Friday, December 2, 2016

Hillwood Christmas talent show

The Hillwood Christmas talent show is fun. Everyone comes in on Friday dressed in nice clothes for the last day of skewl before winter break. In the morning I honestly don't know what anyone does. At eleven o clock secret Santa starts. Everyone gathers down stairs in the middle room. Secret Santa last for about an hour. After Secret Santa is done everyone goes back to there own classroom and stay there until the talent show begins. 

The talent show starts around one o clock. Each classroom has their own performance with there music teacher or their french teacher. Also other kids do there own performance too. At three o clock the talent show ends. A

Black Friday

Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving, which always falls on Thursday. Black Friday is the day for deals and to get on with your holiday shopping. The United States of America is one of the only countries that have Black Friday. Other countries in the world that have Black Friday is Canada, the United Kingdom, and some other parts in the world. 

Some of the stores that have had sales is Target and Walmart. Other stores has been places like Forever 21 and H&M are usually located in malls. Products are usually more than 20% off. Stores start to open at 6 a.m  or they start to open a few hours later. However, in the past decade, it has started to creep up to 4 or 5 a.m. Some stores even started opening at midnight. 

Over the years, Black Friday has gotten a lot more violent. Starting in 2006, there have been seven reported deaths because people tackle each other to get to the items that they want. There have also been 98 reported injuries. People will camp out in front of some stores in order to be the first person to get inside of the stores.

The history behind Black Friday is that it started in 1952. In the late 19th and 20th century, many parades like the Thanksgiving and Santa parades have been sponsored by department stores. Then, a rule was made that no store would try to do advertising before the parade was over. Therefore, this was one of the reasons why Black Friday was made.

Written by Maddie and Grace

Friday, November 18, 2016

ThanksGiving Food

Hello! Today I will be writing about what people eat all around the world for Thanksgiving! From what I know, they ate turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and veggies! They were very healthy back then, but then the fat Americans came and ruined it. Anyway, I am not writing about fat Americans, I am writing about Thanksgiving food.

A popular dessert is pumpkin pie with lots of whipped cream if you have a sweet tooth. My family usually has feast of turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing for the turkey, green beans, and lots of other festive foods. For dessert my family has a tradition of having pumpkin pie with ice cream and or with whipped cream, but not everyone does my family's dinner. 

 Other families have corn bread and fancy foods like roasted sweet potato casserole with praline. Some people also eat caramelized butternut squash! Now that's fancy. Lots of people eat a small amount of food like just turkey and stiffing and maybe some veggies. Most invite family over and celebrate with a with feast for dinner. For those who don't care about Thanksgiving and go right to Christmas would probably have a small dinner and dessert.

That looks sooooooooo good, right! Well, Thanksgiving is coming around, so don't worry; you will get it soon! Again feel free to insult Finn in the comments! BYE YAL FRIENDS!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanksgiving day to Native Americans

Thanksgiving day to Native Americans probably is not the happiest day for them because once the Europeans arrived they killed 10 to 30 million Native Americans. I'm not really sure what the real story is, because there are different stories all over the web.

Thanksgiving is normally celebrated as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and the preceding year. It's a national holiday in Canada and the United States but also sometimes celebrated in different countries.

Thursday, November 10, 2016


Hello everyone! Today I am going to write about some of the cutest dogs in the world...corgis!!!
They are also known as dwarf dogs. If you have not heard of a corgi, it's a small dog that usually has a ginger back and a white belly. In my opinion, the dogs are very cute. After I tell you a little bit about the breed, let's see what you think about them!

First off, I am going going to tell you about their history. Corgis are mainly herding dogs and nip at the heels of cows to avoid getting stepped on. Their ancestors, Pembroke Welsh Corgis and the Cardigan Welsh Corgis, were brought to America by the Norse settlers. The Pembroke Corgi is the common breed of the type.

Pembroke Corgis are more likely to have more eye problems than Cardigan Corgis. Welsh Corgis are a very high classed dog especially because of Queen Elizabeth II. She owns more than 30 dogs and all are a breed of Cardigan Corgis or Dachshund crossbreeds! She must love dogs!

In conclusion, I think the dog is so adorable! It's sad that you cant cross breed them or they will have health issues! Anyway, feel free to insult Finn in the comments! BYE YAL!

