and have to hold it until after school. THS has started to crack down on the vandlism by instaling cameras outside the THS bathrooms and our principal, Mr. Aston, is inspecting the boys’ bathrooms regularly. The actions of a few students are negatively affecting the whole school. “It’s a lack of respect for the people and property around you” says Ms. Needham. Needham urges students to, “[ask yourselves] - is this who we are? And is this how we want to be identified, that we are a disrespectful generation [and] it’s all about me?” Punishments for vandalism can range from detention to suspension depending on the severity of the damage. Incidents have already cost the school hundreds of dollars in time and materials. If the damage is costly enough, the administration will consider referring the incident to Deputy Munoz for criminal charges, which can include up to one year in county jail or a fine of up to $10,000 for felony vandalism, which is vandalism to property over $400.
photo credit: Sage Gleason
photo credit: Sage Gleason
Vandalism found in the school bathrooms after recent construction
Templeton winter happenings Check in and see what events are coming up this winter season Many of Templeton High School’s clubs and organizations have upcoming events planned this winter. Cocoa and Cram is on December 11th after school in the MPR. This is an opportunity for students to finish study guides and get help from teachers and peer tutors. On Saturday December 14th at 7 P.M., ASB will be hosting the second annual Holiday Tree Lighting and Movie Night in the quad. There will be hot chocolate, popcorn and candy for sale. Hosted by our senior class, this year’s Winter Formal will take place at the Paso Robles Inn from 7:30 to 10:00 P.M. on Saturday, January 18th. The theme this year is Winter Wonderland and the dress code is formal. Tickets can be purchased through Sheila in the office.i
Grace Thayer staff writer
Koby Wescom advertisement manager
FFA Convention FFA Public Relations Commitee Perspective, Growth, Inspiration, and Friendship. These were the words used to describe the 92nd National FFA Convention and Expo held in Indianapolis, Indiana this year. On October 30th, the Templeton FFA officer team (Dean Hill, Abbey Brady, Cody Kuster, Katy Simonin, Alic Aurignac, and Shane Brennan) and two senior members (Jessica Welcher and JoEllen Wall) left for Indianapolis. The National FFA Convention and Expo is a conference where young men and women from across the nation get the opportunity to improve their leadership skills and communicate with, “people from all over [the United States], and experience multiple dialects and cultures from different states’’ said Shane, our chapter and sectional Sentinel. Attendees visited historical monuments and attractions, learned about the agriculture industry in the FFA “Blue Room”, listened to inspirational speakers, and the retiring address of our National President, Luke O’Leary. The National Convention not only helped improve leadership, but also helped to inspire our officer team. Alic, our chapter Reporter and sectional Vice President, said Luke
photo credit: Alic Aurignac
O’Leary’s retiring address, “spoke to me on a personal level”, and, “inspired me to be the same leader and friend both in and out of the [FFA] jacket”. Our leaders came home with valuable skills and a new perspective on, “how big the FFA community is” remarked Katy Simonin, our chapter and sectional Treasurer, and “how the blue jacket represents family. You can walk up to a complete stranger and talk like you’ve known them for years” said Jessica, a senior FFA member. Our Templeton officer team and members were able to make unforgettable memories and an everlasting bond. For more information about FFA, contact Mr. Zimmerman, the THS FFA advisor.
Winter band From classroom courtoom concert brings to THS Mock Trial ready to bring the musical joy heat to Carmel Koby Wescom and Grace Thayer advertisement manager and staff writer
Koby Wescom and Grace Thayer advertisement manager and staff writer
photo credit: Krys Chivens
2018-19 Mock Trial Team
This year’s THS Band Winter Concert will be held on Wednesday, December 11 at 7 P.M., in the Templeton High School Performing Arts Center. Admission is free. Both Concert Band and Jazz Band will perform a series of holiday tunes. Concert Band will perform Nightmare Before Christmas, Blessed March, and other classics. Jazz Band will perform Swingle Bells, Feliz Navidad, and Uptown Stomp. The bands’ previous concert, Chills and Trills, filled the Performing Arts Center. This performace is expected to have a similar turnout. “Last year they played a lot of fun groovy Christmas songs . . . and wore Santa hats and ugly sweaters,” said senior Rachel Stockwell.
