Pi Day and the Significance of Math

Pi day, a day to celebrate the irrational number and of general mathematics. Many people would eat pie, others would be a part of a pi competition and others wouldn’t do anything at all. With this in mind, I wondered to myself, what will I do for You day? My conclusion to this would be that I will reflect on math and how we use it in a daily basis. Also, I would wonder about Pi and why it has a day to itself.https://i0.wp.com/static1.1.sqspcdn.com/static/f/1102961/16679158/1329676999573/189015_10150118694129717_744594716_6258781_395909_n.jpg

Pi day reminded me of my use and other persons use of math on a day-to-day basis. For me, I used trigonometric functions for my pre-calc class, but I most likely would not use it on a daily basis when it is summer vacation. There are also other students who use statistics, algebra and geometry within their respective math class. Of those three, algebra would most likely be used on a daily basis since you will be able to make basic  averages and find the area, or surface area of a simplistic two-dimensional or three-dimensional object. With this in mind though, basic addition, subtraction, multiplication and division would be the most widely used form of mathematics on a day to day basis for prices on food, how much money you will have left after buying an item, how much everyone should get form an item, and for how much of an item you will need for a certain amount of people.https://i2.wp.com/math-blog.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/tauism.png

Pi, the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. It can used to calculate practically anything related to circles, spheres and trigonometric functions. The problem with this is that for the unit circle, there are 2π radians, a confusing choice to describe the number of radians within a circle. That is why there is another circle constant, tau. Tau is just double Pi, so we would be able to describe the circle as having tau radians. Tau could also have its own day on 6/28, so why do people still use pi? I think it is based off of the fact that π has history to it while tau is a recent proposal. So this is what Pi day is about, a historical constant to show the importance of mathematics in our day-to-day lives.


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My Favorite Word by Nikki Grimes

I wonder what your favorite words would be? If you have not read Nikki Grimes, don’t miss Bronx Masquerade: multi-genre, many perspectives, a great story and lots of great poetry.

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At a recent school visit, a student posed a wonderful question during Q & A.  “What is your favorite word?” he asked me.  Caught off guard, I said the first thing that popped into my head.  “Dream,” I told him, “because it opens up endless possibilities.”  It wasn’t a bad answer, but it wasn’t the only one I could have come up with.  If I’d considered it a little longer, I might have said, “Hope.”

Hope is the how of surviving my childhood, and the why of the stories I tell.  I can’t imagine a world without it.

There’s a lot about children’s literature that appeals to me: whimsy, flights of fancy, purity of heart among them.  But the single most important element in children’s literature to me is the element of hope.

When I speak of my childhood, one marred by episodes of abandonment and abuse, I often say…

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Classroom Blogging Basics

Hello my favorite students !

I love that you are taking on the challenge to blog as part of your independent study points project. You choose what you write. You might write a slice of life story.

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from Two Writing Teachers

A slice life is exactly what it sounds like, a short narrative that shares a story about an ordinary person’s life. These ordinary moments, in the telling and sharing, become extraordinary!

You might write a spoken word poem or a poem. You might share a short review of a book you are reading or of an event you attended. You might draw and write a description about your art-making process. You could write up a product review or an editorial on a current school issue (no politics please). Choose subjects that are school appropriate as this blog will reflect our lives as they relate to school.

Your posts should include:

  • at least two well-developed paragraphs or a final draft of a poem which includes a central image and a literary device (We talk about form and length if you need more specifics.)
  • a picture; if the picture is not one you took, you should cite the source of the image in a caption

Of course, your posts can be longer than that, but keep in mind the length of typical blog posts. If you are interested in blogging on our class blog, please fill out this Google form and I will give you contributor rights.

Happy Blogging!

