Monday, December 14, 2015

What's Happening in 6th Grade in December... by Rachel Williams

The penny wars have begun! Currently, going through the classrooms, students are bringing in pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, and cash to help raise money for the “Make-A-Wish Foundation.” Remember, one penny is equal to one positive point and any other coin/dollar is worth negative points. Still bring in other coins to bomb other classrooms and put them in negative points. The penny wars will continue through Thursday, December 17. That's two days before winter break! In expressions, we recently finished our Laurel Burch animals and our Indian Silhouette. We are now working on our Jai-Ho dance. We have Indian Cultural Day coming up which is Friday, December 18. When we return from break, we will start learning about Ancient China in Social Studies. Last week, we did a week of code in Science/Tech. People used to make games on Flappy Bird, Star Wars, Minecraft, Infinity Play Lab, and Play Lab to make their own games. Once again, winter break is coming up December 19- January 4. We are almost in 2016! We have some exciting things coming up, have fun!

Friday, December 11, 2015

Book Review on School for Good and Evil By Santiago

Whatever you say this isn’t a girl book! This book is a great book, written by Soman Ghanaimi. A great book filled with Fantasy, and twist and turns. Join Agatha and Sophie on an adventure, both these girls live in a town known as Gavaldon, which is surrounded completely by woods. Every 4 years, the “school master” comes to take 2 children, one good, one evil. The children that are taken go to the fabled school for good and evil, where ordinary children learn how to become monsters or great heroes. Sophie and Agatha both qualify for one of these two roles. If you want to learn more, then embark on the adventure of a lifetime.

I thought this was a great book, I would rate it a 4 and a half stars out of 5. I really like how the author took examples of real fairy tales and used them to relate to the book, it really helped me understand the book. I would definitely recommend this book to others, especially if you like fantasy. It’s filled with one twist in particular that may make you not like the author at first but I thought that was great so if you like twists then read this book. If you’re looking for series then you’re in luck! This is a series with 3 books. Overall, I think this is a great book.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Penny Wars by Nicole Krushke

On December 8th, 2015 all of the Leading Edge students who are in 6-8th grade started a change war. Basically, a change war is a fun and competitive way to donate to the “Make -a- Wish Foundation”. Each class either has a milk carton or a glass jar. Each student had a choice to donate money into the container. The twist is that a penny is worth plus one point but, the rest of the coins and dollar bills equal negative points. It’s minus the value it is worth. For example, a quarter equals negative 25, dime equals negative 10, and so on. The objective is to get as many points as possible during the “war”.

All of the collected money will be donated to an organization called “Make -a-Wish Foundation”. The Make-a-Wish Foundation is an organization that arranges experiences, also known as wishes, for children with severe medical conditions. The change war ends two days before Winter break which is on December 17th. Every penny really does count, it can someone happier which is a big deal. I think this is such a clever and fun way to donate to a great cause!

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

NCS Girls Soccer Tournament By Mika and Kennedy

IMG_0950.JPGJust recently on December 1, 2015 our Natomas Leading Edge Knights girls soccer team had a tournament Bradshaw Christian. We played a total of two exciting games. In the end the knights didn’t get first, however with the help of our incredible coaches the whole team including Nuha Ghamian, Reyna Velazquez, Leah Miller, Emily Tang, Caitlin Law, Minerva Perez, Mia Collins, Kennedy Wise, Sofia Flores, Alex Clemons, Mika Shinoda, Sonia Singh, Mariana Jones, and Salma Qudiri worked very hard to earn 2nd place in the entire tournament.

The first game was at 2:05 versus Mills Middle School. During the first half of the game the score was 2-0 knights. Our coaches told the team that they were doing great and we all agreed with them to. Each and everyone of the soccer-loving players had been playing the best they had played all season. During the second half Natomas Charter scored three more goals. However for the three goals that we scored the other team scored one, but when everyone heard the ringing of the referee’s whistle they immediately knew the game was over. The final score of that game was knights over Mills 5-1. Then the soccer team pridefully walked over to the next field where Mitchell awaited us. 

