Dawes Low Down

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Dawes 8th grade Publications students give you

the low down on what’s up at Dawes.

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New Dawes: Good or Bad?

by Rebecca Franzen, Erin Riggins, and Ashley Ziems

Imagine a school full of students. It’s the first year of a new school, Dawes Middle School. Some students are complaining about schedules, not enough classes with friends etc., and some aren’t. What would YOU say?

Seventy-one percent of students said they think the school year has gone well so far, but 19% said it hasn’t. Out of the staff at Dawes, 96% of them said it has been good because the students are hard working and good listeners.

Principal of Dawes Middle School, Angie Zabawa, said the school year “has gone really well.”

Associate Principal, Daniel Schafer, said it “has been really exciting and is off to a great start.”

Some of Dawes Middle School 7th and 8th grade counselor Abbie Lindseys’ favorite things about the new Dawes is “the small community of smart, dedicated, hopeful, and inspired youth and staff.”

Her least favorite thing about the new Dawes is “the challenge of time. There is not enough time to reach and connect with each student each day.”

This proves that the majority of the students and staff think that the new Dawes Middle School will go well and so far that has been coming true.

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Student Leadership Opportunities

by Mariah Gilleland

Imagine seeing a whole community being leaders to one another. Just think, there wouldn’t be any more bad people  such as robbers, speeders, people going to jail, people abusing/beating other people up, etc., because everybody would be doing the right thing all the time.

At Dawes Middle School, there are many student leadership opportunities. One student leadership opportunity is Student Council. First of all, Student Council is all about planning things in the school. Student Council is a leadership opportunity because you are standing up to help your school be a better place/school by doing something for the students.

Dawes wanted to have programs for leaders and about how to be leaders because they wanted all students being leaders to everyone in and outside of school. They want to help make the community a better place for everyone by building strong leaders at school.

How did these programs get started? Well, Dawes got these programs started because they knew that, “every person in Dawes Middle School was capable of being a leader,” said Mrs. Lindsey, an eighth grade counselor at Dawes Middle School.

Student leadership opportunity programs will help students who are willing to work hard and learn about what it takes to be a leader. You have to give your time and participation in order to know the skills to be a leader.

Look for upcoming student leadership opportunities at Dawes Middle School and get involved today!

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Empowering Students at Dawes Middle School

by Tremaine Foster, Jared Frye, and Eric Kassebaum

What does it mean to be empowered?

For a group of fourteen eighth graders at Dawes Middle School it means to help students be in charge of their own lives.

Empowerment is a group for African American, Native American, and Hispanic 8th grade students to help them think about how they will be successful in their future. The group meets every other Friday during 5th period at Dawes Middle School.

The people involved in the group include Pete Ferguson, Youth Development Coordinator, the school counselor, Mrs.Lindsey, the Believers, and fourteen 8th grade students. The Believers include Ashely Wimes, Jenifer Pospisil, and Candice Hoskins from Nebraska Wesleyan, Susie Brown, Allison Formanack and Crystal Porter from LPS VISTA’S, and Pete Ferguson and Shanna Letcher from Federal Programs.

Pete Ferguson said that his favorite part of empowerment is “the scholars who are in it. It is the highlight of my week.”

The fourteen students were chosen based on nomination letters from current and former teachers and counselors.

Ms. Rosado, an 8th grade math teacher, said, she likes Empowerment because she gets “to learn more about students and their lives.”

Ms. Bruce, an 8th grade English teacher and the 8th grade team leader said, “Empowerment provides some of our 8th grade students with access to opportunities and information about their futures that they might not have otherwise. The Believers mentor them in what it takes to succeed in life.”

Empowerment students get to take field trips to Nebraska Wesleyan University and other places to learn about opportunities and to give speeches.

Eighth grade empowerment student Branson Richardson said he likes Empowerment because, “it will help me succeed in life and get a good education.” He also said he is most excited about what Empowerment students will get to do. “We get to take field trips to meet important people,” he said.

Another 8th grade Empowerment student, Dayana Rendon, said she likes Empowerment “because it is fun and we get to do things other kids don’t get to do.” She said she is most excited about Empowerment because, “we get to go on field trips to Nebraska Wesleyan University.”

This year’s fourteen Dawes Empowerment students include Branson R., Chase B., Dayana R., Denzel A., Elijah B., Eric S., Ismael A., Karmen G., Mazzii S., Musaab M., Nataliha G., Tahti T., Tremaine F., and Will F.

