Thursday, June 7, 2018

What is everyone doing in the summertime?



Happy summertime 5th graders! So, what is everyone doing? On the last day of school, you said you'd like a place to come in and tell us all what you are up to. Here you go: let us know what you are doing throughout the summer and keep in touch. I hope you all have some fun times to share with us. I know a lot of you are going away on trips; I know of two people who have already left and summer just started! Anyway, let us know what you are up to over the course of summer. I hope to hear from you all. 



Hey 5th graders, if you have photos of your summer adventures that you want to show to the class, send them to me and I will post them for you!

Warren just turned half a year old!



Dylan on Osterbrogade Street-remember Number the Stars?


Photos from Dylan's adventures!
Captions by Dylan

Big chair in Squaw Valley

Hard swinging logs from my first blog

 Easier swinging logs

Morning doves in my backyard

 Montara Beach

 Apple summer camp certificate


From Mr. La Marr:

The redwoods way up north are so much taller than at Armstrong Redwoods. These are at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park. 


How's that for a goosepen I saw at Humboldt Redwoods State Park?


Elijah and his "cute poop"!


Geoffrey, Benjamin and Eric on Lone Peak in Big Sky, Montana


Geoffrey, Benjamin, and Eric near a Hot Spring in Big Sky, Montana

175 comments:

  1. I have been swimming on my swim team with Naya and been hanging around with my family!

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  2. I am getting prepared for a month long trip to India.

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  3. Going to Hawaii this week! Can't wait for it!

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    1. Wow!! Have fun. What island are you going to? I like Maui the best. Have lots of fun!

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    2. I think Kuai is best

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  4. Also, I saw Susanna at the park

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    1. yeah, I also saw 2 5th graders from Mrs. Darrow's class

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    2. 1 was telling me how she pranked Darrow. By the way, Darrow hates condements

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    3. She does-I think you should all bring ketchup packets to school on the first day as a gift for your new teacher! Dylan would like that, too!

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    4. nope that is not happening

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    5. Oh, I think it just might! Whatever happened to those ketchup packets that were in your cubby, by the way?

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    6. don't forget mustard and relish

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  5. Safe travels everybody!

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  6. Fun start to the summer considering school just got out a couple of days ago! I finally got to ride my mountain bike on Friday; almost 20 miles and no crashes. Well, someone I was with may have had a minor crash, but none for me.

    Keep having fun you all!

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  7. I'm hanging out with my grandparents and relatives!

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    1. I saw Parker at clarinet!
      # advanced band 4 the win!

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  8. II’ve pretty much just been hanging around at my house. My family and I have been planning fun things like Disneyland, Universal Studios, Six Flags, and that kind of stuff. We’re even going on a road trip up to Minneapolis to see some relatives, then through Montana to Seattle, and then coming back. I’ve been thinking of places to go over the course of the trip like Yellowstone, Mount Rushmore, maybe the Four Corners monument, I don’t know. But it all depends on time. Other than the road trip, possibly Big Sur, some hiking and more fun things. I’ll post more things when they happen.

    Have a great summer everyone!

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    1. Whoops! just noticed the double I!

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    2. That all sounds fun, Dylan. You go to great places. That's a lot of driving, but you will get to see so many things. Yellowstone would be awesome, and I really want to see Mount Rushmore, myself. You have to let us know how your trip goes!

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    3. Well have fun!

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    4. I am heading to Yellowstone!

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  9. Nice job Dylan. I hope you have a good time.

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    1. When are you leaving for your trip, Samrita?

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    2. I am leaving this Saturday at 5:00 in the morning.

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    3. How long is that flight? I hope you have a great time!

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  10. I am also going to do a 2 day inspire out camp.

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    1. Camp is always great! Have a fun time, Annie. Tell us about it when you get back.

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    2. I am going with Annie!

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  11. I just got home from a camping trip. I got to go fishing and kayaking. It was a great trip! I am also helping my brother with beach volleyball.

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    1. I love to kayak! I am hoping to go tonight. Did you catch anything when you went fishing, Bennett? Sounds like a fun time!

