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Friday, December 30, 2011

ALL CLASSES 1st Week Back Extra Credit Opportunity

Write something good that you did over break on a piece of paper with your name, date, and the period (all info must be included) for +2 on the 1st quiz. This extra credit is for all classes and is due the first day back from break.

Extra Credit After School Movie Opportunity 1st Week Back

The first movie will be Captain America (a fun way to help us get ready for our upcoming unit on WW2). I will let you know which day and room the first day we are back (probably Wednesday or Thursday). This one will be for +5 on the first quiz and is open to all my classes (US HISTORY or ECONOMICS).

Sunday, December 25, 2011

I Finally Broke Down For Your Benefit...

After much bugging by my students, I have gotten a Twitter for you to follow. I'm @MintzBellaireHS. I hope that you enjoy and find it useful! I will post assignments, due dates, class news, etc. You will be required to follow the blog or the twitter during the Spring Semester (especially when our schedules get very busy during testing days). I hope that everyone's break has been great!!! You should know that your teacher had a wonderful birthday and has planned many good things for you!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011


Make sure that you have checked your GradeSpeed to know your last 6-Weeks grade as well as your overall Fall Semester average. I hope that you enjoyed our 1st semester and are having a great break! Email me or leave comments if you have any questions that need to be answered during break. Stay tuned for more updates about Spring Semester.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Periods 2 and 5

Finals are graded and they are posted on GradeSpeed. Thanks for your hard work and see you next semester! Periods 3 and 7 tomorrow, and Period 4 on Thursday.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

To Those Who Have Read My Class Blog

Thanks for reading my class blog! I hope that it was a useful and helpful tool in preparing for my class! Be prepared to use it much more often next semester (using the blog will be required during the 2nd semester - I will explain after break). Let's have a great week and finish up 1st semester as well as we can!

What to Bring to Finals

Starting Tuesday, here is what to bring (please only bring these items) to your FINAL in my class:
- Pencil (We are taking Scantron tests)
- Scratch Paper (If needed - We have class sets of the exam - NO WRITING ON THE EXAM)
- Something to Read (I will have magazines if needed - have something to do if you finish early)
- Extra Credit Assignments (If you have received any Extra Credit for the Final - turn in with your exam)
Thanks for your hard work! The items listed above are all you need to bring to class for your final.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

GOV: Finals Week December 12-16, 2011

What a very interesting first semester we have had in GOV! Students you learned a tremendous amount and did lots of great work (especially on the projects)! Now our GOV class is sadly coming to an end (we will start ECON next semester). Monday, our last regular day of this semester, we will go over as much of the study guide as we can. Tuesday, we take our final, and say our goodbyes for the semester. Thanks for your hard work! I am very pleased with the progress of my class!

US HIST: Finals Week December 12-16, 2011

Wow our first semester went by quick! I hope that it was as enjoyable to my students as it was to me! This week is Finals Week. Monday, our last regular day of this semester will be spent finishing going over the study guide in class and getting our minds right for the exam. Make sure you know when each of your finals is scheduled. Good luck students! You worked very hard and have made tremendous progress! Thanks for working with me during my first year here, your effort and kindness has been appreciated!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

US HIST: Final Midterm Extra Credit Opportunity

For +1 Extra Credit on the MIDTERM write "JAZZ AGE" on a piece of paper with your NAME, DATE, and the PERIOD and hand it to me during class on Monday December 5, 2011.

GOV: Final Midterm Extra Credit Opportunity

For +1 Extra Credit on the Final Exam, write the word "GOVERNMENT" on a sheet of paper with your name and give it to me in class on Monday December 5, 2011.

GOV: Study Guide

The study guide is completed and you will have it tomorrow (Monday December 5, 2011). Make sure that you have completed any missing work (if that applies to you) so that you are ready to start our final review!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

US HIST: Week of December 5-9, 2011

There are 2 important things this week: 1. WRITTEN PORTION OF THE MIDTERM and  2. STUDYING for the TEST PORTION OF THE MIDTERM. The written portion is on Tuesday. Monday we will discuss the Study Guide and practice writing and outlining. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday we will be working on our Study Guides. Make sure that you bring your Study Guide each day (bring it for after the test to study). Make sure that you work on your outlines over this weekend and on Monday. Bring a PEN and paper on Tuesday. Do not procrastinate on any of this!!! Continue to work hard and there will be much success on the midterm!

GOV: Week of December 5-9, 2011

We will be working on material for the FINAL EXAM throughout the week. Everyday we will be working to make sure that all of the material that is on the test is known and understood. There will be a STUDY GUIDE given out Monday. Make sure that if you have any questions or concerns that you come to me in class, at lunch, or after school. Do not procrastinate! Be confident and do the great work that you know that you are capable of doing and you will do great on the final!!!