We have been super busy in the Upper School, and this week we will be wrapping up [no pun intended] a lot of things before leaving on a two week vacation. Please make certain that your cubbies are cleaned out—no food should be left here over the holiday! Check the classroom refrigerators too for any lunches you may not have eaten; I plan to throw any leftovers out from the fridge in my room, and I expect that other US teachers are planning to do the same!
The VBFS community did an amazing job with our adoption of the eight Mattaponi children; Teacher Carrie worked hard to ensure that everything on the list was purchased and wrapped. THANK YOU, EVERYONE, FOR YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT! The Spirit Rising coordinator has picked everything up for delivery.
On Tuesday, December 17th, The Hampton University admissions representative will be here at 10:30 to talk about HU. The school has a remarkable journalism program [the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communication] and an architecture program that offers a professional degree in 5 1/2 years, so you might be surprised by what this university has to offer prospective students.
Don't forget that if you are participating in Secret Santa/Hanukkah Harry, you have a small gift to deliver on Tuesday and the final gift to be opened on Friday morning during our holiday party. This has been going pretty well this year, and I hope those of you participating have been enjoying this!
On Friday we will have our holiday party followed by either classes or the Holiday Concert and Play in the Wilson Center. Dismissal for the year will be at noon or whenever we have everything cleaned up, so please be sure that you plan to come to school that day—you have “sleds” to take home!
Class of 2015: We welcome a new student, Olivia, who begins this week on Wednesday and a visitor for our class, Sara, who will visit with us on Tuesday and Wednesday. Reminder: PLEASE remove any food you have in the fridge before leaving on Friday!
Advanced Composition: I picked up journals last week... Did you get yours turned in on time? Please remember to continue bringing a book to read during SSR, and keep up with your journaling; I will collect these again at the end of the semester. This week we will look at Chapter 14: “Mixing the Writing Strategies” which may prove helpful to you in your I-Search paper. As part of Chapter 14, we will read “Blur: Cheetahs, Ranchers, Hope” from our textbook, and I will also be checking in with you on your I-Search to see where you are with this. You SHOULD be in the final stages of this project as it is due two weeks after we return from the break! Reminder: your Argument paper is due on Wednesday, December 18th!
Art History I: I hope you enjoyed the field trip to the Chrysler Museum's Glass Studio! I thought it was a lot of fun, and I enjoyed having lunch with you at Olive Garden! We will have an assignment from the field trip due on Thursday, but it should be fairly easy for you to do, so don't stress about this! This week we finish the 17th century with a look at two chapters from our textbook:
- Dutch Still-Life Painting, and
- Late Baroque in Italy;
Fundamentals of Composition: I picked up journals last week... Did you get yours turned in on time? Please remember to continue bringing a book to read during SSR, and keep up with your journaling; I will collect these again at the end of the semester. This week you will have time to work on your Comparison essays which are due on Thursday the 19th! OR, you may spend the time reading the book you have selected for the final Literature Project which is due Thursday, January 16th.
Science Fiction/Fantasy: You need to finish up A Wizard of Earthsea this week as your Postcards from Earthsea are due on Wednesday the 18th! Additionally, you NEED to be sure that you are posting entries to our blog—some of you are losing MAJOR points in this category! 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! We will begin The Naked Sun, our last novel, this week, and you should bring this home to read over the break!
The Word: Art, History, Literature, and Music in the Old Testament: Don't forget that your Psalm presentation is due on Thursday, December 19th! The following people have signed up for a Psalm:
- Alex: 150
- Barbara: 39
- Brielle: 19
- Kaleigh: 104
- Lydia: 128
- Paddy: 24
- Rikki: 85
- Sam: 69
- Sarah O: 8
- Sarah P: 45
- Seth: 89
- Thomas: 43
- Walker: ?
- Zoie: ?
- Adam and Eve: Rikki
- Cain and Abel: Zoie
- Noah: Sarah O.
- Abraham and Sarah: Sarah P.
- Isaac: Seth
- Hagar and Ishmael:
- Jacob [Israel]:
- Joseph—the Dreamer: Alex
- Moses: Kaleigh
- Sampson and Delilah:
- Samuel: Sam
- Saul: Barbara
- David: Paddy
- Isaiah [could be one person or as many as three people, depending upon the point of view...}:
- Ezekiel: Walker
- Jonah: Lydia
The semester will be over before you know it, so PLEASE get organized and use your time wisely! I will have a tentative schedule and the courses each of you needs to take sorted out by Friday so that you can make choices over the break, so don't skip school on Friday!
Let's have a great week to close out 2013!
May the spirit of this Christmas remain with you throughout the coming New Year,
Teacher Barb :)