“The Best Pizza in the World” Composition 1 – Write a Essay in 15 minutes Challenge

In class yesterday, our Composition 1 Professor Mrs. Wells, had all of us write an essay in 15 minutes based off of the reading assignment she had given us from the previous class. Here is what I came up with. She only wanted a 4 paragraph essay.  Continue reading

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Featured Book Report By Allie Tucker

Sundays are book report day. So we all have to write a book report on a book we read recently. Yesterday Allie Chose to write the following report. I thought it was kind of cute. Here it is:

Webster’s II New Riverside University Dictionary 1984

This report is on the Webster’s Dictionary that this household posses. It is a very useful tool, especially when you are writing an essay or a book report. This dictionary was written around 1840, originally. It was written by Noah Webster, when he decided he wanted an American dictionary instead of a British one. It took him over ten years to write, and he actually had it printed in England when he was around 85 years old. That was also where he finished writing the book. He was the one who changed the spellings of many words to the spellings we use to day. For example the word Goal. It was changed to Jail. Another would be the word Plough. That was changed to Plow. There are many other examples, but those are a few that stuck in my head. The Webster’s Dictionary is very useful, containing words from Aardvark, to Recuperate, to Zyzzyva. Anyway, whenever you need a dictionary, use Webster’s! 

“2.02 Print – Magazines and Journal” – FLVS Journalism 1 Assignment – Edited

Assignment Requirements 

For this assessment you must select a credible magazine that engages in credible reporting. Determine how to submit a reader response and what the submission guidelines and requirements are. To find submission guidelines, you can normally look at the reader response letters. There is often a blurb stating how you can submit your own response and what guidelines you need to follow. If you are unsure, check the magazine’s website or call the publication to ask.

Draft a reader response to an article that is appropriate for publication, and then submit the response to the magazine. Your response should be at least two paragraphs long, or longer if the magazine requirements state that. Turn a copy of the response in to your instructor for a grade. If your response gets published, let your instructor know!

Your response must meet the following guidelines:

  • It must respond to an article in the magazine (direct your instructor to the article).
  • It must be appropriate for the audience.
  • It must meet the magazine guidelines for reader responses (copy these for your instructor).
  • It must be grammatically correct.
  • It must express an understanding of the topic addressed in the article.

My Response will be to an article called “Performance Anxiety”, and it can be found here“Performance Anxiety” by The Economist

The following is my reader response:

This situation is a huge example of why testing should not determine whether or not teachers receive a salary raise. Let’s start with this:

Any average Joe on the street can look at that and say, “wait a second this looks a little bit fishy”. But no, this resulted in the head of Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent, Beverley Hall, being named the National Superintendent of The Year by the A.A.S.A., in February 2009. Not only was Mrs. Hall named, National Superintendent of the Year, she also walked off the job with a nice, hefty $500,000 bonus, and all the teachers involved got bonuses and awards too.

Let’s look at what would happen if test scores did not dictate this predicament.In the case that our student’s test scores did not dictate a possible raise for our teachers, teacher’s would be less focused on making sure that their student’s test scores are perfect, and more focused on actually teaching the students the material, which itself would result in higher scores.

As the daughter of a teacher, I can tell you that with this type of a scenario, perfect test scores dictating raises in teacher pay only insures that there will be teaching to the test. Teaching to the test is not teaching our students a single thing, but how to pass the test, and in the end get a diploma that they simply do not deserve or have nothing to show for, because they only know how to pass the test, they can’t do the equations, problems or processes. Then, these same students, proceed to the next grade, or heaven forbid go to a different school where they are expected to know how to do that material, and build upon what they “know”. Or how about what happens when these same students move on to college level work, and don’t know how to do a darn thing? The a worst case scenario becomes the reality. The teachers prove that they don’t care, all they care about is the fact that they just got their nice juicy raise, they still have and job, and that’s it!

