Who We Are

Well, not enTIREly tireless, but motivated and inspired by my students.

Well, not enTIREly tireless, but motivated and inspired by my students.

Students in this 8th grade history class have been learning history and history skills with me since they were brand new 7th graders.  They are a fantastic group of students from whom I take inspiration.  I continue to learn from my students as well.  They have unique ideas for ways to process some historic topics.  Connor, for example, loves a good debate.  While I couldn’t necessarily work that in to each unit, there comes a time when I see that students are ready with the background knowledge and understanding they need to hash out two (or more) sides of a historical but relevant issue.  Then we go for it.  I will post an example of a collaborative lesson in a future post.  Stay tuned.

I’ve asked my students to introduce themselves here.  A scan of their comments on this post will help you gain an understanding of what California students like, how they spend their after school and weekend time, and you will see that within our class there are lots of differences of opinion and perspectives.  Please reply to a student’s comment by telling a bit about yourself.  We can’t wait to get to know our peers across the globe.

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  1. Dear, Students of Brunei Borneo

    Hi, my name is Zachary and I go to school like any other kid would. At the moment, I am in eighth grade and our school is on a block schedule. That means we have only four classes every day each ninety minutes long. The only exception would be on Wednesday where we have either advocacy or an assembly added, our classes are roughly sixty minutes long, and we start school an hour later than we usually do. My favorite class is P.E. because I don’t like the feeling of being stuck in a classroom for a long time. Speaking of Physical Education, when I’m not in school I do gymnastics. It’s a sport with six different events called Parallel Bars, Horizontal Bars, Still Rings, Floor Exercise, Vault , Pommel Horse. Its and indoor sport, so I practice all year but compete only in the winter. I practice every day of the week except Sunday. I practice for four and a half hours on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, and I practice for three hours on Wednesday and Saturday. I’m wondering, how much you know about the U.S.A.?


    • We do not know about America much. We see some things on TV.
      Miss Tania is telling us a few things. She has been to your city already. She says it is beautiful.
      What is beautiful in your city?

      • If you don’t know already, we live in a city called Elk Grove. There are a lot of pretty and unique houses in our city. Some houses in our city look exactly the same but when you get into the more country area you can start to see huge mansions everywhere. Somewhere in Sacramento (our county), there is a mall called the Arden Fair Mall with a lot of food and places that you can shop.

  2. Hi, my name is Emily and I am in 8th grade. I attend Toby Johnson middle school. My favorite class is history because I like to learn about the people from the past who helped shape our world today. On my free time I like to play the piano and spend time with my family and friends. I have been playing the piano for seven and a half years. What do you like to do on your free time? Can you please tell me what is your favorite subject and more about your everyday life in Borneo.

    • Brunei has very big history.
      We have a King. He is called a Sultan. This Sultan is number 29.
      The first Sultan of Brunei was in the year 1368.

      • That is very interesting! Here in America, we don’t have a king. We have a president which rules the entire United States. This is our forty-fourth president. How many hours are in your school day? What do you do when you get out of school?

  3. Hello, my name is Claire, and I am an eighth grader at Toby Johnson Middle School. Our school day consists of four periods, each 90 minutes long. We have four grading terms, each nine weeks long. My classes are history, math, English, P.E., science and leadership. When I am not in school I enjoy hanging out with my friends, shopping, and swimming. What do you like to do on your free time?

    • We have 3 terms in Brunei. We start our school year on January 5. Then our first holiday is in March. Our second holiday is in June, and our last holiday is in September.
      We have a big holiday in December. That holiday is for 5 weeks.
      Miss Tania tell us to ask you… when is your big holiday.

      • We start a new school year in the middle of August and go without a holiday until the end of December. After the new year begins, we continue the same school year on January 6th. We have one week of holiday in March, which is called spring break. At the end of May, we end the school year. We have a 12 week holiday when the weather is warm. This holiday is called summer vacation. This past summer I spent a lot of my time watching the television show called Gossip Girl. I love that show. Do you watch Gossip Girl.

  4. Greetings!
    My name is Jaden and I am an eight grader at Toby Johnson Middle School and I am 14 years old. I enjoy playing video games and watching TV.

