Thursday, October 17, 2013

Style Day 6: Parallelism

Dear Saline High School Administration,
I would like to inform you that your policy on student electronic usage is absurd. As young adults, we should be able to freely use our cell phones, laptops, music devices, etc. during school hours. Not only can these be used as educational tools, but they allow us to communicate with our peers and people outside of the school without disrupting the class. I understand that electronics can distract the student from their education, but ultimately the student should be able to make his/her own decision on whether or not they want to use their device at any given time. Please consider repealing this rule regarding electronic usage.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Style Day 5: Subordinations and Appoitives

Awful #1
Have you ever had a speech or presentation to give and you felt as if you would rather die than mess it up? You wake up in the morning, throwing everything you own all over the floor, searching for the perfect outfit. Maybe if you look good, it will distract from your lack of knowledge concerning your presentation. When you get to class your stomach is in knots. As you stand up, your main concern is to keep the contents of your stomach down, not doing well on your presentation. When you get up in front of the class your legs feel like jello and your brain seems to go numb. All information is lost and you can't even remember to breath. As you open your mouth to speak no words come out. All eyes are on you waiting to hear your speech. AWFUL!

Awful #2
Have you ever had the munchies and not been able to find any food in your house? First you check the refrigerator. Nothing. So you rummage through the wooden cupboards as though your life depended on it. When you find nothing there you move back to the fridge as if it had been restocked in the few seconds you were away from it. As you get more frustrated and your craving for junk food becomes stronger you start to think of other options. You could go to the store..or a fast food restaurant. But then you realize your mom is using the car and you are confined to your home. AWFUL!

Monday, September 30, 2013

Style Day 4: The Semi Colon

Awesome #1
Have you ever been so tired that you just absolutely could not get your homework done? You figure it would be more beneficial to give in and go to sleep, but you know you are going to have to deal with a frustrated teacher and a livid parent. So you stay up. You try your hardest to get your work done, but the answers just aren't coming. You feel as if you have forgotten everything you have ever learned. As your brain turns to mush you become more and more irritated with yourself and you start to contemplate going to bed again. All you can think of is your head resting on the cool pillow and the cocoon of soft, warm blankets wrapped tightly around you. Finally, you give in. The next morning you are frantically trying to get your homework done and come to the realization that you are just going to have to explain to the teacher that you didn't do it. You get to class, dreading the conversation you are about to have with the instructor. You melt into a puddle of relief as your teacher exclaims, "I will not be collecting your homework until tomorrow." AWESOME!

Awesome #2
Have you ever gotten up to the cash register at the store and realized you are a couple cents short? Panic sets in as you desperately search the inside of your purse or wallet for a couple spare coins. No coins there. You move down to your pockets. Already, you know you won't find anything there. The cashier is staring at you with a look of amusement and you are already starting to hold up the impatient line of people. You thoroughly pat yourself down, as a cop would to a criminal. Nothing. You awkwardly explain to the cashier that you do not have enough on you to pay for the bag of chips and soda you were looking forward to having. They give you a friendly smile and tell you its okay, and let you leave without paying the full price for your snack. AWESOME!


Monday, September 16, 2013

Style Day 2: A Passionate Plea

KEY
Simple Sentence
Compound Sentence
Complex Sentence
Compound-Complex Sentence

Original
Dear Saline Area Schools Cafeteria Staff,
     Students are always being told by parents, teachers, and coaches that they need to be making healthy choices. As children and teens, we are not always willing to make the best food selections for ourselves. In this day and age, we are "obsessed" with unhealthy, processed foods. On behalf of the whole student body, we need your help to stay on track. For the most part, we understand that you do offer healthy choices, but the majority of the food in Saline's cafeterias is high in fat, sugar, and sodium. Pizza and french fries and other greasy or fried foods should be offered maybe once a week instead of every single day. The students who buy a hot lunch on a regular basis are more apt to eat these unhealthy foods. This could lead to a few different health risks, especially if the student is not eating properly at home too(which is obviously out of your control.) You need to start bringing in more fresh foods, and reduce the amount of bad foods you are offering students. Why teach us to eat healthy if you can't even offer us the proper nutrition we need? We strongly urge you to change some of the menu items. Thank you.

                                       Kara Nyitray

Edited
Dear Saline Area Schools Cafeteria Staff,
     Students are always being told by parents, teachers, and coaches that they need to be making healthy choices. As children and teens, we are not always willing to make the best food selections for ourselves. In this day and age, we are "obsessed" with unhealthy, processed foods. On behalf of the whole student body, we need your help to stay on track. For the most part, we understand that you do offer healthy choices, but the majority of the food in Saline's cafeterias is high in fat, sugar, and sodium. Pizza and french fries and other greasy or fried foods should be offered maybe once a week instead of every single day. The students who buy a hot lunch on a regular basis are more apt to eat these unhealthy foods, but unfortunately, this could lead to a few different health risks, especially if the student is not eating properly at home too(which is obviously out of your control.) You need to start bringing in more fresh foods, and reduce the amount of bad foods you are offering students. Why teach us to eat healthy if you can't even offer us the proper nutrition we need? We strongly urge you to change some of the menu items. Thank you.

                                       Kara Nyitray

Sunday, September 15, 2013

AREDE Paragraph

Regular church goers should not refrain from attending a Sunday service because they have small children. It can be hard when you have noisy babies and restless toddlers, but it is important for them to attend church with you. If and when you go to church, you are there to worship. Your children are there to do the same. They may not be able to comprehend the service until they are older, but if you never bring them along how will they learn to praise and worship? People, including children, learn from experience. If a parent wishes them to grow up with a sense of faith and religion then it makes sense that the child should be in church from a young age. Even more significant than this, is that people enjoy hearing the children's voices. Your kids may be making a little bit too much noise, but they are happy. They are associating the church and worship with joy. This laughter and enjoyment is only going to have positive affects on the child's attitude and feelings towards church in the future. When they are old enough to be a fully active member of the church and comprehend the words in the sermon, they will do it with smiles on their faces and hearts filled with joy. Ultimately, if you would like your child to attend church as an adult, it is recommended that you take them with you, even when you don't want the extra stress of keeping them quiet.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Style Day 1: Commas

I recently watched a movie on LMN(Lifetime Movie Network) called Miracle Run. It is based on the true story of a mother with autistic twin sons played by a young Zac Efron and Bubba Lewis. She is faced with many hardships she must overcome so that she can be there for the boys. This included losing her boyfriend, finding a job, moving, and other obstacles that stood in her way.(1) Along her journey, she learns that they have not been cursed with a disability, but blessed with extraordinary abilities.(3 and 5)As they grow older, the boys accomplish more than she could have ever dreamed.(4) Miracle Run is a heartwarming, encouraging, and downright inspiring movie.(1) It does  a phenomenal job of portraying the struggles that come with having a child with a disability, as well as the rewards it comes with.(4) I would recommend it to anyone who may need some cheering up.