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Good afternoon to all!

From this point forward and until further notice, I will only be sharing “The Week Ahead” posts via Google Classroom and email during our virtual learning experience.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please email me.

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The Week Ahead: March 30 to April 3, 2020

Here we go with our third full week of online learning. And the light at the end of the tunnel is Semana Santa! 

Please read below to learn what is going on in all classes, and further down, what is happening in 9th grade English and AP Seminar. 

We will be learning online all week. As we do so, please remember the five expectations that have been previously outlined: 

  1. As always, be kind, polite, and courteous.
  2. Speak one at a time. Do not unmute yourself unless you have been asked to speak/called on. 
  3. Use the chat to ask questions and to discuss; do not use it to be social. 
  4. Be as present as possible, put your phone away, turn off notifications – Remove distractions. 
  5. Be patient as we learn how to communicate via video and online. We can do it, but we need to work together to make it work. 

As I planned out the activities this week (as I did last week), I did my best to keep them to what I would expect you to complete during a class period, without homework. How this actually plays out, and how much time the activities take you, is going to be individual and based on your environment. 

Please note that any time that we are not having a video meeting, I am online and ready to chat via Google Hangout Chat or Google Hangout Meet. Don’t hesitate to call or message me on chat. I will answer as quickly as possible. I am here for guidance and support.

To help with time management, I created a simple blank template for you to track what is expected of you each period this week. You can find it via this link, on my Instagram profile, and on Google Classroom. If you want to use it, make a copy, and make it your own. I encourage you to take time each day to step away from your screens, to stretch, and to get as much fresh air as possible. Wake up, and give yourself time to wake up before coming online to do your schoolwork!

Note: If you have an SLP or work with Ms. Montesinos and you are in need of accommodations as we work online, DO NOT HESITATE to ask for them. 


9th Grade

This week you will be learning about the mystery genre and how it differs from regular fiction. 

  • On Day 1 (Monday for ALL), you will continue to read and annotate chapters 2-4 of Murder on the Orient Express. I will have the chapters uploaded on Google Classroom just like last week. I will also have a set of questions I want you to answer at the end of your reading that you will submit in addition to your annotations.
  • On Day 2 (Tuesday or Wednesday), you will simply read chapter 5 and annotate it. Upload your annotations by the end of the class. 
    • I will be available for open office hours via Google Meet on Tuesday during “Panther Time” via (link available on Google Doc). This will be an opportunity to check in with me, ask me any questions you have, or to just say hi! This will be open to all 9th grade and AP students.
  • On Day 3 (Wednesday or Thursday), we will meet via Zoom and you will complete a timed writing assignment responding to a prompt based on the first five chapters of the novel. This will be a summative assessment. 
  • On Day 4 (Friday for all, but A), will be an independent reading day. 

Your homework for Semana Santa will be to read chapters 6-8 of Murder on the Orient Express and annotate them. You will have until Monday, April 13th @ 8am to upload the chapters to Google Classroom. You will also be required to answer a few questions at the bottom of the PDF you upload. The reason I am having you read over break is to keep our momentum going and so we can pick right back up after break. I have cleared this decision with Mr. M.


AP Seminar

On Monday, I will be checking for 1000 words by the end of the school day (aka 3pm). I have a quick AP update so I would like a quick Zoom meeting. I will email you an invite by Sunday evening. 

On Tuesday, we will complete a peer edit activity. In order to participate, I highly recommend having at least 1400 words written. We will do this via Zoom. I will create breakout rooms for you to peer edit so that I can pop in and out to hear your discussions and to answer questions. 

    • I will be available for open office hours via Google Meet on Tuesday during “Panther Time” via (link on Google Doc). This will be an opportunity to check in with me, ask me any questions you have, or to just say hi! This will be open to all 9th grade and AP students. 

On Thursday and Friday, you will continue to draft your IWA and you will have a few quick questions to check in on Google Classroom each day. Don’t hesitate to reach out via Google Meet to ask questions and get clarification from me as well as your peer readers. 


Email me with ANY questions, comments, or concerns you have this week. I know that staying at home is isolating and won’t be easy. If there is anything I can do to help, please let me know. 

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The Week Ahead: March 23 -27, 2020

Please read below to learn what is going on in all classes, and further down, what is happening in 9th grade English and AP Seminar. 

