Monday, September 29, 2008

Grades and Exam Analysis

Grades are posted today. Please review your grade and examine how you can improve. Most of you can improve your grade by reading and studying. Also, do not forget that you have an opportunity to retake the unit exam. You must have your exam analysis done for history AND English in order to take the exam. Remember that your new score and old one will be averaged together and the averaged score will replace your old score.

For each section of the test that you received less than a 70% on, you must do a soapstone chart and answer these three questions.
1. Identify 3 to 5 important facts or reasons the author offers to support the main idea.
2. Identify any examples of bias or faulty reasoning found in the article.
3. How is the information discussed in the article relevant for today?
You can find the directions for the soapstone here:

Monday, September 22, 2008


The City of El Cajon is looking for teens to be a part of their Teen Coalition. It is a great opportunity to develop your leadership skills and get community service hours. Let me know if you want an application. Just e-mail me and I will e-mail it to you. The application is due Friday September 26th.

PROJECT DUE TUESDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Please do not forget to do your project. Remember for each day it is late, 10% off. NO EMERGENCY PASSES ACCEPTED!

Also, you should be studying for Thursday's unit exam. We will have an extra tutorial session Wednesday after 7th period to study. Be there if you need help!!!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Huck Homework- Due Monday, PROJECT DUE TUESDAY

Read chapters 19-21 for Monday. Answer these questions.
Ch. 19
59. Who wouldn't say, "dern the fog"?
60. The two men said that they were really…
Ch. 20
61. How old was the imaginary boy named Ike?
62. How much did the King make at the camp meeting?
Chapter 21
63. What play are the duke and the king rehearsing?
64. What is the "most celebrated thing in Shakespeare"?
65. Who Killed Boggs?


Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Community Service Opps

Fuerte Elementary is offering two volunteer opportunities. One is for a western carnival on September 26 from 5-8 pm. The other is for a Halloween Carnival on October 25 from 5-8 pm. Please contact Angie Gardner for further information and to let her know that you can volunteer. 619-277-7334

Grades Posted

I have posted new grades. If you have a D or an F, you are in trouble. You need to start reading, studying and turning in your homework. If you are having trouble in any of these areas, we have tutoring available. You can come to American Studies on Wednesday's from 2-3 or Thursdays from 2-3 and 3-4. Please take advantage of this time if you are lost or if you need to make-up tests and quizzes. Missed tests and quizzes really hurt your grade.

Change your habits now!!!! It is not too late!!!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Community Service Opportunity

Reminder, Coastal Cleanup Day is this Saturday. Scroll down a few posts for more info. Also The Mother Goose Parade is looking for some volunteers. You must be 16 years old. There are applications available in the Counseling Office.

For more info call the Mother Goose Office at (619)444-8712

Monday, September 15, 2008

Tonight's Homework

Finish reading the Frederick Douglass piece. Write a rhetorical precis. Due tomorrow.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Scholarship Opportunities

Grade 11-12
You must be a member of the graduating class of 2009 or 2010 residing
in San Diego or Imperial County.
Essay theme: ‘The importance of ethics and integrity in our
Five cash awards ranging from $500 to $1,500.
Apply online at
Deadline is October 27, 2008.

Grades 9-12
One $3,500 scholarship will be awarded to the student who best responds
to the following question: “Going to college is a big, important step
in one’s life. What are you looking forward to the most about going
college, and why?” This award is open to all international and U.S.
high school students in grades 9-12. Additionally, students must login
and participate in the free virtual college fair
being held online Nov. 12 &18, 2008.
Apply online now at $3,500 Scholarship
Deadline is November 9, 2008.

All Grades
This award is for U.S. students, must be 13 years of age or older. Must
be a legal U.S. resident. Must be enrolled or enroll no later than the
fall of 2014 in an accredited postsecondary institution of higher
learning (college, university, or trade school) within the United
Apply on-line at
Award amount is $5,000 annually, non-renewable
Deadline is October 31 2008.

Grades 9-12
Five $1,000 scholarships are available. Winners will be chosen based on
their responses (260 words or less) to the given topic: “If you were
given a 60-second commercial spot on television that would air
repeatedly during the presidential debates, what message would you shout
out to America?” To be eligible to apply, students must be 13 years of
age or older at the time of application and be legal residents of the
fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia
Apply online at
Deadline is September 30, 2008.

