Week #8 Update

 In AP Government & Macroeconomics, AP US History, Government & Economics, Scholars Prep Social Studies - 8th Grade, US History

Good Morning Parents and Roadrunners,

It seems this year is flying by. I feel like we just started school and now we are almost to fall break.

Somethings are changing-these changes apply to periods 2, 3, 5, 6

1. I have implemented “phone jail” students are now required to check their phones in, in order to be counted present. We have had massive interruptions because of cell phone use.

2. NO GUM!! I was stuck cleaning chewed gum off the floor last week.

3. No eating or drinking in class with the exception of water, again I am spending time cleaning up after high school students (disappointing).

4. I will also be implementing seating charts and making adjustments to instruction and our curriculum. It has been brought to my attention more than once that there are several students who are disrupting the learning of others. I have told the kids since day one, “we are in charge of ourselves and the choices we make, however, when those choices begin to disrupt the learning that occurs in our class, we will have issues.” We have reached that point and it saddens me. We are a school of choice and sadly we have abused those choices.

Now that all that is out of the way let’s talk about some learning that has occurred–

Last week our AP classes took their first practice tests. AP Government had 55 multiple choice questions and AP US History had 49 questions. I am impressed by their scores, especially since we have not covered all of the content covered on the practice test. We had 1 student score the highest in AP Government and 2 students tie for highest scores in AP US History. AP Government has also been doing an AMAZING job on their weekly discussions with their peers. We started #4 this week and I am constantly impressed by their thoughts and their ability to incorporate what they learn and respond to their peers. AP History has done a PHENOMENAL job with their Slideshows for their chapter reading.

Last week students in period 2, 3, 5, 6 had the opportunity to work in small groups (some assigned and some choice) to either create a political team (government) or a colony (US History). Small groups took all their knowledge from the first few chapters and completed their task. They created posters and Google Slideshows.

All classes remembered 9/11 on Friday by completing a text set and an activity that required them to be reflective of the information they learned. Our final product will be on display either in our hallway or classroom by the end of the week.

What does week #8 look like? 

AP will continue working in AP Classroom and their textbooks.

–AP Government will be completing their second document analysis. Students completed their first one week before last and did amazing. Their knowledge, research skills, and understanding never cease to amaze me.

–AP US History will be presenting their second chapter slideshows, and completing unit 1 on AP Classroom.

–Students in periods 2, 3, 5, 6 either presented or will present their campaigns/colonies, most of which presented today. I am always amazed when I get an email from a student asking if they can skip presenting but then “hit it out of the park” when they do present. I was impressed with all of the presentations I saw today, they really showed the student’s understanding of the content. Sadly, we had a dictator win our “election.” To be fair, I believe he won because he required people to work with the guarantee of an easy life if the rules were followed, and he was able to deliver a “shocking” campaign speech. Now that I think about it….🤔

–This week we will be diving into chapter 4 in periods 2, 3, 5, 6.

–I will be adding some strategies for studying and organizing in a doc under our resources in Google Classroom.

–Grades (with the exception of a couple students) have been updated in Google Classroom and Infinite Campus. That being said, I have opened ZERO PERIOD for students to come in and get help, a mini lesson, or work on classroom in peace. I arrive at school every morning by 7:15 am. I am also available after school–Tues, Thurs until 5 PM. I do have afterschool duty until 3:45 on Tuesdays and a staff meeting on 9/15.

What has Mrs. Castillo been up to?

-I was able to get lumber from our house to begin the cool projects I have been sharing with the kids.

-I got a bunch of stuff sold this weekend.

-My birthday is this Thursday.

Fun fact about me (a parent emailed and asked me what my favorite subject/era in History to teach is)

–Definitely, WWII. I am obsessed with the fact that a man can be a puppet and yet hold so much power. I enjoy teaching it because there is so much to be learned and different ways and activities to teach it. If I could I would teach a class solely about WWII and the Holocaust. I think it also demands us to look at different perspectives and really challenges our beliefs. One place I encourage any and everyone who enjoys learning about the Holocaust and WWII visit is The Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, California. I took my family there for the first time a couple of years ago and it really puts things in perspective. You feel like you are there but at the same time struggle to understand how such a catastrophe could ever happen. As an adult, you look at things and hear things and feel things in the darkest part of your soul and yet it is still so unbelievable.

–I would say the part of History I enjoy teaching the least is early exploration and colonization.

–Government and Politics is probably my ALL TIME FAVORITE thing to teach, especially debate (besides English).



As always should you have questions, comments, concerns, or suggestions, please feel free to reach out to me.

I hope you and your family have a great week,

Mrs. Castillo

acastillo@santancs.com (parents) amanda.castillo@santancharterschool.com (students)

480-222-0811 ext. 504