Ms. Hernberg's English Classes
Welcome to my homework website! On this homepage, I occasionally post general announcements about upcoming events, scholarships, and writing contests. You can find information specific to your class under the "Courses" tab in the navigation bar.
NCHS Calendars and Schedules
Connections Meetings: 8/30, 9/05, 9/26, 10/10, 10/24, 11/07, 12/05, 1/09, 1/30, 2/13, 3/06, 3/19, 4/03, 5/01, 5/22
NCHS Assistant Principal Mr. Rothman wrote about healthy parenting, student stress, and PowerSchool notifications in his blog. He wrote: "Only recently, I became aware of the ability to receive alerts from the PowerSchool portal every time a grade is entered and to be immediately notified if a grade average in a course is within a certain range. In both cases, students and parents can be prompted to check the portal, perhaps, continuously if not, as least, hourly or several times a day. As an educator concerned, as all of us are, with the stress and pressures our students face, I cannot see what constructive purpose these types of options provide and am asking all students and their parents to consider the real value of such ‘over-monitoring.’ Since assignments considered in the calculation of a quarter or semester grade are not weighted in real time, each isolated grade can only ever serve as indicators of mastery or a need for improvement on that particular assignment or assessment."
Lecture Series: Adolf Hitler (2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/04)
The Darien Library is hosting a four-week lecture series on Adolf Hitler by historian and scholar Mark Albertson. The lecture takes place Mondays starting February 11 from 3:00 - 4:30PM. Learn more about this opportunity here. If you are interested in the lectures but are unable to attend the live event, click here.
Writer's Workshop (2/21)
Writer’s Workshop is a monthly meeting at the Darien Library for writers of any genre. At Writer’s Workshop we foster anyone’s desire to try his or her hand at writing. We accept all genres and levels of writing ability. At our monthly meeting we critique up to ten pages of written work in a friendly, constructive atmosphere. Everyone who submits a piece of writing will walk away with a new sense of energy about his or her writing project. Please join us by putting pen to paper! This event takes place on Thursday, February 21 from 7:00 - 8:30PM in the Harris Room. Learn more about the workshop here.
Young Writer's Conference (5/24 - 5/26; Applications due 3/08)
Calling all teen writers! The Champlain College Young Writers' Conference is a residential weekend of writing workshops, craft sessions, and open mic with celebrated New England authors. We offer three days of readings, improv theatre, Moth storytelling, poetry slams, literary jazz/blues fusion, and extended friendship on the hillside campus of Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont. Click here for application and tuition information.
Essay Contest: Why Diplomacy and Peacebuilding Matter (Submissions due 3/15)
The National High School Essay Contest for the American Foreign Service Association focuses on an important aspect of operating in countries affected by or vulnerable to violent conflict: effective coordination of the many different foreign policy tools the United States has at its disposal. This writing contest will challenge you to expand your understanding of the role of the Foreign Service and other actors in foreign policy, identify case studies, and provide a sophisticated analysis in a concise manner.
The winner of the contest receives a $2,500 cash prize, an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. to meet U.S. Department of State and USIP leadership, and a full-tuition paid voyage with Semester at Sea upon the student’s enrollment at an accredited university. The runner-up receives a $1,250 cash prize and a full scholarship to participate in the International Diplomacy Program of the National Student Leadership Conference. Submissions are due by March 15. To learn more about the contest, click here. To download a study guide on diplomacy and peacekeeping, click here.
Course: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (4/03 - 5/22)
Join the Grace Farms Foundation for an 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course. The course will provide participants with the tools to help cultivate greater mindfulness in their day-to-day lives. This course is open to people at any level of contemplative experience, including beginners. It takes place at Grace Farms Court on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-9:00PM. Click here for more information.