Grade 5 LEAP News

Recess and lunch have just been made a lot less fun. It seemed the definition of recess was that you could do whatever you want, but that has changed. We used to to be able to sit where ever we wanted at lunch but now we have assigned seats. Read more to find out.

In the past few weeks, the teachers have been clamping down on Recess Freedom. Ms. Halpert and Mr. Alderman decided it would be better if we had a lot of rules at recess. This was for a reason. People had been cheating in a lot of the recess games for example: not admitting they were frozen in tag or running up in front of the person getting ready to kick so they couldn’t kick the ball. The rules were a good idea, but there were side effects. The problem is that you could only play the games that have their own rules so it limits the games that you can play.

Another problem is that we have started going to the “big field” for recess and it isn’t that big. There is room for people playing soccer (1/4 of the people taking up half the field) and then the rest of the people are not allowed to go off the field. That’s a lot of people in a small area. We only have one TA (Teacher Assistant) with us so he can’t watch a very big area. Also, Mr. Alderman (our TA) is a gym teacher too and he has a class right when our recess ends! Because of that and the fact that we get out to recess late, we have a much-shortened recess.

At Lunch today we got assigned seats. Ms. Bittle first threatened us with assigned seats when two students started a food fight when she was watching over us at lunch that day. Ms. Bittle said “This behaviour is unacceptable, there will be consequences like assigned seats next time this happens.” A few days before a few people did some shenanigans but no-one thought much of it. Sure enough, when I got out of the lunch line with my tray Ms. Halpert was standing there saying “you sit there, now you sit there, and you sit there.”

Many people were very upset by this. After all, a few people’s actions affected everybody. After lunch came the big news, ” those seats you sat at lunch are your permanent seats.”

umHengyuan (Henry) Zhang, Calvin Hinkle | October 10

Is 5th Grade LEAP at Seawell Too Strict?

Schedule

Oct 14 (Tue) – School Photo Make-Up Day

Oct 15 (Wed) 8:00am – Seawell PTA meeting

Oct 16 (Thurs) – Delay Opening, 5:30pm – Math Curriculum Night, 7:00pm – Board of Ed. Meeting

Special

Oct 24 (Fri) – End of First Quarter!

Is 5th grade LEAP at Seawell too limited and controlled? Just on October 8th, Ms. Halpert and Mrs. Bittle of… Read More

The Pen Crisis!

Everyone in Seawell 5th grade LEAP has heard of the pen crisis at Seawell. You know, the flying pen caps, shooting paper clips, etc. But the…

The Ebola Virus (Article of the week)

You may have heard of something called Ebola recently, and you may be wondering why it seems like such a big deal… Read More (pg 4)

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Riddle: It was a Saturday night, and a murder occurred. The police came to the white house (the location of crime). They asked the mom what she was doing at that time. She said that she was washing the dishes. The dad said he was watching TV. The maid said she was knitting in the corner of the Oval Room. Who did the crime? Answer on Pg 4.

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Is 5th Grade LEAP at Seawell Too Strict? Hengyuan (Henry) Zhang, Calvin Hinkle | October 10

Is 5th grade LEAP at Seawell too limited and controlled? Just on October 8th, Ms. Halpert and Mrs. Bittle of LEAP 5th Grade assigned seats to every one of the 2014–2015 LEAP class, in Lunch. And not only that, even recess was highly controlled. Now playing on the field of Seawell, the 5th grade LEAP students were only allowed to play there. The thing is, the field is flat — no tetherball, no slide. Yep! It’s flat. Except for 2 goal posts, the field is just a piece of flat land. What could you do there? Nothing fun.

And only a select few did things wrong during lunch and/or recess! But guess what? Both of the classes got punished! “I think it sucks that Mrs. Bittle and Ms. Halpert’s class don’t get to choose their seat at lunch and play where we want at recess,” a student says. This is such a ‘big’ deal because, according to many, lunch and recess are the only time the students get to talk freely and relax.

