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Units of Study

  • Essential Questions - What knowledge, skills, and dispositions (intention to act) does a person need in order to be a powerful civic actor in our democracy and in our community? How will I use my rights and responsibilities to promote the common good in our democracy and community?
  • Assessment – TBD
  • Essential Questions - What rights do I have? How does the Constitution protect those rights? What responsibilities do I have to our democracy and community? How do my rights enable me to use my power in our democracy and society? How do my responsibilities require me to use my power?
  • Assessment – U.S. Federal Constitution Exam 
  • Essential Questions - How can young people promote the common good working through government or in the community? What knowledge, skills, and dispositions (intentions to act) does a young person need in order to be a powerful civic actor in our democracy and communities? 
  • Assessment - Choose to Participate 

  • Essential Questions - What knowledge, skills, and dispositions (intention to act) does a person need in order to be a powerful civic actor in our democracy and in our community? How will I use my rights and responsibilities to promote the common good in our democracy and community?
  • Assessment - Become more aware of the world around you! 

  • Unit Question - Progress at what cost?  When should society control individuals?  How are diverse cultures alike and different?
  • Historical Context - Reconstruction, Immigration, Industrialization, Urbanization, Great Migration, Labor Unions
  • Final Assessment – Grant Legacy-Propaganda Poster & Unit 1 Exam - Changing America
  • Unit Question - What are the rights and responsibilities of citizens in a democracy?
  • Historical Context - Progressive Era, Imperialism, Spanish-American War, Blues & Jazz, Harlem Renaissance 
  • Final Assessment 
  • Unit Question - How are things, events, or people connected to each other? What is the cause? The effect? How do they fit together?
  • Historical Context - World War I, World War II, The Cold War
  • Final Assessment - The World Wars and Life in Between - Unit Exam
  • Unit Question - Why does perspective matter? What factors can influence people’s perspectives?  What social opportunities and problems arise from an interconnected global economy?
  • Historical Context – The Cold War, International Realignment, Contemporary Society, United States as a “Super Power”, Korean War, Vietnam War, War at Home, & Civil Rights Movement
  • Final Assessment - The Counterculture (Music) Task

History Fair Club:  

History Fair is optional in 8th Grade.  See Mr. Streit for more details.  

Washington D.C. 8th Grade Annual Trip Information 

Let's Get Started:
Tour Code:  




Trip Dates:  


Email Mr. Streit or ask at Parent-Teacher Conferences

Mandatory Planning Meeting:  


Photo credit:  Destination360 US Capitol

Payment Schedule:  

  1. $TBD + $TBD RGP (optional refund guaranteed protection plan) due TBD
  2. $TBD
  3. $TBD (final due date)
Airline Tickets Purchased on TBD  
Full legal names and birthdates to be entered by parents in Brightspark portal (website)

Chaperones:  (7 Chaperones) TBD 

Forms:  Itinerary & More:

  • HSA 2020 DC Trip - Parent Letter TBD
  • HSA Preliminary Itinerary - DC 2020 TBD
  • HSA Final Itinerary - DC 2020 TBD
  • Brightspark - Medical Release Form due TBD 
  • Bertucci's - Order Form due TBD  NOTE:  Please circle one drink, one dinner item, and one desert.  
  • Packing & Phone Supervision Form due the early morning of our departure. 

Additional Readings:  


There will be no checked luggage. Students may bring one carry-on bag and their orange Brightspark bags. Parents must look through their child’s luggage before his/her departure. Please note chaperones will also look through the luggage at the hotel before your child enters his/her hotel room. Non-liquid snacks are allowed in the carry-on luggage for consumption in the hotel rooms ONLY. Please limit the quantity to a reasonable amount.  In the Brightspark bag please consider the following items:

  • Rain gear
  • Light jacket
  • Small umbrella
  • Camera labeled with name
  • Collapsible water bottle (empty before departure)
  • Chapstick or some type of lip balm
  • Sunscreen (4 fluid ounces or less) 
  • Remember the 3-1-1 Rule.  1 ziplock bag per passenger placed in screening bin. 

