Welcome to 8th Grade Civics at Harper Park Middle School!
In 8th grade, students in Loudoun County are required to take Civics and Economics as their Social Science class. As they will learn, Civics is more than just the study of our government. Civics is also about being a good citizen. A good citizen sacrifices personal reward and gain for the good of the community. A good citizen is trustworthy and honest. A good citizen recognizes that an educated citizenry is the best way to ensure the gift of democracy for future generations. A good citizen does what is right when no one is around. A good citizen sets the example to other students by living these character traits, not just learning them. We hope that all our students will acquire these traits as they participate in our classrooms here are Harper Park. Economics, or the study of how our country chooses to use and manage its resources, will be studied during the second part of the year. During economics, students will get a brief overview of how the FED and federal government make decisions about our monetary system as well as how our spending or inability to spend, impacts the US Economy. The final concepts of economics involves making positive choices and self-assessments for picking a career.Civics Teachers: Mrs. Jean Austin, Mrs. Cindy Reedy, and Mr. Matthew FisherCivics Supplies: The required notebook will be provided for students this year. A pocket folder may be helpful for returned papers. Black or blue ink pens or pencils are also required.Civics Support: All three civics teachers present the same content on the same day. If your child needs help, he or she can come to any of us. Please also check the rest of the links on the website to review class assignments and attached class notes, vocabulary and project rubrics.
We are looking forward to a great year!