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Monthly Riddles

By: Natasha Terekova and Mason Nieberger

Riddle: If you look at the number on my face you won't find thirteen anyplace.

Answer: A Clock

Riddle:What room can no one enter?

Answer: A mushroom

Riddle: What can travel around the world while staying in a corner?

Answer: A stamp

Riddle: There was a green house. Inside the green house, there was a white house. Inside the white house, there was a red house. Inside the red house, there were lots of babies. What is it?

Answer: Watermelon

Riddle: What tree can you hold in your hand?

Answer: A palm

Riddle: How many of each species did Moses take on the arc?

Answer: None. Moses wasn’t on the ark;  Noah was.

Riddle: Forward I am heavy, backward I am not. What am I?

Answer: Forward I am a ton, backwards I am not.

Riddle: Imagine you’re in a dark room. How do you get out?

Answer: Stop imagining

Riddle: What is as light as a feather, but even the world's strongest man couldn't hold it for more than a minute?

Answer: His breath

Riddle: What is always coming but never arrives?

Answer: Tomorrow.

Freaky Foods

By Sid Bhushan and Anjana Mallya


In this issue of freaky foods, we will be talking about Squid Ink Pasta. Squid Ink Pasta is pasta that is dyed black using squid ink. It looks black;  however, it tastes like normal pasta. It is made by adding squid ink to the pasta dough when making pasta. It kind of looks like seaweed that came right out of the ocean. It comes from Japan and is known as Ikasumi sauce. “Ika” means squid and “sumi” means ink.

Fun Facts About Psych

By Avery LeBlanc and Samree Dishon

  1. There is a pineapple hidden in every episode.

  2. Some of Shawn and Gus’s banter is scripted, but not all of it.

  3. In real life, Shawn and Juliet are married.

  4. In a fight between Shawn and Gus, no one would win.

  5. In every episode you will find the word “delicious,” a fist bump, the phrase, “I can’t do this anymore,” and the question, “What?”.

  6. The show shares its extras with Supernatural because they film in the same place.

  7. Gus always uses Microsoft products while Shawn always uses Apple products.

  8. Shawn always chews Wrigley's Juicy Fruit gum.

  9. In Family Guy, Peter pretends to have psychic abilities and helps the police, this is the whole plot of this TV show Psych.

  10. When someone says “three hole punch” the rest of the cast breaks into hysterical laughter.

  11. Kristen Nelson was pregnant when she auditioned for her character who was also a pregnant woman.

  12. Timothy’s character (Carlton Lassitor) played the physic in Star ship Troopers but in this series he is unsure of Shawn’s psychic power.

  13. Most of the cast on this series are in 80's TV shows.

  14. Shawn tells Gus he will never tell anyone that he is not a psychic but Shawn ends up telling Juliet.

  15. There are eight seasons in Psych.

Top Tubers

By Adena Stein

Each month I will showcase two popular YouTubers. This month’s features are Pewdiepie and Smosh.


Felix Kjellberg, more commonly known as his alias Pewdiepie, is a Swedish gamer with over 10 billion views and over 40 million subscribers making him the most popular YouTuber ever. He is a “Let’s Player,”  an online gamer that posts videos of him/herself playing games with a running commentary. Pewdiepie also does vlogs (video blogs) about his daily life.

(Proceed with caution, though; his videos tend to contain profanity!)


Made up of two YouTubers, Ian Andrew Hecox and Anthony Padilla, Smosh makes videos every week, along with a separate gaming channel. They do parody shows, music videos, interviews with celebrities, and random entertainment for their 21 million subscribers. They also have over 4 billion views on their 543 videos. Check out this link:


source: socialblade.com

Autumn Lingo

By: Sid Bhushan and Natasha Terekhova


Spanish: otoño

German: Herbst

Japanese: 秋 (aki)

Greek: φθινόπωρο (fthinópo̱ro)

Russian: осень (osen’)


Spanish: hojas

German: Laub

Japanese: 葉 (ha)

Greek: φύλλα (fýlla)

Russian: листья (list'ya)


Spanish: calabaza

German: Kürbis

Japanese: カボチャ(kabocha)

Greek: κολοκύθι (kolokýthi)

Russian: тыква (tykva)


Spanish: manzana

German: Apfel

Japanese: 林檎 (ringo)

Greek: μήλο (mí̱lo)

Russian: яблоко (yabloko)


Spanish: espantapájaros

German: Vogelscheuche

Japanese: かかし (Kakashi)

Greek: σκιάχτρο (skiáchtro)

Russian: пугало (pugalo)

5 Dumb Things People Said

By Ethan Hughes

  1. Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.