Dress Code:


Please plan to wear dressy-casual, age-appropriate, tasteful attire. You should plan to dress a little nicer for the visit to the Arlington Cemetery (keeping in mind it can be very hot) and the boat tour on the Potomac River.

NO: Pajama pants, blue-jeans or jeans of any kind, boxers of any kind, UGGS, tank tops, flip flops, spaghetti straps, midriff tops or camisole tops, short skirts or short shorts (the length of the skirt/shorts must be longer than the students fingertips when their arms are at their sides), low cut dresses or tops, expensive purses.


Please plan to wear dressy –casual, age-appropriate, tasteful attire. Khaki pants, a nice shirt, and a pair of comfortable dress shoes, is expected for our visit to the Arlington Cemetery and our Boat tour on the Potomac River.

NO: Pajama pants, blue-jeans or jeans of any kind, earrings, or hats inside of buildings.


Rain gear, light jacket, comfortable shoes, disposable cameras labeled with your name on them, and $20.00 for the group picture.

Cell Phone Policy:

We strongly recommend that students do NOT bring their cell phones. They will not be allowed to have them in their possession during the day. They will only have them for 10-20 minutes once we arrive at the hotel the first night to call home and then they will be collected. They are not allowed to keep the phones in the rooms overnight. If your child is bringing a cell phone, please place it in a heavy duty quart-size ziplock bag and label the bag with your child’s full name. This phone must be turned in to a chaperone before your child board the bus to the airport.  If there is any type of emergency and your child does not have a phone, one of the chaperones will allow your child to use his/her cell phone for a quick call home.  Please see Forms: Itinerary & More (above).  Note to the students:  Remember this is a trip with 20 to 30 maybe even 50 of your closest friends. Talk to one another, have a moment, remember a story, let this trip be a story to remember, enjoy each other's company, and you don't need a cell phone for that.  At the end of the trip, you will be thankful to have been away from your technology for a few days.  


  • When a chaperone addresses individual students or the whole student body, students must stop, look, and listen immediately. We have a tight schedule and we do not have time to repeat information to those who are not listening.
  • Students must demonstrate a high level of respect and understanding when touring historical sites, memorials, or exhibits.  We expect students to be actively engaged in the learning experience.  We expect students to interact with chaperones, tour guides, and other tour staff in a mature and respectful manner. 
  • Students are expected to learn and share 1 or 2 things with their peers and the chaperones during and after the tours of historical sites, memorials, or exhibits.  
  • Students will have an assigned number based on their alphabetical order. We will often ask students to line up in NUMBER ORDER to do a headcount. Students will then count off their numbers in order. This helps us make sure everyone is with us and we do not leave anyone behind. This needs to be taken seriously and happen as soon as we ask.
  • Students are also expected to be a friend to everyone on the trip. Students must have a buddy with them at all times. No one should be by his/herself. 
  • Students must display exceptional judgment and decision making while on the trip. We do not expect to apply discipline to students, but we will intervene with consequences if students do not meet expectations.

All chaperones will be made aware of students with serious allergies attending.  Parents should not allow for their child to bring with them any peanut related snacks.  The group of chaperones will carry two EpiPens at all times. Restaurants will be made aware of serious allergies and chaperones will double check with the restaurant manager to ensure the food is safe to eat for all students.  Chaperones will accompany each student with serious allergies at the food courts to ensure they are asking the right questions and the food is safe to eat.  Chaperones will ensure the airplanes that we travel on are safe for students with serious allergies and if necessary wipe them down with anti-bacterial wipes.  In addition, we encourage parents to review the itinerary and make the necessary phone calls ahead of time.  

Classroom Visits / Field Trips

  • TBD:  Jean Mishima Visit - Learn about the Japanese Internment Camps during World War II (Auditorium)