The Week Ahead: May 20th to May 26th, 2019

This is the second to last blog post of the year! This is also a post for only freshmen since the seniors are DONE!

Day 1: Wrap up The Complete Persepolis with a writing piece about what YOU think happened after Marjane left Iran. You will use evidence from the graphic novel to make predictions. This is posted on Google Classroom. If you do not finish in class, it is homework.

Day 2: We will use the class to learn about your final exam, ask questions, and even begin your exam! All exam details will be posted on Google Classroom, but here is the overarching schedule that we will follow through the end of the year.

Day 3: This will be your first full work for your final exam. Your focus will be your presentation. Repeat: Directions will be available on Google Classroom.

Day 4: This is your final independent reading day of the year. You will NOT be allowed to go to the library, so make sure you bring a book with you to class.

It will be a pretty simple and straightforward week!

Email me, as always, with any questions!

The Week Ahead: May 13 to 19, 2019


As we read this week, you will need to read the pages outlined at home below. In class, we will be doing some reading and in-class activities.

On Day 3 of the week (Wednesday or Thursday depending on your class period) you will have a Socratic seminar on pages 153 to 284. You must come to class with two questions to contribute to the class discussion. These questions can be based on graphic elements, themes, plot/content, etc. You must have these questions written down on a half sheet of loose leaf paper prior to coming to class. This will be a graded Socratic seminar! Those of you who are trying to bring your grade up, this is an easy way to bring it up a point or two! Be sure to be prepared!

You will have RAT #3 due on Friday by 11:59pm to Google Classroom and You will focus in on pages 173 – 311 for this RAT.


Day 1: Read 233 – 246

Day 2: Read 267 – 284

Day 3: Read 299 – 311

Day 4 is an independent reading day! Be sure to have a book with you! There will be no trips to the library! 



Can you believe this is the final week of English class for your high school career?

Monday & Tuesday will be the final class time to work on your projects….whether you are in class or not, you need to finish your projects.

On Thursday, Maria and Rodolfo will present their projects.

On Friday, Max and Sofia will present their projects.

And as a final hurrah, we will share breakfast and I have something small for you as a send-off gift!

I cannot wait to see these final projects and where you are going in your next adventure!

The Week Ahead: May 6th to May 10th, 2019

Hey Freshmen,



In those 28 days, we will finish Persepolis, write a final essay, complete a final presentation, and maybe watch a movie….what do you think? Think we can do it?

Here is how this week will work out:

Day 1:

First, we will start class with a vocabulary quiz for Book 1 of Persepolis. You will need to be able to give a definition for 15 of the words on the list. I am not telling you which words though…so you need to review them all!

After the quiz, we will begin a mini writing piece that will have you begin thinking about themes, characters, and graphic elements.

Day 2: We will use day two to continue with the writing process. The written piece will be due by the end of class on Day 2.

Day 3: As our final Persepolis day of the week, we will read and complete an activity that covers pages 155 – 172. For homework, you will read through to page 206. You will also have RAT #2 due on Friday, which will cover pages 61-172. You can choose any page to focus on in that range.

Day 4: As is tradition, day four will be committed to independent reading. Be sure to have a book with you in class. I will not allow anyone to go to the library!

Heya Seniors,

You have even fewer days that the freshmen! How does that feel? I know that senioritis is really getting you, but I know that you can do this!

You are working on the same thing as last week. These are the final days to finish your final exam. I know that two of you have APs spread out over the next two weeks, BEST OF LUCK! Email me with questions!


The Week Ahead: April 29, 2019 to May 3, 2019

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This week will only be four days of school days, but the week will run a regular schedule. So, I will see all the freshmen three times. Seniors, you are stuck with me all four days!

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
A G x C B
B A x D C
C B x E D
D C No School F E
E D x G F


Day 1: We are moving forward with Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. We will read “Persepolis” and “The Letter” together in class. After we read, you will have an in-class writing assignment that will be posted on Google Classroom. If you are in class, you will do it with a partner. If you do it out of class, you will do it on your own. You will be building on the skills of analyzing the text using graphic elements.

For homework, you will read “The Party,” “The Heroes,” and “Moscow,” which are on pages 40-61. Be ready to write about these pages in class on day 2! Be sure to following along in your vocabulary assignment as you read.

Day 2: In class, we will complete a Reading Analysis Task or a RAT as they will be called from this point on. You will complete three of these throughout your reading of this text. This first one will be completed in class together and will not be a grade. But, it will act as a model for how your next two will be complete. You will receive feedback from me on this first one to help you on your next two.

For homework, you will read “The Sheep,” “The Trip,” “The F-41s,” and “The Jewels,” which are on pages 62 – 93. Be sure to following along in your vocabulary assignment as you read.

Day 3: In class, you will read 94 – 153. This will have you finish the first book. What you don’t finish in class will be homework for the weekend. Don’t forget that you will have a vocabulary quiz on Monday, May 6th on the vocabulary used in the first book of Persepolis. 

After your vocabulary quiz on May 6th, we will start a writing assignment that will cover the first book. Do NOT fall behind! If you are struggling, remember that I am here to help you!


Day 1 -3: You will be working on your final writing piece and your final presentation! This time is going to fly by!

Day 4: This is my day! I am excited to share with you a phenomenal TedTalk about leadership. More to come on Friday!

