Pennsylvania's Supreme Court created a new Congressional map for Pennsylvania. This map erases the extreme gerrymanders from the previous map and makes several districts more competitive. You can read about the new map here.
The New York Times has a fascinating interactive map feature which compares the old Pennsylvania districts with the new ones. Check it out here.
Finally, here is some interesting analysis from The New York Times about what the new map means for Democrats and Republicans.
Christine Yared is a 14-year-old freshman at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. She wrote an op-ed piece in The New York Times, which you can read here.
Two sixteen-year-old girls organized a "lie-in" in front of the White House in Washington, D.C. on Monday. You can read about the event in The Washington Post here.
Emma Gonzalez helped galvanize the #NeverAgain movement with her heartfelt speech at a Fort Lauderdale rally. If you have not watched the speech you can watch it here.
How did the teenage survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School organize their movement so quickly? These two pieces cover the origins of the movement: the first is from Buzzfeed and the second is from The New Yorker.
Gacekblog is a supplementary resource for Mr. Gacek's classes. You will find links and posts related to Geography, Politics, Literature, Soccer, Popular Culture, Kombucha, and various things Mr. Gacek finds interesting. Gacekblog is not a homework blog. Homework due dates for Mr. Gacek's classes can be found on TeacherEase. Welcome to NOVA!! To learn more about the above map, click here.
1. The Wire (HBO) 2002-2008 (5 seasons)
2. Freaks and Geeks (NBC) 1999-2000 (1 season)
3. The Sopranos (HBO) 1999-2007 (6 seasons)
4. Twin Peaks (ABC) 1990-1991 (2 seasons)
5. My So-Called Life (ABC) 1994-1995 (1 season)
6. Mad Men (AMC) 2007-2015 (7 seasons)
7. Seinfeld (NBC) 1989-1998 (9 seasons)
8. Breaking Bad (AMC) 2008-2013 (5 seasons)
9. Louie (FOX) 2010-2015 (5 seasons)
10. Friday Night Lights (NBC) 2006-2011 (5 seasons)
11. Rectify (Sundance) 2013-2016 (4 seasons)
12. Lost (ABC) 2004-2010 (6 seasons)
13. The Simpsons (FOX) 1989-2017 (29 seasons)
14. Cheers (NBC) 1982-1993 (11 seasons)
15. The Office (BBC Two) (UK) 2001-2003 (2 seasons)
16. Parks and Recreation (NBC) 2009-2015 (7 seasons)
17. The Office (NBC) 2005-2013 (9 seasons)
18. Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO) 2000-2017 (9 seasons)
19. Master of None (Netflix) 2015-2017 (2 seasons)
20. NewsRadio (NBC) 1995-1999 (5 seasons)
22. The Cosby Show (NBC) 1984-1992 (8 seasons)
22. Undeclared (FOX) 2001-2002 (1 season)
23. Flight of the Conchords (HBO) 2007-2009 (2 seasons)
24. The IT Crowd (Channel 4) (UK) 2006-2010 (4 seasons)
25. Once & Again (ABC) 1999-2002 (3 seasons)
26. The Wonder Years (ABC) 1988-1993 (6 seasons)
27. Arrested Development (FOX) 2003-2006 (3 seasons)
28. True Detective (HBO) 2014 (Season 1 only)
29. Skins (E4) (UK) 2007-2008 (Seasons 1-2 only)
30. Fleabag (BBC Three) (UK) 2016 (1 season)
31. True Blood (HBO) 2008 (Season 1 only)
32. Detectorists (BBC Four) (UK) 2014-2015 (2 seasons)
33. The End of the F***ing World (Channel 4) (UK) 2017 (1 season)
34. Bored to Death (HBO) 2009-2011 (3 seasons)
35. Horace and Pete (Hulu) 2016 (1 season)
36. Party Down (Starz) 2009-2010 (2 seasons)
37. Terriers (FX) 2010 (1 season)
38. Entourage (HBO) 2004-2011 (8 seasons)
39. The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman (IFC) 2006-2007 (2 seasons)
40. One Mississippi (Amazon) 2015-17 (2 seasons)
41. The Mighty Boosh (BBC Three) (UK) 2004-2007 (3 seasons)
42. King of the Hill (FOX) 1997-2010 (13 seasons)
43. Girls (HBO) 2012-2017 (6 seasons)
44. Six Feet Under (HBO) 2001-2005 (5 seasons)
45. Enlightened (HBO) 2011-2013 (2 seasons)
46. Ed (NBC) 2000-2004 (4 seasons)
47. The Jinx (HBO) 2015 (1 season)
48. Love (Netflix) 2016-2017 (2 seasons)
49. Back (Channel 4) (UK) 2017 (1 season)
50. American High (PBS) 2001 (1 season)
51. Catastrophe (Channel 4) (UK) 2015-2017 (3 seasons)
52. Hung (HBO) 2009-2011 (3 seasons)
53. Family Tree (HBO) 2013 (1 season)
54. Summer Heights High (ABC) (AU) 2007 (1 season)
Currently watching: The Mary Tyler Moore Show, M*A*S*H, Taxi, Moonlighting, Fargo, Broad City, Orange is the New Black, Better Call Saul, Baskets, Veep, The Americans, Transparent, Casual, Kimmy Schmidt, Silicon Valley, The Mindy Project, The Good Place, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Please Like Me, Better Things.
Watchlist: The Leftovers, Hannibal, Deadwood, Sports Night, Brooklyn Bridge, Frank's Place, The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd, Halt & Catch Fire, The Deuce.
Surabhi Mundada is a senior at Olympia High School and a NOVA graduate. In this video she discusses her MyHealth and MyGlove project. Surabhi has devoted over 100 hours per month over the past year working on this project. So very impressive, Surabhi!
Leonard Cohen, a truly great poet and musician, passed away today at the age of 82. He wrote many, many great songs, and I've posted a few favorites below. If you're intrigued I'd encourage you to explore YouTube; there are so many Leonard Cohen gems. Cohen's most recent album, You Want It Darker, was released just three weeks ago. The song below, "It Seemed a Better Way," is from this album. Leonard Cohen will be missed.
It has come to my attention that some members of the sixth grade class are fans of the musical "Hamilton." I thought you might enjoy this rendition of the Chicago Cubs' theme song "Go Cubs Go!" as sung by the Chicago cast. Enjoy!
The Washington Post's Christopher Ingraham wrote an excellent article about gerrymandering and how it will affect the 435 elections for the House of Representatives on November 8. Watch the video first and then read the article here.
"The Immortal Rap of Henrietta Lacks" was written and produced by eighth grade students from KIPP Bridge Charter School in Oakland, California. To learn the background of Henrietta Lacks and the production of the video, read this article from PBS. If you want to read the full story of Henrietta Lacks, please read the book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot.
I saw the Schoolhouse Rock shorts many times while watching Saturday morning cartoons during my childhood. The tunes are still familiar these many years later. "A Noun is a Person, Place, or Thing" was created in 1973 (the year Mr. Gacek was born). In 1973, for some reason, abstract nouns were not included in the basic definition of noun.