The Day I Fell In love – Free Choice – Fiona

It was a nice summer day and I had been thinking about my 2 sweet old dogs. I decided I wanted the responsibility to raise a puppy and take care of it. I had been asking my mom since I was six but I thought that it was my eleventh birthday soon and I was ready.

I had been researching rescue puppies. My eyes came across one though, a brown and black bloodhound mutt with giant paws the size of my hand. He was 8 weeks old and looked sweet. But the problem was, I did not know where he was. The day had come, I went to the Beacon Rescue Shelter to look for puppies. I looked and looked but I couldn’t find the one my heart desired. It had been 25 minutes of looking and my mom came up to me and said she found him. She found the puppy that I loved so deeply. I rushed over to him and I knew he was perfect for me. The only problem was, he had a sister and they were together their whole lives. We couldn’t just separate them..  As we drove back with brother and sister bloodhounds, I was hugging my dog tight and kissing him all over. We were his new home. I took a while to think of a perfect name, but I did, Ozzie. (But Zooey for short)

Now it has been almost a year and my puppy and his sister are doing great. They have gotten bigger and love us as much as we love them. I love him more than anything in the world and would do anything for that dog.




Ozzie 9 months                                  Ozzie 8 weeks -Pictures by Me

Kittens By Aidan

IMG_1235On May 7th, I will be getting two kittens. One of the kittens is a tuxedo cat. They call the breed tuxedo because they look like they are wearing a tuxedo. The other kitten is mixed. He is a domestic long hair. The tuxedo is a domestic short hair. They are both brothers.


Tuxedo cats look like they are wearing a tuxedo because they are black with white paws, white nose, and white chest area. The other cat is white with dark grey spots and dark grey tail. Their mom is white with black spots.
Once I get these cats I will have 5 cats. They will be the 7th and 8th cats I have had. I have still not decided on names but for right now I call them “Tuxedo Cat” and “White Cat With Spots”. The mother’s name is CJ. The kittens have three sisters.

Fencing By Fiona

My Passion

 I have many passions but this is one I love overall. I have been studying fencing for about 3 years now. I have always loved the Idea of sword fighting and since I was 8 I got to live my dream. Fencing is more difficult than you would think. It involves skill, strategy, patience and balance. Why do I like it you ask, well, I love fencing because I love sports, I love skill/strategy games and I LOVE swords!!! So basically fencing is the sport for me.

 I fence at Phoenix academy in Poughkeepsie NY. The teachers are great and we get to do workouts/obstacle courses in the beginning. So if you are maybe just a little bit interested, I would recommend going for it. I was nervous to start but now, it is my favorite sport. So whatever your passion is, carry on with it. Because when you are older, you might regret quitting!


Kleibrink (GER) v Imboden (USA) DSC_1937 Plashing Vole via Compfight

Week #4 By Josie

Week #4

5 Ways To Make A Positive Digital Footprint
Anneli Charlotte Sonia – Digital Footprint
Dos and Don’ts When Using Social Media

The links above are links to videos about digital footprints. I know a lot of people don’t know what a digital footprint is so if you are one of those people, here is some information. Basically a digital footprint is what you do on line and what you leave behind about you and other people. I think that a lot of people don’t understand about digital footprints. You can’t just put something online and if you don’t want it there later just delete it, because even if you do, it is never really gone. So if you are going to make a digital foot print make it good. I choose these videos because I think they teach you a lot about digital footprints without making it boring. So those are some of the reasons that I choose those videos but most of all I think they wrap up everything you need to know about digital footprints in one video.

Summer-By Anna

This summer I went to camp hillcroft. I have been going to camp hillcroft for seven years. I really enjoyed seeing all my friends and going to really fun activities. One of my favorite activities was climb. At climb I went on a huge zip line and it was really scary but really fun. I had alot of fun with my best friends Kayla, Bella and Alexa.

I also went to six flags with my friend Jane and it was fun but we did not get to go on a lot of rides because it was packed. The car ride there was really long but Jane and I managed to entertain ourselves. We got to go on a really big wooden roller coaster called the thunderbolt and it was really fun Because Jane and I freaked out for no reason.

I really enjoyed going to atlantic beach north Carolina. I went with my best friend Mariah and my parents. The car ride was twelve hours and we watched a lot of movies and listened to music. I was very bored and when we got there I was half asleep, it was one in the morning. While we were there we went to a really cool aquarium. At the aquarium I played rock paper scissors with a scuba diver that was cleaning the huge fish tank. We also went to a restaurant called Surf-ari and it was really good I ordered mahi-mahi which is the fish of the island. It was so rich with yummy flavor.

When I went to the Dutchess County Fair I went with my friend Mariah we went on a ride called the zipper. The zipper/cage is an upside down ferris wheel but its a straight line not a circle. When you get to the top you do a really fast, scary flip. While I was there I ran into my friends Sally and Jane.

Summer -By Jane

This August I went on a plane to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. We visited my aunt that lives in Miami and she drove us to the port where the cruise ship “The Allure Of The Seas” with my Mom, Brother, and our friend Kristin. We boarded on the ship and it was super big! The ocean water was this beautiful turquoise water, so it was super awesome to look over and see the sea, (hoping to not fall overboard!). It’s supposed to be the biggest cruise ship in the world! There was 6,000 people on the boat! On it, there was a lot of fun things to do. There was exciting things like ziplining, iceskating, a carousel, and there was these ride-type things called Flo Rider. One of them was a boogie boarding one and the other was a surfing one. Basically there was jets shooting water at you and you were on these boards either boogie boarding or surfing. There was many pools and games on the pool deck, there was also a boardwalk that had a bunch of stores! One of the decks had something called Royal Promenade on it. There was stores, places to eat and a lot of parties and events were held there. We had dinner every night in different restaurants on the ship. The food was delicious!  All of us were on the ship for seven days so there was so much more things to do.

