SLA Poets Claim Victory

From Coach Marchella Baldwin - 

SLA's Poetry Team took Friday's slam by storm with a combination of wit and poise. Our lineup included a hilariously truthful piece by Kaboni Bailey and Josh Melendez about how to appropriately talk to a girl that riled up the audience. Mia Weathers-Fowler was up next performing a piece that asked her fellow poets how she should feel about about the concept of love - which had the audience snapping in appreciation, and helped get into the 3rd round. Then our closer, Soledad Alfaro-Allah, sealed the win for us in the sudden death round. An awesome team effort lead to our first win of the season. Thanks to Team SLA for their continued hard work. 

Deja Vu- Rocket Wins by 15; Beats Up Lamberton 17-2

The Rocket got off to another hot start notching 11 runs in the first inning and cruising the rest of the way to a 17-2 victory over rival Lamberton. Nick Manton, who keeps getting sick run support, had another strong outing holding them to just 1 hit and claimed his third win of the season. 

Team Captain Jeff Schwartz went 4-4 alternating between doubles and Home Runs, the 2nd a Grand Slam- and finished the day with 8 RBIs. Freshman Mike Ostrowski continues to terrorize Left Fielders with scorching shots down the line and in the gap, both turning into triples. Abe Musselman also hit a Home Run in the gap and Kevin Courtney ripped 2 doubles, going 3-4 with 3 Runs scored.

Ethan Reese also continued his hot hitting, belting his team-leading 12th hit of the season and scoring 3Runs. Nick did it on both sides of the ball again by whacking 2 doubles and driving in 2, while Stephen Eager-White consistently turned the lineup back over with a 2-3 day including a 2-RBI double in the first. Seemingly terrified to leave it over the plate for SLA's big man to swat it out of the park, Lamberton's pitcher ended up plunking Raekwon Smith twice. He scored both times, and Mike Sanders was lightening on the base paths as a courtesy runner for the Catcher. Jordan McLaughlin and Antonio Reveron, both called up from J.V. for their hot bats and solid defense, instilled confidence and allowed Nick to challenge batters in his 2nd start of the season. The domination of a normally formidable opponent helped The Rocket (3-1) keep pace with red-hot Randolph (5-0) and University City (4-0). 

Heavy rains washed out Sankofa's field in Frankford, so Friday's game will take place on Fri, 4/26. SLA starts a 3-game homestand vs. Dobbins (Tues, 4/16) and W. Philly (Thurs, 4/18). The Rocket is undefeated at Mt. Airy Park where they have outscored their opponents 33-3. 

The J.V. Squad will look to get even on the season with more stellar plays in the field like a fully extended diving snare at Short by Jordan McLaughlin. He has also been swinging the bat and delivering solidly from the mound. J.V. hits the road vs. Tacony Academy (Tues, 4/16) and will then look to push back into the black against Maritime Academy (Thurs, 4/18).  


Hamlet Close Reading - Double T

“To Be Or Not To Be”: Spoken by Hamlet, Act 3 Scene 1

“To be, or not to be: that is the question:

Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer

The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,

Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,

And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep;

No more; and by a sleep to say we end

The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks

That flesh is heir to, ’tis a consummation

Devoutly to be wish’d. To die, to sleep;

To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub;

This is the oh so famous “To be or not to be,” speech by Hamlet. It is different from his first two soliloquies. This is said out of reason, no frenzied emotion. He sparks a debate in his own mind, to see if it would be more beneficial to continue being, or to end his being. The socially accepted answer would be to suffer through the pain, to “man up.”

When hamlet recites the line, “The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,” He talks about a demonic or violent, unfortunate serious of events. The slings and arrows from the outrageous fortune caused Hamlet to declare an internal war with himself. He says, “Or take arms against a sea of troubles,” to show that his war is endless. He then follows with, “and by opposing them? To die: to sleep;” this is his way of showing that he is fighting with himself. He cannot win. If he opposes one side he will die. The reasoning behind him saying these words comes back to when he was a child. He was not a normal child. He had to be sent away which made him even more crazy. When he came back the different thoughts in his head collided, causing a massive brawl in his thoughts to occur. 

The rest of the Quote shown above chooses to lean to one side of the argument. Hamlet tries to decide how things would be if he were dead. He thinks that others would want to die because his presence is gone. He does not understand that if he dies, he is the only one who will die. There is a “heart-ache” from him being alive. Hamlet does not believe that he will feel better then he does now. When he recites, “That flesh is heir to, ‘tis a consummation,” he says that it is his humanly right to accept death and all of its wonderful benefits. He wishes and desperately wants to take his life. He has made up his mind by this point and wants nothing to do with his life. But, he finally says, “To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub” which contradicts everything he just said. He asks for oblivion. He wants people to think that he is perfectly fine. He wants people to think he was dreaming the whole time and that he does not actually want to kill himself. He does not know what he wants.


