Blog 2018

Dear readers,

Welcome to the CASA Blog for the 2018 summer! We’re excited to have a new team of writers and photographers being Evan and Michael! Stay tuned for posts that we’ve been working on for not only the Casa Blog class but for many other classes this summer. Remember to check out the About Us section to learn about the blog team! Also CLK will get daily uploads starting the week of July the 2nd.


Jacobs Camp by Netta Magnus

What? And When?

Jacobs camp is an overnight camp. It begins on July 8th and ends on August 2nd.

My Favorite Activities

My favorite activities are macabia, messy night,bunk night and the camp out.


Macabia is a cooler war where there are 4 teams:blue,yellow,green and red who compete against each other.

Messy Night

Is the night you get messy!

Bunk Night

Is the night you spend with your cabin.

Camp Out 

Is the night you make smores and sleep outside.

Roblox By Samuel Lerner 

Roblox is an outdated video game created by David Baszucki and Erik Cassell. Roblox is not good because it has too many hacks such as FULFLEX, jailbreak and Bloxburg, and many more. You can play many other games through the Roblox search portal, chat with friends and create games with a Microsoft or Mac account. You can also play user-created games and make friends. The instructions say the game is for kids 8-18 to play in a virtual flat world and have fun. It was popular in summer 2016.

Call Of Duty:WWII and other Games By Sam Greenspan 

The single player version of the video game “Call of Duty” is modeled after the Normandy breakout during World War II, where the British, Canadian, Polish, American, and French Resistance forces pushed into the village of Chambois, France, also known as the Falaise Gap. Unlike most other games in the “Call of Duty” series, the events in “Call of Duty 3” are based on a single combined campaign, with the player being switched between the four armed forces – U.S. Army, British SAS, Canadian Army, and the Polish 1st Armoured Division – and their respective characters for each leg of the story. There are 14 campaign missions in total, with cinematics to link between each one. Each mission also contains various action sequences where players have to input button commands, whether arming a bomb, or fighting off a melee ambush. In addition, some missions also include multiple choices in routes to completing an objective.

Modern Dance by Netta Magnus

In class on August 8, Modern Dance campers are practicing their dance. The counselor who teaches Modern Dance is Simon and the CIT is Celia. Today Modern Dance campers did a warm up to Sango’s song “Trust Me.” Then they practiced their song “Bright.”

Modern Dance is a broad genre of western concert or theatrical dance, primarily arising out of Germany and the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  

Understanding Modern Dance and Contemporary Dance

Sushi: and how good it is

By: Jane Nawrocki

Sushi is a Japanese dish of specially prepared vinegared rice, usually with salt or sugar, combined with a variety of ingredients — such as seafood, vegetables, and sometimes tropical fruits.

Sushi is a combination of seafood, a vegetable, rice, and seaweed. Take the California roll, for example. Iit has crab, avocado, cucumber, and the rice and seaweed outside. Sushi is a world famous food that lights up people’s taste buds. All over the world sushi is on a menu at an Asian restaurant.

Some of my favorite sushi places are:

-Spices Asian Restaurant

-Yosaku in Washington D.C.


My favorites from Spices are:

-the spicy crunchy tuna

-shrimp tempura

-the dragon roll

My friend Marisa’s favorite sushi roll at Spices is the spicy crunchy salmon roll. My other friend Stella loves!!!!!!!! the california roll sooooooooooo much! All the menus are on the Internet, so check it out!


Who was Helan Keller ?

Early Life 

By Jordana Sloane 

Helen Adams Keller was born June 27, 1880. Two years later, in 1882, she was stricken by a brain fever that left her deaf and blind. How did Helen’s mother realize this?  She noticed her daughter did not change her face when a hand was waved in front of it, or when she did not show any reaction when the dinner bell was rung. What happened during meal time at the Keller house? Helen would run around the table tasting everyone’s dish until she found one she liked.

Helen Keller was a person that was deaf and blind, but still learned to read and write. I wrote about her because she is interesting.


Baseball by Declan Flanagan 


Chicago Cubs 2018 Season: 6 Must-See Games On The Schedule


Baseball is a sport where there are two teams. One team is in the field while the other team is batting.The team that is batting tries to hit the baseball and get to the base before one of the outfielders catches the ball. The players in the field try to get to the person who is batting out before he or she gets to the base. My favorite team is the Chicago Cubs because some of my family members are from Chicago. One of the players from the Cubs is Anthony Rizzo (number 44). He plays first base. Another player is Kris Bryant, he is the third baseman ( number 17). In 2016 ,the Chicago Cubs won the world series after beating the Cleveland Indians.



