Archive for September, 2015

Halloween story Contest!!!

 The Annual Halloween Story contest is Back….pumpkin-icon-1

All you writers get out your pens, hit the keyboards and write…..


A one page typewritten story, or poem about the scariest day of the year, No not state test Day.

    We mean Halloween. 

Story/Poem can be scary, thoughtful, or funny. All stories must be original. 

Submitted no later than October 23rd to Ms Broderick. All entries will be posted on the blog and 13 lucky people will win cash prizes. 

So go ahead and write your story… hope it is not too scary …. I scare easily. Good Luck!


legislative branchThe Legislative branch (The Senate and the House of Representatives) come up with the ideas and they get these ideas from the voters ( constituents) They propose laws to the next branch the Executive Branch (The President)  in a written paper called a bill.images_(7)  The idea is  not law yet a bill is an idea that can become a law.  If the President decides to sign it.

There are two house in the Legislative Branch.

The House of Representatives and the Senate.

Both groups are elected by the people.

The House  serves for two two years and the Senate senate serves  6 years.

Then they have to be reelected.

Each state gets two senators.

The House of Representatives is dependent on population.  A state gets as many representative based on how many people live in the state.  For example New York has 29 representative while Hawaii has 1.

The House deals with bills that involved spending  and money.

The Senate deals with bills that involved foreign affairs. Declaring war or making treaties with other countries.

The Senate  also confirms court appointees and the president’s cabinet members.
Using the above Paragraph Answer the following questions:

  1. What two  houses make up the Legislative Branch?
  2. What is their main job?
  3. How do we pick members of the Legislative Branch?
  4. How long do senators serve (term)?
  5. How long do members of the House of Representatives serve?
  6. How many senators does each state get?
  7. How many representatives do each state get?

Bonus question which part of the legislative branch confirms court and presidential appointees?

How do fall leaves change color? Answer the questions

  1. Why are leaves green ( because of what process and what chemical)?

2. What two ingredients  are needed for leaves to appear green?

3.True or false green leaves are hiding other colors, explain?

4. Why do leaves change color what is it a lack of?

5. What makes leaves appear orange, yellow and brown?

6.What makes leaves appear red and purple?

Watch the Brainpop movie here to review for the questions.

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Welcome Ms. Sullivan’s Class.

 school-open-house-clipart-back-to-school-college-clip-art-1Welcome back. This begins a new year. I have a few questions I would like to you to answer here.

Name one thing that you did this summer that you really liked. Tell me about it in detail.

Tell me one thing about yourself?

What do you want to learn about this year?

What do you need to improve on?  

What is the best thing about you?

Write one or two sentences here to answer each of  these questions. Make sure you use a capital letter to start the sentence and a period to end the sentence. Use the shift key to capitalize the letters. 

Ms Brassfield’s and Ms. Dimeo’s Class

We like to say that the 3 branches of government replaced King George. That  this

                                                                       Was replaced by this

In a Monarchy  the King or Queen rules. The only ideas represented are the ideas of the king.  They have all the power. In our form of government a Representative Democracy  we vote for our leaders and all voters ideas are represented. In a Monarchy all the power is concentrated in the in the hands of the King or Queen. They come up with the ideas. They make the laws. They enforce the laws and only they can change the laws.

In the 3 Branches of government the power is shared between the three  branches.  The Legislative branch (The Senate and the House of Representatives) come up with the ideas and they get these ideas from the voters ( constituents) They propose laws to the next branch in a written paper called a bill. The idea is  not law yet a bill is an idea that can become a law. The Executive Branch which includes the President and Vice President can sign the bills and make them a law. He can also veto the bills and that means the bill will not become a law.  The Legislative branch can override the Veto if they have enough votes in the Congress. The 3rd branch of government is the  Judicial Branch  and includes federal courts and the Supreme Court, The highest court in the land. The Job of the Supreme court is to make sure that all laws and lower courts do not violate the rules of the Constitution. They can get rid of a law if it goes against the rules of the Constitution.

Each branch has it’s own job. And all 3 branches check the power of the other 2 branches.

 Here is a link to the Icivic game about the 3 branches of Government. 

Mac’s Class

Answer each question in complete sentences:

What were the Articles of Confederation?

What were some problems with them?

What is a federalist?

What is an anti-federalist?

What we learned so far:

The American Revolution: was fought because the members of the 13 colonies  wanted to have representation in the government. Events like the Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea Party led to the first Shot Heard around the World and the American Revolution. Eventually George Washington led the American colonies to victory over England.the-american-revolution-george-everett

Now what do we do?

Well the colonist did not want a strong federal government at first that would act like a King, but they recognized that they would need some form of government So they came up with the idea that they would give individual States most of the rights in their first governing document called the Articles of Confederation. ArticlesOfConfederationThis left most of the laws and rule up to each individual state.

The Articles of Confederation gave the colonists more  freedom to make decisions, have a voice in their government, and make friends with other nations.  But there was a problem. The cooperation between the States was not strong or consistent. George Washington and several others felt they needed a stronger government that unified the states.

