Advice to Incoming Seventh Graders

This post is going to be about seventh grade and what to expect. I will tell you what you should and what you shouldn’t do. I hope this is helpful to you.

Homework: Don’t wait until the last second to do your homework! You should always do your homework during wildcat time or if you have free class time. You may find that if you do your homework in school, it gets rid of one thing for you to do after school so that you can do other things. There is also less pressure on you.

Studying/ Tests: You should always study for a test even if you think you know everything. There will most likely be something you don’t know. You should never just “wing it” on a test just because you don’t want to study. A good way to study is by going over your class notes and also redoing the problems you got wrong on your homework. Flashcards are a great way to study vocabulary. Another way to study is by going on your teacher’s website and do the quizlet that they have made. Also, if you are having trouble in class, you should ask your teacher if you can come in for tutoring.

You shouldn’t stress about seventh grade. Everyone told me that it was going to be the hardest grade and that I would have a bunch of homework. I was really nervous but now, I realized I didn’t really have to stress about seventh grade. As long as you do your homework, study, turn in your papers on time, you’ll do fine.

Seventh Grade Reflection

I can’t believe seventh grade is almost over! The year went by so fast. I am kind of glad that the school year is almost over because I can’t wait for summer break to come.

I made a lot of new friends this year. I got into all of the classes that I wanted to do. I hope I get into the classes that I want to do next year too. In the beginning of the year, I was really scared to go to seventh grade because everyone said that seventh grade was the hardest grade in middle school. My friend said that I would get a lot of homework too. That didn’t really happen for me. I actually think that seventh grade is easy.

I really don’t want to go to eight grade because I think it will be harder than seventh. I loved all of my teachers this year, and I hope that I am wrong about eighth grade!

Six Flags

Next week on Friday I get to go to Six Flags. Everyone who is in either band, orchestra, or choir gets to go to Six Flags after they are done with UIL. I am really excited. I am happy to skip school for a day just to have fun.

I’ve never been to Six Flags before. I am really happy that the first time that I get to go, it will be with my friends. We each get to pick a group to be in. I am in a group of three. I like small groups better than big ones because I think it is easier to decide what you want to do.

There are many things to do in Six Flags from riding rollercoasters to playing in the arcade. I can’t wait until next Friday, it just seems so long away!

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Don’t Cry For Me

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Don’t Cry For Me By Deborah Garcia Gatan

Don’t cry for me,
I will be okay.
Heaven is my home now,
and this is where I’ll stay.
Don’t cry for me,
I’m where I belong.
I want you to be happy
and try to stay strong.
Don’t cry for me,
It was just my time.
But I will see you someday
on the other side.
Don’t cry for me,
I am not alone.
The angels are with me
to welcome me home.
Don’t cry for me,
for I have no fear.
All my pain is gone,
and Jesus took my tears.
Don’t cry for me,
this is not the end.
I’ll be waiting here for you,
when we meet again.

I like this poem because it has a deep meaning, good imagery, and repitition. “I’ll be waiting for you, when we meet again” I think this is a great way to end this poem. This poem teaches people to let someone go when it is the right time.

Tourist attractions in Austin, Texas

360 bridge over Lake Austin

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Are you looking for somewhere to make great memories? Well if you are, the 360 bridge is a great place to visit. There is a hiking trail that takes you up a cliff so that you can see Lake Austin from a bird’s eye view.

 

Barton Springs

 Barton Springs, Zilker Park

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Barton Springs is a natural pool and home to the endangered Barton Springs Salamander. This is a great place to visit if you are looking for somewhere to chill or if you are hanging out with friends. Barton Springs is a place like no other.

 

Zilker Park

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Zilker Park is probably the most well known park in Austin. There are many things to do here such as walking your dog, playing volleyball, or having a picnic. There is also a trail that leads you to Town Lake where you can have fun paddle boarding, kayaking, canoeing, or boating.

Trapped

You can’t escape them…they’ll always find you.

I run, and run, and run until my feet give out. Don’t stop, don’t look—don’t get caught.
I get back up and stumble towards the door.

Farther, just a little farther,” I whisper to myself.

