Social Studies Department

1617 Social Studies Offerings

Holocaust child survivor and educator, Maud Dahme, visited our Human Rights & Genocide class (via Zoom) to talk about her experience as a hidden child in the Nazi occupied Netherlands during the Holocaust.

This school year Westwood Regional Jr./Sr. High School acknowledged Veterans Day by collecting items to be sent as part of care packages to active duty military members that are serving overseas. The care packages are being organized by the Blue Star Mothers. Included in the items collected were Thank You Letters that were written by sixth graders from Westwood Regional Middle School. Pictured are Social Studies Instructors Keith DeBlasio, Charles Collis, and members of the Rho Kappa (Social Studies Honor Society) organizing and packing the items collected.

On Tuesday, October 8, Westwood Regional Jr./Sr. High School hosted a Legislative District 39 Town Hall event with candidates running for the State Assembly. State Assemblyman Robert Auth and State Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi participated in the Town Hall. Mr Collis' AP US Government and Politics students asked the candidates questions about gun control, healthcare, taxes, education, and overdevelopment. Social Studies instructor, Mr. Keith DeBlasio, served as the moderator.

The Bergen County Clerk, Mr. John Hogan, discussed the importance of civics and voting with seniors during a Voter Registration Drive held at Westwood Regional Jr./Sr. High School.

Syracuse University Economics Professor, Don Dutkowsky, conversing with Mr. Thames' duel enrollment Econ. 203 course.

Westwood Regional students will earn a Syracuse University transcript and 3 college credits that are accepted at 90% of all colleges and universities.

In honor of the one hundred year anniversary of women's suffrage, our school has received a pop-up museum display from the National Archives. The Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote display is currently featured in the Media Center.

***Announcement for Tuesday, September 17***

Today, September 17, is CONSTITUTION Day. On this day schools all around the country are celebrating the most important document in United States History-The Constitution.

This year at Westwood Regional we are acknowledging Constitution Day by sharing the results of a Constitution Quiz that was emailed to all students. Here are the results:

  1. 95% of the students who took the quiz knew that law enforcement officials need a warrant to enter and search our homes

  2. Only 27% of respondents were able to identify that the 8th Amendment protects citizens from “cruel and unusual punishment”

  3. A majority of the respondents were able to identify the various components of the 1st Amendment

  4. Half of the respondents thought that the President can declare war, however, according to the Constitution only Congress can declare war

Have an amazing Constitution Day!

An educator from the New York Historical Society presented workshops on slavery and women reformers to teachers in the social studies department.

Members of the Social Studies Honor Society (RHO Kappa) visiting the New York Historical Society in March where they viewed an exhibition on the Vietnam War and visited historical locations in Central Park.

Ms. Huber and Mrs. Wren (both pictured left) attended the Annual New Jersey Council for the Social Studies Conference at Rutgers University. Mrs. Wren presented a workshop for psychology instrutors and was recognized as the NJCSS High School Teacher of the Year.

In October, candidates running for the Washington Township Town Council participated in a "Town Hall" dialogue. Students from Mr. Collis' (standing to the left) AP US Government & Politics class asked thought-provoking questions to the candidates. Mr. DeBlasio, standing all the way to the right, facilitated the event.