Paws Prints 5

PBL Group 5

By: Parker, Andrew C, Andrew F, Delaney, Kaley, Emily, Riley, Keghan, Storm, Michaela, Caleb, Ty, Austin, Noah, Isaac, Nathan, Steven

The 5 Senses

By: Riley

The 5 senses are taste, smell, sound,sight, touch without our senses we couldn’t do anything! There are ways to try to live without our senses! Blindfold yourself and try to walk across a room to someone’s voice (I did it to some kids in my class and I have a video below). To get rid of hearing you can play really loud music through headphones and have a friend say words and you have to try and guess them. Taste well there is really not a way to eliminate taste. Smell is put in nose plugs and try and guess covered items. For touch put your arms in your sleeves and try to do something. If you try these you will realize how important they are.

If you didn’t have your senses you wouldn’t be able to do some things you love like smelling flowers, looking at gorgeous sights, hear the crowd roar after scoring a touchdown at the big game, taste amazing subs after cross country meets or even bake you favorite food! If you still don’t believe try all the exercises above for yourself. Next time you think about how cool it would be to be deaf think about how it was to not hear after those things you can try.

CLMS Chorus

By: Andrew

Here in Clear Lake Iowa we have a beautiful middle school chorus class. This class sings many songs that are enjoyful to the crowds’ ears. Chorus is a wonderful class to gain great experience in the music talent. Mrs. Huffman, the teacher here, is very nice, and is a genius when it comes to music. Kids are becoming more interested in this fun, interesting class.

When I asked Nathan Loller, a kid who participates in this class, he had wonderful comments. “So how do you like this class?” Nathan replied saying, “I really enjoy this class, it brings good excitement to me. Kids are gaining good experience and having fun at the same time.”

Now you see that, here in Clear Lake, we have a great program here for kids to grow. Kids love the singing and the past songs they have sung such as Queen and Beatles songs. This is a great opportunity to go out and have fun with friends. We also have exciting concerts where the kids get to sing past songs that they have learned. The next middle school concert is April 7, and that is the middle school vocal concert. So be sure to go check them out.


by: Storm

CPUs or computer processing unit are the brain of your computer. They are in every computer no matter what type or what age. They have been around as long as computers themselves. They take the information and decide what to do with it.

There are two types of processors intel and amd. Intel is more expensive but a higher quality but amd is a cheap but not as high quality. CPUs vary on wattage size and power. You buy a CPU to either upgrade your computer build one, or you’re some collector. Some are very powerful some are not so powerful and prices range wildly.

CPUss are very important part of everyday life. They are used in almost every computer. You can upgrade your computer, or you can build one. You can spend 100 to 1000 $. They are very different depending on what your needs are.

Alternatives to Cars

By: Steven

Alternatives to cars. There are many out there. There's things like bikes, and skateboards, and then there's other vehicles like hover boards. Personally, my favorite is the bike. Here is a little information about it.

The first concept of a bicycle was a sketch that was made by a man named Gian Giacomo Caprotti in 1534 in Italy. Through the years the bicycle has taken many different forms and the first bicycle looked a lot like we have now. It had 2 wheels with pedals and handle just like our bicycle now.

Overall bicycles are a great alternative to cars. They are energy saving and do not pollute the earth. They also do not require gas so they save money too. The only downside to bikes is that if you are long distance traveling you will probably get tired and this is the time that you want a car.

I hope you enjoyed my article on bikes and I hope you invest in one if you have not already. They are a great form of transportation and they get the job done.


Adam Wilcox

By: Andrew

Adam Wilcox is a starting goalie for the University of Minnesota hockey team. Adam was born and grew up in the south side of St. Paul, Minnesota. When Adam was a kid, he was an outstanding student. In fact, he was on the honor role for his school from 6th grade all the way through his junior year in high school. He was also an outstanding athlete. When he was only 13, he started on his school’s high school team.

He led his team to many state tournament titles as well as numerous wins.

As a kid, he was always a big fan of the University of Minnesota Gophers hockey team, and when he received a scholarship to the U, he was excited and ready to be apart of the most exciting school in the midwest. Adam earned starting position after the first day of practice. The coaches were impressed at his skill and concentration. He was a starting goalie for the most of his college career. He had a hamstring injury in 2013 and he was out for 3 months. His injury occurred when he was in a hockey fight and tried to kick at the player that started the fight. Adam also was suspended for 2 games for attempted injury against that player.

Wilcox led the team to a Big Ten Championship in 2014 and was named tournament MVP. Adam plays for the Tampa Bay Lightning as a backup goalie in the National Hockey League.Adam is an outstanding goalie with an outstanding educational view on hockey, school, and life. He recently signed a two year entry level contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning.



By: Delaney

Weather. There are many types of weather: warm weather, cold weather, and hot weather. But there is also weird and dangerous weather. Things like hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, and tsunamis.

Tornadoes are giant spinning clouds that can drive a piece of hay through a tree. Tsunamis are formed from the aftershocks of an earthquake. They shake the ocean floor and cause a tiny wave. But that wave keeps growing bigger and bigger and bigger until it reaches shore. Where it then causes massive destruction. It can wash away entire coastal towns. An earthquake is when one tectonic plate pushes against another one and causes lots of friction. One of the plates will eventually give out and slide underneath the other one which causes shaking. This shaking can crumble buildings and like I said before cause tsunamis. A hurricane is a huge storm that can be up to 600 miles long and can last for up to a week. It has massive winds and again causes lots of destruction.

Weather can be really cool but dangerous so make sure you know what you're doing when a storm comes a long. Hope your now educated on dangerous weather.



By: Ty

Do you know the holiday Easter? It’s one of the most famous holidays that there have ever been. The origin of Easter’s name is unknown. Some claim that it comes from the goddess Eostre, a Teutonic goddess of spring and fertility. Easter is most known for the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Now, I will tell you more intersting facts about Easter.

Easter is seen to a lot of people as the resurrection of Jesus Christ after he was nailed to a cross and tossed into a cave blocked by rocks. Though, Jesus really was the son of God after all because people didn’t believe him so that’s why he was nailed on the cross. When Jesus resurrected he moved the rocks out of his way, and arose back to heaven. To littler kids like toddlers or kids in elementary school think of Easter as the bunny, eggs, finding the eggs the bunny left. But, the truth is that Easter is based off of Jesus’ resurrection from the cross. Of course, it’s not bad to believe in the Easter Bunny and everything, but the real reason is the resurrection of Jesus.

Easter is a very famous holiday that has been recognized a long, long, long time ago. I usually celebrate like a lot of people with a family Easter Egg Hunt at my Grandma’s. I hope you have learned more about Easter, thanks for reading.

Sources: Myself,,

Komodo Dragons



The komodo dragon is a reptile and a carnivore. The komodo dragons have lived in the harsh climate of indonesia's lesser sunda for millions of years. They lived there because they are cold blooded. They are cold blooded because they are reptiles and reptiles are cold blooded.

Komodo dragons life span is about 30 years. They are 10ft and they weigh about 330 lbs. Thier protection status is endangered and did you know komodo dragons can run up to 11mph in short bursts. The size relative is to a 6ft man. The dragon's saliva is poisonous because it teems with 50 types of bacteria. There is about 3,000 to 5,000 dragons left.


Clear Lake’s 6th Grade Band

by: Nathan

Clear Lake is known for their great bands. Whether it's just a concert, or marching, our school bands never disappoint. But all of those great players come from somewhere more humble, middle school.

We have two teachers teaching band in our school. Mr.Borseth teaches 6th grade and high school. Mrs. Aberson teaches 5th grade and 7th and 8th grade. I talked to Mr.Borseth. Here is a list of all the things I asked him and how he answered.

Q: Where did you go to college?

A:Drake University

Q: How long have you been teaching here?

A: Three years.

Q: Who is your all around favorite musician?

A: Eddie Daniels.

Q: What made you go into this type of profession?

A: He found that he was spending more time with his music than his college profession of broadcasting. He even had his own radio show!

Q: Do you specialize in an instrument?


Q:Are there any instruments you need to improve on?

A: Oboe and Bassoon.

Q:Is it too late to learn an instrument in middle school?

A: Never ever, ever.

The three songs for the concert on Feb 8 at E.B. Stillman at 7pm are “All Ye Young Sailors”, “Thunderbolts”, and “When the Saints Go Marching In.” There will be improvisation solos from both 6th graders to be announced that night.

In conclusion, do band.

Sumo Wrestling

By: Andrew F

Have you ever watched this hilarious sport? Well, I have, and I get a kick out of it. This sport has huge men who wear things like diapers and wrestle. The winner has to knock the other man down to the ground. These big boys, when they wrestle, hug each other and slap their backs. These guys weigh over 500 pounds! That's insane weighing over 500 pounds, and they eat over 10,000 calories a day.

This sport is known in Japan. Japan has many of theses wrestlers and even the world champion Byamba. He has won the Japanese world championships twice. Sumo wrestlers make only $30,000 a year. Takanoyama is lightest sumo wrestler and is only 200 pounds, but still has yet to win a game. Manny Yarbrough is the world's fattest wrestler and is 704 pounds!

So, Sumo wrestling is a fun sport and is very funny to watch. It's also very important to the Japanese people and people around the world. Japan loves it so much due to the money that they raise. Also most of the wrestlers come from Japan.Sumo wrestlers love their job. Of course, most of the wrestlers have diabetes but take care of it. Now hopefully you know a little more about this sport and you will look into it. Good Luck.

The Wonders Of Mexico

By: Michaela

Have you ever been to Mexico? There are a ton of amazing things that a lot of people love about it in Mexico they speak spanish but some mexicans speak english but not a lot if you were born in mexico and live there your whole life you probably wouldn’t know how to speak English.

There are tons of different towns and cities in Mexico. There are 117 big cities and 188 other cities, there are 305 cities total I can't believe that. The first top 3 largest cities, are Mexico City with the population of 8,851,080. Ecatepec with the population of 1,655,015. Guadalajara that has a population of 1,495,182. Thats a lot of people isn’t it.

There are ton of vacation spots in Mexico to. Here are the top ten places you should visit in Mexico. Playa del Carmen, Oaxaca, Cozumel, Tulum, Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta, Zihuatanejo, Mazatlán, Cabo San Lucas, and San Miguel De Allende. Don’t you think it would be fun to relax in the sun and stay in a fancy hotel in an Amazing country?

Mexico is the 14th Largest countries in the world. Mexico consists of of several ethnic groups. The mestizo group accounts for 60% of the population. Spanish is spoken by 92.7% of the mexican population. Most of the Mexican culture consists of religious values and church and family 82% of Mexicans present themselves as catholic. Some of the food that mexicans eat are corn, wheat tortillas, beans, rice, tomatoes, chili peppers, and chorizo a type of pork sausage.

Maybe now that you know a lot about mexico you will want to go visit there. I know I want to go. Its got really good culture food and a lot more. Thanks for reading hope you enjoyed until next time goodbye.




Bengal Tigers are mammals and carnivores. Bengal Tigers live in India and they are sometimes called Indian Tigers. What makes the Tiger a Tiger is its teeth and its head and that are up to 5to6ft and 2to3ft. It was designed that way so it was fast enough to catch its prey and kill it so it can eat. They lie and creep close enough to attack their victims with a quick spring and a fatal pounce.

The Tigers protection status is endangered. A Tiger weighs about 240 to 500lbs and size relative is to a 6ft man. Did you know a Tiger's roar can be heard from 2 miles away. A Tiger's average life span in the wild is up to 8 to 10 years. Tigers are the largest members of the cat family and are renowned for their power and strength.

So now you know more facts about the Bengal Tiger. So we all should protect Bengal tigers for now on.


