Volume 16

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Issue 1

Around the Block
Northside Blodgett’s Transition
By: Irfaan
This building that we know as Northside Blodgett Middle School
today has been here a long time. As this school has been part of the Corning-Painted Post School district for many years, it has been a place where
students go to learn and develop their skills in a variety of subjects. In the
school year of 2014-2015, the new middle school and the new high school are going to be ready for students to
go. That means this school and the other middle school, CFA, will no longer be schools within Corning-Painted
Post School District. This also goes for the high schools, East High and West High. This big change may have
an effect on us as our school and the Corning Painted Post School district go through a huge transformation.

Around the Block

For all middle school students, this transition may be similar to the transition that all 5th graders currently experience, the transition from elementary school to middle school. If we look back to when we were in
this position, we had many questions in our minds. Some of these questions that we might have included were
where to go and how to organize ourselves. It may be that some of these questions may come across our
thoughts again as we change schools.
Why is this a big deal? The new middle school and high school will start a new era in the CorningPainted Post School district. One of the major differences that the next school year will bring is that there will be
one building for a middle school and a high school. Those in 6th grade and 7th grade will continue their remaining years in middle school next year, just a different location. For 8th graders, they will go to the new high
school. When this transition occurs, there will be a wider sense of unity as there is one single school. This is
good in that there will be more students together. It will enforce the idea of cooperation as more students will
meet each other and will have the opportunity to cooperate in class assignments and projects. From only having
a single school; it will reduce the stress of maintaining two separate schools. With one school, there is no
“rivalry” between schools. It may seem out of place when it comes to sport teams as this school and CFA have
been strong rivals, but we have to acknowledge that we are going to be one school, just with a larger amount of
students. Certain features such as the cafeteria will be larger and technology relating to smart boards and computers will be used more often. This enforces unity and allows us as students to work together with more students in the building.
Though the location and the appearance of the news schools may vary, there will be similarities between Northside Blodgett and the new school. The curriculum that is taught now will continue in the new
school. The typical structure of class periods will remain the same (maybe not so.)
The student council was informed by Mr. Pronti to think about the new middle school. He stated himself that there will be changes to the new middle school. Some of the new changes that Mr. Pronti mentioned
included a new schedule and different locker set-up. He asked the student council to brainstorm a list of questions for the new middle school. This information was presented to homerooms and surveys were given to each
student. This survey had an extensive list of topics for students to express questions. There was also a section
for any other topics students wanted to learn about. Using the survey, members of student council that are interested are going to be acting in scenarios that will explain answers to the questions from students in the form of
videos. These videos will contain some information about the question with fun or humor elements implemented. These videos are yet to be presented but they will soon be as the school year goes on. These videos will
be very useful for the 5th graders that are going to become the first 6th graders of the new middle school and the
current 6th and 7th graders. The student council also plans to have more events and activities planned for this
special year.
As we all know, this school year is the last year of Northside Blodgett and the Corning Free Academy. Next
year, there will be a combined middle school and a combined high school. As students, we have to accept the
idea that there will be numerous changes from now. Not only will it affect students at Northside Blodgett, it will
also affect the current 5th grade students who will be the first students to go through all three years of the new
middle school. As next year will have more students, there will be a broader sense of cooperation and unity. As
the year goes on, more information will be revealed and some of the information currently mentioned may not
apply later in the year. The combined schools are going to take place next year, so let us make this school year
the best. We can do this by working hard and making this school year memorable. More information will be
revealed in the next issue!

Edmodo
By: Mackensie

Edmodo is an online program that the 8th grade biology students
have been using. Edmodo is a website used worldwide to help students learn and allows
teachers to track students’ progress. It was founded in 2008 by Nic Borg and Jeff O’ Hara
when they realized that teachers and students needed a way to connect schoolwork with
modern technology. Using Edmodo is a perfect way to engage, connect, personalize, and
measure your education.
Anyone is able to get an Edmodo account that connects to their teachers. Edmodo is
very easy to use and it is free. We use Edmodo in biology to answer the questions our
teacher posts, take notes, and read articles. When our teachers post questions we click on
the turn in button and type the response in the text below. Before we officially turn in the
assignment we are allowed to rate the assignment based on what we thought of it. Some of
the choices are really good, good, interesting, bored, confused, and need help. After we
turn in the assignment normally a few days later they are graded so we can log on and
check our grade. In Mrs. Newman’s class, she will write a comment to either help you understand something better or to say that you understood the concept well. Recently, we
had to sign our parents up for an account. Our parents will use the account to check our
grades, to see homework, or read about any upcoming news the biology teachers post for
them.
Edmodo can be logged on using any device. You can use a computer or download
the free app from the iTunes store to your iPod or iPad and any apple device. It can also
be accessed by downloading it on any android device. The purpose of this is so you can
easily log on and use Edmodo. Edmodo can also connect to Google drive. Google drive is
a safe place to store photos, videos, documents, and any other files. However, if you don’t
use Google drive you can still keep files in folders on your own Edmodo account. Edmodo also has a backpack act to keep links in. Having links stored can allow you to put
websites where research is to help you in any homework or projects.
In conclusion, Edmodo is a new online site that allows you to interact with your
teachers. For example, your teacher can post homework assignments, videos, and website
links and Edmodo allows you to respond with an answer. This is an easy way to engage,
connect, personalize, and measure your education and connect it with modern age technology.

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A R O U N D T HE B L O C K

Have you ever wondered how other countries celebrate Halloween, other than going door to door saying “trick or treat “ . Well here is your answer. I am going to tell you how five other countries ,England , China, Belgium, Korea, and Austria celebrate Halloween .

England
At one time, in England kids would make “punkies” out of beetroots. Later that day they would have
fun carving designs they liked and then that night they would run through the streets with their
“punkies” knocking on peoples doors asking for money while singing the “punkie night song”. They
also would have big bonfires and throw rocks, vegetables, and nuts in their huge fire to scare the spirits away. These were like the spirits coming and talking to them. If the pebbles they threw in were not
there in the morning then it was believed that they would not live another full year. Recently in England they have started dressing up and going door to door trick or treating like we do in America.
Most adults (especially the elders) are confused when people come and ask for candy, because they
are normally not prepared. That is how England celebrates Halloween.

Belgium
In Belgium they have some interesting traditions. One is that if a black cat follows you into your
home it is very unlucky. It is especially unlucky if it follows you on a ship. It is a custom on Halloween night to light a candle in honor of the relatives who have passed away. That is what I learned
about Belgium.

Korea
While learning about Korea I learned that they celebrate a festival that is celebrated similar to how we
celebrate Halloween. It is called “Chusok”. During “Chusok” they thank their relatives for their fruits
of their labors. To do that they visit their relatives tombs and make offerings of fruit and rice. The odd
thing about “Chusok” is they celebrate it in the middle of august. These are some of the ways that
people celebrate Halloween in Korea.

Austria
In Austria they leave bread and water with a lighted lamp out before going to bed. They do this because it is believed that such items will welcome the spirits back to earth. That is how the people in
Austria celebrate Halloween.
That is how people celebrate Halloween around the world and all of the ways are very different. That
is what I learned while studying England, Belgium, Korea, and Austria. Hope you have a great Halloween!
If you would like to learn more you can go to this website:
If you would like to learn more you can go to this website HTTP://WWW.NOVAREINNA.COM/FESTIVE/WORLD.HTML
References, Halloween around the world, HTTP://WWW.NOVAREINNA.COM/
FESTIVE/WORLD.HTML , September 24

