2014 in review

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Letters to Santa

This year we asked Mrs. Buckley’s 1st grade class to submit the letters they wrote to Santa.  Here are just a few of the wonderful ones we received:

Dear Santa,

How are you and Mrs. Clause!  I have been verey good.  Can I have a fone because I want to call my mom.  I also want to have a happy Christmas because I love Christmas.  Will you bring my mom a dimond because she loves dimonds.

Love, Mia

Dear Santa,

How have your elfs been?  I have been very, very good.  Will you please bring me a iPod so I can call daddy or mom and a elf so I can put it on my bed.  Will you bring Brody bears because he likes bears and Autumn a baby ball because she likes baby balls.  Will you bring Alex a mingcraft game he likes it very much. Will you bring mom and dad a cat and dog?  They like cats and dogs.  I will put cookes out on the table.

Love, Carter

Dear Santa,

How is Rudoff?  I have been verey good.  Will you bring me a olaf pillow because I have never had one and a singing olaf because I have never had one.  Will you bring mom a vase so she can put her floers in it and dad some golf clubs because he does not have eny.  My sister wants a huscey dog.  I will leav a carot out for you and Rudoff.

Love, Sierra

Dear Santa,

How are you doing this year?  I am very very good.  I want and iPod so I can play games and a puppy because it will ceep me cumponey.  Will you bring my dad gluvs so he can slit firwood.  Will you bring my mom a refridgerator so we can fit food in it?  I will promis to give you coces.

Love, Miss Peyton

Dear Santa,

How are you doing?  Im very good.  Will you bring me a toy rod fish because I would like a toy that can swim and a iPod because I want to call my mom.  Will you bring my Sis Virtue five dollars because she likes mone and my Sis Cere a pupy because she likes puppys.  Will you bring dad a fishing pole because he likes fishing?  Will you bring Angus the dog a choo toy because he likes to choo.  I will leav cookes for you.

Love, Killian

Dear Santa,

How are your elves doing?  I have been very good.  Will you bring me a phone cause I don’t have one.  Will your bring my mom dipers cause she has a baby in her tummy.  I will leave carrots on the roof for your reindeer.

Love, Chris

Holiday Recipes

Hershey Pie

From Schwans


  • 1 chocolate wafer pie crust

Layer 1

Layer 2


  1. Whip the cream cheese until softened.
  2. Blend in powdered sugar, cool-whip and vanilla extract.
  3. Put into crust and smooth out top.
  4. Make pudding as directed on box for a pie, using only 1 1/2 cups of milk.
  5. Top pie with pudding mixture and smooth out top.
  6. Finish with Cool Whip and chocolate curls.
  7. Refrigerate until set.

Mini Cheesecakes with Sugared Pecans

From Country Living


1 cup(s) finely crushed shortbread cookies, such as Lorna Doone

1/3 cup(s) finely chopped pecans

1/2 cup(s) coarsely chopped pecans

2 tablespoon(s) light brown sugar

1/8 teaspoon(s) fine salt

1/2 teaspoon(s) fine salt

1 tablespoon(s) butter, melted

2 package(s) (8 ounces each) cream cheese, at room temperature

1 cup(s) granulated sugar

2 tablespoon(s) flour

2 large eggs

1 1/2 teaspoon(s) vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Meanwhile, line 16 standard muffin-tin cups with paper liners and set aside. In a medium bowl, stir together cookie crumbs, finely chopped pecans, brown sugar, and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Stir in melted butter until mixture resembles wet sand. Evenly divide among prepared muffin cups and press down to form a solid bottom layer. Bake until set, 5 to 8 minutes. Transfer pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat together cream cheese and 3/4 cup granulated sugar until blended. Beat in flour and remaining salt. Beat in eggs, one at a time, and vanilla. Divide filling equally among the muffin cups. Bake until set, 16 to 18 minutes. Transfer pans to wire racks to cool completely, then refrigerate cheesecakes for at least 3 hours or up to overnight.
  • Meanwhile, oil a piece of parchment and set aside. In a small skillet over medium heat, stir coarsely chopped pecans and remaining sugar together until sugar melts and is bubbling, and nuts are coated. Transfer to prepared parchment; separate any nuts that are stuck together and let cool. Right before gifting, remove cheesecakes from refrigerator and top each with about 1 1/2 teaspoons candied pecans, to garnish.

Featured Student: Katelyn Rhoads

by Rachel Champluvier

For this edition of The Prowler we decided it would be fun to interview a senior, and so we talked to Katelyn Rhoads.  She is a senior at Keystone High School, where she enjoys school and her friends.  Her favorite subject is science because she likes to experiment with things.  She has not made plans for her future but she gave us some information on what she wants to do.  She told us she has not decided on a college but wants something to do with music, such as a music therapist or a music teacher.

I asked Katelyn some simple questions like are you in band and what instruments do you play?  She gave a real simple answer: yes.  She enjoys playing in Sr. High band, Honors band, and Marching band.  She plays the clarinet and trombone.  She also enjoys singing in the Sr. High Choir and Select Choir.

I asked her what her favorite hobbieswere, and she had trouble deciding what they were because she spends her life around her school work, choir, and band.  She found an answer though  and she said “band, choir, and reading.”  She loves doing these things and she does so much that it can be difficult to do other things you want to do what makes you happy and these things make her happy.  Her favorite book is The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.  She likes it because it is like a fairy tale that writers and readers can believe.

