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  • Student council gives back in many ways By Jacob Prado Editor, Phoenix RisingYou might be wondering what student council has been up to lately. Since the beginning of the school year, student council has been looking for ways to give back to the school, and it is proud of what was accomplished. Its first contribution was $200 in winter boots to the Comet Care Center, which then dispersed the boots to needy elementary school kids. Next, the council saw the profits for the dances weren’t as high because, after everything was counted, the DJ still needed to be paid, so the council looked for a way to solve this. It came up with a plan for the school to ask teachers, like Mr. Butzow, to ...
    Posted May 24, 2016, 3:06 PM by reglite@ddschools.org
  • Wheeler serves up lunch specials By Emily Cameron andFrancheska SandovalPhoenix Rising staffDo you ever stop to consider who our lunch servers are outside of our noisy, messy lunch room? If you’re like us, maybe you assume they don’t lead very exciting lives, apart from all the cooking and clean-up they do, but you would be wrong. Take our head cook, Mrs. Sandra Wheeler, for example. Before she came to work for Phoenix Middle School, she owned her own restaurant for 10 years. She also was the head cook for the Walworth County Jail for 10 years (and you thought she had to put up with a lot of bad behavior from us!).With her extensive cooking background, it is ...
    Posted May 24, 2016, 3:01 PM by reglite@ddschools.org
  • Catching up on student council By Emily Cameron and Francheska SandovalPhoenix Rising StaffCheck out what new advisor Ms. Sepulveda and the 2015-16 Phoenix Middle School Student Council president had to say about their goals and feelings for              this school year.  Ms. Sepulveda - advisorGoals: “My goal isn’t to make it different...My goal is to rather make sure we have great leaders here at Phoenix; that’s my goal.”How you feel: “I feel honored; I feel nervous, but honored.”How do you feel about your council members: “I’m really elated… everybody seems hardworking and wants to do more…”Do you feel pressured: “I think so, mainly because I hold myself to a high standard…”Will you enjoy this school ...
    Posted May 24, 2016, 2:39 PM by reglite@ddschools.org
  • Claim your ‘unclaimed property’ By Jacob PradoEditor, Phoenix RisingDid you know that in 2013 alone the U.S. held 58 billion dollars in what they call “Unclaimed Property” and today some of it could be yours? In basic terms, “Unclaimed Property” is held by every state and it is a collection of bank accounts, wages, utility deposits, insurance policy proceeds, and contents of safe deposit boxes that have been abandoned.You might be thinking that you don’t own any of that money but you actually might because not only is it of abandoned accounts, but it could be overpaid checks or money sent to old addresses that end up in the state. In 2013, there was so much “Unclaimed Property” that ...
    Posted May 24, 2016, 2:15 PM by reglite@ddschools.org
  • Medina impacts Spanish program at Phoenix By Morgan LockPhoenix Rising StaffMrs. Medina is a Spanish teacher just joining the Phoenix family this year. Her year at Phoenix had been a “learning experience, and Delavan is a really nice community of students, staff, and families. A couple of the challenges she gave for  working at Phoenix Middle School versus any other school include: the A day or B day schedule, and having about 200 students each semester. To earn a job teaching Spanish, you have to earn a content area degree, which would be the Spanish language, a teaching certificate, and a specialty. A master’s degree is not needed, but Mrs. Medina is working towards earning hers. This is not her first year teaching ...
    Posted May 24, 2016, 2:09 PM by reglite@ddschools.org
  • 'Tis the Season for Reading Holiday "Reading" trees coming to the library soon...By Mrs. EglitePhoenix Rising AdvisorStop by the library and read about the books our "Book Club" PIE students have been enjoying this year. Then check one out yourself...and "escape" over winter break!
    Posted Dec 6, 2015, 8:27 PM by reglite@ddschools.org
  • PHOENIX RISING SEEKS STUDENTS! By Mrs. EglitePhoenix Rising AdvisorI'm sure you've seen my constant morning announcements requesting helpers on our school "newspaper"/website. Well, what are you waiting for? WE NEED YOU! Do you like to write stories or give reviews about topics Phoenix students would be interested in? Join us after school most Tuesdays, or e-mail your ideas to Mrs. Eglite. If your work is used in our newspaper/site, you'll be invited to our end-of-year party. Last year, a local supporter, Kathy Llewellen fed us homemade meatball subs and brownies...YUMMMMM!  If we get enough interest, we hope to take newspaper tours and learn more about proper journalism and photojournalism techniques. Are you up ...
