Cougar News

Volume 2, Issue 5
Editorial Staff: Ms. Zytko

February 03, 2010

6th Grade Leadership Classes with special assistance from Mr. Varela and

Dr. George Washington Carver Middle School Principal: Luz Cotto

Disaster Hit Haiti
On Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 4:53 PM Haitian time, an earthquake of magnitude 7.0 hit Haiti and caused tremendous destruction. On Wednesday, January 20, 2010, a second earthquake of magnitude 6.1 hit Haiti. Besides these two big quakes, there have been 33 aftershocks and 14 out of those 33 were between magnitudes 5.0 and 5.9. Many public facilities, houses and buildings in Haiti were damaged or destroyed. For instance, the control tower at Toussaint L’Ouverture International Airport was badly damaged, and the Port-auPrince seaport collapsed. The President’s house was among the destroyed buildings. Thousands of deaths were reported and many were missing or severely injured. People around the world are doing everything they can to help the earthquake victims. Money, food, water, medicine, and clothes have been sent to Haiti by many charities. At Carver, Ms. Settlage and many other staff members held a fundraising event to support Haiti. If you want to give a helping hand, please contact Ms. Settlage in room S121. You can also text “HAITI” to 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross relief efforts. Thank you for your support. Jasmine Cruz Elizabeth Acuna Flor Elias

Inside this issue:
The Super Bowl Interview with Ms. Zytko Interview with Ms. Jacob Babar Ali Funny stuff Brain buster Current issue 2 2 3 3 3 4 4

Special points of interest:
 Earthquake in Haiti  Super Bowl winner prediction  Interview with school staff  A sixteen years old student makes a difference in people’s lives  Jokes of the month  Brain buster  Current issue

Everyday Hero, Babar Ali
Around the world millions of children are not getting a proper education. For example, poor people cannot send their children to school in India because they do not have enough money to pay for the tuition and school materials. Even when they can afford it, the children do not have a way to commute because schools are usually very far away from the village. One school boy named Babar Ali is trying to change this. He is the first member of his family to get a proper education. He has to ride a rickshaw or walk to school Continued on page 3

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Cougar News

The Super Bowl
On February 7, 2010, the most important football game of the year will be shown on CBS at 3:30 PM. We have a Super Bowl game annually and this will be the 44th game. It will be at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. Many 6th grade students and teachers have been talking about this game. So, on January 19, we decided to take a survey of 100 6th graders to predict the winner. The results were as follows: 53% voted for the New York Jets, 27% voted for the New Orleans Saints, 13% voted for the Indianapolis Colts, and 7% voted for the Minnesota Vikings. Since the survey, we now know the answer to the question, “Which team will be at the Super Bowl?”. Many of you may know that the Indianapolis Colts will face the New Orleans Saints in the coming Super Bowl game, which will decide the National Football League (NFL) champion for the 2009-2010 season. For those of you who made the right prediction so far, good job! Better luck for the New York Jets and the Minnesota Vikings next time. Remember to watch the Super Bowl on Sunday, February 7, 2010. It will start at 3:30 PM. Enjoy the game and we wish the best of luck to your favorite team. Joshua Vissoni Lucia Elias

Our B Track Leadership Teacher, Ms. Zytko
There are three 6th Grade Leadership classes at Carver, one on each track. Leadership students help with organizing many school activities. For example, we help with the school newspaper, Thanksgiving canned food drive, making posters to promote different events, participate in school beautification projects, etc. We really enjoy these activities, and appreciate our teachers’ support and guidance. The 6th Grade Leadership teachers are: Mr. Oakley (A track), Ms. Zytko (B track), and Mr. Varela (C track). We want to interview them and share the information with you. On January 28, we interviewed Ms. Zytko and this is what we discovered about her: Q: Ms. Zytko, how long have you been working at Carver? A: I have been a teacher at Carver for exactly fifteen years. Q: When did you want to become a teacher? A: I wanted to be a teacher since I was seven. Q: Do you like teaching in this school? A: A friend convinced me to come to LA and teach at Carver. Thanks goodness because I absolutely love it. Q: Do you have any goals for this school year? A: My goal is for each of my students to feel confident in all sixth grade material, and improve their CST scores by 10%. I also want them to feel safe, learn a lot, and have fun. Q: Are you going to retire soon? A: No, not anytime soon. Q: When you do, what other jobs will you get? A: I may get a volunteer job. I especially enjoy helping people in some way. Q: Have you ever visited any interesting schools? A: Could there be a school more interesting than Carver??? And she is right, you know? Alejandro Arellano Daniel Alexandre

