Saturday, May 26, 2012

Colleges: Coming to You!

Hey everyone! Colleges around United States have started new programs so everyone everywhere can learn about each school. Now, different colleges from different locations are joining together in groups of five and touring the United States! Top schools from across the nation like Harvard and Stanford join with other schools similar to them to speak to students who can't necessarily travel all the way to the school. Schools travel together who have things in common like being research or liberal or international oriented universities.
I have attended two of these information sessions that include schools from the East Coast, California, and even Texas! It is a great way to find out about different schools without leaving your hometown. Learning about colleges before you apply to them is crucial, and now there is a easy and affordable way to do so!

What colleges would you like to come to your hometown? Let me know in the comments!


Monday, May 21, 2012

Party Prom!

Hey everyone! This weekend my school celebrated a highly anticipated high school event, prom! Prom, short for promenade, is a formal dance that occurs at the end of the school year. At some schools, only seniors are allowed to go but at most schools juniors and seniors can attend. Girls wear long formal dresses and receive flower corsages from their dates. Each year, a prom court of 5 princesses and 5 princes is selected by the school faculty and a queen and king is voted on by the students at prom! It is always fun to see which seniors win.
People go all out for the event, before and after, by taking pictures at fancy locations like the beach, riding in a limo or party bus, and going to an after party! Everything before and after adds to the event as a whole. Prom is always a night to remember!

Do you have prom at your school? Would you go to prom? Let me know in the comments!


Thursday, May 17, 2012

Its Testing Time

Hey everyone! This week at my school we have been taking a series of tests for the state of California called CSTs. So what is CST testing you may ask? It stands for California State Testing. Students grades 2nd through 11th take multiple choice tests on different subjects like English, history, math, and science specialized with the subjects they are taking that year. I took tests on English, United States History, Physics, and Calculus this year. Each state has there own version of these tests which tell the state how well the schools are teaching students. It helps educators know if their teaching methods are working. The results are important to schools, which can be sanctioned by the state for multiple years of low performance. That is why it is really important for students to try their hardest on the tests. Schools offer many incentives to get schools to preform well on the tests like closer parking spots and free admittance to dances for the top scores and most improved scores. May is a month full of tests, but knowing that you are helping your school and your education makes it all worth while.

Check out this website for any other questions you have about US state testing!
CST Website
What tests do you take in May at your school?

Let me know in the comments!


Sunday, May 13, 2012

A Day for Moms

Hey everyone! Today in the United States we celebrated Mother's Day! Mother's Day celebrates mothers and all they do for those around them. It is celebrated all over the world occurring most commonly in March, April, or May. In the United States, we celebrate Mother's Day the second Sunday of May each year. However not every country celebrates the holiday then. Norway celebrates Mother's Day the second Sunday of February. Having Mother's Day on a Sunday is great because there is no school and you have the most time to spend with your mother. People celebrate Mother's Day in different ways from family brunches to a day outing. Even if it is just spending time at home, Mother's Day is a great time to show your mother how much you care. So next time your Mother does something nice for you remember to thank her because she is doing it out of love.

How do you celebrate Mother's Day? Let me know in the comments!


Sunday, May 6, 2012

Springtime Sports: Swimming

Hey everyone! Another spring sport that is big in the United States, especially California, is swimming! The swim team is another large sport at the high school, so everyone can have a chance to be a part of the team. In the fall, water polo is the main water sport. Water polo is a team sport with six players and one goalkeeper for each side. Players must swim and tread water and try to score the most goals possible. Since it is a swimming sport, many players move to the swim team in the spring.
The swim team is less of a team game and more individual. Swimmers compete in different length races with different stokes like breaststroke or backstroke, even relays with different teammates. The swimmer who completes the race fastest wins. This is a good sport for people of any level because it is mainly individual. This gives every person a chance to get comfortable in an event and practice without the pressure from the rest of the team. If your looking for a fun active sport for people of all ages, swimming is the sport for you!

What sports do you like? Let me know in the comments!


Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Springtime Sports: Baseball

Hey everyone! As we move rapidly into the month of May the winter dreariness fades away and springtime weather and activities appear all over. Spring is the season for a sport which is very popular in the United States--baseball! Baseball became popular in the late 1800s, and started to be called "America's Pastime because it was played by so many people of all ages. Baseball is now also popular in North America, parts of Central and South America and the Caribbean, and Parts of East Asia.
In North America, professional Major League Baseball (MLB) teams are divided into the National League (NL and American League (AL), each with three divisions: East, West, and Central. The major league champion is determined by playoffs and the final World Series between the two best teams in the fall. Many kids in the US begin playing baseball at the age of 5 or 6 and many cities have "Little Leagues" with teams for kids ages 5-13. The best players often go on to play baseball in high school. My high school has three baseball teams: freshman, junior varsity (JV), and varsity, and they compete against other high schools in our area.
The very best high school players can go on to play baseball in college, or some even get recruited straight to the Major League professional teams across the US.

Is baseball popular where you live? Have you ever played "America's Favorite Pastime"? Let me know in the comments!