Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Adventure Away from Home

"It's when you're safe at home that you wish you were having an adventure. When you're having an adventure you wish that you were safe at home."
-Thornton Wilder

Probably everyone has experienced this feeling about adventures. Individuals want to go out into the world and explore, but do they really want to go on a hardcore adventure? I believe that the adventure is at home. Reading can be an adventure, but also discovering mysteries and stories inside the area that one lives in. There are a lot of adventures that are not always away from home.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Farewell, Ms. Larsen

Ms. Larsen is leaving Springwater Trail High School this year. She has been with us for 12 years and has enjoyed every moment that she has been here. Her favorite memory here is watching individual students succeed against tough odds, and she cherished her time by getting to know the students more since it is a smaller environment at this school. Ms. Larsen will miss the people here; the teachers and the students.
 "Being around young people is very fun and I like seeing them grow-up. I think of each and every student as my own child, and watching them walk at graduation makes me very happy," says Ms. Larsen.

In the very beginning, Ms. Larsen has helped with the development of Springwater Trail High School and has made this school the way it is today. She has been involved in every event that the school has from career fairs to scholarship distributions.  Ms. Larsen is like a vice principle that helped the school and Mr. Smyth deal with certain situations. She has been indispensable for Springwater Trail, and we are grateful for it.

When Ms. Larsen leaves, she plans to travel around to different states, including take motorcycle trips with her wicked hog and probably go to Hawaii. She also plans to spend more time with her mother that lives 4 hours away (plus, she is 92 years old).

Ms. Larsen desires to work part-time somewhere, hopefully at a community college. "I would also like to write a book. I don't know what kind of book though, but I know it will be a great book. And I hope to stay up late enough to take dance lessons," says Ms. Larsen.

Many of us will remember Ms. Larsen, not only by her skinny-jeans and clogs, but by her kindest and concern for all the students that have attended Springwater Trail High School with Ms. Larsen as their counselor. She has helped students and parents to get thorough the tough situations. Plus, working hard to deal with the personal matters around the school. Ms. Larsen did not get into the national trends of being a counselor, but she believes that people's lives are more important than scores.

We will miss you and Thank you for all you help, Ms. Larsen.

Monday, March 10, 2014


"Make the best use of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens."

A great quote, right?
It seems that individuals seem to think that they can't do anything right or well, but what they don't notice is that they can just do their best until the end. Hard to admit, but strive till there is no more energy to keep you going. Accept the score and your abilities.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Don't Forget Your Yearbook!

Is this your first year at Springwater Trail High School?
Or is  it your last?
Would you like to remember this year and create your own pages about you and your 2013-2014 experience? Well, purchase a yearbook today before its too late.
Don't forget to remind your parents to go online to buy one.
Has this year been good for you at Springwater Trail High School? Do you wish that high school would and wouldn't end?  Well, when you're older with kids of your own then maybe you can show them your high school yearbooks. Tell them about how different Springwater was or is to other high schools, show pictures of who your friends were and how much they and you have changed, and laugh about the funny moments that had occurred when you were in high school. Remember us when the time comes when you have to leave high school.

Click on website: http://www.treering.com/
Use your school account to sign in.
And if there are any questions, email me and I will get back to you as soon as possible. 

The Business Manager of Springwater Trail High School's yearbook,

Friday, February 14, 2014

Another Family

A place that is considered home.
People that are easy to be around.
Another family.

Everyone has some place that is special or groups of friends that meet up at a certain place. A group of friends at school, clubs, or anywhere. Now, maybe you're not the kind of person that likes to meet new people but enjoy hanging with your friends, because you are comfortable to be with them. Well, how did they become your friend? What got the conversation going? Was about books? Movies? TV shows? Games? A strong dislike against someone else? What?

People always feel uncomfortable and awkward when they first meet. 
Even I get scared to meet new people, but being unsocial can backfire into misunderstandings and messes.
I enjoy my solitude. I like waiting in the car by myself before going inside. I prefer watching others than being the center of attention. 
But when I'm with my friends or my club group, I feel as if I belong there. I'm a part of their world.
We laugh, talk, and just enjoy the time we have together. Sometimes, we fight and debate against each other about certain topic. But that's normal.
How can having a group of people become family be so Great?

Comments From Some Individuals:

"Never forget your first family. They are the ones who will always be with you."

"I know I have a family here and another back home, and I cherish them both."

"I don't have any siblings or kids, but my friends are basically my family."

"There is a different kind of bond that I have with my group of friends, and I can sometimes be myself around them."

"My friends know more about me than my family."

"Sometimes, I become another person around others."

"There are some things that I can talk to my friends and other things that I can talk to my family."

Everyone has a group of friends that they consider as a second family, and you might have different views about your group of friends. Please, comment or tell me about your second family.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

What's Love?: Part 1

I started to re-read this book called: The Truth about Love, Dating, and Just Being Friends, by Chad Eastham. I found this book interesting because I for one will be honest, I have never been on a date or in a boyfriend & girlfriend relationship,(and I'm guessing that some are just like me) and I wanted to know some facts before I'm in a relationship. This book is funny and some of the facts in it seem true from what I have seen in other people's relationships, so I will be giving an update on the chapter I have finished and give you my opinion. Please give me comments on what you think of this book.

