Sunday, July 22, 2012

The Brick House


Mr. New is in a movie!  This is the trailer, and he wants it to go viral!  So please watch it and share it!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

What Is A Leader?

My students came up with adjectives to describe a leader.  We just started the Executive Branch, and I wanted to get them in the mindset of what is a leader?  Because the President is the leader of this country.  What qualities do we want in a President?  Here is what they came up with:
  • Appealing
  • Ethical
  • Experienced
  • Smart
  • Strong
  • Authentic
  • Charismatic
  • Respected By Others
  • Inspirational
  • Helps Others
  • Risk Taker
  • Does Not Put Yourself First
  • Responsible
  • Honest
  • Be The Best You Can Be
  • Patient
  • Trustworthy
  • Adventerous
  • Open Minded
  • Generosity
  • Persiverance
  • Fair
  • Encouraging
  • Hard Working
  • All For One
  • Creative
  • Optimistic
  • Wise
  • Strong Sense of Justice
  • Kind
  • Thinker
  • Role Model

Sunday, July 8, 2012

What Does It Mean to be an American?

What does it mean to be American to you?  How would you answer that question?  I know many of us take being American for granted.  There are so many people world wide who would die to be an American!  Below is an amazing video about a woman who became an American, but also is doing something incredible!  She symbolizes the idea of the Power of One!  We can all do something to make a difference!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

I can see the rays of ravishing light and glory

On this Independence Day I wanted to share a letter from John Adams to his wife.  He was a major player in the Declaration, and what he tells his wife is poetic!  All that he says we still do!

The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.

You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will tryumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Impact of War and Violence


"Zombie"
Another head hangs lowly,
Child is slowly taken.
And the violence caused such silence,
Who are we mistaken?

But you see, it's not me, it's not my family.
In your head, in your head they are fighting,
With their tanks and their bombs,
And their bombs and their guns.
In your head, in your head, they are crying...

In your head, in your head,
Zombie, zombie, zombie,
Hey, hey, hey. What's in your head,
In your head,
Zombie, zombie, zombie?
Hey, hey, hey, hey, oh, dou, dou, dou, dou, dou...

Another mother's breakin',
Heart is taking over.
When the vi'lence causes silence,
We must be mistaken.

It's the same old theme since nineteen-sixteen.
In your head, in your head they're still fighting,
With their tanks and their bombs,
And their bombs and their guns.
In your head, in your head, they are dying...

In your head, in your head,
Zombie, zombie, zombie,
Hey, hey, hey. What's in your head,
In your head,
Zombie, zombie, zombie?
Hey, hey, hey, hey, oh, oh, oh,
Oh, oh, oh, oh, hey, oh, ya, ya-a...




I love the song "Zombie" by The Cranberries!  When I was in middle school they were actually my favorite band, and I could not get enough of them.  The other day I heard this song, and as I was reminicing my childhood - I heard something new in the song.  I was listening to the lyrics, and couldn't believe what I was hearing!  I had never really listened to the lyrics - boy do they say a lot!

In a nutshell the song is about the impact of war and violence.  The biggest impact the song focuses on is family.  I cannot imagine having a loved one in war.  The lyric that stands out to me is "Another mother's breakin heart..."  There are so many Moms out there who have a heavy heart, and worry about their kids in harms way.  For those who don't have loved ones in war - have no idea what those families are going through.  The other lyric that stands out to me is "..it is not my family..."

For many they don't pay attention to what famalies and soliders go through. Most are Zombies!  The impact does not effect them, and life gets busy.  But we all should take a moment, stand still, and look.  Look at the impact and open our hearts!  We should do whatever we can to help the armed forces and their families!  If nothing else we need to say Thank You!




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