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A Sneak Peak At the Week

Comer

English II

We will continue reading The Old Man and the Sea and studying vocabulary from the novella.

English IV

We will finish our final wrap up of The Tell-Tale Heart. Final projects are due on Tuesday, October 24.

Digital Arts

We are finishing a yearbook cover project. Students are encouraged to take pictures at home and email them to Ms. Comer if they would like to use their own photography.

Math Lab

We are going to continue working on the importance of budgets.  

 

Tulbert

Biology and Anatomy/Physiology

In Biology we have been discussion the digestive system and just started the respiratory system in different kinds of animals.  Next week we will finish respiration and begin the circulatory system. The week after Fall Break we will cover the excretory system and take a test on the chapter. A/P is working on a chapter about the skin and membranes. We should be ready for the chapter test the week after Fall Break.

Psychology

Students in Psychology will be taking their Chapter 11 test about emotions on Tuesday next week.  After Fall Break, we will be starting a chapter on stress!!

 

O’Donnell

Geography

Working on our South American Countries population.

Government

Working on Landmark Supreme court cases.

Career/College Planning

Working on a career interest packet.

 

Ahearn

Pre Calculus

Angles of Elevation/Depression Story Problems

Algebra II

Factoring Polynomials

Algebra I

Cartesian Coordinates

Geometry

Parallel Lines Cut by Transversal

 

Dust

Communication and Public Speaking

After some fun practice interviews in class last week we are going to go over the dos and don't of interviewing.  The students have started thinking about who they would like to interview and we will begin putting together their list of questions.

 

Carroll

LA Lab

We are learning Author’s Purpose.

Studio Arts

We are wrapping up color mixing.

 

Sheehy

L/A Lab I, II

Both classes took a test on reviewed material as well as the meanings of the new roots we introduced a few weeks before.  We will reintroduce the connectives before moving forward with thesaurus use for synonyms of words from their root decks.  It would be helpful for them to practice drill work with their affix and root decks either during IS or at home (no more than 5-7 minutes at a time is necessary).

 

English 1

We have completed reading The Old Man & the Sea by Ernest Hemingway.  The students are beginning writing their individual Literary Analysis based on our exploration of Characters, Symbolism, and Theme throughout our reading of the book.  Writing and editing methods will be explored.  It is my intention to have this completed before we view the play at the Ft. Harrison theater in mid November, but a thorough finished product is more important than the timeliness of its completion.

 

Simon

Health

Sexual anatomy and physiology, pregnancy fact quiz, sexual response and partnered sex

 

Christman

English 1

Share “The Raven” drawings, View “The Raven” film.

English 3

Finish watching “The Shining”, finish plot outline.

English 4

Start compare and contrast essay for the “Beowulf” film and epic poem.

Visual Arts

Finish painting masks, start design for the Christmas card contest

Photojournalism

Finish yearbook cover design, start design for the Christmas card contest.

Fun Activities That Develop Rhyme and Alliteration Awareness

FUN ACTIVITIES THAT DEVELOP RHYME AND ALLITERATION AWARENESS

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month. Today we're back with the next part in our series of posts that have fun activities that support learning for all of our kids, but are particularly helpful for our students with dyslexia. If you find this article helpful, please share on social media and let's help raise awareness for dyslexia together! 

Rhyme and Alliteration Awareness

Rhyme and alliteration both involve words that share a common feature or sound. Hearing rhyme requires attention to the ending sound in words, while alliteration requires attention to the beginning. Activities that develop rhyming and alliteration help children develop an ear for sounds. They enable them to begin thinking about the sound properties of words as separate from the word’s meaning. For example, a pig is not only a farm animal, it is also a word that rhymes with wigand dig. With both rhyme and alliteration activities, children learn to first recognize, and then produce, words that end or begin the same way.

 

Activities to try at home to support rhyme and alliteration awareness

Read

Reading books with rhyming words and then talking about the words that sound alike or rhyme or books with alliteration and discussion what sound they hear, is the best way to begin practicing these skills at home.

Odd Man Out

Help your child identify the word that does not rhyme or sound like the others. Present the words orally or using picture cards and have them identify the word that does not belong.

 

A Sneak Peak At the Week

Comer

English II

We will continue reading The Old Man and the Sea and studying vocabulary from the novella.

English IV

We will continue our study of The Importance of Being Earnest and vocabulary from the play.

Digital Arts

We will be starting a new assignment: Thankful Hands which will be displayed in November on the bulletin board by the front door.

Math Lab

We'll be reviewing how to find taxes, tips and discounts.