School Musical

By: Ty

Do you like to watch musicals on broadway or on the T.V.? Coming up at my school is a school musical, we have the choice between Shrek and The Little Mermaid. I interviewed the chorus teacher who is also going to be the director, and I got some info about the musical we are going to be putting on, here is the scoop we got:

Me: If you can tell us, what are we going to be doing for our musical?

Huffman: Yeah, we are doing Shrek Jr.

Me: What are the different characters?

Huffman: Well, there’s a lot of characters. But the main ones are Shrek, Donkey, Fiona, and Lord Farquaad.

Me: When will the play be?

Huffman: It would be sometime in May, I don’t know the exact date yet.

Later we found out it is going to be on May 5th. The times will be

Me: What are some songs?

Huffman: Some songs are “Story of my Life”, “Big Bright Beautiful World”, and “What’s up, Duloc”?

Me: What is the musical about?

Huffman: It is about an ogre named Shrek who gets his swamp taken over by fairytale creatures by order of Lord Farquaad, who wants Shrek to find a princess and bring her to Farquaad, who would give Shrek his swamp back. So Shrek goes on a big journey with the funny Donkey to find Princess Fiona.

Me: Why did you pick this musical?

Huffman: I thought it was funny. I wanted the characters to be unique and I thought this was.

Me: What props would you need?

Huffman: Shrek’s swamp, a suit of armor, two castles for Duloc and the castle Fiona gets trapped in.

So, that is the scoop I got on the musical from Mrs. Huffman. Now, I will tell you about the musical with more facts and fun things you should know. Shrek was a big musical that started in 2013, and it was a big hit in many of different places like Broadway and across the US. It has even traveled worldwide to other places. It is a very interesting play about Shrek who’s swamp gets taken over by fairytale creatures by order of Lord Farquaad and Shrek must save Princess Fiona and bring her to Farquaad so she can marry Farquaad. With the help of a funny talking donkey, Shrek goes on an adventure that will change his life forever.

Shrek is a very cool musical and is able to be a musical for any school that wants to do a musical. If you were wanting ideas for a musical, Shrek is a very good idea and I hope you learned more about this play and the different details included in here. Thanks for reading the passage!

Sources: Myself, Mrs. Huffman



Glasses have been around for many years, they were invented between 1268 and 1289! They have been helping people see for centuries.

Glasses are lenses that are put into special fitted frames; lenses are glass or plastic shapes that help correct and or help with someones vision. The reason why most people need glasses is because some parts of their eye has some problems working, like the cornea and retina. When these parts in your eye have trouble working they need some help to work correctly, that is what glasses are for. The lenses in glasses are specifically made for certain problems in a eye. Like me for example, I am farsighted in my left eye and have an astigmatism in my right eye, so my glasses are specially made for my specific messed up eyes. Going back to when I said astigmatism, so your cornea in your eye is supposed to be round, but if you have an astigmatism, your cornea is a little more oval like, which can make it a tiny bit harder to see. My mom and dad both are farsighted and have an astigmatism, which means that I have gotten my eye disorders through genes, and my sister is the only one in my family who does not have glasses, so she might be next. Now that I have my glasses, I can see evenly and have a lot less headaches. I love my glasses because, not only do they help me, but I feel like they make me, me.

Well I hope that you have learned a little something about the awesome glasses. Also please remember that if you are having problems seeing or even have constant headaches please go visit your local eye doctor.


The Stanley Cup

By: Andrew C

The Stanley Cup has a magnificent history involving hockey. The Stanley Cup was named after Lord Stanley, a British captain who was very involved with the sport at the time. Stanley wrote the rules of the winner of the cup. The cup had very precise rules including the place of play, the time of game, the way it was played for, and other rules. The Stanley Cup wasn’t introduced into the NHL until the year 1927, when the NHA (National Hockey Association) dissolved.

The Stanley Cup is now in the NHL’s hands and is rewarded to the champion of the NHL playoffs. The last winner, in 2015, was the Chicago Blackhawks, who won the cup 3 out of the last 6 years. There are still many teams that haven't won the cup yet. The team that wins the cup gets last pick in the NHL draft the next year. If the Stanley Cup isn't considered historic, then I don't know what is.


Tropical rainforest

By: Keghan

Tropical rainforests can appear in hot and humid areas by the equator, but tropical rainforests are also moist. Tropical rainforests have months and all those months have an average precipitation value of at least 60mm, it can also be referred to as lowland equatorial evergreen rainforest. Tropical rainforests rarely extend more than 10 degrees north or south of the equator that is a subset of the tropical rainforest biome type that occurs roughly within the 28 degrees latitudes (in the zones between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn). Tropical rainforests are a type of a tropical moist broadleaf forest, or also known as a tropical wet forest, which also includes tropical seasonal forests.

Tropical rainforests can be described as hot and wet. Monthly an average of rainfall is no less than 168 cm (66 in) and can exceed 1,000cm (390 in) sometimes it typically lies between 175 cm (69 in) and 200 cm (79 in). Due to these high levels of precipitation, often results to poor soils due to leaching of nutrients in the ground.

In the tropical rainforest there is a lot of life in the rainforest. There is also a lot of diversity (how plant and animals depend on each other) in the tropical rainforest. About 40% to 75% of species are occurring naturally in the tropical rainforest. The rainforest is the home to half of all living plants and animals in the world. Flowering plants are found in almost two-thirds of all rainforests.

In the rainforest there are a lot of different kinds of animals. Some of those kinds of animals are the jaguar, toucan, monkey, tiger, lion, parrot, snakes, and more.



By: Steven

There are many authors all around the world who write all kinds of books. They range from novels, to diaries, to just about anything you can think of. My favorite genres of books are books about Greek and Egyptian mythology, sports biographies, and action. My favorite author of all time is Rick Riordan. Here is some information about him.

Rick Riordan was born June 5th, 1964 in San Antonio, Texas. Right now he is 51. Rick Riordan has written about 60 books! Most of these books are Greek and Egyptian mythology and this is what he is known for. His most popular series is the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. This book series is about a teenager named Percy Jackson who finds out that his father is Poseidon, god of the seas. He got his idea for camp half blood, which is in the series at camp where he was a music director. Some of his other book series are the Heroes of Olympus and The Kane Chronicles. The first story Rick Riordan ever wrote was when he was 13. It was fantasy story. He submitted it for publication but unfortunately it was not published. This was probably because of young age and still being a new, raw, writer. Rick Riordan lives in Boston with his wife and two sons.

I hope enjoyed my article about Rick Riordan. His books are amazing and if you have never read one of his books, I highly suggest you do. They are great books that will hook right away. My personal favorite was Mark of Athena in the Heroes of Olympus series. If you ever have nothing to read, go pick up one of his books, you will never run out of books to read for a long time.

SPOILER ALERT Star Wars: The Force Awakens

By: Ty Piper

If you haven’t seen this movie, I suggest not to read this. Star Wars is a very famous franchise with lots of fans created by Lucasfilms, ran by George Lucas. Disney ended up buying the Star Wars franchise. The most recent movie, Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released in most theaters on December 18, 2015. It was directed by J.J. Abrams and had a box office hit of 1.871 billion USD. The cast is Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Harrison Ford as Han Solo, Carrie Fisher as General Leia, and Adam Driver as Kylo Ren. There are many others but those are the main characters of this new movie. That was some things to know about this movie but there’s more. THERE ARE BIGGER SPOILERS PAST THIS POINT.

The movie centers around three decades after the Empire’s defeat a new threat that has arisen, The First Order. But there is still hope in finding the missing Jedi Master, Luke Skywalker. Two droids have the map, R2-D2 and BB-8. BB-8 gets lost on Jakku and is found by Rey, a scavenger who seeks more than the world she has to live in. With help from Finn, a First Order trooper who didn’t like what he had to do and he couldn’t kill anybody, they cross paths with Han Solo and the New Republic to help find Luke, defeat the First Order, and evil Kylo Ren for good. As the movie goes on, Rey figures out she has the force and there is still someone in her family out there. We figure out later that Kylo Ren is really Han Solo and Leia’s son!!!!!! Then when he and Kylo are talking near the end, Kylo Ren asks his father to help him find the way to the light side then kills his father and turns completely to the dark side. But, the New Republic fights back and destroys the Starkiller Base. There is victory and after that R2 is awake after all these years (he has been asleep because Luke left) and everyone finds out R2 has the full map and BB-8 has a tiny part of it that was missing. So, Rey goes to find Luke and succeeds, with the movie ending with Rey holding out the lightsaber to Luke.

I think this movie was one of the best movies I’ve ever seen and I can’t wait to see the next movie which is going to be released in December 2017 with a new director, Rian Johnson. I think the next movie is going to be fantastic like the one that came out in 2015. That’s all I had to share about this movie, I hope I didn’t ruin it for you if you haven’t seen it. I did warn you with spoiler alerts… Thanks!

Sources:, myself

Cross Country

By: Riley

Cross Country is a sport where you’re having a joyful jog with other people while competing with everyone in a close area to the place you’re at. Unlike in other sports, in Cross Country to win, you finish in top 15, or for our team, you get negative splits. Negative splits is when your first mile takes more time then your 2nd, so our manager Kirsten would put down our time on the mile mark and our finishing time. Then, at the next practice our coach will announce who got negative splits (example first mile 11:42 second mile 9:15). In high school, it’s different, the team with the lowest combined score wins!

Sometimes at practice we have easy days, which is like 2 miles, then we do capture the flag. Hard day, which is something like 3 miles, Sprints, Strides or Hills! The easiest day is friday mornings, about halfway through the season we just run uptown. One day in the beginning we ran to the beach and did our warm ups in the lake! Another thing Cross Country doesn’t do is weights because we need all the time we can get on running, plus arm muscles don’t help as much and could slow us down! Our coach in middle school is Tim Fyfe and the high school coach is Nick DiMarco.

New Houses

By: Delaney

There is so much modern architecture these days that sometimes you can’t tell whether or not it’s a house! Thanks to modern technology we have been able to make better structures than ever before. Ones that can withstand hurricanes and ones that are flood proof. We also make house that are unbelievable!

There are houses like the Bubble House in Tourrettes-Sur-Loup, France. The Bubble house is orange-ish brick and is all circular and round with round windows, round doors, and round decor. There is also The Flinstone inspired house which is here in the USA. If you haven't seen the Flintstones, it’s an old cartoon about cave men and women with stone houses and cars and a dinosaur for a pet. So, the Flintstone inspired house is a stone house with plants all around it. It’s got a little bit of western flair to the decor and everything that can be is stone. Then, for one more house. This house is actually an old water tower! It is located in Belgium and has been renovated on the inside to look like a house, but on the outside it still looks exactly like an old water tower.

As you can see we have definitely taken advantage of all the modern resources to make these wonderful pieces of art! And then, of course, some everyday things that everyone has access to like stone. Modern homes are some of the coolest things to hear about and see. So I hope you’ve enjoyed hearing about these amazing homes!

If you would like to see some more of these homes you can search these names:

The bubble house- Tourrettes-sur-Loup, France.

The upside down house of- Szymbark, Poland

The Hang Nga Villa of Dalat- Vietnam

The Elephant and Hippodome- Cornville, Arizona

The Inversion house of Houston -Texas

The Giant Seashell house- Mexico

The Flinstone Inspired House -USA

The Water Tower House-Belgium

The Transparent House -Japan


Bad Habits

By: Michaela

There are some bad habits that can kill you or can get you in the hospital, but there are some that don’t do much harm or any harm at all. Some bad ones are Smoking, Drinking Alcohol, and Drugs.

There are also bad habits that don’t do that much harm like eating fast food. However, if you are child and you eat it every single day it can make you obese 11% of americans diet is fast food. Looking at a computer screen for a long time can do some damage to your eyes. The name for eye problems caused by a computer screen is computer vision syndrome.

