School Newspaper

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By Alexa Kinion

   Turkey  is served with pineapples.

     Up until midnight eating turkey.  

 Roasted with seasonings!

  Kale is the best!

  Eat as much as you can!

You can always find food in the kitchen!  


Veterans Day

    By Poetri Az-Ibo

On November  11,every year, we celebrate Veterans Day. You may be wondering “What is Veterans Day? ”well I’m about to tell you. Veterans Day is a day to celebrate the people who are in the military trying to protect us from attackers.The types of veterans are  the navy, coast guard, air force, and marines. Some people I know were confused and asked me “What is the difference between Veterans Day and Memorial Day?” They are both about veterans. Just to be clear there is a difference between the two. The difference is that Veterans Day celebrates the vets that are still alive and serve us. Memorial Day is about the people who served but were not able to get out of the war alive. Some people think that we shouldn't go into the military because it is too much to handle and it’s dangerous. But once you get older it is your choice if you want to serve our nation or not.

Not just on Veterans Day should you think about veterans but you should think about them every day. Veterans put their lives on the line everyday, the least we could do is honor them.


New Kids at Rotella

By: Steven Butler

Are you a new kid at Rotella? If you are, then you probably have a new group of friends, right? There are 77 new kids at Rotella (K-5). I have interviewed 4 of them.


 Three quarters of the kids I Interviewed  liked  Rotella better than their old school. The other one quarter liked both schools the same. Draven Engler said that Rotella had better recess, but he didn’t like the lottery system. That’s when your name must get picked to go here. Ardy Beshi Loves the food at hot lunch, and his favorite dish is...well...everything! He likes our choice of library books a lot!

 Sometimes new students at this school are shy. Sometimes they are eager to make new friends. Nevertheless, all new students here at Rotella love their new school! :)



By Daylen Roscoe

I’ve been thinking alot about what Thanksgiving means to me and I believe it's a great time to give thanks for my family. I think that it’s important to spend time with your family and you get to eat amazing food too, two things I love. Also when I see my family I get to see my older  family members.  I especially like seeing my cousin Nasir because we get to play basketball.Every year I get double the food because we celebrate with my  family in New York too. Do you love Thanksgiving because I don’t know about you but I do. I can’t wait until Thanksgiving is here so I can see my whole family again.I will always cherish the memories I have about Thanksgiving with my family.



BY: Lucia Lapham

The Math Club is formed by Lucia Lapham.I wanted to form this club so  students that are having trouble in math can get extra help from their friends.Day by day I plan what I’m going to do.Sometimes we play math games that I make up and sometimes we work on fun word problems.I want one person to come so that they will tell their

friends and it will spread. A lot of students want to do it!

It is very rare for someone to say NO! There are more

than 14 people in the club right now.

So maybe you might want to join too!


Christmas Story

By: Jenaya Bracey

    Do you celebrate Christmas?It’s ok If you don’t.I'm going to tell you a little bit about my Christmas.

Christmas is about spending time with my family and to celebrate Jesus’ birthday.We open presents and then eat our traditional special egg casserole. That's my family's tradition.After that we watch a movie.Then we usually play with some of our toys while my grandma and mom cook some ham,mac-cheese, green beans and lots more for our feast.Finally, we get ready to pray and now we get to eat ,yum, yum!



By Gianna Silas

Welcome to the Book Fair! The Book Fair is a fun place where you can buy books and toys. Books like:chapter books,picture books,non-fiction books,coloring books and more. There were toys like: erasers,posters,markers,charms and more. Parents got to come and see the book fair at open house. It took place in the community room. It was so much fun! Here are some book titles:Magic Puppy,Shimmer and Shine,Puppy Dog Pals,Rock On With Gems and more.I loved the book fair it was so much fun!


The Championship Soccer Game

By: Sydnie Smith

My soccer team and I have faced a hard season. We are the champions because we have won all of our soccer games. But now we have to face the other champion soccer team. It was hard for me because I had friends on the other team. The team we were facing against was called Woodbury Bethlehem, but we just call them Woodbury. On a corner kick I had to block one of my friends and she said,’’ I really don’t want to do this to you.” And I said back ,” I don’t want to do this either.” Woodbury had a lot of people who got hurt and went crying off the field. One of the players from the other team accidently kicked the ball into her own goal scoring a point for our team.At the end of the game it was 3-1 and my team WON!!!! It was so exciting! We celebrated with hot chocolate and a girl on my team made slime for everyone. We are the CHAMPIONS!!!!!!!!!


Toy  Drive

 By McKenzie Grenier


I know Christmas is an exciting time for some children but to some children it’s sad.Why is it sad you ask, well it’s because some children are too sick or poor to get toys.But everything is going to  be alright because we have toy drives to help get toys for those children.What toy drives are is people from all around the community collect toys and donate them to children in need.Here at Rotella,we brought in a toy for Toys for Tots.Also,you had to bring in two dollars for both pajama day and you also had to bring in a toy for both pajama days too. People are so nice to have toy drives for other people.The children in need  are so happy to have toys. This helps to make their Christmas very special.



