By Guest Blogger - Narayana B.
Does an apple a day really keep the doctor away? Do you like to go to the doctor? If you’re like me, then doctors are not necessarily frightening, but it isn’t always a pleasant experience. Do you know how I keep away from the doctor? An apple a day of course, because you know that old saying, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.”
While this is quite a controversial subject, there is evidence on both sides, so, you choose. But not yet! Apples are delicious, crisp and crunchy bites of joy and they provide us with antioxidants, Vitamin-C, and loads of energy. Now this is great and all, but what are these powerful elements in an apple? Well, Vitamin-C plays a key role in producing collagen, which makes our skin healthy and heals parts of the body where cuts have occured. Vitamin-C is also an immune booster to help us fight diseases and infections. This “miracle vitamin” is also an excellent prevention for chronic diseases such as, asthma, arthritis, and even diabetes. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals, also known as oxidants, which have missing electrons, which starts a vicious cycle attempting to steal electrons from others , which the antioxidant helps to stop, even though it is a natural process.. Now while you are probably thinking, “Forget the doctor, I’m gonna go eat an apple.”
That may not be the smartest solution, even if it is the most delicious choice. An active resident of Orange County, named Grammy Kath, has something to say about this old saying, "I have eaten an apple, or even two a day and even though I have, I recently underwent a major surgery to replace a tendon on the top of my femur bone.” Though she claims that she tore her tendon and had to undergo the surgery because of her active lifestyle, it still disproves the claim that “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.”
Even though apples can’t stop the everyday accidents that cause us to go to the doctor, it provides us with key nutrients and benefits that will help us live longer, heal quickly, maintain good health, and visit the doctor less. So if provided with a delicious fudge sundae or a crunchy Red Delicious, I think I will stick with the apple.
Citations: Melodie Anne Coffman. "What Nutrients Do Apples Provide?" Healthy Eating | SF Gate. Accessed December 19, 2017. http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/nutrients-apples-provide-3331.html. Anecdotal Information: Kathie Doyle( Grammy Kath)
Most of us would agree that we aren’t being taught every essential skill we’ll need later in life. In school today, we are taught four main subjects: math, science, english, and history. But why? Who decides what we learn each day in school?
Our school district, Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD), is in charge of the subjects we are taught in school. The four subjects we learn are otherwise known as prerequisites. Prerequisites are a specific course or subject you must complete before you take another course at the next grade level. These classes are a way of introducing students to the next grade level with some prior knowledge. Of course, it is also important to learn these subjects so you can pass your classes.
But what about beyond school? When we graduate from college, what about the other skills we will need to succeed in life? Here at LRMS, many students have shared their own opinions on this problem. Some suggest that we should learn how to pay our taxes, or maybe even drive a car, which would be very important, as we will definitely require these later in life.
By Sophia Weiss
Being tardy is a serious problem for many students. Tardiness can lead to missing important announcements and there are consequences. If you are tardy go to the attendance window to receive a tardy pass.
There are many ways you could have become late for school - you could have slept in or perhaps there was traffic. It is still not an option to be late, so be sure to wake up when your alarm goes off or leave the house earlier. For being late to class, your first tardy is a warning, second is a bag-it, third is a detention, and fourth is an office referral.
On the other hand, if you have a doctors appointment and come to school during third period, that would be late arrival. Students would need to have their parents call the office a day before, bring a signed note, or your parents can talk to the office in person when dropping you off.
By Claire Beale
Stress is very common, and almost everyone experiences it some time in their life. People can get stressed by having too many actives, too much homework, being in a fight with friends, and many more reasons.
It’s important to not get stressed over something you can’t change or have no control over. Some people don’t know that they are stressed. Some symptoms of stress are, panicking for no real reason, getting headaches, getting mad over silly things, or isolating yourself from your friends.
If you are stressed you can talk to a trusted adult or the school counselor. You can also do somehting that makes you happy. Try relaxation techniques, get more sleep, or use a planner to manage your time.. It’s important to know that you’re not alone and there is always something you can do or someone you can talk to about your stress. Don’t be afraid to get help!
