Rising Seniors—Scholarships for you!

Is it hard to believe that you are seniors? Well, you are! Don’t wait until Fall to start applying for scholarships for school. Check out these scholarships now:

http://www.thescholarshipsystem.com/blog-for-students-families/summer-scholarships-apply-before-end-of-summer/

Happy Summer!

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2017-18 Week 38 — May 21-25 — Exam Week!

It’s here! The last week of school! We’re almost there!

You have made it to exam week…only 5 short days between you and summer. Now we’ve just got to get through exams! You can do it!

Monday will be a special schedule because of Senior Day. This is what Monday looks like:

1st period (normal class period)
2nd period (normal class period)
3rd period (27 min)
4th period (27 min)
5th period (27 min)
Lunch–pick up food and go out to concession stand or into the gym if it’s raining
6th period (31 min)
Move to DBC for Senior Day
Senior Day
7th period (30 min)

Exams start Tuesday. Here’s the schedule for that:

  • Tuesday: 2nd and 3rd
  • Wednesday: 1st and 5th
  • Thursday: 6th and 7th
  • Friday: 4th

Each day, students are to arrive (IN FULL UNIFORM) at 7:50:

7:50 prayer and pledge in 1st exam period classroom
8-10   first exam period
10-10:25  break
10:30-12:30   second exam period
12:30   prayer, announcement, and dismissal

On Friday, the timing will be slightly different:

7:50   prayer and pledge in 4th period classroom
8-8:30  locker clean out
8:30-10:30  4th period exam
10:30 dismissal

As you are preparing for exams, please look around for any extra books (or any books that may belong to me! 🙂 ) and bring them back to school. If you have books in your locker, you are welcome to put them in my room and I can figure out where they belong.

Let’s talk about your exams for a few minutes. We have discussed them in class, but I wanted to put the info here, too.

English 11:

  • Part A: Serial Closing argument (You should have done this in class Thursday and Friday)
  • Part B: REHUGO reflection essay (We will start these on Monday, but you may finish them on exam day.)
  • Part C: Argument essay (Choose one topic from the list and write a well-developed argument essay.)

AP Lang:

  • Part A: AP Review One pager (You should have done this in class Thursday and Friday)
  • Part B: REHUGO reflection essay (We will start these on Monday, but you can finish them on exam day)
  • Part C: Synthesis Argument activity (individual and group components)

Thank you all for a great year. Let’s finish strong!

2017-18 Week 36 — May 7-11

We’re on the home stretch! Two weeks and then exams! We can do it!

Before we talk about the schedule for the week, I want to remind you that you all need to submit your Cultural or Fine Arts reflections before exams. Don’t forget that you should have 3 hours of Cultural or Fine Arts experience for this semester. There are several ways to document this. You can write a brief reflection for each experience or you can do something artistic. You will turn them in to Google Classroom or to the box for your class in my classroom. If you’re looking for an opportunity to earn some Cultural or Fine Arts hours, there is a Band Concert on Thursday night at 6:30 in the DBC. You can earn 1.5 hours then. If you have any questions, see me before or after school.

Let’s take a look at this week:

  • English 11 — Week of May 7-11
    • Monday, May 7
      • Finish REHUGO speeches
    • Tuesday, May 8
      • Episode 5 of Serial podcast
      • Cell Phone Log/Cell Tower map activity
    • Wednesday, May 9
      • Finish Episode 5 discussion
    • Thursday, May 10
      • Episode 6 of Serial
    • Friday, May 11
      • Finish Episode 6 of Serial and complete Exercise 2
      • AotW 21 due
  • AP Lang — Week of May 7-11
    • Monday, May 7
      • Finish REHUGO speeches
    • Tuesday, May 8
      • AP Menu Project
      • AP Art History exam
      • AP Physics 1 exam
    • Wednesday, May 9
      • AP Menu Project
    • Thursday, May 10
      • AP Menu Project
    • Friday, May 11
      • AP Menu Project
      • APUSH exam (8am)
      • AP Computer Science Principles exam (noon)

Let’s make sure that we finish strong! Have a great week!

REHUGO Speech Schedules

Students, we’re on the last leg of the REHUGO project! You will present your speeches next week to your class. Remember that your speech should be 5-10 min long and memorized. You will be allowed to have one notecard with a bullet point list (not a card covered in tiny mice type with every word and syllable of your speech!). You have already turned in your Visual Aid, so I will pull that up for you on the Smartboard when you are ready to present. We will also set up a computer to record your speech as you give it. Remember that the speech itself counts as a test grade.