IMG_0949.JPGAfter we won our first game against Mills 5-1 we played Mitchel. During this game we played the hardest that we had ever played together this whole season. In the first half of the game we were staying strong while our goalie was making amazing stops, and the defense marking and covering everyone, while the offense was trying hard to get a goal. However, Mitchell's defense was also staying strong and not giving up, while their offense was working very hard. After the first half the score was 0-0 . Our coaches told us that we were doing great, and that we needed to keep it up. In the second half we worked even harder than we did in the first half, but Mitchell was also working harder. With about 10 minutes into the second half of the game Mitchels goalie drop kicked the ball, and there player got a breakaway and scored which made the score 0-1. Unfortunately our team couldn’t get back up on the leaderboard so we lost the Championship game 0-1. But the girls on the soccer team played an amazing heartfelt game.

Overall the Natomas Charter Knights girls soccer team represented our school amazingly. Our fantastic goalies Leah and Mia only let in two goals throughout the tournament. On the other hand our forwards and midfielders scored 5 goals in the two games that were played. So, when you see somebody who was on the girls soccer team congratulate them because they did an outstanding job!

Friday, December 4, 2015

India Maps by Alyssa and Grace

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Ancient India is fascinating to learn about! In our unit for ancient India, we have been learning a lot about everything India from a long time ago. Learning about how the Indus Valley civilizations formed, how they ended, and all the other things like their culture. We really enjoy all the projects that we have done. The best one was the relief map. We have learned a lot about ancient India and can’t wait to learn more.
We have not completely finished the relief maps yet, on Tuesday, we had just started them. We started of by drawing the lines of longitude and latitude, which took longer than we expected. After that we molded the land into the cardboard box. When I did it, I did not know there was flour to stick on our hands in so the the dough stick, so the dough cover our hands and the desks. We’ll be painting them on Monday once the dough is dry. Overall it was fun, but messy.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The Land of Stories Book Review by Sanjeev and Tanner

So our book log was a book called “The Land of stories” by Chris Colfer and we both enjoyed the book! The book is sci-fiction in a way and fiction. The main characters are Chase and they get trapped in a fairy tale land and meet lots of Fairy Tale Characters like red riding hood. The book is emotional in a way and is meant for teens. The book is 400 pages long and on my experience the book was good and interesting. -Sanjeev
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The rating I would give this book would be a 9/10. I loved every moment and this felt like the show “Once upon a time” as a book. I recommend this book to sci-fiction and fantasy fans. I think you would enjoyed this book even if you don’t like sci-fiction fan or a fantasy. I think their was a few things they had to fix but still it was a good book and recommend this book to anyone to read. -Sanjeev       

For my side of the book, Book “Land of Stories” is a really good book and had action and fantasy. This book also has a climax that is perfect for the book. The book is about Alex and Chase who sets off into a book of fairytales, but they aren’t happily ever afters all the time. When they both jump into the book, the evil queen escapes from the “jail” and starts to take over the kingdom one by one, while the 2 kids are not really knowing what is exactly going on there. Later, Alex and Chase are joined by their grandmother that has been gone ever since they were born, but them 2 did not know who she was. After a while, the 2 start pitching in on defeating the queen. This book captures on how and when it should end.I would definitely give this book a ⅘ star rating. This book was an amazing fantasy novel and I am already getting started on the next one. -Tanner

Monday, November 30, 2015

Mummies Tomb By: Diego F.

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Here is the mummy dancers on Mummies Tomb.
Mummies Tomb was a spectacular event. I was a fun experience making it all become possible. I think it was fun practicing your skit and practice your routines. I personally think that the Mummies Tomb was everyone's favorite play to rehearse so far. Mummies Tomb was an event where all of Leading Edges 6th graders participate in a walking tour. There are Mummies, Kings, and other Egyptian places and people. The people watching get to 
walk around and look and all of the sites to see. The play took about two weeks to prepare, it wasn’t too long. I hope that we get a play like this next year or later this year.

The Mummy's Tomb edited by Mayee

“Recently In Expressions, Leading Edge Sixth Graders got ready for their Mummy's Tomb Performance. “The process of the play was hard trying to get everybody with a part they wanted . Before showtime the had two hours to get the play looking fabulous .

“Mummy’s Tomb was such a great experience, and I think that it was a great way to wrap up our study of Egypt. I would definitely want to do this event again, if I had the option to. - Claire”

It was really confusing , but it was really Fun!! -Li & Kaela

I really liked performing in Mummy’s Tomb because I scared people, which was really amusing. I was in the Hall of Terror. Simran and I made a contest to see how many shoelaces we could untie. I untied 5 people’s shoes, and one person got really mad about it. Two people also stepped on my hands. I thought it was a lot of fun scaring people. One person that we scared jumped back and hit the desk behind them! - Evynn


The scary parts gave everyone a real scare, it felt really real -

  There many parts to the play . Being a tour guide would take great responsibility- you would take a group of parents and show them a tour with Isis looking for her husband's body parts or in the weighing of the heart ,earthquake crew, in the mummification scene or being a goddess arguing in the treasure room. Everything was a good part.Some people were part of the thriller dance. Most of all everybody had a great time. Lets not forget the Cairo Cafe with Cameron jokes the Bangles and more!!

