Wednesday, May 27, 2009
CHS English Award: Stephen Rane
HoCoPoLitSo All-County Writing Awards:
Promise & Achievement--Yang Liu
Promise & Achievement--Stephen Rane
1st Place Personal Essay--Sarah Hayashi
2nd Place Personal Essay--Caitlin Pomerantz
3rd Place Personal Essay--Bill Ge
1st Place Poetry--Jessica Stein
3rd Place Poetry--Megan Lieberman
2nd Place Short Story--Aaron Mick
Distinguished Eagle in Publications Award: Alyssa Bailey
Wingspan Newspaper Awards:
Editorial Excellence--Shelby McKay
Excellence in Newspaper Writing--Eric Feinstein
Excellence in Newspaper Design--Rahel Boghossian
Aura of Wingspan--Clara Heck and Megan Leiberman
Eyrie Yearbook Awards:
Excellence in Publication and Design--Chloe Heckman
Excellence in Production Management--Maria Souza
Aura of Eyrie--Courtney Brown, Lauren Hunter, and Kristen Mathe
Maryland Voices Creative Nonfiction Journal Awards:
Editorial Excellence--Claire Li
Excellence in Graphics and Design--Aimee Kutt
Aquila Literary Magazine Awards:
Editorial Excellence--Amanda Lauer, Pattie Lin, Kate Calvert, and Claire Shreibfeder
Saturday, May 9, 2009
- Parents, please encourage your son/daughter and be positive; ask your child to discuss HSA class activities with you.
- Be aware of test anxiety levels and reassure your child that the class activities conducted throughout the year have prepared sophomores for this important assessment.
- Make sure your child sleeps well the night before the test and eats breakfast that morning.
- This year, students in Howard and Montgomery countries will complete the HSA tests online. Parents and students can view a sample online test (students are doing this to prepare in English classes as well) on HSAonline practice (a direct link to www.pearsonaccess.com). Once on the site, select EPAT. Sample tests and answers are also available for downloading.
- More HSA info and links are listed below.
- No points are deducted for wrong answers. Therefore, students are encouraged to attempt all questions, even those about which they are uncertain.
- Students, arrive at your assigned testing room early so you have time to get settled, relax, and focus.
- Testing will begin promptly and last approximately three hours.
- Bring a snack and drink in your backpack. You will get a short break at the end of each section of the test when you may eat a snack/have a drink in the hallways outside of the computer areas, and use the restroom. A healthy snack will help keep you alert during the entire test.
- Some content adapted on 5.03.09 from http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/sat/testday.html; thank you also to Shawn Hastings-Hauf and Kristen McManus for their contributions.
Green Day Album: Nimrod, International Superhits
Written by Billie Joe Armstrong
Release Date: November 13, 2001
Another turning point
A fork stuck in the road
Time grabs you by the wrist
Directs you where to go
So make the best of this test
And don't ask why
It's not a question
But a lesson learned in time
~English Placement Resources~
- 9th Grade Registration Information Packet--January 2011
- HCPSS Catalog of Approved High School Courses
- English 9 Curriculum Units
- Language Arts Curriculum
- HCPSS Course Levels
- Selecting an English Level
- Expectations and Guidelines
- Factors to Consider
- Humanities Overview
- 9th Grade Curriculum Writing Requirements
- How to Help Your Child Become a Better Writer
- English ITL Schedule/Phone Contact
- 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
- Past HSA Tests--ALL Subject Areas
- HSA Public Release Documents--English
- What Your Child Will Learn in English (HCPSS_2010-11)
- CHS Testing Tips for Parents & Students (5.21.09)
- HSAonline practice
- HSA:highschoolassessmentprogram (2008-Present)
- testingdates 2010-2011
- marylandpublicschools.org/msde/testing/hsa (2003-Present)
- MSDEhome (2003-Present)
- "The Value of Direct and Systematic Vocabulary Instruction" by Jerome Shostak
- How and Why to Annotate a Book
- Instructional Strategies Database
- National Poetry Month
- NCTE Writing Beliefs
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.