Feminist club hosts drive for women’s shelter second year in a row Koby Wescom advertisement manager Grace Thayer staff writer
For the mock trial team, Carmel is an important invitational scrimmage between historically competitive teams, mostly from northern California. “It’s great practice for the actual competition because it’s a very competitive environment,” says prosecution attorney, Erin Jewel, a junior at THS. This scrimmage consists of five mock trials that take place over two days at Carmel High School. Fun activities accompany this event, like the spaghetti dinner on the first night, as well as a dance “which is always one of the highlights of the season,” according to Jewel. With a larger team this year, Jewel feels that they can “take county.” No objection here!
Feminist Club will be running a women’s drive starting Wednesday December 4th and ending on the 20th. Each W2 class will be collecting donations for the local women’s shelter. Students can find lists of suggested donation items and boxes for donations in their W2 classrooms. Feminine hygeine and health care products for women and children will be collected. This includes: tampons, pads, panty liners, new underwear, laundry detergent, diva cups, toothpaste, toothbrushes, socks, hair brushes, hair ties, non-perishable food items, toilet paper, paper towels, diapers, and pull-ups. The donations from the drive will be given to Stand Strong Women’s Shelter in San Luis Obispo.
graphic by Lily Shorrock
Feminist Club’s mascot, Linda Hand, juggles donations for women’s drive
A defense of community college How going to community college can save you $50,000 by Elizabeth Johnson Newspaper Advisor
Attending Cuesta is a smart financial and educational investment in yourself and it’s time we stopped disparaging it as a lesser path to a four-year degree. A community college, or a junior college, like Cuesta, provides the first two years of a four-year college education. Those years are spent studying general education classes. These class requirements are nearly the same at every university in the country: history, composition, literature, lab science, math, electives, et cetera. They mirror the general education requirements you have now in high school. You can complete those classes at Cuesta for nearly no cost and transfer to a four-year university to complete your degree. BTW, your degree will not have an asterisk on it that says, “via community college,” or “spent two years at a junior college.” When a university accepts you as a transfer student, they give you credits at their university for the credits you’ve earned at the two-year school. That’s what “transferable credits” means: you can transfer the credits to another school. If you will have to take on student loan debt at any point in your education—when your college savings run out or perhaps in graduate school where scholarships are much scarcer —saving money at the beginning of your educational path makes sense. The estimated cost to attend Cal Poly, SLO, today is just under $29,000 per year. Roughly half of that cost is room and board, or rent and food. A third of that is the tuition cost: nearly $10,000. If your parents are willing to feed and house you, and Cuesta Promise can offer you free tuition for two years, you can complete the first two years of your college degree for a few thousand dollars (books, supplies and transportation costs) which could easily be paid for with a part-time job without incurring debt. Cuesta is academically rigorous. Cuesta classes are transferable to four-year universities because accredited community colleges, like Cuesta, have certified that those classes offer the same rigorous educational content as fouryear schools. At Cuesta, many of the general education classes are taught by professors who also teach at Cal Poly. Community college classes are typically smaller than freshman lecture classes, which can have hundreds of students packed into an auditorium who never interact with the professor. Spending your first two years at a junior college may give you the opportunity to transfer to schools that you did not qualify for or earn acceptance to as a freshman applicant. Completing two years at Cuesta with a 3.0 GPA or better is strong evidence that you can succeed in college, regardless of your SAT or ACT scores or your high school GPA, and will make you a desirable transfer student to Cal Poly, UCLA, or any other school. If that sounds like too much of a gamble, Cuesta offers
Transfer Admissions Guarantee agreements (called UC TAG) to UC Davis, Irvine, Santa Barbara, Merced, Santa Cruz, and Riverside once you complete approved general education requirements with a minimum GPA of 3.0. If you have passed four or five AP tests, you have already completed a semester of general education classes. That means you only have three more semesters before you can transfer. If you are willing to take summer school classes two summers in a row, you could actually transfer in a single year, making you a junior at a four-year college while your classmates are still sophomores. Community colleges have many of the awesome opportunities that you might think only four-year universities have: campus clubs, competitive sports teams, intramurals sports, study abroad programs, internships, new friends, expansive lawns perfect for throwing frisbees, and hipster professors. Saving tens of thousands of dollars on your education should not be seen as a failure. Tell us what you think. Write a letter to the editors: The Aerie Editorial Staff c/o Mrs. Johnson: firstname.lastname@example.org Fun fact: Texas had the most former community college students among bachelor’s degree earners in 2015–16 with 75 percent. Rhode Island had the fewest with 24 percent.
