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Preparing For FINALS

1. Create a study guide.
Outlining the important information you need to learn can be helpful, both in creation and to refer to during your studies.
2. Ask questions.
Your teachers are there to help! Ask them questions regarding the material and the exam so that you’re prepared when exam time arrives.
3. Attend review sessions.
Review sessions offer vital information on exam format, what will be on the exam and key concepts you should be focusing your studies on.
4. Start early.
If you always start ahead of schedule, you’ll never be cramming the night before an exam. You’ll almost always perform better in doing so!
5. Organize a group study session.
It can be helpful to study in groups – sometimes. Evaluate whether or not studying with others will be beneficial to the subject as well at your learning process.
6. Study things not on the study guide.
Study guides aren’t always comprehensive – they’re just suggestions of the main concepts to learn. Use your study guide for its intended purpose: a guide. Be sure to fill in the blanks with related information.
7. Take breaks.
You won’t be able to memorize or comprehend all the material at once. Balance is key – ensure that you reward learning with break times to recharge and relax.
8. Stay well-rested.
There’s a lot to be said about a good night’s sleep. Make sure you’re well-rested so that you can be fully focused during your exams.
9. Create a studying schedule.
Splitting the material into chucks you can actually achieve can be very beneficial. That way, you can keep track of what you've accomplished instead of looking at the big picture and getting overwhelmed.
10. Prioritize your exams.
Some exams will be more difficult than others, some you may find easier to study for. Some may be worth more of your grade than others. Make sure to evaluate all of your exams to consider and determine all of the involved factors so you can study accordingly.
11. Study for the style of exam.
If it’s multiple choice, you’ll need to know definitions and concepts. For essay exams, focus on your understanding of all the concepts presented, with examples in mind.
12. Quiz yourself.
If you think about and create actual exam questions, you will likely become more familiar with what you need to study and, in the meantime, familiarize yourself with the type of language that will be on the exam. Draft potential exam questions and quiz yourself so that you can set expectations of what you need to focus on.
13. Meet with your teacher
Often times, meeting with an instructor, whether it’s a professor or a TA, can give you helpful hints for what to study and ways to prepare for the exam.
14. Reorganize your notes.
Evaluate and reorganize your notes into what’s important, outlining important concepts, formulas dates and definitions so they’re easy to understand.
15. Pace yourself.
Make sure you stay focused and don’t burn yourself out. A great way to do so is to pace yourself rather than opting for the dreaded all-nighter. You can easily pace yourself by following tips like starting early, creating a study schedule and taking breaks when necessary!
16. Teach classmates.
Learning by teaching is a method that really works! If you work with a study buddy and explain concepts to one another, you’re re-learning the material all over again. It’s a great way to reinforce what you’ve learned and help someone in the meantime!
17. Revolve your focus.
Switching up your subjects is a helpful way to learn everything for your exams while preventing burnout on one topic. Make sure to switch it up before your eyes glaze over! That way, you can keep studying for longer periods of time while maintaining your focus.
18. Color code it.
Create a system that allows you to color code material that’s going to be on the exam by what’s most important, less important, etc. This will help you focus on the most pertinent information and prioritize the material.
19. Visualize.
If you’re a visual learner, it can help to create mind maps or diagrams to visualize how the concepts you’re learning relate to one another. This is especially beneficial when learning concepts that build upon the understanding of one another, like in science courses.
20.Make it fun.
It’s easier to focus if you adapt to studying by quizzing yourself, creating acronyms or rewarding yourself for a job well done. Create a game plan – literally – that allows you to accomplish tasks and be rewarded for each.
For example, why not reward yourself with a piece of chocolate or a sip of your coffee after you’ve accomplished a new chapter or allow yourself five minutes of free time for every chunk of material you digest?
You can even add in fun factors like power-ups every time you learn a new definition and lose a life, which means you add another definition to your list, when you get an answer wrong!

Why Being Fake Is Bad For Your Health


Geometry BC: Period 3

Hey Class

Welcome Back!

