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Q3/4 FINAL BEAVER BUGLE

by WMS Journalism Class

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Beaver Bugle
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About this publication
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Issue 3, Quarter 4, Spring 2022
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Alameda, CA
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The Bugle is written and published by students at Wood Middle School. New editions are available in print and online.
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Sports Take Hit Due To Pandemic
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Two Sides to Peer Pressure
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Wood Girls' Basketball team with Coach Tiffany start season strong as mask mandates lift. (photo by Wood parent)
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by Kylie Z, 8th

Middle school is rough, but activities like sports increase the fun. Un fortunately, COVID greatly impacted school sports this year. Fortunately, the Alameda Education Foundation (AEF) was able to bring them back in February.
Volleyball was the first sport in the season to get hit. Although this fall sport was canceled, it returned in spring.
How do Wood volleyball players feel? 
Sody (7th) was one of the students planning to join the team. When asked how the loss of volleyball affected her plans, she said, “It cleared up a lot of time for other things like sports and homework. I feel pretty sad, I had my hopes up for the season.”
How did it affect the school?
Sody: “Volleyball is a big part of our school, we see the banners in the lunchroom and how the students are sad. I really wish we could be doing volleyball.” 
Basketball was able to start in February with plenty of motivated athletes after a brief cancellation due to Omicron.
Maissa (8th) was super excited to play basketball for Wood. She is one of many amazing players. When asked about how the break in the season affected her, she said, “It opened up a lot of my schedule. Now, I can hang out with friends after school and I don’t have to check in with my coach. In a way, I’m sort of disappointed because it was fun, but on the other hand I am kind of relieved because I get more rest.” 
Ayzell (8th), said, “It didn’t affect me that much, just gave me more time to do homework.” The Bugle is glad Ayzell handled this break well and looked on the bright side in spite of the postponement.
It is unfortunate to see all these student athletes having to stop practice, but hopefully everyone can adjust back. Let’s look at track and the late volleyball season with hope! Keep your masks on and stay safe out there!
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by Danika (7th)

Kids experience peer pressure almost every day in school from as young as 9 years old. However, peer pressure is more common among middle and high school students. Does this mean teenagers are more influenced by their peers and could be tricked into irresponsible actions?
Pretend some friends decide that it would be fun to vandalize the school campus. You're having second thoughts about doing this, but a friend says, “Come on, the rest of us are doing it.” Obviously, this should be fine, right? WRONG! If you don’t want to do something or think it’s not a good idea, back away immediately and inform someone you trust so you don’t have to face these situations by yourself.
Keep in mind: Peer pressure isn’t always bad, it can be a positive influence too. Someone your age could inspire you to do something productive and encouraging like keeping up with school work or having a healthier diet. In the end, everyone is going to face peer pressure, positive & negative. It just matters how you let it impact your life.
For more information, visit these sites: Kidshealth.org, healthcorps.org
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Ms. Ruffin’s advice for peer pressure:
Peer pressure is something that everyone will experience throughout their life, and can be extremely difficult to navigate. If you suspect you are being pressured by your peers, ask yourself, Would I want to do this if they were telling me not to? Would it benefit or cause harm to me now or in my future? If the answers are no, then you should not give into peer pressure. 

It may not be easy to say no, but you can make an excuse about why you cannot do what they are asking. Say something like “If I do that, I will get my cell phone taken away for a long time,” or “If I don’t stop talking, my teacher will call my parents and I’ll get in trouble!” 
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Caption: Student gets pressured to vandalize a locker.
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Other ways to stay away from negative peer pressure is to sign up for after school activities, sports, clubs, etc. If you are more busy, it will reduce the likelihood that you will have the time to be around negative influences. Lastly, if there is still lots of pressure from peers, then talk to a trusted adult who can give you more support to get through difficult situations.