Monthly Archives: September 2012

WOW! Gee, where has the week gone…


As you can probably tell, interjections, along with prepositions and conjunctions, are front and center this week. The agendas for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday look like this:


Monday was started with instruction on how to prepare and write an outline to write a Text-to-text Literary Response in reference to the books, videos, and chronology that was covered last week. Then stories were written in groups using the 18 prepositional phrases that they found in magazines. Along with this the groups chose roles for all of their members.

Tuesday continued to be busy, busy, busy. Today was dedicated to being a BIG work day so that everyone would have all of the references that were needed for Wednesday’s class. Everyone was very busy and, of course, being able to use their Netbooks and listen to music didn’t hurt at all. The work that was covered was; preposition practice, interjections (including the School House Rock jingle) continued writing of the outline leading to the final paper, and finally assessing whether many websites were credible sources to use.

Today it was bell to bell learning. I have to say that with students like I am priviledged to have even work is enjoyable. The text structure of compare and contrast was covered and answers for this popped up all around. A musical rendition of the School House Rock conjunction song sparked the notetaking and discussion. Of course, this week, what is a day without preposition review and lastly the introduce of couplets. These look like they will be a lot of fun and with all of the creativity in these classes they should be amazing.


Here is what is due soon:

Literary Response Outline – Thursday

Final Paper – Monday

Credibility Website chart – Friday

Couplet – Thursday    I will be putting some information about grading on the blog soon and that should clear up some concerns. Hope everyone has a wonderful evening!


Is the week over already?


It seems the week goes by really fast, probably because we are always busy and have so many things to accomplish. Although, today was a day to settle back and get some things caught up.

As one can see, a lot of preposition practice took place, along with finishing up the Text-toSelf Literary Response. If that hasn’t been turned in, Monday is the deadline. Free reading is always popular because that is something we don’t have the luxury of including everyday.

The kids are really enjoying their “Thoughts of the Day” in print on the blog and all I can say is, “Keep them coming.” They have amazing things to share and this is a great way to do that. Here are today’s:

Sam Hahn –

On August 5, 1930 a man with the name Neil Armstrong was born.  He made history on July 20, 1996 by being the first man to reach the moon along with his fellow partner Buzz Aldrin.  They were in a spacecraft called Apollo 11.  He went to college at Purdue University which is where my dad went.  Neil Armstrong’s most famous quote is “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”  He died on August 27, 2012 at the age of 82 and will always be remembered.




Annie Gilkey –

Fast and Furious

          As most people know, I spend most of my time riding horses. I wake up to the sounds of them neighing in the barn. I sit at school and wonder what I am going to do when I get home. When I eventually get home, I know that I have stalls to clean, horses to ride, and feeding and watering to do. My horse gets exercised almost every day, and some times I have enough time to ride other horses with people from the barn. On weekends I almost always show my horse with my cousin and friends. To prepare for shows, I clean his stall, give him a bath, and make sure he is prepared to run. School also comes to play in my busy schedule. I almost never have a day off, and when I do, I feel like I am waisting time doing nothing. You could say I have a crazy life, but I would not do anything to change it!

Jarik Springer –

My favorite sport is baseball. I have loved the sport since I was three years old. I started when I was three years old. I am a pitcher, and can strike a lot of people out. When I grow up I want to play for the St. Louis Cardinals, and be one of there pitchers. This has been my dream for a very long time. Baseball is something I don’t want to quit. If I ever have to quit, that will be upsetting. My number is #36, I would like to keep that number. Baseball is the bomb to me.

Have a great weekend!!!

Prepositions for everyone…


This post is REALLY for today, September 13, 2012. It is good to be back on track again and the agenda proves it.

Prepositions were the words of the day, with notes, discussion, and even a little bee that showed where he had been. Magazines were used in their groups to find prepositional phrases and how they are used everyday. It’s funny, when you look for them, they really are used in everyday writing.

Here are some resources to help you with your Preposition proficiency (if needed):

List of common prepositions:

Preposition basics:

Very BASIC review:

Credibility concerning websites was also discussed. This is covered in our writing standards and it will be knowledge that can be used throughout the rest of the students’ educational career. Who knew we needed to be so careful when finding information online???

Tomorrow should be a fun day. We will be having group discussions, following the rules of course, listening to Mr. Huff read our final piece of 9/11 information, and beginning the new Literary Response. FULL day = FUN day!

