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HGA Magazine A magazine by kids for kids at Home Gardens Academy An “Every Trimester” Magazine Kids Can Code! Learn how one determined eighth grade student took on Angry Birds, and WON! Not by “playing” the game, but making his own! Page 2

Teacher of the Year

Issue No 2 -- December-January-February, 2012-13 Geometry Shape Art See how Sixth Graders use only shapes to

Can you guess who this year’s Teacher of the Year is! Hint: She teaches kindergarten! Page 4 create their own original Holiday scenes! Page 5

Valentine Activities Can you solve our Valentine’s Day puzzles and solve our V-Day riddles?

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What is Diversity Den? by Jennifer

Diversity means variety. It’s the inclusion of different types of people (like different races or cultures) in a group or organization. A den refers to a place where someone can find shelter and safety. So, Diversity + Den means different people celebrating differences in a safe environment.

Diversity Den is a new program for 4th-7th graders at HGA. If you like acting and singing, this is the program for you. Diversity Den teaches you how to respect others and how to interact with one another.

This is one of the many posters that were made by HGA students during Diversity Den’s “Anti Bullying” week. Prizes were awarded for the best posters.

you more by making you take notes. Diversity Den teaches you through acting out scenes and singing. Instead of being at home being bored and not knowing what to do, you just come. Diversity Den is also going to have their own club T-shirts. The teachers for Diversity Den are Mrs. Warren and Mrs. Valdez.

Some people might think that this program is lame because they are wondering, "Why would I want to go to a program after school just to learn What is it? Diversity Den is all about giving. The club recently sponsored a a bunch more stuff?" Diversity Den teaches you more, but it doesn't teach program called "Operation Gratitude.” Issue No 2 -- December-January-February, 2012-13

Video Game Review

University of Notre Dame How much do you know about Notre Dame? Page 15

Anthony shares his review of the popular building game “Minecraft.” Hip or hype? Page 12

Operation Gratitude encouraged students to donate something for the soldiers. Some things that people donated were: chap-stick, teddy bears, and canned food. They did operation gratitude because Diversity Den cares about our soldiers and wanted them to feel happy. Since soldiers aren’t with their families, Diversity Den wanted to show them that they care about them. Diversity Den performed a song at HGA’s Winter Wonderland Concert on December 4, 2012 called "December in America.” Diversity Den also sponsored a “No Bullying Week.” They did this because some people get bullied and it’s not nice and it can hurt peoples’ feelings. When you get bullied, it doesn’t feel good and it’s insensitive. Also, Diversity Den members and students from around the school made some posters to support no bullying week. Diversity Den is now going to do a play/musical, so be sure to come and watch the Diversity Den members act and sing.This will be an event you won’t want to miss. 1


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You Can Do Amazing Things... by Mr. Garwood, Editor in Chief You've heard of the monster hit "Angry Birds," right? Well, did you know that about a year ago, an iPhone puzzle game called "Bubble Ball" got so popular that it knocked "Angry Birds" out of the #1 spot? The crazy part was that the person who created Bubble Ball was eighth-grader Robert Nay of Spanish Fork, Utah. That’s right -- an eighth grader! Robert Nay came up with the idea for the game by himself and suggestions from other people. One month later, after reading a few books and producing over 4,000 individual lines of code, Bubble Ball was complete. Available on Apple and Android devices, the puzzle game has been downloaded more than seven million times.The eighth grader's new mobile game development c o m p a n y, N a y Games, is now Robert Nay, 8th grader working on some awesome new stuff for Bubble Ball, as well as other gaming projects. Robert’s advice to young people: "You can do amazing things if you just try." Instead of just "playing" video games, you could be on your way to making them yourself. But you have to pay your dues. Notice that Robert Nay said, "...after reading a few books…" That means, you have to be willing to read. But many kids today don't want to read. They say, "Reading is boring." But people who want to accomplish big things need to get past that kind of thinking. Books 2

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can be boring, but that's not the point. Inside books lay treasures that unlock secrets. Authors want to share those secrets with you, but you have to be willing to dig -- sometimes deeper than you feel you can go. Even treasure hunters don't find the buried treasure right away. In addition, the treasure is never usually discovered without a great deal of determination. Treasure hunters use their shovels to dig. Look, any worth Bubble Ball, by Nay Games g o a l accomplishing is going to take a significant investment of time and effort. It may mean turning off that TV or gaming device for a while and picking up a book or turning to a good website, like Codecademy (follow the link in the Quick Links section). If you really want to get started, check out books by "Big Nerd Ranch." They have an entire series on mobile game development. It's what I'm reading. Also, check out Lynda.com. You can sign up for a free, one-week trial and watch their online video tutorials. Currently, I'm watching "Objective-C Essential Training." The teacher talks really slow, and is easy to understand. I'll be offering a video game design class in the 2013-2014 school year. It will be open to 36 incoming seventh-graders & eighth-graders. If any of this interests you, get a head start by at least checking out Codecademy.com and signing up for their free lessons. It's nice because it keeps track of Badges you can earn your progress, gives you hands-on practice lessons, and offers a forum where you can ask your questions when you get stuck. You can even earn badges as you progress through the course. Start with Javascript. All you need is a computer with an internet connection. Just try!

