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May 2-8

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Week 16

Important Notice about due dates for Units 5-8 and the Final Exam/Project

The ending date for Units 5-8 is Friday, May 13 @ 11:55pm. That means students have 1 weekend and less than 2 weeks to complete assignments. Please speak with your students and ask them to show you their grades, etc. and make sure they are on pace with the class. I will be contacting parents this week about student progress.

I would ask that you encourage students to get those assignments completed ASAP and not wait till the last minute. Most students are submitting assignments weekly and meeting those deadlines, but just in case your student is behind, please know that Units 5-8 will close on Friday, May 13 @ 11:55pm.

As for the Final Exam/Project, students will have until Friday, May 20 @ 11:55pm to attend an RLC (for the Final Project), complete the Final Exam and submit the Final Project. The Final Exam and Final Project count 25% of the final grade.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me!

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How are grades calculated?

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Final RLC, Final Exam and Final Project

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What is due this week?

We are finishing up Unit 8, Las Artes, this week with lessons 4 and 5 due this Friday @ 11:55pm. Students have a Final Project due this week which is a combination of Units 7 & 8. Final Projects count as 25% of the student's grade.
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Required Live Classes for Unit 8

Students have 4 opportunities to attend an RLC for Unit 8 this week. Please encourage your student to look at the schedule and attend a live class as they will have interaction with the teacher and can ask questions. If your student is unable to attend an RLC for Unit 8, tell them to contact me for information on making up the RLC.

Here is the schedule for Unit 8 Required Live Classes:

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Culture Cafe Sessions for

Students have several upcoming opportunities to attend some very interesting sessions in the Culture Cafe! The extra credit count towards a student's participation grade. Please encourage your student to attend these very interesting topics!
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Talking Tutor Talk from the Peer Tutor Center

Did you know that 1 in 4 children grow up without learning how to read? Check out the new infographic on TutorTalk about the importance of reading!

Reading Makes the World Go Round by Natalie M

What is Cinco de Mayo?

Fact #1: It is NOT Mexico’s Independence Day:

That's a common misconception. Mexico celebrates its independence day on September 16, the date in 1810 Father Miguel Hidalgo issued his "Grito de Dolores," or famous call to arms to overthrow the Spanish.

Fact #2: It celebrates a most unlikely victory:

In May of 1862, a powerful French army was in Mexico, fighting its way to Mexico City, where they hoped to force the Mexican government to honor some previous debts. The French army was well-armed, well-disciplined and was efficiently destroying all resistance on its march to the capital. Outside of the town of Puebla, however, a most unlikely thing happened: Mexican soldiers, most of them with no training and poor equipment, defeated the French. The Battle of Puebla is remembered every May fifth.

Fact #3: It led to the rise of a Great Dictator:

A young officer named Porfirio Diaz distinguished himself during the Battle of Puebla. Diaz subsequently rose rapidly through the ranks as an officer and then as a politician. In 1876, he reached the presidency and did not leave until the Mexican Revolution kicked him out in 1911 - a rule of 35 years. Diaz remains one of the most important presidents in the history of Mexico, and he got his start on the original Cinco de Mayo.

Fact #4: It’s not such a big deal in Mexico:

In Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is not nearly as important a holiday as Independence Day, September 16. Mexicans observe and celebrate Cinco de Mayo with family gatherings, fireworks, feasts and more: the best place to go for the festivities is the city of Puebla, where the famous battle took place. Cinco de Mayo celebrations are very important for Mexicans living outside of Mexico, particularly in the United States.

Fact #5: It wasn't the first time France had invaded Mexico:

Back in 1838-1839, Mexico and France had fought what was known as "The Pastry War." During this conflict, France invaded and occupied the city of Veracruz. Like the later French invasion, the Pastry War was about France wanting to collect on certain debts.

Fact #6: It resulted in an Emperor for Mexico:

The French army, although defeated at the Battle of Puebla on May fifth, regrouped and received reinforcements. This time they were unstoppable and marched into Mexico City. In 1864 the French brought in Maximilian of Austria, a young European nobleman who barely spoke Spanish, to become the Emperor of Mexico. Maximilian's heart was in the right place, but most Mexicans did not want him and in 1867 he was overthrown and executed by forces loyal to President Benito Juarez.

Fact #7: The world’s largest Cinco de Mayo party takes place in…:

Los Angeles, California! Every year, the people of Los Angeles celebrate “Festival de Fiesta Broadway” on May fifth (or on the closest Sunday). It’s a large, raucous party with parades, food, dancing, music and more. Hundreds of thousands attend annually. It’s even bigger than the festivities in Puebla! Many other US cities have large Cinco de Mayo celebrations, including Denver, New York City, Phoenix and Houston.

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Contact me if you have any questions!

Beverly Aguirre