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Ninja Girl # 9

Today was the Day she Taught her Magic Trick

by Zeynep Sen

Today was the day she taught her magic trick
She stepped over and got hit by a prick
Her feet where sadly bare
And she fell over there
And that’s what happened to the chick

There was once man named Zoey
He went out with his wife Cloey
They started to fight
And she gave a bite
And they left with bite marks showy

There are Birds the Color of the Sky

by Mahima Rupakula

There are birds the color of the sky
Over the glassy pond they sing and fly
Once, they dived into the glass
Only to fly far and pass
The water that would’ve made them die

The birds were going to their field
Tired, the birds decided to yield
The birds came to rest
But then came a pest
So those birds made a feathery shield

The birds with the shield flew again
One bird had a very bad sun tan
The bird started to burn
Its mind started to churn
And the birds had a tanning ban


Waltz Wave

Everything in its Right Place
by Jared Gacusan
is in
right place.
I feel like
I just ate gold,
my teeth are
need some
so I
can eat food

Waltz Wave

A Sphere with Potential
by Jared Gacusan
it up
stuff it
back in me.
There is
of great
a sphere with a
It is
and has
an eye of
clear glass.
pick it


If I Was a Cloud

by Mahima Rupakula
I am as free as can be. Looking down, I see the world. Is it dry? Am I prepared to cry? My tears turn into life, my tears are rain. No, this world is happy, for now. I can float away for a moment. Oh! My arm has split! It will come back, the vapor will reform. Ahh, my life is never over, it has never even started. Wait, I think I hear something. It’s just those children. What do those silly humans think I look like now? One says ice cream, one says penguin. They are such fun! My arm has come bad and is telling me to depart. Time to leave, must not upset the island. They have been having a harsh drought.

Just looking down at those poor people, suffering under the heat and dry weather, I start to turn black with rain. Darker and darker I become. The people start to cheer, and I start to tear. The rain has fallen, the crops are alive and the fires are out. Then I feel myself start to move. The chilly North ocean wind is tearing at us again. I am blown to Illinois and meet more of me there. (This may be confusing. It’s just that each cloud is not entirely single. Each cloud is actually made of water droplets that were part of one single cloud once. That large cloud, the one that became us little clouds, was called Cangea.) The north ocean wind is ordering us to do something. No! It cannot be! I will never turn against those poor citizens. The wind shakes the snow out of our unwilling arms. The snow turns into a blizzard and I start to feel very cold. My fluffy stature starts to expand and my shoes become hail. I try to pull away smelling the frosty, salty smell that comes from the north ocean. The north ocean winds will never catch up to me if I become a cirrus cloud. I taste water, the blood of a cloud. I realize there is no time to shrink, I plummet toward the Earth.

Down I go, and I disguise as fog. Slowly my molecules stop contracting and start expanding. I felt a slight brush of material as I pass through objects. Now I feel safe, now I feel happy. I will be safe as soon as the warm and tropical south sea winds pick me up. A cloud is never really sad, we do not really feel. All I feel is particles, expanding and contracting. All I do is fly on the winds, waiting for my chance to dissolve away.


I am the “Friendship” Poster in Computer Lab...

by Fareen Ali

I believe in friendship. But for so long I haven’t seen or felt friendship in this class. All I see in front of me is gossip and parody. Are these people really friends? Sometimes I can smell blame, lying, backstabbing, and rudeness. I wish for a happier, more peaceful world where everybody got along.  Sometimes, I do see and hear  people laughing with each other, telling funny stories, or helping each other.  But what is really bubbling underneath. Even I am not wise nor smart enough to answer the big question.  Sometimes people are shouting nasty things about others, and many a time they make sarcastic remarks. Perhaps, they do not mean it, but it hurts to see when friends are entirely true or compassionate to each other.

But all I can do is advertise such things, with my friendly pictures and truthful comments. Yet I usually see no one looking at me.  No one paying attention to true friendship .  But all I want is to be paid attention to, for that is my job, my need, and my want.

I can practically taste it: no worries, no gossip, and no mean sarcasm. All I want and suggest is for caring and friendship.


Tom's Limerick

by Jared Gacusan

There once was a man named Tom

Who lived in the country Vietnam

He had a great internet connection

But had a bad infection

He read on


by Joshua Bao

Our school was registered in the MATHCOUNTS test for the Chapter level competition. The MATHCOUNTS competition is designed to help students to get ready for college, and to boost behavior towards math. MATHCOUNTS wants excellence, confidence and curiosity in students. However, not anyone can join. You first must pass the school level test. The qualifying students were separated into the school team and the individual team. The students for the team are: Matthew 7C, Muhammad 7C, and Rohit 6B and Ken 7C. The individuals are: Avni (7C), Joshua and Sonaal (7C and 6B), Logan (7C), Anushi (6B), and Pari (7C). Our team had been preparing for a long time, so we thought we would do well.

