Corbett Chronicle The student news site of Ray D. Corbett Junior High School Fri, 01 Nov 2019 20:04:22 -0500 en-US hourly 1 Think Before You Mix Fri, 01 Nov 2019 20:04:22 +0000

   In Chrisman, Illinois, on September 26, Skylar Neuman was rushed to the ER for chemical burns from trying to clean hair dye off her body.

   “I was told that a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser would help get the dye out,” Neuman said. “I also used what I had used before. I got peroxide and rubbing alcohol and put them onto the Magic Eraser, causing them to burn.”

   Some common household chemicals should never be mixed. They may produce a toxic or deadly compound, or they may cause undesirable consequences. Much like the chemical burns Neuman received from mixing different products with different chemicals. She had used a Magic Eraser and different hair dye – both of which she had not used before. 

   Chemical burns form when you mix two or more different chemicals that are not compatible. 

   “It was class color day, and my class color happened to be blue,” Neuman said.

   After the chemical reaction, Neuman’s parents called Poison Control and they recommended she be rushed to the ER, where they stayed for four hours. 

   Neuman was given a cream to make the burns less irritating.

   “They still burn, but they’re fine,” Neuman said. “And they’re still red.”

   Envision Commercial Cleaning says the main cleaner that can not be mixed with other cleaning agents is chlorine bleach.  The active ingredient in bleach is sodium hypochlorite, which can be corrosive to the skin and mucous membranes and can even cause severe injury to the eyes.

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Immigration Policy Fri, 01 Nov 2019 19:00:22 +0000

The United States has a policy that blocks unauthorized immigrants from coming into the country illegally. Part of that policy requires that people without proper identification be removed from the U.S. 

Eighth grader Ellieanna Herrera said, “I think it’s unfair because some of the people come over here for a better chance at life, but some people bring illegal things into the country.”

According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection statistics, the majority of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, and fentanyl in 2018 was caught trying to be smuggled in at legal crossing points.

Herrera said, “I partly support the policy because some people come over with good intentions and some people come over with bad intentions.”

According to Southwest Border Migration, in Fiscal Year (FY) 2019, a total of 851,508 individuals were apprehended between ports of entry on our Southwest Border. 

Herrera said, “In some situations, [deporting] is fair depending on certain cases towards the immigrants with bad intentions.”

There are several reasons the U.S. immigration authorities can send a person back to their country of origin: Failure to obey the terms of your Visa or maintain your status; failure to advise USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) of change of address; commission of a crime; violation of U.S. immigration laws; receiving public assistance.

According to the Center for Migration study, Two-thirds of all unauthorized immigrants entered the United States with valid visas and stayed in the country after their visa expired.

“I think the good immigrants feel left out, because they’re still humans, and still deserve a chance at life as well as a better lifestyle,” said Herrera.

The Migration Policy Institute says, the United States has a larger immigrant population than other countries in the world, with 44 million immigrants as of 2017. 

Former Alamo college student Katia Martinez said, “I believe that our policy should be there to enforce against the criminals, not people coming in as refugees or just wanting a better life for themselves and their family.”

On June 20, President Trump signed an Executive Order intended to halt the separation of families. However, the order instructs DHS to detain alien families together throughout the immigration proceedings and criminal proceedings.

Martinez said, “This policy should make our government be better, not separate families from their loved ones.”

The Border Patrol has temporarily halted the referral for criminal prosecution of parents arriving with children, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Martínez said, “Our immigrants help us in more ways than hurt us. I understand having to have a policy because of the gangs and criminals that we have, but let’s try to lessen it and not focus so much on those here for a better future.”


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Child Cancer Survivor Thu, 31 Oct 2019 13:51:05 +0000

My name is Reid Smith. When I was 2-years old, I was diagnosed with stage three kidney cancer. I’m now 9-years cancer free.   

I don’t remember my early years, but I do remember as I got older, I rode a bike around the hospital to have fun. I also remember running from the doctors so they would play chase with me. Despite my treatments, I was able to laugh and make the best of my situation. 

