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I made this anchor because now it seems like anything you do your judged on, or being picked on. So there’s different parts of this anchor that represent different things. The heart is representing that you need to love yourself and that even though your life is hard and you feel like your in a storm that it will get better and it will pass, as long as you keep trying and keep faith in whatever it is your going through, talk it out with a friend or someone, anyone that you know!. Talking it out can really help you out to get everything out. When you talk about it, it feels like its a new open part in your life that has no worry’s anymore.

The rainbow infinity represents that know matter what happens in your life, keep going so many people get treated different or made fun of for the sexuality, I know middle school everyone is young and don’t full know but there are quit a bit of people that are gay, lesbian, or bi. And the rainbow is to be who you are, there’s nothing wrong with being gay, lesbian, or bi. Its who you are don’t hide it. There’s a song that I know and its by A Great Big World and it’s called everyone is gay but says “you can be who you are any day of the week” I mean that couldn’t be more true.

I have “Stay Strong” which goes with the heart, meaning stay strong and don’t let the world bring you down. You’re always going to find a way out of the hole your in, even if you think you aren’t going to there’s always something good that comes out of the bad. I found this and I don’t know who made this quote but its meaning full and goes with what I’m trying to say “An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward, when life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means it’s going to launch you into something great. So just focus, and keep aiming.

“you can’t make me sink” shows that no matter what you say you can’t make me give in to everything you say, or anything you do to try to make me feel like I don’t own myself. It represents that I’m taking back my life taking control of my own life again and no one can stop me, I’m putting my foot down and standing up for myself.

-Hannah

My personal self thinks that music can save life’s. Music is something that can and will always be there when there isn’t always someone around to help you! Like for when you are having troubles with family, bullies, school, friends, or you are stressed about something. All you need to do it put your headphones in and your good. There’s a ton of different types of music genres. Everyone listens to different bands, we have hundreds probably thousands of bands who knows? So there’s a band called One Direction, and I’m not going to lie I don’t like them at all. I don’t like there music, so I have hated on them before I won’t lie, I have. But there are tons of people who do and who look up to them in life and we do have a lot of people who hate on that band but that’s because we don’t know. We don’t know that, that group has possibly saved that persons life, but we can’t see that! I know that I can’t anyway. Well lets see for another example there’s a band called Suicide Silence and literally everyone who doesn’t listen to them are always like “why do you even like them all they do is scream” “you can’t understand them” and all I can think is “you call it demonic because all you here is screaming, I call it live saving because I hear the meaning.” They are both life saving bands so why is it that everyone still judges? Because we don’t know! I think that main reason is that no one knows unless you have told someone or you have talked about them, but there are those kids that keep quiet. The kids that are usually quiet know ones much about them. With all the bullying that happens, kids don’t want to say anything. I know I don’t at least, I would rather take everything and just push it aside and just let the music help me. The music that I listen to has helped me in so many different ways, it’s not even funny. Throughout my life I was always bullied, I don’t know why, I never knew why. But I was, and it was usually everyday. I never told a single soul, until last year and I would always just go straight to my room and stay there for the night and just put in my headphones and listen to music non-stop, I would put the music all the way up, just like I do today, I don’t get bullied as much at school, but there is always outside of school…. After all that I have said about music, I guess you could say to someone if they were to ask why do you always have headphones in you could just reply. Because music is an inspiration to me about life, and it has taught me that live is precious, its also hard. Life wasn’t meant to be easy for anyone. But it’s what you make it, and what you put towards making it your life and not letting anyone bring you down. You just need to push through the tough times and you need to always stay strong. This is 6 different quotes form three out of the many other inspirations in my life….

“Life isn’t about how

popular you are,

what girl or boy

you’re dating

or who you

know.

Life is about

always being

true to who you are,

and what you believe in.

Never let anyone

convince you that their

way is better than

you’re way”

-Andy Biersack

(Black Veil Brides)

 

 

“You have many options in life

NEVER

make giving up on of them”

-Austin Carlile

(Of Mice And Men)

 

 

“keep listening  to music,

cause it gets you through

everything, I promise”

-Mitch Lucker

(Suicide Silence)

R.I.P

__1984-2012__

 

 

“When people

hurt you over

and over, think

of them like

sandpaper

They may scratch

and hurt you

a bit, but in

the end you

end up polished

and they end up

useless

-Andy Biersack

(Black Veil Brides)

 

“be your own

person, because no

one can take that

away from you

-Austin Carlile

(Of Mice And Men)

 

 

“I mean reality sucks,

the world is a cancer

and stuff is so bad it’s scary.