    • We like watching tv too. We have many things from America on our tv. We watch movies too. We like movies. What is your favourite movie?

      • My favorite movie is Sweeney Todd. It is a really old movie that most people do not know. It is about a barber who had his life stolen by a rich man, the barber comes back for revenge after twenty years and has a very odd way of going about it.

  5. Hey, my name is Antonia. I go to Toby Johnson Middle School. In my spare time, I am usually skateboarding around my neighborhood, or baking. What do you do to pass time?

    • Rizal and Azarya really like to go skateboarding.
      They have skateboards and use them every day after school.
      Some of the girls like baking. They like to make cupcakes. What do you like to do for baking?

      • Hello! What kind of skateboards do Rizal and Azarya ride? I have a penny board, which is a miniature version of a skateboard. It is used for cruising. I like to make cookies, brownies, cakes, and cupcakes. I live in Elk Grove, California. It is boring here, being stuck here for 14 years. However, the scenery and cities are gorgeous. How is it in Brunei, Borneo?

  6. Hi my name is Bianka. I live in California. California is really fun during the summer because the weather is perfect for swimming. I love to swim because it’s good exercise and lots of fun. I don’t like to swim in oceans, lakes, or rivers because I don’t know what’s out there. Some things you should know about me is that I’m a cheerleader, my favorite color is pink, and I love cupcakes and brownies. If I had a million dollars I would buy a mansion with a pool, donate to charity, and buy a private jet. Some questions I have for you is: Do you live near the water? What would you do if you had a million dollars? I don’t take any sports at my school or clubs. Write back soon.

    • We live in a small town called Kuala Belait. Our town is near the beach. We can go to the beach, but we do not swim in the water. There are crocodiles in the waters of Brunei, so it is not safe. Have you ever seen a crocodile?

  7. My name is Vincent. I am an eighth grader in the American state of California, which is located along the Pacific Ocean. In Toby Johnson Middle School, I take four classes a day. First, I have Bridge, which is a class combining reading and geometry. Then for the rest of the day, I take Physical Education, History, and Career Exploration. In P.E., my favorite class, we are learning to play the game floor hockey. In my free time, I like to read, play video games, and practice karate. What is your favorite class, currently, and what activities are you doing in it?

    • What is floor hockey?
      We like to play a game here in Brunei called Sepak Takraw. It is a game with a small ball made of bamboo. Maybe you can google it to find it.

      • Hockey is a game played by hitting a small disc into a goal with sticks, usually on ice. However, when we play floor hockey, we play on the floor outside. I have searched up Sepak Takraw, and it seems like a really exciting and fun game to play. Do you have any kind of martial arts that you practice there in Borneo?

  8. Hi my name is Czaria I am thirteen years of age and I attend Toby Johnson Middle School. At are school we have four period classes we attend every week day. Outside of school hours I enjoy being with friends and playing sports. Some sports I play are basketball, cheer, tumbling, and track. I have been involved in all of these sports since I was little. How is you daily lifestyle in Brunei Borneo?
    Sincerely, Czaria

    • At our school we have 10 class times every day. Our classes are sometimes 2 or 3 at a time. Each class time is half hour.
      Daily life in Brunei is very good. This country is very quiet. We like living here.

  9. Hi! My name is Julia and I am a 13 year old at Toby Johnson Middle School. My favorite class in school is P.E., also known as Physical Education. In P.E., we do different activities like running a mile or powerwalking. I participate in Track and Field, which is an afterschool sport in my school. When I’m not in school I like to hang out with my friends, text my friends, go out for a run, listen to music, and exercise. What do you like to do when you’re not in school?

    • We like P.E. too. We have P.E every week at school. If it is raining we just do indoor games. Sometimes we go in the hall and do fitness training. That is like situps, sprints, and stretching.
      What do you do in your P.E. class?