We will be learning online all week. As we do so, please remember the five expectations that have been previously outlined: 

  1. As always, be kind, polite, and courteous.
  2. Speak one at a time. Do not unmute yourself unless you have been asked to speak/called on. 
  3. Use the chat to ask questions and to discuss; do not use it to be social. 
  4. Be as present as possible, put your phone away, turn off notifications – Remove distractions. 
  5. Be patient as we learn how to communicate via video and online. We can do it, but we need to work together to make it work. 

PLEASE READ: Our Code of Conduct and Academic Honesty Policy is still in place. Do your OWN work. Do not GIVE AWAY your work. If you are struggling to understand something or to answer a question, I am here to HELP! I did a lot of 1-on-1 video chats last week to give people guidance and answer questions about assignments. Please, reach out! Don’t ask your friends or peers for the answers. 

As I planned out the activities this week (as I did last week), I did my best to keep them to what I would expect you to complete during a class period, without homework. How this actually plays out, and how much time the activities take you, is going to be individual and based on your environment. 

Please note that any time that we are not having a video meeting, I am online and ready to chat via Google Hangout Chat or Google Hangout Meet. Don’t hesitate to call or message me on chat. I will answer as quickly as possible. I am here for guidance and support.

To help with time management, I created a simple blank template for you to track what is expected of you each period this week. You can find it via this link, on my Instagram profile, and on Google Classroom. If you want to use it, make a copy, and make it your own. I encourage you to take time each day to step away from your screens, to stretch, and to get as much fresh air as possible. Wake up, and give yourself time to wake up before coming online to do your school work!

Note: If you have an SLP or work with Ms. Montesinos and you are in need of accommodations as we work online, DO NOT HESITATE to ask for them. 


9th Grade

This week you will be learning about the mystery genre and how it differs from regular fiction. 

  • On Day 1 (Monday for ALL), we will be digging into the history and background we need to know in order to better understand Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. You will be assigned a question to research and answer. Be sure to have a document attached and in the works by 3pm to show me you worked on it.This is how I will take attendance. By the time we talk on Day 2, you must have it completed and submitted.
  • On Day 2 (Tuesday or Wednesday), we will have a live chat via Zoom about what you learned in your research and to introduce our new essential questions. By being ON TIME to the meeting, you will be marked present. 
    • I will be available for open office hours via Google Meet on Tuesday during “Panther Time” via (LINK REMOVED, Check GOOGLE CLASSROOM). This will be an opportunity to check in with me, ask me any questions you have, or to just say hi! This will be open to all 9th grade and AP students. 
  • On Day 3 (Wednesday or Thursday), we will meet our main characters and I will read through Chapter 1 together. This will be via a video I post on Google Classroom. You will be required to download chapter one from Google Classroom, annotate the PDF, and upload your annotations on the PDF. In the video, I will teach you how to annotate the PDF. The submission of your PDF with annotations will be how I take attendance that day.
    • If there are ANY issues editing the PDF, be sure to reach out to me ASAP! 
    • If you want/can print off the document and can annotate it by hand, that is fine, but I know that many of you may not be able to do so. 
  • On Day 4 (Friday for all, but A), will be an independent reading day. You will log into Zoom again, and we will read the whole period. I had WAY too many people not complete this past Friday’s assignment, so for now, I will have you log in and read live on camera for me. By attending the Zoom meeting, you will be marked present for the class period. 

 


AP Seminar

On Monday, we will regroup. We will meet via Google Meet and we will discuss the new calendar and plan for the semester. This will include a final decision on what will be your final assessment for the year. I will link a new calendar on Google Classroom. 

** I know this is different from my original plan, so please be sure to recognize the change! **

On Tuesday, you will continue to work on your draft. If you feel like you need to go back and do research, then please, don’t hesitate to do so! 

    • I will be available for open office hours via Google Meet on Tuesday during “Panther Time” via this link. This will be an opportunity to check in with me, ask me any questions you have, or to just say hi! This will be open to all 9th grade and AP students. 

On Thursday, we will have a mandatory digital check in (which will be how I take attendance). Together we will digest a sample IWA. I will send out a Zoom invitation that will be in your email. 

On Friday, you will go back in and work on your draft and research. You will check in with me by responding to a Google Classroom question. 


Email me with ANY questions, comments, or concerns you have this week. I know that staying at home is isolating and won’t be easy. If there is anything I can do to help, please let me know. 

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The Week Ahead: March 16 to March 20, 2020, DLP

*Please note: Not all links will work on this post due to security. If you are a student of mine, you have also received an email and a post of Google Classroom where all links will work!