  2. I can’t brain today, I have the dumb.

  3. I love the way dumb people make me look smart.

  4. Since light travels faster than sound, people should appear super bright until you hear them speak.

  5. If brains were gasoline, you wouldn't run an ant’s go-cart around a cheerio

source: babycenter.com

Student Opinions

By Chelsea Bandi

Anonymous Student asks…

Why are lunches so strict this year? Lunch is the only time some of us can talk to our friends!

Mrs. Gustafson says…

We want to make sure lunch is a time where you can interact with your friends, but we have to make sure there are safety precautions in the case of an emergency. We are just asking that students treat lunch with respect in case of any emergency.

Anonymous Student asks…

Why don’t we have more equipment at recess? The volleyballs are hard as rock!

Mrs. Gustafson says…

All we need to do is ask for more equipment! Through the Activity grant, we can get more! You just need to ask the right people such as myself, or Mrs. Lowe.

Movie Reviews

By Chelsea Bandi


Rating: PG   Genre: Comedy/Animation   Stars:☆


There was Despicable MeDespicable Me 2, and now Minions.The Despicable Me movies made families laugh, but not Minions. The movie takes you through the time of minions and how they evolved before Gru became their master. This movie had few funny parts and not much dialogue to make the movie funny and hilarious for families to watch. The idea for the movie is repetitive and just goes on forever until the end of the movie. This is not recommended movie to see if you want a laugh. If you

want to fall asleep, this is your go to movie.

Paper Towns

paper towns.jpgRating: PG-13
Genre: Mystery/Drama Film 

From John Green’s 

book to the big screen comes Paper Towns. Paper Towns is a great movie, but has lots of mystery. The movie is about Quentin and Margo who go on an adventure at night. The next day, Margo is missing and it is up to Quentin and a few of his friends to use clues that she left to find her. The movie is not very interesting only because the movie does not match the book. The one flaw that is noticed is the actor choices is that Cara Delevingne, who plays Margo, does speak very slow in some scenes which makes the movie slow down until there is some action. Overall, this is a great movie for teens to watch.

Inside Out

Rating: PG   Genre: Fantasy/Genre Film   Stars: ☆☆☆☆☆images
Inside Out is a great movie about Riley, a hockey-loving 11-year-old, who moves and needs the help of her feelings. Her feelings, Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust, and Anger help her get through the good and the bad times. When Joy and Sadness leave headquarters, they have to find their way back to help Riley connect with all her emotions again. This movie is heartwarming and hilarious which is the perfect combination for an amazing family movie. Inside Out is a great movie for everyone so people should definitely check it out.

Outlandish Sports

By Avery LeBlanc

1.Apple Racing

This sport involves launching a floating apple from a bridge and watch it race 300 meter down a river. The owner of the first apple across the line wins, and the apples sold raise money for the Rotary Club in Huon Valley.

2.World Beard and Facial Moustache Championships

The competition involves men with lengthy, highly-styled facial hair. Whoever has the most intricate facial hair wins!

Top Ten iTunes, Music, and Movies

By Samree Dishon

Top Ten Songs  

  1. “What Do You Mean?” Justin Bieber

  2. “Hotline Bling” Drake

  3. “Wildest Dreams” Taylor Swift

  4. “Locked Away (feat. Adam Levine)” R. City

  5. “Can’t Feel My Face” The Weekend

  6. “Stitches” Shawn Mendes

  7. “Watch Me (whip, nae nae)” Silento

  8. “Same Old Love”Selena Gomez

  9. “Marvin Gaye (Feat. Meghan Trainor ” Charlie Puth

  10. “Love Myself” Hailee Steinfield

Top Ten Apps

  1. Kylie Jenner Official

  2. Pop The Lock

  3. Messenger

  4. Facebook

  5. Instagram

  6. YouTube

  7. Snapchat

  8. Slow Down (eBay)

  9. Layout From

  10. NFL Mobile

Top Ten Movies

  1. Cinderella

  2. Furious 7

  3. Goodfellas

  4. Mad Max: Fury Road

  5. The Age of Adaline

  6. Pitch Perfect 2

  7. Spy

  8. The Overnight

  9. Aloha

  10. Love and Mercy  

Did You Know...All About History

VJ Day

By Julea Trank-Greene

It was announced on August fourteenth, 1945, the Japan had finally surrendered to the Allies, which ended WWII. Now August fourteenth and fifteenth are known as Victory over Japan Day, or VJ Day. This term has been used for September second, 1945, when Japan formal surrender aboard the U.S.S. Missouri, and they were anchored in Tokyo Bay. With Nazi Germany already surrendering, Japan’s surrender finally brought the long six years of hostilities to a final end.

