Stock Market

In a book called The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin, one of the characters was Turtle Wexler. Turtle really liked the stock market. We decided to do a blog post about the stock market. We set up formulas in Google Sheets, then we picked up to 6 companies. The goal was to spend as close to $20,000, as possible but not go over. Of course we used imaginary money. I chose companies that I thought were popular and doing well. Clearly I was wrong because I lost $1,980.38. The companies I invested in were Nike, Kroger, Target, Yum Brands, Tesla, and Lululemon. The company that did the best was Tesla, and the company that did the worst was Lululemon. What I learned from this project is that even if you’re down money, you just have to be patient and wait.



created a ted talk for Language Arts. My Ted like talk was about Bernedoodles (a dog breed). I chose that topic because I love dogs, and I have a Bernedoodle. The talk had to be about 5 minutes long. I also got inspiration from watching other people’s talks and greeting feedback from peers, parents, and teachers. Some tips I used while I was making my ted talk were,

  • If you have multiple photos, use a black background
  • Most photos should be “full bleed” or cover the entire screen
  • Use 24 point or larger font size
  • Think simplicity and contrast
  • Don’t put everything you are going to say on a slide
  • Give image credits
  • Rarely show video clips longer than 30 seconds
  • Use two transitions: none or dissolve (less than half a second)
  • Save your work!

I really enjoyed this project because even though I knew a lot about Bernedoodles already, I learned a lot more. I also learned many tips about public speaking.

The Last Cuentista, Ideal World, and Handmade Books

The Last Cuentista is a book by Donna Barba Higuera. In this book, the main character, Petra, was Hispanic. So there were some Spanish words used in the book. Since Petra wanted to be a storyteller, one of the words used a lot was “cuento”, which means tale/story. That inspired us to make our own handmade books which included our own cuento, and our ideal world. I think it’s important to keep telling stories so that they can be passed on for generations.

In Language Arts, we had to create our ideal world. A summary of my ideal world is a place where there is no climate change, no racism or sexism, and the government is Representative Democracy. I liked creating my ideal world because it made me think of the world I want to live in.

A project that we just completed in Language Arts was book making. Our handmade books included our cuentos, and our ideal world stories. Making the book was really fun because a local artist named Peg Gignoux came to my Language Arts class to help us make the books. The first thing we did was create collages of things like leaves, flowers, and things you can find outside. The second thing we did was paint the covers of our books. The third thing we did was folding the books, and putting the collages in. After that, we added the covers. Lastly, we added in our cuentos and our ideal world story.

In conclusion, I’m glad we read The Last Cuentista because it led us to making our ideal world stories, and our cuento. Two projects that I really enjoyed.


La Ciudad de Durham


Hola, soy Quinn y tengo 11 años. Vivo en Durham, tengo 2 hermanos y un perro. Yo soy atlética, baja, valiente, y fuerte. Voy a hablar de la ciudad de Durham. 

Primero, me gusta ver béisbol en el estadio de béisbol de los toros de Durham. Tú puedes comprar recuerdos, comprar comida, ver béisbol , y hablar con amigos. ¿Te gusta ver béisbol? ¿Te gusta jugar béisbol ?

Segundo, me gusta ver artefactos en El Museo de Arte Nasher. Puedes ver pinturas, ver esculturas, comprar recuerdos y tomar fotos. ¿Te gusta el arte? ¿Te gustan los museos?

Tercero, me gusta El Parque Estatal Eno River. Puedes ver animales, caminar, correr, y nadar. ¿Te gusta caminar?¿Te gustan los animales?

También, me gustan Los Jardines de Sara P. Duke. Puedes ver plantas y animales, caminar, correr, y relajarte. ¿Te gusta ver plantas? ¿Te gusta correr?

Finalmente, en Durham hay restaurantes, cines, bibliotecas, y casas. Durham tiene árboles y está lleno de personas. Yo creo que Durham es una ciudad bonita, moderna, luminosa, y acogedora.

My Favorite Class

One of my favorite classes in school is Spanish. My Spanish teacher is Sra. Salas. I really like Spanish because the class is fun, and I’ve been learning Spanish since I was three. I learned Spanish because I had a nanny who mainly spoke spanish. I just picked it up from her talking. Eventually, she taught me some Spanish herself.

One of my favorite parts of Spanish class is the presentations. I like giving presentations in Spanish because I have a good memory, and I like making slideshows. A presentation that I’ve done recently was about two of my favorite hobbies in each season. I made a slideshow of pictures of me doing that hobby.


