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ARISE and Shine Newsletter


ARISE and Shine is a student written and edited newsletter.  Going beyond just the typical updates, ARISE and Shine give study tips successful students use, explores the ARISE school community from the student's point of view and gives students a platform to exhibit their original artwork, poetry and short stories.  Student's interested in submitting original work can email Mrs. Fisher.    

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September 2018


ARISE And Shine
NEWSLETTER

September 26, 2018

Welcome new and returning Students and Parents to our first issue for the 2018-19 school year. ARISE and Shine is YOUR place to exhibit your original
artwork, stories, poems, songs, or anything else creative. Delivered to you by email, classroom and the ARISE Virtual Academy’s home page, ARISE and Shine is your ticket to information about our lab, dates to remember, teachers, field trips and everything else ARISE. Join us this year in welcoming our teachers, new student staff, help us discover where Superintendent Pophal has been, and watch for exciting contests and new features.

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:

● THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 27TH LAB CLOSED 1ST CONFERENCES
● MONDAY OCTOBER 15TH VIRTUAL FIELD TRIP TO A NUCLEAR PLANT/CAREER
EXPLORATION 1PM in lab Contact Mrs. Katzke if interested
mkatzke@janesville.k12.wi.us
● Wednesday through Friday October 24-26 2018 CONFERENCES, LAB CLOSED!!!!
● WATCH FOR THE JSOL FIELD TRIP INFORMATION COMING SOON... THIS IS AN ALL
SCHOOL FIELD TRIP TO THE JANESVILLE SCHOOL OUTDOOR LAB!

Dear Travus…….

The following advice column is meant for students and answered by students with the assistance of the school social worker. For any emergencies please talk with your parents, teachers, or
social worker directly. An emergency would be anything that could result in someone being physically harmed. Dear Travus can be reached by emailing Travus at: 

Arise.and.Shine.AVA@gmail.com


Dear Travus;
I like this guy but he doesn’t like me back. What do I do?
Sincerely,
Lonely Heart

Dear Lonely Heart;
If you want to have a boyfriend it’s better to start with friendship.
Sincerely,
Travus


Dear Travus;
My friend and I are having a disagreement, and I think it's affecting our friendship. What should I do?
Confused

Dear Confused;
I have had a similar situation. I tried to talk it out, but the person wasn’t willing at the time. I would suggest give the person time to cool off. Hopefully they will eventually want to talk about it with you. If this is a recurring situation, you may want to reconsider being their friend.
Travus


Dear Travus;
I need help beating my brother at Dungeons and Dragons.
Dark Elf

Dear Dark Elf;
I think if you tame Acnologia from fairytail you could win.
Travus


Mr. Schraedley’s Math Riddle of the month...

An unscrupulous retail store owner starts a
new policy. In his words, "I increase the price by 50% and then mark all my items 50% off so that they just cost the normal price." Is this store owner making sound business sense? 


Gallup Poll is now up for all students to take.
Go to our homepage (Ariseva.com.com)
Go to STUDENT LINKS
Click on Gallup Poll and take.

Please send your student submissions of original art, music, poetry or prose to
Arise.and.Shine.AVA@gmail.com
 

ARISE Virtual Academy participates in Box
Tops for Education. Drop off your box tops
to Mrs. Fisher!

Keep an eye out for your Scholastic Book Order forms...we email them to all students on the 1st of the month. Order online, pick up in lab.

October 2018

It’s our first Issue! by The ARISE and Shine Staff on October 24th 2018

Hi everyone! Welcome to the ARISE newsletter. Some of us are here for credits, some are here for fun, and some are here because they want to. We’re all here to give you the news of the school. We’re all super excited to be sharing the news with you! Remember to ask TRAVUS for any advice. In this issue, we want to introduce you to our new staff, our new columns, and our vision for the newsletter.. Lastly, we have some helpful study tips from those of us who have been attending online school for a while. Just curl up in your comfy chair (if you have one) and enjoy the New ARISE and Shine Newsletter!

Dates to Remember

  • 10/23: Industry Days
  • 10/24-26 Lab Closed

Meet the ARISE and Shine Staff by ARISE and Shine Staff

on October 26, 2018

My name is Victoria Marie Bell I’m an eighth grader here at Arise Virtual Academy. I have been to Arise for two years now and am here because I was miserable at my old school. I am a complete dork and like to perform in front of my bedroom mirror. I also like to write books and scripts. I have two sisters and one brother, I also have a chihuahua named Oliver and a beagle named Trixie, then I have two cats one is named Midnight, the other is a male and his name is Chloe. I have a bad habit of biting my nails. That is it I’m not a very interesting person.

My name is Toryn Swartout, I am 13 years old and live in Janesville Wisconsin. I have 3 sisters named Daily, Sarah, and Alicia, and I have 6 cats, 2 at my dad house and 4 for my mom. They are named, Willow, Raven, and Cosmo my dad’s cats are named Casey and Scotty. I also have over ten fish. I am in 8th grade and take orchestra. I play the viola, and I also know Latin, Chinese and a bit of Spanish. I love science and dinosaurs I also love a lot of prehistory life before man. My favorite things to do are read, play games like Pokemon or Zelda, be in the outdoors, and watch youtube. Also, love science fiction, like Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Percy Jackson, and The Olympians. I have watched all the pokemon movies and most of the episodes.

Hello, my name is Cordell Purdy and I am in the eighth grade. This is my third year at Arise and my most enjoyable year of school to date. I chose to go to Arise after I got bullied at my other school, Some of my hobbies include reading and puzzles. I am really interested in History and Math. Sometimes I do really book reports in depth about a topic I like. I am also a Boy Scout of Troop 108, out of Brodhead, Wisconsin. Those are the main highlights of my life at this time.

Hi, my name is Reid Kuelz. I am 13 years old and in 8th Grade, and go to ARISE. My life began on December 30th, 2004, and I was a fat baby. Moving on, a bit later, my whole life would change. On April 28th, 2007, I was diagnosed with autism, and I don’t really notice it at all. I came to ARISE in January of 2018, and I absolutely love it here. I never plan on moving schools again. I joined the newsletter by being invited. So this is my story!

Hi, my name is Ariana Dearduff, I prefer to go by Ari, I am a senior at Arise. This is my first semester at Arise, and I do enjoy it more than regular school. I am in Arise because I moved in with my grandparents here, from Indiana over the summer. I decided I didn’t want to go to another public school, so my Grandma found me the best online school here in Janesville. My boyfriend and I have two rescues, a fat grouchy cat named Fluffy and psycho husky named Link. I enjoy kayaking and binge-watching Netflix. I have seriously binge-watched The Office three times in a row.

I’m Nick Wagner, I’m 14 in 9th grade. Wisconsin is my city and it always has been. I’ve always been in a virtual school, but this year I’m going to Arise. I was previously in Connections academy, which had a similar layout, but I switched to this school for the better opportunities and in depth career learning. I plan on becoming a carpenter, I have some friends who are carpenters and most of the shelves and stands in my room were made and cut by me. My main hobby is video games, primarily for ps4. I play primarily anything open world, but I really enjoy Star Wars Battlefront II from 2005 and 2017. I also like video and photo editing, so I make videos on youtube for fun in my free time.

My name is Alex and I went to Arise Virtual Academy because the Normal school's not working out for me after I joined I got better grades and all the teachers were nice. I enjoyed arise because I liked working on my computer at my own pace. I have many hobbies but one of them is computers and Technology. I'm interested in things like Linux Windows, not Apple. I also build computers experiments with old computers and much more is computer hardware. I also run virtual machines and install operating systems on Old hard drives to make them in better use. So yeah that's me and why I go to arise and what my hobbies are.

