Howe's Happenings Week 14 2015-2016

German, ELA 9, and Reading Acceleration at LOHS

What did we do last week?

Last week, ELA 9 students began a unit on Science Fiction. We reviewed poetic devices and created our own examples. We discussed the characteristics of Science Fiction and discovered them in a short story. We selected book groups and Science Fiction novels, and we held our first Socratic Seminar. To prepare for the Socratic Seminar, students read an article about where science/technology could take us in the future. During the seminar, students discussed what our future might be like. The seminar was truly a student-led discussion; I didn't talk at all. I enjoyed hearing the students' thoughts about the future and was quite proud to see many of them citing the text, bringing us back to the text, and inviting others into the conversation. The seminar was one of the many memorable highlights of my week last week! This week, students will continue to read their Science Fiction novels and discuss and analyze them in book groups.

Last week, Reading Acceleration students continued silent reading and evaluating their reading/study habits and concentration. We read, discussed and evaluated an article on the impact of mindfulness on basketball. For the next week or so, we will be working on a section from the Biology textbook on cells and cell structure.


Last week, German 1 began exploring some winter traditions in Germany. Since today is Nikolaustag, students will find a treat waiting for them in class on Monday. We also continued our unit on clothing and shopping. Students got to visit five online stores in Germany and view a print catalog. In class, they placed an order and described problems with the order once they received it. This week, we will continue to learn useful phrases when shopping and how to describe clothing.

I'm looking forward to seeing you on Tuesday night!

Term 2 Parent Teacher Conferences are Tuesday, December 8 from 4:00-7:00PM. If you are able to attend, I would love to spend a few minutes discussing your child's progress with you.

If you are unable to attend and would like to set up a different appointment, please don't hesitate to contact me.

German Classes to Build Gingerbread Houses

On December 16, students in German will be creating their own gingerbread houses. I supply plenty of graham crackers, icing, utensils, plates, and some decorations. If you are baking this season and have some extra toppings to donate, please feel free to send them to school!

Below are three of the many houses students created last December. I'm looking forward to seeing this December's masterpieces as well.

69th Viennese Strauss Ball--January 30, 2016

The Austrian Society of Detroit is hosting the 69th Viennese Strauss Ball on January 30, 2016 at the Palazzo Grande in Shelby Township.

The Black-Tie-suggested event begins at 6:00PM. The admission price of $80.00 includes dinner, music by the Macomb Symphony Strauss Orchester and Eric Neubauer Ensemble, a debutante ball, and dancing.

For information about the event and tickets, click here. To see a feature by Shelby TV about the Strauss Ball, watch here.

Dancers/debutantes have already started practicing, but it's not too late to join. If you know an interested young person between the ages of 16-25, check out the links below.

2016 Recruitment Flyer
2016 Strauss Ball Recruitment Letter/Expectations
2016 Strauss Ball Practice Schedule