Continued from page 14 Die Hard is an action film that was released at Christmas to gain blockbuster status, a movie heavily accused of sprinkling on the Christmas holiday simply to gain a wider audience. However, it does follow parts of the Christmas movie pattern. The plot is driven by the main character’s desire to rebuild his relationship with his wife, with both of their jobs keeping them across the country from one another. He took his chance to visit on Christmas because he hoped that his family would be happy to spend the holiday together. The main character makes two new friends along the way, those being a police officer and his limo driver. The main events take place on Christmas Eve, which escalates the stress of hostages being separated from their families. The main character, in a way, did pull off a Christmas miracle by being able to defend himself form numerous, well equipped attackers, without much external help. It’s difficult to determine if either movie deserves the title of a “Christmas Classic.” But they both tell excellent tales of perseverance, belief in the impossible, and the importance of relationships.
Ace your finals with these tips This year’s top seniors share their knowledge on prepping for finals
During finals, effective studying is crucial to earning good test scores. The Aerie interviewed four seniors who are academically ranked in the top 10 THS seniors of their class. These seniors were David Magie, Natalie Leavitt, Austin D’Aquisto, and Zach Headington. Each of them is enrolled in 3-5 AP classes, some honors classes, and numerous extracurriculars. When asked about their favorite way to study, Natalie replied that, “if there’s a study guide, I’ll usually fill it out and then make flash cards off of it.” David advises reading over the study guide multiple times, as well as notes and quizzes. Austin has, “someone (usually a classmate) sit across from [him] and quiz [him] on the material.” Zach keeps his phone out of the room, and studies hard for short periods of time. Zach and Natalie agree that phones are major distractors, and recommend not studying with them in the room.
by Tess Ryujin staff writer
photos taken by Mrs. Johnson
Natalie stated, “it comes down to prioritizing your time.” David agreed, sayng, “if something is of lesser importance, then I generally skip it […] a lot of things are a waste of your time.” The seniors recommended taking breaks when studying. David said to do something you enjoy during breaks, such as watching a tv show. They also agreed that sleep is essential to good grades. Natalie stated that, “sleeping is where you memorize things.” According to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, your brain puts information into your long-term memory when you sleep. David added, “If you begin to get fatigued and you just keep pushing yourself past your own limits [...] you’re just going to start to resent the course work.” Try incorporating this advice into your regular study habits, and see how well it works for you.
Where are the most popular places to study? by Tess Ryujin copy editor Harley Wood staff writer
TO STRESS OR NOT TO STRESS Find ways to destress during finals week
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by Tess Ryujin copy editor School is stressful, especially during finals. “Stress is any experience of pressure or change […] including periods of evaluation such as final exams,” according to George Washington University’s Director of the University Counseling Center, Silvestro Weisner. While normal amounts of stress can motivate and heighten awareness, Weisner warns, “When stressors become too numerous… the response is stress exhaustion.” Stress exhaustion can cause fatigue, headaches, stomach and sleep problems, difficulty with concentration and memory, indecisiveness, procrastination, distractibility, and irritability.
