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"It is clear that the chief end of mathematical study must be to make the students think."—John Wesley

 

 

 

 

5-10-21

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5-14-21

 

 

 

 

HELLO, students and parents.

 

This is the 34th week of school and the 8th week of the 4th, and LAST, 9-weeks grading period. 

 

Quote of the Week

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“If we expect kids to be losers, they will be losers; if we expect them to be winners, they will be winners.  They rise, or fall, to the level of the expectations of those around them, especially their parents and their teachers.”

~Jaime Escalante, Calculus teacher extraordinaire

(see the Math Playground at the end of this Monday Mail for Escalante’s biography!)

C.A.R.E.

Caring Achievers Reach Excellence


 

Exciting Announcements!: Active Medical Center: Integrated Medical Clinic

·        SENIORS: If you did not get a chance to watch the Senior Awards Ceremony live, here is the link to share with your parents, grandparents, friends, friends of friends, beloved pets, and even strangers on the street! https://youtu.be/DsHZvg85srs

·        AP Exams resume this week, check the schedule below for specific course dates. AM AP Testers should be at the testing location by 7:30AM.  PM AP Testers should take A-Lunch, then report to the testing site.

·        Unicorns:  Please check the updated list posted in the commons to see if you need to regain credit hours at Saturday School.  You will need to be at the library before 8am and bring schoolwork or something to read.

·        Attention Seniors: Registration for Project Graduation is open.  The form can be found in the Senior Canvas course under assignments.  Space is limited so if you plan to attend you will need to fill out the form as soon as possible.

·        Attention Seniors:  PLEASE  pick up your purchased graduation items in the back office.

·        Unicorns:  If you are interested in taking the Summer Driver Education Course through the district, registration in now open.  You may pick up an information packet from Mrs. Warren in the front office.

·        Attention Sophomores & Juniors: The NBHS Colorguard is accepting new members for Fall 2021! Colorguard auditions will be held May 10th-12th from 5pm-7:30pm in the Competition Gym.  For more information, please contact Ms. Williams at klwilliams@nbisd.org

·        Attention Juniors and Seniors: Night Under the Stars (05/01/2021) To reserve a ticket for Night Under the Stars on May 22, please complete the Google Form HERE: https://forms.gle/ZtzbNrhmEPndKcQW8

Tickets will be on sale beginning Monday, May 3 during all lunches.  Tickets are $20 per person, cash or check only.  Checks are payable to NBHS.  Guest forms will be available in the main office.  For more information, see this flyer:

NBHS_Night_Under_Stars_Announcement_2021.pdf

·        Listen to Mrs. Spencer’s exciting daily announcement to hear what delicious food item will be featured in the HOME ZONE that day!  Will it be BEEF NACHOS? Will it be CHICKEN TENDERS? Or Will it be QUAIL LEGS WITH TAMARIND GLAZE AND FIG CHUTNEY?

·        Senior Walks at Elementary Schools On May 27th, Seniors are invited to pick an elementary school to visit before coming to graduation practice. Seniors will wear your cap and gown and the principal at that campus will provide instructions for the walk. This is a great time for Seniors to visit some favorite teachers and show off their graduation accomplishments to those who helped them on their educational journey. Seniors must be able to provide their own transportation to and from the school they choose. Seniors will need to be back at NBHS by 9:30 for graduation practice. You must sign up by Friday, May 21st!!! See Mr. Smith if you have questions. https://forms.gle/e89uovsqX3QTx2h86

 

 

 

 

Oorah! First Sergeant Felix "1000 Miles" Acosta was escorted by the JROTC cadets of Alpha Company on his one thousandth mile lap Monday, May 3rd around the NBHS campus. The Running Club (Now the Kintetic Unicorn Club) was started in 2014 to inspire students to exercise.