Everything’s filthy,

but you know what?

One day its going to be

here, so be glad you

know what life is.

You’re Alive, Live”

-Mitch Lucker

(Suicide Silence)

R.I.P

__1984-2012__

These three men and there bands music has helped me out in so many different ways. Mitch Lucker was the lead singer for the group Suicide Silence, and he sadly passed away November 1st of 2012. There music helped me put all my hate away, and the sadness of life.

Austin Carlile is the lead singer for the band called Of Mice And Men and just listening to there music can make me feel so much better.

Andy Biersack the lead singer for the band Black Veil Brides. This band has really helped me out in life. I can listen to there music and immediately feel a connection with the song, which ever song it may be.

All three of these bands….once I put my headphones in and one of there songs on, I immediately know that I’m alright and I’m not alone and I never was.

Without the music I enjoy I don’t know who I would be today or if I would even be here. I’m so lucky to have found all the bands I know love. I hope one day ill be able to meet them and tell them how much they have helped not just me but thousands of different people. I hope that my band will here that from kids and/or people of any age, and that we are there hero’s and we are what kept them alive.  

Sharped Dressed Man

 

Sharped Dressed Man

life is a highway till the Day I Die

going to far behind the clouds

nobody cares who we are tomorrow

 

Sharped Dressed Man

if this was your city

you would take the night back

but you walk around like you want to be Someone els

 

Sharped Dressed Man

trying to Do My best so everybody come hold My hand

because everything is gonna be all right

all just behind the clouds

 

Sharped Dressed Man

look at Me now

till the Day collapse life could be a Dream

im just waiting for the life behind the clouds

Cupcakes are little delicious bundles of love and happiness. You can buy or make cupcakes in many shapes, sizes, and flavors. My favorite cupcake is a chocolate cupcake with chocolate frosting mmmm good :) To make my favorite kind of cupcake, a chocolate cupcake with chocolate frosting this is the recipe. Step 1, Gather the ingredients needed including 1 1/3 cups of all-purpose flour, ¼ teaspoon of baking soda, 2 teaspoons of baking powder, ¾ cup of unsweetened cocoa powder, 1/8 teaspoon of salt, 3 tablespoons of butter(softened), 1 ½ cups of white sugar, 2 eggs, ¾ tablespoon of vanilla extract, and 1 cup of milk. Step 2, Preheat an oven to 350°F (175°C) Step 3, Line a muffin/cupcake pan with paper or foil cups. Step 4, Sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cocoa powder, and salt into a bowl and set to the side for later. Step 5, In a large bowl cream together the butter and the sugar until it is light and fluffy. Step 6, Add the eggs one at a time beating well in between each added egg. Step 7, Stir in the vanilla thoroughly. Step 8, Add the flour mixture into the larger bowl while alternating pouring the milk in at the same time. Step 9, Make sure there are no lumps in this mixture then fill the paper/foil cups about ¾ of the way. Step 10, Put the pan of cupcakes in the oven for about 15-17 minuets or until you can stick a toothpick in the middle and it comes out completely clean. While the cupcakes are baking you can make the chocolate butter-cream frosting. Step 1, First you will need to gather the ingredients to make chocolate butter-cream icing/frosting these ingredients include, ½ cup of solid vegtable shortening, ½ cup(1 stick) of butter(softened), ¾ cup of cocoa powder, 1 teaspoon of clear vanilla extract, 4 cups(approximately 1lb.) of sifted confectioners’ sugar, 3-4 tablespoons of milk, and 3-4 tablespoons of water. Step 2, In a large bowl mix together shortening and butter very thorough. Step 3, Add cocoa powder and butter and gradually add the sugar one cup at a time(scrape bottom and sides of the bowl to make sure all ingredients are thoroughly mixed together). Step 4, once all of the sugar is mixed in the icing/frosting will appear dry, add milk and water and mix until the icing is light and fluffy. At this time the cupcakes should be done if not this is your time to sit back and relax for a moment or two. Once your cupcakes are done you will want to take the pan out of the oven and remove the cupcakes so they can cool for about 3-5 minuets. Once they are done cooling you will want to use your homemade chocolate butter-cream icing/frosting
to decorate your cupcakes you can either just slather it on with a butter knife of you can do it the “fancy” way by piping it on with a piping bag. To pipe it on you will want to buy piping bags if this is your first time doing this I recommend buying the cheaper plastic ones. Once you have these bags you will want to find the end on the opposite end from the end with the opening and cut about and inch off with scissors. Then fold the top end halfway over the other end and fill it up with your butter-cream icing/frosting then fold the top part of the bag back up and twist it from the top. At this time just squeeze the bag from the top, twisted part. Start in the middle and work your way outwards in a spiraling motion once to the edge of the cupcake do the same motion but move upwards until you come to a lovely little peak at the tip-top. If you may have any on hand for a little decoration piece you can add one little chocolate chip on the peak of the icing/frosting just for presentation purposes. This is what your cupcake should look like without a chocolate chip when
done, if not that’s okay all that matters is that it tastes good anyways, right? This cupcake is great for parties or fun events. So next time you need a tasty treat try making this cupcake, you can always just make both recipes just with out the cocoa powder it will taste the same but it will look different. This was the recipe for my favorite cupcake so if this cupcake looks good trying making it sometime!

