Edublogs Challenge Week 5 Activity 1 By Matt

Today, I watched a video about copyright. Some things I learned were …

You cannot just use a photo off the internet because there could be a copyright licenseon it, that means that you can either (when it is copyright) find the license where you have to give attribution to the creator, or the license where you can not use the photo or video! You can use creative commons to find photos or videos that you can use but you have to give attribution to it’s creator.


Sobia- My Town

The Hudson Valley has so many places to go and see including the Hudson Walkway  over the Hudson River, the Galleria Mall (which is a mall in Poughkeepsie,) and so many more places. One of my favorite places to go to is one of the restaurants called Red Lobster because it has great food even though I don’t eat the Lobster because there is still mac and cheese and their bread which is famous in my family. Also I love to see the lobsters that they have in the tank when you walk into the restaurant. Another place I like to go to is the Hudson Walkway because I like to ride my bike there with my family which I do sometimes. The Hudson Valley is a really nice place to go and I love living there.


Nature’s Classroom by Ben

Nature’s Classroom Blog Post

Nature’s Classroom was very fun. One of my favorite parts was field group. Field group was when we would split up into assigned groups and hike, look for animals, rock climb and much much more. This period was usually between breakfast and lunch and was about a hour but on special days sometimes longer. Field group was definitely the highlight of the trip for me.

I had a bunch of friends in the group so I wasn’t lonely. The first day we got to know our field group and it’s leader. Our field group leader was Rustache (his real name was Russel…I think). He was very funny and nice. He’s the kinda guy you would see on one of those hardcore survival shows. He pretty much knows every little thing you could know about nature. Anyway, the first day all we did was go hiking. As we walked he would point out interesting things like multicolored moss and pine needles that turn your spit green.

The second day we had a little more time. Most of our group wanted to go to the farm but before we went to the farm we had to partake in a variety of different challenges that took mental and physical strength. We flew through the first challenge which was to swing across a rope onto a small platform. The second challenge was a little harder. We had to get through a giant spider web (Wire put together) but when ever someone touched the string we would all lose. To make things even harder the holes would close after someone would pass through. We finally realized if someone stuck a hand through the web we could all take turns going through without it closing. We went to the farm and we had lots of fun with the animals.

The third day was the most fun. We went to the beach. Not to swim but to climb rocks and look at nature. We saw a seal that was very cute. No one was allowed to go to close to it because it would get scared. After that we walked down the shoreline finding shells of various sizes. We also found a little crevice and hid in it. As we hiked our path was blocked off by a field of rocks ranging from 4 to 10ft. We started to climb. We got lots of cool pictures of us on top of HUGE rocks.

We were done climbing within 1-2 hours. We decided to go to a miniature zoo. It was only one building but it had lots of fascinating cool creatures in it. The complex even had a touch tank were you could touch various sea creatures. That was one of my favorite days field group wise.

The next day the last was not so exiting. All we did in field group was go to Roller Coaster island which was a island with a roller coaster. We had a great time at Nature’s Classroom and I was disappointed we had to leave early.

My Sunday By Deanna

On Sunday, I got up and then got ready to go to Sunday school. We planned for our speech competition and what topic we were going to do for a topic. We ended up picking the topic. We ended up picking the topic, The Major and Minor signs of the Day of Judgment. My Sunday school teacher is a really close family friend. Her daughter is my best friend we are a year apart but I skipped a grade in Sunday school so every year we are in the same class. Then we talked about a protest that’s on Saturday and who is going and not. We had lunch/recess at twelve for lunch and we had Nachos with cheese or meat sauce. We went back to class and read a religious story. Then the women and girls went upstairs and the men and boys went downstairs to pray.

After Sunday school was over we had a green club meeting. We talked about a fund raiser for our Sunday school and another one for Japan. Our fund raiser is on family night, which is every Friday. This Friday we are making falafel sandwiches and have a bake sale as we need to raise about four hundred dollars. The other fundraiser is for the March of Dimes so we need to make enough money for the T shirts that are going to be purple with black writing.

After Sunday school and the green club meeting we went and got pizza. Then we went to Zena’s aunt’s house. After we ate the pizza Zena, her older brother Omar and I went outside and went to the laundry room and sat in the laundry carts. Omar pushed  Zena and I in the laundry until we got dizzy. I went in by myself and then Zena did. After Zena got spun around in the laundry cart she flew into a table and hurt her elbow. After that we left the laundry room and Zena’s older brother Omar jumped over a huge bush and landed it perfectly without a scratch. Then we left Zena’s aunts house and they dropped me off to my house.

