Thursday, December 17, 2015

7th Grade Winter Instrumental Concert

I played bass in our Winter Instrumental Concert. The orchestra was 7th and 8th graders, combined. We played:
• Las Palmas
• Serenade No. 9 "Posthorn" (finale)
• Canadian Legend
• Miracle on 34th Street
• ABBA Medley (I Have A Dream/Mamma Mia)

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Secrets of the JavaScript Ninja

For my Fall Outside Reading project, I decided to read Secrets of the JavaScript Ninja by Bear Bibeault and John Resig and write code based on some of the functions described in the book. I had a lot of fun completing this project, but I almost bit off more than I could chew and had to scramble to finish. When I presented my project a lot of my friends didn't understand what I was talking about, but my teacher thought I did a good job.

Full presentation below:

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Fall 2015 Travel Soccer

We finished our soccer season second to last in the league. Despite the losses, I really enjoyed this season and learned a lot of new skills and techniques. At one point I was annoyed because my coach moved me from stopper to sweeper. Stopper is my favorite position and the one that I am best at, while sweeper is the most defensive position on the field. This was annoying because my team-mate, who was put in as stopper preferred playing sweeper, and was better at it. Even though I would have preferred if my coach had switched our positions, I learned more about how many of the positions fit together. This year we tried a new formation called 4-2-3-1. This system encourages defenders to be more active during the game, which is a real bonus. This has been a fun year and I can't wait till next season.

More pictures and video below:

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Guardians of the Flame #8: Not Exactly the Three Musketeers

I just finished reading the 8th book of The Guardians of the Flame series, Not Exactly the Three Musketeers. This book stood out from other books in the series because instead of following around the extremely overused starting characters from Earth, most of this story follows Pirojil, Durine, Kethol, and Erenor, ordinary people from the Eren regions. Throughout this book Pirojil, Durine, Kethol, and Erenor are traversing back and forth from a corrupt capital to corrupt barony. There isn't really one antagonist, just a lot of corrupt politics. The back and forth from corruption over years has taught Pirojil that the job of a soldier is to die, and it doesn't matter what the soldiers think.

Next I'll read Not Quite Scaramouche.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Modified Soccer 2015

At the beginning of the year, I found out that as a 7th grader I would be eligible for autumn modified sports. I signed up for soccer a long with some of my friends from Rye Youth Soccer. The biggest difference between RYS and Modified is the competitiveness. This is partially because Modified has 7th and 8th graders, but also because schools are encouraged to be competitive. I enjoyed this season more than the RYS season, because there was a community built up around the team and this was more competitive. I can't wait till next season.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Beardsley Zoo

Today, the Degnans, Mom, Andrea, and I went to the Beardsley Zoo. Even though it wasn't as good as the Bronx Zoo, I had a lot of fun. When we came in,  I took a map and went off by myself to find one of the exhibits. I looked all around the secluded courtyard area on the map, but I couldn't find it. When we went to eat lunch in the crowded, dirty, hot lunch area, I mentioned the courtyard with no exhibits and no one around. We went to eat there, and enjoyed the shade.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Raspberry Pi

For a long time I have been interested in coding. This started at Khan Academy when they introduced their coding unit. I made about 30 little projects there until I found out that I was using processing js, a language designed for beginners. Then I found codecademy and I took their html/css and js courses. Then I found out once again that they were using artificial js. I went to w3schools where they have pretty much the documentation for html, css, js, and many other languages.The biggest problem is that they didn’t have a place to test your code.

Monday, August 31, 2015

ESPN Fantasy Football

Since third grade, kids my age have been playing fantasy football. Occasionally someone would invite me to join their fantasy league, but I would say no since I didn’t have the vast knowledge of football that you need to play, and I wasn’t going to invest the time to do the research on good players and bad players. For a while no one asked me, but then this summer I was invited to play in a fantasy league and I decided to give it a try.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Guardians of the Flame #7: The Road Home

I finished reading The Road Home by Joel Rosenberg. This is the seventh book in the Guardians of the Flame series.

