In Context

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

September 22, 2008

I. Departmental Features

  • Guidance
  • Media--Linda Norris
  • CHS Book Club--Jill Eisner
II. The Nitty Gritty
  • Staff Advisory Committee Update--Judy Ryan
  • Publications & Technology Update--Rus VW
  • English HSA Mastery Class Update--Kelli McDonough
  • HSA Workshop at Linden Hall on September 23--
    Ben, Corey, Kelli, Judy, Ted
  • CPR (Cooperative Program Review) Evaluation Option
  • ETS Criterion Online Writing
  • Towson University Online Writing Support Website
  • Grade Level Book Usage Charts
  • Writing Folders Swap
  • English Course Placement Reviews for 08-09
  • Reminders--
    PSAT Booklets & Prep for October 15
    Book Orders
    The English Web Page at
    Teacher Web Pages
    Language Arts Expectations
    Student Aides—Attendance, Activities, Grades
  • Substitute Lesson Plans
    Classroom Folder

    Teacher Schedule
    Class Lists
    Attendance Mat'ls.--Per. 1
    Seating Charts
    IEP & 504 Info
    Fire Drill Directions/Map
    Current Lessons
    Teaching Materials
    Student Handouts

Thank you for all that you do each day for our students and for CHS.

~English HSA Online Resources~

~English HSA Online Resources~

  • Maryland HSA Overview & History
  • Class of 2009--First Class Required to Pass Tests for Graduation
  • High School Testing Content & Data
  • High School Assessment Testing Calendar
  • Publicly Released Test Forms--2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005
  • Answer Keys & Scoring Rubrics
  • Online HSA Courses
  • Testing Options/Accommodations
  • Contact Information
~from The Tragedy of King Richard II (Act 3, Scene 3) (1623) by William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Yet looks he like a king: behold, his eye,
As bright as is the eagle's, lightens forth
Controlling majesty: alack, alack, for woe,
That any harm should stain so fair a show!

~from Moby-Dick (Chapter 96: The Try-Works) (1851) by Herman Melville (1819-1891)

There is a wisdom that is woe; but there is a woe that is madness. And there is a Catskill eagle in some souls that can alike dive down into the blackest gorges, and soar out of them again and become invisible in the sunny spaces. And even if he forever flies within the gorge, that gorge is in the mountains; so that even in his lowest swoop the mountain eagle is still higher than other birds upon the plain, even though they soar.

~from Love's Phases (1899) by Paul Laurence Dunbar

Love hath the wings of the eagle bold,

Cling to him strongly
What if the look of the world be cold,
And life go wrongly?
Rest on his pinions, for broad is their fold;
Love hath the wings of the eagle bold.

~from What the Eagle Says (1999) by Xi Chuan (born Liu Jun, 1963)

Among men there are men who are not men, just like among eagles there are eagles that are not eagles: there are eagles that are forced to pace up and down the alleyways, and there are men who are forced to fly through the air.