iPads Michael S

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This year we have been given the opportunity of using iPads. IPads are great for projects. The apps I use for projects are: Evernote, Pages, Keynote, Google Docs, Skitch, and Sketchbook. My favorite app would probably be Evernote because I love the layout and it’s really easy to use. IPads have helped me in a great way by taking notes, studying, sharing notes, and having access to teachers notebooks. I use my iPad in every class but rarely in math class. We mostly use it in Language Arts. I am very happy that we had the chance to use iPads.

Membean by Michael S

Photo From: http://membean.com/dashboard

Photo From: http://membean.com/dashboard

This year in Language Arts we have been working on this program called Membean. Membean is an online vocabulary program. It’s a great way to learn more vocabulary words. I like Membean because it’s online and it’s constantly giving you the words you are learning. That’s how I learn words best.

Membean also gives you new words and you can go to different levels. I think I have come a long way this year by learning 350 new words. I see these word in almost every book I read now and I understand it even more.

We also got to write the developers of Membean. They wrote us back too, which was so cool. I am very excited to use Membean in the summer because when I come back to school after summer I won’t feel like don’t know anything. I would definitely recommend this to students next year. Membean is great!

Brain by Nathan G.


So as a fun last project we made a poster with our brains on it! It was a drawing of course!! Well we could do almost anything as long as it had a brain on it so see what I did above! ⬆ Well anyway something that has been in my brain lately is 7th grade! There are only 3 days of school until summer!!

I’m really excited about 7th grade but at the same time I’m kind of scared! I’m really psyched about being able to participate in school sports which is going to be a lot of fun and also about study hall!! It’s going to be very useful to be able to have a whole period to do homework!! But up has its downs. Starting next year we will have to start taking exams!! That means having to take tons of notes over the year and keeping them safe until the end of the year when we have to study them!! For the most part I’m really happy and excited for 7th grade and I think most people are too!

My iPad Experience By Shaylen A.

This is awesome! We are the first people to use the iPads at Durham Academy. Although there are some classes that we don’t use them in, I’m going to list the classes we do use them in. For example, we use them so much in Language Arts for projects etc. When doing our projects we use Skitch, Pages, Keynote, Evernote, Google Drive etc. We also copy our homework down in Reminders. Another class we use them in is Spanish. We use Evernote, Translator, and Reminders. I have enjoyed the iPads and am looking forward to them next year.


What Memory Would I Give Away Michael S


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In Language Arts class we are reading The Giver. In The Giver, the Giver gives the Receiver memories, especially the memory of snow. If I were the Giver I would give him the memory of the beach because there is sun shining, the ocean, sandcastles, and boogie boarding, and body surfing. My favorite is swimming in the ocean. There is so much to do at the beach.  I love the beach so much and this is why I would give the memory to the Receiver.

A Good Teacher Michael S


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In Language Arts class we are reading a book called The Giver. They live in an ideal society. I think the perfect teacher would be caring for her/his students, respectful, very organized with his/her work, and not in a bad mood every day. Teachers should never yell at their students. These are the things I think a perfect teacher would be.

Community Service Michael S





On May 8, 2013 Mrs. Donnelly’s class went to TABLE for community service. It is an organization in our local community. Table does something very special. It is all volunteers. Table is a small house filled with food . It helps kids who don’t have food on the weekend. Kids at school get lunches in a cafeteria but don’t have anything at home to eat. TABLE helps them out by giving them food. We first started by weighing our food. We donated 260 pounds of food. Then we wrote the expiration date on the food containers. After that we put the food in the correct category in a basket. And last we put them on the shelves. Table is a great organization and a great place. I hope I can go again. 

What Would My Assignment Be? By Michael S


In Language Arts we are currently reading the book The Giver. In this book their are different ceremonies for every age. At age twelve you get an assignment which is going to be your career for the rest of your life. This is given to you by the government and you don’t just get a job the government looks at your records. I think I would be assigned to be a professional basketball player because I have been playing for a long time. I play travel, rec, and at school. I would be the best in the town and representative. My whole family would be proud of me and I would donate money to the town. They would make a statue of me in the middle of the city.

The Giver By: Sam G.

 Currently in the class of Language Arts we are reading a rather strange yet fun book called The Giver. It is about a boy named Jonas who is about to go through what is called The Ceremony of Twelve where Jonas will be assigned a job for the rest of his life by the Elders. He has talk with his parents about what it was like for them to go through The Ceremony of Twelve and the job they got was what they expected. But Jonas is still concerned on what his job for the rest of his life chosen by the Elders would be? If I were Jonas living in basically a perfect society I would stop and think about what I am best at…. for me that is probably dodgeball. You guessed it I would want to be the funniest, loudest, nicest, smartest gym teacher ever.


“The Westing Game” By Julia K

For the past few weeks in Language Arts class, we have been reading a book called The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin. This book is about a man named Sam Westing who died and is trying to find his heir. The trick is that the sixteen possible heirs have been partnered up and have to discover who murdered Samuel. W. Westing with a few clues that have been given to them. In the end of the book, there is a twist that will change your view of the book entirely.

My feelings about The Westing Game are mixed. I think that the book has a good plot but it is very confusing and I had a hard time following what was going on. Something that I like about this book is that there is no gory details having to do with blood and things like that. It is definitely a cozy mystery.

To prepare for the test on The Westing Game, we drew all of the characters in the book using the app Sketchbook Express and put the drawings into a trading cards app. We then filled out information about the characters. I did not really enjoy this process because I find it hard to draw on the iPad and the trading cards app we used was slow and we had a character limit when filling in information. I did learn a lot more about using Sketchbook Express, which I learned to really like.

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