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October 2016

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Behind the Scenes with ASB

By: Grace Mits and Madison Schetselaar


Fun Friday’s have been a fun and energetic experience for our school so far. During Fun Friday, the ASB team leads the school in some fun activities and games, they also lead us in showing school spirit. For the first week of Fun Friday ASB selected a few students to compete in a game of musical chairs to win free dance tickets. On the second week of Fun Friday ASB chose a few students to participate in a bottle flipping challenge. We interviewed two ASB members to gain more depth and detail about ASB and their hard work around the school.


Emma Goodman:

Q: How has ASB changed since last year?

A: ASB is more enthusiastic with all of the new 7th graders. I would say it has changed in a positive way.

Q: How much work goes into planning the Dances, Fun Friday’s and other school events?

A: Not much work goes into planning the Fun Friday’s. We just think of a fun, cool, and trending idea. For the Dances, a lot goes into it. We have limited money so we have to watch what we spend and get chaperones. We only put on about 3-4 dances through the year because they take a while to plan.

Q: How much work did it take to become president?

A: My first year, I had to gain everyone’s trust and keep it. I had to prove that I could handle being ASB president.

Q: Does ASB ever require you to give up your lunch time for school related activities and do the ASB members show up to the ASB meetings when required?

A: Yes, ASB definitely has me give up my lunch sometimes. I think ASB does a good job with going to the meetings. I am enjoying this group of ASB students.


Trevor Thomas:

Q: How does it feel to know you were a part in planning the school events?

A: I thought it would be cool before we started, but now that I’m here I can’t explain how amazing it is to know that I took part in planning the events here at this school.

Q: If there was one thing you could change about ASB, what would it be?

A: We could use more people to help out.

Q: Do you wish you could participate in the Fun Friday events?

A: Yes, very much, it looks like so much fun to play the games that ASB puts on.


In conclusion, the Fun Friday’s and other events that ASB puts on for the students is a very fun and energetic experience. Hopefully ASB will continue putting on these awesome activities for all the students at our school.


students in class

What 7th Graders Think About Their Classes

By: Emelyn Tototzin and Tara Schroeder


        As we all know, school has recently started.  The Middle school environment is very different from elementary school. We wanted to know how the 7th graders feel about the new school.  We interviewed three 7th graders to see what they thought of their classes. We also wanted to know if they like the cafeteria food here.  The first person we interview was Cristal Leyva.  


Q: What is your favorite class?

A: Language Arts.

Q: What is your least favorite class?

A: History.

Q: Who is your favorite teacher?

A: Mr. Chorn.

Q: Why is he your favorite teacher?

A: He does not give a lot of homework.

Q: On a scale from 1-10 how much do you like the cafeteria food?

A: 3.

When we finished interviewing Cristal Leyva we got another 7th, Stephanie Valencia.

Q: What is your favorite class?

A: Math.

Q: What is your least favorite class?

A: Science.

Q: Who is your favorite teacher?

A: Ms. Motamed.

Q: Why is she your favorite teacher?

A: She is nice, cool, and patient.

Q: On a scale from 1-10 how much do you like the cafeteria food?

A: 8.


 After we finished asking Stephanie Valencia questions we interviewed yet another 7th grader, Giselle Hernandez. Stephanie and Giselle surprisingly had some answers that were very similar.

Q: What is your favorite class?

A: Design and modeling or Robotics.

Q: What is your least favorite class?

A: Science.

Q: Who is your favorite teacher?

Dress Code

By: Blake Peck and Ramiro Coyotzi


Girls don't show too much skin and boys throw away those inappropriate t-shirts. Dress code has been at TeWinkle ever since the first year the principal, Ms. Hursh, started working at school with the staff. We interviewed students about what they really think about TeWinkle’s dress code. We asked the students to share information about how did it happen, when did it happen, and how they reacted in response to being dress code.


The first person we interviewed was a girl named “Stephane”.


Q.How do you feel about being dress coded?

A.They had know right to dress code me.

Q.How did you re-act to being dress coded?

 A.I told them that this was stupid and I walked away and got some PE shorts from the principal.

