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Los Angeles Academy Middle School

September - October 2017 Student Newspaper

What's going on?


L.A. Academy Rolls out the Red Carpet!

By Dr. Manning


What better way to start the school year than by rolling out the red carpet? To signal the change at our school, teachers, staff and administrators were on hand to welcome students to the 2017-18 school year with a red carpet welcome. Students were surprised and excited to be given such a friendly welcome.


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Clubs Launch at L.A. Academy!

By Ms. Woodman


Did you know that L.A. Academy has clubs that students can join? Below is a list of some of our clubs and when they meet.

For more information see the club advisor.


Radio Club: Mondays and Wednesdays,  3:20 to 4:00, room 3204. Mr. Warren - advisor.

Multi-cultural Film Club: the 1st and 2nd Thursday of each month, 3:30 to 4:30 in room 2207. Ms. C. Brown - advisor.

Lions' Pride Newspaper Club:

Wednesdays, 3:30 to 4:15 in room 3103B. Ms. Woodman - advisor.

MSA Study Hall: Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:20 to 4:00 in 2101 (the college center). Mr. Perez - advisor.

Guitar and Piano Club: Wednesdays 3:30 - 4:30 in room 4102. Enrollment is limited. Mr. Hoh - advisor

Rubik's Cube Club: Mondays and Thursdays, during 6th grade lunch in room 4101. Mr. Torres - advisor.


If you are interested in the Travel Club see Ms. Infante in her 4100 office for more information.

If you are interested in starting a club talk to one of your teachers and ask if they will be the advisor.

Fun Facts about Staff

Our New Principal - Mr. Hernandez

by Melissa Salazar


Two months ago the school changed in several ways. And, sometimes change is good. This year we have a new principal, Mr. Hernandez, as well as two new assistant principals, Mr. Plasencia and Ms. Quintanilla. Here are some interesting facts about Mr. Hernandez.


Mr. Hernandez loves kids. To him kids are amazing and he says its very satisfying to work with them. "The main things is to help students be the best they can be and to reach our potential." Mr. Hernandez understands that many kids are like each other. He gets that we do make mistakes. He also says that most students at L.A. Academy are very respectful.

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Many students want to know why Mr. Hernandez has made some changes to the school. This is because he wants to improve the school for us. Aren't the new banners cool? He wants to make sure we receive the best services and wants to make us kids happy. Mr. Hernandez also love this community and it make him very happy to be here.


Now let's talk about some of his hobbies. He enjoys cooking, going to the gym, listening to music, and spending time with his kids. When asked if he could suggest some books for middle schools kids to read her recommended The Good Earth because it helps people appreciate the world and The Adventures of Marco Polo because it's exciting. When asked about what he wanted to be when he grew up, Mr. Hernandez said he wanted to be pilot.


What was he like in middle school? Mr. Hernandez said he was respectful but also had some difficult times. Yet those times never stopped him. He graduated with honors from Fresno State University. During that time his role model was Muhammed Ali. As we wrapped up the interview Mr. Hernandez had some final words of advice. "Be yourself. If you think something is wrong, then it is wrong. If it's right, it's right. Nothing's really easy at first and nothing is free. I hope you  all enjoy the rest of the school year."


Pop Culture

The Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

Book Review by Karina Zagal


The Hidden Oracle is the first book in the five-part series, The Trials of Apollo, by New York Times best-selling author, Rick Riodan. The book follows the god, Apollo. In the book, Apollo is turned into a human teenager, named Lester Papadopoulos, and thrown down from Olympus into a dumpster in a New York City alley by his father, Zeus. In the alley he is rescued from two thugs by Meg McCaffery who is a young demigod, a child of a god and a mortal. Apollo must stay with her until this debt is repaid. (Continue, pg. 4, column 1)

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I enjoyed this book mainly because of the humor that Rick Riodan includes in his books. I loved the plot twist at the end and the characters are amazing. There are also many cameos from characters in the Percy Jackson/Heroes of Olympus Series. .Mythology has always sparked my interest, especially Greek mythology, and the books really caught my interest causing me to be instantly hooked into the series. Riordan doesn't only write about Greek mythology but also about Roman, Egyptian, and Norse mythology.






 (Is it Bad to Capture Them?)

by Samantha Reyes

     Butterflies. Most of us I would like to think find butterflies amazing, beautiful, and breath taking, if you may. Butterflies are insects in the clade Rhopalocera, from the order Lepidoptera, which also includes moths. Adult butterflies have beautifully patterned, large, usually brightly colored wings and zig-zag-like fluttering flight.

     Here are a few reasons why it's bad to capture butterflies:

When you touch butterfly wings the powdery residue and the colorful scales will rub off. Without these the butterfly will not be able to fly. A butterfly wing is made of a thin membrane webbed with veins and colorful scales that protect the membrane. If a butterfly loses a lot of scales, then the underlying membrane may become more vulnerable to tears, affecting its ability to fly.

