Tuesday, April 16, 2019

4/15 & 4/16 & 4/17

Today we will:
Learn the terms synecdoche & metonymy.
Write drafts of our 3 items that reflect an issue.
Explore reliable research databases, such as Ebscohost's Explora (see page tab above).
Ms. Vattuone's Sample Essay (work in progress) Cheetos, Maruchan & Monster

Thursday, April 11, 2019


USD Social Fabric Initiative - Youth Peace Leader Application, Due April 22
For 10 weeks June, July & August 2019

Chula Vista Youth Action Council
For September 2019-June 2020 meets 2 Tuesdays a month at 4:30 Otay Library

Ms. Leon is being recognized for Honorable Mention for the Chula Vista CLEAN Sustainability Champion Award in the Teacher category, which recognizes an educator for environmental leadership in their community.  The award will be presented to her at the Chula Vista City Council Meeting on Tuesday, 4/16/19 at 5pm.    The address is 276 Fourth Avenue, Chula Vista.

A Pacifier, A Nip Bottle, A Needle - Mentor Text
Minimum Structure
Begin your writing:
Paragraph 1 = A _________. A ____________. A __________.
Paragraph 2 = If _________ then _________
Paragraph 3 = describe objects or connection amongst objects
Paragraph 4 = list of rhetorical questions
Paragraph 5 = statistics or information about the issue
Name of First Item
2-3 paragraphs about the item.
Name of Second Item
2-3 paragraphs about the item.
Name of Third Item
2-3 paragraphs about the item.
End your writing:
The ______. The ______. The _______.
Last paragraph = 1 sentence paragraph for impact

Wednesday, April 10, 2019


Cool Summer Program Opportunity


The Social Fabric Initiative, a program of the Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice at the University of San Diego, is looking to spread the word about our program. We were hoping you could pass this news along to any students who would be interested in applying for the program. This summer, high school students will collaborate in a small team, or Thread, with university Interns and a field-based Mentor to create a community change project. The Social Fabric Initiative’s goal is to engage youth as agents for change to build more connected and peaceful communities in San Diego.

For more information on the Social Fabric Initiative, feel free to take a look at our website, read our new Kroc Insight, and watch this video explaining the launch of the program. All information regarding the application process can be found on the Get Involved page on the site. Deadline to apply is April 22nd. All info can be found at: www.krocsfi.org/

We understand that our tuition may present an obstacle to students interested in applying. Please encourage anyone interested that we offer scholarships for up to 100% tuition. These scholarships are not just awarded based on need; we also award scholarships based on passion for the program. To apply for a scholarship, just fill out the scholarship section at the end of the Youth Peace Leader application.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019


Climate event for Students – with Bill McKibben

04/09/2019 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
University Christian Church
3900 Cleveland Ave
San Diego, California
Students around the world are stepping up to lead the charge on climate action. 
We're inviting STUDENTS (only) to join SanDiego350 to learn more about the climate crisis, how students and youth are taking the lead, and how you can get involved right here in San Diego.
We'll start with a panel of amazing speakers, and follow up with Q&A, breakout groupsaction items, and opportunities for students to organize at their schools and work with an emerging student climate network in San Diego (Community Service hours available). 
Our Panel:
  • Bill McKibben – global climate leader and author – cofounder of 350.org
  • Aisha Wallace-Palomares – high school climate leader and intern with SanDiego350
  • Serge Dedina – Mayor of Imperial Beach
  • Bryant Jew – UCSD senior with California Student Sustainability Collective
  • Prof. Jeffrey Severinghaus – climate scientist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography
  • Facilitated by Sarah Abrenica

Friday, March 22, 2019


Look Global Scholars, our letter had impact!
Hi Gina – thank you for sharing the project with your students and collecting and providing their feedback – very thoughtful and creative! I will provide this to the parks design team and it will be considered with the rest of the community feedback that will be used to create a final design for the parks.

