Book Recommendations by Olivia Green

This Month’s Book Recommendations!

Hi everyone! I’m Olivia, the new BOOK RECOMMENDER!!!! 

Quick (and random) facts about me:

  1. I love to read!!!!!!!
  2. I love cats
  3. I have never been skiing
  4. I love soccer
  5. I LOVE trivia
  6. I am always looking for a new book! If you have a suggestion for one to put in an article, you can email me or another member of the newspaper club.

I will post book recommendations for the Orange & Black every month. If you need a book, be sure to check this out! I will also occasionally recommend an author, and list some of their books.

This month, I will be recommending three books:

  1. Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar

A lot of people have read Holes, which is a very famous book by Louis Sachar. Fuzzy mud is a great story that expresses the importance of friendship and trust. In a way, it reminds me of the pandemic. I would tell you why but……you’ll have to read it to find out!! Welcome to Heath Cliff, Pennsylvania home to a forest that contains….fuzzy mud?!

  1. Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger

If you liked Harry Potter, you will love Keeper of the Lost Cities. 

Join Sophie Foster, a 12-year-old Telepath with the ability to hear people’s thoughts, on an unforgettable adventure. Sophie has always felt like an outcast until one day she meets Fitz, who seems to know what it is like to be able to hear other people’s thoughts. Soon, Sophie must leave everything she’s ever known behind and travel to a place she never knew existed.

  1. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

I love this series. It tells the story from a different perspective. 12-year-old Artemis Fowl is a criminal mastermind who decides to kidnap a fairy, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit. But Artemis doesn’t know what he’s dealing with. If you decide to try out this book, make sure to check out the key to the Gnommish Alphabet in the back of the book. You will find a code running along the bottom of the pages. 

I hope you enjoyed these book recommendations, and if you decide to try them, I hope you enjoy the books as well. 

Thanks, 

Olivia

December by Maereg Million and Vivian Munton

DECEMBER!

By Maereg and Vivian

December is an action packed month in terms of holidays. There are many holidays that take place in December, but some of the most well known holidays are Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, and Christmas. 

Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa is a very widely celebrated holiday, but not many people know about the importance of the celebration. Kwanzaa celebrates African-American culture and style, and takes place December 26 – January 1. Maulana Karenga is the founder of the holiday, and he founded it in 1966. 

Karenga founded Kwanzaa to celebrate what he called ‘the seven principles of Kwanzaa’. They are: 

Umoja (Unity): To strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.

Kujichagulia (Self-Determination): To define and name ourselves, as well as to create and speak for ourselves.

Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility): To build and maintain our community together and make our brothers’ and sisters’ problems our problems and to solve them together.

Ujamaa (Cooperative economics): To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together.

Nia (Purpose): To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.

Kuumba (Creativity): To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.

Imani (Faith): To believe with all our hearts in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.

To all celebrating, We wish you a wonderful celebration!

Hanukkah

Hanukkah is celebrated for eight days and eight nights, starting between late November, through late December. The holiday is observed by lighting candles on a menorah. Each night, one another candle is lit until all the candles are lit on the eighth day. The candle in the middle of the menorah is the candle used for lighting the other candles. It’s called a shamash, meaning ‘helper’ or ‘servant’. Other traditions celebrated during Hanukkah include playing the game dreidel, and eating oil based foods latkes or sufganiyot, or other dairy foods. 

When you read this, Hanukkah would have just ended. If you did celebrate- we hope you enjoyed your time!

Christmas

Christmas is probably one of the most well known holidays. Christmas Eve is December 24th, while Christmas Day is on December 25th. Christmas celebrates the birthday of Jesus, which took place that same day a LOOONNNGG time ago. Some traditions that take place for Christmas include putting up a Christmas tree, lighting advent candles, receiving gifts from Santa and relatives and friends, and many other fun activities. 

On Christmas Eve, kids hang stockings on their fireplaces and leave cookies out for Santa. The next morning, Christmas Day, they wake up to find gifts in their stockings and under the tree, and the cookies eaten.

All these holidays are so much fun, but how will covid affect them this year? We’ll have to wait and see!

6th grade reporters, Maereg and Vivian signing off!

