Dogs VS Cats

Finley Stevens

Fitz 8th grade English

January 21, 2019

Dogs are the far superior animal


"Dogs are like that, I guess. They know how fix you, without ever saying a word."



Owning a dog makes a person happier and that’s a fact. You would only understand this if you own a dog not of your one of those cat owners. Everyday I wake up to my dog jumping up onto me and sniffing my face to make sure I’m still alive, now if a cat jumped up on your bed you wouldn’t be able to even tell. Dogs also will always make you keep exercising by bringing their favorite toy to your feet or making weird loud noises by the door. One way that my dog does this is by going with my mom upstairs and pointing at or pawing at the drawer with all of her running clothes because my dog loves to go running on the trails. You wouldn’t be able to play outside with your cat or take them on a walk, it just wouldn’t work. Dogs can also get jobs unlike a lot of people in the world, they can be therapy dogs, military dogs, police dogs or service dogs. I’ve never seen a cat doing any of those unless sleeping  counts. Dogs can also always make you happier by doing something funny like constantly rolling around in the grass or jumping around or running around the house like crazy when you bring out their cookie box. One thing that my last dog did was every time we came home from somewhere she would greet us at the door with a random shoe in her mouth, she never ripped the shoe or anything and it was always a different shoe. There are so many different things that make dogs a better animal than a cat it’s not even a competition.

Weekly Update

Finley Stevens

Fitz 8th grade English

January 21, 2019

The calmness of reading


"Calmness is a human superpower. The power to not overreact or take things personally keeps your mind clear and your heart at peace."



Reading has brought me to a place of absolute calmness. Every time I open up and start reading The Swiss Family Robinson, by Johann David Wyss it brings me to a different place then the normal world and entirely calms me down. Reading The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss forced me to read in a more focused and intensive way then I’ve read before. The way everything is worded is very similar to The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer because it’s from a time when they spoke like that. This more difficult wording has made it so I can read through each page as fast so it takes me a bit longer to read each page. I was sick all this week so every time I tried to read I would start coughing and I would lose focus and lose my spot on the page. I decided to listen to the audio version and follow along, this way was much faster and I think I might continue doing this at night instead of just reading. Although I had a sickening headache, cough and fever the entire time just being in my warm bed when I was non stop coughing was much more calming than I thought it would be. Maybe having those three things isn’t very calming at all when you start reading or listening to a book it becomes just that much calmer and relaxing. It’s kind of tough to relate to a story about getting stuck on a remote island because of a boat crash because that’s never happened to any of us but I did find one similarity. The family goes through a lot of challenges throughout their journey and we all go through challenges on our own journeys it may not be struggling to survive but it’s still a challenge. When I heard that we had a month to read a book I thought that was plenty of time but then I heard that we would have to read at least 30 minutes a day and that if you wanted to only read one book it would have to be at least 350 pages so it couldn’t just be a short 100 page book. It’s worth it to do one of the most calming things in the world.

Choice Blog Post

Finley Stevens

Fitz 8th grade English

January 13, 2019



"A pair of skis is the ultimate transportation to freedom."

-Warren Miller


    Speeding down a snow covered hill going off all the little jumps on the side of the trail of then finally I get to the bottom of the hill and jumping right back onto the lift to do it again. This is one of my favorite things to do, skiing. If you’ve never been skiing your missing out on one of the most exciting and fun things in the world. What makes skiing so fun is that you have so much freedom and you can do so much on skis. My favorite part about skiing is going through double black diamond glades. Glades are so fun because your constantly having to make tight turns, there’s always little jumps or drops on the side of the trail. My absolute favorite trail that I’ve gone on was a trail up in Stowe. The trail was called Spruce Line and at first we didn't know what we were getting ourselves into when we went off trail into the woods. We finally found a real trail and of course it was moguls, halfway down Charlie and I went off trail again hoping it would be easier but it was all powder and there was no real path. When we finally got to the bottom of the trail we collapsed backwards into the snow, it was the most tiring and fun run I’ve ever done. My dream is to sometime be doing this in Colorado or Utah down what’s called a back bowl and to also go see the X Games in Aspen, Colorado. Whether the temperature is negative five or the snow is coming down and covering everything like a blanket I will always want to continue skiing.


