As my cross country coach used to say, “The hay is in the barn!” which means that all the hard work is over and now is time to reap the rewards of the efforts. This week was a tough one with many assignments and assessments stacked on top of each other. Well, now we have that behind us and it is time to relax and enjoy our holiday break.
There is still a large assignment due on Monday for students in all math classes. Problem solving #4 needs to have at least 4 problems worked out with full explanations for a proficient grade, or all 6 problems for exemplary. In Ms. Naggea’s class there is still another assessment on Monday over basic skills. I posted a review sheet on last weeks newsletter that covers all the material being assessed. When we return, students will begin with graphing and functions.
Scrapbooks are being turned in Friday this week and Monday of next week (depending on class). The requirements are posted below. We have now finished our poetry unit and will begin with a novel study after we return from break.
This week will conclude the Model United Nations conference as students debate and vote on a final resolution for their issue. Next semester, students will begin to examine the theme of power. This will lead them into studying the People Power Revolution of the Philippines.
In Dr. Lacson’s class students have been watching demonstrations of the up coming performance task. The performance task will take place directly after return from the holiday break on Tuesday Jan. 7th, 2014.
In Mr. Pasamba’s class students have just finished up physical changes with a quiz over the content and will begin learning chemical changes when we return. The performance task will follow after the students have finished learning about chemical changes.
This week in math classes, our time was spent on reviewing the geometry unit concepts for the upcoming assessment. The geometry assessment will be Monday for Mr. Drayton and Wednesday for Ms. Naggea. The problem solving #4 will be due for both teachers on Monday Dec. 16th. There will also be a basic skills assessment either Friday Dec. 13th or Monday Dec. 16th depending on class and teacher. Check the homework calendar for the date. Below are practice materials for the assessments. For the geometry practice, please ignore the third problem on the top row.
The majority of research and homework is finished in social studies this semester. Next week is all about the Model United Nations conference. Students need to be fully engaged and asking questions as almost half of their points for the performance task come from their participation in the conference. I have provided the scoring rubric below for students to refer to for the skills being assessed during the conference.
In English this week students handed in their final drafts of the poem essay and are now spending time looking at transformative poetry with an emphasis on protest poems and songs. Next week students will continue to look at the tranformative properties of poetry and lyrics. They will be adding to their scrapbooks as they examine the poetry. The scrapbooks will be the final performance task students will be completing before the end of the semester.
Dr. Lacson has delayed the performance task for this unit until after the break. He felt it was better to relieve some pressure from the end of the semester crush. Next week he will be doing demonstration labs on the concepts used in the performance task. He will demo the cooking techniques and explain the chemical and physical changes that they will need to complete and explain in the performance task when they return from break.
Mr. Pasamba is finishing up with physical changes and will be having a quiz on the concept Wednesday of next week. Students will be making a mind map as part of their reviewing technique. I have provided a slide from his blog that has the concepts and vocabulary that students should know for the quiz.