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Celebrate Pi Day with Pi Poetry!

Today, the Win-E-Mac English department joined forces with the math department in celebrating Pi Day (3rd month, 14th day). Firstly, let me give credit where credit is due: Jessica Strom ( sent a link to an awesome idea ( The concept involves using the numbers of pi to create a poem, where each word needs to have the correct number of letters to match up with each digit of pi. In other words, the first word has three letters, the second has one, the third has four, and so on. Punctuation doesn’t count.

Working on this project today was challenging, yet I think very rewarding, for my 9th-grade class. They’ve come up with some awesome poems so far, which I don’t have permission to share here just yet. However, I thought it was important to model a poem, to show the students what is possible with Pi Poetry. One of the requirements of the assignment was that it ties thematically to pi, so in other words, there has to be something round featured in the poem. I chose the sun.


A Pie Poem by Andrew Hanson
(click here for a little more color)

I wait
I watch
Preparing in wonder
Watch the light increase
Wonderful sunrise

Observing red or the filtered gold

Wonder at better days
The new daybreak has me waiting
Something great

Revamping and Refreshing

Welcome back! I’m so excited for the 2017-2018 school year!

If you’ve been to this “Win-E-Mac English” website before, you’ll notice that it’s undergone a significant facelift for the new school year. The theatre and testing sections of the site have been spun out to their own sites:

I’ve also totally revamped my Classroom Guidelines from a boring one-page doc to a slideshow! Check it out!

Lastly, I decided to paint an accent wall in my classroom. I could post a picture, but wouldn’t you rather come check it out for yourselves at Open House next week? Yeah? See you on Wednesday, August 30th from 5-7!

MCA Testing in Reading

Another new website that I’m working on is really a collection of resources to help students prepare for the Reading MCAs. There are activities, games, videos, information about specific reading strategies and skills, and more resources. I’m constantly adding more and more to this website, so keep going back to see if there’s anything new! Yes, the Reading MCA is in April, but it’s never too soon to start practicing and getting ready for it. Remember that the more you read, the better you get!

Some of my favorite resources are also included within the links in the sidebar. They include:

  • help end hunger by answering vocabulary questions!
  • a great tool that offers reading activities for all levels!

If you know any reading resources that you think I should include here, please send them my way!

Win-E-Mac Drama Club

As a way to better communicate with students about upcoming theatre productions, I’ve created a separate website as well as a Google Classroom for what I’m calling “Drama Club”. Win-E-Mac puts on three productions every year, the All School Play for 7th-12th graders in November, the One Act Play for 10th-12th graders in January, plus the Junior High Play for 7th-9th graders in March. I’m also planning maybe one or two “improv game nights”.

  • Check out the new website by clicking on “Drama Club” in the menu above, or go to
  • Add yourself to the Google Classroom by clicking “+”, then “Join Class”, then enter the following code: mf07aa3.

Contact me if you have any questions about the plays at Win-E-Mac!

The Win-E-Mac Patriot Press

After several weeks of interviewing and writing, formatting and editing, my ten seniors and I are ready to present the April Issue of the new student-led school newspaper, which we are calling “The Patriot Press”.

If you prefer to read a printed copy, there will be some available in Mr. Hanson’s classroom (Room 52) tomorrow. Otherwise, the PDF is on the website below:

If you are interested in maybe writing for The Patriot Press next year, fill out the interest form on the website! Thanks, and happy reading!

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