Social Studies

The Westerly High School Social Studies Department offers a wide variety of courses representing most of the social sciences. Students are required to successfully complete three courses in Social Studies in order to graduate. These courses cover World History, US History and Civics. Through these required courses, students are expected to read, write, think and speak like a historian. Before they graduate, the WHS student will be able to construct a history by interpreting artifacts from the past, as well as identify and explain differences in historical interpretation. They will also know their rights and responsibilities of a citizen living in a democracy. Though not required, most students take at least one Social Studies elective. Some of these courses prepare students to take the Advanced Placement test. The department also maintains articulation agreements with local colleges and universities that award our students college credit upon completion of their courses at WHS.

Anthony Lementowicz, Department Chairperson

Department Announcements

The 100th anniversary of the Ratification of the 19th Amendment

The League of Women Voters South County has planned a series of programs to commemorate this fight for women's rights...

Jan. 25 PBS Movie: “One Woman, One Vote”, 1 pm, Westerly Library Auditorium. Adults, older children and teens welcome.

Mar. 11 “From Seneca Falls to the 19th Amendment: Songs of the American Woman Suffrage Movement”, with Rick Spencer and Dawn Indermuele, Westerly Library Auditorium, 6 pm. Presented in partnership with the Friends of the Westerly Library. Adults, teens, and children welcome.

May 14 “What She Left Behind: Woman Suffrage Memorabilia and the Movement”, a presentation by Professor Kenneth Florey, Author of “Woman

Suffrage Memorabilia”, 2015. Westerly Library Auditorium, 6:30 pm. Presented in partnership with the Westerly Historical Society.

June 11 13th annual Wilson Award, a competitive award given to three Rhode Island teachers who incorporate civics in innovative ways into their teaching, Rhode Island State Capitol, Governor’s Reception Room, 3 - 5 pm.

June 17 “Living Literature Celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment”, Living Literature actors present famous suffrage figures, Westerly

Library Auditorium, 6:30 pm.

August Westerly Library theme of the month – Women’s Suffrage including an Art exhibit with bronze busts of suffragists by Victoria Gueriana and works

by other Rhode Island artists, Westerly Library, Westerly, RI.

From Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea...

Be a Voter – a meme contest for older students

This competition is targeted to high school and college students, although all entries will be considered. The memes should focus on the power of voting and our civic obligation to vote, but more than anything, be relatable and funny. Memes should be non-partisan, and not issue based. Winning entries will be used, and their creators acknowledged, on the Department of State’s nationally recognized RIVotes Instagram and Twitter accounts throughout 2020.


An annual award up to $500.00 will be given to a person or persons, grade 5 through adulthood, who furthers the mission of researching, studying, and/or preserving local history in our community. Secondary consideration will be given to someone who exhibits a passion for history unrelated to the local community. Applications are available online at babcocksmithhouse.org or westerlyhistoricalsociety.org. Application or nomination must be submitted by April 1 by direct mail to Westerly Historical Society, PO Box 91, Westerly, RI 02891 or by email to whspresident@gmail.com.

The South County League of Women Voters Wants YOU!

The League of Women Voters of South County would like you to consider joining their organization. Their mission is to encourage informed and active participation in government. The very first high school member of the league is from Westerly High School, and the group would love to have more students get involved. Here is a link to their website to learn more: http://www.lwvri.org/LWV_South_County.html

If you are interested or have any questions, please feel free to contact Nina Rossomando at lwvscri@gmail.com.