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Volume 3-Issue 1 October 2013 Prairie Star Middle School 14201 Mission Road, Leawood Kansas 66224-9718


Panther Express Staff Ellen Nangia Co-Editor Kendrick Kramer Co-Editor Arwa Ali Cade Stout Nanma Pillai Keenan Fitzmorris Amit Israeli Kareem Khan Lisa Nocita, Faculty Sponsor

Submit ar cles in Microso Publisher format via email to ltnocita@bluevalleyk12.org Ar cles can be about anything you are interested in! Restaurant reviews, book reviews, music reviews, apps, video games, short stories, poems, original artwork, and photos! Panther Express Sta meets on Mondays a er school in the library! We’d love to have you join us!


By Ellen Nangia

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Song Artist Royals by Lorde Roar by Katy Perry Wrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus

Wake Me Up by Avicii Hold On, We’re going home by Drake The Fox by Ylvis Holy Grail by Jay-Z Blurred Lines Robin byThicke Applause by Lady Gaga Summertime Sadness by Lana Del Rey


Why didn't the skeleton cross the road? He didn’t have the guts!

By Ellen Nangia

What monster flies his kite in a rain storm? Benjamin Franklinstein!

What do you call a fat Jack‐O‐Lantern? Plumpkin!

Why wasn't there any food le a er the monster party? Because everyone was a goblin!

Why didn't Dracula have any friends? He was a pain in the neck!

What is Dracula's favorite fruit? A nectarine.


By Ellen Nangia

Here's a scary story: A babysi er taking care of two small children called their parents late in the evening to ask for permission to cover up the life‐size clown statue in the corner of the family room. "It's not that I don't like it," she said. "It just kind of freaks me out with no‐ body else here. It's hard to watch TV." The parents' reac on to her re‐ quest freaked her out even more. "WHAT clown statue???" they asked, fran cally. "Dial 911! Call the police!! DO IT NOW!!!"

A very well‐dressed man walked over to her car and started talking to her. He explained that his rental car had died, and he needed a ride to East Hampton for an appointment. She said she would be happy to give him a ride. He put his briefcase in the backseat and said he was going to the men's room quickly. The woman looked at her watch and suddenly panicked. She drove off quickly, forge ng that the man was coming back to the car for a ride. She thought nothing of him again un l she and her daughter pulled into their driveway. She saw his briefcase and realized she had for‐ go en him! She opened it looking for some form of iden fica on so she could no fy him about his belongings. Inside she found nothing but a knife and a roll of duct tape!


Must Reads By: Nanma Pillai The Trendy 12

The House of Hades

You can find these books and more at your PSMS.


Cookies 1 box Betty Crocker速 SuperMoist速 spice cake mix 1 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix) 1/2 cup butter, softened 1/4 cup milk 1 egg 1 teaspoon Betty Crocker速 orange gel food color

Filling 1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened 4 oz (half of 8-oz package) cream cheese, softened 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar 1/2 teaspoon maple extract 1 tube (4.25 oz) Betty Crocker速 black decorating icing

By Ellen Nangia


Mummies by Ellen Nangia If you don’t like dead things‐‐stop reading here! Mummies, one word, millions of discoveries. If you’re creepy and weird like me, you will like this ar cle. I wanted to learn about mummies and how they’re made. I think it is in‐ teres ng how they take all the organs out and fill the tombs with their valuables. I learned about Otzi the Iceman in Mrs.Byrd’s social studies class and every day I wanted to come and just look at pictures and learn about what happened to him a er they discovered him. He is over five thousand years old and he s ll has a tongue and eye balls, let me say it again, OVER FIVE THOUSAND YEARS OLD! It just amazed me. Iceman is one type of mummy. He is an ice mummy. If you want to learn more about him and other ice mummies you should get the book Ice Mummies. I got a book from the P.S.M.S library called “Mummies and Their Mysteries.” It tells you all about how they make them and, as this ar ‐ cle is about mummies, I want to tell you. The first step to mummifica on is to take out all the organs. They use a long metal rod to take out the brain ssue through the nose. They leave the heart inside because they wanted to be smart in the a erlife and they thought smarts came from the heart not the brain. They took the rest of the organs like liver and lung by cu ng holes in the person’s side. The second step to mummifica on is drying out the body. They used salt to do it just like if we drank salt water it would dry our mouthes.it takes forty days to dry out the body. Next they cover the body with resin to harden it and keep it safe. Then they wrap the body with about one hundred fi y yards of linen. Finally the mummy is put in series of coffins and put into their tombs.