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Physical Activity at Dawes Middle School

by Travis Davis and Eric Starks

Do you know that there is a problem with child obesity? Well let’s change that by offering students more physical activity.  At Dawes Middle School, students have reported that they would like to expand their physical activity time.

In a recent poll on Physical Activity, a majority of the students wanted more physical activity. Most of the students reported that they want lunch first and a longer recess. Fifty-one percent of the students want lunch first. Sixty-six percent of the students want longer recess after the eat lunch.

The results found out that 34% of the students want Physical Education for everyday. Twenty-five percent of the students want longer P.E. Instead of walking in a small area around the cones at recess, 51% of the students want to walk all the way around the field for more physical activity.

When asked about the opportunity to give students more physical activity, principal Mrs. Zabawa said, “We can’t have longer recess because students need enough time to eat and play outside.”

Mrs. Zabawa is open to talking about opportunities to give students more physical activity. She suggests that Dawes starts up a running club or biking club.

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Violence at Dawes

by Kristin Sanford and Sarah Allick

A new school year often brings questions of whether of or not  Dawes is a safe school.

Students at Dawes Middle School were surveyed on violence at Dawes.

Mrs. Angie Zabawa, school principal, was also interviewed. “This year I haven’t seen much fighting, it is mostly friendly horseplay”

After tallying up the polls, results determine 91% of the student population have not been in a fight, and 94% believe Dawes has a fair discipline system for those caught fighting. The other 6% said “No!” and that a little bit of talking and a day off from school isn’t much of a punishment for anyone.

“I like the way they discipline, because it makes me feel safe,” answered one of the anonymous students taking the poll.

One of the questions asked was what a person would do if a fight were to break out in front of them. Mrs. Judy Yost, a Health teacher, responded, “I would look at my surroundings, make sure everybody is safe. I would need to make some kind of intervention, and call for help.”

The same question was asked to Mr. Marco Pedroza, Buisness teacher. He said, “I would separate individual parties and take them to the office.” Then he finished the interview by saying, “I’m a lover not a hater, nothing can’t be talked out, and there is no reason for violence in schools.”

In conclusion, figures show that Dawes is safer than ever and ready to take on any challenges that it faces during the rest of the school year.

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The Dawes Mascot

by Bryan Ly and Musaab Mohammed

New year. New school. New Mascot? It all started when a new school year began.

Last year Goodrich @ Dawes’s mascot were the jaguars but a new year started and Goodrich was done remodeling. So Goodrich students transferred back to Goodrich, taking the mascot with them, and left Dawes without a mascot.

Later on in the school year, students were polled and chose the mascot they wanted. The mascot choices were elected at the Dawes open house. The choices were the Dominators, the Dragons, the Diamondbacks, the Explorers, and the Vikings.

Many students at school think that it’s awkward or different to start the school year off with no mascot. However, Angie Zabawa, the new principal at Dawes middle school, said, “I felt it was important for our students to own this process rather than selecting the mascot myself.”

When asked why she wanted students to pick the mascot, she said, “this is their school and I believe students should have input in selecting these things. I want students to have pride in their school.”

Whatever decision the students make, Mrs. Zabawa said she will be happy with the choice.

“I like something we can be proud of and represents who we are,” Mrs. Zabawa said.

The new Dawes mascot will be unveiled during the 1st Quarter Awards Ceremony.

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CLC at Dawes

by Fatima Alkhazraji and Coral Lendos

The Dawes Community Learning Center is an after school program that allows students to complete homework and participate in extra curricular activities.

CLC has many benefits and few problems. Some benefits are homework time, fitness and fun.

“I have time to do homework and get a snack,” said Sarah Allick, an 8th grade scholar at Dawes Middle School involved in CLC.

Denzel Angeles, another 8th grade scholar at Dawes also involved in CLC, said, “I get to stay in shape and play sports.”

One problem in CLC is “not enough support staff,” according to Ms. Gillstrap.

“Also trying to get the students to settle down for homework time, which we’re working on,” Mr. Pedroza, the director of CLC, stated.

CLC at Dawes Middle School started the year in the cafeteria, but now meets in rooms 135 and 139 after school from 3:00 to 5:30. On PLC days, the last Tuesday of every month, all clubs are canceled but there is still CLC from 1:40 to 5:30.

CLC is an important after school program to help out students and at the same time they get to have fun. To sign up for CLC, you can go to the office and talk to Ms. Ullstrom or Mrs. Zabawa, the principal at Dawes.

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Electronics at Dawes

by Jose Hidalgo, Megan Holmes, and Alex Perfecto

Imagine a world without electronics. Can you even think about how stressful that would be?