Your test covering Chapter 8(sections 1-3) is on Wednesday.

Please be Productive
Complete your HW
Complete the book reviews
Complete the practice tests

Help one another
Prepare your notes
Don't miss the day of the test on Wednesday

Be on your best behavior

One person has the pass at a time.

Geometry Prep: Period 1

Hey Class

Welcome Back!

Please CLICK HERE to see the videos you need to watch and take notes on.

Find the 4 videos from the Chapter 5 list from the link.

Watch the videos
Take great notes

This chapter has the most vocabulary

Use our class notes as a reference 5-1, 5-2, 5-3

Use the Prentice Hall Videos as well. Chapter 5

Start your HW is possible.

Stay productive

One person with the pass at a time. Be on your best behavior.

Mr. Keays

AP STATISTICS: Authors & Graders Reviewing Previous 2014 AP Exam


Please SCAN/START the video around 40 seconds.

This a great video by the authors of our textbook who are also the directors of GRADING for the AP Exam.

Please watch this video with your HEADPHONES.  Appreciate the level of detail the graders expect moving forward as your write your free response answers. Lots to learn.

Finish the video at home for HW since it is longer than the class period.

Late Start Schedule

Why is it Harder to Drive Backwards?



Why Do Boomerangs Come Back?

Millions of dollars are invested each year in industries like NASA, cars, bikes, planes, swimming and other racing events. Learn about the basic Physics Principles in this video,


Self Directed Pace

Hey Class

  1. HEADPHONES and NOTES out.
  2. View the first 7 videos from Chapter 6. 
  3. Take great notes and FLASHCARDS as you watch the videos
  4. Stop, rewind, fast forward, pause. Go at your own pace
  5. Be a Self Directed Learner
Start the HW for Sections 1,2,3 of Chapter 6.

11 Great Images Which Showcase Perspective


Powerful Connections

One of my favorite scenes from Stephen Spielberg's movie Lincoln captures how Euclid's Books of Logic and Geometry shaped thousands of minds including Abraham Lincoln. "Things which are equal to the same thing are equal to each other." This SELF-EVIDENT truth shaped President Lincoln which in turn shaped the future of our country and millions of lives around the world.

I believe my students saw mathematics in a new light today connecting history, logic, decision making, war and peace.

Every student should see the entire film of Lincoln.

Kid President. MUST SEE!


AP Statistics: Hiring Discrimination Activity Dotplot Results

Start to think about what conclusions you would make based upon "Hillary" randomly choosing 5 females and 3 males. Does this graph give us enough to conclude that Hillary was fair in her selections?

When Comics Ask, "What If"


How To Have A Great First Day Of School

How To Have A Great First Day Of School

  1. Adjust your sleep schedule and take in quality fuel for your body/brain
  2. Arrive at school early and find your way around campus
  3. Keep a pic of the Bell Schedule on your phone
  4. Research teacher websites for particular supplies to bring
  5. Personal interactions with friends: ask questions, be positive, don’t judge, be empathic
  6. Start a TO DO list and get organized to be a step ahead
  7. Be creative and make a memorable first impression with all of your teachers
  8. 2100+ people can be overwhelming. Reach out to one new friend in every class
  9. Bring food or money for lunch
  10. Use your phone to take photos of info you’ll need later
  11. Listen for announcements of events and get involved
  12. Be YOU when it comes to clothing (confident and comfortable)
  13. Smile and ask questions
  14. Don’t obsess about what others are thinking about you

Survival Guide for Mr. Keays' Class

Map of AHS

SCI Show Rocks


How Do You Define Success?