15 TAG members attended the 20th Annual Heartland Literature Festival on October 15th at the University of Kansas. Students attended presentations by two young adult authors, Sharon Draper and Mike Mullin. Students then rotated through sessions including small group discussions of either Out of My Mind by Draper or Ashfall by Mullin, book signing, and the nominations for the 2013 Heartland Committee to Promote Lifelong Reading. Despite a very late bus, the weather was beautiful and the sessions were action packed. Mike Mullin demonstrated a volcanic eruption and tae kwon do forms and breaks. When asked about how her characters might get along after the book ends, Draper responded, “People! These are not real folks! They are paper people. When the book ends, so do they. I don’t think about them. When people ask me why characters do the things I do, I tell them, ‘Because I am the author and they do what I want them to do.’” Mullin offered writing tips to aspiring novelists. 1) Read everything you can. 2) Write every day. And 3) Marry someone with good health insurance. It was a great day to be a

Heartland Literature Festival 2013


By Ellen Nangia


By Ellen Nangia

Every day 20 banks are robbed. The average take is $2,500! The two-foot long bird called a Kea that lives in New Zealand likes to eat the strips of rubber around car windows! A 'jiffy' is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second! Human thigh bones are stronger than concrete! Every time you lick a stamp, you're consuming 1/10 of a calorie! Slugs have 4 noses! Some ribbon worms will eat themselves if they cant find any food! Babe Ruth wore a cabbage leaf under his cap to keep him cool!


From Your Editors: Panther Express Literary Magazine

The months of August, September, and October have been even ul months indeed. From a new member of the United Kingdom’s Royal Family, to a shutdown of the United States Government (see next issue), these few months have the ability to change the course of history. H.R.H. George Alexander Louis was born to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. He will succeed his father, Prince William, to the throne of the Bri sh Empire a er his Grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II., and Prince Charles. The Government Shutdown took place a er Congress could not agree over Obama-Care and other items. Due to this the United States Government was shut down. This is not only limited to congress and other elected offices, but zoos, na onal parks, and museums. The government opened once again due to the pressure of the upcoming pressure Federal Government Borrowing Limit, which has now been eliminated. Whilst the Government Shutdown was in effect, health insurance was eliminated for millions of Americans. When millions of Americans went to sign up for new health insurance, a glitch in the system caused the website to crash. Hundreds of thousands of government employees were not working or paid during the shutdown. Now, many large companies and corpora ons, as well as the government, are facing furloughs, or layoffs, due to the shutdown. The United States Debt increased by three trillion United States Dollars (U.S.D.) during the shutdown. Informing you about what you need to know, Your Editors, Kendrick A. Kramer & Ellen Nangia Editors-In-Chief

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How to stay current on US and Interna onal news Time for Kids h p://www. meforkids.com/news CNN Student News h p://www.cnn.com/studentnews/ Scholas c News Online h p://teacher.scholas c.com/ac vi es/scholas cnews/index.html NY Times Learning Network h p://learning.blogs.ny mes.com/ Newseum h p://www.newseum.org/todaysfrontpages/flash/ Na onal Geographic News h p://news.na onalgeographic.com/news/ CBBC Newsround h p://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/


“The Question of Global Warming” -Kendrick A. Kramer-

Global Warming is a hot topic, literally. But who should you believe? There are two main theories about why global warming is happening. There is a lot of controversy about these two theories. We all know that global warming is happening, perhaps in the next century, we will find out the cause. The first theory is that humans are causing global warming. Our cars, which burn fossil fuels, produce carbon dioxide. That is the cause for the theory of the „Greenhouse Effect‟. The greenhouse effect is a theory that states that there is a blanket of carbon dioxide that covers the earth. Whenever the heat tries to leave our planet at night, it is trapped inside the blanket; this makes some conclude that because of the CO2 blanket, we have warmer temperatures. The second theory is that humans have nothing to do with global warming. Some believe that earth has periods of heat, and periods of cold. The periods of cold are

called „Ice Ages.‟ The periods between the ice ages are the time when Earth‟s average temperature is warmer. These theorists argue that in these periods global warming happens. Since we have had several ice ages and several periods of global warming and ice melts between the two periods. Some scientists believe that global warming will have hard effects on Earth. The largest effect, they believe is climate change. They believe that climate will cause the following: melting ice, extinction, rising sea levels, and animal migration. More consequences are:

