Upcoming Paradigm Events

Love’s Labour’s Lost

A prince and his three buddies swear an oath to focus on their studies and avoid the company of women until the Princess of France and her three beautiful friends show up on a matter of state business and wreak havoc on the men's hearts and their oaths.

Come see Paradigm High School's hilarious slapstick production of Love's Labour's Lost December 6th, 7th, and 8th at 7:00 pm at the Rose Wagner Black Box Theater! Tickets are $6 online (plus a $2 purchase fee) or $8 at the door. Kids under the age of twelve get a dollar off discount. Tickets can be purchased in advance at under the Events tab. Last year’s Shakespeare play was AMAZING, so don’t miss out this year!

STAR WARS Marathon

In preparation for the release of the Star Wars: The Last Jedi and the school fundraiser, the tech crew is hosting a Star Wars Movie Marathon December 8th and 9th, in the Paradigm Gym.  The cost is $6 for Friday, $8 for Saturday, or $10 for both days. This activity is open to students and their families and concessions will be available for purchase!


Tickets are still available!!!

We are so excited for our School Fundraiser Event for this school year! Our school has reserved two theaters at the Megaplex Theater in the District for the new Star Wars: The Last Jedi movie on Friday December 15th! Tickets are on sale in the office for $10, $12 and $15. This will be our major school-wide fundraiser for Paradigm this school year. The funds raised will go toward replacing our outdoor picnic tables so that our scholars can enjoy lunch outside during nice weather. We appreciate your support of Paradigm and hope your family will be able to join us for this fun event!

Penny Wars

Penny Wars is in full swing! Bring in your spare change to help Building Blocks in Africa building a primary school for 200 children in the village of Kyekyewere, Ghana

Band and Orchestra

There will be a Theory class held on the stage every Wednesday during High School Lunch!


The Paradigm Madrigal singers want to brighten your holiday party!  These talented singers have a 20 minute Christmas song set they perform as a service in the community.  They would love to perform for you!  Email Mrs. Steinmann at or check the availability at the following website:

Spare Change

Paradigm's Literary Magazine is now available on-line. We are so proud to share the writing, poetry, artwork, and photography of many of our talented scholars. Available now at:

*Spare Change is now accepting new submissions for our Winter Edition! Please send your original poems, stories, essays, drawings, etchings, paintings, and photographs to Our deadline is Friday, December 1st.

Jefferson Scholar Program

Scholars interested in joining the Jefferson Scholar Program have the opportunity to sign up for interviews! The sign up sheet is located on the glass of the Fish Bowl by the main office. All interviews will be conducted after school on Friday, December 1st and Friday, December 8th.  Basic information is listed by the sign-up but if you have additional questions, please contact Mrs. Mauer or Mr. Simmons.

Attention all Seniors!!!

Hello Seniors! Your Baby Pictures and Senior Quotes are past due.

To ensure your quotes and baby pictures appear in this year’s yearbook, please submit them to the yearbook staff as soon as possible.

Please fill out this link for senior quotes:

Pictures can be e-mailed to:

If you don't have access to a scanner, you may bring your pictures to the office to be scanned.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Please e-mail if you would like to sign-up for these volunteer opportunities:

School Store Help - Help is needed in the School Store during High School Lunch (11:10-11:50 M-Th) and Prep School Lunch (12:45-1:20 M-Th). You must have a background check done with Paradigm in order to help with the store. Please let us know if you'd like to help and we will send you a link to the calendar to sign-up for days

Announcing Paradigm's 1st Ever Poetry Contest!

Hello Poets -

So far in the "9 Poems in 9 Weeks" we have written:

Week #1 - I Am Poems

Week #2 - Free Verse Poems

And this is Week #3 - Rhyming Poems

 This week is about Rhyming Poems.  

Rhyming Poems are the most popular form of poetry.

They are literally everywhere

In Songs

In Dr. Seuss Books

In Everyday Speech

There are many different forms of rhyming poems

But these are the most popular:

 1.  Monorhymes - where the rhyming word have the same sound


(Every stanza in this poem is a monorhyme - it is really a monotetra - meaning every 4 lines rhyme)


On Halloween - Monotetra

On Halloween the children play,

Dressed in fun costumes they sashay,

Through neighborhoods at dusk of day,

They make their way, they make their way.


Pirates and faeries, witches too,

Zombies and cats meet Scooby-Doo,

Darth Vader, Yoda, ghosts that boo,

Displayed for you, displayed for you.


"Trick or Treat," all the children cry,

Their eyes so bright, excitement high.

When bowls of candy they do spy,

They are not shy, they are not shy.


And when their sacks are full of treats,

Their parents lead them off the streets.

At home they're tucked beneath their sheets.

Next year repeats, next year repeats.

2.  Couplets - Shakespeare's Favorite - two lines that end in a rhyming word


My One-Eyed Love

By:  Andrew Jefferson

 I've fallen in love- I don't know why

I've fallen in love with a girl with one eye.

