Past Weekly Teacher's Messages

  
Teacher's Message - May 21, 2010

1.  The last week of school has CRAZY schedules -
        Monday = Graduation -- school starts at 7:30
and ends at 10:30
         
http://www.egusd.k12.ca.us/sheldon/asb%20website/Files/bellgraduation.pdf

       Tuesday = 4th/3rd finals -- school starts at 8:00 and ends at 1:54
          
http://www.egusd.k12.ca.us/sheldon/asb%20website/Files/bellFINALS%20may%2025.pdf

       Wednesday = 2nd/1st finals -- school starts at 8:00 and ends at 12:00
          
http://www.egusd.k12.ca.us/sheldon/asb%20website/Files/bellfinals.pdf

2.  Monday, we are taking the district final, so be here!:

3.  Tuesday, we are finishing the district final and doing
      and end-of-the-year activity.

4.  Wednesday, we are taking 3 finals:
     a. Timed Essay based on short stories read this month
                    -Thank You M'am                -The Necklace
                       -The Sniper                         -The Cask of Amontillado
                       -Cranes                               -The Sound of Thunder
                       -The Interlopers                 -The Lady or the Tiger

     
     b. Grammar Final based on:
           -
parts of speech
                -agreement (Subject/Verb and Pronoun/Antecedent)
               -
semi-colons vs. commas
               -objects (direct/indirect/of preposition)
               -
phrases vs. clauses(both independent and subordinate)

      c. ORB Final - we'll have the computers for this --
          -remember - for an "A", you need to have read:
              2 "classics"
              2 multicultural novels
              2 student choice novels

Research Presentations start Tuesday, May 18th.  Click here for
Research Presentation Schedule  

4.  Click here for
Research Presentation Directions 

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        Teacher's Message - May 17, 2010

1.  Your final draft is due This Monday, May 17thNo exceptions will be allowed!!!

      a.  Email me your final draft at
kahrsemigh@gmail.com
           BEFORE school!
      b.  Bring a hard copy of your Works Cited page to class
      c.  Email me any extra journals you did


2. Click here for a final draft checklist:

3.  Research Presentations start Tuesday, May 18th.  Click here for
Research Presentation Schedule  

4.  Click here for
Research Presentation Directions  
Teacher's Message - May 10, 2010
*It's another crazy week of schedules:
                Monday - regular bell schedule

                Tuesday - regular bell schedule

                Wednesday - Minimum Day (Senior Boards)
                 
http://www.egusd.k12.ca.us/sheldon/asb%20website/Files/bellminimum.pdf

               Thursday - Minimum Day (Senior Boards)
                
http://www.egusd.k12.ca.us/sheldon/asb%20website/Files/bellminimum.pdf

               Friday - No School --Furlough

*If you turn in what YOU consider your final draft by Tuesday (May 11th), I will check it -- otherwise, your final draft is due on Monday, May 17th - No exceptions!!

Click here for a
final draft checklist:

Click here for
Research Presentation Schedule  

Click here for
Research Presentation Directions         
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This Week's Teacher Message:  May 3, 2010*

*
Your First Draft (research essay) is due Tuesday at the BEGINNING of class - NO EXCEPTIONS!

*
Remember, if you do not do a first draft, you may NOT turn in a   final draft -- that's 400 points you will be losing!

*Please email me all of your drafts at
kahrsemigh@gmail.com

*Please email me any and all questions at
lkahrs@egusd.net



 
*Egrades are updated again...check out your current grade, and make sure "the computer" hasn't made any errors  J
          
http://www.egusd.k12.ca.us/sheldon/egrades/lkahrs/classes.htm

This Week's Teacher Message:  April 26, 2010

*This week is a crazy one!
  
     Monday = normal full day of school
     Tuesday = STAR/9 Testing minimum day
     
Wednesday = STAR/9 Testing minimum day
     Thursday = STAR/9 Testing minimum day
      Friday = Furlough...no school
 

*Egrades are updated again...check out your current grade, and make sure "the computer" hasn't made any errors  J
          
http://www.egusd.k12.ca.us/sheldon/egrades/lkahrs/classes.htm


*We are continuing our HUGE research project this week!  Be prepared to read, read and read some more!~

*Remember that the datatbase, PROQUEST is a researcher's best friend:

             
http://proquestk12.com/
            
              username:  CA6093
              password:   95829

               click on: SIRS Products
               click on: SIRS Knowledge Source
               type in topic (one to two words max)


*The following websites are all WONDERFUL research tools!
    
     
www.nih.gov - great government website dealing with health issues

     
www.cnn.com - great up-to-date news website

     
www.newyorktimes.com - great newspaper article resource

     
www.time.com - great magazine resource for general information

     
www.npr.org - great National Public Radio info

     
www.bbc.com - great up-to-date news website from England

     
www.findarticles.com - great resource for finding
      newspaper, magazine and journal articles.

