Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Homework due 11/28


Write sentences using your WWWs.


Please do your test corrections if you have not handed them in.
Finish your class work

We have two visitors tomorrow!

Monday, November 26, 2007

Word Wall Words #10

Rely (verb)
Antagonist (noun)
Protagonist (noun)
Compassion (noun)

For some reason, poor Ms. Simmons left her list at school, and she cannot remember the last word. Of course, you all are responsible enough to have it written in your packets already.

Ms. Simmons

Homework due Tuesday, November 27

Do your Test Corrections
Do your math worksheet on listing outcomes of dependent events

Write your WWW 10X
Find definitions of the WWW's

Sunday, November 25, 2007

An aeriel picture of Middlebury College

As you all already know, I went to college at Middlebury College in Vermont. I decided to show you all a picture of the college that was taken from the sky. Hopefully, we will get to see the college in person in the spring!


Homework due on Monday, 11/26

Do your math packet

Do your ELA packet

If you were absent, your packets are due on Friday.
THANK your parents!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Homework due tomorrow, Wednesday, 11/20

ELA: Study for your WWW quiz. You have to know what visualization is and be able to explain how it makes you a better reader. You must also know your parts of speech.

Math: Study for your math quiz which includes substitution and solving inequalities.

Social Studies:
Study for your quiz. Click here.


Bring 2 cans of food.
Bring food for our Thanksgiving celebration.

Monday, November 19, 2007

The Power Point Class visits Columbia University

Word Wall Words #10 and definitions

Antagonist: The person in a piece of literature that contends (0r goes against or battles against or opposes) the protagonist, the main character

Protagonist: The main character in a literary piece of work. Protagonist is a term used to refer to the figure or figures in literature whose intentions are the primary focus of a story. Classically protagonists are derived from good will, however, this does not always have to be true. Protagonists cannot exist in a story without opposition from a figure or figures called antagonist(s).

Homework due Tuesday, November 20

Study for your quiz. It will be on solving inequalities and substituting values for variable.
Do the homework entitled: Math Quiz. We will go over this in class.

Study your word wall words.
Write an essay about your experience at Columbia University. If you did not go on the trip, you should write an essay about what you did instead of attend the trip.


Sunday, November 18, 2007

TEAK Fellowship Information Session

For those of you interested:

Wednesday, November 28, 2007
The TEAK Fellowship Office
16 West 22nd Street, 3rd Floor
(between Fifth & Sixth Avenues)
New York, NY

Learn more about the TEAK fellowship at: http://www.teakfellowship.org/

Homework due on Monday

There is no homework due on Monday, but study for your math quiz and your WWW quiz.

My wonderful Class of 2017,

I hope that you all enjoyed your trip to Columbia University on Friday! I had a lovely time and was so happy to see you all so happy there. I cannot wait until you all go to college!!!

All my love,
Ms. Simmons

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Homework due tomorrow, Friday, November 16


Study for your WWW quiz
Write an essay about the following topic: What do you think of college?


Do workbook pages 55 and 56


Please wear your uniform to the trip. I am not bringing any students who do not have their uniform.

Homework due today, November 15

Do review worksheet
Study for quiz

Study for WWW quiz
Write a paragraph using WWWs
Finish your Type 4 writing assignment

Bring your permission slip for our trip to Columbia University signed!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Homework due on Wednesday, 11/14

Math: No homework

Study for your WWW quiz this Friday before the trip
Write sentences using WWWs
Write WWWz 10X

Announcements: Bring money to donate to the Dominican Republic

Monday, November 12, 2007

Solving Inequalities

Another type of sentence used in algebra is called an inequality.

An inequality is used when we don't know exactly what an expression is equal to.

In order to solve an inequality, we have to combine like terms like you would if you were solving an equation.

For example, if you are asked to solve for x in the following equation: 5x + 3 = 13, you all know that you had to subtract 3 from both sides of the equation because our goal is to get x by itself and also because we know we have to do the inverse operation. In this case, the inverse of addition is subtraction.

