A news website produced by students of A.P. Giannini Middle School
By Erika Wu and Jadelyn Lou
Since it is finally fall, you can experience the warmth of pumpkin spice lattes in your hands, the comfort in oversized sweaters, and new television shows. Leaves falling down, pumpkins everywhere, and holidays coming up. The creepy feeling going up your spine, jack-o-lanterns on the porch, the turkey on the dinner table with the pumpkin pie waiting to be in your mouth? You can expect these things and many more this fall.
Pumpkin spice lattes (also known as the PSL) are what many people look forward to during the fall. People like theses delicious lattes because of their seasoned pumpkin pie flavor and the creamy whipped cream on top. All you have to do is walk to your nearest Starbucks. Get ready to devour this in one sip.
It’s almost the holidays, and people enjoy getting that vibe. Do you like wearing sweaters that are sizes too large for you? Well then this is your season. Sweaters and sweatpants are going on sale for that comfy fall feeling. Black Friday is also coming up on November 24, so get ready and prepare for these amazing deals.
Another reason to look forward to fall is the new shows. The Brave from NBC is one of the shows coming out. Others include The Crossing (ABC), Young Sheldon (CBS), The Gifted (FOX), and The Good Doctor (ABC). Many people are excited about the new television shows (and there are many who will dress up as their favorite character this Halloween). Stay tuned for the latest updates!
Morris, Chris Morris. “Brace Yourself. Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Lattes Appear Imminent.” Fortune, 31 Aug. 2017, fortune.com/2017/08/31/starbucks-pumpkin-spice-latte-release-date/.
Green/FOX, Ryan. “Best New Shows Fall 2017: The Gifted (Fox).” TVGuide.com, 26 Sept. 2017, www.tvguide.com/galleries/fall-tv-2017-new-shows/30/.
By Jupiter Johnson and Sara Sinasohn
1. It’s Halloween, and you don’t know what to do! Do you:
a. Go to a party and show off your powers that you wish you had year round
b. Go trick-or-treating
c. Stay home and sleep
d. Steal all the candy from your friends
2. What kind of books do you like to read?
3. How late do you stay up on Halloween?
a. 12:00 am
b. 9:00 pm
c. 7:00 pm
4. What do you want to get out of Halloween?
a. Scary stories
b. A chance to be like your favorite characters
c. A chance to be like your favorite furry friends
5. What is your favorite holiday?
b. Your birthday
Mostly As - For Halloween, you should be a supernatural character. You can show off your powers when you are a witch, ghost, vampire, or werewolf.
Mostly Bs - For Halloween, you should be a character from your favorite movie or book! It’s time for you to show off your entertainment taste with characters such as Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Pennywise, and Wonderwoman.
Mostly Cs - For Halloween, you should be an animal! Feel free to show off your animal preferences like a cat, giraffe, or elephant.
Mostly Ds - For Halloween, you should be a type of food that shows off your personality, like pizza, french fries, a type of candy, a donut, or an ice cream cone.
By Dylan Herring
True or False?
1.In the 16th century emperors sent soldiers hundreds of miles to gather ice for sorbet.
2.The first 3D printed object was an ice cream cone.
3. Emperor Nero’s favorite treat was shaved ice.
4. The last thing Elvis Presley ate was ice cream.
5.In the UK ice cream trucks are called “cream trolleys”.
6.Some states have laws that restrict the size of ice cream containers.
7.Hippocrates endorsed ice cream as remedy for an upset stomach.
