Do We Have to Much Homework?

As a 7th grader I run in fear when I hear the word homework. Students get piles and piles that could run the surface of the earth. It seems like teachers don’t get that we have lives to attend to outside of school. Is it even healthy to get this much?

I know that they are just trying to give us extra practice, but there’s a point when teachers cross the line. Along with other students, I get really stressed when it comes to doing a mile long worth of homework. I think teachers should dial back on homework.

Studies show that at a higher stress levels students do not learn as well. It’s seems teacher don’t care that we have others things to do than homework. I think that West Ridge should be a little more concerned about how much homework their students get.


What do you think?

The Sun

out in the day

we see his show

he always starts to shine and glow

with a costume of a golden thread

that wakes us up

gets us out of our beds

always happy

always joyful

when he is gone

the world is nothing

always sad

always depressing

he shines his appreciation

 with a yellow glow

What sorrow it is to see him go

he leaves with colors in the sky

And he lets us know

I will be back tomorrow

no need to cry

Musical Smackdown

I was having a small debate with my friend on which musical was better Les Miserables or Phantom of the Opera? I thought I’d share my thoughts.

Les Miserables and Phantom of the opera are both set in France and both set around the same time period. Personally, I like Les Miserables better than Phantom of the Opera because I think that Les Miserables has a better plot and story. Phantom of the Opera has great music and all… but I feel like the stories a bit rushed rather than letting the story unfold.

In Les Miserables each person has their own story and their own hopes and dreams. In Phantom of the Opera I feel like nobody wants anything except Raoul and Phantom both want Christine. Les Miserables I think Has better Characters two like Eponine, Cosette, etc.


What do you think is better? 

Family Friendly Things To Do In Austin

Also know as the music capitol, Austin, Texas is one of the most fun and weirdest places you will ever go. From the middle of Downtown Austin, to the outskirts of Westlake, Austin is the place to be.

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Because Austin is in the South, it can get really warm. It’s nice to have a nice frozen treat to cool off.  Amy’s Icecream is one of the most popular Icecream joints in Austin. Amy’s is known for their odd flavors for example Guinness, Pop Tart, and Grasshopper (does not have real Grasshoppers.)

Grey-headed Flying Fox (Pteropus poliocephalus) Sam Gordon via Compfight

Seeing the Mexican free-tailed bats fly out from under the Congress Avenue Bridge is a perfect thing to do to spend your evening.  It’s a wonderful thing to do and see with the whole family!

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Peter Pan Mini Golf is a amazing way to spend your afternoon with the family. Known for there odd attractions like a T-rex, Tinkerbell, and a giant Peter Pan. Peter Pan Mini Golf is awesome place to “put-put!”


The Moon’s Melody

The sun has left the day

The moon comes out to play

She plays her music

The waves dance

The stars twinkle in applaud

This is the moon’s time to shine

-shine so brightly to light the sky

As I walk the beach

I hear her melody

The sun has left the day

The moon comes out to play

Big moon

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I am really proud of this poem.  I feel like the sun is the only one the gets credit for our beautiful lit up sky. The moon is responseable for our waves in on the beach. She needs to be recognized for all she does. This poem is dedicated to the moon.

Helping Others Is Important

We all have tough times, or a sticky situation. We need someone to bring us back on our feet. Helping someone may not change the world, but it could change the world for that one person.

Without help in our world, history would be much different. An example is D-day 1944 in Normandy, France. On what we know as “D-day,” U.S. Soldiers of World War II went to Normandy to help France against the Nazis. We didn’t have to go, but we did and we won the battle against them.

Another thing is helping others makes you feel good. When you make someone feel bad, are you happy about that? Or do you feel badly? Hopefully you feel badly. When you make someone feel good, you feel good. It’s just that simple.

One helpful act in a selfish world is one act towards a bright future. Helping someone is your choice. Win your battle against this selfish world.


Movies or Books?

Actors on screen or words on a page? Many people argue which is better. Here are my thoughts.

I prefer the book over the movie. Movies are great, but don’t really get the book right. For example, the Percy Jackson movies. Do I have to say more? For you non-reader movie lovers, did you know Percy was supposed to be twelve, and Annabeth was suppose to have blond hair? I don’t think you do because they left that out in the movie.

In most cases the book came before the movie like Wisard of Oz, Beauty and the Beast, and more. Movies leave scenes out from the book or make some up.

Counter Aguement 

Though the book came first, they can be boring. Watching it on a screen vs. your head is just easier. You can’t read a movie with your family, but with a movie you can.

It sometimes seems you are forced to read the book over the movie. In school, you have to read a book, it’s just easier to watch the movie.


What do you think? Books or Movies?









Quick Recipes in Mugs

Mug recipes are fun, easy, and really quick to make. My personal favorite is the blueberry muffin recipe.

The recipes are endless from French toast to vanilla cake. I got most of my recipes from . Click here to see how to make cakes in mugs for only 1 minute.

Here is the recipe for a blueberry muffin!

Prep time         Cook time

5 min.                     1 min


  • 4 tbsp flour
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/16 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • about 10 blueberries


Streusel Topping (optional)


  • 1 tbsp (½ oz) cold butter
  • 1½ tbsp flour
  • 1½ tbsp brown sugar (or white)
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract (optional)


  1. Mix everything listed in muffin ingredients except blueberries into a microwave safe mug with a small whisk. Drop blueberries in, spreading them out.
  2. In a small bowl, mix streusel ingredients with a fork until butter pieces resemble bread crumbs.
  3. Sprinkle streusel on top of muffin batter, spreading out evenly across surface.
  4. Microwave for 1 minute or until firm in the center of the muffin. (times may vary)
  5. Dig in!






The Lonely Phantom Lair

Deep, deep underground- I’ve heard, under the opera house where my mother used to perform with great success, is a cave. In this cave lies a lonely phantom. This phantom is not human, nor is he a monster. He wears a mask on his face, seeking concealment from the light seen above.

Mother tells me stories of her times in this cave. She says that it was like a beautiful midnight, the water droplets on the walls shined like stars in the phantom’s darkness. Riding in a boat on the lake filling the cave was like riding a shooting star he mother told her.  There is a model of the once miraculous stage with tiny figurines in costumes great and small.

His lair is full of drawings of a women who looks exactly like my mother. You will see a statue of a man, but half of his face was deformed, my mother will not tell me why. A mannequin poses wearing a wedding dress but it was obviously there for a long time. The dress had brown tint to it, and had holes in it as if hopes and dreams had escaped from it. A single rose still sits in a vase, wilting, and ring sits in a box waiting.


Masks can be more than just something you wear to cover your face. They can be more than meets the eye.

To mask something means to cover up something or someone. It means to hide whatever may be beneath it. Many people may be wearing a mask and may not know it. Are you trying to hide something from someone or even yourself? Masks are sometimes worn because lack of acceptance of something about yourself ,or lack of self forgiveness. Are you wearing a mask out of shame from the past?

Is it a good thing we wear masks? To spare our pride? Or is it a bad thing? An unforgiving burden to carry upon your shoulders? That is something you must decide for yourself. Are you wearing a mask? You may not even know it.


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