News for the week of September 28, 2015

Lab & Classroom Schedule

The LMC Reservations Calendar is best viewed in Google, but a smaller version of the calendar may also be viewed in Edline here.

September 28-October 2 includes:

  • GACME Club
  • English II with Mrs. Flanagan, Mrs. Hill, and Ms. Mercer-Curtis
  • Dr. Franklin's Instructional Read/Write freshmen with Mrs. Jinkins
  • Pins & Needles Club
  • World History with Mrs. Strietelmeier

If your plans have changed, please send an email A.S.A.P. Thank you.

It's National Banned Books Week

Every year, a staff member has asked me why we ban books and then celebrate it.

We are actually celebrating our freedom at RTHS to read books that have been challenged or banned in other libraries and schools.

Please take a look at our displays inside the LMC and in the hallway cases. I think you'll be surprised at some of the titles.

I used to have this T-shirt from cafepress.com (above). I can't tell you how many students didn't understand it. All the more reason to keep celebrating the week!

Thank you for writing fewer passes Per. 4-10.

We saw a significant drop in visitors to more manageable numbers last Thursday and Friday. Please continue to be selective, writing passes only for those who truly need them.

Beware of seniors playing the "ask-a-different-teacher-for-a-pass-today" game when they are off the senior lounge list for a week. I think I've spoken to most of last week's sneaky seniors, but there are sure to be a new bunch this week.

Thank you.
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Focus House and Fiction Addiction to meet Author Terri Reid on October 29

Thank you to Kim Kirkolis, Sue Sage, and Lynsey Wittenberg for asking Kristin and me to read Loose Ends last spring, the first book in the Mary O'Reilly paranormal mystery series by Freeport, IL, author Terri Reid.

Fiction Addiction will join the Focus House Book Club for an author presentation and meet-and-greet during our monthly meeting on Thursday, October 29. Fiction Addiction is reading both Loose Ends and the ghost story "Tales Around the Jack O'Lantern" this month. The Kindle versions are 99¢ on Amazon.com, but you're welcome to get on the waiting list for print versions.

Dying is what changed Mary O’Reilly’s life. Well, actually, coming back from the dead and having the ability to communicate with ghosts is really what did it. As a third-generation Chicago cop, Mary knew the risks of being a police officer and didn’t hesitate to step between a drug dealer’s bullet and her beloved older brother, Sean. But instead of “going to the light” when she died on the operating table, she was given a choice – a choice that would change her life. Now, a private investigator in rural Freeport, Illinois, Mary’s trying to learn how to incorporate her experience as a Chicago cop and new-found talent into a real job. Her challenge is to solve the mysteries, get real evidence (a ghost’s word just doesn’t hold up in court), and be sure the folks in town, especially the handsome new police chief, don’t think she’s nuts.

(Photo and summary terrireid.com)
(Censorship eye chart from http://booksonthenightstand.com)