Houston Clanton is a 7th grader here at ARISE. He plays football for Franklin and has recently joined the ARISE and Shine Staff.

Rachel is a Sophomore at ARISE, she can often be heard singing and playing her Ukulele in the lab. Rachel enjoys anime.

ARISE now participates in Scholastic Book Club

by Mrs. Fisher

We are pleased to announce we have joined the Scholastic Book Club. Scholastic books not only has the books our elementary kids love, but also has a large selection of Young Adult and Adult books for sale, and as always, ordering books through Scholastic helps ARISE get new books for our school! Check out our link and order online, we will let you know when your books arrive. Use Class Code RXXMX to order. Orders are due October 30th. Check out some amazing books!

Where is the world is Superintendent Pophal?

Help us discover which school in the district Superintendent Pophal has visited in the last month. Each month our Superintendent will send us selfies as he visits local schools. Use clues in the pictures to discover his whereabouts. Send your guesses to Arise.and.shine.ava@gmail.com

Field Trip to JSOL.

By ARISE and Shine Staff

The ARISE Virtual Academy went to the Janesville Outdoor Lab (JSOL) on October 16th. We had over 50 students attend. We explored many areas, including Dead Manś hill, the log cabin, the creek and a prairie field. Teachers held lessons at each of the areas. We tried fishing for crawfish, build a teepee out of branches and explored the loft of the log cabin. The log cabin was moved to JSOL from Central Wisconsin. It used to house a family of 11. When it was moved, students from Janesville schools brought rocks to complete the working fireplace. The cabin was completed in 2000. It now hold samples of the tools that were used by pioneers. The creek was high and flooded, the water was rushing and was really clear. The sun created an amazing reflection. We were not able to see a lot of fish, but we saw a lot of sand and were able to skip rocks and saw fossils in the rocks by the creek. Mr. Schraedley knows a lot about fossils. Our hiking portion was run by Mr. Schraedley and Mrs. Rundle. They had a challenge for all the students, survive Dead Manś HIll. After finally making it up and down the steep hill, we found a garter snake by the cabin and discovered another fossil by the cabin in the rocks. While some of the students were taking part in a scavenger hunt, some of us were in the lodge doing arts and crafts while others built a teepee in the field outside the lodge. When the day was over, we got back in the bus and headed back to the lab.

Dear Travus:

The following advice column is meant for students and answered by students with the assistance of the school social worker. For any emergencies please talk with your parents, teachers, or social worker directly. An emergency would be anything that could result in someone being physically harmed.

Dear Travus can be reached by emailing Travus at Arise.and.Shine.AVA@gmail.com

Dear Travus, I started going to ARISE because I was really bullied at my old school. It was so bad, I started faking sick every day not to go to class. Finally, my parents decided to let me go to ARISE> Now I am afraid to come into the lab to get help even though I am having trouble with my classes. I keep thinking about how hard school was before and I just don't want to risk being bullied again. My mom thinks I should go to the lab to get help. How can I get my mom to understand that I can't go? Scared of School

Dear Scared of School; I know this is hard to believe but no one at this school is mean. Would you be willing to come in and see the lab with your mom? If you and your mom decide that it's not a good environment you can work from home with your teachers through VIDEO chat, text messages, email, and phone calls. Travus

Dear Travus; I am having trouble with a classmate. How do I politely ask him/her to change some of his behaviors? Grumpy Soul

Dear Grumpy; It is always hard to have someone in your class who irritates you. I would ask yourself why do you think your classmate behaves the way he/she does? Could it be attention? Could it be something this person really can't control? Or does that person really not understand how their behavior impacts others? Once you figure that out you can develop a solution. Here are some possibilities; 1. Get to know the person and try to find out why they behave the way they do. 2. Ignore their irritating behaviors. 3. Say to the student one on one (not in front of others) "I'm not sure why you say/do the things you do but I think we would get along better if you could change the following behavior______." Travus

STUDY TIPS FROM THE ARISE AND SHINE STAFF

Victoria: When taking notes I would suggest writing what lesson each set of notes are for. This way if you are taking a test that covers all lessons you will find the notes you need easier. For example say you are taking a unit test and you need notes for lesson five because you labeled the lesson you can find all your notes for lesson five.

Toryn: Reading the lessons and taking notes helps me with studying for classes. Like with remembering important stuff like equations for math or vocabulary for language. I take notes by making a dot at the beginning of what i am writing about in my notes, and what I do is I write what it is and then what it does for math and science. And the benefit for it is that I don't need to remember all the notes I can just look at a piece of paper, and my notes can tell me for stuff like chinese or math, and science.

Alex:If you don't know something just look it up how do you do that go to add a new tab go to Google and type in your question and then use your brain and think to find the answer on the links they provide in the search results. Wikipedia's one website you should avoid, the reason why you should avoid Wikipedia is that anyone can edit it and sometimes the information is not accurate.Finding a reliable website and also mean finally you can pay pending for having like or. Gov usually those are more reliable sources. Also Edu can also be very helpful and reliable unlike Wikipedia.

Nick: The best study tip for me is looking back at all the past mistakes that I have made, whether it would be in a quiz, and exam, or a writing assignment. Most of the time, things that you do in quizzes, exams and assignments will likely be brought up again. If you were to get something wrong, or even something right, it is best to write it down in your notes so you can look at it later. If that topic does come up again, you can simply look back at your notes and see how and why you got it right or wrong, so then you don’t have to make the same mistake twice or even once.

Reid: Hello, my name is Reid Kuelz, and I am here for some study tips. First of all, any kind of study tips will vary depending on each class. However, I will give out a few. In math strats, what I would recommend is to take your time, do backwards decoding (Which is a term I just coined. Trademark pending). In Civics, you should do some research on the lesson and take your time during the assignment. In Language Arts, which I think is the second easiest class, you should read the lesson carefully, and take your time. In pre algebra, which I think is the hardest class ever, I would recommend just taking it easy, and take as much time as possible. In conclusion, these are some of my tips for class.

Cordell: Something that you can do is take notes. People should take notes because of a lot of reasons. First it registers the information into your brain. Second, it allows you to have info from the lesson ready for the test. The way people can do this is by putting down important things from the lessons. Some things would be places, people, events, and vocabulary. A way that you can takes notes is by having the vocabulary on one side of the paper and the definition on the other. This helps your notes to be more organized throughout the school year.

Ari: My study tip is to use different colors. When you use different colors the brain will remember the parts easier, because it will remember the color with the fact. Using different colors will also make your notes more fun, so you will enjoy notes more. Having colorful notes will also help make you more creative. I use many different colored pens, but my favorite color pen to use is blue. I think finding a color that helps you remember your notes is good for you. Adding colors to your notes makes your notes more creative, and will help you remember facts.

MUSIC CORNER WITH REID

Rock band Tool´s final album as of 2018, called 10,000 Days, was released in 2006. It contains eleven songs with a runtime of almost seventy-six minutes. The songs seem to prove as progressive and epic, with the main runtime of songs being over six minutes, with two songs alone lasting over eleven minutes. All of the songs are very good and very long, and contains many cryptic lyrics. I would give the album a 4.5/5.

Halloween Mythology

with Victoria

Vampires they are known everywhere and yeah I know vampires for Halloween so original but bare with me here. When it comes to the english vampire we have used the word since 1734 but it wasn’t until Bram stoker released his novel Dracula in 1897 that they became… I guess the word would be domesticated. Vampires though come from all over the world and with each place there is a different way people believe they can protect themselves. The typical weaknesses are garlic, sunlight, and of course it wouldn't be a good vampire tale without a wooden stake, in some countries believe it or not on Halloween night the time with the most demons and ghouls you can imagine some people put garlic outside their door to keep away “unwanted guest”. That’s all for this spooky tale join me in the next article or don’t that's your choice.

