Updated:  5/11/2020
Hello! All notes for all units are available in the Files and Documents section. 

Dear Students and Parent/Guardians,

Parkside Middle School will begin a transition to Canvas, a student learning management system, beginning on Monday, May 4th.  Canvas will allow students to access each of their unique set of classes and find their course content in one location. Canvas Student Apps can be downloaded by clicking the following links: download for Apple,download for AndroidParent and student resources, as well as direct links to the Canvas webpage, can be found on the PWCS Instructional Technology page by clicking hereWhile we at Parkside are excited about using Canvas, we understand that it will be a learning process for teachers, students, and families.  We are here to help and excited to learn and grow together! 


Parkside Middle School Staff 

Here is a link to a video that goes over how students can access Canvas https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsQ5w5A1C6c

Estimados estudiantes y padres / tutores,


La Escuela Parkside Middle comenzará una transición a Canvas, un sistema de gestión de aprendizaje estudiantil, a partir del lunes 4 de mayo. Canvas permitirá a los estudiantes acceder a cada una de sus clases  y encontrar el contenido de su curso en una ubicación. Las aplicaciones para estudiantes de Canvas se pueden descargar haciendo clic en los siguientes enlaces: descargar para Apple, descargar para Android. Los recursos para padres y estudiantes, así como los enlaces directos a la página web de Canvas, se pueden encontrar en la página de Tecnología Educativa de PWCS haciendo clic aquí. Si bien en Parkside estamos entusiasmados con el uso de Canvas, entendemos que será un proceso de aprendizaje para maestros, estudiantes y familias. ¡Estamos aquí para ayudar y emocionados de aprender y crecer juntos!






Personal de Parkside Middle School

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Welcome to Civics!!
Hello!! I am Ms. Gillie. I will be your Civics teacher this year. This is my second year teaching at Parkside. I am originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  This year we will be covering tons of cool government and economics topics.  If you ever need to talk about something or don’t understand something, just come talk to me. I am always available, I want to help you in the best way possible to make this a good year for everyone. 

I will be updating the Calendar, as well as the Files and Documents tabs on this page weekly. 

Twitter/Instagram: MsGillie_Civics

Course Outline:

First Quarter

: Citizenship
3A: Naturalization 
3B: First Amendment
3C: Civic Duties
3D Civic Responsibility

October: Elections
5A: Political Parties
5B: 3rd Parties
5C: Media and Voters
5D: Campaign Finance
5E: Voting Requirements
5F: Electoral College

Second Quarter
November/December: Constitutional GOVT
2A: Democracy
2B: Early Documents
2C: Preamble
2D: Amendments

December/January: Branches of Govt:
6A: 3 Branches
6B: Checks and Balances
6C: Writing a Law
6D: Powers or President
7A:  State Branches
7B: Federalism
7C: State Laws
7D Governor Powers
8: Local Governments

3rd Quarter
February: Judicial Branch

9A: Court System
9B: Judicial Review
9C: Criminal v Civil
9D:  Due Process

March: Economics
11A: Vocabulary 
11B:  Economic Systems
12A: Market Economy
12B: Supply & Demand
12C: Business Types
12D: Economic Flow

4th Quarter
April/May: Economics
12E: Banking System
12F: Global Economy
13A: GOVT Agencies 
13B: Public Services
13C:  Taxes
13D: Federal Reserve
13E: Consumer Protection
13F: Currency
14: Career Planning

Classroom Rules: 

1. Show respect to every person 
 This means that every person involved in the teaching and learning situation is shown respect. If someone is speaking, no one else is talking. Respect means to recognize the equality of everyone in the room, including respecting the rules of the teacher and the school, as well as the personal space and property of others. Being kind falls under this rule.  

2. Always try
The backbone of learning is experience and gained knowledge. This is critical to success in the classroom and life. Even if students do not think they can do something, they are expected to try.

3. Responsibility
Being responsible in the classroom means doing your work, writing down the homework, completing assignments on time, always having every needed item for class (including writing materials). It means being willing to recognize when you are not doing well and asking for help.

Breaking any of my rules or school rules may lead to a warning and if the behavior continues, a letter and a phone call home, a detention and then a referral to the office.

Classroom Supplies (What You Need To Bring Every Day):
A binder (1 to 1.5 inches should work great)
Binder tabs (Warm Up, Vocabulary, Notes, Activities, Review)
Loose Leaf paper
Pencils (something to write with)
In addition, if homework is assigned, students will be expected to bring the assignment to class on the due date. 

Will depend. Sometimes we might do activities such as current events or worksheets 
This does not include any work that you do not finish in class.  That is your responsibility to complete outside of class and turn in on time, with your name on it. 

Grading Scale:
0-100%--this is different from 6th and 7th grade. Falling behind and not doing your work WILL lead to you failing.

Missing Class/Absent: 
You are expected to get your missed work from the missed work file in the back of the room and turn it in. If you do not do the work, you will fail the assignment. 

Turning in Homework:
Put your name on your work. If it is not collected in class, it goes in the bin with your block number on it.

PIPs and Make Up Work
You are allowed to retake tests and quizzes if you score below 70%, but the new test will be harder
You must earn the PIP by completing all other assignments.
Not doing work = No PIP = F