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Since I was little, I have always loved working with computers. I always liked going on the internet to play games, and look at websites, but that was never enough. I wanted to know how they worked, and what the process was behind them. I wanted to know the languages, and the codes, and how to put all the pieces together to make something coherent that anyone could enjoy. 
When I was in fourth grade my I saw a video about a kid my age, who had the same curiosity as me. So he started using the internet to find guides and lessons, and soon he was able to make websites himself. At the end of the video there was footage of him playing a game that he made by himself. This was a driving force, and convinced me that I could do this. The very next day I went to look for ta guide so I could start learning. After a few hours on Google, I came to a crushing realization. There was no good way to learn programming online. Not one that was free. After this I put my hopes on a shelf, and moved on to different things.

My freshman year of high school I decided to go back to programming. I was older, more experienced, and there had never been more information on the internet then right then. I soon found a website that had a free html guide. With that guide I began to build my own website. I came to school early every morning to read and work on it. I spent months working, until I had something I was really proud of.
Around December of my freshman year It was announced that there was a chance that my school would be shutting down after we graduated. Within a few months, this escalated to us being closed at the end of that school year. It was crushing to hear, and soon it became apparent that despite protest, there was nothing we could do to stop it. We were told we had to apply to new schools. We were all sad to hear that the people who we had just spent a year getting to know, would not be the ones walking across the stage with us as we graduated. It was something no one really wanted, and everyone tried to fight. 
When I came to SLA at the beginning of this year, there was a sort of light at the end of the tunnel. I was able to sign up for both Computer Science, and Web Design. I  was ecstatic to know that I would have the chance to learn even more about programming, and the way computers work. Now budget cuts threaten to take away these paragons of hope. These classes have taught me more than I think I ever could have learned on the internet. The have advanced me in the craft, and given me a chance to hone and challenge my ability. The thought of having something like this taken away from me next year is insane.
I know that you can't just give the schools all the money they need, and I know that someone has to lose out. I just don't understand why kids like me, who are plentiful in this school as well as others, have to get the short end of the stick. If children are the future, then shouldn't we be doing everything in our power to make sure the future is strong, and capable.







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I Value My Education More!

Today there is a huge protest going down about our budget cuts. People from many schools including my school, Science Leadership Academy are protesting to raise money so that our schools continue to be schools. However, today in English I realized that I need my education more. Since, there are barely any students today in class, what would be the point of learning? I want to learn! Next week, I am going to be taking the Keystones which means that I will need to take every second of each school day to learn what I need to learn in order to pass the Keystone. Unfortunately, there are only 10 people in class, so what’s to learn? I feel as though that it’s okay for people to protest about our budget cuts and to keep schools open, but why are people cutting school, to save our schools? I also feel that today was just not a good day to do a protest since there is so much going on in our school now. People are getting ready to take a huge test in a matter of days, but we can’t even review because no one is here to learn. I do care so much about this protest, but it didn’t have a good timing to it. 

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Budget Cuts

I find it very interesting that people, specifically adults, are constantly telling younger children that their education is important and that is important to figure out what you want to do with your life so that we can help better America's future however, they take away things that we students need the most. School is not supposed to be a place where all you do is math,english,history and science. School is supposed to help students figure out what they a have a passion for while gaining knowledge necessary to get a great career in what ever field it is that we are passionate about. The idea of SLA without electives is absolutely crazy. I know that if sports and electives are taken out, more kids will begin to drop out of high school. I think we all need to figure out away to ration the money better so that schools can continue to have electives and sports. In my opinion school is the MOST important thing in my life and without proper education the probability of me becoming a unique and helpful part of civilization is very slim. It's a shame that some people honestly believe it is a good idea to drop school budget down 300 million dollars. I'm terrified of what school will be like next year if my school looses out on 17,000 dollars. We are the future of America. Without education what will we be or better yet, what will America be?  However, I do understand why some may believe that this is necessary. I have noticed that a lot of people believe Philadelphia is becoming a waste land and that there is no point in helping people who seem to not really care about their education. I just feel badly because I do understand that there are people in Philly who really want to succeed but can get their voices heard. 

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Budget Cuts- Philadelphia School District

​To whom it may concern, 
   

I wanted to talk about the budget cuts and how they shouldn't happen from my point of view. I am a student from Science Leadership Academy who loves playing sports and trying new things. With the budget cuts, after school activities, and sports programs would be abolished. This year I started playing this cool sport called Ultimate Frisbee which my friends and principle got me into. I wouldn't want this to be taken from me because it has really been a stress release and a great way to stay in shape. I work to get better in this sport and am dedicated to my school's team. From this I keep up my grades so I will be able to play. With the budget cuts all my hard work and dedication would have been for nothing. Also, with the abolishments of after school activities in the city of Philadelphia more students from all over would be wondering the streets instead of being productive, and this would cause more "flash mobs", and fights in our city. I hope you understand that the students of Philadelphia including myself truly needs sports programs. Thank you for your time and consideration and hopefully change can be made 

-Pierce Luck
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The Importance of Education / Suggestion

In my opinion, education is one of the most important stuff in our society. Education is the only thing that shouldn't be cut, because the students are the country's future. The point is, the government couldn't afford the money as much as before, in order to solve this problem, the government can borrow some money from some rich people, or from other countries instead of cutting everything. 
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No More Basketball, Yeah right.

