The Difference Between a Thesis in an Open Response and an Essay

Dear Aunt Adeline,

What is the difference between the thesis in an open response and an essay? Can you please help me out?

-pleasehelpme

Dear Pleasehelpme,

Sure I can help you. The difference is in an open response the thesis is the first sentence of the first paragraph. In an essay the thesis is the last sentence in the first sentence. Just remember though, if the topic is about a book always remember to state the title and the author.

-Aunt Adeline

-Shikha Patel

A Fundraiser Held By Georgi Nelson

 

Were you aware of a fundraiser that was happening during your lunch period?

There was a fundraiser going on by a eighth grade student named Georgi Nelson. The fund raiser was held during lunches.

You had to give one dollar for each raffle ticket. The raffle was held for school supplies and the winner will be announced Monday 6 during Homerooms. The winner will win the supplies.

-Shikha with help from Georgi Nelson

Current Event

You were probably sitting in a classroom or at your house when you thought today is a slow day. Well, you had no idea that a person in Florida has been committing a crime.

A man in Florida was caught trying to steal a snake by hiding it in his pants. This happened in St. Petersburg in Florida.

The owner of the store was Steve Silk. He told that WFLA that the criminal (Treder) had stolen other animals before on other moments. The store owner had not noticed until now.

They caught Travis Treder by checking the surveillance cameras.

They also say that he had stolen things worth of thousands of dollars and the baby python would have cost $150.

Information gotten from http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2016/05/05/Florida-pet-store-thief-tried-to-hide-snake-in-pants/4771462460285/?spt=sec&or=on

-Shikha

 

Top Five Puns

A rule of grammar: double negatives are a no-no.

The local gene pool looks like it could use quite a bit of chlorine.

What did the sea say to the sand? Nothing, it simply waved.

I injured my finger preparing cheese for our pasta. I seem to have grater problems.

What would you call a fish with a missing eye?

A fsh, probably.

More jokes at http://www.short-funny.com/best-puns-4.php#ixzz479B0iyi0

Top Five Puns

  1. It’s not that the man did not know how to juggle, he just didn’t have the balls to do it.           – Reif
  2. Did you hear about the guy who got hit in the head with a can of soda? He was lucky it was a soft drink.      -unknown
  3. I wanna make a joke about sodium, but Na..          – unknown
  4. I am on a seafood diet. Every time I see food, I eat it.       -unknown
  5. A friend of mine tried to annoy me with bird puns, but I soon realized that toucan play at that game.      -unknown

 

-Shikha

How to Not Forget Which Homework You Have

Dear Aunt Adeline,

I am starting to sometimes forget things that I have for homework. What should I do? I really need something to help me remember. Do you have any advice from me?

From                                                                                                                                                                        I need help remembering

Dear I need help remembering,

I know you can sometimes forget what you have for homework, but it is not a good thing. Below are two suggestions that I have for you:

Write Down Everything

One advice that I have for you is to write down all your homework. Now, the question is where should you write the homework down? Well, you should go buy a agenda book. Every time you go to your classes, write down the homework you have. Never leave your classes without writing down your homework.

Check the Blogs

Check if your teachers have blogs that they post homework and everything you need to know. If you forget to write down any of your homework or you just want to double check your homework, just go onto the teacher’s blog.

I hope this helps you!!!

From,                                                                                                                                                                      Aunt Adeline

-Shikha

Statehouse Trip

I recently won an award (The Letters About Literature one) by writing a letter to Rainbow Rowell, the critically acclaimed author of the young adult novels;  Attachments, Eleanor and Park, Landline, Fangirl, and Carry On. I wrote to Rowell about her book Fangirl.

Since I won an award I had the opportunity to go to The Statehouse on Tuesday to get a certificate on my great writing. My parents (all four of them), my english teacher, Mr. Maslanka, and my best friend went with me. I got a free book and listened to people’s stories and letters. It was really cool and I learned a lot.

And on a less serious note, my father lost the car in a parking lot for like, 20 minutes, so the trip was more like The Statehouse and then a show. Oh, and my best friend got a free lunch, which was the only reason why she came.

It was a really awesome experience but I definitely would not go through it again.

Have a great day, my lovely little angels,

Cassandra Lily Grace

 

 

In My Hands

In My Hands is a novel written by Irene Gut Opdkye with Jennifer Armstrong.

