Rhianna's Ripping Rampage
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May
19

Honestly, I think the definition of “class” can be put into so many different meanings. The kind of class I’m talking about is not in a classroom it’s the way people think of you. Are you classy?

I do think that I have class, but in different ways. For instance, I think that people can trust me and rely on me, I hope. I don’t really like to talk about myself because I don’t know if all people think of me that way. I don’t want to make myself sound like the Queen of the world.

I guess I would call myself classy. It’s funny, because today I was walking through the hallway and Mrs. Cartee and Mr. McGuire said “there is a classy young lady”. It made me feel good hearing that from a couple of teachers. I just thought that was funny because now I’m writing a blog post about it on the same day.

I think the reason some people would think that I’m classy is because of my work ethics. I work very hard to achieve, in everything I do I give it 100%. Not just in school but in sports. I play three sports and in each of those sports I try my hardest.

I hate it when people think that to be classy, you have to have the money….WRONG! It drives me insane when people walk around with nice clothes and try to show people up. They are trying to be better than you, they will make up any kind of story just to make them self sound better than you. Some people wear nice clothes and have a lot of money BUT they are kind to you and help you out.

So lets say your in an empty room with no one watching you, you have nothing to do and your math teaching gives you a couple  of worksheets to do but it’s your choice to do them. Someone that would do the papers would have class. Someone that didn’t care might not have as much class.

Alright, so lets say that a teacher is in the room with you. Now what will you do? Will the do the work to impress the teacher? I’m sure most kids would. But that doesn’t matter. What matters is the person who did to improve them self (which would probably be the person that did the work with no teacher in the room). That is the true meaning of class is someone who does something, not just because they have to, but because they want to and want to improve them self.

Some people that I look up to and who have class is definitely one of my friends, Alex. She is a true classy person. If you have met Alex you would agree with me. She is the nicest, sweetest, most trustworthy person I have ever met. She is a true friend. She is patent with you and will help you up when your down. My other friends, Shala and Caitlin, are the same way.

It’s easy to be a leader when everything is going perfectly well….but the question is, who can be a leader when everything is not so peachy? When everyone is down and out, can you lead them? Can you pick them up and support them? That’s the true meaning of a leader.

I love this quote. It is so true! I would like to call myself a leader but I’m not sure. This sooooo true. I hope people look at me and call me classy and a leader.

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May
17

The whole 6th grade has been in D.A.R.E. and it has been a lot of fun. I hope you enjoy my post for the D.A.R.E. graduation.

I have really enjoyed D.A.R.E. It has been a lot of fun and it teaches you what drugs are like and a lot of ways to say “NO!” to drugs. At the start of the D.A.R.E.  program I didn’t think that this was going to be all that educational and it was only going to be fun and games, but it wasn’t. It really talks about what drugs can do to you and all that stuff. D.A.R.E. stands for Drug, Abuse, Resistance, Education.

In D.A.R.E. we talked about chewing tobacco. Chewing tobacco can give you the harry tongue or mouth cancer or gum disease. Lets say you chew tobacco and you go on a job interview. The boss sees your nasty, ugly teeth. How is he going to think of you? He sees that you chew. Why would he want someone that chews to work for him?

Deputy Thomas brought the Dip Lip and Smoking Susie to class and showed us how much tar goes into her lungs with just one cigarette. The Dip Lip showed us what a chewing tobacco mouth looks like (that was not pretty).

We also talked about marijuana. Marijuana can be very, very addictive. So once you start to do marijuana you probably will have trouble getting off it. Why would you still do marijuana if it is illegal in the United States? You are at big risk if you chose to do marijuana because you might get caught and go to jail…is it really worth it?

I have a lot of goals to achieve next year from now or ten years from now, so I don’t have time to smoke or drink or chew. Next year I would like to play softball, basketball and volleyball. I would also like to play these sports all the way through high school. I would also like to play softball in college. I have NOOOO time to do ANY silly, little drugs. If I smoke or drink or chew tobacco, my chances for being a strong, healthy softball player would be slim. I don’t need to ruin my life over some pointless drug.

I, Rhianna Lucas, pledge to never do drugs and try to keep away from any kinds of drugs (from a one cigarette to marijuana). I vow to say “NO!” to every drug that is handed to me. Here are a few ways to keep my promise:

*Say, “No thanks.”

