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Here at CMMS we each have a partner at a montessori school in Puerto Rico. We have been writing letters back and forth and a couple of our students have skyped with them. We have shared information on what we do in our day to day school life and our outdoor activities, so this is a summary of a few of each of out schools do.
Our garden is currently dormant but as soon as it gets a little bit warmer, we plan to plant beets, lettuce, and kale to sell or use for our group lunches. We also intend to plant sweet peas to make our garden colorful and lively. At Casa de NiÃ±oâ€™s they also have a garden but theirs is more for decorative trees and plant than food. They also said they might plant patchouli and peas. AngÃ©lica, my partner, really enjoys having class under one of their flamboyan trees.
After they finish up a couple of other projects, they have talked about going to a seÃ±or home. They would probably go once a week, there they would hang out with the seÃ±ors. They also periodically go to a local beach to pick up litter. Here in Bham we have been working on two different service projects; one at lake Padden and one at Connelly Creek. At both restoration areas we are removing non-natives and prepping to plant natives.
In the next couple of months the students at Casa de NiÃ±os are building a chicken coop for chickens that they would use to make a small profit from selling eggs.Â We also have chickens that we make a small profit from. Our chicken coop is falling apart in places but next year we will be rebuilding it in our new location.
I have enjoyed this connection between our two schools and seeing the simalarities and differences. Being outside, restoring the land, and harvesting from it is something I think is a great subject to be included in school, so this has been really educational and lots of fun!
Should students be allowed cell phone at school? It is a controversial topic but my view is that yes, cell phones should be permitted at school because of possible needs for one before and after school, though not during school. The following explains my reasons for supporting something a lot of schools donâ€™t authorize.
Some middle schoolers travel to and from school alone by city busses, by biking and walking. A cell phone can and frequently does provide an easy way to communicate with your parents or others that affect your day-to-day life. If youâ€™re hurt, you need help or to inform them of you plans and when youâ€™ll be home.
Most cell phones these days have the capability of having games and other distracting apps on them that wouldnâ€™t be appropriate during school hours. My opinion is that the only time cells should be out is lunch, but unless they have a particular reason they should not be out. I try to mainly use my phone as a communication device.
If you have a cell phone it doesnâ€™t mean that you have to use it at every moment, but it offers a way to connect with almost anybody at almost any time.Â I didnâ€™t have a cell phone until two months ago so I learned to cope without one but in the last two months I have learned how helpful one can be. I have been able to tell my parents where I am and if my plans have been altered.
Some people are addicted to their electronics and I donâ€™t believe thatâ€™s healthy during every day life or school life. As long as theyâ€™re not out at inappropriate times, and they wont make any sounds, I believe itâ€™s totally cool to have them at school.
By Ava McIlvaine
CMMS has a great website where students and parents can find out about the work plan, events coming up, and much more. But sometimes I struggle just to find my homework assignment for the night. I think we could fix this inconvenience with a handy dandy search bar.
Search bars are very helpful in the technological world we live in because they can be used as a simple and easy way to access information. Lets say you want to only find the link to the website Mike told you to go to. Youâ€™ve checked everywhere you can on the CMMS website but you just canâ€™t seem to find it. You see the search bar at the top of the page, think ,â€œWell, this is my last hope.â€ And type in 6-1-11 homework. Wait for itâ€¦. Yes! The homework plan (with the website link you wanted), stress free. Just like magic.
If we installed a search bar, I think it would help the website become much more organized and easier to navigate. Why I think this is because you wouldnâ€™t have to scroll through pages, and pages, of old information to find something. Using a search bar, your question is answered at the touch of your fingertips.
With a search bar, it wouldnâ€™t take you ten minutes to find an assingment(or whatever your searching for), it would only take you one. If you wanted to know if Elise had posted the Spanish verbs yet, you could know right away, hassle free.
A searchbar would save you the precious time you could be using on your homework. It is also a convenience someone invented and I think we should use it to our advantage. I do not know how to install a search bar myself, but I believe we can find out.
