Monthly Archives: October 2012

October 4, 2012

Bullying Prevention Month

Posted by at 4:54 am in Kid Power | Permalink

Make_a_differenceHow to Deal With Bullies

October is Bullying Prevention Month and we care a lot about preventing bullying. I know every school has its groups and some kids don't fit in. Maybe they look different or act different, but NOBODY deserves to be bullied. If bullying is a problem in your school, you can make a difference. Don't let anyone be bullied, no matter who they are or how different they are from you. 

Here are some tips for how you can prevent bullying in your school.

If you see someone being bullied . . .

  • Look the bully in eyes and say, "Stop. That's not cool."
  • Tell an adult. It is not tattling; it is protecting someone who is getting hurt. Also, kids are more likely to bully others if no one speaks out. As long as you're quiet about it, they can keep doing it. 
  • Be a good friend to the person being bullied. Go out of your way to be nice.
  • Stick together with all the different kinds of people in your school, and stand up to bullies! Make your school a place where everyone belongs.

If you are being bullied yourself. . .

  • Ignore the bully. Walk away. Don't give them the attention they want. This works for online bullies too. Avoid online drama! Walk away from the computer and don't reply.
  • Stick together with the nice people in your school. Bullies feel stronger when they find you alone.
  • Remember that you have rights. You have the right to feel safe and protected. It's the law and no one is allowed to take that away from you. If you don't feel safe at school, tell an adult.
  • Remember to be your own awesome self! Bullies want to make you feel bad about who you are, but don't let them! Be strong in your inner awesomeness.
  • Tell an adult. Even if there is nothing they can do, it helps to tell someone how you feel. You do not have to suffer alone. You might feel ashamed about being bullied or even think it's your fault somehow. Trust me – it isn't. Don't let that stop you from telling an adult. Bullies want you to keep quiet so they can keep bullying you. Don't give them that silence. Speak up for yourself.

When all else fails, read a book! Lots of book characters have faced bullies, and you can learn from their experiences.

  • Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick 
    All Max's life, he'd been called stupid. Slow. So Max learned how to be alone . . . at least until Freak came along. Freak was weird, too. Together Max and Freak were no longer "special ed kids." They had each other, and together they were unstoppable. Together they were Freak the Mighty.
  • Medusa Jones by Ross Collins
    In ancient Greece lived a little girl called Medusa Jones. Medusa was a Gorgon, but apart from that, pretty normal. So she has snakes for hair instead of gorgeous blond ringlets like Cassandra. Is that any reason for the popular kids to be SO mean? 
  • Warp Speed by Lisa Yee
    Entering 7th grade is no big deal for Marley Sandelski, but when he draws the attention of the biggest bully in school, his life has officially moved from boring to far too dramatic. 

If you have a problem with bullies in your school, try these tips and leave a Comment to let me know how it goes. Also if you have any others tips for how to prevent bullying, let us know in the Comments.

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

October 3, 2012

Goosebumps 20th Anniversary

Posted by at 2:35 am in Goosebumps, Reads | Permalink

20logoGoosebumps 20th Anniversary

It’s the haunting season! And you know what that means. . . It’s time to GET GOOSEBUMPS! Goosebumps turns 20 this year and we’re celebrating all month long on the STACKS! 20 years ago Scholastic released the very first Goosebumps book from R.L. Stine called Welcome to Dead House and launched a pop culture phenomenon that has spawned over 300 million books sold worldwide, a terrifyingly terrific TV show, video games, and more! In honor of Goosebumps’ 20th, check out these fun facts about the monstrously
addictive series:

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October 2, 2012

After-School Snack Personality Quiz Results

Posted by at 4:25 am in Personality Quiz | Permalink

PieAfter-School Snack Personality Quiz Results

Here are the results to last week’s After-School Snack Personality Quiz. What after-school snack are you?
Check your answers to the questions from last week, and count how many times you picked A, how many times you picked B, how many times you picked C, and how many times you picked D. You might be evenly split between 3 choices. This means you are like a different snack each time, and like to change it up! But if you picked one letter more than the others . . .

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October 2, 2012

Who Would Win? Epic Cartoon Battle

Posted by at 4:20 am in Who Would Win | Permalink

Trivia_quiz1Who Would Win? Epic Cartoon Battle

Your favorite cartoon characters battle it out!
We know you guys love the Who Would Win series so we figured we'd do a new version using favorite cartoon characters. Take a look and let us know who YOU think would win if they had to go head-to-head.

Who Would Win?

  1. Scooby Doo vs. Snoopy
  2. Mickey Mouse vs. Jerry (from Tom & Jerry)
  3. Spider-Man vs. Batman
  4. Elmo vs. Barney
  5. The Grinch vs. Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz (from Phineas and Ferb)
  6. Lloyd Garmadon vs. Lord Garmadon (What up, Ninjago fans?!)
  7. Lotso (Toy Story 3) vs. Bowser (Super Mario Brothers)
  8. Wolverine vs. Iron Man

Let us know in the Comments which characters you think would kick butt!

—Ratha, STACKS Writer

October 1, 2012

SPONSORED POST The 39 Clues Essay Contest

Posted by at 3:29 pm in SPONSORED, Writing Prompt | Permalink

39clues_130This post is sponsored by People to People Ambassador Program.

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Hey, middle schoolers! Check out this creepy contest! Just read the story starter available here and then create a suspenseful adventure story all your own. The contest is open to all 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. One winning writer will be selected to participate in an exciting People to People Ambassador trip during the summer of 2013.

Download the official entry form here. Get writing today and enter for a chance to win the adventure of a lifetime! 

October 1, 2012

Create a Caption: Liddia the Boxer Puppy

Posted by at 1:39 am in Create a Caption, Writing Prompt | Permalink

CreateacaptionCreate a Caption: Liddia the Boxer Puppy

Look at how cool this Boxer puppy named Liddia is. She looks way too cool for school, just chillin’ at the park, letting it all hang out.

LiddiaShe looks like a trend-setting pooch to me. If I had to come up with a caption for this, I think Liddia would say:

“Blue leashes? Blah! So last year. It’s all about the purple now.”

What caption would you give this photo? Share away in the Comments!

En-Szu, STACKS Intern (a.k.a. MidnightMagic5)