A sixth grade scholar at Dawes Middle School, Muneer Mohommed, disagrees. He said, “I think they should not be allowed, but during reading iPods are okay.”  Also, he said, “If you’re listening to your iPod, you wouldn’t hear directions from the teacher.”

Electronics are a big part of so many people’s lives.

Will Facemire, an eighth grade scholar at Dawes Middle School, said that he uses electronics everyday for about two hours, but on the other hand, Micheal Alvarado, a seventh grade scholar at Dawes Middle School, said he barely uses them.

Mr. Pinkmann, a sixth grade science teacher, said, he uses electronics “all the time!”

Mr. Pedroza, an expert on electronics, said, “I love the idea, And I think we’re not using them enough.”

Mrs. Kubick, the librarian at Dawes, said, “Music will be enhancing to their learning and it could calm them down. Also it could help if they’re having a bad time.”

In a recent poll that surveyed 323 students, they were asked the following questions: Should students be able to listen to their iPods during work time?, Should students be able to use their cell phones in class?, Do you think that kids should be able to have their iPods, Mp3 players, phones, etc. during passing-time and recess?, and Do you think students should be able to use their cellphones, iPods, etc. after they’re done with their work?

The most popular question for students was Do you think that kids should be able to have their iPods, Mp3 Players , phones etc. during passing-time and recess? Two hundred and twenty-0ne students answered Yes and 15 had responded with No. Thus, about 75% of students at Dawes Middle School think that they should be able to use electronics in school. If students at Dawes could use electronics appropriately in class, it could be the start of a new school tradition.

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Mentors at Dawes

by Mercedes Gilleland, Kelsie Jordan, and Alexa Philbrick

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a Teammate or a Big Brother Big Sister?

The Teammate program is a program where students get one-on-one help with their teammate and build a relationship with the adult provided.

Mazzii Snyder, an eighth grade student at Dawes middle school said, “I like having a Teammate because she helps me out with school work and we have lots of fun together.”

The Big Brother Big Sister program is a program similar to Teammates. You get pulled out of class to spend time with your Big Brother Big Sister and work on class assignments or spend quality time together. The Big Brother Big Sister program was brought to the newly re-opened Dawes this year when Mrs. Zabawa asked them to be a part of the school but the Teammates program has been with Dawes for awhile.

Isaiah Floyd, a seventh grade student, said, “A fun and special moment I had with my teammate was when we went to the Saltdogs game and watched the big fireworks show.”

From the sound of it, every moment with a Teammate or Big Brother Big Sister is a special moment for the students at Dawes.

Mrs. Yost, a health teacher, is in charge of matching students and adults. She was asked to do it 16 years ago, and said, “I think I have a gift of matching teammates.”

Also, with a smile on her face, Mrs. Yost said, “Student Teammates stand up straighter, and a glow comes over them. Teammates is a big part of my life and it’s my way of giving back to the community. You never how much of an impact it makes. I try really hard to not set someone up with someone who will be there one day and gone the next.”

Teammates and the Big Brother Big Sister program have a positive influence on the scholars at Dawes Middle School. It proves that everyone can be a mentor to anyone.

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Should Dawes Middle School Have a Cheerleading/Spirit Squad?

by Chasity Nicholson, Ashlea Rodriguez, and Sarah Strauss

Many people have asked, why don’t middle schools have cheerleading squads or spirit clubs? Students and staff at Dawes Middle School think that it would be a great idea.

When asked whether students would like to have cheerleading squads present at school games, several Dawes students agreed that they would like having the support.

Marquice Hoffman, a 7th grader, said, “There would be a lot of encouragement towards our school and at our games.”

The others mentioned it would help out with flexibility, being active here at school, and being physical and healthier.

Will Facemire, an 8th grader at Dawes thinks that cheerleaders should be at school games, “because we need school spirit.”

All the others said they would like to have cheerleading at Dawes in order to show off the school and to cheer on and support the athletic teams.

Nataliha Gordon, an 8th grader at Dawes thinks that red and black would be great colors for the cheerleading uniforms, because it is unique since all the other schools won’t have these colors.

The administrators also said yes to creating a squad that promotes school spirit.

Mr. Schafer, the associate principal said, “It might be able to run through CLC.” He also stated, “We’re always looking for ways kids could be connected to school.”

Mr. Pedroza, the CLC director stated, “It would help increase the ability for high school and we could make it possible by having it run through CLC, but only if the interest is there.”

Mrs. Zabawa, the principal of Dawes Middle School said “I think we can have a spirit club but the district policy does not allow for cheerleading.”

