Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Craftastic Halloween DIYs

Craftastic Halloween DIYs
By: Cadence N. and Malak S.

This Halloween let’s get creative with our decorations!  We need interesting and different ideas. After all, Design39 was meant to be different. 

          Our first crafting idea is an orange candy holder. In order to make these, you must have 1 orange, a knife, a spoon, and some small candy. First, cut the top of the orange off with the knife and scoop out the sweet insides with your spoon. Next carve your desired face onto you orange. The only thing left to do is fill it with delicious candy. Mmmm. This candy holder is fun and easy to make and it is a cute way to store your candy.

The next impressive craft is the napkin ghosts. All you need is a napkin, a marker, a lollipop, and a ribbon or string. To make your mini ghost, place you lollypop in the middle of the napkin and wrap the napkin around it. The round part at the top is the head of the ghost. Tie the string or ribbon around the napkin so that the head is separated from the rest of the body. Finally, draw the desired face on the head of you're ghost.  When you’re done using it as a decoration, you can enjoy a sweet lollipop.

Next is a spooky decorated door. What you need to make a Frankenstein door is a big piece of green tissue paper, a large piece of black tissue paper, regular white paper, tape, scissors, and a black marker (if you would like a stitch on the face of Frankenstein). First take some green tissue paper and cover your door with it. Attach this to the door with your tape. Next, cut out the shape of the hair out of the black tissue paper. When you tape this, you should only tape the top so that it “flows in the musty wind.” Use the scraps of the black tissue paper to make the mouth and the pupils of the eyes. Then cut out the shape of the eyes and the teeth out of the white paper. Tape these things on and finally add the optional stitch on the side of the head. Remember, you’re free to be creative and make other creatures on you door.

Lastly, we’re going to show you how to make an egg carton bat. You’re going to need an egg carton, googly eyes, black paint, glue, and a string or ribbon if you would like to hang the bat from the ceiling. First, cut the egg carton so you have 3 egg holders like the picture on the left. Next, cut the egg holders on the sides so that the open end is spiky. Then paint your bat completely black. Let the paint dry then glue your googly eyes onto your bat. Then glue on your string or ribbon if you are going to hang the bat. If you aren’t going to hang it then place it on something and admire your beautiful bat. 

TADAAA! These are our Halloween DIY’s! We hope you enjoy our Halloween DIY’s and hope you try some at home! Have a Spook-tastic time!

Adapted from: HappyClippings.com, http://www.nutritiouseats.com/, http://www.mpmschoolsupplies.com/ideas/1225/halloween-frankenstein-door-display/, http://www.housingaforest.com/

Monday, September 21, 2015

Carnival39 Is Coming Back, Better Than Ever!

Date - November 7, 2015
Time - 11 am- 3pm
    Carnival39 Is Coming Back, Better Than Ever!
                                           By: Cadence, Kira, and Tamara

At the end of last year, D39C parent Linda Manning  had been working for six months on the successful, Carnival39. Last year, many people came to the first annual Carnival39. The carnival included a Hamster Ball, a Zipline (which was the most popular), an American Ninja Warrior Obstacle Course, and more. They even invited a famous Kendama professional to come to this amazing carnival. “This year is going to be better than ever!” Linda excitingly told us when we asked her about the second annual event!

This year will have a BMX show and different special guest, Robert Castillo, a pro BMX rider!  There will be a large variety of foods and sweets this year. Some things to munch on are popcorn and (the best yet) fresh donuts! The food trucks (Super Q, Organic Food Truck, and Tacos La Mezcla) will be returning for the carnival this year! For the adults, there will be a coffee cart for a little recharge.

Most activities are coming back but there are some new things coming this year. This year we will have the zipline, a photo booth, a crazy hair booth, a trackless train, lazer tag, and ceramic painting.

We hope to see you at this year's Carnival39. Thank you Mrs.Manning for your time and effort in creating this spectacular event for everyone to enjoy!

New Souped Up Spirit

New Souped Up Spirit
Ella M. and Fiona M.
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Time to get your spirit on D39! It's time for the spirit sales, and it's better than ever! “We are super excited to launch the spirit wear this year,” says Kimberly Rhinelander, designer of the spirit wear.
Screen Shot 2015-09-21 at 10.57.53 AM.pngWe have all new items at the spirit wear sale. For example, we have not only tees and hoodies but, soccer jerseys and baseball raglans! The clothing is made of soft and durable fabric, and are stylishly decorated with the school's colors. Mrs. Rhinelander also looks for styles that are trendy. The clothing is hopefully going to be a big hit this year.
The clothing is meant to be “strong and spirited.” The designers focus on a few major things in order to achieve this. They focus on sticking with the school colors to help make a statement on spirit days, and bring us closer to the school.
Screen Shot 2015-09-21 at 10.56.36 AM.png As well as making the clothes with the latest trends, the designers want to make sure the clothing is liked by both parents and children. The spirit wear will also have some items for both boys and girls.
It will be so exciting to wear our spirit wear this year! We can't wait to get some tees of our own! Now let's get out there and show our spirit!!

