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Game Time: Name that Movie!

By Reece Brown 

What are these pictures from? 

Now here are some clues: 

The fish gets flushed down a toilet. 

Just keep swimming, just keep swimming! 

The main character is a clown fish. 

It is……………………………………………………………………………. 

FINDING NEMO!!!!!!! 

Morning Announcements: Yes or No?

By Reece Brown and Maddie Flynn

“Good morning and welcome back to the latest buzz about Wayne Elementary School!”

That was what the morning announcements sounded like one year ago.

Do you think we should go back to the old way we did the morning announcements, where the fifth graders would say them? I remember when I was in 2nd grade I couldn’t wait to say the announcements in 5th grade. Now I may never be able to. The morning announcements were always fun to hear, and I used to pretend I was saying them with my pencil as a microphone.

Why we should have them back

Every student in 5th grade would get to say the announcements at least once in the school year. Us 4th graders should get a turn too! So many students agree that the morning announcements were always something they were excited to say when they finally got to 5th grade. They were excited to hear the morning announcements and they were at SCHOOL!!!!

If you aren’t convinced, maybe you should look at what others said about this topic.

4th grader Nancy Wible says, “It was fun to hear somebody you know. I remember hearing my brother on them on my birthday in 3rd grade. It was nice to hear the birthdays of others around you.”

Ailsa Gilmour in 4th grade says, “I was really looking forward to saying them in 5th grade, and I loved hearing them when I was sitting in class.”

Ani Desai in 4th grade says, “They were a great start to the school day and I really liked hearing the 5th graders say them!”

Ben Rickmond in 5th grade says, “It’s not fair because when we finally get to 5th grade, we don’t get to say them!”

So, after all this, what do you think about the morning announcements??!!

What is K-POP?

Top K-Pop band BTS on the red carpet at the Grammy’s, January 26, 2020. Source: Getty Images.

By Leah Zhang        

K-pop is a type of music that I love. I will have a facts page, add a list of top 30 K-pop groups, & more!  

 Facts  

  1. K-pop stands for Korean pop.   
  1. In a K-pop group, where members are mostly around the same age, a few months difference in birthdate makes a huge difference as well. For example, A is born in January and B is born in May. B still has to speak formal language to A, even though they are born in the same year.  
  1. Once idols have a new song and album to promote, they go on up to 6 music shows a week to promote their songs.  
  1. Over 100 groups debut in South Korea every year, but less than 5% are successful.  
  1. It can go back to 1985.  
  1. In the 1990’s, K-pop musicians incorporated American popular music styles.  

        Top 30 K-pop groups  

     30. Gfriend.  

     29. IZ*One. (Off the record)  

     28. EXO-SC.  

     27. KARD.  

     26. Super Junior.  

     25. Day6.  

     24. Pentagon.  

     23. EverGlow.  

     22. (G) idle. (Girl Idle)  

     21. SHINee.  

     20. Astro.  

     19. NCT U.   

     18. Itzy.  

     17. NCT Dream.  

     16. I Kon.  

     15. Monsta X.  

     14. ATEEZ.  

      13. Super M.  

      12. Seventeen.  

      11. NCT. (Neo Culture Technology)   

      10. Mamamoo.   

       9. NCT 127.         

       8. TXT. (Tomorrow X Together) 

       7. Red Velvet.  

       6. Stray Kids.  

       5. Twice.  

       4. Got 7.  

       3. EXO. (Exoplanet) 

       2. Blackpink.  

  1. BTS. (Bangtan Boys)  

Extra  

T-pop is for Taiwan pop. It exists too!  

2020: Which Harry Potter House are You? Take the Quiz

By Reece Brown, Nancy Wible, and Maddie Flynn

Grab a piece of paper and write your answers!

Question #1

What would you do if you were in a building filling up with water and only had 10 seconds to get out?

Save myself, of course!

Run to grab my friend that’s stuck in the building.

It depends, if I have a way to save my friend then yes, but if there’s no way then I’m above everybody else.

I’ll try to save my friend, but I’m not sure if I will make it in time!

Question #2

What would you do if someone bullies your friend?