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    2. where did you go camping

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  12. I am having a great time in Japan! Right now I am in Kyoto. We have seen so many shrines and we will soon see 10,000 gates. The food here is great and the mochi with red bean paste is, too. We are learning about the geisha culture. They can’t use a phone for five years. After that they can become independent. There is also a huge language barrier so it is very hard to communicate. There are very few trash cans so every thing is super clean, but it is hard to through stuff away. I hope every body is having a great summer!

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    1. WOW! I didn't know that you were going to Japan! It sounds like you are having a great time. No phone for five years? That seems impossible in today's American society. Most people can't avoid picking up their phone for five hours! It's kind of crazy that there are very few trash cans so the place is super clean. I don't think that would work here. Have a great rest of your trip. Tell us about the 10,00 gates.

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    2. I'm probably more envious of you than Benjamin.

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  13. I just got back from Paris, France. The food was OK, I guess. We walked to a lot of places, such as the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe. We went to lots of museums. We saw the Mona Lisa and Nepoleon's tomb. We ate crepes, beef steaks, croissants, and macaroons.

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    1. How fun! You got to see some great sites, Benjamin. I know someone in our class was wanting to see the Mona Lisa; how awesome that you got to see it. Sounds like you had a fun trip. I would really like the museum part, I think!

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    2. Yep Mr. Lamarr is talking about Dylan P. I think...

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    3. That's who I was thinking of, for sure!

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    4. YOU WENT TO PARIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you are sooooo lucky: I've never even been out of the country.

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    5. WOW I'd think that you've been out of the country because you're 58

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    6. did you have snails

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  14. I just went to Donner Lake. IT was really cool to be standing right were the Trans continental railroad. But so far always, It does not matter were or when I am I just always have the blues because I cant see Mr. Lamarr.

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    1. Donner Lake is so fun-I love being at the site of historical events. I miss you too, Jackson. School will be back before we know it and we can resume our conversations then! In the meantime, have fun!

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    2. I wont be able to have conversations with Mr. Lamarr :(……………

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    3. I liked all our recess conversations, Susannah. They made yard duty much more enjoyable. We can still talk online!

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  15. I am going to 2 summer camps. One is called Camp Kesem. The other is called Camp Winthers. Also I am going on a 10 day trip to Yellowstone, The Grand Tetons, and Craters of the Moon.

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    1. I hope that those camps are as fun as Westminster Woods was. I was at Camp Winthers probably 30+ years ago . . . Long time! Yellowstone will be fun. You have to let us know how that trip went. You and Dylan need to meet up.

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  16. I just figured out that if you folded paper 103 times, it would equal the diameter of the universe.

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    1. But, how many times can you actually fold a paper before you can't do it any more? Give that a try!

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    2. I folded a piece of paper 6 times.

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    3. Yeah, it's hard to fold many layers of paper. Good thing we could use aluminum foil for our circuits instead of paper!

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  17. Last weekend we went to Reno for a graduation party, then stayed the night in Squaw Valley. The hotel room was huge! There was a main room about the size of a normal sized hotel room, then two bedrooms. It also had a balcony looking over the area. My sister finally fell asleep at like 11:00. For Fathers Day we went to a treetop zipline course, where you are attached to a harness and trolley, and do an obstacle course connecting to the trees in the area. Only my dad and I could do it because Charlee,(my sister), wasn’t tall or old enough for it and my mom needed to watch her. There were ten courses in all, each ranked like ski courses. There were two Green Circles,(easy), six Blue Squares,(intermediate), and two Black Diamonds,(advanced). I’m going to tell about the Black Diamond experiences. Lets just say, i was scared.

    Black Diamond #1: Wind Chimes. On this one, I got the most scared. It started off with a zipline, then a log that I had to walk across. I thought it would be fine. Then the swinging logs came in. there were two ropes connecting to each log. The logs were thin and vertical. I had to step on the logs and be careful so i didn’t fall in between them although i knew that I would catch onto a zipline if i did. I took about a minute to get across. My dad somehow took about 25 seconds, don’t ask me how. the rest was pretty easy, and I was fine.

    Black Diamond #2: Rings. This one was a double black diamond in height and difficulty, but it was easier than the last. It consisted of mostly ziplines. There was a thin metal cable that I had to balance across, some rings i had to swing on, some X and O platforms, and that was it. Very easy

    That concludes my 2nd summer blog post

    Thanks for reading!