The setting is during the World War II period.

The main character in this novel is Irena Gut.

A Little Bit About The Book

Irena wants to be a nurse and then finds out that Polish is being invaded. She got just perfect timing. She is a student nurse and she gets the opportunity to get to be a nurse that helps her country. To find out more about her journeys read the novel!

Irena faces many characters that she needs to be careful with and faces only a certain amount of people that she can trust like people who help her escape.

This is about part of the Holocaust happening in the setting.

TO FIND OUT MORE READ THIS NOVEL!!!

-Shikha

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Great TV Shows

Here’s a list of five great TV shows that you should get into if you’re bored (presented in no particular order – but best for last *insert wink*).

  • Heroes – Created by Tim Kring; 2006-2010; Four Seasons; One Spinoff Show
    • This show is great mix of science fiction and drama. It’s about people who discover that they have special abilities, superpowers if you will. The show’s first season is very strong, but unfortunately the quality decreases season by season. Also, Heroes Reborn recently came out and is a spinoff show of Heroes.
  • Once Upon a Time – Created By Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis; 2011-Present; Five Seasons So Far
    • If you enjoyed the classic Disney movies about princesses and fairies when you were little, you should try out this show. Its about a woman who comes to Storybrooke, Maine, where fairytales are real. It takes a darker and more modern spin on the typical “damsel in distress” love stories. While I haven’t watched the entirety of the show, my best friend has and believe me, she has filled me in on a lot more than just the basics.
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Created by the almighty Joss Whedon; 2013-Prearsent; 3 Seasons So Far
    • If you’ve seen The Avengers, The Avengers 2, Captain America, Hulk, Iron Man, etc, then you’ve probably come across the mysterious agents of SHIELD at some point. If you want t get a closer look at what goes on behind the secretive government agency, this show is for you. Another science fiction/drama show.
  • Empire – Created by Danny Strong and Lee Daniels; 2015-Present; 3 Seasons So Far
    • I haven’t seen this show, but the other Julia has and she really likes it. According to the all-powerful IMDb, “a hip-hop mogul must choose between his three sons who are battling for control over his multi-million dollar company, while his ex-wife schemes to get what’s hers.”
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer – Created by the almighty Joss Whedon; 1997-2003; 7 Seasons, One Spinoff Show, Many Comics
    • The oldest, longest, and best show on this list. Buffy is a show for everyone to enjoy. A teenage girl is Chosen to be the Vampire Slayer, or “she who hangs out a lot in cemeteries,” which means she must battle the forces of evil with her friends and her Watcher, Giles. This masterpiece is a mix of mostly drama, as well as some horror, tons of comedy, sometimes mystery, and so much more. While the first season is mildly outdated, the six other seasons are worth watching, rewatching, and rewatching again. This show will make you laugh almost as much as it will make you cry. It also has a spinoff show called Angel.

I hope you’ve found at least one new show to watch if you’re bored. What are your favorite shows? List them in the comments!

-Julia M (aka the biggest nerd alive)

 

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

If you’re looking for a new series to read, you should pick up The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey. It’s a three-book series about Cassie Sullivan, a sixteen-year-old girl, who has to learn how to survive in Earth after its been invaded by aliens.

The aliens attack Earth in what Cassie calls waves: the first was complete shutdown of electricity, the second was drowning everyone within sixty miles of a shoreline, the third was a disease planted in birds, and the fourth were Silencers, a name Cassie created for the aliens who came down and tried to kill everyone.

This is a really great series and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoyed series like The Hunger Games, Divergent, or The Maze Runner.

-Julia M.

The Top Ten Books to Read

The top five books/series to read:

  • The Hybrid Chronicles                                                                                                                                         By: Kat Zhang
  • Percy Jackson Series                                                                                                                                             By: Rick Riordan
  • The Outsiders                                                                                                                                                          By: S.E. Hinton
  • Song of Achilles                                                                                                                                                      By: Madeline Miller
  • The Book Thief                                                                                                                                                        By: Markus Zusak
  • Harry Potter                                                                                                                                                             By: J. K. Rowling
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian                                                                                          By: Sherman Alexie
  • The Fifth Wave Series                                                                                                                                           By: Rick Yancey
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Unive                                                                              By: Benjamin Alire Saenz
  • Carry On                                                                                                                                                        By: Rainbow  Rowell

-Shikha Patel with help from Cassandra G.  and Julia M.

