Academic Calendar 2017-2018

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Thursday and Friday January 18/19, 2018

Today's Quote:

'Embrace uncertainty. Some of the most beautiful chapters in our lives won't have a title until much later.'
~ Bob Goff


RECAP:
All classes have now been shown how to access and use their digital notebooks to read chapters, view and complete homework, or watch videos associated with the units. This should make completing assignments easier as they can do them right in their notebook and not have to worry about printing, saving or emailing. It does require a computer, tablet or smartphone and internet access. If students don't have these things, they can just speak to me privately and I will provide paper copies. Students do have to move away from paper as the entire county is going digital.

Biology- In biology we finished up the notes over chemical bonds and I reviewed the types of chemical bonds. Ionic bonding is the complete transfer of valence electron(s) between atoms. covalent bond, also called a molecular bond, is a chemical bond that involves the sharing of electron pairs between atoms. Polar covalent bonding is a type of chemical bond where a pair of electrons is unequally shared between two atoms. Metallic bond, force that holds atoms together in a metallic substance. Such a solid consists of closely packed atoms. In most cases, the outermost electron shell of each of the metal atoms overlaps with a large number of neighboring atoms. As a consequence, the valence electrons continually move from one atom to another We also introduced the four molecules of life; proteins, carbohydrates, nucleic acids and lipids. We will go over our lab today.

Earth Space Science- This class was a little behind due to the holiday so we finished the primer on using the computers to access the notebooks. It was a little frustrating that the homework was due today and 9 students asked for paper copies. In the future ASK FOR THESE BEFORE THE DUE date. I gave them copies, but the late policy of the class still applies. We began our discussion of the atmosphere and got all the way through it's compositions before the bell rang.

Intensive Reading- Our class has, admittedly, been floundering. We've been awaiting schedule changes and trying to keep busy. Yesterday was the end of that. I took all of the student's suggestions and set up digital notebooks for them as well. I pulled all new and different writing prompts from the ones the county uses, I developed a new grammar unit and timed readings to increase reading scores. Seniors who have not yet passed the FSA or ACT shared their serious concerns about how they felt they needed help. By the end of the day, I had a plan in place. Every student was given their test results after I analyzed them. They need to share those results with CSM George who has a program that will set up and print practices and tutorials to specifically target the areas they are weak in.We started by opening the new writing prompt: Is Change Something to be Feared or Embraced. For homework students were to read the two documents I provided on the writing prompts page of their notebook. Shut the Door. A Speech by Senator Ellison DuRant Smith and Fear of Change by Henery Ford. Students were told to only READ the articles. We will work on them in class. If students used the electronic version they can access the reader, and writing tools I added. Again, many students wanted paper copies.

Parents, OneNote has a parent link as well. If you want to know if your child is doing their work, email me, and I will give you your link. To re-iterate, in my class, students will have homework 2 to 3 nights each week. If you are not seeing them do homework, then they are not doing well in my class.For this week, students are being graded on the pages we create in OneNote as practice use of the tools and activities.

Intensive reading classes are shifting this 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:

It was a stormy summer evening. Granny Smith, Detective Shadow, the notorious gangster Sam Slug, and Miss Goodbody were standing in the lobby of the Soul Ace Hotel, all waiting for a cab. Suddenly the power went out leaving the lobby in complete darkness. There was the sound of a kiss followed by a punch. Moments later when the power came on, the elderly Granny Smith smiled since she thought Miss Goodbody had just belted Sam Slug, who was sporting a fresh black eye. Miss Goodbody thought Slug was a little strange because, instead of trying to kiss her, he must have tried to kiss Granny Smith or maybe even Shadow. Slug thought Shadow must have tried to kiss Miss Goodbody, and that she accidentally hit him instead. Only Shadow knew exactly what happened. Can you deduce what took place?



General Information:



  Make sure you know your MCPS student user name and password! Sign into your Digital Notebook...Monday is Martin Luther King Jr Day! NO SCHOOL!


Study Guides: 



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9th Grade  Earth Space Science:

 Class Information and Syllabus

Unit Essential Question: Which atmospheric gases influence the energy transfer to Earth? 
Unit Essential Question: What are three ways energy is transferred in the atmosphere?
Unit Essential Question: What causes the movement of air?
Unit Essential Question: How are temperature, pressure, and density related?
Key Learning Statement: The composition, structure, and properties of Earth’s atmosphere form the basis of Earth’s weather and climate




Agenda:

  Composition of the Atmosphere


Getting to know your digital notebook and adding content from the content library

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HS Intensive English

 Class Information and Syllabus

Agenda:


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10th Grade Biology 1

 Class Information and Syllabus


Unit Essential Question: How is chemistry important to living things?
Unit Essential Question:  What properties of water make it important for life?
Unit Essential Question: How does the structure of the water molecule determine the properties of water?
Unit Essential Question: What are the structures and functions of the four major groups of organic compounds?

