Camp Out!

 On Wednesday we camped at the athletic fields. We had to set up the tents and collected fire wood. later in the night after dinner we went out and made a camp fire with the wood we collected earlier. Then we made Smores, after we told ghost stories and read some of the Hunger Games book. We stayed up and hung out for the rest of the night before we went to sleep, and it was cold!

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Ross Trails

Today is Tuesday, one day before the camp night.

This morning we went to hike around the campus, Ms Pollina gave us the map of Ross campus that was before 2005 and let us hike and find the Tennis Center in the map. We went in to the woods in our campus and clean the branches and trees that blocked our way. Finally we used compass to find tennis center
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This afternoon we have a big match: capture the flag. We separate in to 2 groups, green and yellow, we need to hide our flag and try to find another team’s flag. After we found it we need to bring it to Ms Pollina then we win. The final score is 1:1, it was a good day.

Shelter and Celebration

Today is Monday. This week is the last week of Field Academy.

In the morning, we all prepared for the Wednesday’s camping. Teachers taught us how to build up a stable camp in the CWB. We tried to straight the very big pole and make it go through the tent, and make two poles work. Then, we had our own tent. We had to build up tent first, and then warp it back. Some boys group built up tent swiftly, but the girls group was not. Teachers helped us when we tried to build up our own group tent. After building up tent, we learned how to get pole and tent back, and wrapped it back to bag. That was very fun.

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Everyone also showed his power point of edible food. Every student introduced one kind of edible plant. It was really cool, because everyone can get more knowledge about plants.

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Then, we went back to classroom. We went to lab for finishing our cone flour. We have already dried our acorns. The next step to make flour is using food processor to ground the acorns into flour. Ms. Pollina will use this flour to make bread on Friday. Everyone was excited about homemade bread.

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In the afternoon, we built shelter. That was really fun. About 3-4 students in one group, they should find a place in the woods, then built the shelter by branches, leaves and barks. The first step for shelter is getting big branches to make frame of shelter. Every group had different design. Some of the groups used triangle frame, some of groups used rectangle frame. We had various design of shelter. Then, students found some small branches to fill the open space. The most interesting thing in building up the shelter is using barks to prevent the rain into the shelter. Ms. Pollina told students that the barks on died trees are water prove. As a result, students all used barks on the outside.

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At three o’clock, the café prepared ice cream party for all students. Everyone could eat ice cream in café. They also provided some fruits and sauces for us. Everyone was happy.

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Today was a really good day!

Lily Zhang

Snowy Hike

On Friday morning, I had a discussion regarding to the content of Hunger game. It was very intriguing. It helped us to improve our listening and speaking skills. A lot of tributes try to participate in the discussion. Some of the points are really insightful.
We played the board game for one round. Every one was having fun. They all were very exciting. But,  I felt sad, because I was killed. Though playing the game, I thought we improved our cooperative skills and gained the necessary skills to survive in the extreme environment. After that, we have half an hour to read the book.
I played the Dodge-ball. I thought they are very fun. The game play made all of us energetic and warm during the cold winter day. Every one were so enthusiastic. We were expecting the next game.
We went hiking at afternoon until 2:30pm. It was very fun. We followed the deer foot-steps during the hiking, but we didn’t see any deer, which makes me feel a little bit sad. However, we lucky left our own foot-steps. I thought it was interesting that hearing the creak under our food. It made me feel refresh through wandering in such a whiteness and purity. We picked up the snow along the way and made snow ball out of it. We played the snow balls with each other. I thought this hiking helped us to strength us friendship. After that,  we went back to school, what away was hot chocolate and mushmallow. It was really a surprise from Peter. I was really appreciate Peter having the cafe prepare all of the stuffs for us. It is a really remarkable day. After enjoying the hot chocolate, we came back to classroom and then watched the second episode of Hunger game, which called ” Hunger game: Catching Fire”. Although we didn’t finish it, I thought it was very unforgettable. The reasons were pretty obvious. The second episode had very exciting and brilliant plots. Secondly, I were looking forward to watching the rest of it.
I love Friday.
Linda Liu

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Lily missed that hike because her and Brandon Heckt went to Suffolk County Community College in Selden to participate in the Long Island Math Fair.

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Edible Plants and Fallen Tributes

“Today is Thursday. At the begin of today, we put beef we cut yesterday into the dehydrator and set the temperature to 71 degrees Celsius and set to 7 hours, and then we start waiting until the beef jerky been cooked.

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While we were waiting for the beef jerky finish cooking, we went to Chatfield’s Hole on Two Holes of Water for a hike. The guy who led us is named Steve. He wore a light orange wool hat, a dark green jacket with a khaki pants, he also brought a portfolio and knife. He introduced to us many edible fruits some non-edible fruit.  The other half of us were led by a woman named Anita.  They work for The Group for the East End.

