• U.S. History Newsletter #9

    Posted by Alex Dash on 10/22/2021
    Dear Parents and Guardians,
     
    This wonderful, rainy week, we learned about the 1950s and the start of the Civil Rights Movement, and practiced analyzing primary sources.
     
    Shoutouts to Jack Cole for a great job on the Topic C formative quiz multiple choice and reading comprehension, to Jaden Werolin for persistence, and to Casey Chace for always incredible manners. Great job!
     
    Next week, we will continue with the Civil Rights Movement in the Unit 4 Student Notebook, and examine how it changed, widening over time.
     
    The next project is the Civil Rights Road Trip, due November 3rd, and the next test is Unit 4 on November 8th. Students should study a bit each night and not try to cram at the end.
     
    Thank you for entrusting me with teaching your child.  Please don't hesitate to email me with any concerns.
     
    Have a great weekend.
     
    Sincerely,
     

    Alex

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  • U.S. History Newsletter #8

    Posted by Alex Dash on 10/16/2021
    Dear Parents and Guardians,
     
    My apologies on the delayed newsletter! I have been trying to keep them up weekly and hope this lapse of communication won't be repeated.
     
    What a superb class of juniors we have. I really enjoy these students. It was a wonderful 2 weeks of teaching and learning.
     
    The week of midterms, we had a WWII artifact study (see pictures!) with actual objects from the 1940s. Students handled (with gloves on!), described, and analyzed objects such as ration card books, license plates made of soybeans (to conserve metal), letters to soldiers, dogtags, and more. Ask them to tell you about it! We also had a study hall day, followed by the midterm. The average grade on the midterm was 70%. Most grades stayed the same or dropped a fraction.
     
    This week, we jumped into Unit 4 - the Cold War. We had a fun Spy Mission activity to understand the rigors of Cold War espionage. We also played the Dot Game to understand the fear and paranoia of McCarthyism and Americans turning on each other. Students practiced the skills of speaking and listening in their groups, reading comprehension and synthesis of multiple sources.
     
    Shoutouts to Arushi Mishra, Dan Black, Jennifer Cole, Dylan Gouveia, Sankhia Bhatt, Gavin Williams, and Tyler Millard for improvement and top scores on the midterm! I'm really proud of all these amazing Eagles here at Vista!
     
    Next week, we will continue with post WWII America, turning our attention to segregation and the Civil Rights Movement.
     
    The next test is Unit 4 on November 8th. Students can best study by being able to explain their study guide (at the back of the unit 4 Notebook) out loud without looking, or writing it down from memory.
     
    In case email isn't the best method of reaching you, these newsletters are also on my Vista teacher website.
     
    Thank you for entrusting me with teaching your child.  Please don't hesitate to email me with any questions, comments, or concerns.
     
    Have a great weekend.
     
    Sincerely,
     
    Alex
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  • U.S. History Newsletter #7

    Posted by Alex Dash on 10/1/2021
    Dear Parents and Guardians,

     

    The Class of 2023 continues to impress me! It was another wonderful week of teaching and learning.

     

    This week, we completed presentations of the impacts of WWII on different groups of Americans on Monday (see pictures of students preparing, below). We then practiced analysis and synthesis in the Japanese-American Incarceration lesson, reading comprehension with war correspondent Ernie Pile, and comparisons and contrasts of government newsreels and theatrical representations of D-Day.

     

    Shoutouts to Izzy Anderson, Jack Cole, and Thomas Samaniego Evans for thoroughness, and Calista Poggemann and Aiden Single for excellent writing and WWII background knowledge. Great job! I'm really proud of all these amazing Eagles here at Vista!

     

    Next week, we will debate the ethics of the decision to drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, have a study hall day on Wednesday, and then have the cumulative midterm Friday, October 8th. Students can best study by completing their study guide and either explaining the concepts out loud without looking or writing them down without looking.

     

    In case email isn't the best method of reaching you, these newsletters are also on my Vista teacher website.

     

     

     

    Thank you for entrusting me with teaching your child. Please don't hesitate to email me with any concerns.

     

    Have a great weekend.

     

    Sincerely,

    Alex
     
     
     
    Alex Dash, M.Ed.
    Teacher, U.S. History and American Government
    Pronouns: he/him What's this?
    Vista del Lago High School