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Musical Theater auditions

Musical Theater Holds Auditions

By Kim Alvarez and Ashleigh Franklin


The Auditions for "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown" happened the week of September 10. The Pre-Auditions were held September 11 in the Nalbach Building. There was 47 roles available, and 57 people auditioned. Ms. Conte took part as the judge, and although she was nervous, she made her decisions, and was very exited about the cast.  She was looking for a good personality for each individual role, talent, and responsibility for his or her schoolwork. The finalized musical will take place on April 13, 2018. The roles were announced on Wednesday, September 20. Some of the main roles are: 


  1. Charlie Brown- Gabriel Sanchez,
  2. Shroeder- DeJon Benjamin, 
  3. Lucy- Alina Stannard,
  4. Patty- Paige Wilberton, 
  5. Linus- David Ayers, 


Rehearsals will be every held Friday until the performance day- April 13, 2018. The cast members will be going to the Nalbach Building every Friday after school to rehearse. Most of the cast members are also part of Musical Theater Club here at CMS and will be performing in the play. Some of the cast members are nervous, yet many are excited.

Hurricane from space


By Joy Jweid and Isabella Herrera


Hurricanes across the world can cause devastation in many different places. Some of the most recent overwhelming  hurricanes have caused problems across the country. Hurricanes that have impacted different parts of the United States this year include Harvey, Irma, Jose, Katia and Maria. Categories are set on the hurricanes to show how destructive they are. Category 1 is the lowest damage compared to Category 5, which is the most extreme. Category 1 produce minor damage that can be fixed easily. Category 2 is expected to create extensive property damage, but not deadly. Category 3 can be deadly and destroy homes and buildings, plus intense flooding. Category 4 are deadly and cause catastrophic damage and are often long-term. Category 5 storms cause complete destruction and kill many people. They  cause long-term water shortages and can cause areas to be uninhabitable.


Hurricane Harvey wrecked and flooded multiple cities in Texas and Louisiana, and it will take millions of dollars to repair the damage of Harvey. Hurricane Harvey was the worst hurricane to hit these areas since Hurricane Katrina during the August of 2005. Many organizations like the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and The Salvation Army have helped the people who have lost their homes. Harvey was a Category 4 storm when it hit Texas, and the flooding was intense


Hurricane Irma, which followed Harvey, also had similar impacts. It started out near the Cape Verde off the coast of Africa, and started out as a Category 2. As it got closer to the islands, it progressively got more dangerous. It was a Category 5 by the time it hit Haiti and Cuba, and around 30 people were killed on those islands. It slowed down as it got closer to Florida, but still caused heavy damage.


Hurricanes Jose, Katia, and Maria have had destructive paths. Hurricane Maria was the strongest to make landfall in Puerto Rico in 85 years and killed many in its path. Hurricane Katia struck the coast of Mexico as a Category 1 storm. Two people were killed in that storm. Hurricane Jose was the fifth major hurricane in the hurricane season. It affected Bermuda and east coast of the United States. These hurricanes all caused severe damage, but the damage can be fixed with the help of citizens all over the world.


September Movie Releases

By Peyton Passwater and Elizabeth Wolfe


Recently, there have been some new movie releases. Two of them are

"Stronger" and "The Lego Ninjago Movie."  "Stronger" was released on September 22.  It's  stars include, Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany,  Miranda Richardson, Clancy Brown, Frankie Shaw, Lenny Clarke, and Carlos Sanz.  This movie is about an inspiring true story of a ordinary young man named Jeff Bauman who lost both of his legs during the Boston Marathon bombing that took place in 2013.  Fans loved this movie, but critics loved it even more.  Fans gave it a 90%, while critics rated it as a 95%.  "Stronger is an incredible story of human spirit and endurance - but it's not just Jeff Bauman's. And that's what makes it so powerful," so says, Anne Cohen, a famous blogger.  This movie is very well loved because of it's true-story content and powerful story-line. 


"The Lego Ninjago Movie" was also released on September 22.  This movie stars Jackie Chan, Olivia Munn, Justin Theroux, Dave Franco, Fed Armisen, and Abbi Jacobson.  It is about a son named Loyd who tries to defeat Garmadon, also known as Loyd's dad.  Fan liked this movie, but critcs, not so much. Fans rated it as a 60%, but critics gave it only a 51% rating.  Matt Goldberg, a critic, said, "While it's the weakest of the three LEGO movies thus far, it's still surprisingly sweet and charming."  This movie was liked by many people across the U.S. because of its humor and action.  

