Friday, April 15, 2016

Day 3: The morning started when everyone met up with their workshop instructor and got to their busses. The bus dropped us off at the World War ll Memorial where the students got to explore. We saw the Pacific and Atlantic sides of the memorial and looked at the engravings of different activities the soldiers did during the war. After our exploration time in the World War ll Memorial, we got in our busses and drove to the National Museum of American History. At the National Museum of American History, we had to go through security. Our workshop instructors led each group to different exhibits. After looking around, the instructors gave everyone food vouchers to go eat in the cafeteria. After eating, everyone got back on the busses to go to the White House. At the White House we took pictures and walked around the area. There we saw a man that was an activist; he was fighting for no more lobiosts. Next we stopped by the Iwo Jima Memorial. There, we took lots of pictures, learned the history of this war, and what this memorial represents. Later, we went to Arlington National Cemetery. There, we visited Jonh F. Kennedy and Robert Kennedy's grave and saw "The Changing of the Guards." "The Changing of the Guards" is a ceremony where the guards switch jobs and watch "The Tomb of the Unknown" soldier. For dinner, we went to the Union Station. The last memorial we went to for the day, was the Navy Annex. It had statues of soldiers and bunches of flowers to honor them. Later at the hotel, we had our workshops and then room check at 10:00 pm.

The Last Day of Washington D.C

The Washington D.C trip was, in my opinion, was the biggest and best trip of the year. On April 14th, 2016, was the last day of the entire trip. The first thing we did was wake up at 7:30 a.m, Eastern time. We packed our luggage and went to the terrace to eat our breakfast. For breakfast, there was eggs, sausage, brioche bread and cereal. There was also orange juice and apple juice. After we had breakfast, we went to our rooms, got our luggage and checked out of each of our rooms.

Before we headed to the airport, we stopped at the Smithsonian and went to two of the seventeen buildings at museum. We got to see the actual Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and the Bill of Rights. We also got see the exhibit of civil rights, where Rosa Parks fingerprints are. Then we went to the gift shop and some people got a few things. I got a coaster of Rosie the Riveter who is saying " We Can Do It" (Rosie is a woman who represented the woman of America during World War II.) After the gift shop, we went to the Air and Space museum in the Smithsonian and got to see some of the real planes or replicas of planes that were flown by famous pilots. For example, we got to see the actual plane that the Wright Brothers flew.

Since the only nearby restaurant was McDonald's, we went there for lunch. I had gotten the double cheeseburger and it was very filling. After that, we went to the gift shop and then headed to the airport. At the airport, we went to a Starbucks and to a very political gift shop. I had gotten a pair of glasses that had the United State's flag on it for someone that did not get to go to Washington. Then we got to our gate, got on the plane and headed back to San Francisco.

Overall, this trip was once-in-a-lifetime experience for me and I am glad that I had gotten to go.

The Washington D.C. trip

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On the second day we went to the the Franklin Delano Roosevelt memorial. It was made up of mostly gardens which spanned across seven acres of land.  there were so many beautiful  waterfalls and statues. The Vietnam memorial was a lot shorter than I expected it to be. There were still a lot of names, it was just not as many as I expected. The Lincoln memorial was so tall. I thought it would a lot smaller. So much of the architecture  was breathtaking almost everywhere.

We went to the Capitol building while we were there, we got to go inside the House Of Representatives. We also got to go to the offices of the representatives and we got to meet a Florida representative and he was very smart. We also went to the library of Congress where we got to see Thomas Jeffersons own library.

Our Forth Day of Washington D.C

On the fourth day in Washington D.C we woke up at around 6:00am to get to breakfast. At 6:50 we left to got on the buses to go to Willumsberg. In Williumsberg we went to the printing press where we learned how newspapers were made in the 1700's. The people there dressed up like they were in the 1700's. Next we went to a tavern for lunch called the Shield where we ate salad,chicken pot pie,and ice cream. To drink we had an option of water, lemonade,and sweet tea.

Right after, we went to the Silversmith, there they had many guns and weapons from the 1700's. The lady explained how everything worked. After leaving the silversmith, we had 5 minutes of time to explore the gift shop Even if things were a bit pricey, they were very interesting. They had such things like toy muskets, and wooden recorders(the instrument). 

