Sandbulte Musings 2016-2017

Homework Assignments for 
Wednesday, May 24,, 2017 
Due: Thursday, May 25, 2017 

Literature 9:  

English 10:  The Big Three Test

American Lit.:  Semester Test and Semester Notebook - The American Dream assignment is due

American Gov't


All Classes - Extra Credit is up and running.  It closes at midnight on Saturday! 

2017 Individual Events

Greta Ackerman: Storytelling (I), Literary Program (II) STATE:  (I, II, II)
Alicia Bonestroo: Review (I) STATE: (I, II, II), Literary Program (I) STATE: (I, I, II)
Angela DeBoer: Prose (I) STATE: (I, I, II)
Nick Hengeveld: Radio News (I) STATE: (I, I, I)
Megan Krull: Storytelling (I) STATE: (I, I, II)
Jacob Starr: Acting (I) 
STATE: (I, I, II), Original Oratory (I) STATE: (I, II, II)
Abby Vander Laan: Public Address (I) STATE: (I, I, I), Expository Address (I) 
STATE: (I, I, I)  All-State nomination!!!
Erik Vander Laan: Musical Theater (I) STATE: (II, II, II), Acting (II)
Seth Vander Laan: Prose (I) STATE: (I, I, I), Public Address (I) STATE: (I, I, I)

MacKenzie Burg: Prose (I) 
STATE: (I, II, II), Radio News (II)
Jillian DeBoer: Storytelling (I) STATE: (I, II, II)
Dhalten Dirks: Poetry (I) STATE: (I, I, II)
Emily Donaker: Spontaneous Speaking (I) STATE: (I, II, II), Original Oratory (I) STATE: (I, I, II)
Aaron Hayenga: Improvisation (I) STATE: (I, I, II), After Dinner Speaking (II)
Brandon Meyer: Improvisation (I) STATE: (I, II, II), Radio News (IV)
Jill Nachtigal: Expository Address (II)
Kimberlee Trei: Poetry (I) STATE: (I, II, II)

Karissa Harms: After Dinner Speaking (I) STATE: (II, II, II), Acting (II)
Rebecca Krull:  Literary Program (I) STATE: (I, I, II), Expository Address (I) STATE: (I, I, I)
Autumn Long:  Solo Musical Theater (I) STATE: (I, I, II), Poetry (I) STATE: (I, I, I)

Madisen Dreesen: Storytelling (II)
Kali Johnson: Poetry (I) STATE: (II, II, II)
Lauren Jurrens: Prose (II)
Ashley Stueven: Prose (II), Storytelling (II)

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 (Day #178)

posted by Brenda Sandbulte

Despite the fact that we only had four classes today, it seemed like the day went on forever.  It's hard without a break (except for lunch).  Once test/class after another makes for a longer day.  I can't believe that tomorrow is the last day of school.  What a wonderful year it was.  I have never enjoyed a year of teaching as I did this one.  Even though outside of school sucked, inside these walls, all was well.  

In Literature 9 we finished our discussion of poetry - "The Road Not Take," "Sympathy," "Birches," and "Mending Wall."  Hopefully through the study of these poems we realize we need to have fun ("Birches"), try new things ("Mending Wall") and take the path that is best for each of us ("Road Not Taken")  Have a great summer!

In English 10 (7th Hour) we reviewed our rules for capitalization, commas, and end punctuation.  Then it was time for that dreaded assessment.  

In American Literature (3rd Hour) we very briefly reviewed our study guide.  Then it was time for our Of Mice and Men test as well as our American Literature final.  While everyone was taking their tests, I was grading their notebooks.  I could really see the commitment to the class based on the notebooks.  Hopefully for some juniors, this commitment changes before they return in the fall.

Have a great Wednesday! 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 (Day #177)

posted May 23, 2017, 12:55 PM by Brenda Sandbulte

Last regular day of classes.  That is just crazy to think about!  I can't believe how fast time flew this year.  There is a lot to be said about time flies when you're having fun, and this year has been fun (in the classroom - outside the classroom, not so much!)

In Literature 9 we went over the poems "I'm Nobody, Who are You?" and "Hope is a Thing with Feathers" by Emily Dickinson.  We also reviewed and talked about the poem by Robert Frost, "The Road Not Taken".  We'll finish our discussion of poetry tomorrow.  We will complete a survey as well as discuss what can be done over the summer to make the sophomore year a little easier.

In English 10 it's all about the Big Three!  It seems we're really struggling with proper punctuation and usage.  It's truly frustrating as I know these rules have been drummed into your heads for the past 10 years.  For whatever reason, it's a struggling.  I blame text messsaging.  We will continue with our review, and then take a test/quiz tomorrow.