      • We do similar things in P.E. too. First, we do a warm-up. The warm-up includes doing jumping jacks, jogging in place, stretching, sit-ups, and push-ups. Then we move on to doing a fitness activity like running a mile, powerwalking, jumping rope, and intervals (which is running the track at different speeds). After that we do games like gymnastics, volleyball, and basketball. Also, I want to tell you that I’m from a country that’s very close to yours, which is the Philippines. It’s cool that the countries we’re both from are close together. I’m really happy that you replied to my post. (:

  10. Dear fellow pen pal buddy,
    My name is Gabriel and I am in eighth grade and attend Toby Johnson Middle School. Our School starts at 8:15am and ends at 2:47pm. The classes that start in the first term of the year are Bridge, P.E., Social Science, and an elective. The other term is Geometry, Science, English, and an elective. These terms alternate until the end of the year having classes that are about 90 minutes long, with lunch after 2nd period, which is about 45 minutes. The term I am in right now is the one that starts with Bridge and my elective is Career Explorations. All of the teachers here are very nice and are willing to help anyone with what they need. Our school has many friendly people and is a great learning environment. Throughout the school year we have many different events which is a great way for you to hang out with your friends. We also have assemblies that are all about different things. My personal favorite classes are P.E. and Math because you are able to be active and take part in fun sports, and in math you can learn how to solve equations and many other things. How are things going at your school and what are some of your favorite classes?

    Sincerely, Gabriel (pineapples are yummy to my tummy)

    • We all have different classes that we like. We like English a lot because Miss Tania is so much fun.
      We also like Maths, but not when the teacher give us so much homework.

      • Most of the homework load comes from either social science or English in both terms. I spend a lot of time at home doing homework, also because I procrastinate a lot. Besides school what are some of your favorite activities? I like to play basketball and hope to make the freshman team in high school.

  11. Hello I’m Sophia, and I’m an 13-years-old. I am Filipino and was born in Maui, Hawaii. I moved here to California when I was about five-years-old. For most of my time out of school, I do tons of homework. Other than that, on Mondays and Wednesdays, I take Polynesian dance classes(Hula and Tahitian). On some Tuesdays, I go to a church group where we talk about being a Catholic and do lots of fun activities. I also enjoy baking cookies. I live with my mom, dad, older sister, and my two one-year-old Bengal cats. What do you do out of school? Do you have any pets?

    • Philippines is very near to us. There are many people from Philippines living and working here in Brunei.
      In our class many people have pets.
      Miss Tania has the most pets. She has 23 turtles and tortoises. She is crazy for turtles. She even has jewellery and bags with turtles on them.

  12. Hi my name is Jai-Ren and I currently go to Toby Johnson Middle School! Some of my favorite classes here are my elective classes, because we are given a variety of classes to choose from. The classes range from Creative Expressions, Video Productions, and Art. When I’m not in school I like to binge watch YouTube videos, play video games, or call friends. One question I have is do you listen to the same music we have or different styles?

    • I like music from artists like Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, One Direction, and Megan Trainor. These are some examples of some artists that I listen to and that are pretty well known here!

  13. Hello, I am Jadan. I attend Toby Johnson Middle School in Elk Grove, California. When I am not at school or do not have any work to do, I go to my Muay Thai studio. Muay Thai is a combination of Mixed Martial Arts and kick-boxing which originates from Thailand. I also like to play lacrosse and soccer which are very competitive. Most days after school I go to Sushi Burrito one of my favorite restaurants in the world. What do you like to do when you are not in school?

    • When we are not in school we like to do so many things. All our things are at home. We like the computer games. Internet. Facebook and other games.

      • Cool! I play Clash of Clans. However most of my time I am always at the Muay Thai dojo. My hair always gets messed up there because of our intense training. What type of games do you play? Do you work out at a gym or just work out in your house?

  14. Hi,

    My name is Courtney! I am a 13 year old girl that lives in California. I’m an 8th grader at Toby Johnson Middle School. I like to be very involved in school activities so I chose leadership as my elective. In Leadership you get to help plan dances, festivals, and rallies. My favorite class is science because I have an awesome teacher and I love chemistry, but not physics. Outside of school I am a competitive gymnast, I also like to spend my free time painting my nails, shopping, and hanging out with friends. My favorite food is strawberries and any kind of chips. What do you like doing your free time?

    From, Courtney

    • From the girls: In our free time we like going to the mall too. We do not have a mall in our town yet. They are building one now. We will send pictures when they open it.

