Degrees and Certifications:
Current Certification: Social Studies, 7-12 Degrees: Penn State University, BA in Political Science (2005) Saint Joseph's University, M.E.d (2009)
Mr. Mike McConomy
Welcome to 8th Grade Social Studies!
Course Overview: Eighth grade Social Studies provides a comprehensive course in which students will be exposed to the following historical events: The Age of Jackson, Westward Expansion, Society and Culture before the Civil War, Sectionalism, The Civil War, Reconstruction, Industrial and Economic Growth, and The Progressive Era.
Assignments: Students can expect to have homework Monday-Thursday evenings, assignments will vary in length. Homework is to reinforce the information that is covered in class, and will help them to retain the material. Homework assignments should be written in student agendas and be found on staff web site.
Attendance: It is important that students attend class in order to be successful with the material we are covering. Assignments that are not completed within a reasonable time (one day for each day they are absent) will affect their grade. If they miss the day of a test, quiz, or a deadline for a project students will take it or turn it in the day they return (some exceptions for extended illness). If your child is sick, please call the office (6109326615) to request their work. By doing this, your child will not fall behind or have assignments to complete when they return, along with the normal school work.
Testing: Chapter tests will be announced as soon as the test date is known.
70 % - Performance Assessments – Tests, quizzes, and skill-based performance measures
20 % - Formative Assessments - Class work, in-class assignments, class participation, and other in-class measures
10% in homework - For classes where Homework will count less than 10%, the remaining percentage will be added to Performance Assessments.
IPads: This year, students will each have their own iPad. They will be required to bring it to school each day and home each night to be charged. Please know that iPads are for INSTRUCTIONAL use only. If a student is using an iPad inappropriately, the following system will be utilized.
Take iPad until end of class
Parent Contact/Loss of privilege to use iPad for amount of time (to be determined by the teacher).
Pop Culture is an enrichment course that gives students a unique opportunity to learn about societal concerns and trends of the present and the past.
Topics covered in this course may vary by team and teacher, but can include:
Trends by the decade
Popular culture around the United States and world
Individual cultural biographies (ex. actors, musicians, athletes, etc.)
Monthly thematic trivia and special projects (ex. Black History Month, the presidential election, Women’s History Month, etc.)
Assorted videos accompanied by preview and post-viewing activities
These topics are presented to students with a focus on social studies as well as language arts skills. Students actively express their viewpoints and opinions during such topics. If at any time our Pop Culture topics present a concern, please let me know as soon as possible.
Materials for class: Due Tuesday September 4, 2018: Charged IPad • Agenda• Pen or pencil.
If you have any questions or concerns about either the social studies or the pop culture class, I can be reached through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your interest in your child’s learning. I look forward to working with you and your child this year.