“Wooo-hooo! One of the best Friday the 13ths I've ever celebrated was during Mummy's Tomb, and it was very, very fun! One of my favorite parts was the Cairo cafe, which included 4 different performances from some very talented people. The groups that performed were as follows; a reenactment of SNK's Steve Martin "King Tut", a lip-sync Bangles band from the 80's singing "Walk Like an Egyptian", Kamran and his very PUNNY jokes, and of course, TAIKO! The first group to show off their amazing skills was taiko, and they literally had the entire audience clinging on their chairs, cheering for more. The beat of the drums was very melodic and thrilling. I personally loved it, and I even think that they should start performing live in a world tour (you should REALLY consider it, Taiko). The next performance was King Tut's little song, which was also very great. Nathan was overall perfect at lip-syncing, and Reyna's flute solo was superior. The back-up dancing was also very flawless. Another performance that was fabulous was The Bangles "Walk Like an Egyptian"! It was great that they agreed to perform again in about 30 years from the debut of this song! Even though they were a little *aged*, and they grew a little shorter, AND they looked like middle schoolers -  their performance took me back to the 80's! Last but certainly not least, was Cameron's corny jokes! His performance was so corny and “punny”, it completely deceived me! I really thought that Cameron was actually just Mr.Shane in disguise... My favorite joke was "Why was the pharaoh's kids confused? (Wait for it...) BECAUSE THEIR DADDY WAS A MUMMY! Badum tssss! Oh, and, let's not forget one of the most important parts of the Cairo Cafe...Its cafe! The hot cocoa and coffee served by parent volunteers were really, really, good. I was so tempted to try it, that I burned my tongue. But it was worth it. That hot coco is really dank. Before I leave, shout out to each and every actor/actress in the Mummy's Tomb (and the parent volunteers)! and Happy Thanksgiving!”- Krystal  

I describe it  as  Egypt -Lauren

It was okay ,but cool- Diego P.

I think that it was awesome because there was a mummies dance and that was amazing -Komal

Who went to see Mummy's Tomb last Friday night?​ If you did, I think we can all agree that it was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. To those of you who weren't able to attend the Mummy's Tomb, the whole experience consisted of marvelous adventures taken from the Cairo Cafe all the way through the Nile River to the treasure room. First of all, the cabaret acts were amazing, and the hot coco was good         ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°), and the cabaret acts were also very cool. I loved King Tut, the Bangles, Taiko, and Kamran's jokes. They were very lively and beautiful. I enjoyed watching them a lot, but was very excited for my tour! I couldn't wait, but Mrs. Meindl placed me in one of the very last tours, because I still needed to perform, too. When I finally got to go on a tour, I drank some coffee first, because I thought it was hot coco. But it wasn't (‘◉⌓◉’)... Anyways, I started my tour along the Nile River, and I got to see a giant squid attacking a giant shark and the giant shark was trying to eat Shayan. (•ˇ‿ˇ•) Nobody did anything about it, but it's okay, because the shark was actually fake. I moved further along the river and saw Isis trying to search for her husband's (Osiris A.K.A Alexander’s) body parts. It was very crazy! Then, I went inside Mrs. Bibayoff’s room and saw Savun getting mummified by some beautiful girls in butterfly masks. Julliana was even saying some ancient Egyptian tomb rituals. After that, I went into Mrs. Hanson's room and saw somebody getting their hearts weighed by Osiris. It was amazing, but I kept on wondering how heavy my heart would be... (• ̥̆ •) ... In the end, I went inside the Treasure Room and got to see mummies dancing. I liked the part where the dodo tour guide touched the treasure, even though he wasn't suppose to. It was very amusing.Altogether, Mummy's tomb was SWAG, and I will definitely go to see it next year. YASSS!”- Krystal

"Mummy's Tomb was amazing and so much fun!  I enjoyed seeing all of our hard work during the walk through during the last tour!"-Simran


It was awesome !!!!!!  ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) -Milan

I thought the Mummy's tomb was an amazing play. -Alisha

Everyone did an amazing job. It turned out to amazing!!! - Sofiya

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Friday, November 6, 2015

Girls Soccer Team by : Samuel S. and Kimberly C.

