History / Social Studies
History/Social Studies
"We cannot escape history and neither can we escape a desire to understand it" - Anonymous
Mrs. Anita Falvo, Supervisor
908-647-4800 ext. 4816

 The Social Studies Department is committed to the school vision of developing critical and creative thinkers who collaborate and communicate. We promote academic inquiry, acceptance and tolerance of differences, and encourage students to learn in a way that will help them solve real-world, authentic issues.
News from the Department-
Our clubs have been meeting regularly, debating, preparing, and eager to attend their competitions and conferences.  Thank you to Mr. Krueger and the Model United Nations Club, Mr. Biniukow and the Mock Trial Club, Mr. O'Reilly and the Junior Statesmen of America, and Mr. Murray and the Academic Team. The Mock Trial team made it to the semi-finals this year!
Congratulations to Mrs. Lott-Jones and Ms. Sok along with several of our recent graduates who were honored for their work in promoting tolerance, acceptance, anti-bullying campaigns at the Facing History and Ourselves banquet in New York on November 6. 
Teachers currently working on graduate work: Mr. Finelle, Ms. Yuknis, and Mr. New. 
Congratulations to Mr.  Karnas - National Honors Society Teacher of the Year. 
  Our Mission:

History/Social Studies teachers are committed to providing their students with the knowledge, skills, and perspectives to be responsible, civic-minded citizens. Through the study of history and social sciences, we aim to develop the following: promoting interest in learning about the past and present, encourage creative and ethical decision-making, practice communication through writing and speech, engage in conflict resolution skills, and become motivated to take part in society in a positive manner.


  • Develop a strong content knowledge base of information.
  • Build skills in areas such as reading comprehension, writing, and debate/speaking.  Focus is on Historical Thinking Skills: Historical Thinking Skills
  • Critically think about topics and express thoughts/interpretations of information.
  • Actively engage in classroom activities.
  • Promote authentic learning and assessment.
  • Encourage all students to challenge themselves and to reach their potential.