***Remember, for websites, use multiple search strings:
     example:   diabetes + Type II + teens + npr 
         
       
 This Week's Teacher Message:  April 19, 2010

*Egrades are updated...check out your current grade, and make sure "the computer" hasn't made any errors 
J
          
http://www.egusd.k12.ca.us/sheldon/egrades/lkahrs/classes.htm


*We are continuing our HUGE research project this week!  Be prepared to read, read and read some more!~

*Remember that the datatbase, PROQUEST is a researcher's best friend:

             
http://proquestk12.com/
            
              username:  CA6093
              password:   95829

               click on: SIRS Products
               click on: SIRS Knowledge Source
               type in topic (one to two words max)


*The following websites are all WONDERFUL research tools!
    
     
www.nih.gov - great government website dealing with health issues

     
www.cnn.com - great up-to-date news website

     
www.newyorktimes.com - great newspaper article resource

     
www.time.com - great magazine resource for general information

     
www.npr.org - great National Public Radio info

     
www.bbc.com - great up-to-date news website from England

     
www.findarticles.com - great resource for finding
      newspaper, magazine and journal articles.

***Remember, for websites, use multiple search strings:
     example:   diabetes + Type II + teens + npr


This Week's Teacher Message:  April 12, 2010

* A Huge Thank You for all of those who attended Open House -- you'll get your passes this Tuesday!

*We are starting our HUGE
research project this week!  Be prepared to read, read and read some more!~

Your sonnets ROCKED!  They will be posted in class this week...
with your permission of course!
 
This Week's Teacher Message:  April 5, 2010

*Welcome back from Spring Break!

*Want to win a trip to Romeo and Juliet's city of love, Verona?  Click on the link and good luck!

  
http://letterstojulietmovie.com/sweeps
 


*This week we are continuing Act IV and V of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.  Below are some movies that may assist students in understanding the play and the historical background:
                        *Pochohantos II - A New World (rated G)
                        *The Lion King II: Simba's Pride (rated G)
                        *Romeo and Juliet w/ Leonardo Di Caprio (rated PG 13)
                        *Romeo and Juliet - Zeferelli version (unrated - but brief nudity)
                        *The Other Boleyn Girl - (rated PG 13)
                        *Shakespeare in Love - (rated R)
                       *Elizabeth staring Kate Blanchett - (rated R)


*Students MUST read a  "classic" Outside Reading Book this term?  Here are some "classically related" choices: 

+Letters to Juliet                                            +The Shakespeare Stealer
+Son of the Mob                                              +Saving Juliet
 +Romeo and Juliet Together...                       +King of Shadows
+Shakespeare's Scribe                                     +Shakespeare's Spy
 +Shakespeare's Secret                                    +The Playmaker    
 +Romeo's Ex: Rosalines' Story                         +Swan Town: The Secret...
 +Romiette and Julio                                        +Loving Will Shakespeare
+Blue Avenger Cracks the Code                        +Shakespeare's Daughter             
+Scribbler of Dreams                                                     +Hawksong
+Butterfly Lovers 
 Check out brief synopses of these title at the following sites:
      http://pdfs.voya.com/VO/YA2/VOYA200907YALit.pdf

     http://www.kathleenodean.com/yabooks_shakespeare.htm
   
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This Week's Teacher Message:  March 22, 2010

* Want to win a trip to Romeo and Juliet's city of love, Verona?  Click on the link and good luck!

  
http://letterstojulietmovie.com/sweeps
 


*This week we are continuing Act II and III of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.  Below are some movies that may assist students in understanding the play and the historical background:
                        *Pochohantos II - A New World (rated G)
                        *The Lion King II: Simba's Pride (rated G)
                        *Romeo and Juliet w/ Leonardo Di Caprio (rated PG 13)
                        *Romeo and Juliet - Zeferelli version (unrated - but brief nudity)
                        *The Other Boleyn Girl - (rated PG 13)
                        *Shakespeare in Love - (rated R)
                       *Elizabeth staring Kate Blanchett - (rated R)


*Students MUST read a  "classic" Outside Reading Book this term?  Here are some "classically related" choices: 

+Letters to Juliet                                            +The Shakespeare Stealer
+Son of the Mob                                              +Saving Juliet
 +Romeo and Juliet Together...                       +King of Shadows
+Shakespeare's Scribe                                     +Shakespeare's Spy
 +Shakespeare's Secret                                    +The Playmaker    
 +Romeo's Ex: Rosalines' Story                         +Swan Town: The Secret...
 +Romiette and Julio                                        +Loving Will Shakespeare
+Blue Avenger Cracks the Code                        +Shakespeare's Daughter             

 Check out brief synopses of these title at the following sites:

     
http://pdfs.voya.com/VO/YA2/VOYA200907YALit.pdf

     http://www.kathleenodean.com/yabooks_shakespeare.htm


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This Week's Teacher Message:  March 8, 2010

Welcome toTerm FOUR!

