Posted: October 17, 2016 in Opinion, Reviews
By Bronte Pappas
Cougar News Blog
The Fundamentals of Caring is about a recently divorced man named Ben, played by Paul Rudd, who decides to become a caregiver. He gets a job interview with a muscular dystro sized teen named Trevor, played by Craig Roberts. Trevor has a dream to see America’s weirdest roadside attractions, and when they set out on this trip they meet many people on the way. For example, they meet a runaway girl named Dot (Selena Gomez), who comes along for the ride.
The movie is a great mixture of funny and sad. It shows the hardship of learning to understand one another in a way they never have before.
This movie is a humorous drama that incorporates so many fun and intense scenes. I would recommend this movie to anyone who likes a comedy that involves morals and lesson learning ending. It would also be a good movie for someone to watch that prefers movies that truly represent life. It is a movie that should and hopefully will loved by many people.
In the end review I would give The Fundamentals of Caring an easy 4.5 out of 5 stars. It was a film that represented everything sad and happy in life. It is a very impacted and suburb movie. I would recommend it to anyone that wants to have a great atmosphere.
Posted: October 10, 2016 in Photos of the week, Yearbook
This week’s post shows photos from Cactus Canyon’s spirit week and assembly during the last week of the first quarter.
Posted: October 7, 2016 in Opinion, Reviews
By Andrea Darnell
Cougar News Blog
You won’t lose interest.
Suicide Squad is a action film, comedy, thriller, superhero movie, science fiction film, adventure film, fantasy, and crime film. Some of the main characters are Harley Quinn (who is played by Margot Robbie), Deadshot (who is played by Will Smith), Captain Boomerang (who is played by Jai Courtney), Killer Croc (who is played by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), and El Diablo (who is played by Jay Hernandez).
This movie is about a group of dangerous inmates who were selected by a U. S. intelligence officer for a top-secret mission. Armed with government weapons, Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, Killer Croc, and El Diablo must come together and find a way to work as a team and try and save the world from the evil villains trying to take it over.
In my opinion this movie is worth watching. I had to wait two weeks to see the movie and it was definitely worth the wait. The movie had action, comedy, crime, etc. This movie was an entertaining and energetic movie that keeps you guessing and was full of surprises. The movie always had something interesting going on. There was never a boring part in the movie. They made sure you always knew what was going on while keeping it entertaining.
This movie had love, torture, happiness, sadness, and many more emotions. The movie would go from a happy scene to a sad scene immediately. I personally loved the movie, it kept me entertained at all times. You will laugh, smile, and maybe even cry because of the movie. You will be shown love and hatred from the characters. This is a great movie that you should definitely watch as soon as possible.
I believe that teenagers, young adults, and comic book enthusiast would enjoy this movie the most. This movie gets 5 out of 5 stars, and I believe Suicide Squad is a great movie and I absolutely recommend watching the movie as soon as you can.
Teacher Regan Roach confers with a student updating his blog for the 20 percent project, which encouraged students to spend 20 percent of their class time working on a project they are passionate about. (Photo by Megan Ash)
By Stanley Cook and Zach Grattan
Cougar News Blog
Much like Google started a trend that encourages employees to work on their own projects, eighth-grade advanced science students are participating in the 20 Percent Project during class. The project is a yearlong activity that helps students help others, and work on what they truly have a passion for.
Student in this class, taught by Regan Roach, have been working on a project of their choice where they will make anything that helps someone in some way. The goal is to present the final product to parents and faculty members at Apache Junction High School near the end of the school year. The goal of this simple “elevator pitch,” is to influence them that this is a helping product.
“They will learn a lot about themselves and they will have commitment to finish, normally the teachers tell you to do X-Y-Z, but with this project you get to do whatever you want,” said Mrs. Roach.
The project helps students learn responsibility and how to use time wisely. Mrs. Roach hopes students who finish before the end of the year will become leaders in the class.
“If students finished before the end of the year they can help each other, and make improvements on their own,” said Ms. Roach.
Each week, students track their successes and plans on their own blog.
One of the students in the sixth hour is making an app for hunting. It will help many people in Arizona because the app will allow people to know when a hunting season is open, show the maps, the units, and possibly have the animal calls. Another student hour is going to pick a day that elementary students will go out to a park. He will help kids that don’t have money get bats, and all the gear they need to play baseball. Then he will teach them to play better.
“I like that I get to teach kids something that they truly want to do,” said eighth grader Brian Favia.
Posted: October 1, 2016 in Photos of the week, Yearbook
This photo of eighth grader Tatum Schuh was posted to the Cactus Canyon Instagram page on Monday, Sept. 26. (Photo by Megan Ash)
By Megan Ash
Cougar News Blog
It’s the gram you can instantly see yearbook photos on. The yearbook staff is now moving forward and posting on Instagram, they are posting a picture every day. The pages is entirely student run and photographers will be posting pictures from sporting events to academics and everything in between.