There is one habit that won't hurt you physically and that is shopping, but this will probably put you in debt if you aren't wealthy enough for it. One habit that can hurt you is getting sunburned a lot and if you get a ton of sunburns you can get skin cancer. The way to prevent it is to wear sunscreen each and every time you know you're going to spend up to 20 mins in the sun. Skipping breakfast is also a very bad habit. Some of the consequences are your energy levels decrease and and it increases your blood sugar. Taking too many pain killers is a bad habit, too. If you take too much you could overdose and die.

So if you have one of these habits you may want to consider trying not to do it or there is some bad things that can happen to you.


Light Bulbs

By: Storm

Do you ever look at your power bill and are shocked about how high it is, well that might have something to do with you light bulbs. Light bulbs have been around for decades, invented by Thomas Edison. Light bulbs are usually something you screw into a light fixture and it makes light. They are literally everywhere. They provide light through the day and night.

There are three types of light bulbs you usually see: incandescent, Compact Fluorescent Light, and LEDs. Incandescents are where a filament of metal that heats up and gets bright inside an airless glass bulb with electricity going through it to heat it up. The CFL is a twisted glass tube with gaseses inside that light up when excited by electricity. They are more efficient, but require warmth to function properly and will not perform well outside in the cold; and even in warmth it takes a bit to turn all the way on, and has an off color. With CFLs it is best to leave them on for at least fifteen minutes or you could damage them. LEDs are the best light bulb because they use the least amount of energy, don't really get hot, and prefer the cold, but work great in the warmth. They are an aray of light emitting diodes with a glass bulb around but if break it it should still work meaning it works great in places where it might get bumped. LEDs last up to 50,000 hours while CFLs last 20,000 and incandescents last only 1,000 hours.

Overall there's really no reason to get the incandescent. You should get a CFL if you want an efficient light bulb and a decent price. You should get LEDs if you can but they are quite expensive, so you put CFLs in rooms where you don't have the light on all day, and LEDs where it will be on for a long time.


By Noah

Have you ever bought a gold something? Well, have you ever thought about what it takes to get the gold? Blood, sweat and diesel power, that's what. Here are a few ways that they extract this ore.

There are two ways that I will talk about you can use to extract this fine gold. The first is using a Sluice Box. Sluicing is the process where you wash the paydirt with a stream of water, so you can see the gold. This option is used in smaller mining operations. You sluice out the gold in placer deposits. The Sluice box is meant to put in the placer deposits in the water. There are ripples in the bottom that create a dead zone for the gold to fall in. Then they take the gold out and sell it. Gold is used in Jewelry and computer parts just to name a few.

This second method uses trommels. It is a machine that uses diesel to power it. Parts of the trommel include a cylinder that separates boulders from paydirt (the soil that has gold in it). Then goes the the box with water to wash away the dirt the into the sluice box that works like the other type. At the end of the trommel, it spits out the extra dirt and water. To get this material to the plant you need to use excavators, rock trucks, bulldozers and wheel loaders. The second process is better because you do less on your feet and get more gold in any amount of time.

Well that about wraps up sluicing, so next time you go to the store remind yourself what it takes to get the gold.


By: Delaney

Mexico. Aztecs, spicy foods, Spanish, and sombreros. So many things that influence our culture today. You probably can’t go to a major city without seeing a mexican restaurant. You could probably even go to DisneyLand and get a Mickey Mouse sombrero!

Mexico has some of the richest history ever. It was home to the Aztec empire, one of the most advanced civilizations. The Aztecs originated sometime during the 13th century and then fell during the 16th century. They had aqueducts and writing. But the Aztecs aren't the only thing Mexico is famous for. They are also famous for their food! Like burritos, tacos, cheese dip, guacamole, quesadilla, and nachos and those are just the most popular things! Did you know that the first tacos were made during the 18th century.

As you can tell Mexico is rich with history and influence to other people and countries. Mexico culture is really important to many people and companies today! Many families have mexican restaurants and get provide for their families that way. Mexican vulture is very rich and if you're ever bored try reading about it sometime.


Pro Athletes

By: Steven

There are many pro athletes all around the world. There are also many sports for players to go pro in. My favorite sport is American football. My favorite team is the Minnesota Vikings, and one of my favorite players on the Vikings is Anthony Barr. Here is a little bit about him.

Anthony Barr was born on March 18th, 1992, in South Bend, Indiana. He went to Loyola High School in Los Angeles, California. He plays outside linebacker in the NFL and plays for the Minnesota Vikings, obviously. He wears number 55 on his jersey on game days. In one of his two years of playing, he was selected to the pro bowl. He went to the University of California, Los Angeles, or UCLA. He was drafted in 2014 as the 9th pick in the 1st round by the Vikings. Some of the awards he won in college are First-team All-Pac-12 in 2012 and 2013, the Lott IMPACT award in 2013, and Consensus All-American in 2013. He has not been in the NFL for too long but he has some awards behind him. These awards include the All Rookie team in 2014 and a Pro Bowl invitation in 2015.

Since then he has been a great addition to the team and has contributed significantly. This is one of the reasons that I like him. He very fast and still young. Someday he definitely be a force to be reckoned with in the NFL. I hope you enjoyed my article about Anthony Barr and I also hope you learned more about.




T-rex is a giant dinosaur. It is a carnivore so it eats meat. T-rex lived in forested river valleys in the late cretaceous period. It lived in forests because so it could hunt and kill prey. How it killed its prey was by using its powerful jaws to crush its prey.

The T-rex’s size 40ft long and 15 to 20ft tall. The status of the T-rex is extinct and its size related to a school bus. Did you know that T-rex means tyrant lizard? The T-rex could eat 500 pounds of meat in one bite. The T-rex was in prehistoric times. The T-rex’s skull was designed to crush the bones of its prey so it could eat easier. It was also the king of the forest.

So now you know more facts about the T-rex.




By: Isaac

There are lots of different jobs. Some of them are hard and some of them are easy depending on who you are. The job I will be talking about are acting and entertainment jobs.

Acting started around 534 bc in Athens. The first actors name was Thespis. There are lots of different types of things you can be an actor for: plays, movies, TV shows, and many more. If you're an actor you have to be able to do certain things for your roll in a movie. Tom Cruise had to climb up the Burj Khalifa as a spy named Ethan Hunt in Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol. Even though he was strapped to cables, he still probably had to have some background with climbing and heights. Some actors have to be able to speak different languages and have different accents. In the movie Concussion with Will Smith, he had to have an accent and shave his facial hair. If you're an actor you may have to grow out your hair or grow a beard for certain roles, or work out to have big muscles. If You're an actor you may have some goals to win awards for starring in tv shows and movies. Some of the awards are an Academy Award, Grammy and an Oscar award just to name a few.

Being an actor takes a lot of work, practice and skill. Acting has changed alot since the first play their are still plays but ever since the camera was invented movies have definitely taken over acting. There are also a lot of changes in the movies you can now film a movie with a green screen and add effects. Actors have to have special skills for certain roles. So if you want to be an actor you should prepare to change your look. Remember that not all jobs are easy for some people and some are hard depending on who you are.


by: Storm

Elections are when the election of a new president takes place. The presidential elections happen every 4 years in the US. Two candidates from the republican party and the democratic party are selected. The current 2 frontrunners are Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton for the 2016 election. Donald Trump is republican while Hillary Clinton is a democrat.

The presidential election has been around as long as the US. The election/voting is a right of all US Citizens. Elections are becoming more and more advanced. Soon you will be able to vote online. Presidential candidates campaign months before the elections.The election process in the US is where everyone votes in their in town then thay goes to state where they get a certain number of votes for the president which then goes to the national level, so more people would want one candidate, but that system makes it seem like everybody wanted the other one.

The right to vote will be here as long as America stands. The current election will determine the best candidate for the job. Elections are everywhere in all forms. Elections can be important or minor.


By: Michaela

This article is about what they eat, what they do, and stuff like that, what their life is basically like. In prison you get nothing, like no phones, no computers, no tv. If you were wondering what they ate here it is. Your right is reduced to eating portion-fixed food dictated by a warden on a set schedule. If you're hungry after dinner, you will go to bed hungry. If you are in prison your meal will somewhat be like this:

  • 3-4 ounces of meat

  • half a cup of vegetables

  • three-quarters of a cup of starch

  • three-quarters of a cup of salad with dressing

  • 1 bread item

  • 1 beverage

  • 1 dessert

But, if you are on death row, you are entitled to one last meal of your choice, which is served to you 2 hours before you are executed. Nutraloaf is given to prisoners who misbehave. Nutraloaf usually is blended concoction of the previous day’s meal. It can be described as very bland and cardboard, however it has all the victims and nutrients to survive. When you get to prison, you will get assigned housing where you will live, then you will probably get a job like cooking, groundskeeper, field worker, etc. Since the whole unit is run by inmates, after that it's a routine of playing ball or working out, which is only once a day. Also you can sign-on for classes to get a better education to help you get out of all about repetition every day. Hope you enjoyed learning about prison.



by: Emily

Photography is the art of capturing a moment with a push of a button. Everyone has taken a picture at some point in their life, that family picture on your wall would not even be there without photography.

The first camera was made in 1816 but the first photograph ever taken was actually taken in 1826, and thus photography was born! People have loved photography ever since the first picture was taken. Just think of everything photography is related to, the pictures we see on google, the video's we see on youtube, the covers of our books, to the wallpaper on our phones. PHOTOGRAPHY IS EVERYWHERE! I bet if you look around the room you are in right now you will see a picture. Even on your very own tv, everything that you watch is either photography or videography. There are many different types of photography like photoshop to printing something, the news and even taking a video and using social media. Taking pictures have even gone to good use, like the ‘’lost: please help find’’ signs’’ that you see around your town and animal shelter websites that have pictures of animals for sale. This could be just a hobby for some people, but many others take it more seriously. Like professional photographers, they capture moments by take pictures for a living! What an amazing job, that's what I want to be when I grow up.

Most people think that photography is just something you can accomplish by just pushing a button, but it is so much more. It is simply a way to capture a moment like your first birthday or your wedding with a push of a button.



By: Delaney

Gold has been the motivation of many people for centuries. The Vikings plundered villages for gold and riches. Hernando De Soto searched North America for Spain searching for gold. There have been famous ancient stories of cities of gold, and even the Aztecs had golden coins! But the question is… why is gold so expensive?

First off, gold is getting rare. We have mined almost all the easy stuff to get to! And gold is relatively hard to form; it takes a really long time, plus lots of pressure and heat! So to get all that heat and pressure it has to be formed deep in the Earth. Then it will take a long time to find the gold and to mine it. Another reason is it's pretty! Gold shines and has a beautiful color. Just think of all the beautiful jewelry it makes. Which makes everyone want to buy it. So when everyone wants to buy it the price shoots up and makes it really expensive.

Gold has been beautiful and very valued throughout the centuries! Even countries from Mexico to Norway have valued gold for ages. Gold coins, jewelry, and threads for making expensive clothing. Gold has many uses far and wide. It is also very nice. I hope you’ve learned a lot!





Neptune was discovered by Jean Joseph Le Verrier. The planet Neptune was named after the roman god of the sea. Found in the year 1846. Discovered eight spaces away from the Sun. They found it by using a powerful telescope. Astronomers found it because they wanted to study the stars and space.

Neptune has five rings and has a moon named Triton. The symbol for Neptune is a trident. The temperature is negative two hundred and one degrees and it takes Neptune 164.8 Earth years to orbit the Sun. Neptune has a storm similar as The Great Red Spot on Jupiter. Neptune has 14 known moons. Neptune also has a second storm called the Small Dark Spot. The largest neptunian moon called, Triton, was discovered just 17 days after Neptune itself was discovered.

