The Tipping Point

Stay Healthy Sisters 

'Health" written in blue marker on a white board

       One of the biggest struggles that people face during the cold, winter months is staying healthy. With the lack of vitamin D and the excessive amounts of germs being spread, it is nearly impossible to keep your immune system strong and your white blood cells fighting. The lack of sunshine and low temperatures can be very discouraging and it can be easy to let your health slip from your priority list. Here are some tips you can try to keep the cold and flu germs away from you.

  1. Physical health - exercising regularly, eating healthy, and getting enough sleep are crucial when it comes to keeping a healthy immune system. If you are taking care of your body it will take care of you.

  2. Mental Health - You might think that mental health isn't a big deal when it comes to staying away from sickness but you’d be surprised. Taking care if your mind by managing your stress, keeping good relationships with family and friends, and keeping a healthy balance between school, work, and social life will do wonders for staying healthy. Doing these things will take stress off of your body and allow it to focus on staying health.

  3. Emotional health - taking care of your emotions is a large part of keepings colds away. With the lack of sunlight and vitamin D people tend to become grumpy and irritable during these winter months. Seasonal Depression is a real disorder that people are burdened with. It causes depression, anxiety, excessive tiredness, loss of self- esteem, loss of appetite, weight loss or gain, loss in interest of things you used to like, and any out of character behavior are all signs of Seasonal Depression. If you have any of these symptoms please talk to someone because there are many ways to help with the restricting symptoms. But please remember to not take your anger or irritability out on other people and never be afraid not talk to someone about how you're feeling.


Featured Writer 

- Sophie Varndell -


Breakups are always a difficult thing to go through, but they can be even more challenging when you are in high school. The high school environment can take the pain of a breakup to a whole new level. I say this because, in the real world when you break up you have a life of your own, a job, a house/apartment, friends, and you never have to see your ex again if that is your choice. But in high school you are forced to see that person everyday, in the halls, in the classroom, in the cafeteria, etc., this can make moving on very hard, especially when they start to move on to someone new. If this is the case then you are not only forced to see them everyday but you have to deal with the sight of them moving on to someone you probably know. Everyone has probably gone through this at some point in their lives and here are some tips that will hopefully make the coping easier.

  1. Recognize your feelings instead of pushing them away. Many people try to fight their feelings instead of being honest with themselves about how they feel, this only makes the healing more difficult. It’s normal to be sad, angry, confused about your ex moving on but acknowledging your feelings and working towards moving on is a good first step.
  2. Keep reminding yourself of all the reasons you two aren't together. No matter how much you miss you ex and might want he/she back, remind yourself that there is a reason why you broke up. Remember all of your pet peeves and annoyances they irritated you with, now that’s just something their new partner has to deal with.
  3. NEVER compare yourself to their new partner! You are good enough! Avoid asking yourself, “what does he/she have that I don’t?” Resist the urge to look them up on social media, ask friends about their new relationship, or obsess over if they are happier or not. This will only make moving on harder and make you feel worse. It’s not worth it.
  4. Find activities to distract yourself with. There are so many fun activities that you can do in high school. Dances, sporting events, hanging out with friends,clubs, organizations, etc. Get involved and you’ll start to forget all about your ex’s new lover.
  5. Embrace your own self-love. Use the past relationship as a lesson that in order for anyone else to love you, you have to love yourself first. While getting over this breakup, focus on loving yourself and knowing your own self worth.

    High school breakups are a very challenging thing to go through but with the help if these five tips, maybe it will make the healing process a little bit faster. Just remember that there are plenty of fish in the sea and high school is just a small pond.


