Dear Justyce- Next Great Read!

Dear Justyce by Nic Stone is a great read regarding the life of a teenager inside a violent neighborhood. The protagonist, which goes by the name Justyce, struggles to maintain an optimistic life; gang violence and racism is disrupting his living. At one point, he finally tastes pure racism inside his world, which changes him forever. Themes that can be derived from this book make include the fact that judging people without knowing them better often causes people to underestimate and mistreat others.

The book is an absolutely heart-wrenching read: as Justyce faces the onslaught of racist actions, readers will go through a rainbow of emotions, from pure hatred to ineffable joy. The read will not only be addictive, but will also inculcate life advice which we can apply to in our own lives. Check out the author for more information on this book.

Am I Humanist?

I am 55 percent humanist, mainly for two reasons. The first factor is that one of the topics of being a humanist is to balance religious belief with scientific intellect, yet this point does not apply to me because I am not religious, which means I do not have the difficulty of balancing scientific knowledge with religious belief, so I rated this point a 0. The second factor is my correlation with individualism, because I agree that people should be judged on their work and achievement, so I rated this point a 5 out of 5 to represent my agreement with individualism.


I apologize for the bad title. I lack imagination.

A Leg of Lamb: the Ultimate Life Lesson

The found poem I created originated from a short story named “Lamb to the Slaughter”. It shows character versus character conflict between and wife (protagonist) and her husband (antagonist), where it is about the wife’s reaction when she was notified that her husband was to abandon her. The rising action consists of how she cooked and waited for her husband to go back from work, and she seemed to be really happy in waiting for her husband to be back. Then, she saw the nervousness in her husband. She knew something was wrong, and that was when they sat down and the husband told her that he no longer wanted to be with her anymore. Thus, the conflict and my found poem begins there. The husband talks about how he does not want to be with her anymore, and the wife “Sat still, watching with a dazed horror.” The conflict is important as the wife kills the husband and the story is continued in the falling action with her trying to condone her crimes. It is describe in the story of her going to the store in order to get the trust of the shopkeeper and the cops, which were kinder to her after she “justified her innocence” and made the officers eat a lamb leg, which was the exact weapon she used to kill her husband, which I found to be cunning. The story gives us one conclusion: never underestimate the feeling of others when you hurt them for one’s own selfishness. Measures some would take is completely unthinkable, for one thing can mean nothing to you, but the world to them. I chose this picture because it demonstrated the literal definition of the book: a leg of lamb, killing someone. I chose this ironic picture as some may laugh, and then find this story to be so much deeper; the story goes beyond a simple leg of lamb, talking about the emotions and choices people make. The lamb was a weapon, very much, but the symbolism is the actions some may take after they have found something that have deeply impacted their world, and the decisions they consequentially take.


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Faux Leather Challenge

In this unit, we had to design a solvency to a problem we encounter in everyday life. One problem I always have is losing my phone, or dropping my phone. (That is what happened to my Iphone 6: It dropped from my desk and commited suicide. To overcome this problem, I decided to create a holster to hold my phone so it never drops or gets lost again, Here is my final design:

1.How does your final product solve your initial problem?

By designing a holster, I could easily keep track of my phone since i can hang it over my neck, and I can hang it so it would not drop and break my phone.

2.What part made you struggle the most?

The sowing part was the hardest. I could not find the hang of sowing in a systematic, straight line so the aesthetics of my project was not as great. The sowing machine was hard to control, so I did not manage to sow in a straight line, which made the project harder to finish.

3.What are the most imporant features?

The buttons made the design especially better because this way the phone would not fall out of the pocket.

“Leather Problem Solver”

One problem I have is always loosing my phone. I have consecutively lost my phone in different situations: theme parks, my house, jogging. One solution that will make my habit significantly better and I will be less likely to loose my phone again. Some inspirations:

My Smell Detector Reflection

In this design unit, we were tasked with the challenge of creating a smell detector: a small, handheld device that identifies smells. My design was a shooter that you can wear on your arm and will shoot out a disc and I dedicated this machine that will identifie objects in a small radius or cramped space that people can not reach their hands into, for example a nuclear plant.

My design is inspired by Spider Man’s web shooter as well as an anime dart watch. These designs inspired me for I like the watch and shooting design. I like the design of the watch because it is a convenient design and the dart shooting design is cool and it also allows small spaces to be easily detected, for example a confined space a hand could not reach into could easily be reached into.             



My Lightbox Project

Product Design


In product design, not only did we have a lot of fun, we learned a significant amount of knowledge based on technology. The world is constantly changing; more inventions, enhanced products. Product design is a great class for us to catch up whilst learning some of the ways important designs are created. For this specific unit, we learned about making lightbox, which is a wooden structure composed of different layers to represent a scenery. The place I chose for my scene was Maldives, focusing on the beach as well as the “vibes” in that atmosphere.

Overall, my lightbox was a success. I have recreated the actual scenery intricately using wood, and people could see the resemblance of the beach and my lightbox. My lightbox is also detailed, which brings more attention to people as there are many more objects that represent the things in real life. To be specific, my biggest success is on designing my layers. Gluing or cutting out certain places on my lightbox was not hard; it is designing the layers that actually took my time. My biggest obstacle was making the layers as it involved creativity and skills in our developing software, adobe illustrator, to make the layers. Firstly we had imagine and +out the icon we want and then to finally fit all the layers together. We repeated this project a lot of times to make sure our lightboxes stood out.


