French Revolution Class?

  01/16/21 20:10, by Annabella


Would anyone be interested in a French Revolution class next semester for a half credit? I was thinking we could combine readings, art history (discussion and writing), and music history as the curriculum, but I am open to ideas! If there was interest we could read excerpts from the book Les Miserables (it's almost 3,000 pages long, so probably not the entire book).

If you are even slightly interested in this, please comment! I could do it either first or fourth block, preferable first. If we get at least three people, I will make a follow up planning post.

Thank you for reading! For some inspiration on why the French Revolution may be interesting, I invite you to follow these links:

3) and BAGUETTES (up to minute 4ish)

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Health class for second semester

  01/14/21 14:37, by Lynne

I'm happy to facilitate a Health class next semester during 3A and/or 3B, depending on student availability. This is open to any Laurel student in any grade who hasn't already fulfilled their Health requirement. Please let me know by next Thursday (Jan. 21) at the latest.

If you would like to take Health, please comment with the block you would be available to attend. If you are open during both blocks, let me know; you may be included in the group with the fewer members.



Video Chat with Strangers for Jan. 11-15

  01/11/21 08:18, by Lynne

Here are this week's groups for the week of Jan. 11-15:

 Ben Jasper Fiona Sylvi Cadence

Ethan Fritz Sophia Lani

Jack Sam Ambrosia Moriah

Miles Flynn Anna Kate

Aiden Ena Anneka Lotus



A reminder of the guidelines:

Each group is responsible for contacting its members about when to meet, so it's helpful to make those arrangements early in the week. If you haven't heard from a group member by Tuesday afternoon, be the person who reaches out to others to determine the best time/day to chat. Also, see below about how to log your calls so they count toward Laurel service. As always, if you have any questions, please ask! I'm always happy to help.

Did you sign up early in the school year but find you don't have time to participate? It's important to show up for the chats, not only to earn Laurel service and to have fun with your classmates, but also because the others in your group would like to do the same. If you don't show up, that can't happen. To be fair to everyone, if you do want to participate, please make the effort to do so; if you don't want to, that's fine, we understand. But please let me know so I can remove your name from the list and create groups from the remaining active participants. 

Keep in mind:

You will be coordinating with your group members about when to have your chat. The chat should occur this week. If one person in your group is unable to chat this week (or does not respond to the scheduling request), go ahead and chat with the other person(s) in your group. Just be sure to make every honest attempt to connect with your group members. 

You also are responsible for keeping a log of Laurel service hours, so be sure to include these chats on that log. Include date, those you chatted with, and how long the chat lasted.

In order to earn Laurel service, the chat must be at least 15 minutes long (but can be longer, counted in 15 minute increments). You also must mention in your blog that day that you had the chat, who you chatted with, and how long the chat lasted. Failure to mention these things means it won't count toward Laurel service.

Finally, if your group would like to chat more than once during the week, that's awesome. Just be sure to mention this in your blog post each time a chat occurs.

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Spring 2021 Semester Planning

  01/05/21 12:46, by Cassidy

Second semester is coming up quickly, and it's time to start brainstorming and pre-planning second semester schedules.

By this Friday, January 8th, all students (including freshmen) should fill out this Planning Survey. This will help facilitators gauge what classes and disciplines students are interested in for the upcoming semester. This survey doesn't require that you have your schedule set in stone - this is just to get a preliminary idea of what is needed and wanted, and what flexibility everyone has.

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Independent Studies semester-end responsibilities

  01/05/21 11:19, by Lynne

Hello, all independent study students! What a wonderfully challenging semester this was, eh? And yet you rose to the occasion and made it work -- good job, everyone!

Here are some semester-end things to keep in mind:

1. Unit folder sheets

Be sure to complete your Unit 4 folder sheet number-ranked evaluations and Completed Work and turn in to me no later than Friday, Jan. 22. This deadline is firm; please respect it. Forms turned in after Jan. 22 will not be approved. Look over folder sheets for previous units and make sure all areas are completed and the form has been signed by you and by me. Review the Plan/Specifics/Completed Work for each unit and print all supporting documents to show the work you accomplished for the semester.

2. Self-evaluation forms

You soon will be receiving a self-evaluation form that is slightly different than those for prior units. This evaluation asks you to reflect on the entire semester, so please provide thoughtful and detailed answers to the questions. Renee places a much higher value on this semester evaluation, so you will want it to reflect your thoughts as clearly and honestly as possible.

These self-evaluation forms are due to me no later than Monday, Jan. 25.


3. Foreign Language Standards

If you are finishing a full-credit of foreign language this semester, be sure you have completed the entire level of Rosetta Stone and the accompanying worksheets, and all of the Laurel language standards. You will need to have all of these documents accessible both through Google Docs (in a dedicated folder) and as printed hard copies for your file at school. If you need help with the printing, please let me or Cassidy know -- we are happy to help.

If you are completing a half-credit, the above also applies, except it would be for half of the requirements.

4. Keyboarding

If you have completed the Keyboarding course, I will notify Renee that you have earned the half-credit. I also will provide a Certificate of Completion for you (this will likely be a download). If you have not completed the course this semester, you may continue to work on it during second semester to earn the half-credit. However, you will not be using a dedicated class block to do so; it will need to be finished outside of class time.

5. Final semester meetings

Please plan to attend your meetings with me during these final weeks. We will be reviewing your independent studies to make sure you are ready for your meeting with Renee. Also those will be excellent opportunities to ask any questions you may have, well in advance of the end of semester. 

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