Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Anne Boleyn - 3/31/2015

1. Get today's handout - Discovering Anne Boleyn
2. Watch "Discovering Anne Boleyn"


HW: Continue working on your "Make a Difference" project

Monday, March 30, 2015

Make a Difference Week #2 - 3/30/2015

1. Reward Points are back! Let's vote today on what you would like your reward to be, and let's shoot for 200 points now!

2. Seating Chart Survey and Tech Chair

3. Kid President - How to Change the World



4. Here's what you should have already accomplished so far:

  1. Completed your Make a Difference assignment in Google Classroom
  2. Chosen a project
  3. Created a blog
  4. Shared your blog address with Mr. Ippolito and two other people who will be your "Support Team." Your Support Team will comment on your blog on a regular basis, providing support, encouragement, and constructive criticism when necessary.
  5. If you made your blog private, you have added Mr. Ippolito and your support team as your Blog Readers
  6. Completed Blog Entry #1
5. Here is what you can be doing to move forward:
  1. Make sure your Support Team is in place, and they understand exactly what you're doing. Explain to your support team what you're doing, and how important this is to you.
  2. Help others to select their "Make a Difference" cause. We still have a handful of Team Titans students who have no idea what to do. Let's help them! Together we're better.
  3. Make a checklist of the steps you will need to take to be successful. Share this checklist with your Support Team members in Google Docs. 
6. For your Make a Difference Project, do you want to be part of the Dress Code Team? Please email Andrea Valadez or Amanda Osorio to join the multi-class team.

HW: Be awesome, and make sure you are all caught up on your Make a Difference project.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Make a Difference Week #1 - 3/27/2015


1. Assistance League "Operation School Bell 5K" - Walk/run for a great cause!
Sunday, April 19 at Newhall Park. See Mr. Ippolito or Mrs. Skoczylas for more details.

2. Moonshot Thinking - thinking beyond what is possible


3. Kid President - How to Change the World


4. The Requirements of the "Make a Difference" Project
  • The goal of your personal "Make a Difference" Project must be to make a positive difference at a global, national, local, school, family, or personal level.
  • You will create and maintain a blog tracking your progress. This blog must be shared with Mr. Ippolito and at least two other readers.
  • If your project requires raising money for a cause, that money must be raised outside our school
  • If applicable, you should seek out an adult expert or mentor to help you with your project. This expert/mentor should be someone outside Sierra Vista and outside of your family. Make personal contact (with a parent/guardian help) with an adult expert in the area you wish to improve and get their advice and guidance with your project. 
  • The change you wish to make should be change that could be reasonably made over the course of two months. You won't solve all the world's problems in two months, but you can make a good dent.
  • At the end of the quarter, there must be some tangible or digital "evidence" of the progress you have made and/or the process you went through from start to finish.
  • At the end of our eight weeks, you will deliver a 2-3 minute memorized presentation (similar to a TED talk) to the class (required in order for this to count as "Above and Beyond" credit).
  • It doesn't matter whether you succeed or fail! What is more important to me is simply that you made the attempt and that you share those results with your peers.
5. Let's make your blog. Go to Blogger.


For your first blog entry, copy, paste, and answer these three questions. Use complete sentences to answer each question:

1. Why are challenges good for us?

2. Have you decided what you will do for your "Make a Difference" project? If so, what have you decided? If not, what have you narrowed it down to?

3. Are you excited about this project? If so, what gets you fired up about it? If not, how can Mr. Ippolito and your support team (the friends with whom you chose to share this blog) help encourage and support you?


HW: This weekend, be the best you you can be. And finish Blog Post #1.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Open House Minimum Day - 3/26/2015



1. Complete our discussion of "Letter from Catherine of Aragon to King Henry VIII" -- today we are focusing on #4--essential words


Identify your four essential words from the text and enter them

Today we are using Wordle to create a Word Cloud from your words
We will gather the terms from HERE to copy and paste them into Wordle

2. Want to learn more about the history of the English monarchy? The UK has a great official site

3. Was Queen Mary I really the inspiration for the urban legend of Bloody Mary? You can find out more from Discovery HERE. Warning, this article is not for the faint of heart.

