Room 613 Panther Podcasts 2005-2006

Room 613 Panther Podcast – Our First Podcast – EVER! – Oct. 10, 2005

Our 2nd Podcast – Featuring the Jazz Band and our restaurant themed transitions. – Nov. 2, 2005

The December 5, 2005 Podcast – Holiday Edition with a classic intro!

Christianity by Allie B.

Christianity By Allie B.

Did you know the Christians are the followers of Jesus Christ? And in fact the word Christ originated from the Greek term anointed which means chosen one. There are many holy days and much more!!!

They began when Jesus started to preach that he was the Messiah and the Son of God. The Holy Book of the Christians is the Holy Bible. It is separated into two testaments called, The Old Testament and The New Testament. The Old Testament consists of the Books of Moses and other Jewish writers with the history and religion of Judaism right up to Jesus’ birth. The New Testament talks about the life, death and teachings of Jesus Christ and is much shorter than the Old Testament. Jesus’ followers, the disciples, recorded the stories of New Testament. The Christians believe that Jesus was killed by Pontius Pilate (even though he wanted to let Jesus go) on a cross and was believed to have risen “on the third day to be seated at the right hand on the father”. The Christians also believe god was the “Father” of Jesus.

Until 300 A.D. the Christians were the minority religion. This changed when Constantine the Great had a dream about a cross and that they would win an upcoming battle. So Constantine had his warriors painted crosses on their shields and they won that battle, Constantine was so moved that he converted to Christianity. Now, between Constantine and the disciples, Christianity was spread far and wide and is now the largest religion in the world!!

The Christians have many holy days, such as Christmas; the birth of Jesus, Palm Sunday: the day Jesus entered Jerusalem, Good Friday; the day Jesus was crucified, and Easter; the day Jesus is believed to have returned from the dead. They also celebrate the forty-day period (excluding Sundays), Lent. Which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on the day before Easter.

The beginning of Christianity and the present have differed so much between the amount of followers and the judgment people have used towards them, what do you think?

Mesopotamia Essay by Kimberly


Have you ever wondered about the land between two rivers? In other words Mesopotamia? Well I have. Here is many facts that may answer your questions. One thing first. Did you know that Mesopotamia is Greek for the land between two rivers? I didn’t. Also, do you know the names of the rivers? Well, they are the Tigris River and the Euphrates River. The one above Mesopotamia is Tigris and the one below it is Euphrates.

A while back Mesopotamia had the cities Nippik, Uruk, and Ur. Sir Leonard Willem was determined to find the city Ur. He searched for 12 years. Sir Leonard Willem is an English archaeologist. He and his family found several treasures. One of them was a lyre with a bull’s head covered in gold. (By the way a lyre is a harp like instrument.) Another treasure was a head dress in Queen Puabi’s tomb. It has golden leafs and flowers studded with precious stones. The last one that I’m going to tell you was the upright ram grazing on a tree. Other archaeologists uncovered a cemetery with many large tombs. Also, they found evidence of a deathly ritual which is when they found 74 dead servants of the kings who sipped poison then laid down to die. The servants did this so they could serve their king in the next life. Last, they found the first board game that resembles Backgammon.

Back then they had lugal-gals which means a big man who lead states to battle and eventually became king. Also there was shadoufs which are water wheels and farmers used them to move the water for irrigation. The people also used clay tablets to write in cuneiform on them but then they used triangles and to school only clay tablets were brought. Last things is that their houses were made of sun-dried bricks mixed with hay to make the walls stronger, and in the center of many cities there were huge stepped towers called ziggurats. There was a lost civilization called Sumeria with Sumerians. They were great inventors who invented the first plow, and the first potters wheel. The Sumerians did many things. Such as… 1. the oldest civilization 2. the first to form a government 3. developed architecture 4. wrote literature in history and 5. started and educational system. Can you believe there’s so much about Mesopotamia? There’s more too. But before I go I just have to tell you the population of Mesopotamia. It’s….. 30,000 people Now that’s a lot.

Room 613 Talk Panther Podcast, December 5, 2005 Holiday Edition

Room 613 Talk Podcast – 12-05-05

Click here to listen to our 3rd Podcast, the Holiday edition!

Our third podcast features the Porter 6th Grade Chorus… enjoy the music while listening to our student reporters.


Show notes for our 12-05-2005 show:

Mesopotamia by Maya and Ryan

The Hippo Song sung by Meagan and Madison

A Visitor from China by Kelley, Sarah and Brianna. This segment includes an interview with the principal, Mr. Lazaroff

The Turkey Song performed by Maya, Kim, Alex C. and Celeste

Math Wonders with Miss V. by Ali R.

Mail for 613 – We respond to a letter from Ms. Shanks, a teacher in Colorado City, Colorado, who had questions about our podcast.

