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Mid-Year Goals Reflection

My goals (SMART) are:

First Trimester Goals:

Academic:
Build my growth mindset, especially in reading where I want to read 5 great and challenging books independently

Wellness:
Keep my health up with sleep, fitness, and nutrition

Personal:
Set a limit on social media use in order to be more productive and healthier

Mid-Year Goals Reflection

I feel that I was able to successfully fulfill my goals that I set. I read more than 5 challenging and fantastic books and was able to expand my knowledge through reading. I was able to get to bed in good time and get at least 8 hours of sleep. I regularly eat healthy meals, and was on the Dance Team for the play and am on the Volleyball Team. I have been able to reduce the amount of time on social media.

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Body Image and Substance Abuse

Some of the dangers of using substances to alter body shape cause you to be dependent upon that drug for you to be happy. And the more you take that drug, the more you can have for the side effects to happen. Or, to take other drugs, maybe not for dieting, but for getting highs or stuff like that.

 

Some healthy alternatives to taking drugs:

  1. Work out
  2. Eat healthy food
  3. Play your favorite sport (or any sport)
  4. Play with friends
  5. Stay away from people or things that are bad influences

 

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Independent Reading Task #3


My book is called Gone by Michael Grant. In Gone, everyone over the age of 15 disappears. And once you turn 15, you do too. In this new, unstable world, teens and kids must learn to stick and work together to create peace and control so that all the food doesn’t run out, and nobody dies. Like in real life, this is not easy. People fight, people win, people lose, people get hurt and some die. Sam Temple, the main character, is looked up to stand and lead these aimless kids, but Sam doesn’t want to, as he doesn’t think he’s good enough and doesn’t want all that responsibility. !!SPOILER ALERT!! His twin brother Caine, takes over but is a ruthless, sick leader. So, Sam and other people who have been hurt by Caine or who don’t like him, come together under Sam’s lead and fight Caine. In the end, Sam wins and Caine goes free. But this is not the end…. Without adults to grow things, they need to replenish their food source, so this leads to the next book…. Hunger.

I chose to do a collage because I thought it would be the best way to portray the themes of the book and be a fresh new way to “advertise” the book.

I made the top right picture because I could not find a picture that showed someone stopping another person from bullying. A major theme in Gone is to stand up against the bully. Sam got all the kids who were against Caine to fight him, because he was misusing his power, and playing things to his own advantage. The bottom right photo is a crossing of arrows, and I put that there because Caine and Sam fight, but also symbolizes to not abuse your privileges, such as when the parents disappear, the people start fighting and being unfair, and people start dying, so if they can’t get a good leader, and people can’t be reasonable, then war will break out. The bottom left photo has some people in blue and others in black. I edited that photo because the people were all black before, but then I cut it out and put it on a blue background so that you could see the different people. The blue people represent the people over the age of 15 who disappeared, and the black people represent the people left over. The top right photo is of a city under a dome, and that is because the FAYZ, or the Fallout Alley Youth Zone which used to be Perdido Beach but is the place Sam, Astrid, Caine, and others call home, the place where everyone under 15 lives. That picture symbolizes their home.

I used Canva to make the collage: https://www.canva.com/

Click here

 

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Boxer Rebellion Map

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Independent Reading Task #2

Paragraph:

My book is called Bomb by Steve Sheinkin. This book is the story of making and stealing the atomic bomb. I chose to do a newspaper because at that time newspapers were commonly used to help spread the news. Also, I chose to do a newspaper because it would be like I was reporting at that time. I chose the date at the top, August 7, 1945, the day after the American’s dropped the Little Boy, the first atomic bomb of the world.

 

I mainly focused on the conflict and rising action and some characterization from time to time. There is no specified main character, but I chose the “father of the atomic bomb” Robert Oppenheimer to be it because it mainly talks about him, his life, and his contribution to the making of the bomb.  To include him in my newspaper, I made a column/section about him, his contribution to the bomb, and how he felt about making it. The quotes I used were: “Why, Oppenheimer knows about everything. He can talk to you about anything you bring up.” – General Groves, the man who hired him said.  And: “I am become death, the destroyer of worlds.”  The conflict is Robert Oppenheimer working on the atomic bomb because he is racing/conflicting with society trying to make (one of the) most powerful weapons in the world. So, it is a person vs. society conflict.

