• Public Speaking & Debate Parent Letter (3rd Period)

     

    August 19, 2018                                              Public Speaking & Debate

    Dear Parents and Guardians,

    Your student will be participating in Public Speaking & Debate during 3rd period this year.  This class will also serve as a preparation for Mock Trial, an activity in which students representing attorneys and witnesses prepare and then role play a case that will be “tried” in an actual court before an actual judge against other middle school teams. Students will develop critical thinking and analysis skills, as well as improve public speaking and writing abilities.

    Our focus will be in developing debate strategies while expanding our understanding of issues and events from real-world situations.  Students will need a two-subject notebook, folder for handouts, and pencil or paper.  There are no assigned textbooks for this class, as we will utilize laptop computers and affidavits and court citations.  Students will be expected to speak publicly, and writing will be a major component, as well.

     I am looking forward to this opportunity and have the following expectations for this class:

    1) Come to class prepared—students are expected to have the necessary supplies (paper, pen or pencil, pocket folder) and homework turned in on time.

    2) Respect the opinions of others—this class will engage students in critical thinking, therefore, participation in discussions and activities is essential and all must feel safe while sharing their opinions

    3) Expect to succeed—I try to create an environment that encourages students to do their best

    4) Let common sense prevail—simply stated, students are expected to think before they act or speak and make good decisions

     

    Mr. Philip Sirk

    psirk@acpsd.net

    803-663-4300

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • 7th Grade ADVANCED Social Studies Parent Letter (2nd, 7th, and 8th Periods)

    Advanced Social Studies 7th

    I am looking forward to a great year as we study Advanced 7th Grade World History.  Students who have been placed in the advanced social studies classes have demonstrated proficiency through either high standardized test scores, high Lexile reading levels, or high grades. We will cover the same state standards as the typical social studies curriculum, however, there will be more in-depth study through student inquiry, documents-based questions, and student collaboration.  The volume of work and pace of the course is designed create a more rigorous approach that will prepare these students for future success.  Last year 99% of my students scored a “Met” or “Exceeded” designation on the PASS (state) test. 

    This is my sixth year at Leavelle McCampbell and my 10th year as a social studies teacher in Aiken County.  Growing up in the Washington, DC, area I was exposed to many opportunities to learn of the workings of government and politics and have always had an interest in social studies.  There are several items which I would like to address in this letter:

    Classroom Expectations

    I will follow and enforce the general school-wide code of conduct and procedures in my class, but wish to share the basic principles that I expect each student to follow:

    1) Come to class prepared—students are expected to have the necessary supplies (paper, pen or pencil, pocket folder) and homework turned in on time.

    2) Respect the opinions of others—this class will engage students in critical thinking, therefore, participation in discussions and activities is essential and all must feel safe while sharing their opinions

    3) Expect to succeed—I try to create an environment that encourages students to do their best

    4) Let common sense prevail—simply stated, students are expected to think before they act or speak and make good decisions

    Needed Items

    100-page Composition Book

    Folder (to keep handouts)

    Lined paper

    Pencil or pen

    Resources

    7th Grade Students: Our text is Contemporary Cultures (McGraw Hill).

    Again, I wish to express my appreciation in advance for your cooperative spirit and this opportunity to teach the students in my charge—I really expect great things and seek to help all reach their potential!

     

    Mr. Philip Sirk

    psirk@acpsd.net

    803-663-4300

     

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  • 7th Grade Social Studies Parent Letter (6th Period)

    Social Studies 7th

    I am looking forward to a great year as we study 7th Grade World History.  Students will examine world history from the mid-1600s to present day.

    This is my sixth year at Leavelle McCampbell and my 10th year as a social studies teacher in Aiken County.  Growing up in the Washington, DC, area I was exposed to many opportunities to learn of the workings of government and politics and have always had an interest in social studies.  There are several items which I would like to address in this letter:

    Classroom Expectations

    I will follow and enforce the general school-wide code of conduct and procedures in my class, but wish to share the basic principles that I expect each student to follow:

    1) Come to class prepared—students are expected to have the necessary supplies (paper, pen or pencil, pocket folder) and homework turned in on time.

    2) Respect the opinions of others—this class will engage students in critical thinking, therefore, participation in discussions and activities is essential and all must feel safe while sharing their opinions

    3) Expect to succeed—I try to create an environment that encourages students to do their best

    4) Let common sense prevail—simply stated, students are expected to think before they act or speak and make good decisions

    Needed Items

    100-page Composition Book

    Folder (to keep handouts)

    Lined paper

    Pencil or pen

    Resources

    7th Grade Students: Our text is Contemporary Cultures (McGraw Hill).

    Again, I wish to express my appreciation in advance for your cooperative spirit and this opportunity to teach the students in my charge—I really expect great things and seek to help all reach their potential!

     

    Mr. Philip Sirk

    psirk@acpsd.net

    803-663-4300

     

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