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December 23, 2017

Part of the Ramadan holiday tradition is for peopleto take a self-inventory of how they can make improvements within themselves.  Students in Class X03 also took a self-awareness assessment and came up with different areas that they would like to try to improve.

Dante: I’m going to try to compose myself when I find I’m getting mad.  I will try to do a little bit of homework for my grandparents.

Anastasia: I would like to not talk out all the time.  I want to learn to stop myself from calling out and respect others.

Michael: I would like to be a better student by working at completing my task faster and paying attention more.

Devin: I will be considerate of others if I need to make myself more comfortable.  I understand that this is selfish.

Tyla: I want to refocus myself when I see I begin to drift away from what’s going on in the class or at home.

Nickolas: I want to stop beating up and cursing at my brother. I want to be a better big brother to him so how I can show how to a better person.

Chayanne: Achieving my goals, by doing my schoolwork faster.

Daijore: I would like to be a better student by arriving on time, completing all of my tasks, and completing my homework.

  • What is the Islam Religion?
  • The word Islam comes from an Arabic root words meaning ‘peace’ and ‘submission.  Islam teaches that one can only find peace in one’s life by submitting to Almighty god (Allah) in heart, soul and deed.  The same Arabic root word gives us “Salaam alaykum’ which means ‘Peace be with you. ”which is the universal Muslim greeting.
  • Islam is a major world religion, with over 1 billion followers worldwide (1/5 of the world population).  IT is considered one of the Abrahamic, monotheistic faiths, along with Judaism and Christianity.  Although associated with the Arabs of the Middle East, less than 10% of Muslims are in fact Arab.  Muslims are found all over the world, of every nation, color and race.
  • Who is Muslim?
  • A person who believes in and follows Islamic beliefs is called a Muslim, also from the same root word.  So, the religion is called “Islam” and a person who believes in and follows it is a “Muslim”.
  • What is Allah?
  • Allah is the proper name for the Almighty God and is often translated merely as “God”.  Allah has that are used to describe his characteristics: the Creator, the Sustainer, the Merciful, the Compassionate.
  • What is the Islamic lunar calendar?  (Hijrah)
  • This calendar has 12 lunar months, the beginnings and endings of which are determined by the sighting of the crescent moon.
  • The Islamic calendar is the official calendar in many Muslim countries.  However some Muslims also use the Gregorian calendar however for religious purposes they use the Islamic Calendar.
  • What is Hijrah?
  • This is when the Prophet Muhammad migrated from Mecca to Madhinah.
  • The ‘five pillars’ of Islam:  In Islam, faith and good works go hand in hand.  A mere verbal declaration of faith is not enough for belief in Allah makes obedience to Him a duty.
  • Ramadan:
  • What is Ramadan?
  • Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic Lunar Calendar.  Every day during this month, Muslims around the world spend the daylight hours in a complete fast.
  • It is a time for inner reflection, devotion to God, and self-control. Muslims think of it as a kind of tune-up for their spiritual lives. There are as many meanings of Ramadan as there are Muslims.
  • Ramadan is also a time of intensive worship, reading of the Qur’an, giving charity, purifying one’s behavior, and doing good deeds.
  • The third “pillar” or religious obligation of Islam, fasting has many special benefits. Among these, the most important is that it is a means of learning self-control.
  • Ramadan begins in the ninth month of the lunar calendar and at the first sighting of the new moon.  The ending of Ramadan is marked by the celebration of ‘Eid-ul-Fitr, is similarly determined.
  • What is ‘Eid-ul-Fitr?
  • ‘Eid-ul-Fitr, the Festival of Fast-Breaking. The celebration at the end of Ramadan is called ‘Eid-ul-Fitr (the Festival of Fast-Breaking). It is a joyous occasion, similar to Christmas in its celebration but with strong religious significance. The giving of a special charity for this occasion is obligatory. Muslims dress in holiday attire, attend a special community prayer in the morning, and visit friends and relatives. Greetings of “‘Eid mubarak,” or “a blessed ‘Eid” are exchanged. In some places, children are given gifts or money by their parents and relatives.
  • The celebration of ‘Eid-ul-Fitr lasts three days, although the main festivities occur on the first day. In Fort Collins, Muslims gather in a community center for prayer and a community breakfast. Students and workers of all ages take time off from school and work whenever possible. Muslims in the United States are trying to gain recognition of ‘Eid-ul-Fitr, one of their two main festivals, as an official holiday.
  • When does fasting (sawm) begin?
  • The daily period of fasting starts at the breaking of dawn and ends at the setting of the sun. In between — that is, during the daylight hours — Muslims totally abstain from food, drink, smoking.  This is to demonstrate self discipline.   The usual practice is to have a pre-fast meal (suhoor) before dawn and a post-fast meal (iftar) after sunset.
  • A secondary goal, fasting is a way of experiencing hunger and developing sympathy for the less fortunate, and learning to thankfulness and appreciation for all of God’s bounties. Fasting is also beneficial to the health and provides a break in the cycle of rigid habits or overindulgence.
  • What is a Qu’ran (Koran)?
  • The Qur’an is the central religious Verbal-Book of Islam, also sometimes transliterated as Quran, Kuran, Koran, Qur’ān, Coran or al-Qur’ān. It is widely regarded as the finest piece of literature in the Arabic language. Muslims hold that the Qur’an is the verbal divine guidance and moral direction for mankind. Muslims also consider the original Arabic verbal text to be the final revelation of God.]
  • Muslims holds that the Qur’an was repeatedly revealed from Allah to Muhammad verbally through the angel Jibrīl (Gabriel) over a period of approximately twenty-three years, beginning in 610 CE, when he was forty, and concluding in 632 CE, the year of his death.

