Paw Prints

The Digital Student Newspaper of Peters Elementary

Volume 5, Issue 1

December, 2020

Fourth graders Eliah Mole' and Bella Holt work in the newsroom

Student Newspaper Returns to Peters

by A'isha Goodell and Meeral Salha, 5th Grade

The Peters Student Newspaper, Paw Prints, is relaunching this month in a new online format. The newspaper was originally published monthly from 2012 to 2016 and was sold to students at a cost of 25 cents per copy.The new Paw Prints will be sent directly to all students through Seesaw at no cost.

“We were sad when we had to stop the newspaper, but we are happy that we can relaunch it,” said Mr. Bowen, gifted and talented (GATE) teacher.

Paw Prints is written by first through fifth grade students in GATE. Fifth graders A’isha Goodell and Meeral Salha are the co-editors-in-chief of the newspaper.

“Our goal is to publish the newspaper every month,” said Meeral Salha.

The newspaper will include school news events, opinion essays, comics, puzzles, book reviews, creative writing, an advice column, and more.

Students can submit creative writing and opinion writing about school-related topics. There will also be an advice column called Ask the Panther where students can ask for advice about how to solve problems.

“We encourage all students to participate,” said A’isha Goodell.

“I like writing in the newspaper because writing is my favorite subject,” said fourth grader Caydence Morrison. “I like working with friends.”

Fourth grader Eliah Molé said she likes having extra time to write for the newspaper.

“I want to be famous,” she said.

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Mrs. Harwood Named Teacher of the Year at Peters

by Brooklyn McHenry and Kenzie Kupp, 3rd Grade

Mrs. Harwood was voted Teacher of the Year at Peters in September. Teacher of the Year is where teachers vote to honor another teacher. Teacher of the Year is also a big deal because only one person gets named Teacher of the Year every year, and they stay Teacher of the Year for the whole year. It can be hard because if you are Teacher of the Year, everyone is focusing on you.

Here are some things we asked Mrs. Harwood:

Q: Are there any changes?

A: Not really. Just a lot of pictures and videos.

Q: What is it like to teach?

A: It was my dream job. I wake up daily and I'm so thankful to guide, love, teach, and care for kids.

Q: What is Teacher of the Year?

A: It’s where staff select the best teacher who exemplifies amazing qualities.

Q: How do you get Teacher of the Year?

A: The staff voted for me.

Q: How many years have you taught?

A: So, I have taught four years of third and part of kindergarten.

Q: How many children do you have?

A: Two girls. Same birthday, four years apart.

We also talked to some students in Mrs. Harwood’s class to get their thoughts.

“My favorite thing about her is (how she teaches) math because I like how she explains it,” said Jazz Mason. “She deserves to be teacher of the year because she is such a good teacher.”

Mia Thomas said, “It’s exciting because I feel like it’s fun taking pictures of us.”

“She is a good teacher and helps us in different ways,” said Madalyn Young. “ I’m happy for her.”

Snacking on Fruits and Veggies

by Lilly Heinemann and Dionne Adams, 3rd Grade

Have you ever wondered why we got fruits and vegetables for snack at school? We asked Ms. Brittany, our cafeteria manager, about it and she said Union got money from the government to buy fruits and vegetables for students on Monday through Thursday each week.

We will be getting fruits and vegetables all year except for holidays and days off. Ms. Brittany said Union wants to get fruits and vegetables next year if it can. She said that some of the fruits and vegetables will be familiar and some may not. Some weird ones are a fruit called persimmon that grows on trees and a Mexican vegetable called jicama.

"Fruits and vegetables give our bodies so many vitamins and minerals that help our bodies stay strong and healthy," Ms. Brittany said.

Ms. Brittany told us a fun fact about eating fruit and vegetables. "It can take up to 15 times trying something new to decide if we like it," she said. "That is why if we try something one time and we do not like it, we should keep trying because our taste buds are always changing."

Third grader Keira Wilson said she has liked all the fruits and vegetables, even the weird ones. She said her favorite was jicama, which she said was very watery with barely any sweetness to it. "The texture was like watermelon," she said.

Third grader Emmalyn Bruner said she likes some fruits and vegetables but she tries them even if she doesn't think she will like them.

