Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix was one of the best guitarist to ever pluck the strings. Hendrix was born November 27, 1942. Jimi Hendrix was born in Seattle, Washington, He was the first of 5 children. He started out with a broom stick as a guitar and later upgraded to a $guitar his father bought him from a friend.

Jimi Hendrix had a somewhat rough child hood. He often lived with family members and sometimes with family friends. When Jimi started playing a guitar as a teenager he played a right handed guitar upside down because he was left handed.

“Hendrix worked as a session guitarist under the moniker Jimmy James (Laurie Watson).” Jimi Hendrix had some out crazy guitar styles including playing behind his back, with his teeth, and without touching the strings. He showed the 400,000 people at Woodstock these skills as he was the closing act. Jimi’s music still influence many artists today such as Gorge Clinton and Jonny Lang to name a few.

Sadly in September 18, 1970 at age 27 the legend passed away. Hendrix died from a barbiturate overdose. All though the legend is not with us now he will never be forgot at the king of guitar and will always be iconic in the rock and roll industry and influence generations of music to come.

I chose Hendrix because he was one of the greatest. He was able to inspire so many people with his great music that I still listen to today. He would have been 70 years old if he were still alive. He also was not afraid to show what he was feeling demonstrated in the Star Spangled Banner against the Vietnam War preformed at Woodstock. Jimi Hendrix will always be the greatest.

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The musical genius Mr. Argo

img_17931From the looks Mr. Argo is a scary guy but after talking to him he is a badass dude. He has been teaching for 36 years he likes to travel hike and has a passion for Rock N’ Roll Music

As a child Mr. Argo was active where he played tennis, basketball, and baseball he collects baseball cards and has a big passion for rock n’ Roll music some of his favorite bands are The Beatles, Rolling Stones, and beach boys. Mr. Argo wanted to teach because of his influential directors and his inspiring mother.

Mr. Argo decided he wanted to peruse his passion for music. He got his undergrad at eastern New Mexico and got his masters at western state his teaching style is “Tuff Love” or the “Old School method” on the weekend Mr. Argo likes to travel with his 21 year old son and wife. His advice to students that want to become teachers is to find your passion and learn everything about it. When I ask him for life advice he says quote “In everything you do, give it your all”

My experience with Mr. Argo has been awesome I had is class last year all year in Guitar and History of Rock N’ Roll class. I can now say I have experienced the “Old School Method” Mr. Argo is a gnarly guy and I hope a lot of people get inspired from him


Who is Mr.Johnson

Mr. Johnson was born in Michigan but raised in grand junction, he moved here when he was about 2 years old. As just about everybody who knows Mr. Johnson he has a very strong love for art and soccer, but his love for soccer was not a choice at first, he was forced to play by his parents but ended up loving it. When he was asked if the college life is like the movies he responded ” College isn’t that wild, well at least it wasn’t for me. i was either very busy with soccer or art projects.” as he said he was a very busy man and still is, but he went to college at Mesa University and has a bachelors degree. As of today he is now a teacher at Fruita 8/9 for art.

Mr. Decker in Action

Mr. Decker is a very busy guy, from coaching right after work then family time. He is a very active guy who loves working with children off and on the field. He is a teacher that wants to see you succeed. He’s been teaching 11 years and has been coaching football for 14 years.

As a child Mr. Decker also known as Coach Decker grew up in a small town near Steamboat Springs, nadsc_0841enmed Milner. Growing up in the footsteps of his dad he learned to love being outside fishing, camping, and four wheeling. On the weekends he enjoyed going to watch his dad coach his hometown wrestling and track team. In high school Mr. Decker found inspiration in his football coach who helped him improve his football skills as a linebacker. On the weekends as a high school student Mr. Decker hung out with friends and practiced sports with his four best friends. All through high school his four best friends all worked in constructions as a laborer.

During his college years Mr. Decker first wanted to major in computer graphics but as the years went on he realized he wanted to be a teacher and work with students and coach kids on and off the field so he majored in physical education and minored in computer graphics and personal fitness. Now a days Coach Decker spends time with his 2 kids and still loves being outside sun, snow, and rain.

My experience with Mr. Decker is a great one. I have a total of three classes with him throughout my day and I enjoy all on them. He makes them exiting and entertaining with challenging obstacles that take thinking and practice to overcome. Mr. Decker is a great person and I hope many people get inspired from him and learn many things.


Students are extremely stressed in the morning and are rushing to get to school on time! That way they don’t have a good breakfast and they get to school tired and not ready to learn. Sometimes even with all that they are still late. If school would start 45 min later and end 45 min later all that could be stopped. Students would get more sleep, would have a good breakfast. Just shifting the school time by 45 min would make a huge difference and solve countless problems. I believe that all schools who are not already starting at 8:00 should make the change today.

