Friday, December 21, 2012

Grades and Finals

Hey everyone!!  I hope you have a great break!!  People have been asking questions about finals and what to study.  You should study all of the note taking guides that we have given to you over the course of the semester.  You should be able to answer and explain all of the objectives and key terms without looking at your notes.  I highly recommend making flashcards.  It helps.  Make sure that you know the significance, not just the definition. 

Also, we have put all of the past tests online so that you can review the questions.  The questions on the final will be very similar and some of the questions will be the same.  Look for them in thelink that says online content.

Grades will be updated today by the end of the day.

See you in two weeks!! Be safe!! 

P.S.  There is no homework over break, besides stydying for the final.  But when we get back, we still have a lot of work ahead of us.  We will be starting an in class project and covering two chapters!!

Friday, December 14, 2012


Grades have been updated.  Please check with your student about goals for the remainder of the semester.  The rest of this semester is very important in solidifying their grade. 

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Grades and Other Stuff

Hello everyone!!  We ae in the home stretch.  We have started the last grading period of the semester.  But we are far from finished!  Do not give up now! 

The grades that are currently posted online are the progress report grades.  Grades will be posted again next week. 

There has been a date change on the schedule.  Here are the dates for chapter 10.

10.1 and 10.2- I am lecturing in class on 12/5.  If you are absent, you are responsible for doing the notes from the book.

10.4- 12/5
10.3- 12/7
Ch. 10 quiz- 12/11


Friday, November 16, 2012


Grades will be updated this afternoon!!  Have a wonderful break!  Make sure to read my earlier post from today too!

Upcoming Due Dates. Have a good break!

I have extended the extra credit assignment so that you can work on it over break.  The assignment can be found here in the History Content on the right.  The show is "The Men Who Built America", you can do one PIE-IE for each episode.  Each one will be worth one homework assignment.  Some of the episodes are online at or on the Free Zone  On Demand.  They also re-air the episodes often on the History Channel.

New Unit Due Dates:

Extra Credit- 11/26
8.1- 11/26
8.4- 11/26
Ch. 8 Quiz- 12/3
10.3- 12/5
10.4- 12/7
10.5- 12/10
CH. 10 Quiz- 12/11
11.1- 12/12
Ch.11 Quiz- 12/19
Unit Exam- 12/21

Friday, November 9, 2012

Political Cartoon Help

You can find the Teddy Bear story in the folder to the right, History Content.  Here is the link to the Tree Poem.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012


Grades will be updated tonight.

Date Changes

Here are some updates to the calendar:

9.2/9.3 Review- Due 11/9
Ch. 6.4/ Ch 9 Quiz- 11/13
Project Due- 11/14
Unit Exam- 11/16

Please let me know right away if you will be absent for any of these dates!!!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Update- 10/8/2012

Hello everyone!  Grades will be updated today.  This will include your work up until now and your quiz from Friday.  Just a reminder that when you are absent you only have a week to make it up and those make ups are Tuesday and Thursday during period 7.  I look forward to reading your projects (that were due today!!).  The projects probably will not get on the progress report.  However, the Unit Exam that you take tomorrow will!!!

Upcoming Dates:

10/9- Unit Exam
10/12- 4.1 Due
10/15- 4.2 Due
10/17- 4.3 Due
10/19- Chapter 4 Quiz
10/22- 6.2 Due
10/24- 6.3 Due
10/29- 7.3 Due
10/30- Quiz on Ch 6 & 7
11/2- 9.2 Due
11/5- 9.3 Due
11/9- Quiz on 6.4 and Ch 9
11/13- Unit Exam
11/14- Political Cartoon Project Due
11/16- 8.1 Due

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Date Changes- Please take note

Ch 1.4b/ 1.5- 9/20
5.3-9/24 Bring Your Book!!
Bring Your Book- 9/25
Ch. 5 Quiz- 9/28- Bring Your Book!!
3.1- 10/2
Ch. 3 Quiz- 10/5
Bring Your Book-10/8
Unit Exam- 10/9
Project Due- 10/8

Friday, September 21, 2012

Due Dates for Unit 1

Ch 1.4b/ 1.5- 9/20
5.3-9/24  Bring Your Book!!
Bring Your Book- 9/25
Ch. 5 Quiz- 9/28- Bring Your Book!!
3.2- 10/3
Ch. 3 Quiz- 10/5
Bring Your Book-10/8
Unit Exam- 10/9
Project Due- 10/8


New grades have been posted.  I am no longer using for now.  There are some quirks that I do not like, so I am goign back to my old grade program.  You can still check your grades online though.  Just click on the Grades link on this webpage.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Welcome to my class!!