In American Literature we reviewed (somewhat) Mark Twain's life, but not to the extent that makes me happy.  Then we reviewed the key concepts, objectives, and authors studied throughout the year by playing the game Kahoot.  I was encouraged by how well everyone was doing, but there's so much more I think we should have covered.  There's simply not enough class periods in the week.  Anyway, our test is tomorrow, and if you study the review and play a little Kahoot, you should be fine.

Have a great Tuesday.  Good luck to the softball players on their opening game!

Monday, May 22, 2017 (Day #176)

posted May 22, 2017, 12:00 PM by Brenda Sandbulte

I swear the most difficult Monday is always the one that follows graduation.  With the seniors gone there is a finality to the year.  Even if there are things that need to get done in class, it's bittersweet.

In Literature 9 we finished our coloring assignment.  I had a few missteps in it, but they are difficult to create.  Hopefully everyone liked completing it rather than listening to me talk! :-)  We will finish our discussion tomorrow and move onto Robert Frost's "Birches" and "Mending Wall."

In Sophomore English we finished watching Romeo and Juliet.  It's always so difficult to watch that final scene because it seems like everything is against them.  Then we reviewed our assignment on end punctuation.  We are so addicted to the exclamation point.  We communicate with emojis and think that if I use one exclamation point, then I should use three. It is a rare time that we need to use the exclamation point.  An assignment reviewing commas is due for tomorrow.

In American Literature we finished our discussion of Of Mice and Men.  We discussed how it reflects realism, the author's style, and the motifs/symbols found in the book.  Then each pod divided up the questions related to Mark Twain (most received 6-7 each).  We will then go over those questions tomorrow.  Tomorrow we will also discuss his famous story "The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calavaras County".  A lot needs to happen during tomorrow's class period.

Good luck to the golfers today.  I hope their putts only find the bottom of the hole!

Friday, May 19, 2017

posted May 19, 2017, 12:23 PM by Brenda Sandbulte

Happy Birthday to me!

In Literature 9 we shared our projects, turned in our books, and began a quick review unit on the literary devices we've studied.  I put together a coloring page as a form of review.

In English 10 we watched Act III-IV of Romeo and Juliet.  We will pick up our grammar review on Monday.

In American Literature we discussed the ending of the book.  It's so difficult to handle.  We then started our discussion of author's style.  We will complete the book 's discussion on Monday (as we will have class).  For Tuesday read the "Notorious Jumping Frog of Calavaras County" and complete the American dream worksheet.

No law - now students!

Good luck to the graduates and their families.  Congratulations! 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

posted May 19, 2017, 12:18 PM by Brenda Sandbulte

Last day for Seniors!  It's truly surreal.  I can't believe this group is ready for graduation and life.  Good luck to all.

In Literature 9 we finished the movie (first hour) and about 10 minutes in fifth hour.  We discussed how the movie and the book complemented each other.  Tomorrow the projects are due.

In English 10 we reviewed capitalization rules and completed one last worksheet.  Then it was Act II in the movie!

In American Literature we reviewed Chapter 5 and the death of Curley's wife.  This is a powerful chapter with a lot of information in it.  We worked on the packet, took our check and set up for tomorrow's class and the end of the book.

In Law we completed a survey on the crime scene.  I revealed the in's and out's of this crime.  I have to admit I stumped them all!  

Have a wonderful Thursday.  The weather is a little bi-polar, but hey, we live in Iowa.  

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

posted May 19, 2017, 12:14 PM by Brenda Sandbulte

I'm not sure how I forgot to blog on Wednesday and Thursday, but I'll do my best to catch up for those down at the track meet!

In Literature 9 we continued to watch To Kill a Mockingbird.  First hour is a little ahead of fifth hour because of the send off.  Once the trial is complete, then the movie moves quite quickly to the end.  Remember to work on your final projects.  All digit assignments must be submitted to Moodle.

In English 10 we are working on reviewing our Capitalization rules.  Most did great, there were just a few "oops".  We then began watching the modern version of Romeo and Juliet. This version starts off so funny and then as it progresses, the comedy ends.  

In American Government it was time to finish things up.  The semester test seemed to be o.k. for most.  Lots of B+'s.  Notebooks were wonderfully organized but several of them not complete.  Notebooks are a reflection of the commitment to the class!  Do good!!! 

In Law we finished our crime scene.  I think I still have them stumped!!

Have a great Wednesday everyone (yes, I realize I'm speaking in past tense.)

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 (Day #172)

posted May 16, 2017, 10:52 AM by Brenda Sandbulte

I am struggling physically today.  I had a horrible migraine last night and was up for most of the night.  It's hard to find your "grove" when all you want to do is "groove" right back to bed. 

In Literature 9 we watched the second installment of To Kill a Mockingbird.  In this installment we see the lunch with Walter, a visit to Helen Robinson's, the shooting of Tim Johnson, and finally the lynch mob.  We will continue tomorrow.