Our first stop, was a private island that the cruise line Royal Caribbean owned. Allure Of The Seas is a Royal Caribbean ship. My aunt works for Royal Caribbean. The island was in Haiti, and it’s called Labadee. We went on water slides, and to a water park there. The water was so warm! After that, we went to Ocho Rios, Jamaica. We were on a bus to take us to a beach, and the whole idea of that seemed awesome to us..until we found out that the bus ride was 2 hours there and two hours back! On the bus ride, I was looking out the window part of the time and from what I saw, that part of Jamaica was pretty poor.

The water was even clearer and warmer than in Haiti! Our last stop was Cozumel, Mexico. There, we went snorkling. There was lots of extraordinary fish, and it was so colorful! We even saw a big shipwreck! It was such an amazing experience!

All the seven days I was there, I never wanted to leave! On the last day, we arrived back in Florida. We all packed our things and boarded off the ship, and went to my Aunts house. She drove us to the airport and we got on the plane back to New York. I’ll never forget how much fun I had!

Summer – By Audrey

I had a very good summer between my fifth and sixth grade year, but one of the highlights of my vacation was a week and a half road trip I went on. It was at the end of July, and my sister had gone off to music camp in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, the place where my family used to live. My mom, my dad, and I, were going to meet her up there to see her performance.

We set off in a car on a Wednesday, and boy, did the car trip tire me out! Our first stop was in Sandusky, Ohio, where we would spend the night so we didn’t have to drive too much in one day. But the next day, we weren’t going to drive again. We were staying very close to an amusement park, Cedar Point, and since I love amusement parks, we decided to stay an extra day so I could go with my dad and ride roller coasters. We spent the entire day there, where we rode eight of the seventeen different roller coasters they had. At seven, my mom picked us up and we went back to the hotel. Even though I had been ecstatic to ride them all day, at the end I was exhausted, even more than I was after the car trip. The next morning we got up and hit the road to Michigan.

We got to Michigan at about eight in the evening, which meant I spent about twelve hours in the car, more than ever before. We were staying with an old friend of my mom’s, where we would do things such as swim in the lake and roast marshmallows. The next day was my sister’s music performance, so in the evening we all drove out to the theater to watch. It was amazing, like no other concert seen before. We got home very late, so we all went to bed right afterward. We spent the next day relaxing there, right before a long drive.

We left on our fourth day in Michigan to get to Minnesota, where we would drop my sister off at another camp, this one a Japanese camp. We went through orientation and said goodbye to her. After doing that, we drove for another four hours to a hotel in Wisconsin, where we would stay for the night. The next morning we were in such a hurry to leave, that when we left we accidentally forgot my suitcase full of clothes. It was such an odd surprise when we found out two hours later, when they decided to call. We had to stop in the middle of the trip and buy me all new ones, because most of my other clothes were somewhere in Eau Claire. Afterward, we drove to Chicago and I spent two nights with one of my old friends. We spent the time playing four square, watching movies, and writing together on the couch. I hadn’t seen her in six or seven months, so getting to spend two nights with her made me overjoyed. It was sad to leave the morning after our second sleepover, but after many hugs I had to say goodbye for real.

I watched Chicago disappear as we started to drive to one of our last stops, Ohio again. We weren’t going to do anything special on that trip, just sleep the night in a hotel and leave the next day. That’s exactly what we did, and the next morning we got up, packed our stuff, and drove back to New York. I had a great trip, but after a week of excitement  I was happy to be home.

This Is Africa – by Sarah

Have you ever taken a trip overseas? When I was five, my family took a trip to Africa. We went to South Africa and Zimbabwe. First, I should explain why we were going to Africa. At the time (2008) Zimbabwe was  a very dangerous place. We went to visit family friends of ours. They were there because their dad Jim was working  to help put Zimbabwe in a better position. My dad is good friends with their dad. They were there for a year. I was and still am best friends with the daughter Muriel and my sister was really good friend with her older sister Sadie, although they have grown apart over the years. Their mom’s name is Amy and she is very close to my mom. We flew from New York City to London for a plane change. Then finally to Cape Town South Africa.

Jim picked us up from the airport. We got into the car. At the first stop light we stopped with a red light. When we stopped, a young child came to our car window. He asked for food or money. This is the only way those kids families can make money and if we gave them food that might be all they have to eat all day for them and their families. This happened at almost every stop light. That’s another thing about South Africa and Zimbabwe, most people just run right through the stop lights because you never know whether or not that light has been red for 10 seconds or 10 years.

 Picture by me.

When we got to Zimbabwe aour friend came to get us. They drove us to their house in Zimbabwe. The house had three gates. Those were all for protection of us and the house. So many amazing things and people  live in Africa. Maybe I will go back some time?


Nepal – Julian

 I thought that Connor before he went to Nepal, did not like kids but after about 5 days there he started to enjoy them. My thoughts are that he’s not an author but he’s someone who cares for poor countries that are poor and need help. He is an amazing man and now loves kids. He has an organization called Next Generation Nepal.
It’s a great organization that helps the kids of Nepal and might stretch out to any other poor countries.

Halloween By Charlotte


When I heard about how bad Hurricane Sandy was going to be, my hopes for Halloween were not high. My mom said if it was too bad she would do a Halloween in our house. She said that my sisters and I could knock on all of the doors in the house and she would be behind them opening the doors and giving us candy. But not every door she would give us candy. Sometimes my mom would do a trick to us instead of a treat. At the end of the Hurricane it wasn’t bad where I was and I ended up going trick or treating normally, outside, on Halloween.