Middle School Retreat

Our middle school retreat is a little 3 day activity where middle school bonds.

Summary:

Day1: We went to a field. We ate breakfast. We did prayers. We did some games including one where you pretend to be an introvert or extrovert. Then we played soccer baseball (we lost) and went on a hill. After that, we went on an obstacle course, which was awesome. I did every obstacle but 2: the last one (pretty much no-one finished it) and one where height was needed (I am short.) Then the Grade 8s (my class) did games with the younger grades. Then… Shnupencups

Day 2: I slept in ’till a nice an late 5:00 in the morning. We went to a rafting place to do whitewater rafting. We also wore wetsuits. For 2 hours. Before we went in a boat.

Day 3: We listened to a interplanetary discussion which so happened to share a language, and a religion. We heard about very Earth-like places, like Asia and Europe. We then had to choose certain Jewish values to help our planet, Gafiltafish. After that, we did a trust activity, and gladly, Maya did not lead me blindfolded into a tree. Thank you. Anyways, we watched a slideshow.

 

 

 

What was not enjoyable?

For the future Grade 7ers

Me and my class have been tasked with this assignment for all the Grade 7ers in the future. We’ll give some advice, tell you what we know, and tell you what we didn’t. I’m going to do this in a QnA fromat, even though we are supposed to do it in a paragraph format.

Q: What advice would you give to the upcoming Grade 7 class?

A:
Take notes and read them.
Don’t postpone work or homework, just get it done bit by bit.
Don’t eat straight mustard
Make all comuter files organized
Go and delete a bunch of stuff all the time, because your computer will probably lag a bunch.

Q: Think about what you wished you would have known before entering Grade 7. 

A:
Personally I would have wanted to know about COVID, which may not be a problem soon. (This is 21 June 2021.)
I would also have wanted to know that time limits are strict.
Also, apparently, there is no time provided for practicing for a Bar Mitzvah.

Q: What are three goals I have for next year?

A: I want to learn a bit of Java.
I want to do wood-working.
I for some reason want to create a large hill out of Lego. Just a hill.

Q: What books can you recommend to others?

A: Any Rick Riordan books are great, Narnia, LotR, Keeper of the lost Cities, any Gordon Korman, the Maze Runner series, the Hunger Games (it’s a bit dark), Maniac Magee, Code Word Courage, NOT Wildwood, Harry Potter, Anne of Green Gables, etc.

Q: About distance learning.

It was generally bad, very boring, and distracting. I didn’t get much work done or learn much, but I was allowed to flop out of bed at 8:30. I will provide no advice, as I think that would be better suited to other classmates who enjoyed it more or was better with COVID as a whole. A large struggle was my computer. It has horrible computing power. Google Meet takes up 95.3% of my CPU power when my camera is on. Gmail with it’s new adding of Google Workspace now crashes my computer, and I needed to use my phone (just saying I don’t think it’s fair to expet children to have computers or phones or have their parents buy it for them. Just saying.)

Math class conversion program in JS

This is a currency conversion program created by me, done in JS. During math class, while learning about conversions, we were supposed to use code.org to create a program similar to this one. Although, due to my lack of knowledge of code.org, and my familiarity with JS, I created it in JS instead. Also, this was done by hard coding, although now I probably would have made it flexible, using more general conversions to a single variable then branching it from there. (Ex: (Inaccurate) 1$ CAD=1.2$ USD, 1$USD=10 Yen, Therefore 1$ CAD=1.2×10 Yen, 1$ CAD=12 Yen.)

If it doesn't run, on Google Chrome, right click. Then, click "Inspect". Then press "Console" then copy and paste the code below, and press Enter. (Ignore some of the text changing throughout the pictures.) (Other/better options below.)

