Expeditions Reflection

Before heading to expeditions I was worried that it would be lackluster and not as enjoyable as previous ones. This was because I heard that the year before some students went to Phuket, Thailand, and to myself, hiking for three days, and approximately 5 hours per day did not seem like an activity that I would enjoy partaking in. What I didn’t know is that my eyes were blessed with a new and more beautiful view every day. As well as this, the journey through the mountains helped me realize that choosing the most significant materials to carry, as well as keeping my belongings safe and dry was very important. I think this will help me in school to remember to stay organized and plan ahead to diminish the chance of unfortunate situations.

Since expeditions were one of the first things that we got to take part in during this year, I got to get to know people whom I haven’t talked to beforehand. The groups were constructed so that everyone could talk to someone new, and that is exactly what happened. At the end of the fast-passing five days, I was able to make new friends who I wouldn’t have without this trip.

Setting up the tents every night was most likely the most frustrating and complicated experiences that I have had. Yet through the hardships, we were able to fight through, and personally, I became a better contributor and teammate. Everyone in the group had to carry a specific element of the tent, and as a team, we decided who would carry the heaviest things and we substituted by carrying the clothes of that person.

Overall, I think that this trip helped me realize that being a good collaborator, being strong, offering for others, not judging books by their covers, and more, were all important aspects to having an enjoyable and incredible time. I am deeply thankful for this opportunity and hope that next year we will have an even better experience.


This is a video made by our group to teach 6th graders what to do and how to react when one wants to be an effective collaborator. We believe this video will help them because just like them, we have also once been in sixth grade not knowing what to expect. Through our experiences, we consider ourselves responsible to help people that will go through the same ones. We hope this video of examples of collaboration will help them reach their potential this year as middle schoolers.

Phase 2 Reflection – Spanish

I am most proud of my oral assessment and my final exam. I performed at top marks for both of them and felt very fluent when I spoke during my oral and zoomed through my written exam. I consider myself a Spanish speaker, but I wouldn’t say I’m a fluent one. I say this because I still have trouble placing the pronouns in the right places and sometimes I forget to conjugate in the correct tense. I also can work on my vocabulary. If I could take this course again, I would organize my notes in a way that is easier for me to look back on because the notes I took on the preterite conjugation were hard to read and made it harder for me to remember. For phase three, I will be prepared to take better notes and use my pages effectively. Secondly, I will be sure to improve my vocabulary and speak to my family members (who speak Spanish) to improve. Finally, I will plan to work on my weaknesses over the course of next year in Phase 3.

Sports Science – Badminton Overhead Clear

In order to investigate the effects of a test subject’s arm length on the distance a birdie can travel, we tested 4 different test subjects all with a variety of arm lengths. The 4 lengths were, 121cm (Kiwi), 126cm (Noa), 127cm (Andre), 133cm (Shoichi). We had 3 trials so the data would become more reliable and accurate by creating an average. Also, we decided to exclude anomalies in which were completely off compared to other trials. We then averaged the 3 results:

The data above is not correlated and for Andre, his distance was the shortest, despite his arm+racket length being the second longest.

First, here is the video from Kiwi:

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Second, here is the video from Noa:


Third, here is the video from Andre:

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Last, here is the video from Shoichi:


In general, according to our experiment, and a presentation by Gabriel Vargas, the length of the arm affects the distance the birdie travels with a positive correlation. This means the longer your arm, the further the birdie will travel. When an experiment takes place, there will always be flaws. We tried to keep as many variables the same. We used the same racket and hit from the same place. However, we could’ve kept more variables the same. We should’ve used the same birdies and hit with more consistency by keeping the feet in the same place and using the same components of the arm for example the fore arm and shoulders. We also think that the experience level and the muscle power that each test subject had could change the distance the birdies traveled. The follow through and the coordination of the levers in the arm also create a bigger impact on the shot and how far it can travel. Lastly, the contraction and extension of the different components and muscles of the arm can create clear differences.

Showcase Portfolio 8


Art: For art, we are working on arts and crafts. I created this blue pot using a coil technique. After letting it air dry, and putting the pot in the kiln, the pot was ready to paint. This photo was taken before it was put in the kiln after the paint was applied. Once it comes out it should be a brighter blue. I plan to add a glaze to make the surface smoother. I used creative thinking skills in this pot. I hope to use more skills throughout the year.           


In design we are working on making an animation. We have spent our whole year up to this point planning, and creating the story and our message. I chose the topic cancer because it has had a big effect on my life. I plan to improve my animating skills as I get more experienced and create another in the near future. In this animation I used reflection skills by applying feedback from my peers.


In drama, we are learning about Commedia dell Arte which is the first form of Comedy. It originated in Italy and as a class we have done a lot of research on it. My interpretation is here. I used communication skills by getting my point across in my project journal.

English: In english we a currently working on poems and how they are related to advertisements. I would like to show you my book report on Skellig which we have worked on before the winter break. It is a very interesting book with lots of symbols and allusions. Each of us had to create a theme related to the book. We have learned that themes cannot be one word, rather they should be full sentences with a lesson to be learned. This is exactly what I have displayed in my report. I used media literacy skills.

Humanities: In Humanities we learn about the world around us. Religion is a big part of our day to day lives. They cause holidays and unique traditions. My partner and I created a presentation about Christianity. We talked about rules, holidays, origin, and etcetera. I used collaboration skills by presenting with my partner.

