First Day of School

Well, today was the dreaded first day of school. After 12 weeks of summer vacation I definitely wasn’t ready to get back into the “school mode.” Overall though, the first day of 8th grade wasn’t terrible.

I’m a mentor at my school for the 5th graders (since they are the youngest.) We started off the day but helping them with there lockers and such.

From there I headed to the 8th grade meeting, where we have to go over behaviour expectations and rules about our computers.

After all the meetings we went to our first hour class. I have science first hour, and we went over the syllabus most of the class. Then we worked on a worksheet that told our science teacher about our strengths and weaknesses.

In my 2nd hour French we went over the syllabus and then we talked for the rest of class. (We’re pretty good at getting off task.)

During 3rd hour I have social studies and of course I’m in the back row like always. Once again we went over the syllabus and then we worked on a project telling our teacher about our favourite things.

In 4th hour I had study hall. I decided to go organize my locker and my binder since they was nothing better to do.

5th hour I have reading class with one of my old 5th grade teachers. We worked on an assignment called Textual Lineage. We talked about how we learned to read over the years.

6th hour we had recess. It was 90 degrees out! We also have lunch during the second half of 6th hour. We had assigned lunch tables and we had to sit with our homeroom.

7th hour I have english class. In English we went around introducing ourselves and making name tags.

8th hour was math class. My math teacher is leaving for Bulgaria in a few days so we won’t have her the first few weeks of school.

Finally 9th hour came. I have gym class 9th hour and today we opened our gym lockers and went over rules and expectations.

Overall, today was pretty good except for the fact that teachers seem to love syllabuses and that it was super hot in our non- air conditioned school.

~ Mara

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A Day At School: Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Hello! It’s Mara here with a post on my day at school. Enjoy!

 

State Testing

This week and next week my state has a state test that we have to take. In 6th grade we only have to take 8 sessions (4 ELA and 4 Math.) So, Tuesday and Wednesday this week we had to report to our 9th Hour English class from 7:45 AM – 10:05 AM. We got snacks during the test to which was fun! Our teacher gave us chocolate coins, Nutri-Grain Bars®, bottled waters, CapriSun, and peppermints. After we finished the tests we got to read or do other homework.

Science

Today was actually an early release day so on top of having our schedule shortened from testing we also had it even more shortened from early release. So each of our classes were 21 minutes long instead of the normal 43. In science, we worked on a sheet of notes for our new unit – Cells to Systems. We also made flashcards for this new unit as well.

Data/Technology Integration

Today in Data we worked on a spreadsheets project. We went on Google Spreadsheets and then learned how to do some cool things using it such as merging spreadsheet cells and using conditional formatting.

French

In French we have been working on a project in which we design our own dream school. We have to make a presentation to the class but it has to be in all French. My school is called Le College De La Danse in English that means Middle School of Dance. We can put anything we want in our schools. A few fun things I have featured in my school is a Starbucks, a Teavana, a chocolate shop, a patisserie, and a whole floor of dance classrooms such as world dance, contemporary, ballet, and jazz.

Social Studies

For Social Studies we are working on a brochure for the cities of Athens and Sparta in Greece. We have to pretend that the brochure takes place in Ancient Greece. We each got assigned one of the cities and I’m doing Sparta.

Gymnastic Intramurals

Today during gymnastics intramurals I went on the uneven bars, vault, and rings. On the uneven bars I worked on perfecting my penny drop and high bar forward turn. On the vault I worked on my 1/2 and on the rings I worked on my flyaway.

Lunch

For lunch I had apples, holiday bread, and a Nutella sandwich.

Reading

In reading we have to write a persuasive essay. Mine is Cheerleading Should Have More Regulations. We had to work on notes for this essay today.

Some of my math homework.

Math

In math we are learning how to find surface area of prisms.

 

P.E

In P.E class we are also doing gymnastics. I basically did the same things I worked on in gymnastic intramurals. I tried to convince my best friend (who is afraid to do gymnastics) to do a penny drop on the uneven bars. I showed her but she was to scared to in the end, which was okay because it was her decision.

 

English

In English class we are writing friendly letters to new mothers through a program.

 

Today was a very fun day! I hope you enjoyed reading my post! Stay tuned for more!

 

A Day At School: 4/17/16

Hello everybody! It’s Mara here, and I’m back with another A Day At School post. 16 days remaining of school! Hooray!

Math

Today, in math we learned about terms. They are quite easy, personally. A term is like 5, 10, 15, 20, etc. Terms can be hard t0o though, we haven’t seen any hard terms yet but I’m sure they’re coming. We also took a Quick Quiz today, and I got 78% on it, which a C+. It sounds bad but it only means I got 1 question wrong, so I did OK, not great but alright.

Science

In Science, class we worked on a ScienceWorld Magazine and answered questions and did a cross word along with it.

DATA

In DATA, we worked on our How To’s in Lucidchart. I’m doing, How To Make A Tostada. A Tostada is like a unfurled taco and it is really good!

