“Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.” George Washington

Students: Welcome to the 7th grade Civics course. My name is Mrs. Snead. I am a graduate of Florida State University and my degree is in Social Studies education. As your social studies teacher, I am entering my 35th year of teaching middle school social studies education in Pasco County. (and yes, I may have taught your parents many years ago…)  I am as excited about teaching today, as I was when I originally began my career.  I have a great fondness for government, the U.S. Constitution, and the rights and responsibilities of citizens. I believe you will find this course very interesting and useful as you begin to exercise your obligations and responsibilities as citizens.

As your social studies teacher, I will be introducing you to a curriculum which will include: the purposes of government, the roles and responsibilities of citizens, government policies and processes, the organization and functions of government, U.S. and global economies and geography, as well as, local, state, and national elections.

The civics program has been taught in Pasco County for several years. I have been very involved from the very beginning of the program’s development in writing the curriculum maps which will guide our program and will match our state standards. I have also helped to develop the county’s quarterly checks which will be used informally three times throughout the year to gauge student learning gains. This year, students will take an end of course exam to determine student achievement in the state of Florida. This end of course exam will be worth 30% of the student’s final grade. Students must achieve a score of 3, 4, or 5 on the test to be considered earning a passing grade. Because of this, it is very important that students prepare themselves for a rigorous curriculum.

In the classroom we will be using the texts, “Gateway To American Government”  and “Civics in Practice” this year. Each students will be given a copy of the “Civics in Practice” textbook to take home if they wish to have a text to refer to.

Feel free to check out my website often and add it one of your favorites. You will immediately see that it is filled with many helpful items to keep you on track and abreast of what is going on in our class. It will be especially helpful to you if  you are absent from school.

Parents: I am available from 7:00-7:20am and then again after 2pm unless a school meeting has been scheduled. My classroom number is 727-774-7361. Although I understand how important parent /teacher communication is, please do not call the classroom during school hours of 7:30-1:55.   I am teaching class and cannot give you my full attention. You may contact me anytime via email at: ssnead@pasco.k12.fl.us . I will answer your concerns in a timely manner. Please add my Pasco email address to your contact list and if you get a chance, email me so that I may add you as a contact to my list.

I believe that working together as partners in your child’s education, will help make this a very successful year.  I am more than happy to answer any questions or concerns you might have as your child transitions to our team. Always feel free to contact me.

Our Class Mission:

To obtain the tools to become life long learners and to instill a strong belief in being active citizens  in our local, state, national, and worldwide communities.