Reporting from Casa TV by Tyler Townsend 


Studio crew 1

The kids in Casa TV are doing a game show, Casa Family Feud. They are standing against the green screen and  getting asked a set of questions. They are also using the online family feud game to get questions and compare to how they are running their version of Casa Family Feud. Each two of the teams took turns answering questions. Some examples of questions were: -What is a good gift for a pirate?

-What are the most important events in a teenager’s life?

-What is something people believe happens after they die?

Before a TV show has to be launched, several things must occur. They have to hire showrunners and producers. The showrunner is the person in charge. He or she works with the script writers, casts the actors and is responsible for creative direction. He or she also comes up with most of the concept. Producers help the showrunners handle everything. They help with hiring the crew, actors and writers, and their first task is updating or rewriting the script. When that’s done, cast auditions are next . As you can see making a TV show is very hard. I hope you enjoyed this article. 

Casa TV: Live Blog by Netta Magnus 



In class on August 6, Casa TV campers learn to make a movie.The counselors who teach Casa TV are Devan, Emily and the CIT Vera. Some campers who are in Casa TV are Eliana ,Jack, Jude, Feliz, Josh, Elizabeth ,Lilah ,Mila ,Mauren ,Niomi ,Simon ,Aurelien ,Zachary and Daniel. Today campers are watching videos such as Kaboom and Flex Tape, and laughing about the videos.

“TV” is short for television. Tele is Greek for “distant” and the Latin word vision means “to see.” So in fact, you are seeing something that is or was happening at a distance from you.


Better than Easy Bake: A Live Blog by Marisa S. Cobb 

Today (August 1) in “Better than easy bake,” they are making pull-apart cheesy bread with homemade marinara sauce. First, they rolled the dough for the biscuits then separated the dough. The teacher told the campers to hold the knife firmly and cut the dough (each piece in half). The campers sprayed the pan so that it doesn’t stick. For the marinara sauce, they started by smashing tomatoes (from a can). They used minced garlic and put it with the smashed tomatoes. The campers mixed it all together in a bowl. Next a camper dropped in two pinches of salt, red wine vinegar (used for a lot of Italian meals), and  onions (they have to dice the onions for later). They campers took butter and melted it to soften it. They then added some garlic powder and parsley. The chef used cooking brushes to mix it together and brush it in a pan that is hot, then put some of the vinegar and the diced onions into the pan. The chef then cut the parsley and put the hot vinegar and diced onions into the marinara sauce bowl. The chef told the campers to add oregano and mix the marinara sauce ingredients together. Then you have your marinara sauce. Now back to the bread! The instructions say to preheat the oven to 375 degrees, put cheese on the bread, then put the bread in the oven so the cheese will melt with the bread and so the bread will get cooked. It will take about 15-20 minutes. After that…

Tada! The food will be ready!

Tip: Dip the yummy garlic bread in your homemade marinara sauce!

Cheesy Garlic Bread with Marinara Sauce

Usually “better than easy bake” is at the end of the day; kids come back with yummy treats and  snacks. The “better than easy bake” teachers also always make sure everyone gets to do at least one thing. This class is a great experience for kids to learn cooking basics and  important things like staying away from the stove and other things like that. So get your child into “better than easy bake” because they will have a blast!


Casa TV by Fiona Pascuccio


This is picture of a TV Commercial. Speaking of commercials, in Casa TV, they watched some interesting commercials. Down below are some facts about televisions.

  • German inventor Paul Nipkow managed to achieve static black and white television transmission with his famous “Electric Telescope” in 1884.
  • The word “Television” was coined in 1900 by Russian scientist Constantin Perskyi.
  • The biggest pioneers of early television were Paul Nipkow, Boris Rosing, Vladimir Zworken John Baird, Philo Farnsworth, Charles Francis Jenkins and William Bell.
  • First American television station started working in 1928, and BBC transmission began in 1930.
  • Television became widely popular after the end of World War II. Over 1 million American homes had television in 1948.
  • 1960s brought great expansion of television. First TV satellite was launched in 1962 and in 1969 over 600 million people watched moon landings live from their homes.
  • First television sets had only modest picture capabilities 200-400 lines of resolution.
  • HD television standards were officially ratified in 1996, but even before that inventors all over the world created their own HD sets. Japanese used 1125 lines of resolution from 1981, and in 1943 John Logie Baird offered his own 1000 scanlines standard to British government, but they chose to ignore him.
  • Average American family watches TV for eight hours per day.
  • Currently there is over 275 million television sets in the United State.
  • American homes spend on average 4% on their electricity on powering television.
  • Commercials were not always expensive. In 1941 20 seconds of prime-time air time was $9. Today, prices can go up to $2.7 million for 30 seconds in the Super Bowl half-time break.
  • Studies say that only 18 percent of unwanted television sets were recycled between 2006 and 2007. The other 82 percent (around 20 million units were disposed mostly to landfills creating large amounts of harmful electronic waste.

