The Monster In My Life

Jack Bretl

Wade 9


November 6, 2019


The Monster In My Life


The monster in my life is not finding enough time in the day to do what I want to do. I feel like every day there is always so much to get done, and I never have enough time to get it done. Every day I have school, sports, homework, and chores. It’s very hard to find time to do other things like spending time with my family or friends.

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Adam Aranovitz Metacognition

Jack Bretl 

English 9

Mrs. Wade


Reflection on Presentation by Adam Aranovitz


     Today the senior class was fortunate enough to enjoy a presentation and activity done by a friend of Fenn teacher. His name is Adam Aronovitz. This man is in my eyes a world traveler and advocate. He told us of his time spent abroad and how he was affected by it.

One quote he had in his presentation has really resonated with me and it is “ Travel far enough and you will find who you are”. To me, that meant that the more you travel the more you will learn about yourself. For example, when I went to Steamboat Springs Colorado last Christmas I learned how much I love skiing. He also informed us of how he has interacted with the natives of the countries he has visited. He learned about how their lifestyle is so different than the one he is used to.

It seems like Mr. Aronovitz has visited almost every country in the world, to me, that is astounding. I believe that is something that he is very fortunate to have done. After his presentation he had us take part in a group activity. We split into four groups, 2 of the groups were a very wealthy country and 2 of the groups were a very poor company. Together we collaborated on how one of our countries can help others. This activity was honestly nothing new to me, I had already participated in similar activities before. What affected me most about the activity as to how it related to The Odyssey. In the activity, the groups that were a part of the wealthy country were tasked to be hospitable to the poor country. In The Odyssey hospitality is one of the Greek values, it is called Xenia. In this activity, the wealthy countries distributed some of their own resources to the poor countries. They did this because they had enough resources to give out without hurting their own country. In The Odyssey whenever guests arrive anywhere before they are asked of who they are they are bathed, clothed, and fed. These acts of Hospitality that were used by the Greeks are in my mind similar to the way the wealthier country supported the poorer country.

Overall I really enjoyed this activity. The presentation done by Mr. Arnovitz was really interesting, and the activity was also a great experience.

The Value Of Tradition 

If You Don’t Use It You’ll lose It 


Tradition does not mean that the living are dead, it means that the dead are living.

-Harold MacMillan


Tradition is what keeps the departed still present. A tradition to me is something you do or take part in that happens weekly or annually. There are many different types of traditions around the world regarding culture and heritage. Fenn school is a traditional school that has lost its tradition. 


The tradition I’m going to be talking about is called pen to paper. Pen to Paper was something that the senior class would do with Mrs. Ward every Friday. The class would go over to her house enjoy some snacks and journal/ write about whatever was on their mind. When I was in sixth grade it seemed like a pretty cool activity to take part in. All of the senior class seemed to be quite excited whenever they were invited over to the headmaster's house to take part in Pen to Paper. 


Ever since Mrs. Wards devastating passing three years ago Pen to Paper has started to die out. This tradition has started to fade. For the last couple of years, this tradition has started to leave Fenn and become something of the past. This was quite annoying for me. I really looked forward to doing Pen to Paper when I became a senior. It was not only saddening to see Mrs. Ward pass away but devastating to know that this tradition will become history. 


This year, I believe, would be a great year to bring back the weekly Pen to Paper. I believe that Pen to Paper is a really great time to de-stress, relax, and vent your thoughts. This year is a big year for all of the senior class. We have important tests, exams, applications much more. Having a place where we can talk about all of this and relax would be really nice. Mr. Irwin has made it so we can do this once a month which is fine but I would really like to be able to do this every week. I really don’t think it’s fair that a lot of the classes before us got to take part in this tradition and now we don’t. Please take into consideration how this would help the class, and make this year a more enjoyable time.


Jack Bretl 

Experience At Fenn Narrative

Jack Bretl

Fitz English

Experience Narrative Essay Form


The Experience Of My Talk With Mr. Ward

Getting turned down is something you must endure in life. About two weeks ago I was told by Mr. award that I was not elected as school president. This was one of the lowest points of my life. Although Mr. ward shared some of his thoughts with me that made me feel a lot better. Mr. Ward sat down with me talked to me about how this reflects on my character. In the beginning I didn’t feel to confident running with Malcolm, I wanted to but I didn’t think he would have made a strong running mate. Mr. Ward sensed that in me so he sat me down and said to me that this shows what kind of person you are. He said that this shows how kind you are to not turn down Malcolm. He told me how this made me look like someone who someone would want to run with. He then gave me a firm handshake and a very affectionate “hey, great job”. This was a really cool experience for me. It really made me feel so much better about the experience. I felt like I gained so much more out of the experience. Mr. Ward did a fantastic job letting me know that I did the right thing by sticking win Malcolm. I gained a sense of appreciation and approval from him when he told me that I had done a great job. I believe he and I knew that I would have made a great president but that’s not the deck that I was dealt. After this conversation I walked around the rest of the day with a little more of a pep in my step, this conversation saved me from the pit of defeat and brought me to the boardwalk of victory. This experience not only changed my day, but it changed how I will look at the rest of life. I may have not won but the experience I had with Mr. Ward was just  as important to me.

