Poem of the Month

September Light-

Air

cool and dry

drifts down on a breeze

under a shade of trees. 

A subtle hint of change is near.

Light

a fire in the wood

to warm the chill,

and ready yourself for the cold.

Autumn will soon be here.

Inhale

a deep breath

again and again,

in just the same way as before.

By: Kiesha Shepard

The leaves are falling down the trees now and the weather is getting colder as the days go by. Soon you can drink hot chocolate in the morning because of how cold it gets during autumn. 

Sincerely,

The Passionate Poet

Leave It All On The Court

By: Courtney Henson & Brian Avery

As the 2021-2022 school year kicks off, the Pleasanton volleyball team has dominated on the court. Scores so far show a promising season ahead for the varsity, JV, and freshman teams. On just the second day of school, the Lady Eagles faced Devine and Burbank high school. For the varsity team, a double win sets the scene for the season to come. The JV team won over Burbank and lost to Devine. Unfortunately, the first game jitters got the best of the freshman team who lost to both Burbank and Devine. 

Later on the first week of school, the Varsity team traveled to Edgewood to participate in a tournament. This 3 day tournament would prove to be rewarding. After an incredible collection of wins over Memorial, Randolph, Del Rio, and Fox Tech, the team advanced to the first bracket, where they earned an advancing win over Hidalgo, next in the second bracket the girls beat Randolph. This win advanced them to the championship game. After a good fight with Del Rio, our girls came out Edgewood tournament champions! 

The following week, on Tuesday August, 17, the Varsity, JV, and Freshman teams faced D’hanis high school. This night was a rewarding night after all 3 teams gained a win. 

On August 19-21, the Varsity team traveled to Devine to partake in another tournament. After astonishing wins against D’hanis, Natalia, and Crystal City in pool play, the varsity team beat Edison in the first bracket play. Gaining another win against Ingram in the second bracket to advance to the championship game. Unfortunately, the Eagles were not able to pull forward for a champion win against Feast high school, but still managed second place in the tournament. All tournament selections include, Sadie McAda, and Tess Underbrink, a very respectable accomplishment on their behalf. 

On Tuesday, August 24, the Lady Eagles traveled to Hondo high school to face the Owls. After a long fight, the varsity team scores a 3-0 win. Unfortunately for the JV and Freshman teams they were unable to get a win. 

At a tournament in Persall, the varsity eagles pulled two impressive wins against Dilly and Sam Houston high school. Shortly after, in 3 long sets, the Eagles lost to South San, still they didn’t let this get them down. After two more wins against Persall and South San in the bracket play, our Eagles advanced to the championship game. In the championship game, the Eagles earned an impressive win against Randolph in 2 sets, earning first place of the tournament. All tournament selections for this tournament include Sadie McAda, Tess Underbrink, and Paige Stofa. 

Coach Bird, the JV coach, keeps an optimistic outlook on the season as the teams do so well saying, “so far off to a pretty good start!” Coach Bird is confident in his players as the season progresses, saying “they all do a really good job” and that he’s “excited to see how district takes shape.” 

This has been an amazing season so far and will hopefully only get better as the season progresses. We wish the volleyball team good luck as they continue to play games and make the school proud. As Coach Bird says “Come out and support!” Pride! Pride! 

Back to School

By: Ariana Johnson and Noah Ramos

Students, school has started again and there are new dress codes, as you heard from your teachers. Boys’ hair can not touch their shirt collars and can’t go past their eyebrows, girls can’t wear leggings no matter how long their shirts are. All students can’t wear jeans with holes in them unless you have leggings. All students are not allowed to eat outside of the cafeteria or Eagle Perk due to students leaving trash at the picnic tables and floor. Make sure to pick up your trash in the cafeteria, so we can eat outside again. Students, if you are eating lunch at the Eagle Perk make sure to pick up your trash when the wind blows it away. Students, Covid is starting to rise again. Make sure to sanitize your hands, and cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough. Make sure to stay at home if you are feeling sick or if you are sick in order to keep you, your classmates, and teachers safe in this time period. 

