The Phantom Times

Can we make a difference?

November 1, 2018, by Diana Montes, Karina Ibarra, Erin Sumerall, AJ Espinoza, Colwyn Burns, Aleryn Reid, Elijah Dugi, and Markeith Donley, with comics by Carlos Briones

Bullying is a huge problem with schools in all sizes. At Grand Canyon School, bullying isn't as bad as at other schools, but here we don't notice that we’re bullying each other because our community is so small. Everyone looks at it as playing and teasing, but actually it’s a form of bullying. Standing up to bullies can be hard, because you could lose friends and become lonely. Bullying behavior spreads because other people see them do it and they think it’s ok. “Monkey see, monkey do.” Examples of bullying are physical, verbal, social, and cyber. It may have lifelong physical and emotional effects. Most kids don't report it because there's really no punishment to the bullies because there's almost never any evidence.

Keep in mind that not all mean acts are bullying. For something to be bullying, it has to meet three criteria: 1) aggression (in words or actions), 2) power imbalance, and 3) repetition.

(For more about the definition of bullying, go to )

While bullying has been a problem for a while in schools, now there are kids who are subjected to cyber bullying. It's something that’s more private, more hurtful, and it’s not something that can stop once you go home, it’s something that follows you as long as the bully wants it to. There are people that choose to not live because they hit a point so low in their lives they believe there's is no bright light at the end of a dark tunnel. Teens feel lonely and abandoned, like a blank canvas. There is three people in the whole bullying. There is the bully, the bullied, and the bystander. Imagine this as a tug-of-war, it's the bully vs the bullied and the only person who could break that tie is the bystander. But some bystanders are afraid to stop it. Thinking that they might get bullied or lose their friends. When the bystander does nothing, it reduces the guilt of the bully because they feel like it’s okay to bully.

Token the rapper, made a music video about bullying and being a bystander. In it, Token is the bystander who supports the bullied in his head, but just stands around and does nothing. The result leads to the kid getting bullied, bringing a gun to school, and shooting his bullies, along with Token, the bystander, who gets shot as well.

Token- Exception (Music Video)

There are many ways to prevent bullying. The primary way is to report it to staff, administrators, or other proper authorities, whether you are a bystander or a victim, so they can properly handle the situation. Grand Canyon School has an area on their website to report bullying anonymously. There are two ways to get to it: you can go to the eyeball icon in the blue toolbar below the school's photo slideshow. Or go to the link in the "For Students" dropdown menu where there is a "No Bullying" link.

Before something tragic happens please stand up and get help. No one should be put down in any kind of situation.

Class of 2019 with Mr. Shaun Martin (far right). A special thank you to the Best Western Premier Grand Canyon Squire Inn for hosting dinner for our class to meet with Shaun Martin!

How Do You Define Yourself?

October 1, 2018, by Aleryn Reid, Diana Montes, Erin Sumerall, Karina Ibarra, Colwyn Burns, AJ Espinoza, and Carlos Briones

Whatever we choose to do, we must pursue greatly. Otherwise, our goals lose their meaning, and we lose a vital part of our being--our inspiration. What you choose is not as important as that you choose it--and that you pursue it fully.

Jason Karp

Shaun Martin is a 37-year-old, world-class, Native American runner. He is from Lechee, AZ, and is the athletic director for Chinle High School. He believes in balance, family, culture, traditions, and community.

But this is not how he defines himself.

“How do you define yourself?” is a question Shaun Martin has asked himself since he was a small boy. When he talked with Grand Canyon students on September 18th, he spoke of many things he enjoyed doing, such as running, spending time with his late grandmother, and eating sheep brains--yes, you read that right. When he drew sheep brains as his favorite food, his first grade teacher reported him to the principal because she couldn’t understand his tradition or the types of food that he enjoys eating.