By: Vanessa

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A R O U N D T HE B L O C K

Advantage

After-school

Program

Advantage is an after-school program that provides homework help, fun activities, and some time to hang out
with your friends after school. As a member myself, I can get some info about what happens there. The program takes place in the cafeteria. First, you sign in and get a snack. Then, you sit at a table and chat with
your friends during snack time. When it is homework time, you do your homework. You have to remember
to be considerate of others that are doing homework around you. If you are done with your homework, you
can sit with your friends and chat quietly or play a board game. Activity time starts at 4:00. (approximately;
sometimes it will start a little later or sooner than scheduled) During activity time, you can do arts and crafts,
play outside, and on Fridays, there is cooking club. In cooking club, you make a treat that the grown-ups
choose. Once your activity is done, you can talk to your friends or play a board game while you wait for your
parents to come and pick you up. On Fridays, when your mom or dad comes to pick you up, you and your
parents, can have the snack from cooking club before you leave.
Since it is my sister, Ashley’s first year going to Advantage too, I asked her some questions about what she
thought of it.
Me:
“What is your favorite part about Advantage?”
Ashley:
“The fun activities I can do here.”
Me:
“What do you dislike about Advantage?”
Ashley:
“Nothing, except that I don’t like most of the snacks here.”
Me:
(my sister is a very picky eater)
Me:
“What are the activities that you can do here?”
Ashley:
“Arts and crafts, cooking club, and outdoor play.”
Me:
“What is your favorite activity?”
Ashley:
“Not sure.”
Me:
“What do you like about Advantage? “
Ashley:
“That they help you with your homework.”
Me:
“Thank you for your time.”
Ashley:
“You are welcome. I enjoyed it very much.
I also interviewed one of the leaders. Her name is Autumn.
I asked her some questions about Advantage.
Me:
Autumn:
Me:
Autumn:
Me:
Autumn:
Me:
Autumn:
Me:
Autumn:
Me:
Autumn:

“What do you have to do here?”
“I have to come up with activities and crafts for the kids, keep track of the
kids and their behavior. “
“What is your favorite part about watching the kids?“
“Doing the crafts and cooking club.”
“What is your least favorite part about watching the kids?”
“Helping the kids with their math homework.”
“What is the hardest part about watching the kids?”
“When they don’t behave.”
“What is the easiest part about watching the kids?”
“Watching them behave.”
“Thank you for your time.”
“I appreciate you interviewing me.”

As you can see, Advantage is a great after-school program. I am not sure if it is too late to sign up, so you
will have to see Mr. Kimble about that. I know Advantage is a great after-school program, but do you believe
me? I hope you do! By: Megan

Student Council By: Elora
Student council is a big thing at Northside Blodgett, and even though you might not be in student council it is important
that you know about what it is.
In student council we have two representatives from each home room, one representative and one alternate. This
it because, if your representative is sick or can not make it to a meeting. It would be important that another person could
write down notes and present them to the class. As another part of student council there is the secretary, treasurer, vicepresident, and the president. This year as you all may know the secretary is Seth. The treasurer is Riley. The vice president is Trevor and last but not least the president is Connie. The secretary’s job is to record minutes at the meetings and
be your go to student if none of your sixth grade homeroom representatives could make it to the meeting and if you have
questions for student council. As treasurer you will keep track of money and be your go to student if none of the seventh
grade representatives could make it to a meeting and if you have any questions for student council. The vice president is
the understudy for the president and helps to run the meetings and is your go to student if you have questions for student
council and if none of your representatives could make it to the meetings. The president is the one who runs the whole
shebang (meetings), she also is the 8th grade go to person if you have any questions or concerns for student council. The
president will also be the person that will be your go to student if your representatives could not attend a meeting.
The regular homeroom representatives are equally important. Here are the homeroom representatives of 2013.
6th grade
Mrs. Walsh: Otto and Olivia
Mrs. Cole: Brenna and Talia
Mrs. Reif: Elora and Arianna
Mrs. Whittenhall : Seika and Matt
Mrs. Wilson: Seth and Lyndsay
Mr. Schoonover: Austin and Madeline
Mrs. Krol: Jaden and Mikko
Ms. Licursi: Jonathan, Jayla and Joey
7th grade
Mr. Hunkele: Anna, Lindsey and Grace
Mrs. Hurd: Taras and Talia
Mrs. Miller: Jacob and Taylor
Mrs. DeMonstoy: Ashley and Stephon
Mr. Rossington: Sydney and Hunter
Mr. Clowe: Bionca and Kayla
Mr. Schilke: Logan and Nick
Mrs. Moran: Riley and Aaliyah
8th grade
Mr. Scudder: Irfaan and Tessa
Mrs. Niki Keefer: Jonathan
Mr. Bryson Keefer: Katherine and Olivia
Miss Stewart: Connie and Britton
Mrs. BD: Lindsey and Mitchell
Mrs. Parker: Austin and Jacob
Mr. Holmes: Divya and Jennifer
Mrs. Zelko: Ashley, Emily and Trevor
All of these people have been chosen by their homerooms to represent them in student council. I hope that you will consider being in student Council next year. I hope that this paper will help you to better understand the importance of your
representatives.

Environment & Recycling
BREAKING NEWS!! Well, this may be something you have heard about before. This column is about…. RECYCLING and conserving the earth! You may be thinking,
“BORING!!!” Maybe so, but this is important! And almost anything BUT boring! (You may
still think this is going to be boring. But it’s important so stay awake please!) Say you need
to write an essay about the making of the Greek city Athens. You get out a piece of paper and
start to write. You start to write about Athena sprouting an olive tree in rocks. You decide that
you skipped too much information and you want to restart. Instead of erasing the mistake you
throw the piece of paper away. That may seem harmless and you may think it won’t do anything. But you just happen to be wrong. Paper is made with trees as you may know, so when
you throw away a piece of plain paper with barely anything on it, you waste paper and trees.
Next time the earth would greatly appreciate it if you erased the mistake. Or at least recycle
the paper instead. Trees are important. They help us live, along with other plants. You may be
wondering, “Why would lumps of wood and leaves be important to our survival on earth?”
Well, I can answer that! Like most plants, trees breathe Co2 or carbon dioxide. We breathe in
oxygen. Trees and most plants exhale oxygen. All of us humans exhale Co2. So we are important to their survival as well. Trees and plants are living things; humans harm them when
we release too much Co2 into the atmosphere. You may be thinking, “But you just said that
plants and trees breathe in Co2!” Yes, but trees and plants cannot breathe in all the Co2 in the
atmosphere. And animals are like us, they can’t breathe Co2, they breathe oxygen! So what
happens when all this Co2 is released into the atmosphere? Global Warming, sounds scary
right? Not if you aren’t in love with the earth (translation: echofreak). Global warming is doing something horrible. It’s melting the icecaps. The polar bears are endangered because of us
as humans! We release too much Co2! The creatures of the Arctic can live without Co2. We
don’t need to give them any more than we have! The less factories there are, the less Co2 released into the atmosphere. We give the trees and plants enough Co2 just exhaling. We don’t
need to give them even more than we have too!
Many farmers and other people cut down trees. That’s called deforestation. Cutting
down trees for more land, or room for other things! For example, farmers are most likely to
cut down trees to create land for crops, livestock, and barns. Yes, they grow food but that
takes time and care, and if something goes wrong it may make a problem of not being able to
grow food on that land anymore. So that would cause the farmer to have to cut down more
trees. Then he/she just wasted trees! Then sometimes construction workers clear forests for
roads in unpopulated areas. It may help with gas but, sometimes the roads become abandoned
and useless. Therefore the company just wasted trees or an entire forest. That company
should have chosen a more populated area, unlike the area they just chose. Also some companies cut down trees illegally. Before you cut down a group of trees you MUST get permission
from the government. Also deforestation harms the animals that lived in that forest. Many of
those forest creatures would live in trees. Trees are very important for shelter, food, water,
and protection! Only 30% of the world is forest because of this tragic event. Groups of trees
the sizes of Panama are being cut down every year. Continued on next page……...

Environment & Recycling
On to recycling again, student council should propose a plan to get more recycling
bins. I suggest you explain this idea to your student council class representatives. If Northside
Blodgett had a special fundraiser we could possibly come up with enough money to buy more
recycling bins. Or we could have the art classes make recycling bins. Maybe we could make
or buy bins made out of recycled items! We could put recycling bins in every classroom! Then
put recycling bins in the hallways. We could put bins in corners, by water fountains, and near
all the trash cans we have. We also need papers on the bins telling what to throw away and
what to recycle. So nobody has an excuse to throw away a recyclable item! And if there are
any papers that should be recycled but are put in the garbage bin, then janitors should carry
gloves around with them so that they can take the stuff out of the trash cans and recycled them
while keeping their hands clean. I also believe Mr. Kimble should recommend every teacher to
make sure students place the items in the correct bin.
So, next time you have that assignment and you’re about to throw away that “flop” paper, change your mind and put in it your brand new RECYLING BIN!!! Remember these
words, “REDUSE! REUSE! RECYCLE!!”
By: Laurel

Study Hall Tips
Study hall has time for you to get homework done during the period and it gives time
for you to go to the library.
Helpful tips:
1. Keep trying and do not give up.
2. Stay in from lunch and recess for extra help needed.
3. Stay in seat and do not wander around.
4. Do not play on the computer until your work is done.