How to Knit a Scarf

By: Noelle Lowe

1

Cast on 10 stitches using your yarn. If you don’t know how to do this, All you need to do is make a loop knot put it on one of the needles. Now Take the yarn and put it on your thumb and stretch it to your index finger so the end is hanging off your thumb. push the un-occupied needle in the gap between your thumb and index finger. repeat this at least 10 times.

 

2

Knit for 12 rows. Remember that you do not have to knit another color if you do not want to.

  • You can knit to this point, then put it down, and return later or tomorrow to continue. This is what makes knitting so great.

3

Cast off your stitches. Wrap your scarf around your neck and admire your own handiwork. Feels good, doesn’t it?

 

How to cast off….

Refer to your knitting pattern to determine the number of stitches to be cast off. This number will depend on the type of piece you are knitting.

Knit two stitches. There will now be two stitches on your right needle.

Insert your left needle into the first stitch you knitted onto the right needle.

Pull your left needle up and to the left so that the first stitch is pulled over the second and off the tip of the right needle. One stitch remains on the right needle and one stitch is now cast off.

Knit another stitch. Once again, there are two stitches on your right needle.

Repeat steps 3 to 5 until all stitches are cast off.

Thread excess yarn onto a tapestry needle and weave approximately 2 to 3 inches into the edge of the knitted piece. Cut excess yarn.

Creative Design

Here at West Middle School, we have a very exciting class. A class that most schools do not have. A class that we are so blessed to have. But this class is not just a class that could be defined with a couple of words. Art class? I guess you could say that. This is a class where you can be yourself. You have freedom. A class where you have so many options. Knitting, silk screening, drawing and painting, spray painting, a little bit of pottery, ect. Hey, you could even add in a little photography! Still just an art class? Hmm maybe so, but get this. The artwork you do in this class doesn’t just go to waste, it goes to the school!

In this class everything you make goes on sale in the school store for your students to wear for spirit wear. We design the logos to be put on our spirit wear and we decide the prices for these things. Its all done by us. Without us, students would not have these things. We would not be the titans anymore. We would just be the ordinary West Middle School students.

So, how do we do it you ask? Well it probably is not as easy as you would think! Everyday we spend our time working on several different things. Some students are over knitting the scarfs, gloves and hats while some students are over silk screening the Titan logo onto t-shirts. Over in the corner there are some kids drawing manga series and comics for the magazine. To the left, there are some kids sanding the knitting needles while some are making stencils for silk screening. Some students are out taking pictures and some even are sculpting. Every single second of class time these kids spend is so important to our school. Us students know that our effort will take the class far.

Lets talk about the Creative Design Staff meetings that are held every Friday. In these meetings we talk about any ideas anyone has and make sure everyone’s idea has been heard. Its kind of like a democracy; we all vote on the ideas. For example, I am in charge of the footed pajama committee. Well, Alyssa and I. Since everyone voted that our idea was a go, Alyssa and I got put in charge. But of course all this voting can work up an appetite! In our staff meetings a little snack is usually involved. I love our team meetings!

