By: Alexis Brock
With months of preparation the STAAR tests are coming up fast on the students. Many kid are downright terrified, while some approach the test with confidence.
The 7th grade English STAAR will be taken on March 20-21. The English test will require students to write three essays along with a question portion. Mrs. Bean, an English Teacher, says that she of course would’ve liked to prepare her students more, but tutoring and writing practice has prepared them quite a bit. The students have been prepped enough to meet the writing standard. Mrs. Bean says she is confident in her students’ writing abilities. She is expecting all her students to pass, and show what they know. Luckily, most of them came to her with a lot of writing knowledge. Other kids are really worried about the Math STAAR test coming up in April. Mr. Kline says, “If they read the questions carefully, and come to tutoring, they will greatly increase their chances of passing.” He says tutoring will help the students by giving them more practice on the STAAR type questions they will see. He feels his students will be prepared if they were to come to tutoring. Mr. Crowe, the principal, is 100% confident in our abilities. He feels that if we take it seriously they will be fine. He says, “I think the students are as prepared as they can be, if they’ve been working hard throughout the year.” Mr. Crowe also feels that tutoring will help students, because it fills in those small gaps in learning. Marjorie Argote (7) is one of the many nervous students. She says, “In a way I’m kind of nervous, because it’s harder than TAKS, but I feel I’m prepared enough, but I’m still nervous.” Brook Livecchi (7) is among the nervous students also. She says, “I’m nervous, but I’m going to do good, because I’m a winner.”
Overall the teachers believe in their students’ abilities to pass the STAAR tests. Even though the students are terrified, they’ll do fine on the test. So study hard, do your work, and you will pass the test.
Basketball season has just begun for the seventh grade Lady Yearlings. The coaches as well as the players are very excited about the start of the season.
Just recently the A and B teams played in a tournament. Both A and B teams lost to Tejada, but redeemed themselves by beating Alamo Heights. It takes being on the gym floor by 6:15 Mon-Fri to make it on the basketball team. But if you strive to succeed you need to play like every game is your last. When you scrimmage in practice play like your playing to win a championship game. Never give up and never put your head down.
The A team coach, Coach Hampton, says, “The A team will win district this year!” because she has extremely hardworking athletes. She also said that, “The girls have made my job a lot easier because they have brought a lot of skills to the table.” She says she enjoys coaching the A team because she likes pushing the girls to their limits. Coach Rocheleau, who coaches the B team, says they’ve overcome many obstacles, such as the challenge of dribbling and not traveling as much. She also says that, “They’ve become better offensive and defensive players.” When asked about which girls show outstanding effort she said “All of them show it, but Bethany Fisher and Sarah Perez really stick out.” She said that some of the best highlights were when one of our girls faced out an Eisenhower girl, and when they beat Eisenhower in the final seconds. Coach Coleman who coaches the GO team says, “I’m very excited to be working with 41 girls. We have alot of girls that are learning very quickly and enjoying the fast pace of the game.” She also said she’s very impressed with one of the smallest girls on the team who plays like a big girl, Jacely Garcia. She also said, “I’m impressed with my beast, Miraya Jennings.” Coach Coleman says she loves coaching her team and so do all of the coaches. To win district the girls are going to have to play like they never have and beat any teams that stand in their way. It will be tough, but the seventh grade Lady basketball team will prevail and make their school proud.
Hopefully the seventh grade Lady Yearlings have an amazing season and overcome any challenges that come their way.
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