May 30th Week 19:
The depression doesn't just affect those close to it
It is a contagious disease that if not stopped quickly,
will spread throughout the rest of the world.
It has the effect of a rock that has been dropped in a pool of water.
The rocks causes a ripple that touches the rest of the water.
The depression is that rock.

It can be seen in the eyes of those effected.
They were never like this before.
They were once happy and full of joy
They were carefree and never worried about anything bad happening in the future.
They now have a different look in their eyes.

It is now a look of despair
A look of wonder, but it is not a good curious wonder,
it is a concerned ponderous look.
They wonder if they will ever be healed,
if things will ever go back to the way they were before,
or at least until they have some happiness again.

They are not the only ones that have this look in their eyes,
The condition is spreading like the plague,
Effecting everyone in its path.



May 23rd Week 18: I chose the poem My Sparrow. I enjoyed this poem because of the word choice. What makes a poem powerful is how well it keeps the reader engaged while reading. One way to grasp the audience's attention is the vocabulary. Strong vocab will catch the reader's eye and leave them impressed with the author. This poem did a great job of doing this. Words like crystalline, motherships, and intercontinental are words that are key to making this poem strong because it makes the poem unique. These are words that you usually don't see everyday. I feel that Dan Chelotti does a good job off this. Even if they arent real words. Dr. Suess was well known for making up words that went with the poem. They sounded right and caught the eye of the reader. This is why his poems were so powerful.




May 9th Week 16: There are few people in my life that I go to when I have serious problems. It usually depends on the issue. If it has something to do with a girl, I will usually get advice and opinions from my best friends. If it is a problem with grades, I will talk to my teacher. If it is a problem with basketball or baseball, I will go to my coach. If it is a problem that isnt like one of the ones above or if it is just too serious or personal for my friends, teachers, or coaches, then i will go to my parents. I can go to these people because they have earned my trust. It is a good feeling knowing that there are people out there always supporting you and will always be there in the future.

Macy's Comment:
How have historic events over the last fifty years shaped how we view race and class in this country today? From your point of view, have these areas been improved upon or worsened? Explain.
Historic events that have taken place in over the last fifty years such as the civil war have shaped our society in the way it has today. Fifty years ago blacks were extremely discriminated and had no rights what so ever. But today if that ever happened it would be a hate crime and that white person would probably be put in jail. I think that because of all the horrible things that have happened to the black race over the years makes some people in todays society feel bad about it and that is why they are trying to change things around. But there are still those people who are mainly older, that still make subtle jokes or even really hate the African American race. I know that a lot of grand parents can be racist but that is mostly because there parents probably taught them that it was okay. This is because in their time it was. But because that generation is slowly dying out there is going to be less racism. Racism has gotten better but I do think by reading these old plays and books and discussing racism it makes it seem more of a problem than it actually is. Yes, there will always be stereotypes but they have those for white people too. It is only more sensitive to blacks because of the past but by moving forward in society and noting that racism is wrong, it should not be a problem in the future.

I agree with you Macy about how historic events have shaped our views today. I like how you used the Civil War as an example because it is a great way to support this idea. The way slaves were treated during that time would be a hate crime today but at that time it was acceptable. The plantation owner's views of blacks came from the history of their time. History really does shape the present and future society. History makes some of the biggest "What Ifs?" Like what if the slaves were never given their freedom after the Civil War? Would they still be treated the same today or would have some other event occur that would change that. Either way, society's stereotypes would be shaped by those events.



May 2nd Week 15: I have some thoughts about what we have read so far in Clybourne Park. I noticed that the idea of beating around the bush is used alot in this story. You can see that the characters are getting off topic when it comes to an important subject. For example the characters were talking about the names of the capitals of countries. The conversion seemed very pointless because it was lengthy and seemed like it had no point to the story. But it is easy to see that the characters are trying to avoid talking about the house. I cant really predict where this story is going because I dont know if the characters are going to keep getting off topic.

Mikaylas Comment:
Clybourne Park is an interesting play. I liked the beginning where we got to see the perspective of the white folks about the new black neighbors; however, the 2009 part is not that interesting to me. The beginning of the play is interesting since we get to see more into the different views of different people, and we also get to hear of what Russ and Bev went through with the loss of their son. When we got to the 2009 part of the play I was excited to read to see how it connected; however, I was a bit disappointed. Act two of the play is very "beat around the bush." There are underlying issues that the play discusses; however, it takes forever to get to that. The characters start to get closer to the actual topic and underlying issue; however, then they will go in a different conversation. For example the characters talked about the capital of Morocco for the longest time, and it seemed to have no importance to the actual play. It is just hard for me to enjoy a play which beats around the bush so much when personally I believe in just saying what you are trying to right away. It is easier to just say the truth and what you are really thinking instead of beating around the bush in my opinion, plus its not as annoying then. It is not a bad play I just don't find it that interesting.