Why people need to stop whining (Warning: strong language)

November 10, 2016

"He's not our president!" If you live in a major city you've probably heard these chants and you've probably see the mess caused by protesters of Donald Trump. This needs to stop, now. I cannot go to sleep in my own city! I am woken up constantly by the alarms and chants and the explosions of these violent protesters.

These protesters have spread to are most basic form of civility: education. Kids are missing school because they're having the so called 'walk outs.' Just today, as I write this article, people from Urban, Sacred Heart, and SoTA are all disrupting their classes to walk out and sit down, usually in front of school steps. They scream, chant, cry, destroy all the things that adults' tax money have payed for. Not only that, but on social media, they attack the Republican party and call its supporters racist, sexist, homophobic, and islamophobic. Laci Green, a popular internet feminist and strong Hillary supporter, tweeted (warning: strong language) This after the election. Ironically, she tweeted This the next day. This shows the incompetence of the left, and there un-willingness to accept the will of the American people. Bashing white people is the textbook definition of racist, saying today's men are to blame for the suffrage of women throughout history is the textbook definition of sexism.

Donald Trump, despite what you might have heard from whining liberals and the left, is not racist or sexist and DEFINETLY does not hate LGBT couples or people. In a rally in Colorado, Donald Trump held an LGBT flag that had "LGBTs for Trump" On it. Donald does not agree with abortion, but just because you agree with it, does not mean he 'hates women'. He is also married to an IMMIGRANT, his wife Milania, who came here legally. He respects immigrants who come here legally, but the main source of illegal immigration is Mexico, which is why he talks about it a lot. Anyway, the point is that rioting isn't going to change anything. Thank you for reading.

High Schools All Over the Bay Area are Protesting Against Trump

After Trump's victory, high schoolers all over the country are scheduling walkouts to protest him. In the Bay Area, many schools are doing walkouts right now.

Mission High, SoTA, George Washingon High School, Galileo, Waldorf High School, and Gateway are currently protesting at the San Francisco Civic Center. Thousands of students are gathered around holding signs and chanting,"The people united will never be divided," "Si, se puede," Spanish for "Yes, we can," and profanities about Trump.

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Yesterday, other high schools gathered in protest, such as Urban High School, OSA, Northgate High School, Berkeley High School, Bishop O'Dowd High School, and Oakland Technical High School.

Last night, protesters were put in danger in Oakland. Police threw tear gas at angry participants, and people proceeded to throw Molotov cocktails. The protest was originally peaceful, but it eventually became violent and dangerous. Objects were set on fire and windows were broken. Thirty people were arrested and eleven citations were written for unlawful assembly, possession of a firearm, vandalism, assault of an officer, and failure to disperse.

To every school grouped with anger against Donald Trump, stay safe and stand up.

Maltese dogs

 Maltese are my personal favorite type of dog. They are also known by their scientific name, Canis familiaris Maelitacus. They originate from the Central Mediterranean island, Malta. They come from the Toy Breed. Their life span averages from 12-15 years and has an average litter of 1-3 puppies.

In my opinion, Maltese dogs are one of the cutest dogs I have ever seen.  They have a great personality and are a great size! They only need minimal grooming and very little exercise. They go great with plenty of breeds, especially with their own. They have great tolerance if you dress them up and should not bark that much if you train them the right way. 

Overall they are great pets if you are looking for a small friendly dog!

Donald Trump leads America

Donald Trump of the Republican Party has now become the 45th president of the United States of America. He was elected as the new president for America on Tuesday, November 8th of 2016. Trump had won with 279 electoral votes and beat his competitor for the Democratic Party against Hillary Clinton, who only had 228 electoral votes at the end of the race. This was very disappointing for many of Hillary Clinton's followers because they really wanted her to win the election.

The day after the election, Berkeley High School had a protest. They all walked out of school and stood in front of the school and protested. They were all holding signs and flags including the Mexican flag in protest. Also in Los Angeles, more than 1,000 young students were protesting outside of Los Angeles's city hall. In Los Angeles, a burning fake Trump head blocked Spring and First street for hours.

