Next Week Today 2/15/19

Algebra 1 (Ahearn)

We are continuing to work on systems of equations and are in the substitution method to solve.

Algebra 2 (Ahearn)

We are reviewing application with percent story problems and preparing for a quiz over these.

Geometry (Ahearn)

We are continuing our unit on circles and will be focusing on central angles and inscribed angles with intercepted arcs.

Pre Calculus (Ahearn)

We are finishing our unit over rectangular and polar coordinates and getting ready for a quiz.

Paced Algebra 1 Year 2 (Ahearn)

We just took a quiz over circles and ellipses and will start our lesson on parabolas.

Theater Arts (Pappas)

We just finished learning about the History of the American Musical. Today we took a tour of Theater at the Fort and set up the date for our May Show! (Friday, May 10 at 7:00 PM) Next week we will go to see “The Diary of Anne Frank” at IRT. We also started a script writing project based on a modernized Aesop Fable.

Earth Science (Tulbert)

We are studying stars and how they work.  Next week we will be looking at the life cycle of stars, and the rule they play in the universe. Thursday we got into a discussion about flying stars and looked as several videos of different  models. We talked about the new rules and laws that might need to be made if we have many flying cars running around our skies!

Chemistry (Tulbert)

In Chemistry, we are learning how to name and write formulas for different types of compounds.  We are currently working on ionic and covalent compounds and next week will add acids.

Digital Art (Evans)

Students continue to work on and refine their video presentations for the upcoming play,”Cinderella Marvel.”

Studio Art (Evans)

Students continue to paint,illustrate and fabricate elements of the set for the upcoming play,”Cinderella Marvel.”

Algebra 1 (Dickison)

In Algebra 1, we are graphing lines with the y-intercept and discovering slope. We are also using the slope intercept formula.

Geometry (Dickison)

In Geometry class, we are working on inscribed angles and the corresponding arcs of a circle.

Paced Algebra 1 (Dickison)

In Paced Algebra class we are moving on from 2-step equations to multi-step equations.

English 1 (Dickison)

In English class we have been watching the film of The Diary of Anne Frank in preparation of field trip to the IRT next week.

Geography (O’Donnell)

We are studying the concept of diffusion by looking at various religions and how they have spread throughout the world.  This will culminate in an oral presentation to the class.

U.S. History (O’Donnell)  

We are wrapping up the Civil War and will be focusing on the assassination on President Lincoln and the unintended consequences of that.  

English I, Mrs. Sheehy

We are continuing with the reading of “Anne Frank,” and we are looking forward to attending the “Anne Frank:  Diary of a Young Girl” play at the IRT on Wednesday. Afterward, we will be going to the Circle City Mall food court for lunch.  The students have chosen another book from the Holocaust genre that they are to be reading/listening to on their own. They are to be done by Monday, February 25th.  At that time, we will be writing an “article” about the Holocaust combining information from those three sources.

Entrepreneurship (Mr. Oguss)

We will finish our study of The Social Network (FaceBook) next week and then revisit Elon Musk (Tesla, Space X, Sun City) and fellow dyslexic entrepreneur Richard Branson of Virgin Airways.

Everyday Math (Mr. Oguss)

We will be designing mystery stories based on detetives using time lapse equations to solve crimes.

Life Skills (Mr. Oguss)

We will resume our study of Change The Way You See Everything; required reading for every Google employee!

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Speech and Communication (Dust)

This week the Speech and Communication classes examined the question, “What makes a great idea….GREAT?” They each took some time to write/draw/share ideas they have or problems they would like to solve! A fantastic week! Next week the students will begin selecting their individual topics for the TED talks they will present at the end of the year. Time to get down to business.

That Moment When OG Math Blows Your Mind

When I was a math student, I learned that when you squared a number, you multiplied the number twice. And I learned that when you cubed a number, you multiplied a number three times. Not until I became a teacher and began working with hands-on materials did I learn that a number squared actually makes a square! And a number cubed actually makes a cube! 

In math, we have been using bead chains to build both squares and cubes. This gives us a concrete, multisensory understanding of squares and cubes. It also gives us great practice in repeated multiplication and skip counting.

Simple Machines Solve Major Problems

In 2nd through 4th grade, we are not just learning about simple machines, we are practicing fine motor skills, spatial awareness, planning, problem solving, perseverance, and working together. 

We started with an introduction to the different types of simple machines, then began exploring and engineering with each. This week, we built gear sequences, and students designed/began designing structures with wheels. They learned that scientists and inventors usually have to spend a lot of time fixing problems and trying new things before their products work. They've been working together to come up with ideas and solve problems. 

