Social Media and Extra Curricular Activities

In the article Should What You Say on Social Media Be Grounds for Getting Fired, by Michael Gonchar, it states that a teacher named Christine Rubino was fired after posting a rude message on social media, and I believe that what they did was the correct choice. If you post something on social media, it SHOULD be used to decide if you should get kicked out of an extra curricular activity or a job. I believe this because if someone is bullying another person, this means that they could bully everyone else in the group, which might lead them to have a very low self esteem. Having a low self esteem could affect how they work in the group and could get THEM kicked off the group instead of the person who caused this in the first place. A person should also be kicked off an extra curricular activity if they post inappropriate photos or messages. This is a sign that they might say or mention inappropriate conversations to other people and that is unacceptable, especially if the group is made up of children. A person should also be kicked off of an extra curricular activity if they post photos of illegal activities. For example, if someone posted a picture of them using illegal drugs, they might offer these drugs to other people in the group, and if they take the drugs it could mess with their entire life. Social media is a very good place to get information about someone, since many people do not think before they post and this is the consequence.

The Lion King Hero

My real-life heroes are my parents. They are my heroes because they encourage me to do what I love if I’m not sure, or if other people tell me not to. This is similar to Timon and Pumbaa from The Lion King. When Simba wanted to save the Pride Lands from Scar, Timon and Pumbaa encouraged him to,  even though there was nothing left of the Pride Lands. Another reason my parents are my heroes are because they teach me important lessons that will help me in the future. My parents have the same characteristics as Rafiki and Mufasa. Like my parents, they taught very important lessons to Simba. Mufasa taught Simba what it really means to be king, and Rafiki taught Simba to learn from the past instead of trying to forget it. Another reason Mmy parents are my heroes is because they keep me out of danger, or at least try to. Which is what Zazu, Mufasa’s majordomo, tried to do with Simba and Nala. He tried to warn them about the elephant graveyard, and how it was dangerous for lion cubs, although they ignored it. The Lion King features many heroes, and it is a great way to teach kids how to become a real-life hero.


After hearing the Hamilton soundtrack, I have developed an interest for history. If you do not know what Hamilton is, it is a musical about the life of Alexander Hamilton. You may think it sounds boring, but it is an amazing musical that you can NEVER get enough of! You will not believe what happened in Hamilton’s life! It is just amazing and I ABSOLUTELY love it!

Anyways, there were many characters in the musical (Such as Hercules Mulligan, Lafayette, John Laurens, Aaron Burr, and many many more.), and I want to learn about them too! I want to learn about THEIR life and what shaped them to be them today. One of the characters, that was just supposed to be a joke, was Peggy Schuyler. She was the little sister of Eliza (Hamilton’s wife) and Angelica Schuyler, who were more important in the story. But thanks to a website titled “7 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Peggy Schuyler”  you can learn more things that you didn’t know about Peggy in the musical.  

The reason I love Hamilton so much is that the songs are written amazingly, and you can’t help but sing along. It is also very relevant. The songs are all hip-hop and rap, which is the most popular music genres today, and Alexander Hamilton faces problems that people today can connect with. During Alexander Hamilton’s mission to get his plan through Congress, he is overwhelmed with stress and is constantly pressured. Except, the only person pressuring him is himself. As Angelica would quote “He will never be satisfied”. He needs to keep going, or else it’s not good enough. He keeps pressuring himself, which leads to many terrible events.

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My Project Progress!

In this post we are going to talk about the progress that my group has made on our 20% project (If you do not know what my 20% project is you can check out my blog, “My Camp Club”).

One of my greatest accomplishments so far in this project is giving my speech about my project. It was very scary and difficult to give a good speech. No mater how hard I tried, I could never make my voice loud enough for people to hear when I have to talk to strangers or peers. I could see this was also a problem for my partners as well, they seemed just as nervous as I was. Another thing that was difficult for me was making eye contact. This was difficult because I could not do it with out feeling uncomfortable. I didn’t want people to think I was starring at them so I just stopped. I also did not make much eye contact because I was worried that I would miss my cue and embarrass myself, so I just stared at the board until it was my turn to speak.But I was still able to to do it, and I’m very proud of myself for it!

