Makayla W. and Jayden M.
Hurricane Harvey is a category four storm that hit Texas on August 25th, 2017. Many people have had to evacuate or stay in their homes and fight it out, the force of the disaster causing this event has cost billions of dollars in damage. Hurricane Harvey has impacted cities like Houston, Miami and Corpus Christi. Many people have died in the disastrous event; the current death toll is 82 people. Hurricane Harvey was just the start to many hurricanes including Irma, in Florida and Jose, which is along the east coast. Wind speeds reached up to 130 miles an hour and the water level reached to 50 inches of rain. According to Texas governor, Greg Abott, this hurricane is the worst natural disaster in to have happened to Texas.
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Wilson's New Edition
One of our staff will leave us this year….to have a baby! Mrs. Wilson who teaches eighth grade social studies, is happy to know that she will have a baby boy who will be her second child. She and her husband don’t have any ideas for the boy’s name yet. “We’re very excited, especially for our toddler to have a baby brother and for them to grow up together. We’re nervous because we’re both only children so we’ve never had any siblings before. So this will be the first time experiencing what’s it’s like to have a sibling through the eyes of our children”. What about the baby’s grandparents? “My mom is over the moon excited and my husband’s parents, are very excited too. We have very active grandmas and grandpas”. What about the baby’s brother? Mrs. Wilson says that sometimes the little toddler is excited about having a younger sibling but sometimes he just ignores it. Good luck Mrs. Wilson!
FACS Favorites: Sugar Cookies
By: Genesis N.
Easy Sugar Cookies - Classroom Size Recipe
1 ⅜ C all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon baking powder
½ Cup butter or margarine, softened
¾ Cups white sugar
2 Tablespoons beaten egg
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 375°.
Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth.
Add the egg and vanilla to butter/sugar mixture and beat to combine.
Using a wooden spoon, gradually blend the dry ingredients into the butter/sugar mix.
Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls.
Roll dough into colored sugar sprinkles and place onto cookie sheets.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until golden.
Let stand on cookie sheet two minutes before removing to cool on wire racks.
Note: You can get creative with these cookies. Instead of rolling in colored sugar sprinkles, you could place some candies on top. Or you could let cookies cool, then frost them.
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Eagle Creek Wild Fire
On September 2, a human-caused fire in the Eagle Creek area started. A group of teenagers set off fireworks near a trail near the Eagle Creek trail and Punch Bowl Falls area. The fireworks started the fire so quickly due to the extremely dry and hot forest, and the suspected teenagers were warned about the dryness by a hiker. Several witnesses saw them and warned the park officials about the teenagers behavior, but before long, the blaze had begun. Overnight the fire grew to roughly 3,000 acres and by September 5 was covered over 20,000 acres of land. By September 19, the fire had burned over 48,665 acres of land, which is about 76 square miles, and according to fire officials, was 46% contained. It is expected to be extinguished on September 30th. Many people have been evacuated, but fortunately there have been no deaths.
This year SMS and all the other schools from Sherwood School District got their very own chromebooks. Now each student roams the schools’ halls carrying a $325 dollar device. Mrs. Godfrey from the school office states that the school district had been taking the idea of getting the schools chromebooks seriously and have tried to put this idea to action for the past few years. “I think it was the District Leadership that decided we needed to get that done”, she says. Mrs. Godfrey also says that the District decided to set up a bond between them and the voters/citizens by increasing taxes. It helps fund the modernization of school buildings and helped sponsor the chromebooks. The reason why they did it this year was “because of all the technology that’s out there and to not offer it, would be not doing students service. You guys could practically program these things, so we needed to get some, so that it made your school environment closer to the real world.” Now thanks to the District's Leadership each student can do assignments, homework and school work and still be connected to the internet.
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Recalling the Mayor?
