Advice Column #3

Dear Justus,
Prom is coming up and me and my date had planned on going together for a while now. Although I don’t really want to go with him anymore but I don’t have a choice. Should I grin and bare it the entire night of prom or should I ditch him to hangout with my friends? I don’t wanna hurt his feelings.

Dear Date Ditcher,
If you feel that way about your date why don’t you just tell him? Go get pictures and eat together then you both can go off with your friends!! Either way you’ll both have a blast.
Dear Justus,
it’s been warm the past couple days and I really want to wear shorts to school but I’m afraid to get dress coded. Should I just not wear them?

Dear Daisy Dukes,
Shorts are okay to wear to school as long as they aren’t shorter than your fingertips. Trust me I know how hard it is to find shorts that meet dress code requirements! If you have any questions regarding dress code, check out a previous article published about the requirements.
Dear Justus,
This is my first year going to prom and I’m both scared yet not excited. What is it like?

Dear Anonymous,
For me personally, prom is different from any other school dance. It is for sure way more fun! Go forth with a positive outlook on it or you won’t have an awesome time!

Advice Column #2

Dear Justus,

Dear Grammerless Egobooster,
This boy sounds like he just isn’t the one for you. You can’t force someone to like you especially when you’re not the only one in this boy’s life. Maybe try taking a break from him and just worry about hanging out with friends and what you’re going to eat for dinner! High School romance is hard. You have to look out for yourself in the end and ask yourself, is that what’s best for you?


Dear Justus,
So a lot of kids are making fun of me for my style and I was wondering how I can change myself to better fit in with my peers.

Dear friend,
You shouldn’t worry about what other people think of you. All that matters is you’re happy and enjoy the way you look. I bet your style is awesome and unique. Don’t ever change for other people. Change only for yourself if that’s what you want to do.


Dear Justus,
My dog ate my homework, what do I do?

Dear dog owner,

Well, you’re gonna need proof or your teacher isn’t going to believe you.


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Class of 2017!

As the end of the year approaches, seniors and teachers are readily preparing for the departure of yet another senior class. Winding down, emotions of nervousness and excitement are all over the place. The Beaver Blog asked some seniors how they feel about the end of the year and their plans for the future. We even asked some teachers how they were dealing with the approach of graduation.
I first interviewed Sabrina Dowd who is eagerly awaiting graduation. She is preparing for graduation by putting her all into her school work for the end of the year, filling out scholarships, and “Actually coming to school”. Her plans for after high school are to attend YSU in the fall and major in Biology. When asked why she chose this major, she said, “It is my favorite subject and I think I will excel in it”. In addition, her tips for following seniors are this, “Staying organized is key and keep up with your reading”.
I then interviewed Matthew Ludwig who is nervous yet excited to graduate and leave Beaver Local. Matt claimed his strategy for success was “to get good grades and call it a year.” Matthew is attending YSU in the fall and majoring in Journalism. When asked why he chose this path for college he said, “I like to express my views on topics and share my opinion.”
I, myself plan on attending YSU in the fall also. I will be majoring in social work. I am beyond ecstatic to graduate and experience what the future holds for me. As for advice to the upcoming senior class, give high school your all because it really is worth it in the end.
On the other hand, I also asked Senior Advisor and English teacher Mrs. Hendricks how she felt on the seniors this year graduating. “It’s like I’m losing a part of myself” she explained. When asked how prepared she thinks we are for the future, she said, “No matter how much we teachers can try to prepare you for the real world, it’s never enough. You have to experience things, it’s life changing”. Mrs. Hendricks has been working hard all year to prepare us seniors for life after high school. She has given us much responsibility, sass, and kept us busy to teach us how to deal with stress and multitasking. Though some may not see it yet, she has taught us many life lessons. Hendricks stated, “You won’t realize it until you get out into the real world, so many kids come back and thank me because just like you they don’t know it at first but I really am helping you prepare for the future.”
With only 38 more days for us seniors and 59 more days until graduation, students and teachers are readily preparing to say goodbye to the class of 2017. Hopes are high and hearts are pounding at the thought. Thank you to all the Beaver Local faculty and staff. You have shaped us into the bright young adults we are today! In saying that, Good Luck to all the seniors on your future plans!

The senior class won the battle of the classes last week

Beaver Advice

This week, we are starting a new column for Beaver Advice. You can submit questions to be answered to:



Dear Justus,
I am a sophomore. Last weekend I was invited to a small party at my friend’s house. There weren’t many people there, only a few friends. Two of my friends went to go smoke a cigarette outside and told me to tag along so I did. When we got outside they told me to take a puff. I had never done it before and was kinda scared of what would happen if I did and what would happen if I refused. I ended up walking back inside without them. I’m worried I’ll be put in the same situation again. What do I do?

Dear Anonymous,
Being put in these kinds of situations is always hard. Whether it’s drinking or trying drugs, you really need to think of yourself in these cases. Don’t worry about what your friends would think or what society portrays as “cool”. Here are some questions to think about. How would smoking affect you and your family? What if you become addicted? What could happen to your health if you continued to smoke? Make sure you know every repercussion that could become an outcome of smoking before trying it if that’s what you choose to do.




