January 2019 Volume 8 Issue 5

Name That Place! by Samantha Harvey

Do you pick up on all the details around our school? See if you can guess the location of these close-up photos. The captions may give you a hint! Answers are below.

1: The Face of a Genius

2: Inspiration


3: Let’s Get Outta Here!

4: H20


5: Lock It Up

6: A Historic Achievement

Think you’ve found them? Answers can be found here.

Fire and Ice Part 2

by Roxy Albert and Anya Olsson

After everyone had gone to bed, Kate and Skyler grabbed the rope that they had stolen earlier and tied it to their empty dresser. They then bustled themselves out their window that was on the 16th floor of the orphanage. They had to jump from 10 stories up. They were both severely hurt. Luckily they are both invincible, so they healed quickly. They both had blood all over their pristine white nightgowns from the orphanage.

They started to run away. Away from the orphanage. Away from Grechin and Cherry. Away from it all!

They had been running for 3 days. They had very little to eat, and hadn’t had a good night's sleep in a very long time!

“Oof!” exclaimed Skylar.

“What?” asked Kate.

“I think I just ran into a car!!!!!” exclaimed Skylar. “I can drive a car if we can start it up.”

“What if we hotwired it?”

“How do you do that”

“You touch the red and the blue wires together, genius!”

“OK, then do that!”


Skylar hot wired the car, they jumped in, and they started driving. A few days later, they were in the car when they heard sirens in the background. Skylar and Kate had no idea what to do. Skylar saw a giant red button that says “emergency only.” So, of course, Skylar pressed it.

“Hey, where did that tree come from?” Kate yelled.

“What tre-ahhhhhhhhhh!” Skylar yelled. “BTW, I found a button and pressed it.”

“WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT?” Kate yelled. Kate suddenly makes a nifty turn, and that is when they realized that they are in the air.

“Don't freak out, Kate, and don’t look down!” said Skylar.  Of course Kate looked down because she was just that kind of person.

“We’re in the air!! AAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!”

A few hours later, after Kate had figured out how to drive the car and Skylar had found the radio, a warning showed up on the dashboard saying: “You have 10 gallons of gas left. Recommendation: land and get some gas. 10 gallons will get you 5 miles in the sky and 2 on the ground.”

“We need to stay in the air! The next gas station is 7 miles away,” Skylar said. She had become very good with maps. Kate kept driving. 5 miles later, the car stopped altogether and the girls started falling out of the sky. They almost crashed into a tree. But at the last second, Kate made a nifty turn and they landed safely on the ground.

Little did they know, Gretchen had filed a missing persons report, and the police were hot on their trail. All the cars on the road suddenly pulled over, and the police were back behind them with Chief Noodlehiem driving. Noodlehiem was a chunky guy who was VERY mean. He didn’t like kids, and he didn’t like people who broke the law, so the girls were about to get in a ton of trouble.


Recipe for Raspberry Crumble Bars

By Annabelle Eisner

This treat can help keep you warm this January!

  1. 1 cup all purpose flour

  2. ¼ tsp of baking soda

  3. 1 cup of old fashioned rolled oats

  4. ½ cup of packed brown sugar

  5. ½ cup of unsalted butter, softened

  6. ¾ cup of raspberry jam

  7. ¼ tsp salt

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8 by 8-inch baking dish with aluminum foil, leaving a 2-inch overhang of foil on two sides. Grease foil.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt. Stir in oats and brown sugar, and use clean fingertips as needed to break up brown sugar clumps. Add butter, and using fingertips, work butter into mixture until evenly moistened.

  3. Add 2 cups of the oat mixture to the prepared baking dish and press into an even layer. Spread raspberry jam into an even layer over oat layer, coming within 1/4-inch of all edges. Sprinkle top evenly with remaining oat mixture, then slightly press into jam layer.

  4. Bake in preheated oven until golden brown, about 34 - 38 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before cutting into squares. Store in an airtight container.

The Voyage III

A story of space and time travel

Co-Authored by Joseph Wibbeler and Rye Rothman


Oh my god, We are in SPACE. I brace for the impact of the wave of air sending me hurtling into space, but it never comes. I exit the cabin to see  Sam floating by. She looks at me and asks the same question I have been asking myself. “How are we up here?”

Then it dawned on me. “The rock!”

“Is right in your pocket,” Sam added smugly. Ok, this is weird.


What did he do?! WHAT DID HE DO??!! I think in my head. We’re in a scrappy rocket that’s practically A PIECE OF FRICKIN SPACE JUNK, FLOATING AROUND IN OUTER SPACE!!! NOT JUST THE EXOSPHERE (the last layer of the atmosphere), BUT SPACE. I hit the artificial gravity button (which was not perfected so it’s not full gravity) and leap at Liam, strangling him as hard as I can. He kicks me away.

