Third Grade Completes Student Newspaper

Kate Peterson

In addition to the Evergreen, there is an emerging newspaper in the Greenhill Lower School.

The Third Grade Gazette is a newspaper where third-grade journalists report on the happenings within the grade and the school. It was created at the beginning of the school year, inspired by the Upper School’s “the Evergreen.”

“When I read it over, I was incredibly impressed,” Third and Fourth Grade Social Studies Teacher Kelly Turner said.  “I just planted the seed for them.”

Stella Vigushin said that the inspiration to start the project began in Turner’s class.

“In social studies class, we had a journalism unit, and ever since then I wanted to be a reporter,” Vigushin said. “I thought that if I wanted to be a reporter when I’m older, [why shouldn’t] I start now.”

The paper is inspired by several newspapers such as Highlights, Scholastic News and The Evergreen.

“We do a report on anything interesting happening in the third grade,” Zev Sidikaro said.

It is exclusively for third graders and seldom reports on events happening outside of the third grade.

There are repeating features in the Gazette that the other third graders read diligently.

“We do[sections on] animals, the library, and we have the ‘What’s Up?’ section,” said Saira Khan, another writer for the paper.

The animal portion focuses on any animal-related event happening on campus. For example, one issue discussed the fifth-grade bird watching assignment. The section on the Montgomery Library writes about popular books. ‘What’s Up’ zeros in on what trends are happening in the third grade, such as businesses that make crafts. There’s another section titled Co-Curricular which talks about the Fine Arts in the lower school and upcoming performances.

The parents of the journalists help them to print and type out their ideas.

“My mom taught me how to do the layout,” Vigushin said.

Students work very hard to produce an interesting and fun paper for their classmates. They dedicate lots of time to it in the classroom and at home.

“I go into my dad’s office and tell everyone ‘Don’t come in here, I’m writing in here,’” Sidikaro said.