Welcome Back

Welcome to a new year, for the month of January all of the students who have passed my benchmark have NO homework this month! We will be exploring the very beginnings of the United States of America.

Happy Thanksgiving!

The Thanksgiving holiday is upon us. It is my favorite holiday of the year. I love the idea of a day to just be grateful, and to make it even better-we spend it with our families, and then as if that is not enough, we have the best food of the year. I am grateful to our forefathers and founders at Plymouth for beginning this tradition. Yes , yes, I know all about the Berkley Plantation being the first, but that is not what our traditional holiday is based on.

I also want to thank Sarah Hale who convinced Abraham Lincoln to give us Thanksgiving as an official holiday. I am however, though at times it will be hard to fathom, most grateful to my students and I am, believe it or not, thankful for each and every one. Happy Thanksgiving!

In the spirit of gratitude-remember-no homework this week!

Power Point Project

You will pick a Colonial Region and put in the Colonies involved (For example -New England-New Hampshire, Mass. Conn. Rhode Island,) Geography, Climate, Human Resources, Natural Resources, Specializations, interdependence and Social and Political There should be at least one picture to go with each slide.

Veteran’s Day!

Veteran’s Day is a day when we honor those who serve or have served our country in any branch of military service. The CMS History Club will have a ceremony at the Memorial Garden after school on Tuesday.

We owe so much to our veteran’s; come show us your gratitude!

History Channel History of Halloween

Straddling the line between fall and winter, plenty and paucity, life and death, Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. It is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints and martyrs; the holiday, All Saints’ Day, incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows’ Eve and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a secular, community-based event characterized by child-friendly activities such as trick-or-treating. In a number of countries around the world, as the days grow shorter and the nights get colder, people continue to usher in the winter season with gatherings, costumes and sweet treats.

Benchmark and calendar

The USI benchmark is on October 10th, The October calendar has several important dates including the Serendipitous Saturday on the 18th of October. Join me at the Stonewall Jackson Shrine at 9:00 in the morning. The “tour” will take about thirty minutes (quiz grade of 100) and then there is plenty of time to enjoy the Harvest Festival!

Busy week

This week we have a quiz on Tuesday and a test on Friday. The quiz on Tuesday is on Native Americans. The test on Friday will be on Native Americans, resources, primary and secondary sources and geography.