October 2016 vOL. 28 nO. 1
Morrison holds Family Reading Night by MARGARET HOBBS Mini Standard Editor (McMinnville, Tennessee)
The works of Roald Dahl were celebrated at the recent ELA Family Reading Night at Morrison School. The event was organized by the staff in an effort to bring students and their parents or caregivers together to celebrate the joys of reading. Approximately 60 were present for the activities, with games and literary activities ongoing throughout the evening, co-chaired by Christy Farless and Valerie Tidwell. “We have the event to encourage parents and caregivers to read with their children, and we want them to feel welcome at our school and be familiar with library resources,” said Tidwell. “We also want them to understand the benefits of spending at least 20 minutes a day reading with each other.” Attendees registered for a variety of door prizes, with Steven Moore, Emily Bratcher, Anissa Basham, Jaxon Ashby, Bree McGee and Aly Barnes some of the lucky winners. Dahl has been referred to as “one of the greatest storytellers for children of the 20th century,” with children today reading and enjoying his books. Some of his popular children’s books include “James and the Giant Peach,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “Matilda,” “The Witches,” and “Fantastic Mr. Fox.” Visitors to the school watched a clip about Dahl and previews from the movie “The BFG.” The students broke into centers with different activities for each station including
coloring pages, origami, tissue paper art, puzzle sheets and crafts. Every child left with a book, bookmark and candy in honor of Dahl’s book “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” A quote of Dahl’s sums up the importance of reading – “If you are going to get anywhere in life you have to read a lot of books.”
Morrison third-grader Jaxon Ashby shows his worksheet from Roald Dahl’s “The BFG” to Bonnie. The book is about a big, friendly giant.
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Bonnie enjoys visiting area schools, especially reading events. Morrison’s Family Reading Night showcased the works of British author Roald Dahl. Here she assists students, from left, Will Johnson, Olivia Smartt and Jarrod Smartt with the registration process.
Meet our reporters
by MARGARET HOBBS Mini Standard Editor (McMinnville, Tennessee)
Cade Simmons and Nora Dyer have been selected as reporters from their school. Beth Delong will once again assist them with their duties. Cade, 10, is a self-professed couch potato who enjoys video games and hanging out with friends. He also likes to play football, basketball, racing and hiking, so he is not a complete couch potato! He is the proud owner of a golden retriever named Luke, and is happy to say he makes straight A’s. Nora’s hobbies include drawing, cooking and writing books. The 10-year-old has two older sisters, and her mother is a teacher. Her father is a construction worker who runs his own business. She eagerly looks forward to her Mini Standard reporting duties.
Welcome to a new Mini Standard year. This year marks the 28th year of the educational newspaper designed specifically for elementary age students. The monthly publication welcomes a new feature page called Highlights Hopscotch, from the Highlights magazine people. The magazine has been helping families raise creative, curious, caring and confident kids for over 70 years, and now the education continues in the pages of the Mini Standard. The newspaper is filled with activities, writing, art and coloring contests, news from 12 area schools and interesting activity stories from the schools. Each school has two reporters who are assisted by an adult school representative. Together they compile news from the school each month and report it for publishing. Those hardworking representatives and reporters for 2016-17 are:
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Reporting news from Irving College are students, from left, Karigan Smith and Natalie Lovell. Angelica Terrazas will once again take responsibility as the Mini Standard representative. Natalie, 10, is an aspiring writer, already having a book series under her belt. She has completed a series called “The Apocalypse,” and hopes to pen more books. Natalie also enjoys art projects and roller skating. The honor roll student is the daughter of Melody Lovell and Jim Lovell. Karigan is an actor at heart, confessing it involves a lot of practice time and hard work, but she loves performing on stage. The 10-year-old recently played the role of Annie in the production at the Park Theater. She also enjoys horseback riding, reading and school. Her parents are J.B. and Sherri Smith.