The 10 Worst Pet Peeves Someone Can Have

Here is a list of the ten  eleven most annoying things in the world.

  1. You are visibly upset and someone comes up to you and asks you if you’re ok.
  2. You are reading a book and someone comes over and pulls it out of your hands or reads over your shoulder.
  3. When you are trying to focus on your work and someone comes over and disturbs you.
  4. Someone comes over and gives you snide comments.
  5. Someone comes over and starts to poke you for your attention.
  6. You are trying to get things done in class and one of your classmates is preventing that.
  7. Someone tells something to people about you that you don’t want people to know.
  8. Someone is texting you and it is only one word text messages.
  9. Someone calls you and says they really didn’t expect you to answer, so they decide to just text you.
  10. Someone starts complaining to you about things that shouldn’t be complained about.
  11. WHEN SOMEBODY EMPTIES THE SPIT VALVE ON THEIR TROMBONE ON YOU AND YOU BREAK THE ZIPPER OF YOUR SWEATSHIRT IN AN EFFORT TO GET IT OFF AS FAST AS POSSIBLE!

-Shikha Patel with help from Cassandra Grace and Aunt Edith

 

Clinton Confusion

While on the Steve Harvey Show, Hillary Clinton confused the Constitution with the Declaration of Independence. That’s right, folks. Hillary Rodham Clinton made a mistake. Surprising. She was explaining her opinion on gun control and said, and I quote, “Constitutional right to life, liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”. As you probably know, that quote was actually written by Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence. It isn’t the first mistake she made, but it’ll stick with her and the people. If you need some evidence because you think it’s false, here’s a link. Have an awesome day.

Ways to Study for Vocabulary

Dear Aunt Adeline,

I just had a vocab quiz and I totally failed it. I figured out I have been failing my vocabulary quizzes. I really need to change the way that I study? I really need help! Do you have any advice?

– Iamfailing.org/advice please

Dear Iamfailing.org/advice please,

There are many different ways to study. Here is one way to study for vocabulary.

Create Flashcards

Everytime you get vocabulary to study, you can make flashcards. You should write the word on one side and the definition on the other side. When you go to study the flashcards you can look at the definition and try to remember the word the definition explains or defines. Make a pile for the ones you got correct and ones that you get wrong. Keep on practicing every day. Make sure you put in your best effort though.

Remember this is only one way you can study vocabulary. Like I said before, there are many other ways to study for vocabulary.

-Aunt Adeline

-Shikha

Dallas Winston <3

Ok, so we all have read the amazing, and emotional book The Outsiders “(Dallas is vv hot and Georgi is in love with him as much as that orange she’s devouring which is like scary tbh -sam), and since we all have read it, we can come to an agreement that… DALLAS WINSTON IS THE MOST AMAZING PERSON. *cue crying real tears*. I mean he’s attractive, he can stand up for himself, he’s attractive… did I happen to mention he’s attractive? Dally is amazing, and if you disagree… fight me.

Cori Winston

SUPER BOWL SUNDAYYYYYYYYYYY

February 7, 2016 is a big day in the NFL…it’s the SUPER BOWL! I’m not a big fan of the Super Bowl other than the commercials and sometimes the half time show. But, this Super Bowl is super duper important to the SportsWorld™ (not actually a trademark fyi). It’s Super Bowl 50! Fifty years ago, this frustrating-to-watch-infused sport was created. I actually have no idea if it was created before that, but whatever. It’s emotional for many jocks in the United Sports of America. And I’ll end this post with a bang.

 

Sports are cool.

 

~ Miranda C.

P.S. Johnny Cade liked football and he died. Just saying @ Cassandra…….

I Lost My iPhone – What Do I Do?

“Dear Aunt Edith,

I lost my iPhone! Help!”

-iMissMyiPhone

Dear iMissMyiPhone,

Check every room of every house. Look under couch cushions, in drawers, under beds, in cars – EVERYWHERE. Ask your friends if you left it at their house. Check the lost and found at school. Wherever it is, its bound to turn up at some point. If worst comes to worst, you’ll probably end up having to buy a new one.

Make sure to look around and ask around!

With Love,

Aunt Edith

P.S. We’ve all been there at some point..

