Cavaliers, what now?

The Toronto Raptors are now five games above the Cleveland Cavaliers in the standings, and the Cavaliers can’t do anything but point fingers at each other.

The Cavaliers reportedly held a team meeting, discussing the burden of Kevin Love. According to sources, Kevin Love was faking his sickness to leave the game against the Thunder early, and so he could leave the practice on Sunday early.

The Ball Family: Has Lavar Ball become too big?

Everyone in the Basketball fandom have all heard about the Ball family. If not, let’s go through a brief introduction together.


First, the oldest brother of the family, Lonzo Ball. Lonzo has already been drafted 2nd in the 2017 draft to the Los Angeles Lakers and has a pretty successful season so far, averaging 10.2 points per game, 7.1 rebounds, and 7.1 assists.


The middle son, LiAngelo Ball. LiAngelo had already received a sports scholarship to the University of California, Los Angeles and was projected to also to join the draft next year. However, with some dilemma after being caught shoplifting in China. It was predicted that LiAngelo would be put in jail for years, however President Donald Trump had requested China to free him. Now, he is a professional player at BC Prienai.


Last but not least, Lamelo Ball. Lamelo had recently left highschool in order to join his brother at BC Prienai. At only age 16, he is already seen to become better than both older brothers.


The Ball family is set to become the most successful family in the sports industry. That is thanks to one man, Lavar Ball.


Lavar Ball, father of the Ball brothers, has been mostly recognized for making obnoxious claims such as the following: “Back in my heyday, I would kill Michael Jordan one on one.”, “You ain’t even gotta ask me that question. Until I die, I will always think that my son is better than Steph Curry,” and more. Just recently, he called out Luke Walton, coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, stating that nobody in the team wants to play under him.


Now you ask yourself, why does the media give this man so much attention? Has Lavar Ball become too big?


The answer is yes. Before Lonzo declared for the NBA draft, Lavar had already established their own family brand, Big Baller Brand (BBB). Because of BBB, history has been made. Lonzo became the first player ever to have his own shoes, ZO2, before entering the league. Lamelo Ball already became the first high school player to have his own shoes, the MB1.


Now, Lavar is aiming for something bigger. To create the Junior Basketball Association. Lavar wants to run this league the same way the NBA does. However, instead of professional athletes the league will consist of high school players. Each player has the potential to earn about 10,000 dollars monthly to compete. This is a very ambitious project, however this is also a controversy because this will pull high schoolers from their education, including their gateway to college. If a high school player were to not make the cut in the NBA, they will have no backup plan due to the lack of knowledge after missing out on college. The sad reality is that not everybody will make the NBA. Teenagers should not focus only on basketball, and instead set their priorities straight because education comes first. We do not need Lavar to spark up bad ideas that could endanger the future of the United States.

This is sports journalism. I chose to write about sports because that’s what I want to do what I grow up, become a sports journalist. I chose the Lavar Ball as my topic because they are arguably the most interesting man in the sports industry right now. I hope that my writing is somewhat like something you would read from ESPN. I think I did a decent job.

Assessment 11- Guía de música

10. Livin’ La Vida Loca- Ricky Martin

– Eva Rinaldi

Enrique Martin Morales (Ricky Martin), es un cantante y actor de Puerto Rico. Es popular por su música. La cancion mas famosa es “Livin La Vida Loca” porque es muy rapido.

Genero de ‘Livin La Vida Loca’ es pop. Creo que la cancion es acerca de…la vida loca! La cancion tiene muchos premios. En el ano 1999 y 2000, fue Billboard top 100. Muy loco! Me encanta!


9. Bailando – Enrique Iglesias

-Claudio Poblete

Enrique Iglesias es el mejor en el mundo. Su padre, Julio Iglesias es un cantante tambien. Enrique Iglesias es de Espana, pero vivio en Miami. Es muy profesional porque tiene muchos premios.

Enrique gusta son pop latinos. La cancion habla sobre bailando con una chica. “Yo quiero estar contigo, vivir contigo. Bailar contigo, tener contigo.” La cancion es muy bonita porque en el video, hay mucho tango. Es muy romantica, me encanta!

Un persona dijo, “Me encanta la letra de esta Cancion.”


8. La Bicicleta- Carlos Vives y Shakira


Shakira es una cantante de Colombia. Es muy famoso por bailar y cantar. En cambio, Carlos Viven es tambien de Colombia, pero solo popular por cantar. Juntos es muy fantastico!