The process of training an elite K9 starts from the time he or she are born. From birth, puppies are put through nerve stimulation including holding the puppies in different positions to create a small amount of stress so they learn from a young age how to deal with uncomfortable situations in an appropriate manner. Once the puppies are completely independent and no longer rely on their mother, more intense training begins. Puppies are taken to different locations with different people; this is done to insure the dogs are able to perform in any and all situations. 
    In addition to this environmental training, from a young age, puppies have access to toys which includes anything from tennis balls to a towel, anything the puppy enjoys playing with. Since the puppies are exposed to toys from such a young age, by the time they reach four or five months of age, they develop a strong association with the toy. When they think of their toy, they associate having fun; this association is what drives K9’s. With this being said, high-energy driven dogs are the most successful, while slow moving dogs with low drive are nearly impossible to train. 
    The next step in training is to begin hiding the toy or object. Because these dogs have such an attachment to their toy, they are extremely motivated to find it. These hides should start out fairly easy and gradually get harder with age and understanding. Between 8 and 9 months, the average dogs becomes advanced at this ‘game’. By this time dogs are ready for the next step of training. 
    The next step deals with further association in the dog’s brain. Now instead of just hiding their toy, you now hide the toy with another sent (drugs or explosives). Now, when the dog sniffs and locates their toy, they are also smelling drugs or explosives. 
Obedience is then put on the dogs; this can be a very long and stressful stage for the dog and handler. Obedience includes sit, give, and lay down; all very important commands. In most cases, trainers use commands in the language of where the dogs came from.
    K9’s are then taught to ‘sit on dope’ which basically means when they accurately locate the scent, they are taught to sit in order to get the reward.The final step in training includes removing the toy from the hides. The association between the smell of their toy and the scent of the drugs or explosives should now be strong enough in the canine’s mind to produce the same reaction as if the toy were still there, in this case sitting at the location. Once the K9 sits in the correct location, having properly located the scent, they are then ‘paid’. Paying the dog involves the dog receiving their toy at the exact location where the drugs are located. This process is repeated until they fully understand what is expected of them and how to efficiently work in the appropriate manner. 
     As readers can see, this is a very long and extensive process. Trainers must be willing to think outside of the box and realize that not every dog is the same and different dogs may require special and unique training. This process can take anywhere from ten months to two years. Trainers must be patient and understanding with their dogs. In end, it takes dedication from not only the trainers but also the dogs. 

Contributing Writer 
Alma Danielle Richardson


It' s that time of year again! Lights, joy, snow, family, carolers, gifts, smiles, and sweet treats! With Santa on his sleigh, be sure to whip up some Christmas cookies the smart way. With the Christmas season upon us, we want to save all the money we can by reducing extra expenses, staying healthy and fit after all the good food the holiday brings, and being aware of anyone who has allergies so they can enjoy sweet treats with the rest of us. With these 3 recipes, everyone's taste buds will melt. 

If you’re on a budget and still need Christmas cookies, these are the perfect round treats to suit your sweet tooth. With only three ingredients, these cookies are affordable, tasty, and efficient!

Cookies on a budget
Peanut Butter cookies 


  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Combine the peanut butter, white sugar and egg. Mix until smooth.
  • Drop spoonfuls of dough onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 6 to 8 minutes. Do not over bake! These cookies are best when they are still soft and just barely brown on the bottoms.

With the winter season, many of us are tucked away inside enjoying the heat with little physical activity. Our calorie intake increases a significant amount during the holidays, so these cookies are the perfect way to enjoy something sweet without the large amount of unnecessary calories! 

60 Calorie Cookies
Snowball Cookies 


  • 2 cups ww pastry or white flour
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup butter, such as Spectrum or Earth Balance vegan, both of which are non-hydrogenated (I wouldn’t recommend subbing a low-fat spread, as you need the fat for optimum texture and taste)

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Combine the buttery spread with the powdered sugar, and beat in a medium bowl or stand mixer. Stir together the flour and nuts in a separate bowl. Then mix all ingredients together to form a dough. Shape into balls, place on a cookie sheet, and bake for 20 to 25 minutes until lightly browned. Ready an extra bowl of powdered sugar, and roll the warm cookies in this bowl to coat. Cool on a wire rack. The recipe makes about 40-50 cookies, depending on how big you roll them.ons 
It’s that time of year for family gatherings and festivities. Just like our finger prints, we’re all different. Which means its very likely that someone in your family is sensitive to allergens. With these cookies, there’s no fear of being allergic just a smile and a sweet treat! 

Ultimate Allergy Friendly Cookies

  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 3 tbsp water
  • ½ cup raisins 50g
  • ½ cup tahini 125g
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 6 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder


  • Soak the chia seeds in the first measure of water for 15-20 mins until they start to gel, this creates a chia seed egg replacer
  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius (360 Fahrenheit)
  • Place the raisins, tahini and water in a food processor, blitz until smooth
  • Add the remaining ingredients including the soaked chia seeds, blitz until combined, the mix will be sticky.
  • Wet your hands and wet a spoon (the moisture will prevent the mixture sticking to your hands).
  • Take tablespoonfuls of the mixture and roll into balls, place on a baking paper lined tray
  • These cookies don't spread while cooking, so use a wet fork to press them down to an appropriate thickness
  • Bake for 8-10 mins (it will depend a little on how much you have squashed the dough)

