Hanging Out with my Buddies at the Snow!

(Yesterday…)

Ana, Gwyn, Ambar, and I hang out every Friday after school…

This time, it was sooooo FUN!

We went sledding at our place’s library…yeah, you may think it’s weird to sled at the library. But, there’s this big “square hole” by the library that was filled with hills of snow, so Ana thought that it might be fun sledding in there (I think we’re the only ones that sledded there :)).

So, everyone agreed and went. At first, I thought it was a CRAZY idea to sled at the library, but it was sooo mmmuuuuccchhhh FUUUNNN!!!

Ana went to get sleds in her house…

Ana was the first one to try sledding on the highest snow hill, and she had a good landing! So, I tried sledding but boy, oh, boy…I failed! I landed at the side of the snow hill and bumped myself on the stone wall! Ugh! Thank God, there was no damage and it didn’t hurt, but I had lots of snow on my body! I was freezing cold! So, I stopped for a while as I watched Gwyn go down the snow hill with a perfect landing.

Next comes Ambar, she fell too! But not on the walls :)!

So, was I having an unlucky day or what?

When I finally had the guts to start sledding again, I had a pretty good landing!

Then, we tried sledding in the other snow hill that was  narrow and high. I had a perfect landing!

We had so much fun, and we had lots of frost bites but anyways, my FRIENDS are AWESOME!

Pizza Party with Mrs. Scott!

January 22, 2013-Lunch period at Mrs. Scott’s classroom…PIZZA PARTY!!!

Mrs. Scott is no longer my Language Arts teacher, same with my classmates because we changed schedules…I’m now with Ms. Jimenez class along with Gwyn, Eli, Nick, Mike, and Anna.

When Mr. Kish (our assistant principal) went over with the morning announcement at second period, he said that Mrs. Scott’s 1/2 block before (which was mine, Gwyn, Eli, Nick, Mike, and Anna’s before) read 225 books this quarter and that we will have a pizza party at lunchtime in Mrs. Scott’s room! We were soooooo HAPPY :)!

We were the smallest Language Arts class in Mrs. Scott…Actually I read 24 books this quarter and Gwyn read 54! The rest of the class probably read 50 (you do the Math :)).

So during lunch, we went to Mrs. Scott’s room along with the students who have lunch detention:)…I ate 3 pizzas: 2 sausage pizzas and 1 cheese pizza (I missed the pepperoni pizza :(..)

Alyse and Ryan was having a pizza contest…Alyse ate 4 pizzas, while Ryan ate 5 pizzas!

It was really a fun “REUNION” for us…

Message to my Language Arts classmates “before” and “now”:

You guys are so AWESOME!!!

Thank you also to Mrs. Scott for being an awesome teacher…And to Papa John’s :).

Last Day of School in 2012…

December 21,2012-Earlier in the morning, I looked through the window and found snow all over the place!

When I got to school and put my things in my locker, I headed to room 201, Mrs. Scott’s Language Arts class and when I got there, I gave Mrs. Scott my Christmas gift (a Philippine necklace). When I got to my group’s table along with Ethan, Cinthia, and Anna, we talked about having Winter Break tomorrow and where we will go.

Then, Language Arts class started. We started off by having a spelling test and I got a 19/20 which is a good grade, don’t you think :)? So, after we had a spelling test, we had a 15-minute silent reading time, and at the second period of Language Arts, Mrs. Scott let us play any board games with a partner or a group. I partnered up with Anna and, we played Scrabble…We forgot how to count the scores so we moved on to Boggle, which is one of my favorite word games, but then Ryan and Eli asked us if we wanted to trade with them (their game is Connect Four) so, I asked Anna if she wanted to, and she said sure! So, we started playing Connect Four and I really enjoyed it!

When we exited Mrs. Scott’s room, she gave us big candy canes and she said, “Have a nice winter brake!”

After Language Arts, I headed to Mr. Mielke’s Math room and started our daily routine—taking out our home works from yesterday, write our  learning target, and be ready for the QUIZ! Oh my word, QUIZ!

So, while we were taking our quiz, I thought that it will be crazy HARD but, uh-uh…it was not that hard! Even though I think the quiz wasn’t hard, I wasn’t that sure that I’ll get A+ so, I double checked it, prayed, and turned it in.

After our discussions, one of my classmates greeted Mr. Mielke “Happy Birthday”! He said his age was…Oops! Sorry, I’m not allowed to tell :)…when it was time to pack our things up, Mr. Mielke gave us candy canes!

After I got my Science notebook and book from my locker, I headed to room 203, Mrs. Hughes’ Science classroom. Ugh! The smell in our Science classroom was vomiting! I figured that the smell was an insect preservative, yes, we’re going to dissect a grasshopper.

So, while I was grabbing the dissection tools and the tray, I got a female grasshopper from Mr. Hughes and my partner, Anna and I started working on it! I understood that Anna is totally not going to touch the grasshopper which is natural. Mrs. Hughes gave us a grasshopper worksheet and we have to attach the grasshopper’s assigned body parts! Eeew! So, I cut the body parts and attached it gingerly.

