Thursday, March 28, 2013

Maple Leaf Preview

Zola has written a beautiful story about a girl who is paralyzed when she falls off her horse, for The Maple Leaf Project. It will be published in book format and judged among others from all three Brattleboro Town Schools later this spring. Here is a preview of her story without the illustrations. To read more go to the Library Page and click on LEAP writing in the right column. You will find the rest of this story as well as other student stories. Good Luck Zola!!


                                                            FINDING HOPE
                                                                        by
                                                 Zola Von Krusenstiern - grade 5




     The wind in my hair. The sun’s heat beating down. The freedom I have. These are the reasons I love riding.
                                                                                   1.

     I lie in bed thinking how much I hate nights. Night is when I have to calm down, when I have to leave Hope, when I can’t do what I want to do. I hate nights!
     I get up and tiptoe over to my window. Where is she?
     “Hope,” I whisper, looking into the cold night. “Hope.” I guess Dad put her in the barn. Going back to bed I turn on my light and take a random book off the shelf. Ferdinand, why does Julianna have to share my bookshelf?! I throw Ferdinand on the ground. Reading, not helping.
     I try counting back from one hundred. Dad always says he does it when he can’t sleep. 100, 99, 98, 97, 96… I count all the way down to zero. Counting, not helping. 11 o’clock. Why can’t it just be morning.
     I get out of bed again grabbing my sweatshirt, and creep out of my room. Dad is snoring. I slip on my sneakers and go downstairs out into the cool of autumn in Vermont. Leaves crunch under my feet as I walk to our big barn.
     “Hope.” I open the door and hug her warm neck. “Hey girl,”
     She nozzles my hand.
     Outside I jump on Hope’s back, clutch her black mane and lightly kick her. She starts slowly walking around our pen.
     Maybe I shouldn’t be out here, maybe it’s not safe. I shake away my doubts pulling closer to Hope.
The sky is, it’s almost pitch black. The only light is the glow from the moon and her star children.
I get sleepy from Hope’s rocking body and the peace of the night. Lying on my stomach I close my eyes. Hope’s mane slips from my fingers. Then everything goes black.

  

School Sing 3/27/13


Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Curriculum Night 2013


     On Thursday evening, March 21, many families and teachers gathered for Oak Grove's Curriculum Night.  The evening started with Andy Davis captivating the group with his storytelling as he shared “A Tale From Finland.”   Then we moved into small groups where we worked together to pull the story apart, demonstrating the use of a “top-down web” to show the main components of the story.   Next we used a similar web to begin organizing our own group story, choosing a character, setting, and problem to elaborate.  It was wonderful to see children contributing and collaborating with parents to create our own special tale...all in less than 15 minutes!   In some groups, the scribes read the finished stories back to us as we listened with pride at what we had just done in such a short amount of time.  The evening ended with the whole group gathering again for pizza, salad, and lots of great prizes for many attendees!

To read one of our quick creations, go to the Academic Support Page.

Homework????

Some kids think homework is actually a good idea. Read the beginning of Isaac's article below and if you want to read more, go to the Library page and click on LEAP writing in the right hand tab. Lots of other good student pieces there as well.


Should Kids Do Homework?
by Isaac Weeks grade 6

Many kids say homework is a complete waste of time and doesn't help you, but it does help you in many ways. For example homework really builds up your brain muscles and gets you thinking. When kids do homework it gives them time to get away from TV and video games so they can practice what will help them when they grow up.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Black Ball snippet

 THE BLACK BALL
by Elijah Burdo, grade 6

Chapter one

     Joe Blubberbelly was a five-year-old boy in the year of 1924. He loved to explore and dig. One day he was digging and found a strange black ball. It had a little door. Joe opened it and found a bunch of cotton, black buttons, wool yarn and a little machine all crammed in that little ball. And then he realized what was really going on. He saw it with his own eyes. The machine was making sock monkeys that had sharp plastic axes that could cut you just as bad as normal metal axes. The brown and white sock monkeys started jumping out at him. Joe grabbed them by their red yarn hair and shoved back in the ball and closed the door. He then locked it in a box. 

IF YOU WONDER WHAT THE SOCK MONKEYS ARE UP TO AND WANT TO READ THE REST OF THIS EXCITING STORY, GO TO THE LIBRARY PAGE ON THIS BLOG AND CLICK ON LEAP WRITING

Thursday, March 14, 2013

New Student Story

ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE
By Carter Weeks - Gr. 5

CHAPTER 1

      SGT. Jason Maroon had just gotten back into the United State’s from a brutal winter in Afghanistan with his friend LT. Danny Simmons. “Sure feels good to be back, huh Dan?” said Jason.
      “Yeah it sure does. Say what? Want to go get some pizza at Dominoes or Pizza Hut. Either one I don’t care,” said Danny.
     “I kind of want Pizza Hut. Na' I just want to stay and order pizza,” said Jason. For some strange reason the pizza hadn't come after about two hours. They wondered why it was taking so long. Dan and Jason played HALO while they waited. When Dan looked at the clock it was seven thirty.
      “ We better go check what’s up with them.”
      “ Yeah. What kind pizza place doesn't deliver in about half an hour?” said Jason.
      Dan and Jason went to Pizza Hut to see what the problem was. When they reached town in Jason’s BMW there was nobody in sight for miles… Then Dan saw a dead body right out of the corner of his eye. 

TO READ MORE OF THIS GRIPPING ADVENTURE, GO TO THE LIBRARY PAGE AND CLICK ON STUDENT STORIES. THIS STORY WILL APPEAR FIRST AND BE FOLLOWED BY OTHER POSTED STORIES. 

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Curriculum Night!


PIZZA – RAFFLE – PIZZA – RAFFLE - PIZZA – RAFFLE – PIZZA – RAFFLE - PIZZA 

Curriculum Night

Thursday, March 21 -- Storytelling/Writing

5:30pm: Sign in and gather in the music room for a story told by Andy Davis.

5:50ish: Break into groups of 10

6:25: Announcement will call everyone to the gym for pizza and prizes.

End at 7pm.