Thursday, December 23, 2010

Any idea where this is?

OK, history detectives, here's a puzzle for you: got this photo from a friend, and we're trying to determine WHERE this monument is. I think it's somewhere in Pennsylvania, but I'm not sure. Are you able to help?  To submit a response, you can post directly to this blog entry, or e-mail me at

If you solve the mystery, you could win TEN extra credit points for the third quarter, OR a $10 iTunes gift card (whichever you choose). Put it out there to family and friends, especially to those who live on the East Coast. Thanks for the help, and Happy Holidays!

Mr. Ippolito

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Virtual lost and found - do you know who's stuff this is?

I will be in my classroom tomorrow from 7:00 to 9:00 am if you would like to claim them. Also, if you need to turn in any last-minute items. Have a great Winter Break!

Sent from my iPhone
Ron Ippolito
(661) 347-4990

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Grades updated - please check one last time before you go away for Winter Break and they become official. For more details, see

All grades are now updated, with all regular-credit assignments in the gradebook, including homework, tests, benchmark, and INB.  I have also included all the enrichment activities students worked on in my classroom during the Mastery/Enrichment Days, and I have included the Japan Vocabulary Skits.

The only thing I still have to sort through are the 82 haiku entries, which are all extra credit.  Therefore, at this point, your grade CANNOT go down from where it is right now.  Anything that is put in (extra credit, absent work, test re-take, etc) can only bring your grade up.

If you have any questions about your grade, please SEE ME IN PERSON tomorrow.  I will be in my classroom before school, at brunch, and at lunch to answer grade questions and enter late or absent work.  Do not try to resolve grade issues via e-mail or text message at this point.  If you e-mail me, call me, or text me with a grade question, I will simply reply "See me tomorrow."

If you didn't take the benchmark exam today, you may take it tomorrow during Period 4, 5, or 6.  If you do not have me for a B-Day class, you must have your teacher's permission before coming to take the re-take.  You must see me at the BEGINNING of the period to take the exam.

Mr. Ippolito

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

AGENDA - December 14, 2010

Q2 comes to an end. Are you ready?

Will be working through the night to get all grades updated. REMINDER to PER 2--Japan INB check tomorrow. No homework for the rest of 2010!

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Q2 Benchmark Review Podcast NOW ONLINE at

Q2 Benchmark Review Podcast - Seventh Grade History by Mr Ippolito   (9430 KB)
Listen on posterous

My recording software was causing skipping for some reason, so I had to re-record on my iPhone.  Sorry for the delay.  The podcast is embedded into this blog post (see below), plus it's also available for download (so you can save it to your computer and put it on your iPod) in the Digital File Cabinet.  Happy studying!

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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Podcast notes now also available at

I decided to also post my podcast notes.  These are the notes I read from when I record the podcast.  These might be helpful, too.  Enjoy!

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Q2 Benchmark Review Podcast NOW ONLINE at

Q2 Benchmark Review Podcast - Seventh Grade History by Mr Ippolito   (9430 KB)
Listen on posterous
My recording software was causing skipping for some reason, so I had to re-record on my iPhone.  Sorry for the delay.  The podcast is accessible from the link above ("Listen on Posterous"), from the audio player right here in the upper right section of, plus it's also available for download (so you can save it to your computer and put it on your iPod) in the Digital File Cabinet.  Happy studying!

DOWNLOAD PODCAST TO YOUR COMPUTER HERE (right-click and select Save As to save to your computer)

Don't know how to get an audio file onto iTunes and your iPod?  It's simple!  Instructions here:

Audio file being created right now

It's 3:00 p.m. and I'm REALLY close to posting the podcast.  Thanks for your patience!  I will post on Twitter the moment it is ready.  If you aren't already getting my free Twitter text alerts, you can get them for free by texting the message follow mrippolito to 40404.  Standard text message rates apply.

