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T he Yellow Jacket Journal

“Changing the game, one story at a time.�


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What do people want for Christmas? By Krista Kiser

All people want different things for Christmas. People would ask their parents what they want and they would get it for them. Boys and girls of different grades ask for different things. Here is a list of things for each grade level of what they want.

Girls 6th grade: Some of the students wanted Nike shoes. They wanted money so that they could buy the things they would like. They wanted a new phone so it could be better. 7th grade: One of the students wanted rubber band bracelets. Some wanted a little small dog or puppy. 8th grade: A couple of students wanted new pants. Some wanted new shoes like boots. They wanted a puppy.

Boys 6th grade: A couple of boys asked for a new Xbox. They asked for new Jordans shoes. They asked for a new phone. They asked for lots of money so that they could also buy the things they would like. 7th grade: Some boys asked for a Playstation 4. They asked for new shoes. The 7th grade boys also asked for a new iPhone 7. 8th grade: Lots of the students asked for a new phone. They also asked for new shoes.

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Weird but true facts By Jenifer Hernandez

There are many facts that we might not know. Some of these weird facts may shock you.  Being ignored causes the same chemical reaction in the brain as experiencing a physical injury.  Hugs that last over 20 seconds release a chemical in your body called “Oxytocin,” which makes you trust someone more.  The reason why the wedding ring is placed on the fourth finger of your left hand is because it’s the only finger that has a vein connecting directly to your heart.  In 1894, a priest saved a 4 year-old boy from drowning. The boy was named Adolf Hitler.  Silly putty acts differently when under pressure. If you smash it with a hammer, it will shatter into pieces.  Before sleeping, 93% of your mind begins to imagine stuff you would like to happen.  Studies have suggested that gifted people often have bad handwriting because their brains are working faster than their hands.  The sentence, “the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog,” uses every letter in the English language.  “I took an arrow in the knee”, is an old Norse slang for getting married. That’s why guys get down on one knee to propose.  When you sneeze, all body functions stop, even your heart.  Easter will be on April Fool’s Day in 2018.  The richest man of Asia is called Ka-Shing.  All of Pixar’s staff had to take a graduate class in Fish Biology before making the movie Finding Nemo.  When you lie the temperature of your nose actually rises. It is known as the “Pinocchio effect.”  Hearing someone call your name when no one has actually called your name is a sign of a healthy mind.  Bobby Leach, the second person to survive going over the Niagara Falls, died from slipping on an orange peel.

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How to Make a Snow Globe By: Alizae Luna

I am going to tell you how to make a snow globe without spending money. This is also a creative and a fun idea to try out! Things You’ll Need:  Bottled water  Empty jar with re-sealable lid (make sure you have the right kind of jar or the water will leak)  Ornament or any decorations or figurines you want in your snow globe  Glycerin or baby oil  Glitter  Hot glue gun

Steps: 1. Remove the lid from your jar.

2. Glue your figurine or ornament to the inside of the lid of the jar. Find where you want to place your figurine by modeling it in different positions. Once you found the right pose, glue some of your hot glue to the bottom of the figurine. Then, press the figurine down onto the lid, and hold it for about 2-5 seconds depending on the size of your figurine. (I tried the glue gun and the figurine will kind of stay; try to use other types of glue or let it dry a little bit longer.)

3. Let it dry. It sh ould take about 5-30 seconds to dry. (If the figurines don’t stick that well, let it dry for a little longer). 4. Fill the jar. Now that your glue is dr y, and your figur ine is secure, it is time to fill the jar. Get the bottled water, and pour it to the very top.

5. Add the glycerin. Pour in about a dash of glycer in. A “dash” means you should just pour the bottle of glycerin for 1 second. The glycerin will let your glitter or “snow” fall down more slowly. 7


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5. Add the glycerin. Pour in about a dash of glycer in. A “dash” means you should just pour the bottle of glycerin for 1 second. The glycerin will let your glitter or “snow” fall down more slowly.

6. Pour in some glitter. Using plastic glitter , spr inkle a sm all m ountain of the flakes into the water. After you have a good amount of glitter, stir the contents with a small spoon to mix all the glycerin, water, and glitter. (Make sure there is no glitter around the rims.)

