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Social Studies

social studies

In social studies, we provide opportunities for students to read maps, categorize information, analyze artifacts and primary resources, compare and contrast ideas, summarize main ideas, and interpret historical documents. These  are skills will help students gain a better understanding of the world in which they live.

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6th Grade:                             

  • Theresa Young             
  • Ariella Cemental

7th Grade:

  • Jacob Holguin
  • Joshua Palmer

8th Grade

  • Jacqueline Grobe
  • Brandon Tate
  • Brittany Vandergrift  


Social Studies 6 Students study people, places, and societies of the contemporary world.
Texas History 7 / Texas History Advanced* Students study the history of Texas from the early times to the present.
 U.S. History 8 / U.S. History Advanced* Students are introduced to the history of the United States.  

*   Advanced courses build on content and offer enrichment

Grading Policy

Teachers offer multiple opportunities, including reteach and retest, for students to demonstrate mastery of the TEKS. The following is the district grading policy for MS Social Studies:

50% Formative

50% Summative


Grade 8 Social Studies STAAR

Middle school students participate in a Social Studies STAAR test at the end of their 8th grade year.  Students prepare all three years for this test focusing on the mastery of TEKS considered to be foundational as well as TEKS directly assessed on STAAR.  The STAAR Blueprint identifies those areas directly assessed on the 8th grade STAAR test. 


Parents and students can access the Texas Assessment Family Portal at to view and print released STAAR tests as well as login to access the online practice tests. 


Middle School Social Studies District Calendars

The suggested pacing for all grades can be found below and outlines the suggested pacing for the units in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade social studies by the approximate number of weeks:

6th Grade Social Studies

7th Grade TX History

8th Grade US History


All 6th, 7th, and 8th grade middle school social studies students also participate in two social studies Curriculum Diagnostic Benchmarks (CDB) each year. Please contact your child’s teacher for information as to when those exams will be administered.

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