Homeschool Connections Newspaper Vol. 1 | Homeschool Connections
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Homeschool Connections Newspaper Vol. 1

Welcome to the first edition of the Homeschool Connections newspaper. This publication is written and produced by students in Mrs. Kapusta’s class. We hope you enjoy this publication. 


An Interview with Mayor Barnett

In a recent interview with the mayor of Rochester Hills, Michigan, Bryan Barnett, the newly planned Innovations Hills was discussed. The park is the first new park in Rochester Hills since 1989. A group in Washington is helping them find grants for financing and development. It was originally going to be called Riverbend Park, but it was changed to the more original Innovations Hills. Plans are still in the works, so not much else can be shared.
Also according to Mayor Barnett, there are new restaurants coming to town. P.F.Changs is being developed in the Village of Rochester Hills. In addition, Culvers recently opened near the corner of Auburn and Rochester Road. More restaurants are being planned for the east side of town.
Mayor Barnett says the biggest problem facing the Rochester area now is navigation. People want more restaurants and shopping areas, but they don’t want to deal with all the traffic. The city continues to grow, so managing that growth is a top priority for the city.
When asked about homeschooling, Mayor Barnett said that while he has chosen to put his children in public schools, he does not have a problem with homeschooling. He respects that personal choice that some make

[bquote author=”Matthew Hernandez”]

An Interview with Homeschool Connections Staff Member, Katie Vallius

Mrs. Vallus, is a supervisor at Homeschool Connections. She currently lives in Shelby Township and homeschools her own kids. She enjoys homeschooling because she loves to teach her kids and is able to watch them build character. Every Tuesday around 6:30 am,         Mrs. Vallus and the other supervisors of Homeschool Connections start preparing the class rooms and halls of Faith Church for the students arriving for the 9:00 classes.
Out of the six campuses in the southern part of Michigan, she likes the Rochester Hills and Shelby campuses because of the hall layout, number of classrooms, and the amount of space in each room.

[bquote author=”Brandon Janicki”]

Patriots Take Surprising Loss Against Kansas City

The first official National Football League (NFL) game started off very much how we thought it would, with the New England Patriots making the first touchdown of the season. The celebration didn’t last long though, as Kansas City soon scored a touchdown afterwards.
At the end of the half, the game was proving to be a real show as the score was 14-17, Patriots favor. The Patriots stayed strong throughout the third quarter, but in the last and final quarter, the Patriots made a costly fumble, and a few more mistakes causing the Chiefs to get 21 points in the final quarter making the final score 27-42. A shocking loss by New England, and last year’s Super Bowl champs.

[bquote author=”Dylan Campbell”]

Movie Review-Spiderman Homecoming Rated PG-13

Peter Parker, a 15 year old boy, is not your average teenager. Unless you count having web shooters attached to your hands, being able to climb walls, and having super strength as average (which I highly doubt), he is just your friendly neighborhood spider man!

Most teenagers just want to be like the cool kids at school, not Peter Parker. He wanted to become a part of the Avengers. Ever since Tony Stark (Iron Man) came to him for help (in Captain America: Civil War), Peter had called him multiple times but never seemed to be able to get a hold of him. When he did, it was always his assistant “Happy” who then always hung up.

To keep himself preoccupied, however, Peter became the friendly neighborhood spider man, stopping small crimes everyday after school. However, one day he when he found some guys robbing an ATM, he noticed something peculiar. The weapons they had were like nothing he had ever seen before. They were very high tech and powerful for a simple robbery. Worried this might lead to something bigger and worse? Peter again, tried to contact Stark.

As always Peter could not get a hold of him and decided to take care of it himself. What will happen when he does figure out what is going on? Find out by watching Spider Man Homecoming.

News on Hurricane Maria and The Puebla Earthquake

3 things YOU should know about Hurricane Maria.

  •  Tropical winds and flooding began Tuesday September 26.
  • Most of the south and north part of the east coast will be affected by this Hurricane due to heavy rain.
  • By the end of next week hurricane Maria is scheduled to move east into the Atlantic ocean leaving the east coast.

