Academic Calendar 2017-2018

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Thursday & Friday- October 19th & 20th, 2017

Today's Quote:



Recap:

Yesterday in class students in Biology turned in their Secret Life of the Cell worksheets and we began exploring the origins of the cell theory and the Endosymbiotic theory. Many students were fascinated by the structure of the cell and all of the organelles inside. This link will take you to a Quizlet to help you study them. First period planned out the door for Red Ribbon Week and will come back during Power Hour to finish it. We discussed how the cell contains so much more than cytoplasm as was originally thought. New data from research shows the presence of vast cytoskeleton highways the organelles use as an intracellular transport system. All students are reminded that tomorrow is the deadling for their science fair intent card to Mr. McCord if they plan to do a project. Since this has to be an original project with orignal data, I told my science classes that if they do a project and meet ALL of the requirements Mr. McCord has, they would earn a grade no lower than a "C" for this nine week grading period. The illustration below will help you visualize the cell membrane. 
In Earth Space Science, we began our discussion of the formation of the universe and explored the timeline from the very first fraction of a second after the Big Bang to where most of the evidence says we are headed. This occurred approximately 13.7 billion years ago. While scientists originally thought the universe was about 13.7 billion years old there is new evidence pointing to a much older universe and the possibility that there may have been 12 big Bang incidents. We are about to explore how the planets formed, specifically Earth. We did a learing check and didn't do so well. I need my parents to make certain their children are studying and DO have homework 3 to 5 nights each week for my class. 

In Intensive English students got a chance to practice their vocabulary words as we continued looking at different types of context clues. This week we are looking at direct explanation, a strategy where the author includes the actual meaing of the word following the use of the word in a sentence. I also had time to explain how one clause can refer to another one. Following our vocabulary practice session we began diving into our directed reading packet. Students in 7th period learned how we infer information from an image and how to use this data in writing. We will continue this next week.


Students who correct ALL the mistakes on their returned papers will receive 10 points more. Make your corrections on a separate piece of paper and staple it to the actual paper, turn it in. Example: If you scored a 60 on an assignment and you correct ALL of the mistakes, I will add 10 points to make it a 70.


Entry Task/ Brain Bender:

What is one thing that all wise men, regardless of their religion or politics, agree is between heaven and Earth? 



General Agenda:





Study Guides: 
The Nature of Science
The Cell:
Formation of the Earth:

9th Grade  Earth Space Science:

 Class Information and Syllabus

Unit Essential Questions: How did the Universe, stars and planets form?
Gravity Lab-  Create your own star system and see how you do as a universe builder.

Formation of the Earth Study Guide: Every student was given one copy of the study guide. No extra copies will be made. Students can download the online version and p[rint it themselves.
The Big Bang Quizlet link
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Agenda:







Watch: The Early Earth, and take notes for discussion

Class discussion and notes over the Big Bang Timeline


Homework: 



HS Intensive English

 Class Information and Syllabus

Unit Essential Questions: How did religion impact medical care and treatment during ancient times?

Agenda: 

Vocabulary practice: 15 min

Begin: “Hospitals and Treatment Facilities of the Ancient World”


Every student should download and register for a Grammarly account. It's free and from now on all work must be word processed.


Homework: 

Context Clues: Direct Explanation
Read through the Article about hospitals and their environment and use the directed note-taking sheet to begin pulling information out of the article for later use.







10th Grade Biology 1

 Class Information and Syllabus


Unit Essential Questions: What is the cell theory and how was it discovered? How are prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells alike and different?  What is the role of the different parts of a cell?  How are plant and animal cells alike and different?
Key Learning Statement: Scientists conduct investigations and use empirical evidence to reach conclusions about the natural world. 


Agenda:

Introduction to Cells: BBC Our Secret Universe Complete Viewer's questions in class.  Due Wednesday.

The Endosymbiotic Theory while viewing, take notes.


Homework: 





Storm Updates:

No storms pose a risk to the US currently



Check out the Global currents map!



Science Current Events:

China Lost Control of It's Space Station And It's Crashing To Earth!

Why It's Almost Impossible to Kill Tartigrades


The Best Graph of Global Climate Temperatures Ever!


Watch the Evolution of Bacteria In Just 10 Days!


For the First Time Ever, The Human Genome Has Been Edited By Scientists in a Highly Controversial Move.


Do Animals Possess a Soul?


Horses Can Use Symbolic Language to Communicate With Us.

