Eisenhower Relocates to IJHS


On April 16, 2021, there was a devastating fire at Eisenhower Elementary School. The fire resulted in tragedy for some classrooms, but students were soon back in school at Horace Mann and the Junior High. This year, the students and teachers of Eisenhower are all working at the Junior High.  

Eisenhower teachers have had to make adjustments due to the fire.. Mrs. DeOre said, “When it happened it was really shocking.” Mrs. Anderson stated that, “It was devastating,” but added,“I love how my principal and administrators kicked into action to get a plan together, so we wouldn’t miss school and be behind the rest of the district.”

 While missing their old school, some teachers saw some positives in the switch from Eisenhower to IJHS. Mrs. DeOre said that she feels really great about being at the Junior High and that it’s a nice building. “Everyone has been very nice and welcoming to us,” said Mrs. DeOre. “I have to say the AC is a bonus,” said Mrs. Anderson.  She added, “I love seeing former students and colleagues in the halls. It brings a smile to my heart.” 

Eisenhower students have also had to adjust. Mrs. Anderson said, “At first, they were intimidated by the size and all of the stairs, but they handle it all just fine now.” Mrs. DeOre also mentioned that her students enjoy having their own lockers. 

In conclusion, even though there was a horrific fire at Eisenhower Elementary School, there were still many pros to the move from Eisenhower to IJHS. It was initially tough for the students and teachers of Eisenhower to switch over to the Junior High. It is very devastating that the fire at Eisenhower has occurred, but hopefully soon Eisenhower will be back and better than ever.


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Halo’s Cloud World

BY LILy Manzi

“What just happened?” 

“I have no idea.” 

They stood looking at the pile of ashes that used to be their school. 

“Halo, I think you have powers,” said Derran. Minutes earlier they were inside their classroom talking. All of the sudden there were flames shooting out of Halo’s hands. 

“ I don’t know how I did that. I was just wishing I had flames shooting out of my hands and there they were.” 

“Um, wish for me to have an ice cream sundae.”

 Halo shut her eyes and wished for it and all of the sudden he  had an ice cream sundae. As they talked some more she tried to unwish that. He did not lose the ice cream. She did not really care because she could just take it and throw it out. As she slowly realized the powers she started freaking out. 

“Derran what if I wish for something terrible out of anger and embarrassment. What do I do then?!” 

“ Calm down. Nothing bad will happen.” 

“ You don’t know that!! What if I wish for a different world or people to have superpowers! When I dream I always wish for stuff. What do I do!!”

 “There is a very slim chance of that and if it would happen it would only affect  everything you know and love.”

 “Thanks now I feel great.”

 “Sorry I’m just telling the truth.” 

“I have to go eat dinner see you tomorrow.” 

As Halo made her way home she tried listening to some music to take her mind off the day. When she finally got home her principal was talking to her parents about the accident. She sat down awkwardly. Her parents explained that they had been talking about a boarding school. She ran up to her room without saying anything and starting sobbing into her pillow. After a while her parents finished their conversation with the principal and went upstairs to talk to her. They told her great things would happen from this. They got her on board and told her she had one more week before she left to go she started packing up some of her stuff that she would need. She finally went to sleep and wished for the best.  When she woke up she did not remember any dreams but she thought she had not wished for anything bad. She was wonderfully surprised when she came downstairs to her mother telling her that work and school was cancelled for the day. Halo’s mom had made a huge breakfast and after they ate Halo went to the pool to hang out with Derran and some other friends. She ordered with her friends and she wished that the pool workers  would give them their food free and it happened. They were swimming around the pool and Halo saw her worst enemy, Sam. Halo wished that her food would be gross and Sam would act like a baby when she got in the water. It was so funny watching a highschooler standing in the 3 ft area and saying she could not touch. She tried to unwish it but she could not. It was not great but not a huge deal. While they were seeing who could act more like sea creatures she wished people could shapeshift and teleport. 

“ Oh, no.” thought Halo. When she tried to tell her friends they just laughed and so she wished there was an imaginary world in the clouds that she could teleport to. She pulled Derran to the side and told him what she wished. He reminded me what he had said 

“It would only affect everything you know and love. So it won’t be that bad.”


 “Sorry. You will be fine. You can always unwish it.”

 Halo tried unwishing it but nothing changed. Until out of nowhere two men in all black suits walked up to her and handed her a letter. It was a reminder that she could not unwish anything.

 “Oh, no.” said Derran. Halo started to freak out and slowly lifted off the ground and floated up into a tree. Derran tried to climb the tree to get Halo but missed as she floated up into a low cloud. Derran started to freak out and started floating with her. After a while of floating, they landed open front of a beautiful castle on a cloud. When they looked at where they were standing, they were scared. They Were On A Cloud! 

They walked into the castle expecting to see monsters, but the only people were friends and family in there. She calmed down. Now five years later no one has ever seen Halo and her friends since, but everyone hopes they are striving on Halo’s cloud world.