8th Grade

I’m looking forward to eight grade a lot!

My plan for next year is to take Algebra 1 pre-ap, 8th grade pre-ap English, U.S. history, IPC science, Spanish 1, Teen Skills, Health, and both semesters of Athletics. The first semester I am going to play volleyball and basketball. Then in the second semester I will be finishing the basketball season, running track, and play either soccer or tennis: I haven’t decided yet. I took the 8th grade science test to try to qualify for advanced science (IPC) and I guess I got an okay score on the test because I got in.

I cant wait to see what eighth grade will be like for me.


My Summer!!!

This school has been long and hard, but also fun. I cant wait for summer!

The first week of summer I’m doing a volleyball camp at West Lake High School for a few hours a day. Then later in July I’m going to San Francisco with my mom, stepdad, and brother. I think sometime in the summer I’m going to Mexico with my dad, stepmom, and brother to visit my uncle. I’m also going to WyldLife camp: a religious camp that a bunch of my friends are going to. I hope I can go to an FCA leadership camp one week in the summer because I plan on being an FCA leader next year.

My summer is filling up fast with fun trips and camps!

The Do’s and Don’ts of 7th Grade

Middle School “Dos” and “Don’ts”


Claire, Aly, and Ava have some advice for the incoming middle schoolers who want to know what to do, and what not to do. Hopefully this advice will help improve your West Ridge Middle School experience!


The “Dos” ——


  1. Have a binder for each class
  2. Bring your lunch at the beginning of the year
  3. Charge your iPad
  4. Remember to do your homework
  5. Get to your locker before your top or bottom locker buddy does
  6. Bring a snack to school
  7. Be on time to class
  8. Get a spot at the lunch table
  9. Wash your PE clothes at least once a week
  10. Be respectful to your teachers


The “Don’ts” ——

  1. Don’t stay up too late
  2. Don’t bring your phone to class
  3. Don’t talk during class
  4. Don’t break dress code
  5. Don’t lose your work
  6. Don’t miss too much school
  7. Don’t be on your phone or iPad during lunch
  8. Don’t cheat on tests or quizzes
  9. Don’t skip breakfast
  10. Don’t misbehave in class

Six Flags

The whole choir, orchestra, and band program at my school went on a trip to Six Flags after our competition. The trip lasted from leaving school at 6:30am and returning at 8:30pm.

First we went to our competition where we got very high scores, then after competing we changed from our choir gowns to the clothes were were going to wear all day and went to six flags. When we pulled up in the Six Flags parking lot I started to get really excited, you can ask anyone in my group. When we got inside the park we went straight to the Boomerang and rode where we met up with a group of orchestra kids who we’re friends with. After Boomerang we went to Panda Express and got food then we ran over to Iron Rattler. Iron rattler was super fun! Then we went and rode Goliath, Superman, Poltergeist, Sky Screamer and Iron Rattler again. Around 5:30 we met up with our parent chaperones and got back on the bus to home.

It was a super fun day with a lot of food, friends, and fun.

Three of The Best Places To Visit in Austin.

There are many places to visit in Austin, Texas. Whether you’re looking for a place to escape the Texas heat, bring your family, or take a hike you will be able to find it in Austin.

Austin Zoo

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The Austin Zoo is a small non profit zoo that is home to over 350 rescued animals, including lions, tigers, bears, and reptiles. The zoo in total takes about an hour and a half to walk through, so this is a great place to bring your kids. Make sure to wear comfy shoes, snacks, water bottle, and be ready to get up close and personal with some of the animals.

Inner Space Caverns

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These beautiful caves at The Inner Space Caverns are for sure a place you should visit! These caves are more than 10,000 years old but were just recently discovered in 1963. There are many groups that go down for a walk in the cave every day, so look online and plan your trip!

Sculpture Falls

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Sculpture Falls  is about 5 miles great hiking trails with lakes that are open to swim in along the way and a breath taking waterfall at the end. This is a great place to pack a picnic for and make it a full day trip.


Have you ever ran track? If so, was it fun?

I’m running track right now at my middle school. Personally I don’t think track is very fun. All you do is run. #boring. Also with my knee and ankle problems it is very painful. I “forgot” to run in my last meet so now I’m not going to anymore. #blessed. I mean there is one good thing about track meets; usually they have food, and it’s fun to be around all my friends. Lets be real though. Those uniforms are HIDEOUS!!! With the tight shirt with an extra layer and the loose shorts. I would rather wear a trashbag!!!

I really hope none of my coaches read this; that would be bad– a lot of conditioning for me. All in all I would rather be writing a blog post than running track.

Blog Posts

Are blog posts a waste of time? Personally I think yes, they are.

I understand that for some people blogging is very fun and enjoyable but for me… not so much. When blogging I usually find myself searching for ways to add in extra words to reach the 100 word minimum. I obviously do not enjoy blogging so I don’t feel that I learn anything from it because I’m not really trying very hard to make my blog posts interesting. On the other hand I do read some other peoples blog posts that are interesting and wonder if I was better at blogging if I would enjoy it more.

So in all, yes I think that blog posts are a waste of time FOR ME, but if you have fun doing that then by all means, do it.



Do middle school kids have to much homework? Do they get enough sleep?

I find myself doing on average doing about 1-2 hours of homework every night, and sometimes more. I know that its very hard even for myself to get the suggested nine hours and I don’t even do that many extra curricular activities outside of school. I know that some homework needs to be given by teachers for the extra practice but I know that not all of the homework I get is mandatory. If you want to make good grades you also have to pitch in extra study time.

Yes, middle school students have to much homework. No most of them don’t get enough sleep.


Plumbing Project

Have you ever been woken up by the rumbling of a jackhammer? I have.

We found out a few weeks ago that we had roots in all of our plumbing. When we found out my mom pretty much the next day scheduled dates for the plumbers to fix it.

The plumbers come to our house almost every day and go into the human sized tunnels they dug underneath our house. They work by shoveling out dirt into the wheelbarrow then wheeling it out to the huge pile of dirt in our driveway.

They are supposed to be out in a week and I will be overjoyed to see them go because as of now our whole house is just a little dusty.


Breaking My Arm

In a Basketball game a few weeks ago against Dripping Springs someone pushed me over and I fell on my wrist. Before that I had just gotten out of the hospital for 4 days so my wrist way already sore from my IV.

A week and a half ago when I fell at the Basketball game I thought that my wrist didn’t hurt that bad so we didn’t have it x-rayed but when I did they told me I had broken one of my carpals and because they don’t want me to twist my wrist they put on a full arm cast.

I go back in two weeks to see if I need another cast or if I just need a brace.

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