"We cannot escape history and neither can we escape a desire to understand it" - Anonymous
News from the Department-
Mrs. Lettington has been selected for the second time to serve as an AP European History Reader.
Boys and Girls State Candidates selected this year are the following:
Mrs. Koppel completed courses on Asian History this year, continuing her life long learning process.
Mr. Murray served on a panel with distinguished guests Governor Tom Kean and Director of Holocaust Education in New Jersey at Kean University to discuss the mandate in New Jersey to teach the Holocaust. In addition, his talk at the Warren Library has led to future speaking engagements for Mr. Murray.
-Mr. Murray and Mrs. Truskowski (Ceramics Teacher) worked together to participate in One Millions Bones. They traveled with their classes to the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC, taught lessons in each other's classes, and created ceramic bones to add to the display in front of the Capitol Building in DC to help stop genocides.
Ms. Sok and Mrs. Lott-Jones put together Watchung Hills application for the Anti-Defamation Tolerance Award.
Miss Yuknis led the school in the "R Word" campaign to focus students attention to avoid derogatory terms to describe each other.-
Mrs. Lettington, Mr. Biniukow, Mr. Apel, Mr. Hache, Dr. DiGiovanna, Mr. Carden, and Mr. Krueger, Mr, O'Reilly, and Mr. Oftedal did an excellent job preparing our students for the AP exams in European History, United States History, Psychology, Human Geography, and Government and Politics.
Mr. Carden and his US 2 classes completed their videos of family members; for many families, this is an invaluable commemoration of grandparents and others that are so special to their lives.
Dr. DiGiovanna and the Young Democrats Club hosted an after-school talk with State Senator Green.
Mrs. Lott-Jones, Ms. Sok, Miss Yuknis, and Miss Krupsky organized Watchung Hills Anti-Bullying Week and White Out Day. Numerous speakers including police officers, Ryan's Story, Assemblyman Bramnick, Senator Tom Kean, and others spoke to Watchung Hills students. White Out Day saw students wearing white to unite together against bullying, including issues of cyber-bullying. A volleyball game in the evening uniting our school and community helped to promote the concept of being an upstander.-
Dr. DiGiovanna and the Gay Straight Alliance Club led the "No Name Calling Week" to promote issues of tolerance. Students and faculty signed a banner making a commitment to issues of tolerance and acceptance.
Congratulations to Mr. Biniukow and the 2012-13 Mock Trial team. They won both of their first round of trials on both the prosecution and defense side! On to the semi-finals!!!
Ms. Lott-Jones and Ms. Sok brought Mrs. Alison Crowther, mother of the Man in the Red Bandanna, who single handedly rescued 12 people from the World Trade Center on September 11, and who lost his own life in the process, to speak to some of our World Cultures classes on January 10, 2013.
Miss Krupsky and her Facing History and Ourselves class presented assemblies to our middle schools on tolerance, and lessons in anti-bullying and anti-cyber bullying.
Thank you to Ms. Sok and Mrs. Lott-Jones for the organizing, and chaperone Miss Yuknis for taking 12 WH students to NY on October 2 for a town hall meeting on Digital Citizenship. Students participated in a discussion on cyber-bullying and tolerance. Students Akshay Katakam and Sarah Brown were panel members and shared the DVD featuring WH students entitled Not in Our Schools.
Congratulations to Ms. Sok and Mrs. Lott-Jones for winning the Aaron Flanzbaum Anti-Defamation Award for the Power of One. Their and the department's promotion on making our community aware of issues of tolerance has been phenomenal.
Congratulations to Mr. Ryan Murray:
Winner of the Jack Zaifman Humanitarian Award.
Congratulations to the Model United Nations Club with Mr. Greg Krueger for winning Best Small School of the Year in 2012
Congratulations to the Mock Trial Club with Mr. Greg Biniukow for making it to the finals during the 2012-13 school year.
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.
Mrs. Anita Falvo
History/Social Studies Department Supervisor
908-647-4800 ext. 4816