How was your break and what did you do?
My break was good but shorter than I hoped it would be. My nephew was born on December 23rd, so I spent a large amount of time with him and the rest of my family. I also went to the movie theater a lot over the break with my sister. Spending time with my family is always fun.
My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it. --Mark Twain. What is the most trouble you have ever given your parents? What is the most enjoyment you have ever given them?
I haven't had a whole a lot of trouble with my parents. For the most part we got along pretty well since I do what they ask of me. I give my parents lots of reasons for enjoyment. I make all A's every year and am currently number 11 in my class. I've never had any behavioral issues at school and I think I represent my family very well.
A high school football player felt hurt and betrayed when his girlfriend broke up with him, and it affected his game. His coach suggested that he write down all of their experiences, good and bad, and what he learned from them. When he read what he had written, the football player realized how she had shaped his life and made him a better person. With that, he could move on.
Does writing help you express your feelings? "Love is Never Lost," David J. Murcott, CSTSII
I definitely think writing helps you express your feelings, good and bad. Instead of letting your thoughts transform into bad actions, why not just write them down and get them out in a more civil manner. Writing can be very beneficial.
A teacher decorated his bulletin board with inspirational sayings. One sign proclaimed: "You you can conceive it and believe it you can achieve it." Paul, a D student, read the sign and said that his dream was to be a B student by the end of the semester. He believed he could be; and with hard work, he achieved it.
What dream can you conceive? Can you believe it? Can you achieve it? "The Eternal Gifts," Jack Schlatter, CSTSI
An academic dream I have is to be in the top 10 of my class. I definitely see myself at that spot since I'm currently number 11. This goal is attainable but will just require a little more effort and dedication to my schoolwork.
What are you doing during the 3-day weekend?
On Saturday I'm going to San Antonio. I plan on spending time with my family and watch football on Sunday. And on Monday I plan on doing homework, cleaning up my room, and working out.
A college student was offended by a professor's remark and thought that the professor didn't like him. A friend suggested that the professor might be thinking the same way. " People like people who like them," he said. "If you show an interest in him, he'll be interested in you." When the young man spoke to the professor in a friendly way, their relationship changed.
How do you decide if you like someone? How do you show interest in them? "Like People First," Kent Nerburn, CSTSI
Usually people like each other when they have something in common. Or if you see some of the qualities you have in that person. You can show interest in a person by trying to talk to them and making an effort to try to get to know them better.
Two teenagers stopped at a hot dog stand for lunch. When they went to pay, the vendor wouldn't take their money, saying it was his "freebie of the day." After they ate, a homeless man asked if they had any food left. There was none, but one of the teens bought a hot dog for the man. "I'm just passing on the kindness that someone gave to me," she explained.
Have you ever "passed on a kindness"? "A Gift for Two," Andrea Hensley, CSTSI
Yes, I actually have passed on kindness. One time I had ran into HEB real quick to buy a few things. An older gentlemen behind offered to pay and I told him it was okay but I thanked him anyways. He insisted on paying for the items and I was deeply flattered by his generosity. The next day I had gone to a coffee shop and noticed an elderly woman in line behind me. I ordered my coffee and gave the cashier money to pay for the woman in line behind me.
Just two weeks before opening night, Sherry told her drama teacher that she had to quit the school play. Her boyfriend complained that she didn't have time for him. The teacher told Sherry that she was outstanding in her told and that her boyfriend should be her biggest fan. Sherry kept her starring role in the play; her boyfriend got a new girl friend.
Who is your biggest fan? "Discovery" Eugene E. Beasley, CSTSII
My biggest fan is my Mom. She always pushes me to do my best and I love her for that. She is supportive and always does her best to set a good example for me. She always believes in me no matter what. I'm truly blessed to have a mother like her.
To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance. -- Oscar Wilde
What do you love most about yourself? What do others love about you?
I love that I can control myself and my feelings. I realize that things aren't bad until you start thinking that things are bad. If you have the right mindset, you'll always be able to turn bad into good or good into bad. I also love that I have self-motivation and can actually keep and reach goals I make for myself. Others love that I'm very generous, I'm laid back, and I always have a listening ear for them.
Because of a rare eye condition, Jason is legally blind. He can't drive, see a blackboard or read a book. But he can play varsity basketball, take honors classes and study abroad. How? Jason compensated for his blindness by developing his other talents. He realized there are many different ways to look at life.
Which of your senses is the most important to you? What would you do without it? "Visionary" Jason Leib, CSTSII
My vision is most important to me. I love looking at the beauty of nature and playing with my nephew and dog. Living without vision would be very hard for me and I'd probably always have to be helped. This is an actual fear for me because I already have very bad vision and can only see blurs of color without glasses or contacts.
