What I hate about this year’s Dream Flag poems is that my teacher, Mrs. Lee told us that our poems had to be 15 lines long! To me, I think that is very long. But, that might be because I usually just write haikus. You know, they’re only 3 lines long. I did a haiku for last year’s poem in Mrs. Bauer’s class and it got the message across perfectly. Much better than any long, drony, poem that I could have written. I wanted to share my poem for this year with all you people out there, though. Please tell me what you think!
Dreams inspire us
to do things
we never thought we could
A little voice
inside our heads
saying that we should
what we’ve always wanted to
ourselves, open and free
our opinions loud and strong
what we’ve worked for all along
Everything starts with a dream
You’re probably thinking, “Didn’t you just have one of these?” Actually, that was just our band MPA. The FPMS Soaring Voices (my chorus) have been preparing for this event for months. Ever since our Christmas concert! But since I’ve already explained the MPA shebang here, I’ll just give you the deal for the Chorus MPA.
Yesterday, we got our fancy, long, black, polyester, sequined, really low-cut dresses to wear as our girls’ uniforms. While the boys got to wear these really pretty tuxedo’s that made them look absolutely fine, in my opinion. You know, the kind with the pirate shirt and cumberbund. Also, the girls had to wear their hair up out of their face so that they wouldn’t play with it. Thank God Mrs. Horne wasn’t as strict as Mrs. Bumbarger, though because in band, we had to wear our hair, like, up up in a bun. But, in chorus we were allowed to wear ponytails so I did because I Hate wearing my hair up, especially in a bun. Buns make me feel like an old lady.
Our transportation to the Mrytle Grove Baptist Church was a simple school bus with a simple bus driver unlike the usual: a charter bus with a luxorious driver. But, I would actually much rather prefer the simple bus driver, so it was nice. When we stepped into the church, I couldn’t believe how quiet it was. We were the first choir there. Soon 4 other choirs showed up but, I’m not sure which schools they came from.
The first group to perform looked like they had kids from elementary and high school with them which was weird because I was pretty sure this was supposed to be an all middle school judging, but now I’m not sure. Their uniforms were maroon polo’s with black skirts and slacks. Classic attire. They were good.
Next was us. We properly marched into the warm-up room for about ten minutes then strode right back out to the stage in the auditorium of the church. With the light shining bright in our eyes, we looked down upon the Queen of Chorus, Mrs. Horne as she conducted us through our songs. The way we sang sounded more beautiful than all of our concerts and rehearsals put together. I could tell that everyone on the risers were really putting their all into this. It felt like we were all family. It felt glorious. After what seemed like only 30 seconds of Heaven we were already gracefully stepping off the risers back into our church seats. It was one of the best feelings I’ve ever experienced. I don’t think any word on this planet could decribe how I felt. Pure singing magic.
We listened to the next two choirs. My favorite part was when the one choir sang Battle of Jericho. They were really awesome sounding. After about an hour, we exited the building, loaded onto the bus, and headed back to FPMS.
When we got back to FPMS, the seventh graders had already missed their lunch so they had to eat with the eighth graders. After that, it was pretty much sixth period by the time everyone got done changing and eating. The rest of the day went on like nothing had ever happened.
Finally, the two songs we sung were Gloria Festiva and Ubi Caritas. Both are really good songs and I just loved singing them. There was only one judge this time and no sightreading. Very unlike the band MPA. But the good thing was the judge happened to be extremely nice and we got a…SUPERIOR!!!!!! Everyone started screaming on the bus when they heard this. Mrs. Horne was like, “We do NOT do that on the bus!!”
This concludes the Chorus MPA’s until next year.
Wow, I haven’t written a new post in ages! Here’s what’s been happening for the first few days back from Spring Break:
Band: (1st) I’m going to start taking my practice sheets seriously for the last quarter of the school year!…Maybe. (2nd) We got 2 new pieces of music-Looney Tunes aaaaaaaaaand… the RAINBOW CONNECTION!!!!!