Embedded image permalinkThe Natomas Charter Soccer Girls Soccer Team has been very successful this year in making the school proud and glow with pride. They have lost 2 games, but won 3! Near the end of the first trimester, at Leading Edge, of the members like to play soccer. If the girls soccer team are enjoying this sport already, it can mean two things: That these girls are really self-confident about playing soccer, and it can also mean that this sport (soccer) is really pleasing.

Girls soccer is a pretty good sport and that is one of the many reasons why some of the Natomas Charter girls plays it and loves doing it. So we interviewed two of the players:

What made you join the soccer team?

Reyna: I get to play with my friends and win games!

Sofia : I wanted to get better at my soccer skills and be awesome!

Did you play soccer before you joined the NCS girls soccer team? Why?

Reyna:Yes, I did I played soccer on my dad’s team. I thought it would be very fun.

Sofia: Yes, I played on a soccer team before I joined the soccer team.

Lastly, do you like playing with your team and for the school?

Reyna:Yes, I love soccer and I like playing with my friends and I feel like we’re a big family

Sofia: Yes, I do because it is a good way to make new friends and for me continuing playing what I love.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Junior Volleyball Awards Ceremony by Rachel

On October 20, 2015, the girls junior volleyball players of Leading Edge Charter School met up for a ceremony celebrating this year’s games. The season had been good with only one loss. The players were all excited to see each other after the it and even more excited to hear what the coach had to say.
 We all met up at Round Table Pizza. The line was super long, but it was worth the wait. The team had a reserved room that was fairly large. My team mates and I socialized, ate, and discussed the three trophies that lay on the table near the door. The three trophies were named Coach's Award, MVP (Most Valuable Player), and Most Improved. These would be handed out later to the three special players.  
 Time ran on and it was time for the ceremony. All the parents sat on chairs and the players sat on the floor. Coach Jim walked to the front of the room and welcomed everyone to the ceremony. He announced that he was going to give out certificates to the players along with pins that that the school had ever-so-nicely given to us. We were called up one by one in alphabetical order... by NICKNAMES! I remember the first name being Berry-starting with B. He would work his way down the line until the very last person. To just my luck, I was the last person!! My nickname was Zelda Apple Slice (Zelda was what they called me) and “Z” is the letter at the end of the alphabet. Each time someone went up, coach had something wonderful to say about them. At last it was my turn and he gave me a few compliments inside his speech. It was great! I received my pin and certificate then walked back to my seat.

It was finally time for the coach to give out the trophies! Everybody was on the edge of their seat, waiting to see who would be called on. First, he gave the Most Improved Award. It went to “Berry” or Bethany. In my opinion, she deserved it. She had improved that year and she was doing really good. Next, the Coach’s Award went to “Moe” or Mia. This was for coming on time and for working hard in the coach’s opinion. She was also worthy for the prize. Last, but CERTAINLY not least was Rory. She had won the MVP, most valuable player. She is absolutely amazing. Her serves make aces and her sets make points. She was undoubtedly worthy for her trophy.

After, we all took pictures with Coach Jim and went home. That night was fun and special for the whole team. Everyone would remember it next year and years after.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Red Ribbon Week By Justin

This week’s Red Ribbon Week was great. It was definitely Drug Free. All of the classes did a Great job decorating their doors. They all showed a Halloween scare while adding the important message of not taking drugs. 

There were great themes such as “Don’t let drugs put you in an early grave” (Right) “Don’t let drugs mummify your brain.” “Don’t get wrapped up in drugs”, and “This is your face on drugs.” All the classes competed to see who had the best door. It seems like it was pretty close since all the doors were great. I loved all the decorations like the pill bottles and and the ghosts and the drawings.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Laurel Burch Inspired Art by Li Teh

Laurel Burch Art Inspires Us!

In Expressions, we are doing Laurel Burch style animals. What else would be more fun? The animals have patterns and shapes over them. Some have stripes and some are poka-dotted. Laurel Burch had osteopetrosis and she broke many bones because of it. She was born on December 31, 1945 and died in September 13, 2007. She was a self taught painter started as a jewelry maker. She didn’t give up even though she was able to break one of her bones really easily. She said that her bone disease was a gift and lived with it. She performed hundreds of speaking engagements around the country. She refused to have anything in this world that she couldn’t make magical. She was magical. She didn't let what depressed her hold on to her, she made her art happy so the world could share the happiness with her. People missed her when she died but her spirit will be remembered and the people will continue with her lead.