Ari’s Movie Corner

Toy Story is a 1995 animated film, released by Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar on November 22nd. The film is amazing, and definitely in the top five best animated films of all time. The movie is notable for being the first full-length computer animated film ever made. The story and writing seems awesome, and you can tell that they took a while making this. It actually had been in the works since the beginning of the 90’s. I highly recommend watching this movie, it will be an amazing experience. Rating: 10/10

Math Fun with Mr. Schraedley

You weigh 100 pounds. You're on a loop of a roller coaster and the centrifugal force is large enough that you feel "normal" weight pushing you into your seat when you are fully upside down. At that speed, how much would it feel like you weight at the bottom of the loop (when you're right-side-up)? Send your answer to ARISE.AND.SHINE.AVA@gmail.com

More fun with Mr. Schraedley and Mrs. Katzke!!!

ATTENTION 7th -12th graders...do you like board games? ARISE Virtual Academy is forming a board game club Wednesdays beginning November 7th. The club will meet in the lab from 4-5pm. Mr. Schraedley and Mrs. Katzke have tons of amazing games to play. If you want to bring your own game to share, make sure to contact Mrs. Katzke at mkatzke@janesville.k12.wi.us or Mr Schraedley at robert.schraedley@janesville.k12.wi.us for game approval!

Staff and Student Interviews

I’m Nick and I’m doing interviews for the lab this year. This time I got to interview the teachers to see their spin on how the students can improve. In all, there were many great answers, most directed improving towards coming in and asking help from any of the teacher. I asked this question: Do you have any suggestions or observation on how the students could be doing better?

Mr. Gaffey: “Students need to stay in constant contact contact with their teachers, let them know if they are having any problems or issues that will affect their work. Take care of your retries right away.”

Marilyn: “For some students, less socializing would probably help them get more work done.”

Mrs. Katzke: “The student who come in the lab do better, students who know how to take notes. Those who are able to organize and setting a work schedule”

Mr. Schraedley: “Ask for help as soon as you need it. Also, students who spend more times in the lectures reviewing the material tend to do better. I recommend a minimum of 30 minute per class per day. ”

Mrs. Fisher: “Take more notes, ask for help if you need it. Being successful takes a different kind of work, but it’s the only time you're really in control.”

Dr. Parr: “Consistency, those who do work every day tend to do better than a student that works whenever they find time.”

Mr. Lee: “They need to come in more, I have found that the students who come in more have more success. They are able to make that personal connection with their teacher.”

Mrs. Metcalf: “Students need to work on their classes the very first thing they do in their day. Don’t put off doing your work until later.”

REMEMBER TO BRING IN YOUR BOX TOPS TO ARISE! JUST DROP THEM OFF WITH MRS. FISHER OR MRS. TORRISON ANY TIME.

STUDENT SUBMISSIONS

(Verse 1) I want to find the meaning The meaning of life We cannot bear to find my time I will mess up everything I see And in my life, I will find The dreams in my life Something is lost inside I’m losing all sense of control We have no meaning on Earth Losing time in our life Our time is gone, and our world is falling down So I might be going crazy

(Verse 2) No one can find my mind I’m drowning in a sea of sorrow We want to find the answers And I will never find a way home I have no reason to exist No reason to believe Something is my life And something is my past I will find a way out, and go away The lies we all tell each other I want to believe in your life But I will never begin to believe

(Chorus) Lost in a spiral, a spiral of time Choosing my life will be tough But everything must come to an end sometime.  Something is turning around It’s inside my brain, and I will never find the meaning of life

(Verse 3) I will never find a deeper life We begin to sink the ship Deeper lies sink in my body And something begins to fade When a world starts to pass away I lie to the gods, and I speak to you You are the one who will help me I make the big decisions Like the first cut in my mind It will always fall apart My body begins to spiral around you And it begins to collapse on the inside

(Bridge) Waiting for a sign, waiting for a way home Something to give, nothing to say Wanting a way out, never going home Telling every lie in the world, burning away

(Chorus) Lost in a spiral, a spiral of time Choosing my life will be tough But everything must come to an end sometime Something is turning around.  It’s inside my brain, and I will never find the meaning of life

(Verse 4) I begin to find, my own infinite mind Swinging on the ladder of day and night Beginning to collapse my mind Something is lost inside of me Beginning to spiral Losing all sense of my control Finding a way out of this loophole Losing all sense of my control Beginning, beginning to find a way home With my feet falling on the ground I begin to fall all the way down Finding an introspective mind Losing the war, winning the fight Beginning to shatter my mind This lie will never be told You may see something you have never seen Losing a beginning life, and ending a day You may see something you have never seen I live in a world of injustice Inside the infinite loophole Losing sense of control Break all illusions Breaking your mind Finding a shattered window inside I will begin to find a day where the world fades to nothing at all

By Reid Kuelz

Send your submissions of original art, music, poetry or prose to ARISE.and.shine.ava@gmail.com

Don't forget to vote for Keeanu Benton from Janesville Craig! He won the first round of voting and is on to Round 2. Here is the website: http://dreamfearlessly.underarmourgame.com/ You can vote 1 time per device. So, you can vote on your school computer, your phone and your home computer! Let’s help him get into the game! Keeanu is a really nice kid - this would be awesome for him! He has been recruited to play at Wisconsin next year!

 

November 2018

Last month October was very fun we did a couple field trips, one to JSOL which is like a nature reserve for wildlife, and a lot of the 8th graders went to a trip called Industry Day where they got to look at jobs that they may want to do in the future. There was two groups that were in ARISE, one went to look a jobs to do with art of different types and the other they got to look at jobs to do with education and human services. Here are some of the descriptions from people that went to industry day.

Reid: What I enjoyed on Industry Days was that we got to learn how essentials go through the process of being made, and at JAX Printing, we learned how those circles on envelopes are made, and we got to use the cutter. At Bliss Communications, we learned how newspapers are made, and we went through the process. I enjoyed learning how they go through the printing process. Finally, at the Taxidermy House, we learned how people stuff animals. They use mannequin-like figures to put in the dead animals, and they showed us how to do that. In conclusion, I highly enjoyed The Industry Days field trip.

Toryn:  My time at industry day was ok we mostly saw printers. We first went to jax printing company and saw giant printers, and then we went  the gazette building and saw giant printers the size of the building and they had giant ink tanks and big rolls of paper. Finally we went to a taxidermy place were they stuffed a lot of animals some were roadkill and some were hunted.

Victoria:  On Tuesday, October 23, 2018 Arise 8th graders did Industry day where we went to different companies to get an idea of what we want to be when we get older. My group went to two daycare centers and Tricoci Beauty School. At Tricoci Beauty School we got a demonstration on special effects makeup involving wounds and injuries. Some people got “Hurt” the students at Tricoci are extremely talented and did an amazing job using latex, paint, and other tools to make it look like we had injuries.

Important Dates to Remember

  1. Virtual Field trip to London to explore Globe Theater and  Shakespeare: See the Email sent to you from Dr. Parr on November 2, 2018.

  2. Thanksgiving Break: Lab will be closed on November 21, 22 and 23.  We will reopen on November 26.

  3. Field Trip to the State Capital December 4, 2018.  All names must be turned in and fees paid by November 25th. See Mrs. Rundle for details.

  4. Field Trip to the Rock County Job Center for a Career Fair Friday December 8th from 10-12:30.  Open to all Full time students in ARISE.

