Mr. Shack's Class

Classroom expectations and Procedures, assignments and due dates, and general thoughts and musings by me, Mr. Shack.

Tutorials: Mondays 3:45-4:30 or by appt.

Feel free to check out these websites for handouts:

Monday 3/4/13

ELA: Read 30 minutes (RR: 10e/166p due Friday) and Write one entry (WNB: 10e/6p due Thursday)

HISTORY: On-Level-RSG 9.3 and 10.1 due Tuesday, Pre-AP Workbook 9.3 and 10.1 due Tuesday

Friday 2/22 HW


  • Reading and Writing due next Friday 3/1: RR (5 entries/83 pages) and WNB (5 entries/3 pages)
  • MOVIE POSTERS ARE LATE!!!!  I have to have these posters Monday before 8:00am or you will receive a ZERO for this major grade on the 4th 6th Weeks.


  • On-Level: RSG 9.1 and 9.2 due TUESDAY (not Block)
  • Pre-AP: Workbook 9.1 and 9.2 due TUESDAY (not Block)

Block Day HW 2/20-2/21


  • MOVIE POSTERS DUE FRIDAY!!!! You’re making a movie poster (on normal copy paper, not poster-size) for your favorite book (one that hasn’t already been made into a movie or TV show).  This is a persuasive project so make sure you include appeals to the Head, Heart, and a Higher Authority. 
  • Reading and Writing.  Both RR (5 entries/83 pages) and WNB (5 entries/3 pages) are due on Friday 3/1.


  • On-Level: RSG 9.1 and 9.2 due Tuesday
  • Pre-AP: RSG 9.1 and 9.2 due Tuesday

Block Day HW 2-6 and 2-7

ELA: RR 25 entries/416 pages due Friday; WNB: 30 entries/18 pages due next block

On-Level History: STUDY!!!

Pre-AP History: DBQ Documents C and D by Friday

Tuesday 2/5/13 HW

ELA: WNB due BLock day: 25 entries/15 pages; RR due Friday: 25 entries/416 pages

On-Level History: Study Principles of the Constitution and definition of Tyranny

Pre-AP History:  Background essay questions (pages 97 and 99) due BLOCK

Block Day HW 1/30 and 1/31

ELA: WNB 25 entries/15 pages due next BLOCK, RR 20 entries/333 pages due this FRIDAY

On-Level and Pre-AP History: Study Principles of the Constitution and finish your RAPS!

Tuesday 1-15-13

ELA: WNB-10 entries/6 pages due Block Day; RR-10 entries/166 pages due Friday; COIN Handout due Friday (with parent signature)-If you need a computer come before school on Friday to my room.

On-Level History: RSG 8.1 due Wednesday

Pre-AP History: Valley Forge Papers are LATE; Workbook 8.1 due Block Day

Monday 1-7-13

ELA: Read 30 minutes: 4 RR entries/75 pages due this Friday 1-11-13; Write one WNB entry: 10 WNB entries/6 pages due Block 1-15 or 1-16

Pre-AP History: Valley Forge Essays due Monday 1-14-13: Typed, 12-Point Times New Roman Font, Double-Spaced

On-Level History: Review your Revolution Notes.

Holiday thoughts and musings…

We all get a little more sentimental during the holidays, don’t we?  This happens to me every year.  Amidst the hustle and bustle of trying to grade projects and get kids to do corrections, I can’t help but be reminded of how great O.Henry is.  I was driving home yesterday when the song “Home” by Philip Phillips came on.  I love this song, and so I was singing along, like usual.  For some reason, though, I was struck by the lyrics:

 Hold on, to me as we go
As we roll down this unfamiliar road
And although this wave is stringing us along
Just know you’re not alone
Cause I’m going to make this place your home

Settle down, it’ll all be clear
Don’t pay no mind to the demons
They fill you with fear
The trouble it might drag you down
If you get lost, you can always be found

Just know you’re not alone
Cause I’m going to make this place your home

I was singing these lyrics thinking about O.Henry.  This place is my home, and I hope it’s yours.  Even though bad things happen out there in the world, I want to do anything I can to make you feel at home in my classroom and at O.Henry. I’m happy to call O.Henry my home, and I hope you are as well.

Happy Holidays, everyone!

HW 12-19-12


ELA: Holiday Reading Records for extra credit: 10 entries/300 pages due on Monday, January 7th.