A Weekend Full Of Skiing

A Weekend Spent Skiing

My first time skiing at Stowe

   I got picked up from school and drove directly to my family house in NewHampshire, during the ride my brain was filled with thoughts of skiing in fresh powder through the woods at Stowe mountain. On Saturday morning I woke up very early, it was sometime around 7am and I was so tired and had absolutely zero motivation to ski at the moment. The ride over to Mount Sunapee woke me up and soon enough, I was cruising down a GS course on the Lynx trail with my friends. During the many chairlift rides up the mountain I took, there was a lot of conversation about all the snow we are getting this weekend. I’m not sure exactly how much, but I heard from multiple people different stories about how we are getting 8-12 or 18 inches of snow; I knew this weekend was going to be a fun one. After skiing we took a fairly long drive to Stowe. We arrived at the place we were staying and I was surprised at how cozy and nice it was. That night we sat by the fire, talked, and watched the snow fall outside. Sunday was game time, for the Pats and for me. I walked out the door and skied down to the chairlift using a little path from the place we stayed to the trails. It turns out that the chairlift we were right next to was the longest and slowest chairlift I had ever been on, it took a long time. Some time had passed and I had some time to get back into the powder skiing groove. It was me, my uncle, and my brother and we got off one of the chairlifts and went staight down into a double black diamond called Goat (I think that is wat it was called). It was super fun, I loved skiing through the woods especially when the snow is up to my knees. We took many more runs after that and had one slight problem during the trip, my goggles kept icing up every now and then, which also occurred to other people in my group, so I had to stop and clear them up every once and a while. That day of skiing was definitely the highlight of my weekend and I had so much fun at Stowe, I hope I get to go back to Stowe some time soon because the skiing was great. Also, another bit of information that I thought would be necessary to share; THE PATS ARE GOING TO THE SUPER BOWL!!!! 

Does Pineapple Really Belong On Pizza

Sam Dean


Does pineapple belong on pizza


“If you never did you should, these things are fun and fun is good”

- Dr. Seuss

Recently, many people have been contradicting the idea that pineapple belongs on pizza. There has been a debate on what does and what does not belong as a topping on pizza. I think that you can put almost any edible thing on top of pizza and it is still an ok topping. You can put anything you want on pizza and call it a topping because you are just adding on to the pizza by putting something on top. I can add a pizza on top of a pizza and it still is called a topping, it is a pizza with a topping of pizza. Just because some people think that pineapple “doesn’t belong” on pizza, doesn’t mean that they are right. You can put anything on pizza, even if people say it isn’t a thing, and make it a thing. This doesn’t just apply to pizza. You can do it with anything you want. If there is something that you think would be cool, but others say it isn’t a thing, just make it a thing, do it your own way if you want. We are free to try all these cool things, just try something new. If something has not been tried yet or people say it’s not a thing, try it, and make it a thing.

Reading Blog #1

Sam Dean


My Reading Experience


          It was hard to decide what book I wanted to read, I wanted to make sure it was one that would keep me interested. To me, reading can be either the most boring thing ever, or something that can be enjoyable. This for me, depends on the book. If it is a long, boring book that makes me want to put it down and do something else, reading can feel like torture. On the other hand, if it is a very interesting book that makes me want to keep reading, reading isn’t all that bad. This is why I chose The Hobbit. From watching the movie which I liked, I knew that the book must be good as well. It is a book full of adventure and suspense which I really enjoy. Having an audiobook can be much more relaxing than flipping through a bunch of pages. I like the fact that I can close my eyes, lay down, and get the full experience of the book. I like it much better than having to sit down staring at some paper to get the same info. I have really enjoyed The Hobbit so far. I am almost halfway through the book and hearing about the adventures of Bilbo Baggins and the dwarves has been very interesting to me. It has not been torture for me to read this book, it is nice to be able to listen to a book for homework and enjoy it. The book is almost like a flashback for me. In some parts of the book I can think back and make connections from the book to the movie which I find cool. Having heard the movie helps me visualize what is happening. For example, when Bilbo meets Golem in the cave, I can picture what is happening right as I read it, from memories of the movie. So far, the book has been great and I have enjoyed it, my reading experience has been really good and I am ready to read some more.