Laugh at them so I don’t get bullied too

Stand up to them

Run away and cry but never tell anyone about

Kill em’ with kindness, they’ll learn their lesson

Question #3

There’s a big party and only the best wizards can go to, but your parents won’t let you go due to a safety reason. What do you do?

Convince them and whine if I do it long enough, they’ll let me go. I am a great wizard after all.

Stay home, I don’t want to deal with them, I have better things to do anyway I will give them the silent treatment though.

Sneak out! They will never know! I am a master at outsmarting people!

Obey without question! They know what’s best!

Question #4

What’s your favorite color?

Green

Red

Blue

Yellow

Question #5

What is your best trait?

Ambition

Bravery

Intelligence

Kindness

Question #6

What fault do you notice in people that bother you the most?

Cowardice

Laziness

Stupidity

Dishonesty

Question #7

There is one more spot on your house Quidditch team. Your best friend knows you want that spot very badly. However, she is angry with you and uses magic to cheat to get on the Quidditch team, so you don’t get on. However, if you tell on her, she will get expelled from Hogwarts. What do you do?

Confront her, but don’t tell anyone because you don’t want her to get expelled.

Get mad and don’t talk to her. Tell a teacher. She should not get rewarded.

Jinx her she will suffer humiliation soon enough then I will tell a Professor.

Leave them alone then find new friends to hang out with for a little while.

Question #8

People know you as______.

Sly

Brave

Smart

Nice

Question #9

Some 5th years are picking on the 1st years. You are the 3rd year. What do you do?

Stand up for the kid.

None of my business I shouldn’t get involved.

I feel bad for him but just laugh along so I look cool.

I feel bad but I can’t do anything they’re going to start picking on me.

Question #10

What house do you wish to be in?

Hufflepuff

Gryffindor

Slytherin

Ravenclaw

_________________________

Now tally up your score and find what house you answered for with the answer key!

Question 1: 1 Slytherin, 2: Hufflepuff, 3: Ravenclaw, 4: Gryffindor

Question 2: 1: Slytherin, 2: Gryffindor, 3: Ravenclaw, 4: Hufflepuff

Question 3: 1: Slytherin, 2: Gryffindor, 3: Ravenclaw, 4: Hufflepuff

Question 4: 1: Slytherin, 2: Gryffindor, 3: Ravenclaw, 4: Hufflepuff

Question 5: 1: Slytherin, 2: Gryffindor, 3: Ravenclaw, 4: Hufflepuff

Question 6: 1: Slytherin, 2: Hufflepuff, 3: Ravenclaw, 4: Hufflepuff

Question 7: 1: Hufflepuff 2: Slytherin 3: Gryffindor, 4: Ravenclaw

Question 8: 1: Slytherin, 2: Gryffindor, 3: Ravenclaw, 4: Hufflepuff

Question 9: 1: Gryffindor, 2: Hufflepuff, 3: Slytherin, 4: Ravenclaw

Question 10: 1: Hufflepuff, 2: Gryffindor, 3: Slytherin, 4: Ravenclaw

WES PTO: Craft Night

By Leah Zhang

Craft night was great! There were so many crafts, and it was so much fun for me! Let me show you why.

The first thing that I recommend you to do is to design your own bag on the stage of the little theater. That way you can carry all of your stuff in the bag conveniently, and not topple over after you get to a few crafts.

Then it’s your choice. But if you’re going to do the tag things, maybe do that next because when you use the puffy paint, it needs time to dry and you can just let your parent or guardian hold it, which is what I did to my Dad. 😁

Now I did the bag, the tag thingy, cookie mix, 2 hot chocolate mixes (because my friend Lacey & I ate the candy-cane, marshmellows & Hershey kisses from one bag), and the pom-pom penguin (Mr. Penguin).

I’m hoping that our cookies this year are actually cookies, because last year my Dad & I put the mix too close to each other, and they turned out to be two big things!

In the end, they let you take as many Hersey kisses and marshmallows as you want, so my friend got a little carried away with that and it got a bit crazy . . . .


