Coach Ballard World History and US History

For those of you who plan to return to in-person class: I strongly reccommend you get your own personal electronic device for school this year. We will not be using class sets of textbooks at school, but electronic textbooks for both classes will be available from this website. Being able to access the textbooks electronically will eliminate the need to share materials and is the safest, most convenient method to get your work done. I also strongly recommend that you purchase an additional charging device that you can bring with you to school with an extra long cord. I will have surge protector power strips in the room so you can charge your devices while class is gong on.

If you have not done your supply shopping yet, I would focus on getting an electronic devive and forget about the notebook, dividers, pens, etc. We will be going paperless as much as possible. Having a tablet or decent laptop will be the way to go this year. I'm sorry that my supply list was geared more for a "normal" school year; I was really hoping that we'd be looking at preparing for the year in a different way, but that is not the case. We're all going to have to be flexible and forgiving this year, myself included. I want to make this year as productive and fun as possible while maintaining the highest safety protocols. I'm just trying to figure out how that can be achieved.

Parents and students, we're all invetsed in making this work equally. If you have any ideas or suggestions on how to pull this off, please let me know. We'll be utilizing zoom for the remote learners, and I may have the in-person students get on there as well to join groups with those at home if the in-person students are comfortable with doing that.

Be sure to check your email periodically as we get closer to the start of school. 

As laways, stay safe, stay healthy, and try and enjoy your summer while getting your reading done (see below).

***PLEASE NOTE***An early draft of the summer reading list erroneously has I Will Always Write Back as the reading for incoming 6th graders. The correct book is Gods and Heroes: Mythology Around the World. Again, I Will Always Write Back is NOT on the summer reading list for 6th grade World History.

The 8th grade American History summer reading is Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, by Laura Hillenbrand. Watching the movie is not the same thing as reading the book.