of the greatest importance
essential is invisible to the eye.
move along very quickly
So I jumped up kind of suddenly, like a bee had landed on me, and followed Veronica as she
fearless and daring
Mr. Browne’s December precept was: Fortune favors the
characterized by motion
It’s not enough that we have to sit through class after class and try to stay awake while they fill our heads with all this stuff we will probably never need to know, like how to figure out the surface area of a cube or what the difference is between
kinetic and potential energy.
a slight suggestion or vague understanding
Although I don’t know the details, I have an
inkling about what may have sparked the confrontation with Julian.
well grounded in logic or truth or having legal force
Although I think hitting a child would be
valid grounds for expulsion in other schools, I agree such extreme measures aren’t warranted here.
make certain of
We have known the Will family since our boys were in kindergarten, and are confident that every measure will be taken to
ensure this doesn't happen again.
contemplation of things past
retrospect, and having now seen the child in question at various school functions and in the class pictures, I think it may have been too much to ask of our children to be able to process all that.
the act of passing from one state or place to the next
We think the
transition to middle school is hard enough without having to place greater burdens or hardships on these young, impressionable minds.
easily impressed or influenced
We think the transition to middle school is hard enough without having to place greater burdens or hardships on these young,
demanding strict attention to rules and procedures
At the very least, I am somewhat troubled that this child was not held to the same
stringent application standards (i.e. interview) that the rest of the incoming middle-school students were.
code of correct conduct
We felt that this slight break in
protocol was warranted but in no way prejudicial—in one way or another—to the application review.
a public disturbance
If compared with the word "accident," this word is related to a public disturbance that happens by will, whereas accident is one that happens by chance.
Thank you for being so understanding about this
incident with Jack.
beyond normal limits
Please know we have asked Jack if he felt any
undue pressure about any of this, and the answer was a resolute “no.”
characterized by quickness and firmness
Please know we have asked Jack if he felt any undue pressure about any of this, and the answer was a
a person who professes beliefs and opinions that he or she does not hold in order to conceal his or her real feelings or motives
Okay, I’m a total
talk or behave amorously, without serious intentions
flirt like some other girls do...
completely neat and clean
...her room is
moving quickly and lightly
...and a number of people who thought they were right young and
spry have noticed that they can’t bound up a flight of stairs like they used to...
...they can’t bound up a flight of stairs like they used to, without their heart
fluttering a little...
move along rapidly and lightly; skim or dart
...she smiles, uncups her hands, and the ladybug, as if on cue, spreads its wings and
a (usually long) dramatic speech by a single actor
...the play is taking up most of my time as we get closer to opening night, lots of lines to remember, long
monologues where it’s just me talking...
pull lightly but sharply with a plucking motion
...it’s not written that way, but Mr. Davenport thinks it adds an extra-folksy element to have the stage manager
plucking on a fiddle...
a picture (or series of pictures) representing a continuous scene
It was the same setup as the Egyptian Museum back in December, except this time there were volcanoes and molecule
dioramas on the tables instead of pyramids and pharaohs.
inspiring scornful pity
This lie was so
pathetic that people were actually laughing about him behind his back.
draw back, as with fear or pain
No one really
cringes if I bump into them anymore, and people borrow my pencils without acting like the pencil has cooties.
habitually reserved and uncommunicative
You’re moody and
taciturn and secretive.
cry weakly or softly
“She just started
whimpering all of a sudden,” said Via, kneeling down next to Mom.
enthusiastic recognition (especially one accompanied by loud applause)
I think there should be a rule that everyone in the world should get a standing
ovation at least once in their lives.
be asphyxiated; die from lack of oxygen
She was hugging Via so hard I thought Via would
suffocate, but Via was laughing.