Sam The Athlete

Sam the Athlete

How could a guy accidentally join a girls’ team? Sam the athlete is written by Stuart McLane. In this short story, a young boy named Sam who is trying his very hardest to fit in, finally Sam joins a field hockey team and feels accepted. Sam should be able to wear the skirt because he is a child and he shouldn’t be judged for what he wants to do and wear. He was trying to be a part of the team and just feel included. At first, he wasn’t wearing the skirt because he wanted to, but simply just to blend in and look like the other girls. He went to the lengths of shaving his legs just to fit in! The main message in this story is that you don’t need to pretend to be someone you’re not to fit in. Just be yourself.

Perspectives of Canada


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Hockey is a very important part of who we are in Canada. This is the Vancouver Millionaires are a team from 1911-1926. In Canada, Hockey is a major part of everyone’s life whether they play it themselves or they know 5 people that do. I chose this because it is something that brings everyone in Canada together or it can tear it apart but in the end, we are all Canadians cheering for the all too familiar sport of hockey.

This blog post really speaks for what Canada is for because it has 2 major things we all know and that is Snow and winter sports. It is a major part of our culture in Canada and if you don’t like skiing and snowboarding you’ve probably visited whistler sometime your life. Canadians are all about enjoying the outdoors and spending time together and Whistler is a great place to do that. But of course Whistler isn’t the only place in Canada with ski slopes and great lodges, so anyone across the country can enjoy the wonders of winter.



Year end Reflection

I learned how to answer questions in more specific details and making sure I have evidence to prove my answers. I also learned to manage my time better and use class time more wisely and finally, I learned to organize my files in categories so my work is easier to find.


A fond memory in English class was working on my stop motion project because it was very fun and I enjoyed working on it with friends.


  • A tip for English would be to put effort into every single thing you do and take your time and don’t hand something in you are not proud of.

junk food project

Things to include:

a picture/video ad of your food embedded in your post (you either need the url or the embed code)
a brief description of your favourite food and why you like it
2 reasons why the food you have chosen is not the healthiest,
make sure you include the website addresses where you found the information
Tag: whatjunk

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Junior Chicken and medium fries from McDonalds

why it’s not the healthiest : It’s heavily processed and fried and covered in fats.

I like this meal choice because as a highschool student it’s easy and cheap and I can easily afford it.

Ingredients in Junior Chicken

-junior chicken patty

calories – 370

carbs – 37g

fat – 21g

sodium – 730mg

protein – 12g

-silicone dioxide ~ Silicon dioxide, also known as silica, is a chemical compound that is an oxide of silicon with the chemical formula SiO₂. It has been known since ancient times

-sodium phosphates ~ Sodium phosphate is a generic term for a variety of salts of sodium and phosphate. Phosphate also forms families or condensed anions including di-, tri-, tetra-, and polyphosphates. Most of these salts are known in both anhydrous and hydrated forms

-dimethyloplysiloxane ~ Polydimethylsiloxane belongs to a group of polymeric organosilicon compounds that are commonly referred to as silicones. PDMS is the most widely used silicon-based organic polymer, and is particularly known for its unusual rheological properties.


-mayonnaise style sauce

-xanthan gum ~ Xanthan gum is a polysaccharide with a wide variety of uses, including as a common food additive. It is a powerful thickening agen

-potassium sorbate ~ Potassium sorbate is the potassium salt of sorbic acid, chemical formula CH₃CH=CH−CH=CH−CO₂K. It is a white salt that is very soluble in water. It is primarily used as a food preservative

-calcium disodium ~ Edetate calcium disodium is a chelating (KEE-late-ing) agent. A chelating agent is capable of removing a heavy metal, such as lead or mercury, from the blood. Edetate calcium disodium is used to treat lead poisoning.

-regular bun

-monoglycerides ~ Monoglycerides are a class of glycerides which are composed of a molecule of glycerol linked to a fatty acid via an ester bond.

