Rock Island Center for Math and Science Student Writers

Posted Online: Sept. 29, 2012, 5:10 pm
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Being a Bucket Filler…

By Ian Purvis

Sixth grade

Do you know what a bucket filler is? Do you know what a bucket filler does? Do you know what a bucket dipper is? Do you know what a bucket dipper does? If you were in my classroom, you would know.

Let me give you a hint. One is good and one is bad. I bet you can tell the difference.

I'll tell you what the good one is first. It is being a bucket filler! It makes you feel like a ray of sunshine is pouring on you. It is when you do something good for someone and it brings a smile to their face. That is how you fill another person's bucket. (Yes, it's an imaginary bucket.)

A bucket dipper is when you make fun of or hurt someone's feelings. Bucket dippers could have another nickname known as a bully. Each time they do something mean to another they dip in that person's bucket leaving them feel a bit hurt, empty and sad.

Now that you know the difference between bucket fillers and bucket dippers. What do you want to be a bucket filler or a bucket dipper? I'd choose well if I were you.

All About Fusion Club

By Miranda Banks

Fifth Grade

Hi! My name is Miranda and I'm writing about a club at my school called Fusion. We have it on Tuesdays from three to five o'clock. We do things with math and science. This is some information about Fusion.

In Fusion, every week we do fun activities. One time we did an activity where the kids had to see which ball would bounce higher a kickball, a tennis ball, or a ping-pong ball. Also, the kids had to drag a drop of water across a course using just a straw! I'm in Fusion and I love it! It's very easy to learn in Fusion and it's also very fun. These are some things we do in Fusion every week.

Another really cool thing that Fusion does is at the end of the year we go on a field trip that's related to the last activity they did. One year, we went to a museum in Chicago! Another time they went to Adventure Land! They were really fun trips! These are some of the field trips we went on.

What I think is that every school should have this club. It is really amazing! I think schools should have this club because it is exciting, fun, gets kids to be creative, kids become smarter, and gets kids interested in school. These are a couple of reasons why every school should have Fusion club.

RICMS Activities

By Taylor Sierens

Sixth Grade

Here at RICMS we have clubs that people can participate in like Fusion, an after school math and science program for fourth, fifth, and sixth graders. There also is Girl Scouts, K-Kids, Environmental Club, Book Club, patrol and many more clubs.

If you are in sixth grade, you can play an instrument for our school band or orchestra. If you choose too, you can get a part in our play at the school winter program.

If you are upstairs, which is third, fourth, fifth and sixth grade, you can get nominated by your classmates to be on the Student Council. You get to represent your class, your teacher, and your classmates.

Also, if you need help with your homework, there is a Learning Lab, so you can do well in school.

So, don't you see the Rock Island Center for Math and Science is a great place to learn while having fun.!

RICMS P. E. (Physical Education)

By Cole Johnson

Sixth Grade

This year in gym class we've played Frisbee golf. It's a game where the player starts at the starting point. Then you throw your Frisbee from one marker to another until you get to the ending point. More than one person can play this game. You need two cones, a Frisbee, and a scorecard. If you're interested in playing this game, go to Longview Park's hill.

Another thing we do is "Fitness Wednesday". Every Wednesday we go in to the gym and our gym teacher, Miss V., tells us to find a spot in the center of the circle. Then she hands us a big dice. We roll it on a big game board that has activities on it. When you land, you count how much you move. When you get to the spot on the board you do ten of that activity. If you want to play you will need a game board with activities on it, a dice and some friends or family.

My last thing this quarter is cup stacking. We've started stacking this week and everything is so-far-so-good. We watched a video about the cup stacking world champion. She is really, really good. Some of us like this activity and some of us don't. We can verse each other, play by ourselves or in a group. Cup stacking isn't just a game, it helps your hand-eye coordination. If you cup stack it'll improve your eyesight and make your hands be speed demons!

There you have it, that's my article! The end.

RICMS Patrol

By Braden Clark

Fifth Grade

This school's crossing guards are some of the school's most responsible students. I am on patrol this year and to be on patrol you have to be here at 7:45 a.m. to make sure not to miss it. For after school patrol students must be out there at 2:50 p.m. to be there on time.

Patrol slips are sent out in the 3rd quarter. Each week you have a new placement on patrol. There are captains who wear neon green belts. Then, there are normal crossing guards who wear orange belts.

Being a member of the patrol team is being a positive leader for the other students here at RICMS.


Local events heading

  Today is Tuesday, Oct. 21, the 294th day of 2014. There are 71 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.

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