Apps and Programs to Help You be Successful:

The 10 best note-taking apps




Video Links/ Other Resources over this topic

The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows

Monday, October 16, 2017

Tuesday/ Wednesday October 17th & 18th, 2017

Today's Quote:


Recap:

We are using this week to get all caught up before processing grades. Parents and students are asked to be patient as I work through grades. Please remember, it is also "grant season" and I have many deadlines I am trying to meet while balancing my other duties. Biology 1 classes began their exploration of the cell and how it developed and works. Students were given a video viewers guide to complete as we work our way through Our Secret Universe, The Hidden Life of the Cell. As the video is playing, I stop to discuss things that are being seen. For example, students pointed out that they believe all animal cells are round and shaped the same when, in fact, cells come in many different shapes such as the epithelial cells shown in the video and that cells are the basic building blocks of living things. Cells themselves are composed of molecules and atoms which are the building blocks of all living and non-living things. They are roughly shaped like pyramids. Students also learned about the interstitial spaces between cells and other tissues. I pointed out that blood flows through these spaces and every single cell in your body is touched by blood flow. If it wasn't then those cells would die. Blood is how cells get oxygen and other nutrients and also how the expels carbon dioxide and waste materials. I mentioned that when you breathe in AIR, blood becomes oxygenated at the alveoli within the lung tissues. That oxygen is then carried to every cell in the body and passes passively through the cell's semi-permeable membrane (Definition 5) and carbon dioxide in then picked up and transferred back to the lungs for exhalation. During this process sugars stored by the cells are used to create energy in the form of ATP.This process is referred to as cellular respiration.
We mentioned that all animals have roughly the same sized cells on Earth, but some have more cells than other things. These cells started off as a blastocyst and undergo cellular division in which undifferentiated Stem cells become specialized cells such as skeletal, cardiac, or nerve cell. The process of STEM cell differentiation is explained very well by clicking this link. I also explained the cellular membrane has protein receptors poking through it that monitor the interstitial spaces to protect the cell and bring in the nutrients all cells need. 
In Earth Space Science, we began our discussion of the formation of the universe and explored the timeline from the very first fraction of a second after the Big Bang to where most of the evidence says we are headed. This occurred approximately 13.7 billion years ago. While scientists originally thought the universe was about 13.7 billion years old there is new evidence pointing to a much older universe and the possibility that there may have been 12 big Bang incidents. We are about to explore how the planets formed, specifically Earth.




Students who correct ALL the mistakes on their returned papers will receive 10 points more. Make your corrections on a separate piece of paper and staple it to the actual paper, turn it in. Example: If you scored a 60 on an assignment and you correct ALL of the mistakes, I will add 10 points to make it a 70.

Entry Task/ Brain Bender:

Jacob Blatter and his new bride Vanessa, were racing down a country road toward the city. Suddenly Jacob's car began to sputter and cough, and finally stalled. Realizing he was out of gas, Jacob decided to go for help. Before leaving, he instructed Vanessa to lock all four doors and keep the windows rolled up tight. It was a relatively mild day so heat or cold posed no threat. Jacob returned to the car, to find his new bride dead and a stranger in the car. The windows and doors were still locked and closed, and the car was undamaged. How did Vanessa die and who was the stranger?



General Agenda:

1. 1st period will be given the period to come up with a door decorating idea and a list of supplies they need me to purchase. I will bring the materials tomorrow
2. Hand back COWS and go over expectations. 
                a. Name AND period in permanent black ink on the front cover. (I will not search for                        this again!)
                b. EVERY student is to have a COW. I will not take binders, spiral bound notebooks                        or loose-leaf paper in the future. 
                c. Do not tear pages out of your COW for ANY reason.
                d. The expectation is that you will record the brain bender, take notes, and complete                       lab write ups in your COW. There should not be ANY other subjects written in                             your COW.



9th Grade  Earth Space Science:

 Class Information and Syllabus

Unit Essential Questions: How did the Universe, stars and planets form?
Gravity Lab-  Create your own star system and see how you do as a universe builder.
. 

Agenda:


Watch: The Early Earth, and take notes for discussion

Class discussion and notes over the Big Bang Timeline


Homework: 



HS Intensive English

 Class Information and Syllabus

Unit Essential Questions: How did religion impact medical care and treatment during ancient times?

Agenda: 

Begin: “Hospitals and Treatment Facilities of the Ancient World”

Every student should download and register for a Grammarly account. It's free and from now on all work must be word processed.


