Tuesday, October 20, 2009

A stranger in my head...

How can that be possible? How can I think about him all the time? Why can't I get him out of my head?
He's a complete stranger for me. I've talked to him once or twice but his face refuses to abandon my mind. Everytime I try to think about something else, I just can't. It's not possible for me. and I want to know why.
"Is this love what I'm feeling? This must be love what I'm searching for. Is this love or am I dreaming..." The radio sings and I turned it off.
It's not love what I'm feeling. it can't be. Like I said, he's a complete stranger.
Oh, God, come on, it's not fair for me. Damn it! It's always there. How can I forget him?Why doesn't he leave my mind? I hate him for making me think about him all the time. I just can't stop. It's something I can't do.
My heart screams that this is really love but my head doesn't want to accept that. I don't want to accept that.
Now, I'll try to sleep and most important, I'll try to erase that boy from my heart and my head . If that is possible...

Cláudia Leite, nº11, 11ºB

No title

When I wake up
And see the sun shinning on my window
Knowing that there won't be war anymore
Hunger is over
Hatred, anger, awe, anguish
Don't live on Man's heart anymore
That everyone realised that they were brothers
And give their hands and go through the world...
It will be an almost perfect day
Because just when I was by your side
In your arms
Wrapped in your hug
On that moment I'll have the power to stop the time
And taste that with you forever
Forever by your side...

Cláudia Leite, nº 11, 11ºB

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Kids are quick!

TEACHER: Maria, go to the map and find North America .
MARIA: Here it is.
TEACHER: Correct. Now class, who discovered America ?
CLASS: Maria.

TEACHER: John, why are you doing your math multiplication on the floor?
JOHN: You told me to do it without using tables.

TEACHER: Glenn, how do you spell 'crocodile?'
TEACHER: No, that's wrong
GLENN: Maybe it is wrong, but you asked me how I spell it.

(I Love this kid)

TEACHER: Donald, what is the chemical formula for water?
TEACHER: What are you talking about?
DONALD: Yesterday you said it's H to O.

TEACHER: Winnie, name one important thing we have today that we didn't have ten years ago.

TEACHER: Glen, why do you always get so dirty?
GLEN: Well, I'm a lot closer to the ground than you are.

TEACHER: Millie, give me a sentence starting with ' I. '
MILLIE: I is..
TEACHER: No, Millie..... Always say, 'I am.'
MILLIE: All right... 'I am the ninth letter of the alphabet.'

TEACHER: George Washington not only chopped down his father's cherry tree, but also admitted it. Now, Louie, do you know why his father didn't punish him?
LOUIS: Because George still had the axe in his hand.

TEACHER: Now, Simon, tell me frankly, do you say prayers before eating?
SIMON: No sir, I don't have to, my Mom is a good cook.

TEACHER: Clyde , your composition on 'My Dog' is exactly the same as your brother's. Did you copy his?
CLYDE : No, sir. It's the same dog.

TEACHER: Harold, what do you call a person who keeps on talking when people are no longer interested?
HAROLD: A teacher

Friday, October 02, 2009

What they have written about their holidays...

My holidays were amazing. I spent my holidays on the beach and at home. I went out with my freinds, I went to the cinema with my friends, but I broke up with my girlfirend and that was not very good.
Pedro Nunes, nº23, 9ºA

On my holidays I went to the Algarve with my family. It was great! I went to the beach, there were lots of people of different countries: France, Spain and England. We were there for 12 days. I like the Algarve because there are more activities for me, my family and the people of the hotel. There are cinemas, art galleries, concert halls, stadiums and theatres. I love the Algarve. My holidays were fantastic!
Carlos César, nº6, 9ºD

I went on holiday in August. I went to the beach in Vila do Conde with my parents and my brother. We went there by car. It was very hot. I ate chocolate, pizza and sandwiches. Sometimes I ate ice-creams. I went to the beach, I bought a ball and a pair of sunglasses.
Patrícia Ribeiro, nº11, 9ºA

I loved my holidays in Palma de Mallorca. I loved the sun! It had a good beach and magnificent landscapes. But I also visited beautiful places in Portugal. I had fun with my friends, I rode my bike, I played PSP, watched TV and had great fun with my pets. I had a fantastic holiday! I enjoyed myself a lot!
Davide Ribeiro, nº8, 9ºD

My favourite days were when I went to the beach with my parents, my brother and my sister. On my holidays I helped my parents with the housework. I went out with my friends, my parents and my aunt.
Diana Marisa Nunes Mota, nº9, 9ºA

Last holiday I went to Switzerland. It was very fun. I went to the stadium, cinema, theatre and the swimingpool park. I had some problems with the language because their language is quite complicated. I loved to travel there.
Paulo Jorge Ferreira, nº22, 9ºA

