November 2011

Are Your Parents Involved?

Parents love to be involved at their child’s school and this is their chance! The Parent Academy is a program hosted by the family specialist Mrs.Diaz, and so far everyone seems to love the program. It’s usually on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 8:30 a.m. and on some days it’s on Wednesdays. A member of the program, Mrs.Guerrero says,” I see myself doing  this next year as well because of the awesome family specialist and I also get to brush up on my Spanish,” she jokes and then adds, “and also the great guest speakers and of course also the field trips!”  Mrs.Diaz welcomes all parents with a welcoming smile and highly encourages them to join the Parent Academy which has been in thirty six specific school districts for eleven years, plus all of  the classes are free! Even Mrs.Diaz said,” If my child had this program at their school I would definitely be in it! Especially if they have guest speakers on different topics.” Some students even enjoy their parents involvement, such as Juan Vargas (7) who says,”I like my mom being involved at Parent Academy because on special holidays I get to celebrate and eat food with my mom.” The Parent Academy is a great way for your parent to get involved with Garner Middle School and their student, and if you have any questions or comments please contact me or Mrs.Diaz and we’d be happy to inform you about it. Your parents will love this program!
By: Julia Ortiz

Go Lady Yearlings

Congratulations to our 7th and 8th grade Lady Yearlings. They showed outstanding effort, and commendable improvement. The Lady Yearlings played hard and left it all on the court. The 8th grade volleyball team won district, undefeated 6-0. Coach Coleman said the girls have improved a lot since last year. When asked what team she thought did the best, she said ,”A team did best.” Coach Coleman was put in a difficult spot when asked about her star players. “All players contributed something, but Jade DeLaRosa and Stephanie Daggett were the ones who really helped offensively and defensively.”

The 7th grade girls have also been doing a great job, coming in 2nd place in district. The ladies had an outstanding record of 6-1. Coach Nordman says, “the girls have come very far.” Some girls had experience and some didn’t, but a lot of the girls picked up their game to catch up with the experienced ones. Coach Coleman and Coach Nordman are very proud of the Lady Yearlings, and they really represented Garner well this year. Go ladies!

By Alexis Brock

The Wacky Jacket Situation

The seasons are changing and leaves are falling from the tree, which means winter is approaching. At Garner Middle School there is a policy about the colors of jackets you wear, which means they have to be white, navy blue, or royal blue.
However, many students don’t understand why we can’t wear jackets of our choice. Elizabeth Richardson (8) says, “I don’t know why we can’t wear any color we want, I mean I don’t think that colors would offend anyone, so I don’t think it’s fair.”
Why do you think we can’t wear differently colored jackets? When asked that, Ms. Rocheleau replied, “If students wear opposing school colors it can make our campus look as though it’s not supportive of our own students and school.” Students think teachers shouldn’t care what color our jackets are, it should only matter if we are warm, because its gets surprisingly cold down here and many colorful jackets are warm because of the material it’s made of. Also a problem, if a student gets sick from the cold, it affects attendence as well. Regardless of the admin making exceptions on very cold days, it can still affect you.
Sometimes it’s really hard trying to find solid colored jackets, because alot of stores only carry multicolored jackets. So warmth should matter more than colors.

By:Courtney Davis