Wednesday, December 20, 2017


I just realized that all of you out there probably don't know anything about me. So here I go-----

Hi! My full name is Jamie Corynne Lanzen, and I go to Salem Middle School. In my family, I have my parents and my 15 year old sister Brianna. Something I participate in away from school is cheerleading, and I am even on my school's squad. When I am at home, you can find me doing what pretty much every basic teenager does-- watching Netflix w/ food. Some of my favorite shows are Stranger Things, Riverdale, The Flash, and Once Upon a Time, and my all time favorite movie is IT. Lastly, some information you probably don't care about is that my favorite food is bacon pizza and my favorite color is blue-green,

I hope you enjoyed a bit about myself!

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Science Benchmark Reflection

Today, we took a mid-year benchmark on everything we have learned during the first semester. Science has always been my worst subject, so I was sure I was going to fail. Although, as I was taking it, I realized that I lot of it was still in the back of my brain. Therefore, I did my best, and I saw what my results were. My grade surprised me.

I had received a 96%. This is a MASSIVE difference from last years science benchmark, which I received a 68% on. I am very proud of myself, and I believe that all of the knowledge and practice with cells, my grade on it shot up. 

My average for science is quite low (90%), so I hope that the benchmark will be added as a test grade so I have a nice A in my average! 

Friday, November 17, 2017

Christmas v.s. Thanksgiving

As everyone probably already knows, the holidays are coming, and fast.

It seems as if November has gone by with the blink of an eye. However, it seems strange to me that everyone is talking so much about Christmas coming, and Thanksgiving is one week away. Why is that?

After a while, I think I figured why everyone prefers Christmas. I believe that everyone waits for the day to open presents with their family and play in the snow. Christmas all around reminds you of your early childhood, as you made the memories then that you will always cherish.

Although, the reason people might not be as excited about Thanksgiving coming is that you get to see ALL of your family. Even the cousins, aunts, uncles, second-cousins, and even more that you haven't seen since last Thanksgiving (and that might be a good thing). Also, kids these days don't take their time to sit there and think about what they are thankful for.

Overall, I think that a present-filled holiday might be more enjoyable than a day with long lost family and friends to be thankful. What holiday is your favorite, and why? Tell me in the comments! :) 

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Weather Test

I have already done multiple posts about science test grades in the past, and this is the best grade i've gotten.

I was very stressed about getting an A on this test-- more than I normally am. This is because my average in science is a 91%, so this test was going to determine whether or not I get an A in science.

Last night, I pulled out as many science papers as I owned, and I studied for about 1 hour and 15 minutes. I really needed an A.

When test day came, I tried my best to remember everything from the study guide, and I ended up getting a better grade than I had initially anticipated.

I got a 100%! So not only will I still have an A, my average will go up! Thank goodness I studied!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Cheerleading Uniforms

I just got my uniform yesterday for my cheer team. For some reason, you don't feel like you are officially on the team until you get your uniform. I have six other friends from 7-4 on the team, so it's a very fun experience.

I have done cheer for many years now. Last year I did one year of competitive cheer with the Apex Cougars. It was so much fun, and we even went to Disney World for the National competition! For two years before that, I did non-competitive with the Bedford Lions in Michigan. After all that, I am now on the Salem Cheerleading Team.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Age Of Colonization Reflection

I thought I was originally struggling with this unit, but then after a lot of reviewing, it became easier. I started to really understand the colonization of different areas, the Triangle Trade, and the Columbian Exchange. After the help of the Trivia Tournament questions, I got a very good grade on the Unit Assessment.

I got a 100%! I personally did not expect to get this grade based on the struggling I had at the beginning of the unit. However, very similar to the past science test, I studied the Trivia Tournament for a long time a therefore got an amazing grade.

Moral of the story.... STUDY!!!!!!!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Science Test- Atmosphere and Air Quality

      Throughout my whole life, science has almost always been my worst subject. I try to study extra hard in this class, but I normally don't remember it very well. 

      We just took a test on this past unit in science, "Atmosphere and Air Quality". I studied longer than I normally do, and it payed of.