      • I will try to send pictures soon of our mall, too. We have two close to us. What are your favorite stores to shop at? Do you have any pets? I have two dogs. They are pugs and one bearded dragon. I’m so excited that we are in contact!

  15. Hi, my name is Lauryn and I am an eighth grader at Toby Johnson Middle School. When I’m not in school, doing homework, or studying, I enjoy photography, drawing, and spending time with friends, whether it is in person or electronically. Not only that, but I play on team sports such as softball and soccer. What do you like to do on your free time?

    • We all like soccer. We watch the FIFA every time it is on. Soccer is very good. What team do you like.
      Some of us like Chelsea and some of us like Man U’td.

      • It’s all about the boys in blue. Chelsea is love, Chelsea is life. I don’t really like Man United very much. I have liked Chelsea ever since I knew what soccer was. I was about five when I found out what soccer is. I also, have two Chelsea jerseys one is Azpilicueta jersey and another is a Hazard jersey. I like both of those jerseys because I play left back or on the left side of the field.

      • I do not have a favorite soccer team. However, I always enjoy watching the World Cup and the Women’s U.S. soccer team.
        Living in Elk Grove, California, there is not much to do. However, places in California, around Elk Grove, are fun. What fun activities do you do in or near your home town?

  16. Hello. My name is Sterling. My favorite color is blue, and my favorite foods are eggs. Some of my hobbies are swimming, beat-boxing, writing, and gaming. Although I still swim from time to time, one of my older hobbies was competitive and recreational diving. Beat-boxing, or using different sounds from your mouth to create music, is one of my favorite hobbies. I usually beat-box at random times, for practice, but at other times I show off my talent to other people. Writing is one of those time-consuming hobbies, that not only is fun, but it is also entertaining. I write all the time, with English being my favorite class in school. English is a class designed to teach you about grammar, punctuation, and spelling. Video gaming is probably one of my most performed hobbies, taking up the time I have after school and on weekends. I play my video games on a gaming console called an Xbox 360. Some of the games I play include Call of Duty, Minecraft, and Halo. Before I go, I’d like to know a few things about you. What hobbies do you have, and which of those hobbies is your favorite?

    • Miss Tania’s favourite colour is blue too. She always wear blue clothes.
      We do not swim in Brunei. There are no places to go swimming because we have crocodiles in the rivers here.

      • I think it’s interesting that crocodiles live in your rivers. We don’t see many here in Elk Grove, since they don’t live here. Do you play any video games in your free time?

  17. Dear friends from Borneo,

    Hi, my name is Michael and I go to Toby Johnson Middle School, otherwise known as TJMS. My class schedule, this term, begins with Bridge (Math and Reading together), Physical Education, Social Science, and Leadership. My favorite class is Leadership because we get to hang out after all the hard work is done. When I’m outside of school and not invested in tons of homework, I like to hang out with friends and family. Either that or I’m on my laptop watching Netflix. Plus, I like to play sports such as basketball, football, and baseball.That’s basically my life. Now what I’d like to know is, what’s daily life for you like?


    • What is netflix?
      We like playing futsal here in Brunei. This is a local game kind of like football and soccer together. We play on a small field at the school. But we can also play anywhere.

      • Hi again.So, Netflix is a program where you can watch movies and TV shows, old and new. Of course it costs money every month. My favorite TV show right now is Once Upon A Time. It’s a show where fairy tales are true and it tells of their fights against evil.
        I saw that you like to play futsal. Can you tell me more about this football and soccer mash- up?

  18. Dear Borneo, 1/19/15

    Hi, my name is Nathan and I’m an eighth grader. During lunch, I am with my friends or at our neighboring school’s library. During my free time I play video games or watch YouTube or anime, a Japanese cartoon, or playing the piano.
    On YouTube I watch many Minecraft YouTubers who play the game and make it funny as well. I also watch other YouTubers, such as Markiplier. When the YouTubers haven’t uploaded any new videos I am reading a book, playing video games on the Xbox 360, or playing Minecraft on the computer.
    When I’m on the Xbox 360 I play Plants Vs. Zombies Garden Warfare where plants try to defeat the other team. It’s a really unique game compared to Plants Vs. Zombies, which is less competitive. I also play Call of Duty which is a shooting game with a campaign, story mode, or a multi-player mode.
    I also play in instrument, piano,but I don’t enjoy playing it. My teacher, piano teacher, is really stern and is very confusing. She tells me to play a certain chord, then tells me I played that chord wrong even though it was right. Now that I have told you some facts about me, I hope you will to, and answer my question. What do you usually do during your free time at home? What is your school like?


