Issue 1: October 2010
Dr. Farrar’s Interview
Q. How long have Q. Do you like work-
you been a principal? ing at Whitin?
A. This is my fourth A. I love working at
year being a princi- Whitin!
School 2 pal.
Q. What school did
Recipe 2 Q. If you could you work at for your
change jobs what first job as
Change 3 would it be? a principal?
A. The announcer at A. Whitin Middle
New and Old 4 a baseball game. School
Q. What do you think Q. What is some-
kids need to work on? thing unusual
Fun & Games A .Attitude, Effort, about yourself?
and Respect A. I can do a
Art & Comics 6
Q. Why did you want pretty awesome
to become a baby cry imita-
How To 7
A. So I could get to
Web & Books 8 know kids and par-
ents more, and to get
to know the school
Callie Bucchino Pinwheels for Peace
Lucais Cannalonga September 21 is Peace
Olivia Caldwell Day. A pinwheel is a
childhood symbol for
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If I Were Principal... Science News Studying Tips
You have a big test school, try to fit in some
If you were principal in Whitin 7th & 8th grade students will partici-
coming up and you have no studying.
for the day, what would you pate in the Blackstone Valley STEMkids
idea what to do! It’s already
do? We interviewed some Conference at Tufts-Cummings School -If you have directed study,
Wednesday, and you have
students to ask them what in Grafton on Saturday, October 30th. try to fit in some studying
baseball on Thursday and
they would do for a day. Mrs. Beane and Ms. Daugherty will ac- after you work on some
basketball today after school!
company the students at the confer- homework.
“If I were principal for the How can you fit in everything
day, I would give out free ence. Workshops will feature a variety by Friday? -Call up a friend and ask if
candy and allow students to of science, technology, engineering and you can study with them.
Just follow these steps and
not have to have homework. ” math activities and demonstrations.
you’ll be ready for that test -In free time, have a class-
Students who will be attending: Jack- on Friday: mate quiz you.
“I would make the lockers son Wright, Robert Wondolowski, Cailee
King, Lucas Pomeroy, Drew Abbott, -Study on the way to your Good Luck!
bigger and extend lunch
practice or dance class.
time.” -Courtney Bond David Lozeau, Mikayla Rooney, Travis
Brown, Abby Centrella, Osvaldo Luna, -When you have free time in
“Shorten up the homework,
Allison Cotter, and Rebecca Dubovsky.
make lunch more fun, have a
long recess, and shorten up
the tine for subjects.” -Lucais
“Cancel School.” -Sam Nolan
National Guard and Our School
This year in sixth grade the
National Guard will come to
teach us about the decisions
we make in life and choosing
a drug free life.
In this lesson, we will learn
about the many kinds of
drugs and their effects. We
thank you National Guard! :)
And sweet treats:
Healthy brownie is this
I experimented with this recipe and found out This recipe
Buy any brownie that 1/2 the people chose the healthy brownie helped a woman
mix you want. over an original brownie. What was interesting on Dr. Oz lose
Do not use any
about the results was that at a cookout event, 240 lb. She
anything on back.
Add 1/4 of a cup 9/10 people liked the original brownie more said, “The
of black beans. than the healthy one—that was a question recipes I
Also add half a mark over my head! I loved the brownies, but found were
can of your favor- I want to know what you think of them. If you strange but
ite soda .Then
make these at home, please send in how many very good.”
bake and enjoy!
people liked them or not. I will surprise you
with next month’s recipe.
