Happy Monday!!!

Welcome to our 2 day week!  We will continue to front load our new Units.  Please bring your old books Swallowing Stones, Part Time Indian and Hole In My Life to school to return themRemember 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.  


  • Complete any missing work!
  • Bring Swallowing Stones to return!
  • Bring independent reading book so that you can work on your projects in class!!!
  • PROJECTS ARE DUE MONDAY, December 2!!!


  • 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 have to write one individually as a make up 
  • If you missed the videos, today and need to make them up, here are the links so that you can complete your chart!  
Video 2: WWYD Abusive Boyfriend- http://youtu.be/ieYm0sKoqkY

Video 3: WWYD Asian and Gay Stereotypes– http://youtu.be/WCHgUk7io0w
Video 4: Keye and Peel?? School Bully– http://youtu.be/CUvFeyGxaaU


  • 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 on Tuesday in Room 101!  :)
  • Culinary Club Meeting next week when we come back from break Wed. Dec.3  :)

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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