June 28, 2016
School Takeover, Volume 1
Dorsett Shoals Elementary School 5th Grade

School Takeover – Dorsett Shoals

Why We Love Dorsett Shoals Elementary

Dorsett Shoals elementary School is an amazing school because we have great teachers and they are really nice. Even our specials teachers are really nice. Our school also has great breakfasts and lunches. Each day our lunch ladies prepare great meals. Our school is also really clean because our custodians keep it clean. Those are some reason I love my school.
—Ethan P.

Do you know why my school, DSES, is the best? Because we bring it all. We are so clean our school might explode. We are sharper than a swordfish. And we are trying to be the best school in Georgia!
—Gracie S.

What my school does that makes me proud is that when we have evnts like a bookfair, the kids donate money for the library to buy more books for the library and future bookfairs.
—Francis O.

“I Live for Reading and Writing”

In case you didn’t know, I live for reading and writing so, of course, why not talk about that subject. I know this is a small introduction but I don’t want to use too much paper. I’m probably going to use too much anyway.

I love to write and read. It’s like a second nature to me. The latest think we learned in reading and writing are documents. I loved learning about documents even though it only lasted about 30 minutes. We talked about the census that our parents get every 10 years. A census is a primary document. A comic book that is about WWII is a secondary document. My favorite writing assignment was when we had to write a 5 paragraph essay about WWII (World War 2). I wrote about women working outside the home. The best part is that I got a 100% on the assignment.

Reading and writing is amazing. I loved hearing that other people loved it, too. Reading and writing is the world to me and nothing is going to change that.

—Sarah N.

Four Riddles

What says it will come, but never does?
(Come on, take a guess.)
(submitted by Bradley)
You are driving a bus. 4 people get on and 2 get off. At the next stop 3 people get on and 1 gets off. In the final stop 8 get on and 6 get off. How old is the bus driver?
(submitted by Julian P.)
What has a bed but never sleeps, runs but doesn’t walk, has a mouth but never eats?
(submitted by Demyan R.)
You break me when you say my name. What am I?
(submitted by Alex M.)
Scroll to the bottom of this page for the answers!
3 Questions for Jody Feldman
How old were you when you first started writing? / How old were you when you wrote your first book?
Skylar M. and Avery G.
It makes sense to me to answer these two questions together. I might have been the same age you were, Skylar. I started writing when the first teacher had me put words to paper, probably around 3rd grade. Back then, sadly, our teachers didn’t emphasize writing as much as they do now. Whether you like to write or not, you are very lucky you go to a school where they pay attention to writing. I’m thinking, though, that’s not the answer you’re looking for. So I’ll be more specific and answer Avery’s question. While many authors can show you their first story, I can’t show you mine. I don’t really remember writing any when I was in school. The first story I do remember writing? I was about 25 years old. It was awful, though. But after I wrote that first one, I was hooked!
Did you have any thoughts of another career?
Edwin T.
When I was in high school, I had a summer job in a department store, I babysat a little, and for half a day, I started training to sell products to people in their homes. (I knew right away that I was the wrong person for the job and didn’t want to waste anyone’s time.) During college, I worked in a factory for two summers; also, for two years I was a Teaching Assistant. You’ll notice I’m not involved in any of those occupations right now. I’d also had brief thoughts of being a medical researcher, a patent attorney, and a psychologist. But when I found writing? That was pretty much it.
Is it hard coming up with great ideas?
Parrish T.
Ideas, no. GREAT ideas, definitely! If you told me to sit at a desk and come up with 100 ideas in the next hour, I’m quite confident I could do that. Ideas are everywhere. You just need to train yourself to recognize them. The hard part is identifying that one great idea within the multitudes, like finding a needle in a haystack. The next step is even harder. Once I have that great idea, I need to come up with all the other ideas that make a story exciting or meaningful and completely satisfying. In short, yes, it is hard coming up with the GREAT idea.
Favorite Books
The One and Only Ivan
Katherine Applegate
What are some of your favorite books? Mine is The One and Only Ivan [by Katherine Applegate]. It’s happy but at the same time, it’s extremely sad. It’s about a gorilla named Ivan.
—Gracie S.
Warriors: Into the Wild
Erin Hunter
Exciting and unforgettable with suspense and tons of action, with laughter, too. Begins with startling mysteries that get solved within the series. It is an amazing read for all ages.
—Kaylynn Williams
We're Talented!

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This Takeover Page has been created by 2015-16 5th graders at Dorsett Shoals Elementary School.
Artwork by: Giovanna, Jacqueline H., Connor J., Grace M., Annabell C., Edwin T., Erica D., Autumn E., Taniyah D., Infault., Aleuja W., and Sarah N.

Riddle answers: 1) Tomorrow. 2) The key word here is “you”. So the age of the bus driver is your age. 3) A river. 4) Silence.