Thanksgiving Poem

By Jenaya Bracey


Turkey is what my family serves

Hands around the table time to pray

A very special Thanksgiving,

       Today is the day

No one at the table goes away hungry

Kitchens always cooking something up

Special time of the year

G-ma’s birthday is coming up

I love my family a lot

Very special time

In the kitchen it’s always busy

No one is ever alone

Give thanks because it’s very important



Ned’s Kindness Adventure

By McKenzie Grenier

When we had Ned’s Kindness Adventure come to our school,everyone was so enthusiastic.The performers told us about how they went to Kenya to help the Kenyans find clean water.Ned’s friends told him that the food was disgusting and that the Kenyans didn’t  play fun games like we did. They were just complaining about how Kenya wasn’t fun or nice. But when Ned got there he actually liked the food.So his friends were wrong about that.When he got to play some games he actually liked the games.So his friends were wrong about that too.When he got to do all the things the Kenyan’s do, Ned realized that both groups of people enjoyed similar things. So his friends were wrong about all of that.  Ned’s Kindness Adventure came to send us a message that different can be good. He also wanted us to know that even though people like different things, you can still be friends with them.



Pink Out Day

By: Sydnie Smith and Poetri Az-Ibo

On October 20th the students and faculty of Rotella School wore pink to support finding a cure for breast cancer. All the money that we raised will be donated to help with the fight against breast cancer.It was so beautiful to see all the pink shirts that students were wearing. When we donated the money we cut out a pink ribbon to put our name on  to show we donated. When the sun went through the window the ribbons started to glow. It was awesome to see them glow like that. In the end the whole school raised over $800 including the teachers.We put all the money towards Saint Marys Hospital to help with finding a cure for  breast cancer. We are so proud that Rotella could be a part of  the fight against breast cancer!




By Gianna Silas

Sun shining brightly

Petunias, daisies, and sunflowers too

Roses popping from the ground a new

I see flowers everywhere I go

Nice, colorful flowers

Going to the park to watch them grow!



Litter Bug Club!

By: Lucia Lapham


Did you know that Rotella School has a Litter Bug Club?

No, well I am  Lucia Lapham and I started an outside cleaning club at recess. Almost every day, when the club meets, I give a grabber to a different STAR student. I hold the bag open so they can put the trash in. One day we found baby birds alive! Every day a new person gets to clean up.When all of the trash is cleaned up for the day,we play. Litter Bug Club is on a roll.   




By Alexa Kinion

  Did you know that  Rotella School has star  expectations to help boys and girls behave better? Everyone follows these expectations so they can earn star tickets. If you earn a star ticket you put  it  in the bucket and then on Friday Ms. Henry picks out of the bucket. If your name gets picked, you go down to the office and get your picture taken. These are our star expectations:

  S stands for safe

              T stands for team player

          A stands for achiever

             R stands for respectful.

We have to follow these guidelines so that we can get picked out the bucket on Friday and win a prize!      




Winter Poem

By: Jenaya Bracey

Warm hot chocolate, cold snow

Icy sidewalks wherever you go

Nice white snow covers the ground

Too cold to make a sound

Enter your house to feel cozy and warm

Run inside and stay safe from the storm




Rotella Gets Certified

By Sydnie Smith, Daylen Roscoe, Poetri Az-Ibo, and McKenzie Grenier

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Did you know that Rotella is now a nationally certified magnet school? It was a long hard process but we did it. The newspaper staff had the opportunity to interview our principal, vice principal and drama teacher to find out what certification means.

    Being a nationally certified school means you’re one of the best schools. There were only two schools in Connecticut that got certified and we were one of them. There were one hundred schools that applied and only 55 schools got certified. Less than half did not make it. Now you can see why it is such a big honor to get certified.

    This was a lengthy process. One hundred and fifty pages made up the full report. It contained answers, evidence and charts to support our findings. We are one of the best schools in the nation and it took a great effort to get there.

    Starting in September of 2016, a committee was formed to attack this task. The committee included Ms. Henry, Mrs. Wallace, Mrs. Parker, Mrs. Dionne, Mrs. Dane, Mrs. Romano, Mrs. Monroe, Mrs. Gravel and Ms Hakim. It was a very rigorous process and it took all year to finish. I might even say it took the committee before and after school to finish the process. These teachers dedicated their time to show the greatness of our school. I guess all that hard work paid off for Rotella.

    To  show that we achieved our goal we were given an award. We got a picture seal and we are getting a beautiful banner. At the National Magnet Schools of America Conference, we will be awarded a special gift for this achievement.

    Now you can see how hard it is to get certified. This might have been the greatest thing to happen to our school and you can see why we are so proud of Rotella Magnet School.




Rotella Interdistrict Magnet School
380 Pierpont Rd
Waterbury , CT 06705