eAstside elementary Chloe Rogers, at left, and Erin McBride, both 10, will be assisting librarian Robin Underhill with compiling news from the school each month. Chloe is the daughter of Marybeth and Marcus Taylor, and enjoys singing, being with friends and taking care of her pets. She aspires to be an EMT and later become a registered nurse. She enjoys visiting the ambulance service and learning new things. Erin likes to color and play softball, playing card games, especially Monopoly. She hopes to one day become a vet, and is getting lots of practice taking care of her three dogs. Her parents are Holly and Jason McBride.
morrison elementary News from Morrison will be reported by fourth-graders, from left, Abbi Johnson and Ashton Crouch. Long-time representative and librarian Melody Woods will be assisting the young reporters. Abbi, 9, loves writing and reading, and cheering for the Morrison Eagles. Her two favorite books are “Wizard of Oz” and “Harriet the Spy.” She really enjoys writing essays and reading chapter books. Her parents are Cassie and Joseph Johnson. Ashton is the daughter of Nicole Crouch, and Brent Crouch. She takes gymnastics and cheer, and her favorite color is aqua. Her favorite subjects are math and reading, and looks forward to her Mini Standard duties.
hickory creek From left, Kora Forbes and Samantha Gribble have been selected by teacher/ representative Mike Denning as the new cub reporters from the school. Samantha is a cheerleader for the Hickory Creek Hawks, and enjoys riding her bike, playing soccer and softball and swimming. She wants to follow in her grandmother and aunt’s footsteps by joining the medical field. Her grandparents are Ken and Sheryl Dietrich. Kora’s parents are William and Jennifer Forbes. The active young lady enjoys playing sports, kayaking and aspires to be a famous softball player. If that doesn’t work out for her, she will become a medical doctor. She is currently a member of the Outsiders traveling softball team.
west elementary New school representative Holly Sizemore will be leading reporters Rachel Jackson and Dalton Croasmun.Sizemore is the computer and technology teacher at West, and anticipates upcoming year. Dalton is a fifth-grader who likes to draw, dance and play Minecraft. He wants to be either a game designer or a vet when he grows up. His favorite thing about school is learning cool, new things. He is the son of Brandy Byford. Rachel Jackson is the daughter of Myra and Matt Jackson. The very active fifthgrade student hopes to become either a singer, the President or a chef! She likes to sing, organize and cook, so one of these careers will surely fit.
centertown elementary Karmen Cadorette, at left, and Ashlyn Faulk, along with Mini Standard representative and teacher Leslie Crabtree, will be submitting news from Warrior country. Karmen, 10, loves drawing and riding bikes. When she grows up she hopes to become a scientist. She is the daughter of Vanesa Cadorette. Ashlyn is the 9-year-old daughter of Luann Faulk Robinson and James Faulk. She enjoys reading, drawing, softball, bowling and science. The new journalist hopes to become a meteorologist sometime in the future.
covenant academy From left, Aniston Smith and Hailey Sears are happy to be reporters and look forward to working with teacher Tina Lassiter. Aniston is 10-years old and a fifth-grade student. She enjoys playing soccer and softball. She also enjoys making crafts and performing in plays at the Park Theater.Â Her parents are Nicole Smith, and JJ and Lindsey Smith. Hailey, 10, is also in the fifth grade at Covenant. She loves to play with her siblings. In her spare time, she enjoys doing art projects. Hailey is the daughter of Keeley and Cy Sears.
Eastside remembers Mrs. Carol by MARGARET HOBBS Mini Standard Editor (McMinnville, Tennessee)
Graphic designer Seth Wright worked over 25 hours drawing and painting this unique mural for Eastside’s reading corner.
