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Tips for Rising Seniors, by Reed Diskey, Senior

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Our final blog article in our “From the Kids” series comes from senior Reed Diskey.  Reed chose to share some important, practical advice for next year’s seniors as they prepare for their final year at WCA.  Congratulations on finishing your year well Reed, and thanks for sharing with us!

Your senior year at WCA will probably be one of the most exciting years you’ve experienced. You will apply to college, write your thesis, and do some serious academic work. Here are a few tips for next year’s rising seniors.

First, be a leader. One of the best things about WCA is the multitude of leadership opportunities available to its students. You can be a captain of a sports team, a class representative for the Student Government Association, or even become president of a club. I served as Head Delegate of the Model United Nations team for two years. It was a great experience and it allowed me to refine my leadership skills. While colleges love to see you taking charge, more importantly, the rest of your school community benefits from your leadership. You can be the academic and spiritual role models for those younger than you, so you should take the opportunity to lead to the best of your ability. Your peers, the staff, the administration and the underclassmen will appreciate your initiative.

Second, start thinking about your thesis early. Believe it or not, your time in high school will fly by quickly. During your junior year you should think about what you would like to write about, and find a faculty advisor with expertise in that subject. WCA has teachers knowledgeable about all sorts of different issues you can write about. Most advisors will also know of places where you can intern. Don’t hesitate to also speak with this year’s seniors and any WCA alumni for advice. They’ve been through the process and will usually be more than willing to assist you in the process. The process of writing a thesis is long, but develops excellent critical thinking and writing skills, which in turn prepares you for the rigors of college. Make the most out of the process.

Third, also make the most out of your internship. Do yourself a favor and pick an internship in a field that you are interested in. If you want to go into government affairs or law you should intern for a trade association. If you are doing a thesis on something health related, you could intern at NIH or another health-related research institution. While at your internship you should ask your supervisor meaningful questions and work closely with your coworkers. Your senior internship is a tremendous networking opportunity and can put you in contact with people you might want to intern with in the future. It can also give you an idea of what kind of career you want to have in the future. In brief, your internship is an invaluable networking opportunity; therefore you should make the most out of it.

Finally, your last year of high school will be challenging and rigorous, but also very rewarding.  Always keep this in mind: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6, ESV).

We’ve loved hearing from students in each grade at WCA, and we hope you’ve enjoyed it as well.  Have a blessed and restful summer, and see you in the fall!

Stepping on the Stage, by Porter Sprigg, WCA Sophomore

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Photo courtesy of Jason Mitchell, WCA Upper School Photography Student.

This week we’re continuing our “From the Kids” series with an article by sophomore Porter Sprigg!  Porter has been involved with the WCA Theater Program since he was in Middle School, and on April 19th and 20th he will be performing in this year’s Upper School spring production The Princess Who Had No Name.  We’re excited that he chose to share about how he discovered and developed his passion for acting while at WCA.  Enjoy!

My heart pounds in anticipation. I pace. I pray. I run through every single line in my head as I run my clammy hands up and down my costume.  My mouth is full of an exasperating dryness that seems to remain no matter how many bottles of water I chug.  I check the mirror probably a hundred times to make sure everything is perfectly in place.  My pre-performance routines are quite affected by nerves, to say the least.  When I step on the stage however, the butterflies in my stomach fly away as I become lost in the story of the play.

It wasn’t until about Seventh Grade when I performed as Charlie in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory here at WCA that I realized the utter passion I had for acting.  Having performed in several smaller roles in the past, it was Charlie that truly ignited my love for performing.  Acting in front of a live audience that is discovering the story for the first time is simply exhilarating.

It is definitely a blessing to be able to be a part of the WCA Drama Department, also known as the Washington Christian Academy King’s Players. Through the plays, and also drama class, I have really been able to develop my acting skills while having a lot of fun.   In addition to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, I was also in The Phantom Tollbooth as a Middle Schooler.  I played Milo, a bored adolescent, who eventually discovers what is really important in life.  Once again, the experience was amazing, and I could not wait for the next year when I would be able to try out for my first Upper School production.

