Current Protests are not a genuine form of Civil Disobedience

Taitum Reboca and Aliseia Cadman May 22, 2017

Pacifist leaders such as Dr. Martin Luther King and Gandhi showed the world that change can happen without the need for violence; and that nonviolence is the best way to rally support for your cause. Through the success of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and India’s gained independence in 1947, many protests would follow suite of non-violent protest set by Dr. Martin Luther King and Gandhi. However, many of the protests today are misguided in their attempts to recreate the success of previous non-violet protests. 


These protests are supposed to represent the act of change through deifying the established government. So these protests could be classified as acts of civil disobedience. However that depends on who you ask, whether these protests are legitimate acts civil disobedience.


But what is civil disobedience, you might ask? Civil disobedience is the public act of breaching law with the intent of bringing change in government policies or laws. If this were the sole definition of civil disobedience, then many of the protests today would be considered legitimate acts of civil disobedience. However, there is a key component missing from this definition that most protestors today overlook.


What separates protesters practicing civil disobedience from a common criminal is the fact that they are willing to be imprisoned for their actions in pursuit of justice. This is where modern protests claiming to be demonstrating the act civil disobedience fall short.


Protests such as the Black Lives Matter mission statement is, “It is an affirmation of Black folks’ contributions to this society, our humanity, and our resilience in the face of deadly oppression.” The Black Lives matter movement was created in 2013 in an effort to show how unjust our law system is after the killer of Travyon Martin was killed; and his killer George Zimmerman, was not initially arrested after the fatal shooting. Since then, Black Lives Matter has been involved in many “protests” such as the death of Freddie Grey by police in Baltimore. Now why bring up this particular movement? Many members of Black Lives Matter and supporters believe they have contributed to the increased transparency of police officers and made police carefully examine officers to rid those of racial prejudices. However, they didn’t achieve this through peaceful means. Since the creation of Black Lives Matter, there has been a significant rise of distrust and hatred towards officers of the law. 


Black Lives Matter is Civil Disobedience

Tyler Mills May 22, 2017

Everyone has heard of the movement named Black Lives Matter. This movement was created to protest the treatment of African Americans in America. #BlackLivesMatter was created as a call to action for black people after 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was post-humously placed on trial for his own murder and the killer, George Zimmerman, was not held accountable for the crime he committed. It was a response to the anti-Black racism that permeates our society and also, unfortunately, our movements. Another one of these cases include the shooting and killing of teenager Michael Brown by a police officer. The shooting of Michael Brown occurred on August 9, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri, a northern suburb of St. Louis. Brown was doing nothing, simply walking and even surrendered to the officer and asking him to not shoot. That is where the famous line of the movement “hands up, don’t shoot” comes from. However, the police officer shot anyway, killing Brown, making those his last words. And you know what? The police officer got off free from this murder because it was labelled as “an act of self-defense.” Furthermore, in the study testing fatal shootings by police titled “Fatal Shootings by US Police Officers in 2015: A Bird’s Eye View,” researchers wrote that their analysis of the 990 fatal shootings in 2015 “suggests the police exhibit shooter bias by falsely perceiving blacks to be a greater threat than non-blacks to their safety.” And what about that is fair? 

Thus, Black Lives Matter was born. Black Lives Matter is an ideological and political intervention in a world where black lives are systematically and intentionally targeted for demise.  It is an affirmation of black folks’ contributions to this society, our humanity, and their resilience in the face of deadly oppression. People showed this by lining the streets, walking, holding signs, chanting mantras. Those who couldn’t attend the protests simply went to social media, using the hashtag BlackLivesMatter to bring light to the movement. They never inflicted violence on anyone, because they were protesting against violence and mistreatment. It was peaceful. It was empowering, especially for the minorities in the United States, which make up only 37.4% of the United States population. This is what civil disobedience is. This is what it stands for. Civil disobedience is the act of protesting without inflicting violence on anyone or damage to property, no matter the circumstances. However, the police didn’t see it this way.