By: Shane

Northside Blodgett Library
2013

6th Grade Library Skills October Update:
Library and Informational Skills students were very busy during the
month of October! The following topics were covered in class:
Library Scavenger Hunt

October/November
2013

New Books!
Below by Meg

First Amendment/Freedom to Read Act
Book Banning
Censorship
Copyright/Plagiarism/Fair Use
Edgar Allan Poe
The students did a great job on their scavenger hunts!

Upcoming Topics for November:

McKinlay

We hope to cover the following in the month of November:
Easybib.com
Citations
Works Cited
Strong Passwords
Remember to check out the 6th grade curriculum calendar on our weebly!

www.northsideblodgettlibrary.weebly.com
Almost Home
Please contact me with any questions or concerns
Dcornell @cppmail.com

by Joan Bauer

GUIDANCE OFFICE STAFF
Mark Pronti — Guidance Counselor

Fall 2013

Jean Scudder — Guidance Counselor
Meghan Dickens — Social Worker

Guidance News

HOMEWORK POLICY
Many students who miss instructional lessons in class are unprepared to successfully complete the
assignments without some instruction from the teacher first. We feel that the needs of the children
are best served if they return to school healthy and receive some help / instruction from their teachers
before diving into new material. Students will have an adequate opportunity to make up their work.
For example: if he/she is absent for 1 day, they will be given an extra day to make up the work. If they
are absent for 2 days they will be given an extra 2 days to make up the work etc. If additional time is
needed the student should discuss this with his/her teacher.
If you decide that you still want homework collected, the homework policy is that your child must be out of
school for two or more consecutive days. After the second day you must contact Mrs. Dennison (by phone or
by email at TDennison@cppmail.com) before 10:30 in the morning and you need to be able to pick up the
work that same day between 2:45 - 3:30. We will not send the work home with another student. Please do
not request homework if you are unable to pick it up that day. When you pick up the work you are welcome to
go into your child’s locker to get any books or supplies that may be needed.

SCHOOL SUCCESS
 Be well-rested!
 Be prepared! Have all books and supplies that are needed for each class.
 Be here! School attendance is important.
 Ask questions! Your teachers want you to succeed. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or talk to your teachers after class. Let them know as soon as you have any troubles.

Who is my child’s Guidance Counselor?
Mrs. Jean Scudder is the Guidance Counselor for the Orange side. The
Orange side includes homerooms: 115, 124, 126, 128, 130, 223, 225,
227, 229, 215, 216 and 217. She is also the Guidance Counselor for
homerooms: 108, 207 and 209. She is available by phone or by email at
JScudder@cppmail.com
Mr. Mark Pronti is the Guidance Counselor for the Black side. The Black
side includes homerooms: 36, 123, 125, 127, 129, 224, 226, 228, 230,
201, 202 and 205. He is also the Guidance Counselor for
homerooms:
24, 118, 119 and 316. He is available by phone or by email at
MPronti@cppmail.com

Is a Social Worker available at school?
Mrs. Meghan Dickens is the Social Worker at Northside Blodgett. She is available to provide
individual, group and crisis counseling, support to parents, and referrals to community agencies when
necessary. She works collaboratively with community agencies and families to meet

6th Grade Humanities
By: Emily

Ionic! Doric! Corinthian! Wouldn’t you want to find out more of what these crazy words mean?
Or what makes cows tip over? And who the people that could not make up their mind on a government
were? In 6th grade humanities we are learning all about Ancient Greece. Part of what is included in
this unit is learning about the architecture, geography and government.
The architecture of Ancient Greece is breathtaking and detailed. Their buildings have
columns that are thought to be long round poles, but in reality they are round discs held together with
long rods of wood. These columns are very large and if you ever come close to one you can see the
cuts in them that separate the discs. This seems so incredible to think that from that long ago we still
use the same structure today. Mrs. Reif believes that “today we have many things that were invented
and created by the Greeks”. There are three different columns, Ionic, Doric and Corinthian. The ionic
columns are the columns that are shaped somewhat like an uppercase T. At the base they look just like
any kind of column but as you go up you will see that at the top the column curves out to make the top
of the T. These ones are one of the most detailed columns in my opinion. To me the Doric columns are
the least detailed out of the three. They have the same base as the ionic but at the top they just connect
to the building. The Corinthian columns are the most detailed and the prettiest. They look just like the
rest at their base, but at the top there are leaves and other very detailed engravings. These are truly
amazing pieces of art, and if you are interested in seeing one up close, go out in front of Northside
Blodgett, and discover what kind of column we have here at our school.
The geography of ancient Greece is marvelous too. We learned that there were so many
mountains that it was tough for the Greeks to grow food. They couldn’t grow a field of corn because
they had no fields. They only could grow what the land let them grow. In some areas they could grow
wheat, barley, olives, and grapes. They also couldn’t raise cows because they were top heavy and they
couldn’t climb up the steep mountains, or else they would tip over and hurt themselves. The Greeks
could only keep goats and sheep because they were well balanced and could easily climb up mountains and large, steep hills. They also used the goats for milk and cheese. A fun fact is that Mrs. Reif’s
grandma lived off of goat milk instead of cow milk. The Greeks were also good fisherman since they
lived by water.
The Greek’s government was always changing, they first started out with the monarchy
that meant that there was a king that ruled over everyone. He became king by inheriting it from his dad
or an older male relative. If there is no son or nephew to give the crown to, then families would go to
war to find who would be the next king. The king would have helpers or advisors called aristocrats.
They would give the king suggestions, but the king didn’t have to listen to them. You would have to
listen to the king no matter what, even if he said that you had to go to jail, just because he didn’t like
you. I am glad I didn’t live back then. This lasted from 2000 B.C.E. to 800 B.C.E. An activity you
could do would be to have one person be the king and a few other people be the peasants. Then have a
prince. Have the king pick a song and play it at any volume. Have the king tell the rest of the people
what to do which can be anything. Then have the king die and the prince take over the thrown.
Continued on next page…..

The next form of government was the oligarchy, which meant that three wealthy people had all of the power. These people were called oligarchs, and they lived in comfortable amount of space while the poor people lived on the streets and worked all
day. The oligarchs would pass laws that would make them richer and the peasants
poorer. This was making a lot of the peasants mad and they felt that they should put
an end to it, so the army and the poor joined forces and overthrew the oligarchs. I
agree with the peasants, it wouldn’t of been fair if they kept the government like that. Oligarchy lasted
from 800 B.C.E. to 650 B.C.E. An activity you could do for fun would be to have a few people be the
oligarchs. Have them decide together, what song to play and what the other people in the room should
do. The oligarchs should have a lot of money and they can make the peasants (other people in the
room) give them the rest of their money. The next government would be tyranny. This involved only
one person who became ruler by force. When someone else wanted to be the new ruler they would go
around to all of the people and try to persuade them that they were the best person for the job and that
they would do whatever the people told him to do. When that person got enough people that supported
him he would then overthrow the current ruler and become in power. After a while when more and
more people started to like him he would then start to make foolish rules and ignore the people because
the power was going to his head. Eventually the people in Athens decided that they didn’t want tyranny anymore so they decided to overthrow the tyrant. If I lived back then I wouldn’t be sure if I could
trust anyone to be the new ruler. The tyranny lasted from 650 B.C.E to 500 B.C.E. They then went to
democracy. Everyone had power and that meant that there was an assembly and any free man could
talk there and vote on a new law or propose to go to war. Also free men ran day to day businesses. Not
all of the Greeks liked the idea of democracy because persuading speakers tricked the people to vote
unwisely .Also usually after a law was passed it would be changed within just a few weeks. If I lived
back then wouldn’t want to vote just to play it safe in case someone told me to vote unwisely without
me knowing. An activity you could try would to have everyone in the room vote on a song and how
loud you wanted to play it. The Greeks didn’t like this either so they eventually went back to earlier
forms of government which were tyranny and oligarchy. Mrs. Reif believes the interactive activity
helps you learn because “it gets you up and out of your seat, it helps you remember things and it is
fun”. I agree one- hundred percent with Mrs. Reif.
In conclusion, the Greeks gave us the idea to use columns in our architecture. They were creative of how they lived on the land that they did, since, there were so many mountains. Lastly, they
wanted to know what was best for their civilizations with all of the different governments that they
tried. Altogether, I believe the Greeks were very intelligent, creative, crafty and resourceful.