My opinion is that this is scary that there are so many protesters that are mad and sad because Donald Trump got elected and burning buildings and roads. I hope that this will get resolved quickly so nobody or nothing else is destroyed.

By Maddie and Grace

Friday, November 4, 2016

The art of procrastination


Samoyed Dogs

Hello everyone! Today I want to write about the cutest dog in the world...a Samoyed dog. For those that haven't heard of a Samoyed dog here is a little about them. First off the dog is a usually white but sometimes black dog that gets its name from Samoyedic people of Siberia.

This breed of dog has its own nickname. There nickname is Sammy and this breed of dogs origin is Northwest Russia and Western Siberia. The average height of a male Samoyed is 51-56 cm and for a females average height is 46-51 cm. Samoyeds eyes are usually black or brown and has a almond shape. 

Samoyeds ears are usually fluffy white(or black) with a triangular shape. The Samoyeds tail is the biggest and most finest feature of this breed. The tail is like an Alaskan Malamute so it's curled over its back. However unlike the Malamute the dogs tail is touching it's back. The tail is usually on one side with a loose curl for the shape. Samoyeds when they sleep in the winter or any cold nights they put
 there tails over there noses to  add additional warmth.
Samoyeds have dense double layered coats. The top coat  has long, coarse and straight gaurds hairs that contains a few silver hairs. The topcoat keeps the second coat clean and free from debris. The bottom layer of fur contains dense, short, and warm hairs that keeps the dog very warm in the winter. 

See how cute they are!!!!!!!the little puppies!Anyway in conclusion I think Samoyed dogs are the most cute dogs in the world!and everyone should love them from there almond shaped eyes to their flawless coat and tail.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Ps4 Booth

Written by Finn, Jo, Grace, and Kasama

Last Friday, the upper grade class took a field trip to Marina Green. When we got to the PS4 booth we had to register.  Everyone would enter their names and zip codes and email. After the person would register, they would get a wristband which allowed them to get in and out and also get 20 percent off the games. With registering, you could also get a chance to win a playstation 4 but only for people 13 years and older.

The PS4 booth had many exciting games such as Madden, 2K 17, Fifa 17, Mortal Kombat X, Street Fighter, Uncharted 4,  Littlebig Planet, and Lego Marvel’s Avengers. Also if you beat 10 people in Street Fighter you could win a free t-shirt. All of these new PS4 games are available for PS4 in stores for about $60.

In the corner, unbeknownst to most, the ps4 crew were setting up a virtual reality experience. Jo and I (Finn) quickly rushed there to get in a nonexistent line. There was one man ahead of us and when we saw what he was doing it got us riled up. We saw how that he was playing a VR game, 'Rush of Blood' was a horror carnival game with blood and guts, this made me and Jo shout which, in turn, made more people notice and line up. So Jo and I were very lucky because once people noticed, the line grew bigger and bigger and bigger, and we did not have to wait as we were first. After Jo and I did, it another Hillwood student decided to try it out (Layla). She got five minutes into it and was so scared she had to quit.

Finn and I (Jo) played a game called Rush of Blood where you are on a horror rollercoaster ride. You see pigs that are split apart and you can see their insides moving. There are chainsaws all around almost killing you. There are nude dolls recording you while you ride. Some parts you go fast. For  the final parts you go through a hall that goes in and out. There’s a part where a scary monster opens the hallway roof and opens his mouth. Then you go to a part where clowns try to kill you with knives.
All in all, this was one of the more exciting days of Hillwood.

History of Fleet Week

In 1935, San Diego hosted the first Fleet Week. Fleet Week was made to expand the US Navy, begun by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. An aircraft company was moving to San Diego, which then started Fleet Week.

At 11 a.m. On May 29, 1935, a color guard on the U.S. Marine Corps led a parade across Cabrillo Bridge where the U.S. flag was raised. At 8 p.m., Roosevelt said, "The decision of the people of San Diego thus to dedicate the California Pacific International Exposition is, I believe, worthy of the courage and confidence with which our people now look to the future. No one can deny that we have passed through troubled years. No one can fail to feel the inspiration of your high purpose. I wish you great success." 

