Sunday, December 12, 2010

First Semester Final Exam Schedule

Final Exams have been scheduled for January 11th-14th, 2011, our second week back from winter break.

Tuesday - Zero Hour and 1st Period Exams
Wednesday - 3rd and 5th Period Exams
Thursday - 6th and 7th Period Exams
Friday - 2nd and 4th Period Exams (EARLY RELEASE)

This will lead us into a long weekend for students, as the entire school has off on Monday for the observance of MLK, Jr. Day, and students again have off on Tuesday as it is a Staff Development day.  The second semester will begin on Wednesday the 19th. 

Unit 6 Test

We have now started our last unit of the first semester.  Unit 6 is titled the Age of Change, and it covers the Age of Exploration, the Early Americas, and the Scientific Revolution/Enlightenment.  The test is scheduled for January 5, 2011.  It will be difficult having winter break in the middle of this unit, but as long as students complete their study guide and review the material, they should still be successful on test day.

Our quarter project will also fall during this unit.  An ABC Book will be assigned on Monday and students will get the entire week in class to complete the project.  They are to find a word or name for each letter in the alphabet that relates to this unit.  So for example, C could be for Columbian Exchange, and all the goods that were traded between the New World and the Old World like squash, tomatoes, horses, grapes, and tobacco.  This project will count as two test grades, and remember that our testing category counts for 60% of the quarter grade now per district policy.  So this will really boost grades for those students who commit to turning in a quality project.  And it also could put the nail in some coffins for those students who decide not to turn anything in on Friday.

Please remember that Friday is an early release, and high school students will be dismissed at 2:05pm.

We wish you all a happy and safe holiday season and can't wait to see you back in the new year!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Unit 5 Test

We will be starting Unit 5 on Monday.  Unit 5 covers the Renaissance and Reformation.  As of right now, we are scheduled to test on Wednesday, December 1st.  Student will receive a study guide to help them prepare for their test.  Please encourage them to complete their study guide and come to class prepared.

Our Unit 5 test will be our last test before winter break.  We will start Unit 6 before break, but will be unable to finish, and therefor unable to test.

We also have a project coming up in Unit 6 over the Age of Exploration.  More to come soon...

Keep working hard!  We are getting very close to our break, but don't let up just yet.  "Successful people make themselves do the things that unsuccessful people will not do."

And in honor of Veteran's Day, thank you to all who have served, past and present.  Your sacrifices do not go unnoticed.  We owe so much to each of you, thank you.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Unit 4 Test

1st Quarter is now in the books.  Grades have to be verified by teachers before school starts tomorrow.  Report cards will be printed this week, with one being mailed home, and the other going home with your student on Friday.  Report cards will be handed out by your second period teacher.

If you fell just short of passing this quarter, all hope is not lost.  It is your semester grade which determines if you earn your credit.  You just need to make up the difference during second quarter.  For example, if you received a 66% for your first quarter grade (failing by 4%), you just need to earn a 74% second quarter (passing by 4%), and pass your final exam.  So give it your all the next nine weeks of school, and you will be just fine.

We will be starting Unit 4 tomorrow.  Unit 4 keeps us in the Middle Ages, only we focus in on the founding of Islam and the impact the Islamic Empire had on the world during this time period.  We will also discuss the Crusades.

Currently we are scheduled to test on Wednesday, November 10th, just before our day off for Veteran's Day on the 11th.  As always, students will receive a study guide at least two days in advance to prepare.  These study guides help prepare students for the information they will be tested on, as well as they are worth a homework grade.  Please encourage your student to complete theirs and prepare for the test!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Unit 3 Test

We will be starting Unit 3 this upcoming week.  This will be the last unit of first quarter.  It's hard to believe, but we only have three more weeks until we are a quarter of the way through this school year.  First quarter ends on October 22, 2010, and it will be an early release day-students will get out at 2:10pm.

Unit 3 will be all about the Middle Ages.  The test is scheduled for Thursday, October 21, 2010.  Students will receive a study guide two days before the test.  Please encourage them to prepare and come in for tutoring as this will be their last grade entered for the quarter.  For some students this test will be make or break!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Unit 2 Test

We will be starting Unit 2 this Monday.  Unit 2 covers the classical period of Ancient Greece and Rome.  In our textbook it is chapters four and five.  The unit test is scheduled for Monday, September 27, 2010.  The students will receive a study guide to prepare.  Please help remind them of the test the weekend before, so they come to class prepared.

Following Unit 2 we will have our quarter project.  This project will be worth two test grades.  Information to follow...

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Unit 1 Test

The first unit test has been scheduled for Friday, September 10th.

This test will cover prehistoric times to ancient river valley civilizations.  This information can be found in the first three chapters of our world history textbook.  Students will receive a study guide to prepare.

Open House

Please mark your calendars and plan to attend our annual Open House this upcoming Tuesday night from 6-8pm.  It will be a great opportunity to meet the teachers of your student.  There is no set schedule for the event.  Teachers will be in their classrooms, traveling teachers can be found in the library.

We look forward to meeting all of you!


Welcome to the 2010-2011 school year!  We all are very excited to be teaching world history.  

Here is a look at what's to come this year...

First Semester

First Quarter:
Unit 1: Early Civilizations (Approx. 12 Days) –Ch. 1, 2, 3
Unit 2: Greco Roman World (Approx. 15 Days) –Ch. 4, 5
Unit 3: Middle Ages (Approx. 17 Days) –Ch.9, 10

Second Quarter:
Unit 4: Islam and the Crusades (Approx. 10 Days) –Ch. Ch.6, 9
Unit 5: Renaissance and Reformation (Approx. 12 Days) –Ch. 12
Unit 6: Age of Change (Approx. 16 Days) –Ch. 11, 13, 17

Second Semester

Third Quarter:
Unit 7: Monarchy to Democracy (Approx. 12 Days) –Ch. 14, 18
Unit 8: Economic Progress (Approx. 12 Days) –Ch. 19, 20, 21
Unit 9: The Great War (Approx. 9 Days) –Ch. 23

Fourth Quarter
Unit 10: Totalitarianism and WWII (Approx. 18 Days) –Ch. 24, 26
Unit 11: The Realignment of Nations (Approx. 12 Days) –Ch. 25, 27, 28
Unit 12: The Modern World (Approx. 15 Days) –Ch. 29-32

There will be a test at the end of every unit (three per quarter).  The semester finals will only be over information learned that semester.  So our final exam in June will only cover information from late-January to June, not the entire year.

If you ever have any questions or concerns, please email us!