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By Eva Ciobanu
The new coronavirus, also being called “2019-nCoV” is a virus that originated in the wet markets of Wuhan, China. This virus is said to have started from bats, and is closest to the SARS (SARS-CoV) virus that had a worldwide epidemic in November 2002-July 2003. SARS and the new coronavirus have an 80% genetic sequence similarity. These similarities can help scientists find ways to treat the new coronavirus using previous research from the SARS virus.
As of February 19th, the novel coronavirus has “now killed more than 2,000 people” (CNN), and has tested positive in 15 people in the United States. The Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention has put the overall death rate as 2.3%. Coronavirus spreads when an infected person coughs or sneezes, and the contaminated droplets disperse. That is why it’s important to not touch your mouth or nose before washing your hands properly first. In conclusion, wash your hands, cover your mouth when you sneeze, and stay safe.
By: Aerin S.
There are teachers who keep students in after class if it’s detention or just wanting to explain the rest of homework. Students have places to go. Teachers shouldn’t be allowed to keep students 5 minutes after the bell.
Students have places to go when the bell rings whether it’s after-school or home itself. A lot of parents pick their child up after school. If the student is suddenly pulled away from the other students to stay after class when they’re not supposed to, the parents/parent would get worried when their child is late showing up. Some students have after-school somewhere else. They could have Kumon right after school so they can’t stay after school. Other students have to catch the bus. Sometimes students have siblings that go to another school and has to be picked up right after their sibling. Or maybe students promised their parents that they’d be home by a certain time. So students have many places to go after school.
Some teachers keep the whole class because of one student. They don’t understand that the whole class is not one student. They don’t understand that the one person in trouble doesn’t care that they made the whole class stay in. It is very annoying when the teacher keeps the whole class in especially here in A.P.G. At this point we all get that “the bell doesn't dismiss you, the teacher does”. We are always in a hurry to get to our lockers and pack our things. But with so many students and the design of the bottom and top lockers, it makes it hard for each student to get to their lockers. The hallways are always crowded so it always takes a few minutes before the students can actually get out of the mess. Also because of the design, kids with the top and bottom lockers are always racing to get to the locker before the other student. Teachers don’t understand how long we can take to grab our stuff and get to class. That is the reason there are always students running in the hallways. Teachers put pressure on students when they are late. Most of the time, students get in trouble when they are late to class. During passing period, 6th graders are always stressed about getting to class early.
Some other teachers might keep them in before another class. Sometimes, kids might be dismissed late and be late to their next class. Then because of this, the student is blamed for being late by the teacher in the next class. Sometimes teachers don’t give the student a chance to explain why they are late. That is not fair, especially when we are taught as young children that adults know everything. On top of that, we’re taught not to talk back to teachers. They way that we are taught that if we do something wrong, we will be punished. Now there is seriously something wrong there. How can a student be accused of a “crime” they did not commit? And of course, we don’t want to be punished. We have strict rules in this school that are connected to time and schedules in this school. There are obviously consequences of being late for class. Consequences differ a lot with other teachers. There are some easy going teachers and the mean strict ones. Sometimes students get humiliated in front of the class for being late. That is not fair.
Students should be allowed to talk for themselves if they are blamed for being late even if it’s not their fault. Students should also be able to explain why they are late if it's because of locker problems. Teachers should not keep students after class or after school. We have places to go, whether it's another class when the bell rings, or somewhere else after school. Hopefully the rules change, and adults should never make assumptions, just like any other human.
BY: LAUREN LEW, CECILIA YONG, TINA YANG. JOCELYN (JOE) YU
Jelly Beans are probably one of the most popular candies of all time. When you go trick-or-treating, or when you go to the candy aisle of a grocery store, you’ll always see (or get) jelly beans. The glossy, sugary, bean-shaped candies can be seen all over the world in many different colors and flavors. In this article, you’ll learn about the different flavors of jelly beans, the history of Jelly Belly, Jelly Belly’s Official Flavors, how they’re made, and a funny little story all about them featuring one of the presidents of the United States!
