Our spaghetti tower was the way we wanted to design it besides the fact that it started tilting towards the top. The marshmallows made it a lot stronger because they hardened and held the spaghetti sticks in place. The sticks also worked really well if we tried to break them, which helped because then we could break them to help them fit the spot where they needed to be. But the reason it didn’t work is because it tilted too much and when the marshmallows hardened it stuck that way. But we worked good together as a team and finished our tower on time and on budget.
14 November 2016
I am a jungle. A jungle has lots of things that people know about, but other things that people don’t know as much about. I also have lots of things that people know about and many things that only a few people know about me. The first way I am like a jungle is because I am like a monkey. I have a very happy personality and I like to have a lot of fun. I can also get into trouble sometimes and I also like to talk a lot and be loud. Other people in my life are also animals. Some of them are like snakes because they deceive me and are not very trustworthy. Others are like elephants monkeys because they are my friends and are happy and we have a lot of fun together. Others are like ants because it is my classmates and we work hard to get our work done. My family is like crocodiles because my parents protect me and my siblings.
Another way I am like a jungle is because I am like the vines. The vines are the bad things in my life like sins. After a while, they grow so tall that they overwhelm me. They start out very small, and after I do them once they continue to grow and grow and they keep on growing. That is when I need to ask Jesus into my life to help me get rid of those vines. Otherwise, those vines will continue to soak up water and keep on growing taller and taller just like my sins that keep growing bigger and bigger.
The third way I am like a jungle is because I am like the emergent layer. I show off the skills that God has given me and those are the talents that I am really good at and that I like to show off. That layer is also the layer that I use to hide some of the vines. One thing that I need to get better at is that I need to prune my emergent layer and make it so that the things that I show off are building up to others and are good and loving to God. I need to prune my emergent layer on the outside, but also on the inside.
The final way I am like a jungle is because I am like a the jungle floor. There are a lot of things down there, some of which I am scared to share and others which are painful to talk about and bring sadness to me. I need to be ready that if someone opens up the emergent layer, I can be able to share those things on the jungle floor with others because they will be able to help and help me be able to handle those things and my feeling about them a lot better. I also need to share those things with God and not try to hide from Him like Adam and Eve did in the jungle. I may not be proud of what is on the jungle floor but I need to be ready to share that with others so that they can help me carry my burden.
This weekend I saw God in the way that He protects people. I saw the rally with Governor Pence, and how many police officers and Secret Service people there are who would give their lives to protect him, and it helps me remember that God would do that for me as well.
19 October 2016
Trials of Apollo
The Trials of Apollo, is a book that talks about many different people, with many different attributes that are unique to them. It talks about Apollo, who is blamed for starting the war with the god Gaea. He is banished to Earth where he has to live like a human being with none of his godly powers. He meets up with Meg and he has to go on a quest to bring back the hidden oracle and save the gods from being destroyed. It shows how friendships and help can come in the unique of circumstances.
One conflict in this book is when Apollo gets sent down to Earth and he has none of his earthly powers. The reason that he is sent down to Earth is because he is blamed for the whole war with the goddess Gaea and her army of giants. His father, Zeus, puts all the blame on him (even though it was really not him) and banishes him to Earth without any of his godly powers, which also means that he is mortal and can die at any moment. This conflict relates to the theme because Apollo makes a lot of unique friends that help him along and help him get to Camp Half-Blood like Percy Jackson and Meg.
Another conflict that Apollo faces is when he has to get to Camp Half-Blood from the ants den and he has no way to get there quickly. Then, like the theme says, he finds some very unique friends who come and help him out because he is in a lot of trouble. The friends are giant ants, who live right next to where the Grove of Dodona is located (which is where they were). He goes into the the den and comes out with the ants, who then fly them over to Camp Half-Blood so that they can defeat the giant statue and save the Camp.