Picture from day339_butterflies “Ana C.” On Flickr

Some of the accomplishments that I need to accomplish in December is to design and print out flyers for our project. I also need to go through some meeting ideas with my partners and figure out what we are doing each meeting. I’m going to achieve these goals by talking to one of my partners ,who is an expert with what we are doing, about what games do you play at camp and what have you learned in boy scouts? I will also accomplish my goal by going through creative ideas for our flyers and combining them to make a great flyer design. Then, we need to ask permission from school to use the printer to print the flyers.



It’s That Time Of Year!

My first favorite holiday is, the one and only, Christmas! If you do not know what Christmas is, it is a holiday dedicated to Jesus Christ’s birthday. It takes place on the 25 of December, and it goes on for 2 days! The first day is December 24 which they call “Christmas Eve” which is the day before “Christmas Day” (December 25).

Some of the traditions on Christmas is to decorate a evergreen tree with ornaments, lights, and other things you may want on it. Another tradition is to put stockings over a fire. Another tradition is that you will write to a man named Santa Claus what you want for Christmas. Then on Christmas Day he will climb down your chimney during the night and leave presents under your Christmas tree. He will also fill your stockings with candy. Also, Santa uses a magic sleigh that is pulled by reindeer that flies. The name of the reindeer is Dasher, Dancer, Prancer Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, and Rudolph who is the leader. Rudolph has a bright red nose, unlike the other reindeer. Also, another tradition is that you leave cookies and milk out for Santa to eat.

Santa is a jolly fellow who lives in the North Pole with his reindeer and elves. The elves are workers for Santa that makes toys for the kids. The elves are short people who wear green and have pointy ears. Santa wears a  red hat, red sweater, red pants, and black boots. He wears a belt and has a big white beard.

Santa!    My Christmas Tree


Christmas is celebrated in different ways around the world. Some differences of Christmas around the world is that Santa may wears different clothes. According to an article called “Christmas In Australia” when Santa gets to Australia he changes into less hot ones. He also lets the reindeer rest and uses kangaroos instead, or six white boomers (which is a popular Australian song). Another thing that is different is traditions. According to the article “Christmas in Germany” a part in Chritsmas celbrations is an Advent. An Advent is a calendar that leads up to Christmas.






My Camp Club!

For my 20% project, my group is going to teach kids at an elementary school different skills that they may need to learn when going camping.

I feel very hyped for this project! I feel this way because in our project we will be breaking up into “squads” and each one of our group members will be teaching or leading that squad. I can’t WAIT to be able to teach them! I am also feeling a bit scared. I don’t want the kids to think that our project is boring and I REALLY hope that they have fun. I guess I’m a bit scared of disappointing them? The last thing that I am feeling is powerful. Yes, it’s a weird emotion to be feeling right at this moment, but I feel this way because I get to lead students, tell them what to do, and teach them new things. Yes, it sounds bad, but I’m not going to be strict or anything. I just want to have fun with them!

Some of the goals that my group wants to reach is to have at least 20 kids by February 16. We will reach this by designing and printing (Flyer designs are due on December 30) out flyers talking about our project and how you can join our club. Another major goal that we would like to reach is for the kids to enjoy our camp. We will acomplish this goal by making sure that our group doesn’t bore the kids to death by talking less and not to be so controlling. Finally my last major goal is for the kids to learn something new and teach, show it off, or use the new skill that they learned. We will accomplish this goal by making sure that we teach the kids fun and interesting skills , that don’t necessarily have to be important, that are cool and maybe other kids might be amazed and want to learn how to do it.

Anyways, that’s it!

See my Visual Aide for more information.

Schools Around The World

You may think that school is the same no matter where you are. For the most part, yes, school is usually the same, like what they teach you. But, not EVERY school is the same, in this blog we are going to talk about different things that schools do around the world!

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You may or may not know that English is the language that almost EVERYONE speaks. So, since people in America already KNOW English, they teach Spanish instead of English since it’s the second most spoken language in the world. But, in other countries where English isn’t the official language, they teach English instead of Spanish to middle-schoolers. Another fun fact is that in Canada instead of saying “First grade” or “Sixth Grade” they say “Grade one” or “Grade six”. Another fact is that in Brazil, public universities have free-tuition. The final fact is that in Manaus, Brazil there is a “floating school” called “floating Municipal school” where they do normal school activities while on a boat.