One reason we should start later is that waking up too early can cause people who stay up late doing homework to be tired in the morning. We should go to school to learn instead of thinking of sleep. About 10 percent of the U.S. population skip breakfast because of the need to get to school in time. If students are worried about needing to sleep or being hungry in the morning, they cannot concentrate on what is important. If school starts later, students may also have more time to finish homework that they did not complete because they were too tired at night from a lack of sleep and too much homework.

In my opinion school should start at 8:30 because that would give students enough time to get up, eat, finish homework, and get to school on time.

Should school days start later? Or earlier?

Honestly school should stay at regular times at 7:20 am. It’s a good time to get up in the morning. And if you start school later no one would have time for after school activities.  And a lot of kids love their after school time. Kids and parents and teachers may think it’s a good idea to start later but honestly your kids won’t have time for after school activities and keep in mind that your child is going to have homework and some kids may have homework in almost all their classes. I advise kids to go to sleep earlier than they are now so they can get some rest and won’t be so tired in the morning and eat breakfast cause that’s what starts your morning and gets you energized. This is not including some things that kids have to do at home. Kids do have chores and chores may take a while plus homework that can take hours school is starting at a good time and I think we should keep it that way. I can say I already know a few kids who are stressed out about school. So if the district changes the time we start school or not kids will be stressed over homework and school work and if they change the time schedule kids won’t have time for after school activities because I know for fact that kids can’t play soccer at night.



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1900: Spanish physician Ramon y Cajal identifies neurons as discrete entities and, in the process, helps found the modern study of neuroscience
1900: Austrian psychiatrist Sigmund Freud publishes The Interpretation of Dreams, concluding that dreams can reveal helpful psychological insights about repressed memories and past traumas, thus founding the field of psychoanalysis
1903: German scientists synthesize barbital, the first commercial sedative sleeping pill, later much abused
1913: French psychologist Henri Pieron publishes Le Problème Physiologique du Sommeil, one of the first books to address the physiological characteristics of sleep
1925: Russian-born American Nathaniel Kleitman opens the world’s first sleep laboratory at the University of Chicago, where he would go on to research circadian rhythms, sleep and wakefulness regulation and sleep deprivation
1929: Hans Berger develops an electroencephalograph device to record brain waves, and notes differences in brain activity during sleep and wakefulness
1954: William C. Dement shows that sleep consists of cycles of different stages of sleep, repeated four or five times a night
1958 Melatonin, later found to have profound implications for sleep medicine, discovered by American dermatologist Aaron Lerner

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Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety.

In children and teens, sleep also helps support growth and development. Sleep can harm you over time. For example, ongoing sleep deficiency can raise your risk for some chronic health problems. It also can affect how well you think, react, work, learn, and get along with others. Children and teens who are sleep deficient may have problems getting along with others. They may feel angry and impulsive, have mood swings, feel sad or depressed, or lack motivation. They also may have problems paying attention, and they may get lower grades and feel stressed.

Sleep helps your brain work properly. While you’re sleeping, your brain is preparing for the next day. It’s forming new pathways to help you learn and remember information. Sleep helps enhance your learning and problem-solving skills. Sleep also helps you pay attention, make decisions, and be creative.

Studies also show that sleep deficiency alters activity in some parts of the brain. If you’re sleep deficient, you may have trouble making decisions, solving problems, controlling your emotions and behavior, and coping with change. Sleep deficiency also has been linked to depression, suicide, and risk-taking behavior.

Sleep plays an important role in your physical health. For example, sleep is involved in healing and repair of your heart and blood vessels. Ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke

Sleep helps maintain a healthy balance of the hormones that make you feel hungry (ghrelin) or full (leptin). When you don’t get enough sleep, your level of ghrelin goes up and your level of leptin goes down. This makes you feel hungrier than when you’re well-rested.

Sleep is a big thing in your life even know it doesn’t seem like it. Now some people may like sleep others not so much but sleep plays a big role in your life.


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History of Halloween

Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated Halloween on November 1.Halloween used to mark the end of summer and the beginning of the cold winter nights. This day was often associated with human death. On the night of October 31 they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. To commemorate the event, Druids built huge sacred bonfires, where the people gathered to burn crops and animals as sacrifices to the Celtic imagesdeities. Celebration of Halloween was extremely limited in colonial New England because of the rigid Protestant belief systems there. Taking from Irish and English traditions, Americans began to dress up in costumes and go house to house asking for food or money, a practice that eventually became today’s “trick-or-treat” tradition. People would leave food and wine on their doorsteps for the ghosts. The US spends about 6 billion on costumes and candy a year. The celebration of Halloween was very limited in colonial New England because of the rigid Protestant belief systems there. Halloween was much more common in Maryland and the southern colonies then in the northern colonies.

