I went to Loren's army base, north of Karmiel to see his graduation ceremony! He graduated from his army ulpan and the first stage of his service. He will be placed into his "real" company later this week! I am really proud of him and I was happy I could attend his graduation and support him!
There is an article on Ynet if you can read Hebrew about this graduation and the army base:
Then I zoomed back to Haifa to go the Maccabi Haifa vs Hapoel Haifa (a derby game). It was my second soccer game in my life, the first was when I lived in Istanbul and went to the BESIKTAS game!!!!!!!!! This was really exciting too. Although I only stayed for the first half, and I was happy I did because the end score was a tie of 0-0!!!!!!!!
Roi came to Haifa last weekend. Originally he was going to come to help me move to the new apartment, but I wanted to move so much that I did it myself with the help of a few friends, (and Rachel's car.) But he came to see me and my new apartment anyway! We had a wonderful weekend. We walked to the Baha'i Gardens and met with Dima, one of Roi's best friends from the army (who was home, near Haifa because he broke his leg) and Roi helped me organize some of the mass amounts of paperwork that I have been receiving from life in Israel. Roi really liked the gardens and Haifa. When Roi was in Haifa during his army period, it was always down by the port where is it hot and dirty, not in the center at the top of the mountain where it is cool and beautiful. =) I liked that the kid took his bow and arrows with him. But obviously they became too heavy and his mother had to take over carrying them for him. Some of the lovely trees of Haifa, which definitely don't exist in the south. (and the incline too.)
PORTAGE | Portage High School art teacher Paula Wiese has been named the Secondary Art Educator of the Year by the Art Education Association of Indiana.
Wiese, a Chesterton resident, received the recognition during the association's convention last week.
Wiese is the PHS art department chairperson. She has received several grants, including the A+ for Energy Grant, which provided her students the opportunity to create Solar Powered Ceramic Fountains.
Wiese also coordinated the Empty Bowl Project, which involves students making and selling ceramic bowls. Portage students raised about $3,200 for the local food pantry over the last three years.
Wiese was nominated by fellow art teacher Cynthia Stojic.
"The one thing that makes Paula stand out is her willingness to help other students get on track their junior and senior year. She helps students with college applications, scholarships and financial aid, meets with parents and gets the job done," Stojic said.
PHS Principal Caren Swickard said Wiese showcases her students' artwork in the community and participates in many exhibits. She also has served in many leadership roles in the school.
"Mrs. Wiese is a master teacher, a school leader and a great individual," Swickard said.
Most of my life I didn't read much, then I just read chick books, or school books. Obviously, last year during my masters, I only had time to read for the degree.
So I just finished this book To the End of the Land by David Grossman. Summary here. It revolves around Ora, an Israeli mother of two. The story recaps her whole life which spans three wars. The main conflict is that the younger son went on a dangerous mission in the IDF and we don't know what is going to happen to him.
The character development is quite remarkable. Like I said, I'm not an avid reader, but I was really sucked in. But I'm not sure how I feel about the ending. I feel like I almost made up my own ending to appease myself. I would still recommend the book though.
Let me know if you read it. I would like to know your thoughts. =)
So, I did well on my Hebrew test, 92%. I thought I had done better, but I am still happy. My goal is so have every grade in the 90s. I think it's doable.
I am pretty much moved into the new apartment. There are still a lot of boxes for me to move, but my friend Rachel who has a car is going to help me. I am with three other wonderful people, a married couple from Brazil and a lady from Brussels, Belgium. We are an international quad! Everyone is young and excited about life and our new experiences as we're all new Israelis.
I am much happier here! =)
Oh, and I received two cards in the mail today, one from Katie and one from Jack. It really made my day!!!!!!