VTSD Social Studies Department strives to provide learners with the knowledge, skills, and perspectives needed to become active, informed citizens and contributing members of local, state, national, and global communities in the digital age.

Through courses, clubs, and activities, the VTSD Social Studies Department promotes the education of a population that:

  • Is civic minded, globally aware, values diversity, promotes cultural understanding and socially responsible.
  • Makes informed decisions about local, state, national, and global events, through considering multiple perspectives, based on inquiry and analysis.
  • Recognizes the implications and appreciates the dynamics between people, places, and resources living in interconnected global society
  • Utilizes emerging technologies and 21st century skills: creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and communication to exemplify fundamental values of American citizenship and demonstrate active participation in local and global communities.

VTSD Social Studies in the News

Juniors and seniors are inducted into the Rho Kappa Social Studies Honors Society on May 29th

Students conduct a presentation as part of the Tolerance Fair in May, 2019

Pictured above, Vernon Township High School students visited the 9/11 Memorial on November 1.

VERNON — Vernon Township High School’s students in Literature of the Holocaust and Issues of Conscience classes shared what they have learned in the eighth annual Tolerance Fair.

Student groups presented on the present, past, local and global humanitarian crises they have been following and researching all year, topics such as the crisis in Syria, the conflict with North Korea, the water shortage in Africa, prisoner treatment at Guantanamo Bay, modern hate groups, and the plague of school shootings. They also presented historical perspective on the Khmer Rouge, Unit 731, the genocide in Darfur, the tyranny of Joseph Stalin, and the Trail of Tears.

Forty students from Mr. Thom LoGiudice and Mr.John Loggie’s classes presented over five class periods to well over two hundred students. The goals of the day were to bring school-wide awareness to global issues, most focused on the devastating effects of intolerance.