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One of my favorite classes is Movement. In my school, we have trimester rotations of different electives. I have done Theater, Computer Science, Chorus, Art, and now Movement. Next, I will do Band. In seventh grade, we will get to choose one elective we will do all year. I love Movement because I am a serious ballet dancer. I dance four days a week for 1 hour, 30 minutes at my studio, Barriskill Dance School. I have been dancing since I was four. My most recent performance was The Nutcracker in December. I played one of Drosselmyer’s elves, which if you are familiar with the story, is his “helper”. In my dance, the other elves and I were preparing the dolls for the show on Christmas Eve at the party Clara’s family was hosting. In Act 2 I was part of the Marzipan corps who performed for Clara and the Prince. Our next performance is Peter Pan, in the spring. In this, I play one of the baby crocodiles of Tick Tock Crocodile. I love Movement because it is a class where we dance all styles. I also like helping my classmates with a particular step. Right now, we are working on our final projects. I do my final project with my classmates Emmy, Taylor, and Jake who’s blogs you can find on the side bar. These are all the reasons why I love Movement and a bit about my dancing.


My Perfect World

There are a lot of problems in our world. So this is my new world, the former Kepler-186f that orbits around the star Kepler-186. The planet is now named Cirreliotropatus, derived from the two words heliotrope and cirrostratus. Locals call it Planet Cir. The planet was named for its sky, a faded heliotrope color with Cirrostratus clouds, creating a marbled sky. There is one sun in the day and in the night the sky has two moons named Faye and Altair. Altair is a huge moon hovering over the horizon, and taking up about one fourth of it. Faye, the moon that is about eight times smaller than Altair floats in front of Altair at the top left corner.

In the southeast, there are many farms and fields creating a patchwork pattern if you look at it from above, sheltered by low mountains and hills. This is where the majority of the food was made. There were many crops grown in the fields and backyard gardens the villagers tended to. There was a farmers market every fortnight where the farmers met about the most recent crop plagues and swapped tips. The farmers also raised and herded sheep, pigs, horses, and cows. The farmers sold them around the globe for work, making sure who they were giving the animal to and that it would be well cared for. The farmers were also experienced enough to not help them so much that they couldn’t survive on their own.

Cir’s southwest was mainly islands and lagoons and beaches. There were five main islands with 28 others littered around them. The five main ones were called Cerulean Lagoon, Snow Beach, Hanging Cliffs, Land of Spice, and The Port. The Port was where all the fish were caught and where goods and ships came in hourly. Land of Spice was a broken circle of island with such a salty sea inside, that you could walk on the water, being supported by the salt. The island itself held numerous herbs and spices that were cultivated by the villagers there. Hanging cliffs was the most dangerous island, with rocks and land jutting up all throughout with waves of turmoil crashing against them. Snow Beach and Cerulean Lagoon were the main tourist attractions, with lakes of silverfish, white, soft sand beaches, and boardwalks all throughout and connecting the two islands.

In the northeast, there are many lush forests with rivers winding through. This was the most rainy climate, with warm showers frequent. There were many different species of trees and plants, some poisonous and fatal, some helpful and can easily be made into a medicine. The ones that were both the villagers really had to look out for. They lived their lives in treehouses with vine walkways connecting them; their whole city was above ground.

The northwest is the complete opposite with marbled russet, gold, orange, brown, and beige dunes and canyons. Some villages lived in the sheltered canyons but most were in the deserts scattered around. The dunes were the most deadly place to live due to the unpredictable sandstorms that frequented the area. 

Cir’s very, very, utmost north is the coldest place on the planet. There are fields of snow with igloos and ski slopes dotted around. Most people who live there live off of their reindeer and the fish they can get from ice fishing. The reindeer provides warm clothes, and things to cushion their igloos with. Sometimes tourists come to visit the crystal caves and underground ice skating rinks but it’s usually only the local nomads. The nomads are the only people of Cir that eat any other meat besides birds and fish, which Cir has an abnormal abundance of. 

Cir’s political system is split between the five sections. They all have a representative democracy with five different groups in power for each and a representative for each. If any of them have a conflict with another and it cannot be resolved with the others, they will meet up with the other leaders to discuss and come to a conclusion that will be best for everyone. Each person pays a tax depending on their income. Everyone pays the same percentage but the amounts of money vary to make it affordable. That way, the rich can afford to pay more and the poor don’t go broke. If someone doesn’t have a job or can’t bring in income to feed their family, they will get a sort of “allowance”. The allowance is enough to be able to feed that person and their immediate family, but not enough so the person becomes lazy and can live off the allowance without getting a job. The taxes mainly go toward free healthcare and education and the allowances, but other things too.