In June 1935 during Fleet Week, 114 warships and 400 military planes came with US Navy Admiral Joseph M. Reeves, who is also the Commander-in-Chief  of the US Fleet Week. This Fleet Week included forty eight battleships, cruisers, and aircraft carriers. More than 3,000 commissioned officers and 55,000 enlisted men were there. The people of San Diego were allowed to be guests in those ships. 

It was common for U.S. Navy ships to dock in San Francisco. One of more of the shops were "visit ships" for tourists to board and the local community took in sailors for home visits. The name Fleet Week was applied to a more publicized visit in 1981. The celebrations were always on the second week of October.

-Sophia and Nicole

Army Suits

Last Friday, the fifth-eighth graders went to Fleet Week. When we first got there, we saw stands that showed gear that is used in the military. Some of the gear included suits that the military uses for certain rescue missions. That is what I'm going to write about.

One of the outfits that they showed us was a snow suit. It had a heavy jacket and goggles. The jacket also had a part that covers the mouth. They told us that this suit was used to rescue people who got stuck hiking or got stuck in an avalanche.

Another outfit was a scuba suit. They said that it was mainly used to save people from a boat that was sinking or already sank. They also had a boat that they used with it. They said that they would pack it into the helicopter that they used. They would put a parachute on the boat and throw it out of the helicopter and it would land perfectly on the water.

They also had a car that they would throw out of a helicopter if somebody was stuck in the mountains. We were all really surprised that they could throw a car out of a helicopter and it would land on the ground, undamaged. They also had a suit they used with the car. It was a camouflage suit with a helmet and a gas mask.

I thought that it was really cool learning about all of this. My favorite part of it was hearing about the car that they throw out of the helicopter.

Playstation at Fleet Week

Playstation is a type of computer gaming system with a bunch of unlimited games to play on. The owner of Playstation is Sony Interactive. The company was founded on December 3rd of 1994, which was 22 years ago. Our class took a trip down to the Marina Green last Friday and played in the Playstaion truck. It was a really exiting and fun experience to play on the Playstation.

When registering, people would have to list information in order to play on the Playstations. After registering for the Playstation, people would get a wristband that would let them get 20% off the games and allow people to get in and out of the truck. Also, when registering, players would get a chance to win a Playstation4 console. 

The experience where we played on the Playstation was really fun. There were games like Mortal Combat, NBA2k17, FIFA World Cup, etc. I played Mortal Combat and NBA2k17 and I kept losing. But that is okay and it was still pretty fun. I am glad that we did it.


Pusheen is an animated character that was created by Claire Belton and Andrew Duff. She was a character inspired by Andrews childhood gray fat tabby cat. Pusheen was first created on the daily Everyday Cute.  Everyday Cute was a comic that revolved around Pusheen and his family.

Pusheen is currently 12 years old, being launched in 2004, Pusheen became very popular in 2010. As she became more and more popular, Andrew made more friends for her such as; Stormy, Duncan, Chika, etc. Pusheen became so popular he became a global superstar and websites and merchandise dedicated to him.

In conclusion Pusheen is the cutest cat in the world and everyone should love him.

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By; Layla and Madison

Food in Space

Outside of Earth's atmosphere, astronauts have to learn new ways to eat. They don't have the resources in a spaceship that we have on our planet, so they make do with freeze-dried fruits and vegetables, dehydrated meals, and liquidized salt and pepper.

Before much technology was developed for meals in space, astronauts ate food from a tube filled with puréed fruits and vegetables. This way of eating was not considered very appetizing, and many astronauts did not enjoy squeezing their food directly into their mouths. They could also eat freeze-dried powders and bite-sized cubes that were equally uninviting.

As more and more people went into space, the culinary advantages expanded into more edible meals. Nutrition was taken more seriously in space as well. During the Gemini missions in 1965-1966, astronauts ate foods including shrimp cocktail, applesauce, chicken and vegetables, butterscotch pudding, and toast squares. Rehydration methods were simplified, making it easier to bring more food onto spaceships.

For the Skylab space station, eating became more domestic with new dining tables and trays that could warm their food while they ate. There were brand new freezers on the spaceships as well, allowing even more variety for enjoyable foods. Butter cookies, ice cream, fresh bread, and processed meat products were among some of the new menu choices.

