by Yashaira González
This year at Pioneer I've tried out for the volleyball team and the auxiliary team. To begin with, I have tried out for the volleyball team. I went to the volleyball tryouts because I like playing volleyball and I thought it would be a good choice to try out and be on a sports team. Volleyball tryouts was a great experience even though I didn’t make the team, I still got to experience practicing with the girls in the volleyball team.
Another activity that I have done this school year is be on the school’s auxiliary team. Being on the auxiliary team is a wonderful thing because it's nice to hear people cheering for the band and the auxiliary team. It’s a wonderful experience because it's nice doing something important for the school. In conclusion, trying out for the volleyball team was exciting because I got to learn new thing’s and being part of the auxiliary team is exciting to hear people cheer for you.
by Isaac Palacios
One of my favorite activities this year is the doughnut eating challenge for ASB candidates, which was really fun and challenging. To begin, Mr. Gammon, the activities director, hung doughnuts on a string, that was connected to a pole, and candidates attempted to eat the entire doughnut off the string. I really enjoyed trying to eat the doughnut off the string because it kept moving and I tried to keep up with it. Everyone tried their best but most doughnuts fell before they were finished being eaten but it was all fun and games. Although it was fun, It was really hard and challenging trying to try and eat the doughnut off the string. Candidates were not allowed to use their hands to help them eat their doughnuts. The doughnuts were swinging back and forth and candidates chased their doughnuts with there mouths attempting to finish eating their doughnut. In conclusion, the doughnut eating challenge was really fun and challenging for ASB candidates.
by Sandy Atrisco and Wendy Ramos Maciel
On August 28, 2017 something really wanted was re-opening. The Student store was re-opening to start fundraising for our school. The student store is located in Pioneer Middle School next to the Quad. Our leadership students have helped out to re-open the Student store.
The day the student store opened there was a long line of new students and also students that have been in Pioneer. They waited patiently in line including Sandy and I. Everyone was excited to check out the remodeled Student Store. Staff and students have helped put this store together for us! It has helped us raise money for field trips, and new technology.
Our student store has great prices and good products. Most of the products are less than $2. The store has many options to choose from including, Fruit roll ups, Flavored sodas, Ice Cream/slushies, Chips, etc. Some of the new things in the store are: drumsticks ( ice cream), IPad Chargers, and new cashiers. Our leadership group takes turns working in the student store.
In conclusion, we have seen that the students love the store. We believe that the student store is a great place to buy snacks during lunch while helping the school earn money for student activities.
By: Melissa Magallon & Briseyda Ledesma
The student store at Pioneer Middle School is for students to buy and enjoy delicious snacks. Leadership students are in charge of the student store that is open for business during lunch. Leadership students will take turns being in charge of stocking, selling, and running the store. In the student store some things will be the same and some things will be new.
Many things in the student store will stay the same, but there will be new and improved items. The new items they will be selling are Drumstick Ice cream, and Icee slushee. Other than food the student store will also be selling iPad chargers in case students lose theirs. Stylus will also be sold at the student store for easy use on iPads. For all the money they earn they needed somewhere to put it, so they bought a cash register. With a cash register they can have all the money nice and organized. The student store is a great way for students to purchase mouthwatering snacks and drinks, as well as iPad chargers and stylists.
In conclusion, the student store will not only sell tasty treats, but will also sell items students needs.So overall the new items that will be sold are drumsticks, slusheeies, wall chargers, and stylus pens. Leadership students are going to do a great job handling the students store. One thing’s for sure, this is going to be the best student store ever.
by Justice Cunningham
For the school year of 2017-2018, Pioneer’s Student Store has reopened as an easy go-to snack bar for students, with new equipment as well.
iPad chargers are being sold for only $15 inside the Student Store, so that students who owe money or chargers in order to receive their iPad can simply buy the charger for half price to receive their iPad, instead of the full price in the library. This also benefits students who need a spare charger in their backpack.