Q.When did it happen and how did it happen?

 A. It happened at lunch and I was wearing ripped jeans above the knee.


    The next person we interviewed was “Christian” A kid who was caught wearing a gun shirt at school, but you know we can't all be winners. He is one of the many boys who have been dress coded at TeWinkle. He shared his experience,

Q.How do you feel about being dress coded?

A.I feel like I was in the wrong.

Q.How did you react to being dress coded?

A.I realized I wasn’t supposed to wear that [shirt] and I understood.

Q.When did it happen and how did it happen?

A.It happened after school when the bell rang and Ms. Hirst caught me and took me to the office.


In conclusion girls don't show too much skin and boys don't wear the inappropriate shirts to school. Dress code has been an issue at TeWinkle Middle School for a long time, but we hope to see the end of this problem soon.   

Students in class

Do Seventh Graders Like Their Electives?

By: Alyssa Garrett and Olivia Shallahamer



    Remember in 6th grade getting that application paper for your elective? Well now we’ve gone back to see how the new 7th graders are liking their electives. Seventh graders have been doing very hard work, but are loving their electives. We have interviewed some people in each of their classes to see the results. We’ve interviewed Sydney Birza in PLTW, Dane Dodge in ASB, and Johnnie Godby in AVID. PLTW is a robotics class that teaches students to design robots and make new creations. ASB is a class that makes signs and promotes school events that are happening. Lastly in AVID they go on field trips to colleges, work on projects about colleges, and it really helps you have a chance of getting into a better college.


Q: How do you like your teacher?

Dane - ASB A: She’s really fun and nice.


Q: Is it hard or fun?

Dane - ASB  A: Super Fun and also a lot of hard work.


Q: What do you do in class?

Sydney - PLTW A: Engineering and Designs.


Q: What’s your favorite thing you’ve done in class?

Sydney - PLTW  A: When we made a Puff Mobile.


Q: Why did you choose this elective?

Johnnie - Avid  A: I want to go to college for 4 years.


Q: What’s the most fun thing you’ve done in class?

Johnnie - Avid  A: The Bio Poem.

tewinkle Gym window

The First Week Of School!

By: Sydney Bantel & Natalia Araiza


The first week of school has began! Going into a new grade can be rough, but when going into another school it's different especially middle school.  Many of the seventh graders have different points of view, in which they like middle school or not. The 7th graders we interviewed, Valeria Jimenez and Kaiden Kahkosko, had many different and alike thoughts about the starting of middle school. Here is what they had to say. We asked about how their first week of school has been so far.


We asked;

Q: How do you feel about everything being new?

Valeria- A: Its managing but coming to this new school is scary and I get nervous.

Kaiden- A: I know many people here already, and I'm used to it.


Q: Where is your favorite classroom to hang out at?

Valeria- A: I'd say robotics is my best hangout place.

Kaiden- A: I’d say robotics too.


Q: Hows your first week been so far?

Valeria- A: I like middle school better because it’s cool and better.

Kaiden- A: It’s fun and has a better transformation.


Q: What do you think of the difference in the work?

Valeria- A: Not hard, the work is manageable.

Kaiden- A: There's a lot. because Of my honors classes and I get a lot of homework from them.

Q: Would you change anything about school now?
Valeria- A: I would like more work.
Kaiden- A: I would change nothing at all.

Fitness Awareness

By: Thu Nguyen


    Fitness plays an important part in kids, teens, and adults lives. TeWinkle asks students do physical education, PE, every day as part of our physical fitness. Fitness promotes an active lifestyle and gives you a healthier cholesterol.Without physical fitness, a student can have many problems in the future, such as heart disease and diabetes. You can control your weight when working out but also eating healthy. Doing fitness at least three times a week for 30 minutes to an hour, can give you toned muscles and build up your stamina and endurance. Other things such as healthy foods can be involved in a student's life. A healthy diet is essential for a teen because of their heightened nutritional needs. Adolescence is a time of growth for teens, both physical and mental development. So, what do students at TeWinkle Middle School think of physical Awareness?


