Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Benchmark Standards Guide - check your answers!

You can give a big "Thank you!" to Zach Nobles next time you see him (or post a "thank you" comment to this blog entry).  He agreed to complete the Benchmark Standards Guide early and send it to me so you can check your answers online.  Thanks, Zach!!

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Africa Wrap-Up

Monday, September 27, 2010

Grades are updated

All grades are updated as of 9/27. If you have a question or concern about your grade, it's always best to see me in person so we can review your grade together. That way, I can either explain why you have what you have, or we can fix it if there is an error. --Mr. Ippolito

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Kingdoms of West Africa - September 27-28, 2010

Today in history class, we begin by discussing the West African tradition of storytelling, and we wrote a journal about storytellers in our own lives. We followed with a PowerPoint slide lecture on the kingdoms of West Africa. The top half of the handout contains the notes sheet for the interactive slide lecture we had in class. The bottom half contains five questions that can be answered by using the textbook.
Again I want to remind all students and parents that whenever a student is absent, you can find all handouts and instructions in the Digital File Cabinet. Simply go to, click on the "file cabinet" icon on the right side of the site, and locate our current unit of study.

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Is this lunchbox yours?

These two lunchboxes have been enjoying time in my classroom for at least a couple weeks now. Does one of these belong to you or someone you know?

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

African Proverbs - September 23-24, 2010

Please note that the Illustrated African Proverb does NOT go in the INB.  You can find the instructions for this assignment, plus all other handouts and instructions for all assignments, in the Digital File Cabinet.

Also, there is a requirement that you mount your proverb onto cardstock or construction paper.  Mr. Ippolito HAS construction paper you may use, but you must get the construction paper BEFORE the day the project is due.

The project is due NEXT Wednesday, September 29 (our next E-Day).

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Agenda Preview for Monday, 9/20/10

Hey B-day students,

Since Mr. Ippolito will be away at a conference tomorrow, I thought you might be interested in an agenda preview.  Here is what you'll be doing tomorrow.  Demonstrate your best behavior, and I look forward to seeing you in our next class!

-Mr. Ippolito

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Friday, September 17, 2010

Start of Africa Unit - September 17-20, 2010

Today in Mr. Ippolito's class we began by getting our very first INB grade sheets.  We spent 10-15 minutes going through our INBs to make sure all assignments are there, and graded each using the "Grading Myself" column on the sheet.  You will take this sheet home, finish up your INB, and get your parent signature by the next class.

Next we took the Rome/Islam Quiz.  This is a closed note/closed book quiz.  This quiz is graded, but not recorded, meaning if you don't do so great on it, don't worry.  It won't affect your grade in the class in any way.  We took the quiz, graded it in class, then put in in the INB as page 18.

We then took about 10 minutes to do an Africa Unit preview in the textbook.  For this unit, we will primarily focus on 5:2, 5:3, 6:2, and 6:3.  This was also helpful for our next activity, which is . . .

Starting on the cover page for the "Africa" unit.  Just like last time, you need to have the title of the unit in big, bold letters in the center of the page, and then six symbols representing the unit around the title.  Each symbol should be in four colors.  We then started a brand new Table of Contents.  This Table of Contents will start on page 19, the cover page of our new unit.

Finally, you have three things for homework.  1) Finish filling out your INB grade sheet (if you haven't already done so).  2) Get a parent/guardian to sign your INB grade sheet. and 3) read and do the 5-4-3-2-1 notes on Chapter 5, Section 2.  This will go on page 21 of the INB.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

At Disney's California Adventure tonight

Mr and Mrs Ippolito are finally taking Libi to go see World of Color! If you're trying to contact Mr Ippolito tonight, I probably won't be able to get back to you until tomorrow. Thanks for your patience!

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INB check will NOT be tomorrow, Period 2

Hey Period 2 students,

Because I will be away at a conference on Monday, I will NOT be doing you INB check tomorrow (don't want a sub doing the INB check with B-Day students on Monday). It will be Tuesday. See you in class tomorrow morning! We will be starting our Africa unit tomorrow!

Mr Ippolito

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Islam Wrap-Up - 9/15-16, 2010

Sent from my iPhone
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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Rebekah Uhl's River Rally Reflection

What did you learn?

For extra credit, students have the opportunity to post a comment to THIS blog entry to answer the question, "What did you learn from Mr. Al-Kalby?" You may, of course, also say a thank you message to him as well for donating his time to our classes for the day. To be eligible for the extra credit, please post your comment by Friday, September 17.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

River Rally photos by Joey Ganley

#1 A group of high school kids pose with their find from the river bed. They were excited about what they found and decided to keep it as a souvenir. Volunteers found a variety of things ranging from mattresses to cars and shopping carts.

#2 A group of kids and some parents help clean up at the River Rally. While picking up trash in the river bed they came across a cement pipe and decided they would roll it about twenty yards to a trash pickup area. It took a lot effort and strength, but they eventually were able to roll it far enough to be taken out of the river bed.