Then we walked to the capital building. There we went to the place where they would debate, we also went to the place where our founding father wrote the declaration of independence. 

Soon after we walked to the old jail and this was the only building that we went to that has not changed and was not rebuilt. The jail cell that we went to held Blackbeards crew members the cells were made of wood and the toilets looked very old. 

In the governors palace we saw many stuff. We visited Governor Dunmores palace, There we saw many rooms and even his daughters room and the mirror they would dress in. After that we saw their bedrooms. It was a very big palace, it was also fancy and heavily decorated. 

After our fun filled day in Williumsberg we took a bus to the Union Station to have dinner. After dinner we went to the hotel to do our last workshop. In the workshop we played train wreck then we wrote down our goals when we get back home.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Friday, April 8, 2016

Sleeping With The Sharks

A company called Airbnb is hosting a contest in France's Aquarium de Paris. In this contest there will be three lucky winners that will bring one person of their choice to sleep in an underwater bedroom that is submerged 33-ft into a large tank with fish and 35 sharks.

This contest is only available on April 11, 12, and 13. In order to win the contest, individuals have to tell the rental company a little bit about themselves and, "why they belong with the Sharks for a night."

The three winners and their lucky guests will be taken on a guided tour of the aqaurium by Fred Buyle, who is a world record-breaking free diver, underwater photographer, and shark conversationist. After the tour, the guests will have an elaborate dinner alongside the shark tank. Once they have finished their dinner they will be lowered into the shark tank.

The container the guests will be sleeping in has floor to ceiling windows, making sure that they are provided with a 360 degree view of the tank. Also, the tank holds three million liters of water.

Dutch Police may use Trained Eagles to take Down Drones

The increase in the use of drones is becoming problematic for countries around the world becuase enthusiasts take advantage of the drones to use for illegal activities. That includes flying drones into restricted airspace and even using them to infiltrate prisons. Becuase of all of this activity, authorities world wide are experimenting new teqniques to bring down the drones.

Authorities in the Netherlands partnered with Guard from Above, a security team that is training Eagles to bring down the drones in restricted areas. The company believes that birds of prey that catch victims in mid-air and hold on to them will easily be bales to grab drones and bring them down safely. This is important because it eliminates the risk of a drone hurtling down and hurting people that are on the ground.

Bird experts are not worried that the Eagles will get hurt becuase of the propellers becuase they maintain that the Eagles eyesight enables it to attack the drones. These Eagles are rewarded when they bring a drone back. The Eagles already dislike the drones becuase they get too close to their nests. The one concern Guard from Above has is the risk posed by drones that are bigger than Eagles. If that becomes an issue, the company will have protective gear to prevent the birds from getting hurt.
Meanwhile, other countries are coming up with their own solutions to the drones. In Japan, authorities catch the drones with snare nets. In Britain, officials are using new technology that can disable the drones mid-flight from a mile away. The London Metropolitan police also has interest in using Eagles. In the US, which has experienced more than 100 drone sightings on a monthly basis since October, officials are considering jamming radio signals and even taking them down with missiles.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Donald trump will press charges on protesters

Finn Malone

Donald Trump said at a rally in an historic theater in Kansas that he would start pressing charges for people who protest at his rally's. "I hope these guys get thrown into a jail," Trump said during the rally "They'll never do it again. It'll destroy their record. They'll have to explain to mom and dad why they have a police record and why they can't get a job. And you know what? I'm going to start pressing charges against all of these people. And then we won't have a problem."

Donald Trumps rally's are getting increasingly violent, so much so, that he had to cancel a rally in Chicago because of the security concern. After the rally in Kansas Police were using pepper spray to stop a fight and once also when the protesters joined arms and tried to get through the police. Even after most of the protesters left, the police officers still had cans of pepper spray ready.

