Thursday, May 14, 2015

Has is prepared me?



A big question is, has middle school prepared me for high school? The answer to that depends, do you mean academically or socially? It all depends, middle school were rough years for me and I am glad to be moving on to high school. Middle school is a place where you figure out what kind of person you are, its rough for everyone. This could be because of puberty or personal problems, but below is how middle school, has prepared me for high school. 
Social skills, something I never achieved at a younger age. Socially awkward or whatever you may call it, I am. I do not like approaching people but will if I have to. When I got to middle school I realized I had to, or I would have trouble making friends, so I learned how to approach people. Another social skill I achieved from middle school is dealing with bullies. That was one of the most difficult thing to do overall because you want to throw something back at them when they insult you but if you do you are fueling the fire, I had to learn how to keep the fuel in my fire. Lastly, there are teachers, yes they're part of being social too, they are people (Spoiler). Dealing with them was difficult for me because I always thought middle school teachers were these tall people with rulers slapping people, I was partly wrong. I soon got to know my teachers throughout the year, and they turned out to be pretty nice, if I was being nice to them. So overall, I believe socially, Laguna Middle School has prepared me for high school, for the most part at least.
Now academically, that's a completely different story. I don't believe Laguna has prepared me for high school academically. I believe this because of what we were taught different things than we will learn in high school. An example of that would be, take math for example; we learn about algebra and pre-algebra, but in high school we get hit with geometry and trigonometry. I believe that's all I need to explain, but overall I don't thing we were prepared 100% academically for high school.  
So do I feel prepared for high school? absolutely. I am terrified but I feel like I can handle it. 

Friday, February 20, 2015

Helping Hand

Going on now at Laguna Middle School in Mr. Ous 8th grade AVID class, students are doing research on local problems and finding solutions. This project was started around November/December and is still not even halfway done. These kids are doing projects on depression, homelessness, littering, and even the drought. One thing they have to do for their project is get an expert. Little did you know we have local experts.

Another important part of the project is building a website. That's right, a website. 8th grade middle school students are getting a chance to build websites about their subject to raise awareness. None have been completed yet, but by the end of the year they plan on having many facts, statistics, and other information that is important. 

One main key in this subject is the survey. Mr.Ou currently has 2 7th grade history teachers having all the 7th graders take it, and 2 8th Grade math teachers, including himself. This survey will have no personal questions, but questions relating to that person/groups subject. The survey results will end up on each person websites showing the answers mostly chosen.

Hope to see progress.

(links to the websites will be uploaded later.) 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Is Bigger Really Better?



As most of you have heard, and probably own, the new Iphone 6 came out. They have a "regular" size, and a plus size, but is it really better? Some may argue that it was a bigger screen making it more visible and others may argue that it's just to big. 

You want a phone that can fit in your pocket? Or one that you will be able to watch movies, videos, and see things more visible on? For this blogger, they prefer the IPhone 6 themselves.

Now whats the big difference? Well the weight, the length, and the width have what seems like huge differences. Take this for example: The IPhone6+ is 6.22 inches in length, while the IPhone6 is only 5.44 inches tall. The width for the 6+ is 3.06 inches while the normal 6 is only 2.64 inches wide. Big differences. 

Now it's for you to choose, which do you prefer? 

   

Friday, February 6, 2015

California High-Speed Rail



Have you ever wanted to travel from San Francisco to Los Angeles in less than 3 hours? Well now you have the chance to. Gov. Jerry Brown has made a $10 Billion decision to build a High Speed Railway connecting the Giants and Dodgers. (sounds like trouble to me.) This Railway will reach speeds up to 200 miles per hour. Voters approved this project on November 4, 2008, and they are only just starting. The ceremony for this groundbreaking project was January 6, 2015 with Jerry Brown and his wife signing the railway. In the future they are hoping to add San Diego to the mix. They plan on finishing this project by 2030. So who knows what is yet to come. 

Friday, January 23, 2015

Happiest Place on Earth has Measles?

    An outbreak of measles began before Christmas causing pain to families spread over six states. Over seventy people came down with the measles, and hundreds more have been exposed at schools, malls, and hospitals. Its been spread through Utah, Colorado, Washington, Oregon, and all across the border of Mexico. Health officials throughout several school districts say that children must have their measles vaccinations to attend schools and sports events.

   "Measles are a real threat to hospitals because so many of the patients are critically ill." says Carol Baker, executive director of the 'Center for Vaccinations' and Research at Texan Children's  Hospital. This is because of the amount of people who visit the hospitals are exposed to those with the measles, causing a spread of the disease.

   They predict by this Summer they will have Disneyland clean and safe so you can have fun without the worry of having a late night hospital visit. The states on the other hand will be a bit  more difficult.


Thursday, January 8, 2015

Rumors

          Rumors, they're everywhere. In school,Walmart, everywhere. Here at Laguna you hear rumors about this person and that person. Some rumors are about the students, others are even about the teachers!

          A rumor is a true or false statement about a person (or multiple people) circulating from person to person. Rumors can be about celebrities and your everyday people. Rumors about celebrities are usually less personal than those you go to school with.
           This reporter has heard rumors about themselves before. This reporter has heard rumors about their friends, family, and teachers before. Rumors hurt people! So don't spread them. Most rumors this reporter heard at their school include who likes who, and in their opinion, those are more annoying than hurtful. About 2/3 of the students in schools have rumors made up about them. The other 1/3 either makes the rumors or has never heard rumors about themselves. Rumors are silly little stories that shouldn't be spread. So if you hear a rumor about someone, don't spread it, tell an adult and help avoid it.