Wonder Woman First Look and Suicide Squad Trailer!!

As you may already know, Wonder Woman the movie is coming out in 2017. She is personally my all time favorite superhero because she is a strong, independent woman who don’t need no man…
Anyway, there was a first look on the CW (which you can find here) on Wednesday, January 21, 2016. The ten second parts of the movie look pretty epic and exciting. Just on thing. It doesn’t show any easter eggs or anything like that. I don’t think. When First Looks air, they usually include small, .5 seconds of a detail that could change the whole plot than what the viewer thinks. In my opinion, it looks pretty awesome, but also holey. I understand that it’s only a first look and the makers of the movie don’t want to give away too much, but I mean, give us something more to figure out. We need more pieces of the puzzle to put it together!!

 

Also in the non existent Comic-Book-to-Movie News, the FIRST OFFICIAL SUICIDE SQUAD TRAILER CAME OUT (here). ‘But, Miranda, you seem more excited about this movie than your favorite superhero’s movie’ but this is coming out this year and there is an actual trailer for this movie. This is much more important.

I haven’t watched it yet because I have a life outside of lazing around on the internet, so I don’t really have anything to say about it.

 

Yet.

 

~Miranda C.

Should I Be So Afraid?

“Dear Aunt Edith,

I’m becoming really worried. There have been a lot of ISIL attacks worldwide lately, including the U.S. Also, schools all around my own have recently been threatened with bombs. I’m scared that my family or I will be injured or even killed in an attack. Is this reasonable or should I calm down?”

-ScaredForMyLife

Dear ScaredForMyLife,

There have been many tragedies in recent events. Attacks led by ISIL and bomb threats issued to local schools are things people should find at least mildly alarming. But if this fear is all you can think about, if it’s haunting you day in and day out, if its taunting you in your dreams, maybe your fear has gone a little too far.

Too Far

If you think your fear has gone too far, talk to a parent, friend, or guidance councilor about it. People all around you are here for you to talk to and here to listen to you when you need help. Don’t be embarrassed, this is a very logical thing to be afraid of.

With Love,

Aunt Edith

P.S. This fear is extremely rational compared to other ones out there…

 

The Outsiders

The Outsiders is a wonderful novel written by S.E. Hinton.

The setting for this book is Oklahoma during the 1960’s.

Some of the characters in this book are Ponyboy, Johnny, Sodapop, Two – Bit, Darry, Dally, Bob, and Randy.

This novel has a first person ( limited ) narration.

There are two sides in this book. These sides are like the sides we have in society or in other words the different types of groups ( An example would be the popular group and the non – popular group).  The two sides are the Socs and the Greasers. Socs stands for the Socials. The Greasers are called greasers because of their greasy hair. The Socs are more popular than the Greasers.

A few themes for this book are even though there are different groups in society there will always be similarities in those groups, decisions made by emotions can be wrong or dangerous, and ,finally, nothing gold can stay.

In this book, there are flashbacks, allusions, and figurative language.

I would rate this book a five out of five, because every single, little detail is set perfectly to form this wonderful story.

Quote said by Johnny: “Stay gold, Ponyboy, stay gold….”

-Shikha

Star Wars is Better

Miranda wrote a post about how Star Trek is better than Star Wars, but allow me to tell you why I (and most of the world) think Star Wars is better than Star Trek.

Star Trek is a very technical series. It feels like it was written just for science fiction lovers. Star Wars appeals to lots of people with different tastes. Action for action-lovers, humor, romances for the romantics, Ewoks for the children (or anyone born after the Ewok Line – hahahahahaha!), and music you’ll be singing the rest of your life.

Star Wars is surrounded by so many themes about love, family, sacrifice, and willpower. Star Trek  just isn’t entertaining enough to convey those themes to me.

This is just my personal opinion, but Star Wars is simply more awesome.

 

I’m Failing All My Classes

“Dear Aunt, Edith

i hav horible news. i amm deat. well not literaly i gues. any way i amm failinig my clasesss. it is almast pregross ropert time to. what do i do. i am failinig matetmaticics, ela, sceicne, sicoal studeis and every one of my rest of the clasesss to. do u hav ani advice for me! can u holp me!