It is little things like that, that makes this class so amazing.We are only a quarter into the year and we have already made so many memories! I remember on the very first day when we all had to write our names on the chalkboard, along with a little drawing about us, and we had to go around the room introducing ourselves. I remember when Ben and I made stencils and spray painted them onto shirts. I remember when Mr.Deyo taught us how to use film cameras, and we went around the school taking pictures. Or the time when I learned how to knit! Or our first Friday meeting. I can’t imagine all the memories that are to come.

This is all thanks to Mr.Deyo, our awesome teacher! The one responsible for all of this. The reason Mr.Deyo is such an awesome teacher is because he gets us. He remembers whats its like to be a kid. How sometimes may we slack off. How we like to joke around and be ourselves. How we just like to be kids. He gets it. He’s not super strict and he doesn’t assign homework assignments every night. He never yells at us. Somehow and some way he is able to get his point out to us without seeming like a strict, mean teacher. We love and respect him and we could not imagine having any other teacher.

Another reason this class is so great is because of the friendly atmosphere. Everyone in this class is so nice! I guess you could say that we are all one big family. We work together and we count on eachother. With our classmates and our awesome teacher Mr Deyo, we are able to get things done. Not many classes have this bond that we are blessed to have and It is great.

Well, I have pretty much said everything there is to say so to sum it all up in one big sentence; We, the members of the creative design staff are all one big happy family in which we work together everyday doing many different things, and we never waste time which is the reason we are always able to get things done.

As you walk down the path you look up

and see the peer perfect sky, with little baby snowflakes

slowly falling down to the soft cold ground.

 

As you look up, you realize that you’ve come upon a deer

sitting peacefully. With its spots so white sitting in the snow

it stands up and looks at you.

 

It becomes closer and closer till it buts you,

you start to tear then you run.

As you run everything is becoming darker and darker,

into your lost in the winter wonderland.

 

You start to seek light in the distance,

as you get closer and closer you realize you

have came upon a cabin. A lonely cabin with a single light,

just outside the door.

 

You walk inside to find a roaring fire.

There is a picture on the wall just above, it resembles a deer,

the same deer you just saw, sitting in the snow, a mile behind.

Then someone comes out of the snow and you call for them.

 

They don’t answer, they don’t even know you where here.

So you just keep walking closer and closer to the fire, then you

wake up. Sitting. Staring. Straight into the sky, staring into

a winter wonderland.

 

 

By. Logan Pitser

in the lightly powdered snow

where all you hear is the crunch,

crunch, crunch, as you walk

down the huge white path.

 

If you hear a noise

just listen and hear them do,

And watch as the snow

falls and piles up ahead,

 

just as you turn around

you hear the lovely sound of winter.

Its peaceful and perfect

at sight and sound.

 

If you look up

at the night sky, all you will find

is the fullest moon

twinkling with the snow

so high slowly floating down.

 

As you walk back all you see

is the amazing sight of animals crawling around.

Only if they where here with you;

What if they where? How would that

change they way you feel?

 

If you walked for miles and miles in the lightly powdered snow,

you would see what I see now, nothing upon nothing.

Sitting watching the moon wishing you where there.

But then you wake up, and go somewhere far away from here.

 

 

By. Logan Pitser

When walking to school you have to be safe. when waking always walk on the left hand side of the road. If you are biking stay on the right hand side of the road. these are just some of the safety issues you need to know at and around school. First off if you are going on a school trip or sporting event and you are taking a bus, get with a partner so you know where they are. Also since there is a police officer in the school, the school will be a safer place to be and learn. If you are biking to school you should always wear a helmet, when you ride you have to ride on the right hand side of the road just like a car. If you are riding school you should wear a reflector because before school starts it is dark outside and people might not be able to see you. So when you are going to get a new bike, get one that fits you not one you are going to grown into because if you have too big of a bike it can lead to problems. When you are riding your bike “Use your head, wear a helmet”. When you are biking DON’T where long loose clothing because it can get caught in chains and the tires. When you play sports you have to be safe also. If you play baseball make sure to where a baseball helmet, when somebody is batting make sure to keep a safe distance from the batter. When you play football make sure all your equipment fits properly. If it’s not fit properly injury could happen. When in a vehicle you should always wear a seat belt. You should wear the seat belt that straps a crossed the legs and chest. That will give you the best protection in a car crash or accident. That is another thing to be safe about. One thing to be safe about is handling firearms. You should always pretend that the gun is loaded and keep in a safe place where children will not be able to reach. When shooting always keep the sights down range and never point the firearm at another person even if its not loaded.