    Posted Dec 6, 2015, 8:24 PM by reglite@ddschools.org
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  • Opinion: Breaking the social barrier By Jacob PradoEditor, Phoenix RisingAsk yourselves this - have you ever been at lunch and somebody is sitting at “your” table but they are constantly told to move down until they are left out of the group? The concept of a social barrier is basically a brick wall or a door that is hard to go through unless you are let through. This can be a struggle for many kids, to be able to make new friends, as when they find a group of friends they still might be excluded at that table or group. If you try to sit at a new table and are asked to move, but don’t, then you're the bad guy in ...
    Posted May 24, 2016, 2:36 PM by reglite@ddschools.org
  • Classrooms amiss? Opinion: Equality missing in classroomsBy Jacob PradoPhoenix Rising EditorWhat is equality? The dictionary defines equality as the state or quality of being equal; correspondence in quantity, degree value, rank, or ability. Another way of saying equality could be: to be equal or the same. There are rules that are implemented in school to keep everything equal. One example of this could be when you bring in treats, you’re supposed to bring for everyone in the class to be equal. Another, more important, example would be that there is not to be racial discrimination in the school for the equality of all the students. Abraham Lincoln stated in his Gettysburg Address: “A new nation, conceived in Liberty ...
    Posted Dec 6, 2015, 6:37 PM by reglite@ddschools.org
  • Opinion: Lunchtime blues?By Jacob PradoPhoenix Rising StaffIf you asked any student at Phoenix what they witness at lunchtime tables, he or she would probably tell you that the same kids sit at the same tables they’ve claimed since the school year started, and that it’s extremely hard to switch tables or try to sit with another group of friends. There are many reasons why this happens, but we need to do something to encourage more socialism among different groups of people here at Phoenix.One reason seating is so awkward is that when the school year starts, kids pick a spot by their “friends” at the time and it becomes a habit that’s hard ...
    Posted May 31, 2015, 2:58 PM by reglite@ddschools.org
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Student Views

  • Prado reflects on growth at Phoenix By: Jacob Prado Editor, Phoenix RisingAbout three years ago, I came into Phoenix as a sixth grader and now I’m leaving eighth grade going into high school. In all honesty, these three years have taught me a lesson in life and I hope for other students as well. I had my first working experience as a soccer referee in sixth grade, which helped me get used to talking with people. Ironically, over these past few years, I’ve had to learn to talk in front of people and be a spokesman for my peers in various roles here at Phoenix. In sixth grade, I joined student council and was automatically ready to help out at everything from dances ...
    Posted May 24, 2016, 3:34 PM by reglite@ddschools.org
  • Check for healthy foods         By Jacob Prado Editor, Phoenix RisingA recent report was recently reported by the World Health Organization that eating processed meats can cause cancer and red meats is probably carcinogenic. Other reports from The North American Meat Institute is saying the report from WHO is “dramatic and alarmist overreach.” So if the report from WHO is at all true and we should stay away from meats, what can we eat that can still give us all the nutrients we need and keep us healthy? If this report is true, you should try a Mediterranean diet - push more for the vegetables, nuts and fruits, and limiting your meat and dairy consumption to little. There have been many studies that show the ...
    Posted May 24, 2016, 2:45 PM by reglite@ddschools.org
  • Poem Published by 8th grader Trees of SoldiersBy Samantha RominePhoenix Rising Staff  Every leaf of a treeis a soldier in battle,Fighting against the windjust like the soldiers,Waiting for the world's colors to change,Holding on to try and make it through, Some are lost andothers are spared,But when a leaf fallsso does a soldier,When a tree is cut downthe war is lost,When a tree sprouts another war begins.(As featured in the book: Beyond the Sea; Rhapsody. Eber and Wein. Pennsylvania: 2015)
    Posted Dec 6, 2015, 6:48 PM by reglite@ddschools.org
  • My experience at Phoenix By Cenya CannonPhoenix Rising StaffAs a new student to Phoenix this year, I shared a little of my experience.https://docs.google.com/a/ddschools.org/presentation/d/1QKpQjb3IKXAdv3ldal-1NOZer2Gl--Pcv_Nbi0L3TOc/edit?usp=sharing
    Posted Jun 1, 2015, 12:23 PM by reglite@ddschools.org
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Staff Chatter


  • 7th grade ELA students display their poetic side Bust A RhymeBy Camrin BosworthI like to chill outsideI must have punched a hiveBecause the bees were aliveSo then I went insideAnd I saw a girl with some thunda thighsShe said wassup hi !She then asked for a high fiveI said no no no goodbye !___________________________________________Pegasus WarBy Emily Cameron and Francheska SandovalPhoenix Rising Staff Painful     HurtfulWar     WarFlying High                            softlyInto War     I, pegasusDark     LonelyIn War     In WarSimple     ComplexDangerous     UpsetUnwilling     I, PegasusWanting to go home     CryingLeavingVictory     VictoryWar     WarSimple     HurtfulDying     DyingDead now     Dead nowBye Mom     Bye Dad ____________________________________________Grandpa                                                     By David FloresI remember when...you said you ...
