Woodbrook Witness - Edison Township Public Schools

Woodbrook Witness - Edison Township Public Schools

Woodbrook Witness Inside this issue: December, 2013 Amazing Kids 1 Around Edison 2 Volume 1, Issue 1 School Newspaper Goes Online! Amazing Kids...

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Woodbrook Witness Inside this issue:

December, 2013

Amazing Kids

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Around Edison

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School Newspaper Goes Online! Amazing Kids Around The Globe :

Economics & Tech

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Malala Yousafzai by Sriya Vemuri

Woodbrook & World 4 Brainy Beaver

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Cartoons

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Bernie Interviews

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Dear Students & Staff, Editorial Staff:

Harish Ravindhran Nidhi Girish Rutva Hadap Reporters This Issue:

Nandini Bezawada, Joey George, Nidhi Girish, Sidh Gurnani, Dhiya Jayaderan, Arham Lodha, Vaisnavi Nemala, Rithika Ramanan, Fahima Samsudeen, Aditya Shelke, Shivam Syal, Sriya Vemuri, Jyoti, Nandana

Welcome to the 1st Issue of the “Woodbrook Witness”, our first online newspaper! It is our pleasure to share all the news we have uncovered, through our research and investigative reporting. The staff voted on the name, as we will be your witness to happenings near and far. We hope you enjoy reading our newspaper and visit us online again soon! Sincerely,

The Woodbrook Witness Staff

Suppose you are a girl in Minora, Pakistan. You really want to go to school, but you know that if you do you will be attacked by the Taliban. Instead, your brother goes to school, while you learn household chores. Then, one day, your brother tells you about a brave 16 year old girl, Malala Yousafzai. There is hope! Malala is a Pakistani girl, from Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. She is known as a blogger and activist for equal opportunities in education. The name Malala spread all over the world, on October 9, 2012, when she was shot in the head and neck in an assassination attempt by Taliban gunman, while returning home from school. We sometimes take it for granted that everyone is entitled to an education in the USA. In some countries, people have to fight for this right. Malala was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, and earned The National Youth Peace Prize. For more information on Malala, you can read her book, I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban or visit her blog : www.malala-yousafzai.com

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Around Edison: Learning on Wheels! Edison Bookmobile by Nidhi Girish A bookmobile, or mobile library, is a large vehicle designed for use as a library. It is designed to hold books on shelves, so they can be accessed by readers. The Edison Bookmobile offers library services all year round. It travels the 32 square miles of Edison Township,

providing library services to everyone, preschool through adulthood. It even stops at nursing homes. The collection includes books, magazines, CDs, audiobooks, and DVDs. Materials can be reserved and picked up on the bookmobile. The bookmobile is wheelchair accessible. It is involved in special

events throughout the year, including the4 Summer Reading Program. The bookmobile’s schedule is subject to change due to inclement weather and mechanical breakdowns. You can ask about the schedule or request a stop by calling 732777-0789, or emailing the coordinator at [email protected]

Watch for the Bookmobile to come rolling your way.

Exploring Life Natural Style at Camp Bernie by Jyoti & Nandana Hey Beavers! Here’s an INSTANT update about the 5th grade experience at Camp Bernie. Recently, the students participated in all the activities that Bernie had to offer. Here are some of the activities they experienced, along with students from Menlo Park and daring teachers: Stream Ecology, Confidence Course, Sensory Development, Climbing Tower, Low Rope Course, and Survival Training. ~check out student and teacher interviews on page 7~

More Amazing Kids Around the Globe: Jack Andraka by Joey George Jack Andraka is 16 years old and already an award winning scientist! He recently won $75,000. from the Intel Corporation and other awards totaling $100,500. He received these awards for his amazing work in developing a quick and inexpensive way to detect the presence of a protein that would lead to pancreatic , ovarian and even lung cancer. Jack said he thought of the idea for his pancreatic test while he was in his biology class in Maryland. He then contacted John Hopkins University & the National Institutes of Health, with a plan for his research project. His method is said to be 90% accurate.

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Economics for Kids: The College Savings Challenge Caption describing picture or graphic.

The Woodbrook Witness Staff began looking into the cost of going to college. We posed this question: If a student began saving $1 a day, at age 8, what college costs would they be able to afford by age 18? We calculated $1x 365 days in a year x 10 years = $3,650. We found out that the cost of attending a state college is over $10,000./ year with another $10,000. in living expenses. Books would cost about $1,200./year. With this savings goal in mind, reporter Arham Lodha interviewed Personal Banking Assistants at Chase Bank and Investors Bank. Mrs. Desai, from Investors Bank shared that a child can open an account, with a parent, until they reach the age of 18. A parent must be with the child in order for the child to withdraw money from the account. Mrs. Norrani, of Chase Bank, shared that she loves her job as a Banking Assistant. She said that students who are at least 13 years old can open bank accounts, with their parents. So, start saving now!

Book Review: by Arham Lodha Published October 8, 2013, The House of Hades has earned #1 on N.Y. Times Bestseller List, USA ToHeroesday, Publishers’ Weekly, Globe, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller. It is a proven elementary school favorite. At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the underworld. The other 5 demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy’s instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. Can they fight their way through the Gaea’s forces, and can Percy and Annabeth survive the House of Hades? Read to find out...

