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Tosa West's We the People team reflects on nationals, yearly successes

25 May 2016

Wauwatosa West High School social studies teacher Chad Mateske said that ever since his We the People class won the state title about nine years ago, the pressure has been on to keep it. And with each new school year, his students have succeeded in doing just that. "We are proud of the streak that we have going right now," he said. "It does add pressure to each incoming group because they don't want to be the class where the streak is broken." We the People is a civics and government course found in schools nationwide. The curriculum's concept mimics a congressional hearing, said Mateske. The students dive into research in certain areas of    Read more >


North Schuylkill approves We the People textbooks for next year

23 May 2016

The North Schuylkill school board took actions at last Wednesday’s meeting to order books and fuel, set lunch prices and other items for the next school year. They include “We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution” (2016) Student Edition for high school civics (30 copies) and Teacher Edition (one copy). Total cost with shipping and handling is 0. Also approved is “We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution” (2011) Student Edition — Grade 5 (three classroom sets) and Teacher Edition. Total cost with shipping and handling is jumi,197    Read more >


Marshwood teacher describes We the People class's experience

21 May 2016

Marshwood Middle School teacher Andy Rowe, who also serves as faculty leader of the school’s We The People team, described the team’s recent trip to Washington, D.C. where his students participated in a national competition. We The People enables middle and high school students to participate in national contests where their knowledge of current events and U.S. government is tested. “They did an excellent job,” said Rowe of his students. “And they behaved even better    Read more >


Cheyenne kids learn about government through “We the People”

20 May 2016

About 700 Cheyenne fifth-graders are excited about the United States Constitution thanks to a special curriculum, their teachers and community volunteers. The curriculum, called “We the People,” teaches students about their rights and responsibilities as Americans. Students spent the last few months in their classrooms reading a textbook prepared by the “We the People” creators. They also researched topics and wrote essays about issues like the responsibilities of freedom. The highlight of their efforts happened this week when they gathered at Laramie County Community College. Here, they read their essays before a panel of judges    Read more >


Recently there have been articles in The Valley Breeze and the Providence Journal pronouncing civics education and civic knowledge dead and “awful.” These individuals decry the political and constitutional knowledge that citizens in our country currently

19 May 2016

As the end of the school year approaches, most students are thinking about their summer plans. But approximately 150 students from the following schools, Dominion Middle School (Franklin County), Harvest Preparatory School (Franklin County) and Sycamore Junior High School (Hamilton County) remain focused on academics, having spent the last few months studying and preparing for the Ohio Middle School We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution State Showcase, which will take place May 13 on the campus of Columbus State Community College. Students from Ravenna High School (Portage County) will also participate. Ravenna teacher, Matthew    Read more >


Civics Alive and Well in North Smithfield

19 May 2016

Recently there have been articles in The Valley Breeze and the Providence Journal pronouncing civics education and civic knowledge dead and “awful.” These individuals decry the political and constitutional knowledge that citizens in our country currently hold and Arlene Violet, in particular, blamed the low level of civic knowledge on poor civics education. She is right; individuals need to be knowledgeable in order to fulfill their role in our democracy. As Louis Brandeis, the only office higher than president is that of citizen. Luckily, students at North Smithfield High School contradict the broad strokes in which civic education has    Read more >


East Grand Rapids Teacher Gets National Recognition

17 May 2016

An article and video on WZZM TV noted that social studies teacher Janice Yates was honored Monday night by the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. Yates was given the Dr. Tom and Betty Lawrence American History Teacher Award. The award is given to the teacher every year who best incorporates the history of the American Revolutionary era into the classroom. "There's no question [she deserves the award] with respect to her history, what she's done in the community, what she's done in the school, what she's done with we the people," said Ken Goodson, President of the West Michigan Society of the Sons of the American    Read more >


Wyoming has regional champion We the People team

16 May 2016

The Sheridan High School We the People scholars, who recently were recognized as among the best in the nation in the field of constitutional scholarship, are a good example of why our dollars should flow toward the classroom in this time of lowered revenues. Sheridan won a piece of the national competition in the We the People civic education endeavor for their presentation of the unit on “How the Values and Principles Embodied in the Constitution Shaped American Institutions and Practices.” There are six units, or subject areas, of constitutional study in the “We the People” national contest. The students are Jacob Botten, Tailor    Read more >


Bravo, Trumbull We the People team

12 May 2016

To The Editor: What a pleasure it was to recognize Katie Boland’s AP American Government class at the May Trumbull Town Council meeting. These 24 seniors from Trumbull High placed eighth in the We The People national competition after six first place state finishes. I was so impressed with the confidence and passion of the students as they individually addressed the Council. The future is in good hands! Bravo! Joe Pifko Vice Chair, Trumbull Town Council    Read more >


We the People team’s nationals experience: Unforgettable

12 May 2016

When We the People teammates stepped back onto their bus after placing second at the national invitational, a few upset sniffles broke the silence. Then, the bus driver — nicknamed “D.C.” — started singing “Unforgettable” by Nat King Cole to the students, who had competed on the national stage and made their community proud. “That made us feel better, so I started busting out ‘The Star Spangled Banner,’” Haley Davidson said. The hourlong ride back to their hotel was filled with renditions of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat,” “Hello” by Adele and a musical version of the preamble to the U.S. Constitution. Unforgettable    Read more >


Morning Minute: 'We The People' High School Civics Program

12 May 2016

Adam Fendos, public TV station WisconsinEye's High School Civics Reporter, speaks with Wauwatosa West High School students as they prepare for the national We The People Competition in Washington, D.C. The We the People Program is designed to teach the background, history, and implementation of the Constitution of the United States. Watch the full program at: http://www.wiseye.org/Video-Archive/Event-Detail/evhdid/10596#sthash.5JGDMN1r.dpuf    Read more >


How much do you know about our Constitution?