Huck Homework- Due 9/15

Read Chapters 12-16. Answer the discussion questions below AND answer the Understanding Literature Questions (1 & 2) on page 98 in your book.

Ch. 12
42. What is a tow-head?
43. What two items did Huck and Jim decide to NOT "borrow?"
44. According to Huck Finn, how much do steamboat captains make per month?

Ch. 13
45. What's the name of the wreck?
46. According to Huck Finn, how many wives did Solomon have?

Ch. 14
47. How many boxes of cigars did Huck and Jim get from the ferry-boat?
48. How did Louis the XVI die?

Ch. 15
49. Where did Huck lose the raft?

Ch. 16
50. What town were Huck and Jim looking for?
51. Why was Huck miserable?
52. How did the raft get destroyed?

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Huck Homework

Reminder if you did not finish today's classwork, it is homework!!!

Huck homework: Read Chapters 8-11. Answer the discussion questions for the chapters. See them below. You must answer them in complete sentences!!!

Chapter 8

26. Why was the ferry-boat firing the cannon?
27. How long is Jackson Island?
28. What did Huck find that made his "heart jump up amongst his lungs?"
29. Why was Jim afraid of Huck?
30. Why didn't Huck believe that bees didn't sting idiots?

Chapter 9

31. How wide was the island?
32. What did Jim say that the little birds said?
33. Were they right?
34. How did the man in the house die?

Ch. 10

35. What did Huck and Jim find sewed up in the lining of an old blanket overcoat?
36. After Jim got bit by the rattlesnake, what did he have Huck do with the rattles?
37. Why does Huck think that Jim got bit by the snake?
38. What two objects did they find in the stomach of the catfish?

Ch. 11

39. Who is Sarah Williams?
40. Where is Sarah from?
41. What three ways did Mrs. Loftus ascertain Sarah's true gender?

Monday, September 8, 2008

Huck Finn Quote Assignment

Reminder that the quote assignment is due Wednseday. Hope you had a good day. See you tomorrow.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Huck Finn assignment for Monday

Don't forget that reading is due every Monday and Thursday. Sometimes you will have a written assignment to go with it too.

Due Monday: Ch. 4-7 (that means you have to read 4, 5, 6 and 7!) and Questions #1,3,4,8,9,10 on pages 38 and 39. Please answer them in complete sentences.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Community Service and Environmental Info

The 24th Annual Coastal Cleanup Day event is approaching, and I Love A Clean San Diego and San Diego Coastkeeper hope to recruit more volunteers than ever before! This year's event has many exciting new elements, including new cleanup sites with over 70 locations to choose from, Spanish language outreach with bilingual sites, extra service project options alongside cleanups at some sites, and fun new giveaways and prizes at each site. Visit the event website at for details about the event, site info, to register, and to download a waiver. Join us to reach our goal of 7,000 volunteers to make this the most successful cleanup ever of our beaches, bays, rivers, canyons, and parks!

3. VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Sustain San Diego E-Waste Collection Event Saturday, September 6th from 9AM - 1PM San Diego County Administration Building's north parking lot 1600 Pacific Highway, San Diego, 92101 Clear out space in your home and help raise money for I Love A Clean San Diego by dropping off any unwanted electronics to be properly disposed of and recycled. I Love A Clean San Diego, Recycle San Diego, 10News, Azteca America, and the Department of Toxic Substances Control are proud to give San Diegans a convenient opportunity to make the right choice when discarding their old electronics. Volunteers are needed to help with paperwork and coordinate drop offs from 8:15 AM to 1 PM. All volunteers must be 16 years of age or older, and service verification can be provided. Contact Natalie Roberts at if you are interested in volunteering. San Diego Padres Green Team Friday September 26th from 5 - 10 PM Saturday, September 27th from 5 - 10 PM Sunday, September 28th from 11 AM - 4 PM Petco Park 19 Tony Gwynn Way, San Diego, 92101 Attention Padres fans! Join ILACSD in helping to make Petco Park sustainable by joining the San Diego Padres Green Team! Volunteers are needed for the last home stand to educate fans about new recycling receptacles available at the stadium and help encourage recycling in between innings. Enjoy the game without having to purchase a ticket, and help Petco Park and the Padres stand out among other sports teams through these green initiatives. Only volunteers 18 years of age or older are accepted, and everyone must sign up in advance as a volunteer. Contact Natalie Roberts or Morgan Justice-Black at 619-291-0103 to register as a member of the Green Team. Beautify Chula Vista Day Saturday, October 4th from 8 AM - 12 noon Otay Park 1613 Albany Ave, Chula Vista, CA 91910 Register today to make a big impact on a neighborhood with the help of hundreds of fellow residents. Show your community pride through a multitude of activities, all acting together to spruce up the area in different ways. Everyone is asked to pre-register for the event, in order to be assigned to a beautification team. These teams will be removing litter, painting out graffiti, planting trees, and stenciling storm drains. Sign up to be a part of this dynamic annual event by visiting the event website today!

