Friday, September 30, 2016

Grade 5
9/30 HW

  • Create a timeline of your life, including at least 4 important events
  • model your timeline on the ones found on pp. 42-43, or on the examples below
  • use copy/computer paper (no large or poster-sized paper, please)

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Parents and Students,
I can be reached at:

This is especially useful for 8th Grade families: if you have any questions regarding high school applications, shooting me an email is a great way to get a quick answer. You can also send in a note with your daughter, or leave a message with the office requesting a callback.
The high school admissions process is off to a grand start. Several students have submitted recommendation forms to me, and they have been distributed to their recommenders. Many students have signed up for the TACHS exam, and others have indicated their intention to sit for the SHSAT (specialized public high schools) exam and/or audition. A good idea is to post a calendar, in a handy location in your house, on which you can note down in one place all open houses, exams, and application due dates. 
Eyes on the Prize
There is still plenty of time to get things done... but we all know how quickly due dates creep up on us, so I encourage you to do what needs done now rather than later!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

A Renewed Welcome!

I am DELIGHTED to return to my blog, VA Destinations 2, and through it, to welcome students and families back to Visitation Academy. I look forward to getting to know my new students, and their families, too! The classroom is open and ready to go...

Topics begun today include:
  • Grade 8: Settling the American West--Whose Land Is It Anyway? 

    The same view of The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Wyoming, seen in a painting by Thomas Moran, 1872, and a personal photo, taken during Summer 2016

  • Grade 7: Locations of Native Groups: in preparation for the study of the early colonists and their relations with the original occupants of the land, we viewed a map locating the major Indian groups (again, the essential question to ask is "Whose Land Is It Anyway?").

  • Grade 6: Basics of Geography: Elements of the Globe, using hands-on mini globes