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My True Meaning

This is a story of gain, loss, love, confusion, and understanding. 

 

My Life As It Is

My name is Abigail Rose. Better known as Abbie. I’m a dog, but it hasn’t always been like that. Before I tell you about that story, though, I’d like to tell you more about myself, since this story is about me. I’m a brownish-red Standard Poodle, but some people would say I’m more of a tan color. Either way, I’m still a Poodle. I live with four humans, though I originally only lived with two, and then… you know what? That happens later. Anyway, I live with four humans. There are two males and two females. Two, one male and one female, seem to have dominance. Two are younger, but the male seems to have more dominance, or ‘privileges’ as humans say, than the female. I assume the juvenile male is older than the juvenile female. I’ve learned many things. Some of the things are that the behavior of dogs, are similar to humans. We both make our beds, the humans putting blankets and pillows in place. Dogs scratch their beds and go in circles until we are comfortable. Dogs and humans both enjoy tasty treats. I also learned that sadly, 20 million Americans adopt pets, but only 30 percent of the owners keep them. Animals have different personalities, like humans. You can drop a new toy on the floor, and some cats will smell the new toy, but others will dismiss it. The same is with dogs and many other animals. That is all I have to say. On with the story.

 

Humans

When I was born, I was just like any average being. Specifically any average human being. My parents for some reason let me go, and I was at a place called an orphanage from the beginning. Then an elderly couple came and adopted me at age three. They named me Rose, because they didn’t like my previous name, Dheera. That’s when I started loving my life. I ventured around the house, played, and even had my own room. I began homeschooling as soon as I turned four. I learned, and everything went fine for a while. Then, I started using ‘strange’ words for humans, like above, when I said dominance, and instead of liking my previously loved foods, I strived for meat. At first they laughed and corrected me, but they became worried when I started scratching my ears with my foot, and ‘growling’ to strangers. They took me to a doctor, and she suggested to try socializing me more, and do something distracting to stop behaviors, which, if you ask me, wasn’t the solution even if it didn’t become worse. Days passed, and my days went like this: 

“Rose! Could you get the mail for me? I’m busy.” Said my grandma. “Sure!” I replied. When the mailman came, though, it went crazy, or should my grandpa had said. I would bark and scratch at the door, and when he left, I would scratch my ear, with my foot, of course, and get the mail. My grandparents tried scolding, reasoning, and on bad days, pleading. Not too long after,I started getting an urge to run around the yard in circles. I got dog-like features, including long limbs, the ease to run around on all fours, and soft, furry ears. When my grandparents took me to the doctors, they said the same thing every time. I was healthy. So they accepted me. 

 

Forgot, Forget

Not long after my doctor’s appointment, grandpa got Alzheimer’s disease. I still don’t understand what it is, but I think it has something to do with memory loss. At first it was harmless, like losing his keys, or his phone. it didn’t take long for it to get worse. He forgot what he had for breakfast, and forgot the great park visit that we had yesterday. He even forgot me. We scheduled an appointment with a neurologist for him, and a therapist for me. A week before his appointment, however, he forgot. He forgot me, grandma, how to write, read, and even speak. He was hospitalized, and he never came out. I was, strangely, becoming more of a canine. In addition, people thought of me as a dog, too. The people I met at a park, my tutors, the mailman, and worst of all, grandma, forgot. Forgot like how my grandpa forgot everything, how he forgot me. They all thought I had been a dog all my life. I became sad, depressed, even. I cried through the night, all alone. A howl in my mind answered my lonely call. His call said “I live, I love, I depend on you, I remember you, Rose.” I knew that voice. I called again, but I only got the call of another lonely dog. That voice hadn’t left me. He never would. Grandpa loved me, knew me, praised me, and he seemed to fill the gap in my existence. I finally slept that night.   

