Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Book cover

   Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is a novel by Jesse Andrews. It is about a boy, Greg Gaines, and his friend, Earl Jackson, making friends with a girl with cancer, Rachel Kushner. Well, Greg was forced to become friends with her…at first. Greg’s mother told him that Rachel was diagnosed with Leukemia and that she “could really use a friend right now”. Earl and Greg are friends only because they are different than everyone else. Greg considers Earl more as a co worker than a friend. Rachel creates a stronger bond between Earl and Greg, while introducing them to her friends.

This novel is like The Fault in Our Stars, but funnier and happier and nothing like it. It’s so good that it was made into a major motion picture but the book is always better, so I’d recommend reading the book first.

Have fun!!

~ Miranda C

The bee story

If you don’t like bugs I recommend not reading this…. So I was in 6th or 5th grade and my ear hurt since the moment I woke up. I looked up at my room and everything was normal except one thing, the window was open and I didn’t notice. All of a sudden my ear rang and I jumped. I did the normal things people do when the wake up and I went to school. All day long my ear kept ringing like something was in there my ear trying to escape.Then I could not take it I went to the nurse and she called my dad and he took me home. When I reached the steps my ear rang for the last time and I almost fell over crying if it wasn’t for my father who caught me. He took a look in my ear but couldn’t see anything, he took me to the doctor and the nurse looked in my ear and she left the room and came back with 2 nurses and they took turns looking in my ear and pulled my dad aside and told him in a whisper that I could hear, “There is something in her ear” “It’s black and yellow” “It’s a bee” They said. “A BEE?!?!” And thats all I said before I flipped out. I started crying a river right there in the room and jumped from the bed and my dad hugged me and told me everything will be ok. The nurses said they would be right  back and they came back with the doctor. She took a look and said “Yep, thats a bee alright” I cried again  while the nurses explained that they have to take it out as soon as possible. My dad  held me while they tried to take it out every time they cut my ear I flinched, they cut me twice. Finally they gave up and talked to my dad while they left me crying. My dad came back and said lets go. I didn’t say a thing I just let carry me to the car.

 

The next time I woke up I was in the car and my dad just pulled into the drive way of another building and he led me inside. We waited in the waiting room in till I finally asked ” Why are we here?” “We are here because there is someone who ca help you here.” He said.  Then perfect timing someone called my name and they took me in the doctor looked in my ear and said “Really? Thats easy to get out! Don’t worry we will get that out before you know it.” He said. He took a tube and explained its like a vacuum and it wouldn’t hurt at all. He put it in and my ear cleared. He took it out and I was fine. My father thanked him and we went home.

From now on I learned to never keep my window open in the night.

From Life stories.

Fantasy Sports

On October 15, the state of Nevada ruled that playing fantasy sports was a form of gambling.  The state ordered websites like DraftKings and FanDuel to shut down right away because they were operating without a gambling license.  The sites mentioned above consist of placing bets on sports with people that you know and sometimes, even people you don’t.  You have what’s called a “fantasy team” and depending on how well the team does, you can win money.  But, you don’t win money if you don’t bet money.  As of now, DraftKings has continued to operate.

—Meghan Brady, October 20, 2015

Debate Club!!!

HEY YOU! Want to express your own opinions without people getting angry at you?? DEBATE CLUB IS FOR YOU! Want to argue? DEBATE CLUB IS FOR YOU! Want to compete with other schools using arguments? DEBATE CLUB IS FOR YOU! Want to research a side of an argument? DEBATE CLUB IS FOR YOU! Come to debate club if you want to do even one of these things! It’s on Thursdays until 3:00 pm! Be there next meeting!!

~ Miranda C

Should Students Be Allowed to Use Their Cellphones in Class?

The topic this week in debate is whether or not students should be able to use cellphones (or any mobile devices) in the school environment.  We do not yet know what side of the debate we will be on so we have to do research for both sides of the argument.  Personally, I don’t think students should be able to use their cellphones in class because it distracts from the learning environment.  Yes, cellphones could be used as valuable learning tools in the classroom but not all students would use them responsibly.

You can decide for yourself! Comment what you think and why!

Also, you should join debate! It’s a great club and not only can you state your opinion freely, you can hear others as well.  You can learn about great topics as well!

—Meghan Brady, October 15, 2015

HARRY POTTER BANNED?!!!??!!

How could someone ban a book as amazing as  Harry Potter? Personally, this was the first book series that I really liked.

Can you believe it? One school,the St. Mary’s Island school of England in Chatham, Kent, has already banned the Harry Potter series!!! The head teacher from that school has said,” The bible is very clear and consistent in its teachings that wizards, devils, and demons exist and are very real, powerful and dangerous and God’s people are told to have nothing to do with them.” She has also said, “I believe it is confusing to children when something wicked is being made to look fun.” I can’t believe this. I honestly have no words.

