If you didn’t hear about it, the Super Wolf Blood Moon of 2019 happened on January 20th. They call it the blood moon because the lunar surface has been reflected by Earth's atmosphere. This light appears reddish for the same reason that a sunset or sunrise does. The full lunar eclipse was at 8:41 pm to 9:43 pm and the lunar eclipse was at the same time as the blood moon. But for some people the moon was blocked by clouds and other people maybe saw it.The next lunar eclipse will appear on March 26, 2021. In three years where will you be?
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On January 19, 2019, at 11:05 am, the Vandenberg Air Force Base in Santa Barbara County, California, launched their first rocket of 2019. The rocket, named the Delta IV Heavy, had a mission. The mission, dubbed NORL-71, is launching a secret payload into orbit. The mission has been delayed, several times, and as originally due to launch in early December 2018. Due to a hydrogen leak and high winds, conditions were not ideal several times throughout the holidays. If you wanted to see the rocket, the closest you could get to the launching pad was 5 miles. From 5 miles, the rocket launch sounded like a low rumble. After the rocket launched the smoke cloud was in an awesome zig-zag shape. I went to see it and I think it was an awesome experience!
Term: Winter | Issue 3 | Date: February 13, 2019
Super wolf Blood Moon
A Monterey Road Student Publication
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Ornamental Tree Service
By Rion Corsaro
Inside the February Issue :
The Neigh News
Chromebooks for Fun? Pg2
The Nintendo Switch and What's Inside Pg 3
Mr. Smith Interview Pg 4
Wings of Fire Book Review Pg 7
Celebrate Black History Month! Pg 5
Continuation of The Portal in the Door on Pg 7
Photo of Delta IV Launch from Vandenburg,
Photo by Maria Romo
Image from Wikipedia
By Jordyn Monteath, Kallista Raike, & Maria Romo
By Ayla Buckamier, Natalie Prevost, & Wyatt Lomino
By Wyatt Lomino & Jonah Sullivan
The nintendo switch and what's inside
The Father Daughter Dance was on Friday, February 1st and Saturday, February 2nd. The Father Daughter dance is really exciting. A lot of people from our school attended the Father Daughter Dance. It sells out every year. Every year the Father Daughter Dance has a theme. This year’s theme was Dancing in Wonderland. The Student Council was there.
There are two dances. The first one on Friday was recommended for ages 12 and under, since it ran from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. The second dance on Saturday was recommended for ages 12 and up, It was held from 7:00pm to 10:00pm. Aleah King, a 4th grader, said, “I love going every year!”
We Asked Readers what their favorite Switch Game was...
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Neigh News Staff
Chromebooks For fun?
By Ben Hasch
The Whittier Fire
Jordyn & Kennedy Monteath; Photo by Jordyn's dad, Russell
By Gracie Lewis
Do you ever have the need to try something new? If you do, then this is the article for you! These experiments are super fun, and you can try them at home!
To start off you will need glue, shaving cream, borax, water, a bowl, and a spoon. Place some glue in your bowl. Remember that the more glue you add, the bigger your slime will be. Add about half the size you want your slime to be. Get one cup of warm to hot water and put in one teaspoon of borax in the water and put it to the side. Put shaving cream in your bowl with the glue. Mix with your spoon until it is the size you want it to be. SLOWLY add the borax and water solution until it starts to harden. Note that it will be sticky at first, just keep mixing with your hands until it is not sticky. Place in a container or bag until the next time you want to play with it.
Tornado in a Bottle
To start off, all you need is two bottles, a tube to connect the bottles, and some water. First add water into one of the bottles, next add glitter and/or food dye to make it more colorful. After that, put the tube on the cap of the bottle. Then, put the other bottle on top of the tube. Finally, flip the bottle and turn it in a circle formation.
Our Student Council Officers: Kiera Armstrong, Charlotte Grant, Harper Ruiz, & Ella Robertson; Photo by Jordyn Monteath
The Nintendo Switch is a portable gaming console with over 100 games on it like Super Smash Bros Ultimate and Legend of Zelda. The Switch is portable because it is small. Since the Switch is so small you can even fit it into your backpack. 29% of MR students surveyed have a Nintendo Switch. If you like gaming, we suggest you give it a try!