In order to manage these symptoms, it is crucial to get enough sleep. The National Sleep Foundation states that, “Teens need about 8 to 10 hours of sleep… most teens do not get enough.” Sleep deprivation can exacerbate the symptoms of stress. Further, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America recommends taking time to exercise. Exercise produces endorphins, which act as natural painkillers and induce pleasure. This, in turn, relieves stress and tension. Follow a healthy diet to allow your body to manage the symptoms of stress. This involves limiting caffeine and refined sugars. Make sure to eat lots of protein, fresh fruit, and
vegetables. Relaxation techniques, such as meditation and yoga, keep your mind focused and calm. Headspace is an app that you can download to try guided meditations. Practice deep breathing to center yourself. Time management increases productivity and greatly reduces stress. Prioritize assignments and schedule study time. By doing so, you stay focused and organized. Add in breaks for hobbies to recharge. Staying on top of school will minimize stress over finals. If you take care of your physical and emotional well-being, you can focus on your grades without extra burden.
Recreation Supervisor makes Templeton a better place Appreciation for local hero Melissa Johnson by Katie Alsup financial editor and Riley Wilson media editor Two, four, six, eight! Who do we appreciate? Local hero and Rec Department genius, Melissa Johnson! She exemplifies her heroics on a local scale. Some may even say she is the backbone of this town. Johnson has served as the Recreation Supervisor for 15 years since 2004, but she started off as a soccer referee in highschool. According to Michaela Wong, who worked as a referee for Johnson, “Templeton would be a different place without Melissa.” Johnson is exemplary not only as a boss, but as a person. Her continued compassion and concern for the kids provides athletes with
lasting support beyond sports. Andrew Cherry, a former basketball coach for the Templeton Recreation Department, speaks of Johnson as, “the type of person I want my own children to observe and seek to replicate in their own lives: her passion for what she does, her consistent striving to make things better for all, and her humility while doing it all.” Cherry then went on to say that, “Her programs are always well organized, the mission is well defined, and she handles unforseen situations without stress and in a winning fashion for all parties.” Johnson ensures that the needs of the kids in her program are fulfiled as well as the needs of the coaches working alongside her. Alani Mott, a referee for the Recreation Department describes
Johnson as, “Somebody I can always trust,” saying, “she is a really cool person and she creates a relaxed and supportive environment for everyone involved in the Rec Department.” Mott then went on to explain how Johnson supports Templeton in every way she possibly can. She has made every soccer game, softball game, turkey run, and concert in the park possible. Johnson continues to provide Templeton with fun, supportive events that help preserve and maintain our community. Almost every athlete in Templeton has a relationship with Melissa. Parents have noted she seems to know every child’s name. She continuously shows a passion for our community and the future Eagles of THS. Johnson truly bleeds Eagle green!
credit: Kaitlin Alsup
Light up your holidays with fire and ice Partake in these local holiday events by Vivienne Giroux and Harley Wood staff writers Nutcracker Ballet Date: December 6th through the 8th Location: Templeton Performing Arts Center Admission: $25 to $30 Description: Local performers come together during this holiday season to perform the Nutcracker Ballet. Come watch the performers tell a classic tale this December. Lighting of Atascadero City Hall Date & Time: December 6th at 6:00pm to 8:30pm Location: Atascadero City Hall Admission: Free Description: The town of Atascadero will be lighting their City Hall on December 6th and invites you to join them for a night of festivities. Activities include the lighting of rotunda building, hot chocolate, and hayrides. This event is the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit. Paso Robles Holiday Light Parade Date & Time: December 7th at 7:00 pm Location: Downtown Paso Robles Theme: Light up your Holidays Admission: Free Description: Join the town of Paso Robles in Kicking off the holiday sea-
son during their 58th annual Holiday Light Parade. Floats, illuminated with an array of lights, will parade around City Park spreading holiday cheer as they go. Lighted Boat Parade Date & Time: December 7th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm Location: Morro Bay Waterfront Admission: Free Description: Watch as Morro Bay dazzles spectators with their 34th annual Lighted Boat Parade. All boats will take to the waters December 7th decorated with brilliant lights. Come help spread the holiday cheer in Morro Bay. Winter Wonderland Date & Time: December 13th from 5:00pm to 9:00 pm Location: Downtown Atascadero Theme: Winter Wonderland Admission: Free Description: For one night Atascadero transforms into a winter wonderland. Join Mr. and Mrs. Clause in an array of snow filled fun. Activities include sledding, rock climbing, food, and so much more.
photo credit: Chris Madson
Atascadero city hall lit up for the holidys.
photo credit: Howard Dignatius
HOLIDAY AT SEA: Santa waves to a crowd on top of a boat for the Lighted Boat Parade.