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    1. That sounds like an awesome weekend, Dylan! I would love just the balcony by itself, let alone the zipline obstacle courses. That should like a fun challenge. It's always good to know that you can't fall because you are harnessed in! I look forward to reading about your next adventure!

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    2. I think I went to Squaw Valley when there was the Winter Olympics!

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    3. That sounds fun!

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    4. The Winter Olympics were held in Squaw Valley the year I was born. I don't remember them, though :(

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  18. it seems i'm the only one with long blogs

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    1. That must mean that you are having the most fun!

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    2. Benjamin has a really long blog.
      It's awesome you should check it out!

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  19. Hey Guys! I am currently at a summer camp called ATS. It is called "Creative Writing." Here is some of the content of my story I am making! :D

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    1. I am in ATS too!
      I hope I can meet you at ATS too!

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    2. Ats is in Sacstate

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  20. This story takes place in the imaginary land of Araria. Araria is a patch of flat land on the planet, Internet. Mostly men buy and sell swords and food for hunting. Araria is currently crowded and loud but friendly. But there is darkness spreading around the Internet. Lately, people have been talking about this concept in Araria, but they do not know what the darkness was made of, nor did they know where it was coming from.

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    1. Stay Tuned For More! :D

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    2. Note: This is info about the different locations. The real story is coming at the end of Friday!

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    3. Good job Benjamin! looking forward to the rest of the story

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    4. Loading to Mr.LaMarr's Website.exe... Load failed! VIRUS DETECTED DOWNLOADING INTERNET/ARARIA.exe... Download finished! Loading...

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    5. I don't understand what the above means . . . no virus on my website!

      I too am looking forward to more of your story. The storyline sounds intriguing. If you aren't going to illustrate it, you should team up with Elijah H-he's a great illustrator!

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    6. You know I was just kidding, right?

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    7. I was just kidding about the virus part not the story!

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    8. I look forward to the story! Have fun writing it. It sounds great!

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    9. Here comes the story... 3, 2, 1, activate!

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    10. Portal Gamer by Benjamin Choi

      “This story takes place in the imaginary land of Araria. Araria is a patch of flat country on the planet, Internet. Mostly men buy and sell swords and food for hunting. Araria is currently crowded and loud, but friendly, although there is darkness spreading around the Internet. Lately, people have been talking about this concept in Araria, but they do not know where it was coming from. You are not the darkness. You are a hero. You are the hero. Wake up.”

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    11. I did wake up. I found myself in some kind of town. I realized I had a wooden sword. I also forgot my name. The only things I could remember was that scientist who gave me this mysterious watch and playing on my computer until a bright light was covering the computer. I passed out because it was so bright. Then I found myself here. I looked around. There were stone trails making a circular formation with a park in the middle with buildings and stores surrounding the stone trail. Some stone paths lead to different locations. “Where am I?” I asked to a random man. He had brown hair with a white and brown vest. “You are in Araria. Araria is kind of like a ‘stop, shop, and go’ kind of place, although many people stay here, making Araria the most popular country,” replied the man. “What is your name?” I stammered, “Uh, I...uh…forgot it?” The man stared at me for a couple of seconds. Then the man laughed. “Here, keep this. It will help you travel to a certain place.” the man gave me a scroll. “Over there is Virhost Forest. You can hunt and explore, but beware of goblins,” the man said, pointing to a stone trail leading to a forest. “Don’t let a chicken be thrown at your face!” he shouted as I walked into the forest. There was hardly any sunlight touching the dirt below. “It is very quiet here,” I thought to myself. I heard something rustling near me. I pulled out my wooden sword to defend myself. A goblin appeared. I attacked the goblin to get it out of my way. It hit, and the goblin was knocked out cold. I looked around for any more goblins, but none showed up or ambushed me. Then I felt a pebble hitting my head! Then, two goblins jumped out of a tree and landed on the ground, ready to take me on. One goblin had two knives. The other goblin had a slingshot-the same goblin who shot the pebble at my head! I seriously panicked. I didn’t know what to do! I thought of somebody helping me with a sword… Then out of the blue, my watch started to glow, then it created the precise person I was thinking of! We hacked and slashed together while we defeated the two goblins. After the battle, I found I found the slingshot and the two knives the goblins were holding. I picked them up and put them in my inventory. I saw that the person I was fighting with disappeared! I couldn’t find the way out Virhost Forest, so I used the scroll that man gave me. It was a beatboxing spell, which was really embarrassing. I did it anyway. “Boom chic boom boom chic boom boom,” I said out loud. In a blink of an eye, I was teleported to some kind of weird power plant.

