Tuesday, June 29, 2010

2010 Valedictorian Speech

Thank you for gathering here today. It is my honor to give this speech.

Hillwood Academic Day School was the only school that gave me an opportunity to start kindergarten at four and a half year old. After graduating from preschool early, no other school would accept me. For that I am very grateful, and I have enjoyed these past nine years.

Students, think about how fortunate you are to have parents caring enough to send you to such a small private school, where everyone knows your name and you know everyone else's, where everyone and everything is familiar. For this thank not only your family, but also Hillwood's teachers, staff, and parent volunteers. May I have these people stand up please? Ms. Moorhead, director and founder of the school blog, The Hillwood Herald, Ms. Anna, our art teacher, Ms. Caine, Ms. Marta, who cooks our lunches, Senorita Lydia, our Spanish teacher, Ms. Schmitt, the chorus teacher, Miss Dawson, the K-1st grade teacher, Miss Tom, the 2nd-4th grade teacher, Mrs. Woods, the 5th-8th grade teacher, and Mrs. Grantz and Mr. Grantz for giving us the opportunity for an affordable private education. Give yourselves a pat on the back for making it through another year, and for trying your best, a habit that will surely continue, everyone. It is also from the support of family and friends that we have made it this far. Make their efforts worth it. Do your best not only for yourselves, but for them as well, who will be glad to see you succeed.

Good luck.

Thank you very much.

Thank you everyone for another wonderful year! If I did not mention any Hillwood staff members or volunteers at the actual graduation, it was because you were not there while I was giving the speech.

by Brigette W.

Hillwood's July Summer Session

Hillwood's Summer Session is extremely fun and packed with activities everyday from Monday to Friday. There are daily visits to :

-Art on Monday and Friday
-Marina Branch Library every Tuesday morning
-Marina Green or Moscone Park every Tuesday and Thursday
-Marina Playground every Tuesday/Thursday
-Field Trips every Wenesday
-Alta Vista Park on Mondats/Fridays

Children who are going to the summer session should remember to ......
-wear sunscreen due to the unpredictable weather.
-bring their library card every Tuesday for the library visits.
-wear Hillwood t-shirts and caps. The clothing can be left at school and changed into in the morning.
-bring backpacks or school bags to carry sunscreen, art projects, and Hillwood clothing.
-wear comfortable sneakers or tennis shoes. Students will be walking a distance every day to get to our destinations.

***And students can bring their toys!!!!***

Thursday, June 24, 2010

7 Fun Things To Do!

Hey Herald readers! Summer is the time that most kids look forwards to. No school, sleeping in, and activities; two months long! But, summer can also become boring. With no fixed schedule and finishing all the cookies in the house, here are ten things that anyone can do when boredom arrives!

1. Help with chores Yes, I know chores aren't exciting but at least it takes up time. It also counts as exercising since you're stretching to wash under the car and walking to vacuum the rug. To make time go faster with chores, listen to music to dance while wiping the tables!

2. Read a book Read more to learn more! It builds vocabulary and enhances the brain to imagine the scenes. Some good books to read this summer are: Stargirl, Oh.My.God., and The Ghost's Grave. If you don't have one already, sign up for a library card.

3. Go Bowling Bowling is indoors, fun, and a sport. Brush up your skills with friends or family. Who know? Maybe by the end of summer, you'll be a bowling champ at your school!

4. Volunteer Volunteering is a major opportunity to consider in the summer. Not only will it look good on high school/college applications, it's also a way to give back and help out your community. You can accompany elderly at a senior home or talk to sick kids at a hospital or even help out at a museum. It might not seem a lot but your presence will be appreciated.
5. Try a new thing You never know if you'll like something or not if you don't try it. Whether it be a new food or sport, the possibilities are endless! If you feel nervous by yourself, grab a friend with you!

6. Get a job Rake up some cash this summer! If you're old enough, baby-sitting is definitely a possible job. Kids are home during the summer, parents need to go to work, this is where you come in as a baby-sitter! If you're not old enouugh, you can also make money by being a mother's helper. Same thing as a baby-sitter, just not by yourself. Other ideas include: a lemonade stand, chores for parents, and selling candy to your friends. (not during school!!!)

7. Take a sport Sports are fun and challenging. Most people see sports as just a physical game but some such as football and basketball all require some sort of math skills to strategize the gameplay. Also, taking a sport will also help keep you active during these non-school month! Some sports to try: Tennis, basketball, softball, soccer, swimming, volleyball, and ice sakting

Have fun everyone! I hoped I blew away some boredom issues for you!

Picture Credits goes to Google Images

Russian Military Ship in SF Bay

The city is hosting a Russian warship until Friday. According to SFGate.com, this is the first Russian surface warship to visit San Francisco in 147 years.

People can tour the Varyag, docked along the Embarcadero, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday. The ship sails back to Russia on Friday.

The ship visit is tied to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's visit to San Francisco and Silicon Valley businesses this week.

You can read about the ship's history — in both wartime and peacetime — on SFGate.

See What Animals See

Here is a website for seeing what animals see. The Museum of Animal Perspectives highlights videos taken from the backs of animals.

The site is curated by “video naturalist” Sam Easterson, who collects “animal-borne imaging,” point-of-view videos from alligators, bisons, armadillos, tarantulas, scorpions, and frogs. Then he adds or embeds it into Google Maps for geographical reference. For example, watching a snapping turtle normally involves staring at a lethargic hulk in the sun. But with a view from the snapper’s back, you see it cruise along the bottom of a lake, fend off a curious bass and paddle furiously for the surface and a breath of air. Below are a few videos from Mr. Easterson's "critter cam":

Friday, June 18, 2010

Today Was the Battle of Waterloo

The Battle of Waterloo occurred on June 18, 1815, and according to Webster's dictionary, it gave its name to the very notion of final defeat. Why? Maybe because the battle ended one of the most spectacular military careers in history (Napoleon's), as well as 23 years of recurrent conflict between France and the rest of Europe. In addition, it was Napoleon's second "final defeat."

Napolean was defeated and exiled in 1814, but he escaped his confinement, returned to France, and was restored to power for three months before meeting defeat at the hands of the forces allied under the Duke of Wellington near the Belgian village of Waterloo. The word "waterloo" first appeared in casual use the following year, 1816.

Nowadays, when we use the word casually (as in, not referencing the official battle), it is lowercased (like "waterloo"). It simply means a big loss or setback.

For more information about Napoleon, read this Wikipedia entry or check out this page about the Battle of Waterloo.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Graduation Date

Yes! No more school!

Today, June 11th, was the last day of the school year for 2009-2010 and there was a graduating class of four eighth graders: Julian F., Julien G., Irene T. (Me), and Brigette W. As I have posted before, each graduate is going to a different high school. Julian is going to attend The Marin School, Julien is going to attend Sacred Heart Cathedral, I will be attending Oceana High, and Brigette will be attenting School of the Arts.

At the graduation ceremony, Brigette, the school's valedictorian, gave a speech to fellow Hillwood teachers, parents, and students. Following that, the eighth grade and kindergarten graduates got their diplomas. Hillwood School Foundation also awarded three studious students incentive awards: the $200 award goes to Brigette for being valedictorian, the $50 award goes to Zack for being the best in Language, and the $50 award goes to me, Irene, for being the best in Mathematics.

I wish the best to all the graduates: Whichever high school you go to, you all will end up very successful and very good. Go Hillwood's Class of 2010!! I'll miss all of you!

Captions: Above, eighth grade graduates Irene and Brigette are happy to be getting out of school. Right, all four graduates are happy to be together for the last time (well, some haha)