*6th Grade Star*

January Edition

Snow Creek

Snow Creek opened in 1985 and has been a popular ski resort since. Spring Hill Middle School has been going there since 1990. That is 25 years! Snow Creek is on the bluffs above the Missouri River and Marshall Township, in Platte County, Missouri. The lift elevation is one-thousand ninety-nine feet, and the vertical drop is two-hundred ninety-nine feet. There are three chair lifts and three surface lifts. There are twelve trails but only eleven are open.

We will have our field trip on January 29th. Snow Creek doesn't always have the warmest temperatures, so you need to make sure you wear warm clothes (heavy coats, scarves, snow pants or thick pants, thick gloves, and ski goggles, if you have them). We will leave the school at about 8:10 a.m, and will return from Snow Creek at about 5:45. Make sure you are able to have a ride to get home after Snow Creek. Buses won’t take you home. If you don’t have a ride, carpool with one of your friends. Also, if your parent is a chaperone, make sure they can drive themselves to Snow Creek because there will be no room available on the buses. You are required to ride the bus there, but you can ride home with your chaperon/parent.

Here is the schedule for our day at Snow Creek:

  • 8:10 a.m. Begin boarding buses

  • 8:15 a.m. Leave Middle School

  • 9:30 a.m. Arrive at Snow Creek

  • 9:40 a.m. -12:00 p.m. Orientation, safety instructions, and lessons

  • 12:00 p.m. -1:00 p.m. Free Lunch

  • 1:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Ski

  • 5:45 p.m. Return to Middle School

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Book Recommendations

Book Name Comment

  1. Maze Runner (Tommy O’Leary) "This book rocks."

  2. The Red Pyramid (Seth Hays) "It was good."

  3. Hatchet (Chase Wilm) "Very Dramatic."

  4. Hunger Games (Madison Sutton) ":)"

  5. The Fault in Our Stars (Maddie Gleason) ";D ;D ;D ;D"

  6. Deep, Dark, Dangerous (Layla Smith)

  7. Stung (Cael Baumgarten)

  8. The Throne Of Fire (Denver Gardner)

  9. The Ghost of the Graylock (Hannah Stoddart) "It was good."

  10. Legend (Hannah Smith)

  11. Divergent (Kyra Schmuhl)

  12. The Giver (Morgan D'Albini)

  13. Knightly and son (Charisma Butler) "It was awesome."

  14. Wait Till Helen Comes (Grace Carson)

Flu Shots, Friend or Foe?

Have you had your flu shot?

Yes = 83

No = 101

There has been a lot of controversy over the years on whether flu shots are necessary or not. Flu shots are, for the most part, beneficial to your health, but they also have a few kinks involved.

Pros: The influenza vaccine decreases your chance of being infected by 70%. If you are elderly or have a chronic heart condition, getting the vaccine decreases the chance of dying from the flu by 80%, meaning the vaccination could save your life. There is no longer ANY chance of being infected with the flu when given the shot. If you are injected with the vaccine early enough, you will be protected for the whole season.

Cons: Side effects include soreness, a rash, or swelling on your arm. There also is a chance of getting something called Guillain Barre syndrome, which gives someone trouble breathing, and can result in death. But don’t be too concerned, it is a chance of almost 198,973,947,374. There still is a chance to be infected after the injection in which case you will have wasted money. Also, if you are allergic to eggs, then you probably shouldn't get the flu shot. The injection uses traces of egg particles for some reason, and you could have a reaction.

It really is up to you on whether or not you get vaccinated. It is a fairly reliable way to prevent the virus, but there are a few risks. We just hope this article was useful to you, and may have helped you decide on getting the injection or not.

Riddle of the Month

This is only for the people who read the newspaper. Do not tell your friends about it unless they have read it. There will be boxes around the school to submit your answers. The winner will receive a prize from Mrs. Tauer, who will be announced the victor in homeroom on Friday, January, 30th. Good Luck!!!

I am as light as a feather, yet the strongest man in the world can't hold me for more than five minutes. What am I?

MacBook Airs

The MacBook Airs are the key to our future! They will lighten our loads because we won’t have to carry as many textbooks. We are going to get them so our school district can become a district that engages students to learn, create, adapt, and succeed in an ever- changing world. It will help with our learning because we can see it happening and moving not on a flat textbook. It will also benefit teachers so they can grade and keep track of homework easier. The 6th Grade was born into technology, so the MacBooks will only help us with our future in technology.

The MacBooks will come with a case for extra protection for the MacBook Airs, and will hopefully make students feel less nervous holding them. They have built in apps, there is a camera on it, and you can message too. You are required to charge it overnight, so when you come to school it is fully charged and ready for use. You will use it a lot in each of your classes. Some students are still worried about getting the MacBook Airs. Here are some reasons.

  • Losing it and not having it for school

  • Breaking it and having to pay for it

  • They won’t have the MacBook Air fully charged

  • Not knowing how to use them

  • If someone bumps into them and they drop it

However, most students are excited for the MacBooks. Here are some reasons for that.

  • They can type instead of having to write

  • Having a computer that works

  • They can do their homework on it

We hope this article shines a bit more light on our upcoming addition to the school.

Joke of the Month

Did you hear about the angry pancake? (answer at the bottom)

Dodge-ball Tournament

There will be a dodge-ball tournament March 9th - March 12th for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. March 9th - 7th Grade

March 10th - 6th Grade

March 11th - 8th Grade

March 12th - All school assembly

It's the best 2 out of 3 in the tournament. All of the grades will play each other to be in the championship game. For all the boy teams out there; you have to have at least three girls and you can't have more than ten people. It will cost $10 per person to play in the tournament.

Boy's Basketball

Boys basketball is starting back up. The head coach is Jerry Hunsaker for 8th grade varsity. Darrin May is the 7th grade varsity head coach. Morgan Abel is the 8th grade junior varsity head coach. Kyle Pope otherwise known as KP is the 7th grade junior varsity coach. January 26th the 8th grade will be taking on Trail Ridge at home and 7th grade will also be taking on Trail Ridge away. For more games click on the link below.Also to see the roster click on the last link.




Study Tips

  1. Review the section that you are being tested on.

  2. Get plenty of sleep.

  3. Study the study guide.

  4. Study a little bit each day.

  5. Listen to your teacher.

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Answer to Joke of the Month

"He just flipped!"