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Issue 1: October 2010
Change (A Fiction Story)
Chapter 1 straightened up, baf- want to go to school; I thing happened. It was
fled at what’d just had MCAS today. I like watching a movie;
The night of
happened. Whatever. got up, bracing myself the cat opened its mouth
my thirteenth birth-
It was nothing. I went for the pain… nothing. tasting the air. Mouse!
day was very weird. It
was exactly midnight, into the bathroom to Then I thought cat… My head darted to the
brush my hair then cat…cat. Suddenly side and the scuffling
and I had woken up
the pain came again. I the dark wood floor noise stopped. A few
from a beautiful
doubled over and of my bedroom was minutes of silence and
dream. In my dream, I
threw up into the sink. rushing up at me. I the mouse was scamper-
was an owl, a cheetah,
walked up to my floor ing around again. I
a horse, a dolphin…I “Mom?” I said
length mirror, feet- jumped up in an instant
was everything. I shakily the terror
err—paws padding and landed on the
woke up and looked showing in my voice.
down to make sure. squirming white mouse. I
“Yeah, honey?” silently.
bent forward for the
And boy! Did I get I looked in the
“I threw up.” killing bite…NO! I
the shock of my life! I mirror and meowed
She was up- backed away in horror—
was a cat. Then sud- with surprise/horror/
denly a rabbit, a stairs in an instant. fully in control. The cat’s
delight. I WAS A
She soothed me like instincts had taken over,
mouse, a tiger, a dog, CAT!!! My name was
all mothers and told and I had almost eaten
an octopus, a parrot… Echo. I knew this be-
me to lie down while a…mouse. Gross!
I screamed with my cause I was my cat. I
robin’s mouth but only she went to call the It was still
guess I can’t just
a bird’s song came out. school. She shut the cowering in fear. I
make a cat. I have to
I thought human… hu- door behind her, and I
steal the body of one. picked it up gingerly by
man… and I was back saw my reflection. My
Then I realized how the tail with my teeth
to me. I lay back down long caramel-colored
amazing it was. I could and carried it out of my
trembling with fear. hair was tangled and
It was just a dream… matted, and my smoky room, out the cat door,
Every thing in my
just a dream… and green-grey eyes were and let it go.
room was clear; it was
with that thought I bloodshot and fright-
like I was blind as a
went to sleep. ened. “Aleeya! I called
human. The liquid mus-
the school. You’re
I woke up in cles of the cat rippled
staying home but I’m
the morning myself when I moved under
sorry, I have to go to
but still didn’t feel the grey coat, and my
work!” she called up
right. I shrugged it violet eyes darted at
off as worry from my every movement.
dream and got out of As soon as my
Then I felt a
my warm bed. The mom left, I was fine.
presence in my mind. I
movement hurt! I dou- I mean literally. As
tried to figure out
bled over and as soon soon as she shut the
what it was and as I
as the pain had come, door—Poof! All bet-
was searching some-
it was gone. I ter! I really didn’t
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New and Old
The title new Abishek grade is a breeze. She
and old students Arokiadoss: hates homework
means I will be inter- though.
He thinks eighth
viewing both eighth grade is challeng- SEE YA NEXT MONTH!
graders and fifth ing , but worth it in
graders. I will get the long run. He also
their points of view states Mr. Halacy is
of their grade and an awesome teacher
tell you all about it. and one of the best.
This year we FIFTH GRADERS!
have all new eighth
graders, and I bet The first newbie I in-
they are thrilled terviewed was
about it. In this arti- named Jessica Rice:
cle, I will tell you all She likes her teach-
about the interviews ers, but she doesn’t
I set up with a few like the switching
eighth graders tell- around. Although
ing how they feel she said that she
about being the old- thinks it is way eas-
est students, and the ier than 4th grade.
highest grade in the Cassie Snay:
Cassie believes that
EIGHTH GRADERS! 5th grade is really
Brianna Doherty: easy, and she would
defiinitely rather be
She thinks that being here than Taft. If she
in eighth grade is could change one
great. She states that thing about 5th
being in the top is grade, she would
cool, but when she make it later.
gets into the ninth
grade, she feels she Alese Cone:
will be at the bottom This fifth grader
of the grades again. thinks that fifth
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Horoscope Fun and Games
Capricorn (December 22 to January
19): This month you must do at least M N H X E I F L I C N E P G V E I P H S
one nice thing for an enemy, or else
there will be serious consequences. A X E M D O S K P B K F R I G A R T D F
Aquarius (January 20 to February 18):
This month there will be a sudden gain T W X P L Q A O O E N G L I S H B O O K
in finances, if you earn it.