 

      Since in a couple of years you are going to take drivers training and get ready to drive here are some safety tips,you must be responsible to be a driver. When you are in a car with another person make sure you know they are a good driver and you and your family can trust him/her. Fire protection is another big subject to be thinking about because fire is a dangerous thing. Remember to always check your fire alarms and to change the battery frequently. keep candles 12 inches away from anything that can burn. Use common sense in the kitchen limit distractions in the kitchen. Have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen and teach kids or yourself how to use one in case of an emergency. In case of an emergency and there is smoke get low to the ground and stay out of the way of the smoke. When you are in a room and you do not know if there is a fire outside of your door feel the door with the back of your hand. If it is warm or hot it means that the fire is outside of the room or door. If you were to catch on fire Stop, Drop, and Roll to put out the fire.

 

Chemicals are very dangerous and you should never play with them. Always keep chemicals in the original bottles, never put the chemicals in soda bottles or plastic bottles. Throw away old medicines or chemicals and speak with an older adult about the dangers of inhalants and abusing chemicals and medications.

 

      Winter time is coming fast so here are some safety tips about skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling. First when you are at a ski hill make sure you have room to ski down the mountain without getting in somebody’s way. Always wear a helmet. Skis must have bindings that keep the ski from going down the hill. When snowmobiling always wear head protection and goggles. When crossing the road always look both ways and you should stay with a group of people so if you get lost you know who to get back to. So if its snowmobiling skiing, or snowboarding you can still have fun but be safe.

 

        You should always be safe weather it be riding bike, driving, fires, and much more. Make sure you are using the right procedures to keep yourself safe. Safety is an important subject to think about and you shouldn’t think of it as a joke. So keep yourself and the people around you safe.

 

Hello my name is Ryan, i am 13 years old and i am going to teach you how to make a hello world app with java…

 

The first thing you want to do is download Eclipse SDK ( www.eclipse.org/downloads/ ) (Eclipse Standard) the just download the latest version and install it for which system you have, then you want to get Java JDK ( www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/index-jsp-138363.html#javasejdk ) (“JDK” stands for Java Development Kit) and again download the latest version for which system you have and install that. Now if you dont really know how to install “Eclipse” or “Java” you can watch these really cool tutorials ( www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFE2CE09D83EE3E28 ).

 

So when you first load up eclipse you created your workspace, your workspace is where you will have your classes, interface, project. We will get into these later but not now. alright now back to business when you first start you will see the welcome screen, there’s four main buttons on this screen, the first button is the Overview button ( The Overview shows you all the great stuff eclipse has ), the second button is the Tutorials button ( The Tutorials button teaches you how to install a plug-in, or how to make a hello world “application” ( We will be doing this later ) ), the third button is the Samples button ( The Samples can show you how to create an editor, or can teach you to make your own extension points. ), and then the fourth button is What’s New ( The What’s New button allows you to get the latest updates, or go back a version or two.

( Figure 1 )

 

( Figure 2 )

OK so what you are going to do is click “ File ” and then hover over “ New ” and click “ Java Project ”

then in Project Name you can name it what ever you want.

 

Now you want to open “ File ” at the top of the screen, and go in to “ New ” and then click “ Class ”.

( Figure 3)

 

and again name it what ever you want but you should look at the top and see if there is a source folder, if there isn’t any thing there you want to click browse and you double click the java project you made and then select src then click ok.

so then you should have something like this, Then it should say something like “public class (what you named your class)”so “public” means that anyone can open your file you are making, then “class” means… Well thats the kind of file you’re making.

( Figure 4 )

Now we are going to type out a little bit, so what you’re going to do is press enter once, now we can type some code but we cant type just anything there are specific things we have to type, soo this is what youre typing “ public static void main(String[] args) { ” then enter twice, ok now we are going to make it say something else “system.out.println(“Hello World!”)” well now look a little to the left and see if there is a little red x, if there is hover over it and see what it says.

( Figure 5 )

so you should have something like this, and at the top you should see a green and white play button and you want to click that and at the bottom it should have said what you typed in the “”.

So thank you guys so much for following along i hope you guys had as much fun as i did thank you and BYE!

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