City of Ember

Luke H., grade 6

I read City of Ember and it was fantastic! It is about a boy and girl named Doon and Lina. They get jobs on something called "assignment day". They are only twelve years old. The lights go out in the city for a long period of time. They are suspicious and need to warn the city. But at the last second, they get grabbed by Mayor Cole. What will they do? You will have to read the


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Teachers' Pet Peeves

By: Rikki Laser, Grade 8
Middle South

All the teachers have pet peeves. Coming in contact with them can cause big problems. So read the list below and stay on teachers’ good sides!

Mrs. Masini: When teachers have arms loads of stuff and students walk right past and don’t hold the door for them.

Mrs. Munkvold responds: When kids say that their homework’s at home but I know it’s not done! “You can see it in their faces!!!”


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Sixth Grade Outdoor Ed. Field Trip

Abby Heinz, 6th grade
Middle North

This year the sixth graders will be going on three outdoor education field trips. They went to camp Henry Horner, Reyerson Woods, and one in the spring. They were both fun and we did different activities at each. At Henry Horner, we cooked bush doughnuts over the open fire that we built ourselves. We also played games that helped us work together while having fun! At the end of the day, we built shelters out of sticks and went canoeing. When we went to Reyerson Woods, we looked at animal skins and we also had a scavenger hunt for those animal skins when they were in their natural camouflage. It was very fun. After, we did that, we cut down the invasive plant Buck Thorn. We used wood cutters and hand saws. We had to wear googles and gloves. During lunch we saw a falcon. It was very large! After we saw small animals like salamanders, turtles, snakes and frogs. Soon it was time to get back on the bus, but the outdoor ed. field trips were really fun!


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The Red Scarf Girl Book Review

Pranav G. Grade 6
Middle North

The Red Scarf Girl
A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution

Sixth grade is studying Asia in social studies and this book is great to comprehend Chinese history, their struggles, and the reason for Chinese cultural revolution. I would rate this book 4 &1/2 stars. This book is for those who like books like, “The Series of Unfortunate Events”, “Among the Hidden”, and “The Hunger Games”. They are not all the same genre, but they have one thing in common, alienation. The main character in all these books have been alienated from the rest of the region. The story is too depressing which I understand that it was reality during that time.


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Swamp Juice

By: Eli Wolfson, Grade 6
Middle South

Ingredients
FOR 8 SERVINGS:
1/2 cup small tapioca pearls (found in the baking aisle of most grocery stores)
Food coloring
4 tablespoons sugar
8 gummy fish
Seltzer water
Lemonade
8 gummy worms
Instructions
1.MAKE THE EGGS: Bring 6 cups of water to a boil and add the tapioca pearls. Reduce the heat slightly and boil the pearls, stirring occasionally, for 20 to 25 minutes.


Submitted by wolfsone on November 4, 2011 - 1:34pm.
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Red Ribbon Week

Luke.H grade6

It was red ribbon week last week. Kids showed their school spirit by dressing up. To kick off red ribbon week we had were pink day. Then we had where red day there were funny stuff that people wore like Cool red mirror shades. The next day was sock day it was not crazy sock day but people wore some crazy socks. Wednsday we had hat day. But not alot of people wore hats but there were alot of fun hats. The next day was sunglasses day and i did not know that some of these exotic sunglasses exsisted. Friday was twin day. There were not just twins there were triplets and quadeplets. This red ribbon week was so fun!


Submitted by herrl on November 1, 2011 - 6:27am.
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Trick or Treat for Unicef

Pranav G, grade 6
Middle North

Trick or Treat! Every October 31st we have Halloween. We go to peoples’ houses and get free candy. On this very day more than 21,000 children die from preventable causes like unsafe drinking water, lack of an affordable vaccine, and not enough nutrition food. You might be saying, so, why does it matter? Well, think about this. What if you were the one that suffered. UNICEF is an organization that is doing whatever it takes to reduce child mortality and trying to reach a day when the number of children dying from preventable causes goes from 21,000 to zero. They came up with a brilliant idea of getting donations to help this goal. They made a box to be used to collect money. After that, they sent it to schools all over America hoping that children/adults will help. 25¢ give 10 children clean water to drink for a day. $1 pays for protein biscuits for a starving child. $17 keeps a kid safe from 6 killer diseases. $24 supplies an emergency first aid kit. $257 buys a School-in-a-Box so kids can learn anywhere. Lastly, $500 provides a water pump for a village or school. So, the next time you want to buy a small 25¢ candy, think twice and donate it so that 10 children can have clean water to drink for a day. Thank you for your treat!


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Pep Rally

Lou H., Grade 6
Middle North

The pep rally was so much fun! All the teams got a big congratulations and and applause from the entire school. The teacher versus girls basketball team game was amazing. The game ended in a tie. The cross country tug of war was also fun. The boys won despite all the help on the girls side from teachers and Officer Jones. Their prize was a Hawthorn mini football. The mummy wrap contest was a huge hit. Most teachers were still getting wrapped when Mrs.Spiteri won without being seen. The school was louder than ever. The hula hoop line was close between the sixth graders and the seventh graders, but the sixth grade won by a hair. Looking forward to the next assembly.


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Creamy Mac & Cheese

Ellie M., 6
Middle North

This is my mother's recipe for homemade mac & cheese. I say it's her recipe, but she actually got it out of Cooking Light magazine. Now, don't jump to conclusions because you see butternut squash. You don't even taste it, and it makes it amazingly creamy. When I asked my mom for the difficulty of the recipe, She said, "It's definitely not the hardest recipe, but I wouldn't suggest it for a person who is just learning to cook." I haven't met a single person who has tried it and didn't like it.


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Steve Jobs

Cosimo T. Grade 6
Middle North

Steve Jobs
The genius. The Inventor of Apple Inc. Last week, we lost one of the world's most important people and inventor. His mission was to make us see technology in a whole other dimension like no one ever imagined. He wanted to bring technology to everyday use. Something that could help us out and make our lives easier. He made us look at technology in a warm friendly way, not in a cold unpleasant approach.


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