This is when things started to change and take a turn. SWAT Teams and other organizations began to use force, such as tear gas, trying to stop these protests. This made the people of the protests angry, and that anger could have also been fueled by yet another murder of an innocent African American named Tamir Rice, who only happened to be 12-years-old. A child! A child was murdered for carrying a toy gun. This case also connects to the study mentioned earlier because if it were a little white child who was carrying that toy gun, there would’ve been no shots fired and another person still living on this earth without question. The protesters cried, saying how they were only trying to be peaceful and get their voice out. But alas, the police continued to use force. Does this remind you of any point in history? Maybe you’re thinking about multiple things that have happened in the past, but let’s use Gandhi as an example. Him and his followers, despite the violence that they went through and knew that they were going to go through, they stayed peaceful and continued on with their belief of civil disobedience. And because of this, Gandhi became one of the biggest influencers of civil disobedience.

I bring up Gandhi because even though he believed and followed civil disobedience, he also believed and preached that violence could be used in some instances. And so, since force was used upon them first, the Black Lives Matter movement responded in different ways. Some continued to follow the original intent of the movement, which was to stay civil. Others, well, they went on the other side of the spectrum.

On July 7, 2016, Micah Xavier Johnson ambushed and fired upon a group of police officers in Dallas, Texas, killing five officers and injuring nine others. Two civilians were also wounded. Johnson was an Army Reserve Afghan War veteran who was reportedly angry over police shootings of black men and stated that he wanted to kill white people, especially white police officers. Now, thousands of people took part and believed in this movement, so why should these few bad apples who wanted to kill and get revenge represent the entire community that has come together wanting to bring peace? That doesn’t make sense. That was never the intent of the people who supported Black Lives Matter and there are still plenty of people who follow those beliefs while supporting this movement, which is why it continues to be a form of civil disobedience. 

Photo: http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Black-Lives-Matter-march-draws-more-than-100-as-11161750.php#photo-12941976 

Murder at Any Age

Andrea Barber May 22, 2017


Murder or homicide is defined as the unlawful taking of another human life. The act of murder is punishable by both prison and death. Should the law exclude children from this punishment? While murder is an egregious act of violence, and is outlawed in all fifty states in the U.S., minors are sometimes excluded from the punishments of this crime. Children should be tried as adults, regardless of circumstances. 


The law states that murder is “Whoever is guilty of murder in the first degree, shall be punished by death or imprisoned for life”. It does not exclude children from being penalized. Yet, thousands of minors are let go or face very minimal sentences. According to Hoover University, although laws vary in different states, child offenders are treated different from adult offenders. If a child is capable of taking the life of another human being, regardless of circumstances, why should they be allowed to endanger anyone else they encounter?


According to researchers, children are, indeed, capable of committing murder. In the United States, statistics show that crime at the juvenile level has increased over the past few years. With this dramatic growth, there are more children that will be let go. Thus more violence released upon the streets.


Furthermore, children are idealistically portrayed as innocent human beings, untouched by the horrors of the world. They’re still someone’s baby. Children shouldn’t belong in maximum security prisons, but unfortunately, they are still able to commit high profile felonies. 

Minors, being defined as youth under the age of 18, should be tried as adults in the court of law when crime has been committed. No one should be let off when it comes to taking the life of another human being. 



"Fairness" in life

Avery Begay May 5, 2017

As for all living creatures in this world, life is never fair. We never get our way or in a more understanding concept, we never succeed. Life is full of challenges waiting to bring you down where you can never get back up but you have to think about it. You have to work extra hard to get what you deserve, nothing is going to be handed to you. 

As for some of us, we all heard of the term “nobody’s perfect” and “there is no such thing as a perfect life” which is true but why do some people always think of themselves as the “best”? For a real world scenario, bullying would be a great example. It’s most common abuse from child up to adults. Basically the prey and predator situation where the prey is constantly attacked in several ways, you get the point. 

Of course, we all had experiences of playing the prey. We all know how it feels to be mistreated and how it feels like to be isolated. People can be so harsh were the victims start to think about suicide. Very common in teenagers years, especially in high schools. Most are caused by bullying. As a victim, it is very easy to be self-centered and it’s never easy to accept the fact that we mean anything to anybody. That’s where “fairness in life” comes to play. Victims start to have their doubts about living anymore and their only option is suicide. 

