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Although PWCS is unable to provide instruction or class assignments to students while schools remain closed, our School Division hopes that the suggestions for optional learning activities posted here will help parents support student learning until schools re-open. Please remember that use of these materials and participation in these activities are optional and neither grades nor course credit will be awarded.




Welcome to Civics and Economics

This is my second year teaching at Rippon! I am a career switcher who worked as a corporate trainer and associate for 26 years. I am a native Virginian.  I was born in Richmond and grew up in West Point, VA.  I have a Bachelors Degree majoring in History and Political Science from James Madison University.  I have a Juris Doctor from the University of Richmond School of Law.  I have always wanted to be a teacher.  I look forward to working with all of my students!  This is going to be a FANTASTIC YEAR!!


Announcements:
 


May 29, 2020

Hello, I hope that all are doing okay and staying safe.

These last two weeks of school (yes, we are there!) we will be doing something a bit differently than the last few months.  Instead of PowerPoint's with activities and quizzes, we will be taking virtual field trips.   We will take one on June 4th and another on June 11th.  Both will be related to the course materials that we covered before March 13th.  One field trip will be related to the Census and the other will be a tour of the state capital building in Richmond.  I will post the field trips on Mondays and we will talk together during our instructional time about the field trip and the news of the day.

Social Studies Instructional Time each week:

Thursdays from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm (each Core 15 minutes)  

Social Studies Office Hours:

Fridays from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Have a great weekend!!



May 26, 2020

Hello, I hope that all are doing okay and staying safe. 

Social Studies Instructional Time each week:

Thursdays from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm (each Core 15 minutes)  

Social Studies Office Hours:

Fridays from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

I will be monitoring my email and Microsoft teams each day and will respond as quickly as possible.

Just as a reminder there will be no affect on grades.  Work will be assigned and I will give feedback but no grades.

This weeks session will focus on SOL Standard 6 (D) which focuses on the Executive Branch (Article II of the U. S. Constitution) of government
.  A link to this standard lesson is also in the files and documents section to the left.

Remember if you cannot access teams, you can email me.

If you want additional work in addition to the weekly assigned lesson, please email me.

This will be the last of the review lessons.  The next two weeks after this week will be virtual field trips.  More to come!  

Everyone hang in there!  Stay safe and stay healthy!  Let me know if there is anything that you need from me!  Have a great week.



May 18, 2020

Hello, I hope that all are doing okay and staying safe. 

Below is the schedule for 8th grade Civics ONLY.

Social Studies Instructional Time each week:

Thursdays from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm (each Core 15 minutes) 
Friday morning from: 9-9:30: 
Discussion revolving around CNN-10.  Share out your findings.

Social Studies Office Hours:

Fridays from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

I will be monitoring my email and Microsoft teams each day and will respond as quickly as possible.

Just as a reminder there will be no affect on grades.  Work will be assigned and I will give feedback but no grades.

This weeks session will focus on SOL Standard 3 (b) which focuses on your First Amendment rights under the United States Constitution
.  A link to this standard lesson is also in the files and documents section to the left.

Students can also access SOL Pass and other links in order to review this material. 

Remember if you cannot access teams, you can email me.

If you want additional work in addition to the weekly assigned lesson, please email me.  

Everyone hang in there!  Stay safe and stay healthy!  Let me know if there is anything that you need from me!  Have a great week.



May 11, 2020

Hello, I hope that all are doing okay and staying safe. 

Below is the schedule for 8th grade Civics ONLY.

Social Studies Instructional Time each week:

Thursdays from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm (each Core 15 minutes)  (Optional)
Friday morning from: 9-9:30:  Discussion revolving around CNN-10.  Watch and share out your findings (Optional)

Social Studies Office Hours:

Fridays from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

I will be monitoring my email and Microsoft teams each day and will respond as quickly as possible.

Just as a reminder there will be no affect on grades.  Work will be assigned and I will give feedback but no grades.

This weeks session will focus on SOL Standard 3 (a) which focuses on how to become a citizen of the United States
The link is also in the files and documents section to the left.

Students can also access SOL Pass and other links in order to review this material. 

Remember if you cannot access teams, you can email me.

Everyone hang in there!  Stay safe and stay healthy!  Let me know if there is anything that you need from me!  Have a great week.