For some children Harry Potter were the books that made them readers. Why would you want to take that away from someone? Books are for people who want to go places they will never be able to go. Whether it’s Hogwarts or Camp Half-blood or Watford or any number of places filled with magic, you can escape within their fictional walls. It’s all fictional, and fictional magic can’t hurt anyone.

People are starting to think that these books are too dark and scary for children that read it. Especially the later books in the series. Some other people think that Harry’s it’s simply a “long tradition” of storytelling. They think it’s important to get the story ” outside the box.”

Harry Potter is being banned because of his “bad” behavior. He and his friends apparently break rules and deliberately disobey professors. But he only does those things for the benefits of the whole wizarding world or because Snape is being a jerk to him.

So you lovely muggles, what do you think? Should Harry Potter be banned? Should any books be banned?

Even though the books are violent, dark, and scary they are just meant to be something different or as some people think ” outside the box.”

~~ Cassandra Grace

~~ Shikha Patel

H.P. Lovecraft

Currently, I am reading a book of short stories by an author named H.P. Lovecraft. Lovecraft was born in 1890 in Providence, Rhode Island.  Throughout his childhood he was sick very frequently.  During this time he educated himself on a wide array of subjects and further advanced himself in reading and writing. He mainly focused on horror in his writing and had a large impact on 20th century literature.  The title of the book I’m reading is The Call of Cthulu and Other Weird Stories.  It certainly lives up to its genre: Horror.  He references chilling things in his short stories that will make you shift uncomfortably and cringe at the gruesomeness of certain things.  He wrote things that will make you look over your shoulder to make sure a horrifying monster out for blood is not following you.  I just finished the chapter titled The Outsider where the protagonist is a man who has lived in a dark castle his whole life.  He has never seen the sun because tall, dark trees cast darkness across the only place he has ever known.  But, once he finds the sun he has a shocking revelation about himself.  He is the monster.  I’m currently reading Herbert West- Reanimator.  This is by far the creepiest story that I’ve read so far.  Herbert West was in medical school and was known for his strange beliefs that one could artificially escape death.  He would perform tests on guinea pigs, cats, and dogs that he killed.  He would try and get signs of life from the test subjects in his own horrifying ways.  The school shut down his experiments but this drove his craving for knowledge.  He wants to test his methods on a human subject and that develops the plot in the story.  I certainly recommend this to anyone that likes Stephen King or any other horror writers.  From what I’ve read so far, it’s very well done and references topics that sound so ominous that you can’t help but look further into them.

—Meghan Brady, October 8, 2015

Do you want to join a club but don’t know which one to do?

So you want to join a club? You don’t know which one?

Well here is some for you.

  1. The journalism club, if you like to write  this is perfect for you
  2. The cross country club is for people who like running
  3. The debate club is for people who like to argue
  4. The play is for people who want to act

And that’s about all I know.

If you want to join a club and are not sure if it is up there just ask me and I will get into it.

Love Mrs. Know It All.

Every Day

Everyday is a book written by David Levithan.

Everyday is book about a soul going into thousands of other different souls and a different personality going into thousands of different personalities. If you like reading somewhat creepy books, you would probably want to read this book.

An excerpt from this book is:

“I wake up. I immediately I have to figure out who I am. It’s not just the body – opening my eyes and discovering whether the skin on my arm is light or dark, whether my hair is long or short, whether I’m fat or thin, boy or girl, scarred or smooth. The body is the easiest thing to adjust to, if you’re used to waking up in a new one each morning. It’s the life, the context of the body, that can be hard to grasp.”

“Every day I am someone else. I am myself – I know I am myself – but I am also someone else. It has always been like this.”

You’re probably wondering how does the person knows who is who and what to say?

Well, it is very easy. The information and memories are already there for that person. All he has to do is search it out from the person’s memories and the person will know who is who and what to say when.

An example of a person that the soul or personality goes into is Justin. Justin is a normal sixteen year old kid.

An excerpt for Justin is:

“Clothes everywhere. Far more video games than books. Sleeps on his boxers. From the taste of his mouth, a smoker. But not so addicted that he needs one as soon as he wakes up.”

” Good morning, Justin,” I say. Checking out his voice. Low. The voice in my head is always different. Justin doesn’t take care of himself. His scalp itches. His eyes don’t want to open. He hasn’t gotten much sleep. Already I know I’m not going to like today.”

If you want to read this book be prepared to be creeped out!

-Shikha

Good News!

We finally got the poster up for the advise column so now you can give me your question and I will answer it! Remember you can ask me anything you want as long as it is appropriate. It doesn’t even have to be about school it can be outside of school. Don’t be afraid to ask me something and remember you don’t have to put your real name you can put kitylover or something like that and that has to be appropriate or you will get caught.

Love Mrs. Know It All.

