Power Outage Stories

Services

Monday-Friday 7:30am-3:45pm

by: Jessica Albers

04/15/2021

0

It's hard to believe that it's already been a week since a power pole went down on campus and we got an unplanned day off of school. Salem Lutheran School students made lemonade out of lemons that day and submitted short stories reporting on what might have caused the power pole to break. 

The winners were posted on Salem's social media and are listed at the beginning of our submission list here. (illustrations for the winning submissions by Mrs. Albers) 
WINNER K-2nd: Jordan G. in Ms. Singer's First Grade Class










WINNER 3-5 GRADES: MaryEllen C. in Ms. Eickemeyer's 3rd Grade Class










WINNER 6th-8th GRADE: Noah P. in Mrs. Horton's 8th Grade Class










Runners up

"A monster named Jeff was created by lightning. Jeff was hungry and tried to eat an electric pole, it shocked him, so he punched it. The lightning didn't like it so he brought him back into the clouds." - Olivia W., 4th grade


"We didn’t have school today because a pterodactyl broke a power pole. It was early this morning and there was just a huge pterodactyl flying in the sky with her babies. Her name was Strawberry. She had 6 little pterodactyls. When they went for a fly this morning the babies got off track and saw some good food. It was Mrs. Smithers. One of her raccoons that she was feeding cockroaches to in the attic got out. She was chasing it across the pavilion and all of the baby pterodactyls were racing to her because she looks like some good food. Then Strawberry was chasing after them and ran into the pole which broke it. We are still wondering if Mrs. Smithers made it out alive or found her raccoon. That is why we didn't have school today. "-Addie T., 7th Grade


"We didn’t have school today because a garbage truck hit the power line. He turn into the power line. We jumped out the window." -Jacob C., Kindergarten


"We didn't have school today because Big Bird broke a power pole. Big Bird was mad because Kermit said The Muppets was better than Sesame Street. Then Elmo came and said that both shows are equal. Then Kermit apologized to Big bird. But, Big Bird knew that Kermit was a dirty liar and that he was just lieing then King Kong came and said that Sesame street was better. But while Iron Man was driving by he heard them and said that The Muppets was superior. Then Captain Spock was walking by, he said that Star Trek was really the best show ever. They all agreed and said that it t was the best show. Then Luke Skywalker came by and said that any show with "Star" starting the name is the best. Lastly, all the main characters thought about it and said that Skywalker was right." - Ethan A., 5th grade


"It’s hard being a dragon in this scary world. No one really understands me. All these humans care about is themselves, never really thinking about the other creatures that live on “their” Earth. I once lived inside of a rainforest, but I had to flee due to the humans cutting down my one home, and never planting it back. Now I have to live in a small town, somewhere in North America, watching the humans learn more about themselves inside of a tiny building… inside of a small town… on this small world. I hate tight spaces, so it makes it hard for me to live here. Just like this small town, the things I have to eat are small as well. I went hunting today for small birds, but it was difficult because they are a lot faster than they look, and I have to stay out of sight. Which brings me to the incident. The incident. I was so hungry this morning, there was no way I could stay in my small forest, so I went out to grab some birds, but I completely forgot about the humans. I was so close to grabbing this robin when suddenly a human sped on their grey path in one of those gas tanks. There was no way I would be able to get out of the way in time, but I still tried. Of course, there was one of those poles right in front of me that held the humans’ electricity for them, but there was no going around it… so I slammed right into it. These humans are so un-observant they didn’t even notice me. This ignorant human just kept driving; how small could their minds be? "-Rowan K., 6th Grade


"We didn't have school today because a power pole broke outside and then the power went out so we didn't have school today. You went to play games when the teachers were telling the people that the power went out." Aly N., 1st Grade