     A butterfly cannot regenerate lost scales. If you look closely at older butterfly wings and a large section of scales are missing, you can actually see right through the clear membrane of the wing. Never trap a butterfly in a small container or in both your hands because it may damage its wings by flapping against them in an attempt to escape.

     In conclusion, there are many more reasons as to why capturing butterflies is unacceptable, but as long we respect the butterfly it will continue to fly and live and impress us with its beauty.

Advanced Vocabulary

Copy the underlined words and write the definitions. Turn your paper into the counseling office and be entered into a prize drawing. Don't forget to put your first and last name and grade on your paper. Good Luck!

What's Coming Up?

(School Calendar)

October 10 & 11:   Audiometric Testing

                               All day in MPR

October 16-20:      Fall Book Fair in


October 19:           Student Led


October 20:           Minimum Day 

October 23-27:      Spirit Week

October 27:           Halloween Dance                        

             3:30-5:00 MPR       

October 31:           Halloween

November 2:         Community Law Day

                 5:00-7:00 MPR

National Holidays/This Month in History

September 22:       Solstice Day, first day

                               of Fall, Emancipation

                               Day, Native American's


September 30:        Yom Kippur (Jewish)

October 2:               Child Health Day

October 9:                Lief Erickson Day

October 16:              Boss's Day

October 31:              Halloween


October is National Latin American Heritage Month!!!!!



Lions’ Pride Editors: Ms. Woodman and Mr. K.


In the News

 Current Events

The Development and Devastation of  Hurricane Harvey

by Karina Zagal


To the east of the Lesser Antilles, in the Atlantic Ocean, Hurricane Harvey developed fro ma tropical wave and by August 17 it had reached tropical storm status. On the following day, the storm crossed the Windward Island just passing south of Barbados and later near Saint Vincent. Early on August 19, Harvey entered the Caribbean Sea causing it to weaken due to moderate wind shear and it degenerated into a tropical wave north of Colombia, South America. The remnants were monitored as it continued across the Caribbean and the Yucatan Peninsula and as they redeveloped over the Bay of Campeche on August 23.


On August 24th Harvey regained its tropical storm status and was classified as a hurricane later that day. As the storm moved northwest it stalled overnight and then quickly became a major hurricane and attained Category 4 intensity later that day. Category 5 is the highest rating for a hurricane. When Harvey made landfall near Rockport, Texas it was at its highest peak. It them continued on causing destruction in its path. Harvey came ashore as the fiercest hurricane to hit the U.S. in 13 years and the strongest to strike Texas since 1961's Hurricane Carla, the most powerful Texas hurricane on record.


Harvey has affected many areas including: Windward Island Guyana, Honduras, Belize, Yucatan Peninsula. the United States, and others. Many southeast Texas area, including Houston were greatly affected. Houston is the fourth largest U.S. city with a population of over 2.3 million people. Harvey greatly affected Rockport, a coastal community of about 10,000 that was directly in the storm's path.


Harvey did a lot of damage to both the people and their residences. In Houston thousands of people who decided not to evacuate were forced to move onto

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Health & Fitness

Is it O.K. to skip meals?

by Luis Mejia


Many may not know this but skipping a meal can actually do you more harm than good. It can leave you feeling weak and tired the rest of the day. It can also affect you if you are trying to lose weight by making you crave sugar. Lastly you have a much more difficult time thinking and processing information since you have no nutrients to power your brain. I highly suggest that you eat three meals a day, which are breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Include meats or other proteins like nuts and eggs, vegetables, fruits, grains, and dairy in your diet so you have enough nutrition to grow, learn, and play. And remember what Ms. Woodman says, "A Coke and hot cheetos is not the breakfast of champions, or lions either."

Places to Visit

The Hollywood Sign

by Britza Vasquez


A good place to visit in L.A. is the Hollywood Sign because near it is the Griffith Observatory. You can also visit the Aquarium of the Pacific because ti gives educational information about ocean animals and other living creatures. Other places to visit is the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and the Broad at which you can see many pieces of art of various kinds.


Reprinted from Champions' Chronicle archives

Should We Leave Butterflies Alone?

Why Are Butterflies Important? -

by Melissa Salazar

Capturing butterflies doesn't sound so bad. WRONG! Let's say you and your friends each capture 10 butterflies. There are 10 of you. When you are asked to put them back you find that every one of you killed 5 butterflies. So 5 x 10 = 50! Which means you and your friends all together killed 50 butterflies! Capturing butterflies sounds kind of bad now.

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(Butterflies) You might be wondering, "Why are butterflies so important?" Well, there are many reasons. Butterflies help pollinate flowers and plants. Butterflies are indicators of a healthy environment and ecosystem. Butterflies have also been widely used by ecologists as model organisms to study the impact of habitat loss, fragmentation, and climate change. So you see butterflies are important.

Sadly, for butterflies some have become extinct during the past centuries. If every kid in the school caught butterflies most likely some will go extinct in the area because if they die they won't lay eggs and make more butterflies. So, please leave the butterflies be, or else in the next century they may go extinct.


Ms. Mystery

"She knows all, she sees all, she has the answers."