 

Adaptation

Not too long after my new dog days, a new family came along. They were cheery, the four of them. A little girl hugged and kissed me, and both the juveniles played with me. Bliss, I will say. I soon learned their names. “Ryan”, was grandma’s son, the female’s mate, the juveniles father. Ryan also went by “Daddy”. “Delia” was the older female’s name. She seemed to not be directly related to grandma, though she was the mate of Ryan, and the mother of the juveniles. She also went by “Mommy”. The juvenile male was called “Kian”, but the juvenile female usually called him “KIAN!” He was the grandson of grandma, the brother of the juvenile female, and the son of Ryan and Delia. Finally, there is “Brynn”, the juvenile female who typically, and to her annoyance, is called “Brinnie” or “Brinnitita” by Kian. I love them all! I didn’t realize how much more I would learn about that family. They took me to their house, which is a long drive. The juveniles watched a small rectangular box that had an image that I could not clearly see on it to pass time. When we made it, there was plenty of new sights and smells, and I didn’t hesitate to inspect them. They gave me a bed, but I preferred the couch. I found that I was, in dog years, 34 years old. This is because in the youth ages of dogs, we age faster than humans, and in our older years, we age slower. If I was a smaller dog, I would have been 32, and if I was a bigger dog, I would be the same age, and if I was a giant dog, I would be 35. The “One Human Year Equals Seven Dog Years” is incorrect. People started trying to figure out why we age “faster” than humans since the 1200’s. I also learned that dogs are not exactly color blind. We don’t see in black and white. We do have fewer cones than humans, the light receptors for colored vision. Dogs and cats are green-red color blind. If someone put a red ball on the green grass, the family dog might have a hard time noticing it. 

 

Good Smells

The next day,  questions flew into my mind. “Why did I become a dog?” “Does Grandpa know where I am?” “What is that wonderful smell?” I decided to try to answer all the questions. I concentrated on the smell, and I successfully identified it. Toast. I will go get some. I went to the kitchen, and Brynn poured me some pellets. TOAST TOAST TOAST TOAST TOAST. I pleaded and pleaded, but they sent me to my bed. Fine. We can play a game. If I win, you give me toast. If I lose, you give me toast. I got up from my bed and went back to the kitchen. I gave in, and I lost, but they still owe me toast! 

 

Eww! Bad Girl!

Yesterday I went digging in the bathroom trash to uncover some secrets. I tried some toilet paper. YUCK! I dragged out some of Ryan’s clothes. No secrets here. I ripped up the trash and took some to my bed. I left it to go sit on the couch. Ryan, Kian, and Brynn went to go play on more rectangular devices. Delia read a rectangular device, except it didn’t have the glow. It had a picture on the front. One that didn’t move. A book. No one’s noticed my detectativity. Just then, Brynn, walked across and saw the toilet paper on my bed. She followed the trail to the bathroom. I heard a gasp and she walked to Delia. They exchanged words and the juvenile led her to the paper on my bed, the trail, and the detective site. I followed close behind, making sure they didn’t move anything from it’s organized spot. Okay, not organized, but spot. Delia seemed to grow mad. Brynn left, and Delia notified Ryan, and soon they were both angry. Brynn scurried upstairs, Kian following behind. I was scolded, but the worst punishment was one of two things, either vomiting or that everyone, including Brynn, who usually pours over me, ignored me. I slept with an uneasy stomach. 

 

I Have A Feeling

I had a feeling. A good feeling, but unfortunately I also had a bad one. I don’t think that I should’ve eaten that trash. My good feeling comes from my heart. Perhapes grandpa is still with me. Maybe Ryan, Delia, Kian, and Brynn will forgive me. Maybe not. The feeling in my tummy tells me that I will have another vomiting fest. I need to go to the bathroom. Please take me out. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE! BARK! Oops. That last one came out as a bark, the forbidden sound. I’m ashamed. URP! Sorry about that burp. I need to go or I will vomit in your house people. LET ME OUT!!!!!! 