After that, a few of Zena, her family and a few of my cousins came and I had to finish my science home work and then we talked and took pictures then more cousins came and we played capture the chicken. Capture the chicken is capture the flag but with a little twist, instead of a flag you use a soccer ball or a stuffed animal. We kept switching teams but it was fun. I would advise you to not play with my cousins because they are kind of rough. Whenever we play we play in the playroom and we closed the door so the parents wouldn’t hear us Someone always ends up getting hurt when we play because we play with seventeen years old to eight year old kids. When we play we are really loud.
Now it was eleven o’clock and everyone was still here so we ate dessert. Zena’s mom came in the room and told us that we were supposed to eat two hours ago. So we had to hurry up and eat so they could leave.

When they left it was about twelve o’clock and we had to clean up. A few of my first cousins stayed a little longer and helped me clean up. After we finished cleaning we talked about how we somehow got hurt but it was a great day.

A trip to the Hospital by Charlie

While the rest of the kids in middle school were at Nature’s Classroom, I was in the hospital waiting for news of my grandma who had fainted at a funeral. Let me start at the beginning….It was 8:00 P.M. on a Sunday when the phone rang with alarming news. My grandmother had just fainted while at a funeral! My mom (Meme) quickly gathered my sister and I in the car with my other mom and we drove off to the Kingston Hospital. I was really nervous and SCARED! I didn’t know if my grandmother was even conscious. We finally arrived at the Kingston Hospital and my mom told my other mom to drop her off while my other mom parked the car. We parked close to the building and ran into the hospital.

Inside the hospital I spotted my cousin Kayla, her boy friend Jeremy, my aunt Betty and her husband Roy. My mom had gone inside the emergency room, so I didn’t expect to see her. My sister was about ready to pass out as well because it was around 8:40; the time when she is usually in bed. I saw my cousin Kayla cry and I felt like crying as well. Then I heard good news. My grandmother was conscious.

I really wanted to go see her, but I couldn’t because there was a limit of only one person in the emergency room at a time. My mom and my aunt Mary were in the emergency room, so it was over the limit. My mom came out of the emergency room with my aunt and told me that my grandmother was OK, but it looked like she might have to stay there another night; little did we know that it was going to more than that.

I really wanted to see my grandma so I convinced my mom and sister to come with me. When I saw my grandmother she looked really tired and stressed because she had come from a peaceful funeral and the next thing she knew she was in a hospital bed. She greeted my sister and I and said she would be OK. It was around 11:00 now and it was way past my sisters bedtime. My aunts and moms suggested that my grandma get some rest. But it was hard for her. I think that our chattering kept her awake.

My cousin Kayla and her boy friend stopped by a few times to check in on things. Then a nurse came in and confirmed that my grandma would indeed have to stay for another night…maybe even two! Afterword – Meme and I would have to stop by the hospital for two more days till my grandma was free to go home.

Florida By Joe P.

Instead of going on the Nature’s Classroom trip, I went to Florida to visit my grandma and hang out…..

The clock said 4:30 AM an hour before I was about to leave. I was heading off to Florida for a week! I woke up to the shower running which meant my dad was in there. I scurried downstairs and ate while watching Sportscenter. After 30 minutes passed my mom woke up and came went downstairs to give me my medicine for the plane. Another 30 minutes passed and I was off headed to Stewart airport. We got there and I said goodbye to my mom. Then we checked into the airport along with our bags. Moments later I was headed on to the plane. We sat in the upgraded seats so it was very comfy. I had two flights to take. I was on the flight to Atlanta and then we had a lay over for about two hours. After that we were headed to West Palm beach. It took us about 4 hours to get to West Palm. When we got there my dad and I got out of the plane and went to the pick up zone where are bags were. We picked them up and then waited for my Uncle to pick us up. My uncle finally came and then we got into his car.

When we were driving I looked outside my window. It was sunny and there were palm trees all around. The roads were very open and they were almost white. Nice cars kept on passing us like Lamborghini’s and Ferrari’s and lots more. When we got to the development that my grandma lived in, I almost flipped out on how nice it was. There was beautiful scenery and huge houses. When we got to my Grandma’s street my dad told me that she had the nicest house and trust me, it was nice. More important is that I was so happy to see my grandma. I call my grandma Baba. After we said hello we got are luggage and unpacked. After we got cozy we went to the pool. The pool was so nice and warm and very refreshing. I was so happy to be in Florida!!!

After swimming we came home and went out for dinner. The dinner was Italian and Italian is one of my main dishes so I loved it. After dinner I was very tired so I went to bed. The very next day my dad and I played golf.

I first have to say that my dad and I are golf fanatics and we love the sport so all week we played golf. We wound up playing 8 rounds of golf and my dad and I played very well. My best game was when I shot a 44 on the front and on the back I shot a 47 so I was very proud of myself. We played a couple of different golf courses; Westchester course, Palm Air, Palm Beach National, Boyton Municipal I think, and I can’t remember the other one. After playing golf for 7 days straight my muscles got tight and I got really tired. That’s what happened to me but golf is addicting so au never want to stop. That is one of the activities I did this week.

