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FC: By Osman Sheikh | On The Move

1: On the Move by Osman Sheikh

2: © 2012 Carpe Diem Books South Riding, Virginia

3: Well, here it is, the autobiography of my life, so far. Of course, this isn't a book of all the events of my life, not even all the important ones, but a collection of the events, experiences, and situations that helped make me who I am today. I hope for many more such experiences and look forward to learning more and growing as a person. I hope you enjoy my autobiography.

4: Osman is a very kind, warm and special person who, like all my 4 children, will remain in my heart forever. Since he was born he has brightened up my life and my husband's as well. His caring attitude is evident in the way he cares for his sisters and brother, even though I spend a good part of my day resolving their arguments. Osman often puts the needs of others ahead of his own and is quick to thank and compliment people. His shy attitude gives way to his talkative and sociable character that so reminds me of my father, for whom he is named. By Osman's mother Ihsan | I dedicate this book to the following people, who have made a big impact on my life My mother- If she had not initially forced me into becoming an avid reader, I would have never picked up a book in the first place. My father- “Patience is a virtue” seems to be what my dad lives by. His stories and our discussions have greatly influenced me. My 4th grade teacher Mrs. Jackson- Her refusal to accept the mediocre work I did by telling me she knew I could do better and would accept no less than A work helped me see school for more than just a place to talk to friends and play around I also dedicate this book to my friends Arbaz, Michael, Kevin, and Adel for sticking with me from the beginning. It’s amazing how we all push each other into doing our best in our individual pursuits

5: I dedicate this book to the following people, who have made a big impact on my life My mother- If she had not initially forced me into becoming an avid reader, I would have never picked up a book in the first place. My father- “Patience is a virtue” seems to be what my dad lives by. His stories and our discussions have greatly influenced me. My 4th grade teacher Mrs. Jackson- Her refusal to accept the mediocre work I did by telling me she knew I could do better and would accept no less than A work helped me see school for more than just a place to talk to friends and play around I also dedicate this book to my friends Arbaz, Michael, Kevin, and Adel for sticking with me from the beginning. It's amazing how we all push each other into doing our best in our individual pursuits

6: I rode my black and red Huffy bike to the park and was on my way back with a few friends. It was a regular summer evening. The sun's rays were slowly roasting us. We passed by a shopping center filled with numerous chain stores and a boarded up department store at the edge of the shopping center, right next to the sidewalk. Construction workers were going in and out, their orange hard hats gleaming from the reflection of the sun rays. A bright yellow front end loader was parked in front of the department store, coming back from demolishing a part of the very same sidewalk we were now riding our bikes on. The sidewalk ended abruptly in and led to a patch of cement filled with cracks and a large assortment of rock .I saw the crack on the sidewalk, but it was too late. I felt a sharp pain in my hand as I grabbed the breaks with an iron grip, holding on for dear life. The smell of melting rubber filled the air as the tires screeched against the street. Images of broken teeth, hospital beds, and stitches flashed before my eyes. The bike stalled and came to a complete stop as the front wheel hit the solid concrete. The back wheel blasted up and my whole world stopped as I stared at the bumpy, gray gravel a mere 2 feet from my face. My friends’ shouts echoed in the air. I was thrown off the seat like an acrobat being shot from cannon, except there wasn't a net to catch me. The only thing under me was the sidewalk. I flew through the air, watching as the stores and passing cars turned upside down. I felt like I was frozen in the air and I could see the area where I would inevitably smash into as soon as the world resumed. My body went limp as I crashed down face first into a painful landing. My face was distorted from the rapid rush of air that attacked my face as I came down. No thoughts came to mind as the rest of my body came down, twisting my neck and flipping me on my back. My white shirt turned a light brown color from rubbing against the street. I lay still for what seems like 5 hours, only awakened by my rhythmic thumping in my head. I wondered how I came to be on the floor, bruised and broken, when just a few seconds ago; I was safely on my bike riding home. My vision was blurred and I wanted nothing more than be asleep. My tongue had been bitten as I crashed and the taste of dirt, grass, and street was still in my mouth as the ambulance came 20 minutes later.

