Last Minute Christmas

It’s only a few days into winter vacation  and many have already become anxious, watching the clock get close and closer to Christmas.

Instead of spending the day practicing your rewrapping presents skills, make a few last minute Christmas decorations that are sure to be a surprise!

 

Glitter Ornaments- What you’ll need:

2 Cups

Glue

Water

Glitter

Ornament(s)

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1. First mix 1 part glue, 1 part warm water. Mix until paste like.

2. Take the cap off the ornament and set it aside. Then fill the ornament with 1/4 paste mixture. Roll the paste around the entire ornaments, be sure not to shake, you don’t want bubbles.

3. Pour the paste out of the ornament, back into the cup. Hold the ornament upside down, letting as much of the past drain out as possible.

4. After letting the ornament dry a bit, take your glitter and pour into the ornament. Lightly shake the glitter, letting it cover the entire ornament until satisfied with the  results. glitter

5. After allowing the ornament to dry, place the cap back on and now it’s ready to be hung on the tree, or packaged.

 

 

 

 

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Happy Holidays from The Swarm Press.

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Becoming A Teen Parent

Walking around school, or at the store, you always see a pregnant teen girl. Most of the time you see her by herself, or with young-mothers-are-denouncing-this-pregnancy-prevention-campaign-for-shaming-teen-moms her mom, or a friend. You hardly ever see them with the baby’s father. Why? Because most guys think that they’re responsibility doesn’t start until the baby arrives.

Most teens don’t realize that they actually become parents as soon as they find out they’re expecting. They have to take care of the kid way before it’s born. The soon-to-be mother needs to eat right, so that the kid will be born healthy. And she has to limit the things that she’s used to doing. The soon-to-be father, doesn’t have to worry as much, his life doesn’t really change. The girl, is the one who goes through the most.

And even though the guy doesn’t go through any physical change, he still has to mature, and he has to figure out a way to take care of the kid and his/her mother. Some guys start taking their responsibility seriously early, and others wait to the last minute. Those that start right away, don’t have much to worry about, when the baby is about to be born. Those that wait, have to try and get everything the baby needs, before the mother goes into labor.

Besides the soon-to-be parents having to get everything ready for their baby, they also have to worry about finishing school. There’s some teens that think that they have to drop out of school in order to be able to take care of their baby, but that isn’t true. The soon-to-be teen parents can go to school and have a job at the same time. That way they can graduate, and be able to have everything they need before the baby arrives. There have been many cases where both teens drop out of school, and get a job. But as soon as their kid gets older they realize that they would’ve been able to support the kid better if they had graduated from high school.

Also, some teens can’t count on having the support of their parents, so it makes it a lot harder for them to know what they need. Those that do have the support of their parents, sometimes don’t take advantage of having someone they can go to when they’re worried about the baby and the soon-to-be mom being healthy.

Becoming a teen parent is hard. But it’s not impossible. Yes, both the guy and the girl go through some changes, and there will be bumps in the road. But both soon-to-be parents have to stick together. Even if they don’t want to be together, they will have to be in each others lives at least until the kid is 18. Taking care of a child does take a lot of work. And you will lose a lot of sleep. But in the end, you will survive, your child will grow up and what you gave up can be made up.  No teen dreams of being pregnant but if it happens stay focused on the present and what you need to do, not what you shouldn’t have done.

by Grieslda Rosales

 

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Your Past, Your Present

Most kids find at least one teacher through out their school years to look up to as their role model. But is that necessarily a sole-trader-4good thing?

A former Dallas high school teacher, Cristy Nicole Deweese, was recently fired from her job as an at-will Spanish teacher at Townview Magnet High School. She was fired only days before her students became aware of her past. After this incident, some parents became very alarmed and questions began to arouse.

Once being named, ‘Coed of the Month’ during February of 2011 in a prominant adult magazine, Deweese states in a video that she was modeling to pay her way through college, and added that she was majoring in Spanish to become a Spanish teacher. After this video went viral, many people questioned if her secret past would change her students outlook of her.

“Are her male 16- and 17-year-old students looking at her without picturing her nude” a parent added.

“And for the female students, is this someone they can respect as an educator, someone that they can look up to,” a teacher included.

Following the release of her contract with the DFW school district came the rumor of her continuing the modeling career.

Although she was not working for Dallas Independent School District at the time of the pictures, it was said they still believed it was an inappropriate act for a 21-year-old teacher that has a great influence over students being only years younger than herself.

After the wake of yet another teacher being dismissed from her contract, not due to illegal acts but to what some refer to as an immoral act of conduct, we called a few school districts surrounding the Dallas ISD area to get their input on how they would handle such an incident if it were one of their own.

