Austin Explosion

By: Wyatt B. The people in Texas are officially living in peril! The fourth explosion in Austin occurred extremely recently, on March 19, at the FedEx distribution center. When the package exploded, nails and sharp metals came out. The bomb knocked an employee off of her feet, but nobody was killed. There have been four…

Quiet, I’m sleeping!

Lack of sleep for students Written by: Saarang B. and Atli A. Los Altos students lose many hours of sleep over many months. Students are sleeping less than the recommended minimum of eight to ten hours of sleep per day. A minority of students (15%) get the minimum eight hours of sleep per day. Many…

Major Drama

Sawyer G. Here at Blach Intermediate school we are pretty good at including the arts in our curriculum. In total we have about eight classes of the arts, one of which is drama, taught by Ms. Meckler. So what is drama like as an elective? Many kids don’t even consider taking drama, however I speak…

The End of the World’s Smartest Man

By Jackson K The world renowned scientist and the world’s smartest man, Stephen Hawking, has died peacefully in his house in Cambridge at 76 years of age. Prof. Hawking made his name on his work with black holes and the theory of relativity. He wrote A Brief History of Time in 1988, but he was…

NBA Playoff predictions

By Kabir C The 2018 NBA trade deadline just passed last month and now is the time to start predicting who will make the playoffs this year. All Star forward Blake Griffin was traded from sunny Los Angeles to the cold city of Detroit. Detroit was hoping to be a free agency destination and a…

School shootings occur in Maryland

By Kabir C At around 4:55 am on Tuesday March 20, 2018, the city of Great Mills dealt with near devastating school shooting.  Great Mills is located south of Baltimore along the Potomac river. 17 year old armed boy, Austin Wyatt Rollins, was found dead, shot by authorities outside Great Mills High School. He used…

Local Student Fencing to Win Championships

By Jamieson D. This scenario is just another typical fencing match for William Siegel, a seventh-grader at Blach. William appears to be just a regular student at Blach, but William plays a fascinating sport. His sport isーfencing. “It’s a unique sport, unlike a lot of other sports, because, instead of using balls, you use a…

That 2 You Got On Your Science Test Might Be the Result of The Candy Bar You Ate

Nutrition’s Impact on Teens’ Academic Performance By Ava K. Nutrition is important for adults and children alike, however, a healthy diet is especially important for teens and good school performance. Studies have shown that students who eat an adequate amount of fruits, vegetables, protein, and fiber perform better on exams than those eating foods high…

Cars in Space; What’s Next?!

By Jamieson D. Most of us have heard about Elon Musk’s car in space and how ridiculous the whole concept was, but did the experiment have a real purpose? The name of the rocket that pushed the car into space is called, “Falcon Heavy” which is a new type of spacecraft that is considered to…

Huge fire rages in Portland, Oregon’s scrapyard and beyond

by Celine P. Early in the morning, around 9 am, a fire in Portland, Oregon lit. The fire was raging from within a large scrapyard. Portland’s skies were gray with puffs of thick smoke. By 10 am the fire escalated and became a five-alarm fire. The forecast says smoky air will be blown west of…