Make a Positive Impact on Your Education

Hello there, dudes and dudettes!

I hope you are enjoying your summer. Listen, the Ministry of Education wants your opinion on matters concerning YOUR EDUCATION!  Here is an opportunity for you to make a difference in your and future generations’ educational experience.  Don’t delay! The survey is in Latvian.

Šeit ir īss apraksts par to:

Un šeit ir tā aptauja:

For now,


Update #1, July 11, 2020

uys! Here’s an update for you:

My mother passed away June, 20th.  This impacted my life decision (ietekmēja) and so we have decided to stay in Latvia.  We are living in Rīga. My daughter is choosing which school she she will attend this fall for grade 10, and I am planning on entering the doctoral study programme at the University of Latvia.  This means I have a lot of studying to do all summer and there is no guarantee that I will get accepted. But trying is the important part, right?

Anyhow, I wanted you to know that I am still in Latvia and I will be returning to Ropaži for important events. Ropaži is a beautiful town and Ropazi Secondary School is an awesome school that you are lucky to have to attend!

I thought you all might really enjoy listening to some cool podcasts this summer to keep up your English listening skills.  Here is a list of podcasts for teens. Most you can just click on, but some you have to sign up for (for free!!!!).

Just click on a podcast and listen!  Feel free to leave comments here, telling me your favourite podcast! Okay, I hope you are having a great summer! (By the way, one of our cats jumped out of our third story window and ran away.  He didn’t like the big city. I am sad about this too.)


Vai Latvijā pastāv rasisms?

Hey, guys!

I watched this a long time ago and had hoped to share it with you.  This is my friend George, a Latvian citizen, whose children were born here and are about your age (a little younger and older).  I had also hoped to have George come and talk with you.  He’s a really cool and intelligent person, also very talented.  Anyhow, here’s a cool video that maybe you can watch if you are interested in his perspective:

Summer Links

Hello, students!

I want to wish you all a beautiful summer! It may not be like anything we expected, but it at least be warm and adventurous!  Here are some sites you may enjoy:

Here is a link to a free online library.  You can read poetry, you can read classic novels, cooking books, etc!  I hope you enjoy it:

Here is a link to audio books, where you can practise your English listening (or reading):  (ignore the word children here).

TED-Ed also has a lot of cool video:

If you are interested in supplementing your studies with lessons in English, Khan Academy has amazing academic videos. They are fun and so educational:

And because I know some of you are AMAZING writers, here is a short article with links to help you in your writing adventure:

Have a great summer!

Yours truly,

Teacher Daira

Week 9: May 18th-22nd :)

Hello Students!

Here is YOUR TASK for this week!

TASK 1: Choose 10 items that are respresentative of you or society these days and which you are willing to part with.  Take a picture of these 10 things and put them into a bag or a box (This is your time capsule.).  Write 12 sentences in your own blog about the years 2006-2020. Imagine that you are a person of the future who has opened your box.  What will they say or understand about how we lived… They used to eat rolton.  Send me a picture of your time capsule and then bury it somewhere deep under the ground for people to find many years in the future!

Have a great week!


your teacher

Week 8: May 11th-15th

Dear Students,

Welcome to another week! Here are your tasks:

TASK 1: Blogging Challenge Week 8 Assignment:

TASK 2: ZOOM MEETING, Wednesday, May 13th at 10:00AM:

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 776 6315 0910

TASK 3: Read “Hidden Talents” on page 27 of your textbook. As you read, complete exercises 1-9 on page 26 of your textbook. Send your teacher proof of your work!

Keep up the good work, rebels! I’m proud of you!


your teacher

Week 7: May 5th-8th

Dear Students!

Happy White Tablecloth Day and welcome to another week!  Here are your tasks:

TASK 1: Zoom meeting Wednesday, May 6th, at 10:00AM: (You will need the password.)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 728 0388 6145

TASK 2:   Blogging Challenge week 7: Emojis!!!!  (Intars, you kind of did something like this on picture week):

Don’t forget to submit your Post URL!

Good work, students!

Week 6: April 27th-May 1st

Dear students,

Congratulations! You have made it through another week! Welcome to week 6.

Here are your tasks:

TASK 1: Zoom meeting with teacher Daira, Monday, April 27, 10:00AM. You will need a password. Here’s the invite (password sent in Whatsapp and eklase):

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 739 9065 4657

TASK 2: Blogging Challenge Week 6: Schools Around the World:

TASK 3: Complete page 25 exercise 9 of your textbook.  Call a class mate and make sure to ask each of the questions from exercise 9 and you can ask more questions also. Then call your teacher (Whatsapp) and leave an AUDIO recording retelling your teacher what your classmate said!

Remember this?

Week 5: April 20th-24th

Dear Students!

Welcome to another week!  Here are your tasks this week:

TASK ONE: ZOOM meeting, Monday, April 20, 2019, at 9;00AM.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 736 1612 7932
Password: 2VEz3y

I will be explaining your test here.

TASK TWO: COMPLETE YOUR TEST! Your test is in 2 parts!

A: Power Point Presentation with vocabulary and pictures with sources (6 slides, 10 vocabulary words, 1 Creative Commons picture on each slide (with attributes)

B-Blog Entries; A: 10 sentences about your Long-Term Future Plans and 6 sentences about your weekend plans You don’t have to submit your URL for this test.

Here is How you will be graded for your test:

Dream Trip kontroldarbs April 2020

TASK THREE: Complete week 5 of the Blogging Challenge. Do submit your Post URL!

Here’s the assignment:

Be as creative as you can! Make a song about the Earth! Create a poster about the Earth! Make a video to share about the Earth! Make a drawing about the Earth! Include at least 2 source materials (2 facts or information from elsewhere with citation (atsaucēm)) in your post. These could also be quotes.  Let me know if you have any questions!

“Earth” by kristian fagerström is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0