In English 10 we finished our Romeo and Juliet final exam.  Then we started a very quick unit on punctuation.  We need to be reminded of the capitalization, comma, and end punctuation rules.  We will work through this as we watch the movie version of this Shakespeare's classic.  

In American Literature we discussed the American dream as it relates to Lennie and George.  We highlighted an excerpt and then discussed the overall big theme.  We had some great discussion.  I wonder what we'll think when the book is concluded.  We took a reading check over Chapters 3-4.

In Law we're still trying to figure out who murder Martin Lewis.  I think I have them baffled! 

Have a wonderful Tuesday!  Congratulations to the girls' golf team on advancing to Regionals.  What a wonderful achievement. 

Monday, May 15, 2017 (Day #171)

posted May 15, 2017, 1:38 PM by Brenda Sandbulte

I hope everyone enjoyed the weekend.  It was some of the most beautiful weather.  I wish I had gotten out a little more than I did.  

In Literature 9 we started watching the movie To Kill a Mockingbird.  I love this movie, not as much as the book, but I love the way the director, playwright, and Harper Lee wove together a memorable story.

In English 10 we focused on our Romeo and Juliet test.  It's a long one and most students didn't finish.  That's o.k. as we'll take 10-15 minutes tomorrow to finish up.  

In American Government we finished up any discussion of the President and the Executive Branch.  Then we moved on to our review.  I really hope those people on the bubble take the time to study and prepare.

In Law we're still trying to solve the murder of Martin Lewis.  I think I wrote a good one this year!  They still have a lot of interviewing to do.  I just don't know whether they'll get this one solved by Wednesday!

Have a great day!  I hope the golfers are doing well today.  They had to dodge a few raindrops, but then the sun came out.  

Friday, May 12, 2017 (Day #170)

posted May 12, 2017, 10:39 AM by Brenda Sandbulte

I look at day 170 and realize there are only ten days of school left, and two of those days are testing days.  That's just crazy.  I've absolutely loved teaching this year.  I tried numerous new things and I've been blessed with flexible students.  This was exactly the type of school year I needed to revitalize my love of teaching.

In Literature 9 it was all about notebooks and working on final projects.  I don't normally give two days of work time, but I feel that if I would have given a two-day pencil and paper test, then I need to give the equivalent in work time for the projects.  

English 10 did not meet due to the early out.

American Government was a smaller class because of golf sectionals and a field trip to the jail.  In third hour we still managed to have a quorum to discuss the final bill passed out of the House of Representatives.  Unfortunately, after some heated debate, the bill that would have made the school days start an hour later died unanimously.  We then started our discussion of Presidential qualifications and responsibilities.  We will finish that on Monday along with a review time for the final exam on Wednesday.

Law class spent a lot of their time reviewing the findings of the forensics class.  They listened to the recording left on the victim's phone.  They began to interview and question people related to the victim.  More interviews will take place on Monday.

I hope everyone has a great weekend.  Be sure to give that mother or mother-figure the love she deserves.  Happy weekend everyone! 

Thursday, May 11, 2017 (Day #169)

posted May 11, 2017, 12:51 PM by Brenda Sandbulte   [ updated May 11, 2017, 1:14 PM ]

Today was just fun.  It was sunny, the air was comfortable, and it was crime scene day!   I love crime scene day.  I hope I've got all my T's crossed and my I's dotted.  

In Literature 9 I introduced the final project - Tic-Tac-Toe.  We discussed the requirements and for the rest of the class period, everyone had time to work.  People were so quiet first hour that it made me nervous.  During fifth hour everyone talked a little more.

In English 10 it was all about Shakespeare's impact and themes.  Those that were gone need to make sure they get the notes.  Our test is on Monday, and it's a long one - over 140 questions.

In American Literature we discussed and worked on Of Mice and Men.  First we looked at the packet and completed the side related to Chapter 2.  We highlighted the phrases or words related to Curley's wife's flirtatious behavior.  With a second color we highlighted words/phrases that had to do with her trying to attract attention.  Then we circled words related to a color (red).  Red is a very powerful image in literature.  Remember "The Scarlet Letter".  In the game of "Clue" - Miss Scarlet.  Prostitutes are sad to walk the red-light district.  All this was an image we were to associate with Curley's wife.  Then we discussed what the real image of her was - what she said "I'm just looking for my husband" or was she what George thought she was "a tramp".  We underlined words that related to the one we most thought was accurate.  For Tuesday everyone is supposed to read Chapters 3-4.  This is the longest reading assignment, so please set some time aside to complete it. 

In Law we started the crime scene.  Someone found a body on the stage and the law students first secured it, and the forensics class processed the evidence.  Tomorrow the information will get to the law students and they should be able to go from there.  They will need to collect the evidence and decide where to go from there.

A great day!  Good luck to the track students as well as the golf team.  

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