Friday, October 16, 2015

Spirit Week by Braden and Ethan L.


I always love spirit weeks because, they give you a chance dress differently than all the other days and be funny and creative with your outfits. It also gives you an opportunity to be supportive of Leading Edge, by showing you appreciate spirit week.

What we wore at spirit week:

Monday: PJ day was one of my favorite days because we got to wear PJ’s to school.

Tuesday: On sports day we showed our support to our favorite teams in any sport.

Wednesday: Disney This includes Star wars or any other Disney things you had.

Thursday: Twins day: Dress up like your friend.

Friday: Crazy hair/ Dr.Suess Crazy hair day is always fun because you can be creative of what you do with your hair.

School Clubs and Activities Update By Kalia and Hiba

Since it's almost three months into the school year, are you in a club yet?
Screen Shot 2015-10-16 at 11.40.58 AM.pngSome clubs and activities are after school. For example, PFAA lets Leading Edge students join a Beginning Strings class, for violin, viola, cello, and double bass. Also, some clubs are at lunch, like Chess Club. Chess Club is for chess-lovers to learn or practice chess. It’s held in Mrs. Meindl’s classroom. Also held there at lunch, Leadership is for leading events and occasions. In addition, there is also Taiko. In order for the current Taiko members to get in, there were auditions and sign-ups. Taiko Drumming is a Japanese percussion with big, round drums. Math Club also started. Math Club is for people who love math and want more! There is also Gardening Club, where you plant plants and work on the garden. It’s a new club just started this year! They have been battling the weeds and would love a few more members to come out and join them Fridays at lunch! Yearbook club is like Taiko in that they had an application earlier in the year and selected members. The members of that club have been hard at work taking pictures and and setting up this year’s yearbook to be published in June. DSC00083.JPG

As you can see, Leading Edge has a wide variety of clubs and activities, with more to come. Don’t worry if you’re not in a club, I’m sure there will be more and more clubs starting up with many fun things to do. There might even be a club that will include your favorite hobby! So make sure to join a club, and have fun!


Some Great Activities You Can Join:

  • Chess Club
  • Gardening Club
  • 3-D design Club
  • Leadership Club
  • Taiko Drumming Club
  • Math Club
  • Yearbook Club
  • Magazine Club
  • -And many more!

Chess Club:

Chess Club is really fun! I love playing chess. It is a really great sport. Chess is a board game of strategic skill for two players, played on a checkered board. Each player begins the game with sixteen pieces that are moved and used to capture opposing pieces according to precise rules. The object is to put the opponent's king under a direct attack from which escape is impossible ( checkmate ). I love to play chess in Ms. Meindl’s room for all of lunch and just eat a snack while playing the best game on Earth (“chess”.)

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3-D Design Club

3-D design club is a club for those of you people who are interested in a 3-D printer and making cool stuff out of it. The club is in Mrs. Bibayoff’s room. Here are some images below of 3-D design club.  

Leadership Club

Leadership is a great club. Who’s in charge of it? Ms. Meindl is in charge of the Leadership Club. Here are some images below of the Leadership Club. Embedded image permalinkEmbedded image permalink
Well that’s all so make sure to join a club, and have fun!☺☺☺

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Alice in Wonderland Dance by Lauren

Down the rabbit hole to Wonderland!
If you didn’t go to the dance, then off with your heads! On Friday, September 25, Leading Edge had their first dance. And if you thought it couldn’t get better, it did. Jump through the rabbit hole and join the magical experience of the party!

So, as I have told you, the party was Alice and Wonderland themed. You didn’t have to dress up, but I saw some amazing pictures including my friend Krystal La as the Queen of Hearts.

Everybody was dancing including Mrs. Hanson and there was some really good music. But that wasn’t the best part. The best part was the food and drinks. There was pizza, candy, sweets, and soda.

Leadership did a great job on the decorations. There was the rabbit hole at the front and the white rabbit. There was even a cute sign welcoming you to Wonderland. Leadership sure did a great job with the decorations!

But, I think the best part was everyone came in to help with this great event. I hope everyone had fun hanging with friends, eating lots of food, and dancing their hearts out. But one thing is for sure, I definitely had fun!

