So otherwise than the fact that I had spent half of my summer writing my book and trying to find a publisher and also a carrier, my summer was pretty relaxing. Although it felt like it went by like winter break, I still did have a needed break from school. Throughout the summer, I was so heavily involved with baseball that I eventually just said yes to everything that the coaches wanted me to do, eventually putting me on the disabled list with muscle dyskinesia.
During the summer before 10th grade, I didn’t really do anything eventful or amazing. I went to Albany for three days to visit my family. They had bought a new house and we hadn’t seen them in a while. My cousin and his wife had three kids and a huge garden. There were bees in their background and lots of flowers. I went shopping to a nearby mall and to the Mosque on Friday to pray. We had a barbecue and the food was good. My mom made sweets for the occasion and told me to make a cake. I was hesitant at first to make one, but I finally did. It was delicious.
I like taking picture's of my friends and of the beautiful views of the sky. One thing I've leanred about photgraphy so far is that your camera will pick up much more light than you see. I also have learned that it is very hard to take photos during the times of harsh sunlight.
A group of us were talking on TTT on Wed. about Youth Voices and what we'd like to do together next year and how we might collaborate. One idea was to do a periodic newsletter (the first of which you are now reading!) to share ideas, request help, and to spur collaborations.
If you have anything you'd like to share with other YV teachers, email us! In the meantime, here are some items of interest:
With death, disappearance, riots, and abuse being reported whenever someone turns on the news, a happy story is a breath of fresh air. Crisp and refreshing. You know what else is refreshing? Coca Cola. This summer, Coca Cola released a new logo for their Diet, Zero calorie, and regular Coke drinks that incorporated one of 250 pre-determined names on a single twenty ounce bottle.
These pictures are of a park close to my house. I think the pond in the middle of the park is really pretty, and even though the pond doesn't change much from summer to fall, the trees change around it. In the summer, everything is big, bright and green. However, as fall begins to take over, the leaves begin to change colors and fall to the ground. Fall is the reality that the world is constantly changing, and cooler temperatures are soon to come. I cannot wait to take my winter shot in a couple of months!
My name is Shu qi. I am 15 years old. My native country is China and native language is Chinese. My mother’s name is chunxing zhao. She is 36 years old. She has long black hair and she likes cook and listen to music. My father ‘s name is xifu chen. He has black short hair. My father likes to play game with me. But my plays games very well he often beats me. I also have a brother. He is 2 years old and very cute and naughty. He likes to play with cars and balls. I like my brother. Because he is adorable. My country is China, China is like a warm embrace.
Hi, my name is Louise and I live in Brooklyn. I teach English as a Second Language at the Cobble Hill School of American Studies. Before I moved to Brooklyn, I tried living many different places - Asheville, Chapel Hill, and Raleigh, North Carolina, as well as Florence, Italy and Dublin, Ireland. However, today I wouldn’t be anywhere else but New York.
My name was born unto a winter morning but resides on a summer night, craving not the quiet cold but friends and lights and a distinct lack of responsibility. It is from the language of love, meaning the heavenly bodies. In that sense, it is connected to me. I’ve always wondered about the coincidence, the one where my name relates to the cosmos and ever since I was child that’s where my curiosity was. The stars are infinite and so am I. “Celeste” is shrouded in mystery but Celeste wears her heart on her sleeve.
In my last discussion I talked about the summer slide back and how difficult it is for students to come back after the summer break. I found an article, Teaching Parents to Help Stop the ‘Summer Slide’ by Tina Rosenberg, that talked about how parents of students should become more involved with stopping the summer slide back. One aspect of the summer slide that students suffer is the lack of reading. The students fall behind in their reading skills and the article talks about how the parents can make a big difference in the summer.
This memoir came from my heart because this really marked me for life and I don’t think I could forget about this. I chose that language because it’s a memoir and that’s how I could explain my feelings. (The names have been changed.)
