The final word

What will you remember most from your 8th-grade year at Fenn?

When you think of yourself in September and you think of yourself today, how have you changed?

What are you looking forward to as you think about your 9th grade year, whether that is at Fenn or at your next school?

    The thing I will most remember is definitely zoom classes.  How could I not remember it? COVID-19 has essentially defined 2020 and I think my generation will remember it forever.  8th grade before the quarantine was pretty good though.  I liked playing soccer, and my classes were all pretty interesting.  I think that having real graduation would be fun and I'm not happy that we don't have one, but it is what it is.  Overall 8th grade was a pretty good year.  From September, I don't think I have changed very much.  Of course I have learned a lot, from logarithms to how to write a poem, 8th grade has taught me a lot.  Other than learning I don't think I have changed much personality-wise.  The only other thing is that I have grown a few inches taller.  The thing I most look forward too at my new school is just being in a new state.  I am moving to Salt Lake City and am excited to see how it is on the other side of the country.  This year has been an interesting one and I can't wait for next year.

 


The bright call - nature poem 1

I hear a call,

Softly calling,

I hear a call,

Drawing me in,

The call doesn't stop.

The call is relentless.

The call gets louder,

The call drags me out,

I feel a graze on my face, a touch of warmth.

 

Every Day,

Every Day it calls,

and Calls, and Calls.

Every day, I come.

I am greeted.

Greeted with warmth,

Greeted with light,

Greeted, By the Sun


The automatically refilling bowl

    There is a bowl, but not just any bowl; This bowl is special.  This bowl refills with one thing, Forever.  You may expect it to have something valuable, like money or gold or gems, but no, there is something invaluable.  The bowl refills with tape.  You may wonder: "why tape"?   I am here to tell you.  The bowl will not just have one kind of tape, it will have all the tapes.  From duct tape to packing tape, this bowl will spew it out one roll at a time.  All kinds of tape are extremely useful, but no one acknowledges it.  If you are stuck in the middle of a canyon, and you have to climb up the side of it, then you can make a rope out of duct tape and climb up.  Is anything you own broken? just tape it up and fix it.  Bored? just pull a VHS tape and watch a movie.  if you need to build a circuit, then use some copper tape.  Your circuit needs insulation, just use electrical tape.  Imagine how much money you could make on the side of just using the tape.  Some tapes are very expensive, so you would become very rich off of them.  You could put all the other tape businesses out of business, creating a monopoly, and making you control the tape market.  You could not produce tape for a week, and the world will go into peril.  People will spend their life savings on the limited tape supply, the tape will become the new stock market, now letting you control even more of the world.  Concluding, having a bowl that refills with infinite tape would be great and let you control the world


What do you miss most about not being physically in school?

The thing I miss most about school is not being able to talk to friends.  We dont really get to talk too much in zoom classes, so it is much different than school.  I only can talk to people I am in a group chat with, and it is not the same as in person.  In zoom all we do is listen to the teacher and respond if necessary, its very boring, I wish we were in real school.  Another thing I miss is arts.  I was supposed to be in shop, but now I only watch Mr Heinze make a guitar instead of actually making one.  It would be really cool to make a guitar but now I cant, so it is not as fun.  Another thing I miss is being busy; I now have 8 hours after school of free time and I am running out of stuff to do all day,  I have baked foods, walked in the woods a lot, played video games, read books, and more.  I have ordered a coding book, but it comes in 8 days, so for now,  I have nothing to do.  I am hoping that the country will open up again and I can go do something that is productive or fun.  The last thing I miss is sports.  I cant play baseball in school and cant play soccer out of school.  Even though a lot people might dislike school I think that many can agree that they would maybe rather be in school that sitting home all day.  This school year I might not see any of my friends again, which isn't good becuase I might move, so I wont get to say goodbye.


Writing prompt "A secret lair"

    If I were to have a secret lair, I would make sure no one could find it easily, and if someone found it they would not be able to get all the way in.  My lair would be for comfort and not have a real reason to be around. I'm not a superhero or villan, so I really have no use for a secret lair, but it would be cool to have.

 

  1. The location and entrance

My secret base would have to be accessible by me, but still hidden, so I would have an entrance in the room above my garage.  I would have a button or something of teh sort in the closet close to my desk. In the closet there is a HVAC (heating ventilation, air conditioner).  I would put something on it that looks like it is part of the HVAC. If you press the button the floor would open up and you could climb down a ladder. Once down the ladder, you will be presented with a wall with 10 buttons, 0 - 9.  the code will be very unpredictable, 2006.  If someone somehow guesses my top notch code then they will get into the real base.