Although the district policy doesn’t allow for cheerleading, Dawes Middle School students and staff hope that having a spirit club could help boost school pride, build talent, increase physical activity, and work on one way to be a leader.

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Thoughts and Feelings about Dress Code at Dawes Middle School

by Maddy Hall and Emily Root

Imagine Dawes Middle School with NO dress code. Any kid could wear anything. Is that what you want? Would you want that kind of freedom?

In a recent poll, only 42% of the students at Dawes Middle School reported that they like the dress code. However, 71% reported they don’t like the dress code. The majority of Dawes’ students don’t feel like the dress code is fair. Seventy-one percent of students responded no when asked if the dress code is fair.

When asked, do you think we should change our dress code?, 82% of Dawes students answered Yes.

The majority of students at Dawes, 84%, feel that students would still dress appropriately if there was no dress code in LPS.

Some teachers and students at Dawes Middle School were asked how do you feel about our dress code?

FCS and Social Studies teacher Abi Shelbourn said, “I think it is appropriate for our school to have a dress code because we are respecting ourselves.”

In contrast, 8th grader Elijah Burton said, “I don’t like our dress code, it’s annoying. The ‘Public’ In LPS isn’ t public because you can’t wear whatever.”

If Dawes was to have a spirit day, many students wonder if they would be able to break the dress code a little, such as wearing pajamas, slippers, sun glasses, hats, halter tops, and short shorts/skirts.

Principal Angie Zabawa said that Dawes students will be able to have spirit days this year. However, she said, “I think all spirit days are fun and increase school spirit as long as they follow the dress code.”

When asked if Dawes had a spirit day, what do you wish it would be?, 6th grader Daddiz Arizola said, “I would like our spirit day to be Skate Day.”

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StudentServe at Dawes

by Jacob Helms

On Oct. 1, 2011, students and teachers at Dawes Middle School participated in StudentServe, a district-wide day of community service, created by Southeast High School seniors Hope Edwards and Victoria Shum.

Students across Lincoln were able to participate at K-8 school grounds. Ninth through 12th graders were able to volunteer with Lincoln organizations. All projects were determined by individual schools.

The people who were involved with StudentServe were LPS student K-12.

When asked what she was most excited for about StudentServe, Mrs.Monroe said, “I’m excited for the students being excited.” She also said that StudentServe not only helps the school but also helps the Dawes students. Mrs.Monroe said, “It makes the Dawes students bigger than Dawes.”

Hope and Victoria started StudentServe to inspire the Lincoln Public Schools community to change the culture.

“It is a great way for our entire community to unite and give back,” Hope stated.

On October 1, Hope and Victoria participated at Dawes Middle School with several other Lincoln high school students, Dawes students and Dawes staff members.

“We had never been to Dawes,” Victoria said. She added that she thought the blanket tying project was a very unique and creative project. She said, “I thought there were really neat projects like making blankets” at Dawes.

“We wanted to help serve here, and we wanted to serve with kids younger than us,” continued Hope.

When asked what her favorite part of StudentServe was, Hope replied, “Getting to interact with the students and meeting new people.”

At the end of the service day, Hope said she wants to see the opportunity to serve continue in the future. “It is a great opportunity to serve the community and a great way to spend your time,” she said.

“We had a great turn out! It’s really rewarding,” Hope said. “This was a great success! We love the fleece blankets.”

StudentServe definitely turned out to be a success at Dawes Middle School and all across the district. Hopefully in the future, even more students will participate and give back to their community.

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Life

an Opinion Essay by Natalie Remter   

Life is a difficult thing to describe. People ask what you want to do with your life. None of us know what we are going to do. We are teenagers! Life is unpredictable, nobody knows what’s going to happen in the future, but we are always wondering. We can make good decisions and we make bad ones. Either way, decisions you make affect you and your family. But most of us have never thought about what our actions do to other people. We don’t realize when we make somebody sad or mad. We don’t realize when we put hurt or pain into somebody’s life. Even when we say something that we don’t mean it still might affect somebody.

Unfortunately, some kids do these things on purpose. People get bullied everyday. Some bullies go so far it could lead to suicide. When suicide happens not only is somebody dead, but it affects their family and friends, too. Bullies don’t realize what they’re doing until it’s too late. If you are a bully, stop what you’re doing right now, instead of waiting until you take somebody’s life away. If you see someone being bullied go and stop it. If you’re a victim of bullying don’t be afraid to tell the teacher or a school counselor. Help us and stop bullying before it’s too late.