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    12. There was a gate with a sign saying, “Welcome to EMPP!” I went inside the building to find some valuable information of what is going on right now. It was very hot in there with robots melting iron, making more robots, making crazy machinery, and making more robots. I saw a black computer that is not turned on. The second I went in the in, the computer turned on! “Aahh, what do we have here?” the computer asked, facing me with an actual face. “I have come to stop the darkness spreading around the Internet and find out what is going on,” I answered. “Oh, you mean Dark Mage? And you are getting in his way? Ha ha ha ha! You have to face all of my famous inventions first!” crackled the computer. “First off, Electroman!” A lot of electricity merged together in a shape of a man. “Prepare to die, human!” shouted the computer. OK, I know how to work this watch now, so I thought of sending King Dedede, a character from Kirby. Since King Dedede’s hammer doesn’t conduct electricity, I’ll use him. Soon, King Dedede appeared. He looked like a blue penguin with a red vest, a band that has zig-zags on his waist, and a red beanie that has a fluffy ball on the top of the red beanie. Electroman zipped near King Dedede and tried to zap him, but King Dedede twirled his hammer to destroy Electroman. Electroman made a piercing scream when it was destroyed. The computer said, “Hhmm...you may be tougher than I expected...human...go into that room over there…” the computer pointed with a arrow to the right. I followed its directions and went into a dark room. *Prepare for No.2… activate!* The doors closed shut behind me! “Die Now,” said a giant robot in front of me. Platforms rose. The giant robot turned on. I decided to send in Kirby, a little pink puffball who can suck enemies and adapt to their powers, or it can spit enemies out into a shape of a star. As expected, Kirby was created. Kirby sucked up the metal from the giant robot and spat them back at the giant robot. The giant robot frized a bit, but was not destroyed. Kirby sucked up another piece of metal and gulped it down. Kirby became Cutter Kirby! The battle was epic. Together, Kirby, King Dedede, and I fought the giant robot. Eventually, the giant robot was destroyed, and the computer said this, “There *bzzzt* is still *buzzz* one more *vvvrrrr* left…” Boom! The entire thing exploded! While Kirby did its little victory dance, I saw a new sword: the Techno Blade. I grabbed it and put it in my inventory. “Let’s get out of here!” Kirby planted a giant bomb to blow up the place. “Run!” I shouted. We ran out of the building just in time. Kaboom! The building exploded! But a figure appeared. It was B.A.S.S. (Bionic Automatic Sound System)! B.A.S.S. must have used the power from that computer at the last minute! “Taste the sound of music!” B.A.S.S. shouted. B.A.S.S. made a ear splitting sound. Kirby swallowed the sound and became Mike Kirby. After that it was practically a battle for the worst singing. The contest was so bad that B.A.S.S. exploded. So did I. I lost a life. I had three lives and now it’s two lives.

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    13. I traveled from Araria to some unknown place that only some travelers went. They never came back. I wonder why. I walked to some kind of house to shelter from the rain. It was dark inside, a little spooky too. When I walked in, the doors closed shut. I tried to get out, I even used my new Techno Blade. But nothing worked! I walked to the hallway. I kept walking until two ghosts popped out of two doors right across the hallway. After that I called in Luigi and his Poltergust 3000 from Luigi’s Mansion. The Poltergust 3000 is designed to vacuum up ghosts! Luigi and I kept on walking until we saw a giant ghost! I knew that the Poltergust 3000 wasn’t enough, so I called in a dark type Pokemon, Absol! Ghosts are weak against dark types, so, I chose him. “Absol, use night slash!” Absol attacked and attacked, and soon the giant ghost got weak. “Luigi, suck him up!” I cried. Luigi obayed, then sucked the ghost up. The ghost’s last words were, “I am Mirror Nightmare. Dark Mage will succeed…” Mirror Nightmare was fully sucked into the Poltergust 3000. “Well, that’s the end of that ghost, I guess,” I said. We went out of the house, since the weather is not raining right now. I think it’s time. It’s time to face Dark Mage.

