ULA Cinco de Mayo

20150855d2355373263ULA (Union Latina) is a club after school that anyone is free to join. The club meets every Wednesday in room 3509. Over the past 2 months, they have been practising and editing bits and pieces of multiple dance routines that they have choreographed themselves for the Cinco de Mayo show at Highland Park Sr. The show will be on May 5th.

Not only is ULA a great way to learn how to dance, but it is also a great way to make new friends, stay involved in school, and also to learn some Spanish.

The purpose of the Unión Latina Club (ULA) is to create awareness of Latin American heritage. This club aims to educate all students by developing a better understanding of Latin American culture, current issues and diversity. ULA also brings together Latino students to develop constructive and cooperative relations and academic support among grades.

The club is open to any student interested in learning more about Latin American countries and their heritage. It sponsors a variety of event such as Cinco de Mayo and Día de los Muertos.

Jackie chans’s Project A

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This movie takes place in China about 1983 when China’s Royal Navy is trying to capture pirates.    

The theme of the movie is action. Playing the main character of Sergeant Dragon Ma is Jackie Chan. He is part of the Hong Kong Marine Police’s effort to suppress the pirates, who have been raiding ships for months. Members of the Royal Hong Kong Police Force, and the MP, who have  strong interservice rivalries, get into a fight in a bar. Shortly after this, Captain Chi (Kwan Hoi-san) releases all of the sailors to their commanding officer, and two of the MP’s ships get blown up.

Over all this movie deserves a 3 out of 5 stars

Even though the movie is a couple years old, I recommend this movie to all people that like action, and who don’t mind watching some old movies. Although this movie is not in theaters, you can watch it on Netflix, Hulu, or any other movie streaming website service.

Plane spotting

boeing-4Don’t you just hate getting stuck seated next to that guy on the plane? The person who can take one look at a jet and knows right away which company manufactured it and which family it belongs to, but can also throw in some random facts about its performance. With so many online resources allowing aviation fanatics to track planes and share their favorite photos and experiences, plane-spotting has become a more alluring hoby than ever. Ready to grab your binoculars?

Here are some tips and tricks to get you started.

Identifying an airplane from a distance is a skill that comes with familiarity and the only way to gain that is to be around airports and ogling at airplanes as regularly as one could. According to planespotting.com “There is of course the overall shape of the airplane to note, but there comes a point where one plane looks like another. So there are other details that one could look to for clues.”

Where to begin?  

Matt Falcus, founder of the web site airportspoting.com, and author of World Airports Spotting Guides, says it can get tricky because many airliners do indeed look similar, especially those built by Airbus and Boeing, the two main manufacturers. However, you can start to distinguish airliners by the number of engines they have, or by whether they are a large long-haul aircraft which travel long distances, or a short/medium haul aircraft which travel on domestic or regional fights.

There are also clues in the shape of the nose, tail position, wing shape, number of doors, the landing gear, the position of the horizontal stabilizer near the tail and even the shape of the cockpit windows.

If you’re close enough to see the registration number, located on the side of the plane near the tail, a quick online search will give you plenty of details on the aircraft, including when it was made and by which manufacturer, which airlines have flown it and the type of engines it’s fitted with.

At the end of the day plane spotting is an interesting hobby, and I feel as if everyone should at least try it and see if they like it.

Spanish zoo field trip

All students that take Spanish, and who are in the Spanish Immersion program, went on a field trip to the Minnesota Zoo.

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Photo courtesy of Reyna Sosa and Moises Dominguez

Why the zoo? The zoo hosts a Spanish language day where students from Highland Park Senior High and Great River School attend.

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Photo courtesy of Reyna Sosa and Moises Dominguez

There were presentation boards set up around the zoo, and there were presentations as groups of students came around. The presentations were in Spanish and were presented on animals that they have at the zoo. The groups presenting where normally groups of two to three.

There was a specific set-up where you were meant to follow a path so you could see all the displays. You would need to follow a brochure that they gave you at the start of the trip. The students went in a circle and ultimately ended back up at the aquarium.

The whole field trip took 5 hours, and all students were back at school by 7th period. Overall, it was a fun day of learning, as students were able to walk around and explore outside of a typical classroom.

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Photo courtesy of Reyna Sosa and Moises Dominguez

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Photo courtesy of Reyna Sosa and Moises Dominguez

Star Wars the Force Awakens movie review

images-1This weekend, after waiting a month to watch Star Wars the Force Awakens, which is the 7th movie in the Star Wars saga, the wait was worth it because the movie was amazing. The movie was directed by J.J. Abrams. Almost all the old cast was in the movie like – Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher, but also there were some new cast members like – Daisy Ridley as Rey, and John Boyega as Finn.

