Hot Weather, American Eagle, & My Sweet Comments

First off, there has been some comments that have gone straight to my spam box that are not spam at all! I have approved all but two (that were spam) to show up on my blog. I am so sorry for all of you that have commented, just because I didn’t see them. You all are very nice and I just like to thank you! I wish I could have seen all of your comments sooner. But now I’ll work on replying to all of you her are so gracious enough to read my blog let alone comment. I really appreciate each and every one of you!

Summer break has just finished. We got back to school yesterday. I already have a persuasive essay next week (which is an inclass writing), a vocabulary test this Friday, and Health test this Friday, and a Hebrew Oral Assessment. So, as soon as I got back, I’m very busy again. However, during the break I started running and biking with my dad. Not so much now that school has started, but the biking has been a great benefit. Also, the weather here is finally getting warm! I know it is just the beginning of April, but that’s the beauty of Israel.  Now that it’s hot enough, I am finally able to wear shorts from …. AMERICAN EAGLE!

Most of my cloths at the moment have been what I have bought here in Israel. Yes, I know, America is MUCH cheaper. But, now all these American stores (like Forever21 and American Eagle) are coming out to Israel. So, I went on Sunday to the mall with the intention of just getting swimsuit bottoms. Instead, we found out that American Eagle had finally opened. My mom and I went there and we bought a ton of stuff for summer. It’s everything I’ve seen in the website. I was SO excited because I’ve never actually shopped there but have looked at everything on their website (which I fell in love with). I am so excited! Also, I was able to ask (a student council president) to have a no uniform Friday this week. Great news – we can! So, I will be able to wear something new that I got from American Eagle. The have very nice stuff that is in style, but most importantly feel like good quality. I would definitely recommend it to all those other 14 year olds out there. Also, there was a sale at the store where you buy 1 item and get another 50% off. My friend and I both ended up getting the same bag for school without even knowing (which is really cool because two other girls did the same thing with a different brand in the beginning of the year).


So Much To Do. . . So Little Time!

My week has been hectic! I’ve had to deal with an upcoming school event (yes the next big thing) — Lock In, Valentine’s Day, science fair, U.S. Western Expansion exam in humanities, an essay, and a Hebrew quiz! So, I’ve been having to study so much and talk to a bunch of teacher even though I’m sick.

Every year we have a special school event called Lock In.  Here, the student council and eco-club work together. This year our theme is being locked in Candy Land (so you are basically locked in at school). Right after school all the middle school students are locked in the gym. There are many games and a raffle (you get a certain amount of money for each type of game you play). Then after that, we all eat dinner, which is usually pizza. Next, we all move to the auditorium, where the talent show is held. I am probably going to do a Sonata for piano. There is going to be a grand prize (it might be an I-pod touch but we aren’t sure yet). Also, there will be a second and third prize (we are thinking about having a gift basket full of candy/junk food or something like that). All of this is a secret however, until we find out for sure what the student council is going to do. Basically, the eco-club is in charge of  the games and we (the student council) are in charge of the talent show and the Valentine’s dance afterwards. this is going to be on February 10th, so it’s a while a ways.

For Valentine’s Day, this year, we are going to have something special. With the high school, we are going to sell roses. White is for friend, pink is for interested, and red is for love. I think it is really cute and it’s the first time we have ever done anything.

Science fair is also coming up. It starts towards the end of this month. It’s about a month long (a bit shorter than last year). I had to go to my math teacher to see if he could help me with figuring out this formula (my science fair has to do with the math). He was not able to explain it to me, so I have to go to these two AP Calculus math teachers in the high school tomorrow. This weekend I’m going to buy the plants. My science fair is different than almost everyone at my school. I am doing it internationally with a girl from the U.S. and a girl from Germany. It’s fun, but much harder than doing it with someone at my school. Hopefully, I will be able to get this complicated idea figured out and do it well.

On top of all these big events coming up, I still have the everyday homework load this weekend — a huge U.S. Western Expanion exam, an essay on October Sky (a book we read), and a Hebrew quiz. I was sick on Monday, so I wasn’t able to get my notebook and folder that my humanities teacher had (because he grades that four times a year) to study. So, he mentioned about having a day extension on the test (which I really need) but the next two days we have an in-class essay. So, hopefully, I will be able to do it on Thursday during Instant Replay (a block where you do homework). Also, tomorrow I have a Hebrew quiz. I hope all goes well, because that high school class is really difficult for me.

