ISSUE 11 FEBUARY 2012
The Student Store is open!
When: Every Wed/Th @ Lunch
What: Stationary, JLS clothing,
locker accessories, lunch bags, etc.
CITY OF PALO ALTO
7TH/8TH GRADE DANCE
7:00-10:00 p.m. at Gym A of the
Cubberly Community Center.
Tickets: $10 each, available at the
Cubberly or Lucie Stern
community centers starting 2/6.
NO TICKETS SOLD AT DOOR.
Staff Development Day
7:00-9:00 p.m. in the Cafetorium.
7:00-9:30 p.m. (10:00 p.m. for
eighth graders) in the Cafetorium.
The State of the Union Address
By Young-hye (Sarah)
On January 24, 2012, President
Obama delivered his State of the Union
Address. The State of the Union is an
annual address presented before a joint
session of Congress. The president reports
on the condition of the country, as well as
declaring his legislative agenda and national
priorities to Congress.
Here are some of the key points that
he presented in his speech:
1) Education: He recognized the
hardworking teachers in America, and
suggested that we should provide them with
the necessary resources, and reward the best
teachers. President Obama also ordered
that all students stay in school until they
were 18, and that the tuition tax credit for
college students should be extended.
2) Energy: Obama suggested a strategy
for the American energy – one that is
“cleaner, cheaper, and full of new jobs.”
3) Tax cuts: Everyone must pay their
fair share, especially the millionaires who
should be willing to abide by the Buffett
4) Trade: The Trade Enforcement
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Every issue, the JLS Times would like
to get input from the community. In Say
What?, we ask an interesting and/or
controversial question and ask for feedback.
This week’s question is: How is social
media affecting middle schoolers
“Social websites can help and distract
middle schoolers.... These websites can help
students interact and ask [about
assignments]. It can also distract them from
assignments...” -Eli F.
“I think that... social media... can be seen as
a good or bad thing. While it's a way to stay
connected and in touch with others, it is
also a new medium for bullying and
‘badvertising’.” -Maya R.
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ISSUE 11 FEBRUARY 2012
Sarah: Unit will investigate unfair
trading practices in China, and this will
that no foreign company will have
advantage over American companies.
Overall, Obama emphasized that we
Americans need to work together
efficiently and wisely in every aspect to
create “the America built to last.” Obama
ended with this statement: “No one built
this country on their own. This Nation is
great because we built it together.”
By Alyssa See-Tho
Have you ever wondered how
Valentine’s Day came about? It all started
with the Roman celebration of
Lupercalia, the day of fertility. Later,
Pope Gelasius declared February 14th the
specific day to show loved ones how
much they meant to each other. At least
three known St. Valentine’s or Valentino’s
were put to death on this date, hence the
Legend has it that Emperor Claudius
II didn’t allow men in his army to marry.
Valentino or St. Valentine married
couples in secret and helped them escape
the wrath of Claudius. As soon as
Claudius found out, he ordered that
Valentino be put in jail until the day of
his execution, February 14th. While
Valentino was in jail, the jailor’s daughter
visited him and brought him extra food.
Before he was dragged away to his
execution, Valentino left a note in his cell
for the jailor’s daughter signing it, from
your Valentine. Even to this day, people
sign their Valentine’s Day love letters in
this way, not knowing the history of it.
BY KATHLEEN X.
Recently, we experienced a burst of
summer here in Palo Alto. Summer’s
awesome - except in the middle of
winter. So why did we have a random
week in January, with high temperatures
in the mid-70s? Was it only us
that experienced this hot flash?
Actually, no. The solar storm last week
affected the whole world. Harmful rays
of energy from the sun penetrated our
ozone layer and caused the magnetic
field to fluctuate, sending Northern
Lights as far south as Britain and
Maine. The most dangerous in seven
years, the solar flares caused radios,
cell-phone communications, and
satellite devices to stop working.
Fortunately, such storms are rare, so
however nice being able to go to the
beach in January was, don’t count on it
happening again anytime soon.
“It makes life busier: in addition to doing
homework and extra-curricular activities,
you also feel obligated to check your
email.” -Eileen C.
“I'm not quite sure I can agree with how
media is cast in a bad light.... it helps you
connect and realize things you didn’t
[know].” -Grace P.
“The 'social' media is bad for children.
The social media is taking away social
lives of millions of teens around the
world.” -Kathleen X.
Stay tuned for more questions! Send us
your thoughts via email.
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