Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Goodbye Barnard

        Some days it felt as if I were never going to get out of this place and then others flew by. This eighth grade year went by in a heart beat. I remember standing at the bottom of the driveway with my mom and my sister taking photos and waiting for my first ever bus ride. Now I'm about to walk down the aisle after getting my diploma.

        "Don't gain the world and lose your soul, wisdom is better than silver or gold."-Bob Marley

Monday, June 16, 2014

This year's reflection

         My eighth grade year at Barnard School flew by so quickly. One of the most interesting things that we did in tech class was the movie trailer that I did on Legend. I thought that I did a really good job on the project and the final product came out well. I think that you should continue to do the movie trailers. We also made thing links witch are a really cool way to organize a project, and it is easy to present to people.
        In reading class I really liked reading the book Night and reflecting on it with the class, almost as if we were in a book club. Ms. Casassa should do more reading in books. We also read The Diary of Anne Frank in a play version witch was really cool. I think that it is interesting how people can make a journal into a play.
        I also think that I did a good job writing my child soldiers persuasive essay in writing class. It was one of my best pieces of writing from this year, other than a story that I've been making that I've yet to finish. I think that it's good that we have a class set just to writing. Some people wrote persuasive essays, while other wrote small personal narratives. We can do whatever we want in writing class and I think that it's good.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Mondrian Artist Statement

Mondrian Animals: Artist Statement and Reflection
By Connor Whitley October 29, 2013

In my design I decided to use a turtle. I made many images of turtles and I formed them from my mind. I made this my turtle because I liked how the turtle came out of the side of the paper. This animal has a special meaning to me because turtles have a relaxed vibe that comes off of them.
We researched Mondrian before we started this project. At first I didn't really understand what I was looking at when I saw Mondrian's work. In my mind it looked like it was unfinished with all of the blank squares. Mondrian’s first name is Piet. His birthday is March 7, 1872 and he was born in the Netherlands. His work has influenced the architecture of modern day buildings. For instance that shape of the windows.
I designed my artwork in a couple of ways. I made my lines straight and they had right angles. I didn’t really have a set balance in my grid I had bigger squares and then I had smaller squares. I had very thing rectangles too. Some of the squares did seem even, but then they were broken up by different sized squares. I definitely used an asymmetrical design in my artwork. I made bigger boxes in the more open spots of the turtle. For example the shell had bigger squares than in the arms.
It is important to study artists that are modernist from such a long time ago because they were the people that influenced how our buildings and other objects look today. His work definitely has a modern look to it. Modernism is basic, yet futuristic at the same time. A good example of modernism is the Bentley Continental.
Mondrian was an artist that stood by his beliefs even though it wasn’t as popular at the time.  Another person that took a different path  from the others was Martin Luther King Jr. He stood up for what he believed in and wouldn’t fall into that category of the people that let the whites take advantage of them and look down upon colored people. They both decided not to fall into what the other people were doing, they wanted to be different. Mondrian stood up for his artwork just like Martin Luther King Jr. stood up for his belief.

Boat Project Reflection

Connor Whitley
March 14, 2014
Math Class
Boat Project Reflection

        For a boat to float it must be less dense than water. As we know water has a density of one; anything that has a density lower than one will float in water. Also, if you want your boat not to tip over you would want to have a keel. The keel will make it so when a lot of weight shifts to one side and the boat is about to tip over the keel won’t let the middle of the boat to go out of the water and the boat wouldn’t be allowed to tip over. The materials also play a factor in how a boat floats. If like I said before if an object is denser than water than it won’t float.
To make an effective image of your boat you must include these three things. You would want to have all of you images and drawings to scale with the boat. Also, you must label all of the different pieces in your boat. Lastly, you need to make the drawing organized. You shouldn’t have eraser marks everywhere, or lines that aren’t even straight. When you are writing a good procedure you mainly want all of your directions to be precise. Anyone should be able to read and understand your directions. They should be clear and direct. I found that it is much easier to understand if you use as few words as possible, don’t make runon sentences, or sentences that are too wordy. When you make a scale model you would obviously want everything to be to scale. When we did our scale model we wanted people to be able to use it in the building of our boat. In my mind our scale model worked out really well with the 1” to 5” scale we chose. I feel as if not as many people took the effort that our group did to make our scale model.

