Sunday, December 14, 2014

Concrete Poem

Softball, a passion,
A way of life,
feeling the rough dirty ball
on your hands, hearing
the crack of the softball bat
the ball flying through the air.
single, double, triple, home run
around the bases
stepping on to home plate
loud cheers,crazy fans
watching the score
keeping time
third out
times up
we won

Persona Poem

I sit there
Waiting to be used
I hate being in the cold
I can't wait all winter in a bag
I belong on a softball field
Hitting a ball, bunting
Being held, and flying fast through the air

List Poem

Blue and white
Eagle pride
Hear the fans
In the stands
Pens and books
Computers and planners
Down the hall
three minutes to go
Don't be late
You'll be tardy
So many sports
Can't just pick one
Cross Country
Wrestling and
Blue and white
Eagle Pride Hear the Fans
In the stands

Monday, December 8, 2014

Nebraska Outdoors Poem

I see blue and white skies
A sea of grass, and the open plains 
I feel the cool wind
Hear the rustle of grass
There are cows all around me
The golden corn
As I sit there, watching
Time slips away
The shades of pink, purple, orange, and blue
Appear in the sky
As I watch, the stars come out
I see the dark plains
And the glittering sky.

Found Poem

Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick
Decide to start over
Don't lose faith, follow your heart
Time is limited, no one wants to die 
Connect the dots
You have to trust in something
Right now the new is 
You should see the value in it
Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish
And connect the dots.

Inspired by: Steve Jobs
Stanford Commencement Adress, 2005

Extended Metaphor Poem

Hate is a war

A fight on the battlefield 
Making someone hurt
It's not right
But sometimes you have to go to battle
Don't hate
Don't make people feel like they want to blow up
Sometimes you can't escape.

5 Senses Poem

Summer is a time of Happiness
Birds are chirping new melodies
And the smell of fresh grass is in the air
The green buds of plants stretching up to the sun
Baby blue skies and clear crystal water
Cold swimming pools and sweet ice-cream on you tongue
Summer is a joyful time

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Name Poem

It means active, kind, funny
It is the number 22
It is like a happy bright color
It is like winning a medal
It is the memory of Sandee McCroden
Who taught me handwork and honesty
when she had to go to work
My name is Makayla
It means I'm unique in every way.

Acrostic Poem

Sun in your face
Out of the park
Fouling the ball
Throw a change up
Bunt to third
An amazing hit
Lead off to a base
Loud fans in the stands

Motivation Poster


Determination has many definitions, but what determination means to me is working your best to accomplish something. Many things can happen with determination if you won’t let failure in.
In the Movie,”Blindsight,” the kid’s family doubts that they can climb a mountain but all of them have the determination to do it. Another example is when Tashi is climbing the mountain and is tired and weak, but he wants to keep going because he has the determination to. One more example is when some kids are getting sick from the high altitudes but still wants to keep climbing even though their leaders tell them they can’t.

How determination relates to me in life is through sports and school. In all the sports I play I need determination to do it. Like if I want to get a spike, make a layup, strike someone out, or do a flip, I need determination for all of these. If you don’t have determination you won’t get anywhere in life.

Friday, November 14, 2014

American Freedom

  American Freedom.

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America. Whenever I say the Pledge of Allegiance I think about America, of our soldiers who are fighting and fought, and about freedom. When I think about freedom, three things come to my mind:what does freedom mean to me, how do we celebrate freedom, and the soldiers that fought for our country.
Freedom can have many definitions, but what freedom means to me is having different rights, not having a communist or dictatorship for our government , and being able to say and do different things. America has different rights that most countries do not . We are able to eat meat where some countries can not. We also have religious rights. We are able to choose what type  of religion we want.  Another thing we have  that I’m  thankful for is not having a communist or dictatorship for our government. In these types of countries, the people have no voice in their government’s decisions or rules, but in America the people do have a voice and can vote. Their president tells them to do certain things and makes all the rules, even when some people disagree. In America we  have the right of freedom of speech. Americans are able to speak up and fight for their  rights and can  post different things online. In other  countries things are different. In Iraq, people do not have freedom of speech. If they try to stand up against their government, they will probably be shot, and if you post something on-line and the group Isis doesn't like it, they might find you and hurt you. 
One big thing that makes us a country is the soldiers who fight for us. The soldiers that fight for us love our country and want to protect it from terrorist groups. These soldiers make sacrifices every day to save our country, and we should honor them for that. There are many different branches of our military that fight for us including the army, air force, navy, marines, and coast guard. 
We have many different celebrations for freedom. One is the Fourth  of July. On the Fourth of July we celebrate America’s  independence. We have parties that last long into the night and shoot off many different colorful fireworks. We wear red, white, and blue to represent the American flag’s colors.

