Game Changer

The Greater Frisco Chapter of Jack and Jill of America is hosting a competition for students who offer unique services, have a small business or have an idea they would like to turn into a service or business.  The Game Changers competition is based on the television show “Shark Tank”.  Students will present their ideas for funding consideration.  The top presentations win! For more information, please feel free to contact me at

Warm Regards,

Suzanne Wilson Davis

Game Changer
Greater Frisco Chapter Game Changers Competition – Case Criteria

Tangerine and Sinkholes

SB, 3.14

1. Research information about sinkholes for clearer understanding.
2. Search, find, and read a true report of an amazing rescue and record your findings on pg. 193, SB. If you do not find any interesting or amazing reports through your independent search, you can read a true report by clicking here.
3. Complete the assignment on p. 194, SB.

Stretch Your Thinking: Reread the entries dated September 9 and September 11. What is Paul’s self-concept according to the information from September 9 (at this point in the novel)? Think about the juxtaposition of Paul’s self-concept and the event on September 11. How are the two connected?

“In literature, juxtaposition is a literary device wherein the author places a person, concept, place, idea or theme parallel to another. The purpose of juxtaposing two directly/indirectly related entities close together in literature is to highlight the contrast between the two and compare them. This literary device is usually used for etching out a character in detail, creating suspense or lending a rhetorical effect.”  (

So You Want To Be A Writer?

Two Contests Give a Shot at Fame, Patterson Style

“Plenty of kids think they’re comedians, as anyone who has ever attended middle school can attest. Now those junior jokesters can put their comedic prowess toward a greater good than just ticking off the teacher. Kids ages eight to 15 can enter James Patterson’s I Funny. You Funny? contest, inspired by the author’s 2012 middle-grade novel about a classroom cutup, by submitting a link to a video showing up to 60 seconds of them doing a standup routine. The grand prize is a trip to Universal Studios Orlando; up to 10 first-prize winners will have their best joke written into the I, Funny sequel, due out from Little, Brown this December, and up to 10 second-prize winners will receive five full sets of Patterson’s Middle School book series for their school library.

The author himself has gotten in on the act, in a series of video segments filmed with Zachary Gordon, star of the movie version of Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Additional videos will be rolled out over the duration of the contest, which runs through April 15.

A second Patterson-centric contest, this one via Figment, promotes the recent release of The Kiss, the latest in the Wizard & Witch series. Entrants ages 13 and older are invited to write a story, 500 words or less, “about a relationship that no one approves of.” The deadline is February 26; Little, Brown will judge the 200 most “hearted” entries. The winning story will be featured on Patterson’s YA Web site, and the winner will also receive $500, plus an iPad mini stocked with Patterson titles – and a Facebook shout-out from the author.”

Outstanding Students Update

Outstanding Student recognition is based on the following factors:
     Commitment to learning
     Mastery of learning
     Excellence in work
     Excellence in character

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