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7th and 8th grade students, please click HERE to take the survey for Social Studies.
MR. SHIRLEY'S HOME PAGE
 
Hello Parents! My name is Darryl Shirley and I am the 7th and 8th grade Social Studies teacher here at the Phoenix.  Class links and access codes are in the red box to the lower right.  Classroom zoom links are also listed below.
 
The History Classroom
 
Weekly Class Schedule - click link below the red box to the right for the hybrid class schedule.
 
Class Meeting Zoom Links: Parents and students, we have gone to registering for each class occurrence.  So students will have to register for each class daily.
 
1st Bell: World History Class 8B Zoom Link / 9:00 to 10:20 AM: Click here to log-in and Register for Class 8B
 
2nd Bell: World History Class 8A Zoom Link / 10:30 to 11:20 AM: Click here to log-in and Register for Class 8A
 
3rd Bell: American History Class 7A Link / 11:30 - 12:20 PM: Click here to log-in and Register for Class 7A
 
4th Bell: American History Class 7B Link / 1:40 - 2:30 PM: Click here to log-in and Register for Class 7B

 

Tutoring and Project Support: Click here to Sign-in

 

After School Tutoring (Please ensure you send an email to the teacher to coordinate): Click here for After-School Tutoring and Conferencing

 

LAP TOP TURN-IN: Parents, see the letter below at the bottom of the page for instructions on turning-in student lap tops.

 

Tutoring and Project Support. Parents, please note tutoring has changed and we will provide two sessions daily for tutoring: after or before lunch depending on the grade level, and after 4th Bell.  Students who miss school or are absent must visit their teachers during tutoring to get caught up on their assignments.  Encourage your child to take advantage of this opportunity and student service.  The tutoring sessions are also utilized to assist students with their quarterly and break projects.  

 

NWEA MAP'

NWEA Map Testing.  Spring NWEA MAP testing is concluded. Students on the remote option who did not test, must coordinate with the admin office to come in to the school and complete testing. MAP testing results will form the baseline for the Extended Summer Learning Program. Parents, ask your child if they met their spring target goals. If you have any questions, you may contact your child's homeroom teacher by visiting their home page on the PCLC website.

 

Summer Break Packets: To Be Determined.

 

Memorial Day. On May 31st every year the nation pays tribute to all those veterans who gave the ultimate sacrifice.  Originally started as Decoration Day, we now celebrate that sacrifice with a national holiday.  Throughout the country people conduct different programs from parades to visiting veterans' cemeteries to place American flags at the headstones of veterans.  How will you honor those who sacrificed for you on this day?

 

 

May is Asia-Pacific Heritage Month.  In May we celebrate Asian Pacific heritage.  It started as a weekly observance in 1979, and was expanded in May 1990 by President Bush with a proclamation.  In Oct 1992, President Bush signed legislation designating May of every year Asian Pacific Heritage Month.

 

 

June is LBGT Pride Month. During this month the nation celebrates the promotion of self-affirmation, dignity, equality, and increased visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people as a social group.

 

 

 

Parent-Teacher Conferences THIS WEEK!

 

Parent-Teacher Conferences. Parents, you are entitled to a parent-teacher conference at any time.  Periodically, check-up on your child and ask them what have they been learning during the week.  Learning Targets are listed below for your awareness.  In social studies, performance skills are important because they enable critical thinking and support student engagement of the content. Please subscribe to my page.
 
Link for scheduling parent-teacher conferences: N/A (email teachers directly)
 
Weekly Reviews: The reviews focus on skill sets in the social studies content area that require continuous practice for mastery.  Ask your student what was the topic of their last weekly review.

Learning From Home. Parents, it's important our students are up and ready for class daily.  The video below was assigned the first week of school to help students get prepared for virtual learning.  Please review this video with your child and encourage them to be ready EVERY DAY for learning. 
 

 

 

 

Decision 2020
 
Presidential Election 2020 (It Ain't Over Till It's Over!  And It Ain't Over---Yet!): An election that is changing the nation! On Jan 20th a new President was inaugurated.  Several firsts are to be noted: President Biden the oldest elected president, and Vice-President Harris the first person of color (African descent and Indian) to be elected to that office.  On February 12th, the U. S. Senate voted 57 to 43 lacking the 10 votes (67 needed) to convict the former President of inciting a riot and insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. The former President will go down in history as the only President to be impeached twice and acquitted twice.  However, the Senate GoP minority leader on national TV stated the former President is still legally responsible for all the things he did while in office.  The map below displays the final electoral college vote which reflects the popular vote total per state as verified on January 6th by the U.S. Congress. Maine and Nebraska allocate the state's electoral college votes by district won. The impeachment trial acquittal closes out the final action associated with the 2020 election pending unforeseen legal action against the former President as investigations of the January 6th insurrection continue.  On Feb 27th, the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) met with the former President as the key note speaker amid rumors he may lead the GOP as the presidential candidate in 2024.  On April 28, President Biden addressed congress to mark his first 100 days in office.  He provided a vision for the future, and the focus of his remarks centered on infrastructure and creating jobs.  You can watch the address at this link: President Biden Address to the Nation
On May 12th, the first casualty of an inter-party fight over former President Trump's influence (i.e. control) on the Republican party was incurred.  Rep. Elizabeth Chaney (daughter of a former Vice-President) was ousted as the #3 Republican leader in the House of Representatives for being an anti-Trump party member.  On 28 May, the U.S. Senate failed by six votes to pass a motion to create a bipartisan commission to investigate the Jan 6th Capitol attacks. More to follow!
(Image Source: 270towin.com)
 
Electoral College Map Picture  

 

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Let the Games Begin! Winners of the Kahoot's break competitions are listed below.