Battle of the start times Are later starting times actually better for students’ health? by Grace Thayer and Gracelyn Emanuelson staff writers The California State Legislature passed a law to implement a later starting time for high schools and middle schools across the state of California. Senate Bill 238, written by Democratic State Senator, Anthony Portantino and signed by California Governor Gavin Newsom, will push school start times back in an attempt to give teenagers the sleep they need. School districts in California will have a three year period to change to new schedules. Middle schools will start no earlier than 8:00 A.M. and high schools will start no earlier than 8:30 A.M.
THS Drama carries “more weight” with their rendition of The Crucible This fall season, the THS By Grace Steele tech editor
drama department took us back to colonial times with Arthur Miller’s, The Crucible. Miller’s play is a dark tale of the Salem witch trials that took place in the Massachusetts colony during the late 1600’s. The cast did well portraying the terror and chaos that was present when these events originally unfolded. Lead actor Koby Wescom, playing John Proctor, said the most challenging part of his role was “being aware of the emotions we need[ed] to portray.” Koby did well despite his worries and showed many complex feelings including anger, sorrow, and determination in every scene. Judge Danforth, played by Clayton Wicka, said the most challenging part of his role was memorizing the lines but then added “Once you get it down, it’s pretty simple.” During the play, the actors rarely stumbled over lines and if they did, their recovery was quick and the error was forgotten in seconds.
Middle schools will start no earlier than 8:00 A.M. and high schools will start no earlier than 8:30 A.M.
The adjusted start times in California must be implemented by the start of the 2022-2023 school year. Dr. Lebens, a local physician, says, “The recommended nightly sleep for teenagers is between 9 and 9 1/2 hours, but teenagers only average about 7 hours nightly. It’s well documented that sleep deprivation impairs brain function such as memory and decision making.” In schools that started at 8:30 instead of 8:00, students who got eight hours of sleep or more went up from 18% to 44%. The new law intends to bring nightly sleep averages up to the amount recommended by health professionals. The later school start time law, does not change the instructional minutes required of schools, which means that school days will end later. As a result of school ending later, extracurricular activities will be pushed back, keeping students out later. According to a study published by the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, “Chronic insufficient sleep” is a growing issue among teens. People believe early school start times are contributing to this problem.
photo credit: Grace Steele The costumes and sets helped bring the play to life. All of the costumes stayed true to the time period and helped communicate the roles each character played. Judge Danforth and Hathorne both had black judges robes and wigs which made them stand out in court room scenes. Most of the Salem girls wore muted, earthy tones while main characters such as Abigail Williams and Elizabeth Proctor had on brighter colors to set them apart from the others. The drama cast painted the floor to look like wooden planks which helped the set look more realistic. They also had platforms which gave depth to the stage, and hanging branches to make the scenes look like a forest. The purple and red lighting used in forest scenes helped communicate the dark and evil feelings that were present throughout the show. Despite the lighting, the actors ere still able to get laughs from the audience, keeping them entertained. A viewer, without prior knowledge of the plot, would have difficulty following the show. The passage of time was difficult to gauge and the end of the play left many questions unanswered. The play seemed as if scenes were missing and that left some audience members confused. Still, the play’s historical accuracy was impressive. Following The Crucible, the drama department is already preparing for their spring musical, The Drowsy Chaperone.