4. Are you on the wall of Team Titans Historians? If not, make sure I get your photo today!

5. If we have time, let's play Kahoot!

REMINDERS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Open House is TODAY
Performances and introductions beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Ippolito, Stauch, and Terranova will all be in Room 301 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

HW: Bring your parent/guardian to Open House

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon - 3/25/2015


1. Who was Henry VIII? What do you already know about him?
2. VIDEO - Biography Channel: Henry VIII

3. Read "Letter from Catherine of Aragon to King Henry VIII" and answer discussion questions

4. Are you on the wall of Team Titans Historians? If not, make sure I get your photo today!

REMINDERS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Open House is tomorrow, with performances and introductions beginning at 5:30 p.m. Ippolito, Stauch, and Terranova will all be in Room 301 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

All students are getting the Open House program and information during RELAX today. Please take this home to 

HW: "Journal #1" in Google Classroom is due at 4:00 p.m. today. Please click TURN IN. Mr. Ippolito will be available in Room 301 after school today for those who may need to finish. 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

CAASPP Practice - 3/24/2015


Today we are taking a practice test for the CAASPP testing we will be doing later this spring.
Students who are absent may make arrangements to take a portion of the practice test at brunch or lunch.
The purpose of the practice is to make students more comfortable and familiar with the format when we do the real thing.

HW: Finish Journal #1 on Google Classroom

Monday, March 23, 2015

First Day of Q4 - 3/23/2015

1. Check out Infinite Campus when class begins to make sure your grade is accurate

2. Q4 Make a Difference - access this assignment in Google Classroom

3. Finish Q3 History Projects - Please fill out a PROJECT EVALUATION at the end of each presentation.

4. A new Tech Team will be chosen for Q4. Request form is HERE.

HW: Complete Q4 Journal #1 ("Make a Difference") in Google Classroom and click TURN IN.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Why were so many questions marked "ungraded" on the first Q3 Final Exam?

Several students have been asking me why it appeared as though a number of questions simply went "ungraded" on the first final exam results I sent back last night (Thursday).

The reason is simple. In Google Forms, every time I create a question, it creates a column in the spreadsheet that contains all your answers. When I create an exam (especially a HUGE 53-question exam like I made for you yesterday), I will often start a question, then delete it and move on. I create, delete, move, remove for about three hours in the process of creating an exam for you. However, for all those deleted questions, the column in the spreadsheet stays, and ends up simply blank after everyone has taken the exam. See the screenshot below:
So, you didn't do anything wrong, I'm not doing anything wrong, and it certainly doesn't affect your score. Google Forms simply creates these empty columns, and then I can't delete them. It just won't let me. In the future, the way I can fix this is to copy the data to a new spreadsheet, delete those columns, and then run my online test grading program (Flubaroo). That would stop that confusing "ungraded" message from popping up for you.

Hope that helps to better understand the issue.

Cheers,
Mr. Ippolito

Final Exam Second Chance - 3/20/2015

Good morning. Today I am offering all students a second chance at the final exam. I have included just as many vocabulary terms as yesterday's exam. However, the format of the test is now regular multiple choice and there are fewer questions. This test is NO RISK. I will give you whichever grade is better between yesterday's test and today's.

If you KNOW you got a low score yesterday, you should take the test.

If you know you got a GREAT score yesterday, you don't need to take it, but you could, just to see how you would do. There is no risk, and it will probably be fast for you since you did so well yesterday.

If you're not sure, YOU SHOULD JUST TAKE THE TEST.

For today's Q3 SECOND CHANCE Final Exam


When you finish with today's exam, or if you are NOT taking the Second Chance Final Exam, then YOU MAY:
  • Quietly read a book
  • Put your head down to rest
  • Study for another class
  • Have a great idea you want to share with Mr. Ippolito? Share it HERE
  • Put on your headphones and check out one of the videos I posted for you below
You MAY NOT:
  • Take your phone out at any time
  • Communicate with anyone else until everyone is done with their exam
Just added: Brain Games
















Thursday, March 19, 2015

Q3 Exam - 3/19/2015


For today's Q3 Final Exam

When you finish with today's exam, YOU MAY:
  • Quietly read a book
  • Put your head down to rest
  • Study for another class
  • Have a great idea you want to share with Mr. Ippolito? Share it HERE
  • Put on your headphones and check out one of the videos I posted for you below
You MAY NOT:
  • Take your phone out at any time
  • Communicate with anyone else until everyone is done with their exam














Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Day before Q3 Exam - 3/18/2015

1. Visit Infinite Campus one last time. Grades are done going into the final.

2. While I call students up to my desk, check out this SWEET Q3 Online Exam Review that Mrs. Pollard made for us! 

3. Grade Certification in Google Classroom - click the blue button that says MARK IT DONE before you leave my classroom today. All those who complete this get to leave class first today.

4. The Q3 Final Exam is tomorrow. Study Guide is HERE.

5. Above and Beyond - Last day to turn in all Above and Beyond projects and your Above and Beyond form is today. Above and Beyond forms are available in Box #1.