The code:

var use=prompt ("This is a currency conversion program. Do you want to use it?
(Only relevant for a specific post.) 1=Yes, 2=No.")
if (use>0&&use<2){
alert ("Currency conversion program based in 2021 May 5th. Currency conversion may not be accurate by the time of use. All info was provided by Google and associated companies. Some information may be inexact. If there is an error, you must restart the program. Only answer as suggested.")
alert ("This has Canadian Dollars (CAD), American Dollars (USD), European Euros (EUR), Japanese Yen (JPY), Chinese Yuan (CNY/RMB?), and British Pounds (GBP) (Also known as Sterling Pounds.)")
var side1=prompt ("What currency are you using? (Type it in the order it was stated:Canadian=1, American=2, Euros=3, Yen=4, Yuan=5, and British Pounds=6.)")
var side2=prompt ("What do you want to convert it into? Same rules apply.(Canadian=1, American=2, Euros=3, Yen=4, Yuan=5, and British Pounds=6)")
var money=prompt ("How much money would you like to convert?")
if (money>99998&&money<100000){
alert ("You are like my brother Noah.")
}else{
if (side1>0&&side1<2){
if (side2>1&&side2<3){
alert (money + " dollars in Canadian is " + (money*0.82) + " in American Dollars.")
}else if (side2>2&&side2<4){
alert (money + " dollars in Canadian is " + (money*0.68) + " in Euros.")
}else if (side2>3&&side2<5){
alert (money + " dollars in Canadian is " + (money*89.12) + " in Yen.")
}else if (side2>4&&side2<6){
alert (money + " dollars in Canadian is " + (money*5.28) + " in Yuan.")
}else if (side2>5&&side2<7){
alert (money + " dollars in Canadian is " + (money*0.59) + " in British Pounds.")
}else if (side2>0&&side2<2){
alert ("It's the same.")
}else {
alert ("Please reread the instructions and follow them.")
}
}else if (side1>1&&side1<3)
if (side2>1&&side2<3){
alert ("It's the same.")
}else if (side2>2&&side2<4){
alert (money + " dollars in American is " + (money*0.83) + " in Euros.")
}else if (side2>3&&side2<5){
alert (money + " dollars in American is " + (money*109.29) + " in Yen.")
}else if (side2>4&&side2<6){
alert (money + " dollars in American is " + (money*6.47) + " in Yuan.")
}else if (side2>5&&side2<7){
alert (money + " dollars in American is " + (money*0.72) + " in British Pounds.")
}else if (side2>0&&side2<2){
alert (money + " dollars in American is " + (money*1.23) + " in Canadian Dollars.")
}else{
alert ("Please reread the instructions and follow them.")
}
else if (side1>2&&side1<4){
if (side2>1&&side2<3){
alert (money + " in Euros is " + (money*1.2) + " in American Dollars.")
}else if (side2>2&&side2<4){
alert ("It's the same.")
}else if (side2>3&&side2<5){
alert (money + " in Euros is " + (money*131.07) + " in Yen.")
}else if (side2>4&&side2<6){
alert (money + " in Euros is " + (money*7.77) + " in Yuan.")
}else if (side2>5&&side2<7){
alert (money + " in Euros is " + (money*0.86) + " in British Pounds.")
}else if (side2>0&&side2<2){
alert (money + " in Euros is " + (money*1.47) + " in Canadian Dollars.")
}else {
alert ("Please reread the instructions and follow them.")
}
}else if (side1>3&&side1<5){
if (side2>1&&side2<3){
alert (money + " in Yuan is " + (money*0.15) + " in American.")
}else if (side2>2&&side2<4){
alert (money + " in Yuan is " + (money*0.13) + " in Euros.")
}else if (side2>3&&side2<5){
alert (money + " in Yuan is " + (money*16.87) + " in Yen.")
}else if (side2>4&&side2<6){
alert ("It's the same.")
}else if (side2>5&&side2<7){
alert (money + " in Euros is " + (money*0.11) + " in British Pounds.")
}else if (side2>0&&side2<2){
alert (money + " in Euros is " + (money*0.19) + " in Canadian.")
}else {
alert ("Please reread the instructions and follow them.")
}
}else if (side1>4&&side1<6){
if (side2>1&&side2<3){
alert (money + " in British Pounds is " + (money*1.39) + " in American.")
}else if (side2>2&&side2<4){
alert (money + " in British Pounds is " + (money*1.16) + " in Euros.")
}else if (side2>3&&side2<5){
alert (money + " in British Pounds is " + (money*151.85) + " in Yen.")
}else if (side2>4&&side2<6){
alert (money + " in British Pounds is " + (money*9) + " in Yuan.")
}else if (side2>5&&side2<7){
alert ("It's the same.")
}else if (side2>0&&side2<2){
alert (money + " in British Pounds is " + (money*1.71) + " in Canadian.")
}else {
alert ("Please reread the instructions and follow them.")
}
}else {
alert ("Please reread the instructions and follow them.")
}
}
}else{
alert ("Okay.")
}