Personally I think that this should be a lesson to Public School Districts across the country.  There are still many counties that do this, and things similar to this to make their scores look good, and still have yet to be caught. And last but not least,(shameless plug) the best way to go is to Homeschool! You won’t have to worry about your child being bullied, you won’t have to worry about your child’s test scores being fake, and your child can graduate earlier than the regular school student.

 

“2.02 Print – Magazines and Journal” – FLVS Journalism 1 Assignment

Assignment Requirements 

For this assessment you must select a credible magazine that engages in credible reporting. Determine how to submit a reader response and what the submission guidelines and requirements are. To find submission guidelines, you can normally look at the reader response letters. There is often a blurb stating how you can submit your own response and what guidelines you need to follow. If you are unsure, check the magazine’s website or call the publication to ask.

Draft a reader response to an article that is appropriate for publication, and then submit the response to the magazine. Your response should be at least two paragraphs long, or longer if the magazine requirements state that. Turn a copy of the response in to your instructor for a grade. If your response gets published, let your instructor know!

Your response must meet the following guidelines:

  • It must respond to an article in the magazine (direct your instructor to the article).
  • It must be appropriate for the audience.
  • It must meet the magazine guidelines for reader responses (copy these for your instructor).
  • It must be grammatically correct.
  • It must express an understanding of the topic addressed in the article.

My Response will be to an article called “Performance Anxiety”, and it can be found here“Performance Anxiety” by The Economist

The following is my reader response:

This situation, is a huge example of why testing should not determine whether or not teachers receive a salary raise. Let’s start with this:

Okay, so who on earth would be so dumb as to look at a just one school’s test scores, in mathematics alone, jump from 1% success to 46% success  over the course of one year, and not suspect something is very wrong with this scenario. Any average Joe on the street can look at that and say, “wait a second this looks a little bit fishy”. But no, this resulted in the head of Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent, Beverley Hall, being named the National Superintendent of The Year by the A.A.S.A., in February 2009. Not only was Mrs. Hall named, National Superintendent of the Year, she also walked off the job with a nice, hefty $5,000 bonus, and all the teachers involved got bonuses and awards too.

Let’s look at what would happen if test scores did not dictate this predicament.In the case that our student’s test scores did not dictate a possible raise for our teachers, teacher’s would be less focused on making sure that their student’s test scores are perfect, and more focused on actually teaching the students the material, which itself would result in near perfect scores.

As the daughter of a Teacher, myself, and someone who can think for herself, just a little bit, I can tell you that with this type of a scenario, perfect test scores, dictating raises in teacher pay, only insures that the worst possible thing for our students could happen, i.e. teaching to the test. Teaching to the test is not teaching our students a single thing, but how to pass the test, and in the end get a diploma that they simply do not deserve or have nothing to show for, because they only know how to pass the test, they can’t do the equations, problems or processes. Then, these same students, proceed to the next grade, or heaven forbid go to a different school where they are expected to know how to do that material, and build upon what they know. Or how about what happens when these same students move on to college level work, and don’t know how to do a darn thing? Who cares, the teachers don’t, all they care about is the fact that they just got their nice juicy raise, they still have and job, and that’s it!

Personally I think that this should be a lesson to Public School Districts. All the teachers who did not plead guilty were rightly indicted. The superintendent, sadly died of breast cancer, before she could be put on trial. There are still so many counties that do this, and things similar to this to make their scores look good, and still have yet to be caught. And last but not least,(shameless plug) the best way to go is to Homeschool! You won’t have to worry about your child being bullied, you won’t have to worry about your child’s test scores being fake, and your child can graduate earlier than the regular school student.

 

“2.00 What is News” – FLVS Journalism 1 Assignment

Reporter’s Notebook

“What is News?” Explain your answer using your current understanding of news in general. Is news something that you read? Is it something that you hear? Is it something that you watch? Is it something that you get from friends? What makes news different from other types of communication?

