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Paw Prints II - West Elementary School
WEST
ELEMENTARY
SCHOOL
Fall 2009
Volume 2, Issue 1
Paw Prints
Inside this issue:
Spirit Week
2-3
Reviews
7
Meet Coach Ward &
Mrs. Darnelle
11
Texting Lingo
8
Sports
7
Dear PB & J
9
Fall Fashion
9
Special points of
interest:
• Spirit Week
• Fall Fashion
• Texting Lingo
• Sports
• Word Search
West Elementary Receives the U.S. Department of
Education Blue Ribbon School Award
Interview by:
Sarabeth Harbison and
Whittney Heaton
West Elementary School
was recently awarded
the U.S. Department of
Education Blue Ribbon
School Award. On November 3rd, Dr. Bouldin,
Mrs. Bouldin, Mrs. Hall,
Mrs. Carden, Mrs. Cupp,
and Mrs. Drake traveled
to the Omni Shoreham
Hotel in Washington,
D.C. to receive the
award for us. In a news
release from the
U.S.D.E. we read that
“This award honors public and private elementary, middle, and high
schools that are either
academically superior,
or have made dramatic
gains in student achievement and helped close
gaps in achievement
among minority and disadvantaged students.”
Only 5 schools in Alabama were chosen for
this award! Wow! Way to
Dr. B.– It is a great place
for a family to visit. It was
very inspiring.
S.H.– What was the ceremony like?
We asked Dr. Bouldin a
few questions about this
tremendous award for
our school. This is what
he had to say:
S.B.- What did we do to
win this award?
Dr. B.– Our students’
math and reading scores
were 10% higher than
the year before.
W.H.-What did you think
of Washington, D.C.?
Dr. B.– It was a very exciting and humbling experience for our faculty and
students’ work to be recognized.
W.H.-What are we going
to do at the Blue Ribbon
School Celebration at
West?
Dr. B.-We are going to
have an assembly, and
then we will have Blue Ribbon cake and Blue Bell ice
cream to celebrate.
Mrs. Cupp, Mrs. Hall, Mrs.
Carden, Dr. Harris, Dr.
Boldin, Mrs. Boldin, & Mrs.
Drake in Washington, D.C.
go West Elementary!
• Reviews
• Trivia
• Poetry
• And more...
Dr. Bouldin in his office
holding our U.S.D.E. 2009
Blue Ribbon School Award
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Spirit Week at West
Black and Gold Day
Camo Day
Fashion Disaster Day
West Elementary has Black and Gold
Camo Day was a big hit with many students
Day every Friday during football season,
Many people liked fashion disaster day be-
attending West Elementary. Some faculty
but this one was one to remember!
cause everyone could have fun with it and
members were going BIG this year with
Students from 2nd to 6th grade had a
it was the most hilarious. On this day you
coveralls and everything! We would like to
blast at the homecoming pep rally that
had to wear something that did not match
thank Dr. Bouldin for letting us experience
was held that morning in the gym.
or was just plain ugly. Faculty and students
this exciting day within Spirit Week!
Some students and faculty even painted
went all out and it was hysterical! Fashion
their faces! Over 75% of the student
Disaster Day was the most popular with the
body participated in this exhilarating
students.
event!
Favorite Team Day
Alabama ,Auburn, LSU, and many more.
West Elementary was flooded with different
teams on the day of October 15th. The majority of West Elementary students and fac-
Spirit Week Winners
Camo Day–
Day– Mrs. Parker & Tanner Brown
ulty were dressed up in logos, signs and face
Fashion Disaster Day–
Day– Nurse Tankersley &
paint for their favorite team. At 2:30 that
Hayden Henderson
afternoon, the Student Council officers de-
Favorite Team Day–
Day– Mrs. Hall & Gracie Apel
cided on a staff and student winner. Mrs.
Black & Gold Day–
Day– Mrs. Thornhill & K.J. Potter
Hall and third grader, Gracie Apel, were chosen as best dressed for the day. Everyone
looked awesome, but Gracie and Mrs. Hall hit
the the Favorite Team Day dress out of the
park! Congrats to both of you.
