June 4, 2015
100 Things to Do Before High School on Nickelodeon Saturday, June 6
Created by Big Time Rush executive producer and creator Scott Fellows, 100 Things to do Before High School follows three best friends as they navigate the highs and lows of middle school, with the help of a bucket list of adventures that help them overcome class cliques, terrifying bullies, and clueless teachers.
Photo: Robert Voets/ Nickelodeon©2014 Viacom, International, Inc.
With real life and teen drama awaiting her after 8th grade graduation, CJ Parker (played by Isabela Moner) has only a short time left to make the most of her middle school years. Together with her two lifelong best friends Fenwick (played by Jaheem Toombs) and Crispo (played by Owen Joyner), she is determined to get the most out of this time, using an ever-expanding list of challenges as a guide. For this group, growing up means trying everything and taking chances while they still can.
What’s on YOUR list of 100 things to do before high school? Tell us in the Comments.
Sonja, STACKS Staffer
June 4, 2015
Rowan’s Favorite Thing
My favorite thing in the entire world is, believe it or not, a pencil. Pencils allow my visions to become works of art. For instance, my pencil helped me win 2nd place out of all of 6th grade on our Sixth Grade Olympic T-Shirts. Since I got second, I get to make a mini logo for the front of the shirt in the upper right corner.
My pencil helps me think about what I will draw on a blank piece of paper because I can’t think of anything to draw without it. When I’m drawing, I visualize my picture, then pursue it. Only, it looks different than what I imagined. It’s better. I like to think of my pencil as having its own mind that wanders making my picture greater than before I put the pencil to the paper.
I had free time once, and I decided to create a quote about creativity and inspiration. It says, “It is not the artist who creates the masterpiece. It is in fact the utensil that holds the inspiration.” It doesn’t exactly make sense, but I love it anyway. Pencils help get out a message to people through many pieces of art. You just have to find it.
What is YOUR favorite thing? Tell me in the Comments.
Rowan, Scholastic Kids Council
May 25, 2015
What’s Your Summer Name?
Do y’all remember the fantabulous Winter Name Generator? Well, it’s definitely not winter anymore, so it’s time for new names. I’m thinking that it’s time for . . . SUMMER NAMES!!! Introducing the wonderfully weird and wonky Summer Name Generator! (This is version 2.0. If you want two special summer names, you should try out last summer’s, too!).
Here’s how the Summer Name Generator works. Find the first initial of your first name in the list below. That word is your summer first name. Then look at the list of the months below and find the month of your birthday. That word is your summer last name. For example, my name begins with an E and my birthday is in March, so my new summer name would be Pool Noodle Surfer. I’m into it!
- A – Sunny
- B – Sunshine
- C – Water Slide
- D – Sandy
- E – Pool Noodle
- F – Flip Flop
- G – Beachy
- H – Jumprope
- I – Leafy
- J – Bicycle
- K – Thunder
- L – Sunglasses
- M – Grass
- N – Popsicle
- O – Roller Coaster
- P – Vacation
- Q – Lake
- R – Canoe
- S – Festival
- T – SPF
- U – Forest
- V – Starry
- W – Zipline
- X – Hiking
- Y – Nature
- Z – Explorer
- January – Shorts
- February – Backpack
- March – Surfer
- April – Frisbee
- May – Speedboat/li>
- June – Water Bottle
- July – Lightning
- August – Firecracker
- September – Hummingbird
- October – Sprinkler
- November – Hopscotch
- December – Picnic
It’s heating up fast outside and soon it’ll be vacation time. Get ready by grabbing your sweetest swimwear, favorite flip flops, coolest sidewalk chalk, and brand-new SUMMER NAME! What’s your new, wacky summer name? Share it in the Comments below!
See ya around,
En-Szu, a.k.a. Pool Noodle Surfer
May 18, 2015
One Direction without Zayn is like . . .
. . . a sock without its match.
. . . a day without a friend.
. . . a rainstorm without a rainbow.
Ok. You’ve come to grips with the news, sort of. Zayn Malik has left One Direction.
Some of you are devastated he left the band. Some of you understand that he wants to live like a normal 22-year-old. Some of you are skeptical and feel betrayed after his first solo song was leaked just a week after leaving the band. And . . . Some of you don’t really care.
Well, whatever side you’re on, we’re about to hit you with a Writing Prompt that you’ll want to answer! Pour out your feelings . . . or non-feelings . . . and complete this sentence in your own unique way.
One Direction without Zayn is like . . .
We can’t wait to see YOUR Direction in the Comments below!
-Ratha, STACKS Writer
Zayn Malik photo courtesy of Sony Pictures.
May 14, 2015
See how you can get featured in next month’s STACKS Blast!