Here are the Thoughts For the Day:

Elaina Adams-

Animal Palooza


On September 22 2012 “Animal Palooza” is going on at 5722 Vann Road, Newburgh, IN. Animal Palooza is an event that will help local shelters, re-homing animals, and reuniting lost pets with their familys. This event is being thrown by Warrick Humane Society. There will be music,featuring Andrea Wirth! There will be tons of games and things to do. There will also be face painting(done by Elaina Adams and some artists in collage). It should be a lot of fun for the whole family. Children under 12 are free and adult tickets are 10.00! All the money goes to local animal shelters to help aide pets with needs. Stop by at 10am to midnight to have some fun! Please come and join us, and check us out on our page!visit the Animalpalooza website.

Holly Witten –

I love changing up my hairstyles.  Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t know how to do different hairstyles.  One of my favorite hairstyles is a simple french braid.This style is very easy.  Just follow these steps.

1. Brush the hair to remove all the knots.

2. Gather the hair at the top of the head and divide it into three sections.

3. To begin the braid, cross the right section over the middle section. Then repeat this move with the left section.

4. Before repeating your cross-over motion with the right hand, gather a little bit more hair from the right side of the head, and add it to the section.  Then cross this portion of the hair over the middle section.

5. Gather the left section of hair and cross it over the middle.

6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 until you have gathered all the additional strands. Finish at the bottom with a regular braid.

7. Once you have finished this, tie the end of the hair with a hair band, wrapping it tightly around the hair.

Everyone has such great blog ideas, I can’t wait to feature all of them.



Oh where oh where has Mrs. Kassenbrock gone…


This was really supposed to be posted yesterday September 12, 2012. I guess better late than never.

Yes, I have been out of the classroom for two days at meetings to learn strategies to make our classroom even better. Even though I haven’t been there the students have been very busy. They were given a task sheet on Tuesday with the assignments and expectations for both days. The sub that was covering reported that all of the classes were WONDERFUL! His only complaint was that several students abused the priviledge of using their Netbooks. Maybe we need to go over the protocal for using these in this classroom? The following is the task sheet the students received and as you can see they certainly had a full plate of things to do.

We will be talking about all of this tomorrow and clarifying anything the students have questions on.

Also, this week the classes have been learning about 9/11 with the information being used to complete a Text-to-Text Literary Response.  They listened to a picture book I read to them with lots of facts that I had never considered before. Yesterday they read aloud in their groups from the book Through Their Eyes which is composed of views from people who were near Ground Zero but not actually in the building. Today they watched video clips about the tragedy itself.

The mastery of Search Terms will conclude at the end of this week with the last A Google A Day’s sent to me and the Smart Keyword Searching exercise. Next week I predict there will be a lot of “I Can” statements being highlighted showing mastery. That is when the kids will see that all of their hard work is paying off.

Here are today’s Thoughts For the Day from the students:

Ra’Deja Johnson –

Did you know…

A crocodile can’t stick its tongue out.

A shrimp’s heart is inside its head.

People say”bless you” when you sneeze because your heart stops for a mili-second.

Wearing earphones for a hour will triple the amount of bacteria in your ear.


A duck’s quack doesn’t echo.

Everyone’s tongue print is different.

Giraffes clean their ears with their tongues.

The electric chair was invented by a dentist.

Most dust particles in your house are made of dead skin.

Honey is easy to digest because it has already been digested by a bee.

Harley Miles –

I would like to talk about 9/11. 9/11 is coming up and it will be the 11th anniversary of the Twin Towers going down. There were 2,996 people who died durning 9/11. This includes 246 people on the planes (no survivors), 2,606 in the Twin Towers and on the ground, and 125 at the Pentagon (55 were military men). More than 90% of the people included in this died. The 1,355 people who were either at or above the impact got stuck and died. The hijackers/suicice bombers were from al-Qaeda. All 19 of them died. The frist attack was at 8:46A.M. and the last was at 10:03A.M. Civilians from more than 90 different countries died. World Trade Center 7 collapsed at 5:20 P.M. but this was not because of a plane crash.

Bailey Shorter –

Sunday, August 15, Kyndell Ethridge and I had a big job to do. Us girls went to Franklin, Tennessee to try out for a softball team. This coach taught and coached at a D1 college. We had to really give it my all. My dad said, “Be sure to throw the ball hard when you pitch and field, and bust the ball to the outfield.”  He gave us a pep talk on the way there. When we got there we were the only 13 year old. The rest were 15,16, & 18. We were really nervous, but we couldn’t get that get the hold of us, and it didn’t! 2 weeks ago my mom got a phone call. It was Jose calling! He said said that he would love to have Kyndell and I on the team! I was so excited, Kyndell was too. There was an 18U team but our parents said no because they were too advanced for us. But instead we made the 16U team a 13 year old! We were so surprised but I thank God because if it weren’t for him we wouldn’t have this wonderful opportunity.