When Greg passed around his yearbook to be signed, someone wrote, "Hi there, Ugly!" on the back page. Greg was crushed and believed this cruel remark was true. Years later, his wife told him he was handsome. Until, then he had always believed the graffiti in his yearbook.
How do you see yourself? How do you think others see you? "Hi There, Ugly," Greg Barker, CSTSI
I see myself as a clean person who has high hygiene expectations. I'm always clean and I think I'm a very beautiful person, inside and out. As far as others view me, I don't really know exactly how they see me but I do know my Mom thinks I'm a cute girl.
If you treat an individual as he is, he will remain as he is. But if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.
Do you treat people as they are, or as they ought to be?
I treat people how I view them, which is most of the time what they ought to be. I tend to try to see the best in people and that reflects in the way I treat them.
Jason was supposed to pick his father up for the 18-mile drive home, but got engrossed in a movie and was two hours late. He then lied to his father about his tardiness, but his dad knew the truth. 'I'm going to walk home and think about what I've done wrong to have a son who lies." the Father walked the 18 miles home in the dark while Jason drove alongside -- and he never lied again.
How were you taught to tell the truth? "A Long Walk Home," Jason Bocarro, CSTSI
My parents have always taught be since I was a little girl to tell the truth. I've never lied a huge lie that got me into trouble. My parents raised me to have standards for myself and I can definitely say I live up to them.
Then he kissed her, she kissed him, Without an explanation, And both together smiled and said, "That's multiplication." Then Dad appeared upon the scene and Made a quick decision. He kicked that kid three blocks away And said, "That's long division!"--Dan Clark
Have your parents ever practiced "long division" on you and your friends? "Practical Application," Dan Clark, CSTSII
No, my parents have never kicked one of my friends out of the house.
Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born. --Anais Nin
When has a friend opened up a whole new world for you?
In December 2014, I went to Colorado and my family met a family that we became friends with. They had a daughter, Sarah, who was 16 at the time, 3 years older than me. She introduced a lot of fun activities to me that was definitely a whole new world. Theses activities included pond ice skating, snow boarding, skiing, and night skiing. When I went back to Colorado in August 2016, I thought it wouldn't be as fun as in the winter time but I was completely wrong. We swam in natural springs, went hiking, hunted for mushrooms, played walley ball, and many other awesome things.
Some students researching careers were given an assignment to interview a professional in their chosen fields. One student decided on journalism, but she was terrified when she sat down to interview a real reporter about his career. The reporter gave the girl some crucial career advise: "Never go anywhere without a pen and paper."
What is the most important advise you have ever received? "Mrs. Virgina DeView, Where are you?," Diana L. Chapman, CSTSI
The most important advice I've ever received is to learn from my mistakes. If I allow myself to get down about something that I did, then I won't ever learn anything from them. However, if have the right attitude towards them, then I'll be able to use that mistake and help myself and others grow from it, learning to not do it again.
An honor student was persuaded by her friends to pull a stupid prank. They bought a bottle of mustard and squirted people as they drove by. One of their victims turned out to be their teacher! They went to the teacher's home and apologized. She forgave them, and they learned their lesson.
What was the stupidest thing you have ever done? Did someone persuade you to do it? "My Most Embarrassing Moment," Rochelle M. Pennington, CSTSII
One time I was in Colorado during winter break. We were staying at a ski resort and it was super snowy outside. We decided to get the sleds and go down this small hill by the parking lot. I went down too fast and lost control and I ended up sliding under one of the cars and hurting my back pretty bad. Everyone was encouraging me to go first so I just went ahead and did it. I definitely learned to think before I do.
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Today grades are due for progress report cards. 4 of my grades are 100's. In Pre-Cal I have a 94, which will go up at the end of the nine-weeks with my 60 extra point points. In English, I have a 96 which should go up to at least a 98 with all of my extra credit. In WHAP, I have a 91 which will hopefully go up in the next 3 weeks.
People often say, "If I knew then what I know now...," A girl wrote a poem about the knowledge she wished had. Some of her wishes: I would listen more carefully to what my heart said... I would play more, fret less... I wouldn't be afraid of acting like a kid... I would be braver.
What do you wish you knew then that you know now? "If I Knew," Kimberly Kirberger, CSTSI
Just yesterday I smashed my finger between two dumbbells in Weights class at about 9am. You could immediately see the purple blood swelling up under my fingernail. Coach let me go to the nurse to get an ice pack and I iced it for about 2 hours. I thought the pain would've gone away by about 11:30 but it still hurt very bad and I couldn't even write. I went to the doctor at 2:45 and she drained it using a needle. It hurt really bad but I definitely think it was worth having that pain for the next couple of days. Thinking back about what happened, I wish I would've paid more attention to my surroundings and what I was doing and never to let my guard down when I'm in the weight room.