Contributing Writer

Kamala Widdowson


Many teens and adults are aware of the dangers in driving motor vehicles but daily, choose not to buckle up. Time and time again it’s been proven: a seatbelt can save a life. So what stops you from buckling up?
The Department of Transportation and the world’s automakers persuaded 88.5% of people to fasten their seatbelts which leaves 11.5% who don’t. This translates into about 25 million people, drivers and passengers, who choose not to buckle up. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety administration, 15 thousand lives are saved each year all thanks to a seatbelt.
Seat belts prevent many injuries and even fatalities. By wearing a seatbelt, you increase your chance of survival if present in a motor vehicle accident.
Seat belts benefit you in five main ways:

  • Keeps occupants inside the vehicle
  • Restrains the strongest parts of the body
  • Spreads out any force from collision
  • Helps the body to slow down
  • Protects your brain and spinal cord

The life saved could be yours. Someone loves you; the highway doesn’t care if you make it home but that person does. Free yourself from any distractions when operating a vehicle, keep yourself safe and all your passengers. Driving requires your full attention and nothing less. Remember, Click it or Ticket.


Teens today are stressed and it’s easy to see why. Juggling school, extracurriculars, and the pressure of getting into the right college can be a lot. According to a survey administered by the American Psychological Association, 45 percent of teens report having school related stress. Most teens don’t take the time to address their stress; instead they’re too focused on their academic success and are ignoring their mental health. Stress might seem overwhelming, but sometimes it can be solved by simple tips and tricks.

Sleep is Key

  • According to, teens should be getting nine hours of sleep.
  • Power naps, and napping in general, can help boost teens’ energy and reduce stress.

Try Yoga

  • Practicing yoga before bed can reduce your body’s tension and help with a better night’s sleep.
  • Yoga combines both mental and physical practices, which can help reduce stress in both areas.
  • Continued yoga sessions can build resilience to stress.

Benefits of Music

  • Classical music assists you when studying.
  • Upbeat music helps wake you up.
  • Slow melodies can help you relax.

Unconventional Stress Relievers

  • Watch aquarium fish to slow down your brain.
  • Stay in your pajamas a full day to replicate a mini vacation.
  • Small amounts of chocolate can also be beneficial.

    To learn more about stress and be able to identify the warning signs visit the American Psychological Association’s website:

~Contributing Writer~
     Mackenzie Hill


women nurse giving little boy a shot


Even when you are wearing your shorts and tshirts you still have to be worried about the flu season. Our summer has been prolonging this year but you still need to watch out for the flu. Here are some ways to prevent the flu. 

Wear your socks

  • When your feet get cold, that makes all the red blood cells rush to keep you warm.This  in turn makes it so there is nothing to protect the bad viruses already in your nose.

Eat honey

  • Honey has the ability to ease coughing better than any medicine.
  • Putting just a little bit in your tea should do the trick.


  • The more stressful you are, the more likely you are to get sick.

Go work out

  • The more you work out, the stronger your immune system will get.
  • Exercising can also help release stress hormones, which will make you healthier.


  • Your phone carries so many germs. Think about all the different places you put it. Make sure you are disinfecting your phone as well as your hands.  

Drink water

  • Without enough water in your body your body’s immune system will grow weak.

The most important tip is GO GET YOUR FLU SHOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                                                Featured Writer
                                                                                                          ~Kersten Nageotte~

Two high school girls smiling


“Happiness”, a word that can mean nothing to some of the kids at our beloved Maplewood. So many people are depressed or hate themselves or are just plain sad. These are the people you see everyday, who walk around in the halls, who have the same classes with you, who laugh the same laughs as you. But you really don’t know how much they are hurting inside. But what some people don’t understand is that they aren’t depressed or sad they just don’t know how to be happy. One of the biggest issues in depression is that people don’t know how to forgive themselves. If you want to be happy you have to be happy in your own body, you need to love yourself for as beautiful as you are. But if you are beating yourself up over something you will never forgive yourself. Taking toxic people out of your life is a big step to being happy. The more joyful and happy people are around you the happier you will be. But if you surround yourself with people who beat you up and tear you down, you will always do the same to yourself when they aren’t around.  If you engage in doing one nice thing for yourself every day will ultimately be happier. In the beginning it may seem like a chore but eventually it will just come naturally. Get some vitamin-D, sunshine helps you become happier. People who work in darker places tend to be more run down or depressed, so go outside and get some sunlight. I know this won’t cure anything but if it can maybe help you get through a day then it was worth it. 

