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THE SPARTAN TRIBUNE

April 2018 


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In this issue: Fun in the STEM Room - 1 Snowball Dance - 1 Self Help - 2 Students of SLMS - 3 Book Reviews - 5 Riddles - 7


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April 2018

Fun in the STEM Room

BY KATIE C.

In Mr. McDonald’s classes, eighth graders are working on The Rube Goldberg Project. Rube Goldberg was widely known for his cartoons about complicated gadgets that perform simple tasks. This is a hands-on project that requires design, building, teamwork, collaboration, and problem solving. During this fun learning experience, the kids must create a crazy contraption to make something simple happen at the end. In the process of building their contraptions, the kids are learning Newton’s three laws, velocity, acceleration, and kinetic and potential energy. They are also learning about simple machines and how they function. In the end, the kids are learning and having a blast!

Snowball Dance

BY TANISHA S.

Snowball is a very interesting kind of dance. It includes a variation of swing dance that gets its name from the way it gathers dancers— after a little while into the song, the band calls out “snowball!”, at which point each of the dancers in the middle choses a new partner from the ring. Girls wear fancy dresses. They normally opt for the wintry colors like deep blue and red. The boys wear suits or tuxedos. The ladies wear wrist corsages provided by their dates, and the boys wear flowers on their jackets. Schools that throw semi-formal snowball dances only require the girls to wear less formal dresses or skirts with nice blouses, and the boys wear dress shirts with khaki pants.

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Self Help: Homework

April 2018

BY LILY S.

Use your Agenda or Access Google Calendar! Most students have an agenda book, but they don’t write anything in it. On Monday, write down all of the week’s assignments. Most teachers have them posted in the classroom. Stay organized throughout the year. Most students have many binders and folders, but they do not use them. Many stuff every single paper from school into one binder. Half of their papers become misplaced or lost. Do not use the “shove" method when papers are returned, i.e. shove everything in one binder. Place them in the correct folder. If you are using a three-ring binder to keep papers organized, take the time to open the metal prongs and place them securely in it. If someone helps you organize your papers, take the time to continue putting everything in its place. Make your own study guide. One great way to study is to make a list of the important information from a chapter and write it in your own words. Copy down any words that are written in bold or in italics. Look at chapter headings, section headings and review sections at the end of a chapter for other important information to add to your study guide. Merge this information with class notes. Talk about assignments with friends. Discussing assignments with friends is another great way to study. This is very helpful when studying for novel tests. Friendly discussions about books help deepen understanding. If you are struggling, ask for help. Start by talking to the teacher. The guidance counselor generally has a list of tutors in the area. Some high school students need to complete community service hours to be in clubs or in honor societies. You may be able to get a free tutor. Make academics a focus in your life. Studying takes time and effort. Get organized, ask for help and put forth effort aimed at improving your study habits now. The lessons taught in middle school are building blocks for high school and college. Starting good study habits now will help you later in life. It does take more effort to study and to become organized; however, academic success will make you feel good about yourself and your parents smile. Source: http://www.brighthubeducation.com/


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April 2018

Students Of SLMS

BY LILY S., NITHYA B., TALIA S., AVA A., NOELLE M., MAYA K., and OLIVIA P. What do you want to be when you grow up? Why? Maddie Y.: When I grow up, I want to be a gymnast. I am very flexible and hyper. Also I have the body built for a gymnast.

At what age is a person an adult? Why do you think so? Alaina P.: I would think that somebody is an adult when they achieve their 18th birthday because that is when they can leave their home and not be with their parent as much. They also become more independent, and can do more stuff on their own. If the average human lifespan was 40 years, how would you live your life differently? Ava A.: If the average human lifespan was only 40 years, I would make sure that I would spend lots of time with my family and do everything I was afraid to do when I thought the average lifespan was 70 years or over like skydiving or bungee jumping. What one thing have you not done that you really want to do? Colton B.: Pet a fish because it seems like it would be fun. They have such nice scales. I would have to be careful about their gills. They seem so tempting to pet.