    Posted May 24, 2016, 1:39 PM by reglite@ddschools.org
  • Phoenix Counselors Gross and Engerson ROCK! Counselor profile: Getting to know Mr. GrossBy Haley Fischer and Morgan LockPhoenix Rising staffHelping students when they are having trouble is a goal for Mr. Gross, one of our counselors at Phoenix Middle School. He knew he wanted to become a counselor when he was teaching high school English.He had thoughts about nursing or doing physical therapy as a career before deciding on counseling. He has been a counselor for two years and he was not a counselor at any other school.The college degrees that are required are a bachelor's degree in education and a master’s degree in school counseling. When he was in high school, he got involved in a variety of ...
    Posted Dec 6, 2015, 6:35 PM by reglite@ddschools.org
  • Sirkman has reasons to celebrate By KoraZoe QuinnPhoenix Rising StaffThe story of Lizzie Sirkman is truly extraordinary, and Phoenix Rising interviewed her to bring it to you. Two great things happened to her this school year so far - winning The Daughters of the American Revolution essay award and, more importantly, reaching her seven-year anniversary of being cancer-free. Let’s start with her recent academic accomplishment. The Daughters of the American Revolution award is given to a young woman with excellent citizenship, outstanding character, selflessness, leadership, patriotism, and one who works hard academically. That might as well be the definition of this all-around wonderful girl, Lizzie, who says it feels good to win this award, like a great accomplishment.“Whether we ...
    Posted Apr 7, 2015, 3:36 PM by reglite@ddschools.org
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  • High school dropout to music sensation      By Jacob PradoEditor, Phoenix RisingYou may have already heard of him through his hit songs like “The Hills” and “Can’t Feel My Face.” But how well do you really know Abel Tesfaye, or as you probably know him, The Weeknd? Tesfaye, who is most known by his stage name The Weeknd, was born in Toronto, Canada, on Feb. 16, 1990. As Tesfaye was growing up he was raised mainly by his grandmother, as his mother constantly worked and his father left at an early age. Tesfaye’s inspiration to write and sing music was Michael Jackson, who - as he said in a Rolling Stone magazine article - “At home, if it wasn't Ethiopian music, it was Michael ...
    Posted May 24, 2016, 2:13 PM by reglite@ddschools.org
  • Can you solve these riddles? By Tija EglitePhoenix Rising StaffI don’t trust atoms - they make up everythingTry to find the the mistake: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  What can you break but can’t touch?  I’m lighter than a  feather, but the strongest man can’t hold me for more than 3 seconds. What am I? (Answers:  2. There are two the’s  3. A heart  4. Air)
    Posted May 24, 2016, 1:46 PM by reglite@ddschools.org
  • Family movie review Kung Fu Panda 3 is family friendlyBy Morgan LockPhoenix Rising staffHave you loved the adventures of Po, the kung fu fighting panda, and his friends? Well, there’s a new movie in the Kung Fu Panda series. Kung Fu Panda 3 follows Po as he finds his real father, and he realizes he’ll be facing a lot of difficult challenges on the way to finding his “inner panda.” He needs to understand what is the true meaning of being the Dragon Warrior. Po gets a difficult mission from his sensei, Master Shifu. Po believes that it’s impossible for him to be a sensei of his Kung Fu buddies. He fails at first, but he learns ...
    Posted Mar 29, 2016, 1:40 PM by reglite@ddschools.org
  • School Play Lion King Jr.: A performer’s insights By Morgan Lock Phoenix Rising StaffHakuna Matata! Phoenix Middle School just recently performed Lion King Jr., the musical. I was a performer in this year’s musical and, for me, it was an amazing experience. I got to meet a lot of new friends that I probably wouldn't have met without the musical.The music and choreography were amazing, and we got to show off our talents, and even if you don’t get a lead role, you will still be accepted and have a role. All of the roles are important. It’s like you’ve adopted another whole new family that cares about you and appreciates your thoughts and ...
    Posted Mar 29, 2016, 1:35 PM by reglite@ddschools.org
  • Rick Riordan continues to impress Book review: Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer(By Rick Riordan)     By Francheska Sandoval         Phoenix Rising StaffThis book is very similar to the Percy Jackson series, only it is about the Norse gods. Norse gods are the gods the Vikings worshiped. Magnus is a homeless 16 year old. He lost his mom to wolves and he never met his dad. Luckily for him, his mom taught him many survival skills. He soon died. A girl soon came to take him to a hotel. You’ll have to read the book to find out what happened to Magnus Chase.
