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Sept. 18, 2015

English III

from:Klein, Rachel

to:All Students

If you miss class.....we missed you! I'd like you to choose 2 poems to analyze & write at least a page for both What is the poet saying. How do you feel when you read this poem. You can choose whichever poems you want from this website: www.weareteachers.com Please print a copy of the poem you are choosing **** remember when analyzing I want you to answer the questions: who is the poet talking to? How does the poem make you feel? What is the point?

Feb. 06, 2015

February Progress Report

from:Rubin, Lawrence

to:All Students

We started February by discussing the complexity of the human personality, relating concepts and arts projects to ourselves. These included selfie collages, physical sculpture, ad personality shadow boxes. In Mid-February, we will move into the next module which will be stress and health, in which we will address the many forms of stress in our lives, and ways to address them adaptively. Arts  exercises will help deepen awareness of our role in contributing to and adjusting healthily to stress.

Nov. 10, 2014

African Textiles

from:Huffman, Andrea

to:All Students

While at Lake Placid, students learned about one type of African textile, known as Adire Oleko, which translated simply means "tied and dyed". Using "rafia" or dried palm leaves with small pebbles, the students created tied the fabric to create patterns when it is immersed in the dye.  After dyeing and washing out the fabric, it was hung to dry in the sun. Adire textiles are traditionally created by the Yoruba people from Nigeria.

Back in class, students learned about other African textiles, including Kente cloth, woven in Kenya, Bokolanfini (mud cloth) and Adinkra cloth. The designs on Adinkra cloth are created with hand carved stamps printed on the cloth to create repeat patterns. In class students are designing original stamps that will be carved and printed on the fabric. The fabrics of all the students will be joined together to create a large collaborative piece that will be displayed as one large textile.

Oct. 20, 2014

Project Pen Pal across the Pond's Supplyraiser

from:Bisi Pajaujis, Sonia

to:All Students

Dr. Weiner has a wonderful idea for raising resources for our pen pals in Equatorial Guinea which I'd like to borrow for Spanish I and II. Each of us is going to spend $5 and purchase paper, lined paper, construction paper, pencils, erasers, scissors, and colored pencils. NO crayons please as they'll melt. The dollar store is a good place to buy these supplies. We'll send these supplies to our pen pals in Equatorial Guinea in time for Christmas and the Holidays. Thank you for your generosity and your collaboration.

Señ. ta Pajaujis

Sept. 02, 2014

Spanish Syllabus

from:Bisi Pajaujis, Sonia

to:All Students

                                             Spanish Syllabus

Name of Course: Mi Vida y Mi Mundo

Name of Instructor: Sonia Bisi Pajaujis

Email of Instructor: sbisipajaujis@conservatoryprep.org

Course Description: This foreign language course will be taught inductively. Students will learn Spanish grammar, culture, literature, and music, among other aspects of the language through problem based learning methods. This is a High School Spanish Program where the class objective is to understand the Spanish Culture and communicate with Spanish Speaking people. We will reach out to bond with students in Equatorial Guinea, a country with a history of Spanish culture in Africa and the students will have pen pals on that side of the world. This is one of several projects in the course. Others will include the Felt Poetry Book where students will learn a short play. Watching a series of Spanish Whodunits to determine the culprit. Students shall also create their own Spanish-English key ring dictionary adding vocabulary used in class throughout the year from which they will be challenged to create sentences, essays and writing pieces.

Course Objective

Assessment:

50% Participation and Completion of in-class assignments

50% Projects

End of Term Presentation

A written paper of approx. 2 pages handed to the teacher on one of the units studied during the year. This MUST be a hard copy. The criteria for the paper will be based upon the following checklist 1. Accomplished the task 2. Has a clear beginning middle end 3. Includes a variety of vocabulary 4. Uses relevant and accurate words 5. Exhibits some control of the syntax and structure 7. Errors do not interfere with overall comprehension 8. In target language 9. Uses relevant and accurate words 10. Comprehensible

Presentation of approx. 10 minutes to reteach what the students have learnt. Presentation must include a visual and a participatory activity

Students will keep a journal prepared by the teacher for each class. After each presentation, the student will write down the main idea of the lesson taught. Criteria for questions to be answered will be determined and provided by the teacher.

If a student misses a presentation of another student, the student will research and write a one page overview for each presentation missed. This will be due within 48 hours. If a student misses their own presentation, the student will film the presentation outside of school and give the presentation on a dvd or jump drive to the teacher within 48 hours.

Advanced Topic Credit

A student wishing to take a course for Advanced Topics credit will be expected to conduct an independent project once a year. The projects may include:

Reading an additional book of at least 250 pages or a combination of readings.

A research paper of a minimum of 20 pages and a bibliograghy with a minimum of 15 sources. Research paper will be in 12 point font.

A visual presentation

The program will follow the Standards for Foreign Language Learning:

Students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions and exchange opinions.Students will keep a journal prepared by the teacher for each class. After each presentation, the student will write down the main idea of the lesson taught. Criteria for questions to be answered will be determined and provided by the teacher.
If a student misses a presentation of another student, the student will research and write a one-page overview for each presentation missed. This will be due within 48 hours. If a student misses their own presentation, the student will film the presentation outside of school and give the presentation on a dvd or jump drive to the teacher within 48 hours.

Advanced Topics Credit:
A student wishing to take a course for Advanced Topics credit will be expected to conduct an independent project once a year. The projects may include:

Reading an additional book of at least 250 pages or a combination of readings.

A research paper of a minimum of 20 pages and a bibliography with a minimum of 15 sources. Research paper will be in 12 point font.

A visual presentation

The program will follow the Standards for Foreign Language Learning:

Students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions and exchange opinions.

Students understand and interpret written and spoken target language.

Students present information, concepts and ideas on a variety of topics in spoken and written form.

Students demonstrate an understanding of the culture studied, acquire information and recognize distinctive viewpoints.