A Narrative Paragraph On Christmas



Christmas Narrative Paragraph

The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year


“it is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air”

-W.T Ellis


     Christmas brings joy to people of all ages. The fallen snow puts a carpet of white over the ground, and I get a feeling of happiness and joy. Christmas brings happiness to many people, communities get together to sing Christmas carols, and people from all around are brought together to celebrate.  I woke up as energized as ever on only a couple hours of sleep. I had so much excitement that I almost couldn’t go to bed. Quickly, before I wake my parents up, I snuck downstairs to check out the presents. My eyes lit up to see a tree with presents underneath it. Every year after sneaking downstairs to see the presents, I would run upstairs to my parents room and ask them when we could go down to open them. It usually took a couple of minutes before I could get everyone to come down. My mom would get out her camera and record us going downstairs, and my brother and I would impatiently wait on the steps. I remember seeing a big smile on both my parents faces after seeing my excitement that it was Christmas.  It really is the most wonderful time of the year. After I was done opening all of my presents I would eagerly go play with whatever toys I received. While reflecting on all the Christmas’s that have passed, I acknowledge all the people who are not fortunate enough to have presents under a tree during Christmas. I have thought about the importance of being kind and even donating presents for others to enjoy. Christmas is a wonderful time, no matter how many presents you get. All that matters is the importance of kindness and a community that is brought together during Christmas.

To Build A Fire Literary Analysis

Sam Dean

8th grade Fitz English

December 16th, 2018


To Build A Fire Literary Analysis

The Importance Of Determination


Everyone is confronted by challenges and we need to be prepared to persevere through them. In the story, To Build a Fire, by Jack London, the main character is faced with life threatening challenges and he must use his survival instincts in order to live. The man and his dog start to freeze in the sub-zero weather, but they must push through in order to catch up with “the boys”.  In this story of man versus nature, the man struggles to survive and he must make a fire in order to save his own life. "When it is seventy-five below zero, a man must not fail in his first attempt to build a fire--that is, if his feet are wet".

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The Most Dangerous Game Essay

Sam Dean

8th Grade Fitz English


The Most Dangerous Game

The Thrill Of Hunting


Hunting is not a sport. In a sport, Both sides should know they’re in the game.

-Paul Rodriguez

Hunting is very suspenseful, you can never know exactly what will happen, especially when what you are hunting is a human. in the story, The Most Dangerous Game, by Richard Connell, I was filled with curiosity and captivated by suspenseful moments. The author included many moments which made me hold my breath because of the suspense and in many cases, I was curious of what was going to happen next. The main character, Rainsford, was being hunted by General Zaroff on the Generals private island. He had to hide from the hunter for three days in order to live, but no one had ever escaped the General.

“Rainsford's second thought was even more terrible. It sent a shudder of
cold horror through his whole being. Why had the general smiled? Why had
he turned back”

The author kept me interested and curious which that stood out to me about the story. There is always something new and exciting that happens and makes the story even harder to stop reading.

The main character, only known by the name of Rainsford, is out on the ocean in a yacht. He is sitting on one of the decks smoking a cigar when he hears three gunshots. He is not sure where exactly they are coming from because of the very dark night, so he stands of the rail of the boat to hopefully find the source of the gunshots. While scanning the area in front of him, Rainsford loses balance and falls over the edge of the boat.

He struggled up to the surface and tried to cry out, but the wash from the speeding yacht slapped him in the face and the salt water in his open mouth made him gag and strangle. Desperately he struck out with strong strokes after the receding lights of the yacht, but he stopped before he had swum fifty feet. A certain coolheadedness had come to him; it was not the first time he had been in a tight place. There was a chance that his cries could be heard by someone aboard the yacht, but that chance was slender and grew more slender as the yacht raced on. 

