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    Name: Mr. Scott Krug
    Grade/Subject: 8th Grade Social Studies
    Phone: 814-674-6290 ext. 2221
    Best Time To Call: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    Hello and thank you for visiting my website!  My name is Mr. Krug and I teach 8th Grade Early American History here at Cambria Heights Middle School!  On this page you will find my educational background, the class curriculum, my grading policy, and the goals for the year.  On this website, you will also find the Homework Page which will list assignments and due dates, the Calendar Page which I will update daily with what we accomplished in class, and the Classroom Rules & Expectations Page which lists guidelines for this year's class.    
    My Educational Background
    I am a proud Highlander, graduating from Cambria Heights in 2010.  After combining my passion for history & education, I attended Penn State University for the next four years where I received my bachelor's degree in Secondary Social Studies Education and a minor in history.  This will be my fourth year teaching history in the 8th grade and I am excited to see what is in store for the 2018-2019 school year!
    Class Curriculum
    In this class, we will be focusing on the people, places, events, and ideas that helped to shape our country's early history.  While we will spend some time discussing the Native Peoples of the Americas as well as the founding of the continent, the focal point of this class consists of five key chapters of our nation's young, but renowned past.  
    1. The American Colonial Period
    2. The Precursors to Revolution
    3. The Revolutionary War
    4. The Foundation of Government
    5. American Growth & Inner Turmoil

    As we learn about and discuss each period of time, it is my hope that students see many similarities between what was happening in our country then and what is happening in our country now.  I will be interweaving current events throughout each lesson and will discuss them at length whenever I or the students see fit.  We will be concentrating heavily on both foreign and domestic events and will hopefully have many opportunities to study general American history and civic responsibility.    

    Grading Policy
    Students will be completing a large variety of assignments throughout the year that will be worth differing amounts of points.  Grades will be calculated using the points earned / total points formula.  Students are responsible for making up the work they missed while absent.  If an assignment is not turned in on time, points will be deducted.  One point will be deducted per school day for a missing assignment until it is turned in.  Please refer to the Sapphire Gradebook and Homework Page if you have any questions regarding assignment due dates and the total points they are worth.  
    Class Participation is necessary for success in my class and this idea is reflected in the Gradebook at the start of each Marking Period.  Students will automatically receive a 100% (45/45 points) in Class Participation at the beginning of the nine week cycle.  The 100% will remain as long as students remain an active and essential part of the class.  Students can achieve this by coming to class prepared, completing assignments on time, participating in class, asking and answering questions, working well in groups, and putting forth effort everyday.  If a student is found to be unsuccessful in any of these aspects, they will begin to lose points from the CP grade.  I hope to see students use the Class Participation grade to their advantage by coming into school each day ready to work!         
    Goals for the Year
    My goals for this year are clear, simple, and are what I believe to be within reach of all 8th Grade students.  Students will learn through high level instruction using a variety of teaching methods.  They will experience a classroom environment that is both challenging and stimulating.  Finally, they will explore the major events and decisions behind the founding of our country and will determine how these actions impact our country today.  I would like all of my students to leave this year with a new found respect for the men and women who helped to shape America's past, a new found understanding of how America's past will help to predict America's future, and a new found appreciation for our country.