To get to the competition, which took place at the San Jose State University, we had to carpool. When we arrived there, we just waited for a while, and then we went inside. They talked about what we would do, and explained the rules. After a while, we went to our test rooms. Ms. Ramiso and Alper, Muhammad’s dad gave us a pep talk, and then we left for the test. The individuals were separate from the team members, so we all said our good lucks, and we left. The test consists of three parts. The sprint round, which had thirty problems to do in forty minutes, the target round which had eight problems to do in twenty four minutes, and the team round which we had ten problems to do in twenty minutes (for individuals is doesn’t count).

When we had finished, we had lunch. There were Togo’s, chips, and a lot of fruit. We had about an hour and a half to eat, so we ate a lot. When we were done, we talked for a while and then went in for the final round, the countdown round. The team members got automatic entry, but only the top individuals went in. None of our school’s individuals made it, but we had a fun time outside. Our team members all went in, but for some strange reason, Matthew wasn’t called until almost the end. While the competition was taking place, we played a sort of hide and seek and tag combined game. All in all, it was a fun experience, and when it was time to go, we were all ready pretty worn out.

I left with Muhammad, and arrived home in the afternoon. I enjoyed our time at the university, and I hope next year we will do better. Although we didn’t make the state level competition, we all have the experience and hopefully we might even make it to the nationals. I hope we will succeed

The Team

by Joshua Bao

On Friday, we had our soccer tryouts. The soccer tryouts were to determine who would make our soccer team. The AMSP students were late because they were taking the MATHCOUNTS test, but they still got to participate. First, the students had to do the long run so the coach could test their stamina. After that, they did sprints.

The students practiced all sorts of skills needed to play in a soccer game, except for shooting. The AMSP students came late, but they came in time for the chipping and punting drills. The students also practiced passing, which is really useful in a game. The coaches Ibrahim and Tiffany have posted the results, so please check the bulletin boards. Practices should be on Friday, unless there is rain. All team members must participate including alternates.

Also the ping pong teams have been formed. There is a slight confusion. Unless you are on the basketball team, you can only participate on one team. Many students have quit the soccer team to join the ping pong team. The ping pong teams were formed a few weeks ago, but the last two spots were taken in yesterday’s tryouts. If you have questions, ask Mr. Saka. The ping pong club is every Friday in the hallway, second session.

Our new basketball team started off with a rocky start, but they have straightened out, and are going to the basketball tournament in Oakland next Saturday on the 26th. No spots are available on the basketball team, as the tryouts were a couple of weeks again. Hopefully we win next week, so good luck to the Knights! Students will get ten positive points if they go to a game.

Again, good luck to our basketball team. We should also say good luck to the ping pong team, which is going to a ping pong tournament, and our soccer team. Go Knights!!!


Haiku Chain

by Angie, Bob, Jared, Mahima, Sophy and Taylor.

an exquisite corpse haiku, every line had to include one of these words:
cheese, curses, music, run, swim, turtle.

Cheese dried by the scorching sun
Music swam across the wind.
Curses, cheddar-head!

Cursing music blazes
Fire that never stops.
Turtles go swim, now!

Music is like snow
it falls like soggy cheese puffs
curses the dancing fin

Music through water
Down the runny stream they go.
Turtles will eat too

Curses are bad for you,
your turtles, and your inward
Leaves taking a swim

Music pumps my blood
Music swims the veins in me.
Run from the curses, run turtles!
Don't pick up the phone

Turtles will discover
the cheese is in the hard dirt
Curse the land below

Music makes me dance
curses. Turtles make me run
cheese makes me sing high.

Run away from here
You will never swim again
run to the moon's glow

Turtles eat the snow
Say cheese! Lil turtles, say cheese!
Swim across the pond!

The cheese blew away
Take the money and run like flowers
of mozzarella.

Stars sing soft music
Wind swims in chocolate rain
in curses in spring

Run in the light rain
Demonic flowers bloom upward
Towards sitar music.

Bob cursed the turtles
He left the turtle in the mud
shouting, "run, buddy!"

Run in the cold wind
Turtles dirtied in the ground
That got caked in blood!

Turtles run with leaves
free in the dream swim of wind
Nature made cheeses

God! Curse turtles, man!
They swam across my hurt foot!
Swim away from it

Nature caresses turtles
blue cheese still calls me to her
run in the cold snow

Dip in the cursed sun
that had cursed blood in his veins.
The cheese swam in ponds

run toward winter's end
curse the rain and chilli snow
swim across the music

Down the street turtles!
Away from the thorny curse
Music howls with trees

bare in winter's cheese
Swim int he summer's winds
dive into life's cake

That has darn turtles in it!
The cheese blew over the pond.
They will steal the earth


There is no more ground

by Mahima Rupakula

There is no more ground
Ever sturdy and living
And there is no more soil
Though it feels so real
Never forget to try, Mahima,
Never forget to go fly
There is a big cloud-
Where you can spread your wings
There, I hear a voice;
In its tone
Is caring, something you’ve never heard here:
Ridhima, my sister,
Away from the rain I now escaped, come!

