Everyone moves up a year, so the Class of 2018 with Teacher Ebony are seniors, the Class of 2019 with me are juniors, the Class of 2020 with Teacher Danny are sophomores, and we welcome the Class of 2121 as freshmen with Teacher Sandy!
While we have a few changes in faculty, most things remain the same for Upper School. If you have not already done so, please welcome Teacher Jack, our new Head of School; Teacher Thomas, our new music teacher; and Teacher Debrah, our new International Program Coordinator. Teacher Debrah will be ably assisted by Teacher Donna as the agent for the International students and a few interns from Old Dominion University.
I emailed schedules for the first semester to all registered students through Jupiter, and I have heard from most of you concerning elective choices, but there are still a few people who need to see me immediately to get their schedules completed before classes begin on Tuesday. The add/drop period ENDS at 4:00 on Friday, September 1st, so, barring extenuating circumstances, no class changes will be allowed after this Friday!
The Upper School A/B schedule is available for download on the right, as is the Upper School First Semester Schedule, the Upper School Daily Schedule, and the Walk off Campus for Lunch Permission form for seniors to have signed. Please make sure that you have all of your paperwork completed and turned in to Teacher Eileen on or before the first day of school!
Advanced Composition: You were supposed to have read Farewell to Manzanar over the summer, and there will be an assessment of this next week, so if you have NOT begun or finished the book, you need to get it done! We will begin SSR this year with another book on the same subject: When the Emperor was Divine. This week we will review the syllabus and then examine the writing process through the lens of several fictional writers in The Wonder Boys. Over the next few weeks we will review the writing process and, using the Japanese-American Interment experience, we will begin to understand how a question can lead someone through a very personal search process, the backbone of the I-Search project this semester.
American Short Story: We will review the syllabus and talk about literary terms and story structure before turning to How to Make an American Quilt. Once we have finished watching this quinessential example of an American short story, we will begin Unit 1: Literature from the 1920s to 1940s with our first selection, "In Another Country." We will also discuss the first assignment for the course, a response paper due on October 24th.
Art History I: We will begin with a review of the syllabus and a discussion of the purpose of art. We will talk about our first assignment, Picture It! which will be due on Friday, September 15th. We will then look at two episodes of How Art Made the World before turning to our first unit in the textbook: Ancient Worlds.
Fundamentals of Composition: We will begin with a review of the syllabus and the textbook and a discussion of the Sustained Silent Reading and electronic journal requirements for the class. Then we wil watch Finding Forrester--a great way of introducing the writing process which we will be using in this course! The two questions we need to answer this semester are: What are we writing? and, For whom are we writing it?
The Word I--The Old Testament/The Hebrew Bible: In our introduction to the course, we will discuss what you think you know about The Old Testament/Hebrew Bible, what you hope to gain from the class, and why we need to study The Old Testament/Hebrew Bible in order to gain a deeper understanding of western art, history, literature, music, and culture. We will learn that the Bible is a collection of genres: history, stories, genealogy, poetry, songs, etc. Then we will "visit" the lands where The Bible originated through the documentary: Walking the Bible: A Journey by Land Through the Five Books of Moses.
Don't forget that we start with a B day [Tueday], and if you have NOT chosen all of your classes, you MUST do that as soon as possible!
This Friday is an A Friday.
Again, welcome back! I hope you have an awesome beginning to a successful school year!
Teacher Barb :)