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Speech, A Program for Kids

Speech, A Program for Kids
by Nitya and Angelyn

There are a lot of great programs offered at our school,  but not everyone really learns about them.  We want to share some information about one of those great programs, the speech program.  We got to talk to the teacher of speech, Mr. Burrows, and we got to learn all about things that are happening at speech.

Screenshot 2015-09-15 at 10.53.10 AM.pngWhat is speech? Well, speech is a program for kids that need help with their pronunciation and speaking.  The speech program helps kids by giving kids strategies to communicate their thoughts easily and so it is also understandable.

There are about 65 students from all of the grade levels that take speech class, from kindergarten to 7th grade. Mr. Burrows likes to work with kids from all grades in small groups and sometimes just one student by themselves.
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Now you may wonder why Mr. Burrows would want to teach speech out of everything else he could have picked to teach?  Why did he even choose to teach?  Well, here’s the answer to that.  Mr Burrows said, “Well, prior to being a speech teacher, I was a 3rd grade teacher and before that I worked at ESS, so I always knew that I wanted to work in schools, and then that time after that, just kind of deciding what other fields I wanted to go into and really like what the speech teachers were doing.”  During Speech, kids take part in a number of activities from playing games to doing projects to reading stories and practicing strategies.

The speech program is great, but it is not just there for no reason.  It is here at Design39 not just for the kids who want to be in it.  It is here for the kids that need help with their own speech.  Speech is here for you, for me, and for anyone that needs it.

What You Want Changed… About 6/7 Explorations

What You Want Changed… About 6/7 Explorations
By Fiona and Bella, School News Team
This past week, we had the honor of conducting a survey on the Exploration choices for sixth and seventh grade. Many responses were given, in fact, 100! Thank you all to those who took time to complete our questions.
The answers we received were thoroughly astonishing. Did you know that only 38 kids, or 38% of the students who answered are entirely happy with the Exploration choices? Six percent are completely dissatisfied, and 56%, which is 56 kids, are only partly content with the options. Even more surprising, 85% of the kids wish that there were different options. The other 15% are happy with the options, but that’s only 15 students! Clearly, 6th and 7th graders at Design39Campus would like some more options!
Along with asking the students if they were happy with their choices, we asked them to write down any ideas of new explorations they had. There were countless suggestions, such as building, specific art subjects, and designing things. One of the most popular suggestions was a cooking and baking class. This exploration would be held in the cafeteria, and many students are eager to sign up. A lot of people had many creative and awesome ideas.
The suggestions will be brought to the attention of the LEDs at Design39, and we will try to make some of the outstanding ideas into real Explorations. We interviewed Mrs. Eveleth, who is one of the teachers that creates the Explorations. “Our whole idea is that the more input the students have, the more they’re going to like their classes, and the more engaged they’re going to be.” The LEDs worked with students at the beginning of the year to create the current Explorations. For the next semester, the teachers will use even more student input to try and create Explorations for everyone’s interests.
Explorations are times when kids can explore something new, and test out something that they’ve had interest in.  “They can realize, ‘You know what? This just isn’t for me, and I won't be taking this again.’ Or, they might get into it and think it's really cool, and realize they're really interested in it,” says Mrs. Eveleth.
Thank you once again to all who took time to fill out our short survey. Who knows, next semester you might be able to sign up for the exploration that you suggested!

Click on this link and it will take you to a summary page of the survey responses!

The Rady Children’s Bake Sale

The Rady Children’s Bake Sale
By Lauren M. & Tori - School News Reporters

Remember the huge bake sale last year? Well, if you thought it was just about raising money and cupcakes, then think again. The bake sale held last year, was for a very important reason. On September 15, 2015 we interviewed Megnah, Riya, Aleezay, and Malak, the girls who had the bake sale, to get to know more about the bake sale and Rady Children’s.

Q : How did you guys come up with this idea?
image.jpegA : One of the girl’s had already done a fundraiser for Rady Children’s and wanted to something else, so she invited the other girls to join her.

Q : What is the meaning of the money?
A : They were raising the money for a program called Miracle Makers. They also wanted to raise money so Rady Children’s could buy supplies.

Q : Why did you choose a bake sale?
A : “We really like to bake,” the girls answered back excitedly. They also wanted to do something fun while still helping others.

