The Longhorn Chronicle

Winter Traditions

By Michelle Chen

Christmas season has finally arrived! All over schools, people are giving gifts, playing festive music, and most importantly of all, counting the days until winter break. Everyone can’t wait to get out of school and start their Christmas break, and I can’t either. There are just so many things to do during this time of year! So what do the teachers and students of Nolan Ryan like to do during their Christmas break? Let’s find out!

Isabel Wesley says, “My cousins and I participate in Secret Santa, and on Christmas Day, we dress up with matching pajamas at my grandma’s house.” Mrs. Myles, the head of the math department at Nolan Ryan and a member of our beloved staff, tells me, “Normally, what we do is, we get together as a family; we cook our meals the night before Christmas, and we sing and act silly and things like that. We stay up really late at night, and then we sleep in and get up in the morning, and eat homemade waffles and chicken. That is our traditional brunch, because we usually stay up very late. Finally, we open presents.” “I waste money trying to give stuff to relatives, and I break a bunch of ornaments during Christmas,” says Irene Mazina, an 8th grader. Sydney Mathew, another eighth grader, shares with me her holiday traditions too. She says, “Christmas. I give gifts to those who I care about, friends and family. Also, I go to church.” Ethan Wiltz, another student at Nolan Ryan, tells me about Christmas Day at his house. “We eat. I have a big breakfast in the morning, and also, Santa,” he shares. A sixth grader tells me,”I love Christmas! It is my favorite time of the year; I love wrapping presents and receiving them too. Also, the fact that Christmas is two weeks long makes it even better.” Lastly, Ava Abraham, a seventh grader, says, “I celebrate Christmas. I go to church, and we do a Christmas musical. Then, I go to my aunt’s house for dinner, and we open presents. We have a lot of love, laughter, and joy, and I think that’s what we should all have this holiday season. I love winter traditions because of our break and we get to hang out with family.”

Wow, what great responses from everyone. Everyone had such wonderful holiday traditions! Some people celebrated more, and others just wanted to have a nice holiday break. No matter what, we all share one thing in common: our love for winter break! What traditions would you like to see next? Make sure to let our newspaper staff know, and we will consider all your ideas. Happy holidays!

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Upcoming Events

  • December 17 - 7th grade boys team basketball game against McNair(5-6)
  • December 19 - 8th grade girls basketball game against McNair
  • December 20 - Citizen of the month Breakfast (8:05 - 9:05)

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Filipino Fun Facts

By: Megan Mendoza

Nolan Ryan Jr High embraces a broad diversity of ethnicities. With that being, this article features a wide majority of our student body’s ethnicities: Filipino!

The Philippines is a kaleidoscope of a country meaning it’s vibrant, lively, and distinctive. It’s an archipelago including 7,641 islands. The country’s mix of more than one hundred ethnic groups and foreign influences have molded a unique culture that bring fun facts like this:

  • There is an estimated 175 languages spoken in the Philippines.
  • Filipinos, usually around Manila, talk in a mixture of Tagalog and English (Taglish).
  • The national sport of the Philippines is arnis, a form of martial arts.
  • Filipinos observe the world’s longest Christmas season. It begins with the playing of carols in September and officially ends in January with the Feast of the Three Kings.
  • The yo-yo had its beginnings as an ancient Filipino studded hunting weapon attached to a 20-foot rope. Today’s yo-yo was invented by a Filipino-American. Yóyo comes from Ilocano and means “come back.”
  • The world’s biggest pair of shoes was made in Marikina City, Philippines, in 2002. It measured about 17.4 feet in length, 7.9 feet in width, and about 6.6 feet in height. It totaled 2 million Philippine pesos.
  • A Filipino, Roberto del Rosario, patented the first working karaoke machine in 1975 called “Sing Along System.” The Japanese later translated its name to “karaoke,” which means “singing without accompaniment.

Paalam! Goodbye!