My Nintendo is a website and app that you can use to keep track of points. Points are used for getting discounts on games. For example, if you had 1,000 points you could save $10.00 on your next purchase. There are two types of points. The first is console points, which are the ones that the text just talked about. The second is In App points on My Nintendo where you can buy backgrounds on your phone or laptop as well as stuff for Nintendo apps on phones.The games are in small cartridges that are less than half an inch long! That means they are easy to lose unless you have a game case or still have the case they came in. Other than the small size, the games are cool.
To set up your Switch, the first thing you need to do is make sure you have a Gmail account. Next, you have to put in your Gmail address and password. After that you might want to pay for Nintendo Switch online, if you want to play online games. Now that you have got all of that completed you’re going to start working on your profile. First pick what you want as your profile picture. Then you want to pick your name. Now you are all set to start.
I believe that students should be able to use their chromebooks for appropriate games when they have finished their work in class. I wish that we could play the old games we have been able to play in the past such as Swoop, Cool Math Games, and Cookie Clicker because there are many positive benefits.
First, after working really hard on a difficult math assignment, a little free time can rest a student’s minds. At school, I had a test and after I finished it, I played Prodigy until the next assignment. My mind wasn’t as worn out as it was any other day after I was finished working.
Second, some games can actually improve certain skills. One game is Portal 2, a popular puzzle game. According to Jasper Coombes-Watkins in his Ted-Ed Talk, Portal 2 can improve spatial skills, problem solving, and persistence. He even cites a study of college students who’s test scores improved significantly after playing this game.
Finally, video games can motivate students to finish their work so they can have this fun reward. One example is at home I have to do chores to earn screen time. The screen time motivates me to get my chores done fast. At school it can motivate students to work harder because they want free time. Now, I am not saying students should be able to play just any video games. The teachers can set limits according to how they feel. In Mr. Smith’s classroom, you are not allowed to play games that involve killing people. However, we can still have fun even with this restriction.
Fire… What do we think of when we hear that word? Scary… burning… losing everything… terrifying… even death. I even know some people who went through a fire.
The Whittier Fire. It started on July 8, 2017 and burned 18,430 acres of land. But we are talking about a certain part of that land right now.
The fire burned through a boy scout camp called Rancho Alegre, at approximately 1:40 pm. There was lots of damage, but everyone evacuated safely. The camp is closed now and may take several years to rebuild.
While many of us are still enjoying our toys and treats from Christmas and the shelter or comfort of our home, many are without both. In this instance, several people lost their homes at the camp and all of their personal things. The Boy Scouts lost their camping place and cabins too.
Instead of being worried about how much we have, when we will get our next cool thing, or about our next vacation, shouldn’t we be more concerned about helping those who lost everything? Yes, we should be! Not focusing on these things is hard for me and it probably is hard for you, too. However, I am trying to do the right thing and I want you to do it as well.
Last year in fourth grade, when I was in Mr. Smith’s fourth/fifth combo, I saw how the Tubbs Fire affected people, especially the students at my dad’s school, Pivot Charter School. They were all affected by the fire horribly. This made an impact on me and I put together a slideshow about it. My class and I made cards for everyone at the school and sent them there. The students got them and were so happy!
Now… Let’s go back to the scout camp. My family is contributing a good bit of money towards getting the camp rebuilt, so both boy and girl scouts can have good memories at the camp again. Instead of doing something with that money and time for ourselves, we are giving it to help others.
I challenge YOU to give up something to help those hurt by fires. Money, time, toys, food, anything that helps.
By Charlotte Grant & Maria Romo
Robotics is a club at Monterey Road that builds robots and then competes against other schools (but that part is optional). We made six robots using Vex kits. There are 15 students in Robotics. The teachers are Mrs. Foreman, Mrs. Hillier, and Mrs. Marino. Robotics meets every Tuesday, after school. First, we talk about what we are doing. Then, we start ether building, driving, or programming the robots. It usually takes about six weeks to build them. On May 18, the big competition is coming up at the middle school, hosted by the high school robotics team, the Gray Bots.
NN: How is robotics going this year?
Annie Uceda: “Good! Our robot’s name is Magnolia!”
NN: What is your favorite part of robotics?
Jordyn Monteath: “Building and controlling the robot!”
NN: Were you excited about doing robotics?
Sergio Davila: “Yes, I really enjoyed doing this again.”
NN:What is your favorite part of teaching robotics club?
Mrs. Foreman: “Seeing students get really excited on building the robot.”
I hope you join robotics next year!