The History of Jelly Belly
Jelly Belly was founded by Gustav Goelitz, a German 24-year-old immigrant. He and his brother, Albert Goelitz, who was 21 at the time, created a sweet shop together, and this was where the family business first kicked off. They produced different kinds of candies, such as candy corn and mint wafers, before starting to create jelly beans. Herman Goelitz, on ov Gustav’s descendants, founded the first mini jelly beans, jelly beans that were created with flavors on the inside. After this discovery, their family business got more and more popular, and in 1986, their new jelly bean factory was constructed! They named it the Jelly Belly factory, and began to print them over all of their jelly beans. The Goelitzs began to produce more special products, like Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans (from Harry Potter), Sport Beans, Bean Boozled, and more! Who knew that just a tiny little sweet shop in a small town in Illinois become one of the most well-known candy products in the world?
Jelly Belly Official Flavors
A&W Cream Soda French Vanilla Sunkist Pink Grapefruit Chili Mango
Cappuccino Licorice. Sunkist Tangerine. Sour Cherry
Crushed Pineapple Strawberry Daiquiri Wild Blackberry Pina Colada
Lemon Drop Toasted Marshmallow A&W Root Beer Dr. Pepper
Peach Berry Blue Caramel Corn Lemon Lime
How Jelly Beans are Made
Jelly Beans have a long process before they truly come to life. This is how jelly beans are made:
Ronald Reagan, the 40th president, inspired blueberry flavored jelly beans and prepared jelly beans for astronauts . His favorite type of candy was Jelly Belly jelly beans, so it was in the Oval Office and the Air Force One for him to enjoy. He wanted jelly beans at inaguration parties, but Jelly Belly only had red and white jelly beans. They came up with a new flavor, blueberry, so he could serve red, white, and blue jelly beans. Jelly Belly jelly beans were also the first jelly beans in outer space. It also inspired other world leaders to have Jelly Belly too. The president prepared jelly beans for astronauts on the space shuttle, Challenger in 1983 as a presidential suprise. Ronald Reagan’s passion for Jelly Belly changed the jelly bean world.
Official Site of Jelly Belly Candies.
Tropical. 2014. ‘Jelly Beans Fun Facts.’ https://www.tropicalfoods.com/blog/jelly-beans-fun-facts/
Wonderopolis. ‘How Are Jelly Beans Made?’ https://www.wonderopolis.org/wonder/how-are-jelly-beans-made
By Zoey Billings
Poetry is such a beautiful type of writing that calms most people down, there are so many poets and amazing piece of art it’s a masterpiece. The words sway into position they all rhyme together. Here are some world famous poets and their most famous piece of work.
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
By Anya Terplan
The blue ringed octopus is a very poisonous octopus that is only found in Australia, Japan, and in tide pools and coral reefs in the Pacific and Indian Ocean. If you get bit by one you usually won’t feel its bite, so by the time you find out you got bit it’ll be too late (I’m not trying to scare you or anything). Its venom (tetrodotoxin) is in its saliva and can be used for defense and to kill prey. Usually you die from the bite but in some rare cases you can become paralysed from the bite. 4-6 minutes after the octopus has bit you, your brain starts shutting down. No worries, it won’t bite you unless you’re disturbing it in some way!
According to the article, ‘The Blue-Ringed Octopus: Small but Deadly’, the octopus uses its venom mainly for catching food. It eats crabs, shrimp, and other small fish. Once the prey is paralysed, it uses its beak to tear its dinner apart. They only hunt during the day because they are not nocturnal.
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By Zoey Billings
APG chickens have stopped laying, what are the options, what are some kids opinions, what is going on with them? Why did they stop laying? What can we do about this?
APG chickens have stopped laying there are a few options that we have, but some are fatal for them. The first option is keeping them at AP, some chickens take a break on laying during winter, so that might be possible for our chickens. The next option is we can relocate them to a chicken farm. That could traumatize them and they could possibly die, they probably would rather live than die. We as AP got these chickens for fun for the kids to enjoy having these amazing animals, it would be unfair to just leave them where they don’t belong. The last option and most horrible option is killing them and eating them. Most people think that ya chickens are practically born to be eaten, but AP did not get these chickens to eat we got them for basically pets. Who knows if they will even taste good. What if we kill them, then they don’t taste good that will be a waste. Teacher Seed has been taking votes of classes of all of these options, it all counts to the chickens lives but who knows maybe they are taking a break most chickens take breaks during winter because it is usually cold. Either way try to vote for keeping them.
The chickens could be at the age when they stop, but that's not likely, because it’s winter they stop because it’s cold and there egg production slows down. A way to get them back laying in the winter is keep them warmer. If it is winter that is stopping them from laying than they should start up around early February. The chickens need to be encouraged to lay again. It might not be the winter it might be stress, from all of the kids chasing them around.