It shows how friendships and help can come in the unique of circumstances. In conclusion, I think that the author of this book, Rick Riordan, is trying to show how friendships are very helpful, but also how even if someone does something wrong to you, you should still forgive them and be willing to help them. This story is very entertaining and very exciting, and Rick Riordan is a really good author.
For our chain project we used a lot of different materials that we used. First we used straws and pipe cleaners tied together to make it very tight. Then we wrapped paper around it to make it even stronger. We also used tape and rubber bands to strengthen the end of it to hold more weight. Overall, I think that our chain is going to be good and hold a lot of weight.
This week in bible we have been studying different names of Jesus. My name was The Good Shepherd. That means that He is always with us and is always watching over us. I think that it is a cool name because there are shepherds here on Earth and it gives us a visual example. It is a really cool name for Jesus.
14 September 2016
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
This years theme about “Selfless” is a good theme for me because it applies to me in a bunch of different ways. I really like this theme because it helps remind me to be selfless in whatever I do. I need to be selfless in sports, at home, and at school. I need to act in a way that people can see that I am selfless. It reminds me that everything that I do I have to think of others and be selfless. I can apply this theme to my life as an 8th grader at ZCS and to my life in the community and in the world.
This years theme can apply to my life here at ZCS. Here at Zeeland Christian I can apply this theme to many aspects in my life. In sports, I can apply it to the way that I play. When I play against other schools, I can show that I am selfless not by like letting them win, but by playing with a christian like attitude and whether I win or lose, I can keep God as my sole focus and always represent Him in the way that I play. At school I can also show selflessness in the way that I act and interact with people. For example, when I see someone that I could hang out with, I can show selflessness by realizing that and going to hang out and talk to that person. I can also realize that there are people like Theo who I can see that they can not do things that some of us can, and I can see that and just sit and talk to him at a recess instead of hanging out with my friends and that is a way that I can show selflessness. I can also be helpful and if any needs help with any help with school work or need to borrow something I can be selfless and lend them it or help them if they need help.
This years theme also applies to my life outside of school. Outside of school there are many opportunities for me to show selflessness to the other people around me. One example in which I can show it is at home. At home, I can be selfless by letting my sisters have first choice in things that normally I would want first choice in. I could also be selfless by volunteering to do a job that I do not like to do or a job that is someone else’s job and I could be selfless and help them with it. I could also be selfless by keeping a good attitude and being a positive influence to the people around me. Outside of my house, I can be selfless in the way that other people that I do and do not know, by talking to them and being polite, as well as helping people that I do or do not know in little things, like picking something up for them that they dropped or small thing like that. Even little thing that I do can make people see that I try to act selfless, and it does not only have to be to people that I do know, but also to people that I do not even know who they are.
I can apply this theme to my life as an 8th grader at ZCS and to my life in the community and in the world. I think that this verse is really going to help me in my christian faith and I am going to be able to show my selflessness and I will learn new ways to show selflessness. I think this verse will help me show selflessness and increase my relationship with God.
Our boat did very well the first time and we got a time of 11 seconds. Then for the second time we lost our boat and this is the boat that we had to end up with. For our boats the good thing that happened was that we had enough materials to last for both boats. We also worked very well as a team. One problem that we had was that we wanted to keep making it better and then it started to get worse. Another problem was that we lost our boat and we had less than a day to improvise a new boat. But overall we did pretty well.
This summer I went to my cottage almost every weekend. It was a ton of fun because this summer was very hot and we had a lake very close nearby. At our lake we have a speedboat and a pontoon boat and we love to go tubing behind the speed boat. We also use our neighbors raft to jump off of and to play king of the raft on. We would also just relax on our rafts and just lay in the water. On the ground we would play a lot of different sports. We liked to play wiffle ball, kickball and do fake olympics. We would also cook a lot of things over the fire. Some of those things could be s’mores, and hot dogs. Inside we enjoyed playing games. We also really liked watching the Tigers games on TV.