Three summers ago, on my birthday, I had a tumor removed from my spine. Since I was in the ICU (Intensive Care Unit), and couldn’t really move from my bed, they decorated my room and had a party.

After that, I decided for my birthday every year, I wanted to collect donations and gifts for other kids in the hospital. So far, I’ve raised over $1000 every year. The hospital asked me to be the Children’s Miracle Network Champion to bring awareness to sick kids.

There is also a thing I do for St. Baldrick’s. This is an event where hospitals, doctors, schools and fire departments come together and raise money for childhood cancer research. They start a team and everyone on that team puts an amount on their hair. Mine is usually around $3000.00.

If we meet our fundraising goal, we walk on stage and have our hair shaved off. The event in San Antonio raises hundreds of thousands of dollars every year.

I’ve done this for eight years now and raised over $25,000 for childhood cancer research.

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Banned Book Week Celebrates Freedom in Choice Mon, 21 Oct 2019 23:07:17 +0000

Last month, readers and writers celebrated National Banned Book Week, where they read and discussed books that are under investigation for their content and may possibly be banned from public libraries, schools, and universities. 

The top three reasons that cause a book to be challenged and banned are: Explicit content, offensive language, or are unsuited to certain age groups. 

Isaac Mccollum, an 8th grader said, “I would ban a book if it had violent or offensive content.”

The American Library Association, or ALA, has an anonymous page where people can submit a book to be challenged and possibly banned. In 2018, 483 books were banned/challenged in the United States.

“It’s based on community standards. Some people think books with witchcraft and explicit content should be banned,” said Corbett Librarian Mr. Ricondo.

Banned Book Week begins on September 22nd and ends on the 28th. It was created in the 1980’s because the founder, Judith Krug, was worried about the threat of censorship. The event puts a spotlight on banned and challenged books, and celebrates the freedom to express ideas.

“Not all of the books suggested are bad. Some are influential and teach important lessons about diversity and inclusion,” said Mccollum. 

According to the I Love Libraries website, 82-97 percent of book challenges remain unreported and don’t receive any media. 

Ricondo said, “As a librarian, I think every book should be permitted within reason for maturity level.”

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Why Character Matters Mon, 21 Oct 2019 23:04:03 +0000

Each week, Corbett coaches come together to nominate student athletes who display one of the 5 pillars: Responsibility, Respect, Citizenship, Fairness, and Trustworthiness.

“We do this to reward those students for making the right decisions,” said Coach Pemelton.

Acknowledging students for doing the right thing has an impact on the individual student and those who are watching. 

Pemelton said, “We give the athletes of the week free lunch passes to the front of the line and a certificate.”

A former athlete of the week recipient Evan Busch, eighth grader, said he received the award for responsibility and sportsmanship. 

Busch said receiving the nomination had a positive effect on him. “Yes, it helps, because I can always strive to be better,” said Busch. 


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Investing in Others is a Life Skill Mon, 21 Oct 2019 23:00:40 +0000

Each day during PRIDE-time, Meet in the Middle club members leave their classrooms to work with ALE (Alternative Learning Environment) students.  

“Meet in the Middle is a club that helps the campus by doing activities that promote diversity and character education,” said Ms. Herring, 7th grade applied LIT and ELA teacher. 

This club is designed for students of all ages. For example, you can be 7-years-old  or 19 and still participate in Meet in the Middle. As long as you have a heart to help ALE students with school work or projects, you can join.

“Meet in the Middle can help you find your career path,” said Herring. “It isn’t just a school club, it can be beneficial for your future. You can find your passion by helping other children.”

The club meets on the first Tuesday of every month in room F212. Students talk about their achievements and how they can continue to learn and grow. 

“This club is amazing,” said McKenzie Suarez. 

Interested students can join the club by simply by going to room F212, filling out a permission slip, and once approved, students are free to start helping other students. 

“In this club, you can learn leadership and simple life skills,” said Herring.    

