Monday, March 16, 2015

Brain Teasers

Mary's mother had four children: April, May, June, and ?

A cowboy rode in on his horse on Friday stayed three days and rode out on Friday.
How is this possible?

Think of a color and a tool and coment.
What did you get?


How does one plus one equal five?

If there is a place 80 miles away and you were going 80 mph how long does it take you to get there?

- Zyrique, 8th grade

Friday, March 6, 2015



by:Casaria and Destiny
TY is a clerk at WALMART.He is only 21 years old and lives in North Carolina. His family all disappeared from their home in northern Iraq when he was 7 years old. He was found wandering the country side by United States Marines in the gulf war. After that, he lived with his best friend Henry in Montana. Henry’s mom was always nice to him. At 12, Henry’s mom, Kim, adopted Ty. Then 2 years later, Kim married Dock, a transportation inspector. After graduating from college at the age of 19 because he was so intelligent, Ty wanted to start out on his own. So he went from Montana to North Carolina. He wanted to reach his dream of becoming the CEO at his own company.After a hard day at work, Ty went to sleep. He was having a dream that his life was great. He was semi-rich and had a wife and 2 kids. Their names were Nicole (wife), Laura (girl kid) Jay (boy kid). Then he saw this white man that he didn’t know at all.The man’s name was Jo.
Jo gave Ty a magic blue remote and he thought it was regular. He thought it was a joke and threw it on his couch. Then he finally used it. When he pressed pause everything stopped, I mean everything. No one said anything. Not the people, dog or anyone said anything. It had super powers. It was like a tv remote. It can pause,change colors,volume.
Then after 5 weeks, he started taking advantage of it. Everything changed and it was terrible. Then he turned into a jerk, he broke his kids heart and his wife broke up with him. He finally realized what all he did wrong and wanted to get his life together. So he went to see Jo and give him back the remote. Jo told him that he cant take that back cause once its active it will never turn off. Ty left and realized that in order to fix his life,he must restore it. So he went to his house and apolgized to his wife and kids ,they accepted it. After that his life got back together and he woke up. He thought it was real but he wanted to do what he did in his dream. Then 7 years later, he conquered his dream.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015


Ducky was his name and everyone loved him.He was a(n)amazing artist. He sold 15 paintings a week and later his work spreaded around the world and then he became super famous and wealthy.He sold his little house for $150 and sold all of his old belongings.Ducky keeps in touch with his family.His life was going great then he met a girl named Olivia Duckson and two years later they went on a couple of dates with ducky and then they got married and had twins named Kate and Jake. Ducky was so happy and he loved his children and family. Later ducky will find out something he doesn't know.

By:Destiny and Casaria

Monday, March 2, 2015

A Sense of Things

A Sense of Things

A human with no touch,
A human with no smell,
A human with no taste,
A human with no hearing,
A human with no site 
is still a human.

A human is a human that's how it starts
you can take away my body but not my heart,

A human with no hope,
A human with no thoughts,
A human with no feelings,
A human with no instincts
A human with no will
is still a human.

A human is a human that's how it starts
you can take away my body but not my heart,

A human with no hands,
A human with no arms,
A human with no legs,
A human with no feet,
A human with no brain
is still a human.

- Zyrique 8th grade

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The Feeling of Failure (State Testing)

Sate Testing is made to determine whether or not a student will pass to the next grade. State and federal programs have decided that high steaks tests are required for students. Every year the state makes their tests harder or even changes up the name. Right now we have to take the STAAR and MAP then in March we will have to take the PARCC and later in high school we will have to take the ACT and SAT and who nows whatever else?

There are many questions being asked about the amount of tests and the state needs to come up with some answers. In my opinion, before they started administuring these state tests they should’ve made sure that the parents, teachers, and children were okay with taking them.

Personal Opinion: Personally I don’t think that they should have one test and debate whether you get advanced to the next grade or fail - like the MAP - because you could have been the smartest student in your class with the highest grade, and then you take the test and find out that you failed. How would someone cope with knowing or even thinking that they even had the slightest chance of passing when they have been studying all year long for this test then fail?

- Danaisha 8th grade

Here are some stories that I found helpful about standardized tests:

Standardized testing eats up instruction time. from
"Former Texas State Senator Ted Lyon found that high school students in Texas spend between 29 and 45 days a year taking tests. In Tennessee, students spend six weeks in testing a year, and California’s students spend four, according to These numbers don’t include the weeks and months spent on test preparation classes and benchmark practice exams. Schools are forced to make tough choices about course offerings to accommodate time spent preparing for standardized tests. Subjects such as art, music, and certain physical sciences aren’t tested, and therefore administrators often eliminate them from their schools. When New York City's scores dropped in 2010, many schools added two-and-a-half-hour test preparation sessions daily and additional test practice over holiday vacations, according to local papers. Decisions like this risk compromising the quality of public education, especially in high-need areas."

The stakes are too high. from
"Under the No Child Left behind Act, test scores impact how much funding a school gets from the government, as well as how much autonomy a school has. Low-performing districts run the risk of state officials taking over operations and leaving them with little freedom to make independent decisions. Schools with low scores are required to make “Adequate Yearly Progress,” a specific measure of improvement year to year. Critics of the No Child Left behind Act say that there is immense pressure on school officials, teachers, students, and parents. That pressure to succeed creates a poor environment for learning—an environment of fear, rather than discovery."

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Without Pain

Without Pain!

Without pain funny thing to say;
Without pain living in a funny way
Not knowing the motionless feeling;
Or not knowing that painful healing
My friend you have never ever lived
Through the thing we all call pain.
When describing it you will feel ill
Pain not known but only ready to kill
When feeling pain you are alive
Pain in a way helps you survive
So a life without pain I wouldn’t take a day
For life without pain is not a good way.
-Danaisha, 8th grade

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Countee Cullen

You may not know a lot about Countee Cullen, but his life was very touching. Countee Cullen was one of the most talented poets of the Harlem Rennaisance. He was well known for his lyric poetry. His poetry was very up lifting to all of his readers. It was amazing that his poetry was so uplifting since his life was filled with rocky relationships and drama.

Countee Cullen was born on March 30, 1903. He was raised in a white family in New York near Baltimore. Growing up in a white family meant his upbringing was very different to other black children of his age. The Cullen family had adopted him because he was an orphan. He attended De Witt Clinton High School in New York; that is where he began writing poetry at the age of 14. Later, he attended New York University and his poems were published in “The Crisis.” W.E.B. DuBois, a well known writer and activist, helped Countee Cullen succeed in publishing his poetry. The first poem he published was “Yet I Do Marvel”, his most famos poem was “Heritage.”

Heritage talks about his love and courage for being African. In 1928 he married W.E.B. DuBois' daughter, Nina Yolande DuBois. Langston Hughes had introduced them.
He was good friends with Countee Cullen and W.E.B DuBois. When Cullen's married his daughter DuBois didn’t like Countee Cullen because he thought that he was a jerk. As months went by W.E.B DuBois thought he wasn’t so bad after all.

Countee Cullen and Nina DuBois later got a divorce in 1930. There was a rumor that Countee Cullen was a homosexual and had a relationship with Harold Jackman. This resulted in his having a rocky marriage. Countee Cullen continued in his lyric poetry for many years and his love for Africa. His lyric poetry was something that you could sing out or make a beautiful song about.
-Zykeria, 8th grade