Newspaper-October 2017

New teachers

New Teachers at CMS

By Jaelyn Hamlett & Wyatte Spain

Photo above: Ms. Neal, Ms. Rouhana, Ms. Flemington, & Ms. Cavazos.


Starting the school year, CMS opened with eight new teachers! The new teachers are:

  • Ms. Cavazos- Math
  • Ms. Flemington- RSP
  • Mr. Michel- Language Arts and Poetry
  • Ms. Mullen-Math and science
  • Ms. Neal- Science
  • Ms. Rouhana- Math and science
  • Ms. Ruebsamen- Math and Science
  • Ms. Sangsland-RSP

Ms. Flemington went to Azusa Pacific University and received her degree in communication studies, She also went to The University of Redlands where she got her teaching credential. She teaches RSP here at CMS. She likes teaching because she likes the creativity, imagination, and life that she can bring to her students. Her 10th grade chemistry teacher Mr. Crickshank made her want to teach. She says he made learning fun, and he brought energy and passion to the classroom. She hoped to bring the same life to her students. Before coming to CMS she also taught in Redlands School District at Victoria Elementary and Redlands East Valley High School.


Mrs. Rouhana, teaches Math and Science here at CMS. She went to Cal Poly Pomona and Cal State San Bernardino. She" likes teaching math and she likes working with students, taking them from not knowing a math concept to getting an A on a math test." She wanted to teach because she liked being a student and had really cool teachers who made her want to be like them. She also has taught at Terra Vista Elementary and Caryn Elementary before coming to CMS.


Ms. Cavazos attended Cal State San Bernardino. Ms. Cavazos teaches math upstairs in the Vogel Building. She likes teaching Math a lot. She likes teaching because she likes learning from her students. Her teachers changed her life and made her want to teach also. She taught at Marina Middle School in Apple Valley before coming to CMS.


Like Mrs. Rouhana, Mrs. Neal  also went to Cal Poly Pomona. This is her first year actually teaching and having her own classroom! She really wanted to be a middle school science teacher. When the position at CMS opened up, she applied for it and was hired. She loves teaching science and she was actually a science major in college. She likes influencing young lives. Previously she worked RSP at Valle Vista Elementary and subbed at Valle Vista, Ruth Musser and here at CMS.  Look for part two highlighting our other new teachers in next month's issue.

Renaissance rally

Renaissance Rally

By Samantha Passwater and Kalina Vea


On September 12, the first Renaissance Rally took place for 7th and 8th grade students only during 7th period. The Renaissance Rally took place on the lower field and included water balloons and sprinklers. The sprinklers were a surprise. None of the students knew about them.


The rally was open to all students who had a 3.0 GPA -*or higher that were in 7th and 8th grade.  Students were able to hang out with their friends during 7th period, to also enjoy ice cold popsicles, and get wet on a hot day by running through the sprinklers. 


All of the 7th and 8th grade Renaissance students enjoyed hanging out with friends, eating popsicles, and messing around in the water. This was an amazing event after all of the heat that took place that day.

Luciana Catalano in 7th grade said, that her favorite part of the event was "that she was able to be outside for her Renaissance rally." 8th grader, Kiana Josiah said, "I liked getting wet and eating popsicles." Lastly Gabriella Smathers said, "My favorite part of the event was when the sprinklers came on." Overall this was a successful and fun event.

NFL logos

The NFL Season begins

By Lizzy Jabbour and Chloe Albright


The NFL season kicked off with the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs playing each other on September 7, 2017. Surprisingly to many, the Chiefs won 42 to 27. The Patriots were favored to win, but the Chiefs were able to pull out a win and upset the Patriots who are the defending Super Bowl Champions.


On Sunday September 10, the Carolina Panthers, played the San Francisco 49ers with the Panthers winning 23 to 3 in California. Also, the Seattle Seahawks lost to the Green Bay Packers by a score of 17 to 9 at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI. On September 11, 2017 the Denver Broncos and the San Diego Chargers played with the Broncos winning  24 to 21. New Orleans Saints and the Minnesota Vikings with the Vikings winning 21 to 19. The Dolphins and Buccaneers didn’t get to play due to Hurricane Irma.


Last year's Super Bowl 51 was won by the New England Patriots playing the Atlanta Falcons in Texas. The Patriots won the game but had to go into overtime to do it. The Patriots were able to score and win the game 34 to 28. The Falcons had an early lead, but the New England Patriots battled back, tied the game and eventually won it in overtime, to the fans surprise. It was the first Super Bowl to go into overtime and it proved to be a thrilling conclusion to last season.


