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Classical Social Studies Department | 2016-2017

Welcome | Welcome to the Lynn Classical High School History Department website, here at LCHS we strive to bring history alive for our students. Incoming 9th graders will continue their study of world history and will take World History II. 10th and 11th graders will shift their focus to the history of the United States, and in the 12th grade seniors will have several history electives to choose from. Below please find the descriptions of each course.

Grade 9 | In World History II, students study the rise of the nation state in Europe and the economic and political roots of the modern world, including the Industrial Revolution, 19th century political reform in Western Europe, and European imperialism in Africa, Asia, and South America. They also examine the causes and consequences of the great military and economic events of the past century, including World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, the Cold War, the Russian and Chinese revolutions, the rise of nationalism, and the continuing persistence of political, ethnic, and religious conflict in many parts of the world.

Grade 10 | In U.S. History I, students examine the historical and intellectual origins of the United States during the Revolutionary and Constitutional eras. Students study the basic framework of American democracy and the basic concepts of America government, as well as America’s westward expansion, the establishment of political parties, economic and social change, sectional conflict, the Civil War, and Reconstruction.

Grade 11 | In U.S. History II, students analyze the causes and consequences of the Industrial Revolution and America’s growing role in international relations. Students study the goals and accomplishments of the Progressive movement and the New Deal. Students also learn about the various factors that led to America’s entry into World War I and World War II as well as the consequences of World War II for American life. Finally, students study the causes and course of the Cold War, important economic and political changes during the Cold War, such as the Civil Rights movement, and recent events and trends that have shaped modern-day America.

Grade 12 | The U.S. government elective provides a framework for understanding the purposes, principles, and practices of American government as established by the United States Constitution. Students are expected to understand their rights and responsibilities as citizens and how to exercise these rights and responsibilities in local, state, and national government.


Teacher   Grade Room
Zach Johnson Department Head    
Dena Capano      
Michael Curley      
Frank DeLuca      
Jessica Dormady      
Gwen Hansen      
Robert Johnson      
Christopher Leblanc      
David Poland      
Peter Spiliakos      
Thomas Stanley      
Kristen Tabacco      
Denise Vinciarelli      
Gregory Washington      

History and Structure of American Government | Civics Project Requirement - 2014
Social Studies Department

As part of the requirement for United States Government, students will choose to do one project among the following:

Volunteer Assignments
• Choose a candidate (for example, any of the state constitutional offices – Governor/Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, State Treasurer, Attorney General, or United States Representative, or other race in which you may be interested, etc.) and work for them in their campaign offices for a minimum of 10 hours.
• Work for (or against) one of the four ballot initiatives (Gas taxes, bottle bill, casinos, sick day initiative) for a minimum of 10 hours.

Writing Assignments
• Attend one of the following and write a two page report summarizing your experience:
o Lynn City Council Meeting (see me first)
o Lynn School Committee Meeting (see me first)
o An organized political event, for example a Democratic or Republican Party meeting.

• Interview one of the people running for office in the “Volunteer Assignments” section above, more likely to be a local running for State Representative, or other office etc., rather than the Governor.

• A report focusing on a current political race, or individual candidate and/or opponent, or one of the ballot questions on the Massachusetts ballot this year (Gas taxes, bottle bill, casinos, sick day initiative).

Due Date
Proof of completion of any of the Volunteer Assignments, or one of the written assignments to be passed in by Wednesday, November 5, 2014. Either a note on campaign letterhead or an e-mail from a published campaign website will be accepted i.e. Bob@candidateforgovenor.com.


DOWNLOAD THE WORK SHEET FOR THIS ASSIGNMENT (PDF Format)

Mr. Johnson Classroom
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Zach Johnson Department Head    
ZJ I have been teaching in the Lynn Public schools for twelve years, at both the high school and middle school levels, teaching World and US History. I received my Bachelors of Arts in American History from Salem State University and received my Masters of Education from Salem State University in Teaching English as a Second Language. I am excited to share my knowledge of history with my students and to begin getting them ready for both the college and career world they will soon be facing.

In both my World and US History classes, students are expected to keep a three ring binder and be prepared for class daily. A rules and expectation list will be reviewed at the start of the year.

Ms. Capano Classroom
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Dena Capano      
DC Ms. Capano was proudly born and raised in Lynn, Massachusetts.  She is a Lynn Classical High School graduate (Class of 2002). She received her Undergraduate Degree at the University of Massachusetts Boston in American Studies and is currently completing her Masters Degree in Public History there. She loves teaching history, especially when it pertains to the history of Lynn.
Mr. Curley Classroom
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Michael Curley      
Your Photo Here I am Michael J. Curley, and I teach in the History department at Classical High School.  I reside in Wakefield, but am thrilled to be in Lynn everyday doing the job I love to do.  History is a passion of mine, and I work very hard to bring my enthusiasm for the subject matter to the students in my classes.  Whether I am teaching USII to Juniors, or World History II to Freshmen I am always excited about my classes, and am eager to make sure my students are excited about it, too. 

I also coach the Mock Trial team here at Classical High School.  I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Salem State university in 2013 with a BA in History, and am currently enrolled in a Masters program through American International College. 

