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Shapetown by Aiza 4/5-301

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There lived a Circle in a town called Shapetown with his friends – Triangle, Pentagon, Hexagon, Heptagon and Octagon. They had a surprise party for Circle.  Circle’s friends invited more friends like Square, Rectangle, Trapezoid, Rhombus and Parallelogram. They had a surprise party because Circle worked so hard for them. Octagon said, “We will need a lot of decorations.” So all the shapes went to a Party store. Pentagon bought balloons. Hexagon bought candy. Octagon bought a piñata. Then they went home and decorated the house. When the door bell rang, they turned off the lights and said surprise when Circle walked into the house. “Why did you do this for me?” said Circle.  “Because you worked so hard for us,” said Trapezoid. They had a shape of a time.

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Inspiration for this story: I got the idea when I finished my homework last year and I had a lightbulb in my head. I said, “Hey, why don’t I write a story about Shapetown!?!”

And so there you have it.

3-206 Reflects on 9-11

Twin Towers Sunrise

Twin Towers Sunrise

Christian- In 2001, when the airplane crashed, my uncle was in the Twin Towers. When I turned on the TV, I heard that the Twin Towers fell. My mom was crying. I was so sad because my uncle died.

Natalia – I saw a building and an airplane crash into the building. There were flames and dust and then it went all the way down to the bottom. And then the building was gone. Three thousand people died.

Caroline – A plane crashed, then there was fire in the buildings. Lots of people died. Then some kids had lots of parents who died. People were sad when lots of people couldn’t not come out. They died because they were stuck inside the top of the building.

Ayshaha – I saw people that are now poor because the people that died were money-makers. My friend Aisha, here dad died too. Now it’s the mom’s job to work. Whenever I go to her house, I always see her mom going to work. She works at a Toys R US store. We have to stay alone with Aisha’s big brother. I don’t get home until 10.

Uswa – I will help them by giving food, clothes, and water because they are poor. Whatever I have I give to the poor

Ronald – In the crash, someone’s son died in the building and the mother was talking about her son when he died. She was so sad.

Starsk – There was smoke in the house because the airplane hit the house with a big explosion. Thousands of people died. The fireman kept putting water and water on it but the people died anyway.

Takreem – I saw a video about the Twin Towers. I saw on 9/11 planes crashed into the Twin Towers and it exploded on top and then crashed. Then another one exploded.

Nakisha – When I saw the movie about the 9/11 flights I felt bad because everyone died. Everytime my mom and dad give me money, I put it in a bank so I can give it to poor people.

Kensley- When I saw the movie, I was sad because it was so sad when I seen it. It’s not funny -it is sad when you see it. The moms were sad for their sons. Never forget this story. It was in 2001.

Haroon- I saw a video. It was about the Twin Towers. I saw some people were talking about a plane crashing into the towers. Some of those people were brothers, wives and sisters.

Peacebuilders Pledge In Het Nederlands!

In het Nederlands

Ik ben een Bouwer van de Vrede. Ik beloof:

• om mensen te prijzen.
• geen scheldwoorden te gebruiken.
• wijze mensen te zoeken.
• pijn die ik veroorzaak op te merken en te bespreken .
• misstanden recht te zetten.
• anderen te helpen.

Ik zal vrede-bouwen in huis, op school, en in mijn gemeenschap elke dag.

kaizen = good change – in Japanese – From WhatIs dot com – Word of the Day


Kaizen, also known as continuous improvement, is a long-term approach to work that systematically seeks to achieve small, incremental changes in processes in order to improve efficiency and quality. Kaizen can be applied to any kind of work, but it is perhaps best known for being used in lean manufacturing and lean programming. If a work environment practices kaizen, continuous improvement is the responsibility of every worker, not just a selected few.Kaizen can be roughly translated from Japanese to mean “good change.” The philosophy behind kaizen is often credited to Dr. W. Edwards Deming. Dr. Demming was invited by Japanese industrial leaders and engineers to help rebuild Japan after World War II. He was honored for his contributions by Emperor Hirohito and the Japanese Union of Scientists and Engineers.

In his book “Out of the Crisis,” Dr. Deming shared his philosophy of continuous improvement:

1. Create constancy of purpose toward improvement of product and service, with the aim to become competitive and to stay in business and to provide jobs.

2. Adopt the new philosophy.

3. Eliminate the need for inspection on a mass basis by building quality into the product in the first place.

4. End the practice of awarding business on the basis of price tag. Instead, minimize total cost.

5. Improve constantly and forever the system of production and service to improve quality and productivity and thus constantly decrease costs.

6. Institute training on the job.

7. Institute leadership. The aim of supervision should be to help people and machines and gadgets to do a better job.

8. Drive out fear so that everyone may work effectively for the company.

9. Break down barriers between departments. People in research, design, sales and production must work as a team to foresee problems of production and use of the product or service.

10. Eliminate asking for zero defects and new levels of productivity. Such exhortations only create adversarial relationships as the bulk of the causes of low quality and low productivity belong to the system and thus lie beyond the power of the work force.

11. Remove barriers that rob the hourly worker of his right to pride of workmanship.

12. Remove barriers that rob people in management and in engineering of their right to pride of workmanship.

13. Institute a vigorous program of education and self-improvement.

14. Put everybody in the company to work to accomplish the transformation. The transformation is everybody’s job.

In Western civilization, kaizen is often broken down into four steps: assess, plan, implement and evaluate. In Western workplaces, a “kaizen blitz” is synonymous with a concentrated effort to make quick changes that will help achieve a short-term goal.

How can this be applied to student & teacher goal setting and lesson planning?

My First day of school: From a graduate student, Tehara Pemberton

I’m so excited to be writing here again!! Well so far my school is pretty fun and I hope that you guys are having fun too. Well my first day of school was pretty weird. Let me tell you about it.

