Interview with Mr. Sciacca!
By Ava Glassen and Sterling Solomon
This year we had the pleasure of welcoming our new principal, Mr. Sciacca, to Ensign Intermediate School. We got to know him by asking him a few questions about himself:
1. What interests you in Ensign?
“Students have an amazing dynamic of working with our community; elementary and high schools and that is what interests me in Ensign.”
2. What are you looking forward to this year?
“I am looking forward to getting to know the teachers and students, establishing trust with each and every one.”
3. What is your favorite thing to do outside of school?
“My favorite things to do outside of school are root for University of Arizona football and basketball; spend time with my kids and family.”
4. What makes Ensign different than the other schools you've worked at?
“Ensign is the most diverse school. Kids are coming from polar opposite places, relationships, household advantages, and disadvantages.”
5. What do you want to improve at Ensign?
“There is always a way to make something better but I haven’t been here long enough to know.”
6. If you were stranded on an island, what three things would you want to have with you?
“I would want to have an endless supply of Chipotle burritos, T.V. for access to sports games, and my family.”
7. What is something fun you did this Summer?
“I rented a houseboat and went to Lake Powell.”
Overall, Mr. Sciacca is a great addition to the Ensign team and we are so excited to have him!
By Elizabeth Peters
On Tuesday September 15, we had an assembly. In the assembly, Keith Hawkins talked to both grades about the type of person we wanted to become.
We learned from his three wonderful children and their unexpected words of wisdom like when his daughter said, “I would rather be a good nobody than a bad somebody.” This applies to many of us here at our school because sometimes we find that we want to be noticed but don’t feel that we will be by just being kind. It is important to remember that each kind word and action will help and will never be forgotten.
He also reminded us on how people “follow actions not words.” I must say I was confused and put my hand on my chin when he pressed his hand to his jowl. One of the most important points he touched upon is “have fun, don’t be funny.” As middle school students we think that being funny and disrespectful is cool. I don’t know about you but I would rather be thought of as kind since I don’t like having the chills.
The assembly was not all serious. However, he allowed us to play Simon Says to demonstrate his point; don’t worry if you sat down first so did I. We can all learn something from his speech.
66 Outrages Excuses for Being Late to School
By Jennifer Garcia and Kiona Carriker
You know early in the morning when you don’t feel like getting up and going to school, but you know you’re going to miss many assignments? So,then, you decide to try to make it to school on time, you rush out the door and head towards school but you realize that you are going to, unfortunately, be late. Here are the 66 most outrages, preposterous, and unacceptable excuses for being late to school.
- “There was bike traffic.”
- “I got a call from Obama.”
- “I was stuck in jail."
- “I had to help an elder pick up her medication.”
- “I won’t be in school on time. My brain is full.”
- “ I can’t come to school because my cat is very lonely and stressed out.”
- “ I had to go audition for American Idol.”
- “I heard it was going to snow.”
- “My grandma made me go to early bingo.”
- “My sim was having an emotional meltdown and I needed to be there for her.”
- “I was abducted by alien and after being transported to the mother ship, the aliens decided not to suck out my brains. They sent me back home.”
- “The line was too long at Starbucks.”
- “I had to feed my pet piranha.”
- “I saw Elvis.”
- “I was waiting for my deodorant to dry.”
- “My alarm clock kept going off while I was asleep.”
- “A groundhog bit my bike tire and made it flat, so I was late.”
- “I wasn't late. I just failed to be on time.”
- “I was too busy sleeping to be on time.”
- “I fell asleep in the shower.”
- “There were three wasps in my bedroom so I hid under my bed for three hours until my Mom came back from work. I came as soon as I could though."
- “I was just really, really, early for tomorrow.”
- “My bed is more comfortable than school.”
- “I was caught in a flash mob.”
- "I walked into a spider web on the way out the door and couldn't find the spider, so I had to go inside and shower again."
- “I feel like I'm in everyone's way if I show up on time.”
- “I was attacked by a raccoon.”
- “I ran into a parade.”
- “I thought time was on my side.”
- “I had to catch a Pokémon.”
- “ There were three wasps in my bedroom so I hid under my bed for three hours until they flew out the window.”
- “I was late to class because it was foggy this morning and I couldn't find my way to school."
- “You gave me the wrong directions.”
- “I got hungry and ate my homework.”
- “I was late because I was late! Remember: “it is better late than absent!
