Farewell Post

At the beginning of my 8th-grade year, I had goals, goals that I wanted to achieve at the end of 8th-grade. Those goals include to make new friends, expand my learning criteria, and to get all A’s.

The question is, did I actually achieve these goals? My answer is, yes. I made some new friends this year that I totally do not regret on making, and I let go of some friends happily. I learned so much this year that I didn’t know before, and yes, I did get all A’s this year! I made all of these goals and possibly more. Other goals that I can think of that I accomplished is keeping myself organized and sane. These goals may be simple, but honestly, they were challenging. I got so mad when I had a grade lower than an A-, and my room got messy a lot with my clothes being on my chair and my books scattered everywhere. I lacked sleep because I was cleaning my room! Overall, I met my goals, and it’s almost time for high school! Since I’m almost done with my 8th-grade year, as a bonus I’m gonna give y’all some advice for upcoming 8th-graders. Yes, I know this was my first blog post, but some of my advice didn’t really work for me, so second times a charm!

My 8th-grade advice to upcoming 8th-graders would be to get good grades. Good grades are so important and are beneficial when you go to high school the next year. To add on, making new friends is also nice to do in 8th-grade. By making new friends, you won’t be so lonely in your classes and won’t be so bored outside of school too. Next, please bring the correct materials to class, your teachers will not like you if you forget a pencil or your homework. Since I brought up teachers, your 8th-grade year would be so amazing if your teachers like you. They would be nice and understanding to you if you would just be a nice student.

If you follow the advice above and set some nice goals for yourself, you too can be a wonderful student! Remember, don’t be too stupid.

Refugee Letter

If you haven’t read this book, Refugee is a book of 3 individual stories with three individual kids that are refugees with their family that all connect. Josef’s story is in the 1930s, where he is Jewish living in Germany, being threatened by the Nazis and escaping them. Isabel is a Cuban girl in the year 1994. In her country Cuba, there’s riots and unrest plaguing, and they are yet gonna escape Cuba. Mahmoud, a Syrian boy in 2015, witnessed his homeland being destroyed with violence and destruction, is now moving a long journey to Europe. I totally recommend this book to everyone!

Dear Alan Gratz,

In your book Refugee, there were some good things and bad things that all combined into this amazing story. For example, Mahmoud gave away his baby sister to a stranger, that may be a bad thing, but it’s what made the story what it is. A good example is when Isabel and her family finally made it to Miami, Florida. There are loads more good things in the book, but this essay is about questions so I’m gonna jump right into them.

Josef

My questions for Josef is gonna start off with Josef dying at the end of the book. Why did you let him die along with his mother? Why did he sacrifice himself instead of Ruthie? What exactly happened to Ruthie after they were taken? Did the people in the cabin take her in and raise her or did she find people to take her in herself?

Isabel

My questions for Isabel’s story are what happened to Lito? Did he actually get sent back to Cuba or did he go somewhere else? Did Isabel actually learn English? Did she make any friends while being in Miami? Is she succeeding in school? Does she have a boyfriend?

Mahmoud

My questions for Mahmoud start off with him and his family being taken in by Ruthie. Do they live with them forever or do they build up money and buy an apartment or house? Did they ever find Hana? Does Mahmoud’s father ever find his happiness again and start making jokes? How’s the mother? Is she still sad over Hana or is she finding things that make her happy?

Overall, this was a very good book and I recommend it to everyone. With all of their homelands being blown up with riots and chaos, they’ve experienced some serious damage overall in the book. Josef losing his dad and even dying, Isabel losing Lito and Ivan, and Mahmoud losing Hana. They are some pretty tough kids that didn’t need to go through that at their ages.

 

Giving Seasons

Did you know that Black Friday attracts more people than Disneyland? Americans spend more time shopping on Thanksgiving weekend than they do visiting Disney hot spots. There are 3 big giving seasons that blow away people’s money in the season of Autumn, like Giving Tuesday, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday.

Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration on December 3rd. Created by the team at the Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact at the 92nd Street Y—a cultural center in New York City that, since 1874, has been bringing people together around the values of service and giving back—#GivingTuesday connects diverse groups of individuals, communities and organizations around the world for one common purpose: to celebrate and encourage giving. A team of influencers and founding partners joined forces to strengthen and grow the movement. So far this last month of 2018, 3,600,000 gifts have been given and $380,000,000 have been raised online in the USA. That’s a lot of money! Now that I’m done with Giving Tuesday, I think you will be in more shock with Black Friday.

Black Friday

Black Friday is the name given to the shopping day after Thanksgiving. It was originally called Black Friday because so many people went out to shop that it caused traffic accidents and sometimes even violence. The term “Black Friday” (in the retail sense) was coined in the 1960s to mark the kickoff to the Christmas shopping season. “Black” refers to stores moving from the “red” to the “black,” back when accounting records were kept by hand, and red ink indicated a loss, and black a profit. Ever since the start of the modern Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1924, the Friday after Thanksgiving has been known as the unofficial start to a bustling holiday shopping season. In another sign that bodes well for retailers, if not for consumers’ pocketbooks, holiday shoppers say they’ll spend an average of $420 during the holiday weekend. That’s just for a single person! Imagine all the money these retailers are getting! Now for the last giving season, Cyber Monday.

Cyber Monday

Cyber Monday, also known as “Black Monday” is a day on November 26 that online retailers will usually offer special promotions, discounts, and sales; it’s known as the unofficial start of the online holiday shopping season. The term “Cyber Monday” was coined by Shop.org, a division of the National Retail Federation, in a press release that reported the results of a 2004 research study. The study showed that the Monday following Thanksgiving was one of the most popular online shopping days of the year. In 2018, as many as 75 million people are expected to shop online this day, spending up to $8 billion. Cyber Monday is known to be the biggest shopping day ever. All of this money being blown, all because of great deals online and in stores, and even for just being nice!

The three big giving seasons in the season of Autumn are Giving Tuesday, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday, collecting people’s money around the globe just because their prices are low or because you are nice and want to spread love by giving. Did you learn anything new about these giving seasons? Comment below what you learned!

 

What Thanksgiving Looks Like for Me

Thanksgiving is an annual national holiday marked by religious observances and a traditional meal including turkey. It can be celebrated with family or/and with friends all coming together to give thanks. I celebrate Thanksgiving with food, activities, and being with my friends and family.

The Food

My family makes what everyone else makes on Thanksgiving, so there’s not a lot to tell since it’s a traditional holiday. All my family makes for Thanksgiving is of course turkey, ham (with brown sugar sauce, topped with pineapple), broccoli casserole, sweet potato casserole, mashed potatoes w/gravy, corn, bread, deviled eggs, and loads of desserts to top it all off. The desserts my aunt all made consist of the traditional pumpkin pie, cheesecake, and pumpkin rolls. Yum! Now let me tell you about the activities my family and I participate in.

Activities

There can’t be a Thanksgiving without activities! What me and my family play on Thanksgiving is Uno, Euchre, our phones, and just talking to one another about our lives and what’s new about them. On our phones we just play Imessage games against each other until the food is done. Very rarely, my siblings and I would play the Wii together. Since you know what food I eat and what I actually do on this fine holiday, I guess you can know who all comes to my house then.

Family&Friends

Not all of my family comes on Thanksgiving. Who does come to my house however is my grandma and grandpa on my moms side, my aunt and 2 uncles, and maybe some close friends of mine that want to eat the dessert my aunt made that’s leftover. I wish my cousins would come and their parents which are my other aunt and uncle. Now you know all the things that consist on my Thanksgiving. I celebrate Thanksgiving with food, activities, and being with my family and friends. Do you have any traditions that you and your family do on this holiday? Comment below what your favorite thing to do on Thanksgiving is!

What is the Best Way to Handle our Trash?

Did you know that the United States have 3,091 active landfills and over 10,000 old municipal landfills? Each day, landfills are piling up more and more trash, and now it needs to stop and we need to take control of it. There are multiple ways that we can stop piling up trash in random areas. We can take control at our homes, we can use trash constructively, and we can end trash for good.

