Going for Broke


Students…You will choose a career, register for a free online stock market game, and budget out your life at age 23. Get ready to GO FOR BROKE in a custom made project made JUST for my wildcats! Make sure you keep up with your packets and your daily logs. You will turn this in for a project grade (70%). There will be twists and turns! I can’t wait to see if you will end up rich or broke (like me)! Good luck!

Link to Stock Market Game:


School Debt Chart

Monthly Debt Payment:

To determine monthly payments, take your total loan amount and add a 5% interest rate. You plan on paying off your loan in 10 years.

Debt amounts:

Trade School (2 year) $14,000

Undergraduate debt $27,000

Masters 15,000 (in addition to the 27,000 undergraduate

PHD 20,000 (in addition to the 15,000 masters)

Medical School 100,000

Law School 100,000


Write a Bill to the Governor!


Brainstorming to Write a Bill
Writing your legislation is easier than you might think. Below are some simple guidelines to follow for writing your bill.

Select an area of interest:
The first step in writing your bill is to select a topic. You should write a bill on an area of national politics that you already know a little bit about. The next step is to pick one problem or issue from your general area of interest on which you want your legislation to focus. Choose a problem and solution that leaves room for debate. A bill to cure cancer is a more difficult proposition because no one will want to argue against it. You might want to explore pending or previous legislation to get ideas. The Library of Congress keeps a free database of U.S. Congressional Bills called THOMAS.

Use the checklist to see if your “issue” qualifies. If you can answer “yes” to at least one of the following, proceed:
The majority of people throughout the country feel it is a problem to be solved at a national level.
The problem exceeds the jurisdiction of more than one state.
The local problem is so severe, state resources cannot resolve it.
The problem is identified as a national goal in by the U.S. Constitution (preamble)
There is no state-level government to handle the problem.
Make sure that the problem really exists.
Is there solid statistical evidence from unbiased sources?
Can you find honest assessments of the problem?
Are you familiar with the existing conditions of the problem?
Think of possible solutions to achieve your goal.
Is the goal of the solution clearly defined?
Does the solution deal with the cause of the problem?
Is the solution constitutional?
Does the solution seem to efficiently solve the problem?

Drafting Your Bill
Title of Bill.

Title your bill, beginning with the words “A Bill to …”: for instance, “A Bill to Ban Texting While Driving” or “A Bill to Mandate All Public School Children Receive Flu Vaccinations.” Center your title in the middle of the page.

The Enactment Clause.

Begin Line 1 with the phrase, “Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, that. . .” and finish that sentence with a 5-15 words summarizing your proposed law. Do not type any part of this sentence in all capital letters or in bold print.

The Body of Your Legislation.

Section 1: Main effect of the legislation
Type “Section 1:” on the next new line. After the colon, begin stipulating exactly what your law will do and require. Section 1 may include a subsection explaining vocabulary or special terms and a subsection listing additional requirements for your law. Each subsection should be labeled “Subsection 1a,” “Subsection 1b” and so forth.

Section 2: Limitations and restrictions.
Type “Section 2:” on a new line. After the colon, carefully explain who will enforce your law and how. Additional subsections can explain whether multiple agencies will enforce different aspects of the law. For example, a law requiring a vaccine may require one agency to purchase the vaccine and another organization to administer it.

Section 3: Cost/Penalties or fines.
Type “Section 3:” on a new line. After the colon, describe the funding for your law. Every bill needs start-up funds. Criminal laws and other prohibitive bills might have consequences such as jail or fines, which you can include as an additional funding source for the bill. Include multiple subsections for penalties.
Section 4: Date of Effect.

Type “Section 4: This bill will be enacted on . . . ” and whatever future date you deem appropriate on the next new line. Laws are often enacted on Jan. 1; at the start of a fiscal year on July 1; and occasionally at the start of the school year on Aug. 1 or Sept. 1.

Adapted from: http://www.congresslink.org/print_lp_mocksenatesimulation_wtb.htm#sthash.kk1bJZFj.dpuf and http://www.ehow.com/how_7554583_write-bill-student-congress-competition.html

A Day the Lives in Infamy Scavenger Hunt



–> click on the interactive map to open the answers to the following questions:

  1. Most servicemen believed that the Japanese planes were not an actual attack but another what?
  2. Kermit Tyler received what message at 7:15 in the morning?
  3. What happened with the Japanese’s primary targets in Pearl Harbor?
  4. What was the problem with the soldiers jumping ship as battleship row was being attacked?
  5. What stuck out in Giles Bacon’s mind, the older he gets?
  6. What was the most devastating blow of the attack?
  7. How many Japanese planes were lost during the raid?
  8. How many civilians were killed in Honolulu?
  9. How long did the attack on Pearl Harbor last?
  10. How many people voted against declaring war on Japan after Pearl Harbor?
  11. After recovery, how many of the US’ ships were returned to service compared to Japanese ships and submarines?

Life Church FREE FOOD for the Holidays!


Dear Neighbor,

Here at Life Church we know that the day to day struggles can be very overwhelming, especially during the holiday season. We would be honored to supply you and your family with a free bag of groceries on Saturday December 16, 2017. Also, during that time we will have free hot chocolate, games, music and prizes here at the church! So, please bring your family!

If this is something you and your family would like to attend, please send an email to [email protected], with your first and last name and which school your child or children attend or call (770) 435-5478.

We want to make sure that we have plenty of groceries for each family so we need to know if you are able to make it by; December 1, 2017!

Thank you so much for the opportunity to serve you. We cannot wait to meet you and your family.

God Bless You

Pastor Osbon and Staff at Life Church Smyrna

Where: Life Church Smyrna

4100 King Springs Rd Smyrna, GA 30082

When:  Saturday December 16, 2017 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.


Aquí en Life Church sabemos que las luchas cotidianas pueden ser muy abrumadoras, especialmente durante la temporada de vacaciones. Tendremos el honor de proporcionarle a usted y su familia una bolsa de comestibles gratis el sábado 16 de diciembre de 2017. Además, durante ese tiempo tendremos chocolate caliente gratis, juegos, música y premios aquí en la iglesia. Invita su familia!

Si esto es algo a lo que usted y su familia desean asistir, envíe un correo electrónico a [email protected], con su nombre y apellido y a qué escuela asisten sus hijos o niños, o llame al (770) 435-5478.

Queremos asegurarnos de tener suficientes alimentos para cada familia, así que necesitamos saber si puede hacerlo antes del 1 de diciembre de 2017.

Muchas gracias por la oportunidad de servirle. Somos muy emocionado para conocerlo a usted y su familia.

Dios te bendiga

Pastor Osbon and Staff at Life Church Smyrna

Savannah Trip INFO!


Get ready for the Savannah trip 8th graders!

Savannah Trip Interest Meeting 

WHO: 8th grade parents

WHAT: Parent Interest Meeting

WHEN: November 9 at 6:00 (immediately before the band/chorus/orchestra concerts)

WHERE: Learning Commons

WHY: Ask questions and get information about payments 

Savannah Trip Flyer 2018-2cdzi5g

Test tomorrow 10.17.17


Study Guide:

French and Indian War

Stamp Act

Boston Tea Party

Timeline Events

Boston Massacre

Proclamtion of 1763



Continental Congress



Kettle Creek

Purpose of the DOI

Parts of the DOI

1st direct tax on colonists

Valley Forge

Guerrilla warfare