Saturday, April 30, 2016

The One and Only Ivan

WARNING: Spoiler Alert
In 5th grade I read the book "The One and Only Ivan." My teacher made us "Respond to our reading" for homework every week. Each week it was a different question and he graded us out of 4 points. I was reading through my old notebooks and found a piece that I really liked. Our assignment was to become one of the characters from the story and write a poem or note from their point of view. I wanted to share my piece with you. I wrote from the view of Stella. 
The pain ached throughout my body, but mostly my foot. I knew I wouldn't make it until the morning. All I could think about was "Who's going to take care of Ruby?" I knew Ivan would do anything for me, but this was too much. I thought for a while. I whispered over to Ivan's domain and asked him to promise me something. I never asked him to promise me anything because a promise is forever. "I promise Stella." I thought, this is what Ivan would saw because he is such a great friend, he would do anything for me. I didn't say anything for a long time. I knew I would leave behind everything. Would I be missed, or just forgotten? "Never mind Ivan." I said. As I went to put my head back down on the hay I was laying on, I saw Ruby's trunk move. Like she was reaching for something that was not there. "You want me to take care of Ruby." He knew that I couldn't leave her alone. As I nodded, I told Ivan that she needed a safe place, not here. "I promise Stella, I promise on my word as a Silver Back. As the air becomes thicker, I think how I had a wonderful life with my best friend, the one and only Ivan.
I loved this book so much I read is 3 times that year. I was so surprised when I found this piece hiding away in my closet. I really liked the way I wrote this in 5th grade and I hope you do too!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

A Day In My Life

My weeks are usually very busy. Mostly everyday is stressful and confusing. Here is usually what a day in my life would be like
On a normal Tuesday morning I wake up at about 6:30-6:50. In the morning I have to pack my stuff for school. Once I get put of the shower it is about 6:45 or 7. Once I'm out of the shower I pick out my outfit and go downstairs for breakfast.
When I go down stairs my dad will be watching the news and I start to make my breakfast. While I am making my breakfast I am helping my mother make my lunch. Once I finish breakfast it's about 7:30 and I head upstairs to brush my teeth and get ready for the day. I get back downstairs and it is about 8 so I do anything that I need to like put my taekwondo uniform in my bag because I go there after school. After that I am ready for my mom or the bus to drive me to school.
Once I get to school I have a normal day at school. When my friends Reagan, Kilian and I get on a special bus to go to taekwondo. We get to do little homework before our parents pick us up for dinner. All of us go to a local deli until 6:15 when we go back to taekwondo for a demonstration practice. Straight after that is advanced poomsae practice which usually ends at 8:30. I get home at approximately 8:50-9. With an hour for homework before bed.
My days are sometimes stressful with not a lot of time for things. Also restless hours but I manage to make it through the day 

Monday, April 18, 2016

My Birthday!

Yesterday was my birthday! I was born April 17, 2003. Yesterday was so crazy and fun it was unbelievable. I was at a volleyball tournament all day and we came in 3rd. But the party even started a day before.
My whole volleyball team drove down the day before our tournament. We met up at a Wendy's across from our hotel. Then when everyone was there we drove back over to the hotel to go swimming, We swam for a while then the parents ordered pizza. We ate and everyone brought treats. After that everyone changed out of their wet clothes and came into my family's room. We hung out in there for a while, we ate candy, listened to music and played volleyball. It was so much fun. 
The next day my whole team met in the lobby for breakfast before blasting off for our tournament. Once we got there we all started warming up for our first game. We played a super long day of volleyball to place third in the gold bracket. After we finished I went to Panera with some of my really close friends.
My birthday was so fun, I would do it again if I could 

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

4th Quarter

April eleventh was the first day of the fourth/final quarter of the school year. There isn't much of a change in my schedule. Instead of having FACS (Family And Consumer Science) I now have art. Besides that there isn't any difference since last quarter we switched from Health to Music. I'm excited for art, since I enjoyed it last year, but I'll miss FACS because I did enjoy the labs.
       This quarter I have art with Mrs. Romano, which is different from who I had last year. The class is ten weeks long. During these ten weeks we will be learning how to create a piece of artwork using the elements of line, color, shape, texture and space arrangement. We will also be drawing, printmaking, sculpting, making collages and painting using very different techniques. I'm excited to do the calligraphy project because it looks super fun and interesting.
     This quarter I'm ending FACS and starting art instead. I enjoyed FACS a lot this year. In the food labs we made fruit smoothies, muffins and pizza bagels. I have to say that my favorite food I made was the pumpkin chocolate chip muffins. In the sewing part of the class we made bags (mine was blue and green). The bag is useful and I use it for a lot of things. I got a good grade on all the projects so it also brought my average up.
      Overall I enjoyed FACS but I'm excited to start with art since it's been so long since I've had it. I enjoy the little change in my schedule that makes a difference. 

Saturday, April 2, 2016

New York State Championships

 Today I competed in the 2015 Taekwondo New York State Championships. I am currently a 1st degree black belt at Guilderland Martial Arts. At Guilderland Martial Arts (GMA) I am on the poomsae team. Poomsae is a floor sequence containing blocks, kicks and attacks. 
     We drove down to Queens Friday night and ended up getting there at about 9:30 pm. I hung out with all my friends that went. The next morning I got ready and went downstairs to eat breakfast. We got to Queens College where the tournament was at about 8:30 am. We waited until my division was called at about 10 am. Once my division was called I went to my ring and waited. I would be competing in poomsae, breaking and pair poomsae (with another person.) I competed in breaking first, I got 3 out of about 10 people. Next poomsae. Poomsae always got me nervous. I start freaking out but my coach Mrs. Toeg always calms me down before performing. I performed my poomsae, thinking I did better then ever and placed 3 out of 18 other girls. Later that day around 3:30 pm I got called to the same ring to perform pairs poomsae. My partner Jason and I were both up against the kids who got first in our division. We did pretty well even though we only practiced together twice. Together we tried our best, we stayed at the same pace mostly the whole time. At the end of the day I went home with 1 silver and 2 bronze.
      Overall I think I tried my best and did a good job. I was proud of myself at the end of the day. I had a fun day with all of my friends. Can't wait to do it again next year!

Friday, April 1, 2016

"A Monster Calls" By Patrick Ness

      In Language Arts we started reading "A Monster Calls" by Patrick Ness. Although the book was written by Patrick Ness, the original idea for the story was by Siobhan Dowd. Before Siobhan could start the book she died of cancer. So Siobhan's editor gave Patrick Ness permission to finish the book for her. Patrick Ness continued with Siobhan's idea and finished the story. The story also has illustrations by Jim Kay.
        It is about a thirteen-year-old boy named who lives in England with his divorced Mum. His name is Conor O'Malley. Conor's Mum is diagnosed with cancer.  Conor has to struggle through living with his grandma (who he doesn't really like) all while being visited by a Yew tree in his back garden. It comes to life at night at 12:07 and a terrifying nightmare that Conor wouldn't dare telling anybody about.
      So far I really like the book. The book did start with Conor meeting the monster, so I liked that it didn't take a while for the book to get interesting. I also thought that the story has multiple different things happening at once (his Mum's cancer, the Yew tree, and the nightmare) so there's always something happening. I also think the story is well written and descriptive, even though it doesn't need to be very descriptive since there are talented illustrations on most pages. I've been enjoying the book so car and I'm interested to see what will happen through the rest of the story.