Concert Review: GVF at the Met in Philly

By Danby Morrison

WES Buzz Pop Culture News Desk Chief of 2019

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On December 30, 2019, I went to see one of the coolest, Grammy-winning bands of this era, Greta Van Fleet. I have mentioned this band before, but seeing them live for the first time ever, I realized that they were amazing beyond words, beyond the human language, maybe. In this month’s Pop Culture edition of The WES Buzz, I will be covering what to expect in Greta Van Fleet’s songs, the band’s background information, the cool concert set-up, and the venue The Met itself.

What to Expect

The band often will do special things with their songs at concerts, such as extending drum solos and guitar solos. They will also have sing-along songs, where they’ll tell you something to sing, and, well, you sing it (duh…). Like a call-and-response type thing.

Safari Song: One of the band’s top hits is the love-filled “Safari Song.” At concerts, one of the lyrics is “Oh mama, what you gonna to do with all that love in YOUR HEART.” Before the “your heart” part of the lyric, the singer will hold out their microphone to the crowd, so the audience sings it with them. They not only do this at the chorus lyric, but at the end when the only thing the singer sings is “YOUR HEART.”

Watch Me (Labi Siffre cover): Not only at the concert that I went to, but I have watched several live feeds on YouTube of their other concerts, and they do a Labi Siffre cover of a song called “Watch Me” where they tell the crowd to sing the, not really words, but sounds: “Pa na na na na pa na na na na pa,” twice.

Highway Tune: In their super rockin’ song “Highway Tune” in concert, the bridge of the song is where the drummer plays one drum and the singer claps his hands with the microphone in one hand. And hundreds of people in the audience join in by clapping their hands. “Highway Tune” is also a very Dancy song.

During concerts they also tend to extend a lot of their songs. At the concert I went to, they did a snippet of their song called “Anthem” in the song “Flower Power.”

GVF’s Harmonic History

Where They Began

First of all, the band’s drummer wasn’t always the amazing Danny Wagner. When the band first formed in 2012, their drummer was a mediocre player named Kyle Hauck who quit after 2013. They soon replaced Hauck with their close family friend Daniel Wagner. (Who does the best darn drum solos of the 2000’s ever!)

The band was formed by the three brothers Josh, Jake, and Sam Kiszka (just because they wanted to because they all knew how to play instruments, including Josh’s incredible vocals). And Kyle Hauck, one of their friends, became the drummer. The band name “Greta Van Fleet” was inspired by the Frankenmuth, Michigan (where they grew up) town elder Gretna Van Fleet.  The variation of the first name was so it’d be easier to say.  The elder says that even though classic rock isn’t her type, she still supports the band no matter what. The band with Kyle Hauck recorded the tracks “Cloud Train” and “Standing On”. (Unfortunately, as I had mentioned before, Hauck quit after 2013, but he was replaced by the mind-blowing Danny Wagner!)

Albums & EPs

In March 2017, the band got a deal at Lava Records and made the single “Highway Tune” off of their first four-song EP Black Smoke Rising. In November 2017, they recorded four new tracks and created an eight-track album called From The Fires.  Which included (in my opinion) Van Fleet’s best song Safari Song.  Their most recent album was released on October 19, 2018, they recorded their full-length debut album Anthem Of The Peaceful Army, which topped BillBoard Rock Album Charts within a week of its release. Their Peaceful Army song “When The Curtain Falls” was Van Fleet’s third number-one on Billboard and was released ahead of time in July 2018. They started their debut tour “March of the Peaceful Army” in August 2019 and ended on December 30th, 2019.

The Cool Concert Set-up

Now I dare say, the stage of their Met performance was absolutely awesome.  The intro to the band’s performance was smoke rising from the stage, lit up by the multi-colored spotlights. When Greta Van Fleet first came on the stage, the lights went dark and the only light came from the blue-lit stage.  The band looked like cool silhouettes in the dark as a thousand people started cheering loudly and Van Fleet gave their short introduction speech.  “You ready for the celebration?” the singer said to the audience. And the lights were constantly changing, sometimes red, and sometimes yellow.  The spotlights were exquisite.

