Week 4 and 5

Hello Students and Parents!

I hope the long weekend was fun and relaxing. Last week we tried to solve the mystery surrounding the lost colony of Roanoke using document analysis and critical thinking. It is my goal to get students analyzing documents and events like real Historians and I feel that we achieved that last week. Great job, students! This week, we will be focusing on European settlements in the Americas and discussing the origins of slavery in America. All of our notes will be on Google Classroom, so make sure your student is showing you all that we learn this week.

Next week, we will finally begin our Current Events assignment. I will be providing instructions on how the assignment should be structured and what quantifies as a news worthy story for this class. Parents, please be sure to help our students understand what they are watching/reading/hearing on the news. It can be a confusing world and I don’t want this assignment to frighten or frustrate our adults in training.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email me at msmurphy@coronacharter.org


Happy Tuesday!

Week Three/Back to School Night

Hello Students and Parents!

This week has been a very busy week. Students have been testing since Tuesday and tonight is Back to School night. I hope to see everyone! Today and Friday, students will be turning in their Native American tribe slides. For Green, Blue, and Yellow cohorts, please make sure that you come to my class with your slides at least 99% finished. You will have 20 minutes at the beginning of class to put the finishing touches on your slides. THIS IS NOT THE TIME FOR NEW RESEARCH.

Next week we will finish with Columbus and begin our discussion on the English settlements and how they became the 13 Colonies. I hope you all have a great weekend!


Second Week!

Hello Bert Corona Knights!

I am thrilled that the second week of school is going to well. This week’s theme was “What is your perfect nation and how can we pass those traits on to America?” Our discussions have been really constructive and each class has come up with a unique take on the issues surrounding our great country.

We will continue our discussion on Columbus’ motives and take a brief assessment to end this week. Hope everyone continues their good work 🙂

Syllabus and Standards Based Grading


By 8/12, students and parents should have received a syllabus and an explanation about Standards-Based Grading. There is also a link to the syllabus on your student’s Google Classroom page. If you have any questions, please contact me via email msmurphy@coronacharter.org or call me through the school. Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year!