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs is about Jacob Portland and how his life got thrown upside down when his grandfather died and he witnessed a monster killing him. Jacob is a rich boy with so many things handed to him that he doesn’t know how to handle his own problems. His best and only friend, Ricky Pickering, is the exact opposite of him. While Jacob gets a car for his birthday, Ricky has a car he bought with less money than Jacob’s allowance every month. When Ricky can’t afford gas because he doesn’t have enough cash, he goes to parties and let drunk teens hit his car with a golf cub for a dollar a hit. If you smash a window or any glass you have to pay to get it fixed. How could two kids from such different backrounds be so close? Ricky and his bright green hair and tough guy attitude protect Jacob from bullies at school and Jacob helps Ricky pass classes. Their friendship ends quickly when they find Jacob’s dead grandfather and Ricky doesn’t believe Jacob about the monster.

Jacob’s grandfather, Franklin Portman, didn’t have a childhood. He was the only one of his family to escape the holocaust and ended up in a orphanage filled with peculiar children with a bird who watches them while smoking a pipe. Children who could lift boulders above their heads and take the life out of living things and give it to unliving things. Children who could make fire balls and levitate and children who are invisible. Children who could see monsters. This peculiar place was in Wales.

Jacob, devastated by his hero’s death, sets on a journey to find the place where his grandfather grew up. His mother and father and therapist eventually agree to let him go to Wales as long as his dad accompanies him. Will he find his grandfather’s home? If he does who will he meet? Are monsters real? Are his grandfather’s peculiar friends still going to be there? Where they even real? If Jacob’s grandfather wasn’t as much as a hero as Jacob thought he was, does Jacob actually want to know the truth?

~~Cassandra Grace

Pilot Dies Mid-Flight

American Airlines’ pilot died during a flight from Phoenix to Boston. The pilot’s name and cause of death have not yet been released by officials. The 57 year old pilot got sick and later died inside the cockpit. He was found dead at approximately 6:45 am. The co pilot landed the plane, that held 147 passengers, in Syracuse, New York at Logan airport. The flight took off from Phoenix Sky Harbor International airport and was supposed to land in Boston Massachusetts. Luckily, the plane landed safely and no one was injured or died-other than the pilot.

~ Miranda Chateauneuf

Debate Club

Debate Club started October first and not many people know about it. Debate Club fun, it uses your brain, and you can express your opinions as you please. It is very underrated, to be honest. If you would like to join, Debate Club joins every Thursday in Mrs. Flaherty’s classroom from 2 to 3 pm. Please consider joining!

The future belongs to those who prepare today.” ~Malcolm X

-Miranda Chateauneuf

PARCC or MCAS

PARCC or MCAS that is the question. Like banned books, the PARCC test has tons of controversy surrounding it. Unlike banned books, PARCC testing might actually be too much for students to handle. Did I just imply that kids can handle reading banned books? Yes. Did I also just imply that kids might not be ready to take the PARCC test made for their grade level? Again yes. So here it is fellas and lady fellas, controversy surrounding PARCC testing.

While college professors think that PARCC prepares students for college level courses, teachers, students, and parents think that PARCC tests students on work that is above their grade level and knowledge.

He said he felt stupid and I said why did you feel stupid?  And he said there was a lot of things that he wasn’t taught and he didn’t understand and so as a parent I don’t understand why we’re setting out kids up for failure

Kim Comatas, a mother of a 7th grader said that when questioned about why she didn’t let her kid take the PARCC test. Over 150 families didn’t allow their children to take the test and John Oliver absolutely smashed Pearson (the company that makes these tests) on his once a week show, Last Week Tonight.

MCAS doesn’t prepare students enough for college and PARCC prepares students too well. Which do you choose? PARCC or MCAS.

~~Cassandra Grace

Out of My Mind

Melody. What does Melody remind you of?

Melody is a character in the book called Out of My Mind. She is just a simple kid, but just was born disabled. She can’t speak, walk, or do anything by herself. She needs help with everything that she does. Don’t think she is not smart. Melody is not smart, but she’s really smart.

This book is about a girl that suffers from complications to make new friends and find her space to fit in between other kids. She has a word board to communicate attached to her wheelchair. Later on she gets an electronic to communicate. She takes special classes with the other kids that are like her.

Amazing! Melody gets into the international geography bee. How does she do it? Well, the answer is a friend. Melody has a friend. Her friend encourages her and supports her. She competes with the whole class. Then, the top people from the class go into internationals.

I would rate this book a ten out of ten. If you want to read this book be prepared to be really sad.

-Shikha

Are you new and need help?

Hi did you move from a new country to America? Well I have and I have some advice for you.

Im a kid who was born on the other side of the world.

But instead of sad memories lets talk about happy stuff so yea you just moved here from a different school or country and you need friends to keep your mind from your old ones. you can do one of the ones down below

  1. Talk to people.
  2. Join a club and make friends there.
  3. In class you have to work with a partner so go work with someone you have never worked with and talk with them, maybe about the school work or maybe not about the school work.

