Barnwell Dances into Spring

By Hayden

The StuCo kids hosted the Spring Fling Dance at Barnwell Middle School. The dance was on March 4 from 3:15-5:00. If you wanted to get in the dance, you had to pay $2.00 in advance and $3.00 at the door.

Why would people want to go to this dance? Well, it’s fun! You get to hang out with your friends, talk with your friends, and dance. You can go to the cafeteria to eat and drink for a $1.00. You can wear anything for the dance; you don’t have to wear a specific thing. If you want, you can bring a friend but they have to have money  to get in the dance.

There are going to be more dances in the future, so you should check with people or on calendars to make plans or arrange stuff so you can go to them. Don’t miss your chance to go to the dances. If your parents work when the dance is over, text them or call  to see if you can get a ride from a friend to bring you home.

Six Things to do to Squash your Boredom over Summer

Boredom

by Kaitlyn

1: Sleep Outside. While getting bitten by an insect is a possibility, on a clear night there could be many stars out to connect. Things like a treasure chest, a pencil, or a microphone are things one could shape with the stars.

2: Watch your favorite childhood movies. It’s interesting to compare your current interpretation of the movie to the way you thought of it when you were younger, and you can pick up all the jokes that went over your head as a kid.

3: Have a slumber party. Invite your best friends to sleep over at your house, middle school style. You can watch movies, gossip and eat all the junk food that your hearts desire.

4: Teach yourself to cook. Look up recipes online or watch a cooking channel on television. If you learn to cook, you can satisfy your taste buds without having to spend loads of money on eating out.

5:  Go Geocaching. If you haven’t heard of Geocaching, it’s basically a treasure hunt using GPS. You go to the website www.geocaching.com and enter your zip code to find little treasures that people have hidden in the area. Once you locate their treasure, you replace it with a new teasure and write about your experience on the website. It’s a really neat thing to do.

6: Sit outside and sketch something.  While you can be stung by a bee, you can always find neat things to draw, like flowers, animals, plants, or the sky.

Sources: http://www.collegefashion.net/college-life/25-inexpensive-or-free-ways-to-cure-summer-boredom/

Waggin’ Tails About Extrordinary Staff And Students!

By Kaitlyn

Barnwell Bulldog’s Paw Print staff has decided to be on the lookout for outstanding staff and students who work hard and deal with crazy things in the school. At the end of the article will be a link to a Google Form to submit someone you know in the school who has done an outstanding job at something.

Here’s an example;

This shout out goes to Mrs. Thrasher who, even though she is pregnant acts as herself and deals with her hyper students with a positive attitude.

To enter someone, follow the link below and type in what they’ve done and their name for a chance to have them in a shout out, remember, you can’t enter yourself!

http:/goo.gl/forms/mkloFQlnta

Please submit for someone you know!

Barnwell Hosts Most Successful Quarter Auction

By Emma

On April 1st, Barnwell held the most successful Quarter Auction yet!  It’s main goal was to raise money for the eighth grade field day.  It raised over $1000.

The quarter auction is a fun event where  the participants bid on items with a number of quarters to hold up paddles with numbers on them.  If the auctioneer calls their number, they get the item they were bidding for.  Lots of items were auctioned off.  Some people won multiple items, some won none.

The auction wasn’t the only thing going on though.  There were many vendors that sold many different things. Eighth graders  Ashlee, Emileigh,  Candace and Brooke all ran a stand.  Ashlee and Emileigh sold cakes, Candace and Brooke ran a balloon pop, and there were many brand name vendors too.

Mrs. Beeman and Mrs. Horton were the auctioneers for the night.  Some of the students walked around displaying the items and delivering the items, and others collected the quarters each time an item was auctioned off.

Due to all of this money raised, eighth graders now have a greater chance of having the pancake breakfast, obstacle course and many other fun events for their field day, but in order to be sure, donations and participation in the fundraising events are encouraged!

 

 

The Mysteries of Gravity Falls Comes to an End

By Emma

After four long, hiatus filled years, the Gravity Falls series finale is here! Gravity Falls is a mystery and comedic show about the twins Dipper and Mabel solving the mysteries of Gravity Falls.  The two-season-long show came to an end with an hour-long special that continued from two previous parts of the finale.

Gravity Falls is a cartoon on Disney XD that is about mystery and family.  It is mostly known for it’s ciphers, or puzzles in the show, foreshadowing, and details in the background that sometimes, are very important.

In the finale, the mysterious symbols that represented the characters were finally confirmed, old friends meet again, and problems were resolved.  For the most part, Gravity Falls had a good ending, but some fans may say otherwise.  Although the show is over, there are still more mysteries to be solved!

