Mr. Tessmer's U.S. History Class

Classroom/School News
:  Welcome back from Winter Break! I hope you had a fun and relaxing break from school. We are closing in on the end of the quarter (January 25th) and the end of the first semester (halfway point of the school year). The school year is speeding by. Students need to take care of their school work and turn in missing assignments.

In other news:   Boys basketball has started up. Tryouts are this week.

Current Unit:  Classroom Goal: Learn how the United States became a nation. (I can identify events that led to the Declaration of Independence) and(I can understand the key ideals and principles[life, liberty, pursuit of happiness] of the Declaration of Independence) At the bottom of this page you will find subpages, click on Unit One to see the slides and what we are working on. 

Week of 1/4 - 1/6We are starting our journey towards the creation of the Constitution. This week students are reading chapter 7 and taking Cornell Notes. Monday we are looking at Section 1, the Articles of Confederation. Tuesday -- section 2 "the constitutional convention". Wednesday -- "Debating the Constitution". 

Due this week: Missing Assignments!! students need to get their work turned in. Missing assignments often lead to failing grades at the end of a quarter. Take care of your responsibilities. 

Quarter long assignment: Students took a US states and capitals pretest quiz on September 21. They will receive a regional map each quarter. They will be expected to fill it out properly and STUDY from it. At the end of the quarter they will get a quiz on that region. Second Quarter: Southern United States. (At the end of the school year they will take a test on all 50 states and capitals).
Mr. Tessmer's Contact Info.
  • Phone Number: (360) 501-2920
  • Email:
  • Room Number: 202

  • Some entries on the calendar have links attached. Please click on the blue item and the click "more details" to find them.

Mr. Tessmer's Classroom Calendar

Scroll down to the bottom and check out the Subpages:
There are subpages for each Unit that will be updated as we progress through the school year. 

Units we will explore
  • Civics/ U.S. Government
  • Forming a New Nation (1745 - 1790)
  • The New Nation (1789 - 1840)
  • The Nation Expands and Changes (1800 - 1860)
  • Civil War and Reunion (1846 - 1896)

Extra Credit
First student, from each period, to actually check out my webpage, and let me know they did, will receive extra credit. 

Congratulations to:
Courtney Webb -- 1st period
Elijah Lamb -- 2nd period
Hannah Bern -- 5th period

Trivia Question
Be the first student in each History Class (period 1,2,4,5) to correctly answer the question and win a prize!

Must Have (on paper/notecard)
  1. Name
  2. Period
  3. Date
  4. Question
  5. Correct Answer
  6. Hand in to Mr. Tessmer (give it to me)
Second Question (12/10/17): George Washington is the first President of the United States, but some historians give the credit to another man. Name the person who some historians believe to be the first President, before Washington, and name the set of laws the United States was following during his time. 

First Question (9/6/17): The "Lost Colony" has been a mystery to historians for hundreds of years, due to the fact that the colonists and all their belongings disappeared. What is the name of the colony, the year it was founded, and the present day state it was located in? This question is now over. 

Congratulations to Elijah Lamb for being the first student to get this correct. 

Hannah Bern -- 5th period