Pearl Harbor to Hiroshima and Nagasaki

On December 7, 1941, the devastating surprise attack on the U.S. naval base, Pearl Harbor in Oahu, Hawaii. This led to an immediate U.S. declaration of war the next day. Then, Japan’s ally, Germany, who was led by Adolf Hitler, declared war on the United States, which turned the war in Europe into a world war. Throughout the next three years, better technology and productivity allowed the Allies to wage an increasingly one-sided war against Japan. In 1945, with the United States attempting to have Japan surrender before a and invasion became necessary. The Allies were bombarding Japan from air and sea, dropping many explosives on many Japanese cities.

The Potsdam Declaration, which was issued by Allied leaders on July 26, 1945. This called out to Japan to surrender;  if it worked, it was promised to have a peaceful government. If they didn't surrender, they would face complete and utter destruction. Japan refused to surrender, and on AUgust 6, the American B-29 plane Enola Gay dropped one nuclear bomb. The bomb killed more than 70,000 people and destroyed a 5 square mile expansion of the city. The next day, they dropped another bomb and it killed another 40,000. The next day the Japanese government accepted the Potsdam Declaration, and surrendered.

On August 14, President Harry S. Truman announced the news of Japan’s surrender. On September 2, General Douglas MacArthur, the Allied supreme commander, with the Japanese foreign minister, Mamoru Shigemitsu, and the chief of staff of the Japanese army, Yoshijiro Umezu, signed the Japanese surrender, officially ending WWII.

Celebrations of V-J Day have fell out over the favor over the years because people were worried that they were being offensive to Japan, who is now a close ally America. And the Japanese Americans also have mixed feelings towards the destruction and devastation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Although V-J Day is not a widely spread holiday, it still has meaning.

source: history.com

This or That

By Adena Stein

This month I interviewed ten people about food themed items. Here are the results.

Tacos or Burritos?

50%              50%

Chips or Popcorn?

50%              50%

Apple Pie or Pumpkin Pie?

     80%               20%

Blackberries or Raspberries?

      40%                60%

Snickers or Milky Ways?

     40%            60%

Pasta or Pizza?

 40%       60%

Hot dogs or Hamburgers?

     20%              80%

Soda or Juice?

 70%      30%

Muffins or Bagels?

    50%        50%

Apples or Oranges?

  70%           30%

Waffles or Pancakes?

    20%          80%

Chocolate Donuts or Glazed Donuts?

          50%                       50%

Sundaes or Floats?

   70%           30%

Dark Chocolate or Milk Chocolate?

          30%                      70%

Cookies or Cupcakes?

      40%          60%

Around the World

By Anna Clayborn

The featured country this month is Belize!

Country Name: Belize

Size: 22,806 km sq

Capital: Belmopan

Language: English, Spanish and Creole

Turquoise waters, colorful corals and mysterious rainforest; Belize has it all. Belize is a fairly small country, about the size of Massachusetts, located in Central America. There are amazing experiences to be had both in the ocean and on land.

Home to the second largest barrier reef in the world Belize boasts some spectacular snorkeling and diving. You can glide over massive corals teeming with fish and other marine life or dive deeper and witness different environments. The snorkeling is absolutely fantastic. The reefs are full of all the fish you can imagine, from tiny babies to the long shiny barracuda. You might even encounter a nurse shark or a spotted eagle ray. Lobsters hide in caves and crevices. Silk Caye is a wonderful place to snorkel. There are huge purple and orange fans swaying in time with the waves and every color of fish imaginable. Diving in Belize is amazing. Scuba unlocks the lower level reefs and all manner of other creatures living at the lower levels of the ocean. The Belizean waters are a draw for more than the snorkelers and divers. Saltwater fly fishermen flock to Belize to catch the tarpon, bonefish, permit, and jacks. The ocean surrounding Belize is full of diverse wildlife, beautiful cayes and a variety of adventures that can cater to every traveler.

