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… from the Staff Welcome to our first issue!

Scribbles Staff Summer 2010 Editorial Department Nate Mueller – Editor-in-Chief Mikayla Beeler – Literary Director Mikayla Smith – Art Director Karli Smythe – Design Director Lauren Thompson – Design Director Sara Martinez – Submissions Director Jacob Nelson – Page Design Mikayla Smith – Copy Editor Victoria Aukland – Contributing Editor Connor Dowling – Contributing Editor Rebecca Heelan – Contributing Editor

Tech Department Jacob Nelson – Tech Director Victoria Aukland – Tech Staff Conor Dowling – Tech Staff Jacob Nelson – Web Design

This summer we went on a field trip to the Jacobsen Observatory at the University of Washington to learn about stars and space. That trip inspired us to make these artwork and writing projects. To learn more about the Jacobsen Observatory, visit the UW astronomy website at And be sure follow us at look for a new Scribbles issue in the fall! Sincerely, The Scribbles Staff

Advertising Department Rebecca Heelan – Advertising Director

Advisor Lori Carossino

Scribbles is the official literary and arts magazine of Elma Middle School. The views and opinions expressed within Scribbles do not reflect or represent the administration or faculty of this school or our school district.


Table of Contents Staff


Jacobsen Observatory






Saturn Haiku




Quasars: Old but Beautiful


Birth of the Moon


A Comet’s Tail




The Sun


Starry, Starry Night




The Haiku Galaxy






Binary Stars: collaborative poetry


Art Gallery



Venus By: Lauren Thompson

Planets have been here long before time lost in space. Venus is one I found to be very interesting. Did you know that Venus is called earth’s twin because the two planets are similar in size but that’s the only similarity. Venus is the second closest planet to the sun located between earth and mercury. Venus got its name from the roman goddess of love and beauty. Thick clouds create a greenhouse effect on Venus making it really hot. Temperatures on Venus are approximately 900°f +/- 50°( 500°c+/-32°). One day in Venus is 243 earth days and Venus days are longer then its year of 225 days. Venus is the brightest object in the sky besides the sun and moon,. Venus has a lot facts that I hope you found interesting.

Venus by Lauren Thompson polymer clay, July 2010

Mercury By: Karli Smythe

Mercury has been known since ancient times. Mercury has no moons. A day on Mercury lasts 176 Earth days. If something weighs 100 pounds on Earth it weighs 38 pounds on Mercury. The temperature may reach 450 degrees C ( 840 degrees F) but at night it may reach as low as -170 degrees C (-275 degrees F). Mercury’s weak atmosphere contains hydrogen, helium, oxygen, sodium, calcium, and potassium. Mercury is the fastest moving planet in the solar system. There are many facts about Mercury that you might have found interesting.

Mercury, by Karli Smythe polymer clay, July 2010



Saturn Haiku By: Mikayla Beeler

Saturn’s made of gas Thousand rings, 6th from the Sun Made of hydrogen

Saturn by Mikayla Smith polymer clay, July 2010

Neptune Neptune was discovered on Sept. 23, 1846 by Johann Galle and Louis d’Arrest through math predictions. It orbits the sun every 165 Earth years. Neptune has 8 moons. A day on Neptune is 16 hours and 6.7 minutes on Earth. It’s the coldest planet in the solar system. Its temperature is -218 degrees C. If Neptune were hollow it could contain nearly 60 Earths. Methane gives Neptune its cloudy blue color. The largest spot, known as the Great Dark Spot, is about the size of Earth and is similar to the Great Red Spot on Jupiter. Neptune has a set of four rings which are narrow and very faint. The rings are made up of dust particles thought to be made by tiny meteorites smashing into Neptune’s moons. There are some facts about Neptune that you might find interesting.