Building a Village

The 2nd-4th grade students have been studying Native Americans.  In art class, they made a replica of the Lenape Indian Village.

Science Central

Last week, the 7th and 8th grade traveled to Ft. Wayne to Science Central. They spent the day exploring hands-on science activities that highlighted some of the concepts and ideas they had studied previously this semester. That included the science of sound waves and energy. But they also focused on bacteria, viruses, diseases and how they spread…you know, typical science stuff to get you in the holiday spirit. The kids had a blast and we’d like to share a few photos from the trip.

The Sword in the Stone

Last week our students once again stepped on stage to deliver their performance of a Fortune Academy original telling of A Sword in the Stone. Their debut performance sold out twice and the house was packed! I think it says something Performing Arts teacher and Director, Julie Pappas, was humbled by the students’ performance. “The cast of Sword in the Stone was committed from day one to giving their personal best through strong vocal projection and articulation, expression and characterization.” The students took everything they had been learning in class and in rehearsal to bring it all together in another Fortune-fashioned tale of triumph.

Mrs. Pappas, alongside Assistant Directors Saman Murad and Ken Palmer, had been coaching them over the past few months in after school rehearsals. She proudly shared, “they overcame fear and anxiety and came alive on the stage with great poise and presence!” It’s always a marvel to see our students come alive in ways that we seldom get to experience in the classroom. And perhaps that’s part of what makes these musicals so incredible. Julie and her team have an uncanny ability to draw out our students’ strengths! For those in attendance, these were patently on display.

We would also like to thank our parent volunteers who selflessly added such magic to the production. From hair, makeup, costumes, helping keep our students organized, and so much more. We couldn’t thank you enough!

Below are some of the pictures we’ve received from the night. We’ll be updating this section as more photos continue to come in.

Next Week Today 12/14/18

ASL 1 (Billingsley)  The students will be finishing up UNIT 5 next week. Working on a couple of Christmas songs also!! We will not be having a test next week!!!

Algebra 1 (Ahearn)

Next week we will be reviewing and studying for our Final Exam that will take place on Thursday the 20th.  All Freshman take a math final.

Algebra 2 (Ahearn)

We will be reviewing and studying for our cumulative assessment that will be held on Wednesday.

Geometry (Ahearn)

We will be reviewing and studying for our cumulative assessment that will be held on Wednesday.

Pre Calculus (Ahearn)

We will be reviewing and studying for our cumulative assessment that will be held on Thursday.

Paced Algebra 1 Year 2 (Ahearn)

We will be reviewing and studying for our cumulative assessment that will be held on Thursday.

Earth Science (Tulbert)

We are studying for the exam (10th graders) this week.  All other ES students will be taking a smaller cumulative test on Monday and the exam is next Thursday.  I have a great Nat Geo movie for 9th and 11th grade students to watch on Tuesday and Wednesday about earth’s history.  When we come back from break and after JTerm, we will be beginning a unit on space and the solar system.

Chemistry (Tulbert)

We are studying for the cumulative test this week; the test is on Monday.  Next Tuesday and Wednesday we will be doing experiments. We finished the first half of Chapter 8 and will pick up where we left off after break and JTerm.

English 1 (Dickison)

This week, we are learning about how to write an effective conclusion paragraph. We are continuing to read The Sword in the Stone. Next week, we will be finishing up our persuasive essays and tying everything together.

Algebra 1 (Thammachack)

We are wrapping up with slope-intercept formula. Next week, we will be reviewing and studying for our final exam on Thursday.

Paced Algebra 1 Year 1 (Thammachack)

We are wrapping up solving unknown variables with one-step equations. Next week, we will be reviewing and studying for our final exam on Thursday.


This week, we finished our performance-based learning project and presented a mock proposal for a new gym floor using their knowledge and skills on area and square footage. We will now study and review for our cumulative assessment which is on Wednesday.

English II (Kemper)

Because we have finished up The Crucible this week, our English II classes will be reading short stories next week by Twain, Hemingway and Langston Hughes.

English II (Kemper)

Period Five - We are finishing Of Mice and Men.  Hopefully, I will be able to show the class the movie starring Burgess Meredith and Lon Chaney.

Period Six - We will have finished In Cold Blood and the students have requested to watch the 2005 release of Capote starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman.

Digital Arts (Evans)

Students have completed their personal cover art images currently displayed in the hallway.We will finish our cubism studies using geometric objects and photos next week.

Studio Arts (Evans)

Students have completed their cubism studies through use of traditional illustrations and electronic media using the photo and video montage techniques.

Carroll (English)

We are wrapping up “ Perspectives of Prominent African Americans During the Civil Rights Movement”.   Next week we will be reflecting on the text.