  5. Last year during Christmas, we had a big part and watched the Polar Express, and some people brought cookies. There was also some pizza, and the little kids brought blankets to watch the movie. This year, we will also be having a party on December 21st and you are invited to it, you may also be able to bring snacks for everyone. Please look for more info in next month’s Newsletter!

 

Music Corner by Reid

The second studio album by industrial rock project Nine Inch Nails was released on March 8th, 1994, and it is a concept album telling the story of a unnamed protagonist who goes through a downward spiral filled with society, disease, nihilism, and, at the very end, his own death. Many of the 14 songs feature harsh noise and few traditional song structures, and throughout the album’s 65 minute runtime, themes of self-control and hatred run rampant. Another thing to note, the album is also semi-autobiographical, seeing as front man Trent Reznor has actually gone through some of this. The album includes the hit single, “Closer”, and the song’s music video received frequent airplay by MTV, despite it being heavily censored, because MTV said the original was too graphic. Otherwise, in the very end, The Downward Spiral, one of my favorite albums, gets a 5/5.

Game Club

Mr. Schraedley’s thoughts on the game club are that it is an opportunity to play games, socialize, and have fun. Students do not have to bring games for the first two or three sessions. He wants it to be fair and fun, and if it’s not fair, some students will not have fun. The members can bring their own games later on in time, and it serves as a great way to bridge between playing games and to socialize, and meet new friends. He brought Pandemic, Spyfall, Battlesheep, Splendor, and City Squares for the first session. His ultimate goal for it is for the students to run the club on our own. The club is looking for strategy and role playing games.  The club meets every Wednesday from 4-5 PM.

 

Gamers Corner

By Toryn and Nick

We will be covering the hot topics of gaming, everything from Graphics to the hottest new games or the newest tech. Most people play video games for Fun, and some play for learning. Most people that do play games for learning matters are people with a learning disability, but games can help with cognitive abilities like ADD or ADHD. Minecraft helps with memory and strategic building. Most people that play games play for fun do it to get away from the world. Kids can be themselves because they are able to be someone entirely different.

Halloween Party

The Halloween Party was very good. Some of us watched Hocus Pocus while others carved pumpkins. We ate pizza and drank soda. Afterwards, we Trick or Treated the teachers which some had Reeces. Overall it was a really good party.

During the party, our intrepid reporter Nick was on hand to ask some Thanksgiving based questions….here are his results.

What does the lab like to do on thanksgiving?

Some people enjoy their break by sleeping or playing video games, but most love to invite friends and family to eat a big stuffed dinner.  One even does a Vegetarian Thanksgiving including Tofurkey!

What movies do the lab love to watch during thanksgiving?

Everyone loves the classics such as Home Alone and the Charlie Brown thanksgiving.

What is the lab most thankful for?

Everyone loves their family, their friends, and everything in their life.  Hope you have an AMAZING Thanksgiving!

Meet our newest Teacher Mr.Schraedley!

Interviewed by Ari and Jessie

  1. Why did you become a teacher?

“I became a teacher because I like working with people, helping people, and I like having a job where I know when a student is struggling and I can help.”

  1. Have you worked in any other field?

“I’ve worked in several other fields, I’ve worked as a Architectural engineer, I was a teacher in a Military school, nuclear industry working on nuclear reactors, I worked as a manager managing nuclear waste”

  1. Do you like working at ARISE?

“I love working at ARISE. I like working with students, but I really like that I can teach students to be self-sufficient and when I can help students who are struggling, I can help when I think they really need it. It’s also more one-on-one, rather me lecturing up in the front of the class.”

  1. Why did you choose ARISE?

“The learning style here being mostly online was similar to my past teaching experience and I like being a teacher at ARISE compared to being a teacher elsewhere.”

  1. Where did you graduate?

“I graduated from Rutgers University in New Jersey.”

  1. What’s your favorite fall activity?

“That’s a really good question... Sitting in the backyard around the campfire with friends and family.”

  1. Do you have a favorite quote?

“Don't be afraid to ask questions.

Don't be afraid to ask for help when you need it.  Asking for help isn't a sign of weakness, it's a sign of strength.  It shows you have the courage to admit when you don't know something, and to learn something new.”

The 44th President of the United States

  1. Do you have any interesting talents?

“I have a variety of talents; ...I can unicycle, juggle, surf, waterski, rock-climb, sing, and I do martial arts with my kids, but I’m not really good at any of them.”

Mr. Schraedley also runs the after school Game Club on Wednesdays with Mrs. Katzke.  Come have fun playing some awesome board games!

ARISE Board Game Club

WHEN: Every Wednesday (starting 11/7)
WHERE: ARISE Lab (at Franklin Middle)
WHY: To have fun!
TIME: 4:00 - 5:00 PM

  • Teachers will bring the games.
  • We’ll have a variety of strategy style games.
  • Some games will be competitive, others cooperative.
  • You can read the rulebooks and teach yourself, or we can teach you how to play.
  • Contact Mr. Schraedley if you have any questions.
  • Most games play in under an hour, but staff will stay later if some games go long (as late as 6:00 PM)
  • Come join us for some fun and games. Get to know your classmates, and learn some new fun games.

Dear Travus:

The following advice column is meant for students and answered by students with the assistance of the school social worker. For any emergencies please talk with your parents, teachers, or social worker directly. An emergency would be anything that could result in someone being physically harmed. Dear Travus can be reached by emailing Travus at Arise.and.Shine.AVA@gmail.com

My best friend’s crush just told me they like me. What do I do?

Dear Third Wheel

What I would recommend doing is to ask to talk to the aforementioned friend about it, and then come up with a reasonable solution.

A bunch of kids at school are making fun of my family because they say that we’re the old lady who lives in a shoe. What do I do?

Dear Persecuted

What I would do is talk to an adult, ignore them, or just stand up for yourself. First, you could say, “What do you care what my family does, it’s a tradition.” You could also be assertive with them.


Ari’s Movie Corner

Brother Bear 2 is a 2006 animated nature film. It is a great family movie film. It teaches you things about nature. Also it teaches you about the importance of family and friends. Friends and family can bring back old memories, but you can’t get caught up in the fantasy of old friends. You have to remember who has been there, and continues to be. It is a good movie, but I do think it leaves some things unanswered.

Rating: 8/10

Mythology with Victoria and Toryn

Have you ever wondered what the scariest monster is? Maybe it’s your friend, your teacher, or maybe even you but nothing is as the wendigo. The wendigo is a monster from Native American mythology that turns humans into immortal malevolent spirit that has a hunger for human flesh. The wendigo is said to live in the northwoods of Minnesota, the forest of the Great Lakes region, and areas in Canada. It is said to have superhuman strength and and other supernatural abilities. That’s it for this issue the wendigo maybe scary but remember at the day the scariest are only human.

Chasing the Melody

This is Rachel from the band Chasing the Melody. I am hoping to start this band and make music from the heart and soul, music that tells a story. I already have a couple of recruits. My friend Reid is gonna be the best drummer ever, he will also be writing songs, we also have Toryn as our electric violinist. We are currently looking for a guitarist, we will have tryouts. We usually plan to meet every Saturday. If you go to ARISE, and are in the band, you have to be on pace and passing, otherwise, you will not be allowed in. It has been quite difficult trying to pull together a band and get meetings set up and get in permission slips from the parents. Especially when I am having trouble staying on pace myself. I hope to have our first meeting as a band group without instruments to discuss meetings and other things on Friday, November 9th and another on Friday, November 16th. They will be held at about 11:30 and will end at noon. I hope to See all band members here at the ARISE lab during lunch time.


