• GTJ Fundraiser

    Posted by Deborah Morali on 12/11/2018

    Germantown Junction 2019 


    Dear Parents,  

    Germantown Junction is a fundraiser. It is the final activity in our Econ and Finance units. Students will use LARGE boxes to construct a business and then operate it.  The funds will be used to cover transportation and registration costs for our students who qualify for State and International competitions. We will be sending more details in January. For now, this is what we need you to do over Christmas break. 

    The Christmas break is quickly upon us and once we return in January, the students will dive right in to preparations for Germantown Junction. It is important that we are thinking about our boxes in advance so no one is scrambling last minute.  

    Over Christmas, go ahead and start collecting large boxes so we will have them when we return from the break. These need to be refrigerator size boxes, at least 6 foot tall. Attaching two smaller boxes does not work as well.  

    Go ahead and start calling businesses to see if they can save some for you, this is the perfect time of year for them to have ample amounts.  


    A couple of notes for this year:  

    • We will not have any raffle drawings  
    • Any game booths need to be fun but simple, you will not have much time to explain a game to students before they lose interest.  
    • Students need to be thinking, in advance, about what they want to sell at their booth and looking into the cost.  
    • All inventory MUST be approved by the PA teacher.  

    Thank you for all you do.   


    Wishing each of you a Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!! 



    Deb Morali 

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  • Nov 26-Dec21, 2018

    Posted by Deborah Morali on 11/16/2018

    To Do: Get a large appliance box. Bring it to school no later than 1/7


    11/26 thru 11/27 - Review PP2 Evaluations - Chess Team Tryouts

    11/26 thru 11/27 - Review Scenario Writing feedbck - Chess Team Tryouts


    11/28 - 11/29 - Finish Clocks


    11/30 - 12/3 - Econ Challenge Practice Test - Chess Team Tryouts


    12/4 - 12/5 - Financial Literacy Practice Test - Chess Team Tryouts


    12/6 - 12/7 - Scenario Writing Final Copy - Read and Share


    12/10 - 12/11 - QP Research Food Waste - Christmas Art Project


    12/12 - 12/13 - Stock Market Game Post Test - Christmas Art Project


    12/17-12/18 - Financial Literacy Online Test - Christmas Art Project


    12/19-12/20 - Econ Challenge Online Test - Christmas Art Project


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  • November 12-16, 2018

    Posted by Deborah Morali on 11/12/2018

    1. Practice Problem #2 is DUE Friday!!!

    2. Final Scenario Writing DRAFT is due Friday!!! (PRINTED)

    3. Continue to work on clocks.

    4. Final PSA video due Friday!

    5. Chess Games - play and record your score on the window chart. This decides who makes the team.


    7. Financial Literacy Team Practice

    8. Quiz Bowl Team Practice

    9. Happy Thanksgiving!!!


    10.  Things to do if you have completed everything above:








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  • November 5-9, 2018

    Posted by Deborah Morali on 11/2/2018

    McDowell Information sent home 

    Digital Copy is located on my website - please click TRIPS from my side menu and then click MCDOWEL. 

    Students not attending the trip will combine with Holloway's classes on Wed-Fri with Mrs. Bridges as the sub. They will continue working on their current projects.

    Current Projects Include:



    PSA video

    Chess practice


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  • October 29-November 2, 2018

    Posted by Deborah Morali on 10/28/2018

    1. Design Project - Clocks

    - Template (must be approved)

    - Canvas (must be approved)

    - Clock

    2. McDowell rules/regulations/packing lists info packet

    3. Make more recycled paper for next design challenge

    4. Scenario final draft due this week for competitors only.


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  • October 22-26, 2018

    Posted by Deborah Morali on 10/22/2018


    1. Finish PP2

    2. Work on PSA

    Wed-Thurs - Fri

    1. PP2 Skit

    2. Continue PSA

    3. Practice Chess

    4. Scenario & Art

    5. Clock template


    "Stuff" this week

    Monday - 8th Grade Honor Roll Field Trip

    Friday - 7th Grade Honor Roll Field Trip


    If you didn't order a t-shirt and would like to purchase one, I have a few extras available:

    2 - Adult Large

    4 - Adult Small

    $15 Cash only please

    I also have some youth sizes that are discounted due to ink fading. $10 cash only please

    5 Youth Medium

    3 Youth Large

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  • October 15-19, 2018

    Posted by Deborah Morali on 10/12/2018

    1. Financial Literacy Challenge Online - Form Teams if you want to compete for up to $1000 in scholarships

    2. Practice Problem 2 - Challenges and Underlying Problem

    3. Problem Solving for non-FPS competitors - PSA

         -Topic - Must identify a problem and create a PSA to solve it

         -Character Chart

         -Story Board




    4. Art, Scenario, InvestWrite - Continue to work on these assigbments

    5. Chess Practice - Sign up to try out for a place on the competitive team and compete in the MCSD Chess Tournament in January

    6. Quiz Bowl Practice

        Team 1 - Reed, Judson, Camden, Hershika, Mary Leigh, Katherine

        Team 2 - John, Aidan, Brody, Jack, Jonathan

        Team 3 - Meredity, Georgia, Andrew, Isabelle, Ryan

    7 Continue to monitor your stock portfolio



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  • October 8-12

    Posted by Deborah Morali on 10/5/2018

    Monday - Tuesday - FALL BREAK - NO SCHOOL



    October 20, 2018 11:30 am Canton Public Library

    4-round Swiss

    Must be a member of USCF - JOIN HERE

    Flyer Information


    Wed - Thurs

    Take the Econ and Finance Challenge


    Things to Do This Week!

    1 - Econ Challenge Online

    2 - HBD Sifma Video

    3 - Camp McDowell Mural - Complete the Title

    4 - Write!!! Scenario and InvestWrite

    5 - Quiz Bowl Practice

    6 - PP@ Research


    If you don't have someting to do - go HERE and work through Interactive Financial Literacy 

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  • Week 8 Oct 1-5

    Posted by Deborah Morali on 9/28/2018

    1. This is the last week to pay for the Field Trip. All payments are due in full by Friday. Any unpaid account will have to be removed from the roster.

    2. InvestWrite - 400-900 word essay

        Pick an entrepreneur whom you admire (they can be from the past or present) and research their company. What business are they in and what makes them different from their competitors? Now imagine the company has just successfully raised cash in the capital markets. After investing some of the funds into growing the company’s operations, there is cash leftover. How would you advise them to invest that cash and grow their long-term financial returns?

    3. EconChallenge Online - review study guide - form team - take the Online Challenge - winners get $50 each

    4. Finance Challenge Online - review study guide - form team - take the Online Challenge - winners get invite to participate in April for $1000 scholarships

    5. Stock Market Game - monitor portfolio

    6. Begin Research for PP2


    Practice Problem #2 - Suggested Readings

    Drones are among the most hyped products for aviation enthusiasts in recent years. Although originally developed for military use, drones or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) can be cool gadgets used for recreation. They can also be powerful tools for commerce, scientific research, agriculture, entertainment, photography, transportation, disaster relief, search and rescue, surveillance, and policing. UAVs can carry payloads and can be controlled remotely by a human operator or by an onboard computer. Basic drone models can be operated with little skill or training. Regulations on the use of UAVs are already in place in nations around the world, but technological advancements and expanded applications may outpace their regulation. While UAV use is growing exponentially, concerns are also escalating. Privacy intrusion, airspace violation, criminal use, surreptitious military operations, accidental crashes, terrorist threats, and other issues have raised alarms.

    What does the future hold for UAV technological advancements and accessory enhancements? Will access to UAVs be equitable? How will the pending prevalence of drones in our daily lives affect society overall, especially in areas of personal rights and safety?



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  • Week 7 Sept 24-28

    Posted by Deborah Morali on 9/23/2018

    1. Stockmarketgame.org - continue to monitor your portfolio

    2. FPS PP1 Due this week

    3. Scenario Writing Draft - Minimum 500 words due this week

    4. Design Challenge  #1- Make a solar balloon - bring 2 black trash bags

    5. Econ and Finance Practice Tests and Notes

    6. Design Challenge #2 - Make Paper - bring a newspaper

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