Carroll (Government)

We are wrapping up Final Presentations and preparing to reflect on them as a class on Tuesday, December 18th.

Carroll (Studio Arts)

Students are illustrating short stories.

U.S. History (O’Donnell)

We are on the road to the Civil War.  We will finish our examination of the 3 president prior to the Civil War, looking at each presidents failure to unite the country and avoid a civil war.

Geography (O’Donnell)

We will wrap up the unit on South America before the Christmas Break.

Eng I (Sheehy)

We are writing our topic sentences and outline for our paragraph on “The Once & Future King.  The final copy will be due by next Tuesday, if possible. They are taking a small comprehension test next Monday on Book III, “The Ill-Made Knight.”  Our final day together will be retelling the story orally as a game.

Speech (Dust)

It is Presentation Time! The students have worked hard through this unit on Interviews. This past week they wrote questions to ask, confirmed interview days/time, practiced recording strategies and conducted their interviews. Next week each student will stand in front of the class and deliver a multimedia presentation highlighting their experiences through this interview process. We will hear about things that went well, things that didn’t go so well and what they might do differently the next time they are given the opportunity to interview someone. This should be a wonderful celebration of all they have learned this 1st semester!

Next Week Today 12/7/18

ASL 1 (Billingsley) We will be finishing Unit 5 over the next 2 weeks.

Algebra 1 (Ahearn)- We will continuing working on point-slope form, and begin graphing perpendicular lines.

Algebra 2 (Ahearn)-  We will continue working on squares and cubes.
Geometry (Ahearn)- We will be working on our Performance Based Learning Project, Presentations will be Thursday afternoon. Guest Speaker- Brent Barnhisel of Indy Rhino Sports checking out blueprints to find area


Pre Calculus (Ahearn) - We will be continuing working on trig identities.

Paced Algebra 1 Year 2 (Ahearn)-  We will be finishing our lesson over factor the difference of two squares.

English 1 (Dickison) - We will be continuing to work on our persuasive paper and learning how to write an effective conclusion. We will also continue our reading of The Sword in the Stone.

Geography - (O’Donnell) We will be continuing our lesson on the 5 Themes of Geography by applying those themes to countries in South America.  

U.S. History (O’Donnell) - We will finish our Unit on the Mexican American War with a Quiz on Tuesday of Next week, then continue on the road to the Civil War.  

English II - (Kemper) - We are finishing up The Crucible and moving onto a short story by Mark Twain entitled The Invalid.

English III (Kemper) - Period 5 is starting Of Mice and Men and Period 6 is finishing up In Cold Blood.

English I (Sheehy)  We are reading the 3rd book of “The Once and Future King.”  (The Ill-made Knight)

This past week We began character reviews (to be continued next week).  Our writing assignment will include a choice of comparing characters or writing a “resume” for Lancelot after being “fired” for behavior unbecoming of a Knight of the Roundtable.

OG classes (Sheehy) include a continuation with affixes and roots as well as reviewing syllable division rules.

English 4 (Carroll)

We are practicing notating the most important details of a text and activating prior knowledge independently.

American Government (Carroll)

We are working on research presentations.

Studio Arts (Carroll)

We are writing and illustrating shorts stories.  

Earth Science (Tulbert)

Students finished a group research project on the Earth’s past today.  Starting Monday, we will be reviewing for the exam (10th graders) or the cumulative test (any other student).  Students should come to class Monday with all their tests from this semester. We will narrow down the information for the exam/test and begin studying.  Exam in Dec 20th, and cumulative test is Dec 17th. If students are missing any tests, I’ll give them blank tests for them to fill in on their own time.

Chemistry (Tulbert)

Students are finishing the first part of Chapter 8 on covalent bonds.  We will have a test on part 1 Monday. Starting Monday, we will be reviewing for the cumulative test.  Students should come to class Monday with all their tests from this semester. We will narrow down the information for the exam/test and begin studying.  The cumulative test is Dec 17th. If students are missing any tests, I’ll give them blank tests for them to fill in on their own time.

Algebra 1 (Thammachack)

We will be continuing to work on the slope-intercept formula and plotting/graphing positive and negative slopes, as well as taking a look at undefined slopes and zero slopes.

Geometry (Thammachack)

We will continue to work our performance-based learning project on hypothetically constructing a new gym floor. They have been/will be utilizing their skills of area and measure the gym floor, calculating costs per square feet, and creating a total budget. The students will be presenting their projects on Thursday, Dec. 13.

Paced Algebra 1 Year 1 (Thammachack)


We have been working on solving the unknown variable with addition and subtraction. We will continue to work on solving the unknown variable through the one-step approach and move on to multiplication and division.