Computers

By Alex

Everyone has a computer at home, in this article, we're going to be talking about where your files are stored at. Your files are stored on a hard drive or a solid state drive. Hard drives have been around for 30 years. Inside the hard drive there is a magnetic platter or disc that reads and writes head moves at very fast speeds.  The magnetic platter has the ability to store billions of bytes of data, it also has the option to remove data. For example, if you're deleting a picture or a game that you don't like. A hard drive is quite affordable, making it very popular to use, the only problem is hard drives don't last very long. The magnetic platter spins at speeds around 7200rpm. The reading and writing head moves at extreme speeds, to keep up with the platter. Overtime moving parts wear out, the motor gets weak for the platter and the disc gets used so much, it becomes hard for it to store files properly, fragments begin to build up. That's why we came up with a solution. We invented a solid state drive that is smaller faster and needs no moving parts. Solid-state drives are compatible with the same cables, and hardware hard drives used. So it is easy to replace a hard drive with a solid state drive.  Solid state drives are kind of like having 6 MicroSD cards but their computer chips. There's also a mapping chip a mapping chip is responsible to tell the files were the go. This chip manages your files and puts them in a good order so your solid state drive would get most performance off of. The worst part about solid state drives is that they're expensive. They're usually double the price of hard drives and the amount and the capacities are smaller. Luckily, technology is progressing, they're much more affordable now, and you can get up to 2 terabytes. So I hope you learned something about hard drives and solid-state drives.  


Remember to bring your box tops in!

Scholastic Book Orders are Due on November 28th.  Delivery will be before Christmas. Go to https://clubs.scholastic.com and use CLASS CODE RXXMX

We are still accepting student submissions for original art, poetry and prose!  Email submissions to

Arise.and.Shine.AVA@gmail.com


A Note from our Principal...

Thank you for attending conferences for your student. I am confident that you acquired a lot of information from your teacher/s. The ARISE Virtual Academy teachers and I appreciate your collaboration with us in ensuring your child’s success.  It is so gratifying to work in an environment in which all stakeholders value the education of students and take such a keen interest in helping those students get ready for an exciting future. I look forward to a great year together as partners in the education of your child!

Dr. Parr


 

December 2018

December Dates to Remember

  • Field Trip to the Capitol  December 4th 8:30-3pm.  Lab closed
  • Winter Movie Day  December 21st  9:00-Noon
  • Cookies, Movies and Holiday fun.  Bring a blanket and curl up for a special movie day at the lab.
  • Winter Break  December 22-Jan 1  NO ASSIGNMENTS DUE DURING BREAK  This is a GREAT time to get caught up or work ahead!
  • January 7th through the 11th.  FINALS!!!!!!! Finals must be taken in lab or with a proctor, contact your mentor for details.

A message from Dr. Parr

I hope all of our ARISE Virtual Academy School families had a Happy Thanksgiving. The holidays are here and our students are working hard each and every day. I would again like to thank all of you for attending our fall Parent Teacher Conferences. I am thrilled to see such a great turnout!
Working together as a team only benefits your child.

Now that the winter months are upon us, there will always be the chance that school will be closed due to dreadful weather. However, though brick and mortar schools will be closed, the AVA classes still be held online for students to continue on pace:)  Our teachers will also be available by email, texting and phone calls, so students can continue to work and maintain pace, even get ahead if they like:)

The holiday break: December 22 to January 1 is coming up fast.  Students can use that time of no assignments due to catch up, raise grades and even get ahead if they choose.  Most of our teachers will be spending time with their families and may not be answering emails, texts or calls as quickly as we usually do.  However, I will be available throughout the holiday for help if needed. I will also be available by appointment to meet with students at school.  Call me for an appointment: 608-295-1406

Dr. David L Parr


In this issue:

  • Reid’s Music Corner
  • Gamer’s Corner
  • Mythology with Victoria and Toryn
  • Ari’s Movie Review with a special guest reviewer!
  • Elementary Science Fair entry and interview
  • Computers with Alex
  • Bad dad jokes with Jameson and Reid
  • Gaming club news
  • And Student Submissions!

And the Vote is in!

By Mrs. Fisher

After 30 beginning suggestions…3 votes narrowing the field….. and numerous battles... ARISE Virtual Academy is pleased to announce that we have finally chosen our school Mascot!

In the online community, your Avatar is the version of you that you choose to present to the world.  It is your best version of you. As educators, our job is to help you become the best you that you can be.  We make your Avatars reality. With this in mind, we are pleased to announce that from now on we are the ARISE Virtual Academy Avatars.  Let your best you shine!  Check out our teacher’s ideas of what their
Avatars would look like!

Speaking of Avatars…..

High School Seniors, last week you received an email from Dr. Parr and Mrs. Fisher requesting you to send in a Senior Picture, you senior quote or a message from your family, a kindergarten/baby photo of you and a goofy picture.  If you would like, you MAY choose to send in your own Avatar in place of the goofy picture. We will be creating a collage for the yearbook out of these photos. Your senior photos, quotes etc are needed into Mrs. Fisher by February 27th.  A big THANK YOU goes out to Alayna Newell and Montanna Dutcher for being the first Seniors to complete these goals! Email your photos, etc to Mrs. Fisher mailto:mefisher@janesville.k12.wi.us


Student Submissions

“I am blind” by Anonymous

I may be blind but I still see

I see with my hands

My ears

My nose

And teeth

I feel what you see

I hear what you see

I taste and I smell

I maybe blind but I see just as well

 

“Tear” by Reid Kuelz

They think they can ruin me

Introspection begins to find a place in myself

My ruined mind begins to rot away

I wonder why this world never forgives me

Someday people criticize me, and I can’t see

My life is just a lie

It breaks down inside of myself

She never said a word to me

It keeps me away from my mind

I get disgusted and torn away

Banished from my own self-indulgence

I want to tear myself apart

I can’t find myself

In my own way

We’ll find a way out

Trust me, I swear

The tear inside of my mind, it conceived me in pain

It ruins my body, it tears me apart, burns me down

What have I done to you, and I want to say

I want to say I’m sorry, I never meant to hurt you

Sick and burned, I’m hating my soul

This body ruins me inside

And it kills me away

I can’t feel myself

This world begins to tear me away

And it terrified me to death

I just wanted to fight myself

The inner demon in my body, it tears me

This world never forgives me

I can’t find myself

In my own way

We’ll find a way out

Trust me, I swear

The tear inside of my mind, it conceived me in pain

It ruins my body, it tears me apart, burns me down

What have I done to you, and I want to say

I want to say I’m sorry, I never meant to hurt you

Sick and burned, I’m hating my soul

This body ruins me inside

And it kills me away

You doubt me, tell me what I did wrong

Sick and feeling hated, inside of my mind

Got nothing against my own self, it burns deep down

If I said nothing, nothing would have happened

The tear inside of my mind, it conceived me in pain

It ruins my body, it tears me apart, burns me down

What have I done to you, and I want to say

I want to say I’m sorry, I never meant to hurt you

Sick and burned, I’m hating my soul

This body ruins me inside

And it kills me away

Even though I’m sick, it might tear me away

This ghost inside of my head, keep it far from me

So far away from you, the pain inside of me tears me apart

And I’m so sick of myself, so sick of myself


If you have original work you would like published, email it to mailto:mefisher@janesville.k12.wi.us

 

 

Middle School Dad Jokes

Compiled by Reid and Jameson

What do cats like to eat for breakfast? Mice Krispies.

What do you call a laughing motorcycle? A Yamahahaha.

A friend of mine tried to annoy me with bird puns, but I soon realized that toucan play at that game.

