8th Grade Social Studies

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elcome to 8th Grade Social Studies! My name is Mr. Gallagher, and I am an eleven year veteran teacher with a masters in Social Studies Education. I look forward to another year with my students exploring our nation's history in more depth. 8th Grade focuses on supporting students in their spiritual, social, and academic journeys as they become prepared for high school, with most SMT students going on to study at a Catholic high school. Students this year will be focusing on finding their own voice as they study our nation's history up to the Cold War era, which will include analyzing history, points of view, and examining the past and current events searching for truth and meaning. Students this year will also be using chromebooks in the classroom weekly, and Google Classroom          
( to retrieve certain assignments, take quizzes, and submit work. Daily homework assignments can be found for 8th grade Social Studies by clicking on the calendar function for this page and by clicking on the word "Homework" for the current day. 

Parents: Students should be reviewing what they learned in class each night for about 10 minutes, and writing down 2-3 questions about anything they still do not understand regarding the concepts being taught. It is a good idea to ask your child to teach you what they learned in social studies each day (when possible). Research proves that students can remember approximately 90% of what they are able to accurately teach to others!

Extra Help Schedule for 2017-2018

Payments for the End of the Year Trip to see "Blue Man Group" in NYC on June 6th are scheduled for: 01/12/18 ($50), 03/19/18 ($50), and on 04/20/18 ($40)
All students must hand in the required permission slip and Emergency Contact Forms plus full payment to participate in the end of the year trip. All students going on this trip MUST have adhered to the Student Handbook Code of Conduct for this school year, 2017-2018 to be eligible for this privilege. If any students are to be dismissed to any adult other than their parent or guardian after the trip, written permission from a parent or guardian is required from a student's parent to do so; no exceptions!

** 8th Grade Graduation Date: Thursday, 06/14/18 @ 7pm in the SMT Church

*** 8th Grade Confirmation Date: Wednesday, May 30th @ 3pm
**** 8th Grade Parent/Student Meeting is on Sunday, February 4th - Starts with 9AM Mass followed by a meeting with Father Gordon (10AM-11AM). This meeting will take place in the School Cafeteria immediately following the 9AM Mass. PLEASE PLAN ON ATTENDING THIS VERY IMPORTANT MEETING. All Confirmation requirements and events leading up to Confirmation will be discussed. 

Recently, the 8th graders debated the Unionist position of continuing the fighting in the Civil War to achieve the end of slavery in America vs. the Northern Democratic perspective that wanted to end the Civil War prematurely. The 8th graders performed admirably in their debate and great leadership was demonstrated on both sides! (All photos available for viewing in the photo gallery.)

In Class this week - How did the assassination of Abraham Lincoln affect the United States of America after the American Civil War had ended?