Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Map Section of Exam

Know these locations for the exam:

Washington State
Mississippi River
Persian Gulf
Panama Canal
Midway Island
Rio Grande River
Hong Kong
Pearl Harbor
West Point
Jamestown USA
Baltic Sea
North Sea
Rhine River
Salt Lake City
Black Sea
Sheffield Ma
Virgin Islands
Washington D.C.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A great Sports moment in your Life

Post a great sports moment in your life:

Division 3 College

Professional Golf

Division 1 High School

Division 1 College
Even if you Were Not a Player (2010 Softball)

Grayson Keith
Gulotta- Topics D
Sports Moment

My sports moment happened just recently. It started early on Monday morning at 6:30am. I remember setting five alarms before going to sleep the night prior and snoozing through three of them until I finally mustered the strength to lift myself out of bed. I took a freezing cold shower to wake myself up and was quickly on my way over to the Jack. I arrived 15 minutes early because I knew I would need to mentally prepare for what I was about to do, as well as warm my body up for the beating it was about to take. Mr. Lewton was in waiting for me when I got there, along with Arwen, John and Josiah. I remember thinking that this little crew we had was small in numbers but rich in spirit. As 6:30 crept closer and closer I actually became more calm and anxious to get started. I set my watch, took a quick sip of water, nodded to my three companions, and we were off.
               Running a marathon was something I never thought I would do. It never crossed my mind to put my body through a grueling test like that, especially because I was never excited about running anything over 100 yards. This was my mindset up until Mr. Lewton announced the Remembrance Run at meeting two weeks earlier. As he explained the challenge and the reason he was running so far, I knew I needed to be a part of it. The run was in remembrance of Sargent First Class Andrew Weathers and the Boston Marathon bombings. Honoring a fallen hero and suffering myself for those in Boston two years ago that fell victim to terrorist acts was an easy choice for me. I made the decision that morning to join Mr. Lewton in his effort to not only raise money, but also make a personal sacrifice out of respect for those who lost their lives. 
               I didn’t prepare at all for the marathon. Reflecting back on it now, that may not have been the best approach, but I wasn’t going to let that hold me back from completing this challenge. In the week leading up to the 26.2 miles, I ran a mere 6 miles. Although a daunting thought I still managed to click START on my watch and get my legs moving. Campus loop after campus loop went by and the miles started accumulating. I began to feel confidence fill my heart, body, lungs and thankfully my legs. By 8am we had run 9 miles together as a group. We kept track of this by drawing a tick mark on our arms every lap. This visual representation of my progress gave me a sense of motivation I later would be very thankful for. By 8am I felt great, I had 9 miles under my belt…but I had to go to class. I ran up the stairs of Math Science to my Psychology classroom and paced around the classroom with adrenaline. Sitting down was the hardest part. All I could think about was running another lap, cramping up, being out there with Mr. Lewton running. Luckily my teacher noticed my anxiousness and allowed me to leave if I answered a question. I made sure I answered thoroughly and made my way down the stairs to cram a few more laps in before I had to sit down again for Monday meeting. I squeezed two more miles in before finding my seat in Allen Theater. Once again the anxiousness kicked in. Thoughts of being out on the road tempted me, but I pushed through. Despite the rainy weather, It was Mountain Day and my excitement grew to a whole new level. This pleasant announcement allotted me the time and freedom I needed to finish this challenge.
               I booked it out the side door of Allen and was back running within seconds of meeting ending. The next three hours were a gut check for me. I had never pushed my body and mind as far as I did during those 15 remaining miles. Thankfully the people around me were going through a similar struggle, and for Josiah the exact struggle. Every two miles we would stop at the “Hydration Station” where Mrs. Lewton would meet us with Skittles, water and other little snacks to keep our bodies working. As she cheered us on to the next mile we immediately thought about the next quick stop at the “Hydration Station”. As the miles wound down, our bodies did too. I knew that my mind would soon have to take over control to keep me going. Every miles I would think ahead and visualize the stretch of road I would be encountering. Each hill, turn, flat and decline were ingrained in my brain. I would look forward 100 yards and say to myself “OK, make it too the tree and go from there”. Each checkpoint I set it my head was reason for celebration. It helped shrink the size of the mile loop down. At this point I had 6.2 miles left. Mr. Lewton had already finished and Josiah and I were on our own. Thoughts of Andrew Weathers, fallen heros and the events of the Boston Marathon bombing rushed into my head every time I felt doubt. Every time I felt like quitting I thought about Mr. Lewton who was waiting at the finish line for me, and I could always look to me left and see Josiah, going through the same struggle as me. As I curved the corner of Stanley Dorm and the “Hydration Station” my legs took off. The .2 miles of jogging I had left quickly turned into a sprint. I was filled with life as the finish line came into my sight. Sprinting fast across the finish line I was overwhelmed with joy. Joy because I didn’t have to run another mile, joy because I had finished something that seemed so impossible, joy because of the reasons I ran the marathon and joy because I pushed my body to a place it never had been and set a new bar for y mental toughness. It left me feeling like I could now do anything, no matter how impossible it may seem. Running this marathon was a defining moment for me, through the painful aftermath of sore muscles and blistered feet, I still felt joy because I had learned so much about myself in the process. 