Friday, March 11, 2016

A Dog Named Jedi Watches Over Type-1 Diabetic Child Every Night

A seven-year old boy named Luke Nuttall was diagnosed with Type-1 Diabetes when he was just two years old. Since then, his mom, Dorrie Nuttall has been in charge of watching his blood sugar level 8-10 times a day, including when he's asleep. "I haven't slept a full night in years," says Nuttall. After he was diagnosed, Nuttall says that she was terrified because she didn't know what to do yet. Thankfully, a few months later, they got a dog named Jedi. He watches over Luke when he sleeps and monitors his blood sugar by smell. He alerts the family if his blood sugar is to high or to low. There was one night when Jedi smelled a sudden drop in his blood sugar and immediately went to wake up Nuttall. When she checked his blood sugar, it was at 57. Luke's blood sugar can usually range between 40 and 400, and even though a 57 isn't very threatening, Jedi saved him from it dropping even more. Ever since Jedi was 11-months old, his owners have been training him to monitor Luke's blood sugar. If his blood sugar gets to low, Jedi bring Luke's monitoring device to Nuttall and bows, and if it gets to high, he brings the device to Nuttall and waves.

Former Presidential Candidates endorse candidate

Friday, March 11 2016 at 9:52 am

Carly Fiorina and Ben Carson have both now endorsed a nominee. Two days ago Carly Florida endorsed Ted Cruz for president. This came as no surprise because they agree on a lot of topics, including gun rights and abolishing the IRS. She has since redacted her comments made about Cruz during her campaign.

Ben Carson endorsed Donald Trump today at a rally in palm beach, Florida. The canidates have all been trying to get Ben Carsons endorsement because of his loyal supporters and his Judeo-Christian base. Donald Trump has also gotten an endorsement from Chris Christie. People speculate that one of them may be chosen to be Vice President for Donald Trumps candidacy

An Australian Toddler Got His Arm Stuck in a Vending Machine

Recently a toddler got his arm stuck in a vending machine. Leo Shourthouse has never seen a Vending Machine and just wanted treat so he stuck his hand in the vending machine. Leo is four years old and this event occurred on Sunday, February 8, 2016. Leo lives in Melbourne, Australia with his father. The reason why his arm got caught in the vending machine is becasue the anti theft sensor triggered and his arm got caught. It took almost six hours to get his arm out and the people who helped  get Leo's arms out were firefighters, policemen, locksmiths and paramedics.

In oder to get the arm out the professionals had to numb his arm so if they made a mistake it wouldn't hurt him. The father hopes that the next time Leo sees another vending machine he won't put his arm in to get the snacks inside.

Mrs. Carvajal

    Mrs. Carvajal teaches kindergarten and first grade. She has been teaching at Hillwood for four years. A typical day is as follows. First, they do calendar. Second, they do math. Third, they have recess. After that they have snacks. After eating their snacks they have reading and then lunch. They have a story which is followed by phonics and science or social studies. Then they have  recess again with snacks and  writing.  
  “I like seeing when kids learn something new, they get excited and they think that they're smart.” says Mrs. Carvajal. She has a son named Leo. He was born on March 31st, 2015. She says that Leo is a strong willed, inquisitive baby. Mrs. Carvajal is a warm, loving person and an amazing teacher.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Mr Piatkiewicz and the 8th grade class

The 5th through 8th class is taught by the new teacher, Mr.Piatkiewicz. He started teaching at Hillwood in October. Mr.Piatkiewicz recently moved here from England.

On a regular day with him in class, we usually start out with math, at 9:50, we go outside and play games such as knockout and dodgeball. When we come back, we usually do History or Language arts. After that, at 11:30, we eat lunch. When we go to the park, we play many sports, such as dodgeball kickball, and basketball. Sometimes people go up on the hill to go play kendama. When we come back we usually do science, but it depends, some days we don't.

In April he will go to Washington with the class. This is why we are currently learning about American history. Mr.Piatkiewitcz is excited and so are all of us.

Friday, February 19, 2016

The Field Trip To Superbowl City!

On February 5, 2016, the 2-8 graders went to Superbowl City in the Embarcadero. It was on the 50th anniversary of the Superbowl. Since it was the 50th Superbowl, there was a lot of people. The admission was free, but we still had to bring money for lunch. We had lunch across the street in the Ferry Building and ate our lunch on benches outside.

