Fourth-grade teacher Ms. Shauna Ochoa is proud to introduce a new newspaper project that is inspired, created, and led by a handful of students from her green cohort.
The paper is not a “school assignment,” but rather an enrichment activity that was the students’ idea. Ms. Ochoa’s role is to facilitate and make their vision come to life. Together they have created a unified look for each page. Each student has taken on a section or two of the newspaper that interests them. Members of the cohort have been independently gathering information and writing their articles, then coming together for peer editing. The goal is for the first issue to be published and delivered to all Lower School teachers prior to winter break.
Below is the article that Cate Lewin wrote for the front page about how the idea for a newspaper grew out of a make-believe game.
Green Group Scoop
By Cate Lewin ’29
This newspaper called the Green Group Scoop started out as a dramatic fairy tale game by the Fourth Graders in Ms. Roth's math class. They created a kingdom where two contestants were voted on by the citizens to become queen. As the game grew and members of the court took on jobs within the kingdom, Cate Lewin ’29 and Avni Pai ’29 knew that if they didn’t come up with a position soon enough, they would be left without one. In their rush to have a role in the game, Cate quickly decided that it would be great to run a small newspaper about the events in the kingdom. Avni hastily agreed and they ran around school with clipboards collecting drama and other current events about their kingdom that might go viral in their soon-to-come paper. As word spread about their newspaper, other students that had jobs in the kingdom, and even some that didn’t, started becoming more and more interested in the paper. Surprisingly for Cate, Avni, and their third addition Avery Chirchick ’29, the other members of the court wanted nothing less than to become a working part of the newspaper. Soon after that, the buzz around the entire “green cohort” was about the newspaper. Cate, Avni, and Avery decided to turn their fairy tale adventure into a reality. The Green Group Scoop newspaper became a group project for all the girls in the green cohort. Cate, Avni, Avery, Gemma, Kareena, Chloe, and Valentina met with Ms. Ochoa for lunch that Friday to discuss their new newspaper. They all went home on Friday, November 20 for the Thanksgiving break to begin to write their one or two articles and return the next Monday, with it printed out and ready to discuss and edit. The rest is history!
We are all excited to showcase our talent of writing, our passion for stories, and our love for the world in this fantastic newspaper!
Sierra Canyon School is a private, independent, non-sectarian, co-educational, college preparatory school for students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12 located in Chatsworth, California. The highly cosmopolitan campus community is reflective of the Greater Los Angeles area and the world at large. Students are empowered to realize their greatest creative, ethical, intellectual and physical promise through small class sizes, a diverse student-teacher culture and a family-like environment.