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[07 Jun 2007|08:06pm]

[ mood | Upset ]

Mrs. Atkin
Ms. Gifford 
Mrs. Kravchak
Mr. Coleman
Ms. White

While I've only had three of the six, I've heard great things about all of them.  It is so disappointing that some of core's most influential teachers are leaving... all at once!

Edited two years later to add: Ms. Gifford's leaving the school turned out to be nothing but a rumor.  She is still teaching at Cleveland, and she also happens to be my Social Institutions teacher this year.  Core would not be core if she was not there to call students sinners or bark at them.  May her bless'ed soul grace E hall for many years to come.

...Marty Kravchak is also completely wonderful.  And though retired, not forgotten.  Bless her soul as well. 

Just saying.

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[01 Mar 2007|05:38am]

Name: Bianca
Grade: 10th
Core Teachers: Kravchak, Posito, Demail, Prato
Favorite Core Teacher: Kravchak because she is hilarious and beautiful in her own way
Least Favorite Core Teacher: Prato who is fairly new to teaching Core and runs to Coleman for everything
Favorite Unit: Rome
Will you be in Core next year?: Yes

This community doesn't seem to be active, but it's such a shame to see a community devoted to core not in frequent use anymore.
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[14 Mar 2006|09:02pm]

12th grade core students:

• You know what Core sandals are
• You remember Mr. Coleman’s dream
• You know what’s going on between Mr. Linn and Ms. White
• You also know what’s going on in Ms. Gifford’s room at lunch . . . or have a good idea
• Mr. Linn says “hello” to you in the hall
• You’ve stopped obsessing about Mr. Coleman (because you know it’s not as big as everyone thinks)
• You know what “blunch” is
• The night before an essay, you don’t have an outline . . . and it doesn’t really matter
• Being called a fucking idiot by Mr. Linn is a compliment
• Thanks to pop art, you are now the owner of the largest pack of gum/condoms/cigarettes on your block
• The RAPs on Mr. Posito’s board are not meant for you
• You remember Ms. Frame
• Not only do you remember Ms. Frame, you remember when she let someone smoke in class
• You know what I mean when I say, “she’s channeling Ms. Frame”
• You’re beginning to think that Spice Girlsism really would create a better society
• Your midterm total has hit double digits
• You now use “I” statements in your essays
• “IUE” is now a foreign word
• You know to wear a watch the day of Linn exams
• You run through more ink and paper than is healthy
• It’s cooler to go to sleep before eleven than to stay up all night
• You haven’t used “ethnocentrism” lately
• Writer’s cramp is a very familiar feeling
• You have really good (or really bad) task group memories
• You’ve heard the word “folks” used one too many times
• Part of the reason you want to go to UCLA is to see Bret (the pictures on his MySpace put him in a whole new light)
• You think it’s weird that some classrooms don’t have paintings on the walls
• You can B.S. like a pro
• There’s a good chance you can spell Nietzsche or Dostoevsky, and possibly Sartre
• On an essay, you can’t fit more than two words per line
• Your writing looks like shit
• You’re thrilled when Gifford comments that, “Your writing isn’t all that bad”
• An in class essay is just as serious as Mr. Linn’s wardrobe
• The last packet you read was in tenth grade
• Or, conversely, you read and highlight every packet religiously
• You’ve seriously considered becoming a communist or turning atheist
• You didn’t remember Bafa Bafa until you read this
• Your essays are distinguished by the absence or lack of thinking
• Core periods have become the mythical nap period
• Everyone knows that special “awlriiiiiiight”
• You wonder about Mr. Wilf’s home life
• Actually, you wonder about all of the Core teachers’ home lives
• You know Mr. Wilf’s history with porn
• You have caught up on three years of class naps in at least on class
• You’ve seen Wilf run in short shorts
• You’ve taken a piss next to Mr. Wilf or Vitaly
• Sitting in Mr. Linn’s room feels like an acid trip
• You’ve been in Mr. Miller’s class more than one year and still haven’t looked at every part of his room
• You tried your best to distance yourself from Ary when he gave his speech on women
• You know how every girl in your grade got their periods
• You relish the image of Mr. Cameron quaking
• You know where the phrase “Mr. Lemmon you are tall and regal, too bad our relationship would be illegal” comes from
• You almost cried the day your pop art was due because everyone’s was better than yours
• You remember when Travis was “Travvy-bear”
• You also remember where he proposed to Ms. Frame
• You can walk and study at the same time
• You can study in the shower
• We all know how we’re “feeling today” and your experiences are “intense”
• You still don’t know what SI stands for
• Your teachers compare you to their dogs
• You refer to classes by the name of the teacher
• You’re called a sinner at least once a day
• You know more about your teachers’ personal lives than you know about your own
• You’re concerned if you don’t hear the word “fuck” in your classes
• A question isn’t a question unless it says “fully explain in your own words”
• You are impressed with Ms. Gifford’s Seven Jeans and Converse
• You have favorite Linn and Gifford outfits
• You spend time mimicking your teachers
• You’ve gone to the bathroom at least once with a Core packet
• You buy highlighters in bulk
• Highlighting is futile because you highlight everything
• Paden and Rodriguez drama is legendary
• Half of your essay is in quotations
• You’ve been roared at by Ms. Gifford
• You want to come back and be a Core teacher
• Someone you know memorizes outlines with a song
• You have debates about whether Mr. Coleman or Mr. Posito would win in a brawl
• You have debates about whether Mr. Linn wears boxers or briefs
• E Hall is home
• You know that it will take the whole passing period to get through E Hall
• You know half your friends will go to Berkeley
• Three-quarters of your friends had Chinese slippers and/or Ugg boots
• Your tenth and twelfth grade teachers asked if you studied the Inuits . . . and you said no
• The definition of digression is “I won’t be taking notes for awhile”
• You find the math-Core feud hilarious
• You were in Posito’s class when it was in J Hall
• You stopped counting how many pages you wrote on your midterms
• You wholeheartedly believe that a thesis will come to you the morning of the exam . . . or rather when you get your paper
• “Conroy” is a dirty word
• You had/have Anstead as a teacher
• The worst thing you can be called is a racist
• You know someone who has been blessed by Mr. Coleman before the AP Art exam
• You walk around with ink all over the side of your hand
• You’ve had a take-home midterm
• You didn’t have an essay involving Hamlet, Kant, Phedre, or Hume
• You know that a Core packet bonfire would get so big it would probably kill someone
• But you’d like to have one anyway
• You know what Core paper is and you know that it must have a stripe
• You understand the necessity of having multiple pens on test day
• It would require an entire dumpster to get rid of all your Core stuff
• You have made up words on more than one occasion . . . for instance, what is the plural form of consciousness?
• Rather than figuring out what you need to include on a midterm to get an A, you figure out who needs to grade it for you to get an A
• You are familiar with the slash method of grading: A/B, B+/B . . . etc.
• You’ve been on Core longer than some of the teachers
• Outlines are only for in-class essays
• You’ve written more essays in class than at home
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[22 Nov 2005|11:20pm]

Name: Zoe Silverman
Grade: First year at Cal
Core Teachers: Erm, all of the above?
Favorite Core Teacher: Wilf, Atkin, Hill, the two Millers, and the inimitable Linn.
Least Favorite Core Teacher: Frame, hands down.
Favorite Unit: Pomo, 12th grade. Once you have taken the linguistic turn you can never go back.
Will you be in Core next year?: Nope, but I kinda teach 11th grade core to Berkeley Alternative students.

If anyone is interested in visiting Berkeley, please don't hesitate to drop me an email and I'll take you out to lunch. I live with Sara LaHue (another Cleveland grad), and we would love to show you around. You can contact me at faemisamis@aol.com. Good luck with apps, all you seniors! And to everyone else: it just keeps getting better. I promise.

PS: If Ms. Gifford is doing The Conquest of New Spain this year, read the entire book. It's a craaaazy trip.
PPS: Someone, please demand a lesson on research papers. It gets very difficult when you actually have to *gasp* create your own question and *gasp* do your own research.
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[26 Oct 2005|09:48pm]


HAPPY BIRTHDAY SARAH BRESLER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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TO TENTH GRADE CORE [14 Oct 2005|05:53pm]

[ mood | confused ]

You know this? Yeah...


