The Bradley Art Club participates in this annual event; this year, they made a mural of the Bradley Bear to symbolize the 30th anniversary of Omar N. Bradley Middle School. There were loads of people and a lot of great artists; someone even drew Bill Nye the Science Guy! After the mural was done, the kids that created it stepped back to admire their work. Ms. Villereal took tons of photos to put in this year’s yearbook. After the photos were done, some of the kids decided to chalk up their hair by getting it wet and rubbing it with chalk. The Bradley Middle School Art Club got a lot of compliments on their mural; in my opinion, ours was the best of all! -E. Jackson
How Leap Year Began
By: E. Jackson
Leap years are years with 366 days, instead of the usual 365. Leap years are necessary because the actual length of a year is 365.242 days, not 365 days. Leap years occur every 4 years, and years that are evenly divisible by 4 (2004, for example) have 366 days. This extra day is added to the calendar on February 29th. However, there is one exception to the leap year rule involving century years, like the year 1900. Since the year is slightly less than 365.25 days long, adding an extra day every 4 years results in about 3 extra days being added over a period of 400 years. For this reason, only 1 out of every 4 century years is considered as a leap year. Century years are only considered as leap years if they are evenly divisible by 400. Therefore, 1700, 1800, 1900 were not leap years, and 2100 will not be a leap year. But 1600 and 2000 were leap years, because those year numbers are evenly divisible by 400.
Julius Caesar, Father of Leap Year
Julius Caesar was behind the origin of leap year in 45 BC. The early Romans had a 355 day calendar and to keep festivals occurring around the same season each year a 22 or 23 day month was created every second year. Julius Caesar decided to simplify things and added days to different months of the year to create the 365 day calendar, the actual calculation were made by Caesar’s astronomer, Sosigenes. Every fourth year following the 28th day of Februarius (February 29th) one day was to be added, making every fourth year a leap year. In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII further refined the calendar with the rule that leap day would occur in any year divisible by 4 as described above.
In case you were wondering, there will not be another February 29th until 2016.
Presidents Day is the celebration of both George Washington and Abraham Lincoln’s birthdays. This holiday is celebrated every 3rd Monday of February. This year it is on February 18, 2013.
George Washington was born February 22, 1732, in Pope’s Creek, Virginia. He was nicknamed “Father of his Country.” Although his education was eqivalent to an elementary education, he became the first president of the U.S. in 1789. He was in office until 1797. On January 6, 1759, George Washington married Martha Custis. On December 14, 1799, he died in Mount Vernon,Virginia.
Abraham Lincoln was born February 12, 1732 in Harden (now Larue) County, Kentucky. His nickname is ”Honest Abe.” In 1861, he became the 16th president of the U.S. and was in office until 1865. On November 4,1852, he married Mary Todd. They had 4 children, Robert (1843-1882)Edward (1846-1850), William (1850-1862), and Thomas (Tad) (1853-1871). As for Abraham, he died April 15, 1865 in Washington D.C. He is buried in Oak Ridge Cemetry in Springfield, Illinois.
What You’ll Need:
1 chenille stem per ring
White craft glue
How You Do It:
Wrap the entire chenille around your finger and then slide it off. Add some glue to the bottom of a wrapped candy. Place candy on top of the chenille stem and wait for it to dry. Now give it to a friend or enjoy it yourself!
Paper Love Bug
What You’ll Need:
Empty toilet paper tube
Scissors and glue
Pen, markers, or crayons
How You Do It:
Paint or cover empty toilet paper tube with colored paper. Cut 2 hearts from construction paper. Glue or tape the hearts on either side of the body. Draw a face on the tube and use pipe cleaners for antennas.
Enjoy your Love Bug!!!!!
Valentine Day Hats
What You Need:
Red pre-cut small and large craft hearts
2 red chenille stems
Hot glue gun
White poster board
Stapler, tape, or glue
How You Do It:
Cut some poster board to fit around your head make it about 2 inches wide. Cut and glue the red chenille stems on the side of the posterboard. Glue a foam heart on the top of the chenille stems. Decorate using more foam hearts or any other decoration. Tape glue or staple the hat closed. Give your hat to someone or wear it yourself!