Good Morning From the International Space Station

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly took this photograph of a sunrise over the western United States and posted it to social media on Aug. 10, 2015. Kelly wrote, "#GoodMorning to those in the western #USA. Looks like there's a lot going on down there. #YearInSpace" via NASA http://1.usa.gov/1Tl6wQ4

Darkness Descending

Saturn’s unusual appearance in this picture is a result of the planet being imaged via an infrared filter. via NASA http://1.usa.gov/1MfUeTg


Hubble Finds a Little Gem

This colorful bubble is a planetary nebula called NGC 6818, also known as the Little Gem Nebula. The rich glow of the cloud is just over half a light-year across — humongous compared to its tiny central star — but still a little gem on a cosmic scale. via NASA http://1.usa.gov/1MagZYQ


Stormy Seas in Sagittarius

This new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows the center of the Lagoon Nebula, an object with a deceptively tranquil name, in the constellation of Sagittarius. The region is filled with intense winds from hot stars, churning funnels of gas, and energetic star formation, all embedded within an intricate haze of gas and pitch-dark dust. via NASA http://1.usa.gov/1K5cASs


Did you know, I am related to Neil Armstrong? Happy Birthday Neil!

Testing Hardware for Growing Plants and Vegetables in Space

Astronauts on the International Space Station continue testing the VEGGIE hardware for growing vegetables and plants in space. VEGGIE provides lighting and nutrient supply for plants in the form of a low-cost growth chamber and planting "pillows" -- helping provide nutrients for the root system. via NASA http://1.usa.gov/1W1CMqb

Hiring Discrimination: AP Statistics Activity


FIRST DAY Bell Schedule

All students must bring your student I.D. to confirm that you have registered and to check out books.

Link Crew Orientation (Freshmen Only):
 7:30 a.m. - 10:05 a.m.

Period 0:  10:15 a.m. - 10:44 a.m.

Period 1:  10:50 a.m. - 11:19 a.m.
Period 2:  11:25 a.m. - 11:54 p.m.
Period 3:  12:00 p.m. - 12:34 p.m.

Lunch:     12:34 p.m. - 1:10 p.m.

Period 4:   1:16 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Period 5:   1:51 p.m. - 2:19 p.m.
Period 6:   2:26 p.m. - 2:55 p.m.

Algae Bloom in Lake St. Clair

On July 28, 2015, the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on the Landsat 8 satellite captured images of algal blooms around the Great Lakes, visible as swirls of green in this image of Lake St. Clair and in western Lake Erie. via NASA http://1.usa.gov/1ImZPCp


Space Station Lunar Transit

The International Space Station, with a crew of six onboard, is seen in silhouette as it transits the moon at roughly five miles per second, Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015, Woodford, VA. via NASA http://ift.tt/1IRWKQp


Blue Moon Over Washington

A second full moon for the month of July is seen next to the dome of the U.S. Capitol on Friday, July 31, 2015 in Washington. via NASA http://ift.tt/1KHzK49


NEEMO Undersea Crew Tests Tools and Techniques For Future Spacewalks

This photograph of NASA astronaut Serena Aunon (@AstroSerena) moving tools and equipment underwater was taken during the NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) 20 mission. NEEMO 20 is focusing on evaluating tools and techniques being tested for future spacewalks on a variety of surfaces and gravity levels. via NASA http://ift.tt/1I7kFb3


Frosty Gullies on the Northern Plains of Mars

Seasonal frost commonly forms at middle and high latitudes on Mars, much like winter snow on Earth. However, on Mars most frost is carbon dioxide (dry ice) rather than water ice. This frost appears to cause surface activity, including flows in gullies. via NASA http://ift.tt/1LZCz3H


Pep Rally Schedule

Africa and Europe from a Million Miles Away

Africa is front and center in this image of Earth taken by a NASA camera on the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite. via NASA http://ift.tt/1Ky6MX2


20 Incredible YouTube Channels. Fun Meets Education

Fun and educational well produced YouTube channels for teachers and students. Which channel would you add to the list?

