All About Twitter

By Ben Rickmond 

A simple history of Twitter: Have you ever used or seen “tweets” on twitter? Well here is some info you might not know. Ex-Googler Evan Williams started a website called Odeo. He wanted to make a podcasting platform and got his friend Biz Stone, another ex-Googler, to help. Then Apple launched iTunes and trampled over Odeo. Jack Dorsey, a former Odeo employee decided to make Twitter. Twitter has been in business for about 13 years.  Their headquarters is in San Francisco. There are an average of 8,741 tweets per second. 

Twitter can create forums and you can have chats public/private. You can make announcements for companies and whatnot. For example, President Trump has created over 17,000 tweets. Apparently, Twitter ads are an auction-based system. Your ad budget comes into play when you want an ad.  So the first two can cost you $0.50- $4. But trendy ones can cost you $200,000. Twitter is also very addictive. 

Sadly, Twitter is a web site with a lot of abusive users posting inappropriate stuff. People have opinions about this. A lot of kids say (on Common Sense media) that you can have the app, but you need to supervise the content. Adults say it is horrible and not worth downloading. The recommended age is 15. However, you must be 13 to get an account. Yes, Twitter is a fun way to communicate, but you need to watch the content 

Thanks for reading! It is interesting to know more about social media companies!

Sources:

https://www.internetlivestats.com/one-second/#tweets-band

https://www.businessinsider.com/how-twitter-was-founded-2011-4

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-much-does-cost-advertise-facebook-twitter-youtube-mehrotra

https://fortune.com/2018/06/02/twitter-banning-users-13/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twitter

Stock Price: 

TWTR (NYSE) $30.03 +0.23 (+0.77%) 
Nov 22, 4:03 PM EST – Disclaimer 

Point/Counterpoint: Less Recess

The Devil’s Advocate 

By Ben Richmond 

It is well known that everyone loves recess but there is a dark side! Recess can keep you from learning. 

Instead of playing outside, I know in your hearts you would rather do times tables and whatnot. Think of how easy it could be getting a job writing a math textbook when you know all of the stuff! Recess can rot your brains from running around and playing with balls. Too much fresh air may be dangerous? Are there any studies to confirm this? Think of all the time we waste lining up when we could be doing 4-paragraph essays. The teachers even agreed with me because it takes forever to line up.  Why run around wasting valuable time when you could avoid bad scores on your spelling quizzes! During recess sports, it is funny when one team wins and then they have to argue with the other team about why they should win. Less recess would mean less sports arguments! Think of all of the extra time you could be learning! I mean seriously, wouldn’t you rather play a Kahoot or a learning game then take the whole recess choosing teams for a soccer game? 

Real Reasons:  

Recess equipment is expensive. It was expensive to fund the new playground when it could have been spent on different learning activities. Also, sometimes (not at WES I think) there is bullying at recess. Less recess could mean that a child is not bullied on the playground. Recess could also be dangerous. Kids could get minor to major injuries on the playground/at recess. We don’t want our school to lose money if a parent sues the district for a major injury at recess. Recess can be very cold during Winter. Some kids don’t have or forget a jacket when it’s cold and they could get really cold. Test scores are important. Less time at recess could improve scores. Students could get exposed to animals (rarely). Kids and parents always complain about not having enogh time to eat lunch. That could affect growth issues and nutrition. There also is a risk of getting sunburnt or a tick bite! Did anybody out there think of all this? I bet no. Let’s hear what you think: take my survey and let’s find out. 

https://bit.ly/2XqPCod

P.S I do think recess should happen, but I get bored sometimes.

About Radnor Schools

By Ben Rickmond 

Hello everyone! Want to learn more about our school and district? You came to the right place!

The high school (RHS) was the first school in the district, established in 1893. IES elementary in 1963, WES elementary in 1971, RES elementary in 2001 and RMS middle bulit in 1923 and rebuilt in 2007. The 2018-19 budget was $98,306,000. The total enrollment (10/19) is  3,814. WES total enrollment is 579. RES is 660. IES is 507. RMS IS 862. And RHS is 1,206.  RTSD is also the 4th safest school district in America.

Let’s learn about RMS, our district’s middle school: founded in 2007. RMS has a varity of intramural after school sports and activities. Here are a few: 

  • Art Club 
  • Ultimate Frisbee 
  • Bake club 
  • Ski Club  
  • MPR Computer 
  • Homework Club
  • Color Guard 

The RMS Principal is Dr. David. M. Wiedlich. They also have two assistant Principals. 

