Highlight of Sixth Grade By Shaylen A.


In 6th grade I have some major fun highlights, but if I had to pick one it will Camp Cheerio because it was a social time, a play time and much more. Also, the food was not bad I have to say. My favorite part of this camp was the canoeing even though it rained and we didn’t have much time. I was steering the boat and my friend Neil was powering it. I had a whole lot of fun and I will remember this camp for a while.

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.


My Membean Experience By Shaylen A.




In the 6th grade Language Arts class we have been doing a vocabulary system called Membean. It is based on SAT words. We use this and vocabulary tests that our teacher gives us. I am not personally a fan of Membean because it makes the learning of it more boring. For example, you have to go over and over a word and it will never stop. I feel that you should take it on the Membean quiz and if you get it wrong there then it makes you go over it. So what I’m saying is I like vocabulary lists over Membean.


Ideal Teacher by Shaylen

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An ideal teacher would not give homework unless there’s a big test that week. Also, an ideal teacher would give extra tutorial time if they know that their students are very busy. Not only they would understand that Friday is part of the weekend and there should be no tests so you don’t have to panic about how you did to your parents. This is what an ideal teacher is to me.


Community Service by Shaylen

In Durham Academy sixth grade there comes a time where every advisory does a community service. In my advisory we went strawberry picking. We were given a wooden box to put our strawberries in. When I finished my first box I picked some for my family, well time ran out. I was time to take all of the berries to the Ronald McDonald House. That is a place where families come from all over to stay if they have a kid with an illness; also if they can’t afford to stay at a hotel. I really enjoyed doing this. It showed me where people are in this world. I am proud of doing this and I want to do it again!

The Giver Assignment by Shaylen

In 6th grade language arts class we are reading a book called the “The Giver.” We’ve only read a little bit but a little summary is, it’s a community where there is no pain, no fear, no war, and no choices. Everyone in the community has a job because everything is shared. If I had to live in that community and had to be assigned a job I would be a teacher because I would want everyone to have a good education and get somewhere in life. Also they would all know be because in the book families meet at houses very often for get togetherness, dinners, and many more.

Hero Project by Shaylen A.

Photo taken by Mrs. D

The whole sixth grade made hero books.  We had to choose someone who we were influenced by and interview them. I chose my dad. Also, we had to choose three words that our hero represents. I chose hardworking, responsible, and helpful. We had to make books that were made out of paper, glue, stamped paper, cut paper, and some scissors were involved. After we finished everyone had to write a story and include the three words with examples. Also, we had to put the hero’s childhood in the story and I chose to put my dad’s hobbies. That was the process of making the hero books.

There were some parts of making the books I didn’t like and some parts I really liked. For example, when making the book it took a lot of glue and I hated getting my fingers sticky. Also, all of the paint would go everywhere. I liked interviewing to get information about my dad. One more thing was I really enjoyed the artwork even though I got dirty and I liked the way my book turned out.

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Lady Or The Tiger by Shaylen A.

My heart pounded with nervousness. I knew I did wrong. It was time for the trial. The King released me from the prison and into the amphitheater. There was a door with a beautiful princess behind it and a door with a fierce tiger! I had no idea which door to choose. If I chose the tiger I would be guilty and eaten to death. If I chose the princess I would have a wonderful wedding and be free. I could smell the tiger but I DIDN’T know which door to go through because the scent was not picking up.

I gallantly walked to the door on my right hoping it was the princess. BEHOLD! IT WAS THE TIGER! I could see the tiger in the dark. All I saw was orange and black. Suddenly, I heard this big roar! I tried running for my life, but I could not find a way out. The king caught me. Before I entered with the tiger I thought about if I chose the left door how my life would change by having to be free, and having a wonderful royal wife. Suddenly, I was dragged in the cage. I couldn’t distract the tiger because the cage was locked very tight. I’m dead.


If I Were a Grown Up by Shaylen





If I were a grown up for a day I would find a job in the morning, related to inventing something. Then I would make 75 billion dollars to be the richest man in the world because the richest is worth 74 Billion, Carlos Slim. In the afternoon, I would buy Bill Gates’s house. In the house I would have a private vault filled with money. Finally, at night I would go out to the streets giving 1 million dollars to the poor.

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Book I Like By Shaylen A.

Picture taken by Shaylen

Have you ever wondered why people like the book that they are reading? Well I’ll tell you why I like the book “39 Clues.” I am not the best reader, but I like books with mysterious titles and books that have a familiar author. I like the author Rick Riordan. There is one thing that I look at, the summary about the book. It has to follow those three rules for me if I choose it, or if a friend tells me I may look at it.

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