Five Ways to Survive the Seventh Grade

My friend Jillian and I are finishing seventh grade, and throughout the year we learned some things that we wish we knew when we started this year. Here are five ways to survive the seventh grade:

Lockers. They cause stress, but they also make your life easier. If your locker is not organized or kept clean, you will get stressed out when you misplace your work and it starts disappearing. On the other hand, if you are organized and responsible with your locker, you will not be tardy to class and your locker will have less of a likelihood of getting jammed- which we all hate.

Along with lockers, schoolwork won’t always be in your favor. Turning in your homework, studying for test, and keeping track of your belongings will help you survive the year. Grades are important. Whether they only matter to your parents, or you need them up in order to stay on the team; you will only keep up your grades if you try your best. Homework grades don’t count for much, but as the bad ones add up, your grade will go down. Test are also extremely important. We all know that bad feeling when we fail a test: it sucks. You feel like no matter how hard you tried, you still don’t understand the material- even if you do. Our teachers offer tutoring usually two mornings a week, and it can be very helpful. As long as you make school work one of your top priorities, you will succeed.

And then there’s lunch: the most anticipated and waited for time of day. Getting to the lunch line first is always a good feeling because the lines can take as long a half of the meal if you don’t make it on time. The meals get very pricey in middle school and with more choices, you tend to start spending more. For example: in elementary school, desserts were only served on Fridays and you were limited to only one. Now that we’re in middle school, junk food is served daily and is very expensive for just a snack. A bag of chips, a drink, and ice cream would come out to be more than seven dollars, and people eat this everyday for their meal. Be careful of what you buy: make a plan of how many days a week you would buy junk food and bring your lunch every now and then. This will help you save money and stay healthy.

Now, friendships can be dreaded in middle school, but keeping good friends around that help and care about you is always important. Good friends will respect you and your choices, be there when you need them, and make you smile. They say that middle school will ruin your friendships, but it’s important to always keep your friends close. Whether you and your elementary friends part ways, or you’re still best friends with your besties from kindergarten; make sure that whoever you’re friends with will treat you right and that you will treat them the same way.

Lastly, there’s electives. Electives are a small breath of fresh air from your core classes, but you will dread them just as much if you choose wrong. Make sure you choose things that you are actually interested in, and not just things that your friends chose. A great thing about middle school is that you make new friends, so even if you start the year with no friends in your class, you will make new friends with your other classmates. If you are interested in something, go into an elective that will teach you more about what you want to be when you grow up.

I hope this helps you with your middle school years! Good luck! I wrote this post with Jillan  and this is her link to her blog click here.

Poem By Me!

This is a poem I wrote in English class last week! While writing this poem I was inspired by an amazing writer, Edwin John Pratt. Edwin was the author of The Shark.

The Panda 

 His body was fluffy
And black,
And white.
As he climbed down the tree
He turned,
And snatched a piece of bamboo,
That was green and leafy.
And I saw those glossy eyes,
And the bright smile,
And the ears as high as the sky.
Soft, warm, calm.
Then back up the tree
With his bright smile.
Sleeping on the branch,
He dreams– The glossy eyed panda
Fluffy, Fantastic, Funny
It lies on the branch.

Volleyball Tips on Advanced Hitting

Hey Bloggers! Today I am going to teach you about advanced hitting. A couple posts ago I taught you to hit (basic beginners). Hopefully you have mastered too! Using the skills from a basic hitting helps with what I am going to teach you.  A good hitter doesn’t just hit the ball as hard as they could each time, they have strategies. Here are some examples of strategic moves:

  1. Roll-shots: Which you hit with the bottom of your palm and flick or roll your wrist.
  2.  Tips: Your hand make the shape of a ball, then you push using your arm strength.
  3.  Swishes: Making your hand flat, you push the ball sideways.

Hopefully this helped your abilities to hit the ball better! Thanks!

 

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Traveler, Your Footprints

This poem is very well written and has many meanings! What this poem means to me is that you always should follow what you believe in, not what others do. My favorite line is five to seven– it shows you that you should never regret what you did because that was God’s plan. The fantastic writer of this poem is Antonio Machado. Here is the poem:

 

 
Traveler, Your Footprints
Traveler, your footprints
are the only road, nothing else.
Traveler, there is no road;
you make your own path as you walk.
As you walk, you make your own road,
and when you look back
you see the path
you will never travel again.
Traveler, there is no road;

only a ship’s wake on the sea.

 

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Top Three Tourist Attractions in Austin, Texas

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Hey Bloggers!

If you are looking for a fun, musical, artsy filled weekend, Austin is the place to be! This musical capital of Texas is family friendly, and full of adventure. Here are three of the best tourist attractions in Austin.

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Austin City Limits

Austin City Limits (ACL) is one of the best musical festivals, and the longest running music festivals in the United States. There are many kinds of music including– pop, rock & roll, jazz, alternative country, and alternative rock.

ACL Website

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Barton Springs Pool

Three acres of freshwater, and an average temperature of seventy degrees lies a clear pool. This pool is family friendly and is very enjoyable. It has diving boards, restrooms, changing areas, showers and lockers. This is definitely recommended if you want to have fun!

