Marking Period 3 Ends, Testing Dates

We can hardly believe the third marking period will end on Tuesday, April 4. As we get closer to the end of the school year, there are some very important dates coming up. You can view the district calendar here. It is also available in Spanish.

Spring Break: Spring Break begins Friday, April 14. There is no school April 17 – 21. School resumes on Monday, April 24.

PARCC Testing: We are scheduled to begin PARCC testing on Monday, April 24. The testing window is Monday, April 24 – Friday, April 28. Please ensure you are present for each day of testing.

Parent Teacher Conferences: Parent Teacher Conferences for High School are currently scheduled for Tuesday, April 26 from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  According to the district calendar, students will be dismissed at 1: 00 p.m.

Memorial Day Weekend: There is no school Monday, May 29 in observance of Memorial Day.

Please check back for updates about finals and graduation! 

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US History II – Quarterly Update 2016-2017

Teaching juniors at my school is bittersweet. Some of my students have been students of mine since 9th grade and now, they are juniors! It is humbling to watch them grow over the years and it is one of the reasons I enjoy teaching juniors. The year began with studying the Reconstruction Era, possibly one of the hardest units I teach.  That didn’t stop my students from having deep conversations about how the events of this time period still affect us today. They are able to connect so much to the world we live in today. The next unit focused on The Rise of Big Business and the Progressive Era. Students researched a modern business of their choice and created presentations. I am proud of their creativity and how they showcase their knowledge.  We briefly over viewed World War I, and will come back to study it more in depth before studying the Jazz Age and the Great Depression in marking period 2. We closed out the marking period with the election. You’ll find that post here.

Global Studies – Quarterly Update 2016-2017

2016-2017 was off to a great start! The 9th graders began the year with a review of Ancient Civilizations. I am always amazed with this unit every year I teach it. I find it fascinating that the people from this time period made such great advancements in art and science to the point we can still appreciate it today. The 9th graders created their own piece of papyrus and wrote their names in hieroglyphics. I love challenging the students right away with a fun project.  Students make the paper from mashed up pulp that I make in my food processor. Both the students and I love bringing out our inner child and getting messy with a hands-on project. The final projects are always a success. The next unit was the Beginning of a Global Age and the Renaissance.  This time, students created a menu for a restaurant using only items from either the New World or the Old World. Students use what we learn in class to demonstrate how they master the material; creating projects is an effective way to keep them engaged. You’ll be surprised how tasty a menu can be using only certain items. We closed out the marking period with the election. You’ll find that post here.

Below are some pictures of the students making paper.

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Pressing the water out.

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Ready to dry

 

 

US 1 – Quarterly Update 2016-2017

US I students started the year learning about colonial America. We dug deep into the reasons Europeans began exploring the Western part of the world.  Students easily connected that Spain, France, and England were competing for power and that geography played a key role in the success or failure of a colony. Students also explored Native American cultures and examined how contact with Europeans greatly affected their lives. This will continue to be a theme throughout the year.

Jamestown is probably the biggest project we do all year in US 1. I love this project and the students really look forward to it. They start asking about it in 9th grade when they see it completed and I always tell them, “You’ll do it next year”.  This year’s projects were AMAZING! Here are some pictures.

We closed out the marking period learning about the events leading up to the American Revolution and of course, the election! You’ll find that post here.

Below are some pictures of student work from this marking period, including the projects about Jamestown.

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A map of the colonies with information cards created by the students for each colony.

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