Around the Block Newsletter Staff
First Line Editor: Divya Advisor: Mrs. Howe
Front Page Article: 8th Grader Irfaan
Article Submissions: Irfaan, Mackensie, Vanessa, Megan, Elora, Laurel, Shane, Mrs.
Cornell, Mrs. Dennison, Emily, Aarthi, Naporshyaa, Anna, Ethan, Lizzie, Gavin, Jadon and
Michael

New School
By Aarthi
“This is our last year at Northside Blodgett so let’s make
it our best year!” read the streaming message board located in the café. Next
year students from NSB and CFA will be combining in the new middle school Corning Painted Post Middle school.
Eighth graders from NSB and CFA will also be combining in the new high school, Corning Painted Post High school (in
the old building of East high). Let’s hope for a great last year at Northside Blodgett.
I surveyed seven people about their thoughts about the new school. I wanted to know what people thought about
the school change. I also wanted to learn about the new school. I knew that several responses would be diverse. Below
are the responses I received.
Question 1 is How do you feel about the new school? “I am sort of excited but we are switching schools too
much. It makes it so we have to not only get to know children from different schools but the new school also.” Laurel’s
response wasn’t the only response that wasn’t enthusiastic about the new school; Jadon said, “I would like to stay in this
school I’d rather not combine.” Others also had similar replies.
Question 2 is What do you think will be different? “Definitely size because the new school is meant
to be a high school and is supposed to be bigger, different and more students of different personalities because CFA is
joining also different teachers,” said Claire. Emily replied, “The things that will be different are the size of the school,
more students, and most likely more rules.” 5/7 people surveyed shared the same opinion as Claire and Emily.
Question 3 is What do you think will stay the same? According to Mrs. Howe “I think the students,
families and student’s friendships with one another will stay the same.. Teacher’s personalities, what they teach, how
they will teach it will also remain the same. I think the overall vision of the Corning Painted Post School district will
stay the same.” On the other hand Laurel thought, “It won’t be too different, just size maybe curriculum and classes.”
Jadon shared the same opinion as Laurel “The only thing that will stay the same is going to school on Monday- Friday…” 5/6 surveyed people had the same opinion.
Question 4 is Are you looking forward to changing schools? Several surveyed people feel nervous
because, “Changing schools is like starting 6th grade all over again!” says Emily. Nicole said, “Yes, I think it will be a
fun experience.” The majority of the people say that the new school will be bigger and much harder to navigate; there
will also be more ways to lose your path. I on the other hand agree with Emily because you have to learn to navigate the
new school you enter, you have to learn short cuts and easy ways to get to your class, with the new school change you
have to learn the short cuts and school all over again which is what you are supposed to do in 6th grade.
Question 5 is What do you think the new school will be like? Mrs. Howe says, “It will be the state of
the art, everything new students need to perform at their educational best will be provided. Students could go swimming
at the new swimming pool. Many new experiences to be excited about” Claire had the same approach but a different
point of view, “BIG, and a total different layout” Nicole says, “Bigger with a lot of more students.” The majority of
students agreed with Nicole.
Question 6 is Do you think this is a better change, why or why not? Mrs. Howe is all over the new school
change she says that, “Anytime we can give more to students we’d be crazy not to, anytime we can have students sitting
in a state of the art facility and state of the art environment they feel the energy and power of that environment and in
turn preform at high levels.” Emily had an entirely different approach to this question, “Yes and no, I say this because
this way we will find more friends, but it will also be harder to find our way around school since it is going to be
HUGE!!!I also feel that it will be crowded even though there is going to be more room in the school.” Jadon also had a
different approach to this question he said, “I think this is a better change for the school budget, but I think the sixth
grader group should get to know each other more before they get ANOTHER group of students.” Sarah replied “Yes I
am excited because both Northside Blodgett and CFA are old schools.”
This question was an exclusive question just for Mrs. Howe How do you feel the new school will affect your
class? “New technology? The ideas are endless!”
In conclusion, I found that the surveyed people had diverse thoughts and responses towards my questions. Most
students were looking forward to the change. Hopefully the new school will be fun and easy to access. I enjoyed learning about the new school and what people thought about it. Above all this experience writing this article was fun!

Computer Technology
Mrs. Howe is the best teacher of all because she is nice in class and helps kids
when they are stuck. She teaches students many things like how to research on
the computer for articles. Mr. Howe teaches the design cycle that includes investigates. She informs us that news letters are a great way to convey information to others. I
will make Mrs. Howe happy with all the work. I will complete in her class. For example, one
of my topics is looking up information on the country Spain. I know that I need to find at least
3 websites to read so I can write at my newsletter.
By: Shane

Volunteering is Fun!!!!
So, you believe that volunteering can’t be fun? Well take a look here and
let me show you that it indeed can be fun no matter what you believe. I’m
not talking about volunteering for things you don’t like, I’m talking about
volunteering for things that are fun for you and that spark your interest.
The YMCA is a perfect place for you to find fun, entertaining volunteer work, they have this
amazing program called “The Leaders Club”. It’s for kids 10-18, it’s also a place for you to go and
make friends while making a difference in the community. And it doesn’t matter if you are or aren’t a
member of the YMCA ,because you can still get in just tell them that you are a part of “Leaders
Club”. The program is from 6pm to 7pm every Tuesday at the YMCA. I know from experience that it
is fun and you make the greatest memories too. We volunteer for all sorts of fun events like community races, like the Wine Glass Marathon, to Public Family events at the YMCA or even volunteering
at the Tanglewood Nature Center.
When you volunteer it should be for fun and to help the community. The YMCA is a good
place to look for thing to volunteer for. You could volunteer in Child Watch, which in my opinion is
much more fun than working in the fitness center. Don’t get me wrong, if you like to clean or you
don’t want a lot of work then the fitness center is definitely the place for you to volunteer. If you like
little kids and can multitask then you should definitely volunteer in Child Watch. When you volunteer
in Child Watch your job is to play and watch the kids that can involve play with one kid while watching another or just keeping the older kids busy while the other volunteers or staff play with the littler
ones. Working in the fitness center can involve picking up and putting workout equipment in the correct place, making sure people are using the equipment correctly, and cleaning the equipment as well.
Now that you have heard my reasoning that volunteering is fun, I hope that some of you come
and join me at the YMCA leaders club to volunteer and make a difference in our community. Even
we kids can make a difference in our community.
By: Naporshyaa

Recycling

By: Laurel

Recycling. It’s something important that not very many people
understand. Most kids learn about recycling in kindergarten but the
subject isn’t repeated too much in the grades ahead. So, all this recycling information goes to retire in the back of the mind, believing that
it’s not useful anymore. Recycling is important no matter how much you learn about it. Even
though the recycling information is relaxing in the back of your mind that doesn’t mean it
can’t be roused, brought to school, and taught. This article will bring that information back and
bring its senses as sharp as a tiger’s claws. Read on to learn about the importance of recycling
and the meaning of this subject.
Recycling (r -s

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The collection and often reprocessing of discarded materials for reuse. Recycled materials include those used in manufacturing processes and those used in consumer products.
The recycled material is often degraded somewhat by use or processing and therefore
must be converted to another purpose. For example, the processing of recycled newspaper and other paper wastes usually shortens their fibers, and the material cannot be used
to make high-grade paper. Instead, it can be reprocessed to make cardboard or insulation. Recycling helps reduce pollution, prolong the usefulness of landfills, and conserve
natural resources.” http://www.thefreedictionary.com/recycling. That is the meaning of
recycling I selected this from an online dictionary. The definition of recycling in my own
words would be: Recycling helps the environment by reusing objects to prevent more items
being put into landfills. Recycling is basically preventing too much “trash” put into landfills.
You may say that old tape dispensers are trash right? Well you would not believe how much
you can do with one of those things! For example, I collect a lot of yarn, so what I do instead
of making it into balls, one time I wrapped my yarn around the wheel inside the dispenser and
made it so that I could pull the yarn of the wheel like the tape that was previously in it. I made
much more. You don’t even absolutely have to recycle cardboard or recyclable items. You may
be thinking, “But you just said that recycling is very important and that you shouldn’t throw
away recyclable stuff!” well, I did just say that, but I am not talking about throwing recyclable
items away. What I am saying is you can make stuff out of recyclable items. You may be
thinking again, “Then why can’t you make stuff out of trash?” Well, do you really want to
make something out of a banana peel? Trash is stuff that you can’t reuse again. For example, I
made a small floatable boat out of duct tape, cardboard and popped bubble wrap. I can’t really
do that with an apple core, messy napkins and a banana peel! So you can make things out of
recyclable items, but that’s easier than using garbage. Trash and recyclables are different. You
don’t want to get them messed up. The following is a list of recyclable items and not recyclable items.
Recyclables

