Mr. Feins

Hello, and welcome to the 2019-2020 school year!
   My name is Mr. Jim Feins and I am very excited to welcome my students and their families to our seventh grade social studies class.  I hope you all had a restful summer and are ready to have the best school year of your life!

Students should always have the school supplies recommended in the principal's welcome letter. Specifically for social studies, students will need a spiral or 3-ring notebook, a pocket folder for loose papers, the school agenda book, pencils, blue or black pens, and a flash drive for digital assignments.

What are we learning this year?
Beginning in September, we will introduce our curriculum with a review of world geography. Remember, Native Americans occupied North America long before people from Europe came here.  The Europeans enslaved people from Africa and brought them here also, crossing the Atlantic Ocean.  To visually picture these events, it is important for all students to have a basic understanding of the relative location of the world's major land masses (continents) and major bodies of water (oceans).  

After this, we we will travel back to the eighteenth century and study the period when this new country called the United States of America began to develop a new "market economy" and expand westward.  As often as possible we will try to relate events in the distant past to what is happening now in America and the world.  For example, during a discussion of slavery in early America, students might be asked how this is related to the events in Charlottesville during the summer of 2017.

We will continue the year with a unit on the American Civil War (the most deadly and consequential war in American history), followed by a unit on the period of "Reconstruction" after the war.  In our final unit, we will study the horrors of genocide.

Our classroom rules:
Always adhere to the school rules as outlined in the agenda book. Also,

  1. Treat each person with respect and dignity.
  2. Be seated and working when the bell rings.
  3. Follow all directions when given
  4. Bring all required books and materials with you and take them with you when you leave.
  5. Follow all rules and guidelines in the student agenda book (no cell phones, gum chewing, etc.).
  6. The bell does not dismiss the class, the teacher does.
Contact:  The easist and best way to contact me is via the school email, at  This can be done via your personal email, or via the "Contact Me" tab in the left column.

Extra help: : I am available before school from 7:30-8:20 almost every day, and after school from 3:10 to 3:40, by appointment and with parental permission.  Please see me during class to schedule for extra help.

Current events: Almost every national or international newspaper headline is relevant to our curriculum.  In our classroom, we will work to understand how past events are related to current news stories. 

Please check the "Homework" tab for all homework assignments (including quiz and test dates, and due dates for projects).

Please check the "Useful Links and Documents" tab for more information related to homework assignments, projects, and classwork.

Please check the "Trivia Question" tab for an interesting challenge question. Correctly answer the question and win ... something.

Remember, parents can always see their child's current grades by signing up for the Genesis system  Forms are available to all parents via the district web page.