So now you know some facts about Neptune.

May Celebrations

By: Ty

There are a lot of months that have celebrations. One of those months is May. May has so many different celebrations in the month. The celebrations include May Day, Constitution Day, Whit Sunday, Corpus Christi, and Mother’s Day plus a lot more. These all have special meanings to them and are important.

What are all of the celebrations about? Well, first is May Day on May 1st of every year. It is also known as Labour Day or International Worker’s Day, which is about the rights of workers and recognizing what they do. The next day is on May 4th which is Star Wars Day, celebrating George Lucas’ famous Star Wars franchise. Then after that comes Cinco De Mayo on May 5th which celebrates the Spanish army’s victory in a battle with French forces. After that is the holiday every teacher enjoys which is May 6th National Teacher’s Day. This is to recognize teachers and their work of teaching students to grow up smart. One of the main holidays that is really recognized is Mother’s Day on May 8th which is to celebrate every amazing mother out there. Then on May 8th, still, is VE Day which celebrates the surrender of the Nazis.

That is all of the different celebrations and they are all pretty important in their own way. There are so many other months that have celebrations that are really important like Christmas and New Year’s Day/Eve and they are very important to know about and celebrate.


Mysteries at the bottom of the Ocean

By: Emily

The ocean is full of mysteries, we have only discovered about less than 10% of it. Which is kind of scary because more than half of our world is made up of water. We hardly know anything about our world and yet we want to travel up into space and live on Mars.

The people who go and explore the ocean are called Marine Biologists, they travel far and wide on a boat to discover to more about our ocean. (Marine Biologists are the people who discovered that 10%). One very special group of Biologists decided to go on a very dangerous mission into the deep blue depths in our Pacific Ocean, the reason why it was so dangerous was because the ocean is extremely deep, 6.8 miles down, in feet: 35,304/ yards:11,968/inches:430,848! When you are down that far the water pressure is 1,086 bars, 15,750psi. That is 1,000 times the average sea level pressure, and that could crush someone or even make them explode. Even if you are in a regular submarine you could be crushed, you have to have a very special submarine made with military grade products. The Marine Biologists did not just buy a submarine like this, they took weeks building it and testing it to make sure that it was right for the job. Once they got all the kinks worked out, they put the Biologists in it and took it down to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. Once they got down to the bottom of the ocean everyone's ears had popped because of the pressure even though they were in a secure submarine, but the human body is not used to the pressure. They started putting camera’s down so when they were not in the ocean they could still keep track of everything that is going on. They then decided to explore around and discovered new types of sharks and fish. Then something amazing happened. They found a squid that they had thought was extinct, but was just hiding at the bottom of the Pacific!

WHAT WAS LOST, HAS NOW BEEN FOUND! Thanks to the Biologists who care about more than out 10%. So many species have been found and many more yet to come. Thus concludes my non fictional story of The Mysteries at the bottom of the Ocean!


By: Steven

Almost everyone in the world loves technology. Almost everyone in the world uses technology. More specifically phones. It is easier and more convenient to hop on your phone and look something up rather than waiting to get home and hopping on your computer. Phones are also a great way to connect with friends and family on the fly wherever you are. My favorite type of phone is the IPhone. Here are some details on it.

The first IPhone was made in 2007 on June 29th by Steve Jobs. It was manufactured by Apple. Since then, there have been eleven different Apple IPhones. Here are some things you can do with it. On the IPhone 6, which came out on September 19th, 2014, you can call and text. This is not including apps. There is a variety of apps to download from the App Store. There is social media, games, text and call apps, music apps, and many other different types of apps. The possibilities are endless. You can also use the internet wherever you want whenever you want.

Next time you're looking for a phone, consider an IPhone. They are easy to use and quick to use as well. They are also very convenient as well. So really, iPhones aren't a bad way to go. I know there are other phones like Samsung, Droid, Nexus, HTC, Sony, and LG, but I think that an iPhone is the right way to go.


By: Noah

Does this mean anything to you, 3 acre potato field? If you were to ask Scheels what it meant to them they would have a really good answer for you. That's what we will be discussing today. Shall we get into in then.

Way back when, a 3 acre potato field came into play. In 1902 Frederick A. Scheel used the $300 dollars he got from that harvest to put towards the downpayment on the first Scheels store. This general merchandise store was located in Sabin, Minnesota. Between 1954-1972 was an important part of Scheels. They introduced sporting lines into their store. The interest grew and they added more brands to the store. Sheels is operating 26 different stores in 11 states including North Dakota, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, Montana, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Nevada, Utah, and Kansas. They’re pretty busy, I would say. They have world class customer service, because they have the largest selection of sportswear footwear and sports equipment. Now Steve D. Scheel age is unknown. He is the proud grandson who inherited the position as the CEO.

Can you now understand why the 3 acre field is so important? I suspect that the Scheels will keep it in the family. So anytime you need sporting goods and footwear, and are in one of the 11 states, take it from me it is worth your while. Just think from potatoes in 1902 to now, the price has went up you can get more from the same crop. Frederick A. Scheels could have had the down payment for 3 buildings.

The Man Of The Year!

By: Andrew F

Ben Simmons is the number 1 recruit of the year in basketball. He is 19 years old and from Melbourne, Australia. He had many choices on where to go to college. After looking at over 50 schools the 6’ 10” Freshman selected to go to LSU. This college is usually known for their football squad, but now they got their name out to the world. Ben was the top prospect in this year's recruiting board. In high school Ben averaged 27.9 points per game and 11.5 rebounds respectively. Ben attended Montverde Academy a very intelligent school. Ben played all over the world on his AAU team.

Ben Simmons is projected to go number 1 in the 2016 NBA draft. The question is, is he going to. ESPN interviewed this talented kid and asked if he was going to. He replied back saying “I believe I will be going to the draft, but no promises.” Ben is a great kid who will be leading LSU to a great year.

“This kid brings good energy and leadership to this team” coach Johnny Jones. Simmons and his teammates hope to seek a good seed in March Madness.

Ben is a great kid that is very athletic and intelligent off the court. Everyone hopes to see Ben in the pros doing what he does best. This kid right now at LSU is averaging 19.6 points per game and 12.6 rebounds a game. That's very impressive from a freshman in college. Now you know a little more about Ben and how well he can play. Look to see him play in the pros soon.

Firearms and Gun Control

by: Storm

Firearms or guns are a projectile weapon the shoots rounds at high speed to kill or disable an opponent. They are carried by any kind of person in pistol or rifle form. They have been around for centries. There's concealed carry. But, that right is trying to be revoked by democrats and liberals to stop gun violence. There's only one problem, there is no way to keep, with bad intentions, from getting them accomplished.

Gun grabbers will try and stop guns from having high capacity magazines and ban certain rifles, but that won't work because you just buy them off the deep web, street, and steal them. It only keeps responsible gun owners from getting them to hunt and defend themselves. People are misinformed about guns and democrats don't help they just tell the people what they want to hear, which is why the AR 15 is so hated. The AR 15 is just a rifle that looks scary, which is just a bluff. For instance, Australia took away handguns and their crime rate increased because the criminals knew that they could do what they want. The criminals probably had guns because the don't follow the law. Firearms are an amendment and to say it's outdated would mean if some people felt the first amendment was outdated we should just get rid of it. Firearms are not the problem, people are.

There are many types of guns such as assault rifle handgun, and shotgun. They have many types of rounds. Everyday people carry guns but chances are he's/ she's just protecting himself/ herself and his/her family. You carry them every where because it's our right.

College Sports

By: Steven

College sports are very popular events to attend in the United States. There are tons of different sports that you can play in college. There are different divisions as well. College sports are a place where students can learn discipline, responsibility, and maybe even go pro. Here is some more information on college sports.

There is a variety of different sports to choose from in college. Some are not even considered sports. Some college sports include football, basketball, baseball, softball, wrestling, hockey, and golf. That is not all though, the list goes on. There are different divisions in college sports. There is the NCAA, which stands for National Collegiate Athletic Association, NJCAA, which stands for National Junior College Athletic Association, and the NAIA, which stands for National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. At sports events there are always lots of people, but at the college level there are tens of thousands. It gets even bigger at the pro level. People like Jameis Winston, AJ McCarron, and Marcus Mariota have seen this first hand. Fans come to watch these college athletes play some very big games including championships. There is championships like the CFP National Championship, March Madness, bowl games, and much more. Some teams who have played in this big games are Iowa, Alabama, Clemson, there are also intramural sports that don't have championships like flag football and rugby.

I hope enjoyed my article on college sports. I also hope that you learned more about college sports may one day be able to apply this to real life. Overall college sports can big deal the should be taken seriously by the players because if you “don't show up to play” on game day, that shows what kind of person you are.

Laser Tag!

By: Andrew

Have you ever gone and played laser tag? Laser tag is good for special occasions, and more. George Cater invented laser tag in 1984. Most arenas use vests, and headsets. Then the people will receive a gun. Of course the gun is not loaded with bullets, it uses a laser. This laser is a LED light, so this laser will cause no harm.

Laser tag is good for parties young and old. Many people enjoy the fun competition and love the concept of the game. This will bring good excitement to your family, and friends. Laser tag is located all over the United States, and all bring fun to the place. There are many new arenas in the States including one in California named Laser Island.

Now you see that laser tag is a lot of fun. This is becoming a big thing in the USA. People love to experience the new game. Laser tag is a lot of fun and will be for years to come. I am challenging you to go out and try it. We people here in Clear Lake have one right by the Surf Ballroom called Adrenaline X. So bring a couple of friends and have a blast.

The Funny Paper


The edition I am featuring is ventriloquism. I will announce the best and worst ventriloquist. I am also hoping I can explain what it is, but this is from the internet so I don’t know. I have one thing to ask you before I start. Can you move your lips?

Ventriloquism is the speaking from the belly. It was a religion practice. The name comes from the latin meaning speaking from the stomach. This is called throwing your voice. The noises were thought to be able to talk to the dead. Even crazier it was to think to tell the future.

One of the funniest ventriloquist is Jeff Dunham. This ventriloquist grew up in Dallas Texas. He was born on April 18 1962. He was adopted at 3 months old. He has started ventriloquism at age 8 and since then He has created an assortment of characters. Like Walter, Achmed, Peanut, Jose Jalapeno, Bubby J, and Daddy D to get an idea. He travels the globe to perform. If you want to see where and when he performs if you look up Jeff Dunham on the internet. Beware, he swears a lot. Now I will explain how you can tell who is a bad ventriloquist. When someone attempts to speak from the stomach their lips move. So make sure when you watch ventriloquism it is funny and legit.

Let's conclude, you need to watch Jeff Dunham and enjoy it. Watch for crap ventriloquists. So, I will follow you up with that question. Can you move your lips or more importantly can you speak from your stomach. Hey if you find any horrible or good ventriloquist contact me at See you soon.

Sky Zone

By: Michaela

Do you want to go to a place surrounded by trampolines everywhere? Well, Sky Zone is a place you're going to want to go. There are a ton of locations for Sky Zone. Here are the ones in Iowa: there is one in Cedar Rapids and one in Des Moines.

The owners are Jim Bellino and three co owners. They also opened Sky Zone Anaheim - billed as the largest indoor trampoline park in the United States. Sky Zone is a building full of different trampolines, and foam pit. You can have birthday parties there.

Here are the prices- 30 min jump costs $12, 60 min jump costs $16, 90 min jump costs $20, 120 min Jump costs $24, 30min add on costs $6, 60 min add on costs $8, 90 min add on costs $12, Super Pass: 10 one hour jumps costs $125. I guess that’s not too bad since you’re going to be having so much fun.