-Jack Bretl


Through The Tunnel Literary Analysis In Essay Form

Jack Bretl

Fitz English 

May 27

Exam Literary Analysis

Through The Tunnel Literary Analysis

4E1B4DE0-C71C-4ED7-B046-75ADC96DE022“Confidence comes with maturity, being more accepting of yourself.”

Nicole Scherzinger


Becoming more mature is a natural function, and that is exactly what Jerry does in the story Through The Tunnel by: Doris Lessing. This story is based around a young boy who is an only child on vacation with his widowed mother. The two of them have a normal beach routine where they both spend the day at the same beach, but this changed when the Son,  Jerry, wants to go to the Rocky Bay. “Going to the shore on the first morning of the vacation, the young English boy stopped at a turning of the path and looked down at a wild and rocky bay and then over to the crowded beach he knew so well from other years.”

The boy grows an interest in the rocky bay because he has never been, and goes to the quiet beach almost everyday. His mother’s reaction when letting him go alone was quite nervous for the boy and herself “She was thinking, Of course he’s old enough to be safe without me. Have I been keeping him too close? He mustn’t feel he ought to be with me. I must be careful.” After  spending some time at the rocky bay he notices native boys that are going underneath the water and disappearing until appearing on a different side of the bay. “Soon the biggest of the boys poised himself, shot down into the water, and did not come up. The others stood about, watching. Jerry, after waiting for the sleek brown head to appear, let out a yell of warning; they looked at him idly and turned their eyes back toward the water. After a long time, the boy came up on the other side of a big dark rock, letting the air out of his lungs in a sputtering gasp and a shout of triumph.” He realizes there is a tunnel in which he would very much like to go through. 

“He was without light, and the water seemed to press upon him with the weight of the rock. Seventy-one, seventy-two… There was no strain on his lungs. He felt like an inflated balloon, his lungs were so light and easy, but his head was pulsing.”

Jerry had done it he not only had done it but he had done it in the span of just a couple of days. He grew an interest in something so he trained,  and taught himself how to execute this task. He matured greatly in this triumph. He not only separated himself from his mother but he undoubtedly swam in a dark tunnel with marginal training. He held his breath for about three minutes and proved himself that he could do it. His own Mother never even knew he had done this. All she saw were the nose bleeds and the bumps on his head. After Jerry accomplished his triumph he saw the group of native boys whom he expressed interest before he swam the tunnel, but now since he had done it he had lost interest in them. “After a time, his heart quieted, his eyes cleared, and he sat up. He could see the local boys diving and playing half a mile away. He did not want them. He wanted nothing but to get back home and lie down.”

He has matured and is now his own hero. His mother Never knew, he did it because he wanted to, not to prove anything.



Metacognition 1- Video Project


day 1 of video project

May 7 2019 

Today I learned of the video project I will be taking part in for my English class. The video will be constructed around what we experienced while reading the book and a short summary of the book. I feel very confident going into this project becuase of how much I enjoyed reading the book. I feel that I have engrossed all the detail and information that will help me make a satisfying video. Today in class arched a example video of a past Fenn graduate. I also started to collect some background images, film, and audio for the video. I found a great abundance of online footage of the war that I’ll be able to use during the video. Tomorrow in class I plan on starting to write my script. I intend on putting a summary of the book in the very beginning to give context to the audience. But for the very first scene I would like to talk about something  that will hook the reader so when they listen to the summary the audience does not become bored.


Jack Bretl

All Quiet On The Western Front Final Metacognition

Jack Bretl

Fitz English


Wow, that was one crazy book. The amount of detail I experienced was insane. The story of Paul and his journey on the Western front was not only a great learning experience but a great example of what it was like. From being told that joining the Army was the right thing by his teacher Kantorek to now wing one of the only couple men to survive the whole war. During this time he wished he had gone through school and lived a successful life, but he put that on pause for a while. Being drafted as a teenager was not his plan in life but that’s the deck He got. Paul made so many memories during his time on the front some good but mostly bad. He experienced shelling’s and Bombardment’s to an insane extent. While reading this I experienced a lot of emotion in my mind. I really tried to imagine my self as Paul. This story took me on a route with a series of devastating, dramatic, and lively events. When Paul stabbed the French Man and instantly regretted it, I felt him. I could feel him in agony and devastation. This book taught me a lot about history and daily life as a soldier on the front. This book also widely expanded my vocabulary with words that I wouldn’t necessarily use in my daily life but still worth knowing. The thought that I’m really stuck on is how hard it is to be about to graduate high school and then be sent off to war. You are a 18 year old trying to figure out what to do with your life but you have to pause your regular life and go sere for your country and keep yourself alive. I really like this book and I’m looking forward to making a video about my experience reading the book.


Jack Bretl