A replacement poem based on "There is another sky”
by Emily Dickinson

There is another sky,
Ever serene and fair,
And there is another sunshine,
Though it be darkness there;
Never mind faded forests, Austin,
Never mind silent fields -
Here is a little forest,
Whose leaf is ever green;
Here is a brighter garden,
Where not a frost has been;
In its unfading flowers
I hear the bright bee hum:
Prithee, my brother,
Into my garden come!


Grunged Dream

by Angie Gomez
What happens to a dream that grunged?
Does it rot in your in your head for eternity,
Like a bad memory?
Or is it like an idea that physique,
And never came to be?
Does it still cling on to you
Like an infant to their mother?
Or does it crystallized and sugar over
Like a syrupy sweet?
Or haunt  you in your sleep,
Or does take rest along with you.

A replacement poem based on A Dream Deferred
by Langston Hughes 

What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore--
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over--
like a syrupy sweet?
Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.
Or does it explode?

Do We Enjoy Pizza with Ketchup and Fries?

by Hibah Wasim

She is Sally
Sally she is
That Sally-she-is!
That Sally-she-is!
You do not enjoy Sally-she-is!
Do we enjoy
pizza with ketchup and fries?
I do not enjoy them, Sally-she-is.
I do not enjoy
pizza with ketchup and fries.
Would you eat them served in a bowl or plate?
I would not eat them served on a bowl or plate.
I will not eat them anywhere.
I do not like
pizza with ketchup and fries, Sally-she-is
Would you enjoy them in a zoo?
Would you enjoy them when a cow said moo?
I do not enjoy them
in a zoo.
I do not enjoy them
when a cow says moo.
I do not enjoy them
served in a bowl or plate.
I do not enjoy them anywhere.

A replacement poem based on Green Eggs and Ham
by Dr. Seuss

I am Sam
Sam I am
That Sam- I- am!
That Sam- I- am!
I do not like that Sam- I- am!
Do you like
green eggs and ham?
I do not like them, Sam- I- am.
I do not like
green eggs and ham.

Would you like them
here or there?
I would not like them
here or there.
I would not like them anywhere.
I do not like
green eggs and ham.
I do not like them, Sam- I- am.
Would you like them in a house?
Would you like them with a mouse?
I do not like them
in a house.
I do not like them
with a mouse.
I do not like them
here or there.
I do not like them


by Bob Marcacci

If moles were exceptional,
And water was chocolate rain,
And lice were pets,
And a truth ain't a truth,
But stuff could stop wrong,
For in someway a super predicament,
You would become you.

If moon was Maine and when was wince,
And what was waste, and white was orange,
There may be any acceptance
For through whatever effervescence
I would have been I.

If hate was soft and cubes were circular
And anger were actually and sighs were silly
What-not wouldn’t be fairly
Yet everybody everywhere nearly
For if where was warily
We would believe we.

A replacement poem based on If
by e. e. cummings

If freckles were lovely, and day was night,
And measles were nice and a lie warn't a lie,
     Life would be delight,-
     But things couldn't go right
     For in such a sad plight
I wouldn't be I.

If earth was heaven, and now was hence,
And past was present, and false was true,
     There might be some sense
     But I'd be in suspense
     For on such a pretense
You wouldn't be you.

If fear was plucky, and globes were square,
And dirt was cleanly and tears were glee
     Things would seem fair,-
     Yet they'd all despair,
     For if here was there
We wouldn't be we.


Ninja Girl: Episode III

The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader

By Fareen Ali

The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader is an action-packed adventure with talking animals, sea serpents, and hidden treasures. Beating out the first two Narnia movies, this movie has an unforgettable story with tons of magic, action, and mystery. It is the story of Lucy and Edmund Pevensie, and their cousin, Eustace Scrubb who find themselves in the land of Narnia, and venture out to solve the the mystery of the green mist, which is a mysterious light green mist that devours people. However, the movie had some flaws, like some silly dialogue, and scenes that did not make sense. In general, The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader, is a movie treat for the entire family.