8. Hogs don’t like mint Oreo cookie.
9. The first ice cream cart originated in17th century France.
10. St. Paul mentioned a frozen treat in the Bible.
Answers:1. True 2. False 3.True 4. True 5. False 6.True 7. True 8. True 9. False 10. False
By Leela Sriram and Maureen Loftus
It’s that AWESOME time of year! It’s basically Halloween! When you get to dress up as your favorite anything and watch horror movies while eating candy. Plus, it’s the only day of the year where you’re encouraged to take candy from strangers! Also,during all of October, you can get pumpkin flavored anything. Pumpkin Cheerios, pumpkin Cliff Bars, pumpkin pie M&M’s, pumpkin ice cream(!). Yes! There’s also candy that will be given out during lunch by the SNBC Beacon program. During the end of the month SNBC will be giving out candy or other delicious treats like pretzels, candy, popsicles and more! Also, on apps like Pinterest or Youtube you can find awesome Halloween DIYs and recipes, like pizza skulls and ghost sugar cookies, or even SCARY healthy snacks. If you don’t want to have to make food you can also buy some Halloween foods from Safeway(or basically anywhere). Let’s get excited for Halloween!
Welcome to the online paper
By Kayla Yee
Welcome back to school! This year, the journalism club has something new to offer: the online newspaper! We are excited to share a newspaper that you can access from almost anywhere-at home, the library, and more! The newspaper is in a blog format, and there are different sections of the online newspaper. Some different sections include comics, features, and opinions. For example, if you just want to read comics, then you can go the comics section. We are pleased to present the online newspaper. We hope you enjoy!
By Maureen Loftus
Gladys, one of our cherished chickens, was grimly ripped from our school last summer. All students who visited the garden remember her friendly clucking and warm attitude. She was a sufferer of Marek’s disease, a paralysis condition with no known treatment. Her forlorn demise last August was a loss for the whole school. She is survived by her close chicken friends Josephine and Gertrude, and her acquaintances Poppy, Sage, and Iris.
“Gladys was a sweet chicken who brought a lot of joy to our community and she will be greatly missed.”
The Sweet Problem 101
By Nicholas Cheung-Solow
Today, I was trying to come up with something to write about. Something I can write a sweet article about. Something so good it would give you a heart attack. As I poured myself a glass of sweet, lemony-lime Sprite (not a sponsor), I realized how many kids just love sugary treats at APG. No kid at this school has not been to Polly Ann’s, Eggettes or Sunset True Value Hardware, at least once, to get some sugary goodness. This is obviously kind of a problem. So in the spirit of Halloween, this is Mr. Know-It-All’s: The Sweet Problem 101.
First, let me inform you about the medical concerns of this issue. Since we are focusing on our middle school, we are talking about the age group of around 11-14 year olds, or, as some people call them, tweens, a combination of teen and twit. According to an article by LiveStrong.com, sugar’s effects on teens include weight gain, mental disorders and heart risk. The article also states, “there are 146 ways in which sugar affects your health. Some of these include hyperactivity, anxiety, difficulty concentrating and crankiness in children.”
Another problem is that kids are spending so much money on these sweets. We estimated that if a kid buys a standard Ring Pop for one dollar from True Value everyday after school, they are spending $180 in just one school year. And the cost of a Ring Pop is really the bare minimum of these prices. A junior-sized ice cream from Polly Ann’s cost around $2.40. That is $432 per school year if they had one everyday. And some of these kids aren’t even spending their own money. Sometimes they rely on their friends’ money, and never pay them back (you all know who you are). Some kids use their parents’ money. Once I saw a girl at Polly Ann’s using a debit card, and it was sure as heck not her money! She’s a 6th grader!
So, what should we do about this? I briefly interviewed the principal, Mr. Schoeman, about this issue. He had heard a rumor a few years back that the APG staff had insisted that Polly Ann’s stop opening around 7:00am in the morning. This was to stop kids from getting ice cream and other sweet treats before school. This rumor is probably true because Polly Ann’s now opens around noon.
So there have been efforts to deal with this problem, but we need to do more about it. We could try to get the other stores to open later too, but, schools don’t have that authority and you can still come after school. So, really there is only one more option: just stop eating junky food. I know that seems too simple, but it might just be that. So, come on everybody, let’s stop risking our heart health and let’s stop wasting money. Because if we want to put an end to this sugar storm, let us make it sweet and simple.