Key Learning Statement: Each macromolecule has a particular role in the metabolism of organisms.  The unique properties of water make it essential for the reactions involving macromolecules. 






Agenda:

Getting to know your digital notebook and adding content from the content library. 



Storm Updates:

No storms pose a risk to the US currently


Check out the Global currents map!




Science Current Events:


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








Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Tuesday January 16th, 2018

Today's Quote:



RECAP:
Homework was assigned and is due today in all of the science classes. I explained how to use the digital notebooks and students were given ample opportunity to practice before I decided to move forward with this.

In all classes, we began learning how to use our digital notebooks in Microsoft One Note. Every student had a notebook created for them and they were emailed a link to their county email. One Note is a fantastic resource to make certain work is being done on time and to the best of the student's ability. It is imperative that students know their county email address and password! This was given to them and repeated multiple times when they entered the MCPS school system and it is a necessity. To that end, I told students I would provide it for them once more, (I've done this weekly since the school year began) and then if they need to ask me again, there will be a consequence.
Parents, OneNote has a parent link as well. If you want to know if your child is doing their work, email me, and I will give you your link. To re-iterate, in my class, students will have homework 2 to 3 nights each week. If you are not seeing them do homework, then they are not doing well in my class.For this week, students are being graded on the pages we create in OneNote as practice use of the tools and activities.

Intensive reading classes are shifting this 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:

Assuming that you are paying, is it cheaper to take one friend to the movies twice, or two friends to the movies at the same time? Why? (It doesn't depend on how much popcorn or other things you buy)



General Information:



  Make sure you know your MCPS student user name and password! Sign into your Digital Notebook...Monday is Martin Luther King Jr Day! NO SCHOOL!


Study Guides: 



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9th Grade  Earth Space Science:

 Class Information and Syllabus

Unit Essential Question: Which atmospheric gases influence the energy transfer to Earth? 
Unit Essential Question: What are three ways energy is transferred in the atmosphere?
Unit Essential Question: What causes the movement of air?
Unit Essential Question: How are temperature, pressure, and density related?
Key Learning Statement: The composition, structure, and properties of Earth’s atmosphere form the basis of Earth’s weather and climate




Agenda:

  Composition of the Atmosphere


Getting to know your digital notebook and adding content from the content library

________________________________________________________________________________________

HS Intensive English

 Class Information and Syllabus

Agenda:


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10th Grade Biology 1

 Class Information and Syllabus

the yearly list of prefixes, roots, and suffixes.



To go with our discussion and your head exploding. (LOL)



Unit Essential Question: How is chemistry important to living things?
Unit Essential Question:  What properties of water make it important for life?
Unit Essential Question: How does the structure of the water molecule determine the properties of water?
Unit Essential Question: What are the structures and functions of the four major groups of organic compounds?

Key Learning Statement: Each macromolecule has a particular role in the metabolism of organisms.  The unique properties of water make it essential for the reactions involving macromolecules. 






Agenda:

Getting to know your digital notebook and adding content from the content library. 

Storm Updates:

No storms pose a risk to the US currently


Check out the Global currents map!




Science Current Events:


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








Thursday, January 11, 2018

Today's Quote:

'True Community is based upon equality, mutuality, and reciprocity. It affirms the richness of individual diversity as well as the common human ties that bind us together. '
~ Pauli Murray


RECAP:
In all classes, we began learning how to use our digital notebooks in Microsoft One Note. Every student had a notebook created for them and they were emailed a link to their county email. One Note is a fantastic resource to make certain work is being done on time and to the best of the student's ability. It is imperative that students know their county email address and password! This was given to them and repeated multiple times when they entered the MCPS school system and it is a necessity. To that end, I told students I would provide it for them once more, (I've done this weekly since the school year began) and then if they need to ask me again, there will be a consequence.
Parents, OneNote has a parent link as well. If you want to know if your child is doing their work, email me, and I will give you your link. To re-iterate, in my class, students will have homework 2 to 3 nights each week. If you are not seeing them do homework, then they are not doing well in my class.For this week, students are being graded on the pages we create in OneNote as practice use of the tools and activities.