What is Dry Ice?

by Boston Radcliffe, 3rd Grade

Gifted and Talented (GATE) classes learned about dry ice. Dry ice is solid carbon dioxide. It is -109 degrees Fahrenheit, so it is so cold it can give you frostbite. Be careful! If you put it in water, it bubbles. If you put soap with the dry ice in water, you can hold a bubble.

Books Come Alive at Peters

by Grace McGowen and Hillary Torres Segundo, 2nd Grade

On Thursday, October 30, Peters teachers dressed up as characters from books. This event was called Books Alive. Mrs. Lampi said we do Books Alive to celebrate books.

Some teachers recorded videos of them reading books and others read in the classrooms. Mrs. Lampi asked teachers to help with Books Alive and made a schedule for when they would read to each class.

Mrs. Weese came to classes and read The Day the Crayons Quit. She dressed as a purple crayon.

"She had funny accents for each color," said second grader Colton Barnes.

Mrs. Hall recorded a video of herself reading The Day the Crayons Came Back. She dressed up as a red crayon.

"The crayon messages were all sort of funny," second grader Jackson Hinkle said.

Show and Tell in Third Grade

by Ellison Beeman, 3rd Grade

We have show and tell in Mrs. Harwood's class. Kids share on different days based on our numbers. Four kids share each day.

When it's our time to share, we go to the middle of the carpet and Mrs. Harwood gives us a minute to share. We are allowed to share anything that is appropriate for school -- like a toy airplane, stuffed animals, or books that you made.

Third grader Mia Thomas said that she likes seeing new things that people bring from home and the "old stuff that they have."

"I built a toy house out of Legos that I want to bring," said third grader Carmen Garcia Robison.

"We do show and tell because I learn more about my students and my students build a connection," said Mrs. Harwood.

Mrs. Harwood said that if she were to bring something, she would bring a ring that she got form her grandma that has been in her family since 1970.

Safety Patrol Helps Kids Stay Safe

by Meeral Salha and A'isha Goodell, 5th Grade

The goal of Safety Patrol is to make kids come to school and go home safely. Safety Patrol started in 1920 [100 years ago]. Mrs. Dana is in charge of Safety Patrol. Some of the jobs you have on Safety Patrol are being at the cone and opening doors,putting up the flag, holding the door, calling numbers, and helping little kids. The jobs that were just listed anyone who says they want that job first gets that job. Safety Patrol will usually wear belts to help identify them.

To get on Safety Patrol you have to fill out an application and you have to be responsible, and have good grades. Any fifth graders can get on Safety Patrol, but only if you get accepted. Safety Patrol is usually in the mornings and afternoons. It takes about 45 minutes for each.

“The thing I like about Safety Patrol is that I get to open doors and talk to friends,” said fifth grader Daylon Manuel.

“I like seeing people happy and I also like the belts.” said fifth grader Kamila Vega Neri.

Meet Fourth Grade Teacher Mrs. Stoops

by Gianna Bresciano, 4th Grade

Mrs. Stoops is the new fourth grade teacher. She used to teach at Disney Elementary, Kerr Elementary, and Grissom Elementary. She started in 2015 and has been teaching for six years. She has taught first, third, and fourth grade. She said her favorite grade to teach is fourth grade.

Mrs. Stoops said she wanted to be a teacher since she was in kindergarten. She also said she wants to teach as long as possible.

“I like inspiring kids and teaching them things they didn’t know,” said Mrs. Stoops. Her favorite part of teaching is seeing the look on someone’s face when they figure something out that they have been struggling with. She likes to teach science the most.

Some students in Mrs. Stoops class said she is kind, funny, and has a sense of humor. They also said she is good at science and math.

"She lets you bring snacks. It can be any bag of chips or anything that isn’t a treat," said Abby Hinkle. She lets you have Fun Friday and gives you candy for bringing back finished homework."

Meet Fourth Grade Teacher Mrs. Borgelt

by Eliah Molé, 4th Grade

I had a chance to talk to my fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Borgelt, and I want to share some things you may not know about her.

Mrs. Borgelt said she always wanted to be a teacher ever since she was a kid. WOW! She has taught first, second, and fourth grades, and also multi-age. She has taught at Peters for 22 years and also at two other elementary schools.

Mrs. Borgelt said she loves it when we are kind, listen to her, and act responsibly.

She said she loves math. “I like numbers and puzzles,” said Mrs. Borgelt. Her favorite things to teach are states and capitols, long division, and reading.

