History Channel History of Halloween

Straddling the line between fall and winter, plenty and paucity, life and death, Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. It is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints and martyrs; the holiday, All Saints’ Day, incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows’ Eve and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a secular, community-based event characterized by child-friendly activities such as trick-or-treating. In a number of countries around the world, as the days grow shorter and the nights get colder, people continue to usher in the winter season with gatherings, costumes and sweet treats.

Benchmark and calendar

The USI benchmark is on October 10th, The October calendar has several important dates including the Serendipitous Saturday on the 18th of October. Join me at the Stonewall Jackson Shrine at 9:00 in the morning. The “tour” will take about thirty minutes (quiz grade of 100) and then there is plenty of time to enjoy the Harvest Festival!

Busy week

This week we have a quiz on Tuesday and a test on Friday. The quiz on Tuesday is on Native Americans. The test on Friday will be on Native Americans, resources, primary and secondary sources and geography.

This Week in History!

This is a great week to be a history teacher! On Monday we will celebrate National Anthem Day the 200th anniversary of our beloved Star Spangled Banner-we wear blue to show our patriotism! The background of my website is that very flag that swelled the heart of Francis Scott Key!

On Wednesday we celebrate Constitution Day! Hurray for James Madison and his fellow authors. We have an amazing and enduring constitution! We will wear white to show our pride for our country!

Week 3 coming up!

We have had a full week of school and are on our third week together! Keep working on learning the facts and concepts as we go. Don’t try to study in  one night. Check the calendar for tests and quizzes.

Don’t forget-no homework this week due to Labor Day Weekend.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year-for me the beginning of school is the New Year. January 1st has no meaning for me except to start a new diet. I am looking forward to another year at CMS.

I anticipate a great group of students who will learn about our wonderful country’s history. Join me for a journey through time to see where we came from and why we are here now.

I can’t wait to meet you!


Your first lab day!

Welcome to the computer lab. You will be going to my blog to explore what is on it. You will then finish your notebook. After your notebook is complete and checked-feel free to play the games on my website!