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In today’s game, we finally have our first prey in the game. It was Renya, he died when when Andy rolled a 2.  He made himself a monster and can now kill as many as he can. Also Linda and Ollie died in the second round, and they reborn as two horrible monsters in the game.

At last, the beef jerky taste very good. Foods bring the sadness away from us.

By: Leo Liu”

The half way point!

Today we had a lot of fun. In the morning, we read the hunger game and we took a quiz after the reading. After the quiz we were separated into two groups. My group went to the CWB to have a archery test. Another group were staying in the classroom and they learned how to do CPR. In the afternoon we played the hunger game in our classroom. After a few rounds of hunger game, we went to senior building to make beef jerky. Me and my team cut the beef and others made sauce. After all of that we will put the beef in the fridge and wait until tomorrow.

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By Andy Zeng

Beef and Beaches

Today is Tuesday, when we went into the classroom which in the High School building. We saw a box on the table. That means we have some new things to do. So we are so excited about today.

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There are some words on the box, “dehydrator & jerky maker”. That means we will make some jerky. Then Ms. Pollina explained us what it is in the box and gave us three questions. How to use jerky maker? What cut of beef is best for jerky. And marinade recipes. Ms. Pollina gave us 15 minutes to find the answers. After 15 minutes, we were talking about the answers. We need raw beef, 5 to 6 pounds of purchase, and some flavor. Ms. Pollina said she will go shopping this afternoon after school and we will make jerky tomorrow afternoon.

Then, we finished the questions, and we had a test about our reading. When we finished our test, Ms. Pollina said some of us will have CPR training this morning and some of us will have archery competition and practice.

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Around 9:00am, the teacher who teaches us CPR came to the classroom. I and other tributes that also have archery training we went to the CWB. When we reached CWB, Mr. Drossel said he had a meeting at that time, so we have dodgeball competition 1 vs 1. After that, we had dodgeball game 6 vs 6. Then, Mr. Drossel came back, so we had the archery competition first. We check ring number to decide who is the winner. The closer ring to the middle has higher scores. After they finished the competition, we had the archery practice for another competition on tomorrow.

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Around 11:00, we finished archery practice and we went to the lunch. After the lunch, we had a break. At 1:00pm, we all gather in CWB. Then we went to the Northwest Harbor. It is a county park. We went to there to find mussels. There is sea and beach. That is very beautiful. We found lots of mussels on the beach and walked along the beach. We also climbed the sand mountain we had a lot of fun. After that, we came back to the classroom. Ms. Pollina gave us 10 minutes for break. Then, we had our game. Everyone threw the dice and moved as the number on the dice. We also wrote down what we will do in the second round of the game. Then, today is over.

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In conclusion, we had a lot of fun today. Although we are tired, we are looking forward to later days.

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by Andy Jin

Let the games begin

Today is Monday, when our class has already started for a whole week. All of us are keen on the different activities and teaching so far. So we were so excited to begin the challenging class today.

When we gathered together at our classroom in High School Building in the morning, Mrs. Pollina mentioned everyone that we would have a hiking later. To be honest, I love hiking with friends. It is a good opportunities for me to get close to the nature and relax. I hardly go hiking before because the school didn’t give me any chance to do that. However, my class has a big relationship to the environment. Therefore, every time I heard that we have hiking, I just started to imagine how interesting it would be.

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We had hiking last week, which was so much fun; but this time, it is more difficult and challenging. Mrs. Pollina gave everyone a map and a compass. There were 15 special points; we need to write down our direction when we pass the signs. Using the compass is the only way that can help us. We put the map on the binder, grasp a panel, and wait to go.

The hiking place was not far away from school this time; it is on the north of the East Hampton. It is called The Grace Estate. There were nearly 3 miles in total. After 15 minutes’ drive, we arrived the region and then we began to walk. The path was peaceful; I enjoyed the crow of birds and the sounds of leaves by breeze. I saw some houses nearby the path; they were all fancy and quiet. Sometimes I had to use the compass to figure out what my direction was, otherwise, I would not know which way I should choose when the path was branched off. Unfortunately, some of us walked on wrong paths and had to be called back by teachers. The most attractive part of this tour was the way we pass by the beach. Many seagulls soared upon the blue and clear sea, which is called Northwest Harbor. The wind from the sea was so strong that I am not able to hear what my friend’s saying. I will not forget the entrancing scenery.