"We didn’t have school today because a giraffe broke a power pole. The giraffe was named Aly and she was very mad at me that she didn’t want to go to school. So Aly can shape shift so she decided to become a giraffe and did not know what to do. So she asked her friend Kaelynn and Kaelynn said “ Hey since you are so big maybe you could knock down the building” So Aly tried to knock down the building, but she couldn’t knock it down so then she went to her friend Caleb the Alligator and he said “ Maybe you should knock down a power pole “ She said great idea so she smacked down a power pole. So later she went home and went to bed and woke up her sister but when they got there there where three teachers stuck in the building. Aly became Godzilla and saved the teachers but she had to quickly switch back to human so she would not get caught. Then just then one of the teachers said look its that girl who saved us. Aly quickly ran to the back to help fix the power pole but she tripped and fell on the power pole and then she was suspended from school. Except one of the teachers said "she is a good girl she saved my life” All the teachers agreed that they should award her with a free year of school. At the moment her sister Lauren came out and said you did it you did your dream. You are amazing I told you that you could do it. So they lived happily ever after. The End" - Lauren N, 3rd Grade


"We didn’t have school today because a person threw a chip bag in the middle of the pole… So we went to the fellowship hall to play games with Mrs. Walquist. The lights went out! It was very dark and scary. But then Mrs. Tally said to us: “Mrs. Super Tally is here! Everybody get in the car!” So we all got in the car and we went soaring threw the air. But then KERMIT came and slapped us onto the rocks! Sadly the car broke down L But my hair flew out of my ponytail and my curly hair whipped Kermit away and we all lived happily ever after. The End." -Kaelynn A., 2nd Grade


A Short Story Graphic Novel - Ezra K., 3rd Grade


"We didn't have school today because a fish swam and broke a power pole...Fishy was swimming in the ocean. His life was great until a tsunami happened. He flew through the air and did not know where he was going. All he knew was he did not have phalanges and that he was on a whale named Drem. Drem was his best friend. Drem was his best friend because Drem was his sister. She liked to eat barnacles. Back to the story. They crashed into the pole. The end. - Harper H., 4th Grade


"We didn't have school today because a group of Czech Nationalists hijacked a garbage truck and was fleeing to South Dakota.  When they were getting into the parking lot at Salem Lutheran School to meet up with the rest of the gang they saw a chicken.  They ignored the chicken and kept driving.  A couple of seconds later the chicken jumped on the windshield and the driver couldn't see!  They kept driving in circles and circles trying desperately to get the chicken off, but more kept showing up!  When finally enough chickens flew off for the driver to see, he was headed straight for the power pole.  The chickens began pecking the pole in an effort to stop the truck and managed to snap the pole in two and save the day!  The hijacker's plan was stopped in their tracks and as an added bonus the children of Salem celebrated having the day off!" -Presley S., 5th Grade


"We didn’t have school today because an army plane from the past dropped dynamite on a power pole. The power pole almost fell but it didn’t. Then tanks shot lots of bombs and lit it on fire.IT STILL DIDN’T FALL! Then the army shot it and destroyed it. And they all almost destroyed the school too. THE END!"- Joshua C., 3rd Grade


"We didn’t have school today because Superman flew into a power pole and broke it. He was flying back from an epic battle and the fog was so thick that he ran into it. He was so surprised that he cut the power lines with his laser eyes on accident. " - Luke C., 1st Grade


"We didn’t have school today because a rhino broke the power pole. One early morning the students of Salem were arriving at school. That same morning the animals of the zoo were escaping the zoo. The tigers led the way and the two  ostriches followed down the road and through the doors of Salem! All the teachers ran and all the student screamed, but their was one animal who didn’t want invade the school and that was the rhino. The rhino heard the screams and saw the quite frightened teachers and he new what was happening. The tigers are trying to get a meal. The rhino said to himself. How will I stop them if I am not in the school. I am just standing in the playground. Thought the rhino. Then he remembered one thing. The tigers are afraid of the dark! I know what I have to do. Said the rhino. The rhino took five steps back and charged. A second later the rhino slammed into the pole. Inside the school the power flickered and then went out. Now not only were the teachers still running but all the animals of the zoo were running back to their home. And the rhino went running too feeling proud that he had saved the school. Little did the rhino know but the two ostriches decided to stay and build a nest. So the next day of school when the students went into lobby they found six baby ostriches and two sleeping parents." - Micah C., 6th grade


