Reflection: Seventh Grade

When I fist arrived in August I felt excited. I was no longer at the bottom of the food chain in sixth grade but I wasn’t quite at the top yet in eighth grade. I was ready for what ever seventh grade would through at me. Right after the first bell rang I walked in my brand new back to school outfit to science. Science class was fun and easy we talked about the way an apple looked! I thought, “This is going to be the easiest grade of my life!”
The easy breezy fist impression of seventh grade was soon obviated. Tests! quizzes! learning checks! I soon realized seventh grade was no joking matter. By October my life had changed it had been flooded by homework. As for science after the first few days of school things got serious. We got into all of the body systems. The cool, the easy, and the awkward.
As the first few weeks went by I figured out that good grades don’t come with little effort they have to be earned. In seventh grade I learned many valuable lessons. I learned that you need to learn from your mistakes so that you don’t make them again. I learned that you should not wait till the night before things are due to turn them in because that makes for lots of work. You need to pace yourself. I learned that to be successful you have work hard.
As the year comes to a close I can’t wait for summer and sadly the I still have lots of work. In seventh grade we are probably going to keep working until the school year is almost completely over. In younger grades the last few weeks of school we don’t do much work.
If I had it to do over again I would go to celebration west ridge again. Not because something went wrong but for the opposite reason. I want to do it again because it was so fun.
My advice to next years seventh graders is work hard and turn in your work in time.

Leadership

Leadership is a big responsibility because to be a leader you need to have good judgment. As a leader you are probably being looking up to or followed by others. If faced with a difficult problem a leader needs to be able to work around the problem in a smart way or else they could lead others to do something wrong or in an unsafe way. As kids we are adventurous and are always looking for ways to have fun. If one kid who others look up to makes a bad decision they could lead others in a bad way and possibly put them in a dangerous situation. A good leader would be able to distinguish what is a good or a bad decision. They should even be able to tell others that they are making a bad decision when they are.
Likewise leaders also need to be able to stay calm and in control. Panicking and/or freaking out can also lead to bad decisions. I volunteer at the Austin Animal Center. There they teach the volunteers and staff that if you are ever in a situation where an animal gets loose or where animals are fighting that you need to be a good leader, stay calm, and stay in control of the situation. Freaking out in a situation like this could only make maters worse. In stead think before you act and focus on your safety.
It’s a big responsibility to be a leader you need to have good judgment and remember that you are being looked up to.

My favorite poem

“I am from”

I am from the water
I am from “kick faster!”
I am from chlorine
I am from kick boards
I am from swim caps
I am from flippers
I am from goggles
I am from diving blocks
I am from flip turns
I am from starts and finishes
I am from practice
I am from determination
I am from hard work
I am from Lost Creek Aquatics

What inspired me to write this poem was swimming. When we were doing “I am from” poems in class I thought it would be more interesting to write about my swim team than about my home. I have been swimming since I was 6 years old so I feel like swimming is a lot where I am from.

Favorite Stuffed Animal

When I was little I just couldn’t do without my favorite stuffed animal named Baby Lala. I would take the stuffed animal with me to daycare every day. I would carry it out to the play ground at recess. I would go down the slide with it in my arms and swing on the swing with it. I always had to have it snuggled in my arms. It was the most special stuffed animal out of my mountain of stuffed animals.
Before I got Baby Lala I had a big stuffed animal named Lala. I would take it to daycare every day. Then my teacher told my parents that my stuffed animal was too big. It was so big that when I went to recess I had to tuck it under my arm. So I got another stuffed animal giraffe that I named Mommy Lala and changed the name of the other stuffed animal to Daddy Lala. When I started to take Mommy Lala to day care my teacher once again said that it was too big. So my parents got me a even smaller stuffed animal that I named Baby Lala. When I took the small giraffe in my hands to daycare my teacher said that it was small enough.
It was yellow with a pale purple spot on each side. It had purple fuzzy mane down its head and neck, little horns with fuzz balls on the ends, little black eyes, and a white sheep on one of its sides. It also had a rattle inside of it that would make a noise when I shook.
Today I only have Mommy Lala and Baby Lala I think that Daddy Lala got lost when we moved a few years ago. I’m sad that I lost the original Lala.

