Every human being should have five senses: sight, hearing,  taste, touch, and smell. Unfortunately, some people are born deaf or blind, and don't get to experience those senses. In some cases, people become blind, deaf, or possibly loose sense of touch in some way, through a traumatic experience. I feel bad for those people; I can't imagine loosing one of the senses after having them for so long.
       If I had to give up a sense, it would be the sense to smell. I couldn't give up sight; what is life if you can't see it? I could never give up hearing, I love music way too much. I couldn't give up taste, because I love food so much. I couldn't give up touch; life needs to be touched. I would give up smell, because I already have allergies and I can't smell half the time anyways. Also, I feel like there wouldn't be much to miss, except the smell of food and flowers, which if I had too, I could survive without.

   Schools always say how they have nutrition guidelines, and that they proudly follow them. The food at the snack bar are all "healthy," and the lunch served is healthy too. Well that's all fine and good, but there's still a problem. There are kids who go eat lunch and then go to the snack bar every day. Even though they're eating healthier choices, their calorie intake is too much.
   There isn't really much to do about this, except to inform the students about calorie intake. If they know that they shouldn't be going to the snack bar every day, then hopefully they won't. Also, there should be a limit on how much one person can buy. Three cookies and five bags of chips are very unhealthy. It doesn't matter what they're made of, it's just too much food.
    Check out a quick presentation on MyPlate below! It will give you some good tips for healthy eating in the future.
         Online Safety is making the right decisions when being online. This is important because if you make the wrong choices, you can end up in danger. Most parents are worried about their children with all the social networking sites online. Lots of kids don't understand the consequences of giving out personal information. They also don't understand what is and isn't appropriate information to share with different people. Parents and teachers can check out safekids.com to learn how to talk to their kids and students about online safety, and learn about the different thing the kids are doing.
          There are also a few tips I've found that will keep any kid smart and safe. The first tip, is to not meet up with anyone you've met online. If you must, meet up somewhere public, and bring along some friends or adults. Secondly, think about the person's motives; some people may just be being friendly, and others may be trying to manipulate you. Lastly, be careful with your cell phone, don't give your number out to everyone, or put it somewhere where anyone could find it. Also, make sure any apps you have that can pinpoint your location are trustworthy. Check out the game below to test your knowledge of online safety!

     I find that technology is a super tricky subject. There are pros and cons to just about everything technological. However, do the pros outweigh the cons? Lots of kids my age, including myself, have an iPhone. I know that all of us are super addicted to it; it has everything we need right there in front of us. As much as I absolutely love my phone, I can't help but think sometimes that I'd be better off without it.
     My iPhone distracts my from doing my homework, chores, and plenty of other things. Some say well just put it away until you're done, but it's so not that easy! I also constantly feel the need to check my social media accounts to the point of obsession. I know I'm not the only one, and it's kind of ridiculous that we all act this way. Everywhere you look teens are on their phones, and it's not really a good thing. Make sure to answer my poll below about technology obsession, and maybe go outside or something.

       Next month I will be taking a trip with several other 8th graders to Washington D.C. and New York City. We will be leaving the 15th of May, and coming back the 19th. Our chaperons will be Mr. Ham and a few parents. This is an amazing opportunity for all of us 8th graders; we may never have an opportunity to do all the things we're doing ever again. It's going to be a very eventful, educational, and fun trip.
       The itinerary we've been given is so packed, I know all of us are going to be super exhausted by the end of each day. Although the educational stuff will be great, I'm definitely most excited for seeing a show on Broadway in New York City! As of this moment we're seeing "Spider-Man," but if tickets aren't available we'll be seeing "The Lion King." We will also be visiting many different memorials and museums. Below is a short quiz to test your knowledge of Washington D.C.; make sure to take it whether you're going to be going on the trip too, or just for fun.
    To be innovative is to see and do things in a different way. Innovators have persistence; they take risks, and make mistakes. Many of the people who have grown up to be innovators have always been curious. They don't like to believe that just because everyone does something a certain way, means that it's the only way. 
    Most of the time when someone thinks 'innovator', they think of Steve Jobs. Well someone you might not think of is Audrey Hepburn; she was both an innovator and an icon. In her time, most girls thought to be beautiful you had to be the cookie cutter, blonde, blue-eyed girl. Audrey knew this wasn't the case, and showed women everywhere you just had to be yourself and nothing else. She is now considered to be one of the   most beautiful women ever, and continue to inspire women all over with her ideas.  

      Recently in class we've been splitting into groups and creating podcasts. All of us are learning along the way the do's and dont's of podcasting. Something I've learned is how important it is to do all of your research, even background information. You'll need this to support your claims. Another 'do' is to create a script, you don't want run out of things to say. However, you do want the podcast to be similar to just a natural conversation, not entirely scripted.
      Something you never want to do is make a podcast thinking you can wing the whole thing. People are tuning in to learn things, not to hear you ramble about random things. Make sure you focus on getting through the key points,  while also taking time to discuss them. Below is a link to a webpage that will help you along your podcast journey; good luck!

      An argumentative essay is where you have a claim, evidence, and reasoning. First you make a claim to let the audience know how you feel about a particular topic. Then you back it up with evidence. Finally you give your reasoning; why you feel this way, and why you want to argue for it, or against it. I think school uniforms would be a good topic because it's so debatable. Teen driving would be another good one; there are many statistics to back your claim up with that. Writing an argumentative essay is fairly easy, as long as you know what you're talking about.

       I do think that parents put pressure on their children by wanting them to have better lives than they had. To some degree it's okay because they're just trying to protect their kids. However, they also need to let them go out and make their own mistakes. Some kids can't take it and rebel against their parents. Others take the advice and make sure to make the choices their parents would want.
      On the TV, and in movies, you see all kinds of different situations. I think in some cases they can even influence kids today, for better, or for worse. I also think that in the case of a rebel child, the parents should back off a little. Everyone has a limit when it comes to pressure.