Their always a time of happy and joyfulness but when you think about it, a problem will occur. It’s never easy for some people to explain they’re are feeling and usually the person being told, doesn’t understand quite well. 

Some people want you to succeed while other will do everything they can to push you to the ground. Like the saying “just keep smiling, they hate that” which is also true because enemies never like to see their victims happy. 

Sometimes we just have to suck it up and be strong when problems start to attack. Their always a chance where nothing will ever be solved. We are all in a competition with many other people. Trying to fight our way for colleges and jobs. For mostly al people, we tend to have the urge to blame others while it wasn’t their fault. People need to start accepting the fact that we are going to fail no matter what.

Along with a teacher’s perspective of the definition fail: 





It’s clearly impossible to learn something in the first attempt. 

Life is full of challenges, would you rather chase your dreams or go to sleep and watch your dreams over again? 

Peer Pressure : How do you identify it and why it's dangerous

Maggiee Lee  May 2, 2017

Shania S. – “I think peer pressure is where someone tries to talk you into something you wouldn’t usually do. It can be can very dangerous; it could ruin somebody’s life. They could try and convince you one time but that one time can turn into a bad habit.”

Peer pressure is something common in a teenagers’ life. You could be put through it anywhere at any time. I interviewed a few students asking them questions about what they think peer pressure is, if they ever experienced it, and what they would do if they saw someone getting peer pressured.

Kristian Price said, “Peer pressure is something you don’t want to do but people talk you into it. Yes, I have actually experienced peer pressure, I felt uneasy and uncomfortable. If I saw someone getting peer pressured, I would basically tell the person who is pressuring them to leave the person alone. I believe friends have a bigger impact on doing peer pressure on you rather than family.”

Keith Jackson says, “Peer pressure can have a strong influence on you. Yes, I have been peer pressured and it didn’t feel cool at all. It all depends on the situation when someone is getting peer pressured, it could be good or bad.”


Personally, I believe peer-pressure could go either way, good or bad, it depends on the situation. In a good way, it could be useful to people who aren’t as blunt such as going in front of the classroom to present something and get a good grade out of it. In a bad way, it could be dangerous by doing something against the rules or law. Yes, I’ve experienced peer pressure and it didn’t feel right, or wasn’t the norm for me. If I saw someone getting peer pressured in a bad way, I would totally stop it so it doesn’t leave an impact on their life.

Letters to the Editor: How Do I Get Over a Heartbreak?

Naomi Kellywood    April 24, 2017

A student recently left an anonymous letter in the library asking the Kirtland Chronicle for advice on how to get over a heart break. There are many ways to get through a heart break, eating ice cream, watching chick flicks, going out to play basketball, telling your closes friends about the pain you are feeling.  You feel like the one person you trusted your heart with just didn’t really care about how you would feel when they would leave you, or the pain is so hurtful you can’t do anything but cry and wonder what you did wrong. Constantly being told, “Sweetie, it’ll take time to heal, but you’ll get there”, and you sit there looking at the clock wondering how much time…days, weeks, months or years?


Going through a heartbreak is a difficult thing, and such a hard thing to accept. There are going to be tons of tears, unbearable pain that you are going to feel. Thoughts that fill your head, wondering what you did wrong. Take time to yourself, watch a movie, eat what you want to, keep the thoughts of what other people are going to say or do out of your head. Don’t stay in your room all the time, taking a few days off for yourself is what you need, but not something you constantly do. After a few days of crying and keeping to yourself, go out. Put on that cute outfit you got recently, get your closes friends and LAUGH! Don’t think, “Was it me not spending time with him/her that caused him/her to leave me?”, don’t let these thoughts fill your head, you’re having fun. If you need to talk about it and it’s the only way to get it off your chest, talk about it to someone you trust the most, but not someone that encourages you to go into deeper detail for it will create more tears. The hardest thing that you will have to do is…delete them from everything, a Facebook post, a snapchat story, a picture you took together. Yes, it’s hard. There will be tears, but it’s a step closer to getting over this heartbreak. For a month, don’t reread messages, posts, nor listen to music that will cause you to feel the pain you did when they left. Finally, sooner or later you will be smiling away and you’re going to realize you are stronger than what you went through. The weight of the world will be lifted off your shoulders.