The School Play (A Christmas Carol) by Victoria and Brianne

“Spirits Gonna Get You” performed by the 6th Grade Chorus


Music for this podcast:

Spirit’s Gonna Get You (composer John Higgins) performed by the Horace W. Porter 6th Grade Chorus under the direction of Mrs. Janet Stice

I Want a Hippopotamous for Christmas – written by John Rox

Could It Be Bop by Monika Herzig from

I Will Survive Thanksgiving Turkey Song Lyrics – American Greetings Inc.

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Mesopotamia by Ryan G.

Ishtar Gate

Have you ever wondered where the first civilization developed? First, what is a civilization? Civilization is a culture of people that have each of these things:

  • A system of writing
  • Cities
  • Workers who specialize in certain type of work. Who was first to have these?

In 3000 BC between the rivers of Tigris and the Euphrates was the first civilization in the ancient land of Mesopotamia in what today is Syria and Iraq. Mesopotamia means “the land between the rivers” and plays a significant part in the bible. During this time, three civilizations were falling in and out of power one of which were the Sumerians in Sumer who were the first to do many things. They were known mainly for creating the first government and the first kind of writing called cuneiform where triangular wood sticks were used to write. They wrote on clay tablets that trained archeologists can still read today. The Sumerians also invented the first pottery wheel and the first plow. The most interesting part of the Sumerian culture was their belief in the after- life. They also worshiped hundreds of gods that resembled snake- like dragons.

Another ancient civilization in the land of Mesopotamia was the Assyrians of Assyria. The Assyrians were harsh, cruel, blood- thirsty warriors who hunted lions and conquered many cities. They were known for their huge stone figures they used to scare off intruders. Often the statue was combination of different animals with human heads. Although the Assyrians were tough and cruel they also had a softer side. They made fine jewelry, pots, and crowns using many different metals with precious stones imported from far off cities. Their work was very accurate, and their artwork was unique and beautifully made.

The last civilization I am here to tell you about is the Babylonians from Babylonia. They were known for their decorative, massive, double- walled entrance traveling all the way around the city. As a result, this civilization survived for centuries.

Since Mesopotamia, many more civilizations have been started, and still many are yet to be created. The study of civilization may not seem significant, but without civilization it we wouldn’t be able to communicate in writing, live together effectively, or have life as we know it.

Mesopotamia by Emelie V.

Mesopotamia by Emelie V.

5,000 years ago, an incredible event occurred. The world today would not be the same if the land “between two rivers” had not been settled by the Sumerians, and 1,900 years later fallen under the Assyrians, reign. Mesopotamia, or the land “between two rivers”, was formed in 3,000 B.C. and fell in 1600 A.D. It was located between the Euphrates River and the Tigris river, hence the land “between two rivers”. Mesopotamia was situated in, present day Iraq. It consisted of six well known civilizations. The Sumerians, the Babylonians, the Nineveh, the Akkians, the Ureridu, and the Assyrians. All these civilizations had specialized workers, writing, and cities, all societies must have these three key essentials, these six nations were no exception. Mesopotamia was the birth place of civilization, which is how it got its nick-name the “Cradle of Civilization”.

Sumer was the first civilization ever. The people of Sumer, who were called Sumerians, wrote on clay tablets with symbols. They left the tablets in the sun to dry and become permanent. Sumerian’s also used pictographs to tell stories. Sumerians invented the plow, the wheel, the cart, and sun dried bricks mixed with straw to make them stronger to build their houses. They used animals such as sheep and goats for milk yogurt and cheese. We can also thank the Sumerians for inventing schools and education. In addition they had a specialized worker called a scribe, who was an expert in writing and worked for the king. In the center of Sumer there stood a large building. It was called a Zigerat, and it was a place to worship gods, which Sumer had many of. Sumer dominated some of southern Mesopotamia.

The Assyrians were all in all very violent people. They seemed to be always bloodthirsty and war hungry. The Assyrians were everyone’s enemy. Even their favorite sport, lion hunting, was violent. Kings of Assyrian often boasted at how many lions they killed with there spears. Many of the Assyrian’s artwork found showed men on horses throwing spears at lions and cheering. Because of their violence the Assyrians conquered most of Mesopotamia. Much like Rome this led to there fall, the land was too big for the Assyrians to defend. In 1612 A.D. the Babylonians invaded Assyrians and the emperor fell and there was no more Mesopotamia. We can thank, the Sumerians, Assyrians and Mesopotamia for our cities, ourare writing and our jobs. The Sumerians started the first civilization in Mesopotamia and the Assyrians ended it but there were more to come, many many more.

My Visit to Quancheng Square, Jinan, Shandong Province China

On Friday, November 11, 2005 I visited Quancheng Square in Jinan. I wrote a summary of my memories of that visit during a bus trip the next day, but didn’t get a chance to post more than the pictures while in China. Here are my observations, as well as some pictures of the square.


