Newsletter Team

Hawk News Team/Production Team
Sponsors: Michelle Medlin and Karen Brock
8th Grade Staff:
Tiffany Funderburk - Editor,
Nadia Scott, Linda Ramos
7th Grade Staff:
Wyatt Foard, Mallory Helms, Blaire Butler
6th Grade Staff:
Sam J Deese, Leah Siedhom, Danna Lucas-Zalazar, Dula Lopez Trejo
Yearbook Editor: Jackson Sims
Guest Reporter from JES - Jeffery B - 4th Grade


         The World of Chess

Written by: Wyatt Foard


                 Chess is a game that has been played around the world and it has been played by all ages. I play it and I think that it is a great game to play in your free time with a friend. It has been around for a long time and if you don’t know how to play you can easily learn.

 Chess was first formed in the 6th century AD by the Indians. In the early days of chess it was originally a four player game. In 1886 it was finally turned into the chess that is known today as the two player system. Chess has come a long way from just being a four player game it is now known as one of the most popular games over the entire world and is an Olympic sport.

      Chess is a game that is not too hard to learn. All you need to know is how all of the pieces move. So the game is set up as pawns or in the first row then it is all of the other pieces in the back row. The pawns can only move one space at a time. Then on the end of the back rooms are the rooks which can only go straight and sideways. The knights go beside the rooks and they can only go in a L shape. Next to the nights are the bishops they can only move diagonally on the color they are sitting on. Then after that is the queen and king the queen can move as many spaces and in any direction. The king can only move one space in any direction.
Chess sets can be in any shape or sizes or they can be made out of different materials. Like they can be made out of glass, Legos, plastic, wood. They can be any size they can be as big as the grass or small enough to fit in your pocket.

Chess is a game that everyone should play, so I recommend that you play it. If you can’t get a chess board, make your own, become creative and create your own chess.








Written by : Leah Seidhom


Most people go through life and always hear about the word respect, but they don’t know what it means. Respect is the esteem for or a sense of the worth or excellence of a person. There are things in life you need to hold in respect. Respect for yourself, respect for others, and respect for property. Respect is taught to people everywhere and it is even taught to them in their religions. Respect is the very aspect that keeps everything in your life. 

Respect for yourself is very important to a person because it can be the balancing factor of your life. If a person has no respect for themselves they will most likely go into depression. Respecting yourself is also important for your self-esteem

Respecting your elders is important because they know more than you and they know what is good for you and what isn’t. Respecting your peers is important too. Respecting your peers means not making fun of them, not fighting, and helping them when they are troubled by something. 


There is a Japanese culture that teaches us to respect the environment because they believe that the earth is holy, such as the trees, grass, and animals. You may be asking yourself “what does this have to do with respecting property?” But respecting property does not just mean that you shouldn’t damage things that are not yours but it also means taking care of your environment.


Lastly, respecting property means not damaging or taking something that is not yours. Respecting property can vary from writing on a desk at school to stealing from a store. Respecting property is important because if you don’t it could be considered a felony offense. But respecting property is just using your common sense.



Why is Thanksgiving important to me ?

By: Danna Lucas-Zalazar

The first Thanksgiving was celebrated by the pilgrims after their first harvest in the New World in October 1621. The feast lasts at least for three days. Thanksgiving is important because it is positive and secular.  A Holiday where we celebrated gratitude the true meaning. Thanksgiving day is a national  holiday in the United States and Canada .