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A Few Minutes with Ms. Jacob, the Cafeteria Manager
We interviewed Ms. Jacob on Thursday, January 21, 2010. We talked about what happens in the cafeteria everyday. The workers here work hard to make sure that students have breakfast, nutrition and lunch quickly since we do not have much time for a break. She advised students to always check the expiration dates on the milk carton and exchange for a new one if necessary. We learned that the most popular items are chicken wings, French toast, coffee bread, pizza, lasagna, and cereal. Oh, and do you know that teachers get the same food as we do, but they have to pay for the food? We asked Ms. Jacob if we could change the food selection. She said that she used to take students’ opinion and gave them what they wanted, but now she has to follow the menu. What do you think about our food at school? Brianda Chavez Jaqueline Morataya

Babar Ali (Continued from page 1)
everyday. Even though Babar Ali sometimes has trouble coming to his school because of all the rain and the floods, he never gives up. Also, his parents have to pay 18,000 rupees (around 40 dollars) a year for his uniform, books, and other school supplies. Forty dollars is not much in the U.S. but it’s worth a lot in India, where many people always have to struggle for food. Babar Ali has made a huge difference in his community. He was just nine years old when he started teaching and he has been doing it for the last seven years. The minute he leaves his school, he heads back to his house to teach all the poor children in his village. He delivers only a sixteen year old. All of his students are from poor families who would never have had a chance to go to school before. These students do not have to pay Babar Ali. They can even get all their books for free through donations. Ask yourself, “What can I do to make this community better?” the lesson the way his teachers teach him. It was like a game for him at first, but he loves it very much and it has turned into a huge thing now. Babar Ali teaches over 800 students in his family’s backyard. It’s hard to believe that he is Babar Ali gives these students the opportunity to succeed and have a better life in the future. Babar Ali is an example of people who make a difference in other people’s lives. His work shows us that if we work hard, we can accomplish a lot. If you want to learn more about Babar Ali and other people who have made a great contribution to their communities, you can visit the website more.php?n=3894. Have you ever ask yourself “What can I do to make this community better?” Brianna Hernandez Wendy Santana

Funny Stuff
Q: What do monsters make with cars? A: Traffic Jam Q: Why did the pony cough? A: He was a little hoarse Q: What do sheep do on sunny days? A: Have a baa-baa-cue Q: Where do Aliens keep their sandwiches? A: In a Launch box Q: Why couldn’t the skeleton go to the dance? A: He had no body to go with Q: How do you know when a dog has been naughty? A: It leaves a little poodle on the carpet Q: What do you call a vampire that lives in the kitchen? A: Spatula

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"Where Kids Are First"

The Brain Buster
This month’s riddle: Twelve pears hanging high, twelve men passing by. Each took a pear and left eleven hanging there. How can this be? What never gets any wetter, no matter how much it rains? Remember to tell Ms. Robbins your answer. If you are the first student with the right answer, you will receive a special prize. GOOD LUCK! Answers for last month’s question:

Current Issue
Voting for Carver Reform Plan Many of you already knew that two entities applied to gain control of Carver Middle School next year. One group is headed by Ms. Cotto and the Carver family, and the other is the Partnership of Los Angeles Schools. They both submitted their written plans to the school district. To view these plans in detail, you can go to the Public School Choice update on the LAUSD website. On Wednesday, January 27, 2010, many parents, teachers, and students attended an important meeting in the school auditorium. The two reform plans for Carver Middle School were presented and the audience had the opportunity to voice many questions and concerns. If you did not have a chance to attend this meeting and wanted to get all the important details, talk to your classmates and teachers. 10am and 3pm-7pm. If you were unable to vote that day, you can come on Saturday, February 6, 9pm-12pm. So, talk to your parents, relatives, neighbors and encourage them to vote. Carver’s future depends on us.

Let your voices be heard, VOTE!

A caterpillar, a worm-like stage of a butterfly (see picture). It does not have wings, but will fly when it becomes a butterfly

Unplug the bath tub to save yourself from drowning

The voting took place at Carver Middle School on Tuesday, February 2, 7am-