Q :  What did you sell at the bake sale?
A : Chocolate covered strawberries, s'more pops, cake pops, brownies, and cookies. “We didn’t want to only sell boring stuff like cupcakes so we decided to try some new things.”

Q : When was the bake sale?
A : Thursday May 28, 2015

Q : How much money did you raise?
A : $ 413.11

Q : How did you guys give the money to Rady Children’s?
A : The girls gave all the money to the bank. The bank then gave them a check/receipt to give to Rady Children’s.

Q  : Did you guys get to meet any patients?
A : “No, sadly,” the girls replied, but, the girls did get a tour of Rady Children’s though.

The girls all in all had a great time planning and doing this bake sale. Maybe, sometime later this year, you and your friends can do a special fundraiser to raise money to help others!

Ceramics Has Finally Arrived at Design39

Ceramics Has Finally Arrived at Design39
By Maya M. and Maia K.

This year Design39Campus is offering ceramics as a deep dive. If you didn’t already know, ceramics is class where you can create things out of clay, you shape it, fire it in the kiln, glaze it, and fire it again. They would’ve had ceramics sooner but the kiln took longer to arrive than expected.

In ceramics they use clay, specialized tools to make designs, and special paint called glazes that will make all the creations look like they’re coated in glass.

Photo on 9-11-15 at 11.17 AM.jpgLately, in ceramics the students have made coil, slab, and pinch pots.  Working with clay takes a while, so the students have to make an entire project in one day because the clay must dry before you can put your project in the kiln to be fired. It has to dry for at least a week. On top of that, it takes nine hours for the clay to fire, and it has to fire before and after the glaze is applied.
In the near future Mrs. Eveleth, the ceramics LED, would like to create pots and other clay items for the school, but until then, the students have been making their own creations, such as little animals, bowls, pencil holders, and more.
Photo on 9-11-15 at 11.23 AM.jpgInterested in ceramics? Well you’re in luck, because Mrs. Eveleth has announced that ceramics will indeed be offered again in the spring for 6th and 7th grade students. Of course, you don’t have to be in 6th and 7th grade to have some fun with clay, the kiln is open for any other class to use. If you’ve got a love for art, ceramics could be the ideal deep dive for you.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Rady’s Bake Sale

Rady’s Bake Sale
By: Julia and Ava from the School News Team

Have you heard about the bake sale on, Friday September 18, 2015 after school? Well a group of lovely 6th grade students by the names of, Kate, Lauren, and Helene are hosting one!

There are yummy treats such as cupcakes for $1.00, cookies, brownies, and gluten free brownies for $0.75. And everything is completely nut free!! With the funds they make it will be donated to the Rady’s Children’s Hospital department of Cancer and blood disorders. How sweet! Speaking of sweetness, these girls decided to do this out of their own kindness. They are from the Impact Project deep dive and had any choice in the world but decided to lend a giving hand to children in need by having a bake sale to donate their profits. Please donate!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

9/11 Flags

9/11 Flags
By: Taylor and Lauren, School News Reporters

The second and third graders of Design39Campus decided to create a memorial after the tragic incident that took place on September 11, 2001. They learned about this by reading the book 14 Cows for America. This book explains what happened in a kid friendly way. It talks about the planes crashing into the twin towers and about the hijackers and the people who died inside of the planes and towers. They learned that there were two other planes that tried to crash into the White house and State Capitol building but all the first responders stopped it.

According to the students, the teacher decided to do the project to help the students learn about 9-11. They made flags to put up in front of our school in the planters to remember the people who died on that day. The students we talked to knew everything about it… about the hijackers, the people inside of the tower, where the towers were, and about the two planes that crashed into the buildings.

The student learned about the tragic day on September 11, 2001 and the importance of it and the lives that people lost that day.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Little Kids, Big Difference

Little Kids, Big Difference

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Little kids, big difference! Four first grade boys decided to take up a challenge, to help remind students to be a good citizen! They first got the idea when the boys came back from using the restroom and said “Mrs . Kasner, somebody's screaming in the bathroom, or someone making a mess in the bathroom.”  Mrs. Kasner’s reply, “Why don't we do something about it!”
The solution the students came up with was signs to go all around the boys and girls bathrooms, all around campus. The kids designed, made, and helped hang up the signs. The signs have simple instructions to be a good citizen and not make a mess in the bathroom.

As Mrs. Kasner says, “This is a good thing for me as a teacher because I am teaching them reading, writing, and math so with this project these four kids learn through those subjects.” The kids, named Parker, Jordan, Mason, and Emre, are very proud of their signs.
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Remember, these are first graders making a difference. You can make one too!