My Ideal World

Welcome to Phoenix! My ideal world is a planet next to earth called Phoenix. It is a planet about half the size of earth. Phoenix is red, orange, and yellow. There are 8 countries and it is separated into two different sections, water and land. The water section is for animals that live near water, and for people that like living near beaches and lakes. The land part still has water like lakes and rivers, but it’s for land animals and people. The weather on Phoenix is usually good, but occasionally there are thunderstorms. The temperature usually ranges from 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. There is no climate change, racism, or sexism on Phoenix. There is no poaching or shooting people. No one is homeless. There is no war.

Phoenix has all different types of animals. No animals are extinct other than the dinosaurs. There are many zoos. There is a main zoo in every country. Each zoo has 3 million acres and they feature many different animals. People can have pets but they can not own wild animals.

The type of government in Phoenix is Representative Democracy. In every country there is a different president that rules. The president lives in a big mansion called the Black House. Every 3 years, there will be an election. The currency on Phoenix is called Bank. Money ranges from 1 Bank Bills, to 100 Bank Bills. You can order things online from the specific store’s website; there is no amazon.

There isn’t race on Phoenix, but people have different skin colors. There is also nature on Phoenix. There are many different plants, trees, and landscapes. One main tourist attraction is Mount Quinn. Mount Quinn is a 8,642 foot mountain with lots of snow at the top. There are also many different cultures and food that come from many places around earth that visitors bring.

Phoenix has lots of advanced technology, like the US has today. Phoenix has things like flying cars and flying hover boards. There is also a lot of advanced medicine like a cure for cancer, Alzheimer, and many other diseases.

Phoenix is a great place for people of all ages. It has entertainment, nature, technology, animals, and more! I hope you will consider visiting or living on Phoenix!


Field Hockey Tournament

On Thursday, January 27th, instead of going to school, I went to Orlando. My flight was at 1:30. I got to Orlando around 3:00. My mom and I took a bus from the airport to our hotel. I went into the hotel pool with some of my teammates and then I went to sleep. On Friday while the rest of my grade was at a field trip, I was at a field hockey tournament.

My first two game were at 3:00 and 6:00 pm. My team tied our first game and lost our second game. On Saturday, my games were at 8:00 am and 4:00. We lost one game and won one game. On Sunday, I had one game at 11:00 and I lost. I think my team did pretty well even thought we lost 3 games.

I played well and I had a lot of fun. Usually, I don’t play with that team, but they didn’t have enough players so I had to play up. I’m U12 (Under 12 years old), but In Orlando, I played on my team’s U14 team (Under 14 years old). I really enjoyed the trip and I’m really glad my mom took me.




Window or Mirror?

The book I’m currently reading is Level 13 by Gordon Korman. It’s a fiction book about a boy who is obsessed with video games and hates school. The main character is a boy named Cam Boxer and Cam started a school club called the Positive Action Group (PAG) to stop his parents from bothering him at school. Surprisingly, the club got really popular and a lot of people joined. Cam wants to be a gamer so it was hard for him to manage his gaming stream while trying to manage the PAG. 

A window book is when you’re reading from someone’s else’s perspective. A mirror book is a book that you can relate to in some way. I chose this book because Gordon Korman is my favorite author and I hadn’t read this book before. This book is a window for me because I don’t really play video games, I don’t have a little sister, and I enjoy school unlike the main character. I usually read books that are windows because I enjoy them more than mirror books.

                           Image from sora

Dogs and Cats

I like all animals (other than rodents) but personally, I think dogs are better than cats. I think this because all my encounters with cats have been bad. All encounters with dogs have been pretty good. Also, dogs run around and love you unconditionally. Kittens are cute, but once they get older, all they do is sit on beds, hide behind things, and make weird noises. Some people say having a dog is too much work because you have to walk them. I enjoy walking my dog and it gives me a reason to go outside. Cats go to the bathroom in litter boxes which are in your house, and then your house smells bad. 

I asked twenty people if they liked dogs or cats. Fifteen people said they liked dogs better , and five people said they liked cats better. That is another thing to show why I think dogs are better than cats.

I have a dog. Her name is Bailey and she’s a Bernedoodle (Bernese Mountain Dog + Poodle).  She’s 3. Bailey loves to run around, eat things she’s not supposed to be eating, and lick people. She’s nice, friendly, cute, playful, and funny. These are my reasons why I think dogs are better than cats.