Sunday, June 1, 2014

Who Is That Lurking Around The Corner? Could It Be Mack The Knife?

Waffle Opera presents The Threepenny Opera ( Die Dreigroschenoper) directed by Ted Zoldan. The English translation was by MIchael Feingold. The piece being originally in German was based on Elisabeth Hauptmann's German translation of John Gay's The Beggar's Opera. The music direction was by Ben Malkevitch.

Weill's The Threepenny Opera has a lot of important aspects of human life in it, in addition to wonderful music. Love, hatred, friendship, revenge... Despite being a pretty comedic work, it gets quite serious and deep at some moments. I'm going to refer to it as a music, rather than an opera or "play with musical aspects".

The Waffle Opera presented this musical in a very intimate environment, there being no stage whatsoever and hardly any chairs. The singers stood quite close to the audience and during intermission, when waffles were being passed around, it was possible to socialize with the performers themselves.



Roy Eikleberry (Tiger Brown, Betty) was a very good actor as well as singer. His majestic stage presence vocal abilities worked very well with the other performers on stage. Alexis Lane Jensen (Mrs. Peachum, Jimmy Junior) had a charismatic presence and a good feel of the role. The way she made the audience consider Mrs. Peachum a weak character at the very beginning and then revealed that she was a complete and utter villain at the very end. Charles Martin (J.J. Peachum, Rev. Kimball) was a great speaker, actor, and singer. His interpretation of Peachum was very thought-through and deep. It was of a man who most probably cared about his career more than about his daughter. Katie Nix, (Matt of the Mint) did an excellent job at playing a man while being a woman. That isn't always that easy to do, although it may seem so. Andres Ramirez (Captain Macheath) worked very hard during the whole musical. There wasn't even one moment when he was onstage that I thought that he was resting. Kelly Rubinsohn (Lucy Brown, Walt Dreary) was my favorite comedic character in the musical. Megan Stetson(Jenny Diver, Ed) performed the opening song Ballad of Mac The Knife extremely well, setting up the mood for the rest of the piece. It was intriguing and exciting, everyone in the audience sitting up in their seats. Jenny was a woman who couldn't resist money offered to her for betrayal, and yet felt guilty for betraying. This character was transferred to the audience by Megan Stetson in a very persuasive mood. Although Jenny was a immoral prostitute who betrayed Macheath, the audience still felt sorry for her. Sarah Young(Polly Peachum, Mollie) did a wonderful job at playing the role of the Polly, in love to the ears with Macheath, as well gorgeously singing it.

Overall, I enjoyed it very much. I had never heard this piece performed completely before (with the exception, of course, of the Mac the Knife song. But then, who hasn't heard that before?).

Also, I would commercialize the show, but they're all sold out! And, it was said that there is inappropriate content, but I need to say that the content wasn't that bad. A standard musical staged and performed in a public high school usually has more inappropriate content than this.

Here's a link to Waffle Opera's site!

 



Cast:
Tiger Brown, Betty: Roy Eikleberry
Constable Smith, Sawtooth Bob: Brandon Jaico
Mrs. Peachum, Jimmy Junior: Alexis Lane Jensen
J.J. Peachum, Rev. Kimball: Charles Martin
Matt of the Mint, Dolly: Katie Nix
Captain Macheath: Andres Ramirez
Lucy Brown, Walt Dreary: Kelly Rubinsohn
Jenny Diver, Ed: Megan Stetson
Charles Fitch, Crookfinger Jake: Will Trichon
Polly Peachum, Mollie: Sarah Young
Pianist: Tyler Catlin(5/31, 6/1), Michael Schuler (5/25)

Crew:
Stage Manager: Elayne Juten
Lighting Design: Brian Poedy
Lightboard Operator: Ted Zoldan
Rehearsal Pianists: Tyler Catlin, Andres Ramirez, Michael Schuler, Kelsey Walsh
Fight Choreographer: Sarah Young
Ass't. Fight Choreographers: Katie Nix, Andres Ramirez, Will Trichon
Dance Choreographer: Andres Ramirez, Ted Zoldan
Tango Choreographer: Michael Mohammed
Props and Costumes: Cinnabar Theater, Pocket Opera, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Ted Zoldan, Elayne Juten, Lora Libby, Sarah Young. 

