Dredlock Court: Night 5 and Day 6

“Werewolf, wake up. You might take this game. I have no clue what your strategy is, but it looks like it’s working. Who do you wish to kill?” The werewolf points. “Okay. I don’t see how that can really affect your plan, but whatever. Go to sleep.”

DAY 6

“Okay, you guys can wake up.” The alive wake up. “Okay, so after yesterday’s brutally long day, Sara was the one to die at the werewolf’s teeth.” “Denver, you have to listen to me. It has to be Jesse. Tanner said that she’s been talking throughout the ENTIRE game” “Yes, I know. I was going to vote her.” “What? No, it’s Harper. She’s barely talked. It has to be her.” “Yeah, but when Sara died, it hit me that you’re the werewolf, so yeah.” Denver looks over to Dublin to see if he’s correct. Dublin mouthed the person who was actually the werewolf. “Alright, well, vote.Each of Harper and Jesse havea vote. Dublin, who do you think it is?” Trina asks and waits patiently. Both Harper and Jesse point to each other. “I think it Jesse.” “Well… CONGRATULATIONS. Jess was the werewolf with Sam.” Everyone cheers except for Jesse and Sam.

Quickly, the lights turn off. “Again, really? Come on Dublin. You really need to fix thi-.” It is unclear who spoke this. Suddenly a scream engulfs the room. Then another.

The lights then slowly turn back on.

The screams from everyone were too overpowering to hear the yelling from Dublin’s parents.

The sounds coming from the basement were horrifying to see.

When the lights for the basement came back on, no one was okay or alright, because Sara and Tanner were nowhere to be seen.

End.

Schools: UK vs US| Collab with All The Jazz!!

Hey, guys! Just wanted to let you know that this was an eye opening experience. We live in very much different situations! It was great getting to know Jazz and how her school works. Enjoy!

Hello, world and all who inhabit it! I am Caitie and this is a very large collaboration with All The Jazz! We both wanted to do a collab and just so happened to be at the same time lol. I had a lot of fun working on this and I hope to do some more collabs with anyone!

So, in the beginning, we couldn’t think of anything to do. But then she geniusly came up with the idea for schools and we went with it.

We have similar, but yet VERY different school systems. Let’s get goooooooing!!!~

How it works:

Jazz: My school (well UK schools) are separated into terms. Like Autumn term, summer term, spring term. Each term is 6-7 weeks long, with breaks in between (Christmas, Easter break… ). We sometimes have exams at the end of terms, but only the important bigger ones like before Christmas break and before Summer break. In school, we have 5 periods/lessons each day. Two periods, break, two periods, lunch, one period, home. Nothing much to it! But my school does something I think only my school does…? Every Friday, we go in later. So instead of having to be in by 8:30am, we have to be in by 9:30am. So we miss period one every Friday. Hurray for lie-in’s every Friday!! This was all about secondary school by the way (12-16 year olds), I almost forgot to mention primary school! Nothing much to report there, the terms are the same, but minus the exams. However in year 6 (the year before going into secondary school) you do exams called SAT’s, they basically tell the secondary school you’re going to your abilities, and what sets you should be put in. It also determines how well primary teachers teach, if the majority did well, those teachers are doing well.

Caitie: So, I’m 99% sure that all American schools start in the fall and end in the summer with breaks in between. My school is on trimesters. Trimesters are when there are 3 parts (like pregnancies) of the school year. Semesters (2 parts) are more common in American schools, but I only have 5 periods/hours and way more time to do homework in class, while most schools have 7 periods/hrs. Each Trimester is about 12 weeks long, with 3 big breaks in between (Thanksgiving, Winter break, and Spring break). Every Wednesday, we start an hour later. Usually, we start at 7:40am and end at 2:40pm, but on Wednesday, we start at 8:40. It kinda sucks, because I’m more tired every Wednesday. At the end of each term, we have Finals. They’re pretty much end of term exams that can really be anything depending on the teacher. The first two trimesters we have two days of finals. 2nd and 4th period on the first day and 1st, 3rd, and 5th period on the second day. During the last trimester, the second and the first-day switch, so we only have a half day for the last day before summer break. Because I’m a senior, I end school a couple weeks earlier than everyone else. I have the 3 days before graduation purely for finals.

What we like:

Jazz: Well, my secondary school isn’t the richest in the world. It became an Academy quite a couple of years ago, so they no longer get money from the Government, and perhaps they’re not great with money management…? :/ My school is known for being quite a sporty school, they do a lot of exercise promotion and sports promotion, and take part in competitions. You also have a great mix of teachers who care, but it’s more like ‘we’ll only start caring about you when you start GCSE’s’ for some teachers. Before we go on a big holiday off school (longer than a week) we have an Awards Assembly where you get Attainments or Endeavors on a subject, depending if your teacher picked you to have one. You also get awards for attendance and punctuality.

