The Cougar Press
You can edit text on your website by double clicking on a text box on your website. Alternatively, when you select a text box a settings menu will appear. Selecting 'Edit Text' from this menu will also allow you to edit the text within this text box. Remember to keep your wording friendly, approachable and easy to understand as if you were talking to your customer

The Cougar Press Official Website

​A WORLD Class Middle School!

New Medical Technology
By: Collin and Larimar


In Conclusion, There are many new technology that people are creating. This will help people in amazing ways like building new arms. Maybe one day we will save people from dying!


​New medical technology has been sweeping the nation. New things are coming out like nanobots that help your body. We will be telling you all of the new medical technology that has come out.

​​​Origami Robot

This origami robot can go into your digestive system. This promises a revolution in the internal treatment of the digestive system. Some universities did a test run on the origami robots and found out that they can get rid of certain foreign objects from the body like batteries. The researchers also believe that it can be modified to deliver drugs into the human body and maybe do targeted surgery on the human body like the gut. The pill before eaten is frozen in ice when swallowed it will unfreeze and open up. Once fully opened the machine moves around the stomach lining controlled by magnetic motion from outside the body.

​Gene Editing For Crops

If they can genetically change them they can make healthy crops that can resist drought and disease. This technology is known as CRISPR they plant modified plants which laboratory greenhouses around the world. Already in China they made a fungus resistant wheat they are using this tech on rice to boost yield. Also in the UK they used it to tweak barley that governs seed germination which could be used to make drought resistant varieties. This could help scientists to keep up with the constantly evolving microbes that attack crops.

New 3D Tools

Project Esper is a new a reality tool that will change medical school. With Project Esper you can touch and visualize. It's easier for surgeons because they don't have to open up a cadaver.

Another tool is EchoPixel. It reads CTs and MRIs and it transforms the image into 3D. It allows the doctors unprecedented opportunity to view and interact with patient tissues and organs in a truly 3D form.

Heading 1

National Parks
by: Luis Cabrera, The YouTuber


It's ecosystem of animals and plants is unlike anything else. Yellowstone protects its natural beauties for people to explore and learn more about them in a safe facility. The National Park is home to about half the world’s geysers.  It also is a home to grizzly bears, wolves, bison and elk.
In conclusion, national parks are very beautiful and are great examples of nature at its finest. These parks display nature and life at its best. People go to these national parks to go look at animals and nature and see what nature is really like.

Signifigance of National Parks

     National parks are important because they protect the best of our natural heritage, they form the basis of our economic and social well being, and attract millions of visitors per year that can learn alot about our Earth. Millions of people, especially tourists, enjoy visiting these national parks every single year. They display nature and life at its best. People go to these national parks to go look at animals and nature and see what nature is really like. People may also visit these parks to take pictures of cool things in nature like the grand canyon. The Grand Canyon is a national park in Arizona It’s made out of rocks. The land was flat about years ago and after a long time it became what it is now. And people like to go there to visit and see nature.
     Yellowstone National Park is a very popular attraction. More than 3.8 people have visited since the end of September. The Yellowstone National Park features several different canyons, alpine rivers, lush forests, hot springs and gushing geysers, including its most famous, Old Faithful. It is often visited because the natural forms that is included there. There is so much natural  beauty to be seen at the Yellowstone National Park. Its major geological features are a result of its lying on a volcano caldera.

Black History Month
by Kailey Hand

In 1976, the bicentennial of the United States, President Gerald R. Ford expanded African American week into a full month. He said the country needed to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of African Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.Black History Month is an integral part of our nation’s tradition in which we continue to promote positive examples of poignant historical events, exemplary leaders and steps towards societal change. This remembrance is not only deeply meaningful for the African American community, but imperative for the greater understanding of national and world history.

Carter G. Woodson was the sole individual responsible for creating Negro History Week in Washington, D.C., in February 1926. To Woodson, the black experience was too important simply to be left to a small group of academics, and believed that his role was to use black history and culture as a weapon in the struggle for racial uplift.His goal was to ensure that school children be exposed to black history. Woodson chose the second week of February in order to celebrate the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass

The development of Black History Week to a full month was proposed by the leaders of the Black United Students at Kent State University in February 1969, and they held their inaugural celebration one year later, in February 1970. Quickly following that event, schools followed suit, creating clubs, playing host to lectures and more, all of which is still seen today.