May 4, 2020

Hello, I hope that all are doing okay and staying safe. 

Below is the schedule for 8th grade Civics ONLY.

Social Studies Instructional Time each week:

Thursdays from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm (each Core 15 minutes starting with Core 1)

Social Studies Office Hours:

Fridays from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

I will be monitoring my email and Microsoft teams each day and will respond as quickly as possible.

Just as a reminder there will be no affect on grades.  Work will be assigned and I will give feedback but no grades.

This weeks session will focus on SOL Standard 2 (d) which focuses on the 
Amendment Process for both the U. S. and VA Constitutions.  The link is in the files and documents section to the left. Students can also access SOL Pass and other links in order to review this material. 

Remember if you cannot access teams, you can email me.

Everyone hang in there!  Stay safe and stay healthy!


April 27, 2020
 Students, 
Please access the PowerPoint in Microsoft Teams.  Then you will read, listen and do per the information.  Remember that this is not graded and is voluntary.  Please contact me via email or message in Microsoft teams.  I will provide you with feedback and answer any questions.  If you are unable to access via Teams then please access from this website Files (CE 2c Lesson) and email me with questions and any work that you want me to review.
Thanks,
Mr.Gay

April 20, 2020
Students, 
Please access the PowerPoint in Microsoft Teams.  Then you will read, listen and do per the information.  Remember that this is not graded and is voluntary.  Please contact me via email or message in Microsoft teams.  I will provide you with feedback and answer any questions.  If you are unable to access via Teams then please access from this website Files (CE 2b Lesson) and email me with questions and any work that you want me to review.
Thanks,
Mr.Gay


April 16, 2020

Students,

Please access the PowerPoint in Microsoft Teams.  Then you will read, listen and do per the information.  Remember that this is not graded and is voluntary.  Please contact me via email or message in Microsoft teams.  I will provide you with feedback and answer any questions.  If you are unable to access via Teams then please access from this website Files (CE 2a Lesson) and email me with questions and any work that you want me to review.

Thanks,

Mr.Gay
 
Apri13, 2020

Hello, I hope that all are doing okay and staying safe. 

Starting this week you will be receiving information on instruction for the rest of what would be our school year.  Below is the schedule for 8th grade Civics ONLY.

Social Studies Instructional Time each week:

Thursdays from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Social Studies Office Hours:

Fridays from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

I will be monitoring my email and Microsoft teams each day and will respond as quickly as possible.

More information will come in an email each week to let you know what information will be covered in each weekly session.  Again, there will be no affect on grades.  Work will be assigned and I will give feedback but no grades.

This first weeks session will focus on SOL Standard 2 (a) which focuses on the 
Fundamental political principles.  Students can also access SOL Pass in order to review this material.  More information to come!

Everyone hang in there!  We will all be okay!!

March 30, 2020

Good Morning!

The other Civics teachers and I will be posting a query in Teams to interact with those of you who are interested in continued learning. In MS Teams, on Tuesday's and Thursday's there will be a question about the CNN-10 news stories from those days. The hope is that this will give us an engaging way to communicate and share ideas and thoughts.

Additionally, I will be available Monday-Friday from 9-10 and again from 2-3. Of course, I am always checking my email and MS Teams for those who prefer different hours.  

Take care, 

Mr. Gay



March 27, 2020


Students!!  See below for virtual spirit week!

Spirit Week!!



March 23, 2020:


Okay folks, I wanted to give you an accounting of what we have covered thus far.  If you would like to review materials I will have information included below:

 

Below is an accounting of the standards we have covered and when we covered them.

Where we have been...

Ongoing: CE.1 The student will develop the social studies skills responsible citizenship requires, including the ability to a) examine and interpret primary and secondary source documents; b) create and explain maps, diagrams, tables, charts, graphs, and spreadsheets; c) analyze political cartoons, political advertisements, pictures, and other graphic media; d) distinguish between relevant and irrelevant information; e) review information for accuracy, separating fact from opinion; f) identify a problem, weigh the expected costs and benefits and possible consequences of proposed solutions, and recommend solutions, using a decision-making model; g) formulate an informed, carefully reasoned position on a community issue; h) select and defend positions in writing, discussion, and debate.

