Thursday, February 16, 2017

I Believe Horses are the Best Animals EVER!

By Skylar DaSilva
Grade 4

Do you think horses are the best animal ever? Do you think they're calm, enjoyable, and funny? I sure do! I believe they're all those things, because you can ride them. While you are on them you can do cool tricks. Horses have lots of different character traits, and most of all they can make you laugh and cheer you up! Many people believe that horses are scary and dangerous, but I believe horses are really not that way if you just open up your heart to them. They're not hyper, they're enjoyable!

I believe horses are the best animal ever because you can ride them, and while you are on them you can do cool tricks!

For example, someone I go to horse lessons with, named Jenna, can make her horse jump so high! People say it’s the closest to flying you will ever feel! It’s amazing!

Another example is when you let go of the reins and close your eyes, it’s fun! I have done it before. This kind of makes me think of when you are on a swing and you are not moving, let go, and then close your eyes. You should try it!

The very best trick is riding double. That’s when you ride with someone on a horse together. It kind of is like you are on a roller coaster and someone is behind you, except it is not as fast and a little bumpier. When you ride double, you are either on their butt or their withers, in other words their rump or their withers. Their withers are just basically the beginning of their spine. It’s really weird, because it feels like you're on the back of someone and they're swaying back and forth. It’s weird and fun at the same time!

Another reason I believe horses are the best animal ever is because they have lots of different character traits.

One example for this is I know a horse that always has to have something in his mouth! Whenever we put him on cross ties, he chews on the lead rope! The owner says he should have a binky! Funny, right?

Another example is some of the horses I know are bratty, and others well behaved. For example, I know a horse that nips and likes to fool around just like you might do in school. As I am saying this I am remembering the time George, a miniature horse, got nipped. This is funny because normally he is the one nipping them! For a second he looked at them like he was saying, "how rude!"

The best character trait I know is when they're so funny they cheer you up, like you how I was telling about the horse that chews on the lead rope. He is always is trying to make me laugh! That’s my favorite character ever... almost.

The thing I like most about horses is they can make you laugh and cheer you up.

An example for this reason is when Tate, a very funny horse I know, kept bothering me while I was brushing a horse named Picnic. I was brushing her right next to his stall, and he kept nudging my head! It tickled! It also made me laugh so hard!!

A second example is whenever I go to pet Tate, he always is nudging my pants, looking for treats! Horses don’t think of treats as just food, they think of it as an all-you-can-eat buffet!!

My last example is when I was riding a horse named Mystic,and all the snow was covering the potholes and ice. You could not see it. I stepped in a couple of potholes and it made a cracking sound. I was scared at first,but Mystic was not scared at all and just kept on walking and hitting more potholes! This is funny because mostly he is the one who is always scared of simple things like that!

I believe horses are the best animal ever!! What do you think about that sentence now? Do you think they're dangerous and scary, or do you think they're funny and exciting? I believe they're funny and exciting because you can ride them, while you are on them you can do cool tricks, they have lots of I different character traits, and they can make you laugh and cheer you up! I am telling you that you would not want an elephant, camel, or your dog to ride on! You want a strong and courageous horse to ride on!!

P.S. Elephants and camels are really bumpy, and you would hurt your dog if you sat on it!

Number 5

by Grady Buck
Grade 1

Thursday, January 19, 2017


by Meghan Mallory
Grade 7

When you do something crazy
But you don’t really care
Because you have someone
Who is willing to share
The person who is by your side
Even when your plan is lazy
They know what to do

Whether you are a team of two
Or a band of waterloos
You share the leadership
You share the pain
You share the glory
You share the fame
The person who tolerates
Your imperfections, big or small,
Expecting you do the same