As a freshman, I was given the role of Frank in Cheaper by the Dozen.  It was a challenging part that involved transitions between adulthood and childhood.  I really enjoyed the depth of the character.  I also loved the camaraderie between the cast members.  As we rehearsed being a family on stage, we as actors grew together as a family as well.   Our director Mrs. Eckert was great at helping develop our characters as well as facilitating interaction with our new “family”.  After three successful performances, we all went home content, but also a little sad that we would no longer be rehearsing together.  I am grateful that many of my cast mates returned to perform in this year’s play too, which has also been a great opportunity to fellowship.

My all-time favorite character that I have been privileged to play is the eccentric Rumpelstiltskin in this year’s production The Princess Who Had No Name.  He talks to himself, can get very emotional, and is socially awkward in many ways, which is exactly why I was considered perfect for the part (I’m kind of a weirdo).  Although acting like a maniac is certainly one of my strong suits, it was difficult to take on the strange, somewhat schizophrenic man as a character.  I have had an absolute blast developing the character and I sometimes find myself slipping into Rumpelstiltskin mode at random throughout the day (Ok, fine, I’m a HUGE weirdo).  Being Rumpelstiltskin has been one of the most fun opportunities I have ever had.  The experience has been phenomenal and I cannot wait to hit the stage on April 19th and 20th.   I am, as always, nervous about the upcoming performance, but I know that as long as the King’s Players focus on the King, the play will be successful.  God is in control and that is certainly reassuring.

Tune in next time for an article featuring a WCA Junior!

A New Beginning, by Olivia Morgan, WCA Freshman

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Photo courtesy of Eduardo Howard, 11th Grade Photography Student

Our “From the Kids” blog series continues with an article by Olivia Morgan, a freshman at WCA.  This is Olivia’s first year at WCA, and her article discusses her transition from public school to WCA.  We’re glad to have her here and hope that you enjoy her perspective as much as we do!

When I initially found out I would be attending Washington Christian Academy, I was very excited. I was finally going back to a Christian school. After my Kindergarten year, I went to public school. Public school wasn’t all bad, but it wasn’t all good either, especially when I was young in my Christian faith.

Coming to WCA was a big change for me since I was transitioning from a public school setting to a Christian school setting. There is a huge difference. I wasn’t used to people being nice to me and smiling all the time. At my previous school many of the students were mean and did not accept Christianity. They would call themselves Christians, but still persecute those who believed in Jesus Christ. As long as you were not “too deep into your faith” you were okay. Here at WCA you can speak your mind about your faith freely.

WCA is a school where you can be yourself. I can be my silly and loud self (when appropriate of course!) and still be accepted by my peers. Students at WCA are able to voice their opinions. Once, my friend got together a petition asking our history teacher if he would take all the ninth grade students on a field trip to go see the new movie Les Miserables. This field trip would conclude our French Revolution chapter in class.  My friend got everyone in the ninth grade to sign it, and the discussion went on for weeks. Even though our teacher eventually denied our request for a field trip to go see Les Miserable, I feel we as a class did a great job petitioning our idea.

Now that I have been at WCA for some months now, I feel that I made such a good decision by coming here. They have so many fun activities and opportunities for the students to grow and learn. Some fun activities we have are festival days, school plays, X-Day, sports, and many other fun events. Anytime we have these activities, they are always filled with entertainment, adventure, and excitement. With the great environment that has been put into place here, students and staff have been able to get together and have a good time.

Festivals days are the best. We have one every quarter, and we usually go outside to compete against one another within our houses (go Hampshire house!). Our most recent festival day was ice skating. It was my first time ice skating, and I had a lot of fun. I also fell a lot, but I kept going because I kept getting better with the help of my friends.

WCA also has an activity called X-Day. Middle and Upper School students get to choose from a list of various on and off-campus activities. I chose Life in the ER, and it was an amazing experience. I got to see an open heart surgery up close! It was great being able to talk to the surgeons and doctors while they were performing the surgery. I was able to ask a lot of questions, and from this experience I learned that it takes team effort to run an efficient hospital.

