Saturday, January 30, 2016

Doing Well In School

Lately I've noticed some key things about getting good grades in your core classes (Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, Math.) I really like all of my core class teachers this year. I wanted to share some things to help you as well.   

LA: Pay lots of attention in class. Always read plenty of books and make sure you're always have a new book. Also make sure to raise your hand a lot to answer questions. Usually you get projects in LA a lot, so make sure to do your best work. Never slack off. Always do your best and nothing under average. Some ways to raise your grades are ask about extra credit. You can always read more books and observe things that the authors do that you can improve.  

SciencePay attention to your teacher talking and make sure you understand science. Science is usually the core class that some people have trouble with. Make sure you pay extra attention because Science can usually bore people sometimes then they get lost.  Some things that I do to understand science better is I pay very close attention to the notes and the labs that we do. Some things that you could do to raise your grade are extra credit or stay after to get review. 
  
 SSPay attention in class and always listen to your teacher. Make sure you know what's happening and you're not confusing events. Ex: American Revolution. Make sure that you know what century it was in, who won, why the war happened in the first place. Sometimes you get projects in SS that are worth many points so make sure you try your best to get good grades on them. Some ways to raise your grades are extra credit or stay after. You can also look things up in your textbook if you have one.

Math : Pay lots of attention in math and make sure you understand what the teacher is saying .Make sure you try to not get lost. Ask lots of questions if you do get lost so you understand and won't get confused on the homework.  Do your homework as soon as you can. Also do your homework as soon as you get home or stay after to finish it. If you don't understand email your teacher or go in the next day and ask her. You can try to raise your grade if your unhappy with it by asking you teacher about extra credit or staying after to make some things up.

I hope these thing help you. Paying attention and raising your hand to answer questions is key to getting good grades. Don't be afraid to ask for extra help. In the end it can really help everything you do. 

Monday, January 25, 2016

Soup Kitchen

Today me and some people in my LA class went to the soup kitchen. We left school about 20 minutes into class. Everyone got on the bus to the St. John's Outreach Center with their lunch and jacket. The ride was about 30 minutes long. We were trained on what to do and how to do it. The woman instructing us told us the most important thing was to smile, it makes people feel welcomed. I learned a lot today, it was wonderful.
The lady that taught us and another gentleman stood by the door greeting the people walking in. They made everyone feel welcomed and chatted with them and showed them a seat. They opened the door and let the people waiting to enter, come in. Before we greeted them and asked them what the wanted, everyone said a prayer together. Then we started. First we asked them what they wanted to drink. Once we returned with their drink, we then asked if they would like a salad. If they said yes we would go grab it. When they finished we asked them if they would like the meal we were serving that day, which was pulled pork with beans. If they wanted they could have seconds. Next it was time for dessert, if they wanted they could have cookies or pudding. When the person sitting there got up and left, we picked up their dishes and replaced them with new ones once the next person came and sat down there. I repeated these steps for about 1 hour and 30 minutes.
I learned many new things today, and enjoyed it a lot. I saw things from a new perspective. I thought of how I took many things for granted and couldn't any more after seeing how other people live. I also thought of how thankful I am for everything I have today. Helping people today made me feel good inside, many people told me how thankful they were for me volunteering my time. I would do this almost everyday if I got the chance.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Car Safety

For Christmas every year my family travels to Poughkepsie. On our ride down, I observed many people using their phones while driving. I started thinking how unsafe it was. I looked up how many people die in car crashes per year. The answer, 1.3 million people. An addition 20-50 million are injured or disabled. I couldn't live knowing that.
Later knowing about that I wondered many things, like how many Americans died, or how many people that compares to etc. But most importantly I wondered how many of those 1.3 millions peoples lives I could save. Me, a 12 year old, almost 13. How could I save 1.3 million lives? Stop people from using their phones while driving. I'm planning on informing my community of the information I consumed. I am now working on introducing my community to car safety.
I believe that in 2016 we need 1.3 million to decrease, by a lot. The numbers of deaths is unacceptable. I hope that I can help my community change car safety. Together we can turn 1.3 million people into 0. I'm hoping that by the time I am 20, many things will change with car safety.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Black Belt

On November 15, 2014 I received my black belt from Guilderland Martial Arts. At that time I had been practicing Taekwondo for about 4 years. I have been so interested in Taekwondo that I enjoy going to competitions and competing. I have competed in the New York State Championships for 3 years, going on 4th this year. In 2013 I went to Chicago Illinois for the 2013 National Championship. At that time, I was not a black belt, but the belt under. This was an experience of a lifetime.
The National championship was held on a Saturday, July 4. It was in the summer so we left on Thursday. Since it was almost a 13 hour drive, we stopped at Cleveland, Ohio. We stayed overnight, and went to a science museum that night before we left in the morning. Then we drove to Chicago Friday morning. My family had driven with about 5 other families.  Their children all competing. That night we all went out for food and got pumped for the next day when most of us were competing. I personally was so excited about what was coming the next day. The next day I got up at 8 o'clock  and were at the place where I was competing. I felt nervous and scared, I knew I would be alright though. I ended up waiting in line to compete by 11 o'clock. I was competing in Poomsae, which is a series of stances, blocks and strikes. There were 38 girls in my division, so half the girls could be cut and not be able to go to the second round. My goal was to at least make it to the second round. I did my first poomsae and thankfully made it to the second round. I hadn't thought I would or could make it this far. I believe that no one thought that I could make it this far. I wasn't thinking about my Poomsae the second time I went up to perform. My eyes were focused like a hawk on it's prey. I knew I couldn't let anyone down, I felt like everyone's weight was on my shoulders. I ended up placing 5th. I wasn't happy with my place. On our trip home, my mom was telling me I got 5th place in the whole nation. She kept repeating it, until I realized. I'm a 5th place National Champion, out of all of the 38 girls, I was 5th. Any other girl would've wanted this. I'm thankful everyday for the opportunity I had, and I achieved my goal.
I'll remember this trip and series of memories for the rest of my life. This was the best moment of my life. If I had the chance to relive this July 4, I would do it everyday. I loved spending time with my best friends, doing the sport I love. I'm thankful everyday for the chance to experience what I at this tournament. This was by far the best day of my life.