Joey Ganley

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Monday, September 13, 2010

Mr Ippolito and National Geographic Society agree: NO fifth ocean

We got on the topic today of a fifth ocean called the "Southern Ocean."  While some have talked about naming the waters around the continent of Antarctica the "Southern Ocean," there is "no international agreement on the name and the extent of a fifth ocean."  Check out the NatGeo article here:

I'm saying, therefore, there are still four:  the Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, and Arctic Oceans.  What do you think?  Comment on this blog entry at to tell me your thoughts. 

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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Any graphic artists out there?

Any of you Team Thunder parents work in the graphic arts? I'm looking for some help on a flyer I'm doing for the educational organization I belong to. I'd love to hear from you if you can donate a bit of your time and talent. Thanks!

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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Did you attend the River Rally?

If you attended today's River Rally, you have the opportunity to get up to five points (1-5 points, depending on quality of work) extra credit in Mr. Ippolito's class.  Post a comment to this blog entry with a reflection on what you learned from today's experience at the River Rally (it can be the same reflection you have done for other teachers)


Send a photo of your River Rally experience along with a 3-4 sentence caption to

You have until Tuesday, September 14, at 4:00 p.m.

Mr. Ippolito

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Friday, September 10, 2010

Ask a Muslim - September 10-13, 2010

1. Infinite Campus
2. 3:3 Quiz
3. Ask a Muslim
HW: Log on to Infinite Campus at least once between now and our class on Tuesday, September 14.

We are nearing the end of our Islam unit. On Tuesday, September 14, Mr. Ippolito has invited Mohammed Al-Kalby, a student at UC Irvine, to come visit our classroom. Mr. Al-Kalby is a university student, he enjoys video games, he likes lifting weights, he rides a motorcycle, and he's a Muslim. In our time together on Tuesday, Mr. Al-Kalby will answer students' questions about what it's like to grow up as an American and as a Muslim. Today we spent time creating interview questions for him. Finally, your homework is to log into Infinite Campus (you the student, not just your parent). If you still have never logged in, here's how you do it. username: eight-digit student id#
password: first initial, last initial, six-digit birthdate

For example, if I'm John Smith, born on March 4, 1998, then my password would be: js030498 If you log in incorrectly more than three times, the system will lock you out and you will need to visit Mr Smith, our school librarian, to reset your account.

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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Qur'an burning event is now just "on hold"

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There is apparently a bit of confusion this evening, and now Pastor Jones' church is saying that Saturday's Qur'an burning event is only "on hold." Here is an interview with the Muslim imam (local religious leader), Muhammad Musri, from Gainesville, Florida, who met with Pastor Jones earlier today.

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Florida pastor cancels Qur'an burning event

The announcement was just made this afternoon. The story is here:

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Pastor Terry Jones and "Burn a Koran Day"

Since we are studying the origins of Islam, this topic came up in each one of my history classes over the past couple days. Pastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida, is planning "International Burn a Koran Day" this Saturday, September 11. Americans of all faiths are urging Pastor Jones not to do this, but why is he planning this event, and what does he hope to accomplish? Here are a few stories from a few different sources:


I encourage you to follow the news with your family this weekend to find out the latest on this story. --Mr. Ippolito

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Beliefs of Islam - September 8-9, 2010

1.  Review the "Five Pillars" homework assignment
2.  Journal - The Most Important Pillar (pg 14 in INB)
3.  BrainPop - "Ramadan"
4.  The Beliefs of Islam
HW:  3:3 Reading and Notes

Today in Mr. Ippolito's class, we began by reviewing the Five Pillars of Faith homework assignment that was given in our last class.  We then were able to answer the following journal prompt:

In your opinion, what do you think the most important Pillar of Faith is to a Muslim?  Explain your answer.

We then took a moment to watch a BrainPop video explaining the observance of Ramadan.  For homework tonight, students will read Chapter 3, Section 3, and take a page's worth of notes on the reading.  Students have the OPTION of whether to use the "5-4-3-2-1" note-taking method, or another method of their own choosing.  As always, the "5-4-3-2-1" form is available in my classroom, or for download in the Digital File Cabinet.

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Friday, September 3, 2010

Congratulations to our binder winners!

Congratulations to Jordan Cottrell (2nd place) and Skyler Villanueva
(1st place) who were the top two winners in the "Decorate Mr
Ippolito's Binder" contest! Thank you to all who participated! While
Skyler and Jordan were our two big winners, for every student who
submitted an entry, I have a special gift for you, too. All
participants, please come see me on Tuesday to claim your prize. Have
a great weekend! --Mr Ippolito

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Labor Day Weekend updates

Mr Ippolito and his family are enjoying Tinkerbell and the Great Fairy Rescue at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood this evening. As promised, the winners of the "Personalize Mr Ippolito's Binder" contest will be announced on my website by midnight tonight, and grades and other items on the site will be updated this weekend. RVI

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Back-to-School Night tonight

Classes were 29 minutes long, so our lesson was brief. We collected the Legacy of Rome Project and discussed dress code. I look forward to seeing you tonight at Back-to-School Night!

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010