The Week Ahead: February 17-23, 2020

I THINK we are moving back into a period of time when everyone should be back in class…although this week is only a four day week!

You will meet with each class three times this week, except period G which will meet four times. The schedule will not change from how it looks every other week of the year. Just skip Monday.

9th Grade

We have finished reading Anthem! Many of you showed me that while you didn’t love it, you didn’t all hate it. I can’t wait to read your comparison essays between Anthem and North Korea as explained in the CommonLit “Total Control in North Korea.” Those are due Sunday, February 16th.

Day 1: I will introduce the Anthem essay prompts in class and we will break them down. They are coming from the official Anthem essay contest page, found here.

Day 2: Together you will brainstorm ways to answer these prompts and create thesis statements to start your essay.

Day 3: Finally, you will peer edit or conference with me to finalize your thesis statement and you will begin to outline your essay.

Your ONLY homework this week will be to continue your INDEPENDENT READING!

AP Seminar

You will be working on your team multimedia project all week. You should be ready to practice your presentation in class on Monday, February 24th. Official presentations will take place on Tuesday, February 25th.

You have to give me your permission slips/notification for the Saturday Session by Thursday!!!


The Week Ahead: February 3 to 7, 2020

CDS Spirit Days & World Read Aloud Day!

Monday – Anything But the Soccer Player (think: referee, field/grass, goal post, ball, vendor, spectator, coach, etc. – be creative)

Tuesday – CDS Spirit! Red, black, and white!

Wednesday – Dress as your favorite book character! AND bring a children’s book to read with children from EC during E period!

9th Grade

Day 1: Let’s review chapters 1-3 and chat about objective summary writing!

Day 2: Group reading of Chapters 4, 5, & 6. There will be a set of questions to answer and discuss.

Day 3: SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT – Objective summary of chapters 4-6 which we will read together in class!

Day 4: Independent Reading Day

*E period, you will be skipping independent reading because World Read Aloud day will interfere with our classwork*

*AASCA players – you will receive your question for chapters 4-6 on Monday and you will need to schedule a makeup assessment period when you return to show your understanding of objective summaries and chapters 4-6.*

AP Seminar

Monday: IRR Research Day

Tuesday: IRR Research Day

Thursday: IRR Work Day — Research Log will be checked at the beginning of class!

Friday: IRR Work Day — Research paper is due Monday evening!


The Week Ahead: January 20 – 24, 2020

Welcome back! Feliz año nuevo!


How??? Time has flown!


For our first week back in the classroom we reviewed nouns, verbs, and pronouns on Khan Academy. I also conferenced with all students who were in class. Many students also picked out their independent reading book for the upcoming quarter. If you were absent for the week, then you will need to make up all of this work, including conferences. I will be available to make up conferences during Panther Time on the next two Tuesdays. Please sign up on the sheet at the front of the classroom. Also, the make–up grammar test (nouns, verbs, pronouns) will take place on Tuesday, January 28th. This will be the only make-up date unless you provide me prior notice with a valid excuse of why you cannot be there.

This week, we will be completing some pre-reading work before we begin our next unit on Ayn Rand’s Anthem. We will read a CommonLit article and complete a team discussion and presentation. Each class will be at a different spot as I work to get all students who were absent caught up. Please be attentive in class so that you are aware of your due dates for the week. They will be different for each class.

As always, I am here to answer questions and to support you. Let me know whats going on and how I can help!

AP Seminar

Are you ready to start your projects????

I am so excited to be moving into the exam and for you to see what all the talk has been about.

To start the week, you will take a Khan Academy test on the grammar concepts that you reviewed last week while I conferenced one-on-one with everyone. The test grades from the APA test you took on Friday have been uploaded to the grade book.

For the rest of the week, you will be completing an activity that allows you to convince others to create a team with you for Task 1 of the exam. On Friday, you will pitch your topic to your class. They will have the weekend to wade in the pool of facts and then on Monday, you will be creating teams to start your exam!

As always, I am here to answer questions (to the best of my AP ability) and to support you. Let me know whats going on and how I can help!


The Final Weeks of 2019: November 25th to December 13th, 2019

We are down to the final days before we leave for the winter holiday break! This includes our Thanksgiving break!

This week, our schedule will be a little different. But, you will meet each class twice. I am not 100% sure on the times, but, here is our schedule:

A Assembly E
Break A Break
C B Panther Time
Lunch D Lunch
*Lunch will be in there!
Thanksgiving Break

English 9:

Your week is starting off with your independent reading assessment due on Monday! Directions are on Google Classroom. Be sure to double-check the directions!

We will finish watching Romeo and Juliet and then we will be brainstorming your midterm essay so that you can start writing it when we return!

AP Seminar:

You will continue to work on your IWA! Your outline is due by Wednesday evening. Your directions are on Google Classroom.


Now, what about when we return from Thanksgiving?

December 2nd, 3rd, and 4th will be “regular” class days! Both AP Seminar and English 9 will be working on your essays. December 5th is a review day. We will be doing peer reviews in both AP Seminar and English 9. Then, December 6th will be a full Pather Time day.