Sky Zone was made for kids to have fun and be fit by jumping around and tumbling. The first ever Sky Zone was open in 2004. The concept was so unique it was awarded a U.S Patent. There also is a SkyMania in Las Vegas. The didn’t just launch a business, they launched an industry. I hope this made you want to go visit Sky Zone if you hadn’t already. Hope you enjoyed thanks for reading.

College Sports

By: Steven

College sports are very popular events to attend in the United States. There are tons of different sports that you can play in college. There are different divisions as well. College sports are a place where students can learn discipline, responsibility, and maybe even go pro. Here is some more information on college sports.

There is a variety of different sports to choose from in college. Some are not even considered sports. Some college sports include football, basketball, baseball, softball, wrestling, hockey, and golf. That is not all though, the list goes on. There are different divisions in college sports. There is the NCAA, which stands for National Collegiate Athletic Association, NJCAA, which stands for National Junior College Athletic Association, and the NAIA, which stands for National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. At sports events there are always lots of people, but at the college level there are tens of thousands. It gets even bigger at the pro level. People like Jameis Winston, AJ McCarron, and Marcus Mariota have seen this first hand. Fans come to watch these college athletes play some very big games including championships. There is championships like the CFP National Championship, March Madness, bowl games, and much more. Some teams who have played in this big games are Iowa, Alabama, Clemson, there are also intramural sports that don't have championships like flag football and rugby.

I hope enjoyed my article on college sports. I also hope that you learned more about college sports may one day be able to apply this to real life. Overall college sports can big deal the should be taken seriously by the players because if you “don't show up to play” on game day, that shows what kind of person you are.



Parker Engelking

Poseidon is the Greek God of the sea and protector of all sea creatures. Poseidon is a god because he is very powerful. His domain is the sea/mount olympus. He became a god as he got older and more powerful. He was a god because his father was Kronos the Great and powerful titan. Kronos shared the universe with them to become powerful.

His weapon is the trident. Poseidon can make earthquakes and floods. Poseidon’s brothers were Zeus and Hades. He created the first horse and could shatter any object. He made a variety of animals and his Roman name is Neptune. The symbol that represents poseidon is the trident symbol.

So that is what makes Poseidon the second most powerful Greek God besides Zeus.


What’s a Hurricane like?

By: Keghan

A hurricane, also known as a tropical cyclone, is a rapidly rotating storm system characterized by a low-pressure center, strong winds, and a spiral arrangement of thunderstorms that produce heavy rain. Sometimes it is called a hurricane and other times it is called a tropical storm. In different places, hurricanes are also called cyclones, cyclonic storms and tropical depressions.

Hurricanes usually form over big bodies of water, and hurricanes form with warm water. Energy comes from evaporation from the ocean to the clouds, and the water in the sky cools down. There is a different kind of energy in each ocean, and there is also a different temperatures in each ocean. The strong rotating winds in a tropical cyclone is a result of the Earth’s rotation as the air flows in towards the rotating axis. Because the earth’s core is too hot, hurricanes don’t form within 5 degrees of the equator. Hurricanes are normally between 100 and 2,000 on diameter.

Tropical refers to the geographic origin of some systems, which forms over tropical seas. Cyclone refers to cyclone nature. In the Northern Hemisphere the winds blow counterclockwise, and in the Southern Hemisphere the winds blow clockwise.

Because of hurricanes strong winds and rain, it can cause high waves, harmful storm surges, and tornadoes. Hurricanes wear down easily when going over land because the hurricanes energy source is cut off when it hits land. When hurricanes hit the coastal regions, the coastal regions get destroyed easily.

When heavy rains occur it can cause floods on islands, and storm surges can cause coastal flooding up to 40 kilometres from the coastline. Hurricanes have a lot of effects on human population, there devastating, but they can relieve drought conditions. Hurricanes carry heat energy away from the tropics and then transport it towards temple latitudes, and this plays an important role in some regions and global climate.



Have you played football? Which if you think about it, is AWESOME! You get to kick a ball and psych people out with your awesome moves. Wait, are we talking about the same sport? I am talking about the better one. Let me say, it is called soccer in USA. Yea, Yea, you might think that this sport sucks, but you might change your mind. This is my opinion. Anyway let me tell you about FIFA.

FIFA was governed by swiss law founded in 1904. FIFA is based in Zurich. The longer name for FIFA is Federation Internationale de Football Association. They have 209 hired staff enrolled. They are like the big dogs for consistent improvements to soccer like making rules.

The Word Cup, so it is like the super bowl. There are 32 teams then compete to win the title. Brazil is the best team in my conclusion. They have won 5 of the 19 world cups and you have to play in all the tournaments. To find out who will be playing, they compete before the World Cup to see who is able to participate.

I bet you still love american football, but I have to say I am stuck with soccer maybe you could go to Brazil and play. If only I could. Just think if you let it, The World Cup could rock your World like it has mine. P.S. if you are the person who thinks soccer is not interesting, that is wrong. It is just as interesting, so how ‘bout you watch one game and tell me what you think.

The Crossroads Series

By: Ty

Do you believe in ghosts? If you do, you should check out The Crossroads series which is about a boy named Zack that moves with his dad and stepmom to a different state. Yet, that’s not all that lies ahead. In that town there was a terrible accident caused by a crazed killer and killed 40 people! The killer hit a tree after the fiery crash which caused him to die and his spirit left into that tree. Years later when Zack is in town there’s a huge storm and lightning strikes the tree and releases the spirit. The next target is Zack, the thing is, he can see spirits…

The Crossroads series contains THE CROSSROADS, THE HANGING HILL, THE SMOKY CORRIDOR, and the last one is THE BLACK HEART CRYPT. The series is written by Chris Grabenstein who is a children’s and adult author. The Hanging Hill is the second book of the series, then Smoky Corridor, and finally the finale with Black Heart Crypt.

I give this series a big 10 out of 10 because it is really fun to read because the characters are really cool and it was fascinated with all the action and ghosts that were involved. I wish that the author didn’t finish off this series because I am really fascinated with his work on this entire series. I loved all four books and I hope he makes more soon.

*These are what the covers of each book look like.


Social Media

By: Michaela

Hello there! Do you have a phone,computer,ipad or tablet? If so, you must have some type of social media. There are tons of social media apps like Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram, Vine, Pinterest, Tumblr, and Twitter. You might have one of these, but I personally have Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram. I think they are all amazing apps. You usually use them for talking to family and friends out of town. But there are some things that are bad about social media like bullying, kidnapping, and more bad things. On some apps, you have to be a certain age, like Snapchat you have to be 13 to have it, Instagram you have to be 13, Facebook you used to have to be 18 and older, but now you only have to be 16, and Twitter you have to be 13 and older. Bullying when it is done online is called cyberbullying; 95% of teenagers who use social media have witnessed cyberbullying and 33% have been victims themselves. The study that had explored the relationship between teenagers, social media, and drug use found that 70% of teenagers age 12 to 17 use social media; 40% admitted they had been exposed to pictures of people under the influence via social media. But those are just some bad things there are good things to. Social Media can also help with socialization. There are social skills behind social media because shy individuals may feel safer behind a computer screen. I took a survey of who all has Snapchat Instagram Twitter or Facebook and 61% of the class has Snapchat 39% of the class has Facebook and 61% has Instagram 6% of them have a twitter.

Facebook- Facebook was invented by Mark Zuckerberg and his college roommate Eduardo Saverin in Febuary 4 of 2004. It was mainly for Harvard University students but it expanded and other colleges in the Boston area started using it. Then in September 2006 it was offered to everyone of the age of 13 or older with a Valid Email Address.

Snapchat- It wasn't always called Snapchat it was formerly known as Picaboo it has been doing really well since its launch on July 2011. Evan Spiegel co founder and CEO, and Bobby Murphy co-founder and CTO somehow found themselves famous for creating the revolutionary disappearing-image app as they are for turning down a $3 billion offer from Facebook. Snapchat is for taking photos recording videos and sharing what you're doing thru video and photo by puting it on your story the picture will then disappear within 1-10 sec but if you put it on your story it will stay on there for 24 hours you can screenshot but it will let the person who sent you it know you screenshotted it.

Instagram- Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger Invented Instagram in October 2010 as a free mobile app. The service rapidly gained popularity, with over 100 million active users as of April 2012 and over 300 million as of December 2014. Instagram was mainly for squaring a photo but then August of 2015 version 7.5 was released allowing users to post photos captured in any aspect ratio. Users can also apply digital filters to their images. The maximum duration for instagram videos is 15 secs. Instagram began development in San Francisco, United States.

Twitter- It was created in March 2006 by Jack Dorsey, Evan Williams, Biz Stone, and Noah Glass and launched in July 2006 the service rapidly gained worldwide popularity, with more than 100 million users posting 340 million tweets. Twitter is an online social networking service that enables users to send and read short 140-characters messages called tweets. It was suppose to be an SMS service to communicate with a small group of people the original name was twtter.

Thanks for reading I hope you learned more things about social media. Now you know all there is about it. Remember to be careful when using social media.



By: Austin

Basketball is the world's most popular and widely viewed sports. Basketball is a sport played by two teams of five players on the court. Basketball was first played in 1891 in Springfield, Massachusetts, the person who invented basketball was James Naismith. Basketball was played with a soccer ball. The first basketball made was brown, and it was only in the late 1950s. Dribbling was not part of the original game except for the bounce pass, dribbling became a major part of the game around the 1950s.

For a hoop they used peach baskets until 1906 when they were replaced by metal hoops with backboards. The baskets were nailed to the mezzanine balcony of the playing court. There are many techniques for ball handling—shooting, passing, dribbling, and rebounding. Basketball teams generally have player positions, the tallest and strongest members of a team are called a center or power forward, while slightly shorter and more agile players are called small forward, and the shortest players or those who possess the best ball handling skills are called a point guard or shooting guard.

In 1895 it was established at women's high school. On February 9, 1895 was the first 5 on 5 basketball game, it was played at hamline university, between hamline and the school of agriculture. Agriculture won that game 9-3.

Let me tell you about some famous basketball players. I'm just gonna talk about one basketball player. I'm gonna talk about Stephen Curry, STEPH Curry plays for the Golden state Warriors. STEPH curry came into the NBA in 2009, drafted by the golden state warriors. He set the all time record for most three pointers. He was mvp (Most valuable player). Basketball is a fun sport To play. Well I hope you enjoyed this article.

Green Sea Turtles



The green sea turtle is a large weighty sea turtle with a wide smooth carapace/shell. A green sea turtle is a reptile and a herbivore and their group name is bale. Their habitat is tropical and subtropical waters. When the scientists saw the green color they named it the green sea turtle.

The green sea turtle weighs 700 pounds and their lifespan is 80 years. The green sea turtles protection status is endangered and the size is up to 5ft tall. Size relative to a 6ft man. Did you know like other sea turtles the green sea turtle cannot pull its head into its shell? Their diet is seagrass/algae and younger green sea turtles eat crabs, jellyfish, and sponges. Poachers still kill green sea turtles for meat and eggs. Their numbers are reduced because of boat propeller accidents, fishnet caused drownings, and the destruction of their nesting grounds by human encroachment.

Marine biologists are helping green sea turtles regrow their population. Associations are also helping green sea turtles thrive.



By: Riley

Restaurants are a place to eat and work. Most people’s first job was at a restaurant. It could be McDonald’s to Jimmy John’s to Cheesecake Factory! There is a variety of restaurants with different foods and different recipes. I wish we had restaurants like Olive Garden, Cheesecake Factory, and IHop in Clear Lake. Now, they even sell stuff from restaurants like sauces.

