Upcoming Deadlines

Our annual TOYS FOR TOTS drive begins Monday, November 6th. Please considering doing your part for children who otherwise would not have a Christmas if it wasn’t for these donations. Mrs. Gilmore (Blue Team)  and Mr. Buckner (White Team)  will be collecting money November 6th – November 17th. Our school’s  goal is to raise $20, 000. NJHS members will then go shopping for toys on Friday, December 1st. There will be an afternoon assembly that same afternoon where we will dedicate all the toys to the United States Marine Corps. 

THIS JUST IN….WE NOT ONLY REACHED OUR GOAL OF $20,000 BUT WE SURPASSED IT!! I AM SO PROUD OF THE ENTIRE OMMS STUDENT BODY! 

  • If you choose to go ask neighbors or area businesses for donations, use the letter below. It will verify why you are asking for money:
  • TFT SIGNED Community Letter 2017

NEW POTO-related BONUS Opportunity:  BONUS OPPORTUNITY

BONUS OPPORTUNITY: Although Friday, October 20th was the original due date for BONUS, I will accept BONUS through Monday, October 23rd. Students who did not already pick up an application from me will now need to go to the North Shelby Library, fill out the application, and show me their library card on Monday. Students who already have a library card but haven’t shown it to me yet can just let me see their card on Monday.  [***I will only accept my STUDENTS’ library cards…not a family member’s or guardian’s.***]

What’s coming up? 

  • There will be a POTO Vocabulary Quiz on Tuesday, October 31st. 
  • The POTO Unit Test will be Thursday, November 9th
  • Make-A-Mask Day will be Monday, November 13th [More details will be forthcoming]
  • Each student will need his/her own copy of The Man Who Was Poe by Avi by Monday, November 27th.  (Students who pre-purchased a copy of this novel have their copy in my classroom already.) The vast majority of my students, families, and guardians have actually known since  Tuesday, August  8th that this particular novel would be required. (It was on the 2017-2018 Syllabus.)  Students have been directed to communicate this need to their parent/guardian AND THEN TO follow-up with inquiries about if the book has been obtained yet. Students have been told that parents and guardians get very busy and may need multiple reminders from their child.  There will be a BOOK CHECK on Monday, November 27th for a gold grade. Students who do not come to class prepared  with THEIR OWN copy of this novel will earn a ZERO on this gold grade. Plan accordingly.  Poor planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on mine. [posted on 10/23/17]

 

Friday, November 17th

We completed the movie version of Phantom of the Opera today in class. Students were given time to put any finishing touches on their comparison/contrast answers they have been working on as we watched the film “with a purpose in mind.” I then collected them and will grade them over the break for a silver grade.

Students were reminded that their copy of The Man Who Was Poe by Avi is due in class on Monday, November 27th. There will be a “Book Check” for a gold grade on the day we get back from Thanksgiving Break. Come to class prepared!

HOMEWORK: Come to class on Monday, November 27th with your very own copy of TMWWP by Avi if you have not already pre-purchased yours and/or given it to me to hang on to for you.

I hope each and every one of you enjoy your Thanksgiving Break. I’ll see you back in class on Monday, November 27th. 

Tuesday, 11/14 – Thursday, 11/16

My apologies for not posting since Monday!!! I have gotten busy each afternoon counting Toys For Tots money and then had to rush to childcare shortly thereafter which has left no time to update the blog!

Let’s see…..

Tuesday—Students were given back their POTO Unit Test and we went over it question-by-question. Students were encouraged to ask questions as needed. I then graded the phantom-inspired masks students had started creating the day before. Next, I explained  that students would be watching the Phantom of the Opera movie “with a purpose in mind” meaning they would need to look for and record similarities & differences in these two genres. I conducted the Bake Sale next, and then we started watching the movie.

Wednesday and today—Students were given brief reminders about watching the movie “with a purpose in mind” as they took out their papers where they have been recording their answers. I conducted the Bake Sale next, and then we continued the Phantom of the Opera movie.

Tomorrow—I will host the last day of our Bake Sale. We will finish the movie. Students will be given time to finish recording their answers on their papers regarding watching the movie “with a purpose in mind.” These responses will then be collected.

STUDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO BRING MONEY TOMORROW IN ORDER TO ATTEND THE AU vs AL FACULTY VOLLEYBALL GAME THAT WILL BE HELD DURING ADVISORY TIME (which will be an hour tomorrow as we follow the BOTVIN/LEAD bell schedule). ALL PROCEEDS WILL GO TO  BENEFIT TOYS FOR TOTS

Monday, November 13th

Students were given the period to create their phantom-inspired masks. These will be graded tomorrow at the beginning of the period. Some students finished their masks in class today; however, some wanted to take theirs home to apply the finishing touches.

