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Letter To My Loved Ones



Dear all who read or hear this,


Thank you. There are many reasons you could be reading this and in writing this I’m aware that I won’t be able to predict who reads this so I’ll leave the most important messages of thanks I have even though I probably have something to thank everyone I’ve met for. First to my parents. Thank you for raising me in a loving household that showed me everything that I could do with my life. You showed me how much you loved me and encouraged me to try my best, even when I failed. Thank you to my friends. The ones who were there for me in my moments of weakness, and were courageous enough to come to me in theirs. The ones who were always ready with a good joke and lighten the mood. You showed me the power of words how they can be used to strengthen bonds and find new family. And finally to the reader (or listener), for sticking through this sappy letter, and knowing that in someway, somehow I thank you.


Evan Lanzendorf


Weekend Post

Treat ‘Yo Self


Sometimes the best thing you can do is relax

Mark Black


Sitting in front of my computer I stare at the screen and smile. My stomach is full of crêpes and I’m playing a relaxing game with my friends. The suns shining in the sky and I’m happy despiste the knowledge that tomorrow is a Monday. The term ended last Friday and life is good. Grades are always a stressful topic but today is the day to forget all that. I worked hard this last term, and today I treat myself. Through the stress and hard work of school I often find myself deprived of sleep, free time and overall motivation so today I take a break to remind myself of the results of hard work. I properly feed myself, I sleep in and I make sure that I have fun. In everyday life hard work is often held as the only thing everyone should think about but I think sometimes it’s good to relax and de-stress before continuing. So as this new term begins and students and teachers alike begin for another grueling time of challenge and pain, I invite all to treat ‘yo self. Have a good time because if you can’t there’s no purpose to work.

Tom Sawyer Essay Metacognition

Tom Sayer Metaconition


Read a thousand books and your words will flow like a river

Lisa Lee


Writing this paper was an adventure. It took us a while as a team to find out who would fit in which roles, but we finally did, we cracked down and worked our hardest. In the first paragraph it took us a while to find our theme. When we finally decided we took our time and I think that we did really well. In the second paragraph we took a little more time, and ended up needing to work on it more last minute. We still managed to find time and proofread but I feel that some people shirked some of their duties and others had to work harder and produced lower quality content because of their lack of time. Overall I think the group worked well together and it was a fun assignment to do but there was still room to improve.


Tom Sawyer Literary Analysis

Evan Lanzendorf

Fitz’s 8th grade English 

Tom Sawyer Literary Analysis Essay




Tom Sawyer Literary Analysis

Themes of Tom Sawyer



Hang the boy, can't I never learn anything? Ain't he played tricks on me enough like that for me to be looking out for him by this time? But old fools is the biggest fools there is. Can’t learn an old dog new tricks, as the saying is. But my goodness, he never plays them alike, two days, and how is a body to know what's coming? He 'pears to know just how long he can torment me before I get my dander up and he knows if he can make out to put me off for a minute or make me laugh, it's all down again and I can't hit him a lick. 

― Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer




         Think back to your childhood. What inspired you? Were you a troublemaker? Have you changed since then? In the book The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, the author writes about bravery, adolescence, and what it takes to truly grow up. Reading this book shed light for me on the unlikely ways these core values can shine through.


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Tom Sawyer Literary Reflection Essay

Evan Lanzendorf

8th Grade English

Fenn School

Tom Sawyer Literary Reflection Essay



 Fear in Tom Sawyer

The Power of Emotion


“If You don’t want to conquer fear, don’t go home and thing about it. Go home and get busy.”

Dale Carnegie 


              Emotions drive almost everything humans do. In The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, the main character Tom feels the effect of fear personally. As a generally doubtful person, I have very personally felt many of the doubts and questions, driven by similar fear, Mark Twain describes. This piece helped show me an outside view on these emotions and how I could handle these experiences. Throughout this classic tale of boyhood and growing up, Mr. Twain writes about life and the experiences that come with it, such as adventure, anger, love, heartbreak, and how Tom overcomes them.


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