VOLUME 8—ISSUE 1
READ & LEARN
This year, there will be three scheduled Kinney will soon be writing a fifth Di-
book fairs. September 23rd-25th was the ary Of A Wimpy Kid book.
most recent book fair. December 15th-
Another very popular series would be
17th will be the next book fair. On
the Twilight series. Stephanie Meyer
March 17th–19th, the last book fair of
has the first half of her new book, Mid-
the year will be held in our middle
night Sun, on her website. Around
June, the first chapter of Midnight Sun
The September 23rd-25th book fair con- got leaked onto the Internet. Stephanie
sisted of many popular books and se- Meyer got very upset and wasn’t sure
ries, such as the Vladimir Todd series, if she was going to finish the book.
the Twilight series, The Host, The Let’s hope she does!
Clique series, and, last but not least,
Many books of the Twilight series
the Diary Of A Wimpy Kid series.
were sold at the book fair on Septem-
ROCKY POINT MIDDLE SCHOOL
As you probably know, the fourth book ber 23rd-September 25th. Since the
in the Diary Of A Wimpy Kid series, Twilight series has come out, many
Dog Days by Jeff Kinney, is available vampire related books have been pub-
now. The book officially came out on lished such as the Vampire Diaries se-
October 12th, 2009. This series has be- ries, the Night World series, the Vladi-
come very popular. Like the rest of the mir Todd series, and the Vampire
series, it will be about middle school Academy series. Are authors trying to
student Greg Heffley and his trials and keep the vampire theme or are they
tribulations, most of which are of his simply trying to write what’s selling?
own making. Rumor has it that Jeff
By: Bayleigh Sauerwald
BY: Tiana Rooney
Get Involved SPORTS:
-If you really love a sport and want
Are looking forward to get into things to try out, the best way to help you
such as sports, clubs, or even acceler- get ready is to practice with your
ated classes? I will tell you every- friends and family.
thing you need to know!
-You do need to keep up your grades
CLUBS: and stay out of trouble. If you make
-For most clubs all you need to do is the team and get in trouble, you
show up. Clubs are really easy to get could be kicked off.
into. -Most coaches want a player who is
-To be in Student Government you at almost every practice and works
must be elected by your class in order hard. It shows that you really care
to get in. about the sport and want to be there.
INSIDE SCHOOL NEWS, COMMUNITY
ISSUE ENTERTAINMENT, & SPORTS
Organizing Tips: If You Need To Get Organized BY: Tatiana
Are you one of those people who forgets homework in their locker, doesn’t come prepared to class,
has papers flying out of your locker, or loses IMPORTANT papers all the time? If you answered yes to any
of these questions I came just in time. I have the answers to all your problems in just two words GET OR-
GANIZED (It’s that simple.).
Today I am going to give you some helpful tips to keep you on top of everything and maybe make
your life a lot easier and stress free.
So let’s begin. I’ll start off with some easy tips, like organizing your locker.
Get an organizer for your locker. You can get them at Rite Aid, CVS, and even Walmart. Basi-
cally, anywhere they sell school supplies.
Take everything out of your locker one day after school and organize all your books. You can
even organize your books to be in order of your school schedule.
Get magnets and put up some important letters or papers, or even a reminder. For example: It’s
an A day, or Have band lessons 6th period.
Now lets move on to organizing binders and notebooks.
Get dividers to divide up notes, class work, vocabulary and so on.
Write all your notes and class work neatly so you can understand what you wrote and so you can go back
to study from. It’s helpful to write your notes neatly so you can refer back to them.
***Other Helpful Tips
*During Lunch go to the library to get some work done.
**Stay after for the library to work on projects.
*** Go to extra help on Wednesday and Thursday if you need help on a subject you don’t understand.
****Have a piece of paper to write on at the end of very class. Write what you need to bring home that day
for homework or projects. You could also get a homework binder to put all your homework in for that day.
****Write all your homework in your planner and write all upcoming important events, like tests, quizzes,
school functions, etc.
****Have a mini schedule for dates of your club meetings or sports.
**** Make index cards or some type of studying system to help you review.
**** Last but not least, listen to the announcements for upcoming events, meetings and sports.
There are a lot of ways to get organized. The thing is that you have to put in the effort to stay organ-
ized. But, just in case you need help you can come to me, Tatiana Belanich, for any help or more tips. Well,
gtg (got to go) and remember- Get Organized!!!
The beaches in Rocky Point- The beaches in Miller Place-
Friendship Beach Woodhull Landing Beach- Directions to get to the
beach- From the KFC on the corner of rte 25A and
Directions to get to the beach- Take Broadway to King
Hallock Landing Road, go down the road and make a
Road (right), then make a left turn at Garland. Go to
slight left which becomes N Rocky Point Landing Rd.
the end of Garland, make a slight left onto Friendship.
