Faith – My Story with Christ

By Bethany Hooper

I was born into a Family that believes God.  When I was little, I trusted God but I didn’t know the real story of Jesus Christ.  We were never really involved in Bible studies and other youth groups though. When I was younger my grandfather was diagnosed with leukemia, and he came to know Jesus and see him face to face.  Until this day I believe he went to heaven.  Though many other hard times have come my way I continue to love and trust in my Father God.

Flag Football Highlight

By Chloe Knowles

Daniel Kopti is an eighth grader who plays flag football. This is Daniel’s first year playing flag football on a team. He primarily plays quarterback, but he also plays lineman and wide receiver. Other sports he enjoys are soccer, volleyball, and track. People that have inspired him or are his role models are Derek Carr and Charles Woodson. Obviously, his favorite team is the Raiders. Overall, Daniel is really enjoying flag football and hopes to continue playing.

Faith Through Hardship

By Michael Temprano

The definition of life should be changed. Quite frankly, it should be defined as the process of getting knocked down and getting back up. However, this process can inflict less pain upon us if we have a refuge.

On April 6, 2012, I woke up in the morning anticipating my birthday. It was only eleven o’clock in the morning when the phone rang. My Grandpa had had cancer for five years now and was bedridden for the rest of the time he had to live. Ever since then every phone call was extremely sensitive due to the fact that he could pass any day. It was even more difficult because my Grandpa lived all the way in Southern California. As my mom rushed over to answer the phone, I was sitting in her bedroom watching SpongeBob. It was just then when everything stopped. No sound coming from the television could be heard and no explanation could be found. My Grandpa was in his last moments.

The first thing we did was pack our suitcases and jump in the car. That six hour drive was deafening. It seemed as though nothing in life had meaning anymore. I even forgot it was my birthday. That strong man that would always pour out his abundance of wisdom to me was now about to die? I didn’t think he would go out without anything being said. Even though he was too weak to talk, he had to say something. When we got there more than enough was said. Just standing there and looking at him taught me a lesson that couldn’t be taught by a man in perfect health. Enough was said.

9/12 – 9/16: Faith

September 12 – September 16

By Michael Temprano

I would change the definition of the word “life.” Quite frankly, it should be defined as the process of getting knocked down and getting back up. However, this process will inflict less pain upon us if we have a refuge like God. Following are some verses about our theme this week: faith.

  • Job 11:13-15: “Yet if you devote your heart to him and stretch out your hands to him, if you put away sin that is in your hand and allow no evil to dwell in you tent, then free of fault, you will lift up your face; you will stand firm and without fear.”
  • Proverbs 13:17 “A wicked messenger falls into trouble but a trustworthy envoy brings healing.”
  • Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”

Faith in God

By Emily Lawes

During the summer my family and I went on a trip to the Philippines – I was so excited. My family had the best time, but then my brother had a big bug bite and had to be driven to the hospital. I didn’t go, but my parents did, so I was left with my grandfather. I saw my parents once in a while, but one day my dad came home and said we have to go back to California and my brother had cancer. They didn’t believe it at first and neither did I, but it was true and we soon were back in America. The first thing we did was drive to the hospital. My mom and brother went in while I went back to my house. I cried many times praying to God and asking why he did this. After a few weeks school started I prayed with my class everyday until the end of the year. All that I went through helped me become stronger with my faith in God. Now my brother is a little over a year done with his treatment and I still love and pray to God.

Effective Teaching Strategy

By Benji Kurokawa and Elise Beiser

We have noticed certain teachers using different note-taking methods that we find to be particularly effective. An example is Mrs. Masamori, who uses prepared slides to help her students take notes. We have found this to be very helpful and allows students to move at their own pace and write what they need to write. Mrs. Masamori keeps things simple and reveals quicker and easier methods to perform what were thought to be difficult and tedious operations. We asked some of our peers as to what they think of her as a teacher. They explained, “We understand her methods, and it helps that she has a visual up (on the board).” Mrs. Masamori’s slides are just one example of teachers using efficient and helpful teaching methods. Teachers, don’t be afraid to experiment with new teaching methods. If it doesn’t work, your students will show it. Students, go ahead and submit ideas of what you think your teachers do well. We just might put one of your ideas in an article!

Send me your honest opinions at Benjamin.kurokawa@valleychristianschools.org. Have a nice day!

Staff Profile: Garret

My name is Garret Hill and I am apart of the student newspaper aka N.E.W.S. Daniel, Chloe, Bethany, Emily, and myself are apart of the sports section. I love sports because they play a big role in my life! Almost every day I have to go to practice or a game. Sports are fun to play and fun to write about. The sports section will cover and write about school sports and also local sports. Be on the look out for new articles!