Week 22: February 11 to 17, 2019



The Week's Schedule of Work and Activities

Go to the MUN Calendar

Monday, February 11, 2019 / LINCOLN’S BIRTHDAY—NO SCHOOL TODAY


Tuesday, February 12, 2019 / Regular Schedule


Classical Tuesday:  Philip Glass (b. 1937) / String Quartet No. 2 (1983)


String Quartet No. 2, also known by its other title Company, is a string quartet by American composer Philip Glass. This composition was finished in January 1983 in New York City, and was expected to be a piece of instrumental music for Fred Neumann's adaptation of Samuel Beckett's 1979 novella with the same name.  This composition consists of four movements and takes approximately nine minutes to perform.  The main theme of this work is subjugated to arpeggios in minor keys all along the four movements. All of the movements of this monochrome work are highly and closely related to each other. This composition is written for string quartet, but has been performed by string orchestras.


Due Today:


Homework Worksheet for Chapter 6, Section 4, "The American Revolution."


Los Alamitos MUN—the last four article synopsis.


Quiz 16


A five-question plus bonus for Chapter 6, Section 4 "The American Revolution."


Model United Nations Update


SiR is back from the University of Chicago’s MUN conference.  He’ll talk about the conference and, perhaps, why you might like to go to it next year.


We then switch MUN gears to talk in greater detail about Marymount.  Slips of paper with preferences will be given out to class.  Turn them in by the end of the period.


Review: The Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment


We will review chapter 6 in class today and tomorrow for participation points in anticipation of the test on this material on Friday.


Wednesday, February 13, 2019 / Regular Schedule


Jazz Wednesday:  The Late Trade (2017) / Denys Baptiste (1969)


From the review by Kevin Le Gendre:  I was fortunate enough to see the saxophonist perform this tribute to Coltrane at last year’s London Jazz Festival, and it was a five star night. The studio recording more than consolidates what was presented on stage, crucially retaining the spontaneity as well as the precision of the playing, and, courtesy of producer Jason Yarde’s careful mix, a sense of the ‘heaviness’ Baptiste is shooting for with an expanded ensemble. That was very necessary given the subject matter, which is an interpretation of the final phase of Ohnedaruth’s career, when his pursuit of music that evoked the infinite as well as the primeval took him to the outer fringes of sonic convention. Baptiste manages to create similar density with the doubling of instruments such as bass and tenor sax – from stellar guest Steve Williamson, who sounds quite glorious, his broad roar marking a fine contrast with Baptiste’s piercing cry – while retaining an accessible touch that reflects his own Caribbean and black British heritage. The slides into rumba and drum’n’bass don’t so much lighten a bulky sound as nudge it in a more danceable direction that in turn reminds us that the putative divide between avant-garde and pop culture was never unbridgeable for Trane. Baptiste leads this ensemble with great maturity, giving a sense of measure and focus to his improvisations, really capturing the lyricism of the source material all the while bringing his personality to bear on it. 2005’s Let Freedom Ring, his tribute to Martin Luther King, served notice of Baptiste’s imagination, and this laterally courageous take on Coltrane also underlines ambition to match a substantial talent.


Model United Nations Update


Marymount assignments will be announced.


Review: The Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment


Continuing with the review of chapter 6 in class today.




Article synopsis 1-4 are due on Tuesday for all delegates going to Marymount.


Thursday, February 14, 2019 / Regular Schedule


Opera Thursday:  George Bizet (1838-1875) / Carmen (1875)


We return to Carmen, an opera in four acts by French composer Georges Bizet. The opera was first performed at the Opéra-Comique in Paris on 3 March 1875, where its breaking of conventions shocked and scandalized its first audiences.  Bizet died suddenly after the 33rd performance, unaware that the work would achieve international acclaim within the following ten years. Carmen has since become one of the most popular and frequently performed operas in the classical canon; the "Habanera" from act 1 and the "Toreador Song" from act 2 are among the best known of all operatic arias.  The music of Carmen has since been widely acclaimed for brilliance of melody, harmony, atmosphere, and orchestration, and for the skill with which Bizet musically represented the emotions and suffering of his characters.


Due Today:


Presentation notes on the Scientific Revolution


Assessment: The Scientific Revolution and the Age of Enlightenment (Chapter 6)


You’ll be formally tested on this material today.  The test will consist of matching vocabulary for all terms found in the old book.  There will be about 25 multiple-choice questions and a short essay assignment.  You will have until the end of the period to complete.


Friday, February 15, 2019 / Regular Schedule


Whatever Friday


Whatever Fridays are reserved for...well...whatever!  It might be a classic music video, a clip from an old film, something totally weird, or something quite pedestrian and everyday.  You can help program Whatever Fridays by submitting a request at steve.rosenberg@abcusd.us   Mind you, it need to be free of explicit language and be in good taste.  And it has to appeal to SiR's standards.


Assessment: The Scientific Revolution and the Age of Enlightenment (Chapter 6)


An all-written test will be given at the start of the period for all students absent for yesterday’s test.


The rest of the class will review the matching and multiple-choice sections of the exam.  The writing will be returned on Monday.


Friday Advice


News Review




Article synopsis 1-4 are due on Tuesday for all delegates going to Marymount.


Saturday, February 16, 2019


The Los Alamitos High School Model UN Conference


Please meet in the quad area in front of the theater on the campus of Los Alamitos before or at 8:00 am.  A school map is available at the Los Alamitos MUN web site.


Closing ceremonies end at 4:30. We’ll take some photos right after the conference.  You’ll be dismissed at about 4:45. Your rides should be there by then.


NOTE:  Do not phone for a ride after opening ceremonies are over. Phone before they’re over so you can get picked up at 4:45.





S. Rosenberg  /  Whitney High School  /  16800 Shoemaker Avenue  /  Cerritos, California 90703  /  562-926-5566  x22361  /  steve.rosenberg@abcusd.us