ISSUE II OCTOBER 2012
CHECK OUT WHAT’S HAPPENING
IN OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER,
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12
END OF THE 1ST QUARTER
OCTOBER 29-NOVEMBER 2
REGISTRATION FOR MOCK
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31
HALLOWEEN RALLY &
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12
Tuesday: Twin Day
Wednesday: Sports Day
Thursday: Rainbow Day
Friday: Pajama Day
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14
STAFF VS. STUDENT
J.L. Stanford Middle School
480 East Meadow Drive
Palo Alto, CA 94306
The 2012 Presidential Election
Eric W. and Ling Y.
On November 6, Americans will face a
choice between two candidates as our
next president – Barack Obama and
Barack Obama was born on August 4,
1961, in Hawaii. His father was from
Kenya and his mother was from
Kansas. Obama graduated from law
school and was the first African-
American president of the Harvard
Law Review. After college, Obama
moved to Chicago, where he worked
with churches to rebuild communities
destroyed by the closure of local steel
On November 4, 2008, Obama was
elected the 44th President of the
United States, beating Republican
candidate John McCain. He was
officially sworn into office on January
20, 2009. President Obama is running
in the 2012 elections against
Republican Mitt Romney.
Mitt Romney, the former governor of
Massachusetts, is this year’s
Republican candidate for the
presidency. He was born on March 12,
1947, in Detroit. Raised in Michigan,
the presidential candidate graduated
from Brigham Young University in
1971. He also earned degrees from
Harvard Law and Business School.
The 2012 election is Romney’s second
attempt to win the presidency. He ran
in 2008, but was defeated by
Republican candidate John McCain.
Panthers, please remind your parents
to vote on Tuesday, November 6!
First Daughters & First Dog
Malia: She is 14 and her birthday is on
July 4. Malia is nearly as tall as her
parents. Obama shared, “Even though
she’s 5’9”, she’s still my baby.” Her
favorite activities include soccer,
dance, and drama.
Sasha: She is 11 and her birthday is on
June 10. “Sasha” is short for Natasha.
She is the youngest child to reside in
the White House since John F.
Kennedy, Jr. Her favorite activities are
gymnastics and tap dancing.
Bo: Bo, a Portuguese Water Dog, was
born on October 9, 2008, in Texas. He
was a gift from Senator Ted Kennedy.
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Mr. Creighton’s Trip to Thailand
Neelay J. & Ling Y.
In September, Mr. Creighton, an eighth grade JLS
physical education teacher, traveled to Thailand to coach
the Junior World Wrestling team. He also learned new
training techniques to implement in his physical education
Before Mr. Creighton came to JLS six years ago, he
worked at Aptos Middle School and San Mateo High
School after earning his teaching credentials at the
University of Nebraska. Since his father was a wrestler
and loved the sport, Mr. Creighton has participated in
wrestling most of his life. In college, after being inspired
by wrestlers at a NCA Tournament, Mr. Creighton
became the undefeated state champ and, eventually, the
1998-1999 NCAA national champion. One of the most
treasured honors awarded to Mr. Creighton was being
inducted into the Wrestling Hall of Fame.
While visiting Thailand, Mr. Creighton enjoyed
experiencing a new culture and meeting smart, creative,
and accomplished people from around the world. For
example, one of the athletes he met was Brandon Slay, a
2000 Olympic champion. Mr. Creighton also enjoyed
watching athletes train for the international competition.
He learned new techniques and strategies by observing
and interacting with the coaches and athletes.
Mr. Creighton created many goals before leaving for
Thailand. To better serve his athletes and students, his
number one goal was to learn new training methods
because he wanted to come back a better teacher and
coach. Everything Mr. Creighton learned at the
international competition connects to his physical
education curriculum and wrestling program at JLS. For
instance, what he learned addresses many physical
education state standards related to gymnastics, tumbling,
self defense, kinesthetic awareness, and flexibility. This
information also connects to the self-defense unit Mr.
Creighton teaches at JLS. !
Mr. Creighton’s Personal Mottos:
• “Never say can’t!”
• “I don’t live to eat, I eat to live.”
• “Train for your life every day.”
• “Win with humility. Lose with dignity. But darn it,
Mr. Creighton in Pattaya, Thailand.