I spoke to some people here at Kirtland that had their own thoughts on how to get over a heart break:


“What I would do when I’m going through a heart break is I’d eat ice cream and watch movies.”

-Kendra Kitts


"I'd tell myself that I don't need to be in a relationship, I have friends and family, and that's just someone who walks out of your life and there's always more people to met"

-Brandon T.


"You're going to cry, try to eat your pain away, but the best thing to do is accepted it. Instead of constanting asking yourself what you did wrong, yes take time to yourself, but don't make it a daily thing, spent time with family, get your mind off of it, than sooner or later you'll be over the heart break"


How to Have a Good Day

Naomi Kellywood    April 24, 2017

There’s time when are you beginning to think, “How can I keep a positive mind if everyone keeps surrounding me with negative thoughts?”

Well don’t let anyone or anything get to you, no matter what the situation is. There are many ways to keep having a good day. Here are some steps or some suggestions on how to keep having a positive mind and to keep smiling.


1. Get Some Rest and Lots of Rest

It doesn’t hurt to go to sleep early to have a good start of your day, get enough sleep so that in the morning you’ll have enough energy to keep smiling and to get going.


2. Drink Water

I know what you’re thinking, “How does water help me have a good day and a positive mind?”, well it helps to keep the headaches away because you avoid getting dehydrated.


3. Smile When and Wherever You Want To

Of course, smile! Smile when you want to, where you want too. Don’t let anyone tell you, “Why you smiling? There’s nothing to be smiling about.” You show that pretty smile off, you’re happy so S–M-I-L-E.


4. Relax

You got homework due tomorrow, or next class hour.  Take a deep breath, relax, and continue to smile.


5. Ignore All the Negativity

Don’t worry about what people have to say because they are only trying to bring down your happiness, you keep smiling and showing other people how happy you are. Put in your earphones, put on your favorite songs and walk down the hallway with a smile on your face.


Smile, always smile. Have an amazing day. It doesn’t matter if your day started off horrible, you can always turn your frown upside down. 

Letters to the Editor: I am struggling in my math class and no one cares? What can I do?

Chuntay Hatten    April 19, 2017

Hello, and thanks for your inquiry. Although it may seem nobody cares about your struggle in math, in actuality you have many opportunities to get help from tutors, teachers, peers, and yourself. Our school offers tutoring both during lunch and at attendance school. A starting place is seeking help from your teacher, or tutors who can help you distinguish what exactly it is you’re having trouble with. If you plan to receive help from a student tutor, then you may also choose to ask for their study habits or how he or she forged themselves to understand critical criteria.


Most importantly, as a proficient math student myself, it's important to take it upon yourself to save time for studying and understand your own pitfalls. One recommendation to help yourself in math is to change the way you take notes. Majority of students excel at writing notes that summarize, but not so much as to promote learning, retaining material, or pinpoint individual weaknesses. I take my notes like flash cards for calculus, with separation between stimuli (question), and the response (answer). It's very similar to Cornell note taking. You can either separate the answer and response from top and bottom, or left and right. I separate left to right, or vertically, with my stimuli on the left, and the answer on the right. This is so I can cover the right side with a piece of paper and respond to the stimuli myself, checking if I get the same solution, or if I'm wrong. This can also help to find your pitfalls. Say you’re on the right track, but make a mishap on one step, you can uncover the right side and find where you messed up and discover exactly what you misunderstood.


Another important aspect when studying math is having the right mind model, or the way you think. It's easy to passively read, or eat whatever your instructor, textbook, or Slader is dishing out, but it takes brain power to forge a mind model that questions the criteria you're given, develop hypotheses, and construct applications. A mind model can be anywhere between an image, mindmap, diagram, or a story; the essence is it explains what you're learning. You develop your mind model through your own creative thought and when you’re actively reading the substance of the textbook with a pencil in hand. To keep this response from becoming more extensive than it already is, one last note is to learn to write technically. Write down the formal definition of a given theorem. On a separate piece of paper, write down the theorem in your own words. You can refer back to the actual theorem to ensure accuracy, but make sure it's in your own words. Afterwards, cover up the formal definition so you won't be tempted to look back at it. Now, with your own definition at hand, rewrite the theorem or definition again, but attempt to write it technically in small steps, focusing on one little aspect at a time. Repeat this process until

you think you're at the point of “maximum technical writing,” and compare it to the actual definition. This will help you write better and gain further retention. Hope these tips help.

