Our third and final book of THIS semester will be Animal Farm, by George Orwell. We'll start it Monday, December 2nd (the day we come back from Thanksgiving Break), and finish it in just over a week. Because this is the end of the semester, if you get behind it will be very difficult to catch up in time to finish the semester successfully.
Enough of us are struggling with our Skills assessments - not just in here, but across the department - that we're devoting most of this week to going through them again. Together. All of us. Not all of you will have to officially re-assess on all skills, but we're going to walk through Political Cartoons, Asking Good Questions, and APARTY/Document Analysis again. And again. And again, if necessary.
Here are the official instructions for students wishing to check their grades online. It's a bit convoluted, but that's the gradebook program more than it is a problem with the instructions. Just breathe and walk through it.
Great news! Our students now have the same opportunity to view their grades through our student/parent portal that our parents have. Students may pull up the Union web page, www.unionps.org, and see the link to PARENT ON-LINE.
You'll have Fall Break to take advantage of the Extra Credit posted. Soon, some of it will change or disappear, while other items will still be available. We're halfway through this semester, so if you're in grade trouble (or not quite where you'd like to be gradewise), this is the time to do something about it. It will only get harder after this.
On October 14th & 15th, the Monday & Tuesday before Fall Break, we will be watching a documentary called Miss Representation in class. The goal of Miss Representation is to examine some of the ways that media—primarily TV, but including movies, video games, print media, and others—impacts how we view ourselves and others, most specifically in regards to portrayals and expectations of women. In the process, it brings in race, politics, social and economic power, and other related issues.
Now that we're almost a quarter of the way through the year, I'll be upping my expectations regarding your attention to and use of this class website. Anything announced on this home page, you are expected to read. Files, notes, and schedules posted under the Sunday before or the Saturday after the week's agenda, you are expected to know. Lectures are often posted in advance in order to make your note-taking easier and more effective. Posted videos are required unless otherwise noted.
Most of you are aware that students can attend (or be assigned to attend) Homework Helpers in the Media Center during their lunch periods. Ms. Hunter is looking for students to help out with HH during their lunch hour. She can offer 30 minutes of community service credit for each day of assistance. It's also a potentially decent thing to do. With great power...
Intro to Pre-AP and Pre-AP classes start this book this Friday (3rd Hour starts it Thursday). Barnes & Noble across from Woodland Hills Mall has plenty behind the counter under my name as of this update. I do not have unlimited copies of this book to check out, so if you have legitimate need, have a parental unit email me ASAP. There will be no Discussion Forum assignments for this book.
Some of you did not do as well as you (or I) had hoped on one or more of the reading quizzes over Lord of the Flies, and some did not do as well as you would have liked on the online discussions (Intro & Pre-AP Classes Only). I have posted instructions [on DOCS and on AGENDA for Sat/Sun] for how you can raise those grades if you are interested, but this will not be a normal thing as we read various books. Intro to Pre-AP and Pre-AP classes will be moving almost immediately into The Client (John Grisham). Please being procuring your copies, or having parental
All Intro to Pre-AP / Pre-AP Students: The practice discussion topics have been erased (as promised) and the legit LOTF discussion topics are posted. See the appropriate Reading, Quiz, and Discussion Board schedule for your class for details on when posts are due. Guidelines for posting are on the Forum itself AND in document form on the DOCS page.