So If this helps you Great! If it doesn’t tell me and i’ll try to think up some more ideas if none of them work ….I’ll be your friend! So don’t worry if there is anything you need to talk about it i’m here for you!

From Ms Know It All

TMS Theater’s Production of The Little Mermaid Jr.

This year, Mr. Grossman and the kids in TMS theater will be putting on the production of The Little Mermaid Junior. The play is based on the Disney musical that many of you might have seen.

The play is about a young mermaid named Ariel, who has a fascination with the world outside of the sea, much to her father’s (Tritan) disapproval. Her and her fish friend, Flounder, can often be found collecting trinkets from the world she longed to see.

After saving Prince Eric from a storm at sea, Ariel immediately falls for him. She returns to the sea, unable to stop thinking about her love for him. Sebastian, Tritan’s assistant, tries to convince Ariel to stay in the sea, but can’t get through to her. Tritan ends up destroying her collection, and a pair of eels are able to convince her to turn to Ursula, Tritan’s evil sister, to help her to be able to meet her true love. Ursula tells Ariel that she will help her, but Ariel must give Ursula her voice. Ariel agrees to the deal. Ursula says that she will give Ariel legs for three days. By sunset on the third day, she must kiss Prince Eric, or she will turn into one of Ursula’s tentacles.

Ariel becomes a human, and adjusting to human life isn’t easy, especially while she can’t talk. Prince Eric is determined to find the girl that recused him from the sea, and Ariel wants to prove to him that it’s her, but she is unable to sing the song he remembers her singing, so she must sit and watch him listen to princesses from all around until he finds the one who sang to him.

Meanwhile, Ursula uses the voice Ariel gave her, and attracts the prince so that Ariel cannot get a chance to kiss him.

How will it end? Find out in November when you come to the performance!

Transitioning from Seventh to Eighth Grade

Dear Aunt Edith,

I’m starting eighth grade this year. I’m SOOOOOOOOOOOO nervous!!!! CAN YOU PLEASE HELP ME DEAL???????????? thx

-PLZHLPME2DEAL78

Dear PLZHLPME2DEAL78,

The transition from seventh to eighth grade is easier than it seems. Back in the day, when I was but a young girl, eighth grade was much more intense. But, according to inside sources, eighth grade is one of the best grades you’ll come to yet.

In seventh grade, you had four core classes, a UA, and a core enrichment (or band). Eighth grade is very similar. You have five core classes, unless you take core enrichment instead of Spanish, and UA (or band). The teachers and teaching styles aren’t that different either.

The homework load is easy enough to handle, and the units in class are challenging but fun. You will do great in eighth grade as long as you pay attention and complete al your homework.

With Love,

Aunt Edith

P.S. Back in my day, eighth grade was much different…

What’s Left of Me

An excerpt from this book is “It used to be Addie and Eva and Eva and Addie, but now it’s just Addie, Addie, and Addie.”

Addie the one who is the controller of the body and Eva the mysterious inside that barely is alive and they are called hybrids. Eva was originally supposed to die out as the recessive soul, but she didn’t leave. Eva isn’t able to control the body but soon learns a little control by a special medicine that is given by Hally and Lisa and Ryan and Devon. Hally and Lisa and Ryan and Devon are one of the other hybrids in this book.

They help Eva to gain control. After a terrifying sign that Ryan and Devon give Addie and Eva a sign that means stay aware, the institution people are coming to get the hybrids. That very night the doorbell rang. They had come to get them. It didn’t take a long time to for her parents to be convinced to send Addie and Eva, because they didn’t know Eva was there. That very moment Addie and Eva had left their safe home. They were off with a strange, unknown man. Unfortunetly, she wasn’t the only one that had been taken. Hally and Ryan were taken too. The very next day they were brought to the institution. They had done tests and Eva had showed up in the x-rays. There they found a boy named Jamie that had surgery and after surgery they had stapled his head. Then, one day Peter had made an escape plan, which they were sort of successful at, but even though they had escaped they didn’t return home.

The good things about this is that might make you like it is the book is full of suspense, it’s sometimes a thrill, and the story is active through out the whole book. The genre is science – fiction. This story is also heart – touching.

-Shikha

All Summer in a Day

In 8th grade english we read a short story called “All Summer in a Day” by Ray Bradbury. It was published in 1954, around the time that space travel was gaining a lot of attention. The story takes place on the planet Venus where it has been raining for seven years.  The story revolves around a group of nine year old children.  None of the students remember what the sun looks like because the sun had last showed its face when the children were less than four.

But Margot remembers. She’s the one student who remembers.

That makes her different.

Margot is not like the other children because she was not born on Venus like them.  Margot was born in Ohio, back on earth.  She had seen the sun many times before she moved to Venus when she was five. She tried to tell the other kids what it was like. She told them it was like “a penny” or “like a fire in a stove”.