“My favorite thing about Mrs. Borgelt is that she is nice,” said fourth grader Isaiah Franco-Portillo. “If we fail a test, she lets us redo it.”

“She is very kind,” said fourth grader Kiyah McDonald. “She treats everyone nicely. She is a really good teacher.”

Students Learn About Respect at Assembly

by Dylan LeClair, 5th Grade

The respect assembly was during specialties on November 20. Only one grade was allowed to go at a time because of Covid-19. Students stayed socially distanced.

Coach Snider, Mrs. Arnold, and Mrs. Strong talked about respect for friends, family, teachers, etc. They also showed videos of people when they show respect versus people who do not so that students could get the differences in their daily lives and their different moods. Who knows, it might change your mind and make you be a tad more respectful and thankful!

We also drew paws and whoever was chosen got a prize from Mrs. Weese. We then took a picture of them and put it on the front of Peters Facebook page.

Popular Books from the Peters Library

by Noah Blacet and Eliah Molé, 4th Grade

Have you ever needed a suggestion for what to read? Well, I had a chance to talk to Mrs. Lampi and here are the most popular books for each grade level.

The most popular book for young readers is Cool Bean by Jory John. This is a picture book about a bean who misses his friend and ends up hanging out with the wrong group. It is one of 16 books chosen for this year's Redbud Read Aloud, which allows students to vote for their favorite picture book published this year.

A popular book for second and third graders is ‘the Dog Man series by Dav Pilkey, who also wrote the Captain Underpants series. Dog Man is a series of graphic novels about the adventures of Dog Man as he tries to defeat a bad cat called Petey.

For fourth and fifth graders, Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney is a popular series. These books are about a boy's life as he struggles to get through middle school.

Mrs. Lampi said that Peters will try to have a book fair in the spring.

How to Prevent the Spread of Germs

by Aniston Helms, 4th Grade

This year we have had to wear masks because there is a disease going around. Here are some ways to prevent the spread of germs.

1. Keep your mask over your nose and mouth at all times.

2. Wash your hands for 20 seconds.

3. Stay 6 feet apart from other people.

4. Put hand sanitizer on throughout the day and disinfect stuff you touch.

5. Don’t touch other people or their stuff.

6. Don’t go anywhere if you feel sick and alert a doctor or tell an adult.

7. Don’t touch your face with dirty hands.

Why Do We Have Reading Levels?

by Joseph Amani, 1st Grade

I wanted to learn about reading levels so I asked Mrs. Morgan, our reading specialist, some questions.

What are reading levels and why do we have them?

Reading levels are used at Peters to help kids decide what books they can read. Levels are alphabetical from A-Z.

What would happen if we didn’t have reading levels?

If we didn’t have reading levels, students might have a hard time choosing just right books. If students read books that are too hard, they might not enjoy reading as much.

How do reading levels help us?

They help you improve reading, learn new words, and better understand what you read. As you keep moving up levels, you learn more and more and reading becomes more fun. This gives you more access to books.

How can I improve my reading level?

One of the big ways to improve reading levels is by reading. Read at school and at home, too. Just practice reading.

Do we need to read only books on our level?

There are times when teachers want you to read books on your level so you can practice and get better at words. Teachers also let you have free choice options that may be something you like or even pictures you want to look at.

Dressing for Winter Weather

by Annabelle Lee, 2nd Grade

Have you ever seen someone looking cold on the playground? Have you ever seen someone wearing a t-shirt and shorts when it is cold outside? Well, winter is coming, and you should wear warm clothes.

Here are some suggestions:

1. Wear snow boots if it is snowing outside.

2. Wear a thick jacket when it is cold outside.

3. Wear gloves to keep your hands warm.

4. Wear long pants to keep your legs warm.

5. Wear earmuffs to keep your ears warm.

Here is one more suggestion -- watch the weather forecast before you head out the door.

When Should Kids Get Phones?

by Presley Bates, 2nd Grade

and Laila Smith, 4th Grade

I think kids should have phones because if they're home alone they can call their mom if they need help, or if they are at school they can text or call their mom or dad if they need help or forgot something. Now the reason you don’t need a phone is that you could bring it to school and play on it when you're not supposed to, or you could lose it and waste yours or somebody else's money. Most likely I would like for kids to get their phone when they're in sixth grade because they will be more mature. Also if they are in sixth grade they will know what to do with it.

