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.
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