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Indy 500

By, Lucy

The Indianapolis 500 is just around the corner! This sporting event is very exciting! For so many people the Indy 500 is just 200 laps but for others it is a monumental race for Indy. You have the hard core 500ers, who go to the track so often they have special seat cushions for the bleachers and then you have the classic first timers who have never stepped foot on the track before, and you can tell who those people are, they coat themselves in sunblock and have the giant earplugs and they are asking questions left and right and most of all every time a race car driver walks by they look like they are about to pass out. A popular person wanted to win is last year’s winner Dario Franchitti. Who do you want to win?

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May Multicultural Dates

Thank you Mrs. Gammons!

Major Holidays: World Religions & Cultures: MAY 2013

MAY IS… Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, Jewish/American Heritage Month, National Better Hearing & Speech Month, National Mental Health Month, Women’s Health Care Month, Older Americans Month.
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May 1: Beltane (Northern Hemisphere Wiccan) Pagans celebrate the unison of the god and goddess which is believed to be the basis of all creation. This festival is celebrated with maypole dances.

May 1: School Principal’s Day (USA)

May 2: National Day of Prayer USA (Multi-faith) It was created as a floating holiday in 1952 and fixed on the first Thursday in May by Ronald Reagan.

May 3: World Press Freedom Day (International) Serves as an occasion to inform the public of violations of the right to freedom of expression and as a reminder that many journalists brave death or jail to bring people their daily news.

May 3: Orthodox Good Friday (Orthodox Christian)

May 5: Cinco de Mayo (Secular) Means the “The fifth of May” in Spanish.. This day commemorates a battle that was won on this day in 1862 during the years that the Mexicans were struggling to drive foreign armies from the country and became an independent nation. In the USA this day is celebrated in a zesty spirit with parades, food, musical events and dances.

May 5: Orthodox Easter (Orthodox Christian)

May 6-10: Teacher Appreciation week (USA; National Teacher Day May 7)

May 8: National School Nurse Day (USA)

May 12: Mother’s Day (Secular) In 1872, Julia Ward Howe (author of the Battle Hymn of the Republic) suggested this day be dedicated to peace. Mother’s Day meetings were held yearly in Boston Massachusetts on this day. In 1907 Ana Jarvis began a campaign to establish a National Mother’s Day on the second Sunday of May. It took four years and in 1911 it was proclaimed a national holiday. Countries celebrating Mother’s Day are the USA, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Turkey, Australia and Belgium.

May 15: Shavuot (Jewish) Observance to celebrate the giving of the Torah, God’s gift to the Jewish people, which is a guide for how to live in this world. It occurs seven weeks after Passover.

May 17: Ascension Day (Christian) Forty days after Easter, commemorating the final earthly appearance of Jesus after his resurrection. The Christians believe that Jesus ascended into heaven.

May 18: Armed Forces Day (USA) Many Americans celebrate Armed Forces Day annually on the third Saturday of May. It is a day to pay tribute to men and women who serve the United States’ armed forces. Armed Forces Day is also part of Armed Forces Week, which begins on the second Saturday of May.

May 19: Pentecost (Christian) Celebrated by the Christians to commemorate the descent of the Holy Spirit on the disciples in the form of tongues of fire and rushing wind. A traditional day for baptism and confirmation of new Christians.

May 21: World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development (Secular) Recognizes cultural diversity as a source of innovation, exchange and creativity, as well as the obligation to create a more peaceful and equitable
society based on mutual respect.

May 23: Declaration Of The Bab; Siyid’ (Baha’i) This date marks the beginning of the Baha’i faith, the Baha’i Era (B.E.) and the Baha’i calendar. School and work are suspended on this day.

May 25: Visakah Puja (Buddha Day– Buddhist) The holiest day of the Buddhist calendar, this day marks the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha on the day of the full moon in May.

May 27: Memorial Day (USA) Originally initiated in 1868 to honor the dead of the Civil War, it has come to include lives lost in all the wars.

