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Archive for December, 2009

Egyptian Multimedia Horizons with Class 5-303





Cairo by Night - Rahmel

More Japanese Horizons from 2-105

Collin Pierre

Asim Ali

Fancceli Simon

Kwaku Darkwah

Aaliyah James

Asim Ali

Ludina Lamy

Madison St Charles


Sarah Ahmad

Sarah Ahmad

Shelby Abellard

Mt Fuji - Sobia Afzal

Stephane Charles

Stephane Charles

Mr. Jump's Mt. Fuji

Toll The Ancient Yuletide Carol – Global Winter Solstice Celebrations from Wikipedia

Icelandic manuscript depicting Odin who slew the frost giant, Ymir. - Wikipedia

Site of the Goseck circle. The yellow lines represent the direction the Sun rises and sets at the winter solstice, while the vertical line shows the astronomical meridian. - Wikipedia

The Goseck circle is a Neolithic structure in Goseck in the Burgenlandkreis district in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. It consists of a set of concentric ditches 75 meters (246 feet) across and two palisade rings containing gates in defined places. It is considered the earliest sun observatory currently known in the world. – Wikipedia

A view inside the recently reconstructed wooden palisade of the circle. - Wikipedia

"Midwinter blót" (at Uppsala Temple), by Carl Larsson (1915) - Wikipedia

In Sweden and many surrounding parts of Europe, polytheistic tribes celebrated a Midvinterblot or mid-winter-sacrifice, featuring both animal and human sacrifice. The blót was performed by goði, or priests, at certain cult sites, most of which have churches built upon them now. Midvinterblot paid tribute to the local gods, appealing to them to let go winter’s grip. The folk tradition was finally abandoned by 1200, due to missionary persistence. – Wikipedia

An illustration of people hauling a Yule log from Chambers Book of Days (1832)- Wikipedia

A Yule log is a large wooden log which is burned in the hearth as a part of traditional Yule or Christmas celebrations in several European cultures. It can be a part of the Winter Solstice festival or the Twelve Days of Christmas, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, or Twelfth Night.

Yule or Yule-tide is a winter festival that was initially celebrated by the historical Germanic peoples as a pagan religious festival, though it was later absorbed into, and equated with, the Christian festival of Christmas. The festival was originally celebrated from late December to early January on a date determined by the lunar Germanic calendar. The festival was placed on December 25 when the Christian calendar (Julian calendar) was adopted. Some historians claim that the celebration is connected to the Wild Hunt or was influenced by Saturnalia, the Roman winter festival.

Terms with an etymological equivalent to “Yule” are still used in the Nordic Countries for the Christian Christmas, but also for other religious holidays of the season. In modern times this has gradually led to a more secular tradition under the same name as Christmas. Yule is also used to a lesser extent in English-speaking countries to refer to Christmas. Customs such as the Yule log, Yule goat, Yule boar, Yule singing, and others stem from Yule. In modern times, Yule is observed as a cultural festival and also with religious rites by some Christians and by some Neopagans. – Wikipedia

The Inti Raymi or Festival of the Sun was a religious ceremony of the Inca Empire in honor of the sun god Inti. It also marked the winter solstice and a new year in the Andes of the Southern Hemisphere. - Wikipedia

The Inti Raymi or Festival of the Sun was a religious ceremony of the Inca Empire in honor of the sun god Inti. It also marked the winter solstice and a new year in the Andes of the Southern Hemisphere. One ceremony performed by the Inca priests was the tying of the sun. In Machu Picchu there is still a large column of stone called an Intihuatana, meaning “hitching post of the sun” or literally for tying the sun. The ceremony to tie the sun to the stone was to prevent the sun from escaping. The Spanish conquest, never finding Machu Picchu, destroyed all the other intihuatana, extinguishing the sun tying practice. The Catholic Church managed to suppress all Inti festivals and ceremonies by 1572. Since 1944 a theatrical representation of the Inti Raymi has been taking place at Sacsayhuamán (two km. from Cusco) on June 24 of each year, attracting thousands of local visitors and tourists. The Monte Alto culture may have also had a similar tradition. – Wikipedia

Diagram of the Earth's seasons as seen from the north. Far right: December solstice - Wikipedia

The Winter Solstice occurs exactly when the earth’s axial tilt is farthest away from the sun at its maximum of 23° 26′. Though the Winter Solstice lasts an instant in time, the term is also colloquially used like Midwinter to refer to the day on which it occurs. For most people in the high latitudes this is commonly known as the shortest day and the sun’s daily maximum position in the sky is the lowest. – Wikipedia

Mosaic of Sol (the Sun) in Mausoleum M in the pre-fourth-century necropolis under St Peter's Basilica. Some have interpreted it as representing Christ. - Wikipedia