At 10:30, we got on a bus and headed to Superbowl City. When we got off the bus, we started to walk through the Superbowl City. We did a bicycle game, but we were cycling in place. Then we walked around a little bit and then went to lunch. However, we did see this thing called the Puppy Bowl, but I don't know what the purpose was.

Then we went and ate at a burger restaurant [but it didn't serve just burgers].After everyone got their lunch, we sat outside and ate our lunch on the bench. And after that, we went on a bus back to school.

 Superbowl City was in San Francisco, but the actual Superbowl was in Santa Clara. The Superbowl was between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers.However, The Broncos won the Superbowl.

pennies for patients

Pennies for Patients is an event that Hillwood dose every single year but not just HIllwood a lot of other schools do it to. Pennies for Patients is a event to raise money for medicine that are very sick. a cording to the Pennies for Patients website 10 million elementary middle schools and high schools do it to. Students across the country are collecting pennies,nickles,dimes and quarters during the Pennies for Patients campaigns benefiting the Society.

In the Pennies for Patients campaign, the class collecting the most change in each school receives a pizza party. Prizes such as computers,electronics and sports equipment are presented to the top schools in each area. The Pennies for Patients campaign began in the Society's North Carolina Chapter in 1995. Hillwood has a guess speaker to come in and talk to all the classes about the event of raising money.

The teachers give us a box from Pennies for Patients. The box is for money, we put money in the box like pennies,nickles,dimes, and quarters and maybe checks. when all of are little tiny box's are full we dump all the money into are teachers big white box. which ever class raises the most money wins a flag first place wins a gold flag second place wins a silver flag last place wins the Bronze flag. To win first place you have to raise 300 dollars and second place has to raise 200 dollars  and last place raises 100 dollars.


Ms. Kathy Tom teaches 2nd-4th grade. She teaches Science, Math, Grammar, Social Studies, Spelling, Phonics, and additional categories for individual grades. Ms.Tom has been teaching for around 14 years now, and turns everything a kid would find boring into something fun! She focuses on getting her students to their full potential. She has been here more than any other teacher and does not plan to leave anytime soon. Many students adore her and have a hard time leaving and saying goodbye.She takes time with every grade and/or every student if they need help or don’t understand. She takes kids ideas and incorporates them with her work. She is a native to San Francisco and is Chinese-American. When she first started teaching here she worked with K-1st. She is there for every kid sad or happy. Ms.Tom is an amazing teacher and will continue to be forever.


Ms. Caine is the afternoon caretaker. She watches the K-1 and the 2-4 graders from 3:00 to 6:00. After 3:00, both classes have study hall until 4:00. After, students have a choice to go play outside or inside. At 5:00 if the students haven’t been picked up yet, Ms. Caine gives out snack. The students then can go back outside, sometimes playing dodgeball.  

Sometimes, Ms.Caine will play board games with the students. They will play games like monopoly, chess, scrabble, and connect four. They will also play card games like speed. Usually, if it isn't raining, the kids can go outside. They play games like tag, basketball, the color game, and dodgeball.

Ms. Caine came to Hillwood in 2004 when her son, Darien, said that there was an afternoon job open. Ms. Caine’s son graduated seven years ago from Hillwood.  Ever since then, Ms. Caine has been working here at Hillwood. Ms. Caine loves working with the children and loves this school. All in all, Ms.Caine is a great afternoon caretaker.


Ms.Anna is an art teacher.She teaches students many types of arts and how they became or how it was created.Anna also teaches historical events/The background to the art. She encourages kids to keep going and try their best. Ms.Anna is russian and has a daughter, who was a former student at Hillwood, Rubina. Rubina teaches piano and is currently in high-school. Ms.Anna. Ms.Anna does Russian classes and tudors too! Ms.Anna come every Friday and teaches for an hour. She introduces kids to new tools for art like the easel.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Assignments: February 12

Try out Merriam-Webster's fast-moving vocab test here.

If you have a keyboard, start class by warming up your fingers with 10FastFingers. (If you have a
device without a keyboard, skip 10FastFingers or borrow a laptop from someone else.)

Record your score here. Expect to do this every week.

Natasha, please map out the yearbook pages (spread by spread), and create a month-by-month article/author list.

