Thanksgiving Food Drive

 By Cate

This week the 5th grade Student Council is picking up cans around the whole school and we aren’t picking up cans for recycling. Student Council is picking up can because our school is collecting food for the to support the Park Hill Food Bank during the Thanksgiving holiday. After we collect those cans, we count the cans. The class that collects the most cans will win an extra recess!

The Creepy Rooms of Park Hill

By: Adelaide

You’ve seen Park Hill as a happy, cheerful place, but the three creepy rooms and secret tunnels under the school you have not noticed are spine chilling. The two attics on either side of the 3rd grade floor are filled with wires and storage. The Boiler Room holds three boilers that make terrifying, loud sounds, and is haunted by Willard Guy, the ghost of Park Hill. Below, find out just how scary these rooms are.

 

THE WONDERFUL MS. OXMAN

Photos by Bella and written by Bella and Kaati Kiwi

Ms. Oxman, how long have you been a teacher? I’ve been a teacher for 16 years.

What inspired you to become a teacher? It’s something I’ve always wanted to do.

Why did you switch to teaching 2nd grade? I taught 3rd grade most of my teaching career so I thought 2nd grade would be a better fit for my skills.

Where were you born? Denver

What is your weirdest talent? Dancing

What is one of your favorite hobbies? Dancing 

Do you have any pets? Yes, 2 dogs, Willow and Fergie, also one cat named Jasper.

What is your favorite book? Hooway for Wodney Wat by Helen Lester and Lynn Munsinger

What advice would you give a second grade teacher? On a regular basis, check on your kids to see what they are learning in school.

What college did you go to? CU, Metro state, and Regis University.

Can you recite all your students names? Yes, of course.

What’s your favorite food? Pizza

What’s your favorite animal? Elephant

Why? I like elephants because they are very sensitive and loyal to each other.

Spirit Week—Crazy as Ever

By: Gillian and Adelaide 

Spirit Week is as Crazy as ever, with Wacky hairdos and students dressed like teachers. A week of SPIRIT GALORE!

Park Hill’s Spirit Week is everyone’s favorite time of year, especially me! PARK HILL does not come up short when it comes to celebrating our community.

However, considering everything we celebrate Spirit Week is definitely the funniest.

Student Council picks the ideas for spirit week, and this year they choose, Pajama Day, Favorite Character Day, Wacky Wednesday, Dress like a Teacher Day, and Park Hill Pride Day. One of my favorite days was Wacky Wednesday, everyone was definitely wacky! 

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STOP! You’re Eating it Wrong!!!

 Fragola

By: Audrey

Strawberries are an extremely common fruit, so there are many different opinions on how to eat them properly. 

First is the ordinary way to eat strawberries by removing the leafy part and then eating the fruit. BORING! And some people take a bite out of the bottom and throw away the rest. WASTEFUL!

Here is another method for eating Strawberries but I do not condone the use of straws. This is because straws are BAD for the environment.

The straw way to eat strawberries is to take a fat straw and stick it in the bottom of the strawberry. Then, push it through the top. The straw should come up through the calyx, which is the green leafy part on the top of the strawberry. Then, you can throw the calyx away and eat the whole strawberry.

A new way to eat Strawberries is to carve a little hole into the top of the strawberry. The hole should go around the calyx, as if you were carving a pumpkin. Next, throw away the calyx. Finally, you can fill the hole with whipped cream, peanut butter, honey, chocolate, or anything else you think would go well with strawberries. This new method is called Fragola Audrey, which is a word in Italian which means strawberry. Keep in mind you can try this method with other berries too!Cheesecake-Stuffed-Strawberries-Fifteen-Spatulas-1-640x424

 

 

How to eat ramen like a PRO!

By: Ty pizza rolls

   You know that you are eating ramen wrong. You may be cooking it on the stove or in the microwave, but you actually boil water and pour water in the noodles and let it cook. Then after it cooks you put a piece of cheese in it and let it melt. This may take up to 12 mins. You shouldn’t have put in the seasoning or sauce. This is when you put in the sauce and seasoning. Then this is optional, you can add about 2  spoonfuls of ranch. Then you mix it all up and ENJOY!

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How to eat all kinds of popcorn

By: Jordan

Popcorn of all kinds can be messy. There have been studies about how you should eat popcorn. 

Going back a few days ago I got butter popcorn and started eating it with chopsticks.

I love it a lot and with chopsticks it made popcorn more fun to eat. I spent days doing this and after eating cheese popcorn it has helped me from getting orange fingers. I loved this idea, but the fun hasn’t ended there you can do this with any popcorn. With caramel popcorn no more sticky fingers, too!

Fact: Popcorn was used in the 1500s as headdresses for indians  

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TO SKIN OR NOT TO SKIN A KIWI

By: Bella

 

The kiwi fruit is a green seedy fruit with a brown hairy skin. There has been a debate on whether to eat the hairy, nutritious skin of the fruit. Now most people slice it up and bite in like it is an orange. If you are one of those people I’m here to tell you STOP YOU ARE EATING IT WRONG!!!!!!!!  

 

There are several ways to eat a kiwi. 

