Mansfield Times

Issue #3: February 9, 2018

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(Left to Right)

Grade 6: Katie Graff

Grade 6: Gabriella McKeon

Grade 6: Janine DiGerolamo (seated)

Grade 6: Ryan Horn

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By:Gabby McKeon

Did you know that Elvis was named after his father, Vernon Elvis Presley, and Mr. Presley's good friend in Tupelo, Aaron Kennedy. Aron was the spelling the Presleys chose, apparently to make it similar to the middle name of Elvis' stillborn identical twin, Jesse Garon Presley?

Did you know Polar Bears can eat up to 86 penguins in a single string?

Did you know 11% of people are left handed?

Did you know August has the highest percentage of births?

Did you know unless food is mixed with saliva you can't taste it?

Did you know the average person falls asleep in 7 minutes?

Did you know a bear has 42 teeth?

Did you know an ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain?

Did you know lemons contain more sugar than strawberries?

Did you know 8% of people have an extra rib?

Did you know 85% of plant life is found in the ocean?

Did you know Ralph Lauren's original name was Ralph Lifshitz?

Did you know rabbits like licorice?

Did you know the Hawaiian alphabet has 13 letters?

Did you know Topolino' is the name for Mickey Mouse in Italian?

Did you know a lobsters blood is colorless, but when exposed to oxygen it turns blue?

Did you know reindeer like bananas?

Did you know the longest recorded flight of a chicken was 13 seconds?

Did you know birds need gravity to swallow?

Did you know the most commonly used letter in the alphabet is E?

Did you know the 3 most common languages in the world are Mandarin Chinese, Spanish and English?

By Elizabeth Giordano

Did you know that...

1. In the United Kingdom, it is illegal to eat mince pies on Christmas Day.

2. When hippos are upset, their sweat turns red.

3. "Facebook Addiction Disorder" is a mental disorder identified by Psychologists.

4. May 29th is officially "Put a Pillow on Your Fridge Day."

5. Cherophobia is the fear of fun.

6. If you lift a kangaroo's tail of the ground, it can't hop.
7. Bananas are curved because they grow towards the sun.

8. Movie trailers were originally shown after the movie, which is why they were called "trailers."

9. There is a species of spider called the Hobo Spider.

10. A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bonce up and down continuously from the bottom of the glass to the top.

11. Ketchup was sold in the 1830's as medicine.

12. "Almost" is the longest word in English with a the letters in alphabetical order.

12. It actually takes 142.18 licks to reach the center of a Tootsie pop.

13. All swans in England belong to the queen.

14. No piece of square paper can be folded more than 7 times in half.

15. The US Treasury once considered producing doughnut-shaped coins.

By Jessica Colletti

10 Fun Facts About February

1. February is one of the most commonly misspelled words in the English language.

2. The birthstone for February is amethyst, which is purple.

3. The birth flower is either the violet or iris.

4. February is National Pet Dental Health month and Hot Breakfast month.

5. February is the only month that can pass without a single full moon.

6. The two Zodiac signs for February are Aquarius and Pisces.

7. George Washington and Abraham Lincoln were born in February.

8. Every four years February has twenty-nine days.

9. February always ends on the same day of the week as October.

10. The 2018 Super Bowl will be played on February 4 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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By Lizzy Giordano

City of Glass

The well-know "villain" of an alternative world in which humans don't know about, Valentine, is starting a war between two different races, Shadowhunters and Downworlders versus demons. What will Clary, Jace, and Simon do when everyone is prepared for battle?

This is probably one of the best books I have ever read in my life. I would rate it a definite 5 stars. Although I enjoy this book which is in the series (The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare), I like other books better than others. This is a 100% romance, action, fantasy, and drama for those who like the genres. Just like every other book in its series, City of Glass ends with a cliffhanger. Goodreads rated this book a 4.3/5, but in my opinion, they should have been more generous and at least given Clare a 4.5. Overall, City of Glass is an amazing book.

Before I Fall

Samantha Kingston seems to have it all, but what happens when a single party and a single day made a difference to her entire life?

The captivating story Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver is a 4.5/5 in my opinion. It has great descriptions, interesting events, and creatively made characters. I would say that this is a fantasy or, as Google says, young adult fiction. This book was made into a movie, and a very good one if I do say so myself. Goodreads rated this a 3.9/5, which I have to seriously disagree with considering the awesomeness of the book. All in all, Before I Fall was a great story.

By Jessica Colletti

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What does 6LS like to do?