Turn left at Lower Rocky Point Rd, then make a right at
Then, go to the end of Friendship where you will come
Woodhull Landing Rd. At the end of the road is Wood-
to a merge with Twilight. Make a slight right and go
hull Landing Beach.
into the parking lot and you will end up at Friendship
Beach. Cedar Beach- Directions to get to the beach- From KFC
make a right on Rocky Point Landing Road, bear left at
the Rocky Point fire house. Continue on Lower Rocky
Directions to get to the beach- Take Broadway all the Point Landing Road past Valley Rd. Keep going straight
way down to the end where you will find a parking lot for about a mile and then you will pass McNulty’s.
too, and there is Broadway beach. Make a right before the Getty Gas Station, then make
Hallock Landing Beach a right at Harbor Beach Rd. After that, go straight
and then you will come to a booth and head right to the
Directions to get to the beach- Take Hallock Landing beach.
Road north (by KFC in Rocky Point) all the way to a fork
make a slight left and take it to the end. P.S. GET THERE EARLY DURING THE SUMMER SEA-
SON BECAUSE IT WILL BE PACKED!!!!
BY: Robert Thomas
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VOLUME 8—ISSUE 1 Page 3
Parents vs. Cell Phones
What’s the deal? Are you constantly begging your mom or dad, but you’re always getting the same ag-
gravating answer? Well, it’s time for you to know, what is up with parents versus cell phones. Let’s
face it, for those of you that are about to go into middle school or those of you who are already in mid-
dle school, you’d think its mandatory for you to have a cell phone. Clubs, possibly forgetting things at
home you need next class, it can happen! Here is the defense for both teams:
For the Parents
It’s hard. When you get a phone, you are addicted to it, no doubt. That can get your parents a little
aggravated. They just got you this great gift, but now, you won’t part from it.
Cell phone bills eat up your parents’ money, which is definitely not a great thing, with or without
this harmful economy.
Buying them. That’s not exactly your decision. Their money, not yours. If your parents decide to
work out a win/win situation with you that’s great! But let them decide. It’s the year of technol-
ogy and prices are rising, let’s not forget!
For the Phone
You are in middle school and it is a good age to get a cell phone not only for school reasons. Here
is a tip: Show your parents you like to use the home phone.
When you leave a club meeting, even though clubs end around 4:00, you will probably still see a
ton of people with phones telling their parents now is the time to pick them up. When you don’t
have one, it’s not that great, huh?
So pick your side, but the big question is WHO WILL WIN?
Written By: Una Cooper
Twilight VS Harry Potter
The amazing Harry Potter series, written by the fabulous J.K Rowling, was always enjoyed. When Rowling
published a new book it was sure to be one of the top sellers. Then, in 2008, the vampire book, Twilight
came out and was sure to kick Harry Potter off the charts. Soon critics were hooked on the hit series and
were hungry for more. More and more people started wanting more vampires and less wizards, Twilight fans
find Edward Cullen too adorable for words. Robert Patterson was with Daniel Radcliffe in his movie Harry
Potter and the Goblet of Fire and soon after that he became one of the most loved characters around. Be-
cause Twilight was very popular people decided that they wanted more. Authors wrote books like The Vam-
pire Diaries by L.J. Smith and The Vladimir Todd by Heather Brewer. When Harry Potter came out they
didn’t make very many TV shows or books about wizards. It goes to show that Twilight was so much more
popular than Harry Potter when it first came out.
So, the fight still goes on between Twilight and Harry Potter. They are both enjoyable series and, maybe,
when the new movie Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince comes out it will be more popular than Twilight
considering this movie will be one of the best movies yet!
By: Gillian Dorsi
The Warriors Saga
Books of the Less Popular Kind Books By: Erin Hunter
By: Sarah Maza Book one - Into the Wild: This book starts with an ordinary
house cat named Rusty, dreaming. He dreams of being in
the wild, catching a mouse, his mouth watering at the
thought of that fresh mouse taste. As this adventure contin-
We’re always talking about what’s popular. How-
ues danger surrounds him, when the deputy Redtail gets
ever, that doesn’t mean that if something isn’t killed. But, Tigerstar, a warrior , tells an interesting story. Is
popular it isn’t any good. There are thousands of it really true or is he just lying to the whole clan in order to
good books out there, but I’d like to talk about gain power over them? This mysterious, adventurous, ac-
Heartland. Heartland is a book series about a tion-packed story is sure to keep you flipping the pages. It
horse farm. The people who run the farm help might even get you wondering what your pet cat thinks
horses to gain back human trust so they have about all day while waiting inside.
nothing to fear. Once the horses have finished Book two- Fire and Ice: In this book the danger keeps grow-
their training they go back home, safe and sound, ing as Firepaw becomes a warrior and new name is Fire-
not being afraid any more. heart. The winter is coming and Greenleaf is nowhere near.