*First, please check your e-grade to make sure all scores are correct.  I must have grades done by Monday after school.  It is up to YOU to make certain there are no "computer errors" in your grade~  go to:
http://www.egusd.k12.ca.us/sheldon/asb%20website/Staff%20Email.htm


*This term we will be focusing on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet as well as
a large
research project.  

*We are starting small research projects this week -
click here for the schedule:

*Need a "classic" Outside Reading Book that's actually interesting?  Chose from any of the following:

                                                          +The Playmaker
                                                          +Romiette and Julio
                                                          +The Shakespeare Stealer
                                                          +Son of the Mob
                                                          +King of Shadows
                                                          +Blue Avenger Cracks the Code
                                                          +Romeo and Juliet Together...
                                                          +Shakespeare's Scribe
                                                          +Shakespeare's Spy
                                                          +Shakespeare's Secret
                                                          +Saving Juliet
                                                          +Shakespeare's Daughter
                                                          +Romeo's Ex: Rosalines' Story
                                                          +Loving Will Shakespeare
                                                          +Swan Town: The Secret...

 Check out brief synopses of these title at the following sites:

     
http://pdfs.voya.com/VO/YA2/VOYA200907YALit.pdf

     http://www.kathleenodean.com/yabooks_shakespeare.htm


This Week's Teacher Message:  March 1, 2010

 It's FINALS Week!!!  There will be NO formal 
     homework this week, but...STUDY!

Last minute update:
 1.  Bring all your classroom passes -they're
      worth extra credit!

2.  Bring your extra credit (optional) Anthem essay tomorrow - Thursday, March 4th!

3.  Bring your Renaissance Waiver!

4.  Remember - tissue boxes are worth a classroom pass!


Study the following:
      a.  review all grammatical concepts taught (i.e.
parts of speech,
         
sentence parts, phrases, clauses and sentence types).

         HELPFUL GRAMMR WEBSITES:

             Parts of Speech:
              
http://www.toonuniversity.com/flash.asp?err=487&engine=2 
           
            Phrases:
           
http://www.quia.com/cb/123479.html 
                   
http://www.eduplace.com/kids/hme/6_8/grammar/gr8/launcher.html?qid=0807

                    Sentence Types:
             
http://www.harcourtschool.com/activity/sensort/index_pre.html 
                http://www.esc.edu/htmlpages/writerold/pandg/exg10a.shtml     
                http://www.quia.com/pop/13864.html
                
               
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/GRAMMAR/cgi-shl/quiz.pl/sentence_types_quiz.htm                

                http://itech.pjc.edu/writinglab/senpat.htm


      b. review ALL word studies 

      c.  review The Odyssey -
use questions to guide your studying

      d.  review all Odyssey presentation notes! - 
           review pages 647 - 651  in your literature book also!


Want?  Need? Extra Credit -- here's your ONLY chance:
     This is due on the day of your English FINAL!
   click on
  
http://www.aynrand.org/site/PageServer?pagename=education_contests_anthem 
 


for previous Teacher Messages,
click here:
   
  
This Week's Teacher Message:  February 22, 2010

1. REALLY revise your 
Raisin in the Sun Essay --
   
Due THIS Tuesday, Feb 23!

        a.  Thesis must answer ENTIRE prompt
        b.  Each body paragraph must have at least one quote
               from
Raisin in the sun
        c.  Conclusion must show worldy insight
        d.  No "to be" verbs!

2.  Start studying for finals NOW -
      a.  review all grammatical concepts taught (i.e.
parts of speech,
         
sentence parts, phrases, clauses and sentence types).

      b. review ALL word studies 

      c.  review The Odyssey -
use questions to guide your studying

      d.  review all Odyssey presentation notes!

3.  Want?  Need? Extra Credit -- here's your ONLY chance:
 click on
  
http://www.aynrand.org/site/PageServer?pagename=education_contests_anthem 
 
Teacher's Message:  Monday, February 22, 2010
 
1.  Need help with sentence types?  Here are some on-line games to help!

     http://www.harcourtschool.com/activity/sensort/index_pre.html
    
    -the sentence type game with a fox

Sentence types practice:
http://www.esc.edu/htmlpages/writerold/pandg/exg10a.shtml     
http://www.quia.com/pop/13864.html
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/GRAMMAR/cgi-shl/quiz.pl/sentence_types_quiz.htm                  
http://itech.pjc.edu/writinglab/senpat.htm


1b.  Want to earn CASH for writing?  click on
http://www.aynrand.org/site/PageServer?pagename=education_contests_anthem
     to find out about a cool essay contest.  Remember, this will be your
     ONLY extra credit opportunity this term, so just DO IT!