My favorite restaurant is Subway or Geno’s East ( in Chicago ). The top 10 restaurants in the USA are Mcdonald’s, Subway, Starbucks Coffee, Burger King, Wendy’s, Taco Bell, Dunkin’ Doughnuts, Pizza Hut, KFC and Applebee’s. When I looked at that list there were some really surprising places in there like Target Cafe got 87th and Chucky Cheese got 98th plus Casey’s General Store got 82nd. The first restaurant that opened in the world was in Paris in 1765 it didn’t have a name but, it was owned by Monsieur Boulanger which only served sheep feet simmered in white sauce. The first restaurant in the USA was Delmonico’s restaurant which opened in 1827 my source didn’t say what they sold.

Here are some students favorite restaurants!

Delaney Eden loves Plaza Mexico.

Austin Warnke said The Other Place.

Emily Myers and Isaac Yarian like AppleBees.

Kaley Meyer said the Half Moon ( the one uptown)

Those are some good restaurants!

Like I said earlier, the first jobs most people get is at a restaurant. In 7th grade nobody really has a job at a restaurant yet because we are still pretty young and I don’t think any of us work at a restaurant yet. The restaurants we can work at soon is like McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Culver’s. We all know someday that we may only eat at restaurants because we can’t cook or are too lazy. I think that if we work at restaurants it will give experience. Working at restaurants someday may help in your future. Thanks for listening!!

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The Clone Wars


Have you ever seen Star Wars? Well, in one of the movies they show a man that they made clones of to fight. We’re not quite making clones of people yet, but cloning things like pets is starting to gain some traction. People clone animals for many different reasons. Keep reading and you might find you want a clone yourself.

There are three different kinds of cloning gene cloning, reproductive cloning, and therapeutic cloning. Gene cloning copies segments of DNA or genes. Therapeutic cloning produces embryonic stem cells used to attempt to make tissues to replace damaged or diseased tissue on or in the human body. Reproductive cloning is what's getting all the hype right now. Reproductive cloning is artificially reproducing whole animals. I couldn't find who invented the three types of cloning.

I hope I’ve enlightened you on the subject of cloning. It's a very interesting subject for me and i’m glad I got to share it with you. If you have any questions for me you can contact me via my email at Thank you.

Trumping The Competition In 2016

By: Nathan

Donald Trump is an actor, a businessman a father, a husband, and now a politician. June 16, 2015 Trump announced that he would be running for presidency. At first everyone thought he would drop out early, but with his harsh words, strong opinions, and steel will he has managed to lead the national polls by 14 points. That's just what he's leading by as it stands now he is at u34 points. below him is Cruz at 20, Rubio at 11, Carson at 9.5 and Bush at 3.8. Guess this proves you can't buy an election anymore(Sorry Bush family).Donald Trump is running for president because he's tired of all these politicians running for president that will pussy-foot around our problems. He wants to make America great again.

Donald Trump wants to start bringing back jobs from China, so that we can thrive by ourselves without so much support from other countries. That way we could look at working our way out of our trillions of dollars of debt. He also wants to “Cut the head off of ISIS,” which essentially means to defeat ISIS instead of negotiating with them. He also wants to build a wall on our southern border to keep illegal immigrants out of our country. He expects Mexico to pay for this wall, but has yet to tell us how we will make them. Another big thing he wants to do is put down a temporary ban on muslims in the U.S. until we can “Figure out what's going on.”.

Donald Trump isn’t just a businessman and politician he’s also a family man. Donald had a rocky start he got married three times divorced twice. He has five kids each wife had at least 1 child before he divorced them. He has 3 girls and 2 boys. Also he has admittedly married his business. He is not just but is an extremely successful businessman. He has made billions of dollars off of his business. His biggest seller you ask? His own name! He is the most recognizable real estate titan in New York.

Something I, and many others, find very admirable about Donald Trump is his campaign is self funded. Plus, he's a multi-billionaire so you know It's not for money. I hope this article enlightened you on Donald Trump and how he thinks we should “Make America Great Again”.

C Span,,,


By: Ty

Have you ever seen or heard of LEGO? It’s a toy company that produces different themes of sets where you can build a structure or vehicle out of little plastic bricks, which hurt really bad if you step on them. The original creator of LEGO is Ole Kirk Kristiansen, who founded it in 1932. The company was passed down father to son and is now ran by the grandson of Ole Kirk, Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen. LEGO is named after two Danish words, “leg” and “godt” forming LEGO to mean “play well”. The headquarters of LEGO is in Billund, a small town in Jutland, Denmark. LEGO was created because of a simple carpenter working in his shop, making wood toys, now LEGO is full of different creatures, people, and sets to build and play with.

That wasn’t all I had to say about LEGO, let’s talk about the themes and what the old ones were like. First I will talk about the older kinds of LEGOS. The old LEGOS were just simple little builds and the characters had normal smiley faces. Then, there were different things like ghosts, witches, pirates, vampires, etc. LEGO grew and grew with different creatures, animals, and people. Now LEGO has movie and T.V. show themes such as Star Wars, The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, Marvel, DC, Batman, Simpsons, and so many more. They also have different series of LEGO Minifigures like Halloween, Creatures, etc. and Advent Calendars which count down each day until Christmas Eve with little boxes you open up with mini-builds or characters. There are so many cool things people have built out of LEGO bricks such as life-sized animals, people, and even houses. There are LEGO stores that sell all things LEGO and have amazing life-sized creations that are really a masterpiece. I usually like to get sets and build them I really like the LEGO Star Wars Series. Other people have created a life sized batmobile from Batman or animals.

I hope that my passage intrigued you and made you learn things you’ve never heard of before. Some of these facts are things I know and things that I didn’t know and I thought were interesting so I thought you readers would think it is interesting, too.


*Here is a picture of Iowa made of LEGOS that I saw on that was perfect for this*


By: Austin

Hockey is a contact team sport on ice, hockey is a fun sport. In which two teams use their sticks to shoot a rubber into their opponent's net to score, every time you shoot the puck in the net it is worth one point. In hockey you can only have 6 people on the ice (including the goalie).

There are 6 positions, I'm gonna tell you about a couple positions. First I'm gonna talk about

the goalie, the goalie is the person who blocks the puck so it doesn't go in the goal, to be a goalie you have to have good reflexes, and be quick. Now I'm gonna talks about the center, He quarterbacks his club at both ends of the ice. Must be good at faceoffs and passing, and it doesn’t hurt if he's a good shot as well. Coaches want a lot of creativity in this position and a lot of hockey smarts.

Hockey was first played in the 19th century by Canada.They believed hockey was mentioned in a 1363 proclamation by King Edward ||| of England. In 1573, statue of Galway banned a sport called hokie. The first indoor hockey game was played on March 3, 1875. Amateur hockey leagues began in the 1800s and professional hockey leagues began in the 1900s.

Hockey is a rough sport many players get hurt, in hockey you can check, get in fights and more. Checking is where you skate up to someone and you ram into them, some people get hurt badly, and some people don’t. Well, hockey is really fun but rough but I hope you like my article on hockey.

NFL Football

By: Steven

NFL Football. One of the greatest American sports of all time. It is a sport that requires endurance, strength, mental strength, and lots of emotion. My favorite team is the Minnesota Vikings. Here is some information about them.

They are in the NFC (National Football Conference) north. The teams in this division are the Packers, Bears, and Lions. The Vikings were founded in 1961 by Bill Boyer, Max Winter, and H.P. Skoglund. They have been to four Super Bowls, but have lost them all. They lost to the Dolphins in 1973,the Steelers in 1975,the Raiders in 1977, and the Chiefs in 1970. The Vikings’ colors are yellow and purple. Their mascot is Viktor the Viking and their fight song is Skol Vikings. Their coach right now is Mike Zimmer. Some of the best players from the past are John Randle, Dante Culpepper, Alan Page, Cris Carter, and Fran Tarkenton. Some of the key players right now are Adrian Peterson, Harrison Smith, Anthony Barr, Teddy Bridgewater, and Kyle Rudolph. Right now the Minnesota Vikings play in U.S Bank Stadium for home games.

Overall I hope you learned a little bit more about the Vikings. I also hope you reconsidered your favorite NFL team. One last hope that I have is that I hope you enjoyed my article on the Minnesota Vikings.



by: Noah

You hungry for some answers? Me too. So here I got us both covered. I have a list of some great food vendors. Where they are, and what they serve. If you are on the streets and need a bite to eat, but don’t want to go to a fancy restaurant this is for you. Sit back and drool over these awesome pig out spots.

BREAKFAST the most important meal of the day. There is a food truck called Waffles And Dinges. I think of waffles as a breakfast food. Mind you, this truck is ranked #13 in the world. Here are some items on there menu. Brussels waffle, and the ultimate Dinges. The two best the Brussels waffle is the mother of all waffle’s. The ultimate dinges is a build your own waffle with 10 different toppings/dinges. Everything is priced under $10, is that great or what!

You on a seafood diet? See food you eat it right? Well there is the seafood truck and it is called Red Hook Lobster Truck, NYC. Here are some drinks Root Beer, Blueberry, Sarsaparilla, Mandarin Orange, Ginger Brew, Lemon-Lime,and the main course Main lobster roll and Lobster BLT. Dessert coming right up Steve's Key Lime Pie. Well, if that does not make you go, then maybe since it is ranked #1 in the world will. Quality food here.

Find me some supper? If I don’t cook, I like to have other people tell me what is good. So here you go. It is the Rickshaw Shop. "THE LONER" and THE BIG TONY are some of the famous. They are a big meat sandwich with assorted meats also served with Samosas. Ranked number #5 in the world with everything under $13. Go have some food with BIG TONY.

You ready? Don’t melt all over me now. Speaking of melting let's talk about dessert on the streets. Here are some delicious icecreams. Salty Pimp, Bea Arthur, Gobbler, Mermaid, Monday Sundae, American Globs and there is are Milkshakes and root beer float type of stuff.

That is your 4 course meal, and I hope you find these places. If I could, I would go there everyday from reading the article’s. P.S. did you get the answers we both wanted? Now you can melt to the fact that someone has got you covered.


By: Emily

What do you think about when you hear the word , tattoos? Some people think that tattoos are bad and could give you the title of ‘’a bad person’’. Some people can’t even have certain jobs because of a tattoo. What if I told you that all of the tattoo stereotypes could be completely wrong? That tattoos are are not that bad at all.

First of all, when you get a tattoo it can be extremely painful, because it is a needle that is filled with ink that goes in and out of your skin over 100’s of times, depending on the size of your your tattoo. So it takes someone with a lot of guts to decide to get a tattoo. One of the main reasons why people get a tattoo is because of the love of art that they possess, or if they have a baby then they would want a tattoo of their baby’s footprints or hand prints and maybe a loved one died and they want something special to remember them by. My mom and dad have tattoos of me and my sisters’ hand prints, foot prints and birth dates on them. Many people have those types of tattoos, now does that seem so bad and scary? I think not. It is an symbolization of what is important to them.

Would you think that the famous Starry Night picture is wrong and bad? I certainly do not, many people think that it is beautiful and is an expression of creativity. So next time when you think about a tattoo, try to think about it as an expression of creativity on someone's skin.


by: Storm

Smartphones are a tool that almost all people use on a daily basis. They are phone that often acts as a gaming device and computer with enough power to accomplish almost any task.You can bring them anywhere. They are available anytime as a quick computer. They are a multitool of the internet.

I will be talking about the the two most popular smartphones the Iphone 6s and the Samsung galaxy s6. Most people hate either Samsung or Apple claiming one is superior than the other, but that's just not the case. Samsungs have such powerful specs their phone can easily beat some computers when it comes to power, they are packed full of features. Their screen quality at quad HD is something most modern TVs can’t beat. Iphones are have a much more easy to use operating system with lower end but surprisingly adequate specs. They are thinner and are very pretty. So when buying a smartphone it depends on what you need.Samsung developed the s series in 2010 with the Samsung galaxy s. Apple came out with the iphone in 2007 by Steve Jobs.