Ice Cream Tacos

By: Noah Ramos

Ingredients:

  • 10 Frozen waffles (Waffle cones optional)
  • 3 cups of vanilla ice cream 
  • ½ cup chocolate syrup 
  • 10 Maraschino cherries 
  • Whipped cream & sprinkles (nuts optional)

Instructions:

  1. Lay the frozen waffles flat on a cookie sheet and allow to thaw, around 10 mins. Form the waffles into a taco shape and fit together side-by-side in a 9 x 13 baking dish.
  2. Fill each taco with vanilla ice cream evenly before adding a drizzle of chocolate syrup then freeze until firm.
  3. Top each with whipped cream, sprinkles, and a cherry. Now keep frozen, and allow tacos to sit for 5 minutes before ready to serve.

Poem of the Month

Silence is beauty 

 

the silence before the sound 

is a quiet envelope between

the now and the after

your last moment of 

unknowing 

before the sowing 

of whatever

whoever 

wherever 

comes next

By: Unknown

School is back and homework has already hit some of us at school. Sports have also already started for many kids and coaches. So remember to take breaks and to not overwhelm yourself and do what you like in order to relax and calm yourself down. 

Sincerely,

Passionate Poet

Horoscopes

By: Brian Avery and Courtney Henson

Aquarius (January 20- February 18)- You overthink yourself a lot, but you are stronger than you think. Keep pushing, and make sure to try new things along the way. It will turn out better than you think.

Lucky Number: 31

Compatible with: Taurus

Pisces (February 19- March 20)- You will see something differently than the people around you. Remember it, and use your vision to better the situation around you.

Lucky Number: 46

Compatible with: Scorpio

Aries (March 21- April 19)- Revisit some joys from your childhood. They might make you happy once again.

Lucky Number: 39

Compatible with: Capricorn

Taurus (April 20- May 20)- Reflect on yourself, and see how far you have come. Now, look forward, and dream about how far you can go.

Lucky Number: 60

Compatible with: Aquarius

Gemini (May 21- June 20)- Try breaking an old habit of yours, and replacing it with another habit. See how well you do.

Lucky Number: 87

Compatible with: Libra

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)-Make sure you appreciate those you rely on. They need it more then you think.

Lucky Number: 36

Compatible with: Leo

Leo (July 23 – August 22)- Stand out this month and start leading. You will be surprised how many people will seek your guidance.

Lucky Number: 1

Compatible with: Cancer

Virgo (August 23 – September 22)- Remember not to judge a book by its cover. You may be 

shocked what the results yield.

Lucky Number: 71

Compatible with: Sagittarius

Libra (September 23- October 22)- Be impulsive this month. Make that new purchase, talk to the quiet one in your class, and try not to think too much.

Lucky Number: 59

Compatible with: Gemini

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)- You need to relax, and stop worrying about every little happening around you. Take a while to breathe, re-focus, and better yourself.

Lucky Number: 18

Compatible with: Pisces

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)- This is the month to finish all those projects you have been procrastinating on, no more waiting. 

Lucky Number: 15

Compatible with: Virgo

Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)- Spend time with the ones you love most this month. They miss you.

Lucky Number: 82

Compatible with: Aries

Game, Set, Match!

By: Ariana Johnson

Senior Joshua Schmahl and Junior Luke Raney

Pleasanton Eagles Tennis team went to regionals at Corpus Christi on April 27 through the 28. They played against Devine and beat them with a score of 4-6, 6-4, and 6-0. The team faced their next opponent in regionals and lost to Remond Field 6-7, and 5-7. 

Coach Schawb regarding the seniors, “I am always sad that seniors go. But they grow up and leave and I wish them nothing but the best for them and they’re going to do great things.” Following this Schwab explained, “I try to teach students to be good students and good person and it’s important to make and impact on people and I want them to try to respect everyone and fear no one.” Senior Blake Moos advises to the remaining team, “Just to stick with the sport and to give it their all and the most important thing is to just have fun.” He further explained, “Have a bit of knowledge of the game and to just know where to be at certain times.” Good job, Eagle Tennis. Pride! Pride! Eagle Pride! 

