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Christmas Cupcake Challenge

Christmas Cupcake Challenge


Rules:  Each team of no more than three members, must bake and decorate enough cupcakes to share with members of the class.  Three to five judges will evaluate  your best cupcake based on the following criteria.  

Flavor
This tasty cupcake is of exceptional flavor, neither overly sweet nor lacking in flavor.  (40 pts)
This cupcake is of average taste resembling the quality normally found in a store- bought package. (30 pts)
This cupcake either lacks flavor or is too sweet.  (20 pts)
Presentation
This attractive cupcake represents the “winter” theme exceptionally well making use of color and other elements of design.  (40 pts)
This cupcake adequately represents the “winter” theme resembling the generic quality normally found in a store bought package. (30 pts)
This cupcake lacks artistic elements, color, and/or fails to represent the “winter” theme. (20 pts)
Texture
This cupcake is the ideal texture, neither too moist/soft nor dry/firm. (20 pts)
This cupcake is of average quality. (15 pts)
This cupcake is either too moist/soft or dry/firm. (10 pts)

Cupcake Challenge Evaluation Criteria - Google Drive
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Nov 24, 2013

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Nov 14, 2013

Do you suffer from test anxiety?

Test anxiety is a common problem for many students.  Here are some things that can be done to reduce anxiety.
Ask for help. Just talking to someone about test anxiety can make you feel better. Describe what happens to you when you're taking a test and these people can help you figure out some solutions. 
Be prepared. Pay attention in class. Do your homework. Study for the test. On test day, you're more likely to feel like you know the material.
Expect the best. Once you have prepared, think positively. Say to yourself, "I studied and I'm ready to do my best."
Block bad thoughts. Watch out for any negative messages you might be sending yourself about the test ("I'm no good at taking tests" or "I'm going to freak out if I get a bad grade"). These thoughts can make anxiety worse and make it harder for you to do well on the test.
Accept mistakes. Everyone makes mistakes. Be more forgiving of your own mistakes, especially if you prepared for the test and are set to do your best.
Take care of yourself. You'll feel your best if you get enough playtime, sleep, and nutritious food. This is important all the time, but be extra-sure you get all three the day before a test.
Breathe better. OK, so you already know how to breathe. But did you know that breathing exercises can help calm you down? (Just try not to take in too much air because it might make you feel dizzy.) Here's how to do it: Inhale (breathe in) slowly and deeply through your nose, and then exhale (breathe out) slowly through your mouth. Do this two to four times and you just might breathe easier the next time you're taking a test!
For more on this or to read the full article published by D'Arcy Lyness, PhD use the link below 


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How Is Light Produced?

In history, 8-2 finished watching the anti-war film "All Quiet on the Western Front".  We discussed the viewing questions that were glued in their notebooks.

In science, both groups took notes on summarizing the recent activities that we completed in class.
We discussed the transformation of energy, movement of electrons in an atom creating photons. The below diagrams were used in addition to the notes from class today.

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For Sale: 3BR/3BA Single Family House in North Smithfield, RI, $299,000

Check out this great house new to the market. It's selling for just under $300K. You will definitely get your money's worth with this one. It is situated on a corner lot on a quiet road off of route 104. It has three bedrooms, three full bathrooms, a walk-in breezeway, a stone fireplace, two car garage with an electronic door opener, plenty of storage, a family/recreational room on the basement where you can walk out to the back good sized back yard. It does need some cosmetic updating. The best part about this house, is that the next comparable house is priced $50K higher.
For Sale: 3BR/3BA Single Family House in North Smithfield, RI, $299,000
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Sep 22, 2013

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  • English translation of the Edict of Milan

    tags: Constantine Christian_History Edict_of_Milan

    • everything that pertained to the public welfare and security
    • grant to the Christians and others full authority to observe that religion which each preferred; whence any Divinity whatsoever in the seat of the heavens may be propitious and kindly disposed to us and all who are placed under our rule.
    • your Worship should know that it has pleased us to remove all conditions
    • Moreover, in the case of the Christians especially we esteemed it best to order that if it happens anyone heretofore has bought from our treasury from anyone whatsoever, those places where they were previously accustomed to assemble, concerning which a certain decree had been made and a letter sent to you officially, the same shall be restored to the Christians without payment or any claim of recompense and without any kind of fraud or deception,
    • All this property ought to be delivered at once to the community of the Christians through your intercession, and without delay
  • tags: Constantine Christian_History

