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Camping trips: Which one is the best?

Ask any teacher what you’ll remember when you look back on middle school, they’ll say the camping trip. Each camping trip is meant to bond you with your classmates, and maybe help you understand the wilderness more. Each camping trip gets shorter the older you are, with the sixth grade trip being much longer than MOSAIC.

The sixth grade camping trip (my personal favorite) takes place at Hickory Run State Park in Pennsylvania. It has many hikes with your homeroom, including the stream hike and the boulder field. It was an amazing bonding experience, and definitely brought our homeroom together.  We had to prepare our own food, which was a major trust building event. Sam Spear, an eighth grader, said it was his favorite trip because, “There were more hikes, there was more woods experience.”

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Phones Kept in Locker Purgatory!

One of the newest peeves of eighth graders is the cell phone policies. It’s against the rules for an eighth grader to have a phone in their pocket or their bag during school hours. It wasn’t announced until after the farm show, well after the beginning of the year. Gossip across grades informed students airdropping inappropriate videos to teachers on the bus on the way back from the farm show. Continue reading Phones Kept in Locker Purgatory!

Scythe is an Interesting Utopia/Dystopia

Neal Shusterman’s book Scythe paints an interesting contrast between life without death, and now. It is set in a “post mortal” world where there is no death, but in order to control population, people must kill. These people are scythes. They are chosen from the ranks of the best people in the world, the people who don’t want to be scythes. Continue reading Scythe is an Interesting Utopia/Dystopia