May 9

7th Grade Advice

The school year here at West Ridge Middle School is finally coming to an end. I can’t wait for summer. Next year I will be in the 8th grade, which means that new kids will be taking my place in 7th grade. I have some advice for them next year.

 

The only advice I can give to the incoming 7th graders is to not worry that much. The school year is not that hard if you just try hard, don’t get in too much trouble, and pay attention in class. Also, be nice to your teachers so that they like you and help you during class. Finally, don’t try and become friends with people just for status or popularity, just become friends with the people that you actually enjoy hanging out with. If you follow this advice, you should have a pretty good school year. Good luck incoming 7th graders!

April 26

Childhood Memory

I had some good memories as a kid. I have an awesome family of one younger brother, two older brothers, and great parents, so I have a great environment to make some amazing memories.

 

One that I can clearly remember is that when I was 7 or 8, my little brother would never go to sleep unless all of us were going to sleep too. On some nights, there would be a football game on TV that the older siblings would want to watch. So, me and my 2 older brothers would pretend to go to sleep, and we would take walkie-talkies  to bed with us. Once my mom was sure that my little brother was asleep, she would call us on our walkie-talkies and tell us that we could come downstairs and watch the rest of the game.

 

I have always loved this memory in particular because it was a moment of my young childhood when I was considered on of the older kids. It felt good to be included in the fun of staying up late with my older brothers.

April 14

A Poem

The Dog

By Luke N

His body was furry

and soft

and blond,

and as he ran through the yard

he turned,

and snapped at a tennis ball

that was lying in the grass.

And I saw the slobber in his mouth

and the grin on his face

and big brown puppy-dog eyes,

soft and wide and cute.

Then into the house,

with that four-legged walk

walking without a single muddy print

slowly,

softly,

he walked- that happy dog.

Furry, soft blond,

part big dog, part puppy,

part neither- for he was a teen.

April 7

Poetry Share

Bifurcation of a path in forrest
Pixabay CC0
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

 

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

 

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

 

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken
I really enjoy this poem by Robert Frost because of the idea that the less- traveled path can be the best one. Frost expresses this thought greatly in the last stanza when he says, “I took the one less traveled by, and that made all the difference.” I also like this poem because of the great imagery that Frost uses to help us believe that this crossroads in the woods really does exist.
April 1

American Attractions

America, the land of the free, the home of the brave, but also the home of some pretty great tourist attractions. If you were ever going to visit America, here are some great tourist attractions that you should definitely check out.

 

One of the most loved attractions in the United States of America is Walt Disney World. Disney World is located in Orlando, Florida and contains many rides and shows based on Disney characters and stories. Disney world is separated into many different sections like the Magic Kingdom, the Animal Kingdom, Epcot, and many others including two water parks! Disney World is one memory that anyone who has been will never forget. they will remember the fun rides, the refreshing water parks, and the Disney characters  walking all around the park to take pictures with. Disney World is definitely a US attraction that you must see.

 

The next must-see sight in America is Yosemite National Park, located in California. With its towering redwoods, wide lakes, and majestic wild life, Yosemite is one of the most beautiful places on Earth. In Yosemite, you can take weeks long hiking trips, half day hiking trips, or you can just hang out in the Yosemite Valley. The hiking trips in Yosemite will take you so far into the wild that you won’t even remember what a road looks like. The Yosemite Valley has many amazing restaurants and cabins to stay in. Yosemite is one of the last truly will areas in the US, which is why everyone must visit it before it is gone.

 

The next sight to see is Times Square, located in New York City. Times Square is known for being the bustling area right in the middle of Manhattan. With its flashing lights, crowded streets, and neon billboards, Times Square is definitely one of the most lively place in the USA. On New Years Eve, millions of people flock into Times Square to wait in the cold and watch the ball drop at midnight, signifying the start of the new year. Times Square is also located at the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue, making it easy to go catch a famous Broadway performance in one of the many theaters in Manhattan. Times Square is without a doubt one of the biggest attractions in America.

 

All of these attractions are great, but they aren’t the only great places to see in the United States of America. America boasts hundreds of amazing locations that you should visit. Next time you come to America, you should definitely check out these great locations.

 

 

March 3

Spring Break

Spring Break is in a week for our school! I’m really excited because my friend invited me to come with him to Pebble Beach. Pebble Beach is place in California that is best known for its spectacular golf courses. On the trip we will go deep sea fishing. I’m really looking forward to this because I have never been before and I really think I will enjoy that kind of fishing.

 

On another day of the trip we are going to a boardwalk in Santa Monica. I have never been there but my friend has and he said it is really fun and has some really fun attractions. My friend’s brother is a really good golfer in high school so he is going to play on the Pebble Beach course. We are going to walk the course and watch him play. I think the course is going to be pretty amazing, I’ve heard that it is one of the nicest golf courses in the world. I can’t wait for my Spring Break trip!

February 9

My Life Blueprint

When I am asked to think about a blueprint for my life, my mind goes a little blank. Maybe it is because I just don’t know what I want out of life yet, or maybe I just don’t want to have a set life plan.

First of all, why would you want to have a strict plan for life? I feel that having a plan may make you feel like shouldn’t take an opportunity in life because it is against your plan. In example, you are presented with a great job with good location and pay, but it’s not the company you want to work for, so you turn it down.

Second of all, how could you have a plan, especially at this point in life? One year later you may want something completely different. Maybe now you want to be a scientist, but after you watch a movie, you are suddenly interested in being a doctor.

Finally, what is the point of living in a nation where you are free to pursue any endeavor, and instead of chasing whatever your heart desires, you are shackled by your own law of life.

February 4

Anarchy

I look across the barren field filled with rot and decay. The odor of decomposing bodies approach me like a marching battalion. It’s ironic because I’m standing at the site of the biggest battle in human history: the final battle of World War 3, the year is 2050.

Almost every country in the world has been somehow affected by the war. The poverty rate of the average American is 75%. It’s an economical depression. All the world leaders have been assassinated; presidents, prime ministers, dictators and kings alike are all gone.

All that’s left now is the aftershocks, the fights to rise to power, and the hopes that whoever does rise to power, does not abuse that power. The governments are gone, so there isn’t much of any laws. There is one word I can think of to describe the world at this exact moment.

ANARCHY.

January 28

The Phantom of the Opera

In English class we are studying the famous Broadway play The Phantom of the Opera. The play features characters Christine, Raoul, and the Phantom. Set in a French opera house in the late 1800’s, the play is about a dancer named Christine in an opera who is tutored by a mysterious Phantom. When Christine is given the main role in the upcoming opera, the Phantom makes appearance to praise her.

A young suitor named Raoul hears Christine sing and is immediately in love with her. This new competitor for Christine’s love does not make the Phantom happy. The Phantom abducts Christine and the story begins.

With lots of twists and turns, “The Phantom of the Opera” is a great play, book, and movie that I highly suggest you check out.

January 15

Back in School

Well, the beloved winter break is over. It is back to the hard work of school. All of the tough homework, grades, and tests are back in full swing. School is sometimes fun like in athletics and choir, but for the most part, school is all hard work and not much fun.

The good thing about school so that we get to see our friends every day. Although, it isn’t much to see them because we can’t really talk to them since we are in school. The hardest part about school is trying to balance between school life and social life. Lots of times you may have to stay home and study while your friends are out having fun. I think that you can’t just drop all academics, but it is very important to have some fun with your friends just for a little break.

Well, the first week back is the hardest, but we are done with that and now we can begin to accept that the break is long gone and we have to get back to reality. Now we just have to wait until spring break!