Election Day Research

Due Friday, Oct. 27th for 9th grade and Monday, Oct. 30th for 7th & 8th grade

Being an informed voter is the backbone and lifeblood of our nation.  Nothing I know of could be more important for citizens of this country to do in regards to their country.  That is why every year I have all the students in the junior high research who and what is on their ballot.

Students need to go to https://vote.utah.gov/vote/menu/index

Once at vote.utah.gov, put in your information, and the site will show you voting information for your area.  Click on the green button “Sample Ballots, Profiles, Issues.”  On the next page, click the green button “expand all.”

For each person running for an office, students need to take five (if in 9th grade) or 3 notes (if in 7th or 8th grade) notes per person.  The notes need to focus on policy and why that would or would not convince you to vote for them.

After taking notes, students need to write who they would vote for in each position up for election and explain why.  If a profile is not given or more information is needed, students need to research the candidate more fully using other search engines.

If extensive research has been done on a candidate, and no information could be found on them.  Students need to write in their notes for the candidate where the searched, what if any information they found, and how long they research the mystery candidate.  They need to search for at least ten minutes.

Homework:  Once research is completed, students need to have a conversation with a parent(s) about their research and conclusions.  Parents need to sign the notes verifying the discussion took place.

This assignment can be a difficult one because it uses real life research and critical thinking.  I am striving to help our students master real world scenarios and challenges.  Sometimes these challenges are difficult.  They can do it.  No growth comes without exertion and often exhaustion.

  • Examples of Good Notes
    • John Smith wants to focus on road repair, and I agree that our roads need to be a focus.
    • Sally Moore wants to keep Stericycle in North Salt Lake, but wants to enforce more air quality controls and filters on their incinerator.  I disagree and want Stericycle to relocate.
  • Poor Examples of Policy Driven Notes
    • George Range wants has lived in North Salt Lake 32 years
      • (This is poor because living in an area does not mean you agree with their policy)
      • A better note could be something along the lines of:  George Range has lived in North Salt Lake for 32 years and has seen the destruction that can come as a result of building homes on unstable soil.  He wants to stop building homes in the Parkway Drive area.
    • Suzi Ransom is a woman and I think more women should be in government
      • (This is poor because someone’s gender should never be a reason to vote for or against them.  It has nothing to do with their policy)
      • A better note could be something along the lines of:  Suzi Ransom wants to focus on women’s health and self defense by starting a community self defense class.
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Community Service Do Thursday!

Community Service is due once a term for 40 points.  It is always due a week before the end of the term.  It must meet the following requirements:

At least an hour long

Done for someone who doesn’t live with the student

The student cannot receive anything in return for their service

During certain terms throughout the school year, students may do a second community service for extra credit.  If this is the case for the current term will be discussed in class.

Community Service

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Volunteer to Help at Parent Teacher Conferences

If you would like to volunteer to help at Parent Teacher Conferences click on the following link to get more details and sign up.  Thanks!

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0549AFAA28A6FA7-parentteacher

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Field Trip To The Capitol Building!

Capitol Field Trip Form!  Please have your student turn it in by Wednesday, Sep. 20th!

Parent Permission Form for Field Trip – Capitol and Pioneer Museum

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Survey

 

Mrs. Anderson, our new counselor, is trying to figure out how she can best help our school.  Please take the following anonymous survey by COPYING AND PASTING IT INTO YOUR ADDRESS BAR:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1gSB-yz-rXosE3_Ih_FdC6Ggcvpr0EP9TM0H1dFCrFpI/

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Utah Studies Pamphlet

Utah Studies autobiography pamphlet instructions are uploaded on the UT page.

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Disclosures

Welcome back to school!  Please check your student’s class in the drop down menu for their disclosure document.  The disclosure needs to be signed/agreed to by the second day of class for them to receive full credit.

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Community Service Form

Community Service is due once a term for 40 points.  It is always due a week before the end of the term.  It must meet the following requirements:

At least an hour long

Done for someone who doesn’t live with the student

The student cannot receive anything in return for their service

During certain terms throughout the school year, students may do a second community service for extra credit.  If this is the case for the current term will be discussed in class.

Community Service

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School Supplies and Labeling

Dear Parents and Students,

Please make sure you come to class with the required materials.  In the last two weeks we have had several students who have come to class without paper and/or writing utensils.  Please check with your student and make sure they have them.

Also, please make sure students write their name on all possessions that can be labeled.  The lost and found is overflowing, and it would be so much easier to return belongings to students if they were labeled.  Some items to check for labeling would be:  planners, binders, jackets, coats, mittens/gloves, hats, electronics, etc.

Have a great day!

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Planner Checks

Planners are required for every junior high students.  They will be randomly checked during history class on weekly basis.  Part of their assignment is to bring the planner to every class every day.

To receive credit, students need to have the period, the subject, homework, and due date. If no homework was assigned, that must be annotated. An example would be:

1. History – Community Service – 1 week before the end of the term

2. Science – no homework

3. English – Moby Max

4. Debate – finish writing speech – next class

If students do not bring their planner to class on the day of the planner check they will receive a zero.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Thanks,

Mr. Woodward

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