The Partnership has announced that Bruce Bivins will be the new Roosevelt principal. Mr. Bivins is currently the ESP principal.
The life of being a teenager kind of sucks but at the same time it’s pretty awesome. You learn how to drive and as you grow older you act more mature but the thing is that you have to grow up.
By that I mean you don’t have time to sit back and relax with your friends because you’ll be busy looking for a part time job while going to school or studying for finals. Everything you did in the past is coming back to you so you have to face the consequences.
It sucks having to set aside your time of hanging out with your friends when your at your job waiting for your lunch break. But on the other side you have money to spend or help your parents pay rent. That benefits you because you get a taste of the real world and how it will be later in life.
Also , you can drive around town and looking around stores and buy whatever you please. But that’s not all you also have responsibilities that you have to live up to for example staying up late to finish your homework for extra credit and apply for college and clean up your mess that you made because your mother won’t clean up after you.
The teenage life is pretty cool but problems come with the package and earning your parents trust isn’t easy especially if they assume you smoke marijuana. So for now I will just enjoy being fifteen and I will deal with the struggles when the time comes.
The breeze that hits your face like cold water in the mornings after a hangover. This kind of breeze is the one that I yearn for, but today it is sunny and I will feel that breeze. Every morning I look out the window and realize “Today is a great to bike ride.”
Then as the day progresses it begins to get hotter and hotter and I don’t think the same way anymore, until the afternoon when the breeze returns. I get on my bike and I begin to explore the night life in the beautiful city of Los Angeles.
I come across Skid Row people particularly people of color, I think to myself why doesn’t anyone help them? I don’t think they like the breeze as much as me. I hit Wilshire and then Vermont and then Western, I am now tired and ready to go back home.
My phone now begins to ring, it says ” Mommy” I answer and my mother begins to question me, “donde estas hija?” meaning “where are you daughter?” She is now beginning to worry, because she doesn’t like when I bike ride.
I explain to her that biking is my own meditation, just like cleaning is her meditation. The sun is now going down, meaning that I should probably head on back home. I put on my earphones, I look at the view of the concrete and begin to enjoy the breeze.
Sublime, a ska punk band from Long Beach that was formed in 1988, but is still heard by many people today. They are one of my favorite bands, their music is really peaceful and can put me in a really good mood.
The first time I listened to Sublime was in the seventh grade, the song I listened to was “Santeria” and I heard it from one of my friends’ after I listened to that song I started to listen to more and more songs.
One of my favorite songs is titled Scarlet Begonias, I can listen to that song without ever getting tired of it. The beat of Sublime’s songs are really catchy and peaceful it will make anyone like their music if they actually tried to listen to them.
They are an old band, and they still make music but they don’t have the same vocalist and guitarist Bradley Nowell, he died at the age of 28. Although Sublime still plays they now have a new vocalist and they changed the band’s name to “Sublime & Rome.” One of the reasons they chose that new vocalists was because many say that Rome and Nowell had similar voices. I would have really liked to have had the chance of going to one of their shows, when Bradley was still the vocalist but I didn’t.
Many people like the new band “Sublime & Rome” but in my opinion, I think that they sound much different than the original Sublime. I will always remain a true fan of the old Sublime rather than the new one because I only like their music. Even if people think they are a the same “thing” not in my opinion, Sublime will always be one my favorite bands.
There is a new upcoming movie called “The Purge” written and directed by James DeMonaco. It is pretty rare how this movie was able to capture my attention. This is a unique movie that includes criminal activity. My of types of movies are usually action, comedy, or drama. This movie falls over the categories of horror, sci-fi, and thriller all in which the types of category that are movies I can never fully finish watching because I’m the type of person who doesn’t enjoy being frightened. Anyways besides that this movie includes a fantastic storyline in my opinion. America’s prisons are over crowded, therefore the government has given the country the permission to commit any crime without facing any consequences for a period of 12 hours. Police nor hospitals, can be called out for help. It is a day where only a person can only depend on itself, forgetting about the thought of receiving or giving towards others. The film focuses on a family of four that has to protect themselves from the insane people that are committing crimes on the outside. From what I have noticed I predict that the most of the family will probably alb capable of surviving. Their house seemed very well protected from the inside and out. If they fight back showing no mercy the family might be able to overcome the mysterious invaders.
