Book Review: Unwind

Dejah Anderson discusses Unwind, a Neal Shusterman book. Award-winning author Neal Shusterman grew up in Brooklyn, New York, where he began writing at an early age. After spending his junior and senior years of high school at the American School of Mexico City, Neal went on to UC Irvine, where he made his mark on the UCI swim team, and wrote a successful humor column. Within a year of graduating, he had his first book deal, and was hired to write a movie script.In the years since, Neal has made his mark as a successful novelist, screenwriter, and television writer. As a full-time writer, he claims to be his own hardest task-master, always at work creating new stories to tell. His books have received many awards from organizations such as the International Reading Association, and the American Library Association, as well as garnering a myriad of state and local awards across the country.

Book Review: Full Tilt

Alex Soders discusses Full Tilt, a Neal Shusterman book. Award-winning author Neal Shusterman grew up in Brooklyn, New York, where he began writing at an early age. After spending his junior and senior years of high school at the American School of Mexico City, Neal went on to UC Irvine, where he made his mark on the UCI swim team, and wrote a successful humor column. Within a year of graduating, he had his first book deal, and was hired to write a movie script.In the years since, Neal has made his mark as a successful novelist, screenwriter, and television writer. As a full-time writer, he claims to be his own hardest task-master, always at work creating new stories to tell. His books have received many awards from organizations such as the International Reading Association, and the American Library Association, as well as garnering a myriad of state and local awards across the country.

The Falling Man

Launching from Roswell, New Mexico, Felix Baumgartner will ascend to 120,000 feet and then freefall back down to earth at speeds estimated near 690 miles per hour. Sponsored by Red Bull, a man with an adventure bone for sure accomplished the greatest free fall in the history of the world. Spending five years training for this historic event, three hours to get to the height he needs in order to break the speed of sound, spending thousands of dollars, Felix had devoted nearly his life for a ten minute fall. The question is what caused him to want to do something of this magnitude? Well Felix told Newsweek, “Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been inspired by astronauts and test pilots. Everyone in the aerospace and skydiving community knows about Joe Kittinger’s jump in 1960—it’s legendary. So it’s always been in the back of my mind that I’d like to try and break these longstanding records and make a contribution to aerospace research.” Felix did break those records, and this certaintly will be a longstanding record that will take decades to break. However this jump wasn’t just for the records, it was also used for scientific research. Felix broke the speed of sound. For those of you who don’t know what that is, it means he dropped faster then it takes for your voice to reach someones ear. Breaking the speed of sound is an important feat because it could help the astronauts find out how to bail in emergency situations. The Red Bull company also had to create a special pressure resistant suit in order to accomplish this. The pressure is so low in space that if he didn’t have it, his blood vessels would boil over, gross! Well now you know all about the scientific descovery and records that were helped out by Felix Baumgartner, truly the most incredible free faller ever.

The WATCHDOG Online is Back!

In the Fall of  2007, inspired by Krueger Middle School’s KSAT program, Bush Middle School launched NEISD’s first interactive digital online newspaper – The WATCHDOG. Having seen some of the awesome articles on the Falcon’s .pdf newspaper edition posted online, Bush set off to create a completely new online experience. Using Joomla’s content management system and partnering with Lopez Middle School, both online papers were an instant hit. After two years of keepng an eye on Bush News, The Watchdog was put on hold due to lack of server space and security concerns. With the opening of Johnson High School, NEISD decided to pilot a program to create an online Newspaper that would be supported by the district by providing server space and a secure WordPress system. The program has proven to be a success as all high schools have versions of online newspapers and recently middle school’s were invited to participate. So, The WATCHDOG Online is BACK! We would like to thank Joseph Johnson for supporting the online newspapers. A VERY special thank you goes out to Marcella Muncy. Without the gracious help of Ms. Muncy, our online paper would not exist. We thank you and appreciate you more than you know. We hope you enjoy your online experience and will work diligently to bring you up to date news on all things Bush.

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