7 Sep

Concussion robot

Northern Arizona University is going to start using a robot called VGo during football games. VGo uses wireless communications to diagnose concussions in football players by talking to them and letting a doctor see and communicate from a different place.

We hear more and more about concussions and the danger of getting one in sports, especially football. Most people don’t realize that you can get a concussion in any sport and not just football. A concussion can also happen to any athlete at any level and not just the professional level.

Here at Hillcrest Middle School we offer an online concussion course for all athletes who will be trying out and joining any sports on campus. Having already taken the concussion course myself, I was able to learn what concussion symptoms can look like for me and any of my teammates and how serious a concussion can be if it’s ignored.




6 Sep

Special S.T.E.M. students

Hillcrest Middle School provides a unique opportunity for students who enjoy thinking and creativity. The S.T.E.M. program, directed by Jeff Herold, is an exploratory that leads up to Mountain Ridge High School. S.T.E.M. stands for science, technology, engineering, and math. This class helps students get ready for the future world where your ideas and hard work matter. “STEM is awesome! It’s my favorite part of the day!” said by a 7th grader at Hillcrest. Not only is the teacher amazing, but the students are as well. This past week, we have worked on paper roller coasters. (Below are some pictures taken by Mr. Herold)

S.T.E.M. isn’t like any ordinary class, students drive it. With the instruction manual given, teams of four or five work together to design, create, and experiment with their roller coasters. This year we will be doing many projects and presentations. It is important for kids to understand how to use technology wisely and how to present in front of an audience, no matter how big or small, in future job positions.

STEMSTEMSTEMimg_66492Our amazing teacher, Mr. Herold

3 Sep

The perfect family day trip

If you are looking for a nice day trip to take with your family form the Phoenix area, look no further than Tonto Natural Bridge State Park. It is only a two hour, yet beautiful drive from our community.

Being a long, Labor Day weekend, the crowds were there. In fact, there were an average of around 40 cars waiting to get into the main steep drive to the parking area. A park ranger had to allow only one vehicle entering per one vehicle exiting. However, the wait wasn’t so bad and cars were moving in and out quite often.

After carefully driving down the one mile stretch of narrow, winding road, the Tonto Lodge is the largest building around. The area has an interesting history of settlers, resort members, and lots of various crops that were grown at the base. See Tonto Natural Bridge History for more information.

There are picnic tables and lots of grassy area for hanging out with family and friends, but the highlight of the trip should be to hike along one of the descending trails to see underneath the waterfall and to take a spectacular look from underneath the natural bridge of limestone and shale.

Once underneath the waterfall and natural bridge, there are hundreds of small cave pockets, waiting to be explored. The boulders are very slippery and caution is needed in a few areas, but it is an adventure awaiting the average hiker.

Admission is $5 per adult and $2 for children 12 and under. There is an activity guide for children, which, when completed, can be returned to a park ranger in exchange for an official Junior Park Ranger button and sticker (after reciting the special park pledge). Many of Arizona’s state parks have a similar program.

31 Aug

Where does your clothing come from?

Have you ever wondered where your clothes came from before they went to the store you go them from? Probably not. About 98% of clothes sold in the U.S.A. Are made in other countries. One place where we get our clothes from is Bangladesh, Bangladesh is located in South Asia, located on the fertile Bengal delta. But recently in Bangladesh a clothing factory collapsed nearly killing 1,127 people and injuring 2,500 more! The building collapsed due to placement of illegally adding more floors with heavy machines that the building could not support.

After the major accident Bangladesh’s government closed over 20 more factories for safety precautions. The government was also thinking of raising the pay of the workers since they only get paid two dollars a day! Only two dollars! But two dollars is enough for the workers to support their families. In fact the only reason most of these people are working in unhealthy, unsafe and polluted factories are to support their families.

The government shutting down 20 different factories not only affects the workers that worked there, but it affects us too! With fewer factories our favorite stores might not get the clothes we like but the price might be higher too! Junior scholastic interviewed Katie Rowe , a sixth grader from fair field,Connecticut and asked her what she thought about this. She replied saying “raising the prices would mean fewer costumers and less production in the stores. Companies should think of ways to help factory workers stay safe” she tells them.

Well I also took upon myself to interview a student of Hillcrest Middle School named Hanna Y. “What do you think?, Hanna” I asked. “I think that it was a very devastating incident and that the owners of the company should work on keeping the workers safe.” She replied. I also asked her about if she cared where her clothes came from. She said”no,I don’t care. I will buy it if I like the style not because of the country or where it’s made.” And the final question I asked her was what percentage of your clothes do you think is from a different country? “About almost all my clothes, so at least 95%” she told me. With the factories closing that means less clothing and it means Bangladesh won’t make money and we won’t make money! That’s bad for our community because there will be less clothes and higher prices at the store!

What do you think? How will it affect you? Leave a comment below.



31 Aug

Dolphins Found Dead

Over the summer, over 350 Bottlenose Dolphins were found dead on shores along the East Coast of the U.S. According to Susan Barco of the Aquarium and Marine Science Center, some of the dolphins were found with joint problems and most were very thin. What’s killing these beloved creatures? Some scientists say pollution and bacteria. Further studies show that it may have been a virus known as morbillivirus. This virus killed 740 dolphins in 1987 and 1988. Since dolphins are social creatures, if one dolphin gets this virus, every dolphin they come in contact with gets it as well. Scientists are afraid more dolphins will be affected soon since Atlantic Bottlenosed Dolphins are migrating south at this time of year. The saddest part of this whole thing is that at this time there is nothing we can do to help. I decided to interview a local O’Connor teacher named Kyle. When asked about how he felt, he said, “This is a tragedy. Dolphins are the most entertaining animals to watch at SeaWorld! I hope there will be a way for us to help soon.”More information about this event:

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