Smore News Update
Mission San Luis Rey
Fascinating Fantastic Field Trip!
Behold the San Luis Rey Mission! It was once one of the biggest buildings in California, but it is still a very luminous site to see! The site has been used for many purposes. For instance, the Native American women used the laundry which was called the lavanderia. They used it to bathe themselves and clean their clothes for their family. Lavanderia means “laundry” in Spanish. There are many more facts I will tell you; right after I eat a pepper!
Delicious! Oh! Do you know why I ate a pepper? The fact that I’m going to tell you about is actually about a pepper tree! Way back in 1830, a man planted a pepper tree right in the middle of the mission's garden! It is known as the first pepper tree planted in California. When I saw this particular pepper tree, I loved the way it looked! It had a glowing green color with polished miniature peppers! I don’t know about what you, but I thought they were adorable!
The mission also had the very first school in California. The size of the school wouldn’t be the average size of a normal school today. It was about the size of a small house or possibly the inside of a one-story apartment. The stairs to the school were painted white. It made sense that its creamy white paint was tearing off and wood was peeking through, since it was centuries old! It probably holds many secrets, but I want you to discover them yourself!
Maybe I can just spoil one more secret. There are bells that are used for communication! If you ever go there, oh boy! You’re going to hear the bells every 15 minutes. The bells are automatic, and the ringing can be repetitive and monotonous.
I hope you enjoyed my article and have the loveliest day! (I'm sorry if you find this article short. I promise the next one will be more fascinating and novel.)
Hour of Code
Hello E-33 parents and students! Today my article is about the Hour of Code. The Hour of Code is a website that teaches kids and adults how to code in a fun way. The Hour of Code even shows you code in java script, the most highly used language computers use. You can make your own apps or draw pictures easily! Plus, you can share them with your friends and families! They have cool tutorials too! You can code in the world of Minecraft, Star Wars (The Force Awakens), Angry Birds, Frozen, Flappy Bird, and even in Disney! So go onto Code.org and do an Hour of Code!
Magnificent Mrs. Mihalik
Have you ever met our awesome 4th grade teacher Mrs.Mihalik? Mrs. Mihalik thinks her job is so much fun. Do you know what she does on her lunch break? Well, sometimes she grades her students' work and sometimes forgets to eat her lunch!!!! She also lets kids come in to play chess and work on our Karana house. She doesn't just love her class, but she also loves Westwood because it has the best students. She wanted to be a teacher for a long time, and she thinks she has the best job in the world. Do you know who her favorite superhero is? Well, the kids in E-33 are all her superheroes!!!! That's our teacher, Mrs.Mihalik!!!!!
-Pranavi and Noah
Fun for lunch!
Westwood Elementary's Fantastic Librarian
Westwood Elementary's fantastic librarian Mrs. Fleming is one of our amazing superstars here at our school! She reads to children almost every day! Here are three things that you probably didn't know about Mrs.Fleming! Enjoy!!!!
- Mrs.Fleming has been interested in books for a long time. She says,"I think that there is a book out there for everyone even if it takes a long time to find the right book for you." What a nice quote!
- Mrs. Fleming's favorite book to read to children is called King Of The Wind because she always adored horses as well as other animals. For example, her mother was never a cat person, but she remembers through all her time living with her mother, she always had cats.
- Mrs. Fleming lived on a farm and grew up in Oregon, moved to CA in 6th grade, and her best sport was swimming.
We hope that you enjoyed!!!!!
-Ayane & Abby
The Wonderful Smore Team
Which is Better? NXT or LEGO MINDSTORMS?
By Steoshan (Stephen+Roshan)
(NXT and LEGO MINDSTORMS are like electronic LEGOS.)
Vroom! NXT is better than LEGO MINDSTORMS because NXT has more hi-tech sensors!
But LEGO MINDSTORMS are better than NXT because it is easy to handle and you can easily make machines without trying to figure out how to build the program!!!
But NXT is easier to build!
LEGO MINDSTORMS are better because the program is easier to build and the parts are easy to build. But for NXT, the program is harder to build.
Okay... LEGO MINDSTORMS are better.
What do you think, reader?
New Year, New Goals
Fabi and Sophia
Compass Learning December Challenge!
Gemological Institute of America
1- Hares are faster and bigger.
2-Hares have bigger ears and feet.
3-Hares have black markings on their fur.
Those are just some of the many differences. It would take me forever to list all the facts.
Thanks for reading my article. This article has come to you from Ethan Gravin.
Steve Round Photography
Star Wars: The Force Awakens!
"We're with ya, Poe!" That is a Resistance X Wing pilot quote to Poe Dameron, star pilot of the Resistance from Episode VII, The Force Awakens! This Star Wars film was made by Disney after Lucasfilm sold Star Wars to Disney. (I know! Big shock, right?) Here is a partial summary about the movie for people who haven't seen it. (We don't want to spoil the spectacular movie for them!) There is a new masked Sith called Kylo Ren who leads the First Order, a new empire looking for BB-8, a droid, who has the missing piece of a map to find Luke Skywalker. (If you don't know who Luke Skywalker is, watch the classics. They are AWESOME.) We give thanks to J.J Abrams for continuing the Star Wars saga. If he hadn't, the saga would have been destroyed. Now on to the excitement! Let's see the votes! This is about how many students in E-33 like or dislike Episode VII. Thirteen people liked the movie (I can tell) and nine people were disappointed. Some people say that it was a complete copy of Episode IV, A New Hope, my personal favorite. Others say that it's an astounding and shocking piece of Star Wars. What do you feel? Is it good or bad? Your choice! As always, may the Force be with you. (Said by many Jedi and maybe some Sith.)
Below is a picture of Kylo Ren. (I know. It looks WICKED.) Thanks for reading my article!
-Mason S. Lee
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