Homework: 






10th Grade Biology 1

 Class Information and Syllabus


Unit Essential Questions: What is the cell theory and how was it discovered? How are prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells alike and different?  What is the role of the different parts of a cell?  How are plant and animal cells alike and different?
Key Learning Statement: Scientists conduct investigations and use empirical evidence to reach conclusions about the natural world. 

Agenda:

Introduction to Cells: BBC Our Secret Universe Complete Viewer's questions in class.  Due Wednesday.

The Endosymbiotic Theory while viewing, take notes.


Homework: 





Storm Updates:

No storms pose a risk to the US currently



Check out the Global currents map!



Science Current Events:

China Lost Control of It's Space Station And It's Crashing To Earth!

Why It's Almost Impossible to Kill Tartigrades


The Best Graph of Global Climate Temperatures Ever!


Watch the Evolution of Bacteria In Just 10 Days!


For the First Time Ever, The Human Genome Has Been Edited By Scientists in a Highly Controversial Move.


Do Animals Possess a Soul?


Horses Can Use Symbolic Language to Communicate With Us.

Apps and Programs to Help You be Successful:

The 10 best note-taking apps




Video Links/ Other Resources over this topic

The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows

Saturday, October 14, 2017

What happens when you give real people the chance to do the right thing?


Today's Date: October 14th, 2017
I woke up at 4:00am after a long night of grading papers. I've learned not to get excited by these things. It's the weekend, public high school students don't really care, they want to sleep in...so do I. The roads were barren and dark with just the hint of fog drifting through the lower pastures on my drive to school. As I made the final turn into our parking lot, I didn't see any movement. I checked my phone; it was 5:15am. I had this sinking feeling in my gut. I had promised the organizers at www.feedingchildreneverywhere.com/orlandocares2017/ almost 50 cadets to help fill the need they had for 30,000 volunteers to pack an estimated 4.4 million meals for the climate refugees of Puerto- Rico. Their island decimated and nearly scoured from the Earth by hurricane Maria, an estimated 3.4 million US citizens were without electricity, power, clean water, or food. As I scanned the parking lot approaching the building I saw no one. I was alone.
My mind raced with explanations I could offer for canceling on the morning we were expected at 8:00am, or worse, just not showing up or calling. As I passed the bus parking lot, a piercing beacon of white lite lit up the darkness, Mr. Spangler readying the bus. I prepared myself to tell him, not to bother as I rounded the corner to staff parking. My headlights playing across the stone facade of the building. Just then I saw movement in the encompassing darkness of morning; three shapes huddled at a picnic table, near the trees. Three cadets were there before I was! It was 5:20am by the time I got the lights on and the door open for them to come inside. I was amazed and hopeful as they bubbled through the door, laughing and talking loudly; in stark contrast to the shadowed and silent parking lot and athletic fields outside.
I told them to use the restrooms and then wait for others to arrive while I gathered all of the paperwork I would need for the drive to Orlando. At 5:40am I looked over the list of 45 cadets. At least three was something. With Mr. Spangler, myself, and Command Sargeant Major George and his wife, we at least had enough people to staff one table. It would have to do. I loaded my supplies onto the bus and returned to my classroom to lock things up. As I walked down the long, dimly lit hallway usually electric with the shouts of students going to class and now echoing my boot steps in a strange empty way, I heard muted sounds of voices coming from the parking lot where Mr. Spangler had parked the bus. Glancing at my phone one last time before stepping into the sticky morning air; it was 5:46 am. My second surprise of the day came when I saw a literal sea of Black and Tans wafting over the dew covered grass and floating through the Cimmerian shade of morning. At 5:49am I announced "wheels up in 10!" and Mr. Spangler gathered the noisome crowd to go over his bus rules. Calling out each name crisply, they boarded the bus. we had 34 of the 45 cadets who had initially turned in permission forms. the pit in my stomach settled as I made my way to the back of the bus. On the way down the tight aisle, another cadet announced that two cadets were on their way. It was 5:59am and I felt miserable that we could not wait any longer. We had to depart on time; people were depending on us. I was pleasantly surprised when Mr. Spangler pulled over before crossing to 484; the two cadets, realizing that they would not be able to board the bus at school, had parked in a nearby shopping center and were waiting on the sidewalk to meet us. Within minutes we were off and on our way to help the citizens of Puerto- Rico. My mind danced over the last conversation I had with the organizers when they said that they had had trouble getting enough volunteers. At least Marion Military Academy would be there. 36 jovial, talkative high-schoolers had gotten out of bed to help the world rather than think of themselves. This is what it means to be a dedicated JROTC cadet in a small school that still finds the time to have every student and staff member sing happy birthday to every person celebrating being brought into the world.
Hope at first light

We arrived at the Orange County Convention Center at 7:30am, right on time. Cadets disembarked from the bus and the Cadre took over to march them inside.