May 29: Ascension of Baha’u’llah (Baha’i) Observance of death anniversary of Baha’u’llah. School and work are suspended.

Mind on Mother’s Day

By, Fierce Fire Fox and Sarah JB

Since Mother’s Day is coming up, Fierce Fire Fox and I decided to walk around the school asking students and teachers what their plans for Mother’s Day were.

Mrs. Stoner: take her to church, buy her gifts, and take her to dinner

Miss Wright: call he mother, mail a gift

Mr. Hodgin: buy gift for he a prepare dinner for her

Lucy: give her mom her hand-made mug from art

Sophia: make her mother breakfast

Celeste: make her mom dinner

Emily: write her mother a poem

Katie: fry her mom an omelet

Sarah Jane: make her mom earrings

Remember, Mother’s Day is the 12th, so show your mom some appreciation!

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Weird laws of Indiana

By, Kathrina Tate

Hey fellow Hoosiers…Did you know…????

– It is illegal to sell cars on Sunday.
– Mustaches are illegal if the bearer has a tendency to habitually kiss other humans.
– No one may catch a fish with his bare hands
– Drinks on the house are illegal.
– “Spiteful Gossip” and “talking behind a person’s back” are illegal.
– One may not sniff glue
– Baths may not be taken between the months of October and March

http://www.dumblaws.com/laws/united-states/indiana

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APRIL MULTICULTURAL EVENTS AND DATES

THANKS Mrs. Gammons!

Major Holidays: World Religions & Cultures: APRIL 2013

APRIL IS… Celebrate Diversity Month
….a national observance celebrating ALL the diversity across the board that exists within our workplaces, schools, and communities. The hope is that organizations, schools, and individuals will choose to celebrate similarities as well as differences during this time, thereby gaining a deeper understanding of each other. While throughout the year, there are a wide range of admirable diversity observances that acknowledge the contributions and unique traditions of certain segments of the population, until now there has been no specific time designated to celebrate the wide range of diversity that not only includes these groups, but goes beyond them and reaches out to everyone.
Celebrate Diversity Month is all about opening dialogues that foster an appreciation of the differences that separate us as well as the similarities that unite us. One way to build connections with those we don’t usually get the opportunity to know is to explore the cultural celebrations and significant life events of others. Through these connections, we create the energy needed to positively change our workplaces and communities.

…and also: Autism Awareness Month, National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and National Library Week 8 -14

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March 26- April 2: Pesach– Passover (Jewish): Eight day pilgrimage festival celebrating the ancient Exodus of the Hebrews from slavery to freedom.

April 1: April Fools’ Day (Secular): Celebrated in the Western world on April 1st of every year, it is sometimes referred to as All Fools’ Day. April 1st is not a legal holiday, but is widely recognized and celebrated as a day which tolerates practical jokes and general foolishness.

April 7: Yom Hashoah/Holocaust Memorial Day (Jewish): The day has been established to remember the six million Jews killed by the Nazis in 1933-45. It is observed by many non-Jews as well.

April 7: International Beaver Day and National Beer Day. Celebrate in unison for some really big fun.

April 14: Vaisakhi also called Baisakhi (Sikh): The Sikh New Year festival, which also marks the founding of the Khalsa a distinctive Sikh brotherhood, founded by Guru Gobind Singh in 1699; it is a day observed by temple worship, feasting and dancing.