Smartphones are probably the thing that most people in the US use on a daily basis. They can text, surf the web,and do some gaming. They are superportable. They are their when you need them most. They do almost any internet task.


By Kaley

Have you ever wanted to know accurate information in a fast amount of time? Or something that could read you the answer to virtually any question? Well, that's what Apple designed Siri for.

Siri was created by Dag Kittlaus, Adam Cheyer, and Tom Gruber. Siri was made as a feature for the iPhone 4s in 2011. Their idea was to create something that would respond by voice command. Not only did they achieve this goal, they also added a few comedic responses. Siri has many capabilities that many people don't even know about. Siri can roll a dice for you, send texts, call people, give directions, and much more!

So, the next time you're using your phone, remember Siri and all of her abilities.

LED VS LCD Screens

By: Storm

You may not know or care what screen type when you get your new tv, laptop, tablet, and or smartphone. You may just care about resolution and pixel density. Well the type of screen you're using really matters. You use these screens every where and all the time for a variety of reasons. Some are cheaper some are more expensive. They were invented in 1888 by Friedrich Reinitzer in Australia. Leds were invented in 1907 by british experimenter H. J.round.

Now to the details, LED vs LCD screens. Not a big topic but a very important one to consider. The pros of LEDs are it has a brighter screen, better color, and quality, and uses less power. Now LCDs screens only advantage is the fact that it is cheaper. LED stands for light emitting diode while LCD stands for liquid crystal display. LEDs are a gas that likes the cold. LCDs are just liquid crystal in a screen. Don't be confused about Samsung's super amoled screens they are a form of LED that look simply brilliant, but are too dim outside and too bright during the night. You will usually want LEDs in screens you spend a lot of time with like your computer, smartphones, and tablets. LCDs are more for smartwatches, GPSs and not as important stuff. LEDs are not always better, for instance if you have a really cheap LED screen it will look more accurate, but the LCD will look better.

LEDs will almost always come out on top in quality. The screens type you choose is important and can be a deciding factor is purchasing something with one. That does not mean don't buy something nice because of what type it is if it looks fine. But LCDs are cheaper and look fine. They are also quite reliable. Overall It just depends.


By: Caleb

I'm here to tell you about cars. Not all cars though. Just my favorite type of cars. Fast cars. To narrow it down even more I'm going to tell you about the three fastest street-legal cars in the world.

The SSC Ultimate Aero.

This car once held the title for fastest car in the world from March 2007-July 2010 with a top speed of 257 mph thanks to its 1,000 horsepower twin-turbo v8 engine. That's the reason this American super car the third fastest street legal car in the world.

The Koenigsegg Agera R.

The Agera R was manufactured by Koenigsegg in 2014. This car goes from 0-60mph in just 2.9 seconds with an unknown official top speed. The highest recorded speed is a whopping 260 miles per hour which places this Swedish super car in second place for the fastest street legal car in the world.

The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport.

This French supercar gets a gold medal for the fastest street legal car in the world and my favorite car ever by far. The top speed for the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport clocks in at 267 mph with an acceleration of 0-60 mph in just under 2 ½ seconds. This car has a 1,200 horsepower v16 engine and a sell price of $2.4 million.

What are Wars?

By: Delaney

Wars. The sad, horrible, scary fights between different countries and continents. There have been many wars in the past and right now. There is many that you would probably know such as World War 1, World War 2, The Civil War, and the Vietnam War. There is also one going on right now against the Syrian terrorist group called ISIS. Back when we were fighting the Germans and the Japanese during World War 2, men from ages 21-45 were entered into the draft because they weren't getting enough volunteers. Right now we don't have a draft because we get plenty of voluntary recruits.

The Civil War was when the United States separated into two different areas and fought over whether or not people could have slaves. The South was the states that fought to keep slavery. And the North fought to free all slaves. As you can probably, tell the North won. The United States was brought into World War 2 when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. A military dock in Hawaii that had millions of people and many ships near it. We fought against Hitler’s Germany and Japan who were allies. Hitler was the head of Germany and wanted to kill all Jews, gypsies, and cripples. He also wanted to take over the world. The Vietnam war was the longest war in United State history lasting from 1955 to 1975. And North Vietnam and South Vietnam fought each other because Archduke Franz Ferdinandand the heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire and his wife Sophie were shot to death by Gavrilo Princip which sparked the start of a World War 1. The United States started sending in troops and flying planes over Iraq during mid 2014.

There have been many wars some we have lost and some we have won. Things may have been very different if we would have not one some of those such as the Civil War! We are pretty lucky that we live in such a great country!




Band is love, band is life!

Band is a place to express yourself through music. Band can make you feel amazing. Even just listening to a band play makes me happy! I could blast a Trombone at the top of my lungs or listen to a flute play a soft song. If you like to take control, you can be a drum major in marching band. I play the trombone which is a low brass instrument. If you are a Trombone, Saxophone (any kind), trumpet, percussion, Bass, piano and we even have a baritone you can be in the jazz band.

The people in my class who play in band are:

Steven Faltas plays trumpet and is in jazz band

Nathan Lollar plays Tenor Saxophone and is in Jazz Band

Kaley Meyer plays percussion and is in Jazz band

Delaney Eden plays Clarinet

Keagan plays Tuba

Noah plays Clarinet

Emily Myers plays Clarinet

Riley Schuchard plays trombone and is in Jazz Band

Caleb TenEyck plays Baritone

You can play so many interesting instruments in band! In Clear Lake, we start band in 5th grade and you learn one instrument! In high school, you can learn many different instruments and play them for different bands. In high school, there is a ton more bands like Band, Jazz Band 1 and 2, Pep Band and Marching band. In all of your years of band, you can try really hard and get into Honor Band. Honor Band is a thing where a ton of different students from different places get together and play hard music. It is really big to get in Honor Band! In our schooling system there are 4 different concert bands (everyone plays in concert band) led by 2 teachers, Mrs. Aberson-Hansen teaches 5th grade and junior High band, and Mr. Borseth teaches 6th and High School bands. In my opinion, our band sounds great! The middle school jazz band is even going on tour! We are going on a 2 day tour and we are playing at Newman, Ventura and Clear Creek!

So anyone can join band there is a place for everyone! If you think you want to join talk to Ms. Aberson, Mr. Borseth or anyone in the office.


By: Emily

Dogs! For centuries dogs have been known to be man's best friend, Which is a fair statement since over 4 million people in the world have dogs as pets. One of my most favorite dogs is the bulldog. There are 3 different types of bulldogs, like the English bulldog, Old English bulldog and the American bulldog. The Only difference of the 3 is the size of the dog and the size of the snout.

I think that bulldogs are one of the best dogs that you could have. They are very mellow dogs and can be very active at times too, it really depends what you are feeling. If you are tired and feel like being lazy then they will be lazy with you, if you want to do something active then they will be active with you. I would know, I have an American bulldog and an Old English at home, I also have a neighbor who has an English bulldog. They can have a little bit of medical problems. Some bulldogs are likely to have breathing problems, if they work themselves a little too hard, they can get a hernia which is a rip in a stomach muscle that leaves a big bump. If it is not treated it could pinch your colon and have to do some serious surgery to fix it. Most bulldog eyelashes can grow inward and poke them in the eye, they will also need surgery to fix that. But they’re likeability can overlook all of these problems. This certain dog is known as a big, mean and scary dog, but that is just a huge stereotype. It depends on how the owner of the dog teaches it. If you are a good owner, then your bulldog can be the sweetest thing possible. The two I have are the biggest softies ever who think they are lap dogs (even tho they weigh over 70 pounds).

I love both of my bulldogs and everyone that I know that has one loves theirs to. I hope you take this information into good use.

Thank you for reading!

Vacation Spots?

By: Delaney

Vacation spot. One of the many things we debate about when we are planning on going on a vacation. You would be surprised on the most popular places. Most of them aren’t even tropical (which was a surprise to me)! So if you are planning on going on a vacation I have the perfect list of vacation cites for you!

London England. Famous for it’s royal family and interesting accents, London is the perfect place for sitting back and having some crumpets and tea. Our next place Branson Missouri. Full of shows and fun on the lake Branson is the place to go for small town fun! Now for one of the few tropical spots on our list Cancun Mexico! If you love lots of beach time, unlimited luxury, and partying all night this little village of the Yucatan Coast is definitely the spot for you. Now for the beautiful Paris, France!! Said to be the city of love, Paris is the perfect place for shopping, museum, and cute little cafe’s you will love Paris. Now for our last place. Our very own New York, New York! Full of skyscrapers, cabs, parks, and statues (specifically the Statue of Liberty!) The Big Apple is the place for all the big shots.

Of course I’ve only showed you a few beautiful spots and there are plenty more! So like I said if you're ever planning on taking a vacation and you don't know where to go make sure to review my list of Vacation Spots!


The History Behind Names

By: Michaela

If you were wondering the history behind names and the top 10 female and male names in America this is an article you're going to want to read. So keep reading for more information. The top 10 most common female and male names in America are: 1. Mary 2. Patricia 3.Linda 4. Barbra 5. Elizabeth 6. Jennifer 7. Marla 8. Susan 9. Dorothy 10. Lisa Now for the Male names: 1. James 2. John 3. Robert 4. Michael 5. William 6. David 7. Richard 8. Charles 9. Joesph 10. Thomas. Is your name one of those?

Back then, in China in 6600 and 6200 BC, they would use Jiahu Symbols to write names but they weren't part of the written language. The first recorded name given in an actual writing system can be found on clay tablets dating from the Jemdet Nasr period in Sumeria between 3200 and 3101 BC. 30,000 years ago writing hadn't been invented yet so they could not chalk their names on the rock instead they'd flatten their hand blow dust over it and leave a silhouette.

For more information on the subject go check out the websites below check out this one it tell where your name is from its populairty what it means and more .Thanks for reading hope you found this topic as intresting as I did.


College Athletes Around The World

By: Andrew F

Have you ever wondered how athletes get to the pros? Most athletes come from college. Athletes need to be good at what they do, so most of the players go to college to get some experience. Other players go for education, and still play a sport. Not many players you hear are straight out of high school, but now all the kids are going to college. Big names come out of college such as Steph Curry, the point guard for the Golden State Warriors. Also a big name is Cam Newton, the quarterback for the Panthers in the NFL. So as you see big names come out of college.

Many people do get in trouble when they go to college, and play sports too. College athletes can become a successful player or a big bust. There are many athletes around the world, and all can make pros. Their chances of making pros, very little. That's why they go to college. Because if you don't succeed, they have a education. So that's the good thing about being a college athlete.

Some players work very hard in college while others just don't care, and only want to do sports. Not many players make it through the pros, and just get released due to their behavior and skill level. Now you know you have to be smart to be a college athlete, but you can have some fun without getting in trouble.


By: Kaley

When you look around, you will notice many colors all around you. No matter where you are, there are always colors to be seen. An object absorbs wavelengths, but it reflects the color that the object appears to be. So, we know that an apple is red, therefore, it absorbs all other wavelengths and reflects the red wavelength. The color white appears when all wavelengths are reflected, and black appears when all wavelengths are absorbed.

We, humans, have three color receptacles. These receptacles help us see the primary colors and then interpret them into other colors. Dogs only have two receptacles, so they see less colors. Butterflies have six and the Mantis Shrimp has twelve.

Many questions’ are still unanswered. Are there more colors on other planets. Can animals with more color receptacles see make colors that humans can’t? Scientist are still exploring, maybe someday there will be a new rainbow.