Mrs. Spillane




Hunters Creek Tryouts

Five months flew by really quick. I’ve always been waiting for this moment to tryout again for hunters creek ever since my 3 month hamstring injury that I’ve suffered on the same day last year because of one harsh slide tackle. Soccer has been a really important piece in my life because it brings me joy and its like a distraction away from IB or when I’m really stressed. And now i came back to the original spot where i was injured and came back strong and healthy and ready to play. It’s  not going to be easy because I know there will lots of kids that’ll be bigger than me but I have to try.

Tryouts started Monday which was yesterday, when i came onto the field it felt so great: I ran into some friends along the way that goes to Freedom and we were practicing our touches and passes. It was quite fun meeting some long time friends at tryouts because I live really far in the area and barely have time to play or hang with my boys but it’s okay. I hoped that I’ll make it to play along with my brothers on the field. We also got some shots in too but I felt I was very rusty because half my shots i blast it out and then I  ended up having to get it. Then when the time came at 7:00 we were gonna start stretches and etc… but then Florida’s bipolar side decided to came out and there was lightning everywhere like every minute there was lightning and the thunder was so loud and strong that I thought the ground was shaking and the rain was pouring on me so hard and when I went home and changed all you saw from my shirt was just pure dark water.

Today was day two of the tryouts it was a Wednesday which I came from school at 1:30, I went home and sleep so I could be ready for tryouts later. When i woke up i made an egg sandwich to get my protein and carbs and i also ate a banana too. I went to vista 2 at 6 so I can practice a little before the tryouts at 7 and it was so much fun. I crossed two guys at once (ironically) because some how I didn’t know that there were two guys chasing after me because i was straight up attacking and when i just did a side step and then stopped both slide tackle and missed. And then i made this awesome goal but sadly it wasn’t the scrimmage game it was just a mess around game. And then when 7 hits we got our stretches in and our 2 laps around the field 2 by 2 and then we were about to actually start a scrimmage but unfortunately lightning strikes again but this time with a twist there was hail now.

Sadly to disappoint that these past 2 days were a huge waste but we still have tomorrow and Friday to go and it says on the weather channel that tomorrow it won’t be raining as well as on Friday too it’ll be all clear, and hopefully I’ll make the team 🙂


Ending of a Chapter

This year flew by! I’ve always heard that high school flies by but I never really believed that until this year. It’s crazy to think that we become juniors and enter the ‘real’ IB program. It’s like we ‘made it’. Pre- IB was such a process. From learning how to manage time, to procrastinating, to trying to be well rounded. It has honestly been a struggle. However, this program has taught me so much about myself and pushed me to do things I wouldn’t have otherwise. This year, for example, getting ISP points was something that pushed me to be more adventurous in a sense and to attend a lot more events than I would’ve otherwise. I’ve also grown closer to so many more people than I thought. IB really is a big family. We fight sometimes but at the end of the day we all have each other’s back, and If i’m ever in need of advice or someone else who knows exactly what i’m going through I never have to look that far. I have decided to continue with the IB program but for some of my friends that aren’t just know I’m going to miss stressing out with you 🙂 – Angelina Hamid



Crazy experiences

Although this story might not be completely up to date,  i have actually learned a valuable lesson. It was around the summer of 2011 and i just remember being really bored and lost in thought. I don’t quite remember the specific details but during this summer vacation i got an actual bead stuck in my ear. Yes, a bead. The kind of bead that you make bracelets with.

So basically my sister got a jewelry making set from my dad for her birthday and my sister and i would always make many different styles and designs of jewelry. So basically one day my sister and i were making some bracelets and somehow i end up getting the bead stuck in my ear. Trust me, it is much scarier when it happens to you. I honestly did not know what to do. After about a million failed attempts to take the bead out myself, i had no other choice but to tell my mother. And if you couldn’t already guess, she was furious at my stupidity.

After my mom tried and failed at getting the bead out, we ended up visiting the hospital. The hospital staff was not amused. They failed too. After causing the bead to get more stuck of course. Disappointed, we went home. After a couple hours my mom decided to take me to children’s hospital in hopes that they might be able to do something.

