We are nearing the halfway point of the year. At this point, I hope you all feel comfortable with the expectations and the classroom environment. As we continue on this year, we will be continuing to raise the level of expectations. Make sure that if at any point you are having trouble with a concept or skill that you check in. Remember that the best way to succeed is to be proactive and seek help before it's too late.
There are several opportunities for extra help. I am after school Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays; NHS has a tutoring lab Mondays-Thursdays, and the writing lab is open in the 2nd floor computer lab Mondays-Thursdays.
Freedom by Jonathan FranzenAmazon Best of the Month, August 2010: "The awful thing about life is this:" says Octave to the Marquis in Renoir's Rules of the Game. "Everyone has his reasons." That could be a motto for novelists as well, few more so than Jonathan Franzen, who seems less concerned with creating merely likeable characters than ones who are fully alive, in all their self-justifying complexity. Freedom is his fourth novel, and, yes, his first in nine years since The Corrections. Happy to say, it's very much a match for that great book, a wrenching, funny, and forgiving portrait of a Midwestern family (from St. Paul this time, rather than the fictional St. Jude). Patty and Walter Berglund find each other early: a pretty jock, focused on the court and a little lost off it, and a stolid budding lawyer, besotted with her and almost burdened by his integrity. They make a family and a life together, and, over time, slowly lose track of each other. Their stories align at times with Big Issues--among them mountaintop removal, war profiteering, and rock'n'roll--and in some ways can't be separated from them, but what you remember most are the characters, whom you grow to love the way families often love each other: not for their charm or goodness, but because they have their reasons, and you know them. --Tom Nissley - Amazon.com