Labor Day

Labor day was created more then a century ago when workers were forced to deal with harsh conditions and were paid very little and would work 10 to 12 hours a day. Men, woman, and even children were forced to work no matter what even when sick. Tired of working long hours and in dangerous conditions, workers started to make labor unions. On top of fighting for higher pay and shorter week days they also fought for the rights of children by making an age limit of how old you are in order to work. Today we celebrate Labor day in honor of our hard working men and woman who help make or country what it is today. 

Written By: Nick


Are We Civilized?

The USA is a civilization because it has towns and cities like San Francisco, Antioch and Berkley. The USA also has Government like Mayors, Governors, Presidents and Councils. The USA also has skilled warfare such as the US Army, the US Navy, the US Air Force, the Marines, the Coast Guard  and the Defense. We also have organized religions like Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Baha’i, Hinduism, Taoism and Buddhism. One of the other things that makes the US a civilization is the fact that we have a system of writing such as texting, letters, email and the news paper. We also grow our food and use it as trade. The US also has specialized jobs like carpenter, artistry, and dentistry. All of those things make the USA a civilization.

Written By: Ellie

SSR: Climbing the Mountain

SSR is a big deal in my class. We have it for 55 minutes each day, and anything that you dedicate 55 minutes a day to must be a big deal, although I’m not sure all of the students see it that way.  For kids, sitting still with a book for nearly an hour is a feat that rivals climbing a mountain.  It takes them a lot of effort, but at the end, I’m not sure they find it as satisfying.  

When you climb a mountain you get to the top, out of breath and stare into a spectacular view.  You can see your accomplishment.  With reading, the accomplishment is much slower and readers have to focus more on their progress and less on the goal.  Heck, some of them might not even know what the goal is. (It’s to get lost in another world, in case you weren’t sure.)

Looking around, I see students studiously climbing their metaphorical mountain.  They have been reading for approximately 15 minutes and already one has stopped to rest.  The others are immersed in the worlds of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, as well as realities that involve magic, dragons and beanstalks.  There are some who are living underwater and others who are playing Major League Baseball.  All in all, it’s an encouraging first hike into the reading world.  

I wonder what tomorrow’s climb will bring.


Written by: Mrs. Hummel