Progress reports for the first semester will be mailed out this week, and in looking at these, clearly missing homework and turning in assignments on time are big factors in poor grades. So... with half of the first semester to go, make a resolution to make improvements in these areas--I guarantee you will see results in the form of higher grades!
Advisory: On Tuesday, November 8th, we will be participating in a field trial for a new standardized test from The College Board (they of SAT fame) for 9th grade students. We will use blocks 5 and 6 for this and be finished by lunch time.
Advanced Composition: This week we will be looking at Chapter 12: "Definition: Establishing Boundaries." I will also be picking up the reading journals this week, so these should be up to date [hint, hint].
American Short Story: We will continue with literature from the 1950s and 1960s. The test on this unit [Unit 2] is scheduled for Monday, November 14th--make sure that you have your notes ready!
Fundamentals of Composition: We will begin Chapter 10: "Comparison: Showing Relationships." During our Writing Workshop time, you should be prepared to work on the Process Analysis papers which are due on Thursday, November 17th. I will also be picking up the reading journals this week, so these should be up to date [hint, hint].
Publications and Media: Don't forget, MadMen/MadWomen, your Public Relations campaign should be ready to "pitch" to your clients on Thursday, November 10th! No, the t-shirts do NOT have to be real--that's why I gave you paper templates!
Public Speaking: Myler will present Chapter 10: "Using Language effectively" for us this week. In addition, your Visual Aid Presentations are due on Wednesday, November 9th!
The Word: We will be looking at Unit 5: "Kingdom and Exile" beginning with the film The Story of Ruth and finishing with reading Chapter 10: David the King.
The US Activities Committee will be selling tickets for the Norfolk Botanical Gardens Garden of Lights this year, beginning November 14th. The tickets are $8.00 each (good for everyone in a passenger car/SUV), a discount of $2 off of the gate price and $7.00 off of the weekend price. The USAC will make $2.00 per ticket, so it would be great if we could sell 200 tickets to help us pay for the February Lock-in and Prom! We will have tickets available through December 16th. The Garden of Lights is open from November 24th through January 1st.
The USAC will also be in charge of the bake sale/café at the annual Book and Giving Fair, November 30th through December 3rd. We will need bistro/card tables, baked goods, soups, and volunteers to help us, so please mark your calendars and start planing ahead for this!
Just a reminder, school will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday from Wednesday, November 23rd through Sunday, November 27th!
Have a great week!
Teacher Barb :)