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Writing a Winning Spooky Story (by Farrar Williams and Miles Orvetti)

A few weeks ago, my son Miles saw News-O-Matic’s spooky story contest and decided to write his own entry. This week, we found out that he won. It was especially rewarding to see Miles’s story illustrated and published in the News-O-Matic Halloween edition. However, it took some hard work to get the story ready to submit, so we thought we’d write together about the process.

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Avenues students at the United Nations with Russ

Fourth Graders Discover the United Nations — on the U.N.’s Birthday!

What do children know about the United Nations? If you’ve been to an elementary school classroom lately, you know the answer is “not much” (if anything). Given the value that the organization brings to the human race, that’s quite unfortunate.

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"Boeing 777-200ER Malaysia AL (MAS) 9M-MRO - MSN 28420 404 (9272090094)" by Laurent ERRERA from L'Union, France - Boeing 777-200ER Malaysia AL (MAS) 9M-MRO - MSN 28420/404Uploaded by russavia. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Boeing_777-200ER_Malaysia_AL_(MAS)_9M-MRO_-_MSN_28420_404_(9272090094).jpg#mediaviewer/File:Boeing_777-200ER_Malaysia_AL_(MAS)_9M-MRO_-_MSN_28420_404_(9272090094).jpg

Plane Crash in Ukraine

A Malaysia Airlines airplane goes down over Ukraine.

An airplane crashed in the country of Ukraine on Thursday. Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 left Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and was headed east toward Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It went down as it got close to the border between Ukraine and Russia, near Torez, Ukraine. There were 298 people on board.

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It’s Summer Learning Day!

That’s it; school’s out for summer! But with summer break comes the dreaded summer learning loss. Some students lose two months in math skills over the summer, according to research, and more than two months in reading achievement.

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