• Ms. Rzemien's Social Studies Site
    Room 409
    Phone - (623) 376-3346
     Rocking the Red at Renaissance!
     I am Ms. Rzemien and your student's Social Studies teacher

    The 8th grade Social Studies program focuses on Citizenship And Civic Engagement In Today’s Society. The content focus will be viewed through civic and economic lenses. Citizenship and civic engagement will be taught through inquiry. Eighth grade students will make connections between historical and current/recent issues as a base for implementing change in society. Students will recognize and practice their roles and responsibilities as both American and global citizens. United States History will focus on the major events that have their roots in the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and subsequent amendments. 

    Students will be receiving a balance of synchronous and asynchronous virtual instruction through canvas with a variety of resources within to guide our learning (textbook, primary sources, resource books, videos, notes), exploration (individual/group research), and cooperative learning (Kagan structures).  The information will be assessed by quizzes, tests, projects, and presentations. At Hillcrest, grades are weighted. Assessments are worth 60% of the grade, classwork, bellwork, projects, participation and organization are worth 40%. It is very important that all work is completed to ensure a good grade. 

    Students tend to be more successful when they come to class prepared. Students daily will need to have their student planner, social studies notebook, and pen/pencil. Regular attendance should be a priority to you, assignments and lessons missed due to absenteeism often are a major cause of poor performance. Students have been shown, step by step, the actions they need to take to get work when they have missed a school day.

    Thank you in advance,
    Julie Rzemien