-almost deat

Sometimes, the stress of middle school can de difficult to manage. Especially if you have other problems at home on top of that. But that really is no reason to be failing every class. Here a few tips to bring your grades up:

Do Homework and Pass it in on Time

Homework can be boring – everyone in the world knows that. But one thing that could be lowering your grade is not turning in your homework every day. A late homework assignment once in a long time will not bring your grade from an A to an F, but if you’re consistently passing in homework late or not passing it in at all, your grade will plummet. Try to get your homework done as soon as possible after school, and put it back into your bag as soon as you’re finished. It’s a very simple task.

Study for Your Test and Quizzes

Studying can also be boring too, but in order to pass your test and quizzes you need to study hard. When studying try to study in a quiet area where nothing or nobody can disturb you. Try to study at least starting from five to three days before the test. Study the way that helps you the most, perhaps using index cards for vocabulary or notes for other things. When studying try not to get distracted. Try to study at least three times before the test or quiz. Study the hardest as you can and you are sure to pass your test or quiz.

Put in Your Best Effort and Ask Questions When Needed

In everything you do always try your best. Trying your best always helps. When needed always ask questions. If you are confused on something always remember to ask. Asking questions will always make things more clear for you. Even if you think you are wrong, always offer your answer to teachers, because being wrong always teaches you something.

With Love,

Aunt Edith

P.S.

Also Aunt Adeline

 

 

 

 

Should Voting Be Mandatory

Question:

Should voting be mandatory?

My point of view answer:

From my opinion, voting should not be mandatory.

Question:

What is one reason why voting should not be mandatory?

My point of view answer:

One reason why voting shouldn’t be mandatory is because when some people are forced to vote, they might make a huge mistake when voting for a president that is fit for the job. When they will be forced to vote, they might not just care about the who becomes president. They might give a vote to a candid that is unfit for the nation. This one vote might add up and the unfit president might get elected. This would be torture your nation for four or more years!

So make your choice wisely!!!!

-Shikha

 

My Best Friend is Ignoring Me for Her Boyfriend

“Dear Aunt Edith,

I am absolutely fuming. My best friend is constantly ditching me to hang out with her boyfriend. I mean, I understand she wants to hang out with him sometimes, but even if me and her boyfriend are there at the same time, she barely talks to me and clings onto him like a parasite. It’s nauseating! She acts like such a jerk when she’s around him because he’s got this awful influence on her. The worst part is she doesn’t even realize what she’s doing or how I or our other friends feel about it!

Please help.”

-IWantToStabHerBoyfriend

Dear IWantToStabHerBoyfriend,

Your best friend probably wants her boyfriend to accept her and like her a lot, so naturally, she would try to stay around him a lot and adopt his personality a bit. That’s what she thinks she’s doing. But actually, she is pushing you and your other friends away on order to be with him more. This can be frustrating for, (a) the friends, (b) the boyfriend, and (c) the parents – everyone’s parents. It can be difficult to tell her how you feel without offending her.

Try to get her to realize what she’s doing without telling her. Maybe when you invite her over, add a line such as, “Unless you have plans with ****** or something…” If she realized how uproportionate the amount of time she spends with her friends to the amount of time she spends with her boyfriend, she might solve the problem.

Or, if she’s the kind of person who would respect your opinion if you told her how you felt, give it a go and see where you get.

Middle school relationships usually don’t last that long so…

With Love,

Aunt Edith

P.S. Nice username

Star Trek is Better

Now, you might see Julia’s post on Star Wars, but let me tell you, STAR TREK IS WAY BETTER! Here are some reasons on why Star Trek is so much more awesome :

 

  1. Star Trek’s movies are less confusing. Star Wars’ movies aren’t in order, and is hard to keep track on which is which. There are so many Star Wars movies now that it’s hard to remember all of them. Star Trek has only a few movies, and they are in order, which is much simpler.
  2. Star Wars is just space cowboys fighting. It has a too simple plot, and is so typical. Star Trek, on the other hand, makes you think. People don’t like to think when watching movies, but it’s not hard to understand. The plot makes sense, you jus have to understand everything. People hate the things they don’t understand.
  3. Star Trek basically predicted the future. Star Trek predicted IPads, Facetime, cell phones, and a bunch of other things. If you don’t believe me, re-watch Star Trek and you can see for yourself.
  4. There is more Star Trek than Star Wars. Including Star Trek : The Next Generation,  Voyager, Deep Space 9, and Enterprise (and soon to be 12 more movies). All of the canon runtime material is over 22 days, and Star Wars only has three movies (not counting the prequels). The total runtime in all the Star Wars movies is less than 14 hours (NOT INCLUDING THE NEWEST MOVIE). That’s not very long.
  5. Star Trek is created using real-world problems and recreating them. Star Trek deals with racial issues, homosexuality, death, and even AIDS. Though is was at times overdone, it still had a message to give, but Star Wars doesn’t. Did you know that the first televised mixed-racial kiss was on Star Trek? I didn’t think so.

