The students here were recently informed that Mr. Bradley- teacher and Coach- is being let go because there aren't enough student enrollments. Mr. Bradley is probably the most popular teacher at school so after about three hours of wailing the middle school came up with several ideas to make him stay- most of them along the lines of going on strike, playing hooky, hiring a lawyer, etc. But eventually the truth sank in- Mr. Bradley is leaving. So after another three hours of wailing we decided to write a small tribute to thank Mr. Bradley for being Mr. Bradley.
Mr. Bradley is probably the best teacher I have ever had the pleasure of being taught by. His classes are never boring- he is an amazingly fun and entertaining teacher and he always finds some way to involve everyone in the class. He is also a great Coach, and always encourages us to push harder and do better. But even more he is an amazing person. He manages to make time for each and every student, each and every day. He is endlessly patient with our weird teenage moods and understands if we need to talk, or if we need to be alone. He doesn’t just speak the Gospel message, he lives it- if someone needs help or comfort, he gives it. He is a true servant of God.
Mr. Bradley is so much more than a teacher. He is a friend, a mentor, and a role model for every student. We will keep you in our prayers, Mr. Bradley. You will be sorely missed.
“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”
~ William Arthur Ward
Mr. Bradley is a truly great teacher. He will be missed.
By A. Nonny Ellie
Eighth grade graduation is coming really soon and we are all going to miss our 8th graders or are we? I know that I am going to miss some of them but not all of them. Just kidding I am going to miss all of them from loud Josh to quiet and sweet Julia. Anyway the 7th graders have to plan the reception for 8th grade graduation and they have to serve all of the people who show up. We might not even get to eat Mrs. Monson cake is what Kyra one of the 8th graders said. I am very offended by that because we are doing all of the work we should get our own cake. You know what maybe that is what I will do, I will bring in a cake just for the 7th graders. So ha 8th graders you aren’t the only ones who get yummy and delicious cake. Anyway while the 8th graders cry their eyes out and say their goodbyes the 7th graders are hard at work the day before the last day of school. Like that is hard work. We are told that we need to show up but I don’t think everyone will. Note: those who do not come will not get the cake that I may or may not be bringing. Anyway I just thought of something that means the 6th graders will have to do the 7th graders reception for their graduation. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Anyway on that note goodbye.
By: Kandy with a C
The recent gatherings of the most esteemed of our athletic youth have been cancelled due to the unspeakable evils that transpire during the rare occasion of the crying of our skies. After the training of challenges and strengths that take place every few afternoons after the process of receiving or giving systematic instruction our warriors of propelling and gallivanting find themselves without assembly to compete against the other kingdoms that surround our most beautiful country of Shepherd of the Hills. Because our clouds appear to be rebelling against the pleasantries of weather we have been experiencing as of late our sportspeople have had numerous forums of skill wrenched out of their grasps. I speak for all of us peoples when I proclaim to the stormy, dark, malevolent, and ever daunting sky: WHYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!! Why our ceiling to this earth do you precipitate upon our heads? Why do you despise us so? Curse Ye Weather!!!!
The most recent Track and Field Meets have been cancelled due to snow and rain. After practicing after school multiple days a week our teams don’t get to show their skills of at meets. All the middle school is anxious for us to get back to sporting as usual, so…
Rain, you are not welcome here.
By The Most Perceptive and Innovative Pascal
Over Easter weekend we had a teacher shortage! We all knew that Mrs. Cannon was leaving but it was a big surprise when Mr. Poppe was found missing that morning. Turns out, apparently it’s ok to just leave your students and fellow workers if your child was born; I mean what’s up with that. Since Mr. Poppe left, that morning Mrs. Jennings is working extra hard to fill in his spot. When he left no one knew ahead of time so Shepherd of the Hills Christian School did not have time to get a substitute so Mrs. Jennings did the good principal thing and jumped into action. She is now teaching his classes and Mr. Poppe gets to stay with his newly born son. Even though we know where Mr. Poppe is it is going to be hard without him. The Pre-Algebra class was going to have a test this week but since Mr. Poppe left we couldn’t have it and now the class is behind. Not only are his math classes behind but also his religion classes. Without the warning no one knew what to do so without him the classes are at a loss. Hopefully he will return soon and his classes will be able to return to normal.
By: And Smash It With A Hammer
If you think that the middle school students of Shepherd are acting a little more peculiar than they normally do (which is pretty hard to top!), then you are probably right. The reason for this sudden problematic problem of peculiarity is that the seventh and eighth graders will soon depart for a trip to Washington D.C.!!! Not only are those going on the trip excited, but those who aren’t going are excited as well. This group mainly consists of the rest of middle school, who will most likely be glad to see the seventh and eighth graders off so that they can take over.
They will only be able to take over for a few days, though, as this terrific trip will be from March 13th to the 17th. Mr. Bradley and Mrs. Shoaf will be the expedition leaders, and several willing parents will be acting as chaperones. Mr. Bradley has stated numerous times that his diabolical plan will be to make the seventh and eighth graders as tired as he possibly can by the end of the week. I notice that he leaves family members to deal with their tired, grumpy relatives over Spring Break!!!
Even in spite of this evil plan, it is my opinion that everyone involved with this trip will have lots of fun!! Everyone, including me, is super excited, and we can’t wait for that week to get here!! See you on the plane!!