Choices Program
By: Mackensie
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On October 30 50 girls in the 8th grade were given an
amazing opportunity to go to Corning Incorporated and learn
about jobs. A few weeks ago 50 girls lined up at the guidance
counselors office waiting to see if they were able to go to
Corning. The first 50 girls were handed a packet to fill out. On
the packet there were a lot of choices for us to pick for where we wanted to go throughout the
day. For example, there were opportunities to go to the Corning Museum of Glass and learn
about making glass and culinary programs.
Choices is put together by some of the workers at Corning. When we arrived we went
and lined up to find our folder. Our folder had the contacts for the people that put together had
a tour guide job description with fake resumes, a paper on completing job applications, a contact list for the people who made the program, and many other informational papers. After we
received our folders we went into an auditorium and sat down while they put on a video. The
video was about how you can be anything you want as long as you try hard enough. Then, the
program director, Monica Mashewske, came up and talked about the video and reminded us
why we were there.
Afterwards, we did career planning with Kim Cobb-Cain and Laura De Angelis. They
showed up a website called www.careerzone.ny.gov. On this website you would take a quiz
put putting in three interest area choices. Those interest area choices are realistic, investigate,
artistic, social, enterprising, and conventional. If you put in realistic it means you like jobs
that require athletic or mechanical ability, and working with things, machines, tools, plants, or
animals. Investigate means you are interested in jobs with people who like to observe, learn,
study, analyze, evaluate, or solve problems. Another choice is artistic, if you choose artistic it
means that you like jobs with artistic abilities and like to work in unstructured creative situations. One more choice was social, being social means you like to work with people to help,
cure, or provide information with skilled words. Then, there is enterprising. Enterprising
means you like to persuade people or lead in order to reach organized goals. Finally there is
conventional, this is that you are interested in jobs with office work, data, or numbers. After
you pick which three you are a list of jobs you might like will pop up. You can then hit whatever seems like you might want to do and check it out. The website has things like basic skills
you will need to have, a list of annual wages, local job opportunities, an informational video,
and so many other things.
Then, we listened to a guest speaker. The guest speakers name is Snowflake Kicovic. She told us about her life and job experiences. She encouraged us to volunteer at places
that have what we are thinking about being. This way we can see if we really like what we
want to do. But like Snowflake said, “You won’t know unless you try.” After Snowflake was
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After our brief snack we went back into the auditorium and sat back
down. Then we did pretend interviews for a tour guide position that is
open at the Corning Museum of Glass. However, before we started the
interviews we came up with a list of how you should walk into an interview. You should look nice with appropriate clothing, act enthusiastic about the job, have a neatly written or typed resume, and have good manners. After we established this list we began interviewing. First we interviewed Lindsay. She was supposed to
be the good example she did everything we had said on the list. Then, we interviewed Judy
who did the bad examples. Judy came in athletic, non-matching clothes, and came in singing
with headphones in her ears, she answered her phone in the middle of the interview, and had
very bad manners.
Next, we boarded buses based on our schedules. I went to the Rockwell Museum for a
program based on art. When we arrived we talked about the different art jobs available like interior design, graphic design, art teachers, and many others. Afterward, we went and walked
through the galleries. Based on a piece of artwork we saw we had to create a project for the
Rockwell’s next family project day. When the project was done we received a Corning bag full
of free stuff. The people that went to the Rockwell received a sketchbook, sketching pencils, a
pencil sharpener, eraser, and a sharpie. However, the Rockwell wasn’t the only other program
they offered. Some people went to IT, finance, culinary, and law. Those are not the only
choices though. Where you went decided what you would receive in the corning bag. When we
were done at the site we boarded our buses and headed over to the Radisson Hotel for lunch.
When we arrived at the Radisson we choose a table and waited for the waiters to say we
could go up to the buffet. The buffet had a salad, penne noodles, different sauces, and cheddar
broccoli soup. While we were eating they presented a video with the pictures from the day. After the video we all received a slice of cake and a choices drawstring bag. Then one by one
they called schools back to their buses so we could return to school. After we got back to
school we wrote thank you notes to all of the wonderful volunteers that made this happen.
In conclusion, Choices was a great program for many 8th grade girls to go to. Their were
about fifty 8th grade girls that went on this trip. We all learned many new things. For example,
we learned how to present yourself in an interview and that we can really do anything we put
our mind to. Some of us may have learned what we want to be when we grow up or some
might know have some idea. So, thank you to everyone who made Choices possible. It was a
great program that I’m sure will help many other girls in the future.

Dia de los Muertos
By: Anna
In recognition of the Spanish holiday “Dia de Los Muertos”, each 7th grade Spanish class is taking a field trip to the
Rockwell Museum to learn about the festivities of Dia de
Los Muertos and why people celebrate it. They will also get the opportunity to make their very
own piece of art and have it displayed to the public. When my class went, we got to make
memory boxes. Memory boxes are like little graves that you get to decorate in memory of
someone that you have lost in your life. I decided to make mine in memory of my 4 year old
goldfish, Sir Swims- A-Lot. We also learned many of the traditions Hispanic people practice
during this two day long holiday. The people that celebrate Dia de Los Muertos make altars
where they decorate it with ofrendas or offerings to give to the deceased person they are honoring. The whole purpose behind Dia de los Muertos is to celebrate and honor a deceased family
member, when their soul comes back to earth to take the offerings and check in on their family.
The offerings are usually made up of different things the deceased person enjoyed when they
were alive. For example, if the family made an altar for a child, it would most likely be decorated with toys or candies. For a family that was making an altar for an adult, they would most
likely be decorated with various wines or different foods that they liked. The altars also have a
picture of the deceased person while they still were alive. There is even a flower for the holiday, too! This flower is called a zenpasuchitl, a type of marigold. Zenpasuchitls are used to create the path for the soul to follow that leads to the altar so that they can have their offerings.
People who celebrate this spend most of October getting everything ready for this big holiday.
Some people spend a month’s worth of money just to get all the supplies! Unlike Americans,
they make fun of the dead and are not intimidated or afraid of death. Dia de los Muertos is
celebrated from November 1st through November 2nd. After the Dia de los Muertos is over, the
family members are allowed to eat the offerings they put on the altar. It is improper to eat the
offerings while Dia de los Muertos is still going on. There is an old legend that if you eat one
of the offerings during Dia de los Muertos, then the spirit will come into your bedroom at night
and pull your toes. That is quite interesting if you ask me. Anyways, make sure to visit the
Rockwell Mueseum on Sunday, November 3rd to learn more about Dia de los Muertos and you
can also make a craft! Have fun!

Watson Homestead
By Ethan
On 9/20/2013, the whole sixth grade went for an annual field trip to
the retreat called Watson Homestead. The whole sixth grade stayed
there for about 5 hours just to make new friends and have fun.
About Watson Homestead
The Watson Homestead Conference and Retreat Center was idea created by Thomas Watson
Sr., CEO and chairman of IBM. His desire was that it would function as a place of recreation and
retreat for all religious, social services, educational, and charitable societies. That was over 50 years
ago. Since then, Watson Homestead has opened its doors to thousands of organizations, as well as
served the needs of regional civic groups.
What Happened During the Field Trip
The whole trip there was to socialize and meet new friends. The trip to Watson Homestead
was a short 15 minute bus ride. When we arrived, all the 6th grade students were assigned to different groups, led by the 6th grade homeroom teachers. Each group played different “get to know each
other” games during those 30 minutes, depending on the teachers. Later, everybody left with their
“team” for a nature scavenger hunt in the woods. They needed to find:
Something Fuzzy
Two kinds of seeds
Two pieces of man-made litter
Something Straight
Something Round
Something Rough
Two different types of leaves
Something that makes noise
A chewed leaf
A beautiful rock
Something you think is beautiful
A Pinecone
Something Green
A stick
Something you think is a treasure
The reward for finding the items was a piece of candy that the teachers brought.
After all the teams completed the scavenger hunt, everyone had a bit of free time. Many students loved this time period because they got to chat and play with their old/new friends. Students
enjoyed playing games such as Frisbee, and other “mini-games”. Lunchtime was next. Everyone
had a great time and hung out with other 6th graders as they ate their lunch. Afterwards, each student
could choose an activity that they wanted to play, including ladder ball, football, hiking, Mini-Golf,
volleyball, and other fun activities. During this time, it was very hot. Everyone was sweating by the
time they finished the activity. Free time came after that. As I said earlier, many students and teachers liked this time period. Later, we went back on the bus. By the time we got back to school, school
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was almost over.

