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Eighth Graders Make Plans for High School

By Dylan Miller All Eighth grade students at White Oak Middle School had the opportunity to meet the counselors they will get for their entire high school career. The counselors, Monica Pearce and Debby Deck, talked about high school and the opportunities students will have. They told them to be serious about selecting their classes and make sure to pick the ones they really want, so schedules can be planned accordingly.   Students were given  a folder in which they circled which classes they wanted in their freshman schedule. There were a total of 35 options for the next school year. It allowed students to choose classes they felt the most comfortable with. “I’m taking Pre-AP Geometry, Biology, and Pre-AP English 1,” eighth grader Garrett Cook said. “I’m a little nervous for next year because those classes sound hard. Even though I think they’ll be hard, I’m exciting to move onto high school next year. My favorite class next year will probably be Journalism.” When students move to high school many doors will open up for them. For example, they could take Animal Science, Audio Visual, Finance/Accounting, Information Technology, Animation, Business Management and Administration, Fashion design, Floral and Landscape Design, Welding, Foreign Language, and Fine Arts. “I didn’t want to take any Pre-AP classes for next year,” eighth Grader Abby Quesenberry said, “I thought it was cool being able to...

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Principal’s Corner April 23-27

Save the Date:   4/25 HAPPY SECRETARIES DAY! Monday, April 23 – Holiday Tuesday, April 24 – 6th and 8th Grades Concussion Testing; Math meeting, Think Lab 5:30-8:00 Wednesday, April 25 – 8th Grade Band Contest, Lindale;  5th grade visit, 9:15; Thursday, April 26 – GLOBE Teacher of Year Reception, LETU 4:30 Friday, April 27 – GRADE CHECK   We want to wish our 8th grade band GOOD LUCK...

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Cook, Raney Medal at WOHS Journalism Invitational

By Garrett Cook and Dylan Miller Eighteen eighth graders competed in the first White Oak High School Invitational Journalism meet on December 7. Students competed in News, Feature, Editorial and Headline writing contests. Over 40 high school and middle school students from six districts participated in the day long event. Two WOMS eighth graders placed in the top six in two of those events. Emma Raney, placed fifth in news writing and Garrett Cook placed third in feature writing. “I’m really proud of myself for beating high schoolers at writing,” Emma Raney said. “It’s pretty cool to win a...

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School Fall Fest on Schedule for Saturday

By Dylan Miller Fall Fest is scheduled for Saturday and according to organizers should be a fun event for all ages. For 13 years, The Fall Fest event has been sponsored by the band program at WOISD.  Games, activities and food options are located inside the secondary cafeteria and the event raises money for the band program. “The money goes towards the travel expenses for the band and that includes, charter buses, meals, and so much more to support the students,” White Oak High School Principal Donna Jennings said. “There is not charge to attend, but tickets are 25 cents to play the games.” The event is Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, 3:00-7:00 p.m....

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Art Class Creates Halloween Projects

By Dylan Miller Eight weeks into the new art class, students are working on sugar skulls. While the skulls are a tradition from an early November Mexican holiday, Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), the class is creating the project for Halloween. According to tradition, families decorated sugar skulls and placed them on an altar or gravestone to honor their deceased relatives. Sugar skull art is very whimsical and each piece reflects the folk art style of big happy smiles, colorful icing and sparkles and glittery adornments.  “We are focusing on the elements of art, shapes and color, and the sugar skulls met those requirements,” Art teacher Teagan Spears said. “The kids are a lot of fun and abilities are varied, but I’ve told them everyone can do this. It’s all about learning the elements and techniques.” School administration implemented the semester class because student interest was high. “Students have shown an interest in an art class for several years, and we wanted to give them the opportunity to show their creative side,” White Oak Middle School Principal Becky Balboa said. “This will allow students to do that.” Student response has been positive to the addition of the course to the curriculum. Currently 20 students are enrolled in the art class.    “I like that we get to color and draw,” eighth grader Mark Koehler said. “I like...

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