By: The Reading Random Roaring Radical Raging Raiding Radiant Rambunctious Zebra
(I added another name that starts with an R! [I like R names!] )
Sugar!!! That title makes it sound like an iPad app game. That was random. Continue: It’s the sugar season! In my opinion, the end of October to the beginning of May is the season of the sugar. Why? Well, for one reason, many birthdays are included in this time. (It’s most of the year anyhow!) That’s when the cake, marble cupcakes (the food, not the thingy you roll), and most candies (even ones that don’t even look like any kind of candy anyone would ever eat) come out to be eaten! Most holidays occur during this ‘sugar season’ as well. There’s Halloween in October, Christmas in December, New Year’s (America) in January, Valentine’s Day in February, and Easter sometime in the spring (either March, April or May) to name just a few! And if you’re the Fleaing Demon Lemur Llama, you have four birthdays in that time! (sorry siblings with birthdays in the summer) This means sugar overloads! And people acting like squirrels at lunch (The 7 R’s And…Smash it with a Hammer! And Pascal) with their quackers! I mean crackers! Isn’t that what they mean when they say you are what you eat? In that case, these four are crackers! (crazy) Anyway, try not to get too hyped up on sugar! (Also, look at all these parenthesis! Or is it Parenthesies? I’m confused! This is regular behavior for a Fleaing Demon Lemur Llama like me!) To sum up, don’t eat too much sugar during the sugar rush sugar season!!!!!!!!
By: The Fleaing Demon Lemur Llama
Some people might be afraid of coconut crabs, but I believe that the world should be afraid of the sickness going around. The worst part is there is not just on sickness out there in fact there are many including the flu and strep throat. L. For Shepherd this year has been hit pretty hard with sicknesses. Like the flu, strep throat, and the stomach bug. L. I have had two of those things and I don’t need the flu to know that I hate being sick. I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that. I think that sicknesses and disease will most likely kill more people than coconut crabs will, despite what some people might say (Pascal). School is supposed to be a safe environment where we can learn and become better people but when the flu goes around that safe environment doesn’t seem that safe. Well it might seem safe but it really isn’t. Thankfully Shepherd of the Hills has tried and done a lot of things to keep the school sickness free. As helpful as that might be there is so many other places you can get sick which is why we should be extra careful in life.
By: Kandy with a C
Last week was a lot of fun. Every day we got to dress up as something different. I mean, how awesome is that?!?! It's pretty much 'Break the Dress Code Day' every day for an entire week, and it didn't cost any money at all. On Monday, we got to go back in time and dress as little babies. Also, the younger kids got to dress up as older people. Tuesday we had a lot of fun dressing up like somebody else on Twin Day. But I think the best day was Wednesday because it was Wacky Wednesday. Pretty much you got to dress up like whatever you want, which meant crazy hair, mismatched clothes, and lots of random colors. Thursday was Character Day where we got to dress up like our favorite book or movie character. Some of the highlights from this day were Burt and Mary Poppins, Mario and Luigi, and Olaf and Elsa. Friday I feel like we didn't get much of any school at all. We got to dress up like our favorite teacher and we had our pep rally. The best part of the whole day was having a competition to get the Spirit Stick. My ears are still ringing! Who knew third graders could scream so loud? As usual, Lutheran Schools Week was a great event and everyone had lots of fun. This was the best week ever.
By: And Smash It With A Hammer
The coconut crab, a gigantic, terrifing creature of mass destruction! They are set to take over America! These crabs surround us from both the Atlantic and the Pacific. They live in Florida and Hawaii and could easily conquer our coasts. They eat coconuts, but also each other! They even eat their own limbs! They are super creepy huge monstrocities who I am convinced are secretely planning our demise! They have a better sense of smell than some dogs and rely on that ability to hunt at night when their prey cannot see them coming (Super, Super, creepidelic!!!). In addition, they often steal silverware (knives and forks) which could easily be utilised as weapons!!!!! They also have claws that can crack open a coconut!!!!!
These animals are scheming, and might have already be in the school! Coconut crabs are are a variety of hermit crabs baby coconut crabs look exactly like hermit crabs! There are 6 hermit crab class pets, who may or may not be the first of the conniving carnavourus cannabils to infultrate the school! And they could easily infultrate our pet shops, then our aquariums, then our homes!!! Nowhere is safe!!! We must prepare for the inevitable apocalypse!!!
These animals are evil! They are responisble for the deaths of countless humans!!!!! Remember, you cannot stop a coconut crab! Run I say run!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Bekah and Bob are soon to be married! As crazy at it may seem a human is marrying a tree. When I first found out I thought it was insane. Bekah has even kissed Bob before! How disgusting! Bob belongs with me! However, Bekah keeps putting up a fight! She claims that Bob still loves her! Bob should love someone else! Someone is a human version of a plant. Someone like me. I was made to marry a beautiful tree such as him. The wedding invitations have been made already! That's crazy! If I was invited I would crash their wedding party and marry Bob myself! But since I was not invited I will not be going to the wedding or the reception. Instead I will get some friends to crash the wedding for me. I will marry Bob no matter what! Bob is mine! He loves me! Not Bekah! I do not support such an outrageous marriage! I truly hope that after they get married, they divorce! I will never ever let this happen! Bekah's sister is also on my side! She will be the priest for this marriage. And when the time arrives I will make sure that I will have Bob for my own.
By: Um of Umbridge