Today Philadelphia students from around the city came out to city hall to protest about the budget cut. The budget cuts will impact my life in a big way, because they are considering on taking away sports. I pray they do not because it would be unfair to us. The way it would be unfair because the people in charge had their turn to live a "normal" high school life, why can't we ? I believe the crime rate in Philadelphia will go out, because if there is nothing structor for the students to do, what do you think they would do after school, get in trouble. So why cut that? But to be honest my voice will not be heard. So if they do cut sports, I will have to accept and move on.
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Budget cuts

​Funding for public schools is being cut, which means programs and courses like sports and spanish are being cut as well. The majority who are actually being affected by this barely have a voice when it comes to were the money for schools gets distributed. This means that the little money there is left in the budget can be wasted, and the actual problems can't be addressed. The quality of education I'm receiving is getting worse, and becomes a lack of education for hundreds of others. Those who pass these laws were able to receive their education, why can't we?
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School District of Philadelphia Budget Cut

To Whom It May Concern:

 

           

           

            I am a student from Science Leadership Academy and I have a few words to speak about the budget cuts that are happening within the School District of Philadelphia. I am concerned that of which the budgets cuts are going to affect my goal of becoming an Engineer. With the cut, I have read that it will take away electives from my school that I need to strive for that goal, for that engineering will be taken away from my school and the teacher that will teach Engineering is not just one in general but he also teaches Chemical Engineering, Advanced and Bio Tech Engineering. I want all of these to support my learning and give me a more stable background that I always wanted to become an engineer. I hopefully think that you would also do something about this.

                                                                                               

Sincerely

                                                                                                Richard Vichika Yoeun

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Lloyd Williams Othello Benchmark Journals

1-Bade him anon return and here speak with me,

The which he promised. Do but encave yourself,

And mark the fleers, the gibes, and notable scorns

That dwell in every region of his face.

For I will make him tell the tale anew

Where, how, how oft, how long ago, and when

He hath, and is again to cope your wife.

I say, but mark his gesture. Marry, patience,

Or I shall say you are all in all in spleen,

And nothing of a man.


Now will I question Cassio of Bianca,

A huswife that by selling her desires

Buys herself bread and clothes. It is a creature

That dotes on Cassio, as ’tis the strumpet’s plague

To beguile many and be beguiled by one.

He, when he hears of her, cannot refrain

From the excess of laughter. Here he comes.


As he shall smile, Othello shall go mad.

And his unbookish jealousy must construe

Poor Cassio’s smiles, gestures, and light behavior

Quite in the wrong.—How do you now, lieutenant?


In this scene Othello is raging, and Iago has to pretend to be sympathetic to his cause. For this reason he would be act angry, or at least annoyed. Because Othello is his general, he would be very stiff, and formal. Then when he starts to talk to the audience, he would show his true face, He would put on a scowl, maybe brush himself off, and speak in a low menacing voice. Once he starts talking to cassio he is very playful, laughing and acting foolish.

2-Roderigo is missing for a large portion of the play. He tells Barbantio of Othello and Desdemona’s marriage. He doesn’t show up again until Iago has gotten Cassio drunk, at which point he enrages Cassio. Then he takes a long absence once again until it is time for Iago to goad him into killing Cassio, which leads to his death. Due to Iago’s trickery, he spends most of the play believing that Desdemona will soon come to him.  Based on the scenes he was in, it’s clear that he was not socially important, and had no way of knowing anything that was going on.

3-When Iago was a very young child his younger brother Tiago was born. Tiago was always much stronger, and favored by his parents. Tiago quickly ascended rank in the military. Iago vowed to do the same, and quickly joined the army. When he was placed under a moor, his brother ridiculed him, increasing his hatred. One night at a saloon someone made a joke that Othello had been with Iago’s wife, and his hatred for the moor was born.

4-I have to make sure to accentuate when talking about Desdemona, and be generally sinister. I also have to laugh and joke with Cassio. I am going to use an umbrella as a dagger hooked to my waist. We have decided that all the actions should be really dramatized.

