Monday, June 16, 2008

100th Post!

Reminder that the rest of the year we will be starting summer reading. Get your books, and let's begin the summer right.

Also, be sure on your day off to check out Boston's High School baseball MVP's at Fenway Park. That's right, Fenway.

3:00pm start time, and it is free!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Cell phones=mental illness

Love this story, but am disturbed at the parents and kids who get addicted...

ps: check out the sweet idiom usage.


Spain treats child phone addicts

Two children in Spain have been admitted to a mental health institution to be treated for addiction to their mobile phones, Spanish media report.

The children, aged 12 and 13, were sent to the clinic by their parents, who said they could not carry out normal activities without their handsets.

They were doing badly at school and lying to relatives in order to get money to spend on their phones.

They have been learning to cope without their phones for three months.

Dr Maite Utges, who runs the Child and Youth Mental Health Centre in Lleida, near Barcelona in north-eastern Spain, said it was the first time the clinic had treated children who were dependent on their mobile phones.

"They both showed disturbed behaviour and this exhibited itself in failure at school. They both had serious difficulties leading normal lives," she was quoted in Spanish papers as saying.

The children had owned their phones for 18 months, and their parents had made little effort to restrict their use before noticing how serious their dependence had become.

'Tip of iceberg'

Dr Jose Martinez-Raga, an expert in addictions, said children who developed a dependency on mobile phones, like those who over-used video games, often became irritable, withdrawn and antisocial, and their school performance deteriorated.

He warned these cases could be the "tip of the iceberg", and that mobile phone addiction "could definitely be a danger in the future".

Fears have been raised in a number of countries about the adverse effects mobile phone use may have on children.

Dr Utges recommended that parents not allow their children to have mobile phones until they reached 16 years of age.

Last Homework

Weekend Homework!

1: upload your ROAR to Turnitin by Monday, close of school day. Remember that ROAR is a practice of the summer reading assignment for your choice book- pick three quotations and explain what is going on in the quotes and the overall story.

2: late Culture Vultures? Monday is the very last day.

3: Plan to celebrate dads and a Celtics victory on Sunday!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008


Congratulations on the fantastic Odyssey Kick Ball work today. Some amazing catches, kicks, and even a few nasty collisions made us smile!

To review for the test:
1: look over vocab and idioms. There are too many to cram, but familiarize yourself with the ones you have no idea of their definition.

2: read through your Odyssey notes. SparkNotes will only confuse you since they cover the entire 24 books!

3: be familiar with poetry and literary terms.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

HW 6/10


1: bring sensible shoes for Odyssey Physical Challenge

2: bring in your textbooks!

3: ROAR (6/16) and Culture Vulture (6/12)

Monday, June 9, 2008

Culture Vulture (last, last, minute)

Unless you plan to hit up the foreign video section at Blockbuster or the Library, here is a good Vulture Activity.

Boston Guitar Fest 2008!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008
4 p.m.
Williams Hall, NEC

Boston GuitarFest 2007 Prize Winners

First Prize: Cristina Pérez Madiedo, guitar (Cuba); Second Prize: Jérôme Mouffe, guitar (Belgium); Third Prize: Adam Levin, guitar (USA)

This concert showcases the prize winners from last year’s performance competition. First prize was awarded to Cristina Pérez Madiedo (Cuba), second prize to Jérôme Mouffe (Belgium), and third prize to Adam Levin (USA). Madiedo was also awarded the VGo Recordings prize as the first place winner. Her first album, Eliot Fisk Guitar Series Vol. 2 will be available at this event.
$8 Ticket


My own Culture Vulture from Friday!


Brasil gave up an easy goal 5 minutes into the game. This was an upset tantamount to the Patriots loosing to the O'Bryant Tigers (not to take anything away from our team).

HW 6/9


1: ALL Late Work due tomorrow

2: Culture Vulture due 6/12 (Thursday 1st period before exam)

3: ROAR due to 6/16

4: Look over study guide

5: Odyssey Physical Challenge: Wednesday!