How to pay for college Imformation on scholarships avalible to THS students by Kyleigh Austin and Willow Gray copy editor and staff writer As seniors begin the time-consuming process of applying to colleges, students in all grades may be wondering, how can I pay for college? Many financial aid options are available such as scholarships, grants, the Cuesta Promise, and programs that will pay for college in return for years of service, like AmeriCorps and the G.I. Bill. A lot of opportunities like these are featured on the THS website as scholarships under student quick links. Amanda Miller, our THS registrar, posts about scholarships as soon as she knows about them and regularly updates the page once the application window closes. Mrs. Miller said students are welcome to talk to her between 8-1:30. Her desk is right outside the principal’s office. “One last thing I would add is that once seniors have made a commitment to a university, they should check with the school’s financial aid office and on their website for scholarships available in general, and for their specific major.” Mrs. Miller went on to explain, “The page also has some popular online scholarship searches. So along with listening for announcements, they should also be checking their emails and the scholarship page on the website.” Scholarships on the THS site aren’t just for “A” students. The eligibility criteria are different for each scholarships featured. For example, The Monday Clubhouse Conservancy offers scholarships based on the arts, both visual and musical. The California Retired Teachers Association Scholarship is simply an application about your career goals. Dana Alpert, a THS alumnus applied for dozens of
scholarships and was able to win enough small scholarships to pay for her entire first year at UC Berkeley. She advises, “you should apply to every single scholarship that even remotely applies to you. It might feel tedious and fruitless at the time, but college is a huge financial burden—even a little bit of money goes a long way. Your future college self will thank you profusely, trust me. As someone who just graduated from a 4-year university, that $150 scholarship can really make a difference. On the applications, tell your story in a way that shows how you’d make the most of the scholarship award. Write or type out your answers, have a good friend or family member edit them, and apply, apply, apply!” Despite the time consuming process, these scholarships can help you so much. Take advantage of the opportunities that THS offers. Your efforts now will pay off later. If a student wins a scholarship they are invited to Scholarship Night, an event that honors their achievements.
Here is what you can do:
l Start a recycling program at your school l Car pool l Use public transportation l Use e-mail instead of paper correspondence
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l Change incandescent bulbs to fluorescent bulbs l Use both sides of the paper l Plant a tree l Buy rechargeable batteries for devices used frequently
If every person takes one small step toward being more conscientious of the environment, the collective effort will change the planet.
Contact a staff member to find out how!
Netflix recieves three stars from critics on new holiday original “Holiday in the Wild” Rob Lowe returns to the screen in new Netflix holiday original romance film by Harley Wood staff writer If you love Hallmark movies, you will love Netflix’s new holiday original, “Holiday in the Wild” directed by Ernie Barbarash. The movie begins with Kate Conrad, (Kristin Davis) and her husband Drew, (Colin Moss) sending their only son Luke (John Owen Lowe) off to college. After the family has said their goodbyes, Kate’s husband Drew explains that he is not in love with her anymore, and they need a divorce. Kate, however, has already bought two tickets to Zambia, Africa for their second anniversary. Kate decides to go on the trip by herself. Upon her arrival, she catches the eye of Derek Hollis-
ton (Rob Lowe) in a restaurant, which ignites their love story. Throughout the rest of the movie you will be thrown into a
wild, romantic adventure which includes elephants, poachers, small planes, and veterinarians. This holiday film recieved 3 stars from critics saying it is childish and
poorly written, but viewers who enjoyed the movie said it was charming. I really enjoy the movie. I think Rob Lowe and Kristen Davis were perfectly casted and portrayed their characters’ charm and charisma very well. This movie is a lot of fun to watch. It is a classic Hallmark-style movie full of romance and holiday charm. I enjoyed watching Kates character grow. At the begining of the movie Kate is portrayed as a snobby uptown New Yorker but when she started getting involved with Derek she opened up. The movies only flaw is the inappropriate relationship between Kate and Derek despite the fact that Kate is still married. Otherwise this movie was stupid but charming with all of its cheesy one liners and heroic theme.