My last summer holidays were fun, actually, really fun...I´ve stayed in Portugal, but it was cool... I spent one week in Quiaios, near Figueira da Foz with one of my best friends. After that, I came home and I've spent some time going to the cinema and to the swimming pool with my friends.Then I went to the Barra beach in Aveiro and I've stayed there for four days.There were lots of cute girls, of course... Thess were my summer holidays. They couldn't have been better.
Pedro Mendes

This year I didn't go out of the country but I went to the beach many times because I like the sun and the heat.I was in Braga all of my holidays, that was great because I love the city.
Isabel Lopes 9ºD

My family and I went to Figueira da Foz and Algarve. It was very cool. We spent for 4 days in the Algarve and 8 days in Figueira da Foz. My family and I went to the beach, it was very hot. We visited Nazaré, it is beautiful. The holidays were great.
Rafaela Vieira 9ºD

I didn't like my summer holiday this year because I had to help my brother in the fair. My family and I were on holiday in June and August, eight days in each month. With all this I didn't have time for myself, time to be with my friends and to have fun.
Cristina Baptista nº7 9ºA

My father, my brother and I spent the holidays at the campsite in Vila de Conde.There was a pool and beach but I prefer the pool becauseI don't like sand or cold water, and there the sea is dangerous.These two weeks of holiday were very fun.
Francisca Ferreira, nº8, 9ºD

Last summer holidays I went to Alter do Chão in August. I visited a national stud and saw very nice horses. Alter do Chão is very beautiful, the weather was very hot and I went to the swimming pool every day. The landscape of Alentejo is very beautiful.
Inês Pinto 9ºD nº 9

My Holidays were well spent. My days were spent sleeping and playing computer. But that was until the day that my grandmother invited me to go to Spain, everything was so good and then... one day, but it was great fun... I went by boat, I'll always remember it because it was my first voyage in a boat... I will never forget that day and I will never forget being in Spain, either. The rest of my holidays were spent the same way: sleeping...
José Luís Sousa Bessa, nº18, 9ºA

I spent my holidays in Portugal, I stayed in Peniche and near Ermesinde. I went camping in bungalows with my father´s friends. They are very funny. In my camp there were two swimming pools, the camp was huge and it was near the beach. On the beach I like swimming in the sea and doing lots of other things like playing football and voleyball. Those were the funniest holidays I have ever had.
José Pedro Soares João Pereira , nº 19, 9ºA

This year, I went to the Algarve on my holidays. I visited Vilamoura, Quarteira and Loulé. I went to the beach and I saw lots of tourists, because Algarve is a hot place with a good beachs. I spoke Spanish with some guys and it was very fun! I liked my holidays very much but they were very short!
Ana Sofia

My holidays were fantastic. I went to the Algarve with my parents, my sister and my best-friend and I enjoyed the beach. I spent a lot of time on my swimming pool with my friends and family.In the Algarve I saw many people from different cultures. I visited my grandparents for a week. I did a lot of funnythings there.
Maria Marques, nº17, 9ºD

On holidays, I went to lots of places, such as: Vila Flôr, Póvoa de Lanhoso, Gerês and Galiza (Spain). I spent my holidays with my family.
I went to the beach because I love the sun and swimming at the sea. But, I went to the river, too. I like fishing with my father. It's a relaxing hobbie.
It was a great holiday! :)
Carla 9ºA

My family and I went to the Algarve. That was really cool. I met lots of people and I swam in the sea lots of times. I spoke English with my new friends and some guys were very nice and fun!
I just loved my holidays!
Maria Francisca Mota, nº20, 9ºA

My holidays were spent in Spain and Portugal. When I went to Spain (Vigo), I was with my parents, brother and my neighbour, those two weeks were a lot of fun, we went to the beach and shopping. I also spent some weeks on the beach of Mindelo with my uncles who are in Switzerland and I spent some really cool days there.
For the past few weeks I was at home waiting for school to start.
And so these were my holidays.
Cristiana Alves 9ºA nº6

My holidays were nice. I played football during the day from Monday to Friday.
On weekends, I was with my family and many times I went to the beach with them.
When my father was at home (on holidays), we went to the beach most of the times and after that I prepared the long year of school that was about to start.
Pedro Silva

Thursday, October 01, 2009

President Obama's back to school speech

Below are the prepared remarks for President Obama's back to school speech, as released on the White House website.

Hello everyone - how's everybody doing today? I'm here with students at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia. And we've got students tuning in from all across America, kindergarten through twelfth grade. I'm glad you all could join us today.

