Social Studies

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"Those that cannot remember the past, are condemned to repeat it." 



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Students in Ms. Palmer's Women's Changing Roles Class on their way to see "mean Girls" on Broadway.

Winnie Jiang recently won 3rd place and $250 in the Yale University WIlliam F. Buckley Jr. Program essay contest.  Here she is receiving her award in a ceremony at Yale University on Friday November 3. Winnie wrote about the value of a liberal arts education.

 On November 26, 2018 Dan Gallipoli and Lauren Panza travelled  to the FDR Presidential Library in Hyde Park NY. They were accompanied by Social Studies Department Head Mark Consorte and West Haven resident John Dolan to help commemorate the 75th anniversary of the sinking of the HMT Rohna during World War II.  Three WHHS alumni were killed by the German air-missile strike. Dan and Lauren read letters from survivors aboard the Rohna.

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On November 27, 2018 A.P. U.S. Government & Politics students attended a conference on social justice at Southern Connecticut State University. They discussed current issues with students from surrounding high schools and attended a lecture on gun control by David Hogg, a survivor from the school shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas in Parkland, FL.

                             Students in Anthropology Honors class visit Bronx Zoo

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Students in Mr. Pelatowski's Issues in Government class using Chromebooks to research evidence for an upcoming deliberation on Immigration.

Students from the "Girl Up" club visit elementary schools to celebrate International Day of the Girl

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"The Wall That Heals" comes to West Haven

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On Friday October 21, Grade 9 Global Studies and Grade 10 U.S. History students from West Haven High School visited "The Wall That Heals" exhibit at Savin Rock Park. The West Haven Vietnam Veterans (WHVV) group hosted the event. The Wall last came to West Haven in 2001 and visiting the traveling monument is a very moving experience. The Wall is a half-scale replica of the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington DC. The Wall comes in an 18-wheel truck and is accompanied by a learning center as well. Much thanks to Craig Winkle of the Winkle Bus Company for offering free shuttle service throughout the day. The event was free and open to the public but many WHHS students donated $1 to benefit the WHVV. A great day was had by all as local Vietnam Veterans explained the importance of the Vietnam War and The Wall.

AP Government Trip 
 AP Government trip to Southern Connecticut State University for a political forum entitled "Campaign 2016: It's Complicated".  The forum featured guest speaker Caitlin Huey-Burns from the political website RealClearPolitics.

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 To commemorate Veterans Day, Robert Wright, a Vietnam War veteran and member
of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter 18 in West Haven, spoke to U.S.
History students on Monday November 10.


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The key performance expectations that the WHHS Social Studies Department holds for its students are as follows:



West Haven High School graduates will:


  • Demonstrate the ability to read for comprehension and understand primary and  secondary sources. 
  • Write grammatically correct persuasive essays using the 5-paragraph essay format.
  •  Research information and properly cite sources using the MLA format.
  •  Use technology such as the Internet to identify valid websites and research for information.
  •  Utilize and implement maps, charts and graphs to draw conclusions about global communities.
  •  Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of multiculturalism.
  •  Give oral presentations using a variety of visual displays such as PowerPoint, digital media and posterboards.
  •  Work cooperatively in groups and collaborate with peers to complete tasks.
  •  Demonstrate the ability to think critically and solve problems.
  •  Demonstrate an understanding of U.S. History and the formation and workings of American Government.