The called her a liar.

The students hated Margot.

Then, the scientists made a prediction.

For one hour, the sun would come out.

The children were excited and waited in their classroom.  The teacher was no where to be seen.  They took advantage of this to be cruel to Margot.  They did something awful.

They locked her in the closet.

They left her there. When the teacher came back and didn’t notice Margot’s absence, she took the children outside.  The sun had come out and was shining it’s brilliant rays down to the children where they laughed and they played and they soaked up the sunshine.

Then it began to rain again.

They realized that Margot was still in the closet. Some of the children looked around guiltily.

Then they let Margot out of the closet.

That’s where the story ends. We never find out what she does once she’s out. Does she scream? Does she cry? Does she beat them up? Does she move back to earth? Does she kill them? *Dramatic Music*

We will never know.

But here is my guess: Margot would hate the other kids.  She would hate them with a burning passion stronger than the heat of the sun they stole from her.  I think Margot would want to go back to Earth so that she could get away from the children. She wouldn’t have to wait seven more years like the other children.  Margot and the children watch the same sunset, just like Ponyboy Curtis and Cherry Valance in the Outsiders, a book the 8th graders will read this year.  They’ll watch the same sunset but they wont have the power to take it from her. In class, we talked about how the human race was so advanced in this story that they could leave Earth, go to another planet, and live there.

Despite how advanced they were, how smart they were, the children brought the worst of them along to Venus. They used their worst on Margot without a second thought.

This was a very well written story and I did enjoy it.  I rate it 4 stars because the ending was slightly disappointing since we never found out what happened to Margot.

—Meghan Brady, September 17, 2015

Fangirl by: Rainbow Rowell

Sup fellas and lady fellas. Guess who’s back! That’s right, after a long summer of doing absolutely nothing but reading, Cassandra Grace and everyone else is back!

Okay, over summer one of the many books I’ve read was Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Which is obviously about an epic fangirl (like me) and her struggles going through college and the sudden return of her long lost mother. Cather and her identical twin sister, Wren, are going to the same college. For the first time in Cather’s (Cath) life, she and Wren aren’t roommates and don’t have the same group of friends.  In fact, she and Wren are barely speaking to each other. Throughout everything going horribly wrong with Cath’s life, which is everything from boy trouble to family issues, her favorite books keep her sane. Simon and Baz are Cath’s favorite fictional characters. She knows everything about them and they know everything about her. While everything in her personal life is spiraling out of control, her fans still count on her to write their favorite Simon x Baz slash fanfiction. How can Cath keep up her grades, take care of her dad, make up with her sister, sort out her boy issues, and finish her fanfiction before the last Simon Snow novel comes out?

Fangirl was an amazing book full of everything actually fangirls struggle with. Anxiety, being socially akward, and liking books more than the real world. An absolute must read for everyone. Such a great book.

~~Cassandra Grace

4 More Days of School!

There are only four more days of school!

That’s just 18 more hours!

  1. With the exception of 2, all prime numbers are odd.
  2. A British website sells land on Mars and Venus for about $29 an acre.
  3. It’s impossible to spell a word using inly the bottom row on a keyboard.
  4. “A man a plan a canal panama” is the same thing when reversed.

—Meghan Brady, June 11, 2015

8 More Days of School!

There are only 8 more days of school!

That’s just 42 more hours!

  1. The university of Minnesota is older than the state Minnesota itself.
  2. 96% of people in the U.S. live within 20 miles of a Walmart.
  3. You can’t swallow without putting your tongue on the roof of your mouth.
  4. Owls are the only birds that can see the color blue.
  5. 7/11 is called 7/11 because it’s open from 7 am to 11 pm.
  6. There is a city called Unalaska is Alaska.
  7. There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.
  8. There is city in Oregon called boring.

—Meghan Brady, June 8, 2015

9 More Days of School!

There is only 9 more days of school!

That’s just 48 more hours!

We are officially out of the double digits!

  1. The giraffe is the tallest horned animal to ever live.
  2. More plant eating dinosaurs have been discovered than meat eating ones.
  3. A rubix cube has 43,000,000,000,000,000,000 (43 quintillian) possible configurations.
  4. Someone on Earth reports seeing a UFO every 3 minutes.
  5. Cows “moo” in different accents depending on where they live, just like humans.
  6. The first TV show to be put into reruns was “The Lone Ranger.”
  7. Most people have lost 50% of their taste buds by the time they are 60.
  8. A lemon contains more sugar than a strawberry.
  9. A dual between three people is called a “truel.”

—Meghan Brady, June 5, 2015

Missing All of School

“Dear Aunt Edith,

Next January, I’ll be missing five weeks of school on a vacation to California. I’m going to miss so much of school and I’m afraid I’ll be held back. What do I do?”

