Sunday, February 27, 2011

Agenda: Week of 2/28/2011

Quote of the Week:  "Everything you need is already inside. Just do it." - Bill Bowerman (Nike)

1.  Goal of the Week.
Students will write a goal that is:
1. Meaningful
2. Attainable
3. Measureable
They will also write a paragraph about last week's goal and explain whether their goal was attained or not.  

2.  Inspiration:
We'll check out this disturbing, yet important series of pictures:
Moral of the story: "Drugs are bad!'

But, Dancing is very, very good (in this video):

We'll also discuss gas prices:

We will also look at room assignments for TAKS on Tuesday.  And we'll look at the bell schedule for this crazy TAKS week.

We have the computers in the classroom, so students will work on the wireless laptops to do TAKS work on ePrep.  Students are also going to be researching a college of their choice for a presentation to the class.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Believe - Eric LaGrand

The survivors!

David Duez
- sent from my Droid. Excuse the brevity.


They have survived having Mr. Duez for four years. They should be awarded a medal!

David Duez
- sent from my Droid. Excuse the brevity.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Agenda: Week of 2/21/2011

Quote of the Day:  "Normal is just a setting on your dryer." - Patsy Clairmont

1.  Goal of the Week - Students will write their goal for the week and also write a paragraph about last week's goal and if they were able to accomplish it.  (Goals should be meaningful, measurable and attainable)
2.  Inspiration: 
Mr. Duez is going to share a video about a young lady who lives just miles from where he grew up in PA.  She has been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis while in high school.  Her story is inspirational because even though she is challenged by her disease, she continues to live her life to the fullest.  She now attends Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  
Embedded Youtube Video:
3.  Students will read this article: 
And debate the topic of Illegal Immigration and the students who attain a high school and college degree, but without a social security number can not find meaningful work.  Should the Dream Act become law?

We will be having a signing ceremony for contracts this week.  It will be a real nice party down in the SGI.  Cake, drinks and lots of fun.  
We will tutor some if there is time and there is a need for tutoring.  Tutors are welcome at the party.

Juniors will be going to the computer lab to work on ePrep SAT

Monday, February 14, 2011

Agenda: Week of Monday Feb 14 - Friday Feb 18

Quote of the Day: "You will find, as you look back upon your life, that the moments when you really lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love."  -- Henry Drummond

1.  Goal of the Week
2.  Inspiration -
Discuss current event "Eqypt!"

Seniors will read an article in the New York Times about "Senioritis."
Announcement regarding Ecobot Challenge.

3. Lyrics Project
4.  Juniors will work on next SAT portion.


Seniors are going to have their next party for Olivia, Kaylin, and Tasha.  We will include the tutors.
Juniors - lyric project and SAT prep

Mr. Duez is hoping to go to the computer lab to work on ePrep for Juniors and college prep work for Seniors.  If that does not happen, he will have an alternative assignment.

Ecobot Challenge 2011 - Need Volunteers!

Please let Mr. Duez know if you are interested again this year.  Here is the note from the folks who are putting this together:

Good afternoon David!
On March 5th Humble ISD will host a practice session for our elementary robotics teams.  The practice session will be held at AHS in the cafeteria from 8-3:30.  Several of your students participated last year and did a fabulous job.  We would love to have them back this year!  Attached is our schedule for the day.  Please email me if you have any students who are interested in volunteering.

 Ecobot Trials @ AHS cafeteria from 8-3:30.  You can sign up for the individual time slots or for all day.

8:30– 10:30
11:00 – 1:00
RPE (bus)
LLE (bus)



Monday, February 7, 2011

Agenda: Week of Feb. 7, 2011

Quote of the Day:  “You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call 'failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down.” - Mary Pickford

Goal of the Week, Student Success Stories Handout, Lyrics Project.


Tutoring & 4 Year Plans, Lyrics Project

Seniors - party to celebrate college acceptances
Juniors - SAT & Lyrics Project

Friday, February 4, 2011

Great Graphic: Adults with a College Degree

Very cool interactive graphic:  Adults with a College Degree

Very neat.  Only 27% of adults in America hold a college degree.  Will you be one of them?

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

SAT/ACT vouchers - This week.

A message from our awesome District AVID Co-ordinator:

Your counselors should receive their vouchers from the state for a FREE SAT or ACT THIS week!  There are limited numbers.
 Please be sure that EACH junior AVID student has a voucher in his/her hand by Friday.
 The voucher is good for ONE of the following:
ACT - April 9 - Deadline to sign up is March 4 (seats are going to fill up quickly)
          June 11 - Deadline to sign up is May 6  (seats are going to fill up quickly)
 SAT - May 7 - Deadline to sign up is April 8  (seats are going to fill up quickly)
          June 4 - Deadline to sign up is May 6  (seats are going to fill up quickly)
 I would make sure that they students are signed up for the test of their choice by Feb. 11th....maybe you could visit the computer lab as a class and do it!!
 Yes, they can ALSO take one FREE for being an AVID student.....
They must obtain a fee waiver from their counselor and check that they are a part of an Upward Bound or Trio program.
 Remind the students about how they are READY for this.....they have been working hard on their e-Prep!!!
 Thank you,
Take advantage of your opportunities.