By Mikayla Procter
PJ Day is on Friday, December 8th! LRMS students will be wearing their favorite pair of PJs to school! But remember, even though it’s a spirit day, dress-code still applies. We also encourage you to bring a pair to donate as well. When you donate pajamas, you can get 2 hours of All-Star hours with a maximum of 4 pairs. Even if you are not part of the All-Star program, we would love if you would donate! The PJs you donate go to the Orange County Social Services Agency. This organization lends a helping hand to families in need of support. It would be best to bring your size or smaller. We can’t wait to donate tomorrow and we hope you are just as excited. Happy holidays!
By Kaylene Huynh
Did you know that many students and teachers at our school have come from other countries? These amazing people have moved here from far away places and have made a drastic change of living. In our Dec 7 episode of the LRMS News, we talked to some students to find out about their origins and how they like life in Ladera Ranch. During these interviews, students taught us about their lives, past, and culture. We enjoyed listening to the stories of students and teachers we interviewed and hope you do to! We have learned so much!
By Ella Winger
PAL is hosting some holiday activities in the MPR at lunch, and YOU can come participate! Students can eat their lunches while creating amazing gingerbread houses or doing other fun holiday crafts and activities. Each event starts at 12:09 and ends at 12:40, which means all sixth and seventh graders can come to these events at the start of their lunch. Eighth graders who are interested in participating can ask Mrs. Smo, in room 724, for a ROAR pass. Students should bring their lunch if they are planning on coming to these festive events.This is especially good for new students because you can meet new friends and have fun at the same time. However, you do not need to be a new student to participate, as all students can come and enjoy the fun. Another thing that makes these events great are that they are free and no special permission slips are needed! Holiday lunch activities will be in the MPR on Monday, December 11th and Wednesday, December 13th. We can’t wait to see YOU drop in or some holiday fun!
By Jason Fritz
In our video this week, we sent Charlie Adams to find out what secret and unique talents students at our school have and found kids who are smart, athletic, and responsible. Lots of students play sports or have cool skills like being able to prepare a noodle cup in under a minute. LRMS teachers are focusing on students’ strengths to make the classroom environment more inviting and to help students learn more easily. Students who discover their strengths can become more confident, which leads to doing better in school and greater enjoyment of learning. What are your strengths?
By Ross Yesharim
On December 8th, all the 8th graders will be going to Knott’s Berry Farm Amusement park to learn about physical science. Science is located all over Knotts through motion, forces, energy, machines, gravity, and friction. During the trip they will be required to find the rides’ timing, measure acceleration, and review the drop times. The science behind these rollercoasters is very interesting. As the roller coaster travels up the towering track, it builds up potential energy. Being pulled to the top, kinetic energy is released and the cart will go soaring down the hill. Building energy, the roller coaster is pulled rapidly towards the ground with gravity. If you are going on the trip, you were required to turn in a permission slip, a donation of $37.00, and a personal behavior contract by December 6th. On the behavior contract, you agreed to be respectful and responsible on the bus and at Knotts. The trip is scheduled from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm on December 8th. The 8th graders will go to there first period class as normal, and will line up will line up with your assigned group on the blacktop at 8:30 am after you hear the announcement. We hope to see all 8th graders there!
By Aneri Narayan
Black Friday is a special event that is always on the day after Thanksgiving, which means this year it’s on November 25, 2017. It typically starts at midnight but some stores may have different schedules so check your local advertisements and store websites.
During Black Friday, customers are able to get many expensive items for a cheaper price. Because of Thanksgiving break, many families have free time and love to go Black Friday Shopping. In fact, it is a tradition in many households!
Some of you may not know how Black Friday was created or how to get the best deals. Check out our video on the November 6th news where we explain some expectations of Black Friday and the actual reality of the whole shopping experience. Additionally, we explain when Black Friday is and how it was created. With a funny twist and fun effects and music, we hope you enjoy watching our video and end knowing something you didn’t before!