-It’sLikeI’mNeverComingBack

Dear It’sLikeI’mNeverComingBack,

It can be very stressful to miss a couple of days of school, never mind five weeks. The key is to plan out your make-up work.

Get Make-up Work Before Your Vacation

Talk to or email your teachers before your vacation and try to get all of your make-up work before you go to California. Do it on the way there, on the way back, etc. Maybe not ALL of your teachers will get ALL of it together for you, but at least you won’t have to do everything the day you get back.

Get a Friend to Tutor You

When you get back from California, ask a friend to help you do your make-up work. Ask to copy their notes, or to teach you how to solve the questions for the next unit.

Stay After With Teachers

In addition to having your friend help you, make sure you stay after with your teachers, too. There could be something your friend missed or more tips your friend doesn’t know.

Good luck, and have fun in California.

With Love,

Aunt Edith

P.S. Pack me in your suitcase. 😉

10 More Days of School!

10 more days of school!

That’s just 60 more hours!

This post will consist of 10 facts about phobias because there are tons of them and some are very strange.

  1. There are more than 400 distinct phobias that are recognized by psychologists.
  2. Phobephobia is the fear of having a phobia.
  3. Papaphobia is the fear of the Pope.
  4. Nomophobia is the fear of being without your mobile phone or without signal or wifi.
  5.  Caligynephobia is the fear of beautiful women.
  6. Didaskaleinophobia is the fear of going to school.
  7. Hippopotomonstrsesquippedaliophobia is the fear of long words.
  8. Cherophobia is the fear of being too happy because “something tragic will happen.”
  9. Philophobia is the fear of falling in love.
  10. Phobias may be memories passed down through generations in DNA, according to a new research.

—Meghan Brady, June 4, 2015

Step Up Day is Coming Soon

‘Sup fellas and lady fellas you are about to be in for a once in a lifetime experience. HAHA, just kidding. It’s only Step Up Day. It’s only the first time you meet your near future teachers that will decide your whole entire schooling career next year. So don’t screw up or next year will be a long one. But there’s no need to stress about new teachers, they’ll probably forget about you by the end of summer vacation. Have fun meeting your future teachers.

Don’t mess up my lovely little angels.

~~Cassandra Grace

11 More Days of School!

There’s only 11 more days left of school!

That’s just 66 more hours!

  1. The largest known black hole has a diameter of 1 trillion km, more than 190 times the distance from the sun to Pluto.
  2. Dogs and elephants are the only animals that seem to instinctively understand pointing.
  3. Canada has fewer people than Tokyo’s Metropolitan area.
  4. In 2011,  a small town in Spain, on the brink of financial ruin, bet on the world’s biggest lottery and won.
  5. Cats can swallow and digest their food without chewing it.
  6. The Golden Gate Bridge uses the longest cables ever made, long enough to encircle the world 3 times at the equator.
  7. It would take a snail more than 4,575 years to circle the Earth.
  8. A group of zebras is called a “Dazzle.”
  9. Led Zeppelin got their name from a fellow musician who had said their band would go down like a “Lead Balloon.”
  10. The modern Ouija board got its name by asking the board what it should be called.

The Amazon River discharges 5 times as much water as any other river on the planet.

—Meghan Brady, June 3, 2015

12 More Days of School!

There are only 12 more days of school!

That’s just 72 more hours!

I can already smell the sweet summer air…  and the never ending hours of Netflix.

  1. Everyday, 7-11 sells 10,000 pots of coffee per hour.
  2. In Texas, it’s legal to kill bigfoot if you ever find it.
  3. The average ocean depth is 2.5 miles.
  4. 14 billion pounds of garbage is dumped into the ocean every year.
  5. If you eat too many carrots you could turn orange.
  6. A person can spontaneously burst into flames.
  7. Anatidaephobia is the fear that somewhere, somehow, a duck is watching you.
  8. Hippopotamus milk is pink.
  9. A snail has about 25,600 teeth.
  10. Gold is edible.
  11. Sound waves  can be used to make objects levitate.
  12. Snakes can have two heads and fight each other for food.

—Meghan Brady, June 2, 2015

13 More Days!

There is only thirteen more days of school!

That’s just 78 more hours!

Here are some inspirational quotes.

