Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Mr. Thomas Worthington--Social Studies Department--Cold War Debate

 State Flag of Russia                    State Flag of Ukraine

Library Digital Resources
ABC CLlO American History 
ABC CLIO World History Modern Era 
History Study Center
Proquest Historical New York Times

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     With the defeat of fascism and militarism at the end
of World War II, the world was immediately thrust into the
Atomic Age and what became known as The Cold War between
the United States and the Soviet Union (USSR).  Each
superpower quickly built up its nuclear weapons arsenal
and developed the ability to put nuclear warheads  on rockets
and cruise missiles. The world was on the brink of nuclear war. 
In the upcoming debate, you will be expected to defend one of the
above positions in regards to the role the country played in
creating the Cold War. 
Question:  Who was more responsible for the Cold War?  
Historical Background:
Opening Statement:
Position #1:
Position #2:
Position #3: 
Position #4:
Position #5:
Deference to the opposing side: 
Closing Statement:  
Note: Prepare for the debate as usual, but hand in
research from at least three separate resources.                                        

Monday, April 28, 2014

Intellectual Property, Academic Integrity and Avoidance of Cyberbullying



National Junior Honor Society Inductees 2013-2014

Alana Abesamis Ariel Gaete Matthew Petraco
Austin Adams Benjamin Garcia Morgan Petraco
Christian Agostino Theresa Gerrity Ryan Petraco
Kelly Allen Bryan Iangrande Angelina Etterson
Tyler Ancona Michael Iaquinto Amanda Pretory
Isabella Anderes Matthew Grillo Joseph Prinzevalli
Simone Atwa Britini Guthy Faima Quadir
Arianna Barbieri Liv Halvorsen Daniel Raber
Bridget Becchina Zachary Hobbes Kelly Raftery
Jillian Becker Thomas Howell Luciana Ragolia
Catherine Betz Timothy Hsu Ashley Resnick
Veronica Buhler Emily Huang Ashley Robinson
Eva Buonaiuto Steven Jellen Alexandra Romanoff
Hailey Buttaro William Jin Rosenband Odeya 
Justin Cahill Jordan Jonas Jason Rosenfeld
Julia Campanella Antonella Jones Clara Rosenzweig
Theodore Campbell Zoe Kahnis Maxwell Ruffner
Richard Caporusso Ryan Kampe Andi Sauer
Richard Carbone Ryan Keary Olivia Schmitt
Alexander Case Dongwook Kim Matthew Seyfert
Jacob Chapman Yuto Koga Manaal Siddiqui
Xiang Chen Megan Kuhnel Delaney Simpson
Dylan Chou Lawrence Lan Alexander Sobel
Steven Chu Faith Leonard Connor Stafford
Ryen Cinski Sophia Lo Biondo Brendan Steinberg
Annatje Clark Abigail Long Leah Sugrue
Frances Clever Timothy Longo Charles Sun
James Coccaro Michael Lu Noah Tanenbaum
Keren Collins Deirdre Lynch Emily Tanzi
Isabella Colombo Cathy Ma Schuyler Tasman
Andrew Constantouris Kamryn Maccarello Sydney Tasman
Dominick Cosentino Rachel Maloco Rebecca Templeton
Shannon Coughlan Jessica Marino Gina Torre
Benjamin Cummings Frank Mattimoe Peter Tsemberides
Hannah Daly Emily Mauro Laura Ulrich
Liam Davenport Malachy Mc Avoy Kevin Vera
Ryan Devlin Julia Mc Govern Holly Vion
Husain Dhoon Ross Mc Ilvaine Deven Wackett
Isabella Diehl Harry Merzin Alyson Wertheim
Aidan Diviney Israel Miller Alex Wiggins
Michael Dobo Cameron Montana Kaitlyn Wilson
Natalie D'Onofrio Marisa Mueller Kayla Winicki
Logan Doran Kate Mulham Elizabeth Wong
Laura Douglas Kylie Munn Andrew Wright
Kyle Dunham Mathieu Nagle Lauren Young
Drake Eggleston Hallie Nicholas Leon Zhao
Kathleen Esfahany John Ninia Sophia Zhukovsky
Nathan Fastenberg Christian O Toole Luka Zuric
Sophie Ferguson Jake Okrent Jennifer Zwerling
Molly Fernandes Matthew Okrent
Jessica Fiorella Janine Olson
Emily Fiorenti Cole Palmer
Hannah Fondacaro Arianna Parkhideh
Matthew Fortier Kendall Parrish
Arianna Fournaris Emily Perelli
Niki Friedwald Cayla Perini
Michelle Barnett
Michael Bilfinger
Isabella Brand
Maria Gacovino
Patrick Germano
Skylar Haas
Sarah Hollmann
Sarah Klecher
Hannah Lorenzen
Jake Marte
Emily Pashinsky
J. Alexander Pfitzer
Claudia Powell
Alexander Qin
Sophia Rashidzada
Jason Robinson
Sylvi Stoller
Nestor Tkachenko
Jake Weizenecker