La cancion “La Bicicleta” habla de Colombia. El genero es vallenato, pop y reggaeton. En la cancion, Shakira y Carlos Vives van en bicicleta en el pais de Colombia. Me gusta porque Shakira es muy bonita.

En Youtube, un persona comentado, “Amos chicos son los mejores!”


7. Sofia- Alvaro Soler

Alvaro Tauchert Soler es de Barcelona, Espana y también Aleman. Alvaro es musico latino musica de pop. Tambien es muy guapo! Estas de acuerdo? Si!

La cancion “Sofia” es muy bueno. Alvaro Soler es famoso por “Sofía”. Creo que el genero de la cancion es romantico. En Italia la cancion es el top 3 y en Suiza es el top 10 (2016). La canción me hace muy feliz porque es muy calma.

Aunque publicado en 2016, muchas personas dijo, “Sigue escuchando en 2017!”

6.  Vivir Mi Vida- Marc Anthony

– World Economic Forum

Marc Anthony es un cantante y actor estadounidense. Anthony es tambien el mejor artista de salsa de todos los tiempos! Su es muy talentoso y fantastico.

Muchas personas habla de que la cancion es triste. Sin embargo, creo que esta cancion me hace feliz!

“Voy a reir voy a bailar
Pa’qué llorar, pa ‘que sufrir
Empieza a soñar, a reír
Voy a reír voy voy bailar”

“Mi gente
La vida es una”

Un persona dijo, “Escucho esto cuando estoy triste pero me encanta.”

5. Hasta el Amanecer- Nicky Jam

– Eduardo Cardoza

Nick Rivera Caminero (Nicky Jam) es de América. Pero habla espanol muy bien. El es muy viejo por su carrera es de 1994 hasta ahora. Es muy talentoso.

Hasta el Amanecer es una cancion muy famosa. 1.1 millones de personas escuchan en Youtube. Muchas personas encanta la cancion porque el genero es Pop y Romantica. Quiero bailar!

Muchas personas dijo, “Me encanta” en el Youtube video.

4. Vuelve- Juan Magan

– Ayuntamiento de Zaragoza Oficina web municipal

Juan Magan es un cantante y DJ en Espana. No es famoso porque solo tiene 29 canciones. Sin embargo, es muy bueno porque su musica se escucha mucho en el mundo.

El genero es pop. La cancion “vuelve” es muy divertida de escuchar. Por que? Creo que es fantástico porque Juan Magan canta la vida. Muy relajante para escuchar cuando estoy estresado! 

Un persona comentado, “A este video le doy un millon de likes.”


3. Bamboleo- Gipsy Kings

– Mathias BERRA

Gipsy Kings es un grupo establecido en 1978, Francia. Fue establecido en Francia, sin embargo sus padres son de Espana. El género Gipsy King juegar es Pop, Salsa y Flamenca. Muchas personas encanta su musica porque es muy famoso en el mundo.

“Bamboléo” genero es Flamenca.  Es un cancion que todo el mundo ama. Me encanta esta cancion porque es muy relajante y inspiracion. En la musica, ellos canta, “Bamboléo, Bamboléa, Porque mi vida yo la prefiero vivir asi.”

Un persona dijo, “tengo 17 años solamente y sin duda esta es mi música favorita.”


2. Macarena- Los del Rio

A la derecha se ve Antonio Romero Monge. El otro hombre a la izquierda es Rafael Ruíz Perdigones. Los del Rio es un grupo muy popular. Ellos hacen musica de pop!

Macarena fue publicado en 1995. La cancion es muy antigua, pero muchas personas todavía le gusta en 2017. Me encanta porque a mis padres tambien les gusta. Es muy divertido y interesante.

Una persona cree, “Mejor canción de siempre.”

1. Despacito- Luis Fonsi

– Mari Zalazar

Luis Fonsi es de Puerto Rico. Sabe espanol porque en Puerto Rico, muchas personas habla espanol. Es muy famoso porque por su nueva cancion, Despacito.

El género de “Despacito” es pop. Me encanta esta cancion porque hace que mis hermanos bailan y cantan mucho. Siempre estoy feliz por esta cancion. Es muy bonita y numero uno!

Una persona cree, “El mejor vídeo del ano.”

Year End Writing

Screen-Time Should Not Be Reduced

Screen-time has been a vital factor in people’s everyday lives. The use of technology is being applied by streaming through the news, for entertainment, and educational purposes. Teens are using screen-time at home, in the car, and more. Countries throughout the world are becoming aware of screen-time overuse, and have decided to take immediate action. The advantages outweigh the disadvantages for teens on screen because it decreases stress for teens, is beneficial for teens education, and develops leadership skills.