It also takes a team to run an amazing school like Washington Christian Academy.  I am glad to be a part of that team. I thank God for bringing me to WCA. This school has really opened my eyes and has changed me as a person for the better.  I am so proud to finally be able to call myself a WCA Wildcat. I wouldn’t have been able to do so without God, my parents, my family, my friends and the WCA staff. This new beginning has been a great one and I can’t wait see where I go next.

Tune in next week to hear from one of our sophomores!

“Do All to the Glory of God” by Karl Heiser, Eighth Grader

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Photo courtesy of Karol Leon, 9th Grade Photography Student.

Our “From the Kids” series continues this week with an article from Karl Heiser!  Karl was nominated by his teachers to be the blog writer for his Eighth Grade class, and he chose to write about one of his favorite hobbies: soccer.  But Karl didn’t focus on good technique or tips for beating the other teams.  Instead, he shared the story of how, through soccer, he learned the importance of glorifying God both on and off the field.

I have many hobbies, but one I’ve really enjoyed in the last year is soccer. After playing on the WCA Middle School soccer team last year, when we barely had enough players, I was optimistic about the upcoming season with all the sixth graders that would be joining the team. Practice started three weeks before our first game. Finally, the day of the game arrived. On the bus ride there, we were all happy; everyone was laughing and joking around. The ride back was a lot different. The first half was solid, and the score was 2-2. In the second half, Hebrew Day School smashed us. We lost 7-2. Everyone thought this was just a fluke and that we could recover by the next game, but that wasn’t the case. We lost our next game 11-0. Everyone who was on the team the previous season had seen this before. Last season, we won one game after being blown out in all the others. So at this point, most of us had given our season up for lost.

At practice the following week, Coach Gilbert read 1 Corinthians 10:31: “So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” He then asked, “How can we glorify God when we play soccer?” That was a big question for us. Everyone just sat there for a few seconds before someone spoke up: “Through good sportsmanship.” Someone else said, “By encouraging each other on the field.” Then it hit us: that was our problem. We hadn’t been encouraging each other at all in our two blowout losses, and we hadn’t been very gracious losers either. We weren’t showing our opponents what Christians are like by yelling and complaining on the field. From then on, we resolved to be more encouraging to one another, not because we wanted to, but because that’s what God wanted us to do in order to glorify Him. After that point, the season got significantly better, not just playing-wise, but also attitude-wise.

We actually won our next game 6-4. Our next two games were both losses: 8-2 and 1-0. Forcey Christian School was our next game on the schedule. We were all looking forward to that game, because many of us knew players on that team. It was a thrilling game. After ten minutes, we were down 1-0, but we came back and ended up winning 2-1. The final goal was scored with two minutes left. A personal highlight for me from this game was my free kick. I took an eighteen-yard free kick after a foul, and it wasn’t my finest. I aimed to lift the ball over the wall and into the goal. I succeeded in getting the ball over the wall, but the ball also went over the goal, the twenty foot fence surrounding the field, and the first row of cars in the parking lot. Not my best moment, but it was funny when half of our team held up their hands signaling a field goal.

After the Forcey game, we won our next three regular season games. We lost our first playoff game 6-0, and we were disappointed, but the team realized that it had been a great season. We encouraged one another, had fun, and even had our share of victories. I learned something from the season too. God’s definition of a good player isn’t the one who scores the most or plays the hardest, but it’s the player who plays to glorify Him, on and off the field.

Spruce Lake, by Adriana Alonzo, Seventh Grader

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Adriana in the woods
This week we’re continuing our “From the Kids” series with an article from Seventh Grader Adriana Alonzo. Adriana was nominated by her teachers to be the blog writer for the Seventh Grade, and she chose to share one of her favorite WCA memories: the trip she took to Spruce Lake last year.  We hope you enjoy reading about her adventures!
Every year the sixth graders take an overnight field trip to Spruce Lake.  Spruce Lake, located in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, is a Christian conference center and children’s and youth summer camp.  While at Spruce Lake you learn about nature and the world around you which God created.
I went last year with my entire class, Mrs. Bratt, and Mr. Blumenstein.  I had so much fun.  One of my favorite activities was the Power Swing.  The Power Swing is a huge swing that can lift you as high as 28 feet in the air, then releases you so you can swing around.  I was the first girl on, and I went all the way up and had a sudden release.  I was laughing the entire time!