If that doesn't work, use JSFiddle (https://jsfiddle.net/mh3z0fwp/2/), and just use the link. If that doesn't work, in the JS section (bottom left quarter) put in this code (it's different that above, but does the exact same thing. Google counts a paragraph ending as a semicolon, and most JS doesn't work that way) If it doesn't run, you stop it, or you want to activate it again, use the "Run" button at the top left:

var use=prompt ("This is a currency conversion program. Do you want to use it. (Only relevant for a specific post.) 1=Yes, 2=No.")
if (use>0&&use<2){ alert ("Currency conversion program based in 2021 May 5th. Currency conversion may not be accurate by the time of use. All info was provided by Google and associated companies. Some information may be inexact. If there is an error, you must restart the program. Only answer as suggested.");alert ("This has Canadian Dollars (CAD), American Dollars (USD), European Euros (EUR), Japanese Yen (JPY), Chinese Yuan (CNY/RMB?), and British Pounds (GBP) (Also known as Sterling Pounds.)");var side1=prompt ("What currency are you using? (Type it in the order it was stated:Canadian=1, American=2, Euros=3, Yen=4, Yuan=5, and British Pounds=6.)");var side2=prompt ("What do you want to convert it into? Same rules apply.(Canadian=1, American=2, Euros=3, Yen=4, Yuan=5, and British Pounds=6)");var money=prompt ("How much money would you like to convert?");if (money>99998&&money<100000){ alert ("You are like my brother Noah.") }else{ if (side1>0&&side1<2){ if (side2>1&&side2<3){ alert (money + " dollars in Canadian is " + (money*0.82) + " in American Dollars.") }else if (side2>2&&side2<4){ alert (money + " dollars in Canadian is " + (money*0.68) + " in Euros.") }else if (side2>3&&side2<5){ alert (money + " dollars in Canadian is " + (money*89.12) + " in Yen.") }else if (side2>4&&side2<6){ alert (money + " dollars in Canadian is " + (money*5.28) + " in Yuan.") }else if (side2>5&&side2<7){ alert (money + " dollars in Canadian is " + (money*0.59) + " in British Pounds.") }else if (side2>0&&side2<2){ alert ("It's the same.") }else { alert ("Please reread the instructions and follow them.") } }else if (side1>1&&side1<3) if (side2>1&&side2<3){ alert ("It's the same.") }else if (side2>2&&side2<4){ alert (money + " dollars in American is " + (money*0.83) + " in Euros.") }else if (side2>3&&side2<5){ alert (money + " dollars in American is " + (money*109.29) + " in Yen.") }else if (side2>4&&side2<6){ alert (money + " dollars in American is " + (money*6.47) + " in Yuan.") }else if (side2>5&&side2<7){ alert (money + " dollars in American is " + (money*0.72) + " in British Pounds.") }else if (side2>0&&side2<2){ alert (money + " dollars in American is " + (money*1.23) + " in Canadian Dollars.") }else{ alert ("Please reread the instructions and follow them.") } else if (side1>2&&side1<4){ if (side2>1&&side2<3){ alert (money + " in Euros is " + (money*1.2) + " in American Dollars.") }else if (side2>2&&side2<4){ alert ("It's the same.") }else if (side2>3&&side2<5){ alert (money + " in Euros is " + (money*131.07) + " in Yen.") }else if (side2>4&&side2<6){ alert (money + " in Euros is " + (money*7.77) + " in Yuan.") }else if (side2>5&&side2<7){ alert (money + " in Euros is " + (money*0.86) + " in British Pounds.") }else if (side2>0&&side2<2){ alert (money + " in Euros is " + (money*1.47) + " in Canadian Dollars.") }else { alert ("Please reread the instructions and follow them.") } }else if (side1>3&&side1<5){ if (side2>1&&side2<3){ alert (money + " in Yuan is " + (money*0.15) + " in American.") }else if (side2>2&&side2<4){ alert (money + " in Yuan is " + (money*0.13) + " in Euros.") }else if (side2>3&&side2<5){ alert (money + " in Yuan is " + (money*16.87) + " in Yen.") }else if (side2>4&&side2<6){ alert ("It's the same.") }else if (side2>5&&side2<7){ alert (money + " in Euros is " + (money*0.11) + " in British Pounds.") }else if (side2>0&&side2<2){ alert (money + " in Euros is " + (money*0.19) + " in Canadian.") }else { alert ("Please reread the instructions and follow them.") } }else if (side1>4&&side1<6){ if (side2>1&&side2<3){ alert (money + " in British Pounds is " + (money*1.39) + " in American.") }else if (side2>2&&side2<4){ alert (money + " in British Pounds is " + (money*1.16) + " in Euros.") }else if (side2>3&&side2<5){ alert (money + " in British Pounds is " + (money*151.85) + " in Yen.") }else if (side2>4&&side2<6){ alert (money + " in British Pounds is " + (money*9) + " in Yuan.") }else if (side2>5&&side2<7){ alert ("It's the same.") }else if (side2>0&&side2<2){
alert (money + " in British Pounds is " + (money*1.71) + " in Canadian.")
}else {
alert ("Please reread the instructions and follow them.")
}
}else {
alert ("Please reread the instructions and follow them.")
}
}
}else{
alert ("Okay.")
}