Details of the Met

You might think of the Met as some kind of historic, classy place where sopranos performed. But just one year ago the Met was reopened to the public and has a completely new design.  It has a very modern-style bar, they use downloaded tickets on your phone for admission, they even have popcorn and cotton candy like a typical movie theater.  It is an amazing theater.  And, as you can probably tell by now, the lighting design people are just luminescent! And not to mention outside there’s a theater-type sign with their upcoming shows.  My friend took a picture of me in front of the preview sign when it flashed the show for Greta Van Fleet!  The Met also has colorful lights on the outside, too.  There’s a huge sign that says “The Met: Philadelphia” on it.

I hope you learned a lot about the venue the Met, the amazing concert set-up Greta Van Fleet made, and Van Fleet’s fascinating music history.  Watch videos of live concert feeds on youtube of Greta Van Fleet performing at the Met! Search for it on December 30th ‘cause that’s when I went and it was awesome!

 

Inside the Met

Urban Myths: Chupacabra v Yeti

By Matt Demopolos

CHUPACABRA

Chupacabra means “goat sucker” in Spanish because, well, it sucks goats’ blood. Okay, so, Chupacabra is a fairly new legend. According to one news report, stories of Chupacabra emerged in the 1990s, but what people think Chupacabra looks like changed a lot since then. Back when it started, people believed Chupacabra was a 3- to 5-foot-tall ape-like creature with gray hair, spikes on its back, and big eyes.

Old Chupacabra (drawing).

But now, people think that Chupacabra is more like a canine, but this ends up confusing people. People mistake coyotes with mange for Chupacabra. Mange is a sickness which makes the animal that gets it lose its fur and makes its skin red or hyper-vibrant black.

New Chupacabra (might be a fake).

All right, it’s story time. A man named Benjamin Rafords found some reports of Chupacabra with some real-life bodies, so he did some DNA tests, and he found out that a lot of them were coyotes and dogs. One even turned out to be a fish! The dogs and coyotes had mange and the fish just looked weird. Okay, so let’s go back a little. You know how I said stories about Chupacabra started in the 1990s? Well, that was kind of true. The myth may have started in Puerto Rico soon after the movie Species, with a creature that looked like Chupacabra, was released there.

A dead Chupacabra just like the ones Rafords did DNA testing on (this one might also be a fake).

YETI

Abominable snowman

A synonym for Yeti, the term “the abominable Snowman” first appeared in 1921. That was the same year that British Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Howard Bury commanded the 1921 British Mount Everest reconnaissance expedition. He used this name when he found tracks kind of like human footprints (barefoot) but bigger.

Abominable snowman (FAKE)

The Yeti was from pre-Buddhist beliefs. Pre-Buddhists believed that the Yeti was a Glacier Being — a god of the hunt.

In 1925, N.A. Tombazi, who worked at the Royal Geographical Society, wrote about a creature he saw at around 15,000 feet. He looked humanoid but bigger. Tombazi said that the creature occasionally ripped up a bush.

Yeti on a mountain (still could be a fake).

The Yeti was also spotted by the Indian Army’s expedition team at Makalu Base Camp. They saw large footprints and thought it was the Yetis. The Yeti’s footprint was said to be 32 inches long and 15 inches wide! If you’re thinking, “Oh, it could just be some large human feet,” YOU’RE PROBABLY WRONG because the largest known human feet were 15.78 inches long. Is 32 a lot more than 15.78? YES, so unless a human wore huge shoes, it wasn’t a human. Plus, this was in the Himalayas, so if it were humans, they would have to be walking in the huge shoes in the freezing cold.

What the Yeti footprints might have looked like (I looked for ones on the Himalayas so it’s an accurate picture. Guess what? It still could be a fake).

Places to thank for the information. You might have to click enter for it to work

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yeti
  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qEnnAchMB0
  3. https://www.texasobserver.org/chupacabra-legends-texas/
  4. http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20161109-the-truth-about-a-strange-blood-sucking-monster. http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20150630-is-there-such-a-thing-as-a-Yeti
  5. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/10/101028-chupacabra-evolution-halloween-science-monsters-chupacabras-picture/

Gamer's Corner: Minecraft – Creative v Survival

By Julia Silverman & Leah Zhang  

As you might know, Minecraft is one of the most popular games everywhere. Minecraft is one of our favorite games and lots of other people’s too!   

What is Minecraft? 