Martin Luther King, Jr, Jackie Robinson, Rosa Parks
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Lots of people, especially kids, eat unhealthy food. But if you want to start eating healthy, there are many foods that are healthy and tasty, too.
Bananas, melon, berries, apples and oranges are just a few fruits. According to livescience.com, Americans eat 11.4 pounds per year of bananas. According to eatingwell.com, berries are very healthy. They are a good source of fiber that helps for a healthy digestive system and just a ¼ cup every day means better bones. Cantaloupe is also good according to healthline.com. It has lots of beta carotene, which gives a lot of vitamin A.
According to Google, cucumber is also healthy. It is high in nutrients, it may aid in losing weight, and lowers blood sugar. Medical News Today says carrots are the ultimate health food. They have lots of antioxidants which can help prevent cancer and they also help your vision. A website called Dr.Nandi says celery is also healthy. Celery treats high blood pressure, fights infections, helps you to lose weight, and keeps cancer at bay or lower your risk of cancer by a little.
Other healthy foods are cheese, milk, and fruit juice. Cheese is healthy because it has lots of calcium, protein, and vitamin B12, according to Google. Milk has calcium, protein, potassium, vitamins B12, A, and D according to oprah.com. Fruit juice has a lot of natural sugar, but it does have benefits, too because it contains vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
For those who are having Valentine day parties, you might want to find healthy and fun foods. Lucky you saw this section since that is what you’ll find here!
Fresh Squash Chips
2 zucchini, cut into 1/4-inch-thick rounds
2 yellow squash, cut into 1/4-inch-thick rounds
1/4 teaspoon salt
How to make it: Combine all ingredients and 4 cups water in large bowl. Cover and chill for 30 minutes. Drain and pat dry with paper towels. Eat plain or with your favorite dip!
By Lillian Archer
(From left to right) Annie, Charlotte, Aleah, Samantha, and Brogan; Photo by Mrs. Davis
By Isabella Steffanauer & Lyra Stoltz
By Kayleigh Luna & Maria Romo
Staff & Students
Photo by Maria Romo
By Charlotte Grant & Antoinette Uceda
February is Black History Month, where Americans remember and honor important contributions and achievements of African Americans in our history. People like Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Jackie Robinson, and others are famous for standing up for what is right.
Martin Luther King Jr. was a strong leader and speaker. Rosa Parks started the bus boycott and didn’t give up her bus seat. Jackie Robinson was the first African American person to play major league baseball.
Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way." If you feel like you can’t do anything big, then do what this quote says. Start by doing small things in a great way.
Ms. Harrigan is a new teacher at our school. She wanted to become a teacher so she could help students grow and flourish into awesome young adults.
Ms. Harrigan went to school at Point Loma and SDSU. She has taught school for 3 years. This is her first year at Monterey Road School.
She enjoys yoga, working out, hikes, and traveling in her free time. Her favorite movie is “Inside Out.” She enjoys listening to rock and roll, classical, folk, and Indie music. Dark chocolate is her favorite type of candy. She drives a sporty Honda Civic. She likes spending time with her pet Chihuahua named Phil. We know Ms. Harrigan will be a special addition to our school!
NN: How long have you been a teacher at Monterey Road?
Mr. Smith: 4 years
NN: What school did you work at before working at MRES and how long did you work there?
Mr. Smith: I worked at Santa Rosa academic Academy for 17 years. I taught fifth grade all those years.
NN: What is your favorite part about being a teacher at this school?
Mr. Smith: Definitely the students
NN: What’s your favorite joke that you’ve told the students?
Mr. Smith: I like to have them spell Mississippi in front of class. It's fun to hear them say “I pee pee.”
NN: What is your favorite subject to teach.
Mr.Smith: I enjoy teaching math the most. Fifth grade can be a bit of a challenge, but it's fun to see students work hard and overcome the challenges.
NN: Why do you not teach younger grades?
Mr. Smith: Fifth grade kids are the perfect age. They're old enough to be independent and still young enough to not have an attitude like you might get at the middle school.
NN: What is your favorite movie?
Mr. Smith: The Sandlot.
By Keagan Sullivan
Fun school days
Photo by Keagan Sullivan
Photo by Lyra Stoltz
Mrs. Laurie is a 4th grade teacher. She is married, with 2 daughters, her favorite color is every color of the rainbow, and her favorite thing about teaching is interacting with her students. On her days off she likes to go hiking. Her favorite food is pasta, she has been teaching for 7 years, and her favorite song is “Lollipop!” Her favorite animal is a unicorn. She loves kids, is responsible, and is very fun! She should be voted for the best teacher ever because she teaches her students really well and hopes for the best for all of them. She is a really respectful teacher and person to everyone.