 

  1. What's inside.

Inside my lair there are four rooms: The desk room, the kitchen room, the couch/TV room, and the making room.  The desk room has a pc, two monitors, a keyboard, mouse, mousepad, headset, and 0ther things you would want on a good pc setup.  I would also have all my school books so I could do homework down there. The kitchen room would have a minifridge with a bunch of drinks and some shelves with snacks.  I also will have a freezer to have some ice cream, and other frozen treats. Next, the couch room. This room would have a giant L shaped couch and a huge TV. The TV would have an apple tv, an xbox, and a nintendo switch.  I could relax in this room and even do some homework in it. The final room, the making room room would have a 3d printer, a laser cutter, a cnc mill, and tons of tools. I could pretty much make anything there. After going into the lair, I now want to get out.  I go to the entrance, climb out, hit the button in the closet again, and go downstairs.

 

    Is it worth it?

Having a secret lair is not as appealing as you would first think.  For me there is no real point of having it even if it is cool. If I really had a lair I would probably tell people about it, not making it secret anymore.  I guess some people would like a secret lair but it's not my thing. Building a secret lair would probably cost enough to deter anyone from actually making one.

 



 


Thursday april 2nd classwork

       During break march break/quarintine, my life has been going pretty well regarding that i can't leave my home.  Over the past 3 weeks I have had lots of time to rest, so I am ready for school (even if it is online).  I walked my dog a lot, rode my bike, made some food, played guitar, and played video games.  It was fun to make stuff my family had never made such as brioche dough.  We used it to make buns for sandwiches and make sticky bun pastries.  One low part of the break was when my dad was working in salt lake city, right when COVID got bad, so we were worried he would get it.  Luckily he was been back home for a while and is not sick.  Another low is that towards the end of break I have been getting very bored and am wishing for school work because I have nothing to do.  One plus about quarintine is that my family gets to stay together, becuase my dad has to travel every other week, but now he cant travel so we all can stay together.  An ending thought about corona is how people let it spread. In new york for instance, there are 84,000 cases becuase people were going out when they were told to stay inside.  If some people were less careless then COVID could not have as much of an impact as it has right now.  In China they locked everyone down and the spreading stopped.  the number of new cases per day went from 15,000 to 408 in a week.  If Americans are all willing to stay at home, then the virus will subside.


Midterm reflection

This year in english I think I have done well in writing essays.  My style and sentences are very reliant on commas. Pretty much all of my sentences will have at least one comma in them.  I don't know why I use them too much, but I think I should use them less. Throughout my essays, I like to use similar words for each one. I usually will use a specific few words multiple times, what words I will use, changes for what essay I am writing, I don't use the same exact words.  I don't really use adverbs but do use adjectives when needed. My verbs are mildly vivid, They aren’t very descriptive or fancy, but they do describe the action well. I know that I am always correctly using comma rules, last year I got very good at using them so this year I am reaping the rewards.  I think that overall, I can write a strong essay that does a good job on answering the question assigned. I think I need to improve on structure of paragraphs, and if I can do that, I will get in the A range.

 

Essay:

 

Niko Weaver 

12/18/19

Enzo’s teachings

Intro:

 No matter where you are, the zebra dances.  In The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein, through the eyes of a dog, Enzo, we follow the life of Denny Swift, a semi-professional race car driver.  Enzo tells us of Denny’s marriage, his child, the death of his wife from cancer, and how he is sued for custody of his child.  Over the course of the novel, through the eyes of Enzo, a dog, the reader learns lessons about humanity. Through Denny’s struggles and triumphs in life, Enzo teaches readers that life has a delicate balance and how all humans have good and evil inside of them. 



Body 1:

Throughout the novel, Enzo teaches the reader that life is a delicate balance of knowing when to take your time or go fast.  When Denny and Enzo are watching racing clips on TV for the first time, Denny tells Enzo that the way to race in the rain is as if “there are eggshells on your pedals” (13).  The way to live life when in “the rain” or in struggle is to take your time and get a steady pace live by. Going too fast will break the “eggshells,” causing failure. Right after Luca Patroni offers Denny employment at Ferrari, Don Kitch tells Denny that Luca respects his fight for custody, and that is why he offered the job to Denny.  Denny wants to know what Luca will think if he loses custody of Zoe, and Don says “There is no dishonor in losing the race.  There is only dishonor in not racing because you are afraid to lose” (277).  On the other hand of going too fast, not even starting or trying is an ineffective strategy to use.  Putting in effort to overcome a struggle is much better than accepting a loss. Along with Enzo teaching the reader about the delicate balance of life, he also shows us how everyone has good and evil inside of them.