JSFiddle

If you have any other problems, you can tell me in the comments of this page.

Hebrew Penguin Project

In Hebrew class, we had to choose an animal to make a fake ID/presentation on. I chose the penguin because dogs were taken, and penguins are cute and barf.

Also, I had written down questions and some improv questions that were needed were provided by Morah Tal. Griffin won with 3 points, Audrey was 2nd with 2, and Morah Tal was 3rd, with 1.5. I came in 4th with 1 point, and Sophie was last with none.

בשיעור עברית היינו צריכים לבחור בעל חיים ולעשות עליו תעודת זהות / מצגת מזויפת. בחרתי בפינגווין כי כלבים נלקחו, והפינגווינים הם חמודים ומקיאים.

כמו כן, רשמתי שאלות וכמה שאלות אלתור שהיו דרושות סופקו על ידי מורה טל. גריפין ניצח עם 3 נקודות, אודרי הייתה השנייה עם 2, ומורה טל הייתה שלישית, עם 1.5. הגעתי למקום הרביעי עם נקודה אחת וסופי אחרונה בלי שום נקודות.

Some Hebrew just a little wonk.

Science CoSpaces Ecosystems

I decided to choose the sahara desert to work on for my ecosystem. I had to retry 4 times. First, I picked a different desert, and didn’t like it. Then, with another desert there was not enough reliable information. Then, I chose the Sahara, but I restarted, as I didn’t like my format. Here are my 2 attempts. First is the fixed one.

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1hZV-kIFydP84vxDSPkpmUfwkh-7AYReeM8a3T87pZbk/edit?usp=sharing

I did a ton of research with a credits page at the end. I recommend you check out the sources. Very well done. (Of course.)

The link to my CoSpaces Merge Cube is here. (It might not work, the school has it set up on a pro account, so you may need to log in.)

https://edu.cospaces.io/Studio/Space/a2rEp4FqAmLoUuJk

In this assignment we had to create and liven up a CoSpaces Merge Cube (which works in AR too [augmented reality {virtual stuff in the real world}] through the Merge Cube). The types of things we put in our Merge Cubes were about our ecosystem, and we got to choose 2/6 special sides/slides. (All sides of the Merge Cube are reflected in my slideshow.)

We were working on proficiency with CoSpaces, and researching. I learned mostly how to filter reliable and unreliable information.

If I were to improve upon this project, I would add more coding, and maybe make it a little more free. Also I would use the multiple spaces thing as an option. Many people used it, and I found it really cool. Check out theirs.