Reasons for getting a phone:

1. You can call your family.

2. You can go online.

3. You can call the police.

Reasons against getting a phone:

1. If your phone falls, it could crack.

2. Phones could make your eyes hurt.

3. Phones cost a lot.

In Person vs. Virtual Class

by Garrison Porter and Jerry Whittington, 5th Grade

You are going to be reading about some pros and cons for virtual and in person learning.

In this segment, you will be reading about in person learning. One of the benefits is that you get to socialize with other people and your friends. Another benefit is that you are more active in person than virtual. A con for virtual learning is that it is very hard to read expressions, and it is hard to breathe in your mask. Another huge con is that there is way more germ spread.

In this paragraph you are going to be reading about the pros and cons of virtual learning.

A pro about virtual school is you cannot spread germs to classmates. You also have a more flexible schedule. A huge benefit for virtual is that you do not have to wear a mask. Some cons for virtual school are that you have to stare at a screen for long periods of time each day. Another one is that you might not be able to understand some people because of their internet connection.

In my opinion I think in-person learning is better than virtual learning. A reason that I like it better is because you get to move more and you get to socialize with friends, but in virtual learning you sit in one spot for half the day. Also in virtual learning you stare at a screen for more than two hours, but in-person learning you don’t. But one thing that is good about virtual learning is that you're at your house instead of being at school, so you're able to lie on your bed while you do school work.

Dogs or Cats: Which is the Better Pet?

by Laila Smith, Faith Amani, and Corbyn Jensen, 4th Grade

Laila: I think dogs are better pets than cats because dogs can be a very playful animals but cats can be a very lazy. Dogs come in all sorts of sizes and colors and there is many breeds and they all look different. Many types of dogs can be trained to do all sorts of tricks and can be a very loyal animal. Last of all they can be a family friendly animal and can be a good protector and friend. That is why I think dogs are better pets than cats.

Faith: I think dogs are better pets than cats because dogs can be very playful animals, but cats can be very lazy. Dogs come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and colors and there is many different breeds and they all look different. Many types of dogs can be trained to do all sorts of tricks and can be a very loyal animal. Last of all they can be a family friendly animal and can very good protector and friend. That is why I think dogs are better pets than cats.

Corbyn: I think cats are better than dogs because they're cute, loveable, furry, and funny.

Cats are cute because of their high-pitched meows and how they look. Cats are loveable because they will usually love you if you pet them, and if they want a pet, they'll come to you. Cats are furry for sure. My cat, Mr. J, is so furry that his fur actually feels kind of rough! Cats are funny because of the way they act, and how they play.

Ask the Panther Advice Column

by Caydence Morrison and Bella Holt, 4th Grade

Paw Prints will have an advice column called Ask the Panther. Ask the Panther is about giving people advice on any questions they may have. Ask the Panther will keep your name in secrecy. You can write your questions and place them in the box outside Mr. Bowen's door and Ask the Panther will respond to your letter. Ask the Panther will answer your questions in the online newspaper for the rest of the year.

Place Value Puzzles

by Bryse Boyle, 5th Grade

I have some number riddles for you...

Level 1 Puzzle (1st and 2nd grades):

1. It is a 3-digit number.

2. It is even.

3. The sum of its hundreds digit and tens digit is 7.

4. Its hundreds digit is 3 more than its tens digit.

5. The digits add up to 15.

Level 2 Puzzle (3rd and 4th grades):

1. It is a 5-digit number.

2. It is odd.

3. The ten thousands, thousands, and hundreds digits are all even.

4. The sum of the digit in the tens place and the digit in the ones place is 12.

5. It is less than 70,000 and more than 60,000.

6. The ones digit is the second largest digit.

7. The digit in the thousands place is 2 more than the digit in the ten thousands place.

8. The digit in the thousands place is 4 times the digit in the hundreds place.

Level 3 Puzzle (5th grade):

1. It is a 7-digit number.

2. Its smallest place value is the hundredths place.

3. The sum of the tenths and the hundredths digits is 9.

4. The ten thousands and the thousands digits add up to 12.

5. The tenths digit is odd and the hundredths digit is even.

6. The hundreds and ones digits are both even and the tens digit is odd.

7. It is under 80,000 and more than 70,000.

8. The tenths digit is 3 less than the hundredths digit.

9. The sum of the hundreds and the tens digits is 5.

10. The ones digit is the largest digit.

11. Last but not least, the hundreds digit is 1 less than the tens digit.

Book Review: Out of My Mind

by Bella Holt, 4th Grade

Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper is a book that features a girl named Melody. Melody has cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy is a medical condition where you you struggle to move or speak. It is an amazing book! The book is a level S. Melody was definitely not disabled in her brain. She was incredibly smart! She joined an academic team and went to the nationals. If you want to figure out what happened next then check out the book Out Of My Mind in the Peters library!

