Girls' School Summer Camp Report - 2015
The Youth Summer Camp centered on the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas' six guiding principles, in honor of Venerable Master Hsuan Hua, the founder’s 20th anniversary of entering nirvana. About 75 youth participated in this year's girls camp.
Boys School Graduation Speech - 2015
I am honored to be the first one to speak, as I will be speaking while everyone is still awake. Just kidding. I’m sure that my fellow classmates following me have much better speeches than I do; I’m just here to whet everyone’s appetite. It’s been a long eight years; yet at the same time, it's unbelievable how fast time can fly, like a jet plane tailing a powerful wind current. Now here I am, standing on this podium today, wearing this funny cap on my head and giving my farewell address. Well, it shouldn’t be too hard, right? I’ve already witnessed seven graduations before, and I will definitely witness many more to come. Yet standing here today, I feel a mix of emotions that is hard to describe. Yes, there is an expectancy of the future, yet there is also regret, reluctance, and most of all, gratitude.
2nd and 3rd Grade Social Studies
The 2nd and 3rd grade Social Studies class held mayoral elections as the culmination for the government unit. After studying about government at all levels, including a visit to Ukiah’s city hall to hold a mock city council meeting, the students chose a character from a novel they read in class that they felt embodied the qualities of a good mayor.
9th Grade English
Students read Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart. Major themes discussed in this unit include the individual versus society; traditions and modernity; as well as gender roles and responsibility. As the culminating assignment, they researched a social issue facing our society and prepared a poster that illustrates major facts and statistics about a social issue. Correspondingly, using the same topic, they also wrote a problem-solution essay.