April 15: Day of Silence (Worldwide): On the National Day of Silence hundreds of thousands of students nationwide take a vow of silence to bring attention to anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender name-calling, bullying and harassment in their schools.
April 15: Tax Day (USA): The day on which individual income tax returns are due to the federal government. Due to Emancipation Day in Washington, D.C. (which is observed on the weekday closest to April 16), when April 15 falls on a Friday, tax returns are due the following Monday; when April 15 falls on a Saturday or Sunday, tax returns are due the following Tuesday.
April 16: Emancipation Day (USA): Emancipation Day is a holiday in Washington DC to mark the anniversary of the signing of the Compensated Emancipation Act, which president Abraham Lincoln signed on April 16, 1862
April 21 – May 2: Ridvan (Baha’i): Commemorating the Bahaullah’s declaration of prophethood, it is the most important event in the Baha’i calendar, and is celebrated for twelve days with work being suspended on the 1st, 9th and 12th of the festival. (Starts at sundown on 4. 20)
April 22: Earth Day (Secular) First observed in the United States in the 1970’s, it is celebrated to remind people of our environment and how our habits affect our environment.
April 25: Mahavir Jaynati (Jain): Festival honoring Lord Mahavira on the founder’s birthday. Shrines are visited. Teachings are reviewed and reflected upon.

April 26: Arbor Day (USA): Arbor Day is a day in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant and care for trees.

Indiana’s Spring Snow

spring snow

By, Pooh Bear

Puxatony Phil seemed to say that Spring would come, but the real meteorologists seem to have a different prospective. The start to the Spring season was beautiful. Then a few days later, it snowed! The snow fell down and down. Up to nine and ten inches of chilling but beautiful, snow! Kids all over Indiana had a snow day! Monday was when most of it came down, but I was outside in it and boy was it a good time! Sledding, hot chocolate, snowmen, and fun! What a day! What a beautiful Spring day!

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Latitude 39

By, the Phoenix

If you don’t know about Latitude 39 then you are really missing out!!! This place is awesome – for adults AND kids! Latitude 39 is a place where everything you can do is in one location!!

Dining – there are about 4 different restaurants that you can choose from to eat but some are more like bars, so unless you’re 21, you probably can’t go to those. The food is really good too! I can’t really say about the price of their food, though, because my parents paid for it.

Entertainment – there is a bowling alley, live music, an arcade, a theatre for live performances such as a comedy show or bands, a dance floor, tons of tv’s for the sports lovers, and pretty soon there will even be a movie theatre that you can sit down and eat at – like a restaurant! I’m most excited for the Cine-Grille to open!

Prices – Bowling is pretty average but the rates are different between the weekdays and weekends – but that’s pretty normal. Arcade prices – also normal. What’s NOT normal are the prizes L39 offers! They are awesome and really good – better than what you get at most arcades. Take a look at this site to see the cool games and prize shop: http://latitude39indy.com/entertainment/game-room/

Ms. Vandor recently went to L39 for a comedy show and dinner and I asked her about her experience. Here is what she told me:

“From the second we pulled up to the venue, my boyfriend and I were like, “Holy Cow! This place is huge!” As soon as we walked in, we were greeted by friendly staff members. They were very welcoming and professional. The place was packed and busy with a lot of people. One thing we noticed right away, was that the range of people varied a ton. There were little kids running around the arcade, and older people watching sports in the sports bar. However, by the time we left, it was mostly just an older crowd in the place. My boyfriend and I were lucky enough to get free tickets to the comedy show! Again, when we walked in to Latitude Live, the people were super nice! They sat us at our table and that was cool because we were facing the state directly. The main comedian was hilarious! Definitely not for kids, though!! We also ordered the buffalo chicken dip and it tasted just like my own recipe! So, yes, the good was good – but I am biased because like I said, it tasted just like mine! The service was a bit slow, but that was expected because it was really busy in the theatre. After the comedy show, we walked around the arcade. We didn’t play any games, but that was just because we were really tired and are trying to save money! There was a live band that was really good and the dance floor was packed. We left around 10 pm and the entire place was still very busy. I think we’d go back with another couple or a group of people, definitely!”

It sounds like Ms. Vandor had a great time. Attached is a flyer for High School students and teachers! DEFINITELY check out the flyer.

Latitude 39 High School Happy Hour
3-5 pm Monday – Friday
Show your school ID
Get: $10 for the arcade, 1 game of bowling, and if you buy one pizza – you can get one free!

