James and the Giant Peach

On Friday, January 25 and Saturday, January 26, girls from grades 5-8 put on the show James and the Giant Peach. The performance was great from the audience’s point of view, but here is the view of the performers and Mrs. Gifis, the choreographer of the show. Emilia (Spiker): When I found out I would… Read More

Watch that Scene!

News from the theater workshop: Rehearsals and set production for the middle school’s winter musical performance of “James and the giant Peach Jr.” are well under way and everyone is looking forward to the January  performances. The scene painting artists are rocking it this year! From seascapes to cityscapes to landscapes the set designers can… Read More

Odyssey of the Mind

Odyssey of the Mind is a competition between group of students who problem solve and then perform their idea while team building and being creative. Each season has a theme  and each team is given a list of problems that need solving. The teams get to choose what they want to do, and they can… Read More

Rain Reign Review

Rain Reign, by Ann M. Martin, is an interesting, well-written, and amazing book. A young girl named Rose has autism, but is very smart. Rose loves homophones (she calls them homonyms). She lives with her dad because her mom is gone. Her dad is not a good man and his father (her grandpa) is even… Read More

Mr. Lemoncello’s Library

In Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, written by Chris Grabenstein, a boy named Kyle competes in the library lock-in, a competition to see who can escape the New Lemoncello library first. The new high-tech library is full of surprises – including holographs, singing animatronics, and life-size tigers leaping from shelf to shelf. Kyle wants nothing more than… Read More

Something Magical to Read

If you are looking for a good book, then I know what book you should read. It is a series that has 7 books in total. The book is…Harry Potter! It is all about wizards. One wizard in particular is special. The Harry Potter series starts with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, with a… Read More


Are you looking for an easy DIY? Well, try my melted crayon canvas! Supplies: Hot Glue Gun Clean canvas 64 crayons Newspaper Blow dryer   Instructions: First, take the newspaper and tape it to the surface you will be blow drying on. Next, get a cup of water and put a few crayons in (this… Read More

Stand up and win!

El Deafo is a graphic novel by Cece Bell – reviewed by fifth graders Moira, Meg and Colette. The author wrote about her own experience but made her characters rabbits! El Deafo is a story about a girl who was nearly deaf and later also needs to get glasses. She first does not like her… Read More

Percy Jackson – A Series for Heroes!

PERCY JACKSON AND THE GREEK GODS We recently finished the book series Percy Jackson and the Greek Gods. Our friend recommended this book series to us, and we loved it. The whole series is based on the Greek Gods. The main character is Percy Jackson, a “demigod” or “half-blood.” This means that one of his… Read More

The Secret Life of Pets

In the movie ‘The Secret Life of Pets,’ Max is a spoiled dog who loves life in a nice New York building. One day his owner comes home with an extra being, named Duke! It is hatred between Max and Duke right away, which only grew larger every day. When the dogs  arrive at the… Read More

A Tale Dark and Grimm

 A Tale Dark and Grimm, by Adam Gidwitz, is a book for anyone who likes fantasy, fiction, comedy and scary stories. It is the ‘real’ story of Hansel and Gretel. It it definitely different from the original tale, because it is bone-chilling, bloody and gruesome. This book is one of a series of three, A… Read More

Land of Stories

I recently read the first book, The Wishing Spell, in the series called Land of Stories, by Chris Colfer. Chris Colfer is an Emmy-nominated and Golden Globe winning American actor, singer, author, screenwriter and producer. He has always loved to read and write, even when he was young. There are multiple books in this series…. Read More

Out Of My Mind!

This book, Out of My Mind, by Sharon M. Draper has a character named Melody. Melody has a disability called cerebral palsy. She has mixed type, which means she has paralyzed arms, legs and feet.  She can barely use her hands. Melody, luckily is not alone.  She has her mother, father, little sister and tutor Katherine,… Read More


        I recently read the book, Wonder, by R.J. Palacio. I liked this book, a children’s literature fictional story, because I learned a lot about kindness to others who are different from me. I think about how Auggie, the main character, must have felt going through his everyday life. Auggie is a… Read More