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Answers to Q2 Benchmark Standards Guide now on

I'm still finishing the podcast, but in the meantime you can check out the answers to the Q2 Benchmark Standards Guide.  This guide is courtesy of Brooke Dawson and family, so thanks so much Dawsons!!  It is located in the Digital File Cabinet under "Benchmark Review and Other Docs," or you can link directly to it here.  Enjoy!

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Podcast update

MrIppolito: Spent most of yesterday photographing 90th b-day party for a dear friend. Q2 podcast ALMOST done! Will be recorded and posted by 3pm today.

Thanks for your patience!

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

IMPORTANT INFO FOR PERIOD 2 - History benchmark postponed until Monday. Details on

I have been working hard to create high-quality benchmark review materials, as well as helping my yearbook students finish their deadline AND also trying to be a good husband and daddy, too.  As such, I am still not finished with the Q2 Benchmark Review podcast and other review materials, and I want to give my PERIOD 2 students an ample amount of time to review.

Therefore, the PERIOD 2 benchmark exam, originally scheduled for tomorrow, has been postponed to Monday, December 13.  I understand this is a mastery/enrichment day, but that's no problem.  You will take your benchmark exam first, and then participate in mastery or enrichment as soon as you finish your exam.

All my B-Day students (Periods 4, 5, and 6) will take the benchmark exam on their regularly scheduled day, Tuesday, December 14.

Thank you for all your hard work and preparation, and best of luck to everyone on this quarter's benchmark exams!

All the best,
Mr. Ippolito

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Visit Mr Ippolito's SchoolTube Channel to watch Japan vocab videos

I have already uploaded fifteen different Japan Vocab Video Skits to SchoolTube, and more will be uploaded all evening long.  Check out your friends' presentations at:

The videos are all HD quality, so you may need to pause the video so it can buffer properly.  Otherwise, you'll end up with a choppy video, depending on the speed of your internet connection.

Mr. Ippolito

Table of Contents - Japan Unit

There is NO INB grade sheet for tomorrow's Japan INB check. Please make sure you have these five things ready for the INB check. B-Day, that's tomorrow. A-Day, it's 12/15.

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AGENDA - December 7-8, 2010

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Technology has come a long way

Check out this cell phone ad from twenty years ago.  How do you think cell phones might change in the next twenty years?

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Japan vocabulary skits

Here are our first Japan vocabulary skits performed on Friday in Period 2.  We're looking forward to some great performances over the next couple days!

In order to get full credit, your vocabulary skit must demonstrate that you understand the meaning of each vocabulary term.

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

AGENDA - December 1-2, 2010

Japanese haiku

No one will travel
Along this way but I,
This autumn evening.
            - Matsuo Basho

Haiku, the most well-known form of Japanese poetry, consists of three lines with a total of 17 syllables.  Typically the first line is five syllables, the second line is seven syllables, and the third line is five syllables, although these rules can bend as long as the total number of syllables is 17.  Traditional haiku poems most often deal with the subject of nature, and are often peaceful and calm.  If you would like to read more examples of traditional Japanese haiku, you can find them here:

For EXTRA CREDIT, you will create your own haiku and post it as a comment to this blog entry.  You may create a traditional Japanese haiku (calm, peaceful, about nature), OR you may choose one of the five topics I assigned in our classwork "Japan - Just the Facts" on page 55 in your INB.  To review, these topics are as follows:

- My cell phone
- My favorite food
- The holiday season
- Lunch time at Rio Norte
- Justin Bieber

Haiku will be judged on creativity and of course you must follow the rules of haiku, and the most extra credit points will be awarded to the most creative haiku poems.  You do not get any additional extra credit for posting more than one haiku, although you may post more than one if you wish.  Please also make sure you include your NAME and CLASS PERIOD.  This assignment must be posted by Wednesday, December 8, at 5:00 p.m.

This should go without saying, but haiku will not be considered if they use inappropriate language.  Finally, if you are going to write a haiku insulting Justin Bieber (I know some boys were excited by this opportunity), you must do so in a way that is both original and intelligent.