The definition of birthday is a day on which a person was born. It is an occasion for celebration and the giving of gifts. For some people, birthdays are a big deal. Others don’t even celebrate their birthdays.
In some countries, like China or South Vietnam, people don’t celebrate birthdays because it’s just not common for that particular area. However, some people in China make an exception by celebrate the birthdays of older family members.
In Vietnam, it depends on if they are living in a city or in a village. People in the city usually celebrate their birthday, but people in the village still hold on to the old traditions by not celebrating.
However, in the Latin countries almost all the people celebrate birthdays, except of some groups in society, like the Jehovah’s. This group doesn’t celebrate birthdays because both times a birthday is mentioned in their Bible something bad happened. The other reason is that their Bible doesn’t specifically mention the celebration of birthdays.
For Muslims, birthdays aren’t a big deal either. The reason for that is that their prophet, Mohammed, didn’t tell them to celebrate their birthdays, and it is not mentioned in the Bible, the Quran. The other reason is that birthdays are a pagan tradition and that’s incorrect to the Islam.
Nowadays, things have changed a little bit. People are entitled to their own beliefs and some Muslims are now celebrating birthdays. Especially, if they are living in Latin countries, most of them have accepted the culture there.
18 school shootings
With 18 school shootings since the start of 2018, the U.S. has an average of three shootings per week. The location of these tragedies are: Seattle, WA, Los Angeles, CA, San Bernadino, CA, Sierra Vista, AZ, Italy, TX, Marshall, TX, Maplewood, MN, St. Johns, MI, Benton, KY, Denison, TX, Gentilly, LA, Mobile, AL, Dearborn, MI, Bronx, NY, Oxon Hill, NY, Philadelphia, PA, Winston-Salem, NC, and Parkland, FL.
Of these school shootings two were suicides, three involved accidental firing of a weapon, eight resulted in no injuries, and only seven were intentional shootings that occured during school hours.
In San Bernadino, the school shooting did not happen during school hours. The bullets were fired through a car window in a parking lot, the reasons for this shooting are unknown.
The seven intentional shootings that occured during school hours were in Italy, TX this resulted in one injury. In Benton, KY, there were two deaths and 17 injuries. Gentilly, LA, resulted in no deaths and one injury, but not by gunshot. In Mobile, AL, there were no deaths and no injuries, along with the shooting in Dearborn, MI. In Philadelphia, PA, the shooting was done by a 32 year old man and this resulted in one death. In Parkland,FL there were 17 deaths and 14 injuries.
The shootings in Oxon Hill, NY, and Winston-Salem, NC, were not during school hours. The Oxon Hill shooting resulted in one death, which occurred during an attempted robbery. The shooting in Winston-Salem resulted in one death because of a fight.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a kind of depression that follows the seasons. The most common type of SAD is called winter depression. It usually begins in late fall or early winter and goes away by summer.
Four to six percent of people may have winter depression, another 10 to 20 percent may have mild SAD. SAD is four times more common in women than men. People under the age of 20 are not commonly affected by SAD. It’s more common to be affected by SAD in the north than south.
Not everyone with SAD has the same symptoms, but common symptoms of winter depression are: a change in appetite especially cravings for sweet or starchy foods, weight gain, a heavy feeling in the arms or legs, a drop in energy level, fatigue, a tendency to oversleep, difficulty concentrating, irritability, increased sensitivity to social rejection, or an avoidance of social situations. Symptoms of SAD keep coming back and tend to come and go at about the same time every year.
SAD is commonly caused by a lack of sunlight. One thing that can be done to reduce the chance of sad is light therapy. To do this you will have a light box or a light visor that you wear on your head like a cap. Generally, light therapy takes about thirty minutes a day in the fall and winter, and keep using it till springtime or when more light is available. Stopping too soon can cause symptoms to come back.
Atkins Jr. High Quiz Bowl Team competed in the Russellville Quiz Bowl Tournament. The Jr. High Quiz Bowl placed third out of fifteen in the Russellville Quiz Bowl Tournament.
Freshmen, Taylor Adas said, “I was super excited for the Russellville Quiz Bowl Tournament. It was an enriching experience and it was fun answering questions about all different range of topics. I would be excited to experience it again. It was a tough experience getting into third place mostly because, the other teams were booming with a want of a win, but we pulled through and got a solid win. I'm excited for next year, I'm hoping to try quiz bowl again it's been a good experience so far... as for quiz bowl ending it's a little saddening I really enjoy every scrimmage and tournament we go to as a team and I hope to finish off strong.”
The quiz bowl team is excited about next year and ready to take on what's to come in the future. Next year will be a big challenge for them. They are hoping to place first out of fifteenth next year.
Atkins in the All-Region Band
On Saturday, January 13, the annual All-region tryouts took place at Dover High School. The students had to play parts of their prepared music pieces, scales and a sight-reading exercise in front of judges. They then got graded on their playing. Four students from the Atkins High School were trying out as well.
