Week 9: October 22 to 28, 2018




The Week's Schedule of Work and Activities

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Periods 6 and 7



Periods 3 and 4



Periods 2 and 5

Students and parents are prohibited to text SiR at his personal home number..  Contact him via email or school phone only.

Monday, October 22, 2019 / Early Release Schedule


Classic Rock and Roll Monday:  Nirvana / Nevermind (1991)


Nevermind is the second studio album by the American rock band Nirvana, released on September 24, 1991 by DGC Records.  Despite low commercial expectations by the band and its record label, Nevermind became a surprise success in late 1991, largely due to the popularity of its first single, "Smells Like Teen Spirit".  By January 1992, it had replaced Michael Jackson's album Dangerous at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart. The album also produced three other successful singles: "Come as You Are", "Lithium", and "In Bloom".  The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has certified the album diamond (at least over 10 million copies shipped), and the album has sold at least 30 million copies worldwide.  Nevermind was in part responsible for bringing both alternative rock and grunge to a large, mainstream audience, and has been ranked highly on lists of the greatest albums of all time by publications such as Rolling Stone and Time.




If you missed last week’s exam you will be taking it at the start of the period.  It will be a written test which is comparable to the regular exam.




You’ll get back the test from last week to review.  There is no guaranteed that the written portion will be finished by this time.


Surviving College:


Another video from Aleigha Nicole.  This time on how to avoid homesickness in college.


From Wikipedia:  Homesickness is the distress caused by being away from home. Its cognitive hallmark is preoccupying thoughts of home and attachment objects. Sufferers typically report a combination of depressive and anxious symptoms, withdrawn behavior and difficulty focusing on topics unrelated to home.


In its mild form, homesickness prompts the development of coping skills and motivates healthy attachment behaviors, such as renewing contact with loved ones. Indeed, nearly all people miss something about home when they are away, making homesickness a nearly universal experience. However, intense homesickness can be painful and debilitating.


News Review (if time)


Tuesday, October 23, 2019 / Regular Schedule


Classical Tuesday:  Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827) / String Quartet No. 16


Composer Ludwig van Beethoven was baptized on December 17, 1770, in Bonn, Germany. He was an innovator, widening the scope of sonata, symphony, concerto and quartet, and combining vocals and instruments in a new way. His personal life was marked by a struggle against deafness, and some of his most important works were composed during the last 10 years of his life, when he was quite unable to hear. He died in 1827 at the age of 56.  The String Quartet No. 16 in F major, op. 135, by Ludwig van Beethoven was written in October 1826 and was the last major work he completed. Only the final movement of the Quartet op. 130, written as a replacement for the Große Fuge, was composed later. The op. 135 quartet was premiered by the Schuppanzigh Quartet in March 1828, one year after Beethoven's death.  The work is more lighthearted and is on a smaller scale than the other late quartets. For the third movement, Beethoven used variation techniques; he also did this in the second movement of his Quartet op. 127. Under the introductory slow chords in the last movement Beethoven wrote in the manuscript "Muß es sein?" (Must it be?) to which he responds, with the faster main theme of the movement, "Es muß sein!" (It must be!). The whole movement is headed "Der schwer gefaßte Entschluß" ("The Difficult Decision").


“Dead Day”


Quiet review


News Review (if time)


Wednesday, October 24, 2019 / Comp Schedule


Country Music Wednesday:  Hank Williams, '40 Greatest Hits' (1978) / Hank Williams


Hank Williams fused hillbilly music with elements of blues and gospel to become country's first superstar, directly influencing Elvis Presley and Bob Dylan, among scores of other artists in many genres. The songs on 40 Greatest Hits have been covered by artists from Al Green to the Breeders, and run the gamut from the class-conscious angst of "Mansion on the Hill" to the bottomless desolation of "Lost Highway" and "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" to the lit-up giddiness of "Hey, Good Lookin'" and "Settin' the Woods on Fire." The last 60 years of American music are unthinkable without this music.


Comp 6/7


Class will not be meeting today.


Thursday, October 25, 2019 / Comp Schedule


Opera Thursday:  Engelbert Humperdinck (1854-1921) / Hansel and Gretel (1893) “Now wake up, it’s time to eat.” and “Ja Hel!  Now that the witch is dead.” (32)


Hansel and Gretel is an opera by nineteenth-century composer Engelbert Humperdinck, who described it as a Märchenoper (fairy tale opera). The libretto was written by Humperdinck's sister, Adelheid Wette, based on the Grimm brothers' fairy tale "Hansel and Gretel". It is much admired for its folk music-inspired themes.  The idea for the opera was proposed to Humperdinck by his sister, who approached him about writing music for songs that she had written for her children for Christmas based on "Hansel and Gretel".  After several revisions, the musical sketches and the songs were turned into a full-scale opera.  It has been associated with Christmas since its earliest performances and today it is still most often performed at Christmas time.  /  The scene you’ll be watching is from Act III when the wicked witch is  shoved into the oven by Hansel and Gretel.   Watch for Gretel (Christine Schafer) putting a toothbrush mustache on Hansel (Alice Coote) for a creepy reminder of the Holocaust.


Comp 3/4


Due Today:


Chapter 3 Notes

Chapter 3 Study Guide


Formal Assessment: 1st Quarter Comp


You will be tested on all of the 1st quarter material in this class except for the personal finance material on credit and the “How to survive college series.”


The exam will consist of approximately 40-50 multiple-choice questions and short answers questions modeled after the ones that you did in the earlier exams.


You will have until the end of the period to work on this material.  You might finish early so you’ll want to bring either material for another class to study for or reading material.  No electronics will be permitted.


We will review this exam on Monday.  Absences will have to do a comparable make-up exam on return.


Friday, October 26, 2019 / Comp 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.


Comp 2/5


Class will not be meeting today.

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