Something bad happened to me during this vacation though…

I got a rash from being in the sun too much. It was really itchy and it was all over my body. My dad and my grandma thought it was prickly heat and so they got me Benedryl and aloe. After a few days it went away and I was happy but it was really itchy for those days. Throughout my vacation I golfed and swam and ate and just relaxed. Although I did something that was very cool. I went to a boat show…

In the boat show there were really nice Yachts and speedboats. It was really cool to go inside the big Yachts and look around. They were like small houses. My dad and I found a really nice Yacht that we were looking to buy for the Hudson River and other places. I am really happy. We also looked at some speedboats which was very cool. I have a speed boat at my lake just like them..

On Sunday morning I woke up and turned the television on and watched sports. After that I started to pack as this was the morning of when we were leaving. After I was done packing I cam into the kitchen and ate. The biscuits were warm and toasty and they were so good. After I ate I put my luggage into the car andmy dad and my grandma and I drove to the airport. I was so sad and disappointed to leave but I was excited to see my friends and family. When we got to the airport I said goodbye to my grandma and checked in. An hour or so passed and then the next thing I know I’m on the plane to Atlanta and then to New york…. This was a fun trip!! :)

Company B Auditions By Stella

Last week I had an audition for the Company B in my Irish Step group. Company B is the junior performance group for the Solas an lae Irish step company. I have been doing Irish step since last summer and I am absolutely addicted to it.

I was so nervous on the day of the audition. I woke up at about 7:30 and I had to find a way to make my hair stay in a high pony tail. Finally I got it to stay using hairspray and a ton of hair pins. Then I tried to eat breakfast, but I was having trouble because I was so nervous and excited. Then my mom drove me to the dance studio. Once I got inside I saw my friend who was also auditioning. Seeing my friend eased my nerves a little bit, but I was having trouble doing the warm ups because I couldn’t feel my legs. My friend is already in Company B, but you have to re-audition every year. As the audition went on I got more nervous by the second.

Next we started doing drills across the floor. That is one of my favorite things to do, so I had a lot of fun during that part of the audition. We did cut-two-threes and overs. Cut-two-threes and overs are classic Irish step moves.  Then we did prances and grapevines across the floor.

In Irish step it is really important to be to get really good lift on your jumps. So the company directors asked us to show them what we could bring to the company for height. I did cut-two-threes because they are one of my strongest moves. Then they wanted to see our “steps”. Steps are small fast routines that are done across the floor. I was doing the bridges step. It was really embarrassing because I had to do the step by myself with everyone watching. The worst part was that I messed up the beginning of the step and had to start over.

After the drills and steps we started doing some choreography. I had some trouble with that because I had never done or seen any of the moves that we were expected to do. Also we only got to go over it three times and then we had to do the choreography to fast music.

Then the audition was over. I went outside and got into the car, worried that because I didn’t know the choreography I wouldn’t get in. Then a couple of days later I got a letter in the mail, saying that I was accepted into Company B. I was thrilled. My mom and I were jumping all around my house because we were so excited. This weekend I had my first rehearsal and I loved it!

Ramapo by Ben

Dear Sam

Thank you for bringing me on the wonderful adventure of Ramapo. My name is Ben. It was my second time there and we did some new things and old things. I loved all the group exercises we did in the start, especially the jump rope game. I liked it because you had to use your Brain and your speed. It was hard to figure out the pattern but after some testing we were able to figure it out.

The low ropes were also very fun. They were the same ones I did last time but they were still as challenging as ever. The hardest part was balancing because we knew the pattern already. I also liked the little twist you put in by giving us leaves which we had to give to you if we wanted to place a log on the stump.

My favorite part of the field trip was the high ropes. My group consisted of Joe, Clay and me. The most challenging part about it was we had to go first! I think we did pretty well. All of us got onto the fifth ledge. Overall it was an amazing experience. Thank you.

From, Ben

The New Lunch at P.D.S

At P.D.S there is a new lunch program. Every day at lunch we have different food. I think lunch is not the best food but not the worst. I have tried the food a few times but I prefer to bring my own food from home. I am hoping that as the year goes on it will get better. I would suggest that we have sandwiches with meat and salad.


I really like blogging! This is my first year working with blogs. I liked posting our scary stories and writing and posting about our new lunch program. It’s really cool that people from all over the world can read what I’ve been writing about. It’s also fun reading other peoples writing.
I have never commented on someones blogs before humanities this year. I thought it was really fun being able to see different schools from different parts of the world. A lot of the places are really similar to our town. Overall I think blogging is a lot of fun!