Another activity that I enjoyed was the survival game.   The game is supposed to teach you about the food chain and, well, how to survive in the wild. We were each put into pairs of animals, and then given colored headbands to correspond with our animals. I was chosen to be a rabbit along with my friend Hannah Shaner.  Some of the other animals were wolves, fox, deer, and chipmunks.  Even diseases were assigned (Mr. Blumenstein was the disease).  Then we were taken into the forest and given the rules.  We each had a certain number of lives, and we lost lives if we were tagged by a predator, the disease, or by someone who had the disease.  If we lost all of our lives we had to find our partner and high-five to regain lives.  We were also taught the types of food we could eat. Throughout the woods were pieces of paper representing the different types of food that were safe, and if we found the food and picked it up, we got extra points.  There were also boundaries on how far we could run.
After all the rules were explained, we started to play.  We ran around in the forest, trying to find food and avoid predators.  I would even hide in between the bushes to avoid predators.  Once the game was done, all of our points were tallied.  Points were taken off for how many lives we lost, and points were added for how much food we collected.  Those points were then turned into a grade. Our grades showed how well we could survive in the wild.  I got a C.  Elliot Ressler got an A, won the game, and would probably last longer than any of us in the wild.
I also liked the nature center, where we got to look at some of the animals close up and even touch some of them.  I was the only girl who actually touched all of the animals, and I really enjoyed it.  I especially liked the corn snake.  When I held it, it wrapped around me and looked like it was hugging me.  The entire time I was laughing because it tickled a lot.

We did a lot of activities at Spruce Lake, but we still had free time.  During free time we all went to the playground in the day and to the game lounge at night.  We would play Gravel, swing on the regular and tire swings (I personally liked the tire swings), or spin on the merry-go–round super fast.  In the game lounge we played pool, ping pong, and shuffle board, even though none of us knew how to play shuffle board.
I wish could write more, but there is just too little space for me to write about all of the fun things we did there.  If you want to hear more stories about boys vs. girls pranks or embarrassing stories about what happened there (Colin you know what I’m talking about) you can ask my classmates!
Tune back in next week to hear from an 8th grade student!

Sara Low: To Alaska and Beyond

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Sara enjoying winter in Alaska

We are taking a brief break in our “From the Kids” series to hear from one of our Class of 2005 alumni.  We love learning about the adventures our alumni have taken since graduating from WCA, and what memories or lessons from WCA they carried with them on their journeys.  Read below for a brief update about Sara!

Sara Low attended WCA for 11 years and graduated as the valedictorian in 2005. Following graduation, she went on to receive her Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from the University of Maryland College Park in 2008, and then her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy in 2012. Upon graduation, Sara was commissioned as a lieutenant with the United States Public Health Service. She is currently stationed in Alaska with the Indian Health Service as a pharmacy resident.

Throughout these adventures, what from WCA has Sara carried with her?  She is thankful for the excellent Bible training at WCA. The Bible classes helped establish biblical literacy, and the memory verses have stayed with and encouraged her throughout the years. In eighth grade, Mrs. Carter had Sara’s class memorize large Scripture portions including John 15. That chapter deeply moved her, and she even named her blog, True Vine Works, after it.

The following is an excerpt from the speech Sara delivered at her WCA graduation.  While it was delivered almost eight years ago, the same truths hold today.

As we graduate today, we leave behind a great deal: many friendships, for a lot of us our families, and for all of us our regular lives. As we move into this next, very different chapter in our lives, it seems everything will change! Our lives are filled with countless variables, but there is one constant—Jesus Christ. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and it is my prayer that our personal faiths and walks with him will continue enduringly. 

Therefore, I challenge everyone, especially the Class of 2005, to store up treasures in heaven. God says that when we seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, all these things will be added to us. The task is not an easy one, for this fallen world puts a prime on earthly treasures—riches, power, fame, appearance, popularity, degrees—all of which will pass away. We are not guaranteed tomorrow, so we need to be good stewards and wisely use our time on earth. Let us live our lives for Christ and his kingdom, because that is all that will last. 

