The Frontiersman The Student News Site of McCormick Junior High School Mon, 03 Jun 2019 20:09:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Leaving for East Mon, 03 Jun 2019 20:09:45 +0000 Most all of the 8th grade students here at McCormick are leaving for Central High School next year, but few are leaving for East High School. Student athlete, Garet Schlabs, is headed to East and knows it may difficult but also great.

Most kids think it would be very hard to leave your group of friends, Garet agrees,”Its hard leaving my friends that I’ve played sports with for over nine years.” He knows that he will be able to make connections at East,” I have friends on the other side of town so I’ll be good.”

Garet says he’s excited for his new journey and adventure at East because he knows people there and he’s ready to blend in with their culture. His friends over at East have become really close with him in the past couple years and he’s excited to go to school with them. He’s had a really good experience  at McCormick with his friends and the staff. He says it was a really good two years but he’s ready to go to high school.

Garet reflected, ” Im actually really excited to go over and into a new triad.”

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What Choir Means To Us Mon, 03 Jun 2019 19:31:55 +0000 People can connect in many different ways, and singing is one of them. Here at McCormick, we have several choir classes that students can choose to take: chambers singers, varsity choir, concert choir, boys choir, girls choir, and vocal jazz. Jordan Kennedy and other students are wrapping up their Mccormick choir career and telling us what choir means to them. “Choir helps me to sing my point across rather than say it,” says Jordan, an eighth grader at McCormick. Choir helps some students show others who they are. “Choir helps me express who I am, because I’m not very outspoken, so choir helps me to do that,” says Ava Beveridge. As the choir year wraps up, we’re looking at how we grew as a whole. “I feel like music is just one thing that binds us all together,” Lily Leman reflected. Ava and Lily are both eighth graders and were hit hard about having to leave McCormick choir and Mrs.Dryden.

The choir students recently had their last concert and they decided to do something special for the choir teacher, Mrs. Dryden. Jordan Kennedy presented various gifts to Mrs. Dryden and she spoke on what choir has helped her accomplish. “Mrs. Dryden and choir have helped me overcome my stage fright,” she said while talking to a huge crowd in the Central auditorium.

At the end of the concert, there were many tears and hugs all around as the beloved eighth grade choir students wrapped up their last concert. Though they were sad, the students knew they would always be connected to their friends and teacher through choir, even in the years to come.

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Softball Mon, 03 Jun 2019 19:25:08 +0000 I’ve been playing softball since 5th grade. It is a constant in my life.

I moved to Wyoming in 2018. I have lived in Wyoming for almost a year now. The team I’ve recently joined has made me feel great about myself. My softball team is one of the best things that has happened to me since I’ve moved to Wyoming. Softball described in one word to my team and me is “fun.” Softball is fun because not only are you still learning from the sport and growing from your mistakes, you are having fun in the process with your friends. My teammates help me and the other girls learn from our mistakes. They also help me and others grow as a player and a person. My team wouldn’t be here without my coach. My coach, Becky, started coaching softball when her daughter was 7 – so she has been coaching for 6 years now. Becky said, ” I enjoyed coaching softball so much she decided to take it to the next level and coach competitive softball.” Even though I haven’t been on the team that long I’ve already started to feel like I really belong and that I’ve joined the softball family.

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How To Be Internet Safe Mon, 03 Jun 2019 19:22:26 +0000 There are dos and don’ts on the internet that keep users safe – no matter the age. Melissa Garcia, a computer para at Dildine Elementary, is teaching her students how to be internet safe. She has internet rules and games to play to teach kids about internet safety. She uses a Google created  game called “Interland” which helps kids on not only being nice to one an other but also some internet safety rules and and how to make a strong.  In the game there are four different worlds that theach you how to be safe online:

Reality River is the red world where players have to cross the river without falling in the river and have build a bridge with the right answers.

Kindness Kingdom is the green world which teaches kids to be nice and spread kindness to other people who are sad and together players must defeat the bullies.

Tower of Treasure is the orange world where players have to make sure the players’ towers don’t fall by making a strong password.

Mindful Mountain is the blue world and players have to email the right friends with a mirror and laser and make sure the players don’t email the wrong ones.

The main takeaway from Ms. Garcia is to”have a strong password with numbers and symbols, don’t email people you don’t know, and don’t share your address to people you don’t know.” These are just someways to be computer safe at any age.

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Swim Meets Mon, 03 Jun 2019 18:57:40 +0000 Many people participate in sports. Swim meets are unique. Wyoming swimmers travel around the state to compete. To some swimmers, competing at this level is to qualify for bigger meets. MJHS newspaper sat down with a local swimmer who goes to MJHS to discuss what goes on at a swim meet.

“At a swim meet you arrive and then go to warm up,” Ethan says. Warmup is a time when swimmers jump in the pool and prepare for the meet both physically and mentally. Most warmups last for 20 minutes for each team, and they normally will have different teams warming up at the same time.

“Once the meet starts you wait for your event to get called and then you go to your assigned lane and wait for your heat. Once your heat is up the official says,’ take your mark’ then you go!” Ethan enjoys the competition, ” This is the most exciting part of the meet.”

