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Opinion: Teacher Appreciation

June 2, 2018

Teacher Appreciation by Annabella

By Isaac R. | Illustration by Annabella

The second week of May was National Teacher Appreciation Week. Have you taken time to appreciate what your teacher does for you? Take a moment and think about it.

One reason I feel it’s important to be grateful is because your teacher teachers you almost everything. For example, your teacher teaches you math.

Another reason is your teacher also gives you special privileges. For example, when you act nicely, you may get extra recess!

In conclusion, I think you should be grateful for your teacher.

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Book Review: The Wild Robot

June 2, 2018

The Wild Robot by Gaby A.

By Leo H. | Illustration by Gaby A.

The Wild Robot is a novel by Peter Brown, about a robot who is stranded on an island. The main focus is the robot, who is unfamiliar with the forest, after a storm.

This book is best for around second grade and up because there is death, but very little, with a sad but uplifting end. I can’t say anything more to avoid spoiling this great book.

I would rate this book 4.6 out of 5. It has a great story and realistic characters, but lost 0.4 points due to a slow-moving story.

The slow but climatic-at-times story can be sad, uplifting, or really, really funny. Check it out!

Book Review: Cinder

June 2, 2018

By Miriam R.

Cyborgs, hovers, androids, and space travel. Sound interesting? Well, I have just the book for you: Cinder by Marissa Meyer.

Cinder is a take on the well-known Cinderella fairy tale. Throughout the book, there are excerpts from the original tale. I thought this was interesting because Meyer combines a science fiction story with a fairy tale. Like Cinderella, Cinder is treated unkindly and unequally.

Cinder is perfect for kids ages 9-15. Although there are some fights and bloodshed, it’s not that common. I would totally recommend this amazing book.

Cinder is a 16 year-old mechanic in the future city of New Beijing. She’s also a cyborg. Cinder tries to hide her metal parts and always wears gloves to cover her metal arm.

Around the time Cinder takes place, an epidemic starts. Since cyborgs are considered a lower life form than humans, they are drafted to test an antidote.

So far Cinder has escaped the draft, but will that always be the case? And what really happened to her leg and hand? To find out, read the Lunar Chronicles: Book Number One, Cinder by Marissa Meyer.

Interesting Class Pets

June 2, 2018

Class Pets by Karly K. and Gaby A.

By Karly K. | Illustration by Karly K. & Gaby A.

There are a lot of class pets in the school! One example is in Ms. Torres’s class. She has a snake named Slither and she feeds it live mice! Her snake will only eat dark mice, not light-colored ones.

Ms. Livsey has a fish named “Sir Waffle Bubbles.” Sir Waffle Bubbles is an orange fish with a creative habitat. His tank has a castle, a tiki carving, and coins.

Garden Corner: What You Can Do This Summer

June 2, 2018

Container Gardening by Rucker J.

By Rucker J. | Illustration by Rucker J.

I am excited to make my own raised garden this summer! Here are some tips if you want to make your own garden:

  • Get some half wine barrels to use as planters.
  • Decide what you are going to plant.
  • Apple, orange, lime, and lemon trees can grow in barrels.

If you would like more information you can ask Farmer Ben or get this book about gardening: Golden Gate Gardening by Pam Peirce. Farmer Ben recommends this book for kids and adults who want to make a garden.

Ideas for Summer Activities

June 2, 2018

Summer Activities by Karly K.

By Maya G-F. | Illustration by Karly K.

Lots of people don’t have any things to do over this summer, so I will list some ideas:

1. Redecorate your room!
2. Visit a relative!
3. Make your own board game!
4. Go on a road trip around the country!
5. Go to an awesome camp!

Have a fun summer!

Looking Forward to Summer

June 2, 2018

Horseback riding illustration by Lily A.

By Leila M-M. | Illustration by Lily A.

No more tests, no more waking up early – summer is here!
I interviewed several students about what they will do over summer break.

Lily A. is horseback-riding. Laurel N. is going to New Orleans and Disney. Justine A. is going to summer school and camp. Ms. Livsey is taking her son to Ireland!