I know that for many of you, today is the first day of school. And for those of you in kindergarten, or starting middle or high school, it's your first day in a new school, so it's understandable if you're a little nervous. I imagine there are some seniors out there who are feeling pretty good right now, with just one more year to go. And no matter what grade you're in, some of you are probably wishing it were still summer, and you could've stayed in bed just a little longer this morning.
I know that feeling. When I was young, my family lived in Indonesia for a few years, and my mother didn't have the money to send me where all the American kids went to school. So she decided to teach me extra lessons herself, Monday through Friday - at 4:30 in the morning.
Now I wasn't too happy about getting up that early. A lot of times, I'd fall asleep right there at the kitchen table. But whenever I'd complain, my mother would just give me one of those looks and say, "This is no picnic for me either, buster."
So I know some of you are still adjusting to being back at school. But I'm here today because I have something important to discuss with you. I'm here because I want to talk with you about your education and what's expected of all of you in this new school year.
Now I've given a lot of speeches about education. And I've talked a lot about responsibility.
I've talked about your teachers' responsibility for inspiring you, and pushing you to learn.
I've talked about your parents' responsibility for making sure you stay on track, and get your homework done, and don't spend every waking hour in front of the TV or with that Xbox.
I've talked a lot about your government's responsibility for setting high standards, supporting teachers and principals, and turning around schools that aren't working where students aren't getting the opportunities they deserve.
But at the end of the day, we can have the most dedicated teachers, the most supportive parents, and the best schools in the world - and none of it will matter unless all of you fulfill your responsibilities. Unless you show up to those schools; pay attention to those teachers; listen to your parents, grandparents and other adults; and put in the hard work it takes to succeed.
And that's what I want to focus on today: the responsibility each of you has for your education. I want to start with the responsibility you have to yourself.
Every single one of you has something you're good at. Every single one of you has something to offer. And you have a responsibility to yourself to discover what that is. That's the opportunity an education can provide.
Maybe you could be a good writer - maybe even good enough to write a book or articles in a newspaper - but you might not know it until you write a paper for your English class. Maybe you could be an innovator or an inventor - maybe even good enough to come up with the next iPhone or a new medicine or vaccine - but you might not know it until you do a project for your science class. Maybe you could be a mayor or a Senator or a Supreme Court Justice, but you might not know that until you join student government or the debate team.
And no matter what you want to do with your life - I guarantee that you'll need an education to do it. You want to be a doctor, or a teacher, or a police officer? You want to be a nurse or an architect, a lawyer or a member of our military? You're going to need a good education for every single one of those careers. You can't drop out of school and just drop into a good job. You've got to work for it and train for it and learn for it.
And this isn't just important for your own life and your own future. What you make of your education will decide nothing less than the future of this country. What you're learning in school today will determine whether we as a nation can meet our greatest challenges in the future.
You'll need the knowledge and problem-solving skills you learn in science and math to cure diseases like cancer and AIDS, and to develop new energy technologies and protect our environment. You'll need the insights and critical thinking skills you gain in history and social studies to fight poverty and homelessness, crime and discrimination, and make our nation more fair and more free. You'll need the creativity and ingenuity you develop in all your classes to build new companies that will create new jobs and boost our economy.
We need every single one of you to develop your talents, skills and intellect so you can help solve our most difficult problems. If you don't do that - if you quit on school - you're not just quitting on yourself, you're quitting on your country.
Now I know it's not always easy to do well in school. I know a lot of you have challenges in your lives right now that can make it hard to focus on your schoolwork.
I get it. I know what that's like. My father left my family when I was two years old, and I was raised by a single mother who struggled at times to pay the bills and wasn't always able to give us things the other kids had. There were times when I missed having a father in my life. There were times when I was lonely and felt like I didn't fit in.
So I wasn't always as focused as I should have been. I did some things I'm not proud of, and got in more trouble than I should have. And my life could have easily taken a turn for the worse.
But I was fortunate. I got a lot of second chances and had the opportunity to go to college, and law school, and follow my dreams. My wife, our First Lady Michelle Obama, has a similar story. Neither of her parents had gone to college, and they didn't have much. But they worked hard, and she worked hard, so that she could go to the best schools in this country.
Some of you might not have those advantages. Maybe you don't have adults in your life who give you the support that you need. Maybe someone in your family has lost their job, and there's not enough money to go around. Maybe you live in a neighborhood where you don't feel safe, or have friends who are pressuring you to do things you know aren't right.
But at the end of the day, the circumstances of your life - what you look like, where you come from, how much money you have, what you've got going on at home - that's no excuse for neglecting your homework or having a bad attitude. That's no excuse for talking back to your teacher, or cutting class, or dropping out of school. That's no excuse for not trying.
