The Admissions Representative from Longwood College will be here on Tuesday, November 18th in the US English classroom at 10:10 AM. Interested Juniors and Seniors are invited to attend the presentation—with permission from their instructors!
The Class of 2015 is selling home-made pound cakes as a fundraiser for our Senior Trip. The pound cakes are 8-inch and come in three flavors: coconut, French toast, and chocolate peppermint. Order one for $10 or 3 for $23. An order form may be downloaded at right.
Another fall Lock-in has come and gone, and everyone who attended had a great time playing computer games and ping pong or watching movies and socializing. Thank you, Teacher Danny, Teacher Elaine, Teacher Jeff, and Teacher Nicola for chaperoning—we couldn't do this without you!
Advanced Composition: This week we will begin chapter 13: “Argument—Convincing Others” with two reading selections:
- “Yes, Don't Impede Medical Progress”
- “A Journalist's View of Black Economics”
Advanced Placement Calculus AB: Please be sure that you are where you need to be in this online class! You may want to use Khan Academy to reinforce any concepts you are having trouble with! If you have tests scheduled, you MUST be ready to take these on time on days when your class is scheduled with me!
Advanced Placement English Language and Composition: Please be sure that you are where you need to be in this online class as there is LOTS of reading to do!
Advanced Placement Psychology: Please be sure that you are where you need to be in this online class! If you have tests scheduled, you MUST be ready to take these on time on days when your class is scheduled with me!
Art History I: We will begin with two documentaries:
- Art of the Western World: Art History from Ancient Greece to Andy Warhol, Episode 5: “Realms of Light: The Baroque,”
- Simon Schama's Power of Art: Caravaggio
- Michaelangelo da Caravaggio
- The Carracci and Their Pupils
- The High Baroque in Rome
Creative Writing: In Writing Down the Bones, we will be reading the following:
- “Every Monday”
- “More About Mondays”
- “Spontaneous Writing Booths”
- “A Sensation of Space””
- “A Large Field to Wander In”
Film as Literature: The chapter 5 quiz on acting is scheduled now for Wednesday, November 19th. We will discuss the final film analysis project—A Recipe for a Film; this will be due in January [January 12th] in lieu of a final exam for the semester. We will continue looking at the work of Johnny Depp, as an accompaniment to this chapter, in Edward Scissorhands and Finding Neverland. We are behind, so we will drop Fiddler on the Roof from our screening line-up, and we will move the Chapter 6—Editing quiz to the week after Thanksgiving.
Fundamentals of Composition: This week we continue with Chapter 10: “Comparison: Showing Relationships,” reading three examples of comparison in your textbook:
- “Barbie Doesn't Live Here Anymore,”
- “Private Language, Public Language,” and,
- “Art Form for a Digital Age.””
Mystery Fiction: We have finished with The Salaryman's Wife and have moved from modern Tokyo to ancient Rome with The Silver Pigs by Lindsey Davis. Remember, our class discussion takes place on our class blog; each of you must post one original comment in response to my prompt by Thursday, and then each of you should respond to someone else's post by Saturday midnight if you are to earn full credit for this course requirement! Please be sure that you are posting to the correct blog entry and making your second post by Saturday at midnight for full credit! I am deducting points for spelling and grammar mistakes, so be mindful of this as you post!
The annual Thanksgiving Feast will be held on Tuesday November 25th, and US Advisories are tentatively planing on desserts—pies and cheesecake. Final plans will be announced during the week, so keep an eye on Advisory boards and email! Additionally, we will be collecting non-perishable foods for Spirit Rising: Spirit Rising is a non-profit organization that sponsors Native American Children, Elders, and Families suffering from the grip of dire poverty. We advocate for our Native People on and off the reservations in Virginia and at Pine Ridge Indian Reservation located in South Dakota. We do NOT have early release that day, so plan accordingly! The Thanksgiving Break begins at 3:30 on Tuesday, November 25th, and runs through Sunday, November 30th.
Make a note on your calendar for the first week in December [it will be here before you know it!], the monthly Advisory breakfast will be held on Friday, December 5th, and this will be an all-Upper School event. This annual All Advisory Breakfast will include the start of our Secret Santa/Hanukkah Harry/Kwanzaa Kevin/Bodhi Ben/Ramadan Ralphie/Yule Yorick/Divali Dennis fun. Those who want to participate will be pulling names for recipients and keeping those names a SECRET! For our Holiday Service Project this year we have been invited to participate in the Holiday Project of the Department of Social Services for the City of Virginia Beach. This project involves having Advisories sponsor a family and creating a holiday food basket for “their” family.
This is an A week.
Teacher Barb :)