The Musical

Hi everyone! This week I took a musical camp, and at the end of the week (Friday) we performed Annie. I played Grace Farrell, which is the secretary of Oliver Warbucks, who adopts Annie.

We had a lot of fun during the camp, and strangely enough, we spent a lot of time playing dodgeball and kickball. I had 22 lines and I sang in the songs NYC and Tomorrow (Reprise.) There were 8 scenes altogether and I was in 3, 4, 6, 7, and 8. My favourite song overall was You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile, unfortunately, I wasn’t in that song.

We also had a cast party last night, but only 5 people could come. We went down to the beach, which was really beautiful since it was almost sunset. The party was at a local park, that is located on a beach, with a surrounding forested area.

          

It was a pretty great week, and we had a lot of fun as a cast. We had to paint all the sets, do all the costumes, and actually perform the play which was a lot of work but it was super exciting.

Thanks for reading, everyone!

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The Secret

The story begins 36 years ago…

 

Byron Priess was an American writer who specialized in fantasy novels. 3 years after he published the kid’s book Dragonworld, he published a book called The Secret that contained 12 different verses and 12 fantasy paintings. One of the paintings would pair with one of the verses, together they would provide a set of clues that led to one plexiglass box that would incase a ceramic box in a park in North America. Inside the ceramic box was a key that you would send to Byron Priess. In return, he would send a gemstone worth $1,000.

Only two of the boxes have ever been found. One was found in 1983 in Chicago and one in 2004 in Cleveland. Byron Priess, unfortunately, passed away in 2005 in a car accident. Yet people continue to search to this day.

All of the 12 boxes though are related to a place of immigration. Byron Priess’s father immigrated to the U.S, which was a big inspiration for him. For example, the Cleveland box was found in the Greek Cultural Garden since many Greek people immigrated to the Cleveland area. Same with Chicago since a lot of Irish and Scottish people immigrated there.

People believe that the 10 remaining boxes are likely located in the following cities. I also included country of immigrants that went to that city;

Image 1- San Francisco, California – Chinese Immigrants

Image 2 – Charleston, South Carolina – African Immigrants

Image 3 – Roanoke Island, Virginia – English Immigrants

Image 4 – Cleveland, Ohio – Greek Immigrants – Found

Image 5 – Chicago, Illinois – Irish/Scottish Immigrants – Found

Image 6 – St. Augustine, Florida – Spanish Immigrants

Image 7 – New Orleans, Louisiana – French Immigrants

Image 8 – Houston, Texas – Persian Immigrants

Image 9 – Montreal, Canada – Netherlands Immigrants

Image 10 – Milwaukee, Wisconsin – German Immigrants

Image 11 – Boston, Massachusetts – Italian Immigrants

Image 12 – New York City, New York – Russian Immigrants

 

If you are interested in hunting for one of the treasures I recommend checking out this link because it includes many of people’s theories about each of the images. I recommend getting the book (it’s on Amazon) because it includes all the images and verses, as well as some interesting stories about the treasure.  I hope you get involved in the hunt for the remaining 10 boxes!

 

 

 

6th Grade

Hello everyone! It’s Mara, and I’m so sorry I haven’t blogged in forever. Today I will posting about 6th grade since I last posted when I was in 5th grade. Enjoy!

6th grade is my second year in middle school. Our schedule includes 9 hours. Here is mine:

1st Hour – Science

2nd Hour – Data/Technology Integration on Wednesdays and Fridays, Art on Thursdays and Mondays, and Study Hall on Tuesdays.

3rd Hour – Band on Tuesdays and Thursdays, French on Wednesdays and Fridays, and Study Hall on Mondays.

4th Hour – Social Studies

(Advisor/Homeroom on Monday and FLEX on Tuesdays – Fridays)

5th Hour – Lunch and Recess/Intramurals

6th Hour – Reading

7th Hour – Math

8th Hour – Physical Education on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and Music on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

9th Hour – English

 

My favorite academic is probably math, since we have a really nice teacher! My favorite non – academic subject is probably physical education or art. I will post more about 6th grade in my following posts! Thanks for reading!

– Mara

 

The National Geographic Spelling Bee

Hello everyone! It’s Mara here, and today I’m doing a post about the National Geographic Spelling Bee! Enjoy the post!

At our middle school in our English classes we did the National Geographic Spelling Bee. I won in my English class which was super exciting. I won with the word tapioca. I love tapioca pearls! Then, we have to go to the school wide spelling bee in which all the 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th graders compete! It is on Tuesday and I am very excited! I will keep you updated, cross your fingers for me! Bye for now!

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My Band Concert

Hello everyone! It’s Mara here, and today is my band concert! I’m so excited, for it. I’m in 5th grade band and I play the clarinet.  For our band concert, we’re playing the song Dragon Dance by Michael Story. Also, we’re doing the song Bandroom Boogie by Michael Sweeney. Each section is doing a different song then:

Flutes – Jingle Bells

Clarinets – Aura Lee

Alto Saxophone – Ode to Joy

French Horn – Old Saint Nick [this is a solo, since there is only one french horn.]

Trumpets – Ode to Joy [again]

Brass [Trombones, Tuba, and Baritones] – Skip to My Lou

Percussion – We Will Rock You

 

At school today we did the dress rehearsal for the whole school, it was really fun. Also, the 5th grade Orchestra, 5th grade Choir, 6th grade Orchestra, 6th grade Band, and 6th grade Choir, will be performing tonight.

Thanks for reading this post! Bye for now!

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Springboks

Hello everybody! It’s Mara here and today I have a post on the Springbok. Springboks are an animal if you’re confused about what a Springbok is. I’m writing about Springboks because on the fabulous game called Wonder Zoo you can collect Springboks! I wanted learn more about this beautiful animal so that is why I’m doing this post! Before we start this post a quick thank you to en.wikipedia.org and classic.worldbookonline.com. I hope you enjoy this post everyone!

Springboks are look kind of like gazelles and antelopes and the tiniest bit like elk and deer. Springboks are known for springing up to 6.5 feet in the air! The scientific name for the Springbok is Antidorcas marsupialis. Springboks are most commonly found in Namibia, Botswana, and South Africa.

Springboks are graceful, long, and slender. The Springbok is most times in a total a length of about 59 – 77 inches. Also both genders have horns unlike some other kinds of species. There is usually more then one main color on the Springbok. Some colors are white, tan, reddish tan, brown, black stripes. The horns usually are black an have a little black tuft on the end of the horn.

Springbok’s diets usually contain of grass and water from a nearby watering hole. Springboks can also go without water in the dry season. Sometimes they can go years without water! In very extreme cases Springboks can live without ever drinking any water!

Leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, and lions are the Springbok’s main predator. Pythons are able to take down Springboks as well. Most antelope species such as Pronghorn and Gazelle, there population is shrinking but strangely enough the Springbok’s [who is also part of antelope species] population is going up!

Springboks are amazing animals there very interesting animals to study! I hope you enjoyed this post!

– Mara

Poll Mania

It is poll mania day.  Amazingly 13 people took the poll mania quiz last time. Even more amazing 42 people took the What Computer Game Are You Quiz!!!!!! Keep voting!

 

That is are poll for today! Hope you enjoyed.

Your buddy,

Mara