Caitie: There are good and bad things about my school. 1. We’re poor as heck! 2. We have a crappy American football team, but everyone still goes to the games. Girls Soccer (football for the rest of the world) is pretty good, I have no clue about our Softball team.  Our Track and Field and Cross Country is pretty good. So is our Swim team. We always have people going to state for Swimming. We have a great Girls Rugby team. They got 3rd in our state last year. 3RD! The choir is pretty popular, too. Last term, I quit Choir because I was going through a life-changing time for school. I didn’t want to bog down the whole Choir because I was feeling sad. EDIT, While I was typing this up, I remembered that my choir got 9th in State on Saturday. Past two years we were top five(I personally blame the Juniors because they SUCK). When it comes to Band, we have a crap program. No one wants to fund the band because they suck, all of the students don’t try hard enough to become a better musician, so we are left with no money. Last year’s band teacher inspired many students to get better, but because she was new to our state, she got all of the diseases that she didn’t have before and got sick all of the time. Our school didn’t rehire her. We were very mad. ANYWAYS, The Arts is a good subject here. Our art teachers are very good at what they do, but they don’t get enough recognition for the school to be proud of them. I live in a city where the LGBTQ+ society runs rampant. Most of my friends are either gay, non-binary, or transgender. I also live in a town full of rich people, pot heads, or wannabe hippies.

Universities:

Jazz: Getting into uni over here is pretty tough. It starts from the roots…your GCSE
results. I guess what teachers drilled into our heads is right, they are the most important
exams we have to take because they’re the foundation of the rest of our lives really. Once
you get good GCSE results (and use them to get into a good sixth form/college) you have to do well in sixth form (16-18 year olds) and get amazing A-level and AS-level results.
Universities look at ALL of that, and you can do stuff on the side like The Duke of Edinburgh awards (google them if you’re confused) to get more of a chance. It’s really stupid, to be honest, it’s like as soon as you reach the last two years of secondary school, you’re thrown into a sudden whirlwind of responsibility. After sixth form, you can have a gap year to chill and do everything you want to do before you have to go back into education. Obviously
getting into university is MUCH harder if you’re interested in uni’s like Oxford and Cambridge. But that’s another story, I’m not gonna go into all that!

Caitie: Getting into colleges is somewhat tough over here. For tests for the state, we having pretty easy state testing that you have to do throughout Elementary school (Grades 1-6) and 11th grade. The Smarter Balance(SBAC) tests were pretty easy for my except for the math because GEOMETRY IS DUMB AND NO ONE NEEDS IT. Other than those tests, we have the SAT/ACT. They’re tests that you have to study for to get the score you hope for to go to that University/college you want to go to. Since I’m graduating from High School NEXT MONTH(I want to die), I have to make these decisions soon. I do not know what I want to do, yet. It’s okay though. Plans don’t always work out. In each County that we live in, there are a couple local community colleges that you can attend to get a two-year degree or start a transfer degree. You don’t always have to start going to college immediately. You could have a gap year, just to work and save up money.

I hope you all enjoyed this! If you aren’t why don’t you go follow Jazz? She’s a great person and would greatly enjoy some of you guys going to hers as well as me!

-Toodles

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Dreadlock Court: Day 5

“Sadly, my prediction was correct. Because Lorelai called Sam out, the other werewolf did eat her alive, because she found out who the other werewolf was.” People gasp. “I did, I did. But because they killed me before i could say, you can never know, unless you find them or you DIE by them. “Tanner’s been quiet since we lynched Carson. He could be the other werewolf.” Jesse points to Tanner. “False information.” Tanner jokes. “I don’t see it.” Harper intrudes Jesse’s and Tanner’s staring contest. “I do.” Denver snorts. “Me too.” Sara says.

“What is your evidence that I am the other one?” Jesse clears her throat “Well, you haven’t said much since we killed Carson.” “But, you just can’t use the stereotype, that’s not fair to even suggest that it’s valuable evidence.” Dublin suggests. “You’re dead, be quiet.” Jesse snarks. My house, my rules. No stereotypes this far into the game.” Many others agree. “Don’t forget about the other stereotype. Jesse could be it, considering how much she’s talked through the game.” Tanner suggests. “I’m not it, though. I’m the Hunter, and if I die, I can kill Tanner if you kill me, even if he’s not the other werewolf.” Somewhere in the background, Caitlin snorts. “Listen, more than half the time that Tanner is werewolf, he’s quiet throughout the end part of the game. It has to be him with how his body movements are, he’s nervous, he doesn’t want to die knowing how bad he’ll lose.” “Well, have come to a decision? Who wants to lynch him?” Denver, Sara, and Jesse raise their hands, while Harper and Tanner’s hands stay down. “Sorry, Tannie, you’ve been lynched.” “Well, it wasn’t me. I was a villager.” Jesse, Harper, Sara, and Denver all curse under their breath. “Well, the rest of what we call a town, go to sleep.”

Being a Student Leader| In Thoughts

So, as you guys can assume, I was gone for a week. I didn’t really tell you why, but I did on my Twitter.
I was a Student Leader for my state’s Outdoor Science School.