"Today we didn't have school because a dark blue ice dragon ran into an elecrity pole and made all of the power go out! First, my friend was reading a fairy tale when the blue ice dragon popped out of the pages and went wild. Then he flew to the school and bumped the power pole. THAT IS WHY WE DON'T HAVE SCHOOL!" - Mila B., 4th Grade


"We didn’t have school today because Nibbles chomped the power pole thinking it was a book (Nibbles is a book eating monster and we enjoy reading his books)" -Michael C., Kindergarten


"It was a foggy day.  I was in my car driving to school when we drove past a chicken coop.  A lady was standing next to it.  A little further off, I saw a man in his truck driving like usual, but this time something unexpected happened.  A chicken flew past my window and right into the man's windshield.  The man went CRAZY! We quickly pulled over, but now the crazy man was driving down the lane.  Lots of honking and yelling were now performed.  We pulled over and I jumped out of the car to see the show.  The crazy man crashed into the school's power pole with his truck.  I ran over to the truck and saw that the pole was cracked in half.  The chicken stood up and looked at me in a funny way and flew away.  My mom got the medical kit and checked for any injuries.  Looks like school's closed for the day.  The same lady from the chicken coop came over and said, "have any of you seen a magical flying chicken?".  We all paused for a minute.  I said, "Boy do we have a story for you!" - Abby W., 2nd Grade


"We didn't have school today because the letter 'Z' broke a power pole. One day, the letter Z was walking in a tree. Then a ball of paper flew at his phalanges. He ended up being blown away onto a floating ipad! Then, Z saw a power pole! While he was looking at the pole, he blew right off the ipad because magic was banned from the country. Z flew into the pole and was never seen again. He caused so much drama for the school that he went back to the ABC's."  - Elliot S., 4th grade














"We didn’t have school

Select Image

It's hard to believe that it's already been a week since a power pole went down on campus and we got an unplanned day off of school. Salem Lutheran School students made lemonade out of lemons that day and submitted short stories reporting on what might have caused the power pole to break. 

The winners were posted on Salem's social media and are listed at the beginning of our submission list here. (illustrations for the winning submissions by Mrs. Albers) 
WINNER K-2nd: Jordan G. in Ms. Singer's First Grade Class










WINNER 3-5 GRADES: MaryEllen C. in Ms. Eickemeyer's 3rd Grade Class










WINNER 6th-8th GRADE: Noah P. in Mrs. Horton's 8th Grade Class










Runners up

"A monster named Jeff was created by lightning. Jeff was hungry and tried to eat an electric pole, it shocked him, so he punched it. The lightning didn't like it so he brought him back into the clouds." - Olivia W., 4th grade


"We didn’t have school today because a pterodactyl broke a power pole. It was early this morning and there was just a huge pterodactyl flying in the sky with her babies. Her name was Strawberry. She had 6 little pterodactyls. When they went for a fly this morning the babies got off track and saw some good food. It was Mrs. Smithers. One of her raccoons that she was feeding cockroaches to in the attic got out. She was chasing it across the pavilion and all of the baby pterodactyls were racing to her because she looks like some good food. Then Strawberry was chasing after them and ran into the pole which broke it. We are still wondering if Mrs. Smithers made it out alive or found her raccoon. That is why we didn't have school today. "-Addie T., 7th Grade


"We didn’t have school today because a garbage truck hit the power line. He turn into the power line. We jumped out the window." -Jacob C., Kindergarten