I agree with you Mikayla. I also like the beginning of the play because we get to see the perspectives. It's always good to see both sides. I also dont like the 2009 part of the play too. I get how it was made to show the idea of beating around the bush but I dont see the relevance to the play. Im starting to lose interest in the play because I feel that the characters keep getting further away from the plot.


April 11th Week 12:

So far I have been left with alot of questions about the story. I wonder about Walter. I feel that eventually he will mature throughout the story. Once he does he will accept the fact that his dream is selfish and that he his putting his own wishes before his family's. I hope he realizes this. I also wonder about Travis. I want to know how this whole conflict will affect him.



April 4th Week 11:
I have many expectations for the next few months. I hope to maintain the 85 average I need in each of my classes to be exempt from the finals. I know that I won't be able to pull it off in chemistry but I can do it in Precalc, English, and Spanish. I'm also taking the ACTs and SATs during the next few months. I hope to do well on those. Baseball has started and I have really high expectations for that. I'm also taking the US History AP exam soon. I'm kinda nervous about that because it is on everything we learned this year. It also has a DBQ and two free response questions. Overall I have my work cut out for me for the last quarter and I have alot of expectations.



March 20th Week 9: I'm kinda confused as to how I feel about the point-based system and letter grade system. What I mean is that I don't completely agree with it. There are some parts that I don't like and some I can deal with. What I don't like is how they are used to judge effort levels. For example, say there are two students in the same chemistry class. One student really tries but still struggles and the other doesn't give any effort and doesn't try in class. Now both students just got a 65 on a test and have a 67 for the quarter grade. People will look at those grades without knowing if the student is truly struggling or if they aren't showing effort. They could look at the student that tries and say that they are the one that is lazy and then look at the student that doesn't try and think that they are actually really trying. So overall, letter grades can be misleading and cause students to be given labels.

Sarah's Comment:
I am okay with point based grading and letter grades. Although I think they are okay it doesn't mean I agree with them. I think that letter grades do not judge how much a student actually learns. Students memorize information so much in order to get an A on the next test. But what usually happens is they end up stressing so much. Because they stress they don't get the grade they wanted or think they deserved. Or they do get the grade they wanted but then by the next class they lost all that information. I do think they are an acceptable way of judging how much effort a student puts into their school work. Even if a student doesn't maintain what they learned then it still shows if they got an A they they really tried or if they got a F that they put in little to no effort in studying. I personally do not agree with all of my grades. For some classes all I will do is study and then I get a C. I do no think that is fair for the student because it isn't their fault that the teacher grades harshly.

I agree with you Sarah. I too don't completely agree with the letter grade system. I can agree with how you said that some students are too focused on getting an A on a test that they just memorize the information instead of actually learning it and remembering it. If students just try and memorize information they will usually just forget about after the test is over. So there is no point. I also agree with the fact that trying to memorize all the information isn't worth the stress if we are just going to forget the info tomorrow. There's a difference between a student getting an A and actually knowing the information and a student who also got an A but only because they crammed the night before just to memorize everything.

March 13th Week 8: After reading the article about the SATs, I realized that it connected to what we talked about in class. Earlier this week we talked about the SATs and testing in general. We talked about how students stress too much about their scores. They feel that their scores determine their future because it's cliche how college only look at the SATs. But today, some colleges are starting to look at GPA more than SAT scores. This is good because there is a majority of students who do well in challenging classes and have good GPAs. The only thing holding them back is that they don't test well. Being able to test well is a talent. Students either have this skill or they don't. I feel that students put too much stress on themselves if they don't have it.