5-“Now will I question Cassio of Bianca. It is a creature that dotes on Cassio. He when he hears of her cannot refrain from the excess of laughter.” This line is important because it explains how a key component of the plan will work. Without this Cassio and Iago laughing at Bianca would make no sense, and disrupt the entire end of the play. Yes it went as planned for the most part, although I messed up a few of my lines. I think we could have been more dramatic and over the top. The livee performance made
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Traición Padre Enero

Hola soy Father McEnroe, el sacerdote a Saint Patrick's English School. Creo este todo el mundo tiene un derecho aprender a él mismo como todos los demás. No hace asunto si estas pobre o rico cuales es por que dí Machuca y los otros niños una oportunidad venir a mi escuela. Con la patria a guerra y General Pinchet tentando derrocar Presidente Allende quiero mostrar un ejemplo este cree con Allende. Pinochet es por la clase alta pero más de la patria es clase baja haciendo su un mal líder por las gentes de chile.

En un vistazo ve una mujer buscando a el barril de una pistola. Sin embargo si miras a detalles y colores la mujer representa madre naturaleza . La verde natural buscando musgo creciendo en ella, la cascada caída de ella cabeza y los pájaros volando alrededor de su cabeza estan todos señal este su es madre naturaleza. También yo avistó este la pistola tiene construcción en lo con una mano tenencia; yo pienso lo que representa constricción de humano. También la pistola tiene un boca y madre naturaleza es tentando besar lo. La imagen es supone representa el traición de humanos a madre naturaleza. Pienso lo que es brillantes que el pintor quierió mostrar cómo hombre tiene usé tierra de madre naturaleza y apuñaló su en la espalda.

Chile es en un estado de civil gurrea. Pinochet quiere cambiar la país de socialist a un capitalist gobierno. Este fue cuándo permití Machuca y otros pobre ninos en mi escuela. Entonces cosas fueran duro y allí fueran tensión entre el niños y Machuca y fueran siempre peleando, fue gusta el motín fueron suceso en la escuela. Para mi los objectos en la cuadro simbolizan comó gentes tienen tomado la tierra y cambió por sus nuestro mismo bien. Con nuestro queramos por mas construcciónes somos destruieron la tierra y haciendo la tierra peor por todo el mundo y criatura de dios.

            La mensaje este la obra trae es supone ser un despierte la llamada por humanos darse cuenta que allí necesitan ser un cambiaren el mundo. Pienso este es derecho y allí son ejemplos este mostra este necesitamos cambiar.

 

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Negative Space Reflection

Negative space is the when the space around an object that is shaded to show the outline of an object.

I found negative space in my cut out by having the outline one color so it outlines the bird on both sides out the picture.

 I found negative space in my still life drawing my shading around the area of the object until I started to see the object in real life.

It helps an artist to see negative space because it easier to not think about the details of an object. Also it helps them draw what they see.

Seeing negative space does enhance drawings by making you see the surrounding space of object and still see the object itself.
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Negative Space Drawing And Cut Out

A) Negative space is the space around or inside an object.

b)I found the negative space in the drawing by look for the space that was not occupied by an object. For the cut out it was a bit different. The negative space was already pointed out for us.

c)It gives them a better perspective on the space surrounding the object they might be drawing.

D)Yes because it will make it easier to draw the object if they can identify the space around it.
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Negative Space

A. What is negative space (explain this concept to a fourth grader that has never heard of it)

    B. Explain how you found negative space in 1. your cut out?, 2. in your still life drawing?

    C. Why does it help an artist to see in negative space?

    D. Does seeing in negative space enhance drawings, why or why not?

Negative space is the shape surrounding the object your looking at. Usually when doing a normal drawing, first you would draw the object, but when drawing in negative space, you draw the outline of the object and color outside the lines, not inside. When you finish coloring the outside of the lines, the object will appear. I found negative space in both my cut outs and in my still life drawing. For the cut outs, I had a house picture template which was colored in black and white. I put my pink paper behind the template and I started cutting on the line where the two different colors, black and white met. When I finished cutting those parts, I began puzzling the pieces on my other orange paper. In the middle of the orange paper which lied horizontally, I added a vertical line where my art will change from negative to positive space. I thought of how exactly the things will look when the pieces of paper were added to show negative space. I noticed that things were suppose to be flipped when moved into the opposite side of my vertical line. Also, when I was doing my still life drawings, I first looked at the object and lightly outlined the lines of the object, then I colored the outside of those lines, so the object will be seen without really drawing it out. 

Seeing in negative space helps an artist because it forms the object inside the artist's head but on paper, the object isn't specifically drawn. This type of art lets creativity be used in a different, unique way. This negative space enhanced my drawing because of how unusal it is. It lets me think outside the box and to better my art skills. 

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Negative Space

  A. What is negative space (explain this concept to a fourth grader that has never heard of it)

Negative Space is the extra space on a drawing. To make it you have to outline whatever object you are making.