  • tags: Constantine Christian_History

    • he sent for those who were acquainted with the mysteries  of His doctrines, and enquired who that God was, and what was  intended by the sign of the vision he had seen.
    • ty,  (1) and the trophy of that victory over death which He had gained  in time past when sojourning on earth. T
    • hey taught him also the  causes of His advent, and explained to him the true account of  His incarnation. Thus he was instructed in these matters, and  was impressed with wonder at the divine manifestation which had  been presented to his sight.
  • tags: Constantine Christian_History

    • persecuting other Christians.
    • ns who don't have the Old Testament as part of their canon are targeted. The list of enemies goes on and on. There's a kind of internal purge of the church as one emperor ruling one empire tries to have this single church as part of the religious musculature of his vision of a renewed Rome.
    • ebuilds Jerusalem just as a righteous king should do
    • So that in the great basilicas that he built, Constantine has a new Jerusalem, that's splendid and beautiful and... his reputation as an imperial architect resonates with great figures in biblical history like David and Solomon.

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Five Mistakes Home Buyers Make

Five Mistakes Home Buyers Make


From the beginning of your home search through closing escrow, there’s an awful lot to think about and do. It’s not unusual to make a mistake along the way. But with the financial stakes so high, a false move can end up costing you a lot of money.

Here are five common home buyer mistakes, with tips on how to avoid them.

You expect to get the price down after making an offer

You wait until "the eleventh hour" to ask for credits

You chase a deal at all costs

You think you can do it all yourself

You don't think like a seller

 
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Sep 4, 2013

Pray for World Peace | Ave Maria Press

Pray for World Peace | Ave Maria Press

Pope Francis has called for a day of prayer and fasting for peace in the Middle East.  Perhaps we could recite and reflect on this prayer.


World Peace Prayer

Lead us

from death to life,

from falsehood to truth,

from despair to hope,

from fear to trust.

Lead us

from hate to love,

from war to peace.

Let peace fill our hearts,

let peace fill our world,

let peace fill our universe. Amen.

Thanks to Mike Amodei at Ave Maria Press who created a simple activity for a classroom.  It can also be uses by anyone reflecting on peace.

Pray for World Peace | Ave Maria Press
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Sep 3, 2013

What does your handwriting say about you?

What does your handwriting say about you?

We've all seen or heard of great gurus who can uncover the deepest aspects of someone's personality from a simple sampling of their handwriting.  There is no clearcut perfect method for doing this, but it is always interesting to see what you can learn from someone's penmanship.


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Aug 26, 2013

Do you have a down payment?

Do you have a down payment?

Mortgage and down paymentSo, you've decided that you want to purchase a house.  The only problem, you don't have a down payment.  Well, there are programs available to help buyers purchase a homes with zero down. For more information, please give me a call or email me, I'll put in contact with a loan officer.

Its always better to have a down payment.  The first step is to is to decide how much mortgage you can afford.  Can you afford a $1000, $1500, ... per month?  Use a mortgage calculator to determine your monthly payment. Remember, this is only an estimate, the best way to determine price and cost is to contact a lender.  Once you know what you can afford, start saving.

Lets assume you can afford $2000 per month.  You can't save that each month.  Most of us do not have an extra 2K each month.  But if you are already paying $1200/mo in rent, all you need to save is an extra $800 each month.  Put this amount aside is a "do not touch" bank account.  This will show any potential mortgage lender that you really can afford $2000 each month.  After one year, you will have nearly $10,000 for a down payment.

It will take time, but this is a great way to build credit, build your savings, and educate yourself on home buying.


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Want to impress your friends with your knowledge of German, or maybe Russian.  Well some word can only be spoken in their native tongue.

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Aug 11, 2013

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Aug 6, 2013

Focus on one thing at a time with The One Thing

Focus on one thing at a time with The One Thing

Its a refreshingly simple idea, focus on "one thing".  Personally, life is busy.  One of my greatest challenges it making time for everyone, everything, every job, myself, and God.  The One Thing, by Gary Keller is a book that forces you to be introspective about what is important, God, family, work, and play so that you do your best at each.  This sounds like a good summer read.



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Aug 4, 2013

Jul 29, 2013

How to Disable Tabs in the New Gmail Layout

How to Disable Tabs in the New Gmail Layout

Today most of us have Gmail accounts.  Personally, I've come to rely on my two accounts.  What I most like about Google's services is that there are so many good tools.  What bothers me most is the constant changes.  I didn't like the new tabs in Gmail.  Use this link to one of my favorite blogs to show you how to disable these new tabs.

Free Technology for Teachers: How to Disable Tabs in the New Gmail Layout
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Jul 28, 2013

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