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MondayJanuary 2015

Each month, we feature EIGHT new pieces of student writing on the TWENTY-SIXTH of the month. (Get it?) This month, we are delighted to feature student work from The Circuit, our new electronic journal of writing from our Workshops Program. You can check out The Circuit here, and please browse our sure-to-please Winter Workshop Schedule here.

Tree Poem

By: Simone Perry

The oldest tree living is three- or four-thousand years old.
Some grow as high as a forty-story skyscraper.
Trees can be studied in every season, and they should be.
I think when trees are really old, they get gray and dry
and they slouch over a bit.
Trees are studied in fall, winter, spring, and summer.
I would study a tree in winter because
I would like to see how they live, how they stay warm.
How trees grow: I think the roots are pushing the tree trunk upward.

The Cat Who Wanted to Jump High

By: Kevin Song, 8

There once was a cat who wanted to jump high. All of the other members of his family could jump on the top of a skyscraper. After they were on top, they jumped back down and halfway a parachute opened up and they landed safely. But the cat could only jump to the third floor window so he got twenty springs. He ran and jumped on the springs and landed on the twentieth floor window. Next, he asked his family members to come down to carry him up to the roof.

Mary the Monkey

By: Eloise Cras, 7

Mary the Monkey was not happy because she couldn’t swing from tree to tree. No matter what she tried, it didn’t work. When she tried, she fell in a pile of leaves. She watched the others, and then she knew she was doing it wrong. She did it with her hand instead of her tail. She used her tail and finally she did it! Mary felt great, proud, and happy all at the same time!

Bird for Short

By: Ryan Wang, 9

One night, there was a bird named Bird That Sings At Night, Bird for short. Bird was a lark. He slept next to Crag With A Nest Full Of Birds, Crag for short. Bird also slept next to Lark That Rides The Wind, Lark for short. They were all friends. On another branch slept Moss That Clings On Rock, Moss for short. Next to Moss slept Rock That Tumbles Down Hills, Rock for short.One morning, Bird woke up. He was normally an early riser, careful not to wake up Crag or Lark, and flew to a different tree to see Moon That Rises Over The Sun, Moon for short. Afterward, he decided to go hunting. As he flew, he saw a worm. He took it, ate it, and went to sleep.

Cat Tweets

By: Marisa Redding, 11

Marcus just lept into the Grand Canyon, climbed up on a creeper, saved a dog, and earned a medal of honor. #SuperCat #Allinaday #MEOW

He keeps on sitting on my favorite fluffy pink chair and I think it is just a matter of time before he starts his own little “Pink Chair” city! 🙂 #chaircity

Marcus has expressed a strange interest in fencing. However I think he needs to keep practicing- his sword keeps on making him topple over. #Sword1,Marcus0

IfgiPPPy lystszxx #marcustyping

Marcus muddled hashtags and waffles and it gave him indigestion, but now he is a twitter MASTER. #Marcus#

Waffle Tweets

By: Maggie Jewell, 9

I like 2 eat waffles @ IHOP but my grandpa’s waffles r better & if u combine a hashtag with an @ symbol u get WAFFLES! #WafflesYay

The School Bus Problem

By: Leila Durrie, 7

Lilly always visited the pigs before bed. She lived on a farm. She loved her pigs so much. Lilly went to the house and then she went to bed. The next day she woke up and got ready for school. When she was ready she got on the school bus. She rode for a while and suddenly the bus hit a bump. The bus stopped. The bus driver said, “Stay calm, everybody.” The kids waited and waited until the mechanic came. The bus got fixed and Lilly got to school. The End.

The Snowball Fight

By: Addison Perry, 8

The white glowing snow hit my elbow
Boom! 
It tasted like peppermint snow
When I made another snowball it looked white and sparkly
It looked so white and sparkly,
It was as white as a snow leopard and as sparkly as a diamond

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