*Give an excuse or reason

*Broken Record

*Walk Away

*Change the subject

*Avoid the situation.

*Cold shoulder.

*Strength in numbers.

These are all ways to keep me away from drugs.

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May
12

Last week the 6th graders of Laurelville Elementary school went to camp Oty Okwa. That was so much fun. We were separated into groups of nine or ten. The group that you were put into, you stayed with for the rest of camp. You did classes with your group, you ate breakfast, lunch and dinner with your group. You did just about everything with your group. My group was me, Austin, Jessica, Ashlee, Megan, Stephen, Mark, Chase and Tyler.

When I first saw who was in my group I was really excited.  I was excited because my one of my friends, Jessica,  was in my group. I was also happy because I had a couple of girls, that were in my class, were in my group.  By having a couple of people from my class in my group, that made me more comfortable because I talk to them and I know them real well.

I saw that I didn’t have a lot of my best friends, like Shala or Alex or Sara or a couple other people. I really wanted them to be in my group. So when I saw that they weren’t in my group, I was a little sad.

Once I saw who all was in my group, I got a little worried. I will admit that a couple people, that were in my group, I didn’t even talk to them. So I figured, well if I never really talked to them before, why talk to them now. That plan didn’t work at all.

The reason my plan didn’t work was because my first class was about communicating with everyone. What we had to do was go through this huge spider web with out touching the web (the spider web was just to poles with ropes going from pole to pole making it look like a spider web).

To get through this spider web you needed a lot of team work and encouragement to help other people get through. One person that was in my group was Mark. Now Mark and I never really talked so I figured I’m not going to talk to him. When Mark had to go through the web, he had a little trouble. That’s when I decided to to tell him things like “Come on Mark, you can do it!” or “We all believe you can do it!” Then after that he made it through the spider web.

Another reason I was worried about my group was a kid that was in my group, Stephen. From what I heard from other people, people say that all the does is goof off. So I figured he wouldn’t take anything seriously. But then something really shocked me.

Whenever my group had to cross a log(which was REALLY slippery). There were four people on one side of the log and four people on the other side of the log and one person in the middle. What we had to do was, the four people on one side of the log had to get to the other side and the four people had to switch ends of the log, but the middle person could not move.

I think doing the log use a great way for my group to communicate with each other  and help each other out. We had to think of all kinds of methods to try to get across the log. We would talk it out and work together to get across. Although we didn’t get across the log, we got pretty close. We ran out of time.

Camp Oty Okwa has a rule and that rule is: if you kill it you fill it. This rule was used when you and your group are eating at the table(for breakfast, lunch and dinner). Well my group hated that rule. The first time we sat down and ate with each other use the worst. Whenever someone killed the food they wouldn’t go up and get more food for the other people, then everyone would whine and complain because no one would get up and walk to the kitchen to get more food.

On the last day of eating together, nobody complained on who would get the food. When someone would kill the food they would go up and fill the food without being asked. If someone was tired and had just got there food and was hungry and wanted to eat, some people would get up and fill since the other person was tired. Stephen did this a couple of times. He would see that people were tired so he would fill it with out being asked.

For my group, our first class was initiatives. In this class we had to hold hands…. a lot! When we first started holding hands, the boys were by the boys and the girls were by the girls (that way the boys and girls didn’t have to hold hands). Then we would take breaks and talk and then we had to hold hands again. After a while people didn’t really care who’s hands they were holding. We just got next to each other and held hands, not really caring and being more mature.

At the end of the day, my group would come together as a family at dinner. I really enjoyed my group and I wouldn’t change it. I’m sure everyone else in my group would agree that our group was a lot of fun. I also realised that I didn’t need any of my “best friends” to have fun, I made new best friends from my group.

Image from: http://www.teamworkandleadership.com/2011/01/very-funny-team-building-cartoon.html

Apr
29

As you can tell, the 6th Graders of Laurelville have been working very hard to prepare for these tests. Well all that hard work and dedication paid off, because most the people I talked to said it was pretty easy.

I’m so happy to say that we are done with testing. This past month seemed like a year. All we did was prepare for the tests, or talk about the tests, or take practice tests. Well now it’s finally done with.