 

Sorrow

The sorrow I felt when I vomited all weekend. Bad was not the word. It was worse. I feel the need to rip something, but nothing here will make me feel any better. I would only get in more trouble. Perhaps one of these people will be kind and forgiving enough to play with me. Or let me outside. But I do the same thing every day. Run. Sleep. Eat. Nap. Be pet. Eat more. The past few days I vomited. That is all. My point of life has to be more. Either that or I was a mistake. Sorrow is my life. I was mistakenly born to my parents, who let me go. I mistakenly thought I had a place in life. I mistakenly became a dog. I had sorrow in all these places. Nothing can bring me back from this coma of nightmares. No one can make these dark colors I see in my head turn bright. No one can make the shadows that haunt me bring me, instead of sadness, joy. My girl is trying to rub my belly. This will not help me, Brynn. Use your time for something useful, because I’m not. Hang on. I detect sadness in her. She is sad I won’t let her give me a belly rub. Her sadness is my fault. I’m as worthless as the stuff humans chew and stick under tables.  What’s the point? They don’t want me here. I must find a way to disappear.

 

No, No!

Today Delia went to go get juveniles, as usual. This is the time I will use for investigating. First I will investigate that annoying smell that makes my nostrils sting. I have found the source, and I must eliminate it. I first must acquire it. How, though? I will put my front paws up and grab it with my mouth. Acquired! Now… I must eliminate it! I ran to the room with the small rectangle, and I noticed the big words on it that said something like TIC TACS. I cracked the box open and ate the things in it. It looked like white pills. They tasted very good. I will save this one for last. Wait, it already is last. I started to suck on it, but I heard a car park and running feet. I spit it out, there being no evidence of me eating them. My girl still seemed to be mad. Delia even more mad.They must be psychic. Or maybe they used that thing that made the clicking noise. “No, no, Abbie! Bad Abbie!” Brynn said. She got out the thing that makes the sucking noise and got all the crumbs. I unfortunately found no evidence. 

 

Understanding

I wandered, aimlessly, like my life. Aimlessly. My People all seem sad. I won’t let my boy pet me. I won’t let Ryan, either. Or Delia. Not even my girl. I want to be useful, but I’m not. No enjoyment. No pride. Nothing. Like my life. Hello, Brynn, Kian. My boy and girl still seem to want to pet me. Fine. This once, but it won’t make me feel any better. Wait. They seem happy. How? Is something cool behind me? No. Just a wall. Are they happy… because they like… petting me? This… I just realized something. I only completely changed to a dog after grandpa died. What if my purpose then was to make grandma and grandpa happy by being their child, and then make Ryan, Delia, Kian, and Brynn happy by being their dog? Is this my purpose? Do I really have two? Well, that makes me wag my tail. So does being petted, and having them being happy. Them being happy makes me happy. That means all I have to do to keep their happiness in check is let them pet me, and not destroy stuff. By keeping their happiness in check, I’ll be happy and won’t destroy stuff. I’ve discovered my true purpose, my true life, my true meaning.

That is my true meaning. That is what I learned. It wasn’t Ryan, Delia, Kian, and Brynn knocking on the door to grandma’s house. It was Fate, Truth, Opportunity, and Love. It was Hardship, Loyalty, Meaning, and Obstacles. I also learned that all these things can be masked. They can be masked and put into the world. They each have their own definition, but they all come into one big, beautiful bundle. We call them People.

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T-shirt Contest

What is the t-shirt contest at Travis Heights Elementary? Well, it is an event that we do at THES every year. In art class, 4th and 5th graders make drawings that represent our school. Then the art teacher (Ms. Isoline) cuts papers to the shape of a shirt and we draw our design on one of those cut-outs. If Ms. Isoline thinks your design makes it into the top 6, then it gets put on a bulletin board for the whole school to vote on. THES students vote on which one they like best, and then the design with the most votes gets printed on a t-shirt. That becomes the school t-shirt for the next school year!

   

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The Dragon Search : Book 1.

The Dragon Search : Book 1.

Dragons are rare. You can not find them everywhere. There are many places where they used to be, but not anymore. If you want to find one, you would have to build a ship and follow the Never Ending rivers to  get to a spot where one may or may not be. If somebody gets it before you, that traveling would be a waste of time.

There was a boy named Luke Emmerson. He wanted to get an egg desperately, but he would have to go many places. He thought that maybe his father would be interested in helping to find a dragon egg. He went inside to ask his dad if he wanted to go with him. His dad had been studying about dragons for a long time and he knew where dragon eggs might be hidden. His dad said, “Of course I will do this. Even as a boy, I wanted to search for a dragon egg.”