 

Tulbert

Biology and Anatomy/Physiology

Dissecting rats and completing lab write up

Psychology

Finishing an experiment, writing up results, and completing research paper

 

O’Donnell

Geography

We will be studying Canadian Culture and Provinces.

Government

We are building our own Constitution.  

Career/College Planning

We will be working on Career Interests.

 

Ahearn

Pre Calculus

We are solving for an unknown side of a triangle using trig functions and the trig table.

Algebra II

We are going over converting numbers to scientific notation, and how to combine them using multiplication and division.

Algebra I

We are working on solving two step equations and how to check your work.

Geometry

We are finishing up our lesson over the different types of angles and how to classify them.

 

Dust

Communication and Public Speaking

Putting final touches on our ‘Show me what YOU know’ speeches on Monday. The students have each selected a portion of the second unit and will be presenting it to the class on Tuesday the 3rd. In doing so, they will be helping one another prepare for the Unit 2 test on Thursday the 5th.

 

Carroll

LA Lab

We will continue using text evidence to find the main idea.

Studio Arts

We are finishing up our watercoloring unit with nature inspired watercolor paintings.

 

Sheehy

L/A Lab I, II

We are continuing our review of suffix addition rules, negative prefixes, and adding some common adjective suffixes.

Test next Thursday, 10/5 on suffix addition rules.

English 1

Label and Diagram sentences with Direct Objects test on Tuesday, 10/3.

Continue reading The Old Man and the Sea.

Practice writing sentences with imagery.  Introduce Indirect Objects.

 

Simon

Health

Introduction to sexual health class, setting up resource binder, initial assessment.

 

Christman

English 1

Choose a current article to read and summarize in the 11-sentence paragraph format.

Review simple and compound sentence types as well as fragments and run-ons.

English 3

Choose a current article to read and summarize in the 11-sentence paragraph format.

Review compound and complex sentence types as well as comma placement.

English 4

Choose a current article to read and summarize in the 11-sentence paragraph format.

Review compound and complex sentence types as well as comma placement.

Visual Arts

Students continue working on cubism paintings using tints and shades of their chosen set of complimentary colors.

Photojournalism

Continue working on Photography Types and Techniques and Elements and Principles slideshows.  Take photos and add them on Friday.

Fun Activities That Support Phonemic Awareness At Home

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month. Today we begin a series of posts that have fun activities that support learning for all of our kids, but are particularly helpful for our students with dyslexia. If you find this article helpful, please share on social media and let's help raise awareness for dyslexia together!

What Is Phonemic Awareness?

Phonemic awareness is the ability to hear and manipulate individual sounds (phonemes) in words. Children must first understand that words are made up of separate speech sounds that can be blended together to make words before they functionally use the alphabet to spell or read words. It is a foundational skill that makes learning to read easier, and often one of the best indicators of reading success in the coming years.

Phonological awareness is the ability to divide spoken language into units, such as words and syllables. Before diving into individual sounds within words (phonemic awareness), the goal is to  teach children to pay attention to more obvious sounds. A good place to start is environmental noises, then move into sentences, whole words, and then syllables. Only after a child can divide words into syllables do we start teaching the phonemic awareness part of our curriculum.

Activities to try at home to support an increased awareness of sounds and syllables:

Tapping Syllables

Using different items such as hand clappers, drums, or tennis rackets you can have children determine the number of syllables in a given word. For example, you would tap a drum two times for the word "sister" because it has two syllables. For increased difficulty, tap the drum (any number of times) and have your child think of a word that contains that same number of syllables.

Home Syllable Search

Help your child find items in different rooms in your home. Sort them by syllables.  Write words (or draw pictures) for each object.

 

 

Things Will Look A Little Different In October

Things Will Look A Little Different In October

Words can fail the dyslexic brain. Sometimes our students have difficulty finding the words that properly express what they are trying to say. This is why we believe so strongly in our visual arts program. It creates an outlet for our students to express themselves in brilliant and often unexpected ways. 

In case you haven't heard, October is Dyslexia Awareness Month. But it's also National Arts and Humanities Month as well. Every day throughout the month of October, we will be updating our homepage to showcase student art work through the years. We will be celebrating the many ways our students have used visual art as a way for personal expression. We hope you check back often and enjoy new pieces every day! 

But that's not all we are doing for Dyslexia Awareness Month. Join us on social media as we will be sharing more from our community to help spread awareness. You can "like" or "share" these posts to get the message out! You'll also find new blog posts right here on our News page.  

 

Sneak Peak at the Week

We're looking forward to another great week. Here's a look at what is coming up in our high school classes this week. 