Giraffes are now rarer than elephants

These two large animals are well-known across the world, but which one is currently the more endangered species?Well, a recent study has unveiled a 36 to 40 percent drop throughout the years for the world's most tallest mammal. 1985 there was between 151,702 and 163,452 giraffes which has now depleted to the total of 97,562 in 2015  according to the (IUCN)  International Union for the Conservation of Nature. That's a 30-year period of steady decline. Five of the nine subspecies of giraffe have decreasing populations, with only three currently increasing and one stable. Negative factors like illegal hunting and human-wildlife conflict, habitat loss and others have all contributed to the subspecies populations, making giraffes as a whole closer to extinction. Giraffe, the tallest land animal, is now at risk of extinction, biologists say.Because the giraffe population has shrunk nearly 40 percent in just 30 years, scientists put it on the official watch list of threatened and endangered species worldwide, calling it "vulnerable." That's two steps up the danger ladder from its previous designation of being a species of least concern. In 1985, there were between 151,000 and 163,000 giraffes but in 2015 the number was down to 97,562, according to the International Unio
At a biodiversity meeting Wednesday in Mexico, the IUCN increased the threat level for 35 species and lowered the threat level for seven species on its "Red List" of threatened species, considered by scientists the official list of what animals and plants are in danger of disappearing.The giraffe is the only mammal whose status changed on the list this year. Scientists blame habitat loss.While everyone worries about elephants, Earth has four times as many pachyderms as giraffes, said Julian Fennessy and Noelle Kumpel, co-chairs of the specialty group of biologists that put the giraffe on the IUCN Red List. They both called what's happening to giraffes a "silent extinction."Fennessy blamed shrinking living space as the main culprit in the declining giraffe population, worsened by poaching and disease. People are moving into giraffe areas especially in central and eastern Africa. Giraffe numbers are plunging most in central and eastern Africa and are being offset by increases in southern Africa, he said.This has fragmented giraffe populations, making them shrink in size with wild.giraffes gone from seven countries — Burkina Faso, Eritrea, Guinea, Malawi, Mauritania, Nigeria and Senegal, said Kumpel of the Zoological Society of London In for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Hamilton: An American Musical

In 2016, Hamilton received a record-setting 16 Tony nominations, winning 11, including Best Musical, and was also the recipient of the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album and the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. A production of Hamilton opened in the West End in December 2017 at the Victoria Palace Theatre. Hamilton earned Broadway: $100 million per year. On Broadway, “Hamilton” is consistently selling out all 1,321 seats at the Richard Rodgers Theater and is currently grossing about $1.9 million a week in ticket sales. Simply by maintaining that pace, the show would bring in nearly $100 million a year.

Hamilton is very inviting to younger audiences, with intriguing characters and lovable songs.
Inviting a young generation to the beginning of our nation

By: Grace DuPonte

Alexander Hamilton's story gets to be told until  Lin-Manuel Miranda picked up a copy of a Alexander Hamilton a biography by Ron Chernow. One of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America.

Alexander Hamilton is best known as the principal author of the classic work on constitutional government. However, his enduring influence on American matters of state lies equally with his reports to Congress on the financial affairs of the Federal government. Hamilton is chiefly responsible for the design and establishment of Federal institutions, and above all for the financial system which helped consolidate the states into a nation, and then put that nation on its path toward an industrial economy. Hamilton is often considered the rival of Thomas Jefferson, for while Jefferson promoted a democratic agrarian society, and sided with France in matters of foreign policy, Hamilton foresaw a manufacturing economy founded on secure financial principles, and he sought for the United States a government closer to the British model.
Hamilton An American Musical is a sung- and rapped-through musical about the life of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, with music, lyrics and book by Lin-Manuel Miranda,inspired by the 2004 biography Alexander Hamilton by historian Ron Chernow. Notably incorporating hip-hop, rhythm and blues, pop music, soul music, traditional-style show tunes and color-conscious casting of non-white actors as the Founding Fathers and other historical figures, the musical achieved both critical acclaim and box office success.Hamilton was written by Lin-Manuel Miranda inspired by the 2004 biography Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow.