    I interviewed publication members, Monik Rodriguez, Kaya Pagard, and Lily Shandalove. They gave me their honest thoughts about what they think about physical fitness.

Q: How many times do you think you need to workout for every week?

A: Kaya Pagard: I think you need to workout for at least 5 hours every week.

Q: What do you honestly think about fitness?

A: Kaya Pagard: I believe that it is good for your health and can help with the sport you do.

Q: Why do you think physical education is important?

A: Lily Shandalove: I think physical education is important because you can get overweight, which can lead to medical problems.

Q: Why is physical education mandatory in middle schools and some high schools?

A: Monik Rodriguez: So students obtain a healthy lifestyle as a learning student.


    What I can conclude from my article, is that fitness awareness is important in young people's lives and that why many students should support fitness and physical education for their health. 


By: Ingrid Benitez and Jack Nash


    What is summer? Summer is the warmest season of the year. It occurs in the northern hemisphere from June to August and in the southern hemisphere from December to February. School is back and summer is gone. We have been interviewing Gabriel Rosete ,Nicala Ceruti,and Morgan Gard about their summer.That's all about their summer. What was your summer about?


Gabriel Rosete:

Q: How was your summer?

A: My summer was actually great.

Q: What did you do during the summer?

A: I went Knott's and the beach.

Q: Did you hang out with friends or family?

A: I did hang out with friends and spend sometime with my family.


Morgan Gard:

Q: How was your summer?

A: I had a good summer.

Q: What did you do during the summer?

A: I went to a camp and I got a new cat.

Q: Did you hang out with friends or family?

A: I did kinda spend my summer with friends and family.


Nicaela Ceruti

Q: How was your summer?

A: My summer was fun.

Q: What did you do during the summer?

A: I played basketball and went to a young life camp with friends.

Q: Did you hang out with friends or family?

A: I did hang out with friends and family.



Slam Dunk

By: Kaya Pagard


    Girls sports tryouts are very intense this year. As girls train hard for basketball season, I interviewed Kara Hernandez and Alexis Orellana, I asked them the following questions.

Q: Do you like basketball?
A: Yes

Q:Do you think you are good at basketball?


Q: Do you know any people that think you are good at basketball


Q: Is basketball fun?

A: Yes

Q:Did any of your friends tryout with you?


Q: Do you like your coach?

A: Yes

Q: Have you played basketball before? If so how long?

A: Yes and one Year

Q: Have you met anyone new on your team?

A: Yes

Girls Basketball

By: Destiny Radillo


  This year for the 7th grade basketball tryouts 13 out of 15 girls made it into the team!! These girls practice after school on Tuesdays and on Saturdays. There first game was on 9-29-16, and TeWinkle Trojans won!!! Basketball tryouts were in the gym after school and the 7th graders found out if they made it into the team the next day. The whole process on the tryouts were intense and the girls were really good. They were practicing on many things like dribbling, running, and stopping really fast! The girls were having lots of fun and at the end they all scream GO TROJANS!!!


I interview Maria, a seventh grader on the team.

Q: Do you have experience on basketball or are you a beginner? If so how long have you been playing?

A: Yes and about 1 year.

Q: Why did you decide to join?

A: Because my friends were joining and because I really like playing basketball!!

Q: Are you looking forward to playing?

A: Yes, a lot!!

Q: When do you have practice?

A: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

Q: Will you play next year?

A: I don’t know probably

Q: Do you play any other sports? If so which one?

A: No.

Security Guard

New Security Guard

By: Monik Rodriguez and Griffin Meyer


  We recently had our previous security guard Mr.Bacon receive a new job. But, we luckily got a new security guard Mrs. Egno. We decided to go interview her and see what she had to say about TeWinkle.


Q: Is this your first time being a security guard?
A: Yes.
Q: Where did you work before TeWinkle?
A: Costa Mesa High School.
Q: What did you work as at Costa Mesa High School?
A: Campus security.
Q:What are you most excited about TeWinkle?
A: Working with the students everyday.
Q: How do you feel about TeWinkle?
A: The staff and students have a great relationship and the students are very enthusiastic and also have a great will to learn. 