MacBeth is a well respected man before he is seduced by Lady MacBeth and tempted by the witches.

At the beginning of the Act, Scotland is at war and they just won. The captain enter the room to deliver a message to King Duncan. He tells the King that MacBeth has won them the war. He took a man and cut him from the navel up to the chin. They give him the title “brave MacBeth.” Duncan decides that The Thane of Cawdor who was a trader needed to learn a lesson. Duncan also has a surprise in store for MacBeth. In act 1 scene 3, The witches who are dressed as nurses, and has also just killed The Captain are greeted by MacBeth and Banquo. Banquo and MacBeth insult the witches and ask what they’re doing. The witches respond to MacBeth chanting, "All hail, MacBeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Glamis!  All hail, MacBeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor! All hail, MacBeth, that shalt be king hereafter!" They become very bewildered and Banquo wants to know more about his own future. They tell Banquo that he will bear generations of kings however he will not be one. The witches vanished in thin air. Right after the witches left and as they foretold he was crowned Thane of Cawdor. Later in the scene MacBeth has a soliloquy about how he want chance to crown him king. Lady MacBeth receives a note from the messenger while at her chamber. It’s a note about what has happened to MacBeth. Immediately Lady MacBeth wants more, she wants the fame and the riches and she will stop at nothing to get it.

Before Lady MacBeth gets MacBeth to kill King Duncan she seduces him.  She flirts and tells him how he will be a man. She says that he has no balls and if he ever wants to be a man he would do it. She also says that if she made a promise no matter how bad it was she would do it. After constantly fighting Lady MacBeth now gets MacBeth to kill Duncan himself. In Act 2 scene 2, Lady MacBeth says, “ Had he not resembled My father as he slept, I had done’t. “ This shows that Lady MacBeth is all talk and no action. She talked a lot about wanting to be a man and that MacBeth is less of a man if he doesn’t kill Duncan.  Duncan is now dead and MacBeth comes back to Lady MacBeth with the daggers. MacBeth is remorseful of his actions. Lady MacBeth gets upset of how guilty he is. When she notices the daggers she becomes frustrated with him, so she takes them back and places them on the guards. When she comes back she looks traumatized and has blood all over herself. She tells him that their hands are of the same color but she shame to where a heart so white. MacBeth and Lady MacBeth quickly go back to their chamber and washes their sins away. At the end of the act King Duncan is found dead in his bed and two bloody guards with daggers. MacBeth kills them so they won't have the chance to deny anything. Malcolm and Donalbain flee in fear that Scotland will think they killed their father. MacBeth is now granted the king of Scotland. MacBeth think he’s out of the clear but there are two very wise people who suspect how Duncan died.

At the very beginning of Act 3 Banquo has a soliloquy about his thoughts on Duncan’s death. He says, “Thou hast it now - king, Cawdor, Glamis, all, As the weïrd women (witches) promised; and I fear Thou play’dst most foully for’t. Yet it was said It should not stand in thy posterity, But myself should be the root and father Of many kings.” After his soliloquy MacBeth walks in and invites Banquo to dinner to celebrate his promotion. Banquo accepts but then acts if though he wants to get away from MacBeth as soon as possible. MacBeth fears that he knows what he has done. MacBeth also fears that Banquo will bear generations of kings as the weïrd sisters told him. His fear leads to getting murderers to kill Banquo and Fleance. While on the train back to the chamber the murders succeed in killing Banquo however Fleance escapes. Everyone arrives for dinner and takes their seats. While the table is being set up the murderers arrive to give MacBeth the news. MacBeth has a fit but calms down and gets back to dinner. As he is eating a ghost walks up on the table and heads straight for him. The ghost stops in front of him and points. MacBeth becomes terrified as the ghost resembles Banquo; bloody and beaten to death. Throughout dinner he sees Banquo and Lady MacBeth tells the guest to leave before MacBeth’s guilt becomes more than he can bear.

MacBeth decides to visit the weïrd sister to see his destiny in Act 4 scene 1. The witches once again gives him information to provoke him and make rash decisions.The witches sends Apparitions to answer his concerns. The first Apparition tells him, “MacBeth, MacBeth, MacBeth, beware MacDuff, Beware the Thane of Fife.” MacBeth now has no one to fear but MacDuff. The second Apparition tells him, “MacBeth, MacBeth, MacBeth.... Be bloody, bold, and resolute. Laugh to scorn The pow’r of man, for none of woman born Shall harm MacBeth.” Now MacBeth is pretty sure that he will not fall to anyone. The third Apparition says, “ Be lion-mettled, proud and take no care Who chafes, frets, or where conspirers are. MacBeth shall never vanquished be until Great Birnam Wood to high Dunsinane Hill Shall come against you.” MacBeth is now positive t`hat no man living can kill him. However he is terribly wrong. Thinking he can't be stopped he decides he will act on impulse. He goes after MacDuff not knowing he flead to receive help from England. MacBeth decides to kill MacDuff’s family instead. Meanwhile in England Malcolm and MacDuff gather and army and heads for Scotland.