Mikaylas Comment:
This article had some interesting points, and i think it was very interesting how this mother wanted to retake the SATs and try and improve her scores. I found it interesting how at first the SATs were used just by Harvard, to show people's intelligence and offer ten people a scholarship. Soon more and more colleges followed and the SATs became more and more used, so that it has developed into what it is now today. The way she described the attitudes and feeling of anxiety and nervousness are very true. The SATs are very difficult, sometimes kids never feel prepared for it, and people worry because they feel like their future is based on the grades they get on this one test. I like how the Steir decided to take all the SATs offered, and saw how much stress is put on teens, and also how nervous we get for them. I believe almost all adults should take the SATs and see how they have changed, what they are actually like, and the feelings of anxiety and nervousness they cause teens who are trying to get into a good college. Personally I am not a fan of the SATs. I don't believe that they can accurately determine a person's intelligence and how they will do in college. Not everyone can take standardized tests. I also agree with the article when it said that the SATs should be used after you get into college to determine the help you will need in each section according to your career choice.

I agree with you Mikayla. This goes back to what I was saying in my response. The mother retook the test and realized the stress that teens go through. It's interesting that a mother, an adult rather, could feel the same anxiety as a teen. We teenagers usually find ourselves thinking, "they never feel what we feel." Now adults are starting to recognize that the stress in our lives is not healthy. This could hopefully lead to big changes in the education system and changes to standardize testing.



March 6th Week 7: The American Idea shows itself in literature in many ways. One way that the American Idea can be shown in literature is in stories written by authors who like to express their thoughts of the idea in their stories. For example, if an American author feels strongly that America is most well know for its freedom and opportunity, he or she would show it in her writing. Maybe they would write a story about an immigrant family moving to the U.S. in the 1900s. The author could then write that the characters are moving to this country for specific reasons. Then they could have the characters say they hope to find opportunity here. Then they could also have the character talk about stories they heard that America is the land of freedom. By doing this, the reader should be able to figure out the author's view on the American Idea. It also doesn't have to be an author specifically from America. There many authors from around the world that have their own views of the American Idea.

Sarah's Comment:
The American Idea shows itself in literature. I believe that if you wanted to learn about the American Idea through literature you should read american books. If you read a book by an american author who lives in america the book with probably have a lot of american ideas referenced in it. It will probably deal with anything relating to the american idea. A few examples would be youth, equality, and opportunity. I have read many books dealing with youth. I think this is an american idea because the youth is the future. I think equality and opportunity are american ideas because they are things that our country advertises. People come to america in order to be treated equally and to have new opportunities. I think that if you read a book that is written by someone who isn't american and doesn't live in american there wouldn't be very many american ideas in it. There would probably be more ideas of whatever country they are from.

I would have to disagree with this. I said in my response that American authors usually write about their views of the American Idea in their literature. But I also said that it doesn't have to be an American author. There are numerous other authors from around the world that write about their views of America. It is sometimes interesting to read some of these authors stories because you can pick up what their ideas are of America. It is cool to see how other countries view us instead of always seeing how we view ourselves. So going back to what I was saying, I would disagree because there are many foreign authors who have many american ideas in their literature.


February 28th Week 6: There are many parts to a story that are needed to make it a good one. Two examples of these parts are characters and plot. The characters can be used to connect with the reader, For example if the reader has chosen the story because they fell it might related to them, the author may have a character in the story where that the reader can see as themselves. This helps the reader stay intrigued with the book. Characters can also be used as symbols. A character could symbolize an idea or the lesson of the story. The plot is critical because it is what keeps the story moving. I successful plot keeps the reader hooked and interested. If an author feels like they might lose a reader at a part in a story they may add a plot twist that surprises the reader and changes their predictions and keeps them reading. All of the successful books in the world have these two ideas in their stories.

Mikayla's Comment:
This week we have really been looking at the power of social commentary in short stories. Most of the social commentary has been on the power that authority figures hold over us. Authority figures, once they have our trust, can make us do so much. An example would be how Hitler was able to convince all those polite, and harmless men into ruthless killing machines. In class we watched a short part of an experiment which proved that people will punish people and induce pain on others especially if a trusted authority figure edged them on. There was a teacher who had to ask a man questions and every time he got one wrong he was forced to shock the man. While asking the questions the doctor was watching the teacher. As the teacher kept giving more and more shocks, he got a little more reluctant to do it; however, the doctor told him to continue the teacher did. Another example was "The Lottery" in which one citizen from the town was stoned to death if they picked a piece of paper with a dot on it. The towns people did not question this act since it was tradition. The elders of the town and everyone else had been taught this lesson and were told to do it as kids and were now teaching their kids the same thing. They continued to kill someone once a year for no good reason, since this was tradition. Had one person stopped the crowd and asked why this was happening, and why it was a tradition, then maybe it could have been stopped. Had one person stood up and questioned authority and tradition it may have saved the lives of innocent citizens. "Tall Chairs" also showed how a child who trusts his father so much that even after smacking and hurting him, he still loves him no matter what, doesn't want him to leave, and wants to be just like him. Overall I learned that we need to focus more on what we are doing and who it is affecting instead of just blindly following what we are told by a trusted authoritative figure, or following traditions. We need to realize that we can speak up and make a difference if we believe something is wrong.

