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Welcome to the web-based portal to the AP U.S. History and IB History courses at James S. Rickards High School. Through this web site, you will find essential information about these classes, as well as links to important resources for news, history on the internet, and starting points for research. I will be uploading class materials including homework, schedules, and rubrics, as well as the rules and expectations for my classroom. The AP and IB program in social studies at Rickards affords students the opportunity to take the most rigorous and rewarding coursework in this field possible at the high school level.  I hope you will take advantage of this in order to develop a love of learning that will sustain you in your future endeavors.

Rising juniors: Please note the updates to my policies below concerning letters of recommendation for college applications. 
 
 
 
With Oliver Cromwell, Houses of Parliament, London
 
Courses
 
I will be teaching the following courses in the 2017-2018 academic year:
 
            Advanced Placement United States History
            IB History Year 1 (IB History of the Americas/IB Contemporary History 1 SL)
            IB History Year 2 (IB Contemporary History 2 HL)
 
 
Personal
 
        About
 
A brief section about me, my educational background, and teaching philosophy.
 
Recommendations
 
 
I will write letters of recommendation and serve as a reference for college applications for excellent students of good character who have had two years of class under my instruction.  Students who are currently enrolled in a class that I teach will receive preference, depending upon the volume of applications in a given year.  I require a resume and a copy of the student's transcript, and it is my policy never to share the letter with the student.  I reserve the right to refuse a request for a letter of recommendation, as otherwise my commitment to both truth-telling and writing the best recommendation possible would come into conflict.  If I agree to write a recommendation for you, you may be assured that it will be favorable.  The deadline is for requesting a letter of recommendation from me for college applications during the 2018-2019 academic year is May 25, 2018.
 
Any juniors meeting the criteria above who wish to request a letter of recommendation must write an essay by the above deadline.  The essay must include no fewer than three paragraphs.  The first paragraph will present a well-reasoned argument why I should recommend the student for matriculation at their desired college or university.  The second paragraph will consist of an argument as to why I should not recommend the student.  The third and final paragraph will argue why the reasons for writing the recommendation outweigh the reasons against my writing such a letter.

In addition, the letter of recommendation will be conditional upon an assurance from your extended essay adviser indicating that you have submitted a complete first draft.  This must be done prior to August 6, 2018. 
 
Links
 
        History
 
American Memory Project: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/index.html
Florida Memory Blog: http://floridamemory.com/blog/
Florida Memory Project: http://www.floridamemory.com/
History News Network: http://hnn.us/
 
        News and Commentary
        
National Review Online: http://www.nationalreview.com
New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com
Wall Street Journal: http://online.wsj.com/home-page
        
        Research
 
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Libraries: http://www.famu.edu/index.cfm?library
Florida State Library and Archives: http://dlis.dos.state.fl.us/
Florida State University Libraries: http://www.lib.fsu.edu/
        
        Sports
 
BBC Online Rugby Union Webpage: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/rugby-union/
 
        Writing
    
The Chicago Manual of Style Online: http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/home.html
The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL): http://owl.english.purdue.edu/
Strunk, William, The Elements of Style: http://www.bartleby.com/141/