After the dissecting, Mr. Hughes greeted us a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

LUNCH! While I was sitting with Michaela, Ana, and Gwyneth in lunch, it was time to deliver the candy grams. I was so excited because of the candy…Jolly Ranchers!

I had two candy grams-one from Ambar and the other from Emma. It was so nice of them to give me candy grams!

When lunch passed, I went to room 205…Mr. Ortega’s Academic Skills room. Mr. Ortega brought cupcakes for us because it was Solomon’s birthday! Then, we joked around and talked about of where we will go this winter break.

After I gathered my things, I went to Mr DuPree’s Foundations class…Guess what? We watched an 8th Grade play called “Midsummer Night’s Sleepover”!!! I sat by Ana, and the play was so funny! It is related to Shakespeare’s (did I spell the name wrong?) “Midsummer Night’s Dream”. We had so much fun! When we went back to our Foundations room, Mr. DuPree said, “Goodbye and have a nice winter brake!…Class, I’m not going to miss you”, WHAT WAS THAT FOR!? Anyway, he really said that :(.

Yey! Mrs. Larson, the awesome-est teacher of Social Studies! You ain’t going to believe this…We wrapped a person with gift wrapping and Christmas ribbons! For the girls, we wrapped Hana and for the boys, they wrapped Cale! Oh, my word…I was so AWESOME and FUN! After the wrapping, Mr. Larson said that the girls were the most creative (doo-dee-doo) :). After the wrapping and lecture, we worked on our Christmas word search and I was the first one to finish it! But, Cale said he was finished too so, I went to him while he was helping Ethan with his and ‘ya know what? He wasn’t done! Ethan marked up all the letter grids and Cale got some answer from me…Yeah, Cale! 🙂

………..Phys Ed!!! Mr. Arthurs is our Physical Education teacher. We played against Mrs. Norris’s class…We played Nokum! It was so fun and I even had a scratch on my knee due to catching a ball very near the net, thrown by Ethan :)! And the winner was…Mrs. Norris’s class…:( But for me it’s really OKAY because it was just for FUN! It was awesome to play with Mrs. Norris’s class.

I had a cool and awesome last day of school in 2012…Thank you, classmates and Franklin Middle School, see you in 2013 :)!

Holiday Choral Concert at Franklin Middle School

December 14, 2012

6:40 pm…All-School Chorus (including me), rehearsed at our school auditorium for the Holiday Choral Concert at 7:30 pm.

After the rehearsal, we were getting ready for the start of the concert…As soon as the stage curtains opened, audience began to listen and focus on us.

The first song we sang was “Festival Sanctus” by Leavitt…It is a Latin Christmas Song (one of my favorites :)).

Festival Sanctus by Leavitt…just half of the song was shot 🙂

The second song was “Still, Still, Still,” an Austrian carol, arranged by Wheeler. This is a very calm song and we really enjoyed singing it because after an energetic song, “Festival Sanctus,” now, we all are calm…haaaaaaa.

Then comes another calm song, “In This House Tonight” by Jacobson and Emerson. This song is one of my favorites too because the melody lifts my mind to not think of anything else for a while :)…

In This House Tonight by Jacobson and Emerson…just half of the song was shot 🙂

Then comes my STARDOM…”Joyful, Joyful” by Beethoven, arranged by Lloyd Larson! It’s my stardom because I’m one of the soloists! The other soloists is an eighth grader, Britta…She really has a good voice too! Okay, please watch the video…You’ll like it and this is the only song where we have choreography :)…ENJOY!

Joyful, Joyful by Beethoven, arranged by Lloyd Larson

Those are only the Vocal Ensemble, Lyric Singers, and Concert Choir :)…

Oops! Almost forgot…Our finale song was “Angels Sing Glory” excerpts by Vivaldi and Handel, arranged by Shackley. All the ensembles sang :)…

We really had an AWESOME night…Thanks to our conductress, Mrs. Forbes for all her hard work!

A Popcorn and A Piano Lesson

December 4,2012- I went to my friend’s house, Eliana with Gwyn and Ambar. Carolyn (Eliana, Ambar, and Gwyn’s friend when they were in elementary), also came over!

Eliana decided that we should have popcorn and milkshakes…Yum! So, we put the butter popcorn in the microwave and Eliana microwaved it for 4 minutes…After 3 minutes, I noticed the microwave smoking! I started screaming…”It’s SMOKING! It’s SMOKING!” So, Ana (Eliana) shut the microwave off and Carolyn went outside and threw the burnt popcorn in the waste can in the garage :).

Good thing the smoke alarm didn’t AAALLLAAARRMMM!!!!

Ana’s Dad heard me scream so, he put another popcorn and set the microwave to 2 minutes and there pops a delicious popcorn! After we ate our popcorn and our delicious milkshakes, we played “Slave Game”* and we had so much fun!

5:00 pm-Dad picked me up at Ana’s house to have my first piano lesson here in AMERICA! So, when I arrived in our house…My sister, Pia was having a piano lesson. After her, it’s my turn (duhn-duhn-duhn-duhn)! So, Mrs. Funck (what a cool name, huh?) told me to play what I’m working on right now, so I played “Pachelbel (Canon in C).” Mrs. Funck said that I was AWESOME but I still need to slow my rhythm down a bit.