As kits and cats- even Bluestar gets sick with Greencough
Yellowfang. The medicine cat tries her best to treat the
many cats who are getting sick, or hurt. Graypaw, or now
known as his warrior name Graystripe, falls in love with
Sliverstream, a Riverclan cat, which is against the warrior
code! This addition to the series will really surprise you
with unexpected deaths, a forbidden love, and ton of action
as the story should be still on your mind after you read the
After reading book one and book two you’ve still got more
than 25 books to go! Keep on reading!
By: Kristen Savastano
By: Monica Treutle
9- When 9 first comes to life, he finds himself in a dark world where all humans are gone. It is only
by chance that he discovers a small group of the “people”, 1-8, taking refuge from scary machines
that roam the earth wanting to get rid of them. Despite being the less experienced of the group, 9,
(the person), convinces the others that hiding will do them no good. They must take the offensive if
they want to survive, and they must discover why the machines want to destroy them in the first
place. By the end of the movie 9, there are only a few left, but slowly the earth is starting to return
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs – This meaty movie is about Flint Lockwood, a young inventor
always trying to impress his dad. He is determined to make something of himself, so he creates a
machine that can transform water into food. But, during the little town’s grand opening, the machine
goes haywire and it starts a spaghetti and meatball mess.
Michael Jackson’s This Is It- This is Michael’s dream, he always wanted a movie all about himself.
Well his dream came true. Michael Jackson’s This Is It movie came out on October 28th. This is the
movie about the concert he would have performed if he didn’t pass away. Almost all of his best
songs, This Is It: the movie, the concert, the thing to see! It’s sure to be a Thriller!
The Vampire Diaries
The Vampire Diaries is a show on CW11. This show has a relation to Twilight in the
way of romance, lying to the one you love and adventure. If you think there is nothing quite like
Twilight, well, you are wrong. When you are watching this show you will think of love right away.
This show is based on the book by L.J. Smith.
If you watch it, you can review the show yourself. There is a website that you can go to
and make reviews: http://blogs.vampirediaries.net. You can also get info on the show and book, so
you can catch you up on what you missed. The website offers opportunities to meet people from
the show and to get prizes if you join the fan club.
The Vampire Diaries is on Thursdays at 8:00pm and is on CW11. This is the show you can
really sink your teeth into!
By: Michaella Maddalena
T()P TEN VIDE() G@ME$
NINTENDO DS :
1. Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
2. Super Mario 64
3. Pokémon Diamond
4. Pokémon Pearl
5. Sims 2
6. Dance Revolution
8. Pokémon Ranger
9. Cooking Mama
10. Shrek 2
PLAYSTATION 2 :
1. Halo 4
2. Call of Duty
3. Grand Theft Auto 4
4. Spiderman 3
5. Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga
6. 2k7 Major League Baseball
7. Midnight Club 3: Dub Addition Remix
8. Simpsons: Hit and Run
9. Star Wars Battlefront 2
10. Guitar Hero 5
By: Nick Roalef
By: Zack Dietz
A lot of fans have their own opinions on who is the best player in the NFL. I have my own list
right here. In this chart you will see the players’ names, position, height, weight, and a short
description on why they are on my list. Here it is:
Name Position Height Weight Why?
Tom Brady New QB 6’4” 225 lbs. Brady had his ca-
reer cut short last
England Patriots year, but expect a
Peyton Manning QB 6’5” 230 lbs. Manning has had
ten 4,000 seasons.
Indianapolis Colts Expect it to become
eleven this year.
Adrian Peterson RB 6’1” 217 lbs. Peterson was a
breakout at Okla-
Minnesota Vikings homa and has been
a breakout in the
Larry Fitzgerald WR 6’3’’ 217 lbs. Fitzgerald is one of
the best wide re-
Arizona Cardinals ceivers in the game.
Phillip Rivers QB 6’5’’ 228 lbs. Rivers has Antonio
Gates and Chris
San Diego Chambers to throw
Chargers to this season,
which is a good
Andre Johnson WR 6’3’’ 223 lbs. An elite receiver
who has loads of
Houston Texans nately, the Texans
don’t have a great
Brandon Jacobs RB 6’4’’ 264 lbs. He is one of the
biggest, most pow-
erful running backs
New York Giants in the game. He’s
my favorite and a
great role model.
Maurice Jones- RB 5’6’’ 208 lbs. Jones-Drew hasn’t
Drew gotten over 1,000
yards so far, but
Jacksonville this year will be
Reggie Wayne WR 6’0’’ 198 lbs. Wayne is another
Indianapolis Colts who has glory.
Drew Brees QB 6’0’’ 209 lbs. Brees almost broke
the passing yard
record last year,
New Orleans Saints and might this one.