They went to get a boat. Once they got their boat, all they needed was supplies. So they went to town and got food for their journey. It would take them approximately two weeks to get to the place where the dragon egg was thought to be. As they got on their boat, another person seemed to have been loading supplies on a boat as well. He was looking at them with a worry on his face.  Luke and his father worried that the sailor next to them was also looking for the egg. That meant they were in competition and they had to figure out a way to get there faster than the other person. They had a little advantage because his dad had studied dragons for a long time, so he knew the lands quite well.

They started their mission to Fantalia, where the egg could be found. It was just off the coast of Kami, so it was not close. That is why they needed a boat. It seemed that the other sailor had just started on his mission. Luke and his dad already got off before the other sailor did, so that was good. It seemed the sailor had weapons, which meant they might have a scaresome ride to get to Fantalia.

Overnight they had to find their way away from the other boat’s range. If they got too close, the sailor might attack them. “Could we be attacked during the night?” worried the dad. 

In the morning they almost went over a waterfall. How could they recover? The dad ran up to the steering wheel, but could not get it pulled around.  It really seemed like they were going to fall. As the boat tipped over the edge, the boat went down before them. They had been sleeping on the deck, so they weren’t inside the boat. All of a sudden they were flying! It was cool until gravity hit them. After that they started falling straight onto the wooden deck, but all of their supplies were floating around them.  At the bottom of the waterfall they were safe. The next day they were all bruised and they hurt a lot. 

“Did the other sailor make it around the waterfall?” 

“I think he did,” said his dad.” Oh man, we could have gone around  the waterfall as well.” 

The next day, they saw a town, so they decided to dock and head in to buy supplies.  All of their food flew out at the waterfall. They needed to get fruit and vegetables to stay healthy and strong. Once they got back they left the stock on the deck. “We also needed to build stairs”, said the dad, so they got wood, nails and a hammer. They tore out some boards and built the stairs, after that they put the beds and stock under the boat and they were ready to move on. 

Later during the day they spotted the other sailor just behind them and far to the right. how could they move away. They needed to keep out of sight from the sailor. They went to a place where they thought was safe so they threw the anchor down and went to bed. In the morning Luke’s dad told him that he knew magic. He had learned it during his studies of dragons. 

Luke thought, “Well, now we don’t need weapons, do we? Nice!” 

“I will teach you some spells,” said his dad.

His dad told him, “You won’t be able to learn them in a few hours; it will probably take at least a day.”

They started learning that morning.. Luke’s dad said “the first spell is Intuana. This will make things explode. To throw it you have to say ‘Intuana Alata’.” 

Luke tried it. He said, “Intuana Alata.” A flaming ball flew out of his hand and into the water. 

“Good job,” his dad said, “Not many people get it so fast. Now to make it go farther you have to get all the power you have in you and concentrate. Concentrate and you will achieve.”

 Luke did it many times and each time he went farther. After that they were both so tired, they decided they were going to call it a day. They went down stairs and went to bed that night. He was asleep in two minutes. In the morning they traveled some more and learned some new spells.. The first one for the day was Campino, next was Lansuam and the third one was Espana. Three spells that he mastered in just one day. His dad was impressed with his work.

Later that day they were just training and they saw the other sailor approach them. The sailor did not hesitate. He just shot. Luckily, he did not shoot Luke or his father. He shot one half of the boat straight off and left with quite some speed. Now they would need  to find another way to travel to Fantalia. They would need to go on land, because their boat was useless. Luke suggested horses. His dad agreed and said,“Luckily we have land all the way to Fantalia on either side of the river. “

When they arrived at the horse shack on the side of the river, the guy was sitting in a wooden rocking chair up front. They told him that they were going on a journey and half of their ship got shot off by a bomb. They asked him what horse they should get. He led them back to the stables and showed them to a horse named Albilia.  The stable owner said that she could go for a very long time. The other horse he showed to them was Arsenal. He said that this horse was fast so you could win any runoff against your enemies. 

“Thanks,” his dad said. “I think we will take both horses.”. 

