Keeping Colton High School Informed Since 1917

The Pepper Bough

Keeping Colton High School Informed Since 1917

The Pepper Bough

Keeping Colton High School Informed Since 1917

The Pepper Bough


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Creativity Corner with Cassandra Flores

Editor’s Note: Cassandra Flores has been utterly heartbroken since the school’s administration axed the Creative Writing class here at Colton High due to low enrollment. Since Cassandra is an extraordinary poet and writer, we at felt she should have a forum for her poetry and musings. Here is her first contributions! Enjoy! We welcome any feedback.

 Oct. 22, 2014

The Monster.

He’s coming…
Run, as fast as I can. Scream, but NO ONE Will hear
you Cry, and He         BITES. Nothing  can save you now…
Not your pleas, Not your lies.
You were always  DEAD in his eyes.


The Monster.
He’s coming…..
Run, as fast as I can.
Why don’t I scream?
Scream, but NO ONE
Will hear me.
Why don’t I cry?

Cry, and He bites.
Nothing can save me now… Not my pleas,
Not my lies.


He shows in my eyes:
bloodied, with newly glazed over
He he turns and spins this world–
This stupid gray world– and makes it bright.
Oh so bright. It hurts my eyes
so much that I am blind.
Blind to what is happening, to what I’m doing.
What am I doing?

He hurts, and yet… I love Him.
Why do I love Him?
Oh, He is so sweet.
He makes everything sweeter, everything brighter,
everything better.

I like Him. I love Him.
I can’t live without
The Monster.


Oct. 10, 2014

Breast Cancer: An Acrostic Poem

Be brave
Ready, set, fight!
Tenacious life.

Constantly fighting back,
And moving forward.
No one saw it coming.
Come and gather around,
Embrace the survivors
Remember the victims.


Sept. 30, 2014

$5 Hotel Room

One bed, Two lamps, Three flies.
It’s nothing much,
But it will do me well
For this night.

I hoped to see the Morning light,
To know that I am safe,
But that never came.

I watched as they took
The corpse away,
My corpse.

One bed, Two lamps, Three flies.
The $5 Hotel Room,
It was nothing much,
But its where I died.


The Used

New. Old. Used.
No longer are things New,
Things were never Old,
These things are just
The Used.


Sky Song

The sky is bright,
And filled with blue.
There is a sound,
That is sweet and smooth.

Magpie’s sing,
They sing of the
Sky Song, only
For you.


Live, or Die?

The adrenaline,
it pumps through your veins.
Will you shoot, or will you walk away?

You sweat as you think about this,
how will you escape this-
this terrible life?
What do you choose,
Live, or die?

The agonizing sound,
is everywhere.
it echos throughout
the walls.

Will you shoot,
or will you walk away?
What do you choose
Live, or die?


Sept. 18, 2014

All Out of Tissues!

 It itches, and irritates.
My face is turning red.
I run to the tissues,
Aware of what’s ahead.
I panic, there are no tissues!
I search frantically for them.
Unable to hold it in any longer…
A loud Achoo!
sounds throughout the room.
Oh, why did I have to be
all out of tissues?

Playing the Game

All bases loaded.
One hit, and we win.
#15 strikeout,
It’s my turn.
The wooden bat,
Firm in my hands.
A bead of sweat falls
On my temples.
Screaming fans,
All around.
I look at the pitcher,
Ready to swing.
He throws the ball,
And I swing.
I hesitate and then run.
The crowd goes wild,
And I run even faster
To meet my team at home.
We won, and that’s
Playing the Game






Editor’s Note: The Pepper Bough is proud to present the first column by our resident jokester, raconteur and all around funny guy, Charles “Chuckie Chuckles” Fuerte. Take it away, Chuckie!!

February 27th edition:


I never wanted to believe that my Dad was stealing from his job as a road worker. But when I got home, all the signs were there.

Q: If there is H2O on the inside of a fire hydrant, what is on the outside?
A: K9P.

Q: How do crazy people go through the forest?
A: They take the psycho path.

Q: What do you get from a pampered cow?
A: Spoiled milk.


Whats green and slippery ? A green slipper


January 29th edition:

21 years ago a women gave birth to a head: no body, no neck, just a head. When the head turned 21 its dad decided to take it out for drinks. There at a bar, sitting on the stools, the dad give the head a beer. And then a torso popped out. Another beer: an arm popped out, then a leg, etc. By the time the head had all its body parts, it was quite drunk. Being drunk, it was stupid, and ran out in the middle of the street, got hit by a car, and died. The dad was crying and crying, and the bartender said, “He should have quit while he was a head.”


Three men were waiting for a job interview. The person conducting the interviews did not have any ears. Not knowing this, the first guy walked in.
The boss asked, “Before I begin the interview, do you notice anything different about me?”
The man replied, “Yeah, you don’t have any ears.” The boss got mad and kicked him out.
The second guy walked in and the boss asked, “Before I begin the interview, do you notice anything different about me?”
The second man replied, “Sure, you don’t have any ears.” The boss got mad and kicked the second guy out.
The second guy walked past the third guy and said, “Want a tip? Whatever you do don’t say anything about his ears!”
The third guy said okay and walked in. Just as before, the boss asked “Before I begin the interview, do you notice anything different about me?”
The man replied, “Yes.  You’re wearing contacts.”
The boss said, “What made you arrive with that conclusion?”
The guy said,  “You don’t have any freakin’ ears for glasses.”


 January 18th edition:


Two whales walk into a bar.
The first whale says to the other,



The second whale says, “Shut up Steve, you’re drunk.”


Want to hear a dirty joke? A man fell in the mud.
Want to hear a clean joke? He took a bath with bubbles.
Want to hear another dirty joke? Bubbles was his neighbor.


Q: What do you call a bunch of blondes
standing ear to ear?
A: A wind tunnel!

Q: What is long and hard to a blonde?
A: Fourth grade.


Drivers education exam
Q: What is the difference between a flashing red
traffic light and a flashing yellow traffic light?
A: The color.

How do you get a Harvard graduate off your porch?
Pay him for the pizza.

How many Harvard men does it take to screw
in a lightbulb?
One — he stands still and the world revolves
around him.


Q: What does D.A.M stand for?
A: Mothers Against Dyslexia.


Q: Why did the blonde get so excited when she finished
her jigsaw puzzle in only 6 months?
A: Because on the box it said “From 2-4 years.”