This production was made possible in part by:
Lisa and Gilbert Eldredge.  

Post-Finals Treat

For those students who actually showed up to school on the last day of school, Band Director Brad Hogarth and Orchestra Director Matthew Cmiel performed pieces for trumpet and guitar for the few students who came, Mr. Cmiel on guitar and Mr. Hogarth on trumpet. This was a real treat and a great farewell before the summer.

The pieces performed were:
  •  Osvaldo Golijov, Agonia from La Pasion
  • Maurice Ravel, Piece In The Form Of A Habanera
  • Heitor Villa-Lobos, Aria From Bachianas Brasilieras Number 5
  • Manuel De Falla, Homanaje Tombeau Por La Claude Debussy
  • Astor Piazzolls, Cafe 1930 from The History Of The Tango

Trumpet and guitar are two instruments that are so different that it would seem that performing a piece together they would sound awkward and not fitting. This is, however, a misconception. I myself have been skeptical about trumpet and guitar playing together, but ever since I heard Mr. Cmiel and Mr. Hogarth playing together at one of the instrumental shows at SOTA I understood that they actually sound very beautiful together. The belligerent harshness of the trumpet and sweet, quiet tone of the guitar produce an effect of lush tone. 

The trumpet, being a volatile instrument, is prone to triumphant "shouts" of victory. The guitar, however, is capable of producing such gorgeous melodic phrases that seep through the cries of the victorious trumpet. 

The pieces Mr. Hogarth and Mr. Cmiel performed weren't originally written for trumpet and guitar, but the music was so natural in fluidity that one would have never guessed that those were arrangements. 

My three favorites were Ravel's Piece In The Form Of A Habanera, Falla's Homanaje Tombeau Por La Claude Debussy, and Piazzoll's Cafe 1930 from The History Of The Tango. 

The Ravel attracted me with the Spanish spirit present throughout the whole piece. Homanaje Tombeau Por La Claude Debussy, Mr. Cmiel's solo, had a feel of nostalgia and respect for Debussy. For the Piazzoll piece, I felt like everyone sitting in the audience wanted to just get up and begin dancing the tango. 

I am looking forward for next year's end of the year concert.     

Welcome To Kohl Mansion

John McCarthy, president of the Pacific Musical Society,  presents the 2014 Winner’s Reception and Concert in association with Music at Kohl Mansion.
I did not attend the reception, which took place at 6:00pm, so I will start right away with the recital itself.

The first piece on the program was String Quartet No.1, Part One - Toccata composed by Eric Tran. This piece was performed by the Friction Quartet: Kevin Rogers and Otis Harriel on violinsl; Taija Warbelow on viola; and Doug Machiz on cello. Eric Tran is the first place composition award winner for ages 17-22. The piece was written in a traditional manner, which personally to me was a pleasure to listen to. I was glad to hear the traditional yet contemporary music. The performance of the piece itself was also very bright and expressive. This piece was a perfect opening for the splendid evening about to follow.
Pierce Wang on violin, winner of the First Place Instrumental Award for ages 8-10, performed Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst’s Der Erlkönig. Considering Mr. Wang’s young age, he displayed all of the mixed emotions present in this piece extremely well. The three different characters of the son, the father and the “Erlkönig” were heard distinctly in the performance. Even the galloping of the horse was heard. This piece, being originally written for voice, was much harder to perform on one instrument rather than on two.
Caroline Hsu on piano, First Place James Denver Gary Piano Award winner for ages 8-10 performed Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Sonata in D-Major, K. 576, Allegro and Alexander Tcherepnin’s Bagatelles, Op.5, No. 1,2,3,5,10. All the pieces performed by Ms. Hsu were felt through to the bone. She was extremely expressive and emotionally developed. I particularly enjoyed her performance of the Mozart.