Cake Pops

By: Ariana Johnson

Ingredients:

  • 1 (15.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 eggs 
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 (16 ounce) package prepared chocolate frosting
  • 18 lollipop sticks
  • 1 (14 ounce) bag chocolate candy melts
  • 1 (.75 ounce) tube decorating icing 
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish.
  2. Beat cake mix, eggs, and oil in a bowl using an electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds. Increase the speed to medium and beat for an additional  2 minutes. Pour batter into the prepared baking dish.
  3. Bake in a preheated oven, 28 to 33 minutes. Cool completely, at least 1 hour.
  4. Crumble cake into a large bowl. Stir frosting into cake crumbles until mixture is sticky but not too smooth. Chill in the refrigerator, at least 30 minutes.
  5. Roll cake mixture into 1 ½-inch balls and arrange on a baking sheet. Place 1 lollipop stick into each ball
  6. Melt about ¼ cup chocolate candy melts in a microwave-safe bowl for about 20 seconds in the microwave. Dip each cake pop in the melted chocolate. Repeat melting chocolate and dipping remaining cake pops. Decorate pops with decorating icing.

Poem of the Month

Mom

¨It’s so amazing 

What a little word can do-

It fills the heart

With warmth and love

That lasts a lifetime through.

Happy Mother’s Day¨

By: Unknown

It’s the last poem of the 2021 school year and even though mother’s day passed, you should still say that you appreciate her and all of the things that she does for you. I hope y’all have a great summer and see y’all next year. Good luck out there seniors.

Sincerely,

The Passionate Poet

Surprise Cupcakes Sweet Treat

By: Ariana Johnson

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoons fine salt
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 ½ (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup milk
  • A bag of any kind of M&Ms
  • Your favorite frosting and sprinkles, as topping
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and position a rack in the middle of the oven. Line one 12-cup standard muffin tin.
  2. Whisk the flour, baking powder and salt together in a medium bowl.
  3. In another medium bowl, beat the eggs and sugar with an electric mixer until light and foamy, about 2 minutes. While beating, gradually pour in the melted butter and then the vanilla extract.
  4. While mixing slowly, add half of the flour mixture. Then add all the milk, followed by the remaining flour mixture; take care not to over-mix the batter. Divide the batter evenly in the prepared muffin tin.
  5. Bake until the cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean,rotating the tin about halfway through baking time, 18 to 20 minutes for standard cupcakes. Cool the cupcakes in the tin on a rack for 10 minutes, then remove the tin and cool on the rack completely.
  6. To add the M&Ms to the cupcakes: Use a small paring knife to cut a circle in the top of each cupcake. Gently remove the section of each cupcake and reserve.
  7. Using a teaspoon, create a small cavity in the cupcake. Fill with 5 or 6 M&Ms. Then replace the cake circle to seal in the M&Ms. 
  8. Frost and decorate as desired.

Poem of the Month

April-

God’s garden is this dim old wood,

And hidden in its blossom

The bursting bud, the feathery leaf

And soft, sweet smelling blossoms.

 

Ho! May is fair, and glorious June, 

In rose leaves doth enfold her,

Their bloom is richer than my own,

But mine is sweeter, bolder.

 

God’s garden is this dim old wood, 

And, I, the pretty vagrant, 

I am the gardener He sends

To make it fair and fragrant.

 

By: Jean Blewett

 

The season where all the spring flowers come out and the weather is getting hotter than before so make sure to drink lots of water. We are getting closer to the end of the school year and summer break will be here. 

