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The Miracle Of Thanksgiving

Hannah Rivera has a love for Thanksgiving! Photo by Sara Brightwell

SARA BRIGHTWELL | EDITOR

Thanksgiving is a holiday full of traditions: like waking up to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, stuffing your mouth with pies galore, watching football all day, and of course everyone’s favorite part, going into a food coma post dinner.

Thanksgiving hasn’t always been football games and cranberry sauce. It started with the infamous story of the Wampanoag Native Americans helping the Pilgrims in Plymouth. Squanto, a former slave, assisted the malnourished Pilgrims by teaching them how to make the most of this new environment. He taught them which plants were poisonous, where to fish, and how to grow corn. Thriving, the settlers were able to get on their feet thanks to the help from the Wampanoag. A three day feast was held celebrating the unity between the European settlers and the Native American tribe, the first “Thanksgiving.”

Even though the Pilgrims didn’t have pumpkin spice flavored frappes, mashed potatoes and gravy, or sweet potato casserole, they still represent the gift of company and appreciation for what they have. Have a great Thanksgiving everyone!  

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PARCC Testing Returns

MATTHEW ZANK | STAFF WRITER

La Cueva students will begin taking the PARCC the week after next for English and math over the course of two weeks. Each grade will have a day for the English exam and a day for math testing. Seniors do not have to take this test, but for the rest of the student body, one of the most dreaded events are coming.

Met with tremendous controversy since its adoption by APS during the 2014-2015 school year, the PARCC still continues to be widely disapproved by many students and teachers.

The main reason for this anger towards the test is the amount of time it takes, which takes time away from more important classroom instruction. Over the three years students have been taking the PARCC, the testing window has shrunk from two months down to two weeks.

Another reason for the anger towards the PARCC is the fact that every student takes the same test although many students learn and test differently. This had lead to the test being very difficult for some, and also very easy for others.

Many have also noted that we spend a huge amount of money on standardized testing, and that the money used could be much better spent elsewhere as APS faces a huge budget crisis currently.

The final reason for this is that many feel that the test does really not count for anything, nor does it really benefit the student in the slightest way, which is why many see it as a distraction and a time waster.

Although the PARCC is a very contentious test, almost all freshmen, sophomores, and juniors will take the test in the weeks to come. Some helpful tips to ensure the passing of the test are to make sure that you get a good night of sleep before you take the test, eat a good breakfast, make sure that you review your concepts that may be on the test, drink lots of water, and come prepared.

Through these steps you can guarantee your success and ability to pass our least favorite test, the PARCC.

Save my sleep instead of daylight

Shanelle Henry | Journalism

Daylight Savings Time (DST) has everyone drinking two cups of coffee in the morning because we need that extra energy to get through the day. Daylight Savings has been meant for people to do more activities during the day, requiring less fossil fuel energy to light nighttime activity.  But, like everyone else, I love to sleep. How can we now that one hour slips away from us?  One bright idea:  you could go to bed one hour before your usual bedtime. Then again we’d rather finish that last assignment that’s due tomorrow or watch that last episode of ‘Friends’ on Netflix.

We’re humans and we want to sleep, although we lack the ability to reason with what we can do to consume an extra hour of rest. For some, the definition of relaxation is to flop on a couch and watch TV or lay down and play on our phones, but what you could do is let your body be comfortable, not sluggish. Instead of screaming in the morning at the vehicle in front of you that seems to move slow as a snail, leave your house 15 minutes earlier than you usually do. During the first three days according to the article “Your Health and Daylight Savings Time,” the number of car accidents increase due to lack of sleep and people who are in a hurry to get to their morning destination.

Daylight Savings Time shows how lazy we can be, but also how scary the world can be. Depression symptoms increase about 11% each time Daylight Savings Time comes around. People with mental health issues realize this and become increasingly more depressed and more sluggish.

You don’t have to be lazy or depressed to hate Daylight Savings.  And you don’t have to be a total Type-A personality to realize any benefit from another hour of daylight. Take our poll and show your feelings about DST.