“Ok,  that will be five tempura coins”. 

Lukes dad was surprised at how much it was. The translation in normal dollars or US dollars was about five thousand. It was a lot, but they had that amount. It was for their mission, so it was worth it. Even if this mission cost everything, they would get a lot of money from the dragon egg. They continued their journey on horses.

 A week later they saw the other sailor’s boat docking at a nearby town. Luke and his father were ahead of the other sailor at that time because he was docked. That means they have to have the horses run now to get ahead of the sailor. When they started to see Fantalia they were excited.

Luke’s dad said. “We can  be there in about two days or so. If we travel all night and all day we will be there by tomorrow.

 Now is our time to use the magic just while he is in town just shoot it and then we will get ahead for sure. 

Luke said, “Intuana Alata.” Boom! A fireball shot out of his hand and hit the ship. 

Ok let’s go, said hi dad. They needed the horses to go fast so they said heya and they went fast as ever down the muddy but firm dirt road.

 The next day when they arrived at the city of Fantalia there were already people there.  The sailor had some friends who lived on the island and they were ready for battle. They said I guess we are as well instantly they attacked shooting everywhere. They had to use their magic. It would be easy to defeat them that way. 

Luke said, “Intuana Alata.” and the fireball shot out of his hand. All of the sailor’s friends were wiped out instantly. Luke kind of felt bad just killing them, but he actually used magic for a good purpose this time. they found the dragon egg laying on the ground. 

His dad said, “They must have tried to take it,But then we defeated them.”

They put the dragon egg in the saddle and took it back home. It only took them a week because they knew the path more clearly than before. When they passed the ship the sailor was saying ”Oh, no, no, no, no, no! 

I guess we did some damage, right Dad?”

They did not notice until they got home that the dragon egg had hatched. They were now dragon keepers! As it grew it got really big. The dragon could almost not fit in the house they were now the most great dragon keepers of the century. 

Thank you for reading this book. It was a great pleasure making it. I think it will bring joy to the world during these tough times when we think it will never end. But it will. Thank you so much. STAY SAFE!

Remember there is more to the student blog.

If you want to see more scroll down. There is amazing stuff written by other students.

I hope this fills your day with joy. Thanks and STAY SAFE!

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Why Your Kid Should Do Shadowing

When you apply to middle schools, there’s a lot of things you have to do. There’s applications, the cognitive test, and the at-school testing. Though this is a lot, when you apply, you should consider shadowing to see the school. 

If you don’t know what shadowing is, it’s quite simple. Shadowing is when a student wants to see the school, so they sign up and get to follow another student around the school and go to their classes.They get to see the classes they are interested in and get to see what the teachers and students are like.  Kids who shadow can make an informed decision about which schools are their #1 choice. Shadowing gives your kid experience for middle school such as bell schedules, lunch times, and classes. If the school has a block schedule, kids can experience that for the first time. 

My shadowing  experience was very eye-opening and helped me understand the whole middle school experience. I’m really glad I did it.

 

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Travis Heights Choir

The school has many after school clubs one of them is choir Our school has a choir made of 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. Our choir director is Ms. King. She has been teaching for 14 years. Ms. King directs a winter and spring choir.

In the winter choir we learn five or six songs. We perform at the Cultural Fest. In the spring choir we learn the National Anthem and some other cheery songs. We learn the National Anthem so that we can sing the National Anthem for the Austin Spurs. The Austin Spurs game is probably our most exciting event of the year for Choir. We think it’s exciting to just stand on that court with all the really tall basketball players. Some kids take their parents, friends, cousins and family to enjoy there debut. Others prefer to be independent and have a blast with their friends. Either way, it’s really exciting.

Choir is such a fun after-school activity that I guarantee you would want to join! If you want to join the choir, we pick up more and sadly drop more at this time. We meet every Monday from 3:00-4:15. Please check Travis Heights Choir out!

