Thursday, July 29, 2010

The Hillwood Uniform

Still making your back-to-school purchases? Don't forget the uniform!

Dennis Uniform — both online and at located in San Francisco — sells all the essentials of the Hillwood uniform. You can download a handy check list from the Dennis website.

Although the girls have an option of either a plaid "skort" or a skirt, they may also where navy capri pants. The latter may be — on occasion — found at regular department stores.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Kid's Newspaper Hits It Big in Paris

Ten-year-olds in Paris are subscribing to one of the most popular daily newspapers in France. The paper, Mon Quotidien, or My Daily, invites several of its readers twice weekly to help edit the paper, except for the front page, choosing stories that will be featured in its seven other pages. Read more about the paper and the kids who work on it in The New York Times.

Monday, July 26, 2010

How to Bake a Rainbow Cake

This cake was filmed and made at home by Kaitlin. She started blogging about food on her blog,, when she was 15-years-old. Three or so years later, she is still writing about food and highlighting her favorite recipes. She also takes food photography seriously and uses a Canon Digital Rebel XTI, natural light, and stop-animation techniques to create inspiring photos.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Upcoming: Shakespeare in the Park

Two Gentlemen of Verona
at San Francisco's Presidio
— Main Parade Ground Lawn
(between Graham St. and Keyes Ave., near the Officers' Club)

The 28th season of Free Shakespeare in the Park presents the rollicking comedy Two Gentlemen ofvr-2Gtitle-160Verona.
  • Saturday, Sept 4 at 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, Sept 5 at 2:30 pm
  • Monday, Sept 6 at 2:30 pm
  • Saturday, Sept 11 at 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, Sept 12* at 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, Sept 18 at 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, Sept 19 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, Sept 25 at 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, Sept 26 7:30 pm
*San Francisco pre-show Family Day activities for kids of all ages start at 1:00 p.m.

How Did the Caterpillar Cross the Road?

Have you ever thought about how a caterpillar moves? A science student Tufts University is study asking that question. For him and others, it may help answer bigger questions about movement and robotics.

As NPR explains, one type of caterpillar thrusts its gut with movement forward. That means, the caterpillar "leads with its gut." According to the research student, this movement is "an entirely new mode of animal locomotion. He hopes this might lead to big discoveries in the worlds of robotics and medicine.

You can both listen to a radio broadcast on the caterpillar movement or watch a video at NPR's website.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Cloths of Heaven, by William Butler Yeats

What are you dreams? This summer, several poetry festivals have highlighted the work of W. B. Yeats, an Irishman who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1923. Below is from "Cloths of Heaven," one of his more famous poems. It is a nice reminder of why we should be respectful of people's dreams.

If you'd like to read more of Yeats's poetry, check out Google Books. You can read volume after volume of his poetry there.

Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Read this summer - and get rewarded!

Hey everyone! I recently was looking at Green Apple Bookstore's website and guess what - they're offering a reward for kids who read twenty books this summer!

Their blog ( have more info.

Start reading, get rewarded, and have fun!

Manga/Anime Rampage

As you know, fellow Hillwood graduate/Herald member is a manga/anime addict. And guess what - she rubbed it on me. Brigette, also my my best friend, kept influencing me with her manga collection and I started wanting to read more and more! Although I'm a fanatic of several manga books, I'm not as knowledgable about this as Brigette. (Refer to this page for a full Manga/Anime explanation:

Just wanted to update for those who are reading. I am currently .........
*re-reading Fruits Basket (aka Furuba)
*reading Marmalade Boy (current favorite!!)
*reading Kaichou wa Maid-Sama (the main female character reminds me of Brigette)
*planning to read The Devil Does Exist (I watched the Taiwanese Drama re-make of the manga)
*planning to read Itazura na Kiss (aka It Started With A Kiss and also, I watched the Taiwanese Drama re-make of the manga)

*planning to finish Hana Yori Dango
*Planning to read Sailor Moon
*Reading MARS (In Chinese >> I couldn't find the English version at the library)

And what with the recent Eclipse movie, I've decided to re-read Stephenie Meyer's books as well! I just finished reading The Second Short Life of Bree Tanner which is about a new-born vampire that exists in Victoria's army against the Cullens. The book explains how exactly the war was prepared. People who liked the Twilight Saga should read this book too.

I am currently .......

*reading Pictures of Hollis Woods (for Summer Reading at my high school)
*reading the Vampire Diaries Series
*planning to re-read New Moon
*planning to re-read Eclipse
*planning to re-read Breaking Dawn

Maybe I can buy some of these books at Green Apple Bookstore on Clement Street......