Sunday, January 8, 2017

Adventures in School

by Sam Burnham
Grade 6


by Kaden Pattershall
Grade 6

Featherheart's Decision, Chapter One

by Kaitlyn Libby
Grade 6 Featherkit opened her eyes to the sunlight, squeezing its bright rays through the woven roof of the nursery. Yawning, the gray tabby she-kit began to exit the nursery.
“Featherkit, what do you think you’re doing?” The tiny she-kit turned around to see that her mother, Daisyleaf, was awake as well, her bright amber eyes dimmed by exhaustion.
A pang of guilt coursed through Featherkit’s veins. “I was going to go see Mapleheart,” she admitted, glancing nervously at her mother.
Yet Featherkit was taken aback by her mother’s reply. Instead of scolding her, Daisyleaf instead began to purr and murmured, “Go ahead, Featherkit. I’m sure she’ll be delighted to see you.”
Featherkit stood there for a few moments, surprised, before passing through the entrance. It was chilly outside of the nursery, without the warmth of many bodies to keep her warm. She shivered, setting off at a trot towards the elder’s den.
Brambletail, the Thunderclan medicine cat, was there when Featherkit arrived. “Why, hello there,” the white tom welcomed her warmly. “Mapleheart’s doing quite well today. Her fever’s down and she’s got her appetite back.” He nodded to her and ducked out of the den.
“About time,” Mapleheart snorted. “He’s been pestering me for weeks, trying to get me into his den.” Then she sighed. “I’m getting old, yes. But I’d rather die here, where I spend most of my time.”
Frostclaw grunted his agreement. “You know, Featherkit, I really appreciate the company. And it’s good for you kits to get used to this, especially if you become a medicine cat someday.”
Mapleheart looked disgusted. “And turn out like Brambletail? Nobody should have the right to be that nosy.”
Featherkit sighed and backed out of the den. “I’ll see you later,” she called to the two elders. Would she be that way when she retired from her duties? This thought pestered her all the way over to the medicine den when Brambletail’s voice broke into her thoughts.
“You’ll be a great medicine cat someday, Featherkit.” But was she truly ready to take on such responsibility? Would she have to constantly endure the pain of caring for suffering elders?
By the end of the day, Featherkit’s head was swimming with thoughts. That night, sleep felt better than ever; she didn’t have to think about anything until she woke up.

Can People Change?

by Isabella McLaughlin
Grade 6

Can people change? People have many different views on things, we’re just humans, so that’s not a bad thing. Everyone is different and opinionated, so people may think very differently of this small question with such a big longing for a great answer. People can change. I have experienced it many times in my life. Friends, family, strangers, and myself. A situation or an issue may cause change for the good or for the bad, one may not ever know. Changing all depends on the situation. My grandmother died at age 53 because of cancer. This changed my view on a lot of things. How I take things for granted, how little time people really have to live, and how incredibly nice my grammy Mac actually was. I’m not proud of taking all the time we spent together for granted, absolutely not. I could’ve been so much closer with her and so much more involved, but I wasn’t. I can’t help that now though. I loved her deeply and that’s all that matters. I changed on February 23, 2009––the day of her death. It was hard for me. When people change, they change in different ways. They could be sad or jubilant throughout their change. Either way, it’s just because of all of the things they need to express. It was a secret to me for a long time. I noticed she lay in a bed a lot and she had wires and tubes in her nose, but I thought she was playing pretend and everything was okay. I pretended to be her nurse, not knowing that she actually needed one. I would jump on her bed, laughing with joy. She would smile up at me and laugh with me, just letting me know she wasn’t in pain and it was okay for me to go on. When my parents told me she had cancer, I was confused. I thought that was like some sort of cold, but when she died 4 days later, I knew it was not. So yes, people can change and I’m walking evidence. Everyone has hardships and to change for the good is not bad. A small change can make a big difference. Something small that people may change is getting all A’s, or getting better at soccer. A lot of people may argue that people don’t change and aren’t granted with a second chance, but I’m going to have to disagree with them. Change can happen if change is wanted. A situation so powerful can change you whether you want to or not. “Don’t throw second chances like confetti, throw second chances like your mom’s bones.” Giving out a second chance should be rare, but people absolutely can change.