Final grades are in!
First of all, some very welcome news... the "curve." The final exam ended up at a class average of 80% (up from last semester by three points!) after the curve, so great job folks!!!
Now less welcome news... It is against department policy to "bump" grades, so if your semester average dropped from one letter grade to another, there's nothing we can do, sorry. We already applied the same curve as last semester to be fair even though (as noted above) that had a more positive effect for your classes than in the fall, so at this point, things are where they are.
Now on to better news... you are done with APUSH and Junior Year!!! Have a great summer everyone and come back refreshed and energized for your senior year!
Sign-up form for Veterans to interview is HERE. There are only 7 Veterans at this point, but more are supposed to be coming in today and tomorrow! Sign-ups are first-come first-served.
Students have organized a t-shirt purchase through CustomInk. If you'd like your shirt (which you will order/pay for in early May) reserve it with this link!
Today was the last regular exam of the year! Next week Mr. Hutchison will be out Monday through Wednesday for some medical testing, but all week will be dedicated to reviewing for the AP exam next Friday!
Today was the LAST DAY of NEW CONTENT in APUSH!!! YAY!!! We wrapped up our study of US history today with some discussion over how America's past is linked to America's present, specifically focusing on how decisions made in the effort to win the Cold War helped create the factors favorable for the emergence of terror threats and international enemies.
Tomorrow will be your last regular exam of the course then next week will be all APUSH exam review, all the time as we prep for Friday, May 5!
Today we plunged headlong into Period 9 with discussions over the Iran-Contra Affair, the First Gulf War, and Clinton's impeachment. If you didn't finish the questions over the impeachment activity in class, finish it up tonight along with Chapter 32 which is due tomorrow.
One last day of new content!!!
After finishing up our discussion over Nixon and the effects of Watergate on American politics, we looked at varying historical interpretations of the 1970's. After that, we did a DocBlock over a set of documents from the late 70's and early 80's comparing Carter's "malaise" speech to Reagan's "Morning in America" speech along with some other documents related to the politics and economics of that time.
Chapter 31 is due tomorrow and Chapter 32 on Thursday.
We discussed conservatism in the Sixties today and looked at some of the up's and down's of the Nixon Administration. If you did not finish the Watergate primary source charts in class today, make sure you finish it tonight because we will build off of that at the first of class tomorrow!
Chapter 31 due Wednesday, three more days of new content! The end is near!
Today was your LAST DBQ essay! (Not counting the one on the AP Exam) This weekend you need to read the selection "Conservatism Begins in the Sixties" under Period 8 and be ready to discuss on Monday!
One more week of new content! Hang in there!
Today we took our LAST CHAPTER QUIZ! We then talked about some of the historical context surrounding the Great Society programs of the late 1960's then examined a set of documents through four different historical lenses to gather the details necessary to craft a practice thesis statement on a larger, more encompassing historical question on the success of the Great Society.
Tomorrow if your FINAL DBQ of the year! Make sure you check out the revised Writing Tips page, the DBQ practice activities, and the student samples provided there. Next Wednesday, Chapter 31 is due and Chapter 32 is due on Thursday. Your last regular exam of the year will be NEXT FRIDAY!