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.