US History II Creates and Presents

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Students in US History II began the year with two projects. First, students selected a famous person of their choice to research and present. We had a variety of people including Beethoven, Larry Bird, Barack Obama, Oprah, and Claude Brown.  It was great to start the year with a creative tone. Next, students studied the Reconstruction Era by examining primary sources. Students compared Lincoln’s, Johnson’s and Stevens’ plan for Reconstruction and then created their own Reconstruction Plan. The next part of the unit focused on the rise of industry, immigration, and urbanization. As the marking period ended, students began studying the Progressive Era and will end with World War I. This year marks the 100th Anniversary of the United States entering World War I and I’m excited to share new information and resources, including passages from Michael Kazin’s book, War Against War, which details accounts of the Americans who opposed the United States from entering the war and the story of the Christmas Day Truce.

 

 

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Brimm in the Community

Hello students, families, staff and alumni! My name is Faye Johnson and I am one of the social studies teachers at Brimm Medical Arts High School. In addition, I am the BrimmNews! Club advisor. One of our goals is to share some of the wonderful things happening at Brimm throughout the year. We will be publishing a newsletter to keep you informed and highlight students, staff and events. I hope you enjoy our first issue. Thank you all for your ongoing support! To read an online version of the newsletter click here. Below is a picture of the Chowhounds event held at Brimm on October 28. Thanks to the students and Ms. Luke, students were able to provide free food and veterinary services to the beloved pets of Camden City residents.

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Important Dates – June 2017

As we wind down for the 2016-2017 school year please note these important dates.

  • Finals for Seniors beginning the week of June 5.  Make-ups are on June 8th.
  • Finals for 9th, 10th and 11th grade begin the week of June 12. Make-ups are on June 15th.

 

Graduation as posted by the district:

  • Camden High: Tuesday, June 20 at 1:00 pm.
  • Wilson High: Wednesday, June 21 at 9:00 am.

 

Marking Period 3 Ends, Testing Dates

We can hardly believe the third marking period will end on Tuesday, April 4. As we get closer to the end of the school year, there are some very important dates coming up. You can view the district calendar here. It is also available in Spanish.

Spring Break: Spring Break begins Friday, April 14. There is no school April 17 – 21. School resumes on Monday, April 24.

PARCC Testing: We are scheduled to begin PARCC testing on Monday, April 24. The testing window is Monday, April 24 – Friday, April 28. Please ensure you are present for each day of testing.

Parent Teacher Conferences: Parent Teacher Conferences for High School are currently scheduled for Tuesday, April 26 from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  According to the district calendar, students will be dismissed at 1: 00 p.m.

Memorial Day Weekend: There is no school Monday, May 29 in observance of Memorial Day.

Please check back for updates about finals and graduation! 

US History II – Quarterly Update 2016-2017

Teaching juniors at my school is bittersweet. Some of my students have been students of mine since 9th grade and now, they are juniors! It is humbling to watch them grow over the years and it is one of the reasons I enjoy teaching juniors. The year began with studying the Reconstruction Era, possibly one of the hardest units I teach.  That didn’t stop my students from having deep conversations about how the events of this time period still affect us today. They are able to connect so much to the world we live in today. The next unit focused on The Rise of Big Business and the Progressive Era. Students researched a modern business of their choice and created presentations. I am proud of their creativity and how they showcase their knowledge.  We briefly over viewed World War I, and will come back to study it more in depth before studying the Jazz Age and the Great Depression in marking period 2. We closed out the marking period with the election. You’ll find that post here.

Global Studies – Quarterly Update 2016-2017

2016-2017 was off to a great start! The 9th graders began the year with a review of Ancient Civilizations. I am always amazed with this unit every year I teach it. I find it fascinating that the people from this time period made such great advancements in art and science to the point we can still appreciate it today. The 9th graders created their own piece of papyrus and wrote their names in hieroglyphics. I love challenging the students right away with a fun project.  Students make the paper from mashed up pulp that I make in my food processor. Both the students and I love bringing out our inner child and getting messy with a hands-on project. The final projects are always a success. The next unit was the Beginning of a Global Age and the Renaissance.  This time, students created a menu for a restaurant using only items from either the New World or the Old World. Students use what we learn in class to demonstrate how they master the material; creating projects is an effective way to keep them engaged. You’ll be surprised how tasty a menu can be using only certain items. We closed out the marking period with the election. You’ll find that post here.

Below are some pictures of the students making paper.

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Pressing the water out.

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Ready to dry