Are you up for the challenge?

We hope you enjoyed hearing about one of our alumni!  Tune back in next week to hear from Seventh Grader Adriana Alonzo!

Starting New at WCA, by Sophie Yi, Sixth Grader

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Welcome back to our “From the Kids” blog series!  We loved hearing from grades K-5, and now it’s time for us to move on to the Middle School.  We’re looking forward to hearing what the students have to share!
For this new section of the series, teachers are nominating one student per grade to compose an article on a topic of his/her choosing.  For the sixth grade, the winner was Sophie Yi!  Sophie joined us just this year, and she chose to write about her experience transitioning from homeschooling to WCA.  Congratulations Sophie, and thanks for sharing!  Read below to hear her story.

Being able to attend Washington Christian Academy is truly a blessing.  I learn a lot in classes everyday, and I also get to spend time with great friends and great teachers.  Most importantly, I get the opportunity to grow closer to Jesus Christ.

Before I came to WCA, I was homeschooled.  Having never experienced switching classes at set schedules, having homework, or not being able to work at my own pace, I was nervous and not sure whether or not I was going to enjoy coming to this school.  It turns out that I didn’t have to worry because I love having a set schedule, homework is manageable, and I enjoy being in a class full of other students.

At WCA, I have the privilege of learning so many different subjects and having so many great teachers.  I appreciate how much time my teachers spend preparing for classes, setting up quizzes and tests, and coming up with neat projects.  I also appreciate how they are wonderful examples for me to follow.  I am sure my experience at WCA would not be nearly as awesome as it is without them.

Not only do I have lots of academic opportunities at this school, but I also get to participate in other activities here.  I enjoy playing sports, supporting my House (Go, Hewitt!), and making new friends.  I always feel welcome, and I am enjoying it here more and more.

Last, but definitely not least, I enjoy coming to school everyday because of the awesome examples I see at WCA.  I not only learn more about God in Bible class and in chapel on Wednesdays, but all around me I see God working in people’s lives.  It is a great encouragement just to see it happening, and I am so grateful for this school.

So whether I’m in class learning about acids and bases, eating lunch in Covenant Hall, or playing basketball in the gym, I am enjoying my experiences here.  I’m thankful I can attend WCA.  I learn so much, I am encouraged everyday, and I know WCA was a great choice for me.  I love it here!

We look forward to hearing from a Seventh Grade student in our next article!  Have a great weekend everybody.

God’s Perfect Gift

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Lower school Christmas Board

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.  John 1:14

Wishing you all a blessed and happy Christmas as you celebrate God’s gift to us in the birth of Jesus Christ.

Chivalry, Alive and Well in Fourth Grade!

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Mrs. Danner's Fourth Grade Class

In Mrs. Danner’s class, the theme is “Cantering through Fourth Grade”.  Why, you ask?  Because one of their major history units covers the Middle Ages!  The students have the opportunity to learn what life was like in monasteries, what the social structures of Medieval kingdoms were, and they even get to read stories such as The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis, which is set in a land inspired by the Middle Ages.  They weave the theme of the Middle Ages throughout all of their class procedures and activities, including how they conduct themselves in and outside of the classroom.

The Code of Chivalry, a reference to the conduct code of the Medieval knights, provides the Fourth Grade students with simple but profound goals for their behavior.  

 

We wanted to hear how the Fourth Graders apply this Code of Chivalry to their own lives.  The students surprised us with their deep understanding of how to implement these standards to both their external behavior and their hearts.  Read below to learn from the Fourth Grade how to follow the Code of Chivalry!

How can I be trustworthy?

  • I am trustworthy by not cheating.
  • Well, by telling the truth.  For example if I talk in line and blame it on someone else, I am not trustworthy. 
  • I can be trustworthy to do my work and to do anything. 
  • I can be trustworthy by doing the things I need to do.  I also can be trustworthy by being honest.  Well, I hope you like learning about trustworthy from me.  Bye.
  • I am trustworthy because I can keep a secret if a student tells me one, I can keep it.
  • I can be trustworthy by not telling lies. 
  • I can be trustworthy by listening or being quick to respond to others. 
  • I am trustworthy when I don’t run in the hall when I deliver something.
  • I could be trustworthy by telling the truth when no one saw it. 
  • I am trustworthy by keeping secrets.