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

April Is School Library Month

School Library Month (SLM) is the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) celebration of school librarians and their programs. Every April school librarians are encouraged to create activities to help their school and local community celebrate the essential role that strong school library programs play in a student's educational career. Read about the history of School Library Month.
The 2014 theme is Lives change @ your library® and Jeff Kinney, New York Times bestselling author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, has been named the national spokesperson.
“I don't know where I'd be without my school library,” said Kinney. “Our librarians were passionate about putting great books in the hands of kids, and making us into lifelong readers. School libraries introduce kids to whole new worlds and new perspectives and are so important in broadening kids' minds. It's crucial that we support our school libraries, especially in times of tightening budgets. I'm so grateful for the well-stocked libraries and knowledgeable, dedicated school librarians that were a part of my childhood.”

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Ms. Laura Leidahl--English Department--The 7th Grade Research Paper


1.     Log onto your NoodleTools account and click on your research paper project.
2.     On your dashboard, select “Notecards and Outline”.
3.     The tabletop:
a.     Drag your notecards out of the “new notecards” pile on the left hand side.
b.     See what information you have. Do you notice cards that are of similar topics? You can start to group them together. Drag one notecard on top of the other. NoodleTools will ask you to create a pile name. Write down what it is that all of these cards have in common. Put the cards in the order you’d like them to appear in the paper. You should have at least 2 notecards in each pile.
4.     The outline:
a.     Uppercase roman numerals explain what the paragraph is (the main idea)
b.     Uppercase letters give you “Subtopics”.
c.     To get started with your introduction:
i.     Roman numeral I should say “Introduction” and hit the green plus sign.
ii.     For A, write “Hook” and hit the green plus sign.
iii.     For 1, write what your grabber will be, then hit the plus sign, and then the “move left” button until you see B.
iv.     For B, write “Research Questions” and hit the green plus sign.
v.     For 1, write your first research question, then hit the plus sign, and then the “move left” button until you see C. For 2, write your second research question, etc.
vi.     Hit the green plus sign and use the “move left” button until you see C. Write “Thesis Statement”.
vii.     Hit the green plus sign and type in what your thesis statement is.
viii.     For your first Body Paragraph:
1.     Hit the green plus sign and use the “move left” button until you see roman numeral two (II). Type in “Body Paragraph 1 Main Idea:…“ and then type in what this paragraph will be about. You can rephrase and answer your first question here.
2.     Drag and drop the pile of notecards that corresponds with the main idea.
3.     Repeat for the rest of your body paragraphs. You need at least 3 body paragraphs.  
ix.     For your conclusion:
1.     Your uppercase roman numeral should say “Conclusion”.
2.     Your A. should say “Touchback”. Underneath the touchback, write your main points to go over.
3.     Your B. should say “Heart of the Matter”. Underneath this, you should write down what you think is the most important piece of information that the reader needs to take away from your paper.
4.     Your C. should say “Zinger”. Underneath this, write the last sentence that you think would leave your reader saying, “WOW!” J