Soprano Nicole Koh, (accompanied by James Meredith), winner of the First Place Vocal Award for ages 16-18, performed Abendempfindung by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Vo’ cercando in queste valli by Emanuale d’Astorga and O, mio babbino caro from Giacomo Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi. Her vocal training added upon a gorgeous voice given to her by nature, produced an effect of great importance on the listener. It was intriguing to listen to and left the audience in a tranquil state of satisfaction.
Pianist Erika Shen, winner of the Dita Pepin Piano Award for ages 11-13, performed Barcarolle in F sharp Major, Op. 60 by Frederic Chopin. I liked this Barcarolle and think that Ms. Shen did a wonderful job at presenting it to the audience in all of its colors.
Bass-baritone Edward Nunoo, (accompanied by James Meredith), winner of the Halim Habiby Vocal Award for ages 16-18, performed Chanson d’amour by Gabriel Faure, Sento nel core by Alessandro Scarlatti, and Go Down, Moses, a traditional spiritual arranged by J. Rosamon Johnson. Mr. Nunoo dedicated the last selection of his program to the world known author and poet Maya Angelou, who had passed away that morning. Mr. Nunoo had found a spiritual connection with all three pieces he performed.

Violinist Albert Yamamoto, winner of M. Allan Neys Instrumental Award for ages 14-17, performed Sonata No.2 in A Minor, BWV 1003 – Fuga by Johann Sebastian Bach. I was quite impressed by his technique and his graceful stage presence.
Pianist Tyler Hayford, winner of the M. Allan Neys Piano Award for ages 14-17, performed Sergei Rachmaninov’s Sonata No.2 in B flat Minor, Op. 36, First Movement in original 1913 version. I enjoyed this selection very much, especially the dynamics and rich color of tone.
Mezzo-soprano Mariya Kaganskaya (accompanied by Alla Gladysheva), winner of the Lofti Mansouri Vocal Award for ages 19-25, performed Va! Laisse couler mes larmes from Jules Massenet’s Werther, Er, der Herrlichste von allen by Robert Schumann, and Crude furie degli orridi abissi from George Frederic Handel’s opera Serse. Ms. Kaganskaya’s rich texture and strong voice very much attracted the audience. This was a great conclusion for this ever so wonderful concert.
An awards ceremony came afterwards, the performers standing on the stage all together and receiving their certificates. Special thanks to Mercy High School for making the Kohl Mansion available for this concert.

Friday, May 30, 2014

S.F. Wacky Race!







In San Francisco Bay area 12,000 people walked 7.49 miles across the city. This started in 1912 as a way to bring residents closer together from the devastating 1906 earthquake, and it is the oldest annual footrace in the world.

Over the years more people have been joining in this annual race. It has become very popular because it is the only competition in the world. A lot of adults dress up in all kinds of costumes: Monkey suits, Bananas, Rubix cubes , and Animal print. On Sunday May 18, 40,000 competitors joined to get the prize of $70,000 USD.

When the race started some of the people tossed corn tortillas as a tradition from Mexico's Lucha Libre wrestling events. A lot of other people sprinkled water around them.


The elite runners made $12,000 for running 7.49 miles, and that includes steep hills. Kenya's, Geoffrey  Kenisi was he first person to cross the finish line, he took 35:04. Even though that was impressive he did not beat Sam Kitware's 2009 record of 33:31, and she also represents Kenya. Diane Nukuri-Johnson from Burundi won the womens title for the second year in a row as the time of 40:19.  Both of the winners received $3,000 USD each. After they were done they walked and entertained the crowd. Then they went to Ocean Beach and had a party.