I wasn't originally going to get a brain transplant, but then I changed my mind.

I can't believe I got fired from the calendar factory. All I did was take a day off.

I hate jokes about german sausages, they’re the wurst.
 

 

Dear Seniors…

Hi seniors! I am Ari, the only senior in the ARISE newsletter. This article is to talk about some options after high school and how I feel about those options. I will also talk about some of the struggles we seniors are going to start facing as we move into the next phase of our life.

Honestly seniors, we have a lot on our plates! We are deciding what college we are going to go to, if we even want to go to college, if we’re going to take a gap year or not, even where we are going to take our senior photos. We have so many decisions to make, and it is only rolling up fast, before we know it we will be starting our next step.

We all have different options in life. We all have different interests too. It’s exciting isn’t it? It is also terrifying. I am fully in support of any choice you choose to do after high school. I know you’re probably like “Uhh okay, why does it matter if this random person supports what I choose to do?” Well in this next step of out life we are hearing lots of different opinions from lots of different people. It is always nice to hear that someone is supporting you.

Some of you are probably going to graduate and never look at going to any kind of school ever again. That is 100% okay. School is not for everyone, and if you have other options other than school that is fantastic!  (Apprenticeships are one option in this case.)

Others will start looking into taking a gap year to get yourself ready for whatever is awaiting you next. I support this too, but a piece of advice is to be careful with this one. Taking a gap year is a great way to earn money for the future and find yourself, but taking a gap year gets you out of the habit of going to school. So I also think taking a gap year is great, as long as you have the motivation to get back into the hang of going to school.

We are all in ARISE Virtual Academy for many different reasons. Some of you had personal issues, some of you had family issues, there are many reasons to be in ARISE, maybe just because this worked for you better than actually going to class everyday and having to be surrounded by people all the time. Well whatever your reason is, I hope this was the best choice for you.

I joined ARISE only this year. It was a little weird going from public schools all of my life, to online school. I moved to Wisconsin from Indiana in July. ARISE gave me the best options for my senior year, and who really wants to start at a new school your senior year?

This is a stressful time in all of your lives, as we are stressing about finals and making sure we pass all of our classes even though we are trying to prepare for our next step. Well I am in your corner no matter what you choose for your next steps. I hope that whatever life awaits for you is only the best.

Talk to you next month…

Ari

 

Reid’s Music Corner

 

“Ágætis byrjun” is the second studio album by Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós, released on June 12th, 1999 in Iceland, and not released in the U.S until 2001. This album is very long, clocking in at almost 72 minutes, and almost every song being over seven minutes in length. Also, for the average American, almost every song title is nearly unpronounceable, with such titles as the title track, the ten plus minute epic “Viðrar vel til loftárása”, and the eight minute “Ný batterí”. A side note, Ágætis byrjun translates to A Good Beginning in English. Another note to add, most songs are sung in Icelandic, with the exception of “Olsen Olsen”, and the last part of the title track, which are both sung in a made up language called Hopelandic, which is basically gibberish. Their follow up album, only titled with a pair of parentheses used this language exclusively. In the end, I highly recommend listening to this album. 5/5

 

Sports and ARISE...is it possible?

I go to Arise Virtual Academy and Franklin Middle School. I have made friends playing football for Franklin. If you are looking for excitement and want to meet new people and make new friends like I do, you should ask about what kind of sports Franklin Middle School has to offer. You will be able to bond with people you have never met and have fun this is a good chance to have fun after school. To join, you have to contact your home Middle School and tell them you want to join a sport. To join you must be passing and on pace.

―Houston Clanton, Cordell Purdy


Gamer’s Corner

By Toryn, Nick, and Jessie

Sandbox games are types of Open World games that allow you to truly use the world as your oyster. The differences between an Open World game and a Sandbox game is often blurred. Open World games allow you to explore a massive world already complete by the creators of the game with no way to alter it to your liking, like Super Mario Odyssey or any of the Pokemon games available at the moment. Sandbox games, however, give you a world and the tools to shape it as your own.  For example, Astroneer places you on a planet which you can walk all the way around on with digging and forming tools. Another example is Minecraft, in which you are given no introduction, just an infinite world for you to make your very own, with communities, castles, waterslides, your imagination is the only limit. Sandbox games aren’t just a playground, sandbox games are an opportunity for people to create anything they want. Instead of reaching for a typical Open World game, go creative, go Sandbox!

 

Elementary Interview by Cordell

I had the chance to interview Cayden who is one of the 5th graders here at ARISE. He made a catapult for a science project. He made two different designs: Packer and The Spoon. Some materials he already had, but others he had to go to Walmart for the others. It took him 2 and a half hours total to make the two designs. Here is what he had to say about his project.

Why did you make it? It was an assignment for 5th Grade Science

How did you decide on the design? Cayden came up with two designs in his head, he did not even look at google.

How did you get your supplies? We had popsicle sticks, rubber bands, and straws at the house already, needed to get a spoon and ping pong from Walmart. Started with paper balls, but switched to ping pong balls.

How did the catapult work? Packer: Put stick back and then it fires very far and straight. The spoon: The  spoon was wound up and the ball fires from the spoon.How long did it take to construct? Packer: 45 minutes. The Spoon: 1 Hour 45 Minutes. Note: The Packer one launches the balls further.


Movie Review by Ari

2018 Grinch

The new Grinch film is pretty good. I think it is funny, also very kid and adult friendly. It does change the storyline a bit from the 2000 Jim Carrey's version, which most remakes do. I do like the changes to the film, but I will always love the 2000 versions storyline the most. All in all it was a great family film. I would highly recommend this film this holiday season.

Rating 9/10

Ari is joined this month by a special guest reviewer Jameson reviewing Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom

 Cast Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jeff Goldblum.

The 2018 Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom, is an entertaining movie full of dinos and action. Without spoilers what I can tell you is that you will enjoy it if you like dinosaurs or just action/suspense films in general. Also, this film has callbacks to many of the previous films, for example, the jeep from the first film is seen when we find Blue in the new movie. I like this film because the scenes are fast paced and flow together well and the new dinosaurs are good additions to the series. Would highly recommend to anyone who hasn’t seen it yet. Rating 10/10 Special Guest Reviewer: Jameson Wood


Monthly Mythology with Victoria and Toryn

We all know of Santa Claus, the jolly man in a red suit that gives gifts to children that are good and coal to kids that are naughty, but the one we don't about is the half goat half demon Krampus who beats naughty kids into being nice. In some stories he is said to poke kids and adults with a stick, fearing the realization that they were naughty. Krampus usually comes out the night of December 5th. When It comes to his punishment methods he beats kids with a birch branch or puts kids in his sack to be tortured or eaten. Krampus’ origins have nothing to do with Christmas but instead come from the pre Germanic paganism of the region. His name comes from the German word krampen, which means claw. So we hope you were good this year and Krampus doesn’t visit on the fifth! From both of us,have a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday.   

Other Reminders

Remember to drop off your box tops for education to the lab.  We handle everything, you just drop off the clipped out box tops.

Scholastic books are due at the end of each month.  Use class code RXXMX at https://clubs.scholastic.com to order.  Books are delivered to the lab and Mrs. Fisher will contact you when they come in.

The lab took a trip to Madison on December 4th, enjoy some of our pictures and look for our write up next month!

Don’t forget, Game club meets every Wednesday afternoon from 4:00 until 5 or 6 (depending on game progress).  Come check us out!

ARISE K-3 Elementary students partnered with a second grade class in Westlake, Louisiana to learn about our cities and states. Mrs. Crumpler's class sent us Flat Stanley to follow us around for a few weeks and then report back to them on what he did here while visiting. Lilly and Bristol filled out a questionnaire for their class.  Attached are pictures of the girls with Flat Stanley and some of the places he visited in Janesville.