In conclusion, the field trip was a success. Many 6th graders enjoyed the field trip and met a lot of new friends. They also got to
have some exercise while playing sports/outdoor activities. The Watson Homestead field trip was great!
Thoughts from students: (Alphabetical Order)
Agastya: “I definitely enjoyed it. The free time, scavenger hunt, outdoor lunch… we left too soon.”
Favorite Activities: “Some time, after lunch, a large group of kids ‘kick-started’ a kickball game. That was, by far, the
most enjoyable part of the trip.”
Rating:
Aarthi: “I think it was fun! The weather was soooo hot and muggy though.
Favorite Activity: “My favorite activity was mini-golf! It was awesome. We were throwing leaves like confetti, racing
and bonding well.
Rating:
Claire: “I loved it. It was so much fun playing with friends that aren’t on my side. Plus the activities were awesome and fun!”
Favorite Activities: “The scavenger hunt was AWESOME! And the Mini-Golf was cute. I really loved all the activities.”
Rating:
Elora: “I liked it a lot because I got to hang out with my friends on the Black Side.”
Favorite Activity: The Scavenger Hunt
Rating:
Faith: “I loved it. I thought it was really fun. I had a lot of fun.”
Favorite Activity: Kick-ball
Rating:
Gavin: “It was okay.”
Favorite Activity was hiking.
Rating:
Jadon: “It was okay, it wasn’t that fun.”
Favorite Activity: “Probably mini-golf only.”
Rating:
Laurel: “I believe it was not the best day to have a trip there. We should’ve been able to go inside for a bit. And I believe we
should’ve been able to have a bit more freedom.”
Favorite activity: “Lunch and free time.”
Rating:
Nicole: “It was a good idea, but honestly, there wasn’t really much to do and it wasn’t all it was said to be…”
Favorite Activity: “Mini golf
Rating:
Robert: “I really liked it! The walk to the maze was my favorite. I like the walk!”
Favorite Activity: Maze (Walk)
Rating:
Sarah: “The field trip was a great way to make new friends, hang out with old ones, and just have fun.”
Favorite Activity: “My favorite activity was free time because I could do stuff with my friends that I wanted to do.”
Rating:
Shane: “It was the best field trip ever.”
Favorite Activity: Mini-Golf
Rating:
Vanessa: “I thought it was very fun but wish we could have done more than 1 activity.”
Favorite Activities: “Going on the nature walk after the long day of running around I had fun taking a break and going
on the walk.”
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Thoughts from teachers:
Mrs. Whittenhall (Black Side): (from past experience) “This trip was a great opportunity for students and teachers to get better
acquainted! Hopefully students made a new friend that day.
Scavenger Hunt and free time.
Rating:
Ms. Licursi (Black Side): “I think it’s a great opportunity for students to meet kids from other elementary schools. I like getting to
know the 6th graders as kids, not just as students.”
Favorite Activity: “Nature Walk. It was relaxing. Mrs. Reif found cool stuff for us to look at.”
Rating:
Mr. Schoonover (Black Side): “I thought it was a wonderful opportunity to get our 6th graders all together for a day of relationship
building and fun activities.”
Favorite Activity: “I really enjoyed the scavenger hunt.”
Rating:
Mrs. Cole (Black Side): “Watson Homestead is always a fun day. It is a great opportunity for students to make new friends.”
Favorite Activity: “My favorite activity was the “name game”.”
Rating:
Mrs. Reif (Orange Side): “It was great! Beautiful weather, polite students, fun activities!”
Favorite Activity: “I liked the Nature Walk with the students and Mrs. Licursi.”
Rating:
Mrs. Walsh (Orange Side) : “I think it is a positive experience for the students and teachers. A wonderful bonding experience.”
Favorite Activities: “Basketball or “get to know” activities.”
Rating:
Mrs. Wilson (Orange Side): “Watson Homestead is a fun trip where students and staff get to know each other.”
Favorite Activity: Kickball
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Work Cited:
"About Us." Watson Homestead and Retreat Center. Watson Homestead. Web. 24 Oct. 2013. <http://www.watsonhomestead.com/
index.php?page=about-us>.
"Watson Homestead." Watson Homestead Conference and Retreat Center. Watson Homestead. Web. 24 Oct. 2013. <http://
www.watsonhomestead.com/>.

Johnnie’s Math Page:
By: Megan Colman
Johnnie’s Math Page is a great website with fun games that teaches kids math. The games are grouped
into 8 categories: Number, Geometry, Multiplication, Fractions, Statistics, and Fun. Some of the games will
take you to other websites, so be careful. There are games for little kids, such as Banana Count, Penguin
Sums, and Subtraction Race. There are games for kids our age, such as Fraction of Chance, Card Flip, and
Outcome Probability. The website’s games turns math into games for kids! So search, “Johnnie’s Math Page”
on your computer for some math fun! Go try it!

Halloween Fun at Northside Blodgett!
By: Laurel

On October 31, 2013, Northside Blodgett enjoyed Halloween with
the teachers! The teachers got into some wacky costumes; many students
enjoyed this, and loved looking at these extraordinary costumes! The staff
wearing costumes grouped up at the stairs and took some photos. With occasional photo-bombers, the teachers made some poses that fit the costumes and we got some pictures. Here are some costume favorites.
“I think I liked Mrs. Krol’s.” Venessa said. Great job Mrs. Krol!
“I liked Mrs. Krol’s the best.” Emily said. Emily agreed with Venessa.
“I think I liked Mrs. Wilson’s best.” Said Claire. Nice job on the frog legs Mrs. Wilson!
“I think I have to go with Mrs. Reif.” Said Ethan. WHY DIDN’T YOU MAKE IT RAIN MRS.
REIF?
“Well… I think I like Mrs. Krol’s” Said s Shane. Mrs. Krol rocked Halloween this year!
“Hmm, I think, I have to say Mrs. Reif’s. I’ve watched the X-Men!” Michael said. Mrs. Reif
how dare you make it rain?
“Mr. Pronti! He had a big brown afro, with a disco costume. And whenever he walked into a
room he smiled and made peace signs!” Aarthi said. Maybe Mr. Pronti built a time machine…..
“Umm…. My favorite was…. Mrs. Reif’s.” says Jaden. Another vote for Mrs. Reif!
“Mrs. Krol. She went full out on the army suit!” Gavin said. Mrs. Krol is getting a lot of
votes….. There were many amazing costumes on October 31st! Let’s tally up the votes now!
See what the best costume there was on Halloween!
Ms. Krol
4

Ms. Reif
3

Ms. Wilson
1

Mr. Pronti
2

Looks like Mrs. Krol’s costume was the best costume on Halloween at Northside! Congratulations Mrs. Krol! For me I personally liked Mr. Pronti’s costume a lot!
Well there you have it folks! The best costume of the last Halloween at Northside
Blodgett finalized with the votes saying Mrs. Krol’s costume was victorious!

8th Grade Humanities Immigrations Project
By: Mackensie
Recently in Mrs. Keefer’s 8th grade Humanities class we have finished
our immigrant’s project. The purpose of this project is to learn about immigrants and their countries. There were many different countries to learn about.
Some choices were the UK, Italy, Ireland, Germany, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, China, Russia, and France. We spent all last week in the library researching for our PowerPoint. The
PowerPoint needed to include the language in the country you chose along with government,
religion, push and pull factors. Push factors are things that push people out of a country and
pull factors are the things that pull them to their country. We also needed 2 iconic symbols for
the country. Symbols could be things like flags or emblems. After we found out about all of
that we had to find notable individuals for the following categories: Military, Scientists, Education, Medical, Artists, and Athletes. For each of these categories we had to find two people
for each based on what they contributed to their field. Then we had to include common food
from that country along with pictures. For extra credit we could make and bring in a food
from our country. The final slide was optional, you could have things like interesting facts
and the money used in that country. In conclusion, we have just completed a immigration
project in Humanities that really helped us learn about different cultures and immigrants.