Dear Justus,
There is a girl in my class that I know has a crush on me. She has told me multiple times before and constantly flirts with me in class. It gets really annoying because I don’t like her like that. I never told her though because I don’t want to hurt her feelings. How do I tell her without it spiraling out of control?

Dear Anonymous,
Teenage girls are very fragile, so take precaution. Make sure to always wear protective eyewear and padded vests when handling the emotions of girls. Approach with caution. Nicely tell her how you feel. Watch her facial expressions. If you see the happiness start to drain from her face, ABORT MISSION AND GET OUT OF THERE!



Dear Justus,
I was at a party a couple weekends ago and there was alcohol there. I’ve never drank it before but all of my friends were. I held a cup the entire night and pretended like i was drinking. I was scared to try it but wanted to be cool. I know I’ll be in this situation again, what do I do?

Dear Anonymous,
If you are under the age of 21 I strongly suggest you not drink alcohol. It is very bad for your body and when drunk can cause you to make stupid decisions. Over time, excessive alcohol use can lead to numerous health problems, chronic diseases, neurological impairments, and social problems. Really think about what you’re getting yourself into before you make any decision about trying it or not.


Silent but Deadly

Flu season is here! Learn what you can do to protect your family.


Attention Beaver Local parents and students! Each year about 20,000 children under the age of 5 are hospitalized from flu complications. That’s right, flu season is upon us. The Flu (influenza) has been traveling around Beaver Local and many other schools recently. The school janitors are taking action on Friday by going through the school and sanitizing all surfaces! Beaver Local administration hope this helps cut down on the illness and spread of sickness in the school.

Many children and adults have been getting extremely ill due to the influenza strains circulating this year. What’s crazy about this flu is that it seems to be severe and very dangerous. Tragically, two children from the Columbiana County area have passed away due to complications associated with Influenza A. The flu has been spreading like a wildfire, and it is highly suggested that if you’re sick, you need to take action immediately.

Symptoms of the flu can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headache, chills, fatigue, and sometimes vomiting and diarrhea. Anyone can obtain the flu just by simply touching something that has been infected. There are many different precautions parents and students can take to prevent the sickness. Make sure your child is up to date on the flu vaccination, stay away from those who are sick, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your hands when sneezing or coughing, wash hands often with water AND soap, and avoid touching your nose, eyes, and mouth. It is also not too late to get a flu shot. It does take about a week for the flu shot to begin to protect you, but it is still very helpful in prevention.
If you or your child catches the flu, make sure you get lots of rest and drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration. You should also go to the doctor to be tested for the flu. Antiviral drugs can be prescribed to help treat the flu, but the sooner they are prescribed the more effective they are. If you suspect you may have the flu, it is best to get into the doctor as early on as possible. If sick, it’s a good idea to stay home to prevent the spread of the sickness to others. 24 hours after a fever is gone, it’s okay to go back to school if you don’t feel staying home is necessary any longer, but rest will help you on your way to getting healthy. Teachers and staff at Beaver Local are very accommodating and can send work home for your child to help give them time to recuperate without spreading the flu.

Many children around the area have been affected with this bug and immediate action is best. This flu, sadly, has been fatal in some instances and should not be taken lightly. Keep an eye out for symptoms and be sure to take every action possible, like thorough hand washing,  to prevent catching the flu.

Kindergarten Buddies!

Mrs. Jones’ Psychology class has incorporated a buddy system with our kindergarten here at Beaver Local. Each student got to pick 1-3 buddies after meeting the class we would be visiting every week. Every Friday, the Psychology class trips down to the kindergarten wing of the school to visit their assigned buddies. Some days we get to just hang out and play around with our buddies and other days we have a specified activity to partake in with them.
My buddy’s name is Katie. She is the sweetest most energetic little girl I have ever met. She really likes drawing pictures of us and playing hide and seek. The first couple of trips down, she couldn’t quite remember my name. After quizzing her a couple times she got it down. Over the short period of time that I have known Katie, a strong bond has grown between us. She jumps with joy the moment she sees me, I suppose the child inside me does too. Whenever the day ends and it’s time for us to leave, Katie latches on to my leg and refuses to let me go. It’s the cutest thing. Eventually, she stands up and gives me the biggest hug I’ve probably ever gotten. She says goodbye and then we do it all again the following week.
In psychology, we’ve learned about how memories and our upbringing shapes us as people. Is our behavior guided by experiences inside of us? A task we were given was to get our buddies to tell us a memory or memories they have. Doing so, we learned a little bit about them and in turn, we got to share our memories too.
We currently are learning about conformity and obedience. Conformity is how people comply with standards, rules, and laws. Obedience is compliance with an order or request to another’s authority. These two ways of thinking are displayed all throughout the kindergarten classroom. Buddies consider us high school students authoritative to them. They obey and comply with almost everything we say. The children also conform to each other. When one child sees another doing something, that child wants to conform and do the same.
I think this mini program for the class is a great idea. It leaves a great impact on the kids and on the high school students. We get to see how the things we learn in class take place in real world situations. Going to visit our buddies is the highlight of my week, every week.