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In the afternoon, we had a game called The Cornucopia Battle. It was about each of us stood around the small objects. When Mrs. Pollina gave us the order, we would rush to them and grasp as much as we can. Different objects represented different resources we will use in Hunger Games. For example, the rings will represent weapons. Furthermore, we had flags surrounded our waist. If we lost our flags, we would not be supposed to gain any more resources. The whole competition was short but intense. Eventually, everyone received some small pieces of sheets which were represented our resources.

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After we went back to our class with our “resources”, Mrs. Pollina show us the big map of our Hunger Games. It was a board game. All of us had our own chess piece, which represented our characters. We rolled the dices to know how far could our characters move. Meanwhile, we wrote down what would we do on a paper each round and then handed it in. We played the first round as the practice. The game was a little complicated for us but we were fine soon.

In conclusion, we had a tired but meaningful day today, I can’t wait to imagine the fun tomorrow.

By Sean Cen

Parade and Interviews

Last peaceful day before real game starts, with endless excitement

In the morning, we still started our day by quiz as simple as always. Then, the poisonous plants presentations went on. We draw lots on Wednesday to choose a kind of poisonous plant, which we need to do some research on and introduce to others.

Everybody has done pretty good job to introduce his or her chosen plant. We got general idea about the poisonous plants. Those presentations kept remind us that we must pay fully attention to the plants we may eat while we are on our own and try to survive in the forests. Just a little mistake may take your life away.

After most of the presentations went through, it is time for archery practice! Since 5 of us missed the first archery practice and Mr. Drossel need to tell them the safety rule and teach them step-by-step. Later, we were all on the line and got ready for practice. Only after few rounds Mr. Drossel put little balloon on the center of each target to challenge us. However, many people started to get tired and hang out that left more available spots. I was glad that I could shoot 10 arrows for each round although my hands were too tired that trembled.

Soon, it was time for lunch. We got less than two hours free time to get ready for the most excited part of the day – our parade! Everybody finished their lunch really quickly and dressed up.

At 12:40, all of us gathered together at the lobby in high school building with their costume on. I have to say the scene was dramatic and impressive. Our costumes were design to symbolize our district. Through the costumes, I could tell the sparks of creativity and intelligence. Ten minutes later, the parade started. We walked out from high school building in the order of the districts and waved to people who were on the side of the path. Although it was cold and windy outside, we were all in high spirit and smiled back to people with fully confidence. Cheer was along with us from the beginning until we sit down in senior building.

After parade, it was time to interview. We were facing to the camera, having our own interview with Sam in front of other tributes. During the interviews, we were giving little of our background information and the thoughts of hunger game so far. Also some fancy imaginations about the later life after winning the game. Some people had really wild ambition and brimming confidence while some others gave a little mystery to audience. After all, the interview went really well following all the applause and laughing.

Mr. Angell, known as the president in the game, came after interviews and gave us a brief speech. Just like the one in the movie, reaffirmed the importance of hunger game, which was sort of empty.

Finishing all the important tasks of today, we went back to high school building and changed back into uniform. We also had another interview, which was more secret. Through this interview, we declared ourselves to sponsors like showing our strength and weakness, strategies to win and so on.

We soon ended our day with the notice of the plan for next Monday and little reading.

All in all, I think today is the most excited day so far.

Liqiong Cai(Vivian)

A day of guests

Today is the second last day of our preparation process. As we getting close to the breaking point of the real Hunger Game, our schedule becomes more intense and stressful, yet, more colorful and entertaining.

We started off the day by dividing our people into two groups—one group stayed at High School for a precise CPR training done by a professional first aid trainer. I was assigned to another group to learn archery skills with Mr. Drossel, who is an experienced archer. He first introduced the practice rules, basic knowledge regarding the structure of the bow, and the posture of shooting an arrow. He demonstrated tricks about how to adjust bows to reach their best performance. For example, Mr. Drossel showed us how to adjust the intensity of the string precisely so that we could hold the bow stably and show the arrow precisely. He then helped us with determining our dominant eye, which was a critical element for archer since archers needed their dominant eye to aiming targets. Although Mr. Drossel presented a ton of information, he actually introduced all the concepts and tricks laconically so that we were able to practice shooting for many rounds and we were all able to shoot the arrow to a target constantly in the end.

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After the archery training, we headed back to the High School building laboratory where we converged the group that took the CPR training. We did three major activities in the science lab, including pulling off the shell of nuts to make powders out of them, learning and meeting different animals, and testing the efficiency and convenience of the ignition sources we made yesterday. Pilling off shell of nuts was a tedious process; yet, meeting with animals and testing ignition sources were really fun activities: we got the chance to meet and learn animals like snake, owl, giant spiders, and so on. Later, we did experiment of the ignition sources and we accumulated data to determine the best choice possible. We eventually determined that the mixture of wax and saw dust is actually the most efficient source. We then collected all the mixtures for future usage.

