Utah and U.S. History

Email: jolyne.merchant@edisoncs.org

History is OUR story. It tells us who we are and where we have been. It helps us understand people and society. History is both beautiful and messy - but it defines who we are.

"History is the depository of great actions, the witness of what is past, the example and instructor of the present, and monitor to the future."

~Miguel Cervantes, Spanish Author, Playwright and Poet

**Important Information to Know: **

7th Grade:

I can't believe we are beginning the winding down of the school year! There are many announcements so I will try to keep it as short as possible.

  • We are finishing up WWII notes. Tomorrow, May 14th, will be notes as normal.
  • Please turn in the field trip permission slip by tomorrow, May 14th.
    • This gives me one week to find enough volunteers etc. and a final count of students to the places we are going.
    • Field trip is on the 21st.
      • We are headed to the state capitol building then to the Utah Natural History Museum.
      • Remember we will be leaving at 8:25 promptly. Have your student here at 8:15.
      • Please make sure your student is here on time or we will need to leave without them.
      • Bring lunch and a water bottle.
      • We will be back by 3:15 if the traffic is agreeable. We will try to keep you informed if we will be later than 3:30.
      • Dress code is required.
  • Wednesday, May 15th, is the musical assembly - we won't have history classes that day for 7th grade because we will be at the performance.
  • Thursday, May 16th, will be the cumulative test and note check.
    • This test will be on information from the entire year and is, therefore, long.
    • It is open notes, open tests, and open flash cards.
    • If it is not finished in class, they will need to finish it at home.
    • Notes will be checked for 100 points while students are testing. Be sure all notes are caught up.
  • Friday, May 17th, is Field Day.
    • They are needing help for the clothing store. Please contact Cammie Toone at cammie.toone@edisoncs.org if you can help.
    • Wear appropriate exercise clothing
  • Monday, May 20th, is Shakespeare rehearsal for 1st hour, then 2nd and 3rd hours are normal classes. We will talk about the Cold War.
    • (8th grade graduation at 6:30 pm at the school).
  • Tuesday, May 21st, is the field trip
  • Wednesday, May 22nd is locker clean-out
  • Thursday, May 23rd, review of the year activity (8th grade is gone to Lagoon)
  • Friday, May 24th, is the last day of school activities.

I hope all of this makes sense. Let me know if you have any questions.

Congratulations to our students who are moving on to the National History Day Competition in Washington DC!

  • Julia Howe is a state champion in the individual exhibit category.
    • Her project was "Ignaz Semmelweis: The Father of Infection Control"
  • Lydia Bohm is a state champion in the individual website category.
    • Her project was "Florence Nightingale: More than Just the 'Lady of the Lamp'"
  • Ashlyn Bair received honorable mention in the individual exhibit category.
    • Her project was "Polio: A Nation-Wide Battle"
    • She also received the University of Utah Award for Science, Medicine, and Technology which is a cash award.
  • We also had a former student qualify for nationals - Eli Ashcroft with his website "Within the Rubble: The New London School Explosion" and a North Campus student, Natalia Lopez for her project on "The Triumph and Tragedy of the East Los Angeles Walkouts"

Speaking of the history fair, if you would like your student to get a head start on their history fair projects for next year, I am doing workshops this summer to help them do just that.

  • Next year's theme is "Breaking Barriers in History"
  • We will have time to discuss what the projects are and how to get started
  • Structured research time will be provided to help them jump start assignments for the coming year
  • Cost is $35
  • June 3rd - 7th from 10 am - noon at TECS South (or from 1 pm - 3 pm at TECS North)
  • Sign up and pay with the TECS South office


8th Grade:

  • We are finishing up First Presidents and Industrialization notes. Tomorrow, May 14th, will be notes as normal.
  • Please turn in the Lagoon permission slip by Thursday, May 23rd.
  • Wednesday, May 15th, is the musical assembly - 8th grade classes will have normal classes. We will discuss the Diplomacy unit.
  • Thursday, May 16th, will be the cumulative test and note check.
    • This test will be on information from the entire year and is, therefore, long.
    • It is open notes, open tests, and open flash cards.
    • If it is not finished in class, they will need to finish it at home.
    • Notes will be checked for 100 points while students are testing. Be sure all notes are caught up.
  • Friday, May 17th, is Field Day.
    • They are needing help for the clothing store. Please contact Cammie Toone at cammie.toone@edisoncs.org if you can help.
    • Wear appropriate exercise clothing
  • Monday, May 20th, is Shakespeare rehearsal for 1st hour, then 2nd and 3rd hours are normal classes. Then the rest of the day are the performances.
  • Tuesday, May 21st, is the field trip and 8th grade graduation at 6:30 pm at the school
  • Wednesday, May 22nd is locker clean-out
  • Thursday, May 23rd, review of the year activity
  • Friday, May 24th, is the last day of school activities.

Congratulations to our students who are moving on to the National History Day Competition in Washington DC!

  • Julia Howe is a state champion in the individual exhibit category.
    • Her project was "Ignaz Semmelweis: The Father of Infection Control"
  • Lydia Bohm is a state champion in the individual website category.
    • Her project was "Florence Nightingale: More than Just the 'Lady of the Lamp'"
  • Ashlyn Bair received honorable mention in the individual exhibit category.
    • Her project was "Polio: A Nation-Wide Battle"
    • She also received the University of Utah Award for Science, Medicine, and Technology which is a cash award.
  • We also had a former student qualify for nationals - Eli Ashcroft with his website "Within the Rubble: The New London School Explosion" and a North Campus student, Natalia Lopez for her project on "The Triumph and Tragedy of the East Los Angeles Walkouts"

Speaking of the history fair, I realize that most 9th grade students will NOT be doing the history fair next year. However, 9th grade is the senior category and is the beginning of the time when you can earn 4 year, full-ride scholarships and there is serious money involved if you place nationally. If you would like your student to get a head start on history fair projects for next year, I am doing workshops this summer to help them do just that.

  • Next year's theme is "Breaking Barriers in History"
  • We will have time to discuss what the projects are and how to get started
  • Structured research time will be provided to help them jump start assignments for the coming year
  • Cost is $35
  • June 3rd - 7th from 10 am-noon at TECS South (or from 1 pm - 3 pm at TECS North)
  • Sign up and pay with the TECS South office
  • I have attached a flier (the flier says 6th and 7th graders, but it is open to anyone who would like to come)

Note check and final exam will be given before the end of the year.

Something helpful to note:

· There is ALWAYS homework Monday through Thursday.

· In general, math will be the bulk of the homework time but there is some homework in most every class.

· Budgeting time helps with longer assignments/projects

· Parents: If they say they have “no homework” – CHECK to see if it is done, CHECK the planners. They can always study for upcoming tests, work on future projects or read from their literature books. They will always have something on which they can work.

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