Mosquitoes & West Nile Virus
Hey, JLS Panthers, we just escaped the West Nile virus
(WNV) at its climax. Why did WNV spread in the first
place? This was because of an increase in the mosquito
population. According to Palo Alto Patch, a Baylands
cleaning project caused the increase in population. Since
the saltwater was forced to diminish, mosquito eggs,
which were dormant for almost forty years, resurfaced
and hatched during the restoration. These mosquitoes can
fly almost five miles without taking a break, spreading
WNV far and wide.
To protect yourself from WNV, clothing can help reduce
mosquito bites. For example, when weather permits, wear
long-sleeve shirts, long pants, and socks. Second, apply a
mosquito repellant to ward off mosquitoes. Third, don’t
leave stagnant water in places like planting pots. In
addition, clean your pool because any kind of stagnant
water is a perfect habitat for mosquitoes to lay eggs.
Usually it is hard to know if you have WNV, but look out
for the following symptoms: fever, headache, body aches,
swollen lymph glands, rash, or eye discomfort. See a
doctor if you notice any of these symptoms.
Remember Panthers, try to stay away from canals and
parks filled with mosquitoes, keep indoors at dawn and
dusk, and be safe and healthy.
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Things to Consider this Halloween:
A Step-By-Step Process of How to Get the
1. The night before Halloween, remember to go to
bed early. This is your last opportunity to sleep
before the inevitable candy-induced coma!
2. Once you get to school, find a good friend who you
can completely brag to about your costume.
3. Go to the sundial court at lunch, where you can
find students showing off their costumes on the
runway. On Halloween, it’s all about being who
you aren’t, so don’t be afraid to make your way
down the catwalk!
4. Once the dismissal bell rings, get home FAST!
5. Stand in front of the front door until the sun goes
down. If you’re not in it for the candy (who isn’t?),
there are enough haunted houses to go around.
6. There is a very simple logic for house-hopping on
Halloween. Go to:
• the houses with Halloween decorations.
• the houses where your friends live.
• the houses in your neighborhood.
Remember to stay safe, Panthers, and only visit
safe and familiar houses or neighborhoods.
7. Check your candy haul. Even if your bag is
overflowing with sweet treats, keep trick-or-
8. Before you go to bed, don’t forget to hide your
candy from your siblings...and parents!
HAPPY HALLOWEEN, PANTHERS!
1. Why didn’t the skeleton cross the road?
2. What do skeletons say before they begin dining?
3. What do ghosts serve for dessert?
4. What was the witch’s favorite subject in school?
1. He didn’t have the guts.
2. Bone appetit!
3. Ice scream
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Spooky Halloween Recipes
Tired of making the same holiday desserts?
Try making something new this Halloween!
Halloween Layered Fudge
! 1 teaspoon butter"
! 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate
! 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed
! 8 ounces white candy coating"
! 1/4 teaspoon orange extract"
• 2 to 4 drops orange paste food coloring
#$ Line an 8-in. square pan with foil;
butter foil and set aside. "
%$ In a microwave-safe bowl, heat
chocolate chips and 1 cup milk on high
for 30 seconds; stir. Repeat until
mixture is smooth. Pour into prepared
pan. Chill for 10 minutes. "
&$ Meanwhile, in a microwave-safe bowl,
melt candy coating with remaining
milk; stir until smooth. Stir in extract
and food coloring. Spread over
chocolate layer. "
!" Chill for 1 hour or until firm. Using
foil, remove fudge from pan. Cut into 1in.
Yield:#about 2 pounds
• 6 large egg whites
• 1 1/2 cups sugar
1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
2. Put egg whites and sugar in the
heatproof bowl of an electric mixer. Set
bowl over a pan of simmering water.
Whisk constantly until sugar is
dissolved and mixture feels warm to
the touch, approximately 5 minutes.
3. Return bowl to mixer, and fit mixer
with the whisk attachment. Beat on
high speed until very stiff peaks form,
approximately 8 minutes.
4. Transfer meringue to a pastry bag fitted
with a 1/2-inch plain round tip, such as
a Wilton #1A. Pipe bone shapes, each
5-6 inches long, onto two baking sheets
lined with parchment paper.
5. Bake until crisp throughout,
approximately 1 hour. Let cool
completely on a wire rack.
Yield: about 18"
JLS TIMES STAFF