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Spirit Bear Test

Over the weekend, I have decided to offer corrections for the Spirit Bear test.  The average grade was a 64.  More students failed than passed.  That usually means something is wrong with the test, so it would not be fair to the students to let the grades stand as they are.

Students have the opportunity to improve their scores by creating their own questions.  On a sheet of paper, they will write questions and answer choices for each question.

Each one they write correctly will give them four points added to their existing grade.  If they are happy with their grade, they do not need to do anything.  All questions need to be submitted before the end of the day Friday (September 2).

I am sorry if the test results caused any grief at your house over the weekend.  Perhaps this alternate assignment will ease some anxiety.

Feel free to ask me any questions and thanks for having great kids!

 

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Semester Exam – Vocabulary

The words that will be on the semester exam are found below.  Make sure you study the list that goes with your class period.

1st, 5th, and 7th period

rasping – harsh; grating

palpable – readily or plainly seen, heard, perceived, etc.; obvious; evident

rumple – to crumple or crush into wrinkles: to rumple a sheet of paper

distraught – distracted; deeply agitated

adequate – sufficient to satisfy a requirement or meet a need.

transgression – a violation of a law, command, or duty

beckon – to signal or summon, as by nodding or waving

chastise – to criticize severely

petulantly – showing sudden, impatient irritation, especially over some little annoyance

remorse – deep and painful regret for wrongdoing

serene – calm, peaceful, or tranquil

indulgently – easy going, not strict

cloud – to blur

reprieve – to postpone or cancel a punishment

infringed – exceeded the limits of

relinquish – to give up or abandon

conspicuous – easy to notice, obvious

torrent  – a heavy, uncontrolled outpouring

tentative  – not fully worked out

obsolete – no longer in use

conveyance – a means of transporting

unwieldy  – difficult to carry or manage

admonition – a mild yet earnest warning

vacant (adjective) – empty

comply (verb) – to go along with; to do what is asked or ordered

manhandle (verb) – to treat someone roughly

criticize (verb) – to point out what is bad about someone or something

warrant (noun) – a document, or piece of paper, that gives a police officer the right to do something, such as arrest a person

intricate (adjective) – complicated

vicinity (noun) – the area around a certain place

majority (noun) – the most of a group

moderately (adverb) – to a limited degree

habitual (adjective) – regular; usual; done out of habit

eavesdrop – to listen secretly to a private conversation

coincidence – a situation in which two or more events that seem related accidentally occur at the same time

policy – a guideline for actions or decisions

withdrawn – shy, quiet, or unsociable

vile – very bad; unpleasant; foul

deprived – taken away; removed

passionately – enthusiastically; intensely

simultaneously – at the same time

maneuvered – guided with skill and design

lapse – interruption; pause

2nd, 3rd, and 6th period

admonish – to exhort or caution

allege – to assert without proof

assert – to state confidently, without need for proof

beseech – to beg

conjure – 1) to call as if by magic, 2) to imagine, 3) to call a devil or spirit

emphasize – to place stress on

haggle – 1) to bargain over petty issues or 2) to dispute

retort – a quick or sharp reply

signify – to mean or to imply

warble – 1) to sing with trills or 2) to yodel

acknowledge (verb) – to recognize

dissuade (verb) – to turn from using advice or persuasion

fathom (verb) – to understand or to probe

incline (verb) – to persuade

muse (verb) – to think or meditate

perceive (verb) – to become aware of or observe

ponder (verb) – to reflect on or think about carefully

probe (verb) – to explore thoroughly

realize (verb) – to understand clearly

resolve (verb) – to decide

formidable (adjective) – powerful

foster (verb) – to nurture or encourage

intensify (verb) – to sharpen or strengthen

invincible (adjective) – cannot be conquered

ponderous (adjective) – 1) very heavy or 2) lifeless and dull

prowess (noun) – superior strength, skill, or bravery

replenish (verb) – 1) to replace or 2) to stock up

robust (adjective) – strongly built

stringent (adjective) – tight, strict, or rigid

ultimate (adjective) – maximum

rasping – harsh; grating

palpable – readily or plainly seen, heard, perceived, etc.; obvious; evident

rumple – to crumple or crush into wrinkles: to rumple a sheet of paper

distraught – distracted; deeply agitated

adequate – sufficient to satisfy a requirement or meet a need.

transgression – a violation of a law, command, or duty

beckon – to signal or summon, as by nodding or waving

chastise – to criticize severely

petulantly – showing sudden, impatient irritation, especially over some little annoyance

remorse – deep and painful regret for wrongdoing

serene – calm, peaceful, or tranquil

indulgently – easy going, not strict

cloud – to blur

reprieve – to postpone or cancel a punishment

infringed – exceeded the limits of

relinquish – to give up or abandon

conspicuous – easy to notice, obvious

torrent  – a heavy, uncontrolled outpouring

tentative  – not fully worked out

obsolete – no longer in use

conveyance – a means of transporting

unwieldy  – difficult to carry or manage

admonition – a mild yet earnest warning

 

