Friday, January 17, 2014

Boyer Valley Photo Class

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Boyer Valley Photo Class, a group on Flickr.

Photo Students, once you've joined Flickr, please remember to 1) Follow "Mal Dog" and 2) request to join our class group.

You should read chapter 1 over the weekend. And start shooting. You can work on ANY pictures that will end up in your portfolio or, work on your first assignment due next week-

SELF PORTRAIT- WHO ARE YOU? You are the cheapest model you'll ever hire! Everybody's always taking pictures of themselves on facebook. Can you do it without having your arm in the picture? Could you use a mirror? How about the self-timer on you camera? Take a series of pictures of yourself, but try to be original and creative and try to express something about yourself. Want examples? Here some of mine.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Eighth Grade Mission Statements

Civics students have been studying the concept of "guiding principles" to help them understand the principles found in the Preamble to the U.S.Constitution. The Preamble lists the goals and values our founders wanted to lead our government's decisions. After considering what values and beliefs they want to help them shape their own future, students were challenged to write their own "preambles;" personal mission statements. If they choose to, they may want to ask Mrs. McQueen to add these to their autobiography projects.

Below are just some of their finished mission statements:

I want to be able to expresi myself, be a person that someone admires, someone that speaks up for other people, meet my goals, be someone who is successful, have confidence and have confidence in myself that I can be successful to my goals. I want to be caring, helpful, kind like I am now still when I get older.

To live each day with purpose and meaning while treating everyone fairly. Attempt to value everyone's learning and hard work and make an effort to do the same.

I want people to think that I am a good business person, who is nice, who cares about people and everything that I do. I want to be an inspiration to others. I want people to look at me and say "because of you, I did not give up."

To be a respectful and caring person that will have a family and let them have rights. I will always love my parents.

I want to be a loyal, trustworthy, and caring person that people can count on.

I want to us my knowledge to express myself in my work and excel in life.

I will bring kindness, positivity & inspiration to everyone throughout the world no matter their race.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014


Follow this link to check out a collection of Mr. Mallory's picture sets based on the upcoming assignments you'll have in Digital Photography this semester.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Civics this week

Visit to view weekly lesson plans, look for Boyer Valley, and enter password "maldog"

Chapter 3- The Constitution
Papers & Projects: Personal "Preamble" Project (Mission Statement) Due Friday Jan 17
Section review questions: 
  • Page 61 due Tues 1/14
  • Pp 67 & 62 due Fri 1/17

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY; Do this right away

Boyer Valley Digital Photography students-

Please register for a free Flickr account as soon as possible. You will be uploading and managing your images there- that's where I will be able to find them in order to grade them or comment on them.

If you are planning on using an ipod touch, ipad, smart phone or tablet rather than or in addition to a camera, you should look for the free Flickr app and download it as soon as possible.

I recommend that you register using your school gmail account. While you could use yahoo or facebook, if you do, you will run into difficulties with the school's security blocks.

Once you've registered explore, get used to it, upload a few pictures you've already taken before this class that you're proud of, but please make sure that you take care of the two other things soon-

Look for me, "Mal Dog" and request to connect with me and look for the "Boyer Valley Photo Class" group and ask to join.

Are you getting the idea that there's a lot of digital to Digital Photography? Make sure you visit and bookmark our class wiki, because after all, all of our assignments and in fact, all our chapter tests are all already on there.

If you're interested, our textbook has a website its a good place to review-

We need to finally get moving, so I'm going to go ahead and administer our pretest tomorrow whether or not any or many more have joined the class. Friday we'll check out books & finally take a look at the syllabus & course overview. Thank you for your patience this week.

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CIVICS; Core Principles

We are going to be studying the Constitution in Chapter 3.

Last quarter we memorized the Preamble to the Constitution. The Preamble contains 6 principles which we
use to help us make decisions about how our government should work and what it should do.

Principles are goals or values you believe are so important that you base your behaviors and choices on them. They can give us purpose and direction.

Of course, you might also think of a principle as a concept or idea that seems to be so universal that its considered "natural law," like the law of gravity or other laws of physics. Many Social Scientists including most of the founding fathers thought that people tended to follow certain patterns, have certain needs and drives so much that they talked about them as "natural rights," because they believed these weren't just random patterns, but universal concepts (AKA principles).

To better understand the 6 principles in the Preamble to the Constitution, Civics students will spend some time considering what their own personal principles are. Once they have, they'll summarize them into a personal mission statement in our "Personal Preamble Project" due Friday, January 17.

The conceptual filter I'd like students to keep in mind both while their considering their own principles and while studying the 6 principles in the Preamble are the 3 Core Democratic Principles which we studied in the Declaration of Independence:

  • EQUALITY- "...that all men are created equal..."
  • HUMAN RIGHTS- "...and endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights..."
  • THE SOCIAL CONTRACT- "...that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed..."
These thee principles would also be good filters when considering the concepts and principles contained in the amendments to the U.S. Constitution, including the Bill of Rights. Which we will be studying in Chapter 4.

Both our Rights and our Responsibilities (Social Contract) are essentially principles. Therefore, principles are what Civics is all about!


This week we are studying caption-writing. Check the class wiki for the study guide and module 12 activities worksheets.

This quarter we'll still be working through the rest of our textbook, while of course working on the actual yearbook at These are the modules we have left:

  • Captions
  • Editing
  • Photography
  • Typography
  • Layout Design
  • Graphics
Is there anything you can do for extra credit? Of course!
 1) work on layouts or tagging pictures on- the more time you log on yearbookavenue, the higher your production grade and 
2) KEEP SELLING ADS AND BOOKS! Books are still just $42 until March 2, then they go up to $50!