I remember when it was summer. I met a person named Gloria. She and I became very close and it was an instant friendship. We spoke a lot and we noticed that we didn’t like a person name Mariana. Mariana, my ex-bestfriend.
This year in our digital photography class, we were assigned to make a compilation of a place close to our hearts, and to photograph it in the three seasons spanning our class. I chose to photograph the Old Mill, a decrepit building right by my house. I drive by it every day, at least twice, sometimes more, so I have plenty of opportunities to examine it. The Old Mill has a rich history. At first it was, as hinted at in the name, a mill. As it became less used, it was transformed into a haunted house.
I was given the assignment to find a special place and then take a picture of it in every season (minus spring because we don't have class in that time of the year). The place that I chose to photograph was in my backyard. In the summer, I enjoy laying on the hammock and reading. While you can't see it in the picture, across from the hammock is a small garden with a fountain. In the summer, the serenity of laying in the shade and swinging while hearing the trickle of the water is complete happiness.
Summer is fun when you go to the beach, picnics, and parties and to many places like Hawaii. But the thing is you sweat a lot and sometimes get heat rashes from the high temperature. There are times when your parents think that you have to go to tutorials or buy you workbooks to do in the summer to "keep up your intelligence". It is called summer "vacation" for a reason. you get in the pool and have fun at the sprinkler. You could go anywhere. Play in the sun, visit relatives, friend hangouts, movie theater hangouts, etc. There are so many things you can do. The fun just never ends!
What will this summer be like?
Walking fast even though the rays burn
Lemonade money children earn
Mosquitos pierce our skin
Sweating starts to begin
Ice cream drips
Numerous bags of chips
Setting up the Air condition
Power it on with great ambition
A gentle breeze we pray for
Our favorite teams play and score
Shorts and a T-Shirt
It feels like a desert
Laying in bed thinking of tomorrow, I can't wait
Hold on, What's today's date?
Beams of sunlight stream through the glass windows of New York
The old man cast his eyes away unwilling to accept the coming of another season
The students squirmed in their small chairs too ready to forget about school work
Summer came with long days of labor under the beating sun, people looking glum for some reason
Summer came with children smiling, slurping melting ice cream, setting aside pork
The young ask the old "why are you so sad?"
And the old look at the young and ask "how can you be so happy?"
After all is the season not full of the glad
Summer started on a sunday, everybody was at church in the neighborhood. It was a normal day, the weather was the same and the people thought everything was the same, but it wasn't. Mr.Roger was an ordinary man who lived in a little suburban house on the corner of 11111 st and Dinkerhilll avenue. He lived by himself because his wife had passed away shortly after his son, who died a very mysterious death unsolved by investigators. Though seeming to be the same normal person, he wasn't, this year everything changed.
Under the blazing sun the children leave
Though they sweat they are happy, cheerful, and content
In dog days people don't stay inside nor lament
To stay cool they dip the pool and in ice they believe
Festivities, Festivities, there is no grieve
No repent, no resent. There is no dissent
Nobody is entrapped, in a pent
We don't learn lessons at school and misconceive
Playing in the sun, at the beach, fun
Air conditioner, sand, vacation
All these things are not just said, but done
We rapidly continue on and time flies
Summer is a season after spring,
Children play in the humid and dry air,
It is a time to fly a kite on a string.
In this rush, who has time to sit in a chair?
The odor of sweat in the air will drive people crazy,
People enjoy the time while there’s time,
Because children get lazy.
Still, work is harder than reciting a nursery rhyme.
Rush hour last the whole day,
And taking care of little young boys.
Won’t get you as much pay.
You can buy toys,
And to pick your future,
But watch out for little children or else you might have to worry about a suture.
It was the summer of 2035 where the government was corrupt, but there were some government and all air conditioners and cooling devices were gone. They weren't needed as much as they were before. But, this summer there was a heat wave. This heat wave was not like any other. Like in 2019, the heat wave lasted for 3 days, but this one has been going on for two weeks.