The Cyclone Tribune

created by:Tim M., Kassidy J., Chloe C., Sam A., Alanah W.

Report Says More Iowa Schools are Failing to Meet Federal Performance Standards

*****A new report states that more Iowa schools are failing to meet federal performance standards. The report released Friday says the number of schools that fell below the standards jumped by 55 percent this year. Iowa Department of Education Director Jason Glass said that newer, tougher statewide assessments caused the increase.
*****Glass also says a federal No Child Left Behind formula does not adequately consider year-to-year progress. The number of Iowa schools that missed the annual performance targets rose to 800 out of 1,381 schools statewide. Schools that missed the goal for two consecutive years increased nearly 20 percent.
*****Because of schools not meeting these standards, many kids are falling behind in classes. The amount of students, Kindergarten through 12th grade, is rising by about five percent each year. The subjects kids seem to be struggling the most in are Math and English. If this goes on for too long, Iowa might have an education epidemic in which students are not getting enough education.
Written by: Chloe C.

Our economic system

*****Now our school has a great education system, kids these days are really learninh their stuff! Harlan students are also doing really good with their technology privileges! But because of all of this expensive paying they have to lay off some of their teachers, because they can't afford to pay them for their job anymore., and so more teachers and assistants are getting laid off.

*****Students are also having trouble when the teachers have to be replaced. They are usually more unsure of what the students have learned already and so sometimes they teach them the same thing or they teach them harder things that the students have never even heard of. The students then lose have the right to learn and their education scale drops low!

*****I think that students should work together to have a fundraiser of some type to raise money for their school so the school can use the money to put it to use!

Written by: Kassidy J.

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Past Experiences

*****Today I'm going to tell you about my past vacations, and what are some good places to go to on vacation. When I went to Orlando, Florida to go to Disney World I thought it would be the best place to take 8 adults. If you like thrills, rides and family fun, this is the place to go!
*****The thing I loved the most about Disney World, besides the rides, would be all the different themes. Every resort had their own theme and every part had a really cool them like Animal Kingdom had a jungle theme. We went to the Rainforest Cafe and I thought that the food there was awesome!
*****My favorite ride there was Expedition Everest where you are going up Mount Everest trying to get away from a yeti that destroys everything. It's a fast and big roller coaster! This is why I think that you should go to Disney World!
By: Tim M.
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The castle in Magic Kingdom at night time
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Expedition Everest ride
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The yeti on Expedition Everest

11th Anniversary of 9/11

*****It was just a regular day in New York when disaster struck on 9/11. 2,977 lives were lost on the day of the attack. Osama bin Laden, a member of the group Al-Qaeda, was the head of the plan that killed so many. They hit the Pentagon as well. Al-Qaeda was planning to attack the U.S. Embassy. The U.S. found and killed bin Laden on May 2nd 2011. They attacked the Twin Towers first and then the Pentagon.

*****Some conspiracy theories say we, the United States, did it. We have found proof, though, that it was Osama bin Laden. One of the planes took out 50 support systems in the Pentagon. It is unknown where Flight

77 hit. Officials couldn’t find an engine of the plane.

*****Some people think it was a bomb. Regardless of the cause and the suspects, the impact on America will last forever . In memory of the people who died in the attack - MAY YOU REST IN PEACE.

By: Alanah Wright


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Mt Rumshmore South Dakota


*****Have you ever wondered who carved Mt. Rushmore? That is what I am going to tell you about today. I will also give you some more interesting facts about the most viewed landmark in South Dakota.
*****Sixty year old, Sculptor Gutzon Borglum started to create the five-thousand-seven-hundred-twenty-five foot sculpture of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. Each face was about five-hundred feet from the ground and sixty feet tall.
*****Most workers had to climb five-hundred-six steps to reach the top every day. No one was killed or severe injury but there was a few minor injuries. It cost about one-million dollars to build and took about fourteen years to build (October 4, 1927-October 31, 1941). Mt. Rushmore is a great and important monument of the South Dakota.
By: Sam A.
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