  1. Eric Curts
  2. Shots of Awe

Round of Testing Completed on Webb Telescope Flight Mirrors

This July 11, 2015 photograph captures one of the final, if not the final, James Webb Space Telescope flight primary mirror segments to be processed through NASA Goddard Space Flight Center's Calibration, Integration and Alignment Facility (CIAF). via NASA http://ift.tt/1JODnSV


Activity at Klyuchevskoy Volcano

This photograph, taken on May 4, 2015 by an astronaut onboard the International Space Station, highlights one of the most active volcanic regions on Earth: the Kamchatka Peninsula in far eastern Russia. The three largest volcanoes visible at image center include Kliuchevskoy, Bezymianny, and Ushkovsky. via NASA http://ift.tt/1VJ4BUb


Pluto Dazzles in False Color

Four images from New Horizons’ Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) were combined with color data from the Ralph instrument to create this enhanced color global view of Pluto. via NASA http://ift.tt/1VF7vsW


July 23, 1999, Chandra X-ray Observatory Awaits Deployment

This 70mm frame shows the 50,162-pound Chandra X-ray Observatory before it was tilted upward for its release from the Space Shuttle Columbia's payload bay on July 23, 1999, just a few hours following the shuttle's arrival in Earth orbit. Chandra was spring-ejected from a cradle in the payload bay at 6:47 a.m. Central time. via NASA http://ift.tt/1IgnfbE


Soyuz Rocket Boosts Expedition 44 Crew to the International Space Station

The Soyuz TMA-17M launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station at 5:02 p.m. EDT (3:02 a.m. on July 23 Baikonur time). via NASA http://ift.tt/1CVFJ5f

Smoke Over the Greenland Sea

The 2015 wildfire season in the Arctic has been very intense – and very smoky. As of July 15, over 3,190,000 acres had burned across Canada, according to Natural Resources Canada. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), more than 600 fires had burned millions of acres in Alaska as of July 7. via NASA http://ift.tt/1Oxot7X


NASA’s New Horizons Finds Second Mountain Range in Pluto’s ‘Heart’

Pluto’s icy mountains have company. NASA’s New Horizons mission has discovered a new, apparently less lofty mountain range on the lower-left edge of Pluto’s best known feature. via NASA http://ift.tt/1gMQrRI


NASA Captures "EPIC" Earth Image

A NASA camera on the Deep Space Climate Observatory satellite has returned its first view of the entire sunlit side of Earth from one million miles away. via NASA http://ift.tt/1KgqOm1


Frozen Carbon Monoxide in Pluto’s 'Heart'

Peering closely at the “heart of Pluto,” in the western half of what mission scientists have informally named Tombaugh Regio (Tombaugh Region), New Horizons’ Ralph instrument revealed evidence of carbon monoxide ice. The contours indicate that the concentration of frozen carbon monoxide increases towards the center of the “bull’s eye.” via NASA http://ift.tt/1fb6Vlr


STEREO-A Spacecraft Returns Data From the Far Side of the Sun

This image of the sun was taken on July 15, 2015, with the Extreme Ultraviolet Imager onboard NASA's Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory Ahead (STEREO-A) spacecraft, which collects images in several wavelengths of light that are invisible to the human eye. This image shows the sun in wavelengths of 171 angstroms, typically colorized in blue. via NASA http://ift.tt/1I5RgRI


The Icy Mountains of Pluto

New close-up images of a region near Pluto’s equator reveal a giant surprise: a range of youthful mountains. via NASA http://ift.tt/1MaSdcb


NASA Celebrates New Horizons' Closest Approach to Pluto

Guests and New Horizons team members countdown to the spacecraft's closest approach to Pluto, Tuesday, July 14, 2015. via NASA http://ift.tt/1HtHJOE


Pluto as seen from New Horizons on July 11, 2015

One million miles to go; Pluto is more intriguing than ever! via NASA http://ift.tt/1HXsdQU


New Classroom Makeover! Thanks To All Who Helped.

Hubble Looks at LEDA 89996

This little-known galaxy, officially named J04542829-6625280, but most often referred to as LEDA 89996, is a classic example of a spiral galaxy. via NASA http://ift.tt/1D5D2Je