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CSB Newsflash


November 16, 2007
Volume 1, Issue 2
The student newspaper of the California School for the Blind
Produced by Claire Becker’s class: Jot, Leonardo, Samantha, and Travis, with help from Deloris and Marcie

Table of Contents

News
Fires in San Diego
Oil Spill in San Francisco Bay
Earthquake
Boo Mart
Carnival
Question of the Week
Responses to Last Week’s Question
Gossip Column
Advice Column
Announcements
Braille Readers Are Leaders Contest
International Congress for Blind and Partially Sighted Children
Words of the Day

News

Fires in San Diego

By Leo

The fires in San Diego were very big. They started around October 21, 2007 and lasted many days.  They destroyed a lot of homes. It was very sad to watch. When I looked at the pictures, I could not believe how strong they were. I was worried about my family and about everyone else who lives in the area around the fire. Also, I was sad when I heard that two firefighters had died. I wish I was there to help. I hope we don’t have anything like this again. It was very hard for firefighters to put so many fires out, so we should be proud of what they have done for us.

Oil Spill in San Francisco Bay

By Jot

On Wednesday November 7, 2007, there was an oil spill in the San Francisco Bay. There were 58,000 gallons of oil. The reason that happened was because it was foggy, and a ship crashed into a bridge, and then the oil started spilling.

The bridge was okay, but the ship had a big part broken off of it. The piece that was broken was the size of a small house. One reporter says that there are always ships in the bay when there is fog, but they don’t crash into bridges because they have radars.

Other reporters say that this will affect marine life, including the birds that live around the water, for a long time. A lot of people weren’t happy when this happened because we are known for our beautiful bridges and beaches. So people are trying to get the oil out of the water with bags. The oil will not go under the water because oil and water don’t mix. So let’s hope the oil goes away soon. Also, hopefully the people that are trying to collect the oil in bags will get rid of all of it.

Earthquake

By Jot

On October 30, 2007, there was an earthquake about at 8:04 pm. The place you could feel it the most was in San Jose. The earthquake was a 5.6 earthquake.

There was no damage done and everyone was safe. From what people have been saying, nothing was broken in homes and only a couple of things fell from shelves.

Also, there was another shaker on October 31. This one was kind of interesting because some people thought of it as a Halloween treat from the earth. This shaker was a 3.7 quake, but it really shook things up.

The biggest earthquake in the United States was recorded a 9.2 in Alaska in 1964. Every day there are 8,000 earthquakes in the world, but you can’t feel them. They are only 2.0 or smaller in magnitude. A 5.0 earthquake has a ground vibration 10 times greater than a 4.0 earthquake

Boo Mart

By Travis

This year Boo Mart Part Three, “Back to Black,” was held in the theater on October 31, 2007. Boo Mart is a sale of donated items to raise money to donate to the poor all over the world. So far Boo Mart has gotten over 600 dollars. This year, the money donated went to help a woman in Louisiana who cooks Thanksgiving dinner for people in need and to some other causes.

Boo Mart was started by a team of dorm staff members known as The Breakfast Club. This year Jennie Hirashima is the President of The Breakfast Club.  Jennie Hirashima was accompanied by some other staff members including Evelyn Pate and Staci Gonzales. Staci has only worked at Boo Mart for one year, but Evelyn and Jennie have worked at Boo Mart for three years. 

There were about twenty people who donated items to Boo Mart this year. There were movies, games, and a lot of other items. The most expensive item was a DVD player. The most popular item was the jewelry.


Carnival

By Jot

On Wednesday, November 7, 2007, there was a Carnival at CSB. There were a lot of good things to do there. There was a Bungee Jumper and a Velcro wall. Also, there were a lot of prizes and games.

All of us should thank the people that put the carnival together:  Staci Gonzales, the dorm staff, the custodians and Ms. Tayam for doing the wonderful art work, which was the face painting. So thank you Ms. Tayam for that. Also, thanks go out to the people that put the food, the carriage rides, and all the other booths together and who helped out during the carnival.

Question of the Week
By Jot

During an earthquake is it safe to be under tables? Or is it safer to be in a doorway or maybe outside in an open area?
           
I found out something from my science book. It says you should get under a table or crouch against a wall with no windows or glass. If you get under a table hold onto the legs of the table so it won’t move in the shaking. Also you should try to use your arms to protect your head and neck.