Top 7 Wanted Gifts by Middle Schoolers by Anjali Mehta

Top 7 wanted gifts by Middle Schoolers 

(from true recorded data @ WMS!)

By Anjali Mehta

As we know, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and more holidays are right around the corner (or have already passed, but never too late for gifts!) . Along with the tradition of giving presents. But, many kids (including me!) have no idea what to ask for. Here are some ideas:

  • From the data I’ve collected I realized that color changing LED lights are at the top of many kids wish lists.
  • Next we have workout and sport goods,  (got to stay fit during covid!) this includes: battling ropes, UCONN headbands, softball gear, even the Elevate 11 Man Goalie!
  • Then, we have clothes, (though I feel like this one is a given) I found that with the impending Winter season, many kids want soft cozy clothes, somebody even wrote that they were asking for a warm fluffy robe. I added that to my list the moment I saw it! 
  • And for all of the gamers out there, many kids are asking for an xbox or  ps5
  • While one the topic of gaming, I noticed that many kids are hoping for electronics (can’t blame them, I am too, fingers crossed on a phone!) This includes: Mac Books, phones, Air Pods etc.. I’m not sure if they are going to get it but somebody is betting on getting a new TV!
  • Pet’s are a big hit too- mostly dogs to be honest. My friend is asking for a Chocolate Labradoodle (ikr awwwww) and I really hope she gets one!
  • And lastly  I thought I should add in the Polaroid Instant Camera. Super cool thing by the way, allows you to take pictures and immediately they will come out the top of the camera for you too keep!

So,I hope you now at least have one more idea of what you can ask for! At least I know I do! 

Realistic Resolutions by Maggie Agyeman

Realistic Resolutions

Not gonna lie, 2020 has been a pretty unpredictable year! However, guess what? It’s almost the new year, which means time to start making resolutions! But here’s the thing, most of the time people set goals that are completely unmanageable.

Things like…I will always be happy! I will keep my house clean everyday! I will never procrastinate!

Come on. Reality check? When our goals aren’t reasonable, it causes extra stress. So, here are some tips:

  • Be realistic! Don’t make resolutions like the ones listed above, simple goals are best for beginning goal-setters and once you achieve it, make it harder. After all, you can’t climb a mountain without any training.
  • Prepare what you need. If you don’t have the materials needed to accomplish your resolutions, what’s the point? You can go to the store, or create your own supplies! Make sure to double check that you have everything ready to go, so it’ll be easy-peezy.
  •  Gather information. You need all the resources you can get in order to be extra ready to get to your plans! Find info in books, websites, magazines, and other trusted resources! In other words, knowledge is power!
  • Measure your progress. Whether it’s days, months, or minutes, keep track of time being spent towards your goals, so you can give yourself plenty of credit. You can also encourage yourself to keep working by rewarding yourself every once in a while.
  • Have fun! Completing goals should be exciting, and if you don’t want to work on a certain resolution, no one’s making you! Paying attention to even tiny amounts of progress will boost your confidence, and make you feel good! 

After learning these tips, making (and sticking to) new year’s resolutions might not be so hard! Remember, you are capable of anything you want to do if you have a thoughtful plan, stay focused, and keep a smile on your face. Stress-free and organized is the way to go!

By Maggie Agyeman, 6th grade newspaper club member.

Dear 2020 by Fiona Peltonen

Dear 2020,

I’m going to try to be nice. It’s obvious you messed up, but maybe it was because you weren’t in year school for long enough. (take this as a lesson to all of you other years stay in school so another epic fail of a year doesn’t happen again) I would make some sort of witty note, but my decaying quarantine mind can’t put that much focus in something. So instead of writing a note I’m going to make ✨A List✨

I’ll start with the good things this year did

1. I got a puppy who is the newest part of my family and I love her so much 

2. I’ve had a fun time binge watching every single show in existence 

3. Uhhhh…. Think of something, think of something……

4. Oh! I’ve had more reading time!

5. I’ve started watching project runway (great show)

6. And that’s all I can think of 

I want to put this kindly, but now I must move on to the bad things. This year brought A LOT of bad things. Like a lot a lot. Like if 2020 was a scented candle it would be a bunch of toilets on fire. Anyway, here we go