We have answers and are seeking your questions!

If you are having a hard time solving a problem or need some advice, ask Miss Mystery. Submit your questions to the "Miss Mystery" in the Counseling Office. Please use a creative alias. Do not sign your real name. We will answer your question in the next issue.

Art Work/Short Stories/Jokes/

Comic Strip/Poetry/Rap

The Lion Conquers the Wolf

By Daniela Romero




Leo's Lexicon of School Culture

(School-wide Positive Behavior Intervention and Support)


By Ms. Woodman


Why is it important to participate? When we participate with others in an activity it brings us closer together as a family or society. It is an important component of building and strengthening relationships. Being part of a team helps us feel better about ourselves. It builds our self-esteem and combats feelings of loneliness and isolation. The school newspaper team has put together a top 10 list of how we can participate at L.A. Academy. See if you can come up with some more of your own.


Top 10 ways to Participate at LAAMS


10.) Do your class work and homework

9.)  Do p.e. activities

8.) Ask questions in class

7.) Join a club

6.) Visit the library

5.) Check out books

4.) Take AR tests

3.) Workout in the Fitness Center

2.) Make new friends

1.) Go to tutoring when you need to


This article was reprinted from the Champions' Chronicle archives.


Lions' Pride is on our website:

(Also Available in Spanish)


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rooftops or to higher ground an were told to wave sheets or towel to draw the attention of rescuers. People user inflatable beach toys, rubber rafts, and even air mattresses to get to safety through the rising waters while others waded through the water carrying plastic trash bags with their belongings. Over 2,000 calls were made for emergency assistance. Many agencies and volunteers from other states and other parts of Texas came to help.


As of August 29, there were 71 confirmed deaths. Over 14 people were seriously injured. Over 13,000 people were rescued across Texas. Over 30,000 people were displaced and had to be housed in shelters. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is expecting nearly half a million people to seek some sort of disaster aid. Many areas received over 40 inches of water in just four days. In Port Arkansas water rose high enough to start filling second  floors. Some of the worst damage was in Rockport. The mayor said that his community took a blow "right on the nose" that left widespread devastation to homes, businesses, and schools. A national forecasting firm, Moody's Analytics, estimates that over 700,000 vehicles and over 400,000 homes were significantly damaged. Over 800 flights to Houston were cancelled.


Hurricane Harvey is not being estimated as the second costliest natural disaster in U.S. history. Second only to Katrina in 2005. Moody's puts the price tag of Harvey's devastation at between $81 and $108 billion dollars. To compare Hurricane Sandy in 2012 caused $9.6 billion in damage. Hurricane Katrina caused $175 billion in damages. Even though it was not quite as strong as Harvey so much of southern Louisiana lies below sea level that the damage was even greater.


By August 30, corporations across the nation collectively donated more that $72 million to relief efforts with 42 companies donation at least $1 million each. Professional athletic teams and their players, and managers provided large donations to help victims.

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Hollywood celebrities also contributed their help as well as countless individuals who gave donations through organizations like The Red Cross. One furniture store owner in Houston, Jim McIngvale, opened up his stores and his warehouse to be used as shelters.

sources: The Los Angeles Times and


Public Service Announcement


September is National Suicide Prevention Month. Following is a list of resources.

National suicide Prevention Lifeline:


www.survivors of suicide. com

Anxiety Disorders and Panic Attacks:


Suicide Prevention Crisis Hotline:


Teen Line (6 PM to 10 PM):


Science News

Why are robin's eggs blue?

by Karina Zagal

For many years people have wondered shat made a robin egg blue but now, thanks to David Lahti of the City University of New York and to Dan Ardia of Franklin & Marshall College we have the answer  to our question.

Camouflage: Many find it hard to believe that the bright color of the eggshell can protect the young birds inside from a hungry predator. The answer is selective pressure. Selective pressure is any phenomena which alters the behavior and fitness of living organisms within a given environment. Because the blue eggs do not look typical, the predators avoid them. Selective pressure is a driving force of evolution and natural selection.

Protection: Dan and David also discovered that the more intense the blue color of the eggshells the more the developing chicks were shielded from the light, including dangerous UV radiation.

Care and Biliverdin: Bob Montgomerie, a biology professor from Queen's University has been studying robins on and off for 25

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years and discovered that the blue color in

 the eggs is due to biliverdin, a pigment deposited on the eggshell when the female lays the eggs. He also discovered that the brighter the shade of blue the egg is the more a male robin will care for it.



Look for future articles about Famous People and Fun Facts About Students!



Do you like to write? Do you like to draw? Do you like to take photographs? Do you have an opinion? Then join the newspaper club. We meet after school from 3:30 until 4:15 pm every Wednesday in room 4109. You do not have to be in the club to submit an article or picture for publication. You can drop off your submission to Ms. Woodman's mailbox in the counseling office and we will consider it for publication. Make sure to write your first and last name and grade on your submission.

If you write a paper for your class and you think it's good you can also submit that.


TEACHERS: We also encourage you to submit an article for the Lions' Pride Newspaper. 












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