Trigonometry in the Precalculus Classroom

The students in Mrs. Sklarin’s Precalculus class have started their unit on Trigonometry.  After memorizing the unit circle the students are starting on the graphs of the trigonometric functions. We enjoyed discussing the differences and similarities of each function as we graphed them all on our whiteboards. Then each student chose a function to graph on butcher paper to post on the wall. We had a great time creating our masterpieces.

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The Stock Market Game in Economics Class


Mr. Zawacki’s Economics class has begun the Stock Market Game. Twelve students have entered the game and each one has $10,000 to invest in companies that are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and NASDAQ. Pictured are Jamie Lin, Jasmine Chee, Lizzy Tupamahu and Masako Makiba. The game involves the buying and selling of common stock with the hope of making a profit. The Stock Market Game ends on Monday, May 4, 2015.

Statictics Classes Experiment with Helicopters

Mrs. Sklarin’s statistics classes began their unit on experiments. They are learning about how control, randomness, and replication are used in conducting experiments. They are also investigating how “equal treatment for all,” is all about the details. This week they took to the outdoors with paper helicopters they made in class. The made two helicopters; one with long rotors and one with short rotors. They investigated which would have a longer flight time. They tossed a coin to determine which copter would be dropped first. Every drop had to be made from the same height and timed in the same way. We had a few lurking variables interfere with the drops. The wind picked up at one point and the helicopters ran into some students while they were picking up their fallen copters and other flew into the growing vines. After ten drops with each copter the students got to work on their calculators creating graphs and calculating summary statistics. The results showed that the short rotor helicopters’ flight times were significantly shorter.

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March 2015 Students of the Month

Veronique Horup Jasmine Chee

Pennies for Patients Service Project with Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) Pennies for Patients service project is underway at Heritage Academy.  Leukemia is the most common cancer in children, adolescents and young adults younger than 20 years and it causes more deaths than any other cancer among this age group. Thanks to LLS funded research and the fundraising effort of programs like Pennies for Patients, survival rates for some blood cancer patients have doubled, tripled and even quadrupled. Critical treatment innovations have originated through blood cancer research – radiation, chemotherapy, stem cell transplantation, and new targeted therapies. LLS is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services. The National Honor Society members are leading the way with the Pennies for Patients service project by making signs, announcements, and walking around to classrooms encouraging donations. We have already collected over $250 in three days. One classroom, Mr. Costakis’s 3rd block class, has already reached the $100 mark and will be awarded a pennant from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to acknowledge their generosity. Now we are asking you, our extended family, to join us in our efforts to assist those diagnosed with blood cancers and help fund research for the cure. Designate the classroom of your choice to receive credit for your donation to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Go to to make you donation online. Thank you in advance for all your support and generosity.

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Ancient Worlds Unit

Ancient Worlds PhotoStudents wrote their names in cuneiform.  They illustrated the background with images from the ancient civilizations we studied in this unit.  Pictured:  Maurizio DeBono, Ana Paula Valdez, Jasmine Chee, Gabby Teran.

Government Students Take On the Abortion Debate

Abortion Debate

A debate on Abortion was held in Mr. Ted Zawacki’s Government class. Controversial topics centered on Roe vs. Wade, Religious Views, Extent of Abortion in the United States, Unwanted Pregnancies and the Role of Government. The Pro Life position was represented by Arthur Yeager and Nicholas Russell and the Pro Choice position was represented by Rhea Bhagia and Samuel Cochrane.

Olympics – It is all about the Data

Mrs. Sklarin’s statistics classes held their own version of the Olympics on Monday, Feb 23. Each student came up with an event idea that would last about a minute and could be described by a normal curve. They invited the other students in the school to come and take part in the events. It was a fun way to produce and collect data! We had several events to participate in including: paper plane flight, jump rope, paper ball basket, golf ball juggle, tennis ball juggle, volleyball bounce, popcorn move, raisin toss, candy box, pencil toss, write the numbers, press the button, and balloon float. The participants had fun competing in these unusual events and the statistics students had fun watching the data be created. The next step for the statistics students is to organize the data into a graph and describe it. Then they will calculate the statistics to go along with it and create the normal curve associated with their statistics. Winners, determined by z-score totals, will be announced on Friday, Feb 27.

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Government Students Become "Founding Fathers"

Students in Ms. Hobson’s U.S. Government class formed three new states, writing constitutions and developing structures for national security, public education, voting, public services, and leadership.  Each new state had a national symbol and a national flag created by the group to represent their state.  Prior to this activity, each student created an original symbol represented of his/her own country, state, or home town!  Each group then evaluated its work and assigned the group a grade.  Student comments on what they learned about America’s Founding Fathers & running a government:  “It seemed almost impossible to think of everything needed to write a good constitution.”  “Yes, we learned some of the struggles our governments face on a daily basis.” “…there were different ideas on the way to deciding how the government should be structured and we learned how to compromise and agree on what we all thought was best.”

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