Stress of School


What comes to mind when you think of school? Teachers? Friends? Classmates? Homework? Tests? Projects? For most people, it would be a combination of all of these things. Of course, when you face all of these basically every day for almost seven hours a day, five days a week for ten months, that would pretty much be what you would think of when it comes to school. But there’s also something that comes to mind when you add all of this together. What is it? One word: stress.

With the amount of work being piled onto you every day for months, it’s not impossible to imagine the stress that is being brought upon you. For those that strive to do the best in school, they have work that is continuously piled onto them. As for those that struggle during the year, it’s also a load of stress. Think about it. Not being able to keep up with the work. Worrying about your grades slipping. Thinking it’s the wrong class for you. You can’t help being stuck in this spiraling tornado while wondering if you’re going to survive to see the light of another day. That’s an exaggeration but still, you really don’t know how to handle it.

What can you do to help relieve it? Is there anything that can be helped so you feel less stressed? Well first, take a deep breath. When you do, you get a clearer mind and understand what’s going on.

After you’ve calmed yourself down from all of that studying for a test you think you’re going to fail, stop thinking about it. The more you think of it, the more stressed out you’re going to be. And trust me, no one wants to see a kid pulling out their hair over a test during lunch when it was announced last week and you procrastinated because you were “busy” watching TV.

After your huge studying frenzy during lunch, walk into your test feeling confident about knowing the material and do your best. Knowing this, it may relieve the tension you feel about having to get a perfect grade on the test.

When the forty-eight minutes are up, hand it in and walk away knowing that you did your best. Don’t walk out of the room counting how many answers you know you got wrong. If you do, you’ll add to the stress that you already feel because of the test.

Stress is something everyone will feel no matter what you’re doing. But if you can find ways to control it and relax, you’ll feel ten times better, whether you’re in school or outside in the real world.


Flashback Friday: 1990s Television by Mrs. Groff


The 1990s was a time of change.  Nelson Mandela was freed, the Hubble Telescope was launched into space, and the Soviet Union collapsed.  LA saw violent riots as the Rodney King verdict was reached.  The World Trade Center was bombed, and America watched as a respected athlete fled in a white Bronco down the highway as rumors began to swirl that he was wanted for murder.  Princess Diana died in a fiery car crash, and George W. Bush took office after a contentious race with Al Gore that ended in a recount of votes.

Among all of this turmoil, television was pumping out hit after hit, while other loved shows came to an end.

One of the most popular TV shows to come out of the 90s was Friends.  Centered around a group of 6 quirky friends who meet each other by chance in NYC, this comedy was never short on one-liners and hilarious circumstances.  The show ran for 10 years and launched the show’s actors into instafame, as all 6 actors went on to be in numerous successful films.  Arguably the biggest stars to come out of the show, Courtney Cox, Matthew Perry, and Jennifer Aniston are staples in today’s film and television.  Matt LeBlanc and Lisa Kudrow have dabbled in other series, and David Schwimmer has found fame on the animated screen with his part as Melman in Madagascar.  Friends continues to run in syndication worldwide, 10 years after it’s series finale.

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Another huge show to hit the scene and set the stage for subsequent shows of the same genre was ER.  Actors George Clooney and Noah Wyle made women swoon and men run out to get Caesar-esque haircuts as the cast tackled medical mysteries every week.  America was smitten with the characters’ foray into love and medicine, and many other medical shows quickly emerged after ER called it quits in 2009.

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Although there were many great shows to come out of the 90s, one show that we sadly said goodbye to was The Cosby Show.  In 1992, the curtain fell on Dr. Huxtable (Bill Cosby) and his myriad of kids, many of which went on to have successful careers in show biz and other venues.  Bill Cosby continues to be a staple in American pop culture, with his cutting quips about American family life, fatherhood, and life in general.  We love you, Bill!

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I would like to thank the 1990s for all of the great TV that it cranked out.  I was in high school from 1994-1998, and watching shows like Friends brings me right back to those amazing times, and I still laugh every time I see Ross yelling “PI-VOT!” in that tight New York City stairwell as Rachael and Chandler struggle to cram his huge couch up the stairs.

What were some of your favorite TV shows to come out of the 1990s?  What did you love or love to hate about them?

Have a great weekend everyone!

