Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end…

Hello all!  Today we started our new Units.  Next we will start our new books for the Quarter so please bring your old books to school to return them.  Freshmen, you read Swallowing Stones and Sophomores, you finished Part Time Indian and Hole In My Life. Remember that if you fail to return a book a fee will be added to your school account.  New books will be Speak for the Sophomores and Zeitoun for Freshmen.  


  • Finish graphic organizer for tomorrow’s essay if you didn’t turn it in:
Character and relationship Assumption Change Evidence
  • Return Swallowing Stones
  • Complete any missing work!
  • Bring independent reading book!!!


  • Complete Behavior Observation Chart
  Cafeteria Classrooms Hallways Bus stop Entering Building Etc. (Miscellaneous)
  • Complete 3 comments on 3 different group blogs (grading these tonight!)
  • EMAIL any missing BLOGS or papers TO ME jvpilar@cps.edu. 
  • See the blog from 11/14 for the Blog template if you were absent and write one individually


  • CHECK YOUR GRADES AS OFTEN AS POSSIBLE!!! You can always raise your  grade by going to lunch tutoring or Scholar Hour.  See me for more details and a pass. Then, I will send you down during lunch or after school.
  • Build On Meeting Tuesday in Room 101!  :)
  • Culinary Club Meeting to be determined :)

About jvpilar

Here's a little info about your teacher. I worked really hard to become your teacher. I went to UIC to get a degree in English, but decided to work as a writer in California. While I was there I realized I would rather work with kids than work in an office all day, so I decided to come back to Chicago and become a licensed, fully certified teacher. I earned a Masters Degree in Teaching and Education from Dominican University and got my first job at Hancock. During my 4 years at Hancock, I have taught English at every grade level. I started the Culinary Club and also sponsor BuildOn, both clubs do community service projects all over the city. I also have a cat named Duke that I rescued during one of our BuildOn service learning projects and a dog named Duchess.

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