Friday, September 4, 2015


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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Welcome Back!

While we all hate to see summer vacation end, a new school year is always exciting as it gives a new start & another chance to do the very best you can. 

You're getting older, you're one year closer to going out into the world on your own - this is your time to make the most of what's left of your High School career, head toward your goal of graduation & college (or work), and develop the skills you will need to have a career you love & a comfortable lifestyle as an adult.

I look forward to helping you have a productive & successful school year to assist in those goals.  History is not always easy, but if you are determined to do your best, do your work, be in class, and do your part you are already on track to an outstanding average.

I look forward to meeting you on Tuesday!

Required Supplies

Both Global II & US History courses for the 2015-2016 school year require these supplies in class each day:
  • A binder (loose-leaf.)  A 1-2 inch binder for just my class is fine, or you may have a section in a much larger binder for my class.  However, if you have no dividers in a binder you are using for "everything" you will be considered unprepared.
  • Plenty of loose-leaf paper.
  • Several black ball point pens (not gel pens, you cannot use those on the Regents Exam so you shouldn't use them in class.)  You can use blue if you choose, but black is best for the Regents Exam so you might as well start getting used to their rules.  Don't bother with pencils either - you can't use them on the Regents, so you can't use them for any graded work, in or out of class. 
  • A highlighter (any color, as long as it's a working highlighter.)

I have been to several different "dollar stores" in the area during the last 2 weeks and each of them had the supplies listed above.  In addition, Staples, Target, & WalMart all have these supplies.  The paper, highlighters, & binders are no different in one store than they are anywhere else.  In my experience "dollar store pens" don't always work well, so be sure to get an extra pack if you buy them from there.  No supplies will be handed out in class so be sure to have extras on just in case that happens!

All supplies are due in class no later than Wednesday, September 16th.  This will be a test grade.  Either you're in class with all required supplies as listed & described above or you are not -
100 or 0.  Easy enough grade to start your year!

Please note:  It is not the responsibility of your classmates - or their hard-working parents - to supply you with a pen &/or paper in class.  I am asking you to have the basics you need for your other classes &, likely, things you already have at home.  Being prepared is one of your main roles as a student!  Please take it as seriously as I do!  If there are any issues, please see me before the end of the day on Friday, Sept. 11th.

Test Post

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

All Students: Regents Exam Info

All Students:
As a reminder, you must pass the course AND the Regents Exam...passing the Exam alone does not give you course credit unless I override your average.  As I have told you all year, I would consider this on an individual basis based on your work, attendance, & effort.  As a result, the only verification you will have of passing the course is in Eschool.  If someone tells you that you passed the class simply because you passed the Regents, they might be very wrong.  Check Eschool (not Engrade!) for your final course grade OR call your Guidance Counselor (see more about this below!)

US History:
1.  Your scores finally came back - contact GUIDANCE to get your score.  The computers at school are not working where we are grading so I have no way to email you.  Plus, I'm busy grading so have no time to access email even it the computers were working!
2.  Your final course grades are now updated in Eschool.  Unless there is a major error I did not catch, these grades won't change.
3.  A TON of you rocked Mastery on the exam, & most of you in that group got well over 90.  NICE JOB!!  Your multiple choice was a key factor in this, and many of you nailed the essays as well from what I saw in your grades.  I'm really proud of you!! 

Global II:
1.  We have not finished grading your exam yet, so we won't have any scores before Thursday morning.  You can start calling GUIDANCE at that time, not earlier.  It is likely we won't have scores until Thursday afternoon, maybe even Friday morning.
2.  Your course grades are NOT updated because we don't have your Regents scores.  They will be updated sometime after we get the results back.  Stay tuned...

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

US History: Final Thoughts!


Well...that was a surprise to every. last. teacher.

That said, the task said you had to talk about an organization.  Yes, you could have used a person IN the group to back up your details...but you had to name a group & talk about the right people in that group.  If you only talked about a person - or you did not talk about an organization - you did not follow the task.  So, for example: if you wrote about Jacob Riis & used're in trouble.  Neither was an organization.

Now, the DBQ gave you your very best chance at a score of 4 or 5 IF you studied what I gave you on the essay sheet - or even your flash cards!  I would have picked Jackson & Roosevelt.  Outside info for Jackson: Trail of Tears (they never say those word despite there being a map about it), & Worcester v. Georgia (background case details, that Jackson ignores it.)  For Roosevelt, they never said Upton Sinclair, The Jungle, or the Meat Inspection Act in the documents, so that was your outside info there.  I think those were the easiest to write about so personally, I would have done those.

The multiple choice had a few surprises but I have to tell had flash cards for 49 of the 50 questions and that had a reading passage.

Grades will likely not be in until sometime Monday (at the earliest.)  Call GUIDANCE to find out your grades.  We will grade US Thursday & Friday & then start on Global, so I will not be available to send grades anytime soon.  GUIDANCE is your best bet.

I hope you studied,
I hope you did well, &
I hope you have a
wonderful summer!! 

And no, 3rd period, I did NOT get my donut this year, AGAIN.  :) :)

Sunday, June 14, 2015

All Students: No one is allowed to...

Due to tomorrow's expected rain & storms, no one is to walk home from review.

If you cannot arrange for a ride please do not stay.  The weather is supposed to be bad all day & into the afternoon, with no telling how long it will last.

Please keep your eye on the weather reports.

Again, no one is to walk home from review tomorrow.