If you’d like to view the presentation from last night’s Sweetwater Park Design Workshop and/or take the survey, please visit our Chula Vista Bayfront page at https://www.portofsandiego.org/projects/chula-vista-bayfront. There are currently two design options – EcoTones and Life Cycles. I’d also encourage you to sign up on our email notification list to be notified of the third and final parks design workshop to be held later in the spring – likely in June. The link is on the aforementioned page. We’d welcome you and your colleagues as well as your students and their parents!

Thanks again and please let me know if you have any questions.

Brianne Page
Acting Public Information Officer (PIO), Marketing & Communications

3165 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA 92101
(o) 619.686.6243 • (c) 619.348.1518

Editorial writers build on an argument and try to persuade readers to think the same way they do. Editorials are meant to influence public opinion, promote critical thinking, and sometimes cause people to take action on an issue. In essence, an editorial is an opinionated news story.
Editorials have:
1. Introduction, body and conclusion like other news stories
2. An objective explanation of the issue, especially complex issues
3. A timely news angle
4. Opinions from the opposing viewpoint that refute directly the same issues the writer addresses
5. The opinions of the writer delivered in a professional manner. Good editorials engage issues, not personalities and refrain from name-calling or other petty tactics of persuasion.
6. Alternative solutions to the problem or issue being criticized. Anyone can gripe about a problem, but a good editorial should take a pro-active approach to making the situation better by using constructive criticism and giving solutions.
7. A solid and concise conclusion that powerfully summarizes the writer's opinion. Give it some punch.
Four Types of Editorials Will:
1. Explain or interpret: Editors often use these editorials to explain the way the newspaper covered a sensitive or controversial subject. School newspapers may explain new school rules or a particular student-body effort like a food drive.
2. Criticize: These editorials constructively criticize actions, decisions or situations while providing solutions to the problem identified. Immediate purpose is to get readers to see the problem, not the solution.
3. Persuade: Editorials of persuasion aim to immediately see the solution, not the problem. From the first paragraph, readers will be encouraged to take a specific, positive action. Political endorsements are good examples of editorials of persuasion.
4. Praise: These editorials commend people and organizations for something done well. They are not as common as the other three.
Writing an Editorial
1. Pick a significant topic that has a current news angle and would interest readers.
2. Collect information and facts; include objective reporting; do research
3. State your opinion briefly in the fashion of a thesis statement
4. Explain the issue objectively as a reporter would and tell why this situation is important
5. Give opposing viewpoint first with its quotations and facts
6. Refute (reject) the other side and develop your case using facts, details, figures, quotations. Pick apart the other side's logic.
7. Concede a point of the opposition — they must have some good points you can acknowledge that would make you look rational.
8. Repeat key phrases to reinforce an idea into the reader's minds.
9. Give a realistic solution(s) to the problem that goes beyond common knowledge. Encourage critical thinking and pro-active reaction.
10. Wrap it up in a concluding punch that restates your opening remark (thesis statement).
11. Keep it to 450 words; make every word count.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019


Because we had to change the date of the Performance Task administration, your editorials will be due FRIDAY instead of tomorrow, Wednesday.

UCSD Splash Event

Students are invited to UCSD's Splash Event

UC San Diego will be holding the 4th annual Splash event for high school students on Saturday, April 20th.

During the day, a variety of classes and workshops designed for high school students are taught by UC San Diego faculty, graduate students, and undergrads. There are dozens of different course offerings, spanning engineering (e.g., nanoengineering, materials science, robot localization and many others), math and computer science (e.g., game theory, data analysis, etc.), biology and medicine (e.g., ant navigation, global health, appendicitis) and arts and humanities and social sciences (e.g., Greek philosophy, modular origami, contemporary dance, etc.) along with some practical classes particularly relevant to high school students (time management, surviving freshman year).

Student registration and general information can be found on the Splash website:

List of classes is below:

**Please note - There is a $20 registration fee and includes lunch and a t-shirt

Registration closes April 16th. Classes fill on a first-come-first-served basis, so we suggest you register as soon as possible. Additionally, since shirts must be ordered in advance, we cannot guarantee you a shirt if you register after Wednesday, April 3rd.

4/15 & 4/16 & 4/17

Today we will: Learn the terms synecdoche & metonymy. Write drafts of our 3 items that reflect an issue. Explore reliable resear...