Monday, April 7, 2014

Ms. Laura Leidahl--English Department--The 7th Grade Research Paper

Library Digital Resources
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The 7th Grade
Research Paper

For this year’s research assignment, you will become an expert on one topic of your choosing. You will conduct research and take what you have learned throughout the coming weeks to write a research paper on your topic.
Timeline and Grading:

Graded As…
Determine my topic and research questions
Tuesday, April 8th
4th Quarter Classwork
Declare my thesis statement
Wednesday, April 9th
4th Quarter Classwork
Submit 6 notecards on Noodletools
**9 for honors
Every day from Wednesday, April 9th-Friday, April 11th

4th Quarter Classwork
Finalize all notecards on Noodletools and submit works cited page
Monday, April 21st
4th Quarter Quiz
Finalize your MLA outline on Noodletools
Wednesday, April 23rd
4th Quarter Classwork
Hand in my final paper, works cited,  and rubric
Friday, April 25th
4th Quarter Major Assignment
**Dates are subject to change

Your task is as follows:

  1. Pick from a very broad category of topics. The following is a list of some topics. If something else interests you, just run it by me for approval!
Animal Experimentation
Natural Disasters
Capital Punishment
Child Labor
Standardized Tests
Social Media
Video Game Violence
Modern Wars (Sudanese Civil War)
          Right to Bear Arms
          Freedom of Speech

  1. Come up with 3 research questions about the topic you choose. In other words, what do you want to know about that topic?
  2. Research those specific questions. We will be in the library for three days. You should find at least 4 good sources. Only one of these may be a traditional encyclopedia, like World Book or Encyclopedia Britannica, and can be in print or on the computer. Please make sure you have a variety of sources (print or digital), such as books, videos, encyclopedias, magazines, newspapers, reputable websites, et cetera. Two sources must be from the library’s Virtual Reference Collection.
  3. You will be required to create a works cited page on Noodletools, listing everything you’re using as research. As you research, write note cards for your paper. You will need to have a minimum of 6 note cards on Noodletools. This must be completed by Monday, April 21st. Your note cards and works cited will count as a quiz grade.
  4. Together, we will be organizing your thoughts in an MLA-style outline on Noodletools. This must be done by Wednesday, April 23rd.  Your outline will count as a class work grade.
  5. Turn your outline into your research paper.
  6. The final copy of your paper will be due Friday, April 25th. The paper should be typed, double-spaced, size 12 font, Times New Roman. Your final research paper will count as a fourth quarter major assignment grade.

A note on absences / lateness to school the day the paper is due.
You have been told well in advance when the paper is due. Even if you are absent, you MUST have someone trustworthy deliver the paper on that day. If you are late to school and miss my class, you must make sure I get the paper that day. If you are planning on leaving school early the day the paper is due, you must give me the paper before you leave. If a dire emergency leaves you unable to complete the paper or deliver it to me the day it’s due, you must include a handwritten note from home explaining the reason for its lateness.
A reminder on the 7th grade English lateness policy
If the research paper is late, you will lose ten points for each day it’s late, up to three days. Your parent or guardian will be contacted if you fail to hand it in by Thursday, May 1st. If the paper is not in by Monday, May 5th, it is a flat 65 if it is handed in. If the paper is never handed in, it’s a zero.
A note on plagiarism
Plagiarism is essentially “idea-stealing”. It is taking credit for information that is not your own original idea. While research is all about getting information from other sources, you avoid plagiarism by giving credit to the source of information. There are two ways to do this:
·         Directly quote the author. Use quotation marks around his/her own words, and mention whose words these are.
·         Put the information in your own words. You still must give credit to the author for the information! Use parenthetical (in-text) citations to do this.
Plagiarism is taken very seriously in our school, and we will spend more time in this unit learning how to avoid plagiarizing a paper. If part or all of your research paper is plagiarized, the dean and your parent / guardian must be notified. You will be required to redo the assignment, and a 65 would be the highest grade obtainable. Save yourself the trouble— showcase your own unique ideas, and give credit where credit is due!