Where you are right now doesn't have to determine where you'll end up. No one's written your destiny for you. Here in America, you write your own destiny. You make your own future.
That's what young people like you are doing every day, all across America.
Young people like Jazmin Perez, from Roma, Texas. Jazmin didn't speak English when she first started school. Hardly anyone in her hometown went to college, and neither of her parents had gone either. But she worked hard, earned good grades, got a scholarship to Brown University, and is now in graduate school, studying public health, on her way to being Dr. Jazmin Perez.
I'm thinking about Andoni Schultz, from Los Altos, California, who's fought brain cancer since he was three. He's endured all sorts of treatments and surgeries, one of which affected his memory, so it took him much longer - hundreds of extra hours - to do his schoolwork. But he never fell behind, and he's headed to college this fall.
And then there's Shantell Steve, from my hometown of Chicago, Illinois. Even when bouncing from foster home to foster home in the toughest neighborhoods, she managed to get a job at a local health center; start a program to keep young people out of gangs; and she's on track to graduate high school with honors and go on to college.
Jazmin, Andoni and Shantell aren't any different from any of you. They faced challenges in their lives just like you do. But they refused to give up. They chose to take responsibility for their education and set goals for themselves. And I expect all of you to do the same.
That's why today, I'm calling on each of you to set your own goals for your education - and to do everything you can to meet them. Your goal can be something as simple as doing all your homework, paying attention in class, or spending time each day reading a book. Maybe you'll decide to get involved in an extracurricular activity, or volunteer in your community. Maybe you'll decide to stand up for kids who are being teased or bullied because of who they are or how they look, because you believe, like I do, that all kids deserve a safe environment to study and learn. Maybe you'll decide to take better care of yourself so you can be more ready to learn. And along those lines, I hope you'll all wash your hands a lot, and stay home from school when you don't feel well, so we can keep people from getting the flu this fall and winter.
Whatever you resolve to do, I want you to commit to it. I want you to really work at it.
I know that sometimes, you get the sense from TV that you can be rich and successful without any hard work -- that your ticket to success is through rapping or basketball or being a reality TV star, when chances are, you're not going to be any of those things.
But the truth is, being successful is hard. You won't love every subject you study. You won't click with every teacher. Not every homework assignment will seem completely relevant to your life right this minute. And you won't necessarily succeed at everything the first time you try.
That's OK. Some of the most successful people in the world are the ones who've had the most failures. JK Rowling's first Harry Potter book was rejected twelve times before it was finally published. Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team, and he lost hundreds of games and missed thousands of shots during his career. But he once said, "I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed."
These people succeeded because they understand that you can't let your failures define you - you have to let them teach you. You have to let them show you what to do differently next time. If you get in trouble, that doesn't mean you're a troublemaker, it means you need to try harder to behave. If you get a bad grade, that doesn't mean you're stupid, it just means you need to spend more time studying.
No one's born being good at things, you become good at things through hard work. You're not a varsity athlete the first time you play a new sport. You don't hit every note the first time you sing a song. You've got to practice. It's the same with your schoolwork. You might have to do a math problem a few times before you get it right, or read something a few times before you understand it, or do a few drafts of a paper before it's good enough to hand in.
Don't be afraid to ask questions. Don't be afraid to ask for help when you need it. I do that every day. Asking for help isn't a sign of weakness, it's a sign of strength. It shows you have the courage to admit when you don't know something, and to learn something new. So find an adult you trust - a parent, grandparent or teacher; a coach or counselor - and ask them to help you stay on track to meet your goals.
And even when you're struggling, even when you're discouraged, and you feel like other people have given up on you - don't ever give up on yourself. Because when you give up on yourself, you give up on your country.
The story of America isn't about people who quit when things got tough. It's about people who kept going, who tried harder, who loved their country too much to do anything less than their best.
It's the story of students who sat where you sit 250 years ago, and went on to wage a revolution and found this nation. Students who sat where you sit 75 years ago who overcame a Depression and won a world war; who fought for civil rights and put a man on the moon. Students who sat where you sit 20 years ago who founded Google, Twitter and Facebook and changed the way we communicate with each other.
So today, I want to ask you, what's your contribution going to be? What problems are you going to solve? What discoveries will you make? What will a president who comes here in twenty or fifty or one hundred years say about what all of you did for this country?
Your families, your teachers, and I are doing everything we can to make sure you have the education you need to answer these questions. I'm working hard to fix up your classrooms and get you the books, equipment and computers you need to learn. But you've got to do your part too. So I expect you to get serious this year. I expect you to put your best effort into everything you do. I expect great things from each of you. So don't let us down - don't let your family or your country or yourself down. Make us all proud. I know you can do it.

Thank you, God bless you, and God bless America.