11 May 2016

Accompanying an extended televised interview on 9NEWS with We the People students from Denver's East High School is the following article. DENVER - A group of Colorado high school students showed off their Constitutional knowledge at a national competition last week. Twenty-three students from East High School's AP U.S Government and Politics class won 2nd place in the national championship match at the “We the People…The Citizen and the Constitution” competition. The juniors started the program this past summer. They are expected to master details of the Constitution, Supreme Court decisions, philosophy writings and current events    Read more >


Rachel Carson Middle School wins first place in Civic Education Competition

11 May 2016

Defying the stereotype of politically apathetic teenagers, Rachel Carson Middle School students won first place in the We the People National Invitational on May 2. Rachel Carson students competed against students from middle schools all over the country. The We the People Competition, hosted by the Center for Civic Education, is organized similarly to a congressional hearing. The competition is divided into six units, based on the units of a textbook. Students must give four-minute opening speeches and then answer judges’ questions for another six minutes. Coached by their civics teacher Cynthia Burgett, the team from Rachel Carson has    Read more >


We the People return home after placing in nationals

11 May 2016

Friends and family raced to the yellow school bus parked in the lower level of the Brown County Junior High School parking lot. They patiently waited by the bus door for the eighth-grade We the People team with flowers and signs in hand. Students began stepping off the bus one by one, racing into the arms of friends and family. The team placed second in the national invitational at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. The students, teacher Michael Potts and chaperones returned home to Nashville May 3. Their school bus was escorted by local authorities. The eighth-graders had been in Washington, D.C., since April 29, testifying    Read more >


'We the People' hopes to increase civil engagement

10 May 2016

A new two-day program curriculum at Worland High School brought in a senator, two attorneys, the mayor and a judge Monday to discuss constitutional rights with Worland High School seniors. "We the People" challenged seniors to engage in a congressional hearing in order to demonstrate knowledge of constitutional rights while making real world connections to what they learned in the classroom. The program, set up by the Center of Civic Education and funded by the US Department of Education, "partners with a network of 50 states civics, government and law programs sponsored by state bar associations and foundations, colleges and universities    Read more >


Blackfoot 'We the People' team returns from nationals

09 May 2016

Blackfoot 'We the People' team returns from nationals BLACKFOOT, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - The Blackfoot "We the People" club has won the state title nine years in a row. The team just got back from its trip to the national competition in Washington, D.C. "The cool thing was we pushed ourselves to do that much work," said Tate Sensenbach. They start out at 30 minutes a day of practice, then an hour, then two hours. "Every unit prepares three separate papers on three separate questions," said Hallie Preece. "When you go to competition you recite those papers and you do a presentation for them. It's four minutes long, no more and only a little    Read more >


Mock trial weighs teen driver's acts for seat-belt effort

07 May 2016

The Huntertown Elementary fifth-grader was one of dozens in the courthouse Friday, participating in a mock trial and kicking off a new “Click it or Ticket” campaign. This was the fourth year for the mock trial, which is the culmination of the Hunter­town fifth-graders’ study of the U.S. Constitution through the “We The People” program. For the first three years, the mock trial involved the case of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears,” but this year used a real case from a court in Texas concerning whether a teenage driver took enough care to make sure his passengers were appropriately buckled in. It will be at least four years    Read more >


Reno High Wins We The People Western Region

05 May 2016

In a video story and article, KOLO television praised the performance of the Reno High School students. Student Ian Duke called it the best class I've te A group of Reno High School students has returned from Washington DC with a trophy from this year's We The People Competition. They went there as the wild card, but ended up taking top honors for the Western States Region. It's a first for the school. The contest is set up as a mock Congressional hearing. The students are broken up into groups to study a specific topic. During the competition, each group gives a four-minute presentation followed by six minutes of questions from an expert    Read more >


Fifth-graders talk rights, responsibilities in mock congressional hearing

05 May 2016

Intimidating panels that included a judge, a school board member and the supervisor of elections, among others, didn’t shake groups of fifth-graders as the youngsters fielded questions on the rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizens with confidence - impressing, and sometimes amusing, the families and teachers gathered to watch. The question-and-answer sessions, held Tuesday evening at Dunnellon Elementary School, were the culmination of a civics curriculum that fifth-grade teachers have used to supplement social studies classes this year at Dunnellon and Marion Oaks Elementary Schools. That curriculum, We The People: The Citizen and    Read more >


Capital Region team shines again in constitutional competition

05 May 2016

For a second consecutive year, a team of young constitutional scholars from the Capital Region have earned a major award in a national competition. The 11-student New Visions: Law & Government team from Capital Region BOCES competed April 23-25 in the We The People: The Citizen and the Constitution competition in Washington, D.C., as the two-time defending New York state champion and became the first team from the state in the competition’s 29-year history to win the Northeastern States Award. To earn the regional prize, the team bested 137 finalists from nine other states and the District of Columbia. The team comprised 11 students from    Read more >