- Fiona M. & Ella M.
School News Team Reporters

Friday, September 11, 2015

Volunteer Badge Ball

Volunteer Badge Ball
Sasha and Taylor
School News Team

On September 9, 2015 we got the chance to interview the amazing volunteer badge ball, inspired by Sony. We also spoke with Mary Heald who works in the office and is in charge of the volunteer badge ball since the ball can't talk, of course. 

We learned that they had four attempts before the one we have now. People kept on thinking they were trash and that is why they put the sign up. The ball has been named “The Boulder.”

The average amount of stickers that are placed on a normal day is about 15-20 stickers, during a grade event there are about 50-100 stickers, and on a big event is a huge amount of stickers. We did the math and figured out that Mrs. Debra Cooper has the most stickers from the beginning of the year because she is the leader of the Collaborative. We also thought that the motion mangers would have a lot of stickers because they come every day. 

Mrs. Heald told us that the ball has actually been thrown. A little kid wanted to put on a badge, so they allowed the kid to throw “The Boulder” around. 

The ball weighs about five pounds. Visitors have put about 100 to 300 stickers on top. About 20 percent of people put stickers on the sides.  This has made it so that the ball is very lop-sided.  We want to find out solutions to make the ball as round as the Sony ball.

Thank you Mary for giving the ball a voice for the school.

Mrs. DeLaTorre: Our New 6th Grade Teacher

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Say hello to a new teacher at Design39Campus, Mrs. De La Torre, if you happen to pass her in the hallway. She will greet you kindly and possibly engage you in a short conversation. Mrs. De La Torre is very kind and will help with anything that you need.
Mrs. De La Torre used to teach at Valley Elementary in Poway where she learned to become a teacher. Valley Elementary has a Spanish immersion so it suited her perfectly.  Later she taught in Encinitas and Carlsbad where she learned how to teach middle school kids. She is now a 6/7 grade teacher at Design39Campus. This is her 8th year teaching.
This great teacher used to love to teach 3rd grade, but when she taught in Encinitas and Carlsbad her love grew for most every grade. Mrs. De La Torre now teaches Language Arts, Social Studies, Spanish, Math, and more. She especially loves to teach Spanish because it is her native language.
Mrs. DeLaTorre says, “I wanted to teach at Design39 because I heard that it was a wonderful, innovative, futuristic, future-minded school.”  Thanks to Mrs. DeLaTorre, so many students are having a great year at Design39Campus.  

Design39Campus Counselor, Ms. Sage

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Say hello to a new counselor at Design39Campus, Ms. Sage. If you happen to pass her in the Welcome Center or anywhere else on campus, you very well could brighten her day.
Ms. Sage was working in a different district before this year. She came to Design39Campus because she did some research on our school and saw the school on the news when we first opened last year.

She loves being a counselor, especially at Design39Campus. Ms. Sage states, “I thought that the whole idea of the school is really cool because I’m used to kind of a traditional style school.”  Ms. Sage helps out with the students and walks around to see what is going on around our campus. So it looks like the new counselor job for Ms. Sage will be perfect for her. She will fit right in with all the other staff members of our school.

Ms. Sage also stated, “I also have worked with middle school students and elementary and I really like all the grades and so I’m really excited to be here where there’s more choices than just K through five, that goes all the way up to seven.”
Thank you, Ms. Sage, for being the new counselor for our school, Design39Campus. You will be a great counselor this year.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

A Place for New Food

A Place for New Food
Article By: Julia and Riley
   School News Reporters

The Design39Campus cafeteria is brand new and ready to serve food to the 6th and 7th graders. They've added new foods as well such as salads, pizza, burgers, and pasta. Along with those wonderful meal choices, for an additional amount of money, you can purchase ice cream, soda, chips, brownies, and cookies. If you would enjoy a larger lunch, you can go to the full meal lunch line and purchase more food. Or if you are looking for some food, but maybe not a full meal, then the snack line has plenty to offer as well.  The lunch ladies are as nice as ever! Just ask for a food option on display and they'll give it to you just like that!

The design of the structure is just like a buffet! And who doesn’t like buffets? Here are some of the students opinions from Design39!

“Well I think that there are a lot of choices. Also, the middle schoolers need more food to grow taller so this is a great idea,” -Eurielle, grade 6

“I think that the new food options are yummy.” -Fiona, grade 6

“I like the cafeteria food choices, I think that they're good choices and I like that there are alternative choices.” -Bella, grade 7

“I think they’re better than the old cafeteria choices because there's more to chose from.” -Ava, grade 6

This new cafeteria is a great part of this school and will help feed all the new kids to come!