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K-12 Social Studies Vision Statement

The Centennial School District will ensure that all students will leave our K–12 education program as responsible American and global citizens, not only gaining knowledge and skills through the disciplines of geography, history, economics, and civics, but effectively communicating and collaborating through writing and speaking, allowing our students to be tolerant of other cultures, religions, and beliefs based on the history and geography of the environment they inhabit.

We study our past to better understand our present, while trying to create a better future.


Secondary Social Studies Instruction

The Centennial School District is committed to providing a rigorous, research-based, and standards-aligned social studies curriculum. The social studies curriculum is designed to help students understand the world around them through an inquiry-based approach. Students learn to think critically, draw conclusions, and support those conclusions with evidence, the same future-ready skills they’ll use in college and throughout their careers.

Social Studies Teacher Leaders and Supports 

  • Brittany Ball, Department Chair - Log College MS
  • Joseph O'Connor, Department Chair - William Tennent HS
  • Cindy Wiegand, Department Chair - Klinger MS

Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Documents

*For a full Scope of the Pennsylvania Standards, please visit the PDE SAS Portal -

  Scope and Sequence (Curriculum and Courses)

  • The Centennial School District's curriculum Scope and Sequence follows the applicable PA Core and Academic Standards outlined above.
  • The Centennial School District's course Scope and Sequence is as follows:
    • Grade 6 Social Studies
    • Grade 7 Social Studies
    • Grade 8 Social Studies
    •  United States History
    • Global Studies
    • Government and Public Policy


  • National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) - this resource provides students access to the nation's record keeper of all documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the United States Federal government.
  • Newseumthis resource  provides students access to an interactive museum focused on educating people about the five freedoms of the First Amendment and the importance of a free and fair press. 
  • NoodleTools - this research platform provides students with a systematic but flexible framework for navigating the tangled web of research. Students develop expert critical-thinking skills, gain confidence, and replace patch-writing and plagiarism with synthesis
  • NOVA - this resource provides students and opportunity to stay up to date on the latest discoveries, full episodes, articles, videos and more on PBS.
  • Purdue Owl - this resource provides students access to writing resource sand instructional materials the Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University.  Students will find information to assist with many writing projects.
  •  Smithsonian - this resource provides students access to discover the Smithsonian Museums' extraordinary collections and research.
  •  Yale U. Avalon Project - this resource from Yale University provides students access to documents in Law, History, and Diplomacy.
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