Archive | March, 2012

Spring Break

23 Mar

Happy Almost Spring Break folks!

We hope you have a fun, silly, relaxing, and safe week!!

See you soon!!

Snow Day!

22 Mar

I’m sure many of you know by now that school is closed because of last night’s snow. This also means, of course, that the Writing Center is closed.

There are a few appointments scheduled for today. For those folks – feel free to come in on Friday. Now if school is closed on Friday, email me at & we can figure it out there.

Enjoy your snow day!

Extended Essay Seminar Sessions

19 Mar

Extended Essay Seminar Sessions

You MUST attend one of the following: 10% grade

March 19 Period 2 or 8

March 20 Period 1 or 7


You MUST attend one of the following: 10 % grade

April 11 Period 2 or 8

April 12 Period 1 or 7


You MUST attend one of the following: 10 % grade

May 15 Period 2 or 8

May 16 Period 1 or 7


Working Bibliography Due May 16: 50% grade


April 13 – May 25

You MUST make an appointment with the writing center to discuss your research question and your research plan. We will document your visit. 10% grade


Research Plan Due June 8: 10 % grade

All sessions are in the Library

16 Mar

St. Patrick’s Day

15 Mar
Since St Patrick’s Day is fast approaching, I thought it a good idea to take a look at the holiday through a literary lens.

First, if you’re looking for some background information about the day, check out The History Channel’s extensive site. You can read about the symbols & traditions, cook up some recipes (corned beef and cabbage is WAY better than it looks, I promise), and check out some interesting facts (speaking of corned beef and cabbage, did you know that “in 2009, roughly 26.1 billion pounds of beef and 2.3 billion pounds of cabbage were produced in theUnited States?”).

The San Francisco Examiner recently published an article about 9 different novels about Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day, and Irish legends. Anyone read any of those listed? What did you think? Do you have a recommendation that’s missing from this list?

Interested in some St. Patrick’s Day/Irish themed poetry? Check out the selections listed here. Easily the most famous is Danny Boy and I’m sure it goes without saying that this is the best version out there.

Any other St. Patty’s Day literary type things I missed? What are your plans for the day?

Old Maps Online

14 Mar

“The world’s single largest online collection of historical maps launched earlier this week at Old Maps Online. By the end of the year, the site aims to have 60,000 maps available for public access.”

“Each historical map you click on is presented in a separate frame that you can enlarge, drawn from the contributing institution. A slider across the top allows you to dynamically change the offerings by moving from as early as 1000 CE up to 2010 (check Google Maps for anything more recent). A search box allows you to navigate by place name.”

Read the rest of the article that’s quoted above here.

A Few New Things

13 Mar

Hi Folks,

There are a few new features on the blog that I wanted to make sure to highlight:

* Need to get a hold of the Writing Center? Go to our Contact Us page, which can be found at the top of every page.

* We want to know what you think so there is now a Polls & Surveys popup, which is located in the right-hand column. Our first survey is there waiting for you!

* The right hand-column has another new resident — the Writing Center Calendar. It will have all kinds of important dates & events. Not sure when an assignment is due? Wondering about IB deadlines and dates? Looking for something fun to do? Check the calendar. You should also be able to integrate any event posted into your own Google calendar.

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