Word of the Day; 3/27/18

Today’s Word of the Day for March 27th, 2018, is “grandiose.”


Part of Speech: adjective


Pronunciation: (gran-dee-OHSS)


Definition: 1- characterized by affectation of grandeur or splendor or by absurd exaggeration

2 - impressive because of uncommon largeness, scope, effect, or grandeur


Did You Know: Grandiose, magnificent, imposing, stately, majestic, and grand all can mean very large and impressive.


Sentence: After a difficult defeat in the championship game last season, the team came back in a grandiose way.


True Graffiti

I think graffiti is a serious issue in society. People are painting on the sides of buildings and trains. Those buildings and other things are other people’s property, and they’re disrespecting the owners. There are so many bad factors of graffiti that people think about since artists choose to paint in illegal places. It’s gained a bad reputation over the years but graffiti isn’t all bad.

When people paint graffiti seriously, it becomes something beautiful, and graffiti is a great way to express yourself. That’s why I think the government should create special areas for artists who want to show off their artwork. Organizations in Augusta are already trying to do this with the Art the Box project where local artists are being given permission to paint on electrical boxes around the city. I want to have things like that being done around the country. It would be great news for graffiti artists, and a great way to show society the true face of graffiti.


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It's Finally Here!

This was originally announced about a month ago, but now it’s finally here!

Photojournalism student Dylan James’ long-awaited, dark fantasy story titled, “Universe 33” is finally complete. The story centers around a man named Timothy, and his friends Richard, Pxydilean the wizard, and Sunflower. These four are on a mission to end the reign of the evil wizard, Efopnair. The story includes interesting and introspective character development between the characters, for sometimes better or worse, a well thought out horror plot, and multiple twists that eventually affect the path of the story’s main characters, and this only one part of a major barrage of stories Dylan has planned. He worked really hard on this story for months, and we hope you take the time to read it, and see the talent he has for creating vivid images in the minds of the readers. (WARNING: This story includes non-explicit romance and violence and we suggest is recommended for readers age twelve and up.) 

Click Here To Read the Work of Jared Dreamtales

Note: Please be sure to read Part 1 first! 

Word of the Day; 3/8/18

Today’s Word of the Day for March 8th, 2018, is, “ bird-dog.”


Pronunciation: (BERD-dawg)


Definition: 1- to watch closely

2- to seek out : follow, detect


 Part of Speech: verb


Did You Know: People began using bird-dog as a verb meaning "to closely watch someone or something" or "to doggedly seek out someone or something" in the early 20th century.


Sentence: My sister was bird-dogging me, so I wouldn’t eat the last cookie.


Word of the Day; 3/7/18

Today’s Word of the Day for March 7th, 2018, is, “ woolgathering.”


Pronunciation: (WOOL-gath-uh-ring)


Definition: indulgence in idle daydreaming


Part of Speech: noun


Did You Know: Woolgathering once literally referred to the act of gathering loose tufts of wool that had gotten caught on bushes and fences as sheep passed by.  


Sentence: Cindy was too busy woolgathering, when she could've been actually enacting her dreams.                  


A Donation From a Special Someone

A mother of one of the Photojournalism students who works for the Sheriff’s Office put Jessye Norman in contention for being donated $2,500. JNSA ended up winning, and now the school has $2,500 to use to further the students education. Everybody involved in Jessye Norman would like to thank JNSA student parent, Lateisha Mosquera, for recommending the school as a possible donee. We would also like to thank Sheriff Roundtree, and the entire Sheriff’s Office for donating to our cause. Here’s a picture of Jessye Norman’s Executive Director, Gary Dennis, taking a picture with the Sheriff Roundtree, holding the $2,500 check. We truly appreciate all donations, no matter how big or small!


                                                                      -Copyrighter, Nasir Mosquera

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What's Been Going On?

Greetings, readers of the blog! If you have been wondering where daily features like “Word of the Day,” and updates on what’s been happening at JNSA have gone, then let us explain what we have been up to. The reason for the delay of our usually frequent posts is because the Photojournalism crew has been working very hard to perfect the newsletter, and it has been the top priority for Photojournalism instructor, Mrs. Pacetti. We appreciate your patience while we work on the newsletter, and we look forward to sharing it with you soon. We’ll try to keep up the consistency with the blog posts moving forward. Thank you!




                                                                      -Copyrighter, Nasir Mosquera



Word of the Day; 3/6/18

Today’s Word of the Day for March 6th, 2018, is, “ scarify.”


Pronunciation: (SKAIR-uh-fye)


Definition: 1-  to make scratches or small cuts in (something, such as the skin)

2- to lacerate the feelings of

3- to break up, loosen, or roughen the surface of (something, such as a field or road)

4-  to cut or soften the wall of (a hard seed) to hasten germination


Part of Speech: verb  


Did You Know: First appeared in English in the 15th century.


