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List School Teacher List | 2016-2017
       
Subject | Teacher | WebPage Grade Room
Social Studies  
  Jean-Paul St. Pierre 6 1A 49 | Challenger | Lead
  Leah Kouch 6 1A 30 | Atlantis
  Brian Walsh 6 1A 10 | Enterprise
  Chris Glowik 7 Float
  Krista LaForte 7 2A 26
  Jacqueline Robichaud 7 Float
  Michelle Kurkul 8 2A 09
  Mathew Mahoney 8 2A 08
  Jenny Winter 8 2A 43
  David Miller 6 | 7 1A 29
Jean-Paul St. Pierre Classroom
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Challenger
6 |
1A 49
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Leah Kouch Classroom
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Atlantis
6
1A 30
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I am Leah Kouch and I teach 6th grade social studies in the Atlantis  Cluster. I have a Master’s Degree in Education and hold Massachusetts teaching licenses in Social Studies 5-9, Elementary 1-6, and School Guidance Counselor K-12. 

I have been in the Lynn Public Schools System for 14 years teaching both elementary and middle school.


Grade 6 Social Studies | Atlantis Cluster

Dear Family,

Our social studies class will be studying the History of Our World. We will focus mainly on four major ancient civilizations including the Fertile Crescent (ancient Mesopotamia), ancient Egypt, ancient Greece, and ancient Rome. 

One of the first topics we will study is prehistory---the period of time before people recorded events in writing.  As you go through your daily activities, look for opportunities to “piece together” history with your child.

Our social studies class will also be taking a closer look at the geography of the civilizations we are studying .We will study how geography affected the ways civilizations developed.  The next time you travel through your community, discuss with your child how physical geography can impact how a town or a city develops.

In the weeks ahead, your child may be talking about projects and activities assigned in social studies.  Please take the time to support your child’s learning through discussion and involvement.  I hope you will enjoy sharing in this exciting educational journey with your student.

Night Back: Thursday

Materials Needed: Your materials for the class are listed below. 

  • A notebook
  • A textbook (History of Our World)
  • A pencil/pen

Grading Breakdown: Each quarter, you will be graded based on the following percentages:

  • Tests/Projects:                    60%
  • Quizzes/Class Work:           20%
  • Homework:                         10%
  • Formal Writing:                   10%

Respect Policy: All students are expected to treat their teachers, classmates and themselves respectfully in every sense of the word.

  • No bullying of any kind will be tolerated
  • Each student will listen to, and respect the opinions of other students
  • No one will interrupt a classmate while he or she is speaking

Preparation: All students are expected to be prepared for class each day. This means coming to class with your notebook, textbook (as needed), as well as pencils or pens. This also applies to completed homework and being ready to participate in the day’s activity.

Homework: Students are required to copy the posted homework into their agenda books as it is assigned daily except Fridays.

Please encourage your child to study hard and reach their academic goals.

Sincerely,
Mrs. Leah Kouch

Web Classroom Resources    
Title | Website Link Date Posted Description
Ancient History | Revised Sept. 2015

Open House Presentation

Ancient History Research Project Form 1   I am attaching an ancient civilization research project for parents and students to refer to just in case some students misplace their handouts over the holiday break.  This project is due in the week of January 8, 2014
Ancient History Research Project Form 2
The Incredible Human Journey
  1. Out of Africa
2. Out of Asia
3. Out of Australia
4. Out of Europe
5. Out of The Americas
Stone Age | Yahoo   Video Detail for Stories from the Stone Age
Stone Age | 1   Stories from the Stone Age
Stone Age | 2   Stories from the Stone Age
Stone Age | 3   Stories from the Stone Age
Stone Age | 4   Stories from the Stone Age
The Two Stone Ages   Compare and Contrast the two Stone Ages. 2 minutes of video. It's awesome!
Romulus & Remus   The Story of Romulus & Remus
Ancient Egypt   Exploring Ancient Egypt
Ancient Egypt   A Fantastic Trip to Ancient Egypt and the Nile
Ancient Rome (PowerPoint)   Check this website out about Ancient Rome. It has kid-friendly pictures and it describes the rise and fall of Ancient Rome.

Brian Walsh Classroom
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RL Brian Walsh
Enterprise
6
1A 10

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6th Grade Social Studies Expectations | 2016-2017 School Year

Dear Student and Family,
Welcome to 6th grade Social Studies! We have an exciting year of social studies learning in store for us. In order to help you prepare for this undertaking, I have written the following guidelines for a successful year.

1. Materials Needed: You will need the following materials every day unless otherwise noted:

  1. A three ring binder (1 inch)
  2. A pencil/pen

2. Grading Breakdown: Each quarter, you will be graded on the following percentages:

  1. Tests/Projects: 40%
  2. Quizzes/Classwork: 30%
  3. Formal Writing/current events: 15%
  4. Homework: 15%


3. Respect Policy:
All students are expected to treat their teachers, classmates, and themselves respectfully in every sense of the word.

  1. No bullying of any kind will be tolerated.
  2. Each student will listen to, and respect the opinions of other students.
  3. No one will interrupt a classmate while he or she is speaking.

4. Preparation: All students are expected to be prepared for class each day. This means coming to class with your notebook, textbook (as needed), as well as pencils or pens. This also applies to complete homework and being ready to participate in the day’s activity.