Hmmmm. I think news is actually a lot of things. Gossip in a sense is news, basically. It is information that travels between people, and most of the time the people have not found out the news before it gets to them, that why it’s news 🙂

News can be listened to, watched, or read. On the radio, on the Television, or in Newspaper. News can also be read on a Blog. In fact many news stations have their own blogs for reporting news quickly.

News can also be gotten from friends, passed on from friend to friend. But it depends on what kind of “news” you are talking about. When we teenagers talk about news, we are talking about “so and so getting an new car”, or like “some one didn’t make it to church.” But that “news” is actually gossip, not really news. Most of us teenagers still consider this a from of news.

 

Biscayne Bay: A Biological Research Paper

Biscayne Bay is an amazing ecosystem,and home to hundreds of native species, including wildlife, aquatic life and foliage. I am writing this article for my Biology Class, so the following topics and questions will be explored.

  • The location of the body of water of my choice
  • A description of the geography surrounding this body of water
  • The effects of sunlight on the aquatic life inhabiting this body of water
  • The depths and salinity of this body of water and how this shapes the types of aquatic life present
  • The effects of seasonal changes to water temperatures and aquatic life in this body of water
  • Predictions or current research on the effects of climate change to this body of water

I have chosen this body of water, because A) I lived on Biscayne Bay with my family for about 5 years(I consider it my home town), and B) and it’s so beautifully and ecologically diverse, when it comes to species that it is home to and such 😀

As seen from this image, Biscayne Bay is located just north of Card Sound, which is on the west side of the bottom of the state of Florida. Spanning from North Bay, Dumfoundling Bay,  extending south to the Rickenbacker Causeway. Biscayne Bay is just to the east of the beautiful Bahaman Islands. To the immediate south is the country of Cuba, and the Caribbean Sea. Biscayne Bay is at the heart of Miami. With an area of approx. 429 square miles(1,110 km2), and being a total of 35 miles long and up to 8 miles wide, it is Miami’s largest and most major body of water, as well as home to Florida’s biggest port of call.

The effects of sunlight directly on aquatic life in Biscayne Bay, I would say is very great. As a body of water in Florida, Biscayne Bay naturally gets a lot of sunlight, all throughout the year. But the effect of it, well that is a little bit difficult. I would guess that it greatly affects the aquatic life there in the bay largely by providing the necessary light required for corrals and other such water foliage to grow, thus providing ample habitat for aquatic life in the Bay area.

In shallow areas, Biscayne Bay is about 1 to 10 feet deep. And, at its deepest point, Biscayne Bay is 30 to 40 feet in depth; in areas that dredging has occurred. Dredging in the Bay area has been done several times for the purpose of creating enough depth for large cargo and cruise ships to enter and depart the grand port of Miami. The salinity level of Biscayne Bay, changes daily, so therefore an exact level is not able to be obtained. “1The North Bay of the Biscayne Bay lies between Miami Beach Barrier Island and Miami on the mainland. It has been severely affected over the last century by raw sewage releases, urban runoff, shoreline bulk heading, dredging, and the creation of artificial islands and the loss of natural fresh water flow into the bay. However, water quality has steadily improved since regular monitoring began in 1979. North Bay accounts for only 10% of the water area of the bay.”

Local fish species, inhabiting Biscayne Bay National Park's coral reefs

Local fish species, inhabiting Biscayne Bay National Park’s coral reefs

Seasonal changes and temperatures in Biscayne Bay have seen more and more seemingly adverse effects on the local aquatic life, in recent years.  During the winter, the water has seen a monumental low, in water temperatures. With water temperatures dropping father than they have ever before, aquatic life in the local area has been experiences large losses of manatee and other local fish breeds, due to the freezing temperatures in the Bay. But with these conditions only lasting for a few weeks, every year, the local populations of aquatic life has not been greatly affected, in adverse ways. During the spring months, the water is very warm, at subtropic temperatures, promoting excellent breeding grounds for hundreds of fish and various other marine life. In the summer, of course, the water is perfect for fish and marine life of all kinds.

