Arts and Entertainment


Beauty and the Beast: Backstage Pass

By Victoria


As most of you know our school recently put on the production of Beauty and the Beast. Directed by our Comm./TV teacher Mr. Kane and musical direction by our Music teacher Mrs. Bowler. We learned how to work hard on singing, dancing and acting. We had a lot of fun too.

We were able to meet a lot of new people from other grades and even allowed to goof off sometimes. We had crazy costumes and parts that you would never even think of having, like me, I was a Pepper Shaker. 7th grader Aimee got the main roll as Belle and had to learn, sing and act a lot. However, it takes a lot of commitment because Amiee was here almost everyday after school! 

Overall the show was great and I can’t wait to do this again next year!


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Fashion 101

By Gabby


Most humans don’t think bold choices are good choices.  But only few do.  One of my favorites is yellow and purple.  Brown and pink go good with any color, especially each other.  Black also looks good with almost anything, except yellow, because you will look like a bumblebee. 

If you pick colors like red and green, blue and silver, or those types of colors for holidays, they look fine.  But ONLY on holidays, never on other days.  And one of the most important rules is to NEVER wear white the day after Labor Day.  Now, you could also do matching colors such as, black and black, pink and pink, blue and blue, etc.  If you wanted to put together a sweatshirt with jeans, you can’t unless they are color coordinating.  But you could do light blue with stone washed jeans. 

Now the shoe choice, you could do dark crocs with your choice of no socks or white socks.  You could also wear sneakers, but with ankle socks, or socks that don’t show. 

Those are some awesome outfits you can pick with great advice.


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Dear Dakota:
advice column

Dear Dakota,
 My best friend and I got into a huge fight a few weeks ago and I know she’s been saying things about me behind my back.  Now she wants to be friends again but I’m really upset by everything she’s been saying.  What should I do?  
 – Flurried Friend 

Dear Flurried Friend, 
You should confront your friend about this.  Tell her that you know she’s been talking about you.  If she regrets it, make sure that your sources are true.  If you heard it yourself, make sure she was talking about you.  If you’re sure about it, then tell her.  If she was saying really bad things, you should tell your parents or your schools guidance counselor.  If she sounds like that she is truly sorry for what she did, try to forgive her, but do what you think is right.  


Dear Dakota,
I do a lot of activities afterschool and I’m trying really hard in school, but I’m feeling really stressed out and overwhelmed from pressure to do well. Should I say something to my parents or just deal with it?

– Seriously Stressed

Dear Seriously Stressed,
I think you should tell you parents you’re overwhelmed with your activities and schoolwork, and maybe try to figure out how to organize your time, or, if it wouldn’t kill you, cut down on one or two of your activities. That way you’ll still be able to do what you want, and be able to do well in school.

 Do you need advice?

 Write to Dakota at:


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Book Reviews by Moira

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
By J.K.Rowling

Personally, I’m obsessed with the whole Harry Potter series, but the last one has to be the greatest thing J.K Rowling has ever written. For those of you who haven’t read it yet, the book fills in a little bit about the past, like the conflict between Harry and He-who-must-not-be-named, (yes, I’m that much of a dork I don’t say his name either), and about a few new things, and people as well. One great thing about this book is that it explains a LOT of information, that becomes quite necessary near the end of the book, such as the Three Deathly Hallows.

Also, this book introduces a new book, The Tales of Beedle the Bard. This is a storybook for young witches and wizards, filled with stories such as “Babbity Rabbity and her Cackling Stump”, and “The Tale of The Three Brothers”. But the book includes more than just tales, it hides a few secrets as well. But I’m not saying what they are!!! I don’t want to be the one responsible for disappointing those of you who have NEVER read any of the HP series (shame on you!)


The Mysterious Benedict Society
By Trenton Lee Stewart

This is a very interesting novel, but it does make you think.  There a few riddles that the characters solve within the chapters, but you can stop reading and solve them yourself (That’s what I did.)

The main characters of the story are Reynard Muldoon, Sticky Washington, Kate Wetherall, Constance Contraire, and Mr. Benedict himself.

The story begins with Reynard Muldoon, an intelligent orphan who’s adventures start with a newspaper ad that says,  “Are you a gifted child?”

But… Sadly that is all I will reveal.


So, if you’d like to know what happens, READ THE BOOK!

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