Food & Fun Fair

On Saturday, the Food & Fun Fair was held from 10:30 ~ 3:30. There were many booths with food from different countries and there was a huge variety of entertainment including martial arts, performances by an orchestra and the MS Band. In order to help prepare for the event, I helped set the dishes for about 15 minutes after school on the previous day and helped setup from 9:30~10:30 on the day of the fair. On the day of the fair, I also took photos of the events and I was especially busy during the Parade of Nations and the performances. Many people came to the fair and it was a huge success!

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HS Instrumental Concert

On April 10th, the HS Instrumental Concert was held in the auditorium. Several middle schoolers including myself had the privilege of joining the high school students and play. I participated in most of the pieces on the program and it was quite a busy night. The first piece was “Allegro in G” from Concerto for Two Guitars. Mrs. Shirai played the keyboard as a guest and it souned really wonderful. It was very interesting as the extra effect was added to sound like the harpsichord. The harpsichord is an instrument that was used hundreds of years ago and it produces sound by plucking a string when the key was pressed. I played the mallet percussion (bells) for “Poem for Orchestra” and I loved the sound of the violin solo. The “Pirates of the Caribbean” was the last song of the orchesetra repertoir. Students from band and Mr. Cook participated as well and it sounded very dramatic and profound. When I heard the crash of the cymbals and the melody started speeding up, it was very exhilerating and it was one of my favourite pieces of the concert.

I also played the bells for the three pieces “A Joyful Fanfare”, “Red Covered Bridge” and “In Flight” from the band repertoir. For “A Joyful Fanfare” and “Red Covered Bridge”, the melody of the bells stood out and highlighted the piece and I think it sounded very well. “In Flight” was a piece with a rapid tempo compared to the other pieces and I had to concentrate to keep up with the tempo and make sure I did not miss beats. I really loved the piece and I think we were able to play very well. Overall, the concert was a success and I would like to thank Ms. Constantini and Mr. Vest for leading us and organizing, Mr. McHugh for being the MC and of course the players.

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Un viaje por Sudamérica

When talking about events that happened recently, we have to remove the infinitive ending (-ar, er, or -ir of a verb and add -ado for -ar verbs, and -ido for -er and -ir verbs. For example, if the verb is nadar (swimming), it will be nadado. The writing assessment was writing a diary about an imaginary trip to South America and talking about the daily events.

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Public Art Presentation

In art class, I made a statue based on a famous public art, The Statue of Liberty. We had to answer the questions below in our presentation.

Public Art Research Questions

1. Q1 What is the title of the work?

Q2 Who made it?

Q3 When was it made?

Q4 What is the medium?

Q5 What kind of form does it have? (Geometric, Organic, Natural, Abstract, Realistic, Architectural, etc.)

Q6 Where is it? Describe the location and environment that the public art is displayed. Explain it in detail.

Q7Why did the artist create the artwork? What kind of messages do you think the artwork is sending to the public?

2. Reflection on our own public art

  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses
  • Processes of creation (techniques, difficulties that they faced and how they solved their problems, etc.)
  • Improvements
  • Environment that they would like to put the public art and what kind of message and impact that it would give to the public.

My Presentation Notes

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The Statue of Liberty (Liberty Enlightening the World) is a huge realistic sculpture on Liberty Island in New York Harbor in New York City, America. It is surrounded by water and it is the statue often being the first thing immigrants see when arriving by boat. The island has a land area of 59,558 square metres. The artist of the statue is Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi. Frédéric is a French sculptor who was born on August 2nd 1834. He attended the Lycee Louis-le-Grand in Paris and went on to study architecture and painting. Later, he focused on sculpture and exhibited bronze statues such as “The Young Vine-Grower”, “Génie Funébre”. The making of the statue was a big-scale-project and many well-known architects helped out such as Gustave Eiffel, Eugéne Viollet-le-Duc and Richard Morris Hunt. The project started from September 1875 and was completed on October 28th, 1886. The statue is mainly made out of copper, wrought iron and steel.

The female figure represents Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom. The seven spikes on the crown represent the seven oceans and the seven continents of the world and it symbolizes the universal concept of liberty. It was a gift to the United States from the people of France and is an icon of freedom.

The statue I made is based on The Statue of Liberty and I think my strength is in the hair and the shape of the figure. Balancing out the clay and making sure the body parts were evenly sized was a little challenging. For example, when I first attached the arms, one was thin and the other was thick. To make the hair look realistic, I used a scraping tool to make waves in the hair to express the texture of the hair. The weakness of my statue was the face of the figure. After completion, I dropped it by mistake while trying to move it and the face got squashed and I was disappointed. After the process of trying to recover the original shape of the face, it turned out to look like the face of ponyo. Overall, I think it looked cuter and turned out quite well. If I were to improve my statue, it would be the posture of the figure as it is slightly slanted.

I would like to put this statue in the elementary library as it symbolizes peace and calmness. The lady-like figure shows a gentle feeling and the cute face will also appeal to elementary students.

Kibou no Mori 1

March 4 2015

Today was the very first time I participated in the Kibou No Mori activity. It was a fantastic time for me as I was able to take a break from studying and get refreshed. The clean, frosty air felt very good and I was happy to help the environment. At the top of the mountain, we searched for flat stable ground that will help support the tree while it grew. There were a lot of fallen branches and leaves and it took some effort to clear the places and dig holes for the trees. After putting the tree in the hole, we attached bamboo sticks that will make sure the trees grow straight. We planted about 8 trees in total and it was a a great experience for me and I am looking forward to going to Kibou No Mori again in a few months!

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SBC 2014~2015 Semester 1

During the first semester of helping out as a member of the Student Body Council, I experienced a lot of things and it was a fascinating time! As a team, we came up with a lot of interesting and engaging activities for middle school and incorporated different ideas to make the school a better place for everyone. One of the events that we organized was the Talent Show. There were a lot of unique acts and I think the middle school enjoyed it a lot. Recently, we also had a dance to celebrate the end of Semester 1 and it was very successful thanks to the careful organization done by the SBC and the teachers who helped out. Helping out as a member of the SBC has been very exciting and I cannot wait to see what we can do next semester!

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Control de verbos reflexivos (La Rutina Diaria)

To demonstrate our knowledge in verb conjugation, infinitives, irregular and reflexive verbs, we had a test on the concept “La Rutina Diaria” (Daily Routine).

Pronouns

Me Yo  me
You Tu  te
Her/Him El/Ella/Usted  se
We Nosotros  nos
You (plural) Vosotros  os
Them Ellos/Ellas  se

Verb Conjugation

For example, if the infinitive form of the verb was ‘cantar’ (sing), conjugating the verb is necessary according to who the verb is pointing to.

Me o canto
You as cantas
Her/Him a canta
We amos cantamos
You (plural) àis cantáis
Them an cantan

An example of a sentence would be “Yo canto”, which means I sing.

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