Author Archives: Paige Alder

Keeping Your New Years Resolutions

“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.” – – Oprah Winfrey

  1. Set specific goals
    If your New Year’s resolution is to get in shape, focus on small, impactful changes to your fitness routine. If your New Year’s resolution is to read more, commit to reading a new book every month. If your New Year’s resolution is to travel, start by exploring sites close to home
  2. Break them down into per week or per month
  3. Reward yourself at each milestone
  4. Hold yourself accountable by letting others know all about your resolution
  5. Write down your resolution and put it somewhere you can see daily

A. Make only one resolution. Your chances of success are greater when you channel energy into changing just one aspect of your behavior.

B. Avoid previous resolutions. Deciding to revisit a past resolution sets you up for frustration and disappointment.

C. Don’t run with the crowd and go with the usual resolutions. Instead think about what you really want out of life.

D. Break your goal into a series of steps, focusing on creating sub-goals that are concrete, measurable and time-based.

E. To stay motivated, make a checklist of how achieving your resolution will help you.

F. Give yourself a small reward whenever you achieve a sub-goal, which will help to motivate you and give you  a sense of progress.

G. Expect to revert to your old habits from time to time. Treat any failure as a temporary setback rather than a reason to give up altogether.



Christmas Classics

by Paige Alder

Christmas is just around the corner, which means it’s finally time to pull out our favorite Christmas movie classics, like Elf which surveyed to be Rockwell favorite Christmas classic.

“Christmas was on its way. Lovely, glorious, beautiful Christmas, upon which the entire kid year revolved.” – A Christmas Story

If you’re looking for some Christmas classics to catch up on or watch for the first time, heres a list of some of the most watched Christmas classics.

A Christmas Story-1983


The Santa Clause-1994

Home Alone-1990

The polar Express-2004

A Christmas Carol-1938, 1951, 2009

Dr. Suess’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas-2000

A Charlie Brown Christmas-1965

Frosty the Snowman-1969



Junior High boys basketball team works together in back-and-forth games

by Paige Alder

Rockwell Charter’s junior high boys basketball teams have started their season and are excited for what’s in store.

“The team has been doing really well,” said junior high boys basketball coach Seth Sadler. “We’ve played two games so far. Both were lost,  but both have been close, back-and-forth games.”

This season is Coach Sadler’s second year coaching and he loves working with the team.

“It’s a good experience,” he said. “It is only my second year coaching so I’m not super experienced, but it’s super fun”

Coach Sadler says the boys all enjoy basketball and get along great on the court. They work together as a team and that will bring success in-and-of itself.

“The team doesn’t have any ball hogs,” Sadler said. “They all share and work together as a team.”

Make sure to catch the team’s next home game tonight at 8 pm versus Mountainville.

Dead Men Tell No Tale

by Paige Alder

The Trailer for Pirates of the Caribbean 5 was released on October 2, 2016. The movie will be called Dead Men Tell no Tale and will be coming to theatres in 2017.

The trailer begins with men on their boat being attacked by anonymous figures. The main character of the attacks begins to go down the stairs to find a boy named Henry (Brenton Thwaites) who is supposed to be Will Turner’s son.

The trailer ends as the character asks Henry if he knows who Jack Sparrow is and tells the boy to find him. He says that Jack that Captain Salazar will find him as he searches for the trident used by poseidon.

More trailers are set to release as the film’s release date gets closer.

New York bombings, lockdown in Eagle Mountain school bring terrorism close to home

by Paige Alder

On the 17th of September, 2016, a bomb went off in a busy area with shops, bars, restaurants and apartments in the Chelsea district of Manhattan in New York City. In total, 29 people were injured, but only one person was seriously injured. Now all 29 people are back in there homes.

Later another bomb was found a few streets down, but that bomb was stopped. The bombs were made of a pressure cooker, wires ,duct tape and a cell phone. The bomber, Ahmad Khan Rahami, was found. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called the bombing an “intentional act,” but there is no evidence of terrorism.

“There’s no specific or credible threat against New York City,” De Blasio said.


Image via FOX 13 News

Eagle Mountain experienced its own act of terrorism on Monday, September 19, when a man, Christopher Craig, entered Eagle Valley Elementary School threatening to set off explosives if the students, faculty and staff did not evacuate. Eventually, police officers were able to get through to the man and placed him under arrest. He went peacefully into custody and was charged with a second-degree felony for threatening terrorism, as well as several misdemeanor charges.

Rockwell High students weren’t involved in the evacuation or lockdown processes that took place at Eagle Valley Elementary School, but many live near to the school and saw the SWAT team’s arrival take place from their homes.

“School officials were standing outside the school, making sure no one else went in,” said Rockwell High senior Briane Strasburg who lives near the elementary. “I tried to take pictures or videos, but it was hard to tell what was going on. It seemed like chaos.”

Ready for the Exciting Season

by Paige Alder

“We’ve been waiting for this season since we were all freshman” Ashlee DeBruin.

The 2016-2017 girls basketball team is ready for their exciting season. Over the summer the girls we able to participate it a few tournaments, and now the girls have tournament games every saturday. The games are all two halves, and follow all standard rules. The teams the girls will be playing are other high schools of all sizes and locations. The games are a great way to practice and stay ready for the season!


Just dance.

by Paige Alder

This Friday, September 2nd  is our schools traditional back to school dance! The dance is a great opportunity for you to be able to hang out with your friends and meet the new students at Rockwell. Fun music will be played and great dance moves will be seen. The best part of all this, the dance is FREE! Make sure you clear up your Friday to come to the back to school dance!

Meet this year’s Student Government


Service  Pride  Integrity  Responsibility  Inspiration  Teamwork

   “I can’t wait to help the kids of this school succeed!” -Dylan Beck  


Lysnie Gifford

Paige Alder

Topanga Wozab


Sam Mansfield

Ashlee DeBruin

Keith Taggart


Destiny Dipo

Parker Tate

Megan Neilson

Ben Sherman


Malia Sellers

Dylan Beck

Kylee Hancock


Robert Largent

Cassandra Neilson

Isaiah Anderson