Week 9 Parent Newsletter – October 9-13, 2006
Mr. Langhorst – 8th Grade American History
South Valley Junior High School

This Week in Class – Finishing The American Revolution and Discovering What They Did Next
This week we had our Unit 2 test on the American Revolution on Tuesday and we also turned in a major project on Monday that was either a comic book or a journal about the war. We will now be starting work on Unit 3 – Creating a Government. As incredible as the winning the war was for the colonists, now in many regards they have even a more challenging task – creating a government that could function and be a democracy. Of course they failed – and then tried it again and wrote the Constitution which did work.

Parent Internet Safety Workshop – October 19th – South Valley Jr High – 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
You have seen the news articles on My Space and the dangers of teens on the Internet. Would you like to know more about how to keep your children safe online? I have organized a workshop for parents on Internet safety with Miles Perry – Assistant Platte County Prosecutor who works with cyber crimes. He has presented at many schools and organizations over the past couple of years. He will be giving a workshop on Thursday, October 19th at the South Valley Junior High School library media center from 7:00 PM until 8:00 PM. This workshop is for parents and students are not encouraged to attend since it will focus on parenting approaches to safety online. There is no registration required in advance. Hope to see you there.

Fairview Cemetery Tour Attended by 21 Students!

Thanks to all of the parents and students who attended the Fairview Cemetery tour last Saturday. We had a great student turnout – 21 students were able to make it for the historical tour of a local cemetery. I know that many of you were busy and I totally understand. Many have asked about another opportunity for a Saturday history experience and there will be one next month. On Saturday, November 4th there will be a “Get to Know Your Museum Tour” at 10:00 AM at the Clay County Historical Society Museum on the historic square in Liberty. More information will follow but you can mark the date if you wish. There is currently a picture from the cemetery tour on the classroom page at

Parent Teacher Conference Reminder – Thursday from 4 to 8
I had a great turnout for the parent teacher conferences on Monday. I was able to visit with the parents of 51 students. Thanks to all that made the effort to stop by and say hello. If you weren’t able to make it Monday you will have another opportunity on Thursday from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM. I hope to see many of you Thursday night.

Site of the Week – Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
This past week Kansas City lost a true national treasure when Buck O’Neil passed away. I hope that many of you were able to see Buck in person at an appearance over the years. He was one of the most amazing speakers I have had the pleasure of hearing in my lifetime. He could tell a story in a way that made you think and feel in a way that no other could. We are very fortunate to have an incredible facility in the Negro Leagues Museum in our own backyard in Kansas City. If you have never been to this museum please check out the website and then make plans to visit it in the future. It would be a great tribute to Buck and I promise you won’t be disappointed. Negro Leagues Baseball Museum:

Have a great week. As always, if you have a question or comment let me know and send me an e-mail.

Mr. Langhorst

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