Class X05 Celebrates Kwanzaa

December 14, 2017

Kwanzaa is a non-religious African American holiday which celebrates family, community, and culture. It is celebrated for seven days: December 26 – January 1.


Veteran’s Day

November 3, 2017

Now more than ever we should pay homage to this day.  Rememberance of all those who give their lives so we can live in our great country.

Armistice Day Becomes Veterans Day

World War I officially ended on June 28, 1919, with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. The actual fighting between the Allies and Germany, however, had ended seven months earlier with the armistice, which went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918. Armistice Day, as November 11 became known, officially became a holiday in the United States in 1926, and a national holiday 12 years later. On June 1, 1954, the name was changed to Veterans Day to honor all U.S. veterans.
In 1968, new legislation changed the national commemoration of Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in October. It soon became apparent, however, that November 11 was a date of historic significance to many Americans. Therefore, in 1978 Congress returned the observance to its traditional date.

Tomb of the Unknowns

Official, national ceremonies for Veterans Day center around the Tomb of the Unknowns.
To honor these men, symbolic of all Americans who gave their lives in all wars, an Army honor guard, the 3d U.S. Infantry (The Old Guard), keeps day and night vigil.
At 11 a.m. on November 11, a combined color guard representing all military services executes “Present Arms” at the tomb. The nation’s tribute to its war dead is symbolized by the laying of a presidential wreath and the playing of “Taps.”

Unknown Soldier Identified

On Memorial Day (which honors U.S. service people who died in action) in 1958, two more unidentified American war dead, one from World War II and the other from the Korean War, were buried next the unknown soldier of World War I.
A law was passed in 1973 providing interment of an unknown American from the Vietnam War, but because of the improved technology to identify the dead, it was not until 1984 that an unidentified soldier was buried in the tomb.
In 1998, however, the Vietnam soldier was identified through DNA tests as Michael Blassie, a 24-year-old Air Force pilot who was shot down in May of 1972 near the Cambodian border. His body was disinterred and reburied by his family in St. Louis, Missouri.



November 1, 2017





Day of the Dead

October 20, 2017



Under the Sea…with Class X03….

July 7, 2017

The Oceans in Trouble Web Quest

Oceans WebQuest

Dive In Web Quest

Extreme Ecosystems Webquest

Aquatic Ecosystems Webquest

Saving Polluterville:  An Ocean Pollution Investigation


Staten Island Museum 2012

May 8, 2012