There is officially cosplay of everything.
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[03 Oct 2005|06:49pm]

this goes out to anyone, i guess. try watching a movie you havent seen since you started core. its trippy.
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I L-O-V-E, love being from California [06 Sep 2005|10:31pm]

[ mood | ecstatic ]

The California Legislature on Tuesday became the first legislative body in the country to approve same-sex marriages...

Now all the Governator has to do is sign it.

You know it baby. You know it.


x-posted everywhere


ebony what? [19 Aug 2005|02:13pm]

its crazy she goes into mr millers room!!!!!!

[17 Aug 2005|03:56pm]


ebony's 1st top model picture...Collapse )

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Promoting a community I was invited to apply to... [30 Jul 2005|10:03pm]

[ mood | content ]

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Check it out, it's really cute.


Personally, these are the people I think you should be learning about in CORE. [25 Jul 2005|11:10pm]

Friedrich Nietzsche
David Hume
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
The Romantics, Transcendentalists and Bohemians
Michel Foucault
Helen Keller
Emma Goldman
Booker T. Washington
W.E.B. DuBois
John Locke
Adam Smith
Sigmund Freud
G.W.F. Hegel (if and only if you can teach his philosophy right)
Jean-Paul Sartre
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Malcolm X
Che Guevara
Alfred Kinsey
Bell Hooks
Adolf Hitler
Thomas Aquinas
Karl Marx
Charles Darwin
Albert Einstein
Immanuel Kant
William Shakespeare
Anton LaVey (in my opinion, you have no buisness teaching people about christianity, without also teaching them about satanism)
Brigham Young
Ludwig Wittgenstein
Richard Rorty
Ed Roberts
Gene Roddenberry
Niccolo Machiavelli
Soren Kirkkegard
Noam Chomsky
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The Intelligence Movement

I'm adding two more...
George Washington
Thomas Jefferson
(No other Founding American Fathers, just those two, for their literary contributions and their philosophical contributions to Modern American Thought.)

I probably could name a few more, but these are my top choices.
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[10 Jul 2005|11:07am]

Nobody's updated this thing in a really long time, so I thought I'd say some words about this last year in Core.

Core 11 was one of the greatest experiences in my life, and will probably remain as one of my most influential experiences of my life. I know everyone says Core 11 is easy, and it was in a book-smarts kind of way, but it was so hard at the same time. Hopefully all Core 11 2004-5 class feels the same way, because this year was incredible!! Good luck to all the future generations of Core 11 students! Don't waste it.

Barkataki HG Fall 2004!!!

Hill HG Spring 2005!! (Viva Hill!!!! hahaha)

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[22 Jun 2005|03:27pm]

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all 10th core stuff to the left, and all 9th core stuff to the right.

it amazes me.
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[21 Jun 2005|06:43pm]

[ mood | annoyed but happy also ]

10th grade core is over. I thought I was gonna die, but I didn't! It was quite a lot of work, but lots of fun and quite an experience. I'm sure you 9th graders will have funnnnnnn! The teachers kick ass! ' for realzzzz '

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[21 Jun 2005|03:30pm]
10th grade core.

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[19 Jun 2005|09:06pm]

anyone that is using my outline on the last part of question two in social darwinism you are supposed to talk about how fantine was taken advantage of by the different levels of heirarchy of society
this si what you needCollapse )

[19 Jun 2005|01:24pm]

10th grade final outlinesCollapse )
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[18 Jun 2005|12:30pm]

Name: Emily Jaffe
Grade: 9
Core Teachers: Vitaly and Hill
Favorite Core Teacher: none
Least Favorite Core Teacher: Kravchak
Favorite Unit: Africa
Will you be in Core next year?: yes
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[16 Jun 2005|07:59pm]

[ mood | stressed ]

i hate IUE's. its just the making of the outline that drives me insane because i dont know any of it.

thank god school is out soon! wooohoooooo!

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