The first call was made to our very own school district, Mesquite ISD. Following the call, I was given a list of the “Code of Ethics” in which teachers are expected to abide by. There aren’t any specific guidelines set for a teacher’s background that could lead to dismissal.   In an interview with school principal, Mrs. Starrett,   she said that there aren’t any “specific” guidelines so it falls into a personal opinion and sort of a “motherly” point of view. She also stated that if any questionable events were to come up from someones past that could/would effect the learning environment by changing the focus or becoming a distraction, it would be strictly unacceptable.

In a phone call to Rockwall ISD,  Dr. Michael Copeland,Director of Human Resources,  added that “any act considered unethical, immoral or illegal” is not accepted.

After asking Mrs. Starrett and Mr. Copeland for their input on the situation along with their personal and school district guidelines, it has been gathered that the grounds for terminating a teacher, or even a teacher in training, are decided upon moral and ethical beliefs. The ethics and moral beliefs of another, may or may not be parallel to your own, but it could,  depending on the nature of the act, cost one his or her job.

by Chaznee Wyrick

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They’re Plugs, Not Gauges

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Plug (Photo credit: Sarah F. Bowman)

 

There’s a “new” trend going around, it’s these earrings that are larger than normal, called gauges. Only, it’s not “new” and they’re not called gauges. A gauge is an instrument or device that measures the magnitude, amount, or contents of something. Those earrings, are called plugs, or tunnels. Plugs have been around since before 1100CE.

 

Plugs, and tunnels, have become more common. Now when you go out shopping it’s pretty normal to see people, mostly teens, with stretched ears. Many people wonder why plugs are so popular, and why so many people wear them. Some people wear them because they like how it looks on them, others wear them because they want to be like their friends, and some wear them because it’s part of who they are. It’s part of the way they dress, it’s part of the music they listen to, and it’s part of the way they see themselves. There’s many opinions about stretched ears, some are okay with it, others just wish it didn’t exist. Part of the reason some people don’t like them is because of how they look. The bigger the plug the more gross the ear looks. Let’s not forget about the smell.

 

There’s a process to up-sizing into plugs. The first step is to start off with a regular piercing.  After the ear heals, approximately 3 to 5 months, then you can use what is known as tapers and start stretching the ear lobe.  The process can take months to several years depending on the size of the plug one wants to size into.

 

Like most things, these too will pass, or at least the intrigue and fascination with the oddity of it all will.  If you are so inclined to try this process on for size, before you attempt anything that has to do with your health and your body you should seek advice and most defiantly you should do your research.

 

by Grisedla Benitez

 

 

 

 

 

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Your Future

 

 

 

All it takes is a heated moment and it can ruin your life forever. More often than not AIDS/HIV is taken for granted, pushed to

 

AIDS Awareness

AIDS Awareness (Photo credit: sassy mom)

 

the backs of minds. Some say it wont happen to them, that they’re being careful, that what they are doing is not a big deal.

 

HIV is a retrovirus that causes AIDS by infecting helper T cells of the immune system. AIDS is a disease in which there is a severe loss of the body’s cellular immunity, greatly lowering the resistance to infection and malignancy.

 

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that an estimated 8,294 young people were diagnosed with HIV infections in 2009 in the 40 states with long-term HIV reporting, representing about 20% of the people diagnosed during that year.

 

Research has also shown that a large proportion of young people are not concerned about becoming infected with HIV. This lack of awareness can translate into not taking measures that could protect their health.

 

Health teachers here at MHS try to help with the truth about the disease and by making sure students are aware of AIDS and many diseases that can be contracted through exchange of body fluids. But can learning about AIDS help teenagers make better choices in the future? “I would hope so.” Health teacher/coach Don Pruitt said.

 

There are many questions in regards to AIDS but what are the questions students frequently ask?  According to Pruitt the most commonly asked questions are “How do people get it?  How can you prevent getting it and how is it started?” AIDS is nothing to take lightly.  So what is the most important thing to know about AIDS?  That it’s a disease that you have to acquire. That you have to do something to get the disease. In order to get the disease you must put yourself at risk by using IV drugs and engaging in sex.”

 

Abstaining from sex and drug use is the most effective way to avoid HIV infection, but adolescents need accurate, age-appropriate information about HIV and AIDS; like how to reduce or eliminate risk factors, how to talk with a potential partner about risk factors and how to negotiate safe sex, where to get tested for HIV, and how to use devices and measures correctly to prevent the spread of this deadly disease. Parents also need to reinforce health messages, including how to protect oneself from HIV infection.

