May 27, 2013

Summer Vocation

Summer Vocation

Summer vacation is almost here, and both students and teachers feel the anticipation, though for different reasons.  Most students are simply looking forward to the time away from school and the lazy summer months.  Educators do look forward to this also.  In addition to relaxing, many educators work second jobs, catch up of home project that were put off during the busy months of May and June, and most engage in serious professional development.  In fact, most educators come up with their biggest ideas during this time.

Well, in addition to relaxing, planning, working, pursue our own studies, and doing whatever it is that we like to do during summer vacation why don't we spend some time growing in faith.  Joe Paprocki, a Catholic Educator and author of "Sharing My Journey of Teaching the Catholic Faith", has called on fellow educators to do this.  Additionally, last Friday, our faculty retreat our administrator asked us the very same question.

As I look forward to the summer months, this question weighs heavy on me.  It is often difficult to maintain a vibrant and fruitful prayer life when life moves at high speed and its demands pull you in multiple directions.  I believe I will slow down, pray and reflect in the morning and read at least one spiritual book.  What will you do?

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What's Your Name?

What's Your Name?

What's your name?  Who named you?  Who were you named after?  What does your name mean? Is your name biblical?  Do you share your name with a saint?

Every year, the U.S. Social Security Administration compiles a list of names that new parents gave their children that year, coming up with a top 10 and a top 20, and so on. The SSA just this week released the list of most popular names for 2012.
What is in a name? We all know that first names are meaningful and that parents choose them carefully. It is interesting to note how many parents choose biblical names or saints’ names whether they choose them for that reason or not.
Interestingly, more parents give their sons biblical or saints’ names than they give their daughters. Looking at the top twenty names for 2012, sixty percent of the boys’ names are also in the Bible: Jacob (1, most popular), Noah (4), Michael (8), Daniel (11), Matthew (12), Elijah (13), James (14), Benjamin (16), Joshua (17), Andrew (18), David (19), and Joseph (20). On the girls’ side, however, only two names are clearly biblical: Abigail (7) and Elizabeth (10). A little bit of research yields that Mia (8) is a nickname for Maria or Mary. Natalie (17) comes from the Italian word for Christ’s birth. Sophia (1) is the Greek word for Wisdom.
In the year that some of the current ninth grade students were born (1997), there were several biblical names in the top 10 of American boys’ names: Michael, Jacob, Matthew, Joshua, and Andrew. Fifty percent of the top 20 boys’ names in that year were biblical. For girls, however, things were a bit different. Only four names from the top 20 for girls in 1997—Sarah, Hannah, Elizabeth, Rachel,—are biblical.

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May 20, 2013

Social Studies Final Exam Study Guide

Social Studies Final Exam Study Guide



This exam has 100 objective questions based on material covered since the beginning of this year.  The topics are listed below. You should be able to define each term, describe the group/person, know the causes and effects of the event.  In addition the the terms also know vocabulary in each chapter

Civil Rights - Chapter 26
  • Earl Warren
  • Rosa Parks
  • Welfare
  • Civil Disobedience
  • Montgomery Bus Boycott
  • Brown v. Board of Education
  • Harry Truman
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • John F. Kennedy
  • Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Judicial Activism
  • Miranda v. Arizona
  • Civil Rights Act
  • Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Malcolm X
  • Black Panthers
  • Discrimination
  • ERA
  • Voting Rights Acts 1975
  • Great Society
  • Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • Economic Opportunity Act
  • All Vocabulary Terms

The Cold War - Chapter 25
  • Containment
  • John F. Kennedy
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Richard Nixon
  • Elvis Presley
  • Baby Boom
  • Arms Race
  • Rock and Roll
  • Joseph McCarthy
  • Bill Haley
  • Communism
  • Communist Block
  • UN Security Council
  • Suburbs
  • NATO
  • Peace Corps
  • GI Bill of Rights
  • North and South Korea
  • Korean War
  • Vietnam
  • Soviet Union
  • Demilitarized Zone
  • Soviet Sphere
  • Iron Curtain
  • Cold War
  • Julius and Ethel Rosenberg
  • Alger Hiss
  • Joseph McCarthy
  • Ho Chi Minh
  • All Vocabulary Terms







    • WWII - Chapter 24


    • Adolf Hitler
    • Joseph Stalin
    • Island Hopping
    • Churchill
    • FDR
    • Truman
    • Rationing
    • Aggression
    • Eisenhower
    • Genocide
    • All Voc Terms
    • Neutrality Act
    • Axis
    • Allies
    • Poland
    • Austria
    • Czechoslovakia
    • Lend-Lease
    • Act
    • Draft
    • D-Day
    • Battle of: Britain, Stalingrad Bulge
    • Holocaust
    • Atomic Bombs

Anne Frank - The Play
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