Although there was more variation for consumption, astronauts still believed that it wasn't very satisfying. This was because the atmosphere (or lack thereof) in space changes how your tastebuds perceive food. Smelling and tasting is dulled in outer space due to congestion from weightlessness.

Today, meals can be enjoyed at any temperature, and astronauts can even request meals from home like beef jerky, spaghetti, and fruit salad and could be easily brought into space. Through dehydration processes and freeze drying the food, al different types of sustenance can be eaten outside of our planet's atmosphere.

All of the astronauts' meals are planned eight to nine months ahead of time. There are mathematic equations that help scientists to get the travelers the calories they need, like the basal energy expenditure formula that varies based on the astronaut's weight, age, gender, and height. This helps minimize the amount of necessary food for the trip, while also making sure they have enough.

When packaging food for space trips, scientists must use special tools in order to dehydrate food for preservation. Things like drinks and other liquidized foods will be turned into a rehydratable powder or mix so that it doesn't spoil before consumption. Here is a document explaining the exact formulas for executing this procedure.

Some astronauts are figuring out new ways to cook food in space so that there's plenty of delicious variety when they're away from home. Sandy Magnus worked hard to make space food more interesting, flavorful, and nutritious. Here is her complete diary of her food adventures.

While our current technology for outer-space nourishment are advanced, there is always room for improvement. The process will continue to adapt accordingly, and so will the national space station. All information about space habits are available on NASA's website, chock-full of articles and explanations, and even some simple ones for little ones.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Carseat safety

 Cybex, Britax, Diono, Maxi Cosi, Nuna, Clek, Chicco, and Uppababy are the leading brands in carseat safety. Many people turn children forward facing as soon as they turn two. This is very bad. Just because you can doesn't mean you should. Little kids necks are very fragile and it is up to five time safer to face the rear than forward facing.

  Another problem is that people take there kids out of carseats in favor of boosters. A full harness keeps children in the ideal position even when asleep. There is a reason that racing cars are equipped with five point harnesses. Because it's safer!

  Clek seats are designed by the best car companies in the world. They take the technology that makes cars safe, shrink it, and put it in the carseats.

  The new Cybex Cloud Q infant seat has a full recline when you take it out of the car so your baby can sleep at a pediatrician recommend angle. It also features Linear Side Impact Protection.

  Britax is, well, put it simply, one of the best brands on the market. It's patented honeycomb-shaped impact absorber is revolutionary.  

   Just because your child is tall, or heavy, or in 4th grade, doesn't mean you can't find the right seat for your child. Diono makes good ones for older kids.

  All in all, I think safety is number one for all parents, but most people don't realize that you can, and should, keep your kids in carseats for as long as possible.

Fairy tale food

I like food because it keeps me alive. Other people like food because it keeps them alive. Food is something everyone needs like water. There are lots of types of foods like Japanese, Chinese, Indian, Etc.My favorite kind is microwaveable Mac and cheese. Today I am going to write about what princesses, wizards, elves, etc ate in fairy tales.

According to a lot of fairy tales ate breakfast foods such as bread, porridge, fruit, pecans and more fruit. In fairytale they can make them eat whatever they want, but the food is usually a magical or a regular food. In all the fairy tales I have watched there are usually magical food.

Sweets are also very popular in fairy tales like in Hansel and Gretel They find a house made of candy and in the ginger bread man there is a world made out of candy. In the fairy tales there is always a evil god mother or evil person trying to put a princess to sleep,like in sleeping beauty the evil person gave the princess a poison apple. 

In conclusion I think the most common foods for fairy tales are sweets. I think they did sweets because every child likes candy and sweets.


Something To Say About Food

All people love eating food, it's one of the things that keeps us alive. One of my favorite things to eat is a burger from In N Out. Whenever I go on a road trip, I like to stop and get a burger, shake, and fries. Some things I don't like to eat include mushrooms, zucchini, and squash.

I like to snack in between meals, so do many people I know. I get hungry easily, so I eat something small before lunch or dinner. I eat small things like crackers, fruit, or chips. Having a snack can prevent people from overeating at lunch or dinner. Snacking can also help keep your energy up in the middle of the day.

Overall, food is just one of the best things. Everyone has their own comfort foods they love to eat. Mine is mocha chip ice cream, it's really good and it just satisfies my hunger.