All of the manga books I mentioned above are Shoujo type, meaning they're more aimed at for teenage girls to read. If you want other types of manga books, please result to either fellow Herald members, Brigette or Darien!
Images, from top to bottom: Marmalade Boy, Vol. 1; Fruits Basket, Vol. 6 w/ Momiji on the cover; Maid-Sama, Vol. 2

Friday, July 16, 2010

Craft Classes at Various SF Public Libraries

Looking for something to do to clear up some time during summer? Well, you can do so at various San Francisco Public Library! There are Children art classes, Teen craft classes, and Adult craft classes. The libraries provide all materials needed - another plus! Also, those classes are free. They are funded by donations to the San Francisco Public Library. Visit here for more times and classes :

Have fun!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Recycle your clothes for money!

Have clothes that you either....

A) Never wear
B) Outgrown but still in good condition
C) Styles that have come back?

Well then, you can sell those clothes to either Buffalo Exchange or Crossroads Trading Co.! Just bring in your clothes whenever they are selling, let them take a look at your clothes, and they will either offer you store credit or a check/cash. Visit here for more info: and

Same with books. Some bookstores you can seel your books to include Green Apple Books, Dog Eared Books, and Russian Hill Bookstore. Visit here for more info: and and

Have fun getting rid of stuff and getting money!

Picture made from Paint

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

What Famous Author Do You Write Like?

The web-based "I Write Like" game compares your writing to famous authors. Find out who you — supposedly — write like. Created by Coding Robots and the journal-writing software Memoires, the program measures your prose against famous writers through a set of algorithms.

You just cut and paste a sample piece of text to play the game. According to the program, The Hillwood Herald staff writes like — oh, horror — Stephen King and local magazine The Believer, which is associated with 826 Valencia, a writing center for kids and a pirate store.

Who do you write like? Share your reactions in the comments section.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Movie Review: Toy Story 3

Toy Story 3 movie posters have been everywhere in San Francisco! On buses, bus stops, and downtown. But what is really behind the third sequence of Toy Story?

Toy Story 3 is definitely a big change from the first two movies. The gang is all back but, Andy has grown up to be a tough 17 year old who is going off to college. What does he need a bunch of toys for? Toys Buzz, Woody, Jessie, Bullseye, Slink the Dog, and Mr & Mrs Potatohead join us for an adventure in their world to get Andy back! New characters include Barbie & Ken, Lotso (who smells like strawberries!), and the Baby are along to join the fun. But are they all really on the "good" side? Watch to find out!

Ratings from me - 1 for being not an issue, 5 for being a very big one

Violence: 3 The movie may scare some children under the age of seven. There is a scary scene at the end of the movie that leads everyone to think that the toys may die. Some toys in the movie are also very nasty to each other. Kids in the Caterpillar room often destroy toys quickly.

Consumerism: 1 Shows a Barbie & Ken doll house with a lot of different outfits.

Drugs: 1 During the movie, the new toys play a little gambling and drinks some "whisky."

More movie reviews to come: The Karate Kid, Despicable Me, Eclipse, Beastly, Ramona and Beezus, Letters to Juliet, Marmaduke.

Ten Dimensions - and How They Work

Many don't know that the dimensions exist beyond the third. To learn about the other dimensions, check out this youtube video. It will be especially compelling if you're interested in physics, parallel dimensions, or anything else of the like.

by Brigette W.

Fifty Years On: To Kill a Mockingbird

The author Harper Lee wrote To Kill a Mockingbird fifty years ago, and the book -- now a classic -- was published on July 11, 1960. The book, still read by Hillwood upper-graders, became a bestseller and won a Pulitzer Prize in 1962.

On NPR, you can read more about the book's history. You can also read excerpts from the novel, as well as watch movie clips from the 1962 Academy Award-winning film based on the book.

Do you have a story about or a review highlighting To Kill a Mockingbird? How does the story strike people today, all these years later? What does it mean to you? Did your parents read the book when they were kids?

Post a comment or write a post.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Quick Fun Project!

Anyone going vacationing in a sunny place anytime soon? Well, as long as you're in the sun, this will be a fun (and quick!) project to try. When you're wearing shorts, t-shirts, or swim suits, put a sticker on a sun-visible spot of your body (arms, stomach, legs, hands, feet, etc) for a day without taking it off. At the end of the day, back at your hotel room or home, take off the sticker for a tanned tattoo! The spot where your sticker was will reveal a pale spot of skin that wasn't tanned! Requires nothing but a fun day in the sun and a sticker! Comment below to let me know how it went!!

TODAY, THURSDAY: Live BP Interview, and YOU Can Participate

Today, Thursday, July 1, is your chance to ask BP questions about oil spill situation.

Using Google Moderator on, submit questions and vote the best ones to the top. Then join live interview at 3:30 pm ET/12:30 pm PT on CitizenTube. Portions of the interview will also be aired Thursday evening on the PBS NewsHour and available on YouTube.

This is a great chance for people — both students and our parents — to participate in a current event and stay more informed and have our voices heard. What's your view?

You can read Julian F.'s previous article about the BP oil spill.