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Also, schools may look different around the world. In the U.S, we most likely see a clean, and nice classroom. But, in not so wealthy countries like Mexico, India, or Mali might have concrete walls and may use worn out books. These countries sometimes can’t afford to buy classroom supplies or nice walls. Another thing that you might see that will be different is what they wear. Some may wear a uniform, everyday clothes, shawls, and other traditional clothes that the students may choose to wear.

If you want to learn more fun facts about different schools around the world you can visit a site that is called “Fun Facts About Schools Around The World” or you can visit a site that shows pictures of schools around the world called “Schools Around The World”



Comment Challenge

This week, we are supposed to pick a blog to comment on, so I chose RayAnthonyC’s blog about a life lesson he learned.

Here is what I wrote:

“Great job! Your post was great! Although there were no mistakes, you could’ve used more detail, espically when describing your friend Justin in paragraph one. You stated, in paragraph one, that he was “nice”. There is nothing wrong with using the word “nice” but you could’ve described him in better detail. How was he nice? Was he supportive? Was he mindful of other people? Was he helpful? Was he not ignorant? Use these questions to help you. Also, I was wondering, have you guys met up again? That would be great if you did!”

Check out my blog if you want to!

I chose to read his blog because I like hearing about other people’s stories about something new they learned or something exciting or dangerous they had experienced. I related to Ray because I too have had to learn some life lessons. One that I learned that was VERY important to me was: Be mindful of other people’s emotions. Sometimes as a kid I would be a brat and not care about what other people were feeling. Then, I learned to treat people like I want to be treated. I tried to put myself in everyone’s shoes to understand what they were going through. I chose to leave the comment I left because I felt that the writer did an EXCELLENT job at spelling, puncuation, and grammar. But, I felt the writer could choose stronger, mightier words than the ones he was using, so I commented on his post about how he could’ve used better words!

Make sure to check Ray out!



So, video games? You may think that there are only VIOLENT games out there, but you have been mistaken. There are HUNDREDS of types of games, such as FPS games or RPG. In this post, I’m going to talk about the different types of games.

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The first type of game is interactive story games. These games tell you a story, where you can interact with the characters and other things in the game by yourself. These games also let you choose your own story. Instead of the game leading you through what they want the story to go like, they let the player make their own. So, for example, let’s say that in the game you are walking down the street and someone comes up to you and says, “Hey! Do you want some ice cream?” Then, two rectangles show up on the bottom of the screen and you can click on them! One of the rectangles says, “Yes” and the other says, “No”. An example of an interactive story game is “The Walking Dead” (Yes I know it’s a TV show but they turned it into an interactive story game)

The second type of game is FPS. FPS stands for first-person shooter. This means the game will be in a first-person view and you will have a gun with you. You can upgrade, change, and have other abilities inside the game to make you better and more powerful. These games have different mini-games with different objectives. One game is called “Capture The Flag” in this game you capture the opposing team’s flag and get it to your base so that you can win. You can kill each other in the game although. An example of an FPS game is “Call Of Duty”.

The third, and final, type of game is an MMO. MMO stands for “Massive Multiplayer Online Game”. In these games, you play a game (Depending on what the creator of the game wanted to do) with MANY people online all around the world. An example of an MMO game is “League of Legends”

There are MANY other types of games and it would take FOREVER to get through them all. But, we can all agree on one thing…


If you want to learn more about different types of games visit this site: “12 Types Of Computer Games Every Gamer Should Know About”

If you want to explore gaming, visit Steam where you can buy and play hundreds of different types of games.


The Lonely Statue & Image Story

Activity 3:

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The statue stood there. He was a lonely, miserable fellow. Each day, he would look at the strange people around him. He would study their weird movement and the funny shifting of their brows. They would speak in a way the statue did not understand. The statue thought that they were gods and that he, was nothing but a mortal. Tiny winged creatures would fly around him onto the floating lake surrounding him, and they would make strange sounds too. But, the gods were not what the statue thought they would be. They would laugh at him, throw food at him, draw the most disgusting things he had ever seen on him, and worst of all, they would make the winged creatures go away. The creatures got so frightened, that they flew away and never returned. The statue could not take it anymore. He started to cry. He felt the water on his cheeks, and then he felt himself move. He stood in a straight position and held his shovel in his hand. The gods gasped and started to back away, but the statue did not let them. He moved his legs as fast as he could until he was right in front of the gods. The gods angered him, so he walked up to him and…

Tell in the comments what you think is going to happen at the end!

Activity 4:

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