Dust

Speech

This week we are going to be continuing our discussion about body language and non-verbal communication. Discussing 'Power Posing' and maybe sharing some ideas on how to use this super power!

By the middle of the week I will have introduced the concept graph depicting communication as 2 WAY process. Together we will start to identify all the different kinds of barriers that can interrupt this process (i.e. noise, age and gender gaps, language and cultural differences).


Comer

English IV

Continue reading The Importance of Being Earnest and studying vocabulary from the play.

Digital Arts

Finish our October bulletin board on famous dyslexics who have shaped our futures.

Math Lab

We'll be learning more about fractions and their equivalent percents.


Sheehy

English I

We are learning about the different types of Symbolism and how it relates to The Old Man and the Sea. Writing:  What are Direct Objects within a sentence and how do we label/diagram them?

Language Arts Lab I and II

(9-25) test (L/A Lab I) on prefixes, roots, suffixes.  We will be adding the negative prefixes and learning the 2+1+1 spelling rule.  An introduction to the P.O.W.E.R. way of writing will be presented as well.  


Ahearn

Pre Calculus

We will be using the trig table to find lengths of sides or measure of angles

Algebra 2

We are learning how to combine numbers in scientific notation.

Algebra 1

We are working on solving one variable equations.

Geometry

We are working on types of angles.


Tulbert

Biology/Anatomy and Physiology

Finishing their comparative Anatomy/Biology project that is due Wednesday. We should be starting dissecting a rat this week.

Psychology

Learning about research and designing a psychology research project to be implemented in the next few weeks.


O'Donnell

Geography

We will be working on the Canadian Provinces.  

Career/College Planning

We will be working on budgeting for an apartment after high school.

Government

We will be working on the U.S. Constitution.


Simon

Health

Chapter 4-Mental Disorders, Eating Disorders, Depression and Suicide; Quiz Friday the 29th.


Christman

English 1

Introduction to American Poetry, explore the different poetry types.

English 3

Read and listen to the audio version of "Cannibalism in the Cars" by Mark Twain- one of three short stories written by Mark Twain, chosen by the class, work on plot outline for story.

English 4

Read and listen to the audio version of "The Importance of Being Earnest" by Oscar Wilde, work on plot outline for story.

Photojournalism

Review close-up versus extreme close-up photography, continue working on assigned Lifetouch pages for the yearbook, start working on yearbook design covers using the Pixelmator app.

Visual Arts

Start final drawings of chosen object for cubism painting, add geometric lines on top of foreground and background, decide which set of complementary colors to use.

From the Dean's Desk - NHS

National Honor Society

Fortune Academy is going through the annual process of selecting new members for the National Honor Society.  At Fortune, Juniors and Seniors who have a 3.0 GPA are eligible for induction.  In keeping with the bylaws of the Society, here is the timetable that we using this year for selection.

For the week of 9-19-17 eligible students will be identified we will meet briefly during Intensive Study  to hand out applications and go over the details of filling out and returning the applications.   

All Applications will be due on Friday, September 22nd. 

For the week of 9-24-17 the Fortune Administration and H.S. staff will evaluate and vote on the applications.

For the week of 10-2-17 the results of the nominating process will be discuss with each applicant individually.  

If any student is elected to the National Honor Society we will have a ceremony the following week with friends and family.  

 

With Fortune Pride, 

Jim O'Donnell

 

 

A New Look For High School Gym

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Attention High School Parents: our high school gym uniforms are now online! Visit Land’s End to check out our new gear. Do you have a student participating in Fortune Academy athletics? We also have warm-up jackets and pants available as well to help you stay warm when the temperatures begin to drop. They're are also fun to wear on game days or spirit wear days!

UPDATED: DEAL EXPIRED 

Also, if you order today, you can save 25% on your purchase by using the Code: BRISK and PIN: 6149. The offer is only good for the day, so don't wait. 

Order today!

 

 

Join Us For Our Spotlight Breakfast

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Join us Wednesday, September 27, 2017 for our Spotlight Breakfast! In fact, bring a friend, invite your family! 

7:45am to 9:30am

Janet George, Head of School, will present an insightful simulation that will challenge the way you see our students. Attendees will experience what school can feel like for those with learning differences.  This impactful presentation is a must for anyone who interacts regularly with a child with learning differences. See and feel what life through the eyes of our students is like. 

Parents – you are encouraged to invite family and friends that you believe would benefit from gaining more insight about learning differences. We are making this event free to be able to reach as many people as we can. Please register online using the link below, we can't wait to see you there! 


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