 

·        New Braunfels High School announced the top 10 graduates for the class of 2021. Valedictorian is Caroline Meehan and Salutatorian is Matthew Alkire. The rest of the Top 10, in order, are Jack Meehan, Maxwell Remo, Celine Erkan, Colin Davidson, Katherine Brown, Gavin Nowacki, Grant Jacobs and Mar Levett. Graduation will be held at 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 27, at Unicorn Stadium. The event is a closed event and will require a ticket for entry. For more details regarding the 2021 Commencement Ceremony, CLICK HERE.

 

·        Unicorn swimmers Katherine Brown, Celine Erkan, Caroline Meehan, Jack Meehan and Ardyn Tubb were named to the NISCA Academic All-American team this season. The five Academic All Americans also all were named to the TISCA All-State team. Juniors Kenya Frias Rodriguez and Emilie Miller also were named to the TISCA Academic All-State team.  READ MORE HERE.

 

Junior/Senior Prom Substitute

“A Night Under the Stars”.  It will be hosted at Unicorn Stadium on Saturday, May 22, from 8:00-10:30.  Admission will be $20.00 per student to help cover the cost of the event.  There will be a DJ to provide music, karaoke and we will also be projecting “Just Dance” on the Jumbo Tron (for those of you who are unfamiliar, this is a dancing video game that our students enjoy).  We are making arrangements for complimentary dessert trucks, the NBPD will have the Impaired Driver Simulator to inform students of the dangers of drinking and driving.  Students will also have the opportunity to add to a time capsule to be opened in the year 2071.   A professional photographer will be available for couple and group photos, as well as selfie stations.  The Student Advisory will be meeting a few more times to finalize the plans.  Formal attire is welcomed, but not required. 

 

Important Dates for the Remainder of the Academic Year

·       April 27 SAT School Day testing for Selected Seniors.

·       April 28 Rotary Luncheon

·       May 3 Heroes Dessert

·       May 3-17 Advanced Placement Exams

·       May 4-7 End Of Course Exam Alg. I, Biology and US History

·       May 6 Senior Awards (Virtual): Due to continued COVID concerns, the Seniors Awards Presentation will be virtual. The presentation will be made available on the evening of May 6.

·       May 22 Night Under the Stars (Prom Alternative): The Night Under the Stars will take place at Unicorn Stadium on Saturday, May 22. Formal attire is allowable.

·       Graduation (Thursday, May 27 at 8:00 pm: We will honor the class of 2021 during our graduation ceremony on Thursday, May 27 at 8:00 pm at Unicorn Stadium.

·       June 14-July 1 Summer School

·       June 7-June 21 EOC Academy

 

 Final Exam Dates

·        Friday, May 21: Seniors will take 2nd and 3rd exams (Regular “A” Day Schedule)

·        Monday, May 24: All students will take 1st period exams and Seniors will also take 5th and 7th period exams (Regular “B” Day Schedule)

·        Tuesday, May 25: All students will take 4th and 6th period exams (Early release at 1:30)

·        Wednesday, May 26: Sophomores and Juniors will take 2nd and 3rd period exams (Early release at 1:30)**

·        Thursday, May 27: Sophomores and Juniors will take 5th and 7th period exams. During 6th period students will be turning in iPads. **

**On Wednesday and Thursday,Senior activities will be held, including mandatory graduation rehearsal.

 
 

This Week in the Classroom

PreAP Precal

BMON, MAY 10, 2021

We will:

Develop fundamental trigonometric identities

 I will:

Prove other identities using fundamental identities

Check for Understanding

WS 6.1

 

ATUE, MAY 11, 2021

We will:

Prove identities using fundamental identities

 I will:

Map a mathematical path from hypothesis to conclusion

Check for Understanding

WS 6.2

 

B—WED, MAY 12, 2021

We will:

Prove identities using fundamental identities

 I will:

Map a mathematical path from hypothesis to conclusion

Check for Understanding

WS 6.2

 

A—THUR, MAY 13, 2021

We will:

Prove identities using fundamental identities

 I will:

Map a mathematical path from hypothesis to conclusion

Check for Understanding

WS 6.2

 