If you are luck enough to have Miss Seney as your teacher for first semester please access her website here: 

Please take a look around, I will be posting due dates and other important information here.  You can subscribe to this blog so that you get an alert any time I update this site.

Friday, June 8, 2012


Grades have been updated.  Sort of.  I updated history grades.  But I have a stack of make-up, late and random work that I need to put in.  I will be working on that this weekend. 

English:  I will have updated grades for you on Monday.  I am working on those this weekend too.

Everyone:  Work on your projects!!!  If you are done, start studying for the final!!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Topics for your speeches

Here is a link to topics that might interest you.

You can find more by going to Then go to the School Info Tab.  Then go to the Library Tab.  Go to Online Databases.  Start with the Issues and Controversies database.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Grades have been updated

New grades have been updated.  They do not include the unit exam, as the students took that test today and they have yet to be graded.

Novel Due Dates for English

Our new book is Fahrenheit 451.  The students will be receiving them on Friday.  Here is the schedule.

p. 3-68- Due May 29
p. 71-93- Due June 1
p. 93-110- Due June 5
p. 113-136- Due June 8
p. 137- end- Due June 11
F451 Exam- June 12
F451 Project- June 13

Due dates for the rest of the year for history

Because of the testing schedule, the due dates are different for each period.  Please pay attention to that.

5/30- Introduce Speech Project, 6/4- Project Work Day (Speech Outline Due), 6/8-Speech Rough Draft Due/ Peer Edit, 6/12- Final Speech Due and presentations begin.
p. 1
Nixon- 5/17
Ford- In Class Lecture
Carter- 5/25
Reagan- 5/31
Bush- In Class Lecture
Clinton- 6/6

p. 2
Nixon- 5/17
Ford- In Class Lecture
Carter- 5/23
Reagan- 5/31
Bush- In Class Lecture
Clinton- 6/6

p. 5
Nixon- 5/17
Ford- In Class Lecture
Carter- 5/23
Reagan- 5/31
Bush- In Class Lecture
Clinton- 6/6

p. 6
Nixon- 5/18
Ford- In Class Lecture
Carter- 5/24
Reagan- 5/31
Bush- In Class Lecture
Clinton- 6/6

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Link Crew

Do not forget that tomorrow is the VERY LAST day to turn in your application for Link Crew!!  You do not want to miss out on this opportunity!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, May 14, 2012

English test tomorrow!!

The exam will include Black Boy, the Beat Poems, I want a wife, What keeps women home, The box man, Public Enemy, I have a dream, and Ballot or the Bullet.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

New Grades

Grades have been updated.  Reminder that there is an extra credit opportunity.  You can read the play A Raisin in the Sun and do the historical book review.  It will be worth 1 and a half homework assignments.  It is short.  It will be due on May 15.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Friday, April 13, 2012

New Grades

New Grades have been posted. For history, the unit exam is not included. I am still working on those and will have them up next week. For English, your score for the essay may be there or not. I am still working on them but have graded some. Those will be updated Monday.

Extra Credit Opportunity for my English Class

Students have the opportunity to read any book for extra credit. They must read the book and complete the Independent Reading Book Review essay. It is due on June 1. No exceptions. A link to the assignment is in the links section.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Upcoming Dates

Hello. Here are the upcoming dates for this unit. We are working on a skit in class today and they are performing it tomorrow.
17.1-4/10 (doing in class on 4/9)
17.2- 4/11
17.3- 4/13
18.1- 4/16
18.2- 4/18
Quiz on 17 and 18- 4/20. (work on 17.4 after quiz)
19.1-4/24 (doing in class on 4/23)
19.4- 4/30
Quiz ch 19- 5/2
20.1- 5/4
20.2- 5/7
Quiz Ch 20- 5/14
Unit Exam- 5/15
There is also a project in there. Not sure of due date yet. Introducing it on April 26

Gown Giveaway!!