“Most people who go to swim meets hope to cut time in the events that they swim so they can qualify for big meets such as State, Zones, and Regionals.” Ethan Merril recently competed in the Northwest Age Group Regionals -a competition that the best swimmers around the Northwest Region come to compete and take first in their events they qualified in. Qualifying in an event means that you went a certain time or below that time.

For the fast approaching summer state, Ethan hopes to qualify for the Western Age Group Zones. Another meet that requires a qualifying time.

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The 4014’s Return Mon, 03 Jun 2019 18:53:51 +0000 The famous  4014 “Big Boy” ran for the first time in 58 years on May 4, 2019. The trip started in Wyoming and ended in Utah where people celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Golden Spike.

The 4014  is one of the last eight remaining Big Boys. Others have been preserved in parks or museums and not one has run since 1961, until now. The original name for the “Big Boy” was supposed to be “The Wasatch” but after a worker there wrote “Big Boy” on the front of the engine, because of how big it is, the name changed.

People from all over the world came to see the return of the 4014. “It’s like looking at another dimension,” stated Susi Landenberger from Switzerland. Susi and her husband came to the U.S.A to explore national parks and on their way they decided to watch the Big Boy come back into Cheyenne. “I met my husband fifty years ago and since fifty years I have been interested in trains and steam engines,” Susi says.

Susi and her husband own a miniature train shop of their own in Switzerland where they give miniature train rides to people. They say that this  the 4014  running is one of the biggest events they’ve seen.

The Big Boy is a very popular steam engine that over Thousands of people watched and that they’ll never forget.

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Last Day Mon, 03 Jun 2019 18:51:34 +0000 At the junior high level, many things need to happen before the end of the year.  Students are busy with district assessments, turning in equipment, and cleaning out all of their lockers. Because of the shift in patterns and time pressures students may start to feel stressed and start to act out.  As the end of the year comes, more and more behavioral issues tend to occur.

The students began to get more and more excited that summer is right around the corner. It’s the feeling of freedom that is so alluring. According to Mrs. Olsen, a skills for life teacher at MJHS, the end of the school year can be rough. “Some days are definitely hard. The thing that motivates me the most when I’m teaching is the students so when I see the students grow and learn something that really motivates me to continue.”

Students remember to stay calm- the year is almost over so let’s end the year positively. Stay strong with your academics and behave for your teachers because you may be stressed, but they are even more stressed.

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North Star Equestrian Center Mon, 03 Jun 2019 18:42:53 +0000 When people think of people with horses many automatically think of life on a ranch. That is not always the case though.

North Star Equestrian Center is a horse boarding facility in Cheyenne, WY. Kelly runs the barn, “I run an event arena and a boarding facility. The arena is 250 feet by 120 feet.” The center has options for those that want to board their own horses and need help with the care and those that will do all the work. “People can come out and be on a self-care package or a full-care package.” Self care is when you go out and feed the horse and clean it’s stall and full care is when Kelly feeds your horse and cleans your stall. Full care is $500 a month and self care is $200.

If choosing the full-care package, the horse will be well taken care of at North Star Equestrian Center. Kelly has been riding since she was little but  says, “the boarding aspect is new… I inherited some property through a will and so that enabled me to acquire the business.” She has had North Star for 5 years and they have put a lot of work into it. “When we moved onto the property five years ago we didn’t have the stalls so we had the stalls built and then opened it to be a public business.”


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Transition Assembly Mon, 03 Jun 2019 18:27:51 +0000 On May 22, MJHS 8th graders went to the transition assembally at Central High School. The assembly is intended to welcome the 8th graders and say goodbye to seniors. The assembly takes place every year. Changes were made this year to make the assembly more welcoming for MJHS students.

The assmebly started with the 8th graders sitting down looking out to all of the upper classmen.  They watched the  CHS choir perform the “Star Spangled Banner” and the color guard performance with the flags (pictured below). Students representing clubs and athletics at Central played a game. Four MJHS students participated.  And after all that all the students all watched a video for the seniors to say goodbye one last time. The video included every senior except three that chose not to participate.

8th graders were kept in the gym after all other classes left to learn the victory cheer. The victory cheer is normally performed at the assemblies and is often a competition between the classes to see who can cheer the loudest. The winners are in charge of the spirit stick.

Despite CHS’s efforts, the activities still felt lacking according to a few 8th graders in attendance.

The MJHS 8th grade students felt that they weren’t very included in the assembly. An 8th grader,Tayler Beeken, said, “I thought it was pointless because Central didn’t involve the upcoming freshman.” One of the main reasons the 8th graders felt left out was they were giving the athletic awards for that year out to the CHS students but didn’t have any awards for the MJHS students.

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Ranching Mon, 03 Jun 2019 18:20:46 +0000 Ranching is a huge part of agriculture today. It brings beef and poultry to local grocery stores. Alyssa Samuelson explains ranching by saying, “Ranching is just a bunch of agriculture work. We work with cows, horses, and chicken.”

On Alyssa’s ranch they breed the animals and they have a huge work day called a branding. A branding day is only for cows. They are separated  their parent and branded  so if  they get stolen or something worse, people can find the stolen or missing cattle and return them.

Th hard work pays off. Ranchers can make a good salary if they are willing to work hard.  “You just go around and make a bunch of money.”  “We have many workers who tend to the ranch.”

It is a good career option for those that enjoy working with animals. 

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