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Wednesday, August 12, 2020
 
Welcome Students, Parents, Guardians, and Staff to my website! 
As you know by now,  this new school year will be different from previous school years in that it is starting with a totally new "distance learning" Zoom class schedule format.  
With this new frontier in learning, students and educators will be more skilled in using Google Classroom and Google Docs.  In our new 2020-21 school year, students will be expected and required to complete their Google Classroom assignments using only Google Docs to earn credit towards their grade in our class this year.  Photos of assignments will not earn credit in our class.  Students will be expected and required to type
their assignments directly on the Google Docs provided by me.    
 
During this school year, all students will be expected and required to actively participate in our Zoom class sessions.  All U.S. History and World Civ. classes at Whittier High are designed to help prepare students to be college ready.  Typing assignments is an expectation in college classes and will be a requirement in my classes. 
 
 
It is my hope that we will have a great school year exploring history.  You should know that my mission as a Whittier High School history teacher is to empower students to allow themselves to become lifelong critical thinking learners.  Albert Einstein once said, "Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think."
In our history class, students will have an opportunity to see historical figures come alive off the pages of our history books.  How? Students will research and present themselves as various people throughout history who made a difference in the U.S. and the World.  The theme throughout the school year is that one person can make a difference and history proves that.  We will relate current events to history because that's an essential aspect of our course.
As a teacher, I also teach students about being responsible individuals by meeting deadlines and not making excuses. Students will be expected to turn in their work on time unless they are out on an excused absence. Even though we may do "distance learning" all students will be expected to meet assignment deadlines since we've done "distance learning" last school year and the fact that we will be on a nine week quarter grading period.  Students can't allow themselves to fall behind because that could very well lead to them failing the class due not submitting their work. It's been my experience that once students, parents, and guardians accept the expectation of meeting deadlines, everything goes smoothly.  There is always hope in our history class as long as you are willing to do the work.
Students, parents, and guardians are probably relieved that students will only have to focus on three classes during each quarter this school year.  That being said, students will be fully expected to do all of the work assigned in their three classes.
You may email me if you have any questions or concerns.  My email address is josie.garza@wuhsd.org
About me, I'm an avid Dodger and Angel fan.  Yes, I love both teams.  I also love the Grand Canyon, Hello Kitty, the color purple, cheesecake, Happy Meals, music of most genres, celebrating holidays and cultures, rubber stamping and paper crafting, doing high tea, and to travel. In my spare time, I am a once-a-month tour docent at El Pueblo de Los Angeles which includes Olvera Street in downtown L.A.. All students, parents, guardians, and staff are welcome to join me on a tour sometime when the tours resume after this Covid crisis.
I look forward to getting to know all of you this school year.  Take care.  
Cordially,
Ms. Garza
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2020-21 My Class Schedule:
1st Period U.S. History
2nd Period U.S. History
3rd Period U.S. History
4th Period World Civ.
5th Period World Civ.
6th Period World Civ.