When I was younger I was really bossy when it came to working in a collaborative group, but over the years I’ve kind of been put into that leadership role when we all work in group. I’m not going to lie I kind of like being the leader, but in this project I feel as if it wasn’t just me doing all of the work. I think it was really cool how we worked together in almost every aspect, like the drawings, and the procedure. I also feel like Alex was a big factor in building the scale model which was really cool. I wouldn’t have chosen any other group to be in. Some of my strengths in working in a group is keeping everyone on task. I also feel as if I contribute a lot to a group when we reach a hard place where everyone stops; I keep on going and I think that is one of my best characteristics. I usually like to do things perfect the first time, but if I do get feedback on ideas or a procedure I will always take it into consideration. For instance at the beginning of the boat project I was thinking of a spider design because spiders have a lot of surface area and I wanted to use wood to make the structure, but instead Alex said to take apart the tripod and see what we have left for materials. When we did this we say a lot more parts that we could use and it was one of the best things we could’ve done in the boat project. I feel like I am able to change my ideas and work with the group a lot better than before.

Penny Pincher Lab Report

Penny Pincher Lab Report
By: Connor Whitley
Purpose: To understand the properties of metals.

If I put my sanded 2008 penny into the vinegar with the sanded side faced up then the sanded side of the penny will corrode away and there will be many chemical reactions.

A penny with one side sanded away
120 fine sand paper
A beaker
20 ml of vinegar

Step 1: Get a penny from 1983 or later.
Step 2: Sand one side of your penny.
Step 2: Place your penny into the beaker and have your sanded down face up.
Step 3: Pour 20 ml of vinegar into a beaker.
Step 4: Record your time that you poured the vinegar into the beaker.
Step 5: let your penny sit for 24 hours.
Step 6: Record and collect your data throughout the experiment.
Step 7: Take your penny out of the vinegar and make observations.

Representation of Data

My 2008 penny with the head’s side sanded down was a grey and silver color before I put it into the vinegar. The entire penny was the same color. There was no chemical activity before I put my penny into the vinegar, therefore, it wasn’t producing any gas. My penny was very shiny before I put it into the vinegar. It looked like a glistening silver, and it was reflecting a lot of light. If you took your time and looked at my penny you would see that on the sanded side there were many scratch marks from where I sanded it.

After my penny was in the vinegar for the twenty-four hour length of time you could see many differences that happened to the penny.  To start off, the penny went from being a silver color and after the penny was in vinegar the sanded side has turned into an extremely dark black. When the penny was submerged into the vinegar it was producing a large amount of gas. There was so much gas production that the bubbles coming off of the sanded down penny was almost like a cloud of bubbles. The penny was also covered in bubbles. My penny wasn’t really shiny anymore, but I wouldn’t say the penny was a matte color. It was so dark that it reminded me of a black pit.
ColorGas productionShininess
Before I put the penny in vinegar.My penny had a grey color to it on the side I sanded down.My penny was not producing any bubbles at this time.My penny had and almost shiny silver before I put it into the vinegar.
After I put the penny in vinegar.Now my penny is a really dark black on the side that I sanded down.My penny is producing a large amount of gas from the sanded side of the penny.Now my penny has a shiny dark dark black to it at this time.
In conclusion I believe that the reason why the penny changed color and it was producing so much gas, is because a penny is mainly made of zinc. Through further research I found out that a penny is almost completely made of zinc. A penny is made up of 97.5% zinc and only 2.5% copper. A penny is barely even coated in copper. When I saw bubbles I knew that there was a chemical reaction occurring The acid in the vinegar is actually coroding the penny away. Over time the penny will darken. It actually causes the zinc in the penny to dissolve.


Section 1

        Elie was the second youngest with three sisters. He was the only boy.  During the beginning of the book Elie Wiesel was very religious and wanted to study in Kabbalah, but as the book goes on he becomes less and less interested in his religion. I realize that the rules become enforced very quickly. From 1941 to the end of 1942 Elie is studying Kabbalah with Moishe. In 1943 Elie's mother was trying to find a match for her daughter Hilda.In the spring of 1944 they got great news from Russia. They said that Germany would be defeated, it was only a matter of time. During the eight days of Passover they had great weather, and everyone was happy. The synagogues were all closed, "People gathered in private homes: no need to provoke the German. Almost every rabbi's home became a house of prayer."(Pg.10) They then made two ghettos in Sighet, which are fenced in communities. After that people had to pack up and leave to go to a new ghetto. To get there the Hungarian police put eighty people in each of the cars.