      • Hi pen pal, I’m glad we have a common interest and you are interested in other games I’m interested to. Clash of Clans is a cool game, but I don’t play it anymore because I just lost interest, but I hope you enjoy it! I have heard of League of Legends, but I’ve never played it. Is it fun? I hope so, because in the U.S. in Ohio, I believe, there is a college that accepts students who play League of League of Legends and they play competitively in tournaments against other teams/schools. Please tell me more about League of Legends. 😀

    • Wow… you like the same games as us.
      We like playing league of legends and minecraft too.
      They are great games.
      We also like you tube too. What videos do you like to watch on you tube?

      • Wow, many people play League of Legends, I wonder why it is such a popular game. Please tell me why you think it’s such a fun game. I usually watch Minccraft related videos, but I also watch other funny youtubers. I watch Markiplier, OfficialNerdCubed, and Gaming Lemon. I’m also starting to watch Smosh Games and the youtubers within the group, Mari, Sohinki, Joven, Lasercorn, and the others, I forgot. 😛 What videos do you watch?

  19. Hello.My name is Joyce and I am from Toby Johnson Middle School.My classes are geometry,science,social science,and math attack.My favorite subject at school is science because I think it is really interesting,especially the periodic table and biology.I like to go on the internet,read books,draw,play games,and write stories.I also like to look at the sky because I like to look at the moon,stars,sunset,sunrise,and clouds.When I get back from school I eat a little,take a nap,then do my homework.What do you like to do?

    • Now is our rainy season. We can not see the moon or the stars at night because almost every night we have rain. Almost every day too.
      After school we like to go home and have a sleep.
      We do our homework at night time after dinner.

  20. Dear friends from Borneo,

    Hello, I am Akul from America. I have a strong love for dogs, and I am a boy student. I am Indian, and I love curry. I have a dog and she is as majestic as a swan swimming through a subtle ocean. In school I have four long classes, each very educational. My first period class is bridge (a mixture of math and reading), my second period class is physical education, my third period class is history, and my fourth period class is leadership. In America we walk from classroom to classroom to get to our next class. We also get a lot of homework from each of our classes. In Borneo how is the school system? Do you get a lot of homework?
    Your Friend,

    • What colour is your dog? What is your dog’s name?
      In our class the students have cats, a snake, turtles, rabbits, guinea pigs and hamsters for pets.

      We get maybe 2 pieces of homework every day.

    • We get about 2 pieces of homework every day. Sometimes the maths teachers give us more homework.

      Our school system is very good. We all start school when we are 3 years old.
      We have nursery school for 3 yr old.
      We have kindergarten for 4 year old
      We have PRA for 5 year old
      Then we have primary school – called Sekolah Rendah.
      Then from year 7 we have secondary school – called Sekolah Menengah.
      After Sekolah is Universiti.

      • We usually get two pieces of homework per class and we have four classes so about eight pieces of homework. My dog’s name is QT and she is black and white. QT is shih-tzu.In my free time I usually play with her. When she is sleeping I can’t play with her so I just watch television on Netflix. My favorite shows are Gossip Girl and Say Yes to the Dress. Do watch television? Do you have dogs?

  21. Hello my name is Zachary but my friends call me Zach. When I am not at school I enjoy playing soccer with my friends. Also, I went to a college soccer camp in Las Vegas, which is a city that is not to far away from where I live. Lastly, before I go, I am going to leave you with a riddle, There is a bus driver. He picks up three people, then drives on and picks up five more people. Next he drops them off at the amusement park. What is the bus driver’s eye color?

  22. Dear students from Borneo,

    Hello, My name is Montserrat, and I attend Toby Johnson Middle School. At school, I like to read or draw. My favorite class is Leadership, where we plan all the events that take place at school. When I’m not at school, I stay at home most of the time. Sometimes I go to the park and play soccer, shop at the mall with friends, go to the movies, or hang out with my friends. What do you do in your free time?