  1. I did not get to go on vacation
  2. Millions of people are dying (You know I should probably put that before the vacation thing)
  1. I didn’t get an elementary graduation 
  2. I have to wear masks
  3. I can’t hang out with my friends
  4. I have to be alone 24/7 with my sister (oh the fighting, oh the fighting)
  5. I’m not going into politics but all that stuff

Okay well this list is going to go on forever so I’m going to stop here

2020, you did not live up to expectations. I hope you can prove yourself better in some other form. 2020 you’ve set a bad example. I really hope other years don’t look up to you. You need to improve. I will end this note like this, PLEASE don’t do anymore. Don’t create some other disease or some sort of spider snake to torment us. Just let us be. 

From,

Fiona Peltonen

Marvel’s New Superheroes: Nurses! by Rhea Sethi

Marvel’s New Superheroes: Nurses!

By Rhea Sethi

As you might already know, Marvel has produced phenomenal comics, hooking fans into stories of adventure. Well, their new comic is perhaps the greatest of them all. This new comic is called The Vitals: True Nurse Stories, featuring superheroes in real life: nurses! 

After the experience of 2020, we all now know that real superheroes don’t wear capes, instead they wear scrubs. Marvel and Allegheny Health Network (AHN) agreed. “At Marvel, we tell stories about heroes every day,”  stated Marvel President Dan Buckley. “But this story is special. It tells a story about our everyday heroes – the nurses and healthcare professionals working tirelessly and courageously to save lives. Along with AHN, we are honored to help tell these stories, which we dedicate to the real heroes who are saving the world.” 

The story is about nurses working hard and saving lives in the toughest of situations. Trust me, it’s a lot more enthralling than fictional superheroes.

Who are the people who made it possible for us to read this breathtaking comic? It was written by Sean Ryan and penciled by Ze Carlos, Mirko Colak and Marcio Fiorito. 

If I were you, I would go online and grab a ebook version right now! Wait, they have free ebooks? Yup! To read the comic online all you have to do is search up Marvel, The Vitals. Then select the link that says “The Vitals: True Nurse Stories (2020) | Comic Issues | Marvel” After you are redirected to the Marvel Comics website, scroll down to where it says “digital issue” and press “read now.” How easy was that?  

Now I’m sure you want to go read the comic so I’m not gonna spoil it. Just remember that you are reading about real superheroes and real struggles. It is important that we honor these heroes who are there for us.

Holiday Contest (Updated)

WMS Holiday Contest!!!!!!!

To win a $25 Amazon gift card, pick 1 thing or more to do and send a picture to Aidan and Emily via email. (aidan_curry@student.waylandps.org & emywyner@gmail.com)

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Everything is 1 – 10 ratings

  1. Best gingerbread house 
  2. Best Christmas tree decorations
  3. Best Hanukkah drawing of a dreidel 
  4. Best latkes (Potato Pancakes)
  5. Best holiday Poster, must include a picture for Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and/or new years 
  6. Best holiday baked goods- can be a cookie, cupcake, etc. – don’t  make a mess 🙂
  7. Best Kwanzaa decorations – anything of your choice!

All entries must be sent to both Emily and Aidan by January 8

Holiday Contest by Aidan Curry and Uraan Choudhury

Holiday Contest!!!!!!!

To win a $25 amazon gift card, pick 1 thing or more to do and send a picture to Aidan via email. (aidan_curry@student.waylandps.org & emywyner@gmail.com)

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  1. Best gingerbread house: (1 to 10 rating)
  2. Best Christmas tree decorations(1 to 10 rating)
  3. Best Hanukkah drawing of a dreidel (1 to 5 rating)
  4. Best latkes (Potato Pancakes – 1-5 rating) 
  5. Best holiday Poster, must include a picture for Hannakah, Christmas, and other holidays (can also include “Happy new year”1 to 5 rating) 
  6. Best holiday baked goods- can be a cookie, cupcake, etc. (don’t  make a mess 🙂 1 to 10 rating- please email emywyner@gmail.com)

Hope you win – Newspaper Club

Hint: Pick three things to do at most and we will give you your best score and that will be your final score.

Wayland Middle School