“STOP IT! STOP IT!” Liam coughs.


He looks at me, weirdly calm, but confused. “I didn’t do anything to the rock. It did that by itself.”


Sam is so mad at me for doing nothing! Then she strangles me!!!!!!!!!! I MEAN WHAT !!!!!!!!!!, WHY WOULD SHE DO THAT???????????? Ok, I need to calm down. I look at the atomic clock and it reads  2100. WHAT? Last time I checked it was 2050. I say to Sam, “Ok. We are in the future,” but before she responds the ship rattles. An alarm blares. The heat shield! It was broken; we had company.

To be continued.

The Tunnels of Everwood

By: Alexander Zhang, Tianyi Gu, and edited by Wesley Ding


Chapter 4--The Kidnapping

The footsteps and shadows continued to speed along with her as if they were her own shadows and footsteps, as she dashed across the plaza that she was in, but all of a sudden she turned, hoping to lose her chasers, only to run into a dark alley with a dead end. She glanced around and saw the graffiti on the walls. One of them said, When in doubt, just shout. Geez, I really needed to watch where I’m going next time, she thought. As she turned away from the dead end, she saw a whole group of about ten mysterious men watching her from the entrance of the alley.

They were all dressed in crisp black suits and Amanda could see the boy who had tried to kidnap her earlier the day before standing at the lead. She made up her decision to use her phone, flung it open and dialed 911. As she watched the screen turn from the dial page to the no connection page, she had the dreadful feeling that her life might actually in danger right now, and she wondered what exactly she had done to make all these people go after her and want to hurt her.

As she gathered up her courage to speak up, the men gathered up around her.

“I… I think there is a mistake here, I don’t know who you are, and if I have done anything wrong, I bet that I can fix it,” she mumbled, gathering courage as she spoke, “I mean, I don’t even know you guys.”  Half the men chuckled darkly, not an ounce of glee in their steely, ice-cold voices.

The other men didn’t listen to her at all. “Arghhhhh!”

Then all the men charged at her. She found herself feeling that big black block of rage again, and then, “BAM!” Three men fell at her feet struggling and writhing around in agony and grunting in pain. But there were ten men, not only three, and the rest of the seven men lunged toward her, she wanted to feel the trace of rage again, or turn invisible, but this time the furious emotion dark as ebony didn’t build up. She was too exhausted to do it.
“NOOOO!” She shrieked as loud as she could as they grabbed her and wrestled her to the ground, then suddenly she disappeared in a bright flash of light and everything disappeared.

After they disappeared, they landed on a bright green field that was glowing with shining daisies, swaying roses, drooping lilies, and blooming tulips, intertwining with clumps of violet buds. In the middle of a sort of city, a bunch of skyscrapers towered around them. One of the remaining seven men said, “Welcome, to Atlantis, Amanda Anderson.”

“How do you know my name, and where are we exactly? Isn’t Atlantis long buried underneath the sea? How can we breath under the sea?” Amanda demanded harshly. She wanted to know exactly what had just happened. “If we were just in New York in the plaza next to my house; how come all of a sudden we are supposedly in a lost city under the sea in like, seconds?”

“Oh, Amanda,  I’m so sorry for not explaining anything. This must all be very new to you. ” The boy that had tried to kidnap her had backed up because a man from the city was starting towards them. “My name is Aaron Smith; what just happened was that my men escorted you. To here.”

“What do you mean by escorted? You mean kidnapped! Also, what about my mom and dad? Aren’t they going to come here too? Where is this place, even?” Amanda corrected sternly.

“All right, fine. When my men kidnapped you, they used a tool made of special materials that have the ability to make a portal that connects the elf world and the human world. When you are holding this tool, you can basically teleport to any magical places in the elf or human world that can support the portal. As for your parents, you will find out about them later. ”

To be continued...

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More Mythical Creatures from Around the World

By:Kieran Schnitzspahn & Sigi Persson & Wyatt Bradley.


Lionturtles (L)

Every lionturtle is different. For example, this lionturtle walks on land but some swim.. Lionturtles can be the size of island. Lionturtles bond with humans so you will find lots of villages on lionturtle shells. Vegetation also will grow on their huge shells. Lionturtles can  control the weather to call storms to level towns. Lionturtles are commonly honored as the most powerful beings in existence being almost immortal. They are humble and will not brag with the exception of a few young ones.

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Dragon Turtles (r)

Basically, as the name suggests, a dragon turtle is a dragon-turtle hybrid. As massive as 3 buses they swim in the sea often by ports and land. When they encounter a ship they usually demand treasure for passage. They have their lair in sea caves.

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World Turtles (L)

World turtles float around in the air or water. Carrying a world on it’s back they eat more than 500 tons of food a day. It is said that only one of the beings exists. We believe that there are many, according to ancient accounts. They are close relatives of the lion turtle.