Arrival at Orange County Convention Center


















After a brief bathroom stop, we moved the company down the escalators in preparation of our training session. The cavernous rooms were deserted, and the convention center seemed like a ghost town. Only a handful of other people were there and most of them wore the green or black shirts that identified them as the event organizers.

Did that wall move?

BNXO  Medrano impressed by several cadets form

Inspection.SM Juarez inspects the cadets to make certain they are in proper uniform

Cadets receive training before being assigned to a station

That's a lot of food!

Going to our stations. We had 6 of the 7 stations in our area

After a brief training session, we were lead into the main hall where other volunteers were already setting up tables for teams to work.
setting up meal boxes and prepping a station

Cadets survey what food items they need from the walls of pallets surrounding the staging area.

Why does he get to just take pictures?

Cadets waiting to be resupplied

Cadet steps up to get his own supplies and resupplies other tables too



Another station packing meals





CSM George literally did the heavy lifting all day. 8 boxes high 4 columns per pallet, 24 meals per box


Stations stayed well supplied by myself and Mr. Spangler all day. As "go-fers" we kept everyone in our section able to work as fast and expediently as possible












Our cadets worked hard from 8:00am until 11:15am and manned six of the seven tables in our section. Mr. Spangler, CSM George and me were feeling the burn and I was soaked from sweating, but Feeding Children Everywhere kept the music thumping, the water bottles flowing, and the snacks plentiful. The three adults used our brief times in between stocking and stacking to engage the cadets in mini-lessons about math- If they need 4.4 million meals boxed and we complete "X" meal boxes what percentage of the total did we fill? We also talked about Biology- as we used analogies to our unit on viruses and host cells to describe our activities. Throughout the day we remarked on how incredible it was to see every race, every religion, every age group, and every nationality working together; a literal sea of humanity reaching out to help those in need.

A sea of colors!
When it came time to leave, we were tired, hot and soaked with sweat, but expectant as we tallied our work. 14 pallets completed wit four columns of eight boxes, each containing 24 meals plus a single box we almost missed; a grand total of 10,776 meals packed and 1000 brochures of hope sent out to those who might like to come and rebuild their life in Ocala as part of our family. We felt accomplished when we looked over the boxes we had for those who need it most on the ravaged island of Puerto- Rico. Marion Military Academy made a difference this day! It was time to resupply our tables, clean our areas and then make room for some fresh volunteers.















On our way out we stopped long enough to look back over the crowd and everyone stopped to watch our cadets march by. Several people reached out to shake their hands and one energetic woman yelled out jokingly, "I was in the Air Force for 25 years, get them in step!" It was a day of really hard work, yet rewarding in a way many of us had never felt.

By the time our shift ended there were over a thousand people packing meals. Faith in humanity...RESTORED!

So what do high school kids want to do after waking up before the sun on a Saturday, riding on a bus for almost two hours, and packing enough meals to feed almost 11,000 climate refugees in need? EAT of course! Mr. Spangler had a special reward in store for them. A stop at the worlds most unique McDonald's. Even I was impressed as I plodded through the door to let the manager know about 50 ravenous teenagers were about to descend upon her crew. This McDonald's has everything: a pizza section, self-ordering kiosks, a separate full-service dessert bar, and an observation area where hungry guests can watch fresh Belgian waffles being made or smell the savory goodness of made from scratch omelets being prepared. Most of our cadets immediately ordered more food than any normal human should consume in one sitting, but who could begrudge them a good meal after working so industriously? I ordered a vegetarian pizza and collapsed in a heap atop an ornate looking stool overlooking the bustling pizzeria. Cadets disappeared one after another as if being drawn into a black hole when they discovered the second-floor game room. Where in the world does that energy come from? Some chose to just sit and enjoy the camaraderie with some really great food.




























