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December Celebrations
Volume 1, Issue 4 December 18, 2008

By: Haley Wagner
oil with which they were to use to light the menorah. The flask contained only enough oil to burn for one day, but the lamp continued to burn for eight days straight. Amazing! Kwanzaa, another holiday I’m sure most have heard about, is celebrated every year from December 26, through January 1, and focuses on traditional African values. It was created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga as a way to help African Americans honor family, community, and culture. Throughout the seven days of Kwanzaa, celebrators gather the seven symbols of Kwanzaa and use them to perform various actions each day. They then hold an extravagant feast on December 31. Finally, on January 1, the last day of Kwanzaa, gifts are distributed. So now you see, there are many other holidays celebrated around this time of year. Happy Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Happy Kwanzaa! Whatever you celebrate, have a good one!

Inside this issue:
Sports Page & Upcoming Events Comics Dance Team info. Drawings Christmas songs Teacher Spotlight Classroom Spotlight 2 2 3 3 3 4 4

As you know, December has arrived, and when we think December, we think celebration! Not only do people celebrate Christmas, but people all around the world celebrate many different things, including Kwanzaa and Hanukkah! These holidays are celebrated in different ways. In America the majority of people celebrate Christmas, which most of us know consists of putting up colored lights and a decorated pine tree in the living room, but some celebrate Hanukkah around this time of year. Hanukkah begins this year on December 21. It is celebrated by the Jewish community who rejoice each night of Hanukkah by lighting another candle on the menorah. The menorah is lit to commemorate a miracle that occurred after the Jews proclaimed victory over the Syrian armies in 165 B.C.E. When the Jews came to rededicate their temple, which had been dishonored by the Syrians, they found only one small flask of

• Marissa Haywood • Haley Wagner • Johnathan Marchbanks

New Year’s

By: Megan Branson
Chris Nier, an eighth grader, said what his New Year’s resolution was and he stated, “Different people have different goals, one of mine is to do better in school.” Some of the goals people may have are to make a sports team, be in a club, eat healthier and many more. Marissa Haywood, an eighth grader, added, “My New Year’s resolution is to be on honor roll.”

2009 is coming around the corner! What comes to mind when you think of New Year’s? Most of you probably think of staying up late and watching the new year roll around or parties with friends and family. Well, those are the fun things about the new year but others can’t wait to start New Year’s resolutions. A resolution is a list of goals you would like to accomplish to make it a better year for you, your friends and your family.

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Trojan Times

Trojan Times Sports Section

By: Taylor Nuckolls

Jordan Williams has been chosen to receive this issue’s team spirit award! “He’s always at practice, and tries really hard to win,” says A team coach, Mr. Munden. “It is an honor. I’m always ready the day before a game,” says Jordan. He feels he was chosen for this award because he always gets the team ready for a game. “He really does get everyone fired up,” says cheerleader, Haley Wagner. Jordan loves basketball and plays whenever he gets the chance. We feel he really deserves this award. Congratulations Jordan!

“Wishing You A White Christmas”


Upcoming Events
December 18: December 21: K-4th grade Christmas Show First Day of Winter Hanukkah begins at Sunset Winter break begins Christmas Day Kwanzaa Begins Resume End of Second Grading Period

By: Joey Hasenstab

“Happy Holidays”

From The Trojan Times Editors To You

December 22: December 25: December 26: January 5: January 16: January 19: January 21:

No School−Martin Luther King Day Life touch here− 5th-8th Grade Pictures−Clubs/Sports/Activities


By: Mr.Wilkerson

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HMS Dance Team

By: Johnathan Marchbanks

As everyone know HMS started a dance team last year for fifth through eighth grade girls. The dance team performs at every girls basketball game. The tryouts will be in January, the same week as the girls basketball tryouts. Good luck to everyone who tries out for the team.



Happy Holidays

By: Mr.Wilkerson

“May peace be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all year through!” -Author Unknown

Top Five Most Favored Christmas Carols!
By: Haley Wagner and Johnathan Marchbanks We recently had both seventh and eighth grade classes take a poll to find the top 5 Christmas carols.
Jingle Bell Rock: 31 Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree: 30 Silent Night: 12 Jingle Bells: 4 Joy to the World: 4

Jingle Bell Rock
Jingle bell, jingle bell, jingle bell rock Jingle bells swing and jingle bells ring Snowing and blowing up bushels of fun Now the jingle hop has begun Jingle bell, jingle bell, jingle bell rock Jingle bells chime in jingle bell time Dancing and prancing in Jingle Bell Square In the frosty air What a bright time! It's the right time To rock the night away Jingle bell time is a swell time To go gliding in a one-horse sleigh Giddy-up jingle horse pick up your feet Jingle around the clock Mix and a-mingle in the jingling feet That's the jingle bell That's the jingle bell That's the jingle bell rock



Teacher Spotlight

By: Ervin Jackson

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“Write To Succeed”

Mrs. Moll is a third grade teacher who enjoys all of her students. She has been teaching at High Mount for fourteen years. Her favorite subject to teach is math. During her free time she likes to spend time with her three kids and her husband. Her favorite types of books to read are mystery novels. Mrs. Moll’s favorite sport is baseball, and her favorite team is the St. Louis Cardinals. Mrs. Moll can teach up to the ninth grade, but she said she’s fine as a third grade teacher. She got her bachelors at Mckendree and received her Masters at SIUE. Congratulations Mrs.Moll.




Classroom Spotlight

By: Lauren Adams


I recently visited Mrs. Hand’s class. When I went to Mrs. Hand’s classroom they were drawing and silent reading. I asked the students about their favorite things about the third grade. “Silent reading is my favorite thing to do,” McKenzie said. When I asked Grant what his favorite thing to do in class was, he said math with Mrs. Hand. “I like learning about time,” Lindsey added in. She most likes the exercise they do where Mrs. Hand sets a time on the big clock and they have to write it down. Brianna said that her favorite subject in class is literature. Recently during this subject they worked on Flat Stanley. “All of us sent our Flat Stanleys to different states and countries. Mrs. Hand said that her favorite thing about teaching third grade is that “they are always ready to learn and are still exited about it”. Thank you Mrs. Hand’s class for having me!

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