Homework: If you did not turn in your mask by the end of the period today, it is due tomorrow at the beginning of the period.

I saw some really cool masks today. Students were truly engaged in the activity, and I appreciate each student’s hard work!

Other announcements:

I will host a BAKE SALE before starting the movie-version of Phantom of the Opera tomorrow. I will have a variety of salty and sweet items as well as beverages. Each item will be $1 and proceeds will benefit our Toys for Tots drive. Students are welcome to bring in their own snack; however, students will need to pay $1 for each snack and $1 for each drink. 

Each student needs to have his/her own copy of The Man Who Was Poe by Avi in class two weeks from today. There will be a “Book Check” on Monday, November 27th for a gold grade. 

 

Thursday, November 9th

At the beginning of the period, I called for and collected the BONUS OPP students were given earlier this week on Monday regarding their Phantom-inspired mask. Students then completed their unit test on Phantom of the Opera  Afterwards, they had the remainder of the period to work on assignments from another class, read, and/or complete a Thanksgiving-related “fun” sheet.

REMINDERS:

MAKE-A-MASK Monday is Monday, November 13th. Students will need to come to class with all the “embellishments” they will need to create their own Phantom-inspired mask. I will be providing two paper plates. Students are required to create a mask using one or both of the paper plates. By “embellishments,” students are being directed to bring in any ribbon, fabric, yarn, sequins, feathers, stickers, construction paper, etc. they will need to make their finished product fabulous! (No mask should only be colored in/on via colored pencils, Twistables, and/or markers.)

We will continue our Toys 4 Tots drive next week. In order to reach our goal of $20,ooo, each student at OMMS must be willing to do his/her part. I have asked each 6th grade student to do his/her part by bringing in $14.55. From my 7th and 8th graders, I need each student to be willing to donate $20.00.  Do your part to to help provide Christmas gifts to boys and girls in our area who otherwise will not have anything to open on December 25th. 

Monday, November 27th each and every student is expected to have his/her own copy of The Man Who Was Poe. This requirement has been well publicized in class via daily written reminders on the board starting on Thursday, October 5th as well as oral reminders too. Additionally, the need for this book was on the syllabus that went home on Tuesday, August 8th. Finally, it has been posted here on the blog as early as Tuesday, October 10th. 

Finally, do your best to enjoy this three-day weekend, but I also extend this challenge to you: I challenge you to find a veteran to approach. Shake his/her hand; look him/her in the eye; thank him/her for your freedom. Our veterans have sacrificed more than you or I will probably ever know. They deserve our respect and they deserve to be honored. Below is a picture of the Marine that I am most thankful for….my father, Mac Hefner. Thank you for your service, Daddy!

My Favorite Marine

Wednesday, November 8th

Students were given the first 20 minutes of the class period to complete their Act II Study Guide answers. Afterwards, this assignment was “spot checked” on accuracy for a 10-point silver grade.

Next, we discussed the format of tomorrow’s unit test on Phantom of the Opera.

  • There will be a “Character/Description” matching section; there will be questions from the notes we took on October  20th and 23rd.
  • There will be questions regarding the Prologue, Act I and Act II.
  • Additionally, there will be questions based on the following literary devices: internal conflict, external conflict, protagonist, antagonist, setting, climax, irony, flashback, and allusion.  
  • Finally, the last section will have questions regarding characterization where I will give students a quote and students must provide the correct adjective that describes the character using the specific quote at that particular point in the story.

We also went through a Jeopardy-style review game as well in preperation for tomorrow’s test.

Other reminders that were given:

  • You now have 19 more shopping days to obtain your own personal copy of The Man Who Was Poe by Avi. There will be a “Book Check” on Monday, November 27th for a gold grade.
  • Make-A-Mask Monday is November 13th. Students will need to come to class with all the “embellishments” they will need to create their own Phantom-inspired mask. I will be providing two paper plates. Students are required to create a mask using one or both of the paper plates. By “embellishments,” students are being directed to bring in any ribbon, fabric, yarn, sequins, feathers, stickers, construction paper, etc. they will need to make their finished product fabulous! (No mask should only be colored in/on via colored pencils, Twistables, and/or markers.)

Tuesday, November 7th

After a quick recap of yesterday’s events regarding Phantom of the Opera we finished the libretto today by reading Scenes 8 and 9 of Act II. Afterwards, students were given the last 20 – 25 minutes to get started on their Act II Study Guide questions. Students will have approximately the same amount of time tomorrow in class to complete the rest of  their Act II Study Guide. After which, random answers will be “spot checked” on accuracy and we will use the remainder of the period to review for the following day’s unit test on POTO.

