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The last few days everyone has been working frantically on the donation letters for the HUSKIES: Behind the Books project. This is getting more exciting by the day! The donations have already started to come in daily. This is going to be a very BIG project. There is going to be an article in the newspaper tomorrow making the general public aware of this amazing service-learning project. Hopefully, this article will spark even more donations.

One of the resources the students will be making for this project is literary craft suppliesterms bookmarks. I gave information about this on a previous post but have only had a few supplies brought in. We are in need of anything you might have at home (or want to purchase), such as; glue, glitter, construction paper, tissue paper, stickers, markers, anything that would make decorating the bookmarks fun.

important infoHere is some VERY important information from Mr. Roemke, our technology expert:

From Riaa.com (the guys that police this stuff)

When It Comes to Copying Music, What’s Okay … And What’s Not:

Technology has made digital copying easier than ever. But just because netbookadvances in technology make it possible to copy music doesn’t mean it’s legal to do so. Here are tips on how to enjoy the music while respecting rights of others in the digital world. Stick with these, and you’ll be doing right by the people who created the music.

Internet Copying

  • It’s okay to download music from sites authorized by the owners of the      copyrighted music, whether or not such sites charge a fee.
  • Visit our list of Legal Music Sites or Music United for a list of a number  legal and safe sites where permission is granted and content is available  for downloading.
  • It’s  never okay to download unauthorized music from pirate sites (web or FTP) or peer-to-peer systems. Examples of peer-to-peer systems making  unauthorized music available for download include: Ares, BitTorrent, Gnutella, Limewire, and Morpheus.
  • It’s  never okay to make unauthorized copies of music available to others (that is, uploading music) on peer-to-peer systems.

Copying CDs

  • It’s okay to copy music onto an analog cassette, but not for commercial      purposes.
  • It’s also okay to copy music onto special Audio CD-R’s, mini-discs, and digital tapes (because royalties have been paid on them) – but, again, not for commercial purposes.
  • Beyond that, there’s no legal “right” to copy the copyrighted music on      a CD onto a CD-R. However, burning a copy of CD onto a CD-R, or      transferring a copy onto your computer hard drive or your portable music player, won’t usually raise concerns so long as:
    • The copy is made from an authorized original CD that you legitimately own
    • The copy is just for your personal use. It’s not a personal use – in fact, it’s illegal – to give away the copy or lend it to others for copying.
  • The owners of copyrighted music have the right to use protection technology to allow or prevent copying.
  • Remember, it’s never okay to sell or make commercial use of a copy that you make.

Are there occasionally exceptions to these rules? Sure. A “garage” or unsigned band might want you to download its own music; but, bands that own their own music are free to make it available legally by licensing it. And, remember that there are lots of authorized sites where music can be downloaded for free. Better to be safe than sorry – don’t assume that downloading or burning is legal just because technology makes it possible.

Enjoy the music. By doing the right thing, you’ll be doing your part to make sure that the music keeps coming.

***I will check several netbooks next week for excessive/illegal music.  Please delete all music that you or your parents have not purchased.

partyBlocks 1 & 2 are working diligently on Achieve 3000. The class that reaches 75% of the students having 6 articles or more and then with the most points will win a fabulous prize from Achieve 3000. The deadline is Friday, November 22, so time is running out. Both blocks are doing a fantastic job and should qualify. Now all it will take is the most points. Also, this will help win lexile levels are recalulated at the end of this month. Great job everyone!!

 

 

announcements 13ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Announcements Nov 19

Announcements Nov 20

Announcements Nov 21

 

 

AGENDA:

Blocks 1 & 2

  • Finish HUSKIES: Behind the Books donation letterslibrary 3
  • Achieve 3000 Blitz
  • Library Day

Block 3

  • Finish HUSKIES: Behind the Books donation letters
  • Free Read
  • Library Day
  • Introduction, explanation, & making of flyers for “Lunch for Literacy” to support the HUSKIES: Behind the Books

REMINDERS:

  1. Craft Supplies – PLEASE!
  2. Encourage donations
  3. Netbooks must be CHARGED and READY for class each day.

It is NOT Thanksgiving break and/or Christmas vacation yet. We all need to stay focused, work hard, complete assignments, and follow the rules. That goes for all of your classes. Thanks for your cooperation.

 

 

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