If you have a past or an upcoming story (i.e., the talent show in December), you should work on that yearbook article today; otherwise, you may pick a news story.

If you are in 5th grade and log into Newsela, use the following code: G5TX5W
This week, we will be writing our articles in the "inverted pyramid" format of newspaper writing:

Below are stories to inspire ideas:
  1. How did the world look in....?
  2. Are girls meaner than boys?
  3. Natasha: winners of the New York Times' comics contest
  4. NYT VR: How to Experience a New Form of Storytelling From The Times
  5. Skills and Strategies | Fake News vs. Real News: Determining the Reliability of Sources
  6. Make an editorial cartoon — contest
  7. College bound: Our President's daughter
  8. Water on Mars, The New York Times
  9. Dogs hurting have special place to heal or Kitty-cats on display
  10. What causes a blood moon? (Leo)
  11. Don't Toss That Sour Milk! And Other Tips To Cut Kitchen Food Waste (Mia)
  12. Captain Underpants visits Green Apple
  13. Wacky Birds (Kasama?)
  14.  Testing Neurons With Ultrasound
  15. Students can’t resist multitasking, and it’s impairing their memory. 
  16. Have you been following news this week? Take The New York Times' quiz.
  17. Crash Course: How to videos to help you learn
  18. Science videos for fun 
  19. Can you read emotions? 
  20. What's going on in this picture?
  21. Kids National Graphics 
  22. Time Magazine for kids. Check out the kid reporters.
  23. Kahn Academy
  24. Ta-Nehisi Coates to Write Black Panther Comic for Marvel
  25. Images from Pluto
  26. Indonesia’s ‘Mud Volcano’
  27. Can’t Swallow a Pill? There’s Help for That  
  28. The mementos of Ernest Hemingway 
  29. 6 Tiny Cavers, 15 Odd Skeletons, and 1 Amazing New Species of Ancient Human: The inside story behind a spectacular new hominin find, The Atlantic
  30. Homo Naledi, New Species in Human Lineage, Is Found in South African Cave, The New York Times
  31. Cats of New York, The New Yorker  Cat photography: Smile, The Atlantic 
  32. Is this 8-year-old's newspaper better than ours?, Columbia Journalism Review
  33. Cave Paintings
  34. Zombie Spiders: How a parasitic wasp larva turns an orb weaver spider into a slave that builds a web to host the larva's cocoon.
  35. Coal, Gas, Nuclear, Hydro? How Your State Generates Power
  36. Shaun the Sheep Movie’: Designing the Characters
  37. Editorial cartoons (Natasha?)

New things happening in 2016

Many things have happen or are going to happen in 2016. Things like: the Warriors being 48-4 and the Bay Area is hosting Super Bowl 50! Also in November, the president elections are happening. Another thing that is happening is the El Niño.

Many things have happen to the Warriors team. Stephen Curry got injured when he played against the Houston Rockets. His injury, to his shin, made him miss many games. The Warriors, when Stephen Curry was gone, lost two games. But when Stephen Curry came back, he came back with a bang and the team won the rest of their games up to date. Also, James McAdoo and Festus Ezeli are also injured and will be out for a little bit.

The Bay Area is hosting Super Bowl 50 this year! The game is going to be held in Levi's Stadium between the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers. This will be the first game played in the Bay Area since Super Bowl XIX (19). The game is occurring on Februray 7, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. Eastern time. Bruno Mars, Beyoncé, and Coldplay will be performing for the Halftime Show.

The President elections will be help on November 8, 2016. The Republicans, Democrats, and the Third Party running are Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Jin Gilmore, Mike Huckabee, John Kasich, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Rick Santorum, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Martin O' Malley, Bernie Sanders, Jill Stein, and Gary Johnson. For the Republicans, Donald Trump is in the lead with 53.3% on polls and for the Democrats Hillary Clinton is in the lead with 52.1%.

The El Niño is an irregularly occurring series of climate changes affecting the Pacific region. It usually starts in late December. Since California is in a drought, the El Niño could help a lot. Although the El Niño is a big help to California, it hasn't impacted the state as hard as in the past.