6th Grade Math Orange Team
Miss Walsh is my Math teacher. Math has tape diagrams, -, +, x, and
=. Math also has long equations. Ratios are long problems and sometimes they are short. The short ratios are like 3:9. I like Math most of
all at Northside. Now we are doing values and long ratios. Also, a ratio in Math class is done as a sponge activity. We are also doing very
long homework that I do not like because it is hard. Now in Math
class we are working on unit rates, and rate units. I really do not like
homework so I stay to see Mrs. Walsh at lunch and she helps me. We already did a
test.
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By: Gavin

Campfire

Leafs

Pilgrims

Cornucopia

Rake

Cranberry

Stuffing

Fall

Thanksgiving

Family

Turkey

Northside Blodgett Maze
Start

Finish
By: Gavin

Sixth Grade Band
by Lizzie

Do you like waffles? More importantly, though, is it annoying to hear the song at the sixth grade winter concert… because
you will!
The sixth grade band is off to a good start. And also, if you’ve heard “Do
You Like Waffles?” in the halls more than normal, it’s because it’ll be featured in
the sixth graders’ concert! If you’ve ever heard of Parry Gripp, then you’ve probably heard of the viral YouTube compositions “Boogie Boogie Hedgehog”, “Baby
Monkey (Riding Backwards on a Pig)”, and “Do You Like Waffles?” Smash them
together, and you get the amazing YouTube suite being played by the sixth graders.
“I like it,” said oboe player Elora when asked her thoughts about band.
When asked what she thought about the music, she added, “I LOVE the music! It
is just so amazing!” This is an opinion shared by many. Vanessa said, “It’s definitely different from elementary school!” Aarthi: “I think that the first clarinet part
that I have is fun, but it’s challenging, because it’s mostly an octave higher than
normal… But the song selection is awesome!”
From the beginning of the school year to a few weeks after, song choices
were slowly revealed to the band members. The final verdict—Ode to Joy, Have
Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Can Santa Can-Can?, and Hedgehog, Monkey,
and Waffles!, the YouTube suite by Parry Gripp including the viral online music
stated before.
Then there’s Ode to Joy, from Symphony No. 9, possibly one of the most famous music pieces ever. Everybody’s heard that classic melody before, a bit like
Can Santa Can-Can?, which is the Can-Can with some Christmassy elements.
Definitely cheerful!
And, of course, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. “I think that I’m going to have a few band members play measures one through twenty eight by themselves,” Mr. Ellison announced to the band. Impressive… considering that the
song is forty measures long! Auditions have not yet been held, but I think it’s going to be a difficult decision for Mr. Ellison because the entire band seems to be
shaping up very well, in my opinion. Keep up the good work!
Happy holidays to everyone and see you at the winter concert!

RECIPES!
By: Lizzie, Aarthi, and Vanessa
Fall Hot Cocoa:
Make a mug of hot cocoa. Before letting it cool, stir in one spoonful of canned pumpkin and a dash of cinnamon. Add plenty of whipped cream and mini marshmallows, and enjoy!
Source: American Girl Magazine
Hot Cocoa Cubes:
Ingredients
9 oz. milk chocolate (not chips)
7 oz. semi-sweet chocolate (not chips)
1/2 c (1.5 oz) loosely packed cocoa
1 c (4.5 oz) loosely packed powdered sugar
1/8 tsp salt
Mini Marshmallows
In a medium bowl, sift together cocoa, powdered sugar, and salt. Set aside
Chop chocolate into small pieces (no larger than about 3/4″ inch long) and combine in a glass bowl that
is completely dry. Microwave in 30 second bursts on 50% power, stirring between each burst, ensuring that your spatula is also completely dry. Once chocolate is about 2/3 melted (there are still some
chunks in the melted chocolate), stir until remaining chunks melt. This prevents the chocolate from
getting too hot.
Pour melted chocolate into the mixing bowl containing the dry ingredients and stir until combined. Mixture will be very thick, similar to brownie batter. Spoon mixture into a piping bag (no coupler or tip
is needed) or into a sandwich bag with the corner sliced off. Pipe the chocolate into an ice cube tray.
Once all chocolate has been piped, pound the tray lightly on the counter to eliminate air bubbles and to
flatten the tops of the cubes if they are uneven. Working one cube at a time, insert a stick and place
four mini marshmallows onto the top of the cube. Once all cubes are complete, set aside until cubes
are completely dry. You can also place them in the fridge if you are in a hurry.
Once all cubes are dry, remove carefully from the ice tray. Wrap prettily and store in the cupboard.
To Use:
Heat up 1 cup milk (approximately 1 ounce of chocolate should be used for each cup of milk, so adjust
based on the weight of your cube) and stir in. Cube will take several minutes to dissolve completely.
Source: 30 Pounds of Apples Blog
Caramel Apples:
6 apples
2 tablespoons milk
1 (14 ounce) package individually wrapped caramels, unwrapped
Remove the stem from each apple and press a craft stick into the top. Butter a baking sheet.
Place caramels and milk in a microwave safe bowl, and microwave 2 minutes, stirring once. Allow to
cool briefly.
Roll each apple quickly in caramel sauce until well coated. Place on prepared sheet to set.
Source: Allrecipes.com

JOKES!
By: Lizzie, Aarthi, and Vanessa

Do zombies eat popcorn with their fingers?
No, they eat their fingers separately.
Why couldn’t the turkey eat dessert?
It was already stuffed.
What do you get when you combine Dracula and a snowman?
Frostbite.
How did Vikings send secret messages?
By Norse code.
Why are the early days of history called the Dark Ages?
Because there were so many knights.
What sound did the turkey’s cell phone make?
Wing wing!
What did the potatoes dance to at Halloween?
The Monster Mashed.
What did the lost little monster ask the big monster?
Are you my mummy?
Why did the Pilgrims eat turkey on Thanksgiving?
Because the moose was too big to fit in the oven.
Why did the Pilgrim’s pants keep falling down?
Because they wore their belt buckles on their hats.
If the Pilgrims were alive today, what would they be most famous for?
Their age.

CRAFTS! Flowers!
By: Lizzie, Aarthi, and Vanessa

1. Measure the width of the duct tape. Straighten out the wire, and cut 10 pieces of wire t h a t
are 1/2 inch longer than the duct tape's width.
2. Measure and cut off a 12 inch long strip of the duct tape and place it sticky side up on a flat
work surface.
3. Making sure each piece of wire is as straight as possible, place a piece of wire about 3/4
inch from the end of the duct tape. The wire should just touch the edge of the duct tape and
stick out about 1/2 inch over the other. Then place the rest of the wire pieces about 1 1/2
inches apart down the rest of the length of the duct tape.
4. Cut another 12 inch piece of duct tape and place it, sticky side down, on top of the first
piece of tape, being sure to match up the edges as close as possible.
5. Measuring about 3/4 inch from each side of the first piece of wire, cut the tape so that each
wire has 3/4 inch of tape on either side of it. (It will look like a square duct tape lollipop.)
These will be your petals.
6. With your scissors, trim the duct tape squares into the shape of the petals you want. You can
make them long and skinny, heart shaped, or rose petal shaped. Make sure, however, that
the thickest end of your petal is on the end where the wire sticks out.
7. Make a stem or two by cutting off strips of wire a little longer than the petals. You can leave
them straight, or curl the ends around a pen or pencil.
8. If you want to make leaves for your flower, make them now using the same steps as above,
but using green duct tape. Do not make as many leaves as petals and make sure you cut the
leaves in a different shape than the petals.
9. Gather all of the petals together, making sure that the bottom of the petals are evenly lined
up. Place the stem in the middle of the petals.
10.Using the floral wire, begin wrapping the bundle near the bottom of the petals. Wrap
tightly, overlapping the wire a little closest to the petals to make it look authentic. Continue
wrapping the bundle until you get to the end and cut off the floral wire.
11.Using the floral tape, begin wrapping the tape around the floral wire, overlapping the tape
slightly to make sure all the wire is covered.
12.Add one or two leaves, either staggered or directly opposite each other, starting about 3/4
inch down from the petals and add as many as you like, taping each one to the main bundle
with floral tape.
13.Begin carefully spreading the petals out, bending them slightly and arrange them in the way
you want them. Arrange the appearance of the leaves the same way. Each flower can be
used alone or make a number of them, the same or different, and use as a bouquet.
http://crafts.creativebug.com/make-duct-tape-flower-1330.html

