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Ninth Grade Assignments & Communications

General Email Update – Wednesday, March 18
Hello Parents and Students. While we are transitioning everyone to Google Classroom the Upper School Teachers are going to try to send all of their announcements in one email at about this time of day. When we are all on board with Google Classroom this should not be necessary any longer, but for now we thought it would be helpful for many.

All Upper School Announcements

Due Dates
All teachers are being flexible and understanding regarding due dates in this challenging time. Please know that we want to support you, not stress you out. Let us know if we need to extend grace in any place. We are praying for all of you!

Google Classroom

  1. Reminder to students that you need to be sure to click the “Turn In” button on Google Classroom or your assignment WILL NOT BE SUBMITTED.
  2. Students, in Google Classroom please make sure that you are signed up for all of your classes. For instance, Prentis Dialectic Humanities and Sasser Dialectic Humanities currently have a different number of students. That means that some of your are enrolled in one, but not the other. Please check that you can see ALL of your classes.

Please email any teacher with whom you would like to conference in order to setup a time to talk on the phone.

Parents’ Classroom
The parents’ classroom is probably not working for many of you as you do not have WCA email accounts. We are working to figure out how to get you the tech support you need with Google Classroom in another way. The best way to do this for now is to just email Mrs. Zuccola if you have an issue.

Do you have students who are wondering how to use their time? Remind them that they could always begin to look through their materials and plan for Practicum, our big Spring day celebrating learning.

Honesty Reminder
Students, remember that your goal in school is to learn, to glorify God, and to have your affections directed towards that which is Good, True, and Beautiful. Your goal is not to get good grades. Now, with all of our learning having moved online, it is much more incumbent upon you to make sure that you are being academically and intellectually honest in all of your work. Be asking yourself the question: “If I got this much help from my friend/parent/sibling/the internet when we were at school would it be acceptable?” If the answer is “no” then it is probably not honest to have that much help at home either.

Class-Specific Announcements

Art Elective: Mrs. Ziegler
If you would like to pick up paintings and materials so you can work on them at home, I will be at school tomorrow from 9am to 12pm. I will try to be available virtually to help you in any way I can.

Senior Seminar: Sasser, Prentis, Zuccola
Senior Seminar will meet virtually tomorrow, Thursday, via Google Meet at 1:00.

Monday, March 16
Prentis – Humanities
Due by Thursday, 3/19:

  1. Finish Reading/Watching Julius Caesar
    Link to Movie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQQh115qAME&t=3917s
    Link to Text: https://www.folgerdigitaltexts.org/download/pdf/JC.pdf

  1. “Ambition, Virtue or Vice” Question.
    Question: In “Julius Caesar”, Caesar is assassinated because he was too ambitious. At least, that was Brutus’ reasoning to the angry mob in Act 3, Scene 2. How would you define “ambition”? Is it a virtue, or a vice and why?

    Instructions: Please type your response in MLA format on a Google Doc.  Your answer should be between 6-8 sentences and should include one textual reference from “Julius Caesar” and one Biblical reference.

On Tuesday 3/20:

  • On Google Classroom complete Textbook Quiz 24D

Sasser – Humanities
Assignment 1 (due by Thursday): Either log into Google Classroom to answer this question or send Mr. Sasser an email with the answer:
What has been your answer to at least two of Mr. Sasser’s questions from class regarding using this time well? Remember, the questions were:

  • What do you want to read?
  • What projects do you want to accomplish?
  • How can you foster relationships and especially friendships?
  • How can you minister?
  • What spiritual disciplines do you want to develop?
  • What do you need to do for your mental health?

Assignment 2 (Due by Thursday): Use your notes from class to complete this study guide from Herodotus (or log on to Google Classroom and do it there). LINK HERE. If I am able to upload a video lecture I will add a link to the study guide doc.

Looking Ahead:
On April 1, you will have a paper due for Herodotus. The instructions for this are posted on Google classroom, contact me if you are having difficulty accessing them.

Honors (Due Tuesday, March 31): Read Shahnameh pgs. 9-27 and write a short summary on the doc shared via Google Classroom. This book is a gigantic epic poem which was written as the Persian National Epic. It is the mythology that was told in the Persian empire when they were fighting the Greeks. Log into google classroom for further instructions.

Honors Algebra 1 – Packet was sent home on Friday. Please email me directly if you did not receive this assignment. kfoldesy@westsideacademy.org

Mon-Thurs- Complete “Vespasian” and Responde Latine  Take a photo of your work and email it to me or to our google classroom Thurs.

Please finish the debate https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tYm41hb48o&t=2404s  Take a picture of your notes regarding the dialog between the two presenters. Assess the different styles of argumentation and the strength or weakness of their arguments. Due Thursday by 11:59 pm. Email a copy of your writing or a file to jhindall@westsideacademy.org