Tuesday Morning Message

Glen Burnie High School Social Studies Department, Jan. 19

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Semester One Exam Week

Good Morning! I hope all of you enjoyed the long weekend and managed to keep warm! While we are not delivering direct instruction this week, this time of year is always a busy one. Not only are we closing out Semester 1, but we are also gearing up for Semester 2. At this time I want you to stay focused on the administration of your exams and completing your grade books. The best way to get through this point of the year is to take it one step at a time.

Please e-mail me syllabi for second semester by the end of the day tomorrow. Content team leads, I will e-mail you about your team's syllabi later today.

If you haven't already, please read through the exam procedures e-mail that was sent out on Friday. If you have any questions, please let me know.


First off, HUGE thank you to our team leads Ms. Williams and Ms. Beasley. The two of you have been instrumental in the day-to-day focus, planning, and instruction for your teams and students. I can not thank you enough for your incredible work.

With that in mind, please welcome the new team leads for second semester: Ms. White (US History), Mr. Riley (US Government), Ms. Platte (World History). I look forward to working with you in this new capacity. You will all be great!

Lastly, shout out to Shelby Jones for creating a stations review on the Executive Branch and creating/sharing Kahoot! reviews for U.S. History!

Upcoming Dates

January 19-22: Semester Exams Week.

January 25: Schools Closed

January 26: No students, Teacher Work Day

January 27: Third Marking period begins

February 10: 2 Hour Early Dismissal, Professional Development

February 15: No School, President's Day

Things to Know

1. The monthly Department Meeting, scheduled for January 21 has been CANCELLED. Please use this time to continue grading exams.

2. January's Instructional Focus is Diverse Learners and Differentiated Instruction. During exams,

our ELL, 504, and IEP students will be receiving accommodations so the DI is built in for them.

3. Semester 2 Syllabi are due on Wednesday, January 20.

4. Teacher Course Recommendations are due in Power School by January 22. please refer to the instructions that were both e-mailed to you, and placed on the S drive.

5. AVID Recommendation forms are located next to the entrance door in the Social Studies office. If you feel a student could benefit from this program, please fill out a recommendation.

6. Hard copies of Second Quarter Exams are in. When you pick them up, please take an appropriate number for your classes, as very few extras are provided.

7. AVID Applications are available in electronic form for 9th and 10th grade teachers who see potential AVID students in their classes. See your Mr. Nilsson or Jen Ballard.

8. Grading of Final Exams: Students that fail to show for an exam – receive a zero (0) in the gradebook, call

home to parent, and email Ms. Berner. If the student makes a good faith effort on the exam,

the lowest possible score will be 50% per the grading policy.

9. Scheduling for students will occur from February 10-March 4; Media Center through English.

Question for the Week

As we approach SLO#2, how will we continue to support students through the demands of the

complex reading and writing process and for high-stakes testing purposes? Please share your answer on Edmodo.