Game Club has done Magic: The Gathering events in the past, but today was the first time we hosted our own official prerelease! 20 kids piled in on a snowy Saturday for nearly 7 hours of geeky goodness! Everyone had a blast pulling fun new cards from the Rivals of Ixalan block and pulling shenanigans for four rounds of head-to-head action. Play of the Day goes to Logan Brewer for attacking with Etali (huge dino) and stealing his opponent's Zacama (biggest dino)... for free! Overall winner was John Trimble, with a black/white tribal vampire deck. Everyone was able to pull off at least one maniacal laughter combo!
A big thanks to Who's Game House of Rapid City for being our supplier, and Justin Cox, local MTG judge who volunteered for the afternoon. The event was such as success that we are looking at hosting a community-wide event for Dominaria in April!
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!
So squeeze every last drop of summer revelry out of the next two weeks, because it is almost over. I look forward to seeing everyone!
Just over halfway through summer, it's time to at least see if your cognitive machinery is still there. Only 41 days until classes start and I always hit the ground running, so be ready!
Over the next few weeks I will be updating the website, but much of what you find here will remain the same for the 2017-2018 school year, if you have not been in my classes before and want to read up. A couple items for kids to be aware of moving into August:
"The worst thing about the zombie apocalypse will be pretending that I'm not excited."