Summer Skin Care for Teens by Marcia Silverio


Summer heat means going to the beach, swimming in pools and, of course, the hot summer sun. While all of these things are great, the chlorine, salt water and sun can be harmful to our skin. To maintain fresh skin, and to keep it glowing and healthy, we have to follow these steps.


In June, July and August the sun’s rays are very hot and if you don’t wear sunscreen you will get sunburned easily. Don’t forget to put on sunscreen whether you are going to the beach or taking a stroll in the park. If you do happen to accidently get sunburned the best remedy is to rub aloe on your skin. You can get aloe vera gel in any local drug store.


Getting some color on your skin is nice but red skin doesn’t look good on anyone but a lobster. A bit of sun can be beneficial for skin but too much is unhealthy. Sunscreen wears off, sweats off, and washes off no matter how high your SPF is, so reapply sunscreen often.


For young ladies who like to wear makeup, remember to go light on the makeup. In the summer you sweat which opens up your pores. When you have makeup on and those pores open up, the makeup on your skin seeps into those pores. That gives you clogged pores, lots of break outs, and a dull complexion. If you feel you really must wear makeup, use a blemish balm cream with SPF, and water-proof mascara. The BB cream moisturizes and gives you the coverage you need. You don’t need bronzer or blush or anything else to give color because you will get natural color from the sun.


As itchy as they are you must remember that scratching leaves scars! Mosquitos are pesky little summer bugs but don’t scratch. Vicks VapoRub is a great product to stop the itchiness of a bite.


With everything you do and apply during the summer, make sure to wash it all off. When washing your face do not use soap bars because our skin has a normal balanced pH level of 5.0-5.6. Bar soap’s pH level is higher than our balance. Soap strips the skin of it’s natural oils and makes it tight and dry no matter what type of skin you have.


Most importantly stay hydrated from the inside out. When you’re feeling parched it shows on your skin, making it look dull and dry. Moisturizers and lotions can only do so much. Stay hydrated by drinking water or even eating fruits that are high in water like watermelons.


Be ready for the summer heat by following these simple rules. Your skin will thank you for it.



Dark Side of the Grammys by Alysia Kane


A Grammy is considered the most prestigious music award that any artist could receive, but have you ever noticed that the most common artists to receive a Grammy are the artists that produce “popular music” during that time period? Why don’t the modern day artists that are classified in the genres punk rock, heavy metal, metal, etc. get awarded for their accomplishments?


For such a prestigious award, the Grammys, some feel, are centered around a limited number of music genres. The musicians that are excluded from the Grammys found a way for themselves to be recognized, by creating their own awards show.


Five years ago, this awards show was established by Revolver Magazine, named The Golden Gods. Throughout the years, artists such as Rob Zombie, Asking Alexandria, Black Veil Brides, Metallica, Marilyn Manson, Ozzy Osbourne, Mötley Crüe, Slash, Alice Cooper, Aerosmith and more have showcased their talents, and have been awarded for their achievements.


This year’s award show will be held on Thursday, May 2nd at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles. The voting for this award show is already open and fans are clicking away on the voting sites.


In recent years, the Golden Gods have received some of the recognition they deserve. This is because the Grammy Museum has given the Golden Gods their own exhibit. Although these bands are being recognized they, many fans still feel as though it is unfair that the Grammys are screened live on TV, while the Golden Gods are only available to watch through Facebook and Xbox Live.


Dedicated fans are ready to show their support for the outcasted bands that they love and follow. Tune in through Facebook or Xbox Live, while the award show is being broadcasted live, hosted by WWE pro-wrestling legend Chris Jericho on May 2nd, 2013.


Midterm Problems by Marcia Silverio

Midterms are less than a week away for New Milford High School students which means it’s time to buckle down and study. The question is, have students reviewed their study guides with teachers? Have students even received a study guide yet? The school and teachers want us to study hard and they want us to do well. The big problem is we only get one day to review with many teachers who made or helped make the test.

For some subjects it’s alright to have only one day to review, such as English or History. On your own you should be able to review a book with the notes that you should have taken when you were originally reading the book. A subject like Math or Science can be a bit more difficult.

In the subjects Math or Science, if you don’t understand how to do something, it can be very confusing and complicated. Those subjects require teachers to explain steps and different methods to achieve the correct answers.

Picture a classroom of 22 students. Each student in that class has a different question for a different problem. You can imagine that 48 minutes of class time is just not enough.