"We didn't have school today because Big Bird broke a power pole. Big Bird was mad because Kermit said The Muppets was better than Sesame Street. Then Elmo came and said that both shows are equal. Then Kermit apologized to Big bird. But, Big Bird knew that Kermit was a dirty liar and that he was just lieing then King Kong came and said that Sesame street was better. But while Iron Man was driving by he heard them and said that The Muppets was superior. Then Captain Spock was walking by, he said that Star Trek was really the best show ever. They all agreed and said that it t was the best show. Then Luke Skywalker came by and said that any show with "Star" starting the name is the best. Lastly, all the main characters thought about it and said that Skywalker was right." - Ethan A., 5th grade


"It’s hard being a dragon in this scary world. No one really understands me. All these humans care about is themselves, never really thinking about the other creatures that live on “their” Earth. I once lived inside of a rainforest, but I had to flee due to the humans cutting down my one home, and never planting it back. Now I have to live in a small town, somewhere in North America, watching the humans learn more about themselves inside of a tiny building… inside of a small town… on this small world. I hate tight spaces, so it makes it hard for me to live here. Just like this small town, the things I have to eat are small as well. I went hunting today for small birds, but it was difficult because they are a lot faster than they look, and I have to stay out of sight. Which brings me to the incident. The incident. I was so hungry this morning, there was no way I could stay in my small forest, so I went out to grab some birds, but I completely forgot about the humans. I was so close to grabbing this robin when suddenly a human sped on their grey path in one of those gas tanks. There was no way I would be able to get out of the way in time, but I still tried. Of course, there was one of those poles right in front of me that held the humans’ electricity for them, but there was no going around it… so I slammed right into it. These humans are so un-observant they didn’t even notice me. This ignorant human just kept driving; how small could their minds be? "-Rowan K., 6th Grade


"We didn't have school today because a power pole broke outside and then the power went out so we didn't have school today. You went to play games when the teachers were telling the people that the power went out." Aly N., 1st Grade


"We didn’t have school today because a giraffe broke a power pole. The giraffe was named Aly and she was very mad at me that she didn’t want to go to school. So Aly can shape shift so she decided to become a giraffe and did not know what to do. So she asked her friend Kaelynn and Kaelynn said “ Hey since you are so big maybe you could knock down the building” So Aly tried to knock down the building, but she couldn’t knock it down so then she went to her friend Caleb the Alligator and he said “ Maybe you should knock down a power pole “ She said great idea so she smacked down a power pole. So later she went home and went to bed and woke up her sister but when they got there there where three teachers stuck in the building. Aly became Godzilla and saved the teachers but she had to quickly switch back to human so she would not get caught. Then just then one of the teachers said look its that girl who saved us. Aly quickly ran to the back to help fix the power pole but she tripped and fell on the power pole and then she was suspended from school. Except one of the teachers said "she is a good girl she saved my life” All the teachers agreed that they should award her with a free year of school. At the moment her sister Lauren came out and said you did it you did your dream. You are amazing I told you that you could do it. So they lived happily ever after. The End" - Lauren N, 3rd Grade


"We didn’t have school today because a person threw a chip bag in the middle of the pole… So we went to the fellowship hall to play games with Mrs. Walquist. The lights went out! It was very dark and scary. But then Mrs. Tally said to us: “Mrs. Super Tally is here! Everybody get in the car!” So we all got in the car and we went soaring threw the air. But then KERMIT came and slapped us onto the rocks! Sadly the car broke down L But my hair flew out of my ponytail and my curly hair whipped Kermit away and we all lived happily ever after. The End." -Kaelynn A., 2nd Grade


A Short Story Graphic Novel - Ezra K., 3rd Grade


"We didn't have school today because a fish swam and broke a power pole...Fishy was swimming in the ocean. His life was great until a tsunami happened. He flew through the air and did not know where he was going. All he knew was he did not have phalanges and that he was on a whale named Drem. Drem was his best friend. Drem was his best friend because Drem was his sister. She liked to eat barnacles. Back to the story. They crashed into the pole. The end. - Harper H., 4th Grade