Sol Invictus (“the undefeated Sun”) or, more fully, Deus Sol Invictus (“the undefeated sun god”) was a religious title applied to at least three distinct divinities during the later Roman Empire; El Gabal, Mithras, and Sol. A festival of the birth of the Unconquered Sun (or Dies Natalis Solis Invicti) was celebrated by the Romans on December 25. On this, the first day after the six day solar standstill of the winter solstice, the duration of daylight first begins to increase, as the sun once again begins its sunrise movement toward the North, interpreted as the “rebirth” of the sun. With the growing popularity of the Christianity, Jesus of Nazareth came to be given much of the recognition previously given to a sun god, thereby including Christ in the tradition. This was later condemned by the early Catholic Church for associating Christ with pagan practices. – Wikipedia

December 19th Blizzard - Flatbush - Liberty Snow 2009 © Frank H. Jump

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Chowder By Shamyah Vilfort 5-304

Chowder is about a boy named Chowder. He loves to cook. He is an apprentice to a real chef named Mung Daal. Chowder only wants to be a chef because Mung Daal is a chef. I watch this show all the time.When I watch this show I think of my sister who wants to be a pastry chef. I love this show. I watch this show every night on Thursdays at 8pm. I also watch The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack (if you haven’t already read my previous postings!)


Watching TV by Lliam 5-303

Photo by Noël Kingsley

Photo by Noël Kingsley

OK, here’s the deal. Too many people watch a little too much TV. You should do something else. You can go on the computer or you can do sports outside. You could do study or talk with your friend. All I know is I don’t watch TV all the time. Sometimes after I’m done with my homework, I call Justin or Tyrel and talk on the cell phone. That’s my story for now. Lliam 5-303

Photoclub Strikes Pharoah Poses – Ms. Hobson & Mr. Jump

The Egyptian Pose

A typical Egyptian pose starts with the head in profile with the ear showing. Even though the head is in profile, the eye is drawn as if seen from the front. The shoulders are next drawn facing front at full width, and the waist and legs in profile. Students took turns standing in an Egyptian pose, furthering their understanding of the position of the figure. – The Free Library


Egyptian Relief The ancient Egyptians decorated tombs with paintings and reliefs to ensure that the deceased spent eternity in a comfortable and familiar environment. This relief, from the 5th Dynasty (2465 bc-2323 bc), shows the deceased seated at a table stacked with offerings of food.

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Dedicated to Ms. Hobson. Good luck with your new life in the Netherlands! You will be sorely missed.


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The Marvelous Misadventures of FlapJack by Shamyah Vilfort 5-304


Misadventures of FlapJack is about a boy named Flapjack. He lives in a place called Stormalong. He lives with a whale named Bubbie and his Captain K’nuckles. K’nuckles is so lazy that he lies to Flappy so that he can leave K’nuckles alone. Flappy has a big heart and he gets along with everyone in Stormalong. Stormalong is basically in the middle of the water. K’nuckles and Flappy loves the candy barrel. They never have any money to buy candy so they dig through the garbage to see if anyone threw away any candy.



How To Be a Successful Dancer by Lliam 5-303

Alvin Ailey Dancers

Alvin Ailey Dancers

What you need to do to become a successful dancer is you need to go with the beat. You also need to have good rhythm. You also have to learn how to crump and break dance and dance stiff. At the end of the song you need to or want to have to come up with a good pose, it makes you look like that you had creativity and style. You also need to have a routine. A routine is a dance you make up and it goes step by step. Well that how you will become a successful dancer.

The Devil’s Night by Benjamin Class 5-304


Every 4 years, my people celebrate Devil’s Night. To begin the celebration we all travel to Transylvania to the forbidden Castle of Doom. When we reach the castle, the first thing we do is go to the castle’s cemetery to worship our promising power. After we give our eternal thanks, we throw blood and ashes all over their gravestones. Then we enter the castle. Once we are in the castle, our wardrobe is awaiting us. It consists of a black cap, black pants, red shirt and red boots. After we are dressed we have a feast with cows intestine, fried goat hooves, toasty pig ears, stew monkey brain, cat tongue, bar-b-que beetles, rat and spiders. Once our bellies are full we walk to the roof and wait for a full moon. As tradition requires we howl to the moon until the moon is shining with all it’s glory. Using our ancestors power on this one special night we transform our bodies back to their natural state. Some of us are bats others wolves.We drink what’s needed – blood. When the daylight comes we all all transform back into human to make peace for the rest of our lives.

My First Blog Posting

Hi boys and girls,

I am so excited to join our school blog, I am also very proud of your work. Would you like to say the Peace Builders Pledge one morning? Just drop a note in my box. Have a great weekend. Stay warm & wear those nice gloves.

Mrs. Gill


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