    • We like movies too. Here in our town we only have 2 cinemas. We just saw the Hobbit movie here at our cinema. Have you seen this movie yet?
      We do not have a mall in our town. BUT, we are so excited because very soon we are getting a mall here.

  23. Hello! My name is Joia, I attend Toby Johnson Middle School. At my middle school each day is seven hours long. I have four classes that are ninety minutes long. However, on Wednesdays it’s only a six hour day and classes are only about an hour long. My favorite subjects are math and science. When I’m not in school I like to listen to music and go on the internet. I usually listen to music while doing my homework and after wards I’ll go on the internet and play games. What is your school day like?

    • Our school day is from 7:15 until 12:30… we have 5 hours and 15 minutes of school every day.

      Most of our classes are one hour long. But sometimes we have 1 and a half hour lessons, like for P.E and Bahasa Melayu.

      Bahasa Melayu is the language that we speak here in Brunei.

      • That is very cool, I wish I had school for 5 hours and 15 minutes. My teacher told me that some of the students in your class can speak about 4 different languages. I wish I could speak that many languages. I could only speak English but I’m determined to learn many more. Are there any languages you want to learn?

  24. Hi my name is Ethan. The school I go to is very unique. Our school has divided students into three teams: Aggies, Hornets, and Tigers. We start at 8:15 in the morning and end at 2:47 in the afternoon, which is about seven hours long. Except for Wednesday, which is considered a late start day. On Wednesdays we begin school at 9:15 in the morning and end at the same time as other days. At our school we have four different classes and four terms. Every term is about nine weeks and each term we have different classes. Most classes are about an hour and a half long. Some classes we have are science, physical education, math, humanities, English, and electives. We have so many electives that make our school unique. Some electives are video productions, photoshop, computer technology, career exploration, math attack, art, and creative expressions. My favorite classes are math, social science, and video productions because I like numbers, learning about history, and making videos. When I’m not at school I like to hangout with my friends, skateboard around my neighborhood, play basketball, or play video games. How is school there? What is it like? What do you do on your free time?

    • Our school is divided into 4 teams. We have green, red, yellow and blue. They are called Jaya Negara for blue, Maharaja Setia for green, Indera Negara for yellow, and Indera Perkasa for red.

      Our school is awesome. We are in a very big school called Sekolah Menengah Sayyidina Ali, but for a short name we call it SMSA.

      • That is very cool. After school I go skateboarding around my neighborhood with my friends when I’m done with homework. It is really fun. Do you like skateboarding? My favorite sport is basketball. My dad taught me when I was about 10 years old and I really love the game. Do you play basketball? Do you like it? If not, what sport do you play?

  25. The things I like to do outside of school is eat, play baseball, and be with my friends. My favorite food is pizza. I play competitive baseball, and I travel a lot for baseball. When I’m not playing baseball I am usually with my friends. Do you have television where you live? Whats your favorite activity to do outside of school?

  26. Hi my name is Parker, and I am 14 years old. I love to play sports like football and rugby. I have been playing football for eight years and rugby for three years. I also like to sleep and play video games my favorite game is GTAV.

  27. Hello my name is Kenny. I am a middle school student at Toby Johnson Middle School. There are many things I enjoy doing. At school my favorite class is P.E. After school I usually have tutoring, and then after that I do homework. The fun part is when I finish with my homework I get to play games on my computer and more. The game I play is League of Legend and Hearthstone. There are many questions I have to ask you. Do you play games? What games do you play? Do you play League Of Legend? If you play League Of Legend, my Name on the game is Searing Flame.

  28. Hi, my name is Jacob. I go to Toby Johnson middle school in Elk Grove, California, United States. I go to school five days a week, Monday through Friday. Monday through Tuesday and Thursday through Friday are regular school days, starting at 8:15AM. On Wednesday school starts an hour later at 9:15AM. Our lunches are around 12:00PM and last for about 35 minutes.

    Hobbies I do when I’m not at school are basketball, BMX, and working out at the gym. Usually I have one to five basketball games over the weekend and I try to go to the BMX park twice a week. I go to the gym when I have nothing to do and work out for about two hours. What do you do on your free time?

