Monthly Archives: January 2014

Friendship Visit (Celebración de Dia de Amor y Amistad)

COMMUNITY SERVICE CLUB–  Our visit to Nuestro Pequenos Hermanos will take place on Sunday, February 2nd. We will meet in the Discovery School parking lot at 8:15 AM.


Grade 6 – Lakes and Deserts

We are learning about the lakes, deserts, and mountains of North America this week.

The Mysteries of the Great Lakes and the uniqueness of the desert Southwestern US.

Bryce, Zion, and Grand Canyon National Parks will be visited by video on Tuesday.

Wednesday is a half day for students.

Thursday and Friday, climate and resources of North America.

Grade 7 – Asian Geography

January 27 to 31, 2014

Monday – Pop Quiz on Asian Geography

Tuesday – Quiz on Asian Features.  Homework- Review and be ready to be tested on the information in this video. Asia: Political Divisions, Location, and Physical Features-

Wednesday – Library

Thursday – Review

Friday – Asian Features Test

Homework: Study the countries of Asia. Practice with these links.


Grade 8 – The Rise of Rome

January 27 to 31, 2014

Monday – The Birth of Rome, Timeline, Key Events, and Impact Today

Tuesday – Geography and People, Map on page 150 in Glencoe World History.

The Founding of Ancient Rome:

Wednesday – Early Italy, where were the Etruscans? Finish maps.

The Etruscans – Legacy of a Lost Civilization

Glencoe World History, page 148 to 150, study the Guide to Reading

Thursday – The Roman Republic, Glencoe World History, page 151 to 154.

Friday – Be prepared for a quiz on pages 146 to 155.

Homework due: Section 1 Assessment, page 154, 1 to 7, due before 8am.


COMMUNITY SERVICE CLUB  The Community Service Club will meet on Tuesday, January 28th at lunch in Mrs. Agurcia’s Room (Rm. 7; Secondary Building) to plan for our Friendship Visit (Celebración de Dia de Amor y Amistad).  Our visit to Nuestro Pequenos Hermanos will take place on Sunday, February 2nd.  We will meet in the Discovery School parking lot at 8:15 AM.

General Announcements

MAP TESTING – This is week two of our second MAP testing session for this school year.

CHOIR PARENTS – On Monday, February 3, at 3:15 p.m., there will be a mandatory meeting in the school Library for parents of all Choir students who are planning to travel to New York City in June 2014 to perform at the prestigious Carnegie Hall. Information will be given concerning the trip and payments needed, and Important decisions about the trip will be taken. We need at least one parent for each Choir student to attend this meeting.

SCHOLASTIC BOOKS! – This month your child(ren) will have the opportunity to purchase books through the International Scholastic Book Clubs.  This is an optional activity offered by the school, in case you want to motivate your child to read at home and to increase their own library.  With your purchase, our library will accumulate points to redeem for more books for the benefit of your children in our school. Order forms and catalogues were sent home on Friday. The final date to purchase the books online is February 10. The books will arrive at the school in one single delivery, and we will distribute them to the students according to their orders, approximately three weeks after the purchase due date. Please email Ms. Marilis ( ) if you have any questions.

FROM THE DPTO – PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS – The DPTO has been working very hard to organize the traditional Movie Event for Discovery School families. This year, it will take place at NOVACENTRO on Sunday, February 9 at 11:00 a.m. for the presentation of THE LEGO MOVIE

Grade 8 – The End of the Greeks!

January 21 to 24, 2014

Monday – Happy Martin Luther King Day

Tuesday – Greek celebrity,  writer, scientist, philosopher, or leader you are interested in. Due January 21, 2014. Class discussion.

Wednesday – Review Alexander the Great.

Preview Horrible Histories link.

NG Alexander the Great:

Thursday – Review for test. Homework:

Alexander the Great and the Birth of Hellenism

Friday – A celebration of learning is tentatively planned for January 24, 2014 to cover all the Greek periods.

Chapter 4: Ancient Greece, 1900–133 B.C.

1. The Minoan civilization, which flourished between 2700 and 1450 B.C., was established __________
a.   in Athens.
b.   in Mycenae.
c.   on Crete.
d.   in Troy.
2. Homer taught that the Greek value of arête, or excellence, is achieved through __________
a.   study.
b.   honor.
c.   worship.
d.   struggle.
3. The Greek city-states relied on infantrymen called __________ for their defense.
a.   helots
b.   hoplites
c.   phalanx
d.   oracles
4. What happened in Greek city-states after tyrants fell out of favor by the end of the sixth century B.C.?
a.   Dictators took over the rule of city-states.
b.   Many people now participated in government in some cities, leading to the development of democracy.
c.   The rule of city-states fell again to the aristocracy in all city-states.
d.   The city-states dissolved.
5. A group of five men, ephors were __________ leaders in Sparta responsible for the education of youth and the conduct of all citizens.
a.   elected
b.   appointed
c.   military
d.   religious
6. During the Age of Pericles, the Athenians became deeply attached to their political system of __________
a.   direct democracy.
b.   oligarchy.
c.   tyranny.
d.   representative democracy.
7. The Delian League was __________
a.   an alliance between Athens and Sparta.
b.   a pact between Greece and Macedonia.
c.   a treaty between Athens and Persia.
d.   a defensive alliance against the Persians formed by Athenians.
8. A turning point in the Great Peloponnesian War came when __________
a.   a plague killed more than a third of the people in Athens.
b.   Sparta destroyed the Athenian fleet.
c.   the Athenians charged the Spartans outside the city walls.
d.   the Spartans were able to break down the city walls of Athens.
9. In order to learn the will of the gods, the Greeks __________
a.   built temples.
b.   made use of oracles.
c.   developed festivals.
d.   developed a body of religious doctrine.
10. __________, by Aeschylus, is the only complete Greek trilogy we possess today.
a.   The Iliad
b.   The Odyssey
c.   Oedipus Rex
d.   The Oresteia
11. __________, one of the early Greek philosophers, taught that the essence of the universe could be found in music and numbers.
a.   Socrates
b.   Pythagoras
c.   Aristotle
d.   Plato
12. After defeating a Persian army at Issus, Alexander did all EXCEPT __________
a.   returning home to Athens.
b.   building Alexandria, the Greek capital of Egypt.
c.   defeating the Persians in a decisive battle near Babylon.
d.   expanding his empire as far as modern Pakistan.
13. Which was NOT a reason why Greek culture spread in Southwest Asia during the Hellenistic Era?
a.   People native to each area were encouraged to participate in colonial government.
b.   Hellenistic rulers encouraged a massive spread of Greek colonists to Southwest Asia.
c.   Greek administrators, architects, actors, and others moved to the new Greek cities.
d.   All government business was transacted in Greek rather than native languages.
14. Alexandria stood out among other Hellenistic cities for all reasons EXCEPT __________
a.   becoming the home for scholars of all kinds.
b.   its harbor.
c.   the library, which became the largest in ancient times.
d.   a museum that allowed for scholarly research.