Julie A. Elston
elstonja@pwcs.edu
Mrs. Elston, History teacher

Mrs. Elston received a Bachelor's degree in History from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, and a law degree from the University of Kansas. After practicing law for fifteen years, Ms. Elston completed a career switcher program and joined PWCS as a middle school social studies teacher. She teaches US & VA History and Government.



Wednesday, June 10
We made it!  This week's activity is an end of year survey for USVA.  I hope that you will take the time to fill it out and submit it back to me.  The link is to a Google form, so you will most likely need to be signed into your Colgan email for it to work.  If you have any problems opening the link, please email me at elstonja@pwcs.edu.

The link to the survey is in the Week #8 folder under the Files and Documents tab on the left, then click on US & VA History, Week #8 June 10.  I have also posted the link in our Google classroom.

I am so sorry not to be able to see you in person to end the year -- I feel like we missed so much!  I wish all of you the very best! Be safe, and I'll see you in the fall!



Wednesday, June 3
Hello, everyone!  Welcome to June! I hope that you and your family are safe and healthy.  

Just a reminder that if you wish to improve your year end grade, please contact me asap with any summative assessments you would like to retake or for ideas about other ways to raise your grade.  I am happy to work with you to improve your grades!   All work must be submitted no later than Friday, June 12.

USVA students: Please click on the Files and Documents tab to the left, choose USVA, and then open the folder for Week #7.  Open the directions that say "START HERE" and read them carefully.  Please email me if you have any questions.  Thank you for working hard to continue your learning!

Here is a summary of what is posted for this week:
Our focus this week is on the Supreme Court -- its creation and role in our government.  This week's activities have you examine the early years of the Court and the establishment of the principle of judicial review, as well as the Dred Scott and Plessy cases.  I have also posted other additional learning resources for you to work on if you wish to do so.


Have a great week, Sharks!  I look forward to hearing from you and seeing your work.  Please feel free to email me at any point with comments or questions.   



Wednesday, May 27
Hello, everyone!  We are almost to the end of May!  I hope that you and your family continue to be safe and healthy!  

Just a reminder that if you wish to improve your year end grade, please contact me asap with any summative assessments you would like to retake or for ideas about other ways to raise your grade.  I am happy to work with you to improve your grades!   


USVA students: Please click on the Files and Documents tab to the left, choose USVA, and then open the folder for Week #6.  Open the directions that say "START HERE" and read them carefully.  Please email me if you have any questions.  Thank you for working hard to continue your learning!

Here is a summary of what is posted for this week:
Our focus this week is on review of Unit 6 --  American Imperialism and World War I.  First, I have a short historical thinking activity for you to complete about the American public's view on the U.S.'s expanding role in foreign affairs.  Next is a review of the events of World War I and with a focus on how the war affected the U.S. domestically and internationally.  I have also posted other additional learning resources for you to work on if you wish to do so.  

Here is a link to the review Padlet referenced in the directions.  Have a great week, Sharks!  Please feel free to email me at any time with any questions.  

https://colganhs.padlet.org/colganlibrary/USVA



Wednesday, May 20
Hello, everyone!  Another week has passed - I hope that you and your family continue to be safe and healthy!  

USVA students: Click on the Files and Documents tab to the left, choose USVA, and then open the folder for Week #5.  Open the directions that say "START HERE" and read them carefully.  Please email me if you have any questions.  Thank you for working hard to continue your learning!

Here is a summary of what is posted for this week:
Our focus this week is on review of Unit 5 -- the Gilded Age and the Progressive Era.  I want you to first review the impact of western expansion on American Indians by examining several primary sources in an activity on the DocsTeach website.  Next, you will have an opportunity to review politics during the Gilded Age and choose two questions from a list to answer.  Finally, I have given you a short historical thinking skills activity about John D. Rockefeller.  I have also posted other additional learning resources for you to work on if you wish to do so.  

Here is a link to the review Padlet referenced in the directions.  Have a great week, Sharks!  Please feel free to email me at any time with any questions.  

https://colganhs.padlet.org/colganlibrary/USVA



Wednesday, May 13

Hello, everyone!  I hope that you and your families continue to be safe and healthy! 

USVA students: Click on the Files and Documents tab to the left, choose USVA, and then open the folder for Week #4.  Open the directions that say "START HERE" and read them carefully.  Please email me if you have any questions.  Thank you for working hard to continue your learning!


Here is a summary of what is posted for this week:
Our focus this week is on review of Unit 4 -- the Civil War and Reconstruction.  I want you to first review the causes of the war by examining several documents in an activity on the DocsTeach website sponsored by the National Archives.  Next, you will review three short videos about this era and choose two questions from a list to answer.  Finally, I have given you an account from a eyewitness to events during this era and asked you to evaluate the reliability of his account.  I have also posted other additional learning resources for you to work on if you wish to do so.  Here is a link to the review Padlet referenced in the directions.  Have a great week, Sharks!  Please feel free to email me at any time with any questions.  

https://colganhs.padlet.org/colganlibrary/USVA


Wednesday, May 6

We have made it to a new month!  USVA students: Click on the Files and Documents tab to the left, choose USVA, and then open the folder for this week.  Open the directions and read them carefully.  Please email me if you have any questions.  Thank you for working hard to continue your learning!

