A news website produced by students of A.P. Giannini Middle School
By Sylvia Benjamin
Valentine’s day, February 14th, is a day of getting together with your special someone, going out, giving and receiving gifts and chocolate. But what do you do when you’re alone on Valentines day? It might seem sad to be single and not receiving any Valentines on this day, but there are still plenty of things to do so that you can be just as happy as all the couples.
By Maureen Loftus
Photos by Amy Cheung
On February 6th, students from 7th and 8th grade (and some from 6th grade) presented their Science and Maker Fair projects. The cafeteria, library, and red tile area were all full of multi-colored tri fold boards. They were the product of almost a month of work. There was also a robotics display in the cafeteria.
By Ishaan Bhattacharya
Welcome back to the Giannini Politics Update! Today there will be one topic of discussion: Bitcoin, the world’s largest cryptocurrency.
Bitcoin, the world’s largest cryptocurrency, that is currently making its investors rich, has recently sunk below $10,000 and is now 50% off its all time high. The last time Bitcoin fell below the $10,000 mark was November 2017. Bitcoin could be falling behind in the cryptocurrency business as it dropped almost 19% within 24 hours.
Now, some people may be wondering what Bitcoin is. Well, Bitcoin is a new form of currency created in 2009 by an unknown identity using the alias Satoshi Nakamoto. Bitcoin transactions are made without banks. But still, much of the excitement over Bitcoin is about getting rich by trading it.The price of a single Bitcoin skyrocketed into the thousands in 2017. Some people just buy Bitcoins hoping to see the price skyrocket (therefore making them rich), but it is useful for several other reasons as well.
First of all, Bitcoin makes international payments easy because of the fact that they are not tied to any subject or country regulation. In addition, small businesses may like them because there are no credit card fees involved. Lastly, Bitcoins can be used to purchase merchandise anonymously.
Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin may replace regular currency in the future, so make sure to stay tuned for more news regarding cryptocurrencies.
-What does King Tut’s secretary say on the phone? He can’t talk right now, He’s all wrapped up!
-Archaeologists excavating a pyramid in Egypt have found a mummy covered in chocolate and hazelnuts, they believe it to be Pharaoh Rocher.
-There are so many marble-ous statues in Greece but a lot of people take them for granite.
-Charon ferryman for the dead: it’s not a great job but he Styxs with it
-What’s that? You hate Greek puns? My Apollo-gees.
-Just Roman’ around
-What mouse was a Roman emperor? Julius Cheeser!
-How did they cut the Roman empire in half? With a pair of Caesars!
-Tried to borrow some bread from my neighbor but he said he got naan.
-Life gives you lemons, make pickle.
-Who built King Arthur's Round Table? Sir Cumference!
-Guy on the rack: What doesn’t kill you makes you longer!
-I think you should Vincent Van Gogh away!
-Grab the Monet and let’s Gogh.
-I photograph my pimples is zit art?
PRESENT DAY PUNS:
-Donald Trump: If I run in 2016 there will be hell toupee.
By Emma Yu
Ed Lee was an amazing person and San Francisco’s beloved mayor who sadly passed away on December 12, 2017. He was a huge influence to many during his lifetime and achieved things most people wouldn’t even dream of doing.
He was born into a family of Chinese Immigrants in Seattle, Washington on May 5th, 1952. His father passed away when he was only 15, and he worked at restaurants to support his family. He got a B.A. at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine and a J.D. at UC Berkeley School of Law. After college, he became a civil rights attorney and practiced law for the San Francisco Asian Law Caucus, fighting for the rights of Asian-Americans like himself. In honor of his fantastic life, here are some pretty amazing facts about him.
Top Five Facts About Ed Lee:
By Anya Sleeper Sheppard and Eva Ciobanu
Now, when you saw the title of this page, you probably were confused. I mean, who would write about the school’s plumbing? That would be SO boring, right? That would be the case if APG had normal plumbing. Well, lucky for you (or unlucky for you if you go down there), the school DOES NOT have normal plumbing. Now, you might be thinking, what do you mean Giannini doesn’t have normal plumbing? What I mean is the result of a terrible disaster that happened over 50 years ago. You must be wondering what exactly happened those many years ago.
It all started when poor little Tommy, a sixth grader, was dared by the eighth graders to go down into the boiler room. He nervously descended the rusty ladder. He watched as the eighth graders’ looming figures slowly shrunk as he climbed down. When he reached the bottom, he jumped down, his feet echoing around the dark room.
He timidly looked around, taking in all the dust and pipes cluttered around the room. He continued to examine the room when he thought he saw a red light flicker. He went forward to take a closer look, but then jumped back quickly.
It wasn’t a light.
It was a pair of red, glowing eyes! He started to feel anxious. He was about to go back upstairs when he spotted something shiny in an air vent near the ceiling. Excited, he quickly climbed up to see what it was. As he started to climb up one of the pipes to reach the vent, he was dragged up the pipe and into forever darkness.
To this day, his rotting corpse continues to make the school smell like your brother’s moldy old gym socks. :D
Now, learn a lesson from poor Tommy and NEVER EVER go down to the boiler room, because you may never come back up.
DUN DUN DUNNNNN!!!
By: Erika Wu and Jadelyn Lou
According to Statista, in 2015, 46% of adult Americans claim that winter is their favorite season. Many people that claim winter is their favorite season are looking forward to the holidays which features ugly Christmas sweaters and Christmas music, seasonal drinks (eggnog, mocha, etc.), seasonal outfits (scarves, beanies, etc.), and snow (in some places).