If I could change the world in as big a way as Iâ€™d like it to be changed, my first thought would be to get rid of humans. To me, human–and our apparent lack of better judgement–seem like one of Mother Natureâ€™s plans gone awry. Unless, as some people think, humans were put on the earth for the sole purpose of destroying it, for one reason or another.
Humans, as a whole, I feel, are greedy, stuck in our sense of complete righteousness, and rarely bothering to use those big brains we pride ourselves on. Despite our incredible ability to think ahead and consider how our actions would affect the future, and despite all the scientists subconsciously gloating about this ability in articles or lectures about â€œlesserâ€ animals, this handy function seems to desert us when we are faced with important decisions. Or rather, we can think ahead without a problem, but that sense of righteousness, the refusal to be wrong, interferes with out better judgement, and the thinking ahead often seems to only benefit the person doing the thinking, and their country, party, or class.
Along with messing up and destroying the earth and the other species on it–and also our atmosphere and surrounding solar system–we have also become very adept at destroying our own kind, though more in mind and soul than in body. Destroying entire civilizations, cities with a single bomb–in a display of power, even–crushing hopes and forcing the belief that â€œweâ€–the ones doing the crushing–are and always will be, right, and you are and always will be wrong.
Unlike other organisms in the world, which are all interconnected in some way or another, humans feel unnecessary to me. I am biased by our mistreatment of those other organisms and of the earth, but though we depend on them for food and other resources, I can see no way that we are helping them, other than â€œfixingâ€ the damage that we have already inflicted. Our species feels like an outsider, a parasite of some sort, and I can see no way in which the disappearance of the human race would have any adverse effects on the rest of the world.
Getting rid of humans would probably be an impossible thing to do, but I believe that if humans no longer existed, the earth would eventually heal. I would in no way be able to put this fantasy into reality, because obviously it would involve killing people in some shape or form. Perhaps it might be a good idea to destroy humanity, but as there is no practical way to do it, hopefully we will somehow manage to turn everything around and save our world and ourselves.
To me, middle school-aged students should not be able to have cell phones, iPods etc. during school hours. It just causes damage to everybody in the long run.
Young adolescents are just gong to use these gadgets for fun purposes. I.e. texting friends in class, listening to lady gaga, or playing video games. These new electronics are not going to help these teenagers brains focus on school- related subjects. When they read, it’s online. When they play games, it’s online. When they write papers, it’s online. These days kids generally live in a world of electronics. Kids need to get away from this sometimes. When they’re in school, “learning,” they are unable to do so, because their phones are buzzing in their pockets and their brains automatically drift to whatever is happening socially. Of course there are exceptions. For example, if they need their phone to call parents or their computer for school work.
Some people use their computers as their organizer and they need it for school. Personally I think that this is exceptional, but paper would be better because they still could be playing solitaire or something. I also think that students should get permission from their parents and their teachers before taking the computer to class.If they absolutely need to have their phones with them, then they need to tell their teachers before hand. Then they should give it to the teacher during class so that they may not have any distractions. Of course, in every school, there will be people who don’t listen.
Even if the school adds a rule that you can’t bring any electronic to school unless you check in with a teacher, I’m sure that there will still be people who break that rule. If/when this happens, the school must decide what they think would be right. It will be different for different schools and so I can’t say what I think is right because it won’t be the same for all.
I believe that adolescents should not be permitted to have any sort of electronics unless said otherwise by a teacher. The children will not be able to focus and that will lead to them not being very smart.
Love and marriage should have no boundaries. Everyone should have a choice. Â This choice should be yours to make and you should not be unable to marry the person you love.
Not allowing same sex couples to be married is like saying to someone who has been married Â for 45 years, that depending on where they move their marriage is invalid. Marriage shouldnâ€™t Â just be a man and a woman. A marriage should be to the person you love most in the world.
The federal government should recognize not just same sex civil unions, but same sex marriages.It was time to do this a long time ago, but just because we didnâ€™t start this sooner does not mean we canâ€™t start this now. To be denied marriage based on the sex of your partner is wrong. It is not only wrong but itâ€™s a form of discriminating and we all have agreed that was bad.
