About the History & Social Studies Department

The history/social studies curriculum goals are to help students acquire the knowledge, judgment, and skills to participate intelligently and responsibly in civic life and to continue to learn for themselves. Essential skills of reading and writing expository materials, using library resources and technology, reading maps, interpreting documents and data, preparing research papers, and participating in discussions are taught and reinforced in all courses, grades 9-12.

All courses have a required summer reading component. Students are assigned one to three titles to be read by September and are responsible for obtaining reading lists when they select their courses. An assessment of the students‘ understanding of the books is done in the fall.

Kim Young

Kim Young Department Head

Kim Young is the new head of the 6-12 Social Studies Department. A long-time Weston High School educator, Young is passionate about cultivating students’ identities as global citizens. She draws inspiration for classroom activities from first-hand experiences in the field and researching innovative educational pedagogy always beat out other items on her to-do list. While her travel adventures have recently slowed, she has pivoted to experimenting with best practices related to virtual reality technology integration, organizing a week-long takeover by the Intel Learning Lab in 2018. As a 2019 National Geographic Explorer and 2020 National Geographic Education Fellow Young worked to scale curricular innovation around student activism through design thinking and technology. She currently lives in Jamaica Plain with her husband and two overly imaginative children.

Faculty

TBD 9th Grade World History
Benson, Don AP Euro, 10th grade World History
Cochran, Monny American Politics, Action Civics, AP US
Kurata, Michi 10th Grade World History, 9th Grade World History
Lee, Angela 9th Grade World History, AP World History
McLoughlin, Debbie 9th Grade World History, AP US
Monz, Carolyn AP Psychology, AP World History
Smith, Sean Intro to Economics, Dual Enrollment Economics, 9th Grade World History
Tucker, Katie AP Psychology
Wanosky, Robin AP US, 11th Grade United States History, Contemporary World Issues, Race, Class and Gender
Young, Kim AP Psychology

Currciulum

Note: There is always the possibility that courses listed in the Program of Studies may not run due to low enrollment or budget constraints.

The history/social studies curriculum goals are to help students acquire the knowledge, judgment, and skills to participate intelligently and responsibly in civic life, and to continue to learn for themselves. Essential skills of reading and writing expository materials, using library resources and technology, reading maps, interpreting documents and data, preparing research for presentation, and participating in discussions are taught and reinforced in all courses, grades 9-12.

Some courses have a required summer reading component. Students may be assigned one to three titles to be read by September and are responsible for obtaining reading lists. An assessment of the students’ understanding of the books is done in the fall.

Grades 9-12 Standards

Recent News

posted 2/28/24

WHS Student and Teacher Accepted to Albert H. Small Normandy Institute

The Weston High School Social Studies Department is proud to announce Class of 2026 Chelian Subbiah and teacher Angela Lee were selected as one of 15 student-teacher pairs to participate in the competitive and selective Albert H. Small Normandy Institute this summer. As part of the program, Chelian and Ms. Lee participate bi-weekly zoom learning sessions with the other student-teacher pairs focused on the Normandy Campaign of 1944. Sessions are run by history professors and students of George Washington University.  Ms. Lee was drawn to the institute because it “a unique opportunity for a teacher to work closely with a student to do meaningful, deep archival research, and to learn deeply about the significance of a historical event that we don’t get to indulge in very often in the classroom.” Chelian was interested in the program “because of my avid interest in the US Navy and how it operates. Normandy was the largest amphibious invasion in our nation’s history and stands as a symbol of the United States fight against oppression. The opportunity to honor the men and women, who fought for people that they didn’t even know for no reason other than their morals, is one that is truly special to me”. Before traveling to Normandy, Chelian will complete two research projects. The first is a briefing paper on a specific aspect of the Normandy Campaign. The second requirement is unique to the Normandy Institute and deeply meaningful. Ms. Lee and Chelian worked together to identify a soldier, Raymond Dunn of Lowell, who is buried in the Normandy American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer. Chelian shares “Picking a soldier to research was a hard task as we had to first identify a soldier from Massachusetts that was buried in the Normandy cemetery in France. We then had to narrow this list down to people that were from our county regardless of if we knew which town or not. We then narrowed it down to two soldiers, one of which was from the town right next to us, Wayland Massachusetts. As we did a deeper dive we realized that this soldier had already had some research done about him. We decided that because the mission of the institute is to tell the story of those who may never get their story told otherwise, it would be best to choose the other soldier, Mr. Raymond Dunn. Mr .Dunn had little to no information on him from a simple google search, but through hard work we have, and will continue to put together the pieces that were Mr.Dunn’s life.” Over the coming months they will develop a biography of Mr.Dunn using archival documents and then give the biography to the American Battle Monuments Commission to be held in the archives at the Normandy American Cemetery. Chelian will also deliver a eulogy for Mr.Dunn at his gravesite.

The field portion of the experience begins with a 5-day intensive study in Washington D.C including site visits to the National Archives, a wreath-laying at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, and a visit to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Student-teacher pairs will then travel as a group to France and spend an additional week exploring historically relevant sites in Normandy and delivering soldier eulogies. 

Costs of this program are fully funded by The Albert and Shirley Small Family Foundation.

Angela Lee

Angela Lee at the National WWII Museum Teacher Fellowship “Voices of the Pacific” in Summer of 2022.

Chelian Subbiah

Chelian(2nd from the right) at the United States Naval Academy Stem Camp this past summer

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