Tuesday, November 15, 2011

New Vocab, HG&D, and Jolly JOYner Market

Hey hey hey!

We have some new vocabulary words this week. The assignments for these words will be due December 2 and we will have a quiz that day. The words are listed at the end of this entry.

Peak Learning contracts are due next Tuesday, November 22. We have been working on these in class for several weeks and today I encouraged students to take the assignments home to ensure they finish them by Tuesday. Please check in with your child to assess his or her progress on the learning contract.

Human Growth and Development began yesterday. Tomorrow we will be switching classes to isolate the boys and girls. We will teach them about the reproductive systems of both genders. Please remember to be "askable" this week as your children might come home with important questions. On Friday we will take a field trip to the Poe Health Center to learn more about puberty.

On December 1 from 5-9pm, just in time for the holidays and gift buying season, JYJ will be hosting the Jolly JOYner Market. Local artists and craftsmen (including yours truly) will be selling their wares. The Haiti Team will also be fundraising for this years project. Please come out for an evening of holiday cheer and great shopping.


Mr. B

Peak Vocab 5 (vocab words are marked by dashes, examples follow select words)

-Persist (v) – to continue stubbornly or firmly in an opinion or action despite difficulty, opposition or failure
Ex. Despite frequent failures, the inventor persisted in creating his flying skateboard.
-Spite (v) – deliberately or intentionally hurt, annoy or offend someone.
Ex. The golf course maintenance man spited the geese by yelling obscenities at them after they left him presents all over his course.
-Overzealous (adj) – excessively, overly excited
Ex. Fans of musician, kids on Halloween, winners of the lottery, World series winners, sports fans
-Deport (v) – to expel, or kick out, of a country
Ex. The traveler got deported after the authorities found he had overstayed his visa.
-Rouse (v) – wake something up; awaken
Ex. The bright sunlight streaming through the large windows roused the man from his deep slumber.
-Envious (adj) – showing an unhappy want for someone else’s possessions, qualities or luck
Ex. The peasant was envious of the Duke’s fine clothing.
-Dreaded (adj) – regarded with great fear or apprehension; something not wanted to happen
Ex. The dreaded EOG’s brought a terrible feeling to the boy’s stomach.
-Corpse (n) – a dead body
-Water Cycle (n) – the continuous movement of water between the Earth’s surface and the air, changing from liquid to gas to liquid to gas to liquid etc.
-Evaporation (n) – the changing of a liquid to a gas
-Condensation (n) – the changing of a gas to a liquid when molecules come closer together
-Precipitation (n) – any form of water molecule that falls from the atmosphere and reaches the ground
-Infiltration (n) – when precipitation soaks into the ground and becomes ground water
-Transpiration (n) – loss of water from plant leaves when they “exhale” oxygen. Similar to evaporation because water is released as vapor
-Vapor (n) – a liquid in gaseous form

Monday, November 7, 2011

What's happenin' at JYJ?

We have new vocabulary words! Vocab contract work is due THURSDAY Nov 10. We will also have a vocab assessment that day. The words are listed below.

Report cards went home on Friday afternoon. You may keep the report card but should return the signed report card envelope as soon as possible. If you would like to have a conference, please email me at mbutler3@wcpss.net.

Tomorrow is Pronto Pasta Dine Out Night. The proceeds collected tomorrow night will go towards the DC field trip so PLEASE come out and support us!

Speaking of DC, first payments for the payment plan were due on Oct. 28. If you have not turned it in yet, please do so as soon as possible. The next payment is due Nov. 30.

While on the field trip front, we will be heading to Poe Health center on Friday November 18th. If you have not yet done so, please send in $15 and the signed permission form.

Check back later for more information!

Mr. B

Vocab Words! (Words have a dash in front of them and an example of the proper usage of the word follows)

-Exclusive (adj) – not shared, or belonging to only one person
Ex. Holly asked Peak for an exclusive interview because she wanted more publicity.
-Discourage (v) – to persuade or convince NOT to do something
Ex. Paul discouraged Tom from jumping off the cliff because they weren’t sure how deep the water was.
-Devastate (v) – to destroy or ruin completely; to make helpless or overwhelm
Ex. The earthquake devastated Haiti. Ex. Jill was devastated by the news that her dog died.
-Protest (v) – to speak out against or object to something; (n) the act of people protesting
Ex. (v) MLK protested the mistreatment of blacks by the government.
Ex. (n) Many people across the US are holding protests against the US government.
-Elusive (adj) – not easy to catch or see; somewhat rare or secretive
Ex. Some say that the elusive Sasquatch lives in the mountains of Montucky.
-Optimistic (adj) – hopeful or positive outlook
Ex. The optimistic hunter felt confident he could find the elusive Sasquatch.
-Distraught (adj) – very upset, extremely worried or troubled
Ex. Jill was distraught when her dog died.
-Previous (adj) – happening or coming before in time or order
Ex. Tom thought back to the events of the previous day.
-Assumption (n) – a guess, a total shot in the dark
Ex. Jim made the assumption that Charles would love the clown he sent to his birthday.
-Treacherous (adj) – dangerous or unreliable; not something that is going to come hurt us, loose footing
Ex. Climbing a skyscraper, rickety old rope bridge with crocodiles under it, climbing a volcano while its erupting
-Haggard (adj) – worn out and tired looking (usually describes a person)
Ex. When might you look haggard: after playing a long football game, after running a marathon, after trying to climb out of a deep hole, after a long workout, after climbing Everest
-Revolution (n) – a war or conflict that changes who is in power
Ex. In the American revolutionary war, Colonists (not in power) fought the British (in power) and won.
-Evaporate (v) – changing a liquid into a gas; to disappear
Ex. The burglar evaporated into thin air as soon as they heard the sirens.
-Vigil (n) – a ceremony dedicated to paying tribute to or praying for someone or something
Ex. Friends and family of the girl that was hurt held a vigil to pray and give thoughts for her.
-Detain (v) – to hold back; or keep in custody for a while (held by police)
Ex. The suspect was detained by police for questioning.