Thanksgiving become popular in the 1621 the Plymouth colonists and warm Native Americans shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies and he  by the pilgrims Thursday ,November 26,1789 president George Washington a day of public Thanksgiving and prayer.Beginning in 1863,president Abraham Lincoln encouraged Americans to recognizes the lost Thanksgiving of November as a day of Thanksgiving.                           Traditions on Thanksgiving Dinner consist of Roast Turkey,Turkey stuffing,Mashed potatoes,Gravy,Green beans,Corn,Rolls,Cranberry Sauce ,and pumpkin pie. But on Thanksgiving Food,it isn’t always the most liked type of food you are going to have for me. At the same time Mexican people don't have all that they mainly have.The food they know how to cook and we eat the food that Mexican people would have on Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is important to me  because it’s  a holiday and it's perfect because gathering with loved ones and expressing gratitude for our blessed family and friends. We put food on the table and be thankful for everything and celebrate with our beloved family or not because some people might not have a family for the first time on thanksgiving. It's important to me because I get to spend time with my family and friends and bless God with what we have.

The things we do on Thanksgiving are going to a family member's house and sometimes we bring food to the gathering. We set the food on the table and normally Mexican food. Normally the children go play outside while the parents eat or talk together. Sometimes a family member comes from Mexico to celebrate. When the food is ready we pray and give thanks to God for the food and for everything else and then we eat and enjoy the rest of our evening.

By Tiffany Funderburk, Editor
Christmas is a hallowed religious holiday as well as a worldwide cultural and
commercial phenomenon that takes place on December 25. People all across the world
have been celebrating it for two millennia with religious and secular rituals and
practices. Christians commemorate the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, a spiritual leader
whose teachings form the foundation of their faith, on Christmas Day. Exchanging gifts,
decorating Christmas trees, going to church, enjoying meals with family and friends,
and, of course, waiting for Santa Claus to arrive are all popular traditions. Since 1870,
the 25th of December has been a federal holiday in the United States.
The middle of winter has traditionally been a time of celebration for people all
across the world. Early Europeans celebrated light and birth amongst the darkest days
of winter centuries before the arrival of the man known as Jesus. During the winter,
many people rejoiced, knowing that the worst of the winter was behind them and that
they might look forward to longer days and longer hours of sunlight. From December 21,
to January, the Norse celebrate Yule in Scandinavia. Fathers and sons would carry
enormous logs home and light them on fire to celebrate the return of the sun. The
villagers would feast until the log was completely consumed, which may take up to 12
days. Each spark from the fire was thought to represent a new pig or calf that would be
born in the upcoming year by the Norse.


Blaire Butler


Thanksgiving  became an official holiday on December 26, 1941, the holiday has been celebrated since 1621 when the pilgrims ate with Wapanoag to have the first thanksgiving. Thanksgiving isn’t just about eating turkey,  lots of food, and leftovers, it's about being thankful for everything and everyone you love and having a nice meal together. Families come together on this holiday to be thankful to one another and celebrate together.

Back in 1621, the pilgrims sailed here on the mayflower and landed at what is now Plymouth, Massachusetts, the harvest in 1620 was good. So the Plymouth Gov. William Bradford organised a feast to celebrate the harvest and invited the Native Americans known as the Wapanoag. The feast lasted three days and, Gov. Bradford sent four men on a mission to prepare for the feast and the Wampanoag people brought five deer. Ever since then on the 4th thursday of November Americans have celebrated Thanksgiving, and that's what we call the “First Thanksgiving”.

Thanksgiving is a holiday where families and friends come together in peace, eat a nice meal together, and be thankful for each other.  Each year me and my family eat at my Nana's house and we invite all of our distant family members to come celebrate with us, and when my family goes to my moms side of the family we eat at my aunt nays and we go hunting. Family and friends are very important to eat and celebrate together just like the pilgrims and the Native Americans. 

Some very important Thanksgiving traditions are to watch or go to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, break a wishbone for good luck, eat a traditional thanksgiving dinner with your family, or watch football. Some traditions my family has are watching the thanksgiving parade, eating a traditional dinner together, watching football, and sharing what we are most thankful for. Traditions like these are very important on thanksgiving for families and friends to participate in.

Thanksgiving is an important holiday for those around the world. This holiday is celebrated with family friends celebrating being thankful for each other. I am thankful for my family and friends, and hope everyone around the world has a great thanksgiving.