Sentence: My cat scarified me after I tried to pull its tail.


Word of the Day; 3/5/18

Today’s Word of the Day for March 5th, 2018, is, “ rabble.”


Pronunciation: (RAB-ul)


Definition: 1- a disorganized or confused collection of things

2a- a disorganized or disorderly crowd of people : mob

2b- the lowest class of people


Part of Speech: noun  


Did You Know: First appeared in the English language as, “rabel,” in the 15th century.  


Sentence: I went into my little sister’s room, and it was a rabble of a bunch of different clothes!

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Singin' in the Rain Jr.

Boy, Jessye Norman has a lot to look forward to! First the Photojournalism class will be releasing their newsletter soon, and now the Art, Music, and Dance classes will be collaborating in order to perform a “Junior” rendition of the iconic film, “Singin’ in the Rain.” The auditions have already been done, and the cast members are beginning rehearsals for the performance as we speak. The actors, singers, and dancers are working very hard, and both the JNSA staff and the rest of the school believe they can pull off a stellar performance. There is no official date for the show, but once there is, you will be one of the first ones to know, because it will be posted on the blog almost immediately. We’re really excited for the show, and we hope you are, too! See you there!


                                    -Copywriter, Nasir Mosquera

Upcoming Newsletter

In early March, the Jessye Norman Photojournalism class will release their latest installment of the newsletter. The cover of the newsletter will be inspired by the iconic movie, “Singin' in the Rain.” The cover will be a rendition of the famous flick because the Art, Dance, and Music classes will be collaborating in order to perform a “Junior” version of the classic. The newsletter will also include more details on the show, updates on major events around JNSA, and thanks to the multiple donors who help keep the school up and running. The Photojournalism students are excited for the end result, and we hope you are, too! We will let you know when the newsletter has an official release date.


  • Copywriter, Nasir Mosquera

Word of the Day; 2/23/18

Today’s Word of the Day for February 23rd, 2018, is, “ meld.”


Pronunciation: (MELD)


Definition: to blend or mix together : merge


 Part of Speech: verb   


Did You Know: Made in the first half of the 20th century.


Sentence: Since the song we create sounded like a bumbling mess of two songs, our engineer was able to meld the songs to the point of where they sound synchronized.

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Dancer Photoshoot

The dancers are going somewhere with their talents! If you’ve ever seen the Jessye Norman dance students dance, you will know exactly what we’re talking about! Seeing the dancers dance during the Winter Showcase gave the Photojournalism class an extraordinary idea! A few weeks ago, the Dance and Photojournalism classes came together to take a photo shoot of the dancers. The shoot mainly consisted of the dancers doing splits, performing dance positions, and posing for the camera. The Photojournalism students were very pleased with the results of the photo shoot, and believe the pictures look even better, now that they’re edited. Here are a few of the photos we believe truly capture the essence of the dancers’ abilities as artists.


                                                                             -Copywriter, Nasir Mosquera





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Word of the Day; 2/22/18

Today’s Word of the Day for February 22nd, 2018, is, “ plangent.”


Pronunciation: (PLAN-junt)


Definition: 1- having a loud reverberating sound

2- having an expressive and especially plaintive quality


 Part of Speech: adjective   


Did You Know: Derives from Latin verb, “plangere.”


Sentence: The speaker had plangent and loud sound that really got the party going.

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Word of the Day; 2/21/18

Today’s Word of the Day for February 21st, 2018, is, “ demarcate.”


Pronunciation: (dih-MAHR-kayt)


Definition: 1- to fix or define the limits of : delimit

2- to set apart : distinguish


Part of Speech: verb


Did You Know: Scholars think it may have descended from the Italian verb, “marcare.”


Sentence: We thought it would be a good idea to renovate the dilapidated building, since it has been demarcated as an important part of the town’s history.            

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Word of the Day; 2/16/18

Today’s Word of the Day for February 16th, 2018, is, “yuppify.”


Pronunciation: (YUP-uh-fye)


Definition:  to make appealing to yuppies; also; to infuse with the qualities or values of yuppies


Part of Speech: verb


Did You Know: Yuppie and yuppify are products of the 1980s.


Sentence: The governor thought to establish a string of lounge areas and libraries in order to yuppify the city would be a great idea because the city was full of mostly young people. 

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Word of the Day; 2/15/18

Today’s Word of the day for February 15th, 2018, is “nebbish.”


Pronunciation: (NEB-ish)


Part of Speech: noun


Definition: a timid, meek, or ineffectual person


Did You Know: It derives from the Yiddish word, “nebekh,” which means, “poor” or “unfortunate.”


Sentence: Chloe was a bit of a nebbish on the first day of school when she didn’t know anybody. Now, she’s friends with almost everyone.

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