Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Reading Assignment

For this week's reading assignment, you need to complete 2 reading logs. You need to do one for 3&4, with a summary for each (25 words each) and one for 5&6. We will be having a quiz that day (Jan 22) on chapters 1-6 and the Vietnam terms.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Poetry Assignment

Make sure you are reading all 6 poems. Analyze them and make notes on each poem. Be prepared to discuss in class.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009


Grades 11, 12
Do you have what it takes to be a Bank of America Student Leader?
If you are a junior or senior in high school with a passion for
improving your community, we would like to help you turn that passion
into action.
As a Student Leader, you will participate in:
An eight-week paid internship at a nonprofit/charitable organization. A
week-long Student Leadership Summit in Washington, DC (July 19 - 24,
2009) to gain valuable civic, social and business leadership skills
We are looking for the next generation of community leaders. If you
want to make a difference in your community, apply today at
Deadline is February 20, 2009.

Grades 11, 12
The program is designed to train students to deliver this information
to peer groups on campus. You’ll receive two hours of training on the
educational information that you’ll be asked to share. You’ll then
have the opportunity to develop and deliver your presentation to a small
peer group. Each Ambassador will be required to make the presentation to
a minimum of two peer groups. Students may also choose to work in teams
of two. Up to 4 students or 2 student teams will be chosen from each
high school.
Plus, students will appreciate this as a resume builder. There will be
three scholarship incentives for the most number of students presented
to. A recognition event will be held annually to award certificates and
incentive prizes.
For more info go to http://sandiego.bbb.org
Application deadline is January 30, 2009.

Why We Fight Summary and Response

You need to write a one page summary and response to Why We Fight.

Use these questions to help guide you:

*What claims were made in the film about war?
*What do you think about what was said in the film?
*What is your reaction to the ideas presented in the film?

Monday, January 5, 2009

READING IS IMPORTANT!!! (Welcome to a new semster)

Dear Parent,

Please encourage your student to read. We are starting a new book soon called Fallen Angels. It is about a group of young men that are in the Vietnam War. Please, Please encourage them to read. Today your student wrote a "resolution" for American Studies. I am hoping that they look at this as a fresh start and as an opportunity to improve. Continuing to read inside and outside of school is one way for them to do that. Talk to your kids about what they like to read, what they might be interested in. Encourage them to seek books that are on subjects they like. Only good things can come from reading.

One place to look for some books would be in the fliers I gave the students. Scholastic offers inexpensive books that students are interested in. Some of the ones on the flier are a little young, but any reading is good for practice. I wanted to remind you that you can place your Scholastic Book Club orders online. This month’s offers are filled with great books and software at terrific values.

To order online, go to the Web address below and enter our class’s personalized user name and password.

Class User Name: SellersAmericanStudies
Password: Room202

Remember, placing your online credit card order is completely safe and secure.

Plus, when you shop online, you can take advantage of exclusive online-only offers and choose from an expanded selection of books and software. Of course, you can always use the printed flyer instead and have your child hand in a Book Club order form and payment at school.

Thank you for continuing to help our classroom earn FREE books and learning materials. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.


Stephanie Sellers

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Upcoming Community Service Events

Don't wait until the last minute this semster!!! Get a head start on planning your community service. Here are some events that are coming up.

Singles Mingle Cleanup Saturday, February 14th, 10am - 12noon + mingling to follow Location: Mission Beach, meet by the grass near the bathrooms Looking for a like-minded Valentine this year? ILACSD's February cleanup event is themed for Valentine's Day, giving couples or singles an opportunity to clean up the beach together with a mingling event to follow. Pickup trash and a potential date this Valentines Day! Walk-on's or sign up's are welcome to participate. Look for the ILACSD canopy with banners upon arrival to check in, sign the waiver, and get your supplies. Contact ILACSD's Volunteer Department at 619-291-0103 or volunteers@cleansd.org for more information.

San Diego Science Festival - SAVE THE DATE! Saturday, April 4, 2009 Balboa Park The San Diego Science Festival will descend on San Diego with science events throughout the county at no charge in March and April 2009. Come visit the ILACSD booth at the Science Festival in Balboa Park on Saturday April 4th, 2009. Let us know if you would like more information regarding any of the science related events going on throughout March and April, or visit the festival website.

7th Annual Creek to Bay Cleanup - SAVE THE DATE! Saturday, April 25th from 9AM - 12noon Choose from approximately 60 coastal and inland cleanup sites countywide! Planning is underway for the 7th Annual Creek to Bay Cleanup, so mark your calendars now! Volunteers will once again remove litter and debris across the county all on the same day in celebration of Earth Month this April. Take part in one of the biggest volunteer events of the year as a volunteer, site captain, or sponsor! If you or your company are interested in getting involved by either sponsoring the event or providing volunteer support at a cleanup site, contact Morgan Justice-Black at mjusticeblack@cleansd.org for more information on involvement. Cleanup sites will be determined and posted in March 2009, so be sure to check out the event website for updates and to register to participate. We hope to see you out there!

Kids' Ocean Day Cleanup Friday, June 4th from 8AM - 12:30PM Coronado City Beach Isabella Ave and Ocean Blvd, Coronado 92118 Volunteers and donations are needed to support the Annual Kid's Adopt-A-Beach Ocean Day this coming year. ILACSD gives assemblies at ten underserved schools in South San Diego and then invite them to the beach for a field trip to participate in a clean up and aerial art formation. This is a great event to volunteer with a group! Contact Colleen Dahlem, Education Director, for more information or to sign up at cdahlem@cleansd.org.