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The Smallest Members of THES

Many kids attend Travis Heights Elementary School, from our Pre-K to fifth grade. Pre-K and Kinder are some of our smallest kids, but still not our smallest members. Our smallest members are the THES pets! Some people would agree that animals movements and actions are inspirational for projects or PBLs that focus on science, specifically animal science. Not only this, but students or teachers who are irritated tend to stop and think while watching another animals movements, calming them down. Here is some information about the pets at our school. 

Ms. Isoline’s Rats

Ms. Isoline currently has three rats. One is a small black one, whose name is Trixie. Trixie is a wild rat and is a bit nervous about the idea of tons of humans. She and the other rats are sometimes seen snuggling together. There’s  a slightly bigger black one that’s named Luna. Luna was a bit nervous at first, too, with all the people gazing into the glass, but is slowly warming up to humans. The last one is a white rat with black splotches. Her name is name is Badger. Badger was adopted along with her sister, Moca.  Unfortunately, Mocha died over the summer. Trixie and Luna are new to the school. A student gave them to Ms.Isoline so Badger wouldn’t be lonely. Badger tends to be the one that will come up to you if you open the cage. She is most comfortable with people. Sometimes Ms. Isoline opens the top of the cage and lets the rats run free. Badger runs on the floor, while Luna and Trixie explore the desk. 
Mr. Paparone’s Snake

Every month certain teachers can get temporary pets from the Science Resource Center. (They get sent back after a little while.)  Mr. Paparone is one of those teachers. Not too long ago, Mr. Paparone received a corn snake. The children voted on a name and the winner was Zoom-Zoom Charlie. Zoom-Zoom Charlie mostly spent his time under his log. The children, however, did get to see Zoom-Zoom Charlie shed his skin! Depending on the age and species of the snake, they may shed twice every month or twice a year. Adult corn snakes typically shed twice a month. 
The Chicken Coop

The chicken coop is a remarkable little addition to our school! There are four chickens currently. Three are ready to strut their stuff! One casually plays it cool, putting in a cluck or two. They are cautious of humans. They help teach responsibility to the Pre-K classes that take care of them. They teach kids about cleaning an animals living space, feeding animals, and making sure they have fresh water. Kids even collect the eggs!
Ms. Isolines Guinea Pigs

Ms. Isoline has two guinea pigs. One is a little baby guinea pig named Delilah, and the other is an older one is named Marshmallow. Delilah is small and white. Marshmallow is a light brown and white. Delilah gets nervous when people watch her and typically darts out to get lettuce. Marshmallow is nervous, but doesn’t dart out like Delilah. 5th grade occasionally gets to hold the Guinea Pigs.

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Native American Study

In class we are studying the Native Americans. The Native Americans are very cool to study about. We are making slides about the Native Americans. The tribe that I’m studying is the Tawakoni tribe. Everyday we read an article about a different tribe. The Native Americans are not just the people who live out in the wild. They are very-day people. This study is really good because we could learn about the Native Americans and the different tribes and the cultures of all the Native Americans. The cool thing is you basically get to study two tribes because you can work with your partner and learn about their tribe. If you have any interest you can look at many different tribes. Two different tribes you can study are Tawakoni and Apaches. Many people have different tribes. You can start a campaign and make sure that people are not making false statements about the Native Americans.

NInja Strike and Minikarn worked on this article together.

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A Dual Language School

Hola, soy estudiante en la escuela primaria Travis Heights y estoy escribiendo sobre cómo esta escuela es de doble idioma. En la mayoría de los grados de nuestra escuela, hay dos maestros de español (que enseñan el programa de lenguaje dual) y dos maestros que enseñan solo en inglés. En las clases de lenguaje dual, el maestro generalmente enseña la mitad en español y la otra mitad en inglés.

En mi opinión, el lenguaje dual es mejor, porque enseña diferentes culturas y empatía. En las clases de idiomas duales puedes aprender sobre diferentes culturas y puedes leer y escribir en un idioma diferente mientras aprendes. Por ejemplo, este año aprendimos sobre los nativos americanos y sus religiones. Es por eso que siento que cada escuela debería tener un programa de lenguaje dual.

 

Hi, I’m a student at Travis Heights Elementary, and I’m writing about how this school is dual language. In most grades of our school, there are two teachers of Spanish (who teach the dual language program) and two teachers who teach only in  English. In the dual language classes, the teacher usually teaches half in Spanish and the other half in English.