Mathematics: In math we are working on 2D and 3D shapes and such. I made a poster on all sorts of shapes. I think I did a pretty good job. Here is the link to it. I explained and showed methods to find area and perimeter of a 2D shape, the internal usable area and length of each line in a track, and finally the surface area and volume of a pyramid. I used communication skills by getting my point across. 

Music: We haven’t had many assignments in music. One thing we have had is the test on accidentals and chords. I didn’t do very good on it and I plan to improve later in the year. I use organization skills by arranging pitches correctly.

Physical Education: In PE, we were working on invasion games and strategies in which to confuse the opponents and get a score. In this video I was showing a possible offensive strategy to apply in handball. Handball is similar to basketball and soccer. You can dribble with your hands and you have to shoot by throwing the ball into the goal. I showed this strategy in this video by drawing and moving magnets on a white board. LINK. I use transfer skills by applying knowledge from MS basketball and YCAC basketball to PE.

Science: I have never been very good at science although I enjoy chemistry. Currently we are working on Metals and Acids and how they work together. I created an infographic which is similar to a poster on Acid Rain. Here is a link. I use Information literacy skills.

Spanish: I enjoy Spanish very much. (I think it is my favorite class). I am learning about travelling and have learned a lot of vocabulary related to it. Recently, Kalea and I did a skit in Spanish. Kalea was the client and I acted as the flight agent. I had to recommend a country to her and explain the fastest way to get there and what to bring. Here is the link In Spanish I use creative thinking skills by thinking of complex sentences quickly.

YCAC Basketball: Last year and this year I have taken part in basketball outside of school with Hayden, Connor, Yui, Lukus, Erik, and others. I have applied communication skills (although I have no evidence). In scrimmages and the games that we have had, it was necessary for us to be vocal and communicate. This helped us very much

ATLs that I am strong in: I think I used many ATLs (Approaches to learning) this year. Today I will narrow it down to 4 that I think I used the strongest in. I think I have shown organization in lots of my classes especially Design. I have turned in every assignment on time and have gotten exceptional grades. I have shown transfer skills in our basketball team at school and at YCAC by being vocal in both of those places. I have shown information literacy in Humanities in the Christianity presentation by using correct information in the right time. Finally, I have displayed collaboration in dramatic skits in Drama by working with others and creating skits in short amounts of time.

ATL to work on: Although I have said that I have shown organization in Design, I have not shown organization in Spanish. Despite the fact that Spanish is my favorite class, we have had a lot to work on and I have had trouble managing it. I will make it my goal to work on my organization in Spanish this semester.


Reflections on Dragon Days


Designing our project was… Designing our project was very difficult although we got it done, I think we could have improved on the detail and interest we put into the project. Our presentation was very informative. Although it was, it was also a little boring in my opinion
Reasons I liked working with my group I liked working with my group because nobody rejected ideas and we all went with the flow. I also liked it because there was no gap between the boys and the girls and we both supported each other.
ATL skills that I used well I think I used good organization skills. My group would occasionally lose things and I could back them up with versions of documents that I had.  
Great moments along the way A good moment we had was when we were filming the video. We improvised and our video turned out funny and also slightly helpful.
One thing I learned from another group A lot of the other groups such as The Picartists made a banner with their name on it that made their name stick out. I think if we could have done that and engaged lots of kids our project could have been very successful.
Next time, I will Be more constructive rather than settle on my own ideas. I felt like I was dominating the conversation half the time which some people may take as me being a leader.
Something awesome that I contributed I contributed by making a clean presentation and editing our short video skit. I think both of those were entertaining and interesting to watch.


What I am excited about for Grade 7

Hi! My name is Noa. I am finally in grade 7. I am very excited to see what will happen this year. Last year I had a blast with all the different classes and the different experience but I know I can make this year even better and more fun. I am excited for field studies and basketball season. I am excited for field studies because I know I am going to have lots of fun being outside and doing activities. And I am excited for basketball because I want to play against the other schools, play with my other friends and improve on my game overall.Basketball-2


My Instructional Video

I worked with Kate and we made a video explaining what kind of things you should know if you want to learn a piano piece. Ours is a little bit comedic but has some basic facts. If I were to reflect on our video I think we did a nice pretty nice job. Considering we together have already learned about some music we have some knowledge. I think Kate was a good partner. Sometimes (most of the time) we would get off topic and do something else. We still got out video done and I think we did a good job. Ok here’s our video. Bye bye!

Field Studies (blog post 1)

On October 20th 2014 we left to go to Hakuba for field studies. I was looking forward to do lots of activities with YIS and Evergreen staff. Unfortunately it rained and disrupted some of our activities. At first we sat under where we would eat our meals and have meetings to introduce the Evergreen guides and talk about the boundaries. They told us our tent groups and we started a hike adventure. We had to learn how to use a compass and lead the group the right way. We ended up going the right way thankfully “phew”. As we were walking we had to figure out different riddles. I remember one it went like this. You have to figure out what word it is; It’s more powerful than God, more evil than the Devil, Rich people need it, poor people have it. The word is NOTHING ;). Thanks to our leader Nadine she helped us keep going and not to give up on the hike. At the end of the hike I found that I was a Communicator because I was working out the riddles and talking with my friends.