Happy Sunday Everyone!

Please read below to learn what is going on in all classes, and further down, what is happening in 9th grade English and AP Seminar. 

We will be learning online all week. As we do so, please remember the five expectations that I outline last week: 

  1. As always, be kind, polite, and courteous.
  2. Speak one at a time. Do not unmute yourself unless you have been asked to speak/called on. 
  3. Use the chat to ask questions and to discuss; do not use it to be social. 
  4. Be as present as possible, put your phone away, turn off notifications – Remove distractions. 
  5. Be patient as we learn how to communicate via video and online. We can do it, but we need to work together to make it work. 

As I planned out the activities this week, I did my best to keep them to what I would expect you to complete during a class period, without homework. How this actually plays out, and how much time the activities take you, is going to be individual and based on your environment. 

Please note that any time that we are not having a video meeting, I am online and ready to chat via Google Hangout Chat or Google Hangout Meet. Don’t hesitate to call or message me on chat. I will answer as quickly as possible. I am here for guidance and support.

To help with time management, I created a simple blank template for you to track what is expected of you each period this week. You can find it via this link, on my Instagram profile, and on Google Classroom. If you want to use it, make a copy, and make it your own. I encourage you to take time each day to step away from your screens, to stretch, and to get as much fresh air as possible. Wake up, and give yourself time to wake up before coming online to do your schoolwork!


9th Grade

This week you will be learning about the mystery genre and how it differs from regular fiction. 

  • On Day 1 (Monday for ALL), you will take notes from the Google Slides that will be posted on Google Classroom. You will be required to handwrite these notes (unless we have previously discussed digital notes) and to upload an image of them to Google Classroom by 3pm. I will be tracking who does and does not follow these directions. That is how I will take attendance for the day.
  • On Day 2 (Tuesday or Wednesday), you will read a short mystery story on CommonLit. I will release it on Tuesday morning for you to access. You will answer all of the questions on CommonLit for a summative assessment. The completion of the CommonLit assignment will be how I take attendance that day. I will be checking and submitting attendance at 3pm. 
    • I will be available for open office hours via Google Meet on Tuesday during “Panther Time” via this link (go to GC & email for link). This will be an opportunity to check in with me, ask me any questions you have, or to just say hi! This will be open to all 9th grade and AP students. 
  • On Day 3 (Wednesday or Thursday), you will check in with me via Google Meet again. I will send whole class invites for those meetings which will go to your email and appear in your calendar. This Goole Meet will be mandatory and will count for attendance.  Then, you will go back to the short mystery story on CommonLit and this time you will analyze it for the mystery genre elements you learned about on Monday. On Google Classroom, I will post a digital worksheet that you will need to fill out as you analyze the story. This will also be a summative assessment. Submission of your worksheet by 3pm will be how I take attendance. 
  • On Day 4 (Friday for all, but A), will be an independent reading day. You are now moving into quarter four reading! The first step will be to choose a book. It can be any book of at least 300 pages. You will need to do a few things to show me that you got a book:
    1. Screenshot an image of the hard copy or digital copy of the book
      1. You can take out eBooks from CDS by going to cdslib.follettdestiny.com
      2. Email isabel_urroz@cds.ed.cr for additional help to take out eBooks from the CDS library
      3. You can also find digital PDFs of the book online in a number of ways
    2. Give me a brief explanation of WHY you chose this book for this quarter, as well as the title of the book and the author!
    3. Read for whatever amount of time is left in the period 🙂 **There will be a Google Classroom assignment set up for this assignment specifically. The submission of the assignment is how I will take attendance. 

 


AP Seminar

On Monday, you will continue to do research. As you were to show me you had at least two pieces of research done by the end of Friday, now I want to see that you have at least five sources. I will check these and completion will count as your attendance. I recommend that you look at a minimum of 20 sources by the end of this project. You don’t need to show it all to me, but you should be looking at multiple perspectives, multiple sources, multiple media, etc. 

On Tuesday, you will continue your research and begin outlining your essay. Your official outline is due on Friday, March 20, 2020. That will be counted as a summative grade. I will be checking in on your documents and leaving comments as I can, so please be sure to have documents attached to the Google Classroom assignments.  As I check these I will count the submission as your attendance.

    • I will be available for open office hours via Google Meet on Tuesday during “Panther Time” via this link. This will be an opportunity to check in with me, ask me any questions you have, or just say hi! This will be open to all 9th grade and AP students. 