Here’s a video of me showing off my cube:
(Coming soon.)

COVIDcation poem

Prompt. 

I bolded important things, and have italics to show literary devices.

For the fun, and the good, 

And the nice smelling wood, 

And the excitement of getting a dog.

The connect 4 I won,

And a good cinnamon bun,

And the radio having some songs.

(For once)                                                                                                                 Hyperbole

I still missed my aunt.

And missed Jono’s rants,

About stocks or something like that.

The break was as good

Though misunderstood

And people seemed to hate it.

(Ok, fair)

I did find it fun, 

Just not a whole ton,

So, I guess that I agree

Now, I imagined it so

Therefore, change was low, 

And I expected all that did be(?)

(Not all)

Though there were 2 things then,

And using a pen, 

I played “Adventure” with Noah.

Other than that,

The old man who’s fat,

Was at the game boards center.

(Monopoly)

But I haven’t said

I’m writing in bed

As with COVID it’s simple to us.

I hope this makes sense

I ate cake, quite dense, 

And also enjoyed some lemon squares.

(They were good)

I played D&D

And I chose to be

A grumpy old little someone.

I don’t quite know why 

The name was then “hi”

Or something as friendly as that.

I think it had “sun”

Or I don’t know, gum?

But I sure still found it quite funny. 

(T’was Sunny)

As for activities

In the festivities

We hiked nearly 12 times a day.                                                                           Hyperbole

We went with our friends,

We went around bends

And the kids got the birds to like us.

(I think)

We lured’em with feed,

And they then decreed

That we were quite good, and friendly.                                                      Personification

Now goals for this year

T’was proving quite clear,

There were not quite as many

(Or any)

We saw many wishes,

And cleaned lots of dishes,

But mostly we just hoped for us

We hoped for vaccines, 

While eating our beans, 

And sadly we stared at our greens.

(But vaccines?)

We wished and we hoped, 

And laughed and we joked

But COVID is still in this world.

As for how we stayed sane, 

Stayed in the right lane

How are you certain we did?                                                                    Foreshadowing

 

Pattern: AAB 

  CCD “”

  EFF

  GGH “”

I am having a rhyme then a synchronous pattern, with every 2 verses having a sentence. This was quite hard, and I tried to make it understandable, but if you don’t get it, sorry. By the way, I use slightly older english, with a bit of “slang” to make words fit better. Also, if it fit better, sometimes the pattern goes a little astray. I also put a little word thing beside literary devices and things.

 

If you noticed, I don’t have the post prompt anywhere, nor answers. That is purposeful.

Ecosystems: Biosphere

This assignment was to create a mini biosphere. We got a mason jar, and added all the necessary things needed to keep it living forever. (It didn’t.) We needed at least 1 biotic and 1 abiotic (living and non-living, respectively) to put in said mason jar. We needed to make a video to explain all the necessary steps to make such a biosphere, as well as instructions. (Steps, as well as the materials needed.)

We created… a mini biosphere, a recipe, a blog post, a video, in my case some audio.

We worked on critical thinking, research, how to look for things, and little other bits, like making a video, and time management.

I learned If you give an Ezra a plant, a jar, dirt, and various other things, he will kill said plant, dirt, and various other things. More legitimately, I learned keeping plants alive is hard, requires much research (which I didn’t do enough of), and can be unfun at times. I learned videos are hard to make, audio sucks if it’s by me, and you cringe at your own videos. I learned how to make okay recipes, and excellent… I don’t know. Excellent compost? Sure. I learned that and much more.

I could improve this assignment in so many ways: not killing the plant, making the recipe better, and simpler, making a better video, having proper time management, etc. Also, finding proper software. And so on. Sorry, I kinda messed up on this one.

So, my audio is seperate from my video because the software I used broke. A little. You might have to mess with the timings and stuff to get them synched up. Sorry. More explanation: There was a problem and the audio and video don’t go together. Here’s the audio. You have to do some funny loading and timing stuff to get it to work. Sorry. Also, it’s kind of quiet.