High School Happy Hour

If you don’t live in the Indy area, check out http://latitude360.com/ for other venues like L39 in YOUR AREA. They have Latidues in Chicago, Jacksonville, and Pittsburgh too!

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Tuesday March 26, 2013 is Purple Day: an Epilepsy Awareness Article

By: Purple Ambassador, Grade Nine

What does Purple Day stand for? March 26th Purple Day is for Epilepsy awareness.

What is Epilepsy, though? The scientific definition of Epilepsy is, “a physical condition that occurs when there is a sudden, brief change in how the brain works. When brain cells are not working properly, a person’s consciousness, movement, or actions may be altered for a short time.” Now, if I didn’t have Epilepsy myself I wouldn’t understand that at all. However, since I do know what it means, let me explain. All it is, is a seizure disorder. But, now you’re probably thinking, “well what the heck is a seizure?” Am I right?

Well then… a seizure is just when something happens in your brain that interrupts your normal everyday way of life. Keep in mind though there are many different types of seizures, NOT just what is shown on the television, though that is a fairly common type of seizure. In fact there are hundreds of different types of seizures.

November is Epilepsy Awareness Month so why is this day in March? March is Disability Awareness Month. Believe me, Epilepsy is very much a disability. It takes up almost every moment of your life. All you do is worry about whether or not you will have a seizure and when and where you will be. We all know that as a teenager our lives are hard; but as an epileptic teen it’s so much harder- like 10 times harder. And that’s if you are having active seizures, if you’re not and you only have it twice as hard- I know as a ninth grader and being diagnosed right after fourth grade- I’ve been through it a lot in my life.

If you know someone with Epilepsy, don’t hate on them or make fun of them because you would hate it if it were you who was having the seizure. Now don’t get me wrong I’m only talking about the REALLY mean kids. If a person with Epilepsy sees a person having a seizure (even if the person made fun of them before, they are more likely to help instead of making fun of that person).

As with everything, there are ways to keep someone having a seizure safe. Sometimes though, you can’t help the person because it’s over too soon to do anything; or you may not even realize that what is going on is a seizure- such as an absence seizure where the person seems to be daydreaming and not paying attention, or a myoclonic (my- oh- clonic) seizure where it looks like the person is having spasms. If a person is having what you see on the television where the person has fallen on the ground and is convulsing there’s a whole list of things you should do; but here’s the biggest parts – one don’t put anything in their mouth because they could choke, make sure they don’t hurt their head. Those are the two most important things to know. Also, realize that unless they have a “in case of emergency” bracelet on with specific instructions, or the seizure goes over five minutes, call 911. If the person has an “in case of emergency” bracelet follow the instructions on it if there are any.

And like always wear purple on March 26th. Let’s go HSE and HSJH!

Sources:
http://www.kidneeds.com/diagnostic_categories/articles/epilepsydefinition.htm & my own knowledge

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Major Holidays: World Religions & Cultures: March 2013

By, Mrs. Gammons

Women’s History Month: In 1987, March was declared the Women’s History Month, recognizing women from all walks of life regardless of their caste, color, creed, culture and age for their valuable contributions towards our shared history.

Irish American Heritage Month: Because many Americans celebrate their Irish lineage on St. Patrick’s Day, March was selected as Irish-American Heritage Month. The month was first proclaimed in 1995 by Congress. Each year, the U.S. president also issues an Irish-American Heritage Month proclamation.

Youth Art Month: Youth Art Month is a month of promoting art and art education in the United States. It is observed in March, with thousands of American schools participating, often with the involvement of local art museums and civic organizations.

Deaf History Month: …Covering the period of March 13 to April 15, and celebrating deaf history, particularly key events in deaf heritage.

Mental Retardation Awareness Month:
An annual observance that focuses on increasing public awareness and understanding of the issues affecting people with mental retardation and related developmental disabilities, sponsored since 1979 by the charitable organization “Arc of the United States.”

