Each week, The Hamilton Spectator presents a page of news from local schools. It's a page for students by students. Today we feature Alexander's Public School.
The Highschool Glory
The blood, the sweat, the tears
The laughter, cries and cheers
Fast break, shake and bake
Pump fake, love and hate
Five souls intertwined as one
If this game is to be won
‘Cause in this league
Its not about the cash
It’s all about the love,
Not a paycheck or camera flash
Only four years to prove it you have what it takes
To be the big man on campus,
cause you scored twenty-eight
“SWISH” is like a cry from heaven, as if God himself
Came down and whispered, “Nothing but net”
The angels sang the “chorus”, the crowd can’t stop roaring
Everytime I hear the story,
of the highschool “Glory”
One Last Shot
As I dribble down the court
I hear the whistle blow
The ref yells out two shots
And sends me for a free throw
I make my first shot it goes down with a swish
But for my second shot I could only wish
I really want to make it
Go ahead and save the game
But instead I airballed and felt really lame
Coach called a time out and said I want the ball
Steal it on the throw in and we will win it all
The center throws the ball in and our player jumps in front
He throws his little hands up and the ball goes bump
Its in the air now and it is right where I can see
So I jump as high as I can and it lands right on me
I dribble to the three point line, stopped and popped a shot
But next thing that I knew it bounced right out
The teams scrambled for a rebound, we’re still trailing them by three
But out of nowhere out team grabs the ball and throws it back out to me
I try to take the three again and this time it’s a swish
I never could have done it without our team’s dish
My coach said I saved the game with my Hail Mary shot
He jumped up and down and celebrated quite a lot
We’re going to the championship
Hooray Yee-hah Yippee
We never could have done it without Patrick Cassidy
Erica Hollingsworth (grade 8)
ADRENALINE –it rushes through me, and I start to get in the zone
BROTHERS –my competition and my encouragement
CHASE –the gold and the dream
DEFEND –your title, and show you still deserve it
EXCELLENCE –is what everyone here is achieving
FRIENDS –and family are here to support us every step of the way
GROUND –your turf and the worst nightmare to those who fall
HOME –is where we celebrate our victories and forget our defeat
INTEREST –in your competition - Are they really that good?
JOKES –the media stings, but don’t let the jokes control you
KIDS –they see you as a role model and you live up to it
LOVE –is the only way to describe how you feel about what you do
MOVEMENT –change of direction and change of feeling
NEVER –let go of your dreams. Hold on.
OPEN -your mind to new training and new hopes for tomorrow
POWER –it’s mind over matter. Mentally and physically
QUIET –block out the noise, the jeering and the booing
REST –you’re tired, so take a break
STRENGTH –you’ve trained a lot for this
TRAINING –new techniques, new coaches, and passion
UNDERDOG –so you lost a few times…just get up and keep going
VARIETY –don’t compete the same 30 million times
X-TREME –tension, competition and a desire to win
YELLING –from fans, coaches, family and haters
ZEN –calm, cool and ready to race
Top Ten Books Made into Movies
2. Marley and Me
3. Harry Potter
4. Bridge to Terabithia
8. City of
10. Little House on the Prairie
Top Ten Authors
1. Cornelia Funke
2. Eric Walters
3. Roald Dahl
4. Kate DiCamillo
5. Jean Little
6. Judy Blume
7. C.S. Lewis
8. Laura Ingalls Wilder
9. Gordan Korman
10. Christopher Paolini
What’s Hot and What’s Not
Making New Friends
Our Band and Choirs
Following our Tribes everyday
Not Including everyone
Not Following our Tribes Agreements
A Child’s Hand
Michael Parent (grade eight)
This is a sculpture of a child’s hand, but it represents so much more.
The life behind this particular hand is like most, but not like all lives. This hand has not experienced poverty. However, this hand represents a child reaching out for help, like those of children and their families who live in third world countries.
No matter where a child or person lives, their life or any other is important. These lives are reaching out for help and must be saved.
Their life is important, so you should care for it as if it were yours.
Your parents’ love you and they would never want you to leave their lives. Well, it is the same in third world countries. These children are dying and we need to help. Not only are children experiencing extreme poverty but so are many adults as well. They all need help. Poverty can be a lot of things –a minimal amount of money or food, lack of shelter, little or no education, only a few pieces of clothing. We have the power to help.
Move from Me to We by helping other that are suffering from poverty around the world. All you need to do is lend a hand and help. You can help by giving your time, money, lover or prayers.
What’s wrong with helping?
What’s wrong with giving?
So, just try, no harm donw, reach out and lend a HELPING HAND.
From Me to We
Samantha Lynn (grade 8)
What do you do when you wake up in the morning? Brush your teeth, floss, eat breakfast and then go to school. You might do these things, but there are many children all over the world who don’t get to. No breakfast, no school. To make matters worse, some children no longer have their parents to look after them because of sickness or war.
Have you ever taken a minute to realize how lucky we are? Most of us eat at least three times a day, we go to school, have proper shelter, time to play and medications for when we are sick. Not to mention that many of us have those extras, like iPods, computers and new clothes and the money to buy more.
But we also have the power to make a change.
Let’s go from Me to We.