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Volume 1, Issue 1 October/November 2011

On August 23, 2011 a massive earthquake struck at 6:00pm in Virginia. The epicenter of the earthquake was in Louisa County, Virginia, where damage was greatest and several minor injuries were reported. Thankfully, no deaths were reported anywhere the earthquake was felt, only minor injuries. It was an intranet earthquake with a magnitude 5.8. Some of the earthquakes aftershocks recored a magnitude of 2.8. The movement lasted no more than 30 seconds, but tremors could be felt from Washington, D.C. to New York. People were forced to evacuate the Washington D.C. Monument because it was thought that it may be tilting.

Cherie Walden, Krimzen Dusek, Gabrielle Molina, Becca RuizSixth Grade Samantha Choat, Serena Ferguson, Trinity SlaterFifth Grade

It sent shockwaves throughout the east coast, striking hundreds of miles all along the coast as far north as Canada and as far south as Alabama. In North Central Ohio, tremors were felt in the press box at Progressive Fieldduring the third inning of a Cleveland Indians baseball game.

ington D.C., including the Smithsonian, where fifty jars of preserved specimens fell from the shelves. It also shut down a nuclear plant in Virginia. Class Favorite Fact: Interestingly, the animals at the National Zoo felt the earthquake and reacted first. All of the flamigos flocked together and went to the middle of their pond. The apes started making lots of loud noises and going into their shelters. The red-ruffed lemurs sounded an alarm about 15 minutes before the quake.



Repair work at the central tower of the Washington National Cathedral due to damage caused by the earthquake.

Damage was done to many National Museums and Monuments in Wash-

Getting to Know Mrs. Texada

Interviewed by: Kimmi BirgeSixth Grade & Kailey KisorFifth Grade Q: What is your favorite thing about TESA? A: I love the way all the families work together. Q: Have you ever been a principal at another school? A: No. Last year was the first time I was a principal. Q: What college(s) did you graduate from and what degree(s) did you get? A: From the University of Oklahoma I received a Bachelors and Masters and from TCU I received a Masters. Q: What is your favorite color? A: purple and pink Q: If you could, what subject would you teach and why? A: I would teach dance because I have taught dance before and I love it.

Inside this issue:

Hurricane Irene Kindergarten Teacher Interviews Rebuilding: Japan Introducing Mrs. Hart Brandon Irvin AgreementsComical Look FUN STUFF October & November Calendar 2 2 3 3 3 4 5 6&7

Hurricane Irene Hits August 2011

Troy Eakman, Gabby Calzada, Madison RamselSixth Grade Caitlin Inman, Madi Smith, Lydia Lawrence, Chariss ThextonFifth Grade

Hurricane Irene was formed August 20, 2011 and dissipated (ended or died down) August 29, 2011. Irene was ranked in the top ten of the most dangerous storms/ tropical storms. Throughout its path, Irene caused widespread destruction and at least 56 deaths. Monetary losses in the Caribbean were estimated to be as high as US$3.1 billion. Irene hit 17 states, as well as the District of Columbia, along the Eastern Coast of the United States. Early damage estimates throughout the United States range

from US$10 to US$15 billion. Average winds were about 120 mph, with the highest wind reaching 190mph. A lot of shelters were knocked down 55 facilities had to be rebuilt. All stores and subways temporarily closed. Store owners and residents boarded up windows in preparation to protect against as much damage as possible.

Some interesting facts: Astronauts reported being able to see the hurricane forming in space! Class favorite fact: Puerto Rico reported a shark swimming in the street after the hurricane died down, which is exactly why citizens as far as New York were warned to stay away from coastal areas even after the storm subsided.

Hurricane Irene shortly after landfall in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Mrs. Armoogam (aka Mrs. A)

Interviewed by: Isaiah GarciaSixth Grade & Caleb KingFifth Grade Q. How do you feel about teaching kindergarten? A. Some days I like it and some days it is crazy! Q. What is your favorite T.V. show? A. SpongeBob Squarepants Q. Who is your favorite super hero? A. Spider-man Q. What is your favorite Starbucks or Sonic drink? A. I love ice coffee with soy milk and sugar free cinnamon. Q. Do you like the new uniforms? A. Yes, I love them. Q. What do you think of our new school wide Agreements? A. I think they will be great for our school and will help put a stop to bullying. Q. What college did you graduate from? A. Arizona State Q. What would you say was your favorite field trip youve been on? A. The Modern Art Museum