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We ended out day with a very entertaining “catch-the-flag” game. In order to mimic the atmosphere of the hunger game, we actually played the game in a grove right next to CWB. We were divided into two groups again. Both groups were very competitive that either of the teams won the game in the end. Unfortunately, tribute Jackie Wang broke his ankle during this game and he had to walk with crutch. This would be a huge disadvantage for him since the hunger game was about to begin.

On balance, we had a very stressful and entertaining day and we couldn’t wait to break off the Hunger Game.

By Johnny Xu

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Training in progress

Having prepared our background story and gone hiking for the entire day yesterday, we now are mostly confident in playing a real hunger game, so the next step after preparation, if we follow the plot of the movie, is actually that the custom. However, before we begin such a custom preparation, we started the most exciting part of the Hunger Game, the wellness assessment. It is really interesting to me, because it is both an important part of plot of the movie that shows how likely different representative from Districts would survive and something related to sports, one of my biggest interests.

The assessment was like a military training: we started by cross over and climbing under hurdles, a test of agility and speed, and then we threw heavy ball to hit the target, a test of strength, and then we rolled over two rounds, a test of the ability of dodging, and we jumped across the river and some low hurdles to test our speed, then the hardest part, dodge ball in cross running and in the end we slipped through floor fast. In this second last test, Sam, who threw the ball really hard at us,would aim us while we tried to run around the buckets. I am proud to say that I finished the entire process with 1 minute and 1 second! (Though someone did better…)

During this morning we visited the Sag Harbor store and bought a lot of different materials such as Police hat for the person from the District that represents Police force and factory hat for me, as a factory worker.

Then after going back and having lunch, we started to fire experiment, in which Ms. Borsack taught us different kind of fire materials we can use if we were really in a situation without fire. We made our “cotton lighter” with cotton and some with chemicals combustible, then the second “wax strings” with melted wax, which surprisingly appears to be transparent, and ropes, and last the “wax chip” with melted wax and some wood chips. I do believe that the third is the most effective lighter due to its materials of wood chips.

Though I missed the last part of the day, which is the costume making. I had my own idea of how my costume is going to look like and will make it by myself, and I do believe the rest of the class must have enjoyed a great time decorating their costumes!!

By Bob Xiao

First test of endurance

The weather in long island in February is still very chilly and windy.  In preparation for the coming hunger game, we, the tribute from each district,  have a hiking in the morning to  Only those who have the courage and endurance can survive in hunger game, and go hiking in this chilly weather is a tough ordeal.

After finishing a short quiz about the first chapter in the book, hunger game, we started our first journey in training succession. The bus driver dropped us off on the side of Montauk highway. We, as a group, entered the hiking area. It is an energy-consuming job to follow these yellow logos as a guidance, and not to mention that long-time exposure to chilly wind eroded our Morales.

Couch Peter was very energetic and ran to the beach even we stepped on the rough road with salient roots. I was glad that I was one of the person that followed Peter in the first group.

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Generally speaking, seals were fond of cold environment, but probably it was too warm to have them showed up in our vision.

On the way back to the highway, we followed the red logos, which led to a swamp region. The heavy rain remained this are in a very muddy condition. We painfully wade the swamp. With fitful shriek from those people who stepped in the water and wet their shoes, we reached the end of this path, a impassable pond(maybe a estuary, directly connected the sea)

Mrs. Pollina appointed me as the guide to lead our team to the highway. Actually, everyone had no trouble following the yellow logos. At the point, some girls began to fall behind, but they still managed to keep up their pace with the whole team.

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All of a sudden, Mrs. Pollina gathered our team. In front of us laid on Becky, with her face covered.

What? She broke her arm?

We hastily applied our limited medical knowledge.

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Remove her body? No! Don’t touch her broken arm!

She is bleeding? So let ‘s press the heavy injury with gauze!

She fell on the ground? And more importantly, right on my feet? She is shocked! Let’s lift her leg up to promote bloody circulation.

Last but not least, of course we need to fix her broken arm with a hoody.

Her good acting skill tricked most of us. What a good actress!  Leonardo has no change to win Oscar if Becky becomes a professional actor.

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Unexpectedly the late-coming buses left us waited for a long in desperation. To sum it up, this is an energy-exploited hiking, but our discomforts are dispel with a warm lunch that café saved for us.

By Jeff Cui

The day finished in our warm classroom where tributes were judged on their camouflaging skills.

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Introducing Our Tributes

The tributes for the 1st every Ross Hunger Games