Monday, May 16, 2016

Alice Through the Looking Glass By Ashlynn M.


     May 27 “a whole new level of madness is coming into theaters.” Alice Through The Looking Glass is the sequel to Alice In  Wonderland that came out 5 years ago in 2010. Many people who like Alice In  Wonderland are excited for this movie. Alice In Wonderland has been popular for many years, and has many fans.
 

     Alice Through The Looking Glass is a whole new adventure Alice goes through to save the Mad Hatter, but, she has to go back in time! She will most likely have problems as she did in the first one too. However, I heard Alice will have powers in this one. That may not be true, but I guess we'll find out on May 27th, won't we?
 

     Not many people are aware of the book this movie is based on. Alice Through The Looking Glass is actually based on a book Lewis Carroll wrote after Alice In Wonderland. I have yet to read the book, so I do not know much about it. I’m hoping to read it before I see the movie. The book was originally published in 1871. Lewis Carroll has written many other books and more on the topic of Alice In Wonderland. I am very excited to find out more about this movie!
 

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Earth Day Annual Contest By Jordan L. and Sarah S.


     On the 22nd of April, 2016, students from every grade came to the hallways to have a chalk draw off contest for Earth Day. Students had about 5 hours to draw and make the poster of your dreams. Many different students participated. You couldn't be failing any classes, or have any N’s or U’s for your conduct grade.  There were four winners, and each received a different prize. The first place winner was Gracie Tuckier, a sixth grader.

Students and teachers voted on their favorite poster by dropping money into the bucket next to the poster for which they wanted to vote. Students won depending on how much money they got dropped into their bucket. All the money that people earned was donated to the science department. A total of fifty-eight kids participated. On the week that we were supposed to be testing, Mr. Pokorny wanted to do something fun. Mr. Pokorny said, “The teacher I worked with in Florida did a chalk drawing contest every year.” Lastly, Mr. Pokorny wants the to be an annual event.
 
 

Monday, March 21, 2016

Converse Shoes By Apryl M.


     
     Converse shoes have been around since 1908. The inventors were Marquis Mills Converse and Elisha Converse. The birthplace of Converse shoes was Boston, Massachusetts.

   Converse was originally a basketball shoe. The All Star high tops were the most popular. The symbol on the shoe has Charles H. Taylor’s signature on it. Chuck, a nickname for Charles, Taylor was an American basketball player.


  You can see the signature of Chuck Taylor in the picture to the left. All Star Converse were invented by Chuck Taylor.

    These shoes have been very popular since the 1950’s. These shoes are always in style. Converse have even been worn on the red carpet. Girls and boys wear them to prom. Converse are what started Nike, Jordan's, and other basketball shoes. Converse is like Ford, it started something new.

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Giant Panda Cub Is Ready To See the Public By Jordan L.

The youngest giant panda cub is currently at Washington’s National Zoo. But, the big question is, is he ready for his public debut? When Bei Bei made his first appearance in front of people, people were expecting him to wiggle and be really excited. He ended up falling asleep during the interview. He even left a pile of drool!
   “He still is nursing several times a day and has never been outside. His limited eyesight makes him a little jumpy, keepers said Monday during the first of his media appearances this week.” Since he is still a baby, he resembles a miniature version of the 275-pound bruiser panda. But when he is an adult, he will be full size. He is a black and white fur coat panda. He is sure to get your attention with all of his cuteness.
    Pandas have been the star attraction at the National Zoo since China gave the United States a pair of the black-and-white bears after President Richard Nixon's historic visit. But sadly, pandas will soon become extinct if they don't reproduce. Not only is Bei Bei cute, but also Bei Bei’s ability to reproduce is critically important to the survival of his species. That is why Bei Bei will have to interact with humans often. For more information, go to this link provided
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Undertale By Isaiah S. and Cristian M.