The El Cajon Library is hosting a Gown Giveaway on Saturday, April 21st from 10am-4pm! They will have over 250 formal dresses to choose from. You can get one dress and a makeover, all for free! This event is open to anyone in grades 9-12. Appointments are required. Please call Miko at 619-588-3718 for more details!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Art Expo Day

Parents and Family Members,

We codially invite you to our Art Expo day where your students' projects will be displayed. We will have the "gallery" set up in the Valhalla library from 7 am to 2 pm on 3/28. You are welcome to come and see what great things our students can do.

The theme this year was either "The Impact of War on America" or "America's Role in the World".


Your American Studies Teachers

Extra Credit Opportunity

There is an opportunity for extra credit over Spring Break. The assignment is to read the book Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers and do the corresponding written assignment. The link for the assignment is below.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Schedule Change for Tuesday and Wednesday

MARCH 13,14 2012

Tuesday March 13

Time Minutes

EXAM ELA 8:00- 11:00

Break/Lunch 11:00-11:30

Period 3 11:36-12:36

Period 2 12:42-1:42

Period 1 1:48-2:48

Wednesday March 14

EXAM Math 8:00-11:00

Break/Passing 11:00-11:30

Period 4 11:36-12:21

Period 5 12:27-1:12

Period 6 1:18-2:03

Period 7 2:09-2:54

New Grades have been udated

Here you go. Please encourage your students to study.

"Doing" the homework is often not enough for student's to comprehend and retain content. They must also study. Many students will just skim the text in order to get the work done. But this causes problems because they do not get the context of the term or idea. Please look at HOW you are doing your homework. Doing the assignment is often not enough to truly grasp the content.
Try this: First make sure all distractions are removed from the study area. No ipods, t.v.s, phone, etc. If there is something more interesting than the history text around, you will want to pay attention to that!! You will be surprised; cleaning your room may suddenly become very interesting when it comes time for homework. You may need to make it a rule that you do your homework in a certain area, like at the kitchen table.
A suggestion for how to do your history notes:
Step 1: Read over the note taking guide. Preview the objectives, key terms and ideas that we expect you to know.
Step 2: Read the section once through without taking any notes. Pay attention to all of the headings, pictures, captions, maps, etc. Really read it!! Do not just skim!
Step 3: Re-read the note taking guide for that section. Then read the section in the book again, this time taking notes. Yes, reread it!! Do not just skim!
Step 4: Review the notes. Then write the summary for the notes, answering the objective in the summary.
Step 5: Have a parent or other adult look at the note taking guide and quiz you on the terms. You should be able to explain them without looking at the notes. Use the note taking guide as a check list. If you can explain it, check it off. If not, then you need to go back and review that item. Keep going until you can explain everything on the sheet. Kind of like the old spelling list practice.Hope this helps!!!! Remember the more times you have contact with information, the more likely it will stick in your head!!!!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Date Update

I forgot to include a Quiz date on that last update. We will be having a quiz on Ch. 16 and 18.3 on March 12. That is a Monday.

Other upcoming dates:
3/12: Art Project Proposal Due
3/12: Make-up Day to meet with counselor for your schedule for next year!!!
3/9: Deadline to register for the 4/14 ACT test.
3/14: Meeting for the Washington, D.C. trip for next year. 6pm in room 253.
4/6: Deadline to register for the 5/5 SAT test.
5/4: Deadline to register for the June 9 ACT Test
5/8: Deadline to register for the June 2 SAT Test


Thursday, March 1, 2012


New grades have been posted.

History: No, the unit exam you took YESTERDAY, is not graded yet. It is not included in your grade.

English: Some of your essays have been graded. If they have, they are in your grade. If not, it is blank. The blanks do not count against you. Only MI (missing) do.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Upcoming US History Due Dates

The unit exam will be the day before Spring Break. If for some reason, you will not be in school that day. You need to take the test BEFORE going on break. There will be no make-ups after break.

Art Expo Project Due-3/27 (Introducing this on 3/13 or 3/14)
Quiz (multiple choice test)- 3/29
Unit exam (written test)- 3/30

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

New grades have been posted

Everything up to today has been entered. That includes any and all late or makeup work and the magazine project.

Items left for your semester grade:
1. Chapter 13 homework
2. Ch. 11, 12 and 13 Unit exam
3. The final exam