That ends my true, factual rant. Go watch Star Trek.

 

~Miranda C

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Through an odd turn of events and an act of surprising violence, Patroclus, the awkward son of  King Menoetius is exiled to Phthia and meets Achilles, the son of King Peleus and the often cruel sea goddess, Thetis. The half-god Achilles, the best of all Greeks, becomes fast friends with the mortal Patroclus. Thetis despises their relationship, claiming that no regular mortal will ever be good enough for her son. When the time comes, Thetis decides that Achilles needs to be trained by Chiron, the centaur who trains all Greek Heroes. She insists that Achilles needs to do this training alone. But Patroclus also needs to be with his best and only friend at all times, and obviously finds Achilles against Thetis’ wishes. Soon after they start their training with Chiron, they become a lot more than just friends. When news breaks out that the beautiful queen of Sparta, Helen, is kidnapped by Paris from Troy, Achilles faces a tough decision. War against Troy is going to break out soon. You can’t just kidnap the king of Sparta’s wife and not expect a fight. Achilles, the best warrior of all of Greece must decide between fame and glory or happy days of bliss with his  lover, Patroclus. Convinced that he’ll be the first hero to be famous and happy, Achilles decides to go to war. Out of love and a great deal of fear, Patroclus decides to go to war with Achilles even though he can’t fight. In another weird turn of events, Achilles’ honor gets wounded and the best warrior known to man refuses to fight any longer. Can Greece when the war without him? What will it take for Achilles to start fighting again? And can a hero be both famous and happy?

~~Cassandra Lily Grace

Chains

Chains is a great novel written by Laurie Halse Anderson.

Chains is set during the Revolutionary War time period. This involves Patriots, Loyalists, and Neutralists. This also involves the defeats between the British side which wants the colonies to not declare independence and the other side would be the American side which wants to declare independence and be free from the rule of Britain and it’s king, King George III.

Chains is about two young slaves. The two young slaves are Isabel and Ruth. They are both sisters. Ruth needs a little help taking care of herself. Their first owners have died. These two girls were legally supposed to be free after their owner died, but Mr. Robert takes her knowing this. Mr. Robert decides to sell them both. Luckily they both stay together. The Locktons had bought them. After they all go to the Lockton’s home in New York, some dramatic things started to happen.

What dramatic things happened though?

Well you’ll have to read the book to find out!!!

-Shikha

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

On December 18, 2015, the world is most likely going to collapse. The seventh Star Wars movie is finally on its way! Yay! As you probably already know, Disney bought the rights to Star Wars a couple years ago and they chose J.J. Abrams to direct the film.

Hopefully, this movie will at least meet the high standards set by episodes IV, V, VI, or maybe exceed it..?…?..

-Julia M., December 3

Batman vs Superman

Hello, it’s me

 

So, Batman vs Superman is coming out March 25, 2016, and the fan base is pretty excited. We’ve been waiting for this movie to come out for close to three years, and the time is almost here. The first trailer came out April 17 of this year, and the second one came out just a day ago (December 2, 2015)! Batman vs Superman doesn’t only have Batman and Superman in it. The movie also includes Doomsday (according to the second trailer), Lex Luthor and Wonder Woman. The second trailers gives a lot more information about the movie than the first, but the first has small hints, too.

 

For those of you who still haven’t seen the trailer, click for the first trailer here and the second trailer here .

But be warned, the movie is PG-13 and the trailers probably are, too.

Have fun becoming obsessed!

 

~ Miranda C

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part II

The Hunger Games finale is finally upon us. The conclusion of what the popular Youtube Channel “Screen Junkies” would refer to as “a smart girl’s Twilight” is a must-see. While, in my opinion, not as fantastic as the first three, you will not be let down by the thrilling fourth installment.

