Cougar Times

The Carriage Hill Elementary Newspaper

Welcome To Our First Edition October 31, 2013

Welcome to the first edition of our school newspaper. This online paper; created by McKenna, Allison, Kaley, Kaliee, Aubrey, Josie, Kayla, Coby, Jamond, Ashley, Madison and Hannah; will be published every month during the school year. Articles will be about clubs, teachers, classes and grade activities. This month we wrote about the Fun, Food and Fitness Club and our new 3rd grade teacher Ms. Martinez. Activities we covered are 6th grade’s Outdoor Ed and the Papio Fun Park Night. Look for our Kids Speak section where students will have a chance to share their thoughts and ideas.

(Written by Ashley and Kaley)

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Outdoor Ed

Outdoor Ed stands for outdoor education. Sixth Grade students participate in outdoor education every year. While there you work in different areas to learn more about the environment. There are five different hikes: ponds, forest, trust, en-wareness, and soil. In ponds, there are different types of experiments with water. If you have extra time, you go to the mountain ponds. In forest, students looked at tree trunks and played games called tree system, blindfold grass, and hiked slopes up and down. In en-wareness students play a few games: one with a blindfold, one with worms, and an I spy game. During soil you walk through tall grasses, you walk through a forest and over a swaying bridge to hills. You also get to eat a rock, Yummm. Most sixth grade students enjoy this event that teaches about our outdoor environment, and many say they have a totally new point of view when it’s done. (Written by Ashley)

Teacher Feature

This year at Carriage Hill we have many new teachers and students. Our goal this year is to interview new teachers at our school for you to get to know them. We will try to write down the most interesting questions boys and girls will want to know about that specific teacher. One of the new teachers is Mrs. Martinez in 3rd grade. If you want to know more about Mrs. Martinez, read on…

Mrs. Martinez

Q: Are you originally from here?

A: Yes, I went to the Monarchs High School.

Q: Who or what made you want to start teaching?

A: My fifth grade teacher, she was really nice and made learning fun and I also wanted to do that.

Q: What are your favorite hobbies, food, color, song and book?

A: Hobby, probably a tie between running and shopping. Food, French fries. Color, red. Song, Don’t Stop Believing by Journey. Book, The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.

Q: When did you decide to work with kids?

A: When I was in high school I worked at Kids Club at Hickory Hill.

Q: How long have you been a teacher?

A: This is my first full year

Q: Where did you go to college?


Q: What’s an interesting fact about you?

A: I have a big family. I have 4 siblings, 3 sisters and 1 brother.

Q: What would you say to someone who wants to become a teacher?

A: Teaching is a profession where you can give back to people and if you liked school as a kid you’d be a great teacher.

(Written by Kayla and Kailee)

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Club Fun


We will be writing a feature on school clubs every month. Every month we will interview the people who run the club to get more information. And, we might interview some of the kids. This month we are writing about the Fun, Food and Fitness Club. Fun, Food and Fitness meets every Tuesday after school from 3:00-4:00 and the teachers are: Mrs. Dowding, Mrs. Hanson, and Mrs. VanRoy. What does this club do and what is its purpose? We are trying to be healthy while having fun and eating healthy food.

What kind of food do you make and what kind of fitness? So far they have made energy balls, banana roll ups, healthy ice cream sandwiches, and a healthy dip. They have had relay races and played jump rope tag.

We asked some kids to tell us how they liked the club

Jimmy says: He likes the club because he likes the fitness and the healthy delicious food

Amelia says: She thinks the teachers are nice and likes making healthy snacks.

What is your favorite part so far?

Jimmy says: His favorite thing so far is jump rope tag. Amelia says: Her favorite part is making the snacks. (Written by Coby & Jamond)

Bringing Our Community Together One Step At A Time

On Tuesday, September twenty-fourth, Papio Fun Park hosted a PTO event for the school. If you were to look around, you would see kids smiling, laughing, and having fun. The most popular game by far was Laser Tag. One student, Memphis, said:

"I really enjoyed this night. My favorite game is Big Bass Pro."

If you went around & asked people how they liked the night & their favorite game, it wouldn’t differ by much.

Mr. Arsenault, the head of the PTO, said:
"This money is going toward everything in the school, like playground equipment and school supplies. I help out in the PTO because the school helps kids. This event was not about fundraising, but about building our school community and getting family and friends together. It was very fun and affordable."

We hope that you can come to another one of these events. This was a very successful night. We hope that future events can be just as successful.

(Written by McKenna)

Kids Speak

Hi there, have you ever wanted to share your feelings and opinions but never get the chance? Then you’ll enjoy Kids Speak in next month’s Carriage Hill newspaper! Kids Speak staff will be coming to a few classrooms to interview a random selection of students. We will be asking you the same topic question, where you’ll get to share your opinion. We will take your picture and you will be featured in the paper! Tell us how you feel, and don’t be afraid to speak up! November’s Topic: Tell us how you feel about school lunches

(Written by Josie and Aubrey)