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The Oakdale Eagle Growing Minds are in Bloom

Oakdale Elementary School Tuscaloosa, Ala. July 2013

Music Class Teaches Oakdale Students To Play Instruments By Joe’on Leatherwood Staff Reporter

Shawna Bray from Waubonsie Valley High School in Aurora, Ill. helped Angel Despenza learn how to take good pictures .

High School Students Teach Young Reporters Journalism By Sean Smith Staff Reporter


On June 20, 2013 high school journalists came to our school to teach us about photography, interviewing, and writing. The person who brought them here is Meredith Cummings from The University of Alabama. The high school students from the Multicultural Journalism Workshop had us interview each other. In the interviewing group, they taught us the proper way to interview people is to shake their hand and speak loudly and clearly. In the photography group, we had to take five pictures. Then we had to take two more pictures. Those two pictures had to be close-up because when we took our five pictures we kept backing up. In the writing group they taught us to use our five senses, adjectives, and nouns. With the five senses, we used the sense of sight to picture the whole playground.

Meet Our Coordinator Ms. Renita   Leatherwood of   Tuscaloosa’s One  Place  serves as the   S.O.A.R. Program  Coordinator  

The summer SOAR program has been going to music. Our teacher is Mrs. Buffer. She teaches us how to play different instruments. We also listened to music and sang songs. 3rd and 2nd graders learned how to play recorders. 1st grade and Kindergarten learned to play the drums. Caleb King learned about the piano. Keianthony Taylor Mrs. Buffer showed students how to use and Javon Long learned how a steady beat when prac cing rhythm. to play the rhythm sticks. Jakaila Woods and Jamil Brown learned how to play the drum. Kemaria Childs learned about singing. Zyren Davis learned about a lot of music.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE Victoria Falls. . . pg. 2

STUDENT DESIGNED- Pages 2 - 6 of this edition were designed entirely by the 3rd graders on The Oakdale Eagle staff.

The Paricu n Volcano. . . . pg. 3 The Great Barrier Reef . . . pg. 4 Northern 5 Grand 5 Mount Everest… pg. 6

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Fourth Graders Work On Travel Brochure For Victoria Falls Fourth graders work on travel  brochure for Victoria falls   By Sean Smith On June 17, 2013 I interviewed Ms. King’s class  about Victoria Falls. They  are working on a travel  brochure for Victoria  Falls. The first person I  interviewed was   Desjarea Tubbs. She told  me that Victoria Falls is  located between the  border of Zimbabwe and  Zambia. It is one of the  world’s most spectacular  natural wonders. The 

Zambezi River flows   placidly un l it reaches a  stop. The falls are 6090  meters wide. I also   interviewed Angel   Despenza. She told me  that the falls produce  625 liters of waters   every minute and there  are eight rivers in   Victoria Falls. A huge  volume of water sprays  rises 1,650  . Then I interviewed Jamese Tay-

lor. She told me that the  animals that come out  include lions and elephants. Rylan Lewis told  me the flow rate is 1,088  and 38,430. Then on  June 21, 2013 Miss  King’s class made a   waterfall. The things  they needed  were baking  soda, vinegar,  food coloring,  cups, rocks, 

Victoria Falls Fun Facts

and aluminum foil. They  needed one cup of vinegar, five drops of food  coloring and 3tbs of baking soda. Each of her  students had a job.   Angel Despenza mixed  the food coloring, Caleb  Nalls poured the baking 

soda, Desjarea Tubbs  and Toneva Tucker  mixed the baking soda,  and Jamese Taylor  poured the Vinegar.    

1. There is a hydroelectric plant powered by the falls  and a 200 meter railroad across the falls.  2.      Varie es of wildlife live near Victoria Falls in the  forests. There are elephants, hippopotamuses, white  rhinos, and many other animals.  3.      Victoria Falls is made up of 3 sec ons, Eastern  Cataract, Rainbow Falls and Main Falls.  4.      The local name of Victoria Falls is “Mosi-oaTunya” or “Smoke That Thunders”. 

Jamese Taylor, Caleb Nalls, Antonio Burl, Angel Despenza and  Desjarea Tubbs worked on brochures in Miss King’s class.  