This may come as news to you, but Sherwood Mayor Krisanna Clark-Endicott just might be impeached, along with city councilors Sally Robinson and Jennifer Harris. The chief petitioner, Jim Copfer, needed at least 1,427 signatures before he can get a vote on recalling the mayor and the two councilors, and stated that Krisanna Clark-Endicott, "has failed in her fiduciary responsibilities, behaves in an unethical (manner), and continues to move the city of Sherwood in a direction that is not in the best interest of the community and contradicts the will of the citizens." and that she "verbally abuses citizens and fellow council members." The petition also asks that councilors Robinson and Harris are removed from the city council with reasons such as them voting to replace the YMCA and move forward in a contract with Health Fitness. Copfer then said that he believed that all Clark, Robinson, and Harris would resign, and Robinson said that she believed that “...the citizens of Sherwood will not be willing to sign any petition to recall any of the three councilors.” in an email. Copfer did recently get all of the needed signatures, and the county passed the petition, so on October 17, there will be a separate vote for recalling the councilors and mayor. In the coming weeks, we will find whether or not Harris, Clark or Robinson will be recalled.
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6th Grade Interview
As we are entering the school year we do have some new students. Here is an interview with Siena B., a 6th grader.
Question 1: Is SMS anything like you thought it would be?
Siena: “Kind of. I thought the lockers would be like bigger.”
Question 2: What has been your favorite thing about school so far, and what are you looking forward too?
Siena: “ I am looking forward to the Homecoming Parade. I’m not sure I’m doing it though. I am also looking forward to Outdoor School. I love FACS and the people are nice. I also like Choir.”
Question 3: What is your favorite subject so far?
Question 4: Since you mentioned classes, are the lockers or classes easiest?
Siena: “ Classes are much easier to get to than our lockers.”
Question 5: Last question, any electives that you would add?
Siena: ” Volleyball, Art, Drama, Basketball and Soccer.”
How do you fix a broken pumpkin?
With a pumpkin patch!
What’s the best thing to put in a pumpkin pie?
What do you get when you drop a pumpkin?
What is a tree’s least favorite month?
What did the big tree say to the little tree?
Leaf me alone!
Why did Humpty-Dumpty have a great fall?
To make up for his miserable summer!
Why do trees hate tests?
Because they get stumped by all of the questions!
Why did the scarecrow win the medal?
Because he was the best in the field!
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Another Mystery Teacher is here, and the excitement awaits for you and your friends. If you figure out the clues for this teacher, go to the library and look for the Mystery Teacher Box, right beside it is a Mystery Teacher slip.
Fill it out and see if you will win.
This is the first mystery teacher this year so good luck to everyone! The winner will be announced near the beginning of October.
Here are the hints for the next Mystery Teacher:
Their favorite season is summer
Their favorite vacation spot is Greece
Their birthday is July 23rd
Their favorite thing to do is walk their dog
They've been teaching for 16 years
They teach 6th grade and 8th grade
Is Pumpkin Spice Getting Out of Hand?
Fall is here and we couldn’t be more excited. There are so many traditions we have missed this long summer to mark the start of the fall season. Halloween, school, harvest, the changing of the leaves, and of course Pumpkin Spice season. Now a warm PSL (Pumpkin Spice Latte) is a great way to mark the start of fall. But with Pumpkin Spice butter, toothpaste, cereal, dog food, and people are even dyeing their hair with a new color Pumpkin Spice. Now the real decision is for you to make. But let's be real nobody wants their breath to smell of old Pumpkin Spice. Don't forget to go to your local Starbucks and pick up a fall inspired drink today!
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Mrs. Wilson and Mrs. Voss getting ready for their new additions!
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Illustration by: Lisa Jacobs
National Child Health Day - 2nd
National Walk To School Day - 4th
Raider Dash - 13th
Early Release - 11th & 25th
Harvest Festival - 13th
This year means a fresh start and a new newspaper! We will be starting with the newspaper ONLINE. Later on in the year it may once again be printed. The newspaper comes out once every month.
Letter From The Editor
This month's issue includes articles on the Hurricane Irma and Harvey, the YMCA being removed and other upcoming or current events. As well as the regular FACS Favorites recipe, anagram challenge and Mystery Teacher.. If you have any new ideas, suggestions or questions about the newspaper feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your Editor in Chief,
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