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

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Super Bowl 49

Wow!! Super bowl 49 was something everyone was waiting on, it had the largest TV audience of all time and for good reason. The game was good. The whole game the Patriots and Seahawks went head to head. Going into the fourth quarter the Seahawks were up by 10. That all changed when the Patriots got the ball. Tom Brady went down the field so fast it was like a dog was running after him. When they scored the touchdown the score was 21-24 and the game got even more interesting. Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks drove down the field fast just like the Patriots had. The game would have been over if it hadn’t been for the Seahawks’ Jermaine Kearse’s incredible catch witch brought them so close to the end zone. With 20 seconds left on the clock the Seahawks were on the 1 yard line and they threw the ball and the Patriots rookie corner back, Malcom Butler, intercepted the ball and that was the end of super bowl 49.
 - Deonte, 8th grade

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

As I Wait...

As I Wait For Hours To Pass
I Hear Screaming Of A Girl
She Is Mad
"What! What Did You Say?"
In My Mind I'm Saying
"Please Dont Say Anything."
Im Still Waiting For The Hours To Pass..
"I Dont Have Time For Messy People!"
She Said.
Im Still Waiting For The Hours To Pass
Leaving The Place Where I've Witnesed
The Action I See People..
I See The People From My Past..
I See Them In My Mind .

-Chandler, 8th grade

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Life Plan

Danaisha has a Life Plan! 
 All my life I have had a plan set out for me. My life plan has changed a little bit but it has stayed in the same direction. Here is my life plan! Usually the average fourteen year old is worried about boys or friends etc. But me, I am worried about different things. I'm more interested in passing a test and making money - something a fourteen year old shouldn't be worried about. Or should they? I wouldn't know, I can only speak for me.

But I think I should start off with how I got ahead of all the things I shouldn't be worried about. My mom was very helpful, she helped plan through anything that I might have trouble with in my lifetime. What jump-started this was when I started doing my work and listening (yes, I still had friends and I would still hang out with people, I just knew when it was time to work).

So one day I was doing research for my Exploring Careers class. I had to find out what my interest where, what I liked to do for a hobby etc. I loved to be professional, on time, and prominent. It took some time but I figured out that I wanted to pursue my career in business management. I decided this because I like to be in charge of things and get things done. I also wanted to make sure that I had good money. And since my parents were in the military, I felt I wanted to keep on the tradition. I decided I want to get a job in Air Force for Communications Technology, they make around $48,000-$125,000 a year which I thought that would get me a good head start.

But first I have to plan for college, good thing I've already done that. I want to get a trade from college and build off my trade. I would join the military so that they can pay for college and I can get good benefits. After getting my bachelors, I would like to continue my education with a Master’s in business management.

When you plan ahead you are doing the best thing you can do for your education and future. When I planned this I felt like there was a weight lifted off my shoulders.
- Danaisha, 8th grade

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Hobbit Class Time

Class Time! Usually the point of class is to learn. Learning is the acquisition of knowledge or skills through experience, study, or by being taught. So when you come to school you come to learn, but enough of that, lets hear about my day in Mr. Donahue's Class room.

Today was the most unexpected day of all and it started when I came into class. I was noticed that we were having a quiz on chapters two and three of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. I was confused out of my mind because I was not under the impression that we were not having a quiz today. But it turned out that the quiz was a breeze.

Later on we had an assignment on the board. After we finished our quiz the class would have to choose a character, and once we had chosen our character we would have to describe, draw, and tell why we had chosen that person from the book. I drew Bilbo because he was the main character from the story. In order to get the feeling that he is the protagonist I wanted to add a little more than the book’s description in my drawing. Drawing about Bilbo was easy because Tolkien described a hobbit in general in chapter one. After we drew our picture it was time for lunch.

Once we came back after fourth period it was time to start reading again. The class read chapter five, "Riddles in the Dark," to chapter six, "Out of the Frying-Pan into the Fire.” We read at least a chapter or two on our good days if we don’t have an activity after that.

Reading a Tolkien book brings out the inner geek in you. It reminds you that you still have that kid 
imagination in you which is amazing. Mr. Donahue uses this website where you can look up information about The Hobbit and its characters, like what they do in the book, what they are like and why they do things. Also you can answer some really hard thinking questions that they have set up for you. All you have to do is go to and there your questions will be answered.

- Danaisha, 8th grade

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Missing Duck

Hi my name is Kile, and I’m a detective. I live in apartment B-1 on 179 Martin Luther King St. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. I have zero siblings and a pet turtle name Mr. Bubbles. But anyways, enough about me; the case I had this weekend was crazy.

It all started on Friday morning, I was heading down stairs to get some fresh towels and then I saw “it” and by “it” I mean the duck. As the elevator doors opened the orange bill duck began to follow me. I became a little frightened, so I asked to speak to someone over at the apartments. I told the how I had found the duck, and he told me that we weren’t allowed to have animals in the apartment. I told him that it wasn’t my pet duck, but he looked at me like I was lying; I was determined to clear my name. So I put up posters asking who had a missing duck, but I had no response. So I went back home and ate my pancakes and fed my pet turtle.

 Then I got dressed to go out into the city to my friend Bill’s house. So as I walked down the street I saw two kids that stayed in B-16. One was a boy about the age five and a girl that was about fifteen. As I was walking down the street I stared at the boy. He looked like he wanted to cry, but he couldn’t (at least not in public). So I continued to walk down the street to get to Bill’s house. In five minutes I was there and I told Bill about the duck problem and he insisted that at midnight I go to every floor from B-1 to B-20 and put the duck by everyone’s door and see what it would do. I said it was silly, but I had to admit I had to do something about. So I went to the corner store on my way home called Bill’s Place and got a cherry soda.

As I walked home I became frightened. And around 10:00 pm I made it back to the apartments and that left me with two hours to solve the case. Around 11:57 went to look for the duck. I found the duck a few minutes later down stairs, in the kitchen, behind the freezer. I went back to the seconed floor that I lived on B-1 to B-16. I got some of my mom’s sewing kit and tide it around his leg and watched him run to every door except one and that was I hide behind door B-15 and watched the duck go to door B-16. When the duck made it to the door, he began to quack and peck his bill on the door. The girl opened the door, but I hurried and picked up the duck and ran to my apartment.

That morning I went to their door and I asked if they had a pet duck that was missing, but the girl said no. I saw the boy and his mom in the lobby. The duck ran to the boy and started to quack at the boy, so I asked both of them if they were missing a duck; they both said no. Then I asked if they had any pets where they came from. The woman said, “Yes. We had a duck named Albert, but we had to move and the new apartment didn’t allow any pets". I asked the boy if this was the duck he had given away and he replied, “Yes.” After he gave me an answer, I gave him the pet. I was kind of sad to see him go because he had grown on me. But the boy ended up giving the duck to his class as a class pet and the case was solved.

Since I had done all that work , I thought I deserved some pancakes with a cherry soda on the side, but there was no syrup which began another mystery to be solved.

-Olivia 7th Grade