This season, after 5 weeks we believe the strongest teams are the Chiefs and the Atlanta Falcons. The Chiefs have not lost and the Falcons have only lost once. The Bills, Patriots, Steelers, Ravens, Titans, Jaguars, Broncos, Raiders, Eagles, Cowboys, Vikings, Lions, Packers, Panthers, and Rams are following right behind.  The fans are looking forward to the new season and the new champions of Super Bowl 52. 

September Video Game Releases

By Jonathan Zakharov and Tucker Kraushaar


Ever since the release of the first video game console, games have come left, right, and center. Today we bring you new video game releases for the month of September 2017. Destiny 2 was released September 8th , NBA 2k 18 was released on September 15th , and finally FIFA 18 was released on Sep 29th . The details for the games are listed below.


Destiny 2 is an online-only multiplayer first-person shooter video game that was developed by Bungie and was published by Activision. This game also allows you to transfer your character to the sequel as long as they meet certain specification and complete the final mission, Destiny 2 also includes a campaign, cooperative gameplay, and competitive multiplayer. This for a fact looks awesome!


NBA 2k18 is a third-person basketball game that is super fun. NBA 2k is the 19th installment in the NBA 2k franchise. You are able to play as your favorite players and teams, and shoot some hoops while your at it. This game has amazing graphics and music playlists that make you feel like it is real life. It also comes with a packed in story mode and customizable character clothing. The graphics are making it real!


The final release for September is FIFA 18 which is third-person soccer game where you can play as your favorite team. You can "kick butt" on this soccer based game, and be a star on the stunning graphic games. FIFA 18 will have a few tweaks and some features such as career mode, along with Ultimate Team, and a lot of new jam packed modes. Man it sure looks fun!


This was just September. Imagine the coming month, what other games will be upgraded and released?

Culinary Club

Cougar Culinary Club

By Aurora Santellan and Emily Leach


On September 13, 2017, the first meeting was held for the new CMS club, Cougar Culinary Club! Mrs. Loring, Mrs. Swift-Buggle, and Ms. Espinoza are the leaders of the club. The meeting was held in Room 8 and a total of 30 students are in the club. Cougar Culinary Club teaches 6th, 7th, and 8th graders how to cook.


Mrs. Loring said she started the club because she “did not want all the hard work Ms. Cushing did for CMS to go to waste.” Mrs. Swift-Buggle said that Mrs. Loring, Ms. Espinoza, and she started the club because “We all love to cook. And we thought since Ms. Cushing had retired, it was a chance to teach kids to cook.” Mrs. Loring loves to barbecue, “I also like trying different spices and flavors.” Mrs. Swift-Buggle’s favorite meal to cook is “roasted chicken, mashed potatoes, salad, and homemade rolls.” All three teachers are very excited to teach a new generation how to cook.


8th grader Melany Evans enjoys this club, because “it’s a hands on experience and a visual learning environment.” 6th grader Sumaya Elgharbaoui said that she joined Cougar Culinary Club because she “wanted to learn how to cook.” 7th grader Courtney Neal likes that cooking club is a hands on experience. Culinary Club is a way to not only teach students to cook, but to be safe in the kitchen, and to try new flavors and techniques.

6th grade dance photo

6th Grade Dance

By Courtney Neal & Jade Urista


This year’s 6th grade dance was held in the Nalbach Building  on Friday, September 8, 2017 with the theme of "Lights Out". The dance  had a photo booth and popcorn stand, along with DJ Doug playing songs such as "Closer" by Chainsmokers, and "Look What You Made Me Do" by Taylor Swift. 


The dance had students dancing and laughing from beginning to end. It also had the students coming back for more food! The decorations included, streamers, glow sticks, glowing balloons, neon colors, and black lights. There was also a dance off with the finalist Bhodi Beam, and Ka'lyaih Laing. The dance even had teachers attending, such as, Mrs. Mondrala, Mrs. Gibson, and Mrs. Gott, along with Mr. Boulden and Mr. Morales.


ASB did an amazing job setting up, and believed it to be a success. 6th grader Emily Leach said, " I loved the music because they had great songs". 6th grader Sidney Cordova said, "My favorite part was the cha-cha slide". 7th grade ASB student Abigail Woodcook said, " I loved setting up for the sixth grade dance, but my favorite part was seeing how excited the 6th graders were."  All in all the students enjoyed the 2017 6th grade dance.

Soccer game

CMS Soccer

By Demetrius Petties and Michael Wells


The CMS soccer team is back for the 2017 and 2018 school year with Mr. Vigil coaching the boys team and Ms. Silva and Mrs. Brannum coaching the girls. The tryouts were held from September 18th to September 21st, and many people were excited to try out. The first game of the year is October 10th.