Here’s how to sloop your kiwi according to the California Kiwi Fruit Organization (http://www.kiwifruit.org/about/slooping.aspx):

 

Using a sharp knife, slice the kiwifruit lengthwise to create two identical halves. Then use a spoon to scoop the sweet, delicious meat of the kiwifruit from each half. 

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Or try these 3 methods I found on YouTube

Did you know that a kiwi fruit has nearly two-and-a-half times the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C. A kiwi a day is even better than an apple to keep the doctor away. 

 

The last way is just bite! 

 

 

So with all the information I have given you JUST EAT THE SKIN and stay healthy. 😉  

 

The New Fourth Grade Teacher

By: Adelaide and Ty

Ms. Demos was born in Aurora, Colorado, and now lives in Arvada. She does not have any kids, but had one cat named Sissy. Ms. Demos liked her cat’s snuggles. 

If Ms. Demos could have any job she wanted, she would choose to be a tap dancer, and her favorite animal is any type of monkey because they are literally entertaining. 

Ms. Demos graduated in May of 2018, and her degree was in Early Childhood Education (ECE). Her favorite class in high school was chemistry, because her teacher was kind, super funny, and always made her laugh.

Pizza is Ms. Demos’ favorite food because you get to choose any kinds of toppings. Her favorite thing to do when she is not working is hiking and going to country concerts. Ms. Demos’ favorite musician is Florida Georgia Line, who sang Cruise. She likes this because the song draws her to a happy mood.

Our community is what persuaded Ms. Demos to become a 4th grade teacher. Before she was a teacher, she was a nanny and a substitute teacher. She wanted to teach 4th grade because the kids are at an age where they are transitioning from learning a skill to using the skill to create deeper understandings, also, students are learning to be more respectful of differences. If Ms. Demos had to choose between being a principal or an assistant principal, she would choose neither; she only wants to be a great teacher. 

The Day in the Life of Mrs. Euser

Written by: Dalila  and Photographed and edited by: Audrey

Mrs. Euser is a 4th grade teacher at our school. Her favorite subject in high school was art. She went to the University of Northern Colorado and has a degree in elementary education. She came to Park Hill Elementary because of the wonderful community.

Mrs. Euser has been teaching for 14 years and being with kids has inspired her to teach. For her, the biggest difference between second and fourth grade is fourth grade is more independent. If Mrs. Euser could be any animal for a day, she would be a dog, so this way she could sleep all day.

Mrs. Euser would want to be Kim Kardashian if she could trade places with anyone in the world for one day. She also enjoys reading and doing homework with her two children.

IMG_0106Mrs. Euser believes  hard work and praise is the way to go whether the student is right or wrong.

The one thing Mrs. Euser would change about Park Hill is to add air conditioning.

Other than that she loves her students, her para, her classroom, and she extremely loves Park Hill.      

What is Veterans Day?

By: Adelaide

Veterans Day is a public holiday, held on November 11, in honor of the victims of all wars. It was originally called Armistice Day, celebrating the end of World War I, but when World War II occurred, Congress changed the name to “Veterans” to acknowledge all victims who fought in the war. Veterans day is an opportunity to thank all Veterans of the wars. 

We commonly celebrate Veterans Day by finding a way to serve our community. Every community has an organization or organizations who focuses on supporting military veterans and families. Volunteers hand out supplies to Veteran homeless shelters and raise appreciation for these lifesaving heroes. 

Another way people support Veterans, is helping the Veterans share their stories. These stories are told with respect and empathy, telling about their sacrifices. The telling of these nonfiction stories is a common celebrating method. 

The best way you can celebrate Veterans Day is by serving the community and sharing their stories. 

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Adventurous Story Where A Kid Saves His Friends From Danger

By  the Book Curator

Today’s Panther Post Book review is talking about a young adult science fiction book called “ The Maze Runner”. It has lots of action, mystery, and lots of cliffhangers. 

In the story, a boy, Thomas, wakes up in a small, stuffy, dark, caged elevator going up. He does not remember his life, family, or where he lived. The only thing he remembers is his name. Thirty minutes later, the elevator stops and the top of the dark elevators opens with a blinding light. Suddenly, Thomas could hear a group of boys talking all at once. It took several minutes before Thomas’s eyes adjusted and he could actually see his new surroundings. Two boys pull Thomas up out of the elevator. What he first sees is a humongous field several times larger than a football field. Thomas looks around. He sees animals, crops, and poorly built houses. Thomas learns he was transported to a place called the Glade.

As the story progresses, Thomas learns about the Glade and learns about a monster called a Griever. A griever is part machine, part animal. The Griever has a metal tail with a spike at the end. Thomas learns not to get stung by them. Then later in the story, Thomas becomes a maze runner  because he thinks the place is a horror show and he thinks he knows the way through the maze. And that is why he runs the maze to find a way out and to save himself and his friends.

Read this book and the others in the series and you too will experience the action, adventure, and high suspense you get when you read a good tale.

Lastly, I really like this book and the movie but the book is way more descriptive. “The Maze Runner”is amazing and cool. I will give the book a 5 star rating because it is really grabs your attention and has really scary scenes that will make a chill run down your spine and hold your breath with excitement!