1James Balog http://www.npr.org/2012/11/08 /164236520/chasing-ice-andcapturing-climate-change-onfilm

hurricanes and other storms will be stronger,

species will be out of sync, floods and droughts will be more common, there will be less rain in dry areas; less fresh water, diseases like malaria will spread, and eco systems will change.

2http://enpundit.com/chasingice-captures-the-earthsvanishing-glaciers/

James Balog originally studied to be a scientist but instead decided to become a photographer. Balog has been a photographer for three decades. He founded the Extreme Ice Survey (E.I.S.). The E.I.S. is a long-term photography experiment that combines art and science; the photographs taken give a „Visual Voice‟ to the Earth‟s changing eco system. The Extreme Ice Survey is an extensive picture portfolio of melting Word Count 668


glaciers. E.I.S. exists because seeing is believing. The E.I. S. project uses 25 cameras in Alaska, Greenland, Iceland, and Montana. It took six months of experimenting to create a camera system. The cameras take pictures of receding glaciers every thirty minutes, year-round, during day light hours. The cameras used in the project are Nikon D200 digital single lens reflex cameras. The cameras are powered by a custom made combination of batteries and solar panels. The cameras are protected from dust and waterproof cases are mounted on tripod heads. They are mounted by a system of anchors and

3http://www.sundance.org/fil mforward/film/chasing-ice/

guy wires. Each camera system weighs over 100 pounds. Balog put his hundreds of thousands of images into time lapse form for each of the glaciers he observed. He gave presentations nationally and

internationally showing his pictures. According to www.extremeicesurvey.or g, plans are in store for more cameras in the Andes Mountains, Antarctica, and the Himalayan Mountains. You can find out more information about his project and the resulting cinematic film by going to Chasing Ice. The results of the E.I.S. project are astonishing.

visiting James Balog Photography. It is my personal opinion that humans have nothing significant to do with global warming. After all, the earth has undergone many significant climatic changes before. We survived then. We will survive now.

4http://enpundit.com/chasingice-captures-the-earthsvanishing-glaciers/

A certain glacier receded 2.5 miles in three years. James Balog feels it is his moral responsibility to share his discoveries with the world. You can learn more about Balogâ€&#x;s background and awards by Word Count 668


InspiraƟonal Quotes By: Sivaanii Arunachalam Don’t judge me, I was born to be awesome not perfect. You’re worth more than gold. Fear is nothing but fear itself. You’re a limited ediƟon. You’re one of a kind.


Prairie Star Middle School 2013-2014

Girls Basketball Schedule Date

Day

Opponent

Activity

Home/Away

Oct. 30

Wednesday

Overland Trail

A

Home

B

Away

Nov. 4

Monday

Pleasant Ridge

A

BYE

B

Away

Nov. 7

Thursday

Blue Valley

A

Away

B

BYE

Nov. 11

Monday

Harmony

A

Home

B

BYE

Nov. 12

Tuesday

Lakewood

A

BYE

B

Home

Nov. 13

Wednesday

Pleasant Ridge

A

BYE

B

Home

Nov. 14

Thursday

Pleasant Ridge

A

Away

B

Home

*Nov. 18

Monday

Aubry Bend

A

Home

Pleasant Ridge

B

Away

*Nov. 20

Wednesday

Oxford

A

Home

B

Away

*Nov. 21

Thursday

Leawood

A

Away

B

BYE

*Nov. 25

Monday

Lakewood

A

Away

B

Home

*A2 Team plays first Make up games if needed: Dec 3 and Dec 5

PSMS Coaching Staff A1 A2 B

Jeff Wataha Jennifer Bartsch Charlie Stoltenberg

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Leave/Return

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