 

Christmas Holiday Challenge Winners (Ladies Rule the World!!)

- 1st Place: Ms. De'Amber Thomas (8th Grade) - 16,219 points

- 2nd Place: Ms. Neveah Walker (8th Grade) - 16,120 points

- 3rd Place: Ms. Nuriya Jones (8th Grade) - 15,924 points

 

2021 New Year's Kahoots Challenge Winners!

- 1st Place: Ms. Kishanti Weathers (7th Grade) - 9,507 points
- 2nd Place: Mr. Jaron Twitty (8th Grade) - 9,366 points
 
2021 Spring Break Kahoot Challenge Winners!
- 1st Place: Mr. Myles Jackson (7th Grade) - 19, 107 points
- 2nd Place: Ms. Neveah Walker (8th Grade) - 17,759 points
 
2021 Summer Break Kahoot Challenge: To Be Announced.
 
Students will select a gift box prize from the website: https://www.hipkits.com/
 
Gift box selected must be $40 or less.
 

This week in U.S. History

May 30, 1848: Treaty of Guadalupe Hildago between the U.S. and Mexico comes into force. New Mexico, California, parts of Nevada, Utah, Arizona, and Colorado, become U.S. territory in exchange for $15 million dollars. Native Americans have no representation on those discussions!

May 31, 1919: 1st wedding in an airplane over Houston, Texas.

Jun 1, 1980: 1st transmission of CNN, the Cable News Network.

Jun 2, 1862: Robert E. Lee takes command of Confederate armies of Northern Virginia during the American Civil War.

Jun 3, 1943: A mob of 60 men from the Los Angeles Naval Reserve Armory beat up everyone perceived to be Hispanic, starting the week long Zoot Suits riots: Zoot Suit Riots: Mob Attacks on Hispanics.

Jun 4, 1945: The U.S., Soviet Union, France, and Britain agree to divide up occupied Germany.

Jun 5, 1947: U.S. Secretary of State George Marshall outlines the "Marshall Plan" to rebuild Western Europe.

 

 

Bio

Personal Background.

I received my Masters in Teaching in 2016 from Miami University after serving in the U.S. Army. My military experience allowed me to have a front row seat to global events giving me a unique perspective and greater awareness and understanding of how those events over the last 10-20 years are relevant to the lives of our students today.  I have served and completed missions in Europe, the Far East, Middle East, Caribbean, and South America. Unfortunately, for most of my career the continent of Africa was not a national priority. I am originally from Metropolitan Detroit and a public high school graduate. I have two grown children, a son serving in the U.S Air Force, and a daughter who is a teacher.  We Live Out History Every Day!

 

My passion is teaching and studying history. History is important because it allows us to understand our past, which in turn informs us how to make sense out of our present. The past created the present.  However, we can influence the present and control our future by learning the lessons of the past to build a brighter future. Studying history provides insight into our culture and our origins so we can learn who we are in order to create opportunities that will benefit us and our fellow man.

 

 

 

Feel free to contact me by clicking  on the send email button at the top of the page by my photo or at the following email: dshirley@phoenixclc.com

 

The importance of Learning Targets.

Why are learning targets important? A well-written learning target ensures that the teachers can explicitly teach and model the important performance criteria necessary for learning, provide the appropriate practice opportunities, and assists in monitoring student progress and sharing purposeful and actionable feedback with students.

 

 

 Our Learning Targets


Current Week's Learning Targets.  The learning targets will also integrate performance tasks required to engage, analyze, interpret, summarize, and predict historical events and outcomes.  

8th & 7th Grade Unit: Learning Fair
1) Create an information display showcasing student performance skills 

Learning targets not covered will move to the following week until sufficiently covered
 
Performance Task Expectations
* Construct a presentation, video or display on a topic of student interest
 
8th & 7th Grade Unit: Portfolio
1) Create and prepare an information paper
2) Create and prepare a compare and contrast paper
 
Learning targets not covered will move to the following week until sufficiently covered
 
Performance Task Expectations
* Construct an information paper
* Construct a compare and contrast paper
 
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Hello Parents! My name is Darryl Shirley and I am the 7th and 8th grade Social Studies teacher here at the Phoenix.



Background.

I received my Masters in Teaching in 2016 from Miami University after serving in the U.S. Army. My military experience allowed me to have a front row seat to global events giving me a unique perspective and greater awareness and understanding of how events over the last 10-20 years are relevant to the lives of our students today. I have served in Europe, the Far East, Middle East, Caribbean, and South America. I am originally from Metropolitan Detroit and a public high school graduate. I have two grown children, a son serving in the U.S Air Force, and a daughter who is a teacher.



My passion is teaching and studying history. History is important because it allows us to understand our past, which in turn allows us to make sense out of our present. The past created the present. However, we can influence the present and control our future by learning the lessons of the past to build a brighter future. Studying history provides insight into our culture and our origins so we can learn who we are in order to create opportunities that will benefit us and our fellow man.

You can email me at: dshirley@phoenixclc.org.