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The Kentucky Derby

The Kentucky Derby is a stakes race for three-year-old thoroughbred horses. This race is a yearly event held at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky on the first Saturday in May. Along with the race there is a two-week long Kentucky Derby Festival. The race is currently 1 ¼ mile (2.012km). There is special food and drinks during the festival and the race. It is a tradition for attending the race to wear large floppy hats. The race only last 2 MINUTES!!. Until the 70's, only men were allowed to ride in the Derby. To date only six jockeys have been women. Diane Crump was the first female jockey to ride in the Kentucky Derby in 1970.

By: Giada Adamkiewicz and Olivia Walston

Anna Rose
Disguising to Ride

She started out her career using a disguise so no one would know her gender. She used her initials A. R. and her last name Napravnk. In a male-dominated world of horse racing, Anna Rose figured she would have better luck if nobody noticed a woman's name in the track program. With her red hair tucked under her helmet, she blended in with male jockeys in their brightly colored silks, white pants, and polished black riding boots. It took her nine years to become one of the rising stars in her sport. She no longer has to hide the fact that she is female and at 26 she will try to make history at this years Kentucky Derby by winning.

By: Caroline Whitley



Wells Leader In Me Song

Over 300 students were asked to vote for the song that would represent our school. There were three choices, Happy, Rolling in the Deep, and Roar. During our music specials, Ms. Woodard played the songs and then let us vote for our favorite. After the voting, the winner was Roar by Katy Perry. The lyrics will be written by the students with Ms. Woodard's assistance.

By: Angel Cabrera and Betsy Aranda-Garnica

Mother's Day

Mother's Day is a holiday celebrated annually as a tribute to all mothers. It is celebrated on the second Sunday in May. It was started in the 1800's as a day for all women to do service in their communities. It was officially given the name Mother's Day in 1908 by Anna Jarvis in memory of her own mother. So don't forget to give your mom a big hug and do something nice for her, Clean Your Room!!

By: Dearon, Camari, & Patera

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is celebrated on May 30th.
It is a solemn day of remembrance for everyone who has died serving in the American Armed Forces. The holiday, originally known as Decoration Day, started after the Civil War to honor the Union and Confederate soldiers that were killed in the war.

By: Janiya Brown, Ty'Shawn Andrews, & Spencer Graven



Cinco De Mayo

Cinco De Mayo (Spanish for May 5th) is a celebration held on May 5th. The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican Army's victory over the French forces at the Batalla De Puebla on May 5th 1862. Their leader was General Ignacio. Cinco De Mayo is sometimes mistaken as Mexico's Independence Day which is a National Holiday in Mexico celebrated on September 16th.

By: David Wilson & Betsy Aranda-Garnica



EOG Ideas
By: Spencer Graven

End Of Grade maybe scary for you but I have some soothing ideas that might help you to reach your goal:
Eat a ham & cheese sandwich-chemicals in these foods may produce brain growth
Just before the test begins-take 5 deep breathes
Put away phones
Clean out your desk
Listen and follow the instructions






Gemstones around the World

Do you know what your Birthstone is? Well, May's birthstone is an Emerald. Emeralds are a dark green gemstone. Not all gems have been chosen to be a birthstone. Some are more expensive than others such as the diamond, rubies, sapphires, and emeralds. Some of these gems can be found in North Carolina. If you get chance to take a trip with your family, find a mine or a roadside gem store and look for your treasure. Some of the stones you might find are: Amethysts, Smoky Quartz, Rose Quartz, Quartz Crystals, Citrines, Hiddenites, Aquamarines, Golden Beryl, Sapphires, Rubies, Garnets, and Emeralds. These are just a few gems found in North Carolina. Do some research and find out which stone represents the month you were born.

By: Chloe Simpson

Upcoming Events:
May 2 Progress Reports go home
May 5 PBIS: Talent Show (6:30)
May 9-13 Book Fair
May 12 Chorus Concert, College shirt day
May 13 Career Dress Up Day
May 17 Kindergarten Program/PTO 6:30
May 18 Early Dismissal (1:00)
May 26 Science EOG
May 30 Holiday!
June 1 Reading EOG
June 2 Math EOG