B—FRI, MAY 14, 2021

We will:

Prove identities using fundamental identities

 I will:

Map a mathematical path from hypothesis to conclusion

Check for Understanding

WS 6.2

 

 

AP Calculus AB

BMON, MAY 10, 2021

We will:

Finish watching “Stand and Deliver”

 I will:

Watch the movie and complete the movie quiz

Check for Understanding

Tears of joy shed

 

ATUE, MAY 11, 2021

We will:

Write a children’s calculus book in spirit of the cold yam

 I will:

Create a novel short short story with derivs and integrals

Check for Understanding

Children’s book

 

B—WED, MAY 12, 2021

We will:

Write a children’s calculus book in spirit of the cold yam

 I will:

Create a novel short short story with derivs and integrals

Check for Understanding

Children’s book

 

A—THUR, MAY 13, 2021

We will:

Write a children’s calculus book in spirit of the cold yam

 I will:

Create a novel short short story with derivs and integrals

Check for Understanding

Children’s book

 

B—FRI, MAY 14, 2021

We will:

Write a children’s calculus book in spirit of the cold yam

 I will:

Create a novel short short story with derivs and integrals

Check for Understanding

Children’s book

 

 

AP Calculus BC

BMON, MAY 10, 2021

We will:

Finish watching “Stand and Deliver”

 I will:

Watch the movie and complete the movie quiz

Check for Understanding

Tears of joy shed

 

ATUE, MAY 11, 2021

We will:

Write a children’s calculus book in spirit of the cold yam

 I will:

Create a novel short short story with derivs and integrals

Check for Understanding

Children’s book

 

B—WED, MAY 12, 2021

We will:

Write a children’s calculus book in spirit of the cold yam

 I will:

Create a novel short short story with derivs and integrals

Check for Understanding

Children’s book

 

A—THUR, MAY 13, 2021

We will:

Write a children’s calculus book in spirit of the cold yam

 I will:

Create a novel short short story with derivs and integrals

Check for Understanding

Children’s book

 

B—FRI, MAY 14, 2021

We will:

Write a children’s calculus book in spirit of the cold yam

 I will:

Create a novel short short story with derivs and integrals

Check for Understanding

Children’s book

 

 

 

 

 

This Week on Campus

 

 

20 Examples Of Quirky And Witty Limericks For Kids

 

 

 

 

Monday, May 10, 2021B DAY

Happy National Shrimp Day!

·         AP Exam (AM): French & World History

·         AP Exam (PM): Macroeconomics

·         Course Verification Sheets due

·         Color Guard Auditions, Big Gym, 4:30PM

·         NBISD Board Meeting, 7-9PM

 

Tuesday, May 11, 2021A DAY

Happy National Twilight Zone Day!

·         AP Exam (AM): Spanish Language

·         AP Exam (PM): Psychology

·         Mrs. Barber Birthday

·         Color Guard Auditions, Big Gym, 4:30PM

·         All Sports Banquet, Stadium, 6:30-9PM

 

 

Wednesday, May 12,  2021B DAY

Happy Limerick Day!

·         AP Exam (AM): English Language

·         AP Exam (PM): Music Theory

·         Nurse Appreciation Day

·         Color Guard Auditions, Big Gym, 4:30PM

·         Choir Practice in Auditorium

·         FFA Banquet, Landa Park, 6:30-8:30PM

 

Thursday, May 13, 2021A DAY

Happy Fruit Cocktail Day!

·         AP Exam (AM): No Exams

·         AP Exam (PM): No Exams

·         Color Guard Auditions, Big Gym, 4:30PM

·         Choir Dress Rehearsal, 4-7PM

·         Mental Health Awareness Activities during all lunches.

 

Friday, May 14, 2021B DAY

Happy Dance Like a Chicken Day!

·         AP Exam (AM): Biology

·         AP Exam (BC): Environmental Science

·         Choir Dinner, Commons, 4-7PM

·         Choir Pop Show, Auditorium, 7-9PM

 

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Happy Armed Forces Day!