Mystery spot defies gravity



Have you ever wanted to experience the feeling of outer space? Then go to the mystery spot located in the redwood forests on the outskirts of Santa Cruz. Originally a spot were a summer camp would be located, however accordion to folk   tale when they came and started working,there instruments went haywire. The spot was abandoned. When investigators when to look they reported feeling light-headed and like a force was knocking them off balance. The owners decided to build a barn there so people could experience the phenomenon.

The shack was found in the year 1939. Tall people become short people. People could stand on impossible angles. The people go in the house say that it is like a carnival funhouse. When they  are in the shack and they say they feel sick.Scientists say that it was built like an illusion so that it looks like everything is weird.

BY FINN AND KASAMA

Why "Happy" is a Popular Song

Everyone loves that song, you know, "Happy" by Pharrell Williams. It's a wonderful feel-good song  about simply being happy. But why exactly does everyone love Happy? Neuroscientists and psychologists have found out why the groove and tune makes everyone want to dance.

In certain songs, such as Happy, there are gaps between the beats and that makes us want to fill the gaps with our own movements or sounds. A few years ago, people wanted to figure out which songs make you dance. Usually the songs with too much complexity are not very good for dancing, but the ones with less of that tend to have simple beats that everyone can understand.

Which songs exactly? The 1950's hit "I've Got a Woman" by Ray Charles had a great beat and organization. The piano and vocals syncopated in a complex way so that you couldn't exactly sing along with Ray Charles, and you wanted to have apart in it in another way: by dancing.


Having Fun at International Day!

Today is International Day! Every student is suppose to bring a food from their culture. At 11:30, all the students and parents go outside to eat plenty of food! Each year we celebrate International Day; it is fun to dress up and see the different cultures all around the world.

Kasama T.: "My ethnic groups are Norwegian, Native Americans, African, and European."

Sophia B.: "I am part Indian but I am mostly Pakistani."

Asiana D.: "A big tradition we celebrate is, Chinese New Year! During this celebration, we receive red envelopes and have big feasts with family."

Natasha J.: "I am Chinese, German, Swedish, English, and mostly European. My mother's side of the family is mixed European, while my father is Chinese."




One Day Dog Training Review

One Day Dog Training trains your dog in, have a guess, one day.  Ever since we got Rio, we knew something had to be done with her behavior.  We tried lots of things, such as a class, we tried one other person, and then we tried One Day Dog Training.  One Day Dog Training was the place to go.  When I was at school, my parents and my sister went to him.

One Day Dog Training is at a ranch.  It is called Miles Ranch which is in Corralitos, California.  My parents said it was almost like another Cesar Millan.  They even said it was more like one minute dog training.  Somethings he gives you or you might already have are: a pinch collar, a 6 foot leather leash, Flexi-lead, and a tab or small leash.

One Day Dog Training is owned by a man named Steve Miles and his wife.  They own six dogs together and they have been doing this for several years.  We like to call him Uncle Steve beacuse he has helped us with so much.  We hope to bring Rio to him when we go on several trips.

Written By: Claire P.



Man with no arms is a ping pong champion

Ibrahim Hamadto is a man who has no arms. He lost his arms when he was seven in a train accident.  Ibrahim loves table tennis, so when he was 10 his dad taught him how to play table tennis with his mouth. "In our village, we could only play, at that time, table tennis and soccer, that's why I played both," Ibrahim comes from Kafr Saad, Egypt. 
Starting at age 13, Ibrahim worked hard to get to where he is now.  People are very proud of him and his athletic abilities. Hamadto is married and has three kids. He has won several honor awards.  "Ibrahim is a very nice man with faith and perseverance," said Alaa Meshref, the president of Egyptian Table Tennis. "People without disabilities should learn more from him." 
"I believe that nothing is impossible, as long as you work hard," said Ibrahim "This is the message I would like to send to people."

Beats is being sold to Apple

Apple Inc. has bought Beats by Dr. Dre for 3.2 billion dollars. This is the biggest purchase made by Apple and a smart one. This is a good purchase by Apple because it will help the company get a stronger foot hold in the realm. Most of Apples purchases are small one. One of the previously required companies they bought was Next Computer Inc. They bought it for 400 million dollars. Beats was founded by Jimmy Iovine and Rapper Dr. Dre. The company sells high end head phone that have the ability to block out all sound accept for the song that is playing. After Apple bought
Beats Dr. Dre became the first billion air rapper.    

