by Camryn Wilcox
1. Compliment a new person everyday. It doesn’t matter if they are a stranger or a friend. Compliments don't always mean the most to us who are giving them, but they can mean the world to the people receiving them.
2. Think about what you say before you say it. When we make a harmless joke about someone's hair that you think they don’t care about, it can really hurt their feelings. Think about what you say and how it could affect other people.
3. Don’t push people’s boundaries. It's good to push people to the point where they get better, but we shouldn’t push them past the point of no return.
4. Include people who are left out. If you see some who are alone or left out, feel free to include them.
5. Take responsibility for our problems, and don’t blame other people. When you do something to make a problem, you own up to it. When you're in a problem, don’t blame it on others.
6. Don’t backstab, be honest, and don’t be a jerk. When you're friends with someone, don't go behind their back.
7. Laugh at yourself not at others. When somebody makes a joke that offends you, just laugh at yourself. If you laugh when a joke is made about others, why can’t you laugh at one about yourself.
8. Write thank you notes. If you have a few things to say to someone to thank them. Why would you keep it to yourself and not tell them?
9. Take time off when you are having a really bad day, cause chances are it might get a lot worse--a mental health day.
10. Make as many people laugh as you possibly can in a day. If you can't make someone laugh, at least make them smile!
by Lucy Sullivan
Well you probably didn’t know that the difference in elevation can change your whole lifestyle. From the way you sleep, how you eat, dress, and the difference in elevation can even influence your habits too. In Idaho we’ve all come to terms with the obnoxiously long cold winters and averagely warm summers. So what's the difference? How is living higher up better or worse? To be truthful, living in places like Idaho is like a double edged sword. For instance, being able to skip school because of a blizzard, staying inside drinking cocoa snuggled up in a blanket on the couch, making Christmas cookies when it’s 5 degrees outside and you should probably be doing your homework but not till you find the best cookie to eat before your siblings do. And sometimes having some of the best skiing and snowboarding weather can be really hard. One of the down sides is when it snows too hard it can be very dangerous for cars and people just trying to get to work, school, and even buying their weekly groceries.
Living in higher elevations has its share of mental challenges too. “Researchers reviewed and analyzed previous evidence linking higher altitude of residence to increased risk of suicide and depression, and considered possible explanations for these associations. "There are significant regional variations in the rates of major depressive disorder and suicide in the United States, suggesting that sociodemographic and environmental conditions contribute," (Dr. Kious and coauthors write). They analyzed 12 studies, most performed in the United States, including population-based data on the relationship between suicide or depression and altitude. While the studies used varying methods, most reported that higher-altitude areas had increased rates of depression and suicide. In general, the correlation was stronger for suicide than for depression.”
Due to Idaho’s long winters we don’t get as much vitamin D which we need. Decreased sun exposure has been associated with a drop in peoples serotonin levels, which can lead to major depression with seasonal patterns. I have known people who have struggled with depression and seasonal depression. A lot of people just write it off “Oh they'll grow out of it, it’s just a phase” well sometimes people don’t grow out of it and can’t move on with their life because of depression or the pain of not knowing if someone will want to listen to you and your troubles. Living at high elevations and altitudes have a tremendous effect on your mental and physical well being.
We here at Madison Junior High have a special talent. And that is keeping the most important things a secret. Everyone seems like they are happy and perfectly fine, but that is extremely wrong. One in three people at our school are struggling with a mental illness. And what are we doing about it? We’re completely ignoring it! However, there are some people out there who do hope to help.
First of all, here is a warning to anyone who may be the ones actually hurting someone else's heart. Stop. You think it's funny but really you could be ruining someone’s life because what you said made them think that there was no place for them in this world. You never know what someone is going through so just be kind to everyone because everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
Years ago, people judged others because of their race or gender. Now we are judged because of our hair color, style, interests, and much more. We also judge because of things that people can’t even help, such as diabetes, autism, and other illnesses. We need to respect others because we’re all people and every person is different, with different interests and looks, and that is simply what makes them human. We need to respect that.
Now for those who are struggling. You are absolutely perfect just the way you are. It’s not a good idea to listen to what everyone else has to say about you because they are totally wrong and they don’t even know what they’re talking about. They don’t know how amazing you are, so what right do they have to say otherwise? Mark Twain once said, “A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.” You are the ONLY one that can tell you who you are and what you can become. If you want to dye your hair bright pink, do it! If you want to wear bright orange knee high socks, do it! If other people don’t like it… who cares! Their loss. Stand out and be proud of it.
So I want you to pause, think about who you are, and don’t let ANYONE change that. You belong, and you are supposed to be here. So if you didn’t get anything out of this, I don’t care, but what I want you to remember is that you matter and you belong.
by Mary Gunderson and Josh Williams
Indumentum Sockius--also known as the Sock--is an article of clothing found in the dry regions of Dryer Vent located in the Laundry Room. They are also found in different parts of Dresser Drawers.
The Sock is a creature categorized under the family inhaere, containing other clothing-like creatures and accessories. The Sock weighs in at 85 grams on average. Their top speed is unknown, as they do not move when being observed.
Socks mate for life, although —strangely—not to reproduce. Socks do not reproduce by themselves. New Socks are created in a Factory outside of their nests; they come in plastic bags.
Many Socks spend most of their lives without a mate in the Dryer Vent, but 90% or more eventually mate. Once they find their pair, Socks migrate to the Dresser Drawer where they are likely to spend the rest of their lives together.
The average lifetime of a Sock is 4-7 months; in that time, the Sock travels vast distances. Socks are helper animals whose main purpose is to migrate with and aid other animals. In return, their dominating animal gives them shelter.
Many Socks travel over 50 miles in their lifetime. Yet due to natural selection, Socks that have lost or do not have a mate will often be neglected or sacrificed to the garbage can.
Socks do not need food; they use photosynthesis to convert foot fungus into energy. However, Socks left in the sun too long often experience shorter lifetimes and discoloration.
Socks are known to have a mind of their own. Recent studies show that nearly 15 percent of Socks escape to the wild during bathing and drying periods in the Dryer. They are also one of the world’s most excellent swimmers.
Sockicians and scientists alike are running tests to see what makes these creatures think they’re so independent. Although the Sock relies on other creatures, it is not entirely known if they can survive on their own.
They can be mysterious and many things about them are undiscovered. We as humans encounter them daily, yet we know so little about them. Yet scientists and many others are working to unearth the mysteries of the creatures that we now rely on—Socks.
by Brooke Wheeler and Mia Walsh
We got the privilege to speak with the school safety officer. He told us all about him! His full name is Ryan Kamachi, he is married and has three children. One of them is 13 and his name is Brecken, the other is Conner and he is 9, and the last one is Ashton and he is 6. His favorite thing about being an officer is he gets to hang out with all us kids! His favorite superhero is Batman! He thinks he is really cool because he worked for his “powers” instead of them being handed to him.
He told us that his favorite food is pizza, and he LOVES doughnuts! When he was younger he thought about the military, but that didn’t work out. So he decided the next best thing was to be an officer! He loves his job!
Some of you may have noticed that he has not been in school for the first couple weeks… This was because he had to get surgery on his knee! The reason he had to get surgery was because he went to Hawaii for his 15th anniversary with his wife. He always wanted to go surfing, so he booked a 2-hour long surfing lesson and on his last wave in, he crashed and tore his ACL and meniscus. He has since healed from his injury and is back in school!
The last thing Officer Kamachi wanted all the students to know was that he may seem scary but he is always wanting to get to know the students better, and he likes to joke around. So if you ever need something from him, feel free to go and talk to him in his office by the student store.