Here are the speech schedules:

  • English 11 — 1st period
    • Monday, April 30
      • Luke Voorhies
      • Ben Wilke
      • Tommy Valdez
      • Dalton Shoemaker
    • Tuesday, May 1
      • Epiphany Burris
      • Carson Binns
      • Gus Hodges
      • Gabe McBeal
    • Wednesday, May 2
      • Kendall Couey
      • Chris Waring
      • Sydney Hall
      • Jeremy Ramirez
    • Thursday, May 3
      • Brock Hudson
      • Byron Simmons
      • Clint Williams
      • Kendra Myers
    • Friday, May 4
      • Sami Hodge
      • Victoria Hubbard
    • Monday, May 7
      • Derrick Parker
      • Cam Prince
      • MK Main
      • Kate Koontz
  • English 11 — 2nd period
    • Monday, April 30
      • Miah Fenderson
      • Anthony Nguyen
      • Nick Brown
      • Austin Hankins
    • Tuesday, May 1
      • Marie Bristol
      • Leo Smith
      • Trip Carter
      • Ralph Clements
    • Wednesday, May 2
      • Rachel Davis
      • Zach Moore
      • Ricky Treloar
    • Thursday, May 3
      • Cred Thomas
      • Victoria Rodriguez
      • Demetrios Philippou
    • Friday, May 4
      • Erica Blackburn
  • AP Lang — 3rd period
    • Monday, April 30
      • Anna Catherine Barranco
      • Maddie Losik
      • Zy’Keria King
      • Cole Faucheux
    • Tuesday, May 1
      • Jonah Gier
      • Mari Caitlin Riggles
      • Zac Kroeger
      • Caroline Justice
    • Wednesday, May 2
      • Hunter Vaccaro
      • Maddie Jarman
      • Claire Mills
      • Johnney Guevara
    • Thursday, May 3
      • Mia Scarpino
      • Isabelle Saliba
      • Mary Katherine Foley
      • Chloe Smith
    • Friday, May 4
      • Hayden Rhodes
      • Sydney Sprowl
  • English 11 — 5th period
    • Monday, April 30
      • Nick Bowden
      • Amaris Tyynismaa
      • Thomas McLaughlin
    • Tuesday, May 1
      • Tate Holifield
      • Anthony Jaimes
      • Aaron Hall
    • Wednesday, May 2
      • Maggie Hall
      • Jacob Holston
      • Katie Stembridge
    • Thursday, May 3
      • Drew Smith
      • Rhys Holifield
      • Jevon Murdock
    • Friday, May 4
      • Bethany White
  • AP Lang — 7th period
    • Monday, April 30
      • Isabelle Cochran
      • Reagan Herbek
      • Kathleen Madden
      • Emma Gandy
    • Tuesday, May 1
      • Jacob Flowers
      • Manny Caceres
      • Katie Galvin
      • Zoe Rutland
      • Nico Gacha
    • Wednesday, May 2
      • CJ Person
      • Annamary Gilbert
      • Grace Leslie
      • Emily Talbot
      • Grant Walker
    • Thursday, May 3
      • Annie Bach
      • Virginia Speirs
      • Teresa Nguyen
      • Ellie Talbot
      • Zeke Gonzalez
    • Friday, May 4
      • Christian Friday
      • Josie Blanks
    • Monday, May 7
      • Austin Collett
      • Mitch Aaron
      • Burke Rothstein
      • Melody Taylor

Good luck! Make sure that you’re practicing!

2017-18 Week 34— April 23-27

Happy Sunday night!

Don’t forget that the detailed outline of your speech AND your visual aid are due in G00gle Classroom tomorrow (Monday, April 23). These are two major grades (outline=writing grade and visual aid=project grade), so make sure that you meet these deadlines.

Let’s take a look at this week:

English 11 — Week of April 23-27

  • Monday, April 23
    • REHUGO detailed outline and visual aid due
    • complete Serial episode 1
  • Tuesday, April 24
    • Serial episode 2
  • Wednesday, April 25
    • Serial episode 2/Crazy Chart
  • Thursday, April 26
    • Serial episode 3
  • Friday, April 27
    • AotW 21 due
    • Serial episode 3

AP Lang  — Week of April 23-27

  • Monday, April 23
    • detailed outline and visual aid due
    • review student samples from synthesis essays
  • Tuesday, April 24
    • student samples
  • Wednesday, April 25
    • AP study guide discussion
  • Thursday, April 26
    • AP Olympic/MC
  • Friday, April 27
    • AP Olympic/MC

Have a great week!