- “I got stuck in the elevator”
- “It was the aliens!! They told me to be late!! I swear!!!
- "My dad’s, grandparents', uncle's, friend's, goldfish died.”
- “Sorry I had an epic battle with my hair this morning."
- “I missed my bus, and had to ride a turtle to school.”
- “I had to stay home finishing season 4 of My Little Pony.”
- “I had Taco Bell, enough said.”
- “The paparazzi wanted an interview with me.”
- “I couldn’t find my clothes.”
- “I’m going to be late today and every day from here on. I just got a letter saying that I may have won 20 million dollars.”
- “I squeezed all the toothpaste out of the tube and spent ages putting all of it back in.”
- “I was at home sleeping, dreaming I was at school.”
- “I had to save my fish from drowning.”
- “I invented a time machine, and it messed up.”
- “I was in the halls and I heard someone say that you weren't the best teacher ever, so I had to beat them up.”
- "My cat had the hiccups.”
- “I had to go save Narnia.”
- “I had to teach my horse how to play poker.”
- “My underwear got stuck in the locker.”
- “Sorry I'm late; I got sidetracked at Krispy Kreme's.”
- “Today is 'National be late to school day.”
- “Flying monkeys took my brother and flew to China."
- “I’m not late. I was thinking about school on the way in.”
- “I had a rap battle with George Washington.”
- “Your watch must be fast.”
- "I was hungry so I stopped at Whole Foods. Their sushi is actually pretty good there. Have you had it?”
- “I broke my hip while doing a cartwheel.”
- “I didn’t chose the late life, the late life chose me."
- “There is no 'I' in school.”
- “A three-headed chicken water horse attacked me on the way to school. I swear it’s true.”
- “I don’t like arriving on time."
Band Review - 21 Pilots!
By Shiloh Bryant
In my opinion, Twenty One Pilots is an amazing band. Everything from their music, to their lyrics, to the two band members. Their music style (schizophrenic pop) is very unique, and fans call it many different things. The band consists of two members, Tyler Joseph the lead singer and the piano player, and Josh Dun, the drummer. While their music may sound happy and poppy, their lyrics are actual poetry. By dealing with depression, Tyler and Josh have saved lives. They help you deal with problems in your life, and help you gain consciousness as well. Their songs are so enjoyable and it also brings awareness to problems, not only you are facing, but they help you understand others, as well.
The Fan Base
Twenty One Pilots’ fan base is called the “Skeleton Clique.” Fans from far and wide gather on social media or in real life, and speak of the meaning of the bands lyrics, draw tons of fan art, and laugh together like one big family. Like every fandom, there are problems that people are having. The main issue on social media regarding Twenty One Pilots is; fans that have been there since before Tyler and Josh’s album Blurryface, have been picking on “Fake Fans.” But that problem is now dying down. The fans are so kind and now is a great time to listen to their music and join the fandom!
Twenty One Pilots is personally one of my favorite bands. I’ve been a fan since their second album (Vessel) was released, (when I was in fifth grade.) Their music and songs have helped and inspired me so much. Without Twenty One Pilots, my life would be very different. I’m so glad I discovered them. My favorite albums of theirs are Vessel and Twenty One Pilots. If you were going to listen to this band, I would suggest listening to the following songs first: "Holding onto You," "Isle of Flightless Birds," "Ode to Sleep," and "Polarize." Those are just a few that I feel would help transition you into the band as a listener. I hope you take the time to listen!
Click on the link or copy paste and search to hear some of their music!
What Are Seventh Graders Most Nervous For At Ensign?
By Avery Wooden & Sterling Solomon
We asked the students a specific question because we know that transferring from a sixth grade classroom at an elementary school where the schools are small, to going to a middle school where the school is much bigger, is frightening for a lot of kids, so we went out at the seventh graders lunch time and asked 24 students the same question, “What are you most nervous for at Ensign?” The options we gave them were teachers, homework, mile, being tardy, dress code, getting lost, and other(s).
Here’s the Why Behind People’s Opinions:
Isa Glassen: “I chose homework because I want to get straight A’s all year and never fail a test.”
Audrey Karlin: “I was nervous for homework because I usually get really stressed out when I have a lot of homework.”
Lindsey Blanchfield: “I am nervous for the mile because it looks really long and we have to do it … 1 time a week.”
Kate Lipkowski: “I didn’t really know the school and I thought I was going to get in trouble.”