Although I have been in journalism for a year and a half already, sometimes I feel like I don’t know what is going on, and I feel lost. I have really enjoyed being in journalism class because I actually do have an interest for writing.
At first when I came into journalism, I felt like I really didn’t belong in here. Everyone would talk with each other, and since most of them were seniors, while I was a junior, I kind of felt left out.
After a while of being in here, I got the hang of it, and realized it’s about giving it your best, but this class is mainly about having to deal with deadlines, and having to meet them in time.
That would be by the farthest the toughest thing about journalism, because if you miss one deadline, your grade drops one whole grade, because that’s how important deadlines are. I’m pretty glad we’re having deadlines, because it prepares us for the future, where we will have many.
Something else I find difficult about journalism, is having to go interview someone. Ahh when you are really shy and quiet like me, you get really nervous when you go interview someone you completely don’t know.
But it’s something good we should all learn from because some time in our future we will have to go talk to different types of people, and you cannot be shy or nervous because it makes you look insecure and unsure of what you are saying.
Lately, I have been thinking about how this year I’ve been moved around in my classes, than my other three years. First, when I started my senior year, I was in three AP classes, and now I’m only in one, which would be AP Spanish.
For first period, I used to have AP chemistry, and then I got switched into physics, then into APEX, and currently I’m in service for Mr. Jay. For my second period, I’ve been pretty stable, staying with Mr. Parral, as well as my third and fourth period, which would include AP Spanish, and digital imaging with Mr. Casas.
For my advisory, sadly it’s not the same. First I used to be in Ms. Alva’s class, but then I got changed to Ms. Duenas, and I was recently changed with Ms. Bizarro. Same for my fifth period, I used to be in AP Literature, but now I’m in Mr. Long’s English 12 class, which is pretty fun by the way.
Whenever I get switched into a new class, people always know me as a trouble maker, because I always get kicked out of my other classes. I don’t really like to think of myself like that because I don’t think it’s my fault that I was placed in a class I don’t belong, or if a teacher simply just doesn’t like me.
Although I get switched around a lot, I get pretty used to the new classes in no time, but it is also frustrating because then I have to try to catch up with the work they had been doing while I wasn’t there.
But yeah, kind of stressful, but it’s also something good for me, so I could learn how to interact with new people.
We are at the center of the end of second semester, which means we are much closer to the ending of this school year. Nobody seems to be taking their classes seriously. I see a lot of slacking off from every grade. They don’t think that these actions will not affect them in any way so they are taking these decisions, which will eventually affect them. They do not realize that they will need the information they are being given by the teacher at the moment. This may be a reason for why many times students don’t get a great point average when they are giving a test. But even when they notice their low test scores they yet still don’t care about their education. I myself on the other have been pushing myself to accomplish all of my class and homework on time to be less stress at the end of each quarter , avoid trying to finish everything in a rush as students do so all because of PROCASTINATION, a word that many decide to follow its meaning to define their work habits. These few years of high school have shown me how tough the consequences can be in the end. I try to advice them just as I was once advised when I was a freshman, to do as best as possible since the very beginning. I do not really expect them to listen because just like I ignored they might as well ignore me. I guess some enjoy learning from their mistakes just like me. OH WELL!
We have to start preparing for the CST’s because we need to get better scores. I need a better score because I want my scores to get higher and at least be basic or proficient I don’t want to be anywhere between far below basic or basic.
You have to stay focused in school and get a high score because if you want good classes you have to get a good score , the score you get is based on what classes you will get next year.
Ways to get prepared is by studying and going back to lessons or problems you don’t understand and ask a teacher how you solve them. Another way to prepare is by using a technique for example in English you can read between the lines or annotate what you don’t understand. In Math you can re-read the problem, ask a friend how to figure it out, or look back at your notes.
You can test yourself ask your teacher to make a packet of Math problems and you can figure them out. Being nervous is perfectly normal because you want to get a high score but to do that you need to eat breakfast, go to bed early, and pay attention in class.
Tests are just to see what you are learning or what you have learned in the past. You have to stay motivated and think positive; think that you can do it! When the CST comes around you will be ready for it. Just believe that you can do it and be confident with yourself!