Mansfield Times

Issue #4: April 25, 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 Jessica Colletti in 4F

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By Rayan Khan

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By Tatiana Noizy

A Lifetime of Code

In the article Authors help build interest beyond the Hour of Code the author talks about how authors are writing books on coding. Reshma Saujani has written a new book called Girls Who Code, It encourages girls 10 and older that coding can be fun.Gene Luen Yang wrote the book Secret Coders another book that encourages kids to code all the time not just on the week of code. She also wrote another book called Robots & Repeats. I think it is important for girls to learn how to code because, so when they are older they can become an engineer.

By Tatiana Noizy

Genius Junior

By:Tatiana Noizy

In the article Do you have what it takes to earn the title of ‘Genius Junior’? It talks about the show and the Child geniuses that are on the show. Actor Neil Patrick Harris hosts the show that debuted last month. The format is a head-to-head contest in math, geography and spelling between teams of three 8- to 12-year-olds. The contestants are Vinay Ayala, a 12-year-old from Reston, Virginia,Bryan Henroid of Andover, Massachusetts, and Lillian Fisk, 10, of Kingsland, Georgia. The game is full of brain teasers and rapid fire math equations. I think that this show is not only entertaining to watch but gives a lot of new facts for you to learn.

Works Cited

Chu, Hau. “Do You Have What It Takes to Earn the Title of 'Genius Junior'?” The Washington Post, WP Company, 9 Apr. 2018,

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By Matthew Lutzker

  1. In 2011, a woman named Aimee Davison purchased a 'non-visible' piece of art for $10,000.

  2. Las Vegas casinos do not have clocks.

  3. Everyday, 20 banks are robbed. The average amount stolen is over $1,700,000.

  4. Cockroaches existed 120 million years before the dinosaurs roamed the earth.

  5. Global Warming helped settle a land dispute between India and Bangladesh. The area in question was New Moore, or South Talpatti. However, the island was submerged because of global warming in 2010.

  6. The 110-acre 'Snake Island' in Sao Paulo has 4,000 snakes. This equates to one snake for every 6 square yards. It is one of the world's deadliest islands.

  7. The world's largest family lives in India. The husband has 39 wives and 94 children.

  8. A man planted 7,000 trees to make a guitar shaped forest as tribute to his wife.

  9. The National Aquarium, in Baltimore, Maryland, has almost 20,000 animals, including seven bottlenose dolphins.

  10. Water can boil and freeze at the same time.

By Rayan Khan

Did you know that Rabbits love licorice

Did you know that 11% of people are left handed

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By Matthew Lutzker

Recently, a volcano erupted in Japan. On March 7th, Mount Shinmoedake filled the sky with ash and lava. Then, on March 10th, the volcano erupted again.

Mount Shinmoedake is on an island in Japan called the “Ring Of Fire”. Buildings vibrated as lava from the volcano slid down one of the mountain sides. Luckily, no one has died based on the latest news reports.

Japanese agencies are warning people to stay away from the mountain because this cycle may continue for many more months. Terrible eruptions could send rocks flying as far as the equator.

In a city called Kirishima, some people carry umbrellas to protect them from the falling ash. Some other people started wearing masks to cover their faces from getting burned.

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By Liam Jason Stark

April 2018 Core Value Winners!!

On Friday, April 13, 2018, we unveiled the Core Value winners for March´s Core Value, ¨Patience¨. Since I am in 6th Grade, I will be explaining who the winners are for 6th Grade. Of course you already heard our principal, but I´m just giving more credit and promoting for their great behavior. I will start with Mrs. D´Amico´s class, with Samantha Colletti, and Curt Van Mater, and Curt is known for being a great contribution to the Advisory Board (I´m in the Advisory Board too, so I know) and Samantha´s a very fun person for all I know! Great job Curt and Samantha! Next, Mrs. Dolci´s class with Jessica Pompei and Christopher Stone, both pretty nice students. You go Jessica and Christopher! In Mrs. Shapiro´s class, we have Brooke Pettit and Amila Zheng. They both are very respectful students! Amazing job Amila and Brooke! Now in Mrs. Riviello´s class, who I know contains of many nice students, the Core Value winners are Lola Robbins and Amanda Seremeta. From my point of view Lola has shown a lot of innocence, and Amanda is a close friend of mine and is very, very respectful. You deserved it Amanda and Lola! And last but not least, for Mrs. Raywood´s class, Kharlo Marzan and Jayden Weatherly. From being a member of their class I know they are both very fun students to be around and have a good laugh with. I knew you´d make it Jayden and Kharlo! I´m sure all ten of these students have shown the patience to obtain a spot on the Core Value board put up by the Advisory Board, which includes me. As they say, ¨No wait, more fate¨.