         Featured Writer
          ~Kersten Nageotte~  


School’s started and the last thing on anyone’s mind is the upcoming tests, but they’ll be here before we know it. You’ve bought the highlighters and index cards, but come study time you ditch the supplies and the idea of studying all together. “You’ll wing it,” you assure yourself. Studying is dreaded by every high school student, but maybe that’s because you’re using the wrong methods.

Location Matters!

  • Try changing your scenery. Studying at your desk can become suffocating.
  • Try studying in bed. What you see before you go to bed and when you wake up is easier to remember.
  • Mimicking the location of the test room in your own home is also useful. If your math classroom is cold, study in an air-conditioned space.

Memorization Hacks

  • Laughter helps with retention. You’re more likely to remember something if you recall it with a joke.
  • Age old memorization techniques such as using acronyms and metaphors also help.
  • Even just writing what you’re studying again and again helps.
  • Teaching others or repeating the information out loud to yourself can help with memorization as well.

Trick Your Body

  • Taking a cold shower can wake up your body and boost overall achievement.
  • Studying when tired and going to sleep after is proven to help, too.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids in foods, such as sushi, can increase the effectiveness of studying.
  • Exercising between study sessions can release your body’s tension. It also releases endorphins that will keep you motivated and avoiding the study blues.

Fun Fact:
The Forgetting Curve is a real thing where people forget what they learn in a classroom setting if they don’t take time to go home and review it or read over their notes the next morning. Your brain is more likely to remember information it has seen multiple times than information it’s only processed once.
Contributing Writer -

                  Mackenzie Hill

young boy having fun while running with book bag



Many people on a daily basis do not like their school day. There are many different reasons as to why this is. They don't finish their homework the night before, everyone is making them mad, family problems, or they just don't like school. Here are some helpful tips to make your day at least 10% better. 
  Make sure you get a good night's sleep.  Eat a healthy breakfast. If you don't have time for breakfast in the morning, set out some fruit the night before and grab it on your way to the bus.  Be sure to drink lots of water throughout the day and a glass before bed
​  Drinking water can not only help your daily mood, but it can also help your physical performance in sports. Keep a smile on your face all day. Even if you are sad, smile because it will make you happier. Try to make new friends. Even though we go to a small school, there is always something that you don't know about someone.  Try to do your homework as soon as you get home so you're not stressing about it before you go to be
   If you are stressed out before you go to sleep, you will not be able to sleep as well as you should be. Put on a radical outfit for the day. Not only will you look good, but you will feel good too!

                                                   Featured Writer
                                                                                                   ~Kersten Nageotte~


     Want to learn a new instrument?

Always wanted to learn how to play an instrument but thought it would be to hard? It may not be as hard as you have previously anticipated. While learning a new instrument can be quite challenging, there are some instruments that have a lower degree of difficulty and can be learned in a shorter period of time.

     “It’s hard to frown when ukulele music is going down”. The UKULELE is known by many to be the easiest instrument to learn. Having only four strings, uke chords are extremely easy to memorize. In addition to its simple string structure the uke is also very small and easy to handle the standard/soprano being only 20 inches or 51 cm in length. Although the ukulele is simple in design and can be easily learned, this is not to say that the music made with this instrument is simplistic; the more advanced you become, the more intricate the sound becomes.


     “The harmonica is the most voice-like instrument, you can make it wail, feel happy, or cry. Its like singing the blues without words.”-Charlie Musselwhite. The harmonica also known as the “blues harp” is a great instrument for people with little musical background. Furthermore, you don't need to know a whole lot to be able to play the harmonica, and it's hard to sound bad. In addition, you don't need to slim fast moving fingers, all you need to some strong breath. Yet another great thing about the harmonica is its small size the average being only 6 inches long, you can take your harmonica practically everywhere with you.


     “The piano keys are black and white, but they sound like a million colors in your mind.”Maria Cristina Mena. Although the piano may seem complicated, in its purest form it is indeed very simple; you press certain keys in order to produce the desired sound. Unlike most instruments you can’t be out of tune while playing (as long is the piano itself is in tune), while you are able to play the word notes it will never be out of tune. Consider playing the Guitar, if you don't have all your fingers in the right place and are not applying sufficient pressure, the note will be out of tune, this however, is not possible while playing the piano. In conclusion, the piano may take a lot of practice but in the end it creates beautiful music.