Well first I was on the bus to school and my sister and mom was with me. They supported me a lot (even though I didn’t really need it). So after that I went into school and got my schedule. Then I walked to class and my teacher was very nice (but loves us to be neat, which makes me tired). Her name is Mrs Lewis-Laldee.  Then we introduced ourselves. And that’s it for today ppl. BYE!!!!!!!!!

=) =) =) Tehara

5-303: A Complimentary Class by Genevieve Berretta

Mrs. Berretta’s Compliments by Mrs. Berretta

On a beautiful Friday morning, Mrs. Berretta picked up Class 5-303 in the gym. The children listened very carefully as Mrs. Gill instructed the class to stand and head up the stairs. Mrs. Berretta was impressed and she thought to herself, “I know…I will write a compliment story today about Class 5-303!”

Class 5-303 was pure perfection as they traveled up the stairwell to their classroom. The line leaders, Negehan and Lliam, did a fantastic job leading the class. The children were even polite as several children volunteered to hold the doors for their classmates. The silence was golden as we traveled up to class, and even Ms. Snow smiled as we passed her in the stairwell. She winked at me and nodded her head. I think she was proud of me too.

Upon entering the classroom, the children walked in quietly and began to unpack. First, they took down their chairs and then they put their books away. One by one, they walked to the closet to hang up their coats and bookbags. I didn’t even have to tell them—they just knew what to do. When the announcements came on, everyone sang and listened to Mrs. Gordan. After mrs. Fernandez spoke, everyone shouted, “Woo!HOO!” What a lively start to our day. Ms. Fernandez always manages to make us laugh and smile.

Mrs. Berretta instructed the children to plant seeds. Ms. Silver asked, “Can I help you with anything.”

“That would be super! Can you walk around the room and gather seed ideas?” Mrs. Berretta asked as she handed Ms. Silver a post-it pad.

Ms. Silver walked around the room. “I noticed that Lliam wants to write about football. And Karina wants to write about the first day of school or a new sibling. Joselee either wanted to speak about Governor’s Island or her trip to Jamaica.”

“Now Joselee, don’t forget to breat that story about Jamaica into parts, just like we did on the board today.”
Joselee nodded her head in agreement.

Mrs. Berretta was so impressed with all of the great seed ideas and Ms. Silver smiled because whe was impressed as well.

Time was up, Mrs. Davis was about to return and Mrs. Berretta and Ms. Silver were happy because, it was a morning filled with many great ideas and…compliments!

Aleisha’s raised her hand, “I have an idea Mrs. Berretta, can we post this story on the blog?” said Aleisha.

“Great idea Aleisha, let’s do it.” So Mrs. Berretta pulled up the blog, signed in with her User Id and password, and posted this story. “Let’s surprise Mrs. Davis with the story. I’ll read it to her when she comes back from her prep.”

A few minutes later Mrs. Davis returned to the class and Mrs. Berretta read  our story on the blog. Mrs. Davis was so proud, she quickly walked over to the compliment chart and gave each table a star. Everyone in the class cheered and Mrs. Davis just smiled.  How nice it is to get a whole bunch of compliments, she thought to herself, in just forty five minutes!

Not Allowed to Write by Monique: Class of 2009

Not allowed to write?
Not even in the middle of the night?
Not unless you want to die
Which will make people cry?
The thought of NO writing
Makes me start sighing
I want to write in the early morning
The middle of the night
Let us stop this madness
Or it will end in sadness
The gift of writing
Should never end
The gift should be our friend
They took it away
My missions is to get it back someday
for you…
somehow someway
A gift is a gift
And it is meant to stay
What if your enemy takes it away?
In the early morning moon
Left without a voice—absent a tune
To make our change,
Human rights must be the same
I want to write in the early morning
the middle of the night
It is a god given right

Gift for Granted (WE) by Jonathan: Class of 2009

Knowing that children and adults are suffering and are not being treated with respect feels horrible. It makes you think of the things WE take for granted. WE can learn, and WE can write, WE can communicate…but some people, many people cannot.

WE all learn how to write

WE act as if everyone can
WE don’t care about something that is really a blessing
We take school for granted
Some people want school desperately
WE keep saying, “WE hate school!”
WE don’t understand
What being kept from the gift of knowledge is
WE don’t even care
WE only care about ourselves
WE are selfish
WE are gifted
WE take it for granted

Writing is a Gift by Taylor: Class of 2009

In my eyes writing is a gift because you can express yourself using verbs, metaphors, adjectives, terms, and powerful words to define yourself or what you are trying to say.

Writing defines emotion. Emotions such as: sadness, joy, hurt, ecstasy, or depression. When poets speak their poetry, it makes others feel that emotion which is trying to be expressed in words.

Writing makes up a conversation. Writing defines art. Writing and words make up the world that we live in today. Where would we be without the gift of writing?

The Buggy Stairwell by Tiara

On a windy Friday morning, we walked up the stairs, everyone was screaming because there was a huge waterbug. Ms. Lolo, our teacher was upset. She froze in her tracks. The waterbug was two inches long. If Ms. Lolo stepped on it, she knew everyone would say, “Ewww.”

“I don’t like waterbugs, ” Ms. Lolo thought in her head.

“Ahhhh!” Tim was screaming.

Lisa stood up straight like a soldier and said, “I have killed thirty nine bugs in my life and I’ll gladly kill this one Ms. Lolo!”

Robert stepped forward, “Wait, don’t kill the bug–I love bugs” Lisa left the waterbug alone.

“I don’t know how Robert likes bugs–eww–he’s disgusting,” Lisa thought to herself, as the class kept on moving up the stairs to class.


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