Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Segregation Forever? Black History Month Essay Contest

What: Segregation Forever? Black History Month Essay Contest

Details:  Use the resources below to answer the essay question. You must use the sources provided to support your opinion. You may use additional resources if you like, but you must reference at least two of the sources provided.

Essay Question: Is South Atlanta High School segregated and does it matter?


Marill, Michele Cohen. "Resegregation. (Cover Story)." Atlanta 47.12 (2008): 116-155. MasterFILE Elite. Web. 27 Jan. 2016.

Brown Fades: The End of Court-Ordered School Desegregation and the Resegregation of American Public Schools
Reardon, Sean F., et al. "Brown Fades: The End Of Court-Ordered School Desegregation And The Resegregation Of American Public Schools." Journal Of Policy Analysis & Management 31.4 (2012): 876-904. Business Source Complete. Web. 27 Jan. 2016.

Segregation Now
Hannah-Jones, Nikole. "Segregation Now.." Atlantic 313.4 (2014): 68-81. Literary Reference Center. Web. 27 Jan. 2016.
How the Legacy of Slavery and Racial Composition Shape Public School Enrollment in the American South
Reece, R. L., and H. A. Oconnell. "How the Legacy of Slavery and Racial Composition Shape Public School Enrollment in the American South." Sociology of Race and Ethnicity 2.1 (2015): 42-57. Web. 27 Jan. 2016.

General Guidelines:
  • MLA Format
  • 500 -750 words
  • Rubric - View and Download Here
  • Bibliography must be included

Prize: Kindle Fire HD6 with Cover

Deadline: February 29th

Submit Essays Online to

Scholarship Essay Contests for Undocumented Students

We all know that it is scholarship essay season, but many of those scholarships exclude students who are undocumented, but there is hope! These other scholarship essay contests don't require the ssn. Take a look and apply as soon as possible. 

The DREAM US Scholarship Program -

Ayn Rand "Anthem" Essay Scholarship -

Momeni Foundation Scholarship -

Davis-Putter Scholarship -

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Editing Wikipedia Pages for Students

As you consider what pages you would like to contribute to, please consider the following:

  • Is the information given on the topic misleading?
  • Is the information given in the topic too broad? Should a new section be added for more depth?
  • Can I provide something valuable to the discussions already being made on the "Talk" pages?

Also, don't discount people and places as possible topics to review.

Research Resources:
Start with scholarly articles and books/ebooks

Project Resources:

Watch this handy, dandy tutorial on GALILEO if you've forgotten all that I've taught you.

Summer Programs for Atlanta Students

Now is the time to start applying to those summer programs. Take a look at these local opportunities.

The H.O.T. Days @ Georgia Tech camp is a one-week-long summer program designed to introduce students attending high schools in Georgia to electrical and computer engineering (ECE) concepts. The goal of the program is to instill an interest in ECE and increase the number of high school graduates majoring in this field. Financial Aid Available. Due April 8th.

Girls Who Code
Girls Who Code is a national non-profit organization dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology. Their programs educate, inspire, and equip girls to pursue opportunities in computing. The Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program is a FREE seven-week introduction to computer science for girls going into 11th and 12th grade.

CDC Disease Detective Camp
Are you interested in public health, epidemiology, medicine, and environmental issues? Then the CDC (Center for Disease Control)Disease Detective Camp is a good program for you to enroll. Visit their website for an application and to learn more about the program.
SIG offers unique programming for gifted and talented students ages 5-17 during the summer and school year.Three-week summer sessions for gifted students ages 5-12* wanting to participate in captivating courses built to enhance existing talents while remaining in the local community. Financial Aid available.

Summer Science Academy @ Emory
The Summer Science Academy Program is a two-week science enrichment program that offers a series of lectures, labs, and field experiences for high school students.

