JLS Times Issue 2: February 2012 (pdf)

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JLS Times Issue 2: February 2012 (pdf)

ISSUE 11 FEBUARY 2012

ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Student Store is open!

When: Every Wed/Th @ Lunch

What: Stationary, JLS clothing,

locker accessories, lunch bags, etc.

UPCOMING EVENTS

FRIDAY, 2/10

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.

THURS.-MON., 2/16-2/20

NO SCHOOL

Staff Development Day

Lincoln’s Birthday

Washington’s Birthday

THURSDAY, 2/23

ORCHESTRA CONCERT

7:00-9:00 p.m. in the Cafetorium.

FRIDAY, 3/2

JLS DANCE

7:00-9:30 p.m. (10:00 p.m. for

eighth graders) in the Cafetorium.

JLS TIMES

Current Events

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

Rule.

4) Trade: The Trade Enforcement

CONTINUED: Sarah P.2

JLS Opinions

Say What?

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

today?

“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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Sarah: Unit will investigate unfair

trading practices in China, and this will

ensure

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.”

Special Events

Valentine’s Day

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

Authors

Kirsten B.

Michelle H.

Young-hye (Sarah)L.

Maya M.

Kathryn Q.

Patricia T.

Lauren Y.

Kathleen X.

Editors

Grace P.

Robin P.

Alyssa S.

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

name.

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.

Formatting and

Design

Robin P.

Kathleen X.

Faculty Advisor

Mrs. Coluzzi

SOLAR STORM

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.

SAY WHAT?

“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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