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Apr
27

Aaahhhh! I CANNOT wait for 6th Grade Camp any longer!!! But the good thing is that it’s one week away. It’s sooooo exciting. It’s going to be so much fun. No parents. no brothers or sisters, no chores. Just my friends and I having an awesome time together.

I already have most of my supplies ready for Camp. It’s going to be a blast. I’m kind of happy some of the teachers are going. Some people are complaining and saying they don’t want any teachers going, but I’m sure outside of school they act just like kids. All of the teachers are going to give us a good time.

Another great thing about Camp is that we go during school days, but do nooooo school work or papers or any of that boring stuff(no offence to anyone who likes to do school stuff). Three whole days of just flat out fun!

All these images are from: http://www.campotyokwalodging.com/environmental-ed.htm

Apr
27

Well, us 6th graders just got finished with our first Achievement Test, the Reading Test, on Tuesday. Now we only have one more test to do, the Math Achievement test, on Thursday. I can’t wait for the last test to be over with!

I got to say the Reading Test wasn’t that bad. You get two and a half hours to finish the math or reading test. I finished my test in two hours and twenty-five minutes, so I only had five minutes to check my test.

From what I’ve heard, most people said that the test was not too hard. I agreed with them. The coolest thing is, is that Mr. McGuire made a deal with us. The deal is, if you spend the whole time, two and a half hours, on the test then you get a whole hour of recess. The whole 6th grade spent the whole time, so everyone gets to have an hour of recess on Friday.

The next test will be Thursday, the Math Test. Ms. Bowlby also made a deal with us. If you spend the whole two and a half hours on the test then you get extra credit for the last nine weeks. I can’t wait for all of this to be done with!

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Apr
25

I read because it’s fun, it keeps me interested. To read you don’t need electronics to read, you just need your brain and a quite place.

It’s like a little television in your brain, seeing characters doing everything that you are reading. It’s not exactly like TV because there are so many more books than TV shows. You can get the right book for you, unlike some television shows.

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Apr
25

1. One way you can hear your inner voice is to stop reading, <b>close your eyes and think</b>.

2. Another way is to <b>block out any other thoughts and sounds</b>.

3. Once you are done reading a chapter you should think about what you just read in that chapter.

4.  You should also get a book that you are  <b>interested</b> in and one that <b>makes since to you</b>.

5. You should read a <b>quit space</b>.

This is  what helps us as 6th graders read. Another way you can help hear your inner voice is you can <b>connect the book to your life</b>.

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Apr
25

I am a hard worker.
I jump right in.
People agree that I am what I am, a hard worker.
I try not to whine, it makes the job go more slower.

Work is every day life, deal with it.
Work can only be hard when you make it hard.
Slackers. I don’t like slackers. Don’t be a slacker.
Get the job done right the first time. Don’t be lazy.
Do what has to be done to get the job right.
Don’t give up, hard or not hard.

http://livocab.pbworks.com/w/page/18268099/ASSIDUOUS

Apr
25

This poem is something we are working on in The Reading Workshop. This poem is written by Langston Hughes. We have to think of how the author feels and how you feel.

Well, son, I’ll tell you:
Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.
It’s had tacks in it,
And splinters,
And boards torn up,
And places with no carpet on the floor —
Bare.
But all the time
I’se been a-climbin’ on,
And reachin’ landin’s,
And turnin’ corners,
And sometimes goin’ in the dark
Where there ain’t been no light.
So boy, don’t you turn back.
Don’t you set down on the steps
‘Cause you finds it’s kinder hard.
Don’t you fall now —
For I’se still goin’, honey,
I’se still climbin’,
And life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.

I think the author, Langston Hughes,was feeling emotional. I think he had a  lot of courage to be writing so strong like this poem.

I think the author was depressed.    I think Langston Hughes felt brave to take her advice. It’s hard to keep going on in life. Where it says:        <i>It’s had tacks in it, And splinters, And boards torn up, And places with no carpet on the floor</i> it means that life is no smooth road. It’s a rocky, torn up, unexpected road.

I feel like this poem is very touching. I feel sorry for this man’s mother. She just keeps on living, no matter what life throws at her. She is not talking about an actual staircase, she is talking about life.

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