My name is Mr. Phillips and I will be the instructor this year for both Civics / World Geography (9th Grade) and Current Events (7th Grade). I received my undergraduate degree in secondary education with a major in history from the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth. I have taught in this district for many years, and I am very familiar with the challenges that are present in being a military family. You are welcome to contact me at anytime, as I consider my job in educating your children to be of the utmost importance.
9th Grade -
Civics (Course Description) -
Civics covers several aspects of government. It will explore the origins of the American democratic system while looking at how the constitution embodies the values and purposes set up by the founding fathers. The structure and function of the government will be analyzed on a national, state, and local level while showing how each level is interrelated. This will launch the class into discussing how constitutional values relate to other nations and world affairs. Throughout the course we will focus on how the people play an active role in government and the importance each citizen contributes to society. Course activities and applications will be social studies oriented through learner outcomes that will benefit the student in a broad range of disciplines.
Civics (Textbook): Building Citizenship: Civics and Economics. S.l.: Glencoe/Mcgraw-Hill School, 2013.
World Geography (Course Description) -
This course is designed to acquaint the student with fundamental knowledge concerning World Geography. The student will gain understanding of countries, cultures, and political / historical events that have shaped modern geography, cartography, and human interaction with the environment through the movement of people, products, information, and ideas. In addition, the student will learn to utilize geographic technology to map the world around them. Geography technology includes GPS (global positioning system), GIS software (geographic information system), and remote sensing images. Course activities and applications will be social studies oriented through learner outcomes that will benefit the student in a broad range of disciplines.
World Geography (Textbook)- Boehm, Richard G., and Dinah Zike. Glencoe World Geography and Cultures. New York: McGraw-Hill/Glencoe, 2012.
7th Grade -
Current Events (Course Description) -
This course is designed to explore topics that are not necessarily part of the regular curriculum and to increase the student's ability to analyze and critically think about the world we live in today. To understand our world, it is vital to understand the people of today's world and their thought processes, which are both based on their prior experiences. Hence, studying, reading, and discussion of history will be an integral part of our daily routine in class. We will use periodicals (newspapers and magazines), documentaries, film studies, and the internet to explore today's world.
The class will be a forum for discussion and an open exchange of ideas and perspectives. Students are encouraged to express themselves in a clam, safe, and open environment. There are many controversial issues in today's world and you may not agree with everything, but students will show empathy towards others and gain a deeper understanding of those topics.