Trash at Home

There could be a total of 6 different ways that you and your family can reduce waste at your home. For example, ditching the plastic bags. Instead of plastic bags, you can use reusable bags while shopping, and recycle the plastic ones that you have now. The most important one is recycling. Recycling will prevent excess waste from heading to the landfills. To go on, making a meal plan. Food waste is a huge problem in American households. One way you can reduce that is just buying groceries you know you or your family will eat. You’d be surprised by how regularly food is thrown into the garbage in America. In addition, you can start relying on reusable containers to store your food so that it can extend its life and keep it fresh. Glass containers to store your baking things or nuts and noodles is one good example of this. Furthermore, stop using disposable plates. The waste created by paper plates and plastic utensils isn’t worth it. Stop resorting to paper and plastics and get those hands dirty. And at the very least, please stop buying plastic water bottles. Instead, buy a durable water bottle so you can take your beverage wherever you please. You’ll find yourself a lot less wasteful!

Constructive Waste

Scientists are thinking of something everyday that’ll change our lives, but what about using trash for one of those strange ideas that they have? Two ideas that may even work if you put effort in it is skyscrapers made of trash and items that run on garbage. The skyscraper made of trash can be made by crushing it into tetris pieces and making a skyscraper of even an island. People are already wondering about this idea and Joachim’s firm even created agricultural plans for a 53-story tower made with waste that New Yorkers produce in 24 hours. Now for items made of trash, that was the first thing that came to my mind when I read the question on what to do with waste and I think it’s brilliant. I hope that scientists figure out a way that we can use garbage for a lot of things like electricity or just items that use garbage as their fuel.

End of Trash

The end of trash consists only of one thing, and that is to just send it to the Sun. We can send loads of waste that we don’t need anymore to space towards the Sun to burn up into nothing, and what do we get out of that? A healthy Earth!

Timewise

Landfills are getting bigger and bigger everyday. One day, this whole Earth is gonna be one big landfill if we don’t act soon enough. We need at least something that’ll get rid of waste that’s just sitting on our home. Does your family recycle or do any of these tips? Comment your ideas on how we can make this Earth great again!

How my School Recognizes Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week is a week filled with speakers and activities that help us understand the damage drugs do to us. Each day of the week we do something that involves stories of people and how drugs affected their lives and how it affected their everyday lives. A record of 72,000 Americans got killed over drug overdose. Drugs are ruining our lives everyday, and that’s why we have Red Ribbon Week, so people could know the damage that drugs do to us. We have speakers that tell stories to us, activities that involve the plot of addiction and drugs, and we also have a certain reason why we do this.

Speakers/Stories

One of the 5 days of Red Ribbon Week, our whole school went to Archer Auditorium so we could listen to a speaker and his story on how drugs affected his life. It was a heart melting story that shaped him to the man he is today.  He left out no details, and he had no trouble saying it at all. The way he spoke and said all of his words with meaning really got deep into us, and taught us a lesson about addiction, which I think the school wanted. On the morning announcements, we got told stories of high schoolers and their experience with drugs in their lives. Everyday, we get told a different story which is great, so that we won’t make that same mistake in the future.

Activities

Activities were made for the fun of it throughout the week. There are certain days with certain themes you can do if you so please. On  Monday, you can wear red(RED Ribbon Week). Tuesday, twin day; dress up the same as someone else(double up against drugs). Thursday, favorite team jersey(team up against drugs). Wednesday, crazy sock day, and Friday is just your favorite costume since this takes place close to Halloween(scare away drugs). We also got root beer floats during lunch if you signed a specific paper that consists you of not using drugs.

