About Joanna M.

Joanna is a freshman at Riverdale.

Posts by Joanna M.

  1. Reading with Children

    [ By on May 07, 2014 ]

    Last Friday, the 9th grade, after a morning of activities, split up into three groups to do different community service activities. I chose to read and write with children, and I am very glad that I was able to have that experience. Each of us was paired with a child, and we read a fairy tale with that child and then wrote our own fairy tale in a little booklet. The child I was paired with was quiet, but he was an excellent reader and writer, and it was fun reading the story with him, having him read me a page and then reading one back to him, then asking him questions about the story. We read Cinderella, and he ...

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  2. GLOW Assembly

    [ By on April 23, 2014 ]

    Yesterday at assembly we all gathered together to hear some speeches about some student's experiences with their sexuality and their experiences with other's sexuality. (GLOW is an affinity group; GLOW is an acronym that stands for Gay, Lesbian Or Whatever.) Though I do enjoy hearing from guest speakers during assemblies, it was nice to really see how articulate and passionate about the topic some of the student speakers were. The stories they told were fascinating and diverse and really showed the wide array of feelings that people have about sexuality. My friend, Tasfia Shawlin, had a speech about the differences between her mother and herself on their opinions about different sexualities and the reasons why their opinions differed. It really ...

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  3. Ed Rendell

    [ By on April 10, 2014 ]

    Yesterday the entire Upper School gathered together for an assembly to hear Ed Rendell speak. He spoke about his accomplishments, his ideas, and how important it can be to help people. I found his speech to be captivating and interesting. Sometimes during assemblies I won't pay attention because the speaker just doesn't catch my interest, but this time I found myself actually listening to what he had to say. His accomplishments fascinated me, and its interesting to see the things that people can do when they truly care about what they're doing, and when they care for people. I usually don't care much for politics, but he actually seemed like a good person. I believe this was one of the ...

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  4. Microaggressions and Assemblies

    [ By on March 12, 2014 ]

    Yesterday there was a an assembly about microaggressions. What they are, how they're hurtful, and how to be more mindful of them. Naturally, after the assembly people might start to wonder if what they say that could be considered a microaggression. That's a good thing; that's the purpose of the assembly. However, I've seen several of my classmates turn this activity into a bit of joke and point out that several statements are microaggressions when they're not.  I know that not everyone does this, yet even when a few people are guilty of this it seems to ruin the point of the assembly. It makes me wonder: Do these assemblies really work? If they don't, what can be done to ...

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  5. Snow Days….

    [ By on February 12, 2014 ]

    This has been a particularly cold winter, and the abundance of snow has caused us to have quite a few snow days. I love snow days, its always a pleasure to be able to spend the day sleeping in, watching movies, and reading. But, the constant snow days are starting to become a little redundant, something I never thought I would actually say. I guess it is true that too much of a good thing becomes a bad thing eventually. Especially when too many snow days turns your four-day weekend into a three-day weekend. On the most recent snow days, I even missed going to school, especially when I had to do extra work during the snow day. But, I ...

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  6. Winter Break

    [ By on January 08, 2014 ]

    Happy New Year! Winter Break has ended, 2014 has come, and now everyone has come back to school. The break was a great opportunity for everyone to relax and enjoy some time away from homework, tests, and waking up early. During the break, I took a trip to Europe, and one of my favorite parts of traveling is creating fond memories of the things I did on the trip. As I come back to school I have begun thinking about how I can take what I saw and use it with things I have learned and things I will learn in the future. Since school has started,  I have thought about the famous things I saw and used them to ...

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  7. Hello!

    [ By on December 11, 2013 ]

    Hello, my name is Joanna Miral. Today,  all the 9th graders have begun to choose activities, and I wanted to try blogging. I like writing and I have gone on blog-like websites like Tumblr, so I thought that blogging would be a good fit for myself. I am new to Riverdale, and I came from a public school in New Jersey, which is where I live. It has been a big adjustment to go to this big, unfamiliar school where I know virtually no one, but I believe that I have adjusted very well. I enjoy my new classes and my new friends. I like reading, listening to music, and my favorite subject is English. I am very excited to ...

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