Secondary Social Studies Newsletter
February 2015

Students at Wester Middle School take some time to analyze benchmark results.

Have Data - Now What?

Unit assessments and/or CBA's have been given, now what?  When looking at our testing data we need to ask a lot of questions of ourselves, our students, our curriculum, and our assessment and instruction.

Helpful Hints for Analyzing Data from Tests

1. Highlight every score below a 70%

2. Determine where the material was taught and or should have been learned.

  • Vocabulary
  • Lecture
  • Reading
  • Class Activities

3. Look at student answer choices

- Are student choices equally distributed?

- Are there a large number of students choosing the same wrong answer?

4. Where do I need to reteach?

5. Were there instructional strategies used that were more effective with certain classes?

6. Who do I need to remediate outside of class? How am I going to do that?

7. Provide the students with an opportunity to reflect on their own performance and ask them to set personal goals for the next assessment.

Want to know more about meeting the needs of your students?

    Join us for professional learning this summer as we take a closer look at Backwards Planning for Learning in Social Studies - In this two day conference, experts will share content and best practices and then time will be given for application of this knowledge to a current unit of study. Teachers will work in content teams as well as vertical groups to address the needs of students.

June - 25th-26th or July 30th-31st

Textbook Adoption Update

     Campus representatives met with publishers last week to get a more in-depth look at what they have to offer.  The textbook committee will have their final meeting on February 24th to vote on the textbooks.  In the meantime, please continue to review the materials, paying special attention to the online resources.   Be sure to get updates from your campus representative before the final vote.  We will be sending out an electronic ballot for each team to rank and provide rationale for their top 3 choices.  These results will help our committee members make the best possible choice for our district.  

Black History Month

    Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating black history.

Resources for your classroom

Annenberg Learner

Association for the Study of African American Life and History

Presidents' Day

    Presidents’ Day is an American holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February. Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, it is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government. Traditionally celebrated on February 22—Washington’s actual day of birth—the holiday became popularly known as Presidents’ Day after it was moved as part of 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers.    Which president is enthralled in the Wrestling Hall of Fame?   Send answers to Meridith or Dodie for a chance to win this month's prize.

Resources for your classroom.

George Washington

The Presidents

Great Things Happening

Students at Maus prepare for an upcoming test by playing Kahoot!

AP Readers in Our Distict

Social Studies readers in our district:

Geoff Smith – WHS – Reader for US History

Patience LeBlanc – FMS – Reader for US History

Joanna Cone – WHS – Reader for European History

John Laine – WHS – Table Leader for World History

Gabe Fain – HHS – Table Leader for World History

Jeremiah Rush – Independence – Reader for Human Geography

Carrie Cagle – WHS – Reader for European History

Mandy Murphy – LSHS – Reader for AP Government

Krista Boivie – LHS – Reader for AP World History

Social studies received invitations this year:

Jonathan Huggins – HHS – Reader for Government

Josh Tabor – WHS – Reader for Government

Alyssa Webb – FHS – Reader for US History

Amanda Peters – FHS – Reader for Human Geography


Laura Fitzgerald won last month's trivia prize.  A set of clear protectors will be delivered to her classroom.