Go Bearcats!
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This year our Student Council officers put
together a terrific Spirit Week for
everyone to enjoy !
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2nd Grade Writing by Will Hendrix
Mrs. McClary’s second
grade students have been
writing about autumn,
pumpkins and leaves this
month. Here are some
examples of their creative
work.
3rd Grade Writing: A Day at Peinhardt Farm
Abby Hodge– Mrs. Hollingsworth’s homeroom
Abby Branham– Mrs. Hollingsworth’s homeroom
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4th Grade Writing: Fall Is...
Fall is…
Fall is…
Fall is…
the smell of pumpkin pie baking
Spending time with your family
Leaves raining down on us
hot apple cider burning your mouth
Hot chocolate burning your tongue
Pumpkin seeds roasting in the oven
beautiful fall decorations
Leaf piles to jump in
The fragrance of pumpkin pie
scarecrows making children happy
Friends to play outside with
the sweet taste of candy on Halloween
Reading in bed under the cover
Snuggling by the fireplace and reading
a good book
the smell of the crisp air
Camping around a campfire
Hot chocolate warming you up
raking leaves all day long
Scarecrows that dance in the wind
carving pumpkins that are strong
A Charlie Brown movie to watch
Going on camping trips with family
and friends
scary stories all night long
Costumes, costumes, and more costumes
roasting marshmallows by the fire
Shorter days and longer nights
kids in costumes having fun
Time for a new jacket
reading a good book under a tree
Pumpkin seeds for roasting
relaxing from summer’s heat
Trunk-or-treating to get lots of candy
coming too fast!
Carved pumpkins everywhere
fall, fall, fall, sweet fall!
The crunch, crunch when you walk
Munching and crunching on caramel
apples
Thanksgiving to enjoy
Scarecrows dancing in the wind
Chandler Jeschke
Munch, munch on candy
Going on hikes
Jumping in the leaves
Telling scary stories around a huge
campfire
Eating candy, candy and a lot more
candy
Sidney Al-DiJaili
Raking, raking, raking, and raking
Fall baseball to enjoy
But most of all, fall is fall!
Ella Morring
5th Grade Writing: My Autumn Eyes Behold
by Anna Parrish & Malory Knight
My autumn eyes behold…
My autumn eyes behold…
The aroma of sweet candy
The trick-or-treaters that
fill the streets
Cold weather that makes
me shiver
Colorful leaves cover the
ground
Scary people in costumes
roam the city
Football games take over
the city
And trick-or-treaters line
up at my door
Tanner Brown
The tasty pumpkin pie
that can’t be beat
The football games on
Friday night
The scary costumes that
give you a fright
Hope that vampires don’t
come for a bite
Ann Carol Braswell
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Word Search by Donovan Copeland, Luke Oakley, & Clayton Whitfield
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Pee Wee Takedown!
By Ben Walker & Bailey Chesnut
On October 10th the Cullman Cyclones beat the Cullman
Bearcats 6 to 0. Ross Crocker ran the ball in for a touchdown.
The Cyclones cheered wildly because they had prevailed for
the first time in four years. Bearcat player, Austin Tankersley,
was asked what his thoughts were before the game. “We are
going to take this!” When we asked him how he felt after the
game he quickly replied, “We’ll kill them next time. Next,
we asked Hope Mason, a Bearcat cheerleader if she was embarrassed about cheering for the losing team. She surprisingly retorted “We lost one game. I’m not going to stop doing what I love!’ There you have it. The Cyclones beat the
Bearcats.
Overtime Overload!
By Bailey Chesnut & Ben Walker
The Bearcats and Cyclones were drenched with sweat and
their hearts were beating with intensity. It was the third overtime and all tied up. There was one quiet moment. The Bearcats scored a touchdown to tie it up, and they were attempting the two point conversion to win the game. Brady Wix
threw it to Hunter Brannon in the endzone to win the game by
two!
Youth for Christ by Savanna Canter
Every Tuesday at 7:15 in the morning Mrs. Bouldin, Mrs.