Reece Rooke made it in the second senior high band as first trombone player. Joel Williams made it in the first junior high band as first tenor sax player. Maxima Gebhardt and Audrey Deleuil tried out for flute and made the first and third alternate.
On January 19, all the students who made it in the band met in the Russellville High School Art Center. The bands practiced the whole day and prepared for the concert on Saturday, January 20.
Joel Williams and the first junior band performed ‘Quasar” by William Owens, ‘The Bonsai Tree’ by Julie Giroux, ‘Last Ride of the Pony Express’ by David Shaffer, ‘Vision of Aranjuez’ by Mark Williams, ‘Darklands march’ by Randall D. Standridge and ‘The Boys of the Old Brigade’ by William Paris Chambers. Reece Rooke and Maxima Gebhardt, who was needed because another flute student was missing, performed ‘Overture For Winds’ by Charles Carter, ‘Tribal Quest’ and ‘Foundry’ by John Mackey with the senior high second band.
It was a great concert and challenged the Atkins High School and all the other students who made it in that band.
PLATO is an acronym for, “ Programmed Logic for Automatic Teaching Operations.” It delivers excellent K-12 classroom content, informative instruction models, tracking systems for managing curriculum as well as educational standards, custom course creation, real-time student data collection, analysis, and reportings.
Teachers using PLATO can create standard-based coursework, measure the value effectiveness based on student performance, design real-time content adjustments for individual students, or for an entire class.
PLATO courseware provides a wide range of core subjects, a broad selection of electives, world languages, honors courses, advanced placement options, integrated performance evaluations, pre-tests that allow students to pass over courses they have already mastered and focus on materials that need further work, and twenty-seven courses designed to reinforce key concepts and skills.
Atkins High School students are taking these courses during the Enrichment period. This can improve their skills.
Like every year, Atkins High School Band members can sign up for the All-Region Tryout Contest. This time the tryouts will take place on January 13 in Dover. Five students from the Atkins High School Band will also be participating in this contest.
The All-Region Contest is a solo contest where every participant gets three music pieces ahead of time. Those students then have to practice those pieces and also improve their scales.
Each student has to play three different parts out of three different pieces. Those individual parts will be chosen by the judges on the day of the tryouts. The students also have to play three scales as best as they can. The scales they have to play will also be decided by the judges right before the tryouts.
While the student is performing, the judges are grading each one of them. The student will be graded in the dynamic, tone and stability he or she performs with. By the end of the tryouts the judges will have made up a final score.
Students who win first place will be participating in the All-State Tryouts. These tryouts will take place in the Clinic in Russellville on January 18 and 19, 2018.
All the attending students of the Atkins High School Band have been practicing hard with Mr. Ferren and Ms. Willis. They are all looking forward to the Tryouts which will take place this Saturday.
This competition is a good opportunity for everyone to get a feedback on their individual performance. In addition, the tryouts are also a motivation to the students to practice more.
What happened to Net Neutrality
Many students were concerned about the Net Neutrality Bill being repealed on Thursday, December 14. They’re curious to know how it will affect them. Net Neutrality affects citizens and companies.
The bill being passed helps big businesses have the freedom to charge any amount for the services they provide. Although the freedom of expression remains, illegal activities will still be monitored.
Consumers have yet to see what exactly businesses are going to do now that they have the freedom to charge whatever they want. Citizens are waiting to see what will be happening to every provider they’re using.
Not everyone was for the repealing of Net Neutrality. Many big businesses, such as Netflix and Google were against repealing Net Neutrality. They stood with their consumers and sent out tweets, such as when Netflix tweeted, “In 2018, the Internet is united in defense of #NetNeutrality.”
Get ready to dance the night away
Girls you better start looking for that perfect dress and boys you need to start finding ties and dress shoes, because semi formal is almost here. On Saturday, February third, semi formal will be being held in the Middle School Cafeteria starting at 7:30 till 10:30. The dress code for the dance is semi formal attire. No jeans are allowed. It will cost 10 dollars to attend. If you have a date who attends a different school there will be a sign up sheet in the office to sign them up so they can attend the dance. All proceeds will be used for Atkins 2018 Prom.
At Atkins High School, there has been many cases of the flu going around. Many students have missed school because of the flu.
According to Arkansas Department of Health, each year in the United States, 25-50 million infections are reported, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized and 23,600 die due to seasonal flu. Children can catch the flu more often than adults.
According to Arkansas Matters, There have been 550 positive influenza cases reported to the Arkansas Department of Health since September 28. The ADH released the numbers as part of its flu report for the week ending Nov. 29. The agency says the numbers are about the same as at this time last year. There have been no deaths from flu in Arkansas so far this year. The report states that the cases from healthcare providers show that 71 percent of the cases were flu strain A and 29 percent were strain B.
People should keep away from people that are sick or anyone that is sick in their family. Wash their hands every time they use the restroom. Put germ-x on everytime they shake someone's hand or touch something in a public area. Sanitize everything so kid won't gets sick. People should stay home if they are sick. People should also avoid getting out in the open so they don't get someone else sick. Cover their mouth and nose when they sneeze or cough. Avoid close contact when around people.
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