Monday, January 25, 2010

Agenda: Monday, January 25th 2010

Quote of the Day:  "You must do the thing you think you cannot do."  - Elanor Roosevelt

1)  Write the "goal of the week."  2 sentences.  One that states the goal and one that explains how  you will go about achieving it.  Also write a paragraph that explains how your goal went last week.
2)  We will watch 20/20's "Real Story of the Blind Side" parts 1 and 2.  We will write a summary after each break. 

Read more about Michael Oher in the exceprt of the book in NY Times Magazine here.
Listen to the interview with the author of the book in this NPR story here.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Roadtrip Nation Teacher of the Month

I was very honored to be awarded the very first ever Roadtrip Nation Teacher of the Month award.  Read all about it here:

Friday, January 15, 2010

College Applications Rise, But Budget Cuts Cap Enrollment

College Applications Rise, But Budget Cuts Cap Enrollment
USATODAY, By Terence Chea, The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO — College applicants are facing one of the toughest years ever to gain admission to the nation's public colleges and universities as schools grapple with deep budget cuts and record numbers of applications.
As cash-poor state governments slash budgets, colleges are capping or cutting enrollment despite a surge in applications from high school seniors, community college students and unemployed workers returning to school.
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The increased competition means more students will be turned away, forced to attend pricier private institutions or shut out of college altogether.

Wilson Liang, a senior at San Francisco's Galileo Academy of Science and Technology, said he worries that enrollment cuts at the University of California will freeze him out of its flagship Berkeley campus.
"I know the competition is very high," said the 17-year-old Liang, who would be the first person in his family to attend college. "There are a lot of smart people out there."

Colleges that previously accepted all qualified students are becoming selective, while selective schools are becoming more so. Most community colleges have open-access policies, but demand for classes is so intense that many students can't get the courses they need.

"We're hearing a lot of panic," said Gerna Benz, a partner at California San Francisco Bay Area College Planning Specialists. Benz said business at his Oakland-based college counseling firm has tripled over the past year.
Benz is encouraging more families to consider private colleges, which may be more expensive but offer less crowded classes and the chance to graduate in four years, which is becoming a rarity at many public colleges.
Applications to private colleges are holding steady, while public universities around the country are seeing record demand as cost-conscious families look for good value, said Barmak Nassirian, associate executive director of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers.

Low-income, minority students could face the roughest road to admission because they often can't afford private colleges and don't have the resources or academic credentials to compete with students from wealthier families and better high schools, he said.

The enrollment caps could also threaten President Barack Obama's goal of making the U.S. the leader in college attainment by 2020 and undermine the nation's economic competitiveness, college officials say.

"We're reducing enrollment when we should be increasing it," said Scott Lay, president of the Community College League of California. Experts say states should increase access to college during a recession so that unemployed workers can train for new jobs.

The University of Florida, which has about 35,000 undergraduates, is seeking to reduce enrollment by 4,000 students by 2012, said spokeswoman Janine Sikes.

The chancellor of the Nevada System of Higher Education, which has 114,000 students, recently told its Board of Trustees it must consider capping enrollment for the first time.

"If you enroll someone and don't give that individual a reasonable path to a degree or certificate in a reasonable amount of time, what kind of access is that?" said Chancellor Dan Klaich.

Competition is particularly intense in California, where public universities are dealing with huge cuts in state support that have led to sharp tuition increases, faculty furloughs, course cutbacks and student protests. The state's 110 community colleges are struggling to accommodate a record 2.9 million students.
San Jose State University, which had 33,000 students in fall 2008, reduced enrollment by 3,000 last year and expects to cut an additional 2,500 students this year. The campus had to turn away 8,700 qualified applicants last year and expects to reject even more this year, said spokeswoman Pat Lopes Harris.
After five semesters of community college, Formekia Chinn had planned to transfer from Mission College in Santa Clara to San Jose State this month, but the CSU campus closed spring admissions. Her financial aid has run out, so she must find a job until she can start classes this fall — if she's accepted.

"It's very discouraging," said the 30-year-old single mom. "Who knows what's going to come up? I'm worried something else is going to go wrong."

Agenda: Friday, January 15, 2010

Quote of the Day:  "In 36 hours donations made by mobile phones topped $7 million (Over $5 Million to the Red Cross)."  - Mobile Giving Foundation
You can give a $10 donation to the Red Cross by Texting 90999 with the text "HAITI"

Timed Writing ~ College Essay
Also continue our work with Road Trip Nation. 

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Service Hours at Project Grad Fashion Show

I received this from an AHS parent who is organizing this show.  If you are interested, please let me know and I will pass along her contact information:

Project grad and we are doing 2010 Prom Fashion Show at The Humble Civic Center, Janauary 24th 2-4pm ,but we would need them there at 12:30 to help with raffles,selling tickets,concessions,etc..also it would go towards Eagle bucks for project grad and also towards volunteer hours for college as well.

please let me know if anyone if any junior or senior of with NHS or AVID
Great opportunity to help out and to also get those much needed service hours.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Agenda for the week of January 5-12, 2009

On Wed/Thurs January 6th and 7th, AVID students had tutoring groups for 1/2 the period.  The rest of the period was spent getting binders prepared for the semester and we watched a Road Trip Nation episode.

On Friday, January 8th, Mr. Duez was not in school and the substitute led the students through taking the AVID Student Survey and also reading and taking notes on two Student Success Stories.  (You can find those at  )

On Monday, January 11th, students in AVID worked on their weekly goals and also on their college admissions essays.  They are due on Friday, writing about the person of influence in their lives.

On Tuesday, January 12th, students in AVID worked in their tutoring groups.  We organized into new tutor groups for the new six week's period.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Agenda: Tuesday, January 5th, 2009

Welcome back for a new semester.  Very excited to get started.  

Quote of the Day:  Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man.  ~Benjamin Franklin

1.  What is your New Year's Resolution?  What was the best gift you received this year?
2.  Hand out new binders with a few minutes to organize.
3.  Read and take notes on the graphic.  Decide whether "College is Worth the Money?"
4.  Philosophical Chairs topic:  Using the graphic given on the sheet of paper, is college worth the money?  If we don't have a pretty equal distribution of students, we'll divide the class and argue a side.

Graphic (click on graphic to make larger):