Raylene Reeves and Marcus Graves visited our class to tell us what to do if an earthquake happens while we are at CSB.  They said it is better to get under a table than to get in a doorway.  Getting in a doorway protects you from a collapsing building, but buildings rarely collapse during earthquakes.  Most people are injured by flying objects.  If you are on a sidewalk when an earthquake hits, it is best to stay there and wait for a teacher or aide to take you to an open area. 

CSB has a safety plan for earthquakes.  They have cots, blankets, water, food, and portable toilets.  In an actual earthquake, the horn used during earthquake drills will not sound. 

Responses to Last Week's Question

By CSB Newsflash Readers

Last week, Samantha asked, “Are the phrases, ‘I’m fat,’ or ‘You’re old’ outdated?”  Here are the responses we received:

My opinion is that those words are getting very old and also annoying, and also it is time to learn something new.

From Anonymous

Dear Samantha,

My opinion about “I’m fat or you’re old” is telling someone they are a loser. I think you’re old means that they can’t do anything. That’s my opinion. Thank you for listening.
From Kevin F.


Dear Samantha,

I asked three students and they told me that the phrases, “I'm fat,” and “You're old” are not outdated.  They said that whoever thinks those phrases are outdated, those people are outdated.

From Leo

Gossip Column

By Samantha

CSB has a new couple. There is only one thing, the new couple is dogs. Noelani and Gilly met on CSB campus.  Noelani is two and Gilly is three. At first the dogs would just check out each other.  Marcia said that “Noelani took a liking to him right away.”  Ann thinks that Noelani saw love at first sight. Marcia takes Gilly to see Noelani every morning at Ann Gelles’s classroom. Ann said “Noelani waits for Gilly every morning. Some times she would jump on the window sill to see if he is coming.” Their dates last twenty minutes to an hour. Noelani and Gilly love to play rough. Noelani would nip Gilly on the ear so he knows who is boss.  Every time Gilly has a scarf Noelani would take it off. At first Gilly and Noelani would make a growling sound, and that would make Marcia worried. They also like to cuddle with each other.  Marcia said “Gilly misses Noelani on the weekend.” Marcia thinks that Gilly and Noelani are more than friends.  Now you know about the new couple at CSB.

Advice Column

Certain kids are making fun of me because I hang out with a person who happens to be a few years younger than me. How do I stop them from making fun of me? I have tried talking to them and getting mad, but that did not help. I have also taken it to the principal, but it has not stopped. Please help me to stop the harassment towards me.

Signed,
Help Me

Hey Help Me,

It is great that you like to hang out with some one younger than you. Not a lot of people would do what you do, but you have a good head on your shoulders. Try not to listen to people that tease you. Don’t get mad.  If you let them know it bugs you, they will keep on doing it. They might laugh now, but just know that you’re the better person.

Signed,
The Giver

Announcements

Braille Readers Are Leaders Contest

By Jot

Every year at CSB, the wonderful Braille teacher Ann Gelles runs the Braille Readers Are Leaders Contest in conjunction with the National Federation of the Blind.  In this contest, students read as many books as they can in Braille and then tell Ann how many pages they read, then read another book and do the same thing. The students who win the contest at our school go to Ann’s house for lunch.  The top twelve winners nationally go to Dallas, Texas for the week long convention of the NFB.  This contest only comes once a year, and a lot of people sign up. This is a good thing because it shows how many people in the school read, and reading is a good thing to do.

There is really good food at Ann’s house. It is a wonderful place to go not only because of the food, but because the house is really big and a lot of people live there. Ann doesn’t live in her own house; she lives where nuns live (which means she is not married, and she doesn’t have any children).  Being a nun is not a bad thing; it shows that some people live differently than others. So all the students that are in the Braille Readers Are Leaders contest, keep reading and keep up the good work.


International Congress for Blind and Partially Sighted Children

By Leo

There is a new contest to go to a conference in Spain. To enter you have to write an essay about your life being blind. If you want more information, you can call June Waugh at extension 307.

Words of the Day

These are the words and phrases used so far in October and November:  superstition, haunted, Halloween, poltergeist, wizard, Daylight Savings Time, Whale of a time, time flies, time will tell, once upon a time, gratitude, custom, banquet, and Thanksgiving.

Remember, students who have collected five “Caught Using the Word” cards need to give the cards to Dr. Wittenstein or Dr. Sacks on Fridays during break.

Stuart in Delena Cook’s class was the first winner.  He collected 6 cards.  For his prize, he requested to play a game of chess with Dr. Wittenstein.


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