    Posted Dec 6, 2015, 6:13 PM by reglite@ddschools.org
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Staff Views


  • Youtube Gaming You, too, can get on new gaming platform By Jacob Prado Phoenix Rising StaffYoutube released a new platform that opens up a new place for gamers to watch videos and livestreams. Their new platform, Youtube Gaming, could potentially be a major competitor to Twitch, another game streaming service that is currently the leader in game streaming. Youtube is the biggest site in the world for video, but Twitch is a leader in streaming. So can Youtube Gaming catch up? The Youtube Gaming site will have all gaming videos from Youtube, but will make streaming easier to find and watch than regular Youtube. Youtube already has streaming available, but it is time-consuming for viewers to find the stream they ...
    Posted Dec 6, 2015, 8:12 PM by reglite@ddschools.org
  • Picture This Technology made easier By Jacob Prado Phoenix Rising StaffThese days, it’s really easy to get answers to your questions, like what is a supermoon? Google can tell you. What did your friend have for dinner yesterday? Facebook or Snapchat can tell you. Nowadays, we post a lot on social media and the Internet in general. It is easier than ever to get information, since we have the tools right at our hands, phones and computers. Just three years ago, the school district implemented chromebooks into the schools, adding to our availability of information. According to a study in the UK, we are experiencing a “data overload,” which means we are struggling with the large amounts of emails and ...
    Posted Dec 6, 2015, 7:09 PM by reglite@ddschools.org
  • Review: Plug PE can mess with friendsBy Jacob PradoPhoenix Rising StaffHave you ever thought about how funny it would be to mess with your friends in Minecraft Pocket Edition? There is an app on the Apple App Store called Plug for Minecraft PE that allows you to do a variety of things. When you use Plug while playing Minecraft it gives you many different commands that allow you to do things like give yourself and other players items. This is especially useful in survival mode in case you don’t have enough of something like sticks to craft arrows or wood to build your house.Some of the features that Innovative Developers LTD, the creators of the app ...
    Posted May 31, 2015, 3:42 PM by reglite@ddschools.org
  • Sony Hack Coming soon to a computer near you?By Brianna Manriquez and Emily CameronPhoenix Rising StaffWith an increase of computer hacks such as the Sony Scandal last November, people are becoming skeptical about the security of their computers and play stations. On Nov.  24, 2014, a cyberattack led by GOP (Guardians of Peace) happened to Sony. James Comey, head of the FBI, claimed GOP was behind the attack days after the attack, on Nov. 27. Despite conflicting reports by reliable sources that claim a former employee of Sony was behind the attacks, the FBI insisted it was North Korea, but we still don’t know the exact culprit.During the attack, employees were kicked out of their computers while ...
    Posted Apr 14, 2015, 1:26 PM by reglite@ddschools.org
  • Answering questions about art Answering questions about artBy Kelly BeckmanPhoenix Rising StaffHave you ever wondered who was the first artist?  Well answer.com said that the first artist was Imhotep of Egypt.  What about the first known painting?gizmo.com said this was the first painting. Wonder what is the most famous painting?Mona Lisa. tourpia.com said that this is the most famous painting.  One of the murals here at school is Starry Night. The second one is Ode to Picasso.  If you have any art questions please email me at beckmank22@ddsd.k12.wi.us
    Posted Apr 7, 2015, 1:26 PM by reglite@ddschools.org
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  • Destination Imagination ...a rewarding challengeBy Kelly BeckmanPhoenix Rising StaffDI is a program that lets kids’ imagination grow and bloom. There are different challenges too hard to explain here. You need to experience it for yourself. Basically, you choose a                   category to compete against other students who might have a different approach. Parents are NOT allowed to help in any way, but they are allowed to show how to use things. Some               challenges require skits/acting and some require building or improving upon things, which seems like a lot of fun, in my opinion. For more specifics go to https://www.destinationimagination.org
    Posted May 24, 2016, 2:07 PM by reglite@ddschools.org
  • Monster Bash Mash-up Blast at the BashBy Kelly BeckmanPhoenix Rising staffThis year’s Monster Bash was a blast. Most of the costumes were really good, and there was quite a bit of cringe-worthy “blood,” but it would have been nice to see more people dress up. Otherwise, it was awesome, as always...and the best part was...I actually got first place at the costume contest. I thought the competition was tough though, and there were other really cool costumes that could have won. Also in attendance to help the night’s success were Mrs. Huff and her husband, who drove over on their tractor to give free hayrides to kids brave and eager enough to venture out into ...
    Posted Dec 6, 2015, 6:28 PM by reglite@ddschools.org
  • Talent Show There will be a PHOENIX TALENT SHOW at the end of the year! Stay tuned for audition dates! Now is a good time to start picking your act. Sign-ups will be coming out in May :) See Ms. Engerson for questions.
    Posted Apr 7, 2015, 1:57 PM by reglite@ddschools.org
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