Plus: American Red Cross Month, National Nutrition Month, and Colorectal Cancer Month
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March 1: Women’s World Day of Prayers (Multi-faith): World Day of Prayer (WDP) is a worldwide ecumenical movement of women of many faith traditions who come together to observe a common day of prayer each year on the first Friday in March. Each year a different country (Malaysia this year; with the theme “Let Justice Prevail”) serves as the writer of the World Day of Prayer worship service. Founded in 1887 by American Mary Ellen James. Over 170 countries participate.

March 2: Start of Nineteen Day Fast (Baha’i); March 2 – 20: The Fast is a time for reflecting on one’s spiritual progress and making an effort to detach from material desires.

March 2: Read Across America Day (Secular): In 1997 the National Education Association (NEA), pushed for a special day to celebrate reading throughout the United States. This idea proved to be a popular one so it was not long before the first Read Across America Day was held on March 2, 1998. This nationwide observance coincides with the birthday of Dr. Seuss (Theodore Geisel), an American writer best known for writing children’s books.
March 8: International Women’s Day (Secular): A global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. In some places like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, IWD is a national holiday. The first IWD was in 1911.

March 10: Daylight savings time!! Spring isn’t far behind!

March 13: L. Ron Hubbard Day (Scientology): In a tradition that dates back to the 1970’s, Scientologists in churches and missions around the world commemorate the March 13th birthday of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard in the way he himself asked it to be celebrated—by greatly expanding their service to the communities in which they live.

March 17: St Patrick’s Day (Christian): Observance for St. Patrick’s is the patron saint of Ireland who brought Christianity to Ireland in the early days of the faith.

March 20: Vernal Equinox (Wiccan “Ostara”): The date when night and day are nearly the same length. It marks the first day of the season of SPRING.

March 21: Naw Ruz (Baha’i /Persian): Baha’i New Year which falls on/near the vernal equinox symbolizing spiritual growth and renewal, and begins with a festival that marks the end of a nineteen-day fast

March 21: International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (Secular): Worldwide call to action to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination.

March 24: Palm/Passion Sunday (Christian): Commemorates the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem.

March 26- April 2: Pesach– Passover (Jewish): Eight day pilgrimage festival celebrating the ancient Exodus of the Hebrews from slavery to freedom.

March 27: Lord’s Evening Meal (Jehovah’s Witness): Primary annual celebration for Jehovah’s Witnesses, taking place in the evening.

March 27: Magha Puja Day (Buddhist): Celebration of the presentation of teachings by Lord Buddha to and assembly of holy men.

March 27: Holi; Festival of Colours (Hindu): Spring festival, celebrated with great fun and fervor and involves showering each other with color and merry making.

March 28: Maundy Thursday (Christian): Observance of the first Lord’s Supper (“The Last Supper,”) the last meal Jesus shared with his disciples and established the ceremony known as Eucharist.

March 28: Hola Mohalla (Sikh): A weeklong Festival which revolves around daytime demonstrations of the Sikh martial arts and other military sports, and evening events including Sikh worship services and the singing of hymns.

March 29: Good Friday (Christian): Commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus.

March 30: Holy Saturday (Christian): It is the last day before Easter and a time of meditation on the mystery of Jesus.

March 31: Easter (Christian): The most holy of Christian sacred days. The day celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ from his death by crucifixion. Observances include worship services beginning at sunrise, special music, feasting, and parades.
March 31: Cesar Chavez Day (Secular): César Chávez’s birthday, March 31, is a state holiday in eight US states., intended to promote service to the community in honor of Mexican American farm worker, labor leader and activist Cesar Chavez (1927-1993) who was a nationally respected voice for social justice.

April 1: Easter Monday /“Dyngus Day” in some Polish cultures (Christian): The day after Easter Sunday is an official holiday in some Christian countries and in the state of North Carolina.

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