Some things I would change is making my lightbox even more detailed. I would like to do this because this will make my lightbox more realistic, so the actual picture of the beach could be easily imagined and thought of. Some advice from friends is also in correlation with making the scene look more life-like and realistic. I would also give my lightbox some color the next time I made it, but I stuck with not painting it this time because I liked the wooden texture and feel of my lightbox.


In conclusion, I had a really fun unit in product design. Not only did we have fun and collaborate with our friends, we also had the opportunity to learn useful knowledge in design.

Percy and His Choices Have Consequences That Cause Great Impacts to Himself and His Community

Choices are made on a regular basis; some healthy, some erroneous, causing consequential impacts. Fixating on Percy Jackson, he determines choices in everyday life that changes his life in numerous ways. ADHD (Fidgeting and blurting), personal relationships (positive and negative relationships), and emotions (controlling his temper) sometimes cause Percy to misbehave, however, these problems can be changed with simple solutions in the following.

ADHD affects a lot of people by pressing them to blurt out and to fidget uncontrollably. Percy is disturbed by ADHD, making him constantly impetuous, such as when written on page two, “I had this accident with this revolutionary war cannon. I wasn’t aiming for the school bus, but of course I got expelled anyway. According to a Newsela article, fidgeting is one of the symptoms of ADHD. Another precedent is when Percy exclaimed, “Will you shut up?!” on page 5. This impulsive statement was when Nancy Bobofit antagonized Percy. Instead of contemplating, Percy immediately blurted out with loud volume. As shown, people with ADHD are affected with these symptoms, however, could be mitigated by the following suggestions: According to the article, “Neurodiversity: A Different View of ADHD” (Cricket media,2018), “People with ADHD also do their best in a stimulating environment.” This means that the system or theme of their learning could affect Percy, one resolution might be to (since Percy likes Greek Mythology) apply Myths to his classes. This could benefit Percy for a better education. Also, “There are many tools and apps to help someone get organized.” This shows that Percy could download apps to help him remind him of his goals and regulate his mood.

“My mother can make me feel good just by walking into the room” or “I was really glad to see her” introduces Percy’s relationships. Percy and his Mother have a healthy relationship, and according to an article by the University of Minnesota, having good, positive relationships allow you to live longer and be healthier. Percy also has a good friend Grover, and constantly makes choices because of him, such as on page 3, “Grover tried to calm me down” which shows how friends interact with each other to recommend the best choices with their friends. Grover made Percy feel better. “I started choking up, thinking about Grover” establishes to the reader of a healthy relationship with Grover. On the other side of relationships, a lot of choices are influenced by unhealthy relationships, such as with Nancy Bobofit when Percy’s “Mind went blank” after Nancy Bobofit taunted him, and this leads to a lot of impulsive actions that cause stress and anger. One endorsement could be to help Percy develop more genuine relationships, in other words, having more friends. Another quote in the article previously mentioned shows that having more relationships help you “deal with stress”. Anxiety would no longer be a problem for Percy since his friends would always be there to help them.

One other major factor that influences Percy’s decisions is how he regulates his mood and emotions. Sometimes, Percy is overwhelmed by his feeling causing him to act without thinking. “I’m going to kill her” (Page 3) was gritted out by Percy when he got mad at Nancy Bobofit or when “I tried to stay cool. The school counselor had told me a million times, count to ten, get control of your temper” but I was so mad my mind went blank. A wave roared in my ears”(page 9) and willed Nancy Bobofit into the fountain. He was constantly annoyed, such as when he “threw the Cambridge Guide to Greek Mythology” across his dorm room. The choices mentioned above are how his emotions pestered him to do things he would later regret. Some strategies Percy could implement to could be to, according to, try for regulation, not repression. Some ways of calming down could be to look at the main source of what you are feeling; perhaps not enough sleep, something you are anxious about and this might find a reason why you are angry that even you are not aware of. Another way could be to express yourself and let your thoughts flow into a mood journal. Writing a mood journal not only lets you reflect on your feelings, moreover, it also helps people express themselves and this might help to clear up any pessimism.

In conclusion, the ADHD, Negative relationships, Bad emotions can cause Percy to misbehave at certain times. Notwithstanding, the problems can be fixed by such as applying a stimulation environment, inviting more people to be their friend, or accepting their emotions, and not neglecting them could make a real difference between being impetuous and depressed to optimistic and calm.

My Science Habitat Project


  1. What is your biggest takeaway from 6th grade science?

Science is fun and it lets us explore the fundamental laws of our world it answers question about situations and fascinating events.

  1. If you were to write your own comment on the report card, what would you say?  How confident do you feel in making models in science, analyzing data, and constructing scientific explanations?

I think I can still improve very much on scientific explanations, but I feel confident that I will continue to improve.

  1. What would you like to work on for next year in science?

I would like to know more scientific terms and learn more about conducting summaries and explanations.

Our Stories Make History

Our Stories Make History was a project where we show what it is like living in a global pandemic, and reflecting on our emotions and we are talking from a perspective when there is history to be made.

I organized my project by doing a scrapbook. I think that doing a scrap book will be better for a primary source, and not an online thing. I also organized my project to have pictures and words divided “uniformly to make the reader get an idea from both word and pictures.

My scrapbook will be important because I described what it was like in the pandemic and lots of ways, and it summarizes and helps historians analyze what it was like.

I am most proud of my performance project, which was a poem, for how I brainstormed and had to get lots of inspirations from everyday life.

I think the most difficult was the diary entry because I know there is a lot happening right now, but I cannot find lots of things to write about.