·         Saturday School, 8AM-1PM

·         Band Spring Fling, Gym, 11:30AM-5:30PM

·         Band Banquet, 6:30PM-10:30PM

 

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Happy World Baking Day!

 

 

 

NBHS Athletics Calendar


 

This Week on the Math Playground

Math Websites for Kids: 7 Quality Experiences for Online Learning – Proud  to be Primary

 

MATH BIO:

Jaime Escalante (December 31, 1930 March 20, 2010).  Born in La Paz, Bolivia, the child of two teachers, Escalante became one of the most famous educators in America during the 1980s and 1990s. He left Bolivia in 1960s to seek a better life in the United States. An educator back at home, he had to work many odd jobs, teach himself English, and earn another college degree before he could return to the classroom.

 

His esteemed story stems from his time at Garfield High School in East Los Angeles, where he consistently invigorated students with a passion for learning in his AP Calculus classes.  Taking the job in 1974, he found himself in a challenging situation: teaching math to troubled students in a rundown school known for violence and drugs. While some had dismissed the students as "unteachable," Escalante strove to reach his students and to get them to live up to their potential. In 1979, Escalante started an AP program at Garfield high and taught his first calculus class to five students; two passed the AP calculus test.  By 1981 the class had increased to 15 students, 14  passed the AP exam.  In 1982, the Educational Testing Service called into question the scores of the 14 students, who passed the exam, who were believed to have cheated.  Escalante protested, saying that the students had been disqualified because they were Hispanic and from a poor school.  Twelve of the 14 students agreed to retake the test and passed . . . again.  In 1983, 33 students took the exam and 30 passed.  In 1987 the program had escalated to its peak; 73 students passed the AB exam version and another 12 students passed the BC version of the AP Calculus Exam.

 

Escalante's classroom challenges and successes were the topic of much public discussion in 1988. That year his story was the subject of a book entitled Jaime Escalante: The Best Teacher in America and a film called Stand and Deliver starring James Edward Olmos. Both educators and students have found Escalante's work at Garfield inspiring.

 

After Garfield, Escalante taught at another high school in Sacramento. He did not seem to find the same level of success he had at his previous post. Escalante also received some criticism for lobbying against bilingual education in California schools. He retired from teaching in 1998.

 

Escalante has received many awards for his contributions to the field of education, including the Presidential Medal for Excellence and was inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame in 1999.

 

MATH FACT:

In 1988 the movie Stand and Deliver was released and made Mr. Escalante a beloved icon in American education. In his own words, he is a "math teacher."  But for many in the Hispanic community, he continues to enlighten and bring a sense of hope - with ganas anything is possible.

 

After 35 years of teaching, Mr. Escalante retired in 1998.  Shortly thereafter, in June 1999, he was inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame. In 1988 he was presented with the Presidential Medal for Excellence in Education by President Ronald Reagan.

 

"Determination + Discipline + Hard Work = Way to Success"

 

Escalante died March, 20 2010 after a long struggle with cancer. He was 79 and is survived by his wife Fabiola, and their two sons.

 

MATH QUOTE

"We are all concerned about the future of American education. But as I tell my students, you do not enter the future -- you create the future. The future is created through hard work." Jaime Escalante

 

“If you don't have the ganas, I will give it to you because I'm an expert. . . . We’re going to need a lot of Kleenexes.”Stand and Deliver

 

LIMERICK:

Calculus is over, everyone’s still alive

Even though at times, you didn’t think you’d survive.

Before bidding adieu

There’s one thing left to do:

On Tuesday go out there & get you that 5!

 

 

 

 

 

Peace, Math, the Oxford Comma, & SISU,

0000MY SIGNATURE 

Kevin W. Korpi

 

New Braunfels High School

Mathematics

2005 NB District Teacher of the Year

2015 Region 13 Teacher of the Year

 

kkorpi@nbisd.org

 

 

 

 

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