Reading

In Reading, we listened to Fantasy Project Presentations. We all read Fantasy Books, then we had to do either a HaikuDeck or a Google Presentation. I did a Google Presentation on Maybe a Fox by Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee. It was really good, and I might do a Book Review on my blog about it sometime!

Flex

Flex was different for me today. First, I have to go back to a few months ago when I was at Cousins’ Subs [I rarely go there actually] over Spring Break with my mom. There was a teacher nomination award, where you could write down the name of your teacher and they could get nominated for free Cousins’ Subs for a year. I have a bunch of different teachers, so I chose my Social Studies/Advisor Teacher. She was nominated for the award, and I presented it to her today during FLEX so she got free Cousins’ Subs for a year!

Lunch and Recess

The 12 kids in my Advisor class got to go pick up cookies and Cousins’ Subs in our advisor room, then we all headed down to lunch. Recess was really windy, 2 of my friends and I  kept swinging on the swings in unison then jumping off at the same time. It was dangerous but fun.

French

In French we worked on command actions. The only command I remember now is, levez – vous [stand up.]

Art

In Art, we are cleaning up the art room. It has gotten messy over the year. 3 friends and I sorted out boxes of crayons and separated strings.

Social Studies

In Social Studies we worked on The Preamble again. We watched a video about The Preamble on Schooltube as well. Here is the link.

English

In English, we did are Adjective Test, which was really easy, I hope I got 100%.

Thank you for reading my post today! Bye for now!

A Day At School: 5/16/16

Hello everyone! It’s Mara here, back with another A Day at School Post.  I hope you enjoy the post!

Math

Today, in math we worked on unit 7 lesson 3, in other words 7-3. We learned about the saying “Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally”, PEMDAS. PEMDAS, helps us with the Order of Operations, and what to do first in the Order of Operations. P = Parentheses, E = Exponents, M = Multiplication, D = Division, A = Addition, and S = Subtraction. Her is an example of an Order of Operations problem. 69 ÷ 3 × 8 − 2.  If you know the answer, please comment it below.

Science

In Science, we watched individual BrainPop Videos on the Human Body Systems. I watched a video about skin, the spinal cord, and joints. I scored 100% on each quiz I took for every video.

Health Class

We learned about health related things and watched a video. I have to admit,  I was thinking about summer break the whole health class.

Reading

We did MAP [Measures of Academic Progress] Testing. I got a really good score on the map test, in the 240’s! It was the best score I got on any MAP Test ever.

Advisor

In Advisor, we did DEW [Drop Everything and Write.] This is when we spend all of advisor writing a story on loose leaf. It can be any kind of writing you want. I wrote about everything I was going to do this summer and then we have to count everything we wrote up. I had 621 words!!!

Lunch and Recess

At lunch I had pounded chicken, Hershey Chocolate Kiss, String Cheese, Olives, and Cheez – It’s. Then at recess, my friend and I raced back and forth along the soccer field, then I went to swing with another friend.

Band

First off, in band our band teacher answered questions about the upcoming band concert on Thursday. Next, we played through all of the songs we were doing for the concert. We had 7 or so minutes left and it was such a nice day, our band teacher let us go play out in the parking lot. During the day, no cars move around in the parking lot so it is completely safe. We challenged one another to run across this gigantic puddle! I walked across, it wasn’t so deep. Well, I didn’t walk through the middle, and it could of been deeper there.

Music

Today, in music I worked on my piano piece, and completely mastered it. One of my friends and I played our songs back in forth. I’m doing Ode to Joy and she is doing Rockin’ Robin.

Social Studies

In, Social Studies we learned about the Preamble in our constitution. The Preamble is one long sentence in the beginning of our constitution.  The Preamble says the following “We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general  welfare, and secure the blessing of liberty to ourselves and are posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” It’s a long sentence, right? We learned what all of it meant, though I forgot it now, because it is in my Social Studies Notebook at school.

English

We didn’t really have English class today. Instead we worked on speaking and memorizing our parts in “Walk Through History.” Walk Through History, is a movie that my 5th grade is making, to show what we learned about throughout social studies this year. I got the part as William Dawes, Paul Revere’s friend who shone the lanterns from the Old North Church in Boston, Massachusetts.

 

That, was my school day today, we only have 17 days left of school now! Hooray!

 

18 More Days

Hello everybody, it’s Mara and today I have a post on the last 18 days of school. I’m doing this post partly for interest and partly to make me feel like there aren’t too many days left of school. Enjoy!

Monday, May 16th – Normal School Day

Tuesday, May 17th – Normal School Day

Wednesday, May 18th – Normal School Day

Thursday, May 19th – Band Concert

Friday, May 20th – Activity Night [Where we all go to school at 7:00 pm and party until 9:00.]

Monday, May 23rd – YAYA [Young Authors/Young Artists] Field Trip. YAYA, is a group of about 10 students in the whole school,  who go on a field trip every year that inspires creativity and artwork. This year we are going to a custard place [they have neat statues], a playground [more neat statues], and a mansion that has lots of art.

