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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Thank You

Everyone

To all of my students from the 2013-2014 school year: Thank You. Thank you for the laughs, the effort, the stories, the debates, #thestruggle, and, most of all, thank you for being you.

Although this year was a rough year for our district and our school, you kept me smiling and made me want to come back to school each and every day. I became a teacher for you. To help you learn, to make you laugh, and to make you think. I hope you all did plenty of that this year. 

So, once again, thank you, I hope you all enjoy your summer and I hope you all come by #room639 next year for a visit. 

I took pictures of the board before I left for Salt Lake City (for the AP Reading- to grade your exams). The pictures are below. I hope they remind you of our time together.... oh, and it's not over.








And... my favorite....



Peace,
Markstone

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Thursday, June 5, 2014... one last time.

Everyone

It's almost official. The year is almost over. We're almost done.

Before we go on, though, please take a moment to fill out the survey about the class. Please be honest and thorough. Trust me, I didn't always want to read your essays... really, I didn't.

This year has been filled with emotional highs and lows. It's been trying at times, and rewarding at others. I find myself at a place now that I didn't expect or foresee when I stepped onto campus last August, fresh off of my summer plumbing job. Almost everything in my life is different. One continuity, though, is that I find comfort in coming to #SMHSROOM639 each morning. I will miss the majority of this year's students, although I'll see some of you again, I'm sure. I will make new relationships next year. I'm looking forward to it. Looking forward to the challenges of the new schedule and my new students. I'm looking forward to teaching World History again. Looking forward to my new role as Faculty Association Vice President. Looking forward to smiling faces. Looking forward to managing my time better than ever. 

If you happen to be one of the students who is going to re-take my class (because it was so awesome the first time), just know that you have made a mistake. You have made a sacrifice to the gods of time. They are greedy gods, who will demand more and more from you each day. They rarely repay you and will forever demand more from you. However, you can recover. We all make mistakes. The picture below is proof. Talk about #TBT. 
Yes, my legs were larger than my waist. #squatlikeaman
Who would of thought that both of these dainty gentlemen would one day become educators.... ps. the date is wrong, I'm not that old. #winter2002

So, enjoy your time off this summer. It's deserved and necessary. Rest and relax, but also set some goals for yourself and try to accomplish them. Continuously challenge yourself. And, remember, you too can overcome your mistakes. I managed to get a girlfriend after this... then I got another one, and then I got someone to marry me. Sure, I suppressed this for some time, but that's okay, I'm part German. It's what we do.

See you next year.

Peace and love,
Markstone


Friday, May 30, 2014

Grades?...***UPDATED***

So, grades are coming due soon.. really soon, like now soon.

***Before you start completing your makeup your work PLEASE check the grade sheets! I just found some notes and applied them to your grades, so you may not need to complete as many assignments as you thought! Thanks.***

So, take a look at what you are missing here, AP kids. You can makeup any notes you are missing but not your missed quizzes.

MWH kids, your grades are here. You may make up any "Articles of the Week" you are currently missing. I'll be adding some geography quiz scores I have here. If you are missing some of those you'll need to make them up on Monday or Tuesday at lunch.

You may email me with any questions, but realize that I'll be out of reach for most of the weekend as I'm catering some events with my wife.

So, let's get this done and enjoy our last week together.... I mean, as much as we can, that is.

Peace and love,
Markstone

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Everyone

You want to know what I did this weekend? Czech out the pictures below...







Modern World History

Quick-write #7:



Objectives:
  • Analyze the effects of European Imperialism in Africa.

    AP World History

    Quick-write #:


    No warm-up today.
    Objectives:
    • Analyze the the continuities and changes in trade and social structure in the Atlantic region (include Europe, Africa, and North and South America) from 1450-1750.

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

    Everyone

    I have very few friends... you all know this. However, the friends I have are close ones. One of them has a birthday today. I intend to make his life miserable because he's older than me... he's old. Like falling apart, joints aching old. Grey hair, pulling muscles old... yet, he still beats me at old white guy sports (like tennis and golf). Happy birthday, sir.



    Modern World History

    Quick-write #:

    No warm-up for MWH today.

    You need to be working on your Imperialism Project... all of you. They are now due FRIDAY, May 23, 2014.

    Objectives:
    • Analyze the motives of European Imperialism. 

      AP World History

      Quick-write #:


      No warm-up today.
      Objectives:
      • Analyze the the continuities and changes in trade and social structure in the Atlantic region (include Europe, Africa, and North and South America) from 1450-1750.

      Tuesday, May 20, 2014

      Tuesday, May 20, 2014

      Everyone

      We are coming down to the wire. It's time to keep our heads down and keep with our work. We will, however, be expanding our focus as topics from the local, national, and international ranks come in and fit with our curriculum.

      The background information on yesterday's WGOITP can be found here. Several of you were right! Africa, gold mining, etc. Nicely done! Read the background information, it's worth it.

      Here's a map showing the location of Central African Republic. 

      Today, there is an article here I think you should read regarding segregation in America.



      Modern World History

      Quick-write #6:

      No warm-up for MWH today. Do take a look at the map below, though.

      You need to be working on your Imperialism Project... all of you. They are now due FRIDAY, May 23, 2014.

      Objectives:
      • Analyze the motives of European Imperialism. 
      • Analyze the colonial empires of Africa on a map.

      Click here to view the instructions for your Imperialism Project.


      This is a pretty sweet map of colonial empires expanding and collapsing over time.

        AP World History

        Quick-write #5:



        Objectives:
        • Analyze the thesis, claim, and evidence presented in "The Great Disease Migration."

        Monday, May 19, 2014

        Monday, May 19, 2014

        Everyone

        There's only 3 weeks left. You're almost Juniors (most of you, anyway #repeaters #thisclasswassocoolitookittwice).

        We are still moving towards understanding the world we live and how we look at it. We are going to be racing towards the finish. Hopefully we don't crash and burn, or celebrate too early, like this guy.



        Modern World History

        Quick-write #5:


        Objectives:
        • Analyze the motives of European Imperialism. 
        • Analyze the colonial empires of Africa on a map.

        Click here to view the instructions for your Imperialism Project.


        This is a pretty sweet map of colonial empires expanding and collapsing over time.

          AP World History

          Quick-write #5:




          Objectives:
          • Examine the perception of the Maya in the movie "Apocalypto."
          • Consider the consequences of the portraying the Maya people in this manner.