In Act 5, the army from England has arrived. Lady MacBeth has just been announced dead when the messenger comes in to break some bad news. He says that as he watched Dunsinane hill he noticed the trees of Birnam Wood moving towards the hill. MacBeth was very shocked however he still thought no one could kill him because everyone is born of women. MacBeth later gets into fights with several different soldiers but he kills them. MacDuff has now found his way to MacBeth. MacDuff is ready to blow his brains out but MacBeth says no one born of woman shall harm him. MacDuff responds, “Despair thy charm And let the angel whom thou still hast served Tell thee, MacDuff was from his mother’s womb Untimely ripped.” MacBeth now realizes that he made a huge mistake and regrets what he did. MacDuff tell him that he can live and bow down to King Malcolm or die. MacBeth chooses death and so MacDuff cuts his head off. He’d rather die on his feet than live on his knees.

In conclusion if the witches had not told MacBeth what was set out for him, he most likely would not have done any of those actions that lead up to his death. Lady MacBeth also played a part in these actions. MacBeth wasn't greedy for anything at all when he was announced Thane of Cawdor but his wife seduces and argues with him until he feels that Duncan needs to be dead. Then the witches tell him that that he can not fall to anyone born of women leaving him ruthless. MacBeth was a tragic hero.

MacBeth was an honest man; loyal and respected man

He fought the war for Scotland

Brave MacBeth was his nick name cause he never ran

Unseeming men from navel to throat

Killed that man like he was a roach

Witches told MacBeth he had a lot in store

"All hail, MacBeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Glamis!  

All hail, MacBeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor!

 All hail, MacBeth, that shalt be king hereafter!"

MacBeth only wanted to know more

Banquo ask what are my plans

The witches say in power will be your kins

King Duncan said someone needs to be promoted

MacBeth said I would be truly devoted

Lady MacBeth is overcome with greed

And won’t stop until pleased

Let’s kill the king, he won’t miss his ring

He won’t even miss a thing

You’re not a man

Unless you give no pics

You know what I want

You know what makes me tic

Please I’m asking you just kill this itch

MacBeth says Fine fine just shut up

What’s wrong with power and a few bucks

Shoot maybe even get a pup

“Had he not resembled My father as he slept, I had done’t.“ 

Lady MacBeth isn't so blunt

All talk, no action

Can,t walk the walk, don't talk the talk

MacBeth went in for the kill

It was a good deal

Duncan is now bloody and bashed

MacBeth will soon find he wrote a check he couldn’t cash

Bloody was his hands

He killed the king of Scotland

He didn’t mean to end his life

He knows it wasn’t right

Now he has to hide his life

He can’t even sleep at night; can’t get it off his mind

He never thought he’d do it

Whatever happened to him

What started out as simple promotion

Turned into a real bloody situation

He’s just thinking of the army that he’s facing

It makes him wanna cry

The apparitions tells him beware MacDuff

You shall not fall unto anyone born of women

He thought life would be rough

You shall die when the forest walks to the hill

He sees the forest moving know the intentions are too kill

Lady MacBeth couldn’t go on so she swallowed a few pills

MacBeth not so ticked

Ready to kill MacDuff until

He says from my mothers womb untimely ripped

They fought the battle of the king

When MacDuff cut the neck

of MacBeth; The fat lady sang

Macbeth and His Lady Macbeth

1.  This project is about the emotionally roller coster of Lady Macbeth and Macbeth ‘s emotions. This is a creative extension of the quotes for the book Macbeth. 

2. I decided to do something simple. Something that would be easily understandable. I used a all white poster board & free hand drew all the pictures such as the crown, the snake and sword, and the bloody hands. 

3. Just making sure everything matched up was difficult because certain quotes were hard to describe through drawling. I had to take my time and not rush. 

4. One thing I am most proud of is the fact that I was able to actually complete this project. I was not confident in this at all nor did I have a solid paln. 

5. One thing I would have done differently is I would have done a board game. I think it would have been a more hands on with the auditions. 

6. I learned that almost everybody had very similar quotes. Also ideas on the structure of there projects. 

7. I learned that I actual enjoy doing hands on creative projects. Yes it’s a lot but, for me it was very relaxing. It was something other than typing on a computer.  


Beyoncé- Guernica

Esta obra de arte representa los aspectos positivos y negativos de ser cantante. La puerta de la fotografía representa que muchas oportunidades para ser creativos. Sin embargo el fantasma representa a los numerosos problemas que un cantante puede tener porque a los medios de comunicación. La paloma representa esperanza y fuerza para futuras cantantes que lo que es el mejor. La madre y el niño representa el amor que yo tengo a mi mamá porque ella es una fuerte y independiente.