When I think about liberty these three things come to my mind: what does freedom mean to me, how do we celebrate liberty, and the soldiers that fought for our country. We should be proud and grateful for our freedom.  America truly is the land of the free, and the home of the brave.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Ghost Story

OHS School Ghost

Most kids at OHS come and go. But James was different. After his death, James’ ghost now haunts the school and the gym. James was about my age, 13, when he became a ghost. His hair is brown, he has blurry blue eyes, freckles on his face, and he wears an old basketball uniform. James’ ghost lives in the school and lingers under the bleachers in the gym. When he moves about the halls, most people claim to smell the rubbery smell of a basketball. I don't know James’ last name. No one does. 
Nobody knows how James died or why he now haunts the school. He haunts the entire high school, but he seems to prefer the Jr.High hallways. Every night he opens all the lockers and takes out every basketball, sometimes hiding them from the coaches. If you are ever at the school late at night practicing or getting something from your locker, you can sometimes hear a basketball bouncing in the hallway along with some creepy moaning. 
People don't see James that often. He doesn't talk to people, and when you happen to see him, he will look at you and then mysteriously disappear. Only a couple of people have talked to him, and I'm not one of them. Whenever I have seen him, he looked like a black shadow of a boy with a basketball.  But as soon as you catch a glimpse of him, he swiftly disappears. James sightings usually occur when the halls are empty and kids are in class.

The legend claims that James’ ghost will leave after he has haunted the school for 100 years. This may be true and it might not be. But as for now, James will remain a mystery and continue to haunt the school, maybe even forever.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Adverb Poem

The Vampire
The Vampire flew sharply
The Vampire flew sharply and radiantly
Flew sharply, radiantly, and scarily
Sharply, radiantly, scarily, and vastly
When he is in the night sky.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Hogwarts Halloween Feast

Hogwarts Halloween Feast

When Harry and Ron entered the Great Hall at Hogwarts, they forgot all about Hermione because of the delicious aromas coming from their house table.  The boys walked to the Gryffindor table, where they were dazzled by the many platters, bowls, and pitchers full of amazing foods and drinks. There was ice cream of every flavor, pumpkin juice, turkey, mashed potatoes, and Harry and Ron’s favorite snack, chocolate frogs!  
But before Harry could sit down, a ghost came flying out from underneath his seat. Harry jumped back in amazement and said, “Ahhh!! I didn't know there were ghost here, do you have a name?”  “Yes,” said the ghost, “I am Nearly Headless Nick.”  “Well, nice to meet you,” said both Ron and Harry as they went to go grab pieces of honey glazed ham. As Nick floated away towards the Ravenclaw table, Harry gazed up and not only noticed the gloomy sky but the floating Jack O’ Lanterns as well. While Harry was watching the ceiling, he suddenly became aware that his stomach was growling! So he went back to piling mounds of food on his plate including, ripe vegetables and fruits, pumpkin seeds, ribs, and pumpkin pie. He then filled an enormous glass with Butterbeer,  which was the most amazing sweet and salty drink he had ever tasted.

Just as Harry was about to grab one more slice of pumpkin pie, he felt something lumpy, hot, and slimy dripping down his head. He turned around and saw the Slytherins laughing hysterically at him. Then all of a sudden, there was food flying everywhere!  Someone yelled, “Food Fight!”  There was food flying everywhere and landing on everything! In mid-throw, Harry suddenly heard a loud puff and the food was gone. Dumbledore silenced everything with the swish of his wand and told everyone to get back to eating their food and not throwing it. Seconds before the food disappeared from the table, Hermione stormed in, furious at something.  But Harry and Ron where too scared to ask her what was wrong, thinking that she would yell at them for asking. So they both turned around grabbing one more handful of chocolate frogs before the enormous heaps of food disappeared for the evening. 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Nursery Rhyme

"Wee Willie Winkie runs through the town..."