Quick Links Name: Codecademy Location: www.codecademy.com Description: A great, free, website where kids and adults can learn to code by completing online tutorials at their own pace. Badges can be earned as achievements are unlocked. Name: Lynda.com Location: www.lynda.com Description: Free one-week trial to check out very useful and effective online videos covering virtually every software topic on the planet. Name: Big Nerd Ranch Location: www.bignerdranch.com Description: Big Nerd Ranch teaches programming languages online, in person, and through their library of books.

Never Stop Learning

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HGA’s First Annual Winter Wonderland Concert by Lizbet On December 4, 2012, HGA hosted i t s fi r s t A n n u a l Winter Wonderland Concert. There were songs from every grade level, K i n d e rg a r t e n t o sixth grade, including songs by Choir and Diversity D e n . To o p e n t h e show, the Diversity Den sang “December in America.” They painted their faces with American Flags and wore hats and colorful headbands. In between each song, seventh graders sang songs, told jokes, and tried to keep the parents and families entertained while classes came up and down from the stage. There were a lot of people in the audience. It was the most people ever to attend a concert at H o m e Gardens. In fact, there were about 1 , 5 0 0 people in attendance. Kids sang songs like “Jingle Bell R o c k , You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch, Donde Esta Santa Claus?, and many more. The stage was decorated like a giant present, PTA sold coffee and cookies, and everyone had a great time. There was a machine that made life-like snow, and all the students came out at the end and sang Feliz Navidad and Silent Night.


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Teacher of the Year

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I had the chance to interview Mrs. Mendoza and ask her questions about her career. She said when she wanted to become a teacher, her parents supported her. She studied Spanish and Psychology, then received her teaching degree. When I asked her what’s the hardest thing about teaching, she said it’s when the kids don't fully understand the language. Mrs. Mendoza has been teaching for 21 years (15 years at HGA). She is currently a Kindergarten Dual Immersion teacher at HGA. In addition to attending UC Irvine, Mrs. Mendoza earned a Master's Degree with an emphasis in reading from National University. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and cooking.

Congratulations to Mrs. Mendoza who has been named Home Gardens Academy's 2012 - 2013 Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Mendoza loves teaching at HGA!


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Geometric Shape Art Sixth grade students in Mr. Garwood’s Math Enrichment Class were given the challenge to create an original Winter Wonderland scene in Microsoft Word using only geometric shapes. Sound easy? It’s a lot harder than it looks, but these sixth graders make it look easy! Which student demonstrated the deepest understanding of shapes? Which artwork uses the widest variety of shapes? Who used the same shape more often than others? Which artwork so you think is the most visually appealing, and why? This challenge served to accomplish two goals: to get students more comfortable and familiar with Microsoft Word and to reenforce students’ understanding of geometric shapes. In Word, students learned to outline with lines, employed techniques of shading, layering (behind and front), copying, pasting, and a host of other important skills. Check them out! They’re amazing!

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All About Valentine’s Day Valentine's Day, as we know it, started out as a church celebration in honor of the early Christian Saint “Valentinius.” It used to be called “The Feast of Saint Valentine” or “Saint Valentine’s Day.” He became popular in Rome because he used to perform weddings for soldiers who weren’t allowed to marry. He was actually put to death in AD 269, partly for performing these weddings, and partly because he ministered to Christians. The tradition of giving flowers, offering candy, and sending greeting cards to loved ones became popular during the Middle Ages. Before the 1800’s, people used to send handwritten greeting cards, called “valentines.” However, since the 19th century, valentine cards became mass-produced by companies like Hallmark. Today, valentines can even be sent over the internet. Which do you prefer to receive: a handwritten valentine, mass-produced card, or e-card?

Valentine Quotes

Did you know?

Shakespeare wrote 154 sonnets dealing with love, time, beauty and mortality.

I have learned not to worry about love; but to honor its coming with all my heart. - Alice Walker My bounty is as boundless as the sea, My love as deep; the more I give to thee, The more I have, for both are infinite. - William Shakespeare

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Did You Know? Approximately 150 million Valentine's Day cards are exchanged annually, making Valentine's Day the second most popular card-sending holiday after Christmas.