Some problem with the Articles of Confederation

No taxes:

You have to remember why the 13 colonies went to war against England because of taxes.

*The Articles of Confederation gave the Federal government no power to ask each state for money to run things like an army or enforce laws, Laws could be made but not enforced.

*Also there was no way or authority to resolve conflicts between states. The Federal government was in no way in charge of the country.


The Preamble to the Constitution

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

The Preamble to the Constitution has no force in law; instead, it establishes the “Why” of the Constitution. Why is this document in existence? It reflects the desires of the Framersto improve on the government they currently had (to be “more perfect” than the Articles of Confederation), to ensure that that government would be just, and would protect its citizens from internal strife and from attack from the outside. It would be of benefit to the people, rather than to its detriment. And, perhaps as importantly, it intended to do the same for the future generations of Americans. A more extensive exploration of the Preamble is also available.


Article 1 establishes the first of the three branches of the government, The Executive branch, The Legislative Branch,and the Judicial Branch.


From Time for Kids :

Under Fire

Over the weekend, wildfires in California leave a path of destruction

SEPTEMBER 14, 2015

Tall flames rise behind firefighters on September 13, 2015, near San Andreas, California.

A wildfire in Northern California destroyed more than 400 homes and businesses and caused one death over the weekend. Residents were forced to leave the area along roads where some buildings and vehicles were still in flames.

A second blaze, less than 200 miles away, destroyed 135 homes as it spread through two counties in the state’s Sierra Nevada region.

The main cause behind the fast-spreading fires is dry conditions caused by the California drought, which has entered its fourth year.

Firefighters create a firebreak to protect near a home in Middletown, California, on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015.

Firefighters create a firebreak to protect near a home in Middletown, California, on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015.

“The bushes, the trees have absolutely no moisture in them, and the humidities are so low that we are seeing these ‘fire starts’ just erupt into conflagrations,” or large, disastrous fires, says Mark Ghilarducci, director of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. Ghilarducci said this summer’s fires are the most destructive he has seen in 30 years of emergency response work.

Fighting Fires

On September 13, firefighters raced to control the 95-square-mile blaze as thousands of residents fled their homes. In the Lake County town of Middletown, California, wind gusts up to 30 miles per hour spurred flames that quickly engulfed homes and businesses.

California Governor Jerry Brown called a state of emergency to free up resources on September 13. Meanwhile, the other 111-square-mile wildfire along the Sierra Nevada foothills had already received the same designation.

Some firefighters worked on the ground to put out spot fires in the two regions while others fought the fire from helicopters flying above.

“This is my home. Or it was,” said Justin Galvin, a firefighter who lost his own house.

On Monday morning, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said that the Lake County fire was 5% contained.

A Summer of Flames

A fire continues to burn in the remains of a Middletown, California, home Sunday, September 13, 2015.

A fire continues to burn in the remains of a Middletown, California, home Sunday, September 13, 2015.

Unprecedented wildfires have sprung up this summer in the Pacific Northwest. California, Washington, Oregon, and Idaho are among the states most affected. While wildfires are not uncommon in these regions during summer months, record high temperatures have fed the flames.

The largest of the California wildfires this summer is still burning. It began on July 31 after a lightning strike. It has charred 211 square miles and, as of September 13, it was 36 percent contained, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

Staying Safe from Fire

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection is urging people to help stay prepared by issuing safety tips. Here are important things to remember if you live in an at-risk area:

· Clear dead weeds and vegetation from your yard.
· Remove leaves and needles from your home’s gutters.
· Before starting a campfire in the wild, make sure you have a campfire permit and are allowed to be on the land you’re visiting.
· After holding a legal campfire, make sure it is properly extinguished.


Answer the following questions:

1 What is causing the fires in California?

2. Name two things that made the fires spread so fast?
3. What is a fire break?

4. What is a firestart, what causes this?

5. How long has the drought been going on in California?

6. What is a drought?

September 11th, 2014

The September 11th Attack on America
On September 11, 2001, there was an attack on America.
world-trade-center-new-yorkThere are some men that decided that they didn’t like what America stands for: freedom, liberty, and the rights of men and women of all races, backgrounds, and beliefs. So on the morning of September 11, 2001, they hijacked four planes and attacked America in a terrible way.
Two of the airplanes were crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City. The third plane was crashed into the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. The last plane was going to crash into another building in Washington, D.C., but the passengers stopped the hijackers, and the plane crashed into a field instead.
Thousands of people lost their lives through these attacks. Hundreds of people were on the planes. Thousands died in the buildings that were hit by those planes.
The men that arranged this terrible attack want Americans to feel afraid and disorganized. They want to make people who live in this country do what they say by threatening us. Basically they’re big bullies.
The people of the United States are a strong group of people. Keep faith in who you are and what our country stands for and we will become even stronger than before.

Please write 5 sentences about the attacks on this date. Tell me what you learned  from the reading and the Brainpop movie.