Social Science

Welcome Letter

Posted: September 7, 2017

Dear Parents and Guardians,

It is with great pleasure that I welcome your child to our Social Science class at Irene C. Hernandez Middle School! I am excited to be a part of your team as we work together to help the academic development of your child.  This will be my 7th year as a Social Science teacher.  Most of my experience has been with middle school students and I am committed to helping your child reach their full potential.

1st Quarter

  • Current Events
  • Mexico’s Independence
  • Map Skills
  • Exploration, Land Bridge, Ancient Civilization in the Americas- Aztecs, Incas, Mayas, The Conquest of the Americas)
  • Columbian Exchange

2nd Quarter

  • Current Events
  • Triangular Trade
  • Middle Passage
  • Events that lead to the Revolutionary War 

3rd Quarter

  • Current Events
  • Revolutionary War
  • Developing a New Nation
  • Assessments- PARCC, NWEA

4th Quarter

  • Current Events
  • Constitution (USA and Illinois)
  • The rise Abraham Lincoln

The common core standards guide all of our instruction and assessment of reading, writing, research, speaking. Common core standards can be viewed by visiting: core/ default.htm


Class Procedures:

  • Lockers: I have high expectations for my students as I am essentially preparing them for high school.  Students need to be held accountable for their actions and decisions.  That being said, students will not be allowed to return to their locker when items are forgotten. They must come to class prepared or deal with the consequences.  
  • Attendance: Attendance and students coming to class prepared is essential in my classroom.  Class will start when the bell rings and students are expected to follow our HMS P.R.I.D.E. values.
  • Absences:  If your child is absent, it is their responsibility to make up their work.  They have one day to make up their assignment(s) from the day they return.  All material will be posted in the designated folder for the day which can be located on my back board. It is the student’s responsibility to ask a “Homework Buddy” what they missed for the day. I will not “ask” students for their assignments
  • Late Work: Students have 1 day after an assignment is due to turn it into me for half credit.  After that 1 day has passed, I will not accept late work.
  • Assignments: Assignments are to be completed as directed:
    • Written in blue/black ink or pencil
    • Written on loose leaf paper and turned in with a clean edge
    • Must be legible
  • Cheating: Cheating, the attempt to cheat, or the appearance of cheating will be handled according to the CPS Student Code of Conduct.  Cheating will not be tolerated!  Copying of another’s homework is cheating, looking at or attempting to look at someone else’s paper is cheating, allowing someone to look at your work is cheating and attempting to sign your parents name is cheating.

Classroom Expectations

  • Be in your seat when the bell rings and ready to start your Bell Ringer.
  • Language should be appropriate at all times.
  • Keep hands, feet, and personal objects to yourself at all times.
  • Do not get out of seat without permission.
  • No throwing objects of any kind.
  • Follow directions when I give them the first time.
  • Raise your hand to be acknowledged if you want to speak or answer a question.
  • Complete all assigned work and turn in on time.
  • Come to class prepared.  
  • Have a reading book with you at all times.
  • Always believe in yourself!


Students are responsible for bringing the following supplies to class every day:

  • 1 subject notebook
  • Pen/Pencil (blue or black ink only)
  • Crayons, colored pencils or markers
  • Red pen for grading
  • 3 ring pocket folder (preferably in plastic)
  • Positive attitude

Grading Categories

30%        Classwork/Participation

25%        Projects

20%        Exams

20%        Quizzes

5%          Homework

Grading Scale

A             90-100

B             80-89

C             70-79

D             60-69

F             59-Below 


Parental involvement is a key component in your child’s success in school. I ask that you guide and support your child’s learning by monitoring their progress and attendance.  This can be done by monitoring students’ progress through Parent Portal.

Technology never ceases to amaze me!  I know life can get a bit hectic when kids start school and deadlines can become inundating.  I've been introduced to a text reminder application, Remind, that will allow me to periodically send out classroom and school reminders via text message to help take the burden of remembering off of you. Rest assured that you will not receive advertisement texts and your phone number will remain private.  You may choose to opt out at any time by messaging "stop" to the number provided. It is my hope that this will help strengthen the home-school connection. Attached you will find the directions as to how to sign up.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Contact Information

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.


I look forward to a great year!

Mrs. Kelly

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