Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Joke of the week

What kind of dinosaur loves to sleep?
A stega-snore-us.

The Emojis: Student Tech Help Desk

By Pritha Yalakkishettar

Are you a tech genius? Or maybe you like coding? Do you enjoy putting together websites and helping others with technology? Well, a group of students called the Emojis meet with Mrs. Downs every Wednesday last period. We talk about how we can help and improve Wood Hill technology wise. For example last week The Emojis helped the sixth graders set up their google drive and classroom.

If any teachers are having technical difficulties with their computers the Emojis Student Tech Help Desk are the people to call. Interested in joining the Emojis? Come see the fabulous Mrs. Downs in the Hub. :)

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Tweet About It!

By: Emily Flanagan

Have you seen someone do something awesome or kind? Then give them a shout out on the WHM Positive Vibes Twitter Wall. Tweets can be serious, friendly, or even funny. If you’ve seen someone do something, or someone does something nice for you, then write down a quick little tweet and put in the box inside The Hub. You'll be giving them some Wood Hill Positive Vibes.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Wolf Hollow Field Trip

By Pritha Yalakkishettar

On November 8 the seventh graders took a trip to Wolf Hollow in Ipswich, MA. This place was started by Mr. Zee, our very own art teacher’s father. After Mr. Zee’s dad passed away Mr. Zee took on the wolves. Currently they have “6 and a half” wolves in the sanctuary, one of them is half wolf half dog, that’s why it's “6 and a half.”  Their names are Arrow, Grendel, Neveah, Bear, Argus, Linnea and Osa. Bear is the hybrid between the wolf and a dog, he was to be euthanized because it is illegal to keep a crossbreed between a dog and a wolf but thanks to Wolf Hollow he was saved.

We all know that Mr. Zee’s passion is all about art, he is brilliant at it and he loves it. But his other passion is working with the wolves at Wolf Hollow.

The wolves were not trained obviously, because as Mr. Zee told us, that if they tried to train them and tell them what to do they would try and start to challenge the humans that they worked with. Mr. Zee is very proud of what Wolf Hollow has become and it’s all about LET’S SAVE THE WOLVES! There was a point in time when people in America were completely wiping out the wolves killing them on purpose and setting traps. I at least thought that was absolutely horrific that’s why Wolf Hollow is trying to bring back these majestic creatures.

We had a great time at Wolf Hollow, we learned a lot about wolves and their lives. The link to Wolf Hollow’s website is down below, anyone who is interested should totally check it out! Also down below is a picture of Argus.

Fall Gala-A Night to Remember

By: Madison Dutily

Wow, Mrs. Pratt and Mrs. Bobson never fail to impress us! On November 6, 2017, Andover High School, and all three Middle Schools had a Fall Gala. Mrs. Pratt and Mrs. Bobson were in charge of directing all the Middle Schools. All the Middle Schools, performed “ The Raven”, and “ And the Night shall Be filled with Music.” We also did a song with choreography, with the high schoolers called “ Brand New You” from the Broadway musical “13”. During the 15 minute breaks in between the concerts, there was a concession stand selling water, chips, candy, raffle tickets, and pins to support the High School’s performing arts.

Professor Fix It: I Need Someone

Dear Professor Fix It,
I can't seem to tell who is my real friend because everything is getting hard for me and I need someone to be there.
I Need Someone
Dear I Need Someone,
We've all been there. Go to the wall at the top of the sixth grade stairs. Do you see all the footprints? Those are people who have something going on that no one knows about. Your real friends are the ones who are always there for you. There the ones who don't tease you, be mean to you, or make you feel bad about yourself. If they are doing that then they aren't your real friends. Good friends should be there for you good, or bad news.
Hope that helps,

Professor Fix-It

Creature Feature: Gerbils

By: Pritha Yalakkishettar

Squeak, squeak, squeak….hear that? That’s the sound of a certain small rodent called a gerbil running tirelessly on its exercise wheel! The expected lifespan of a gerbil is 2-3 years but up to 8 years has been recorded. A gerbil’s body is normally 4 inches and it's tail is also about 4 inches. For house pets they are as good as hamsters, they are very social animals and when living in the wild they live in colonies so if you’re ever thinking of getting a gerbil as a pet I would recommend getting two of the same gender and around the same age. So a sibling pair would work best for them to feel comfortable and safe.

For housing a gerbil you need to be especially careful because they are strong jumpers. Aquarium tanks are ideal for them as long as you keep it closed with a secure mesh lid. Make sure your gerbils are supplied with plenty of toys that are safe for them to chew on. You can also give them empty toilet paper rolls, it is perfect for their non-stop growing teeth.

A lot of people mix up gerbils with mice, they do look similar but they are pretty different. Mice have naked, or hairless tails while a gerbil’s tail is covered in fur like the rest of it's body. Gerbils are also much bigger than mice, are commonly found in the desert and are a lot more clean than mice. Mice are smaller and are much more globally widespread, meaning they can be commonly found everywhere.

I used to have two gerbils, their names were Asa and Coro, which is Japanese for day and night. Sadly they passed away, but they lived their 3 year lifespan and they were wonderful pets to have. I hope you enjoyed this creature feature of the amazing GERBIL!