Chris Besse will be visiting with us from Randolph College on Monday, September 28th, at 10:15 AM. He will be offering on-site admissions for prepared students! On Wednesday, September 30th, at 12:30 PM, Judy Wachsmann will be here to speak with interested students about Richard Bland College. Both presentations will take place in the US English classroom.
School pictures will be taken Wednesday morning, September 30th, beginning at 8:00 AM. Dress nicely, and be prepared to SMILE!
The Class of 2019 has cheese and pepperoni pizza available from Papa John's on Fridays for $1.50 a slice. This may be pre-ordered on Friday mornings during Advisory.
The annual VBFS College Counseling Workshop takes place on Saturday, October 3rd, from 9:00 to noon, in the US English classroom. Because the school provides breakfast and a notebook of materials, please let me know by email [ firstname.lastname@example.org] by Thursday noon if you are coming so that I have enough materials for everyone!
Advanced Composition: Reminder, the critique for When the Emperor was Divine is due on Thursday, October 1st. Please remember to bring a book to read for SSR to class each day along with Strategies for Successful Writing. Also, you should be bringing your writer's daybook/journal to class and making at least one entry per week during SSR. We will be working on Chapter 11: “Cause and Effect, Explaining Why” this week, so please skim this chapter before we meet for class.
American Short Story: We will continue with short stories from the 1920s through the 1940s this week, first reading “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” and then watching two different film adaptations of this hilarious story—one from 1947 and the other from 2013. It will be interesting to see which of the two you feel is more faithful to the original! Remember, if you would like to use a study sheet to keep track of each of the stories we read, I have uploaded this on the class web page. You may want to download this, print a few out, and fill them out as we read! All of the response paper assignment sheets have been uploaded for you as well.
Art History I: This week we begin our study of Medieval and Early Renaissance Art. We will read several chapters in the textbook:
- Byzantine Art I: Justinian
- Byzantine Art II: Revival and Diffusion
- The Virgin of Vladimir
- Christ in Chora, Constantinople
- Celtic or Insular Art
Fundamentals of Composition: Please do NOT forget to bring a book to read for SSR and Strategies for Successful Writing to class EVERY day. In addition, bring your copy of The Alchemist as we may have time to work on writing the critiques [due on October 7th] during the time we have for Writing Workshop. We will go over the notes for Chapter 4: “Revising and Editing Your Paper” this week, so please skim this chapter before class!
Science Fiction/Fantasy: Reminder: your postcard for Ender's Game is due on Wednesday, September 30th, so you need to finish the book by this weekend! We will be watching Ender's Game this week and moving on to our next book, Frank Herbert's Dune. I will have your new blog post up by Monday at the latest, and then you will need to make your original post by Thursday at midnight and the follow-up response to a classmate by Saturday at midnight.
The Word--The Old Testament: We will be watching Abraham—The Bible Collection this week to deepen our understanding of the events portrayed in Unit Three: “Genesis—Call and Promise.” We should have some time to work on the Ten Commandments Glogster assignment which is due on Tuesday, October 20th.
Advanced Placement Comparative Government: Please make sure you are following the pacing guide for the class; remember, regardless of whether or not WE have school, Virtual Virginia is available, and you may have assignments due!
Advanced Placement Psychology: The following items are due by midnight, September 28th:
- Quiz 1.4
- Journals [Module 1]
- Two Column Notes [Module 1]
Creative Writing [online]: Final Memoir Essay submission [Major Assignment]. Begin Module 2: Watering the Garden—The Craft.
Latin II [online]: Have you finished Module 1?
This will be our first full week since school started, so don't be surprised if you feel tired out by the end of this A week!
Teacher Barb :)