Minecraft is a video game where you mine materials and craft them into new things. In Minecraft you also can build houses and other things. In Minecraft there are two modes: creative and survival.  

Creative Mode 

Creative mode allows you to have unlimited recourses. You can also create animals whenever you want. In creative mode monsters won’t attack you, but if they did, then you can just fly away.  

Survival Mode 

In survival mode, you must mine materials and eat to survive. In survival you can get attacked by monsters so you must craft weapons. You can’t fly.  

 Survival Mode – Tips for beginners 

If you get lucky, in survival mode you will spawn in an area with water near a cave/mine and near animals and trees. Or a rare mushroom island. The first thing to do is punch some trees. You get wood and use it to craft a crafting table first, then craft weapons and build a house. Be sure to put torches in & out of your house so monsters don’t spawn.  

Fun Facts 

  1. Minecraft was originally named “Cave Game,” Minecraft: Order of the Stone, and, ultimately, Minecraft.   

2. Minecraft was created by a Swedish developer named Markus Persson (basically the founder, let’s say), but the art was by Markus Toivonen & Jasper Boerstra.  

3. Minecraft was released by Mojang in 2011 & sold to Microsoft in 2014.  

4. Minecraft sold over 180 million copies across all platforms by late 2019, having over 112 million monthly active players.  

POLTIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  

So now Julia & Leah are going to do a poll on if you like Creative Mode better or Survival Mode better. Results will be at the bottom.  

RESULTS!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Results are up! 

Survival: 3 

Creative: 8 

CREATIVE WINS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Let’s interview some people: 

“I like Survival better because it’s more challenging and you can fight mobs,” said Toby Kelsall, fifth grader. 

“I like Creative because you can build awesome things without being disturbed,” said Ben Rickmond, fifth grader. 

Meet Mrs. Savage from the Office

By Leah Zhang

Mrs. Savage is the new school secretary. She’s the sister of Mr. Savage, who used to be the Vice Principal here at WES. Now he’s being the Principal in another school in Wallingford-Swarthmore. Mr. Savage was awesome, but Mrs. Savage is too!  

Q & A:  

Question: Is Mrs. Savage the older or younger sister?  

Answer: Mrs. Savage is the younger sister of 3! 

Question: Does Mrs. Savage like it here?  

Answer: Mrs. Savage likes it here, because she can use different skills.  

Question: What’s her favorite food?  

Answer: Mrs. Savage’s favorite food is Mac & Cheese.  

Question: What does she like to do in her free time?  

Answer: Mrs. Savage likes to watch movies, listen to music, & dance.  

Question: Is her brother annoying?  

Answer: Yes.  

Fun Facts          

  1. Mrs. Savage helps choreograph the musical at Radnor Elementary School.                                         
  1. She likes to have a movie hangout with friends so that she can watch kid’s movies.                     
  1. She’s 4 on the inside.  

Meet Ms. B

WES Buzz reporter Will Clark sits down for a chat with Ms. B, aka Ms. Borrine, his 5th grade teacher.

When did you start at WES?

My official start date at WES was September 1, 1999.

Did you always want to work at WES?

I never imagined working at a school like WES. My dream was to work in a school where the community needed a ton of TLC and someone to come in and turn the neighborhood around starting with the school, as Joe Clark did in the movie “Lean on Me.”

The cover art from the famous movie “Lean on Me.”

I thought that meant I had to work in a school that did not have financial resources. I did not understand that just because there was an affluent area, hard-working, dedicated teachers are still needed and an important part of the community. I wanted to teach, be a school counselor, then become principal in a school in a low socioeconomic area. Dreams change. Sometimes ignorance is bliss. I knew that Radnor had the highest per pupil expenditure in the state when I came here and did not know much else about Wayne Elementary or the community. I was hired because of my compassion, high-expectations, dedication, and math experience. Here I am twenty years later. This was a long answer to your question. 

What’s your favorite part about being a WES teacher?


My favorite part about working at WES is that I feel like I make a difference. Whether you are working in one of the poorest parts of the city or one of the richest areas of the state, hard-work and dedication are needed by all students and their families. 
 
This answer probably sounds cliché, but my favorite part about working at WES are the relationships I’ve built in the WES community, professionally and personally.  

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