Blog Post Assignment

OJCS Set The Scene

In this assignment we had to describe OJCS for a filming crew. We described the actual school itself, the daily routine, and made especially sure that we included the 5 major senses in detail – smell, sight, touch, taste, sound – during the daily lives of the students at OJCS. We wrote 2 paragraphs. But, we had to write it how we saw OJCS, which I think is important to note. Then we edit our work.

I created 3 paragraphs of semi-detailed work.

We were working on descriptive writing, as well as practicing writing in general. Also, I feel like the teachers were probably wanting to see what us newish kids thought of the school.

I learned how little of the actual school I’ve seen. And how much the 5 senses add to detail.

I personally think this was some of my very good work, so I don’t think I can improve it.

OJCS Scene

What you can generally expect as soon as you come near the back entrance is a crush of people all trying to get in.  The students are making a lot of noise by screaming, and teachers are telling us to be careful because of COVID. Then, you go upstairs and there are about six classrooms. This floor smells slightly of books that are kind of old, mixed with the tiniest bit of mild fart, and the dash of outside air if you’re near the window. OJCS tastes like bricks and pint probably, but I don’t know why you want to know that. The hallway is filled with a bunch of lockers that contain bright, inspiring posters everywhere. The grade 7 main class is a grid of surprisingly smooth desks, with some smart boards and posters on the walls. At the front of the class is the big wooden teacher’s desk, and at the back of the class are some bookshelves. 

If you go down to the basement for science or French, there is a maze of sorts that has some ice brick walls that were painted over, leaving the wall feeling smooth and bumpy, and smelling very slightly like paint. In the maze, there are all sorts of rooms and offices, with varying amounts of colour and cheerfulness. At the end of the maze, you find the science room. The science room is a big room with only 3 walls, a lot of tables, nice squishy chairs, a giant TV for learning, and a 3d printer. In the next room down there’s the french extended classroom. It’s similar to the main grade 7 classroom but has better seating. You, the movie person, are only allowed in those spots because people still have to learn (and that’s all I’ve ever seen.)

Now for what happens there; you need to know this to make the movie feel real. First period there is general studies, which is basically English. Sometimes someone will be on a Google Meet, and they will be up on the screen. Often we will find a simple prompt up on the board, and then we will open our computers and write, similarly to how I am doing so now. Similar things happen in other subjects. Gym is outside, and we bring our food. Then comes gym and lunch. After gym, we eat. After a pretty long 3 periods, it’s so nice to taste lunch. And, the food gives us energy for more school. Then we have French. Some people in extended bring their stuff outside, then go straight downstairs for french after snack. Personally, I go upstairs then bring my stuff down. Similar things happen for science if it’s after lunch. Speaking of lunch, we bring our food outside then eat, and have recess. We get to be in a tiny field, or on a tiny basketball court. But, that isn’t their fault. COVID just messes everything up. At the end of the day, we go home after waiting outside for our parents, or we walk home. (It depends on the day.)

Blog Post Assignment

Jewish Values

Here are my slides for my Jewish Values presentation: Jewish Values Presentation

Here is my script: Jewish Values Script

Describing the assignment: The assignment was to find the 5 most important Jewish Values out of 60ish, then try to prove why. We did this by creating a multitude (in my case) of slides, that stated a Jewish text it came from, (I.e. where in Judaism we found it), why it is important to us, why it’s important in everyday life, and what to do or how (in some cases). Assignment links;

Assignment Questions.

Project. (Which contains many, many links within.)

I created the slide presentation, as well as a script, though I could have memorized the lines, or had small cards.

We were working on persuasive writing (slightly), because we were trying to prove our value was the best of them. We were working on general writing. We worked on understanding and comprehension, especially about Judaism, and some other little skills.

I learned that inspirational quotes from Albert Einstein are more common than Jewish quotes. Really, though, I learned how so many things tie in together, and how us humans have evolved to be kinder, and better people. (In most ways. Not environmentally, as you will see, if you read my slides and script.)

I could improve my assignment by memorizing my script, and therefore looking at the audience more. I could also spend some time on designs, not just colours, for my presentation. Maybe also add more pictures, and gesture more.

Blog Post Assignment