From what everyone was saying Friday, the different classes really enjoyed their breakfast outing on Friday morning in place of the regular monthly Advisory breakfasts. This was a great way to get in the holiday spirit! The tree is decorated in my classroom with sleds for everyone, so come on by and check it out! This is the first week of our Secret Santa/Hanukkah Harry exchange, which is SUPPOSED to be a SECRET! So don't forget to pick up something small for the person whose name you drew. The first delivery is set for Tuesday, December 10th, and the second is set for Friday, December 13th. We have an Administrative Half Day on Friday the 13th with Blocks 1 and 2 running in the normal Friday time periods with dismissal at noon.
Class of 2015: We have an Upper School Activities Committee bake sale on Wednesday to benefit our Mattaponi Christmas Project, so don't forget to bake something and bring it along. Additionally, we have to get all the things bought on the list so that we are ready to wrap everything on Friday the 13th during Advisory as that is the deadline so that we can get everything to Spirit Rising. There are still quite a few things we need to purchase! The list of children and gifts is posted on this page [right sidebar] if you need more information about this service activity.
Advanced Composition: This month we focus on the Argument paper [due Wednesday, December 18th] and the I-Search—we will be reading an example of an argument essay each day before spending the remaining class time in Writing Workshop, so PLEASE come prepared to work! If you are NOT prepared to work on the I-Search, you will be losing class participation points.... You may bring your own laptop--we have power connections, and wireless IS available—or we have a few computers available in the classroom or in the mall computer lab. Bring your project on a flash drive if you plan to work on a school computer. The argument essays for this week include:
- “Crossing Lines,”
- “The Misguided Zeal of the Privacy Lobby,” and,
- “Halt and Show Your Papers.”
Art History I: Please don't forget to get your permission slips and class attendance waivers completed and turned in for our field trip to the Chrysler Museum of Art's Glass Studio on Thursday, December 12th! This week we continue with the Baroque Era [17th Century], beginning with the documentary we started last week, Simon Schama's Power of Art: Rembrandt. Then we have some reading to do:
- Dutch Landscape 1;
- Dutch Landscape 2: “Classic”;
- Dutch Genre and Portraiture 1; and,
- Dutch Genre and Portraiture 2: Delft and Deventer.
Fundamentals of Composition: This week we will be working on Chapter 19: “Writing About Literature” in preparation for the final assignment, the Literature Project [see the handout for this] which is due on January 17th. You need to be sure that you are bringing a book to class each day to read during SSR. Additionally, don't forget to keep up with your journals!
Science Fiction/Fantasy: We will continue with our reading of A Wizard of Earthsea this week. Please remember to make your two required blog posts by midnight Saturday night—one should be an original post in response to my prompt, and the other should be in response to a classmate's post. Just a reminder: one word or one sentence posts are NOT sufficient for the assignment, and you will be not be given full credit for these posts!. I am expecting GENUINE engagement with the text and your classmates!
The Word: Art, History, Literature, and Music in the Old Testament: We will continue with Unit 7: Writings and Wisdom, this week and hopefully we will be able to stream a video about Job, Mysteries of the Bible: Job—The Devil's Test on Tuesday. We will also read Chapter 18: “Women of Valor” and watch The Story of Ruth. Don't forget that your Psalm presentation is due on Thursday, December 19th! If you have not yet selected a Psalm, please check with me to make sure that someone else hasn't already chosen that Psalm—there are NO duplicates allowed for this assignment!
I have set up Jupiter to drop the lowest grade in certain categories for some of my classes, so if you see a large jump in your grade, that is the explanation. However, please remember that Jupiter drops the LOWEST grade in each of these categories [you can see which categories of assignments will have a grade dropped by looking at the category labels in Jupiter], so if you don't turn something in, that zero will be dropped, but this could still affect your grade, so get your work completed and turn it in on time!
This is an A week, and there are only two weeks left before the break, so PLEASE stay focused and on track! The semester will be over in just a few weeks!
Teacher Barb :)