Barton Springs Pool Website

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I Want To Believe

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 The Graffiti Park

The graffiti park is a great place for pictures with family and friends, and watch our Austin artists at work. You can climb to the top of the wall and see downtown Austin too!

The Graffiti Park Website

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Riddles with Answers

Hey Bloggers, are you ready to solve some riddles? Please make sure to answer the riddles in the comment box below. Have fun solving!

  1. Feed me and I live, yet give me a drink and I die. What am I?
  2. A man is pushing his car along the road when he comes to a hotel. He shouts, “I’m bankrupt!” Why was he shouting?
  3. A girl who was just learning to drive went down a one-way street in the wrong direction, but didn’t break the law. How did she not break the law?

Answers: Number one is ‘Fire’. Number two is ‘he was playing Monopoly.’ Finally number three is ‘She was walking.’

Did you get any of them right? Thanks for reading this week’s blog post on Riddles! More next week!

Yummy Cinnamon Pancakes!

Hey Bloggers, I am going to tell you about one of my favorite pancake recipes.  I make pancakes about one to two times a week, and my family and I think this is the best recipe. Unlike other cinnamon pancakes, this one is not too sour and not too sweet. This cinnamon pancake recipe serves four people, and it takes about 20 minutes. Here are the ingredients:

  1. 2 cups regular pancake mix
  2. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  3. 2 eggs, beaten
  4. 1 cup milk
  5. 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  6. 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

    Stir the pancake mix and the cinnamon into a bowl until it is blended. Then stir in eggs, milk, oil and vanilla just until blended. Pour 1/4 cup of batter per pancake onto the greased griddle or skillet. Cook 1 to 2 minutes per side or until golden brown, turning when pancakes begin to bubble. I would recommend serving the pancakes with natural syrup and a side of strawberries (any kind of fruit will work).

Thanks for reading and hope this pancake recipe wows you and your family!

Valentine’s Day Sweets!

Need a special Valentines Day treat for family, friends, or loved ones? Well, you came to the right place! Today I’m going to inform you about five quick, easy recipes, that are cute and stylish!

1) Chocolate covered strawberries

Just take some fresh, organic strawberries and dip it in melted chocolate. Total time: 1 hour. It’s that simple!

2) Cherry Chocolate Kiss Cookies

Bake cherry cookies half way, then immediately put the kiss on the cookies. Total time: 30 minutes. Easy…right!?

3) Smarties Mini Parfaits

This is easy, yet it has lots of ingredients. Smarties, vanilla yogurt, whipped cream in the can, pink food coloring, 6 strawberries (chopped), mallet, Ziploc bag. This has lots of steps, but for mire information click here! Total time: 45 mins for 6 parfaits

4) Chocolate Covered Pretzels

This is kind of like the chocolate covered strawberries, but with pretzels! Take pretzels and dip into the melted chocolate. Put in refrigerator to dry faster! Total time: 1 hour. Enjoy!

5) Brownies

This is not easy, but not complicated! Here is a great recipe from All Recipes that I have made before!  Total time: 1 hour. They are so yummy!

Thanks, and hope this helped!

 

Friendship is Important!

Do you have friends that you can’t live without? Do you have friends that pick you up when your down? Do you have friends that are important in YOUR life?

I think it is very important to have a healthy, friendly relationship and here’s why:

  1. Friends affects you in more ways than you realize
  2. Friends can give you vital life skills
  3. Childhood friendships start your learning process
  4. Having friends can help you get more friends
  5. Close friends support you through thick and thin

Why is number two in this list? It’s in this list because it  sharpens your mind, making you generally happier, knowing yourself better, helps reach your goals, advancing your career, and living a longer and healthier life.

Why is number four in this list? People like others who are known for being nice and helpful, and they like people who like them. So once you have more friends you will find out about many more different personalities, and friendships.

 

Use the tips above! Having friends will change your life!

Christmas Day!

On Christmas Day I woke up, felt the cold window of the Toronto air, and I went down the stairs. Sitting near the decorated Christmas tree saw lots of presents for me. Waiting for the rest of the family to get downstairs, I was counting the gifts that bought for me.

The family arrived and we opened presents all together! I was opening the first one and inside there were films?! Moving on to the next gift it was a polaroid printer that went with the films! then I opened the final gift and it was a PINK POLAROID CAMERA! We started to clean up the crumpled wrapping paper that was on the ground. Then my aunt said “Now we go to church!” So that Friday morning, we went to church and prayed. Church was special because it was in three different languages, English, Arabic, and Greek. The church had cute decorations, like the Nativity set and the pretty Christmas trees.

My favorite Christmas gift was a pink polaroid camera and the polaroid printer! I can’t wait for Christmas Day next year! Here is a poem about the joy of Christmas from this website:

  Christmas

Every time a hand reaches out 
To help another….that is Christmas 
Every time someone puts anger aside 
And strives for understanding 
That is Christmas 

Every time people forget their differences 
And realize their love for each other 
That is Christmas 

May this Christmas bring us 
Closer to the spirit of human understanding 
Closer to the blessing of peace! 

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