Monday, March 2, 2015

Warm Weather Needed

Summer Will Be Great!!!!

homework btb

Behind the Badge Homework

Your homework is to check out one of these organizations in your community and tell us something about the organization.  Write one or two paragraphs explaining the P.D.  or  the F.D. or the E.M.S. in your town.  Submit these paragraphs on the WFG blog at this location by Wednesday for us to read them in class.

Medical Services

Firefighting Services

Law Enforecment

home for s & p

Sports and Politics Homework

Homework---Write a one paragraph account of a moment in your personal sports history that is special to you.

Put this on the WFG blog at
by Wednesday for all of us to read in class.

Friday, February 20, 2015

US and Advanced US History Progressive Chapter Question

Please select the Progressive Period Constitutional Amendment that you feel was the most needed by the American people and explain your decision clearly.  Due on Friday February 27th for A & E periods.  Due on Thursday February 26th F period.


Americans Must Pay an Income Tax
Voters will Elect our Senators instead of State Government Selection

Alcohol is prohibited

                             Woman are granted the right to vote in Federal                                                          Elections

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Reconstruction Assignment for US History Advanced Students

Your entry on this blog assignment is due Tuesday January 13th at the beginning of the class period.

Using the picture above as a guide: describe what you believe to be the biggest challenge for the USA during the Reconstruction Era. There are several possibilities: please decide based on your own ideas and feelings.  

Monday, January 5, 2015

Topics for US History Term Papers

What is the Topic you wish to write about for your 5 to 7 page paper?  This is due Monday January, 12 before your class period.

Please pick a topic that you really love and wish to investigate for then you will enjoy this project.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Roe v. Wade (1973)

What is your legal assessment of the Roe v Wade (1973) decision by the United States Supreme Court?

This is due December 9th during your class period.

Weddington is Roe's Lawyer---McCorvey is Roe

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Gold Rush

What route would you have taken in 1849 from New York City to the Gold Fields of California during the rush to riches??

The two water routes
The Santa Fe Trail

Oregon Trail

Tuesday, October 28, 2014


Answer this question on this blog by Tuesday November 4th.

Social Security

 Should the United States Government use tax revenues to support socially, both legal residents and citizens of the country? Prior to 1933 this was not done, but the "New Deal" of F.D.R.'s administration commenced with programs to offer funding to help those in need. Was this activity constitutional??

Entry due Tuesday November 4th

I copied the below from the Oyez, Oyez web page:


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Case Basics
Docket No. 
Steward Machine Company

Facts of the Case 
The Steward Machine Company challenged the validity of a tax imposed by the Social Security Act. The Act established a federal payroll tax on employers; however, if employers paid taxes to a state unemployment compensation fund (created by the states subject to federal standards), they were allowed to credit those payments toward the federal tax.
Did the Act arbitrarily impose taxes in violation of the Fifth Amendment or subvert principles of federalism?
In a 5-to-4 decision, the Court held that the tax under the Social Security Act was a constitutional exercise of congressional power. The Court found that the tax was uniform throughout the states and did not coerce the states in contravention of the Tenth Amendment. The Court took note of recent unemployment statistics from the years 1929 to 1936, maintaining that "[i]t is too late today for the argument to be heard with tolerance that in a crisis so extreme the use of the moneys of the nation to relieve the unemployed and their dependents is a use for any purpose narrower than the promotion of the general welfare. . .The nation responded to the call of the distressed."

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Arrest and Detain Suspected Terrorist?

What measures should the US Gov. take to protect Americans?
The blog entry is due before Saturday's class on 
25 October.

Below you will find the definitions of Illegal Conspiracy, and the rights of American Citizens defined and applied by the fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution.    Should US law enforcement by able to stop and detain people they think may be thinking of becoming ISIS soldiers or people who seem to be attempting to join other terrorist organizations?  Do you think we should welcome the monitoring of cell phones and internet traffic of suspected, but not proven terrorists??

the act of conspiring.
an evil, unlawful, treacherous, or surreptitious plan formulated in secret  by two or more persons; plot.
a combination of persons for a secret, unlawful, or evil purpose:
He joined the conspiracy to overthrow the government.
Law. an agreement by two or more persons to commit a crime, fraud,or other wrongful act.

Fourteenth Amendment: Remember this make the rights listed in the Bill of Rights Applicable to the National and the State Government

Article XIV (Amendment 14 - Rights Guaranteed: Privileges and Immunities of Citizenship, Due Process, and Equal Protection)

1: All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Friday, September 19, 2014


Choose one of the 27 United States Constitutional Amendments and explain why it is significant to you.  Have this done by 9/26/2014