5. You can see the falls 25-40 miles away and the  spray raises upto 1000   in the air.  6. Victoria Falls is a breathtaking waterfall in Africa,  which stretches and flows down a narrow canyon. Its  height is about 420   tall and is 1.6 miles wide. This  falls was discovered by David Livingstone in 1885 and  he named it Victoria Falls a er Queen Victoria of England. Victoria Falls is an extraordinary natural of the  world.  7. Victoria Falls is located on the Zambia and Zimbabwe border in Southern Africa. It flows down from the  wide Zambezi River. Victoria Falls begins in Zambia  then loops through Angola and flows back into Zambia. Its coordinates are 17°S and 25°E.  Source: Edina Public Schools  Source: 

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The Paricu n Volcano  By Joe’on Leatherwood  The Paricu n erup on took place  between February 1943 and February 1952. 

ons in 1949. 

Paricu n is situated about 200    miles west of Mexico City, in the    The Paricu n volcano grew out of  state of Michoacán, Mexico.  a cornfield.  Ashes from the volcano fell as far  The worst of Paricu n's volcanic  as Mexico City.  ac vity, took place in 1943, with  The Paricu n is part of the Volcanits lava rising to about 50 feet beic Axis, a.k.a., "The Transversal", a  low the crater's rim.  The  700 mile line of volcanoes that  Paricu n erup on took place beextends across southern Mexico in  tween February. 1943 and Februan east-west direc on.  Nearly  ary 1952.  1000 people died following one of  It hardened lava is covers about  its last major erup ons in 1949.  10 square miles, its volcanic sand  Ashes from the volcano fell as far  (unconsolidated fragments of volas Mexico City.  canic material) covers about 20  The Paricu n is part of the Volcansquare miles  ic Axis, a.k.a., "The Transversal", a    700 mile line of volcanoes that  The Paricu n volcano now stands  extends across southern Mexico in  at exactly 1,345 feet above the  an east-west direc on.  ground and 9,210 feet above sea    level one of its last major erup-

Source: ParicuƟn Images 

Students make a model of a volcano Mrs. Harris’ second graders used paper cups and    cut the bo om out of the cup and put a small cup  inside and put Play Dough around the cup. This  formed the volcano. They put grass on top of the  Play Dough to represent the trees. 

Kameron, Carrington, and Diya looks on as Mrs. Harris  demonstrates how to make a model of a volcano. 

Students Make Their Volcanoes Erupt  A er making the volcano models Mrs. Harris’ class  got to make their volcanoes erupt.  They used a mixture of baking soda, vinegar, food color, and dish  detergent.   

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The Great Barrier Reef


Coral is an animal not a plant.  It is made of polyp which secretes calcium that forms a  hard exoskeleton¨The Great  Barrier Reef stretches 2300  kilometers (1429 miles), and  covers an area roughly   equivalent to the size of   Japan, making it visible from  outer space. Its current form is  between 6,000 to 8,000 years  old. 

¨The Great Barrier Reef is  famed for its biodiversity, and  is home to 1625 species of  fish, 600 different so  and  hard corals, 3000 kinds of   mollusks, 133 varie es of  sharks and rays, as well as  many more. 

development could endanger  the Great Barrier Reef and put  it on its list of World Heritage  sites ‘in danger’ if more was  not done to improve   condi ons in the area. 

Source: Great Barrier Reef Images

¨In June 2012, UNESCO  warned the Australian Government that rapid coastal 

What’s In The Reef? By Joshua Pa on This summer, the 1st grade students in the summer S.O.A.R. program are learning about the seven wonders of the world. Mrs. Nalls’ class is focusing on the Great Barrier Reef. The following students learned some interes ng facts:

Jayden P. learned about a lot of different fish that live on the reef.

Kevin R. learned that the coral reef is huge.

  Deondrae W. learned that some fish that live in the reef are poisonous.

Tjuana L. learned that clownfish and s ngrays live in the reef.

Byron T. learned about a reef shark and how it is

Daniel C. learned that some fish have predators.

Rising 2nd graders create ocean  art work.  

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The Northern Lights  By  Joshua Pa on 

Polar lights (aurora polaris) are a natural phenomenon  found in both the northern and southern hemispheres.  Northern lights are also called by their scien fic name,  aurora borealis, and southern lights are called aurora  australis.  The Northern lights are located in the Ar c Circle,  however can some mes be seen as far as South or  North America. In Troms , Norway March, April,   October and November are the best viewing months.  The best viewing hours are between 6pm and 1am.    Source:  Northern Lights flashing in the moonlit forest. This picture  was taken by the Na onal Weather Service. 


The third graders in the summer  SOAR program are learning about  The Grand Canyon. The Grand   Canyon is found  in the state of  Arizona. Many people consider  it  to be one of the seven natural    wonders of the world. The Grand  Canyon is 277 miles in length. At its  widest point , The Grand Canyon  stretches four miles.   The Grand Canyon is not just made  up of rocks, it is home to many  different animals. It is also a great  place to go for a vaca on. 

