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JH/HS Social Studies Department

USD 240 Social Studies Department

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Mr. Gish Mrs. Haws Mrs. Ringler Mr. Walker  
jgish@usd240.org thaws@usd240.org kringler@usd240.org dwalker@usd240.org  
785-488-3323 785-488-3323 785-283-4774 785-283-4774  

Bennington JH/HS

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Bennington JH/HS
Mrs. Haws' Lesson Plans

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Tescott JH/HS
Mrs. Ringler's Lesson Plans

Tescott JH/HS
Mr. Walker's Lesson Plans


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I graduated high school from Southeast of Saline.  I attended Tabor College and played football.  I transferred to Bethany College and then to Fort Hays State University in 1991 where I served as KSNEA president.  I have a B.S. in Elementary Education with endorsements in Social Science, Math, and Language Arts.  My student teaching was at Simpson Elementary Kindergarten in Russell, Kansas.  After graduating, I served as the At-Risk Coordinator in Lindsborg, Kansas.  I starting teaching math and social studies at Bennington in 1994.  Since then, I have coached jr. high and high school football, jr. high boys and girls basketball, and jr. high and high school track.  I currently teach 7th-8th grade social studies, current events and high school geography.


I graduated from Hope High School in 2008 where I played volleyball, basketball, and ran track. While in high school I also participated FFA, FBLA, Cheerleading, and STUCO. Undergraduate with honors earned from Kansas Wesleyan University in 2012 with a degree in Secondary Education/History. While in college I played volleyball for the Coyotes and was lucky enough to be honored as a Champion of Character for the KCAC and our team made it to play in the NAIA national tournament in Des Moine, Iowa my senior year. I began my teaching career at Bennington High School in 2013 and was drawn to the district for its resemblance to the community I grew up in. As a staff member I teach Current Events, World History, American History, American Government; serve as the Freshman class sponsor, and the Assistant High School Volleyball Coach. Mrs. Ringler graduated from The University of South Florida in 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Social Science Education.  Mrs. Ringler taught for three years at Seminole High School in Seminole, Florida.  While at Seminole, she taught Economics, Cultural Geography, and American History.  She  also coached JV and Varsity Swimming.  In 2013, Mrs. Ringler moved to Kansas where she began teaching 8th Grade American History at Great Bend Middle School.  In 2016, Mrs. Ringler began teaching at Tescott Schools.  At Tescott, Mrs. Ringler teaches 7th Grade Geography, 8th Grade American History, 8th Grade Current Events, 10th Grade Geography, 11th Grade American History, 12th Grade Government, High School Current Events, 8th and 11th Grade Ramp Up. I am a graduate of Sylvan Unified High School and have a Bachelor of Science degree from Fort Hays State University and a Graduate Degree from Baker University.  After student teaching at Victoria High School, I accepted the Physical Education position in Tescott.  During my time here, I have also been the Driver Education Instructor for the district and have taken on junior high social studies classes.  I currently teach K-12 PE classes along with Kansas History.  Along with teaching, I am the head HS football coach, head jr. high boys basketball coach, the head boys track coach at the junior high and the high school assistant track coach.  

What your student will learn in their social studies class


USD 240 follows the Kansas College and Career Ready Standards for History, Government, and Social Studies which has been adopted by State Board of Education. Using this link, individuals can access specific course outlines.
Social Studies Standards



Strategies for student success


In USD240 students will assume responsibility, contribute to class in a positive manner, come to class prepared (book, paper, pencils, and charged computer) and show respect for everyone and everything. 


Know the standards



USD240 per the Mission Statement of the Kansas State Department of Education strives to, “prepare students to be informed, thoughtful, engaged citizens as they enrich their communities, state, nation, world, and themselves.”


Kansas College and Career Ready Standards:

1. Choices have consequences.

2. Individuals have rights and responsibilities.

3. Societies are shaped by beliefs, idea, and diversity.

4. Societies experience continuity and change over time.

5. Relationships between people, place, idea, and environments are dynamic.