Neal, Mrs. Carden, and all the students who attend (about
60) gather in the music building to worship and listen to a
guest speaker share the Word. Youth for Christ is a fun
way to learn more about God. The officers are:
Laura Lindsey-President
Savanna Canter-Vice President
Kylie Witcher-Secretary
Elli Dixon– Reporter
You should stop by and join us next Thursday!
Paw Prints
Fall Reviews: Books, Music &
Movies
By Karly Jeschke
Twilight
Everywhere I look, I see a Twilight book. The saga contains Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn.
The entire saga is about an average teenage girl named
Bella. She moves to Forks to live with her dad while her
mother travels. While attending high school she meets
Edward Cullen, and there’s nothing average about him! It
turns out he’s a vampire. Soon after meeting each other
they fall in love. Her best friend, Jacob Black, soon discovers he loves Bella more than life itself. He would fight Edward in a heartbeat for Bella to become his (being mortal
enemies doesn’t help either). He also tries to hide the fact
that he’s a werewolf, but doesn’t succeed. Soon Bella finds
out the life she was once leading is now a game of dangerous vampires and a love triangle. Someone is bound to get
hurt!
Black Eyed Peas
I think we were all heart-broken when we found out the
Black Eyed Peas went their separate ways. I also think that
everyone was more than excited when they heard “Boom
Boom Pow” on the radio. The band has come out with a
new CD. They have also been burning up the charts for the
past few months with “I Got a Feeling”. The group has
been doing better than ever.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
When a wacky inventor makes an invention to change the
weather, he changes it big! Based in the book by Judi Barnett, it starts raining food. Everyone’s dream comes true,
that is until things get out of control and instead of tiny
meatballs, giant ones fall destroying the entire town. What
was once a dream come true is now a disastrous nightmare.
The actors, Anna Faris, James Cann, Andy Samburg, Bruce
Cambell, and Mr. T star in this hilarious children’s flick.
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Paw Prints
Alabama and Auburn Trivia
8.
Which Auburn player had 2 interceptions in the 1982 game to
give Auburn their first win in a
decade over Alabama?
by Clay Stephens & Levi Clay
1.
What was the score of the 2008
Iron Bowl?
5.
Who was the starting QB for Alabama in 1962-1964?
A.
Tim Drinkard
B.
David King
Gregg Carr
A.
2-0
A.
Jay Barker
C.
B.
7-0
B.
Joe Namath
D.
Bob Harris
C.
36-0
C.
John Parker Wilson
9.
D.
14-7
D.
Brody Croyle
Auburn capped that 2007 Championship season with a [ ? ] win
over Alabama.
2.
How many National Championships has Alabama won?
A.
7-0
6.
What did people call the play
that Bo Jackson did to beat Alabama for the first time in history
while Coach Bryant was coaching?
B.
21-0
C.
40-0
D.
54-0
A.
2
B.
4
C.
12
D.
100
A.
Bo in the Middle
3.
What did Paul “Bear” Bryant do
get the nickname “Bear”?
B.
The Pitch
C.
Bo Over the Top
D.
The Catch
7.
Auburn’s 2007 victory over Alabama was their [ ? ] straight
against their hated rivals.
A.
Fought a bear
B.
Bought a bear
C.
Killed two bears at one time
D.
Killed a bear
4.
What year did Paul “Bear” Bryant get beat by Auburn?
A.
Fourth
A.
1986
B.
Fifth
B.
1885
C.
Sixth
C.
1985
D.
Seventh
D.
2001
Texting Lingo: Are You in the Know?
10. How did Auburn come back to
beat Alabama in the 17-16, 1973
game often referred to as “Punt
Bama Punt”?
A.
Auburn forced Alabama to punt
on the Tide’s last 11 possessions
while the Tigers methodically
scored all 17 point in the fourth
quarter.
B.
Auburn recovered 2 onside kicks
in the 4th quarter that led to touchdowns.
C.
Cornerback David Langer recovered 2 onside kicks in the fourth
quarter that led to touchdowns
D.
