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November 2018

The Lesson of Hard Times


Tears shed for another person are not a sign of weakness. They are a sign of a pure heart

― José N. Harris, MI VIDA: A Story of Faith, Hope and Love

       Sometimes the greatest lessons in life are taught by challenges, for a few of the lessons I’ve learned have been taught by hard times. When my nonno unexpectedly died I was unsure if I would ever be able to recover, for I had no clue of the experience of losing someone dear to me. In my life I’ve faced many setbacks, but the death of my grandfather has been the most appalling of all. His death took a toll on my family, yet surprisingly this misfortune led my mother to teach me a very valuable lesson. I lay in bed feeling glad that I’m returning to school after winter break, but then a din comes out of nowhere. I thought my mother might’ve been happily laughing. For the next thirty minutes I did nothing, but after a while the her “laughing” began to irritate me. I angrily stormed out of my room and screamed, “Can you please be quiet I’m trying to sleep.” After returning to my room I was still in an angry mood, but then I later figured out that she was not laughing rather she was crying since Nonno had just died. For a moment I had no clue what to say, but then a countless amount of tears rushed down my cheek. For the next couples of days I reflected on his death, and I reminisced on the times when we went on car rides together in the Italian countryside. That pleasant memory made me very sentimental, but I always asked myself if I could’ve appreciated him more. A couple of days after his death I talked with my mom about Nonno. She told me something along the lines of, “Life does not last forever, so that means you have to always cherish your family.” That conversation changed my perception on Nonno dying I learned the most important lesson of all—to cherish my family. This is not the last setback will I face, but now I know they might just teach a lesson.

Thanks Coach

A Thank You Note To My Basketball Coach 


Great coaches are visionaries. Great coaches instill, nurture, and encourage vision, then model and motivate surrender to it.

-Thomas G. Bandy

           A coach is to a player like a Sherpa is to a climber. My basketball coach was the Sherpa who guided me when I was not sure of the road ahead—when I was unfamiliar to the game of basketball and when my skill was untamed. I knew like a Sherpa my coach would guide me through the journey ahead. Over the last two years coach Howe has given me encouragement and guidance during practices and games. All of guidance has helped in many ways, but there was one instance where he advised me to play in a game I had no clue I would be capable of playing in. It was the day of our first division one playoff game, and I was devastated since I wouldn’t be able to play. The day before I collided my knee into my defenders leg, so my knee was in pain ever since. I texted coach Howe that I wouldn’t be able to play in the game, but I would still attend and give encouragement to my teammates. However, coach Howe told me to bring my uniform, for he had faith in me to play. That little encouragement gave me enough spirit to fight through my injury. At points in the game i wanted to quit, for i had felt the lingering pain in my knee. The pain was too much to bare, and the running about and down the court only made it worse. coach Howe told me to keep pushing through it, but he didn’t say it in an offensive way rather he said it in a nice soothing tone. I stood up and said I’ll keep going, for he had fueled me again with a sense of determination and spirit. That game I put up sixteen points while grabbing eight rebounds. Oh, and we won the game by four since I had hit four clutch free. It didn’t matter that I wanted to quit and it didn't matter that during the whole game I had felt a lingering pain in my knee. It only mattered that my coach gave me his guidance and encouragement to persist through this predicament. Without Coach Howe I don’t if I would be where I am today, so I thank him for all the encouragement and guidance that he has given me.



The Basis of Human Life and Interaction 







One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.

-Frank Smith   


      Languages helps bring together millions of people. In my life languages have helped me interact with hundreds of people all around the world. I’ve been fortunate enough to learn several languages, for my mom is from Italian. As a baby I was taken care by a caretaker form El Salvador whom I still speak with in Spanish to this day, and till I was nine I attended a French school. Over the last two summers I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to go to French camps in Antibes. There are kids are from all over the world, but some of them don’t speak English. I didn’t turn back from this language barrier, for I saw it as a new pathway. I have met people from Brazil, Argentina, Italy, Spain, Finland, Russia, Norway, Czech Republic, and Germany. I have been able to talk to them in Italian, Spanish, and French, and along the way I learned a bit of German.

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Literary Analysis and Reflection on The Adventures of Tom Sawyer


Edoardo Takacs, John Kielar and Ben Lisa
Mr.Fitz 8th Grade English class
Literacy Analysis and Reflection Essay
December 16, 2018


The Adventures of Tom Sawyer


A Literary Analysis and Reflection on Two Significant Themes


So they patiently wrought until, with shreds and bark gathered from the under sides of sheltered logs, they coaxed the fire to burn again. Then they piled on great dead boughstill they had a roaring furnace, and were gladhearted once more.

-Mark Twain


       The night before a terrifying storm had swept through Tom’s camp, but he did not let this setback end his adventure. With help of Joe and Huck they successfully rebuilt their fire, so  their adventure could continue. In the book, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, he depicts Tom as someone who loves going adventures with his friends, but still has big enough of a heart to love and care for his family.

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Edoardo Takacs
Reflection on The Adventures Tom Sawyer
8th grade English Mr.Fitz

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer 

My Experience of Reading and Studying a Classic



A classic is something that everybody wants to read and nobody wants read

-Mark Twain

          Classics open a window into our past. While reading the classic The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain I found a sense of connection between my life and Tom’s life, for Tom and I both seek to live a life of adventure. Before reading The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, I would have thought that a boy’s life in the 1840’s would be drastically different from my own, but Mark Twain was able to adjust my perspective. Mark Twain wrote about the challenges and adventures that Tom had faced, yet almost two centuries later I too have faced many challenges and adventures in my life.

Tom lives in St.Petersburg Missouri at the time in America when there was a lot of injustice. Slavery still fuses the rise of the American Economy, women have little rights and African Americans are treated like animals. In these unjust times Tom finds a way to make his dull life fell somewhat adventurous. Tom goes on numerous adventures to caves, islands and many other places. During these adventures Tom faces many adversaries, but he has the help of many friends especially Huck Finn the Red-Handed and Joe Harper the Terror of the Seas:

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