Black History Month
Two weeks ago our school celebrated the 100th day of school by dressing up as if we were one hundred years old. We wanted to see what other fun days our school should have. We went around the school, at recess and after school asking you, Mustangs, what fun days at school we should have. Our ideas were: Crazy Hair Day, Pajama Day, and Book Character Dress-up Day. Pajama Day was the winner, which is coming in April!
By Aleah King
By Antoinette Uceda
REVIEW: WINGS OF FIRE
By Norissa Wilmer
MEET YOUR CAFETERIA WORKERS!
By Lillian Archer
Brian Williams, Ben Hasch, Adriana Novack
Photo by Allison Hasch
This & That
To be continued...
THE ATASCADERO NEWS MEETS THE NEIGH NEWS
Why is Valentine’s Day called Valentine? Because you find love. Valentine’s Day is very special to a lot of people because some people have family members, a boyfriend or girlfriends, and friends that they would give chocolate and more to. Some of you wonder “How was Valentine’s Day created?” I wondered the same thing, so I looked it up. This is what I found when I searched Google:
“The first Valentine's Day was in the year 496! Having a particular Valentine's Day is a very old tradition, thought to have originated from a Roman festival. The Romans had a festival called Lupercalia in the middle of February - officially the start of their springtime.”
Question: What do you call a three humped heart?
Question: Why is the heart running?
Answer: Because it skipped a beat!
Meet Your Student Council
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!
Wings of Fire by Tui T. Sutherland is a very good book series . I love to read it. The author describes what’s happening so well, it feels like you are in their world, watching what’s happening. Each character has their own special personality. No one shares the same personality, in the book or in real life. I would suggest it to everyone, although some people won’t like it. It’s okay if you read it and don’t like it. That means that it’s just not for you. There are 12 books in the Wings of Fire series. Each one is told by a different character. The first five books are about five dragons, or dragonets, trying to stop a war. The Dragonets of destiny in the first five books names are Clay, Tsunami, Glory, Starflight, and Sunny. The names in the next Moonwatcher, Winter, Peril, Turtle, and Qibli. The third arc of books which is still being written, has Blue, Cricket, and Sundew.
“I would give Wings of Fire five stars!” says Brogan, a fourth grader here at Monterey Road. Other students that I asked said they would give it 3 to 4 stars.Wings of Fire is personally one of our favorite book series.
By Gracie Lewis
Left to right: Danielle & Cindy
Photo by Brayden Pearson
THE PORTAL IN THE DOOR
By: Gracie Lewis
I am being shaken awake. My head throbs. I open my eyes. Amelia is standing above me. Good… at least I’m with her. I sit up. “What...what happened?” I ask. I study her face. Her usually French braided hair is now down. She has a pearl scallop shell in her hair.
“Umm, I don’t know. I just woke up and saw you, so I woke you up.” she seems kind of nervous.
I sit up. “Is something wrong?” She looks away. “What?”
“Umm...Your, uh, uh...” I look down and...
“I’M A MERMAID!!!!!!!”I scream. Cool! I love mermaids! And swimming.
I look down at my tail. Its body is shiny rainbow and the fin is pink. It has gold accents. Amelia’s tail is gold and the fin is shiny platinum. We are wearing shell bras. We try swimming with them, and it works! We are suddenly amazing swimmers. It is actually pretty easy. We swim around for probably about close to an hour. Something swishes by us. Huh?
“Amelia, did you feel that?” I ask. She shakes her head. I think I must be imagining things, but nope! It comes by again. It's a pink dolphin! I LOVE DOLPHINS!!! THIS IS THE BEST ADVENTURE EVER!!! Amelia+dolphins+mermaids=best adventure ever!!!
“ I'll call you Bubbles” I say. She starts swimming around in response to that. We follow her around for a few more hours, laughing and having fun. I realize we're actually in a beautiful coral reef. When suddenly I feel a sting on my hand. Ow! I look down and find some gross red stuff on it. I flick it off. I look up and...
There is this gross red stuff everywhere!!! There's a trail of it leading into a cave. What is it? I want to find out.