Book Review: Magic Treehouse Dinosaurs Before Dark

by Calvin Blanco, 2nd Grade

Jack and Annie travel back to dinosaur time and they meet a t-rex. Jack and Annie decided to travel because they love magic and Jack loves books. He wanted to see the life of dinosaurs. Read Magic Treehouse: Dinosaurs Before Dark by Mary Pope Osborne to find out what happens.

Thanksgiving Acrostic Poem

by Aniston Helms, 4th Grade

Thankful for

Having enough food

And having a roof over my head

Not living on the street, the

Kindness of

Sharing family members, who are

Giving and

Intelligent. This makes me

Very happy.

Intelligent friends

Never give up we all have

Good and healthy food.

Princess Butterfly's Trick

by Eliah Molé, 4th Grade

Once upon a time there lived Princess Butterfly. One day Princess Butterfly was going to the Princess Unicorn’s house. When she got there, they both raced to the pond, but Princess Butterfly beat Princess Unicorn there. She decided to play a little trick on Princess Unicorn, so she hid from her in a tree. When Princess Unicorn got to the pond she was confused.

”Where is she?” thought Princess Unicorn.

She looked in the bush she looked on and in the log. Princess Butterfly was not there.

"Where are you?“ Princess Unicorn said.

She went into the woods. She couldn’t see anything, so she started to wander around.

Princess Butterfly was starting to get scared, so she got out of the tree.

"Princess Unicorn is still in there” said Princess Butterfly. “I need to find help.” But she couldn’t find anyone.

In the meantime, Princess Unicorn was lost and scared, and then she remembered she was a unicorn and said “Lumos” and her horn lit up.

Now she was less scared and got out of the woods following a red path. At the end of the path sat Princess Butterfly.

“I’m sorry I tricked you into going in there,” Princess Butterfly said. “Now let's play a game... but not hide and seek.”

“Yay!" they both cheered.

Lost in Time

Comic by Boston Radcliffe, 3rd Grade
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Curiosity Corner: Megalodons

by Brady Tanner, 3rd Grade

In this article, I will tell you how the megalodon went extinct 68 million years ago.

First I’ll explain what the megalodon was. The megalodon was the second largest shark in the world, at 67 feet (24 meters). Megalodons were bigger than a school bus!

The megalodon was also the fish with the largest jaws! Its diet was gray whales, small fish called helicoprion, and baby sperm whales.

The megalodon went extinct from being hunted by great white sharks. You may be saying, “How could a 20-foot great white take down a 67-ft megalodon?” But it died because the great whites ate the last of the newborn megalodons and a meteor made all the fish swim away so the megalodons starved to death.

Winter Crossword Puzzle

by Connor East, 3rd Grade
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Video Game Review: Among Us

by Leaf Sanders, 2nd Grade

Among Us is a video game and the main thing is to survive the imposter. You are trying to complete missions around the room with your crewmates while the imposter tries to sabotage you. My favorite mission is medbay scan because crewmates can see you as you complete it and they will know you are not the imposter. If you are the imposter, you try to eliminate your crewmates before they find out who you are. Crewmates can call an emergency meeting to talk about who they think is acting suspicious (sus). Everyone can vote who they think is the imposter and then that person is eliminated. Then you will find out if that person was the imposter or not.

Among Us is a lot of fun because you can interact with people and do tasks. You can change colors and hats and buy pets. You can also buy suits. I like being the imposter because you can eliminate people and then go into a vent to hide.

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Paw Prints Co-Editors-in-Chief A'isha Goodell and Meeral Salha
© 2020 Peters GATE Students

A'isha Goodell and Meeral Salha, Co-Editors-in-Chief

Emmet Bowen, GATE Teacher