I then asked her what her favorite answer was, and she said Reed’s although she does not have a favorite thing to order.  She likes to mix up her choices and pick different items.  I asked her what her favorite holiday was she said “Christmas.”  It is not about the gifts, she just likes doing Christmas activities and she enjoys seeing all the Christmas decorations.

After interviewing Katelyn I learned many things about her that I never knew.  She might not be known throughout the school but the people that do know her love and are going to miss her when she’s gone.  She doesn’t need to make an impact on the world in order for somebody to notice her.  She is a good student and works hard.  We will miss you Katelyn!

Random January Holidays

by Erica Simpson

January 13th: Make Your Dream Come True Day gives you the opportunity to do something to realize your goals and dreams. Whatever your dreams are, they usually don’t come true without some effort on your part. So, today is the perfect opportunity to do something about it. On this day do something, anything, to move in the direction of achieving your dreams. Sure, sometimes it takes several steps to accomplish them. So view today as a time to get started on them. With a little effort, they will come true! Favorite Song of Dreamers: Somewhere over the Rainbow and If I had a Million Dollars

January 20: Penguin Awareness Day, and World Penguin Day are great opportunities to learn about and appreciate one of the few natives of Antarctica. On these days, spend a little time learning about them…. a pictorial book or internet site is fun. You can also watch a documentary of these cute and popular, grounded birds. These days are also a time to wear black and white—penguin colors. However, wearing a tuxedo in their honor is optional. It is also popular today to tell a penguin joke or two.

Featured Poem

You are the Sun and I am the Moon

You shine your light so brightly;

the reason everyone tries to protect themselves for you is nonsense.

In reality you’re just a small individual labeled as a burning, dangerous, star.

You are a large star while I am a cloud

Your beauty is twinkling and shining for every human to see.

Watch them look at you in awe and enjoyment

They’re enjoying standing together in darkness, admiring your defined features.

I am the moon and the clouds

You are the sun and a star.

We will never collide.



Random October Holidays

by Erica Simpson

You can get more information on http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/october.htm.  Have fun and look up more crazy holidays!

3 World Smile Day -first Friday of month -World Smile Day celebrates the ever popular yellow smiley.

4 National Frappe Day -It’s time to make, or buy, and drink your favorite Frappe.

5 World Teacher’s Day -Teachers deserve a little recognition, and some thanks and appreciation.

6 Mad Hatter Day -The Mad Hatter is always acting silly. So, on Mad Hatter Day, it is only fair and fitting to act a little silly yourself.

9 Curious Events Day -If you have a questioning and curious mind, this is your day. It encourages you to hold some kind of event that peak’s one’s curiosity.

10 World Egg Day  – second Friday of month -World Egg Day celebrates and promotes the benefits of eggs. It is truly a world, or international, celebration, from China and New Zealand, to Great Britain and Mexico.

11 It’s My Party Day -It’s My Party Day is today. Let’s have a party and celebrate. Do you really need a reason to have a party? Me neither, so let’s get this party started!

13 International Skeptics Day -Perhaps the earth isn’t really round!? Maybe, the sky isn’t truely blue!? Does he(she) really love me!? ……..These are the words and questions of the classical skeptic.

14 National Dessert Day – take an extra helping, or two -Celebrate National Dessert Day today. For just one day, forget about the calories and high fat content in many desserts. Then, tomorrow you can go back to your diet.

15 White Cane Safety Day -White Cane Safety Day celebrates and recognizes the achievements of the blind and visually impaired, and their independence.

16 Bosses Day -Now here is a day that gives you a chance to both tell and show the boss what you really think of him or her.

17 Wear Something Gaudy Day -The word “gaudy” refers to something bright, gay, cheap, showy, outlandish, or otherwise not in good taste.

18 No Beard Day -You’ve had a beard so long, that you don’t know what you’d look like without one.

19 Evaluate Your Life Day -Evaluate Your Life Day is a bit scary.

23 Tv Talk Show Host Day -Tv Talk Show Host Day celebrates and honors all Tv Talk Show hosts.

26  Mother-In-Law Day – fourth Sunday in October -If you missed Mother’s Day in May, then here’s another chance to honor your beloved Mother-In-Law. The source of many jokes, a mother-in-law doesn’t usually get the praise and appreciation she deserves.

27 National Tell a Story Day – in Scotland and the U.K. -Tell a Story Day celebrates storytelling of all kinds. It doesn’t matter if it’s fiction or nonfiction, a tall tale, or folklore. Today is a day to tell ’em all. Stories can be from a book, other written material, or from memory.

28 Plush Animal Lover’s Day -Plush Animal Lover’s Day is today. It’s a day to enjoy your plush, stuffed animals.

29 National Frankenstein Day -Frankenstein Friday is the last Friday in October. Originally, we traced some references back to a website on Frankenberry cereal, which suggests a commercial origin.

31 Increase Your Psychic Powers Day -Increase Your Psychic Powers Day is today. Go ahead and guess, errr read my mind….if you can. I’m thinking of a number from one to ten. Okay, take a guess…….what number is it?? Nope, it’s ten. Sure, I fooled you. But, if you truly have psychic powers, you would know I was up to something. The reason for this little exercise (above), was to show you that you need to improve upon your psychic powers. And, today is “the” day to increase your psychic powers.