Why We Do This

Students should not get their hands on drugs or anything that’s bad in general. Red Ribbon Week was created so that the use of drugs can use accordingly, not in the use of students/kids. Drugs ruined so many lives and more yet to come, and our schools just want to look out for us so we don’t have a horrible future. The effects of drugs consist of health consequences that are long lasting and permanent. They can even continue after a person has stopped taking the substance. Our school recognizes Red Ribbon Week for its sake on kids not doing drugs and turning out as the other people that have and now regret it. We recognize is by speakers coming in and sharing their stories, activities to make it not so serious even though it is, and we have a reason to do this, so that we can have a bright and beautiful future. Does your school have RRW? Comment below! For more info, go on http://www.redribbon.org

 

Character Analysis

The title of my fictional story is called The Infinite Sea. The topic is about a group of kids of all different ages surviving the 5th Wave and trying to defeat The Others, while trying to keep each other alive and taking serious risks. This is the second book of The 5th Wave series. I’m writing about Cassie, a 16 year old girl who finally got her brother back from The Others, and trying to make a living for herself and the people around her too. I’m gonna be explaining her personality, what motivates her, events that have changed her, and about how she changed from the beginning of the story to the end.

Personality

Cassie’s personality is different from any other teenage girls personality. She is lonely, submissive, protective over anything she cares about, adaptable to her surroundings and people around her. She’s lonely because of both of her parents being dead, leaving only her brother and the other people she’s surviving with. Submissive for only certain people though, like if it’s for a special need, then she’s submissive, but not for The Others. She’s very protective over things that she cares about. Furthermore, her brother. She literally saved him from The Others headquarters. She adapted to being alone and taking care of herself pretty normally, like it was her destiny to be by herself and survive without many objects or ideas on how to.

Motivation/Transformation

We all get motivated probably for the same reasons Callie gets motivated. Callie gets motivated by knowing that something needs to be done, and that she needs to be the one that does it. If she knows something is up and/or there’s just a small or big task, she gets motivated to do it. Then after that task is done, she feels even. How she transformed and changed as a character in this story is facing things she hasn’t done before. She didn’t know all of this nonsense was gonna happen, with The Others coming and destroying lives, ruining almost everything that they cherished and overvalued, and taking away the ones that they loved dearly. She got over the fact that everything was ruined and there’s nothing she could do, but she’ still fighting and trying to make the best of it while it lasts. Her dignity really rose up and those walls that towered over her, overflowing with her feelings and emotions have now breached. That’s how she progressed as a character.

Overall Impact

Her overall change as a character from the beginning of the first book, The 5th Wave, and onto now really differs. She honestly took life for granted and cherished it for all its worth, but now she cherishes it to the notch. She now realises that life shouldn’t be taken for granted and that you should fight for what is right. To not trust people off the bat and to also fight for what you love. Well, that character was from The 5th Wave series Cassie, who is one of the main protagonists in the novel. I totally recommend this series to anyone who loves sci-fi books. If you have read this book before, comment your favorite character and part from it!

How I Became a Reader

Books have always been apart of my life, filling me with knowledge and magical images in my head. But how did all of this start? How did my like of books even begin? On today’s blog post, I’m gonna explain my first book ever and why I became a reader.

The Beginning 

The first book my mom introduced me to was Time For Tom. In fact, my mom said it was my all time favorite book. She said that I always wanted her to read that book to me, even if she wasn’t there. She doesn’t know why I liked that book so much, even I don’t know why. I still have that book on my bookshelf, and rarely, I have her read it to me before I go to bed just like she did years ago. Some books I used to read back in elementary school were Junie B. Jones, Magic Treehouse, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid. I probably liked those books a lot because they were series books that kept on going, which made me read more books that were series.

Why it Started

People who helped me gain my love for reading are intelligent people. You know those people who are smart and have a wide variety of vocabulary? Yeah, that inspired me to read books. Furthermore, the images that get painted in my head as I read a really detailed book, it’s like a movie being filmed in your head. It’s amazing. The different kinds of books also made me wanna read. The different genres, characters, sceneries, time zones, etc. The genre I mainly read the most is science fiction, because it extends my imagination of different ideas and thoughts. Also mystery, for the same reason.

Recap

In conclusion, I fell in love with books for their stories and all of them being different and unique. I first read books because of how they can continue into a new book and that amazed me. I really like science fiction and mystery because they’re interesting, and the image books put in my head astounds me. What were your favorite books as a child? Comment below!