 

It may not seem all that important at the time but in the long-run it can ruin your future and, once done it can never be undone. So be smart and think about how your choices and how your actions can affect your future.

 

by Vanna Watson

 

 

 

 

 

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Disneys Frozen Movie Review

Disney has just released it’s latest Disney Princess movie during the Thanksgiving holiday. Disney’s Frozen is a spectacular Anna-jpg_2252403D animated movie. Frozen stars Idina Menzel as the Snow Queen Elsa,  Kristen Bell as Princess Anna, Jonathan Groff as Kristoff,  Santinio Fontana as Prince Hans, and Josh Gad as Olaf the snowman.

Not only does Frozen have a box office of $110,633,226 worldwide, but Is considered the best Disney movie since the Disney resonance era. Regardless of the fact that Frozen was put off for 68 years, when Walt Disney couldn’t figure out a way to execute the Snow Queen character, it was picked up again after the success of Disney’s Tangled. The orchestra score was composed by Christophe Beck, and the musical score was composed by the duo Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.

The plot was, despite all previous efforts, very well executed. The characters all have intriguing motives and rather tragic pasts that make you care for them. With a rather big plot twist it is sure to leave all audiences with a “gasp” of horror and shock.

The stunning and beautiful animation worked well with the fantastic and powerful voices. One song in particular catches the audiences attention, Let It Go performed by Idina Menzel’s character Queen Elsa. Seeing Elsa finally release and show her full potential was rather satisfying. Seeing all the characters interact with each other in such a natural way makes them seem real.

Parents and teens might think “yeah, it would be a good movie for kids” before they see it, but one shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover. On the outside, Frozen might look like the next Ice Age movie, but it’s actually the opposite.

In the first commercial, most see a little snowman and a reindeer fighting over a carrot. First impressions are important, and this trailer only gave the impression that this movie would be for little kids, such as Disney’s Planes. But, Frozen is different. Frozen is a great film, that teenagers and adults can enjoy with or without kids. In fact, most audiences can probably relate to any of the characters.

The message Frozen gives is not like the other Princess movies. In order to save herself, Anna must commit an act of true love to thaw her freezing heart, a curse Elsa accidentally and unknowingly put on her sister. She slowly makes her way to have a “true loves kiss”, when she see’s the villain about to murder Elsa, who was imprisoned at the castle. Fearful and worried for her sister, with her last bit of strength, she sacrifices herself. This is an act of true love, and Anna is revived. The message of Frozen is clear. You shouldn’t hold in your problems, and you don’t need to be in a romantic relationship to truly love someone.

With a fantastic score, beautiful character development, and amazing animation, one might think that there has to be something bad about this movie. And, there is. The downside to Disney’s Frozen is clearly that the villain doesn’t get the same punishment or their own song that other  Disney villains get.  And, most fans can agree, Elsa deserved much more screen time. But regardless, Disney’s Frozen doesn’t disappoint.

I rate this movie 5/5

by Kristin Esparza

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Sibling Rivalry

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Anyone with brothers or sisters, knows the impact of sibling rivalry. Fighting to be tougher, smarter, cooler, anything to be superior to the other. This is especially more common in siblings that are closer in age, siblings with a larger age gap tend to be closer and the older one more protective of the younger.

 

Some people think because of it they hate their siblings, but in all honesty, the fighting will end. As you get older you’ll become closer and maybe turn into friends more than siblings. There are however some ways to get through the years with a lesser amount of fighting. Heres a few tips on how;

 

  • Build a line of trust; If your sibling breaks your parents rules or makes a mistake try to help them. (remember if its an important problem like drugs or drinking don’t follow this tip) help them. If your parent asks just reply with I don’t know or if your not into a little white lie, find a way around the question.
  • Talk about your common interests when your in a conversation. Show each other that you have common ground with one another and there are things the two of you can talk about together.
  • Be there for them. Although this is also a friend thing to do the best way to get along with your sibling is to be their friend. It never hurts to have that extra shoulder you know will be there when you need it.
  • This one is if you happen to share a room with your sibling. This is a little more difficult seeming as it feels like neither of you have any privacy from the other. It can be irritating because of having to put up with the others “ways”, however its not impossible to make it ok. Split the room, make an agreement on when there’s no noise allowed. Find a way to make it the best possible situation.

 

So whether they be full blood, half blood, or step-siblings, any of these could help lessen the fighting. But remember in the future, it won’t be as bad. Just push through it and work it all out together.

 

by Miranda Barrow

 

 

 

 

 

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