Enjoy Spring Break!

Spring break begins today!  But, don’t forget that MP3 ends on the Thursday after we return, so all assignments need to be turned in by then.  I can’t accept late work since I am traveling the next week for PSSA and will not be able to grade while testing, and I don’t get any extensions for turning in grades.  Have a great break!

Meeting Day

I am unavailable just about all day today due to meetings and scheduled chats.   I will be in HW help tonight if anyone has a pressing question.  I will try to answer moodle messages as soon as possible, but it might take several hours.  Have a great day!

Spring is Here!

Believe it or not, today is the first day of spring!  At 7:02 a.m. EDT this Wednesday (March 20), astronomical winter ends as spring officially begins in Earth’s northern hemisphere, according to the Washington Post.   Astronomically, the spring equinox marks the moment at which Earth’s axis tilts neither away from nor toward the sun, resulting in nearly equal periods of daylight and darkness across the globe.   Today is the start of a rapid increase in daylight in the northern hemisphere, and a corresponding rapid decline in daylight in the southern hemisphere. It’s a sure sign that summer is on the way!

PSSA Update

Although no one in any of my classes will be taking the PSSA this year, I will still be out of the office during the testing windows, proctoring for the younger students.  You might not even know when the tests will be administered, since you probably will not be getting any mailings.  The Math & Reading Tests will be administered on April 9, 10 and 11.  Since I am in Warren, I will be traveling on Monday and Friday so there will be no chats or office hours that week.  The Science and Writing tests will be given on April 23 and 24; I will be in Warren for those tests as well, so I will be traveling on Monday and Thursday of that week.  Again, no chats or office hours.  Keystone testing, which might affect you, will be given on May 14 – 16; since I am in Warren again, I will be traveling on 5/13 and 5/17; no chats or office hours that week, either.  I’m posting this to let you know that I won’t be here to work with you, so try to get ahead on your work, or be sure to contact Mr Wilson or go to HW Help in the evening.  Although no assignments will be due on Keystone days, there will be assignments due on PSSA days, so plan accordingly.  Have a great day

Today in History

Here are some totally random events that took place on March 18:

In 1965, the first spacewalk took place as Soviet cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov left his Voskhod 2 capsule and remained outside the spacecraft for 20 minutes, secured by a tether.  (N Y Times)

The Beatles went gold this day in 1967 – receiving a gold record for the hit single, Penny Lane.    Penny Lane is a bus roundabout in Liverpool; and there is a barber’s shop showing photographs of every head he’s had the pleasure to know — no that’s not true, they’re just photos of hairstyles, but all the people who come and go stop and say hello, according to Paul McCartney.

It’s also Grover Cleveland’s birthday.

And you thought today was just another day!

Due This Week

Algebra 2



Survey of  Calculus



PLATO PreCalculus

Friday Update

Strange as it sounds, we are not that far away from the end of MP3.  Please make an effort to catch up over the break.  Just to let you know,  my availability will be very limited in April and May due to travel for PSSA and Keystone testing.  I will be out of the office for 9 days in April and another 5 days in May.  Please don’t wait until the last minute to seek help since I will not be here to give it.

Have a great weekend!

Happy Pi Day!

Today, 3/14, is celebrated world wide in honor of everyone’s favorite irrational number, pi.  The ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, pi was discovered by all civilizations worthy of the name.  Enjoy some apple, pumpkin, pecan or pizza pie today as you memorize the digits of pi!

Out of the Office

I am out of the office today (3/13) but chats and office hours will be held as scheduled; I just will not be answering the phone.

Reminder:  Do not use palcsmail for questions or assignment submissions.  The messages are not delivered in a timely manner, there is a delay so I will not see your message for what can be an extended period.  If you have a pressing question, use moodle messaging or call.  I will not repeat this since I have repeated it numerous times.

You are all in high school so you should be able to follow simple directions the first time they are given.  I am appalled at the number of people who can’t seem to follow instructions at almost the end of the third marking period.  There are no valid excuses at this point.

Happy Birthday, Girl Scouts USA

On this day in 1912, Juliette Gordon Low founded the organization now known as the Girl Scouts of the USA.  Modeled after the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides founded by Robert Baden Powell in England, the Girl Guides (later changed to Girl Scouts) offered girls the opportunity to build life and leadership skills while having fun in the company of other girls and adult leaders.  The iconic cookie sale began in an attempt to raise funds for activities; cookies were baked at the homes of the scouts with commercial bakeries becoming involved in the 1930′s.  Have a Thin Mint today in honor of Daisy Low and her vision!