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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.  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

 

Tutoring and Project Support. Parents, please note tutoring has changed and we will provide two sessions daily for tutoring: after or before lunch, 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.  

 

Ohio State Testing

State Testing.  Parents, Phoenix will be in its 3rd week of testing beginning April 19th, and the priority will be Science testing (8th grade). If your child has not tested in either ELA or Math, please contact the administrative office or your child's teacher for instructions. Last week's testing focus was on Math. Students must come into the school to test. Ensure students get plenty of sleep prior to testing.  They will need to bring their laptops, so we ask that they be charged ahead of time.  Testing takes one day for the majority of students. We also encourage students to bring water. Lunch is provided by the school. When not testing at school, students at home during the week will be required to complete online homework to receive attendance credit.  They must stay signed-in the entire day (up to 3PM) and will be monitored on go-guardian. Check with your student to ensure they are completing the daily work and turning it in each day.  

NWEA MAP'

NWEA Map Testing.  Spring NWEA MAP testing will soon be upon us, and we will keep you posted.  Ask your child if they met their winter target goals. If you have any questions, you may contact your child's homeroom teacher by visiting their home page on the this website.

 

Summer Break Packets: To Be Issued.

 

Spring Break Packets: N/A.

 

April is Arab American Heritage Month.  In April we celebrate Arab American heritage and culture, and pay tribute to the contributions of Arab Americans.

 

 

 

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:  Check back for the scheduling link.
 
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!): 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 GoP minority leader 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. 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. 
 
(Image Source: 270towin.com)
 
Electoral College Map Picture  

 

Competition banner

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
 
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

Arp 18, 1906: Great San Francisco earthquake kills 3,000 citizens.

Apr 19, 1775: American Revolution begins in Lexington, MA.  The "shot heard around the world" was heard later in Concord, MA.

Apr 20, 1999: Columbine high school massacre, 13 students killed by gunfire.

Apr 21, 1965: Elvis Presley hit "Heartbreak Hotel" becomes the number 1 song on the music charts.

Apr 22, 1994: Richard Nixon died on this day, the only U.S. president to resign from office to escape impeachment for high crimes and misdemeanors. 

Apr 23, 1861: Robert E. Lee named commander of Virginia confederate forces (U.S. Civil War)

Apr 24, 1898: Spanish-American war, Spain declares war on the U.S. after rejecting the ultimatum to withdraw from Cuba.

 

 

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 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 Grade Unit: New Nation
1) Explain how to Interpret Sources
2) Construct a response using R.A.C.E.
3) Analyze the new relationships for the American people that resulted from the American Revolution
4) Analyze how the problems arising under the Articles of Confederation led to debate over the adoption of the U.S. Constitution
5) Explain how early presidential administrations established a strong federal government, provided peaceful transitions of power and repelled a foreign invasion

Learning targets not covered will move to the following week until sufficiently covered
 
Performance Task Expectations
* I can interpret a source (Purpose, Main Idea, Point of View, Credibility)
* I can construct an answer using R.A.C.E.
* I can summarize how state governments replace British colonial rule, the issues state governments had to address, and the precedents established under the Northwest Ordinance
* I can summarize the organization of the U.S. under the Articles of Confederation
* I can explain and cite examples of how early presidents established a strong federal government, established precedents for peaceful transitions of power, and repelled a foreign invasion
 
7th Grade Unit: Feudalism & Transitions
1) Explain how to Interpret sources
2) Construct a response using R.A.C.E.
3) Explain what Feudalism means
4) Explain the causes of the Crusades
5) Describe the achievements of the Islamic civilizations
 
Learning targets not covered will move to the following week until sufficiently covered

Performance Task Expectations
* I can interpret a source (Purpose, Main Idea, Point of View, Credibility)
* I can construct an answer using R.A.C.E.
* I can summarize what feudalism was as a social hierarchy
* I can cite the causes of the crusades
* I can cite details of Islamic civilization achievement and their contributions to European civilization
 
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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.