Back to school

Back to School Night

By: MaryCarmen Perez and Alondra-Alvarado


     Back to school night is the night where students bring their parents to meet their teachers and classes. They experienced how their child are in class and what they do. They also showed the work that the students did in class and other projects they will be doing in the future. Parents were able to talk to their child's teacher about how they are performing academically in their classes. Back to School Night is an experience for students and parents to come and learn more about the teachers and what the students will be doing this upcoming school year.


   We interviewed Breana Figueroa, an eighth grader at TeWinkle.

Q:What will happen during back to school night?

A: You will be meeting in the gym to hear a message from the principal.

Q: How do you feel about coming back to school?

A: I like it because I bring my parents to show them the pain.

Bump, Set, Hit

By: Lily Shandalove


    As you all know, boys volleyball tryouts happened on Monday, September 12, Wednesday, September 14, and Monday, September 19. Coaching the boys 7th grade volleyball team will be Coach Richard, and Coaching boys 8th grade volleyball will be Coach Campbell. Volleyball is the first boys sport of the 2016-2017 school year!! The volleyball practices will most likely be on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. The games will most likely be on Wednesday, and sometimes Monday. The first game will be on Wednesday, September 28, at Costa Mesa, against Costa Mesa. They play two games each playing up to 25 points, if both teams win one game, they will play a third game to 15. If one team wins both games, you will not play a third game.


I interviewed two students that tried out for Boy’s Volleyball.

Q: Have you ever played volleyball?

A: “No, except for one camp.”-Dane Dodge (7th)

A: “Yes, I have played volleyball.”-Logan Richard (8th)


Q: How long have you played volleyball?

A: “I’ve played for a couple of years.”-Logan Richard (8th)


Q: Why do you want to be part of the team?

A: I want to be part of the team “because it sounds fun, and because I like the sport.”-Dane Dodge (7th)
A: I want to be part of the team because “it is good fitness.”-Logan Richard (8th)


I also interviewed the 7th grade boys coach, Coach Richard.

Q: How long have you been coaching volleyball?

A: “I have been coaching for seven years.”


Q: If a 7th grader is really good, could they play on the 8th grade team?

A: “No, 7th grade plays for 7th grade.”


Q: What is your goal for the new team?

A: “My goal for the new team  is for the boys  to have fun, to teach respect (of me and their teammates), and to have them be a better player than when they started.”




Alice in Wonderland

Alice and Wonderland Dance

By: Mariah Rosales-Medina and Ariadna Gonzalez


  A Wonderland dance at Boswell Hall for an amazing dance on September 16, 2016. Wow! There was music and a lot of dancing of course. There was food, like candy, chips, and water. There was also Alice and Wonderland decorations for the theme of the dance.The dance was full of amazing dancers. Over 300 people went to the Alice and Wonderland Dance. That’s a ton of people. It must have been very crowded. Many people wore white and neon colors so the black lights could make the colors bright. It was a fun dance that ASB planned can’t wait till the next dance.


Daniela Lopez:

Q: Was the dance fun?

A: No, because it was to crowded I think it would be better in the gym.
Q: What was your favorite part?
A: Taking photos with my friends.
Q: Why did you go to the dance?
A: Because I heard it was going to be a good dance.

Q: Are you thinking of going to the next dance?

A: If they do it at the gym.


Aburto Tapia:

Q: Why did you go to the dance?

A: I had to go to the dance for A.S.B for my community service.

Q: What was your favorite part of the dance?

A: When everyone started dancing.

Q: Was the dance fun?

A: Yes!

Q: Are you thinking of going to the next dance?
A: Yes because the first dance was fun.


Giselle Angel:

Q: Why did you go to the first dance?

A: Uh, to hang out with friends.
Q: What was your favorite part of the dance?
A: when everyone got up to dance.
Q: Was the dance fun?
A: Mmhmm!
Q: Are you thinking of going to the next dance?

A: Yes!