Christmas is a moment many people of all ages enjoy celebrating. There are many holidays songs playing on the radio to bring you into the jolly mood. Many traditional Christmas songs will be playing like, Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer. There will be new pop versions of Christmas songs like All I Want for Christmas is You, Last Christmas, and Santa Tell Me. Many people celebrate holidays in the winter, such as Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, and Christmas. There may be many holidays that people celebrate in the winter, but Christmas is the most celebrated of them all. At the end, everyone gets presents and many people are happy during these moments.
A lot of people love being cozy and warm, especially when winter comes around. If you are this person, you should understand how you love being wrapped with warm blankets and seasonal drinks. This is the time when many people shop for their favorite sweaters (don’t forget the ugly sweaters too!), flannels, scarves, and beanies- basically anything that will keep them warm and comfortable.
There are also many seasonal drinks coming out just for winter. Eggnog, mocha, hot chocolate, and more will be on sale for the cold winter. These drinks are very special for winter holidays because most of them keep you warm.
There is also going to be snow in many states. Lots of people may go to the snow to have fun and play with the snow. But stay there when you can, because spring is right around the corner!
By Kayla Yee
Burrow owls are small, long-legged, sandy-colored, bright yellow eyed owls that are found throughout open landscapes in North and South America. Their head is rounded and they don’t have ear tufts. They can be found in grasslands, deserts, or any other open, dry area with low vegetation. They live underground in burrows they dig themselves or take over from a prairie dog, ground squirrel, or tortoise. Unlike most owls, during the day they spend most of their time on the ground or on low perches such as fence posts. They hunt close to the ground catching insects and small animals. When they feel alarmed, they jerk their bodies quickly up and down.
Movies that include burrow owls are “HOOT” by Wil Shriner, based on Carl Hiaasen's novel of the same name. The burrowing owl is federally protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Burrow owls are listed as endangered in Canada and threatened in Mexico. They are considered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to be a Bird of Conservation Concern at the national level, in three USFWS regions, and in nine Bird Conservation Regions. At the state level, Burrowing Owls are listed as endangered in Minnesota, threatened in Colorado, and as a Species of Concern in Arizona, California, Florida, Montana, Oklahoma, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming, according to http://burrowingowlconservation.org/burrowing_owl_facts .
By Angie Lee and Lea Fong
1. Where were you born?
I was born in Oakland then moved to SF.
2. What college did you attend?
I went to SF State for my undergrad then University of SF.
3. What do you think about phones in school?
It is important for students to disconnect from their phones and be present with others because it helps develop social skills but technology in the classroom is great. But it is not good to use phones in class.
4. How do you like A.P. so far?
I love it. I'm very happy here. There is lots of support from the staff, and I’ve met a lot of people here and I feel like I have a lot of creativity here.
5. Why did you decide to work at A.P. but not at another school?
Great reputation and I really wanted to work at SFUSD. Also there is a lot of diversity here and justice in middle school and it starts independence with the students.
6. If you had superpowers what would they be and why?
I would compel people to make them do what I want them to do. I would want this power because it would stop people from running in the halls and other examples.
By Sebastian Haas and Everett Smith
So what is Minecraft? Well, Minecraft was a game that was created in 2009 and has been flourishing since. Minecraft was created by a Swedish gamer called Markus Persson, or “Notch.” Notch actually got the idea from another game called “Infiniminer” in which you mine underground and collect minerals and resources. Notch originally called Minecraft the “Cave Game” but then later renamed it Minecraft. The very first version of Minecraft was created in just six days from May 10th to May 16th, 2009. But even till this day Minecraft is still a very well known game and is played by tons of famous YouTubers and gamers.
So how popular is Minecraft? In May 2012, the game was released for Xbox and sold nearly half a million copies in under 24 hours. According to Visual.ly.com, Minecraft has about a couple million players log on each day to play.
But what is the point of Minecraft? Minecraft is a game that takes skill and time. The main point of the game or big part of the game though, is having to survive. There are two main game modes--Creative and Survival.
In Survival, the name explains everything. The player, “Steve,” begins completely empty-handed and has to live in a naturally generated world with many resources, some that are hidden and some out in the open. Once the player collects certain resources, they can begin to craft. Crafting is the gateway to survival. The crafting table opens up all the resources to your fingertips and you can basically make any block in the game, given you have the right resources. Example: put in wood to make sticks; put in sticks and wood to craft a sword, a great defense against harmful mobs. Mobs are the AI creatures in the game, many of which will try to kill you. There are six main mobs in the game including Creeper, Zombie, Skeleton, Spider, Enderman and Slime. All of these mobs do different things to try to kill you. As the game has evolved, there have been new mobs added to the game such as the Husk, Baby Zombie, Zombie villagers, Elder Guardian, etc.
Creative is the other game mode. In this mode you can literally control the game. You spawn with a full inventory of each and every resource in the game, not to mention you are invincible and can fly. Many people use creative mode to build massive structures and contraptions, create incredible maps and just explore the world without the burden of being hunted or starving. With this game mode, you can literally build anything with no hassle of worrying about death. With being invincible, that means you can try and explore everything with no mobs attacking you. This game mode can come in handy when building and exploring.
All in all, Minecraft is a building and exploring open-world game played by millions each day. It is available on many platforms, including PC, mobile, ps4, Xbox, wii u, and more. It features online play so you can join the game with other players, and more exciting updates are coming in as often as once a month, not to mention the billions of user-made mods. It has being running steadily since 2009 and been growing in its popularity ever since.