In French we celebrated a two week holiday that is called Mardi Gras. We celebrate on Fat Tuesday, we celebrate with face paint, food, decorations, and masks. People brought in all kinds of foods. One of the foods is a king cake. A king cake is a cake that is very sugary, there is a baby Jesus inside of the cake and if you get the baby Jesus you will have good luck that also means you have got to bring the next cake. We also had cookies that were Mardi Gras colorded. There were beignet which were covered in powdered sugar which made a huge mess on the floor.

We had decorations that were streamers, beads, and balloons. There were these face paint crayons that we used to paint people’s faces but some of them ended up on the floor stepped on. We had masks that we decorated and there also were some pre-decorated masks. In my opinion, it was a very successful Mardi Gras party. 


My World

My world is named Sugar Plum Land. In Sugar Plum Land there is a $100 entrance fee to get in. You can find my planet by the bottom of Pluto. The sky is cotton candy and it is UNC blue. There is always the UNC vs Duke rivalry. On my planet there is no sun. The sun is actually a big scoop of ice cream. My government is not very complicated. There is one king and that is me. There is a vice king and that would be whoever I want. 

On my planet the weather is very weird. Tornadoes are literally big Kit-Kat bars. But the best part of the weather is when it rains it rains cats and dogs. The air on Sugar Plum Land has very high oxygen so all of the animals and humans can breathe well. There is a lot of wildlife that you would not typically see like a snake bird. Another way of saying that is a snake that can fly. 

There is all of the technology that you see on earth but there is a special thing that police use. It is a Thomas tag. It is something that I made to track everyone on Sugar Plum Land so there is no mischief going on behind my back. Speaking of mischief, I can hack into people’s eyes to see if they are doing bad things. 

A nice thing about this planet is that there is no pollution so everyone can live as long as they can. There are also no land fields so you may ask where all of the trash goes. Well I’m glad you asked. There is a big metal tube that goes into the ground to the core of the earth. And whenever you put your trash can by your street it goes into the ground. 

The food on my planet is very different from earth other than McDonalds. So there are three foods of my favorite I will tell you about. My favorite is pen bread which is a pen literally in bread. My second favorite is a chair soup which is a chair in soup. My third favorite is firecracker bread, a slab of bread with a firecracker on it. These are the typical foods in Sugar Plum Land. 

A cool part of my planet is that when you look at it from space you can see a ring around it, and the actual planet is white with a dark blue. You cannot see anything on my planet from space, you just see beautiful blue and white.  


NC Museum Of Natural Sciences

Last week the 6th graders went to the NC museum of Natural Sciences. We went there for the whole day. There were many things to see a the museum so I’m just going to tell you about some of my favorite parts of the museum. One of the first things that we saw when we walked in the museum was a replica of the Titanic hitting an iceberg. 

On the second floor there was a snake exhibit and that was really cool to see. When you first walk into the museum you will see a giant globe witch you can go inside and watch a movie in. The best part of the globe is on the 3rd floor. You are on the very top of it and you can almost touch the ceiling.

On the second floor there is a lab where you can actually see people working on animals. There is also an animal dentist which we thought was really funny. The best part of the museum in my opinion was the 3D printing lab. In the lab there was a tun of 3D printers printing animals for the museum. 


Photo by 6th grade teacher

Window or Mirror?

A book that I recently read is Peak by Ronald Smith. This book is about a boy who is getting ready to climb a big mountain in the north. The book’s name is based on the mountain called peak and the mountain is named peak.This book was based on a true story that happened a long time ago

So my book is a window to me because it is something that I know I don’t want to do. I just don’t think this is something that I will do so I have got to put it as a window. A mirror is something that you are going to follow or something that can reflect in the past or future. A window is something that you will not do and the book cannot reflect off you. 

Drake Maye

Drake Maye is a freshman on the UNC 2022 football team.  He has the record for the most passing yards in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The record was set by a Clemson quarterback but now DRAKE MAYE has the record. He has 31 touchdowns and he is a quarterback. That is crazy because he is not a receiver, he’s a quarterback. He has led the university of North Carolina to eight and one and UNC is 15 in the ACC.

He has three brothers and two of the three have played at UNC. His brother’s name is Luke Maye. He played UNC basketball and led the Tar Heels to their 2017 national championship. His other brother is Beau May. He is a freshman at UNC. He plays basketball and hopes that he helps lead them to another title. He has another brother that plays baseball. 


The Tiger’s Whisker

In language arts we did a project based on a book called wisdom tales. The book has a lot of different folk tales in it from all around the world. We were assigned to make a project based on one of the many stores in the book. I picked a story called The Tiger’s Whisker

In our project, we did a script that acted out the story. I was partnered up with Cayden and Reed. In the story there was a man that got home from war and he would not talk to his wife. 

So the wife set out to find a person that could make a love potion. She needed this potion to make her husband love her again. The magic man told her that she had to go get a tiger’s whisker to make the potion. So she set off to find a tiger. She found a tiger and every day she brought a piece of meat closer and closer. Finally, she snipped a whisker off and she brought it back to the magic person and he threw it in a fire. He said to the wife if you can get a tiger’s whisker you can get your husband to love you.

Camp Hanes

Last Thursday the Durham academy went to Camp Hanes. They split up the grade into two separate buses. We threw our luggage on the bus and jumped on it. We drove for about two hours. When we got to Camp Hanes we got all of our stuff out and went to our cabins after we got assigned to them. The next day we went rock climbing!

There was not only rock climbing there was other things like pixie sticks. where you climb up these big logs and get to the top where there is a big net that you walk across. the other side had slanted posts that you climbed to get to the same thing. and it leads to the big net that drops down that you hang from. 

One other thing that I liked was canoeing it only took us like two minutes to learn and then we were on the water. It was fun! Then we had to leave to go to another activity. I still think that was the best thing that we did.

But before long we have to drive back to Durham Academy but the one good thing is it was a Friday so that means no school the next thing that I really liked about this trip was I got to do things that I usually could not do at home like rock climbing. I don’t have a big rock wall at my house. 

Thomas’s Backpack


In the book Finding Someplace, Reesie had to pack a backpack because a hurricane was coming. and the water levels were getting very high. 

I probably would put a flashlight into my backpack so I can see when the power is out. I would also get a bunch of batteries so my flashlight doesn’t die. I would also bring my phone so I can call for help. I would bring a portable charger if my phone dies. So these are some of the things I would bring if I was in a hurricane. 

One other thing that I would bring is a big snack so I will have some food until the water goes down. These things are the things I would grab food for because there are not going to be any drive through restaurants that would be open during this disaster. I would also bring a folding tent so I can camp out.