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    14. I discovered a trapdoor and opened it. I soon found myself in the Room of Darkness, filled with lots of monster guards. Lots of warm torches were placed everywhere. Ironically, they didn’t add much lighting. I hid behind a wall so the monster guards couldn’t see me. I saw the three shards, the Devil, Hacker, and Darkness Shards. The glass encapsulating the shards looked unbreakable. Dark Mage saw me and, without warning, called his monster guards tie me up. I was tied behind the crystals. “You think you can save the Universe, huh? Darkness is already spreading to the entrance! Wait, what?!” Dark Mage was nearest to the entrance, he was too overloaded with darkness, that he died. The glass cases also broke, making the shards fall. I untied myself. The shards seemed to have merged and become a stone. The Geometry Stone. It was a perfect fit on my watch! The darkness stopped then disappeared. Dark Mage was just lying there on the floor, not moving. Then his body glowed black. Then he sucked me up! I soon found myself in some kind of organic space. Then I found something strange. I saw Dark Mage floating, unconscious. But something was different about him. His body colors were reversed. Then he opened his eyes. He is not Dark Mage anymore. He is now Crisis Dark Mage. I used the stone. I noticed I lost a life using the stone, but there’s no going back now. The stone turned me into a moving cube! “Die with darkness!” said Crisis Dark Mage. He sent obstacles such as spikes and walls at me. I jumped over them quickly, and I jumped on Crisis Dark Mage. I jumped so hard that I destroyed Crisis Dark Mage’s soul! Crisis Dark Mage exploded into millions of pieces! Suddenly, everything went dark and I heard a voice loud and clear, “Your mission is complete. You may go back to your world.” My vision went white. I found myself waking up in front of my computer at home. “Well, let’s play more video games,” I said, facing the computer and smiling.

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    15. Your whole story was great!
      I liked the Absol part.

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    16. Great job! I loved the Beatboxing part.

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    17. very interesting and confusing

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    18. That is very innovative, Benjamin! I enjoyed reading it, and the plot truly does seem to be what dreams are made of. Nicely done. I hope you enjoyed writing it. Writing is fun as it can take you to places that are imaginary, just like books do.

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    19. nobel prize for best story ever made

      - speechlessdylan

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  21. Hey guys! So far since I've moved to Folsom :(.. I've had fun rock climbing, swimming, and getting used to the new house. From this Friday-Monday I'll be in Tahoe for my Grandma's 75th B-day:). Last week I went to a camp at the Folsom Aquatic Center that had water slides, high dives, a blow up obstacle course, and swimming. So far I've had a good summer:)

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    1. I hope you are liking your new house. Folsom is nice. It sounds like you are having a summer full of activity. Fun times! Enjoy Tahoe-You will get to leave Sacramento during the 100+ degree weekend. Lucky you! Let us know how your trip went.

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    2. I go to Folsom once every week!

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    3. really? why?

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    4. I have singing classes there on Fridays!

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    5. Susie, that sounds exciting.

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  22. Hi guys! Is everyone watching the World Cup in Russia?

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    1. Nope-not that into soccer . . . Baseball and football are more my sports.

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    2. I kind of am. I'm mostly watching baseball, though. Go A's!

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    3. not at all for me. I don't have cable! :P

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    4. Me is unknown HARHAR

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    5. France for the win!

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  23. I just got back from my camp Kesem trip. I got to go go-carting. My favorite part was emporment. It was were we sat in a big circle and we talked about how cancer ( I hate that word ) affected us. I cried like a baby. It was not funny. I also liked cabin chat. It was a smaller emporerment. one of the questions was if cancer was a person what would you say to it. I would say thank you for letting me got to camp Kesem. Then i would say you suck, go away and never come back, and you're a disease to the human race.

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  24. Well, from Sunday the 24th to Thursday the 28th of June, I was In Tahoe yet again for my cousin's birthday! On Sunday, we drove there, and hung around the cabin, and ate hot dogs for dinner. Some of Olivia’s (My cousin’s) friends came too! On Monday, we all went to Zephyr Cove. THE WATER WAS COLD. We played there for a few hours, then left. On Tuesday, we took a break from the beach, and saw Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom in the theater. 10/10. On Wednesday, it was Olivia’s birthday. We went back to Zephyr Cove swam, then headed back to our cabin. On Thursday, we packed up and left. I can't believe that I was in tahoe twice this month, but on different sides! This has been the best week of summer yet!