For more information please visit this website:

[bquote author=”Matthew Sheffield”]

iPhone 8 and iPhone X Release

Apple released its newest line of their famous iPhone. For their tenth-year anniversary, they released the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X, which is their special tenth year anniversary phone. The iPhone 8 is starting at $699, while the iPhone X is starting at $1,000!

The iPhone 8 is an all glass phone. It is also the first ever iPhone to charge wirelessly. The iPhone X is special because it is the first ever iPhone to be “all screen.” Face ID, which is all inclusive with the iPhone X, lets users unlock their phone by holding it up to their face.

Pre-orders for the iPhone 8 began Friday. Apple will be accepting pre-orders for their iPhone X on October 27th.

[bquote author=”Dylan Campbell”]

Mikaila Ulmer, Kid Entrepreneur

Kid entrepreneurs are kids who own and run their own successful businesses and Mikaila Ulmer is one of those kids. With one, small, life changing experience, she decided to dream big and make a difference. Mikaila is a great example to kids who want to find their passion.

When she was 4 years old, Mikaila was stung by a bee. She then became interested in honeybees and through a school project found out that the population was dying. Determined to save the dying population, Mikaila decided to create a business so she could make a difference and help save the honeybees.

Using her grandmother’s lemonade recipe, and adding some local honey to it, she created a business by selling her lemonade. The profit Mikaila made went to efforts trying to save the bees. Her lemonade business was not some little lemonade stand that a 9 year old would have fun creating on a warm weekend, it was a huge success!

A little while later, Mikaila received $60,000 on Shark Tank to grow her business, BeeSweet Lemonade! She is now a millionaire because Whole Foods decided to pick up her lemonade brand for $11 million!

Mikaila is a great example to kids who want to find their passion and although she owns a very successful business, some of the profit she makes still goes to saving the bee population. If more and more kids are inspired by what this one girl did and find their passion as well, then the future is starting to look really bright!

[bquote author=”Andrea Ren “]

Local Cider Mill Fun

Fall is coming, the leaves are changing, and the cider mills are opening. At Blake’s, located on Armada Center Road, the admission fee ranges from $6.95 to $11.95, as found on the website. The hours are from 10:00am-9:00pm.

At Westview, located on Van Dyke Road, according to the website, the admission fee is free for kids under 30 inches, $4 for kids above 30 inches, and $3 for adults. The hours are from 8:00am-6:00pm.

At Big Reds, located on 32 Mile Rd, the admission is free for kids under 31 inches, $10 for kids and $5 for adults. The hours are from 10:00am-6:00pm. If you wanted to buy apples, ¼ peck is $15, for 1 pecks its $20, and for a ½ bushel its $30.

Yates, located in Rochester Hills, has free admission. On Mondays through Fridays, they open at 7:00am and close at 7:00pm. On Saturday and Sunday, they open at 9:00am and close at 7:00pm. 

[prkwp_spacer size=”20″][bquote author=”Andrea Ren “]

A Typical Homeschool Day

typical homeschool dayEvery morning, a typical homeschooler wakes up to their mom saying, “Wake up! It’s time to start school!” They get up, not even bothering to change from their pajamas to their actual clothes. They come to their dinner table, eat breakfast, and start school. They work hard, with snacks between each subject, until lunch. They usually take somewhere between a half hour to an hour break. When they’re all done with lunch, they work until around three o’clock, or until they finish their work.

Not everyone is a typical homeschooler. Every family is different. There are the homeschoolers who sleep in and work on their home work as they please. There also are the homeschoolers that do home school programs, such as, Homeschool Connections.

Homeschool Connections Newspaper Staff

Pictured: Andrea Ren (Left) and Brandon Janicki (Right)

Pictured (left to right): Matthew Sheffield, Matthew Hernandez, Kristofer Lockard, and Dylan Campbell