As the population grows so does the want and need for adoption. Because same sex unions are not recognized as a marriage, the couple is unable to adopt a child. Marriage is defined as a union between a man and a woman. A civil union is defined as the legal status that ensures to same-sex couples specified rights and responsibilities of a married couples, but senses they are not married if one of them dies the other one doesnâ€™t get time off. Does that mean same -sex couples are less important? Every body is a human and very important, every union between a women and women, a man and man, or man and a woman should be recognized as a family or a marriage.
Same sex marriages should be recognized by the government of the United States of America. If this is the free land, the land of opportunity, then why do people not feel free to love who they love. This is why the government should support same-sex marriages.
Pretty much every adult in the modern world holds one stereotype or another against the â€œtypical, unfocused, risk-taker adolescentâ€. So it only makes sense that according to this stereotype, middle school-aged children should not be allowed cell phones, or other gadgets such as laptops or cameras in school. But then may I ask, should we really make the assumption that all middle school kids have the same tendency to constantly goof off? The truth is, children in modern public schools are restricted by all the rules and regulations schools are forced to put into play such asÂ strict computer and behavior monitoring, or the three tardies to detention rule. If you ask anyone, the only purpose for rules such as these are to really keep the few kids who do fit the adolescent stereotype in check. However, if you ask me, allowing some electronics in schools such as laptops or iPads may actually help kids with a tendency to goof off become more focussed, and even spark them a new interest in learning.
There are many ways in which I believe the tolerance of laptops or iPads in middle schools could benefit school districts as well as students all across the country. For example, throughout the last year schools all over the United States and just about anywhere else in the world have been experiencing extreme budget-cuts due to the bad state of our economy. Just think of how much money we could save if we sold roughly half the computers currently owned by school districts everywhere, and let the kids whose families could afford it buy their own laptops and bring them to school. With this plan, we may even be able to reduce the amount of money school districts pay each year for electricity and maintenance bills, and as a result plug the money we have gained into many long neglected issues and schools, and possibly even increase teachers pay. With all these reasons backing up this theory, why not just give it a try?
As I stated earlier in my essay, I view the addition of students allowed a laptop at school -a privilege they are already allowed in a different form with desktop computers- a wonderful, beneficial idea. However, I believe along with many other Americans that allowing cell phones, cameras or any other gadgets teenagers use now-a-days in class, would only serve as a distraction and therefore should not be allowed. I believe students would get absorbed in talking to their friends through text, or taking pictures of everyone and everything, and would be heavily distracted and unable to achieve the goals they strive for, or much of anything for that matter. The exact opposite of what laptops or iPads would allow. I believe the iPad serves as a cheeper, more beneficial alternative to a laptop and may even be easier to monitor because of the screens large size and itâ€™s tendency to lay flat on the table. Overall, sometimes just having a computer or laptop in front of you can open up tons of new learning possibilities and even make it more fun to learn overall and stay focussed on your work in school.
Though there are many other things you can do on a computer not related to education, computers are wonderful tools used for research, typing, editing, and many other highly useful things all over the world at work, home, and even on the go. So it only makes sense that kids would be allowed laptops or iPads in school, if it wasnâ€™t for the concern of unmaintained focus. However, there are many ways to keep middle schoolers focused and on topic while on the computer. For a start, strict guidelines should be enforced such as after school detention or a visit to the principal’s office if students are caught aimlessly searching the internet, or playing a game during school hours. There should be a designated area such as the library where only minimal chatter is aloud, and students are closely monitored by one or two librarians. It is my belief that while laptops and iPads are great, portable devices, when used at school, the students should be closely monitored, and devices should not be used in the classroom. Because while we should give our youth freedom, there should also be a limit to that freedom.
As you have heard from my essay, I believe that use of laptops and iPads would benefit and increase studentsâ€™ learning, and while I believe the use of cell phones and cameras not permitted, laptops and iPads are in their own â€œcategoryâ€ so to speak, and studies have shown them to be increasingly helpful to students all over the world, and in all different types of schools used to learn, write, and above all, boost their curiosity. And though this new rule may not work for all, my belief remains very strong that it would definitely work for most.