Letters to the Editor: Why Don't We Have More Interesting Electives?

Gabrielle Lee    April 17, 2017

The Kirtland Chronicle recently received a letter asking, "Why don't we have more interesting electives?"


This question was a bit difficult to interpret, since each student at this school has different definitions of interesting, but we have found some information that could answer it. There are several reasons why we have the electives we do, and only those electives, including state and district requirements, graduation requirements, students' views, population and budgeting.


First of all, we are to take a set amount of required classes to meet the graduation requirements. For instance, we need four math, four English, four History, and three science credits in order to graduate; 66% of high school is required classes. In addition, we are also required to take a health class, a P.E. class, a language class, and a career cluster, which were built to lead students on a certain career path. After all of these required classes, we don’t have much more room for electives in our schedule, which makes it difficult to have more electives.


Second of all, there are a lot of guidelines that the state gives us, including what classes our school can have, student to teacher ratio, amount of students in one class, amount of students in all classes, and specific certification for the teachers. There is a manual on the NM Public Education Department website, called the STARS Manual, that lists all the classes that the Public Education Department has approved; if a class isn’t in the manual, no school in New Mexico can teach it. It also lists the education requirements a teacher must obtain in order to be hired for each class. The state also allows a caseload of 150 students for each teacher, and no more. So, even if a teacher did have the certification needed to teach a class and they had an open class period, they can’t teach that class if they already have 150 students between all of their classes. In addition, each individual class has to have at least 10 students, and no less, to be allowed to stay. If a new elective doesn’t get enough support from the students, meaning the class size is less than 10 students, then it will be dismantled. We are also supposed to have an explicit student to teacher ratio, and because the student population in our school is so low, we are not allowed more teachers that we will need to teach any new electives.


Thirdly, our process for adding new electives is very complicated and it is hard to get approval from every level. First, our idea must pass through Mr. Collard, the head of the electives department. If he approves of it, he will put in a course request with administration. Finally, Ms. Becenti will send the elective on to the district and they are charged with giving the final answer. After all of this, we will have to find a teacher for the elective and work the new class into the schedule. This process is very long and strenuous, but if there is an elective you really want, it’s definitely worth it. “I think young people want to feel a change in the way the educational system works. Their minds want to be more creative, more active. We want them to find a pathway for career development. Right now they can find ways to be creative in the current curriculum,” says Ms. Becenti. “All the regulations and requirements make it hard to please everyone.” With the help of the student body, our school will slowly change to match the interests of the current students, but in order for change to occur, everyone needs to work together. “We want to hear from the students,” says Ms. Becenti. “I welcome their ideas, their thoughts on how we can improve Kirtland Central High School. I’m interested to hear what ideas and recommendations the kids have. Unfortunately, electives for next year are already set in stone but we can plan for 2018-19 school year.”



Geoengineering: An Undermined Conception in the Cause Towards Climate Change and a Controversy Amongst Conspiracists

Chuntay Hatten   March 30, 2017

On most given days, the sky is usually shrouded in streaks of trails from aircrafts traveling the U.S. The amount of these streaks or controversially known as, “chem trails,” fluctuate from sparse to immense. These streaks in the sky are what scientists call geoengineering. Also known as climate engineering, geoengineering is the discipline to manipulate climate through the use of chemicals and environmental engineering techniques. It’s a large scale alteration in the earth’s weather pattern in hopes to reduce drastic climate change. Although geoengineering may appear to aid potential climate catastrophes, there’s the possibility that it could be counterintuitive, acclaimed by anti-geo engineering sentiments, such as Geoengineering Watch, an organization and website concentrated in advocating against human interference in earth’s complex weather system.


Geoengineering can be separated into three groups -- greenhouse gas removal, solar radiation management, and weather modification.