We can't wait until around February to see if and only if they start laying again and if not what does the school do with the eggs? Do we really need the eggs or can we live without them. Some people have a connection to them.
By Aerin S.
There once was a family that lived very happily. They raised lots of chickens for their delicious meat. Then one day, they decided, “Why raise chickens when you can raise sheep!” So the family raised sheep. Soon after, though, they got bored of the sheep, as the sheep were hard to slaughter and ate all the grass. The Perkins family had a meeting, and decided to sell all their sheep. After the sheep was gone, the family declared they were now a dog breeder. After many fails in attempt to breed dogs, they concluded they were not made for dog breeding. The Perkins family sold all the dogs and soon were back to raising chickens. One day, however, a small. little, beautiful turkey wandered into the Perkins’s chicken yard. “Magnificent! Dazzling!” they all cried when the youngest child of the family found the little turkey. “Ey! I’ve got and idea! We should raise turkeys!” the owner of the farm declared. Thus, the family started to raise turkeys. They named the little, beautiful turkey, Mama, or “thy Mother of all Turkeys”. Oh, how the family adored Mama, and soon enough, the family got Mama a friend, which they named Papa, or “Father of all Turkeys”. And of course, soon Mama laid eggs. The fertilized eggs hatched over time, and in the end, 7 eggs hatched out of 8 eggs. They named the chicks, Ari, Onion, Chad, Teriyaki, Corn, Grim, and Sparky. The family loved their turkey so much, they soon decided to buy a whole turkey farm. “With all the turkey we have, they look so magnificent with each other!” cried the Perkins family. The turkeys were so brilliant, the Perkins refused to kill any turkey. Thus, the family bought another acre of land so that they could raise chickens and turkeys at the same time. The Perkins family one day decided that the birds didn’t have enough entertainment. The family made the decision to grow crops, like apples and pumpkins. After a few months, the family had grown the biggest pumpkin in the neighborhood. The birds seemed to love the new addition to the farm, especially Papa turkey. Papa turkey loved the big pumpkins and slept on them all day. But one day, one of the Perkins marched into the yard carrying a big axe. Tears were streaming down his face. “I’m sorry Papa turkey, I have to do it,” Mr. Perkins’s voice was shaking. The rest of the family peered over the fence to watch. Mr. Perkins swung the axe over Papa’s head, which was resting on a pumpkin. He swung the axe down. CRACK! The Perkins family opened their eyes. The pumpkin Papa was sitting on was split into two. Papa turkey was perfectly fine, but the pumpkin was a mess. The seeds were oozing out of the pumpkin, and Papa turkey was staring at the sight. Papa turkey then started to peck at the orange flesh. The rest of the birds joyfully came and ate the rest of the flesh on the ground. The rest of the Perkins sighed in relief. For the next few hours, the Perkins family dragged the pumpkin into the new renovated house, scraped the seeds out, made pumpkin pie, roasted pumpkin seeds, and put the shell back outside into the ground the fertilize the dirt and for the birds to eat. “Let us have a very merry Christmas Eve dinner!” they all cheered. “To the turkeys! To the birds!” they chanted. After the meal of roasted chicken, gravy, pumpkin pie, bread, and fruit. The next day, the Perkin children opened their presents shouting, “Christmas is here!” Each of the children got a secret recipe with their gift that they were supposed to improve. One of the recipes included a turkey. “No!” cried Bobby, the child who got the recipe. “You have to make it, you have to improve it, it’s a family tradition,” Father Murphy told his son. Bobby nodded and looked at the recipe. Then he got to work. He knew what he had to do. He went to the back, grabbed a random turkey, dragged along a pretty fat chicken, and got cooking. Dusk came and all the children had to present their masterpiece. Jenna made pumpkin pie and added apple to boost the slightest sweetness. Josh presented a gravy that was sour and salty at the same time. It was Bobby’s turn. He took his enormous dish and presented it to the family. It was a roasted chicken lavished with a turkey’s feathers. The chicken was juicy and the skin was crunchy. The flavors were mixed and it was delicious. Then Bobby brought in the real turkey. It was alive and well, and it was beautiful. His feathers where puffed up and silky and shiny. His head was combed well and he looked like he was in a turkey show. The Perkins family vowed to never kill a turkey ever again. The end
By Ishaan Bhattacharya