4. ILACSD IN THE COMMUNITY San Diego Loves Green new website If you are interested in finding green businesses, news, and information in one stop, San Diego has a new resource for eco-conscious locals. Learn about upcoming events, view message boards, read environmental articles, and a peruse a directory of environmental businesses and organizations, including ILACSD! La Mesa Environmental Awareness Festival Saturday, September 13th from 10AM - 2PM Harry Griffin Park 9550 Milden Street, La Mesa 91942 The City of La Mesa and the Environmental Sustainable Committee are sponsoring the La Mesa Environmental Awareness Festival, encouraging community members to sustain La Mesa and sustain the Earth. Join in the fun with activities and games for all ages, information and resources about water conservation, energy efficiency, recycling, composting, solar cooking, storm drain runoff, master gardening, and more! Take advantage of on-site opportunities including shade trees, a recycling drop off, and an incandescent light bulb exchange for up to 5 energy-efficient compact bulbs. Plus, don't forget to stop by I Love A Clean San Diego's booth! For more information, visit the City of La Mesa's webpage.

FLOW the Film Premiere Friday, September 19th - Thursday, September 25th May run longer depending on interest level Landmark Ken Theater 4061 Adams Ave, San Diego 92116 Oscilloscope Pictures brings Irena Salina's award winning documentary to the Ken in San Diego this month. The powerful film builds a case against the growing privatization of the world's dwindling fresh water supply with an unflinching focus on politics, pollution, human rights, and the emergence of a domineering world water cartel. Beyond identifying the problem, FLOW also gives viewers a look at the people and institutions providing practical solutions to the water crisis and those developing new technologies, which are fast becoming blueprints for a successful global and economic turnaround. The film's message will be supported by speakers from various local environmental organizations, including ILACSD staff on Sept. 24th. For more information, visit the film's website at

14th Annual Pacific Islander Festival Saturday, September 27th and Sunday, September 28th 9AM - 5PM Ski Beach in Mission Bay East side of Vacation Isle off of Ingraham Street, San Diego 92109 Celebrate Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia at the Pacific Islander's Festival this month, at possibly one of the biggest luaus around! The festivities are brought to life with vibrant colors, pounding drum beats, and elaborate costumes. Vendors will be on hand to entertain you and the whole family with arts, crafts, food, drink, and educational information about the Pacific Islanders and their culture. ILACSD will join in the celebration, so be sure to stop by our booth!

5. BIOCOMPOSTABLES By Connie Glenn, ILACSD's Education Coordinator While walking around the zoo the other day, I looked at the cold drink in my hand and discovered something very exciting. Written on the plastic cup I was holding were the words "environmentally sustainable" and "compostable". What I had just discovered was the latest advancement in our quest for a sustainable society: Biocompostables. Biocompostables, including Bioplastics and Compostable Plastics, are made from renewable plant materials, like potatoes or corn resin, with no petroleum-based materials. They can be used to make consumer products like cups, bowls, utensils, to-go containers, trays, garbage bags, and even apparel and furnishings. Be cautious though. Unless specifically intended to hold something hot, these products are only heat stable to 110°. Any hotter than that, or even left in the sun, and these products will melt. The good news? On the production side, these items are made from sustainable, non-oil based materials. And on the disposal side, they have the potential to take up less space in landfills. Some items are able to be composted, a process by which materials undergo biological decomposition in a compost site without leaving a toxic residue. Others will biodegrade from the action of naturally occurring microorganisms like bacteria, or be recycled as plastics which are all wonderful benefits for the planet and humans. The companies that manufacture these products recommend composting them at a compost facility where moisture and temperature are regulated, something that San Diego County does not offer to the public. So, what better reason to start composting than to be able to properly degrade your single-use kitchenware. We still have a ways to go before our society is a sustainable one, but with innovations like these, we are surely on our way.