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This is my 23rd year as a teacher in the Tomball Independent School District.  I will be teaching PreAP Texas History.  I'm originally from NE Ohio.  I earned a Bachelor's Degree with Honors in Political Science from Ohio State University.  I also earned my Master's Degree in Social Studies Education from Ohio State.  My wife, Nicole and I enjoy traveling and hanging out with our kids.  In my free time I enjoy playing softball and golf, watching movies and working in the yard.  I also enjoy rooting for my favorite sports teams (Ohio State Buckeyes, Cleveland (Indians, Browns and Cavaliers) and Houston (Astros, Texans and Rockets)).

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test date

Our next test (The Texas Republic 1836-1846) will be on Thursday, January 24th.  This will be our first major grade of this nine weeks.

Explorer narrative essay

Explorer narrative essay (2nd major grade) will be due by the beginning of class on Tuesday, October 2nd.  This should be submitted through Google Classroom.

1st unit test

Our first unit test will be taken on Wednesday, October 10th.  This will be a major grade.  We will review in class on the 9th and a review sheet will go out early in the week.  This test will include: Geography, Regions of Texas, Native Texans, European explorers.

Sheet that I will go over at Open House for those parents who can't make it.  I went over this with students during the first week of school

Open House is tonight for 7th grade

Open House will be held tonight for 7th grade.  Hours are from 6pm - 8pm.  I'm in room 204.  I look forward to meeting as many parents as possible.

INB title page - due Friday 5/4

Last unit title page due Friday.  Title should be: Reform, WWI, Great Depression, Dust Bowl and WWII.  5 vocab words, definitions and colored pictures.


Finish Guided Reading questions (1-10) that we worked on in class (if necessary).  Questions are posted your Google Classroom.

Extra Credit

Here are five great historic places to visit to earn extra credit this 9 weeks:


Railroad- Located in Downtown Tomball, Texas

Learn about how the railroaded impacted the city of Tomball and made it into what is today.



Oil/Spindletop- Beaumont, Texas

Visit the place where the oil boom began and see the boomtown ad Gladys City and watch the Spindletop gusher spray out water! 



Cotton/Settlers- Tomball, TX

Learn about the history of Tomball, Texas and see Twelve structures include a furnished Victorian home, a mid-1800 furnished farmhouse, an early 1900 church, a country doctor's office and a one-room school. The Farm Museum houses a late-19th-century cotton gin, wagons and farm implements. 



The Great Storm/Hurricane of 1900- Galveston, TX

This documentary shares the personal stories of survivors and the recovery of Galveston following the deadliest natural disaster in United States history. This new HD version shows incredible detail and clarity in the black and white photos taken after the disaster and used in the documentary.



WWII- Fredericksburg, TX

Explore the 6-acre Museum Complex and immerse yourself in Pacific War history, American and Japanese culture of the time, and heartfelt tributes to the heroes of the Pacific Theater.



**Must show proof that you went (selfie, event ticket, stamp with date or brochure) and tell me one thing that you found interesting or learned and receive 5 EXTRA CREDIT POINTS added to a Major Grade this 9 weeks. Extra credit deadline is TUESDAY MAY 29, 2018.

Can only be redeemed once for a maximum of 5 points per 9 weeks.​



Next Unit test

Our next unit test will be on Friday, April 27th.  This unit is over Cotton, cattle, railroads and oil.  Review sheet will go home on Monday, April 23rd.