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Thanks and Cheer



Thanks and Cheer
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grade 5
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4.1

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    derogatory, espresso, house-that, matson, reading, heartily, especially, manageable, goal, definitely, early, valuable, allow, condition, such, year


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Thanks and Cheer
By Beth Beutler
  

1     "This has been a rough year," Francine said to her friend Mary as they visited together at the coffee shop.
 
2     "I know it has," Mary said sympathetically. She took a sip of her caramel espresso and thought back to a few months ago when Mrs. Matson, their favorite teacher and cheerleading coach, announced that she was retiring due to health reasons. The girls had hoped to have Mrs. Matson for their senior year of high school, especially since the squad had a goal of reaching the state finals in January.
 
3     "I really miss her," Francine said, reading the mind of her friend.
 
4     "I do, too," Mary said, "but I am glad that Mrs. Matson is finally feeling better."
 
5     "She always seems to have such a positive attitude," Francine added.
 
6     "That's for sure," Mary agreed. "Remember what she always told us?"
 
7     Francine grinned. "Yes. She told us not to give in to negativity."
 
8     Mary laughed. "I remember when our team was playing lousy, and I yelled from the sidelines, 'keep playing like that if you want to lose!' Mrs. Matson gave me a look I will never forget! Then she reminded me not to be derogatory."
 
9     Francine laughed heartily. "You were so embarrassed to be 'called out' without Mrs. Matson having to say anything. You were always the 'good girl' on the squad."

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