March/April 2015 Edition
College on the Brain?
Written By: Eryn Durling
The best way to get scholarships is to have good grades, do community service and document it. Your GPA and SAT scores will be looked at to see if you qualify. If you are on the free and reduced lunch plan, you can see Mrs. Buras about a waiver to lessen or eliminate the cost of the SAT. But it’s not all about grades. Students are able to receive scholarships for a lot of different activities such as athletics, music and art.
*You don’t have to be a senior to get or start applying for scholarships. Naviance is also a great website students can use to find scholarships. Students can log on to their Naviance accounts by going to:
Account: clearviewtx Username: ID# (with zeroes) Password: Lunch pin (with zeroes)
Once they’ve logged in, click ‘colleges’ at the top of the page. It should go to a separate page that lists all the scholarships that can be selected.
One great scholarships opportunity that is available right now can be found at Kohlskids.com for ages 6-18. The national winner will receive $10,000.
Account: clearviewtx Username: ID# with zeroes Password: Lunch pin with zeroes
Once you've logged in, click "colleges" at the top of the page. It should go to a separate page that lists all the scholarships that can be selected.
One great scholarships opportunity that is available right now can be found at Kohlskids.com for ages 6-18. The national winner will receive $10,000.
Stress Reducing Tips
Written By: Tex Hinojosa
Stress can be a huge deal for anyone, especially during school and work. Whether it’s a family or personal situation, or just work piling upon you, there’s so many ways to try and calm yourself from such a heavy feeling.
- 1. Take a warm bubble bath with your favorite kind of bubble bath soap. There are many stress relieving shower gels and bubble bath soap that people use. My favorite kind to use a lot is the Eucalyptus Spearmint Foam Bath from Bath and Body Works. The mint doesn’t smell fake, and when my body winds down, it feels like I’m in a spa.
- 2. Put some warm pajamas on after a nice, long shower. After a shower, have some warm and comfortable pajamas waiting for you. It gives you the warmth, even after the shower is over.
- 3. Eat a balanced meal. Do not skip any meals. Don’t have too many sweets at hand, and before bed, eat something that will fill you up. Eating something that will fill your stomach up before bed makes it easier to fall asleep at night.
- 4. Meditate. A few minutes of practice per day can help ease stress and anxiety. It’s simple, really. Sit up straight with both of your feet on the floor. Close your eyes. Focus your attention on reciting – out loud or silently – a positive mantra, such as “I feel at peace” or “I love myself.” Place one hand on your stomach to sync the mantra with your breaths. Let any distracting thoughts float by like leaves in a river.
- 5. “Play that funky music!” As most of you guys do anyway, people plug in their ears with music to avoid all negative thoughts or emotions. Research shows that people who listen to soothing music can lower blood pressure, heart rate, and anxiety. It would certainly help if you rock out to upbeat music, or sing at the top of your lungs!
A Look @ the US Military
Written By: Alexis Hickey
The United States of America encourages people to enlist to our country’s military by showing them many advantages of proudly protecting our freedom. Being educated is the most beneficial thing you can receive; so they offer to pay for your education. The military not only offers education, but also can improve health, preparing you physically and mentally. Joining the military is a career you can choose to have to fight for our country. Military always have open spots and different jobs that fit you. They want you to be successful and have pride in your life.
Reading Rewards Contest
Accelerated Reader, or AR is a way for students to read their favorite books and get points for many different rewards. Go to www.arbookfind.com to participate. Read a book from the list, take a test showing you understood the book, get an 85% or better and you get points. You're only allowed to take the AR Tests from the library or during your English class. (Ask your ELA teacher or Mrs. Hoffman for details.)
- 10 points = 1 Tiger Ticket
- 25 points = a star with your name on it on the library bulletin board
- 50 points = your picture on a star on the bulletin board
- 100 points = a gift card and your name read on Friday announcements
- TOP 10 Students = earn a free dress pass and their name on the board.
