Posts in February 2013

  1. Day 91: Olivia, Sixth Grader

    [ By on February 13, 2013 ]

    This past week, I felt stressed and anxious about a science project whose due date was creeping up on me. I became kind of like a control freak over this project and I could not stop thinking about it. I was scared and concerned that my partner and I would not finish in time. After explaining my feelings to my mom, I felt much better. I learned that I have to not stress out and have grit to push through the problems. One of the worst things you can feel is frustration because you become distracted. You have to always overcome obstacles because you will always feel better once it’s over with. I have many things that I love to do ...

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  2. Day 90: Khalif, Tenth Grader

    [ By on February 12, 2013 ]

    Today I was reminded that certain things never get old. We all get to a point in our lives when we no longer have the same aspirations, dreams or even means of entertainment. When I was in the first grade, Saturday morning cartoons gave me all the information I needed to create an elaborate world where I was the hero, envied by all. As years passed, history articles, textbooks and artifacts opened my imagination to a world that surpassed that provided by cartoons. People change, for better or worse. While people’ ideas and beliefs change I would make the argument that certain things remain with a person for their entire lives. These things include memories, trauma, or even the entertainment provided by a jovial snowball fight. Today I joined ...

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  3. Day 89: Michelle, Assistant to the Middle and Upper School Admission Office

    [ By on February 11, 2013 ]

    The biggest thing that I have found working in here where I meet so many people, I mean so many different people who all have their personalities, is that no matter who it is, what it is—they didn’t find parking, or whatever it is, if you’re kind to them and you listen to them, it makes all the difference, and things can kind of turn around. People say to me, “Michelle, you’re lucky, you work in Admissions, so you always get to see the good side of people.” I say to them, yes, well, this is not an easy experience for the parents or the kids—they’re uptight already, so I don’t need to make them feel more uptight. If they’re ...

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  4. Day 88: 1V Super Bowl Pool Final Results

    [ By on February 07, 2013 ]

    It's not like a pool that you swim in; it's totally a different kind! There are different kinds of pools – a swimming pool, the game pool that you play with different colored balls and numbers on them, and a pool of water connected to the ocean. The results are that Mary, Juliette, Adam and Julien all win a prize! * The first quarter was won by Julien and his buddy, Justin. Julien's prize is a special buddy snack. * The second quarter, also known as halftime, was won by Adam and his buddy, Noah. Adam's prize is a coupon for 10 minutes of extra recess, and he can select a time for the ...

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  5. Day 87: Ray, Eighth Grader

    [ By on February 06, 2013 ]

    The 8th grade went on a trip to the Liberty Science Center. Now, if you don't know about the Liberty Science Center, it’s basically a place where you can learn like crazy. Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not going to tell you about how much fun science is and how I want to be a scientist and all, because I don't. I want to tell you about this super cool thing, called the Touch Tunnel. Now, it's basically a maze in complete darkness, where you crawl around on all fours trying to find your way to the end. The Touch Tunnel is in complete darkness and limits the use of sight. Since you definitely cannot use your eyes, you ...

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  6. Day 86: Lisa, Tenth Grade

    [ By on February 05, 2013 ]

    Today I learned about imaginary numbers. When I first heard the term “imaginary numbers” at my old school, I thought my math teacher had earned an imaginary degree. Did she have an imaginary friend too? Much to my surprise, imaginary numbers are very real. In fact, they are really challenging to work with. Imaginary, or complex, numbers are numbers in the form a+bi where i equals the square root of -1. Since there is no solution to the square root of a negative number, these numbers aren’t “real”. Although imaginary numbers are hard to find in real life situations, they are useful in amps for guitars. Something about the equation involved in playing the guitar loudly, but making sure to not destroy the amp uses imaginary numbers. Although I ...

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  7. Day 85: Paul, Director of Food Service

    [ By on February 04, 2013 ]

    What did I learn today? Somebody told me something this morning and I said, “I did not know that.” Now who that was, and what that person told me, I have no idea. Here’s something I know. There are certain kids who order the same thing for breakfast every day. Then there are some who order the same thing almost every time. I have learned with some kids not to start their order before they get to the front, because they might change it up on any given day. But some kids will order the same thing every day. Another thing I learn every year. What I learned you would think I already learned the year before, but every year it’s a ...

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