A Lion fish, an invasive species, in Biscayne Bay National Park.

A Lion fish, an invasive species, in Biscayne Bay National Park.

As stated in an article by Wide Open Spaces, ” 2Each year, the [Biscayne Bay National] park’s diverse fish species attract hundreds of thousands of visitors, many of them boaters. Environmentalists argue that anglers who fish the bay from boats are causing the most damage to the environment and fish stocks.” The article goes on to quote Matthew Schwartz, executive director of the South Florida Wildlands Association who states 3” ‘I’m pretty furious that the National Park Service is kowtowing to the anglers’ interests, We’re not anti-hunting or anti-fishing, but it’s well acknowledged that the fish stocks in Biscayne Bay are [being] heavily depleted, the coral reefs are in terrible shape, and this [proposed] (no fishing zone) was a solution.” So, as we can see here, the major threat to the Bay area’s environment and ecosystem is a large problem with over fishing.

According to recent observations, the climates changes have not had any large effects on Biscayne Bay. And, many recent predictions say that, that it will not affect the Bay greatly, if at all. Though the Bay has seen recent changes in coastline, such changes have not been attributed to climate change, but rather to water erosion caused by recent hurricanes and tropical storms, that have come through the area.

Having lived on Biscayne Bay, for about 5 years, while I was younger, I got to experience first hand one of the most beautiful, and amazing estuaries on the whole east coast of the United States. Not only is Biscayne Bay so ecologically diverse and home to so many of our native exotic species here in the U.S.A., but it is also, a great place for sailing and water sports of any kind.

Biscayne Bay is so ideal for sailing that it is the number one place that the U.S. Olympic Sailing team comes to train, any time of the year, but mostly in the winter time. In the winter, the weather is the warmest of all the choice sailing spots around the U.S., and as always Biscayne Bay has a great sailing wind always blowing in from offshore. With winds ranging from 3 – 5 knots, when it’s calm out, to about 10 – 15 knots on a really gusty day, the sailing on the Bay is always challenging and fun. Of course the sun is always shining, in the mornings and then around noon to early afternoon, the weather can change almost instantly to rainy and miniature hurricane like, but it is short lived. By about 3 or so in the afternoon, usually it is back to sunny and beautiful, finishing off with the most beautiful sunsets you could ever ask for.

Another advantage Biscayne Bay has is its close proximity, with the Gulf Stream, making it an excellent place for fishing of all kinds. From deep water fishing, to reef fishing, flats fishing and just about everything in between, the Bay is an ideal spot for all anglers.

I hope that through our efforts, to conserve and protect Florida’s Biscayne Bay, and all its amazing wildlife, aquatic life, and coral reefs, many more animal species will be able to call the Bay home. I also hope that through our extended efforts, we may be able to preserve this beautiful estuary for the enjoyment of all peoples for many more years to come. May we all, seek to preserve, protect and defend the habitats that our wonderful Creator has granted us, to inhabit.

References: 1 Wikipedia: Biscayne Bay http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biscayne_Bay2  &3Wide Open Spaces : Trouble in Florida’s Biscayne Bay National Park http://www.wideopenspaces.com/anglers-environmentalists-odds-fishing-biscayne-natl-par/

Photo Credits: Wide Open Spaces http://www.wideopenspaces.com/anglers-environmentalists-odds-fishing-biscayne-natl-par/ .  Google Biscayne Bay National Park http://bit.ly/1DwOsIn

” Carolina,

I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to Biscayne Bay! Your presentation is complete and I can tell that you spent a lot of time and effort in this. Very well done. Your grade is 40/40. A+

Let me know if you need help.

Keep smiling!

Mrs. Josephine Turingan (Biology Teacher) ”
09/25/14 9:41 AM

It always makes me feel so good, when I get an awesome grade from my Biology Teacher. Mrs. Turingan you ROCK!!!! Keep up the awesome work! 🙂Thanks for all you do, for your many FLVS Students 😀