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    1. It sounds like you are having a GREAT summer! Tahoe is fun, but I agree, the water is cold! I love staying in cabins. Good times!

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    2. NO the water is beyond freezing

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  25. I also just noticed the new pictures page!

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    1. Yep-those pictures went up the week after school got out. I sent an email to parents hoping that they would tell everyone. Some are from way back in January!

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  26. Hey Guys! Last week, I went to a coding camp in ATS. I use a coding language called Scratch. My projects are online! Go to Scratch.mit.edu, then go to the search bar. (You might want to explore the home-page. The projects are really cool!) After you click on the search bar, put in, "TheUselessRobot." Click the magnifying glass, then you should see my projects. Have fun and enjoy!

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  27. Is anybody else doing any apple summer camps in the mornings?

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  28. I was in Denmark for 3 days and went to osterbrogade street because it was right down the street from our hotel. I also went to Tivoli gardens. at one part of tivoli there was a robot that mowed the lawn and had its own little castle. I also had this thing called a sushi dog it was an uncut roll of sushi it tasted so good. on the last day I jumped off a 16 foot platform. That hurt my arms. I will do a blog about Germany but that will be later.

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    2. I think that is so cool that you got to see places in Europe that were in our book. I am so glad that you had that opportunity. How is your arm these days? I hope it still isn't bothering you.

      I look forward to hearing about Germany.

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    3. New update: I'm going to another ATS camp. It is called, "The Write Stuff." You know how I made a story a while ago? Well, I'm making a sequel! I don't know when I am posting the story, so expect a surprise someday. (Anand is with me in this camp this time!)

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    4. Cool looking forward to it

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    5. My arm is doing way better I can do everything that I used to be able to do.

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    6. @Benjamin-i look forward to more of your stories. I hope that you and Anand have fun!

      @ Dylan-I am glad to hear that your arm has healed. That took a while. Back in action!!!

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  29. Great photos, Dylan! Thanks for sending them.

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  30. JAKES COMMING HOME TODAY AT 1:30 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  31. I want to scream!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  32. Hello!!!!!
    I totally forgot there was a summer blog!! I went to Oakland Zoo and there was a huge ski lift that went at least 100" in the air!! I also went to Lake Tahoe and played at the beach (with a poop emoji float, like a cute poop!! ^_^) We also had all of my mom's side of the family come together for the first time in 10 years!! I had a sleepover at Gavin's house and stayed the day at Dylan F's house!! Now I'm settled, going to camp and that fun stuff. But I get kinda bored because I can't wait to go back to school!!!

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    1. Elijah! Good to see you on here. Sounds like you have had some fun times this summer. Naturally, you'd have to use a poop emoji float to keep the cute poop alive over summer! Tahoe is a fun place, for sure. Won't be long until school is back. See you soon-

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  33. Last weekend, my family and I went to Empire Mine. We got to see how big the cave system was by looking at a model. It was huge! Outside was very hot. There was a very clear pool that reflected everything near it, a cottage that used to belong to the owners, and a garden. We also got to go go a few feet into the mine, and get on the kind of transportation that was used to get the miners into the bottom of the mine. It was called a man skip. We also saw the area where people melted the gold, then turned it into gold bars. I also got some peridot from the gift shop. If it wasn't so hot, it would be much more fun, because we spent lots of time near the water fountain. It was fun, and I hope to go again (when it’s not so hot)

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    1. Empire Mine is great! There is so much history there, and it is a nice state park. My daughter got married there, and it made a perfect setting. I wish people could go deeper in the mines. Wouldn't you like to see in all that jumble of tunnels?

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  34. I'm going to Big Sky and Yellowstone today with Eric and Benjamin.

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    1. You guys are going to have a great time! Let us know how it went. Fun times!

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    2. I just got back. It was really fun!