“As Time Goes By”
Written By: Mia Bloomer
This year’s Clear View 2015 Junior/Senior Prom is to be held on Thursday, April 2 from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm at Walding Station, located at 100 Perkins Ave., League City, TX 77573. It is definitely going to be an exciting night and you are destined to have fun if you go. Tickets are $20.00 if purchased on or before March 30. Ticket prices will go up after March 30, to $30.00. So, basically buy your tickets before or on March 30 so you can get the lowest price. Prom Court Candidates are as follows:
Prom King: Thor Koenig, Brandon Wiltse, James Terrazas, Michael "Chance" Traywick, Rafi Ismail, Kevyn Luke
Prom Queen: Alexxis Neely, Mia Bloomer, Cheyenne Hooker, Priscilla Knight, Hannah Lovelady
Prom Prince: Chris Nunez Prom Princess: Kim Davis, Alexis Kate Hickey, Shanyn Schatte, Tomi Carson
In order to vote, you must be present at prom…. So please come and support your favorite candidate! Senior Prom Court Promotional Videos will be shown in Junior/Senior Advisories on April 2, so be on the lookout and remember to VOTE, VOTE, VOTE!!!!!!
There will be refreshments and appetizer type foods at prom. Therefore, it is encouraged that you and your group grab a bite to eat before prom. This will ensure that you will be able to dance until the night ends.
There will also be a photo opportunity at prom, and you will need to pay by cash or check, so do not forget money and put your best smile on!
Have fun at prom, be sure to stay safe, and make memories to last a lifetime!!!
Godzilla vs Destoroyah Movie Review
Written by: Tex Hinojosa
My favorite 90’s monster movie is definitely a hard one. There is Anaconda, Gremlins, and a handful of Godzilla and Gamera movies. Of course, Godzilla is my childhood. In this film, it is an emotional ending to a chapter, but a beginning for a new slate. This movie has a backstory to it, which I love about it. This is the twenty-second movie of the franchise fans go insane about.
The music composition by Akira Ifukube (the original composer for the first Godzilla movie in 1954) is DYNAMIC. From the scores during Godzilla’s rampage, to the Requiem theme, it brings a variety of emotions, ranging from excitement, to nostalgic.
In most of the Heisei films, all the villains are unoriginal. But Destoroyah, on the other hand, is original. The other suits from the Heisei series are mostly modified versions. For example, Biollante is a plant infused with human and Godzilla cells, and Battra is just an evil Mothra. Destoroyah is not any of these monsters. Instead of being an alternate version of an original character, Destoroyah is just a regular prehistoric microorganism that becomes irradiated when the scientists try making another Oxygen Destroyer, just like Dr. Serizawa used.
Godzilla Junior is the adoptive son of Godzilla. He has green skin, and has small dorsal spines growing that look almost identical to his father. He has the same roar as Godzilla, but just more high-pitched. His primary weapon is his atomic breath, which is blue just like his father’s. Godzilla Junior is half of Godzilla’s height, and has a kind disposition, even when he is older. He is friendly with humans, seen playing with children in Godzilla VS MechaGodzilla II and saving Miki from Destoroyah.
Destoroyah is the main antagonist of the film, growing quickly throughout the film, and adopts several appearances. Destoroyah has the same features as the aliens from Alien, such as the inner jaw. He can fire a Micro-Oxygen Beam from his mouth, which vaporizes any organic matter and even some metals. His microorganism form, his juvenile 2-meter and 18-meter crab-like forms, a larger crab-like form that has tentacles which looks almost like his Juvenile form, a bat-like flying form, and his bipedal final form. His final form is demonic-like with his screech-like roar, devil-like wings, a set of three teeth on the sides of his mouth, and eyes like hot coal.
