Brain by Kira S.

To finish off the year, in Language Arts class we had to draw a brain with different sections that were going through our head throughout the year. You could make your brain however you wanted to. This year was a lot of fun! From Camp Cheerio to our first end of the year dance. Besides all the many tests and quizzes that we had to have to be prepared for seventh grade, this year was pretty easy and fun. I developed new friendships and made my old friendships stronger. I have learned a lot this year and I can’t wait for seventh grade and all the many challenges that it might bring! Have a great summer!


iPad by Kira S.






This year we were introduced to a new piece of technology. When I found out that we were getting iPads for another learning tool, I was excited to see all the different ways we could use it for learning. Throughout the year I learned a lot of things we could do with the iPad. Although in most of my classes, we only used it every once and a while. I used my iPad in Language Arts class the most. I used it for posting new blog post, Membean, Wisdom Tale reading, Cosmic reading, and many other assignments. It was definitely a change from using mostly only computers and paper and pencil to using iPads. It was a fun and educational experience!


Membean by Kira






Throughout the year in Language Arts class we have been doing vocabulary. We have also been using an online tool called Membean. Membean is a great way to expand your vocabulary and learn different parts of a word. I think that Membean has definitely helped me expand my vocabulary and knowledge about a variety of words. Membean is educational but is also fun! Some people might not be interested in learning vocabulary, but Membean helps make it fun! I’ve had a great time using Membean and I highly recommend it!


Giving Away A Memory by Kira S.







In Language Arts class, we are reading a book called The Giver. In The Giver the receiver and The Giver take away all the bad memories from the people in the community and even some of the good memories.

If I were to give away a memory I would give away the memory of deaths in my family first. I would give away deaths in my family because watching family members pass away would be something that I wouldn’t want to keep seeing in my mind. I would rather remember the good things about them and not the memories of the being sick or in pain. When losing that memory, I would also gain the good memories of them and the good thoughts about them. I would also rather give away the bad memories before the happy ones.


The Ideal Teacher by Kira S






In Language Arts, we are reading The Giver.  The Giver is based on a society that is perfect and all the same. If I were to describe an ideal teacher, I would say that and ideal teacher is respectful to their students, meaning that they listen to their students when they want to share a thought. Another thing that I look for in a teacher is that they are nice. Along with being respectful and nice, I like a teacher who challenges their students with new things. I definitely like my teachers challenging me with things that I don’t think I can accomplish. Sometimes a student just needs support and motivation from their teacher! Lastly I think that an ideal teacher should have a good teaching strategy, one that works for them and for their students!


Community Service by Kira S

Every year Durham Academy tries to do at least two community services. Recently we had our second community service and my advisory went to Spring Arbor Community Home. I thought is was a great experience to go and talk to and do activities with the them. After we talked to them and asked them questions, we did an arts and crafts activity. We helped them paint flower pots and put a flower in the pot. It felt really good seeing there expression when we told them that they could keep the flower and watch it grow! When we were down with the pots, the therapy dog named Riley came and did tricks for them. In the end we gave them little gift bags that had little goodies in them. It was a fun and interesting experience!


The Giver by Kira S

In Language Arts class, we are reading a book called The Giver. In The Giver, we are learning how people are given “assignments” once they turn twelve. I think my “assignment” would be the yard work because I would be nice to keep up the crops and organizing the plants. Since I like to be neat and tidy and get things done efficiently. I think those are good qualities to have in every job or “assignment”.


Westing Game by Kira S








In Language Arts class we read the book The Westing Game. We recently finished the book and had a test on it. For one extra credit opportunity, we could dress up as one of the characters in The Westing Game. We had to have at least some resemblance to the character or something that is visibly important about them.

I dressed up as Sydelle Pulaski. I wore green glasses and limped on one crutch that had purple stripes on it. It was really fun to see all the different people dressed up as the characters in the book. It was a fun and easy way to earn extra credit! Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I usually would have to really like a book to recommend it, but I would definitely recommend this book! It has an amazing plot and many twist and turns to the novel. I really enjoyed The Westing Games and dressing up!


Hero Project By Kira S.

In Language Arts, the whole sixth grade made a hero book. A hero book is a book that you basically tell a story about who your hero is and how they have affected your life. Your hero could be almost anyone, but you had to have some type of personal connection with them. My hero is my oldest sister Kara.

When I got the outline for writing our stories I had no problems thinking of things to write about my sister. These books were an amazing way to showcase our writing skills and how much our hero has impacted our life. After writing our actual stories, we had to make our books! We had a lot of help from a famous artist, Peg Gignoux.

Mrs. Gignoux was such a great help! Thanks to her, our books ended up in the Frank Gallery! Everyone was very excited to showcase our books in the gallery. Before we could put our books in the gallery we had to finish them! After finishing them, they were sent off with Mrs. Gignoux. Recently they were put in the Frank Gallery and we had the opportunity to show our parents! I thought the entire experience was fun and very exciting!

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Lady And The Tiger by Kira S

In LA class we had to write a ending for the Lady and the Tiger. Here is my ending.


As the woman gestured her hand to the right, the man started walking towards the right door. Then the man quickly changed direction and started walking towards the left door! The crowd gasped in surprise! They couldn’t believe what they had witnessed. The princess was in complete shock. Now the man was in a life or death situation. As the princess was also in shock, she kept trying to motion her hand towards the right. The man stopped in front of the tall, brown door. Eyeing the door knob, he started walking closer and closer to the door. Hand shaking, heart thumping, the man was turning the knob. As he was turning the knob, he looked back once more to the princess and to the crowd. His life with the princess flashed before his eyes. A million things were going through his head. What if he did open the right door and it was the tiger and why would the princess motion to the right door if she knew it was the tiger?

The man slowly opened the left door. Skreechh! The door was opened enough for him to slip in and close the door behind him. The room was so dark that the man couldn’t see his hand in front of him. Once he was in the room, a sudden light appeared. He saw a girl with a long, purple dress, brown hair, and blue eyes holding a lantern. He couldn’t believe his eyes! It was the maiden. The man’s eyes started to adjust to the dim light in the room. He sighed in relief, although he did not understand why the princess wanted him to choose the right door which held the tiger. The crowd saw the doorknob turn, and out came the man and the maiden. The man slowly looked up at the princess and glared, and the princess hung her head in shame. He couldn’t believe the princess. The man started thinking about what was going through the princesses head when he realized that the princess didn’t want him to love anyone else but her. In the end, the man ended up with the maiden, but to this day the man still thinks about the princess.

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