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    3. We went to Yellowstone and saw bison, buffalo, elk, chipmunks, and deer. We saw geysers, (Old Faithful erupted while we were there) hot springs, mud pots, and petrified wood. We went into Lamar valley and saw a herd of buffalo plus Lamar River. Do you recognize anything about Lamar? In Big Sky we went on three hikes: Moose Tracks, Huckleberry, and Beehive Basin, which was 6 miles long.
      We took the ski lift twice, which was really creepy going up. It was really steep, too! We drove there and back, totaling over 30 hours in the car. The trip was really fun overall.

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    5. It sounds like a GREAT time, Geoffrey! I would love to do that kind of hiking and see the animals that you saw. I've not seen buffalo or bison in nature. I did see Roosevelt elk at Prairie Creek State Park last month. I bet the ski lift was F U N ! I've heard of that valley and river before-I've had students photographed next to the sign for one of them; I can't remember which one. I like the pictures you sent. The colors in hot springs are amazing due to all the minerals in them. Fun time for you guys!

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    6. I saw the Old Faithful in Calistoga a few months ago!

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  35. it's harry potters b-day!

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  36. "born as the seventh month dies...."

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  37. Hey guys! I have enjoyed reading about everyone's travels during the summer break. Although I was quite SHOCKED to see my teaching partner plotting against me with a condiment revolt! :) Clearly Mr. LaMarr is in summer break mode.

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    1. Condiments are what adds that extra punch of flavor to already good food! I was just recommending that the class helps you get even better tastes out of your food! I'm sure they'd love to help you out on that front, Mrs. Darrow!

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  38. Im going to monteray soon i havent been anywhere yet though besides Six Flags hope you guys are having a fantastic summer

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    1. sry for the bad grammer btw

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    2. Hey Andrew! Great to see you on here. Monterey is fun-besides all the fun ocean things to do, go see Colton Hall. You're a history guy-you might like to see where the California Constitution was written! Six Flags is a fun place to go, too! I hope you tell us how your trip went. See you soon-

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  39. In in Minneapolis now, and I'm heading to Seattle tomorrow! We're actually flying the entire way. I'll be doing a long blog about the whole 13 day trip and be posting it after the school year starts so don't stop looking at the summer blog after the school year starts! Also if you want to hear about it before I post the blog, come to the RL swim if you can!

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    1. I will be there! I'm coming back the day before it is held

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    2. Wow! You have had one busy and fun summer, Dylan! I look forward to reading about your trip. I'm glad you will be at the swim party next Tuesday. See you then!

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  40. I went to the Nintendo o f America headquarters in redmond, Washington! I'm in Seattle.

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  41. Tech Takedown

    In the stickman universe, I just play video games all day long. I invited my friend Jake to play with me. We were just casually playing Roblox together, when a light brightened on my screen.

    “N-no, it can’t be.”

    “What are you talking about?!”

    “Try not to look at it!”

    It was too late. We fell asleep, or, “passed out.” We found ourselves at a city. Not just a city but a Robloxian city called Robloxia. Streets, cars, buildings, and trees were placed everywhere. “Hi, how do we navigate around here?” I said to a Robloxian. “Uh, guh duh mup ovu dere,” Robloxian#37 replied, with the name-tag hovering over his head. “Um, ok,” said Jake947, his name-tag also hovering over his head. My name-tag was, “LuckySuperSlash2.” Jake and I grabbed a map, if as a coincidence, tech-like platforms fell from the sky. When the platforms hit the ground, they were stuck on the ground, when some kind of metallic material expanded a bit.

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  42. We ran over to the Roblox HQ to tell the people there, and at the same time take shelter. We found two people: Roblox, who had a black baseball hat with a black jacket, and Builderman, who had a construction worker helmet on his head, and had a grey jacket. We told them the whole story. They seemed surprised by it. They sent the greatest Robloxian Warrior of the land. Had had a somewhat yellow skin color with a red shirt. Then Roblox gave Jake a bow and a laser pistol. Builderman gave me a sword an shield. Roblox escorted us outside while Builderman evacuated the people inside.
    We went outside. By now, almost all of Robloxia was covered with tech. Robloxians were screaming everywhere. The metallic tech turned into robots. Robots were putting microchips on Robloxians, corrupting their minds. Robots captured and killed players. Robots swung their swords at buildings, therefore making them fall down. We managed to destroy a few robots, but not all. We had no choice but to escape.