By watching commercials, campers learned to make commercials themselves. Casa TV is a very interesting class that I would suggest to my friends to take next summer.













NBA Off Season 2018 by James Hulme 

The Los Angeles Lakers were going to have a great offseason but they ended up only having three good players. Let’s next talk about the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Thunder needs to trade Paul George but they haven’t just yet. Carmelo Anthony was traded to the Houston Rockets. I believe that Carmelo being traded was a good decision because he is a great player. Dwyane Wade, Isaiah Thomas, and Markelle Fultz need to prove that they picked the right choice in the NBA offseason. Kawhi Leonard and Demar Derozan switched teams too. In my opinion that is a bad decision. Now onto ice. Now let me talk about the…Golden State Warriors. I am not surprised by how DeMarcus Cousins went to the  Warriors.



Belgium Soccer Roster and Coach Opinions by Declan Flanagan 

Belgium soccer team coach Roberto Martinez said that the World Cup was a success. He said they “set a real milestone and that’s exactly what these players deserved.” They wanted to win. It’s not every day you beat Brazil and get into the semifinals. The focus is trying to win the the World Cup. They made history in Belgium and that is all that matters. I think they could have beaten  France in the semis and finished what they started. They have 2 of the best players on their club teams. They are Romelu Lukaku (number 9), a forward who plays for Manchester United. The other is Eden.Belgium 2018 World Cup Away E.HAZARD 10

Hazard (number 10), who plays for Chelsea (forward). Both are professionals. They both play in the Premier League. There are 3 more players who play in the Premier League on Belgium’s team. One of them is Thibaut Courtois, who plays goalkeeper. He plays on Chelsea like Eden Hazard. One other one of them is Kevin De Bruyne, who plays forward for Manchester City, number 11. The last one is Marouane Fellaini, number 11, midfielder.

FILE - In this Sunday Sept. 3, 2017 filer Belgium's soccer team players pose for a group photo before the World Cup Group H qualifying soccer match between Greece and Belgium at Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium in Piraeus port, near Athens, Greece, Sunday Sept. 3, 2017. Players are, from left to right, front row: Toby Alderweireld, Kevin De Bruyne, Thomas Vermaelen, Yannick Carrasco and Dries Mertens and in the back row: goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, Romelu Lukaku, Thomas Meunier, Marouane Fellaini, Jan Vertonghen and Mousa Dembele. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis, File)


Stray Dog by Fiona Pascuccio 


Stray dog


These are dogs that were abandoned by their owners or were born in the streets. Every day, a dog could die of starvation because their owners might have abandoned them onto the dangerous streets. Every day, a poor puppy could be born in the streets with a chance of death that very same day. Every day, a stray dog is in danger. If you have a dog please don’t abandon it. When I was in Italy, my cousin found a stray dog on the streets. She took him into her care. You should do the exact same thing. In my opinion, you should treat dogs very well or they might run away and risk their lives on the streets. If you treat them well, they will be kind to you. I am not talking just about stray dogs. I am also talking about dogs in general. Treat dogs with respect. If you have a puppy, you really shouldn’t abandon them because they are too young to be alone. Please don’t put the life of a dog in danger.


Samuel Lerner: Fitness Gymnastics and Fun 

I am Samuel Lerner and today I am live blogging Fitness Gymnastics & Fun  at CASA at Sheridan School. The kids in Fitness, Gymnastics, and Fun are doing an obstacle course; they first bear crawl through a maze of gymnastics mats, then run to hurdles, hurdle the hurdles, then they do some sort of crossfit thing, then do a somersault, and finally jump rope ten times — all when being timed. Most kids got between 30 seconds to 2 minutes. Some kids also did cartwheels after the somersaults. After each kid finished the obstacle course, they would choose another kid to do it. The class is half girls and half boys. Every few minutes they took a water break. Keyera and Sam both teach the class.

I think it would be fun to be in that class because it looks that way from watching. Also gymnastics would be a good skill for life because you could go to the Summer Olympics, where you might win gold, silver, or bronze medals and maybe even become famous. At the last Olympic games the gymnastic gold medal was given to Simone Biles. Some other famous gymnasts are Nastia Liukin (USA) and Alina Kabaeva (Russia).

The next olympics are the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan in 2020.

Is it Ever Too Late to Train to Be a Gymnast?


The next Winter Olympics is in Beijing, China in 2022, then the Summer Olympics is Paris, France in 2024, then a Winter Olympics in either Reno, Nevada, Bozeman, Montana, Salt Lake City, Utah, Anchorage, Alaska, Denver, Colorado, Boston/ New England, which are all in the USA. The next Summer Olympics are in Los Angeles, California in 2028.


Hope you are looking forward to my next blog!