Greenhouse gas removal uses technologies that extract greenhouse gases, specifically carbon dioxide, from the atmosphere by either promoting natural carbon sinks, which decreases the amount of CO in the atmosphere, or creating artificial carbon sinks. Creating man-made carbon sinks could lead to endangering biodiversity, food surety and lifestyle. There’s no sufficient amount of studies to convey the dangers of altering biodiversity, but some studies have cautioned environmentalists to avoid doing so.


Solar radiation management is the process of spraying light reflective sulfate aerosols into the stratosphere to cool down the planet, these are the streaks in sky mentioned earlier. A risk of using sulfate aerosols is it damages the ozone, this layer in the earth’s stratosphere absorbs ultraviolet rays from the sun, protecting us from skin cancer, eye damage, and other health problems. If the ozone is damaged any further, we can be put at higher risks of these problematics. These streaks reflect sun rays in avoidance from radiation, yet there is some resolution to solar radiation management.


Engineers at Harvard University formulated a different type of sulfate spray that wouldn't harm the ozone layer or pose other environmental consequences. Harvard will initiate its Solar Geoengineering Research Program, with faculty members, including Frank N. Keutsch, a professor of engineering and atmospheric science, and of chemistry and chemical biology. This program is aimed to erase the risks of solar geoengineering with research.


Keutsch stated, “Geoengineering is like taking painkillers. When things are really bad, painkillers can help but they don’t address the cause of a disease and they may cause more harm than good. We really don’t know the effects of geoengineering, but that is why we’re doing this research.”


Other resources, including Geoengineering Watch, discovered studies revealing the dangers of geoengineering and proving it’s counterintuitive. The sprays release particles and or pathogens into the sky as an effect of aerosol sprays which include sulfate and aluminum. Weather modification could be greatly affected as solar radiation management can change wind patterns, disrupt the hydrological cycle, and indent biodiversity. A study from Harvard biologist Edward O. Wilson and professor of Biology leads the cause in biodiversity. He reveals that earth is currently in its sixth great mass extinction due to growing human activity in the past 20th and 21th century. Geoengineering can hold responsibility in making species extinction rates instantaneous.


The risks of geoengineering are continuing to grow as other research finds that it’s particles released in the air and penetrating soil and contaminating water. The aerosol sprays also release methane, and since these are sprayed globally, it could eventually create a sheet of methane around Earth, which would encapsulate heat absorbed from the sun, but no release out of the atmosphere. This can increase climate change rates and pollution rates.  Other risks include darkening our atmosphere, meaning the sky could lose its blue tint, more forest fires due to dry, and drying up the atmosphere because the particles from solar radiation management absorb moisture in the sky, which is why it could affect the hydrological cycle (precipitation, evaporation, and condensation).


Perhaps scientists, researchers, or the Harvard Solar Geoengineering Program can formulate new forms of geoengineering that could minimize these risks, or compensate for the damages already made. Perhaps geoengineering would be abolished because of its numerous risks, or maybe it will fade into the controversy of climate change, seeing it’s still a heated controversy itself.

Op-Ed: "I Hope This Helps Someone"

It’s that time of year, where everything seems to get more and more stressful. The school year's end can be super stressful, many students feel like they’re done for the year and lose motivation. Students often think that once they’ve failed once, they’ll always fail, or that it’s the end of the year, and there’s no time to even “try” and there’s no hope.


Sometimes witnessing other students doing “good” makes us lose that motivation, and that’s the complete opposite of the way you should feel. We should feel more motivated and think to ourselves, “if she can do it than so can I!” but most of the time we think “that should be me, but it’s not."


Being a high school student is a lot of pressure, and school can be a competitive environment.  Every year, more and more pressures regarding classes build up. It seems as if the whole world is slowly crashing in on you and you have no one to help you. I’m here to tell you that you’re not alone, you're not the only one that feels this way. So many students feel the exact same way, including myself. Being a senior, it’s difficult to maintain a social life, a job, homework, school etc. I understand, but it’s manageable! It may take a little or a lot more time for you to get there, but there is no rush, it is not a race to get that diploma. It’s very important to be vocal, share your problems, talk to a friend, counselor or a parent, but most importantly take care of yourself. Eat well, don’t just get enough sleep, but get good sleep. It’ll benefit you in so many ways. Take a break! Taking a break can preserve your sanity, de-stress and improve the quality of whatever you are doing.