(If you don’t know what that is, it’s where you go camping in the forest or beach and learn about it’s surroundings). When I went in my 6th grade year, I went to the beach. It was pretty horrible considering that I wasn’t with any of my friends and that I wet the bed on the last night there. Yeah.

So, because I needed 40 hours of community service to graduate from my school, and I wanted a better experience, I decided to go with my friends. When placement came around, I only got to be with one of my friends. It was great.

So, when we got to the actual camp, our phones were taken away, we chose our names, and learned about the field study we’d be teaching  them. My name was Shrub. (I can hear what you’re saying. Yes, like the small bush.) My friends name was Jazz, because  she likes Jazz (lol).

So, at the camp we lead for we had 3 field studies we taught. Beach, Forest, and Estuary. Jazz chose beach. I chose Estuary. That’s  where the river and the ocean meet. We had to teach the kids about the Amphibians in the area, the river pollution, how the stream has changed, and dissolved oxygen. The first day of teaching went better than I expected. The second day was ROUGH. I had a couple kids that didn’t listen or try to participate at all. It was hard for me to help them answer the big question “Is the river healthy for Salmon?”. Which it totally is.

I really liked the food itself, but the way that they eat is funky. They make the kids eat with people they don’t know, which kind of sucks. Coming from a shy person, I don’t like to talk to people I don’t know on a high level. Some kids were happily talking, while others were just sitting there eating. And we had to give them a specific proportion which either some didn’t like it but I still had to serve them it and it upset them.

At the end of the week, I was tire and just wanted to go home because those kids were rowdy and exhausting. It made me very happy when I saw Gage pull up because  I MISSED HIM SO MUCH.

It was a great experience, but i would rather not teach kids about a subject in school I’m not really good at lol. I’d probably just be a counselor  at my old summer camp.

-Toodles.

Dredlock Court: Night 4

“Werewolf, was my prediction correct?” The werewolf nods. “‘Kay. Go to sleep. Seer, who do you want to see?” The Seer points. Trina nods. The Seer gets excited. “Go to sleep.” Suddenly, the lights flicker. The dead and Trina begin to freak out. “What’s happening?” Harper yells. The lights flicker back on. “Nothing. The lights just flickered off. They’re back on, now. No worries, calm down everyone.” Dublin soothes the upset dead folks and others. “How often does this happen, Dublin?” Trina asks.

“Well, my house was built in the very late 1800’s, so that means we can’t fix the lights without the city’s approval, even though my parents own the house. Whenever my parents ask to fix something in the house, the city takes two months to get back to them, and most of the time they say no. So we’re stuck with a broken house.” “Why don’t you guys move?” Caitlin speaks up. “Well, his parents love this house, and if they move, they’re moving out of the city.” Denver says. “Why?” Carson asks. “My dad wants to be closer to his parents, because my Nana is having some problems taking care of my Grandpa Joe by herself and it’s been very hard on my dad. It’s tough to see your parents like that.” Dublin trail’s off. A soft silence engulfs the room.

Sara breaks the silence “Maybe we should continue with the game. It’s almost nine and my parents are picking me up around ten.” “That’s probably a good idea.” Trina agreed. “You’re all awake, so let us continue.”

Dredlock Court: Day 4

“No one died last night. The werewolves were too occupied being angry at each other after what happened before.” Trina says with a sigh as she sits down, trying not to let anyone look at her pad. “Well, good news, everyone. I’m the Seer and I saw SAM last night. He’s a werewolf!” Lorelai speaks with excitement. “No , I’m not. You’re just trying to pin me against everyone else. You’re just trying to make yourself feel better because you were one of the people that lynched Carson, when he was an obvious villager.” Lorelai showed a small sign of guilt in her eyes. “Even if that’s true, I’m still the Seer, and I SAW you.” Everyone mumbled. “Well, is anyone else going to come out as seer? No, because I AM THE ONLY ONE.” Everyone went silent for a minute. “I mean, she’s not wrong. She is the only one saying she’s the seer. Even if she’s not, there’s a small chance Sam could be a werewolf.” Tanner says to help comfort others. “The villagers are dying fairly quickly, guys. He’s a werewolf. I’m the Seer.” Lorelai finishes. “Well?” Trina asks quietly. “Who votes Sam?” Everyone’s hand goes up. “Well, sorry. Sam. You have been lynched.” “There’s still a chance my other werewolf can win though.” Sam grumbles. “Well, town go to sleep. Lore, I can already predict that you’re going to die tonight.

Dredlock Court: Night 3

“Alright.” Trina says with anger in her tone. “Werewolves wake up. Who do you want to kill?” The werewolves don’t do anything. One of them shakes their head. “Really? Are you sure after what happen just seconds ago?”  They nod their head. “Alright. Go back to sleep. Seer wake up. Who do you think it is?” The Seer points. Trina nods. The Seer gets excited then mouths really. Trina nods her head again. The Seer then smiles then shuts their eyes. “Alright, everyone wake up.”