How can I be holy?

  • I can be holy by praying for everyone.  I read my Bible.  I love God.  He gave me family.
  • I can be holy by praying for others.
  • I am holy by doing what the Bible tells me to do.
  • I can be holy by praising God during Bible. 
  • I can be holy because I can follow Jesus. 
  • I am holy by not playing around in chapel and instead I worship.
  • I can be holy by respecting God.  That’s how I follow the Code of Chivalry.
  • I can be holy by saying and showing Godly things. 
  • I am holy when I listen to the pastor’s sermon. 
  • I could be holy by not using the Lord’s name in vain. 
  • I am not holy because we are not perfect.
  • I’m holy by helping others when they’re hurt. 

How can I be helpful?

  • I could be helpful by helping grandmas cross the road or I could help a friend. 
  • I can be helpful by showing how to help someone when they are hurt.
  • I am helpful by helping my fellow classmates.
  • I can be helpful by helping around the classroom. 
  • I can help with something hard or to help the teacher. 
  • I am helpful by caring for people when they fall.  I can help my friends by helping them with a math question.  Let’s say I have a friend and he’s crying, what should I do?  The answer is help him up and say why is he crying and make him calm down.  You can be helpful in every single way so help each other and friends.
  • If a classmate is hurt, I can help them or if they can’t find something I can help them find it.
  • I can be helpful by helping those behind in work. 
  • I can be helpful when I pass out white boards. 
  • I’m following the Code of Chivalry by being helpful to my classmates and teachers. 
  • I’m helpful by doing what the teacher says. 
  • I am helpful by loving my neighbor.

How can I be reverent?

  • I can be reverent by showing kindness to others.
  • I can be reverent at school and at home too. 
  • I am reverent at chapel by singing to God.
  • I am reverent by being quiet in the hallway.
  • I can be reverent by praying in chapel. 
  • I can be reverent by doing what my teacher tells me to do when she’s not looking. 
  • I am able to be reverent if I don’t talk during a prayer.   
  • I’m reverent by praying when someone’s in trouble. 
  • I could be reverent by going quietly in the chapel. 
  • I am reverent by listening.

How can I be respectful?

  • I am respectful because I can be a person that people can look up to.
  • I am respectful by listening to my teacher.
  • I can be respectful by not interrupting an elder when they’re speaking.
  • I can be respectful by listening to everyone.
  • I am respectful when I close my eyes when I pray.
  • I am respectful by respecting the adults and teachers.
  • I am quiet while a “person” or teacher is talking.
  • I can be respectful by obeying my parents.
  • I can be respectful by not talking when the teacher is talking. 
  • I’m respectful by listening to others.
  • I can be respectful by listening to my teacher.  Thank you for learning about the 4th Grade Code of Chivalry.

Wow, what insightful students!  Tune in next week to hear from Ms. Visy’s Fourth Grade class.

The Third Grade Talks Friendship

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Ms. Quimba's Third Grade Class

We’re back with another fun blog article in our “From the Kids” series! This week Ms. Quimba’s Third Grade class shared their thoughts on friendship. Their entries are both entertaining and heartwarming, but we also loved seeing how the Third Graders are learning spelling, punctuation, and capitalization skills. We had so much fun reading them that we decided to leave their answers unedited for you to enjoy as well.

Third Grader #1

How is your friend a good friend to you?

“My friend is a good friend to me because he plays with me at reses every day. We have bin friends with me sins kindergarden. I have a lot of uther frends but I do not fell like righting eney more. its herting my hand a lot.”

Third Grader #2

How do you know you are a good friend?

“I know I’m a good friend because I care for friends. I can help a friend by taking him or her to the nurse when he or she gets hurt. I can cheer them up when there sad. I can help my nieber if they have a Question.”

Third Grader #3

How do you know you are a good friend?