Mr. DeLuca Classroom
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Frank DeLuca      
FD This is my fourth year teaching Social Studies at Lynn Classical High School. I teach three classes of US History II and two classes of American Government. I am the girls varsity volleyball coach and happy to boast that we won the Lynn City Championship and made the State Tournament in 2012. I received my BA from Tufts University “Cum Laude” and my JD from Suffolk University Law School “Cum Laude”.
Ms. Dormady Classroom
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Jessica Dormady      
JD I’ve had the pleasure of teaching in the Lynn Public Schools for nine years, at both the middle school and high school levels. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in History from the College of the Holy Cross and a Master of Arts in Military History from Norwich University.  In addition, I’ve studied internationally at the Chateau du Munsbach in Munsbach, Luxembourg and at the University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.  I’m thrilled to be teaching the World History II curriculum to freshmen students at Classical.
Ms. Hansen Classroom
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Gwen Hansen      
Your Photo Here This is my second year teaching in the Lynn Public Schools and I am delighted to join the LCHS staff this year, teaching History and Social Studies. I grew up in Minnesota and moved east to attend college in Boston. I hold a B.A. in History and Political Science from Boston University, and a M.Ed. from Framingham State University.

My professional life has included work in both education and business settings, but the classroom is where I have always belonged at heart. I am excited to guide students through historical inquiry as they learn about the human experience, both past and present, and as they prepare for success in their future lives.

Mr. Johnson Classroom
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Robert Johnson      
RJ Mr. Johnson grew up in Lynn and also attended Lynn Classical. Mr. Johnson earned his BS from Syracuse University. He has been a teacher in the city of Lynn since 1997, teaching history in several different schools and various grade levels. Mr. Johnson coaches both football and basketball at Lynn Classical.

"A hundred years from now, it won't matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much money I had in the bank...but the world may be a better place because I made a difference in the life of a child." - Forest Witcraft
Mr. Leblanc Classroom
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Christopher Leblanc      
Your Photo Here I have been teaching in the Lynn public school system for the last two years, both at Classical High. I teach World History and AP Government and Politics. I obtained my Bachelor’s degree at Salem State University with a double major in History and Education. I am currently pursuing my Master’s degree in Education with an Adolescent Literacy concentration at Concordia University.

I am also the head coach for the JV volleyball team (which had an amazing season!) and an assistant on the varsity volleyball team which just completed a very successful season that ended with a City Championship and an appearance in the Division 1 state tournament.

I have been married to my beautiful wife Regina for 21 years and am the father of three amazing daughters. Alexandra is a sophomore at Salve Regina University, Chloe is a junior at Wilmington High School and Jordan is a 7th grader at Wilmington Middle School.

Words cannot express how much I love working at Classical. The administrators, my colleagues, and my students make this an amazing place to come to every day! I feel like I have found a home and a second family. I hope to be here for many years to come!
Mr. Poland Classroom
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David Poland      
DP My name is David Poland and I have been teaching at the Lynn Public Schools for 10 years the last 5 at LCHS. Prior to teaching I owned an Entertainment Agency, and worked as a Social Worker, a Lawyer and a housing advocate.

I have attended Gordon College where I majored in political science, North Shore Community College where I relieved an associate's degree in Human Services, Salem State College where I received a BS degree in Social Service. U.Conn Law where I concentrated on disability and education law and finally I returned back to Salem State where I received my M.ed in Secondary Education with a history focus. I am certified in Massachusetts to teach both History and Special Education. It has been my pleasure to teach US History and Advanced Placement US History here at Classical.
Mr. Spiliakos Classroom
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Peter Spiliakos      
PS Mr. Spiliakos is a proud graduate of Lynn Classical.  He has taught at his alma mater since 2004.  Mr. Spiliakos teaches government and he is advisor to the Lynn Classical Student Council. 
Mr. Stanley Classroom
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Thomas Stanley      
TS Born and raised in Lynn, I attended Saint Mary's Elementary School, Cobbett Junior High School, and graduated from Lynn Classical in 1980. I graduated from the University of Lowell, and was a substitute teacher at both Lynn Tech and Classical for seven years. After venturing into the private sector (where I met my wife), I was hired as an algebra teacher when the new Classical was opened in 1999.

I eventually joined the Social Studies Department, and have enjoyed my career here at LCHS ever since. I live with my beautiful wife and three beautiful daughters in Medford, Mass., the home of Jingle Bells and, for a time, Amelia Earhart, after whom one of my daughters was named.
Ms. Tabacco Classroom
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Kristen Tabacco      
LH This is my 5th year teaching history in Lynn. I grew up in Massachusetts not far from here, and I have a Bachelor of Arts in History from UMASS Boston, and a Master of Education from UMASS Lowell.  I have always loved history, because I love real life stories!  I believe knowing our history helps us know ourselves more, be better people and citizens, and affect positive change in the world.  In my free time I like to go to concerts, watch the Patriots, spend time with family and friends, exercise, walk in the parks, and spend time outdoors. 

I also enjoy reading the New York Times and watching historically based movies and television shows. I am very excited about my first year teaching World History II and United States History I at Classical! I hope to make a positive impact on students by making history fun and relevant!
Mr. Washington Classroom
Teacher Subject Grade Room
Gregory Washington      
GW Gregory W. Washington
- Changed careers in 1996 to Teaching from a Financial Auditor Classical High School: 2006 - Present
- Implemented a Financial Literacy Course - 2012
- Class Advisor History Club Advisor
1) Mod U.N.
2) John F. Kennedy Presidential Library Presidential Debates - Gubernatorial Debates- Budget
Ms. Vinciarelli Classroom
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Denise Vinciarelli      
DV My name is Denise Vinciarelli. I love teaching history, I love the city of Lynn and truly enjoy instructing teenagers in my content area. I hold Bachelor of Arts degree in History with a minor in Secondary Education, along with a Masters Degree in Special Education. 

My strength is Latin American History and I speak French and Portuguese proficiently. I can also communicate in Spanish.

It's my intent to assist all students to move forward in society through education.


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