In my opinion dual language is better, because it teaches different cultures and empathy. In the dual language classes you get to learn about different cultures and you get to read and write in a different language while learning. For example this year we learned about Native Americans and their religions. That’s why I feel like every school should have a dual language program.

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Breakfast in the Classroom

Breakfast in the classroom is a really quick and easy way to have breakfast, plus the food is pretty good. You get up to three foods, a drink, fruit, and a choice of either a warm meal or cereal. The drinks can be  milk, orange juice, or apple juice. The fruit is usually an apple, orange, or banana.There is a wide variety of cereals like Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Honey Crunch, Chocolate Flakes, and Rice Chex. The hot dish is sometimes chicken and sausage, pancakes, waffles, or tacos.At our school, breakfast in the classroom is free for all of the students. Breakfast in the classroom is good because it allows kids to not rush and be late.

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Amazing Square One Art

Art is one of the most beautiful things in the world. In 4th grade art class we are doing Square One Art. Square One Art is the first art project of the year for all grades. For Square One Art in 4th grade, we are doing sun faces. Different grades do different projects. For example, 1st grade is doing llamas for their square one art. Ms.Isoline is our amazing art teacher. Every grade does Square One Art each year. Some pieces are very detailed and some are not so detailed. Every piece is unique. I have a question for you: What are you doing for Square One Art?

Ms. Isoline is the art teacher and she is a great one. Ms.Isoline helps you with Square One Art if you ask. We talked to her about the directions for the sun faces.  Here’s what she said.  

Step 1: To start off your project, you want a sketch. The sketch is one of the most important steps of the project. This is the step where you decide what you want your sun (or any other projects) to look like. You can decide if you want your sun to look realistic or if you want it to look like a fantasy character from your favorite cartoon. There are can be hard moments and easy moments, but in the end you always come out with a beautiful piece of art.

Step 2: Step two is use the thin Sharpie to outline your drawing onto the paper. Once you know what you want your sun face to look like, you go over it with a thin Sharpie. Adding the Sharpie is important because after you color your project, everything will pop out more, and it will be hard to see the pencil lines. You will not be able to see some of the important details that you worked so hard on if you don’t outline them with the Sharpie. 

Step 3: The third step of the project is to color your art. For this step you might want to look at the color wheel to see what colors look good together and which ones don’t.

Step 4: The fourth step is to sketch your background. For the background you must fill up the whole page with creative patterns and small objects. Once you have sketched  your patterns and objects, you have to outline your background with the thin Sharpie.

Step 5:  The final step is to color your background.  Look at the color wheel to get some good ideas. You need to fill up the page with color. When you have filled in all of the white spots, Write your name with a black Sharpie at the bottom corner of the page.

After you are done with your masterpiece, you can order many items with YOUR artwork on it! You can buy mugs, aprons, water bottles, dog tags, and more! You will get a catalog so you know what there is and what colors it comes in. You get a package with your child’s art work on the front! You get  the catalog with everything you can buy. You also get a sheet of free stickers that come with the catalog. You have to order in a certain amount of time so you don’t miss out on all the cool stuff you can buy.

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W.O.W.

 

At Travis Heights Elementary we do something called W.O.W. (Working Out for Wellness). W.O.W. is time for students to get their energy out before sitting down and learning. All students in AISD get 30 minutes of recess and P.E. every two days. 

For most students, recess is still not enough. W.O.W. is instructed exercise where the students do something of the teacher’s choice. Most teachers use Just Dance, GoNoodle, or run at the track. Our teachers are responsible for giving us W.O.W. We aren’t required to do it if we have P.E. that day. 

Students really like W.O.W. It gives them a break from education and lets them enjoy each other. As I said, W.O.W. is INSTRUCTED exercise. You can’t just walk around outside or talk the whole time. It’s not only exercise physically, you also exercise your mind. Sometimes we  do meditation. It helps us calm down and get ready to learn. W.O.W. is fun for students and teachers. I think it’s a great addition to our school day! 

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