Now let’s learn about RHS, our top-rated high school. RHS also has a varity of sports and clubs. RHS offers lots of events and programs for the enjoyment of students such as LM week and much more! RHS apparently has good college prep and is a very good school. 

Here is some info about IES: The principal is Dr. Tronya Boylan. They only have 507 students. They are the second best elementary public school in state. Their motto is “Ithan Cares”. 

How about RES? Their principal is Dr. Anthony C. Stevenson. They have a special “circus week” in October. The motto is “together we can”. They are PA’s first “green school”.

WES was founded in 1971. Our talented principal is Nancy Ferguson. We have a school wide positive behavior system. (#pbis). Students can earn “bee tickets” and cash them in for rewards. WES and IES added new wings in 2016. 

I hope you found the information helpful, for your knowledge. I made a quiz to test your knowledge. Go to https://bit.ly/2qnP5av I also have made a survey for students only to what you think is good about the district and what is not your favorite about the district. https://bit.ly/2NStmjY 

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.  

2019 PTO Trunk or Treat Delivers Again

By Leah Zhang

Have you ever been to Trunk or Treat? Well, it’s super fun, and if you weren’t there this year, then you came to the right WES Buzz story! Let’s begin.

First, let’s see what you had to do if you were setting up a trunk. It starts at 6:30, and you would be recommended to set up the thing first, and then take it to school to do the finishing touches, getting a certain number and place to park, but they wanted you to turn off the engines and don’t waste the car battery. But once it was in, it was in. They also recommended for them to bring the candy in a bowl or bag, but someone had to hold it, and limiting the candy so that it won’t run out. Trunk or Treat also ends at 7:30.

Next, I’m going to tell you about what I did. The effort was great, and everyone wanted to win! Of course, I went in order, and LOVED the hand hospital one. (See pictures!) I voted that for spookiest!

Then my friends and I went to each other’s trunk. Number 28, the Lan family who won last year, was trying to win again, &andI liked the singing pumpkins and the spiders moving with the candy, so I voted most spirited for them. I don’t remember who I voted for fanciest though, but here are two pics.

Fifth graders Reece, Gracie, Sam and the author Leah at the main event.

HANDS DOWN the Spookiest trunk, the Hand Hospital.

Now, there was a candy corn contest up at the front, counting how many pieces of candy corn that there was in the jar. I didn’t participate, only knowing at the last second. 😅 Answer: 157 pieces I think, and the winner of that was off by 4 pieces!

Then they announced the winners. Spookiest goes to the Rust Family, the one that I voted on! Most spirited to Gill Family, the baby shark! and lastly, fanciest goes to the Rickmond Family! (Harry Potter World)

The entry to the Rickmond’s trunk, the winner of Fanciest with their Harry Potter’s World display.
Another shot of Harry Potter World.

If any family would like to add their pictures to the story, email them to galebmorrison@gmail.com.

VSCO Girls : Good or Bad?

           

 By Reece Brown, Nancy Wible, and Maddie Flynn  

 Are you a VSCO girl? Do you even know what VSCO means? People are considered VSCO when they wear over-sized sweatshirts, scrunchies, drink from hydro flasks, wear crocs and Birkenstocks, take pictures with Polaroid cameras, drink out of metal straws to save the turtles, wear puka shell necklaces and Pura Vida bracelets. Some people consider VSCO girls bad, others disagree though.

Where does VSCO come from? VSCO is also an editing app where you post pictures, kind of like Instagram, except you can’t comment and like pictures.  Instead, you ‘re-publish’ their pictures on your account to show that you like the photo.

Where did the words come from VSCO girls? Though VSCO girls have a lifestyle made up of scrunchies, Hydro Flasks, and metal straws, they also have a sort of language produced from viral memes and internet expressions. This language is not new, though, because it came from the way teenagers talk online, before it was later embraced by the VSCO girls.

What do VSCO girls look like? VSCO girls wear their hair in messy buns. They also wear oversized t-shirts, Crocs or Birkenstocks, and have scrunchies and Pura Vida bracelets all along their arms. They also hold Hydro Flasks with stickers on them and metal straws in the bottle. They  wear puka shell necklaces around their necks. They can be seen with Polaroid cameras also.