  1. “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” -Dr. Seuss
  2. “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”- Mae West
  3. “Life is what happens to you when you are busy making other plans.”- Allen Saunders
  4. “I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I ended up where I needed to be.”- Douglas Adams
  5. “Everything you can imagine is real.”- Pablo Picaso
  6. “Life isn’t about finding yourself. It’s about creating yourself.”- George Bernard Shaw
  7. “Life is like riding a bicycle. In order to keep your balance you must keep moving.”- Albert Einstein
  8. “The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive.”- John Green
  9. “The fear of death follows from the fear of life.  A man who has lived fully is prepared to die anytime.”- Mark Twain
  10. “If you don ‘t know where you’re going, any road’ll take you there.”- George Harrison
  11. “Where there is love, there is life .”- Mahatma Gandhi
  12. “A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.”- George Bernard Shaw
  13. “People aren’t either noble or wicked.  They’re like chef’s salads with good things and bad things chopped up and mixed together in a vinaigrette of confusion and conflict.”- Lemony Snict

—Meghan Brady, June 1, 2015

Seventh Grade Mock Trial

The seventh grade is doing a mock trial on the book, “I Know What You Did Last Summer” by Lois Duncan.

A mock trial is a trial that is fake and doesn’t mean anything, but replicates the ways and functions of a real courtroom.

The mock trial will decide whether or not the four teens, Julie James, Helen Rivers, Ray Bronson, and Barry Cox will be convicted of murder along with various other charges.

Just like in a real courtroom, there will be a prosecution team and a defense team, along with a judge and jury.  The teachers will be assigning roles based on the effort put into the assignment.

The defense team will be trying to make the teens seem more innocent while the prosecution team will try to make the teens seem as guilty as possible.

The roles of Barry, Helen, Ray, and Julie will need to be filled along with the roles of secondary characters like Barry’s parents, Mrs. James, Elsa Rivers and others.

The students need to think of questions that will make the teens seem more innocent or more guilty based on their roles.  You need to be clear on who the question is for and who is asking it. An example being, the prosecution team asking Barry is he was under the influence of drugs and alcohol the night of the accident.

NO YES OR NO QUESTIONS.  The questions must contain the conjunction “because” and be clear and have an answer that contributes to the trial.

This assignment will be a good experience and teach the students more about the book and the court room.

Try your best on this assignment.

14 More Days Of School

14 more days of school!

That’s just 84 more hours!

I know that sounds like a lot but it will fly by!

Here are 14 facts that you might not know.

  1. You breathe on average about 5 million times a year.
  2. The largest snowflake on record is 15 inches wide and 8 inches thick.
  3. A ten gallon hat only holds 3/4 of a gallon.
  4. Out of all the words in the English language, the word, “Set” has the most definitions.
  5. The silkworm consumes 86,000 times its weight in just 56 days.
  6. The average person spends 2 weeks of their lifetime waiting for the traffic light to turn green.
  7. Only 38% of Americans eat breakfast everyday.
  8. A “jiffy” is the scientific name for 1/100 of second.
  9. A broken clock is right twice per day.
  10. The bloodhound is the only animal whose evidence is admissible in the court room.
  11. James Fixx, the man who made jogging popular in America, died of a heart attack while running.
  12. Human thigh bones are stronger than concrete.
  13. It takes more calories to eat a piece of celery than the celery has in it.
  14. The average lead pencil will write a line about 35 miles long or write approximately 50,000 English words.

—Meghan Brady, May 29, 2015

15 More Days of School!

There are 15 more days of school to go!

3 weeks!

90 more hours of class time!

It’s not like I’m counting or anything…

Anyway, I thought I would write a post to celebrate.  Here are 15 facts to celebrate the near end of another year of learning.

  1. Months that begin on a Sunday will always have a “Friday the 13th.”
  2. Coca-Cola would be green if coloring weren’t added.
  3. Right handed people, on average, live 9 years longer the left handed people.
  4. Women blink nearly twice as much as men.
  5. Owls are the only bird that can see the color blue.
  6. It is possible to sneeze with your eyes open. (but it requires skills that I don’t possess)
  7. It’s against the law to burp or sneeze in a church in Nebraska.
  8. Earth is the only planet that isn’t named after a god.
  9. More people are allergic to cow’s milk than any other food.
  10. Honey is the only food that doesn’t spoil.  Jars of honey have been recovered from ancient Egyptian tombs and the honey was found to be edible.
  11. “Rhythm” is the longest word without a vowel.
  12. In 1386, a pig in France was publicly executed  for murdering a child.
  13. There is a city called Rome on every continent.
  14. The skeleton of Jeremy Bentham is present at every important meeting at the University of London.
  15. What is called a “French Kiss” in the English language is known as an “English Kiss” in France.

—Meghan Brady, May 28, 2015

I Think I Have Scurvy

dear Aunt Edith , I haven’t had vitamin C in three years and I think I have scurvy
Please help, __ MLGnoscoper__

Dear MLGnoscoper,

I could go on and on about eating a healthy diet and all that, but that won’t fix anything, and frankly, I’m not that bored with my life.

If you think you are sick, you should tell your parents, and they should tell your doctor. Tell your parents you are concerned about your health, and that you would like to speak to your doctor about it. Scurvy, and any other disease you think you might have, can be serious and you should tell your doctor.

This is a pretty short-and-to-the-point response, but you get it.

With Love,

Aunt Edith

P.S. How have you not gotten any Vitamin C in three years?