After an hour or two, the bead was out! And i learned the valuable lesson of not putting beads in my ear.

Pancake Failures on Mothers Day

I woke up around 9:30am and realized it was May 8th, Mother’s Day. I still had no clue on what to do for my mom, so texted some friends for some last minute ideas. But none of them replied.

Trying to be as quiet as possible while looking through the pantry to see if I can find the pancake mix and lucky me I found a box that was more than halfway empty. Perfect! Just enough to make one more batch of pancakes. Turned the box to the backside to see the ingredients I needed and began to take them out. Read the instructions and placed a pan on the stove to get warm.

As the pan got warm, I poured a little bit of the mixture into the pan. Waiting for the pancake to bubble and realized the pancake wasn’t turning out like a pancake more like a flop. So I cleaned the pan to start over and then I repeated the same routines so did before. Then I notice after the second failure that I forgot to spray the non-stick oil into the pan before pouring the mixture.

Spraying the non-stick oil onto the pan, then poured the mixture and I finally got the results I wanted and finished all the pancakes and then looked at the clock and it read 11:59am. I can’t believe it took me more than two hours to make a fool of myself. I decorated the pancakes with blueberries and made a heart shape and served them to my mom with some mango juice. My mom ended up telling me that she heard me making chaotic noises in the kitchen while I was making the pancakes and I laughed because I am such a failure but as long as she liked the pancakes was all that mattered to me.

Orl vs. Rsl


Well that’s it the wait is over the weekend has finally come . The weekend that all Orlando City soccer fans have been waiting for. The ability to fill the bowl again. This Sunday March 6th 2016 is the date of the 2016 Major League Soccer season home opener. Kick off will begin at 2pm eastern standard time. There is a great anticipation towards this game specifically. The hopes are that the crowed would be as big as that of last year in the Inaugural game for our home side Orlando City.

The last time that Real Salt Lake and our Orlando City Lions faced off it was quiet a spectacle also because the last and only time they played each other was on last years Fourth of July. The ending score of this encounter was 1-1 tie at the end of 90 minutes. Also due to our star player Kaka  scoring a goal but also sadly receiving a red card . By that Orlando was disabled and was only able to play with 10 players. Hopefully this Sunday will be a different story to that of fourth of July 2015. Lets see this Sunday if our Orlando City Lions can come away with the win against Real Salt Lake.slice-of-life_classroom-image-black



5 Things Being an IB Student Taught Me


Not everyone is perfect, i know i’m not, so it isn’t shocking to find ourselves in situations that we should’ve known better than to be in. Admit it, we’ve all found ourselves there. So i’ve compiled a list of some simple things that IB has taught me that i felt i should pass on to your all.

  • You’re not going to have straight A’s, and that’s okay.

      There are some people who can make straight A’s left and right by doing nothing at all. There are people who struggle to understand the most basic material or pass the easiest test. There are those in between. Life is a series of ups and downs, and as long as you’re doing your best, then isn’t that what really matters? (try telling that to my parents, but we won’t talk about that.) You are more than the letters on your report card and you are more than a test average. Don’t live your life trying to seek validation from these things.

  • Leaving things to the day of is going to make you rip your hair out.

      I was the girl who left things to the period before. I was the girl who did it as the teacher goes around checking for it. I was the girl who did it during class and said that i was looking for it the whole time. Freshman and sophomore year was a rude awakening. IB is all about time management and organization. You need balance. If you wait until the last minute, your teachers will know and your grades will reflect it.

  • Don’t say you’ll wake up early to finish something.

      You will lie and lie to yourself again. If you’re telling yourself that you’ll wake up early means that you’ve already lost the battle. As stated above, IB is all about time management and organization. Manage your time wisely. If you find yourself with not enough hours in the day to finish your reading journal, lab report, study for that AP world mcq and essay, and rushing to do your Pre calc homework, ask yourself, was playing mario kart and going to Mcdonald’s with your friends really worth it? Can it wait? The answer is yes, it can.

