Saturday, July 19, 2014

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Friday, July 4, 2014

Independence Day Trivia - Do you measure up?

The quiz is simple to take and the answers appear below. 
 Have fun!

1)  In what year did the Fourth of July become a national holiday?

a. 1776
b. 1786
c. 1870
d. 1876

2) What is written on the back of The Declaration of Independence?

a. "The buck stops here."
b. "All for one and one for all"
c. Copyright 1776
d. "Original Declaration of Independence/ dated 4th July 1776"

3)  In what city did the first Independence Day take place?

a. Jamestown
b.Washington D.C.
c. Philadelphia
d. Boston

4) How many men signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776?

a. 1
b. 5
c. 20
d. all of them

5)  Who is often considered the author of the Declaration of Independence?

a. John Hancock
b. Thomas Jefferson
c. J.K. Rowling
d. John Adams

6) True or False:  Both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died on the Fourth of July.

7) In what month did the official signing of the Declaration of Independence take place?

a.  June
b. July
c. August
d. September

8) The Declaration of Independence began as a letter written to whom?

a. King Ferdinand
b. King Obama
c. King Louis XIV
d. King George III

9) How many signers were there on The Declaration of Independence?

a. 46
b. 56
c. 66
d. 76

10) In what year did the Revolutionary War begin?

a. 1770
b. 1776
c. 1765
d. 1775

Scroll down for the answers.  


1)  C -Congress declared July 4th a National holiday in 1870 nearly a century after the signing of The Declaration of Independence
2)  D-  "Original Declaration of Independence/ dated 4th July 1776" No one specific is credited with writing it.  It's thought to have been added as a label when the document was put into storage.
3)  C- Philadelphia - The first Independence Day took place on July 8, 1776.  The White House celebrated Independence Day for the first time in 1804
4)  A- One and that signer was John Hancock.  Most others signed in August 1776.  The last signed in November 1776.
5)  B - Thomas Jefferson -Though there was the "Committee of Five" appointed to write the Declaration of Independence.  In addition to Thomas Jefferson, there were Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Robert Livingston, Roger Sherman
6)  TRUE -Not only did they both die on the Fourth of July, they both died on July 4, 1826
7)  C - August 2, 1776
8)  D- King George III from Britain
9)  B - 56 signers, though not all signed on the same day
10) D - April 19, 1775

If you scored well on this quiz, give yourself a hardy pat on the back, sit back and enjoy your independence!


How does the government stop fraud? Change the rules!

Get a load of this crap!

There was too much fraud going on with the "FREE" lunch program because schools, administrators, and parents lied on the forms.  The problem is now solved.  EVERYONE will get a free breakfast and lunch! Look, no more fraudulent paper work.  The new system sounds.. oh.. so.. easy.

If a student eats that day, the district will get reimbursed.  Easy as pie!  There can't possibly be fraud with this new system, right?  I have already seen administrators force students to "take a meal".  They are not forced to eat the food, just take the food.  So, the tax payers keep paying and the Dumpters will be filled with our government waste!

The honest worker continues to get it in the end, while those who cheat continue to prosper!

“If a student eats that day, the district gets reimbursed,” said Leslie Fowler, executive director of CPS’ nutritional support services. “But if they don’t eat, then CPS doesn’t get reimbursed and there’s no cost associated with that meal. We can’t predict what they do or don’t do, but we hope we can encourage them to participate.”

You can read the whole article here...,0,6007059.story

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

CPS to "ease up" on discipline policy...REALLY???

Read full article here:,0,7426323.story

The Chicago Board of Education want to do things like -

"Prohibit suspensions for preschool to second grade" - I've seen students this past school year within this age range beating up other students - actually pummeling them on the ground.  I've seen them shove students in lockers, hall off and punch someone in the face, not to mention those students who were caught groping other students.

Make out of school suspension a "last resort" - I know the powers-that-be want to keep all kids in the classroom, but at what price?  Those kids causing the problems are not learning, and they are a disruption to the others no matter what people try to tell you.  When just one student is allowed back into a class after an egregious action, all other students are now off task.  Some of whom try to emulate the bad behavior, others laugh and think it's "cool" that he/she got away with it, and the few who are trying to learn certainly can't focus with all this needless chaos in the room.  When this happens on a daily basis, you can imagine the result.

"Students now caught with cellphones will not face suspension unless they're using the device to harass, incite violence or disrupt other students" - I have never personally witnessed a student have an out of school (or in school suspension for that matter) for having a cell phone.  At most, if the students don't lie and hide their phone in their bra or underwear, and actually admit they used it, a parent would have to come to school to retrieve it.

Most times though when there is a cell phone in use by a student, there is disruption, so how are they going to get around that?

This updated policy will also "abandon the "persistent defiance" offense" -  I love how the article puts shrugging shoulders and throwing a pen over and over again across a table in anger in the same category.  I wonder what categories getting up and leaving a class repeatedly without permission (whereabouts unknown for countless minutes), yelling and cursing out teachers, and damaging property fall under?

This policy also proposes to "limit mandatory police notification to possession of firearms or drugs" - There are no other details in the article, but it leads me to believe that schools would not have to notify the police for things like assault, battery, theft, etc.  I know the police are very busy and should not be called out on a whim.  We never want it to be like the boy who cried wolf, but some actions justify police notification. It's a shame there is no more common sense.

In a nutshell, the Board of Education is looking for a "more tolerant response to misbehavior".  

These are the definitions of tolerant and misbehavior from the Mirriam -Webster On-line Dictionary


 adjective \ˈtä-lə-rənt, ˈtäl-rənt\
: willing to accept feelings, habits, or beliefs that are different from your own
: able to allow or accept something that is harmful, unpleasant, etc.


improper or illegal behavior  

So, the Board of Education wants schools, teachers, and staff members to be more acceptable of beliefs or habits that are different from their own (and from the general public norms) even when that something is harmful, unpleasant, improper, or illegal.  Really???


Friday, June 20, 2014

What do teachers "NO" in the summer?

 NO waking up before the birds

 NO Word Walls need to be posted

 NO Anchor Charts need to be secured

 NO papers to grade and return

NO lesson plans to write and turn in to get graded

NO subjective observations

 NO data to analyze, and analyze, and 

NO test practice or test prep

NO Common Core (thank goodness) 

NO discipline problems and violence

NO staff meetings

Let’s have a staff meeting and discuss the things that must happen, but will never actually end up happening. | Snarkecards

Treble and Bass Clef

To all teachers out there, this is for you!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014