7. Fill the jar to the rim. Make sur e th e jar is filled to the top. That is if you don’t want any air bubbles in your snow globe. 8. Seal the lid. K eeping th e glass jar r ight side up, just place your lid onto the top of the jar, and seal it. The jar might leak some at first, but that is just because it is overflowing from being filled. Once you have dried the excess water up, turn your jar over, and you have a snow globe.

I hope you will try this out and show your family and friends what you have just made. It was a little difficult for me, but I am sure you will be able to do it yourself. Have a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!!

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Over In 2017! By Jayde Hawkins

The new year is almost here and it’s here to stay, but don't worry, after twelve months, it will be on its way. Even though 2016 had some good and some bad things, in 2017 there will be lots more fun to be had.

There will be more friends to make, more cookies to bake and the STAAR test to take. Even hope that in 2017, your parents aren't such a bore . and hopefully you will start to love your siblings more.

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Best Places to See Christmas Lights By: Valeria Barrera

Grapevine Attractions Nov.25-Jan.8 More than 1 million lights are featured in the nightly Magic of Christmas in the Christmas capital of Texas.

Texas Motor Speedway Gift of Lights Dec. 30 The attractions feature 2 million LED lights in 600 holiday displays that you can drive through at Texas motor speedway.

Lone Star Christmas Jan. 1 The exhibit features 2 million pounds of the cold stuff carved into festive holiday scenes at the Gaylord as part of the hotel’s Lone Star Christmas celebration.

Vitruvian Lights Nov. 25-Jan. 1 Wander through Vitruvian Park’s 12 acres and view hundreds of illuminated trees in this modern-looking display.

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Holiday in the Park Jan. 2 See millions of twinkling lights Wrapped around trees and along rooftops, take slide down the snow-sledding hill.

Prairie Lights Jan. 1 More than 4 million lights twinkle in this drive-through holiday attraction.

Christmas in the Square Nov. 25-Jan. 1 More than 175,000 lights blink along to holiday music at this Frisco attraction.

Let us know which one(s) you try out! We hope you enjoy these options and will have fun exploring new cities and celebrating with your family and friends.

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How to love yourself By Jasmine Hernandez "Love yourself," is quite possibly the most commonly used phrase in the history of advice. Not all the time, but from time to time someone tells you that you should love yourself. Let me guess. Someone is trying to be there for you and tells you just to “love yourself.” You think about it for about 5 seconds and totally brush it out your mind. That’s exactly why you’re reading this. You want to love yourself but you don’t know how. There is a reason behind every person who has comforted you and has given you kind words. With that being said I’m going to give you some processing steps that helped me and can help you try to understand what loving yourself really means. The first step, is to always be honest and open. How? If you know the truth, just express it because in the long run you will feel proud of yourself for doing the right thing. Be open by being yourself 100% of all your time. Show everyone the real you. In reality there will be a lot of people who might not accept you but everyone has a gift and someone out there will see it in you.

Second step, don’t compare yourself to others. Why? Everyone is completely different, and everyone has a completely different finger print. You are you, represent your name and be proud of it. Stand confident in yourself and you will become someone’s role model one day. Third step, smile at yourself in the mirror. This will help you become more comfortable in your skin and the clothes you wear. The more you see yourself happy and smiley, the more you will actually feel that way. Fourth step, be independent. This is the most important word you need to understand throughout your life. Being independent will make you feel good about yourself. Also it will make you put work into things you care about like school or the career you will have when you’re older. You will need to be independent on your own because if you depend on someone else you won’t have any accomplishments to be proud of. Last but not least the fifth step, surround yourself with positive people. When you have people around you that care about you it creates bonds. Not only with them, but with yourself as well, and you begin to see the bright side of things. These steps won’t magically work overnight--it takes time. Keep that in mind and take it step-by-step. I hope these five amazing steps will help you after you read this. Take my advice and again, work towards trying to love yourself. 35

Yellow Jacket Journal, Winter 2016  
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