8: I rode my black and red Huffy bike to the park and was on my way back with a few friends. It was a regular summer evening. The sun's rays were slowly roasting us. We passed by a shopping center filled with numerous chain stores and a boarded up department store at the edge of the shopping center, right next to the sidewalk. Construction workers were going in and out, their orange hard hats gleaming from the reflection of the sun rays. A bright yellow front end loader was parked in front of the department store, coming back from demolishing a part of the very same sidewalk we were now riding our bikes on. The sidewalk ended abruptly in and led to a patch of cement filled with cracks and a large assortment of rock .I saw the crack on the sidewalk, but it was too late. I felt a sharp pain in my hand as I grabbed the breaks with an iron grip, holding on for dear life. The smell of melting rubber filled the air as the tires screeched against the street. Images of broken teeth, hospital beds, and stitches flashed before my eyes. The bike stalled and came to a complete stop as the front wheel hit the solid concrete. The back wheel blasted up and my whole world stopped as I stared at the bumpy, gray gravel a mere 2 feet from my face. My friends’ shouts echoed in the air. I was thrown off the seat like an acrobat being shot from cannon, except there wasn't a net to catch me. The only thing under me was the sidewalk. I flew through the air, watching as the stores and passing cars turned upside down. I felt like I was frozen in the air and I could see the area where I would inevitably smash into as soon as the world resumed. My body went limp as I crashed down face first into a painful landing. My face was distorted from the rapid rush of air that attacked my face as I came down. No thoughts came to mind as the rest of my body came down, twisting my neck and flipping me on my back. My white shirt turned a light brown color from rubbing against the street. I lay still for what seems like 5 hours, only awakened by my rhythmic thumping in my head. I wondered how I came to be on the floor, bruised and broken, when just a few seconds ago; I was safely on my bike riding home. My vision was blurred and I wanted nothing more than be asleep. My tongue had been bitten as I crashed and the taste of dirt, grass, and street was still in my mouth as the ambulance came 20 minutes later.

10: MATHCOUNTS | This year, the math club competed in national and local competitions. We held practice sessions where we discussed problem-solving techniques. To celebrate our success, we all went to the Museum of Science and Math to learn more about these subjects. | This year three of our students, Emmy Garcia, John Thomson, and Carla Kipt competed in the school district science bowl competition. Seven schools competed and this was filmed and broadcasted on local television. | SCIENCE QUIZ BOWL

11: DANCE CLUB | The dance club met twice a week to go over the technique and history of dance. This year we studied ballet, jazz, hip-hop, and modern dance. | DESTINATION IMAGINATION | The photo club helps students form a love for the art of taking photos. The areas we studied this year included portraits, nature photography, street photography, and sports photography.

12: This year the Cougars made it all the way to the state championships! We worked really hard. | We grew together as a team this year and really succeeded in developing our sports skills.

13: The team did an amazing job working on advancing their skills.

14: Music education was a big part of our year. Students were educated in various instruments, including the piano, violin, viola, cello, guitar, electric bass, and voice. We had two concerts this year, in the fall and spring. These provide students with performance experience and build confidence.

15: Students traveled this year to the San Francisco Symphony Hall to hear the musical stylings of Cleveland Orchestra and Franz Welser-Mst. Sarah Bartolome presented a session about multicultural music. She was obviously very well-educated on the subject. | We had a special guitar instructor teach us how to play modern rock songs. We will never forget these moments.

16: The formal dance theme this year was "Stars and Magic." We transformed our gym into a magical dance floor with a disco ball, hanging star decorations, and a wide array of catered snacks and desserts.

17: We had a live band play all our favorite songs and we danced the night away! There was a photo booth to take fun group photos and we had a section of arcade games brought in as well. There was fun to be had by all!

18: School spirit week was so fun this year! We started off the week wearing the school colors, and had fun games.

19: We had a varsity basketball game that week and we had 99% attendance, our best attendance record ever! Everyone wore school colors and we beat the Lions by 13 points! We had a new cheer that was practiced all week and it got the crowd excited to win! Later in the week we had a dance to celebrate our school spirit. The theme was “fifties” and we danced to some classic songs and learned how to do the twist. | We set up carnival games like baseball toss, a dunk tank, and lawn bowling. We even got Mr. Carter to sit on the dunk tank!

20: This year we went on a class trip to the Legion of Honor in San Francisco. We walked around the area a bit to take in the wonderful view and we saw art from all over the world. | We also went on a nature retreat to the Muir Woods. It was fun with friends. We collected lot of redwood tree samples. Can't believe some trees were more than 100 years old.

21: Here we learned about our delicate ecosystem and how global warming has affected our local wildlife. We learned more about recycling and how to do our part to help the world.

22: We love hanging out with our friends, and this is a list of the things we love doing: going out to the movies, concerts, theme parks, hanging out at the mall, bowling, and playing video games.

24: This year we loved setting trends, from the latest clothing styles, hairstyles, and makeup to backpack and even gym shoes. We were all about colorful, bright tops, skinny jeans, Chuck Taylor All Stars, TOMS shoes, cool Ray-ban sunglasses, UGGS, North face jackets, and any jewelry from Claire’s.

25: So many middle school memories. It's amazing looking back how everyone has changed. I will miss everyone! I will always remember the best times I had at this school. My friends, my concerts, my teachers, and all those who made this year the best yet. | This year, we were all about reading the Twilight series. We love hanging out with our friends, and this is a list of the things we loved doing this year: going out to the movies, concerts, theme parks, hanging out at the mall, bowling, and playing video games.

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