How did it get to be December already? I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving--the holiday break is only three weeks away! We have three service projects ongoing this month, all to do with supporting Spirit Rising. The first is a continuation of the our non-perishable food collection begun during the Thanksgiving Feast. We will continue to collect food for the Mattaponi through this month, and any donated canned/boxed foods may be placed in the collection area outside of the office. We are also collecting change and book donations from the Scholastic Book Fair to be given to younger tribal members who may have no books of their own. There are collection boxes in the office, in the library, and in my classroom for this purpose, or you may purchase a book through the book fair to be donated. Finally, the Upper School students will be collecting money/purchasing gifts to fulfill the wish lists of three Mattaponi children as part of Advisory service projects. Once the lists are available, I will post them here for anyone who is interested in participating in this project.
On Tuesday, December 2nd, the Admissions Representative from Old Dominion University will be here to speak with interested Juniors and Seniors. This presentation will take place in the US English classroom at 10:10 AM.
The monthly Advisory breakfast is a special one in December. This all-Upper School event is scheduled for Friday, December 5th. All four Advisories join together at tables set up in the hallway for a joint meal as a way to get the season underway. 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. If you want to participate, don't forget to pick up a “likes/dislikes” slip from me and fill it out before Friday morning. Those who want to participate will be pulling names for recipients Friday morning and keeping those names a SECRET! The guidelines for this will be given out at Meeting for Business on Tuesday, and a copy is also available to the right for download.
Advanced Composition: Remember, your definition essay is due on Wednesday, December 3rd. We will continue with two reading selections which demonstrate how to construct an argument essay:
- “Close the Borders to All Newcomers”
- “Give us Your Best, You Brightest””
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 be going to the Chrysler Museum of Art on Tuesday, December 2nd, in the afternoon for a tour, and you will be given an assignment for the visit which will be due on Thursday, December 18th. As this is a B week, for Thursday and Friday we will be watching a documentary and reading—we may even get a bit ahead!
- Simon Schama's Power of Art: “Bernini” [DVD]
- French Art 1
- Landscape Painting in Italy
- French Art 2: The Sun King
- Art in Flanders
- Peter Paul Rubens
- Rubens: The Descent from the Cross
- Art in England
- Art in Spain
Creative Writing: This week I will pick up Portfolios on Wednesday, so you should have the following pieces complete and ready for “publication”:
- Week 10: Draw an imaginary constellation. Write a story such as ancient people might have told about it.
- Week 11: if you could wake up in any book, movie, or television show, where and who would you be?
- Week 12: Be a tourist in your own town—where would you go? What would you do or see?
- Week 13: Why do YOU write?
- Week 14: Holiday Memories
- “Blue Lipstick and a Cigarette Hanging Out of Your Mouth”
- “Going Home”
- “A Story Circle”
- “Writing Marathons”
Film as Literature: We will continue with our screening of Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo and then move on to North by Northwest. Reminder: The Chapter 5 Screening Worksheet [on Johnnie Depp] is due on Wednesday, December 3rd. Additionally, the Chapter 6—Editing quiz is scheduled for Wednesday, December 3rd, and the Screening Worksheet for chapter 6 [Vertigo and North by Northwest] will be due Friday, December 12th.
Fundamentals of Composition: Reminder: the Illustration Essay is due on Friday, December 5th. We will be going over Chapter 17: “Diction, Tone, and Style” in your textbook this week, and doing some stylistic exercises, but you will also have time to work on your Illustration essay and your final project, so please come to class prepared to work!
Mystery Fiction: Remember, our class discussion takes place on our class blog; each of you must post one original comment in response to my prompt, and then each of you should respond to someone else's post if you are to earn full credit for this course requirement! Please be sure that you are posting to the correct blog! I am deducting points for spelling and grammar mistakes, and for obvious vague entries that you are posting when you have NOT read all of the required pages, so be mindful of this as you post! You need to have finished The Silver Pigs by Wednesday, December 3rd as your Postcards for Rome/Britannia are due on Thursday, December 4th. You have until Wednesday night to make your original post, AFTER YOU HAVE FINISHED THE NOVEL! Then your second post in response to someone may be made through Friday at midnight as we will be starting a new book on Friday.
This is a B week.
Teacher Barb :)