Thursday, April 30, 2015

How To “Survive” SBAC Testing Tips and Advice By Hudson and Bennett

SBAC Testing is coming up and supposedly you are nervous. If you are not, you don’t need to read this. The whole point of this is how to “survive” SBAC Testing and do well on it. Here’s the most important two things:

  • Take care of yourself by having a good sleep and a good breakfast. For example, you might want to get nine or more hours of sleep. So if you wake up at 7:00 AM you want to go to bed before 10:00 PM. 
  • Do some stretches to get your body going and your mind starting to wake up the morning of the test.
In class about a week ago we were learning about the brain. I read an article about the best studying strategies for the brain. I will list some of them here:

Study Strategies/Steps for Any Test:
  1. Make sure you have all materials so you don’t need to get up to get your notebook or something during the test.*
  2. Write down your worries, questions, or concerns about the test before the test so you can focus on them and try to fix/answer them while you're studying instead of while taking the test.*
  3. Take a few deep breaths before starting and even during the test.*
  4. Review your first problem, talk out loud very quietly or whisper as you write down your problem. You can probably whisper your problem during the test but not loudly.
  5. While studying, after a couple of reviewed questions take a 10-15 minute break. NO TV OR ELECTRONICS.
  6. Review a little information again when you're about to go to bed.
  7. Get a good night sleep for the whole week so your brain will rest before the test. This helpful so you and your brain won’t stress out.*
  8. As well eat a healthy breakfast like eggs and fruit and no junk food.
  9. Also keep yourself hydrated during and before the test so you won’t get major headaches and it won’t stress you out. (Also, try not to spill the water because that would be really bad.)*

*= You can probably do these during the actual SBAC test.

Good luck and do your best at all times and don’t stress out! :)

Sources: Brain Topics: Brain Compatible Study Strategies by Lori Desautels

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Poet to Poet by Kate T

As you probably know April is National Poetry Month and 6th grade is doing an activity this month; it is called Poet to Poet. Earlier this week the 6th grade class watched professional poets recite one of their favorite poems. Now the 6th grade classes are writing a letter to the poets, and we will also begin writing some poetry of our own inspired by the poems we have heard. I am choosing to write a letter and poem inspired by Edward Hirsch, he wrote the poem cotton candy. Other students I interviewed also are enjoying poetry month. “ I really enjoy the activity that we are doing in class. I especially like that we can have a chance to communicate with the poet.” says one student. Another student says that “ I think that this is a cool activity to do in poetry month. This activity helps us get better and understand poetry like never before. Writing to poets about their poems will really help us get deeper into poetry.” Along with loving the poetry month, students are writing letters and poems to all different types of poets including Edward Hirsch, and Juan Herrera, etc. I think it is great that we are able to have this opportunity, I know many other schools might not have been able to participate in this event, but I am glad that our school is participating.

Some of our student letters ready to mailed.

Track and Field by Caleb B

IMG_9074[1].JPG The LEA Knights track team recently competed in a track and field meet in Inderkum High School, Friday April 24, 2015. In this track meet we competed against Capital Christian and it was to determine who would make it into the trials, semi-finals, and finals. The Knights won many races but lost a couple. Coach Presley (Track and Field coach) will announce the top 3 racers in each event and who will compete in the upcoming track meets. Another opponent we faced was the weather; it was very windy making it hard to see when we ran. It also rained at the end of the track meet but no complaints though, we need rain! We also lost many fast runners to leg injuries including Summer and Sierra. Many parents came to help out and cheer on fellow LEA racers. The upcoming events will be in Cordova High including the Trials and Finals. If you want to help out or cheer on the Track team contact Coach Shane for further information.

Go Knights!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Rock the Drop By: Jonathan & JohnPatrick

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Caption: JohnPatrick found these two of Percy Jackson series books (Titan’s Curse and The Battle of the Labyrinth)!

Rock the Drop is an event by our library where students can find free books hidden around the school! The rules were every person can get no more than 2 books for free! If you find an extra book you can give it to a friend or return it to the library. The Library is giving away their books and we can find the books that where at anywhere in and outside of classes. The places could be on the Expression table and some were on cafeteria tables. I found my book near the boys bathroom.

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Many sixth graders that we have heard have found at least two-one or two books. People such as Axel, Trevor, Jayden G, JohnPatrick. Jonathan, and I believe that more books will be found around campus for the next couple of days and new people will be going home with books they have never heard of. When we found books that we saw on the table, we knew they could be at anywhere. If you found a book you could keep it, you could give it to a friend, or you could return the book/books to the library.

This event will also help people be able to log more books and score another book for their class. There were lot of genres out there to be found including fantasy, fiction, non fiction, etc. The books were marked with high school books and middle school books so you know if you're allowed to keep it or leave for higher aged people that is not for you. Remember for next year: Keep looking for books and you may be able to find one!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Facts and Comments About Spring Break by Christian

At Natomas Charter School, students and staff are enjoying Spring Break for two weeks. Spring Break is about having fun during the school year and not worrying about homework for two weeks. It is also the time of Easter which is a very important holiday to the Christian and Catholic religions. 

I made a survey to find out how students would be spending their time off. At spring break, 18 out of 36 or 50% of the people who responded to the survey are not going anywhere and 18 out of 36 or 50% of the people are going somewhere. I know that means for the people staying home it is probably going to be spent playing video games and watching TV. So, I am going to focus on the people going somewhere. 

Kyle S. says, “I am going to Las Vegas for an International Karate Tournament called Ozawa Cup. After that, we are staying to have fun for a few days.” Many students are traveling such as Lauren who is going on a road trip to Washington and Becky who is going to check out colleges with her family for her older brother. Others are going to southern California, like Jaden, Liaba, and Justin who are going to San Diego. Eyesha's also hoping to go to Disneyland. Kate and Manelle are also going to see places around California like Hearst Castle and Universal Studios.

Anshul is going somewhere fun on his spring break too, “I am going to Mexico on a Carnival cruise. There are sports like (golf, tennis, swimming), water parks, restaurants, rooms, libraries, computer labs, make your own pizza area, and much more. [The boat] will travel from LA to Mexico and in Mexico we will get out for some hours and then go back on the ship and head back.” 

This is Emily’s travel plans for spring break, “My family and I are going to Redwood National Park for my mom's birthday. We were going to stay there for one night.Shane, Sam, Minerva, Sierra, and Kobi also mentioned spending time with family. Sai said, "I am going to Bakersfield to celebrate my Oldest Uncle's 60th birthday by reanacting their marriage. Plus, I am going to spend a lot of time with them. I have heard that we are going somewhere fun like a theme park."


Now let’s hear from Bethany, ”I am going to go to the FMC Technologies in Davis over spring break on March 31, with the 3D Printer Pioneer Team and Mrs. Bibayoff. We are going to learn more about 3D printers and get to see bigger 3D printers. I am very excited for this trip and really want to learn more technologies.”

As for me, I joined my fellow printer pioneers at FMC Technologies and we saw how the ROVs (Remotely operated vehicles) worked and how they are built. They cost around 3.5 million dollars for one small unit. The arms can carry 900 pounds. The units can also go down to 7000 meters under water. Thank you Mrs. Bibayoff for the trip it was really fun.
Have a great Spring Break everybody!