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This is a picture of Mommy Lala (left) and Baby Lala (right.)

The Screamer

My legs dangled over the edge of the tower. Maybe this was not such a good idea after all, I thought to myself as I stared down at the terrifying drop below me.
All I could feel was the cord dragging me towards the giant pole that was so far away. It was yanking at the harness that wrapped around my waist and in-between my legs. It pulled with the force of a body builder, pulling me towards the drop below. It was terrifyingly steep and I just wanted to walk back down the stairs I came up on. I can do this I told me self. In my head I counted, three… two… one… Go!!
I scooted off the edge and plummeted straight down,towards the solid unforgiving ground. I was petrified as I fell. The feeling of the fall made it feel like the gravity was ten times stronger. The adrenaline rush was exhilarating. Then my heart leaped into my throat and my stomach flipped making me feel nauseous.
Next, I felt a forceful tug as I swung up, opposite from where I started. Looking down I felt like a giant, towering over my friends and my mom. Then I started to swing back down again, but this time I didn’t feel quite as scared as I had the first time I fell. I had already fallen once and survived. This time I enjoyed falling. The wind blew my hair back out of my face as I fell and the cool breeze felt refreshing. I continued to swing back and forth, every time I swung up I was slightly lower than the previous swing until I slowly came to a stop.
I believe that if you are afraid to do something you should have an open mind because what may seem scary can turn out to be fun. Before, I was frightened to go on the ride and I wanted to back out and give up. After I did it I had fun and if I get the opportunity to do it again I definitely would. I know that if I do it again I would view my legs dangling over the edge of the tower as a positive and excited feeling.

It’s a Small World

Live music festivals, cool historical land marks, race tracks, and a awesome football team. What’s not to love about about the exciting city of Austin Texas? In Austin, the well known motto is “Keep Austin Weird” which I feel completely fits!
I live in Austin, Texas, USA. Austin is such a cool place to live and to visit. It’s cool because there is so many places to go and things to see. One of the many cool places to visit in Texas is the Alamo in San Antonio. That is where the battle of the Alamo took place. Austin is known as the music capital of the world. Just last week South by Southwest was held in Austin. Additionally there is another annual music festival called Austin City Limits. Austin has the only Formula One race track in the U.S. The Formula One races are really fun. I have gone the last two years with my dad and had a great time watching all the cars speed around the track.
Another reason Texas is a popular place to visit is that Texas is in the southern U.S. so the temperatures in Austin are usually quite hot. Snow or ice are a rare occurrence. However, this year we were fortunate enough to see a little snow. The hot weather makes it enjoyable to visit lakes, rivers, and water parks, like Schlitterbahn. In Texas, tubing is a fun summer activity. I have gone tubing on the Guadalupe River with my family many times.
Texans are proud of the Texas Longhorns. Austin is also home to the University of Texas. The football team of the University of Texas is the Texas Longhorns. Who, by the way, are awesome!! “The Eyes of Texas” which is the UT fight song some people consider to be the official song of Austin. The state song for Texas is “Texas, Our Texas.” Texas’s state flower is the bluebonnet. A pretty blue flower that around this time of year is usually seen growing on the side of the road.
I think that Austin Texas is a great place to visit thanks to all the unique places you can go to, fun things to do, and cool things to see. Hopefully now you realize just how interesting (or weird) of a place Austin Texas is. Austin is a popular travel travel destination with good weather and lots of attractions.

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Birds of Prey

On a recent visit to Florida, I went to the Audobon Birds of Prey Center in Maitland, Florida. At the Birds of Prey Center, they work to rehabilitate injured birds with the goal of releasing them to the wild. Birds that cannot be rehabilitated remain at the Birds of Prey Center. Among the birds that I saw there were osprey, American bald eagle, peregrine falcons, barn owl and hawks. I was disappointed because we got there shortly before closing time. I was thinking that we would not have a lot of time to see many of the birds. Instead, I got to see the workers move many of the birds from their daytime cages to the cages where they stay at night. The employees kindly spent a long time talking about the birds. They told us their breeds, names, injuries, how they were found, and how long each bird had been at the Center.

Here is a link to their website if you are interested in learning more about the Birds of Prey Center:

Audobon Birds of Prey Center

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