On Instagram the pictures are of Cactus Canyon, which is at cougar_media. Cougar Media has 171 followers and students have posted 21 days continuous days.
The account was started to give students to show their work on a regular basis.
“We spend a year working on a product that comes out one time, but these students are tremendous photographers and their work deserves to be seen,” said yearbook adviser Jason Davis. “Not just once in May, but all year long.”
Yearbook students are planning to start advertising the account. The staff is going to start making posters and handing out flyers asking people to follow them.
“It would be cool for students to see what the yerds (yearbook nerds) do during the year that leads up to the fantastic yearbook at the end of the school year,” said eighth grader Chloe Krueger.
Mr. Davis hopes being in charge of the page will help all the staff members learn leadership by setting an example for the seventh graders, and by not forgetting that it is their day to post.
“Students need to be able to be in control of something because it helps them take ownership of what we’re doing in yearbook,” Davis said. “I direct a lot of what we do for the book, but I want it to be as student-driven as possible. If students feel like they can be in charge of the Instagram page, hopefully it gives them the confidence to take more of a leadership role for the book.”
Posted: September 26, 2016 in Photos of the week, Yearbook
Isabella Vasquez, 7, and Emely Zepeda, 7, tape their bridge together. (Photo by Carissa LaFrance)
By Bronte Pappas
Cougar News Blog
Building bridges is the step to creating good relationships. Only this time, it’s literal. Cactus Canyon now offers a new enrichment class, where students build bridges.
In this study skills class, students will be building real model bridges, but also learn about civil engineering. Students research different types of bridges and construct one using popsicle sticks with the goal of building one that can withstand 100 pounds.
“I am excited to see the creative solutions that students will come up with for everyday problems,” said science teacher Diana Kidde. “Students will also have to explain their design and process. I am excited to see the different designs and which ones will support the most weight.”
Students will be learning about engineering design. This is the engineering design process that will guide the students. It will help them solve problems, and it will help them make improvements to their designs.
Many of them are excited for the experience because they are looking forward to making something with their hands.
“I am excited and the reason is because we get to construct something small but if made big it can hold a lot,” said eighth grader Krysta Espinoza.
In the future this will help students who one day might want to take up a career in engineering.
Not only will students be building bridges, but they will also be constructing a spaghetti tower. They will even be making an egg engineering project which will be a ton of fun. The spaghetti tower is a tower made of uncooked spaghetti noodles, and the egg engineering project is where the students must create a safe incubation for an egg. It will have to be safe enough for the egg not to break.
Posted: September 20, 2016 in Photos of the week, Yearbook
This week’s post features some of the best shots from the yearbook students’ assignment to get sports photos.
Posted: September 19, 2016 in Academics, Growth Mindset
Students are studying growth mindset, which promotes the idea that people learn through hard work and making mistakes, rather than talent alone. (Photo by Hannah Molino)
By Savannah Barr
Teachers and students are broadening their horizons with the aid of the growth mindset for the 2016-17 school year. The concept focuses on the idea that a person can best learn and improve skills through hard work and making mistakes, rather than skills they were born with.
The growth mindset is the way of thinking in which one believes that you can absorb more information through hard work rather than genetics. The school introduced it last year, but emphasises it much more now.
“Growth mindset is one’s belief that you can ‘gain’ intelligence through hard work, not genetics,” says Mrs. Roach, a science teacher for the eighth grade. “It is far more important to believe that with hard work anything is possible, rather than the belief that I am only as good as I ever will be.”
The growth mindset can be a way for students to have more confidence in their self when they’re tackling a new or unfamiliar task. It allows them to be more open-minded and push themselves, even if they fail. People with a growth mindset understand that making mistakes is part of the learning process. Both students and teachers can benefit from this way of thinking. On the other hand, people with a fixed mindset believe people are born with their level of intelligence and talent and they cannot be changed.
“I find it beneficial because I try to improve every time I catch myself giving up,” says Alondra Urias, an eighth grader.
The concept of having a growth mindset has been around for years, but teachers have recently introduced it at Cactus Canyon. Some teachers came up with the idea a year or two ago when they got together and read a book titled “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success,” by Carol Dweck.
“We really liked the concept and idea of it and thought it would be beneficial to implement at school,” says seventh grade teacher Savanna Fallon. “As teachers, we figured we needed to practice the concept ourselves before we could pass it along to the students.”
There are many hopes that this way of thinking will make learning a more positive experience for students and teachers alike.
Alexis Skinner says, “I think you can learn more and do better if you have a growth mindset.”