Godzilla is the protagonist of the film, appearing with lava-like rashes that occasionally glow. His spines are no longer greyish-white and black, for his “meltdown” form made it orange-yellow with black. His sclera (which would be white) are red, with orange-yellow for his eye color. He emits steam from his body, and no longer breathes his usual blue atomic breath. His primary weapon in the movie is his red heat ray, which has gotten stronger from his meltdown stage. In the movie, he is very hostile, as seen when attacking Hong Kong, instead of Japan.
My favorite part of the movie has to be when Godzilla and Godzilla Junior reunite in the first half of the fight. It makes the movie slightly heart-warming, but Destoroyah comes in ruining everything. Like that one friend that butts into you and your boyfriend’s (or girlfriend’s) time together. Except… You know, not as weird.
Facts about filming, actors, etc:
- The producer and creator of Godzilla, Tomoyuki Tanaka, died two years after the film was finished.
- This was Akira Ifukube’s final film score. He died almost 11 years later due to multiple organ failure.
- Shortly after the film was finished, Toho actually held a funeral for Godzilla.
- Momoko Kochi (who played Emiko Yamane in the original 1954 film) came back to reprise the character. She died three years later due to intestinal cancer.
- Godzilla VS Destoroyah was supposed to be the final Godzilla film until 2005, but due to worldwide fan disappointment to the 1998 Godzilla film, they made Godzilla 2000: Millennium in retaliation.
- Destoroyah was the second monster in any Godzilla movie to attack Godzilla’s pain, both physically and emotionally. SpaceGodzilla was the first to attack Godzilla. Curiously, both monsters brought harm to Godzilla’s son in order for this to happen.Destoroyah is the oldest Godzilla monster. He is from the Precambrian era, which makes him 541 million years old. Megaguirus comes in second, coming from the Carboniferous era.
Facts of the
- The average Japanese household watches more than 10 hours of television a day.
- The Brimstone butterfly (Gonepterix Rhamni) has the longest lifetime of the adult butterflies: 9-10 months.
- A full moon is nine times brighter than a half moon. The ratio of brightness of the sun versus the moon amounts to a difference of 398,110 to 1. So that's how many full moons you would need to equal the brightness of the sun.
- An average human loses about 200 head hairs per day.
- Dartboards are made out of horse hairs.
- On average, 2 newborns will be given to the wrong parents every day. 370,000 babies are born worldwide each day.
- In the U.S, Frisbees outsell footballs, baseballs and basketballs combined.
- The human body is comprised of 80% water.
- It is believed that Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.
- Despite a population of over a billion, China has only about 200 family names.
- Buckingham Palace has 602 rooms. Not including the 78 bathrooms.
- The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps out to the body to squirt blood 30 feet.
- Beethoven dipped his head in cold water before he composed.
- The Olympic was the sister ship of the Titanic, and she provided twenty-five years of service.
- Venus is the only planet that rotates clockwise.
- In space you cannot cry because there is no gravity to make the tears flow.
- Elephants have the longest pregnancy in the animal kingdom at 22 months. The longest human pregnancy on record is 17 months, 11 days.
- California consumes more bottled water than any other product.
- In 1936, American track star Jesse Owens beat a race horse over a 100-yard course. The horse was given a head start.
- A large flawless emerald is worth more than a similarly large flawless diamond.
- Cher’s last name was “Sarkissian.” She changed it because no one could pronounce it.
- Mexican free-tailed bats sometimes fly up to two miles high to feed or to catch tail-winds that carry them over long distances at speeds of more than 60 miles per hour.
- It is estimated that millions of trees are planted by forgetful squirrels.
- In “Silence of the Lambs”, Hannibal Lector (Anthony Hopkins) never blinks.
- In Kentucky, it is illegal to carry ice-cream in your back pocket.
- A cat uses its whiskers to determine if a space is too small to squeeze through.
- A cesium atom in an atomic clock beats 9,192,631,770 times a second.
- A group of crows is called a murder.
STAAR/EOC testing for the month of May, as decided by the district.
