This weekend, Game Club hosted a Limited Prerelease-style Magic: The Gathering event for all student grades 6-12. A few very generous local players donated roughly 3400 cards to us in the past few months and my teacher's aide (thanks, Morgan Sandidge!) organized them all by set and rarity into mock "booster packs." A few weeks ago, the HS Game Club helped out at a "How to Play MTG" event at the Middle School's Makerspace, and it all came together yesterday.
23 middle and high school students piled in for an afternoon of limited play, where they got to build decks, smash face with mythical monsters, and win prizes... all completely free. Experienced (and thoroughly addicted) seniors battled enthusiastic 6th-grade rookies in four rounds of Swiss-style tournament play. Kudos go to our tied champions, sophomore Adria Lapka and 6th-grader Jagur Parks, who both went 8-2. Best part? Jagur was undefeated in 4 rounds (2 against seniors!) and he's only been playing for a few weeks! I fear this little beast getting to the high school.
Finally, a big thanks to Aaron Bauerly and Justin Cox, local MTG gurus, for helping out as judge/master-sensei. Congrats to all participants and I hope you enjoy the big boost to your collections, especially our new players!
-Sullivan, Legendary Creature, +1/+1 to all nerds
2nd Quarter midterm has passed and we enter the last stretch of first semester. With only 15 days left (12 until finals!) here's how things stand in our classes. Each class has 2 tests and a final to go, so plenty of room to wiggle around. I have included a comparison from this time last year to satisfy folks' curiosity and my own craving for pretty graphs. Almost a perfect bell-curve in all classes.
A belated update to everyone on the progress of classes and activities for Fall semester, 2017!
Algebra II is skewed towards the high "C" to "B" range, with students making it through the quadratics and complex numbers chapter in higher-than-usual spirits. As of this post, they have also completed the unit on polynomials, but I just haven't gotten it in yet. In general, Algebra II is doing well across the board (as long as they are doing their homework!).
PreCalc remains a near-perfect bell curve, with over three-quarters of students at C and above. As is typical with an AP-level course, many students are seeing their first true challenge in mathematics and I believe that they are coming up strong. After we finish the current unit on trig functions (probably the toughest of the course), it should be a slow jog to the finish line.
Applied Math is setting the precedent for this new, permission-only course. We don't have a set agenda, only that we want to relearn and master older concepts before moving on to bigger and better things. I am especially proud of the change in attitude that many of these "math is my mortal enemy" kids have shown. The dramatic increase in maturity, perseverance, study skills, and work ethic is mind blowing for most of these students. Great job, guys!
So, until the next time, make sure to check in here and keep up with Remind for daily events and class announcements. I hope everyone has a great holiday season and doesn't gain as much weight as I have (again, I blame the carpet commando).
Finally, we have our fall parent-teacher conferences this Wednesday. I always encourage students to come with their parents because it makes for a much more productive and honest conversation. Plus, I usually get to brag the kid up to their parents, so they have kudos points to cash in for a new phone or some such. What I do ask is that all parents please read through the website prior to conferences, particularly the Grading/Assessment, Contact and FAQ pages. It saves soooo much time. I look forward to seeing folks this week and to seeing how the kids progress the rest of the semester. Seize the Carp!
"The worst thing about the zombie apocalypse will be pretending that I'm not excited."