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.

Geometry

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

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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)

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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.


BATS! BATS! BATS!

2nd-4th grade concluded their unit on bats this week. They've had a great time discovering all the intriguing things bats do. Some highlights from our unit: 

- Students used their "echolocation" skills to locate a ringing phone.

- Students sampled several items that bats eat. 

- Students learned about White Nose Syndrome. They participated in a simulation of bats eating mosquitoes, with some "dying" from the syndrome. They learned that bats are important to us because they help keep insect populations under control.

- Students learned about the bat life cycle and how mother bats find their babies by smelling. In the pictures below, they are trying to find the cotton ball that matches a smell they are giving. We learned that it must be very difficult for mother bats to find their babies!

Next Week Today 11/30/18

Algebra 1 (Ahearn) - We will continue working on graphing lines, finding slope, converting between standard and slope intercept forms of lines.  We will add in point slope form and graphing lines that are perpendicular to a line.

Algebra 2 (Ahearn) - We will review imaginary numbers and complex numbers.  We will be preparing for a test over that concept.

Geometry (Ahearn) - We will begin our Project Based Learning Assessment with a focus on Area, this will take place over the next two weeks and end with a presentation date TBA.

Pre Calculus (Ahearn) - We will be starting a new lesson on co-functions and negative angle relationships.

Paced Algebra 1 Year 2 (Ahearn) - We will be doing a mini lesson over square roots, and then starting our next lesson on factoring using the difference of two squares.

Algebra 1 (Thammachack) - We are continuing to plot coordinate points and using story problems to draw a line. We will have a quiz on Tuesday. We will then move on to slope-intercept.

Geometry (Thammachack) - We will start our Project Based Learning Assessment that focuses on area. This will take place over the next two weeks and end with a presentation date TBA.

Paced Algebra 1 Year 1 (Thammachack) - We are continuing to work on solving for the unknown variable using one-step equations.

Speech and Communication (Dust) - We are discussing the two way oral communication system, and focusing on all the interruptions that can prevent the sender’s message from being received. We will build a graph displaying barriers to communication, and then a graph showcasing effective communication strategies.

Earth Science (Tulbert)

We are finishing our energy audit today and will be starting something new Monday--we will begin our study of space. We will start with our solar system and planets.

Chemistry (Tulbert)

We finished a chapter on ionic and metallic bonding this week and have just started talking about covalent bonds.  We will continue working on covalent bonds and get a few experiments done next week.

Studio Art (Evans)

Students have finished their work tables!!! Next week, students will finish their explorations of the early 20th century art movement, Cubism.

Digital Art (Evans)

Student designers have finished their yearbook Covers for the student body to vote on which

best represents Fortune for the year 2018-19. Next week, our young designers will complete their own personal cover art for display.  

Geography (O’Donnell)

We have finished our quipu adventure.  This week we will be pursuing the continent of South America, including focusing one one particular country per student.

U.S. History (O’Donnell)

We will finish our notes/timeline/powerpoint on the Mexican American war and take the quiz on Thursday. Friday we will focus on Rock and Roll legend Chuck Berry.

Going The Distance

Welcome back, Fortune Family!

Hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving and a wonderful break! Yesterday was a very peaceful and productive day in our classroom. Our STEM challenge was to build a paper airplane that could fly the furthest. The students designed some incredible airplanes - I was very impressed! In fact, several hit the far wall of the science lab during flight.

Hopefully the students have begun to think about the Cereal Box Book Report project. In class, we are reading Sophia's War: A Tale of the Revolution. The students are welcome to do their book report on this book. We are continuing to learn about the Revolutionary War. This week we will be working with the History Atlas to understand the geography of the war. Students will also be watching videos during Social Studies to give them a clearer picture of the historic times when our country gained her independence.

In science, we are exploring the properties of different rocks and minerals. Today, Sadie and Wyatt discovered that they could write with graphite. :) The students are doing well following their individual work plans in class.

Warmly,
Mrs. Sellhorn

Blood, Bones and a Fulfilling Career Day

Blood, Bones and a Fulfilling Career Day

Mr. Ritter kicked off this year’s parent-led presentations. He talked about orthopedic surgery and the instruments that are used during surgery. He also talked about the various types of implants and other methods for fixing fractured or displaces bones and joints. But like everything we do, OF COURSE the students got hands on experience checking out real life instruments and tools.