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  43. We went into a forest that was already raided with tech. I drew my sword in case robot ambushed us. The other two did the same thing. As expected, robots came to attack us, but they were nimble like ninjas. I attacked one and defeated it. I found a katana. I put it in my inventory and drew it. I suddenly had more speed than ever. I did low damage though. After all the ninja robots were cut in half, we set off to new lands.
    We walked until we found this hilly, neon purple and yellow landscape. No robots attacked us. We found a dark room with a fortified metal door. We went in the dark room, and the door closed behind us. I heard something turn on, so I drew my sword and shield. Then I saw it. B.A.S.S. B.A.S.S. is basically a robot with lots of speakers on it. B.A.S.S. stands for “Bionic Automatic Sound System.” B.A.S.S. looked improved though, such as having horns. “I am BassDevil. Prepare to be terminated.” BassDevil’s eyes shined with light. I could clearly see BassDevil by now. BassDevil pulled out two speaker guns. Robloxian#237 barely withstood the eerie screech of the speaker guns. Jake shot a laser at BassDevil. It did no harm. BassDevil pulled out a musical note, but it was alive. It attacked us, but I pinned it down while Robloxian#237 finished it off. Luckily, BassDevil overheated. This is the weak point of BassDevil. We attacked it as fast as we could, and we shut it down. “Bllloooopp,” said BassDevil as it shut down. I found a microchip on the floor when we were battling. We made BassDevil a TV and read the microchip’s info. Apparently those robots in robloxia are called, “Dark-Bots.” They were controlled by… Dark Mage?! I thought I killed him a few months ago! Dark Mage was a dark-hooded overlord that loves darkness. He was rebuilt into a robot, with all new features. Next stop is the Virus Factory, where Dark Mage is in right now. Well, Dark Mage is “Dark Mage 2.0” now.

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  44. We went to the Virus Factory. When we went inside, there were robots everywhere! There was a empty computer on a wall. Suddenly, the computer turned on, just like that factory I fought one time. “Well, well, well. If it isn’t LuckySuperSlash2,” the computer said sinisterly. The computer looked at me with an actual face. “Preparing Dark_Mage.exe… Finished!” the computer said. A figure of Dark Mage appeared. The computer transferred its data to the figure. The figure came to life. “Did you think you could destroy one-fourth of my army and get away with it?!” Dark Mage 2.0 said viciously. “I’ll make you pa-” Dark Mage 2.0 was cut off when Robloxian#237 bonked him with his stone hammer. “Bzzzt, malfunction. Downloading ‘Boss File’... Finished!” Dark Mage 2.0 said dizzily. All of the robots merged on Dark Mage 2.0. Suddenly Dark Mage 2.0 became a giant robot! “I am Techno-Disruptor 2.0, prepare to perish!” Techno-Disruptor said diabolically. Robloxian#237 and Jake helped me get on the robot monster. Soon I was on the robot monster. Robots attacked me from the robot. I attacked their weak points (an icon tells you where the weak spot is) and destroyed them. I found the core of Techno-Disruptor’s energy. I saw some crystals, may-bye I need to destroy them. I hacked and slashed all of the crystals. The core said, “I am the Heart of the Future. You are sure the force to be reckoned with. Now you die!!!” The core split into different colored cores. The cores rolled over full speed to attempt to attack me. I somehow jumped over them. I attacked the cores as fast as I could. I made one final blow. Bzzzt… I jumped off the robot. Kaboom! I high-fived Jake and Robloxian#237. “The tech-like corruption is fading away!” Jake said. It was true. Dark-Bots were shutting down. We said good-bye to Robloxian#237 as we were teleported back to our world.
    We woke up. “We’ve been napping for 1 hour.” I looked at the clock. “Well, it’s time for me to go to dinner, see ya!” said Jake. I stared at my computer. “Hey, since I took a nap, why not play more video games?” I turned on my computer and played Roblox. “Time to get some congrats,” I said, smiling, hooked onto the computer.

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  45. Fact: "LuckySuperSlash2" is actually a username by yours truly on Roblox.

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    1. That's a great story, Benjamin! It seems like you have fun writing them. I like that you have done creative, innovative thinking over the summer and you've created fun things for us to read. Keep writing! See you soon-

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    2. Benjamin and I did the same ATS class, so I already read his story!

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