School Letter

Positivity, Grit, Kindness

“None of the human qualities can be regarded as the social values without the one quality of humanity” 

~J. Tisa


Dear Admissions Committee,

I woke up on the wrong side of the bed. I still had homework left from the night before. I was not motivated and knew it would be a bad day unless I changed my approach. So I thought about being positive, having grit, and being kind. All good humans are positive, have grit, and be kind. I try to live out these qualities every day because it makes my life better and the people around me better.

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The Power of Community

Community and the place it has in our lives


“He who masters the power formed by a group of people working together has within his grasp one of the greatest powers known to man.” 

~Idowu Koyenikan

    Community is one of the best ways to feel supported. The boys at my camp made me feel like I was part of a community more than ever before. Throughout the year I go about doing whatever I want until the summer, when for the last five years I have returned to camp Kabeyun.

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Change and Friendship on the Rez.


“People change over the years, and that changes situations for good and for bad.”
~Bobby Knight

In Diary of a Wimpy Kid books #5-8 Greg Heffley, the main character, is in ninth grade. Greg’s best friend is named Rowley. They have known each other for a long time. Their friendship has had some rough patches but they’ve always stayed together, even when they change individually. There is a similar situation in The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian with Junior and his friend Rowdy.

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The Camp Caribou Experience

Fear and Reflection in the Woods of Maine


I think fearless is having fears but jumping anyway.

~Taylor Swift


I was tossing and turning in my bed at 11:00 PM the Sunday night before the class trip to Camp Caribou trying to sleep. Camp Caribou is a summer camp where my school took a class trip. We went on the trip to bond as a grade and set our goals for the upcoming school year. I was excited about new experiences and terrified of the impending ropes course and zipline. I was also hoping to have some meaningful experiences.

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Classic Adirondacks

Fishing from a guide boat is magical

"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived"

  Henry David Thoreau


When I was little my grandpa and I Were on ragged lake early in the morning in his guide boat. My grandpa was talking about how there used be so many fish in the lake but a lot of them were killed by acid rain. Grandpa was using a fly rod and I was using a normal spinning rod. He was trying to catch trout and I was trying to catch anything that would eat my worm. We could see the fog coming off the lake from the sun hitting the water.

I loved fishing in the lake with my grandpas and his guideboat, and I just like getting away from society and living simply without internet or electricity,

My grandpa loves to fish. My dad is not interested in fishing. So my dad did not teach me how to fish. I taught myself from watching YouTube videos and talking to people who know how to fish very well. in the Adirondacks sometimes early in the morning me and my grandpa go fishing together in his Adirondack guide boat. My grandpa is flyfishing and I am fishing with a spinning rod. He is trying to catch trout. I also try to catch trout but when I don’t catch any I put a worm on my hook and start catching sunfish.

An Adirondack guide boat is very special. People have use them for hundreds of years to fish off of and for hunting. Another reason people have used guide boats for so long is they are very fast on the water. Along time ago people would go on long trips for fishing and hunting with their guide boats. On these trips they would carry their guide boats from lake to lake so guide boats are very light. My grandpa has a Adirondack guide boat and it is pretty new. My dad also has a Adirondack guide boat and it is very old. My dad‘s guy boat has been fixed mini times The only part of his boat that is original is the back of one of the seats. 

 When I’m in the Adirondacks there is no electricity or plumbing. On the lake where I stay there are no motor boats. It is very refreshing to not hear any cars going by your house. With no electricity there’s no Wi-Fi so you get a break from the Internet. When I come back from a week in the Adirondacks and I see the Internet again it is a very weird feeling. My experience in the Adirondacks it’s like living very simply.

It is great to have a place like the Adirondacks to escape from every day life. It’s like hitting a reset button when you come back. It’s great to be in the Adirondacks because you live very simply and it resets you.

How to fix a flat bike tire

Today I popped the back tire of my bike for the second time this month. Since I popped my back tire twice I have learned how to fix it. So I would like to teach you how to fix your popped back tire on your bike.

The first part of fixing a flat bike tire is taking the wheel off the bike. The way that you do this is unscrew the quick release Axle from your bike then if it is the back tire you take off the chain from the gears and pull the tire out. Next you use A tire tool to takeoff one side of your tire. You use the tire tool to break the seal between the rim and the tire. Once you have done that you pull the inner tube out of the tire.

The second part of fixing a flat back tire is to find the hole. One way to find the hole is to pump up your tire and listen and feel for air escaping your tire. The second and more effective way to find a hole in your tire is to put your tire into a bucket of water and see where bubbles come out of your tire because where there are bubbles coming out that is where the hole is. The last step to finding the hole is to draw a circle around it with a sharpie.

The last step of fixing a popped bike tire is to patch the hole. The first thing you do to patch the hole is sand the area around the whole just a little bit. Once you have sanded you should use a Clorox wipe to wipe away the dirt from the inner tube. After the liquid left behind by the Clorox wipe has evaporated you should put on the tired glue over the surface of where you have sanded. After the tire glue has dried you should put the patch on and press it down very well.

From reading this I hope you have learned how to fix a popped bike tire.