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Christmas Around the World

Christmas is right around the corner! Here in the United States, Christmas is a huge deal! We celebrate all month. We go pick out Christmas trees, drink hot cocoa, and spend days shopping for gifts for our family and friends. On the 24th we gather with family and kids and read “The Night Before Christmas.” We then go to sleep and wait for “Santa” to bring us presents. Christmas is a bit different in other countries though.

In Jamaica, Christmas day is actually more focused on shopping. Christmas is also called “Grand Market.” In town there is a mix between a festival and a market. There are vendors and stands where you can buy your family and friends food, sweets, gifts, and toys. Around 6 pm is when the big festival starts. Everyone buys nice outfits and parties until the morning, even kids!

Greece celebrates Christmas and Epiphany. Epiphany is on January 6.  Epiphany celebrates Jesus's baptism when he was a man. On Christmas eve, children sing Kalanda’s (Carols) at people’s doorsteps and up and down the streets. Christmas trees are becoming popular in Greece but they mainly have basil wrapped around a cross as a decoration dipped in water. The mother of the house sprinkles holy water around each room in the house from the cross decoration.

In France, their Christmas is similar to ours here in the U.S. They set up a nativity scene like ours but they add in a baker, policeman, butcher, and a priest. Instead of saying “Merry Christmas” the French say “Joyeux Noel.. Wine is drizzled on Cherry wood logs and burned all night long on Christmas Eve and food and drinks are left out in case Mary and Baby Jesus come to their home.

As you can see, Christmas in different countries are all unique. Each country celebrates a little differently but they all have the same over all idea of Christmas. Each group of people around the world have their own religion or ethnicities and with that comes different customs and traditions.

There, Their and They're

Many people online and in school have those words that they just can’t spell right or don’t use correctly. Maybe they don’t realize that it’s wrong, maybe they don’t care, but most times it annoys someone somewhere. There, their and they’re is one example of incorrect word use. There is in relation to direction “put your jacket over there,” their is associated with someone’s belongings “both of their shirts are the same color” and they’re is the contraction of they and are “they’re going to the store to get soda.” However, this isn’t as big of a problem as too and to and your and you’re. These mistakes happen a lot more often and the difference between each homophone is huge. Too is used for in addition to or “too much,” to is also in relation to direction, but also identifying relations between items or people “the cat walked to his bed.” You’re is a contraction of you and are “you’re on fire today,” while your is used for belongings “your shirt is on fire.” These mistakes can get very annoying and certain people will correct you if it bothers them enough. So to save yourself from embarrassment or judgement or just getting corrected, remember these quick definitions and think hard about which homophone is correct before you write it down.

Different Types of Mental Issues

Mental illnesses seem to have become prevalent in the past year. You may have one or have friends who do. Anything can cause them: big changes (like school ending), family history of depression, major trauma or stress, or even certain physical illnesses and medications. Any mental illness can affect you a lot and could even lead to suicide. Some common mental illnesses that everyone should be aware of are anxiety, ADHD, depression, eating disorders, OCD, PTSD and schizophrenia.

General anxiety is a disorder that makes you feel worried or anxious constantly, usually about nothing serious. ADHD stands for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and people who have it have a short attention span and are hyperactive. Depression is the most common and is a constant overwhelming sadness; being sad is something everyone does every once in awhile, but depression is diagnosed if you have been sad for over two weeks. Eating disorder examples are anorexia and bulimia, which are obsessing over how much you eat and then purging by puking or using laxatives; anorexic people are usually thin and underweight while bulimic people are average weight or even overweight. OCD stands for obsessive-compulsive disorder and is a type of anxiety. Someone with OCD will have unwanted thoughts, images, feelings and sensations (obsessions) and will have behaviors or actions in response to those obsessions. PTSD stands for post-traumatic stress disorder and affects most people who have been traumatized, they can get stressed or scared in a situation that reminds them of the original event. Lastly, schizophrenia is not as common, the disorder affects how a person thinks, feels and behaves; they may feel like they have lost touch with reality. Again, be aware of those mental illnesses and how they can affect someone’s personality or behavior.

Teed Update

In September, an article was written about the new high school that will open in 2020 and the transformation for Teed Elementary to a middle school. Recently, new information was released about Teed and elementary schools in our district. Fremont H. Teed Elementary will become Fremont H. Teed Middle next year, as a Synergy Program school. Both Kuna Middle and Teed Middle will be grades 6-8 and Crimson Point, Reed and Silvertrail will be grades K-5. Hubbard and Indian Creek will be grades K-3 then those students will attend Ross for grades 4-5. Additional classroom space will also be added to Teed, Reed and Silvertail in a few years. Athletics will be held at original schools until expansions are complete on new schools, so Teed athletes will practice and have games at Kuna Middle, and athletes at the new high school (still yet to be named) will practice and have games at Kuna High. With Teed Middle being a school for all Synergy students, Kuna Middle will continue to include dual language and extended resource programs without the Synergy students. The new high school will also include career pathways and general education classes, the same as Kuna High. Boundaries will most likely be changed next fall since Ross will not be available for K-3, and Hubbard and Indian Creek won’t be available for 4-5.

Study Tips

The end of the semester is coming up in a couple weeks and we’re getting closer to finals and very important tests. So in preparation for those big tests, here are some tips for studying, and you can even start using them now.

#1 - Put your phone away. Everyone gets distracted by their phone, and a simple text could derail you. Turning your phone off and putting it in another room is one way to make sure you don’t get distracted by it. However, if you need music to motivate you to study, use an iPod or speaker. If you keep your phone in another room not too far, you can connect a bluetooth speaker to keep in your room/office/kitchen.

#2 - Stay organized. Keep track of your assignments and classes to study for by creating a list or using sticky notes. After you finish that assignment or have studied for a certain time you can cross that off your list or crumple up the note.

#3 - Stay fueled. Have a snack while you're working or eat a full meal right before, and make sure you drink enough water. But don’t load up on just sugar, keep a balanced diet of protein and carbs. This keeps you alert and focused.

#4 - Hand write all your notes. You can remember things easier by writing them down, sometimes repeatedly. Reading from a textbook and summarizing what it says helps, too, that way you can retain the information easily during a test.

#5 - Turn your notes into flashcards. Creating flashcards helps you remember words or concepts from scratch. They can be used to quiz yourself, and if you breeze through some, keep practicing the others and focus on those until you can breeze through it.

#6 - Split up your work. Separating your study materials into more manageable parts will make it easier for you to master the entire task. When you need a break, walk around or grab a snack.

#7 - Review consistently. Set aside a time everyday to review your notes. During your review, you’ll also be able to identify areas where you may need additional help, and it’s important that you contact your teacher about these questions.

#8 - Quiz yourself. Testing yourself to see how well you know the material will help you find your weak spots so you can strengthen those areas sooner. You can ask your teacher for practice tests, or even create your own. If you study and practice everyday leading up to a test, even if it’s for twenty minutes, you will do great on the real thing.

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