Friday, June 6, 2008

HW 6/6

Weekend Homework

2: Culture Vulture due the 11th.
3: Idioms #77-100 quiz for Monday
4: Finish your Odyssey Group Essay

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Dragon Boat Culture Vulture

looking for a Sunday event?

Boston Dragon Boat Festival
Sunday, June 8, 2008

9:00AM – 5:00PM Hong Kong Dragon Boat Races Finals

12:00PM –5:00PM Asian Foods

12:00PM – 5:00PM
Chinese Arts and Crafts Activities
Recycle Art Activities

12:00-12:10 Eye-dotting ceremony
12:10-12:20 Dragon Dance by Wah Lum Kung Fu
12:20-12:30 Dragon Dance Parade over Bridge with Sponsors

12:30-12:40 Dragon Dance by Wah Lum Kung Fu
12:40-1:00 Opening Ceremony
1:00-1:30 Chinese Music Ensemble, Chinese Yoyo, and traditional Chinese dance
1:30-1:45 Korean Poongmul Drum/Dance Family Troupe
1:45-2:15 Hula and Tahitian Dance performance by Polynesian Dance Arts
2:15-2:45 Japanese Taiko Drumming by Odaiko New England
2:45-3:15 Chinese Martial Art and lion dance by Wah Lum Kung Fu
3:15-3:45 Chinese folk dance and music (drum and hulusi) by CCCC
3:45-4:00 Korean Poongmul Drum/Dance Family Troupe
4:00-4:30 Hula and Tahitian Dance performance by Polynesian Dance Arts
4:30-5:00 Japanese Taiko Drumming by Odaiko New England

HW 6/4

Here we go!

Green Book Active Reading: 688-696


Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Special Culture Vulture

well, maybe somethings do come to those who wait (procrastinate?).

Here is a Culture Vulture that will not disappoint.

Ever want to go to a museum that was filled with skulls?
And within walking distance of school?

The Warren Anatomical Museum at Harvard Medical School is the place for you!

read more here:

your head will spin at all the wonderful sights!

HW 6/3


phew. Kingdom...phylum...class...order???

That MCAS took much longer than I expected. So, here is the active reading for tonight.

Join Odysseus as he is reunited with his son Telemachus. Actually, it is more of a 1st meeting as Telemachus was a child when Odysseus left for Troy.

1: Green Book pg. 681-688

2: make your way to a Culture Vulture activity pronto.

Brookline Booksmith

Thursday June 5th 7pm
Richard Preston - Panic In Level 4: Cannibals, Killer Viruses, and Other Journeys to the Edge of Science
As seen in his exhilarating scientific pageturners The Wild Trees and The Hot Zone, Richard Preston has proven himself a master of the nonfiction narrative. In his latest foray he focuses his microscope on self-cannibalization, the Ebola virus, and amateur Russian mathematicians who build a supercomputer in their apartment.

Monday, June 2, 2008

HW 6/2


welcome to June. Here are a few reminders.

1: Active Reading of "Trojan War" handout

2: ROAR review (3 quotations) due on 6/16

3: Culture Vulture due on 6/10 or 11


826 Boston Book Reading
I Wish They Would Have Asked Me
Join us in celebration of our first publication, I Wish They Would Have Asked Me, a 180-page anthology of essays, poems, short stories, and letters written by 11th and 12th grade students from The English High School.

When: Thursday, June 5, 2008, from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Where: The English High School, 144 McBride Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130.
Boston Public Library Events

On the Medical Frontlines: Richard Knox in Conversation with Doctors Without Borders—Thursday, June 5 at 7 p.m. Richard Knox, Health and Science Correspondent for National Public Radio, talks with four aid workers from Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). They will discuss the challenges of reaching people caught in conflict, treating malnutrition, and responding to epidemics, and share how they have made working with MSF a part of their lives.

New Year Baby -- Saturday, June 7 at 2 p.m. A documentary about a refugee's attempts to learn about her family's lives inn Cambodia. Part of a series by Boston Cares and Hostelling International, in partnership with WGBH and ITVS Community Cinema. A panel discussion will follow the film.