WELCOME!

Welcome class of 2021- you are the most resilient eighth graders ever, ready to hit any curveball out of the park! I am so excited to share this school year with you, my 21st year teaching, all at Memorial and all 8th grade Social Studies. The enrichment classes I teach include Girls Matter!, Personal Economics, and Italian. Also, I have coached baseball at Memorial since 2012, coordinate the school talent show and, along with Student Council, coordinate Memorial's various "pink" activities in October including the annual Walk for the Cure.
 
A little about me- I am married and have two daughters both of whom attended Memorial. One daughter is a digital marketer in the health care field, and the other a programs director for the Dean of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania while completing her master's degree at Penn. Born and raised in Middlesex County, NJ, I moved to Medford 25 years ago.Prior to teaching, I practiced commercial real estate and banking law for several years. In addition to family and friends, my passions include baseball (the New York Yankees), rock and roll (Bruce Springsteen, who I have seen perform 119 times), the former Oakland Raiders (can't bring myself to say Las Vegas), the beach, historical non-fiction, tv shows, movies, and sunsets. 
 
Classroom Procedures... click on this part of the bitmoji image on my website to be linked to a Google Document which explains procedures and expectations which will make this year enjoyable for all of us. Also on the website, you can read the text of the U.S. Constitution by clicking on the "We the People" image. 
 
Our Textbook is published by National Geographic. At some point, the National Geographic logo on the bitmoji image will bring you to the textbook's webpage.
 
The Scope and Sequence of the Curriculum- We will begin the year by getting to know each other, exploring a variety of topics ranging from Citizenship, Digital Citizenship, and the states comprising our great nation, then jump into a careers unit as part of the Careers and Financial Literacy 8th grade curriculum. Afterwards, we will begin our study of America's story- from Indigenous People to early colonization by European countries, to our nation's founding and governing documents.
 
Daily lessons will be described in two places in Google Classroom for your class period - the Daily Announcement and  the Daily Log. When you miss a lesson, the Daily Log will describe what you have missed; to complete the lesson, read the Daily Announcement for an overview, then find that day's lesson in your class period for such date.
 
Don't ever hesitate to email me with questions: jcrivello@medford.k12.nj.us.