9/23-10/4 (a,b) and 11/6-11/22 (c,d): CE.2 The student will demonstrate knowledge of the foundations of American constitutional government by a) explaining the fundamental principles of consent of the governed, limited government, rule of law, democracy, and representative government; b) explaining the significance of the charters of the Virginia Company of London, the Virginia Declaration of Rights, the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, and the Constitution of the United States, including the Bill of Rights; c) identifying the purposes for the Constitution of the United States as stated in its Preamble; d) identifying the procedures for amending the Constitution of Virginia and the Constitution of the United States.

9/3-9/20: CE.3 The student will demonstrate knowledge of citizenship and the rights, duties, and responsibilities of citizens by a) describing the processes by which an individual becomes a citizen of the United States; b) describing the First Amendment freedoms of religion, speech, press, assembly, and petition, and the rights guaranteed by due process and equal protection of the laws; c) describing the duties of citizenship, including obeying the laws, paying taxes, defending the nation, and serving in court; d) examining the responsibilities of citizenship, including registering and voting, communicating with government officials, participating in political campaigns, keeping informed about current issues, and respecting differing opinions in a diverse society; e) evaluating how civic and social duties address community needs and serve the public good.

9/3-9/12: CE.4 The student will demonstrate knowledge of personal character traits that facilitate thoughtful and effective participation in civic life by a) practicing trustworthiness and honesty; b) practicing courtesy and respect for the rights of others; c) practicing responsibility, accountability, and self-reliance; d) practicing respect for the law; e) practicing patriotism; f) practicing decision making; g) practicing service to the school and/or local community.

10/7-11/1: CE.5 The student will demonstrate knowledge of the political process at the local, state, and national levels of government by a) describing the functions of political parties; b) comparing the similarities and differences of political parties; c) analyzing campaigns for elective office, with emphasis on the role of the media; d) examining the role of campaign contributions and costs; e) describing voter registration and participation; f) describing the role of the Electoral College in the election of the president and vice president; g) participating in simulated local, state, and/or national elections.

11/25-1/10: CE.6 The student will demonstrate knowledge of the American constitutional government at the national level by a) describing the structure and powers of the national government; b) explaining the principle of separation of powers and the operation of checks and balances; c) explaining and/or simulating the lawmaking process; d) describing the roles and powers of the executive branch.

1/21 – 2/3: CE.7 The student will demonstrate knowledge of the American constitutional government at the state level by a) describing the structure and powers of the state government; b) explaining the relationship of state governments to the national government in the federal system; c) explaining and/or simulating the lawmaking process; d) describing the roles and powers of the executive branch and regulatory boards.

2/4-2/17: CE.8 The student will demonstrate knowledge of the American constitutional government at the local level by a) describing the structure and powers of the local government; b) explaining the relationship of local government to the state government; c) explaining and/or simulating the lawmaking process.

2/18-3/11: CE.9 The student will demonstrate knowledge of the judicial systems established by the Constitution of Virginia and the Constitution of the United States by a) describing the organization of the United States judicial system as consisting of state and federal courts with original and appellate jurisdiction; b) describing the exercise of judicial review; c) comparing and contrasting civil and criminal cases; d) explaining how due process protections seek to ensure justice.

1/13-1/20: CE.10 The student will demonstrate knowledge of how public policy is made at the local, state, and national levels of government by a) examining the impact of the media on public opinion and public policy; b) describing how individuals and interest groups influence public policy; c) describing the impact of international issues and events on local decision making.


If you would like review materials, you may look at SOL PASS (http://www.solpass.org/ce.php password is rippon).
  
You may also read the text at this link: https://www.henry.k12.va.us/cms/lib/VA01000023/Centricity/Domain/1076/Civics%20-%20Student%20Text.pdf

You may wish to do the reviews at the end of each chapter and are welcome to contact me for clarification.  More information to come on contact!

Starting Monday, March 23rd,  I will be available to you from 8:20 to 1:00 each day. I will check my email on the hour.

Students may access Clever:  Mr. Gay's Civics and Econ Classes!  I have posted some learning opportunities including a link to CNN-10 (keep informed!!).  I will be posting additional information here as well.

Please understand, I cannot require anything at this time, and there will be no grades to earn.