My project is here: Newspaper RR Bomb

Click the link to see my newspaper.

 

 

 

Hyperlinks:

http://atomicbombmuseum.org/3_radioactivity.shtml

http://atomicbombmuseum.org/3_health.shtml

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Sonnet

Gabe

Shall I compare thee to Michael Jackson?    A
Thou art more charming and more amazing:   B
Though his moves do stun, you have more action  A
And you leave all women a crazing; B
The music hews and spits, but you are fine, C
And often your foes shrink away, frightened ; D
And every beat from beat from some time decline, C
By chance or music’s course, you dance unskimm’d ; D
But thy eternal greatness shall not fade,  E
Nor can ye lose that dancing thou contain; F
Nor shall man brag that you dance in his face, E
When in dance, your energy never drain: F

So long as men who dance and sing are brave, G

So long lives thee, wonderful brother, Gabe. G

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8th Grade Mentoring Trip Reflection

We went on a trip to Shimenshen, where we went rock climbing and raft building. It was very scenic, fun, and team building!

I thought that based on past experiences, I was able to climb (in my opinion) very well, and had fun at the very scenic point. My team and I were able to have lots of fun building our raft, however, I would have liked to maybe let others take control, or maybe we could have managed our time and skills better. we could have used the Core Value, Balance, to help us with what we needed, and we could have used the Student as a Learner, Communication and Collaboration. Otherwise, it was really great.

 

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30 Word Poem

 

A listening leader,
considerate,
thoughtful,
and helpful in any kind of way.
A sketch,
a story,
a book,
a movie,
a game,
friends and family until late.

What I am.

1.  Listening (v)  – Listening means take notice of and act on what someone says. This describes that though I am bossy and try to take over, I will listen to others ideas to improve the situation or problem.

2. Family (n) – Family means a person or people related to one and treat them with respect. But in my family, we have friends that are close that we call family. And that is how I define my family.

3. Thoughtful (adj.) – I choose thoughtful because it means showing consideration for the needs of other people. And I try to make situations work for the benefit of the other person. I am always trying to think of a way that would be easier for the person to do.

I choose this symbol because it shows how I naturally think and try to think of a way that will be beneficial to everyone

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One Day Project

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My group’s plan and goal was to make a cake for Sodexo in 3-4 hours. We planned to make a tiered cake. A bigger base and smaller top, then we would cover that in buttercream frosting and drizzle that with chocolate and then cover the top of the cake with strawberries and blueberries. But, that didn’t turn out as we planned. As we were frosting the base cake and the top cake, there wasn’t enough of buttercream frosting to cover both cakes so we had to make more, then we frosted the bottom cake, froze it and started working on the top tier, but that’s where we went wrong. When we stacked the cakes, they didn’t completely align and it was tilting, no matter what we tried to fix it. Then we froze that too. After that, we took out the bottom layer and then decorated that and decide to make the one cakes into two. Then we finished decorating the bigger cake, and then took out the smaller cake and decorated that. Then we went to the Sodexo office to give the cake to Sodexo, but then we changed plans and gave the cake to the security guards. And they loved the cake. Then we went up to our humanities teacher, Mrs. Forslund and gave her the smaller cake. She liked it too. Overall our cake, in the beginning, might have been a total flop, but actually turned out just fine.

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Reflection:

ONE DAY 2017 – Cake for Sodexo; Our goal was to make a cake for Sodexo in 3-4 hours and if there was enough time, make cookies for the guards. My partners were Aderyn Dettmen and Clara Kim. We learned that we should probably have deadlines of when we should get certain things done, we also learned that when stacking the cakes, you ALWAYS have to align the cakes so that it won’t slant. Our cakes, in the beginning, were working out, then they went a little erratic and in the end, they turned out. Instead of making one big cake, we made two cakes from one. The decorations worked out more than we thought it would, and we were able to give the cake to guards and show our appreciation, which was our overall goal. I think that we would have changed the amount of powdered sugar that we had and maybe double the amount of buttercream frosting and add more if that wasn’t enough. We might have changed the way we decorated the cake and most importantly manage our time better.

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Goals

My goals (SMART) are:

First Trimester Goals:

Academic:
Build my growth mindset, especially in reading where I want to read 5 great and challenging books independently

Wellness:
Keep my health up with sleep, fitness, and nutrition

Personal:
Set a limit on social media use in order to be more productive and healthier