Thursday, March 23, 2017

Choral Festival 2017 Live Stream




Choral Festival will be held at Faith Mennonite High School at 7:30 p.m. this Saturday evening, March 25th.  
Here is the link for the live stream: 
https://www.facebook.com/FaithMennoniteHighSchool/

Program 
Valley View 
Mark Kurtz, Conductor 
O Come, Ye Servants ……………….………………………. Christopher Tye 
Remember Thy Creator …………………….…... Gordon Nickel and Larry Nickel

 Terre Hill Gospel Team 
Jeff Swanson
Conductor How Can I Keep from Singing ………………………… arr. Bradley Ellingboe 
Eatnemen Vuelie …………………………………………... Frode Fjellheim 

 Faith Builders 
Brandon Mullet, Conductor 
Cantate Domino ……………...……………………………….. Karl Jenkins 
Ezekiel Saw the Wheel ……………………. Traditional Spiritual, arr. Donald Moore 

 Schaefferstown 
Jacob Zimmerman, Conductor 
Hold OutYour Light …………......……. Traditional Spiritual, arr. by Lloyd Kauffman 
Like a Child …………………...………...…... Loretta Ellenberger arr. Rupert Lang 

 Faith Chorale 
Nolan Martin, Conductor 
Prayer for Strength ……………………………………….…. Lyle Stutzman 
Wana Baraka …………………………...………………… Shawn L. Kirchner

Ephrata
Jesse Weaver, Conductor 
Hear My Prayer ……...……………………………………… Moses Hogan 
Saints Bound for Heaven...……………... Traditional Arr. Alice Parker and Robert Shaw 

Calvary 
Jonathan Miller, Conductor 
Hear my prayer, O Lord ……………......……………………. Henry Purcell 
Sticks and Stones …………………...…...…………………...... Larry Nickel 

~Intermission~ 
Mass Choir 
Lyle Stutzman, Guest Conductor 
Come, Join Our Song …………...…...…………………...…. Hal H. Hopson 
Our Father in Heaven ………....…...…… Sergei Rachmaninov, ed. arr. Lloyd Kauffman 
With the Voice of Joy and Thanksgiving...……………... Handel, arr. John Leavitt 
I Shall See ………………...……………….……………. Michael John Trotta 
Shall We Gather at the River……….………... Robert Lowry, arr. Matthew Culloton 
Soon I Will Be Done ………………...……… Traditional Spiritual, arr. Mark Hayes 
As for You, My Son ……………......…………………………Lyle Stutzman

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Did You Play with Lincoln Logs When You Were A Child-- Yes or No?


I always ask Jeff to give me titles for these posts late at night when he is tired and I am almost finished grading papers.  Some of the things he says are really strange.  Those are the ones I don't use.  I only use the sorta-weird ones.  
And yes, I did play with Lincoln Logs when I was a child.  




A reproduction of the first steam-driven train
 and an amazingly detailed log cabin

 A wagon and a Mississippi flatboat 





And an early homestead --
  The pig is hanging from the pole to be butchered, but when I first saw it, the pig was facing the other direction.  And I was trying to figure out why the pig was climbing up the chimney.  

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Not in a House, Not With a Mouse, a.k.a. My Colonial History Projects Poem

A colonial dress,
A roof of thatch,
A chimney of stone,
furniture to match,


A church and a house,
A stable, a horse,
Fences, a gate, and 
bread that was coarse,

Gravy and sausage,
Made a good meal,
My students all finished
their projects with zeal.  
 


Sunday, March 19, 2017

History Projects: Tepee, Teepee, or Tipi?

All three spellings are correct.  

*The Native Peoples which lived on the plains lived in teepees that had flaps which opened at the top in order to regulate the amount of smoke let out and fresh air let in. 
*The door usually faced east toward the rising sun.
*There were teepee rules, one of which was that a person was not allowed to enter unless the door flap was open.
*Native Americans' beads were originally made of stone, bone, and sometimes metal.
*Wampum, a long string of beads, was used as currency.
*One or more beads were purposely put out-of-place to show that only the "Great Spirit" was perfect.  (There are beads out-of-place on these as well.)  


*The Hopewell Peoples or Mound Builders covered a large area from Louisiana up to Michigan.
*The mounds were used as temples or burial grounds.
*Snake Mound, one of the most famous earthworks, is 1,348 feet long and three feet high.

Handel/Praise to the Lord Performed by the Anabaptist Orchestra

Registration opens in just ten days!  

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Merrimack Attacks a Mayan Pyramid

Recently, each one of my 7th and 8th grade American history students were required to do a project.  These were my guidelines.

1.  It  had to be something we had studied in history thus far (native peoples to the Civil War).  They had to present their ideas to me for approval, and they had about a month to do it.  

2.  It had to be accompanied by a fact sheet with ten facts they learned about their topic.

Next, I  read them a list of project ideas I've been collecting and showed them a slide show of possible ideas -- good and bad -- so they would know what I expected and what I did not want to see.  