What is the best way to honor a dedicated teacher who loved children and reading? That question was posed to Eastside School faculty when they wanted to honor one of their long-time teachers who had passed away. The idea of a reading corner was suggested when donations were given to the school in her memory. After much planning and work, Mrs. Carol’s Reading Corner is a wonderful addition to the school library. Mrs. Carol Barrett taught kindergarten at Eastside for 42 years. Just a short time after her retirement, she became sick and eventually passed away. Some teachers wanted this special project to honor her because of her love for reading. Artist and former student of Mrs. Carol’s at Eastside, Seth Wright, was contacted to do the artwork. He completed a painting of Mrs. Carol sitting in a chair reading a book within an open book in the library’s corner. The area in front is a stage area with steps designed for children to sit on. “We had lots of help in planning this project, with special thanks to Mollee Brown and to Seth Wright,” said librarian Robin Underhill. “The completed project is beautiful, and the children are excited about getting to use the reading corner.”
The finished product depicts Mrs. Carol Barrett surrounded by eager children enjoying reading time. Wright is glad to have completed the project, but enjoyed the challenge.
Put on a costume and come run with us! by MARGARET HOBBS Mini Standard Editor (McMinnville, Tennessee)
Hey kids! If you enjoy running, walking, Halloween costumes and decorations, or even show cars, you might be interested in participating in the Halloween Hustle 5K and Mile Walk. For any of you who do not know what 5K means, it’s a long-distance running competition that is measured in kilometers. Basically a 5K run translates to 3.1 miles. It will be held Oct. 22, with the run starting at 9 a.m. at the Blue Building. Many activities are planned for the
day, such as a costume contest for runners and non-runners, a decoration contest for homes along the race route, and a cruise-in. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Blue Building on Colville Street. Car show hours are 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. The early registration date has passed, but race day registration is available for $15 for runners and $10 for walkers. Trophies will be awarded to the top runners in each age group. The race route starts at the Blue Building, with runners taking South High Street, turning right onto George Huggins Drive, right onto
Highland Drive, left onto West Colville Street, left onto Morrison street, right onto Westwood 5 th Avenue, right onto Westwood Drive, and left onto Morrison street. Runners will make their way back to the Blue Building by way of West Colville. Forms are available at the Southern standard office, USA Gym, Pinnacle Orthopedics, McMinnville Civic Center, Peg Broadcasting, Poppie’s Boutique and Ashley’s Attic. For more information on any of the activities, contact the Standard at 473-2191; jsimmons@southernstandard. com, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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ILLUSTRATED BY KEVIN ZIMMER (WILD ABOUT NUTS), KAREN LEE (COSTUME CHAOS), AND MIKE MORAN (GET THE JOKE); PHOTOS BY ZENEN FUENTES SANTIAGO.
H C T O C S P O H Fatima is learning to paint the colorful designs in the alebijes.
hunt! These squirrels are on the Follow the paths to see who gets each nut.
Creating Colorful Collectibles By Sneed B. Collard III
Claire, James, Bianca, and Matthew got ready for Halloween in a hurry, and now they’re wearing mismatched costumes. Luckily, they’re all wearing the right shoes! Figure out which costume pieces belong to whom.
ave you ever seen a rabbit riding a bicycle? A two-headed lizard? A purple porcupine bristling with quills? There colorful folk creatures called alebrijes (al-uh-BREE-haze) are created by artists in Mexico. Alebrijes can be big or small, simple or complicated. Many are familiar animals such as bears, zebras, cats, and snakes. Others are fantastical creatures such as dragons and unicorns. Alebrijes artists also carve crucifixes, tiny pieces of furniture, and masks. They make skeleton figures for one of Mexico’s most famous holidays, the Day of the Dead. Artist Zeny Fuentes began carving alebrijes when he was five years old. He recalls, “ My parents and grandfather were my teachers, and I remember that my first piece was a duck.” Today Zeny works with his own five children and his wife to create hundreds of alebrijes every year. Most alebrijes are made from freshly cut wood of the copal tree. Before he begins, Zeny studies each piece of wood carefully. He uses his
experience and imagination to see what kind of figure will come out of the wood. Then he picks up a large blade called a machete and begins to carve. After the carving is complete, the figures are set in the shade to dry. Zeny and his family treat the wood to protect it from insects and from any splitting or cracks. Next they apply six to eight layers of paint to form a base coat. Then the final painting can begin. Each alebrijes is painted with wonderful designs and symbols. Some of these are just for fun. Others have been passed down throw Oaxacan families for generations. Zeny’s wife, Reyna, decorates the alebrijes. Zeny and his family are Zapotecs, people who have lived in this part of Mexico for centuries. So Renya includes many Zapotec symbols on the alebrijes. These portray life. The value of human beings, and Zapotec religious beliefs. Zeny sells his family’s alebrijes to collectors all over the world. People have come to love this unique craft that celebrates a proud culture.