        I think that the author would break off and tell us something that happened later because it adds sort of a cause and effect to what happened, or the author can add an opinion that he formed over time. It can also be a form of foreshadowing that leads us onto something else when we read this book. Elie wants to study Kabbalah, then his sister needs to get married, they get news from the Russians, then Passover and laws were being made, and they have to be moved. You can see that once the Russians say that the Germans will be taken out soon they start to panic. They reinforce and make new rules and then they move the Jews out of a ghettos and farther into their territory. The author was probably trying to draw our attention to this because he wants us to see that around 1944 the Germans were scared. In the spring of 1944 I thing that Eliezer looks very happy because he just got news from Russia that the war is coming to an end.

Section 2

        Madame Schachter screams because she, in my opinion, is seeing into the future and hallucinating.  She begins to scream because she sees fire and flames.  Once they reach the concentration camp she goes silent and withdrawn because the fire, flames, and smoke in her vision were real and it was coming out of one of the buildings of the concentration camp.  I think the Germans take away the inmates personal belongings, clothing, cut their hair and tattoo a number onto each person's arm because Hitler knew if the Germans had any similarities or personal tastes in clothing or belonging they may become attached to the Jews and it would be harder for them to execute them.  It was a very smart idea Hitler had and it may have made it easier for the Nazi's to think the inmates were not real people.  In the book there is a quote, "eight words spoken quietly, indifferently, without emotion.  Eight simple, short words" (page 29).  The eight short words that Eliezer is speaking of are men to the left woman to the right.  The reason why Eliezer will never forget these words is because this marked the last time that he saw his mother and sisters.  This helps explain why Eliezer and his father cling to one another in Auschwitz because he did not want to lose track of his father and his father was the only person he knew at this point.

        When Eliezer arrived at Auschwitz he probably looked very different compared to in the spring of 1944. In my mind Eliezer probably looked very distraught and out of it. This is so because he just lost his mother and sisters and won't ever see them again. He also just lost his belongings which he carried with him for what felt like an eternity. He also just had his head shaved and lost all of his close. He probably feels as if he isn't even a human being anymore because the Nazi's definitely don't treat him like one. The only thing that sets him apart from everybody else is his tattoo on his arm. Everybody looks the same and it must be hard for him to deal with that. If I were in his position I would be pretty scared and have high anxiety. I don't think he is seeing a "light at the end of the tunnel" and he's probably breaking down mentally and physically at this point in the book. I would imagine he looked like everybody else in the concentration camp. Eliezer looked very different when he was in the ghetto compared to when he was in Auschwitz.

Section 4

        Eliezer directs his towards God instead of the Germans because he feels that God had done this to him. He wonders why God would have people want to exterminate an entire race. He is mad at God because he feels that God was the reason why the boy was being hanged and why he had to what by it. The depth of his faith is much less then before, and he's definitely questioning if there even is a god. At the beginning of the book he would cry when he'd pray because he thought it was necessary. Through his time at Auschwitz he's definitely lost a lot of faith in God, but hasn't lost full faith in the Lord. I say this because he would smile and think happy thoughts when he saw the children singing. He wishes that there was a God that would help him through it and make it easier, but his faith isn't nearly as strong as before.

        When Eliezer fears that his dad has been selected he becomes nervous. When he finds out that he has been selected he then gets scared. Later, when he finds out his father avoided the "final selection" he is relieved. His father gave him his spoon and knife as his inheritance because that was all that he had in the concentration camp. It is so significant of a gift because his father was able to hide it for such a long time and I bet many people in the camp didn't have a knife. Eliezer and his father's relationship have changed significantly while they've staid at Auschwitz. When they came into the camp Eliezer's dad looked at him like a boy but he's become a man. He and his father have a great relationship. They hold each other together and without  one another they wouldn't of made it far at all.

        When Eliezer and his father find out that the camp is going to be evacuated they are faced with two decisions. They could either stay because they are injured and hope that the Germans don't kill them or they could go and evacuate. In my mind I would've done what they did and walk because I personally wouldn't take the chance of the Germans killing me before they leave. I think this is a "choiceless choice" because you can't take the risk of death. In the end they probably regret it because two days after the Russians liberated the camp.