Monday, May 26, 2014

May 2014 Media Nite!

The show with which I celebrated the final day of finals was the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts Media Department's show! Featuring selections of the Media Department's students' work, and starring students from other disciplines, Media Nite has found its way of penetrating itself into the mind of the watchers. It was almost a full house, people arrived to see/hear themselves and their friends in the works of their fellow cinematographers. There was a lot of screaming, cheering, and ruining one's vocal chords.

Attending Media Nite is very much like attending an actual movie theatre, except the show took place in the Dan Kryston Theatre and most of the movies displayed have never been watched before. Each film had something or other that attracted the attention of the watcher. Of course, some films were better than others, but every single film was worth watching and worth remembering.



Films selected for this year's Media Nite had philosophical themes. They were about love and friendship, life and death, betrayal, diseases, poverty, music, religion, parting, memories... Some films were documentary and some were fiction. Others were recollections of the past. I especially enjoyed the films that were psychological horror films. Hehehe.

Not only were there films, but also animations! There were awesomely combined footages to produce atomic bombs in the background. There was a lot of things that struck me as attractive. I particularly want to mention the soundtrack in one film where the SOTA students who performed the music didn't only record it but also appeared in the shots. I found this very favorable towards the musicians and the audience. The audience basically got a chance to not only hear the beautiful music performed, but also see the performers.

Special thanks to Scott Eberhardt and Salome Milstead! :D





Visual artist Glory Rubio said about Friday evening's Media Nite,

"Media Nite was skillfully edited and shot. The animation amazed me because you could see all the hours the students put into making their film."

An anonymous source from the audience said,

"I guess what I really liked about it was that there was a good amount of movies that were meaningful to the film makers."

Creative writer Clare Sabry said,

"I was impressed by the complexity of some of the movies and I learned a lot about what the media department actually does."

We'll miss the seniors: Sam Stoich, Carlo Barrueto, Sarah Aineb, Sarah Barrog, and Amelia St. Peter.

The first film played, Welcome To Media Nite by Ben Vuwas a wonderful introduction to the glorious evening to follow.

A Day At The Zoo by Ethan Bresnick is a very colorful and romantic movie with a happy ending. It was very uplifting and mood-raising to watch. (I just want to say that my name was in the credits because I was lucky enough to play one of the soundtracks on piano for this film. Unfortunately the shot with my playing did not get through, but out of professional reasons I remained in the credits.)

A Message For The Future by Avidan Novogrodsky-Godt is about AIDS victims. This film, being a documentary, was put together very well and the information, I thought, was very important.

Stay by Gillian Rude is about two girls, one of whom was going away while the other was staying.

Sol Y Luz by Madelynne Hewitt is an animation about love.

Incandescent by Luz Rioja is the psychological horror film I was talking about before. Being about two girls, one of whom gets run over by a car after running after the ball she was playing with, this film focuses on the mental condition of the surviving girl who was left alone. She communicates with her deceased friend by writing in her journal.

The Congregation by Stevie Stern is a "mockumentary" film on a small church that attempts to attract more congregation. The film is documentaryesque but with humor making it very fun to watch.

Atomic Love by Ty Montz is about an atomic bomb going off resulting with the characters in the film breathing through air masks for the rest of the film. It shows that the thoughtlessness of humankind results in an ecological catastrophe for the rest of the world; but as long as we're alive, love shall prosper over all!



The Western Light by Sara Aineb is about three girls who always stuck together no matter what. Knowing most of the actors, it was very fascinating to see how well they acted while not being actual actors.

Happy Birthdays by Maya Hirota is a psychological thriller about the relationship between twins.

Exit Music by Charlie Blecker is a documentary focusing on how music for the general public is dying out.

