A Christmas Carol Begins this week!

This week we wrap up The Call of the Wild by writing an analytical paragraph about it.  Students will work on writing topic sentences, supporting sentences, and ways to include text references in their writing.

We will also begin A Christmas Carol.  Please make sure your son/daughter brings this text to class on Tuesday, December 1.


Concert Week

The concert is Wednesday! Call time is 6:00pm to your first period teacher, and the show starts at 6:30. Keep practicing and memorize the music.

Concert Reviews are DUE by December 7th, so please start to make concert arrangements now if you have not already.

This week we will begin to work on our semester final project, which is still life. This time it consists of five round objects (forms) and it will be executed with color pencils.

Students will follow teacher’s step-by-step instruction, and using their current knowledge will be learning how to apply it in each step.

Early this week we are also going to have color theory quiz.

Ratios and Percents

I hope everyone had a good long weekend! Last week was a short week including the students taking a test on Monday and presenting their projects on Wednesday. The students did great during the presentations, with almost all the students looking at us at some point during their presentation instead of looking at their poster the entire time.

*The students will receive their Unit 6 Test tomorrow (Monday 11/30). Please ask your student to see their test.*

This upcoming week we will be working with rates and percentages. By the end of the week, the students will be able to convert between percentages, decimals, and fractions and find percent increases/decreases.

Temple Worship

King Solomon’s greatest achievement during his reign (c. 970-930 BC) was the building of the Temple for the Israelite god Yahweh. Prior to the building of the Temple, the cult of Yahweh had been conducted in the Tabernacle, a portable tent structure wherein sacrifices were made and which housed the Ark of the Covenant. Sacrifice lied at the heart of Yahwist religion, and different kinds of sacrifices were made for various reasons: to expiate sin, to show forth submission to Yahweh’s will, to render thanks, etc. The Temple—Yahweh’s permanent abode—thus served as the locus of Israelite life. Solomon’s Temple was destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 BC.

Chapter 5: Passive Verbs

This past week in Latin one, we finished up our work with neuter nouns and adjectives by taking a quiz on regular adjective declensions on Thursday.

We also started to get a taste of the passive voice by translating at sight a modified passage from one of Cicero’s letters to his wife, Terentia. Students worked through this translation as a group, without any previous preparation, and took their first look at the passive voice in Latin.

During this short week before Thanksgiving, we will take formal notes on the passive voice and begin to do more extensive work with conjugating, manipulating and translating these verbs. There will also be a vocabulary quiz on Wednesday.

During this short week we will be reviewing color theory film and then start working on color theory worksheets. Students will learn color theory, particularly about color wheel, primary, secondary, tertiary, complementary, analogous colors; relationships in colors; about color schemes, and how to put all these qualities of color into painting or drawing.

We also are going to discuss how the color theory was applied in specific old masters paintings.

Ancient Israel: the Period of the Judges

This week in our unit on Ancient Israel the students learned about the period of the Judges. In the Israelite context, Judges did not, as you might expect, arbitrate in legal matters, but rather delivered the Israelites from foreign oppressors in the land of Canaan. The period of the Judges might be called the Israelite “Dark Ages,” as it was a time of continual violence, and “everyone did what was right in their own eyes” (Judges 21:25). The Judges, despite delivering the Israelites from foreign oppression, were often themselves morally flawed individuals. According to Jewish tradition, the most famous Judge, Samson, known for his great strength, was a womanizer and a vengeful man. In fact, for the later Jews who were writing this history, the fact that “everyone did what was right in their own eyes” was tied to the fact that “in those days there was no king.” The Israelite monarchy would later be seen as an institution given to preserve moral order.

We will continue with the period of the United Monarchy next week.

Practice, practice, practice!

Students are reminded daily to practice and memorize the music and soon they will display their work. All notes and rhythms in the concert music have been covered and now it is time to polish the pieces and incorporate style and dynamics. The concert is quickly approaching!

Concert Reviews are DUE by December 7th, so please start to make concert arrangements now if you have not already.


Geometry Unit Test & Project

This week the students finished up their geometry unit with a focus on polygons for the last few lessons. They were assigned a project on Wednesday that is due this Tuesday (11/24) at the beginning of class. The project is about quadrilaterals – they should be making a poster about one with all its properties or a poster with a chart showing the relationship between all the quadrilaterals we discussed in class. Their test for this unit is on Monday (11/23). Each student should have their test review (we reviewed each answer today in class) and notes with them this weekend to study for the test. You can help you student by asking them to define the key terms from their notes (it is a heavy definition unit).