Explaining my Vision Board

Have you ever had a goal that you wanted to achieve? On today’s blog, I’m gonna be explaining my vision board consisting of goals that I want to achieve in my life. The first goal I’m gonna explain is my goal about speaking up when I want to. I have a hard time speaking up when I want to for some odd reason and I want to work on that. Also, people procrastinate about me being quiet and not standing up for myself and I hate that, and that’s why it’s one of my goals, so people can stop procrastinating about it. A goal that goes along with my personal goals is being able to support myself by age twenty. Now, you’re probably thinking why I have this goal. I have this goal because I don’t want to live with my parents forever. Nevertheless, it does seem nice to live with them forever, yet I want to be independent and get my own apartment and maybe a dog to keep me company since I’ll be lonely at some times.

School Goals

Some school goals I put down are mainly just goals I have for my eighth grade year. For example, reading at least 10 books this year. The only reason I put this as one of my goals is because I love to read.That’s it. Another school goal that I have is just being a good student. I’m already a good student honestly, but I just want to keep on being a good student until I graduate. My last school goal is getting almost all A+ this year. In seventh grade, I got all A’s and A+’s, but if this doesn’t work out, I’ll just be happy getting all A+’s for 1 semester.

Life Goals

My life goals are just only two things right now, which are traveling to foreign countries and reading all of the Harry Potter books. Everybody wants to travel, everybody wants to get out of their continent and explore what else is on this sphere, so I am and will. Furthermore, the Harry Potter books are just a random factor that I really want to achieve. I also put some images that go along with what my goals are and some stickers like smiley faces, the sun, and an arrow, because that’s my schools logo. Well, I hope you enjoyed my vision board containing my goals. What are some goals that you want to achieve? Comment them!

 

How to Survive on a Stranded Island

Whether you find yourself stranded on a deserted island because of a shipwreck or by getting seperated from a group, survival is of critical importance. Hopefully, you will never find yourself needing to survive being alone; however, these tips will hopefully keep you alive until help is able to arrive. There’s your reaction that you need to control, certain ways to get food, water, shelter, and to actually get help.

Basic Steps

Being stranded on a deserted island can leave anyone feeling confused, scared and panicked, which leads to step 1: Stay calm. Panicking is the survivalists worst nightmare as it causes us to lose control and stop thinking rationally. Take deep breaths and reassure yourself that rescue is inevitable. By staying calm and not panicking, you can prioritize the steps needed to survive including safety, shelter, food, water, and rescue.

The Two S’s

The first two steps are safety and shelter, which by all means to firstly examine the area to determine whether or not it’s safe. Take a look on the ground and look for some animal prints. If you do, that may be a sign that you’re not alone. Now, your shelter should be far enough from the beach to ensure that it’s not damaged during high tide. If you’re actually lucky enough to be stranded on the island with a raft, use it to create a shelter by leaning it against a rockwall or a thick tree. While this is not always possible, the closer the shelter is to the beach, the better as you can easily leave the structure to flag down any passing boats and/or planes.

Food & Water

Having fresh water that is yet drinkable is a priority in any survival situation. People can live for up to 3 weeks without food, but only 3 days without fresh water. Don’t assume that the seawater surrounding you is safe to drink. Sea water contains high levels of salts and may even have bacteria that are dangerous to digest. You can look for water by looking for a stream or spring. If you don’t have any of those two, use your surroundings/belongings to make a collection device. You can also use your shoe to collect rainwater. While food is not nearly as important as finding freshwater or building shelter, it can give you energy to survive for days. The first rule of ‘Food’, don’t risk your life eating something that you’ve never seen before. Find stuff that you already know is safe like a coconut, fruit, fish, grasshoppers, or even dead ants.

Rescue

There are many ways you could get a boat or even an airplanes attention. For example, constructing a large fire. If the land appears to be relatively level, place the fire in the most visible location. Furthermore, if you see or hear a plane, create smoke by placing slightly damped moss or branches onto the fire. Also, create a large and noticeable pattern of rocks or branches on the beach. Additionally, search the island for any items that can reflect the sun and can be used to signal planes or boats. Being stranded on a deserted island may seem like a nightmare; however, by staying calm and following the above steps, survival is possible. If you learned something useful in this, please say so in the comments!