 

Sincerely, 

 

The Passionate Poet

 

 

One Team-One Goal

By: Ariana Johnson and Dillon Myers

Lady Eagles honors our hero’s

On March 3rd, the JV Lady Eagles Softball Team had their first home game vs Lee Volunteers they went in with a strong beginning but the Volunteers won the game with a score of 14-9. Emery Gillespie said, “For us to get better as a team.” She also said, “Since I am a catcher, I want to get better at blocking balls.” She also said, “I don’t give up because I know we can win and can get better.” On March 6th, the JV Lady Eagles Softball Team went to Poteet High School. They fought hard but Poteet won the game with a score of 15-7. Coach Mireles said, “I try to teach girls to be better than they were the day before whether it was with school or athletics and just try to be a better person than you were the day before.” She also said, “I played since I was 5 and it was always a game that let me let go of the world and escape reality and so then it was a game that I love and I want to teach them to be a better women in the world and better people in the world and not just teach them the love of the game.” On March 10th, The Lady Softball Team went to Gonzales High School. Since the Apaches scored their runs due to numerous walks. The Apaches won 15-0. 

On February 18th, the Varsity Lady Eagles Softball team went to their first tournament of the season in Floresville. The Eagles fought a tough battle against NB Canyon with a 10-0 loss. In the second game they had the bases loaded in the last inning, and got to hit a line drive that was caught the end of the game with a 5-2 loss against. The second day of their tournament the Lady Eagles won against Marion with a score of 9-4. The second game of the day was a close one against Alamo heights with a score of 6-7. The last day of the tournament ended on a good note, as they went against Floresville and were determined to change mistakes and the team won the game with a score of 8-4. March 5th, Varsity Lady Eagles went to Poteet and worked hard together and pulled a win with a score of 19-11. On March 9th, the Lady Eagles barely lost to Gonzales, with the score ending as 8-10. On March 12th, the Lady Eagles went in strong and won against Carrizo Springs with a score of 16-1. On March 16th, the Lady Eagles went against a possible playoff contender, Crystal City, and won with a score of 15-1. March 19th, the Lady Eagles went against Brooks and won with a score of 15-0. Keep up the good work. Pride, pride.

Sweet Treat: Key Lime Cheesecake Bites

By: Ariana Johnson

Ingredients

  • ½ cup of raw almonds 
  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • ½ cup raw cashews, soaked in water overnight and drained
  • ⅓ cup full-fat coconut milk (well shaken)
  • 3-4 tablespoons of raw honey
  • 4 limes, juices and zested

Instructions

  1. Line a muffin tin with 6 cupcake liners and set aside.
  2. Place the almonds and melted coconut in a blender or a food processor and blend until the mixture is crumbly and sticks together when pinched between your fingers.
  3. Place one heaping tablespoon in each lined muffin cavity, and press the mixture down using the back of a spoon to make a mini ¨crust¨.
  4. Place the muffin tin in the freezer for 15-20 minutes, while you prepare the filling.
  5. In the food processor add the drained cashews, coconut milk, honey, and lime juice. Puree until smooth and transfer to a measuring cup.
  6. Remove the muffin tin from the freezer when the crust hardens a bit and pour the filling mixture over the crusts. Top with lime zest and place back in the freezer for at least 4-6 hours to harden.

Store in the freezer until ready to serve. Enjoy!

Poem of the Month

March-

Racing clouds and whistling winds,

Coats flapping in the breeze,

Bright kites circling in the skies,

The dance of swaying trees,

The cheerful sight of crocuses,

Just first sweet breath of spring –

Just part of all the many moods

The month of March can bring.

Author: Unknown

March is here and we are almost done with the school year. All we have now is the STAAR testing and EOC testing, then summer will come by soon. The weather is getting better than it was during Snowvid and hopefully we will have more rain than we did last year. Also I’m happy all the spring flowers are blooming.

Sincerely,

Passionate Poet

Run fast or be last!

