Friday, April 2, 2010


Just wanted to say hello to the students I used to to teach who used to follow this blog. I hope everyone is having a great Pesach break, and I will see those of you who come to graduation at graduation in June.
I hope Ms. Hasenmueller is teaching you and you aren't treating her too roughly; she's a great teacher and has a lot to offer. I also hope everyone is doing well and behaving (of course I would say that!) and that my seniors are all making decisions about what to do next year for school. I want you all to know that I do miss you but I am doing well and am much less stressed than I was while I was teaching you. My decision was tough, but it was the right one for me, but I do miss my girls and my boys, and I wish you all the very best.
You all now how to find me should you ever wish to. See you all soon!

Monday, February 8, 2010

9th grade boys: quiz moved to Tuesday

9th grade boys-- obviously, with no school today, we are going to have our vocabulary quiz tomorrow. Let's try to finish up "A Raisin in the Sun"-- you still have questions over Act II due tomorrow as well-- by the end of the week, and plan on a test over the material next week. After this play, we will be moving on to writing essays again before starting on poetry.

Enjoy your snow day!!!

English 11/12 Boys-- Test Will be Moved

Since we have today off, the test the 11/12 boys class is supposed to have tomorrow will be moved to Wednesday so that we may review chapter 52 as well as all of Part I tomorrow. Boys who were absent on Friday, be prepared to make up your quizzes tomorrow over 7/8 vocabulary and Chapter 22 of Don Quixote. Tomorrow is the only make up day and the test will be given on Wednesday, with Thursday as an in-class writing day.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Midterm Announcement for English 11/12

Your midterm review and writing assignment are posted in the "Handouts" section on the left-hand side of the screen. Please also review the PowerPoint, which will end with a ".pptx" suffix.
I will bring copies to class of the review and the writing assignment on Monday, but it would be better if you printed them out from here so you can get started. I will go over the requirements on Monday.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Barbara Kingsolver on YouTube (9/10 Girls)

This is an interview with Barbara Kingsolver, one of my absolute favorite authors ever. She's talking about her nonfiction novel "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle," which I highly recommend if you like "The Bean Trees" and "Pigs in Heaven." It isn't on the books we're reading for class, but it's a great interview and you might get interested in reading more of her stuff.

Theatre Arts Mime link

Here is a YouTube video of Marcel Marceau, the famous French mime. He was a master of the themed pantomime, which we know is the difference between "pantomime" and "mime"-- the idea that a mime is showing us a theme rather than a strict imitation of something without words. If you find any other videos of Marceau, or other pantomime artists, please share them with us.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Reminders for all Mrs. Hood's Classes

11/12: You have a quiz over HP 2, through Chapter 9, on Monday. Boys, you will have a vocabulary test/quiz on Friday the 20th.

Theatre Arts boys: Quiz Monday, and bring books so we can start our new chapter when you're through with the quiz.

9/10 all: The second assignment on the "Tuesdays with Morrie" yearly project is due, and we will have a quick vocabulary review before our quiz on Tuesday over units 1 and 2. Also, girls will need to be ready to start "Pigs in Heaven" on Tuesday.

Hope you all enjoy the gorgeous weather this weekend! Shabbat Shalom!