Saturday, September 6, 2008

Election 2008

I hope you are all enjoying your weekend! The coming Presidential Election will provide our social studies class a fantastic opportunity to witness democracy in action. We will be exposed to such terms as party platform, propaganda, campaign finance, and universal healthcare. One process that will be front and center this fall will be the electoral college. I challenge each of you to do a little research this weekend as a means to better prepare yourself for our further examination.

The Electoral College

Good Luck!

Matchbox 20 - "How Far We've Come"

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Welcome Students & Parents

Dear Parents,

Allow me to take this opportunity to welcome you to Oceanside Middle School. It is with great excitement that the teachers of Team 7-2 open our doors to your children. I’m sure it seems like yesterday that your children were entering school for the first time, and middle school has come upon you very quickly. Well, we warmly welcome your children and will strive to make the middle school experience as rewarding as it possibly can be. We welcome your active involvement in your child’s educational program and want to make sure that the Parent-Student-Teacher connection is as strong as it can be. We understand fully the important role you play in the educational process and hope that we can all work together for the greater success of your children.


Mr. Keegan

First Impressions Slide Show

Mr. Keegan's Goals - 2008-2009

Welcome my students with a smile each day.

Make history come alive for all students by creating lessons and activities
that are interactive, historically important, and consistent with our

Research, discuss, and debate the issues surrounding the 2008 Presidential

Utilize the resources in our school community wherever possible in an effort
to authenticate our historical studies. {Parents, Grandparents, Colleagues,

Infect each student with the history bug and build in each a deeper
curiosity for the events of the past.

Expose all students to current global issues that while seemingly so far
away, can greatly impact the world in which we live.

Build in each student an understanding that their actions – both good and
bad – have an impact on our learning community.

Create a classroom where all students can achieve to their highest potential.

Make interdisciplinary connections with the other academic subjects thereby
building a greater depth of understanding.

Arm all students with strong study skills and study habits that will serve
them well as they continue their academic studies in high school and college.