Wind carries snow,
Swirls it about like dust
The last leaves must
The branches wave
The tree trunks sway
In a strong wind
Fall down they may
Wind is like a ghost
Sneaking through the dark
If you are a snowdrift
The wind will leave its mark
Greetings Monument Valley. We have decided to hold a school walkout to protest climate change. On December 13 all middle schoolers who would like to participate will leave their classrooms and exit the building. There will be posters, chanting, and powerful speeches demanding action towards climate change. After the walk out we can promise you we will not stop there, we are going to ban the fruit20 bottles, start a more-than-just-paper recycling bin, and start composting leftover fruits and veggies. We have already held one meeting for students who would like to help organize the event. We will be holding another meeting for 7th and 8th graders on Tuesday November 19th during lunch and recess time. And on Wednesday November 20th there will be another meeting for 5th and 6th graders during their lunch and recess time. In these meetings we want to find student leaders who are willing to write speeches, make posters, and help with anything else to make this walkout powerful. If you are interested in helping there will be more information at the meeting. We need to let the rest of the world know that us kids want action and we want it NOW!!! Our earth is changing, and not for the better, greenhouse gasses are blanketing our atmosphere, animals and people are losing their homes, the oceans are rising, and it is our generation’s job to fix it. So please join us in taking a stand for what’s right, because we know what we want, CLIMATE JUSTICE!!
Why you Should Do Project Connection
As it says in the title, this is an article on why you should do Project Connection(PC). For those of you who don’t know, PC is a program that takes place after school. If you are going to do it, you will get(or ask for) a packet for it. There is a section for each day of the week except Friday, and the programs taking place on that day, which you get to choose.
One reason why you should do PC is because if your parents work late, they can pick you up from the school or bus stop much earlier. That way they you don’t have to walk home by yourself, or take an awkward car ride with a kid you barely know. Once that happened to me, and while the kid I rode with was perfectly nice, I still didn’t know him/her and I didn’t like riding with them.
Another reason why I think you should do PC is because it’s fun. I mean, there’s a few programs I really didn’t care for, but it has more good than bad. For example, one of the programs I’m currently doing is Survive, which is really fun. We play games in the field and forest and learn to make fire and stuff. And I’m also doing Cultural Kitchen, where we cook stuff from all around the world.
In closing, I think you should do Project Connection because it’s great for if your parents work late, and it’s fun. I hope you do it!
The MVM Student Council has been active and meeting regularly. They recently planned the Halloween Costume Contest.
Mr. Wright shared that going forward, the big push is the Food Drive, which will benefit the Food Bank in Great Barrington.
They are also going to have a Student Council retreat next week to help take things to the next level!
Officers are as follows:
President: Thomas Weston
VP: Alex Tenney
Treasurer: Digby Kerr
Secretary: Keely Demary
The I2 Science Week took place last week from Oct. 21st to the 25th. In STEM week,the only thing you do is science. You do activities about problems that could happen any place, and it teaches how to work in a group while doing hands-on activities.
In fifth grade, our problem was something was wrong at Loon Lake. We had to figure out what was causing animals to die and fish to get smaller. One activity for the 5th grade was water testing, and making nets to prevent by-catch. By-catch is catching animals you're not supposed too. We figured out the problem at Loon Lake were these small mussels called zebra mussels. We made public service campaigns, or PSCs, about zebra mussels to help educate the public.
It is supposed to be fun, and most kids enjoyed it (I didn’t personally but most people did :) Approximately 60 school districts did it in Massachusetts this week. In many schools it was the week that had the highest attendance so far. Many teachers are planning to do more of these STEM activities over the course of this year.
California becomes first state to pass a law that makes middle and high schools start classes later.
At middle & high schools across California, school start times have changed. High schools now start no earlier than 8:30am and middle schools start at 8:00am.
Many kids are happy about the change - others, not so much. “Claire Judson, a 17-year-old junior at Claremont High School, said starting school later won’t make much of a difference for her. She chooses to get to school at 6:50 a.m. to take advantage of extra coursework.” Says the LA times. There are about 326 schools in California that contribute to this. Alex, a 5th grader at Monument Valley Middle school in Massachusetts said he would gratefully take another half hour of shut - eye. Ava, another 5th grader said she would again like this because she would have more time to pack up because she almost misses the bus practically every day.
Scientists say middle school & high school students face sleep deprivation. Later school start times could change that.
Personality: Guinea pigs, also called cavies, have very sweet personalities. They are social animals, so you should get more than one. If you don’t want babies, get 2 boys or 2 girls. Guinea pigs love to curl up on your lap quietly, but don’t let that fool you! They’re exactly the opposite when it’s snack time. :)
Food: Guinea pigs are herbivores, which as I’m sure you know means they only eat plants. Two things they should always have in their houses are timothy hay (which helps their teeth get filed down) and dry food. Guinea pig dry food is just pellets you can get at a pet store. You should also give them greens such as romaine, lettuce, and celery in the morning and night for breakfast & dinner. The celery needs to be cut into small pieces, though, or your pigs will choke on the fibers. For water, purchase medium-sized glass guinea pig water bottles at a pet store. Whenever they’re empty, refill them.
Houses: Guinea pig houses need to be big, so they can run around and get exercise. As mentioned before, they are social animals so have 2 pigs per house. For bedding, you can either buy bedding at a pet store or use fleece fabric and sew house liners with thick layers. If you chose the latter, wash them once a week. When the weather is nice, you can take your pigs out to eat grass in your yard. Make sure you have a playpen, or they could run away.
Other: Make sure you hug your piggies at least once a day, or they will get lonely. When your guinea pig dies, bury him/her in the ground. If you get babies, make sure they stay with their mother before finding them a new home if you can’t take care of them. (Warning: guinea pig babies are supercute!)