But some also say that the movement is fair — we deserved it! We couldn’t control ourselves, and this is the fair consequence for our actions. I agree, but it would be best if the teachers only tormented the students who were behaving badly, not everyone.

The Pen Crisis: Hengyuan (Henry) Zhang, Calvin Hinkle | October 10

Everyone in Seawell 5th grade LEAP has heard of the pen crisis at Seawell. You know, the flying pen caps, shooting paper clips, etc. But the real crisis started when the teachers started banning ‘gamer’ pens and ‘clicky’ pens.

The shooting pen idea originated in the Morris Grove Elementary, and was transferred to Seawell by Thomas Hunter, a ‘LEAPster’ and Rubik’s Cube solver. He’s a ‘newbie’ in LEAP, and before the end of the third week of school, the flying pens were already a routine at Seawell LEAP 5.

Does Thomas regret causing all this trauma? ‘Heck No!’ He says. In fact he even ‘back-talks’, saying that, ‘It was the class’ fault that they decided to follow me after the first pen (cap) flew across the room!’ Then, ‘Dude, I even know how to make a pen spray 20-feet of ink in any direction!’ Not like I was interested.

So the pen crisis is when the teachers (Ms. Halpert and Mrs. Bittle) decide to ban ‘gamer’ and ‘clicky’ pens. The pens were replaced with PaperMate® pens. They are so simple – there are only 2 parts to it – the cap and ink capsule. And it’s still raging on! No more ‘clicky’ ball-pens!

The Ebola Virus (article of the week)http://gogonews.com/ebola-what-is-it-and-what-do-i-need-to-know-about-it/

You may have heard of something called Ebola recently, and you may be wondering why it seems like such a big deal.

Ebola is a dangerous virus that was identified in 1976 in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Until recently, Ebola was mostly only an issue in Africa. This year in West Africa alone 3,400 people have been killed.

Now it has spread to developed countries like Spain and the United States that have always been Ebola-free.

It starts with common illness symptoms like a fever, headache, joint pain, and sore throat, but it can become much worse and can cause bleeding and trouble breathing and swallowing. There is no vaccine for it and no known cure, although doctors have been using experimental medicines to treat symptoms and have had some success.

Only a handful of people infected with Ebola are from developing countries, and most of them are doctors or nurses who were helping treat Africans infected with the virus.

Any people who may have contracted the virus have been hospitalized in isolation and anyone who takes care of them has to wear a hazmat suit, which protects every inch of their body and not just their hands.

To be careful, five students from four schools in Dallas who may have come in contact with the first American to contract Ebola during this outbreak have been hospitalized for 21 days to be monitored even though they are showing no symptoms.

Sadly, the Dallas man, who was a Liberian citizen and traveled home to reunite with his long-lost son and girlfriend, passed away yesterday morning. He is the first-known person to die of Ebola in the United States.

Ebola is spread through bodily fluids like blood, sweat, and spit. It does not spread through the air like the flu and can’t survive on food or water, which is why it is very unlikely these children contracted the virus from the Dallas man.

It is believed that the first case of Ebola came from a person or people eating or touching the remains of an infected animal like a great ape, porcupine, fruit bat, or forest antelope.

While Ebola is certainly a scary disease, the odds of you or your loved ones contracting it is very, very low and is practically zero if they have not visited Africa recently and are not a doctor working with an infected person.As always, it is still important to wash your hands to prevent spreading non-deadly illnesses like the common cold and flu!

Classroom Changes: Good or Bad? BY

After food fights in the cafeteria, Ms. Halpert, Ms. Bittle, and some administrative staff have imposed assigned seats on us students. Also, on Bus 203 some students have been throwing food items out the window (although in all fairness this is a safety issue and could harm passing vehicles), and Ms. Halpert, Ms. Bittle, and Principal Ruben have imposed assigned seats on the busses, too. So now at lunch, you can’t talk to your friends without screaming across the cafeteria. And you can’t talk to your friends on the bus without having to stand up in your seat. It’s really hard for us kids to be separated from our friends like that, even if it was our fault in the first place. Ms. Halpert has also shuffled around the seating in her class, which gave us chances to make new friends. Meanwhile news giants Pickle Press and Gamer’s Hut have new a business, Get it from the Girls (which is run by girls) in their sites. Although I have personally refused payment to sabotage them after my parents threatened an allowance lapse, competition for news space has still stirred up a lot of trouble. Now the classes wonder if all this change is good or bad for us. I personally think that this change gives us an opportunity to try new things.

