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Social Studies News & Events

The Social Studies Department offers courses designed to prepare students to be informed and involved citizens. Students must be prepared to deal not merely with the static information in textbooks but also with the barrage of information received in a changing and complex world. These goals are approached through the mastery of key concepts from the social sciences and development of the skills necessary for applying those concepts to the world in which they live. Through a curriculum that spans from American colonization to more recent political developments, students apply the critical thinking skills learned in the Social Studies Department to better evaluate the world around them.
Courses Offered
U.S. I Regular and Advanced Levels
Instructors Mrs. McCabe & Mr. R. Wister
U.S. II Regular, Advanced & Honors
Instructors Mr. Tomashek & Mr. P. Turkot
American Government/Financial Literacy Regular, Advanced & AP
Instructors Mr. Dale & Mr. Vernon
Modern World History Regular and Advanced Levels
Instructors Mr. Vernon, Mr. Wister & Mr. Cossaboon
AP U.S History
Instructor Mr. Tomashek
Sociology

Instructor Mr. Tomashek


What's Going On in the Social Studies Department

As part of our annual HTHS Holocaust Remembrance Day all seniors listen to the stories of Holocaust survivors told by the survivors or the children of survivors.á This very emotional day ends with students being able to ask questions and interact with the survivors.
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Students from Mr. Paul Turkot's U.S. II classes and Mr. Tomashek's AP U.S. History class students sitting outside the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.á The main focus of the trip was a visit to the National Holocaust Museum to hear a Holocaust survivor give their personal story.á The trip coincides with the material being taught in both classes.

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The Social Studies Department led by Miss. McCabe and Mr. Tomashek organize the celebration of Black History Month through daily historical quotes and a corresponding student contest during the lunch periods.

Students in Mr. Dale's American Government classes debate bills created by their classmates in a simulation based upon the committee system of Congress.





Mr. Tomashek chaperones students to New York to participate in the World Affairs Council 2016 International Summit.





Mr. Vernon's American Government class creates their own board game based upon the passing of legislation in the U.S. Congress

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áThe two photos are of Ms. McCabe's US I A class. The students were engaged in a debate as to who had the best vision for the country, Alexander Hamilton or Thomas Jefferson.


Mr. Turkot's U. S. I compared the views of theá Jeffersonian Republicans versus the view of John Adams and the Federalists through the creation of political cartoons.
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