Rainsford, thinking quickly, swims as hard as he can, fighting the ocean current, toward where he heard the gunshots. He sighs in relief when he touches the sand of an island. Rainsford later finds out that a very rich man named General Zaroff owns the island. After introducing himself to the General Zaroff and his friend/bodyguard Ivan, a man with the body structure of a bear, Rainsford is given good food and drinks. He soon learns that the General loves to hunt, but not for animals, for they are too easy and boring, but for men. Eventually, Rainsford is set out on a life or death hunt situation in which he has to survive three days on the island without being caught and killed by the General, who carries a shiny, silver gun. The General is a very experienced hunter, and no one has ever beat him, but Rainsford has Good hunting experience. His survival and hiding skills are really tested in this game and he has to use all of his knowledge in hunting, in order to win, the most dangerous game.

It is hard to process the message of the story. It was not really clear what the authors message was. I feel that the story brought me chills and a great adventure with thrill and suspense, but what was the message? Was it to be careful of who you trust? Although I am not sure of the message, I finished the story acknowledging how the author captured me with intense moments which can go wrong in every way. I felt like I was there in the moment and almost as if I had to hold my breath in the most suspenseful moments. The loved reading this story, the author did a great job of making me want to read more, he made a clear picture of each scene with good description and detail. I think this book was definitely worth reading and I would recommend it to any reader looking for suspense and thrill.

The Power Of Hard Times


Sam Dean

Fitz English

November 30th, 2018



The Power of Hard Times

Hard times are important to growth as a person

"Be thankful for the hard times, for they have made you"

-Leonardo DiCaprio



Hard times come no matter who you are, we need to be able to overcome hard times and keep on going. 

“THUD” my body slammed on the snow, I slid down the hill and I was filled with frustration that I had crashed during my ski race. I made my way down the hill, I felt defeated by the course, but the fire inside me grew bigger and bigger.

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               I feel very thankful, for my friends around me, for my family, for how fortunate I am to have the life I live, and also for the Fenn community.  Fenn is a great community full of nice people, my teachers are all very supportive and kind, and I’m very thankful for my friends at Fenn. I get many opportunities that I am very thankful for at Fenn. I love the sports there, and the arts are very fun, and I’m thankful that I get to be a part of such a great community. There are many things to be thankful for, and there are many things I am thankful for, but I cannot express them all right now.


Thanks for hooting and hollering in the halls 

Thanks for being a funny guy

Thanks for inviting me over almost every weekend

And for being a reliable friend


Thanks for making me a stronger writer

Even if it means I have to do push-ups

I wouldn’t have the knowledge I do

If it weren’t for the teaching 

I get from you


Thanks Fenn School

For being a great community

Helping me become a better person

And learn more about myself


Thanks for all my friends around me

For sharing so many laughs

For always cheering me up

And for having a good time



Thanks to my family

For feeding me everyday

For giving me the best education I can get

And for doing everything for me




Thanks dad

For always helping me overcome challenges

For helping me through the most frustrating math homework 

For going to work every day

To support the family.


Thank you mom

For being there for me

For putting dinner on the table every day

For taking me to fun places 

For always being there for me.


These are things I am thankful for

The happiness of winter

The Joys Of Winter

How Winter Brings Me Hapiness







Kindness is like snow, It beautifies everything it covers.

-Khalil Gibran


            Winter can be pretty unpredictable, there can be days with blizzards and snow storms or there can be days with gentle falling snow. Christmas to me is one of the most wonderful times of the year. Although, that may be different for some parents who have to worry about what gifts to get for others and how they can get all their shopping done. For many kids, Christmas is a time when they get new toys and things to play with, and it is the best time of the year.



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Tom Sawyer Team Writing Essay

Sam Dean

Fitz English

Tom Sawyer Literary Essay



The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer

The Curiosity and Adventure of Tom Sawyer 


  Mrs. Harper gave a sobbing goodnight and turned to go. then with a mutual impulse the two bereaved women flung themselves into each other's arms and had a good, consoling cry, and then parted

The two sobbing women shared stories about their little boys, it was an emotional, long talk which brought back memories of the supposed dead boys. It was the night after their “deaths” in the room by the fireplace in Aunt Polly’s house. The parents were heartbroken about their boys and decided they would have a long talk and reflection on the boys lives, it was one of the most powerful and emotional parts in the book for me, even though the boys were still alive.

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