We finished the week out on Friday at Downtown Sports with our guest speaker Coach Jerry Palmieri. Coach Palmieri won 2 Super Bowls Championships with the New York Giants as their Head Strength and Conditioning coach, and coached for prestigious programs such as North Carolina, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Kansas State, Boston College, and the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars in his career.
Coach Palmieri and Bill Parisi met over 20 years ago, when the Parisi Speed School was asked to take over and facilitate the NFL Strength Coaches Association and their continuing education program. Coach Palmieri spoke about the lessons he has learned through his decades of coaching and the role his faith played – and continues to play – in his life and success. The points made during his talk were powerful.
In Language Arts, students have continued to progress in our novel study of To Kill a Mockingbird through chapter reading and crafting reader responses based on events and themes from the book. Students were also introduced to the steps needed to craft a strong, 5 paragraph persuasive essay, a writing skill needed throughout life! We went in-depth on the introduction this week by reviewing steps such as a hook, providing background information, and crafting a thesis statement with a claim and three reasons as evidence. Students will demonstrate writing skills by producing a 5 paragraph essay on a topic of their choice, due in late May. Students further reviewed gerunds and infinitives and were also introduced to idioms – words or phrases that aren’t meant to be taken literally but have a separate meaning when presented as a phrase.
In Science, we took a brief pivot from space travel to discuss the history of science and highlighted some of the historic names in science such as Newton and Copernicus.
This past week in Math, students prepared for their first assessment of the fourth marking period, Systems of 3 equations & Linear Inequalities. During our review, students were engaged and asked great quality questions about the material. I was overall pleased with the students’ scores and they too should be proud of their efforts. The boys clearly are in a great mindset of finishing out their last quarter strong. For the upcoming week, we will continue pushing forward to our next NJCCS of Exponents. Enriched content will be disguised within digital presentations, games, activities, and a group project that might strike their interest.
Our CCC Class continued to go through the individual presentations the students were assigned. The topics continue to be diverse and provide great content for group discussion.
We started our three-week mini-series last week in Personal Development on Effective Study Habits. The week’s topic was “The Foundation of Effective Study Habits”, where student-athletes learned their personal learning style and how to apply the style to learning/testing types. The homework in preparation for Class #2 is to read more about their personal learning style, based on the quiz they took during class. They were then asked to identify two study techniques (based on their personal learning style) for each type of learning/testing type.
Our Healthy Living class continues as we dial in on the next three chapters which include nutrition in the life cycle and nutrition for athletes.
Students reviewed JavaScfript loops and if statements, powerful conditionals and loops that leverage the strength of the computer – doing something very quickly in a pattern. Students created a project where they uploaded a custom video and controlled text moving across the screen. When the text reached the top of the screen, the words were programmed to stop moving and the message was changed! Great effort and understanding from the students this week.