By: Ariana Johnson

Pleasanton girls first meet at home field

 

February 10, was the start of the Pleasanton Eagles track season where the Pleasanton Eagles track team went against Juordanton, Hondo, and Dilly at the Pleasanton Track. The Pleasanton Eagles the Varsity team placed 1st in this track meet and JV placed 3rd.  For the girls discus the girls placed 4th and 5th by Genavieve Alvarado and Ariana Johnson for the JV and Sofia Aguilar placed 5th for Varsity. Sofia Aguilar said, ¨It is different for sure with covid but it is what it is. I also want to improve on how far I throw and improve my form. I want to make memories with my team and friends.¨ For shot put Genavieve placed 2nd for JV and Sofia Aguilar placed 3rd for Varsity. Genavieve said, ¨Things go pretty well with masks and trying to keep everyone safe and doing our events during covid. I also want a good season and get over 20 feet in the shot put. I also want to get along with her teammates and get to know them better and go to other track meets with other great throwers.¨ For the Varsity hurdles Jillian Barcomb placed 1st and Emily David placed 2nd for Varsity. Jillian Barcomb said, ¨It’s pretty normal for this season just with extra health precautions. To get faster in hurdles. To hopefully get past the district meet.¨ For the girls high jump Kara Hinojosa placed 3d and Victoria Castillo tied for 2nd for Varsity. Kara Hinojosa said, ¨It’s definitely challenging and it definitely feels different from what I’m used to. Just the P.R. for my mile time. The comparison for this season cause I´m new here and I want to see what they got.¨ For the girls pole vault McAda Rutherford had no height and she did not place for the JV. McAda Rutherford said, ¨I don’t feel like it’s not that different from what we usually do, just smaller teams. My goals for this season to show some improvement from the beginning of the season to the end of this season. I’m looking forward to actually having a season and COVID not shutting us down.¨

For the 2 mile Caitlin Hernandez placed 1st for JV and Kassidy Vickers placed 1st and Fe Vielma placed 3rd for Varsity. Caitlin Hernandez said, ¨I feel like everything is more empty and I feel more open and less likely to win. Just try my best and make a new PR. Just to be with my friends and having fun and seeing how much better I have gotten.

 

Poem of the Month

Poem of the Month 

Poem-

Love comes in different trends.

Love for your family, or for a friend. 

It makes you feel good and warm inside, 

When you are down, it lifts your spirits high.

It is a feeling you get, when someone cares, 

No matter where you are, it is always there.

I am telling you now, so you will know,

Do not destroy your love, but let it grow.

By: Unknown

Happy Valentine’s Day everybody! I wanted to choose a poem that has a love of any kind and something that’s not cheesy because Valentine’s Day isn’t just for giving it to your wife, husband, girlfriend, or boyfriend. It’s a day where you can show your love to a friend or a family member, and remind them to always be with them through the thick and the thin.

Sincerely,

The Passionate Poet

Poem of the Month

New Year Poem On Life

Another fresh New Year is here…

Another year to live!

To banish worry, doubt, and fear, 

To love, and laugh, and give!

This bright new year is given to me

To live each day with zest…

To daily grow and try to be

My highest and my best!

I have the opportunity 

Once more to right some wrongs,

To pray for peace, to plant a tree,

And sing more joyful songs!

William Arthur Ward

Happy New Year everybody! I choose this poem because we all had very difficult times this year with all of the Covid-19 and we have been stuck at home for more than six months. Let’s make this year a better year and keep wearing your mask and stay positive this new and bright year.

Sincerely,

The Passionate Poet

Sweet Treat

By: Ariana Johnson

The time to celebrate Christmas is back. This treat is a sweet and salty mix that everyone will love to eat. Chocolate covered pretzels are a delicious and fun dessert to make.

Ingredients

  • 2 bags of chocolate chips (dark or milk chocolate)
  • 1 bag of pretzels (logs work and you can try different varieties of twist)
  • Chopped nuts, for garnish (optional)
  • Colored nonpareils, for garnish (optional)
  • Sprinkles, for garnish (optional)
  • Crushed cookies, for garnish (optional)

Directions

  1. Melt chocolate in a double boiler over medium heat on stove top.
  2. Using tongs, or fingers, quickly dip the pretzels in chocolate allowing the excess to run off.
  3. Placed dipped pretzels on wax paper lined cookie sheets.
  4. Sprinkle with chopped nuts, sprinkles or other toppings.
  5. Allow to harden. You may need to refrigerate.
  6. Once hardened, remove from sheets and store in a cool location, with wax paper between layers.
  7. Package pretzels in clear cellophane bags or a vase for festive gift giving!