 

Body 2:

Early in the novel, Denny is away racing, and Eve leaves Enzo alone for 3 days because she randomly gets sick and decides to go to her parents house to seek treatment.  While Eve and Denny are away, Enzo rips up all of Zoe’s toys even though he claims saw a stuffed zebra do it. When Denny comes back to the mess in Zoe’s room he “struck me (Enzo) on the side of the head” because he was so mad at Enzo.  Denny usually loves Enzo, but his bad side overtook him and he hit Enzo.  Everyone has their zebra in life; no one can be perfect because the zebra is in our nature.  After “seeing” Zoe’s Zebra kill the rest of the animals and then another zebra on a pen that Denny was going to use to sign away custody of Zoe, Enzo realizes that “The zebra is inside of us. Our fears. Our own self destructive nature.”(264).  Our self destructive nature is built into the human experience and cannot be removed. The zebra can be disregarded or shut out, but it will still come back to us. What keeps humans from being perfect, is how their nature prevents it.

 

Conclusion:

Finding a pace in life and embracing the reality of the zebra inside of us is critical for expanding knowledge about the human experience.  Through Denny telling Enzo about racing, Enzo teaches the reader how life has a delicate balance of going at a steady pace. Furthermore, he also teaches readers how everyone has a positive and negative in them, no matter how good anyone may seem, they always have a bad side.  Through Enzo, Garth Stein leaves the reader of “The Art of Racing in The Rain” with an expanded view of the human experience, and how to live it out.

 

Assignments 3, 6, 9

 

3: (it is in notability so i have a screenshot)

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9:

In chapter 56 of "The Art of Racing In The Rain,'' Tony, Denny's friend, brings Enzo to the courthouse after Denny's trial is over.  Enzo is with Denny on the steps when he see Anika wave at Denny. Enzo then exclaims "She (Anika) looked over and saw us. She was not a bad person, I knew then. One can never be angry at another driver for a track incident. One can only be upset at himself for being caught in the wrong place at the wrong time" (304).   With this quote, Enzo weans that even if Anika falsely acused Denny of sexual assault, she is not a bad person, Denny was at the wrong place at the wrong time; it was not entirely his fault, but he could have prevented it. This quote is a recurring theme throughout the novel. An example is how Luca Patroni gave Denny an offer to work at Ferrari.  Don Kitch, who told Luca about Denny just happened to have connections to Denny and Luca. Any other racer could have been in Denny’s place; but, it just happened to be Denny. Finally, an overarching theme of this novel is how Denny constantly happens to be in the right place at the right time, no matter if it benefits him or not.

 

10:

 

 In chapter 56 of "The Art of Racing In The Rain,'' Tony, Denny's friend, brings Enzo to the courthouse after Denny's trial is over.  Enzo is with Denny on the steps when he see Anika wave at Denny. Enzo then exclaims "She (Anika) looked over and saw us. She was not a bad person, I knew then. One can never be angry at another driver for a track incident. One can only be upset at himself for being caught in the wrong place at the wrong time" (304).   With this quote, Enzo weans that even if Anika falsely acused Denny of sexual assault, she is not a bad person, Denny was at the wrong place at the wrong time; it was not entirely his fault, but he could have prevented it. This quote is a recurring theme throughout the novel. An example is how Luca Patroni gave Denny an offer to work at Ferrari.  Don Kitch, who told Luca about Denny just happened to have connections to Denny and Luca. Any other racer could have been in Denny’s place; but, it just happened to be Denny. Finally, an overarching theme of this novel is how Denny constantly happens to be in the right place at the right time, no matter if it benefits him or not.


This I believe

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One part of the essay is a bit messed up when I read it, the real version is below

 

I believe that no matter what people go through, they should always be resilient.  I have had three concussions in my life, and they all have been terrible to recover from.  It is challenging to recover after a single one, so doing that three times is hard. The first time I got a concussion I got hit with a baseball in the head, the second one, was caused by me falling of some sort of money bars, and the third was from a ski crash.  Concussions are one of the worst injuries because I couldn’t do anything for about 3 months each time I got one. I sat in a dark room and laid down for a majority of that time, and that can get boring fast, trust me. Unlike broken bones, concussions heal; but, still have repercussions after. I barely did anything while recovering because of the risk of hitting my head.  Years after I have had a concussion, I still have headaches and my eyes are still very sensitive to light. I've had to be very resilient to recover. After experiencing these three concussions I have learned that having resilience is very important in all aspects of everyday life. If I was to get a bad grade on an assignment, get injured, or make a costly mistake in sports, I always accept it and strive to do better.

 

Resilience is very important for everyone to have, because after anything negative happens they will be able to come back from it, just like I have.  Some people after they make mistakes, get injured, or if anything negative happens to them, they will still accept it; yet, instead of trying to get better and learn from the negative experience, they will just let it weigh them down and not doing anything about it.  This will just make them worse than they started. I was resilient after my concussions, and worked to recover to 100%. Even now I am not 100%; but, I still am resilient and don't let my concussions hold me back. Experiencing three concussions and recovering from them has taught me that I always have to be resilient and come back after something negative happens.  No matter how hard it is to recover from something I always will try to come back