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If you had to move to a state or country besides the one you currently live in, where would you move and why? Haley V.: Hawaii because I’m part Hawaiian and it’s really warm. I would want to be out on the sand. I would buy a house right next to the ocean. Every night I would be able to see a perfect sunset.

If you could have any animal as a pet, what would it be? Haley G.: A pig because they’re pink and they’d go along with my room color. Pigs are fun and playful. I would get one of the cute ones. Not the gross ones.

What would you do if you had unlimited free time and no restrictions? Lauren H.: I would touch every exit sign in school because it is like training for basketball. I would also play basketball until my hands fall off.

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Book Reviews

April 2018

BY LILY S.

Found (The Missing Series Book 1) By Margaret Peterson Haddix www.goodreads.com Thirteen-year-old Jonah has always known that he was adopted, and he's never thought it was any big deal. Then he and a new friend, Chip, who's also adopted, begin receiving mysterious letters. The first one says, "You are one of the missing." The second one says, "Beware! They're coming back to get you." Jonah, Chip, and Jonah's sister, Katherine, are plunged into a mystery that involves the FBI, a vast smuggling operation, an airplane that appeared out of nowhere - and people who seem to appear and disappear at will. The kids discover they are caught in a battle between two opposing forces that want very different things for Jonah and Chip's lives. Do Jonah and Chip have any choice in the matter? And what should they choose when both alternatives are horrifying? Dear Blue Sky By Mary Sullivan www.amazon.com Ever since her brother Sef left for Iraq, Cassie has felt like her life is falling apart. Her parents are fighting over her brother having gone to war. Her smart, beautiful sister is messing up. Her little brother, who has Down syndrome, is pretending he's a Marine. And her best friend no longer has time for her. In her loneliness Cassie turns to a surprising source of comfort: Blue Sky, an Iraqi girl she meets through her blog. The girls begin a correspondence and Cassie learns that when Blue Sky says "I want my life back," she means something profound, as she can no longer venture out in her destroyed city. Cassie takes strength from Blue Sky's courage and is inspired to stop running away from the pain, and to reclaim her life.

Heart of a Champion By Carl Deuker www.goodreads.com Jimmy Winter is a born star on the baseball field, and Seth Barnam can only dream of being as talented. Still, the two baseball fanatics have the kind of friendship that should last forever. But when Seth experiences an unthinkable loss, he's forced to find his own personal strength— on and off the field.

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Peak (Book #1) By Roland Smith www.amazon.com After fourteen-year-old Peak Marcello is arrested for scaling a New York City skyscraper, he's left with two choices: wither away in Juvenile Detention or go live with his long-lost father, who runs a climbing company in Thailand. But Peak quickly learns that his father's renewed interest in him has strings attached. Big strings. As owner of Peak Expeditions, he wants his son to be the youngest person to reach the Everest summit--and his motives are selfish at best. Even so, for a climbing addict like Peak, tackling Everest is the challenge of a lifetime. But it's also one that could cost him his life.

Divergent (Book #1) By Veronica Roth www.amazon.com In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself. During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

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Riddles

April 2018

BY AVA A.

1. What has a face and two hands, but no arms or legs? 2. What word begins with E, but has only one letter? 3. I’m often on the ground getting stepped on, but you can’t wash me. As a matter of fact, you couldn’t wash me even if you tried. What am I? 4. Billy throws a ball as hard as he can. It comes straight back to him even though nothing and nobody touched it. How? 5. What type of tree is so small that it can fit in your hand? 6. An electrical train is traveling south. Which way is the smoke going? 7. How many letters are there in the alphabet?

Answers: 1. A clock 2. Envelope 3. A shadow 4. He threw it straight up 5. A palm 6. There is no smoke, it’s an electrical train! 7. Eleven: t-h-e a-l-p-h-a-b-e-t

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