If you focus on the possible when you experience difficult situations you can positively change your outlook, reduce your stress, and concentrate on achieving things that otherwise may not have been possible.

Letters to the Editor: Concessions During Lunch?

Kirtland Chronicle Staff   March 20, 2017

The Kirtland Chronicle was recently asked, "why is the concession stand no longer open during lunch?" As we all know, it had been closed down for the last few years. Students began to wonder why it was closed down, and many questions surrounded why the concession stand had closed. The reason behind it was the concession stand was selling snacks that were against FDA(Food & Drug Administration) regulations. What Is FDA? Well, the FDA is a federal agency of The United States Department of Health and is responsible for protecting the public health and ensuring the safety of the nation's food supply, cosmetics and products that emit radiation. Although the students of KCHS would like the concession stand to be reopen, at the moment it isn’t a possibility.

How to Deal with Bad Days

Tia Nez   Feb. 20, 2017

Everyone has had a day full of a series of bad events and it completely ruins your mood. Well, if you experience those anytime soon, here are some ways to help lift your mood.


One way to overcome your feelings is to exercise: It easier said than done, it can be very helpful because when exercising a chemical called endorphins are released to help you with your sense of well-being and lifts your mood. It doesn’t have to be an intense workout where you go HAM, but it could be as light as a walk or jog around the track or your own neighborhood.


Do something to get your mind off of things: It doesn’t have to be something productive, as long as you’re not stressing over it. You can draw, talk to your friends, look at memes on the internet, or even watch your favorite videos or TV shows. It’s better than sitting around and wasting the day doing completely nothing.


Make a playlist: Music can be therapeutic and can help reduce anxiety or stress.


Sleep: It’s perfectly fine if you sleep. Lack of sleep can possibly be the cause of stress. Sleep can have many benefits for your health, for instance the lower risk of disease, better moods, weight control, clear thinking, better memory, and stronger immunity.


Remind yourself that the feeling is only temporary: The world may feel like it’s a horrible place but recognize that your feelings will go up and down every now and then.


Write it down or talk to a friend: It’s always nice to have someone to talk to and for them to listen. If you’re not a people person or don’t like talking, writing could be a good substitute for talking to a friend.


Do something nice for yourself or someone else: It could be as small as a compliment or buying them something nice, it may help you feel better seeing someone else happy.  


Try something else such as:

Reading your favorite book

Taking a nice long bath or shower

Watching your favorite TV show or movie on Netflix

Welcome to the Kirtland Chronicle!

S.R. Lewis & Gabrielle Lee   Feb. 8, 2017

The Kirtland Chronicle is an online publication of news articles written by a team of student journalists with the purpose to inform and entertain the KCHS community. The articles will be about academics, extracurricular, athletics, features, and others. We will be accepting student work as well, including news articles, op-eds (opinion editorials), short stories, artwork, and photography for future editions. We will also be taking ideas and suggestions on what you want to hear from us.


In later editions, our editor’s column will be home to op-eds, advice, etc. We have mailboxes placed by Mr. Joe's office and in the library, which you can use to communicate with writers for The Kirtland Chronicle. If you want specific advice, let us know; if you have an idea for an article or have written an article, send us your suggestions.


We will be publishing student work, so if you have created any form of art worthy of recognition, we recommend it that you share it with us; this also includes articles which are to be taken directly to the journalism classroom, room 311. If you choose to submit an article, then follow proper journalism guidelines. Not all of your ideas and work will be published immediately, so if they aren’t up on the website in a week, don’t panic, we might publish them later. Keep in mind that we won’t be publishing anything inappropriate.


If you can’t bring your work by the classroom or submit suggestions/ requests inside one of our boxes then e-mail it to us at thekirtlandchronicle@gmail.com. We would like to thank all students and staff for their support. We welcome all students to participate in this newspaper and wish luck to all writers, artists, and readers involved in our publications.


Honorably and Most Sincerely,


Sariah Lewis & Gabrielle Lee