Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
- rule of law
- Plato's Republic
- Politics by Aristotle
- Judeo-Christian tradition
- Pericles' Funeral Oration
- trial by jury
Monday, August 29, 2011
Friday, August 26, 2011
This district-wide event will include over 100 representatives from colleges, universities and career preparation programs. In addition, workshops will be held on financial aid, admission advice, community college programs and transfer opportunities, and the SAT vs ACT.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Monday, August 22, 2011
There is the story of "Kiki Kannibal," which is a worst-case scenario of a teen who went way too far with technology, and parents who, unfortunately, just didn't know how to handle their daughter's out-of-control online presence. Basically, Kirsten Ostrenga was a teen on the fringe, largely ignored by her peers, seeking love and attention. She turned to the online world, and got that love and attention (and millions of hits on her MySpace profile) under the name "Kiki Kannibal." Here's an excerpt:
A year earlier, Kirsten "Kiki" Ostrenga was just another tween nobody living her so-called life in Coral Springs, Florida. Then she got a MySpace account, and everything changed. A stylish wisp of a girl who adored punky "scene kid" fashion, Kiki began filling her MySpace page with pouty photos of herself in heavy makeup and cropped tops, adopting a persona as brash and outrageous as the real Kirsten was awkward and insecure. She named her creation "Kiki Kannibal," and her new and improved online self swiftly became an Internet celebrity. But fame had come with a backlash she could never have anticipated.
The article is both fascinating and horrifying, but definitely an article for teens and parents to read and discuss:
"Kiki Kannibal: The Girl Who Played With Fire," Rolling Stone magazine, April 15, 2011.
In 2010, MTV partnered with athinline.org to air a special titled "Sexting in America: When Privates Go Public." This is a great special to watch with your parents. It features the stories of two teens, one a girl who shared a topless photo of herself but never expected how far it would go or how it would affect her life. The other story is of a young man who--in a fit of anger with his ex-girlfriend--shared a naked photo of her with lots of people, including her parents. He ended up being tried and convicted as an adult, and because of his actions is now a registered sex offender in the state of Florida. You can find those video segments here:
"Sexting in America: When Privates Go Public." MTV News Special, 2010.
Remember to think before you post.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
If you believe you require a change to your class schedule, you must first fill out a "Request for Schedule Change" form (available in the Counseling Offices or from a teacher). You will then simply turn in the form to one of the Counseling Offices and you will receive a response and/or new schedule via e-mail. No more waiting in lines! Here are some additional points to know:
- Students may only complete one form per semester
- Schedule change request form should be as specific as possible
- Counselors will not change teachers or periods
- Any change could affect your overall schedule
- Sports changes also need an Athletic Acceptance/Release Rules Form
- Period One classes and electives are extremely limited
Monday, August 15, 2011
School begins in three days, and I am putting the final touches on preparing my classroom. If you already know that you have Mr. Ippolito on your class schedule, visit http://Facebook.com/IppModCiv or http://Facebook.com/IppGovt to connect with your new class! See you soon!