The students had some great ideas and got really excited about their projects.  The results amazed me.  

The Merrimack was one of the first ironclad ships used during the Civil War.  It was originally the Union's Virginia.  The vessel sank and was later raised by the Confederacy, covered in metal, and renamed the Merrimack.  It was 275 feet long and had a crew capacity of 320 men.  
(And it did not actually attack a Mayan pyramid.) 

The Mayans had their own calendar and writing system before Columbus appeared on the scene.  They built huge cities of stone and brick in Central America.  Their pyramids were temples to their gods.  (And they were not actually attacked by Civil War ironclads.)  

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Pizza and Slippers

To wrap up our February Fun Days (which at this point were actually March Fun Days), we had a slipper day and a pizza party day (which included iced coffee, cookies, and Brookside chocolate).  
We had a blizzard last night, but February Fun Days got us through the dreariest of the dark winter days, and spring is on the way.  




Sunday, March 12, 2017

Clap, Clap, Boom-a-boom, Clap, Grab, Smack




During one of our breaks, just for fun, one of the choir members taught us a cup rhythm thing.  Needless to say, some tables did better than others, but we all had fun.  And, don't worry, this will not be part of our concert repertoire.  
To see more of rehearsal, click here.  

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Oasis Sops, Baris, and Jeanene's Parents

I enjoyed the sound of these ladies' singing directly behind me for a large part of this weekend and it was lovely.  The baritones were a few rows back, and they sounded great too.  
To see (and hear) more of rehearsal, click here.  

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Balloon Day


One of my personal favorite February Fun Days is balloon day. And of course, we leave them up as long as we can.  This was one of the extra days we added and it was actually in March, but that is just fine by me.  I put two balloons on each student's desk, and they did the hard part.  Then a few industrious ladies borrowed the tape and scissors from my desk.  A few students brought more balloons (including the 1st birthday one) and the lovely orange ribbon.  The results are festive.  Spring is on the way!  

Monday, March 6, 2017

Watch Out for the DETORE


We were traveling recently and I couldn't resist getting a picture of this "detore" sign.  






Thursday, March 2, 2017

The Lounge


I'm always in the process of rearranging my room, but I think I've gotten to where I'm pretty happy with it for now, for awhile at least. I recently added "The Lounge".   When all their work is done, the students may go to this comfy space to read, write, or play brain games.  They also use it during lunch time.  The big blue chair, a summer garage sale find, is also frequently used by visiting student teachers from Terre Hill High School next door, parents, or little brothers and sisters.  While a LOT of work does get done in my classroom (graphing algebraic inequalities and research papers this week), it is also nice to have a special place to study, read, or relax.
The fireplace is electric and is on loan to us from a student's family who was no longer using it. 

And just in case you are trying to read the "Lounge Area Rules" on the board-- here they are.
1.  It must be QUIET. (Banagrams on rug.)
2.  Math must be at 100% for the day--all fix-ups completed.
3.  No distracting others.
4.  All homework for the day must be completed.  

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Move Your Desk Anywhere You'd Like Day or, The Day My Teenage Boy Students Made a Little Boy Rainy Day Inside Fort


Yesterday we celebrated the last of our official February Fun Days, although there were so many good suggestions from the students that we are actually going to have a few February Fun Days in March.  It was "Move Your Desk Anywhere You'd Like" day, and as usual, the students moved their desks to strange places all over the room.  But, we also had one unusual occurrence.  The gentlemen made a fort, or some type of barrier in front of their desks.  I'm still not sure why, but maybe I will remember to ask them tomorrow. 


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Omega 3's, Raisins, and Some Carbs; a.k.a. "Eskimo Day"

Yesterday was "Eskimo Day", which caused my students much confusion.  The day before they were asking me all kinds of questions about it.  "Just trust me," I assured them.  We started out with cinnamon raisin bear claw biscuits and hot chocolate during our morning break.  Those went over well.  

At lunch I let them sample sardines on crackers.  That did not go over so well, but several adventuresome students did try them.  A few of them even discovered that they loved sardines and asked for more.  At the end of lunch, I surprised them with mini ice cream sandwiches. Those were much more popular than the sardines for some reason. We also made sugar cube igloos, but some students preferred to put the sugar cubes into their hot chocolate, or their mouths.  











Monday, February 27, 2017

International, Costume, Job, Career, Dress-up Do Different Stuff Day

Last week we enjoyed "International and Career Dress-up Day" as part of our Wonderful Winter Wednesdays, which the seventh and eighth grades incorporate into our February Fun Days.  
Jenna Martin, second grade teacher, and 
Deana Swanson, eighth grade teacher (my career is a history teacher, in case you were wondering)
Regina Martin, fourth grade teacher, and 
Kay Fisher, resource room teacher
Amy Zimmerman, fifth grade teacher, and 
Becky Bollinger, third grade teacher
And, the students dressed up, too.