Pisces (February 19 to March 20): This
H V L D S I B L A T B O T D J N Q F I L
month you will get a big surprise, but
watch out if it’s good or bad, that’s for
you to find out. B V E R V J C G J E O F T T U U U P O P
Aries (March 21 to April 19): This
month you will get a random act of O R D D H R H Y K X G K F E H U X R D Y
kindness from someone very unex-
pected, but be careful if you are mean
O U F D F D X G U A U G Z Y B Q A C Q S
or rude to this person you will ruin it.
Taurus (April 20 to May 20): This
month your best friend will do some-
K S L U A S L I C N E P D E R O L C L L
thing to aggravate you, but do not
overreact because you will regret it. O R A J T K F Z R Q V O B N L E O F J E
Gemini (May 21 to June 20): Great
luck will come to you when you least E N H W C G B F L F F N D I P N Z K U W
Cancer (June 21 to July 22): Somebody
you have been crushing on will now Colored Pencils Folder Notebook Pencil
fall in love with you, but you must let
it happen on its own.
English Book Pen Math Book
Leo (July 23 to August 22): Do you
regret anything that you wish you
could do over? Well, try to fix that, or
else you will never have another
Virgo (August 23 to September 22):
Close your eyes imagine something
that you’ve wanted for years. This
month you’ll get just that when you
Libra (September 23 to October 22):
Crushes are everywhere so don’t forget
to look for them in the classroom, in
your neighborhood, and through you
friends. With so many sparks flying
this just isn’t the month to blink. You
might miss it.
Scorpio (October 23 to November21):
It may seem like no one has anything
nice to say, but it’s just the nature of
the stars this month, between friends
teachers and relatives. Stress could
rise, ride out the storm-next month
will be better.
Sagittarius (November 22 to Decem-
ber 21): This month brings new energy
so get out there and get active, you
don’t need to join a team to get into
the swing of things. Try biking roller-
blading or just walking around with
some of your best friends.
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How To Of the
Ninja Edition, Volume 1
How to make a ninja star
Step 1: Get two Step 7: Fold the
pieces of paper pieces of paper in
( the easiest way half. You should
to do this is to now have a paral-
cut a piece of pa- lelogram.
per the long way). Step 8: Turn one
Step 2: Fold the piece over and
pieces of paper in partially unfold
half the long way. the last step so
Flip over paper
you have two and repeat last
Step 3: Fold the
points facing up- step.
short way for
wards on one
both papers, then
piece and down
on the other.
Step 4 : Fold the Then cross them Enjoy!
paper diagonally over.
up to the crease
on both sides.
Fold a point from
Step 5: Do the
the bottom piece
same with the
across the top.
other piece of pa- Tuck it into the
per but fold it in a pocket in the mid-
mirror image. dle of the top
one. Do the same
Step 6: Now fold
with the other
the outside edges bottom point.
in to form a trian-
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Fun Websites by Olivia Caldwell
I recommend these fun websites be-
cause my friends and I are always
talking about them.
Today, while babysitting a 3-year-old boy that I
frequently watch, he took my hand, looked up at
www.totallylookslike.com me, and said, "I love you more than chocolate milk
and jelly beans!" It made my day. MLIA
Books You May like
One book series people seem to love is called
Warriors by Erin Hunter. It’s all about the four cat
clans, Thunderclan which is the clan in which you will
read about, Riverclan, Windclan, and Shadowclan
A brief description of each clan:
Thunderclan :The main clan in which you will
Riverclan :the clan that is best in the water. .
Windclan : a fast group of cats that can speed
through the tall grass area of their land.
Shadowclan : the bad clan always starting
fights and causing wars.
Enjoy! Olivia Caldwell