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Welcome to Mr. Deininger's Teacher Page!

 

 

Reminders:

 

We are hard at work on our 1st Quarter Research Assignment.  We will spend time each day this week working on it.  Students should be prepared to hand in their completed five-paragraph essay on Friday (10/20).  This will count as a part of a test grade.   The other part of the research assignment is a full-color poster about the state.  This will be due next Wednesday (10/25).  Students may bring in their blank poster board at any time and schedule an appointment to use the projector to trace the outline of their state and anything else they cannot draw or print on their own.  The poster can then be taken home, finished, and return to school on the due date.  All information about the project can be found in the document at the bottom of this page.

 

Friday (10/20) - States and Capitals Quiz # 1

 

Thursday (10/26) - Geography Test # 2

 

 

Weekly Class Agenda

 

Monday: Begin Physical Features Map, continue research and essay - Intro Paragraph should be completed today in class.  If not finished, do for HW.

 

Tuesday: Finish Physical Features Map, continue research and essay - Research, pre-write, and write Paragraph 2.  If not finished, do for HW.  Start Paragraph 3 process.

 

Wednesday: Begin land marks of the U.S., continue research and essay - Finish Paragraph 3.  Research, pre-write, and write Paragraph 4.  If not finished, do for HW.

 

Thursday:  Finish land marks and continue research and essay. - Peer Review Day - Pre-write and write Conclusion.  Have a peer edit.  Write a clean, final copy.  Finish final copy for HW.

 

Friday:  Quiz, Essay due, research and work on poster part of project.

 

Specials

Monday - Spanish / SH

Tuesday - SH / Health

Wednesday - Gym

Thursday - Music

Friday - Tech

 

Students of the Week 

 

Congrats for your achievements in and out of the classroom! 

6.  Kamry Satanoff

5. Mark Wojtkowski

4. G. Short 

3. J. Gillen

2. R. Richardson

1. N. Kelly

Teacher Biography

Thank you for visiting my page.  This school year marks my 14th year as a member of the Towne family.  I have previously taught 9th and 10th grade World History for seven years, as well as 5th and 6th grade Social Studies for one year.  This is my 7th year teaching 8th grade Social Studies.  In addition to my teaching assignment, I also serve as the moderator of the FTCES Yearbook.  I am looking forward to another great year at Towne. 

 

Teacher Education and Certificates

  • 2008 - M.A. - History, History for Educators - LaSalle University
  • 2003 - B.S. - Secondary Education, Social Studies and Second Major - Anthropology, Human Biology
  • 1998 - Roman Catholic High School - H.S. diploma
  • PA Level II Instructional Certificate - Social Studies 7-12 and English 7-12

 

Class Expectations

  • Arrive to class prepared and on time.  This includes any books and supplies needed for the day as well as your planner, ongoing classwork, and any homework or projects due that day.
  • Complete all assignments completely and to your best ability.  Hand assignments in on time.
  • Actively participate and positively contribute to classroom activities.
  • Be on your best behavior.  Follow all rules as stated in the Handbook and Code of Conduct.
  • Be respectful and polite to everyone at all times.
  • Respect the teacher's and each other's personal space including the teacher's desk, classroom storage, and assigned student desks.
  • Raise your hand to speak.
  • Have the confidence to ask questions.
  • Keep your locker, the hallway, the classroom and the area around your desk neat and free from clutter. 
  • Make sure your books fit under your desk; do not block the aisles.
  • Appreciate everyone's time, knowledge, opinions, and questions.
  • Become a better student through learning how to study and reading informational text.
  • Apply what you learn in RELA across the curriculum, especially writing across the content area.
  • Have a greater appreciation for Social Studies.

 

Course Content

  • Introduction to the Social Studies
  • Geography
  • Principles of U.S. Government
  • The U.S. Becomes a World Power
  • World War I
  • The Roaring 20s and the Great Depression
  • The Rise of Dictators and World War II
  • The Cold War
  • American Pop Culture of the 1950s
  • The 1960s: War, Protest, and Counterculture
  • The 1970s
  • The 1980s and the Reagan Revolution
  • The End of the Cold War and the 1990s
  • The New Millennium and Current Events 

 

Merits

Students who go above and beyond expectations will be rewarded with merits.  Students should not request or expect merits for doing what is supposed to be done.  Students will be rewarded upon meeting designated thresholds.  

 

Homework Policy

  • Homework assignments will be valuable extensions of learning or a preview for upcoming lessons.
  • All students are required to copy their homework assignments in their planner when they arrive to class. 
  • Students are required to complete all homework and projects entirely and submit them on time (at the beginning of class) on the assigned due date.
  • Any student failing to complete a homework assignment will receive an Administrative Lunch Detention and is subject to progressive disciplinary action as described in the Handbook and Code of Conduct. 
 
Projects
  • It is imperative that students complete projects to their best ability.  
  • Late projects will be reduced 10 points for each day it is late.
  • Students will be given plenty of time to complete projects which may include class time to work on them.
  • A lack of paper or ink for the printer is never a valid excuse for not completing a project on time.

 

Appointment Slips

  • Tutoring slips will be issued when a student begins showing signs of struggling.
  • Tutoring may occur either in the morning or after school (with two days notice). 
  • As the year progresses, small group tutoring will take place after school once a week, especially the week of a test. 
  • Students do not need to wait for me to issue an appointment.  They can request a before or after school appointment at any time they desire additional help.
  • Students are required to attend all teacher requested appointments.  Failure to attend will result in an Administrative Detention for cutting a teacher appointment.
  • Remember, there is no shame in getting extra help if you need it.

 

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