The (next two) Week(s) Ahead: April 1 to April 10th, 2019

It’s April. There are approximately 47 days left of school! 
There are 9 days until Semana Santa…
This is NOT the time to lose your momentum. 
Let’s make sure that we are working hard and asking for help when it is needed. 
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Day 1 & 2: The first two days of the week will be work days. You will be working with your team to create the presentation to go with your lesson on the Islamic Revolution.
Day 3: We will be out on campus on day three and you will be practicing your presentations. This will be your last in-class work day. You will be giving your presentations in class on Monday, April 8th.
Day 4: Independent Reading Activity Day! Make sure to have read a decent chunk (20-50 pages) of your book so that you can maintain a conversation about it with a peer.
Your homework for the week is to work on Khan Academy (due April 10th) and read your independent reading book.
Next week I will see you either for three days (A & B) or two days (E & F).  Periods A & B will have an activity on Tuesday about the danger of a single story, and an independent reading day on Wednesday. Periods E & F will not have an independent reading day, but they will have the activity about the danger of a single story on Wednesday.  If you miss the activity in class (all classes), then you are responsible to check Google Classroom and complete the activity prior to returning to class on Monday, April 22, 2019. 
** See below for a Spirit Week Challenge **
Freshmen, I am challenging your four classes to dress up for spirit week! Each student that dresses up, each day, will earn their class a point. At the end of the day on April 10th, I will tally up the participation, and the class with the highest percentage of participation will earn a treat when we return from Semana Santa! See the dates below:

Tuesday, April 2: Regular Uniform Dress

Wednesday, April 3: Mix-matched Day: wear your clothing backward, mix-matched, and silly

Thursday, April 4: Movie/Book Character Day: Dress as your favorite movie or book character

Friday, April 5: Twin/Look-Alike Day: Grab a group of friends and dress up alike!

Monday, April 8: Pajama Day: Wear your favorite pajama shirt or pants, but remember to stay in the dress code, no boxer shorts, short shorts, or tank tops!

Tuesday, April 9: Decades Day:

9th grade dress up from the ’60s time period

10th grade dress up from the ‘70s time period

11th grade dress up from the ‘80s time period

12th grade dress up from the ‘90s time period

Wednesday, April 10: CDS Spirit Wear: Wear your CDS spirit shirts or come in White, Blue, and Red!



It is a pretty simple week, plus you have all of this information posted on Google Classroom!
Monday: Podcast Peer Edit Day!
Tuesday & Thursday: Podcast Editing
Friday: Little Bee Coffee House #3
Your Podcast is due on Monday, April 8, 2019! We will be discussing chapters 7 & 8 of Little Bee on April 9th. I will not see you on April 10th so your homework over Semana Santa will be to finish the book and prepare for a coffee house on April 22, 2019, when we return from Semana Santa.
Seniors, you are welcome to challenge the freshmen to see if you can have FULL participation in Spirit week! Let me know!

The Week Ahead: March 25th to 29th, 2019

9th Grade

A Few Announcements

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  • All late work for Q4 must be submitted by May 31st at 3pm. No exceptions. I am giving you months notice!
  • You have a grammar mastery challenge on Khan Academy. You must get to mastery by April 10th – the day before spring break begins. You will have any down time in class to work on this, but no scheduled time to work on it. Start checking it out now.
  • You will have a group presentation on April 8th. If you/your family are planning to be out of town, you must tell me ASAP! I will need to create an alternative assignment for you starting next week.

Day 1: Monday will be the FINAL work day for your ALWG summative essay. You essay is due Monday March 25th to Google Classroom and by 11:59pm.

Day 2 & 3: The rest of the week will be spent working on a web-quest about the Islamic Revolution from 1979. This will lead us into our reading of Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. All details will be posted on Google Classroom.

Day 4: Once again, our last day of the week will be devoted to independent reading. We will meet in the library and you will have the opportunity to choose any book you would like….but, you will have 6+ weeks to read the book, so I highly encourage you to challenge yourself! If you finish your book before the end of the quarter, you will be required to start reading a second book! As always, I can make suggestions on what books to read, but you have also gotten tons of recommendations in quarters 1, 2, and 3.


12th Grade


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We will meet in the library each day and your goal is to have a rough recording of your podcast by the end of the week. Make sure you have Anchor App downloaded!

On Friday, we will continue our discussion about Little Bee, with a focus on chapters three and four. This week you must bring a current event with you (or post as the directions state) to share with the group!

The Week Ahead: March 18 to March 22, 2019


We made it! We are officially in the final descent of the school year!

It is NOT time to start slacking off; it is time to start working harder!


Day 1 & Day 2: You should enter class on Monday with an outline of your thesis and main topics (or sub claims) of your body paragraphs! It’s time to write, and write, and write some more. Last week we spent a lot of time learning about our ALWG summative assessment, which can be found on Google Classroom. By the time you enter class on Day 3, you should have a completed draft!

Day 3: PEER EDITING! This is SUPER important, so make sure you come to class with a draft to share!

Day 4: This will be your final in-class writing day! Your essay is due Sunday by 11:59pm to Google Classroom and


Monday: Guess what? You’ll be writing and scripting! I will also be handing out your new book and the reading procedures for it!

Tuesday: You will share your script with a peer so that you can get feedback! Your homework will be to edit it based on the feedback that you receive.

Thursday: Time to finally start recording…hopefully!

Friday: We will have a mini coffee house discussion and then you will have the rest of class to work on recording your podcast! Your goal is to have a rough recording by next Thursday, March 28th!