NPS Journal

Norfolk Jr. High

Wife Cuts Off Mice's Tail

According to witnesses at the Rickman Family Farm On October 24th, 2015, the farmer's wife, Dorthey, was preparing supper for her husband, Rickman, and herself. While she was cutting the cheese for supper, three newly born mice, Fum, Fe, and Fo, smelled the cheese and went to it. The mice’s tail got under the knife and Dorthey accidentally chopped the tails off. Once she realized it, it was too late. The newly born mice screamed for their mother. They were in pain. Fum, Fe, and Fo went to the mice hospital called Mice Care Center. More will be revealed later.


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Characteristics of a Star

The stars are all around us. Above, below, in front, behind, and in every direction. We know a lot about stars, but they can be sometimes be complicated. Astronomers have discovered five distinct star characteristics. The characteristics are luminosity/magnitude, color, surface, temperature, size, and mass.These characteristics are connected in ways. Surface temperature determines color, surface temperature and size determines luminosity, and mass determines surface temperature. A star's luminosity is measured off of the sun with one luminosity equal to the sun. The dark red stars are the coolest while the dark blue stars the hottest. Even though stars appear to have one color, they emit a broad spectrum of light. Stars don’t just emit visible light, one of the six bands of light, but also radio waves and ultraviolet waves just to name a few. A star’s size is also based on the sun with one solar radius equal to one sun’s radius. Alpha Centauri A, a close star astronomically, has a radius of 1.05 solar radii. Antares, another star, has a radius of about 700 solar radii. One solar mass is equal to one sun, which is about 2.2 x 10^27 (10 to the 27th power) tons. Alpha Centaurus A has a mass of 1.08 solar radii. As you can see, stars are more than a burning ball of gas.
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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Have you ever wanted to be a wizard? If so, then Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is the movie for you. A boy named Harry, played by Daniel Radcliffe, found out he was a wizard when Hagrid, played by Robbie Coltrane, came to deliver the news. Harry was sent to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to study witchcraft and wizardry. When on his way he met Ron, played by Rupert Grint, and Hermione, played by Emma Watson. At this school he played a wizard sport called Quidditch, made some friends, and learned magic. I would recommend this movie for ages ten and up because it has a couple twists to follow that younger kids might not get the first time, or that would require explanation. An amazing movie in my opinion.
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Geometry Dash

Geometry Dash is my favorite video game which can be played on the PC and on mobile devices. Geometry Dash used to be called Geometry Jump. Geometry Dash is a game about a cube that you control by tapping or holding the screen. The game’s controls are extremely simple, but the levels can be painstakingly difficult. There are currently 20 levels in the normal game and practically infinite user made level. All of the 20 levels are named after the song that plays when you play the level. A few level names are Stereo Madness, Back on Track, and Poltergeist. There are portals, rings, and pads which all do different things. The forms are the cube, the ship, the ball, the UFO, the wave, and the robot. The cube jumps on the ground by tapping the screen, the ship flies by holding the screen, the ball flips the gravity when on the ground, the UFO jumps anywhere if you tap the screen, the wave will go diagonally up when you hold the screen and diagonally down when don’t hold the screen, and the robot will jump at varying heights depending on how long you hold the screen. The yellow ring and pad will make you jump higher than a normal jump, the purple ring and pad will make you jump shorter than a normal jump, the blue ring will change gravity, and the green ring is the blue ring and the yellow ring combined. The single blue portal changes gravitate towards the ground, the single yellow portal changes gravitate towards the sky, the multiple blue portal flips the screen so the cube goes left to right, and the multiple orange portal flips the screen so the cube goes right to left. There are more things to this game, for example, a level editor, more portals, moving blocks, stars, difficulty which ranges from easy to practically impossible, and different looks and colors for your cube, ship, ball, UFO, wave, and robot. The portals, rings, and pad can be a little overwhelming but the game does ease you into it by starting off in a level called Stereo Madness, the easiest level, only has the cube and the ship. Stereo Madness also doesn’t have any portal, rings, or jump pads.
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