We have made it to the final countdown to Christmas break and the end of the first semester. There is always a lot going on. This month has been rough and I have missed several days fighting an illness that does not seem to want to leave. Students are finishing up interim testing, which will count as their midterm grades, and we have just finished the novel for the second none weeks, Things Fall Apart. Students have a timed writing essay the day of the scheduled midterm on this essay. We will be doing these on the laptops and submitting them to Google Classroom. Students also need to complete the last vocabulary quiz and chapter quizzes on Google Classroom this week as well. To help students improve their overall grades, I also have a bonus opportunity for them to complete an African mask similar to the ones we discussed in the book. The complete assignment can be found on the website along with a PowerPoint they can reference for tips and information about the meaning of the masks. This project is due by Tuesday, December 19th. No late projects will be accepted. I hope all of you have a wonderful and peaceful holiday and enjoy your break! We have a lot coming up in the second semester as we begin counting down to summer!