English 9, your midterm essay is due Friday, December 6th by 11:59pm to Google Classroom. There will NOT be a sit-down exam.

AP Seminar, your presentation date is still to be determined (either 11AM on the 10th or 8AM on the 12th), but your final essay is due December 13th by 11:59pm to Google Classroom. Remember, the essay is a quarter three grade.

All grades will be updated by 10am on December 13th!

And then…we will be on Winter Break!!!!

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This is the time to be asking questions and checking your time management. Make sure you are aware of what time your exams are at/due. Ask for help if you need it or want extra support. THAT is why we are here!



The Week Ahead: November 11 – 17th, 2019

Can you believe that we have TWO full weeks left until winter break? We also have 1/2 a week for thanksgiving, a week of review, and then finals. So in total, we have four full weeks…but still, only two are full curriculum weeks. This is not just for my class, it’s for ALL of your classes. Be sure to be checking in on your grades and asking for help when you need it! Don’t let midterms sneak up on you or your first report card!

This week will be a workweek for both AP Seminar and English 9. You are both beginning new units/projects.

English 9

Day 1: We have a spelling test and a new observation. We are continuing our study on roots and this week our observations is: “understand that many English words have Greek and Latin roots such as “spec” meaning see or look.” Your next spelling test will be Monday, November 25th.

Once we are done with your spelling tests, I will return your quarter one independent reading assessment and discuss what EVERYONE needs to work on for their next major piece of writing.

This leads us to our first big essay of the year! I will use the second half of class to introduce your theme essay for A Midsummer Night’s Dream which will work as a prep for your midterm essay in a few weeks. Watch out on Google Classroom for all of the specifics for both essays to be posted soon.

Day 2, 3, & 4: The rest of the week will be workdays and scaffolding work on your essay. You will need to submit an outline of our essay to Google Classroom on November 13th. Further directions will be shared on Google Classroom.  Monday, November 18th will will a peer review day and conference with Miss K day.  Your final essay will be due on November 20th!

I will be out Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday but, I will be available via email. If at any point you need to take a break from planning and writing, then be sure to work on reading your independent reading book!

AP Seminar

Monday: Monday is all about presentations! You will be pitching your awareness campaign to the amazing panel of CDS WHO volunteers! This will take most of the period. Any time left will be to debrief.

Tuesday: It’s time to start our FINAL unit! Can you believe it? We are going to study the education system with the end goal of writing an argumentative essay outlining a problem and proposed solution. But first, we need to learn a bit about what we know about schools and what we think the perfect school would look like. So, it’s time to discuss it!

Thursday & Friday: I am leaving you on your own for a few days and you will watch the documentary Most Likely to Succeed. It will take the whole two periods and you will have a follow-up reflection due on Monday. It will be posted to Google Classroom.

If you have any questions, comments, concerns, please email me!


The Week Ahead: November 4-10, 2019


Day 1: We will begin the week with a spelling test that has a focus on the root “equa”. Then we will begin a new list and observation: “Understand that many English words have Greek and Latin roots such as ‘form’ meaning shape.

Day 2: We will take the day to review short answer structures and practices based on feedback that I have given you from your quarter one independent and various quick writes throughout the semester at this point. This will also work as a review day for your AMSND test that will take place in the second half of the week.

Here are some ideas of how to study from home:

  • Review vocabulary
  • Go back and look at past quizzes
  • Check out this page on Sparknotes
  • Re-read sections you struggled with on quizzes
  • Watch Acts on YouTube

Day 3: The first day of testing will be multiple choice questions that look at characters, plot, and details. These will be answered on a bubble answer form. You will need a pencil with you in class.

Day 4: The second day of testing will involve short answer questions that look at theme and plot.

AP Seminar

Monday: We will start the week with a final day of research and work for you mini annotated bibliography for your research on global health problems. Your annotated bibliography is due to Google Classroom by Monday, November 4th by 11:59pm to Google Classroom.

Tuesday: I will introduce the social media campaign element of the project in class and we will work on brainstorming what it will look like for your project. I will NOT be having you make social media sites, but rather you will need to explain and write up a pitch for the campaign.

Thursday and Friday: To wrap up the week, you will work on your social media campaign pitch! Your pitch will take place on Monday, November 11th in class. You will have 5 minutes to share your pitch.


The Week Ahead: October 28 – November 3, 2019


Day 1: We will begin the week with a spelling test that has a focus on portmanteau words. Then we will begin a new list and observation: “Understand that many English words have Greek and Latin roots such as ‘equa’ meaning equal.

Once the spelling work has been completed we will watch Act 3, Scene 2. For homework, you will read all of Act 4.

Day 2: When you come to class on day 2, I will split you up and in small groups, you will practice acting out pieces of Act 4, Scene 1.

Day 3: Day 3 you will act with your small groups. For homework, you will read all of Act 5.