"We didn't have school today because a group of Czech Nationalists hijacked a garbage truck and was fleeing to South Dakota.  When they were getting into the parking lot at Salem Lutheran School to meet up with the rest of the gang they saw a chicken.  They ignored the chicken and kept driving.  A couple of seconds later the chicken jumped on the windshield and the driver couldn't see!  They kept driving in circles and circles trying desperately to get the chicken off, but more kept showing up!  When finally enough chickens flew off for the driver to see, he was headed straight for the power pole.  The chickens began pecking the pole in an effort to stop the truck and managed to snap the pole in two and save the day!  The hijacker's plan was stopped in their tracks and as an added bonus the children of Salem celebrated having the day off!" -Presley S., 5th Grade


"We didn’t have school today because an army plane from the past dropped dynamite on a power pole. The power pole almost fell but it didn’t. Then tanks shot lots of bombs and lit it on fire.IT STILL DIDN’T FALL! Then the army shot it and destroyed it. And they all almost destroyed the school too. THE END!"- Joshua C., 3rd Grade


"We didn’t have school today because Superman flew into a power pole and broke it. He was flying back from an epic battle and the fog was so thick that he ran into it. He was so surprised that he cut the power lines with his laser eyes on accident. " - Luke C., 1st Grade


"We didn’t have school today because a rhino broke the power pole. One early morning the students of Salem were arriving at school. That same morning the animals of the zoo were escaping the zoo. The tigers led the way and the two  ostriches followed down the road and through the doors of Salem! All the teachers ran and all the student screamed, but their was one animal who didn’t want invade the school and that was the rhino. The rhino heard the screams and saw the quite frightened teachers and he new what was happening. The tigers are trying to get a meal. The rhino said to himself. How will I stop them if I am not in the school. I am just standing in the playground. Thought the rhino. Then he remembered one thing. The tigers are afraid of the dark! I know what I have to do. Said the rhino. The rhino took five steps back and charged. A second later the rhino slammed into the pole. Inside the school the power flickered and then went out. Now not only were the teachers still running but all the animals of the zoo were running back to their home. And the rhino went running too feeling proud that he had saved the school. Little did the rhino know but the two ostriches decided to stay and build a nest. So the next day of school when the students went into lobby they found six baby ostriches and two sleeping parents." - Micah C., 6th grade


"Today we didn't have school because a dark blue ice dragon ran into an elecrity pole and made all of the power go out! First, my friend was reading a fairy tale when the blue ice dragon popped out of the pages and went wild. Then he flew to the school and bumped the power pole. THAT IS WHY WE DON'T HAVE SCHOOL!" - Mila B., 4th Grade


"We didn’t have school today because Nibbles chomped the power pole thinking it was a book (Nibbles is a book eating monster and we enjoy reading his books)" -Michael C., Kindergarten


"It was a foggy day.  I was in my car driving to school when we drove past a chicken coop.  A lady was standing next to it.  A little further off, I saw a man in his truck driving like usual, but this time something unexpected happened.  A chicken flew past my window and right into the man's windshield.  The man went CRAZY! We quickly pulled over, but now the crazy man was driving down the lane.  Lots of honking and yelling were now performed.  We pulled over and I jumped out of the car to see the show.  The crazy man crashed into the school's power pole with his truck.  I ran over to the truck and saw that the pole was cracked in half.  The chicken stood up and looked at me in a funny way and flew away.  My mom got the medical kit and checked for any injuries.  Looks like school's closed for the day.  The same lady from the chicken coop came over and said, "have any of you seen a magical flying chicken?".  We all paused for a minute.  I said, "Boy do we have a story for you!" - Abby W., 2nd Grade


"We didn't have school today because the letter 'Z' broke a power pole. One day, the letter Z was walking in a tree. Then a ball of paper flew at his phalanges. He ended up being blown away onto a floating ipad! Then, Z saw a power pole! While he was looking at the pole, he blew right off the ipad because magic was banned from the country. Z flew into the pole and was never seen again. He caused so much drama for the school that he went back to the ABC's."  - Elliot S., 4th grade














"We didn’t have school

cancel save