What do VSCO girls do? VSCO girls try to save the turtles by using metal straws instead of plastic ones. They also post photos on VSCO. VSCO girls also make string bracelets on the handle of their Hydro Flask.

What do VSCO girls say?  This is what VCSO girls say: “Oh this, this is just my hydro flask. Do you want one? And I oop and I oop sksksksk. What, you don’t have a scrunchie? Here, take mine! And I oop and I oop sksksks. OMG! Is that a plastic straw? Save the turtles!”

What do people think about VSCO girls? Will Clark, 5th grade, said, “I dressed up as a VSCO girl for Halloween because I thought it would be funny and my friends did it too.”

So, our overall question is, are VSCO girls good or bad?   Take this form to vote: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=1COYe7ypJUWfFB0OD2Bc95Yb8wDo8tNOr5qMsiqwCIBUQTdSUkFUWjBXTUdCSzJCWlVLRzBTWEdKQy4u


Rocks & Gems: An Exploration

By Julia Silverman & Leah Zhang  

Today we will show you five rocks, Amethyst, Obsidian, Green Fluorite, Yellow Tiger’s Eye, & Moonstone. So basically, we will take a poll, asking you which ones do you like the best? Then we will interview five people, asking them why they chose that rock/gem. We will also add a facts page, & we’ll also show you the results.  😉  

Let’s talk facts about the rocks & gems.

First up is Amethyst.  

Amethyst is a type of quartz. Amethyst is also the birthstone of February, the official gemstone of Wednesday & the 6th & 7 tenth wedding anniversary. You can usually find them in Brazil & Uruguay.  

Obsidian, yes, in Minecraft, but wait. There’s more. Obsidian ONLY forms near volcanoes. Seventy percent of Obsidian rock is silica. The best Obsidian is formed underground near a volcanic vent because those rocks will have limited impurities. You can usually find them in North Carolina & the eastern part of Virginia.  

Green Fluorite is also called Fluorspar, made-up of a mineral called calcium & fluoride also known as calcium fluoride. Fluorite is colorless, only colored because it has various impurities, usually found worldwide but especially China & South Africa.  

Yellow Tiger Eye is a Planetary stone for Gemini (May 21-June 20) & the official gem for the ninth wedding anniversary. It is also a member of the Chatoyant family, and Chatoyancy is a changeable silky luster when light reflects on it, within the thin parallel, fibrous bands. This effect is because of the fibrous structure of the material.  It’s often found in India.  

Finally, we have Moonstone! Moonstone comes in many different colors: white, grey, green, pink, blue, purple, orange, brown, and yellow. It is a sodium potassium aluminum silicate of the feldspar group, displaying a pearly & opalescent Schiller. You could also call it Hecatolite, found in Europe’s southern Alps.  

            Results: 

As you can see Amethyst was first, Green Fluorite was second, Obsidian was third, and Moonstone and the Tiger Eye tied for fourth and fifth. 

Interviews: 

We interviewed 5 people that voted. Here’s what they said: 

Mrs. Morrison chose green fluorite because she says: “It reminds me of the ocean.” (Deep green color)  

Samantha chose Moonstone because she says:” It reminds me of the Moon, which has always been a symbol of peace.”  (Shiny pearly white with a hint of grayish pearly color.) 

Nancy chose ameythst because she says: “It’s pretty and cool” 

Will chose obsidian because he says: “I like it because it’s in Minecraft” (a shiny black) 

Leah chose tiger eye because she says: “I liked the stringy-umbrae affect.” (brown-yellow umbrae)  

Pictures: 

Amethyst
Obsidian
Moonstone
Tiger’s Eye
Fluroite

Cool Facebook INFO

BY:Ben Rickmond 

Hello WES! We are going to do a spotlight on Facebook, the popular social media company. 

Facebook was made by a group of friends at Harvard in 2004. Andrew McCollumMark ZuckerbergDustin MoskovitzChris HughesEduardo Saverin. Mark Zuckerberg made a website called “Facemash.” This website allowed users to objectify fellow students by comparing photos of their faces and selecting who they deemed as the most popular. Mark got in huge trouble from the college admin and barely escaped expulsion from Harvard. He and his buddies got together and started planning for what would become… Facebook.