Auburn twice faked a punt and
scored on touchdowns thrown by
kicker Gardner Jett.
By Emily Dale & Kylie
Witcher
These days so many kids and even
adults are texting. So , we have
everything you need to be up to
date with the latest texting shortcuts.
K-okay
U-you
luv-love
Y-why
wrud-what are you doing?
cw2cu-can’t wait to see you
gf-girlfriend
gtj-got to jet
ez-easy
gr8-great
enuf-enough
jk-just kidding
<3-heart or love
lol-laugh out loud
fyi-for your information
brb-be right back
bffl-best friends for life
gtg-got to go
bff-best friends forever
Page 9
Ask PB & J
Dear PB &J,
Dear PB & J,
Dear PB & J,
What do you do if someone you
like likes one of your friends but
not you?
What should you do if your
friends constantly make fun of
you?
I like a boy at school, but I don’t
know what to do about it? Help!
Thanks,
?:)?
???
Thanks,
Sad
Dear ???,
We suggest that you try to do something you are talented at to impress
him or her. Don’t try to be someone
that you are not. Just be yourself!
Your helpers,
PB &J
Dear ?:)?,
Dear Sad,
First of all, we think that if someone
would make fun of you, they are not
a true friend. Just try to be nice to
them and maybe they will grow up
one day.
We think you should start by talking to
him as a friend. Ask him if he has a girlfriend. If not, ask him if he will be your
boyfriend.
Your helpers,
PB & J
Your helpers,
PB & J
Talkin’ Turkey
Fall Fashions
by Camille Marsh, Hope Mason, & Treyla
We interviewed some people about
their fashion opinions. Here is what
they had to say:
Hope: Do you like comfortable
clothes or fashionable clothes?
Mrs. Payne: It depends on the day.
But usually fashionable.
Fashion No-No’s
Shoes:
Crocs
Sketchers
Cheer shoes
Treyla: What do guys usually wear at
West?
High-heeled boots
Ben Walker: Phiten necklaces,
Clark’s wallabies, and Abercrombie
Clothes:
Camille: What do you think people
should start wearing more often?
Shorts & leggings
Nicholas Lovell: American Eagle and
Aeropostale
Hope: Are animal prints in or out?
Which one is the most popular?
Mrs. Payne: Yes, I think zebra is the
most common.
Reeboks
Pajama
Multiple animal prints
Jackets:
by Lindsay Hill & Whitney Hawkins
As you know, Thanksgiving is coming up
soon. It is a time when we get together with
our families and just be together to eat and
play. We asked some of our classmates a
few questions about Thanksgiving. Here is
what they had to say:
What is your favorite Thanksgiving food?
Levi Clay– Turkey
Cassidy Clemenson-mashed potatoes
Where do you go for Thanksgiving?
Andy Robinson– My house.
What is your favorite part of Thanksgiving?
Brandon Swann-Being with family
Bulky
What do you think Thanksgiving is for?
Accessories:
Christina-A time to honor the Pilgrims.
Too many rings
Gold jewelry
Have fun this Thanksgiving!
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Construction Continues at West : A New Media Center Coming Soon!
We recently sat down with our
media specialist, Mrs. Drake, for
an update on the progress of the
library construction. Here is what
we found out:
S.C.-How big will the new library
be?
Mrs. Drake-It will be 10 feet
longer with the same width as the
present one.
E.D.-What is the coolest thing
about the new library?
Mrs. Drake-In my opinion, it will
be that Mrs. Nail and I will be at
the front desk together.
S.C.-Will there be any new things
or will it be the same?
Mrs. Drake-It will be pretty much
the same, but it will have a classroom separate from the library for
the library lessons.
E.D.-How long do you think it will
be until it is up and going?
Mrs. Drake-Hopefully, around
the middle of March
S.C.– Are you excited about it?
Mrs. Drake– Yes!
E.D.-How many people will be
working in there?
S.C.-Is the rain affecting the
work days?
Mrs. Drake- Mrs. Nail and I will
be and maybe some parent volunteers.