There are also beverages in Pioneer’s Student Store. The beverages being sold range from juices to slushies. The prices these beverages are being sold for are from $1 to only $0.50. Instead of buying a drink on your way to school, then it being hot by the time lunch comes around, you could simply buy a drink during lunch. This is a great opportunity for those students who have PE in 6th period, right after lunch, to buy a cold water or juice they can drink during PE to cool off.
Not only are beverages sold in the Student Store, but snacks are as well. Snacks being sold include ice-creams, fruit roll-ups, cookies, and many different types of chips. Again, the prices range from only $1 to $0.50, which are way cheaper than a $2.50 ice cream that can be bought at a mini-mart on the way to school!
As you can see, the Pioneer Middle School Student Store, which is open Monday-Friday during lunch hour, has many great products for sale, for very low prices!
by Mae-Lani Viernes
Imagine running in the 100 degree heat with different students from different schools. Sweat collecting on your the forehead, with the sun beating down on you. Just seconds away from crossing the finish line, and beating the other students. That’s what it’s like to be a cross country runner. As school begins, so does the cross country season!
The Pioneer Middle School Cross Country team consist of 22-24 runners from 6-8 grade. They practice on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday every week, unless the coach isn’t there or the conditions outside aren’t suitable. But when they do practice, all of the team members have to run a mile around the whole field including the basketball courts too! Not only are they striving to beat their own personal mile time, but they are also improving their stamina. By improving their stamina, it will help them in different sports later on in the year like soccer, basketball, or track. Alex Avalos, an 8th grade cross country runner, agrees that doing cross country will help bring up your stamina. “Being in cross country will definitely improve my stamina in soccer.” he stated.
The first official cross country meet is next Tuesday, September 12th at Woodlake. With the help of their coach, Mr. Leonard Hogue, we hope to celebrate their first win!
First Football Game of the year
Pioneer Mustangs vs. Sequoia Hawks
By Aqeel Aziz, Jonathan Delgado, Jayden Villarreal
The first football game of the season took place at Sequoia Middle School where the Pioneer Mustangs pull out a close one over the Hawks with a final score of 6-0. On the first drive of the game, Manuel Aguilar, the starting running back for the Mustangs ran the ball two straight plays and gained 5 yards on both attempts to give the Mustangs the first down. However, the Sequoia Hawks stayed strong and held the Mustangs to a 4th down play. The Mustangs run a trick play that frees up the wide receiver, Arnold Huerta, for an easy touchdown. The quarterback was sacked on a failed two point conversion attempt. The Sequoia Hawks play well, running the ball strong. However, the Pioneer defense stops them for no score. From there both of the defenses played strong and neither team scored.
No team scored because both of the defenses played amazing and did not allow another score. In the end the Mustangs came out on top and took the W. Both teams shook hands and showed good sportsmanship. The football team would also like to thank Coach Sandoval for his hard efforts and helping the football team get that win.
iPads At Pioneer Middle School
by Kimberly E. Slaton
How many kids out there get to work and use iPads? Well, not that many. Lucky for Pioneer Middle School students they get to work on iPads. Students can no longer say, “The dog ate my homework”. With these iPads it is easier for kids to keep their notes organized and together as well as keep all their assignments organized.
Students 6th through 8th grades are able to get iPads if they have everything signed and turned in on time. The librarian is the person who distributes iPads to every student; 8th grade goes first then 7th and lastly 6th grade.
iPads have two universally used apps that students can use to do assignments and projects, which are eBackpack and Google Classroom. Using these apps students can turn in their assignments when not at school. Teachers can assign students assignments, projects, and presentations through these apps too. Students can work on homework at home and when they finish they can turn it in immediately. The downside of eBackpack is you have to turn in your assignments within the time period the teacher has assigned you. Another app that students and teachers use is Google Classroom. Teachers assign students assignments and they have a due date to finish it, just like ebackpack. Google Classroom is where you attach documents to the assignment and turn it in. Also students are able to have conversations with other students and teachers about the work.
In conclusion, iPads are very useful for students and teachers at Pioneer Middle School. There are many apps that students can use to learn and take notes such as eBackpack and Google Classroom.