Review: Heathcliff Teaches the Lessons in Wuthering Heights

By: Kayla Stephensen In Emily Bronte’s classic novel, Wuthering Heights, Heathcliff spends the majority of the book plotting revenge on his childhood tormentors: Hindley Earnshaw, who he often butted heads with as a child, and Edgar Linton, who marries the love of Heathcliff’s life, Catherine Earnshaw. He torments by causing pain to the descendants of his oppressors whose characteristics are often ironic. Catherine’s child looks … Continue reading Review: Heathcliff Teaches the Lessons in Wuthering Heights

Frozen 2 Provides Philosophical Insights

By: Kayla Stephensen  “How I wish it would stay this way forever. Although, fall mocks us with change.” – Olaf Olaf experiences a widening of perspective throughout the second Frozen movie which builds his character and makes him continually relatable to the same audience he was six years ago. The quote above is comical and yet true. The constancy of change is the only thing … Continue reading Frozen 2 Provides Philosophical Insights

How to Study for Exams

By: Kayla Stephensen Depending on the subject and difficulty of a class, there are many ways to study. Here are some suggestions that may help for various subjects: Reread challenging material Redo problems/questions that caused issues Rewrite notes Reread notes Explain concepts to a friend Draw processes or thought processes for problems Use YouTube videos to relearn or further ingrain ideas (I like Crash Course … Continue reading How to Study for Exams

Add These to Your Fall Bucket List

50 Fall Bucket List Ideas DIY Halloween Costume Go Pumpkin Picking Jack-O-Lantern Carving Hay Ride Corn Maze Participate in “Boo-d” Culture Jump in a pile of dead leaves Make a dish for Thanksgiving Receive an awkward relative hug Spooky season outfit Carmel Apples Pumpkin seasonal treats (smoothies, bread, cookies, coffee) Go to a Haunted House Haunt Fest Stargazing bundled up Go horseback riding Bike ride … Continue reading Add These to Your Fall Bucket List

Mr. Castle Builds a Castle

By: Kayla Stephensen Mr. Kyle Castle is one of the co-directors for the theater program at Bellbrook High School who splits responsibilities with the other director, Madame Jergens. He designs the set and is the Stage Crew Manager. He’s a Bellbrook grad who also did theatre in high school. What’s the best part of stage crew? With many professions or hobbies in life, the results … Continue reading Mr. Castle Builds a Castle

How to Do Your Summer Homework in a Timely Manner

By: Kayla Stephensen Summer homework timing is one of the most challenging concepts to keep up with. Definitely more confusing with every class on a classroom. Be sure to start out the summer by printing out what is needed and getting the necessary textbooks and books to read. Summer assignments can be found here. You will need to get the Google Classroom code and join … Continue reading How to Do Your Summer Homework in a Timely Manner

Wonder Brings to Light Universal Experiences

By: Kayla Stephensen While Wonder came out two years ago, it is a story whose ideas are still prevalent. Bullying and teasing about any imperfection are always going on, and insecurities of adolescents never get old. As the main character Auggie, a 5th grade boy with facial deformities, exclaims at his mom, “I’m ugly mom!” and proceeds to cry. The mother, as most of ours … Continue reading Wonder Brings to Light Universal Experiences

There Is a Difference Between Yearbook and Newspaper

By: Kayla Stephensen There are many misconceptions about the difference between yearbook and newspaper at Bellbrook High School. Yearbook is a class period. Newspaper is a mentor period. Mrs. Giles teaches yearbook while Ms. Bills-Tenney teaches newspaper. Yearbook counts as one year credit. Newspaper counts as ¼ of a credit for every semester. They are both majority-produced online which is surprising considering how movies often … Continue reading There Is a Difference Between Yearbook and Newspaper

Movie Review: How to Train Your Dragon Brings Tears to My Eyes

By: Kayla Stephensen *********SPOILER ALERTS********* Maybe it has to do with the proximity of my menstrual cycle, or maybe it has to do with how close to home the stories hit, but I have cried during the second and now third How to Train Your Dragon movies. In the second movie, the parents were brought back together only for the father to lose his life … Continue reading Movie Review: How to Train Your Dragon Brings Tears to My Eyes