There is more to Belize than just the marine life. In inland is exciting and interesting as well. As you may know some of the ancient Mayan ruins can be found in Belize. One of these spots is the city known as Caracol. Caracol is the the largest site of Mayan ruins in Belize, and once was one of the largest and most powerful cities in the Mayan world. Caracol is surrounded by thick jungle. This makes Caracol a great place to both witness the architecture of the Maya and the wildlife in the surrounding rainforest. If you are interested in birding or seeing the rainforest dwellers the Shipstern Nature Reserve is a great place to visit. There is a short path that leads to a platform offering a view over the tops of the trees. There are also a couple of longer hikes on the reserve. The best way to see the birdlife, is to take a boat tour on the lagoon. There is also forest pool that you might be able to see crocodiles, water birds, tapirs, and peccaries.

Belize is a great place to visit. There are so many experiences and fun to be had. You won’t be disappointed in Belize. Make sure to put a Belize vacation on your to-do list!

source:cia.gov and lonelyplanet.com

Pros and Cons


By Natasha Terekhova

As the nights get longer and the crops get ripe, summer disappears day by day. Families fly back home from their vacation. Everyone’s skin is tanned and smiles get wider. They ride back home in a dark blue shuttle bus, with all of their luggage crammed in their feet. After a long two hour journey, they run inside their house and fall head first onto a dark blue couch. The father looks through all the mail, the mother begins to dust off the shelves and to cook dinner and the kids unpack their suitcases and throw everything around. Finally, they’re home. Suddenly, someone notices back-to-school coupons on the counter. Oh no, school! But maybe, school isn’t that bad.

Pros: Ah yes. Summer is over and kids go to school. Lots of people don’t find school that interesting, but this place does have some great thoughts! Think about it. You get to finally meet up with your friends, who you haven’t seen for over two months. Also, you get to go school shopping, which is one of my favorite feelings! Getting new colorful, fantastic supplies for a whole new year! Last but not least, one of the most important things about school is that you get to learn new information! Fun facts and fascinating notes all in one year!

Cons: Unfortunately, school does have some cons. You have to get up early. Five times a week. At least the Arabs of the 9th century created coffee. Also, there aren’t a lot of breaks, but there are weekends. As well as that, you have a lot notes to study. With a lot of notes that means big tests. Finally, people can spend up to $300 buying school supplies. With that money, you can buy up to 260 two liter bottles of soda! Though there are not a lot of cons, these cons are pretty big. But at least school is only nine months and not twelve.

Flagstaff Myths

By Julia Curd

We left off with Dr. Zeus’ all powerful kingdom flourishing. He had many gods and goddesses helping to teach students, including Mrs. Wilkins with her Barbie Touch among others, and the school was top of the league. Then, disaster struck. Dr. Zeus decided he did not want to be the principal of Flagstaff anymore. What on earth were they going to do?

Luckily, Hera Gustafson stepped in. She had helped Zeus many times, when he was busy in a meeting for example, and she was definitely the best suited for the job.

The gods of Flagstaff held a meeting. A vote was taken, and Hera Gustafson was officially the new principal of Flagstaff! She did a wonderful job. She was very kind, fair, and made time for everybody. And everybody loved her son Mason, who had just started training at Flagstaff.

Again, Flagstaff flourished under the rule of a new principal. Students graduated, and became amazing gods and goddesses, as they always had. Mason became one of the most powerful gods in the land, and ended up as the next principal of the most powerful school in the world.

Photo Bomb

By Anna Clayborn and Julia Curd

Hi, this is a new feature article where you can enter a photo competition! Send in your photos that answer the prompt and we will choose the winner. We will print the winners in the next issue. Send your photo, as a JPEG, along with your first name, last initial and grade to 16curdj@flagstaffacademy.org.

This issue's competition is: The cutest pet photo!

Please send in your picture by October 30, 2015

We had a tie for first place in the previous photo competition: The best summer photo or photo you took up at Pingree.

1st Place (tie):

Alexis R. (8th Grade) - A bridge in Venice

Zoe W. (8th Grade) - Sunglasses by the pool

2nd Place:

Natasha T. (7th Grade) - Pingree Park trails

3rd Place

Braden F. (8th Grade) - Neighborhood by air drone