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By Gracie Lentz
Cougar News Blog

     The CCJH PTO donated money to yearbook, art, physical education and the life skills program at its meeting in December..
     The group decided to donate $1,500 to Gail McFarland’s art class, Brad Rumple’s P.E. class, Jason Davis’ yearbook and Desirae Bickle’s Life Skills. This money is going to be used to pay for things the class needs or is using for a project of some sort.
     The art class was donated $500, P.E. and yearbook each received $400, and the Life Skills program was donated $200.
     Mr. Davis said he appreciated the donation and will use some to buy better camera equipment.
     “Some of the money went toward the purchase of five yearbooks,” Davis said. “We will be using rest of the the money to buy a new lens or two. They are very expensive, so we may have to save up a little bit.”
     Some of the money will be used to improve older equipment that is no longer useful. It will be used to buy new equipment for the class and new materials that needed to be replaced. Coach Rumple says he appreciates what the PTO has done and will use the money to buy new dodge balls. McFarland is using some of the money to buy ceramic clay for her clay unit.
     “The PTO has helped my classroom in need they have bought weight training equipment and have helped to improve our PE equipment,” he said. “They always come through.”
     The classes having better equipment and materials will benefit students who take the classes.
     “It helps students in class by giving them access to better equipment, which helps everyone produce better images,” Davis said. “Ultimately, that makes our book better, and that benefits everyone who buys one. The nice thing about buying nice equipment is that we can use it for many years so it is a gift that keeps on giving.”

By Chris Munro
Cougar News Blog

     Students at CCJH recently received all-new enrichment classes as part of the Study Skills mission. A couple of these classes include Kim Grant’s PE class and Lin Andresen’s current events class.
     The Study Skills hour provides in-school re-teach opportunities for students who need more time to meet objectives. A variety of enrichment classes have been offered to those who don’t need the tutoring, such as Advertising 101, keyboarding, or forensic science. This year, several classes have been added to this roster.
     “I was asked to offer a PE class,” said Coach Grant. “I like that most of the kids want to be there and usually get into the activity.”
     In Coach Grant’s class, the kids play a variety of sports, as well as have friendly tournaments without needing to dress out. In Mr. Andresen’s class, the kids learn geography and current events as well as have discussions and conversations.
     “I have learned the different kinds of culture there is around the world and how many other countries are different and similar to ours,” said Daniel Garibay Zuniga.
     Mr. Andresen also added that, while technology is an often-used medium to teach children, books and physical text are also good ways to educate children as well.
     “Technology is a very important tool, but reading is still very important and fun,” said Mr. Andresen.

By Cori Gibson
Cougar News Blog

CCJH Physical Education Coach Kimberly Widmer is giving out a Student of The Week T-shirt at the end of each week to encourage students to try their best and succeed.
The first student of the week shirt was given out to Kaileah Goucher for trying her hardest at testing and cheering on her partners. Whoever receives the shirt will be able to keep it, as the other students try their hardest to earn the upcoming weeks reward.
Coach Widmer said, “I am excited to be able to give out the shirts and hope that the girls enjoy the weekly tradition.”
The shirts cost about $5.50 each. In order to pay for the shirts, coach Widmer uses the money that she makes by selling Gatorade, water, and granola bars in her office.
The shirt will not be given to the best athlete, but to the person who is trying her hardest to succeed. So far most students are excited to begin the weekly routine.
Eighth-grade student Heather Sigler said, “It keeps you motivated to do good in your PE class.”

By Sam Collins
Cougar News Blog

Cactus Canyon Junior High will be raising money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) from now until the end of December. CCJH has set a goal to donate $5,000.
As a friendly competition with Superstition Mountain Elementary School, both schools want to see who can raise the most money. To try and reach their goal, PE teacher Kim Widmer wants to hold a few events to help.
“Juvenile diabetes affects many people and I have had students (and) athletes that I have seen deal with the disease,” Widmer said.
Diabetes affects about 26 million people, or about 8 percent, of people in the United States. Among them is eighth grader Holly Stillman’s father, which is the reason why she is participating in the fundraiser. If not for the event, Stillman wouldn’t have heard of JDRF before.
“I’m planning to donate $50 dollars,” said Stillman. “I would like to donate more if I had more money but I'll try to support as best as I can.”
Widmer has planned two events. The first will be getting teachers and staff to participate. If they donate $20, they get to wear jeans to school from Nov. 19-30. The other is a jog-a-thon in early December. Every time they walk, run, or jog a lap, the foundation will receive a set amount of money.
“I’super excited for the jog-a-thon because I will be participating in a great cause and help earn money for children with diabetes,” Stillman said.
According to Widmer, if each girl raises $30 each, they will reach their goal. To get them a little more motivated, the PE teacher has said that the top five girls will receive individual prizes and the top class will get a pizza party.
“It is a high goal,” said Widmer, “but if everyone does their share it is definitely achievable.”