I knew from the start. It was plain to see 
That this wonderful girl had an eye out for me

She's charming and witty and jolly and jocular
Not what you'd expect from a girl who's monocular.

Of eyes - at the moment - she hasn't full quota
But that doesn't change things for me one iota.

It must be quite difficult if you're bereft.
If your left eye is gone and your right eye is left.

But she's made up her mind. She's made her decision.
She can see it quite clearly in 10/20 vision.

She'll not leave me waiting, not left in the lurch
If she looks slightly sideways she'll see me in church.

I'll marry my true love who's gentle and kind.
And thus prove to everyone that loves not quite blind.


Some from Shakespeare:  All from different plays – can you name which play these are from:

1-    Saints do not move, though grant for prayer’s sake.

Then move not, while my prayer’s effect I take.

2-    The play’s the thing.
Wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the King

3-    Double, double, toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.

4-    We that are young 
Shall never see so much, nor live so long.

5-    Come unto these yellow sands,
And then take hands.
Curtsied when you have and kissed
The wild waves whist,
Foot is featly here and there;
And, sweet sprites, the burden bear.

6-    May your protection be my love
It will navigate your journey of life from above

7-     Fine, have your fun, and play your feathered game.
What you give now, next time receive the same.
8-    If true, love drops by chance on any lap.
Some Cupid kills with arrows, some he’ll trap.
9-    But this I think, there’s no man is so vain
That would refuse so fair an offer’d chain.

10- Captain of our fairy band,
Helena is here at hand


3.  Tercets or Triplets - Tercets rhyme with an ABA pattern per stanza and Triplets are just adding one more line that rhymes to couplets 



From Two Voices by Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-92)

A still small voice spake unto me:

'Thou art so full of misery,

Were it not better not to be?’

Then to the still small voice I said:

'Let me not cast in endless shade

What is so wonderfully made.’



Falling Tears


Why did God send tears down to make us cry?

Were they to catch others sympathy?

Are they to clean out your eye?


Why do they come when you need them least?

Like when you are hurt from mean words,

Or truly grateful for a feast?


So what is the meaning of these tears?

To show off your sadness?

To reveal all your fears?


No, tears are for clearing your mind full of pain.

For when you are attacked,

It overfills your brain.


It is the way to relieve all the feelings.

The tears fall down

Like peeling off a peeling.


And when they are gone you must accept,

You are a fresh new person,

Even if a bit wet.


Don’t think your weak or any bit lessening.

Tears are a gift from God –

Our blessing.


By:  Fall Pennysworth


4.  Quatrain - Stanzas with four lines with the same rhyming scheme (can be any - ABAB, ABBA, ABAC, ABCB, AABB, etc.) - Dr. Seuss is really good at these


Examples:  (Pieces of very famous poems from “101 Famous Poems”)


O Captain!  My Captain!

By:  Walt Whitman


O Captain!  My Captain!  Our fearful trip is done;

The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won;

The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,

While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring:

            But O heart!  Heart!  Heart!

                        O the bleeding drops of red,

            Where on the deck my Captain lies,

                        Fallen cold and dead.


How Did You Die?

By:  Edmund Vance Cooke


And though you be done to death, what then?

            If you battled the best you could;

If you played your part in the world of men,

            Why, the Critic will call it good.

Death comes with a crawl, or comes with a pounce,

            And whether he’s slow or spry,

It isn’t the fact that you’re dead that counts,

            But only, how did you die?



By:  Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Laugh, and the world laughs with you;

            Weep, and you weep alone.

For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth,

            But has trouble enough of its own.

Sing, and the hills will answer;

            Sign, it is lost on the air.

The echoes bound to a joyful sound,

            But shrink from voicing care.


The Raven

By:  Edgar Allen Poe


Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,

            Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,

While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,

            As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.

            “’Tis some visitor,” I muttered, “tapping at my chamber door;

                        Only this, and nothing more.”



5.  Miscellaneous - make up your own rhyming scheme – these are famous songs –

Could you figure them out?


1-Remember when you hit the brakes too soon

Twenty stitches in the hospital room

You started crying, I did too

When the sun came up I was looking at you.

Remember when you couldn’t take the heat

I walked out, Said, “I’m setting you free!”

Monsters turned out to be just trees

When the sun came up you were looking at me.

I remember.

Are we out of the woods yet?

Are we in the clear yet?


2-I’ll be your light, your match, your burning sun

I’ll be the bright – the black – that’s making you run

And I feel all right!

Yes, I feel all right

Cause we’ll work it out

I’ll be doing this – if you ever doubt

‘Til the love runs out.


3-Forever can never be long enough for me

To feel like I’ve had long enough with you

Forget the world, now, we won’t let them see

But there’s one thing left to do

Now that the weight has lifted

Love has surely shifted my way.

Marry me – today and everyday.

Say you will.


4-If you change your mind

I’m the first in line

Honey, I’m still free

Take a chance on me

If you need me let me know

And I’ll be around

If you’ve got no place to go

When you’re feeling down


5-Touch me

How can it be?