I hear footsteps behind me, pounding, pounding, pounding. I can’t help it…I look back. Armed men chase me with rifles strapped to their backs.

Shouldn’t have looked back…

I finally make it towards the door. I desperately grab the knob and turn it. The door doesn’t open. I try again, and again, and again.

No luck.

I run my hands through my knotted hair and slump against the door. The men are getting closer. They’ll catch me any second now.

Great, one more month trapped here.

My vision blurs and everything falls apart. I feel hands grab me and pull me to my feet. Before I get dragged back into my cell, I hear someone whisper, “Maybe next time…”

The Fifth Wave

I read The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey last year when I was in sixth grade.

It is about how humans almost got extinct by “aliens” who caused earthquakes, diseases, and other terrible things to get rid of the human race.

The main character, Cassie, gets separated from her parents. Then, she also gets seperated from her brother and is determined to get him back. When she is looking for her brother, she runs into many obstacles and has to get over them.

I think this was a great book. Some parts were kind of boring, but most of it was great. I stayed up all night trying to finish the book. I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I really want to. Some people have told me it is a good movie, and some people have told me it is a bad movie. The Fifth Wave is a great book and I definitely suggest reading it.

Break Free

I wake up to the sound of screams, screams that echo off the walls. I cover my ears with my hands, hoping that somehow it will help. It doesn’t.

Ring! Ring!

The ear piercing alarm goes off. The doors open. Hundreds of people run out of their cells. I get up. I don’t run. There’s no point.

I walk out of the prison and into the courtyard. Sunlight immediately blinds me. I look around and see all of the other prisoners hopeful and nervous. There are guards everywhere so that we can’t escape. An electric fence lies beyond them. Then lies the wall. The wall is at least twenty feet high and surrounds the prison.

”Okay everyone, who wants to try today?” a guard asks.

Everyday at 1:00 they let prisoners try to break free. But no one has ever made it past the fence. No one.

Today is the day I get to make history. Today is the day I escape. Today is the day I will be free.

I raise my hand and walk forward. I hear people laugh and snicker.

He narrows his eyes and raises an eyebrow, “Again?”

When I nod he says, “Okay then, you know the rules, you do anything you can to escape, and we do everything we can to prevent you from escaping.”

When I nod again, he leads me towards a grass field where I will start.

I inhale, then exhale.

“Ready…..GO!” He shouts.

I smile. I am ready. I will not fail again. I won’t make the same mistake. I am stronger this time.

I start sprinting towards the fence—towards my freedom.

The Phantom’s Lair

I walk down the long, dark, everlasting halls that are lit with torches. I finally reach a set of doors—doors with an unusual pattern of swirls and curves. I run my hands over the pattern.
Creeeeaaaak….the doors slowly swing open.

I gasp. I am looking at a room with crimson walls, and a glass chandelier hanging from the ceiling. I see a brown couch in the center of the room facing a large t.v. A mahogany bookshelf is sitting in a corner. Everything is so fancy, so old—so elegant.

I walk through an opening to another room which looks like a bedroom. A king sized bed is in the center. A large mirror hangs from one of the walls. A manikin is beside it wearing a black suit and a white mask.

I see another small room—a closet. I nervously walk towards it, afraid of what lies inside. Masks, suits, and costumes fill the closet. One in particular catches my eye. My old dress that I wore when I was in the Phantom’s opera! My eyes widen.

“Christine…” a raspy, low voice whispers by my ear making me shiver.

“It has been too long…” the Phantom whispers again, his breath hot against my neck. I feel something sharp against my neck.

“You left me…”

My eyes widen. Then I scream.

Jamaica

I know it’s been a long time since winter break, but I’m still going to write about my winter break because this is my first blog post back.

Over winter break, I went to Jamaica. In my last post, I said I was exited to go, This blog post, I will talk about my experience. In Jamaica, I went snorkeling, tubing, horseback riding, zip-lining, swimming with dolphins, and I also climbed the biggest and most famous waterfall in Jamaica. I loved Jamaica because the people were really nice and I had lots of fun. My favorite part is probably going horseback riding because we got to go into the ocean!

Jamaica was amazing. I hope I get to go again sometime!

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