-ascorbic acid ~ Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid and L-ascorbic acid, is a vitamin found in food and used as a dietary supplement. As a supplement it is used to treat and prevent scurvy

-diacetyl tartic acid esters of mono and diglycerides ~ E472 Esters of mono- and diglycerides. Origin: Esters of synthetic fats, produced from glycerol, natural fatty acids and another organic acid (acetic, lactic, tartaric, citric). The fatty acids are mainly from plant origin, but also fats of animal origin may be used.

ingredients in fries





-french fries

-sodium acid pyrophosphate ~ Disodium pyrophosphate or sodium acid pyrophosphate is an inorganic compound consisting of sodium cations and pyrophosphate anion

-safflower oil ~ Safflower is a highly branched, herbaceous, thistle-like annual plant. It is commercially cultivated for vegetable oil extracted from the seeds. Plants are 30 to 150 cm tall with globular flower heads having yellow, orange, or red flowers.


-silicoaluminate ~ Sodium Silicoaluminate. Sodium Aluminosilicate, Aluminum Sodium Salt, Aluminosilicic Acid, Aluminum Sodium Silicate. Added to a few items in precise amounts to act as an anti-caking additive, allowing for the free flow of table salt and dried egg-yolk products.

-dextrose ~ the dextrorotatory form of glucose (and the predominant naturally occurring form).

-potassium iodide ~ Potassium iodide is a chemical compound, medication, and dietary supplement. As a medication it is used to treat hyperthyroidism, in radiation emergencies, and to protect the thyroid gland when certain types of radiopharmaceuticals are used.




great chili cook off

Alyah, Naomi, Claire, Ethan.

Chili Chimps

Choosing a recipe. We needed something fast and interesting. We wanted to do something that would stand out but wasn’t to weird and complicated. We saw a recipe with pineapple on Pinterest however, it took about 3 hrs and we didn’t have that time. So we found a simple chili recipe and added the pineapple and peppers to make it interesting. We chose this dish because we thought that the pineapple was a new way of incorporating fruit into a chili. It was an original and new idea that I’ve never seen done anywhere else and thought it may give us some props for creativity. But the scary thing was, we’ve never seen this before. We didn’t know how this would work out so it was kind of nerve wrecking.

Making the chili. When we were making the chili it was a little stressful as we didn’t know how much pineapple we needed. Overall it went well and the end product was good however it took a bit to get there. Also we didn’t have a group name yet.

Judgment Day
On this day everything went pretty smoothly. We immediately got our chili on the stove to heat up and marinade the flavours together. We also got on to making our cheese braid which didn’t take much time but we waited and timed our cheese braid so it’ll be ready for when the judges arrive. We did multiple taste tests and decided as a group to figure out what spices to add and if we needed anything else. We ended up adding some water to our chili to make it less thick as well as adding chili powder, cayenne, cumin. When the judges arrived, we plated our dish and added a small amount of sour cream to help balance out the heat that the spices and jalapeño gave off as well as adding a sprig of parsley on top to add some freshness to the dish.


alyah, Naomi, Claire, Ethan

For crumble
120 ml of flour
120 ml of oats
120 ml of brown sugar
2 ml of baking powder
1 ml of cinnamon
80 ml of butter
3-4 apples

For filling
45 ml of butter
30 ml of flour
15 ml of lemon juice
45 ml of milk
2 ml of vanilla
60 ml of brown sugar
2 ml of cinnamon
Pinch of salt

1.Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
2.In a medium size bowl combine the crumb topping ingredients with a fork or pastry blender until it resembles small crumbs. Refrigerate while you prepare the apple filling.
3.For the Apple Filling: In a small bowl, combine melted butter and flour until well blended. Add lemon juice, milk and vanilla and stir well. Stir in brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Pour butter mixture over apples and toss to coat. Pour apple mixture into an 8×8-inch baking dish and spread into an even layer. Sprinkle crumb topping evenly over the apples. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown and top is set. Remove from oven and allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before serving.
Butter for margarine
Nutmeg for cinnamon

It went very well even though I have never tried apple crumble and we are happy with how the sauce turned out and the final look. What we could improve on is slicing the apples thinner, and layering them nicer. We made decisions on who knows or does things better than others so that in the end everything could turn out perfect.

