Social Studies Department

1617 Social Studies Offerings

Mr. Collis, Ms. Huber, and Mrs. McCann attend the Annual New Jersey Council for the Social Studies Conference at Rutgers University.

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.

Dear Parents and Community Members:

Welcome to the Social Studies Department at Westwood Regional Jr./Sr. High School.

After having completed ancient World History in 7th grade, 8th and 9th grade students continue their exploration of World History in both the medieval and modern genres. Mr. Eric Delaney, Ms. Kelly Morrison, Mrs. Tracey DiLuzio, and Ms. Christine Daly start out instructing students about the Medieval Era and the Byzantine Empire in 8th grade. The 8th Grade sequence concludes with units on The Reformation, The Renaissance, and The Age of Exploration. In 9th Grade, instructors (Mrs. DiLuzio, Mrs. Martha McCann, and Ms. Daly) begin by teaching informative units on Absolute Rulers. By June, students learn about key 20th Century conflicts such as WWI and WWII from the European perspective.

In sophomore and junior years, students take two years of United States History. Currently, Mr. Bruce Thames, Ms. Melanie Greco, Mr. Chris Pinto, Mr. Kris Izzo, Mr. Keith DeBlasio, Mr. Charles Collis and Ms. Ann Huber teach United States History. In all social studies courses students are expected to use evidence, logic, and reason in order to support an argument. One way that students created arguments is by analyzing documents and then using the documents to support a thesis. Some other objectives that social studies teachers aim for are helping students make interdisciplinary connections, integrate meaningful technology, and reflect on their work. In Grades 8 through 11 Honors options are available for both World and United States History.

In addition, a diverse array of social studies electives are offered for students who want to strengthen their knowledge in the social sciences. Students may opt to take Law and Government with Mr. Collis, Economics and Contemporary Global Issues with Mr. Thames, Human Rights & Genocide Studies and Cold War to Present with Ms. Morrison, or Psychology with Mrs. Mary-Liz Wren. For students who are interested in potentially earning college credit, AP United States Government & Politics, AP United States History, and AP Psychology will be offered during the 2017-2018 school year.

All members of the Social Studies Department are encouraged to join the New Jersey Council for the Social Studies and engage in professional development activities.

To view course descriptions click here.

If you would like more information on our program, please contact me at michael.kenduck@wwrsd.org or 201 664-0880 x 2070.

Sincerely,

Michael Kenduck

High School Assistant Principal