Please welcome our new librarian and library to the B-wing
by Vivienne Giroux staff writer
Templeton High School will officially have a library sometime next semester! Templeton has been without a library for the better half of two years, while the B-wing was being remodeled. Once the library opens under the supervision of our new librarian, Mrs. Eck, it will be a place for students to study and have access to printers. Students will be able to use the library at lunch and during breaks. According to Mrs. Needham “The school hopes to provide a state-of-the-art library.” The student body is anxiously awaiting the opening of the library.
photo credit: Vivienne Giroux
photo credit: Vivienne Giroux
photo credit: Vivienne Giroux
Save The (Christmas) trees this year! Learn how you can be environmentally friendly this holiday season
by Willow Gray and Vivian Dronen staff writers The environmental impact of the holidays is immense, but there are multiple ways to keep this Earth environmentally sustainable while still keeping the spirit alive. There are approximately 75 billion dollars spent on Christmas gifts, 1.9 billion Christmas cards sent, and 20.8 million Christmas trees cut down every year. Switching to L.E.D lights. L.E.D lights can cut down on electricity use. Using these lights can help save up to 90% more power and they last longer than traditional lights. Recycling wrapping paper can be difficult due to the
lamination and added dyes. Wrapping paper and shopping bags alone, contribute to almost 4 million tons of waste in the United States each year. Thankfully, you can use newspapers, brown paper bags, old fabrics, cereal boxes, old homework assignments to wrap your gifts. Homemade gifts in your ecofriendly wrapping can be the frosting on the cake. Lastly, this year instead of sending normal cards, send reused cards, biodegradable cards, or virtual cards to your loved ones. Ecards can save tons of paper annually and eliminates the fuel used for transporting standard mail. This holiday season, keep your spirits high and your carbon footprint low.
Are these classic Christmas films a lie? by Hayden Cook staff writer
Recent controversy has sparked over the films Home Alone and Die Hard. The source of the controversy is their Christmas setting. Specifically, whether or not they really are Christmas movies. By using popular, and much less debatable, examples of Christmas films, the core elements of what make a Christmas movie a formidable piece of the holiday’s media can be determined. Christmas movies fit a large range of genres- action, romance, comedy. So, it’s best to use a large range of Christmas movies from different genres in order to get a wider spectrum of films. I used Elf (a family comedy), the Polar Express (a children’s fantasy adventure) and It’s a Wonderful Life (a drama). After breaking apart the films to their core elements, I found a common theme of belief. Not necessarily in Santa Claus himself, but the idea of the impossible happening. They all had elements of maintaining and improving relationships. All of
these films had plot elements that were building up to the actual date of Christmas. The film Home Alone has several elements of improving family bonds. In the beginning of the film, the main character, Kevin, is forgotten by his family, after he is exiled to the attic for the night following a verbal fight with his mother. He starts off happy once he realizes they’ve disappeared. By the end of the film, both sides are trying their hardest to see each other again. Additionally, he makes a new friend out of a mysterious neighbor he previously assumed to be dangerous, a “Boo Radley”, simply because Kevin wanted to give his neighbor a chance, displaying traits of his belief in human goodness. He conveys the moral of fighting hard to protect something he values, but it lacks the traditional Christmas “magic.” The plot centers more on the character’s efforts to defend himself from invasion, rather than the way it affects his Christmas spirit.
