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West Coast Wonders!
By, Isabella Ruiz-Rivera
I know that many of you have visited the coast at least once. The delicate, dramy sand underneath your feet, while you hear the sounds of the rolling waves crashing, and before you notice, a wave creeps up with a graceful touch of what seems like spring water. The water swims around your feet, then leaves behind an open panorama of elegant shells and rocks, that suddenly become noticed; like if they weren't there before. A while ago the 7th graders have had the privilege of visiting the west Coast of California with their classmates. With many Lavish scene, they experience many of the sensacional places the coast has to offer. They visited the exquisite elephant seals, Morro Bay's clear waters, Montana de Oro´s unique tidepools, and the aesthetic Hearst Castle. The students visited the coast for a educational experience out of the classroom. One of the students said “The trip was geological, biological, and most of all, fun!” (Ellie Gilbert). Another peer, stated “It was a learning experience jam packed with friends and fun!” (Tessa Carney). This Trip included some of the international locations that people from all around the world travel, to see (Hearst Castle). Others are just a pleasure that we are blessed with here in California, to be able to visit whenever we want. All in all the 7th graders trip was a journey not many know and even fewer take; still within school’s curriculum
More entries from the New York Times Found Poetry Contest . . .
Dancing Through Life
by: Tegan Horton
I have prepared to move from the darkness, to tranquility.
To be comfortable on the stage.
Expressing the work of art; Dance.
Expressing the history and spirituality.
Taking the audience on a journey of hope, worship, and faith.
Creating an experience of kindness, grace, and elegance.
It may take work, rigorous discipline, sensitivity, and strength.
On that stage I must be crisp, sleek, and present.
Dance is an art form.
Separated from the community, yet a strong connection.
Everything I wanted to be as a kid, could not compare to being a dancer.
Be set free through dance.
By: Kylie Farias
I can do anything.
my first kiss will be on top of a castle.
my first dance will be like Cinderella's.
I believe, If I kissed someone they will be my prince.
Now I’m a grown up,
My fairy tale did not come true.
My dream was not to be any princess.
My dream changed.
The only thing I wanted was for someone to love me.
by Francisco Alvarez
One day people will see,
Fast food is nothing
The satisfactory dinner
Like it’s a royal engagement.
One day people will see,
An extraordinary taste
Is nothing without family.
The Poem about Icefish
by: Kasper Gailey
The Southern Ocean
Clear as essential oils
Extinct years like bones
Adapt thrives in death or life
Frigid blood warmer
Live in an ancient ocean
Blood, clear as water
And that is the life
Of the Icefish
Among the Hardest Things
by: Skylar Gutierrez
it is among the hardest things to love her
she was captured by her illness, but he wouldn’t let her go
they were friends, partners, in love
she told him she would live
so he wouldn’t have to say goodbye
goodbye, the emptiest yet fullest of all human messages
days later, he was suffering deeply
she died the night before
the two never said goodbye - because of her
he found a letter she had written
expressing her hopes for their lives
it said “I love you,” it said “forgive me”
but, he wasn’t mad, for she had given him something meaningful
it is among the hardest things to have loved her, but he has no regret
I am a Drought
By Samantha Holcomb
I am a drought.
There is not much water left.
People are running out.
I am a drought.
This is satisfying the heat, the death, and bare landscapes.
Trees and Shrubs are losing leaves, they are wilting.
The grass is brown and dead.
Barely any water left.
I am a drought.
Animals are dead, We’re out of water, People are dying,
Scorching fires began to spread
This is an emergency.
Time is running out.
For I am a drought.
She has a voice
A voice full of care and love, suffering and frustration
Her desire to be Famous...
not a well-beaten path.
She’ll find her way through the world and write us a postcard,
Left this town with the world heavy on her, yet an ecstatic grin on her face
“You’re not coming for me, I’m coming for you” she said to her new life
She’ll figure it out fine
we’re just swimming around this old town like sharks
What if she had let this chance go?
Her life would be different
What if her life won’t be good enough?
She has faith.
It will be out of the ordinary. She’ll be Famous.
War & Peace
By: Patrick Oliver
The Borders brought disasters.
The borders brought war.
War what is it good for?
Poor leaders persuaded us.
Society brought war.
War, what is it good for?
We must create peace.
Only YOU can.
Peace, what is it good for?
What You Want
by Olivia Beno
She has that sugary expression.
You want this.
by Omolara Omololu
Students deserve a healthy life
To achieve and grow and get outside,
The school, the stress and comfort zones
Days challenge, pressure, and outperform,
Students who have traumatic storms,
Like shaking and adolescent meltdowns
From teachers and academic workouts
Psychologists find teenagers under pressure
With demanding conditions and no time to recover
Their strength muscle or intellectual loads
Students deserve a healthy life.
By: Paige Martinez
She was a good actress
Probably too good.
She did not allow people to see her for who she was
She did not allow them to see her battling within
What if she lost would they care
“Help!” was what she wanted to cry out
“Help, Help!” she cried but not one answered
Like a fire, it scorched and destroyed her
“Does anyone care?”
“I cannot fool myself”
This is where she lost
“Help” what she wanted to cry
By: Jay Dillon
In the older temple,
Spirits walk in the Meiji Shrine
The gate opens for you
An old path, it draws
To the busy streets down under
The peaceful forest
Outside robots walk,
In the streets of Tokyo
The old and the new