7th & 8th Grades
Welcome to the Senior I class page! My name is EJ Murphy and I am the Senior history teacher as well as the 7th grade English teacher. My educational background includes a high school diploma from Abington Heights High School as well as studies at Temple University, West Chester University, and Keystone College from which I graduated with a degree in history education. Two summers ago I also became certified to teach secondary English Language Arts. Prior to teaching full-time at Howard Gardner I was a substitute for the school as well as for the Northeastern Intermediate Unit in their special education classes throughout the area. I also currently work for the Waverly Community House at their after school program.
Our history classes this year will be focused on the study of American history. We will begin by discussing the United States government including the history of how it developed and how the government currently operates today. From there we will move on to a brief summary of the Civil War which will give students the proper context for a larger discussion of the post-Civil War Reconstruction period. As we move through the school year the lessons will begin to focus on the advancement of the United States as a main power on the world stage including our involvement in the World Wars and beyond.
In English we will be focusing on the study of novels. Students will develop critical thinking skills that will allow them to analyze text for literary clues that will help them make assumptions and predictions about characters, themes, and plot. Group work will be a large focus of the class, giving students the opportunity to further not only their academic skills but also the social skills that will be needed to be successful as they move forward with their education. Vocabulary will also be a focus with students learning new vocabulary terms from their novels. Through reading and the subsequent writing assignments, students will also develop a further understanding of grammar and punctuation that will afford them writing skills they will need.
I look forward to a fun, productive school year for the Senior class!
Hi. My name is Mike Rescigno, and this is my first year teaching at Howard Gardner School. I am very excited to be working here for the 2017-2018 school year. This is my 9th year of teaching and my 7th overall school. I am teaching math to students in grades 7 and 8, and ELA to 8th grade. I graduated from the University of Scranton in 2009 with Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education / Mathematics. I am also certified to teach grades 4-8. I live in nearby Olyphant and have a younger sister, Stephanie.