Other things we discussed in class at the beginning of the period included:

  • There are only 20 more shopping days for students to obtain their own personal copy of The Man Who Was Poe. There will be a “Book Check” On Monday, November 27th for a gold grade;
  • Monday, November 13th is Make-A-Mask Monday. Make sure you are coming to class with your own “embellishments” you will use to decorate your mask. No mask should only be colored in or on via colored pencils, Twistables, or markers;
  • The BONUS opportunity first introduced in class yesterday will be due at the beginning of the period before we take the unit test on Phantom of the Opera on Thursday, November 9th.

 

Monday, November 6th

At the beginning of the period, we discussed what the next two weeks would look like:

  • This week we will finish, review for and then test on Phantom of the Opera.
  • Next week—Monday will be Make-A-Mask Day. Students will need to come to class with all the “embellishments” they will need to create their own Phantom-inspired mask. I will be providing two paper plates. Students are required to create a mask using one or both of the paper plates. By “embellishments,” students are being directed to bring in any ribbon, fabric, yarn, sequins, feathers, stickers, construction paper, etc. they will need to make their finished product fabulous! Tuesday will be a “GiveBack/Go Over” day and most likely we will begin watching the movie-version of Phantom of the Opera. We will enjoy the movie through the week’s end.
  • There is a new BONUS OPPORTUNITY that has been posted above.  Check it out!
  • There are now only 21 shopping days left for students to obtain their own copy of The Man Who Was Poe by Avi. Each student is required to have his/her personal copy of this novel in class by Monday, November 27th.

Moving on…..I conducted a quick recap of the events that took place in Friday’s reading of POTO. Thereafter, we continued by reading Act II: Scenes 5, 6, & 7. There were a number of times we paused to discuss the events taking place.

Before dismissal, we talked just a bit about what students should expect on Thursday’s unit test of POTO.  There will be a “Character/Description” matching section; there will be questions from the notes we took on October  20th and 23rd. There will be questions regarding the Prologue, Act I and Act II. Additionally, there will be questions based on the following literary devices: internal conflict, external conflict, protagonist, antagonist, setting, climax, irony, flashback, and allusion.  Finally, the last section will have questions regarding characterization where I will give students a quote and students must provide the correct adjective that describes the character using the specific quote at that particular point in the story.

 

Friday, November 3rd

At the beginning of the period, we had a quick recap of Act II: Scene 1 of Phantom of the Opera.

Next, we continued POTO—specifically Act II Scenes 2, 3, and 4.

Before dismissal, students were given back Tuesday’s POTO Vocabulary Quiz. Students were encouraged to ask questions as needed as we went through the quiz sentence-by-sentence. Students were also given the opportunity to see their grade on yesterday’s pop quiz; however, we did not go over these quizzes just yet.

THERE ARE  ONLY 24 MORE SHOPPING DAYS FOR STUDENTS TO OBTAIN THEIR OWN COPY OF THE MAN WHO WAS POE BY AVI. There will be a “Book Check” on Monday, November 27th for a gold grade. Poor planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part.—Mrs. Gingras

There is NO HOMEWORK this weekend!! Enjoy!

Thursday, November 2nd

Students were alerted to only having  25 more shopping days to obtain their own copy of The Man Who Was Poe by Avi at the very beginning of the period. Again, students were told that poor planning on the part of the student does not constitute as an emergency on Mrs. Gingras’ part. There will be a BOOK CHECK on Monday, November 27th for a gold grade and it is expected that each and every one of my students have his or her personal copy of this required reading.

In an effort to ensure that students would understand what to do on their Act I Pop Quiz, we spent just a few moments defining chronological order and  having a quick guided practice activity practicing this concept.

Next, students were given 20 minutes to complete their Act I Pop Quiz where they had to place 15 events that occurred in Act I of Phantom of the Opera  in chronological order. Students were permitted to use their Act I Study Guide answers from Scenes  1 – 10 to assist them as needed.

Finally, we completed the period by reading and discussing  Act II: Scene 1 of Phantom of the Opera.

Before dismissal students were given the opportunity to see how they did on Tuesday’s POTO Vocabulary Quiz; however, we did not have time to go over these yet.

There is no homework!

Wednesday, November 1st

We spent the first part of the period reviewing the POTO scenes we last read on Friday. Afterwards, we completed Act I by reading the last two scenes–9 and 10. After some discussion and clarification of the events that occurred in these last two scenes, students were given the remainder of the Act I Study Guide to complete until the dismissal bell. (I would say each class had anywhere from 10 – 20 minutes to work on the study guide in class.)

HOMEWORK: Finish the study guide questions for Scenes 6 – 10 before coming back to class.  Students who need to come by my classroom in the morning to look at a script are welcomed to do so.   POTO Study Guide Act I Scenes 6 – 10