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Game Central: A Gamer’s Dream Mon, 21 Oct 2019 22:57:19 +0000

Every Thursday for an hour and a half after school, in the school library students play video games, WII sports, board games, card games, table tennis, and even Dungeons and Dragons.

“Every kid needs a place to belong,” Mr. Ricondo, the school librarian said. “Some kids aren’t in sports or band and they need a place to fit in.”

Over 100 kids are in Game Central. Students have to apply to participate in the after school program and must be passing all of their classes, and may not have disciplinary referrals. The first 60 seventh and 60 eighth graders to apply, were admitted into the club. “It’s a first come, first serve organization,” said Ricondo.

“I started Game Central about 15 years ago when I was working at a high school and I think it has been here for about 12  years,” said Ricondo.

The type of games being played usually depends on the types of students that are in the club. The video games are rated E or teen only, with the exception of Halo – a multiplayer game.

“Game central is a fun club where students can play with their friends,” said Ricondo.

It has four school sponsors: School counselor Mr. Villarreal, STEM teacher Mr. Casiano, Tech App teacher Mr. Hernandez, and school librarian Mr. Ricondo.

The club meets after school on Thursdays in the library from 3:15-5:00. Seventh and eighth grade alternates every other Thursday. 

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College Football Player Paves a Way Mon, 21 Oct 2019 22:53:42 +0000

Toni Harris wants to be the first female NFL player. She became the first woman to sign a letter of intent at a skill position in college football history.

“I think they accepted her, but not many will support her,” said eighth grader Madison Jones.

Harris was the first female to ever receive a scholarship at a skilled position in football. She played as a safety in her hometown of Detroit.

“There isn’t a path, but I want to make sure I’m paving a way for myself to get there,” said Harris in an interview on SI Now Live. 

The 22-year-old is very open about wanting more women to be in the NFL. She wants to encourage young women and little girls to follow their dreams.

“It does not say Men’s National Football League. It just says National Football League,” said Harris on SI Now Live. 

Although she has many supporters, she still gets told she should not play football in the NFL. 

“People tell me, “It’s cool you play football…but you’ll never make it and you shouldn’t be doing it,” she explained in the interview.

In a Super Bowl commercial for Toyota, Harris compared her football dreams to the new and upcoming Toyota being released. 

“If I can’t get there, I want to make sure the next little girl can get there,” said Harris in Glamour Magazine.

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Students Prepare for Upcoming Musical Mon, 21 Oct 2019 22:50:12 +0000

Corbett’s theater students are preparing for their upcoming musical, Alice in Wonderland. A tale about a girl who falls into a rabbit hole and discovers a new world full of unique people and interesting creatures.

The play was written by Charles Dodgson, a mathematician at Christ Church Oxford. He told his crazy story to the college dean’s daughters as they rowed their boat down the Thames River in England. One of the daughters, Alice, begged Dodgson to write it down, and that’s how it became a famous book.

The musical is directed by Corbett’s theater teachers Ms. Badillo and Ms. Avance and the theater students are working very hard to make this play perfect.

“I’m really excited for the play,” said Cordelia Gressett. “Everyone is working well together and not many are nervous about performing in front of a big audience.”


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Time to get Geeky Mon, 21 Oct 2019 22:37:26 +0000

After school, on October 25, students will filter down the hallways and into the library, dressed in themed costumes to attend Corbett’s annual Geektoberfest.

“It’s really a celebration of all things geeky,” said Mr. Ricondo, Corbett’s librarian.

The annual event provides a fun-filled Harry Potter themed dance, arcade games, competitions, food and drinks, and so much more.

“In this event, myself and three other teachers are fighting for the “House Cup,” and it’s up to the students to help us win by participating in games and earning points,” said Ricondo.

Although the Harry Potter theme is back by popular demand, students can dress up in any genre, including Star Wars, Guardians of the Galaxy, or anything they choose.

“150 Dobie students are invited to this year’s special occasion, so that they can see how we do things here at Corbett,” said Ricondo.

Geektoberfest is from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. and the cost is $5.00. All of the money made will go to the after school Game Club fund.


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