Intensive reading classes are shifting this 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:

Shadow answered a break and enter call at the home of his friend, Captain Frank. As Shadow was combing the house for clues, he opened the bedroom door and saw Mrs. Frank who had hanged herself. Just then Captain Frank came down the hall and told Shadow not to bother with the bedrooms since the burglars never entered them. Shadow closed the bedroom door and continued his investigation at the other end of the house. Why would Shadow not respond to what he saw?



General Information:



  Make sure you know your MCPS student user name and password! Sign into your Digital Notebook...Monday is Martin Luther King Jr Day! NO SCHOOL!


Study Guides: 



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9th Grade  Earth Space Science:

 Class Information and Syllabus

Unit Essential Question: Which atmospheric gases influence the energy transfer to Earth? 
Unit Essential Question: What are three ways energy is transferred in the atmosphere?
Unit Essential Question: What causes the movement of air?
Unit Essential Question: How are temperature, pressure, and density related?
Key Learning Statement: The composition, structure, and properties of Earth’s atmosphere form the basis of Earth’s weather and climate






Agenda:

Getting to know your digital notebook and adding content from the content library

________________________________________________________________________________________

HS Intensive English

 Class Information and Syllabus


____________________________________________________________________________________

10th Grade Biology 1

 Class Information and Syllabus

the yearly list of prefixes, roots, and suffixes.



To go with our discussion and your head exploding. (LOL)



Unit Essential Question: How is chemistry important to living things?
Unit Essential Question:  What properties of water make it important for life?
Unit Essential Question: How does the structure of the water molecule determine the properties of water?
Unit Essential Question: What are the structures and functions of the four major groups of organic compounds?

Key Learning Statement: Each macromolecule has a particular role in the metabolism of organisms.  The unique properties of water make it essential for the reactions involving macromolecules. 






Agenda:

Getting to know your digital notebook and adding content from the content library. Complete the Chapter 6 notes given last week. Due Monday/ Tuesday 1/15-16/18




Storm Updates:

No storms pose a risk to the US currently



Check out the Global currents map!




Science Current Events:


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








Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Wednesday January 10th, 2017

Today's Quote:


Order of Bards Ovates and Druids (OBOD)'s portrait.
'I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape - the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn't show.'
~ Andrew Wyeth

RECAP:
In all classes, we began learning how to use our digital notebooks in Microsoft One Note. Every student had a notebook created for them and they were emailed a link to their county email. One Note is a fantastic resource to make certain work is being done on time and to the best of the student's ability. It is imperative that students know their county email address and password! This was given to them and repeated multiple times when they entered the MCPS school system and it is a necessity. To that end, I told students I would provide it for them once more, (I've done this weekly since the school year began) and then if they need to ask me again, there will be a consequence.
Parents, OneNote has a parent link as well. If you want to know if your child is doing their work, email me, and I will give you your link. To re-iterate, in my class, students will have homework 2 to 3 nights each week. If you are not seeing them do homework, then they are not doing well in my class.For this week, students are being graded on the pages we create in OneNote as practice use of the tools and activities.

Intensive reading classes are shifting this 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:

It was a major league baseball game that a pitcher faced only 27 batters. Every batter he faced, he struck out. He allowed no hits and no runs. His team lost 4-0. How could this be possible?



General Information:



  Make sure you know your MCPS student user name and password! Sign into your Digital Notebook...Monday is Martin Luther King Jr Day! NO SCHOOL!


Study Guides: 



_________________________________________________

9th Grade  Earth Space Science:

 Class Information and Syllabus

Unit Essential Question: Which atmospheric gases influence the energy transfer to Earth? 
Unit Essential Question: What are three ways energy is transferred in the atmosphere?
Unit Essential Question: What causes the movement of air?
Unit Essential Question: How are temperature, pressure, and density related?
Key Learning Statement: The composition, structure, and properties of Earth’s atmosphere form the basis of Earth’s weather and climate






Agenda:

Getting to know your digital notebook and adding content from the content library

________________________________________________________________________________________

HS Intensive English

 Class Information and Syllabus


____________________________________________________________________________________

10th Grade Biology 1

 Class Information and Syllabus

the yearly list of prefixes, roots, and suffixes.



To go with our discussion and your head exploding. (LOL)



Unit Essential Question: How is chemistry important to living things?
Unit Essential Question:  What properties of water make it important for life?
Unit Essential Question: How does the structure of the water molecule determine the properties of water?
Unit Essential Question: What are the structures and functions of the four major groups of organic compounds?

Key Learning Statement: Each macromolecule has a particular role in the metabolism of organisms.  The unique properties of water make it essential for the reactions involving macromolecules. 






Agenda:

Getting to know your digital notebook and adding content from the content library




Storm Updates:

No storms pose a risk to the US currently



Check out the Global currents map!




Science Current Events:


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