Mrs. Funck said that I was ready for level 4, which really a challenging level in piano. I thenk God for my first piano lesson here in America and for Mrs. Funck that was willing to give me and my sisters a piano lesson :).

 

*Slave Game- it’s a game that has a slave owner and slaves. The slave owner punishes/hurts the slaves :).

Funeral Friday

Yesterday, we had a “Funeral Friday” event for Language Arts. Okay, no one really died! The thing is, what we’re learning right now is to make the weak verbs like (bite, run, walk) into incredible new words! So what we did was, we made our own tombstone for our verbs and make a eulogy.

So, each one of us recited our eulogy in-front of the whole class for our assigned verbs and it was so fun!

I was the fourth to last because you know, I’m kind of a SHY girl :). But, we really had fun and some were so funny like mine, “Bite had a digesting degree” hahaha :)!

We really had so much fun 🙂 Thanks to Mrs. Scott, our Language Arts teacher :).

Young Adults Battle of the Books 2012 Awarding at…Enchanted Castle!

November 14,2012- The awarding of the Young Adults Battle of the Books (YABOB) 2012 was held at Enchanted Castle…OK, I know what you’re thinking ;)…Enchanted Castle is not for fantasies but is an arcade game place and we had a PIZZA PARTY!!!

Scores:

St. Joan Middle School – White…621 points!-First place

Franklin Middle School – 577 points!-2nd place

St. Joan Middle School – Red…561 points!-3rd place

Greyson, me, Gwyneth, Eliana, and Abigail were the only ones in our team that came :).

  

Prize Drawing:

Oh my WORD! I won a stuffed yellow crayon at the prize withdrawal!!!

After the awarding, we went to the arcade place and had so much FUNNN!!!!

We were so HAPPY! It was really a privilege to join the YABOB Franklin Middle School team  and thank you to all AWESOME my teammates :)!

Young Adults Battle of the Books: The Last Battle

October 6,2012- The last battle of the Young Adults Battle of the Books was held in the Wheaton Public Library…We were against Monroe Middle School and Edison Middle School.

Will, Eliana, Hank, and I competed at the first round and I was surprised that I knew maybe half of the questions my teammates didn’t know! So, we really had a great teamwork and we had the same score with Monroe at the first round!

Almas, Will, Eliana, and Gwyneth competed at the second round. The battle was so tight!

Monroe and us were tied :)…

Franklin Middle School – 98 points

Monroe Middle School – 98 points

Edison Middle School – 73 points

Haaaaa……What a Halloween I Had!

Happy Halloween, People! How’s Trick or Treating? Well, I didn’t trick or treat but oh boy! What a Halloween I had this year!

Earlier in school this morning, Mrs. Scott’s Language Arts class dressed up as Greek and Roman gods using bed sheets! I was almost late for school because of dressing and all that stuff.

We didn’t call it a Halloween party but we called it “Decade Day” in Franklin Middle School. In Decade Day, you wear what people wear in the 90’s, 80’s, 70’s, etc. So, our (Mrs. Scott’s Language Arts) class voted for wearing bed sheets for being Greek and Roman gods :)! It was so FUUUNNNN!

Then at 6th period (Mr. Ortega’s Academic Skills class), guess what we did…GUEEESSS…..We danced the Oppa Gangnam Style in the hallways :D! Many people were surprised because we did it secretly…Wasn’t that FUN?

After school, ofcourse we went home…Duh! I packed candies for those who will trick or treat but too bad no one did :(!!! But there was this old woman without any costume who did Trick or Treat but it wasn’t that fun hahahha!

We went to Evangel Baptist Church because it was Prayer Meeting and the Spanish people had a Halloween celebration! Me and my sisters went to the church’s gym and the celebration was held there…People weren’t wearing costumes but my sisters and I sure had fun! There were lots of booths like “Bobbing for Apples”, “Mini Golf”, “Bowling”, etc.

We had a loootttt of candies!!!

So, that’s how my Halloween went….

Young Adults Battle of the Books: The 5th Battle

October 24,2012-The 5th meet of the Young Adult Battle of the Books was held at Wheaton Public Library. We were against St. Joan – Red and Hadley – Red…But this time, the 8th Graders’ Team (Greyson, Cooper, Abigail, and Alexandra) competed.

Eliana, Will, and I were watching, we didn’t miss anything! At the first round, there were questions we knew that the 8th graders didn’t. But guess what? St. Joan – Red won the first round (sigh).

We were kind of like this the whole time, praying and begging God to please let them win this meet…

Then when it was time for the last 3 questions, we were absolutely kind of like this in our minds…

Please win, please win, please WIN!!!

But…But….But….It turned out that we didn’t (sigh, sigh, sigh). We were so :(!!!

For me, that’s OK because we can ALWAYS try again…

 

St. Joan Middle School (Red)- 98 points

Franklin Middle School-(us)- 86 points

Hadley Middle School (Red)- 56 points

 

The next battle with us (Franklin Middle School) will be on October 29.