Chris Jacobs, a 7th grader who tried out said "I am excited to be able to play against other schools and support my school with the soccer team, I would need to keep my grades up to ensure I stay on the team." Gael Aceves, an 8th grader who tried out said "I wanted to play on the team again because I really liked it last year. I would need to improve my crosses but I am very excited to try out." Mr. Vigil says "This team has a lot of potential they just need to work together and connect the dots." Overall this year's soccer team has a lot of potential to win a lot of games and many people are excited for the first game to start.


2017 CMS Girls Soccer Team: Emily Janes, Dania Qasqas, Gabi Smathers, Isabella Alatorre, Evelyn Bentacourt, Alyssa Barreto, Mireya Rodriguez, Leandra Salomon, Alexandra Gasper, Jocelyn Uribe, Cassandra Oseguera, Sofia Muster, Raelyn capacete, Kiana Josiah, Luciana Catalano, Sophia Hernandez, and Cadence Burdwell


2017 CMS Boys Soccer team: Edgar Gonzales, Abram Inunza, Feras Abdulhanan, Elias Grijalva, Roger Karam, Brayden Jones, Gael Aceves, Christopher Del Angel, Lucca Pinedo, Jesus Sandoval, Jonathan Bendolla, Anthony Gonzalez, Paul Aramburo, Jesse Jimenez, Ulysses Martinez, Roberto Escobar, Chris Jacobs, and Saul De Leon


Here's the game schedule for our two soccer teams, so come out and root them on to victory!

October 10- Girls home, Boys @ RCMS

October 17- Boys home, Girls @ RCMS

October 19- Boys home, Girls @ RCMS

October 26- Girls home, Boys @ RCMS

L.A. County Fair

By Madison Garcia and Emily Munez


Every year, people rush to buy tickets to the annual L.A County Fair for their rides, attractions, events, and delicious deep fried monstrosities of food. This year was no exception.


Once a year, the fair stuns us with new attractions and more! Approximately 1.8 million people attended this year to fill up on fatty foods and enjoy rides and attractions. Live music from local bands  played while people enjoyed local foods and immersed themselves in local art and culture.


This year The Magical World of Dragons, Wizards, and Beasts was a brand new experience at the fair. It  allowed everyone to engage in interactive devices filled with pop culture references. There were also live animals while people learned something educational. Another exhibit was Wonderland: A Floral Fairy Tale. It was like taking a trip down the rabbit hole. Once people stepped foot, at the exhibit with the giant displays with hundreds of beautiful flowers in every corner. 


People could try all kinds of food at the County Fair. At Chicken Charlie's, people could get crispy fried chicken with ice cream sandwiched between halves of glazed Krispy Kreme doughnut and garnished with Fruity Pebbles. As of 2017, Chicken Charlie's was the most popular food place in the entire fair. There were also healthy choices like vegan foods and fruit.



Rides were another big excitement factor at the L.A County Fair. There were rides for everyone from little infants to thrill seekers of all ages. The Ferris Wheel which gave people great views or the nauseous flip of The Zipper were two such rides. There were people waiting in lines everywhere for Fifth Harmony's performance, pig racing, and making ice cream. The fair is the one thing almost everyone looks forward to, for a week or more, of action packed fun!

September 11th

By Irina Callaway and Katelynn Aguilar


On September 11, 2001, tragic events took place which took the lives of almost 3,000 people in the United States. Hijacked planes were aimed at the World Trade Center, known as the twin towers, along with other planes which were aimed at other government buildings. The first plane crash was into the north tower at 8:45 am (ET) and the second plane crash was into the south tower at 9:03 am (ET). The Pentagon, where our nation’s military is headquartered, was hit by a third plane on the west block of the southwest view. A lot of the building was devastated and 189 people were killed. The fourth plane (Flight 93) was rumored to hit the White House or Capital Building, but was prevented from doing so by brave passengers on board the plane. Because of their actions, the plane crashed in an empty field in Pennsylvania.


The main memorial at the twin towers dedicated to this tragic event, sits within the footprints of where the towers once stood. Panels are engraved with the names of those who lost their lives that day. There are also memorials at the Pentagon and also in Pennsylvania where Flight 93 crashed.


This event caused our government to be more cautious by having a stricter security system. This was to try to prevent a disastrous event like this from ever happening again. This event played an important role in our history and will never be forgotten. We honor those who lost their lives and those who helped in that desperate moment. We will never forget what happened on 9/11.