"Road to Civilization" Plays by Diego

In Mrs. Meindl’s Expressions class we created plays about the Ice Age "The Bear Hunt" and "Wolf Puppy"; about Catal Huyuk, "The Deer Hunt" and "Obsidian traders"; and about Mesopotamia- "Hammurabi's Code" and "Nebuchadnezzar finds a Wife" . In Expressions we had time to make the plays that we were doing and, after a few days of writing and rehearsing, we finally had our plays done. Each group then had to perform the plays in front of the class, and we voted to see who would get to the finals. After everybody performed we then voted on the two best and those went to the finals.

The Finals:
In my opinion the finals were the most fun part because we got to see
all the expression’s periods groups go up and perform, but it was not all the groups only some. There were only sixth graders in the room it was still a lot of kids. In the picture that is not even everybody. When the plays started the first up was the Ice Age. The play name was "the troll bears".I really enjoyed watching this play it was very funny and entertaining. What I really liked about the play was that most people knew the songs and things they put in there play like the whip and nae nae song

The next was also in the Ice age but this one was about the how the domestication of animals started. I also liked this one too; it was funny and had lots of information. It was like one of those things that you wished never ended because it was so much fun to watch!

 The next part was Catal Huyuk , "The Deer Hunt"- I really liked this one but I did not get any pictures of it because the play was so good I just kept watching and then I remembered to take pictures and I pulled out the camera and the camera died. Back to the Catal Huyuk this play was much longer, also really fun to watch it , and it also had lots of information that is good to know.

Next up we have "the obsidian Traders". The obsidian traders were funny too like the parts where they had to steal the obsidian from the traders and the part when they had to fight playing "rock paper scissors".

The Mesopotamia plays were also really entertaining - what I liked about these is that I found Mesopotamia very interesting in class so these plays were very entertaining for me. We saw a play about Hammurabi's Code and one about Nebuchadnezzar and the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.
The last play was voted the best of all!!

I think that all groups worked very hard and all deserve a pat on the back. All the plays were very cool and had lots of information and were exciting to watch.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Book Review by Daniel and Ethan S.

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Image result for harry potter and the sorcerer's stoneHello everybody this is Daniel’s and Ethan’s book review about one of our favorite book series........Harry Potter. The book is the first and is called Harry Potter and the sorcerer’s stone.This book is about a boy named Harry Potter born to wizards but they were killed by the one who shall not be named when he was just a baby. Somehow, when Vold-he who shall not be named tried to kill Harry, he lost his powers and his body. All that was left of Volde-he who cannot be named was his spirit and he fled. Harry Potter was given to his Aunt and Uncle by Albus Dumbledore one night and they have been mean to him every since he has arrived. He has to live under the staircase and is bossed around a lot. He lives with his mean cousin Dudley Dursley. One time all a letter from Hogwarts comes saying to come and become a wizard like his parents but right when he is about to open it his uncle snatches it and burns it in the fireplace. After that they keep on coming so his aunt and uncle decide to move to an island in the ocean. So they do and one night on Harry Potter’s birthday Rubius Hagrid comes and takes him to Hogwarts.

As Harry starts getting new friends named Ron and Hermione and learning about the wizard world, he starts learning about Volde-he who cannot be named. He finds out that one of his teachers was working for Voldem-he who shall not be named. One day, he noticed the teacher run off and followed him. Harry finds out that Voldemo-he who shall not be named is trying to get the Sorcerer’s Stone which gives eternal life. The Sorcerer’s Stone is located in a secret place in Hogwarts and is protected by many spells and puzzles. Harry tells his friends Ron and Hermione about Voldemor-he who shall not be named’s plan. Do you think they can stop Voldemort-he who shall not be named? Read the book to find out more.

Daniel and Ethan would recommend this book to people who like fiction and action. People who like romance and love might not find this as a great book. Also, people who don’t like really long books might not enjoy this. It’s your decision if you want to read the book or not.

In conclusion, we liked the book very much. It was very descriptive and very full of ,”What will happen next”? sentences. Also, its introduction to the wizard world and everything in it was amazing. If you are fascinated by what you hear about this book, then go ahead and read it.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

LEA Clubs by Zander

If you thought that Leading Edge was just school you were wrong. There are a lot of clubs. Just note that the ones that I go over are not all of the clubs. These are just the clubs that I know of so I could get information to write about, so just note that not all of the clubs are listed here.