      I got a 90%. If I get an A on a test, especially a science test, I am very proud of myself for studying and working hard.

      If you ever have a unit or subject your struggling on, always study, and it will pay off!!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Experiment Analysis

Our experiment was testing out how different types of vinegar mixed with baking soda can change the distance a plastic water bottle travels when baking soda and vinegar are mixed in the water bottle.
Our hypothesis was that the apple cider vinegar was going to make the rocket move the farthest, because it had the most acids, such as acetic acids and amino acids.
During our experiment, we found out that neither of the vinegars made the water bottle move at all. All it did was foam out of the bottle, but it didn’t move.

If we do this experiment again, a couple things we might do are get a lighter water bottle or add in more vinegar and baking soda to result in more of a chemical reaction.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Stormy = Sleepy?

Over the weekend, it was a bit cloudy and even rained a little. It was pretty much a mucky day. I felt the same feeling I do every time it's like this: I feel really lazy and tired, and the last thing I want to do is move.

Why does this happen? I asked a couple of friends to see if this was just me, and it isn't. Many people feel this way on a crappy day. I wonder how the weather changes the energy level in our bodies. Why am I so tired on days like these?

I decided to look it up. Google says that low light conditions of the storm can lead to a spike in melatonin, which helps control your sleep and wake cycles, therefore making you feel quite drowsy. I think that is super cool.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

How Do Genetics Work?

I was sick on Friday, May 19th. I was doing catch up work for science, and my mom was helping me. Science has never been my best subject, but my mom loves science and was helping me. It was pretty easy for her. I was thinking about the huge difference between us, and I also thought about how my dad is really good at sports, and I have never been good at any sport. I also thought about how I have red hair, and neither of my parents do. My mom's grandma and my dad's grandpa have red hair. How does this work? Why do some genetics, like the way our smile is compared to our parents, you have, but some genetics don't get passed down to you? It is an interesting question.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Roots are Helping Me!

Yesterday, for my language arts homework, I did a Read Theory. When I was doing the questions part, I came across a question that asked for the definition of a word I didn't know:

Based on its use in paragraph 1, it can be inferred that the word portentous belongs to which of the following word groups?
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A. tragic, disastrous, terrible
B. terrifying, nefarious, evil
C. serious, melancholy, solemn
D. imaginary, fictitious, pretend

E. premonitory, ominous, threatening
To figure out the answer, I found a root word in portentous, which was port. I know that port means carry, so I thought maybe it carried a ominous feeling. I looked at the answers, and there was   ominous in answer E. I selected that, and I got it correct.                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Area + Perimeter Flocabulary

This is a catchy rap that helps with how to find the area and perimeter of shapes. If you are having trouble with this in math class, I highly recommend watching this video! In this video I learned that is a lot of different ways you use area and perimeter in real life, because they used a lot of examples where they had to find it out. Hope you enjoy the video!

Monday, March 13, 2017

How Does Forgetting Things Work?

In math 6Plus class, we have recently started a unit about angles. I remembered that we did this same unit in 4th grade. I assumed that we are doing this because a ton of kids are forgetting about angles and teachers want us to review it so we can remember everything and succeed in future schools, such as high school and college. I was thinking about how we forget these things so easily.

I also started thinking about how we remember things we enjoy so easily. I can't remember the definition of an adjacent angle of a period of time, although I can remember how to play Roblox from when I played it in 2015. How does that work?

Basically my wonder question was how does forgetting and remembering work? And why do I seem do remember the things I enjoy easier than the things I don't enjoy as much?

My next blog post I hope is going to be about something I learned is social studies. I will tell more about what I am learning later!

Monday, March 6, 2017

I'm Proud Of... My Science Test Grade

I got my science grade on Friday. I was really nervous about getting my grade because I got a 68% on my science benchmark, and I really wanted to do better. I studied really hard for this test, and I got a great outcome. I got a 91%! I was really proud of my grade because science has always been my worst subject, and all of my studying and more studying has really paid off. I wanted an A so bad on this test, and I learned that if you work really hard towards something, anything is possible!!