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We are proud to share a handful of short poems written by our creative students! Themes such as “Spelling” or “Contribution of Polish people in creating American culture”, as well as their teachers: Ms Anna Cholewa-Purgał, Ms Marzena Kossak-Wąchała, Ms Joanna Wołkowicka, inspired them to take on a challenge. Enjoy the read!

Spelling

Relentless and deceitful

Making my limbic system go berserk

Like gambling with my life

If only I could spell debris

Krystian Kunert 1a

Spelling

Direct & apathetic

Making some of the spoken words hurt

Like a walk on thorny roses

If only those wounds would heal so easily

Kornelia Ułamek 3b

Maria Curie

Feminine and powerful

Doing research for development of science

Like a true role model

If only people remembered her family name “Skłodowska”

Natalia Ślusarczyk 3f

Warner Bros.

Iconic & adored

Pulling our attention off worries

Like a slice of apple pie

If only people knew that the Polish had founded it

Patrycja Stodółkiewicz 2a

Marcelina Sembrich-Kochańska

Successful and glamorous,

Making American hearts melt with her inimitable soprano voice,

Like a Polish nightingale in the New York Metropolitan Opera,

If only I had her astonishing voice!

Maja Iwańczyk 3a

Izabella Miko

thoughtful and charming

caring for the global environment

like a Polish-born Hollywood goddess of nature

If only the world would hear about her charity foundation

Ania Nowak, 3a

Panna Maria, Texas

mighty & historic

being the oldest permanent Polish settlement in the United States

like a stirring of Poles across the ocean to contribute to the American ”melting pot”

If only it wouldn’t sink into oblivion…

Wiktoria Marchewka, 3e

Spelling

quotidian & useful

being an inseparable part of learning a new language

like the first step you take as a child

If only you would be motivated to go further

Małgorzata Lenart 3e

Spelling

whimsical & unpredictable

giving magical possibilities

like Harry Potter’s wand

If only it could work its magic for me

Mateusz Ludwikowski, 3e

Spelling

nonobvious & mischievous

testing our intuition

like gambling

If only I didn’t make any typo

Lena Dobosz, 3e

Spelling

both impressive & frightening

making students uncomfortable

like an awesome challenge

If only it would be less complicated

Marcelina Arendt, 2f

Spelling

Indispensable and significant

Diversifying our lives

Like an extraordinary spice added to the soup,

If only we knew the power of its flavour

Aleksandra Kała, 2f

Spelling

complicated and tough

demanding precision and discipline

like a math formula

If only I could use it well

Lena Gmyrek, 2f

Spelling

difficult & challenging

demanding a lot of knowledge

Like grammar or science

If only it would be easier to learn

Zuzanna Pacuda, 2f

Spelling

Fascinating and inspirational

Broadening horizons

Like discovering an unknown land

If only it didn’t require so much sacrifice

Oliwia Kucharzewska, 2f

Spelling

confusing and troublesome

introducing new words

like travelling to exotic countries

If only we all had the same writing system

Oliwia Kucharzewska, 2f


Last week we had an English Lesson with a Difference in class 2A (group 1)! After finishing one of the units in our coursebook an English teacher offered us an additional work – a project on improving our concentratiion and learning. Three of us (Katarzyna Gawron, Ola Janus, Patrycja Stodółkiewicz) took the challenge! This is what we prepared (presentation with posters) :


