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News from the SHS History and Social Sciences Department

by Nate Everett, History Department Head – Sandwich High School

If you love history, or are curious about the past, then you’ll love what’s in the works for the SHS History and Social Sciences department.

First, we are honored that one of our own, Mr. Don Franke, is the newly elected president for the New England Model UN Moderator’s Association, overseeing 20+ model UN programs in Massachusetts. Model United Nations is an exciting after school program run the the International Studies club at SHS. It has a long and exciting history at the school where students have the opportunity to become delegates to the world’s nations and debate important current events issues. Recent topics include chemical weapons and Syria, Russia’s intervention in Ukraine, and the war against ISIS. Sandwich Learns Together posted an article about Mr. Franke’s Model U.N. earlier this fall.

Second, we’d like to promote a wonderful opportunity for students this year: National History Day. National History Day makes history come alive for students by engaging them in the discovery of the historical, cultural and social experiences of the past. Through hands-on experiences and presentations, NHD inspires children through exciting competitions and transforms teaching through project-based curriculum and instruction. Students conduct original research in historical topics of their choice. They can present their projects as a performance, exhibit, website, documentary or report. This year’s theme is Leadership and Legacy.

Third, we’re very excited to announce some new advanced placement classes for the 2015-2016 school year: AP World History and AP Human Geography. Students in AP World History learn selective topics in over 5000 years of history while practicing and mastering historical thinking skills. Topics focus on war, economic development, migration, technology, global culture, and more. For AP Human Geography, students will learn how humans impact the world they live in by studying population shifts, environmental issues, technology’s impact on geography, and more. Both classes offer students an engaging way to explore deep questions and master important skills for future success.