One factor that proves that teen on screens is beneficial is that screen-time decreases stress for teens. Author Lisa Bowen in ”Video game play may provide learning, health, social benefits, review finds” explained research shared in American Psychologist, stated that screen-time can boost teen’s health by keeping them stress-free, since they will be entertained by social media, games, and videos. Stress can provide problems such as headaches, anxiety, and other consequences. In other words, screen-time is basically a “medicine,” preventing all of these negative side-effects that could harm people. Screen-time can potentially help teen’s lives.


Parents might think screen-time is responsible for poor grades, however it is fair to say that screen-time is beneficial to education. Due to screen-time, it dramatically increased the learning system by making learning intriguing, which also challenges students to learn more, stated from “The Importance of Technology in Education Infographic.” Screen-time provides students with knowledge, coming from websites such as Khan Academy, Brainpop, and more. When teens are on screens, it will definitely help with their learning.


Teens achieve the role of a leader with screen-time. Numerous video games allow teens to have the ability to turn themselves into a leader. When playing a game, teens will interact with his or her friends, and will have leadership skills to reach the objective of the game. With the leadership role, it could also reflect in reality. This could potentially be the most important factor to be having screen-time.


Children on screen-time is arguably not beneficial. According to “Here’s What A Constantly Plugged-In Life Is Doing To Kid’s Bodies,” it is estimated that 45% of adolescents are not getting enough sleep due to devices around them. Because of lack of sleep, students are believed to not focus during class time, and not showing effort in class activities. However, it does help teens with learning. According to Dr.Kramer, “Learning gets enhanced and solidified when there is a dialog.” This shows that with parents asking about how they are managing their time online, it would be an essential way to help teens learn.


To wrap it up, screen-time may have many disadvantages, however it does have advantages for teens on screens because screen-time decreases stress for teens, improves education, and develops leadership skills. Screen-time gives entertainment, which makes teens stress-free. It also challenges students to learn more, giving the determination to succeed in school. Most importantly, it lets teens have a leadership role with online gaming. Screen-time contributes a lot in people’s everyday lives, and will continue to. In conclusion, reducing screen-time will not be necessary because it provides many benefits to teens.


What would you change if you had a chance to do this piece over again?

One thing I would change about my writing if I could do it again, is instead of supporting screen-time, I could rebel against screen-time. There were many articles against teens on screens, which could make the writing piece filled with more evidence and analysis. In my opinion, writing about the costs of screen-time would be easier, due to the fact that there are more articles trying to prevent teens on screens.

What was especially satisfying to you about either the process or the finished project?

I was really surprised with the final product because if I look back at my flash drive I can detect various mistakes in my flash draft. I thought my flash draft was pretty good, but as I re-read it, I thought to myself, “It’s not that good.” However, I looked at the teacher’s comments and peer comments, and revised it. I also tried to spot the run-on sentences, and caught a total of three. There was a huge difference between my flash draft and final writing piece.


What went well?

Something went well was the length of time for every class reflection. It wasn’t too long, and it wasn’t to short. It was just right.

What did you struggle with?

I struggled with making eye contact when presenting, because of the awkwardness in the room. However, I managed to finish it.

What can be done to improve this?

There would be more friends presenting around when I am, to avoid the awkward silence in the room.

Active Reading Reflection

I have made a lot of progress with my reading log because in November both my reading log consisted a lower score than a C; however, in the second semester my score has improved, with nothing lower than a B. This shows how my consistency in summarizing character development improved with what I read. I still have areas of improvement left. Based on my comments on all my reading log, all of my summary had been brief, and could use more details to enhance my writing. A plan to resolve this problem is to close read, and at the end of every chapter I read, I will stop and add a small summary of what I just read. I am confident I can pull this off in the 4th quarter.

Life Saving Skills

In this swimming unit, we’ve learned a lot of things. But, the most important thing we learned was life saving. We learned many techniques. But, I think the most important thing is the “3 taps.” You can play around and everything, but, if you give 3 taps to a partner, that means “Let go!” This unit has been amazing.


CSI Blog Post

CSI stands for the following: color, symbol, image. The word I have selected is “wage” because I thought the outcome would be very interesting, working with Google Drawing with a very difficult word to show visually. The color I have mainly chosen was the color green, because the color of money is green. The symbol I’ve chosen was the dollar sign, because it symbolizes money. The image shows an American dollar bill, because workers will receive money after a certain amount of time through labor.


CSI- Wage