St Patrick’s Day

On the day March 17th is when we celebrate the holiday, St. Patrick’s Day. Everytime this holiday comes around, we celebrate by having parades, parties, and wearing lots of green. Most people do all these things, but what is the real meaning of St. Patrick’s Day? Every March 17th countries all around the world celebrate St Patrick’s Day in the observance of St Patrick’s death, the patron saint of Ireland credited for bringing Christianity to the country.

St Patrick was born in 387 AD and is said to have died on March 17th in or close to around about the year of 493. He grew up in Roman Britain but was captured by Irish raiders and was told to be taken as a slave when he was a young adult. He was enslaved in Ireland for six years, while there he grew to like the spirit of Irish. He finally escaped back to his family at the age of 22 and vowed one day to return to Ireland. St. Patrick eventually returned to Ireland in his 30s.

According to legend St Patrick rid Ireland of snakes. However, it is thought that there has been no snakes in Ireland since the last Ice Age. The snakes that people say St Patrick banished from Ireland may refer to pagan worshipers or snake serpent gods.

Believe it or not St Patrick didn’t wear green. His color was “St Patrick’s Blue.” The color green actually associated with Irish independence movement in the late 18th century.

St Patrick’s birth name was never what people know him to be called. He was actually born as Maewyn Succat. He changed his name to Patricius after becoming a priest. Legend has it that St Patrick used the shamrock as what we all know as the symbol of St Patrick’s Day to explain the concept of Holy Trinity, this is by showing an unbeliever the three leaf plant with one stalk.

Therefore, St Patrick is celebrated as St Patrick’s Day on the 17th in honor of his death. He is buried at Down Cathedral, Downpatrick, United Kingdom where he is still remembered by many people. Those are many reasons why we celebrate and enjoy St Patrick’s Day!

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Letter To Alex

As part of the student blogging challenge for week 9, it is all about coding. I chose to write a letter to Alex who is a 17-year-old blind coder. It was so interesting to me that he is an accessibility developer and system administrator!

Hi Alex!
My name is Sophie and I live in Ohio located in the United States. I am a 7th grader at McDowell Middle School. I have a few questions for you. For one do you have to use a special keyboard to type? Does being blind get in the way of what you do, or does it not affect you? Lastly, how did you start doing coding for a living? So those are all my questions and I think you are such an inspiration to viewers of all ages! Keep up the good work and hope to hear from you again in the future! As an addition, our advanced language arts class has a blog. I encourage you to check it out if you get the time. Our blog is at http://mcdowellmedia.edublogs.org/



My Favorite Family Celebration

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For the week eight student blogging challenge I am writing about my favorite holiday along with its traditions and why this particular holiday is special to me. So to start off my favorite family celebration is Christmas.   Before Christmas day on the 25th, my whole family covers my house in decorations. We put up our two Christmas trees. We put our main Christmas tree in the living room where we keep all the presents. Our other Christmas tree is in the basement, we call it the kids Christmas tree because my sisters and I  put all our childhood or handmade ornaments on it.
Every year my grandma gets all my 13 cousins and I an ornament from the Hallmark store.  If you don’t know what the Hallmark store is, it’s basically a store based off of the Hallmark channel that has a bunch of Christmas stories whether its mysteries or love stories.  My mom and I are pretty much the only ones in my family that love Hallmark. We try our best to watch a Hallmark movie every night during their countdown to Christmas movies.
The night before Christmas my mom always gives us an early Christmas present.  Every year she gets my sisters and I matching pajamas to wear that night. We watch a Christmas movie or read The Night Before Christmas in our new pajamas.
On Christmas Day my sisters and I wake up my parents around 7:00 to open presents.  First, my mom has to have her coffee or else she will be grouchy all day. Then we go and open stockings. After we open stockings we open our actual presents.  My mom gets us something we want, need, to wear and to read along with some other presents.
After we are done opening presents we have a small lunch and head over to my grandma’s house.  All my 13 cousins, aunts and uncles are there to open stockings that my grandma gets us. It’s usually filled with small items such as gift cards, fuzzy socks, and candy.
At the end of the day, we have a huge Christmas meal.  It’s a good bonding time to talk with my cousins and catch up.  Some of my cousins live in Dayton, Ohio about 2 hours away from where we live and don’t see them very often.
It’s all fun and games until we have to head back home after a long day.  My sisters and I usually fall asleep on the way home from my grandmas because we live an hour away. When we get home we crash into bed in a snap.  We wake up the next day realizing that we have to wait 365 days until Christmas Day comes back around.




Science Words A-Z

Astronomy- A branch of science that is involved with space.

Biotic Factors- Living organisms in an ecosystem. 

Chemistry- Branch of physical science that studies composition, structure and properties.  

Decomposer- An organism that breaks down or decomposes dead organisms. 

Environment- Surroundings or conditions in which an animal, person or plant operates. 

Fossils – Preserved remains or traces of animals, plants and other organisms from the past. 

Grams- A metric unit of mass. 

Habitat- Natural home or environment of an animal, plant or other organism.  

Iron- Strong, hard silvery- gray metal.  

Jupiter – The largest plant in the solar system. 

Kilogram- Base unit of mass in the International System of Units.  

Laboratory- A room or building equipped for science experiments.  

Mass- A large body of matter with no definite shape. 

Nickel- A silvery- white metal

Observe- To notice or perceive something. 

Planets- Celestial bodies that move in an elliptical orbit around the sun.  

Quantity – The amount or number of a material or immaterial thing. 

Ribosome- Makes proteins in the cell. 

Solid- Firm and stable in shape. 

Theory- Ideas intended to explain something.  

Universe- All existing matter and space considered as a whole.  

Velocity- Speed of something in a given direction.  

Weight- The heaviness of a person or a thing.

X-Ray- Form of electromagnetic radiation.  

Yeast- Single celled microorganisms. 

Zygote- Diploid cell resulting from the fusion of two haploid gametes.