dibrell elementary Librarian Melissa Perkins will once again serve as Dibrellâ€™s representative. She will be working with students, from left, Aspen Adams and Kalia Stewart. Aspen is the daughter of Lee and Jamie Adams, She is a cheerleader for the fifthsixth-grade Wildcat cheer team, and she also enjoys doing gymnastics. Kalia is a basketball player on the Lady Wildcat team. She enjoys singing and creating art projects. Her parents are Hobie and Heather Stewart.
Bobby Ray memorial Fifth-grade teacher Ario Zadeh is taking the helm at the school, and will be assisted by reporters Leela Beaty and Alex Tallent. Leela is the daughter of Candy Seals, and Philip Beaty. She is a member of the Bobby Ray cheer squad, and enjoys dancing with Paulaâ€™s Dance Academy. When she grows up, she wants to be a NASA engineer so she can make machines for the rockets. Alex aspires to become a major league baseball player, and enjoys being on the Bobby Ray Stars basketball team. His main hobby is art, especially pencil drawings. His proud parents are Andrea and Ronald Tallent.
boyd christian London Sullens and Bella Stiles are the new reporters from Boyd, and they will be guided in their endeavors by teacher Melissa Reep. Bella is a fifth-grader, and the daughter of Allison and Brandon Stiles. She is a member of the fifth/sixth-grade basketball team, and aspires to play college basketball. Her hobbies are practicing basketball, going to school and playing with friends. London is also a fifth-grade student. His parents are Tabetha and Chris Sullens, and he enjoys going to school, watching You Tube and eating at Cracker Barrel. He wants to be a You Tuber, a father and a scientist.
Smith speaks to students by MARGARET HOBBS Mini Standard Editor (McMinnville, Tennessee)
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College student Isabella Smith visited Hickory Creek Elementary recently to talk with fifth-graders about her career choice. She is a computer science student at the University of Washington in Seattle.
Warren County native Isabella Smith knows a thing or two about computers and how to talk to them. Yes, talk to them! She is a computer science student at the University of Washington in Seattle, and recently returned to the area for a visit. “There are many different words for talking to a computer, including programming, hacking or coding,” said Smith. “Programming can mean many different things, but basically it means problem solving. So if you enjoy math, science, video games, Minecraft or puzzles, you might enjoy programming too.” The 19-year-old attended school locally and graduated from Warren County High School. In an effort to give back to her community and home town, she talked with students at Hickory Creek Elementary and WCHS to enlighten them about possible career options in com-
puter science. She encouraged Hickory Creek’s fifth-graders to continue computer classes and build programming skills. Strong math and science skills are also necessary to excel in the computer programming field. Principal Mike Mansfield said, “Even though the students are only in fifth grade, we want to start them thinking about career options. This was a great opportunity for them to hear about a growing field from someone who was one a student at Hickory Creek.” Smith spent the last summer working with Microsoft, gaining much knowledge in the field. Her future plans include to continue to reside Seattle, possibly working with Microsoft, Google or another similar company because it’s a field she loves. “Computers are an essential part of life today, so knowing how to talk to computers through programming is one of the most valuable skills you can have, and I enjoy it very much,” said Smith.
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