5. Homework: Students are required to copy the posted homework into their agenda notebooks as it is assigned four times per week. Homework will be handed in at the beginning of every class period on the following day, unless otherwise stated. Late work is accepted for a short time with the loss of 10 points each day that it is not handed in. You have up to SEVEN school days in which to turn in any assignment. After that it will not be counted. In case of excused absences, however, homework is due the day following your return to school. When in doubt about the homework assignment, check the assignment area of my white board or call a reliable classmate. If you have a legitimate reason for not completing an assignment (family visit, holiday, etc) you should bring a note from home.

6. Contact Info: Please feel free to get in touch with me outside of school if you have any questions. I check my email often at home, and will try to get back to you within 24 hours on a weeknight and 48 hours on a weekend.

Email: Walshb@lynnschools.org

Twitter: This year I will be using twitter in my classroom to continue communication with students and parents/guardians. Using this tool, I will provide information on projects, on-going events in class, and other exciting 6th grade activities. I will attempt to take a picture of the homework for students each day, however I will insist that students write down their homework in their assignment notepads each day.
Twitter: @MrWalsh_Breed

Course Outline:
Our social studies class will be studying the History of Our World. We will focus mainly on four major ancient civilizations including the Fertile Crescent (ancient Mesopotamia), ancient Egypt, ancient Greece, and ancient Rome.

One of the first topics that we will study is prehistory--the period of time before people recorded events in writing. As you go through your daily activities, look for opportunities to “piece together” history with your child.

Our social studies class will also be taking a closer look at the geography of the civilizations we are studying. We will study how geography affected the ways civilizations developed. The next time you travel through your community, discuss with your child how physical geography can impact how a town or city develops.

Message to Parents/Guardians
In the weeks ahead, your child may be talking about projects and activities assigned in social studies. Please take time to support your child’s learning through discussion and involvement. I hope you will enjoy sharing in this exciting educational journey with your student. Please encourage your child to study hard and reach their academic goals.

Sincerely,
Mr. Walsh

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Chris Glowik Classroom
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Photo Teacher Grade | Room Social Media and Website Links
RL Chris Glowik
7
Float
 
 
Krista LaForte Classroom
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Photo Teacher Grade | Room Social Media and Website Links
RL Krista LaForte
7
2A 26
 
 
Jacqueline Robichaud Classroom
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Photo Teacher Grade | Room Social Media and Website Links
RL Jacqueline Robichaud
7
Float
 
 
Michelle Kurkul Classroom
SP SP SP SP
Photo Teacher Grade | Room Social Media and Website Links
RL Michelle Kurkul 8
2A 09
 
 
Mathew Mahoney Classroom
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Photo Teacher Grade | Room Social Media and Website Links
RL Mathew Mahoney
8
2A 08
 
 
Jenny Winter Classroom
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Photo Teacher Grade | Room Social Media and Website Links
CS Jenny Winter
8
2A 43

 

 
David Miller Classroom
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Photo Teacher Grade | Room Social Media and Website Links
RL David Miller
6 | 7
1A 29
 

Biography
My name is David Miller and I am originally from Lancaster, PA (everybody from PA says “PA,” no one calls it Pennsylvania). I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in History from Salem State University with a minor in Geography. After I returned to PA to complete my teaching certification, but returned to New England because I loved it too much up here. I am certified in MA in History 5-8 and 8-12.

Contact
Email: millerd@lynnschools.org
Room to find me in: Room 1A 07

Expectations
I expect each of my students:

  1. to come prepared to class with all of their materials and on time
  2. to be respectful of myself, the rest of the faculty, their fellow students and the school itself
  3. to engage and PARTICIPATE in classroom activities and discussions
  4. to attempt their very best
  5. to come ready to learn and hopefully have some fun while doing so!

Class Goals
By the end of the year, students will understand:

  1. their location in the world, both relative and exact
  2. how this location determines and influences their everyday lives and the lives of those around them
  3. what interactions with those places and the environment look like and how they affect each other
  4. why the movement of people and goods is impacted and defined by geography
  5. how different regions of the world interact with each other based on proximity, physical and human characteristics, resources, and particularly the people that make up those regions

By the end of the year, students will be able to:

  1. find their exact location, and that of any other, using online maps or an atlas
  2. find and locate key demographic information relating to nations and regions, explain what it is telling them, and present that information to their peers
  3. use current events to examine real life instances of geographical influences in the modern world

Fun Activities/Projects in the Year Ahead
“Fun with Flags”
Each quarter the students will complete a project in small groups to demonstrate their knowledge of the 5 Key Components of Geography. They will choose a nation from the region we are covering (the Americas, Africa & the Middle East, Europe, East Asia & Oceania). The students will research their chosen country, construct a report for the teacher, and present their nation to the class.

Current Events
Every few weeks or so students will be asked to find an article (newspaper, online, magazine, etc.) that corresponds to a topic being covered, or already covered in class. They will summarize the article and offer their own feedback on how it relates to a specific topic, what the article could explain better or any questions they still have concerning the article or information within it. This will be collected and kept as a record of their progress within their geography folder, to be handed in at intervals throughout the year.

“Where in the World? GeoCache Quizzes”
GeoCaching is a fun GPS based activity that has something of a cult following by contemporary amateur geographers. It involves exact locations and locating buried treasure (so to speak). In our version, students will be given GeoCache quizzes on the iPads using Google Earth to find treasures (locations) on the map. This will be a formative assessment to ascertain students’ ability to learn spatial awareness and practice using both technology and maps.

Grading
Exams/Quizzes: 45%
Classwork/Participation: 25%
Projects/DBQs: 20%
Homework: 10%



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