Believe me.

The sun always shines on TV

Hold me

Close to your heart

Touch me

Give all the love to me.




 6-Someday sitting on your back porch

And I came on with a couple of chords

And I played for you.

You let me keep you entertained

With stories, I exaggerate

That you know aren’t true.

And as you sit there making daisy chains

And I throw in a hand grenade

And tell you how it is

I really feel for you

I’m sending postcards from my heart

With love for a post mark and then

You know that you

Make me feel like we’ve been caught

Like kids in a school yard again.

And I can’t keep it to myself

Can’t spell it any better

L-O-V-E forever

I’m sending a postcard

I don’t care who sees what I send

Or if the whole world knows what’s in my head.


7-First things first

I must say all the words inside my head

I’m fired up and tired of the way that things have been

Second things second

Don’t you tell me what you think that I should be

I’m the one at the sail - I’m the master of my sea

I was broken from a young age

Taking my soak into the masses

Write down my poems for the few

That looked at me

Took to me

Shook to me

Feeling me

Singing my heartache from the pain

Take up my message from the veins

Speaking my lesson from the brain

Seeing the beauty through the pain

You make me a believer.

You break me down,

You build me up,


Let the bullets fly

Let them rain

My life

My love

My drive

They came from


You make me a believer


Have fun writing Rhyming Poems!  Remember the first step is reading poetry out loud (that's why I sent so many examples :) - Enjoy!


Any questions please email – 2e -


Answers to the Shakespere Couplets:

1-     Romeo & Juliet

2-    Hamlet

3-    Macbeth

4-    King Lear

5-    The Tempest

6-    Julius Caesar

7-    Taming of the Shrew

8-    Much Ado About Nothing

9-    Comedy of Errors

10- A Mid-Summer’s Night Dream


Answers to the Misc. Songs:

1-    Out of the Wood – Taylor Swift

2-    Love Runs Out – One Republic

3-    Marry Me – Train

4-    Take a Chance on Me – ABBA

5-    The Sun Always Shines on TV – A-HA

6-    Postcards – James Blunt

7-    Believer – Imagine Dragons


 Week #2 - Free Verse - which means no Rhyming - NONE!


Helps to help you accomplish this weeks goal are:

1)  Read as much Free Verse Poetry as you can get your hands on.  The library is a great source also the internet.  Be careful with the internet - look for "Famous Free Verse Poems".  Here are some great examples that are famous:


The Loser

from the book "Where the Sidewalk Ends" (1974)


Mama said I'd lose my head

if it wasn't fastened on.

Today I guess it wasn't

'cause while playing with my cousin

it fell off and rolled away

and now it's gone.


And I can't look for it

'cause my eyes are in it,

and I can't call to it

'cause my mouth is on it

(couldn't hear me anyway

'cause my ears are on it),

can't even think about it

'cause my brain is in it.

So I guess I'll sit down

on this rock

and rest for just a minute...





By:  Dinah Maria Mulock Craik


Oh, the comfort - the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person,

Having neither to weigh thoughts, 

Nor measure words-but pouring them

All right out - just as they are - 

Chaff and grain together -

Certain that a faithful hand will

Take and sift them -

Keep what is worth keeping -

And with the breath of kindness

Blow the rest away.



I, Too, Sing America

by Langston Hughes


I, too, sing America.


I am the darker brother.

They send me to eat in the kitchen

When company comes,

But I laugh,

And eat well,

And grow strong.



I'll be at the table

When company comes.

Nobody'll dare

Say to me,

"Eat in the kitchen,"




They'll see how beautiful I am

And be ashamed—

 I, too, am America.

Week #1 - I Am Poems

I Am Poems are form poems that tell a story about you - Just fill in the blanks below:  

I Am __________&_____________(two characteristics that describe you)


I am _____________ and _____________(Same two characteristics that describe you)

I wonder ______________(what do you wonder?)

I hear ________________(an imaginary sound)

I see _______________(an imaginary sight)

I want _______________(an actual desire)

I am ________________(repeat first line)


I pretend ________________(something you pretend)

I feel ________________(feeling something imaginary)

I touch _________________(an imaginary touch)

I worry _________________(something that worries you)

I cry ___________________(what makes you sad)

I am ____________________(repeat first line of poem)


I understand __________________(what you know is true)

I say _________________(something you believe in)

I dream __________________(what you dream about)

I try ___________________(what you make an effort for)

I hope ___________________(what you hope for)

I am ________________(repeat first line)


By:  (Your name here)

Write it up and submit it to:


PS - The best way to write good poetry is to read good poetry :)  
For a list of 50 most Famous Poets and their poems go to:  
To see examples look on the posters on the school walls :)

Write it up and submit it to:


PS - The best way to write good poetry is to read good poetry :)  
For a list of 50 most Famous Poets and their poems go to:  
To see examples look on the posters on the school walls :)

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