The overall rating I would give Star Wars would be a 10/10. Everything was perfect from the (spoilers) Millennium Falcon to the new rebel pilot helmets.

I would recommend this movie to whoever is a big fan of Star Wars, even if you have not seen any of the previous Star Wars movies. You should still go watch it because it’s always a good idea to finish the year with a good movie that will blow your mind away, and take you to a galaxy far far away.

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Krampus movie review

~b377751The movie Krampus was inspired by an old legend that started to become popular again, a few decades ago, about an evil demon who some say is almost as old as St. Nicholas. Krampus has his own holiday on December 5th, that is celebrated in some European countries where teenage guys make homemade Krampus costumes, and run around the streets chasing people.

The movie Krampus was directed by Michael Dougher. The movie is about a dysfunctional family drama that causes young Max (played by Emjay Anthony) to lose hope in the Christmas spirit and accidentally summon Krampus. Krampus then goes off tormenting the family, teaching Max a lesson, and making the audience remember about the Christmas spirit.

I would give this movie an overall 9 out of 10 star rating because the acting was really good, and the story was entertaining. Towards the end, the story line is not the clearest, especially if you go to the bathroom, so you do need to pay a lot of attention.

Anyway, this movie is a great choice for people that like horror and comedy.

Boys hockey update

The Highland Park boys hockey team lost their first game of the season, Saturday, November 21st, against Simley 1 to 4. With the devastating loss still fresh in their minds, I decided to go interview some of the players on the team.

The first player I interviewed was Lee Froelich. I asked Lee what he thought about the unfortunate defeat out in the ice. He replied, “I felt bad about me and my team losing but I feel like our loss was a great learning experience.”  

One other player I interviewed was Jacob Boje. I asked him what could he have done better, and he said, “There could have been better communication between the team and we need to work on it at our practice more often.”

Upcoming opponents include:

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Grand Rapids

Park of Cottage Grove

Apple Valley

Benilde-St. Margaret’s

Duluth Marshall

 

Please come out and support the team!

Sweet snack

SWEET AFTER SCHOOL SNACK!

~b246740Tired of having nothing to eat at home. Well, have I got the answer for you. I have an easy recipes that you can have done in a flash.

This recipe is the 2 minute apple crisp

 

 

 

All you need is

  • Slice and peeled apple
  • 2 tbsp quick cooking oats
  • 2 tbsp of flour
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbs butter
  • ¼ tsp of cinnamon
  • pinch of salt

What you need to do is you need to get a mug.

  • Once you get the mug you put the slice peeled apple in first.
  • Microwave the peeled apple slices for 60 seconds.
  • Then you add the 2 tbs of quick cooking oats.
  • Then the 2 tbsp of flour. 1 tbsp of brown sugar. 1 tbsp of butter. ¼ tsp of cinnamon.
  • Then finally a pinch of salt.
  • Microwave the mug for 30 seconds.
  • And then take it out and stir it.
  • Then put it back in for another 30 seconds.

Exactly 2 min it’s great for a afternoon snack or for some dessert after lunch.  

The iPad roll out

The iPads are here at Highland Park High School to help students learn better and teachers teach easier. Here is some information about the iPads and when they will be coming to other schools.

Boys Totem Town, October 12

Farnsworth Upper, October 7

Gordon Parks HS, October 14

Highland Park Middle, October 14

Humboldt, October 5-7

Journeys, October 13

LEAP HS, October 12

Linwood Monroe Lower, October 7

Linwood Monroe Upper, October 8

Murray Middle, October 13

Open World Learning, October 8

Parkway, October 12

With an iPad comes responsibility here are some rule that come along with the iPad

  • Do not leave or store the iPad in a vehicle.
  • Do not lend the iPad to another person. You are solely responsible for the care and security of your iPad.
  • Do not use the iPad or allow it to be visible when waiting at a bus stop or train station; riding public transportation, such as a Metro Transit bus or light rail train; or when walking in the community.
  • Carry the iPad to and from school in a school bag or backpack so that it is not visible.

A passcode will be required to prevent unauthorized access to your personal information on the

  • Do not share your password with anyone else.

Each iPad has a unique identification number and district property control tag.

  • Do not remove the tags or modify the numbers.