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Vocabulary Quiz This Friday

Here are the words you will be responsible for on Friday:

Chapters 1-3 

rasping – harsh; grating

palpable  – readily or plainly seen, heard, perceived, etc.; obvious; evident

rumple  – to crumple or crush into wrinkles: to rumple a sheet of paper

distraught – distracted; deeply agitated

adequate – sufficient to satisfy a requirement or meet a need.

transgression – a violation of a law, command, or duty

beckon – to signal or summon, as by nodding or waving

chastise – to criticize severely

petulantly – showing sudden, impatient irritation, especially over some little annoyance

remorse – deep and painful regret for wrongdoing

 

Chapters 4-6

serene – calm, peaceful, or tranquil

indulgently  – easy going, not strict

cloud  – to blur

reprieve – to postpone or cancel a punishment

infringed – exceeded the limits of

relinquish  – to give up or abandon

 

 

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Vocabulary – Group 3 (PreAP only)

The quiz will be this Friday (October 31).

Formidable (adjective) – powerful

Foster (verb) – to nurture or encourage

Intensify (verb) – to sharpen or strengthen

Invincible (adjective) – cannot be conquered

Ponderous (adjective) – 1) very heavy or 2) lifeless and dull

Prowess (noun) – superior strength, skill, or bravery

Replenish (verb) – 1) to replace or 2) to stock up

Robust (adjective) – strongly built

Stringent (adjective) – tight, strict, or rigid

Ultimate (adjective) – maximum

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Vocabulary Quiz

This Friday, October 17, we will have a vocabulary quiz over Group 2 words.  You will find them in the previous post.

Good luck!

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Vocabulary Group 2

1st, 5th, and 7th

vacant (adjective) – empty

comply (verb) – to go along with; to do what is asked or ordered

manhandle (verb) – to treat someone roughly

criticize (verb) – to point out what is bad about someone or something

warrant (noun) – a document, or piece of paper, that gives a police officer the right to do something, such as arrest a person

intricate (adjective) – complicated

vicinity (noun) – the area around a certain place

majority (noun) – the most of a group

moderately (adverb) – to a limited degree

habitual (adjective) – regular; usual; done out of habit

2nd, 3rd, and 6th  “Think”

acknowledge (verb) – to recognize

dissuade (verb) – to turn from using advice or persuasion

fathom (verb) – to understand or to probe

incline (verb) – to persuade

muse (verb) – to think or meditate

perceive (verb) – to become aware of or observe

ponder (verb) – to reflect on or think about carefully

probe (verb) – to explore thoroughly

realize (verb) – to understand clearly

resolve (verb) – to decide

 

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Vocabulary: Group 1

Today, you will create a presentation that teaches the first group of vocabulary words.

You will create a slide for each word that has the following:

  • The word
  • A definition for the word
  • An original sentence using the word
  • A picture that illustrates the word

You will have a total of ten slides (one slide per word).

The list of words is found below.

1st, 5th, and 7th periods

  1. eavesdrop – to listen secretly to a private conversation
  2. coincidence – a situation in which two or more events that seem related accidentally occur at the same time
  3. policy – a guideline for actions or decisions
  4. withdrawn – shy, quiet, or unsociable
  5. vile – very bad; unpleasant; foul
  6. deprived – taken away; removed
  7. passionately – enthusiastically; intensely
  8. simultaneously – at the same time
  9. maneuvered – guided with skill and design
  10. lapse – interruption; pause

2nd, 3rd, and 6th periods

  1. admonish – to exhort or caution
  2. allege – to assert without proof
  3. assert – to state confidently, without need for proof
  4. beseech – to beg
  5. conjure – 1) to call as if by magic, 2) to imagine, 3) to call a devil or spirit
  6. emphasize – to place stress on
  7. haggle – 1) to bargain over petty issues or 2) to dispute
  8. retort – a quick or sharp reply
  9. signify – to mean or to imply
  10. warble – 1) to sing with trills or 2) to yodel

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The Hero’s Journey

Use this online tool to create your own epic tale.

 

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School Song Quiz

Oh Kaufman Lions Forever

Firm Together Stand

Comrades True and Faithful

Steadily We’ll Face the World

So Fearlessly

And Through The Years to Follow

We’ll Pledge Our Loyalty

For the Black and Gold

With All Our Soul

We’ll Fight for VIC-TO-RY!

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Paws to Claws

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Last night was Meet the Teacher. We called it “Paws to Claws.” It’s a Kaufman thing.

Many came out to pick up schedules and shake hands with teachers. Next to the first day of school, it’s my favorite day of the new year.