Neptune #2, by Rebecca Heelan acrylic, July 2010


Quasars: Old but Beautiful By: Victoria Aukland


Quasars are very old stars. Most have a Accretion Disk, Revalistic Jets, and a Black Hole like in the middle sucking up matter. When Quasars have a tail, that is called a jet. Some Jets can have a diameter twice as large as The Milky Way’s. Quasars can be billions of light years away. If you’re looking through a telescope it can be very hard to detect, harder yet with the naked eye. Quasars come in all shapes and sizes like most stars. Quasars are one of the still mysteries of the sky, but one of the most magnificent.

student drawings of quasars, 01

soft pastel, July 2010

Birth of the Moon By: Conor Dowling

The moon is the closest body in are sky. It is the only thing outside Earth that we as humans have visited, and we still have only theories about how it was formed. The most accepted theory is the Giant Impact Theory. This theory states that in the early years of the solar system when the Earth was still a molten ball of rock it collided with another planet about the size of Mars. That collision sent hundreds of tons of molten rock into orbit around Earth, this rock then pooled and cooled into the gray sphere of solid rock that we see in are sky to day.


A Comet’s Tail By: Conor Dowling


The dark, that ever present, crushing oblivion I have lived in it long As long as I have lived I have wandered As I wander I grow more and more lonely No companions can race with me None have tried I have seen the big and the small They all die and turn dark I’ve felt searing cold and raging heat I’ve seen a star collapsed into nothing but gas And my odyssey is not half done

untitled by Conor Dowling, watercolor, July 2010

10 untitled by Mikayla Smith acrylic, July 2010

untitled by Mikayla Smith watercolor, July 2010

Jupiter By: Sara Martinez


The Sun By: Sara Martinez

The sun is bright and yellow. The sun is a flaming ball of gas that gives off heat. The sun is the center of the solar system and all the planets revolve around it. The sun is the most important star. If there were no sun there would never have been people, plants, and animals.


The Starry, Starry Night By: Victoria Aukland

The starry, starry night Oh, how the stars shined so bright Some make up so much light That you wouldn’t think it is night As the sky gets darker, more mysteries appear So beautiful you smile ear to ear As we try to figure out the mysteries in the sky We may waste a little time But it is worth it in the end Because you know dreams are not pretend


Untitled work by Victoria Aukland soft pastels, July 2010

Untitled work by Victoria Aukland soft pastels, July 2010

STARS By: Rebecca Heelan

Stars They are Astronomy’s wonders Red some may be Space is where they sleep STAR By: Jacob Nelson

Up in the night sky It flies up so high It is a star

It is so far

Up in the night sky


Mercury By: Nate Mueller

Mercury is hot. Mercury is very cold. Depends on the time.


Saturn By: Nate Mueller

Saturn’s lots of gas Earth is extremely hardened. But they’re planets.

Light-Years far away By: Mikayla Beeler

The stars in the sky Moon so very high in the night Light years far away

The Deep Dark Unknown By: Mikayla Beeler

The deep dark unknown Planets revolve the night sky Galaxy unknown

The Night Sky By: Mikayla Smith

The big dark night sky Jets, stars, planets, and quasars. Wonderful unknown!


Astronomy By: Lauren Thompson

Astronomy Started a long Time ago. Round and round On the Never ending space Only few Make it through Yet only space has ever know the mysteries.


Random Planets, by Mikayla Smith, acrylic, July 2010

Space By: Karli Smythe

Mercury is close to Venus Earth is where I live Mars is where I want to be Just to See the Unique Never ending sPace

18 untitled, by Karli Smythe, acrylic, July 2010

Collaborative Poetry

by Karli Smythe and Lauren Thompson

Earth Every Astronaut Rides Their Heroic space ship


Mars Many Astronauts Ride in Space

Pluto Planets don’t Like my Unique Treasures Only found on me



Student artwork of Neptune


Neptune, by Lauren Thompson acrylic, July 2010

Neptune, by Lauren Thompson Polymer clay, July 2010

Neptune #2, by Rebecca Heelan acrylic, July 2010


Space Pizza, by Nate Meuller, Polymer clay, July 2010 Background: Untitled, by Jacob Nelson, soft pastel, July 2010

untitled, by Victoria Aukland, acrylic, July 2010


untitled, by Payton Dineen

soft pastels, July 2010

Northern Lights, by Victoria Aukland, soft pastels, July 2010


untitled, by Jacob Nelson, acrylic, July 2010

untitled, by Ms. Carossino, acrylic, July 2010


Saturn, by Nate Meuller Polymer clay, July 2010

Solar System, by Victoria Aukland, Sara Martinez, and Mikayla Smith mixed media, July 2010

Scribbles 2010 Summer  

Volume 1 Issue 1

Scribbles 2010 Summer  

Volume 1 Issue 1