Quick Update–more to follow

Thank you all for a great night at Prom. Your SGA leaders and the Prom committee did a great job with the planning and execution of prom this year, so please thank them and be appreciative of the hard work that they put in so that you could have a great time!

I’m working on lesson plans for the week right now, but I wanted to share a quick reminder to my English 11 folks. Don’t forget that you have an essay test on Farewell to Arms tomorrow. You should have finished it over Easter Break, but I gave you a few extra days to read in case some of you were behind.

After this, we’ll move on to listening to and working with parts of the Serial podcast and we’ll continue working on your REHUGO final speech.

AP folks, make sure that you’re ready to discuss Orthodoxy with Fr. Driscoll. I’m still waiting for confirmation on when he’ll be able to visit with us.

I’ll be back later with more details about the week!

2017-18 Week 32— April 9-13

Welcome back from Easter Break! I hope that you all had a fun and refreshing time (filled with GOOD decisions)! I’m sure you were all just as ready for Easter Break as I was!

Now’s the time to get focused again, though, because we only have 6 weeks of school before exams! Yikes–we have lots to do! I also want to remind you that you have another big REHUGO deadline coming up–you should have a detailed outline of your speech AND the visual aid complete and submitted to Google Classroom by Monday, April 23. You’ll have time to practice and fine tune your speeches that week, and we’ll start presenting speeches in class on Monday, April 30. Make sure you’re working on those things now!

AP folks, your AP Lang exam is Wednesday, May 16, which is just over a month away. We’ll be doing REHUGO speeches starting on April 30, too, but we’ll also take some time the week before and do some review before going in to the exam.

Also, don’t forget that PROM is next Saturday night! This is the last week to purchase your tickets. You can do that at lunch or in my room after school. If your date is not an MCPS student, those forms are due by Thursday, April 12. Please don’t forget! Late forms WILL NOT be accepted.

Let’s take a look at this week:

  • English 11 — Week of April 9-13
    • Monday, Apr 9
      • Discuss details about REHUGO speech
      • Watch some sample TED talks
    • Tuesday, Apr 10
      • Should be finished reading Farewell to Arms and prepared to discuss 
    • Wednesday, Apr 11
      • Read and discuss some World War I era poetry
    • Thursday, Apr 12
      • Finish discussing WW1 poetry
      • Non-MCPS Prom date forms due
    • Friday, Apr 13
      • AotW-20 due
      • REHUGO speech work day
  • AP Lang — Week of April 9-13
    • Monday, Apr 9
      • Discuss details about REHUGO speech
      • Watch some sample TED talks
    • Tuesday, Apr 10
      • Should be finished reading Orthodoxy and prepared to discuss
      • Discuss synthesis prompt from Slow Practice exam
    • Wednesday, Apr 11
      • High School Drama synthesis activity
    • Thursday, Apr 12
      • record video discussions for High School Drama synthesis
      • Non-MCPS Prom date forms due
    • Friday, Apr 13
      • REHUGO speech work day

Let’s have a great week!

REHUGO Benchmark 3 checked and upcoming deadlines

Hello, all! I hope that you’re enjoying a happy Easter Break with lots of fun time with family (and good choices)!

I’ve checked all of your REHUGO Benchmarks and either marked them as Collected or as 0 with Late/Missing. If you submit these components by Monday, 4/9, you will have a 20 point penalty for each component, with a highest grade possible of 80. The final opportunity to turn these components in will be Friday, 4/13, with a 50 point penalty on each component and a highest grade possible of 50. These components will not be accepted after that point. When you complete your work, you must submit the REHUGO components to the Late Assignments (Q4 to April 9) post in Google Classroom.

Please take some of the remaining Easter Break time to complete this work.

Your next REHUGO deadlines are Monday, April 23, when the final draft of your speech and your visual aid will be due in Google Classroom, and Monday, April 30, when you will all begin presenting your speeches to your classmates. We will spend some time discussing these speeches next week when we return to school, but start thinking about what you want to say–your synthesis essay might be a good place to start for some ideas.

Thank you. Be safe over the remainder of your Easter Break and make good choices (and get those REHUGO components turned in to the Late Assignments (Q4 to April 9) post in Google Classroom!).

2017-18 Week 31 — March 26-29

We’re on the home stretch now! Just four days this week until Good Friday and Easter Break! We can do it!

I want to remind you all that we’re going to the Chrism Mass on Tuesday. All students need to be at the high school at 7am in mass uniform. Gentlemen, PLEASE make sure that you shave. Everyone needs to make sure that you’re wearing the correct mass attire.

