Welcome to my Social Studies virtual classroom!

Mr. Gurney's Announcements

News and Notes

Please make sure you constantly check Google Classroom for information, messaging, assignments and any updates regarding the class and Holmdel High School.

Please be smart and safe and if you have any questions/concerns don't hesitate to reach out to me.

Important Class Information

Please make sure you have the following materials ready for class every day:

  • Chrome Book/Laptop

  • 3-Ring Binder (2-inch binding preferable)

  • Lined Paper for Binder (or Notebook)

  • Writing Implements (including highlighter)

  • Recommended: Planner or Agenda

Notable Days on the Calendar

  • First Day of School -

QR Code of the Week

Mr. Gurney's Schedule

(All classes in room 409)

2020-21 Schedule - Starting Jan. 2021


"Human nature will not change. In any future great national trial, compared with the men of this, we shall have as weak and as strong, as silly and as wise, as bad and as good. Let us therefore study the incidents in this as philosophy to learn wisdom from and none of them as wrongs to be avenged." ~Abraham Lincoln

"No matter how carefully records are kept and filed and computerized, they grow fuzzy with time. Stories grow by accretion. Tales accumulate--like dust. The longer the time lapse, the dustier the history--until it degenerates into fables." ~ Isaac Asimov

“That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons that history has to teach.” ~Aldous Huxley

This web site is devoted to the five sections of history I teach at Holmdel High School (two sections of AP World History, one section of World Civilizations and two sections of U.S. History II). The site will be routinely updated and will have information regarding our day-to-day schedule, along with homework assignments, project guidelines and rubrics, and anything else that will help with the student's preparation and performance in the classroom. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me through one of the methods listed towards the bottom of the page.

Important Links for the Year

Online Textbooks for both U.S. History and World Civilizations can be found by accessing the Pearson EasyBridge App via your Holmdel/Google account login and Clever.

Google Classroom Information

Google Meet Office Hours Room - "gurneyofficehours"

AP World History


U.S. History II


World Civilizations


In-Class Quiz Information

Socrative Room Name - MRGURNEYHISTORY

My virtual office hours are: A Days (after school, from 2:15-2:45) and B Days (during lunch, from 12-12:30). This is subject to change depending on the week and by appointment.

The Google Meet code for my Extra Help is "gurneyofficehours."

My prep periods are 3, 4 and 8 in room 409.

You may contact me via email at: dgurney@holmdelschools.org

Holmdel High School Web Site: http://www.holmdelschools.org/schools/hs/hs.shtm

Holmdel High School Phone Number: (732) 946-1832

Holmdel District Calendar - https://www.holmdelschools.org/calendar

Information About Potential School Closings - Asbury Park Press or News12