Chinese New Year

By Kiersten

“Happy new year!’’ they say in America. But, did you know that they don’t say that in China? Chinese new year falls on February 8, 2016. It is also known as the spring festival. The Chinese new year is celebrated at the end of the Chinese calendar.

According to the Chinese zodiac, next year is the year of the monkey. They year of the monkey is characterized by being quick-witted, sharp, and optimistic. Chinese new year is a time to celebrate deities as well as ancestors. Occasionally, it is tradition for family to gather and have reunion dinner.

The Chinese family also cleans the house of ill-fortune, which makes incoming good luck come into the household. Windows and door are decorated in red colored paper. The meaning of red in Chinese is celebration. On the red paper they put “good fortune” or ‘’happiness’’. The families also pop fireworks and they give out money in red envelopes.

They also have a little parade. They have people dressing as dragons and sometimes lions. They have dragons and lions because it is said the colors of the dragon and lion are suppose to scare off the demons.

Happy Chinese New Year and good fortune to all.


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New Years!!!

By: Hannah. G

        New Years has been celebrated in the U.S for as long as anyone can remember. It has marked a new beginning, a new year. People all over the world have celebrated New Years, but many people celebrate New Year’s at different times. It just matters what time zone you are in. Also people celebrate it longer or shorter than others. Even if we all celebrate it at different times we all celebrate it because we are excited for a new year, and a new life.

       A lot of people make a list of “New Year Resolutions”. Basically it is when someone makes a list of things that they are going to improve or do the next year. People celebrate New Years by going out to party with friends, and family. They have huge feasts with a lot of entertainment. Also people go to certain places to see the countdown, and fireworks. A major travel destination is Times Square, New York. There is a huge clock that countdowns the time till the new year and a huge glitter ball begins to drop. After they reach zero and the ball drops, fireworks burst in the air and the crowds go wild. People kiss their loved ones, or even strangers! That is the usual tradition for the proud U.S.A!!!!  

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Don’t Let Your Flu Fight Back

By: Hope H

Do you have a fever? Do you feel weak? Do you feel nausea (vomiting)? If so, you might have the flu. The flu is coming back and it’s coming back stronger than ever. Everyone has questions about how we should avoid the flu.

We all have people telling us to wash our hands with soap and water all the time, but what we don’t realize is that by washing our hands we can prevent many diseases. Another thing we don’t realize is that hand sanitizer doesn’t kill the germs, it just strips away the outer oil on the skin, preventing from germs inside your body to come to the surface. Warm water and soap kills all the germs rather than just the harmless germs. Also, according to our school nurse, we should also get the flu shot and cover our sneezes with our elbows to help prevent the flu.

Many people share makeup, food, drinks, and many other items that come in contact with your face. Many viruses are spread through the mucus and saliva of an infected person, meaning that friend you shared a soda with might have given you the flu, or vice versa.

All in all we need to watch what we touch and share with others, also just wash your hands.

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