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    Arden Middle School •     Arden Spirit, Panther Pride!     • December, 2022



    Out with the old, and in with the new

    Arden, old and new

    I’m sure we can all agree that it’s been a rough few years. Trying to adjust to a new school is always hard, so coming back strong was very complicated. In this newspaper, maybe we can help you overcome some of your obstacles. With our advice column, information on upcoming events, stories written by other students, articles about sports and clubs, elective information, and jokes much better than the morning announcements (we pride ourselves on that but it's not too hard) you have a newspaper to read and enjoy! Not only have we brought back our historic newspaper, but our school community has changed a lot too. New school, new students, new staff members, and most important, an exciting new year. Arden Middle School has been around since 1914. That's 108 years of great history!


    Clubs and What They Are


          Lunch isn’t always going to be fun. Henceforth, the invention of clubs! Clubs are a great place to socialize, be creative, be yourself and above all, have fun! If you don't enjoy many of the clubs already there, then feel free to make a club that suits you.

             This week’s featured clubs are LGBTQ+ Club, The Anything Club, and The Zodiacs Club.

           The LGBTQ+ Club is headed up by Alyssa Joiner. It meets every other Monday at lunch. The overview of the club is, playing games, watch movies , and overall, have a good time.  

    The Anything Club is run by Jasmine Garcia. In the club at the beginning, they choose a topic to discuss. After the topic is chosen they focus on that for the rest of the meeting.

            The Zodiacs club has several leaders. Lillian Cunningham, Lillian Astle, and Charlotte Zambor.  They meet on Fridays. The goal of the club is to help you find your true zodiac sign.

            The Following Clubs have been canceled: Stumble Buddies and History Club. If you wish to discontinue your club please tell anyone from leadership.   

    This is a club board. You can find them by the library and by the leadership room (A205)




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      Video Games, Yes or No?

           You’ve probably been told that video games are bad for you. You may be shocked, but that's not necessarily true. It's a subject that many families are split over. But not many people know the whole truth. These are the reasons why they are but also aren't good for you.

              Let's start with the pro’s. “It's true that some studies have shown certain video games can improve hand–eye coordination, problem-solving skills, and the mind's ability to process information.” says KidsHealth.org. There are many benefits to playing video games and here are just some of them. It increases memory, your mood, perception and vision, physical fitness, youthfulness, curiosity and learning.

          Even though there are many pros, there are also many cons. The website Peertechzpublications.com states, “Further research shows that gaming disorders can also be linked with anxiety, depression, obesity, sleeping disorders, and stress. People who remain physically inactive for long periods because of gaming may also be at higher risk of other health-related issues, according to WHO.” Playing video games can get you addicted to them, and this leads to loss of interest in other activities, and not enough social time and exercise.

                 With the many cons and pros of video games, you should only play video games no more than two hours per day. 

    Growler’s Got Answers

    Hey Growler,

    I’ve been having trouble with my grades. I study a lot, but my test scores are always low. Do you have any ideas why, or even study tips to help me get better scores?

    -An F is not an A 

    Hi An F is not an A,

    Thanks for writing to me! I think I know how to help you! There are many different styles of learning and studying. Your test scores may be affected because you aren’t studying in the most effective way for you. Visual, Auditorial, and Tactile are the main styles of learning. If you are a visual learner, then rewriting your notes on another paper might help you remember them more. Maybe you are an  auditory learner. So working in a quiet space will limit distractions, and help you focus. If you are a tactile learner, walking while studying and making games  out of what you are learning might help you study more efficiently. I hope this helps!





    The flash mob on October 31 was presented by Spirit Squad. The dance was Monster Mash. The people who participated include: 

    Garrett H, Alexa K, Bailey H, Renee P, Penny F, Simone A, Tal L, Daniella M, Annika B, Amelia S, Karly B, Moses T, 

    April M, Arianna V, Madison F, Rachel V, Claire M, Ashley K, Madelyn M, Delilah L, Paitin L.

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    Arden Cross Country

    This year provides a challenge for Arden Cross Country runners. After a phenomenal season last year, teams are back to take Arden’s Crown. We are the first winners of the Middle School Cross Country teams. Other teams have not forgotten this. This year, the team faces eleven other schools, as of Oct 10, 2022.We have gotten first place  in every single race as of the semi-finals. Our season has been successful since its start eight weeks ago. We have raced against Churchill, Barret, and Kathrine Johnson. We are now in finals week with the finals on October 20,2022. Although we have a strong team of forty five runners. Track is the much preferred extra curricular activity. Last year we had about eighty kids on track. Can Arden hold off their title? That shouldn’t be a question because they do! Arden won the overall girls and got second in the overall boys. We also won the district!

    Arden Students at Cross Country meet a year ago

    Arden Volleyball

    Arden Volleyball is back and stronger than ever! This year, Arden had six Volleyball teams. Thanks to the amazing high school coaches, all of the teams were excellent! The two eighth grade teams won most of their games. The sixth and seventh grade teams won most of their games and could be headed over to win their final games. Don’t worry panthers! Our Arden Volleyball team will be coming back next year, bigger and stronger than ever, so don’t forget to sign up!


