Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Frank Sinatra Manta-- I Did It My Way

They say a picture is worth a thousand words.. well, how about this song?

Frank Sinatra Manta-- I Did It My Way

And now, the end is here
And so I face the final curtain
My friend, I'll say it clear
I'll state my case, of which I'm certain
I've lived a life that's full
I traveled each and ev'ry highway
And more, much more than this, I did it my way

Regrets, I've had a few
But then again, too few to mention
I did what I had to do and saw it through without exemption
I planned each charted course, each careful step along the byway
And more, much more than this, I did it my way
[ Lyrics from: http://www.lyricsfreak.com/f/frank+sinatra/my+way_20056378.html ]
Yes, there were times, I'm sure you knew
When I bit off more than I could chew
But through it all, when there was doubt
I ate it up and spit it out
I faced it all and I stood tall and did it my way

I've loved, I've laughed and cried
I've had my fill, my share of losing
And now, as tears subside, I find it all so amusing
To think I did all that
And may I say, not in a shy way,
"Oh, no, oh, no, not me, I did it my way"

For what is a man, what has he got?
If not himself, then he has naught
To say the things he truly feels and not the words of one who kneels
The record shows I took the blows and did it my way!

Yes, it was my way

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Response to the Colorado Shooting Massacre

Some things in life don't make sense. The Colorado movie theater shooting doesn't make sense. A Pre-medical student entered a Colorado movie theater and he shot an killed 14 people, wounding 70 and is responsible for the worst mass murder in United States history. This just doesn't make sense. And for a girl who considers herself a pro- Multi tasker, I was completely numb and deeply saddened by the events today. I called my parents to remind them how much I loved them, made my  husband promise to spend the day near me, and played with and gave special attention to my puppy.  Your entire world can change in a minute. One moment, you are enjoying the premiere of a long awaited movie, the next, you are fleeing for your life.  You can't take life for granted. Any moment, what you have can be lost. It is with tears  I write this because there is so little we can do to turn back the clock, or to look and try to identify any warning signs that would predict the horrific events of today. What's worse is that even if the movie theater shooter gets the Death Penalty, his death will not bring back the dozens who were traumatized by the horrific events of today.

College Tours with Kweller Prep: NYU

*FUN* day trip to NYU  - tour the village  - lunch at Mamouns & Artichoke - meet the admissions officers  - meet the career counselors - check out the dorms - meet real students and get their feedback on NYU  - entrance tickets to Cafe Wha   Cost $100  Cash, credit card, or check payable to Kwellerprep  Call 1(800) 631-1757 to register 

GED Testing: The Scoring Process

GED TESTING: SCORING When you’re finished taking the test, you will have two scores on each of the five content area tests: standard score and percentile rank. Standard score: Ranges from 200 to 800 and compares your performance in a subject to the performance of a graduating high school senior. The average standard score is 500 for each subject. Percentile rank: Ranges from 1 to 99 and indicates the percentage of graduating high school seniors who earned scores at or below your test score. A percentile rank of 54 means that 54 percent of graduating high school seniors earned your score or lower. In order to pass the GED exam in New York State, examinees must obtain a minimum score of 410 on each of the five sub-tests, and an overall total of 2250 on the exam. In order to do that, a candidate must average 450 on each of the sub-tests. Scoring of the GED is based on a total possible score of 800. In general, if you answer 60% of the questions on each test correctly, you will receive a passing score on the test. Retaking the GED: You can re-take a sub-test a total of three times per year. Your scores on the subjects you did pass will be saved, and then combined with the scores you receive when you test again. For more information on scoring, please reference: http://diplomaguide.com/articles/The_New_York_GED.html http://www.gedalc.org/pages/GED%20Exam%20Info.htm http://www.gedtestingservice.com/testers/scoring
GED TESTING: WHAT IS ON THE TEST? The GED exam consists of five sub-tests in the following subjects: SOCIAL STUDIES: The social studies content area is made up of 50 multiple choice questions from the following content areas: History (U.S., 25%*; World, 15%) Geography (15%) Civics and government (25%) Economics (20%) Time Allotted: 70 minutes SCIENCE: The science content area contains 50 multiple choice questions from the following content areas: Physical science (physics and chemistry, 35%) Life science (45%) Earth and space science (20%) Time Allotted: 80 minutes LANGUAGE ARTS- READING: The language arts, reading content area contains 40 multiple choice questions. Fictional literature constitutes 75% of each test and includes at least one selection from each of the following areas: Poetry Drama Prose fiction before 1920 Prose fiction between 1920 and 1960 Prose fiction after 1960 Nonfiction constitutes 25% of each test and includes two selections of nonfiction prose from any two of the following areas: Nonfiction prose Visual and performing arts reviews Workplace and community documents Time Allotted: 65 minutes LANGUAGE ARTS- WRITING: The language arts, writing content area is divided into two parts. The scores are combined and reported as a single score. Part I The first part contains 50 multiple choice questions from the following content areas: Organization (15%) Sentence structure (30%) Usage (30%) Mechanics (25%) Time Allotted: 75 minutes Part II The second part consists of writing an essay about a familiar subject. You will have 45 minutes to plan, write, and revise your essay. The essay topic will require you to present your opinion or explain your views about the assigned topic. Two trained readers will score your essay on the basis of the following features: Focused main points Clear organization Specific development of ideas Sentence structure control, punctuation, grammar, word choice, and spelling Each reader will score your essay on a four-point scale, and the scores will be averaged to find your final score. If you earn a final score of less than two on the essay, you must retake language arts, writing, Part I and Part II. Time Allotted: 45 minutes MATHEMATICS: The mathematics content area contains 50 questions divided into two parts, and focuses on the following content areas: Number operations and number sense (20-30%) Measurement and geometry (20-30%) Data analysis, statistics, and probability (20-30%) Algebra, functions, and patterns (20-30%) Alternate-format questions: The mathematics content area is 80 percent multiple choice questions and 20 percent constructed answers. On the constructed answers, you must write answers on either standard or coordinate plane grids, rather than select from five multiple choice answers. Please review the directions for standard grid and coordinate plane grid. Note: Part I of the Mathematics Section is calculator active. Calculators are not permitted on Part II. The calculator permitted on the test is the Casio fx-260 and it is distributed at the test center. Time Allotted: 90 minutes

How to Register for the GED

GED TESTING: HOW TO REGISTER The GED® Tests can be administered to any person who has lived in New York State for at least thirty (30) days prior to the test date AND  Has not graduated from an accredited high school in the United States or its territories; AND  Has not received a high school equivalency certificate or diploma in the United States or its territories; AND  Is not currently enrolled in a regular high school program of instruction leading to a high school diploma; AND  Has not previously earned scores on the GED® Tests sufficient to qualify for a high school equivalency diploma/certificate. To register for the GED you need to fill out an application and prove your identity with a valid driver's license or another form of acceptable identification. NYSED's main site provides both downloadable applications and detailed identification policies. You must select two testing dates at least eight weeks in advance. Mail in your application or hand-deliver it to a local testing facility. There are several test sites across the state, also accessible through the NYSED's site. You will receive an admissions notice with specific test information in the mail shortly after. Bring this notice with you on test day along with your ID. You should bring lots of scratch paper and extra pencils. APPLICATIONS: http://www.acces.nysed.gov/ged/app_process.html TESTING SITES & SCHEDULES: http://www.acces.nysed.gov/ged/nys_map/counties.html For more information on registering and eligibility requirements, please reference: http://www.acces.nysed.gov/ged/ http://www.gedtestingservice.com/testers/ways-to-take-the-test http://diplomaguide.com/articles/The_New_York_GED.html