Language Arts: We are finally at my favorite part of Mrs. Lee’s class; poetry. I just love reading poems, writing them, everything about them is totally awesome! To kick off the poetry season my class is reading Love That Dog by Sharon Creech. So far, it’s pretty cool, but, I heard that it gets kinda weird at some point in the story, so, I don’t know about it.
Science: AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IT’S DRIVING ME CRAZY!!!!!!!! First, my science textbook gets stolen from the classroom over Spring Break and then when I find it today, it turns out that it’s been completely BLACK. SHARPIED. ALL OVER IT!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m not even sure how I’m going to use it for the rest of the year because it’s all on the inside pages. Second, it’s good old fashioned Science Fair time. Yay. (I’ll, at best, get a big fat 50%-of-your-grade D)
Mrs. Galloway’s: We have to do a research project. It has to be at least 4 pages long. It’s pretty boring.
Math: Woo! Our class doesn’t have to use the CFC (Criteria For Credit) format on our Accelerated Math anymore! Now, it’s going to be about 10,000 times faster!
Chorus: We got our dresses…(I’ll tell you tommorrow…)
Geography: Same old, same old. Mr. May’s gotten nicer, again.
I still need to sell these Girl Scout cookies before my mom eats them all. $3.50 a box! Anyone?
Wooo! You wouldn’t believe how long I’ve been waiting for Spring Break! The time to get a nice tan and simply chill is now. So far, it’s been pretty good. What makes Spring Break even better? It’s the end of the third quarter of school!
I have noticed that ever since the first grade, the third grading period is always the hardest, most challenging, and academically difficult part of the year. I like to use Spring Break as the time to say to myself, “Look at what you’ve been doing to yourself! At this rate your grades and social standing will be down the toilet in a week!!”. Well, it’s not my fault that every single one of my teachers like to go crazy around the third quarter. This is how it played out this time;
Band: Mrs. Bumbarger & her assistant, Mrs. Domulot, have been making everyone in Symphonic, Concert, Jazz I & Jazz II blow their brains out playing some of the hardest music ever. Having this happen in first period for me just wrecked the rest of my day, everyday. But, I’ve already talked about this here and, I think here.
Language Arts: On top of being the worst teacher that I’ve ever had, Mrs. Lee has been doing backflips about the Writing FCAT since the third quarter is crunch time for writng teachers and the FCAT. I’m so glad that it has already passed though, so she has cooled off just a bit. For more info on the Writing FCAT.
Science: This is just the nasty, awkward quarter for science, and you know what I mean…”Let’s talk about our bodies!!!”. So I’ve been reluctant to do most of my work because I already know about this stuff and I’d much rather not have to write huge paragraphs about it!
Soar: Same as always, if not easier, actually.
Mrs. Galloway/Research: Once again it’s been crunch time to get our movie production done.
Math: My math teacher decided that out of the literally hundreds of assignments she gave our class, she only graded about 5 of them and they were the BAD ones. Like when I got the whole paper wrong because I did the same mistake on every question, she graded it, and not the tens of papers that I got easy hundreds on.
Chorus: I’ll be writing a post about Chorus in due time because the Chorus MPA is the Thursday after Spring Break so it’s the same problem in Band.
Geography: Mr. May is no longer my favorite teacher. His class has become what I always knew what Geography and History were: Boring.
On top of all of these problems I have Science Fair, some crazy Beta Club project and selling Girl Scout cookies to worry about. Terrible.
Tommorrow we will be filming our (hopefully) last scene!!! Today we filmed the part where me and Claire encounter Heavyn on the stairs on the 6th grade hallway. Heavyn gets taunted for being rich and Jordan comes in to save the day. What was really funny is that in order to make it seem like we were coming out of the hallway, me and Claire had to interrupt Mr. Lawson’s science experiment that was taking place at the end of the hallway like 10 times! Everybody had also decided to switch up the script somewhat so it’s different than what I had explained in the first posts about it, but it still has the general idea.