    Arden Volleyball students October 2022

    Featured Teacher - Ms. Cummings

    Interviewed by Cassius Rayman

    Ms. Cummings is Arden’s new principal. Though she has been teaching for many years, this is her first year at Arden. We asked her a few questions to help you get to know her. 

    Q: What are your hopes for Arden and what are you going to do to achieve them? 

    A: To continue to have outstanding programs for Arden, and to always try to improve and get feedback from students. 

    Q:Why did you decide to teach? 

    A:She had wanted to be a teacher since youth, and wanted to be “the boss.” 

    Q: What's your biggest accomplishment? 

    A: Her biggest achievement is her kids. But for work, it was achieving where she is now. She says,”We make Arden a safe place for kids and make kids happy to come.”

    Teresa Cummings - headshot



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    Watt’s Up?!




    Second Quarter Progress Reports come out.


    Thanksgiving Break


    Takeout Tuesday


    Auditions Due for Cap Section Honor Plan




    PTA Staff meeting


    Labor Day(No School)


    CSUS WInter Jazz Fest (at Sac State)


    Winter Choir Concert ECHS 7pm


    Winter Band Concert


    Break begins




    Capital Section Honor Band


    Teacher work day


    Staff meeting


    PTA Meeting


    MLK Holiday


    Dance “White out”


    Web/Sixth Grade Social


    Kiwanis Jazz Festival


    Takeout Tuesday

    That’s all for now!


    Peppermint Hot Cocoa Mug Cake


     ¼ cup all purpose flour

     3 tbsp sugar

     2 tbsp cocoa powder

     ¼ tsp baking powder

     ⅛ tsp salt

     ¼ cup milk

     2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

     1-2 tbsp semi-sweet choco chips (depending on you)

     2 crushed peppermint candies


    Add flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt into a 12 oz. microwave-safe mug. Stir with a fork until mixed, then stir in milk and oil. When well mixed, stir in choco chips and crushed peppermint candies. If mug if filled more than halfway with batter, your mug is to small and the batter will overflow in the microwave.

    Use a damp paper towel to wipe excess of the side of the mug. Microwave for 90 seconds. Let the cake stand for 1-2 minutes before eating. *OPTIONAL: serve with berries, whipped cream, or vanilla ice cream!Top view of a peppermint chocolate mug cake baked in the microwave by FamilySpice.com


    Q:what's always found on the ground but never gets dirty?

    A: a shadow

    Q:What has 13 hearts but no other organs?

    A: A deck of cards

    Q:What is yours but mostly used by others?

    A: Your name




    The first 10 people to answer correctly, will get 10 roar bucks!

    A man has a chicken, a fox, and a bag of corn. He must travel across a lake, but his boat will only hold himself and one of his possessions. He cannot leave the chicken and the fox alone, because the fox will eat the chicken. He cannot leave the chicken and the bag of corn alone because the chicken will eat the corn. How will the man take all of his possessions across safely?

    Submit your answer by the Leadership Room (A207)




    Kona Ice only comes the first and third thursday of every month. They are scheduled to come:

    December 1 & 15

    January 12 & 26

    February 2 & 16

    March 2 & 16

    April 6 & 20

    May 4 & 18

    June 1


    Q:What's green and has wheels?

    A: Grass, i lied about the wheels

    Q: Why did the cookie go to the doctor?

    A: it was feeling crumby

    Q:When does a joke become a dad joke?

    A:when it becomes apparent





    1x jolly rancher

    2x red vines

    1x starburst


    1x three musketeers

    1x milky way

    1x midnight milky way

    1x krackel

    1x hershey

    1x mr. good bar


    1x rice krispie treat


    1x Bag of chips

    1x bag of goldfish

    1x bag of cheez-its

    1x bag of pretzels

    Many of our items have limits and we occasionally run out.



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    All Prior Panthers of the Week 

    Being Panther of the week requires students to be outstanding and that they are R.O.A.R.ing (responsible, on task, accountable, respectful) and having a teacher recognise their hard work. All prior amazing Panthers will be recognised here.

    Week 1: David Chancey              Week 4: Eliot Rogers

    Week 2: David Byrd                    Week 5: Dylan Tiska

    Week 3: Claire Drury                  Week 6: Jovany Luna

                                                             Week 7: Emerson Thornton

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    Thank you to these amazing contributors that created this newspaper.  Arden Spirit, Panther Pride!



    Ava C.

    8th grade student that helped write.



    Wrote the advice column.


    Magdaline L.

    7th grade student that helped edit.


    Sana P.

    7th grade student that helped write and edit.


    Anabella H.

    7th grade student that helped write and edit.



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    Arden Leadership

    Arden’s very own leadership class.


    Cassius R.

    8th grade student that helped interview.


    Emanuel H.

    8th grade student that helped interview.


    Theodora C.

    This student wrote a featured article called, “Volleyball.”


    Mr. Zanetti

    Student Leadership advisor.




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