The first celebrations included “play parties,” public events held to celebrate the harvest, where neighbors would share stories of the dead, tell each other’s fortunes, dance and sing together. Halloween festivities also featured the telling of ghost stories and mischief-making of all kinds. Here are a couple of foods associated with Halloween such as Barmbrack (Ireland), Bonfire toffee (Great Britain), Candy apples/toffee apples (Great Britain and Ireland), Candy apples, Candy corn, candy pumpkins (North America), Monkey nuts (peanuts in their shells) (Scotland and Ireland), Caramel apples, Caramel corn Colcannon (Ireland), Cookies shaped in Halloween themes, Halloween cake, Novelty candy shaped like skulls, pumpkins, bats, worms, etc. Pumpkin, pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, Popcorn, Pound cake, Ramekins filled with pumpkin pureé, Roasted pumpkin seeds, Roasted sweet corn, Soul cakes and so much more. So in the end Halloween is a wonderful holiday and has been around for ages.


Work Cited

History.com Staff. “History of Halloween.” History.com. A&E Television Networks, 2009. Web. 07 Sept. 2016.

The Talented Mrs. LaCount

Most people will say that Mrs. LaCount is either scary or mean but that’s the kids that don’t have her for a teacher. If you were to ask any students that have or have had her for a teacher they would say otherwise, But I chose her because her appearance may look mean but she is one of the most caring, and supporting teacher I have ever meet. Mrs. LaCount is not your typical teacher she is honest and will be there for you.

Mrs. LaCount had a pretty normal childhood. She was the youngest of two, she has one older sister who is 17 months older then her. LaCount was an active kid. She not only played soccer but she was also a swimmer. LaCount went to Fruita. When she was in high school she kind of isolated herself she just wanted to finish school. She graduated in 2001. After high school LaCount went to collage here in Grand Junction at Colorado Mesa University Where she studied English and she also has a master’s degree in teacher’s leadership.IMG_1589

After collage LaCount was a phlebotomist which means she drew blood for a living.  The moment she knew she wanted to be a teacher was the first time a teacher believed in her. Not only is Mrs. LaCount an amazing teacher but she is a wonderful, loving and supporting mother. LaCount has 2 kids a beautiful eight year old girl named and a handsome six year old boy named .but before these two she met her husband through a friend when she was only sixteen years old. Since then they have been happily married for ten years now.

I chose Mrs. LaCount because she is the only teacher I have ever had who was able to get me to feel confident when giving a speech. Each day I look forward to her class. Mrs. LaCount is my idea of a perfect teacher, you can have your own opinion but that is mine.

The amazing Ms. Weber

Here at the Fruita 8/9 school we have one of our amazing counselors named Ms. Weber, Her door is always open for anyone in need. She will sit down with you in her office and listen for hours and try to find you a solution. She is dedicated to help you in any way she can, MS. Weber hopes you leave her office happy and a proud wildcat. Ms. Weber try’s her best to not have any conflict and make Fruita a better place for our students. She will encourage you in school, and you can tell her anything because your secret will be safe with her. Ms. Weber always wants to help you in anyway and she is a good friend.

Ms. Weber grew up with a lot of friends where she was born on the country side of New York. She soon moved when she was 2, she didn’t live in New York for long. Ms. Weber moved to San Diego, California and lived there for 30 years.  In California Ms. Weber became a bank teller before she was a teacher or a counselor.  She always wanted to be a teacher, Ms. Weber taught kids kindergarten through 5th grade. She became a counselor because some of her kids would come up to her as a teacher and tell her their problems Ms. Weber then thought “I should become a counselor.”  Ms. Weber had to move to Colorado because of her husband’s job.IMG_1598

Did you know Ms. Weber likes to travel, she gets to go to Hawaii every year! That’s not the only place she has traveled, Ms. Weber has been to Africa, Canada, and Mexico! Ms. Weber says she likes Mexico the most because all in high school and in college she studied Spanish. She says Spanish was fun because her Spanish teacher made it fun. In grade school she loved school, it was weird for her in middle school but she managed. As a little kid she did softball in little league till she was 16.

Ms. Weber has two siblings and she is a great mom to her kids. Her kids sure did grow up fast Ms. Weber is already a grandma. She loves watching her grandkids play and do sports. In her free time she likes to go hiking and walks.

We have an amazing counselor that will help you in any way she can, thank you again for everything Ms. Weber. Were glad you’re here as a wildcat we couldn’t as for any one better.