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Emory School Sixth Graders Create A School Newspaper

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Posted: Friday, April 19, 2019 11:09 am

For the past three months a group of nine sixth graders from Shelly Melina’s class at Emory Elementary School has been producing a newspaper, the Emory Eagle Times, inspired by the eagle which is the school mascot. The students hope they can leave this legacy to the school where next year’s sixth grade class will continue the newspaper.

The students on the newspaper staff are mostly in the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program and range in age between 11 and 12. Melina is proud of her students. “It’s generated by them, their likes, passions and strengths…I was surprised to hear they wanted to do it. We have a lot of good writers [in the class],” explained Melina of her students.

Melina’s role is to attend the students’ staff meeting on Thursdays and do the layout - the rest is up to the students.

The students are tight knit bunch. Most of the students have been in the same class since fourth grade and work well together.

“This group is nice to each other whether we have a bad grade in a subject or not, we are very supportive,” said Leely Guzman who is the editor in chief of the newspaper.

Ashely Perez explained that during the planning meetings the staff tries to plan articles or activities for all students. “We talk about adding puzzles, jokes, things for each grade so that kindergarteners can do something too,” she said.

The students time the newspaper with a holiday and write about its history. The first issue was published for Valentine’s Day, the second for St. Patrick’s Day and the current issue is for Easter.

Everyone has a different role in creating the newspaper. Diana Roman does the comics. She said she tries to create something that is relatable to the students and was currently working on something for the Easter issue.

Erika Preciado’s job is to look for uplifting quotes to print in the newspaper. “I brighten people’s day,” she said.

“We give advice through our writing,” added Lexi Carter.

The students also noticed that at recess some kids are bored so they decided to include a game to play in each issue. Guzman had the idea of creating a survival guide to sixth grade to give an idea to the incoming students what it’s like to be in the class.

Diamonet Wimbley explained that the staff has two weeks to write their assignment and one day to edit the newspaper, then it is given to Melina for more editing and layout. The staff works on assignments at home or at school when time permits. Most assignments are done by individual students but sometimes they are shared by two students.

Each class at the school gets a paper copy and digital copies are sent to all teachers so they can print them out for their students. The average length of the newspaper is 3 to 4 pages.

Articles in the newspapers vary. For example, in February one article was about the cold weather in Chicago, in the March issue Guzman, who hopes to be a screenwriter, someday wrote an article on her favorite music artist. “I helped people get to know him,” she said.

The last issue included a bit of everything with math problems, word search, riddles and Sudoku puzzle, a game called 2-Bounce SLANGing, an advice column, the history of St. Patrick’s Day, and announcements.

Looking to the future Guzman recently sat down and wrote a list of story ideas for future issues to help the writers.

Some of the teachers and students at school have given the staff feedback on the newspaper. “Our class is very supportive even if we did bad [in one issue]. Criticism is good,” said Perez.

Joaquin Almaguer stressed that the staff works together to make the newspaper a good product. “Everyone is included. We can’t do this alone. It’s team work,” he said.

“It’s a chance to get to know each other better,” added Jordyn Webster.

“We stick together. We are a family,” said Azela Huerta of her class. She hopes next year’s sixth graders will continue producing the newspaper. “It’s an opportunity to leave a mark at the school,” she said.

“I like the way we can express ourselves in the news with different topics, drawings and writing skills,” said Wimbley.

The newspaper staff will not continue on to seventh grade together since Emory School only goes to sixth grade, but most of the students will attend Mar Vista Middle.

“We are really pumped up about accomplishing something really big,” said Huerta.

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