Just to remind us that there are several things we can say to make a person's day better. Respond to this post with an idea about what you think people should say more often to help us with our Petaluma High foundation this year: Kindness, Resiliency, Togetherness, Gratitude!
On Friday, May 11, Tony Redhouse visited PHS and brought his gift of performance and ability to transmit and transcend culture with him. His music, stories, and dances were fascinating to watch and hear.
Learn more about him HERE, and watch a video of his impressive Hoop Dance below.
From a student:
Hello once again Ms. O'Connor,
I found a documentary on Netflix awhile ago and I have been hesitant about sending it to you because it's not directly related to English literature. But, I thought of how the documentary focuses on one of the biggest problems the world faces, poverty. Then that triggered the memory of our essays we recently wrote. The film directors were very passionate about their beliefs, but still kept the film educational with logic.
The documentary is called Living on one dollar. It is about four American college students who travel to Guatemala and live how many impoverished people live in small villages. The two main students Chris and Zach (also the directors of the film) are faced with many challenges; to list just a few, the stress of not having a stable income but also they face getting stomach sickness from malnutrition.
They have a website that has behind the scenes of their documentaries and their charity work helping some of the villagers in the town they stayed in. If you are interested, I also recommend their other documentary, Salam Neighbor (it is phenomenal).
Here is the link to their website:
Gorgeous effects. Nature astounds (click link to see).
More here (at this link).
What a wonderful use of technology and creativity! I love that these students, many of whom are truly challenged by their life circumstances to meet even their basic needs as children and as students, were able to be a part of this. Yay, Google! Read this story HERE. Heartwarming!
View their final effort below. Best seen in 360 with Google Cardboard!
What I love most about this story is that no matter how long human beings have been on planet Earth, we just keep discovering more information we did not know before. A new continent? Really? Fantastic, even if it is mostly under water...now. What about "once upon a time?"
This weekend has tested the ability of the sports industry - players, coaches, owners, and their other employees - to express their feelings about how their government, our government, supports or fails to support all members of our society. Your thoughts?
There are several articles web-wide about the events leading up to the recent debate. One article, below, is specifically about the NFL's re-release of an earlier video that seems to express their position as a league.
Here is an article about the NFL response.
Here is their video.
Photo by Jeffrey T. Barnes/Associated Press
Looking back at my post from April 2017, I noted that the 20 year mission of the Cassini exploratory spacecraft was coming to an end. That end arrived on Friday, and as I shared with students that day, some of the scientists present to hear its final signal and view the last photos taken had worked on this mission for the entire 20 years. Here are some links to consider and celebrate the accomplishments of those scientists.
NYTimes: Cassini's Grand Finale
Here is the information from NASA about Monday's solar eclipse. Remember that Mrs. Judah's HOSA students will be on the PHS quad with ways to safely view the eclipse. Of course, please remember to NEVER look directly at the sun when an eclipse is in progress as your retina could become permanently damaged.
A statement from the site says: On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe inspiring sights - a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun's tenuous atmosphere - the corona - can be seen, will stretch from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun's disk. NASA created this website to provide a guide to this amazing event. Here you will find activities, events, broadcasts, and resources from NASA and our partners across the nation.
Contemplate and consider. Respond if you so desire.
A place to browse, read, think, and, I hope, respond. Thoughtful comments that bring something to the conversation may earn up to 5 extra credit points. A solid paragraph, with no spelling nor grammar errors will earn the most points. Points may be earned every two weeks. For credit, you may also send me links to news and stories that interest you, and I will review them for possible posting here.