Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Greatest Speech of the 19th Century

The Gettysburg Address
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
November 19, 1863
On June 1, 1865, Senator Charles Sumner commented on what is now considered the most famous speech by President Abraham Lincoln. In his eulogy on the slain president, he called it a "monumental act." He said Lincoln was mistaken that "the world will little note, nor long remember what we say here." Rather, the Bostonian remarked, "The world noted at once what he said, and will never cease to remember it. The battle itself was less important than the speech."

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

First Paragraph of Causes of Civil War

First Paragraph of Causes of Civil War
Due Thursday December 6 for E and F
Due Friday December 7 for A

Con Law Briefs

Con Law Briefs--Good Luck
This is due November 30, 2012
On Blog- Pro-Life or Pro-Choice?

This is due Saturday December 1,2012

Thursday, November 15, 2012

F. Period Blog assignment

"The first, the quickest, and the most bloodless battle of the war was over. It was not a fair sample of what was to come."
This is the last sentence of chapter 12. What do Boorstin and Kelley mean?

This assignment is due Saturday first period,  November, 17.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

one last time up Mt. Washington

One more time I had the varsity runners of my cross-country team run up Mt. Everett on Mt. Washington Road starting in Egremont. They made the 3.1 miles in fine fashion.  After 34 years of coaching runners I feel good about turning the program over to Coach Anderson who will do a great job.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Our French team Memeber's report

This is the final email before I come back.
on the 31st of October, we won our 4th game in a row against China, and this allowed us to be assured of the fisrt place o fthe tournament but also it gave U18 Team France a qualification ticket to the Division 2  world championship in Switzerland.
It is Amazing. We were unsuspected but we played very well and had a great team spirit.
Even though we lost against Italy, our last game, I had an amazing time, and I am so happy I will be playing for team France in January again.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Conlaw blog assignment-Desegregation

"Lady Justice is pictured as blind, her daughter the law ought to at least be colored blind." (Albion Tourgee: lawyer for the plaintiff in Plessy v Ferguson (1896)


So why did the desegregation of schools, and the equal access to public facilities for all races take so long after the Brown vs The Board of Education of Topeka Kansas (1954)  case?

Roast kurma/sweet potato & garbanzo/chickpea salad

Hey this New Zealandish concoction was pretty good--it went very nicely with a summer ale and I imagine that a cooled white wine would also complement it well.  Love it as a supper after spending time near the ocean and I believe that my great wife Debbie should make this often when we retire to Cape Cod

Mandarin-organge cake

I suggest that you try something other than Mandarin-orange cake--say maybe fasting would be better.  It is not poison but it is not very exciting unless you need something for mouse traps.

next recipe from One World Veg. Cookbook

Piperade--is  AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My wife made this egg and pepper and tomatoes dish and it was a fantastic taste explosion of delight.

Add hot sauce--don't add hot sauce -- serve it with Caesars salad or serve it with an ice cold beer, or even serve it by itself---just eat and enjoy.

I am now ready to try new things because these new recipes are so much fun to experience.  Eating is the second best thing to do on earth and Piperade is one of the reasons.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

second message from French Goalie

Jeanne Morin
Oct 28 (2 days ago)

to me

I am sorry I was not able to answer you faster, but our internet is not free and right now I will only be able to use it for 24 hours.

We played two games so far. the first one against Slovakia and the second one against Kazakhstan. I play the first game fully and we won 3-2, but I did not play in the second even though we won 5-0. Kazakhstan was not a strong team, and as a team we did not play very well. Everyday we have a muscular warmup at 8:45am and a Breakfast/ brunch before our game. On top of this we have individual meeting after every games and team meetings after and before every games. We are playing G.B. tomorrow.

The web site with everything about the tournament is linked at the end of this email.
Jeanne Morin

Monday, October 29, 2012

My last home meet

On Sun, Oct 28, 2012 at 9:36 AM, Bill Gulotta <> wrote:

Berkshire vs  Gunnery, Salisbury, and South Kent  @ Berkshire

Berkshire 29  Gunnery  26,
Berkshire 15  South Kent  50
Berkshire 20  Salisbury  43

In our last home meet of the season the Bears ran awesome.  22 out of 22 Berkshire Boys ran their fastest time of the season improving by an an average of 30 seconds on the same course that they ran one week earlier.  The courage that was on display by these harriers was inspirational for they took the pain necessary to succeed for each other.  Selfish behavior never brings the joy one receives when one sacrifices for another, and on this day the determination to perform at the highest level was achieved by young man sprinting the last 300 yards until they virtually collapsed upon completing their run. The highlights I will now mention in no way are meant to belittle the effort on the teammates that I do not mention.  Wes Lickus arrived at the meet a bit late due to an academic commitment. Without the proper lunch or warm-up he went to the line and ran the best race of his 3 year running career at Berkshire.  Sam Sabin had been sick all week, yet he finished 5th out of 57 runners and improved his time by 30 seconds, while Dylan O'Connor finished 3rd in the race and 1st for the Bears on his sore knee that kept from doing the regular workout for 10 practices in the last 2 weeks.  Spectators were thrilled by the amazing final Sprints of Sasha Podolsky and Peter Giordano who ran step for step with competitive opposition runners and nipped them in the end. The biggest improvement by a varsity runner was accomplished by Nate McKenzie who dropped 50 seconds from his previous best on the Berkshire Trail. Congrats to a tough, yet sportsmanlike Gunnery team who defeated us by running an excellent race.  Our victory over Salisbury and South Kent are nice, but it is the effort of "giving it everything you had for the team" that made this a memorable day.  Thank you boys for an exciting day under the mountain!!

Friday, October 26, 2012

The Bear on the French Team

Jeanne Morin a Berkshire School Senior is on the U-18 French National Team  Currently preparing to play in an international tournament.  She will be sending me updates on her trip so we will have the honor of following her progress -- here in #1
Hi Mr. Gulotta,

We are finishing up our 3rd day of camp in the north of France, Valencienne. The camp is making us ready for the championship. We have 2 practices a day, at different times a day, so we are ready to play at every time of the day. The practices are hard, but made up to review every play we would need during a game. 
I know have to go to practice,
Jeanne Morin

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Due Friday 26th of October

 Write the first paragraph of the Causes of the War of 1812 paper.

(link to short movie/article on war of 1812)

Below is the history department expectations for your essays: read it as a guide to your paper.           

Essay expectations for US History Students at Berkshire School. 

    A.    Introduction  (at least 3 three sentences but often this is not sufficient.)
         1.   Clear description of topic
         2.   A concise thesis Statement—this this will include specific historical points that        illustrate the point of the paper.
         3.     Excellent quotations often enhance the quality of introductory paragraphs. This often separates great from mediocre papers—use credible sources!

    B.     Body
1.     Clearly written paragraphs that provide supporting evidence to the thesis.
2.     Counter arguments should be described and disproven when appropriate.
3.     Body paragraphs should include factual material and proper citations.

    C.     Conclusion
       1.     Re-emphasize the thesis statement with more evidence to prove the author’s point.

   D.    In non-testing situations a works cited page is required.