Social Studies

"The aim of social studies is the promotion of civic competence—the knowledge, intellectual processes, and democratic dispositions required of students to be active and engaged participants in public life. By making civic competence a central aim, [social studies instruction] emphasizes the importance of educating students to have the ability to use their knowledge about their community, nation, and world; to apply inquiry processes; and to employ skills of data collection and analysis, collaboration, decision-making, and problem-solving. Young people who are knowledgeable, skillful, and committed to democracy are necessary to sustaining and improving our democratic way of life, and participating as members of a global community.” (Adapted from to the National Council Of Social Studies)


Grade and Course Taught

Email Address

Michelle Lee St Pierre, Department Chairperson

American History 8 GT (Advanced Academics)
Juvenile Justice 8
Finance 8

m[email protected]

Sophia Schramm

World History 6
Law and Finance 6

[email protected] 

Sara Ortiz

World History 6
World History 6 GT (Advanced Academics)

[email protected]

Helen O'Keefe

World History 7
World History 7 GT (Advanced Academics)


James Trimmer

World History 7
Law and Finance 7

[email protected]

Price Kinsey

American History 8
Business Education


Kostas Zisopoulos

American History 8

[email protected]

Sites that provide supportive information for the curriculum: 

The History Cat

National Geographic

American Memory from the Library of Congress 

BCPS One -Digital Content provides access to the Discovery Techbook as well as many other useful sites 

Social Studies Challenge Interactive Sites: 

How to think about social studies instruction with the College, Career, and Civic Life document: 

MSDE Social Studies for grades 6-8 l