So, what does Facebook do anyway? Well, on Facebook you can post photos, start chats, connect with people and get followers. Businesses use Facebook to advertise and show products on the web. Facebook IS engineered to be addictive. Our WES BUZZ leader (click here for more info) said a friend of hers in Silicon Valley, (click Here) that was one of the first Facebook employees said they were working to make Facebook an app where users “could not put it down.”

Facebook does have a bad reputation for cyberbullying and inappropriate content. You do have to be 13 and have a valid e-mail address. Common sense media says that the suggested age is 15 yrs. Facebook is a very good way to connect, but the ads will target you and there is questionable content. This company is a good example of a small idea that can turn into something huge! 

Current Stock Price:  

FB (NASDAQ) 

190.84+0.42 (+0.22%)  

At close: November 8 4:00PM EST   

Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Facebook

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/facebook-when-started-how-mark-zuckerberg-history-harvard-eduardo-saverin-a8505151.html

https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/fb/

https://www.lifewire.com/what-is-facebook-3486391

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/website-reviews/facebook

https://www.theverge.com/interface/2019/11/8/20953623/facebook-leaked-court-documents-nbc-paranoia-switcharoo

5th Grade Reading Olympics

BY: Toby Kelsall

Hello everybody! The WES Buzz journalist, Toby interviewed Mrs.Dahlstrom, our school librarian about our 5th grade Reading Olympics program at WES. Fourth graders, you will have a chance to do this next year, but here is some info now!

How long has WES had Reading Olympics? Reading Olympics started in Delaware County 12 years ago. The surrounding counties had it for much longer. WES was the first elementary school in Radnor to have a team, 11 years ago.  Since that time, many WES teachers have been volunteer coaches: Ms. B, Mrs. Burhop, Mrs. Coppola, Mrs. Dahlstrom, Mrs. Goldberg and Mrs. Shuda. 

 Is Reading Olympics hard? No. The only thing you must do is READ!  and once a month you have a meeting at 8:00 am to talk about the books.  

How do I get started with Reading Olympics?  You fill out an application and return it to Mrs. Dahlstrom.  It costs $30 to join, but scholarships are available. 

How many books do I have to read? Generally, there are 45 books on the reading list. This year there are 43 books on the reading list. Students who join reading Olympics agree to read at least five books from the list during the year. There have been years when some WES students read ALL the books. 

What if I want to be with my friend, will you put me with them?  Teams are formed by asking each participant to list two friends that they would like to be on the same team with.  Students generally are on the same team with at least one of their friends.  What a great opportunity to get to know some other fifth graders! 

Do I have to go to every single event?  There are Reading Olympic team meetings every month.  We start the meeting with great snacks provided by parents.  Then we play a fun game.  After the game, we talk about favorite books and recommend books to other kids.  While you don’t have to attend every event, you will want to because they are really fun and it is a great opportunity to meet new kids. 

Are there stages for the club and the competition? In the beginning, students read any book from the list.  After we form teams, students need to be more strategic with what they read so that each team has read every book on the list at least once. 

What happens when you are at a competition?  At the competition, each team will be be asked 20 questions in three different rounds.  Each team gets a total of 50 of more points, each team will get a blue ribbon.  If the score is 40-49 points, they get a red ribbon.  If they score 30-39 points, they will get a white ribbon.  The real prize is participating in Reading Olympics comes from reading some great literature that you might not have discovered without the list.   

I Joined reading Olympics because I like reading books my favorite book is Capture the Flag because I like adventure and fiction. I totally recommend reading Olympics If you love reading

Who Are Your Ancestors?

By Matt Demopolos and Anand Palshikar

Who are the people who make up you?

What are the genes that had what it took to survive?

What awesome things did they do?

And how do all of these things make up you?

Those are the interesting stories people want to hear, so here they are. Anyway, lets jump into the action.

Anand’s ancestor cut a guy’s head off with a sword because he didn’t want to pay taxes and then he hid in a tree.

Did anything interesting like that happen to you?

William W. Davies, another one of Anand’s ancestors, started a cult that tragically ended when his sons, who he claimed were Jesus and The Holy Spirit, died and the prophet, Davies, couldn’t bring them back to life.

Our friend Will Lambert’s ancestor was a General in the Civil War.

Matthew Demopolos’  great grandfather’s name sounds like Thanos but is actually Panos.

And we took a poll on 4th grade playground. Most people said they were from Europe.

These are the interesting stories that make up those people so we encourage you to find out about your family history also.

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