6. Q3 History Projects - Please fill out a PROJECT EVALUATION at the end of each presentation.

HW: Study for tomorrow's Q3 Final Exam.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Second Day of Q3 Presentations - 3/17/2015


1. Take out your Q3 Exam Review sheet and review vocab terms with a partner for FIVE minutes.

2. Your last re-take opportunities of Q3:
  • Tuesday, before school and at lunch (today is the last day for re-takes)
3. The Q3 Final Exam is Thursday, 3/19. It will be based on all the vocabulary from this quarter, with a particular focus on the vocabulary from the Q3 Project. Study Guide is HERE.

4. Above and Beyond - Last day to turn in all Above and Beyond projects and your Above and Beyond form is tomorrow. Above and Beyond forms are available in Box #1.

5. Q3 History Projects - Please fill out a PROJECT EVALUATION at the end of each presentation.

HW: Study for Thursday's Q3 Final Exam.

Monday, March 16, 2015

First Day of Q3 Project Presentations - 3/16/2015

1. Take FIVE minutes to look at Infinite Campus and/or Google Classroom. Once you are done with this, you should take some time to review the Q3 Study Guide. You should have picked up a copy on your way in, and you can also check it out HERE.

2. Your last re-take opportunities of Q3:
  • Monday, before school, at lunch, and after school
  • Tuesday, before school and at lunch (last day for re-takes)
3. The Q3 Final Exam is Thursday, 3/19. It will be based on all the vocabulary from this quarter, with a particular focus on the vocabulary from the Q3 Project. Study Guide is HERE.

4. Above and Beyond - Last day to turn in all Above and Beyond projects and your Above and Beyond form is this Wednesday. Above and Beyond forms are available in Box #1.

5. Q3 History Projects - Please fill out a PROJECT EVALUATION at the end of each presentation.

HW: Study for Thursday's Q3 Final Exam.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Final Day of Project Research - 3/13/2015


1. Your last re-take opportunities of Q3:
  • Today, before school, at lunch, and after school
  • Monday, before school, at lunch, and after school
  • Tuesday, before school and at lunch
  • All re-takes are over at the end of lunch on Tuesday

2. The Q3 Final Exam is next Thursday. It will be based on all the vocabulary from this quarter, with a particular focus on the vocabulary from the Q3 Project. List of vocab words to study is HERE.

4. Mastery Days--
5. THE PROJECT
Use the rest of the period to work on your Q3 Project.

HW: Finish work on Q3 History Project. It's due Monday.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Day Four of Project Research - 3/12/2015

1. Your Grade
  • You should check Google Classroom TODAY to see what score you have and to read my personal feedback
  • You may do the Google Classroom retake for this "Martin Luther and the Reformation" writing prompt at home on your own time; click TURN IN--this is the only way I know you are ready for me to re-grade.
  • All grades have been updated as of 8:00 a.m. this morning.
  • All retakes have been graded (still have lots of unfinished work in the "Kanye" folder)
  • Re-takes today and tomorrow at lunch
  • I will be calling up students today and tomorrow to go over grades
2. Brunch, Lunch, Food, and Chromebooks

3. The Q3 Final Exam is next Thursday. It will be based on all the vocabulary from this quarter, with a particular focus on the vocabulary from the Q3 Project. More study material will be available tomorrow.

4. The end of Q3 is coming! Please note one change IN RED for Mastery Days
5. THE PROJECT
Use the rest of the period to work on your Q3 Project. With Mr. Ippolito's permission, your group may visit the library today (last day to do this) if you would like help with research. Mrs. Fulleman has pulled books that may also help you.

HW: Continue work on Q3 History Project.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Day Three of Project Research - 3/11/2015

1. I have graded Question #5 on yesterday's exam. Scores are currently in Google Classroom. I will put all scores in Infinite Campus on Friday.
  • In order to get a score of THREE on the standard yesterday, you needed to correctly use 7 out of the 9 terms. On the re-take, you must successfully use 9 out of 9 terms to get a THREE.
2. Daniel Tinoco and his team from my C Period class have agreed to share what their Works Cited page looks like, if you need an example

3. Please review the Scoring Rubric for the project, and understand how your participation and performance in the project will impact your grade.

4. The end of Q3 is coming! Please join us for Mastery Days!
5. Use the rest of the period to work on your Q3 Project. With Mr. Ippolito's permission, your group may visit the library today if you would like help with research. Mrs. Fulleman has pulled books that may also help you.

HW: Continue work on Q3 History Project.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Written Exam and Research Day - 3/10/2015

1. Today everyone is taking at least one exam question (Martin Luther) on Google Classroom. You can get to it by clicking HERE, or by logging into http://classroom.google.com.

2. If you have written questions to complete, please come up and get the question sheet and notebook paper BEFORE you begin testing.

3. Once you are done with your testing for the day, please continue research on your Q3 History Project.

HW: Continue work on Q3 History Project.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Library Research Day - 3/9/2015

All classes meet in the library for research on your Q3 Project.

