I hope all of you had a very nice Valentine's Day! Get ready for more “celebrations”! This week we have an American holiday, a celebration from the Middle Ages, a major Asian holiday, and the reality of a coming graduation for seniors—it's a good thing February is a short month!
Remember, there is no school on Monday due to the Presidents' Day holiday.
On Tuesday, many people will celebrate the end of the Carnival season, but if you will not be in New Orleans or Rio, enjoy some pancakes for Shrove Tuesday—Lent begins on Wednesday.
On Thursday, wear red and celebrate Chinese New Year—this year is the year of the Sheep/Goat/Ram [horned animal]: 新年好 / 新年好 / Xīnnián hǎo!
Attention, Seniors and Juniors: Elizabeth, from Josten's, will be here on Friday morning, February 20th, at 8:00 AM to help you with cap and gown orders [Class of 2015] and class rings [Class of 2014]. If you want to get an idea of what is available, check out the Friends School section on the Josten's website:
American Literature: We have one more work day and then presentations for 1700-1820: An Expanding World Leads to an Enlightenment, a Great Awakening, and a National Identity are due on Friday, February 20th! Your choices were:
- Bailey G.: Jonathan Edwards, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”
- Morgan and Nina: John Woolman, “Journal”
- Amy, Kim, and Emily: Benjamin Franklin, “The Way of Wealth”
- Miodrag and Bailey S.: John and Abigail Adams, Letters
- Isabella and Michael: Thomas Paine, from “Common Sense” and “The Crisis”
- Elizabeth and Hannah: Thomas Jefferson, from The Autobiography
- Jentry and Mere: Olaudah Equiano, The Interesting Narrative Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African
Advanced Placement Art History: 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!
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 the 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!
Contemporary Fiction: On Wednesday, we will have a wrap-up discussion of David Baldacci's Wish You Well. Be prepared for an assessment.... Next up is David Guterson's Snow Falling on Cedars, a novel that explores the effects of the Japanese-American internment experience on a small Washington state community. You will need to have the first five chapters read for the blog for the coming week. I will have the new blog post up for you by Monday night. Don't forget that you need to make an original post in response to my prompt by midnight Thursday and a response to a classmate by Saturday at midnight to meet the requirements for this class component. Additionally, remember that spelling/mechanics/grammar count! This is, after all, and English class! If you have a story choice for the midterm project, please let me know!
Psychology [online]: Make sure that you stay on track with this class, following the pacing guide, as once you get behind in an online class, it is difficult to get caught up again!
Shakespeare's Comedies and Poetry: Now that we have looked at the two very different versions of Twelfth Night, you should be able to respond to the assignment for this play. Your response [as detailed in the handout] is due on Thursday, February 19th. Next up? A discussion of the midterm project and Love's Labour's Lost...
World Literature: We will wrap up the Gods and Goddesses presentation and then move on to Beowulf before looking at “The Formation of a Western Literature” and Dante's Inferno—with a virtual field trip to Hell....
This is an A week as we have no school on Monday. So, blocks 1-4 meet on Friday.
Teacher Barb :)