I moved the REHUGO Benchmark 3 deadline to Thursday. Please make sure that you all add your REHUGO components to your website and that you add your website link to the Benchmark 3 post in Google Classroom before Thursday.

AP folks, we’re doing a Slow Practice week this week. You’ll have one essay component of the AP exam each day this week. This will be a good practice for the timing of the test in May. I’m looking at Saturdays to see if there’s a good option to offer a full practice exam for you–details to come on that.

Let’s take a look at this week:

  • English 11–Week of March 26-29
    • Monday, March 26
      • In-class essay on first section of Farewell to Arms
    • Tuesday, March 27
      • Chrism Mass
        • Mass day uniforms
        • 7am arrival
    • Wednesday, March 28
      • finish in-class essay
      • homework: Read “The Lost Generation” (Handout)
    • Thursday, March 29
      • discuss “The Lost Generation”
      • Benchmark 3 due (add link to Benchmark 3 post in Google Classroom!)
  • AP Lang–Week of March 26-29
    • Monday, March 26
      • Slow Practice In-class essay–synthesis
    • Tuesday, March 27
      • Chrism Mass
        • Mass day uniforms
        • 7am arrival
    • Wednesday, March 28
      • Slow Practice In-class essay–argument
    • Thursday, March 29
      • Benchmark 3 due (add link to Benchmark 3 post in Google Classroom!)
      • Slow Practice In-class essay–rhetorical analysis

Let’s have a great week!

 

2017-18 Week 30 — March 19-23

Week 30?! Really? Not far now, Papa Smurf! (Did I just totally date myself? Do you guys remember the Smurfs at all–not the Smurfs the movie, but the Smurfs from Saturday morning cartoons. Oh well–your parents will remember!) We don’t have long before the end of the school year–about 8 weeks of classes–and we’ve got quite a bit to do between now and then. Even though we’re all dreaming about a week off and maybe some sand between our toes, it’s the time to buckle down and stay focused so that we’re not sweating our grades in a few week’s time.

Speaking of being focused–Benchmark 3 for REHUGO is due on Monday, March 26. That’s NEXT Monday! You have had a couple of work days for these components, so I hope that you’re working hard to get these finished. My goal is that there will be NO 0s for REHUGO Benchmark 3 when I start looking at them on March 27. I’ll be checking before Easter Break (and putting 0s in for anything that is missing)–we’re too close to the end of the year to mess around at this point. Please make sure that you’re getting your work done and staying focused.

We also have a book that you’re supposed to be reading outside of class. The English 11 students should be reading Ernest Hemingway’s Farewell to Arms. By the end of this week (3/23), you should be about 160 pages into that book (right where Book 3/Chapter 25 (XXV) starts). I want you to have the book finished by the Tuesday after Easter Break. If you haven’t started reading yet (and I know that some of you haven’t), that’s 15 pages a day, including reading over Easter Break. If I were you, I’d make sure to spend my independent reading time in English class working on getting those pages read. 🙂  AP Lang students should be reading GK Chesterton’s Orthodoxy. You’ll need to have that finished by next Wednesday (3/28) so that we can discuss it in class. If you haven’t started yet, that’s about 18 pages a day.

Let’s take a look at this week:

  • English 11
    • Monday, March 19
      • reading – Rick Reilly
      • turn in your Chrism Mass permission slip and Lenten Day of Service permission slip!!
    • Tuesday, March 20
      • writing assignment
    • Wednesday, March 21
      • reading Carl Sandburg’s “I Am the People, the Mob”
    • Thursday, March 22
      • REHUGO work day–focusing on synthesis essay
    • Friday, March 23
      • Lenten Day of Service
      • Article of the Week #19 is due on Google Classroom
  • AP Lang
    • Monday, March 19
      • reviewing student samples from Arg essay packet and discussing
      • turn in your Chrism Mass and Lenten Day of Service permission slips
    • Tuesday, March 20
      • introduction to synthesis
    • Wednesday, March 21
      • synthesis activity
    • Thursday, March 22
      • Locavore/synthesis activity
    • Friday, March 23
      • Lenten Day of Service

Please don’t forget to turn in your permission slips for Chrism Mass and Lenten Day of Service. Also, if you haven’t bought your Prom tickets yet, the early bird special discount has been extended to Tuesday. Through Tuesday, tickets are $20 each (except for MCPS Seniors, whose tickets are $5 each). After Tuesday, regular tickets are $25 each and MCPS Seniors are $10 each. Have a great week!