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 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.


APUSH Extra Credit opportunity

APUSHers, the Scholars Bowl team needs your help again on this Thursday, December 1. We have spots for 24 students, filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

If you’re available to help us run our tournament, we need your help from 3:30 until ~6:30 (though the meet may finish sooner than that).

The work entails time keeping (usually 10 seconds at a time) and score keeping (adding by 10 and sometimes subtracting 5).

On Police Dogs and Current Events class

The SJA Current Events class is learning about Policing and the Justice System. We asked our SRO Office Betsy Peterson to talk about police procedures. She also brought Corporal Ryan Sumner and MPO Tim King the Lenexa Police Department K-9 unit for a discussion and demonstration of their work.

It was pretty neat! Thanks Lenexa Police Department, for this and for all you do! We learned a lot!

On America’s unofficial independence day?

Most Americans know that the Declaration of Independence is dated July 4, 1776. But that date is somewhat arbitrary. The Continental Congress actually voted for independence two days earlier on July 2– it took 2 days to finalize the wording of the Declaration.

Here, the exact timeline of signatures is somewhat in dispute, but it’s generally accepted that John Hancock, as President of the Congress, signed immediately. Mostly likely Congress’s secretary, Charles Thompson, too.

A few weeks later, the Continental Congress ordered some new copies be made and distributed (no small task in days before photocopiers… to say nothing of Microsoft Word). One in particular was to be the official one that would be copied and sent to an engraver for publishing. That one was signed today, August 2, 1776.

Well, mostly. Signatories would continue to add their names over the next several days. Maybe weeks later! The final version didn’t actually make it to print until January of the next year.

On elections and volunteering

Do you want to take part in American democracy?

The Johnson County Election Office is looking for student volunteers to work on election day. You need to be at least 16 years old and a United States citizen.


Attention Johnson County High School Students!

On July 1, 2000 a new law went into effect in Kansas with the hope that it would provide for a greater awareness of the election process, the rights and responsibilities of voters, and the importance of participating in the electoral process. This law was designed for students and to help election officials fill positions at the polling place on Election Day.

The law allows a maximum of one student precinct board member at a polling place, if the student possesses the following qualifications:
Is at least 16 years of age at the time of the election in which he or she is serving as a member of a precinct board.
Is a United States citizen or will be a citizen at the time of the election in which he or she is serving as a member of a precinct board.
The Student Election Worker Program provides you the opportunity to participate in government, serve your community, and learn about the electoral process. Hopefully this opportunity will encourage you to become active voters when you reach 18 years of age and to continue participating in the administration of the electoral process.

All area high schools participating in this program consider Election Day to be a community service/excused absence day. As an added bonus, you are paid the same as any poll worker – $110. You will work with a supervising judge, who has responsibility for the operation of the polling place. As a student election worker, you will be required to attend a three-hour training session, for which you will be paid an additional $15. Our office will notify you of the time and date of the training.

We hope that you will choose to participate in the Student Election Worker Program. Working together, we can take a positive step in reducing the decline in voter participation – now and in the future.

If you have any questions about this program, please feel free to contact Jenifer Lefort, Election Manager of Voting Locations Staffing at (913) 782-3441, or e-mail at electionworker@jocoelection.org.

You can find an application and further information at the link given above the quote.