 

Sherlock Holmes: Death Cloud spins off shelves

By Aadhi

Sherlock Holmes: Death Cloud, by Andrew Lane, is a spin-off Sherlock Holmes book series about his teenage life . The book is about a young Sherlock Holmes, a famous fictional detective, who goes to his uncle’s house during a school break. He and his friend,  Matty Arnatt encounter,  on multiple occasions, a strange, black cloud that shows up at sites of horrific deaths through the town.

By paying attention to small aspects of the book, Lane’s piece is an action-packed mystery that is very detail-oriented. With many plot twists and cliffhangers, you will not want to put this book down.

I highly recommend that if you have read or are interested in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes or any mystery novel, you read this book and the series that follows.

Zootopia hits theaters

by Emma

Imagine a world filled with anthropomorphic, or human like animals, animals that are highly evolved, and all live together. That is Zootopia,  the latest Disney film that revolves around a bunny named Judy Hopps, that desires to be a police officer.

She trains very hard at a police recruit camp, ends up graduating at the top of her class, and gets a job as an officer in Zootopia. Just when Judy thinks her dream has been fulfilled, things go wrong.  She is assigned the role of a meter maid, instead of the crime fighting officer she wanted to be.

While working one day,  she saw a thief, and arrested him, but when she brought him to the police station, she got in trouble for leaving her post. Her boss decides to assign her a near impossible missing animal case that must be done in two days, when the highly trained officers couldn’t solve it in two weeks.  Judy teams up with a fox named Nick Wilde to help solve the case, but while investigating, they find that this simple missing animal case is much deeper than they thought.

Zootopia is an exciting, funny movie, with a great story, and I recommend watching if you want to find out what happens!

Self Harm: Understanding It

By Morgan

Self harm, what is it?

Self harm is an expression used to describe the act of hurting yourself. The most common way is by cutting; others involve burning, ripping skin, pinching/scratching, punching or carving.

Every year about 1 in 5 females and 1 in 7 males self harm, starting at around their teen years and going on into early adulthood. Most people do not understand how serious this is; they will either laugh it off or bully the person who does self harm.

A few may say that people who self harm only do this to get attention. This is not always the case. Depression is usually one of the reasons why people self harm. Other reasons for self harm is because of bullies, society not accepting them, parent’s being divorced, or feeling alone and with no one to care about them.

There is always help available for those who self harm. Family and friends most often care and are willing to help. To speak with a behavioral health specialist at any time of the day, contact the Behavioral Health Response ACI Hotline at (314) 469-6644 or toll free (800) 811-4760. TTY services are available for the deaf or hard of hearing at (314) 469-3638.

For more resources, log on to the St. Louis Behavioral Health Response website at bhrstl.org.

 

 

 

 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Breaks Box Office Records

 

Star Wars, one of the most successful movie series of all time, has finally released the newest edition to the series, The Force Awakens which has broken box office records and has critics and fans alike loving it. My feelings? It’s one of the best Star Wars yet. It didn’t completely change everything to make it bad, but it wasn’t to similar to other ones. The visual effects are very good, and the story is well done, which makes you think. Overall, Star Wars The Force Awakens is an amazing movie and lives up to  the hype it received.

On October 30, 2012, Disney announced that they bought Lucasfilms, the creators of the Star Wars saga, with $4.05 billion dollars. The first franchise Disney used from Lucasfilms was Star Wars: Rebels, a TV series. Star Wars: The Force Awakens was the first Lucasfilm movie that was released by Disney.

By: Aadhi

Guess Who Just Read The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton?

by Morgan

Outsiders

The 7th graders finished a book called The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton. The Outsiders was published in 1967. Hinton started the book when she was 15 but did most of the work when she was 16. The book was published when she was 18.  A movie was produced in 1983, and a TV series was made in 1990 right where the movie left off.

Ponyboy Curtis is a 14 year old boy with two things on his mind: Paul Newman and a ride home.  The only thing Ponyboy can count on are his brothers, Darry and Sodapop, and his friends. Struggles start when the Socs, a mean group of rich kids, try to pick a fight with the Greasers. All was well until Johnny, one of Ponyboy’s friends kills a Soc. Ponyboy and Johnny didn’t know what to do but run away from home where the police can not find them.

What do you think will happen during Ponyboy and Johnny’s adventure? Will they make it to freedom and everyone will forget about the killing or will the Socs team up and try to take them down? You can find all of that out in S. E. Hinton’s The Outsiders.