Sunday, April 15, 2018

Important Information for 8th Graders

Dear 8th Grade Parents and Guardians: 

It’s time to prepare for high school registration!  All students transitioning between schools (middle school to high school) are required to provide updated proof of residence.

When your child enters a different school for any reason, you must complete registration documents for the new school, in order to avoid delays at the start of the school year and to assist in developing student schedules, you must complete the registration documents at their assigned/neighborhood current school. The previously accepted proof of age, guardianship, and immunization can be used, but updated proof of residence is required. The required documents for this process are below

 • Complete a Student Registration Form - PA14 at the school. Forms cannot be mailed to you since the signature must be verified in person at the school. 

 • Proof of residence may be established by a combination of the following documents: 
settlement papers, lease/rental agreement, deed of property, mortgage statement, letter from apartment complexes on official letterhead, or a current property tax bill. These documents must be originals, signed and dated by all parties when appropriate. Additional items, including 2 recent pieces of mail, may be required if there are concerns regarding the documentation, the original term of the lease has expired, or the ownership information is older than one year. Additional documents must be originals and delivered by US Postal mail (within 30 days) and may include the following: non-cell phone bill, utility bill, credit card statement, bank statement, mail from government agencies (excluding PGCPS) for official correspondence, hospital bill, W2 forms or auto, home, or health insurance policy. Copies of on-line documents are not acceptable as proof of residence with the exception of an electronic commercial lease accompanied by an original letter from the property manager. Private party leases must be notarized by the landlord or a notarized letter from the landlord must be provided with the original lease. 

• Proof of residence for families using Shared Housing Affidavits must include a new notarized affidavit plus two additional proofs as indicated above. The relative or friend, with whom the parent(s)/guardian(s) resides, must also provide their proof of residence. 

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Week-3 (September 18-22, 2017)

801 & 802

At the beginning of this week, scholars completed their historical thinking processes by completing the Lunchroom Fight: The Evidence Activity. They also completed their reading like a historical by completing the "America's Civic War" reading and accompanying worksheet.

At the end of the week, scholars have started to learn about the Native American cultures that were present in the Americas before discovery. Below is a list of all assignments this week.

Assignments due:

-Lunchroom Fight: The Evidence-Graded in-class assignment
-"America's Civic War"-Graded in-class assignment


Guided Reading Worksheet: Due Monday, September 25, 2017


701 & 702

At the start of the week, scholars reviewed material by learning about the Five Themes of Geography. Next, scholars began a mapping activity to review and locate items covered in a PowerPoint. These items included the hemispheres, Equator, Prime Meridian, latitude and longitude, along with locating physical features.

Assignments due:

-5 Themes Worksheet
-World Mapping Activity


None assigned

Week-2 (September 11-15, 2017)

Continuing from last week, scholars continued to learn the operation of the class and our daily routines.

Scholars in 801 and 802 began an activity called "Reading and Thinking like a Historian"

Items due:

-Bell Ringer 2: Graded in-class assignment
-Lunchroom Fight: Graded in-class assignment

Scholars in 701 and 702 bean an activity called "Thinking like a Geographer"

Items due:

-Bell Ringer 2: Graded in-class assignment

(Note: During this week, scholars took their SLOs (Student Learning Outcomes) on Tuesday, September 12, 2017. We all visited the Air Show on Friday, September 15, 2017.)

Week-1 (September 6-8, 2017)

This was a week of introductions. Scholars learned my expectations, our classroom routine, and about each other.

Items Due:

Curriculum guide signed: non-graded
Bell Ringer Activity: Graded in-class assignment
Self Portrait- Graded in-class assignment

Scholars with missing work have been notified.

Welcome Information

7th & 8th Grade Social Studies
Mr. Riggs
School Phone: 301-350-6002

1-    Scholars are expected to respect yourself, adults, and others
2-    Raise your hand to speak and/or leave your seat
3-    Always do your best

Arriving Routine (5 minutes):

1-    Always enter in an orderly fashion
2-    Collect your binder
3-    Take your seat
4-    Begin board work
-       Answer each question in 2-3 sentences
5-    Await for further instructions

Departing Routine (3 minutes):

1-    Arrange desk accordingly
2-    Neatly place binders in appropriate place
3-    Check for items on the floor
4-    If time remains, take your seat

Emergency Procedures: Fire drill: Calmly exit the room and turn left. Continue out double doors and turn right.

Late Assignments: All work is expected to be completed when asked. For any late work turned in, 10% off the final grade will be reduced each day. If, after 5 days the assignment is not turned in, a 50% will be placed in the gradebook.

Absent Policy: When returning to school, check the “While you were out!” wall for all missing assignments. For each excused absence, you will be granted one day of extra time to turn in all work. You have one week to make up a test or quiz or it will result in a 0 in the gradebook.

In Class Notes: Direction will be given when to take notes.

Social Studies Binder and Notebook: Each student needs one 2” binder, any color, and a One Subject notebook, any color. These will house your notes and other important information about the class. These will be graded regularly for constancy and completion (see rubric). These are to remain the classroom at all times.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Mr. Riggs' Homeroom-Section 801

Greetings and welcome! It is a great day at Imagine Andrews! I am excited about starting a new school year and meeting our scholars. Below is the class list for homeroom.

David C.
Ashira D.
Bryce D.
Taurean F.
Kamaria F.
Tristin J.
Elias J.
Salaya M.
Olivia M.
Damarcus M.
Sylina M.
Sky P.
Sierra R.
D'niyah R.
Christaan S.
Mckenzie S.
Chelsie T.
Emani T.
Tasadrienne W.