Next I'll read Not Exactly the Three Musketeers.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Camp 78 Trip to Medieval Times

Today at Camp 78 we went to Medieval Times. I was excited because I had heard good things about it from 8th graders who had gone on a trip there with school. When we were on the bus ride there, I was picturing a wide open lawn, removed from the modern world, but when we turned on to Polito Avenue I saw a castle and parking lot, but no grass. The castle looked totally out of place in between two glass and concrete buildings, with a telephone line blocking the view of one of the castles towers, which proudly held an American flag.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Camp 78 Trip to Brownstone Park

Today at Camp 78, we went to Brownstone Park. I had been looking forward to the event and was excited on the bus ride to the park. I was a little nervous because there were clouds in the sky. When I stepped out of the bus, I didn’t really know what to expect, but I definitely wasn’t expecting what I saw.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Camp 78 Trip to Hot Skates

Today was my first day of Camp 78. Camp 78 is a trip camp and today we went to Hot Skates, a roller skating place. I had a good time there and look forward to future days at the camp.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

The Outsiders Essay

The last book I read this year in English was The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. I enjoyed this book, and had interesting discussions about it with my friends. Our class spent lots of time working on vocabulary sheets and themed short answer questions for this book. The essay question for my final exam was "What is the main theme of The Outsiders." What I wrote below is based on my memory of the final essay and other assignments.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Reflections Of 6th Grade Student Government

When I came to the first student government meeting I was super excited. I came with a flash drive holding a power point presentation I had made about the system of government we could have, which was going to be our first topic. I met some people, and listened to Mrs. Braun talk, and then brought up the system of government subject. It was decided that each grade would have one president, and everyone else would be allowed to come to meetings as well. I was happy, and confident I could win the election for sixth grade president.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

2015 Spring Travel Soccer

We finished our soccer season for the year. I really enjoyed this season and learned a lot of new skills and techniques. One weekend about halfway through the season, it clicked that you really have to hustle and put yourself into the middle of things, in order to have a fighting chance. One of the things I liked this year was going to school and having a bunch of kids to talk to, that you are good friends with and have a common "goal" to achieve. Most of the kids on my team I saw everyday. We finished this season with 4 wins and 5 losses, much better than we did last year. I had a great time and look forward to next year.

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Friday, May 29, 2015

Archery Tag

I went to play archery tag at the Recreation Center. I had a lot of fun playing because it was cool to be with so many kids from school also the arrows move slow enough that you can dodge and catch them, which is exciting.

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Rube Goldberg Machine Science Project

For my science class my friend Joan and I made a Rube Goldberg Machine.We had a lot of fun planning the project, but as the deadline approached I had to take it to the bungalow to finish the building and start filming.

Check out the project below:

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Guardians of the Flame #6: The Road to Ehvenor

I finished reading The Road to Ehvenor by Joel Rosenberg. This is the sixth book in the Guardians of the Flame series. In this book Walter Slovotsky, Andrea Andropolous Cullinane, Jason Cullinane, Ahira and Tennetty travel to Ehvenor to find out about the rumors about magic coming from Faerie, in Ehvenor. I liked this book a lot, even though it got off to a slow start.

Next I'll read The Road Home.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

6th Grade Spring Orchestra Concert

I had a lot of fun at my spring orchestra concert. My favorite song was Concertino in G.
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Saturday, March 21, 2015

A Little History of Science

I read A Little History of Science by William F. Bynum. This is my favorite nonfiction book I've read so far.

This book discusses everything from the Paleolithic era to the nano Digital age. My main takeaway from this book was Descartes's Cartesian doubt, which is a systematic process of being skeptical about the truth of one's beliefs and trying to find what makes sense and what is junk from bad experiments.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

6th Grade Science Olympiad

When I started 6th grade, along with the other activities and groups I joined, I entered Science Olympiad. I was told to go to and select some of the projects I would like to participate in. I chose Elastic Launch glider, Road Scholar, Building Bridges, Air Trajectory, Wheeled Vehicle, and Bottle Rocket. When I presented Mr. Curella with this, he said that doing 2 events was enough. He selected Road Scholar and Wheeled Vehicle for me. I later found out that he chose Road Scholar since it was the only Test event that was on my list, and he chose Wheeled Vehicle since I was the only person in my team and division (6th grade) that wanted to do Wheeled Vehicle.

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Sledding With Andrea

Dad took Andrea and me sledding at Apawamis.
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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Guardians of the Flame #5: The Warrior Lives

I finished reading The Warrior Lives by Joel Rosenberg. This is the fifth book in the Guardians of the Flame series. I enjoyed reading about what happens to Jason, the Holton/Bieme Empire, Andy-Andy, and other characters.

Next I'll read The Road to Ehvenor.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Date Program Using HTML, CSS, and Javascript

I made this date and time program using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.