20 dollar potato meal project

20 dollar meal  project
Alyah, Naomi, Claire, Ethan.
Potatoes pancakes
• 4 large russet potatoes
• 1 medium onion
• 1 egg
• 1/4 cup flour
• salt, pepper
• vegetable oil for frying
1. If using food processor: peel and cube the potatoes and onion. Place the vegetables in food processor and process for about 2 minutes, until potatoes look “grated” and no lumps remain. If using grater: peel the potatoes and onion and grate.
2. Place the potato mixture into a fine strainer or kitchen towel and try to squeeze almost all of the liquid into a mixing bowl.
3. Discard the liquid. You’ll notice white powder on the bottom of the bowl after you pour the liquid out. It is potato starch and it gives texture to the pancakes, so you should keep it.
4. Return the potato mixture into the bowl and add egg, flour, with some salt and pepper.
5. Mix everything well
6. Heat up some vegetable oil in a large, non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add a spoonful of potato mixture, spreading it slightly. Fry for about 2-3 minutes on each side, until the pancakes are crispy and brown.
7. Place the pancakes on a paper towel, to absorb the access oil. Serve with sour cream, fresh salad or Easy Mushroom Sauce. ENJOY!!!
8. Eat with milk and eggs.
I think this recipe would taste very good and delicious because it has a nice browny look and it’s nice and crispy. The spices give the pancakes a nice flavour and this looks very healthy. The sweetness of the pancakes will taste very good with the saltines of the bacon
Potato soup
• 5 slices bacon, diced
• 3 tablespoons bacon grease (reserved) or butter
• 1 cup diced white or yellow onion
• 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
• 2 cups chicken stock
• 2 cups milk, warmed
• 1.5 pounds potatoes, peeled (if desired) and diced (I recommend Yukon gold potatoes)
• 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
• 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt or sour cream
• 1 teaspoon Kosher salt, or more to taste
• 1/2 teaspoon freshly-cracked black pepper
• optional toppings: thinly-sliced green onions or chives, extra shredded cheese, extra bacon, sour cream
1. Heat a large stockpot over medium-high heat.  Add diced bacon and cook until crispy, stirring occasionally.  Transfer the bacon to a separate plate, using a slotted spoon, reserving about 3 tablespoons of bacon grease in the stockpot.  (Discard any extra grease, or you can substitute butter in place of the 3 tablespoons of bacon grease.  Also, if you are short on time, you can dice the potatoes and onion while the bacon cooks to save time.)
2. Add onion and saute for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until soft.  Sprinkle the flour on top of the onion, and stir until combined.  Saute for an additional minute to cook the flour, stirring occasionally.  Then stir in the chicken stock until combined.  Stir in the milk and potatoes until combined.  Continue cooking until the mixture reaches a simmer, but is not boiling.
3. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for about 10-15 minutes or until the potatoes are soft, stirring occasionally every few minutes so that the bottom does not burn.  (The smaller you dice your potatoes, the faster they will cook.)
4. When the potatoes are soft, stir in the cheddar cheese and Greek yogurt (or sour cream), salt, pepper and cooked bacon bits.  Taste and see if it needs more salt or pepper or cheese.
5. Serve warm, garnished with desired toppings.  Or, transfer to a sealed container and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
I think this dish is a very hearty soup that will make you feel warm and cozy inside on a cold gross day. This soup follows a fairly easy recipe with simple ingredients that almost everyone has in their kitchen. The salty bacon will really compliment the starch from the potatoes.
Baked Potatoes
Ingredients – per person
• 1 medium baking potato
• 1 teaspoon olive oil
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 2 teaspoons butter
• 1 pinch freshly ground black pepper
• 1/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Scrub the potato, and pierce the skin several times with a knife or fork. Rub the skin with olive oil, then with salt.
2. Place the potato in the preheated oven, and bake for 90 minutes, or until slightly soft and golden brown. Slice the potato down the centre, and serve with butter and black pepper. Sprinkle shredded Cheddar cheese over the top, if desired.
I think the baked potatoes will taste very good for dinner the potato have a nice warm inside and a crispy skin on the outside with the sour cream on top and the green onions it will be very creamy and flavourful
Grocery List
• Turkey bacon= $3.99
• 2 yellow onions= $1.10
• Green onions= $1.29
• Large brown eggs= $2.29
• Great value Cheddar cheese= $2.97
• Great value chicken stock= .97
• Sour cream= $1.98
• Potatoes= $3.98
Grand total= $18.57