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The School Board Meeting for Monday, October 28th has been rescheduled for Tuesday, October 29th.

Jr./Sr. High Daily Announcements

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Upcoming Events

Thurs. 10/10 - 9/JV/VARS Volleyball hosts Cardinal 5:30pm 'Senior Night' before Varsity warm-ups

Conference Cross Country at Fairfield POSTPONED UNTIL MONDAY

Thurs. 10/10 - JH Volleyball hosts Danville 4:30pm

Sat. 10/12 - VARS Volleyball at Mt. Pleasant Tourny 9:00am, team will leave at 7:30am

Sat. 10/12 - JV Volleyball at Mediapolis Tourny 9:00am, team will leave at 7:30am

Mon. 10/14 - Conference Cross Country at Fairfield 'Water Works Park' at 4:30pm, team will leave at 1:30pm - please dismiss at 1:20pm 

Tues. 10/15 - 9/JV/VARS Volleyball at Central Lee 5:30pm, bus leaves at 4:20pm

Tues. 10/15 - Cross Country at Columbus Jct. at 4:30pm, team will leave at 1:30pm - please dismiss at 1:20pm

Thurs. 10/17 - VARS Volleyball at Mediapolis Quad 5:00pm, team will leave at 3:15pm

Thurs. 10/17 - Cross Country at Mediapolis 4:30pm, team will leave at 2:40pm - please dismiss at 2:30pm

Thurs. 10/17 - JH Volleyball at New London 4:30pm, team will leave at 3:25pm

Sat. 10/19 - HTC JV Volleyball Tournament 9:00am, HTC plays matches 1-2-4-5

Mon. 10/21 - Post Prom Committee Meeting in High School Cafeteria 6:30pm


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Social Studies Education

7th Grade Social Studies

In this class, students will explore the people, places and cultures of our world. The study of geography helps us to make sense of the diversity of people’s lives around us. Geography, and its five basic themes, helps us to see how daily lives are influenced by global events.

8th Grade U.S. History

One reason to study the past is to learn about who we are as individuals and what we are as a nation. The course challenges students to forge those connections with past peoples and their accomplishments. U.S. History begins with the Native Americans before the Europeans and concludes with the Civil War. Critical thinking skills and geography skills are used throughout the year to better understand our development as a nation.



Junior High Experience *7-8
Career Awareness
– Students will be given opportunities to take career assessments and apply their findings to researching those careers. Community members from various careers will be invited into the classroom throughout the year. Careers can be visited outside school as well.
Life Skills
– Students will refine social, academic, and personal skills through various activities and lessons.
– Students will take an active role in understanding and becoming an effective member of the community.
Digital Responsibility
– Students will learn the impact digital footprints have on personal, social, educational and vocational aspects of their lives.


European Studies *8
European Studies is a pass/fail overview course focused on European history, geography, art, and
government. Throughout this course, students will learn how Greek civilization burgeoned to produce may ideas still relevant today--like democracy, art, literature, and theater. Next, students will learn what life was like in ancient Rome, concentrating on culture and the rise and fall of the Roman Empire. As the school year goes on, students will become familiar with the feudal system during the Middle Ages as well as the dynastic rule that dominated the known world at that time. And lastly, students will examine the political and cultural changes that took place during the Renaissance. Throughout the year students will practice their critical thinking, reading, and creative writing skills. Additionally, the course will be largely student centered and project-based as they analyze artifacts, examine primary source materials, role play, engage in hands-on activities, and work cooperatively.

World History

(2 Semester)*9-10-11-12
1 Credit
World History is an elective social studies course that is open to grades 9-12. Our focus is on the development of early civilizations, the rise of Greece and Rome, and the growth of Europe. This course compliments World Cultures class which focuses on non-European history. Together these courses will provide a firm foundation in the broad field that is history.

U.S. History (2 Semesters) 11

1 Credit
U.S. History is a required course for juniors. It begins with the Reconstruction of the United States following the Civil War. We follow many changes in the U.S. from industrialization, urbanization and becoming a major world power. We also follow changes to our constitution from the 13th to the 26th Amendment.

World Cultures

(2 Semesters)* 9-10-11-12
1 credit
World Cultures is a full year elective designed to broaden the students’ awareness of the world we live in. The first unit introduces key concepts in geography and culture. The rest of the course focuses on specific regions including: Africa, the Middle East, South Asia and Southeast Asia.

The History of Recent American Conflict (1 semesters) *11-12

.5 Credit
This course covers political, cultural, economic, and military aspects of conflict in American history, beginning in the Korean War over a half century ago. Divided into learning units the course will include the Bay of Pigs Invasion/Cuban Missile Crisis, the War in Vietnam, 911 and war in Iraq (1st Gulf War), two Israeli wars (1967 & 1973), and a unit of political assassinations. While textual material remains the heart of historical research, modern technological advancements offer new ways to present student learning. Stressing that technology, student assessments will be technologically-related, encompassing PowerPoint, Moviemaker, graphic design, output for publication, video & audio, and other non0traditional demonstrations of content learning.

American Government (1 Semester) *12

.5 Credit
A one-semester course designed for all students in their senior year. American Government students study the U.S. governmental system and the U.S. Constitution. The three branches of government are covered, along with state and local levels of government. Iowa state law requires all students to successfully pass one semester of American Government.

General Psychology

(1 Semester) * 12
.5 Credit
This course examines the history, significant pioneers and practitioners, terminology, and concepts of the discipline of psychology. Topic will include psychoanalysis, behavioral sciences, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, and common disorders (affective, dissociative, schizophrenia, bi-polar, etc.)

AP U.S. History *12
AP US History is a college-level course that focuses on developing students’ understanding of American history from approximately 1491 to the present. The course has students investigate the content of U.S. history for significant events, individuals, developments, and processes in nine historical periods, and develop and use the same thinking skills and methods (analyzing primary and secondary sources, making historical comparisons, chronological reasoning, and argumentation) employed by historians when they study the past. The course also provides seven themes (American and national identity; migration and settlement; politics and power; work, exchange, and technology; America in the world; geography and the environment; and culture and society) that students explore throughout the course in order to make connections among historical developments in different times and places.

*Electives offered on rotating basis.