Girls this is great!


Blogging, how fun…


This blog has been very enjoyable but is about to get very EXCITING! Students will now be adding their thoughts, information, announcements, stories, etc. to the site every day. They are overflowing with wonderful additions that all of our readers will love.

Today was a busy day, even though it was Friday. No time off at NJHS. here is what was on the agenda:

Also, our journal today was more of an introduction to the world of blogging. WOW, everyone really got into the swing of this.

After discussing all of the possibilities, the students wrote their own posts. The following are a few of them, with more to come every day.



Starting tomorrow, at 6:00 P.M., a tennis tournament will take place at Wesselman Park.  There are about 62 people entered in this tournament, including myself.  I entered in the mixed doubles category with my assistant coach, Brandon.  We are planned to play 2 other teams.  I will be at the courts from 5:45 to about 10:30 or 11:00 tonight.  I will be there at 5:45 to cheer on another team I know, and I will also be there till about 10:30 or 11:00 because my own match starts at 9:00.

I enjoy playing tennis and it has always been apart of my life.  I started playing when I was 7 years old and I am going to continue playing and hope to get a scholarship in the future.  When I moved to Evansville I never had a sport I loved.  I tried soccer and I never had a passion for it, so I quit.  The same result happened when I tried dance.  I had never played tennis a day in my life when I first started.  My tennis coach told my mom and my dad that she knew I would be the one, out of the three kids, to stick with the sport.  She also saw that passion, I was looking for, the day I started lessons.  As it turns out, my two sisters quit about a year ago and I have stayed with the sport.  I play tennis twice a week for about 3 hours a practice.  I can see this sport being apart of my life forever. Tennis, that’s my game!


         There are many species that are endangered due to poachers. One endangered species is my favorite animal, the Giant Panda. Giant Pandas are found in bamboo forests in China. Giant pandas stand at about 4 feet when on all fours, and about 6 feet when on it’s hind legs. They can weigh up to 250 pounds,but the males are usually bigger than the females. There are only about 1,000 wild pandas left, and 140 pandas in zoos across the globe. Wild pandas live about 17 years, and captive pandas live about 22 years, however, the longest living panda died at age 34. Pandas mainly eat bamboo, but a little bit of meat (rodents) as well. Pandas have liters of 1-2 baby pandas. I hope you have learned about pandas and want to help them. Here is a link to watch a live panda:!/videos/player/panda-weekly-highlights-hang-in-there


My thought of the day is about Speech Team. These past weeks the whole Speech Team is working really hard to get ready for our first meet of the season, that was on Wednesday. For the first meet we traveled to Glennwood, to compete against out fellow schools.  We did pretty good, for the first meet, with barely any practice before-hand! When we got there we all started cramming our brains with the scripts before the first round. My partners, Alexis Barnett and Alexa Unfried, were practicing with me as well. The team was well-prepared as we went into our judging rooms, with butterflies in our stomachs. After both rounds were finished, the scores were added up, and then came the winning schools. Washington got 1st, North got 2nd, and Glennwood placing 3rd. On Wednesday, September 18, our Round Robin will be held! Hopefully we get first!



The cross country team has been practicing every Tuesday and Thurday each week until 4:00p.m. Tomorrow, Saturday September 8, North Junior High’s cross country members will compete in a meet. The meet will be held at USI. The girl’s race will commence at 11:00a.m and the boy’s will begin a little before. Our next meet is Tuesday, September 11 at Angel Mounds. Everyone is looking foward to competing in both races! It will be exciting to see how we do. The top fifteen runners from the boys and girls will race in district on September 24. From there, only seven female and male runners are aloud to represent their school. I am hoping North Junior High girl’s cross country team will once again be first in city. This will be my third year running cross country, and each year that I have ran we have won city. Hopefully this year will be no different!


Tommorrow North Junior High cub team has a football game. This game is against Memorial at Memorial. We have to be at North by 6:30 a.m. in order to ride the bus to Memorial. The starting time of the game is at 8:30. If we miss the bus we can not play. Right now we are 3-0.In our latest game against Henderson South we won 35-0. Memorial is suppose to be a big challenge for us. Last year we were not all that good finishing the season at 1-6. So if we win this game against Memorial we will be 4-0, which would be great.