Most teachers will stay on track with their normal teaching routine for the week, which does not help students. Midterms start on January 30th and review day is January 29th. A majority of students feel that with only one day to review with teachers they will not be ready for midterms.

Because of this students should make sure to go to extra help as much as possible to get the studying they need done. Even if it is for 15 minutes or an hour, it will help you and prepare you.

Bullying, Then and Now By Malvina Giannoulis

Bullying has been something we are taught not to do since elementary school. There have been assemblies, lessons, movies, and other such things shown to us countless times over the course of many years. The whole reason we are taught these things is to treat people right and fairly, but why is it that many overlook this whole concept?

Different from what it was in elementary school or even some of middle school, bullying has changed drastically due to one thing, technology. When we were younger, bullying would be excluding a certain person from something, calling names, physical violence, and more, but now bullying is mostly based off social networking.

The reason bullying has increased, or seems to have gotten worse, is that people believe that hiding behind a screen and saying something bad about someone is a whole lot easier than saying it in person. They also think that they will have a better chance of getting away with it. However, this is even worse because once you type something and post it, no matter if you delete it or not, there is always a way to get back to it. “Teens may think that if they use a fake name they won’t get caught, but there are many ways to track someone who is cyber bullying,” reported in an online website all about cyber bullying.

A perfect example of what cyberbullying can do is the ABC Family film, Cyberbully. This is a movie about a young girl who receives her own laptop for her seventeenth birthday, then decides to join a social networking site. First, her brother hacks her account and posts false information about her, then starts rumours about her and calls her names. The situation gets worse and worse and she attempts to kill herself, failing.

If you ask around, many people have watched this movie and said it has impacted them a lot, it is one of many that involve cyberbullying. Movies like this can send such a strong message to people and make them really think about something they say or do before it is actually done. It shows that just a small joke or remark can hurt someone more than you think.

The question still is why do people bully? Some answers are unknown and some are easily found out. Maybe the person feels insecure about themselves and says bad things about other people to make them feel better. Or maybe they are bullied, so they bully others. It could be out of jealousy, wanting something they can’t have and disliking someone because they do. Whatever the reason is, there are ways to help you cope with what you are feeling instead of taking it out on others.

Bullying can affect more people than you think. “More than 1 in 3 young people have experienced cyber threats online,” reports Cyber Bullying Statistics.

Another is, “About half of young people have experienced some form of cyber bullying, and 10 to 20 percent experience it regularly.”

These facts show that bullying is real, and does happen in everyday life, not just in movies. It is most important to think before you act and take into consideration someone elses’ feelings. It is also important that if you see or witness bullying to not be afraid to speak to an adult if you think the situation is getting too severe. You could be a friend to a victim, just by comforting them while giving them advice.

Expectations of the Holidays By Malvina Giannoulis

On Thanksgiving Day everyone is thankful for their friends, family, and everything they have, yet the next day, Black Friday, is when people wake up at four o’clock in the morning and go shopping the rest of the day. Up until Christmas, malls and stores are packed from when they open until they are finally closed. The question is why does everyone have such high expectations of the holiday season?This time of year has seemed to become more about presents rather than spending time with your family and celebrating. Not saying that no one should be given a present around the holidays, but some people go to the extreme. Personally, I think that presents are more about the meaning and less about how much it costs or what brand it is.

Besides buying and receiving presents you should give back to the people who need it the most. For example, you could volunteer at a soup kitchen or donate clothes and toys. All year round there are Salvation Army bins that you could drop clothes in, but around the holiday season you will hear about something called Toys for Tots.

Toys for Tots is basically the collection of toys by schools, girl scouts, and other organizations to give back to kids’ parents who don’t have a lot of money to buy presents for the holidays. This is just one of the many examples of places where you can give back.

Instead of buying loads of expensive gifts for people you can make something yourself that’s meaningful and the person still loves. You can make a scrapbook, piece of jewelry, or even just a nice card.

After asking freshman, Danielle Kelly, about who she exchanges gifts with she said, “A few of my closest friends and family members. Last year I bought too many gifts and it was too expensive.”

Many people around the holiday season expect extravagant gifts such as new phones, computers, and other expensive items, when really it should be more about family. Of course, it is nice to receive many gifts, but you have to be thankful for what you already have and help others who need it more.