Poem of the Month

By: Ariana Johnson

Frigid

And suddenly, the woodland has bared its branches

The days now cloth the new season, like a bride.

And though cold and pale, its exquisite beauty 

Fills my eyes with such incomparable warmth.

I shall carry this grace with me; in my soul.

Until she–frigid, in the last hours;

With my frosted lips, kisses the newly born Spring.

By: Clairel Estevez

This poem helps to bring in the Christmas vibes, because of all the beautiful white clouding the fields and plants. I don’t like the cold that much, but I love to look at snowflakes falling to the floor. I hope you guys are still wearing your mask to protect your friends and the people you love.

Sincerely,

The Passionate Poet

Cross Country

By: Ariana Johnson

Girls Varsity Cross Country team pictured at Corpus Christi.

On Monday, October 26, Varsity boys and girls, along with JV girls went to Segiun for the Cross Country District Meet, where Varsity Girls placed 1st for the second year in a row. Caitlyn Nieschwitz placed 2nd, Kassidy Vickers placed 3rd, Kara Hinojosa placed 7th, Kennedy Guajardo placed 11th, Mary Martinez placed 14th, Fe Vielma placed 15th, and Lindsey Klein placed 19th. JV Girls placed 1st with Jillian Barcomb placed 2nd, Raylin Castillo placed 3rd, Sofia Aguilar placed 5th, Itzel Perez placed 7th, Savannah Clark placed 9th, and Adriana Clark placed 11th. Varsity Boys were short-handed this District Meet with Wanish Tortes-McGinnis placing 10th, Xavier Rodriguez placing 15th, Jayden Ogg placing 24th, and Zander Zamora placing 25th. Varsity Girls and Wanish Tortes-McGinnis qualified for the Regional Cross Country Meet in Corpus Christi on November 10th.

On Tuesday, November 10, Varsity Girls and Wanish Tortes-McGinnis went to Corpus Christi for the Cross Country Regional Meet, where Varsity Girls placed 5th with Kassidy Vickers placing 7th, Caitlyn Nieschwitz placing 13th, Mary Martinez placing 40th, Lindsey Klein placing 42nd, Fe Vielma placing 47th, Kara Hinojosa placing 51st, and Kennedy Guajardo placing 64th. Wanish Tortes-McGinnis placed 59th out of 130 people. Kassidy Vickers will compete at the State Cross Country Meet in Round Rock on November 24th. Great job Cross Country Girls and Boys. Pride! Pride!

Poem of the Month

Poem-

“When Autumn leaves

Are falling

And  Thanksgiving time

Is near

It warms the heart 

To think all of those 

Who mean so much 

All year.

Happy Thanksgiving.”

By: Unknown

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Hope y’all are going to have fun and relax with the Thanksgiving Break coming up. I hope y’all are being safe when y’all see your grandparents or any other family members for Thanksgiving. I chose this poem because I want you guys to remember that Thanksgiving is about being with the ones you love.

Sincerely, 

The Passionate Poet

 

Poem of the Month

“It is the night when

Skeletons and goblins can be seen

It is the night when

The little girl in white has eyes that are green

It is the night when

Frankenstein has risen from the dead

It is the night when

Ghost that were trapped now have fled

It is the night when

The vampires hunt for fresh blood

To satisfy their thirst

Beware people around the world

Because today is October 31st”

By: Unknown

Happy Halloween everybody! I hope you are being safe on this spooky holiday. Be sure to wear your mask and stay six feet away from other people when you go trick or treating. This poem was chosen because it’s Halloween season and I wanted to incorporate different costumes.

Sincerely,

The Passionate Poet

Poem of the Month

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You are as

The sun.

Powerful,

Great,

And Stunningly

Beautiful.

Never change.

By: Unknown

This poem speaks out to me because no matter what people think of you remember to stand strong and stay standing. Don’t let your spirits down just because of what people tell you. Be yourself, there’s nothing wrong with it!

Sincerely,

The Passionate Poet