My cat's worst nightmare
My cat Sox was 6 months old when he was run over by a car.
He came limping home, with one paw bleeding. He was crying loudly and we
came and picked him up and put him in the car.
I was scared that he was going to die, but he made it. When we got
to the veterinarian, she immediately put him in a room where she stitched
him. We waited for an hour, and the veterinarian came out with Sox, who had
stitches on the leg that was run over. He was just fine. I was glad that he
was all right.
--Yasmine Santis, Grade 3
Fire in the kitchen
One day, early in the morning, my mom and I were making hot
chocolate in the kitchen. My sweatshirt was very close to the burner, but
Then suddenly my big brother turned around and screamed, "Avery's
sweatshirt is on fire!"
I looked down at my sweatshirt, it was on fire. My mom quickly
untied my sweatshirt from my waist. Then she took it over to the sink and
poured cold water on the flaming sweatshirt. The fire went out quickly. My
sweatshirt was black where the fire had been, but who cares about that. At
least I was OK and not burned up like my sweatshirt.
I was all right after the terrifying event. From that day on I
never wear my sweatshirt around my waist when I am cooking.
--Avery Naar, Grade 3
Student gets hamsters for birthday
I got a hamster for my birthday. My birthday was December
17. My sister gave my hamster to me. Her name is Cookies.
She had eight babies: four boys and one girl. They are so
I brought two of my hamster to school. My friends played with them.
They are kind of big. The boys run fast. The mom gets out of her cage, but
I catch her.
There is one small one. It has big eyes. I have it at home. The
small one is a boy. It is brown and white. They like to play in the wheel
in their cage.
--Holly Delahanty, Grade 4
Wild animals in Palo Alto
Wild animals like raccoons, opossums and skunks are raiding
peoples' yards. This happens almost nightly. They are very destructive and
Raccoons are eating chickens and digging up flowers. They go
through ca doors to get any kind of food. They also knock over trash cans
and fight your pets. Opossums are just as bad.
Skunks do lots of damage too. They stink up your yard, they make
your dog smell, and they dig holes in your garden.
Rats are annoying also. They get into your garage and poop all
over. These animals are the most dreadful in the world to me.
I have the nicest grandfather. My grandfather has a big
garden, a beautiful one too. It has lots of colorful flowers in it. Bees
are hurrying around the garden. He grows potatoes too.
One day I was in the garden picking flowers and I saw a sunflower,
but there was only one flower. I went and asked him if I could pick it . He
said, "Yes!" He's the nicest grandfather in the world!
--Elsa Hagersten, Grade 3
Things I like
The things I like to do are playing with my dog, because he
likes it and I think it's fun.
I also like ice skating because it's very challenging and fun, but
my favorite sport is swimming.
It is very much fun and I think I am good at it too, because I have
been on the swim team for about five years. Like I said, it's fun.
--Kate Hendrickson, Grade 3
Many parents would like to change jobs
It is interesting how many people have one job, but would
prefer another. I interviewed 10 Nixon parents on what their jobs are, and
what jobs they would like to have if they could have any jobs at
I was surprised that none of the 10 people had the same job. Seven
out of 10 people wanted a slightly or completely different job than the one
they have. Only three out of 10 wanted their current job.
These are the people who wanted different jobs: Sue, Ariel's mom,
is a scientific consultant and a scientific editor, but is aspiring to be a
writer. Trevor, Sammy's dad, is a professor of statistics, but would like
to be a movie star. Lynda, Sammy's mom, is a homemaker, but if she had a
job outside the home, she would be an explorer. Jim, Jonathan's dad, is an
engineer, but would like to be a senior engineer, a similar, but higher
position. Jonathan's mom, Chona, is an accountant for Spieker Properties,
but would rather be a volunteer at Nixon Elementary School. Jeff's dad,
Andy, is an electronics' technician; he would prefer to be a park ranger.
Jeff's mom, Romy, works in insurance claims, but wants to be an
Many of the jobs that people prefer are more creative or
adventurous than the ones they currently have.
The three people who are happy with their current jobs all work at
Stanford: Ariel's dad, Patrick, is a molecular biologist; Jason S.'s mom,
Laura, is an historian; and Jason's dad, Bruce, is a doctor.
The results of this survey make me wonder how the people who would
prefer different jobs went about choosing their current jobs, and if they
had their dream jobs, whether they would wish they had the jobs they have
--Ariel Klapholz-Brown, Grade 4
Mothers quit work to spend more time with kids
I interviewed two mothers who used to have jobs, but don't
work outside the home anymore. I asked them what their job was, why they
quit and what degrees they had.