We think you are awesome and we want to know more about you! Every month, I will post questions in a STACKS Stars blog post. All you have to do to participate is answer the questions and we will pick one random user to be featured in next month’s STACKS Blast newsletter. Don’t see yourself in the next newsletter? No worries! You can enter yourself again as many times as you like! Everyone is a winner so there’s always a good chance that you could be next.
To participate, you must have a STACKS profile and screen name. If you don’t have one, it is easy and free to set one up. Click here to set up a profile. Be sure to create an awesome avatar that really shows who you are because that picture will be used in the feature if you are selected! Remember to have fun with your avatar and get creative.
This month’s questions are about the Summer Reading Challenge! Do you think you are ready to participate? If so, here they are.
- What is your STACKS screen name?
- Which book are you planning to read next?
- Why are you choosing this book?
- If you could read this book anywhere in the world for a day, where would it be and why?
- Have you read any books on the Summer Reading Challenge list? If so, which was your favorite and why? If not, which books are you interested in reading next?
To help give you some ideas, here are my answers:
- CleverPiglet15 (I think pigs are really cute!)
- I’m planning to read The Madman of Piney Woods, by Christopher Paul Curtis.
- I chose this book because I like realistic adventures and friendships.
- If I could read this book anywhere for an entire day, it would be under a shady tree by a nice creek with picnic blankets and snacks.
- I’ve read some of the other books on the list and they have been all good, but my favorite is probably the Amulet series because it’s a graphic novel that is both fun and magical.
OK, now your turn! Ready? Set? Go!
Sandy, STACKS Staffer
April 27, 2015
Writing Prompt: Famous Person Switcheroo
In Freaky Friday, the mother and daughter switch places for a day, and the mother has to go to school and be the kid, and the kid has to handle all the mom duties by herself. Well, imagine what it would be like to switch places for a day with a famous person! Would you want to feel what it was like to be Tom Brady passing a game-winning touchdown? Or Ariana Grande performing in front of a sold-out crowd? Or the President of the United States making important decisions in the Oval Office?
For today’s Writing Prompt, we want to know . . .
If you could trade lives with a famous person for one day, who would it be?
If you would rather switch with a book character, that is ok too. Hermione Granger may be a made-up person, but she is still totally famous! Leave your answers in the Comments below.
- Ratha, STACKS Writer
April 20, 2015
Take This Quiz of Random Awesomeness!
Here is a quick 5-question quiz from the STACKS Buzz Board.
Copy and reply with your answers in the Comments.
- Current favorite TV show??
- Current favorite singer/band??
- What are you going to be doing in 47 minutes from now??
- What is the temperature outside RIGHT NOW??
- You found $500. What are you going to do with it?
April 7, 2015
Writing Prompt: What is your favorite lunch and how healthy is it?
You’ve made it through half of the school day and your stomach is growling. You can’t wait to eat your FAVORITE lunch in the world and it’s ___________________.
We wanna know! What is your favorite lunch . . . and how healthy is it?
Mine would probably be a combo. I would have a chicken parmesan sandwich, broccoli and hummus, and chocolate dipped pretzels. Or chocolate dipped anything for that matter! Dark chocolate is healthy, right?
Your turn. What’s YOUR favorite lunch and how healthy is it? Let us know in the Comments below. Bon appétit!
- Ratha, STACKS Writer
March 23, 2015
Spring Poetry Generator
Spring is here… or so I’m told! It’s hard to imagine wearing t-shirts and sandals, when only last week, I was digging out the 5 feet of snow surrounding my driveway. But I’m optimistic, so I like to think it will be here sooner rather than later!
To get into the spirit, your job for today’s Writing Prompt is to take the 25 words below, and generate your own spring-themed poem. (The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day “I Have a Dream” poems you guys wrote were A-mazing.)
You can add articles (little words like “a” and “the”), verbs, or anything that will help it flow, but try to include as many of these 25 words as you can in your poem. Any style of poem works – rhyming, non-rhyming, couplet, haiku, free-form, or even random. It’s up to you!
Leave your poem in the Comments. We can’t wait to be infected . . . with Spring Fever!!
-Ratha, STACKS Writer
March 17, 2015
Choose Your Own Adventure: A St. Patrick’s Day Story Part 3
We posted Part 1 and Part 2 of this epic St. Patrick’s Day story. Get ready for the conclusion!
You follow Niamh through a wooded glen. You are greeted at every step by all sorts of bizarre and unusual creatures and people. Fairies! Warriors in fur pelts! Talking animals! This is getting way crazy. Enbarr trots behind you, neighing and occasionally butting you with his nose.
“Tír na nÓg is what you mortals call the Otherworld,” says Niamh.
“Otherworld?” you ask. “What’s that?”
Niamh looks very disappointed, and sighs loudly. “What are they teaching you on Earth nowadays? The Otherworld. It’s where the immortals and spirits live.” Continue reading