Mosquitoes vs. crickets by Ms. Bittle

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This weekend, Seawell is scheduled for spraying insecticides to solve our mosquito problem. Hopefully, the crickets will survive and the mosquitoes will not!

Broken Break Time By Taran Many people in the fifth grade leap classes are unhappy with changes made to recess and lunch. They feel that recess is less fun. As Avery says “The girls in this class asked for new tether balls, but now we moved play grounds and all of that is ruined.” Many of the boys in the class complain that they have almost nothing to do because there are too many people on the field. There is not enough space to play many kinds of games that need open space. Principal Ruben has moved us to the field because there are to many people on the wooden playground. Our class disagrees because we think there are fewer people on the wooden playground than last year. I believe that we should make a compromise and go to the field some days and the wooden playground other days. Our class would like to ask the teachers and principal to consider this.

A second issue that has come up involves assigned seats at lunch. Just because a couple people had a food fight, the whole class receives the consequences. Many students are being separated from their friends when they didn’t do anything wrong. For example, one student sits at the end of the able with no one else around him to talk to. Instead of having a break and interacting with each other, more kids are bringing their homework, which is not the point of lunch time. Recess and lunch used to be two of the class’s favorite things, but now both of them have become our least favorite parts of the day. We understand that students need to behave and be safe, but we are hoping for part-time recess at the wooden playground and free seat Fridays.

Freedom? Or Freedoom? By Thomas Recess just got a whole lot worse. For that matter, so did lunch. Recess used to be a time where we could do anything that we wanted to. But then everything changed. Some people I know (“Ahem”) screwed up. We used to be able to play tag, Infection, all that without anybody CHEATING. We were really lax on rules. But then, people had to go take advantage of that and start cheating. Before you know it, you’ll tag someone on the ARM and they’ll be like “Darr, you didn’t tag me!!!” Then people get into arguments about it and then people start going to Mr. Alderman. He eventually gets sick of the gambit and moves our recess time and place. Now we are on the rainbow playground and the field. Now, nothing against those places, (Although the rainbow playground is for little kids), but then 1/4 of the class takes up 1/2 of the field and we can’t play capture the flag with 1/2 of the field. So we have to settle for the playground. It is so small that one time when I was running from Eli, I slammed in to the bars and fell over. People would be so much happier if we moved back to the wood playground.

Flight of The Mechanical Pencil – Not Anymore! By Eli and Noah Hello, this is E.N.N. news reporting for the first time. We will write about many different topics including books, games, video games, and the excitements and mishaps that circulate the 5th grade L.E.A.P. (Learning Environment for Advanced Programming). Our articles will be divided into sections, too: the introduction, the opinions, and the facts. Today, our topic will be on the last section: the excitements and mishaps in 5th grade L.E.A.P. Specifically, the pen crisis. So, without further explanation, let’s begin!

The Introduction

It all started on the windy fall day of October 6th, 2014. The 5th grade L.E.A.P. was having their usual Morning Meeting. Everything was proceeding as normal. Until a teacher asked for a mechanical pencil that a student had. Both of the teachers announced that pens and mechanical pencil parts were flying across the room. Then, the other teacher brought out two packages of PaperMate pens, and proposed her solution. ‘Clicky’ pens were to be banned, and anyone caught misusing a mechanical pencil would have it immediately confiscated. The class was in an uproar. This began the Pen Crisis.

The Opinions

Students are having mixed feelings about this. Some think it’s great, some think it’s horrible, some are neutral, and others feel like they’re walking on the edge of a cliff, they’re leaning over and might possibly go plummeting down. Some are just plain confused.