Halloween By: Claire
Oooh went the wind and out goes the lights. It is Halloween time already! But
where did it all
begin? Do you want to know? Read on for
the untold truth of Halloween night…
Halloween was not always about getting delicious candy. Halloween is one of the
world’s oldest holidays. It originated from the Celtic holiday Samhain about 2,000 years ago.
The Celtics lived hundreds of years ago in Wales, Ireland, England, northern France, and Scotland. They kept sheep and cattle. Samhain was a day to honor the dead, and was marked by
the final harvest of the year or the end of summer. This was usually around the end of October.
October 31 was also the Celtic New Year. Instead of honoring the New Year, the New Fortune,
they believed a New Year should be about reflecting on all the deaths and honoring them.
The name for the holiday, Halloween even has its own history. The name Halloween
originated in a Catholic Church. The word we use now, Halloween, comes from All Hallow’s
Evening, or their (the Celtics) slang, All Hallow’s Eve. Hallow means holy person in Old English, and All Hallows’ Day is another way of saying All Saints’ Day. Later it was shortened to
Hallowe’en and then, to what it is now, Halloween.
Halloween was not always the same. Scottish and Irish immigrants brought different
types of Halloween traditions to North America in the 1800’s. The Celtics first way of trick or
treating was to give out treats to the spirits, (because they honored them on Halloween) that
roamed the streets, so they would not harm the next year’s crop. We now trick or treat in the
United States by giving out candy to the kids that go around the streets dressed up in fun costumes. We dress up for Halloween by wearing costumes that are of fairytale characters for example; Cinderella, or maybe creepy costumes; like a ghost, or be a made up character such as
a vampire. The Celtic’s way of dressing up was to wear masks so that the spirits (ghosts and
ghouls) that they believed that roamed the streets about the countryside would not recognize
them as humans. One old custom the Celts used to do was to light bonfires, and in honor of the
dead, sacrifice vegetables, fruits, and animals.
Fun Facts about Halloween:
The weight of the world’s largest pumpkin is 1,502 pounds from Paletine, Illinois!
Most people think pumpkins are a vegetable, but it is really squash fruit, and cousins with
melons, cucumbers, and gherkins!
Pumpkins contain 90% water!
If you fill a pumpkin with milk and bake………. Guess what you’ll get? You’ll get pumpkin pudding!!
Most of the time pumpkins are orange, but they also are blue, dark green, red, light green,
orange-yellow, and white!
The amount of costume rental stores throughout the United States in 2006 was 2,077!
In 2012 each American ate about 24.5 pounds of candy! That is a lot of candy!
Chocolate producers shipped $13.9 billion worth of sweets!
26% of homes have full-size candy bars included in their Halloween fun!

6th Grade Science
By: Michael
Seasons, and Moon Phases, and also about Galileo Galilei. Don’t you want to learn
more on these things? If you want to learn about how these things happen you are
getting started to become a scientist. Isn’t that fun or what? Science is so much fun
you get to learn about how things happen in the world, and what their purpose is.
Seasons are wonderful. The four seasons are: winter, spring, fall, and summer; they are all so much
fun. Seasons occur in numerous ways in science. One way the seasons occur is by the tilt of the Earth on its
axis. Summer occurs when one of the four hemispheres is tilting toward the sun. Winter occurs by the Northern Hemisphere, Southern Hemisphere, Eastern Hemisphere, and the Western Hemisphere is tilting away from
the sun. Axis- the path and length of time one object takes to travel around another object. Here is a fun fact
for you: the Earth’s axis always points to the North Star, isn’t that cool or what! Here is another reason for the
seasons. When the Earth revolves around the sun every three months the seasons change. So in ancient times
astronomers figured out 12 months equals one year. There are 2 solstice which are the longest and the shortest
day of the year. In the Southern Hemisphere the longest day of the year is December 21st or the 22nd, but the
longest day of the year in the northern Hemisphere is June 21st or June 22nd. That is because when it is summer
in North America, it is winter in South America, seasons are different in the different hemispheres. The shortest
day of the year in South America is June 21st or the 22nd; the shortest day in North America is December 21st or
the 22nd. There are also equinoxes that are part of how seasons occur. There is the fall equinox and the spring
equinox. The spring equinox occurs around March 21st and its purpose is telling you when the first day of
spring occurs. It’s scientific name is the “Vernal Equinox”. There is another equinox, the fall equinox and it’s
purpose is telling you when the first day of fall occurs. This happens around September 21st, its scientific name
is “Autumnal Equinox”. Seasons occur in many ways that are all important for us to know.
The moon is like another home but it is so far away. The moon phases are really cool, and how they
occur. There are also many different moon phases, they are the new moon, the waxing crescent moon, the first
quarter moon, the waxing gibbous moon, the full moon, the waning moon, the third quarter moon, and the waning crescent moon. The moon phases occur when the moon revolves around the sun, and the sun shines on the
moon illuminating the shape of the moon phase. Many people think the moon phases are caused by the shadow
of the Earth falling on the moon, but that is false. An astronomer named Galileo Galilei invented a telescope
20 times as strong his first one. He discovered craters on the moon, stars in the Milky Way, and also the four
biggest satellites on Jupiter. And later on he discovered the phases of Mars. He is a really great astronomer and
he is really famous for his telescope that discovered many amazing things that were brand new to all of the
people in the 1500’s. And now getting back ot the moon phases. The moon Apollo mission one was a really
great thing, it happened in the 1900’s. The moon takes 29.5 days to orbit around the sun, so the phases occur
once in the moon’s orbit. There are many moon myths that go with the phases of the moon. One is about a
boy, and his friend the jaguar, accidently killed him when his father went to go look for the killer and he got
dirtier he would wash off his face. When he washed his face, he created a phase of the moon.
Science is basically in everything and it is so much fun. And it is also so much fun to learn about. Everything has a history in science and it seems long but it is not. I hope you learned a lot about Galileo Galilei,
the moon phases, and the seasons.

Around the Block
By: Elora

Do you like to write and talk about stuff that is happening in school? Well then
Around the Block is just right for you. Around the block is our school newspaper and
it is so much fun. It also gets you better at typing, social activity, and making new friends. We
have 4 issues for one year and the first issue has already come. You can write about almost
anything, but it has to be appropriate and not dissing any teachers or kids.
Do you like Around the Block? Some people ask. Well…here are the questions:
Do you like Around the Block?
 Irfaan said “ Yes, I do like Around the Block as a fun and innovative extracurricular activity
after school here at Northside Blodgett Middle School.”
 Laurel said “Yes , I do”
 Claire said “Yes, I do”
 Lizzie claimed, “Certainly!! It’s like, the best after-school program EVER!”
 Vanessa says “I love it” coming after a hard day at school and just sitting down and writing”
What do you like about Around the Block?
 Irfaan said that “I really enjoy the idea of just expressing my thoughts on certain topics
without the stress of being graded and instead having a relaxed experience.”
 Laurel said “I like around the block because I had really thought about becoming a journalist once I grow up! And once I enter the computer turns into a type writer and the Computer
Technology room becomes a newsroom! I love to type and the newspaper gives me a
chance to show what I type to everyone who reads the around the block newspaper!”


Lizzie said, “I love Around the Block because I love to write, and I’ve always dreamed of
having my writings published… and it happens at the end of every marking period! It’s a
dream come true!”
Claire said “I love to type and I will love to have something I wrote in a newspaper”
Vanessa” coming after a hard day at school and just sitting down and writing”

Why does Mrs. Howe do Around the Block?
 “Actually it was already a newspaper club, and a teacher wanted to give it up. So I picked it
up and since I was a computer technology teacher it was thought that I could keep it running because I was already a computer technology teacher.”

I think that after you have heard just some of the staff’s answers to my questions, you
would want to join Around the Block.