I agree with you Mikayla. I also feel that most of the short stories we have read in class have to do with authority the power it has. I agree with how you used the story "Tall Chairs" to explain this idea. The boy looks up to his father because he wants to be just like him when he is older. The boy has this idea that he has to be just like him and do whatever he does. So when the father beats him and the mother chases him away, the boy is mad at his mother. He felt that what his father did was right. When kids are that young, they don't really know what's right and wrong. So when they start to look up to someone in power or authority, they feel that everything they do is right so they can be easily manipulated. The story is a great example of this.



February 21st Week 5: So we are getting closer to junior portfolio and people are still complaining about it. It's hard to believe that we have been complaining for almost three straight years about the same thing. I'm one of those people, but what I don't understand is why we all keep complaining if our teachers say it's gonna be really easy and quick. I don't know why everyone else is complaining but I have my own reasons. The first and pretty much the one everyone else in the junior class is upset about is that we were the class chosen to do this first. Lately our class has been the guinea pigs for alot of stuff. For example junior portfolio, this new practice test, and not having CAPT this year. It's gets kinda annoying after awhile when you are always chosen as the test class. The other reason I don't like the junior portfolio because it seems really pointless. What's the point of standing in front of a bunch of teachers and just talking about assignments you did? I just don't get it.

Macy's Comment:
I have sort of put off studying because of work and other homework but I know that i will get myself to do it eventually. I know I did not want to do a class but that probably would have helped me as a student because I suck at motivating myself for school work. But I think I will do fine because I always did good on CMTs and PSATs and CAPTs so I have some hope. I recommended my favorite book, The Truth About Forever, to my sister and it made her read so I was very happy about that. I felt like a good influence so now I need to look for a new book. I read the whole gossip girl series. But I want to start reading more adult books like my mother. I will have to take a trip to the library soon. Also, I watched a new movie on netflix called Hick and it was not a great movie but I saw a lot of underlying story lines in it. I like analyzing movies and trying to figure out what the symbols in the movie really mean and that is also why I want to take film study next year!

I am with you Macy. Lately I have found myself not studying as much as I used to because of all the homework I get now. All my motivation gets used up forcing myself to do all my homework. So when I get to when I have to study for a test, I'm either tired or just don't want to because I have already spent the whole day at school and spent the last two hours doing homework so that's like ten hours of school in a day. This wasn't a problem for me in middle school. I used to be so much more motivated but then it got to the point at the end of eight grade and freshman year where my motivation for school started to drop. But this doesn't happen all the time. There are times when I go on stretches where I actually care about school and get my work done. But then there are times where I get distracted by stuff outside school such as my social life. I feel like most high school students feel the same way too. Something has to change in the education system because if this starts happening to kids in middle school, it's gonna snowball down.




February 14th Week 4: On Wednesday, we watched the short film The Fence. The film is about a man named Arty and his wife. They lost their son in the army in Iraq. Arty had a strong connection with his son and when he died, he developed a great feeling of anger and hatred towards anyone from the Middle East. He was looking for someone to blame for the loss of his son. Unfortunately, the new innocent neighbors are the ones that Arty attacks. He says that they were the people that killed his son because they are from Iraq. But Arty soon learns that his new neighbors are going through the same pain he is. They too lost their son to the war. At this point in the film, Arty gets over this "fence" and learns to forgive and move on.

Mikayla:
This past week we have been discussing education and schooling a lot. We have been discussing how school makes us feel and why that is. Overall most of us believe that school almost feels pointless and that nothing really relates to each other. The way we feel may be a bit exaggerated; however, our schooling system in my opinion does need to be updated to fit the way kids now want to learn. This is a difficult thing to do since all people learn differently; therefore it is easier to just continue the school system as it is. If you keep the system as it is though I feel as though more and more kids will start realizing that all they do in school is follow this basic routine that we are all taught at a young age. We learn to sit in a class about one subject and focus on just that, then when the bell goes off we get up and go focus on a new class that has almost nothing to do with the other classes. We learn to sit there, listen, memorize the information, and then take a test to show that you know the information. If you pass the class you get to move on, and possibly move up to a higher level class, and if you fail you clearly are not following what you were taught and therefore are moved to a lower class or forced to repeat. Some of the classes we take anyway have nothing to do with what we want to do; however, we are still forced to take them in order to graduate and half the time you miss out on the chance of learning something to do with your passion. I feel as though we need to adjust schooling system, there are many alternate options which im sure will eventually be used; however, the sooner you start a new educating system the more people become interested in school and you will probably see better results. I really feel as though the schooling system needs to be changed and the sooner it is the better.