O.C. Fair

Summer Fun in Orange County

By: Adlai Silva and Michael Mgerian


    Summer ended and kids are going back to school talking about the fun that they had. Many kids are talking about how much fun they had at the O.C. Fair. The O.C. Fair is a fair that happens every summer in Orange County and its first year happened back in 1890. Kids went with family and friends and play carnival like games. There are also rides like roller coasters and mazes and other fun attractions for all sorts of people. You can win prizes and even get pet a fish! Everyone who went had a good time and can’t wait for the fair next year. There are actually a lot of people that went to the fair this year and we will interview them to show you their opinions of what they thought about the fair. I haven't gone to the fair this year, but I’ve gone many years in the past and liked it. Michael did go to the fair this year and loved it and can’t wait going next summer. So, let us investigate who lived the dreams and went to the O.C. Fair.


We interviewed Jack Nash, Noah Gniffke, and Sofia Johnson.


Jack Nash:

Q: Have you been to the O.C. Fair this summer and if you did, did you like it?

A: I went to the O.C. Fair this summer and had a good time.

Q:Did you win anything and if you did, what was it and where?

A:I won the basketball game and got a large Jamaican Monkey.

Q:Did you go with anyone?

A:Yes, I went with my friends.


Noah Gniffke:

Q: Have you been to the O.C. Fair this summer and if you did, did you like it?

A:I went to the O.C. Fair this summer.

Q: Did you win any prize and if you did, what was it and where?

A: I won a large bear at the basketball game.

Q:Did you go with anyone?

A:Yes, I went with my family.


Sofia Johnson:

Q:Did you go to the O.C. Fair and if you did, did you like it?

A: I went to the fair, and had an amazing time.

Q:Did you win anything and if you did, what was it and where?

A:Yes, I won a panda at the water gun game.

Q:Did you go with anyone?

A:I went to the fair with 3 of my friends.

   That was the opinion of the people that went to the O.C. Fair this summer. Sadly, some people like Valeria Jimenez did not go to the fair this summer but would have love to go but they’ve been to the fair in the past, which is a good thing. Anyways, that was the opinions of the Trojans that went to the O.C. Fair this summer. We are all exitted to go next year when we get the chance. If for some reason you haven't gone to the O.C. Fair, then you're missing out on a lot of things and should go next summer. Well, this was Adlai Silva and Michael Mgerian from the Publications Staff happy to make this article. Have a wonderful year and hope you go to the fair next year!



By: Alejandro Vega and Mariela Arellano


          As you may have heard, we are all very sad for the tragic loss of the well known gorilla, Harambe. If you don’t know who he is, he a 17 year old male lowland gorilla that grabbed a three-year-old boy that fell into his enclosure on May 22nd, 2016. There was no harm done to the boy; unfortunately, Harambe was shot and killed. This tragic event took place at the Cincinnati Zoo in Ohio. The reason why this event was so important was because the lowland gorilla is critically endangered with only an estimated 175,000 remaining worldwide. Many people think he wasn’t innocent, but he didn’t know how to treat a child. Harambe was killed by one of the park officials. Harambe was killed because the officials thought the child was in great danger. Was Harambe guilty or confused?


Welcome incoming 7th Graders!

By: Jackie Duran & Mayreli Abounds


It's a new start of a new year so that means there's new 7th graders in Tewinkle Middle School! The school year for the 7th graders will be a whole new experience, it may be a lot of work but we're sure they'll make it through just like all the past 7th graders. Most 7th graders, including 8th graders, were scared, nervous, or excited. We interviewed Kaelem Menjivar and Luis Canarena about their first day or week in TeWinkle Middle School. 


Kaelem Menjivar:

Q - How did you feel about your first day?

A - I felt nervous but excited at the same time. 

Q - Were you scared? Why or why not?

A - No, because my friends were gonna come, so I would be with them and I also have 2 older siblings that showed me around. 

Q - What are you looking forward to?

A - Getting good grades like A’s and B’s. 


Luis Canarena:

Q - What is your favorite class so far?

A - Honors science, Mr. Chorn is fun and he teaches us well.

Q - Are you happy with the teachers you got? Why or why not?

A - Yes, because they're very helpful and explain questions good.

Q - What elective do you have? Do you like it?

A - AVID, it's fun and helps people around the community.