Midnight's Past by Ben Vu is a thriller with a kind-of drug dealer, or some other type of criminal activity guy.

Party of Three by Carlo Barrueto is a comedy about two friends, one of whom is in love with the sister of the other.

Sweet Dreams by Amelia St. Peter is another animation that I enjoyed very much.

Wave Goodbye by Sarah Barrog is a psychological thriller/horror film about a girl whose friend fell off a cliff into the ocean.

The Fixer by Max Bergensten is a comedy about a man doing everything just to earn some money.

Grabgrass by Shiloh Atkinson and Ethan Bresnick is a very "green" film. Starring Shiloh Atkinson herself, the film had a lot of beautiful shots with nature.

B-Man and the Token by Mimi Pfahler is a film focusing on the theme of ingratitude turning against the person being ungrateful.

Much Ado About Babysitting by Minnie Slocum is a film about a girl whose boyfriend cheated on her and the kid she was babysitting stepped up for her and they became friends. This movie I found very sweet and entertaining.

SHE by Sam Stoich was the last film showed. It was about the beauty of women. My favorite was the soundtrack, which was produced by musicians Raina Christeson, Elizabeth Joones, Madison Eudora Watts, Leah Leiner, Ema Jordan, and Olivia Cosio. Isn't she lovely?


Written by: Rubina Mazurka

Friday, May 23, 2014

Vegitarian Crocs

In Zimbabwe crocodiles can be vegetarian and be healthy. Because of eating the veggies the skin of the crocodile skin becomes more thin and they are not wanted to be poached because of this. it also makes them sleepier so. It is easier for the the people to approach them 

New California Smart Meter Helps Conserve Water!

A new device called the smart meter allows the water consumer see how much water they have used.
many people waste water by letting it run so it can be warm really warm therefore they waste a lot of water. Other people waste water by letting it run while they scrub their teeth. This new smart meter allows people to see how much water they used in one day so they can find was to help conserve water.

Thanks to this device people can go on the website to see how much money they have to pay and pay itno more waiting for the monthly water bill.

Horseshoe crabs are disappearing and scientists don't know why!

The horseshoe crab is actually not related to the crab. It related to the spider. It is the oldest unchanged species on Earth. It is older than the continents! For most of the crabs history, it was thought to be junk from the sea. People sometimes thought that they were bounties. Then in 1956 a scientist discovered an amazing property in the crabs blood. Every spring horseshoe crabs make their way from Florida to New Jersey. Thousands come every spring and lay millions of eggs. In the 1990s their numbers kept falling. Scientists didn't know why. As more things are connected to another, the fewer the crabs the fewer the eggs.
The scientists got together to try to understand the habits of the crab and calculate the numbers. These scientists put together a little spring survey asking people how many times they saw the horseshoe crab. People saw it about 2,800. That is enough to be able to locate the crabs. But not enough to tell the scientists hoe many there are.
“It’s a really cool creature,” said Tiffany Black, a state biologist at the Sen. “It helps people. But it’s one of these things that’s maligned and overlooked, and the more information the better.”

A discovery of the biggest known dinosaur yet

A team of paleontologist recentally discovered the largest known dinosaur yet. The paleontologists found the large fossil in South America. The scientists estimated the weight and they think the dinosaur weighed around 77 tons. The species of dinosaur it falls under is a Titoniasur. The huge dinosaur was 65 feet tall. It was 130 feet long. They found the leg of the dinosaur. This dinosaur was a plant eater and it had 60 teeth. They found it on May 19th 2014. The plant eater roamed the land 75 million years ago. They don't know what they are going to name it.  


You could find more about this on Dogo News.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014


Here is my yearbook story #1! Any advice appreciated.


(Should this not be in 1st person narrative?)