By Rayan Khan

2 people likes to do Art
  • 3 people likes to play sports

  • 1 person likes to workout

  • 4 people likes to play video games

  • 2 people likes to hang out

  • 2 people likes to listen music

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    By: Leo Grisham

    The Pot

    Once upon a time there was a poor couple named James and Lia. One day when they were putting new crops in their garden and hit something heavy. “Hey... What’s this?” James asked. He pulled it out of the ground.

    “It’s a pot!” Lia said. “Let’s bring it in!”

    “Uuugg!” James grunted.

    “Let's put our money inside so it can be a safe.” Lia suggested.

    “Ok!” James agreed. He threw in all their money (which wasn't a lot of money) into the pot. “Hey…” James examined. We only put $427 in here…” ,he said, “ now there’s $854.”

    “Wait the pot must have DUPLICATED it!” Lia guessed, grabbing a potted flower. She threw it in and, then there were 2 potted flowers!

    “I have an idea!” James said. He kept throwing in money until they had more than $5,000 dollars.

    “Our life will be happier now!” Lia smiled.

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    By Tatiana Noizy


    In the article Ready For Some "Shoe-Shi?,"

    Yujji Hu a chef in Milan creates edible sushi masterpieces. Hu makes these from nori a type of black seaweed,sashimi, rice, and any other edible ingredients they need to use to make these fancy footwear. The China-born food artist, who works at his family’s restaurant Sakana, has created everything from Air Jordans to Vans to Supreme slides. These amazing creations take 20-30 minutes to make, but the bite size versions are not made to be looked at but to be devoured like normal sushi. These creations are not just cool to look at but delicious!

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    By: Katie Graff

    The Night Everything Happened…

    I was walking home from school one night and then it started down pouring out of nowhere. I started running as fast as I could so I wouldn’t be soaked by the time I got home. Once I got there my brother was waiting for me on the front porch to give me the news. We were moving… He told me to pack all of my things because we were moving to Las Vegas, because we never got to see our grandparents. I was devastated. I would miss all of my friends. It was so hard to tell them i was moving. It wasn't going to be easy. I started packing my room. It was the toughest thing to do. I started my way over to Lauren's house. “Hi Katie! Come in! You look sad. Want ice cream?”, Lauren asked. As always her cheerfulness would cheer me up, but not this time. I will be eternally sad this time. ¨Lauren, can we talk? This is really important,¨I asked, hoping that by the tone of my voice, Lauren wouldn't break out in tears. She dragged me by the hand up to her room. She patted the bed indicating where she wanted me to sit. As I sat down tears rolled down my face. As Lauren glanced over at me to ask what was important she saw the tear rolling down my face. ¨This must be really important if your crying Katie,¨She said trying to sooth me. She hugged me, then wiped the tear off my face. ¨Ok, I´m moving to Las Vegas. I didn't want to text you, so I came here, hoping to spend my last couple nights here, my mom is ok with it,¨I told her,glancing over at her smooshing her face into a pillow. I gave her a big hug. ¨But before I can stay I have to tell Chloe and Maddie. Then I have to get my stuff.¨As I told her she nodded her head. I walked down the long beautiful staircase as I made my way to the door. I ran as fast as I could to Maddie´s house. ¨KK! You're here!¨She yelled. I glanced at her with a sad look on my face. She automatically knew I was moving. ¨I´ll be right back, stay here!¨She yelled like she knew I was inviting her to a 3 night sleepover. ¨Ok! I'm ready to go to Lauren's house!!!!!!!¨She ran out of her house in the direction of Lauren´s. I text Chloe to meet us there.

    She was on board, but not quite sure what was going on. DING DONG. ¨Chloe!¨ Maddie ran to the door to get her. Then she did the explaining for me…


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    By: Janine DiGerolamo

    How to make an easy window decoration


    • Coffee filter

    • Printer paper

    • Tape

    • Markers of your choice

    • Spray bottle


    • First, take your plain coffee filter and tape it to a blank sheet of paper.

    • Next, color the filter with any color marker, to make a nice design or picture of some sort.

    • Then, spray the decorated coffee filter with water so that the colors mix and blend creating a scenery of colors..

    • Finally, remove filter from the paper making a simple, but beautiful window trinket for all to see.


    • I would advise putting down paper towels so it does not stain.

    • If hung on a window with sunlight, the colors will look amazing because they shine through the filter. ( They might fade over time though)

    • Don’t add to much water because then it will be a soggy mess.