Wee Willie Winkie sprinting around the small town,
Upstairs and downstairs
dressed in his nightgown,
Rapping at the window,
screaming through the lock,
"Are the
small children in their beds, for now it's eight o'clock?"
Rewritten By: Makayla

Monday, September 29, 2014

I Am video

Three things I learned from this project was, how to work  iMovie, Who I am, and that it takes a while to learn new things. iMovie was updated and way different from before. I had to learn it all over again and it got easier as I kept messing around with it. I also learned who I am. I have never really thought about who I am but this movie really made things clear for me. And the last thing i learned was it takes some time to learn new things. It took me a while to learn how to use iMovie, like I said before, but with some hard work and determination to get it done I figured it out.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Dot day

What is learned from the book Dot is that you should always try new things. Vashanti didn't want to try until her teacher hung her picture up on the wall. She then went and experimented. She din't give up and she tried something new.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Unforgettable School Day

 Have you ever had such a great day doing something for school that it doesn't even feel like it could possibly be school related. Well, in my elementary school there was a group called Soundsational Singers. You had to try out to get into this group, and in Singers we traveled around and sang to people for certain events.  One of my favorite places that we got to sing and perform was at Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota.
When we left on that trip, we had to ride on a bus. One of the worst things about riding on the bus was that we had to get up at 5 a.m. But something good about riding on the bus was getting to be with your friends. My friends and I chattered all the way there and we got to sit on comfy seats and watch movies. For fun on the bus, we dared each other to see who could stay in the bathroom the longest. The bathroom smelled horrible, and I refused to go in there.
  One of my favorite parts about this trip was getting to go to all of the fun places in South Dakota. One of the places we went to was to Reptile Gardens.  At Reptile Gardens, we saw a lot of snakes and different types of reptiles.  We also saw prairie dogs and some other animals too.  We went to a snake show and made Mrs. Jennings, our music teacher, touch a snake because she hates snakes. 
The next day, we went to Rushmore Cave. At Rushmore Cave, we saw where miners used to dig for gold, but instead they found a huge underground cave. We saw lots of stalagmites and different carvings in the walls. My favorite part about visiting the cave was when they turned the lights off to show us how dark it really was down there. 
Finally, we visited Hot Springs. In Hot Springs we went to a water park called Evan’s Plunge. The water in the pool comes from a fresh hot spring.  There are many slides there and a huge rope you can swing on. The pool has many little pebbles on the bottom of it.
But the real reason we went to South Dakota was to sing at Mt. Rushmore. When we got to Mt. Rushmore we changed into our uniforms to sing. We sang many different patriotic songs. A lot of people that were there stopped touring in the park to listen to us sing. Afterwards, we changed back into our regular clothes and then went to the gift shop. The gift shop looked like it had a million things in it to buy, from clothes to little keychains.  After everyone went to the gift shop, we all watched the light show, which is where they talked about Mt.Rushmore and then light up the monument.

Overall, the whole trip was amazing and we all loved it! Even though we had to miss the last day of school to go on this trip, no one really cared. I wish that I could go on that trip again. That is one of the things I miss about being in Singers. But sometimes school related things turn out better than you think.

Friday, August 29, 2014


My Bedroom

Here is my room. When I first walk into my room I see many different items. Some of my favorite treasures are the many different photos I have.  They range from sports pictures to my friends and me, and other events. These photos remind me of my favorite times from last year’s school events to this year’s softball season. I have many shelves full of different treasures, but some of my favorite treasures are my softball things. I have softball pictures, medals, and a softball signed by my Cornhusker State Games (CSG) team from last year. My softball pictures and other things are strung all around the room. Hanging from one of the shelves are my shimmering medals. From third place to first, these medals all hold different memories. These include winning silver medals in basketball and softball tournaments and the two gold medals we won at CSG. These medals mean a lot to me.

I also have a huge white dresser with a gigantic mirror. This dresser has six overflowing drawers that never want to close. On top of my dresser are more of my treasures that include more pictures, my earrings, and other items. Next to my dresser is a wall full of small shelves that have different treasures on them, including items from different states and countries. I have beaded jewelry and painted shells from Jamaica, a red and black sparkly mask from Louisiana, a keychain and a little glass cup from Puerto Rico, a wooden fan from Spain, and a little music box from Germany. Another special item of mine is a painted glass horse I got for my birthday. It is decorated with a Native American theme and has many different colors and tiny diamonds on it. Every one of the items in my room has a special meaning to me. I am rich beyond measure.

Friday, August 22, 2014

six word story

         never quit,
                     always try again.