Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Thunder Hawaiian Shirt Day!

THURSDAYS on Team Thunder are Hawaiian Shirt Days!! 

And not just because Mr. Myers has a striking resemblance to Tom Selleck - but because of a long standing Mr. Sorenson tradition. 

Please read 'tradition' to mean Mr. Sorenson might have an obsession with shirt purchasing. 

Join in the fun and break out that Hawaiian shirt. While hula skirts are not allowed, we are working on a pig roast....

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

What do you need to have a good year?

 Are you hoping to have some good days in math this year? science? history? band? Do you want to be a better basketball player, volleyball player, singer, actor, science bowler? The truth is there is one thing that you really need to be successful this year.  The answer is sleep.  According to many studies teenagers need at least 9 hours of sustained sleep each night in order to perform well.  You need 9 hours because your body's release of melatonin is getting quite mixed up these days - at the same time other chemicals and hormones are having some issues.  This causes your body to desire, need, more sleep and at odd times.  You are not lazy because you suddenly want to sleep in on the weekends or you struggle to get up in the morning.  Your body is simply letting you know that you need more sleep.  What can you do?  Watch your diet for things that might keep you up.  Have a bedtime routine that is consistent.  Limit your screen time (computer, gaming and phones) before you go to bed.  And don't sleep in American History...

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Welcome to Our Story!

A polarized country, uncivil political discourse, media bias and propaganda, …

This is our story, not current events but part of who we are as a nation, nothing new.  It is a constant working at perfecting this union.  It is a story that is not only awesome to share, but exciting to be a part of.  This year we will be studying our story, your story.  We won’t get to it all, but will hit most of the highlights.  There will be great moments and quite frankly some tragedies.  We will look at both and as much as we can in between. I do not expect you to come in with a love for history, I understand many do not.  I simply hope that you have an openness to hear a story, learn some new plots and characters, and come to the realization that no matter who you are, our history is your story and that you play a part in not only creating the identity of America, but its future identity as well.  To be sure you will also learn some technical skills; some map reading, reading comprehension and evaluation, research gathering and analysis and work management.  But that will all come on the pages of the story we will share.  We will begin with thirteen colonies full of people with all sorts of motivations, hopes, dreams and fears.  We will end as the nation attempts to cover it largest wound and violent disagreement.  In the end we will see that our nation is the longest running collective of people perfecting themselves.  It is a great hope, begun many years ago and that still holds true today.

I am excited to get to the story and to share it with you.  More importantly I cannot wait to see how you play a part in that story.  Let’s get going…