Undertale is a game of adventure and mysterious things. This mysterious game was created by Toby Fox and artwork by Temmie Chang. This game style is a Role Playing Game (RPG). It was released for Microsoft Windows and OS X. This game has won many awards. For example, Undertale won the IGN’s Best of 2015 Best Story!
                        WARNING:THIS ARTICLE MAY INCLUDE SPOILERS!
Plot
    There are two races in the game: humans and monsters. There was a war between them and the humans won. The monsters were sent to an underground world. Sometimes humans would climb Mt. Ebott and fall into the hole to the monster realm. One of the humans that fall into the hole is you. So, you travel the monster world either killing all the monsters or leave them alone. This is because there were three modes: pacifist, genocide, and neutral. Pacifist is where you save all of them and you don’t kill anyone, genocide is where you kill everyone, and there is neutral, where you do a bit of both.
The CHARActers
    So you must be wondering why I capitalized CHARA. It is because it’s a pun. There is a character named Chara in the genocide run of Undertale, and the other one is named Frisk. Frisk is from the pacifist run. One of the other characters is Asriel Dreemur. Another character is Sans the Skeleton. He is so SANSational. He makes puns and they're so PUNderful and PUNny. Another one is The Great Papyrus. He’s Sans’ brother.
The Mysteries
    Throughout the game you will see some unusual things. One thing is Flowey the flower. Flowey is actually Asriel,a monster brother of the first fallen human. When you play the game you will find cameras hidden in bushes, waterfalls,etc. Those belong to the one and only, Dr. Alphys. She is really interested in humans. Sans, in the pacifist run, is a huge jokester. In the genocide run, Sans knows he is in a video game and every time your soul is shattered you go back to your save point. Flowey, also has the power to go back to his save point every time he dies. There are many mysteries in the game,including a quiche, that would make this article 100 times longer.
The Game That Started It All
   The game that inspired Toby Fox is Earthbound. Earthbound is by Nintendo, and Undertale has many of Earthbound references. For example, in Sans’ room, there are two things: a photo album with three faces you don't recognize and its says “don't forget”. The second thing is a  badge from Ness from Earthbound. Before Undertale was created, Toby Fox made a Earthbound Halloween Hack, so there are a lot Earthbound references in Undertale. The song Megalovania has been in three different things: Earthbound’s Halloween Hack, then into Homestuck, and finally Undertale, the song had been modified many times. The song Megalovania plays when you fight Sans in the genocide run. I think that Undertale is the best game ever because The Great Papyrus is in it.


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Monday, February 8, 2016

Harry Potter and J. K. Rowling By Cristian M.


     

Have you ever heard of the spellbinding Harry Potter series? Joanne Kathleen (J. K.) Rowling is the author that wrote the enthralling Harry Potter series. She wrote 7 books with over 300 pages in all of them! She spent a lot of time and effort! Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, 1997, is the first book in the Harry Potter series by the fascinating J.K. Rowling.

Backstory
Harry Potter’s parents, James and Lily Potter died when Harry was about 1 year old. The dark wizard, he who shall not be named (Lord Voldemort), killed Harry’s parents. Ever since Harry found out, he is destined to kill he who shall not be named! After Harry’s parents died, he got sent to his aunt and uncle’s house . You might think that is not bad, but his uncle and aunt hate him. Aunt Petunia is Lilly’s sister and just because she is strange and has magic blood, they hated her. After 10 years of misery with Uncle Vernon, Aunt Petunia, and their son Dudley, they get letters from Hogwart's School of Witchcraft and Wizardry inviting Harry to come. Throughout Harry’s time at Hogwarts he learns more about the wizard world with his friends Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley!

 
About J.K Rowling
Joanne Kathleen (J. K.) Rowling is 51 years old. She went to the University of Exeter and studied French and Classics. That is how she came up with the spells in Harry Potter. She first thought of Harry Potter in 1990 when her train got delayed. She wrote many notes on scraps of paper. Bloomsbury accepted the publication for the first book in 1997. The book was published around the world. After that the Harry Potter series went up from there. Today the series is in 78 different languages. J.K. Rowling has made a lot of money and has received many awards. There are movies of the book because it is so popular. She, in total, has about $15 billion, but her net worth is less than $1 billion. Rowling has a son named David and 2 daughters named Jessica and Mackenzie. She had a husband in 1992-1995 named Jorge Arantes, and right now she is married to Neil Murray.
 
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What is a Quokka? By Whitley G.



You might ask, what is a Quokka (pronounced kawaka)? A Quokka is known as the happiest animal on earth. Just one look at it and you'll fall in love!   
    
The Quokka is usually brown but it also can be grey or red. The Quokka is known as a miniature kangaroo because the only thing different between a kangaroo and a Quokka is the Quokka is smaller. Do you have a cat? If you do that's the average size of a Quokka. Isn't that weird? It is also the only member of the genus Setonix.
   
        I would love to have a Quokka as a pet because they are adorable, cute, and make you so happy. However, the Quokka is a slightly endangered species. Its vulnerable because its an easy prey to other animals, and they're under threat of development. That means humans are harming the habitats Quokkas live in through deforestation. If  you get caught with one you could get a fine or go to jail. More than likely you won’t see or get one because you would have to fly all the way to Australia, the Quokkas hometown!

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