For those of you who have read the book, you will be pleased to find out that Mockingjay, Part II closely follows the storyline of the book. For those of you who haven’t read the books… You’ll get to find out who Katniss ends up with! Just kidding. Kinda. You’ll definitely find out who dies, though!

This movie plays with your emotions a lot! I cried a total of two times during this movie, but I have the emotional strength of a slice of cheese, you may not cry so many times…

Make sure to get tickets soon!

-Julia M., December 3

 

Genetically Modified Foods

Have you been eating genetically modified foods (GMF)?

How do you know if you have been eating GMF? There is mostly no labels on the food!!!

Well, what even is genetically modified food?

Genetically modified foods don’t taste different. They are equivalent to current crops being grown. How does it work? Well, scientists take a organism and change it by adding DNA from another organism to it.

There is really no sure answer yet of whether it is safe or not!!!

Here are some websites that tell you more about GMFs:

http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/truth-about-gmos

https://sites.psu.edu/gmoliteracyproject/

http://www.forbes.com/sites/jonentine/2014/09/17/the-debate-about-gmo-safety-is-over-thanks-to-a-new-trillion-meal-study/

-Shikha

English and It’s Words

The English language can be hard sometimes… This post will help you find the word you are looking for–and maybe these will surprise you!

 

  • There, their, they’re

Over THERE, Over THEIR house (Shows ownership), THEY’RE over here (They are)

  • Road, rode

ROAD is what you drive on, RODE is past-tense ride

  • Its, it’s

ITS is possessive (The house has its flaws), IT’S is  contraption of it is or it has

  • I could care less

You still care, even a little bit. The right sentence is I COULDN”T CARE LESS

  • Scratch, itch

You SCRATCH an ITCH, you can’t itch a scratch

 

I hope this helped you, because English grammar is very confusing at times. If you have any other words that you are confused with, comment them below! And, you can watch this video to learn some more English language rules

Have a grammar-rific day!

 

~Miranda C

I Don’t Like My Best Friend’s Favorite Book

Dear Aunt Edith,

My best friend is obsessed with this book. She talks about it ALL THE TIME!!!!! Then she just shoved it into my hands one day and was like, ‘Read it,’ and I was like, ‘Okay.’ So, of course, I read it because I knew it mattered to her… But I REALLY don’t like it. Like, I think it’s one of my least favorite books. Do I tell her I don’t like it or should I pretend I like it to keep her happy?”

-Ohgodwhatifmybestieneverspeakstomeagainiwilldieohnoplezhelp

Dear Ohgodwhatifmybestieeverspeakstomeagainiwilldieohnoplezhelp,

People have different opinions about a lot of things: the upcoming presidential debate, favorite foods, movies, and yes, books. Sometimes it can be very easy to disagree with someone, for example, a sibling, a parent, an enemy/someone you don’t particularly like… Your best friends can be hard to disagree with, especially if it’s something that really matters to them. The best thing to do is when she asks you whether you liked it or not, gently lay the truth on her. Tell her that you, personally, didn’t particularly like it, but can see why she would like it.

If she’s really your friend, she would understand and not get upset about it. She might be a little disappointed, but you should let her be. Good luck!

With Love,

Aunt Edith

P.S. I’d love to hear from all my readers! If you ever need any advice, write me a letter in the comments!

The Election of 2016

Are you wondering about the election that is going to happen in 2016?

The democratic candidates that are running are Hillary Clinton, Martin O’Malley, and Bernie Sanders. The republic candidates are Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiornia, Jim Gilmore, Lindsey Graham, Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal, John Kasich, George Pataki, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Rick Santorum, and finally Donald Trump.

Here is a campaign ad for Hillary Clinton:

Here is a campaign ad for the leading republic candidate, Donald Trump:

Who do you want the president to be?

-Shikha and Julia M.

I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

Sup fellas and lady fellas, today I am writing to tell you about an amazing book I read over summer vacation. I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson is about love. All types of love. Especially family love. The story really begins after a tragic accident happens, leaving the two main characters, Noah and Jude, motherless. After the accident Jude acts dangerously inward while Noah acts horrendously outwards. How can twins still get along after a series of events breaks them apart? Will crushes pull them apart? Will tragedy force them to stay out of each other’s lives, or will a sibling bond heal the rift?