Flat Stanley

Flat Stanley had to learn how to dress for Wisconsin weather when it snowed. He visited the Lincoln-Tallman House, Frances Willard one room school house, students’ homes, and “The Cow”.

 

January 2019

ARISE and Shine

January 2019

Dates to Remember

  • Finals:  1/14-1/16  Schedule your time with your mentor...Remember, if you finish early, you can take your final early!
  • 1/18/2019  Lab closed, Teacher Work Day
  • 1/21/19 Martin Luther King Day, No School, Lab Closed

Holiday Party Highlights

ARISE Virtual Academy had its annual Holiday Movie/party in the lab.  This year, we watched The Christmas Chronicle starring Kurt Russell, decorated Sugar cookies and made snowflakes and holiday cards.  While the movie played, we enjoyed popcorn and the decorated cookies. Additionally, a chess grudge match was played, and our elementary students got a chance to learn the game.  Overall a great time was had by everyone.

Subnautica For Playstation 4 No Spoiler Review

By Nick

Subnautica is a colorful survival game with a hint of horror set in an alien ocean planet.  Once you crash land in your survival pod, you try to find other survivors and discover the mystery of why you crash landed.  As you progress, you are able to craft more advanced things like submarines and large underwater bases. As you find more and more evidence of the events directly before, after, and even years before the crash, the world becomes even bigger.  

Subnautica biggest strength is mystery.  Whether you’re exploring a long abandoned and rusted base or scavenging a crash site 300 meters below, you never know what creature is going to jump out at you.

However, Subnautica does have some frame-rate dips and low quality textures at moments, but these time happen so infrequently it’s easy to ignore them.  Early in the game there are times where the next objective is confusing and you don’t really know where to go, but the game is BEST played without looking anything up, discovering the deep dark see for yourself is a lot more fun.

9/10 Recommended

The story and game play are incredible, despite the occasional frame-rate dips and confusing objectives.

The story is very non-linear, which can lead to confusion because of the huge open world, but it still manages to give without forcing you.

The  game play is exciting and has a hint of horror, with a good experience in the calming shallows or depths of the sea

The atmosphere and lore build the world up to be even bigger as you discover the mysteries of this alien planet.

   

Dad Jokes with Reid and Jameson

I'm a big fan of whiteboards. I find them quite remarkable.

Did you hear about the auto body shop that just opened? It comes highly wreck-a-mended.

Why can’t you run through a campground? You can only ran, because it’s past-tents.

A man sued an airline company after it lost his luggage. Sadly, he lost his case.

Why don't skeletons ever go trick or treating? Because they have no body to go with.

I don’t play soccer because I enjoy the sport. I’m just doing it for kicks.

What did the grape do when he got stepped on? He let out a little wine.
 

What do you call an elephant that doesn't matter? An irrelephant.

From One Senior to Another: by Ari

Hi seniors! We are about to start our last semester of high school EVER! It is so scary and so exciting at the same time! Graduation is rolling up faster then we even realize! We all are getting our yearbook submissions in and the deadline is very soon! Also, we are getting ready to order our graduation gowns! I hope to see you all at the graduation ceremony! It is coming up quick!

Just a reminder, it is okay to not know what you next step is. If you’re going to college it is very okay to not know what your major is yet. If you are going to college remember to make yourself involved in things. Don’t stress yourself out by joining a bunch of clubs and doing a bunch of sports, but it is good to join clubs and meet new people.

Lastly, let the teachers who have inspired you the most and influenced your life in good ways know about it. Teachers try their best to help students graduate and do their best, and if a teacher has done a good job of making you your best in your life let them know! I am sure they would greatly appreciate it!  Also, a reminder to JUNIORS ask your teachers for college recommendations! You are about to start your college applications and teacher recommendations are a greatly recommended.

I hope all of you seniors aren’t stressing yourselves out too much! Senioritis is seriously real, but make sure to stay on track and stay focused! I hope you all had a great holiday break! Good luck on your finals! Good luck on your coming up last semester!

 

Computers as explained by Alex

One of the most power-hungry components in your computer is a graphics card. A graphics card is responsible for all the graphics on your computer like playing a game, but that can take a lot of power. Most typical desktops don't have graphics cards, they have graphics built into the CPU that is called a APU.  

There are two brands that make graphics cards, Nvidia and AMD. Now there are many other brands that make the graphics cards like EVGA, Asus, and Gigabyte, for example, they don't make the entire graphics card, they just make the coolers, motherboards, overclocking features, and heatsinks. The microchips of the graphics card are made either from Nvidia or AMD.  

If you are a serious gamer that wants a game at 1080p 60fps a GTX 1070, or 1070 TI would be recommended. Additionally for 4K a 1080 or 1080 TI would be recommended. It's good to get a graphics card with lots of video memory and clock speed.The recommended specs for gaming on a graphics card nowadays are the GPU are around 2 or 1.5 gigahertz  and for video ram, 4 or 6 GB of video ram will work.

Student Submissions

My Dogs
by Lilly Neman 2nd grade

 

My dogs like to have fun.

They run and run and run.

They Jump and wiggle.

They make me giggle.

They are fast on their feet

when they want a treat.

They are  a dog, but they sleep like a log.

Why We Choose to Write Together…
By Toryn

At one of the newsletter meetings, I interviewed Victoria about why she created the mythology corner. She got into mythology in a 3rd grade class when they were learning greek mythology. She believes that the most likely mythological creature to be alive would be a mermaid. She likes stories the most because they can have many interpretations.  When I asked her “What is your favorite story and what interpretation of it do you like the best?” Victoria was quick to answer, ”Right now, the cadejo. The white one helps you get home, and the black one tries to mortally harm you, and It originates from Mexico.”

I found her ideas on this myths and fantastic creatures interesting because I also like mythology. Unlike Victoria, I am not into stuff like vampires or mermaids, but instead I love stuff like Greek or Norse mythology. I got into mythology mostly by myself, and watching the history channel and reading. I joined the mythology article  because I love to know more about mythology, and have more people know about it and love it like I do. So far we have covered, gods and goddesses and creatures, but we have yet to cover any mythological items.

 

Mythology with Victoria and Toryn

Jormungandr  (pronounced your-man-grand) Is known as the Midgard serpent or the world serpent. It is one of the children of Loki, the god of mischief. It is a snake-like dragon that lives in the ocean surrounding Midgard  (the visible world). He is so big he encircles all of Midgard, biting his own tail. In Norse mythology, Jormungandr is said to trigger Ragnarok (the end of the universe) when he lets go of his tail.

During Ragnarok Thor is prophesied to battle Jormungandr and kill him, sadly, Thor dies shortly after killing him from Jormungandr's venom.

Pop culture has really embraced Norse mythology. Like In Marvel's latest Thor movie Ragnarok Jormungandr’s sibling Fenrir has an appearance and is also the brother to Hel the other child of Loki.

Fenrir is a wolf that grew to giant sizes, and the gods were very afraid of him for that very reason. So the gods decided to try to chain him up, the first 2 tries they said it was a game to test his strength, but both of them failed. The third time they had the dwarves forge the strongest chains ever and made them look weak and even soft to the touch, but Fenrir refused unless on the gods stuck his or her arm in his mouth as a sign of good faith.  Only Tyr was brave enough to do it knowing it will cost him his arm, and as expected he lost his arm to Fenrir.

Despite the loss of his arm, the chains did work, so the gods then place a sword in Fenrir's mouth to stop it from biting, but Fenrir escaped his chains during Ragnarok and devoured everything in his sight. He even was able to kill Odin before being kill by one of Odin's sons.