So, as you can see, I have a crazy schedule. Hopefully, all will go well. But I know in the end, if the student council and eco-club do well, the Lock In will be a huge success! I’m really excited (and just can’t wait for the science fair to end)! It’s just such a huge weight put on your shoulders. But, I’ll just have to get through my last year doing the science fair. Can’t wait!! Thank you!

School Today!

School was really nice. I got to see all my friends that I hadn’t seen in a long time. My best friend was like oh, well hello there. Because I hadn’t seen her in SO long (less than one day ago). So, it was all fun. I had chorus, Hebrew, humanities, and P.E. I didn’t do so well on my Hebrew final as I had hoped, but that gives more room for improvement. Also, my class is pretty hard with all these 11th graders and the test was very similar to the Hebrew subject test (or SAT 2). This is actually a better environment for me, I think. To be pushed more that what I am capable of doing so I learn more, even if I don’t do as well. Since I’m not in high school yet, where my grades count, I can have the pleasure of learning beyond. Also, next year, I will have learned so much this year that I will have a better basis of knowledge and understanding.  I missed everyone and I think I’m actually glad to be back in school, with my regular routines again.

Israeli Wedding, Homework Projects, Hockey Marathon, and Phillips Exeter Academy!!

I know that it’s been awhile since my last post, but I have had such a hectic week — I went to a wedding, I had a huge exam in humanities on the U.S. Constitution, a oral presentation in Hebrew, getting the hockey marathon opening ceremony together, and also the biggest news, I am applying to Phillips Exeter Academy!

My brothers best friend, who is an Israeli, invited my whole family to his sister’s wedding this last Thursday. It was the very first wedding that I ever attended. Of course the whole ceremony was in Hebrew, but it was such a unique experience. For the first dance, which was a very special and sweet moment, my brother’s friend and his older brother played the saxophone and piano for their sister. Also, during the actual ceremony there is a contract that the groom gives the wife that says basically if he does anything she can divorce him and that will be the amount of money he will give her.

I studied in advanced for my U.S. Constitution test, and also put together a huge study guide (based on the questions he would ask us). This allowed me to know the material cold. So, even though the night before I did not have time to study, I think I did well. Also, making time for your teachers to look at your presentation and what you will say in Hebrew (or any other subject or assignment) can really help. If you go to your teacher in advanced, talk with him/her, and show him/her your work, you will be able to get an understanding of what you can correct before actually presenting it. This can help you in two ways — (1) you will feel confident and be able to do a good job when you have to present your project, and (2) you will be able to take the corrections and understand them so you can learn from your mistakes the next time you have to present a power point. Whenever there are writing assignments in my Hebrew class, my Hebrew teacher allows you to correct the mistakes. However, you need to make the time to correct them and if you don’t then what you got for that grade is what you will receive. So, if you can get your homework done ahead of time, you can make time to talk to your teacher and make corrections which will help you to be a better student and learn far more than if you did not stay on top of your work.

Hockey Marathon is coming up really soon! In fact, it is this Friday! Our skit is going well, we are starting to act it out. Also, since our theme is reality vs. fantasy we have this wall (blue on one side and red on the other) that keeps the two worlds apart. However, a part of the wall breaks which makes the peace between the two worlds unbalanced. So, we fit (by playing hockey) to settle the dispute and whoever’s team wins, they will be receive the golden stick (which is the part that is missing) to place back on the wall. I have finally been able to get a Bugs Bunny costume, and I hope everything goes well. We have made up the teams, and the rest of the Middle School will find out on Monday. We tried our best to make it as balanced between the two teams — red and blue — as possible. Some of my friends and I are thinking about wearing high red, or blue socks during the hockey marathon! Also, just like every year, the week of the hockey marathon is spirit week. So Monday is twin/multiple day (I will be a triplet), Tuesday will be pajama day, Wednesday will be switch gender day, and Thursday will be crazy hair day and nationality day (where you wear the colors of your country). I am really excited!

I have not fully decided yet, but I am pretty sure that if I get in to Phillips Exeter Academy (the boarding school where my brothers go to) then I will go. It is just such a great opportunity that will open many doors for me. So, I have started working on my application. I have talked to my teachers and they are writing recommendations. I am starting my essays, and my mom wrote hers. I have to start studying for the SSAT as well and will take it in January.  So, we will see what the future holds for me.