Tech News: Google Glass by Fahima Samsudeen The new, high tech device, Google Glass is going to be released in 2014. This device is activated by wearing a pair of “smart” glasses. Google glass is a great way to connect with other people, take a picture of what you see or access websites. It is hands free and pretty amazing to even imagine. Scientists continue to try to improve it. There are some concerns about the operation of google glass, mostly having to do with privacy. It will be interesting to see how this debate works its way out, when the glasses hit the public in the new year. What are your thoughts on the privacy vs. technology issue?

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Woodbrook Student Council 2013-2014 by Shivam Syal Let’s give a round of applause for the new Woodbrook Student Council: President– Yun Hyon Vice President– Andrew Chung Secretary– Nami Jain Treasurer– Jyoti Kabra Historian– Nilay Patel We wish them well in all their endeavors!

Watch for the Bookmobile to come rolling your way.

Here at Woodbrook...Focus on Fundraising: Autism by Sidh Gurnani What is Autism? It is a communication disorder. In other words, a person who has Autism would have difficulty communicating and this may lead them to become frustrated. Asperger’s Syndrome is a type of Autism where a person can be super intelligent in one area, but have trouble communicating their knowledge. Thank you, Mrs. LaForge , for running a fundraising drive for solving the problem of the increasingly growing diagnosis of Autism.

Around the Globe: Basketball in China by Nandini Bezawada The sport of basketball has recently become extremely popular in China. An estimated 300 million Chinese people play the game. Between 1949 and 1980, basketball was only popular in the military. As NBA Games were allowed to appear on television, interest in the sport became enormous and people encouraged their children to join in. Evidence of basketball is all over China. In cities you will see and hear children playing,. Outside manufacturing plants, you will see workers tumble into basketball courts after work. The game has become so popular that Chinese players are entering the NBA., starting with Yao Ming who played for the Houston Rockets.

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Brainy Beaver: Advice for New Students Note: If you have a problem you need help solving, the Brainy Beaver is here to help. Be on the lookout for the “Brainy Beaver Mailbox” . You can mail a letter about your concerns and the Brainy Beaver will try to help. For this issue, the Brainy Beaver sought help from Vaisnavi Nemala

Dear Missing Idaho, I have read your concern about trying to fit into your new school. This problem would be a common difficulty, faced by new students here, at Woodbrook, and throughout the World too. First, I would say that the next few months will not be all sunshine and rainbows, but take a deep breath, you will not be the new student forever. I understand how you feel, since I have been through this experience, myself. First thing you might want to do is try to make some new friends. Introduce yourself to your classmates. Joke around and have some fun! You can ask your new friends to introduce you to other students. If you are still feeling insecure, inform your parents and teachers, so they can help you out. Don’t be blue, open the door and explore! Your friend, The Brainy Beaver

Interesting Place: The Secret of the Bermuda Triangle by By Nandini Bezawadal The Bermuda triangle is a mysterious mysteriousm500,000 500,000square-mile square area in the Atlantic Ocean, off the southeast coast of the U.S., with its corners being in Bermuda, Miami By Nandini Bezawadal and San Juan. Numerous ships and planes have vanished here, so the mystique of Bermuda triangle is a mysteriousm 500,000 squaredisappearances and lack thisThe place attracts much attention. Because of the cryptic of evidence associated with these disappearances, it is also known as the Devil’s Triangle. The actual reason for these mishaps is the presence of enormous, erupting methane gas bubbles. These bubbles can sink a ship or down an airplane!

Interesting Place: NASA by Aditya Shelke The National Aeronautics and Space Administration laboratory is a very interesting place. Right now, NASA is trying to find out how to send robots to Mars, and even answer the biggest question of all time: Was there ever life on Mars? Is there life on Mars now? No one knows the answer to this question for certain, but there is some evidence that life could exist on this planet. Two recent launched rockets, Curiosity and Maven, are studying the solar system right now. NASA is responsible for the creation of these rovers. They are both focused on finding water that may support life. As you can see, NASA isn’t simply a boring laboratory. It is a very interesting place.

Cartoonists: Vasnavi Nemala, Dhiya Jayadevan, Rithika Ramanan

Roving Reports, Jyoti & Nandana, interview campers at Bernie…

“I thought it was really fun and exciting!” - Jordan, Mr. Mosco & Mrs. Rossi’s Class

“I loved it! It was the best experience of my life!” -Kareena, Mr. Platvoet’s Class

“I liked climbing the tower.” -Nandini, Menlo Park School

“Camp Bernie is a wonderful experience for both the educators and the students alike. For the students, it shows them an opportunity to experience the outdoors in a way they may not normally have the opportunity to. As for the teachers, it affords us the opportunity to interact with the children outside of the normal classroom setting.” -Mr. Fitzhenry

“I think Camp Bernie was a great new experience that taught me a lot. I love being outdoors, so it was amazing!” -Dhruv, Mr. Fitzhenry’s Class