In 2016, Hamilton received a record-setting 16 Tony nominations, winning 11, including Best Musical, and was also the recipient of the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album and the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. A production of Hamilton opened in the West End in December 2017 at the Victoria Palace Theatre. Hamilton earned Broadway: $100 million per year. On Broadway, “Hamilton” is consistently selling out all 1,321 seats at the Richard Rodgers Theater and is currently grossing about $1.9 million a week in ticket sales. Simply by maintaining that pace, the show would bring in nearly $100 million a year.

8th grade high school choice
 by louis laurent the best youtuber 

School choice  survey callosa

North . 25
Mariner . 4
Cape .13
Ida baker . 8
Island coast . 1

School choice may increase student engagement by enabling students to attend schools that more closely match their needs and preferences. But this effect on engagement may depend on the characteristics of the choices available.

    School choice advocates believe that children should have the opportunity to go to better schools—right away—including private schools via opportunity scholarships (most commonly called school vouchers), special needs scholarship programs, scholarship tax credit programs and education savings accounts.

    In 2012, the parents of 37 percent of all 1st- through 12th-grade students indicated that public school choice was available to them. Also in 2012, 13 percent of the students in traditional public schools were in a school chosen by their parents rather than an assigned school.
   At City Schools, students choose what middle or high school they attend. With a variety of schools offering a range of programs, families have the chance to explore options and find the school that is the best fit for each student.Choice applications for the 2018-19 school year will be posted over the next few weeks and will be due back to schools by January

What is National Junior Honor Society?
   by: Luis Cabrera, the YouTuber

The NJHS official site also mentions how, “Students in grades 6–9 who meet the requirements for membership outlined by their school’s chapter are eligible to be invited for membership. Students must be in their second semester of sixth grade for consideration. Ninth grade students are only eligible for inclusion in NJHS if they attend a middle level school. Ninth grade students in a traditional 9-12 high school are not eligible for NJHS membership.Each chapter is required to publish its qualifications for membership, which is based on the five pillars of NJHS.” They also mention, “Students who accept membership and are inducted into the chapter should be aware of the time and commitment involved with this honor. For example, there will be chapter meetings. The chapter bylaws should articulate the yearly meeting schedule and member attendance obligations. Members also must participate in chapter and individual service projects to benefit the school and community. Contact the chapter adviser to obtain a full list of the obligations of membership for the school’s chapter.

What is NJHS?

NJHS. It stands for National Junior Honor Society. What is it though? NJHS is an elite club for the smartest/brightest students. It is the middle school equivalent of NHS. If you invest your time and work hard in NJHS, you will be awarded in the future. You can get community hours and possibility of scholarships.  

According to Wikipedia, “The National Junior Honor Society is an international student organization that consists of chapters in middle schools.”NJHS is short for National Junior Honor Society. Once you are in high school if you want to apply it will no longer be known as NJHS. From high school it is called NHS, which stands for National Honor Society. National Junior Honor Society is the middle school equivalent. In NJHS students will do community service and help the community in general. Being in NJHS is in honor for students and teachers. It is an elite club for the brightest and hardest working students.


Summing up NJHS

In conclusion NJHS is an elite group of the smartest children to collaborate and do good for the community. It can help them get scholarships, credits, hours for community service, and much more. If you ever have the chance to be in National Junior Honor Society, you should because only good can come from it.

How can I get in NJHS?

According to the NJHS website itself, “First, you will need to learn if your school has an NJHS chapter. If so, check your student handbook or speak with someone in your main office to identify the chapter adviser. This is a faculty member who will be able to tell you the cumulative GPA required for consideration and a timeline when students who meet this benchmark will be invited to submit information about themselves to be considered for membership. If your school does not have a chapter, encourage your principal to learn how to start a chapter. (Please note that NJHS membership is managed solely through the school and its chapter membership guidelines. The NJHS national office does not contact students individually.)”

Click the icons to visit the following
social media accounts

Vicious Snakes
By Kevin Almonte 

In conclusion, Snakes are very deadly and critical because of vicious attacks, Injecting deadly venom, and Home invasions. Snakes are deadly toxic animals t if not existed, we humans would not have problems. If we use ways to prevent these stuff from snakes like attacks venoms and invasions then snakes will have less impacts on humans. If this happens then we would be less in danger from snakes. These slithering hissing killers must be stopped or else they will make everyone of us paranoid of these vicious snakes.

Imagine walking down a beautiful park, and then you stumble upon a frightening snake waiting to attack! This is very common for vicious snakes. Snakes are dangerous for many reasons. Snakes are dangerous to humans because of attacks, venom, and home invasions.