I agree with you Mikayla. I too feel that the school system needs to change. I agree with how you said that we are taught to follow a certain path and that we cant take any shortcuts of any kind of off route or scenic route. I feel like that takes away from the experience of learning. I would like to add on and say that school has also begun to take over our lives. A school day takes up most of our day and then it follows us home with homework that we have to do. We get homework on the weekends and on vacations. These are days where they say we get a break from school, yet we get work and projects to do on our so called days off. The system definitely needs to make either one big change or many little changes because what it is now is not working.





February 7th Week 3: Last Friday we watched Boomtown in class. In this episode, a mechanic is persuaded by his friend to cause a crash in order to get false insurance money. But there is more to the episode than that. At the beginning of the episode, we meet a character named Victoria who is an investigator for the insurance company of the victims of the crash. But there is something special about this character. We later found out in the episode that Victoria and Fearless have a past. During the episode, Fearless explains to Joe that he feels like this could be the start of something new. But he soon finds out that it wasn't what he thought it would be. He figures out that she was behind the whole thing. At the end of the episode, Fearless has a tough decision to make. He either has to do his external image arrow-10x10.png and arrest her or trust her when she says, "This was the last time I swear," and let her go. Fearless does end up arresting Victoria and finishes the job.

Erica's Comment:
This week in English class we wrote vocab stories to have another rubric for the junior portfolio. Even though the junior portfolio is only a couple months away a lot of students still don't know what they are supposed to do for it. Sometimes it seems like even some of the teachers don't know what they are supposed to do either. Ever since we first found out about what we had to do during our freshman year the rules have changed. I feel that a lot of the time the rules are changed and as students we only find out about it a month later and teachers expect us to know what we are supposed to have at that point. I remember during freshman year we spent nearly every advisory working on the portfolio and most of last year and the beginning of this year we heard nothing about it. There was a long enough period of time that nothing was discussed about it that I completely forgot that we even had to do the junior portfolio for a while. All of a sudden within the last couple of weeks everyone has begun talking about it again. Also, I feel that the rules have continued to be changed since what they were last year. I know that I have a ton of rubrics for my portfolio but almost no reflections. At times teachers only focus on getting the rubrics out to students and just stop caring about it after that. I'm sure that there are other students who are in the same position as me. The teachers and administrators should make the whole thing more clear to us so that when the day comes around for us to present we are all prepared and everything runs smoothly.

I agree with what you said Erica. I know it's a few months away but the school is starting to talk about it more. I agree with how you said that most students don't know what they are supposed to do. I also agree with how some teachers don't know either. I'm going to be honest and say that it doesn't bother me about how prepared I am, I'm just upset at how our class has been the guinea pigs for everything for the future. We are the first to do the Junior Portfolio and now we are having a new test instead of the CAPT. This is unfair because we earned these two weeks of coming in early and now that has been taken away from us and now we have to take this practice test to see if the sophomores class should take the actual test next year. Our class was also the first with the new Social Studies curriculum and setup our freshman year. All of the changes are being based off of our class and it isn't fair. Why is our class the one that has to be the first for everything? It doesn't make sense to me and I wish someone would explain it to me.



January 31st Week 2: When I looked in the American Reader, I read MLK's I Have A Dream Speech. After reading this speech, I now have a better idea of how great of a speaker MLK was. He caught the attention of his audience by the words he used. You can tell that every detail of his speech was planned out perfectly because of how he used these words. His voice sparked the spirits of the African Americans during troubling times. Reading this makes me think how much could have changed if his speech different the slightest bit. How much of an impact would it have on history and or the present. MLKs speech is a great example of how words truly powerful. His words created a movement and changed history forever. It's incredible how powerful his speech was.

