• Win stuff for our school, and get extra credit!

    Posted by Torunn Randich on 10/13/2015

    The Arizona Cardinals are honoring educators with an MVP in the Classroom program.  


    The Arizona Cardinals "MVP's in the Classroom" program presented by University of Phoenix recognizes outstanding teachers in the state of Arizona. The MVP's in the Classroom panel recognizes three teachers, serving grades K-12 and special education, at every Arizona Cardinals regular season home game. A total of 24 teachers will be selected out of a pool of nominations that will be continuously collected throughout the regular season. Selected teachers will receive an Arizona Cardinals jersey, four (4) tickets to a regular season home game, four (4) Pre-Game Field Passes and a $500 DonorsChoose.org gift card (visitwww.DonorsChoose.org for more information)


    1) Educators must currently teach at an Arizona school

    2) Each teacher must teach in the kindegarten through 12th grade age range (including special education)




    Go to this link


    Fill in the information about the teacher you wish to nominate for "nominee".  Our school information is:

    3333 W. Roosevelt St.
    Phoenix, AZ 85009 
    Then fill in your information.  
    This is a great opportunity to support a teacher who has made a difference to you!  Please participate!
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  • Be a GOD!

    Posted by Torunn Randich on 8/27/2015
    We have been studying creation myths.  Write your own creation myth.  It needs to explain how some natural force (the earth, the seasons, volcanoes, etc) was formed and it should have a moral lesson.  Format could be prose, poetry, or graphic novel.  
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  • Who are you - and how do we know?

    Posted by Torunn Randich on 8/26/2015
    Heidi Grant Halvorson wrote a book, No One Understands You and What to Do About It, in which she discusses how people decide who you are.  She explains that people are mentally hard-wired to categorize things, including people, and that we are affected by biases when we do.  "When people look at you, they see what they expect to see," says Ms. Halvorson (Halvorson, 23).  Then people take what they see and divide it into categories based on information that they already know.  
    So, if Europeans in 1600 lived in a society where all people were always clothed, expect for children, and they came to North America where all the people were naked, they would think that the naked people had the minds of children.  
    Answer the following questions:  
    * How would the first meetings between Europeans and Native Americans have been different if either group had known about the psychology of meeting people?   
    * What stereotypes did Europeans have against Native Americans?  And what stereotypes did Native Americans have against Europeans?  How did those stereotypes shape history?
    *What effect, if any, do stereotypes have on life today?  
    Work Cited:
    Halvorson, H.G.  No One Understands You and What to Do About it.  Harvard Business Review Press. 2015. Print.  
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  • Does the past the future make?

    Posted by Torunn Randich on 8/24/2015
    There's an adage which says that the past does not the future make; and another saying that those that don't know their past are condemned to relive it.  
    Read the lyrics to Billy Joel's song, "We didn't start the fire":  http://www.billyjoel.com/music/storm-front/we-didnt-start-fire 
    Pick one of the things he mentions in the song and write  a three-to-five paragraph essay explaining:
    1. A summary of what the thing is and why it was important at a point in history.
    2. How the thing is still important today.
    3. If you think that something of the same topic as this thing would have been popular in the 1600s (the time period we are studying now), and what about this thing's notoriety or fame would make it universally important over centuries.
    Don't forget your introduction and conclusion! 
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