The Facts

Privileges were taken away. There are consequences. Everyone has different feelings about this. And innocent students are also being punished.

Can’t wait to report next week, E.N.N. signing off.© E.E.N. 2014 – 2015 Founded by Noah Siekierski and Eli Elk

Recess… Sit-And-Do-Nothing-Cess By Kevin On planet earth, the continent North America, North Carolina, Chapel hill, Seawell. As you may have known Recess has been moved to the field where you can only lean on the fence and talk to your friends about absolutely how wonderful the day is, even tho we are allowed to play at the

rAiNbOw PlAyGrOuNd there’s still nothing to do but watch a few people swing and sit on a bench and watch Eli and Calvin get chased around. In my opinion [Just mine] I thought that we should take the recess back to the wooden playground and the blacktop where you can do much more things. But of course there are things the wooden playground doesn’t have that the rainbow has but still, I like the old playground better.

Are ecocolumns the best way to learn about ecosystems?BY NadiaAre ecocolumns (terrariums and aquariums made of two-liter soda bottles stacked on top of each other) the best way for students to learn about ecosystems? I think that it depends. Some people like using ecocolumns. They find ecocolumns fun and exciting. Some people don’t like ecocolumns. These people either don’t like ecocolumns because these students can’t keep up with their observations or they don’t like them because they just can’t stop having ecocolumn catastrophes (almost knocking them over, actually knocking them over, feeding the fish too much, putting in too much elodea, etc). I think having ecocolumns is fun because I like having fish and crickets, and I like the hands-on activity it provides. I also think that ecocolumns are a good activity because a teacher can look at what happens and figure out what the next project should be like. For instance, if her students have good ecocolumns, they should try something harder. I will say again that I like ecocolumns, and I would like to do more fun projects like them.

Recess and Lunch Problems By Lucas Recess and lunch have just been made a lot less fun. It seemed the definition of recess was that you could do whatever you want, but that has changed. We used to to be able to sit where ever we wanted at lunch but now we have assigned seats. Read more to find out.

In the past few weeks, the teachers have been clamping down on Recess Freedom. Ms. Halpert and Mr. Alderman decided it would be better if we had a lot of rules at recess. This was for a reason. People had been cheating in a lot of the recess games for example: not admitting they were frozen in tag or running up in front of the person getting ready to kick so they couldn’t kick the ball. The rules were a good idea, but there were side effects. The problem is that you could only play the games that have their own rules so it limits the games that you can play.

Another problem is that we have started going to the “big field” for recess and it isn’t that big. There is room for people playing soccer (1/4 of the people taking up half the field) and then the rest of the people are not allowed to go off the field. That’s a lot of people in a small area. We only have one TA (Teacher Assistant) with us so he can’t watch a very big area. Also, Mr. Alderman (our TA) is a gym teacher too and he has a class right when our recess ends! Because of that and the fact that we get out to recess late, we have a much-shortened recess.

At Lunch today we got assigned seats. Ms. Bittle first threatened us with assigned seats when two students started a food fight when she was watching over us at lunch that day. Ms. Bittle said “This behaviour is unacceptable, there will be consequences like assigned seats next time this happens.” A few days before a few people did some shenanigans but no-one thought much of it. Sure enough, when I got out of the lunch line with my tray Ms. Halpert was standing there saying “you sit there, now you sit there, and you sit there.”

Many people were very upset by this. After all, a few people’s actions affected everybody. After lunch came the big news, ” those seats you sat at lunch are your permanent seats.”

Foxy News DEAD by Miguel What happened to Foxy news, the original and inspiring 5th grade newscast show? it was shut down about 2 weeks ago. How and why exactly did this happen? I think Ian shut it down, after underestimated and unwanted news workers were hired. Will Foxy news stand back up and overcome Pickle Press, their arch-enemy, or keep it shut down and make an easy battle? Who knows what will happen next? It may be your choice. Leave a comment below to whether you think the original reporters should go back to work at reporting.Think about it. Would you want pickle press as your main news reporters, or would you want a backup one, Foxy news. Choose by leaving a comment.

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