We made the call and you answered! We asked our families to encourage their students to keep writing throughout the summer. It's important to keep those skills sharp. Students have been sending us their writing and we couldn't be more excited to share with you some of work we've received! You can look forward to this blog updating all summer and hear what our students have been up to.
Golf appeals to the idiot in us and the child. Just how childlike golf players become is proven by their frequent inability to count past five. – John Updike
During my 8th grade year, I started playing golf. I signed up for the Fortune Golf team because a student gave me an invitation to join. Also, my grandfather has influenced me to play golf. We have watched the Masters together in the past two years. Even though I have been invited to join the Fortune golf team by a student, I picked this sport because it brings me closer to my grandfather.
Philosophy (the love of wisdom) of the western world, was founded in Athens Greece. Socrates was the teacher of Plato. After the revolution of that government, the mob overruled the aristocracy and demanded Socrates’ death, so he was executed. Plato was taught by Socrates and started his own school several years later called the Academy after the god Academus. There was a grove of olive trees named after the god Academus on which Plato built his school. Plato had a student named Aristotle who after being taught by Plato, started a rival school. The teachings from these fathers of Philosophy arose the components of philosophical thought: Metaphysics, Epistemology and Value Theory. Logic and reasoning are the tools for discernment of Philosophy. Studying Philosophy makes one think about life in different ways.
Adventures in Leadership Camp
I just spent the last two weeks at Camp About Face’s Leadership Academy. Camp About Face is a camp for children ages 8-18 who have had craniofacial surgeries. I have been going as a camper since 2011 and this is the first year I have been in the leadership program. It was fun to catch up with old friends and meet new ones. I had the chance to lead a discussion with younger campers about bullying, self-esteem and healthy friendship choices. Throughout the week, we swam, did archery, sang and other fun activities. One night we had a talent show and I sang, “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten. On the last night, we were given a copy of the book “Oh the Places You’ll Go” by Dr. Seuss and we signed inspirational messages to each other in our books.
During the summer I have been conditioning for cross country. My first few runs, my times were slow, but I’ve kept practicing and have improved. I have 2 different running paths. One is about 1 and a half miles, which I call my “long run”. The second run is a little over a half of a mile, which I call my “short run”. My long run helps me practice pacing. My short run helps me work on my speed. My best long run time so far is 11 minutes 40 seconds. My best short run time is 3 minutes 50 seconds. I started practicing at my brother and sister’s swim practice. My mom has supported me through each run and encourages me to pace myself and try my best. At first I thought sprinting as fast as I can at the start would make me better, but then I tried pacing myself and it started working out for me. Running is a fun sport and I’m going to continue my training so I can run my best at the start of cross country season. I can’t wait to impress Coach Kemper!
On July 2 my family and I went to Cancun. It was a lot of fun. I got to go snorkeling, eat for free and get drinks for free. The place where we stayed was beautiful. Everything in Cancun was gorgeous.