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    By: Katie Borgstrom


    The frost shimmered at her feet in the moonlight,

    Little Susan staring out into the darkness of the night,

    It felt to her like there was no such thing as sun,

    And there was a ton left to do that was fun,

    She saw her breath blow out in the bitter air,

    And no sign of wind blowing across her hair,

    Her mom had called her in to sleep,

    She knew that she still had time to keep,

    She ran inside thinking all the thoughts that she could think,

    Dinosaurs, dragons, birds that are a pretty pink,

    She got tucked into bed, with the surrounding silence allowing her thoughts to be heard,

    And her favorite to be that little pink bird,

    She closed her eyes,

    Thinking more about the skies,

    And blueberry and apple pies,

    All of the imagination left to dream,

    Thinking all about creative sceneries,

    One with the special pink bird flying above the shimmering stream.

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    By Liam Stark

    “Top Ten Most Inspirational Songs”

    This news is about the top ten most inspirational songs of all time! I looked it up on TheTopTens. The tenth most inspirational song is “Beautiful” by Christina Aguilera. I saw from the comments that it’s about women in the world. I’m seeing that it’s passing a great message that you’re beautiful no matter what they think! The ninth song is “Welcome To the Black Parade” by My Chemical Romance. One person said that it encourages citizens to aspire into what they want to be in the future. The song is to give people courage to face the world. The eighth song is “The World’s Greatest” by R Kelly. One person says it just makes them want to just jump out, pump up, and dance. It puts people in a good mood. One says the lyrics got him through his ordeals. The seventh is “Earth Song” by Pop superstar, Michael Jackson. The viewers are saying it teaches us how to love and care for things all around us. One other said it makes you wish everyone could do their part. And, to stop doing damage to ourselves and whatnot. The sixth one is “Imagine” by Jon Lennon and one person said it’s to be better people and help others. One said they play that song on the piano when they see injustice or misery on television. It is to use your imagination and be what you “imagine” to be. The fifth is “I Believe I Can Fly” by R. Kelly. You can do anything if you believe in it, and it is sung with great power. Number four is “It’s My Life” by Bon Jovi. It is said to make this life memorable and feel excited to the life ahead of you. One viewer gave a very inspiring quote, “He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt.” Make your life original. The third song is “You Raise Me Up” by Josh Groban. You don’t need to believe in God, but God believes in you. Someone said when he sings, they feel strength in his interpretation. It signifies hope and trust in God. It’s that all of us are loved. God will never let us down. The runner up is “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey. You should chase your dreams and do you what you believe you should. Whatever challenges you shall encounter just don’t stop believing! And, the most inspirational song on here is … “Lose Yourself” by successful rapping superstar Eminem! If you only have one opportunity to do something, well, are you gonna take it, or leave it. When someone was sad and bored they listened to this song to motivate themselves. Take your shot as success as soon as it comes out. Don’t wait! Thank you for reading my little story about the top ten most inspirational songs in TheTopTens and I hope you enjoyed it.
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    By Ryan Horn

    College Info

    There are a LOT of colleges out there. If you’re going to go to one, you’re going to need some info. Some “College Info”! Get it? Because the title is- you know what, never mind. Anyway, I’m going to talk about a relatively close college, The College of New Jersey. TCNJ is a public university it the Trenton suburbs in Ewing Township. The school was founded in 1855 as a New Jersey legislature act. The school enrolls approximately 7,400 students, including 6,790 undergraduates and 610 graduate students. In 2006, the college was awarded a Phi Beta Kappa chapter, an award for the best of the best. The average class size is about 21 students, with a graduation rate of 87 percent. The campus takes up 289 acres, and is 5 miles from Trenton. On a similar note, Philly and New York are an hour’s drive away. Lastly, the in-state tuition as of 2015 is about 15k. Thank you for listening, I hope you gained some info. Some “College-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------This Article has been stopped due to bad puns...

    Classroom Spotlight

    By Matthew Lutzker

    Classroom Spotlight

    In my 4th grade class, my teacher likes to decorate our classroom during the year. For example, in math one day my classmates and I made decorations that spelled out PEMDAS (Parentheses, Exponents, Multiplication, Division, Addition, and Subtraction). We put pieces of paper on a string that spelled the word PEMDAS and gave it to our teacher. She hung them up all around the room and it looked like they were floating because they were spinning around the classroom. Another thing my teacher likes to do during the Christmas season is to put little sticky men on the window of the door, and they looked really cool! She also put stickers on the window that spelled out “Merry Christmas”. Those are just a few of the ways my teacher likes to decorate our classroom and all of us love it.