~~Cassandra L. Grace

Politics are Confusing

Incase you were/are confused about what’s going on inside the presidential run, here are some facts about each candidate!

1.) Hilary Clinton – 68 y/o

  • Democratic Party
  • Former Secretary of State
  • Worth 45 million dollars
  • Announced candidacy April 12, 2015

2.) Donald Trump – 69 y/o

  • Republican
  • Television personality, business author, and real estate developer (Trump Luxury Real Estate)
  • Worth four billion dollars
  • Announced candidacy June 16, 2015

3.) Ben Carson – 64 y/o

  • Republican
  • Retired neurosurgeon
  • Worth 10 million dollars
  • Announced candidacy May 4, 2015

4.) Jeb Bush – 62 y/o

  • Republican
  • Former governor of Florida
  • Worth 1.3 million dollars
  • Announced candidacy June 15, 2015

5.) Bernie Sanders – 74 y/o

  • Democrat
  • US Senator
  • Worth $700,000
  • Announced candidacy May 26, 2015

6.) Deez Nuts (Brady Olsen) – 15 y/o

  • Independent
  • Politician
  • Unknown net worth
  • Announced candidacy July 28, 2015

Don’t get your hopes up — Brady Olsen isn’t old enough to become president. He is 15 years old and made his candidacy a joke at first. You must be 35 years or older to become president of the United States of America. Have fun getting into a heated argument with your friends about who’s the best for president!!

~ Miranda C

Will You Join Yearbook?

Do you like art, designing, dealing with computers, being creative, bringing your thoughts out, or just being part of a club and having fun.

If you answered yes to any of these activities, then you’re in for the yearbook club. It’s easy. All you have to do is sit at a computer, have fun with your friends, and stay after school to design pages for this year’s yearbook.

This club is always held after school until three thirty. Even though this looks like a long period of time just for a simple thing, trust me it’s not, you’ll have a lot of fun. Time goes through fast.

This is your chance to show your brilliant ideas. This is your chance to show your creativity and the inner talent you have been hiding.

COME JOIN TO SHOW YOUR TALENT!!!!!

HELP THE YEARBOOK TEAM OUT!!!!!!

-Shikha

22 Shipwrecks Found in Greece

Can you believe it? Underwater Archeaologists have found twenty – two shipwrecks  in Greece in one single location.

They were found near a small Greek archipelago. This discovery was by a Greek – American archeological expedition. It was near the small Forni archipelago. The archipelago is seventeen miles in area. Seventeen miles is the same as thirteen islands and islets located between the eastern Aegean islands of Samos and Icaria.

The various items found have a dating period ranging from seven hundred to four hundred – eighty B.C.E. Half of the items have a period which lasts from three hundred to six hundred A.D.

George Koutsouflakis, the Greek director, made this brilliant discovery. The cargoes from the shipwreck helped tell the scientists the condition of the trade in that area throughout these time periods. The scientists have indicated that the trade was going on in the areas of the Aegean Sea Cyprus and the Black Sea.

-Shikha

Carry On by Rainbow

Hey! Sup fellas and lady fellas, so you know how I wrote about Cather Avery and her Simon and Baz slash fanfiction? Well, Rainbow Rowell published that fanfic. Can we take a moment to appreciate the fact that there is a whole section of fanfiction in Archive of Our Own dedicated to a fanfiction that a fictional character wrote about a wizardry series that doesn’t even exist. That’s like more than fanfiction. That’s like extreme fanfiction. Fanfiction times a million.

So anyway, in this fantastically amazing fanfiction book, Simon and Baz are enemies. Archenemies. They hate each other more than Harry Potter hates Draco Malfoy. Yes, it’s that deep of a hatred. Then on the first day of school, Baz doesn’t show up. And for six weeks he just doesn’t show up and Simon is sick with worry. Baz is obviously trying to plot against him. Baz is obviously siding with the Humdrum (the Voldemort of the story). Simon keeps trying to convince his best friend, Penelope, and his girlfriend, Agatha, that Baz is a terrible person who might even be a vampire. And to make matters worse, the veil that keeps the ghosts in their graves is lifting. Penelope and Agatha will take none of his problems seriously. Then someone’s ghost accidently visits Simon in the middle of the night and he freaks out.

When will Baz get back? Who’s ghost was it? And most importantly, do Simon and Baz ever get together?

~~Cassandra Grace