“I know I’am a good friend because he invites me to his house and he ivintes me aneywere he goes and he playes with me at school and he playes football all the time and he sits with me at lunch all the time but not all the time and we sit next to each other and he is really fun to play with. I know I’am a good friend because he is good with drowing snakes and he is my favorite friend in the whole intiver world. I am really glad and he is the best friend ever.”

Third Grader #4

How is your friend a good friend to you?

“My friend is a good friend to me because he is nice. The second reason why he is a good friend to me is because he is cool. The third reason why he is a good friend to me is because he has swagger. The fourth reason he is a good friend to me is because he is very kind. The fifth reason why he is a good friend to me is because he has a very cool personility. The sixth reason why he is a good friend to me is because I like him. The last reason why he is a good friend to me is because we are alike.”

Third Grader #5

How is your friend a good friend to you?

“My friend is a good friend to me because he shares with me. We don’t fight and get mad at eachother. He is like my shadow because we folow each other evrey-were.”

Third Grader #6

How is your friend a good friend to you?

“My friend is a good friend to me because she is very nice and caring to me. She has been my best friend since kindergardin. when ever someone diped in my buket she would always be there for me. She has been a very good friend.”

Third Grader #7

How do you know you are a good friend?

“I know I’m a good friend because they want to play with me. Also they have fun. They are also good friend.”

How is your friend a good friend to you?

“She is a good friend to me because she not bossy. Also she asks if I’m okay when I’m hurt. Sometimes she also ofers me things.”

Third Grader #8

Who is a good friend to you and why?

“God is a good friend to me because no one else can love me more as God does and God is so loving to me and he died on the cross for me and that why God is my Best friend.”

“My family is a good friend to me because They always buy nice stuff for me they love me and care for me there the best there nice I’m happy God gave them to me sometimes I know they can be mean but I still love them.”

Third Grader #9

How do you know you are a good friend?

“I know I’m a good friend because I don’t like to make people sad and I don’t like to make people feel bad. I know I’m a good friend because I like to make people laugh and be happy. I know I’m a good friend because I like cheering people up if they are sad.”

Who is a good friend to you and why?

“My sister is a good friend to me because when I am sad she always wants to cheer me up. She always wants to play with me when I have nothing to do. She loves me and always cares for me.”

Third Grader #10

How is your friend a good friend to you?

“My friend is a good friend to me because he is nice. He is my favorite friend. He is a friendly kid to me.”

Third Grader #11

How is your friend a good friend to you?

“My friend is a good friend to me because we play together almost every day. I play at his house he plays at mine. We enjoy playing together.”

Third Grader#12

How is your friend a good friend to you?

“My friend is a good friend to me because she’s kind and she share’s with me. She live’s up the street. We are best friend’s.”

Third Grader #13

How is your friend a good friend to you?

“My friend is a good friend to me because she only get’s into a little bit of fights and the fights might not be nesasery. She is a good friend to me because we share with each other. She is a good friend to me because she is very nice to me.”

Third Grader #14

How is your friend a good friend to you?

“My friend is a good friend to me because when I am sad she cheers me up and makes me happy. She is funny and makes me laugh. Also she is playful and jumps.”

“My other friend is nice, kind, and willing to play. He is the funnyest person I ever meet and he always will be.”

Third Grader #15

How is your friend a good friend to you?

“She is a good friend to me because she is very trustworthy. Also she has a nice heart and she is a joyful friend. She is a kind of friend that everybody wants.”

Third Grader #16

How do you know you are a good friend?

“I know I’m a good friend because I do everything with him. We are best friends because we have known eachother for four years. I’m happy I met him. I will never forget the day I met him.”

How is your friend a good friend to you?

“My friend is a good friend because he does everything with me. He is a good friend because he is nice. He is a good friend because he’s cool. He is a good because he plays basketball with me.”

Third Grader #17

How is your friend a good friend to you?

“My friend is a good friend because he is nice, cool, also a bit crazy but except but that is all he is a very good fried. He is a good friend funny has alittle bit of ego alittle bit swagger but not to much. He is a good friend he is very quiet and really cares about you. “

Our next two blog articles will feature the two Fourth Grade classes. Tune in next week!

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