In terms of technology, Cir has very advanced technology, although the citizens prefer a simple life without the obsession over it. The technology is used for fast travel and urgent communication between others. Cir also has a complex space program where they can easily travel from the nearby planets. There were no fossil fuels on Cir, so the planet has mile upon miles dedicated to solar and wind farms. Each person does their part to take care of the planet by composting and doing their own recycling. Everything from Cir is made from natural resources such as a plastic-like substance. It is made out of sap from a leaf that when boiled and hardened, it becomes a hard and clear substance.

For Planet Cir’s overall society I would generally describe them as advanced. The people as a whole have not only gotten past the “me versus us” state of mind, but have gotten past the “us versus them” state of mind. This means that although each person belongs to multiple groups of identity, they each respect and admire each other as equals. Everyday as they experience new advancements and beliefs, the people become even more accepting.  

This is the society, government, geography, and world that would be perfect for me if I could create my own. Advanced people, Earth’s main problems fixed, this is a land I designed to be adjustable for anyone. What would you change about our world?


Museum of Natural Sciences


 This is a picture of my 6th grade class at the Museum of Natural Sciences. The  museum has many floors and exhibits on all sorts of things. We looked at fossils, the dinosaur exhibit, animal evolution, weather, pollution, bugs and snakes and other live animals, rocks and minerals, a race exhibit, and many more. The museum held many interactive screens, games, and videos. My favorite exhibit was the pollution one because there was an interactive game my whole group got to play where you had to fix a very bad, polluted town. I liked the museum because there were many different life-sized structures of animals, objects, or concepts. If you need something to do on a random weekend day, the Museum of Natural Sciences is the place to go!

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Window vs. Mirror Books

My book, Racing Savannah by Miranda Keneally, is generally a window for me. It’s about a girl named Savannah who moves from Maryland to a farm in Tennessee shortly after her mother dies from breast cancer. She lives with her father and his girlfriend in the staff house at Cedar Hills Farm. She gets a job as an horse exerciser, working with a horse named Tennessee Star. This is a window because I don’t work with horses every day or live on a farm. Usually it doesn’t really matter to me if the book I’m reading is a window or mirror but I would probably rather read a mirror book. I would rather read a mirror book because generally all the problems get solved by the end of the book, right? So, if the character in the book is dealing with problems like mine, then I already have a solution! I like reading window books as well because it helps me have an open mind and learn about other peoples’ problems. This helps me build empathy. This is my take on Window vs. Mirror books!

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Book Spine Poem

Its Kind Of a Funny Story:

A Journey to the Center of the Universe,

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea,

Earth Born,




Recently in class we read stories from this book, Wisdom Tales from Around the World. When we were asked to do a project about one tale, I chose to make a comic about the story Antlers. I used the app Ibis Paint X to draw it and then the app Comic Life 3 to add the speech bubbles. Visit these sites if you want to make something similar to this! Anyway, Antlers is a tale about a deer that loves his antlers but hates his spindly legs. He doesn’t realize they are very important until he uses them to run away from some hunters that got too close after his antlers got stuck in a tree. The moral of this story is that even things you do not like have a use. Or that everything has a purpose. I really hope you remember this life lesson because it is really helpful!

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My Favorite Author

Hi! This is a post about my favorite author, Reneé Ahdieh. She has three series, The Beautiful, The Wrath and the Dawn, and The Flame in the Mist series. I first found this author when I read The Beautiful. The Beautiful is a series about vampires, werewolves, ethereals, half-bloods, and this one girl–who’s completely human—that manages to catch the attention and steal the heart of the most ruthless, evil, cruel vampire that stalks the alleyways of New Orleans. Three out of four of the books in this series are out but the last, the finale, is coming on February 14. The next series I read was The Wrath and the Dawn which was about a ruler that took a bride each evening, only to kill her the next dawn. The main character, Sharzad, is one of those brides, except she lives. Her cousin and best friend Shiva, was also one of Khalid’s brides, and Sharzad becomes Khalid’s bride for the purpose of revenge, hoping to trick him into keeping her alive until she can finally kill him. But that is before they fall in love without even realizing it and it is not until Sharzad learns why Khalid had to kill all those innocent girls that she can truly know and forgive him. After you read these books and love them, you will definitely love the last series, Flame in the Mist, even more…but I’ll leave that a mystery for now. Reneé Ahdieh is an author for people who love fantasy, magical beasts, and cursed love stories. I really hope you enjoy these books!