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Buying Gifts on a Budget: The Ultimate Guide by Katie Alsup advertisement manager Broke but still in the holiday spirit? Here is a list of considerate yet affordable gifts that are perfect for any gift-giving opportunity. 1. Food. Making someone a batch of brownies or cookies is guaranteed to make a great gift. You can easily spruce it up by decorating it with a cute bow or putting it on an inexpensive, decorative plate, which can be found at Target starting at $2.00 or at Kohl’s starting at $2.99. 2. Art. Art is an easy do-it-yourself project that is low cost, but can have a
lot of meaning. You can make fun creations such as dream catchers, a birdhouse, a decorated picture frame etc. Or, gift art supplies like water color sets, canvases, colored pencils at stores such as Walmart starting at $3.77 or at Target starting at $1.19. 3. Pamper Products. Many people enjoy pamper products becuase they are inexpensive and easy to make. Some examples of pamper prod-ucts are bath bombs, lotion and face masks, which can be bought at various stores; if you need ideas or recipes for making your own pamper products visit earth911.com. You can buy these items at Ulta starting $2.97 or Target start-
ing at $1.50. 4. Words from the Heart. Heartfelt words of love and appreciation can be the most valuable gift of all. Making a card, writing a letter, or creating an award for being the best mom, friend, coach etc., can become a treasured keepsake for your loved one. Best of all, it’s nearly free. 5. Experiences. This is a great gift to give becuase it costs nearly nothing and shows that you care. Give someone something that they will never forget. Take them on a hike, sing them a song, record an original song, or design a playlist for them etc. Give them something they will always remember.
Girls soccer gears up for upcoming season by Riley Wilsom social media director To kick off the season, girls’ soccer went head-tohead in a scrimmage against Atascadero on November 19th in Atascadero. Girls JV won 5-0. Girls Varsity tied 1-1 with a goal scored by Siena Sagely. The captains for girls’ varsity are Lauryn Simons, Lily Shorrock and Grace Alsup. Girls soccer is excited for the rest of the sea-
son. This year, the girls will attend the Peggy Renberg Hoover Tournament on December 13th and 14th. Their first league game is December 17th against Nipomo. To prepare before games, the girls do a team breakfast before school and practice every day after school. Make sure to wish the girls good luck for the season ahead!
Boys soccer evenly matched in their first scrimmage by Riley Wilson social media director To start off their season, boys’ soccer played their first scrimmage against Atascadero on November 19th at Volunteer Stadium. JV boys played well against an evenly matched team, but didn’t keep score. The varsity boys tied 1-1 with a goal scored by Abe Glossner. Many people attended the game, showing their school spirit and supporting
fellow Eagles. Boys soccer will be attending the Garces Tournament on December 13th and 14th. They start league at the end of December. In preparation, the boys practice every day after school with a combination of conditioning and weight training. The boys are excited and ready for the season ahead.
Basketball season predicted to be a slam-dunk by Vivian Dronen and Danica Smith staff writer Basketball season has arrived. “I think that we’re going to do really great because my team has a big variety of players. From big and strong to little and fast, that’ll put us at a big advantage” said Nicky Frangie, a freshman on the Templeton High School Boys’ Varsity Basketball team. The varsity boys’ season opener was on the 19th of November against Cabrillo with varsity losing 63-34 and JV losing 51-31 .
The girls’ season opener was a home game on the 19th of November, played against Avenal. The varsity team won 67-12 and JV won 34-31. “My team is fun and playful but also hard-working” said Melissa Tanaka, a freshman player on THS Girls’ Varsity Basketball team. There are seven home games for the Varsity Girls and six home games for Varsity Boys. The dates will be post-ed on the THS homepage. Bring your spirit to the upcoming home games as they play!
Monday, December 17 White Day 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Study Period - W3 9:00 a.m. - 9:10 a.m. Break 9:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Final Exam - W1 10:45 a.m. - 11:10 a.m. Break 11:15 a.m. - 12:45 a.m. Final Exam - W2
Wednesday, December 19 White Day 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Study Period - W2 9:00 a.m. - 9:10 a.m. Break 9:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Final Exam - W3 10:45 a.m. - 11:10 a.m. Break 11:15 a.m. - 12:45 a.m. Final Exam - W4
Tuesday, December 18 Green Day 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Study Period - G3 9:00 a.m. - 9:10 a.m. Break 9:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Final Exam - G1 10:45 a.m. - 11:10 a.m. Break 11:15 a.m. - 12:45 a.m. Final Exam - G2
Thursday, December 20 Green Day 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Study Period - G2 9:00 a.m. - 9:10 a.m. Break 9:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Final Exam - G3 10:45 a.m. - 11:10 a.m. Break 11:15 a.m. - 12:45 a.m. Final Exam - G4