Mikayla's comment:
This last week, when trying to find something to write about in the American Reader I found the folk song "Where Have All The Flowers Gone?" by Pete Seeger. This is on page 553. Pete Seeger has written many folk songs that helped inspire different movements, such as the civil rights movement, the anti-war movement,and the environmental movement. We listened to one of his folk songs in class called "If I Had A Hammer" we watched this in honor of him since he recently died. "Where Have All The Flowers Gone?" is a folk song that was used during the anti-war movement. The song is very repetitive, it repeats the same lines with just changing a couple of words. This may not seem influential; however, the repetitiveness really did work. The song symbolizes that everything effects each other, and when the last stanza repeats the first it shows that the war is just a vicious repetitive circle which will just end up with the death of soldiers, and the restart of the cycle. The first stanza asks where have all the flowers gone, and then says that all the little girls have picked them. Second stanza asks what happened to all the little girls, the response is that they have all gone off and gotten married. The third stanza asks where all the husbands went, the answer is that they are all in uniform. Fourth he asks where have all the soldiers gone, they have gone to graveyards, every single one. Next is where are all the graves, and the answer is that they are now all covered with the flowers. Lastly is repeat of stanza one, where the girls pick all the flowers. This shows that life repeats itself, especially during war time. Flowers get picked by little girls, the girls get married, the husbands go off to war, the soldiers all die out, the graves get covered by flowers, and the circle of life can start all over again. One line that is in every stanza is " Oh, when will they ever learn?" Perhaps Pete is trying to tell everyone that we all need to see that this circle will never end unless by any chance we stop one of those stages. Had we not sent the men off to fight, they wouldn't die so young; thus it would take longer for the circle to repeat. I really liked this folk song, and thought that it was very important since it can still work for us today.

I feel like what you said Mikayla goes back to what I just said about words being powerful. You said that the repetitiveness was important to the poem. It had a powerful effect on how the poem was told. This can connect to what I was saying about the I Have A Dream Speech because the why it was told caught the eye of the audience. Pete Seeger and MLK were both skilled at reaching out to certain audiences by writing and speaking in way so that those certain audiences knew they were talking to them. They were both powerful in their words. They were able to get there messages across effectively by speaking and writing in certain ways. Even though they spoke about different things, they are both very similar in many ways.





January 24th Week 1: This blog was written a few weeks late due to problems with my computer so I don't remember what we did in class 6 weeks ago. So I am going to talk about a movie I saw recently. A couple weeks ago me and my friends saw Ride Along which is a movie starring Ice Cube and Kevin Hart. The movie is about a character played by Kevin Hart who wants to be a police officer. He is dating a woman whose brother works for the Atlanta police Department. Kevin Hart's character wants his girlfriend's brother's blessing for him to marry her but Ice Cube's character doesn't believe he is enough of a man for his sister. So he ends up taking him on a ride along for a day as a cop. I really liked the movie and would recommend seeing it. If you have seen some of Kevin Hart's comedy specials and like comedies overall, you will enjoy this movie. I also learned that Kevin Hart is a pretty good actor as well as a comedian.

Kelly's Comment:
The discussion of Junior Portfolio becomes more and more stressful the closer we get to March. It is frustrating because it seems as though the class of 2015 are the "guinea pigs" for this and they still don't know exactly how everything is going to work. I feel that the administrators and teachers should have planned the whole thing out, and assigned the portfolio exhibition to a class when they are 100% prepared. Also, last year was when they were still figuring everything out and that seemed to be all the teachers talked about. So, my sophomore year I got a decent amount of rubrics. However, this year it seems like many teachers have completely forgotten about it because throughout the whole first semester, I only received 2 rubrics. Many teachers have not even talked about it this year and it is coming quicker than expected. Many students don't know what they even have to do because no one has fully explained it to us, or many teachers are telling us different things. We either need to have an assembly with the junior class, or we need to talk about it in depth in our advisory classes. Students cannot graduate without passing the Junior Portfolio, which is very stressful for many students, especially when we are not sure exactly what we need to do.

I agree with you Kelly. I feel that this whole thing is getting more stressful as we get closer. During the last two years we haven't had to worry about it because we kept telling ourselves, "Ehh I'll worry about it next year"or Ï'll work on it next year." Well now it's next year and it's almost time to do it. I've got some of my rubrics but I'm wondering if I'm gonna have enough time to get the other ones. I also agree with what you said that we need to talk more in depth about it in class and in advisory. They have talked about it in advisory but they haven't gotten into any major detail. They keep telling us what's gonna happen when we get there but they don't touch on the fact of what we exactly have to do with all these rubrics enough. I don't know how that day is gonna go but at the moment I'm not to confident.