Also it might all just go to bust because Lathan and Dionte can’t get out of their classes anymore so we might not be able to film with them, but we’ll probably figure something out…
Me, Claire, Gina, Jordan, Heavyn, Lathan, and Dionte:
Future movie stars.
We started actually, ACTUALLY filming today. It took Mrs. Galloway 25 minutes to figure out how to use the camera and 15 to show Gina how to use it. Gina was filming today because she’s only in one scene but we did not get to that scene because class is only 50 minutes long! Also, this was Lathan and Dionte’s first time even looking at the script so that was complicated. Although we somehow managed to get to the third scene out of like 10 so that was pretty good.
We performed our Rumours skit for Mrs. Galloway to get her input. She said that quote,
“It needs to be less Days-of-Our-Lives-like. Less of a 90’s preppy girl showdown.”
Everyone burst into laughter because it was true! We were so excited since it was the first time we performed it all the way through with all of the cast members, we apparently decided that we should overexaggerate as much as possible!
We worked more on the dialogue today. All 5 of the crew members were here. We tried to get Lathan and Dionte into the cast. I think Dionte agreed, but he hasn’t asked his teacher for that period. But, when Heavyn asked Lathan to be her boyfriend (in the script) he totally flipped out so I think we’re going to need to think about getting a replacement for him, because he probably won’t do it. Lathan HATES Heavyn’s guts.
Today, we made the final copy of the script for Rumours. Well, it wasn’t really the final copy, it was more like the complete outline. This is because today we started adding in the dialogue and we also determined our character’s names. My movie name is Jessica the Bully. The class only got about half-way through the dialogue, but we could have finished if we weren’t missing 2 of our 5 cast members because of PATS. I’ve decided that if I can get a hold of the movie video, I might post it here because it sounds like it’s going to be very comical, so far.
Continued: Writing the Script: Act IV
Today, we finished the 1st draft of the script for,
(Cont. from Scene II)
Jordan tells Heavyn the rumour, the rumour is that Heavyn is cheating on her boyfriend, Lathan, with Dionte. (They might change.) Heavyn runs off to the bathroom with large exaggerated sobs. The principle, Gina, premeres on stage and says, “Are you ok?”. Heavyn runs out and principle Gina is confused.
Heavyn is alone. The bullies, Me & Claire come up and start taunting her. Jordan arrives and tries to stop the bullying. Me & Claire turn onto Jordan and start insulting her. Heavyn and Jordan decide to tell the principle. All three of them have a big conversation (this is where we actually talk about how bad bullying is and a bunch of statisics and such).
Gina, Heavyn, and Jordan confront Me and Claire. The bullies plead for forgiveness. Heavyn and Jordan do not accept their apologies. The principle drags Me & Claire to the office by our ears. Dean Thomas really talks about bullying, and he can make a point. (We’re not sure of this, either.)
And that concludes Rumours: A Mrs. Galloway’s 5th Period Production
(Continued: Writing the Script: Act III)
Today when I got up, I did not want to go to school, as normal. But, the second I got to homeroom I felt 100% better. I have no idea why, though. Nothing too exciting happened today, except we got a new project in research/Mrs. Galloway’s class. My group, (which is really my whole class since there’s only 5 people), decided to do a documentary/video/performance about gossip and rumours. I think this is the best thing we’ve ever done in research (even though I don’t think this requires research). The plot isn’t quite stable yet, but it goes something like this:
Heavyn (the victim) walks down the hallway all fancy-like. Me and Claire (the mean girls) start whispering a rumour. Jordan (the observer) overhears our whispers, but the audience doesn’t. Jordan is shocked!
Jordan tells Heavyn the rumour…
And that’s all we came up with after 50 minutes of thinking. We are probably going to add more cast members, but we didn’t get around to it yet.
Continued: Writing The Script: Act II