Weekly Metacognition

Finley Stevens

Fitz 8th grade English

January 13, 2019

My experience reading

BEE2130C-CA00-44C3-8007-57AEAE5D902D“The journey of a lifetime starts with the turning of a page.”

-Rachel Anders


     I’m reading the The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss as my classic. So far I’ve really aenjoyed my experience reading. I’ve discovered that my favorite place to read is in my bed at night. It’s very relaxing to jump dive onto my bed after a long and boring school day filled with work and just relax myself by reading. Each night right before I start reading I look at my clock to figure out how long I have to read for and many times I end up reading past that time, sometimes even 30 minutes longer. On a few occasions I have even ended up falling asleep while reading. One of the best parts about this unit that were doing is it gives me something to when I randomly wake up at 3:00 AM and can’t fall back asleep. So far I have really enjoyed doing this unit and am really excited to continue doing this for the next few weeks, I hope that maybe we can even do this again closer to the end of the school year. 

To Buid A Fire

Finely Stevens

Mid-term paragraph

Fitz 8th grade English

Decemeber 17, 2018

Arrogance throughout To Build a Fire


"There's a fine line between confidence and arrogance, know it."



    Arrogance can often lead you into trouble. In the book, To Build a Fire, by Jack London, the mans arrogance leads him to get stuck outside in extremely cold temperatures. During the mans adventure back to his friends he encountered holes under the snow with water in them, failing to build a fire when his feet were soaking wet and a ferocious looking dog. However that wasn’t the worst part of his journey, while he was walking back to camp temperatures got as low as minus 75 degrees. For the first couple of hours after the man was so arrogant that he decided to travel in minus 75 temperature by himself instead of with his friends everything was fine. An old man at his village had told him to never travel alone below minus 50, he had thought nothing of it until he fell into the freezing cold water. “That man from Sulphur Creek had spoken the truth when telling how cold it sometimes got in the country. And he had laughed at him at the time!” He thought he was skilled enough and wise enough to be able to travel by himself. 


    “And then it happened. At a place where there were no signs, where the soft, unbroken snow seemed to advertise solidity     beneath, the man broke through. It was not deep. He wet himself halfway to the knees before he floundered out to the firm     crust. He was angry, and cursed his luck aloud. He had hoped to get into camp with the boys at six o'clock, and this would     delay him an hour, for he would have to build a fire and dry out his foot-gear.”

    [To Build a Fire]


The mans arrogance leads him to getting into a situation where he could’ve fallen into the water and not been able to get out. Then after when he built a fire and all the snow from the tree fell onto his fire and buried all his stuff. After the whole journey he finally admitted to himself that his arrogance led him into major trouble and he should’ve listened to the old man. “You were right, old hoss; you were right," the man mumbled to the old-timer of Sulphur Creek.” Arrogance can be a good thing sometimes, it can also be a bad thing like in this situation.

Christmas Traditions

Finley Stevens

Mid-term essay

Fitz 8th grade english

December 17, 2018

Christmas in my family


At the heart of every family tradition is a meaningful experience.



     Christmas is a very exciting day for kids around the world. A lot of people think of Christmas as they get presents but there are a lot more traditions that my family does and I’m sure others do to. Every Christmas morning my family and I rush downstairs to our Christmas tree sitting there with presents underneath it waiting to be ripped open. Although I like opening presents on Christmas morning my favorite tradition of all is when my grandparents and cousins meet at someone’s house to eat dinner and open presents. Each car pulls up and out steps out my relatives with bags in hand and each person with something for our big dinner. Everyone says hi as the kids sit there eager to open up theirs presents to see what they got. When it’s finally time to open up presents everyone’s excited. After the excitement the kids are playing with their toys and the adults are just talking until someone’s shouts “dinners ready.” Although this isn’t exactly a tradition it is still one of my favorite memories now Christmas. I was at my grandparents house in Boston, with my family and my  dads sisters family. They didn’t have enough room in their house for everyone to eat so we went to a hotel to eat lunch at. The place restaurant was a super fancy buffet and the food was really good. They had anything you would ever eat on Christmas there. After lunch we walked a cross the street to the park, my grandma was helped with an organization, and after a few years with that origination she had a bench made in her appreciation, she still likes to take walks to her bench when she has the chance. We sat on the bench for a bit then finally headed back to their house. We are hoping to go back to this place for Christmas again this year. Although I knew I would be getting presents that day I was still excited when it came time to meet up with my grandparents and cousins. I was looking forward to the traditions that were already created and the ones that I would hopefully create. Although everyone may not look forward to all the traditions that we do on Christmas Day I think everyone looks forward to seeing the rest of our family.