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By Ashley Renowden
Staff writer

When you think of people with a large shoe collection, you think of girls, right? Well, physical education teacher Scott Stansberry has over 200 pairs of shoes that consist of Nikes and Jordans.
Over 200 pairs of shoes isn’t cheap and Stansberry said himself that his most expensive pair was over $1,000. Stansberry doesn’t wear half of the shoes he buys, because he collects them. His expensive shoes, the exclusive ones, he rarely wears out.
“I never wear them to school – too much of a risk to get them stepped on and there is a lot of dust out here,” said Stansberry. “I wear them when I go out with my wife or friends. I break out the exclusive ones for special occasions.”
Although he has many pairs of shoes, Stansberry has worked very hard to get them all.
As a high school student, he did his chores to get his mom to buy him shoes, sold candy on the weekends, and mowed lawns. His love for shoes started when he was just a child, and he actually began collecting in his sophomore year of high school.
“Anybody could have shoes like I do if you really want to work for them,” said Stansberry. “Think of some ways to make money instead of sitting at home and doing nothing or sitting in front of the TV.”
Stansberry has a lot of connections in the shoe industry so it makes getting the shoes a much easier process. Waiting in long lines is no longer a must for Stansberry. He used to wait in long lines for shoes, one time for over 15 hours. Often, he would wait in line for shoes he didn’t even like, but now he was better and easier ways to get his shoes.
“I have a couple of connections and fortunately do not have to wait in lines anymore,” said Stansberry. “Sometimes I do not even like the shoe that may be coming out but I know I can make money from them so I will buy a few pairs anyway.”
Stansberry buys shoes to make money from because there is an underground market for Air Jordans and certain Nikes. Many people will even pay double after stores sell out.
“They re-release shoes or ‘retro’ them and they have release dates,” said Stansberry. “Usually there is lines at the malls for them or sometimes they are limited to certain stores or online only. They limit the amount of pairs released at times.”
Stansberry doesn’t just buy one pair of shoes, but often he buys three of each. Not of every pair though, mainly just the exclusive ones.
“I buy three pairs of the exclusive ones, “ said Stansberry. “A pair for my collection, a pair to wear and a pair to make money from.”
Stansberry is a P.E. coach, and he finds that talking about his shoes is a good conversation starter. He talks to students about what type of shoes they are into, to try and get to know them better.
“It seems to be a good conversation starter,” said Stansberry. “I don’t know if they think I’m young and hip, but they seem to like my shoes. Also, I try to tell the story of when I was in middle school and how I cut yards. I worked for my shoes.”

Students watch a movie during P.E. class. The intense August heat has meant that students have spent less time outside during the class. (Photo by Ashley Renowden)

By Ashley Renowden
Staff writer

For many people the heat has been an issue, including the physical education students at Cactus Canyon Junior High. The heat is making the kids stay inside, instead of outside being active.
Although they are not outside playing football or softball, they are doing many activities to keep the kids active. They are doing a fitness test, which consists of sit-ups and push-ups. The boys are learning proper stretching habits. Another thing coaches have done is take the students into the learning malls and watch movies because the girls and boys classes have to take turns using the gym.
Even though they switch off using the gym, sometimes the girls and boys P.E. classes come together and play dodge ball or volleyball or something they can do together. It’s a good option to keep them busy, but it gets a little crowded at times.
“It works out OK,” said Coach Scott Stansberry, the boys P.E. coach. “The gym is small so it gets crowded and there is some standing around.”
Taylor Simmons, an eighth grader in girls P.E., thinks that it is both a good and bad thing.
“It’s nice to have a break from P.E., because it is really hot outside,” said Simmons. “But I’m really looking forward to it starting back up again.”
Both coaches knew they had to bring the kids inside, but it wasn’t just their decision. It was a communication between the coaches and the administrators.
“I believe that anything past 102 is too dangerous for the kids. That’s what they taught me in school,” said Coach Stansberry. “Also, though, you can add 10-15 degrees on the concrete. So if it’s 102, its really like 117 on the concrete surface.”
Coach Kim Widmer is a little more tolerant, and likes the girls to be, too. She thinks 105 is reasonable, but never for too long.
“My personal opinion is 105 degrees,” said Coach Widmer. “If it’s below that, I will take the girls outside but not for more then 25 minutes.”