    B. Explain how you found negative space in 1. your cut out?, 2. in your still life drawing?You find the negative space in the cutout, by cutting out the dark parts on the cut out, and pasting the outline on one side of your paper, and putting the solid part on the other side of the paper. You find negative space in the still life drawing, by outlining an object, then coloring in all the space around to make the object look a certain color. 

    C. Why does it help an artist to see in negative space?

Seeing negative space helps an artist, because it opens their eyes to more details, and the shapes with be realistic.

    D. Does seeing in negative space enhance drawings, why or why not?

I think that seeing negative space in drawings enhances drawings, because you can see more details in the drawing, so it looks more interesting.

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Imani's Journals

Imani’s Journals 

Journal 1: 

Now will I question Cassio of Bianca,

A huswife that by selling her desires

Buys herself bread and clothes. It is a creature

That dotes on Cassio, as ’tis the strumpet’s plague

To beguile many and be beguiled by one.

He, when he hears of her, cannot refrain

From the excess of laughter. Here he comes.

As he shall smile, Othello shall go mad.

And his unbookish jealousy must construe

Poor Cassio’s smiles, gestures, and light behavior

Quite in the wrong.—How do you now, lieutenant?

Journal 2:

This scene is when Iago is talking to himself about Bianca & Cassio relationship. He say's 

"Now will I question Cassio of Bianca, A his wife that by selling her desires" he is saying that 

I question his love for Bianca because he is such a lier, cheater, & always has a scheme about him.In this quote he talks about how Bianca is a hoe, & needs to be taking care of her from other people.When I first read the quote I thought Iago was talking about Cassio & Bianca to Othello. But once he said " Here he comes. As he shall smile, Othello shall go mad." I knew he was being his usually self & talking about his schemes.



Journal 3:

Emila didn't have many friends growing up, because she was known as the two faced worst best friend.  Since she was young her problem was not knowing when to interfere or to just walk away. She was raised in a very wealthy home so she was a born into money which made her spoiled, or always getting the answer yes. Her childhood has had an impact on her as an adult & also learning how to become a people person. She had to learn how to life a normal life with challenges, struggles, & being said no. She experienced this in many encounters with Othello & Iago. Learning how to become a different person isn’t easy but learning how to become a trustworthy friend to Desdemona is something new.


Journal 4:

My role in the play is the character Emilia, she is Iago'a wife & has very limited roles in the play. She has different personalities or is just pretreated as that. In some scene's she is known as the peace makers, but in others she is the one known to start the fights & augments. She had a huge impact on the story because she was one of the character when Emilia & cassia found the handkerchief instead of her admitting the truth she decided not do anything which put people's lives at risk & could have changed the whole story.

For the play it's the scene where othello & emilia are in the room talking about the death of desemona & how iago (emila husband) lied bout the whole story of emilia being un-faithful. In the play I am going to be emila while ming-xue is othello in the play we are going to have a sword. we are going to be screaming, backing each other down, and using our fake desemona to interact with the scene. One of the props we need is the sword because in the scene othello pulls out a sword on emilia. We are going to be putting a lot of emition in the story, we also know most of the lines since we practice a lot. We are going to be the best group out there!! I think we are going to be the best since we used our story to help us & we used the comments from the teachers to help us improve on our scene.

Journal 5:

In the play, I become Emilia & almost all of her lies is important but when she say's " He lies to the heart: She was too fond of her most filthy bargain" I believe that was the turning  point in the play, or the nail in the coffin to Othello. This line is really important to not only Emilia but definitely to Othello. Desdemona is dead because of Othello, he only killed because he thought she was unfaithful, but as Emilia just told him it wasn't true. He lies to the heart, is not saying his or her heart but I think she's saying everyones heart but mainly Othello's. She is saying he is telling you something false that knowns will get under your skin or hit hard to your hurt. "She was too fond of her most filthy bargain" is saying she was to good, nice, or peacefully person to do something like this to a person she loved so much who was you Othello. Since I knew this line was so important in the play I made sure to make it stand out. When it was time to say these lines I spoke with anger, & rage. To show how upset she was that her husband Iago falsely accused Desdemona of cheating with Cassio. 

In the group performs I think we did a really good job, On of the best if I may say so. At first I was kinda nervous or worried that I wouldn't feel the fire or connection it takes to pull off this powerful scene. We did a really good job in bring emotion to the scene to bring the connection with us as characters & the connection with the crowd. I think we did really good not only because of the emission we bought to the set, but the placement we had on the set. Placement is very important in a play to know where to stand, how to interact with the crowd, & to make sure everyone can hear your lines form any point in the play. I am really happy with my performs in the play & the only thing I would change is that we had a longer time to remember our lines.




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