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Mount Everest 

By Zamarria Tillman  The ifth graders in Oakdale’s SOAR summer program are learning about Mount Everest. Mount Everest is one of the Seven Wonders of the   World. It is the tallest mountain in the world above sea level. The mountain is located on the border between Nepal and Tibet. “Mount Everest is also called Chomolangma, meaning “Goddess Mother of Snows” in Tibetan and Sagarmatha, meaning "Mother of the Universe" in Nepalese. The mountain is sacred to the native people,” wrote Stewart Green for Sir Edmund Hillary (New Zealand) and Tenzing Norgay (Nepal) were the irst to reach the top of Mount Everest on May 29, 1953. Mount Everest is located in Mahalangur. The youngest person who climb Rising  6th  graders show  their posters about Mt.. Everest. Standing   Mount Everest was 13 years old.

le to right: D’Kia D., Makalo H., and D’Mia D. Kneeling le  to right:  Bernard T., Jordan  Ivory-W., and Bryena R. 

Facts About Mount Everest Height:29,029 feet {8,849m}  First Ascent: Edmund Hillary and   Tenzing Norgay on May 29th, 1953.  Age: Himalaya Mountains are 25 million  years old.   Mount Everest has been the highest  peak for the last half million years. 


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Fifth Grade Class Focuses on Learning Life Skills The fifth graders have been working on life skills, in which will impact their future. They’ve completed two job applications to Subway and Dollar General. They’ve also formulated a monthly budget, in which they searched for reasonable homes, cars, insurance policies, and wireless plans. They came to the realization that living independently wasn’t as easy as it appeared. ”I felt proud to know how it feels to be an independent adult. During this assignment, I could only afford to buy a car that I didn’t like, which was a 1999 Buick Century. However, this assignment motivated me to get a good education and a good job,” says Austin Merriweather.

D’Kia Dent said, “I’m glad we got to experience what our parents experience every day. The project made me grateful because our parents provide for us and manage to pay their bills on time. This project has made me become wiser about the financial decisions I make in the future.” Another fifth grader, Zykail Chaney, said, “During the project, I found that I had more month than money! It was very hard balancing the rent, car note, and auto insurance. I know I have to go to college and get a good job!”

Back‐to‐School Fair Planned As We Prepare for 2013‐2014 interests and activities that lines, and publishing the summer edition. I can’t wait to enrich their children’s lives. We believe in the get my copy hot off the press! importance community plays What an incredible in our school. We are school year 2012-2013 has “We are extremely extremely fortunate to have been: a year that was filled the support of parents, as with academic achievement, fortunate to have the well as community members, special recognitions, support of parents, as who continually assist our enriching extra-curricular students and teachers activities, and tireless well as community through volunteering their support from many. time and effort. I am both amazed and members who We are planning a Backfilled with pride at all that continually assist our To-School Fair to be held continues to make our August 15, 2013 from 4-6 school such a wonderful students and teachers” p.m. This will be a time to place to learn and grow, bring supplies, meet your both for students and staff! Our 21st Century Learning As we continually reflect on child’s teacher, and visit various information booths. Community summer program, the ways in which we can imThe Kona Ice Truck will be prove, we are already busily SOAR has been equally reavailable for you to purchase making changes throughout warding. It offers many rethe summer in preparation for cool refreshments. We look warding experiences for our forward to seeing you. students. One of which is the the new school year. I wish each family the enpublication of our newspaper, joyment of the summer days! The Oakdale Eagle. The Summer is the perfect time for student reporters are busy families to pursue the special investigating, meeting deadDear Parents/Guardians and Community Members,


POINTS Lucile Prewitt Principal

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EACH ONE, TEACH ONE High school students from around the nation attending the 30th Multicultural Journalism Workshop at the University of Alabama conducted their own workshop for Oakdale students in the S.O.A.R. Program. (See full story on pg. 1)

THE OAKDALE EAGLE Summer 2013 Staff



Joshua Pa on, 3rd grade     Joe’on Leatherwood, 3rd grade   Kayven Johnson-Curry, 3rd grade 

Sean Smith, 3rd grade  Dorian Pugh, 3rd grade  Zamarria Tillman, 3rd grade 

                Special thanks to Dr. George Daniels and the University of Alabama Department of Journalism for their assistance.  

Growing Minds are in Bloom Miss Latrina Spencer and Mrs. Melissa Kent Oakdale Eagle Advisers 

July 2013 Summer Edition  

Students at Oakdale Elementary School in Tuscaloosa, Ala. report on events during S.O.A.R. (Students at Oakdale are Ready) program in Summe...

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