I Know What You Did Last Summer: Screaming in the Dark

Spoiler Warning)

The seventh grade recently finished the novel, “I Know What You Did Last Summer” and let me just tell you that it was spectacular.  You really get involved with the characters and care about what happens to them.

Well, for me, some of the characters.

If you read one of my recent posts, “Barry Cox: Making the 70’s Look Bad” You will know that I’m not particularly fond of some characters.  Nevertheless, it was a great book.

In the book, four teens, Barry Cox, Helen Rivers, Julie James, and Ray Bronson were all at a cookout in the mountains.  All four of them were under the influence and decided to drive home.  Barry, the oldest of the group, was driving Ray’s car.  Ray had won, “The coin toss for the backseat” which meant that he and Julie got to go in the back of the car and make out while Helen and Barry sat in the front seat.  Barry always drove too fast.

Barry was driving fast, as always, down the narrow ribbon of a road.  David Gregg, a ten year old boy that was headed home from his friends house appeared in the headlights.

Then under the car.

Then behind the car.

Barry never stopped the car.  David Gregg was left alone in the dark to scream for help, only to have no one to hear him.

That’s what happened last summer.

As I finished the novel, I noticed something.

All four of the teens experienced the same thing that David Gregg did.

Screaming in the dark with no one to hear them.

Barry experienced this first when he was shot on the athletic field.  Fireworks illuminated the sky and filled the air with booms and bangs.

That’s why no one heard that one extra bang.  They also didn’t hear Barry’s scared and pained screams echo in the night air.

Helen was next.  She was being attacked and locked herself in the bathroom.  As we all know, Helen isn’t the brightest bulb in the box.  She thought of the brilliant (yet somewhat obvious) idea of breaking the window.  Helen fell through the warm night air and screamed but no one heard her.

Julie also experienced this.  Her date showed up to pick her up.  Julie didn’t feel like going out so she kindly told him that she would rather stay in that night.  He was oddly persistent and demanding that she get in his car.  Julie could tell something was wrong and wanted to get in the house as soon as possible.  Julie’s date wrestled her to the ground and began to strangle her.  Julie couldn’t scream because of the hands around her neck and Julie was left in the dark with no one to help her.

Ray’s case is a little different.  He was never physically attacked by the stalker.  But, Barry was in the hospital, Helen was unconscious, Julie was being strangled.  That leaves Ray.

Ray was alone.

In the dark.

Screaming.

But no one could hear him.

—Meghan Brady, May 27, 2015

Dzhokhar Tasrnaev Sentenced to Death

Two years after the fateful day two bombs were set off and ruined the Boston Marathon, terrorist Dzhokhar Tasrnaev was sentenced to death. The explosions murdered three people, 29-year-old Krystle Campbell, 23-year-old Lu Lingzi, and eight-year-old Martin Richard.  Multiple people lost limbs and are still recovering either mentally or physically. Some people are still undergoing surgery.  The manhunt that killed Tasrnaev’s older brother also killed MIT police officer, Sean Collier. The Boston Marathon will always be interlaced with this tragic event. All of these people had lives ahead of them. Martin Richard didn’t even have all of his adult teeth yet. Lu Lingzi had college to finish, and Krystle was a bridesmaid 17 times. Maybe one day, she could’ve been the bride. The autopsies of these bodies were not pretty. They had had gaping wounds and third degree burns. Krystle was alive for about a minute after the bomb blast got her. The insides of Martin Richard’s body were all twisted up, and his younger sister lost her leg. Lu held her own stomach as she died. Tasrnaev might not even get put to death for years. The appealing process is that long. And that’s not even the worse part. A picture of 8-year-old Martin Richard holding up a hand made sign that read:

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This can be found online. How sick and twisted is that? This whole horrific event is sick and twisted.

~~Cassandra Grace

I Have A Dilemma

“Dear Aunt Edith,

Best Friend A likes Best Friend B. Best friend B has a boyfriend (Boyfriend A). I WANT TO TELL THE WORLD BUT I CAN’T!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

-DilemmaDiva

Dear Dilemma Diva,

It can be very hard to keep a secret. You want to be able to talk about it to people other than the subject of the secret.

Whatever you do, do not tell someone the secret without asking Best Friend A. DO NOT TELL OR DROP HINTS TO BEST FRIEND B ABOUT IT! Best Friend A will never forgive you, and it could sever relationships between you and Friend A (definitely), Friend A and Friend B (more tan likely), and maybe even you an Friend B, depending on the situation.

Write it in a diary, talk to your cousins that live out of town, or try to forget about it. This is not something you should talk about with your friends at school, Best Friends A or B, Boyfriend A, or even your parents – they might know  that person and things could go wrong….

Good luck to you, and to Best Friend A.

With Love,

Aunt Edith

P.S. Nice code names, though.