Welcome back to school!

It’s a new school year and I honestly haven’t updated all the classes yet, so if you’ve been downloading all kinds of fun stuff from this site, you might have to get an updated copy when we use it.

In the meantime, I wanted to give a little preview of what to expect this year:

On “1776” in the 21st Century

I found a fun review of the Blu-ray re-release of the film in 2015.


Although the film’s portrayed politics may echo events and debates that have occurred in the succeeding 239 years, 1776 is far more than political drama. The musical humanizes historic figures through romantic interludes and sometimes bawdy language, which has been returned from the stage version to the new director’s cut. Hunt comments that the humor “still works… Every joke landed. Nothing seems dated at all.”


Go read the whole thing.

On pre-administrating the AP exam

There is no exception to this. Pay attention:

All students currently taking an AP class are required to take the AP exam, which will result in an exemption from the second semester final exam. By taking the AP exam, you give our program valuable data for assessment and improvement. If you do not sit for this exam, your grade will be incomplete until you sit for an alternative exam, which will count as your final. In order to best facilitate the exam process, the College Board allows schools to hold Pre-Administration sessions to take care of the 30 minutes+ that involves filling in the demographic data. Minimizing the time spent on this on exam day, does increase your focus for the content at hand. However, if even one person in the session has not gone through the Pre-Administration process, all students must sit through this process on exam day.
Here are the scheduled Academic Times dedicated in the dining hall to complete the

Pre-Administration aspect of the exam:
March 28- 2:25 Dining Hall
April 11- 2:225 Dining Hall
April 25- 2:25 Dining Hall

Let’s get with it today!

On Writing and its rules

In the last few weeks, I’ve received Extra Credit write-ups that show me that we need to talk again about standards of turning in work.

Though “Mr. Walberg’s 10 Rules for Writing” is written in a silly way, the rules are real and I expect you to stick to them unless it does not apply– for instance, if you are writing about your trip to the Dole Institute of Politics, then you can obviously use first and second person pronouns.

Other things like proofreading, double-spacing, avoiding contractions, using a serious font, etc– those are rules you should stick to for the rest of your academic career.

I hope a little refresher helps!

On Speed Dating of the 1920s

The directions for the 1920s Speed Dating project were handed out in class, but there is another copy of it in the Period 7.2 folder.

The dating profile needs to be complete by the day of the date, but you may not use it on your dates.

Some of the people below have switched characters and I do not have updated photos of claimed characters. Hopefully there won’t be any doubles. That would be an AWKWARD date.


On the Novena to St. Walburga

Today begins the 9-day countdown to the feast of St. Walburga. St. Walburga was a great medieval saint, an abbess of a (ahem) Benedictine Abbey, and patroness of a number of worthy causes:

against coughs
against dog bites
against famine
against hydrophobia
against mad dogs
against plague
against rabies
against storms
Antwerp, Belgium
Eichstätt, Germany, diocese of
Gronigen, Netherlands
Oudenarde, Belgium
Plymouth, England, diocese of
Zutphen, Netherlands

In addition, the rock that seals her relics in Germany weeps an oily liquid that is used as a sacramental as an oil of anointment for bodily ills. It’s called “Walburgis oleum”, and no, I’m not making that up. See the old Catholic Encyclopedia for further details.

If any of those are important to you, or if you just want to take her as a personal patron, then you can join me in a 9-day novena prayer to this great and under-remembered saint.

The Novena to St. Walburga from the Walburga Abbey in Colorado, is kept by prayed thusly:

O God, come to my assistance.
O Lord, make haste to help me.
Glory be to the Father, to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Psalm 23
A psalm of David.

The LORD is my shepherd;
there is nothing I lack.
In green pastures he makes me lie down;
to still waters he leads me;
he restores my soul.
He guides me along right paths
for the sake of his name.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil, for you are with me;
your rod and your staff comfort me.
You set a table before me
in front of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Indeed, goodness and mercy will pursue me
all the days of my life;
I will dwell in the house of the LORD
for endless days.

Holy Walburga, you dwell in the glory of heaven, gazing upon the face of the Triune God in the company of all the saints. I turn to you, full of trust in the words of Jesus Christ, “Amen, amen I say to you, the one who has faith in me will do the works I do, and greater far than these” (Jn 14:12). God has granted you the gift of healing; help me in my need, which I bring before you (mention petition). Beg God to grant healing, consolation and strength to me and to all those for whom I pray. Implore Him to let me recognize His love and know His presence, whatever He may have in store for me. Ask this for me through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns in the unity of the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever.

St. Walburga, pray for us!