Primary and Intermediate Elementary Update – By: Shea Boatman and Kayla Robinson

Although lower elementary does not take STAAR test, they are not missing out on learning opportunities! First and second grade are going to be growing plants. First grade will be planting lima beans, while second grade is planting grass. “This is such a fun project to do with the kids and they really get to see the whole growing process that plants go through,” said Ms. Singleton.

Upper elementary has been working extremely hard so they will be 100% prepared for STAAR testing. While 3rd grade is still preparing for their exam in May, 4th grade completed their Writing STAAR Test on March 29th, 5th grade took their Math STAAR Test on March 29th and their Reading STAAR Test on March 30th.

Walther Commended in NMSP

Congratulations to Senior Emma Walther for being named a Commended Student in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program.  The National Merit Scholarship recognizes Commended Students who place among the top 5% of participants for their scores on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

Stressing Out – By: Kayla Robinson

Although many students are relieved that the first six weeks is coming to an end, they can already see how stressful the upcoming months might be.  Some students have taken on several challenging courses.  “This year it seems we have homework for every class period,” says Sophomore Cameron White.  Juggling homework, sports, school activities, and even jobs can be overwhelming if students do not find balance.  Some students have learned to create strategies and tips on how to reduce or prevent some of the stress. Sophomore, Lauren Price gives some help on how she relieves her school related stress. Her words of advice to others are to “organize, relax, and plan your day out.”  Using advice like this can help students stay focused on what is important and learn to prioritize.

Seniors Talk Trends – By: Chelsea Traylor

Fashion can be an inspiring thing. Many people look to magazines, celebrities, and even Pinterest to find stylish outfits for school, work, or hanging out. For some, it is more fun to create their own unique sense of style. Many students at Sabine Pass are known for using clothing and accessories to stand out. We asked a few trendy seniors about their fashion secrets. Noemi Martinez said she doesn’t have a particular inspiration for fashion. “I just wear what I think looks good together, whether it’s girly, edgy or casual” said Noemi. Jayla Young agrees with Noemi about coordinating her outfits based on how she feels that day.  When it comes to trendy looks, Marlen Munguia does her own thing in fashion. “I don’t pay attention to clothing trends,” she said.  For those who have a love for fashion, we can all agree that the most important thing is to be creative and enjoy your style.  Amber Bolden just likes to dress up because it’s fun.  Designer Rachel Zoe once said “style is a way to say

who you are without having to speak.”

Lessons Learned from Sports – By: Shea Boatman

Being involved in sports can be much more than a hobby.  Many Sabine Pass students enjoy playing sports because it can provide an opportunity to show off their athletic abilities and offer a chance to show how they are as an individual and team player.  Sophomore Lexi Emerson has played sports throughout middle school and high school. “I love playing sports because it is the only place that I can actually be myself.” Players often welcome the chance to focus on a game and leave their stress of student life behind for a while.  Sports can even teach valuable lessons that help students both on and off of the court.  We have all heard of the saying “there is no I in team” and coaches motivate their players to work together.  Freshman Gracie Hensley says, “a team works together and comes together as a family.”

Challenged to Succeed By: Andrea Figueroa

Every year, students are given what seems to be the most challenging assignment of their school career. Though some course work seems impossible at first, students have worked hard and ultimately succeeded.  One of the most difficult tasks so far according to two sophomores, Lisseth Aguilar and Jorge Magana, has been Mrs. Henderson’s end of the year project. The project involves a PowerPoint presentation and essay. Students find the assignment to be pretty challenging, but understand that it can make them a better student and help prepare them for future college courses.  Sophomore Aisha Vaughn explained that Mrs. Bates’ AP US History class often involves a lot of work, but at the same time provides an opportunity to receive credit hours in US History before entering college.  High school students understand that the challenges they face in class today will help them prepare for them for their next step in education.

Running Toward Victory By: Shea Boatman

On Saturday, September 12 the Shark Cross Country teams ran a strong race at the Bulldog Invitational. Rafael Lopez placed 2nd and Daniel Sam placed 8th in the boys division.  Adriana Wong placed 6th in the girls division.  This is the third year that Adriana Wong has competed on the cross country team.   “This meet was pretty good for it being the first of the season and I believe that this season will progress for both the girls and the boys teams,” said Wong.

When asked if Coach Marshall believed that her teams would be as successful as last year, she said, “it will all be up to the team’s work ethic, drive, and determination. If the athletes want it, I have no doubt they will put up a fight to earn it!”  The Lady Sharks and Shark Cross Country teams have been training for each individual race and expect to work towards their goal of District Champions with every race. IMG_0410 IMG_0384

New Cosmetology Course Offered – By: Andrea Figueroa

Many Sabine Pass students are thrilled to have cosmetology as a new course in their schedule. Cosmetology classes focus on the knowledge and application of the principles and the treatment of skin, hair, and nails. Keeping up to date with hair trends is very important. Hair extensions and Brazilian Blowouts are popular now and cosmetology students are interested in learning about hair color and nail services. Students in 10th, 11th, and 12th grade are prepared to learn as much as they can about the beauty industry.  Once students have taken the course and worked many hours, they are allowed to have customers.  Ms. Gonsoulin plans to have the Cosmetology Salon open to the public by January.  She has been in the beauty industry since 1996 and has a lot to offer the brand new program. Her goal is to make sure that her students are prepared for the State Board Exam and have the opportunity to have a successful career.  In order for the students to obtain their permit, they must complete 1,000 clock hours.  She plans to keep the Shark Cosmetology program going for years and expects new students who are interested each year.

Strong District Goals for Lady Sharks By: Kayla Robinson

The Lady Sharks are on fire this season! Varsity holds a total of 6 wins out of 8 games, while JV has won 3 of their 5 games. Coach Bates and the Lady Sharks have high hopes for reaching the playoffs this year.  The rules have changed for making it to playoffs.  The top four teams in district advance to playoffs. “We are working on being more aggressive as a team through hitting, blocking, and serving,” says Coach Bates. The Lady Sharks are playing against challenging schools like High Island, Goodrich, and La Marque, but our girls are a tough team to beat!IMG_0866