May PLT Guest Speakers

The following PLT’s will occur in the atrium:

2nd- Virtual Gallery Tour of Amon Cart Art Museum- Live from Texas

5th- Understanding Mental Illness and Recovery Part 1

12th- Understanding Mental Illness and Recovery Part 2

18th- Mess with Stress: Coping Strategies for Students

26th- Forensic Psychology Video Conference: Live from Columbus Ohio

Doodle for Google Canada

Doodle 4 Google Canada is a national contest inviting students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 to redesign the logo for the Google.ca homepage for a day.

As Canada blows out a whole lot of candles for its 150th birthday this year, what better way to celebrate than by asking students to imagine what the next 150 years will look like? Google believes our youth hold the key to a bright future for Canada, and can’t wait to see what their optimism, creativity, and imagination give rise to.

The winning doodle will be featured on the Google Canada homepage for 24 hours. The winning student will also receive a $10,000 university scholarship, a Google Chromebook, and a $10,000 technology award for their current school along with a trip to the final event on June 13, 2017.

Click here for more details.

Best Apps for Studying

Chelsea Parker, Staff Writer

Studying. Doesn’t the sound of it make you want to scroll away from this article and further procrastinate the homework you were assigned? Well guess what? Procrastinate no longer, because here I present to you the five best apps to use for studying, because we all know we’re pretty glued to our phones.

  1. Quizlet

I’m sure you’ve heard of this one, but Quizlet is perhaps one of the best apps I have ever encountered. I am a personally a read-write learner, meaning flash cards help me retain information to a superior degree. With Quizlet you have the option of making your own study sets, and you can add pictures, change the language, ect., or, you can search up whatever topic you are needing to study and you better believe someone out there has already made a study set for it. I just see it as a win-win situation. You can study anywhere: in line for coffee, during the previews of a movie, at that party your parents forced you to attend. Anywhere.

  1. Duolingo

Now I’m almost one hundred percent sure you’ve heard of this one. The completely money free and advertisement free language learning app that has taken the world by storm. I honestly don’t see why someone wouldn’t take advantage of the opportunity that is Duolingo and learn a new language. It is ridiculously easy; you choose the languages you want to learn, set yourself a daily goal, let’s say something like study for ten minutes, and then you learn. It comes with cute graphics and points you can redeem in a little store. The languages you can learn are: Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Irish, Danish, Swedish, Turkish, Esperanto, Norwegian, Ukrainian, Russian, Polish, Welsh, Hebrew, Vietnamese, and Hungarian, and that’s just on the app! Online you can also take Greek and Romanian. Swahili, Czech, Hindi, Korean, Indonesian and Klingon are all coming soon.

  1. Pomodoro Technique

The Pomodoro Technique is a time management technique developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s.[1] The technique typically uses a timer to break down work periods in 25 minute intervals, separated by short breaks. The app I use, Focus Keeper, you get three 5 minutes breaks and then one 25 minutes break, and the cycle repeats 4 times. I, a slacker who finds sitting at table doing homework for hours boring and mightily unappealing, absolutely love the Pomodoro technique to keep me studying and focusing.

  1. OneNote & OneDrive

All right, now, for someone like myself who does all their work on multiple devices—in my case I alternate between my laptop, my iPad and my cellphone—apps that automatically transfer all of your information between your devices are an absolute lifesaver. I love OneNote because you can give each school subject its own binder, and inside the binder folders for individual topics. Each one of my binders has a calendar for each month I am taking the class, a syllabus, and a evaluation tracker, along with whatever folders I need for notes. It’s such a good way to keep organized during school.

  1. Forest

This app is absolutely adorable, and it gives me that same feeling you get when you go to the SPCA and know you can’t take any home but you want to so bad. Forest is an app created so that whenever you want to focus on your work, you get to *virtually* plant a tree. Stay focused on your task, and don’t exit the app, and your tree will begin to grow while you work. But… if you leave Forest to check Instagram or Snapchat or anything, your tree dies. You become a tree murderer. The harder you work and the longer you stay on task and off your phone, the larger and lusher your forest becomes. You very quickly develop a “no smartphone” working habit, and you sort of feel bad killing virtual trees.

Anyways, after you’ve downloaded all/some/none of these apps, please go study, You can do it!

 

KMK Interview – John Cervantes

Cassandra Pryer: What is your name, grade and role? Could you also give a brief description of your role without giving to much away?

John Cervantes: So my name in John Cervantes and I am a grade eleven student and basically, in Kiss me Kate, I play the role of Bill Calhoun and his role in the play, so it is a play within a play, is Lucentio. A brief description of it is basically, Bill is an actor and one main trait is that he is a chronic gambler and that really is a big motive and a really big drive into his relationship with Lois which is seen through the storyline of the play. Also, another trait that he can be very cocky.

CP: How did you react to getting your role?

JC: Well to be honest I didn’t try out for this role, I originally tried out for the role of Paul and when I realized, when I saw the list on Saturday morning and I saw that I got the role of Bill I was happy because Ms. Williams saw potential [in me].

CP: What do you like about your role and what do you hope to bring to it?

JC: Well what I like about it is how expressive he is because I feel like one common trait that Bill and I have is that we both like to be expressive, and you can see that through lines he says and also mainly through his singing, his lyrics, and also his dancing. I hope to bring that trait to the play and well the character.

CP: So how long have you been doing theatre/drama?

JC: Two years. Yeah last year was my first year, so since grade ten.

CP: Why did you want to join the musical?

JC: For this year basically because I just really love the experiences from last year. Yeah, well I also love musicals in general and how much excitement they bring. Continue reading

Bucket List #8

Amanda’s Bucket List:

  1. Grow a basil plant that WON’T succumb to the elements (unlike my last two attempts)
  2. Finish the editing and rewriting process of my two novels that are just waiting to be finished
  3. Find a four leaf clover
  4. Go to San Diego comic con
  5. Get good enough at sewing so that a significant portion of my clothes are made by me
  6. Go on a road trip with the only goal in mind is to get lost and meet new people
  7. Dye my hair a crazy colour (temporarily)
  8. Get a tattoo
  9. Get my life together

Bucket List #3

Paola Andrade:

  1. Write a book.
  2. Do well on sports. Really. ANY sport would do.
  3. Get past level 22 on candycrush (Does anyone even play that anymore?!?)
  4. Visit Japan
  5. Return home
  6. Being finally able to understand the logic and the philosophy behind potatoes.
  7. Go to a concert
  8. Don’t worry and be happy *plays song*
  9. Get taller 😦
  10. Have 3 lifelong friendships