I have a full and adamant â€œyesâ€ as my stand point on the topic of same sex marriages becoming legal. It is our right as human beings and resident of the United States of America to love and live with whom ever we choose, whether male or female, and to be recognized for it with an open mind from others.
The idea of a marriage between a man and a man or a woman and a woman brings up question in my mind. I do not see what others have against these unions. It may have been their upbringing or maybe it is a religious view. There is a large population of Christians whom see homosexuality as a path toward sin, but then again there are those whom have a true connection to â€œGodâ€ and are homosexual. Many other religions have a stand point on homosexuality as a natural and healthy thing, and it is sometimes encouraged as a form of devotion.
I see no difference in a marriage between two people of the same gender getting married as to that of a marriage between a man and a woman, they are both the union of two people whom love each other. They should receive the same benefits and equal opportunities just as a couple of opposite genders would. Why is it that the law against legal gay or lesbian marriages was created? Would it be that a person is so prejudiced that they create a law in opposition. In a perfect world, in the court or law making offices, there should really only be people whom have no prejudices against anything that had effects on the public.
How would you feel if a person came up to you and said they didnâ€™t like the fact that you had feelings for someone of the opposite gender? Obviously shocked, confused and offended. This is probably how many homosexuals feel when another person berates them verbally about how they feel. Many have become accustomed to this but that isnâ€™t how they should have to live. I wish that we could just all except our differences and love our selves, and each other, for them.
I am just stating my opinion here in these former words and with the intention of you being inspired to question what the reasons are to say yes or no to same sex marriages becoming legal. From my personal stand point there is no reason to even think of saying no to certain people being able to be legally accepted as a married couple. We should keep open minds to everything around us even if we have doubts about the world we live in.
The voting age should never be lowered to thirteen. Our government balance between Democrats and Republicans would never change. This would mean that the party in power would gradually become more important that the other group, and the latter would sink into a powerless nonexistence.
Thirteen year olds would be unable to vote apart form their parents. As a middle-school student, I know that it is nearly impossible for an adolescent to have a political view apart from that of their parentsâ€™. With their political ideas and opinions influencing us every day, it is certain that when, if the voting age was lowered, we cast our votes; our ballots would simply be a mirror of theirs. Even after a person turned 18 and left home to go to college, they would be so blinded by their parentsâ€™ views that as an adult they would be just as unable to form their own opinions as they were when they were a teenager. This means that generation after generation of American adolescents would be voting under the pressure of their parents, and the same political party would remain in power as when their parents had voted. Whichever party was in charge would eventually become the only party ever to be in charge, making them the â€œmore important partyâ€. Whichever wasnâ€™t in power would slip into oblivion of unimportance.
Even if the most rebellious teens could free themselves from their parents political views, theyâ€™d still vote because of pressure. This time, instead of parental pressure, it would be peer pressure. Teens would simply vote along with their friends, and make terrible decisions on who to vote for because a lack of any actual research. Perhaps in time, an â€œAdolescent Partyâ€ who surface, and this party would vote based on which contestant had the funniest ad campaign, and not who has a genuine interest in taking care of our country. For example, it is no lie that everyone loves the â€œOld Spiceâ€ guy, but in reality, a man who makes his living riding on horses backwards and saying â€œSmell like a man, man.â€ In Super Bowl commercials would make an awful president. America needs a person who is responsible and makes good decisions, not someone who makes you laugh.
Some people might argue that voting at an earlier age would give you more practice for the future. This is an invalid argument. It makes no difference whether youâ€™re ninety-two or thirteen, voting is the real deal, and there is never a â€œpractice sessionâ€. Once your vote has been cast, it is permanent, you cannot erase it and try again. The consequences of voting are far too serious to be using it as practice for other life skills.
Adolescents should not be allowed to vote. There are so many ways that their vote could end up being for the wrong person or solution, and consequences such as those are far too extreme to put in the hands of a moody adolescent who has too many things on their mind to put time into forming a well educated vote. The voting age should never be lowered to thirteen.