Mrs. Drake-Yes!!!
S.C.-Will there be new computers
in it?
Mrs. Drake– We will use the
books we already have, plus
any donated books.
Mrs. Drake-Yes, flat screen monitors on special-made counters for
them.
S.C.– Will there be new books
in it?
E.D.-What will be done with the
old library?
Mrs. Drake-I’m not 100% sure
but there will be resource rooms
If you are interested in making a donation to the new media
center in honor or in memory of someone, please contact
Sharon Drake at [email protected] or 734-4271.
Page 11
6th Grade Writing: I Am Poems
I am smart and sweet
I am athletic and fun
I am crazy and fun
I wonder about my future
I wonder when the sun will burn out
I wonder why people
I hear people talking
I hear my friends laughing
I hear the sound of others
I see waves crashing
I see the Atlantic Ocean
I see a wonderful world around me
I want to graduate from Harvard
I want to go to Jamaica
I want an Apple IPhone
I am smart and sweet
I am athletic and fun
I am crazy and fun
I pretend I am a professional piano player
I pretend to be innocent
I pretend I will never die
I feel sad when we have to leave vacation
I feel very healthy
I feel very accomplished
I touch wet and slimy fish
I touch the football
I touch my cell phone everyday
I worry about my family
I worry about my brothers
I worry if I’m a good friend
I cry when my family members die
I cry when a family member dies
I cry when I think about my Grandpa Brian
I am smart and sweet
I am athletic and fun
I am crazy and fun
I understand there are 365 days in a year
I understand the Lord is the everlasting God
I say Jesus died for me and you
I understand the harder you hit the less it
hurts
I dream of becoming an engineer
I say Under Armour is better than Nike
I say dance with Jesus, he will always let the
perfect guy step in
I try to help others
I dream kids will rule the world
I dream about the people I care about
I hope my new sibling is a girl
I try to be positive
I try my best at everything I do
I am smart and sweet
I hope I get a good career
I hope I will make right choices
I am athletic and fun
I am crazy and fun
Madelyn Hudson
Cassidy Speer
Meet Coach Ward
Meet Mrs. Darnell
by Treyla Rasco & Hollyann Watwood
By Malory Knight & Anna Parrish
TR-Who is your role model?
Mrs. Darnell teaches 4th grade math, and this is her
first year at West.
Coach Ward– My dad
HW-Where did you go to college?
Coach Ward-Shelton State and Athens State University
TR-What do you like most about your job?
Coach Ward-Having the opportunity to positively influence
kids.
HW-What do you not like about your job?
Coach Ward-Nothing. I like everything about my job.
TR-What kind of teacher were you before you came to
West?
Coach Ward-P.E.
HW-Where did you teach before?
Coach Ward– Holly Pond
She has two children, a son and a daughter. Her son is
in college at UNA, and he plans to become a high
school science teacher. Her daughter just graduated
from high school. Mrs. Darnell went to North Western
State University in Natchitoches (nat-a-choses). She
was in her mid 20’s when she decided to become a
teacher. History was her favorite subject, but math has
become her favorite now. She taught 3rd grade at Louisiana Military School. She lives in Addison and drives
here to teach. She thinks that the people here are nice,
and she likes that there is more money here for
schools.
“I love working with kids, and I am glad I am a
teacher.” Mrs. Darnell
2009-2010 editors:
West Elementary School
303 Rosemont Ave. S.W.
Cullman, AL 35055
256-
734-
Morgan Allen
Savanna Canter
Bailey Chesnut
Donovan Copeland
Sydney Crider
Emily Dale
Elli Dixon
Sarabeth Harbison
Whitney Hawkins
Whittney Heaton
Will Hendrix
Lindsay Hill
Karly Jeschke
Ethan Kelley
Malory Knight
Camille Marsh
More pictures from
Washington, D.C.
Way to go West!
Hope Mason
Luke Oakley
Aaron O’Neil
Anna Parrish
Treyla Rasco
Clay Stephens
Ben Walker
Hollyann Watwood
Kylie Witcher
Clayton Whitfield
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