School picture will be taken on Wednesday morning, October 5th, starting at 8:30, so please be on time for that!
We will have two admissions reps here this week to share college information with interested Juniors and Seniors:
- Tuesday at 11:00, Bobbi Carroll will be here from Hampton University.
- Wednesday at 10:15, Elmer Campos will be here from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Additionally, the College Counseling Workshop is this Saturday, October 8th from 9:00 to noon in the US English Room. If you and/or your parents are planning to attend, PLEASE let me know so I will have enough notebooks and food for everyone!
▪Seniors, watch your application deadlines! Remember: LACK OF PLANNING ON YOUR PART DOES NOT CONSTITUTE AN EMERGENCY ON MY PART! I have many obligations, including teaching and dealing with requests for transcripts and letters of recommendation from your fellow seniors, and if you overlook a deadline until the last minute, I may NOT be able to accommodate you. This week the college admission reps will begin their fall visits. Please check the College Counseling page and the board in the US hallway for a list of who is coming when. In some cases colleges will be offering on site admission, BUT you need to request a transcript from me at least three days in advance IN WRITING for me to have this ready for you. Getting into college does NOT require luck or knowing the right people. It requires planning, presence, and perseverance. Make a plan, show up, and hold fast!
The Class of 2017 is selling lunch from Taste Unlimited on Tuesdays. Check with Teacher Jeff, or a member of the Class of 2017 to order.
The Class of 2020 is selling Panera on Wednesdays. Please see Teacher Danny or a member of the freshman class for more information on this.
The Class of 2018 is selling Firehouse subs for lunch on Thursdays. Orders MUST be placed by Wednesday afternoon. Please see a member of the Class of 2018 to order. You may download a form from the sidebar.
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.
Advanced Composition: The classification essay is due on Thursday, October 6th. This week we will continue with Chapter 11: “Cause and Effect—Explaining Why” reading several essays from our textbook, including:
- “Old Father Time Becomes a Terror”
- “Why We Keep Stuff”
- “Why Marriages Fail”
- “Black Men and Public Space”
Art History I: This week we will continue learning about Celtic/Insular Art as we watch the documentary The Book of Kells: The Work of Angels? After that we will continue our exploration of Medieval and Early Renaissance Art in our textbook:
- Carolingian and Ottonian Art
- Romanesque Sculpture
- Giselbertus: the Sculpture at Autun
- Romanesque Painting
- Gothic Art in Northern Europe
Film as Literature: The quiz for Chapter 2: “Narration” is Wednesday October 5th! HINT: Pay particular attention to the VOCABULARY! We will finish Pride and Prejudice and then go over Chapter 3: “Mise-en-Scène” in our textbook. Finally, we will begin our screening of Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, and excellent example of mise-en-scène. There will be a screening worksheet for this film.
Fundamentals of Composition: Please do NOT forget to bring a book to read for SSR and Strategies for Successful Writing to class EVERY day. When you don't, you lose points from your participation grade.... Remember, your weekly journal entry MUST be completed by Friday at 4:00 in the Google Doc you have shared with me! We will finish Chapter 4: “Revising and Editing Your Paper,” and then we will go over Chapter 5: “Narration: Relating Events.” Please read Chapter 5 before class on Wednesday! We will read two examples of narration from our text:
- “Momma’s Encounter”
- “The Scholarship Jacket”
Mystery Fiction: We are reading Death on the Nile. You will need to finish this book by Thursday as you have two assignments due on Friday the 7th: Postcards from the Nile and the Crime Notes! Because Shinju is such a long and complex book, I have moved the viewing of the film, Death on the Nile to this week. I will have your new blog post up by Monday afternoon, 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. Next week we move from Egypt to 17th century Tokugawa Japan with Shinju, a mystery novel set in Edo [the feudal city which will become modern Tokyo]. We will learn a lot about this time period and the Japanese culture when samurai walked the streets with lethal swords, and bushido was more important than the truth.
ONLINE CLASSES: Please make sure you are following the pacing guide for the class; remember, regardless of whether or not WE have class/school, Virtual Virginia is available, and you may have assignments due!
Have a good week!
Teacher Barb :)