To start with, Snakes are dangerous to humans because of how they attack. According to passage 1, the author states that Snakes kill more than 90,000 people a year. The death toll of 11,000 a year in India. In total scientist has aprroximitated to between 1.2 million and 5.5 million snake bites occur yearly and that only a quarter of them involve venom. Snakes affect people's lives in a very negative way and should be put under control. These vicious snakes do not think and rather strike and it is affecting our population in many places. ` snakes should be kept under control or else it can cause chaos.
Additionally, snakes are dangerous to humans because of venom injections. Some snakes barrage, and when they do, some of them release venom. Passage 1 infers that snakes in the pit viper group like a Rattlesnake or Copperhead release venom when attacking. When venom is injected into fangs, it could take about 30 minutes until death. This can cause snakes to be massive problems in snake-infested areas. Snakes are serious killers and should not be messed with. Venom is a serious thing in snakes and needs to be taken care of in the future.
Furthermore, a final reason of why snakes are dangerous to humans is because of home invasion. According to passage 2 the author states that snakes scatter when after a hurricane or thunderstorm. This could lead to house invasion. If the snake like for example, a python, had babies then it could spread snake babies all across the house. Some of the snakes in a part of a home invasion could be deadly to humans. If snakes cause more invasions in homes, every home owner would be miserable of the constant snake growth inside their home. Knowing that you can be in danger in your own house is pretty sad.

How Close Are Robots To Taking Over The World?

Robots, AI, computers, whatever you call them they all are the same thing. They are the next generation. What kind of generation? The generation that will be the next species, if you want to call it that, to be the superior. But is that a good thing, or is it a bad thing? Think of what they have done for us humans, what kind of intelligence they have, what can they do that no man has done or can do.

By David Bouchard

These technological machines have been running our world whether we know it yet, but not in a bad way. They have done so much for our society/planet that we take them for granted. When we need breakfast we used a toaster or oven to cook it. Those are machines that run our lives because we depend on them to cook it without it burning our food or causing a fire. We depend on undersea robots to accomplish exploration or, for example, during the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, we used undersea robots to go down into the water contaminated with oil that could kill a human if they drank it or got into their bloodstream. We use AI (Artificial Intelligence) for everyday things like GPS. We ask Siri where the nearest starbucks is or we ask Alexa how many sticks of butter is in a cup or to set a timer. They are also a great help in the military as they are great for disarming bombs. Military or police evacuate everyone out of the area away from the bomb. Then they send in a bomb disarmer (robot) to disarm and if it doesn’t work out and the bomb goes off, everyone is in a safe area away from the bomb.

Robots are also great for the industrial service. They work just as quick, if not, quicker than humans can in a lot of the workplaces that are dangerous for us emotional, skin wearing, and heart holding humans. Robots save money and time because in dangerous jobs like the industrial ones, humans can get hurt, and that is bad for business and slows it down. Robots can’t get hurt, they may malfunction due to a human error but they are better in many ways. They may be taking our jobs, but it could be for the better because they don’t make errors like humans, they put people out on the streets and people see that is a bad thing, that robots are running the world and putting our human keesters on the street, but humans made these, we rely on them everyday, we made them the way they are. We can’t dispute that they are superior to us humans, but we let them be that way because we need them.

Another reason robots are taking over the world in a good way is the AI. AI, also known as Artificial Intelligence, is the next big step to a new world. Probably bigger than the step Neil Armstrong took when he was on the moon almost 50 years ago. They are smart enough to recognize voices, faces, and fingerprints. For example, the IPhone was one of the first technological advances towards the new world. They had fingerprint scan, voice recognition, and now the IPhone X has introduced the facial recognition to phones. Even if you get a beard or tattoo or a new haircut, it can recognize your face because it is so advanced, 200 years from now people might think it came from aliens, like the pyramids. It is self-improving because of these changes to your face/voice. Language models our what these are called because they adjust to you and your changes over time.
In conclusion, robots are running the world, but not in a bad way. They are a great help to society, they go where no man/woman can go, we need them everyday because we have adapted to them. Thousands of years ago people would walk miles to go to where they need to go and they didn’t have a GPS, they didn’t have a phone or toaster. They had the brains and they had instincts, nowadays we need these machines to fun our lives.