Monthly Archives: February 2016

On Your Mark!

The Slice of Life Story Challenge is hosted by the team at Two Writing Teachers . Head on over to the daily round up to connect with classrooms participating in the challenge.

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We are coming together on our classroom blog to participate in the Slice of Life Story Challenge. The challenge begins tomorrow.

Students from all of my class periods volunteered to blog for a day (or more) during the month of March. We may end up posting more than one a day which is sure something to celebrate. Score! Writing bonus!

Below is the calendar, so you can remember your day. I also posted it to our class Edmodo page.


So, what can you write about? We brainstormed an A to Z of topics together in class. And while we came up with some interesting (and some questionable) topics we could write about, I want you to remember that a “slice of life” post is a story about life. You will write about a moment.  Mrs. Tara Smith, from Two Writing Teachers, aptly describes a slice in this image from her post for teachers, “THE SLICE OF LIFE PROJECT…WITH A ‘TWIST’.

Create a WordPress account by accepting the invitation to join 31 Students you will receive in your email. Remember, you will create your account but be sure when you publishing your blog post, you post it to 31 Students. Below is a checklist to help you keep track of what to include.

I can’t wait to see what you have to say.

Happy Blogging!

Ms. Spillane


Blog post checklist:

  • Write an organized post in paragraphs or sections/lists. If you’re writing paragraphs go for a beginning, middle and end. If you want to try your hand at a list post aim for a list with five to ten items.
  • Use a positive tone.
  • Read your post out loud before you post it.
  • Invite readers to respond.
  • Proof-read your blog before you post.
  • Include media: the slice of life logo and a picture (or two).
  • Tag the post: sol2016, “slice of life”,#sol2016).
  • Comment on 3 other slice posts. I will post links to other classrooms participating–reach out, read and leave another student blogger some encouragement.



ISA 2015-2016

On Friday January 29, 2016, Cypress Creek High School held its annual ISA (Indian Student Association) festival at the PAC (Auditorium).ISA is sponsored by Mr. Reisner. At the festival, the diversity colors the stage with artistic performances and a fashion show. This festival is one of the few festivals that takes place at Cypress Creek High School that shows our school’s diversity in such a wide spectrum of colors as well as the ASA (Asian Student Association) festival which took place later on Friday February 12, 2016.

The ISA festival occurs in 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 6th period. Every period the performances before the fashion show change, so different students perform different arts. Basically what happens is the students of the ISA first performs by dancing, singing, playing instruments, and etc, then we have our fashion show, and after that the seniors members of ISA have their senior dance.

After the ISA festival is completed, then visitors are provided with Indian snacks that they pay for such as Samosas (triangle shaped deep fried snack with vegetable fillings) and small cartons of mango juice. Also they are provided with henna tattoos which are done by members in ISA.

The ISA students have breaks during 1st, 5th, and 7th period. During 1st period, students are in prepartion for the ISA festival. During 5th period, students have a lunch break. During 7th period, students are capturing ISA moments by socializing with other ISA members and taking photos.

A great thing about the ISA festival is that it does not only bring out the Indian culture, it also brings out the other Southern Asian cultures from places like Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, and Nepal and the West Indies cultures from places like Trinidad.

~ Fatema Hossain

Photo: Neal Mohit

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