Love makes your soul crawl The best and most beautiful out from its hiding place. things in the world cannot be - Zora Neale Hurston seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. -Helen Keller

Valentine Riddles compiled by Louie

Love is like quicksilver in the hand. Leave the fingers open and it stays. Clutch it, and it darts away. - Dorothy Parker 8

1. What did the bunny say to say to his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day? 2. What did the kitty say to her boyfriend on Valentine’s Day? 3. What did the elephant say to his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day? 4. What did the bear say to her boyfriend on Valentine’s Day?

5. What did the owl say to his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day? Answers located on page 11

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Can you find all the Valentine’s Day words?

Find your way through the Maze of Love.

Valentine’s Day is a special day for people who love each other. Being a valentine means that “special” person will give you a gift or a hug. Valentine’s Day is also a time that you can show your love to other people by giving them a special note or card and saying “I love you.” Color this picture for someone you care about. Issue No 2 -- December-January-February, 2012-13

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Sixth grade students in Mrs. Mitchell’s Language Arts Enrichment class wrote about gratitude. As you read these pieces, think about your own life. What are you grateful for? When was the last time you were really thankful for something? by Shaury Moreno The time I was grateful in 2011 was on Christmas day. All my family came from a faraway place to visit. My family made cookies, tamales, and many other foods. The Christmas tree was decorated with pinecones and other ornaments. I counted how many presents I had under the tree, like I always do. When we opened the presents, I was so happy that everybody had a present. We all received a present and no one felt left out. My sister was happy, as well as my dad, mom, aunt and my other family members. It was fun to watch everybody playing with their presents. That Christmas was the best day ever. Christmas day has affected my life because seeing everybody equally happy was wonderful. Even if you don’t get what you want, you should be grateful that you got a present instead of nothing! People who can’t afford little things would love to be in your position, even if you didn’t get exactly what you wanted. by Jacqueline Vaquera I am grateful for having my iPhone. Mostly, I get presents on holidays, Christmas or on my birthday. When I got my iPhone for my 11TH birthday, I was so excited! At first, I was really nervous to see what it was because it was a gift from my parents. I opened the box and there it was -- my iPhone! Getting my iPhone was really exciting. It affected my life because I’m using it 24/7. Last week, I broke it, but I’m getting a new one on Sunday. I don’t know what I would do without it because it’s part of my daily life now. Issue No 2 -- December-January-February, 2012-13

Brian Jaramillo When I was 5 years old, my mom and brothers, Victor and Oliver, went to the bank to get money and then left to go back to the house after getting food at the store. After we left, we noticed someone was missing. It was my little brother Victor. We had left him at the bank! When we went back to go get him, he wasn’t there. So, we looked at our surroundings and still couldn’t find him. Finally, we went back to the bank and found him. He had been looking for us. Since then, I have learned to take life seriously because it can be very short (or long). We never know if our life could soon be over. by Steve Romero My brother and I were getting ready for what would be my first rock climbing trip. We had a lot of stuff to take. I thought about bringing my dog, but decided not to because I didn’t think he would be able to climb. We loaded all the stuff onto the truck. Once we were at the mountain with its wildlife, we set off towards a big rock. I was admiring the surroundings, including the sounds that animals made. But then, something bad happened. First, we saw a lot of good folks along the way and we were getting closer to the rock. When we finally arrived, I said, “At last!” Well, we climbed a long way up, and I made it. After I made it to the top of that first rock, I started to climb a larger one. The little rocks that were holding on to the bigger rock were loose, but I hardly took notice. Suddenly, the loose rocks were falling beneath my feet and I nearly fell off. My brother reached out to get my hand, but he was too late. Luckily, I was barely able to grab the rope right next to me. I have to say, ever since that day, I have been a more grateful person. 10


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The one time I was grateful was when my mom was there for me when I had gotten in a fight with one of my friends. My mom had told me that if we were truly friends, we should just work it out. We were in the 5th grade and she had heard rumors that I was starting a gang against her.

I’m grateful for my birthday and having family come and celebrate. The reason why I am grateful for my birthday is because my grandma had cancer and was sick, but luckily she survived and I had her with me to celebrate. We all shared food with my aunt, uncles, cousins, and my sister. Even though my grandma was sick, I had so much fun! I was so grateful to at least have a birthday with her and to remember. Now, I always have faith no matter what I’m going through.

At first, I thought it would go away, but it didn’t. She had told her friends to give me a message that she was going to tell the principal. I was really mad and confused because she had acted like I had been her enemy all her life. I wanted to talk to her, but she just sent her friends to do it for her. At that point, I was mad. But one day, I finally told her what happened and who started the rumors. She didn’t believe me, though. She just walked away and rolled her eyes at me. It had really affected me because I was sad all the time. In the classroom, I wouldn’t pay attention. I was scared of losing one of my best friends. I wanted to fix it, but she wouldn’t even let me. She would just ignore me. I’m glad my mom was there and she was right. Everything was going to be all right. One day at school, she came up to me to apologize. She admitted that she should have believed me in the first place. After that, we continued to be friends. This situation really affected my life because I was sad most of the time, and sometimes, when I got home, I would not come out of the room. I used to just be by myself and stay quiet. I was really happy when we became friends again. Now, we hang out all the time. I was grateful my mom was there to listen to me when I was so sad. I’m glad that she was there for me and hope she will be there in the future, too.