Tuesday, May 24th – Normal School Day

Wednesday, May 25th – Student of the Quarter Dinner [Every quarter of the school year they pick a student from 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade to be the student of the quarter. I was the the Student of the Quarter for 5th grade in the 2nd quarter. All 16 of the Student of the Quarters from that year, get to go to a dinner at school.

Thursday, May 26th – Normal School Day

Friday, May 27th – PALS [Peers Acquiring Life Skills] Pet Show. PALS is a group of kids who go on field trips and help children in our school with special needs.

Monday, May 30th – No School, Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 31st – Normal School Day

Wednesday, June 1st – Artist in Residence [I’m not sure what the Artist in Residence is yet]

Thursday, June 2nd – Artist in Residence

Friday, June 3rd – PALS [Peers Acquiring Life Skills] Trip To The Local Park.

P.S The last week of school, there is a 5th grade end of the year field trip, where it is and what day it is, is not known. Also, we have no homework the last week of school.

Monday, June 6th – Normal School Day

Tuesday. June 7th – Normal School Day

Wednesday, June 8th – Normal School Day

Thursday, June 9th – LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

4/27/16: A Day at School

Hello everyone! It’s Mara here today, and I’m sorry I haven’t blogged in a long time. I’m starting a new category called A Day at School, that talks about my day at school everyday. I hope you enjoy!

1st Hour Math: Today in math we learned about dividing decimals a little bit further, in our math books. We covered 4 pages, which is amazing! We had no homework happily because of the fact that we didn’t finish the math lesson.

2nd Hour Science: In science we worked on are human body projects. Every one got to choose one of 6 of the human systems. Skeletal, Respiratory, Nervous, Circulatory, Integumentary, and Muscular. I’m doing Integumentary which is the skin. I’m making a google presentation, which is working out well so far.

3rd Hour P.E: Today in P.E class we did the Pacer Test. The Pacer Test, is a cardiovascular endurance test. There is a C.D that counts down 5..4…3…2…1 and then it beeps. You run across the gym then wait for the next beep and run back. You keep doing that and the beeps keep getting closer together. I got 28 which was a really good score.

4th Hour Reading: In reading we learned more about our upcoming fantasy project. We are currently all reading a fantasy book. I’m reading Maybe a Fox by Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee. We have do a project on our book that is due May 12th. I’ve already started it, so I’m ready to go.

Lunch and Recess: For lunch, I had a clementine, Doritos, cheese, crackers, and a date fruit. It was really great. At recess my friends and I raced each other around the playground like usual. My 2 friends and I loved running around and doing cartwheels and round – offs at recess. We enjoy racing each other around the soccer court too.

6th Hour Band: Today, in band we played Day – O by Harry Belafonte and Jus’ Plain Blues by Michael Sweeney.  I as you know play the clarinet. 3 other girls and 2 boys play the clarinet too. The girls who play the clarinet and the girls who play the alto – saxophone always sit together.

7th Hour Study Hall: For 7th hour today I had a study hall. I worked on my notes for Social Studies. In Social Studies, we are doing three column notes for a project about the revolutionary war of are choice. I’m doing Famous Women in the Revolutionary War. I’m doing Molly Pitcher, Patience Wright, Esther Reed, Mercy Otis Warren, and Emily Geiger.

8th Hour Social Studies: Again, I worked on my three column notes about the women in the revolutionary war. I finished my notes now, so next I have to make the project. I’m going to do trading cards for each person. I’m going to share a drawing of them and facts about them on the trading card.

9th Hour English: In English, we learned about articles [a, an, the] and demonstratives [this, those, that, these.] We did a worksheet on them and learned about them in are English textbook. Also, we figured out all the demonstratives and articles in the poem If The World Was Crazy by Shel Silverstein.

I hope you enjoyed my blog post today! Thanks for reading.

Sincerely,

Mara

 

 

Battle of the Books

Hello everyone! It’s Mara back with an exciting update about Battle of the Books. Enjoy!

Well, today was the finals! My team the Rockin’ Readers made it along with a boy team called Script Wizards. Their were 3 people on each team. We headed to the library when school started. We had our first battle there. We each answered 16 questions. The questions were the tiniest details in the story that you don’t remember so it was a really tough round. At the end of the battle my team the Rockin’ Readers had 96 points, and the Script Wizards had 93. Then we had a battle during recess, where our teams faced off in the Board Room with all the parents watching and all the other Battle of the Book participants who didn’t make it to the finals. It was really scary in front of a huge crowd. The questions were randomly picked and it ended up being the Script Wizards got the questions we thought were easier.

It was just luck of the draw and the Script Wizards won 1st place. At least, my team got a trophy for 2nd. The trophies are really cool! They have a marble base and the trophy part is made of a mix of metals. It’s really cool! After that we had a party for all the Battle of the Book Particpants. We had brownies, rice krispie bars, chocolate strawberry bars, juice, water, licorice, chocolate chip cookies, popcorn, etc.! It was super fun. My team didn’t win but we still tried our hardest and gave it our best! It was a great experience I will never forget!