REMINDER: Tomorrow is our FIVE-QUESTION EXAM. All the exam questions are HERE, and also in the screenshot below:

Most of my students don't even need to answer questions 1 through 4 because you already turned in the Letter to Malato (Black Death standard) and the Renaissance Mini-Book (Renaissance standards). If you would like help studying the Reformation standard, Bri has made this video for you:

Friday, March 6, 2015

Photos from Martin Luther 95 Theses Activity

Q3 History Group Project - 3/6/2015

ESSENTIAL QUESTION/BIG IDEA:
What are some of the highlights of everything we have learned from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance?
1. Daylight Saving Time begins this weekend. Check out this BrainPop:
2. What happened to Martin Luther? Find out more HERE from Biography.com.
3. We are bringing FANTASY GEOPOLITICS back! This time, it will be an Above and Beyond project. If you are interested in participating in an A&B project that can get you credit for both 3rd and 4th quarter, indicate your interest HERE. Participants will compete against students from all of Mr. Ippolito's classes. It will require you to spend some time at lunch every couple weeks.

4. Q3 History Group Project - We are picking groups today for our Q3 Group Project! You will get this HANDOUT in class today with all the details. Names of everyone in each group and the topics they chose is at the bottom of this blog entry.
HW: How many questions will you need to answer on next Tuesday's exam? Check Infinite Campus to figure that out, and then check out the exam questions HERE, or click the image below.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Driven to Defiance - 3/5/2015

ESSENTIAL QUESTION/BIG IDEA:
Is it ever appropriate to defy authority? If so, when is it appropriate?
Watch this from PBS--Martin Luther: Driven to Defiance (start at 42:42)

Then watch this from the 2003 movie Luther

Is it ever appropriate to defy authority?
If so, when is it appropriate?

HW: Double-check your grade in Infinite Campus. Do you still need to do a Medieval Europe re-take? How many questions will you be answering on next Monday's Renaissance Exam? Determine where you stand in Mr. Ippolito's class as we get close to the end of Q3.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Posting the 95 Theses - 3/4/2015

ESSENTIAL QUESTION/BIG IDEA:
How did the Protestant Reformation change not only religion, but the world?
Can "protest" and "reform" really make a difference?


Do you have any suggestions to add to our class' "95 Theses"? You can take the first five minutes of our class time to add any final suggestions.
At the end of the class period TODAY, we will choose a spokesperson, and then that spokesperson will "nail" the list to the front of Sierra Vista.

1. Grades are updated. Please review Infinite Campus to make sure you know exactly what your current grade is in Mr. Ippolito's class. Please also listen carefully to how your "Letter to Malato" and "Renaissance Mini-Book" have affected your grade.

2. Review quotes by Martin Luther; this is located on the back side of THE HANDOUT

3. Answer these two questions in our slideshow.

Open up our slideshow here:

4. Check out Paul Coleman's AWESOME sword presentation yesterday! He presented live to my B Period class, but you check out the full video here:

HW: Double-check your grade in Infinite Campus. Do you still need to do a Medieval Europe re-take? How many questions will you be answering on next Monday's Renaissance Exam? Determine where you stand in Mr. Ippolito's class as we get close to the end of Q3.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Quotes from Martin Luther - 3/3/2015

ESSENTIAL QUESTION/BIG IDEA:
How did the Protestant Reformation change not only religion, but the world?

1. Finish going over the Martin Luther questions on the front side of yesterday's HANDOUT

2. Read and discuss quotes by Martin Luther; this is located on the back side of THE HANDOUT


3. Collaborate on your 95 Sierra Vista Theses - shared with you in Google Drive.


What kinds of things could be improved here at Sierra Vista? Where is change needed? What could be done better? What rules should be changed? What practices or systems could be improved?
We will choose a spokesperson (they don't need to be struck by lightning to be chosen), and then that spokesperson will "nail" the list to the front of Sierra Vista tomorrow.

HW: Continue to think of the things that could use improvement here at Sierra Vista. What's not working quite right? In what ways could our school be better? Write down a list of ten things you think could be better here at school. We will use these to build our "protest list."

Monday, March 2, 2015

The Protestant Reformation - 3/2/2015

ESSENTIAL QUESTION/BIG IDEA:
How did the Protestant Reformation change not only religion, but the world?

1. CrashCourse World History: Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation (watch 0:00 to 10:00, and then skip to 12:30 and watch to end)

2. Answer these questions on THE HANDOUT while we are watching The Protestant Reformation
3. Read and discuss quotes by Martin Luther; this is located on the back side of THE HANDOUT

HW: Think of the things that could use improvement here at Sierra Vista. What's not working quite right? In what ways could our school be better? Write down a list of ten things you think could be better here at school. We will use these to build a "protest list" tomorrow.