Super Bowl History!

By: Andrew F

The biggest sports event is coming on February 7. The 2016 Super Bowl is held at Levi's Stadium, located in Santa Clara, California. The teams left in it this year are the Denver Broncos, New England Patriots, Carolina Panthers, and the Arizona Cardinals. This year is celebrating the 50th anniversary, so Super Bowl 50 is going to be huge because of all the people and fans. The first ever Super Bowl was in 1967, and the Green Bay Packers won it all. The Super Bowl is a big event that once had a crowd of 109,985 people, that's a lot. During the 2012 Super Bowl, 112.2 million people worldwide watch the game.

This big event starts off with the playoffs. The six best teams from the NFC (National Football Conference) and the AFC (American Football Conference) one from each division and then two wild cards. The one and two seeds get the first round bye to let the other teams play the winner of what they call the wild card game. These games have the 3,4,5,6 teams play. Winners of the wild card game go up against the one and two seeds. Now if you win what they call the divisional game you move on the the conference championship. Of course if you win, Super Bowl here they come.

So as you can tell this is a big game for Americans across the country. This is supposed to be the biggest year yet, so be ready to party. Super Bowl 50 is the biggest event in 2016. So sit back relax and watch the football game.


By: Kaley, Parker, and Delaney

Cryptozoology is the study of mythical creatures. Cryptozoologists strive to find proof of the creatures’ existence. There are many debates as to whether they exist or not. Do you believe?

The Phoenix. The Phoenix is a mythological creature that has many special powers. Such as rebirth, healing powers, and is able to live up to 500-1,000 years before rebirth. It is said to be to the bird of the sun and the pet of Helios the greek sun Titan. It’s a Japanese, Chinese, Arabian, and Egyptian myth and is associated. The Phoenix is linked with immortality which was very valued in Mediterranean civilizations. The bird is said to be as big as an eagle and gold and scarlet plumage. It is said to be able to control the fire surrounding the bird can also shriek so horribly that it brings everyone around it to tears.

It’s diet is small birds and larger birds like the griffon. Some have also gone as far to say it eats dragons. It’s habitat is mostly the sky that is where it’s most comfortable.

What are your opinions about cryptozoology? Hopefully you were well informed and enjoyed reading and expanding your knowledge about cryptozoology.

Here Is An Ancient Poem About the Phoenix:

"Too all that dream, and all that dear

To see the beauty of land, sea and air

Nothing shall ye ever spy

As wondrous as the Phoenix in the sky

Too all think, and all that ponder

The ways of things on this place we wonder

The one thing ye shall never know

Is: To what home does the Phoenix go?

Too all that pray, and believe in too

Avá merciful, pure and true

A brighter sign there shall never be

Then the mighty Phoenix over the sea

Too all that live a life of good

Your deeds of love will come back; as they should

A happy life shall be yours to take away

When the Phoenix comes with the break of day

Too all that walk the path of dark

My next words ye would do well to mark

For your deeds of evil ye shall be burnt in flame

And your actions shall be meet with untold of pain

To Human, Elf, Dwarf and all

To every creature great and small

The Phoenix is many things; in future now and history

And though every person has their say, The Phoenix stays a mystery"

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By: Noah and Isaac

How many peppers do you think you can eat? There are lots of different peppers, from hot to really mild. There have been all kinds of pepper challenges, like fastest time to eat, Bhut Jolokia chilli’s, Hottest chilli, Most jalapeno peppers eaten in 1 minute, Heaviest chilli pepper. Some people don’t recover and some do. Some think It’s like it is nothing to them. FYI milk is the best thing in case of a burn, a very peppery burn. Well, let’s see what you can take from this.

Most eaten-Jason McNabb ate 2.33oz/66 grams in two min on June 19 2013. uHe consumed the Bhut Jolokia chilli pepper/ Ghost Pepper. He faced two more competitors and both ate 45 grams, wimps. He set this record in LA, CA. This pepper is 400 times hotter than tabasco sauce. 1 million scoville units. Even hotter is the Smokin ed’s Carolina Reaper. It is at minimum of 1,569,300 Scoville. These are grown at The PuckerButt Pepper Company in South Carolina.

Jason McNabb can probably eat anything. Imagine if he ate 2.33oz Carolina Reapers. Again, how many peppers do you think you can eat? I think it was a stupid idea, what do you think? It is a Guinness World Record.

Spring Break!

By: Riley



So first of all spring break is a week in spring where kids get school off! Some people will travel places far and wide across the country or across the house to the fridge! This year we get out of school on March 14th until March 21st, most schools change the time of spring break yearly and most schools do not get out at the same time others do because roads and airlines would be super busy, or when the school starts or ends could make it vary.

We asked the kids in our homeroom class where they are going for spring break if they going anywhere?

Delaney Eden is going to Branson,Missouri and Kansas City,Missouri!

Storm Green Says probably somewhere

Andrew Crane and Isaac Yarian,are going to Colorado! (so jealous)

Michcaela Kofoot is going to California or Puerto Rico! (so lucky)

Ty Piper is going to the store.

Riley Schuchard is going shopping somewhere!

We both are weirdos who write this and are pretty much doing nothing!

People are going to a lot of different and crazy places! The top 10 Spring Break spots for 2016 are ……

Miami beach, South Padre Island, Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, Bahamas, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, San Diego, Cabo San Lucas, Daytona!

Spring break is a time where families can get together and enjoy each other's presences. Spring break is a little more popular than winter break because there are no holidays, snow, and it is a lot easier to travel.

This has been the spring break newspaper article in Paw Prints 5! Thank you for listening! We hope you have a nice spring break!

Top 10 Spring Break Vacations for 2016

Friends Can Save You

By: Michaela and Keghan

Friendship is a strong form of interpersonal bond than association. Friendship has been studied in academic fields such as sociology, social psychology, anthropology and, philosophy.

The signs of them being really good friends are twining, being with each other all the time. and not wanting to be with each other having separation anxiety.

A world happiness database study found the people with close friendships are happier, having friends means you will be less likely to engage in problem behavior like drinking or doing drugs. We asked a few students in 7th grade, “what does friendship mean to you” and here’s what a few of them said. Parker D said, “when somebody is always there for you.” Lizzy L said, “When you can tell them stuff you don’t like about them and they don’t care.” Alaina D said, “Trust and honesty.” Cheyenne C said, “Leadership and having stuff in Common.” Haley M said, “Trusting them with secrets and someone to hang on to when things are tough.” Paige A said, “Trust, Respect, to be able to express yourself and not being afraid they will judge you.”


What You Really Need to Know about Color Blindness

By: Steven and Nathan

Color blindness, or color vision deficiency is a genetic disorder that makes unable to see certain colors. It occurs at birth. It is most common in males. It happens when one of your three cone cells in your retina malfunction. When this happens you are unable to see some colors. Let's go into a little bit more detail.

Most of the time it is red and green color blindness. There is also blue and yellow light. There are some cases in which people can only see black and white. This is what happens when you have all three cone cells malfunction. It is very rare. If both your parents are colorblind, and your a boy, odds are that you will be too. If you are a girl, then you might be safe. There is a treatment for color blindness but it won't go away by itself. There are now corrective glasses that work on some people. If color blindness did not come from genetics, treating the underlying cause can help. It can last for a few years or a lifetime.

In conclusion, color blindness is just something you have to live with. It happens in more men than women. For a woman to be color blind her parents both have to be color blind and still she may not be color blind. It usually comes from genetics and there is no cure. Most of the time it is red and green color blindness. I hope you enjoyed our article on color blindness.

Sources: Google, Mayo Clinic,, Nick DiMarco

Building a PC, Not as Hard as it Seems.

By: Storm and Caleb

Building Computers started in 1822 with Charles Babbage. Building computers is something anyone can do. Granted in 1822 they most likely just a very low powered calculator. But now it is the center of over 2 billion lives. Almost everyone has access to computers. But not everyone knows just how easy it is to build one. It is also Much cheaper dropping prices 30 to 40 percent. You can pretty much do it anywhere (within common sense).

First order the your parts you will need.

- A CPU a.k.a. processor

- Heat sink

- Mother board that fits processor

- ram

- hard drive

-graphics card (optional if your motherboard has an integrated graphic.)

- Case

- power supply

- static wrist strap ( recommended )

- optical drive ( optional )

- O. S. a.k.a. operating system windows mac ubuntu etc.

-driver software ( some Operating systems come with it.)

- manual ( obviously )


- 1 to 8 hours ( depending on how good you are.)

- case ventilation

- great computer people to watch ( LinusTechTips and Awesomesauce Network. )

Now on to the building. First get your motherboard ready. Common sockets for intel are lga1155 and lga1150, but for amd, am3, fm2. Now insert the cpu, but do not force it in. Put a small pea-sized amount of thermal paste on. Insert the ram into the motherboard. Once that is done put on the heat sink. Put the motherboard in the computer case. Now put in your optical drive, if you have one, and it fits the computer case. Do the same with the hard drive. The motherboard should come with two sata cables. Take the sata cable and insert it into the the hard drive/optical drive. Then use your power supply and graphics card if you have one and close it up. Download your operating system in the bios then download your driver software and your computer is complete.

Now your computer is complete. You have many building options. You can use it for anything from heavy gaming to video streaming in 4k. You can also do lite internet usage. The possibilities are endless. You can have a budget from $300-$3,000 it really doesn't matter. Everything is up to you.

Storm’s brain

Iowa Hawkeyes

By: Ty and Austin

Are you a fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes? Well, it’s just your luck that that’s exactly what this is about! The Iowa Hawkeyes are a football team located in Iowa City, Iowa at the Kinnick Stadium, it is named for Nile Kinnick, in 1939 he won a Heisman trophy and was the only Hawkeye to have that honor. The colors of the Iowa Hawkeyes are black and gold. Their song is the Iowa Fight Song and their mascot is Herky the Hawkeye. The outfitter is Nike, and their rivals are the Iowa State Cyclones and the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Football was first played as a club sport in Iowa in 1872.

In 1889, the University of Iowa was officially recognized as varsity football team. In 1899, Iowa completed its first undefeated football season. Iowa claimed consecutive Big Ten titles in 1921 and 1922. The Hawkeyes won 20 straight games in the early 1920s under the guidance of Hall of Fame coach Howard Jones. Their most recent coach is their head coach Kirk Ferentz. The Hawkeyes got a good score of 12 wins and 2 losses in 2015, and played well through the season.

Thanks for reading this passage, we hope that you have learned more about the Iowa Hawkeyes if you are a fan of hem or if you wanted to just know about the team.


Connor McDavid, The Next Big Thing!

By: Andrew F & Andrew C

Have you ever wondered about how Connor McDavid, the hockey star, got to where he is today. He is the best rookie in the 2015 NHL draft. McDavid was drafted first overall by the Edmonton Oilers in Edmonton, Alberta. Connor recently suffered a collarbone injury from an unintentional collision, this has affected him and his playing time. McDavid is the highest paid rookie of all time, he makes $832,500 (a year?). Connor is a beast on the ice and will always be.

Connor McDavid was born in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada in 1997. He grew up working hard and playing hockey when ever he could. As a kid, Connor would make an obstacle course on his driveway, put on his roller blades, grabbed his hockey stick, and flew his way through the course. McDavid is a talented young man who has a bright future. Connor gets his attention from his hockey sense and ability to see the ice. He’s a natural playmaker and wins games by his playmaking ability. USA Hockey Magazine calls him “The next big thing in the NHL”.

McDavid has a bright future to come and will bring hockey back to life by his hockey skill he puts on the ice. Connor is a wonderful kid with a lot of heart, he will be the NHL superstar someday. Connor will bring competition back into the game.

Hockey Confidential - Bob McKenzie