Senior Media Center IA Workday Tomorrow!

We will be meeting in the Media Center tomorrow second period for the first of four IA workdays prior to the final deadline. Please come ready to work on your history IA. I will also be available for individual conferences and to answer questions about your IA.

See you tomorrow!


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Senior IA Final Draft Deadline

I have consulted with the IB coordinator concerning due dates and possible conflicts with the EE and other class’s IAs and oral exams. I am ready to announce that the final draft of the IA is due, in two hard copies and on ManageBac, by 2:30 pm on February 23. By then, you will have exchanged and conducted peer review on your revisions and we will have met concerning your progress. I will also try to get some time in the Media Center before the final deadline for you to work on the IAs, and I will still read individual sections.

Have a great holiday break!

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Next Senior IA Deadline

All but two seniors came by to pick up their completed drafts today (except for those who did not complete their ManageBac submissions.) I’ll be on campus until about 2. Your next deadline related to the internal assessment will be on January 16. We will draw names at random for you to exchange your most up-to-date draft with each other, and the week following the Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday we will have one or two conference days for you to commnt on the drafts, and for you to meet with me.

I hope you have a safe, happy, and restful winter break.

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Senior IA First Drafts

If you have submitted your draft on ManageBac as requested, I will have your IA first draft by the end of the school day.

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Study Guides Posted for all Classes!

I have just posted study guides for the imminent semester exams in all classes. You will find them on the course pages on my website. Happy studying!

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Happy Thanksgiving, and Reposting a Recipe

I wish all of you a happy and restful Thanksgiving! I look forward to seeing you all next week as we head into the home stretch toward semester exams. In the spirit of the season, I am posting my butternut squash soup recipe which I originally posted two years ago.


1 large onion, rough chopped

3 cloves garlic, rough chopped

2 potatoes, peeled and chopped into eighths.

1 large or 2 medium butternut squashes, peeled, halved, seeded, and then rough chopped

1 quart chicken or vegetable stock

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/8 teaspoon ground ginger

1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 cup half and half

Sour cream or plain yogurt and chopped chives or scallions as a garnish


1. The prep work is the most difficult part of the recipe, so leave enough time, especially for dealing with the squash. Butternut squash can be peeled with a knife, or better, with a potato peeler. Be careful and use a sharp knife with the squash, since it is notoriously hard to chop. First slice off the top and bottom, and then peel the squash. Seed the squash after halving it lengthwise by scraping out the seeds and fiber with a spoon, then rough chop.

2. Saute the onion and garlic in your stock pot (or whatever large pot you’re cooking the soup in) for about four minutes, or until soft. Be careful not to brown the garlic.

3. Add the potatoes and squash. Stir and cook for a couple of minutes. Then add chicken or vegetable stock to cover. Bring to a boil, and then turn stove down to medium heat and simmer for twenty minutes, or until the squash and potatoes are soft.

4. Take the pot off the heat. Blend the soup either with a stick blender, or in batches in a blender (carefully–you don’t really want boiling soup flying about the kitchen!)

5. Add the spices and half and half. Stir well, and simmer for a few minutes. Keep warm until you are planning to serve.

6. Serve with ground nutmeg, sour cream or plain yogurt, and chives or chopped scallions. This is awesome with grilled cheese, or leftover turkey sandwiches.

7. Fortified with soup, you can now finish reading McPherson’s Battle Cry of Freedom.

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Second Nine Week Schedules

Schedules for the second nine weeks are posted on the course websites for all classes.

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