My thought of the day is about my upcoming hip hop class at Shannon’s School of Dance.  Our class usually consists of approximately thirty individuals, and is taught by our teacher/choreographer Mike Harris.  This class takes place on Friday nights from 5:30 to 6:30, until the end of May. We start our with a warm up, which consists of Mike doing different moves over and over with the music and having the whole class repeat it with him.

Then we go onto learning choreography. Mike teaches us a few eight counts, and then goes over it multiple times until the class is synchronized and everyone understands the moves. Over the years, the choreography advances into harder levels, while introducing us to different styles of hip hop and music.  Mike teaches us that hip hop doesn’t just have to be to upbeat, rap music.  It can also be to slow, soothing piano music.  At the end of the class, we have a freestyle session, where we all get up and present random moves we think of off the top of our heads.  This time is also for presenting dances we’ve learned or made up outside of the class.

Hip hop is all about how you interpret it, and it truly is an art.  People are starting to really appreciate hip hop, not just because they like the music, but because of the many different styles, and the way the pieces are presented.  Mike really tries to make our choreography show the art of the music, apposed to just getting out there and dancing to the music.  Instead, he has us go out and have fun, while dancing with, not to the music.  I always look forward to hip hop on Friday nights!

Great job by these students and I know everyone will be looking forward to future posts. Who knows what you might find out, learn, or explore all right here on our blog.

Literary Response and Adverbs were also part of  a full day. After all of that we are ready for a much deserved rest. Have a super weekend. See you Monday.

Email,email, everywhere an email…


Sending a formal email was accomplished today. Not only sending, but composing and following directions. This was a job well done. If I were looking at these for a job opening I would have had many amazing candidates to choose from. Here are the other items covered from today:

This is what the assignemnt, which is due tomorrow looked like.

This is a small version, but you will recognize it when you see it. If it is sent from home remember to turn in the paper to me so I can grade it.

Tomorrow will be the day to expand our knowlegde regarding Literary Responses. Having already wrote a text-to-self response without guidelines, it will be interesting to see how many changes there are once the correct format and writing guidelines are added. The students need to go through the Power Point attached to be ready for class tomorrow. There is always the possibility that there sould be some quizzing going on over this material.

Also, we can’t forget our quest for superior grammar skills and adjectives/adverbs are the part of speech for the week. The Exit Ticket will not be taken until next Tuesday due to a short week this week. For extra practice go to:  Use code    eck 8002


1. Email assignment submitted and paper turned in for grading

2. Smart Keyword Searching assignment – keep working on this, due on Monday

3. Check blog and do what was asked

I must be off to grade the 723 assignments that have been sent to me. All of these make me a happy teacher, but wondering so much to do, so little time.





Oh adjectives, where art thou…


Today was again a very full day. I really think that is the order for each day. Also, having a big thunderstorm didn’t seem to help our concentration, along with the rain,the students seem to be soaking it all in. Here is the daily agenda:

There wasn’t enough time to work on the Literary Responses, but tomorrow we should get to them. Adjectives took a little more time than expected. Below is what we did cover today.

Daily Language Review – Capitalizing titles, hyphens, word meanings, poetry, & plurals

Review: blogs and A Google A Day, send the screenshots for both of these

ADJECTIVES – (this is in all capitals because WOW! some students forgot what this means and alot of practice and review could be needed) Notes, discussion, explanation, practice, and assignment.

Smart Keyword Searching Activity – assignment due Monday (9-10-2012)

It’s funny how easy it is to forget basic parts of speech and their purposes. These are all in the standards for mastery, so “a mastering” we will go. This week the standards we are working on not only include adjectives, but Speaking & Listening (SL).8.1, Writing (W).8.8, W.8.7, W.8.5, W.8.6, SL.8.5, along with daily language review, journal writing, and literary response.


Noun & adjectice practice – due tomorrow

Smart Keyword Searching – due Monday 9-10-2012

A Google A Day question

Check the blog and completely read it. There could be a “secret mission” listed there.

This may be short today because I am off to an evening of tutoring and teaching at Ivy Tech. I just can’t get enough language arts. Thanks to all of you for being such good students and doing such a good job. You are the BEST!

SECRET MISSION: If you choose to accept this mission you will receive either a P.R.I.D.E. Paw or bonus points – your choice. Don’t tell anyone – make them read this themselves.

**We can always use extra pencils. If you bring in at least one tomorrw, either new or used, you will satisfied this mission.