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Camp Hanes


I arrived at school one Thursday morning with my dad’s army duffel in my arms and my pillow in my hand. Almost everyone was gathered in front of the school, awaiting the buses that would take us on our first field trip since 2020, three years ago. When the two buses arrived, we filed on, storing our luggage below. The bus ride wasn’t very eventful. In the two hours we were on the bus, we played card games, watched a movie—provided by my advisor, Mrs. Williams—, passed out candy, and mostly just talked with our friends. You could feel the anticipation hanging in the air. Since there was a tiny bathroom at the back of the bus, we did not make any emergency bathroom breaks at a gas station. We finally arrived, setting our luggage in the gym and going to this room where we played games while our teachers were told all about what we were to do. After, we lugged out stuff into our cabins that we were sharing with another advisory. The girls of my advisory shared a cabin with the girls of Mr. Harris’s advisory so Sloane and Kendall were with us. We unpacked and got dressed for the activities. Some included team building, canoeing, archery, a hike, and this climbing wall. After that, we were finally taken to our first activity, team building.

At team building, we played games with a rope and a stuffed animal. In the last game, we all had to touch the cow and say the person who would have it next name. The standing record was 0.3 seconds, which seemed impossible. Through many rounds of trial and error, we settled on the solution to all hold the cow at the same time and shout everyone’s name. We beat the record and got 0.29 seconds. Then it was time for the next activity.

 After team building, group 2, my group, went to the climbing wall. I made it up to the top at one, and spent the rest of the time climbing on the other stuff. There was this wooden climbing structure called Pixie Sticks which were wooden beams hanging sideways and slanted and criss-crossing. They led up to this area above called the Sky Hammock. On the other side of the Sky Hammock, there were maybe four or five diagonal climbing walls. The one on the bottom slanted to the right, and there was a hole in the next one up which allowed you to climb through to the next diagonal climbing wall which slanted left. This pattern continued all the way to the top. The climbing wall was very tiring but we still had enough energy for the next thing.

After the climbing wall, we went on the hike. The hike was about two hours long and during it we had to go up two very steep, rocky summits. The view at the top of the mountain was worth the hike. We could see very far, all the way over to the closest city which was about an hour away. It was interesting to watch how the clouds fell over the land, casting great shadows. Because we finished the hike so fast, we got to go back down behind the airnasium into the woods and play a survival game. We had to successfully build a fire and a fort. It was boys against girls and the girls obviously won. The boys built a lean-to while we had actual walls and a roof. I was very sad when we had to throw it all on the ground and stamp out the fire. But there was no time to be sad because we were already off to go to dinner.

All in all, the trip was a good experience. The hike and the climbing wall challenged me and forced me out of my comfort zone. The survival challenge and team building helped me work together with people who weren’t necessarily my friends. Although we had to leave early the next morning because of a hurricane, it was a good trip. My favorite thing was the hike and the survival challenge. I couldn’t believe our guide had to do the hike three times in a row! I had never been to a camp in the mountains before so I was very happy that I got to have this experience. I had a lot of fun.


My Finding Someplace Backpack


This summer, we had to read two books for school. One was a book called Finding Someplace by Denise Lewis Patrick. In this book, the main character Reesie, needed to evacuate her house because of Hurricane Katrina. When she left, she brought her backpack filled with very important stuff to her and her family. 

If I was in that situation, these are some things I would bring. First, a change of clothes and a sweatshirt in case I get cold or dirty. I would also bring a phone and charging block to be able to reach someone in event of an emergency, as well as, all the cash, credit cards, and wallets I could find. I would bring my parents’ important documents such as birth certificates, my parents marriage certificate, passports, and house documents for legalization. I would bring a simple first aid kit in case I get hurt. I’d need a flashlight and batteries, as well as a water purifier, and my filled water bottle. For food, I would grab things like popcorn, chips, cookies, bread, peanut butter for nutrition, and anything else that would not go stale quickly. This is everything I would bring, that could fit in my backpack, if I were ever in Reesie’s situation.

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