Jinan on a Friday night reminds me of New York’s Times Square on New Year’s Eve, without the confetti, streamers and noisemakers. A colored fountain, tens of thousands of people, people hanging over the gate balconies, a roller-blading contest for children. Everyone moves at a relaxed, steady pace and appears happy. Boy’s and girl’s, men and women, parents and children, couples and singles mingle here. People sit around a lotus fountain, the lotus being one of Jinan’s symbols. It’s Trevi fountain times ten with a family bent. I keep walking, trying to stay together with our group of seven, but its hard to do. No fear. We are the only westerners in a crowd of tens of thousands of Chinese, but do not feel observed or uncomfortable in any way. Trees with white Christmas lights line both sides of this mammoth open space, and fountains run longitudinally, bordering the main space. The cascading red and blue-lit water of the lotus fountain stops, collapsing into a still pool. The long side fountains start, and children laugh and run as they are caught on the bridge beneath the pulsating streams. Everyone laughs.

 Click on the photo below to see my Quancheng Square video.


It’s crowded by western standards, but everyone moves at a steady pace, and no one collides, in a pattern similar to the downtown traffic witnessed earlier. We are drawn like moths to a flame into the center of the space, where a soaring steel sculpture stands defiantly, metallic blue against the black early evening sky. How can I get a photo of this, too high to capture in a horizontal shot, it’s bigger than life, and I turn the camera in a futile attempt to capture the scene. If this object was in the U.S. or Europe it would be world famous, but it’s here, and is an object of only local knowledge. It’s time for me to spread this local knowledge a bit, and add it to the distributed network of information available to those fortunate enough to connect. There’s nothing like enjoying your surroundings and finding a bigger purpose at the same time.


We head down the steps to a lower level mall, stopping in front of a McDonald’s. The sign in front advertises some sort of fish or pork sandwich creation for 12 Yuan, that about a $1.40 US. Peering in, it seems clean and fairly crowded. The group agrees to split up and meet again in a half hour, and I venture inside a jewelry store. I walk through the store but find nothing of interest. It’s ok, but prices are higher than those at the silk market back in Beijing. The jewelry store morphs into a Target type retail center, and I continue my stroll, moving to the right and walk down an aisle that goes on forever. Department after department of men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing roll by on both sides of the walk aisle; Coats, sweaters, shoes, handbags in a never-ending stretch of practicality. The crowd squeezes in on me as I walk, a dense, but relaxed and happy pack of Chinese everyman engaged in their Friday night shopping. The crowd around me is quietly social. I could be lost here, inside this underground retail cave. I know that “outside” is above and somewhere to the right, I think. I turn right and head for an electronics store, beckoned by a display of music and video CD’s. I make my purchase, a 2-CD set of Chinese Folksongs, and start the purchase process. I’ve been exposed to the system once, and take my chance, hoping that verbal interactions will not be needed. The floor salesperson smiles and writes up my ticket, then holds my purchase while I venture to the cashier booth on the other side of the store. A marginally disinterested clerk takes my ticket and Chinese money and hands back change and the receipt, all without speaking. That’s fine with me. I return to the music section to find the salesgirl waiting with the CD ready for me. How does she remember who made the purchase and what was bought? I marvel at the social aspect of the transaction. Purchase in hand, I realize I’m late for the rendezvous with the rest of the group, and scurry around the mall searching for an exit. After a number of failed attempts, I finally find a ramp, made for autos not pedestrians, and climb back to the surface to this magnificent open space at the center of Jinan.

Mesopotamia Essay by Kelley L.

mesopotamia map

Mesopotamia by Kelley L.

In Mesopotamia there were many civilizations such as, the Babylonian, Assyrians, and Sumerians. Did you know that Mesopotamia means ’’land between the rivers’’? Well that’s where it got its name, Mesopotamia means between two rivers. Archeologists found Mesopotamia under a baron desert. In case you didn’t know Sumerians were the first civilization in Mesopotamia. Can you believe that the Sumerians were the first people to use writing? “Cuneiform’’ was the name of the writing that the Sumerians used. As a matter of fact cuneiform looked like small triangles in many different patterns. Another interesting fact about the Sumerians is that they believed in afterlife. Something that really surprised me was that the king never died alone, what I mean by this is that when a king died people would drink poising and lay down in the kings tomb to die. The reason they did this is so they could serve him in his after life. One German archeologist found a tomb that had a headless queen, and when they found the queens head it was covered and surrounded in gold. One other thing that they found was a lyre. A lyre is a small musical instrument that resembles a harp. Sumerians also believed in gods. It is to be believed that the Sumerians had 3000 gods. Can you imagine having to carry around your backpack full of clay tablets? Well the children in Mesopotamia used to have to. You will soon learn that teachers used to write on the left side of the clay tablets and students used to have to write on the right. As you might have known girls in most ancient cultures didn’t go to school. Girls stayed home and learned the house while boys went to school. If a boy was good at writing and if he liked it after school he could become a scribe. Teachers at these schools were called “big brothers” and if a student didn’t have good handwriting or if he was late or misbehaved these teachers would beat them. If you didn’t know this before you do now. If you didn’t know how to sign your name you would have a marked seal. A marked seal is a round piece of clay that has your name imprinted in it. The way you would use this seal is you would press the seal into the soft clay and it would leave an imprint in the clay. Now you know about the schools. Now you know about the schools and about the culture of ancient Mesopotamia