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Calendar of Events

Parent Teacher Conference

November 2008

November 6th Grades Due

November 7th - 11th School Closed (904) 241-3515 November 2008
November 13th Parent Teacher Conference SACS CASI Accreditation & NIPSA Accreditation
November 21st & 22nd RUMORS 8:00PM

November 23rd RUMORS 2:00PM

Christmas Concert November 26th - 28th School Closed

During our Fall Festival this year we

Wow it's November.
explored the foods of different cultures…. I look forward to seeing you
a lot this month.
Please bring friends and
family to all the fun filled

The comedy "Rumors" by

Neil Simone, will be our first
TFA production in our new

We explored the way other cultures

Our Student-led Conference
Our first 2008-2009 family
breakfast. Our first Big
Thank you and Honor
We played games from different cultures. Society induction ceremony
on our new campus.

It is the year of firsts. You

need to be part of them.
We have so much to be
grateful for.

These are difficult times for

many. Remembering our
bounty reminds us how truly
blessed we are.

You and your children as

part of our lives we count as
a great bounty. Let us praise
God together.

"The Lord is my shepherd, I

shall not want."
Psalm 23:1
3675 San Pablo Road South Jacksonville, FL 32224
Phone: (904) 241-3515 Fax: (904) 821-1247 Web:

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Second Book Report Due December 2nd Staff Bio Teacher Bio
Ray Szaltis Greg Stites
Ninth and tenth grade students should be reading something special for their next book report, due right after Thanksgiving break. Ray Szaltis, our new vice principal, comes to us I have been teaching in one capacity or another for about fifteen years. My
In addition to reading at home, students might take advantage of the TFA school-wide reading time at the end of Portfolio Seminar every with over 30 years experience working in first job as a teacher was in Metairie, Louisiana. I taught seventh and eighth grade
Wednesday from 12:00-12:30. Of course Wednesday afternoon early release offers another opportunity to read and write. So please take education. The majority of Ray’s experience was Social Studies. I also coached Football and Soccer. My next experience came in an
your student to the library often and encourage reading and talking about what is being read. with Jacksonville University and the University of alternative school setting called the Eckerd Wilderness Educational System. I worked
North Florida. More recently he worked with with behaviorally and emotionally disturbed youth, helping them to work on and through
Because talking about what we read can be as important as writing our insights, HILI 1-4 classes are initiating Reading Circles. Center Academy and the Broach schools as both their difficulties in order to return to a more normal and productive setting. I worked
Students have the chance to persuade four or five fellow students to read the same book, make Book Mark notes, and use those notes to a teacher and school director. Married for 32 for this organization for seven and a half years in North Carolina. My most recent stint
help everyone look at the text together to discuss it. If students do not bring their own books, stories will be provided for these reading ex- years to his wife Jennie, they operated Studios came as the Drama Teacher at Greenwood School, here in Jacksonville, FL for the last
ercises. However, these Reading Circles are meant to provide a chance to work toward the book report if a student so chooses. There will for Creating, an art school, for 13 years in the six years. I started and built up their theatrical program from the ground up. I am
be more book report assignments as the year progresses, so encourage your student to plan ahead, choose books, and convince some class- Lakewood area. They have two sons, JP and enjoying the opportunity to work here at The Foundation Academy and look forward to
mates to read the same book to form a Reading Circle. Check your student’s Planner to know what days are devoted to Reading Circles. Nick, who are attending college in Orlando. continued development of my skills as a teacher and member of this wonderful
Please welcome Mr. Ray to our family. community. Please feel free to initiate a conversation with me if I don’t start one with
--KLSH you first!

