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CLASSROOM UPDATES: 1/11/16 - 1/15/16


Reading Unit: Nonfiction and drama

Focus: The Diary of Anne Frank and the Holocaust (book club selections)

Writing Unit: Literary Essays: Analyzing Craft and Theme

Students have been learning background information about WWII and the Holocaust in preparation for reading The Diary of Anne Frank and their selected book club novels.


This week we are studying slope-intercept form. We will have a quiz of sloper-intercept form next Wednesday, January 20th.

Independent Work: Mon. - pg 354 4,6,12,16; Tu - worksheet; Wed - pg 360 7-12; Th - worksheet


This week we are continuing our unit in Geometry. Concepts for this week are the Pythagorean Theorem and Transformations. A quiz over the Pythagorean Theorem will take place tomorrow, January 12th.

Independent Work: Mon. - Apply WS; Tu - Translation/Reflection WS; Wed - Rotation WS; Th - Dilation WS


Unit: Plate Tectonics

January will be dedicated to the theory of plate tectonics, including earthquakes and volcanoes.


Unit: The Declaration of Independence

Essential Questions: What principles of government are expressed in the Declaration of Independence?

Students have read and analyzed key principles of the Declaration of Independence. The four principles are:

1. All men are created equal

2. All people are born with natural rights, including life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

3. Governments are created to protect the natural rights of the people, and the power to rule comes from the people.

4. If governments fail to protect the natural rights of the people, the people have the right to change or abolish the government.

Students will be evaluated on their understanding of the Declaration of Independence on Thursday.


The following teachers are available before or after school for students who need extra assistance:

Ms. Barkho: Monday and Tuesday until 4:30pm, Thursdays by appointment

Ms. Cathey: Monday through Friday until 4:30pm

Mr. Krankowski: By appointment

Mr. Lorentzen: Mornings beginning at 7:15am

Mrs. McDaniel: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays until 4:30pm

Mr. Mudd: Tuesdays and Thursdays until 4:30pm

Mr. Pearcy: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays until 4:30pm

**There will be no tutoring available on the third Wednesday of each month as the teachers will be participating in Staff Meetings.


Please make sure your student is charging his or her Chrome book at night so they are prepared to work in the morning. Thanks!

Also, there is NO SCHOOL Friday, January 15th, or Monday, January 18th.