- Tuesday, May 5—US History
- Wednesday, May 6—Algebra I
- Thursday, May 7—Biology
SAT & ACT Testing Info
A redesigned SAT in 2016 The college board, creators of the SAT, recently announced a redesigned SAT coming in 2016 and a historic partnership with Khan academy to make comprehensive, best in class SAT Prep materials open and free.
The current SAT (2014-15) In the meantime, students taking the SAT in 2014-2015 can begin practicing now with hundreds of questions from unreleased SATs and over 200 videos with step by step solutions.
SAT Test Information The SAT Test is administered by College Board several times throughout the year at various locations in our area. You must register and pay for the test at www.collegeboard.com. The deadline to register is usually about a month before the test to avoid the late fee. It is beneficial to take the SAT prep course that is closest to your scheduled test date. Talk to Ms. Wiley or Ms. Buras.
New SAT Prep Course Information: April 18th from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Practice test April 21st from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. $90. Registration begins April 8th until the course is full.
2014 – 2015 College Board SAT Test Dates May 2, 2015 and June 6, 2015
ACT Test Information The ACT Test is administered several times throughout the year at various locations in our area. You must register and pay for the test at www.actstudent.org, The deadline to register is usually about a month before the test to avoid the late fee.
New ACT Prep Course Information:
- March 28th from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 pm. Practice test March 31st from 4:00 pm - 7:30 p.m. $90. Registration begins March 10th until the course is full.
- April 11th from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Practice test April 14th from 4:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. $90. Registration begins April 1st until the course is full.
2014 – 2015 ACT Test Dates
- April 18, 2015 and June 13, 2015
Please visit the following website for more information:
SAT & ACT Testing Info
The English I and English II test are redesigned so that writing and reading each contribute equally to the total test score.
Total points possible - 92
- Each multiple-choice question, whether it assesses reading or writing, counts one point toward the score—a total of 50 points.
- The two short answer reading responses are each weighted by three so that they contribute 9 points each for a total of 18 points.
- The essay is weighted by three and contributes 24 points to the total score.
Multiple Choice – 54%
Short Answer Responses – 20%
- While more than half the total test score is based on multiple-choice questions, assessment of reading and writing skills in the context of actual performance tasks is also considered extremely important at the high school level. The STAAR English I and II rubrics for expository and persuasive writing require students to write well-crafted essays to achieve high scores.
Scoring criteria for the essays include a strong match between structure/form and purpose, the inclusion of an explicit thesis or position statement, sustained focus, a logical progression of sentences and ideas, specific development that adds substance to the essay, specific use of language and appropriate tone for the purpose, and strong conventions. However, the short answer reading section of each assessment is not scored on these same expectations for writing.
On the short answer section of the English I and II tests, students are required to answer two questions: one on a single reading selection and one on a thematically linked pair of selections. For each question, students must first make inferences about the reading passage(s) to generate a reasonable idea. Then students will confirm the validity of that idea by using specific evidence from the text and commentary that reveals how the evidence supports the students’ inference(s) about the reading selection(s). Students are scored on the content of their answers and the text evidence they use. This section of the reading test assesses the degree to which students can critically read on-grade-level texts.
Up and Coming at View
- April 30th - Progress Reports - go home for the 2nd progress report of the 4th 9-Weeks
- Tuesday, May 5—US History STAAR/EOC testing
- Wednesday, May 6—Algebra I STAAR/EOC testing
- Thursday, May 7—Biology STAAR/EOC testing
- May 27 - Senior Banquet - @ South Shore
- June 3 - Senior Breakfast - June 3rd (more details are coming)
- June 7 - Graduation: Starts at 2, we are supposed to be there at noon. It takes place indoors, over by the stadium at Clear Creek High School. Ceremony is over and you are leaving the parking lot by 3.
- TBD -Talent Show, Action Teams & Campus Planning: This will be going on sometime between now and the end of the year.