HILI 1-4 Book Report Instructions

Questions? Call Dr. K: 242-0607 Study: Sex On TV Linked To Teen Pregnancy
Read a book of your choice and write an essay that addresses all of the following points, 1-8, with an illustration (9).
Choose your examples from many different parts of the book. The final essay should be typed, or very neatly written, on one side WASHINGTON (AFP) — A study published Monday claimed it had established for the first time a link between TV programs with sexual
of the paper, in blue or black ink. Each book report (essay with illustration) will be presented in class, so plan to show off! content and teenage pregnancies. Researchers interviewed 2,000 adolescents aged 12 to 17 three times between 2001 and 2004 and found that
those with the highest exposure to sex on television were twice as likely to be involved in a pregnancy than those with the least exposure.
NEXT BOOK REPORT DUE: December 2, 2008. "Adolescents receive a considerable amount of information about sex through television and that programming typically does not highlight the
risks and responsibilities of sex," said Anita Chandra, the lead author and a behavioral scientist at RAND, the nonprofit research organization that
funded the study. "Our findings suggest that television may play a significant role in the high rates of teenage pregnancy in the United States," she
1. In the first paragraph, introduce the book to your reader with a sentence giving the title, author, and date of publication; then said. Researchers said the study demonstrated that programs with sexual content create the perception there is little risk of sex without
explain something you find unusual about this book; and finally, describe what kind of person would enjoy this book. contraception. By the third interview, 744 of the 2,000 teenagers in the survey said they had engaged in sexual intercourse and 718 of the youths
Next write a minimum of one paragraph (5-7 sentences) for each of sections 2-8 below. shared with RAND information about their pregnancy histories. Of that group, 91 teens, 58 girls and 33 boys, were involved in a pregnancy. The
rate of teenage pregnancies has increased for the first time in 15 years, measuring 41.9 births per 1,000 Americans aged 15 to 19 years in 2006,
2. Tell the main CHARACTER’S name and describe in your own words the character’s appearance and personality. Then quote according to the Center for Prevention and Disease Control (CDC). "The amount of sexual content on television has doubled in recent years,
(copy and give page number!) a passage from the book that describes the character well. The quote is evidence for your and there is little representation of safer sex practices in those portrayals," said Chandra. The findings have implications for broadcasters, parents
interpretation. Do all of these steps for a second character. and health care providers, she added. The US has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates among industrialized nations, with nearly one million
adolescent females becoming pregnant each year, with the majority of these pregnancies unplanned, according to RAND.
3. Describe a location (SETTING=time and place) in the story and tell what happens in this place and time. Quote (give the
page number!) a description from the book that clarifies what you have described.
4. Tell three important events in the story (PLOT). Explain how/why the first causes the second and the second causes the third. Performing Arts Presents:
Create a timeline to clarify the sequence of events. Rumors
5. Quote (give the page number!) something funny (or scary or some other emotion) (MOOD) and explain why it is funny (or
The Performing Arts department is getting
scary). Then quote something sad (or some other emotion, such as anxious or mysterious, or daring, etc.) and explain how that
ready for the first production of the
part makes you experience that emotion.
year! On November 21st, 22nd, and 23rd,
6. Text to Self: Find something in the story that reminds you of something you have experienced. Quote (give the page num- high school drama students will be putting
ber!) that part of the story and then write a detailed comparison between the story and yourself. on Neil Simon's “Rumors” in the brand new
7. Text to Text: Explain how a part of the story reminds you of another book, movie, song, or other artwork. Quote (give the Blackbox Theater. This will be the TFA
page number!) that part of the story and write a detailed comparison between the story and the work it reminds you of. theater’s inaugural performance and you
will not want to miss it. “Rumors” is an
8. Text to World: Quote (give the page number!) something from the story that you must research in order to understand it. For
hilarious farce written by one of
example, maybe the character is wearing a “garanimals” shirt so you must look it up to see what that brand looks like. Look up
America's best loved playwrights. As
the thing you chose and write what you learned. Tell where you found the information.
always, our students are working very hard
9. Create an artwork (a drawing or collage) that illustrates what you wrote for one of the “TEXT to…” parts (6, 7, or 8). to make this show top quality and we want
to give them a full house every night!
“Rumors” will run for one weekend only, so
please reserve your tickets with the front
Foundation Academy Christmas Concert office today!

It's getting around to that time of year again! Our Christmas concert will be held in the new Blackbox Theater
Monday, December 15 and Tuesday, December 16th at 7pm. The whole school is involved in this event, so please Show Times:
come support TFA and enjoy a great holiday concert filled with music and dance! Since our theater has limited
seating, we are encouraging guests to choose which night they would like to attend and let the front desk know. Friday November 21st and Saturday
November 22nd @ 8:00 pm
Sunday November 23rd @ 2:00 pm

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