Recently, President Donald J. Trump authorized a drone strike that killed Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani, a controversial decision motivated by years of tension between the U.S. and Iran. Soleimani’s death was the result of escalatory actions in previous years such as the withdrawal of the U.S. from the Iran Nuclear Deal by President Trump. The Iran Nuclear Deal was orchestrated by the Obama Administration in 2015 with a central objective of preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. Then, the Trump Administration initiated a “maximum pressure” campaign with the intention of pressuring Iran into negotiating a more stringent version of the 2015 deal. This campaign included harsh economic sanctions and failed miserably. Also, last summer, as the US deployed military assets to the Middle East, attacks on oil tankers in the Persian Gulf region were blamed on Iran by the U.S. Amid this rising tension, Iran shot down a US drone in June. Trump nearly retaliated with a military strike, but pulled back at the last minute. But the final escalation in late December when an Iran-backed militia in Iraq staged attacks that resulted in the death of an American contractor and injured several US service members. The US responded with air strikes that killed dozens of the militia members, which prompted a violent protest at the US Embassy in Baghdad. Although the future contains incertitude, President Trump has not displayed signs of cooperation with Iran, and will stand stubbornly in the face of imminent nuclear warfare.
By Zoey Billings
In many schools kids get bullied. Why? How can we stop this from happening to kids and teens? Recent studies they have found out why bullying is caused and how can we solve this.
Bullying occurs within a social context. Students integrate the values and social norms from the school and wider community social contexts as they develop their personal relationships. Bullying can also happen because the student gets a reaction they like. Teaching students who have been bullied some strategies, including ways to limit their reaction to bullying, can be helpful.
Bullying can arise from distrust, fear, misunderstanding, lack of knowledge or jealousy—all factors that schools can address in positive and proactive ways. Read more about how issues related to power and social status and lack of acceptance of diversity contribute to bullying. Bullying can also happen because the school climate inadvertently supports negative interpersonal relationships.
Bullying can threaten students’ physical and emotional safety at school and can negatively impact their ability to learn. The best way to address bullying is to stop it before it starts. There are a number of things school staff can do to make schools safer and prevent bullying.
Training school staff and students to prevent and address bullying can help sustain bullying prevention efforts over time. There are no federal mandates for bullying curricula or staff training. The following are some examples of options schools can consider.
As we can see the bullying can get bad, but we can teach the kids and teens about bullying so they can process that bullying and cyberbullying and mean and doesn’t get you anywhere. Please prevent bullying and be nice to everyone.
y Ishaan Bhattacharya
The U.S. Federal Government is a multi-faceted organization that has been adored and criticized for many years. The U.S. Government consists of three branches; the legislative branch, the judicial branch, and the executive branch. The legislative branch includes Congress, which comprises of the Senate and the House of Representatives, special agencies, and offices that provide service to Congress. American citizens reserve the right to vote for Senators and Representatives. The Senate is composed of 100 members (2 from each of the 50 states) and is led by the Vice President of the United States. Each senator serves a 6-year term, and an estimates ⅓ of the Senate stands for re-election. The House of Representatives is made up of 435 members, each of whom represent a congressional district. The number of representatives each state has in the House is based on each state's population as determined in the most recent United States Census. Each representative serves a term of two years, and each state retains a minimum of one representative in the House. In order to be elected as a representative, an individual must be at least 25 years of age, must have been a U.S. citizen for at least seven years, and must live in the state that he or she represents. There is no limit on the number of terms a representative may serve.
The executive branch carries out and enforces laws created by the legislative branch. It includes the president, vice president, the Cabinet, executive departments, independent agencies, and other boards, commissions, and committees. American citizens have the right to vote for the president and vice president of the United States. The president selects their vice president during election, and serves a term of 4 years. The maximum amount of terms a president may serve is 2. The president is viewed as the commander-in-chief, and holds the utmost power.
The judicial branch interprets the meaning of laws, applies laws to individual cases, and decides if laws violate the Constitution. It is comprised of the Supreme Court and other federal courts. The Supreme Court is the highest authority in terms of legal matters. It is made up of a Chief Justice (the head of the judicial branch) and eight associate justices. The President appoints justices of their choice and the Senate votes to confirm. Justices serve for life, although the average term is 16 years.
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