Welcome to Grade 8

U.S. History

About Mrs. Hatzberger-

I graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1981 with a Bachelor's Degree in Secondary Education/History. I have a Master's Degree in Counseling and another Master's Degree in History from Providence College. This is my 40th year of teaching and every single one of them has been at Brooklyn Middle School except one!

Besides teaching, I love to walk. You can find me almost everyday walking my dog Levi on Church Street. I love to be active so a gym membership and bicycling are other passions of mine. I am an avid baker and am known by my family for bringing cookie platters to our family gatherings at Christmas, Easter, and other special occasions. I have recently taught myself to make sourdough bread, although I have a way to go before I share it with anyone. I am married to my husband William and have two stepdaughters and one granddaughter who is a first grader. I am the oldest of 7 children, and I have a whole pile of nieces and nephews. I absolutely love to read, especially fiction, mysteries, and anything related to history. Besides my dog Levi, I have a cat named Missy Mae. She has a lot of catitude, but I love her.

Finally, I love to travel and have been fortunate enough to visit some very wonderful places: Italy, United Arab Emirates, France, England, Germany, Switzerland, Canada, Costa Rica and U.S. National Parks are the highlights. I can't wait to resume traveling as soon as it is safe to do so. Hopefully, my next trip is to Israel.


  • Animals...cats, dogs, and it is my dream to own a goat and a pot-bellied pig but my husband says no.

  • Music...I love and appreciate all genres, except for Rap and Heavy Metal.

  • Family Gatherings...birthday parties, Sunday dinners after church, holiday celebrations, and summer picnics.

  • Chocolate, Italian and Middle Eastern Food, Watermelon, good bread...

I look forward to our year of learning history together!

Units of Study-

Unit 1 - Pre-Revolutionary Times and The American Revolution

Unit 2 - Creating the American Government

Unit 3 - Launching the Republic

Unit 4 - A Changing Nation: Expansion and Industrialization

Unit 5 - Reform Movements of the Early 19th Century

Unit 6 - The Civil War Era

Course Expectations & Guidelines-

Classroom Decorum & Behavioral Expectations---

Proper behavior in the classroom is the norm, not the exception. There are 5 basic Guidelines:

    • Do not do anything that will disrupt instruction in any way.

    • Do not leave your seat without permission

    • Raise your hand if you wish to ask a question, make a comment or raise a concern

    • Be respectful of your peers, faculty and the physical environment of the classroom.

    • Keep your hands to yourselves at all times.

Expanded Expectations and Guidelines---

  1. Conduct yourself with appropriate classroom decorum at all times. (Decorum means: dignity or correctness that is socially expected.)

  2. Be on time to class! You are considered late if you are not in your seat or logged on to your computer when class starts.

  3. You cannot go to your locker once class has started. Plan ahead.

  4. When completing group tasks, keep conversations focused on the assignment.

  5. You should be well behaved when visitors or substitute teachers are in the room. Substitutes are required to leave me very detailed notes regarding the day's activities, especially concerning student behaviors. You do not want your name on ‘the report’.

  6. Please keep your desk neat, especially in the bin underneath.

  7. If you must use the lavatory facilities, please ask before we begin class. Your time out of the classroom should only last for a few minutes.

  8. Dismissal is by instructor only. Never stand in the door in anticipation of the class ending.

  9. Water bottles are allowed, but should never be a distraction to others. Take drinks quietly and if your bottle is metal, place it where it will not be knocked over and make a loud noise.

  10. No gum in the classroom and electronic devices must be left in your locker.

  11. Touch classroom supplies only with my permission! When using classroom supplies, put everything back where it belongs when finished.

No whining-no excuses, all students are expected to give their best effort.