The National Council for the Social Studies defines social studies as "the integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence.” The National Council also states that the primary purpose of social studies education is to help our children and young adults "develop the ability to make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society in an interdependent world.”
Social studies promotes engaging participatory citizenship where global awareness of civic issues such as financial literacy, healthcare, domestic affairs, foreign policy and the environment are actively monitored and influenced by all citizens interacting internationally for the benefit of all mankind.
Celebrate Freedom Week - September 11 - 15, 2017
During the 2017 regular session of the West Virginia Legislature, House Bill 3080 was amended to include Celebrate Freedom Week.
“In order to educate students about the sacrifices made for freedom in the founding of this country and the values on which this country was founded, a full week of classes shall be recognized in all WV schools as “Celebrate Freedom Week. …”
Please click on the link below for the booklet of resources that includes standards for each grade that relate to Celebrate Freedom Week.
Golden Horseshoe Winners 2017
More than 220 West Virginia eighth-graders were inducted as Knights of the Golden Horseshoe Society at a ceremony in Charleston. The students scored highest on the test designed to measure their knowledge of West Virginia history. Given every year since 1931, the Golden Horseshoe Society is named after the action of Virginia Lt. Gov. Alexander Spotswood, who in 1716 put together a group to explore west of the Allegheny Mountains, and presented each member of the party with a golden horseshoe to commemorate the expedition.