Day 4: Together we will watch Act 5! That’s the end of the play!!! Your homework for the weekend will be to prepare for your spelling test

Don’t forget, you should be reading at home. If you are looking for an audiobook for Romeo & Juliet, please follow this link.


AP Seminar

Monday: We will be wrapping up our final student-led discussion of the “They Say/I Say” text. Be sure to have read chapters 7&8 to be prepared. The second half of the class will lead us into a discussion on global health problems which will lead us to our next project.

Tuesday: Time to create a new research question and to start an individual project. You will get to explore global health problems and create an awareness campaign plan for a social media platform. You will create your question and start to look at some research.

Thursday: We will share out our new research questions and we will give each other feedback and suggestions before learning about part one of the project – a mini annotated bibliography! Directions will be uploaded to Google Classroom.

Friday: Work and research day! Time to get moving on that annotated bibliography which will be due on Monday, November 4th by 11:59pm.


The Week Ahead: October 21st to 25th, 2019

9th Grade

Day 1: Your homework over the weekend will be to read the first scene of Act 3 of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In class on Monday, we will watch the scene to ensure our comprehension. 

Day 2 & 3: To continue, we will listen to Act 3, scene ii with a summative quick write at the end of day 3.

Day 4: To finish off the week, you will be reading independently. You must have a book by the time you come to class on day 4 for the next quarter. You will find your directions for the end of quarter assessment on Google Classroom.

AP Seminar

Monday: We will begin the week in our teams for the debate. You will be preparing for the debate that will take place on Tuesday. Your homework for the week is to read chapters 9&10 for THURSDAY! This is a change in the schedule. Please be aware. There will be a student-led discussion on Thursday.

Tuesday: Debate Day!

Thursday: We will continue with our student-led discussions by focusing on chapters 9&10. Your homework will be to read chapters 7&8 for Monday.

Friday: This will be an independent workday. You can work in your student-led discussion team, or you can read 7&8.


The Week Ahead: October 14 to 20, 2019

Here we go! The first three day weekend of the year! I hope that you enjoy the weekend and get some rest! Be sure to read below because there are MAJOR schedule changes for the week.

There is NO SCHOOl on MONDAY, October 14th!

Wednesday, October 16th is a 1/2 day due to the PSAT.

Therefore, the schedule for Tuesday, Thursday and Friday have the following schedule:

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All classes will meet three times this week!

9th Grade

Tuesday: Be sure to bring a draft of your independent reading project. We will be doing peer review stations in class. Your final draft will be due on October 18th by 11:59pm to Google Classroom.

Thursday: We will take the period to watch Act 2 of the film.

Friday: In small groups, you will work together to analyze the plot and theme of Acts 1 and 2. For homework, I will ask that you give reading Act 3, Scene 1 a try!

AP Seminar

Tuesday: We will discuss chapters three and five of the textbook for the first 1/2 of class led by Holley and Federico. We will also begin discussing what it means to be in good health. Your homework will be to read chapter 15. we will discuss it in class on Friday.

Thursday: To send off the week, we will begin preparation for a debate on vaccinations (see what I did there with your summative assessment this week?). I will introduce your stimulus packet and split you into sides for the debate. I will share the debate format in class. For homework, you will need to take in the information provided for you in the stimulus materials and you will also be ready to work with your team on Monday to prepare for the debate

Friday: We will discuss chapter 15 in a discussion led by Bryan. Any time left over in class will be allotted to teamwork time for the debate.


The Week Ahead: October 7-13, 2019

Here we are, the end of Quarter 1! Let your friends know!

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Well, technically…pay close attention below for deadline updates!



Day 1:

As always, we will begin the week with a spelling test and a new spelling observation and list. Since we have a three day weekend next weekend, your spelling test will fall on October 21st.

After our spelling routine, we will WATCH Act 1 of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. For homework, you will write a compare and contrast paragraph looking at the film and the play.

Day 2:

We will begin Act 2 by being introduced to new vocabulary and then listening to Act 2, Scene 1.

Day 3:

We will finish Act 2, scene 2 and discuss how the act has added to the plot of the play!

Day 4:

If you are in period A you will have an independent workday on day 4. Use this day to work on your quarter one independent reading assignment.

If you are in period B, D, or E then you will be on the field trip with me and Ms. Daza on Friday!

Indpendent Reading Due Dates:

  • Rough drafts for the purpose of peer review are due in class on October 15th!
  • Final drafts to be graded for a summative assessment grade are due October 18th by 11:59pm to Google Classroom.


AP Seminar

Monday: This will be your final workday for your water team presentations. Your homework that will be due on Thursday is to read Chapter 14 of our textbook. I will hand out copies to you on Monday.


Thursday: We will continue to review and practice LOR, and we will discuss chapter fourteen together.

Friday: I will be on a field trip with the 9th graders and you will be taking a summative assessment for LOR. It will be a practice exam part A again. You will receive feedback on your first written piece about LOR by Monday evening so that you have a place to ask questions before the summative assessment!