Sue first decided to only work four days a week because she was
unhappy with her full-time job as a scientist in a biotechnology company
and she wanted to spend more time with her three children.
Then she discovered how great it was to be around her kids more of
the time, and also she realized how important it was to her kids for her to
be with them. So she quit her job, and started to work just part-time,
mainly when her kids were in school.
She was 40 when she stopped her full-time job. She had a B.S. in
Biology, a Ph.D. in Genetics and an M.D.
Cindi also quit her job because she wanted to be with her children.
She was an advertising copywriter, and wrote ads for television, radio,
newspapers and magazines.
She was 32 when she quit working. She had a B.A. in English and did
graduate work in public communications. She said she likes her new job, as
the mother of two boys, better than her old one.
--Ariel Klapholz-Brown, Grade 4
Student has lived in two states
My name is Becky Staiger. I was born in the Stanford
Hospital, and I lived in California for five years, and then when I turned
six, my family and I moved to Madison, Wisconsin.
It was a hard move, and when I got to my new house in Madison, I
felt like crying because I missed my Californian friends so much. But a few
hours later, a 12-year-old girl from across the street came by and brought
us a cake. I was out at the time, but my mother told me how the cake had
gotten into our house.
I then learned that the girl's name was Carolyn Corry, and her
mother's name was Sally, which is the same as my mother's name. Carolyn
soon became my friend, although she was much older than me. Then she was my
babysitter too, but only on some nights when my parents were out because
she had school in the day.
It was very hard to get used to the different expressions used
there. For instance, "bubbler" there would mean "water fountain" here.
"Budge" there would mean "cut" here. But the most difficult thing to get
used to was the street I lived on. In California, I lived on a flat street
that had a child in about every house and that was a dead end so that cars
hardly ever came down the street, and we could run across the street to
each other's houses whenever we pleased. In Madison, the street was on a
hill and a lot of cars drove on it a lot, and there were hardly any kids on
There was a boy my age, and there was a girl my age named Nikki
Lindroth, who turned out to be one of my best friends. Our birthdays were
six days apart, and hers was first. Her birthday was July 8, 1987, and mine
was July 14, 1987.
So you can see what the differences were. But after a while I made
some friends. And then I wasn't so lonely anymore. But now I'm back here
for a year, and I have made a new friend.
--Becky Staiger, Grade 4
Students born in many places
As you all know, people are born in many places. I
interviewed all the children in A-2 at Nixon School.
Some people, such as Sharon, were born as far away as Oxford,
England. She remembers that Oxford was bigger than Palo Alto, but not as
many people. She remembers markets that she used to go to. She also
remembers houses on the street that she used to live in. Sharon also
remembers best friends.
I also interviewed a boy named Jason Smoller who was born in
Boston, but sadly, he does not remember anything. I interviewed the
teacher, Mrs. Rumwell. She was born in Jacksonville, Fla. She enjoyed deep
sea fishing in the Gulf of Mexico, but it was very hot and humid. What she
loved the most was watching alligators in rivers next to her
Our aide, Christine, was born in South Gate, California, but she
does not remember anything. What surprised me the most was most children
were born right here in Stanford.
--Hansen Perkins, Grade 4
Parent profile Bob Staiger
The following article is all about my dad, Bob, and what he
has learned about Stanford University.
Bob Staiger, 39, is a fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in
the Behavioral Sciences. He is an economist and he is doing research of the
International Trade Agreements. The Center for Advances Studies in the
Behavioral Sciences is in Leland Stanford Jr. University.
Bob likes Stanford very much. He likes the weather, he likes lots
of time to do research, and he likes the colleagues at Stanford.
His favorite place is Green Library. His utmost favorite place is
the C-permit parking place because it is so far away from anything you'd
ever want to go to.
The person who founded Stanford was Leland Stanford, but Leland
named Stanford after his son Leland Stanford, Jr. When Leland Stanford was
traveling once, he got very sick and died. When Mrs. Stanford died, she
left the rest of the Stanford family money to Stanford University and in
her will she stipulated that all Stanford buildings built with Stanford
family money must have red tile roofs. it is said that he did this so that
she could spot the Stanford campus from heaven by the red roofs. Today,
Stanford is a leading university in a wide range of disciplines. It also
supports campuses in many countries throughout the world.
--Becky Staiger, Grade 4
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