Social Studies in the Future

The new course catalog is coming soon, allowing kids to finally learn about the new classes next year. This story will review the Social Sciences section of the catalog.

If you noticed in past catalogs, there aren’t very many Social Sciences classes. This is has to do with our part-homeschool style of the school. According to our schools director, Nic Chapin, many families tend to do their Social Science classes at home, because it is easier to teach than other subjects.

A few Social Sciences teachers are proposing brand new classes, while also keeping some of the same classes.

Chad Wynne’s classes for this year and next:

Social Sciences department head, Chad Wynne, currently teaches Modern European History (grades 9-12), and Writing the World (grades 6-8). He is not quite traditional, as he uses multiple curriculums in his class. In his high school class, he does use the textbook for some parts, but will use different worksheets, powerpoints, etc.  He will also use movies and videos to help further indulge students in the subject, in his words he calls it “like a multivitamin”. Wynne will be continuing Writing the World, but will not be teaching Modern European History. Chad Wynne will also be starting a new 5th grade Oregon History class.


Megan Burt’s classes for this year and next:

Megan Burt currently teaches U.S. History (9-12) and will continue to teach that in coming years. In her class, she uses an online source called Online Digital History, She enjoys it because it’s very accessible for students anywhere. Like Mr. Wynne, she has added a few documents and so forth, from other sources. Mrs. Burt loves working with her students and has a true passion for this subject. In the distant future, she has been thinking of classes she would like to teach. Two of these being a Civil Rights class, and/or a Political science class.

Sarah Head’s classes for this year and next:

Sarah Head teaches History: A Sociological Perspective (9-12) and Skills of Social Studies (6-8). She says, “I love teaching social studies content, especially history. Asking questions, finding multiple points of views, discovering stories that haven’t been told – I like helping students discover all of this. It’s exciting to see students find out what happened through investigation.”. Head believes there isn’t enough time to teach the vast subject of social studies. “It’s always hard to choose what you want to teach and what you want to leave out.”. Head is teaching a Government and Law class next year, and claims she is looking forward to it.

Sarah Sanderson’s classes for this year and next:

Sarah Sanderson is currently teaching Hands on History for K-2 and 3-5 students. She uses a role playing curriculum that allows children to be able to act out multiple points in history, such as: The Oregon Trail, Great Barrier Reef, The Rainforest, and ancient Egypt. However, Sanderson will not continue teaching this class next year.

Carla Calhoun’s classes for this year and next:

This year, Carla Calhoun teaches Biztown (4-6), and Oregon History (4-6), .and she will be teaching both of these next year. Calhoun’s idea for the Oregon History class was “born out of interest” because there is not very many studies on Oregon History in schools. Biztown, allows students to get a taste of the real world through role plays and simulations of businesses and how money works. “There are many hands on aspects that are very exciting for both students, and parents.”. Calhoun loves the age group she works with, and the subject she teaches.


Chris Stilwell’s classes for this year and next:

This year, Chris Stilwell is teaching Contemporary world issues, and Psychology. Stilwell, like Burt, and Wynne, likes using multimedia (textbooks, popular news media, and biographical nonfiction) to educate his students. He also mentioned that he enjoys using, newspapers, saying that it, “…tends to grab a reader with current events that students can relate to.”.  When asked about what he loves in the classroom, he answered: “My favorite thing about being in a classroom is hearing teenagers talk about mature subjects. I think teens often are not afforded the allowance to speak as freely as they would like. I offer my classes as a means to express oneself in a safe environment. Therefore, students can voice their concerns about popular topics without being chastised.”. Chris Stilwell will not be teaching Contemporary World Issues next year, but will be teaching Psychology, and also picking up Modern World History.