We’ve all been there: sitting at your desk with an urgent deadline and a wandering mind. Despite your best efforts, things are not progressing. You need to concentrate on the task in front of you. You’re motivated to do it. But you just can’t stay focused. The benefits of improving concentration make it an issue worth addressing. The problem is that there’s no answer for how to boost focusing and learning. Everyone is different so the most important thing is to identify your own method of learning and to observe how we learn most effectively. The following tips may help you find a go-to way to study. We live in a distraction-filled world. Information is everywhere and we feel the need to deal with increasing and multiple forms of them. It takes our time and our attention. Eliminating as many distractions as possible is really helpful to increase attention on the task for most people. You can start with the simple things like:
– turning off notifications on your phone or turning your phone off altogether
– telling people around you not to distract you for a period of time
– closing out of programs or apps that aren’t essential on your computer
Create a proper study environment – there’s nothing worse than a place where we feel bad. Some people can only focus in total silence and need a workspace free of clutter. Others need background music, while still others can only stay concentrated when there are a lot of objects on their desks. It’s highly individualistic. The temperature of the room is also important. A workplace that is too hot or too cold may create discomfort. Before you start working, air your room to provide oxygen, light your favorite candle and make yourself comfortable.
Fuel your body – in order to be focused and keep your mind in good shape, first you need to
nurse for your well-being.The foods you eat can affect cognitive functions like concentration
and memory. To keep your brain focused, make sure you don’t delay or skip meals. Snack
on fresh fruit, veggies, nuts, or seeds if you get hungry between meals and keep yourself
hydrated with plenty of water because even mild dehydration can make it harder to focus
and remember information.
Get enough sleep – one of the main symptoms of chronic sleep is poor concentration. Many
experts recommend people aim for at least 7 hours of sleep each night. If you aren’t able to
reach it, you should take care of the quality of your sleep. A few quick tips to do it:
– switch off all electronic devices an hour before bedtime.
– take time to wind down
– keep your bedroom cool and quiet
Move your body – there are many studies showing that exercising can help improve your ability to concentrate and boost your memory as well. Movement breaks keep the brain stimulated and may also increase your productivity on long-term projectsPractise mindfulness – being mindful means you can maintain moment-to-moment awareness of where you are and what you’re doing. Who among us wouldn’t like to be fully productive? By being more mindful you can recognize when your attention starts to drift and quickly bring your focus back to where it needs to be. You can practice it by meditation or
breathing techniques.
Spend time in nature – Scientific evidence supports the positive impact of natural environments. There is research that has shown that plants in office spaces can help increase concentration and productivity.
A quick walk, sitting in a garden or a park are great ways to boost your focus and keep your mind fresh.
Look at cute animal pictures – this tip is quite controversial but a study by some Japanese scholars has shown that looking at cute pictures of animals can shift people’s attention to better focus on details.
Write down distracting thoughts – some learners find it really helpful to simply write down unwanted thoughts or any thoughts that stress them in any way to deal with them later. Thanks to this you don’t have to constantly think about remembering them so you can finish your task in peace.
Listen to music – music can have therapeutic effects on our brains. Light music may help you concentrate better, but some music may distract you. Each genre of music has different effects on us.Experts generally agree that classical music and natural sounds, such as water flowing, are good choices for staying focused while music with lyrics and human voices may have a reverse result. For some people listening to music is also helpful to eliminate distraction from background noise.


Train your brain – for many people the most enjoyable form of brain exercise is solving various types of puzzles such as crosswords or sudoku. This form of clever entertainment provides the mind with a constant dose of fine exercise that certainly has a positive effect on its ability to think efficiently. Interestingly, learning new things can also boost our brainpower. According to science, practicing new skills creates new neural connections between nerve cells which allows your brain to adapt to new experiences and, as a result, think faster.
Applications!
Phone is often a springboard for us when we feel bored or wanna distract ourselves with
something. It’s always a good idea to have a few apps on hand that will not only help to
entertain you, but will expand your knowledge, or strengthen your focus.
First app which I want to introduce to you is Quizlet. It’s a pretty popular app but also life
changing for some people. In my mind everyone must hear about it. Quizlet is a learning app
that allows you to create your own flashcards and keep them with you everywhere you go-
on your phone. You can use it to review for the mind- term test which is coming soon but
also study from sets created by other users.
If you want to learn a new language, Duolingo it’s just for you! Competing with others and
collecting coins can be reasons to be systematic and don’t give up. One of the advantages isthat duolingo can help you break the language barrier and feel more confident talking abroad.
Next two applications are perfect if you are looking for something to increase your focus and
motivation to stay productive.
Forest will help you limit your distraction by planting trees in the app. Study bunny gives you
your own study buddy who enjoys learning with you and completing tasks. Both apps
encourage you to stay focused, because by finishing your study time, you get rewards and
can personalized these applications.
Study methods!
Sometimes we think we have been learning for a very long time but the results are
negligible. This may be a result of not having the right learning method. Here are a few that
we have tried and that may work well for you.
The Faynman technique allows you to test your knowledge in detail, because ” If we can’t
explain it simply, then you don’t understand it well enough”. The key is to explain a topic as
simple as we can. We should be able to talk somebody with no background in this topic
through it.
Pomodoro is able to boost your productivity by special dedicated breaks which separate your
study sessions. During the break we can do whatever we want except for studying – there
will be time for this after freetime! This plan allows your mind to relax but not lead to
distraction.
The last but not least method is study with me. It’s simply finding someone who will study
with us. This person is known as a “study buddy”. The purpose of this method is motivating
each other by seeing that we aren’t alone with our work. You can also simply search for a
youtube video or some groups on the internet. I am sure you’ll find something for yourself!
At this time the society puts a lot of pressure on us to be as productive as we can and
sometimes it’s really hard to achieve. First of all, we need to learn when it’s time to stop and
take care of our mental health, because nothing is worth more than our psychic and mental
well-being. If you feel that you need to take a break, do it! It shouldn’t be an award but an
important part of our learning journey.

News prepared by Katarzyna Gawron, Ola Janus, Patrycja Stodółkiewicz from class 2a, edited by Ms Marzena Kossak-Wąchała.