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Mr. Matthew Cummings
United States History & World History

Bridgeway Island K-8
(916) 375-7778



On March 27th I will be offering your child a unique opportunity to improve their grade in my History class. On that date, I will be hosting a No Penalty Make Up session, during which time your child may turn in a selected type of assignment that is already been collected. The event will be held from 3 PM to 7 PM, during which your child must spend 30 minutes with me in order to turn in their related assignments. Any behavior issues will result in your child being sent home. For 7th graders, those assignments will be any of this semester’s study packets. These would include China and Japan.  Eighth-graders can resubmit their Interactive Notebook Evaluation #s 4 & 5. Students may submit or resubmit these assignments, but will not be awarded any extra credit that was initially offered. Please let me know if you have questions.  Please note: this is not a required activity, but an opportunity for those students needing a boost in their grades to take advantage. I look forward to seeing your child on the 27th.

We're on Twitter AND Edmodo!

 A quick note that TheMattHatters.com is now on Twitter and Edmodo!  We'll be using social media in the classroom this year, so click to join in.  I'll be sending Essential Questions through these accounts, and you can respond right from your cell phone.  Click below to follow me on Twitter, and use the code yfus38 to join Edmodo for US and ay5iiz to join Edmodo for World. 

Teaching you is the most important thing I will ever do.

It is a privilege to work with you every day, and I consider each of you to be unique and full of promise. We live in a world where people move fast and news moves even faster. As your teacher, I am committed to helping you understand how we got here, and where we're going. I approach teaching in a unique way - history is a story, complete with comedy and tragedy, love and hate, and real lessons that can help us live better lives. We'll enforce the many skills needed to be successful in the class, from investigating and questioning a primary source, to participating in a variety of teacher-driven activities.
Understanding history is sometimes like looking into a fishbowl: you can see everything, but miss the smallest details and you miss the point! My job is not only to educate, but to inspire you to become better than you were yesterday. Our quote below by Benjamin Franklin speaks volumes about how I approach my class.  I hope you find it as inspiring as I do.
Like everything in life, this website is constantly growing - your input into website links, assignments, etc are critical to my site's success. Check back here often, and tell me what I can do to improve. Afterall, the worthy journey is never easy! I'm glad you're accompanying me down this road of history - may your day tomorrow be better than the one lived today.
"All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent." 
- Thomas Jefferson
"Tell me and I forget.  Teach me and I remember.  Involve me and I learn." 
- Benjamin Franklin

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