Movie rating: PG

Movie Meter: 79 out of 100.


by Mahima Rupakula

A current is a strong force
As strong as a mountain
Still a current can be as gentle as a drop of water

People have currents
Flowing through the brain and the vein, moving us along because
A current is a strong force

A current could be feeling
Strong like anger
Still a current can be as gentle as a drop of water

Confidence is a current
Moving you on until it is blocked because
A current is a strong force

When things fall in the way you feel as if
There is no way to make your current soft
Still a current can be as gentle as a drop of water

I found a friend
To remove stones, so the current can move because
A current is a strong force
Still a current can be as gentle as a drop of water

Chocolate Pudding

by Zeynep Sen

It’s sweet and brown like chocolate frown
Creamy and soft like the clouds
Humans enjoy it very much

It’s made with cocoa powder
Every time the crowd gets louder
It’s sweet and brown like chocolate frown

You fill your spoon to the top
And gulp it all down
Humans enjoy it very much

When you’re about to eat your last spoon
It’s your most enjoyed piece
It’s sweet and brown like chocolate frown

You go to the cooking pot
And find out the joy is back
Humans enjoy it very much

You scoop some more into your bowl
And it tastes like heaven with your soul
It’s sweet and brown like chocolate frown
Humans enjoy it very much

Rain, Gray Days and Cold

by Bob Marcacci

Rain, gray days and cold
weather. Go to work
again. Go to sleep.

Try to dream. Try
to think of that book.
Rain, gray days and cold

winter blues make me
tired. Where do I go
again. Go to sleep

to forget. Listen
to the drops on the roof.
Rain, gray days and cold.

Who calls me?
Where are you?
Again, go to sleep

and tomorrow comes
even if no one believes
rain, gray days and cold
again. Go to sleep.

Staying in Las Vegas

by Josh Bao

As the plane touched down in LAS, I looked out the window. The pilot had just said that Vegas was hot and tropical, but as I looked, Vegas did not look like the way its reputation boasted of. I was here for the AMSP Winter Camp. We were going to stay in Las Vegas for four days. I joined my group, as we filed off the plane. We went to the baggage claim, and there were many gaming machines for gamblers. When everybody had their bags, we left for the pickup area. We waited for a while, and my group’s teacher told us to look for a “silver KIA.” We waited for a while until we saw the car.

All four of us crammed into the car, and our driver took us to the University of Las Vegas (UNLV). We checked in and got the key cards to our dorms. Each room had two beds, so I assumed that we had roommates. I waited for my school group to come, but they didn’t come. Eventually, we had to go to dinner, so I went with my original group. We went to the ballroom in the university, and we ate dinner. After dinner, we left into one of the buildings to have an orientation.

In the middle of the orientation, my friend Jared came, and we were the only people from our school there. They announced houses and groups, and then we went to see a movie. There was two choices: October Sky and How to Train a Dragon.  I watched “October Sky,” and when the movie was almost done, we finally saw our group. My roommate was Rohit. The rest of my group got settled, and we talked. Then we realized that we had to share bathrooms with four people. Luckily, our neighbors were Ken and Matthew, unlike Javid and Jared, who were sharing bathrooms with my original group.

We talked for a long time, and my friends ate their dinner. Then, we brushed teeth, and did all of our regular “before bed” rituals. Finally we went to bed.

The next day we went to breakfast, and ate. During breakfast, we had a fun time taking Javid’s pencil box, and hiding it. When we finished breakfast, we went to math class. We spent the morning doing math problems, and learning faster solutions. Then, when we were finished, we went to have lunch. We ate, and kept hiding Javid’s pencil case. After lunch we went to our dorms for some time. Then we went to our house meeting, where we played a game Detectives, Thieves, Robbers (DTR).

When we were finished, we were allowed to go to our dorms for bed. Again, we went to bed, and did our rituals. It was funny, because Jared played a prank on us before we went to bed. The next day, I woke up a little earlier, and I prank called Jared. Then our floor supervisor, called us all up for breakfast. The day went by just like the day before, but this time we had to do a puzzle during our house meeting. We only completed one puzzle, but that is because one of the other puzzles was missing a lot of pieces.

When we went to bed, I felt really happy, because this camp was really exciting. The next morning, the morning was the same, but we were supposed to take a practice MathCounts round. We did many worksheets, and at the end, they announced those who had went to the final round. Among them was Ken Tanaka, but unfortunately, he lost to an eighth grader on the last question.

At the house meeting, we had to build a bridge out of spaghetti. We made many bridges, and balanced 3 candies. However, there was an annoying kid, who kept running up the stairs with members of his group, and so we had to build a security system. Finally, we finished, and our group waited for Mr. Bal to come heck on us, and then we pranked him.

The next day was our trip to Hoover Dam. We packed up, and then left to the cars. We spent the morning admiring the sights of the magnificent life-sustaining dam. When we returned to the university, I bid farewell to my school group. Then my own group left, and surprise, surprise I saw my old school group. Their story was that they missed their flight. We were all trying to get on the 6:30 flight, and we actually made it. I will always remember that trip.