The CDC Disease Detective Camp teaches attendees the fundamentals of CDC’s work: the field of public health and the science of epidemiology. Public health is a vast field that covers many aspects of keeping populations of people healthy. It includes, but is not limited to, research, data collection, data analysis, and health education. Epidemiology, the systematic study of diseases in populations, is one of the sciences used at CDC to help improve the public’s health.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Blackout for Human Rights

On Monday, January 18th from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Blackout for Human Rights and the Campaign for Black Male Achievement will host “MLK Now,” a special MLK Day event to celebrate and honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and explore how his message and vision continue to resonate in today's racial, social and political landscape. Taking place at Harlem’s Riverside Church – where Dr. King performed his famous 1967 speech “Beyond Vietnam: A Time To Break Silence” -- the event will feature historic speeches performed by some of today’s leading actors -- including Chris Rock, Oscar-Winner Octavia Spencer, Michael B. Jordan, Tony Award-Winner Anika Noni Rose, Tessa Thompson, and more. VICE will serve as media partner on the event. “MLK Now” will also feature musical performances by Rose and Grammy-Nominated Artist Bilal and closes off with an interactive panel discussion addressing the most pressing human rights issues of today – including police violence, racial and social injustice, economic inequality, the prison industrial complex and grassroots and political mobilization. Panelists include Filmmaker and Blackout Member Ryan Coogler; Grammy-Nominated Hip Hop Artist J. Cole; Black Lives Matter Co-Founder and Black Alliance for Just Immigration Executive Director Opal Tometi; Arab American Association of New York Executive Director Linda Sarsour; Million Hoodies Movement for Justice Executive Director Dante Barry; and Activist Leon Ford, Jr. Blackout is a network of artists, entertainers, advocates, spiritual leaders, educators and everyday citizens who commit their collective resources towards addressing human rights violations in the U.S. Blackout is comprised of both high visibility and everyday citizens. Members include Coogler, Michael B. Jordan, Charles King, Nate Parker, Donald “Childish Gambino” Glover, Ava DuVernay, Jesse Williams, John Burris, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rosa Clemente, Michael McBride, Shaka King, Scott Budnick, David Oyelowo, Pastor Michael McBride and others. DOORS WILL OPEN AT 1:30 p.m., program to begin at 3:00 p.m. Tickets for the event are free and can be found at For real-time updates and announcements, follow @UnitedBlackOut and @BMAchievement using the hashtag #mlkNOW and #CBMA

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Senior Research Project

Try to start your research project with a question. Once you've got that you can explore where to go, but you'll need lots of sources to get a good idea of your issue and possible solutions. Shoot for:

  • 2 articles
  • 2 websites
  • 2 newspaper articles
  • 2 books/ebooks
  • 1 video/podcast
Begin with these resources:

Opposing Viewpoints
Google Scholar

School Catalog
Google Books

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Join the 2016 Reading Challenge

2016 is your year to set goals achieve them and surpass them. We're hoping that one of those goals is to read more and to motivate you we're joining Goodreads in their 2016 reading challenge. You can set a goal of however many books you'd like, but if you reach the golden 25 you'll be entered into a raffle to win a Kindle FIRE HD with keyboard and cover.

The deadline to reach 25 will be right before the milestones so you'll have all of Spring Break to do nothing but hide out in your reading cave.

Register Here

Remember, I can only track your books if you're checking out from the library.

Stand with Malala

The YES! Student Writing Competition is an opportunity for middle school through university students to write for a real audience - not just you, the teacher - and the chance to be published by an award-winning magazine. This quarter's theme is Every Girl's Right.
Each quarter, students are invited to read and write an essay on a selected YES! Magazine article. YES! Magazine divides contestants into four categories: middle school, high school, university, and Powerful Voice (for authors whose essays are powerful and passionate). Winning essays in each category are published on YES! Magazine website and in the online education newsletter. Register by January 14th!

This winter, students will read and respond to the YES! Magazine article,
"Stand With Malala: Meet the Teenagers Who Survived the Taliban and Kept Going to School." From 2009-2012 the Taliban forcefully banned girls in the Swat Valley of Pakistan from going to school. In an interview with Shazia Ramzan and Kainat Riaz, the two friends of Malala who were also shot on the bus tell the story of the traumatic experience that emboldened them to stand up for the right of every girl to an education.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Girls Who Code

Girls Who Code

Girls Who Code is a national non-profit organization dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology. Their programs educate, inspire, and equip girls to pursue opportunities in computing. The Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program is a FREE seven-week introduction to computer science for girls going into 11th and 12th grade.