Q. If you had one million dollars what would you do with it? A. I would definitely buy TESA a NEW building!!!

Ms. Searight
Interviewed by: Nicole CookSixth Grade & Emily LambFifth Grade Q. How do you feel about teaching kindergarten? A. I love kindergarten. It is lots of fun! Q. What is your favorite T.V show? A. H.G.T.V and Anthony Bordaine. Q. What is your favorite thing to drink? A. Venti iced coffee with two Splenda and Breave. Q. Do you like the new uniforms? A. I love the new uniforms! Q. What do you think of the Agreements? A. I think the agreements are a great way for our school to unify. Q. What college did you graduate from? A. TCU Q. What is your favorite field trip youve been on? A. I got to go to Austin with fourth grade last year and I always love going to the pumpkin patch. Q. If you had a million dollars what would you do with it? A. I would get TESA a new building.

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Rebuilding: Japan
Chyna Lester, Bryson Moss, Haley Aguilar, George MossSixth Grade Sydney Tubbs, Meagan Love, Joshua Alford, Christopher KantzFifth Grade

On Friday, March 11, 2011 at 5:46 UTC, (Universal Time, Coordinated) one of the top 5 earthquakes recorded in the last 100 years in the world overall, since modern record-keeping began in 1900, hit Japan. The 9.0 magnitude earthquake struck 400 kilometers [250 miles] northeast of Tokyo followed by aftershocks as strong as 7.1 magnitude. It was the most powerful known earthquake ever to have hit Japan. Following the earthquake a massive tsunami hit and left about 20,400 dead or missing. A tsunami is a large, often destructive, sea wave produced by a

submarine earthquake, subsidence, or volcanic eruption. Sometimes incorrectly called a tidal wave. Japans economy shrank 0.9 percent and 350,000 people are homeless. An estimated $300 billion dollars in damage was done. The accident of Fukushima power plant has been classified as a level 17 incident on the international nuclear and radiological scale, match-

ing the 1981 Chernobyl disaster in Ukraine. Japans budget will cover new housing for more than 10,000 people without proper shelter. Three months after the tsunami, Japan started to recover. Japan recovered at a remarkable rate, said Kaoru Yosano, Minister of State for Economic and Fiscal Policy, Japan. Even though Japan is recovering, the country still has a long way to go and ongoing support from the United States and surrounding countries is needed.

A road in Naka, Ibaraki prefecture, Japan: left, how it was on the day of the earthquake; right, six days later (17 March) after rapid repairs. Photograph: AP

Introducing Mrs. Hart

Interviewed by: Serenity RobinsonSixth Grade & JzNai HandyFifth Grade Q. Did you play any instruments when you were a kid? A. Yes, I played the piano and rhythm instruments. Q. What is your favorite instrument? A. Oboe, woodwind instruments Q. What is your favorite musical? A. My favorite musical would be the Sound of Music. Q. Would you consider doing an advanced music class? A. I would consider it, but I work part time so I dont know when I could do it. Q. Do you enjoy the TESA atmosphere? A. I do, it is very different from other schools Ive taught at. Q. What is your favorite drink? A. I love Cherry Coke with Maraschino Cherry from Sonic. Q. If you could have a million dollars what would you do with it? A. I would pay bills, get out of debt, travel, and create a foundation that has something to do with music.

Brandon Irvin2nd Grader Behind TESA Man Comics

Interviewed by: Baylea SappSixth Grader & Seth BrooksFifth Grader Q. What is your favorite color? A. Red Q. What is your favorite thing to draw? A. Buff men. Q. What would you do to help TESA? A. Donate money so we can get our own school building. Brandon will be presenting our school wide Agreements through his wonderful comic strip type art. Brandons main super comic hero is TESA man, who wears the TESA Thunderbolt proudly. We hope you enjoy the comics that follow and hopefully learn about each agreement from a different view point.
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Q. How long have you been drawing? A. 8 years.

Q. What is your favorite animal? A. White Tiger.

Q. How long have you been at TESA? A. 3 years.


Q. What is your favorite Fine Art? A. Art.

Agreements: A comical look by Brandon Irvin

Nerd, give me your lunch money kid!!!

Stop that right now!!!

Im here to teach you about MUTUAL RESPECT!!


Im TESA MAN and Mutual Respect means treating others the way you would like to be treated! I have TESA power to make sure both of you treat each other respectfully!!!

Who are you?

Youre COOL!!

You are too!!

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Pumpkins & Pasta Family Night

Tail Gate PartyKids Vs. Parents Dodge ball

TESA Zoo Field Trip

5th & 6th Grade GirlsTail Gate Party

Musical Word Search



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