How to succeed at Fenn

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”Cross the bridge to success” 

~ John Sexsmith

Step 1: Give a damn. I see my classmates all the time leaving their work until the last minute to do or doing something that’s not academic during a study hall. Time management is hard to do when there is so many other things that you can do that isn’t academic. At Fenn, teachers want you to learn and do well in their classes, so if you try hard on all of your assignments and what to learn your teachers will guide you to success. 

Step 2: Ask for help. At my time at Fenn I have had the opportunity to ask meet with teachers outside of class. In 6th grade my advisor and math teacher was Mr. Sanborn. When I was having trouble in the class I would go in early and ask him about the homework or to review for the next test and he would happily give me help. This encouraged me to do it with my other classes and now in ninth grade I still do it. 

Step 3: have a good time. It is hard to do well and enjoy one thing if you hate it. You are surrounded my kind student and teachers at Fenn so enjoy it. When you like what you do you will put in more of an effort. For example if you like a certain sport you are going to have fun and want to get better, but if you not like the sport you aren’t going to keep on playing it. Make school fun by being involved in school life and you will have success.

 


Writing about a challenge

Breaking the Wall

Pursuing through a challenge     

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”Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.”

~ George S. Patten 

    A challenge is what blocks you from reaching your goals. There are many challenges that you will face throughout your life. It is easy to give up when you are challenged, but it is hard to peruse through that challenge. For me one of my biggest challenges in life is hockey. Although I love to play hockey and it is one of my favorite things to do it challenges me to another level. This year I switched from my previous hockey team called the Minuteman Flames, to a new hockey team called the Junior Bruins. When I decided to make this switch I realized it was going to be challenging. This new team is an older team with kids that’s birth years were mostly 2003 and 2004 and I am a 2005 birth year. I was hesitant to join the team at first because I was manipulated by the though of how challenging this experience would be, but I wanted to get better and improve my hockey so I decided to join. Now that a portion of the season has gone by I can confidently say that it has been and still is challenging. I am having a great time playing against kids that love hockey and to challenge their teammates to improve. As I face further challenges in my life I will look at this and I will step in the way of the challenge instead of backing up. 

 

When a brick wall is build in front of you, knock it down. 


Team Literary Analysis - Cook, Moskow, Stevens

The Power of Gods

The True Authors of the Odyssey

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~ Homer

 

    The power of gods is unmatched. In the epic poem, The Odyssey, by Homer translated by Robert Fagles the Gods and Goddesses posses great power and influence over the Greek population. Gods and Goddesses like Poseidon, Athena, and Ino have made it evident they are the powers of the book. The Gods and Goddesses are the main conflicts and solutions of the overall plot evolution so far in The Odyssey. Hermes came to the island that Odysseus was trapped on by Calypso the Nymph and helped him leave in his raft. Poseidon, the God of the sea, made it hard for Odysseus  to get to his destination, Scheria. Poseidon almost made Odysseus drown because he caused him to fall out of his raft, but Ino, goddess of the sea gave Odysseus a scarf that made him immortal so that he could complete his journey to the island Scheria.

 

    She pitied Odysseus, tossed, tormented so — she broke from the waves like a shearwater on the wing, lit on the wreck and asked him kindly, “Ah poor man, “why is the god of earthquakes so dead set against you? Strewing your way with such a crop of troubles!  [The Odyssey, Book Five Lines 370-374]

 

Gods are the authors of The Odyssey. Odysseus relies on the power of Gods to save him fro the raft?. In Book V Odysseus is being tormented and challenged by a God, Poseidon, which is making it hard for him to get to the island. The Goddess Ino is the one who helps him get to the island and peruse through Poseidon’s obstacles. The Gods and goddesses are the ones running this story, they are the conflict and the solution of the problem. Gods are ultimately the creators; they have the ability to do more than humans and it is evident in The Odyssey. Without gods and the power they contain the world wouldn’t be the same. 


Am I Prepared to Travel the World.

Am I Prepared to Travel the World?  

Learning more about the World Around you.

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    ”Two roads diverged in a wood and I took the one less traveled by” 

~ Robert Frost 

The World is filled with varieties of different people and places and there is countless different cultures and communities. I have only been out of Country once. I went to Ecuador for a few days before going on a boat to visit the Galápagos Islands. Just from being in a different country I realize that it is extraordinarily different from the place I live in now. The people, setting and culture was completely different. It is hard to travel to these places and be prepared to positively adapt to the new culture and a new place. Am I prepared to travel the World? 

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Cook improvement

 

Community Improvement

What Needs to Be done

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“No matter how much experience you have, there’s always something new you can learn and room for improvement.”

~ Roy T. Bennett

 

    In life there is always improvements that can be done to different things in order to make them better. I am currently a ninth grader at The Fenn School in Concord MA and there are improvement that can be done by the students and faculty to make the school and the community better. The Fenn school is a wonderful place that has lost it’s freedom, and countability.  

 

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Cook Free Write

A Morning on the Water 

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“This world is but a canvas for our imagination” 

~ Henry David Thoreau 

 

    Nature is beautiful. The true beauty of nature is rarely observable because of the scattered roads, buildings, houses, and people that have manipulated it to become what it is today. It is filled with natural life, and real sounds, but you never realize it until you take a true look into its eyes. It was still dark as my Dad and I got ready to launch the kayak. The clear blue water of Nequassett lake in Southern Maine. Crickets were still sounding as I made my way out to the main part of the Lake. My kayak, surrounded in fishing rods, cut through glassy water like a knife through butter. The sun started to peak up from the trees as I got to my destination. “This is real nature,” I thought, as my first cast broke the surface of the water. Seeing the beauty of nature is important. When you are blinded by the every day environments we live in, seeing true nature will open your eyes. When you see true nature you realize the beauty that is being slowly taken away as humans developed. The World has unbelievable scenes and sights and when you see the true World you will realize what beauty is. 


  Power of Place 

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The most I can do for my friend is simply be his friend.” 

~ Henry David Thoreau 

 

    Only few places in your life will ever make a special place. Certain places are special to people; it makes them feel comfortable and at home. I have a place that is like my second home, where I am surrounded by friends and a community that I love. The Fenn School in Concord MA is a place only people that have been there experience. Fenn is a special community that surrounds you in the kindness and support of your fellow teachers and friends. During lunch everyone in 8th grade and my class of 23 in ninth grade meet to eat. Recently we got new lunch tables and I had a table where I wasn’t really close to anyone that was going to sit there with me. When we sat down I felt like it was easy to talk to everyone, even though I wasn’t close to them. The community at Fenn accepts me and supports me and I do the same. People love and care, because everyone else loves and cares about them. Powerful places are apart of a  different place in everybody’s harts, the power of place is the strongest power of all.