Short Story Summary

A summary of The Tell-Tale Heart

E9A20352-FA50-406C-873B-06A0D5C4C37F“It is impossible to tell how first the idea entered my brain; but once convinced, it haunted me every day and night.”

-Edgar Allen Poe


    We all regret things that we’ve done before. In the book, The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe, regret is a big factor in the end of the story. This story taught me that whatever you do can always come back at you and you may regret it for the rets of your life. What I feel the authors message in this story is even though you may feel really strongly about something you may regret making that decision later. I all think he’s trying to say that what you do at some point can always come back at you and there’s always a wya for someone to find out what you did.

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Hard Times

Finley Stevens

Fitz 8th grade English

Hard Times paragraph

November 30, 2018


Dealing with disappointment

49A302C5-F32B-4509-A595-FE4D21B28DAD“It is how you handle your disappointments in life that define you as a person. If you get up after you fall or just lay there in defeat.”



     You’ll always run into problems but you’ll always find a way out. We all have to go through hard times but we always have to find a way around them. Not making a team or not being able to do something you really wanted to do is disappointing. Dealing with disappointment is really tough, but everyone will have to deal with it at some point in their life. A time where I had to deal with disappointment was when I was trying out for the 2005 Olympic Development Program soccer team. This team is a Massachusetts state team and it’s really hard to make, you play against other states and it’s really tough competition. The first year I tried out for this team I didn’t really know what to expect because I had never played with any of the kids. The competition was much tougher then it was with my club team earlier that season, that year I didn’t make the team. The next year I tried out again, I was hoping to make it that year because I had been playing on the JV soccer team at my school as a 7th grader and playing against kids who were in grades above me, much bigger then me and much stronger then me. Again I didn’t make it, but this year I played on Varsity so I was really hoping to make it. But this this time I got to the tryouts and the very first scrimmage we do I get put on defense which is tough considering my main position is striker, I haven’t yet heard from the coaches but even if I don’t make the team this year I’m still gonna tryout next year. We all will have to deal with disappointment at some point in our life, the most difficult part of that is figuring out how to deal with the disappointment.


Finley Stevens

Fitz 8th grade English

Thankfulness paragraph


Everyone is thankful for something in the world


Be thankful for the struggles you go through. They make you stronger, wiser and humble. Don’t let them break you, let them make you.




I am thankful for my loving family

I am thankful for having such a wonderful and friendly dog

I am thankful for the delicious food that is put on my plate at all three meals

I am thankful for the amazing school that I go to and the education that I get every day

I am thankful for the people that I meet and play with everyday 

I am thankful for the amazing teachers that teach me new things everyday

I am thankful for having a warm and safe house that I can go to everyday 

I am thankful for the weekends away from the relentless work of school

I am thankful for having access to as much water as I need everyday

I am thankful for my grandparents that I get to see every holiday


Everyone has different things that there thankful for, some people have things that there thankful for that they are able to do everyday others have things that there thankful for but are only able to do only every once in a while. There is one thing that everyone should be thankful for though, family. Family is the most important part of everyone, every person has so many things that their thankful for that their family provided for them. One of the other biggest examples of thankfulness is Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a time to come together with all your family and talk about everything that’s happened in the past. Its also a time to talk about what your thankful for and what you really believe is important to you. Everyone is thankful for something very important in their life, whether it’s your family or something else.


Finley Stevens

Fitz 8th grade English

weekend blog post

November 19, 2018


Thanksgiving traditions in my family

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"At the heart of every family tradition is a meaningful experience."



    Thanksgiving is a time for family’s to reflect. Family’s all have there traditions on thanksgiving, they may be small or they may be big. One of my family’s biggest traditions is ever since 2011 me, my brother, my dad and

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