Elementary Interview with Ms. Rundle and Elementary Students

by Cordell and Houston

What have the elementary students been learning about?   All year long students have been learning how to look back into a passage for key ideas and details.  Practicing those skills help students become better readers and test takers.

Have you done any more projects and what are they? Not since Cayden make the catapulte.

How many elementary students are coming to the Christmas Party? 1 fifth graders and 2 sixth graders.

How many elementary kids went to the capital and what did they think of it? 1 fourth grader, 2 fifth graders, and 4 sixth graders. They thought the Capitol was most interesting place they visited, they liked going up on the observation deck, and looking down at the Christmas tree.  

At the historical society, Cayden enjoyed being the egg handler, he tested to see how much each egg weighed. At the Veterans Museum we learned about the Civil War and the Vietnam War. We also got to look at the Capitol building through the periscope. Mrs. Rundle said that she loved the field trip because they learned about Wisconsin history and facts about the Capitol buildings. 5th grader Gracie said that her all time favorite thing on field trip was the scavenger hunt at the Veterans Museum.

Reid’s Music Corner  

The third full-length album from the alternative rock band Dashboard Confessional was released on August 12th, 2003, and it debuted at the second position on the Billboard 200 charts. The album, spanning 13 songs across 51 minutes, features some of the most famous songs recorded by the group, such as “Hands Down” and “Rapid Hope Loss”.

It, unfortunately, features some low points as well. For example, the five minute “Bend And Not Break” feels like an eight-minute song because of it’s a slow start, and “If You Can’t Leave It Be, Might as Well Make It Bleed” sounds like it could have been a Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge era My Chemical Romance composition.

However, there are still some great songs present on the disc. The aforementioned “Hands Down” is a song you can sing along to in your car. Also, “As Lovers Go” is most known for being featured in the end credits of the hugely successful 2004 film, Shrek 2. I do not think it should have been there since it does not fit with the overall theme of that movie. Also, the six-minute closing marathon, “Several Ways To Die Trying”, is worthy of high praise. In the end, I would recommend this album to anyone who likes real emo music. 3.5/5

Don’t Forget….

Game Club meets Wednesdays from 4-5pm.   

The school is still looking for your boxtops for education, drop them off with either Mrs. Torrison or Mrs. Fisher.

Have you liked what you have seen so far?  Talk to your advisor about joining the newsletter staff at the new semester.  We meet on Wednesdays from 10-11. Come leave your mark.

5 Truths You Need to Know About Vaping Reviewed By: Michael Joseph Blaha, M.D., M.P.H. -

If you have thought about trying to kick a smoking habit, you’re not alone. Nearly seven out of 10 smokers say they want to stop. Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health — smoking harms nearly every organ in your body, including your heart. Nearly one-third of deaths from heart disease are the result of smoking and secondhand smoke. You might be tempted to turn to electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) as a way to ease the transition from traditional cigarettes to not smoking at all. But is smoking e-cigarettes (also called vaping) better for you than using tobacco products? Can e-cigarettes help you to stop smoking once and for all?

Truth No. 1: Vaping Is Less Harmful Than Traditional Smoking. E-cigarettes heat nicotine (extracted from tobacco), flavorings and other chemicals to create a water vapor that you inhale. Regular tobacco cigarettes contain 7,000 chemicals, many of which are toxic. While we don’t know exactly what chemicals are in e-cigarettes, Blaha says “there’s almost no doubt that they expose you to fewer toxic chemicals than traditional cigarettes.”

Truth No. 2: Vaping Is Still Bad for Your Health. Nicotine is the primary agent in both regular cigarettes and e-cigarettes, and it is highly addictive. It causes you to crave a smoke and suffer withdrawal symptoms if you ignore the craving. Nicotine is also a toxic substance. It raises your blood pressure and spikes your adrenaline, which increases your heart rate and the likelihood of having a heart attack.  There are many unknowns about vaping, including what chemicals make up the vapor and how they affect physical health over the long term. “People need to understand that e-cigarettes are potentially dangerous to your health,” says Blaha. “You’re exposing yourself to all kinds of chemicals that we don’t yet understand and that are probably not safe.”

Truth No. 3: Electronic Cigarettes Are Just as Addictive as Traditional Ones. Both e-cigarettes and regular cigarettes contain nicotine, which research suggests may be as addictive as heroin and cocaine. What’s worse, says Blaha, many e-cigarette users get even more nicotine than they would from a tobacco product — you can buy extra-strength cartridges, which have a higher concentration of nicotine, or you can increase the e-cigarette’s voltage to get a greater hit of the substance.

Truth No. 4: Electronic Cigarettes Aren’t the Best Smoking Cessation Tool.  Although they’ve been marketed as an aid to help you quit smoking, e-cigarettes have not received Food and Drug Administration approval as smoking cessation devices. A recent study found that most people who intended to use e-cigarettes to kick the nicotine habit ended up continuing to smoke both traditional and e-cigarettes.

Truth No. 5: A New Generation Is Getting Hooked on Nicotine. Among youth, e-cigarettes are more popular than any traditional tobacco product. In 2015, the U.S. surgeon general reported that e-cigarette use among high school students had increased by 900 percent, and 40 percent of young e-cigarette users had never smoked regular tobacco. According to Blaha, there are three reasons e-cigarettes may be particularly enticing to young people. First, many teens believe that vaping is less harmful than smoking. Second, e-cigarettes have a lower per-use cost than traditional cigarettes. Finally, vape cartridges are often formulated with flavorings such as apple pie and watermelon that appeal to younger users. Both youths and adults find the lack of smoke appealing. With no smell, e-cigarettes reduce the stigma of smoking. “What I find most concerning about the rise of vaping is that people who would’ve never smoked otherwise, especially youth, are taking up the habit,” says Blaha. “It’s one thing if you convert from cigarette smoking to vaping. It’s quite another thing to start up nicotine use with vaping. And, it often leads to using traditional tobacco products down the road.” Want to Quit Smoking? There’s a strong link between smoking and cardiovascular disease and between smoking and cancer. But the sooner you quit, the quicker your body can rebound and repair itself. Talk to your doctor about what smoking cessation program or tools would be best for you.  

Enrollment Information for 2019-2020 School Year

Enrollment for P4J Begins

Saturday, February 2, 2019

8:00 am - 12:00 pm at The Educational Services Center (527 S. Franklin St. Janesville, WI 53548)

Regular enrollment hours are Monday - Friday 7:30 am - 4:30 pm

with extended hours on Monday, February 4th from 7:30 am - 6:30 pm

*Kids do not need to be present at enrollment

To expedite the enrollment process, P4J enrollment paperwork will be available at the Educational Services Center beginning January 15th to pick up and complete in advance. Note: No completed paperwork will be accepted prior to Saturday, February 2nd.

P4J questions contact: Angela Lynch, P4J Coordinator, or Peggy Karleski, P4J Secretary

Educational Services Center527 South Franklin StreetJanesville, WI 53548

Open House Available at P4J Community Sites

Tuesday, January 15th

9:00 am -11:00 am

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Public School Sites will be available from 9:00 am - 11 am and 1:00 pm - 3:45 pm

or call specific P4J sites for other available times.

Enrollment paperwork will be available at P4J sites on this day if you wish to take it to complete prior to enrolling.

 

P4J Enrollment Process

Please Bring:

* Proof of residency ( copy of lease/ purchase agreement or utility bill)

* Parent Identification ( Drivers License / State ID)

* Child's Immunization Records

* Child's Birth Certificate