With Fall's arrival, many students [and parents] begin thinking about the college search process, and on September 29th, from 9:00 AM until noon, I will be presenting the annual VBFS College Planning Workshop for VBFS students, parents, and friends. If you are interested, please check out the information on the College Counseling page and email me to let me know you will be attending—because I have coffee, donuts, and other goodies available along with a notebook stuffed full of useful information for each participating family, it is critical that I know how many people to plan for! There is no charge for this, so I hope to see the Class of 2013 and 2014 there!
Monday, September 17th at 10:30, an Admissions Representative from Old Dominion University will be visiting, and any US student is welcome to attend this presentation in the English Room.
This week is an A week, and we have an Administrative Half Day on Wednesday, September 19th; students will be dismissed at noon.
Advanced Composition: We will look at some examples of classification essays this week in preparation for writing the Classification Paper which is due on Thursday, October 4th. For those of you who have NOT finished reading When the Emperor was Divine, you need to focus on this as your critiques for this novel are due on Friday, September 28th. On Thursday, the 20th, we will discuss our summer reading selection, Farewell to Manzanar, so if you have not read that, you need to get that done. I have stalled as long as I can on this for you, and there may be a quiz on Thursday involving that novel....
Art History: We will finish the video on Unlocking the Great Pyramid and talk about the art of Egypt, Greece, and Rome this week. We will also take a look at the pictures most of you took and sent me a couple of weeks ago—what can these pictures tell us about the society within which WE live?
Creative Writing: This week in Wild Mind we will look at “The Gap,” “No Writing,” and “Reading.” Additionally, we will do some writing to music and working with relaxation and visualization techniques to try out some different ways of getting a piece of writing started. For story starters, we will use some Haiku by Basho, Buson, Issa, and/or Shiki.
Film as Literature: We will finish Chapter 1: “What is a Movie?” and answer that question by looking at Georges Melies' A Trip to the Moon before turning to Chapter 2: “Narrative.” The quiz for Chapter 1 has been moved to Thursday, September 20th!
Fundamentals of Composition: This week we will be looking at Chapter 3: “Planning and Drafting your Paper.” Please make sure that you have read the chapter before we meet for class on Monday! Don't forget to bring The Alchemist for SSR [Sustained Silent Reading]. If you have finished this already, please be sure that you have another book to read. However, you should bring The Alchemist for Writing Workshop time, which is reserved this week for working on the critique of The Alchemist. The critique is due on Friday, October 5th!
Publications & Media: We have the 2010-2011 yearbook to burn to DVD this week!
If you know that you will be attending services or participating in family activities this week for Rosh Hashanah and/or for Yom Kippur next week, please let your teachers know so that you are not missing any graded activities.
Teacher Barb :)