Written By: Sam Jay Deese


Baseball is often referred to as “America’s Pastime”. Baseball is a widely known sport played by many all star athletes such as Mike Trout, Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Bo Jackson and many more. Babe Ruth is the most popular baseball player who played on many baseball teams. One of the teams that he played on were the Braves. Ironically, the Atlanta Braves are the team that I am a fan of.

Going into the season the Braves minds were set on winning their fourth division title in a row. However, over the off season two rivals of the Braves, the Phillies and the Mets, had got many great players. This led many experts to believe that one of these two teams was going to win the division title.

At the beginning of the season it was not looking good for the braves. They got swept in the first series by the Phillies . Over the next couple of months the Atlanta Braves played like an average baseball team. Midway through the season they had a record of 44-45. On July 10th, they lost their best player, Ronald Acuna Jr. After the all star break during the month of August the Braves had a record of 16-9. They kept playing good baseball for the rest of the year and went on to win their fourth straight division title.

During the postseason, the Braves played three series. They were underdogs in all three of them. This means that the experts picked the Braves to lose all three times. Against all odds, the Braves won all three, which means that they are the 2021 World Series Champions! 

In the end, although the Atlanta Braves may have lost their best player, they kept their heads up and kept trying and won the world series. This can teach a valuable lesson in life as it teaches you to never give up and keep trying. Hopefully the Braves can come back with Ronald Acuna Jr. and take another world series title two seasons in a row.

The Issue of Unspoken Gender Egalitarianism

By: Nadia Scott

Throughout the base of history the topic of gender equality has been addressed multiple times. The government has furthermore promulgated that they have resolved this issue. This proclamation was put in place as a sense of ensurity amongst mostly women. For example, in the early time periods women would get paid 60 cents for every dollar a male made. Modern inequity is less apparent than that of the embryonic stages of justice and government.

Regarding the subject of pay, a federal law, known as the Equal Pay Act (EPA), requires employers to remunerate men and women the same amount for the same work done. However, the gender pay gap still persists. This notion has been perceived to be explained by the measurable factors of educational attainment, occupational segregation, and work experience. Women have continuously increased their presence in high-paying jobs usually dominated by men. Even considering this fact, women pursue to be overrepresented in low-paying jobs. This may represent a stereotypical title amongst women as a whole. 

Concerning profession women have progressed as well. In most parts of recorded early history women were expected to stay home and tend to household duties as well as the children. They did not get the right or opportunity to work a job or choose an occupation until the 1920s. The employment rate for women still increased during the 1950s but they were rigorously limited to more "feminin" jobs such as teaching or clerking. With the previously mentioned details considered, women have been more socially accepted and supported than former time periods. Furthermore women still lack a certain representation in more high authority occupations. In further conviction, the Institute for Policy Research claims that, "Only 19 percent of U.S. congressional members, less than 5 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs, and only two out of the current crop of U.S. presidential candidates are women."

With the presented knowledge and mindset I feel that the gender inequality, especially regarding financial circumstances, needs to be significantly justified. With the intentions of their previous efforts it is clear that they have tried but this matter needs to be considered a main principle. An issue of this category is simply overlooked as a minor injustice. With an ethos of this generation the matter will pursue unresolved and possibly escalate unless an action is taken.


By. Mallory Helms 

I love coffee. Coffee is good. My mom and me drink it but my sister hates it. She says it is to sweat. A lot of people say coffee is bad and it is GOOD for you.  It can lower your risk of cancer. 

Black coffee is best lowers the risk even more. So if you drink you ice coffee or hot. I like ice coffee better. Just remember you are lowering your risk of cancer. 


Just please brush your teeth after. Coffee is bad about staining your teeth. if you drink more than One Cup a day it could badly stain your teeth or even mess with your gums. It can take time and breaking a habit of drinking coffee but at the end of the day you're OK it's not going to hurt you it's actually going to help you just brush your teeth please 'cause if not you're gonna have stain teeth and I don't think you want that .