“Do you have a bottle in that backpack?” I ask Amelia. Remember our backpacks? Yeah, somehow they are waterproof. She throws me a bottle. I swim into the stuff. It burns! It burns! It burns! It feels like a thousand bee stings at once. It burns my whole body and my tail. It is a gross syrupy red liquid. I swim out of it as fast as I can. It takes a minute for the burning to wear off. When it does, I show Amelia the stuff I collected in the bottle.
“Are you okay?” she asks worriedly. I nod. ”That is weird looking stuff,” she says. I agree with her.
“Should we follow it?” I ask.
“Yeah, but I think we should figure out what it is before we touch it again,” she replies.
“Now that’s sensible thinking!”
We swim alongside the red trail for a while. Bubbles follows us, squeaking. She is so cute!
We see the entrance to the cave and stop. I hear a whooshing noise. I turn around. Nothing. Hmm. Last time it wasn’t nothing. Suddenly, I feel a tap on my shoulder. I turn around and scream.
The Editor-in-Chief of the Atascadero News, Brian Williams, along with account executive, Adriana Novack, came to talk with the Newspaper Club last month. They shared several examples of their own newspapers and offered tips and advice for The Neigh News. Our own Editor-in-Chief, Ben Hasch even got to have a meeting at their office to talk about the newspaper business! Thank you for sharing your time and wisdom with us, Atascadero News! We look forward to learning more from you!
By Brayden Pearson & Jordyn Monteath
NN: What is your favorite hot lunch?
Danielle: Pulled Pork
Cindy: Dominos Pizza
NN:How many kids do you get per day for hot lunch?
“100-150 per day.”
NN: What position would you like to be in most other than this?
Cindy: Lawn Mower
NN:How do you chose the hot lunch menu?
“It is chosen by a supervisor.”
NN:Did you organize the menu?
“No, it was done by a supervisor.”
Photo by Charlotte Grant
W Q P R E S E N T C U O T
P U I L T H S G R O B E O
I D A J L A N T E O N G H
N H R H T N O R T K I p E
K O O K N U W E N I U l A
G N C B H K I E I E H O R
H R E D I K B S W N I M T
J N U F I A Y K L O P N O
S C A R F H M P O M J K I
Can you find these words?
Each year at Founders Day, our PTA recognizes people who go above and beyond to make our school a better place. Past recipients include staff members, parents, and community members. We will honor the winners on Thursday, February 21st at 6:00 at our Founder's Day Program. Please join us for the short program in the school cafeteria! Our first graders will be performing and refreshments will be provided!
MONTEREY ROAD BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
Photo by Antoinette Uceda
The third grade teams battle it out on the court. Photo by Ben Hasch
This is an interview on Mr. Griffin. NN stands for Neigh News. CG stands for coach Griffin.
NN: What is your full name?
CG: Eric Scott Griffin
NN: What is you favorite food?
CG: All foods or fish tacos
NN: What is your favorite color?
CG: Olive green
NN: What is your favorite animal?
CG: Trained red tailed hawk
NN: Did you grow up playing any sports?
CG: Most all of them
NN: Do you have any pets?
CG: A Border Collie Kelpie
NN: How did you become a P.E. coach?
CG: I liked being active and fit, so I became a P.E and health teacher
NN: What activity do you like doing with your class the most?
CG: I like racket baseball
NN: What job did you have before you were a P.E. coach?
CG: I was a tree trimmer and landscaper.
By Shea Buckley
MEET OUR P.E. COACH, MR. GRIFFIN
Monterey Road Elementary School’s basketball tournament is under way for students in the 3rd through 5th grades. Games are played during lunch recess on the playground courts. Each week, the teachers announce game times and teams. Third graders play against each other, while 4th and 5th grades combine for competition and fun. If you come out to a game, keep an eye out for Roman (5th grade). He brings energy to his team, whether he is playing in a game or cheering on his team from the sidelines. Owen (3rd grade) is another tournament stand-out with his ability to be very aggressive and rebound despite his smaller size. Sophia (5th grade) showed her clutch shooting abilities in a close game by swishing the game winning shot from the free throw line. Another sharp shooter, Henry (4th grade), tied the game for his team with a three-pointer.
There have not been many conflicts or arguments during the tournament. The referees and yard duty staff do a great job keeping everyone in line. Shea (5th grade) and Kason (5th grade) share a passion for basketball. They help keep the energy positive on the court. Student Council members encourage everyone to participate in the basketball tournament, cheer on classmates, and have fun!