    • Nice to meet you Jacob. How old are you?
      It is amazing that you spend 2 hours in the gym. You must be very strong. How much can you lift?

  29. Dear friend,
    My name is Ashlyn. I’m 14 and in the 8th grade.I go to Toby Johnson Middle School. I go to four, 90 minute classes every day except on Wednesdays we have 45 minute classes. When I’m not in school, I like to go to Starbucks and read. One of my hobbies is collecting snow globes. I travel love to travel so I have many of them. What is the name of your school and what do you like to do outside of school?

  30. Hello! My name is Cherish. I am from California. We have four classes, and lunch in between our second and third class. Each kid has their own schedules, depending on what classes we need to take. P.E. is my favorite because I have friends in that class. School starts at 8:15 on everyday except for Wednesdays, when it starts at 9:15. Some kids do extra-curricular activities, so they leave school late. What is school like where you live?
    -Cherish 🙂

  31. Hello!
    My name is Lexie and I go to Toby Johnson Middle School. My favorite class is probably physical education. I don’t really like P.E. but my friends are in my class.
    After school, I do the usual boring homework. When I’m done with my homework, I like to read, or watch Netflix. I’m as boring as my homework.
    How does your school work? What do you do after school?

    — Lexie 🙂

  32. Hi, I’m Jenna,

    I like to play soccer a lot in my free time. I play on a competitive team, and I’ve been playing soccer for 11 years. I like watching a lot of T.V. My favorite shows are Teen Wolf, The Vampire Diaries, and Pretty Little Liars. What are your favorite shows?

  33. That all sounds very good! I love noodles and rice. My favorite foods are tacos, ice cream, and pizza. What do you like to do outside of school? What is your name?

  34. Hey, My name is Kyleee!
    On my free time I like to cheer, dance, bake, hang out with my friends and shop at the mall. Some of my favorite T.V. shows are The Vampire Diaries and Pretty Little Liars. One thing I’d like to know is, what is your favorite food? I’d also like to know, What are your favorite T.V. shows?

  35. Hi, my name is Lupe. I go to Toby Johnson Middle School. My favorite subject in school in science. When I’m not in school I like to listen to music and watch movies. What do you like to do on your free time?

  36. I’m an eighth grader who plays gta5 ,and soccer when l’m not busy.I love food all kinds as long as its good. I also love to sing and dance. My favorite bands or artists are Pierce The Veil, 5 SOS, Asking Alexandria etc.

  37. Hello again friends! I’m sorry, but I haven’t watched that movie, though I have read the books. It must be very excited to be getting a new mall. Here, where I live, there aren’t many malls close by. But, there are many parks. Do you have any parks in your town?

  38. Hello!

    My name is Josh, and I am currently an 8th grader at Toby Johnson Middle School. My favorite subject is P.E., and I like playing basketball with my friends. When I have free time, I like to play video games and watch TV.

  39. Hi my name is Jose and right now I’m in 8th grade (still 13 D:) I attend Toby Johnson, and I would like to know how you feel about your king. Is he nice or not nice? Luckily we don’t have a king. Instead we have a president. He is kind of superior, but if we make a move others will have to agree to it, too, so that the president doesn’t get too greedy.

  40. Hello, my name is Ian. I’m a half-blooded Filipino and American male. I enjoy playing sports a lot. I hope to someday go to college and start a career with sports. Even though some people think all I do is play sports, that is not true. I’m like every other teenage boy and enjoy playing video games. I was looking through what you guys have been responding to my friends and noticed that you like to play League of Legends. It just so happens I like to play that too. I main Yasuo, but if necessary I’ll go top lane. Now that you know about me. I’d like to know about you!

  41. I my name is Teyha. I attend Toby Johnson Middle School, I enjoy the diversity and freedom of my school. Also, I found it interesting that you guys live in other countries and are able to blog with us. I was also wondering; Mrs.Groves How do you enjoy teaching at Toby Johnson?

    • Teyha, Like you, I love that our school has so much diversity. When students here want to become involved in their school community, they have a wonderful middle school experience. As I teacher here, I feel that I get to see future leaders and members of society pass through my classes. I enjoy that a lot! Thank you for asking.

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