On Thursday, we will have a mandatory digital check-in (which will be how I take attendance). You will then continue to work on your outline which again, is due the next day on Friday, March 20, 2020. That will be counted as a summative grade

On Friday, you will finalize your outline and will submit it by 11:59pm. I will post a check-in question on Google Classroom on Friday morning. By answering the question, you will be checking in for attendance. 


Email me with ANY questions, comments, or concerns you have this week. I know that staying at home is isolating and won’t be easy. If there is anything I can do to help, please let me know. 

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The Week Ahead: March 9th to 13th, 2020

Happy Friday!

I feel like March is already flying by! Can you believe we are almost halfway through the month? And it’s time to send out progress reports.

Don’t forget that ALL assignments are due by March 13th the fall into the Q3 category. I have update grades with 0s for missing assignments. Check-in with me to get on track. This is for AP & English 9.

Speaking of the end of the quarter, I have updated Google Classroom to have the ATL Self Assessment up and ready for responses. Please make sure to complete that survey ASAP so that I can have your voice when I update progress reports.

 

English 9

Day 1: You will be completing a Quill grammar diagnostic. The directions will post on Google Classroom at 8am. I will be out. Please be on your best behavior for the substitute.

Day 2 & 3: I will be taking data from the grammar diagnostics and will be creating mini-lessons and practices to hone your skills.

Day 4: You will have the freedom and opportunity to work on your independent reading project which is due Friday by 11:59pm to Google Classroom.

It will be a pretty easy week with minimal homework so that you have the opportunity to work on your independent reading essay. Take advantage of it!

 

AP Seminar

Monday: You will continue your work on your research questions and work on your elevator pitches which are outlined on Google Classroom.

Tuesday: Time to hear from one another what direction you are going in for your IWA.

Thursday & Friday: RESEARCH RESEARCH RESEARCH! I am NOT assigning a research log, but I do recommend using one. Your next due date will be your outline, which is due in class on March 23rd.

Keep up the great work! Email me your research questions this weekend for feedback. You can do this! I know it is hard, but I know that you can do this so well.

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The Week Ahead: March 2 to March 6, 2020

9th Grade

Day 1: Peer editing of Anthem essays. Be sure to have your essay ready with an introduction, a minimum of two body paragraphs, a counterclaim paragraph, a conclusion, a word count, and a works cited page.

Day 2 & 3: We will finish peer edit and then move into editing and revisions. These will be your final class workdays.

Day 4: You will have the opportunity to work on your independent reading project to wrap up the week. If you have finished your IR project, then please be sure to have a book to read, or you may continue working on your Anthem essay.

AP Seminar

Monday: We will be exploring and discussing the two hardest (in my opinion) of the stimulus materials for task two. Be ready to discuss these sources.

Tuesday: We will finalize our analysis and exploration of the stimulus materials, as well as add to our web of topic connections on the backboard.

Thursday: It’s time to start exploring topics for research!

Friday: You will continue topic exploration and begin your research question proposal. On Tuesday, March 10th, you will pitch a topic and research question to your class. I will post the assignment in Google Classroom by Friday.

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The Week Ahead: February 24th to 28th, 2020

9th Grade

Day 1: We will continue working on thesis statements and movement into outlining your essay about Anthem.

Day 2 & Day 3: You will use class time to finish your outline and draft your essay.

Day 4: You will have the choice to continue working on your essay OR you may read for independent reading. By the end of Friday, you should be finished with your independent reading book.

By Monday, March 2nd, you will need to have a draft of your essay ready to be peer-reviewed. You are being given an ample amount of class time to complete your work. YOU need to manage your time and do work at home as needed.

 

AP Seminar

Monday: Our oil-drilling group will be finalizing your presentation. Our other group – you will be making some final plans and adjustments.

Tuesday: We will meet in the library for the presentation. Any time that will be left will be used to work on your stimulus material exploration and prep-work.

Thursday: This will be our first day of exploration into the stimulus material. If you check out Google Classroom, you will see the various assignment and questions to prepare you for the discussions in class.

On Thursday we will have a guest speaker…so it is REALLY important to do the prep-work!

Friday: We will continue to explore the stimulus material. Again, it is all laid out on Google Classroom.

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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!!!

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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!

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The Week Ahead: January 20 – 24, 2020

Welcome back! Feliz año nuevo!

2020

How??? Time has flown!

Freshmen

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!