Core Value Winners: Amanda Seremeta, Amila Zheng, Curt Van Mater, Kharlo Marzan, Lola Robbins, Christopher Stone, Jayden Weatherly, Jessica Pompei, Samantha Colletti and Brooke Pettit

Principal: Glenn Kershner

Mrs. Katz

Advisory Board (w/ Mrs. Katz): Aaliya Razak, Curt Van Mater, Dev Patel, Alana Bartolini, Adam Erwin, Kyle West, Katie Borgstrom, Alexa Armour, Chloe Sheffield and Liam Stark

MTSD Newspaper Committee

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By Lizzy Giordano

New York, New York

The streets of New York City are treacherous. If you flew across the world and asked someone if they knew what New York was, they probably would know what state in America you’re talking about. Little did they know that there are dark sides to the well-known Empire State.

There are other people like me- people in a worse state than me, actually. I have no reason to be upset. There are people in New York who are starving, who are thought to be fake and end up starving because the garbage from Gramercy Tavern wasn’t enough to fill their stomachs. Although I’ve never seen anyone escape from poverty, I still try to keep my hopes up. But each day, the coin jar that used to be full of faith is slowly emptying out.

By Leo Grisham

Super Star

There once was a basketball player in the NBA named Darryl Walc. He was the best basketball player there ever was. “Darryl! You did the BEST this game! 226 to 18!” His coach said.

“You say it was my best game every game.” Darryl told him.

“Well, I just got a call from the MBA…”

“What's the MBA?”

“It stands for Moon Ball Association! Now, you're going to PLAY moon ball! So moon ball is basketball with no gravity!”

“OH YEAH!” Darryl yelled.


BEEEEEEEEP! The game ending siren roared. “Darryl, you. Did. HORRIBLE! 0 to 52!” Coach yelled

“Lets just go back to regular basketball.”

By Ryan Horn

Acetadote of a little Boy

Bang! Pop! Bang! Firecrackers went off left and right as fast as George threw them. “Stop playing with those fireworks! Your gonna get hurt, you know!” screamed Franklin as he rode by on his bike. He pulled around and put on the breaks. “Please stop-” Frank dodged a firecracker hurtling his way and gave George a death glare. “Sorry about that...” George mumbled as he put down his matches. Frank scolded, “You’ve gotta stop that, man. I know you’re upset, but that’s not a good excuse for becoming a pyromaniac.” George sighed. He knew throwing firecrackers around wouldn’t help him make friends, but he needed something to let his stress out. “Yeah yeah, I guess you’re right. I still hate those boys, though. They just had to start throwing rocks at me like a bird. Get it?” George smiled. Frank wasn't amused. “You may be a nice guy, but your jokes need some work.” You wanna go get a slice of pizza or something and talk it out?” George grinned. He put he got one last firecracker and threw it into the sky. POP! He put his fireworks away and got his bike. “Sure. We can make a plan to get them back!” Frank sighed and simultaneously smiled. “Alright, man.”

As they rode to the pizzeria, George smiled at the thought that he’d made a true friend.

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By Matthew Lutzker

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By Tatiana


Spring is in the air

Winter is over! Yay

Time to celebrate

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By: Matthew Lutzker

  • A shrimp's heart is in its head.

  • A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.

  • It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky.

  • If you sneeze too hard, you could fracture a rib.

  • There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.

  • The average person's left hand does 56% of the typing (when using the proper position of the hands on the keyboard; Hunting and pecking doesn't count!)

  • Antarctica has the biggest desert.

  • A shark is the only known fish that can blink with both eyes.

By: Jessica Colletti - FACTS ABOUT MARS

10 Fun Facts About Mars

  1. You would feel lighter on Mars.

  2. Mars has the second largest mountain in the solar system.

  3. It’s named after the Roman god of war.

  4. Mars has longer seasons than Earth because it is farther away from the Sun.

  5. Mars has two moons that are called Phobos and Deimos.

  6. Martian New Year will be on March 23, 2019.

  7. Mars is 141,633,260 miles away from the Sun.

  8. A year on mars lasts 687 days.

  9. One day on Mars is 24 hours 37 minutes.

  10. Mars is only 53% the size of Earth.

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By Janine DiGerolamo

A True Friend

A friend is like a double rainbow on a wet morning

Always making a brighter day

That fills our life with colors so bright

All the rain is driven away

A friend is like peaceful music

That lingers in our heart

And when a lovely melody is heard

The troubles of life depart

A friend is like a calming breeze

Making sure we feel at ease

Bringing happiness into our minds

Always guiding us “even when we’re blind”

A friend I hold close to my heart

Even when we're miles apart

I thank the universe everyday

For the friend it sent my way!

I dedicate this poem to my best friend and basically sister, Zoey Branton!

By Scarlett Lynch

Little Brother

You’re here

Then, you’re there

Now, you’re pulling my hair

Quit it! Knock it off! Leave me alone!

I’d rather babysit a horrid old crone!

Fine I’ll play a game

But things will still be just the same

You’ll cheat

Then, you’ll say that you have me beat!

You call me an idiot

Then, a brat

Really, am I gonna take that?

Yes, because you are my little brother

And you are awesome like no other

By: Janine DiGerolamo

Earth Day

Our earth is special, there is only just one

It gives us water, soil, and sun

People and animals share the land,

Let us all lend a helping hand!

You can save water, or plant a tree.

Make a better home for you and for me.

Recycle things, don’t throw away

And make every day Earth Day!

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