Mankind: The Story of All of Us

Mankind: The Story of All of Us

The History Channel has followed up “America: The Story of Us”, with “Mankind: The Story of All of Us.”  The first episode of 12 aired on November 13th, 9-11pm.  Each episode will be aired on Tuesday, starting at 9pm.

The series chronicles mankind, from the beginnings in Eastern Africa, all the way to modern times.  The first episode was entitled “Inventors” and outlined how humans created new technologies in order to survive and advance civilizations.  Some of the “inventions” included fire, farming, bronze, iron, democracy, writing systems, trade and war.

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This could be a great supplemental resource for 6th, 9th and 10th grade classrooms, and there are many different resources teachers could use from the History Channel website.  There are 2-3 minute video clips, and a Mankind classroom teacher guide.

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CIA Academy Begins November 28th

The CIA Academy, a unique partnership between the Greece Central School District and the Greece Police Department, will begin on November 28th, 2012. This is the first of 10 meetings between students in Greece, and Police Officers in the GPD. Students will learn, many times through hands-on experiences, the many different roles of the Police Department in Greece, NY. The first meeting centers on introductions and the Police Department as an organization. Officer Jim Leary has taken the lead again in partnering with district administrators and classroom teachers.

30 students from Arcadia, Olympia, Odyssey and Athena were selected to participate. The activities range from learning about different divisions in the GPD (Patrol, DWI Enforcement, Firearms safety, Criminal Investigations Division, etc.) to experiences at the Greece Town Hall, and Animal Services, among many others. More detailed information is included in the CIA Academy Schedule below.

Click on the documents below for more information, and as always, please email me at with any questions.


CIA Academy Schedule, 2012-13 School Year – A detailed schedule for teachers and students that includes the dates, times, and topics of the ten meetings – as well as Graduation Day. Look here if you have questions about when and where to attend.

An Overview of the CIA Academy in Greece CSD – This document summarizes the CIA Academy in Greece.


That’s it for now…


“Lincoln” – A Learning Opportunity for Students and Staff

“Lincoln”, starring Daniel Day-Lewis and directed by Steven Spielberg, opens November 16th in Rochester.  The movie focuses on some of the major decisions that President Abraham Lincoln was faced with during his time in office, but specifically focuses on the months leading to the end of the US Civil War.  The movie has been rated PG-13, so many students could attend with family and friends.

Here is a summary of the movie from

“Steven Spielberg directs two-time Academy Award® winner Daniel Day-Lewis in “Lincoln,” a revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President’s tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come.”


Lincoln – Starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Directed by Steven Spielberg


If you wish to learn more about the Presidency of Abraham Lincoln, either before or after viewing the film, consider the following books:

A Team of Rivals, by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Lincoln: How Abraham Lincoln Ended Slavery in America, by Harold Holzer

Lincoln: A Cinematic and Historical Companion, forwards by Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy

Lincoln: A President for the Ages.  Essays from leading writers and scholars.  Edited by Karl Weber

Manhunt: The 12 Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer, by James L. Swanson



November Madness a Huge Success

THANK YOU to all that helped with November Madness.  It was a tremendous success and a great night for student engagement and learning.  Students from all four high schools in Greece interacted throughout the night with each other, with teachers, with building and district administrators, and side by side with school board members.  About 100 students engaged in authentic debates, predictions, and analysis of the election, the Electoral College, and politics in general.  Below are a few of the pictures that captured different parts of the evening.

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November Madness Resources

November Madness is just more than a week away.  Attached are a bunch of  resources that teachers and students can use throughout the evening to analyze the election.  Please feel free to make copies for your students.   What we tried to do was to have students engage in the political process by connecting it to social media, media bias, ideology, the Electoral College, and the candidates.

Teacher/Student Resources:

November Madness Information Sheet – For Students – An invitation for students to attend.

November Madness Electoral College Map – To be completed prior to election night, or during the evening.

November Madness Electoral College Tracking Sheet – For Election Night – A simple way for students to track the election.

November Madness Media Comparison – For Election Night – Comparing coverage on ABC, NPR, CNN, and Fox News

November Madness Social Media – Getting “Plugged In” – Using social media to engage in the election process.

Here are some websites that may help as well: – a great resource for the electoral college process. – can be used for conservative vs. liberal ideologies. – The YouTube channel dedicated to the 2012 Presidential Election.

Gallup Polls and News –  A look at the latest news and polls from Gallup

Pew Research Campaign Center – News, research, polls and a Political Ideology quiz – The twitter page for the 2012 Presidential Election.

President Barack Obama’s Twitter page

Mitt Romney’s Twitter page

CNN’s 2012 Election Center

FoxNews 2012 Election Center

If you have any questions, please email:

Thanks…Looking forward to seeing lots of students and teachers in action for Election 2012!


CIA Volunteer Opportunity

CIA Teachers,

Here is a great volunteer opportunity for your students.  Check it out!

Volunteer Opportunity

What: An opportunity to help English as a second language (ESOL) learners  – they are students in Greece Central.

Who: CIA Students would help tutor ESOL learners, complete homework, or work with the teachers.

When: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-8:30pm.  Students do not have to be at every session.

Where: Greece Ridge Mall

Why: You get to help students in need of support, complete CIA volunteer hours, and if interested in Education, get a great experience in helping others learn.

Contact: If interested, please contact me at or Annamaria Falzarano (GCSD Coordinator of World Languages) at with student names.  Feel free to give either email to students as well.

Here’s the summary from Ms. Falzarano’s request for volunteers:

On Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6-8:30 pm we run a Family Literacy program for ESOL students K-12 at the mall. I currently have two teachers leading the program. Happily, our enrollment has grown, and I was wondering if we could tap CIA students in need of service hours to help us out with the program. I have used student volunteers in the past, and it has been successful for all. The high school students help the program students to finish homework, assist the teacher with activities, read stories, etc.

Thanks for helping…



Native American Day at the Greece Historical Society and Museum

Elementary teachers and administrators, the Greece Historical Society and Museum is holding a “Native American Day” for all residents of Greece.  Please forward this to building teachers and students.

Where: Greece Town Hall, rooms B and C

When: Saturday, November 10, 2012

Time: 10am – 12 noon


1) 10am: Anthropologist George Hammel (Rochester Museum and Science Center) will discuss and display Iroquois artifacts that are 500-750 years old!

2) 11am: Mohawk Storyteller Barbara Bethmann-Mahooty

Why: To explore and learn about local Native American History.  To experience history “hands-on” through artifacts, including tools, spear points, adz, net sinkers,  arrowheads, wampum and tomahawks.  You can also bring any relics or artifacts you may have for identification. You will learn about early Aboriginal tribes of the Genesee region through displays, artifacts and books.

Contacts: Email the Greece Historical Society for more information at:, or call 225-7221.

Here’s a link to their website: Greece Historical Society and Museum