 
2.  Review Books 1,5,8,9, and 10 of The Odyssey  BEFORE Tuesday. 

3.  Some new "Classic" ORB choices are listed below: 
     Check out the following for more info:
www.wppl.org/teens/readnext_mythology.htm

      a. Oh My Gods            
      b.  Nobody's Prize             
      c. Ithaka
      d. Nightsong:             
      e.  Goddess of Yesterday     
      f. Waiting for Odysseus:
     g.  Inside the Walls of Troy                                         
     h.  Sirena

5. 
You may want to start preparing for the Odyssey by watching
      any/all of the following films:


                 a.  The Odyssey starring Armand Assante (TV movie)
                 b.  Troy starring Brad Pitt (Rated R)
                 c.   Hercules - Disney version (Rated G)
                 d.  Clash of the Titans - 1981 version (Rated PG)
 
5.  Want to become a published author, NOW?  click on the following
     link for details!       http://tealblackwrite.blogspot.com
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This Week's Teacher Message:  February 9, 2010


*Update for Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010.  My daughter has the flu, so I will not be in.  Behave perfectly and there will be no quiz on Thursday.  Behave less than perfectly, and there will definitely be a quiz!


1.  REALLY revise your
Anthem Timed Essay --Due Tuesday, Feb . 9!
        a.  Thesis must answer ENTIRE prompt
        b.  Each body paragraph must have at least one quote from Anthem       
        c.  Conclusion must show worldy insight
        d.  No "to be" verbs!
 
2.  Read Book One of The Odyssey  BEFORE Tuesday, Feb. 9!
 
3.  Complete your Odyssey
PowerpointsPresentation Schedule here:

4.  Some new "Classic" ORB choices are listed below: 
     Check out the following for more info:
www.wppl.org/teens/readnext_mythology.htm

      a. Oh My Gods            
      b.  Nobody's Prize             
      c. Ithaka
      d. Nightsong:             
      e.  Goddess of Yesterday     
      f. Waiting for Odysseus:
     g.  Inside the Walls of Troy                                         
     h.  Sirena

5.  You may want to start preparing for the Odyssey by watching
      any/all of the following films:

                 a.  The Odyssey starring Armand Assante (TV movie)
                 b.  Troy starring Brad Pitt (Rated R)
                 c.   Hercules - Disney version (Rated G)
                 d.  Clash of the Titans - 1981 version (Rated PG)
 
5.  Want to become a published author, NOW?  click on the following
     link for details!       http://tealblackwrite.blogspot.com.  
         

This Week's Teacher Message:  February 1, 2010

1.  Read "Helen of 86th Street" on pages 105 - 112 BEFORE Monday!
 
2.  Complete your 'Helen'
PowerpointsPresentation Schedule here:

3.  Bring your ID Card on Monday -- we are going to the library to  
     check out The Odyssey.

4.  You may want to start preparing for the Odyssey by watching
      any/all of the following films:

                 a.  The Odyssey starring Armand Assante (TV movie)
                 b.  Troy starring Brad Pitt (Rated R)
                 c.   Hercules - Disney version (Rated G)
                 d.  Clash of the Titans - 1981 version (Rated PG)
 
5.  Want to become a published author, NOW?  click on the following
     link for details!       http://tealblackwrite.blogspot.com

Teacher's Message:  Monday, January 25, 2010
1.  Progress report grades come out on Friday.  Please see me if
     you have questions or concerns about your grade BEFORE then!

2.  Please bring all
drafts of your reflective essay on Monday!

3.  We will be finishing Anthem this week.  There will be a
     Multiple Choice exam as well as an in-class essay THIS FRIDAY!

4.   WHENEVER you have questions or concerns, please 
      email me at 
lkahrs@egusd.net !
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Teacher's Message:  Tuesday, January 19, 2010:

1.  Bring your reflective essay to class on Tuesday.  We will edit them
     in class.  
     a.  Pages 66 - 72 in your Literature Book give specific directions,
          and example and a simple rubric.
     b.  You can also use the
model I've given here.
2.  Read Chapters 1 - 6 of
Anthem ...there will be quizzes!
3.  You will receive your Anthem research topic on Tuesday.
4.  Remember to bring your ORB and your comp book EVERY day.