Computer class, taught by Mrs. Moorhead and Graham (correct if wish to be addressed differently), is a great combination of science, math, art, and literature(?). We get to post our very own news stories, research, or events. I always find myself learning something new every Friday. For example, a few months ago, we researched the success of the Little Free Library. The next week, Mrs. Moorhead surprised us with the opportunity to build our very own! (Insert picture)


I am able write posts on a variety of topics everywhere from sailing to photography to animals, and have discovered many new interests. You can visit the Hillwood Herald, our school blog, and find every post unique yet fascinating, and find posts on anything and everything. 


Each Friday, everyone competes in typing games for the best WPM or testing out new game demos. There is always an online contest we are encouraged to participate in, such as designing the next Google homepage or showing how we are taught through video.


Computer class is always anticipated since each session is a pleasant surprise. One week, we may create stop-motion animation films and the next we may research science. One of my personal favorites was when Graham filmed a documentary on Hillwood and students had the opportunity to operate equipment, get interviewed, and help edit. (Better closing sentence?)

My second story for the yearbook



(Organization?)



Field Day has been a recent tradition at Hillwood. For the first time, Field Day was entirely organized by the upper graders. It benefitted the charity "Free the Children," a nonprofit program to end hunger, provide medical help, and eliminate child labor in certain countries. Since September, we had been avidly discussing, planning, and building for Field Day. Students were encouraged to suggest anything and everything; that no idea would be too outrageous. The selection of ideas was beyond brilliant, though we still had the fun/hard part ahead: designing and building. In honor of Kenya, the country which we donated all proceeds to, the theme for Field Day was "Safari in San Francisco." 


On April 11, 2014, the streets were lined with about two dozen original posters. Visitors entered Alta Plaza Park, in which they were greeted by cardboard giraffes and hippopotami. The trees were entwined with colorful streamers and balloons. Guests were kindly encouraged to donate in turn for tickets, which allowed them to purchase baked goods, play games, or buy thematic artwork. Entertainment included everything from a spectacular magic show to freeze dance to custom balloon creations. Food, games, art, and prizes found at the event were all handmade by the students over the course of several months. 


The reward for hosting a fundraiser was earning tickets to We Day, an amazing concert where all guests contributed time and donations to Free the Children.


While getting ready for Field Day, our class had a blue moon (correct usage?) experience: we were broadcasted on the news. At 9:15 on (insert day), an interviewer and camera crew came to Hillwood and questioned us on every detail of the upcoming event. A handful of students were interviewed on their opinions and speculations of the event. After nearly forty five minutes of filming, we earned ourselves a good two minutes on KTVU.


Field Day was a success; we raised about $200 (?) and everyone had a wonderful experience!

I don't know if this is good enough to make the yearbook, but if so, please feel free to shorten it. Yearbook #3

Recently, I upgraded one of the Hillwood PCs to Linux Peppermint. Over the past year, I had been learning how to use Linux, a grouping of dozens of unix-based open source operating systems. I started with Puppy Linux, a difficult lightweight OS in which the user is required to know bash commands. After installing it on the school PC, I noticed the machine was still gathering dust. The whole plan of installing Linux was supposed to increase the computer's use and make it more interesting to use, but the result couldn't have been further. After trying a handful of other Linux distributions at home, I realized that Puppy wasn't easy at all! None of us had ever used Linux before, let alone heard of it. I found the ideal OS, Linux Peppermint, which was very user-friendly. Everyone was finally able to enjoy the PC more than ever before.

Ms. Tom

Ms. Tom is the 2-4 grade teacher.  Ms. Tom likes to play games with her students that include math.  Some of the subjects she teaches are grammar, math, science, and social studies.  Ms. Tom has been working at Hillwood for 11 years.  Ms. Tom didn't always work for the 2-4 graders.  She worked for the first graders and the kindergarteners seven years ago.

Ms. Tom's class likes to play lots of games.  At recess they like to play dodgeball, four square, and tag.  Many different types of tag too.  After they have a recess, Ms. Tom reads a story to her class.  Some of the other stories she has read includes Percy Jackson, Mr. Gum, and lots of others.  Some of her students enjoy doing science.