Wrapping Up Semester 1 :)

Woohoo- we are just about at the halfway mark! Let’s continue the hard work! It’s a short week and tomorrow is the absolute LAST day to get in any missing work.

Once again, let’s also remember that this week is not only the end of the Quarter, but also the end of the Semester. Once the Semester is over, GPA’s (grade point averages) will be calculated by combining Q1 and Q2′s grades. If you are failing at the end of the Semester, you will have to make up the credit with Summer School or by repeating the class.  Please complete the following readings, so that you can stay on track:


  • Make sure you have read to page 146 of Zeitoun.
  • Complete the Guided Reading Questions
  • Complete any missing work!
  • Return Swallowing Stones!


  • Compare and contrast Speak the movie and speak the book.  Remember to think about the following questions:
•How does the film highlight the issues we discussed in class?
•What is added to the movie or missing from the novel?
•How do the changes help to highlight certain issues?
  • Complete any missing work!
  • Return Hole in My Life and Part Time Indian!


  • END OF Q2 is Jan. 23!!!
  • 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! See me for a permission slip for Friday- Fire and Ice Event
  • Culinary Club will meet Thursday Jan. 30 for Valentines Day Cooking Event

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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