Mr. Martin told many stories from his childhood that entertained the students and teachers. The earliest experience was when he was four years old and he was racing an “old grandma.” They were neck and neck for last place but Shaun barely got ahead of the lady in the last stretch. He was disappointed he didn’t win, but in the end he received an award for being the youngest runner and got a certificate for a pair of free running shoes. To get his shoes they had to travel to Colorado, and the shoes, well, they ended up being pink and purple Pegasus shoes. To this day his mother still has those shoes displayed on her mantle along with his award.

Mr. Martin told stories of not just himself but also his father. Shaun’s dad is someone he looks up to. After all, he did run a 105k marathon for him. Just as Shaun was a troublemaker in his younger years, his dad was also one--except the circumstances were different but revolved around the same topic,school. Even though they were both labeled “troublemakers” they were named because of different reasons. Shawn was a trouble maker because he was treated different and decided to not care about school. Mr. Martin’s dad was labeled a “troublemaker” because he rebelled against the boarding school administrators who tried to strip him of his culture.

Running helps clear your mind. When you run you let your mind calm and thoughts clear. “Opportunity not obstacles” is a powerful quote that Shaun Martin shared with his audience. What he meant was that when you see an obstacle you should see a challenge that you can use as a lesson and to thrive in your future experiences. That’s why when he defines himself, he does so as a person who laughs, has fun, and appreciates what he has.

School of Rock!

October 1, 2018, by Carlos Briones and AJ Espinoza

School Of Rock is a yearly event that happens at the beginning of the school year. It’s a fun experience for everyone. Students have to learn songs at a very fast pace--within a week. By the time the week is finished, students are prepared to perform at the school and the Shrine of the Ages for everyone to see. This year’s School Of Rock concert was August 30. The students performed “Believer” by Imagine Dragons, “Love Runs Out” by One Republic, “Space Cowboy” by The Steve Miller Band, “Ain’t It Fun” by Paramore, “Oh, Darling” by the Beatles, and “Shout” by the Isley Brothers. The response to the performers got from the crowd was lively at both the school and the Shrine of The Ages.

This year's School of Rock participants included high schoolers, Jennifer A, Kara A, Carlos B, Bella E, Cassidy F, Joel G, Rufus K, Zach L, Melakai L, Savannah L, Lexi O, Makayla S, and Lathan T, and middle schoolers, Artrisha C, Payton C, Jaemie J, Joyelle K, Skadi L, Alyssa S, and Ian Y.

While Wildfires Rage, Stay Safe

September 1, 2018, by Diana Montes

The Mendocino Complex fire in California that started in late July continues to rage. This wildfire has become the biggest in California’s history. It is said that its heat will even cause the temperature in the Grand Canyon to rise. Six people, including one firefighter, have lost their lives to the fire. Firefighters continue to work to control and contain it, hoping that it will run out of things to burn soon.

That isn’t the only fire that’s been burning. The Obi fire on the North Rim started July 21. Unlike the one in California, this one poses no real threat to people, but park officials have closed down roads that could be in the path of it in the near future. The Cat Fire on the Kaibab National Forest was successfully put to sleep but is still under watch. Firefighters have received help from recent rainfall, which has helped get the fire under control.

Firefighters did the right thing when they evacuated people who were in the path of the fire. When people are in danger, their minds go to "fight or flight," but with a fire so threatening you can only run. Never forget the protocols in case of fire. You should always have a bag full of your essentials, and when in a state of evacuation, remember:

* Shut your windows and doors, and shut off the gas and pilot lights.

* Remove flammable shades, curtains, and lightweight curtains and

move all flammable furniture to the center of the house.

* Have your vehicle loaded with your emergency supply kit and all doors

and windows closed, and keep your keys with you at all times.

* Check on neighbors and make sure they are preparing to leave.

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We Got Game!

September 1, 2018, by Thomas O'Connor

We began this year with a focus on building a safe learning community modeled on game play. Our focus on game play was intended to reinforce the importance having rules: a game of tag for example, is almost always a self-regulating activity, in that the players know the rules, and everyone follows the them or else one or more of the other players will call foul.

Throughout the coming school year, will continue to remind our students, and encourage you to remind your children, that rules are not just something dictated from above. They are the structure which enables our activities to be fun, productive, and, most importantly, safe.