We boarded the bus, too tired to care about the stifling heat. One after another, cadets slumped into their seats and after roll call, earbuds went in, eyelids drooped closed and as if by some act of magic, the bus fell almost silent. We arrived back at our school on time at 2:00pm. There was a last mad dash to the restrooms and, as quickly as they had appeared in the murky shadows of the morning, they disappeared into the fading sun of the afternoon. As I sat at the desk with the few stragglers, I was forced to question my beliefs shaped by public schools over the course of twenty-two years in the classroom. I had always fought to get students and parents involved and here I was, at a school of just under 200 students and they had just accomplished something amazing.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Thursday and Friday October 12th, 13th, 2017

Today's Quote:



Recap:

We are using this week to get all caught up before processing grades. Parents and students are asked to be patient as I work through grades. Please remember, it is also "grant season" and I have many deadlines I am trying to meet while balancing my other duties. Biology 1 classes began their exploration of the cell and how it developed and works. Students were given a video viewers guide to complete as we work our way through Our Secret Universe, The Hidden Life of the Cell. As the video is playing, I stop to discuss things that are being seen. For example, students pointed out that they believe all animal cells are round and shaped the same when, in fact, cells come in many different shapes such as the epithelial cells shown in the video and that cells are the basic building blocks of living things. Cells themselves are composed of molecules and atoms which are the building blocks of all living and non-living things. They are roughly shaped like pyramids. Students also learned about the interstitial spaces between cells and other tissues. I pointed out that blood flows through these spaces and every single cell in your body is touched by blood flow. If it wasn't then those cells would die. Blood is how cells get oxygen and other nutrients and also how the expels carbon dioxide and waste materials. I mentioned that when you breathe in AIR, blood becomes oxygenated at the alveoli within the lung tissues. That oxygen is then carried to every cell in the body and passes passively through the cell's semi-permeable membrane (Definition 5) and carbon dioxide in then picked up and transferred back to the lungs for exhalation. During this process sugars stored by the cells are used to create energy in the form of ATP.This process is referred to as cellular respiration.
We mentioned that all animals have roughly the same sized cells on Earth, but some have more cells than other things. These cells started off as a blastocyst and undergo cellular division in which undifferentiated Stem cells become specialized cells such as skeletal, cardiac, or nerve cell. The process of STEM cell differentiation is explained very well by clicking this link. I also explained the cellular membrane has protein receptors poking through it that monitor the interstitial spaces to protect the cell and bring in the nutrients all cells need. 
In Earth Space Science, we began our discussion of the formation of the universe and explored the timeline from the very first fraction of a second after the Big Bang to where most of the evidence says we are headed. This occurred approximately 13.7 billion years ago. While scientists originally thought the universe was about 13.7 billion years old there is new evidence pointing to a much older universe and the possibility that there may have been 12 big Bang incidents. We are about to explore how the plents formed, specifically Earth.

In Intensive English students shared their unit end poems most of which were incredibly thoughtful. We then went to the computer lab to measure our Lexile Growth in reading.


Students who correct ALL the mistakes on their returned papers will receive 10 points more. Make your corrections on a separate piece of paper and staple it to the actual paper, turn it in. Example: If you scored a 60 on an assignment and you correct ALL of the mistakes, I will add 10 points to make it a 70.

Entry Task/ Brain Bender:

Even if they are starving, natives living in the Arctic will never eat a penguin's egg. Why not?



General Agenda:



9th Grade  Earth Space Science:

 Class Information and Syllabus

Unit Essential Questions: How did the Universe, stars and planets form?
Gravity Lab-  Create your own star system and see how you do as a universe builder.
. 

Agenda:


Watch: The Early Earth, and take notes for discussion

Class discussion and notes over the Big Bang Timeline


Homework: 



HS Intensive English

 Class Information and Syllabus

Unit Essential Questions: How did religion impact medical care and treatment during ancient times?

Agenda: 

Begin: “Hospitals and Treatment Facilities of the Ancient World”


Homework: 






10th Grade Biology 1

 Class Information and Syllabus


Unit Essential Questions: What is the cell theory and how was it discovered? How are prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells alike and different?  What is the role of the different parts of a cell?  How are plant and animal cells alike and different?
Key Learning Statement: Scientists conduct investigations and use empirical evidence to reach conclusions about the natural world. 

Agenda:

Introduction to Cells: BBC Our Secret Universe Complete Viewer's questions in class.


Homework: 





Storm Updates:

No storms pose a risk to the US currently



Check out the Global currents map!



Science Current Events:

China Lost Control of It's Space Station And It's Crashing To Earth!

Why It's Almost Impossible to Kill Tartigrades


The Best Graph of Global Climate Temperatures Ever!


Watch the Evolution of Bacteria In Just 10 Days!


For the First Time Ever, The Human Genome Has Been Edited By Scientists in a Highly Controversial Move.


Do Animals Possess a Soul?


Horses Can Use Symbolic Language to Communicate With Us.

Apps and Programs to Help You be Successful:

The 10 best note-taking apps




Video Links/ Other Resources over this topic

The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows