First Day!

Today was the first day of school at Mountain View for the 2012-2013 school year, and we all had an excellent day!

I and the other adults in the class had a wonderful time meeting these bright, excited kids, and I believe they had a great time getting to know us as well.

As of yet, I don’t have anything else to report.This year in Focus, we are going to be doing a lot of interesting and fun things, so be sure to keep in touch. I will do my best to post regular updates here on the class website and will also send letters/notes home in your child’s folder.


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Welcome Back!

Welcome back from Spring Break!

In the next few weeks, we’re going to be doing a lot of fun things. English 10 is going to be diving headfirst into Kite Runner and will be completing a number of cool activities. English 11 will be wrapping up their research projects, which will be published somewhere on the website, and will be beginning a unit on American folklore, fairy tales, and legends.

I hope you all had a restful and rejuvenating Spring Break and have returned ready to learn. ‘Cause you’re going to be learning a lot!

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Spring Break

I hope everyone has a great and safe Spring Break!

If you will be attending Intercession at the high school, remember to bring any needed materials, i.e., notebook paper, pencils, and books. All students attending Intercession will be given work to complete. Make sure these assignments are finished!

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Research Projects – English 11

A reminder to all English 11 students: if possible, try to continue researching your topic this weekend. You can continue looking on the internet, visit the public library, or even hunt for appropriate locations for research in the area, such as the courthouse, health department, sheriff’s department, and many, many more.

Parents: Try to encourage your child to continue looking for information, so they can make their research project even more successful.


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Kite Runner

A reminder to all of those who have or intend to purchase a copy of Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini: Try to have the book within the next week. Also, if you have already purchased and copy and have it with you. Bring it in, so I know how many copies I need to find for other students. Thanks.

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Things Fall Apart

We’re almost finished with “Things Fall Apart” and Okonkwo’s many misadventures in Umuofia. If you’re disheartened and wondering why you’ve been made to read this novel, here’s a passage from an article I read today that I thought you might found interesting.

“So, unless you’re from Nigeria, you might not be able to relate to the Igbo culture. We bet your dad hasn’t murdered your adoptive brother, and we’re guessing that your country hasn’t just been colonized and your culture shattered. But if you think you can’t relate to this book, think again. Do you mean to tell us that you’ve never been afraid of becoming like one of your parents? Even an eensy bit scared?

One of the most fascinating parts of Things Fall Apart comes from watching Okonkwo’s ongoing battle against being like his father. Okonkwo doesn’t respect anything about his father, which is a bit extreme. Most people, though, do see qualities in their parents that scare them. You know, like the kid with the alcoholic dad who decides never to touch a drink, or the one that has a hideously penny-pinching mom who grows up vowing to never shop at a discount store or use coupons while grocery shopping.

It’s common for people to fear being like their parents, and overcompensate by behaving in the completely opposite way. Okonkwo, however, is an example of what happens to a person who concerns himself more with avoiding his father’s traits than with living his own, independent life” (

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Open House

A quick reminder for everyone,

Tomorrow evening is Open House for FHS, and all parents and students are encouraged to attend. Open House will begin at 4:30, and is expected to end around 6. This is a great opportunity for parents to come meet their child’s teachers and to see what kind of work they’ll be doing during the semester.

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