The first I am going to go over is Taiko. This club is the club that is most frequent. It mainly happens every Wednesday morning from 8am to 9:15 am In I-1. However sometimes it happens on Thursday and Tuesday at lunch in I-1. Taiko is drumming. You should hear what music they make. It is music to the ears, literally. There will be auditions soon, and I wonder who will get cut…

The next club is 3D printer club. In this club you can make 3D designs on the computer and print them (Note this process takes a while). This club is in I-3, every Tuesday at lunch. This club allows you to make little models and take them home. So if you like modeling except dont have the time to model, or like to model but are just bad at it this is the club for you.

The third club is Glee club. This club allows you to express yourself in different ways such as singing. This club is highly new so if you are interested definitely join. This club is at I-4 Tuesday at lunch (next to 3D printer club). Because the club is new, there is not much info I can give you, Sorry.

The fourth club that I am going to be going over is Magizine club. This club is meant for people who want to write for the school magazine. The magazine is currently the Charter Chronicles but the name may be changed. This club is in H-3 (enter at the second door) Thursday at lunch. However if you are going to come to this club, you better hurry, not because it's cut and the slots are filling up, no (this isn't even cut) but because everybody has a job for the magazine so definitely hurry.
And finally we have my favorite club. CHESS CLUB!!!!. THATS RIGHT, THERE IS CHESS CLUB. Chess club is kinda self explanatory but I do have some stuff to say about it. Chess club is not for beginners at chess, I repeat IT IS NOT FOR BEGINNERS AT CHESS. This club is for the entire school. That means 6-8th graders are welcome. The best chess players in the school will come to chess club and see if anybody is better than them. The balance between strong players and weak players that vs. me are equal.

Friday, September 18, 2015

3D Design Club by Cameron

Do you know what a 3D printer is? The 3D printer is small but unique. The 3D printer melts a plastic substance called filament which forms any shape or object. I was able to experience this myself for the first time in 3D Printer Club. What I enjoy most about this club is when you start off you instantly get shown how to work Tinkercad (which is a website) and you create a name tag. Well, you can pretty much print anything you can think of. 

The designs print in white but you can color them yourself if you want. There are also some different colors of filament. I like that I can experiment with different shapes and sizes to personalize my own objects. Sounds cool right? You should join us Tuesdays at lunch in Ms. Bibayoff’s classroom, for 3D Printer Club!

I asked people what they like best about the club and here are some of their answers.

”I can make objects I can’t draw on a piece of paper.”

”I feel expressive. The options are limitless!”

Clearly I’m not the only one who loves it! So remember, come check it out next Tuesday. See you there! :)

Boys' Soccer Team Interview by Reyna and Nuha

The Team

Reyna and I interviewed the boy’s soccer team and their coach, and they had a lot of interesting responses. Here are the team's answers:

Reyna: Why do you like soccer?
Jaren: It is very fun.
Danny: It is very exciting.
Blake: I like kicking things.
Trevor: I get to play against different people.
Reyna: What is your favorite part of being on the team?
Danny: I get to play with my friends.
Trevor: I like winning the games.

The Coach

We also asked the coach, Mr. Shane, some questions. He gave us a good response. Here is what he said.

Nuha: What inspired you to become a coach?
Mr.Shane: The cause of me being a coach is loving sports.
Nuha: Did you play soccer when you were little?
Mr.Shane: Of course I did.
Nuha: Is it hard becoming a coach?
Mr.Shane: No, but you have to learn the game’s rules.
Nuha: Why did you become a coach in the first place?
Mr.Shane: I like being part of the game.

Expressions by Gurkirat

This year in expressions class, we are doing lot of cool things. We are learning new and different techniques of art. The unit we are doing right now in expressions is very interesting. We are doing apple art. It is like drawing an apple by looking at an actual apple that’s right in front of you and you have to add all the features you can. You also get to color it or paint it and do many more stuff to it.  

Last week, we also finished up our one point perspective that came out great for everyone. It looks like you are looking forward in the picture. Someone even drew a Minecraft one that looks really good. We also had a chess unit that we play chess technically all period. And we also made this opt hand art thing that some of them were actually like it was 3D. On the first week of school we made a Modigliani self portrait of ourselves with oil pastels.While doing art we get to listen to happy Meindl music. I start to enjoy art more after coming to expressions class.

Thanks for reading.

(Photos by Gurkirat too!)