I felt happy that I still had my grandparents. I felt special because many people do not have their parents or grandparents. When the doctor told my grandma that she could have died if we would have gotten there a minute later, I felt so relieved she was still alive! Now, we go to visit her more often. It affected my life in a good way and I’m glad I can still go over to her house and see her. She is so nice and healthy. It was truly a great experience. She is also glad she survived because now she gets to see my two baby cousins. She would not have been able to see them if she passed away. My grandma is a very hard working, caring, and kind person. by Elianna G. At one point in my life, back in 2004, my father got in car crash. We were all outside. My sister was playing with me. My brother was playing with his go-cart, and my mom was sitting down outside. We were surprised that it all happened so fast. My father was in the passenger side and my father’s boss was the one who was driving. The car hit a tree. My father had his back broken, and we saw everything. My father had to be rushed to the hospital fast. This was very hard to go through -- the pain. I feel grateful because my dad is still with me today. My father means the world to me. My dad is so special to me.

Answers to riddles from p. 8 1. Some-bunny loves you. 2. Your my purrr-fect Valentine. 3. I love you a ton. 4. I love you bear-y much. 5. Owl be yours.

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Photography Tip of the Month

by Marcos

This month the topic is Negative Space. This is a rule you have to use when you are a photographer. Negative Space is best used when you want to take a picture and make the subject seem small or give an impression to someone of a wide open space. In the image that you are seeing of the flower: there is an open, white space in the background with a flower on the right side. It’s the same idea with the image of the dog. On the one side, you have a wide, green, open space in the background. This gives you the idea that the dog has a lot of space to run and play, or that he looks lonely.

Video Game Review by Anthony What is it? Minecraft is a game for the Xbox 360, PC, Android, iPod, iPad, and iPhone. Why it’s fun: What’s fun about Minecraft is building houses, making food, destroying monsters, farming, making weapons, and more. There are also other fun objects you can make in Minecraft. Who's going to love it: Players that like playing building games will love it. What to be aware of: Players must be aware of monsters and characters like Zombie, Spider, Enderman, Creeper, and several others. Fun Scale:L OR 10E Mout of 10! ENIM R E A L E S T A T E Video Game information: Minecraft for the Xbox 360 costs 1600 Microsoft IpsumPC, et: points. ForLorem the it costs about $25.00. The creator and designer of Work Street Minecraft isWork Markus Work City, State Work Persson. ZIP Issue No 2 -- December-January-February, 2012-13

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Our Trip to Santiago High School by Elena The seventh grade trip to Santiago was our second trip this year. The purpose was to show us what we can Students design video games expect when we get to high school. I saw many interesting classes filled with students learning very exciting things. The first class I went into was a fashion design class. I liked it because there were a lot of clothes that were designed by teenagers. We also went to a Basketball players watch the game chemistry class where the students were doing a titration experiment with some special liquid in a tube. When a Titration Experiment in the Lab chemical was added inside the Painted rocks decorate the campus liquid, it turned the whole solution pink. Another interesting class was the video game design class. It was hard to believe students barely older than me were actually making their own video games. At the end of our tour, some of us got to go into the gym and watch a basketball game while o t h e r s w e n t Principal, Reginald Thompkins outside to the welcomes 7th graders from HGA Louie, Bianca, and Brianna stands and cheer at the soccer game watch a soccer game. Issue No 2 -- December-January-February, 2012-13

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University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame was founded in 1842 by Edward F. Soring, a French priest.

Fun Facts compiled by Gary

It is a National Catholic research University that is located 90 miles east of Chicago. Notre Dame means our Lady of the lake.

The schools nickname is the Fighting Irish. Their mascot is a Leprechaun. It is ranked as one of the top 25 schools in the nation. Famous campus landmarks include: The Basilica of the Sacred Heart, the Golden Dome in the Main Building, and the 14-story Hesburgh Library. Cheerleaders wear a kilt type skirt called the Irish guard during football games. Notre Dame is known for its football team and has had many Heisman Trophy winners. The picture of Christ in the back of their stadium is called “Football Jesus.�

Notre Dame only accepts 22% of those that apply.

Answers from p. 13: (1) C; (2) B; (3) A; Seven Dwarves are: Bashful, Doc, Dopey, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy, Sneezy


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