• Middle School Social Studies Guidelines


                    Hello, my name is Jeremy Kondisko. I will be teaching 7th and 8th grade Social Studies at Hampden Elementary/Middle School during the 2015-2016 school year.  This school year will be my 9th year teaching at Hampden Elementary/Middle School. I am certified in Social Studies and Middle School Language Arts.


    7th Grade: The seventh grade focuses on World Geography and how people live in different cultures throughout the world. Students will discuss and research countries such as China, Japan, Canada, Germany, and Russia. Students will participate in numerous group discussions, projects, and presentations to show their own understandings of the content that will be discussed in class.

                    8th Grade: The eighth grade focuses on U.S. History. Students will spend most of the school year taking a close look at the Revolutionary War, The Civil War, and Reconstruction.  Students will discuss and research important historical figures and primary documents that are important to U.S. History. Students will discuss their thoughts through debates, presentations, and assessments.


                    All assignments are graded on a weighted system. In other words, some assignments carry more weight than others when calculating grades. The weighted system is as follows:

                    Homework: Points earned/100 at a 1.0 scale

                    Class work: Points earned/100 at a 1.0 scale

                    Writing Assignments: Points earned/100 at a 1.0 scale

                    Projects/Presentations: Points earned/100 at a 5.0 scale

                    Tests/Essays: Points earned/100 at a 5.0 scale

                    Classroom preparation/behavior: Points earned/100 at a 5.0 scale


                    Students will receive an activity sheet that will be used for their homework during the class week. Students will copy down the writing assignment at the beginning of each class. The activity sheet will be collected on Fridays and students will receive a grade based on their work for the week. During a 5 day school week, students will likely receive 4 homework/writing assignments.

    Missed Assignments:

                    Students who miss work for any reason need to meet with Mr. Kondisko to discuss the right time to make up the missed assignment. It is important for students to make up missed work so that it doesn’t reflect poorly on their grade. All students must take the initiative to make up the missed work.  Any questions regarding missed work can also be answered in the student agenda book. Mr. Kondisko does offer coach class on Thursdays for students to receive extra help/guidance on class concepts as well as making up any missed work a student may have.

    Class Rules:

                    1. Treat others how you want to be treated.

                    2. Always come prepared and ready to learn.

                    3. Always try to your best on every activity.

                    4. Keep your arms and legs to yourself.

                    5. Follow directions the first time they are given.


                    1. Verbal warning

                    2. Time out/ self reflection

                    3. Loss of Privilege (Recess)

                    3. Call Home

                    4. Office Referral


                    P.B.I.S. is a positive intervention program designed to increase student academic achievement. Students will have an opportunity to earn points in each class period of the day. At the end of each month, there will be a P.B.I.S. incentive for students who earned the required amount of points for good behavior and work ethic during that month.

    Closing Remarks:

                    I wish everyone the best of luck during these important educational years. Students need to try their best on a daily basis to ensure future opportunities at a high school of their choosing.

    Contact Information:

                    Email: jkondisko@bcps.k12.md.us

                    Phone: 410-396-6004