After you subtracted 3 from both sides of the equation, you should have been left with 5x = 10. We have to get 5 from x because again, our goal is to get x by itself. Because we know that 5x is really 5 times x, we know that we have to do the inverse of multiplication to get x alone. So, we divide both sides by 5. Then, we are left with x = 10.

We use the same skills we use to solve equations to solve inequalities. We have to remember that our goal is to end up with a variable on one side of the inequality and a value on the other side.

Word Wall Words #9 and Definitions

Foreshadow: (verb) to show or indicate beforehand
Abruptly: (adverb) sudden or unexpected
Delinquent: (noun) a person who is guilty of a misdeed or offense; someone who breaks the law
Appeal: (verb) to be especially attractive, pleasing, interesting, or enjoyable. If something appeals to you, it is pleasing to you. For example, the author appeals to my senses because he writes with such descriptive language.

Appeal is a word we have seen before, but it seems that many of you have forgotten it.

Homework due tomorrow, Tuesday, November 13


Complete WWW quiz corrections
Write an 2-page essay about what frustrates you. Feel free to use your notes from our free writing exercise


Do your worksheet on solving inequalities
Do test corrections on the quiz you took on Friday


Bring canned goods or $2 to donate to the people in the Dominican Republic

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Homework due tomorrow

In your workbook, do pages 53-56

Bring your RAMPS paycheck signed by your parents
Study for your WWW quiz
Write a paragraph using your WWWs
Write a 2-page essay on the importance of community in a classroom
Bring $2 dollars and any canned goods you have for us to donate to DR

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Helping others who need help

As some of you may already know, the Dominican Republic was greatly affected by Hurricane Noel. Authorities in the Dominican Republic confirmed 79 deaths and said at least 62,000 were left homeless by the storm. Dominican Republic is also suffering from severe flooding.

Imagine having a roof over your head one day and having no clothes, no bed, no toys, nowhere to call home the next day. Imagine not having clean drinking water or not being able to eat when you are hungry. Imagine walking around in dirty flood water with human waste floating around.

Because we are the Power Point Class, I think it is necessary that we do something to help the situation and the people in the Dominican Republic. So, if you all read this, please bring any cash donation that you can and canned food to class tomorrow.

We are also going to form a group to go around to other classes to collect canned goods and money.

Let's help others in need.

With love,
Ms. Simmons

Monday, November 5, 2007

Word Wall Words #8 and Definitions

radiate (verb): to project or glow with cheerfulness, joy, etc. For example: She simply radiates with good humor.
bewilderment (noun): The condition of being confused or disoriented.
divert (verb): To distract: My attention was diverted by an argument between motorists.
reluctantly (adverb): unwillingly
exploit (verb): to use selfishly for one's own ends. For example, employers exploit their undocumented workers.

Homework due on Wednesday, 11/7


Do your two work sheets on solving equations
Do your test corrections for quiz translating verbal expression into equations quiz (7.A.1)


Write your WWWs 10X
Find definitions for WWWs
Write sentences using your WWWs
Study for your WWWs
Do your Activity 4 for The Outsiders (Thanks, Jehiza!)
**If you forgot to bring in your summary on Earth and Sky Cakes (Type 3) or your Type 1 writing assignment, please bring it in on Wednesday!


There is no school tomorrow. Enjoy your day off. I'll be coming to school, and I'll miss you all lots.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Homework for the weekend

Math: In your workbook, do pages 27, 28, 31,32, and 52.


Finish your type 3 Writing Assignment. You are to write a summary of Earth and Sky Cakes. You must have at least ten sentences. You must have at least five adjective, adjective noun combinations, and you must put capital letters at the beginning of each sentence.

Study for your WWW quiz.


Please find your power point class MOJO (good behavior) and bring it in on Monday.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Homework due on Friday, 11/2


Study for your quiz on translating verbal expressions to algebraic expression and on rational and irrational number
Do your worksheet

Study for your WWW quiz.
Write a 4-page summary of the first six chapters in The Outsiders

Bring $2 for a class celebration