  • Actually sleep.

      I go to bed at 730-940 depending on if i have a busy day or not. Some people go to bed at 10. Under no circumstances should you make a habit of nor should you ever stay up past 11 doing school work. In order to be successful in life and in school, you need to recharge the batteries. Pulling all nighters does not increase your test scores, contrary to popular belief, nor does it make you a favorable person when the first bell rings. You need sleep so you can undergo those physiological processes, and you can’t do that if you’re staring at a test book or computer screen in the wee hours of the day. I have a saying, and that’s “if the sun is asleep, so am i”.

  • Be social.

      Just because you’re in IB does not mean that you aren’t still in highschool and that you’re not still a teenager. IB doesn’t have to make you antisocial. Try out for sports, join a club, pick a funky elective with your friends. These are supposed to be the best years of your life, you shouldn’t remember high school as being surrounded by your familiar four walls and a textbook. Spend time with friends, go to a party, go to regionals with your sports team, walk your dog-the possibilities are endless. Just be sure to have all your homework done.


      That’s all for this blog. I hope that these five things helped you like it helped me and i hope that you can apply these to your life in a way that makes you better. There are more things but i didn’t have 10 good, appropriate messages but i had more than 5 and 7 is a weird number so i cut it off. There’s things like eat healthy, make good friends who remind you of homework, don’t copy- the whole 9 yards. But remember, IB shouldn’t be a sacrifice of school or social. If you have anything else that IB taught you, write your own blog and share that information with someone else. You never know, you just might save an academic life.


I’m Not a Nerd I Swear

Oh god, I was supposed to blog yesterday, but I forgot and then I got caught up at a wedding. Please don’t kill me. I’m not entirely sure what I want to right so I’ll tell you guys about one of my nerdiest interests: Fountain pens.

You may ask “Why would you use such outdated and old timey pens when we have the magic of modern ballpoint pens?” The answer to your metaphorical question is why not? Fountain pens outshine ballpoint pens in almost every way. All it takes is a little tender love and care and you can have a pen that writes more smoothly and consistently than any ballpoint pen could even dream of doing.                                     

They also look amazing. Look at those pens and tell me it doesn’t look fancy as heck, The moment you pull that bad boy out every girl in a ten mile radius is going to be running towards the sharp and sophisticated man using such elegant pens. All joking aside, fountain pens do make for some pretty snazzy and functional accessories for all of you aspiring fashionistas.

You can also make your handwriting beautiful with a bit of practice and the right (or should I say write haha) nib. Practicing with italic or flex nibs can make your handwriting go from looking like it was written by an inebriated, epileptic monkey to making you look like a professional calligrapher to all of your friends and family. Even with a normal fountain pen your handwriting improves because there is less strain on your hands and the way you have to hold the pen forces you to write better. Nobody will be able to resist your seductively beautiful handwriting.

Diagram showing how a fountain pen feed works with ink flowing down three small channels and air flowing up above it.

Most importantly, fountain pens write REALLY smoothly. The secret to their buttery smooth writing comes from the way in which the ink leaves the pen. Fountain pens operate on a principle called capillary action. Capillary action is the tendency for liquids to travel down narrow tubes. The ink flow down then feed into the nib, but can’t leave the nib because there is nothing to take it’s place. Air must be exchanged with ink in order for it to leave. When the pen is dragged across the paper the ink leaves the pen and a minuscule amount of air is drawn up into the pen to replace the ink. Gravity is also pulling the ink out of the pen which means that no pressure is required to write with a fountain pen.

So now that you’ve read my whole spiel on fountain pens I hope you want to get one because they are the bomb.com. If that’s not enough for you I’ll leave you with a picture of the cutest pen out there, the Pilot Kakuno. Doesn’t that smiley nib just make you feel all happy inside?