Here is a summary of what is posted for this week:
Our focus is on review of Unit 3 -- the New Nation and Jacksonian Era.  I want you to first review the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution.  Both activities are online on the DocsTeach website sponsored by the National Archives.  See what you think!  Next, you will evaluate Andrew Jackson as a leader using evidence from a text reading.    I have also posted other additional learning resources for you to work on if you wish to do so.  Here is a link to the review Padlet referenced in the directions.
https://colganhs.padlet.org/colganlibrary/USVA


Wednesday, April 29
Hello, everyone!  Today I am posting learning resources for both USVA and Gov classes.  Click on the Files and Documents tab to the left, find your subject, and then open the folder for this week.  Open the directions and read them carefully.  Please email me if you have any questions.  

Here is what is posted for this week:

USVA: Our focus is on review of Unit 2 -- the American Revolution.  You will consider how the British lost the war -- a very different perspective than how the Americans won.  You'll also have a chance to examine some primary sources from that era and take a virtual field trip to the new Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia.  I have also posted other additional learning resources for you to work on if you wish to do so.  Here is a link to the review Padlet referenced in the directions.
https://colganhs.padlet.org/colganlibrary/USVA

Gov: This week we will focus on current events in the news and review the relationship between the executive branch and foreign policy.  (Unit 7, Part II).  This topic is particularly important in light of the international pandemic and the government's response.  Please read over the assignment and don't forget to email me your answer to Question 4!



Wednesday, April 22
Hello, everyone!  Today I am posting learning resources for both USVA and Gov classes.  Click on the Files and Documents tab to the left, find your subject, and then open the folder for this week.  Open the directions and take a look.  Please email me if you have any questions.  

Here is what is posted for this week:

USVA: Focus is on review of Unit 1 -- Colonial America.  You will examine some primary and secondary sources and then take a virtual field trip to Jamestown to examine their archaeological efforts and artifacts from that historical site.  I have also posted other additional learning resources for you to work on if you wish to do so.  Here is a link to the review Padlet referenced in the directions.
https://colganhs.padlet.org/colganlibrary/USVA

Gov: This week we will focus on current events in the news and review federalism (Unit 4).  This topic is particularly important in light of the pandemic and the government's response.  Please read over the assignment and don't forget to email me your answer to Question 3!


Wednesday, April 15:


Hello, everyone!  A couple of announcements!

My Virtual Office Hours: Mondays 11-12 p.m. and Thursdays 8-9 a.m.  The best way to reach me during this time is by email.  We can also arrange a virtual meeting or phone call during this time if you prefer.  (You can email me anytime outside of the office hours and I will answer you as quickly as possible.)

Each week on Wednesdays, I will post extended learning activities for Government and USVA classes.  Check back next week on 4/22 for the first installment.



Friday, March 27:
For Periods 1, 4 and 7 USVA classes, please read the email update I sent out today about grades, retakes and missing/late work.

Feel free to email me with any questions.  Here is a link to the review/remediation Padlet referenced in the email.
https://colganhs.padlet.org/colganlibrary/USVA


Thursday, March 26:
For Periods 3 and 6 Government classes, please read the email I sent out today about retakes, missing/late work and the end of the third quarter.  Feel free to email me with any questions.

Here is link to the US VA Government Review Padlet:
https://colganhs.padlet.org/wesselka/USGOV



Updated Monday, March 23:

I hope you are safe at home and staying well!  I will be sending out an email once we have more guidance from PWCS on continuing instruction.  For now, there are no new assignments to complete. 

In the meantime, if you are currently missing any third quarter assignments, you may email, scan or take a photo and email them to me.  You can find copies of them in the "Files and Documents" tab to the left on this page.  I will be finishing my updates to the grade book by Friday, March 27.  This will reflect all work assigned on or before Friday, March 13.  

If you need to make up a summative assessment due to a previous absence, I will be emailing that out to you this week to complete and send back to me.  

Don't hesistate to reach out to me by email if you have any questions.  elstonja@pwcs.edu.

Thanks, everyone, and stay safe!

Mrs. Elston



Daily Schedule:

 P1 US & VA History
 P2 Planning/Duty
 P3 US Government
 P4 US & VA History
 P5 Planning/Duty

 
P6 US Government
 P7 US & VA History


Students are invited to join the Google Classroom account for their classes.  The codes for each class are listed below:

Period 1: todumdv
Period 3: yc2467u
Period 4: blswaij
Period 6: y7eusb6
Period 7: 7iykzje

Be sure to sign in to Google Classroom with your colganhs email address.  


Syllabus:

Copies of the syllabus for both USVA History and Government are available under the Files and Documents tab.




 

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Virtual Office Hours
Monday 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Please feel free to email me anytime outside of my office hours, and I will get back to you as soon as possible.