Chapter 1:
"What's Up, Milleys?"
This first chapter describes what generation we are and that we teens are on some kind of journey. It turns out that anyone born between 1980 and after 2000 are referred to be the Millennial Generation. The beginning part is basically an introduction of what teen are and a history lesson about different generations of people born in a certain time period. Then in the next few pages in has percentages of people who use technology, such as more than 75% of teens have created a profile on a social networking site. Oh, I almost forgot to mention that this book has a little bit of religion in it, in case any thing offends you, I'm sorry. Well, this chapter seems to be more of a history and fact lessons about parents, media, and the author answering questions for other people. 
My opinion of this book so far is O.K., I mean if haven't read it since sophomore years. So, some of the stuff seems almost new. I don't dislike this book, the first chapter is just what the author's knowledge from the surveys he had people take or researched some of this information from some place. Like, the different generations and stuff. I hope that the next chapter is better.

Cool Quote:

"Not all those who wander are lost." -J.R.R. Tolkien

Monday, January 13, 2014

Who? From Where? And What?

Where are you from? 
Does thing seem different?
Are you from a different state or country?
Or did you move away from a familiar place called home?
How does it feel to be away from the place you were born and raised?
Describe your emotions about moving?
How do you view your family and friends?

What makes people strange or unique?

Have you had a group of friends that seemed like another family?

Who are You?

I have asked some friends and acquaintances of mine to answer some of these questions, including some additional questions that are not include to this post, but to get them to talk about themselves. Some of them moved around the USA, traveled to a different country, Etc. Plus, they explain how new friends become family and what makes it so great. Also, their opinion of unique people.  Their feelings on moving to a different places. Some of them have faced many hardships that can make your life seem simple and easy. But I could be wrong. These individuals have answered some that they felt comfortable with, so please be openminded to their response. You could've had an a wild experience that no one knows. 

Let's Begin!

Jeff :
"I was born and raised in Portland and first left home for 4 years to attend Walla Walla College. Truly leaving home was just after college, when, newly married, I moved to Elkins West Virginia. I was a one-room school teacher and associate pastor there. I preached in one of the two churches and the pastor preached in the other each sabbath. I also taught jiujitsu at the Elkins WMCA. My wife became my new family and my ministry to others filled my life. Elkins was a little coal mining town in the rolling hills of West Virginia. The year I spent in Vietnam in the army the letters from home were a lifeline to normalcy, something to look forward to returning to.
My priorities were very very different there from the people "stateside" because most of my priorities were to do with survival and what people in the states worried about seemed so unimportant.
Perception depends on culture and history and age.What seems strange may be anything that isn't like the person who is the one judging. The habits and dress and behaviors of a 66 year old will seem different to a 17 year old and vice versa. I have often wondered how cats and dogs perceive us...."

"When I moved from Pacifica CA to Oregon I experienced all kinds of emotions. I was very sad to leave the Bay Area especially as I strongly identified with being a 5th generation Californian. I was excited for our bigger, less expensive house and excited to begin living in a place as beautiful as Oregon. I experienced more cultural differences than I thought there would be, and a lot of negative social commentary on being from California. Moving here gave me an amazing group of friends and the joy of getting to stay home and be a mom for 7 years before returning to work. I used to vacation here a lot. Now I love being an Oregonian. 
I don't like to think of people as being "weird" or "strange." There might be a difference in culture, language, religion, traditions, sense of humor, inside jokes, apparel or a hundred other things. All of that is external. We all have the same value as human beings. Every one of us is completely unique and different. Different thoughts, gifts, talents, and ideas yet we are all human which means we are aren't perfect."

"When I first moved to Portland, I was excited by the culture and energy of the city. I did not miss my family that much because we are close, but I have always been very individualistic. Plus, distance makes the heart grow fonder. The friends I made upon arrival here were creative, free-spirited, and motivated to try and make the world a better place. They were inspiring and fun to be around. I think we all have different strengths and skills and would compliment one another well. The weather here is rainy and grey, and it was usually sunny and warm in Georgia.
Overall, I think I favor the climate back home slightly, if only because the grey winters tend to depress me a bit. I love the fact that I can go to the mountains and ocean here though. The landscape is what keeps me here in Oregon. 
I love all the relatively cheap amazing restaurants here. I like all food, but think it must be priced reasonably. The restaurants in Atlanta are generally a bit more expensive and a bit more formal. I like how laid-back restaurants are here...They are pretty much the same - American... I would say the people in Oregon are a bit more laid back than the people in Atlanta. People in Georgia are also a bit more polite and forward. Oregonians are passive-aggressive; they don't like direct conflict."

"Californian, I was born and raised in California, and I travel a lot for ragtime concerts that my husband and I do. It is a great way to meet new people and see different sites. Our second family is our ragtime community. Scattered far and wide, this group keeps up at festivals and in FB between times."

"I'm from California and I moved to Oregon in 2004, which was an odd change to the weather. Hot to cold. But I don't regret moving here, because I get the chance to see my family. New places bring new opportunities and you meet new people and see new things. The problem is that no one knows who you are even if your family was well known where you came from."

"Exciting...and draining...a little anxiety thrown in...great anticipation for wherever you're going (hopefully). It's the good kind of discomfort, though. So much growth can happen when you allow yourself to step into something unknown."

"Will and I moved away from everyone to Hawaii after high school, and after moving back to Portland I moved away to Michigan."

"Was an exchange student that came to America. Even though I made new friends and family here, I will always have families on other continents. The people speak odd, but I think they must think I speak weird, too."

"I've had many friends over the years that were like family. Having no siblings or kids, they always seem to take up those spots in my life (even the adults)."

Every person is different.
Different emotions.
Different experiences.
And that is what makes each person unique and special.

Share an amazing experience with me.
Let's talk about you.
Send an email to douglas8@gresham.k12.or.us